Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Suhel Seth with the extra 'l'
Late last week, when a Twitter account took on a couple of well-known news anchors, brand and marketing guru Suhel Seth had to step in to let the web know that it wasn’t him (even though his Twitter handle has the blue certification).
It is a parody account that not only uses Seth’s pic, although it faces the right (while Seth’s faces the left), but also his name (told apart only by the extra ‘l’ in the name).
We caught up with Seth, who spoke to us right after a busy lunch and he admitted to having had a bit of fun with the account himself. “The guy is not unintelligent and his grammar is fine so I’m not upset. He seems to have got some, not all, of my mannerism down pat,” Seth says. What Seth does seem irked by is the smart alecy nature of the person, and the fact that Twitter has no systems in place to check for these.
As for the minor irritant caused by the account insulting his friends, Seth laughs, “My friends can expect anything from me. They won’t be upset by this (even if they were to confuse it for the real me).” Is it flattering? “If one was to need something like this to boost his self esteem, he may as well kill himself.”
All lined up
Aditi Rao Hydari (centre) walks the ramp along with models at a fashion show that was held in a suburban five-star last night.
Society ladies meet artists for young guns
From the looks of it, artist Tania Deol (black top) seems totally immersed in the moment with these kids. Come April 7, and The Gateway School of Mumbai dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities will showcase their annual art show.
Apart from Deol, artists like Ajay De, Ramesh Gorjala, Krsna Mehta, Vijay Kadam, Laila Motwane, Seema Khan, Deol, Shirali Tyabji, Michelle Poonawalla, Vidita Singh and interior designer Renu Chainini have been dropping by the school in Deonar regularly to create works with these five to 18-year-olds.
The proceeds from the sale will go towards the benefit of supporting special needs education in the city.
Something’s fishy at Shivaji Park
Last year, we spotted umbrellas suspended from the leafy environs of Shivaji Park. Then, those gave way to butterflies. Now, we see fish floating in that space.
The selfie point at our favourite stomping ground, near the Meenatai Thackeray statue and adjacent to a children’s park, is drawing curious stares from passersby and walkers.
We spotted people stand underneath the fish to take selfies, which of course, is the point of the exercise. Fish art has also been pasted on a wall and an adjacent fence, too. We wonder what gimmick to expect next.
Watch this space.
Look! It’s Colonel Haathi!
Yesterday, Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli in The Jungle Book, was in the city, and dropped by at the Sir JJ School of Art in CST, where he was greeted by a jumbo.
With the bungalow where Rudyard Kipling (porch seen on extreme right) was born sitting in the same campus, we loved the Jungle Book replay moment.
Ride the theatre wave
The volunteers of C.L.A.P, a holistic self-development centre in Malad, rode till Andheri, spreading the message of the power of theatre through a cyclothon to celebrate World Theatre Day on Sunday.
Even before Virat Kohli was dubbed the ‘Batman’ of Indian cricket after his stunning show against Australia on Sunday night, Batman, the superhero seemed to have been quite the rage at a cosplay event in the city, to celebrate the film, Batman vs Superman.
A similar themed party was held in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune to celebrate the fandom for these superheroes. Cosplayers and fans came dressed in capes and masks flaunting their love for their favourite superhero. Going by the frames that our photographer shared, Batman was an overwhelming favourite.