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Indulge in these unique experiences in Mumbai this weekend

Thursday Try these beatsMusic:  Local indie band Kirdaar will take over a Bandra eatery this evening for World Music Week. Known for blending hard rock with pop tunes, the band will perform their latest single Banjaare among other hit tracks.TIME 8 pm onwards AT Veranda, Pali Pathar, Bandra. LOG ON TO @nrtyacultureCALL 9820593969 COST Rs 500 Pic Courtesy/Instagram Get on boardEvent: A morning spent playing games with Kheo Games and Bombay Boardgame Club won’t be a wasted one. Book one of five free slots to play new board games at Ready, Set, Go.TIME 10 am onwards AT Bombay Boardgame Club, SV Road, Vile Parle West. LOG ON TO Friday Paint the weekendExhibition: Celebrated for his realistic watercolour portraits, Mumbai artist Nishikant Palande will host a solo show titled Sadhana. It will include a curation of some of his most iconic works featuring religious persons from across the country. Check these works out and engage with Palande’s craft with watercolours.TILL June 12  AT Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Discovery of India Building, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.FREE Saturday Pick your fave blueAround Town: If you haven’t tried an all-denim look, now is your chance. The Denim Fest will offer a variety of apparel including jeans, dresses, denim tops and more at great prices. TIME 11 am onwards AT R CITY, Ghatkopar West. Pic Courtesy/@pawasana_ Exercise and playWorkshop:  Pawasana will be hosting a Yoga for a Cause workshop to help puppies find their forever homes while you clock in a workout.TIME 9 am at B YOU Dance Academy, Andheri West. LOG ON TO @pawasana_ COST RS 999 (one seat), RS 1,799 (two seats) Sunday Listen to the earthNature: Connect with the outdoors and listen to the sounds and energies of Mother Nature through oceans, breeze and landscapes that will be orchestrated at this soundscape experience by Immersive Sound Experience.TIME 8 pm to 9 pm AT Candies, Pali Hill, Bandra West. LOG ON TO @immersivesoundexperience COST Rs 1,200 Adopt, don’t shopPets: Families looking to adopt a cat, or pet parents looking for events and products for their fur babies can drop by the Feline Club of India’s Cat Show. The show stops in Navi Mumbai this weekend, and we hear that the fun zone filled with activities shouldn’t be missed.TIME 10 am onwards AT CIDCO, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. LOG ON TO COST Rs 199 onwards

08 June,2023 08:27 AM IST | Mumbai | Aditi Chavan | Tanishka D’Lyma
Shivesh Bhatia tries a pancake batter hack

Looking for kitchen hacks? Listen to Shivesh Bhatia's podcast to learn more

Big blunders do not irk me as much as the small ones. Recently, I found smart and easy solutions to kitchen occurrences that made me nervous earlier. Thanks to Shivesh Bhatia’s series, where he tests Internet hacks, I can now carefully fold the wrapper of half-full packet of chips; can strain flour without leaving a dust ring; and can refill the oil can without spillage. Hacks make life simple. Log on to

08 June,2023 08:24 AM IST | Mumbai | Sammohinee Ghosh

Want to go on a weekend trip? Here are 3 ways to enjoy the outdoors

Naach re mora Enjoy your weekend with a two-day camping trip to Morachi Chincholi near Pune, a village known for its large peacock numbers. Explore sightings in the area and take a trip to visit the ancient Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple and the riverbed potholes at Nighoj. ON June 9 to 10; 10 pm MEETING POINT  Sanjay Gandhi National Park Gate, Borivali East. LOG ON TO COST Rs 4,199 Sunrise from the top If you want an adrenaline rush this weekend, this two-day trekking trip to Rajmachi village near Khandala might be just right for you. Get your dose of an early morning workout with a trek to Shrivardhan fort and visit the beautiful Kataldhar waterfall that emerges during the monsoons.ON Available on request LOG ON TO COST Rs 1,299 A hidden secret Sign up for this two-day camping trip to an undisclosed location in Adoshi located on the outskirts of Karjat. Surrounded by nature, you'll experience a live gig, movie night under the stars and a morning hike to a little-known waterfall. ON June 10 onwards; 4 pm to 11 am AT TentsnTrails: Adoshi, Adoshi village (6 km from Imagica). LOG ON TO COST Rs 2,349

08 June,2023 08:12 AM IST | Mumbai | The Guide Team
Market at cricket ground

Why you need to visit Chor Bazaar's Friday dawn market in Mumbai

Isn't it ironic that the city of dreams is also a city that never sleeps? The way to dream here is to stay awake. And to witness this in practice, we decide to visit a market infamously known for its ‘chori ka maal’. They say that if you look hard enough, you will find belongings here from years ago that got mysteriously lost or stolen. Vintage camera It’s 5 am; there is pitch darkness outside as we tread into the buzzing lanes of Kamathipura. Chor Bazaar's Friday night/dawn market is a relatively new set-up. Here, close to 100 hawkers find a seat along either side of the road, with their products spread out for display. Within a few hours, not long after the sun is out, the market will have disappeared, leaving little to no proof of ever having existed. Thus, despite its location nearly 23 km from Andheri, it is locally referred to as ‘Andheri Bazaar’ or dark market. Dedh Gully We head towards Dalal Estate first. This is where the main party is. In the popular shoe-selling lane called Dedh Gully, scores of people join the already crammed up narrow lane. Here, trendy sneakers, formal shoes and flip flops and sliders for daily wear are on display. The shiny, plastic-like models of Nike Air Jordan available with every hawker catch our eye. When we inquire about the price, we learn that they’re selling Air Jordan 1 Retro High COJP Midnight Navy for R1,500; it’s current market price is over Rs 30,000. Air Jordan COJP “Do not settle for a price that is at least 60 per cent lower than the quote,” is the advice we get from a college student who has come all the way from Vashi. “They were quoting this at R600,” he points at the worn-out Puma sliders that he is wearing, “I bought it for R200,” he beams. Just for the sake of it, we invoke our Marwari bargaining skills, and make the seller agree to sell us the Air Jordan for Rs 600. Mannequin head for make-up trials. Pics/Atul Kamble and Devanshi Doshi After quite a bit of negotiation through the crowd, we head to the next popular market set-up in these bylanes. On the cricket ground located in the 12th lane of Kamathipura, there’s another set-up by bhangaarwaalas. Here, unlike in Dedh Gully, they don’t stick to selling a particular product. You will find old coins and currency notes, clothes, watches, shoes, DVDs, mobile phones, random used diaries, photo frames, antique lamps and showpieces, and even second-hand novels. We spot a child nudging his father, trying to convince him to buy an old guitar. The jagged strings of the instrument are broken. A man right beside him from Borivali is sifting through a stack of vinyl records. He comes here once or twice a year and has never returned without having found a bunch of rare classics. Another man is carrying the head of a mannequin in his hand. He purchased it as a gift for his sister to practice her make-up artistry skills.  “She owns a beauty parlour. It’s not a bad deal for just R100.” We nod in agreement. Our companion finds his interest in a vintage camera. We head nearby to inspect what could be the world’s smallest bookstore, with just four books on sale. A young teen is running it by herself. We decide to buy a used book with markings and notes all over it for R20. We think it is cool to carry home a piece owned by a stranger, carrying remnants of his/her mood and thoughts. When we look around, we realise that everything being sold here was once owned by someone else. And even if they’re not here anymore, they are survived by their belongings in the hands of another stranger. While the things here symbolise probable broken dreams and lost memories, they also symbolise the start of something new. As the adage goes, life must go on. On Fridays; 4.30 am onwards At Chor Bazaar, near Akbar Peerbhoy College, Dalal Estate, Kamathipura. The Guide’s top four finds Alphie the robot: Travel back to your childhood with this robot that functions as a DVD player.cost Rs 500 Nike flip flop: A first copy, these plain black flip flops are comfortable and are identical to the original. cost Rs 650 Vinyl discs: These discs come in a pack of 37 with classic Bollywood songs by icons like Lata Mangeshkar from the 1970s and '80s.Cost Rs 3,000 (for 37) Two rupee notes: This olive green note from the 1960s is a treasure for old currency collectors.Cost Rs 1,500

08 June,2023 08:08 AM IST | Mumbai | Devanshi Doshi
The kit includes a mould and coloured cement

Love to make your own things? This DIY planter kit will keep you busy

Give us a pair of scissors, a few sheets of marble paper, some adhesive and a motif to replicate, and chances are we’ll just cut the paper into shreds for confetti. The fact of the matter is that we are not the ‘crafty’ kind. Delicate objects requiring finesse make us uncomfortable. And yet we are eager to try our hands at a DIY cement planter kit that has been put together by BookAWorkshop and Bharat Floorings and Tiles. What motivates us? The wish to find a handmade home for our pothos on the kitchen counter.  2. Add water to the mix in small portions for a thick consistency  The kit is delivered to us in a bubble-wrapped cardboard box. On peering into it, we find three packets of coloured cement. There is buttercup yellow, pinkish peach and a bright shade of green. Other appendages of the box include paper glasses, disposable spoons and stirrers, and a silicone mould. At this point, we refer to the digital video that takes us through the process step by step.  3. Fill the mould with the cement mix till the brim to form the base The sessions are easy and detailed and most importantly, they remind us that the material we are dealing with is cement. A disclaimer cautions us against dumping the leftover cement mix in the sink or commode as it will eventually harden, causing a civic nuisance. The process requires us to pour some water into the cement and mix it well until we achieve a mousse-like consistency. We then pour it into the mould and keep it in our balcony garden to solidify. It’s that simple. 4. The planter hardens after a day in the sun The planter can take a couple of days, depending on the weather, to get its rock-hard texture. It takes us a day. Although the process is easy, we feel an animated or a close-up video can come in handy for tweens and young teens.  5. On the kitchen top The cute planter that now adorns our kitchen top reminds us of summer holidays that were reserved for spontaneous, and sometimes dangerous, experiments.  Log on to bookaworkshop.inCost Rs 749 onwards

07 June,2023 02:10 PM IST | Mumbai | Sammohinee Ghosh
Story Time Animated is a daily podcast that tells real-life stories in a quirky, and animated style. Pic courtesy/

This podcast narrates stories from real life using an animated style

If you could be a Disney character, which one would you be? You can choose from Mickey Mouse, Ariel, Aladdin, Elsa, Snow White or — yourself. Yes, it is possible to live your life in an animated style. Our pick for this week’s podcast, Story Time Animated, shows us how. Story Time Animated is a daily podcast that highlights stories of people from across the world on its platform. It narrates these stories as if you’re watching an animated show, except that these are real people telling real stories. Each character in the story speaks to appease with soothing voices and quick-witted and dramatised dialogues. Every situation is intensified with the right kind of music in the background that gets you hooked on a visceral level.  The short episodes of eight to 10 minutes are full of entertainment. Our favourite episode is Mom Only Cares About Her Beauty by a girl from Australia.  This germaphobe protagonist has her reservations against her to-be-stepfather right from the moment when he leaves a mud trail all over her house from his shoes. That was the first time they met. His suspicious behaviour in their future encounters makes the protagonist probe into his life. One thing leads to another and her only chance at romance with a classmate is destroyed. No matter how much she tries, her mother will not hear a word against her fiancé —until a pink chihuahua comes to rescue all of them.  Tune in to this podcast to listen to this light-hearted story and several others that will have you sitting on edge of your seat throughout and will leave you with many “aww”moments.   Log on to:

07 June,2023 08:43 AM IST | Mumbai | Devanshi Doshi
A moment from Shikwa e malaal that was shot in Kashmir. Pic Courtesy/Facebook

The latest single from Coke Studio Bharat presents traditional Kashmiri folklore

Weddings are stressful. They are hectic, packed with people, and never without drama. This drama forms the basis of the story around which composer Mohammed Muneem aka Alif builds his latest single for Coke Studio Bharat, Kaya karie korimol. Its upbeat rhythms are underlaid with a traditional Kashmiri folk ethos that runs through its core. Muneem should know. The writer-composer has been a distinct voice on the Indian indie music scene since 2008. Shuttling between Kashmir, Pune and Mumbai, he describes his journey as one driven by emotion — a factor that drove Kya karie korimol’s sound. While the song had been part of their rise in 2018, Muneem shared the latest version was built to tell a story. Noor Mohammed and Muneem on stage “For me, there are four protagonists — the father, the bride, the relatives and the chorus,” he explains. The father’s voice comes through folk singer and regular collaborator Noor Mohammed, while the bride’s portion falls to Aashima Mahajan. Amit Gadgil (bass), Aman Moroney (electric guitars, piano), Karan Chitra Deshmukh (drums and dabuka) bring up the rest of the team. For all the trippy, rhythmic manoeuvres in the composition, it is the deeper emotion that truly moved the composer. A deeper subtext that emerges through the song’s potent lyrics. “It is about the absurd struggle of the father, having to do so much to keep people happy and well-fed. Then, there is the story of the bride. Nobody in our society ever asks her what she feels. This song was a question to be asked on her behalf,” he says. Muneem performs at a concert The composer created this emotional core through a traditional form that is part of every Kashmiri wedding — the Wanwun. The term is used to describe the chorus sung by women during the marriage to bless and celebrate the bride. Passed down through generations, these songs are as much a part of folklore as they are a musical heritage. “Wedding songs from Kashmir can be spiritual,” he describes, adding, “We had used it before in the song, Dilgeer, from the album, Siyah: Haal (2021). But this time, we wanted to give the chorus space to breathe; allow it to sink into the composition and shine,” he says. It is the emotional core of the composition, Muneem reveals in the conversation. Aashima Mahajan leads the Wanwun chorus. Pics Courtesy/YouTube If it feels like a touch of pathos, it is symptomatic of his style. Growing up amidst conflict has imbued the composer’s works with a dark humour that comes through in his poetry. Muneem quotes an Urdu couplet saying, “Gar nahi main hi mera charaagar/ Saikdon ka hoon to bhi kya hota (If I do not heal myself/Of what use is my healing to others). I did not set out to make Kashmiri music. But when you express an emotion authentically in the language of your thought, it will find a connection.” This blend of poetry will reflect in his next work as well, he promises. “Siyah was initially conceived as a four-part album. There are 11 more heldover songs, which we plan to release,” he reveals. One of them, Fitna fitoor, will be released this week. “It captures the clash between chaos and ambition that drives human beings,” Muneem shares.  Leave it to a poet to find peace in chaos.  Log on to: Alif on Spotify

07 June,2023 08:41 AM IST | Mumbai | Shriram Iyengar
A car in drifting motion

Want to give motorsports a shot? Participate in this drift sport event in Thane

Here is an opportunity for Fast and Furious fans and gaming enthusiasts to experience the real deal. New Delhi’s Bad Boi Drifts has set up camp at a Thane track for drift sport events and training, or simply put, drifting. The term refers to a style of cornering where one drives into a corner sideways at a high speed and oversteers. At their set-up this Sunday, the drifters have much to offer beginners, professionals and the curious. A participant drives round a curve If you’ve been initiated into this motorsport, own a rear-wheel drive car and are in search of a track to sharpen your drifting skills, you can opt for the Arrive and Drive package where participants can practise in a controlled environment with unlimited laps across six hours. Bring along extra tyres; they also offer a tyre-changing station. If you don’t have a rear-wheel drive, opt for the all-inclusive rentals.  One of the cars you can rent is their custom Mercedes C200 W203 — especially built for drifting, with extra tyres, damages and an instructor to teach you  techniques to control the car for 30 minutes. Absolute beginners or those seeking the thrill of high speed can ride shotgun with a professional driver for two laps. The platform also offers one-on-one training from June at three levels — rookie, semi-pro and pro.  Mudit Grover Founder Mudit Grover tells us, “It might be difficult to get into this motorsport in terms of infrastructure, cars, and events. This is why we want to provide entry points and make [the sport] feasible and wide reaching by offering passenger rides, training, and building cars.” On: June 11; 4 pm to 10 pm At: Raymond Race Track, J K Gram, Thane WestLog on to @badboidrifts on InstagramCall: 9354629727Cost: Rs 2,950 onwards Safety checklist >> Arrive in time for the safety briefing at 3.30 pm>> Arrive and Drift participants are requested to bring additional tyres. Ensure you have a rear-wheel drive car>> Carry your own helmet. Wearing a well-fitting helmet and seatbelt are a must to practise drifting>> If you see a red flag or baton being held up, it means all the cars need to come to a halt and return to the pits>> Drive carefully while heading to and from public viewing areas

07 June,2023 08:30 AM IST | Mumbai | Tanishka D’Lyma

Aoora on singing the Korean version of 'Jimmy Jimmy', and connection to India

After a Russian and even a Tibetan version of Bappi Lahiri’s cult hit Jimmy Jimmy aaja aaja, K-pop idol Aoora is the latest to give a Korean twist to the Disco Dancer track. The 36-year-old’s plans to bring India and Korea together via music reflect not only in his new release but also in his lifestyle and social media engagements. The remake, Jimmy Jimmy K-pop version, which was released on May 25, has already crossed a million views. Aoora has plans to continue making such songs, and would like to collaborate with his favourite Indian singer, King. Excerpts from the email interview:  How did you first discover, and later, decide to remake this track? What made it ideal for K-pop music? I have been listening to a lot of Indian music lately. About two months back, I heard this song Jimmy Jimmy aaja aaja [sung by Parvati Khan and composed by Bappi Lahiri]. I was attracted to its energy and the disco beats. I felt that adding K-pop beats to the song while keeping the original disco element intact would be cool. I am happy that people like this version. Aoora wanted to keep the 1980s disco style from the original song intact in his music video. Pic Courtesy/Youtube How have the fans (Korean and Indian) reacted to the song?The response has been amazing. From the comments I’ve received, people are definitely enjoying it. In my recent concerts, I was surprised to see the audience dancing to the hook step of this song. It is humbling. You are a regular visitor to India. At what point did you decide to bring Korea and India together via music?The energy in K-pop and Indian songs is similar. I have wanted to do something like this for ages. I have discovered that when you bring the art forms together, the results can be surprising [in a good way]. Indian K-pop fans adore you. What made you connect with people from a very different culture?Music is a universal language. K-pop fans connect with me because they understand that my only purpose is to create music that can spread happiness. What was a big cultural shock for you when you first came to India?In Korea, more people prefer to live alone. At first, I was pretty shocked [to see families still living together in India]. But now, I feel like I want to live here, too. Everyone is so loving and kind; relationships are strong. Your Instagram account is full of Bollywood stuff; do you follow it regularly?Oh, yes. I follow and listen to many Indian songs; not just Bollywood but also Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi music. My current favourite songs are Naatu naatu, Badtameez dil and Cham cham. What desi lingo have you picked up from your visits to India?Jhakkas! Fadu hai, fadu! Ab chalein? Log on to

06 June,2023 08:33 AM IST | Mumbai | Devanshi Doshi
Printed wide leg floor-sweeping pants with kitten heels; Radhika Apte in co-ords with high-waisted wide leg pants and a bralette crop top; German digital creator Maria Barteczko tucks in her over-sized shirt at the waistband of her wide leg pants; Mandira Bedi in green pleated pants. Pics courtesy/Getty Images, Instagram

Follow these 5 tips to wear loose pants and look stylish

If skinny jeans ever make a comeback, we will not be subscribing to the trend. Now is the time for wide leg pants and their sister styles to be celebrated including flared, boot-cut, straight cut, bell bottoms, dress pants. Heck we will even make palazzos work if we have to. Of the many celebrities spotted sporting this style is Mandira Bedi, who recently stepped out in pleated wide pants from Grass by Gitika Goyal. Bedi wore the high-waist pair in olive green with sneakers and a crop tank top. Nisha Sainani, fashion designer and stylist, lists different ways to sport these pants.  Pick your silhouetteTo elevate a casual T-shirt with wide leg denims is not a problem. The trick is to play with silhouettes. Sainani suggests tucking the front of the tee or shirt into the pants or wearing short tops that end right where the waistband of the pants begins. This, she says, will help add structure to a loose or flared bottom. Create silhouettes with harness belts, vests, across-the-shoulder fanny packs, a tight and thin inner under a super cropped top, or a corset over your tee. Tops with adjustable drawstrings on either side or tops that are shorter on the sides will help create or accentuate curves. Nisha Sainani But don’t be afraid of a loose tee and wide leg denim combination. Oversized clothes are always chic. Play around with silhouettes on your pants too. Opt for a pair with many pockets, drawstrings on the legs, ankle-length, a high-waisted corset denim, flared shorts or ones that sweep the floor. Fit it rightHigh-waist pants are great until you have to sit down. A personal trick is to get a size or two larger than the usual, and pair this bulky bottom with a bralette or short top and jacket or an open shirt. Don’t underestimate the comfort of a mid-waist pair that sits well on your hips. Go semi-casual and chic with denim, corduroy, cotton and linen, and formal with dress pants. Cargos are coolApart from regular beige or moss green (not camouflage) cargos, try a pair with a pop of colour — pink, purple, light blue or even white. Style your pair with a corset or crop top. Prints and co-ordsBe dramatic with your choice of wide leg pants. Add print on print. Linen co-ords will give you casual chic. For a more dressed-up look, try fitted co-ords with a bralette. Which shoe fits?Opt for the usual tried and tested Birkenstocks or chunky sneakers for a casual look, heels or heeled boots on calf-length wide pants, or break rules and add kitten heels on almost floor-sweeping pants. Shop the look Tie-it-yourself ankle-length wide pantsLog on to adahbyleesha.comCost Rs 1,990 High-waist wide-leg cotton and flex linen pantsLog on to turnblack.inCost Rs 2,250 Wide-cut trousers and denim pantsLog on to qua.clothingCost Rs 2,995 onwards

06 June,2023 08:32 AM IST | Mumbai | Tanishka D’Lyma
Yashvi checks out the imagination mirror that reflects a distorted image of hers. The museum has a no-footwear policy across the space to maintain hygiene. Shoes are safely kept in the compartments near the reception area beside the elevator. Pics/Ashish Raje

How this new educational space in Santacruz promises to be interactive for kids

If parents living in Mumbai have one collective complaint, we are sure it would be about the lack of engaging and stimulating spaces for their children. Andheri-resident Meera Sheth felt a similar void when she was cooped up at home with her four-year-old son during the several lockdowns. That’s when the idea for Playseum Children’s Museum struck her. After working on plans and concepts for a year with a team of experts from around the world who came on board for this project, the former marketing employee is set to open an ‘edutainment’ space for children tomorrow. Curious to learn more about it, we head to this museum that’s located on the seventh floor of a glass building in Santacruz West. Accompanying us is eight-year-old Yashvi Mahesh who hums along Elsa’s popular track, Let it go that is playing in the background when we step in. A narrow archway leads us to a 6,000 sq ft area that is divided into a play area and a small cafeteria near the entrance of the archway. Our focus is on the play area that is made up of 12 exhibits and 30 activities. With a capacity to accommodate 80-90 kids along with two adults each, the area takes them through one activity at a time. Meera Sheth  Although the space is small, it is smartly-designed with different sections that split activities to ensure the crowd is divided across the area. Under the guidance of trained floor assistants, the 90-minute session begins at the donut slide and trampoline. The adjacent palaeontology section is where the edutainment experience begins. Yashvi attempts every activity, giving us her three best picks from the experience. And after all that activity, when hunger strikes, Sheth assures us that the fare served at the cafeteria will include millets, fruits and veggies; there won’t be any maida-based or junk food. Playseum Children’s MuseumOpens June 7; 11 am to 8 pm At Playseum Children’s Museum, 7th floor, DLH Mangal Murthi Building, Linking Road, Santacruz West. Call 9819195777 Log on to Entry Rs 1,100 on weekdays; Rs 1,200 on weekends (for a 90-minute session) The Guide’s Top 3 picks Information about the water models are inscribed near them  1)   The fun flow water system: Yashvi learns how the water system works through a miniature model that includes dams, water wheels and a small pond where she tries her hand at fishing with a magnetic fishing rope and tiny rubber fishes. Scoreboard: 3/5 The cave also has placards containing information about fossils 2) Palaeontology cave: The sand area inside the cave gives the child a hands-on experience of excavating fossils with a set of excavation tools such as brushes available inside the cave along with a Stegosaurus bone puzzle that engages the mind in a fun learning activity. Scoreboard: 3.5/5 A floor assistant helps children access the helicopter simulator 3) Helicopter simulator: The helicopter simulator allows Yashvi to learn how to fly a helicopter through a VR gaming experience that has different simulation options such as the dinosaur age to fly her chopper into.Scoreboard: 3/5 

06 June,2023 08:29 AM IST | Mumbai | Aditi Chavan
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