Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Whispers

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

Ice would be nice, say Mumbai runners
Sweltering and weltering — this seems to be the condition of Mumbai’s runners as they get into gear for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon scheduled for January 2016.

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon on October 5, 2015 where runners braved icy temperatures. Pic/AFP
The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon on October 5, 2015 where runners braved icy temperatures. Pic/AFP

City runners are sweating copious buckets as the mercury climbs mercilessly. Contrast this with a picture of runners at the Everest, which hosted a marathon recently. The runners are competing in icy temperatures and we guess, thin air, as the world’s highest marathon was held in the foothills of Mount Everest in Nepal’s Solukhumbu district.

The 42-km Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is usually held in May to mark the anniversary of the first conquest of Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary but was postponed because of the Nepal earthquake. We can hear Mumbai say, ‘Iceis nice.’

Big short release for Konkona
It’s raining short films. After Nimrat Kaur, Konkona Sen Sharma seems to be the next big-screen actor who’s showing interest in the genre.

Konkona Sen Sharma with Tillotama Shome
Konkona Sen Sharma with Tillotama Shome

Sen Sharma, along with Tilottama Shome and Gulshan Deviah will appear in a 20-minute film, Nayantara’s Necklace, the story of an unusual exchange between two women.

Directed by Jaydeep Sarkar of Khoya Khoya Chand fame and presented by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films (earlier presented the Ahalya) by Sujoy Ghosh it will release on digital platforms later this month.

Suppandi’s online avatar
Tinkle’s popular characters, Shikari Shambu and Suppandi have entertained generations of readers. While browsing the web recently, we were delighted to hear their voices too, thanks to Suppandi & Friends, a YouTube channel. This channel offers short stories featuring Suppandi, Shikari Shambu and Defective Detectives.

The channel will release weekly episodes of three to four minutes’ duration. We can’t wait for the next Tinkle character to be introduced. Kalia the crow? Tantri? Watch this space for more. You can log on to www.youtube.com/suppandi to catch more of their animated madness.

Look who found a roast chair
Advertising gimmicks never cease to amaze us. While it’s plain vanilla to pay a celebrity to endorse your product, here’s a new one.

(From left-right) Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhat, Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi of All India Bakchod
(From left-right) Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhat, Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi of All India Bakchod

We received a mail from a leading online furniture brand, which was being promoted by stand-up comics from All India Bakchod (AIB). The tagline read, ‘The good folks at AIB think our designs are wicked just like their humour so we decided to furnish their office with some of our pieces.’

The campaign includes a funny video of the brand’s furniture being off-loaded at the AIB office, as group members have a blast picking their favourite pieces of furniture, including a roast chair! The campaign gets credit for AIB’s next big idea, attributing it to their newly furnished space.

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