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Sneak Peek Party at Café Nemo: Sign Up!
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:42




So we already gave you a virtual sneak-peek of Café Nemo last week, that much awaited Worli restaurant and bar by the boys behind Bonobo and Jamjar Diner. See more here. Now you get to come in before everyone else!

Drink With Us At Café Nemo Before It Opens

On Saturday, July 26, just for Coup Cardholders, we’re having a pre-opening party with a great deal on food and alcohol. For just Rs 999 per person, you get a Saturday night with unlimited alcohol (IMFL) and unlimited appetisers, bao buns and small plates. Plus, you get to see Café Nemo before everyone else! Closure for those Finding Nemo.

Open only for Coup Card holders and a + 1. Don’t have one? Visit www.coupcard.in or call 7738934888/999.

Getting there: To register for yourself and a + 1 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888/999, Rs 999 per person for unlimited food and alcohol.

 
Jodi: Fashion Label by Ex Elle Stylists
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:27


How do you do India on a dress without auto rickshaws and cows and generic desi block prints?

You draw fat Cherrapunji rain clouds that have begun to burst; you do geometric prints held together by Kutch embroidered patches; you work with block printers in Vishakhapatnam to make a fun pineapple print that can be the prize of the fruit bowl anywhere in the world.

Say Namaste to Jodi, a fun new women’s clothing label and lifestyle brand created by ex- Elle India magazine colleagues and stylists Karuna Laungani and Gauri Verma, that launches on Indiacircus.com on July 25.

Cut From The Same Cloth

“We’re greatly influenced by brands like Free People and Anthropologie, who get a lot of their work done from India”, says Gauri, who wanted to take something that was local and traditional, and turn it into a globally recognizable piece. This involved development in Pune and Vishakhapatnam, production in Ahmedabad and Mumbai, making Jodi what they call a “geographically secular” brand.

Go through their look book or their interesting Instagram account (@thejodilife) and you’ll find Karuna and Gauri’s collective love for craft turn into cotton crop tops and shirts with mirror work patches that are traditionally seen on women in Gujarat; an adorable fish printed shirt with turn up sleeves; a couple of geometric block print shorts; a pretty hand-blocked floral skirt with denim waist band; and a bomber jacker with neat vintage elbow patches, among other pieces.  We love that Jodi’s clothes are a mix of cute non-clichéd Indian motifs and contemporary silhouettes, with a price point that’s at par or even slightly cheaper than Zara.

Grab A Pair

Launching this Friday, July 25, with a limited number of pieces from their collection, the brand will introduce new designs every month. “While designing this line, we put together a mood board of things we love and felt inspired by- prints and graphic patterns were obviously a big part of it,” says Gauri.

While the channel to sell Jodi in larger cities is primarily an online one, Gauri and Karuna are planning to use physical retail spaces in Pune and Ahmedabad and slowly branch out into home décor as well.

At the end of their look book, against mustachioed dogs and rainbow fish, Karuna and Gauri end with “we hope to add much colour and wonder into your world.” Let the season begin with those pineapples then.

Getting there: Jodi launches on Indiacircus.com on July 25, prices start at Rs 1,099. See their Facebook page here, Instagram feed here.


 
bpb Review: Terttulia, Shivaji Park
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:49


 

Last night at Terttulia, Pune’s popular European and Mediterranean restaurant now at Shivaji Park, seated on high chairs at the bar, we felt a little bit like lifeguards, overseeing a pool of party people and diners, some who needed to be saved from a Sunday night stretched too long. Tomorrow is Monday, people.

But there was no sign of this impending Monday at Terttulia, where dinner tables were buzzing, people were waiting to be seated, shots were being ordered and the music thought it was Friday night. If you thought location was going to be a problem for this restaurant to pull in a crowd, you were wrong. At least not while the novelty of new lasts. The restaurant is divided into an inside dinner section with floral sofas; an outside space that mimics an al fresco seating but is really an air conditioned section with lots of sunlight; and a wine and tapas space with high tables and a wine rack where every imported wine bottle will be charged at MRP + Rs 600 mark up.

Save the Dates!

Seated at the bar we were recognised owing to an earlier Coup Card + Terttulia promotion, so the review could not be conducted anonymously. However, the restaurant was too crowded for us to be fawned or fussed over, the staff barely managing to keep it all together. No complaints about the service. We started with two Japanese Pear and Ginger Martinis that were served to us at the bar where we sat all night because no tables were available. If you’re a party of two like us, this is actually a fun place to perch.

The martinis arrived while we were ordering appetisers and tasted more like vodka-lime juice with no hint of pear or ginger. And so we quickly switched to sangria, which was a nice and easy Sunday mix, jewel toned, booze-soaked fruit bobbing at the top.  A couple of sips in we were told that the bacon wrapped dates were over for the night, and so we got the shrimp and the popular Pizza Terttulia. 

The grilled shrimp rubbed with sundried tomatoes were super fresh, well flavoured and lemony. On a previous visit we tried and loved the bacon wrapped dates – dates swathed in delicious ribbons of bacon – so you should definitely order that. The Pizza Terttulia, the restaurant’s thin crust pie topped with cheese, tomato sauce and spinach, isn’t as creamy as Indigo Deli’s but is a great snack to get at the bar, as is the Karari Roti, a huge bowl shaped crisp roti sprinkled with chilli, serving the purpose of a masala papad to pair with drinks, but looking much prettier.

Spare Time

For mains, we skipped the sandwiches and burgers to get the spare ribs and ravioli. The ribs, sweet but also slightly spicy, came with tender well-cooked meat. The portion is huge, and we ended up doggy bagging it. The ravioli came in a subtle sage and brown butter sauce, stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese that offset the sweet of the caramelised onion. Our dining companion did however, think they could have gone easy on the caramelized onions. 

At the end, we got the crème brule cheesecake, one that came with a nice crisp top and base, but in between housed a too-dense, no-personality cake. Better to skip dessert for a fruit salad, also known as the fourth glass of sangria.

Getting thereHotel parkway, Shivaji Park Sea Face, Ranade Road Extension, Shivaji Park, call 60020202, follow them on Twitter @Terttuliamumbai, on Instagram @Terttulia_Mumbai, approximately Rs 3,000 for a meal for two with one alcoholic drink each.

bpb could not conduct this review anonymously and paid for its own meal.

 
#UberIceCream Only For Today!
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:27


What: Uber Ice Cream Day - Uber delivers Hagen-Dazs ice cream just for today, download the Uber app for iPhone or Android devices, Rs 700 for two sundaes.

Why: Just for today, Uber turns into an ice cream truck, courtesy their collaboration with Hagen-Dazs to deliver ice cream sundaes all over the city. All you need to do for your lick-er license is download the Uber app, request the “Ice Cream” option for your ride and your treat cart will arrive shortly. This is for delivery only. They’re plying a limited number of these cars, so offer valid until stocks melt. #UberIceCream

When: Friday, July 18 from 11 am - 5 pm.

 
Pack On Your Face: Purearth
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:14


What: Wild Rose & Seabuck Face Cream from Purearth, currently available at Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, see their website here and order online, Rs 5,000 for a 50 ml bottle.

Why: Get kissed by a rose with Purearth’s Ayurvedic Wild Rose and Seabuck Face Cream. Made by hand in small batches, each product is put together by Himalayan women, is sans any chemicals and in aid of free trade. Other products in the range include exfoliating face sands, fruit oils, body polishes and more. Newly launched in India, the international brand is now available online and at The Four Seasons Hotel, and will soon be on fashion store Le Mill’s shelves too.

When: You want to glow and behold!

 
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

 
Juicifix Cold Pressed Juices
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:44


What: Juicifix cold pressed juices, for delivery call 9820926711, minimum order of five juices, delivery from Andheri to Bandra,Rs 130 per juice bottle, for different subscription packages check www.juicifix.com

Why: There’s a new apple in the cold pressed juice basket, but unlike a lot of the others, Juicifix isn’t so militant. “It’s not about substituting food for juice or necessarily about detoxing. It’s just a fix of healthy, happy juices you can get sent over,” says Tejomay, formerly creative director of an ad agency. From March to May she sold these out of an icebox in her Vento at Carter Road, after which she turned it into a business with partner Avrio and was consulted by Sonam Kapoor’s dietician (which explains the actor’s Instagram endorsement for Juicifix). We tried the 24 Carrot, which was tasty and pulpy, but had little trace of the carrot and ginger promised; the Memory Fix, a mix of pineapple, apple, kiwi and lemon; and our favourite, the Go Green, which managed to make a spinach, parsley, celery, apple, lime, ginger, cucumber juice tasty.

When: Now. It’s cold off the press.

 
Pre Opening Peek - Café Nemo
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:40



What: Pre Opening Peek - Café Nemo, Thadani House, Worli Village, opposite the Indian Coast Guard, Worli.

Why: Because the awesome boys behind Bonobo and Jamjar Diner have scaled up to give you Café Nemo, set to open on August 1. We stopped by yesterday to find the bungalow previously occupied by Cool Chef Café, painted yellow, with a work-in-progress mural of Worli Village on the inside. There are two dining rooms, a bar area with folding tables, an installation that will keep changing, a shelf to sell gourmet products and a wall with pretty hand mirrors. The menu – no pasta or risotto on this – doesn’t stick to a particular cuisine but has definite Asian influences with bao buns, kimchi, rice bowls. We tried and loved the black bean dip and Chicken Seoul Bowl. Coup Card holders, look out for the sneak peek party invite! Don't have a Coup Card? Buy one on www.coupcard.in!

When: Opens on August 1

 
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.

 
Sponsored: Lakme Absolute Salon’s Runways of The World
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:39



***This post is sponsored by Lakme Absolute Salon***

We’ve always maintained that cities are like people, and who wouldn’t want to look like New York, strut around like London or shimmer like Paris?

Starting this month, Lakme Absolute Salon does a series of looks inspired by the runways of London, Paris and New York, conceptualized by the super backstage team at Lakme Fashion Week. First up, those fashionable blokes from Britain.

The Coronation Ceremony

All this month, you can walk in to the Lakme Absolute Salon in Bandra to try their limited edition beauty packages – which are packed with oodles of London trends and will leave you looking no shorn of a sassy Londoner. Some of the services on the menu are Be Bang on Trend at the Big Ben for those retro chic bangs or Go Brown at the London Eye to give you the latest shades of ombre hair color. Other than the London Runway look, there are signature lip and eye care rituals thrown in complimentary on buying from London Menu.

There is also a great London ambience in the salon with stylists wearing London hats & English tea being served to customers, among a host of other interesting activities.

There’s a definite reason to head to Lakme Absolute Salon for the London experience. And that’s not all, if you ain’t so keen on buying services, just go for complimentary upstyles, nail art or make-up based on London’s hottest styles.

All you will need at the end of it is a crown. We’re sure the kind folks at Lakme can arrange that too.

Getting there: Lakme Absolute Salon, 227, Diamond Link, off Linking Road, opposite Shopper’s Stop, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 50, call 9819006482 for an appointment, www.facebook.com/LakmeAbsoluteSalon, follow them on Twitter @LakmeAbsolute, Prices 700 onwards

***This post is sponsored by Lakme Absolute Salon***




 
Weekend Guide: Flip-per Out!
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:03


bLOWFISH

What: Pre Opening Peek - Café Nemo, Thadani House, Worli Village, opposite the Indian Coast Guard, Worli.

Why: Because the awesome boys behind Bonobo and Jamjar Diner have scaled up to give you Café Nemo, set to open on August 1. We stopped by yesterday to find the bungalow previously occupied by Cool Chef Café, painted yellow, with a work-in-progress mural of Worli Village on the inside. There are two dining rooms, a bar area with folding tables, an installation that will keep changing, a shelf to sell gourmet products and a wall with pretty hand mirrors. The menu – no pasta or risotto on this – doesn’t stick to a particular cuisine but has definite Asian influences with bao buns, kimchi, rice bowls. We tried and loved the black bean dip and Chicken Seoul Bowl. Coup Card holders, look out for the sneak peek party invite! Don't have a Coup Card? Buy one on www.coupcard.in!

When: Opens on August 1.

***

What: Juicifix cold pressed juices, for delivery call 9820926711, minimum order of five juices, delivery from Andheri to Bandra,Rs 130 per juice bottle, for different subscription packages check www.juicifix.com

Why: There’s a new apple in the cold pressed juice basket, but unlike a lot of the others, Juicifix isn’t so militant. “It’s not about substituting food for juice or necessarily about detoxing. It’s just a fix of healthy, happy juices you can get sent over,” says Tejomay, formerly creative director of an ad agency. From March to May she sold these out of an icebox in her Vento at Carter Road, after which she turned it into a business with partner Avrio and was consulted by Sonam Kapoor’s dietician (which explains the actor’s Instagram endorsement for Juicifix). We tried the 24 Carrot, which was tasty and pulpy, but had little trace of the carrot and ginger promised; the Memory Fix, a mix of pineapple, apple, kiwi and lemon; and our favourite, the Go Green, which managed to make a spinach, parsley, celery, apple, lime, ginger, cucumber juice tasty.

When: Now. It’s cold off the press.

pONDER

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

***

What: Wild Rose & Seabuck Face Cream from Purearth, currently available at Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, see their website here and order online, Rs 5,000 for a 50 ml bottle.

Why: Get kissed by a rose with Purearth’s Ayurvedic Wild Rose and Seabuck Face Cream. Made by hand in small batches, each product is put together by Himalayan women, is sans any chemicals and in aid of free trade. Other products in the range include exfoliating face sands, fruit oils, body polishes and more. Newly launched in India, the international brand is now available online and at The Four Seasons Hotel, and will soon be on fashion store Le Mill’s shelves too.

When: You want to glow and behold!

bROWNIE

What: Uber Ice Cream Day - Uber delivers Hagen-Dazs ice cream just for today, download the Uber app for iPhone or Android devices, Rs 700 for two sundaes.

Why: Just for today, Uber turns into an ice cream truck, courtesy their collaboration with Hagen-Dazs to deliver ice cream sundaes all over the city. All you need to do for your lick-er license is download the Uber app, request the “Ice Cream” option for your ride and your treat cart will arrive shortly. This is for delivery only. They’re plying a limited number of these cars, so offer valid until stocks melt. #UberIceCream

When: Friday, July 18 from 11 am - 5 pm.

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New Store: The Bombay Shirt Company, Kala Ghoda
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:58


 

 

Just when you thought Kala Ghoda was bursting at the seams, tailors trot in to sew it back together. 

Across the street from The Pantry and down the road from Obataimu, The Bombay Shirt Company has opened a handsome store with wooden interiors and see-through panes and buttons for doorknobs. Drop a pin(tuck) on the map.

This made-to-measure shirt company started out as an online store back in 2012, run by co-founders Alex and Akshay whose need to buy a good shirt in Mumbai remained unfulfilled. Read more about their journey here. And so they started this shirt builder that now sits in Kala Ghoda and extends its service to women too.

Mock Meets

Walk into the store where you won’t be able to buy off the rack, but you can try samples on, feel swatches and smile at collars named after The Godfather. After you browse the sample racks, you can take a seat at their round table like setting at the centre of the store and work with their expert to customize collar, cuffs, pockets, buttons, placket and pleats. Of the men’s samples at the store, our eyes went straight to the tiny daisy print shirt that isn’t overtly floral and perfect for a day off from work. Also see the nautical striped one with chipped white Ozwald Boateng collar that can very easily star in The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou; and another with randomly sprayed techni-colored dots that looks like confetti from last night’s party. The other shirts were pretty straightforward – solid coloured, striped and checked, and a few that we didn’t love with dual print collars.

The rack for women across the space for men is skinnier and not as nice, with shirts that remind you of the advent of Cotton World in the city. Think close fitted shirts with thick darts and  florals that aren’t petty enough. The soft blue versatile linen shirt was the only one that we considered getting.

The best part about the Kala Ghoda store is that it remains open until 9.30 pm, which means that even your last meeting for the day can be about looking sharp.

Getting there: No 3, ground floor, Sassoon Building, Kalaghoda, Fort, call 8879621003 for an appointment, shirts start at approximately Rs 1,900.

 
Ramadan Feasting : Button Masala
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:54



 

This Ramadan, feast on pav and Button Masala.

An alternative kind of recipe for clothes, Button Masala is a simple joinery system designed to use only buttons and rubber bands.

Devised by a NID graduate with a background in design and style, Anuj Sharma has been perfecting and spreading the word about his system, one that he hopes will be an alternative to stitching some day. Sew-la-la!

He devised this technique back in 2010, but recently started conducting workshops for individuals, apart from educational sessions with students.

No Stitch in Time

“It started with a wrongly buttoned shirt,” he says.  “I thought it might be an interesting way to bring fabric and design together, without any wastage”. According to Anuj, the Button Masala system allows people to be freer in the design process, because there’s no cutting of fabric and not much measurement involved. “It’s a really fluid system, so there’s really nothing to fear.”

Since its inception, Anuj has taught the Button Masala technique to over 4,000 people across the globe, has been guest faculty at several design schools and has even spoken at a TEDx event in Delhi.

How You Can Use Anuj

Apart from designing and customising clothes and apparel for every size, whim and fancy, Anuj also runs workshops to spread the word about Button Masala.

If you work in education or are creatively inclined, the technique is a great way to learn about design, innovation and sustainability. And if you don’t, it’s just a really fun thing to learn to do. Button up?

Getting there: Button Masala, view the Facebook page here, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , prices for apparel start at Rs 2,000.

 
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.

 
Yudh: Should You Watch the New Amitabh Bachchan TV Show?
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:59




To say that Amitabh Bachchan towers taller than the steely buildings that make up the landscape of Yudh, the new fictional TV show that debuted on Sony Entertainment Television last night, won’t surprise you. As owner of a construction company, Mr Bachchan plays angry and humble, ill and warring, all with lock-jaw restraint.

Now we never write about television on bpb, but as people who’ve whined about how this lifetime isn’t long enough to watch all the brilliant TV fiction coming out of the West, while the Indian box gives us nothing, we had to tune in. Plus the show’s credits include Anurag Kashyap as Creative Director and Shoojit Sircar as Creative Consultant; and the cast besides Amitabh Bachchan playing Yudh or Yudhishtir, also features Kay Kay Menon, Sarika, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Now that’s a lot of fodder for intrigue. Alert: spoilers ahead.

Episode One

We tuned in last night at 10.30 pm to meet Yudh, who owns a construction company plus two wives (played by Sarika and Ayesha Raza), and has a child from each. Still, episode one shows him in a positive light, as someone who takes on unethical competitors and warns corrupt cops. Halfway through the episode his illness (Huntington’s Disease) and illegitimate daughter are revealed, but so are the following: a brother-in-law who has just returned from jail, a son who defends his need to play video games, politicians, competitors, PR people and side kicks. It’s only episode one and Mr Bachchan is already saving falling buildings and belles, which makes you wonder, what drama is left for episode two.

It’s probably this that made our room of four viewers feel like the story and Yudh’s character arc might have peaked too soon. But it’s too early to judge a show from a single one-hour episode. We can however, tell you this: the first episode sees an interesting story treated with jumpy editing. There seemed to be little flow in the story, with the plot quickly hopping from situation to another. If this was supposed to be a technique they intentionally employed, it didn’t come through. 

The camera also switches to random city stock shots while dialogues are mid-sentence, which is quite distracting. This is probably in keeping with the theme of ‘city’ and ‘construction’, but the execution seems slightly forced.

What We Liked

The story is interesting enough to make you want to tune in to the next episode, and the appearances by Kay Kay Menon as the corrupt police commissioner with a neck brace (hence his reference to the fact that someone else’s neck would have to be on the line since his isn’t available) and Tigmanshu Dhulia are brief but memorable.

Our night ended with a mixed view around the room on whether episode two would be watched. Meanwhile, absent-mindedly, Sony remained on in the background, and Sunny Deol’s special appearance on the hilarious this-should-be-a-spoof-but-it’s-not CID came on right after. This broke up the debate, lightened the mood, and everyone decided Yudh is worth another shot.

Getting there: Yudh plays out from Monday to Thursday at 10.30 pm on Sony Entertainment Television.

 
Weekend Guide: Bra-zil!
Friday, 11 July 2014 12:24



bOWL

What: The Guppy Pop Up At Olive replaces Thalassa at Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, call 33487711.

Why: Done making puppy eyes at Thalassa to get them to stay? Now make a Guppy face! Launching as a pop up at Olive Mahalaxmi in August is New Delhi’s Japanese restaurant, Guppy by Ai. The pop up menu will be similar to the one in Delhi-we’re hoping the Ai Signature Black Cod and Tiger Prawn Tempura Udon noodles will remain. See our review of the Delhi restaurant here for recommendations on what to get.

When: Launches in the first week of August.

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What: New poetry book - Meena Kumari The Poet: A Life Beyond Cinema available at CMYK Bookstore, at Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mill Compound, Lower Parel.  Also available at Crossword and Kitab Khana, Rs 595.

Why: Judge this book by its cover, for the poetry inside is as pretty as the illustrated cover (check out the lovely floral sari blouse). This poetry collection written by yesteryear Bollywood actress Meena Kumari, has been published by Roli Books and translated into English by Noorul Hasan. Inside you’ll find love, loss, loneliness, silence, angst and death. It’s all you need on a rainy day like this.

When: You need a new kind of Shayar and Funk.

pOUF

What: The Pocket Square, a new chair design by Ajji –The Odd Product Company, email in 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 , call 98920-84870, retail price Rs 70,000.

Why: Is it a bird? A plane? A giant cheese slice?

Silly references apart, this is actually The Pocket Square, the newest design to come out of Ajji, also behind mad designs likeThe Pink Sink and The Dot. Stemming from primarily the same design principle – a mix of lycra, canvas and stainless steel, The Pocket Square is ‘just about having fun’, according to product designer Lekha Washington. If you can figure out how to sit on it, that is.

When: Now. Please (Khur)see.

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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.

bATTLE SCAR

What: India and the Great War, a USI-MEA commemoration project, see website here.

Why: On the centenary of WWI this year, India and the Great War, a joint project of United Service Institution and Ministry of External Affairs, dust off old bookshelves to remind us of the forgotten role India and its soldiers played during the war. And through their website, we link to everything it takes to remember from sepia-toned photographs of Indian Faces of the War to colourful wartime propaganda, and helpful timelines and events to help bridge any gaps in memory.

When: You want to rifle through archives.

 
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.



 
Event Round Up: Jul 11-13
Friday, 11 July 2014 11:18



July 11: Catch Megh Malhar, a thematic festival of Indian Classical music on Monsoon Ragas with greats like Ustad Maqbool Hussain Khan & Zeeshan Khan and Aboli Sulakhe (Sarod) & Aparna Deodhar (Sitar) 6:30 pm onwards, book tickets here.

July 11: Boveda Presents. FrisCo Feat. Anil Chawla, ex- resident DJ for 5 years in one of London's most notorious clubs, Turnmills. Boveda, G 04, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri (W), for details call6708 0858/59 or log on to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 7 pm onwards.

July 11-12: Reality Tours & Travel is offering Ramadan Street Food Tours at Mohammed Ali Road. Guests will get to visit Asim the tour guide’s Grandmother’s house during the evening to share some Ramadan sweets with her! Outside the McDonald's opposite Victoria Terminus (CST), Rs 1,300 per person that includes 7+ veg and non-veg snacks/desserts, water.

July 11-15: At the onset of its first anniversary, The White Owl introduces Culinary Collaborations – a quarterly event where Executive Chef Kshama Prabhu teams up with a food connoisseur to create a supplementary menu available all day at The White Owl. Catch the collaboration between Nikhil Merchant (food blogger ) & Kshama  with dishes like Grilled Green Apple Galette, the Baby Clam, Sugar-Snap Peas & Grilled Chorizo entrée and more! 12 noon-1 am, 24210231, The White Owl, One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2-B Lobby, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W).

July 12: Catch Preeti Verma, Prasad Ramamurthy and Amit Kekre at Three’s A Company at Café Zoe, an exhibit of their labels, Runaway Bicycle , Tat and Totally Ripe.10am -7pm, Café Zoe, Mathurdas Mill Compund, Lower Parel, see their event page here.

July 12: Catch the 100th edition of The FD Zone with films about Hindustani music maestros. See the event page here. FD Zone, Films Division, Stage 2 Building, R.R. 2 Theatre, Sixth Floor, 24 Peddar Road,  near Jaslok Hospital. Call 2351 0461, 4 pm onwards.

July 12: Head to Amadeus for Bar night this Saturday- offers include buy 2 Ggt 1 free on beer + flavoured shots, up to 15% discount on bottle service and more.NCPA, Nariman Point.

July 13: 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), 5pm.

 
Must Read: Meena Kumari The Poet
Friday, 11 July 2014 11:15


What: New poetry book - Meena Kumari The Poet: A Life Beyond Cinema available at CMYK Bookstore, at Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mill Compound, Lower Parel.  Also available at Crossword and Kitab Khana, Rs 595.

Why: Judge this book by its cover, for the poetry inside is as pretty as the illustrated cover (check out the lovely floral sari blouse). This poetry collection written by yesteryear Bollywood actress Meena Kumari, has been published by Roli Books and translated into English by Noorul Hasan. Inside you’ll find love, loss, loneliness, silence, angst and death. It’s all you need on a rainy day like this. 

When: You need a new kind of Shayar and Funk.

 
Sit On This Pocket Sqaure
Friday, 11 July 2014 11:00


What: The Pocket Square, a new chair design by Ajji –The Odd Product Company, email in 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 , call 98920-84870, retail price Rs 70,000.

Why: Is it a bird? A plane? A giant cheese slice?

Silly references apart, this is actually The Pocket Square, the newest design to come out of Ajji, also behind mad designs like The Pink Sink and The Dot. Stemming from primarily the same design principle – a mix of lycra, canvas and stainless steel, The Pocket Square is ‘just about having fun’, according to product designer Lekha Washington. If you can figure out how to sit on it, that is.

When: Now. Please (Khur)see.

 

 


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