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To this Year’s Ganeshotsav

It’s that time of the year again, and we’ve already started prepping. Ganesh Chaturthi starts this August 25th, and Mumbai is on a collective gusto. It is the one festival that brings...

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Ecofriendly Ganesha Idols

Each year, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations wind up with the immersion of Ganesh idols in lakes, rivers and seas. For those of us who aren’t still aware, these idols are more often than not made out of Plaster of Paris (POP) and other non-biodegradable toxic...

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Think Big like Gajanana

Our beloved lord Ganesha is the symbol of every positive start and the destroyer of anything that would hold you back. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi pandals across our city attempt to out perform the other by making their idols bigger,...





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A selection of useful, informative and interesting online social media pointers that you should know.

We rise by lifting others, once rightly said by American orator Robert Ingersoll, can mean something different to each one of us. One such interpretation was correctly made by Mumbai based charitable....

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Contributors POOJA KOCHAR Founder 30ish and PhotoblogHER Blogger, photographer and body positive activist Website: www.poojakochar.com


MOHINI Mohini is a Tarot Card reader, Hypnotherapist and a Life Coach. She also teaches reading Tarot Cards and various self-healing techniques.

CONTENT MANAGER Kirti Kabra GRAPHIC DESIGNER Vaibhav Wankhade SALES & MARKETING +91-9769302244 (advertise@livinglocalmag.com)

MANALI JAIN Traveller, Photographer, history lover and a curious learner. Every photograph has a story, just being another storyteller in this big world.

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KIRTI KABRA Writer. Wannabe foodie. Belly dancer. Cheese lover. Fashion stalwart.


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Let your VOICE be heard. Write to us, on any topic related to Mumbai and share what’s happening in your neighborhood.


#SELFIE- The My, Moi, Myself Era. Selfie – Officially named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of The Year in 2013. That says something about the 21st century, doesn’t it? The extra front-facing camera on our mobile phones is making it even easier for us to not look beyond us. Hair not looking good – Hit Delete. Face not captured in good angle – Hit Delete. Somehow being in control of taking our own pictures is bordering narcissism. The passerby at tourist locations who used to be called to take a picture has today gone out business. There have been quite a few reported deaths recently caused due to Selfie experiences. It’s sad that an obsession is going beyond the realm of fun social media activity. The most innocent and undiluted things come from a child. That’s the age we know when they absorb everything. And they get to do that ‘cause they are unaware of self and more aware of the surroundings. The expressions of amaze that a scenery may bring to their faces become a matter of a calculated perfect pose amongst adults. What happened to the beautiful surrounding that stayed beautiful behind our self-obsessed social media hungry selfies? Does that not count anymore? Is your face the best memory that you are creating? I used to take selfies in every tourist location earlier, so by no means I may advocate anything against it. Somehow this word seems to be troubling my subconscious mind. I am scared for the overtly obsessed ones who go to any limit to create that perfect shot. Somehow the most beautiful pictures are the ones with that bit of imperfection that makes them real. And most of the times, it is the human imperfection that we are manipulating.


Anubhav Anand @anubhavanand www.anubhavanand.com/blog

Self – MY, MOI, MYSELF unless looked in the spiritual sense, often tends to become egotistical in nature. The festivities are around the corner. There is so much color, vigor, happiness and emotions to see and share. Let’s not let those get lost in perfecting our selfies that look the same for one and another.

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A citywide guide to this year’s Ganeshotsav by Kirti Kabra


t’s that time of the year again, and we’ve already started prepping. Ganesh Chaturthi starts this August 25th, and Mumbai is on a collective gusto. It is the one festival that brings out the zest of street life, the essence of sharing and giving and the spirit of the city’s artistic traditions.

While we love what we see, it makes us wonder of how little we know of this festival that we celebrate so extravagantly. Here’s a little something to fill you in.


quick facts you didn’t know about Ganesh Chaturthi

the celebratory traditions of Ganesh Chaturthi on a grand scale in order to bridge the unity amongst people.

• Ganesh Chaturthi is considered to be auspicious, as it is believed that Lord Ganpati descends on earth to give blessings to his devotees.

• The original color of Ganesha is red and green according to Shiva Maha Puran.

• During the time when the British discouraged social gatherings, freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak brought back


• With India’s independence in 1947, Ganesh Chaturthi was announced to be a national festival. However, it is celebrated in a massive way only in Maharashtra, Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh.

• Lalbaugcha Raja takes the most amount of time in its immersion process. It starts at 10am and wraps up the next morning, taking close to 24 hours.

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• Ganpati idols standing on one leg are the most popular ones across the nation, but the most difficult ones to carve. One of the lesser-known facts about Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra is that it is predominantly celebrated on a grand scale in Mumbai and Pune only. Mumbai acts as a host to some of the most acutely organized pandals – roughly 1,50,000 including small and large scale ones. In case you’re lost, here’s a citywide guide to celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai –

Modakam 8/1, Kamana Co-operative Society, SK Bole Marg, Prabhadevi Contact: 022 2422 1012 Panshikar Bros Kamal Niwas, NC Kelkar Road, Dadar (west) Contact: 022 2444 9260 Punjabi Ghasitaram World Of Sweets J P Road, Narsinh Niwas, Near Navrang Cinema, Andheri (west) Contact: 022 2677 7023 Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwaala 4, Sheila Mahal, 1st Pasta Lane, Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Contact: 022 2284 0073 Prashant Corner Shop no 17 & 18, Gagngiri Society Panch Pakhadi, Thane (west) Contact: 022 2540 5879 Adarsh Mithai Mandir 309, Javji Dadaji Marg, Nana Chowk, Grant Road Contact: 022 2388 1039

Best places to buy Modaks from


odaks are said to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite food. Now how can we say no to that!



o festivity is complete without the right décor. Whether it is a last minute flower emergency, or fairy lights, we’ve got you covered. To save you all the time and trouble, here’s a list of some décor hubs you will need very soon. Mahila Adhar Kendra (Open Exhibition) Ground Floor Baba Gawde Hospital Opp. Vile Parle Station (east) Contact: 9892618372 / 84070822 Mahila Adhar Kendra Mahavir Nagar Near Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Kandivali (west) Contact: 9768826717 Gangaur Arts Mata Pitashree Bunglow, GV Scheme Road no 4 , Mulund (east) Contact: 9930451624

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ead over to the following markets for the best possible selection of lights. Crawford Market Bylanes of Dadar (west) station Bylanes of Kurla (west) station Lohar Chawl market Lamington Road

Flowers A part of what makes Mumbai stand out is how impeccably people here use flowers here. Here’s a list of the best flower markets across all hoods: Dadar Flower Market Jambli Naka, Thane Matunga East Flower Market Sahakar flower market, Juhu

Dhol Tasha Pathak


an you imagine a Ganpati proceeding without dancing to the dhol? Here’s where you find them. Yodha Dhol Tasha Pathak Koliwada, Worli Contact: 08082694646 Taalbrahma Dhol Tasha Pathak Vidyavihar ST depot Building, Vidya vihar Society, Ghatkopar (west) Contact: 9967844202 Swastik Dhol Tasha Near Oshiwara Police Station, New Link road, Adarsh Nagar, Jogeshwari (west) Contact: 097737 75778 Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan Vadya Pathak Terrace Floor, Welfare Center, Samta Nagar, Thane (west) Contact: 9699911746 Sankalp Dhol Tasha Pathak 5/503, Sarang Building, SJ Marg, Lower Parel Contact: 9757443589


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Artificial ponds for Visarjan


t’s time we start appreciating nature and all its gifts. With festivity, comes an equal measure of responsibilty. Say no to idol immersion in rivers and seas – A much environment friendly way for visarjan is opting for articfical ponds, now made available across Mumbai. Mayor Bunglow, Dadar (west) Mahatma Gandhi Vidhayalaya, Government Colony, Bandra (east) Lokhandwala Complex, Lokhadwala Backroad, Andheri (west) Dallaji Salvi Maidan, Bhaveshwar Road, Ghatkopar (east) Ramleela Maidan, Near Lords Universal College, Malad (east) Dahisar Sports Foundations, R Thakur Marg, Dahisar Sambhaji Garden, Santacruz (west) Ganesh Ghat, Goregaon (east)

Must-visit Ganpati Pandals


utdoing each other every year, these pandals across Mumbai have managed to flock the maximum number of visiotrs, and with good reason of course. Add them to your checklist if you’ve missed out on even one of them.

Fort cha Raja, Fort Lalbaugcha Raja, Lalbaug GSB Seva, Matunga GSB Sports Club, Matunga Andheri Cha Raja, Andheri (west) Veera Desai Road, Andheri (west) Khetwadi cha Raja, Girgaum Sahyadri Krida Mandal, Chembur

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Organic Ganesha idols for an eco-friendly Chaturthi by Kirti Kabra

Each year, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations wind up with the immersion of Ganesh idols in lakes, rivers and seas. For those of us who aren’t still aware, these idols are more often than not made out of Plaster of Paris (POP) and other non-biodegradable toxic and chemical colors that extensively result in harming the marine life and causing a great deal of pollution. Since going green has become the new way of life, why ignore it when it comes to religious festivals like such, which are celebrated at a grand scale. However, there is a way out. From chocolate, mud and paper to vegetables, seeds and cow dung – you name it. Mumbaikars are using the most innovative ways to go the green way by opting for more eco-friendly idols that help reduce environmental damage. Fortunately, there has been a striking jump in the demand for organic Ganesha idols this year. If you’re on the lookout for such idols too, we’re here to help. Here’s a rundown of some great places that carry an expansive variety of eco-friendly Ganpati idols:


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Aniruddha Upasana Trust Idols prepared from kneaded paper pulp collected under the Waste Paper Project. 503, Link apartments, Khari village, Khar, Contact: 91 2226057054

Vetal Ganpati Vikri Kendra Specializes in idols carved out of clay. Juhu Versova Link Road, Four Bungalows, Near Vikram Petrol Pump, Andheri (west) Contact: 9867949884

Trimurti Arts


Specializes in idols made out of red soil, organic fertilizers, seeds and natural colors. 1/18 Shiv Samrat CSH, Bunder pakhadi road, Dahanukar wadi, Kandivali (west) Contact: 9920345540/ 7718082771

Trust them to use natural colors that won’t damage the environment. Green Practices Pvt Ltd. C/o New Era Mercantile Industry Manor, 1st floor, Prabhadevi Contact: 9930224454

Radhika Arora (Ecoexist)

There has been a striking jump in the demand for organic Ganesha idols this year...

Eco-friendly idols carved out of mud and clay. No 6 Vasant Park, Janaki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai 400049 Contact: 9820676765

Paper Ganesh (paperganesh.com)

Specializes in clay and paper mache idols. Opp. BMC School, Tank Road, Bhandup (west) Contact: 09167289072

Prathamesh Global

As the name suggests, they specialize in paper mache idols. Crystal Point Mall, 1st floor, Link Road, Near D.N.Nagar Metro Station, Andheri (west) Contact: 9820828804/ 9969981920

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This August, kids get to rule their own city

KidZania by Kirti Kabra KidZania, the global indoor theme park that has made its home in Ghatkopar’s R City Mall, is nothing short of a kids’ paradise. A perfect blend of reality and entertainment, KidZania hosts children from the ages of 2 to 16 years old. Most of us have grown up role-playing doctors, lawyers, teachers, astronauts and the like – but with a novice approach of course. KidZania gives children a platform to do what comes most naturally to them – roleplaying, emu-

A lot like in the real world, kids here perform “jobs” and are paid for their work in KidZania money, also referred to as kidZos. While role-playing is fun, it is also greatly combined with learning, making KidZania a distinctive

“KidZania is a place where questions are answered. We expose children at an early age to a world of work through real life role-playing professions... lating, re-enacting and participating in real life experiences and activities. This summer, KidZania introduced a concept of ‘city of real life adventures’ to connect with the fact that role-playing has in fact got a lot to do with real life experiences. Built like a city, it empowers children to participate in real life role-plays that expose them to the world of work.


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educational city that empowers a child, augments self-esteem and stimulates creative thinking. “KidZania is a place where questions are answered. We expose children at an early age to a world of work through real life role-playing professions because it allows them to understand how a real world works, and thereby also be able to aspire to become something as they eventually start understanding that the world has a lot to offer”, says Viraj Jit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer, KidZania India. While being the ideal destination for children, KidZania is also a great place for parents to observe, absorb and understand a lot about their kids that they would otherwise be unaware of.

What to look forward to? Amazing August – KidZania launches a great line up of events for the month of August. From Friendship’s Day and Raksha Bandhan to Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi – each of them will have a week dedicated to a bunch full of activities that are specifically themed around the event. We caught up with the Marketing Manager of KidZania Mumbai, Tarandeep Singh, who said, “These are four back-to-back themed activations under the umbrella of Amazing August and we are really looking forward to kids having a great time at KidZania, this August”. In addition to the 100+ activities at any given time, August is going to be an added ride of adventures for kids. Don’t miss out on the family combo offers that are running currently. KidZania has taken the theory of role-play and managed to build an entire city around it, helping the child understand and experience the world they are growing up in.

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Think big

like Gajanana by Pooja Kochar Our beloved lord Ganesha is the symbol of every positive start and the destroyer of anything that would hold you back. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi pandals across our city attempt to out perform the other by making their idols bigger, brighter and more elaborate. All these toxic and non-biodegradable substance is responsible for ruining our marine ecosystem causing tremendous harm to the environment. We seem to be so engrossed in the festivities that the environment seems to be the least of our concerns, but this is going to catch up with us some day. Some hoods and societies along


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with the support of their local BMC candidates create artificial tanks to immerse Ganesh idols – This option is not only convenient but also keeps our ocean safe. Community initiatives like these should be encouraged and talked about; involving children will help us spread the word amongst the younger generation. Last couple of years has seen a rise in devotees opting for eco-friendly Ganeshji idols. Although the number is very small, there are a few interesting options available. We explored a few:

He has a big head or Gajanana, which means “Elephant Faced God” symbolizing his quality to ‘think big’. Isn’t it time for us to make a note of that and follow his footsteps?

Fish friendly idols A Mumbai based NGO, Sprouts Environmental Trust, has created idols that are made with corn and vegetable powder. The idols are colored with natural materials such as turmeric, chandan (sandalwood) and geru (ochre). They dissolve really quickly due to their small size and environmental friendly raw materials. You need to usually order them in advance, as the demand is quite high. The initiative gained momentum a couple of years back with the backing of a very effective social media campaign.

Plant your Ganesha The idea is not only innovative but also futuristic. We all know how important

plants are, then why not let our beloved Ganesha stay with us much longer and prosper as a plant in our very own house. On the day of the final immersion the idol is placed in a garden/pot and showered with water, till completely dissolved. The seeds, which were a part of the soil used for the idol, are now sown in the pot and will grow back as a beautiful Tulsi plant.

Alum for spreading purity through lord Ganesha Ganesha idols made from alum and eco friendly colors are also a great option. Once immersed, they tend to dissolve easily and also help in reducing water contamination. You might think that alum from one idol might not make a difference, but

imagine more people adopting this idea and contributing to the larger benefit. Besides alum, idols made of other biodegradable substances are also gaining popularity. This year could be your first attempt to make a difference. There are many more eco-friendly options easily accessible. Let lord Ganesha’s ideology of destroying anything that holds you back motivate you to spread joy and festivities in a more responsible manner. He has a big head or Gajanana, which means “Elephant Faced God” symbolizing his quality to ‘think big’. Isn’t it time for us to make a note of that and follow his footsteps?

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MUMBAI ONLINE A selection of useful, informative and interesting online social media pointers that you should know.

Bibliophiles of Bombay


LIKES 1866

Bibliophiles of Bombay is similar to Humans of New York but this page is only specific to bibliophiles living or touring in the city of Bombay. I am a co-founder of a book club known as Broke Bibliophiles –Bombay Chapter (B3C). Because of this book club which has offline meetups regularly on a fortnight basis, I get to meet a lot of bibliophiles and new people at every meet. These folks have become friends now and knowing what they read and what not I thought I should start this and share their reading journey and what and how difficult or easy reading has been to them. We live in times where we all are stuck on internet especially I am most social savvy person you might meet. I realized way too late in my life that reading is important and reading is what I am today somewhat.”

@Khaki_Tours TWEETS 2208


KHAKI TOURS is a platform where heritage lovers share stories and folklore about the nooks & crannies that make Mumbai. The aim is to take “heritage conservation” from elite/ intellectual circles to the common man. Khaki Tours expands the horizon of heritage from beyond “Fort” & takes you to the meandering lanes of unexplored precincts like Lalbaug, Gamdevi, Kalyan, Alibaug etc. which are not usually associated with “heritage”


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mumbaitravellersofficial 626 Posts


19.1k followers Curated by: Nilesh Haldankar, Saurabh Thanekar, Jogendra Prajapati

Mumbai Travellers is the Largest Travel Club in Mumbai and one of the largest in entire India with a family of more than 44,000 happy travelers Our motive is reflected in our activities as well. Travellers get variety of activities under one umbrella including thrilling adventure, informative treks, exciting wildlife safaris, nature trails, camping, life on wheels : biking-cycling, backpacking, offbeat & eco-tours, corporate outings, photography workshop… this list is endless.


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To help cut data costs and our need to be always connected, Joispot turned to wireless network to deliver the smooth, broad, deep data coverage that we all say and believe we want. Wi-Fi technology could bring more than just a chance to check Facebook, we believe connectivity could improve many lives— especially the poor. We aim to blanket cities in wireless signals, installing millions of access points which can be scalable to sizes of our magnitude. In a nutshell, Free WiFi extended to nearly every metropolitan area, along with many rural areas, dramatically altering the dynamics of communication such that you’re never too far from being able to connect wirelessly to the Internet.

eForestrails- SGNP includes three nature trails of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). There are currently seven nature trails in SGNP however only three have been chosen for the cellphone nature tour experience. Each trail covers 20 points of interests found along the designated nature trail. The app has been developed to promote selfguided nature trails for the national parks and sanctuaries as well as in other wildlife reserves. The highlight of the app is its text and audio commentary which gives a live experience. The trails are GPS mapped and points of interested geotagged which will help in easy navigation on the trail. Each point of interest is marked on the trail as well as on the site. The idea is to engage SGNP tourists by use of technology and assist them in exploring the wilderness on their own

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August 2017


August is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fifth month to have the length of 31 days

When Friday, August 11, 6:30 pm Where Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium, Sion



Get ready for one of the year’s biggest comedy nights! Five of the country’s best comedians - Sumukhi Suresh (who will be playing host), Biswa Kalyan Rath, Varun Thakur, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya take to stage. It promises to be a hilarious evening, so get ready for a generous dose of the best medicine!


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When August 27, 11 am Where Magazine Street Kitchen, Reay Road



Plan your August August 6 International Friendship Day; Hiroshima Day August 7 Rakshabandhan August 8 World Senior Citizen’s Day August 9 Quit India Day, Nagasaki Day August 15 Indian Independence Day August 17 Parsi New Year August 19 Photography Day Learn how to make a variety of hand-made fresh pasta with Team Mag Street. The class will cover dough making, different types of pasta such as ravioli, pappardelle, spaghetti, tagliatelle and delicious pasta sauces, and end with a family-style meal prepared by you!

August 25 Ganesh Chaturti August 29 National Sports Day



When August 12, 4pm – 6pm Where Doolally Taproom, Colaba

Discuss the woes and throes of writing a book with the author of the recently published ‘50 Cups of Coffee’, Khushnuma Daruwala. Where does one start? How does one go about it? How does one look for a publisher? How do you handle those heart-breaking rejection emails (Gallons of beer is the best antidote we hear) and lots more. Come with questions or without. Grab a beer and let’s chat about writing and Khushnuma’s journey. Funny dating stories are welcome too.

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When August 6, 6am Where Chembur Gymkhana, 16th Road, Chembur (east)




When August 5, 12 noon – 2pm Where Doolally Taproom - Bandra

Tridhaatu Monsoon 10K Run 2017 will be the 3rd edition of this exciting race which has an affiliation of Mumbai Suburban District Athletic Association, Tridhaatu. Monsoon 10K Run is the biggest race in the suburb of Chembur and attracts more than 2000 runners from various parts of Maharashtra.

When August 19, 4pm Where Social, Fun Republic, Andheri (west)


Participate in a fierce & ruthless war of words. Includes a pint beer + 40 mins of play. (Children below 21 years are allowed to play if accompanied by a parent/guardian)

SipDipNPaint allows participants to uncork their creativity while having good times. While having good times at a restaurant, sipping their favorite drinks, we will help them to create a MASTERPIECE. No prior experience is required. Everything from the canvas to color palette will be provided. Participants Just need to bring themselves with a smile and walk out with a stunning piece for their home. While it helps adults to “Socialize Artistically”, kids enjoy this as well as they are able to finish a painting on their own.


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RAILWAY GROUND For three months, the Railway ground turns into a massive Ganesh idol workshop, and the creations are sought after by almost 150 Ganpati mandals ie. around 300 idols, in the city and the suburbs. the rent being nearly Rs 5.75 lakhs is paid to the Railways each month during these three months.





Shree Mukteshwar Temple is a 400 yrs old Shiva and Shani (Navgrah) Temple located opposite the famous ISKCON temple.


CLOCK TOWER The Rajabai Clock Tower was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, an English architect.He modeled it on Big Ben in London. The foundation stone was laid on 1 March 1869 and construction was completed in November 1878. During the British Raj, it played the tunes of “Rule Britannia”, “God Save the King”, “Home! Sweet Home!” and “A Handel Symphony”, out of a total of sixteen tunes, which changed four times a day. It currently chimes only one tune every 15 minutes.


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Making of

Miss India 2017... It was a challenging task this time to “design smile� for Miss India pageant participants! It was not because the teeth were crooked or heavily stained, but the expectations the Beauties had about pearly teeth!! Dr Suhas Lele, the official smile care expert for Fbb Femina Miss India 2017 is a sought after name in the world of cosmetic dentistry. He is actively participating in caring smiles for Miss India since five years.

@Drlele.SmilesForever @DrSuhas_Lele


An accredited member of American academy of Cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Suhas Lele is the 1st Indian to be awarded with Fellowship from International Academy of Dentofacial Aesthetics (U.S.A). He is a visiting faculty and adjunct professor at the prestigious Manipal University at the centre for advanced studies in dentistry. Recently he was invited to Italy to participate in train the trainer Programme, at style italiano centre in global meet of Key Opinion Leaders. He was the only Indian to represent Asia to speak on recent advances in tooth coloured restorative materials. He is practising appearance related dentistry at Smiles Forever clinics in Mahim and Andheri respectively.

Website : www.smilesbydrlele.com | Email : smilesforeverinfo@gmail.com


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Smiles Forever Dental Clinic

Dr. Suhas Lele Accredited member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Aditi Lele MSD (Manipal) Implantology (Germany)

A pioneer of cosmetic dentistry in India with a distinguished 32 years of clinical practice, Dr. Suhas Lele is an architect behind many famous smiles in the entertainment industry which we admire daily. Dr. Lele is also an official smiles care expert of Femina Miss India since 2012. He is one of the seven accredited members of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in Asia. Dr. Lele attends his patients in his two clinics in Mumbai along with a team of talented associates. Considered a thought leader of dentistry India, he is an adjunct professor with Manipal University and will be he key note speaker at 69th National Conference of Indian Dental association which is an apex body of all dental practitioners in India.

Practicing at snilesforever, Dr. Aditi is already being considered a leading cosmetic dentist in her own right. She has worked on multiple complex cases of some high profile patients to help them to flaunt their smile. With a vision of bringing the best of international practices of cosmetic dental science to India, She has undergone rigorous hands on training on advance implantology at Dr. Michael Weiss’s state of art clinic in Germany; besides that she is also a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and travels abroad to attends various conference. Dr. Aditi is a Master of Dental science from Manipal University.

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Mahim Clinic

#1, Manokamna, T. H Kataria Marfg, Near Bharat Petroleum Petrol Pump, Mahim, Mumbai 400016 Tel- 24444585/24441302

Andheri Clinic

#307, 3rd Floor, Royal Plaza, Next to Dr. Batra, before Infinity Mall, New link raod, Andheri west Tel- 23654585, 9819109078

Email: smilesforeverinfo@gmail.com | Website: www.smilesbydrlele.com

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Storm in a Tea Cup A charitable pop-up you shouldn’t miss out this month by Kirti Kabra


e rise by lifting others, once rightly said by American orator Robert Ingersoll, can mean something different to each one of us. One such interpretation was correctly made by Mumbai based charitable organization that works towards the upliftment of the hearing impaired community. Development Education Empowerment of the Disadvantaged in Society, or DEEDS, chaired by philanthropist Radha Bajaj avid-


ly serves them by providing free education, vocational training and placements at suitable jobs, thereby making them financially self-reliant and contributors in the mainstream society. Philanthropist and Director of Union Land and Building Society, Radha Bajaj, is also a trustee at Bajaj Public Charitable Trust. At the turn of the millennium, Radha Bajaj, with her few like-minded friends spearheaded and laid the foundation of a special school

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for the hearing impaired called The Bajaj Institute of Learning, Dehradun.

The school is one of India’s finest centers offering bilingual special education to the Deaf students free of charge. She feels very strongly about the upliftment of the disadvantaged in society and is the backbone and inspiration of the numerous educational/ skill training projects conducted free of cost for the hearing impaired, in Mumbai.

She along with her team at DEEDS, also rise to the occasion when the nation faces any natural calamity, garnering help for the victims. At DEEDS, they look after and train basic skills like grooming, ethics and psychological readiness for the hearing impaired to transition smoothly into the work world. This program allows the students to explore the real world with intensive support and room to make mistakes with no judgment. An entrepreneur at the core, humanitarian at heart, Radha Bajaj has organized several plays, art exhibitions and music concerts to fruitfully raise funds for the foundation. DEEDS has successfully placed over 1300 hearing-impaired in areas like data processing, hospitality and housekeeping, as masseurs, baristas, in packaging, jewelry polishing, diamond sorting and many more. In an effort to raise funds and create awareness, DEEDS

School is one of India’s finest centers offering bilingual special education to the Deaf students free of charge. She feels very strongly about the upliftment of...

has curated a Pop Up exhibition, ‘Storm In A Tea Cup’ at The Boutique Art Hotel Le Sutra and Out of the Blue, Pali Hill, on Saturday, 5thAugust 2017 from 11 am to 8 pm. The funds raised from this event will be used towards establishing an Educational Complex for the hearing impaired, up to PHD in Dehradun.

What to expect at the event This one day event is dedicating its latest edition to finding new aged, young talent via a showcase of fashion and lifestyle brands ranging from women, men and kids wear to cosmetics, home décor, stationery, gifting solutions and the like. These include Rocky S., Craftings by Ritu Patel, La Dolce Vita and many more. Lookout for the DEEDS empowered counter, that will be selling everyday products made by the hearing impaired. The cherry on top is a specially curated health menu by Out of The Blue’s Chef Vivek Swamy that will entice you with street food of the world. If you’re planning on a shopping day out, you might as well cut the guilt out of it by contributing to a cause. To contribute to DEEDS: Visit www.deeds-india.com or call on 022-26005076 August 2017 | Volume 3 Issue 5 | Living Local Mumbai 27


Phagun N

estled in a beautiful lane in Juhu, Phagun is a part of Z Luxury Residences and offers a perfect dining experience to Mumbaikars. With a number of fusion food fine dining eateries mushrooming all over the city, this one sure is a winner with its simplicity in offering authentic Indian food – no food drama whatsoever! The overall service was prompt and efficient, in spite of it being a rather busy day for them. Complimentary cottage cheese tarts, soaked in sweet tamarind chutney were a pleasing surprise. Never had something like that before! Next we ordered the Murg badami shorba with garlic naan. This place should definitely be on the must-visit list of all North Indian food lovers. Upon chef’s recommendation, we ordered Peshawari paneer tikka, tandoori chicken, galauti kebabs and tandoori prawns. The paneer was fresh and milky, well blended with the flavorful marinade. The tandoori chicken was perfectly cooked – very well


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grilled soft and juicy. The winner however was the galauti kebabs. Born and brought up in Lucknow, I would say they were at par with what we get there. Lamb kebabs that will melt in your mouth were served on small bite sized paranthas – Divine! Before we even knew we polished it all and ordered another portion of the same. By the end of our appetizers we were too full to even order the main course, but went on to order the purane chowk ki nihari and murg methi korma with an assortment of breadbasket. The main course was just about average compared to the appetizers, though the nihari was very close to the one we have in Lucknow. Nonetheless – our meal did not end there. We were tempted to order the desserts and were recommended a platter comprising of gulab jamuns, rabri and kulfi – being the perfect end to a hearty meal. By the end of it we were more than satiated. This place surely is value for money considering the quality of food and experience. A must visit when you are in the hood.



(October 23rd November 22nd):


THE YEAR AHEAD FOR LEO Happy Birth Anniversary! This year, you will grow more powerful in analysis and deduction. You will discover a sense of deepening values, over and above the accepted range of social norms. Health will be good through intelligent care. Finances will be good, overall. (Please note: The guide uses Zodiac Signs according to date of birth, and not according to your Sun Sign, Moon Sign or Ascendant. There is no cusp.) ARIES (March 21st-April 20th): August will be very active and an unusually busy month. While you have enough enthusiasm to carry you and the rest of your kin through, do strive to maintain a balance between activity and down-time. Not everything is your battle to fight. Health will need you to practise mindfulness and long, slow walks. Finances will be mediocre. TAURUS (April 21st-May 20th): August will be a month of much too much activity, and perhaps a lot of negotiations. Recognise your need for support and rest, and schedule your breaks cleverly. Even when responsibilities seem to keep your nose to the grind, pace yourself out. Health will benefit from keeping warm, dry and calm. Finances will be mediocre. GEMINI (May 21st-June 20th): August will be a very memorable month for you. There will be many opportunities to prove your mettle. Even when situations are unusual, you will have the correct information database to draw upon. You can succeed in ways that would surprise you, if you maintain humility. Health would be good with exercises aimed at benefiting your cardiovascular system. Finances will be mediocre. CANCER (June 21st-July 21st): August is a month that can return you to your welldeserved level of confidence, because whatever the situations you would face, all that you would need to succeed is yourself. Refrain from arguing, and you have a seriously awesome time ahead. Health will be good with regular and active fitness and diet routine. Financially, this is a good time to invest.

LEO (July 22nd-August 22nd): August will be a challenging month, which is exciting, because you are rather brave. Remember the golden rule of balance to tide you over spaces of clash. However, try not to internalise anything that bothers you. Seek help, if it happens. Health will benefit from regular physical activity and a calming diet. Finances will see an increase in expenses. VIRGO (August 23rd-September 22nd): August will have challenges that can help you grow and evolve in unprecedented ways. There is scope for uneasiness, but it is not about you. So, learn what you can from your circumstances, but also relax and take enough breaks to ease out any stress. Health will benefit from routines that are already familiar to you. Expenses are seen, so make them count. LIBRA

(September 23rd-October 22nd):

August would be a month you would handle better than most, so a shout out to all Librans! You have an inherent need to reach balance and establish harmony, and that makes you the most valuable person to have around now. Keep at whatever you are doing, because success will come. Accolades come later. Health will improve with meditation and home-cooked food. Expenses will rise, so make every penny count.

MOHINI BASU is a Tarot Card reader, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach. She can be contacted on mohini.tarot@yahoo.com. Her website is theredfoxanddeerlady. wordpress.com.

August will be a month for you to step back and observe how most others address issues. You will learn an amazing amount that is different from your point of view, and that will be empowering. Discussions that turn rough will not help you, so focus only on executing plans, instead. Health will need increase in physical activity. Finances will see increased expenses. SAGITTARIUS (November 23rdDecember 21st): August will reiterate for you the lessons of patience, boundaries and accountability. Your innate wisdom will see you through trying times, as will your optimistic energy build on the positive experiences. Refrain completely from debates and elaborate discussions. Practise listening. Health will be good if you treat your body to new kinds of physical exercises, and some regular meditation. Finances will be mediocre. CAPRICORN (December 22nd–January 19th): August will present you with plentiful opportunities to observe your triggers and reactions to them. Develop an understanding of the person you want to be through situations which are complex and potentially wracking. This is the time to build a different behaviour successfully, so go for your highest ideal. Health will benefit from measured amount of physical and mental exercises of your choice. Finances will see more expenditure than savings. AQUARIUS (January 20th–February 18th): August will be overall an interesting and fruitful month for you, though a bit unpredictable. You, amongst all you know, will seem to have all the answers and solutions. Just don’t get caught up in the questions and apparent complexities. Do share accolades with all those you think have contributed to well-being to earn good will. Health will be good with care in diet and plenty of rest. Finances will be stable. PISCES (February 19th-March 20th): August will throw up situations that for the most part will seem unnecessarily dramatic, and you could be right in that. However, hold yourself back from reacting too quickly, and you will be pleasantly surprised how good and wise other people can be. Take help from people you trust, when you need. Health will need you to stay comfortable and cosy at all times. Finances will be mediocre.

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Test your Mumbai Knowledge with these quick questions


In 2008, Mumbai was named an _____ world city.


During Ganesh Chaturthi, The longest immersion procession is that of Mumbai’s most famous idol being, which starts at around 10 am and ends the next morning, taking nearly 24 hours?


The first Marathi newspaper started by Balshastri Jambhekar in Mumbai in 1832 was?


India’s oldest aquarium located on Marine Drive is known as?


The oldest functioning lift of country is said to be in the one of the building near Azad Maidan called?


Jamsetji Tata was refused entry into the Watson’s Hotel, previously known as Esplande hotel. This was one of the reason the piqued Tata to promptly built the famous hotel few meters away famous as?



This bank in Fort area, established in 1911, was first commercial bank to be wholly owned and managed by Indians. The first chairman was none other than Sir Pherozeshah Mehta.


2500 years old Buddhist Stupa inaugurated by Guatam Buddha himself is located in

10 Oldest and largest Hindu rock cut cave temple in India-

Mumbai’s only Ayurvedic restaurant located in Malad-

No cheating 1. Alpha 2. Lalbaugcha Raja 3. Bombay Durpan 4. Taraporewala Aquarium 5. Navsari building 6. Taj Mahal Hotel 7. SwadshaktiSamachar 8. Central Bank of India 9. Nalasopara 10. Jogeshwari Cave


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