Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

Updated: Sep 08, 2016, 10:29 IST | Team MiD DAY |

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

Meet the wine master of India
Did you know there’s a title known as Master of Wine, which one can attain through a rigorous theory, practical and research paper-based exam that would put engineering tests to shame? Mumbai-based Sonal Holland has cracked it.

The wine professional, who has a wine club and a digital wine channel to her credit, has been announced as the world’s first Master of Wine from India by the reputed London-based The Institute of Masters of Wine. She is among a handful of 341 masters present across 25 countries in the world.

With the prestigious title, Holland will be able to make an entry into the world’s best wine community, judging global wine competitions and leading tastings. She aims to put Indian wines on the global map.

We've got a ticket to ride

Pic/Sameer Markande

Actors Shreyas Talpade and Manjari Fadnis hitched a ride on the back of a goods carrier at the trailer launch of their upcoming film in Andheri yesterday.

SoBo’s got Poker faced or defaced?
Mumbai is under aerosol attack. Graffiti is the new street gab, especially in SoBo that seems to have come under the ‘Poker’ spell. The word (Poker) has been spray-painted across walls in Worli, opposite the old Century Bazaar that now houses upscale establishments. The sign was also spotted near Haji Ali on a parapet by the sea.

The Poker sign at Colaba, outside the Ravissant showroom
The Poker sign at Colaba, outside the Ravissant showroom

The stretch near Villa Theresa School at Peddar Road, just before the Vama showroom, was also replete with ‘Poker’ signs. Even Marine Drive’s iconic parapet wasn’t spared. In Colaba, this diarist spotted the graffiti overkill outside the Ravissant showroom, and a little ahead towards the Philips Antiques showroom. We wonder who’s the Poker-Man (or woman) on the graffiti prowl.

When books become art
Despite the clamour about the diminishing importance of books, they remain an integral part of our lives. Such that we often do not realise how the books we read influence our aesthetic sensibilities.

Youdhisthir Maharjan’s work
Youdhisthir Maharjan’s work

The overwhelming impact books have on us will reflect in the works of 19 artists from India whose altered book art that will go on display at the Saffronart exhibition in New York later this month. The theme is to showcase the myriad ways to reinterpret books as works of art.

Calling aspiring filmmakers
Budding filmmakers in the country have something to smile about. India Film Project (IFP), with the aim to create original content, has announced a filmmaking challenge with participants from across the globe.

Madhur Bhandarkar and Nagesh Kukunoor
Madhur Bhandarkar and Nagesh Kukunoor

At least, 1,300 teams comprising 25,000 filmmakers will make films on assigned themes in 50 hours — including the edit time. The assignment will start from September 16 (8 pm) and end on September 18 (10 pm). An unparalleled jury will take the call on winners, and their films will be showcased at various film festivals globally.

The competition has different categories, including professional filmmaking, amateur filmmaking and even mobile filmmaking. The upcoming IFP festival aims to be a confluence of the country’s best filmmakers. According to reports, at least 5,000 of them are likely to be present. The jury includes biggies like Madhur Bhandarkar, Sriram Raghavan, Nagesh Kukunoor and Vetri Maaran. Get, set, roll.

Goodbye La Folie, hello Papabubble
Papabubble, caramel artesans from Spain are set to replace the La Folie store at Palladium, High Street Phoenix. Papabubble is being brought to India by Avani Raheja and Samir Gadhok’s Burgundy Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, the same company that brought Royce here.

The cult candy brand was founded by Alejandro Siniawski in 2004. Those who’ve savoured Papabubble’s thematic candies, lollipops, bubblets and other goodies in the past, can look forward to a heady saccharine trip when the store opens in the week leading up to Halloween and Diwali. Expect a sweet rush.

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