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Do This Today: Attend The Malhar Conclave
Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:05

What: Malhar Conclave at St. Xaviers College,5 Mahapalika Marg, see their website here, full schedule here, register here, entry free.

Why: Don’t dismiss Malhar as a teenybopper festival just yet. Kick starting the college event is the Malhar Conclave today, open to students and non-students as well. Register for free and listen to talks on finance, politics and social development by heavyweights like RBI chief Raghuram Rajan, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Justice Leila Seth and feminist activist Pramada Menon, among others. There’s also a film screening of director Rajat Kapoor’s latest film Ankhon Dekhi, and music performances to attend.

Sign up now! Nothing else (alma) matters.

When: Today, August 14, 2014.

What To Do On The Long Weekend: Aug 14- 18
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 19:09

Aug 14: Bring in the long weekend with Café Zoe’s live sessions featuring The Other People featuring Zarir, Sam, Gavin, Loy & Josh with originals and covers by Jason Marz, George Micheal, Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen. Free entry, 9:30 pm onwards, Café Zoe,  Mathurdas Mill Compound, Lower Parel.

Aug 14: Kaleekarma, Orbs & Zen bring in Independence Day with some mad cool sounds at Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, Off New Link Road, Near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (W), 8pm onwards, call 67080858, entry free.

Aug 14: Enjoy extended gallery timings with Art Night as the art distict galleries will stay open till 9:30 pm on Thursday. Catch Renewable Pleasures at Chemould Prescott Road, Chittaprosad: A Retrospective at Delhi Art Gallery, Artefacts From Below at Project 88 and Reading Room at Tarq. See here for full list and more details.

Aug 14: Pespi MTV Indies and Blue Frog present album launches of two bands, Parvaaz and The Supersonics at Blue Frog, Mathurdas Mill Compound, 8:30 pm, entry free.See more details here.

Aug 14-17: Bring in Independence day with a 33% discount on JusDivine juices. Enjoy a tri-coloured pack of three juices- Orange Juice; Almond Chocolate Coconut Juice; and Pineapple Pear Ginger Spinach Juice this weekend. To order, click here:

Aug 15: Celebrate Independence Day with Yauatcha’s tri-colour macarons.This box of 6 macarons will be available for Rs. 375 or Rs. 65 per macaron at Yauatcha, Mumbai, call 26448888

Aug 15: Catch the Wadali brothers in concert on Independence Day at Shanmukhananda Hall, Plot No 292, Comrade Harbanslal Marg, Sion (E),7:30 pm onwards. Tickets: Rs 250- Rs 1500.

Aug 15- 18:For those of you that missed it, relive Woodside’s Beer & Burger Festival with their top five buns from the festival that will be available on their regular menu. The special burgers include the Italian Pork pepperoni burger, San francisco style burger in a bowl, Mexican chipotle burger, Mexican EL DELICIOSO BURGER  and Spiced Chickpea pattice burger. Burgers will be served with a complimentary glass of beer from Gateway Brewing Co. on 16th 17th and 18th. On 15th August, enjoy a complimentary Ice Tea with your burger. Valid at Woodside Colaba & Andheri outlets.

Aug 16: Aoi introduces a new Japanese menu with Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizzas), Chirashizushi (scattered sushi), Ramen bowls, Japanese Tacos and more! 1, Gloria, St John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W), call  26552201 for reservations.

Aug 16-17: Sign up for Spaced Out Spirit’s Cloud Surf with acoustic music, bonfires and floating tents! Rs 4600 for entry tickets and travel. View their Facebook page here, website here

Aug 16- 19thTheobroma will be putting out a special Navroze menu  with goodies like the Egg Chutney Potato Puff, Malido Tart, Mawa Danish and Navroze Cake. These items will be available at all Theobroma outlets and will be available on order post this period. To place an order,  email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug 17: Party all Sunday at The Little Door’s Sunday Karaoke Drunch with unlimited food, drinks and music! Rs. 793 + taxes (without alcohol) Rs. 1393 + taxes (inclusive of unlimited cocktails, beer and sangria). The Little Door, plot B31, Shree Siddhivanayak Plaza, off New Link Road (in the lane opp Citi Mall) Andheri (W), 10 am onwards, call 26732528.

Aug 18: Celebrate Parsi New Year traditional Parsi Bhonu menus Cafe at the NCPA and Umame on Monday. The Parsi buffet meals include Achar/ Saria/ Rotli, Patra Ni Macchi, Jardaloo Salli Chicken, Kid Gosht, Chicken Cocktail Pulao Dal, Spanish Leg of Ham with Mustard and Brown Sugar Glaze along with Assorted Berry Filo Mille Feuille Cranachan.Lunch at Umame for Rs 1250 plus taxes per head from noon-3.30 pm. Dinner at Cafe at the NCPA on 18th August for Rs 1450 plus taxes per head,  8 pm onwards. Take Away at Joss Catering Services Rs 1050 per head, noon -5 pm. Call 61110303.




Event Roundup: Aug 8-10
Friday, 08 August 2014 11:47

Aug 8: Catch The Watts performing live at Café Infinito this Friday. Head on over & sip on fun cocktails, chow down some international grub and take it all in. Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), call 26567777, 8pm onwards (happy hours from 5pm-12 am)

Aug 8: Catch designer Rahul Mishra in conversation with the head of Godrej India Culture Lab, Parmesh Shahani,  kickstart the fashion season at their special Fashion Funda, in partnership with Bungalow 8 & Lakme Fashion Week. To RSVP, visit or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Bungalow 8, Third Floor, Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Road, near Radio Club, Colaba, call 2281 9880.

Aug 8: Get 25% off on your total bill with Flashback Fridays at Busaba, 4 Mandlik road, Colaba, 9:30 pm onwards. See here for more details.

Aug 8-9: Catch DJ Jay Weather  with  his Hip Hop/ R&B, Deep Funk  beats  with saxophonist Ashton Colaco at Li Bai, on Friday & Saturday night. Level 37, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel. Entry post 10pm  is Rs 5000 for a couple and stag, full cover , call 6162 8000, 11 pm onwards.

Aug 9: Catch a mad cool gig at Bonobo with the Bandish Projekt at Bonobo, 2nd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off  Linking Road, Bandra (W)9 pm onwards, entry Rs. 300, call 2605 5050.

Aug 9: Head to Blue Frog this Saturday and watch Thomson Andrews and DJ SA Censored belting out their versions of jazz and fresh hip hop. Todi Mills, Lower Parel, 9:45 pm onwards, for tickets, see here.

Aug 10: Listen to the story of Elementary Particles, with Prof. Naba Mondal particle physicist at Junoon’s Mumbai Local session at  Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, 5 pm, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla (E). To pre-register for the event, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Event Roundup: Aug 1-3
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:57

Aug 1: Catch MyFav award winner DJ Vishal performing at the Big Bang Bar & Café playing his set of deep, tech house and techno tunes. The Big Bang Bar and Cafe, Bandra (3rd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Above KFC, Linking Road, Bandra (W), 7:30 pm onwards, Rs. 500 ( for those who reach after 9 pm)

Aug 1: The Irish House is doing All-day Happy Hours with a buy 1, get 1 offer on a different international beers every hour in celebration of International Beer Day today! The Irish House, Lower Parel, (43471111-12); Kalaghoda (49150000); Phoenix Marketcity (61801611-12); Andheri W (61046161). See their Facebook page here for details.

Aug 2: Catch an all Indian cast  at Henry Purcell’s English opera Dido and Aeneas, at the NCPA, Nariman point, 7pm, see ticketing details here.

Aug 2: Catch Rohan Puri & DJ Ryan Beck at Indigo this Saturday! See their Facebook page here for more details, 10 pm onwards. 4 Mandlik Road, Colaba.

Aug 2: Shop with a heart this Saturday at Woodside All Day Bar & Eatery this Saturday.The  Shop with Heart sale will present the wardrobe of the stars from Entertainment(Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah, Sonu Sood, Krushna Abhishek & Prakash Raaj) along with personal pieces from Akshay Kumar, the lovely Twinkle Khanna, and Varsha and Ramesh Taurani to help the cause of the animals that have featured in the film.New Link Plaza, Near Oshiwara  Police Station, Oshiwara , Andheri (W). The exhibition is open to public.

Aug 2-3: Celebrate friendship day this weekend with an all night party at The Little Door. Let the Saturday night party (2nd August) continue till next morning to their Friendship Day Drunch on Sunday 3rd August, 2014. They have a new revised menu with a larger variety of desserts along with Karaoke, board games and drinking games. The Little Door, Plot B31, Shree Siddhivanayak Plaza, Off New Link Road (in the lane opp Citi Mall) Andheri (W).

Aug 3: Catch Trivial Disasters, The Company Theatre’s new production, directed by Atul Kumar starring Richa Chadda, Kalki Koechlin, Purab Kohli and Cyrus Sahukar at St Andrews Auditorium, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W), see ticketing details here.

Aug 3: Head to Tilt All Day while you compete against other teams in this one of a kind ‘Friendship Day Frat Party’ with a beer gaming festival for all beer lovers! Competitors are invited to come by and participate in a Beer Pong competition, the winners of which will be rewarded a trip to Goa which includes flights to and from, and a 2 night - 3 day stay at a hotel. Tilt All Day, Tradeview, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound, near Bombay Dyeing Mills, P. B. Marg, Lower Parel, 2492 7200.

Event Roundup: Jul 25-27
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:54

Jul 25: Catch The Watts performing live at Café Infinito this Friday. Head on over & sip on fun cocktails, chow down some international grub and take it all in. Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), call 26567777, 8pm onwards (happy hours from 5pm-12 am)

Jul 25: Dough Dears! PizzaExpress spreads its pie and extends to Powai! Try their Pomodoro Pesto and super yum dough balls! PizzaExpress, G-14, A-Wing, Ventura, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, call 261669088/ 89.

Jul 25: In association with Shamiana Short Film Club, The Pantry will screen three short films as part of their Short Film Night. The films are Time Freak, an action film by Andrew Bowler, Johnny Express, a beautiful animated film by Kyungmin Woo; and Sound of Nature, an interesting fiction film by Simon Weber.   The Pantry, Yashwant Chambers, Military Square lane, Near Trishna, Kalaghoda, Fort, call 22700082, 22678901, entry free, 8 pm onwards.

Jul 25: Lemon Grass turns over a new leaf and evolves into Lemon Leaf, with new signature dishes like Street Style Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls, Srilankan style Kuthu Rotis, Sugarcane Stir Fry Chicken Thighs, Malaysian style Beef samosas, Soto Ayam & a whole new sangria section. 4, Carlton Court, Turner Pali Road Junction, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), call 26429193, 12 noon till midnight.

Jul 25-27: Le Pain Quotidien will be celebrating Belgian National day with a live waffle station all through the weekend. Try out their signature Belgian waffle with fresh fruits, nuts & Belgian chocolate sauce. Le Pain Quotidien ( Powai, BKC & Colaba), 10 am onwards.

Jul 26: Head to Li Bai this Saturday for a mad night with Percussionist JONQUI known as one of the best percussionists in India along with resident DJ Jay Weather. Entry post 10pm is Rs 5000 for a couple and stag, full cover.Level 37, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel call 6162 8000.

Jul 27: Listen to super Qawwaali courtesy Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah- Qadar Niazi and The Nizami Brothers will perform at Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel, call 6158 6158, 9pm onwards, Rs 1000 cover charge. See more details here.

Jul 27: The Bombay Local Pops up at Juhu this weekend! Head to The Easel, to explore a whole day of food by home based bakers, chefs, caterers, restaurants and shop for fresh, organic, gourmet and artisanal food and beverage products. 32, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Ahead of Prithvi Theatre, Juhu , 2pm to 8pm, call 9930779772 / 2320955.

Jul 27: Myra Vineyards presents music by M.MAT (aka) Mathieu Josso, BHAVISHIYAVANI Future Soundz.Cafe Zoe, Todi Mills, Lower Parel, RSVP:9900144715

Do This: Underdress & Underpay at Bonobo
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:47


It’s Thursday night, you’re in your PJs and don’t want to spend Rs 500 on a drink. If you’d rather stay home, stay inn at Bonobo on Thursday, when Old School Bar Nights allow you to show up in shorts and pay not much for a drink.

The first of these nights is slated for tomorrow, July 24 from 8 pm onwards. At the bar, you’ll find time machine rates– Rs 150 for a Gateway beer (originally Rs 270), Rs 200 for an Absolut (originally Rs 380), Rs 200 for a Jameson (originally Rs 400). There’s also easy-to-eat food like Corn on the Cob, Hot Dogs, burgers and BBQ treats, and 90s music on the play list. Coolio! 

Getting there: At Bonobo, 2nd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Off Linking Road, Bandra (W).

See This Weekend: Gaurav Ogale's Travel Journals
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:13

What: Preview of My Visual Journals by Gaurav Ogale at The Hive, Huma Mansion, next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village road, Khar (W), call 9820998790, view the event page here.

Why: Travelling light takes on a whole new meaning as visual chronicler and writer Gaurav Ogale shares his travel journals through watercolours, sketches, doodles and other random bits of memories at a preview of his work at The Hive this weekend.

When: Baggage check in on July 20, 2014

Event Roundup: Jul 18-20
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:11

Jul 18: Catch J Kay Dee at Cheval as he plays his mix of Progressive,Deep and Tech house. Cheval Bar & Restaurant, next to LIV, 145 M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, entry free, 9pm onwards, call 40396638.

Jul 18: Head to LPQ for their first ever mixer with Kaushal Pratap playing some deep house/ commercial music to set the mood! 9 pm onwards, Le Pain Quotidien, Near Gateway Of India, Colaba, 9 pm onwards.

Jul 18-20: The Baker’s Dozen introduces brioche and whole wheat slider / burger buns. To promote the launch of these breads, they are celebrating "Slider Mania" at their outlets with a  promotional slider mania box  for the weekend with 2 sliders made using a vegetarian patty topped with pesto and mozzarella cheese in a brioche or a wholewheat slider bun.See more details here.

Jul 19: Try the monsoon specials at Olive Bar & Kitchen, with the Pear and Endive Salad ,  Cauliflower and White Onion Soup and Chicken Mushroom pie. 14, Union Park, Khar (W), 7.30 pm onwards.

Jul 19-20: Head to the Tangerine Studio this weekend for The Fitness Canvas workshop  with yoga, capoeira and more! Get tickets here , Tangerine Arts Studio, 9 Rukhsana, Nargis Dutt Road, Pali hill, call 92222 21131

Jul 20: The Big Bang Bar & Cafe will host Game of Thrones Nights, starting this Sunday as they will screen the first few epsiodes and run a GoT quiz, all during the extended happy hours! 7.30 pm onwards, entry Rs 200, The Big Bang Bar & Cafe,  Meera Co-op Housing Society, Opp Mega Mall, Oshiwara Link Road, Andheri W, call 26300740 / 41.

Jul 20: Watch renowed filmmaker Paromita Vohra’s documentary Partners In Crime about intellectual property and all the blurred lines in between at MCubed Library, Princess Building, D’Monte Park Road, next to Bandra Gymkhana, Bandra (W), call 26411497.

Jul 20: This Sunday, head over to a fun celebrity fundraiser football match #Play4Paws for TIGI Foundation’s animal welfare shelter with Abhishek Bachchan, Imran Khan, Tiger Shroff, Sohail Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea and more. You can either contribute by buying tickets for the event or even choose to be part of the foundation’s campaign by getting a chance to hangout on Aamir Khan’s sets and more! See campaign details here, 4:30pm, Cooperage Grounds.

Do This Now: The Caravan & Writers Of India Festival
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:26

Calling all paperback writers!

Use your noodle and turn that doodle at the back of your notebook into something worthwhile!

The Caravan magazine, in collaboration with the World Writers’ Festival, an initiative of Columbia University and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, is calling young Indian writers to apply to participate in the Writers of India Festival, taking place in Paris between 18–21 September 2014.

The festival organisers will choose five unpublished writers of fiction or poetry to travel to Paris and attend the festival that will feature writers and critics such as Akeel Bilgrami, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak,Vikram Chandra.

In a creative pen fight, the chosen writers will be matched with Columbia University’s creative writing program students, to form personal and professional bonds . All you need to do is mail them a manuscript in progress, with the following:

– A cover letter introducing yourself and your work

– A sample of up to 3,000 words from your manuscript or work in progress

– A statement that your submission is your own work and previously unpublished

-A scan of the last page of your passport (which contains your identity information and its date of expiry)

Participants must be Indian citizens and residents of India, over 18 years of age, must have a valid Indian passport and must not be affiliated with The Caravan or the World Writers’ Festival in any official capacity.

Pen-ny Lane?

Getting There: The Caravan & Writers of India Festival Competition, write to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The last date for entries is 25 July 2014. All participants will be notified via email of the status of their application by August 5, 2014, if selected, the writer’s travel & stay costs will be covered by the festival.

Listen To Vinay Pathak This Weekend
Friday, 11 July 2014 12:18

What: Junoon’s Mumbai Local presents Vinay Pathak on Telling a story, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla (E), entry free. 

Why: What’s your story, morning glory? Listen to Vinay Pathak talk about the art of story telling, right from the telling to the listening, and all the emotions it evokes at Junoon’s Mumbai Local ‘Telling a Story’ event. The actor will draw on his personal experiences and journey during the discussion. Lend him your ears?

When: Sunday July 13, 5 pm.

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