Dishoom Loves. Issue XIII.

With February comes a gladdening of spirits, lighter morning skies and discernibly louder birdsong. It is also the month to bid farewell to our winter cocoons (at least partially) and tune back into the world beyond our blankets. Allow us to ease the de-hibernation process, by sharing some of the things piquing our interest this month.

We’re blinging it out with:—

Streets of Gold: Mumbai – an aptly polished BBC documentary shot in Mumbai, following the lives of the city’s ultra-rich. Prepare to marvel at their eye-popping world of luxury and comfort, whilst observing its poignant contrast with the ordinary, often precarious lives of their less-fortunate neighbours.

We’re asking what ‘home’ means with:—

The Green Room Festival, curated by Soumik Datta Arts. This one-day event takes place at Rich Mix and will feature seven migrant and refugee artists using their chosen medium to explore themes of home, displacement and migration. Expect talks and discussions during the day, culminating in a landmark evening performance.

We’re eyeing up the creations at:—

Tigra Tigra – a traditional textile revival and design studio, straddling the cities of Ahmedabad and Los Angeles. Items in their eye-catching collections are made using traditional methods (such as hand-powered looms), some of which date back as far as the Mughals. A most masterful merging of old and new worlds.

We’re hearing tales of Independence with:—

Luminaries – a three-part series that uses our very own King’s Cross café(replete with original posters, photos and graffiti capturing India’s early nationhood) to narrate the story of Indian independence through live action and animation. After premiering at the UK Asian Film Festival last May, Luminaries has been released episode by episode on Dialogues of Diaspora's YouTube channel.

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Permit Room Cambridge: A tribute to 1970s Bombay

Arched into the cobbled lane of Trinity Street, behind a mustard yellow door, an all-day bar-café cuts loose. Not to be confused with the buzzy bars in Dishoom cafés, this Permit Room is entirely other – a tribute to the way Bombay kicks back and cuts loose – a salute to the city’s permit rooms, beer bars and drinking holes.

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May has us buzzing. The scent of the fresh, juicy Alphonso mangoes, two long weekends, cultural exhibitions, new documentaries – there’s a lot to soak in.