Bandra is famous for a lot of things, beginning with its vibrant street-shopping scene, ending with its peaceful promenades and a lot of things in between. One of this hippest suburbs in Mumbai, and home to many a famous man, and woman, Bandra is the perfect place to go to unwind, party and shop till you drop. Oh! And also to get a tattoo or piercing. Many of us are aware of its happening night life scene and have probably been to several of the pubs and clubs clustered here. But, did you know that Bandra has some exquisitely beautiful cafés as well? So, if you don’t want to blow up too much money, but still want to enjoy some good food and ambiance, these are the cafes you must visit.

BAD Café

Tucked in the one of the lanes in Pali Hill road, this café makes a perfect hideout from the chaos of the city. The café is best known for its amazing selection of coffee and board games and its unique European and Spanish menu. The spacious café also makes a great co-working space.

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Desi Deli Café

This cosy café is situated in Bandra Reclamation. True to its name, the café serves up continental food, but with a unique desi twist. It also serves up some very interesting coffees. Head out here to enjoy some peace and quiet, and of course, great food!

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Suzette

Opened by three French expats, the place reflects the taste and style of its founders. The Café boasts of a Parisian café ambience and is known to serve the best crepes and coffees. Another offering you must taste here is their hot chocolate.

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Birdsong Café

Tucked away in a narrow lane, this quaint hangout is perfect for a quiet lunch or an intimate meeting. The large French windows infuse the café with an understated elegance while the chalk board writings offset this beautifully. The best part about this café is that everything served here is organic and they have a sumptuous vegan menu as well!

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QTube Café

This unique café is one of the few performance cafes in the area. Although the café does not sell food, it does serve up yummy coffee, for free! You can even head here to access books from the cafes library or access free Wi-fi. The best part, however, is that the café hosts a number or events and performances, many of which have no entry charge. So head to QTube to enjoy some interesting performing art-related events!

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Here are some of the coolest events happening this month at the Café. Mark the dates out and don’t miss any of these!

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For poetry enthusiasts:

Open Mic by Irshaad

Come to perform your original pieces or listen to others performing theirs.

Date: 4th November

Time: 4 – 9 pm

Entry: Free

Poetry session in memory of Anuj Mahadik by PoShak

This gathering will see few of his poet friends dedicate their poems/performances to him. This show is open to all near and dear ones. And yes, poetry lovers are most welcome to witness poetry in large numbers.

Date: 5th November

Time: 3 – 7 pm

Entry: Free

Book launch/signing:

Broke Bibliophiles Bombay Chapter’s second author event will feature critically acclaimed Marathi author, Sachin Kundalkar. Author meet and greet, book reading and book signing will follow.

Date: 5th November

Time: 7 – 9.30 pm

Entry: Free

Paper Sculpture Workshop by Oldroots

Come to learn techniques to sculpt paper into beautiful artworks. The workshop in being organized by Harshada Khandale and Kedar Madkaikar.

Date: 12th November

Time: 5.30 – 8 pm

Entry: Rs. 1500

Comedy Open mic by Awkward Fruit

Date: 15th, 22nd, 29th November

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Entry: Free

Workshops by Averti:

For teenagers-

Date: 18th November

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Entry: Rs. 499

For parents –

Date: 18th November

Time: 10 – 11.30 am

Entry: Rs. 360

Play session by Toybank

Toybank is back with some fun play time with board games. A load of fun awaits, so bring your friends & family to play with team Toybank!

Date: 29th November

Time: 4 – 7 pm

Entry: free

Music workshop by FSM (Furtados School of Music)

Workshop by David van Ooijen, a dutch lutist.

Date: 30th November

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Entry: Free

 

Here are some events you must make time for this month!

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Stories worth Sharing

This meetup encourages people to share their stories with others so that, through personal stories, people can be motivated and inspired.

Date: 8th Oct, 2017

Time: 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

Entry: Free

NGO Exhibition by Help Your NGO

NGOs will be putting up stalls of various products. Make a purchase to help persons in need.

Date: 9th Oct, 2017

Time: 10 am – 5.30 pm

Entry: Free

Mental Health Workshop by Out A Loud

The event will help create awareness about mental ailments.

Date: 10th Oct, 2017

Time: 9 am – 9 pm

Entry: Free

Comedy Open Mic by Awkward Fruit

Attend to watch upcoming comics crack their funniest jokes.

Dates: 11th, 17th, 25th

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

Entry: Free

Awareness Session for Youth by The Plane Jar

The Plane Jar aims at raising awareness among the youth about subjects that are generally considered taboo in society. The organisation’s role is to increase consciousness among people with regard to specific issues so as to make society more liberal and accepting.   They wish to erase the prejudice and stigma in society around various subjects (for example- harassment, mental illness).

Date: 16th Oct, 2017

Time: 3 pm – 6. 30 pm

Entry: Free

Event by For A Cause

For a Cause will be organizing an art event for charity.

Date: 22nd Oct, 2017

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Entry: Free

Law of Attraction Workshop by The Circle

Learn how to make a vision board and get the law of attraction to work for you!

Date: 27th Oct, 2017

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Entry: Rs. 300

Open Mic by Word Pleasure

Word pleasure will be organizing an open mic for poets. Sign up to perform your original piece.

Date: 29th Oct, 2017

Time: 2 pm – 8 pm

Entry: Free

 

Do you like the way light streams in through a stained glass window? Imagine if you could recreate this wonder in your room! Thanks to glass paints, it’s now completely possible to do so. If you’re trying out glass paints for the first time, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure that the glass surface is washed and dried properly. There should be no trace of oil on it.
  • Water-based paints are ideal for beginners. Once you’re comfortable with glass painting, move on to solvent-based ones as they last longer.
  • Apply the liner generously, as it works as a border that prevents paints from mixing.
  • Use a brush to spread the paint. If the sections are too close, take regular and repeated breaks to give the paint time to dry. This will prevent seepage and smudging.
  • If you’re not satisfied with the colour, reapply a coat but only after the first coat has dried.

Here are some easy designs to begin with:

Why not use your skills to glam-up some wine glasses?

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Or your fish bowl?

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Image courtesy: HGTV

Maybe a window?

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Or a used bottle?

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What are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a set of glass paints and start painting!

 

We’ve all read these literary classics. But are you aware of these bizarre stories associated with them? Read on to discover some startling facts about these literary gems!

Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian classic. When reading the book, we’ve all wondered about the significance of the title. Online searches inform us that it’s the temperature at which paper catches fire, but this isn’t true, because paper combusts at 451 Celsius and not 451 Fahrenheit. Turns out the fire security specialist Bradbury consulted made an honest mistake and confused the temperature scales!

War and Peace  

Attempting to read Tolstoy’s masterpiece, ‘War and Peace,’ takes guts, patience and tremendous amount of perseverance. The novel, which is approximately 1,440 pages long, presents the stories of five aristocratic Russian families, and through their lived experiences, analyses the impact of the Napoleonic era of Tsarist society. Most people think the novel is too long to read, and ironically, the author seems to share the same sentiment about his work. In January 1871, he wrote a letter to his friend saying, ’How happy I am…that I shall never again write such verbose rubbish like War.’

Pride and Prejudice

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The book is one of these most-revered and loved works in the literary cannon. It gave us Mr. Darcy and showed millions of women what the ‘Perfect Man’ is like. Interestingly, Jane Austen wrote the book when she was just 21. When presented to publishers, most thought the book was no good and so it stayed unpublished for 15 years. It was only after her ‘Sense and Sensibility’ gained fame that her previous work, ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ got published!

Finnegans Wake

In this book, James Joyce coined a word that is 101 letters long. This word is Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk, and refers to the sound made by the fall of Adam and Eve.

Green Eggs and Ham

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This children’s book, written by D. Seuss, is one of the simplest works ever written. The entire book makes use of just 50 words and is ideal for children just learning to read. The plot too is delightfully simple and revolves around a character called Sam-I-Am pestering and unnamed character to try out green eggs and ham. Yet, in 1965, the book was banned in People’s Republic of China for its “portrayal of early Marxism.”

Have these bookish facts left you craving for a good read? Step in to QTube Café and pick up any book from the café’s well-stocked shelves. You can sit and read for as long as you like while enjoying free coffee and Wi-Fi and well!

 

Our previous article 3 Terms to Update you Art Vocab presented the meaning of the terms Biomorphism, Chiaroscuro and Trompe L’oeil. In this article, we touch upon 3 new terms to help you expand your art vocabulary and understanding of art.

Triptych

This style of artwork originated in the 18th century. To infuse drama into the artwork and to give it a story-telling quality, artists began dividing their work into 3 sections. Artworks that display this structural division are called Triptychs. Here is an example of one -

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The Lamentation, an altarpiece

Bricolage

This form of artwork is quite popular and is something that is even taught in schools. Bricolage is a mixed-media art piece, or a work created from a diverse range of things that happen to be available to an artist.

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Igloo by Mario Merz, constructed using iron sheets & rods

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Kitsch

This style of art was developed in the early 20th century. The word refers to an artwork, object or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way. Some artists used kitsch to comment of the culture of mass consumerism. The famous India painter, Raja Ravi Verma, who is known for his calendar art, is called the father of Indian Kitsch.

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A painting of Saraswati by Raja Ravi Verma

Try using these terms when critiquing a work of art the next time!

 

Thanks to the hectic nature of our days, we hardly get time to treat ourselves to entertainment. At the most, we’ll probably find time to watch a serial or two on Netflix, or catch our favourite comedian’s stand up piece on YouTube. But, where or where is the time for art, right? Taking a leisurely stroll through a museum or art gallery seems unthinkable and undoable. Back up  bit, for the good news is that you DON’T have to visit either to enjoy art. There’s art all around you and all you need to do is take a closer look at your surroundings. Here’s an article that’ll help you spot some cool art zones in the city. We bet you never thought these places had any artistic significance!

The Ghetto

This hole-in-the-wall pub in Breach Candy has given graffiti lovers something to marvel at for decades. The pub opened its doors in the mid 90s and since then, has swiftly become one of the most prestigious clubs in Mumbai. While the price of food and beverages can be a little steep, the club is a must-visit because of its unique lighting. The UV tubes make eyes, teeth and fluorescent clothing glow with ghoulish brilliance. If you do visit this club, don’t forget to add your artwork to the graffiti-ridden walls for posterity!

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Café Mondegar

This iconic café has multiple claims to fame. Not only was it among the first restaurants to dot the city’s streets, it was also the first eatery to introduce a jukebox. But, this isn’t the only reason why the Café is famous. It also boasts the artwork of a very famous cartoonist – Mario Miranda. Mario’s iconic artwork is sprawled along the Café’s walls. The mural comments on life in the city and that’s why the city’s patrons find the artwork incredibly humorous and relatable.

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Phoenix Market City, Kurla

Hailed as one of the largest malls in the city, this upmarket mall houses not only some very expensive brands, it also hosts the works of some very talented local artists. As you walk across the expansive walkways, don’t be surprised if a huge installation jumps out at you. The mall is a good place to go to your monthly art fix without having to shell out a penny.

QTube Café

This tiny café on S.V. Road is an artist friendly café that allows artists to host shows, events, talks and workshops for free. It also displays the works of creators for free. Step in and you’ll see the walls dotted with the works of doodlers, painters and mixed-media artists. It also hosts fun, performing-art related events every week so follow their Facebook page to get timely updates about all the events that are held there.

Public Art Installations

Who says you need to visit an art gallery to view the works of famous sculptors and painters. Several of the creators have designed massive installations that deck the streets of Mumbai. Yes, you can walk along a lane or street in the city and be treated to the works of a famous sculptor like Arzan Khambatta. All you need to do is keep your eyes open and be prepared to ask a few questions. Here are some installations you can look out for – Steel Dolphins at Worli, bronze mermaid sitting on a flower at Marine Drive, R.K. Laxman’s statue at Worli, Valay Shende’s Dabbawalla. Could you think of more installations that often go unnoticed?

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Hello folks! We’re back with our monthly list of interesting events, happening at QTube Café. From workshops for kids to poetry sessions for adults, there’s something for everyone. Mark out these dates in your calendar so that you don’t miss any of these events!

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Averti is organizing @TeenTalks, a parenting workshop for parents and children. Attend the workshop to learn how to communicate better with your little ones.

Date: 3rd September

Time: 4 pm – 5.30 pm

Entry Fee: Rs. 360

Social Edge Workshop for Children by Uplearn Learning Solutions LLP  

This workshop teaches children the nuances of social etiquette and dining etiquette. It is a fun, interactive and effective program that empowers children to become confident, polished and polite. (7 – 14 years)

Date: 3rd September

Time: 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Entry Fee: Free

A Science Workshop by Hands on Learning for Kids

What could be more fun than to have a rip-roaring good time constructing weird, wacky science contraptions! Children use these gizmos to explore fascinating scientific principles, especially in physics, like gravity, density, pressure, balance, and energy. These science toys will convince you forever that science is synonymous with fun!

Date: 3rd September

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 800

The Awkward Fruit – Stand Up Open Mic

Upcoming comics, here’s your chance to enjoy a few minutes under the limelight! This welcoming Open Mic event invites almost everyone to share their jokes, so come here to test the waters for your newly-written set or to enjoy others doing the same!

Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 7.30 – 9 pm

Entry Fee: Free

images3last is organizing ‘Rediscover the Gentleman in You,’ a unique workshop just for MEN on etiquette & creating a positive impact

Date: 8th September

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Entry Fee: Rs. 500

BeHiver – The Learning Tree – The Four Pillars Workshop

Join Glenn Hayden and BeHiver for a day of exploration into meaningful communication and effective team work. Glenn uses his 30 years’ experience in the theatre to share artists’ techniques and exercises that encourage you to challenge and discover your skills in team work and communications.

For any further information and to register for the workshop, connect with Aniruddha Chatterjee on +91-9769118555.

Date: 9th September

Time: 9 am – 9 pm

Entry Fee: Rs. 100

Ek Kadam Poetry Ki Aur

PoShaK invites Poets, Shayars and Kavis to its 5th edition of Poetry Open Mic. No restrictions on language, topic or format as long as the work is original.

For any enquiries:

Aakash +918898111113/+918433631871

Date: 10th September

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Story Connect  

Story Connect is organizing a storytelling circle in which participants are invited to share their travel experience. The story teller will also share some tips to enhance writing techniques.

Date: 15th September

Time: 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Entry Fee: Free

BeHiver presents ‘Be You For You’, an expressive writing workshop by Elita Almeida. It includes the techniques of expressive writing as prescribed by Dr. James Pennebaker for self-discovery through intra-personal communication.

For any further information and to register for the workshop, connect with Aniruddha Chatterjee on +91-9769118555.

Date: 16th September

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

Entry Fee: Rs. 100

Stand Up Comedy Bhayanak Bakra

Bhayanak Bakra invites comedians to share their material with an interested audience. Bring your freshest work along and share it with those looking for a laugh.

Date: 17th September

Time: 5 pm – 9.45 pm

Entry fee: Rs. 200

Irshaad’s 5th Poetry Open Mic

Open to poets writing in all languages and genres. Host: Devroop Sharma. Limited Slots. Please come early for a fixed slot.

Date – 22nd September

Time – 4pm to 9pm

Entry Fee: Free

Power of Play Session

Toybank is back with a board game session for you. Their youth wing will be organizing fun activities prior to the play session. The board games have been specially curated. The aim of the event to help people understand why the concept of Play is important in life.

Date: 28th September

Time: 6 pm – 7.30 pm

Entry Fee: Free

 

Many of us shy away from stepping into art galleries because we feel ill-equipped to critique, or even talk about artworks. How do I describe this weird painting hanging on the wall? How am I supposed to feel about it? What in the world is this art style called? Questions like these and many more run through our minds as we walk soundlessly through the hallways. What if you were aware of the right terms? Wouldn’t you feel a lot more comfortable in these arty spaces? Well, if you said “yes,” today is your lucky day, for below, we’ve listed down three new terms for you to learn. Look out for our future art vocab instalments to learn more terms and concepts.

Biomorphism

The term comes from two Greek words, bios, meaning life and morphe, meaning form. Biomorphic art draws inspiration from living organisms like plants, animals, the human body, etc. It replicates forms found in nature but in a free-flowing, unique fashion. The term was first used in the 1930s to describe abstract imagery in surrealist and cubist paintings and sculptures. The form is decorative, rather than structural and aims to exalt the mystical, the spontaneous the irrational. The sculpture below is an example of biomorphic art. Another example closer to home is the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, which has been inspired by the contours of the Lotus flower.

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Recumbent Figure by Henry Moore

Chiaroscuro

Is an Italian term which translates as ‘light and dark.’ The oil-painting technique was developed during the Renaissance to model three-dimensional forms. Artists use extreme contrasts of light and shade for dramatic effect. Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt are famous for developing this technique. Chiaroscuro is not used only in paintings but also in film and photography. Neo-noir films like ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Blade Runner’ have made extensive use of Chiaroscuro.

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Self-portrait by Rembrandt

Trompe L’oeil

The French phrase means ‘deceives the eye’ and is used to describe paintings that create the illusion of a real object or scene. Cleaver brush strokes give the painting the appearance of a 3 Dimensional object. ‘Pavement art’ which is creating waves in the art scene is a good example of Trome L’oeil. We get to see glimpses of its use in the cartoon ‘Road Runner’ as well where Wily Coyote paints Trompe L’oeil tunnels and Road Runner races through them.

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A painting of newspapers and assorted objects by Edward Collier.

We hope these terms help you appreciate artworks better!

 

People treat coffee like they do an intoxicant, or at least, that’s the feeling you get when they talk about the beverage. They’ll either seem enchanted by its magically addictive flavour, or, then they’ll stand at the other end of the spectrum, denouncing the beverage for all its evils. The latter lot often terrify coffee lovers by their trivia, which is often focused on the ‘harmful effects’ of the beverage. And so they’ll tell you exactly how coffee triggers heart ailments or causes dehydration. But a lot of these ‘facts’ are actually nothing but myths! Here are some other myths that are absolutely untrue.

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Caffeine is dehydrating

While caffeine can have a mild diuretic effect, the amount of water present in the beverage (because of milk/water) more than makes up for the amount lost. So, there’s no way you’re going to get dehydrated, unless you give up drinking beverages and water on the whole!

Coffee is bad for your heart

People believed that caffeine increased the heart rate and because of this, coffee drinkers were more likely to suffer from strokes and other heart-related ailments. However, a Harvard study has shown that it is the opposite that is true. Having up to 2 cups of coffee per day can lower the risk of heart disease!

Coffee disrupts sleep

Coffee doesn’t disrupt sleep, but consuming it at the wrong time does. It takes about 5 hours for coffee to be eliminated from your system, so having it too close to bed time or in the middle of the night is obviously a bad idea. However, your afternoon/ early evening cup of coffee doesn’t mess with your sleep at all!

Coffee helps you lose weight

While caffeine does boost metabolism, it doesn’t bring about significant or permanent weight loss. Also, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, your body might become immune to the metabolism boost over time. Consuming coffee to ‘get in shape’ then is a bad idea.

Coffee stunts growth

Adding coffee to a child’s diet is obviously not the right or best thing to do, but it’s also true that there is no evidence that proves that coffee has a stunting effect on growth. So, if your child accidently-on-purpose takes a sip or two of your coffee, don’t freak out!

Has all this coffee talk left you craving for a steaming cup of coffee? Head over to QTube Café to enjoy as many cups as you like for free! And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the cafe’s library, access the free Wi-fi or tinker around on one of the musical instruments!