Women's Day Special: Sign up in advance for fun activities around town
From dawn to dusk, here are the best and most wholesome Women's Day activities you need to sign up for in Mumbai
'Every day should be Women's Day'
Women's Day shouldn't matter. I actually find it insulting that we only get one day in the year. I want every day to be Women's Day. But I use this day to my advantage to make more money.
- Kaneez Surka, stand-up artiste
'Celebrate who we are'
I have mixed thoughts about Women's Day - I feel that we don't need a day, but it is nice because it makes you feel special. It's kind of cute that we still have a day that celebrates us. It's not necessary that this is the only day we need to cherish us. We should celebrate who we are, and what we stand for as women, every day. We need to understand women better. People will become more aware of what we go through if they care to understand us.
- Kanchan Daniel, musician
'We should feel equal every day'
I feel there shouldn't be a need for Women's Day. We should be in a society where every day should feel like we have equal rights, rather than celebrating one special day.
- Pooja Dhingra, chef
Watch: Hey, sister!
Women are known to have a love-hate relationship with the women they love the most. And Dekh Behen, a play in English and Hindi, will present these bittersweet relationships between a bride at a big fat Delhi wedding, and her five bridesmaids who have two things in common; identical outfits and their hatred for the bride.
On: March 8 and 9, 8 pm
At: The Cuckoo Club, Mac Ronells Compound, St Andrews Road, Bandra West.
Log on to: bookmyshow.com
Pune Calling: Celebrate women on screen
Watch an array of films themed around travelling women. From the inaugural Out Of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, to Under the Tuscan Sun and more, the line-up is too good to resist. Also, be part of an audience that pays tribute to Sridevi with a screening of Moondram Pirai (in pic).
Time: March 9 and 10, 4.30 pm onwards
At: NFAI Theatre, Law College Road, Pune
Groove: Three's a party
For those who wish to let their hair down after a hard day, a gig with three music projects should do the trick. The roster includes indietronica artist from Chennai, MADM, who mixes urban angst with optimism in the form of a simple melody; Kimochi Youkai ("feel good demons" in Japanese, in pic), a band featuring five city-based musicians who like to make upbeat music; and Marti Bharath aka SAPTA.
On: March 8, 9.30 pm at Fun Republic Social, level 3, opposite New Link Road, Andheri West.
Entry: Rs 300 onwards
Watch: Hop on a freedom ride
Be part of a journey that three women undertake daily to break free from the oppression of men, sex and life as Leena Yadav screens the highly-acclaimed film, Parched.
Time: March 8, 7 pm
At: Studio Ex-Forma, Amber Croft, Dr Ambedkar Road, Bandra West.
Listen: Stop to listen
Be it during our independence struggle or in modern times, women have always been in the frontiers of war. Attend a discussion that will be addressing the same. Moderated by Gitikka Ganju Dhar, the session will have war correspondent Sue Turton, captain Raghu Raman and wing commander Pooja Thakur talk on the subject.
Time: March 8, 6 pm onwards
At: 602 Orion, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Santacruz East
Cook: Max your skill
Sign up for a workshop with Raymond Wong (in pic), head chef of Hakkasan and Yauatcha India, who will teach you how to use Cantonese ingredients with local produce that works as substitutes for you to cook dishes from the region at home. Wong will demonstrate chao (wok), a technique that is similar to stir frying. Participants will be served tasting portions of tofu claypot, prawn in Szechuan sauce, black truffle and asparagus fried rice, and seafood mee goreng noodle, along with a glass of sparkling wine. Certificates will also be awarded.
On: March 8, 11 am to 2 pm
At: Hakkasan, Waterfield Road, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 1,800
Session: Kick your demons away
Gone are the days when you might imagine yourself to be a damsel in distress. It's time to defend yourself if the need arises. Attend this kickboxing class to learn about powerful kicks and punches, and to stay fit.
On: March 8, 11 am and 7 pm
At: Reset, Krishna Chandra Marg, Reclamation, Bandra West.
Appreciate: Classical notes
Attend an Indian concert featuring veteran classical singer Ashwini Bhide Deshpande of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana, who will present an array of ragas and bandhishes.
On: March 8, 7 pm at Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.
Log on to: bookmyshow.com
Entry: Rs 100 onwards
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