Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

May 28, 2015, 08:00 IST | Fiona Fernandez, Maleeva Rebello, Vidya Heble

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

In the business of textiles
Last week, we were given a customised, guided tour of the newly-opened Textile Gallery at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya by none other than its director, Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee (extreme left) at the museum. Pic/Shadab Khan
Sabyasachi Mukherjee (extreme left) at the museum. Pic/Shadab Khan

As he gave us his valuable insights on the gallery’s execution and eventual success, we were all ears. As we moved from section to another, we reached a display that showcased the rich weaves from a bygone era. Mukherjee was in the middle of telling us about its historic relevance.

A visitor interrupted and asked the museum director, “Sir, aap is jagah mein kya karte ho?” To which he answered, “Main yahaan par kaam karta hoon.” Then came the howler. In reply to Mukherjee’s answer, the visitor said, “Mujhe laga aapka koi textile bijness hoga.” The always-calm museum director was most bemused, but carried on with our tour. As for us, we had our chuckle for the day.

Help is on the line
Struggling with a mental problem is hard enough, and worse if one cannot afford the treatment cost. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) along with Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd, has launched a social service initiative called iCall to provide counselling services through a helpline. The helpline has a call centre which services it.

Callers from across India and across socio-economic classes can avail of this helpline with help being provided in nine languages. There are trained psychologists and counsellors on call to assist people in distress and the service is free of cost with complete confidentiality maintained. For those who aren’t comfortable talking on the phone, there is an option to use email-based counselling as well.

Helpline: 022-25563291, Monday to Saturday (10am-10pm); Email:

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