This Week in Mumbai: Learn all about wine; indulge in some independence day feasting and more

This week in Mumbai is all about pampering the spirit. In celebration of the long weekend ahead, start the normally mundane week with a conscious decision to indulge in some much needed R&R for the soul. Sip on champagne while listening to some fantastic live music at Café Zoe, guiltlessly dive head first into a heap full of some of India’s most calorie-rich street food at the JW Marriott or have a hearty laugh at an out-of-the-box Shakespearian comedy. Whatever you choose to do, be rest assured the coming Monday won’t be so daunting any more. Happy rejuvenating!

The Complete Works of William ShakespeareThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Are you an ardent, incorrigible admirer of Shakespeare? Would a 99 minute long compilation of all his 37 works interest you? Would it be even better if it were rib-ticklingly funny? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then head to Sophia’s for exactly that – a 99 minute long hilarious take on 37 of Shakespeare’s awe-inspiring classics. Performed by three of some of India’s funniest minds, Brij Bhakta (an actor and veteran comic) Aadar Malik (member of Schitz – en – Giggles and an improv comedian) and of course, Neville Shah (a comic with a penchant for relatable humour), the show promises to be a quirky little laugh riot. Look out for the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet which lasts for a grand total of 43 seconds.
Date: 16th August, 2014.
Time: 7.30pm.
Pricing: Rs. 400 – Rs. 800.
Address: Sophia College Campus, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai.

Nilesh Vede’s ‘Selfie’Nilesh Vede’s ‘Selfie’
This Tuesday will be the last day of artist Nilesh Vede’s interesting six-day solo painting exhibition at Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery. Titled ‘Selfie’, the showcase revolves around the artist’s fascinating perspective on the latest fad to have taken the self-obsessed world by storm. “‘Selfie’ is an inspiring word. I have a different point of view on what a ‘Selfie’ could be. It can be an artistic way of self-reflection, observation of your own thoughts and actions,” said the artist about his unique initiative.
Date: Until the 12th of August, 2014.
Time: 11am to 7pm.
Pricing: Donations are welcome.
Address: Jehangir Art Gallery, 161-B, Mahatama Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort Mumbai.

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nom-nom1947 at Nom Nom
In Celebration of Independence Day, Nom Nom will be serving a delicious set meal at the unusual and symbolic price of Rs. 1947. The sumptuous menu for two will boast of plenty of favourites from the exquisite Asian eatery and will comprise of four main courses with plenty of options available in each course. Parsley soup, chicken in chilli basil, Malaysian curry with burnt garlic rice and decadent molten chocolate are some of the mouth-watering dishes on offer. Also a part of the tempting offering will be two non alcoholic beverages. Ideal if you are in the mood for something spicy and oriental on the 15th.
Date: 15th August, 2014.
Pricing: Rs. 1947.
Address: Nom Nom, 2/3, Shubham CHS, Juhu Versova Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai.

wineMonsoon Project: Wine-tasting Workshop
Alliance Francaise will be hosting a wonderful wine-tasting workshop this Tuesday. The two hour long workshop is the perfect opportunity for wine enthusiasts in the city who are looking to brush up on their wine knowledge and etiquette. The workshop will also help guests get a better understanding of the intricate journey of wine which starts with wine making and ends with wine tasting. On offer for guests are some of Fratelli’s finest wines, such as the sweet white Chenin Blanc and the earthy, spicy full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon amongst others.
Date: 12th August, 2014.
Time: 5pm to 7pm.
Special Instructions: Participants must be over the age of 21.
Pricing: Rs. 500
Registration required: [email protected]
Address: Alliance Française, 40 New Marine Lines, Mumbai.

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lotus-cafeIndependence Day Brunch at JW Marriott
This Independence Day, celebrate 68 years of freedom with an elaborate brunch at the Lotus Café at the JW Marriott. The extraordinary brunch will comprise a delightful spread of scrumptious authentic street food from all over India. While savoury spicy dishes like Pani Puri, Dabeli and Bheja Fry will represent Mumbai, Delhi will be represented by tangy Tikkis, Chaats and sinful Punjabi Chole. Also available will be South Indian favourites like Chicken Stew and Mutta Curry, and Awadhi classics like melt-in-the-mouth Nalli Nihari and rich Lucknawi Murgh Quorma. And if that’s not enough to send you straight into a food coma, indulge in some Kashmiri Anjir Ke Kofte and divine Laal Maas from Rajasthan. For a fitting end to the divine dining extravaganza, dig into some of the delectable desserts on offer – Moong Dal Halwa, and Jalbi and Rabdi to name a few. If there is anything we are looking forward to the most this 15th of August, it’s the lovely afternoon siesta which is bound to follow this glorious gastronomic feast.
Date: Friday, 15th August 2014.
Time: 12.30 pm to 4pm.
Pricing: Non-alcoholic – Rs. 2300 (plus taxes), Alcoholic – Rs.3300 (plus taxes).
Address: Lotus Café, JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Rd, Juhu, Mumbai.

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If sipping on a glass of bubbly while listening to some brilliant live ear-candy is your idea of a perfect relaxing evening, head to [email protected] at one of Lower Parel’s most favourite gastro pubs, Café Zoe. Performing this month will be Candice Redding more popularly known around the country as KNOXX and Anand Bhagat, a multi-instrumental percussionist and star on the indie music scene. Be prepared for a gorgeous, Chandon-fuelled buzz and an evening full of fun.
Date: 13th August, 2014
Time: 8pm onwards.
Venue: Café Zoe, Todi Mathurdas Mill Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

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