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first_img Aditi Pai Mumbai March 20, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 1, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 17:55 IST Photo by: Mitali VyasGlobal platter/ BayrouteAfter giving gourmands a taste of European and Asian cuisines, Mumbai’s restaurateurs are now set to explore the flavours of the Middle East and Central Asia that have been untapped in the city until now. With the launch of its third restaurant in Juhu, Bayroute brings delicacies fromGlobal platter/ BayrouteAfter giving gourmands a taste of European and Asian cuisines, Mumbai’s restaurateurs are now set to explore the flavours of the Middle East and Central Asia that have been untapped in the city until now. With the launch of its third restaurant in Juhu, Bayroute brings delicacies from the bustling streets of Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco and Greece with kibbeh, koshari, manakeesh and tagine.While the decor is reminiscent of Arabian Nights, what makes this a must-visit in Mumbai is that the restaurant menu draws from family traditions of the region and a few forgotten recipes, and uses cooking techniques such as .atstone atop burning embers, a spinning rotisserie and open-fire roasted skewers that are believed to have originated in Middle East cooking. Go for Grilled halloumi, shish touk honey manakeesh with cream cheese, falafel and baharatli hummus with pita bread. At 14, Silver Beach Estate, AB Nair Rd, JuhuDown memory lane/Knesset Eliyahoo SynagogueUntil it reopened last month in its original Victorian-era regalia, the Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue was popularly known to an entire generation of Mumbaikars as the ‘blue synagogue’. But after 10 years of efforts and one year of intense restoration work, the iconic 125-year-old Jewish shrine is back to its former glory with Minton tiles from Stoke-on-Trent in England, stained glass windows and a Victorian colour palette of sage, bottle green, olive and gold. Photo by: Danesh Jassawala”The major problems were leakages and water. With over a century of monsoons faced by the building, there was dampness in the walls and wooden members were structurally weakened,” says Abha Narain Lambah, the principal conservation architect for this project. The restoration was an effort they started 10 years ago, and while they got a seed fund from the Jewsih Heritage Grant Program from the World Monuments Fund, work couldn’t proceed as donations were difficult to get.advertisement”It is a small religious community so it was difficult to raise funds,” says Lambah. Last year, they approached the JSW Foundation and secured funds for the work. Look for Brass coated lights were fed by gas lights, Minton tiles, stenciling on walls that was earlier flattened by coats of blue paint. Grand rebirth The inaugural service and re-consecration saw a rabbi from the Sassoon family come from New York and Jews from across Mumbai gathered. At Kalaghoda, FortSea and sand/ Velas Turtle FestivalTake a break from the city and head out to watch Olive Ridley turtles hatch little eggs. At a distance of 230 km from Mumbai, Velas is a seaside town that is home to the endangered species of turtles for a few months during the hatching season. The eco-tourism festival sees local villagers join hands with environment conservationists to protect these turtles from danger. Photo by: Akshay DabhadeBetween February and March every year, a few hundred turtles come here to rest, lay and hatch eggs and people gather to watch the babies crawl away into the ocean. Until a few years ago, these turtle eggs would be stolen by locals for sale and consumption but with conservationists and NGOs stepping in, they involved the villagers in protecting the turtles. The villagers now scan the beach, transfer eggs into artificial hatcheries to protect them from animals and poachers, and release the babies into the sea.Look around The region has a lot more to offer once you have seen the charming Olive Ridley turtles. Visit the beach and ancient temple at Harihareshwar, the British era Bankot Fort and Dapoli, a town known for its forts, caves and hot water springs. Price Rs 3,000 per person including accommodation, meals and travel At Velas, Ratnagiri, 230 km from Mumbai Details mumbaitravellers.in/velas-turtle-festivalFighting Fit/ Physique 57The new barre workouts at Physique 57 give Mumbai another reason to spend an hour getting fit. The physical exercise routine, which originated in New York a few years ago, combines cardio, strength training and stretching, all together in a 57-minute workout session. “It takes the muscles to the maximum and then stretches them for release and blends isometric and isotonic movements which allows people to see results faster,” says Mallika Parekh, a healthcare professional who brought the exercise routine to Mumbai. Photo by: Mandar DeodharEvery workout is a full body workout and each class is choreographed differently to peppy upbeat music to avoid boredom. “It meets everyone at their fitness levels,” she explains, so be it a beginner, a person suffering from muscle injuries or runners and professional athletes, the workouts allow participants to exercise at their optimum level. In the past few months of operation, Physique 57 has had cancer survivors and people preparing for surgeries as well because the workout increases muscle strength. While working on a healthcare venture in India, Parekh studied health issues specific to Indians are discovered that while there was a growing awareness in fitness, a large number of people suffer from low bone density and injuries.advertisementWork hard The workouts are low impact but high intensity and the carpeted floor offers adequate cushioning for the joints that minimise chances of injury. Price A walk-in class is for Rs 2,000 At Four Seasons Hotel, WorliFor the love of Sport/ Mumbai Cricket WalkScores of youngsters dot Azad Maidan every day for a game of cricket but the sprawling ground in the heart of South Mumbai holds several secrets of the game in the city. It is here that the British first started playing cricket in Mumbai-then Bombay-and introduced the local boys to the sport. It is the ground where Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli scored a record breaking partnership in 1998 while playing for their school in the Harris Shield. For cricket buffs who want to know more about the game they adore, the Cricket Walk by HopOn India is the perfect way to explore cricket hubs and get a peek into the city’s cricketing history. Photo by: Mandar DeodharThe first such cricket heritage walk in the country is scripted and narrated by Devendra Prabhudesai, an author of several books on cricket. With his extensive knowledge of the game, Prabhudesai weaves together an interesting and insightful story about the legendary game. The two-hour long walk takes you through the famous maidans-Oval, Azad and Cross- where generations have played the game, the clubs which nurtured the sport, the Cricket Club of India from where BCCI started running cricket in the country and wraps up with the stadiums-Brabourne which has seen several epic knocks and Wankhede, the home of cricket in the city where India won the 2011 World Cup.DIY Walk Since all you need to do is download the app, the walk doesn’t have designated days or timings and can be done whenever you have a few hours to spare and walk around the city. Early mornings are a good time to beat the heat and the traffic. If you want to explore other facets of the city, they have a Bollywood Walk, Gateway to Fountain and Elephanta Caves trail as well. Price Rs 300 At hoponindia.comYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BayrouteFollow Knesset Eliyahoo SynagogueFollow Velas Turtle FestivalFollow Physique 57 Out and aboutFrom revisiting the city’s heritage to getting fit with new international workout trends and feasting on world cuisine, Mumbai has a lot to offer this season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Len McCluskey is grasping at straws Unite sources claim after attack on

first_imgThe Unite general secretaryCredit:Telegraph Now union sources have told The Telegraph that Mr McCluskey’s latest attack on Labour MPs, accusing them of “dirty tricks” is a sign that he is worried about his position as union general secretary and knows that losing could damage Mr Corbyn. One source said: “Len is grasping at straws now, it’s clear that he is getting significant push back from members over his recent comments. “There are real concerns about the way Unite is being run, particularly the support for Momentum and the flat he bought. “He ought to be focused on those things, rather than thrashing out at people who have been members of the union for most of their working lives.” Gerard CoyneCredit:PA Tom Watson and Jeremy CorbynCredit:Eddie Mulholland Another added: “This is about shoring up the leader, in both senses. “Without Len, Corbyn is weakened and if he was ousted that could be the end of the left’s grip on our party. A lot of people would welcome that.” It came after Mr McCluskey told The Observer newspaper that MPs including Tom Watson, the deputy leader who Mr Corbyn publicly disagreed with over Syria last week, are “trying to abuse Unite’s democracy” to oust the Labour leader. Claiming that his election campaign has been turned into a third leadership race for Mr Corbyn by so-called hostile MPs, he said: “That is precisely what the media want it to be, and what the rightwing of the Labour party want it to be, and they have a puppet in Gerard Coyne that they can use.“Remember, those people who are running Coyne’s campaign are skilled masters of the dark arts. It is in their DNA and, though it is normal in political elections, it’s quite unique that they have brought this into a trade union election.”Mr McCluskey also named other Labour MPs, blaming them for running a “shameful campaign full of lies, innuendoes and smears” against him. John Spellar, MP for Warley, Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, and Siôn Simon, MEP for the West Midlands and Labour candidate for the West Midlands mayoral election were all named alongside Mr Watson. The Unite general secretary Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In a sign of the deep rift between the two men at the top of the parliamentary Labour party Mr McCluskey pointed spoke of his poor relationship with Mr Watson.  Gerard Coyne He said: “We have not spoken since last July and it is sad that you lose friends but it is even sadder that Tom has turned on those of his friends who he relied upon in his darkest hours. He will have to answer to himself when he looks in the mirror every morning.”It came as John McDonnell, another close ally of the leader and the shadow chancellor, repeated claims that Mr Watson was wrong to support American missile strikes in Syria last week, exposing the disagreement at the heart of the party. Len McCluskey has been accused of “grasping at straws” after he claimed critics of Jeremy Corbyn are attempting to manipulate a union election battle to force him out of the top job and damage the party leader.The Unite general secretary is facing a challenge from Gerard Coyne, who he has accused of being backed by a “cabal” of MPs “fighting a proxy war against Corbyn” in what is being seen as a battle between moderate and left-wing factions of the party.Mr McCluskey, who has been at the top of the powerful union since 2011, is one of Mr Corbyn’s biggest and most powerful backers but he has been damaged by concerns about the way Unite supports pro-Corbyn group Momentum and about a flat he bought in London with the help of union money.He has demanded Labour investigate his claims after the election result has been announced on 21 April. Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbynlast_img read more

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