When we were children, Diwali meant only two things to us, cleaning our rooms and being the ecstatic recipient of a plethora of new and shiny gifts. While we’re a little too old to get our rooms inspected by our mothers why we stopped putting effort into our Diwali gifts baffles us. This week in Mumbai, we’re putting the art back into gifting. You can gift your loved one a ginormous gourmet hamper from Foodhall or take them out for a delightful play. If she’s a collector of all things glamorous, then gift her something from the Bombay Store or if she’s always been talking about learning cooking, gift her an afternoon of mithai-making with Rakhee Vaswani (even though that’s a bit of a win-win!). Whatever you choose to gift each other this Diwali, don’t forget to put some thought, a little effort and tons of love into it.
Mithai Cooking Class with Rakhee Vaswani
Switch it up this Diwali and whip up some of your own mithai instead of going for the regular store bought stuff. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds, especially not when Rakhee Vaswani will be guiding you. Le Cordon Bleu certified chef and the brains behind Palate Culinary Studio, Rakhee will be hosting a special Diwali mithai cookery class organised by Femina. Learn how to make malai kesar pedha, kaju katli, kaju pista roll, sev barfi and badaam ka halwa and surprise your loved ones with a special homemade treat!
Date: 14th October, 2014.
Pricing: Rs. 3000.
Address: Plate Culinary Studio, 29, Ground Floor, Survodaya Co-Operative Housing Society, 7 Juhu Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai.
Art Exhibition by Mamata Mondkar Shingade
Don’t forget to catch Mamta Mondkar Shingade’s art exhibition especially if evocative art is your genre of choice. A fusion of sentimentality and nostalgia, the artist strives to illustrate the common yet not common enough subject – the predicament of the Indian woman who chooses to chase her calling. Depicting a wider range of emotions, Mamata’s paintings evoke a deep sense of sympathy for her melancholic, simply-clad protagonists. A must visit for art connoisseurs.
Date: Until 18th of October, 2014.
Address: Gallery Pradarshak, 100 Kalpana Bldg. Plot No 338, 12th Road, Khar West, Mumbai.
Anything but Love
Anything But Love is a witty, insightful and well-written adult comedy about a typical divorced couple who bump into each other again, and realise they still harbour feelings for each other. Maybe even love each other? Hilarious and poignant the play is sure to cause a few laughs while still hitting home. Watch it for Mandira Bedi and Manish Soni’s impeccable comic timing and crackling chemistry.
Date: 19th October, 2014.
Address: Saint Andrews Auditorium, Saint Andrew’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Saint Dominic Road, Bandra West, Mumbai.
The Bombay Store Presents ‘Bejeweled’ Ornamented Range with a Royal Touch
Visit the Bombay Store to catch a glimpse of their gorgeous ‘Bejeweled’ collection. Comprising an array of specially handcrafted embellishments, home décor items and fashion accessories, each piece is more unique than the other. If eclectic, indigenous and royal is your thing then you will be sure to find something of your liking in this extensive assortment of Bags, Clutches, Cushion covers, Coasters, Jewellery Cases, Jhola bags, Notebooks, Pouches and Mugs. Give it a quick dekko, especially if you’re on the lookout for something a bit avant-garde.
Date: Until the 25th of October, 2014.
Pricing: Rs.395 to Rs.2100.
Address: The Bombay Store – High Street Phoenix Mall, Unit no.14, Gr. Floor, Block No. 43, High Street Phoenix Mall, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West, Mumbai.
Festive Season at Foodhall Palladium
This festive season, give your loved ones the gift of food. And to help you in this endeavor is none other than the Foodhall at Palladium. Armed with a plethora of gourmet goodies, think exotic sweets, chocolates, cheeses, nuts, teas/coffees, spices, fruits and snacks as well as some cool platters and mugs, the carefully crafted hampers at Foodhall, are above excellence. What’s more? They’ve even tied up with Good Earth and ASA to make the baskets even more tempting than they already are. We sure would be impressed if we were gifted a hamper like this, after all, who doesn’t love a little bit of pampering?
Date: Until the 31st of October, 2014.
Time: Daily, 11am onwards.
Address: Foodhall, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.