The Yogi and the Musician

The Yogi and the Musician

We all live surrounded by history. The street I am on, once housed the Bhulabhai Desai Memorial Institute, honouring the jurist-philanthropist who has the road named after him too. Nestled in the Art Deco-designed Desai family bungalow called Hasman, at 89 Warden Road, in the 1950s the institute brilliantly represented classicism and modernism of the Indian arts in the widest sense. On featuring it as the city’s mid-20th century crucible of culture and forerunner to the NCPA, I received this interesting photograph from my friend Soonoo Taraporewala. It shows the violinist Yehudi Menuhin…Read more
V Care’s Adda, Mumbai 2022

V Care’s Adda, Mumbai 2022

Diwali is an occasion of giving and celebrating in togetherness. The emotion was best depicted at the V-Care Foundation office by the Vandana Gupta and her team when they hosted a Chai for Cancer Adda as part of their festive celebrations on 23rd October. The event saw their entire team joining in an atmosphere of love, laughter, joy and music. Dr Anuj Kumar, Raditation Oncologist, Tata Memorial Centre, was also present and showcased his vocal talents with his usual charisma. Dr Kumar, who had previously attended Shormishtha Mukherjee’s Adda in September this year…Read more
Pramod George’s Adda, Mumbai 2022

Pramod George’s Adda, Mumbai 2022

Friends of Max Trustee Pramod George hosted a Chai for Cancer Adda at his home in Kalyan on 16th October. It is tradition for Pramod to host an Adda every year but this one was special because CFC came back to his home after a gap of three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preparations began a month early as Pramod sent out personalized invitations and promoted CFC merchandize amongst his family, relatives, friends and colleagues. On the day of the Adda, the George family, dressed in colourful CFC t-shirts set up the…Read more
Indian women on Venus

Indian women on Venus

Do you know, three Indian women are on Venus? Well, their names grace a trio of craters on the solar system’s hottest planet. All identified craters here bear names of women who have made outstanding contributions to their respective fields. From Left to Right - Anandibai Joshi, Pandita Ramabai Medhavi and Dr Jerusha Jhirad Listed among nomenclature approved only by the International Astronomical Union are our country’s three remarkable achievers. The Joshee, Medhavi and Jhirad craters honour Anandibai Joshi (this official nomenclature spells her last name with a double “ee”), Pandita Ramabai Medhavi and Jerusha Jhirad. Anandibai…Read more
Shormishtha Mukherjee’s Adda, Mumbai 2022

Shormishtha Mukherjee’s Adda, Mumbai 2022

Shormishtha Mukherjee author of the book, “Cancer, You Picked the Wrong Girl” in which she documents her diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is known to Viji Venkatesh and is also no stranger to Chai for Cancer having attended our events at Bandra in December 2021 and May 2022.  It was only a matter of time before this feisty friend of ours hosted an Adda!  And it happened over the weekend on 25/9. Shormishtha and her co-hosts, her husband Anirban and niece Anushka were graciousness personified while the third co-host, Tuggu the cat, entertained the guests all evening with his charming…Read more
September Surprise

September Surprise

A still from Jawani Ki Hawa (1935). Source: Wikimedia Commons In today’s absurd “cancel culture” age of agitation against works of art, it’s worth considering how the first film produced by the legendary Bombay Talkies studio got mired in controversy in September 1935. Intended as a romantic thriller, Jawani ki Hawa fanned hot debate unrelated to the otherwise suggestive title. Franz Osten’s entertainer, with music scored by Saraswati Devi (Khurshid Minocherhomji from a conservative Zoroastrian family), also cast her sister Chandraprabha (Manek) as the second lead with Devika Rani. Set designer Karl von…Read more
Remembering Kamlabai Nimbkar

Remembering Kamlabai Nimbkar

Kamlabai Nimbkar, nee Elizabeth Lundy, pioneer of occupational therapy in India, with her husband Vishnu To think that an American Quaker woman crossed continents and started the first facility for occupational therapy in India – though some even say Asia. This happened at Parel’s KEM Hospital in 1950. Kamla Nimbkar was born Elizabeth Lundy, the daughter of a Quaker businessman. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy and married Vishnu Nimbkar. They met in 1920s New York, when he was one of the earliest US-trained Indian engineers. Converting to Hinduism, she…Read more
Victoria Memorial Adda, Kolkata 16th July 2022

Victoria Memorial Adda, Kolkata 16th July 2022

Friends of Max’s Kolkata City Chapter Leaders hosted a Chai for Cancer Adda at Victoria Memorial on Saturday, 16th July. And what an Adda it was! Our energetic volunteers Neel Kankani and Narendra Nath Saha set up the CFC stall at 6 AM under the morning sun. They were soon joined by patient leaders from all over the city. Also joining us were Bob and Bobby – creators of the caped kulhad – our mascot for Season 9! The Red FM Kolkata team lent their full support with RJs Praveen, Nilayan, Aritra and…Read more
Dr Reena Nair’s Adda, Kolkata 2022

Dr Reena Nair’s Adda, Kolkata 2022

Dr Reena Nair and her team along with the FOM Kolkata City Chapter Leaders hosted their annual CFC Adda at the Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata. It is tradition for Dr Nair to host an Adda at the hospital and her team was very excited to do this after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The doctors and staff of TMC visited the CFC stall and the FOM Volunteers were hands-on all day as patients shared their testimonies, tea cups were raised and CFC T-shirts flew off the counter! Also…Read more