Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

Jun 20, 2016, 09:30 IST | Team MiD DAY

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

Faroma feast
Last September, Foodfeasts app and website was launched to cater to users craving the best of the city’s iconic dishes right from Mucchad’s paan to Rama Nayak’s idlis, in the comfort of their homes.

Now, its founders have upped their game with a dynamic delivery system, which generates a minimum order and delivery charge depending on the distance.

It has a new name too — Faroma. “We launch tomorrow; the list has new entrants such as Tawakkal Sweets of Mohammed Ali Road, Cafe Madras and Bhojohori Manna, apart from the existing Jimmy Boy, Sarvi and Parsi Dairy Farm,” says co-founder Devendra Kamtekar. With a minimum order of R60, it’s not heavy on your pocket too. Yum.

Baba and his floating claims
A host of workshops and live sessions across Mumbai are an indication of the yoga boom; this one, however, will be yoga with a difference. Or, will it? Lokhandwala resident Baba Balram, guru is all set to perform yoga on water at the MIG Club in Bandra (E), tomorrow at 7 am.

Baba Balram performs asanas in a pool
Baba Balram performs asanas in a pool

Balram is going to be doing the Padmasan, Garudasan, Shavasan, Vriksasana and Tadasan in water, while those who attend will practice these on terra firma. Rationalist Arvind Paranjpye, director Nehru Planetarium, expressed his scepticism at the idea.

He said, “Certain yoga postures like Shavasan are possible to do on water as one lies on the back and the lungs are filled with air. But a posture like Tadasan on water is impossible.” Balram though has said that he has been doing yoga in a swimming pool, but this is the first time he will perform in public.

The Shivaji Park Marathon Club (SPMC) has organised this session. This runners’ club wanted the event closer home at the Shivaji Park swimming pool (or MGMO, to give it its correct name), but there was a glitch — its pools are without water. Rationalism vs Baba’s yoga claims? We’ll know tomorrow.

We’ve rocked it!

Farhan Akhtar posted this riotously happy photo that also features Purab Kohli and Arjun Rampal on his Twitter account after shooting for the much-anticipated Rock On 2 wrapped up recently. We’d love to hear (and watch) how the sequel has turned out.

Laughter in reserve

Pic/Suresh Karkera

As news of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan not seeking a second term had social media in a tizzy over the weekend, we did a rewind to this memorable frame from our archive of a delighted Rajan accepting a bouquet from the then outgoing Governor, D Subbarao. Who won’t miss an intelligent man with a charming smile?

A fashionable googly
We rubbed our eyes in disbelief. And checked the calendar too (April 1 had passed). After rechecking with sections of the media, it turned out to be true after all.

Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan

Former Indian cricketer, and vice president of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), had been chosen as the new chairman of the National Institute of fashion Technology (NIFT). The news surprised many from the fashion fraternity, as they voiced their concern over this not-so-sporting hiring.

Set up in 1986, the country’s premier fashion institution falls under the Union Ministry of Textiles. The NIFT Act of 2006 states that the chairperson needs to be an eminent academician, scientist, technologist or professional. Does ‘sportsperson’ fall under these brackets? Nobody could’ve read this googly.

Celebrating Akbar Padamsee
A couple of months ago, Priyasri Gallery had organised an exhibition titled, Where the Line Falls, featuring 101 monochrome works of celebrated Indian artist Akbar Padamsee.

Nancy Adajania, Akbar Padamsee and Priyasri Patodia
Nancy Adajania, Akbar Padamsee and Priyasri Patodia

It was then announced that a book is in the offing, authored by Nancy Adajania and co-authored by gallerist Priyasri Patodia.

The book cover
The book cover

Art fans will be happy to learn that the book is now available for pre-order and expected to launch anytime between August and September. The book looks at 88-year-old Padamsee’s works, his life and inspirations. We can’t wait to book a copy.

And now, Sufi Kathak
Kathak exponent Smriti Raj will regale Mumbaikars with a Sufi-Kathak rendition on Wednesday.

Student of Sri Surendera Saikiya in Lucknown, she is also a Member of the International Dance Council CID (UNESCO). For those keen to watch this unique performance, the show is scheduled at the YB Chavan auditorium.

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