To whom goes the Maruti?
Maya Rahate, Shyams wife, in the midst of the chaos after the results were declaredChaos reigned at the Matoshree Sports Complex at Poonam Nagar in Andheri on Sunday evening as the National Body Building Championships being hosted for the first-time ever by Mumbai, ended in a riot.
Fans of local boy Shyam Rahate went on a rampage when he lost to Assamese Bijit Gogoi in the 90-kg category. That result was amended and both of them were then declared joint winners, even as the police were called in to restore order. The jury was pressurised to change its verdict.
What is more shameful is that a Maruti Omni car, to be presented to the, Champion of Champions overall will not be awarded. That category was cancelled thanks to the entire fracas.
That car is still at the venue, and sponsors Nice Pharmaceuticals have announced that it will be presented in March at Mangalore for the Federation Cup Body Building, to the Champion of Champions there.
With the paltry sponsorship that bodybuilding gets, the car for the overall winner was a huge surprise for all. Now, one deserving body builder from this championship has lost out on an opportunity to win a car, because of the fracas and the sport has lost a lot of its sheen.
This is where the art of aesthetic body building originated in the 11th century when athletes lifted carved stone dumbbell weights called Nals
Baboolal KhatriWith all the talk of a new airport coming up in Navi Mumbai, Baboolal Khatri (75) reminisces the time when the Mumbai airport was only a hangar at Santacruz and owned by the late JRD Tata.
Khatri, who has been an airport photographer since 1955, says, We would enter from Kalina and shoot the aircraft and the hangar. JRD would himself call me to take the pictures.
In his 56 years of airport photography, Khatri has seen the three new airport terminal buildings come up and also hopes to shoot the new one.
At the airport on Tuesday, capturing the new centralised immigration facility of the international airport, Khatri was an A class guest.
Airports Authority of India staffers hovered around him and Khatri was offered tea even before the waiting journos.
A mark of respect for Khatriji, said a senior staffer, who has known him since he joined airport service in 1980.
Samanvay, a Mumbai Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), working towards the preservation of family as a social unit, held a pre-marital orientation programme on January 29 at Vanita Samaj Hall, Dadar. Approximately 30 youngsters clarified doubts, trepidation and myths about marriage.
Experts, Jai Vaidya, advocate Mumbai Family Court, Pratibha Gheewala ex-principal marriage counsellor at Mumbai Family Court, Pratima Havaldar, senior psychologist and sexologist Dr Vitthal Prabhu spoke in various sessions followed by interaction.
Shubhangi Ghadi reports that the day-long programme began with Gheewala talking about the importance of getting married. It is very important for us to think in advance about our expectations from our relationship. The sex session focussed on the modern malaise of AIDS. Some of the questions asked were: can oral sex cause AIDS?
Can kissing or smooching cause AIDS? Both these questions were answered with a yes and qualified the affirmation with certain conditions. He also peppered his talk with messages like, Sex is not between two legs but between two ears and cautioned against sex tonics, saying, There is no need to take sex tonics.
Once the emotional relationship between the two partners improves, the physical relationship does too.
Dr Prabhu also said in humorous vein, Men often come to the conclusion on their first night that they cannot perform and make their spouse happy. However, one should keep trying. After all practice makes a man perfect.
Prashant Dalvi, play writer and Pratiksha Lonkar, a film actor, made a guest appearance. The couple shared how they spent 22 years together, despite having such demanding careers.
Some points encapsulated
A woman needs emotional love, whereas a man needs love in the form of sex
For a good relationship there should be communication between partners
It is very important to get a marriage certificate. It is not necessary for a woman to change her name after marriage. She can continue with her maiden name
A good relationship does not come naturally; one needs to work on it
The flavour is Maharashtra
Warli paintings will be showcased in HaryanaAs if the Mumbai Festival which concluded on January 29 was not enough, the state of Maharashtra we hear has been chosen as the theme state in this years Surjkand Mela to be held in the Faridabad district of Haryana from February 1 to 15.
This mela is an arts and crafts fair and showcases the essence of one state every year in its 20-year history.
This time, Kapil Devs state, Haryana will showcase everything Maharashtrian from Warli art paintings to the Lezim (folk dance) and the Mallakhamb (gymnastics on a rope or pole).
A Mumbai fashion designer will hold a fashion show with Maharashtrian fabrics.
We learnt that the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is into hard sell these days, and keen to keep the tempo going even though the festival has ended. Now, the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) has allied with the MTDC, where the MTDC would provide a substantial discount on its resorts to WIAA members.
The WIAA members will also get a discount on the Deccan Odyssey, the MTDCs luxury train built on the lines of the Palace on Wheels. So, what would the tourism body get in return? The WIAA will try to pull in business for the Deccan Odyssey.
Band baj gaya!
The Indian Music Industrys (IMI) latest newsletter shows its anti-piracy arm has been kept busy all through this winter. Even as the mercury plunges, the heat is on for the music pirates who were caught in the dragnet thrown across the country.
Aamchi Mumbai figures prominently on the list. IMI says known pirate Ramesh Rajput was arrested from the premises of Sainath Music in Goyal Shopping Center at Borivli.
The raid carried out in mid-December yielded a total of 200 pirated cassettes, 1,200 MP3 CDs and 640 pirated VCDs, including 500 VCDs of Warner titles. We are sure this Mumbai music center was not belting out New Year hits on January 1, 2006. Mumbais neighbour, Pune, also figured on the piracy list.
A raid on Sound Music Center in Pune also yielded 325 MP3 CDs and 495 pirated VCDs and led to the arrest of the accused Naresh Chetkindhi. Piracy of Bollywood music and movies is a huge industry often with underworld connections. Just recently, The Mumbai police and Fairdeal Investigations (an anti-piracy cell) nabbed one Nasir Mohd Agha Khan.
He was caught with the VCD master of Rang de Basanti. The maal was going to Pakistan and Bangladesh, lending credence to the IMI claim, that both these countries are flourishing markets for pirated Bollywood music and movies.
Pick up this bill
There are invitations and there are invitations, but there are some that take us by surprise. Take, for example, this bill that was sent to us by Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda, chief managing director, TOPSGRUP security.
The invite for the chiefs 35th birthday, which falls on February 2.
It comes in the form of a one million dollar bill with Nandas photo emblazoned on it.
We do not know what George Bush thinks of this, but Nandas message to the people who are invited to the Grand Hyatt that day is simple: this note is not to be used for real transactions.
Only meant for my birthday bash lets rock! The other side of the bill takes on a cloying note and reads, I may be a multi-billionaire but my true worth is our friendship and not these green notes. You are my biggest asset. (Really?)
So, if you are going to the party, do not forget to pick up this bill.
Service with a smile
We cracked up with laughter reading these business signs that reader N Varshini mailed us recently
On a plumbers truck: We repair what your husband fixed.
On another plumbers truck: Dont sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.
On a churchs billboard: Seven days without God makes one weak.
In a non-smoking area: If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.
On a maternity room door: Push. Push. Push.
On a fence: Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!
In the front yard of a funeral home: Drive carefully. Well wait.