Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

Mar 02, 2016, 08:10 IST | Team mid-day

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

It was all yellow...
Those who mourned the loss of Pali Hill’s bright and cheery Yellow Tree Café, two years ago, have reason to cheer. Starting tomorrow, gourmands can tuck into the café’s bestsellers at Khar’s Yellow Bar All Day.

Now defunct Yellow Tree Cafe
Now defunct Yellow Tree Cafe

Available throughout March, the special menu includes Bacon Wrapped Prawns, Blue Cheese Steak as well as the café’s signature Chicken Stroganoff. What’s more, these will be available at the same prices listed on the menu two years ago as the co-owner Nicky Bedi says, “It’s our way of expressing gratitude to our loyalists.”

May I touch it?

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Artist Jitish Kallat is all ears as film-maker Anand Gandhi engages him post a talk held as part of Sightings, the artist’s latest exhibition at Chemould Prescott Road last evening.

Hair care with Sapna Bhavnani
“To donate your hair, it needs to be of a certain length (12 inches or just a little less than that) and we don’t have someone walk in every day to do that,” says hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani, who is a regular donor, will be part of a hair donation camp at Jaslok Hospital on Women’s Day (March 8).

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

All hair collected will be donated to the NGO Hair Aid to make wigs for cancer patients. “They are doing a really nice job; what got me interested was that the hair collected is not just utilised for women. It’s Women’s Day with a difference; otherwise, everything has become too commercial,” she says. With Bhavnani giving away haircuts for free, great dos are guaranteed. If the cause appeals to you, RSVP 66573069.

Style-ben ups the ante
We hear that after cricket and football, it’s fashion that’s keeping Nita Ambani busy. Ever since Reliance Industries formed a joint venture with New York headquartered global sports and lifestyle management firm, IMG, in India, Ambani has been keeping a close watch on the venture’s premier style event, Lakme Fashion Week.

Nita Ambani
Nita Ambani

With the next edition scheduled for later this month, key players from IMG Reliance have moved base to her Altamount Road fortress, Antilia, so she can keep one eye on designer line-ups. The last time the usually elegantly dressed Ambani made fashion news was when she customised an 8kg '40 lakh saree to wear to her firm’s CEO Parimal Nathawani’s son’s wedding.

Woven in Chennai, it had 11 Raja Ravi Varma paintings infused in the design, and made it to the Guinness World Records for the most costly saree ever made.

Photo op with William Dalrymple
Writer, traveller and historian, William Dalrymple has shifted focus. Before you imagine that he might have switched canvasses, relax.

William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple

He is set to release his first book of photographs, The Writer’s Eye, later this month. The black and white photographs have been shot over two years and are documents of landscape, conveying potent solitude and brooding strokes.

An image from The Writer’s Eye by William Dalrymple, published by HarperCollins India, March 2016
An image from The Writer’s Eye by William Dalrymple, published by HarperCollins India, March 2016

Dalrymple returns to the visual medium he first worked with back in college. The limited-edition book has been curated by bestselling writer and Sensorium Festival co-founder, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi. The Writer’s Eye will launch in Goa at Sunaparanta: Goa Centre for Arts this month, followed by one more in Delhi and another in London later this year.

Green lens
RiverMarchers, an organisation striving to rejuvenate Mumbai’s rivers held a Marchathon last Sunday. Photographer and visual communicator Aslam Saiyad added a stream to their flow with his photography workshop.

The idea was to contribute to the cause underlying RiverMarch and support the community under his initiative PhotoCycle. Saiyad conducted a workshop at Mahim Nature Park and donated participation fees towards the Rejuvenation of Dahisar River.

Saiyad is behind the initiative, PhotoCycle where photography skills are used to contribute to the society. The eight-hour workshop opened avenues for participants to utilise and monetise the passion in photography, from the basics to creating motion blurs, sharp pictures of moving objects as well the rules of composition.

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