Dishoom Loves – Issue I

Each month hereon we look forward to sharing with you, our dear friends, a collection of first-class recommendations and much-loved cultural fixtures that we’re currently enjoying. And with much to look forward to in February, here’s what Dishoom Loves.

We’re watching

A screening of Kekee Manzil – The House of Art at BFI Southbank on Friday 24th February. At the centre of this documentary are Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy and their heritage home Kekee Manzil. The Gandhys helped ignite the contemporary art movement in India. Later, they went on to open Gallery Chemould, Bombay’s first contemporary art gallery. For those interested, a little visual gallery graces the walls at Dishoom Canary Wharf. 

We’re reading

India’s first art and design newspaper, The Irregular Times. It’s an independently-owned quarterly publication featuring POC creatives from across the world. Between its excellently-designed pages lies a heady exploration of art, photography, activism, contemporary culture and some analog entertainment. Best experienced alongside a side of hot samosas. 

We’re dressing up for

Burnt Roti’s party celebrating the South-Asian trans and non-binary community. Expect DJs, guest speakers, mehndi artists and a photo exhibition, with a background of toe-tapping desi tunes. If you’re around, do stop by our Chai stand to say hello. Tuesday 28th February at Glass House, London.

We’re eating

Out of the nifty Dishoom Lunch Pots – a delicious, time-saving alternative to workday lunches, delivered to your front door. Four fine Dishoom favourites – Mushroom Pepper Fry, Chicken Ruby, Chefs’ Lamb Curry and Mattar Paneer – served with Basmati Rice, in one pot for convenience. Available to order via Deliveroo every weekday from 12–4pm, for a limited period only.

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The sun is momentarily out again. Calendars are fast filling up. There’s many a thing to do and many a friend to meet. And if we may kindly add to the excitement and the plan-making, here’s our list of what we’re looking forward to in September. 

Memories from the Fringe

While we were at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we caught Evening Conversations, an engaging show by Sudha Bhuchar. We caught up with her after the show to talk about her journey and her views on South Asian representation on screen, which you can read below. And for those who didn’t walk down the cobbled streets of the city or stumble into an impromptu performance this year, we highly recommend it for 2024.

Dishoom Loves Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Each year as August dawns, the streets and rooms and corners of Edinburgh fill with music, art, laughter and song. Wander into grand halls and pokey pubs, as the morning sun rises or in the dark of night, to see creations of every kind as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In honour of this wonderful celebration of the performing arts (and as a little treat), here’s a special edition Dishoom Loves, covering all the acts we’ve circled on our festival programme.

76 Years on, there is still much learning to be done

For anyone looking to learn or read more on Partition, this page holds a series of resources, for all ages, created by people knowledgeable and knowing about such matters. It is by no means definitive – we have simply found them to be useful, inspiring and accessible.