What: Weekend pottery course, 1 BHK, Kamal Mills, Lower Parel, Call 24930004/8, Rs. 3,000
Why: The New Year’s not going exactly as you planned – you’re more broke, bored, (or broad) than you expected. Well, here’s your chance to control the shape of things. Renowned ceramist Rekha Goyal teams up with the uber-chic home store to teach you how to design, throw and mould your way to your very own one-of-a-kind pottery original – and all in the space of a weekend. And if that doesn’t get your juices flowing, think Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and a potter’s wheel in Ghost. Need we say more?
When: 17th and 18th January, 2008. Limited spots, but we have a few extra reserved for bpb subscribers.
What: Santoor Virasat (Volume 1 & 2) at music stores in the city, Rs 250 per volume.
Why: In case you haven't already heard, it's curtains for Banganga and other Indian classical music fests this January in Mumbai. So you can't wrap yourself in a shawl and drink coffee at an open-air concert, but don't pack away your tabla just yet. Mahesh Babu, director of Banyan Tree Events, one of India’s biggest cultural music societies and record label Neenad Music, lets you in on his favourite concert recording ever.
Why: Rise to the ragas of Santoor Virasat by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Rahul Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain. "The soul-stirring concert was performed exactly a decade ago in Mumbai," he reveals. Here’s to indulging in some desi déjà vu.
What: Brushed silver earrings, Silver Streak, Trilok Building, near Madhu Park, Khar, Rs 1,500
Why: Okay, so your bank account post-December leaves little scope for retail therapy, but this pair of darling silver leaf earrings is just the upper you need now that the party's over. So gather up your best shopping excuse — birthday gift to self, they're cheaper than diamonds, anniversary gift wish list — and head to this curio house. If you leave with more than just our recommendation, we wouldn't blame you, but we would propose Shopaholics Anonymous.
When: Now. A new shipment of cheap but chic silver jewellery from Thailand has just arrived.
What: Dakshinayan, Walkeshwar, Teen Batti, Rs 250-300 for a meal for two.
Why: South Bombay is good for many things, but authentic South Indian cuisine is not one of them. We had a hankering for spicy rasam and vada, and couldn’t bear another evening at our local Shiv Sagar. Just when the trip to Matunga’s King Circle seemed inevitable, a little birdie told us about Dakshinayan.
This nondescript little eatery (don’t look into the barber shop located next door, it’ll spoil your appetite), totally hits the sweet spot. Try the garlic dosai, tamarind rice and Gunpowder Idlis – which are every bit as dangerous as they sound!
When: Avoid dinner rush hours – it’s impossible to get a table, and the place gets really noisy.
What: Kulfi on a stick, Apsara, next to Parla Station, opposite McDonalds, For delivery, call 26144990, Rs 12 per stick
Why: If we can't have Dilli ki Sardi in Mumbai, we'll get our chills elsewhere. At Apsara, you can indulge in the works on a popsicle-shaped Kulfi — dry fruits, kesar-pista, mango and rose flavorings — but we suggest you stick to the basics. Malai Kulfi on a stick is bpb's pick.
When: Order a box full for a dinner party happy ending. They deliver anywhere in the city, including Town.
In this picture: Anand Kabra organza dress with silk bodice, Summer Solstice flared palazzos with silk halter top, Raakesh Agarvwal.
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