Mumbai Dairy Page: Monday Musings

Sep 07, 2015, 07:32 IST | Dhara Vora, Fiona Fernandez

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

The sands of music
IT IS always fun to mix different things you love together. One such combination is travel and music. And the music festivals held in the country are aptly designed to do just that.

DESERT SOUNDS: A traditional group performs an at earlier edition of the Jodhpur RIFF
DESERT SOUNDS: A traditional group performs an at earlier edition of the Jodhpur RIFF

One such venture is Jodhpur RIFF. Set to happen from October 23 to 27 this year, the early bird passes to the festival are now available. among the many talented national and international musicians, set to perform this year are Grammy Award-winning flautist Wouter Kellerman and Grammy nominee Yosi Fine. We suggest you log on to if you’re keen to savour the sounds of the desert.

Going red about the US Open
This diarist was pleasantly surprised to hear some chatter on the local commute in the women’s compartment about sport, and for change, that wasn’t related to cricket, but tennis.

CODE RED: Samantha Stosur at the ongoing US Open. PIC/AFP
CODE RED: Samantha Stosur at the ongoing US Open. PIC/AFP

“You know, I love watching the US Open,” commented one collegian to her friend. She replied, “So true. And the colours of their clothing are really cool too. Haven’t you noticed? The reds, the purples, the blues. Who needs to look at FTV, when we have this going on!” Well, we were stumped. Game, set and match.

The face, and the book
BOOKED FOR USA: Facebook CEO, Kirthiga Reddy (centre) was the guest of honour at the release of Acing Admissions, a book by Kimberly Wright Dixit (right) and Kavita Mehta (left) held at Crossword, Kemps Corner. The book hopes to become an Indian student’s comprehensive guide to US college applications.

Kirthiga Reddy

Enter the historic chamber
It’s an institution that has become a city landmark. The Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) was established on this day, back in 1907 in order to provide economic swaraj for India, led by stalwarts like Lokmanya Tilak, Justice Ranade, Dadabhoy Naoroji and Mahatma Gandhi. The Indian business community at the time worked towards liberating Indian industry, trade and commerce from foreign domination. It wholly supported India’s political struggle and became the backbone of Indian industry. The Chamber’s aim was to help the economy come to terms with several setbacks in the form of wars and British oppression.

The logo of Indian Merchants' Chamber
The logo of Indian Merchants' Chamber

Post-independence, the IMC was closely associated with eminent personalities like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr S Radhakrishnan and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Often, the Chamber was graced by their presence and thought-provoking addresses.

The Ladies’ Wing of the IMC was established in 1967 as a movement to empower women entrepreneurs who played a key role in shaping the Indian economy and industry. Way to go!

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