We recently heard singer/songwriter Raghav Meattle's Better Than It All, and we must say we are hooked. This now Mumbai-based, Delhi boy seems to have it all. A soulful husky voice? Check. Lyrics that make you think of that lover you just can't get over? Check. A face you would love as your next eye candy? Check. Meattle, who was also one of the semi-finalists on The Stage 2, charms us with his simple melody, that's got you asking for more. If this song is any indication of what is to come, we could have a bonafide John Mayer in the making. As we hum along, 'I'm not waiting for some phonecall', we can't help but wait for the next single.
A Tinder horror
Jo Nesbo's latest Harry Hole thriller, The Thirst, is out and we have devoured it. The Norwegian author lives up to tradition and delivers a tight novel with a mystery that unfolds around scary Tinder dates. It will leave you with a lesson or two about personal safety. With several murders and shady characters — there are at least four we were suspicious of till the right end — this is something you ought to pick up on a rainy weekend and curl up a freshly brewed cup of tea.
Say no to pre-mix
Last week, to soothe our nerves frayed by a work week, we stopped at Juhu's Grandmama's Cafe and ordered a kulhad masala chai. However, we forgot to add that we didn't want sugar in it. However, when we did mention this for the next cup, we were told that's impossible. Even for, say, a regular masala chai. Why? Because the cafe uses a premix powder that comes with sugar. A cafe using a pre-mix powder? Kind of pointless ain't it?
Order of the day
Keep that phone away8.30 AM - 5 PM: BNHS has planned an event to help you undergo a digital detox and spend the day with nature.
All this in a forest right here in Mumbai. The participants will get to know each other, play games and participate in group activities on July 2. Make sure you register today.
WHERE: BNHS Conservation Education Centre, Goregaon
ENTRY: Rs 700 per person
Boost your energy
Ongoing, 4 PM - 7 PM: Here's some incentive to start your week on a healthy note. Garde Manger Cafe has rolled out a high tea combo for R499 that includes a sandwich, a beverage (can be either smoothie/tea/coffee/juice) a dessert of your choice and some cookies to go along with the meal.
WHERE: 3, Paranjay Scheme Marg No 1, Paranjape Nagar, Vile Parle
11 AM - 7 PM: Pune-based artist Amol Pawar has launched his solo exhibition. The collection, titled The Shakti Series, showcases feminine power as an incarnation of creativity and balance. Pawar's paintings also portray layers of complexities in the male–female relationship.
WHERE: Jehangir Art Gallery, AC – 2, 161-B, M Road, Kala Ghoda
Enjoy Arre O'Henry
6.30 PM and 9 PM: Gulzar has adapted four of O Henry's lesser-known stories for the stage, titled Shaadi Kara Lo, Nuskha, Madam and Bal Bal Bache in the play Arre O' Henry. The skits have been directed by Salim Arif and star Lubna Salim, Bakul Thakkar and Amit Behl.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 400
Attend a social talk
5 PM: The Godrej India Culture Lab is holding a conference titled, We the Nation: Micro-narratives of Change that showcases individuals and groups who are innovatively archiving, reporting and commenting on social change. Catch a presentation by P Sainath on why it is vital to talk about rural India.
WHERE: Auditorium, first floor, Godrej ONE, Vikhroli (East) (entry from Eastern Express Highway)
Tuck into lobster risotto
7.30 PM -10 PM: If you want to spend your Saturday tucking into delicious food, head to Indigo in Colaba that is celebrating its 18th birthday by launching a new menu. Try classics like fresh mozzarella and summer vegetable tart, Shiraz braised Jodhpuri goat shanks and lobster risotto.
WHERE: Indigo, 4 Mandlik Road, Colaba
Celebrate 100 years of Ella
July 8, 6 pm and 8 pm:
If you recognize this name, yay. If not, read up. Also known as the queen of Jazz, Ella Jane Fitzgerald was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. And, all this is going to happen at the Ziziland Jazz Festival. And, the artists who will be paying the tribute are the Bombay Jazz Club Featuring Samantha Edwards, D Wood, Karim Ellaboudi and Aron Nyiro. But, do stay on for the next show which is interestingly titled the The Rat Pack Songbook and features Indians legends like Louiz Banks, Gino Banks, Gary Lawyer and Sheldon D'Silva.
Where: St. Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra (West)
Entry: Rs 750-Rs 1,000
Discover malts by Talisker, Coal Ila, Oban, Lagavulin, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie and Cardhu at an upcoming malt week
A new malt week hopes to dispel the snobbery around the drink and bring some of the famous single malts in the world to the city. Organised by All Things Nice, the event will be held from June 29 to July 6, where 13 restaurants will create a set of events for malt whisky lovers. From a Peated Malt Tasting at Hakkasan to a Taste of Scotland at Oliver Bar and Kitchen, malt whisky aficionados have lot to look forward to and learn.
"Malt Week is designed to give you a full whisky experience with the Classic Malts Selection. You can meet fellow whisky enthusiasts at the dining and tasting events," says sommelier, Nikhil Agarwal. The aim of Malt Week, he says, is to give people an opportunity to educate themselves on malt whiskies.
WHAT: Six-course dinner at MasqueWHERE: Gala 3, Laxmi Woollen Mill, Mahalaxmi
WHEN: July 29, 7.30 PM
ENTRY: Rs 4,500
Indulge your shoe fetish
June 27-June 30,
11 am to 2 pm: You've walked down the streets, haunted the shops and even browsed till your eyes dried up. Yet, didn't find any shoe/bag that really fits your personality? If that's you, then you need to attend this course. Over three days you will learn how to sketch your designs, work with karigars and photograph your designs and perhaps even sell them to others with your taste. It might really be the thing your inner designer has been waiting for. Where: Mumbai Fashion Academy, Parel
Entry: Rs 4,000
Bite into delish Peruvian kebabs
Ongoing, 7.30 PM ONWARD: Kebab lovers are in for a gastronomical trip. Radio Bar is bringing the best of kebabs from Morocco, Fiji, Vietnam and Peru that have been immersed in spices and marinated for 24 hours making them tasty to the bone. You can try the spicy Moroccan green harissa, a mix of coarsely ground herbs, spices, chilli peppers, garlic and roasted onion with carrot tzatziki, Peruvian pollu a la brasa served with a freshly pounded guacamole, Vietnamese lemon grass barbecue chicken, a flavourful Vietnamese lemongrass marinade with a blend of Asian spices served with hot Sriracha.
WHERE: Radio Bar, Ground floor, Hotel New Castle, Linking Road, next to Satguru. Bandra (West)
Watch the masters come alive
Ongoing, 10.30 AM - 7 PM: Gallery 7 has rolled out a summer sale comprising 85 works by over 15 legendary artists of the country. You'll also get to view different mediums of art right from sculpting, etching, water colour to oil and acrylic on canvas. On offer are artworks by MF Husain, FN Souza, Sakti Burman, Akbar Padamsee and SH Raza.
WHERE: G3, Oricon House, 12/14 Rampart Row, K Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda
Guzzle at Guppy
4 PM - 8 PM: Hello Guppy is offering happy hours between 4 pm and 8 pm, every day. You can avail the buy-one-get-one-free offer on all cocktails, beer, house pour spirits and snacks. From the tall drinks section, try a twist on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail — the Kimchi Marie includes sticks of cucumber frozen into an ice block. The Martini section of the menu includes the Nobara, a mixture of sweet vermouth, whiskey and bitters smoked to perfection and served in a frozen martini glass. While drinks are priced between Rs 300 and Rs 500, happy hour nibbles are priced at Rs 150–Rs 450.
WHERE: Ground Floor, Godrej-BKC, G-Block BKC, Bandra
Take notes on raising sons
June 30, 7 pm – 9 pm:With the focus shifting on what women should be like, to what men bring to society, the question arises, are our sons responsible for making a safer world for women? If the answer is yes, how does one solve fix this? Attend a session by Bellevue Salons titled Raising Feminist Sons for a day with like-minded people. The conversation between Bishakha Datta (filmmaker); Vidya Kamat (Visual Artist); Kiran Manral (author of Karmic Kids) and Shilpa Phadke (Why Loiter?) will be moderated by Tara Kaushal.
When: June 30, 7 pm – 9 pm 14, Veronica Street, Ranwar, Bandra (West)
Monsoon adventure guide
From cycling, trekking and rappelling, here's how you could spend next Sunday
Rappel down a cliff
6.15 AM: Those with an adventurous streak should head to Dudhiware in Lonavala for waterfall rappelling. The sport involves walking down a cliff amidst the gushing waterfall using ropes and abseiling gear. Don't forget to wear good trekking shoes and carry water to stay hydrated.
MEETING POINT: Pritam Hotel, 20 Dharamputra, Pritam Estate, Dadar East
COST: Rs 2,000
TO BOOK: www.eventshigh.com
Explore the caves
7.30 AM: Here's a trek that involves cycling, trekking and some exploration. You begin by riding along the lush green Karjat stretch till Kondiwade village. From here, you will trek towards Rajmachi. En-route you will get to visit the Kondhana caves. The trek ends with lunch at the village. Cycles will be provided.
MEETING POINT: Karjat Railway Station
COST: Rs 1,600
Head to the highest point
7 AM: Ever wondered what Mumbai looks like from the top. Enjoy a hike to the highest point in the city into the undisturbed parts of mixed deciduous forest at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Once at the top, you get to soak in the breathtaking panoramic view of Tulsi, Vihar and Powai lakes.
MEETING POINT: Main gate of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri Caves Rd, Rajendra Nagar Society, Borivli East
COST: Rs 1,000
Soak in some history
7.15 AM: If you like to club a little bit of history with your trekking trip, head to Mahuli Fort in the Thane district. Known to be the highest point in Thane, this place is a paradise for rock climbers. The fort, which dates back to the late 1400s, was created by the Mughals and later, taken over by the Marathas. It has been declared as a protected monument.
MEETING POINT: Asangaon Railway Station, Asangaon
COST: Rs 600
Enjoy an American brunch
12 PM to 4 PM: Keen on trying dishes inspired from American comfort food? Head to The Boston Butt, where chef Siddharth Kashyap has curated an inventive brunch menu that includes smoked pork nuggets, double stout batter fried chicken burger, harissa spiced grilled cottage cheese steak, among others. For desserts there's chocolate mousse gateaux and fruit triffle pudding.
WHERE: The Boston Butt, 1st-floor Rampart Row Near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda
PRICE: Rs 1,817 per head (unlimited food and alcohol)
Have a good laugh
8 PM: Catch stand-up artiste Kautuk Srivastava put into words the banal sides of being an introvert in a socially plastic world in the Anatomy of Awkward. With new jokes, old memories and some awkward moments, this comedian promises some laughs.
WHERE: Havana Cafe & Bar, Gordon House Hotel, 5 Battery Street, Colaba
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com
Watch a Hindi play
4 PM: Catch the staging of Shishir Ramavat's story Jiyo Jee Bharke, which explores the inhuman aspects of ordinary people. The entire drama takes place in an animal laboratory where the primary characters of the play are animals. They all dream and have simple aspirations. But, a cruel doctor might just kill any such hopes.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 300
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com
Dress like the squad
8.30 PM onwards: Suicide squad fans, here's an opportunity to play the part. Gear up for a badass Sunday at Raasta Bombay, where you can come dressed up as a character from the movie and catch the screening of the film, while enjoying cocktails and shots. There will be special competitions, where you can get a chance to win merchandise too.
WHERE: Raasta Bombay, 4th Floor, Rohan Plaza, Khar
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