Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

Oct 08, 2015, 08:16 IST | Hemal Ashar and Suprita Mitter

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

Yuvi and me
A budding cricketer gets Punjab Ranji Trophy team captain, Yuvraj Singh, to pose for a selfie during a net session at the Wankhede Stadium on the eve of Punjab’s match against Mumbai.

Pic/Suresh KK

Meet the Indian 'lighthouse' parent
Indian parents have one more reason to be proud of themselves. A new survey conducted by LinkedIn has revealed that Indian parents are more aware of their children’s daily activities than those from other countries.

There’s more. According to the survey, which will be made available today on LinkedIn, nearly 37% of Indian parents see themselves as ‘lighthouse’ parents. What it means is they wish to play the role of a guide, helping them make decisions about their career and personal life than forcing their will upon the children.

This makes for a notable shift from what Indian parents are perceived, for a long time. Gone are the days where it was a norm for parents to decide on your career or relationships. This seems to have improved; at least, 37% parents think otherwise.

Silk route
This one had us in the air. Pun intended. Aerial Silk, a new fitness routine, has been drawing the attention of fitness freaks across Mumbai.

Aerial Silk in actionAerial Silk in action

A while ago, when this diarist had signed up for a test drive, she found the session to be an exhausting yet thrilling new workout experience. Now, another city-based fitness studio has announced a free demo of this routine this weekend.

The mailer mentions that the routine helps to build ‘stamina, upper body strength, increase flexibility, strengthen the core, lose weight, and have lots of fun’. Talk about fitness going the aerial route.

Monks in Mumbai
We think the inauguration may have made a painting in itself. A few Buddhist monks inaugurated Wind, an art exhibition on Tibet by artist Sudhir Katkar.

Young Buddhist monks at the exhibition. Pic/Atul Kamble
Young Buddhist monks at the exhibition. Pic/Atul Kamble

The exhibition is on at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort till October 12, between 11 am to 7 pm. Since ‘wind’ is intangible, Katkar may have had to use all his creative energy into bringing that force wind onto the canvas. The artist says he has a ‘moment of awakening’ when he visits Ladakh, Bhutan or Tibet.

Monks from Pune had travelled down for the inauguration of the show. While Katkar may have ‘moments of awakening’ in the land of the Buddha, this diarist was keen to learn what experiences the monks had when they dropped by the exhibition in the heart of buzzing Mumbai on Tuesday.

Did they have their ‘moment of awakening’ while negotiating Mumbai’s traffic? Or would they pen a book titled, Zen and the Art of Stress Management in the City? Their calm demeanour was certainly in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Kala Ghoda.

Dutt’s the way
Mumbai-based NGO Happy Hours Workshop and the Cerebral Palsy Association organised a cultural event to celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day last evening at Sukoon Park in Bandra (W). Former MLA Priya Dutt dropped in to show her support. 

Pic/Tushar Satam
Pic/Tushar Satam

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