Mumbai boy Punit Pania has an opinion on everything. From the Indian middle class to the Indian Army, NRIs to MBAs, fake news to sanskar. Like many of his fellow comedic species, he quit a cushy corporate job to pursue stand-up comedy. Known for his observational comedy, Pania is also the founder of Chalta Hai Comedy, an independent producer of stand-up events across India.
If you’ve laughed over his videos on the Internet, catch him perform live in Mumbai on October 30 and 31 at Effingut and Drifters Tap Station at 6 pm.
Punekars, you can catch him in your city on November 6 and 7 at The Three Musketeers and Austin 40 CafeHouse at 6 pm.
And if you need a reminder about how funny and quirky he is, we’ll give you five.
The pandemic and ensuing lockdown have changed a lot of things. Movie nights have given way to cozy nights with Netflix, clubbing has been swapped in favour of online music concerts and house parties, home gyms and workouts have become the trend du jour and industry experts across various fields are sharing their expertise with online classes. Here’s a handy guide to some of the best online events you can tune into.
It’s so easy to turn to food for comfort in the current situation. And while that does provide instant gratification, it’s probably not the healthiest habit in the long run. Instead, adopt a smart yet satisfying approach to enjoying food that’s good for you. Side effects may include weight loss. When: Tuesday, September 14 to Thursday, September 30 at 4pm.
Turn those dreams of being an ace shutterbug into reality. Learn about photography gear, techniques and the art of capturing memorable and impactful images in this online workshop. When: Wednesday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 29 at 12pm and 10pm.
You’ve grown up with his stories such as ‘The Blue Umbrella’, ‘The Room on the Roof‘ and ‘Angry River’. Now, realise your dreams of being a writer or simply cultivate writing as a hobby under Ruskin Bond’s tutelage. When: Wednesday, September 15 to Thursday, September 30 at 7pm.
Ever dreamt of being an actor? Now is the perfect time to hone your skill, master the art of cracking auditions, dialogue delivery, working on dialects, understanding the script and more with none other than Manoj Bajpayee (pictured above). The National Film award winner has starred in critically acclaimed films such as ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Satya’, ‘Aligarh’ and recently dazzled everyone with his performance on season two of Amazon Prime’s ‘The Family Man’. He will now take on the role of your acting instructor. When: Saturday, September 18 to Thursday, September 30 at 7pm.
Engineer-turned comedian, the relatable and hilarious Vipul Goyal is the only stand-up comic who performs in English, Hindi, Java and C++. When: Sunday, September 26 at 5pm.
Renowned comedian Punit Pania, the founder of Chalta Hai Comedy, offers his quirky take on science, religion, politics and human stupidity. When: Saturday, October 2 at 9pm.
For more online events, go here.
Aren’t stand-up gigs simply the best? Not only do you get to laugh all the way to tomorrow, but you also get to do it at somebody else’s expense (unless you’re in the front row and get picked on). With their witty, relevant and spot-on commentary about what’s happening in the world, comedians have a way of translating what you’re thinking and saying it better. And if you’ve been tired of being reduced to getting your dose of LOLs through videos and online shows, we’ve got some good news for you. Comedians are now taking their shenanigans offline.
The pint-size Urooj Ashfaq packs in huge punch-lines. If she looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her hilarious take on Uber Drivers or as one of Sumukhi Suresh’s gonzo room-mates in ‘Pushpavalli‘ or headlining various comedy gigs. Now, catch her perform live. When: Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15 at 8pm. Where: That Comedy Club, Madhu Milan Building, Pali Hill, Bandra.
Sorabh Pant has survived the pandemic…and can’t wait to share his war stories. From lockdown jokes to IPL and everything in between, Pant is on a comedic spree. When: Sunday, September 19 8.30pm. Where: The Huddle, Opposite K-Star Mall, Chembur.
Loved Sumukhi Suresh (pictured above) in and as ‘Pushpavalli’? Catch her perform her new show live. When: Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 25 at 7pm and 8pm. Where: Above The Habitat, Hotel Intercontinental, Khar.
Born in Gujarat and thriving in Mumbai, Munawar Faruqi is most famous for his hilarious take on Indian politics, PUBG and Arnab Goswami. His claim to fame is being listed as the top comedian in an imaginary article by Scoopwhoop and Buzzfeed on Top 10 Comedians. His new show, inspired by Hussain Zaidi’s book, has nothing to do with Dubai but is full of his trademark jokes on politics, Bollywood and social media. When: Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 at 3pm and 8pm. Where: Above The Habitat, Hotel Intercontinental, Khar.
For more comedy events in Mumbai, go here.
Worried about how to keep your kids entertained and out of trouble whilst at home? We’ve got your back. Check out our handy guide to online activities and workshops for kids, ranging from dance to music to art, and more.
Art and craft are essential to developing your kids’ creativity, motor skills, problem-solving skills and communication skills. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. When: Thursday, September 9 to Thursday, September 30 at 4pm.
Let your kids express themselves via art. This workshop introduces them to a variety of art styles such as oil pastels, Warli painting, mandala art, Kawaii doodles, cartoons and more. When: Thursday, September 9 to Thursday, September 30 at 5pm.
Dancing to Bollywood beats is a blast. And it’s also a fantastic exercise that helps enhance endurance, coordination, balance and flexibility. Sounds like a win-win to us. When: Thursday, September 9 to Thursday, September 30 at 6pm.
Doodling isn’t just fun; it also helps enhance one’s focus, creativity, observation skills, self-awareness and problem-solving skills. When: Saturday, September 11 to Tuesday, September 28 at 3pm.
Your kids will have a stellar Saturday comprising activities that involve storytelling, memory games, art and craft, music and more. When: Saturday, September 11 to Saturday, September 25 at 4.45pm.
Enrol your tiny tots for this program where they get to enjoy activities such as matching objects, counting, puppetry, stories and rhymes. When: Monday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 29 at 4pm.
Origami is such a cool way to teach your kids to enhance their creativity as they make abstract designs out of paper. When: Wednesday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 29 at 5pm.
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Mumbaikars, tired of being cooped up at home? Then step out and explore your city and its many stories and secrets with Khaki Tours.
Ever wondered what the Maximum City was like when it was called Bombay and under the British Raj? Wander around the by-lanes and alleys of Matunga and hear the stories of the Kapoor khandaan of Bollywoood, birthplace of Mumbai’s IIT, Lord Shiva’s third eye and more. When: Sunday, September 12 at 8am. Where: VJTI College Main Gate, H R Mahajani Road, Matunga.
While Chembur is now famous for the Santa Cruz – Chembur Link Road and the recently sold R K Studios, there’s a lot more to this upmarket Mumbai suburb. In the 1920s, Chembur was one of the suburbs chosen by the Bombay town planning committee to be developed into a garden suburb – meaning one offering an idyllic lifestyle within a feasible commute distance from the main city. Explore stories from Chembur’s garden suburb area, the great wall of Chembur and the OLPS church. When: Sunday, September 19 at 9am. Where: IDFC First Bank, Opposite OLPS Church, Chembur.
Explore fabulous Kala Ghoda, a hub for lovers of art, food and culture; Mumbai’s iconic Gateway of India (pictured above); well-known landmarks such as Horniman Circle and Bombay Stock Exchange. When: Sunday, September 19 at 4pm. Where: Asiatic Society of Mumbai Town Hall, Horniman Circle, Fort.
Love all things spooky and scary? Dive into Mumbai’s lesser-known ghost stories and haunted places located around Girgaon. When: Saturday, September 25 at 11pm. Where: Saifee Hospital, Charni Road East, Girgaon.
For more walking tours by Khaki, go here.