Mumbai Diary Page: Saturday scene

Jul 25, 2015, 08:47 IST | Hemal Ashar, Suprita Mitter, Lamya Karachiwala

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

Found their solemates
On July 14, 2015 this paper wrote about an organisation called ‘Run with Roshni’ founded by a Mumbai-based advocate called Roshni Rai.

RUN ROSHNI RUN: Roshni Rai is a happy woman after her efforts bore fruit.  PIC/SHADAB KHAN
RUN ROSHNI RUN: Roshni Rai is a happy woman after her efforts bore fruit. Pic/Shadab Khan

Rai had started the running group, which had a two-pronged aim, to help young talented runners excel at long distance running and increase awareness about Indian Gorkhas, outside of Darjeeling. The July 14 report called ‘Solemate Searching’ focused on how Rai needed running shoes for the young athletes who have loads of running talent but not enough money to buy running shoes. On reading the report, diamond merchant LB Mehra contacted Rai and asked her to meet him at Phoenix Mills’ Palladium Mall. Rai smiles, saying, “He bought 13 pairs of Nike shoes for runners of team Run with Roshni and three pairs of running socks for each runner. The total bill he paid in the Nike store was Rs 70,000. I am amazed to meet such generous people; I cannot thank him enough and his family too.” She wil now head back to Darjeeling, to hand over the shoes to the runners who are training in high-altitude conditions. On the paper’s part, one can say:

‘If I have stopped one marathon runner

From giving up, I have not written in vain

If I have eased some soles the aching; and lessened some running pain; If I helped even one young athlete

To race past the finish line again

I have not written in vain’.

Lend them an ear
Music is known to soothe the soul, and this show is to aid cancer and Thalassemia patients. Today, artistes like Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota, Rekha Bhardwaj, Talat Aziz, Javed Ali, Pandit Ajay Pohankar, Sandeep Batraa, Sudeep Banerjee, Shivani Vaswani and Varenyam Pandya will perform together at The Trident Hotel from 7 pm.

SINGING STARS: Pankaj Udhas (l) with Talat Aziz
SINGING STARS: Pankaj Udhas (l) with Talat Aziz

The Khazana Ghazal Festival 2015 will raise funds for the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), the Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and The Oberoi, Mumbai. Donor cards can be picked from Rhythm House (43222727). If ghazals with a conscience stir up your charitable side, what can one say, except let’s hear it for this one.

Poster-mad for Bollywood?
For those still hung over Amitabh Bachchan’s Angry Young Man or Amjad Khan’s Gabbar, will bring a smile to your face.


To celebrate Indian cinema’s heroes and villains, the website launched ‘Baadshahs of Bollywoods’, a 24-hour no-reserve online auction. It offers a chance to bid on a wide range of Bollywood memorabilia, featuring 55 lots from vintage film posters, lobby cards, publicity stills and much more. All you need to do is log on to on July 28 at 8 pm to bag the loot.

Lip sync for Rs 599?
Here’s another love affair anecdote from Bollywood. Star stuck crowds and studio tours are not new to the city. However, this particular tour, mentioned on a popular website that offers tickets to movies and other events in the city, caught the diarist’s attention. The tour claims to offer an opportunity to peek into what goes on behind the scenes in Bollywood. Tourists will be shown a 20-minute clip about the history of Bollywood in a tourist lounge. Then, they will be taken to a dubbing studio where they can dub their voice over famous scenes from Bollywood movies. They can also sing in a fully-equipped singing studio. All this just for R599! Download Dubsmash, we think!

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