Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Harmony Within DiversityUpdated: Jun 06, 2019 08:30 IST
Yesterday, Mumbai marked the occasion of Eid with its customary festivity across the city, as Muslims and non-Muslims came together to exchange greetings, gifts and prayers to mark the end of Ramzan, the holy month of fasting. Families, dressed in new clothes, were seen visiting markets and malls with many of the young women’s hands and feet adorned with mehendi. Friends and neighbours gathered to partake of specially prepared dishes and sweets like sheer kurma, firni and falooda. One such celebration saw chief minister Devendra Fadnavis attend the Daawat-e-Roza organised by BJP spokesperson Shaina NC and Zainuddin Zaweri. Held at Najam Baug in Dongri, the evening saw Shehzada Qaid Johar Bhaisaheb, eldest brother of the incumbent Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, along with other dignitaries including writer Salim Khan, ministers Girish Mahajan, and Mahadev Jankar, celebrate the occasion with residents of the area. But even in such an august gathering, the presence of the graceful octogenarian designer, Munira Chudasama, Shaina NC’s mother, who hails from an old and renowned Bohri family, stood out. Over the years, the soft-spoken and artistic Munira has played a strong and silent role of support for not only her late husband, the outspoken and feisty Nana Chudasama, but also her daughter Shaina, whose political allegiance happened to be with BJP. Such a palpable example of the city’s harmony within diversity.
As we were saying, yesterday, Mumbai marked the occasion of Eid with its customary festivity.
To See The Queen
When the late Raj Kapoor’s younger daughter, Rima Jain, put up this portrait of herself on social media with husband-businessman Manoj Jain and their dashing sons Aadar and Armaan Jain holidaying in London this week, the avid Instagrammer’s post was flooded with more than its usual share of likes. And that’s because, as HER friends knew, a family holiday had been long overdue for the Mumbai-based close-knit clan, as Rima has more than had her hands full over the past few years, practically moving to New York to look after her ailing siblings – first, elder sister Ritu Nanda and then her brother Rishi Kapoor, both who received treatment in the same hospital. “Finally on holiday together,” went one typical response. And given how precious this downtime en famille was, no surprises that they were determined to make every minute count. Manoj, who had been a student in London and quite familiar with the city, took his sons out to a local pub to watch the exciting final of the UEFA champions league earlier this week, and since he is a huge Liverpool fan, its victory was even sweeter for the company he was in. Other outings also included meeting close relatives such as Agastya Nanda, son of Shweta Bachchan-Nanda and Nikhil Nanda. But of course, given the Kapoors’ celebrated passion for food, the highlight of the trip was the many lunches and dinners with the family’s long-standing favourite, London’s Royal China (which inspired its popular Mumbai franchises), being given a much cherished pilgrimage.
They are supposed to be a woman’s best friend, but friends of this wealthy politician’s wife are bemused at the rate with which the lady’s diamonds appear to be shrinking. “There was a time when she was famous for her humungous collection of rocks. She would flaunt them with great pride at weddings and other occasions, where they never failed to create a stir or attract compliments,” said a city socialite about the recent phenomena, adding, “But ever since her husband’s political career has been waning and his affairs are under scrutiny, the size of the diamonds that she chooses to wear to public engagements have been shrinking too,” said the socialite. “So much so that with every passing headline of authorities stepping up their investigations into the beleaguered politico, once considered one of the most popular politicians of his time, his wife’s diamonds are disappearing into her lockers to avoid scrutiny. These days, instead of the famous chandeliers hanging from her ears, you are more likely to see a teeny pair consisting mostly of diamond dust.”
Oh dear, and we thought diamonds were forever?
Suhel’s Day Out
Ever since his alleged involvement in #MeToo and his subsequent marriage to the statuesque model Laxmi Menon, bouncing bon vivant, Suhel Seth, has been out of circulation. The spinmeister, who had been an ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV, lit fests, conclaves, yachts and PJs, had not been sighted in a while. Which is why, when pictures of him in London this week with wife Laxmi, brother Swapan Seth and his family surfaced, there was considerable interest. In them, the marketing maven appears slimmer and more rested away from the spotlight and his well-worn jeans and sneakers seem to indicate an individual different from the suited-booted Delhi mover and shaker of yore. The lion in winter?