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Famous frequent fliers give tips on how to tackle air travel

What the doc prescribes

Beware of Clots: With long flights, frequent fliers are at risk of developing deep-vein thrombosis, in which blood clots are formed in your leg. These clots can travel to the chest and even cause heart attacks, so that’s something one needs to be careful about. Instead of sitting still for all those hours on an international flight, walk every one or two hours.

The Dehydration Monster: The low air pressure on a flight can cause dehydration. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the journey. Avoid consumption of alcohol and caffeine.

Eat Smart: The body’s metabolism also slows down while in the air. The solution to this is to not stuff yourself with food. It is a good idea to space out your meals, and to eat light food in small portions.

— Dr Abhay Vispute, medical director, SRV Hospital

Stay hydrated
Divya Palat, theatre personality
Flights per month: 3-4

Divya Palat with husband Aditya HitkariDivya Palat with husband Aditya Hitkari

As odd as this may sound, I absolutely love flying. Right from being on a flight to exploring an airport, for me, everything is an experience. I have several ways to deal with long-haul flights and jet lag. Start by keeping yourself hydrated throughout the flight, and with only water; I’ve found juices can be dehydrating. It’s also important to get up from your seat and walk a bit every once in a while to keep your feet from swelling up. Lastly, once you arrive at your destination, fight the urge to catch a wink. Go about your activities, and sleep only at night. That’ll take care of the jet lag.

Eating right
Vicky Ratnani, chef
Flights per month: 1-2

I don’t like the food served on flights. I’ve learned to avoid the eggs; they’re almost always overcooked. In fact, I prefer to eat at an airport rather than on the flight itself. Eat a light meal before you fly, and, if there is a layover, get yourself some fresh food at the airport. Make sure you have small, light meals and consume a lot of liquids.

Sleep matters
Ravi Subramanian, author
Flights per month: 5-6

My biggest issue with travelling overseas is that, no matter what, you can’t arrive fresh at your destination. First of all, the food served on a flight isn’t fresh, and if you end up drinking some wine, it ultimately makes you feel worse. To avoid looking tired, I always check into my hotel first and freshen up, and only then head to work. It also helps that I can sleep very comfortably on a flight. While most stay up watching movies, I make it a point to catch as much sleep as I can.

Get the right seat!
Vivan Bhatena, actor and model
Flights per month: 3-4

Flying economy when you’re a tall person comes with its own set of problems. It’s a task fitting myself into the tiny seats on aircrafts, and I always end up with cramps in my legs. Unfortunately, the only solutions to this problem are either getting a seat next to the emergency exit, or getting a business class seat, for which you end up shelling out extra money.


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100 carpet pieces to be displayed during 10-day exhibition in Mumbai

Luri and Tulu lazing on Danny Mehra’s carpet collectionLuri and Tulu lazing on Danny Mehra’s carpet collection

When Danny Mehra says, “I don’t lock them because they get lonely,” you’d be forgiven for thinking that he’s talking about a pet animal. Instead, the 57-year-old retired gentleman is sharing his love for carpets over telephone lines from Bengaluru. He calls them spontaneous, naïve and has even christened each of over a few 100 pieces that he owns. In fact, his pet dogs are also named after carpets — Luri, after a weave in Southern Iran and Tulu from central Iraq.

Danny Mehra with wife Renuka in Turkey
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Later this week, Mehra will debut 103 pieces from his collection at a 10-day solo exhibition titled, Carpet Stories, presented by Cymroza Art Gallery. “The exhibits cover a range of weavings from the 19th to early 20th century. These include works by ethnic groups like the Qashqai, Luri, Bakhtiari, Afshar, Arab, Turkic, Baluch, Turkmen and Christian tribes,” informs Mehra.

Bombed by carpets
UP-born Mehra worked in USA for over 30 years as a management professional before settling down in Bengaluru two years back. Mehra’s love for carpets began in 1983. “At our wedding, my mother-in-law gifted us two Turkish tribal carpets. Every time I saw them, I’d spot something new. Over time, I started collecting more and now, there’s enough to cover a football field,” laughs Mehra, who has sourced the pieces from collectors and auctions.

Famous five
Mehra collects tribal carpets from five regions — the Caucasian mountains, Persia, Anatolian villages, Central Asian republics and Kurdish enclaves. “These carpets don’t have a defined pattern. Women would weave them as pastime between household chores. As most tribes were nomads, they used makeshift weaving looms. Today, the weaving traditions are extinct, and hence, it’s difficult to source such carpets,” he says.

Woollen wonders
A majority of the carpets in the collection are made from wool, considering the nomadic groups had easy access to sheep as part of their life-stock. Initially, they acted as strictly utilitarian products, either insulating the floor or as curtains. Over time, the tribes began to weave them as bags and beautiful works of art to support sacred prayer rituals, or include in a bride’s trousseau.

Replete with iconography of flowers, plants, birds, animals and mythical objects, the carpets are filled with colours from natural sources like flowers, roots, tree bark, and even insects. Mehra hand-washes piece he acquires. While the oldest carpet in his collection dates back to late 18th century, the largest one is 7x11 feet. On display will be carpets with an average size of 6x9 feet.

Did you know?
The yellow carpets from the Konya region and Tulu long-piled carpets from central Anatolia are particularly sought-after

From: September 29 to October 9, 10 am to 8 pm
At: Cymroza Art Gallery, Bhulabhai Desai Road.
Call: 23671983



Know your carpets

Caucasus: Located on the western edge of Asia, between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, the Caucasus Mountains house regions like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Dagestan. Weaving tribes included Azeri Turks, Kurds and Armenian Christians, and their specialties were piled carpets and flat-weaves. The most prolific weaving groups lived across the Karabagh (Black Garden) area.

Persia (Iran): Here, the carpets were largely produced by the Qashqai, Luri, Afshar, Bakhtiari, Baluch and Khamseh tribes, along with Shahsavan group. Nomadic tribes from the Zagros Mountains area of southwest Iran wove rustic Gabbeh (Farsi: unclipped) carpets, which are often compared to the modern Bauhaus school of design from Germany. Persian Luri carpets known as Pardeh were popular too (in pic).

Central Asia: The area features weaving groups from the Turkoman tribes, Khazaks, Uzbeks and other ethnic groups including Tajiks and Arabs. More rare weavings from the area include pile carpets woven by the Karakalpak Turkoman-Mongol tribe inhabiting the Oxus delta, and Julkhyrs (bear skin) long-pile carpets woven by Arab tribes inhabiting regions in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Kurdish enclaves: Though it doesn’t have recognised political borders currently, Kurdistan is the ancient homeland of Kurdish. It occupies areas of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Armenia. Prominent weaving groups include the Kolyai, Jaff, Sanjabi, Herki and Shikak Kurds. Their tribal products are often distinguished by bold designs and bright colours.

Mumbai 360 degrees: Your weekly go and do handbook

An evening of Lavani
Today, Attention, all dance lovers. Start your week with Lavani, a traditional Maharashtrian dance form, presented by Reshma Paritekar and group from Pune. There will be direct interaction with the audience as the art requires the
performer to sing and act too.
Time: 7 pm onwards
At: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road.
Call: 26149546
Cost: Rs 300

Paint for love
Ongoing, If you love paintings, head to this exhibition by a pool of talented artists — Uttam Chapte, Shyam Sharma, Gajraj Chavan, Supriya Wadgaonkar and Anil Gaikwad. The show is titled Colourful Expressions of Soul.
Time: 11 am onwards
At: J Nehru Centre Art Gallery, AC Gallery, Discovery of India Building
Call: 7715006844

Theory of life
Today, Attend an art exhibition, Saffire, by artist Neelam Sharma showcasing nuances about the theory of life. It reveals her unique perceptions about vivid realms of life on a spiritual and aesthetic plane through different visual icons and metaphors.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
At: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Discovery of India Building, Dr AB Road, Worli.
Call: 8696866689

Taste of Japan
Ongoing, Attend a Sushi and Teppanyaki Food Festival featuring authentic Japanese dishes. The set menu includes four varieties of sushi and sake served on the teppanyaki table, as well as a soup, salad, fried rice and dessert.
Time: 12.30 pm onwards
At: E.A.S.T, Hotel Sahara Star, opposite Domestic Airport, Vile Parle (E).
Cost: From `1,600 plus taxes
Call: 39807444

Caffeine high
Thurs, Sept 29 Celebrate International Coffee Day with a special curated menu. Begin with a Corn and Coffee Soup, then indulge in silky Parmesan and Coffee Risotto, Coffee Kazi Lamb chops, and more. There are also aromatic coffees to sip on.
Time: 8.30 am to 1.30 am
At: Fable, 3 Ashiyana Apartment, next to Arogyanidhi Hospital, Juhu.
Call: 60226400

Wine and dine
Tues, Sept 27 Experience the best Chilean wines with Nicolas Kowalski from Viña Ventisquero over a specially curated four-course sit down dinner. The meal will feature delectable dishes, all paired with a selection of Viña Ventisquero wines.
Time: 8.30 pm onwards
At: Olive Bar & Kitchen, 14, Nargis Dutt Road, Union Park, Khar (W)
Call: 43408229


Master the hula hoop at this workshop

Ever fancied attempting the impossible-looking routine — revolving hoops around your stomach keeping your hands free. This amazing skill that is both atheletic and artistic is something you can pick up at a workshop in the city to be taught by Melanie Testa.

Testa, a member of Sumit Nagdev Dance Academy, is a an expert with the hoops and has performed hula-hoops to much cheer in Dhrut, the academy’s latest dance production.

The two-day workshop will take you through learning rhythmic and coordinated hula-hoop moves.

On:€ˆ September 27 and 29, 7pm to 9pm
At: Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts, Ground floor, Silver Cascade, Tulsi Pipe Road, Dadar (W).
Call: 919920111033
Cost: Rs 800/Rs 1500


The Mumbai minute

Have a trippin’ good time in slush
Sat, Sept 24 Bring some cheer into this weather of dark clouds and slush. Go nuts, get covered in mud and pump up your adrenaline as you push yourself to the finishing line in a mud rush run, which has come to the city for the first time. After the run, participants are greeted with music and hot tea.
At: Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri, Post Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon (E).
Call: 41144455
Cost Upto: Rs 5,000
Log on to: www.themudrush.com

Not quite IPL
Tonight Check out Six, a play starring Prateik Babbar and directed by Jeff Goldberg, where two former lovers, one a former IPL cricket star and the other the wealthy owner of an IPL team, who have not seen each other in a year, are thrown together once again after one is brutally attacked.
Time: 7 pm
Starts From: Rockstars Studio, first floor, Bungalow 96, Aram Nagar part two, Versova.
Log on to: bookmyshow.com

Another Ramayan
Sun, Sept 25 Drop by to catch an adaptation of Ramayan, Hanuman Ki Ramayan, written by Devdutt Pattanaik, in which Valmiki is devastated after he comes to know that Hanuman has written a better version.
Time: 11 am
At: CLAP, Unit No. 201, A-Wing, second floor Solitaire II, opposite Infinity Mall, Malad (W).
Log on to: bookmyshow.com
Call: 9768524845

What’s the Weather?
Tonight Groove to the beats of Jay Weather who after a successful stint in the London EDM circuit has opened for various renowned DJ's across the globe like Markus Schulz, Borgore, Dubvision and Jay Hardwar, and is now back in town.
Time: 10.30 pm onwards
At: Trilogy, Sea Princess, 969, Juhu Tara Rd, Airport Area.

Pedal with music
Sun, sept 25 Cyclists rejoice! Here is a way to spend your weekend in a fun way and drive away the lethargy accumulated over the week. Cyclist and DJ Roshan Mansukhani will join the event with music to go with.
Time: 6.30 am to 9.30 am
Meeting Point: Kent Hall, new Link Road, near Yashraj, Andheri (W).
Call: 41144455
Cost: Rs 550

Fancy an XXXL dessert
Till Nov 31 Now order food to size. Available in options of XXL and XXXL and more at a festival the pizzas come in sizes of of 10 inches, 14 inches and 18 inches. The desserts like Rolled Up for Tripping, A Swiss Roll, and Sticky and Sweet come in the size range too.
Time: 12.30 pm to 1 am
At: Light House Cafe, Khar and Worli
Call: 9004662295

Eat for a cause
Sun, sept 25 Here is an opportunity for foodies to be a part of a charitable cause. The Verushka Foundation has launched an event titled The Cook for Change Challenge. The competition is for people above the age of 16 with developmental disabilities which covers a diverse group of chronic conditions.
At: St. Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W).
Call: 9769074824

Enjoy Victorian delights
Sun, sept 25 Travel back to the Victorian era as you bite into succulent meat at vintage-themed brunch. The menu includes dishes from across the globe like Crepes, Eggs Benedict and Demerara Crusted Loin of Pork.
Time: 12.30 am to 3.30 am
At: Hyatt Regency, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E).
Call: 66961624

Keep that phone away
Sat, Sept 24 Here is a chance to begin your
digital detox sessions. Go out for a dinner and enjoy special surprise gifts for not using your phone and especially updating social media status.
Time: 12 pm onwards
At: Sofitel, BKC.
Call: 61175115

Get on your feet
As the festive season approaches, designer Aparajita Toor has come up with a range of footwear to pair with traditional ensembles. The collection has a mix of Kolhapuris and sandals of different colours.
Cost: Rs 2,400
Log on to: www.aprajitatoor.com

Weave up a wonder
Sat, Sept 24 Sign up for two workshops with Pabiben to get introduced to Rabari embroidery and applique-work techniques from Gujarat at a discounted price of Rs 2,500.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
At: Artisans, 52 - 56, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
Call: 09820145397


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