Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier
The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
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Actor Sonakshi Sinha seems to be in good spirits as she chats with businessman Anand Mahindra and photographer Atul Kasbekar at an event in Bandra West. Pic/Shadab Khan
Welcome to Bambai meri jaan
While consulates in the city are known to keep a quiet demeanor on most things, this time, however, the US Consulate appears to have set a different tone. On August 1, the new Consul General, Edgard Kagan, assumed office, succeeding Tom Vajda. The lead-up to the date was not as quiet and exclusive, as it usually is on such occasions. In fact, the junta was made a part of it, as were Bollywood celeb guests. A video featuring Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma and Vicky Kaushal, welcoming the Consul General was floated on social media. It was essentially a montage of all things Mumbai, from chowpatty to local trains and dabbawallas. We see rickshaw drivers inviting Kagan to join them for a ride, vendors asking him to relish the monsoon with some charred corn on the cob and even the filmi folk inviting him to see a shoot, should he so wish. The message is clear: Feel at home, Consul.
Diggin' this colourful Japanese
At a time the suicidal game Blue Whale is all the talk, let's also remember the artistes who make the good games so exciting. And, one of them is coming to India! Japanese Soichi Terada, the mastermind behind soundtracks of the incredibly popular game Ape Escape, is going to be in the country thanks to the Red Bull Music Academy tour from August 16 to 19 (when they will be in Mumbai). He will be accompanied by Nick Dwyer from Weird Together, and they will conduct The Red Bull Sessions, that will showcase rare music from Japanese video games. The sessions will also feature discussions between Dwyer and Terada, and give attendees a taste of what a day at the Academy actually feels like. They will screen episodes 1, 2 and 4 of Diggin' in the Carts — a pioneering documentary series exploring how Japanese video game music became a global, cultural phenomenon — and a Q&A with the director Dwyer. This sounds too good to miss.
Mash-up for a cause
Come September and Sotheby's will get its hammer down for a rather lovely cause. KHUSHII, an NGO which looks into healthcare, rural development and assistance for senior citizens, among other areas, will auction works that have been created out of collaborations between some noted names. In this jugalbandi of sorts, look out for several creative mash-ups between the corporate and the art worlds: Ananya Birla and Anjolie Ela Menon; Avanti Goenka and Bose Krishnamachari; Dipali Goenka and Paresh Maity; Vivek & Nandita Jain (Inox) with GR Iranna; Vandana Luthra and Ranbir Singh. The project, called Khushii — India on Canvas, is the brainchild of Aman Nath, the art historian who leads a delectable chain of heritage hotels. Now in its tenth year, the initiative brings together some of the greatest names in the art and corporate fraternities. The fundraiser, which will have 58 collaborative and 46 non-collaborative works, will take place on September 1 at New Delhi. Former cricketer Kapil Dev, the chairperson of KHUSHII, hopes the fundraiser will reach maximum people, including children.
New York-based fashion designer Sanjana Jon, sister of convicted fashion designer Anand Jon, has decided to come up with a calendar in support of the girl child. "In our country, the birth of a boy is celebrated but when a girl is born, the family gets depressed. It's important to eradicate female foeticide," says Jon. She will also be roping in high-profile young daughters for the cause. "Once we shoot the calendar, we'll rope in celebrities. Salman Khan has already said yes."
Greg bowls a fine line
This week in sport has been all about money. The Australian cricketers won their battle against their cricket board over finances while Brazil football icon Neymar signed the biggest transfer deal in history when he joined Paris Saint-Germain FC for 222 million euros.
There was happiness for both Neymar and the cricketers led by Steven Smith who can now concentrate on readying their arsenal to take on old enemy England in this summer's Ashes series Down Under. However, they won't forget the upheavals endured. Not many writers in Australia can put things in perspective as Greg Baum, whose work appears in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Baum wrote: "Both sides talked about respect, but at times displayed only contempt. They underestimated one another as individuals and organisations. It is pretty clear that Cricket Australia thought the players would cave in once they were not being paid. But, it is also clear that the players expected CA to soften its hard line once commercial realities began to pinch. Meantime, trust and respect went by the wayside, and so did an 'A' tour to South Africa."
Money talks, in this case, intelligence and understanding speak louder.
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