20 things to do around Mumbai from January 31 to February 6
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Ladies, lend your ears
7 PM: Start your week on a high note at Radio Bar, which has rolled out a Sunday Ladies Night. All ladies get a complimentary cocktail and amuse-bouche. Also, on every pitcher order, get another free.
Where: Radio Bar, Linking Road, Bandra West
Price: Rs 210 onwards
Eat organic veggies
10 AM – 3 PM: Be a part of the Farmer’s Market where you can buy organically grown (and certified) fruits and vegetables for sale, learn to use the charkha, enjoy local traditional treats at the Organic Café and more. Tired after all these activities? Opt for a foot massage.
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi
Find your better half
6.30 PM – 8.30 PM: Are you finding it hard to find a true relationship? It could be because you don’t know yourself yet. It’s only when you know what you really want, can you find an ideal partner, believes Relationship and Soul Temple Facilitators Priti Rambhia and Varsha Punwani. With their unique self-help techniques, they will help you overcome the challenges to emerge as the best version of yourself. Being positive is key to attracting that relationship, they feel!
Where: Cafe D’Wine, Mangal Bhavna, near Dominos, Khar
Entry: Rs 750 cover charge
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Rise with music
7 PM: NGO Swayamdeep rounds up musical greats like Anup Jalota, Shaan and Alka Yagnik for a concert themed around social fraternity. The show, called Agaaz, is a tribute to Dr Ambedkar, so here’s your chance to listen to melody, and also pause for a cause.
Where: Sambhaji Maidan, Kannamwar Nagar, Vikhroli East
Entry: Rs 500
Eat like the Bohras
Bohri cuisine happens to be one of the grossly underrepresented cuisines on Mumbai’s food map. So, go on this culinary journey where you’ll be served a homemade meal in a thal, which is a large dish placed on the floor with up to eight people seated around it. The spread is extensive, starting with a welcome drink followed by a five-course.
Where: 3rd Cross Lane, Byculla West, near Balaji Hospital
Entry: Rs 950
7.30 PM: The Indian Comedy Club presents Blurred Lines, not the Robin Thicke hit, but a stand-up set by Sundeep Rao. Rao is India’s only partially blind stand-up, so this has to be a unique laugh riot!
Where: Tap, New Link Road, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 500
Publish your own book
11 AM – 1.30 PM: Get the dormant author in you to this workshop to understand the nuances of publishing, dealing with agents, self-publishing and more. Rohini Gupta, the author of To Catch a Falling Star, will take you through the process.
Where: Somaiya Center, 2nd floor, above Kitab Khana, Fort
Entry: Rs 599
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Walk for a cause
If you want to make your Sunday a productive one, go for a walk. Not just for yourself, but for greater good. Footsteps4Good, a charity fundraising event, will have a 5 km and 10 km walkathon at BKC. The initiative was started in 2011 by Jill Beckingham, wife of the ex-British Deputy High Commissioner Peter Beckingham to encourage citizen participation to empower the society. This initiative allows participants to donate the entire registration fee of R2000 not only to the affiliated NGOs, but also to any other NGO of their choice.
When: February 7, 6.30 AM
Entry: Rs 2,000
Log on: http://www.footsteps4good.org
Bake a hotdog bread
FEB 4, 2 PM – 5.30 PM: Sonjuhi Malhotra, a consultant and trainer in baking and confectionery, is conducting a workshop where you can learn to make hotdog, burger breads, subs, 6 salads, sandwiches, burgers, veg-rolls, gherkins, coleslaw, five varieties of cutlets, bagels, doughnuts, hash potatoes, Spanish bread, eggless mayonnaise and more.
Where: Sonjuhi’s Academy, JVPD, Juhu
Entry: Rs 3,000
Catch a poignant play
FEB 5, 6.30 PM: If you’re in the mood to watch a play, catch Javed Siddiqi’s humourous yet poignant Hum Safar. Starring Harsh Chhaya and Lubna Salim, the play explores the complexities of a broken relationship which yearns for communion.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir
Entry: Rs 400
Hear it from the ant woman
FEB 1, 2 PM: This is for hard-core science buffs. Dr Charlotte Sleigh, a reader in history of science at the University of Kent, will talk about ‘Electric monks and pathology biscuits: What is science communication and why does it matter?’ She’s popularly known as the ant woman, thanks to her research into the history of myrmecology, the science of ants. Her research topics encompass the life sciences over the past 150 years.
Where: Convention Centre, Sophia College, Anderson Annexe Building, Bhulabhai Desai Road
Log on to: www.britishcouncil.in
Look through the window
ONGOING, 11 AM – 7 PM: Mumbai-based photographer Parhad Goghavala will give you a voyeuristic glimpse into the everyday lives of Mumbaikars through their windows. Using beautiful facades of derelict buildings as a backdrop, Goghavala uses windows as a canvas in this exhibition, titled Arrested Development. The images have been captured in the old neighbourhood of Byculla down to Crawford market towards the South of the city.
Where: Gallery 7, G3 Ground Floor, Oricon House,12/14 Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda
Dig into a South Indian Sappad
ONGOING, 12 PM – 3 PM: If you haven’t tried the Tamil Sappad, a Chettinad cuisine that is fiery in nature and mostly vegetarian, head to 29. The restaurant will serve the spread priced at R550, comprising beans poriyal, vadai, thoran, pepper rassam, payassam, kesari bhaat and tamarind — making it 21 delicious items in totality.
Where: 29, ground floor, Mohammedbhoy Mansion, NS Patkar Marg, Kemps Corner
Learn the art of orchestra
FEB 7: Zane Dalal, the associate music director of The Symphony Orchestra of India, will introduce youngsters to the world of orchestral music in this specially-created programme. Following the concert, an instrument petting zoo will be set up, allowing the audience members to see the instruments and interact with the musicians up close.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Order of the day
01- Monday: Try the Canteen’s new menu
12 PM – 12 AM: Thomas Zacharia loves to use local, seasonal ingredients and his Naya Mausam Ka Naya Menu promises just that. From Sarson ka Saag to Rogan Josh, indulge in the fresh produce of kohlrabi, turnips and winter greens. Do try the Ganga Jamuna Margarita and Guava Chilli Mojito.
Where: Bombay Canteen, Unit-1, Process House, Kamala Mills, SB Road, Lower Parel
02- Tuesday: Catch Banares on canvas
11 AM – 7 PM: View the works of artist Yashwant Shirwadkar at his exhibition of Impressionistic landscape paintings titled Banaras. Shirwadkar’s paintings are in shades of red, orange and yellow as he attempts to capture the ever-changing light of the landscape. To make it realistic, he uses a palette knife for effect.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
03- Wednesday: Pay homage to Abbaji
6.30 AM onwards: Musicians will pay tribute to Ustad Allarakha to mark his 16th barsi. Fondly known as Abbaji, performances include Taal Pranam at 6.30 am with performances by Ustad Shujat Khan (Sitar). Taal Tapasya, the afternoon session, will start at 11.30 am. Don’t miss Celebrate Abbaji, an evening session by Western drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tunisian Oudh player, Dhafer Youssef at 6.30 pm. The grand finale is a jam session led by Zakir Hussain.
Where: Shanmukhanand Hall, Sion
04-Thursday: Listen to the madman of Indian rock
8.30 PM: Attend a live performance by 2Blue, the madman of Indian rock. He has shared the stage with legends such as Paul DiAnno (ex-Iron Maiden), Matthias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), George Lynch (ex-Dokken), and Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), and also plays as Judas Iscariot in Alyque Padamsee’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound Worli
Entry: Rs 500
05-Friday: Conserve the wetlands
8 aM – 5 PM: Catch a photo exhibition that puts the spotlight on the city’s marine and freshwater wetlands that have been struggling to survive in the face of ever-expanding construction. The preservation of wetlands will help stabilise the coastline, control erosion and provide habitat for plant and animal species, prevent floods and purify groundwater.
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park Society, Sion Link Road, Dharavi
06-Saturday: Head to the Sula Fest
In its ninth edition, the festival will see over 100 international and national artistes across 25 genres and 23 nations. Australian band The Cat Empire will make its Indian debut as one of the headliner acts. Others include acts by Kailasa, Balkan Beat Box, Dub Inc, and Aqua Dominatrix. Also watch out for Luna City Express, Rik Watts and Anastacia. Did we mention 30 gourmet food counters?
Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik
Log on to: www.sulafest.net/tickets/