Mumbai Diary: Friday frolics
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Whoop for this scoop!
Malavika Sangghvi’s sparkling daily weekday page Malavika’s Mumbai has become the toast of readers across various interest groups. From the man on the 7:02 fast to Nariman Point, to his boss who arrives in his limo at 10, every one’s hooked on to it.
And now we are proud to say that in its tradition of scooping everyone else, this week Sangghvi’s prediction of capital capers has hit the bull’s eye. On November 3, she broke the story that Manohar Parrikar might replace Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in a Cabinet reshuffle to be held on Sunday. And last evening, news channels tripped over themselves to confirm the same.
Sangghvi, who was in Delhi on Tuesday for a dinner in honour of media magnate Tina Brown, says she had been asked about her report by many mediapersons present. “I was a bit nervous at having taken such a call, but trusted my sources,” she said.
But last evening when she received an SMS from no less than media maven Dr Sanjaya Baru, she knew she’d done the right thing. “You broke the story on the cabinet reshuffle in ur column,” he wrote. “Bravo!” “It’s things like this that make the daily grind worthwhile. This is the feeling of journalistic fulfilment,” said Sangghvi, on scooping a major national story.
“You know, sometimes I am given so much information and juicy details about the movers and shakers of this country, it’s a tedious task deciding what to publish. But in this case I had quoted a Delhi insider as my source, and I am so glad I followed my instinct. Stay tuned for some more insider stories!” said the columnist.
Old coins, new money
Numismatists in the city, there’s good news for you. Starting today, Sunderbhai Hall will be hosting a three-day Coins and Notes Exhibition. The platform will see more than 100 stalls as coin and note collectors will all gather to trade from today, November 7 to Sunday, November 9.
Sunny Savla, a member of the Mumbai Coin Society, which is organising the expo, says, “Every year, there are two exhibitions which we organise in Mumbai. The first one this year happened in April at the World Trade Centre. We have four actions where Indian and foreign coins of great value are bid. More than 5,000 people from around the country participate.”
Savla has more than 700 coins, some which date back to British times. He says, “I have traded many coins in the past three years during which I have been part of the Mumbai Coin Society. This exhibition makes me feel proud that I have coins that bear testimony to the history of India.
Also, many big and small currency collectors come together and share ideas as well as coins, so this is a great platform for us.” If you have any old coins, try taking them to Sunderbhai Hall between 10am and 6pm today or over the weekend. You may realise that you’ve been sitting on a treasure chest.
Wrong way, right road
On the road leading to KEM Hospital the other day, a motorcyclist was driving extremely fast, weaving in and out of the traffic and dodging pedestrians.
A cabbie who was among those whom the biker left in the dust remarked, “Where is he going to his actual destination or the ‘final destination’?” After a pause, the cabbie said, “Well, at least he is on the road to the hospital!”