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Heavenly day out at the planetarium

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2013 01:37 IST
Apoorva Puranik

Children or adults, everybody was swinging on a star at the Nehru Planetarium, Mahalaxmi, with Hindustan Times organising a host of free shows there on No TV Day.

While the planetarium can seat 500 people at a time, the massive crowd forced the director, Arvind Paranjpye to add an extra row, allowing 500 more people to watch the four shows, two in Hindi and one each in English and Marathi.

In the end, more than 2,500 used No TV Day to spend time with their families — and a celestial being or two.

“The No TV campaign is a blessing for today’s families with busy schedules. With education in schools being restricted to theory, an experience at a planetarium gives them a whole new perspective,” Paranjpye said.

The people who turned up in droves were largely appreciative of No TV Day. “This is the first time I have brought my child to the planetarium even though my office is right next to it, all thanks to this campaign. I think there should be more than one No TV Day in year, as it helps families bond and keep themselves away from the atrocious things we see on television these days,” said Rajen Kotwani, an Andheri resident.

Mahim local Meera Desai said, “It is great that we took up No TV Day and brought our children here. Finding family time on weekends becomes impossible,” said Meera Desai, Mahim resident.

They baked cake, ate it too

Apoorva Puranik

Mumbai: The waft of freshly-baked cookies and vanilla sponge cake was overwhelming at the quaint new resto-bar, The Barking Deer, at Lower Parel where 24-year-old Ayushi Shah, conducted free baking workshops on No TV Day.

Shah owns a bakery shop at Kemps Corner where she has treats awaiting those with a sweet tooth.

The workshop, split into two sessions saw full participation with kids, mothers and even teenagers eager to learn the fine art of baking.

With mango shots to chocolate chip cookies and quirky cake pops, Shah made sure she answered every query about each recipe.

“I’ve always wanted to join a baking class but never found the time for it. But this one day class is a marvellous idea and I was able to lure my kids away from the TV into all these interesting events”, said Anne Linda, a resident of Bandra.

Even children enjoyed the workshop.“My mother will finally bake for me after this!” said Sanika, a 12 year old from Vashi who had accompanied her mother to the workshop.

Shah’s chocolate chips cookies were a hit with everyone at the end of the session with melted chocolate chips oozing out of them.

At the end of the session, participants were treated to a special gift pack from Shah’s bakery, ending the event with a sweet aftertaste.