Feb 11, 2009

Tendulkar and Kambli Record Stand in Harris Shield Match

On February 23rd, 1988, Sachin Tendulkar was still a schoolboy. Representing his school - Shardashram Vidyamandir he was having quite a season in the Harris Shield tournament. Having scored a double century in the quarter finals, the expectations were very high from the "star".

On this day in the semi-finals, Tendulkar teamed up with his buddy Vinod kambli to put a stand of 664 runs. When the innings was declared, Tendular was on 326 and Kambli was on 349. St. Xavier's school was at the receiving end. Shardashram had scored 748 runs  at the loss of 2 wickets in 120 overs.

People who had watched this game unfold at Azad Maidan must remember this day so vividly.

Feb 10, 2009

Arsonist Crow at Shivaji Park

Is this crow showing arsonist tendencies? Rajendra Gawankar (HT) took this photo of a crow sitting atop a tree at Shivaji Park, Mumbai. It is holding  a match in its beak and is trying to strike it.

Feb 8, 2009

Reliance Big Entertainment Sets its Sights on Hollywood

Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE) has mega ambitions. Recently in the news for buying the rights of Rakesh Roshan's kites for Rs. 150 crore, the company has got into co-venture deals with Julia Robert's Red Om Films and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment.

Reliance Big Entertainment will create a development silo for each production venture and it retains an option to co-finance the projects in addition to the rights in Indian markets.

Movie projects go through three stages - development, production, and distribution. RBE is currently immersed in the development phase.

In addition to these joint ventures, RBE also has creative partnerships with Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Chris Columbus, Brad Pitt, and and Jay Roach - not to mention Steven Spielberg.

Feb 4, 2009

Anti-Aircraft guns installed in Mumbai

Perhaps due to increased security after the November 26th attacks or due to the likelihood of the terrorists using aerial attack on targets in Mumbai, the navy is going to install Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft (L-70) guns along the coastline.

First of these guns will be near Mumbai Port Trust at Ballard Pier. The guns come with a Flycatcher radar system and generators. The guns can fire hundreds of shells in seconds. These shells destroy the targets by forming a barrage of high speed objects.

The guns are going to be manned by 20 commandos.

Mumbai's security is by no means any better. Hundreds of ships arrive to the port without proper scanning for dirty bombs or even a fertilizer bomb. It is up to the government and the armed forces to make sure that red tape is never a reason this precious city is left unprotected.

One additional note, although the gun is designed by Bofors, it is manufactured in India by the Ordnance Factory Board.

Feb 1, 2009

Mahim Halwa

Was Mahim Halwa first made in Mahim, Mumbai? According to Ram Joshi - part owner of Joshi Budhakaka Mahim Halwawala, it was first made by his great grandfather in 1780s. Girdhar Mavji had walked all the way from Gurjat to Mumbai in the eighteenth century to set up a shop here.

Mahim Halwa is made in technicolor translucent square pieces by mixing malt, sugar, clarified butter, and dry fruits and stirring them under heat for 30-35 minutes. The creamy liquid is them poured over wooden pads in thin layer to cool. That's really it. The pieces are cut, packed separated by butter paper, and they are ready to go.


Thali on its way out in Mumbai

How many of you have had Thali on your last visit to an Indian restaurant? Exactly!

It appears that in Mumbai, Thali - which is a selection of dishes served together in small bowls on a round tray - is on its way out. This has to do with the changes in the eating patterns - perhaps due to health reasons. People don't want to consume a large plate of meal; instead they prefer to order their meals through a menu of Punjabi or Chinese dishes.

Patrons are not willing to pay Rs. 30 - 35 for a Thali - instead they prefer mini-meals. So, Thali restaurants have two choices - go out of business or change the menau.

It won't be a while before Thali will be served only on special occasions. 

Ambani Family when Anil and Mukesh were boys

Here's a photograph of Ambani family when Mukesh and Anil were boys - quite likely when their place of residence was this modest apartment.

Here are other articles about this family.

New hospital opened in Andheri (W) - Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani