From tap dancing classes to home delivery of your favorite cheeses, we scout out the best and quirkiest services in Mumbai.

Le Mill Launches A New Design Consultancy
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:04

Turns out, fashion and lifestyle store Le Mill has some interior motives. They're taking their three years of working with architects and interior designers and turning it into an interior design consultancy.

Apart  from their continued work  on home décor and renovation projects, they will also be sourcing furniture from across the globe to suit client's preferences.

They can customise, but you can also pick from their collection of furniture pieces made in India using local craftsmen and materials.

Sounds like a win-win(tage) situation to us! 

Getting there: Zaveri Mahal, Marine Drive, call  23684462

The Bespoke Watch Advisory: Dial In
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:30


Wind It!

Q: What did one watch collector say to the other when a vintage timepiece was damaged beyond repair?

A: Oh, the hor-or, the hor-or!

Apart from a silly pun and a chuckle, you’ll get a lot more from horologist cousins Pranav and Brijesh Vissanji, who run the Bespoke Watch Advisory- a customised service based in South Mumbai that helps watch collectors and aficionados acquire the right watch to suit their need from anywhere in the world, and host workshops and sessions on time pieces.

Having grown up around grandfather clocks, old watches and pocket watches passed down through generations, the Bespoke Watch Advisory was born out of the cousins’ collective passion for watches and an obsession for the whirring of clocks and ticking of tiny wind up watches.

How It Works

Sensing a gap in the market for high-end luxury and bespoke watches, the Bespoke Watch Advisory (BWA) was created to minimise the hassle of unique watch acquisitions in India. Rather than stocking up on “the regulars”, Pranav tells bpb that they profile their customers, and according to their likes, preferences and the need of the hour (literally), they suggest options and help match a unique timepiece with the right owner.  If you have a particular model and style in mind, they will even try to help you acquire the piece, from anywhere in the world. Pranav ensures us that the company is brand agnostic and will help acquire any kind of timepiece your heart desires, within realistic limits of course!

Watch Made In Heaven

Apart from a vintage style watch lounge with a themed stained glass in Nariman Point, complete with a butler to attend to patrons, BWA also runs Bespoke by Chronos- a service that does custom designed and handmade accessories (think belt buckles, buttons and cufflinks) to match the timepieces they acquire for clients. They also run education series for collectors about the nuances of watch making and care. BWA strictly does their business by appointment only, so make sure you call and check in before you visit, just so that their butler’s ready and waiting. 

Clockwork, with an orange? Yes, Jeeves.

Getting There: The Bespoke Watch Advisory, 1, Raheja Chambers, ground floor, Free Press Journal Road, Nariman Point. By appointment only, call 43470405 / 22823572 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

bpb Classifieds: Hot Jobs This Month
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:14

York Winery, a boutique wine producer from Nasik, is looking to recruit a Sales Executive/Manager for wine sales to Hotels & Restaurants in the Mumbai region. Prior experience of the industry and knowledge of wines is advantageous. Applicants from a F&B and Hospitality background interested in getting into wine sales may also apply. Kindly mail your resumes to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested.

Impresario Hospitality’s The Social is looking for a Culture Manager for their Mumbai space, who can help build a local consumer outreach program, manage culture programming for the space, create and execute a culture strategy to generate awareness about the concept , review, filter and pursue incoming requests and proposals from talent and freelancers as well as evaluate the results and final outcome of all activities.Email your resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jack in The Box is looking to hire a Creative Group Head for Copy with seven to eight years of relevant experience in a digital agency, apart from content writers and graphic designers with three to five years of relevant experience. Those interested can send their CV and portfolio to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Hill Road Media ( is a content and publishing company based in Bandra that is looking for a bright, young and enthusiastic Features Writer and a Staff Photographer to work on their lifestyle supplements for a Mumbai newspaper.  Please mail them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with some (low-res) samples of your work.

Flying Cursor is a digital agency that is looking to hire copywriters with excellent English and an ability to ideate on a variety of topics with an eye for detail and about two years experience. Those interested can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to apply! 

The Wedding Filmer is looking for a Marketing Communications Manager who will be responsible for creating design solutions that have a high visual impact based on the brand’s identity and ethos for regular website and blog updates, advertising, books, magazines, posters, DVD covers, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, i.e. maintaining the organization’s ‘visual brand'. To apply, click here.

Sony Entertainment is looking to hire a Manager who will be a part of the Financial Planning team and help provide internal stakeholders (channels/functions, corporate office) with forecast data, analysis and recommendations to realize the company’s strategic goals. Those interested may apply here

BBC Good Food India is looking for feature writers and copy editors for their editorial team. A background in food is a plus, but not a prerequisite. Those interested can send in their resume along with writing samples to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

String Theory: Guitar From Ground Up
Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:53


It’s post midnight in a small room in Nana Chowk. From behind the door, grand crescendos of Bach ebb and flow. Inside, you see the place strewn with strings and screws and tools and handsome blocks of wood on their way to becoming something. The man laboring over this set up turns and asks, “What kind of wood would you like for your guitar. I’m experimenting with Neem and jack fruit at the moment.”

This is Samir Karnik and you’ve walked into his studio where he crafts guitars from scratch. Many years ago, Samir used to play in a band called Zephyr. With a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability, his career up until now has involved working with banks and advising them how to reduce their carbon footprint. The last bank that he worked at invested in a whole bunch of projects that involved teaching skills to a community. It is during this time Samir decided it was time to bring back the music, and do some work “on the ground instead of behind a computer.”

String Theory

And so he signed up for Goa’s Jungle Guitars’ grueling course to learn how to make the instrument. It’s been about a year since Samir returned to Mumbai and started Enzo, a service where he can build you a guitar from ground up. He first set up a studio, then a supply chain - gullies in Lohar Chawl, Bhiwandi for wood, and “random people in Kerala”, and lastly, trained himself to be patient and disciplined enough to work on each instrument for two months. “I make all the parts myself and work without assistants so the whole process is quite laborious.”

Which is probably why Samir is quite picky about who he builds for. “I like people who want to be involved in the entire process rather than just place an order for the guitar and vanish.” The process probably became more selective when Samir saw a guitar he’d crafted for someone, cracked down the middle. “It broke my heart.”

Don’t Get Wasted!

Samir can make you a regular ol’ guitar, but given his degree in environmental sustainability, he’d love if you were interested in his ongoing experiment with alternate woods like jackfruit, neem and babul. Art work and modifications can also be involved if you wish. “My idea is to use home grown wood and make a guitar with the least amount of waste.”

So from the wood that’s left over Samir usually makes little thises and thats for neighbours – “a birdbox for a friend, some crosses for aunty’s church.”

So call Samir if you need a special guitar, some know-how and who knows, you too might find God in the details.

Getting there: Enzo Guitars, to order call 9820656924, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit the Facebook page here, starts at Rs 10,000 + material costs.

bpb Classifieds: Hot Jobs This Month
Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:50

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 list it!

Volte Gallery one of India's premier galleries is gearing up with a new space, a new format and large-scale events. A challenging opportunity in the field of Marketing & PR ; Volte is looking for someone who can: organize exciting events, develop campaigns and initiatives, corporate tie-ups, media and business development and participate in various international art fairs. The compensation package is attractive. Kindly contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested.

BookMyShow is looking for a Graphic Designer who should be able to work on Mac OSX, Windows and different softwares: adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, flash, adobe acrobat professional. Looking for a degree in Graphic Design, Marketing, Art, or a related field, or equivalent field experience. Must be fluent in English, detail oriented, flexible, self-motivated and keen about meeting deadlines. For more details see here

NDTV is looking to fill an Associate/ News Editor position. Job role includes writing news stories and original content for their website, ideating on headlines, display and active research. Looking for someone with graduate/ postgraduate education. Those interested can apply via the company website, here.

Please-See is a boutique creative agency and is looking  to fill the following positions:

Junior Web Designer:

Fluent in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop with an understanding of responsive design and knowledge of Flash. You will work with the team to create visual identities for brands and be accountable to design digital art and interactive banners for multiple brands. Looking for individuals with 2+ years of experience in a design or creative firm.

Account Manager:

Looking for someone with the ability to maintain client relations, build strategies and manage all timelines for deliverables. You will be responsible for working with creative teams to make each brands vision come to life. Excellent communication, strategic thinking and a seriously determined attitude are what you need.

Creative Designer:

Fluent in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and keen on working

with teams to develop visual design solutions for brands across industries. Must posses the ability to create artwork and final production files, with at least 2 years of experience in a design or creative firm

Social Media expert:

Looking for someone who can conceptualize and implement

innovative strategies for clients across industries. If you have an ability to create a brands social dimension, build customer engagement across platforms and have 3+ years experience in social and digital media, please apply.

Please send your resumes to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Teach For India is looking for a Graphic Designer to conceptualise and execute campaigns along with the Communications team and design all marketing and communication materials for Teach For India. The Graphic Designer will be responsible for the design of campaigns, events, the website, social media campaigns, merchandise and collateral. Click here to apply


Get A Sports Massage from HEAL Institute
Thursday, 19 June 2014 18:53

What: Get a sports massage at The HEAL Institute High Performance Facility 1st Floor Parel, opposite Motilal Oswal Towers, Gokhale Road, Dighe Nagar, Parel (W), call 24302607 for an appointment, visit, Rs 1,500. 

Why: The sports masseur who has kneaded Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, The Mumbai Indians and Sajjan Jindal, can now do you. Operating out of HEAL, a sports medicine and high performance facility, Arun Kanade specialises in sports massages that are meant to keep the body in better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility. While they are geared towards athletes, we’re told that anyone who works out or plays a sport will benefit from this. And in case you haven’t been, The Heal (founded by Shayamal Vallabhjee who is also Puma’s official sports scientist) even has a fitness training centre, treatment room and learning room.

When: You want a stroke of genius.

ChotuChaiWala: Tea To Your Desk
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:23


Picture this.  It’s pouring outside and you've forgotten your umbrella. You've already turned a few expletives into hashtags on your way to work. You finally manage to reach the office, cold and sniffling in the blast of the air conditioner.

A cup of piping hot tea would really sort you out right about now, but it's still pouring outside. Enter ChotuChaiWala, a web based platform that lets you subscribe to your local tea vendor and even ensures it gets delivered to your desk.

(Tea)Pot Heads

An initiative by Zepo, an e-commerce development platform, ChotuChaiWala is an attempt to test whether an unorganized sector of the Indian market can be translated to an online model, says Varun K R, a marketing executive there.

It definitely took some amount of convincing he says, with vendors unable to understand the concept and grasp what it could do for their business. So far the portal hosts four chaiwalas in the Bandra west area, while expansion to BKC and other parts of the suburb are in the pipeline.

How You Can Use ChotuChaiWala

If your live/ work in Bandra and want chai delivered to you everyday, sign up on their website, and subscribe to one of the vendor’s packages- all reasonably priced, each lasting a week to a month.

Zepo tells us that the chai gets delivered every evening, between 3-5pm in signature chotuchaiwala cups. And the best part? The profits go straight to the  tea vendors.

Tea for two, indeed.

ChotuChaiWala also has plans of broadening their menus to include savoury items and coffee and even slowly extending to Lower Parel, South Mumbai and maybe Delhi.

A sip-er idea, this!

Getting, see their website here, Rs 280 for a month's subscription. Delivery in Bandra (W) only.

Chopper(s) Stop: Uber Does Helicopters on Demand
Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:18


Attention all space cadets!

In partnership with Deccan Air, Uber is offering a super cool service called UberCHOPPER this Sunday on June 15, that will get you an aerial tour of the city’s iconic places via helicopter, as well as a door to door car service to transport you to the helipad! And at Rs 4,999 for two people, it sounds like a fun and affordable Father’s Day present.

Just choose the Request Chopper option on the Uber app, and you will get a call to confirm your booking. This service is being offered only this Sunday with limited availbilty, and the blog says “you may have to try a few times before you can get a ride.” So be prepared for rejection or book quickly.

Chop, chop(per)!

Getting There: Download the UBER app and select the Request Chopper option to book, rides start on Sunday, 15th June, each request is for two people, Rs 4999 for 2 people (inclusive of door-to-door car service).


bpb Classifieds: Hot Jobs This Month
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:20


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The Vault is a collective of imported spirits and is a platform for fine spirits experiences. They are looking for a  brand ambassador, a story teller, who has a passion for fine spirits and food. Applicants must be above 25 years of age and based out of Mumbai. Effective presentation skills, an ability to soft sell and curate experiences are essential. The job can be part / full time based on experience and deliverables. Email resumes with photograph and a short write up to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit to discover more. is looking for a writer in Mumbai, to help expand BuzzFeed's presence in India. Participants will have to write, edit, and produce original posts for focused on Indian news and culture. For more details, see here.

Star India is looking for someone to join the Sports Programming team, with a relevant background and five years work experience. See more details, here.

Visa is looking for a Group Country Manager, India & South Asia to oversee aspects of revenue, payments goals, and strategy in these markets. Click here for qualifications and other details .

Unilever is looking for a Brand executive in Mumbai, with good project management skills, practical creativity and about 2-3 years work experience. To apply, click here. Last date for applications: June 5th, 2014.

bpb Mumbai is looking for an Administrative Executive to help with operations and logistics for the coup card and marketing. Interested candidates may apply by emailing CVs to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bandra Base Extends To Andheri
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:52

What: Bandra Base extends- Andheri Base opens at Sharyans-Audeus, Hard Rock Cafe building, Link Road (Fun Republic Lane), Andheri (W), view their Facebook page here

Why: Because The Bandra Base has saved us on many whatshouldwetoday nights, with poetry readings by Javed Akhtar, and packed jazz nights. Setting up club in a new suburb, Andheri Base is a larger space and will host short-term courses, master classes, a film club, dance and live music nights. Head over for their first event on the May 31, RaSa - a salsa social with free entry!

When: You need an encore. Opens on May 31, 8-10 pm, call 30916003 to register.

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