Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

Oct 22, 2015, 08:05 IST | Krutika Behrawala, Suprita Mitter and Fiona Fernandez

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

Now, a book on India’s wines
WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Diploma holder and recipient of the Geoffrey Roberts Award, Peter Csizmadia-Honigh is set to unveil his book, The Wines of India, a Concise Guide on October 29. Csizmadia-Honigh will be the first international personality to write a fully illustrated and authoritative companion to Indian wines.

The inaugural edition features all 50 Indian producers and nearly 400 wines with updated and accurate information to guide you through the diversity of India’s regions and producers. We’ll pass judgment as soon as we get our hands on an advance copy. Until then, tipple away.

For women, by women
Get your resumes ready for this one. A women-only career expo is slated to take place at Fort’s Bombay Stock Exchange on October 28 1.30 pm onwards.

Tara Sharma is one of the speakers
Tara Sharma is one of the speakers

It will be presented by, an online job portal for women started by Anisha Parikh Mehta and Ashni Dwarkadas. With a host of participating companies looking to hire talent, this expo sounds like a must-visit for those looking for a career switch and freshers.

What’s more, it includes talks by industry experts Anuja Shukla (Global SI, Sales Engineering at Cloud Platform, Google), Chitra Pandeya (Group President and Global Head, Director Banking, Yes Bank), Aarti Patel (co-founder,, Havovi Chothia (Talent Solutions, LinkedIn) who will speak on gender diversity at workplace.

Don’t miss a motivational talk by popular actress and TV host, Tara Sharma. With an entry fee of Rs 150, this one should be well worth your time.

Hit Middle Ground
Gone are the days when you needed to know someone in the Indian Navy to enjoy a close-up of lighthouses off Mumbai’s coast. Luckily for us, travel groups seem to have found ways for interested folk to experience the thrill.

A sailboat near Mumbai harbour. Pic/Shadab Khan
A sailboat near Mumbai harbour. Pic/Shadab Khan

A new sailing trip over this weekend by Raconteur Walks will introduce enthusiasts to stories around Mumbai’s waters, its tryst with the British East India Company, while on a trip around Middle Ground, Oyster Rock and Sunk Rock Lighthouse.

Get your slice of Art Deco cool
This bit of news is bound to please the Art Deco lover in the city. Head to Kitabkhana at Fort or the Art and Design Workshop to pick a set of 20 prints of the Oval Maidan Art Deco facades and their details in a portfolio filled with information and vintage images.

Close-ups of Art Deco motifs created by students

Facade of Rajjab Mahal, an Art Deco building that faces Oval Maidan, ChurchgateFacade of Rajjab Mahal, an Art Deco building that faces Oval Maidan, Churchgate

These attractive prints have been published by Sir JJ College of Architecture and the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) jointly. Back in July-August, the architecture school had held an exhibition of recreated drawings of Art Deco buildings by the Oval Maidan, created by its students.

Make time for Thithi
After winning two top awards at Locarno Film Festival this year, Raam Reddy’s debut feature, Thithi, is set for its Asian Premiere at Mumbai Film Festival 2015, which kicks off next week.

A still from the film
A still from the film

The Kannada film is the lone feature from India to be selected in the International Category at the festival. In addition to accolades, Thithi has backing of renowned production house, Sunmin Park of Maxmedia, Los Angeles.

Debutant director, Raam Reddy
Debutant director, Raam Reddy

The dramatic comedy revolves around the death of Century Gowda, a crabby 101-year-old man, and follows the exploits of his elderly bearded son, Gadappa; his materialistic middle-aged grandson, Thamanna, and his confident pubescent great grandson, Abhi, up until Century Gowda’s “thithi” (Kannada: final funeral) memorial held 11 days after the death.

The film comprises a cast of non-professional actors, who are mostly farmers from the area, along with a young crew that includes collaborators from Holland, USA, FTII graduates and locals.

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