Mumbai Diary: Monday musings

Updated: Nov 24, 2014, 09:03 IST | Contributed by: Hemal Ashar, Maleeva Rebello, Vidya Heble |

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

Calling Dabheli Daredevil
If food is a vehicle one of the primary vehicles, dare we say of culture, then surely street food is the spokesperson for pop culture. And who better to express it than a street-smart superhero? Leave the Batmans and Supermans aside, we have our very own range of Indian Superheroes, based around Indian snacks and sweets.

Two of the Indian Superheroes
Two of the Indian Superheroes

There is Jalebi Woman, Samosa Boy and Idlii Man, for example. Jalebi Woman’s superpower is dunking enemies in syrup after tying them into knots, and Samosa Boy can throw with deadly accuracy samosas which explode on contact with chutney.

Their real names are Mishti Bose, Chhotu Lal and K Rangaswamy, while Misti-Doi Man’s real name is Doipayon Dutta (his superpower is giving enemies high blood sugar). We are in splits, and dearly hope the characters get their own comic book series.

Meanwhile, being in Mumbai, home of so much varied street food, we think Indian Superheroes’ creator Rajkamal Aich would find rich inspiration here. You can check out his repertoire at

Horsing around for a cause
The Rotary District 3140 yesterday hosted their fundraising initiative, Race for Humanity, at the Mahalaxmi Race Course. The charity horse racing event added a new meaning to the sport by associating it with a humanitarian cause.

A fashion show was part of the fun with a humanitarian aim at the racecourse. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
A fashion show was part of the fun with a humanitarian aim at the racecourse. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

The audience was joined by District Governor Ajay Gupta as they attempted to create a Guinness World record by forming the largest Human Horse to raise awareness about Rotary and The Rotary Foundation. At the event, 143 Rotary clubs participated to generate funds for the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary clubs’ endeavour at this event was to educate people about their good deeds and also to reach out to the over 15,000 attendees both Rotarians and the general public.

Bagfuls of praise for a sensible snacker
We have heard about people adopting the government’s call to reverse-shame litterers with applause. And it works, from what we have also heard. While we hope this movement continues to spread, and bear fruit, perhaps people who do the right thing also should be applauded, without the irony.

We came across one such instance recently, in a ladies first-class train compartment. A young woman finished a packet of chips and, instead of throwing the empty packet out as litterers do, she folded it up and tucked it into a corner of her handbag.

Just then another woman got up to alight at the next station and gave her snacking fellow traveller a thumbs up of appreciation. After all, there are litterbins on every station, and the sensible thing to do is hang on to your kachra and throw it in these bins. Let’s keep this movement going!

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