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22 things to do in and around Mumbai from February 13 to February 19

Attend a musical dedicated to Madhubala

8.30 PM: For die-hard fans of Madhubala, here is a musical biography that will rekindle your love for the captivating heroine of Indian cinema from the 1940s - 60s. Directed by Ashok Hande, Madhurbala spans both the professional glory and the personal losses of the actor. 
WHERE: Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Talavpadi, Thane (W)
ENTRY: Rs 200-Rs 500
CALL: 25362165

Do it the Banatwalla way

8.30 PM: Rattle your funny bones this evening at Hard Rock Cafe with Azeem Banatwalla, who is here to keep you entertained. The engineer-turned-stand-up comedian belts out his best set and, you may be tempted to ask him a travel tip or two, considering he has a newfound passion as a travel writer.
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, Fun Cinema Lane, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W)
ENTRY: Rs 1,000
CALL: 8898087841

Draw with The Bard

11 AM - 1.30 PM: Sign up the kids for a unique workshop by comics creator Abhijeet Kini held alongside an exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the museum. Called The Shakespeare Digest, the workshop involves choosing excerpts from the legendary playwright’s works and turning them into fun comic strips. Suitable for six years and above.
WHERE: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda
ENTRY: Rs 300
CALL: 22844484

Become a storyteller

5 PM: Calling all closet writers — the ones who have stories, chapters or just passages typed and saved in their phones and laptops — to an open mic session with poet and screenwriter Nikita Deshpande in Stories on Toast. For five minutes, the stage is all yours to cast a spell on your audience. If you get crowned as winner, there are loads of goodies to be won, including a book hamper.
WHERE: The Cuckoo Club, next to Candies, Pali Hill, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Rs 200
CALL: 9619962969

Catch an aubergine act

7 PM: Dhaba, directed by Choiti Ghosh and produced by Tram Art Trust Production, stars a brinjal in the lead. Yes, you read that right. Welcome to object theatre. Enacted by Choiti Ghosh and Padma Damodaran, watch what happens when a roadside dhaba, which serves only baingan dishes, has to deal with the arrival of a new vegetable — round, brown, dusty and a Mumbai favourite.
WHERE: Havana Cafe and Bar, Gordon House Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
ENTRY: Rs 300
CALL: 22894488

Journey to the world of nano creatures

5 PM: Meet Prof Roop Mallik, biophysicist and an expert on nanoscale molecular motor proteins, for insight into the little cells that are at work in our bodies 24×7, at this session by Mumbai Local. Sending messages and signals back and forth, motor proteins are the nano creatures at work inside each and every cell.
WHERE: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E)
ENTRY: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children)
CALL: 23731234

Pick up dancehall moves

2 PM - 4.30 PM: Seasoned danseuse Jahnavi Sheriff is ready to share her tips on dancehall, the stuff that Rihanna and Sean Paul gave us in their early days. Sheriff, who trained at the Broadway Dance Centre, will talk about the history of dancehall music and moves and take participants through new school and middle school steps.
WHERE: Arts In Motion, TV Chidambaran Marg, Sion (E)
ENTRY: Rs 500
CALL: 9167946960

Chow down on burgers

11 AM - 11 PM: If you love pigging out on burgers, check out the monthly specials at this bistro. Try their tofu teriyaki burger which has seared silken tofu. There are also non-veg options like Moroccan spiced lamb.
WHERE: AKA Bistro, Radha Bhavan, Kala Ghoda
ENTRY: Rs 300 onwards
CALL: 9029293968

Foster the Indo-Chinese bond

FEB 18, 7 pm ONWARD: To improve cultural exchange between India and China, the Musician’s Federation of India (MFI) is hosting an Indo-China music concert titled Silk Road. The event will see artistes from China like Cao Yanli, Chen Feng, Chen Yuqi, Chen Yifei and Zheng Ce collaborating with Indian musicians like Ratish Tagde (violin), Kishor Jawade (percussion), Sunil Verma (flute). The second half of the show will be a jugalbandi between Indian and Chinese musicians. There will also be a special segment where Chinese vocalist Ma Qijun will render an Indian number.
WHERE: Royal Opera House, Charni Road, near Girgaum Chowpatty beach
CALL: 771599100

Head to the scenic hills

FEB 17 - FEB 19: If you’re looking for some me time, head to The Machan in Lonavala, Jehangir Palkivala, who has been teaching yoga for decades and is also a neuropathy healer has organised a retreat. Participate in an Anhata Retreat with like-minded individuals at an exotic venue, and with of course, delicious food.
WHERE: Private Road, Atvan, Lonavla
ENTRY: Rs 36,000 per person on twin sharing basis,
CALL: 65533333

Attend an art walk-through

5 PM: Explore the vibrant art district of South Mumbai in a walk organised by Khaki Tours. Highlights include the Forbes' House, English Market, exploring the birthplace of Bollywood and more. The 1 km walk will start at FabIndia at Kala Ghoda and will go on for 1.5 hours.
WHERE: 137, Jeroo Building, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba
ENTRY: Rs 500
CALL: 8828100111

A fair deal

A carnival for women entrepreneurs will showcase products from creative ventures

Feb 17-18, 11 AM - 8 pm: Attend the FLO Magic bazaar, a mega women carnival at The Art Hub, Atria Mall in Worli, where one will get to meet entrepreneurs who are changing their lives and the world by launching unconventional businesses. From spa owners to book publicists to chocolatiers these women will inspire you with their creativity, determination and grit. We pick two unconventional business women who are rewriting norms

The sock queens

Meet the real socks queens of India,Naazneen Katrak and Lubeina Shahpurwala who have built a sock empire through scratch. The socks that you wear to work, or the ones you wear to watch your kid's football game, Sunday dinner with the family, night classes, road trips, are likely to have been manufactured by them. Mustang Socks, which manufactures about a million pairs of socks a month, began life close to 30 years ago.

A timeless piece

When it comes to indigenous vintage bespoke watches, House of Marigold, a proprietor firm owned by designer Shilpa Choksi, takes the cake. The watches here are designer hand-crafted timepieces with innovative dials, embedded with diamonds and gemstones, and pieces of jewellery designed around rings, brooches and neckpieces.

Move out

U Me Aur Ghar’s USP is really that it’s the country’s first film to be made exclusively for the Web. That’s really just about it. While the effort must be lauded, there’s better stuff online (from Indian makers too) about the struggles of live-in couples. Even if in this, Omkar Kapoor and Simran Kaur Mundi are a couple pretending to be brother and sister in order to get a flat. The Tinder jokes are staged and everyone’s trying too hard to be normal.

Pooch lessons

Quick test: Name five breeds of dogs. Now, part II. Name five Indian breeds of dogs. Failed?
What do we know about Indian breeds really? Few of us know that some have gone extinct, or are on the brink, because of our firang fixation. But, there’s so much more to learn. Aleph’s latest The Book of Indian Dogs by S Theodore Baskaran is a must-pick if you want to know a little more about the pooch you love. It also covers portrayal of the canines in Indian art.

Song alert!

WE heard Anmol Malik’s Let Me Come Home recently and were pleasantly surprised by the dance number. It’s got a retro vibe, and we were hopping along as we heard it on our headphones. Popular music director Anu Malik’s daughter’s vocals are sweet and controlled, and the writing isn’t too bad either. But, it’s the way the song is produced by Mumbai-based Gaurav Godkhindi that caught our fancy. Tight and innovative. Here’s waiting for more from him.

Volunteer at Dharavi

FEB 13, 6 PM - 7 PM: Earth5R Mumbai is organising a workshop for residents of Dharavi where you could volunteer. Through this workshop, the team aims to introduce several techniques like paper basket-making and paper bag-making, thereby generating livelihood opportunities for residents.
WHERE: Dharavi Slum
CALL: 9920045587

Go on a romantic date

FEB 14, 7 PM ONWARD: ASILO, Lower Parel’s romantic rooftop bar has curated a three-course menu paired with the elegant Moët Rosé Impérial for V-day. With Mumbai’s skyline as the backdrop and the cool winter breeze, it could be a romantic destination to make the day all the more special.
WHERE: ASILO, St Regis Mumbai, Level 38, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
CALL: 61628031

Listen to a story

FEB 15, 6 PM and 9 PM: Get transported to the streets of Lucknow in Pankaj Kapur’s Dopehri, which tells the story of a lonely woman named Amma Bi. Kapur will narrate the tale on stage and take you through her journey from loneliness to self-discovery.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
ENTRY: Rs 500
CALL: 26149546

Own a masterpiece

FEB 16-Feb 17, 11 Am - 7 PM: Saffronart is hosting a sale that will showcase the works of masters like VS Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Ram Kumar, MF Husain and Akbar Padamsee. The auction will also showcase works by lesser-known artists from the modern landscape.
WHERE: Saffronart, 3rd Floor, Industry Manor, Prabhadevi
CALL: 24364113

Watch Revelations

FEB 17, 6.30 PM: Watch a the film titled Revelations which is about Shobha, who lives in Kolkata with her husband Sekhar. Tensions in her marriage leads her to form a complex relationship with her new neighbour Manohar. Soon, secrets are revealed prompting Shobha to make a choice.
WHERE: Little Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
CALL: 66223737

Take a dip

FEB 18, 7 AM: Bikester is organising a guided tour to the evergreen Pawna Lake located around 140km from Mumbai. A relatively unexplored reservoir, it is ideal for a weekend getaway. The overnight trip will also include a trek to Tung Fort. You could later take a dip in the lake to get rid of your city stress.
WHERE: Pawna lake, Lonavla
ENTRY: Rs 3,800
CALL: 7977810991

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