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

bpb Classifieds: Hot Jobs This Month
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:12

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

Indus Creed is looking to hire a stage tech cum social media whizz. It is a paid internship and they're guaranteeing that you'll go back with a bunch of mad stories to share. Those interested can email them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Palladium Hotels is looking for a new Marketing and PR Manager. Eligible candidates need to have a minimum of two years of work experience along with an understanding of the F&B Market. Ability to come up with innovative ideas, decent strategies, some experience in making media plans and strong PR relations will be considered in evaluating an ideal candidate. Email your CVs to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested.

Cutting Edge Events, the official travel agent for the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup, is looking for a Marketing Executive / Manager who will be responsible for branding and marketing initiatives. Key responsibilities of this role include: Social Media Marketing, print advertising, database marketing, BTL Activities, website, blog updating and promotions for sports events like Cricket and Football World cups. Those interested can email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pinstorm, the digital advertising agency, is looking for Copywriters. Graduates in any discipline are good as long as they possess strong linguistic skills, are able to write copy for various websites and have 2-3 years of work experience to back them up. For more details click here.

The Walt Disney Company is looking for a Manager, Programming, Movie Channels. Responsibilities include development and execution of the programming strategy for the channel like scheduling and packaging content utilizing research and market knowledge, manage promo planning and liaise with all internal stakeholders to ensure smooth execution of all initiatives on the network. Those interested may apply here.

Outline India engages in providing high quality, authentic data collection services across India. They are currently looking for research interns to help them with ongoing projects. Those interested may apply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Contact Sport: Inside Celebrity Phone Books
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:56

An acupuncture teacher named Cuckoo, a mid night chaabiwala, yoga instructors and a bespoke barber. bpb peeks into the phone books of super Bombay people to bring you their most useful contacts.

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Feel Good

Sonam Kapoor, Actor

My personal trainer, Radhika Karle is one of my most useful contacts. Radhika Karle, call 9819455605.

Zorawar Kalra, Founder & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants (Masala Library, Made In Punjab)

My barber, Gautam, is a supremely talented person and a key contact that I keep handy.  He has a select, regular client base that he caters to as per their availability, at a venue of their choice. Gautam Dass, call 9811805293.

Namarata Soni, Celebrity Makeup Artist:

Visit Jade Beauty & Wellness spa in Bandra for the best hair treatments. Mount Apartment, St. John Baptist Road, Bandra (W), call 2642 3747, open from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

Arati Singh, Channel Head, NDTV Good Times

Siddharth and Gulzar for Iyengar Yoga sessions in Bandra. Try one session – it will change your life. Classes are at 7:45 in the evening catering to working people and besides all the physical benefits, they make you happier!  Call Siddharth on 9821623155, call Gulzar on 9820355258, classes at St Joseph’s School & Mount Mary School, Hill Road, Bandra (W).

Vidya Balan, Actor

Dr. Shempie Gupta is an Ayurvedic doctor who specializes in panchkarma treatments. Call 9323332042.


Chetan Bhagat, Author

I suggest the Driver in Mumbai service. They can send drivers for the day or to parties if you have been drinking. 50 Hill Road, Old Canara Bank Building, next to Elco Market, Bandra (W),, call 8080468686, drivers available 24/7.

Nimrat Kaur, Actor

Tailor Shekhar Bhai makes the best salwar kameez and saree blouses! He comes home and I almost never need any alterations after stitching! Can’t do without him. Call 9820186626/ 26350209.

Vishal Punjabi, The Wedding Filmer

Kanika Gandhi deals in travel and sports tourism and is our go to person when it comes to complicated but fun travel itineraries, which we so often need in our line of work. Call 9819549724, check out the Cutting Edge Event website here , A Travel Duet’s website here

Farrokh Khambata, Restaurateur

I'd like to recommend my travel agent who at the drop of a hat can organise most visas and tickets at very competitive rates. Call Ahura Travels and speak to Eruch Kanga 9821037838.

Quasar Thakore Padamsee, Artistic Director, QTP

Kunal Bhatia, the owner of Videowaves has always been our emergency guy. They supply our audio visual and sound equipment, provide for indoor and outdoor LED walls, masking and the works! Plus, they’re always game for a consult. Studio:D5 Udyog Sadan No 2, near MIDC Police Station,  Andheri (E), call Kunal on 9820222069.

Ankur Tewari, Ankur & The Ghalat Family & Consulting Content Head for Pepsi MTV Indies

Kamlesh, my massage guy is the only guy in the world that’s allowed to touch me. Call 9820690648.

Parry Wines home delivers beer on credit in Bandra if you’re short on cash. Call 26451342.

Jahid from Matrix gives me the best phone and forex deals when I travel. Call 9833986782.

Cuckoo is my acupuncture teacher and is the only guy in the world who’s allowed to poke me. Call 7620698338 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Arpita Mehta, Fashion Designer

Very often I leave home without taking my house keys and remember only once I’m back. I found Chaabiwala Rashid Bhai who can open all sorts of locks, at any time. He bails me out each time! Rashid Bhai: Call 9224193430.

Shonan Kothari, The Girl Behind VT Station Flash Mob

I had been trying to hunt down a good, professional laser cutter for my wedding invitations when I came across Ruchi Mehta from The Emerald Quill. She does phenomenal work. Call her on 9820788223

Food & Drink

Sanjana Patel, Executive Pastry Chef and Partner, La Folie Patisserie

We use only the freshest and highest quality fruits and vegetables in our kitchen. These we source from Anusaya Fresh. B-2/2 Central Facility Building, APMC Fruit Market, sector 19, Turbhe, Navi Mumbai, call 4123 8886

Deepika Mehta,
Yoga Instructor

I use this awesome service to get my organic veggies home delivered. Email them to buy a basket of their produce, and 48 hours later, it shows up! Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rajesh Balpande, Co-founder,

I’d definitely recommend The Spoilt Brat Barkery that does gourmet treats for your pets. 2 Horizon View, Ground Floor, 138 Gen. Bhonsale Marg, opposite Sachivalaya Gymkhana,Nariman Point, call 9820873287 , see their Facebook Page here.


Warren Mendonsa, Blackstratblues

For cables, connectors, Shure and Sennheiser products at wholesale rates, visit Electronic Emporium. I’ve been going there for about twenty years now! No. 29/30, 1st Floor, Vijay Chambers, Off Lamington Road, Tribhuvan Road, near Dreamland Cinema, Girgaon, call 23851526.

Sarah Sham, Director, Essajees Antique Store

Rajan and Sujata Mehta for custom made bedding and linen to match your room décor. They also do fun cushions. Call Swati on 9820388406 for an appointment.

Kainaz Messman, Head Of Production, Theobroma Foods

I am recommending Omesh Sukhija, who runs an industrial plastic forming company. He is a stockist of all different plastic containers cupcake holders, chocolate boxes, macaron trays and transfer sheets. Call 9820319550.

You can hang up now.

See part I of our Super Contact List here.

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.

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.

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.

bpb Classifieds: Hot Jobs This Month
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:18


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

No-Mad, 97% India, a newly launched online Indian Lifestyle brand based in Bombay, is looking for dynamic, creative and intelligent marketing intern to join their growing team. Must have a strong media / Decor industry network, relevant experience, exciting ideas and an eye for all things digital in retail and lifestyle. Please write to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject "Marketing No-Mad".

Scroll, the Indian news digital daily is looking for copy editors in Mumbai and Delhi. Write to them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to apply!

Conde Nast Traveller India is looking for a Senior Writer and Producer (Digital), to power the brand’s channels with fresh, top-quality, original travel content. Key responsibilities include: research and writing travel stories, fact-checking and editing copy, and managing contributing sources. To apply, see here for details.

Teach For India is looking for a Manager for Placements and Government Relations, who will be responsible for creating the strategy and enabling maximum school impact throughout the city through initiating and building relationships with partner schools and leveraging key influencers in the local city government.  Click here to see more details and apply. 

Style Cracker is inviting applications for fashion co-ordinators, senior fashion stylists, personal stylists and talented fashion interns from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad.  Send in your details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BPB is looking for a Junior Editor and editorial interns for our Mumbai team. Good with words, know the city really well and love eating out? Give us a shout and send us your resume at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Take A Seaplane To Lonavala
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:11


After several failed attempts at a hovercraft, rounds of hiked tariffs for taxis and auto rickshaws and one new line on the Metro, the Maharashtra Government is now attempting to make weekend trips to Lonavala smoother with the city’s first seaplane service. Quicker route to Cooper’s Fudge!

In Plane Sight

As you’ve probably read already, MTDC in collaboration with Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Limited (MEHAIR), launched a schedule of seaplane services yesterday, that has flights from Juhu airport to Pawana Dam and back. With a drop off about fourteen kilometers from Lonavala (cab services will be available from the drop point) and at roughly the cost of a cheap air ticket (Rs 2,999) to somewhere nicer, we aren’t sure how much of a bang for your buck this might be, but it sounds like a fun thing to try. Or perfect for a gift/ grand gesture, the need for which usually comes up during the wedding season. You’ll be glad to know that the website is easy to navigate with an animated route map and the online booking process, simple.

Fly Me To The Moon

bpb spoke to the MEHAIR team, who told us that they plan to extend the services to Nashik, Mahabaleshwar, Shirdi, Talegon and Aamby Valley in the months to come, subject to clearances. They are even toying with the idea of ‘romance packages’, in collaboration with hotels in Lonavala where customers can dine as well as reserve chartered flights for up to Rs 1 lakh for an hour. Not for Plane Janes, this.

What we’re most excited about though, are the plans for seaplane flights from Juhu to Chowpatty, priced at Rs 750 one way, scheduled to start from September 15. Let’s get this Chowpatty started!

Getting There: To book a flight, log on to, Rs 2999 for a one way trip from Juhu Airport to Pawana Dam, see flight schedule here, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 26172929.

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 .

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