Sunday, October 8, 2017

22 things to do in and around Mumbai from October 8 to October 14

The big fat Indian burger 

When we found out that Nishant Joshi, one of the founders of Vile Parle's ZooBar has exited the brand to start The Burgery at Pali Hill, Bandra, we were compelled to sample the fare. From the vegetarian options, we preferred  the Great Indian Dabeli burger. But you must really love the dabeli to shell out R235 for it. In the non-vegetarian burgers, we found the Fish and Chips (R295) a bit oily. But the king was the Stuffed Chicken and Cheese (R295) for its delicious barbecue sauce.

Beti at stake
Reading through the disturbing stories written by 17-year-old Sanya Ranwal in her debut short story collection, Ten Dollar Bride, one gets the overwhelming sense of how hard life could be for some women in our country. Through seven easy reads, Ranwal tries her best to sensitively portray the reality of crushed dreams and patriarchal politics. While Ranwal's writing is still raw, her effort is nonetheless a clarion Call for the need to take the 'beti bachao, beti padhao' campaign seriously.   

City matters
If you are in Byculla this month, make sure you drop by Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum for an ongoing solo exhibition by Jagannath Panda. In Crystal Cities, the artist shows recent paintings, sculptures and installations that explore the dislocation and chaos experienced in cities. We specially liked The Dweller of the Metropolis series, with its use of old photographs, toys, papier-mache, and mirrors to comment on middle class struggles. 

Fly with the flea
A flea market walk is exactly what the doctor ordered for a boring Saturday. Celebrate at the Flea Fly Flu with the magic of art and culture with 200+ pop-up shops, food stalls, pop-up pubs, live performances and workshops by artists, chefs and musicians from all over the country.

When: October 13, 11 am onwards
Where: Celebration Sports Club, garden no 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West
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Diwali at Dharavi
This October, Reality Tours and Travel will hold a special tour during Diwali at Dhravai. Along with the usual walk around the neighbourhood, head out to girls' football field to light some oil lamps and some sparklers, eat some traditional sweets at a local family's home, and make some rangoli designs.

When: October 19 to 21, 3.30pm to 7pm
Where: Starts at Churchgate or Mahim Station
Cost: R1,300 per person
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Celebrate the vada pav
Do you think Mumbai's favourite street food snack deserves a fair to its name? Well, it's here. Thirty different types of vada pav will be served that will entice every taste bud. So, take your friends along and get ready for this picnic.

When: October 15, 11 am to 5.30 pm
Where: St Joseph's Dreamland, next to Almeida Park, Bandra West
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Feminists unite
The play, Cast Off All Shame, begins with the spirit of medieval bhakti poet Janabai taking over a radio show and playing agony aunt to women, who have issues like slut and body shaming. It is in response to the woes of these women that Janabai speaks about the liberalising Bhakti moment, recounting poetry of women mystic poets such as Karaikal ammaiyar, Soyarabai, Avvaiyar, Akka Mahadevi and Lal Ded.

When: October 13, 7.30 pm
Where: Si Bambai, No 25, 105 opposite lakshmi vilas bank, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Cost: R300
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Indulge in ethnic shopping
Jaypore, a curated online shop for India's finest craft-based designs across jewellery, home décor, vintage items and clothing, is coming up with The Jaypore Open House. The focus is to bring the best of Indian craft and design much closer to the audience, and on display will be a selection of the contemporary women's wear apparel, silver jewelry, footwear, clutches and personal care & beauty products.

When: October 12 to 14, 11am to 7pm
Where: Coomaraswamy Hall, Kala Ghoda, Fort

Order of the day

09 Monday
Symphonic evenings 

8 PM: Monday take the breath out of you? Let the Wind Quartet of the Symphony Orchestra of India bring you back to life. The programme will be featuring works by Aigerim Beise-mbekova on the flute, Al-Farabi Bakhtiyarov on the Oboe, Stuart Potter on the bassoon, Alpamys Bissengaliyev on the saxophone and Assel Dautpayeva on the piano.

Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai
Entry: Rs 250
Call: 26149546

10 Tuesday
Catch some LOLs

9 PM: The venue promises a very funny line-up. Three Wise Monkeys at Khar has been a long-running stand-up venue and today there'll be a no-holds-barred comedy night and this continues every Tuesday (so you know which station to get off at). The ticket is a full cover making this essentially a free-entry show. So, cheers!

Where: J3 Wise Monkeys, The Unicontinental Hotel, Near Khar Railway Station
Entry: R200
Call: 65610325

11 Wednesday
Join the Bachchan party

6.30 PM: You'd be lying if you said you've never danced to an Amitabh hit. If anything, his numbers are the one thing that unite most Indians on the dance floor. Rang Barse and My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves will only be some of the songs that Sudesh Bhosale will get you to tap your feet to on the actor's 75th birthday.

Where; Shanmukhanda Hall, Plot No 292, Comrade Harbanslal Marg, Sion East
Entry: R400
Call: 24078888

12 Thursday
Jive! You're in La La Land

7 PM: Caught yourself tapping your feet? Why not do more? Learn a dance more and nothing in that category gets more social than jiving. Memories of a new year's eve party Where a couple burnt the dance floor with their moves are quite etched in our mind. This NY Eve, that memory could be of you.

Where: Ac Studio, Charni Road
Entry: Rs 1,500 per head for six hours
Call: 9820344010

13 Friday
Be a potterhead

6.30 PM: Okay, not Harry Potter. But, the clay-type. Mutable: Ceramic and Clay Art in India since 1947 showcases the diverse range of pottery-making in India, with a focus on practices of artists who use clay as one medium, and the work of organi-sations who have worked with potters across India. 

Where: Piramal Museum of Art, Lower Parel
Call: 30466981

14 saturday
Dress like Madonna

11 AM – 7 PM: It's time to put your let's-look-like- Madonna from the early days obession to test. Saloon Vintage, having sourced items for the last three months, is back for its largest vintage pop-up. Break the bank for 80's Bomber Jackets, embellished festival wear, men's shirts and much more.

Where: Almeida Park, Bandra West

Sunday driver

Don't cook yet. We got your eats sorted!
From the classic English breakfast to the finest Mughlai and Middle Eastern lunches in town, here's our quick restaurant hopping guide for a scrumptious day of rest

Relish pan tossed calamari
12 PM – 4 PM: If you're looking at unwinding with your specials over food and drinks, head to Burn: Kitchen & Malt Room, which has curated an elite experience for you to devour upon. From Malai Paneer Kebabs and Pan Tossed Calamari for starters, and Jhinga Dum Masala and Diwani Handi, this classic menu, can be enjoyed with the finest singlemalts.

Where: - Kitchen & Malt Room, Building No 19, Pinnacle Corporate Park, Next to Trade Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex
Call: 69000094

Dig into a hummus dip
12 PM onwards: Try the perfect combination of rich flavours and power-packed nutrients with a Mediterranean lunch at Summer House Cafe. The menu includes soya rolls, juicy zatar chicken plank, and the traditional hummus-pita and feta samosets, among others. You can order son exciting cocktails, to accompany your meals.

Where: Summer House Café, Todi Mills, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel
Price: R315 onwards
Call: 33951631

Enjoy a desi thali
7 PM – 10.30 PM: End the evening with a lavish, unlimited thali feast of Khasta Kachori, Dahi Wada, Dum Aloo Rajasthani, Dal Bati Churma, and Malai Cham Cham and Ras Malai, at the ongoing Diwali Rasoi Utsav at Golden Star Thali restaurant.

Where: Golden Star Thali, opposite Charni Road Station (E)
Call: 23631983

Try a Victorian breakfast
8 AM onwards: Start the weekend with a pocket-friendly Victorian-themed breakfast at Bake House Café. The menu, which is inspired from some European favourites, includes the Une Tartine, Pot Pourrie, Sunrise Breakfast Tray (eggs, juice, bread an coffee) and Classic Eggs Florentine. We suggest you try the mushroom and asparagus omelette.

Where: Bake House Café, Chamber of Commerce Lane, Kalaghoda, Fort
Call: 22020145

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Go for a winter camp in the hills
Oct. 14 and 15: Get your first taste of winter with a weekend camping adventure at Prabalmachi village, located at a height of 1,500 ft from sea level on the Prabal plateau in Panvel. The village is an ideal place for camping with breathtaking views of the majestic Kalavantin and Prabalgad. You can choose to make your trip an adventurous one by joining the trek to the peak of Kalavantin Durg, the next day, or spend it relaxing at the campsite with the butterflies.

Where: Prabalmachi village, Panvel
Cost: Rs 1,199
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Watch a courtroom drama come alive on stage
7.30 PM: Catch Rajit Kapur, Sohrab Ardeshir and Deven Khote in Nadir Khan's 12 Angry Jurors. The play, based on Reginald Rose's teleplay, tells the story of an 18-year-old man from a slum who is on trial for the murder of his abusive father. A jury of 12 is locked in the deliberation room to decide the fate of the young man. 

Where: St. Andrews Auditorium, St. Dominic Road, Bandra West
Entry: RS 350 – RS 1,800
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Meet the maestro
6.30 PM: Join a special interactive session with legendary flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, who will reminisce about his musical journey. Arvind Parikh will engage the maestro in a dialogue. Admission will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Call: 66223737

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