Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 10:38 IST | Team mid-day

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


Pic/Suresh Karkera

Stringing a new theory, perhaps?
Music maestros Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (left) and Ranjit Barot at a fusion performance at the NCPA last evening.

Like father, like son
Vishal Bhardwaj’s fascination for William Shakespeare and recreating his works for the real Indian milieu is well known. His son, Aasmaan Bhardwaj (right) though, seems more inspired by India’s English literary master Ruskin Bond.

 A still from The Thief A still from The Thief

His short film The Thief is among the 38 shorts available for viewing at the Viewing Room of NFDC Film Bazaar to be held at Marriott Goa from November 20. This year, 202 films will be screened, which include 38 shorts and 164-feature length films (131 fiction features and 33 documentaries).

Based on a short story by Bond, also called The Thief, his film is a story about a boy who cares for nothing and finally finds someone who changes that. The film is produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Rekha Bhardwaj, and features Chandan Roy Sanyal, Rahul Kumar and Aditi Sharma.

Ram Jethmalani at the races
The much-loved Janak Jethmalani, a racing aficionado, passed away recently. In his memory, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) is running a race on November 20, the opening day of the Mumbai season. We hear that his father, the legal luminary, Ram Jethmalani, who is otherwise a rare visitor to the race course, will give away the trophy.

A flea market and other fun elements have been planned for the day, but the memorial race, with the 93-year-old legal eagle in attendance, will bring a touch of sobriety to Sunday.

A doodle for Coldplay
Kalyani Nerurkar was in the seventh standard when her sister introduced her to Coldplay. Years later, her love for the British band found a creative outlet when she took up doodling as a serious hobby. “A few months ago, I was listening to Scientist, when I started doodling the track randomly.

I put it up online and got an encouraging response,” says Nerurkar, 24, whose doodles of about 15 Coldplay songs have become quite popular online. It is only fitting then that she is all set to attend the much-awaited Coldplay concert in the city on Saturday.

But, as with most other fans, the tickets for the event seemed like a distant dream to Nerurkar, who had tried the Global Citizen route with no luck. Recognising her talent, Etihad Airways stepped in and gifted two concert tickets to Nerurkar. “I am ecstatic,” Nerurkar told us, who will be grooving at the concert with her sister.

To queue or not to queue
If you are hanging on to the last of your smaller currency notes because the ATM gods haven’t been merciful or the queues are simply too daunting, there’s hope. Walnut, a personal finance app, has launched a new feature that allows users to find a working ATM with cash, by tracking aggregate withdrawals of its 1.8 million user base across India in real time.

The feature aims to crowd-source information by prompting the user for details on the queue status at the ATM soon after he makes a successful transaction. Users can also share this information on WhatsApp and social media. The jury is still out on the success of the demonetisation move, but the innovations we are coming across by the dozen do say something about the ‘will find a way out always’ attitude of the nation.

A slice of the Mediterranean
It was only this monsoon that entrepreneur Swaraaj Kapoor launched Mirabella, a hip restaurant offering multiple cuisines, in Andheri. He is now back with another offering and this time, Kapoor has chosen to go more specific with the menu. Khaleesi (yes, it reminds us of Game of Thrones, too), a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, opens its doors to Mumbaikars today.

Situated right above Mirabella, the place has lush, sprawling interiors with a roomy al fresco area. Home-fermented breads including Za’atar, Pita, Kuboos and Baladi are some of the highlights from the menu, as are the chef-recommended Chicken Gyros and Kaffir Lime Risotto.

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