Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 12:26 IST | Team mid-day | Mumbai

The City - Sliced, Diced And Served With A Dash Of Sauce

Cooking it up
Hemant Oberoi, Vicky Ratnani, Ranveer Brar, Kunal Vijayakar, Nitin Tandon, Amrita Raichand, Saransh Goila - it isn't often that one gets to see so many F&B bigwigs under one roof.

Vicky Ratnani and Hemant Oberoi
Vicky Ratnani and Hemant Oberoi

At the #HomesChefMatters 2.0: Lost Recipes conference at a Lower Parel five-star yesterday, chefs and experts addressed an audience of home cooks, sharing their views on innovation, using local produce, food styling as well as stories of lost recipes.

Fittingly, eight home chefs from across the country took care of the lunch for the session with their recipes featuring on the menu. Sounds like a delicious afternoon.

Nikhil is northward bound
Chef Nikhil Chib's Asian QSR chain Busago seems to be on an expansion spree. After setting up outlets in Bandra, BKC, and even Oshiwara, Chib will now be taking the fifth outlet to Powai. When this diarist catches up with him, he is location-scouting in Mulund.

"We will be opening an outlet here, in the next month, as well as one in Thane," he reveals. He adds, "The business has now moved north. And instead of expecting my diner to come to me, I'm taking my food to the diner, wherever s/he may be."

He shares that over the next two years, he plans on launching 15 outlets across the city, including a few in SoBo, where he first gained fame with his fine-dine, Busaba, which had its outposts in Colaba and Lower Parel. After having gone off the radar for a while, Chib is now bursting with energy, and excited about making his presence felt in the culinary world again.

"I know I haven't been active on social media, unlike a lot of chefs today. At times, social media hype is just that - hype. I believe the quality of the food and the chef should speak for any restaurant. But I do plan on being more active on the scene from now on," he reassures.

Pic/Bipin Kokate
Pic/Bipin Kokate

All's well
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput flashes a thumbs up sign to the Mid-day photographer outside a performance space in Bandra.

Join a readathon
To celebrate their 30th year in India, Penguin Random House, has announced a project that includes reading sessions and library donations across 30 spaces. This readathon and book gifting journey will reach out to community libraries, shelter homes, indie bookstores and prisons.

In Mumbai, R&R, a centre for artistic and intellectual activity in the rehab colonies of Lallubhai Compound in Mankhurd is the chosen space. "Our 30th anniversary theme is to 'keep reading,' and we hope to spread the joy to more readers" shares Hemali Sodhi, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Publisher, Children's Books.

Art by the docks
November has brought about a sea change at Sassoon Docks. With artists from around the world celebrating an area that has been an integral part of Mumbai's growth through the St + art festival, the space is alive with murals and installations. To ensure that the site is not forgotten after the festival, a series of events have been planned here.

One such session brought together Art India editor Abhay Sardesai, urban historians Rahul Srivastava and Shekhar Krishnan, and Giulia Ambrogi and Hanif Kureshi of St + art to discuss the role of art in rejuvenating public spaces. With panelists touching upon the layered history of shipyards and shore, and the spaces that the docklands occupy in our cultural imagination, the talk was a happy blend of the past, present and future.

Men, learn to compliment
"After the conviction, one of the accused told someone, yeh 'mard aurat' hai," says leading public prosecutor Rohini Salian, between bursts of laughter, when asked to reveal the funniest compliment she received at work in the video, Say It Right.

Urooj Ashfaq and Rohini Salian in the video
Urooj Ashfaq and Rohini Salian in the video

Uploaded on YouTube a couple of days ago, it features a number of women working professionals, including stand-up comedian Urooj Ashfaq, rapper Deane Sequeira, athlete Sharvi Bhujbal, cinematographer Ishani Roy and footballer Tanvie Hans, who share the compliments they've received from men, most being either for looks instead of work or back-handed like "despite being a woman, you take criticism well". The women also share compliments they'd ideally like to receive. The common assertions: either compliment me for my work or not at all.

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