Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

Apr 02, 2015, 08:18 IST | Maleeva Rebello, Fiona Fernandez, Ayan Roy, Dharmendra Jore, Vidya Heble

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

Memorial for late editor Vinod Mehta
The Delhi Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda is holding a memorial event, in collaboration with Literature Live!, to celebrate the life and work of the late journalist Vinod Mehta, today, April 2, at 6.30pm.

Mehta’s wife Sumita will be here for the occasion from New Delhi, and Mehta’s friends Gerson da Cunha, Farzana Contractor, Susheel Somani, Ashwin Shah and Arnab Goswami will be in conversation with Anil Dharker. Mehta’s last book, Editor Unplugged, will also be released on the occasion.

Warli art adorns King’s Circle station premises
This Harbour Line station is now worth visiting even if you’re not commuting through it. King’s Circle has been beautified in the real sense of the word by students of Shishuvan, a school in the area, who have painted Warli art on the walls of platforms 1 and 2.

The students and teachers of Shishuvan who painted the walls of King’s Circle station
The students and teachers of Shishuvan who painted the walls of King’s Circle station

Gaurang Damania, whose non-governmental organisation Karmayogi Pratisthan has adopted the station, says, “Dr Alok Badkul, Senior Divisional Commercial Manger (DCM) of Central Railway, visited the station a few months ago and asked whether we could paint some local art on the walls.

He suggested Warli, which we went with. He recommended that we should paint the walls near the ticket counter windows.” Damania approached a number of Warli artists in the city but was unable to get anyone who had the time to work at the station.

He says, “Neha Chheda, the principal of Shishuvan, is a friend of mine, and when I told her of the Warli art idea she suggested that her students could volunteer. Megha Mota, their art teacher, designed the paintings.”

The students of classes 4, 5 and 9 painted the walls of the station, with help from their teachers, over a period of one month. The walls were first whitewashed, coloured brown and then the Warli work was done.

Trigger-unhappy MLA
Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan found many seniors to protect him against the criticism that he faced for tucking a revolver into his waistband while addressing school kids last week. CM Devendra Fadnavis gave him a clean chit, and even Shiv Sena journal Saamna wrote in Mahajan’s favour.

However, Nationalist Congress Party legislator Jitendra Awhad, wasn’t so lucky. He tried to mock Mahajan by carrying a toy gun on the Vidhan Bhavan premises, but it wasn’t taken lightly by his party senior Ajit Pawar.

The former DCM asked Awhad, in full view of some mediapersons, to avoid indulging in such dramatic acts and ensure that the decorum of the legislature is maintained.

Just barking mad
It's said that one can’t judge a book by its cover. Our canine friends, and in fact most animals whose behaviour humans have learnt to read, can indeed tell a person’s disposition beforehand. We know of strange dogs who will come up wagging their tails because they can sense that we like them.

And in a recent instance, this diarist witnessed a couple of dogs barking at a man taking a late-night walk in a central Mumbai society. The street dogs probably sensed that he was anti-dog, as it were and sure enough, the man, after chasing them with a large stick, set about blasting the security guard of the complex for letting the four-legged creatures behave so impertinently with him.

When we approached him and tried to reason with him, he flew into a rage and even threatened us with a beating for taking up cudgels on behalf of the dogs. Strange how certain individuals feel the need to appropriate all the space in the city for themselves, and not share it.

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