Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

Aug 12, 2017, 09:02 IST | Team mid-day

Mumbai - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Austen and Tinder
"Hey beautiful! One of the hot Bennet sisters, ey?" asks George on Tinder, and elizabeth swipes left, but not before adding a quick, "Go vex someone else, Mr Wickham."

That's the modern avatar of the characters of Pride and Prejudice, if they were on dating apps. The video was recently published as part of a BBC Britain special series, which discusses how dating rules may have changed, but the game remains the same.

The 70-second video captures the goings-on of the 1813 novel, with Mr Darcy typing, deleting and re-typing his messages to elizabeth and finally asking her, "Books and chill at Pemberley?" No wonder Austen is called the evergreen storyteller.

Pic/Atul Kamble
Pic/Atul Kamble

What's the rush, mrs funnybones?
Author-columnist Twinkle Khanna seems to have been caught in the middle of a busy day by the mid-day photographer in Khar last afternoon.

Wanted: superwomen in the office
If only India could enable its women to participate in the economy on par with men, says a study, it could increase its GDP in 2025 by anywhere between 16 and 60 per cent. But despite being a burgeoning economy, India has one of the lowest rates of female employment, and the numbers have declined over the decade.

Wonder Women in the Workplace, a panel discussion organised by Asia Society India Centre recently, sought to explore how this gender gap can be bridged, and the role men can play in the movement. The panelists for the evening included Australia's longest serving sex discrimination commissioner elizabeth Broderick, executive HR director of an FMCG giant BP Biddappa, and former MD of a private equity firm, Anjali Bansal.

"There is a popular belief that the more women are educated and the more they enter the workforce, [the easier] they reach mid-level or senior management positions... But that is not enough - we need strong and targeted intervention. We need to actively and intentionally include women," said Broderick. We hope employers are listening.

When turmoil inspires fashion
Who is Shayla Patel? "A fictitious character caught between her personal desires and conditions set by tradition," says Narendra Kumar about the mysterious protagonist of his upcoming show at the Winter/ Festive 2017 edition of Lakme Fashion Week. Set against a cocktail party scene, Shayla's dilemma plays out.

Narendra Kumar
Narendra Kumar

The free-spirited, globe-trotting writer is coaxed into an arranged marriage by her extended Indian family. "On paper, there's nothing wrong with the groom; he is a spiffy, young lad, quite accomplished too. But Shayla is torn," says Nari.  Known for stellar presentations that often compel guests into introspection instead of ogling at pretty clothes, Nari wishes to build a mystery around Shayla's turmoil.

The show will unfold alongside a 20-minute film that the designer has co-directed, written, and styled, starring models and regular Joes. It will draw to an end with a scene inspired by Nari's all-time favourite Guru Dutt-Waheeda Rahman classic, Kaagaz Ke Phool.

When Mohan met the good Samaritan
When cab aggregators make it to the news, it usually is for the wrong reasons - including a recent incident, where a driver flashed a woman, while another threatened a passenger for a bad rating.

So, it came as a pleasant surprise when we saw actor-presenter Mohan Kapur's recent social media post. "This is Hemant of Uber, Mumbai. He relinquished a ride to come all the way back to return my laptop. God bless him," he captioned this warm selfie. More power to the city's good Samaritans.

Gown justice
Trust Indira Jaising to call out systemic wrongs, even if it has to do with her own profession. The feisty senior Supreme Court advocate has embarked on a new mission that she calls, Gown Waapsi.

She is starting the movement on Independence Day, and with effect from August 16, she will shed her senior counsel gown - with a distinguishing rectangular flap attached to the shoulders - as a symbol of discrimination. "Why do we need two classes of lawyers with different uniform?" she asks. Touche!

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