Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

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HAPPENINGS

INDIA MUMBAI

MALDIVES MALDIVES

SPOTLIGHT

Theatre Talking

While Mumbai rarely sees a winter

season, there’s a palpable nip in the

air as November rolls around. Diwali

will be celebrated with great gusto in

early November, complete with lanterns,

fireworks, and special sweets and

savouries. The city takes on a festive

flavour, which continues well into

December and right up to Christmas

and New Year’s Eve.

The theatre season begins and

this year, the National Centre for the

Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai’s

premiere performance space adds an

international flavour to its calendar of

events. First up is the India première

of Nick Payne’s award-winning play

Constellations, directed by Bruce Guthrie.

From 22-25 November, there will be 6

performances of the play that The New

York Times called “the most sophisticated

date play Broadway has seen”. This will

be followed by NCPA and The Shakespeare

Edit’s co-production of Shakespeare’s

poem Lucrere, directed by

Paul Goodwin. The play stars

Bollywood actress Kalki

Koechlin and is a modern

adaptation of the 16th-century

poem that tackles current issues

around sexual assault and

patriarchy. The play runs from

28-29 November. The final

production, in collaboration

with the Australia Fest, is

Slingsby’s Emil and the

Detectives by Erich Kästner,

from 19-20 January, 2019.

All productions will be staged

at NCPA’s Experimental Theatre.

ncpamumbai.com

SPOTLIGHT

Weather Check

for the Maldives

It’s high time to plan your winter

getaway. For island destination

like the Maldive Islands, the

best weather is taking place

right now. To max out diving at

popular spots like Banana Reef,

or snorkelling at one of the

atolls, make sure there are enough

sunny days to really make it

a true beach holiday. Travel

consultants say to visit between

November and April as the

weather is pleasantly warm

with average temperatures of

23 to 31 o C and the rains make

infrequent appearances.

The high season falls between

December and March as people

opt for tropical getaways, lured

by thoughts of enchanting

white sands and mesmerising

blue waters. In the Maldives,

accommodations on the islands offer

innovative resort designs that borrow

from nature or science fiction, from

over the water bungalows to underwater

restaurants. With many coral atolls in the

Indian Ocean to choose from, a vacation

here becomes the ultimate in low impact

luxury with eco-awareness trips such as

coral regeneration or seeing the bluegreen

glow of bioluminescent plankton.

Water-based activities are the big

draw naturally. The best marine life

viewing happens here without having

to seek too hard above and below

the water. If you’re fascinated by the

thought of spotting the gentle whale

shark, the South Ari Atoll is the place

to go with their year-round sightings,

making it one of the top spots to see

them in the world.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

There’s no chance of a white Christmas in

Mumbai, but the city puts on a pretty show

for the festival. Most major hotels and malls

pull out all stops with massive Christmas

trees, fairy lights, festive decorations, and

of course, a visiting Santa Claus. We

recommend visiting the Oberoi, ITC

Maratha and ITC Grand Central, Vivanta

by Taj, Westin Mumbai Garden City, Sofitel

Mumbai BKC, and Marine Plaza Hotel to

see some of the prettiest trees. Malls such

as Palladium in Lower Parel, Phoenix Market

City in Kurla, Inorbit Mall in Malad, and

Viviana Mall in Thane also have elaborate

decorations and special promotions.

If you want to attend Christmas Mass,

head to Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra,

the city’s favourite church that has been

around for more than 100 years. Carols

start at around 11.30pm and the midnight

mass is quite well attended. Other churches

for midnight mass include the Gothic-style

Gloria Church in Byculla, the 16th-century

Saint Andrew’s Church with a particularly

picturesque location in Bandra overlooking

the Arabian Sea, and Saint Michael’s Church

in Mahim.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for a Christmas

feast as most restaurants have special menus.

Consider places like Grand Hyatt Mumbai,

or Geoffrey’s at Hotel Marine Plaza, to name

a few.

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