Mumbai Diary: Wednesday whispers

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Don’t touch the car
In a city like Mumbai, where fancy cars are dime a dozen, it was quite surprising to see a Porsche being fiercely guarded by two bulky bodyguards outside a government office in Parel.

Illustrations/Amit BandreIllustrations/Amit Bandre

The towering guards were eyeing every passerby as a potential threat and even shooing away birds from bringing their business near the flashy car. The owner of the car may have entered the office discreetly, but his car parked by the roadside certainly grabbed all eyeballs, courtesy the little muscle show by the bodyguards.

How’s the bow wow?
Overheard: When a regular dog sees a sniffer dog, does he say: “Omigosh, it’s the cops”?

Sydney shows the way
Following the terrifying siege in a cafe in Sydney, Australia, people might have been justified in eyeing their fellow citizens with suspicion. On the contrary, Australians rallied round and came together to offer support to those who might be the targets of such suspicion and worse.

Sydneysiders showed exemplary brotherhood in the face of fear and uncertainty

Sydneysiders showed exemplary brotherhood in the face of fear and uncertainty

A small band of people tweeting their support quickly grew into a wider movement, under the hashtag #illridewithyou. The message began to spread: “Let Muslim Australians know you’ve got their back. Tweet #illridewithyou and your public transport route.”

People even went further, one tweeting: “If you need #illridewithyou. I’ll even drive you round if you need.” As one tweeter said, “#illridewithyou radiates the spirit of Australian mateship.” We just hope this spirit radiates to the whole world.

Tigers take a coffee break
Spotted: Shiv Sena supreme Uddhav Thackeray along with son Aditya Thackeray entering the spiffy The Tasting Room restaurant at the Raghuvanshi Mills compound in Lower Parel, late last afternoon, at approximately 3 pm.

There was a sudden flurry of excitement which caused the late lunch crowd, some of them enjoying their wine, to look up. In came Uddhav, with Aditya and some other men, along with a handful of security staff.

They walked in and were ushered towards the rear end of the restaurant. Aditya was seen taking a selfie underneath a chandelier. Hmmm… a taste of more than politics for the Shiv Sena cub.

The spirit of things
This is Mumbai, city of opportunity if nothing else. If there is a trend, you can be sure you’ll find it in the shops, the street-side stalls and even in the itinerant railway vendors’ motley collections.

Christmas cheer is everywhere. Pic/Ankoor Anvekar
Christmas cheer is everywhere. Pic/Ankoor Anvekar

The season of LED reindeer horns and sparkly Santa Claus hats is upon us, so of course the very roads are lined with red, white, green and good cheer as the smiles on these sellers’ faces show.

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