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When the Sartorialist Came To Mumbai
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:37

When photographer Scott Schuman of the wildly popular street style blog The Sartorialist, scanned the room at Bungalow Eight last Thursday, we assumed he was noticing this: ensembles that belonged to a group of fashion writers, designers and photographers, ones that ranged from best Sunday dress to carefully casual to breezy.

What he was really studying was a collection of postures and personality traits – Languid. Superbly slouchy. Endearingly awkward. Bending forward. Leaning. Listening. Shy.

A Street Performer For Your Next Party!
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:10

What: Invite a street performer to your living room, call 8793012313, view the Facebook page here .

Why: Christabel Menezes was vacationing in Germany when she fell so in love with a guitar that she borrowed money to buy it and then played it on the street to earn that money back. She closed her eyes and played for half an hour and opened them to a full house. That’s when Menezes discovered her love for street performance. We recently spotted her at the Tapped beer festival where she mentioned her willingness to play at house parties. Expect a sweet girl with a sweet guitar - nothing too professional. “Honestly, I like my songs to elicit a bit of shock. So I write about boys and sex and relationships.” We believe this after visiting her Facebook page and listening to her crooning about boobs. So probably not ideal for that big family reunion coming up.

When: You need to visit Ball Estate. You’ll catch her performing at Carter Road and an event organised by the National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) soon.

Muchhad Paanwala on Movember + Stache Stylists
Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:58

Men, it’s Movember, which means online editors are affectionately calling you things like “Mo Bro” and accessory brands want to sell you moustache-shaped everything. But it is for a cause.

So if you’re growing your mooch (no beards or goatees allowed. See Movember rules and registration here) this month to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer, we get you grooming tips from the macho-est moustache in town - one that belongs to Mr Jaishankar Tiwari (JT) of Muchhad Paanwala. Plus a round up of stache stylists in the city who’ll make you feel like the cat’s whiskers.

Mr Muchhad on How It’s Movember All Year Round

BPB: How long have you had this moustache? Have you ever shaved it off?
I started growing my moustache in 1977, which is also the year I opened my paan shop in Mumbai. I shave my beard three times a week, but I don’t touch my moustache, except to trim it every two months from the sides.

BPB: How do you groom it?
I use mustard oil every single day to give it shape and twirl it upwards from the sides. I don’t believe in going to barbers. Also regular trimming keeps it looking healthy.

BPB: Whose moustache is yours modeled after?
My grandfather’s. My moustache is a family legacy that I’m taking forward. My father also had a fantastic moustache, but my grandfather’s was definitely the biggest and the best.

BPB: How did you come up with the idea of a paan shop named after your mooch?
There are a ton of Pandey, Shukla and Dubey paan shops. But no Muchhad paan shop. That’s when I decided, 35-40 years ago, to start cultivating a moustache and also a paan shop.

BPB: Do people come to your store just to see your moustache?
Not really. It’s my paan that’s really good.

BPB: Do you know what Movember is?

(We proceed to tell JT about it. He approves).

BPB: Tell us about a funny story involving your moustache.
I’ll tell you a joke instead. A lady was sitting on a train with two clean shaven men. At one of the stations, a man with a moustache entered and she immediately covered her face. One of the clean-shaven men asked her, “Why did you do that only once he entered?” She said, “Because you’re like me. But he’s an actual man.”

BPB: Umm, okay. How about this - two moustaches walk into a bar. One says, “How did you find this place?” The other goes, “oh I just stubbled upon it”.

JT: *proceeds to make paan.*

Getting there: Muchhad Paanwala, Taher Mansion Co-Op. Housing Society, ground floor, 8/10, opposite Mukesh Chowk, Nepean Sea Road, call 23641077.

Groom’s Men: List of where to shave your beard and maintain your moustache for Movember.

Paris Salon: Ask for Zahoor. He’s almost 7 feet tall and uses all that mass to give you an intense back massage following your shave and moustache grooming.
Girdhar Niwas, S B. S. Road, Colaba, call 22871969.

bpb Classifieds: Hot Jobs This Month
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:14

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!

Urban Ladder, an e-commerce start-up is looking to hire for the following two positions:

Content Manager: Responsibilities include creating communication strategies from the ground up, brainstorming ideas for promotions and customer engagement, writing blog posts, and looking at designs for inspiration. Must have a graduate degree in any discipline, along with a love for reading and writing. Must also be able to work cross-functionally across all teams in the organization and juggle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritise tasks. To apply, click here.

Social Media Manager: The ideal person for this role should live and breathe social media. Responsibilities include defining and managing all the content across channels; developing fun new ideas, events/contests, videos, and executing it. Eligible candidates must have at least 2+ years of experience in a social media role. Must also have the talent and flexibility to drive interaction in the social media channels with proven ability to interact with a diverse group. Strong written and verbal communication is a must-have. To apply, click here.

Hemant and Nandita (the fashion designer duo) are looking to hire full time professionals for the following roles – Senior Merchandiser, Assistant Merchandiser, Senior Designer, Graphic Designer. There are also opportunities for fashion interns and graduate project students. To apply email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jabong, the e-commerce portal is seeking candidates for the following positions:

Art Director: Must have a strong understanding of the digital space.The role will focus on generating on-brand, engaging, fully shoppable, interactive editorial content for their  e-commerce site alongside offline collateral. A keen interest and understanding of fashion is essential. Will report directly to the Creative Director, and be part of an inspiring and growing team of senior, mid-weight and junior designers. Must have 4-6 years of digital design experience, along with some print and photo shoots experience.

Graphic Designer: Jabong.com is looking for a talented graphic designer to help deliver various editorial and commercial assets through the use of high quality, innovative and eye catching design to improve the customer’s experience. Highly creative people with the ability to take projects from the initial concept stages through to completion will be favoured. If selected, you will be part of an inspiring and growing team of senior, mid-weight and junior designers. Must have 2-3 years of digital design experience and a proficiency in Adobe CS (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat). 

Photo Editor: Will be responsible for sourcing the best images and managing all visual assets to support creative projects including editorial content, onsite promotions, videos and marketing material. Must have a working knowledge of the fashion industry, be able to support the production team with look book production and seasonal projects. Magazine / fashion production experience in both print and online is a plus.

To apply send work samples or a link to a portfolio website in your application and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Bombay Canteen, is looking to hire passionate, young sous chefs for their kitchen. The ideal candidate should possess strong leadership and communication capabilities in addition to relevant culinary skills and experience. The kitchen will be led by Chef Floyd Cardoz and Chef Thomas Zacharias. Those interested can email their CVs to thomas.zacharias@hungerinc.in.

Ten Lifestyle Management is looking for Lifestyle Managers in Mumbai.The team helps organise everything from home repairs to luxury travel, gift buying or access to exclusive restaurants, clubs and events. With a deep understanding of an affluent customer’s needs and an insight into luxury lifestyle, you will be providing dedicated support to their members, helping them get the most from the concierge service and delivering personalised and creative responses to all requests, each time.This position is based in Mumbai. Fluent spoken and written English and Hindi is essential. Please visit www.tengroup.com for more information and apply by emailing   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Mention “Application for Lifestyle Manager –Mumbai” in the subject line.

(Big) Top Story: Backstage at Rambo Circus
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:43

A long twirling moustache, an evil laugh and a scary whip. Sujith Dilip, owner of Rambo Circus, has none of these. He is instead a jovial Malayali, who offered us cold drinks, while we sat behind ‘Asia’s largest circus tent’ currently set up at Bandra Reclamation, reminisced about Rambo’s then, and its diminished roar now.

“We are called Rambo because we always had strength in numbers. My father bought two circuses - Arena and the Grand Oriental. Together, they swelled into Rambo”.

Having been in the circus industry for over thirty years, Sujith Dilip has bred and fed tigers and lions; seen some of his best employees abandon their talents to earn a better living; cared for elephants and salvaged over three dying circuses and countless artistes.

But Sujith wasn’t always interested in clowning around. “I was a BSc student with my nose buried in textbooks. Then my father got very ill and I was forced to take over the reins of Rambo. I knew nothing, but learnt slowly on the job.” His science background and curious nature helped him understand the animals better. “I trained myself with National Geographic videos and information. Over time, the lions were literally eating out of my hands," he chuckles. 

Those days are over though, with the government banning the use of wild animals in circus performances. With this ban, the audience numbers at Rambo have reduced drastically over the last twenty years, we were told.  “There were all these stories about animals being mistreated. Why would we do that? They were our star artistes. Who would treat their main stars badly?”

Dial-a-Scar For Halloween
Friday, 31 October 2014 11:52

Fake wounds and scar make up artist for Halloween, call James on 9821140556, price depends on length of scar.

Why: Going out for Halloween? Here’s a gash for your bash. Call make up artist James who’ll come over and create fake wounds and legions and pretty purple bruises. Recommended to bpb by Tulsi Ramsay of the Zee Horror Show, James works on action sequences in Bollywood and has done body make up for stars like Varun Dhawan and Shahrukh Khan. Spook-tacular!

Psst: Click here for our Halloween special with recommendations from the Ramsay Brothers.

When: You want to hail a (s)cab.

Paper Planes: Indie Magazines At Your Doorstep
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:48

Your paperboy is going to make a new friend on his route soon - an ex corporate lawyer from Trilegal, carrying the most delicious stack of magazines, comparing them to a winter coat that will keep you warm at night.

Paper boy, meet Nupur Joshi Thanks, whose new venture Paper Planes is easily the most exciting doorstep service to take off in India this year. This is an independent magazine subscription service aimed at introducing the best indie magazine titles from across the world to Indian readers. The fun bit is that each title sent over to you every month will be a surprise, but based on areas of interests that you pick at the time of subscription.

If you’ll flip back a few pages, you’ll know that Nupur’s interest in reading and acquiring unusual magazine titles started during a one year sabbatical from law, and the amount of money spent on shipping those to India, led to the idea for Paper Planes. What followed was a series of trips around the world, to attend indie magazine fairs, meet publishers and a mound of reading that finally tied interest and business into a neat little bundle.

How To Get On Board Paper Planes

Paper Planes launches on November 16, but you can email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it right away to get on the list. Following this you will be alerted to subscribe and pay on their website post launch (www.joinpaperplanes.com) and choose three out of four interest ‘stacks’ - stack 1: Travel, Food, World Affairs; stack 2- Culture, Popular Culture, Sports & Recreation; stack 3: Design, Architecture, Visual Culture; stack 4: Fashion, Lifestyle, Arts & Literature. Following this you will get one magazine a month delivered to your home, and while the title will be a surprise, we took a peek at her shelf to find issues of Printed Pages, Colours, Apartamento, It’s Nice That, The Gentle Woman, Gather Journal, Lucky Peach, Cherry Bomb and more. Magazines from around the world will come visiting, including UK, US, Kosovo and Beirut!

For the seriously adventurous, there’s the ‘Surprise Me’ option that allows you to receive magazines from different genres for the duration of their subscription, which is either 9 months, 18 months or a rolling monthly subscription. While these will be current issues, the website will also sell back issues of magazines.

Price Possessions

Now here’s the part that might make you flinch. The subscription will cost you Rs 1,000 a month for one magazine per month (discounts on sustained subscriptions).But Nupur has spent a ton of time and money researching this, and says that her way still works out cheaper. “These magazines are super hard to find here. While they cost between 7 to 15 pounds each, the shipping for each ends up setting you back by about Rs 1,400. I hope people appreciate the rationale behind the cost.” Considering one drink in Mumbai is priced at about Rs 1,000 + taxes these days, we wouldn’t mind trading that in for a beautiful magazine about cocktails instead. Free Sipping?

Flip Service

Nupur’s principle idea behind piloting this project is to allow people to discover interesting content from around the world. “Here’s your chance to read amazing stories and find out new things about yourself during the process. I for instance, don’t surf or skateboard, but found that I loved reading magazines about them,” Nupur told us yesterday, just back from a trip to Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

“Sure, you can find interesting reads online as well. But there’s something about holding a beautifully designed and edited magazine that could be a collectible, and watching it grow into a stack that can keep you warm at night.”

Getting there: Paper Planes launches on November 16, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it right away to get on the list (you can also indicate your interest to attend the launch party at Cheval). Visit www.joinpaperplanes.com, Rs 1,000 per month.

Shut Up & Study Mime at New Bandra Studio
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:05


Don’t you sometimes wish that everyone would just shut up? The crackers, the cars, even the loud shooting stars. The people, their social media updates, the Twitter trolls, the polls, the clanging restaurant bowls.

We wish it would all just turn into a 1920s silent film with title cards. You’d be starring in it of course, and we have just the thing you need to prepare for your role. Mime.

There’s a recently launched Bandra studio called the Collage Collective Studio and they’re teaching mime (among other fun courses like playing the jew’s harp) from November 3 to 7. Dia-logue out? 

English & Hindi Classes For Expats & Foreigners
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:41

After a few crazy years in the advertising industry, Isha Pahuja decided to go from being tense, to minding her tenses.

Armed with a professional language teaching degree, Isha launched Travlearn- English and Hindi classes exclusively for foreigners, expats, tourists and NRIs in Mumbai and Delhi.

bpb's Big Transport List
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:30

Win 1 of 3 exclusive Chandon Diwali boxes today! See our Twitter feed at 11.30 am to participate.

bpb’s latest list, a logistics directory of sorts, helps you transport everything from yourself to your St. Bernard, your gold fish and even an elephant (in the room) across the city, country, world. Plus, how to transport expensive paintings, jewellery, money and wine, and the best things on wheels! Go on, zoom in.

Objects of Your Desire: Moving Stuff Around

Art & Sculptures

International auction houses and art galleries swear by these companies when it comes to shipping their valuable art pieces within the country and internationally. Nouveau reach? G4S security company (http://www.g4s.in/), Siddharth Logistics (www.siddharthalogistics.com).

Plants and Trees

Vriksha Nursery can move your plants – even if you didn’t buy it from them – anywhere in the country. They recently relocated 18,000 plants, shrubs and even large trees within 48 hours, from a building that was going into redevelopment. Their trucks come with gardeners and plant care equipment. Hoe bags!

1 Ganga Apartments, Irla Railway Society, Vile Parle (W), call 9820704069.

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