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Hire handymen via Fixy.in
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:29

 Hire handymen via Fixy.in

 Hire handymen via Fixy.in

What: Hire handymen via Fixy.in, request to be made 24 hours in advance, services start at Rs 239.

Why: Boys and girls, Nabeel and Tufayl Merchant want to fix you up.

Not necessarily with each other, but with the handymen on Fixy.in. Sensing a need for trustworthy labour in the market, the twins launched this service only three weeks ago, which allows customers to book plumbers, electricians, carpenters and cleaners via their website, and soon through an app. Now if only they helped unclog inboxes too.

When: Now, because you need saw and order.

ComicCon at Bombay Exhibition Center
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:25

ComicCon at Bombay Exhibition Center

ComicCon at Bombay Exhibition Center

What: ComicCon at Bombay Exhibition Center, Nesco Compound, Western Express Highway, Goregaon (E), visit www.comicconmumbai.com for full schedule, buy tickets here, passes start at Rs 150.

Why: This weekend, catch the premiere of Priya’s Shakti, the much-talked about comic by filmmaker Ram Devini and Dan Goldman (who writes graphic novels for Time Magazine, New  York Magazine), in which a mortal woman and Goddess Parvati fight gender-based sexual violence in India. After, you can hang with Mark Gatiss, writer of Doctor Who and co-creator of Sherlock; browse DC comics and leave with a Game of Thrones pop guide to Westeros.

When: You need speech (bubble) therapy. Dec 19-21.

David Guetta On (Not) Reading, Surfing & Being A Nerd
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 20:17

David Guetta is unapologetic about his life on the go. He has no hobbies or interests outside of music. His laptop is his studio. He loves plane rides. “I don't do anything else other than touring or making music. A lot of people might think this is pathetic, but it makes me very happy,” he tells bpb via an email interview.

The superstar French DJ will be at Amby Valley this weekend, headlining the Enchanted Valley Festival, one of the 150 shows he does in a year. Considering his packed schedule, and the constant sense of urgency in his tone, we made our conversation all about ‘right now’. We even got to ask him the ultimate perv question – what are you wearing right now?

Right Now With David Guetta:

What are you packing in your bag for your India trip?

I travel light. But I love being on planes. I make a lot of music on planes because it's really quiet - there's no phone, no Internet, no meetings.

What are you reading?

I have to explain to you how I live. I don't do anything else other than touring or making music. A lot of people might think this is very pathetic, but it makes me very happy. I don't watch TV, I don't read enough books. The books that I do read are manuals for plug-ins and software.

What are you surfing?

Sometimes when my ears are tired because of the show and I want to get my head somewhere else, I go to blogs, YouTube channels and websites for nerdy people and I try to find out about new technology and new plug-ins from brands that I love. There's always something new. I never go to sleep before 6 am. Even If I want to, I can't.

What are you listening to?

Usher’s Without You on the vocal album and Afrojack’s Lunar on the electronic album.

What are you wearing?

I like to keep it simple so a basic tee and jeans. But I do have a shoe obsession. Definitely Christian Louboutin shoes. Before, I had a collection of sneakers, but even though I loved them, there wasn't a brand that would make me go "I want to buy all the pairs", the way girls do.

What new stuff are you working on?

Lots of experimentation and collaborations coming up in 2015. Right now, I’m focusing on promoting my new album Listen. It’s more organic, and one of my most personal albums lyrically, which is why I called it Listen.

The Origin of Damian’s Christmas Window
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:40

If there’s one Bandra window we’ve all stared through without being called “pervs”, it’s the pane at Damian furniture store. For the last 30 years, the Pereira family that runs Damian, has been putting up a grand Christmas window display every December, one that draws its own dedicated spectators from around the city. Yes we know, you’ve pressed your cold nose up against it too. And you don’t even live in Bandra.

This week, we caught up with owner Frederick Pereira to chat about his chairs, cheer and the first ever window display at Damian.

After missing Mr Pereira twice at the store, we had to finally settle for a phone chat, one that seemed more like a negotiation and less like an interview. Questions wound around nostalgia were met by terse answers, sometimes even a brusque  ‘I don’t remember’.

Us: You spread cheer every year with families from all over the city stopping by to peek at Damian’s window display. Can you share any anecdotes with us?

Mr Pereira: Not really.

Moving on. Curt but never rude and probably just busy with the holidays, Mr Pereira finally took some time to travel back thirty years with us, when his father Damian Pereira ran the store. “The first Christmas window display back then started out stark, with just a couple of photographs and has since, organically grown into a large scale production.”

This Freestyle Footballer Wants To Coach You
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:02

“There is no such thing as impossible.”

At first, 25 year-old freestyle footballer Archis Patil sounds like a cheesy Adidas commercial. But meet him in person, stay a while and you’ll find that his advice is earnest and endearing, and his moves, good enough to warrant an actual endorsement.

Implicit in his preachy sermons are patience and commitment to freestyle football, a sport he took up four years ago, which he is now trying to teach you through his newly launched classes. We met Archis at an Indian Super League game on Sunday, where he was performing his tricks at the DY Patil Stadium during half time, and again later outside.

A crowd had gathered around him on the street where he had broken into an impromptu performance that combined breakdance and freestyle football - break ball - an act lengthened by the crowd’s call for encores. “Reactions weren’t always this positive. They still aren’t sometimes. Few people laugh and ask me why I’m learning how to juggle, or why I’m clowning around,” Archis says, in between a move called The Zidane. Still, Archis’ style – “the French way” – heavily relies on audience interaction and improvisation depending on the landscape. “If I see a stationary car, I’ll jump on it and incorporate it into my routine. If someone plays a Bollywood song, I can alter my moves accordingly.”

bpb Classifieds: November-December 2014
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:00

bpb Classifieds: November-December 2014

bpb Classifieds: November-December 2014

bpb’s monthly listing of the hottest work opportunities in Mumbai. Know of a cool job opening? Send us an email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll help you list it!

Moxie Media is looking for a social media manager to craft digital strategies and campaigns, social media editorial calendars, as well as contribute insight into and research on Indian and international events. Candidates should have a minimum of one year experience working from a leading digital agency, must be passionate, organised, hard working, able to take initiative. For more details, see here. Apply to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line “Social Media Manager”.

Woodside Inn is looking to hire a Marketing Manager. Send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pinstorm, the digital agency is looking to hire a copywriter with a minimum work experience of 2-3 years. The applicant must be a graduate (in any discipline) and must have excellent communication skills – verbal and written. Those who wish to apply can click here.

Bombay Cab Sessions: Meter and Verse
Monday, 08 December 2014 07:45

Bombay Cab Sessions: Meter and Verse

Bombay Cab Sessions: Meter and Verse

In the movie Roman Holiday, Gregory Peck falls all the way in love with Audrey Hepburn while riding in the back of a taxi. Billy Collins apparently wrote a poem during a four-block cab ride. And this Scouter once lost her passport in a Spanish car-for-hire, leading to an unplanned and epic extra week in Madrid.

Suffice to say that important events transpire in cabs. Still, it’s pretty astonishing that Bombay Cab Sessions managed to fit three band members, their musical instruments, a director and a sound engineer in the back of a Padmini.

Bombay Cab Sessions (BCS), is a cool new project that will feature musicians and poets staging elaborate performances in the back of taxi-cabs, videos from which will be available on Youtube.

Bed Stylists from Bandit Queen
Friday, 05 December 2014 11:56

Bed Stylists from Bandit Queen

Bed Stylists from Bandit Queen

What: Bed stylists from Bandit Queen, call 7738341423 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , complimentary monogram service post sale.

Why: For the best laid plans seek out Yamini Namjoshi and her Bandit Queen team that specialises in setting up beds to make sure they are “hotel room perfect”. If you shop at Bandit Queen, you can expect custom fitted sheets, free monogramming, creation of family crests for pillowcases and different bed sheet drapes. For more décor deals and home resources in the city, click here.

When: Your bed wants more than a lay man.

Personal Training Sessions with Celebrity Trainer Craig Scott Craig
Thursday, 04 December 2014 20:36

Personal Training Sessions with Celebrity Trainer Craig Scott Craig

Personal Training Sessions with Celebrity Trainer Craig Scott Craig

What: Personal training sessions with celebrity trainer Craig Scott, Rs 1,50,000 plus service tax for five days a week, for a month. Cheaper classes are conducted at Scott’s studio by his trainers (phew, right?).

Why: Want a bum that can break the Internet? Then call Craig Scott, glutes suite! Yes, he’s exorbitant, but he has shaped the behinds of many celebrities including Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and the Deol brothers, through his private functional training routine that’s customised to suit each body type. For cheaper sessions, he’ll put you in touch with one of his trainers who conduct group classes at an Andheri studio.

When: Now! No ifs and butts.

Mumbai's Moving In List
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 20:20

Mumbai s Moving In List

Mumbai s Moving In List

You’re moving again? So soon?

But it seems like you just got here.

For the city that’s always moving, packing and shifting, we present a big fat Mumbai resource list, with details of everything you need to shape up, ship out, or even just settle into a new home.

Hunting: Badass Brokers

We’re told that doing rounds of apartments with Kishore feels like you’re going along with a friend. Call 9820455949, location: South Bombay.

Relentless and patient, Sham won’t stop until he has found you the right home. Call 9821633694, location: South Bombay.

Bharat has a really large network, and can find a flat for any budget. Call 9920996967, location: South Bombay.

Real estate agent Mathew helps single girls in the city find safe accommodation, minus the regular hassles and pesky questions. Plus, he’s polite. Call 9819029357, location: Bandra-Khar-Santacruz.

Naresh goes over and above the usual listings to find you apartments that usually fly under the radar. Call 9930462240, location: Bandra.

Broker Rajesh Rohera has found interesting homes and office spaces for creative people all over Bandra. Think cool village loft for not as much money as you thought. Call 9821130608, location: Bandra-Khar.

Geoffrey was described to us as a ‘big time broker of Bandra’ who usually knows what’s up and on the market. Call 9820806639, location: Bandra.

Zilu scopes out affordable deals in Bandra (it isn’t an urban legend) for those looking to rent for short stays. Call 9819168363, location: Bandra.

Recommended by more than a few friends, Ali is trustworthy and has found tasteful, affordable apartments. Call 9819799791, location: Andheri (W)- Versova.

Sanju is courteous and honest, rare qualities in a broker. Call 9833288627, location: Andheri (W).

Call Rajeev Butia if you are in a hurry to move in. He works fast. Call 9820120425, location: Goregaon- Malad.

Bonus: Try the Flat Chat App to find a home or someone to live with. Kind of like a Tinder for room mates, this matches two people who should live together based on likes and dislikes. See their Facebook page here.

Moving: Packers, Movers & Tempos

Leo Packers and Movers are prompt and reliable and send over as many people as you need to get the job done. Call 25672924.

If you need someone to pack, label and unpack your stuff for you at your new home, call Royal Packers and Movers. Call 9820027762.

For a smaller, cheaper option and one that operates out of Bandra, call Pavitra on 9967433050.

Royal International Packers & Movers can help you do the whole deal in a day! Call 9821083943.

Satish is great for packing all things marked ‘fragile’. Ask for him to be present and to supervise his workers. Be prepared to bargain. Call 9029630982.

Lalu comes over with his tempo and two muscular men to help with all the loading and unloading. Call 9820039693.

Aside from its amusing name, Chacha Tempo is very reasonably priced. Call 9969861246.

Amit offers a trusted tempo service that’s less professional, but also cheaper than the big, bad corporate movers and operates all over Mumbai. Call 9820259117.

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