Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier
The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Welcome the new super girl
Cheers! The world is now a safer place. We have a new superhero and she is a girl. Graphic India and POW! Entertainment have announced the arrival of their new star, Mighty Girl (in pic), who becomes a heroine after she is accidentally granted superpowers.
The title that she arrives in, Chakra The Invincible and Mighty Girl, was unveiled on stage at the Bangalore Comic Con over the weekend. This is one of the four original comics that will be given away free to children across India and the world digitally.
Created in collaboration with The World’s Largest Lesson, supported by GEMS Education and UNICEF, it is part of an effort to promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a global plan to end poverty, reduce inequalities and combat the threat of climate change by 2030.
The year of his 120th birth anniversary began with good news. Zoothera salimalii, a bird species common in the eastern Himalayas, was identified as a new species and it became the first Indian bird to be named after the renowned ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali. But on the day, few seemed to remember the Birdman of India.
So, we were thrilled when on Saturday, environmental activist and author Bittu Sahgal paid tribute to Dr Ali. “Happy Birthday Salim Cha! I loved the ‘Old Man’ who helped me become what I am,” Sahgal wrote. Dr Ali’s work with the Bombay Natural History Society is of great importance, and we hope his message is not lost.
The Paowalla comes to town
Last weekend, we found a cool looking Floyd Cardoz, with a basket of breads et al, gazing at us on our work desk. He was on the invite for the Paowalla brunch at The Bombay Canteen, taking place this weekend.
The invite for the upcoming pop-up
The idea behind the artwork designed by Prashant Sinha from Pune, says the team, was to portray the celebrated chef coming home to the Lower Parel restaurant in a fun manner.
After all, it’s his first visit back to Mumbai since he opened the restaurant — celebrating Indian flavours and breads — in Manhattan, New York, over three months back.
It was a move appreciated by many when the government made the bolt from the blue announcement about withdrawing ` 500 and 1000 currency notes recently.
But as ATMs went kaput and the queues before banks seemed unending, a sense of disgruntlement became palpable. As expected, social media is abuzz with views for and against the move and Shruti Seth, it seems, is up to some number crunching.
The actress has put up a poll on Twitter asking people whether the demonetisation has been handled well enough by the authorities with the options of ‘yes, very effectively’ and ‘not at all.’ While this move is likely to have long-term electoral consequences, we’d like to know how this little poll turned out.
Those were the days
Yesteryear superstars (left) Moushumi Chatterjee and (right) Asha Parekh share a laugh with veteran film art director Paresh Daru at his 80th birthday. The two had dropped in to wish him over the weekend.
A day for the (mall) arts
’Tis the season of artistic initiatives across the town, so why should malls not be a part of it? A central Mumbai mall, known for its larger-than-life installations on display almost round the year, added another massive artwork to the list over the weekend, which was unveiled by actor Rishi Kapoor.
(Left to right) Artist Sangeeta Babani, actor Rishi Kapoor and BJP leader Shazia Ilmi at the unveiling
The Lost Art - The Art of Imperfect Progress, an 18-feet high work by artist Sangeeta Babani, depicts devices — that we grew up on but are insignificant today — jutting out of a bottle of alcohol. “Studies reveal that today, physiological changes are occurring in humans who drink deeply from the technological well,” says Babani. That’s an interesting thought.
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