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Event Review: Sab Chalta Hai, The Barking Deer

Last weekend, a bunch of my friends and I made our way to Lower Parel. That’s far, okay? And we were in a good mood. You know when you book tickets to a comedy show, you are going for a laugh and it always puts me in high spirits. Anyway, so we get to The Barking Deer at Lower Parel. This is in the same compound as Zaffran, Blue Frog and Cafe Zoe. Once there, we had to wait because the loft where the event was happening wasn’t open yet. The ticket entitled us to a house beer or a mocktails. We are such a bunch of wussies- we all had a mocktail. But that’s not the point. Let’s review the act, because that’s why you are here. Sab Chalta Hai by Chalta Hai Comedy at The Barking Deer, Lower Parel   Once we got front row seats because we are daredevils like that, we ordered some food. Because we are also classy, we placed it on the seats ahead of it effectively rendering it …

Chocolate Won’t Make You Put on Weight. And Other Chocolate Facts You Didn’t Know

I always find people with self control the most fascinating. Like you put a bar of Lindt chocolate in front of them and they will have one piece and stop. You put of bar of Lindt in front of me, well, first of all you never put a whole bar of Lindt in front of me unless you never want to see it again. But you put it in front of me (you generous soul, you) and I eat one piece initially trying to be decent. Then I abandon any attempt at being civil and attack it like the cookie monster. So when the people at Adfactors invited me for a Chocolate Appreciation session at Godrej Nature’s Basket, I was like, what? Who can’t appreciate chocolate? But obviously the lure of good chocolate got the better of me and I decided to go. And in the session conducted by L Nitin Chordia who is a professional chocolate taster, I learned many, many interesting things about chocolate. Which was followed by a chocolate tasting session. As …

5 tidbits about Mumbai I bet you didn’t know

I would like to draw you attention here to the fact that our filmmakers have it tough nowadays. No, no one is expecting scripts or hoping a movie will have decent performances. Bah, that’s nuts. But they’re faced with the turmoil of having to choose the one shot that will represent Bombay. Think about it, do you choose a done to death aerial shot of Gateway of India or do you attempt being cool with a shot of Bandra Worli sealink (you have to be indie enough to do that)? Or do you just show Dhobi Ghat? I mean, the choices are endless and a nightmare surely for our erudite movie makers. But funnily enough, while truly gorgeous, none of these icons truly represent Mumbai in all its historical glory. I was invited by the team at Raconteur Walks for a ‘Churchgate and Heritage Mile Walk’ on 2nd August, 2015 at 8:30am. Guys, please feel for me. I woke up at 7 on a Sunday for this walk. At this point, I must mention the fact …

3 things I learnt from watching food shows on TV

A Bollywood adage says ‘Someone, somewhere is made for you.’ It’s the same with food shows on TV. There’s going to be one made for you. The one that either makes you want to weep with happiness at spotting a cupcake with perfect icing or a TV show that makes you want to step into the kitchen and cook up a storm.  Mostly, you just end up eating the cupcake with much ferocity and leave the aftermath of a storm in the kitchen which will have your help swearing at you. Point is, food shows on TV and us were meant to be. We fall in love, we give them time and money (by voting) and gradually evolve together. And in many ways, whether the relationship makes it through to the very end or not, we do learn a few things from TV shows. Like these. You go fancy with your food vocab You couldn’t tell Maggi from Top Ramen before them. Now, with every episode of Masterchef or a food show of your choice, …

5 interesting tidbits about the Mumbai food scene from Kunal Vijaykar

If you have been reading a few articles of mine, you will know that I am not a food blogger. I want to actively stay away from it because I believe a) the space is too crowded and b) I don’t have much to add, the people doing it are doing a great job already. Plus, when food is put in front of me I am too hungry to waste time taking pictures and simply want to eat it. So when I was recently invited to a foodie event, I was hesitant. But I went along to see if there was a story I could make out of it. And I did get one. In fact, I got to meet Kunal Vijaykar and learn some very interesting tidbits about the food scene and its history in Mumbai. 3 Decades and Counting We all know there’s a lot of history to the food in Mumbai but this one is a gem. Kunal told us about a sandwich guy at Poonam Chambers who has been at the …

5 games to make Sundays a family affair- Once again

As much as we love weekends, Sundays can be a drag because by now we are done chilling out (aka being drunk out of our brains) and you don’t want to do anything strenuous in preparation for the week ahead (aka 5 days of slavery). The malls with their fancy AC, cool brands and the food court tempt most people but on Sundays they are bursting at the seams with some very bored adults and very happy squealing children. The cinemas are running some monkey business hiking their prices so much on the weekend that you have to choose between surviving a month and watching a movie. So really, why would you want to step out? Get your friends over, grab a few beers and settle down with these games. Why do they work? Because A. They are super funny B. They can also get super competitive. Here is my list in the order of the fun you can have: 5) Scrabble: This game has been around for pretty long but I think it deserves a …

Experience: The Bhauji Lad Museum

If you have lived in Mumbai long enough, many interesting places in the city seem like furniture to you. I am sure you knew that there’s a zoo in Byculla. Or that Asiatic Library exists – and not just as a outside of a court for Bollywood movies but as a fully functional library. Often, having been around them, we forget how they offer a glimpse into the history of this city. On one sunny day, I decided to visit the Bhauji Lad Museum, in the same compound as the zoo. Here’s what’s inside. The space The Bhauji Lad Museum is small, only 2 floors. I was a little underwhelmed. Surely just two floors cannot do justice to a city with a vibrant, dramatic history. And it does not. Make no mistake, the exhibits are painstakingly laid out and interestingly encased in glass boxes. However with a malfunctioning audio device, there was much left to be desired about the details. There is definitely an effort put into carefully explaining history but with not much written …