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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Tweet, tweet, who’s there?

As is known, industrialist Anand Mahindra knows how to use social media for maximum effect

mumbai Updated: Aug 21, 2018 01:18 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
Hindustan Times
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Anand Mahindra (Hindustan Times)

As is known, industrialist Anand Mahindra knows how to use social media for maximum effect. We had written about him setting up a cross-border meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Twitter, a couple of months ago. Recently, the Harvard grad reached out to Shiv Sena cub Aaditya Thackeray to appeal to him to solve one of Mumbai’s many traffic woes, using the same micro-blogging site. “Mumbaiites look to you Aaditya Thackeray, since you represent the young, modern face of the Sena, to put an end to this practice of pointlessly delaying a service to citizens. I know you can do it,” he tweeted in response to news that work on Mumbai’s vital east-west Goregaon flyover had been completed but was unopened on account of a pending official inauguration ceremony by BMC officials! Thackeray, whose reputation was on the line, was quick to respond: “At my request to the Mayor of Mumbai, the Veer Savarkar Flyover, Goregaon, has opened up informally to traffic movement to cut inconvenience to citizens by traffic.”

“Bravo Aaditya Thackeray…I knew you could do it,” signed off a satisfied Mahindra.

Have Twitter. Save the world?

Girl Power

Iman Allana

Word comes in that Iman Allana, the pretty twenty-something daughter of Dubai-based billionaire couple Irfan and Lubna Allana, has turned entrepreneur and launched a fashion cosmetics brand called ‘Bollyglow’ over the weekend. The British-educated Iman, who took part in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in the USA last year, took to social media to share the news: “We’re live!!! It took trade shows, tears, understanding taxation, nervous breakdowns, visits to suppliers and prolonged branding exercises to arrive at Bollyglow.” The company has tied up with a leading fashion and cosmetics portal to sell its products, and said it would work to improve the status of women in India. “We pledge to hire only women in our workforce and support fellow female entrepreneurs,” reads her announcement.

To stand and to serve

Officer GT Lepcha with former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

As we had said last week, the real significance of the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be witnessed when he is mourned across the board by people from all walks of life, and from different political persuasions. Amongst these comes a poignant story about his longstanding former aide, officer GT Lepcha. The CRPF officer belonged to the Special Protection Group (SPG), the highest-ranking government security agency in the country, which protects prime ministers and former prime ministers. He led Vajpayee’s security detail, and those in the know swear that during the many years he spent by Vajpayee’s side, the two got very close. “He was known as the PM’s most trusted lieutenant, accompanying him on almost all international trips and photographed always behind the PM at public functions,” says a source. Though Lepcha was transferred out of the SPG some years ago, and is now posted in Assam, last week he was spotted at the PM’s residence, emotionally paying his last respects. “He was devastated when he saw the body. Imagine what goes through your head, when you lose someone that you have spent half your life protecting,” says the source, adding “My heart goes out to Lepcha and others of his ilk that serve our country, with passion and zeal. We should not take men like him for granted.”

Indeed.

A Goa State of Mind

Faiz Dadarkar with DJ Kira

“What started off as an idea for a home party with two friends playing music for my birthday, quickly snowballed into a four-day festival showcasing over 40 performers from Goa and all over the world!” said a tired, but happy Faiz Dadarkar, the morning after what he describes as a “surreal, beautiful, confusing and exhilarating” celebration for his 49th janam din over this weekend in Goa. An erstwhile Mumbai lad from St Mary’s school, who went on to becoming a media and advertising professional in India and abroad, Dadarkar is the founder-creator of ‘The Goa State of Mind’, an ambitious but laidback (the two are not mutually exclusive in Goa) endeavour to bring together the best of talent that pours in from around the world into the sunshine state, to create an “utopia which is a mix of music, art, healing, wellness, food, fashion and creativity at every level”. Currently housed in the historic Primrose — a site that was the birthplace of Goa Trance — Dadarkar says he is working towards a much larger space that will showcase the Goa experience for all who seek it. But, reeling from the extended love and music fest that had coalesced organically around him, he managed to say, “I’m just committed to bringing the best and brightest among our Goa Tribe Musicians, DJ’s artists, designers, healers, magicians and lunatics to the forefront and placing them on a national and international platform. Our next stop is going to be a 2-day festival in Mumbai!” Nice. But, maybe, he could consider holding back the lunatics? Mumbai has enough of its own…

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 01:18 IST