23 things to do in and around Mumbai from January 14 to January 20
Craving for Mediterranean food? Head to The Little Door and try its new menu, which boasts of boulengeri, fregettoria, patatas, chicken paprikati and ravioliachos.
Dig into souvlaki
12 PM – 1.30 AM: Craving for Mediterranean food? Head to The Little Door and try its new menu, which boasts of boulengeri, fregettoria, patatas, chicken paprikati and ravioliachos. The rich and flavourful indulgences are both inviting and fresh.
Where: The Little Door, Opp. Citi Mall, Off New Link Road, Andheri West
Call: 98999 28776
Enjoy a picnic by the pool
12.30 PM – 4 PM: Get set to re-live the good old days with an authentic picnic style brunch by the poolside. Glasshouse at the Hyatt Regency is offering an array of delectable treats from a bottomless crate, including sandwiches, salads, fruits, and grills. For kids, the brunch will include special treats like popcorn and popsicles.
Where: Glasshouse, Hyatt Regency Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East
Cost: R2,099 per person (food and soft beverage)
For Reservation: 66961624
Go for an art show
10 AM – 8.30: Enjoy a date with the arts with the third edition of ART 35 Carnival. Apart from promoting paintings, installations and sculptures of 35 local Indian artists, the art festival will also have a photography workshop for those keen on experimenting with
Where: The New Great Eastern Mills, Near Rani Baug, Byculla East
Eat in the wild
Jan 20-21: For those who’d like to relish a good meal in the outdoors, enroll at Jumpstart Outdoor’s new Chef’s Night Out with Kalpana Talpade camping experience near Pawna Lake. With the January nip in the air, Talpade, will put together dishes, hot off the coals with flavours of wild infused in it.
Meeting Point: SGNP gate, Borivli, Western Express Highway, 12 PM
Cost: Rs 4,000
Watch Sir, Sir Sarla in Gujarati
7.30 PM: If you’ve loved Makarand Deshpande’s iconic Hindi play Sir, Sir Sarla, here’s your chance to catch it in Gujarati. Directed by Makarand himself, the play will bring together a glowing cast comprising Pratik Gandhi, Bhamini Oza Gandhi, Shivam Parekh and Ojas Rawal. The plot revolves around a professor and his students after they have graduated and shifts between memory and reality.
Where: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chowpatty, KM Munshi Road, Grant Road West
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 500
To book: in.bookmyshow.com
Paint on a tote bag
11 AM – 2 PM: Engage with Gond art in a workshop, where you’ll paint motifs from the tribal art form on a tote bag. The art draws inspiration from traditional myths and legends to images of daily life.
Where: Doolally Taproom, Shop No. 5 & 6, Geleki, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra West
Cost: Rs 1,500
Attend a local mela
5 PM – 10 PM: Curious how residents in suburban Mumbai live it up? Head to Malad for the final day of the annual local festival, where residents have put together an extravagant evening of art, music, dance, food, heritage and culture.
Where: Goraswadi Ground, off SV Road, Adarsh, Malad West
Experience an artiste’s journey
5 PM: How does a theatre maker evolve her expression from local and global contexts? Join theatre director Anamika Haksar at the new Mumbai Local event, where she will take you through her journey with theatre — from being a student at National School of Drama to her sojourn at the state institute of theatrical arts Moscow to her return to India, where she engaged in creating a theatre of metaphor and meaning that spoke to the contemporary reality she experienced.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla East
For Reservation: in.bookmyshow.com
Take your pooch for a high tea
It’s time to party with your furry friend and they are in for a treat. At this unique pet high tea event, there is a lot in store for your puppies, with special high tea boxes, a fancy dress competition, pet spa and a pet boutique lined up. So, dress your furry ones in their best attire to win amazing prizes. Other attractions include doggy beer and a photo booth.
When: January 19, 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: Su Casa, The Bombay Art Society, Ground Floor, Opp Hotel Rang Sharda,Near Lilavati Hospital, Reclamation, Bandra West
Call: 2651 5511
Learn the tricks of Madhubani
For those who are fascinated by Madhubani, Vaishnavipratima, has the perfect event for you to start exploring it. Learn the basics and how to paint in Madhubani/Mithila style in this three-hour session. The traditional techniques include use of earth colours. These three hours will also give you a chance to create your own Madhubani artwork.
When: January 20, 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Where: Vaishnavi-pratima, 6, Vasan Udyog Bhavan, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 1,500
Go on a marine walk
Introduce yourself to a side of Mumbai you have not paid heed to, so far. Walk the shores of Haji Ali, where the retreating tide reveals a landscape of rock pools and crevices containing entire communities of marine life. The walk will be hosted by marine life experts and you’ll get to see up close species like colourful sea sponges, sea anemones and snails, hermit crabs and even corals. As part of safety precautions, participants are advised to refrain from handling any animals they come across, as they could be fatal to humans.
When: January 16, 4.30 pm to 6 pm
Where: Haji Ali rocky shore, intermediate grade walk
Entry: Rs 900
Watch Makarand’s first Gujarati play
Makarand Deshpande’s iconic Hindi play, Sir, Sir Sarla, has now been adapted in Gujarati. Directed by Deshpande himself, this will mark his debut in Gujarati theatre. The play tells the story of a professor and his students, after they have graduated. What follows is an intertwining of reality and memory in a story that is charged with emotions. The play first opened in 2001, when Rajendra Gupta portrayed the role of Sir, Sonali Kulkarni enacted Sarla and Anurag Kashyap was Phanidhar. When the play reopened in 2012, Makrand enacted Sir’s character, Ahana Kumra became Sarla while Sanjay Dadhich portrayed Phanidhar.
When: January 26, 8 pm
Where: Tejpal Auditorium, Gowalia Tank, Tardeo
Lunch on the go
This one is tailored for the workaholics. The Gateway Taproom has curated an On The Go lunch menu that combines flavours and courses from their regular menu into one hearty selection. Choose from a Hearty Party, polenta with ratatouille, creamy garlic spinach and bread rolls or a Lean Green Clean which is steamed cous cous with vegetables. Meat lovers can go for The Shirt Trainer, grilled chicken with tomato spaghetti and potato wedges, or a Monk’s Special — corn and pepper rice, with monk’s chicken. Spoil yourself a bit more with a cubed duck breast and end your meal with walnut mascarpone khari with salted caramel.
When: Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Gateway Taproom, Godrej BKC Building, Ground Floor, Unit no. 3, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Sufi by the riverside
Bat Travels, an organisation that specialises in organising tours for the visually challenged, has put together a unique Sufi concert at Karjat. In a two-day and one-night trip, attendees will be put up in floating and hanging tents, where they can enjoy a quiet and peaceful evening by the riverside. A key highlight of the programme is a performance by Kanishk Seth, an indie-electronic artist. He will perform Amir Khusro’s poetry fusing it with electronic and trance music. He will be accompanied by Devashri Manohar, a Hindustani classical singer, while Parshva Jain, will join this fusion on Sitar. They will also perform their original compositions. This soulful evening will be followed by dinner. Only 20 seats are available, so best to book at the earliest.
When: Jan 26-27
Where: Karjat, team leaves at 2 pm
Entry: Rs 5,500
Attend a garage sale
10 am to 8 pm: The Welfare of Stray Dogs is an animal welfare NGO that sterilises and immunises stray dogs. They also run programs on adoption, awareness and on-site first aid programs. One of the many methods the NGO raises funds is the garage sale wherein you will find a treasure trove of books, clothes, cutlery, crockery, toys and artefacts at throwaway prices.
Where: Vishnu Prasad Hall, 14th Road, Linking Road Corner, Off Linking Road Khar West
Watch a play on boyhood
8 pm onwards: Boys’ Life is a play that is told in a series of sharply etched scenes through which the misadventures of three former college friends are explored. The original play earned creator Howard Korder a Pulitzer Prize Drama nomination in 1988. It’s a story that dissects male narcissism and protracted adolescence, all with a sprinkling of humour.
Where: The Jeff Goldberg Studio Links Building, 4th Floor, corner of 14th Road, Khar West
Entry: Rs 250
8 am onwards: Explore the heart of the island-city with a casual stroll through Girgaon, one of Mumbai’s earliest settlements. Participants will get to see several historical structures ranging from churches, beaches, temples, fire temples and old mansions that stand as a silent testimony to a not so distant colonial era.
Where: Start at Girgaon Chowpatty, Marine Drive
Entry: Rs 500
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Go for a ladies' night
5 pm onwards: Whether you have a case of mid-week blues or just want to unwind with your girlfriends, the Sass & the City-Ladies Night has all the answers. Make the most of special offers on sangria, cocktails and shots, which means shooters like the Kamikazi and cocktails like Caprioshka are yours at very attractive rates. Chug away!
Where: The Sassy Spoon, ground floor,
Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point
Enjoy a wedding musical
8 pm: Attend a flashy, flamboyant wedding theatrical, aptly titled Balle Balle. It’s a humorous representation of Indian weddings as they are seen the world over. The Bollywood musical comedy has been directed by Viraf Sarkari and produced by Andre Timmins, Sabbas Joseph and Sarkari himself. This one is bursting with colour, spectacle and all the glamour.
Where: Bal Gandharv Rang Mandir, Church Road, opposite St.Theresa’s Church, Bandra East
Entry: Rs 499-1,199
Tap your foot to fusion
Composer duo Salim-Sulaiman is bringing to Mumbai for the first time a show they’ve recently toured around the world, with an ensemble featuring vocalists and Indian Idol alumni Vipul Mehta and Bhoomi Trivedi and Rajasthani musicians, singers Sattar Khan and Habib Khan and percussionist Feroz Khan. Watch Bollywood hits blend with popular Rajasthani folk tunes.
Where: The Quarter, The Royal Opera House, Charni Road, Girgaon
Entry: Rs 749-7,499
Nina Paley, the maker of Sita Sings the Blues, has a blog that makes ancient mother goddesses more groovy than they already are. Just last week, at the start of the new year, Paley uploaded Goddesses of the Bodacious Ta-Tas, 24 free GIFs that anyone can use without permission. We, like everyone else, have gone ga ga over these goddesses who seem like their high on Bollywood numbers. As a bonus, also check out Emily Hesse’s music video that uses these goddess GIFs.
Miss the sass
Havana could easily have been one of 2017’s most-heard song. And now, Camila Cabello is out with a self-titled album, which is not the best effort we have heard recently, but worth a listen. We love Real Friends, which is all about knowing who are the right people to keep around you, and Into It. And therein lies our grouse. We wish they had stuck to Cabello’s sassy vibe, instead of trying to make her more singer-songwriter-ish. But an artist to watch out for, nevertheless.
Shock us, please
While there’s no arguing that Black Mirror still remains a cutting-edge show on the dark side of technology, has it lost its shock value in its new season? As we saw the Jodie Foster-directed Arkangel episode, instead of going, “OMG, imagine if that happened?” we are only left wondering, “Yeah, that’s going to happen soon.” It’s almost like being exposed to Black Mirror is going to make us immune to the very tech ailments it is warning us against.