Mumbai Diary page: Wednesday Whispers

Jun 04, 2014, 08:22 IST | MiD DAY Correspondent

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

Doctor, wheel thyself
“From Healing to Wheeling”, they call it, and of course, there is nothing like a catchphrase to catch one’s attention. Docs everywhere are in demand and this time, it is not for medical reasons. A Mumbai-to-Lavasa car rally exclusively for doctors and healthcare professionals is to take place on Sunday, June 29.

A Lavasa Women’s Drive was held earlier this year. The rally has become a mainstay on the Lavasa calendar. Pic/Shadab Khan
A Lavasa Women’s Drive was held earlier this year. The rally has become a mainstay on the Lavasa calendar. Pic/Shadab Khan

Docs will take on the wheel, driving from frenetic Mumbai to Lavasa, where the pace of life falls off a little. Ganesh Lakshmanan, Director, Dreamz which is organising the event states “The rally is the first of its kind in the world where we are aiming to bring all the leaders in the healthcare fraternity together to have fun and do business at leisure.” The rally flags off at 7 am followed by lunch and felicitation ceremonies, once the participants reach Lavasa.

The docs are to be judged on TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) parameters. So, it is more about sensible navigation through terrain and traffic. Registration is open to doctors, medical and healthcare professionals, management and authorities of hospitals and clinics. Visit: for more information, docs.

Take it easy policy, Will
He teamed up with Priyanka Chopra last year on her album “In My City”, so is no stranger to desi shores or voices.

A R Rahman
A R Rahman

In his new song, “Birthday”, the rapper has included an adaptation of the AR Rahman hit “Urvasi Urvasi” from the 1994 film Kadhalan. “Birthday” will be available for download on July 6, according to, which has made much of the Rahman connection.

The story on the site says: “The producer has teamed with a hefty roster of collaborators. … But the most interesting of them all may be AR Rahman, the Indian film composer behind Slumdog Millionaire’s soundtrack and recent Iggy Azalea collaborator.

‘Renowned for his immense range, he’ll do a traditional score for a conventional film, then blend exotic vocals with Japanese music and Western classical arrangements in his next project,’ Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi wrote of him for the 2009 Time 100.

Before he earned international recognition (and hung out with Wale), though, Rahman would receive national acclaim for his work on the 1994 film Kadhalan.’s ‘Birthday’ samples from and adapts the melody from one of the soundtrack’s songs, ‘Urvasi Urvasi’.”

You can listen to a preview of’s “Birthday” on the site ( as well as to “Urvasi Urvasi”, although we can, of course, hear the Rahman number in full (and catch Prabhu Deva’s inimitable moves) on YouTube.

Stick figures
The humble matchbox is used, emptied and discarded. But not everyone forgets the little fire-starter. Jayant Joshi, who runs a sweet shop in Thane, has collected nearly 10,000 matchboxes from all over the country.

Together, they represent a fascinating range of what can only be called art. From birds and animals, to miniature paintings, to mundane objects such as keys and pliers, the covers of Indian matchboxes represent an entire gamut of life. And Joshi has collected a fair bit of it. He picks up a matchbox whenever he comes across a new variety, when he travels for work.

“I buy mava (khoya) from Gujarat and when I visit different villages I collect matchboxes,” he says. Joshi’s collection was featured in an exhibition last weekend at Dombivili. In an age of internet downloads, this is one set of images that is hard to find.

Narrow escape
At Chembur station a couple of days ago, people returning home at the end of a working day were in for a shock. As a CST-bound train started leaving the platform, a young woman in a hurry, who appeared to have boarded the train by mistake, jumped onto the platform.

Though this is dangerous, it is nothing new. But what followed was heart-stopping. The woman’s six-year-old son was just behind her and he too leaped off - but the train was gathering speed and he lost his balance and fell.

The child was in mortal danger of falling into the gap between train and platform, but mercifully he landed on the platform itself, and sat up after a few moments. He was unhurt, and his mother seemed to take the close shave quite matter-of-factly.

What this diarist wants to know is, was it so crucial to get out of the moving train, more so when it was gathering speed? Surely, one can wait till the next station and catch the train back. One may have to pay a fine for not having a ticket for that station, perhaps but better a fine than a life lost or a limb severed.

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