Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
We’ve heard of funny names, surnames and even bylanes. But this one beats those hands down! When we asked an acquaintance where he lived, he stated matter-of-factly, ‘Next to Random building.’
While we thought he was pulling a fast one on us, we received this proof and learnt that Random is actually one of the four buildings existing at Miraway Cooperative Housing Society near Matunga (W) station. Ah! the jokes that its residents might have had to endure. And what about Wayward’s residents!
‘This tower was re-erected on the present site after being removed from its old position to make room for the eastern avenue constructed by the city improvement trust in the year 1926’, says the plaque on the clock tower at Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan in Byculla.
As the clock waits to tick back to life, we hope that city planners gauge its merit before earmarking heritage precincts as targets for redevelopment.
To create a fab world
Over the years, many NGOSs and social organisations have been propagating the fact that this city needs to be made accessible for people who are physically challenged. After many years of advocacy by various means and involving many concerned people, both disabled and non-disabled too there seems to be a sunshine story to tell.
Fabindia has put a foldable ramp, to overcome heritage structure restrictions. On Independence Day, a few children from ADAPT (Able Disable All People Together) visited the Fabindia store in Kala Ghoda. The ones on a wheelchair were so happy to see a ramp!
They’re young, but even at that age, understand the importance of places being accessible. It’s an effort that deserves a pat on the back, we think. We also hope it sends out a message to other establishments in Mumbai to try and make more spaces accessible across this city.
Cheers for this cheer girl
In any endurance event, participants or competitors will tell you that cheerleaders are the tonic they need to get to the finish line. When they thin there is nothing left in that ‘fuel tank’, it is the cheers and high fives from the spectators lining the route, that can take runners that extra mile.
Jyotsna Sanzgiri (71) greets a competitor at the SPMC. Pic/Tushar Satam
So, it was not surprising to see the ‘cheer girl’ of the Shivaji Park Marathon Club (SPMC) Jyotsna Sanzgiri (71) cheering on the ultrathon runners at the recent event, where ultramarathoners ran from 5 am to 5 pm logging distances over 42.2 km (which is the traditional marathon distance).
Sanzgiri was seen greeting athletes who came in from one ‘loop (they ran circuits from Shivaji Park to Worli Sea Face and back (that was a loop) to get ready for the next. The feisty, cheer girl said, “I have been coming in for walks at the Shivaji Park for 10 years.
I know so many runners. Meeting them is my tonic, it keeps me young,” she smiled as she gave a ultramarathoner a ‘high five. “I do not feel my age, as I see these endurance runners push the limit,” Sanzgiri stated before scooting off to greet yet another ultramarathoner. The runners smiled as they saw the familiar face. You have a whirl, girl.
The Nobel Quiz in Mumbai
The ninth edition of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz 2015 was organised by the Embassy of Sweden in India. It was themed on ‘Sweden makes in India’ and will also take place in Indore, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi between August 12 and October 16, 2015.
The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz 2015 was conducted in Mumbai at Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research yesterday. Nearly 200 participants across 21 colleges were part of this national inter-collegiate quiz.
The 10-city quiz competition is part of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week, organised by the Embassy of Sweden and partner companies to enhance the image of Sweden in India.