14 things to do in and around Mumbai
This season of The Crown has made us feel for the Queen in such a way that we hadn't felt before. The character, played brilliantly by Claire Foy, comes across as charming, strong, and oh-so-human. Our favourite episode was the one where the Queen is
This season of The Crown has made us feel for the Queen in such a way that we hadn't felt before. The character, played brilliantly by Claire Foy, comes across as charming, strong, and oh-so-human. Our favourite episode was the one where the Queen is pitted against Jackie Kennedy. Another one deals with her sister, Princess Margaret's love affair with Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Mathew Goode is dishy, to say the least).
Partition, and the lives after
Among the many things that Gulzar's new novel, Two, will do to you, is make you experience the effects of the Partition on those who witnessed its horrors first-hand. The reader gets a short glimpse of the serene lives of the people of this city, before the Partition pits them against each other. While we would expect healing with time, all we get is a semblance of no resolution from the pain. The Partition, as we learn, continues to torment.
When art takes on politics
Recent works by Berlin-based Israeli filmmaker Yael Bartana are on view at Kala Ghoda's Max Mueller Bhavan. It is not often that we get to see, in our city, high-quality and though-provoking art that comments on politics, so 'pre-enactments' is worth a visit just for that. Two video installations depict the blurring of lines between fiction and reality, which, if you think about, is much the case with modern politics. The show is on till January 20.
Meet the author
5 pm to 7 pm: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The author of best-selling novels like Palace of Illusions and Mistress of Spices, will be talking about her latest book and share anecdotes about her life and her literary journey. Those who have read her books, would not want to miss this one. And, those who haven't, this would make for a great occasion to get started.
Where: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, 45/47 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
Cycle to the flamingos
6 am to 5 pm: Sewri Mangrove Park known for its expansive mudflats are home to thousands of flamingos in the winters. Hop on a cycle and pedal away to a majestic sight, bathed in pink and white. You can also spot the black-headed ibis, Western reef egret, river tern, sandpiper, green shank, herons, black-tailed godwits, wagtails among many more, while you are at it.
Where: Meet at Cyclingzens, Katrak Road, Sahakar Nagar Wadala
Latch on to laughter
9 pm onwards: If you are a frequent viewer of Angad Singh Ranyal's comedy sketches on YouTube, here's a chance to catch him live. The man from East India Comedy, who has built his own brand of desi humour, will be trying out some new stuff this time. Going by his videos, trust him to leave you in splits, off-line too!
Where: 1001, Heera Panna Shopping Mall, MHADA Colony 19, Powai
Watch the legend
6.30 pm onwards: A Kathak Kaleidoscope presented by the dance maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj will feature innovative choreography, with a special appearance by celebrity performers. There will also be an "edge of the seat" contest with a rapid fire round, after which the Pandit Birju Maharaj Crown will be presented.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Dig into winter treats
12 pm to 1 am: Crispy pork belly tosadas, chimichurri chicken skewers, spicy Bloody Mary wings and the Hangover Burger are only a few of the newest items you could gorge on at TGI Fridays. They've got it covered for tipplers too. Try the blackberry LIIT, the Ultimate Pomegranate Margarita or the Tennessee Peach to wash down the solid treats.
Where: TGI Fridays, 2nd Floor, 201, Link Corner, Khar West
Watch a Bard's tale
7 pm onwards: Atul Kumar's bestselling play Piya Behrupiya, based on Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, is back. This playful adaptation packs in a cast of unforgettable characters played by Amitosh Nagpal, Mantra Mugdh, Geetanjali Kulkarni, to name a few. There's unrequited love, subtle poetry, laugh out loud humour - all the drama you need on a Saturday night.
Where: St. Andrew's Auditorium, 55, Saint Domnic Road, Bandra West
Call: 2641 0926
Shop for vintage dresses this winter
11 AM – 7 PM: Good news for fashion lovers looking to spend the weekend around town. A pop-up vintage marketplace moves to designer James Ferreira's Indo-Portuguese style heritage home at Khotachiwadi. "He's [Ferreira] opening his entire home for the customers to come in, walk around and just enjoy the experience of shopping for vintage amid historic ambiance. I'm opening my store in New York early next year, but prior to the launch, I wanted to do a few pop-ups in Mumbai, starting with Khotachiwadi," says Kanika Karnikop about No Borders.
The concept store will focus on the idea of bringing together diversity in fashion, culture and art. And the pop-up will be an amalgamation of vintage designer finds from the 1920s-90s including Dior, Fendi, Moschino, Prada, Calvin Klein, Valentino and Thierry Mugler. The Indian designers - Rahul Mishra, Abraham & Thakore, Pero by Aneeth Arora, Eka, Rimzim Dadu, Anavila and Shift - who are also part of the New York store roster, will be featured at the Mumbai pop-up as well.
Where: 47/G, Khotachiwadi Trail 1 Lane, Ambewadi, Girgaon
Price: Rs.7,000 - Rs.30,000
Buy tribal art
10 AM – 8.30 PM: Like tribal art? You can own one too. In a week-long endeavor to promote indigenous arts, PotliArts will be holding an exhibition and sale of a range of tribal and folk paintings starting today. From Gond and Warli tribal art, to Patachitra and Kalamkari, you can get your hands on some of the finest works.
Where: Taj Art Gallery, Hotel Taj Palace, Colaba
Learn biscuit icing
12 PM – 3 PM: Learn piping and decorating techniques using royal icing to create your X'mas biscuit collection.
Where: Doolally Taproom, 10 A Rajkutir, 3rd Road, Khar West
To Register: doolally.in/events
Listen to partition stories
6.30 PM: Join singer Sonam Kalra for an experiential performance that will use music, theatre, video and design to tell the stories of partition. The project attempts to weave together a retelling of the horrifying event that tore the country apart.
Where: Experimental Theatre: NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Price: Rs.400 – Rs.500
To Book: in.bookmyshow.com
Catch an art show
11 AM – 7 PM: Attend a sculpture exhibition by Ankit Patel titled Musings that will explore the limits to which the human body
can stretch itself.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, 161-B, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Pick up a suit for a wedding
11 AM – 7 PM: Still to pick up a suit or sherwani for your friend's wedding? Head to designer Kunal Rawal's exhibition, Wedding Edit. This carefully curated collection with over 25 different menswear looks comprises signature brand elements that are sure to resonate with the fashion curious millennial man, who doesn't mind experimenting. The designer will be personally present for interactions.
Where: Kunal Rawal Studio, 125A, 10th Cross Road, Juhu
Get your jazz fix
7.30 PM: Lazy evenings just call for some jazz. Listen to some standards and originals performed by a bunch of fantastic musicians from India and abroad. The line up includes Rajeev Raja on flute, Karl Peters on bass, Rahul Wadhwani on piano, and Aron Nyiro on drums, along with guest artist Adil Manuel
Where: The Quarter,Royal Opera House, Mathew Rd, Opera House, Girgaon
Call: 83291 10638
To Book: insider.in
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