Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier


Almost famous

A woman takes a selfie with twin babies as they arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Saturday

Lassi jaisi koi nahin

Celebrity chef Harpal Singh Sokhi’s “namak-shamak, namak-shamak daal dete hain” petition campaign on calling for a lassi emoji, is garnering signatures as fast as one can quaff a glass of the good stuff, which takes the bummer out of summer. The petition called “Assi demand lassi” is all about Sokhi’s calling for an emoji. Said the chef, “We have so many emojis of Continental food, but not too many of Indian and that is a shame. The lassi is a go-to drink in summer, it can be sweet or salty, and I fuel myself with it. I have been told that if we notch up 2,500 signatures, that is a sign of robust interest and support. Then we can ask Unicode to add a lassi emoji on Whatsapp for us. Unicode is the body that defines emojis across the world.” Already past 2,000 when this was written, Sokhi ‘n’ supporters are cheering on and if the WhatsApp does give us a lassi emoji on World Emoji Day, which is July 17, it will be time to raise a toast with a glass of lassi with a dash of “namak-shamak” of course, and sing “eh ji, oh ji, lo ji, sunoh ji yeh hai emoji…”

Look who’s back in the kitchen

Earlier on Saturday, Chef Manu Chandra (in picture), who bid adieu to Olive Bar & Kitchen Pvt Ltd after a 17 year-long stint, shared a reel on Instagram saying “someone’s back in the kitchen… for more information, stay tuned”. It instantly caught everybody’s attention with Chef Pooja Dhingra and Ranveer Brar dropping hearts in the comments. Many speculated that he will be opening a restaurant soon. Speaking to mid-day, Chandra said that’s not the case. “I would be making a formal announcement soon about this venture, but it is not a restaurant. For now, I can tell you that I am looking forward to cooking more for my old clients and probably some new clients at bespoke events and intimate gatherings.”

Lessons in being gentle

Anaya Jain

A 15-year-old studying at Oberoi International School has conceptualised and illustrated a new children’s book, which shines light on Down Syndrome. Anaya Jain, the Class X student, who is the force behind The Unlikely Friendship: A Book About Down Syndrome (Partridge Publishing), authored by Smriti Rathi, says, she “wanted to create a children’s book, which focused on this condition, and therefore, raise awareness about it, while sensitising the future generation, making sure they would know how to treat people with it”. Growing up, art has always been a huge passion of hers, says Jain. “I have believed in looking at things with a kinder perspective. I am glad to have been able to express that through this book,” she says.

Many years ago, those bat logos!

A Slazenger advertisement in a 1978 Australian magazine

The other day, former Mumbai cricket captain Shishir Hattangadi posted a photograph of himself along with his ex-Bombay and Tata Sports Club teammate Alan Sippy posing with Slazenger bats, on Facebook. “Interesting times when Slazenger stickers were priceless. We pasted them on locally-made cricket bats to get some pleasure,” wrote Hattangadi. The fascination for famous brands is understandable and our in-house cricket nut too loved the bats with the panther logo running across the outer portion of the blade. He pulled out a 1978 Slazenger advertisement from an Australian cricket magazine, which had the names of Australian greats like Sir Donald Bradman, Arthur Morris, Rod Marsh, Kim Hughes et al on the willow. The present-day shining logos on bats don’t look as beautiful, says our man. We’ll let the fans decide that.

An Indo-French celebration

Jean-Marc Sere-Charlet

To celebrate 75 years of the Indo-French heritage, the Consulate General of France in Bombay and Alliance Française de Bombay have come together to present Bonjour India 2022. On May 9, this event will see the presence of Jean-Marc Sere-Charlet, the Consul General of France in Bombay and Stephane Doutrelant, Executive Director of Alliance Francaise de Bombay at the French Consul’s residence. There will be five artists exhibiting their work and installations on Monday. The five artist line-up consists of Amrish Patel, architect and designer (Kinetic art), Ashiesh Shah for sculptural works, Shilpa Chawan, visual artist and fashion designer, Brinda Miller, painter and visual designer, and fashion designer James Ferreira.

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