Mumbai Diary page: Friday frolics

Jan 02, 2015, 08:11 IST | Contributed by: Hemal Ashar

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

Rural, rah rah
It was good tidings for rural artisans and women’s self help groups as The Governor of Maharashtra, Ch.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (r) and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the inauguration. Pic/PTI
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (r) and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the inauguration. Pic/PTI

Vidyasagar Rao recently stated that there is a growing demand for products manufactured by rural artisans and women’s self help groups from all over the world. The Governor also felt that shopping plazas and malls should be persuaded to provide space to sell the products manufactured by rural artisans.

Talk about ethnic chic. The Governor was speaking after inaugurating ‘Mahalaxmi Saras’ an exhibition-cum-sale of various products manufactured by women’s self help groups and rural artisans from across the country in Mumbai.

State Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis asked officials to explore the possibility of setting up a mall exclusively for Women’s Self Help Groups and to provide permanent exhibition place for the products We say that our politician s are cottoning on to the desi style trend.

The Bandhgala, the Warli print, home décor with a rustic touch, Indian is classic and it is good these gents recognise it. Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition, is at Mhada Ground No 1, Opp Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W). The Mahalaxmi Saras will remain open till January 12, 2015.

Bird on a 2015 feather
Begin the first weekend of the year with a difference. The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is holding what is called as a birding trilogy, which means it is a birding packed weekend on January 3 and 4. Over two days, one can visit the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, for forest birding and then Raptor Watch with Raptor expert Dr. Vaibhav Deshmukh.

The Black-naped Monarch or blue flycatcher

Sign off with shore birding at Akshi Beach. Experts say that if you have a good day you can expect to see Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Vigors's Sunbird, Brown-cheeked Fulveta, Emerald Dove, five species of Drongo namely Black, Ashy, White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed, and Bronzed Drongo.

Charges: Rs 4,500/- for members, and Rs 5,100/- for others (ex-Mumbai). For more details and registration: Call Hornbill House: 22871202/22821811, Monday to Friday 09:30 am to 05:30 pm or e-mail at With the new year done and dusted with, time to pack away the booze and bring out the binoculars.

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