Help the underprivileged at Playland
Happy Planet Playland, a unique zone that offers entertainment for children, has announced the launch of their ‘Spread a Smile’ campaign for underprivileged children to help them with their basic necessities. The campaign, which will allow you to donate stationery, will give underprivileged children free dental checkups and is a venture to donate and serve children from low income communities. Along with Akanksha and Ezone, the campaign is here to provide a strong educational foundation, self esteem and values and also to help children plan how to earn a steady livelihood. Director Nimish Kenia says, “Spread a Smile encourages education amongst underprivileged children. Education forms the basis for any child’s well being. We, at Happy Planet want to support and strengthen the foundation for every underprivileged child. This venture will help contribute in a minor way to alter the lives of these children.” Contact Happy Planet to lend a hand.
When Up to April 8
Where Mansukh Compound, Building No. 2, Kanjurmarg (E)
Comedy for a cause at The Bombay Store
The Bombay Store, along with Tamarind Tree, is having an evening of comedy to raise funds for underprivileged school children in Maharashtra. Leading comedy group in the city, Schitzengiggles, will be performing so you can head down to watch comedians Karan Talwar, Tanmay Bhat, Sapna Varma and Utsav Chakraborty present a show for a charitable cause. CEO Anaggh Desai says, “Comedy for a Cause is a serious fundraising event with a comical twist where we are trying to help Tamarind Tree, an NGO that runs a school for tribal children in Sogve village, Dahanu. The stand up comedy act will be organised by Mumbai’s famous Schitzengiggles group. The proceedings from this show will be donated towards a good cause. You can expect a fun filled Sunday evening with light hearted humour performed by talented group members of Schitzengiggles and also mingle with the kids over refreshments.” Donor passes cost `500, `1,000, `2,000 and `5,000.
When March 11 from 7 — 9.30 pm
Where The Bombay Store, PM Road, Fort
A musical tribute by Farokh Bardoliwalla
With his immaculate rendering of bhajans and rural folk songs, Farokh Bardoliwalla is a musician to reckon with. The Bachelor of Arts in music degree holder and previous All India Radio assistant is holding a tribute show titled MAA to launch his album. Farokh tells us, “My tribute to the mother is based on the ultimate force of nature that not only binds the home but is also the one and only source of unconditional love, peace and strength.” He recently sang in a movie titled Bollywood, on an album titled Sab ka Sai with Manhar Udhas and has toured countries such as Italy, Singapore and Australia. He teaches Sugam Sangeet at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan at Chowpatty.
When March 9 from 7 — 10pm
Where YB Chavan auditorium, Jangannath Bhosle Road, Nariman Point
Bharatnatyam at the NCPA
For an artistic experience like no other, head down to the National Centre of Performing Arts this weekend and catch The Soul Cages. The show is structured on the imagery and narrative of a story that’s told through the fluid grace of the classical Indian dance form of Bharathanatyam. Savitha Sastry, who will be performing at the show, tells us, “The Soul Cages is an artistic experience that captures the cycles of life and death as a journey, rather than an end in itself.” Savitha is one of the leading exponents of Bharatnatyam and the show promises to be quite an eventful one, so don’t miss out.
When March 10 from 7pm
Where NCPA, Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Arveda at HeavenandHome.com
HeavenandHome.com has become a name to reckon with when it comes to high end home décor and interior products. They have now introduced Arveda products for that perfect aromatherapy experience at home. Owner, Tara* Kaushal says, “Smells greatly impact our moods, appetite and overall well being. The great thing about Arveda's products is that you get all the benefits of aromatherapy with natural essential oils in your bath and home spa routine. You can choose from incense sticks, scented candles, aromatherapy oils, massage oils, bath gels, face washes, body lotions and face creams.”
Celebrate Yoga with Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury
The first week of March is celebrated as International Yoga Week and to help you celebrate, luxury destination website Excluzen.com is giving you an opportunity to discover yoga in its best form with exclusive memberships for three months with Bikram’s Hot Yoga classes at a great price of `20,500. Founder and CEO of Excluzen.com, Urvashi Sahay tells us, “We want to give our customers the best value for their time and money and also provide them with learning experiences in a way that is non-invasive but still life changing. And since people in the city are really big on health and fitness, we thought of tying up with Yogi Bikram Choudhury, who is perhaps one of the best we have in the field of yoga.”
When Up to March 31
Seafood festival at Aqua
Aqua at Sun-n-Sand hotel is holding a seafood festival to delight all you seafood lovers out there. The aquamarine themed restaurant is organising a special Seafood Sunday Brunch to tickle your taste buds with an exotic spread of seafood, prepared in a variety of cuisines. Chef Gautam Mehrishi tells us, “The idea behind the brunch is to give a taste of fresh catch to the customers. A hearty lunch with a lot of varieties can be savoured by everybody.” What’s more is that, apart from the delectable spread of seafood, you will be treated to an amazing view of the Arabian sea. So, head down to Aqua this Sunday and experience the delicious buffet, which includes dishes ranging from Bombay duck and squids to clams and fresh prawns.
Where Aqua, Sun-n-Sand hotel, Juhu Beach, Juhu
Manchester United Cafe Bar celebrates women
Thursdays will now be ladies night at Manchester United Cafe Bar, where women customers will be offered free unlimited cocktails all night long. There are a wide range of cocktails to choose from such as Bond Babes, Red Lips, Aphrodisiac and Sex on Pattaya Beach. With refreshing cocktails, lively music and rich flavours to excite your palette, Ladies Night at MUCB will be a night of fun and frolic with friends. Dedicate the evenings for some time with the girls and groove to the music of MUCB’s in-house DJ. Anil Laroia, the brand head at Manchester United Cafe Bar says, “Ladies Night at MUCB is all about bonding with your girlfriends, letting your hair down and enjoying the cocktails and sumptuous food. Other than the unlimited cocktails, we have exciting offers with regards to the colour red (the football club as well as the cafe’s predominant colour). A lucky few who wear red could get 15% off on their food and beverage bill.”
When Every Thursday from 7pm — 9pm
Where Manchester United Cafe Bar at Infiniti Mall, Malad (W)
New Gourmet Pizza Menu at Cafe Prato's
Treat yourself at Cafe Prato at the Four Seasons Hotel. They are coming out with an all new menu of gourmet styled pizzas that are specially designed to suit your taste. You can also select from a range of dessert pizzas such as Nutella and Banana Calzone, Pineapple Carpaccio, Apple Cinnamon and Almond Crumble. Hardik Shah, manager at Cafe Prato says, “We wanted to offer gourmands an opportunity to experiment by giving them a chance to be a part of this culinary artisan revolution. The great thing about pizza is that it’s everyone's favourite. All you need is a creative twist and you have something unique and even more exciting on your plate and that's exactly what this promotion is about!” So, visit Cafe Prato and indulge in hand tossed, crispy and cheesy pizzas with chilled beer.
When April 15 onwards
Where Cafe Prato, The Four Seasons Hotel, Worli
Grey Goose bullish, Kingfisher bearish on the BSE
While iPad menus are not uncommon in most bars and restaurants these days, Bistro Grill takes it up a notch and makes use of the tablet for something way more fun. The global cuisine resto-bar has developed a software application called the BSE, which revolutionises the way you order and consume your drinks. Vikram Bawa, owner of Bistro Grill explains, “The concept is simple — based on the demand for a drink, the prices will rise or fall. The fluctuating prices add a level of thrill and excitement to your meal and what’s brilliant is that the prices don’t ever cross the MRP, ensuring a guaranteed discount on every drink. To make things more interesting, all activity that takes place on the Bistro Stock Exchange is displayed on screens that are placed in the lounge, which makes it easy for customers to predict whether the drinks of their choice are expected to become bullish or bearish in a matter of seconds!”