Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 08:31 IST | Team mid-day

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

When Gary ate like a Mumbaikar
Gary Mehigan, the much-loved judge from Masterchef Australia, is no stranger to India. The chef visits the country regularly, capturing the flavours from across different regions that often make it to his shows.

But this is perhaps the first time that a culinary tour of Mumbai features so prominently in his itinerary. Mehigan, who first visited Delhi and is now in Mumbai for a new TV series, has been savouring some of the best fare dished out in the city.

From a visit to chef Atul Kochhar's BKC restaurant, and tucking into delish eats by chefs Kelvin Cheung and Thomas Zacharias to meeting pastry chef Pooja Dhingra, Mehigan seems to be having a field day. We'll keep our eyes peeled for how fresh toor samosa chaat and Goan pork vindaloo in desi tacos find their way to his show.

Here comes the crowd pleaser
It was supposed to be a routine launch of a sports merchandise store in Santacruz that Ranveer Singh had been invited to yesterday.

Pics/Shadab Khan
Pics/Shadab Khan

But with the controversy surrounding his upcoming film, Padmavati, the actor had to take police protection to step out of the store. He didn't disappoint the media, though, and took position atop his car to answer their questions.

Black, white and nostalgic
The void left behind by the iconic Cafe Samovar within the premises of the Jehangir Art Gallery was filled by a new eco-friendly gallery space recently. When this diarist received an announcement letter from the gallery, it came accompanied by a pleasant surprise - a 2002 booklet, written by architect Rahul Mehrotra and the late historian Sharada Dwivedi, on not just the history of the gallery but also on the evolution of Kala Ghoda into an art precinct.

Kala Ghoda, with the original statue. Pic courtesy/The Jehangir Art Gallery
Kala Ghoda, with the original statue. Pic courtesy/The Jehangir Art Gallery

This gem from the booklet is legendary photographer AL Syed's frame, with the original bronze statue of King Edward VII on his black horse, which now stands in Jijamata Udyan. A timely reminder of the essence of an area fast pleasing to real estate giants.

Bass point
It was only after the turn of the millennium that bass music really took off around the world. And the credit for this goes to the underground scene in the UK, where musicians played around with genres like dancehall to give it a modern twist, resulting in styles like glitch and trap.

Pic/Chelone Wolf
Pic/Chelone Wolf

Now, you can catch two of the pioneers of the scene — Om Unit and Kutmah — who have been spinning tracks for over two decades, right here in the city. Bass Camp festival is bringing these British DJs down to a Khar venue on December 2, and they promise such a heck of a party. So if you're a diehard bass fan who has work plans the next day, our advice is to attend this gig at your own risk.

This lit fest speaks in different tongues
The city recently witnessed the first lit fest of the season, and the ball has now been set in motion. The fourth edition of the Gateway LitFest will be organised in Mumbai in February 2018, and what sets this gathering of wordsmiths apart is that it celebrates writings in Indian languages, With this edition's theme being Women Power of Indian Literature, it is expected to bring together 50 women authors from 20 languages including Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada Urdu and Punjabi. With the likes of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Bose Krishnamachari and Uma da Cunha on the advisory board, this confluence is worth making a note of in your diary.

Shilpa gets booked, in style
"The only thing I indulge in on weekdays is my daily cup of chai," actor Shilpa Shetty had revealed to this diarist, two years ago about her first book. The actor-preneur will now launch a cookbook called The Diary of a Domestic Diva (Penguin), which will include 50 of her favourite recipes, including those from her popular Sunday Binge Insta videos.

The jacket features the curvy actor in a Masaba Gupta saree (a designer she endorsed for the first cover too). Gupta, who has long been a fan of Shetty, tells us from London, "I enjoy working with Shilpa because she is always open to doing something different and quirky, We picked a red saree with a fun print in gold as it's strongly Indian, sexy and a perfect fit for the title."

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