23 things to do around Mumbai from April 18 to April 24
With schools offering a range of courses, there's no better time to get on that boat and ride the waves
Have you ever wished to go on a solo sailing trip? If yes, why wait? The Aquasail Yachting Academy (AYA) promises to hone your seafaring skills, as it teaches you to sail on the high performance First 7.5 sports keel boat. The course begins teaching the basics of safety and sailing. By the end of it, you will be able to independently sail across the high seas, claim the trainers.
Where: Off Gateway of India and Mandwa jetty
Entry: Rs 42,000 for six sessions
Sirius Sport Club
If you hope to witness what it's like to sail, this 2.5-hour introductory session could just be what you were looking for. Open to individuals aged eight and above, it will be conducted aboard a luxurious 26 ft/22 ft yacht, where expert skippers will provide an overview on the basics of sailing. You will go back home armed with sailing terminology.
When: April 15 onwards
Where: Jetty No.5, Gateway Of India
Entry: R3,500 per session
Call: 9819867752/ 7718878578
There's nothing like relaxing on the deck and feeling the water wash away the stress this city gifts you. This two-hour session promises you a sailing experience of another kind. At the 'Discover Sailing' programme, you get a hands-on feel of sailing an international-class yacht with the captain. You will also be trained to orient yourself in water.
When: All days of the week
Where: Off Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder
Entry: Rs 2,249 per session
Fair Winds Sailing School
If you intend to take up sailing professionally and want to perfect the nuances, this school could be your best bet. It offers a series of rigorous courses, with techniques developed by founder Cyrus Heerjee. The courses range
from an introductory class, to a basic
learning programme, and an advanced
Where: Off Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder
Entry: Rs 3,000 – Rs 20,000
Mumbai Sailing Club
It's always best to get your kid to start young, especially when it comes to sailing. It boosts self-confidence, helps develop spatial awareness and an understanding of shifty weather conditions. And if there's a specially designed course for them, why settle for anything else. The 10 session-long programme, for children aged eight to 15
years, will be conducted on the Optimist class boat.
When: Ongoing, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Off Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder
Entry: Rs 10,000 for 10 sessions
Get that NRI feel
12 PM – 12 AM: Chef Atul Kochhar brings the flavour of the Indian community in South Africa over to Not Really Indian (NRI). Give the bunny chow a try, a South African fast food classic consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with special curry, served with raw plantain and a slaw of pickled vegetables. Over at NRI, try some of their variations made of pulled pork, chocolate and BBQ lamb at their
Bunny Chow Festival.
Where: NRI, Maker Maxity, North Avenue 2, Bandra Kurla Complex
Prices: Rs300 onwards
Play garden games
10 AM – 12 PM: Urban Games Project hosts its very first session of games, and everyone is invited. Don your hats for two outdoor games that will need players to get out of their couch potato mode. The first game is Ninja Tag, where you have to make your way through a forest, battling ninjas. The second is Emperor, where the ruler is dead, and everyone wants his job! Sounds like a videogame, but, it isn't.
Where: Horniman Circle Garden, Fort
Catch Eight Kings
7 PM: Enter the world of imperial Delhi, set in the times of Sheikh Nizamuddin Aulia, about eight sultans who ruled just before the advent of Mohammed bin Tuglaq. Written by Vikramjeet Sinha and directed by Farhad Colabavala, the play juxtaposes eternal love and the impermanence of power.
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 500
Cheer with sixers
7.30 PM: At Old Wild West, you get to cheer for Bengaluru or Delhi, as you guzzle down pitchers of beer at R999 or have cocktails named Long Run, Googly and Hat Trick. Get there before 8 PM to avail of happy hours.
Where: Old Wild West, Kamala Mills Compound Lower Parel
Prices: R300 onwards
Follow a musical ride
4 PM – 7 PM: Radhika Mukherjee's Happydemic, a new platform for aspiring artistes, rolls out an open bus that will move around the city, entertaining us folk. The musical joyride will be hosted by Karan Tacker and will host talented artistes like Shaan and his band Superbia, Siddhant Bhosle, DJ Eddie, Anil Bhatt and Payal Dev. Watch out for the bus, and gear up for these live acts.
Where: Bandra Reclamation, Worli Sea Face and Kala Ghoda
Watch the Race of Hope
3 PM – 10 PM: Time to support the horse races in the city, and also a cause. The Indian Cancer Society joins hands with the Race of Hope to create awareness among the public, and raise funds for helping poor cancer patients across the country. At this year's carnival, there will be loads of opportunities to indulge at the food and fashion stalls and cheer for the horse races as well.
Where: Mahalaxmi Race Course
Entry: R200 (Royal Western India Turf Club charges)
Get creative like The Bard
6 PM – 8 PM: Sign up for a storytelling workshop where you can tap into the power of Shakespeare. Think timeless themes, intriguing plots, universal concepts and cliffhangers, the way ol' Will did them. Writer Karishma Attari (in pic) will take you through this workshop, which should get you cracking on your very own
Where: The Hive, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, Khar (W)
Kids, grow up with poetry
11 AM: What can be better for your kids than to listen to poetry by a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer? Along with actor Vivek Tandon and three young performers, Anju Makhija will bring the best of Poems to Grow Up With, a collection of poetry and stories in verse rooted in India. Accompanying their words are the foot-tapping rhythms of the Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA).
Where: Kitab Khana, Flora Fountain
View divine interpretations
10 AM – 9 PM: Artist Bira Kishor Patra presents his recent watercolour and acrylic series, titled Towards Divine Paths, which delves into spirituality. Using resplendent colours and soothing tones, his works draw from devotion to Krishna. Here is a chance to spend some heart and soul time.
Where: Art Walk Gallery, Hotel Trident, Nariman Point
Get goosebumps with these stories
7.30 PM – 12 PM: Remember your childhood's horror story sessions after which nobody ever slept without a light on? Well, now you can relive that experience. Theatre artist Akriti Singh, who we can also call a storyteller, will tell real ghost stories based on experiences people she knows have recounted to her. She will tell you of happenings she has selected in her readings and travels. And though there will be no creaks under your feet, no people jumping at you from the shadows, no sudden occurrences of sight and sound, no shocks and no cheap tricks, there, however, will be a shiver at the bottom of your spine and an unshakeable feeling of being on the edge. So take your best friend along so you have a hand to hold on to.
Where: The Barking Deer, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel (W)
We know how much you love to take pictures and “Insta” them. Just for today, you can ditch the selfie and take pictures of the beautiful outdoors, and that too without leaving Mumbai. At the WorldWide InstaMeet Mumbai, head to the lush and beautiful Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is spread over 104 kilometres, to celebrate Earth Day. It's time to take photographs that will make your friends ask if you have left the city on a break.
When: April 24, 7.30 AM
Meeting point: Main Gate, SGNP, Borivali (E)
Give yourself a facelift
12 PM: Being concerned about the way you look won't earn you a vanity label, at least not at this anti-aging workshop. In the two-day session, you'll learn secrets to looking younger, naturally — with specific anti-ageing foods and natural beauty ingredients, lifting massage techniques, antioxidants for skin and about the types of pigmentations. On Tuesday, the session will be held at 6 PM.
Where: TABS - The Academy & Beauty Salon, next to Jama Masjid, Swami Vivekanand Road, Khar (East)
Meet a cop on stage
7 PM: Performed as a monologue, Rohit Tiwari's Inspector Pandey Phir Mar Gaya is an attempt to look at the life of a cop from his perspective. Beneath the veneer of steel, the cops are after all, average Joes. But what is it that makes them behave anarchist, sometimes? This is an attempt to understand the psyche of a policeman and the pressures he faces on the job.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Have a king-size breakfast
8 AM – 11 AM: We're all aware of breakfast being the most important meal of the day. So, why not have it in style? Rolling Pin has curated a new menu priced at R600 for two that includes refreshing smoothies like the melon dew, cucumber, mint and gooseberry. In meals, try the cous cous and quinoa upma, gram
flour omelette and gluten-free crepes made with bajra.
Where: The Rolling Pin, 12, Janta Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Road, opposite Phoenix, Lower Parel
7 PM: If you're in the mood to watch a French film, attend the screening of Chagall, which retraces the life and work of artist Marc Chagall. Born in 1887 in Belarus, he is arguably one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Using new family documents and drawings from his paintings, this film makes you rediscover his timeless oeuvre.
Where: Baitush Apartments (near Sigdi Restaurant) 29th Road Bandra West
Listen to Lost Stories
10 PM: We aren't talking about stories here, but some groovy EDM music. The Lost Stories is an Indian electronic music duo comprising progressive trance producers Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi. They're known to create groovy bass-lines, moody and high energy outros and dreamy breakdowns with a hint of tech elements.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Be a pro biker
3 PM – 9 PM: This is a shout-out to all bikers who want to know their machines better. Garage 52 is celebrating its third anniversary with an open house. There will be custom bikes on show, talks by bike experts, DIY sessions on fixing machines and more. There is also a music performance by The Colour Compound's Rohan Mazumdar and The Mad Hatters (Zane and Jude).
Where: G1, Ground Floor, Lilaram Bhuvan, Chuim Village Road, Khar
Shop for a cause
April 23 and 24, 10 AM – 10 PM: You can splurge on the best in fashion and home decor, and still contribute towards a social cause. Back Alley, a non-profit organisation, tells you how. In the eighth edition of its Thrift Shop for a Cause event, Back Alley will be selling crowd-sourced products from designers and brands. Up for grabs are gifting items, western and ethnic designer wear, clothing and toys for babies, and affordable art. The proceeds from the
event will be donated to pre-decided charities.
Where: Mahalaxmi Turf Club
Tone your body
April 18 – 29: Are you looking to shape-up, or just burn those extra calories that you put on during that week-long holiday? This two-week boot camp (session starts at 10 AM) will equip you with basics to a full intensity mat pilates workout. Packed with a lot of repetitions of planks, glutes, legs, spinal work and abs, the rigorous workout programme will get you fit in no time. The sessions are designed for body lengthening and strengthening, spinal and joint alignment, core engagement, in a calorie burning cardio method. At the end of two weeks, you will enjoy tangible results.
Where: House of Wow, Basement, Natraj Building, Hill Road, Bandra (West)
Entry: Rs 850 per session
Take a bite of China
Monday to Sunday, 12 PM – 4 PM: If you are looking to escape the scorching afternoon heat of Mumbai, a gastronomic trip into China, might just be what the doctor ordered. Hakkasan is bringing the best flavours of Cantonese cuisine with its four-course signature lunch set-menu. The menu includes soups, followed by two small eats that include Har Gau, prawn and chive dumpling, vegetable chive dumpling and Edamame truffle dumplings among others. For the main course, you can choose from a range of options, like stir-fry chicken with black bean, vegetarian chicken with sugar snaps etc. In the desserts, there is dark chocolate mousse with mandarin sorbet, or the ice-cream/sorbet of the day.
Where: Hakkasan, Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (West)
Price: Rs 1,200 per person
Soak up South Mumbai's rich history
Till April 30, 4 PM onwards: The city fosters art, culture and creativity in every nook and corner, and if you are an art lover, exploring this can be both magical and surreal. A familiarisation tour hosted by SeekSherpa promises art enthusiasts and history buffs alike, a one-of-a-kind experience. The art tour will begin with the Asiatic Library, after which participants will head towards Jehangir and Delhi Art Gallery. After visiting the galleries, participants will learn about the Jewish community at the Kenneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, followed by a five-minute walk through several lanes of Colaba. Entry is open to all, aged 15 and above. Participants must carry a photo ID.
Where: The Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Town Hall, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort
Entry: Rs 800
Take a look at the best of art
Till April 30, 10.30 PM to 7: The finest contemporary artists from across the country have converged at A Labyrinth of Tales — the last of a unique three-segmented exhibition in the city. The exhibition showcases sculpture, print-making and painting in various invigorating mediums including metal sheets, threadwork, wood, leather, glass, marble, acrylic, charcoal, enamel, oil and pencil by nineteen brilliantly talented artists. Some of the artists, who will be featured include, Alpesh Dave, Anil Majumdar, JayeshPrajapati, Mehul Rathod, Nema Ram, Nivedita Dutta and
Where: Gallery 7, Oricon House, K Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda
Enjoy a date with pets
Till April 19, 10 PM – 8 PM: In a rare treat for animal lovers, the Babloo's Zorang Pet Show brings together rare, exotic animal and bird species, under one roof. Visitors will get to see birds like green wing macaws, galah cockatoos, yellow-sided conure, rosella, black swans and amazon parrots, alongside different breeds of cats and dogs. Organised by Babloo Aziz, who owns a private bird sanctuary in Pune, the show will also include educational lectures on pet care.
Where: Chitrakut Ground, Kamlakarpant L Walawalkar Marg, Andheri (West)
Entry: Rs75 and Rs 100