Weekly Planner: 18 Things to do around Mumbai from June 4 to 9 June
Sunday mid-day brings complete combo listings to make your weekend happy
Revisit the 26/11 terror trail
8 PM: Join DraftCraft in their tour of a cause, where they will take you through the 26/11 Terror Trail. The volunteers will handhold you through the exact path taken by the terrorists, providing a minute-by-minute account of their movements and activities — as they occurred on a fateful night. The tour will end with a short-film screening.
MEETING POINT: DraftCraft, The Mumbai Studio, Colaba
ENTRY: Rs 2,450
Doodle on your sneakers
12.30 PM: Have you noticed that when we meet someone for the first time, our eyes dance down to their footwear first? It's because shoes say a lot about a person. Be part of a fun workshop, where you can create your own expression statement through sneaker art. Call and book the size you wear.
WHERE: Doolally Taproom, 135 Kwality House, Kemps Corner
ENTRY: Rs 1,850
TO BOOK: eventshigh.com
Make your own hand-bound journal
11.30 AM - 2 PM: If you've ever wanted to prepare your own journal or notebook, this workshop is ideal for you. Attend a session, where you will work with the raw material to make a hand-bound journal using the coptic stitch binding. It can also be an ideal gift option for your friends.
WHERE: Doolally Taproom, Rajkutir, 10 A, 3rd Road, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West
ENTRY: Rs 1,500
TO BOOK: eventshigh.com
Explore the rasas of dance
11 AM: Take your child for a one-of-a-kind Navrasa dance workshop. Open for kids of ages 8 and above, the 2-day session will draw from the Natayashastra, an ancient book of Indian performing art, written somewhere between 200 BC and 200 AD. The workshop, which will focus on the Rasa theory — a very crucial significant part of this scripture — will comprise breathing exercises and theatre-based games to explore the emotions.
WHERE: Hybrid Fitness, Rangbhoomi, Bungalow no. 34, SV Patel Nagar, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 3,000
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com
Trek to the highest point in the city
June 10, 7 AM: With monsoon just a few days away, it's time you planned a trekking trip with the family, to the highest point in Mumbai. Situated in the heart of the beautiful, dense natural forest of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the highest point trail to Jambhulmal, with a staggering height of 468 metres from the Kanheri Caves is one of the most inaccessible trails of the park. At the top, you will get to experience the surreal panoramic view of the three lakes — Tulsi, Vihar, and Powai.
WHERE: Sanjay Gandhi National Park gate, Borivali East
ENTRY: Rs 1,100 per head
TO BOOK: mumbaitrekizens.com
Watch a comedy
7.30 PM: Catch actors Mona Singh, Sajeel Parakh, Danesh Irani, Danesh Khambata and Siddharth Merchant portray seven characters on stage, in writer-director Meherzad Patel's new comic play Laughter Therapy. The play tells the story of a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Parsee, who walk into the therapy session of Dr. Bombay's Clinic to help cope with various mental issues in their lives. The result is total chaos.
WHERE: St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 500 - Rs 1,000
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com
Try a berry and bacon brunch
12.30 PM — 4 PM: Did you know that bacon paired with exotic and fresh berries, makes for a delish combination? Head to Seven Kitchens, where guests can relish the delicate flavours of the two, in dishes such as avocado baby gem and berry salad, maple flavour bacon chios, berry bacon glazed pork belly and desserts such as bacon ice-cream.
WHERE: Seven Kitchens, Level 9M, St Regis, Lower Parel
PRICE: Rs 3,300
Enjoy an Italian fiesta
12.30 PM — 4 PM: Dig into Italian delicacies on the country's National Day. The spread includes appetizers like deep fried seafood with garlic-chili mayonnaise and a selection of cold cuts and pizzas.
WHERE: STAX, Hyatt Regency, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East
PRICE: Rs 2,099 — Rs 5,495
ORDER OF THE DAY
Race to the finish
4 pm to 2.30 am: If you pride yourself at your beer drinking abilities, then why not prove it? Be a part of a beer relay contest as you chug to beat your opponents. The event is called the Brewlympics. Gather your gang and head to Drifters Brewing Co. and get high on the coolest beer games. The registration fee will be returned to the participants, and winners get vouchers.
Where: Drifters Brewing Co., Trade View, Oasis City, Worli
Entry: Rs 1,000
Learn tapestry weaving
10 am to 2 pm: Tapestry is a unique work of art made in a particular woven textile technique. It develops hand-eye coordination. The activity of tapestry weaving acts as a form of therapy and gives a visually beautiful result at the end. This workshop will be facilitated by Tanvi Parab and Akshata Mokashi, textile designers, art practitioners, and facilitators.
Where: Khula Aasman Trust, C/o Sukhshanti, opposite BARC Main Gate, Mankhurd
Entry: Rs 1,000
Watch a satirical play
7 pm onwards: Naha Le Re Bhai is a comedy play that takes a satirical look at the long winding court procedures and tardiness of the Indian judicial system. The play is inspired from a real life scenario, where a woman harrowed by her husband who refuses to have a bath, files a divorce petition. It has been written by Santosh Tiwari.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Entry: Rs 250
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Go for a cult movie
8 pm to 9.30 pm: Arre Sessions has curated a music-cum-talk show, an event where guests can discover and interact with upcoming musicians, bands, and voices in the country. The earlier episodes of the show have been streamed online. This is the first time a live event is being organised as well. The first artist is Bombay Bandook, a six-piece fusion band.
Where: The Habitat, Hotel Unicontinental, 3rd Road, next to Khar railway station
Entry: Rs 200
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Go for a silent pool party
10 pm onwards: Inspired by parties in South Goa, Mute is a headphone party, that will feature six artists across various genres of music. Each guest will be given a set of headphones at the party which will be connected via bluetooth to three different DJ consoles. One can choose which channel they want to tune in to on their headphone devices. All this, by a rooftop pool.
Where: Dome, Intercontinental, Marine Drive
Entry: Rs 800
Learn to master the lens
The Rohan Shrestha School of Photography is conducting a series of workshops to help students hone their skills. The sessions will be held at his studio in Bandra and also spread across outdoor locations. The intensive fashion photography workshop will provide students a well-rounded understanding of the business of fashion and the roles of photographers within the industry. The classes with teach technical skills and include lectures and demonstrations by Shrestha and other industry experts. There will also be a session on food photography, beauty, cinemagraph, post-processing and re-touching. The workshops range from two-day, to five-day and two-week sessions.
When: Till June 30
Where: First floor, Notan Chambers, Above Yes Bank, Turner Road, Bandra West
Price: Rs 10,000 Rs 85,000
Try a newly launched eatery
The Vashi food scene seems to be fast expanding. Adding to its growing roster is The Social Townhouse, a haunt for food, drinks, board games and dancing. This all-day bar and eatery serves a mix of Indian, continental and Chinese cuisine, in addition to cocktails and a selection of beers, vodka, whiskey, scotch and more. There's also an indoor library, for those wanting to enjoy some me-time. Among the goodies on offer are butter chicken nachos, thepla quesadillas, lasooni broccoli, paneer chimichurri, Malaysian roti canai chicken, buttermilk soaked tangdi chicken and more. Add to this, the upper level also doubles up as a co-working space till 6 pm.
When: 12 pm to 1.30 am
Where: The Social TownHouse Community Bar and Kitchen, Hotel Wanton House, Palm Beach Road, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Watch classical and folk merge
Kaushiki Chakraborty, daughter and disciple of Patiala Gharana maestro, Ajoy Chakraborty will be matching tunes with Mame Khan. Khan, who hails from the Manganiyar community of Rajasthan, is known for his robust voice and lively style of presenting folk and Sufi forms of the region. Besides several stage performances, he has also lent his voice to several Hindi film songs. Both Chakraborty and Khan will present individually and together semi- classical and folk songs, highlighting a close association between the two traditions. The recital will also showcase folk instruments like dholak, kamaicha, kartal, morchang and bhapang.
When: 6.30 pm, June 8
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 400 to Rs 800
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To feed or not to feed
Recently, a Gujarati farsan shop on SV Road in Kandivli earned the ire of environmentalists and animal activists for selling gathia (a type of farsan) "exclusively for crows and pigeons". It turns out gathia, one of the many food items that we innocuously feed birds and animals, not only ends up harming their health but also manipulating their wild instinct. Dr Deepa Katyal, a veterinarian based in Malad, says a complete seed diet for birds is a no-no. "It's like you eating potato chips all your life. Seeds are high in fat and deficient in many vitamins, and minerals. So, an all-seed diet can lead to obesity, liver diseases, and feather-picking," she says, advocating a balanced diet of proteins, carbs and fat.
*For parrots, you can give sprouts for proteins, sweet corn, fruits and all-seeded fruits. Never feed them avocados as it can cause cardiac distress and heart failure in bird species.
*Crows eat almost everything. But avoid feeding them fried food. They're known to like dried meal worms.
*Sparrows eat a wide variety of seeds and grain. Seed-bearing flowers and grass, millets, cracked corn or sunflower seeds are ideal for them.
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