Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

Updated: Dec 03, 2016, 09:34 IST | Team mid-day |

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

More power to the paralympian
We all love how Deepa Malik (in pic), the paralympic silver medalist, has become an inspiration to people across India. This was evident yesterday when UN Women India conducted a two-hour twitter chat with her, which reached out to about half a million people.

She answered questions about her inspiration, a positive attitude, the difference between para sports and other sports, and her future plans, which involve trying to turn silver into gold and encourage more people to join parasports. To check out more of the chat, visit #askdeepamalik on Twitter.

Boman, the birthday boy
It was Boman Irani’s birthday yesterday and the actor, who turned 57, received some hatke-se words of praise from the media fraternity, much like the artiste he is.

While Dharma Productions called him ‘the true champion of rib-tickling humour’, the All India Radio conveyed its wishes to ‘the multi-talented theatre & film actor, photographer & voice artist’. And according to Farah Khan, Irani is the most intelligent, chivalrous and sexiest man alive.

But that’s not all. Earlier in the day, when Irani was on a flight back to Mumbai from Kolkata, the cabin crew created an impromptu cake for him (in pic) and sang the birthday song, too. Here’s to many more, Dr Asthana!

We like it kadak
Want to do something fun this weekend? Attend a travelling library, the Reading Room, of self-published comics, zines and art at The Cuckoo Club. The library is the brainchild of the Kadak collective, a group of visual storytellers from across the world.

Participants at an earlier edition of  the Reading RoomParticipants at an earlier edition of the Reading Room

Their works explore gender issues, feminism and diversity. Look for a woman’s take on having short hair, what feminism means in a post-Brexit world, transgenders and their belief systems, and the problems women face online. We say, don’t miss out on this event.

Christmas is here!
It may still be more than three weeks to Christmas, but the city already seems to be bathed in Yuletide colours.

A five-star in Lower Parel organised a tree-lighting ceremony (in pic) yesterday, where Christmas carols filled the air, even as aromas from a freshly baked gingerbread house wafted in the lobby area.

The free-flowing mulled wines and eggnogs almost made us break into a Silent Night rendition.

Let's get to the specifics

Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Actor John Abraham examines the bonnet of a new car model at its launch at a BKC five-star yesterday.

Wax eloquent
There’s a new wax museum in town! It may not be as grand as the Madame Tussauds that will open in Delhi next year, but the Red Carpet Wax Museum set to open at R City Mall in Ghatkopar, does claim to feature lifelike statues.

The museum will include statues of personalities such as Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Anna Hazare, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lionel Messi, Daniel Craig, Steve Jobs, and Rowan Atkinson among others.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will unveil the first ever wax statue of his father, the late Bal Thackeray, and inaugurate the Red Carpet Wax Museum tomorrow.

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