Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

Updated: 10 December, 2015 10:05 IST | Dhara Vora, Benita Fernando |

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

A foodie threesome
For those who can’t stop raving about one of the hottest places to eat in the city right now, here’s a chance to meet the man behind The Bombay Canteen, Floyd Cardoz.

Chef Floyd Cardoz
Chef Floyd Cardoz

The celebrated chef will be in conversation with Mita Kapur, editor of Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food, an anthology of essays on food (featuring Cardoz and others).

Also part of the discussion will be actress-turned-food-writer Tara Deshpande. Set to take place at the Lower Parel restaurant on December 12, those wishing to participate can email

One for the Parsi ladies
It was a warm Tuesday evening on the terrace of Godrej Bhavan, Fort, where Pheroza and Jamshyd Godrej threw a cozy party to celebrate the launch of a biography on UK-based Zerbanoo Gifford, founder of the ASHA foundation, humanitarian and no-nonsense stalwart.

Farida Master, Zerbanoo Gifford and Pheroza Godrej
Farida Master, Zerbanoo Gifford and Pheroza Godrej

The biographer, Farida Master is former editor of film and lifestyle magazines in Mumbai, and now a resident of Auckland. The occasion brought together the city’s upper crust and saw vintage sophistication at its best.

Seated in the office of late Sohrab Godrej, the biographer and muse chatted with this diarist about the making of Zerbanoo Gifford: An Uncensored Life, as well as their friendship, across New Zealand and the UK, that blossomed during the course of its writing.

“Once a year, the river Severn flows backwards. Zerbanoo is like that; right from running away from school to campaigning in the UK, she defies stereotypes and lives a life without boundaries. It was destiny that got us together,” Master said fondly.

For the guests (Sam Balsara, Maneck Davar, Monica Vaziralli, Radhika Naik, Khushroo Santook, Farrokh Kavarana and Jimmy Modi) it was a reunion of sorts, and a mingling of industry members and the publishing fraternity.

Gifford looked like springtime in an embroidered dress as she signed copies of the book along with Master. She had once joked her way through a meeting calling herself the Princess of Zorastria, and poor geography of the attending members helped, she reminisced.

In queenly fashion, Gifford called Pheroza ‘the first lady of the Parsi community’ for her timeless beauty and thoughtful intelligence. In the end, we agreed that Gifford’s and Master’s joie de vivre made the evening what it was over patra ni macchi, tarela kera, stew and titoli.

Enough with the selfies
A face palm-worthy email we received yesterday announced ‘Selfies are passé, velfies are in’. How we wish the the first bit was true and the latter wasn’t.

To make things worse, it proclaimed that it is natural for kids to communicate through videos and one should start early. Like open letters, we seriously wish for this madness to end soon.

PS Velfies are video selfies.

Fish curry and sexuality
This Maacher Jhol might be difficult to digest for some. We, however, are loving it. Abhishek Verma, a Delhi-based animation artist, has come up with a 2D animated short film named after the Bengali fish curry.

Except, his film discusses homosexuality. Inspired by a friend who recently spoke about his sexuality, Verma narrates the story of Lalit Ghosh who decides to come out to his father over a meal of fish curry.

The crowdfunding campaign for Maacher Jhol is active on Ketto. To contribute, log on to

Oh poop!
We are inching closer to the dream of buying everything online. Turns out, you can now buy cow dung online for as little as `120 (pack of 11 pieces, no less).

A screenshot of the what’s on offerA screenshot of the what’s on offer

Used for rituals in some communities, this might work in your kitchen garden. And it will be handy for some like us, who have to occasionally cater to elders’ whims of organising a havan. Swaha!

First Published: 10 December, 2015 09:28 IST

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