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Mumbai turns into a treasure island

art and culture Updated: Feb 07, 2013 16:25 IST
Arundhati Chatterjee
Arundhati Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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South Mumbai residents will soon see people exploring every nook and cranny of their neighbourhood as they strive to crack clues hidden in limericks as part of the second edition of the annual South Bombay Treasure Hunt. The funds raised at this two hour-long event will be donated to a charitable cause.

It all started back in 2011, when designer Shouger Merchant organised a treasure hunt at her husband’s birthday party. Over 50 of her friends and family members enjoyed cracking the codes in order to get to the presents. In 2012, Merchant, along with an event company, Orange Tie Events, made the treasure hunt an organised public affair. Last year, more than 170 people participated and the event managed to raise around R1,00,000 for Conwest Hospital, which provides healthcare for the underprivileged.

“This year too, we have the clues in the form of limericks and each team has to perform a small task and chug an alcoholic beverage at every spot to qualify for the next level,” says Merchant.

The starting point of the scavenger hunt is at Tote On The Turf, Mahalaxmi. The major stops in the previous years have been Leopold’s Café in Colaba and The Ghetto at Breach Candy among others. Each member of the winning team will get a free lunch at The Table (in Colaba), a beer mug and a complimentary certificate.

“Because it’s a fundraiser, there is a registration fee of R1,000 per person. Each team will consist of four to five members. We received requests from over 300 people, but we had to stop the registrations at 160 people to avoid any confusion,” adds Merchant.