Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
In today’s times of materialistic excesses and strained relationships, one can trust the Japanese for some timeless wisdom. Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with metallic-tinged lacquer, has warmed many hearts, for the thought behind it is to treat breakage as part of an object’s (and by extension, a person’s) history instead of concealing it.
And now, another concept from the country that’s gaining currency is tokimeku, which literally means to spark joy. The idea has found a new meaning in a world defined by unbridled consumption, where before buying anything it makes sense to ask if the object indeed sparks joy.
What’s heartening is that one of the Indian proponents of tokimeku is actress-filmmaker Nandita Das, who recently shared a New York Times article on the subject saying she practises it, but needs to do more of it. Coming from someone in an industry where extravagance is the norm, we say it’s a good start.
A stylish pitch, this
Cricketer Rohit Sharma (left), industrialist Nita Ambani and fashion entrepreneur Renso Rosso at the launch of a collection in Bandra.
Like father like son
Classical music, apart from the soulful ragas, is also about lineage. Most families follow the tradition and the family of santoor legend Shivkumar Sharma is no different.
Shivkumar Sharma with son Rahul
Though his son, Rahul Sharma, is more into World music, the father-son duo is certain to create magic when they would share the stage on the first day of Aadi Anant Festival at NCPA tomorrow.
Among the other artistes, there is tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, who will play with Sabir Khan (sarangi), Navin Kumar (dholak) and Anantha R Krishnan (mridangam).
When Akram out-hit Tendulkar
We caught actor Rahul Bose peering intently at the autographed chessboard by Vishwanathan Anand (sold for `1 lakh later in the evening) when we walked into a room full of sports enthusiasts at the Cricket Club of India.
The gathering that marked the first solo auction by Digvijay Sinh Kathiwada of Kathiwada Arts and Sports, featured collectibles like Mary Kom’s 2012 London Olympics Training Kit, and Sachin Tendulkar’s jersey among other memorabilia. The discussion for the evening mainly revolved around Virat Kohli’s form and spilled on to Yuvraj’s wedding. The auction also included phone bidders from the US, UK and UAE.
Sir Don Bradman’s photograph with his wife signed by both fetched `50,000, while rare photographs of the first All Indian Team of 1911 sold at a lakh. After all the fuss about sending Pakistani actors home, Wasim Akram’s jersey from the 1992 World Cup sold for `3,40,000, while Sachin’s signed World Cup 2003 jersey fetched `3,30,000. We wonder what the MNS would say about that.
Jeff Kinney's wisdom
It is Jeff Kinney’s first time in India and the author of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series seems to be having a blast.
Jeff Kinney at the lecture in Mumbai yesterday. Pic/Satej Shinde
Kinney is here for the Penguin Annual Lecture, which was delivered in Delhi day before and in Mumbai yesterday. Despite a packed schedule, the author visited India Gate in the capital, and in Mumbai, he went to Marine Drive, something first-timers to the city never miss.
His lecture touched upon his childhood that was full of books and how in college he discovered that he had attention deficit disorder. But perhaps the biggest takeaway for young authors is what Kinney mentioned more than once: "If you don’t read, you won’t be a good author.”
He works hard for the Mani
There has been a shuffle in the ranks of the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) with Secretary Behram Engineer retiring. In his place comes NHS Mani (in pic), who took over as secretary of the race club last month.
Rolling back the years, Mani had joined the premier race club in the early 1980s as a steno/typist to administrative officer Sheshadri, who used to directly report to the then secretary Edgar DeSylva. Both Sheshadri and Mani would occupy a special cabin outside the secretary’s imposing cabin on the first floor of the enclosure.
Interestingly, DeSylva, in whose name a prestigious trophy is run every year since his retirement, was the first secretary in the race club’s history to have risen from the clerical ranks. Now, Mani has done a DeSylva, emulating his boss in his ascendancy on the turf club ladder. We say, you’ve come a furlong way, Mani.
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