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Catch A Screened Play With CinePlay
Friday, 19 September 2014 16:21



What: Cineplay, video screenings of theatre performances, see their website here, Facebook page here. Catch the screening of Bombay Talkies by Vickram Kapadia this Sunday, September 21, see event page here.

Why: So that awesome play came to town last week and you missed it? Join the club.

Bridging the gap between people who would like to make it to theatre performances and those who actually do is CinePlay, started by media and film experts, Subodh Maskara and Nandita Das. By shooting theatrical plays for video screenings across the country, and releasing slick trailers for each, CinePlay is attempting to break the limitations of geography, language and accessibility that come with the medium. Says Subodh, “It just simply started as a cost effective way to reach a global audience.”

When: Go on Sunday, September 21 to The Hive, Bandra for the screening of Bombay Talkies by Vickram Kapadia. S(t)age advice, this.

 
Weekend Guide: Mummy Mia
Friday, 19 September 2014 11:09



bOIL

What: The Tea Place by Manjushree, ground floor, Jewel Arcade, opposite Notandas Jewellers, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W), call 09903985426, Rs 800 for a meal for two, Rs 750 for a set high tea menu.

Why: Amid the much too muchness of the Waterfield Road jewellery stores, sits a new tea place called…The Tea Place. That it’s white with a minimal menu might have provoked the ire of its ostentatious neighbours, but the gold trimmed crockery seems to have prevented any kind of shunning. Originally from Delhi, this new café serves a lot of tea (white, green, silver needle, fruit, Darjeeling, Kashmiri kahva that you can also buy off the shelf) and a small list of teatime snacks. Go for the Darjeeling Champagne Tea and excellent banana cake, but be outraged at the pricey and so mediocre chicken sandwiches, mava cake-like muffins and cookies.  If the high tea in this pretty cafe is spruced up, The Tea Place can turn out to be quite a jewel. 

When: You need to get tea cozy.

pERCH

What: Outdoor Love Bench from Studio SCD, 17, Commerce House, ground floor, Rope Walk Lane, near La Folie Patisserie, Kala Ghoda, Fort, call 26111163, approx. Rs 84,000 for the bench.

Why: In one of Kala Ghoda’s art-erial lanes, we found this new interior design consultancy and store called SCD Studio. Here we spotted an adorable bench with a wooden base and the letters ’L-O-V-E’ written out in metal in a pretty cursive font. At Rs 84,000 it’s not for bums, but your money-making behind is welcome anytime.

When: You want a rear edition.

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What: Buy photographs on http://photovogue.artandcommerce.com, approx 600 USD for a 8732 x 7200 photo.

Why: When the walls in our apartment decided to run away and join a nudist colony, we knew it was time to shop around for some art. Recommendations from friends and friends of friends led to us the Art + Commerce/VOGUE website. Random but populated with interesting photographs, this is a great way to browse up and coming photographers from around the world. We bought a striking picture of a girl floating above her bed, held up by balloons. When they email you your high res version post payment, get it developed at Photokina (Chowpatty), recommended to us by Mortimer Chatterjee, founder of Chatterjee and Lal art gallery.

When: You need to answer the Wall of Duty.


bACKSTAGE

What: Cineplay, video screenings of theatre performances, see their website here, Facebook page here. Catch the screening of Bombay Talkies by Vickram Kapadia this Sunday, September 21, see event page here

Why: So that awesome play came to town last week and you missed it? Join the club.

Bridging the gap between people who would like to make it to theatre performances and those who actually do is CinePlay, started by media and film experts, Subodh Maskara and Nandita Das. By shooting theatrical plays for video screenings across the country, and releasing slick trailers for each, CinePlay is attempting to break the limitations of geography, language and accessibility that come with the medium. Says Subodh, “It just simply started as a cost effective way to reach a global audience.”

When: Go on Sunday, September 21 to The Hive, Bandra for the screening of Bombay Talkies by Vickram Kapadia. S(t)age advice, this.

 *** 

What: CultureGrind LIVE with Satyanshu Singh and Bombay Acoustic People at The Andheri Base, below Hard Rock Café, Fun Republic Lane, Andheri (W), entry Rs 200 per head.

Why: Because if you’re going to be scheming this weekend, you may as well be rhyme scheming.

Attend this session with Satyanshu Singh, (one of the poetry writers for film Udaan and one half of the director duo for National award-winning film Tamaash) where he will talk about the difference between lyric writing and poetry, as well as recite some of his original compositions. Also performing this evening will be the Bombay Acoustic People, with their folk/jazz/blues music.

When: Catch the extrava-stanza today, September 19, 9pm onwards.

 
Event Roundup: Sep 19-21
Friday, 19 September 2014 10:19



Sep 19: Celebrate the spirit of Mexico at Hard Rock Café with a Mexican Fiesta all this month with special cocktails blended with Tequila, a special drinks menu and yummy Mexican food! Sharyans Audeus, ground Floor, diagonally opp. Yashraj Studios, Fun Republic Cinema Lane, Andheri (W).

Sep 19-23: This weekend, head over to Worli for the Nehru Centre’s 8th Theatre Festival that will showcase classical theatre from as far back as the 7th century! See ticket details here.

Sep 19-24: Dine with Art as LPQ Colaba turns into an art space, with the works of Jaya Lamba. Plus, there’s a special 4-course set menu available for Rs 1,000 +taxes. Le Pain Quotidien, Appollo Bunder, Colaba. See their Facebook page here.

Sep 19-26: Bringing together a stellar list of classical dancers and choreographers, the sixth year of the Nakshatra Dance Festival at the NCPA will showcase traditional dance forms, as well as host workshops around related topics. See here for ticket details.

Sep 20: This Saturday head to Indigo Colaba for #RewINDIGO!  DJ Jack will be spinning everything from the 70's through to the 90's. Groove to the sounds by Queen, ABBA, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, KC and The Sunshine Band and others.Indigo, 4, Mandlik Road, Colaba, call 66368999.

Sep 20: Go ‘Downtown Grunge’ this Saturday at The White Owl with DJ La Rossa a.k.a. Yash Pariani taking over the consolewith a selection of electronic beats. The White Owl, One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2-B Lobby, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W), entry strictly by guest list. For reservations, call 9920324487 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sep 21: Head over to Boveda this Sunday and catch The Big Sunday Chill featuring Lynston  + Kalee +Orbs and Zen with their mad mixes of tech house music. Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (W) Call 67080858, Entry: Free, 6 pm onwards.

Sep 21: Catch The Last Parsi, stand up comedy by Danesh Irani at NCPA, Nariman Point, NCPA Marg, 7 pm onwards, tickets at Rs 300-1,000.


 
Eleanor Rug-by: Famous Carpets
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:11


 

“The comb is for marriage and happiness. The Cyprus tree is for grief and mourning, the frog is of secondary importance, the goose feet…” 

We remember these words by a cab driver drifting above us, almost like a voice over, as we drove through a road in Cappadocia, Turkey, lined on both sides by rows of drying Turkish carpets.

He spoke about the carpets, their symbols and patterns, their place in history and culture with so much love, that back at the hotel we thought twice before walking all over them – “these paintings on the floor” as he called them.

Dressed to Kilim

Deha Mehta was still talking when we had launched into this holiday flash back, and we had to stop, apologise and ask her to start over. Deha runs the Hands carpet store in Andheri, owned by Delhi-based Patodia Contracts and Patodia Exports, a carpet company that dates back to the British time.

Specialising in carpets handmade (hand knotted and hand tufted) in Bhadohi, 40 kms from Varanasi, here you can buy off the shelf or completely customize your own carpet. And if you think of all the places in the world a Patodia carpet can be seen and felt – The White House included – your feet will scurry over to Hands quite quickly.

“You’ll see our carpets at big hotels including the MGM Grand Casino in Macau, The Armani Hotel in Dubai, The Ritz Carlton in Singapore, The Palladium Hotel right here in Mumbai,” Deha tells us. And while working with several international interior designers, their carpets have also flown to The White House, Louis Vuitton stores, Deutsche Banks and more. “At this quality and at 1/3rd the price of similar carpets that come out of say, Germany, a lot of interior designers around the world work with our carpets for high profile projects,” her banker husband Chandresh pitches in.

Footfalls

Go over to the Hands store and you can browse off the shelf, collections of traditional and contemporary carpets, shaggy rugs, Kilim Turkish ones and daris. You can also have a carpet completely customized – one humble customer even asked for a giant picture of his face to be weaved into the design – with over 1,200 colours to choose from. “Another asked us to carpet his entire ceiling,” says Deha. “We’re up for anything, really.”

The cost ranges from Rs 12,000 to 40 lakhs, and you’ll have to wait up to six months for a custom made carpet. “But it’s worth the wait,” Deha says, and we’re back to that sparse road in Turkey. Old and valuable and fraying at the edges – much like ourselves - a pretty kilim might be our next big buy.

Getting there: Hands Carpets and Rugs at Laxmi Industrial Estate, call 2632 0609, visit the Facebook page here,  www.hands-carpets.com and http://www.patodiacontract.com, start at Rs 12,000.

 
Do This Weekend: Nakshatra Dance Festival
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:11

 

Crowded club + blaring music =natya cup of tea?

We suggest doing this instead over the weekend:

Bringing together a stellar list of classical dancers and choreographers,  the sixth year of the Nakshatra Dance Festival at the NCPA will showcase traditional dance forms, as well as host workshops around related topics.

Catch Sharmila Biswas and the OVM Ensemble perform Chaturvidh, a story of the unattainable (we’re thinking of you); a two-day workshop by stalwart CV Chandrasekhar; a performance of Panchamahabhutam, that will explore the philosophy of the five elements; and even a combined Kerala art form performance with Kathakali and Mohiniattam.

Getting There: The Nakshatra Dance Festival will be at The Tata Theatre at NCPA, Nariman Point from Sep 19-26. See here for ticket details.

 
Sponsored: Playtronix EDM Fest At Phoenix Marketcity
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:40



***This post is sponsored by Phoenix Marketcity Kurla***

Eat. Dance. Shop. Repeat.

Phoenix Marketcity Kurla is back with its second edition of Playtronix, a one-day EDM fest that will play out in the courtyard of the lifestyle mall, amidst the Sunday chaos of food, cocktails and shopping.

Slated for Sunday, September 21, this music fest will be led by AD Brown, British progressive/progressive-trance DJ who has also officially remixed the works of several famous artists like Usher, and has supported Paul Oakenfold and Calvin Harris at their UK shows.

The music line up will also include DJs like Mel, Neha Tolani and Sid, as well as visual jockey Tarang.

Brown’s Girl In The Ring

And while you dance to Brown’s trance tunes in the courtyard from 5 pm to 10 pm, your post-Playtronix experience can include dinner and a movie. Or getting drinks at one of Phoenix Marketcity Kurla’s bars with friends.

Trance like no one’s looking!

Getting there: Playtronix at Courtyard Level 2, Phoenix Marketcity Kurla on Sunday, September 21 from 5 pm to 10 pm, Rs 500 entry fee. For more, follow them on Twitter handle @MarketcityKurla  or view their Facebook page here.

***This post is sponsored by Phoenix Marketcity Kurla***

 
Aamad Dance Studio: Kathak Crusaders
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:09



Tig dha tat.

Tig dha dig dig thai.

“Do you know the difference between a taal and a raag? You have to mind your t's and th's.” This advice comes from Ishita Sharma, part of the Beat Generation in Bombay that’s trying to make classical Indian dance cool and accessible, through a new dance studio called Aamad in Versova.

A crusader of Kathak, the 26 year-old dancer has this to say about (most of) you: “People are no longer comfortable in Indian clothes, can’t write in Hindi, and don’t have the patience or time to learn an art form in Mumbai.” Urdu for ‘entry’ Aamad is open to everyone – beginners and know-it-alls – and is determined to take the ‘behenji’ tag away from Indian classical dance. 

Tiny Dancer

Trained almost ten years in Kathak, as well as a number of contemporary dance forms, Ishita, a model and actor (you’ve probably seen her in Dil Dosti Etc and anchoring the most recent season of Dance India Dance) swears that Kathak training changed her life. “I've experimented with lots of other dance forms, but nothing excites me more than Kathak."

Beyond Kathak

You can head over to Aamad for a free trial class, seamlessly switching over from Kathak to the Kerala martial art form Kalaripayattu, then over to belly dancing or even T’ai Chi. “Teachers assign themselves to slots and days, and it’s pretty flexible from there. Once people get to the studio, it isn’t difficult to convince them to cross over and try new things,” she says. At Rs 5,000 a month for two classes a week, it’s a little pricey, but the setup is flexible enough for you to attend a class post work hours.

We’re already tig dha dig-ging the scene.

Getting there: Aamad, 22, Sangini House, Aram Nagar 1, J. P. Road, Versova, Andheri (W), call  9930029265, see their Facebook page here for more details, Rs 5,000 for two classes a week of Kathak for a month, Rs 3,000 a month for Kalaripayattu/Belly Dancing/ T’ai Chi.


 
bpb Review: Saizen, Colaba
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:55


 

Saizen is a good restaurant masquerading as a gimmicky one, with a kitchen that goes to great lengths to jazz up sushi: rolls are buried under mountains of crushed tempura and mottled with chilli, set on fire and hybridized beyond recognition, in one instance even served alongside a plastic plant that looks like it belongs on the dashboard of a Padmini taxi. That the sushi manages to shine through despite the theatrics is a wonder.

Case in point: our table dismisses Tekka Maki as too spicy until one diner asks for a milder version; the resulting roll showcases tuna so fresh we are convinced that at the beginning of dinner service, it was still ten thousand leagues under the sea. Also lovely are Spider Rolls, served in a delightfully creepy formation, wrapped tightly around soft shell crab and crispy tempura with a dab of too much mayo. The only disappointment is unagi nigiri, the eel draped over it rubbery rather than melt-in-your-mouth.

It’s Raining Zen

Vegetarians, don’t miss To Die For, cold sushi that comes on a bed of flames (“it helps excite diners,” explains our server), a medley of avocado and cheese topped with thin, glazed skins of tofu, complex and toothsome enough that even the most carnivorous sushi-ites at our table lobby for the last piece. Less successful are Mountain Crunchy Rolls, OTT combinations of too much crunch, veggies and sauces. “I don’t know what just exploded in my mouth,” a friend remarks. “I do,” retorts another. Yes, we are adolescents.

Rock Salt and Rolls

The menu at Saizen is extensive and offers solid non-sushi options as well, including some of the best pan-fried vegetarian dumplings in the city, fat and juicy and bursting with goodness, served along with piquant dipping sauce we could eat by the spoonful. Prawn tempura is long-stemmed, glistening with spicy mayo and gone in sixty seconds, as is a wide-lipped bowl of warm edamame hummus served with pita chips. Like nothing we’ve tasted before but instantly addictive, it is the culinary equivalent of a new best friend. If you insist on sticking with the theme, wash these down with blah sake cocktails (we preferred Green Fizz, a cheery concoction of gin, apple and sparkling wine), but stay far away from green tea mochi for dessert: dear reader, the less said about this unhappy ending, the better.

Final Note

All this is served against wincingly-bright lights and a jumble of nondescript, mismatched furniture, some of which we recognize from The Pier and Tetsuma. The chef too is a Tetsuma veteran, who cooked at Kofuku in Bandra before bringing back serious sushi to South Bombay at affordable prices. We plan to go back, and you should visit as well: for a restaurant this good, Saizen has too many empty tables.

Getting there: 41/42 Minoo Desai Marg, behind Radio Club, Colaba, call 65081100, Rs 5,000 for a big meal for two with cocktails.

 

 
Served with a Side of Nostalgia: The B Road Paani Puri Guy
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:55


 

He is Marine Drive’s version of the Soup Nazi, orchestrating the flow of patrons with the flick of a finger, moving them up and down the ranks with military precision (left for potato, right for chickpea; left when you’re starting out, right as you get done), all the while ladling up crisp little puris with big flavors, just the right amount of imli and paani and carbs. Disobedience of any sort is sure to warrant a stern look or even a time out, but not if you’re us: us he knew when we were little and so we get a break, an extra puri, sometimes even a smile. 

Ask people that grew up around these parts and they’ll remember the B Road Paani-Puri Guy, who would stand opposite Yankee Doodle under a cheery umbrella and calmly cater to upwards of 200 customers everyday. The BMC shooed him off in the early 2000s, breaking countless hearts and as one uncle lamented, driving down real estate prices in the neighborhood. Much to our delight, the stall is back, this time with a BMC license and under the same family management, and the chaat is exactly how we remember it.

Come here for lip-numbingly, eyes-wateringly puchkas and made-to-order ragda patties that cooked on an open stove, but leave your squeamishness at home. The guys here wear no gloves and have no compunctions about kneading bare finders deep into the potato or dipping into cold paani. They claim they use only Bisleri though, and this Scouter has never gotten sick eating here, despite her embarrassingly low, just-returned-from-America immunity to street food.

He’s here everyday starting at 5:30 pm until supplies last, which is never later than 8 pm. He also does take away, but the food’s not nearly as good even if you live just across the street. If you happen to miss him, comfort yourself with a paper cone from the Bhel Guy down the street, another re-return from our childhood who doles out crispy sev puri and the yummiest green chutney, but is really no match for the explosive carousel of the paani puri guy, each puchka served right before you swallow the last one, balanced precariously between a bad-tummy and just-healthy-enough, filled to the bursting with paani, sea breeze and childhood nostalgia.

Getting there: At the corner of B Road, opposite InterContinental Hotel, Marine Drive, Mumbai 400020, Rs 40 for a plate of paani puri.

 
Your Highness: Bombay Hemp Company
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:51

 

The Secret Seven?

Avnish Pandya, Chirag Tekchandaney, Delzaad Deolaliwala, Jahan Peston Jamas, Sanvar Oberoi, Sumit Shah and Yash P. Kotak.It wouldn’t be entirely wrong to say that these college buddies-turned-colleagues are friends in high places. “Actually it would. We work with a non-narcotic form of cannabis,” Yash tells us, dashing our vision of what Bombay Hemp Company would be – an organisation lobbying for the legalisation of marijuana, among other things. 

“But listen, Cannabis Sativa is a super crop. It can save the world!” says Yash, distracting us from the day dream we had already launched into. Their Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) may not be involved in covert activities, but their field missions are pretty exciting as well. The idea to use the hemp crop came to this bunch during an HR college project trip to rural parts of India. While they are currently in the research and testing phase, they will soon start manufacturing their own hemp products.

Crop Top

“The idea is to use one crop for roti, kapda and makaan,” Yash tells us. So the food bit involves hemps seeds and hemp seed oil, both of which will initially be imported from Australia and then manufactured in-house based on consumer reactions. “The seed, naturally nutty, is delicious. Just the other day we sprinkled it on our khao suey. You can also use the super food on salad, yoghurt, ice cream sundaes and more.”

If you prefer to be wrapped in hemp, Bombay Hemp Company is also working with a group of farmers and weavers in India to source hemp fabrics. You can currently order bales or the one Crisp White Shirt design they are selling. We’re not sure anyone over 18 or over their Anjuna phase would want to wear a shirt with a marijuana leaf logo on it, so we suggest you buy the hemp and hemp blend fabric – the advantages of these eco materials are listed on their Facebook page - and get it stitched. The shelter part – BOHECO’s clean, green building material hempcrete is still in a nascent testing phase.

The BOHECO website is currently a bit of an eye sore, but the hemp boys promise us that “tiny, genius oompa loompas” are working to over haul it as we speak. So in about 20 days, they will launch with e-commerce and food products. As of now, you can browse their e-swatch book and shirts on the website and email to order.

Cannabis-ness

At the slightest provocation, the boys can rattle off a ton of did-you-knows to rally the cause of hemp as a super crop. “Christopher Columbus’ ropes and sail were made from hemp. Henry Ford made his first car from hemp plastic…” Yash went on during a phone conversation. There was more, about how forests won’t have to be cut and everyone will be healthy if we warm up to the idea of hemp.

As for people’s reactions to what they do, education on the difference between hemp and narcotic cannabis is still required. There’s always the sly winks and the odd high five when they tell people they work with hemp. “In fact, we recently went for a college talk and one kid asked us whether he would get high if he was inside a hempcrete house that caught fire.”

“And this is why Educate, Cultivate, Elevate is our motto."

“So by elevate you mean high, right?” we ask.

“You’re doing it again,” Yash says to us patiently.

Getting there: Bombay Hemp Company, visit boheco.org, view the Facebook page here, Rs 2,487 for a hemp shirt. Food products + new website to launch in 20 days.

 
Floyd Cardoz’s The Bombay Canteen At Kamala Mills
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:21




We’ve been talking about it for a while now – New York celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz’ new restaurant that’s due to open in Mumbai. We have the details: it’s called The Bombay Canteen and good news for Lower Parel corporates, will open in Kamala Mills at the end of the year.

bpb spoke to Sameer Seth, one of the partners over the weekend, who told us that The Bombay Canteen will “celebrate the bounty of India through its food and beverage menu.” While Chef Cardoz is the culinary director on the project, Thomas Zacharias (ex Olive Bar & Kitchen) will preside over the kitchen that will serve regional Indian cuisine.

While Sameer isn’t saying much about what the space will look like, he did tell us that the guys from Busride Design Studio (who else!) are the ones working on the interior design.

Canteen-age dream!

Getting there: The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Picture courtesy:www.floydcardoz.com

 
Sweetish House Mafia To Open At Lower Parel
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:52

 

Having a crumby Monday? Listen to this: Bombay’s best cookie maker Sweetish House Mafia is (finally) opening up a bakery at Lower Parel.

Sweetish House Mafia (SHM) was launched last year by investment banker-turned baker Neha Sethi, who started by selling cookies out of a Tata Nano. Her transition from wagon to warehouse begins on September 19, and we’ll be there for cookies with chocolate chips the size of marbles.

The New Space

Bright blue with a white picket fence, Sweetish House Mafia is located right by Café Zoe at Mathuradas Mill Compound. The 400 sq foot space with counter seating, will serve seven cookies on any given day – 6 regular and 1 special of the week. In addition to our SHM favourites – S’mores and Sea Salt Chocolate – new flavours will include plain chocolate chip, oatmeal, Snicker Doodles and a bunch of eggless versions. And to club with cookies, Neha will also sell cold coffee, milk shakes, green tea and hot coffee.

Here’s our favourite bit – the space opens at 11 am and shutters only go down at midnight, should party people over at Zoe or Blue Frog have late night cookie cravings. Soon, Sweetish House Mafia will also start delivering to Lower Parel offices. We think your mom just got bumped off speed dial for your fitness trainer.

Getting there: Next to Café Zoe,  Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

 
Makers Asylum: Get Handsy Here
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:46


 

It is perhaps more fitting in today’s dying DIY age to say “use your hands” rather than “use your head”.

Use your hands to make stuff, rake stuff, break stuff and put it back together. Use your hands to fold paper, to mould Plasticine. To feel cloth, to turn the pages of Grapes of Wrath, to make a painstakingly pretty origami moth.

If your hands have taken a dazzle to DIY already, go on over to Makers Asylum, a community space in Bandra that encourages the Maker movement.

Metal Asylum

Located in a garage tricked out with woodwork tools, DIY equipment and a 3D printer, Makers Asylum is the brainchild of Vaibhav Chhabra, a mechanical engineer who previously worked at EyeNetra, an MIT startup. Having pottered around in a huge maker space when he was at MIT, Vaibhav tells bpb that this exposed him to a group of people with similar interests but varied viewpoints, which encouraged his creative bent of mind. After returning to India, Vaibhav was keen to create a similar set up.

“What started as a hobby space in Bandra for people to come in and experiment everySunday, has now grown into a larger community that is pushing the do-it-yourself (DIY) culture in the city,” says Vaibhav. Launched with the help of partners Anool Mahidharia , Kirti Shetty and Samarth Shah, who have backgrounds in electronics, biomedical engineering and art respectively, Makers Asylum is open to anyone who is interested in learning.

How You Can Use Makers Asylum

Becoming a member (for Rs 1,500 a month) at Makers Asylum entitles you to access the space, use their tools, gets discounts on weekly training sessions and connects you to a larger network of interesting people.

You can even just sign up for a one-off session and learn to use their equipment and work the 3D printer. Vaibhav tells bpb that the community has even taken up projects for other companies where they’ve redesigned 3D printers and helped build prototypes for a behavioural psychology consultancy. “So far, we’ve had architects make floor plans, people build machine parts, bobble heads and even random toys through the 3D printer. It’s really up to you what you make,” says Vaibhav.

Bob(ble) the Builder?

Curious but not fully convinced? You can catch Vaibhav and friends at the Make Day event they are planning at Studio X on September 20, where they will hold sessions on origami, 3D printing, pipe lamp building and even a screening of Maker, a feature documentary about the Maker movement and DIY culture in the US.

Go on, be a tool. 

Getting There: Makers Asylum, Rizvi Palace, Hill Road, Santosh Nagar, Bandra (W), call 7710991000, open noon to 9 pm daily. See their Facebook page and more details about the event here.

 
Weekend Guide: Handle With Care
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:35



bUTLER

What: New Japanese restaurant Saizen, 41/42 Minoo Desai Marg, behind Radio Club, Colaba, call 65081100.

Why: If you were waiting with bait-ed breath for a Japanese restaurant by the sea, you can now exhale. Launching today and replacing its lackluster predecessor The Pier, Saizen aims to be reasonably priced compared to other Japanese restaurants in the city (phew!) and will serve a range of salads, sushi, sashimi, fusion rolls and sake cocktails.

When: Get in the moshi moshi pit today, September 12.

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What: Free WiFi hotspots in Bandra at Bandstand, Carter Road and Linking Road, near National College.

Why: Fi in Bandra!

Joining the wave of politicians that are providing WiFi spots across the city, Bandra MLA Baba Siddique has set up a 16 Mbps line with free access at several nooks in the suburb. The connection is a little spotty, so be warned. We tested it on two separate occasions, and it worked only once. Also be prepared for random Congress party notifications when you use the network. The party hand or face palm?

When: Now. Bandra’s more than (c)able. 

pADMASANA

What: Yoga mat covers by @Love_From_Bombay, Rs 800 for a regular size, Rs 900 for a large size, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order.

Why: If you follow yoga instructor and practitioner Andrea Michele on Instagram, you’ll know that she breaks into asanas  pretty much everywhere – parks, beaches, vineyards, galleries. It’s only natural then, that this compulsive need to strike a (yoga) pose, would lead to a fashion-related venture. Presenting her new label Love From Bombay, which sells yoga mat covers made from fabrics with pretty Indian motifs. Her stretch of imagination also includes a line of active wear – a fun set of dual coloured leggings are currently in testing phase - “that’s comfortable, breezy and not transparent!”

When: You’d like a mat finish.

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What: Open discussion with Shaman Pablo Friedlander, followed by a Bandoneon performance at Volte Gallery, 202 Sumer Kendra, behind Mahindra Towers, 2 PB Marg, Worli, call 40963300, free entry but RSVP essential, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get on the list.

Why: Weekend + spirits usually means lots of drinks, but today it has a new connotation. Find us this evening at Volte gallery where we’ll be hanging with Shaman Pablo Friedlander. He will be talking about his twenty-year journey and visionary experience as a Shaman and the session will be followed by a musical performance by Carlo Maver on an accordion like instrument called the bandoneon. Every time you voodoo that thing you do!

When: Sham(an) mastaani begins tonight at 7 pm.

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What: New York Public Library creates an archive of 17,000 restaurant menus from 1851-2008, visit www.nypl.org/menus 

Why: Fancy a time warp through dining halls in New York and restaurants around the world? This month, the New York Public Library offers up an enormous digitised collection of over 17,000 restaurant menus on its website, accessible to everyone, for free. We clicked through and discovered the Metropolitan Hotel’s austerely designed menu from 1859, Maison Prunier’s elegant menu from 1939 with some fancy typography and a full coloured painting cover.  The collection is overwhelming (and still growing) but the website itself it is super easy to use, with simple, clean navigation button and intuitive categories. You’ll also find over 409,618 unique dishes ((listed only once in a menu in the past century) ) like the Vichyssois chand en tasse, 1982 Chablis 1 Cru "Beugnons" Domaine Long Depaquit, fried frogs' legs sauce tartare and more categorized according to menu, dates and years.

When: You want your menus united

 
Love From Bombay Yoga Mat Covers
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:33


What: Yoga mat covers by @Love_From_Bombay, Rs 800 for a regular size, Rs 900 for a large size, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order.

Why: If you follow yoga instructor and practitioner Andrea Michele on Instagram, you’ll know that she breaks into asanas  pretty much everywhere – parks, beaches, vineyards, galleries. It’s only natural then, that this compulsive need to strike a (yoga) pose, would lead to a fashion-related venture. Presenting her new label Love From Bombay, which sells yoga mat covers made from fabrics with pretty Indian motifs. Her stretch of imagination also includes a line of active wear – a fun set of dual coloured leggings are currently in testing phase - “that’s comfortable, breezy and not transparent!”

When: You’d like a mat finish.

 
Bandra Gets Free Wifi
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:28


What: Free WiFi hotspots in Bandra at Bandstand, Carter Road and Linking Road, near National College.

Why: Fi in Bandra!

Joining the wave of politicians that are providing WiFi spots across the city, Bandra MLA Baba Siddique has set up a 16 Mbps line with free access at several nooks in the suburb. The connection is a little spotty, so be warned. We tested it on two separate occasions, and it worked only once. Also be prepared for random Congress party notifications when you use the network. The party hand or face palm?

When: Now. Bandra’s more than (c)able.

 
Event Roundup: Sep 12-14
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:53



Sep 7-13: Sample up some fun Moroccan cuisine as part of the Culinary Adventure Series at The Daily! Head over for yummies like the Charmoula Lamb Chop with Couscous, Pomelo and Quinao Salad. The Daily, Ground Floor, Behind Shoppers Stop, S.V Road, Bandra (W)

Sep 12: Catch Bhavishyavani Future Soundz’s underground beats at the Friday Bar Night at Guppy Pop Up, Olive Mahalaxmi, Mahalaxmi Race Course. RSVP at 40858585 for the guest list, 10 pm onwards.

Sep 12: Watch amateurs shine bright under the big lights at The White Owl’s Open Mic Night on Friday. Expect Stand-Up (English & Hindi), sketch, improv, rap and music at The White Owl, One Indiabulls Building, Tower 2, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, tickets at Rs 200 with a Rs 100 registration fee.

Sep 13: This Saturday, Madoc’s pop and funk music will mix with multi -percussionist Jonqui’s beats at Li Bai, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, Rs 5,000 for a couple and stag (full cover), call 6162 8000 , 11 pm onwards.

Sep 13-14: Catch The Buckingham Secret, a play about the royal family and their royal secrets, directed by Meherzad Patel, starring Sabira Merchant, Danesh Irani, Nauheed Cyrusi and others, 7 pm onwards, Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, tickets at Rs 360-2,000, available on http://www.bookmyshow.com

Sep 14: Head over to the Hive this Sunday for a workshop on the spoken word and performance poetry by Rochelle D’silva, call9920634651 to register, The Hive, 50 - A, Huma Mansion, opposite Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar (W), see details here.

Sep 14: Catch eight bands at the crowd funded concert Control Alt Delete with Bombay Bassment, Spud In The Box, I am Bliss, The Vinyl Records and others. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel, 5 pm onwards, see details about the event and how to contribute here .

Sep 14: Oh:cha joins the list of live gig city venues this Sunday with Faizan Hussain and Mihir Ganatra kicking off their dulcet nights! Oh:cha, Mathurdas Mills Compund, near Blue Frog, call 24939310, 4pm onwards, entry free.

Sep 14: Cure your weekend hangover with the Irish Hash this Sunday.  The Irish House, in collaboration with the Bombay Hash House Harriers  will assemble at 5 pm at the Kalaghoda branch for an hour long run and hit the pub post that for beer and food. Participants can enjoy 20% off on food. Registration fee: Rs 50, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.

 
Saizen: New Japanese Restaurant In Colaba
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:45



What: New Japanese restaurant Saizen, 41/42 Minoo Desai Marg, behind Radio Club, Colaba, call 65081100.

Why: If you were waiting with bait-ed breath for a Japanese restaurant by the sea, you can now exhale. Launching today and replacing its lackluster predecessor The Pier, Saizen aims to be reasonably priced compared to other Japanese restaurants in the city (phew!) and will serve a range of salads, sushi, sashimi, fusion rolls and sake cocktails.

When: Get in the moshi moshi pit starting September 12.

 
One for the Pages: A No Membership Fee Library
Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:00

Hidden amongst the homes of Greater Kailash and a few minutes walk from M Block Market in Delhi, is the little known Devahuti- Damodar Library, housed in the basement of the Manana Trust building. Here we uncovered under warm yellow lights: neatly stacked shelves, inviting seating arrangements plus a special reading room for senior citizens, replicas of Indian and South Asian art, a collection of ancient coins and a friendly staff who let you browse uninterrupted.

Built up from a personal collection of historians and brothers Professors Devahuti and Damodar Singhal and classified by Dame Mani Subramanium, the library is part of the Manana Trust set up in 1990. Over the years, the library has built up its repertoire by inviting suggestions and recommendations from scholars, historians and members regarding book acquisitions, and now boasts an exhaustive collection of over 7,000 old and rare books. 

Title Wave

Deep dive and you’ll uncover titles dating back to century or even more in cracked leather bounds including Sir William Wilson Hunter’s tome on A Brief History of the Indian Peoples published in 1903 and a Singhalese Buddhist manuscript translated by R. Spence Hardy in 1853. Plus, they also have an original copy of the first edition of the Constitution of India. 

The seemingly endless shelves hold form books on history, literature, arts, ethnography, philosophy, religion, archaeology and more with a focus on Indian civilisation. Can’t find the book you want? The library is affiliated to the Developing Library Network (DELNET) so you have access to libraries not only in Delhi but also from all over India- available to visitors and members with no membership fee, but with no borrowing allowed. ‘However, all visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want,” says the librarian.

Book and Cranny

The library is not just a safe space for poring through books, it’s also a place where enthusiasts set up kavi sammelans, film screenings, baithaks on Indian classical music, international workshops on gender studies, and photography exhibitions. Additionally, the library undertakes projects that involve documentation, translating, editing and publishing like Manana’s recent project on the Sufi music of Mirs and training Tibetans who enrol as librarian at the Tibet House.  Plus, they hold Sanskrit language classes for super enthusiastic Indian history buffs.

A place beyond the (s)pines, indeed!

Getting there: The Devahuti- Damodar Library of Indian Civilization, S-527, Greater Kailash- II, New Delhi, call 29214538/29214681, 10 am- 6 pm (Monday- Saturday), free entry with free membership for researchers, scholars and students.

 
Shop: Bombay Electric’s New E-Shop
Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:13


 

Well-dressed men and women are taken to the guillotine, their heads later replaced by rounds of fabric swatchespineapples and watermelons. While a fruit is no replacement for a face, the beheaded still manage to look fashionable.

Welcome to Colaba boutique Bombay Electric’s new e-shop, a superbly strange online space – we expected nothing less – that sells clothes and accessories for men and women, books, music, and vintage odds and ends.

Trouser Browser

Considering this is our favourite boutique in Mumbai – during dramatic moments we’ve gone so far to call it our Tiffany’s – parts of the website felt familiar instantly. The men and women’s sections are super populated but still don’t look messy, with pictures alternating between garments on models and hangers. Currently, you can only shop by category and not designer.

Men will have a lot to browse but most of it is from Bombay Electric’s in-house Ghee Butter label. Boys, be found in the black Kumbh blazer; check out the cotton and leather Sammy backpack; and hunt down the regally green Ranthambore trousers. You can also buy their range of super soft and pricey classic shirts (Rs 7,900), printed Happy Socks, a random collection of sunglasses and belts.

Tilla Die

Women as always, have a ton of options with labels like Morphe, Bodice, NorBlack NorWhite, Tilla, Anupamaa, Little Shilpa, Amrapali and more. We’ve seen all of it during a trip to the store last month – looking forward to new collections – but it’s still fun to browse. Ladies, we’ve bought this leather cuff before and although slightly expensive, it’s proven to be one of our most useful buys. The Morphe and Bodice designs you’ve probably seen on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop already, so see instead fun Tilla dresses,refurbished vintage sunglasses and old brocade saris from Gujarat.

Bombay Electric offers free shipping in India, and promises that your parcel will be over in three to five days.

Odd, These Ends

Just like at the Colaba store, the site too has corners stacked with tourist traps reminiscent of street shops in Mumbai - silver tiffin boxes and flasks, paan containers and old Bollywood posters – that are prohibitively expensive. The Ducky Paan Peti is awfully cute, though.

Convenient, yes. Pretty, definitely. But we’re still partial to the touch and feel, smell and hellos at the Colaba space where you’ll find us trying a Manish Arora skirt we definitely can’t afford and rolling our eyes at the bowl of bracelets we last spotted on the train.

Getting there: Visit www.bombayelectric.in, men’s shirts start at Rs 7,000, tops start at Rs 3,000, Rs 7,000 for sunglasses.

 
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