Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

Updated: Nov 15, 2016, 11:02 IST | Team mid-day |

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

The Cash Crunch Files
While on one hand the demonetisation move has left most of India running helter skelter for cash, there are some, who have derived innovative ways for their financial transactions. Malad-based restaurateur Ronnie D’Souza (in pic) of Uncle’s Kitchen has maintained two files for his customers.

“In one file, I have collected the counterfoils of cheque payments which I’m accepting from some of my patrons. And in the second file, I have a list of all those regular patrons, who do not have cash for now but have promised to pay me later. I can’t say ‘No’ to any of my patrons for they’ve been like family to me for the last 30 years,” says D’Souza.

Some cheek!

Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Actress Alia Bhatt gets some love at a performance by slum band Dharavi Rocks on Children’s Day at NSCI in Worli.

Young and the fine tuned
Two young Classical music prodigies wowed an audience at a tea house in Bandra yesterday.

Shadaj Iyer (left) with Yadnesh Raikar during the performance. Pic/Pradeep DhivarShadaj Iyer (left) with Yadnesh Raikar during the performance. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Shadaj Iyer, 13, sang raag Lalit and raag Alhaiya Bilaval while 16-year-old violinist, Yadnesh Raikar had the audience spellbound with a few traditional compositions.

Iyer is the youngest vocalist from the Agra-Atrauli Gharana while Raikar is the son and pupil of renowned violinist Milind Raikar and has also been under the tutelage of eminent vocalist Kishori Amonkar.

Brazilian moves
What better way to celebrate Children’s Day than kids putting up an entire show by themselves? Capoeira Mumbai organised an afternoon of music, dance and acrobats at Khar Social yesterday, and the way the kids grooved belied their age. The organisation has been teaching the Brazilian martial art to underprivileged kids from Shivaji Nagar in Govandi for six years now.

Pic/Poonam Bathija
Pic/Poonam Bathija

“The idea is to motivate these children, who otherwise hunt for gold in garbage mounds. Our underlying attempt is to never let them drop out of school. With some fancy dishes on the menu, this was a good exposure for the kids, too,” says Sunil Singh, under whose aegis the children performed.

Riding for the record
It was an early Sunday morning for many Mumbaikars as they gathered with their bicycles at the Palm Beach road for a unique cycling event. Organised by a Navi Mumbai group, this was the second edition of the nationwide I Ride With India campaign.

Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Last year, the event was held in more than 100 cities across India on the same day and starting time, and had witnessed over 10,000 participants from 120 locations. Riding on that success and the hope for a higher number this year, the group is trying to enter the event in the Limca Book of Records. The numbers are still being counted, so watch this space for updates.

Good and earthy
We are not sure if every designer can carry off their own creations, assuming of course that they design for the same sex. But artist-turned-fashion designer Payal Khandwala looks best when she wears, well, Payal Khandwala.

She turned up for an event over the weekend that celebrated a collaboration between couturier Rohit Bal and design house Good Earth for a capsule décor and clothing collection, in a khadi silk overcoat whose colour is best described as dhaani, and cobalt palazzos.

Rustic silver neckwear and an oversized ring was all the jewellery she chose, and of course, the nose studs that stay always firmly pinned on. We are not sure too many ladies can carry off two nose pins. At least not since MS Subbulakshmi.

And then...
We couldn’t tell if Bal was wearing Bal, but he looked I’m-not-trying-to-be-dapper in distressed jeans, jacket and moccasins. The collection, he told us, was an extension of his 2015 couture week line, continuing the signature motifs of peacocks, lotuses and roses captured on bone China, glassware and fabric. Payal, by the way, picked up a chatai matted grey laundry box “to go with the grey floor” of her new Breach Candy home.

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