Thanks to “FACEBOOK” got to read about “Probably Paradise Shelter” and Ms Roxanne .Davur who owns and manages this shelter and hence decided to visit the same before the onset of the Monsoons.
On Monday(10/6/2019) rode 80 Kms on my “Bullet 350” from my residence in Prabhadevi to Takwe village in Karjat to visit the “PROBABLY PARADISE SHELTER” owned and managed by Ms Roxanne.Davur. Reached the shelter at 0930 hrs greeted by the loud barking of dog’s at the entrance gate.Ms Roxanne.Davur is a elderly Parsi lady who has now devoted her life to maintaining a shelter for destitute and abandoned animals on her 1.5 acres land in Takwe village of Karjat.
She had a successful career in the airlines and hotel Industry and trained as a master trainer in animal welfare in Delhi later working in Ooty as a “Animal Welfare Inspector” and a “Racecourse Inspector” at the Ooty Racecourse.
She started this shelter in Takwe village of Karjat in December 2012 and is helped by the locals of Takwe village in daily maintenance of this sprawling complex which costs Rs 6 lakhs/month in maintenance alone.
I was the only visitor early in the morning and she explained me the basic layout and management of this private amazing animal shelter where discarded pets and street casualty animals can live the rest of their lives in this Paradise for animals.
In human terms i would compare it to a “Old Age Home” for pet’s and abandoned domesticated animals.We humans have a tendency to treat pets as commodities that can be abandoned and tragically most abandoned pets die miserable deaths as they cannot survive on the streets or wild akin to feral dogs or cats .
Most important is that all the dog’s and cat’s get along together although the cat’s due to their vast numbers have a separate cattery enclosure.
The animals at times are medicated by Ms Roxanne.Davur herself and during my short visit she administered a intravenous saline medication to “Ebony” , a abandoned mix breed that had suffered a heart attack at night .
Roxanne.Davur has led a very privileged life and lifestyle and is still in touch with the “Who’s Who” of the “Horse racing and Celebrity” world and at times donations from the wealthy do help in supporting the “Probably Paradise Shelter” that is unique in our Country where most philanthropists donate wealth only towards “Human Hospitals” or “Human Welfare”.
On Thursday( 9/2/2017) Roxanne.Davur was recognized for her charitable work towards the welfare of animals and awarded the “Yes Foundation Everyday Hero Award -2016” in the presence of Union Minister of Railways Mr Suresh.Prabhu ,actor Abhishek.Bachchan and the founder chairman of GMR group Mr G.M .Rao.
Since the purchase of the Royal Enfield “Bullet 350” motorcycle in March 2016 its been a addiction of long distance motorcycle cruising after my 11 days 2000 Kms epic riding odyssey from Mumbai to Barkur and back to Mumbai.
Thanks to “FACEBOOK” got to read about “Probably Paradise Shelter” and Ms Roxanne .Davur who owns and manages this shelter and hence decided to visit the same before the onset of the Monsoons.On Monday (10/6/2019) rode 80 Kms on my “Bullet 350” from my residence in Prabhadevi to Takwe village in Karjat to visit the “PROBABLY PARADISE SHELTER” owned and managed by Ms Roxanne.Davur.
Just happened to visit “Shivaji Park Ground” early in the morning on Sunday(24/2/2019) between 0700 hrs -0800 hrs and was sad on seeing almost the entire historic playground littered with plastic waste, paper and plastic water bottles.
A political rally organised by Mr Prakash Ambedkar and Mr Asaduddin Owaisi’s was held the previous night on Saturday(23/2/2019) and hence the litter the day after this massive political rally. Shivaji Park was established in 1925 as the “Mahim Park” until its name was changed to “Shivaji Park” in 1927 and over the decades has been the venue for the Indian Freedom movement during British rule and post Independence the venue for various political parties most notable the “Shiv Sena”.
Beside’s being the “CRADLE” of “Indian Cricket” having nurtured some of India’s house-hold cricket names Shivaji park is also famous for its large political rallies like the one held yesterday.The cleaning of the park was identical to cleaning Prabhadevi sea beach at low tide as such was the amount of waste litter on this large beautiful playground.
Local budding cricketers were practicing at the “Nets wickets ” nurtured at certain spots on this large 27.9 acres ground, the largest ground within Mumbai city.Came across “Achrekar Sports Club” training nets on one end of the ground where Cricket Coach Mr Vivek.Todankar was guiding young girl’s and boy’s in the skill’s of the game.
Aspiring cricketers were practicing at the Nets which cost a hire rate of Rs 800 for 2 to 3 Hrs. The tuition charges for the cricket classes were Rs 1000/ month with a entrance fee of Rs 6000.
Holding large rallies is normal as has been since the formation of this park but we Indians attending these rallies should observe some civic sense and see that plastic bottles, eatable wrappers and other waste is thrown into a rubbish bin and not onto this large sprawling ground.
Why are we Indian’s so callous in observing basic civic sense in our own country but would avoid the same when touring outside India where in some country’s it’s a punishable crime to throw litter on the streets.I am not trying to change India and my own city Mumbai but hope to create some awareness about basic civic cleanliness .
Sunday (24/2/2019) :- Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool(M.G.M.O) in Mumbai held its annual “Home Gala -2019” swimming competition at its majestic pool complex .
Definitely one of the largest public municipal pool in India having 4 different pools within its complex .Only member’s of the pool which consists of approximately 15,000 members were allowed to participate. 50 meters(One Length of the main 50 meter Olympic pool) races were held in this Olympic size pool for various age groups of boy’s and girls,men and women beginning with the age group of 7 years which had 25 meters maximum distance while the rest age groups of upto 60 Years of age had 50 meters as the maximum distance.
25 meters Freestyle and Breast Stroke races were also held for Men and Women above the age of 60 years.Hence every age group swimming member got a opportunity for competing in a regular race.Competitive races were held in the disciplines of “Butterfly Stroke”, “Breast Stroke”, “Back Stroke” and the ” Freestyle Stroke”.
Here i am competing in the 50 meters freestyle for “50-60 Years” age group.Placed 4th out of 6 swimmers while swimming in lane N0 5.I am basically a long distance swimmer averaging a daily swim of 2 Kms ++ at this pool during my normal daily fitness cycling and swimming workouts.
This was the first time in my life that i participated in a swimming competition and as the saying goes you are never too young or old to achieve or do anything in life.
Proud to have participated and completed the race as i learned swimming at a very late age in my life always a outdoors Terra- firma sportsman and athlete but never a water baby during my formative growing years although later in life spent 23 years onn/off in sailing the seas’s in my profession as a “Marine Engineer”.Its strange but true that you need not know swimming to be a “Scuba Diver” and similar i am sure that many hard core sailors might be clumsy swimmers. Jai Ho.. :- Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado
Thursday(7/2/2019) KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL (Stand-Up Comedy at the IRISH HOUSE) :- 2019 is the 20th anniversary of Mumbai’s famed “KALA GHODA FESTIVAL’ in the historic Fort locality of Bombay now Mumbai.Over the decades have seen every facet of this festival with my favourite rendezvous obviously being the classic heritage “Literature/Writer Discourses” on the David Sassoon library lawns”. This year decided to visit the “STAND-UP COMEDY” enacted at the “Irish Pub” .
Had to wait for one and a half hour in the queue for a “Front Row” seat next to the performers.The ambiance inside the “Irish Pub” reminded me of the pubs of London and Europe, a replica of the European watering holes and naturally voted the best bar in Town.The “Stand-Up -Comedy” acts started at 1615 hrs with the host being Jeeya.Sethi.
As a Marine Engineer Sailor with 23 years onn/Off sea sailing under my belt having sailed during the hey day’s of shipping port stay’s where the proverb was,quote, “A sailor has a wife in every Port” was blushing like a girl on hearing the “Sex jokes” by this talented young group of “Adult Men and Women Comedians”.Remember that unlike we sailors on ship’s which was a total “Male Complement” during my era of sailing this small pub auditorium had a mix of men and women besides women stand-up comedian performers . Bizarrely, besides a gentleman of 76 years of age i could have been the next oldest with the entire pub packed with college teenagers .Photography or videography was strictly prohibited and the reasons were obvious as the ‘CENSOR BOARD” would come into the picture.This was the last day of the “STAND UP COMEDY” show and i definitely didn’t waste my time or thirst for knowledge. Came out of Irish House sexually educated on the sexual thinking and manners of the average milennial collegian of happening city Mumbai. As a former sailor i felt “OLD FASHIONED” in the sexual permissiveness of 21st century Mumbai. Jai Ho.
Jeeya Sethi (Host) Jeeya believes if you are fat once (by fat she means FAAAAT) you are fat forever.
Mentally you never become thin even after losing all the weight. She has made
entertainment her new life’s mission since nothing else is going for her!
Raunaq Rajani A pure-bred Bombay boy, Raunaq Rajani has been in the comedy scene for a little
more than half a decade. Insightful perspectives, honest observations and sarcastic wit
make Raunaq an act that you shoudn’t miss!
Prashasti Singh Prashasti Singh is yet another IIM graduate searching for meaning outside academic
excellence and material achievement. She has found space for expressing her smalltown sensibilities in this big town hustle.
Ashish Dash Amongst the few things we know about Ashish Dash are the fact that he is from the
great state of Odisha and that he is fond of monkeys. Dash’s act is more confession
than comedy and can be memorably disturbing, This is why he is not popular at house
parties. A very jolly fellow, Ashish plans to make friends in the future.
Sonali Thakker Sonali’s stand-up is powerful, always funny and sometimes scary. The other big love
of her life is travelling, as it gives her great material and is the only way she can escape
from people cracking sad Gujju jokes.
Siddharth Gopinath A very, very tall person from Chennai.
Anand Reghu Published reports say that Anand Reghu has been on the Mumbai stand-up scene for
seven long years since its very inception. This cannot be proved or disproved but it is
ok. Reghu claims to be a Parsi with a bad case of sun burn but we have our doubts.
Masoom Rajwani Masoom Rajwani is one the youngest and most promising stand-up acts on the scene
and one of the few Sindhis who refuses to do a Sindhi joke.
Sumit Anand Sumit Anand has a YouTube Channel containing stand-up videos, you can check it out
and dont have to read below then.
Manik Mahna Manik Mahna is an Indian comedian from Delhi. His style of dry, almost offensive
but in a funny sort of way comedy is what he’s loved for. Manik is an Ultimate Street
Dance battle champion.
Curator: Jeeya Sethi Team: Dhruv Sanghvi & Masoom Rajwani
Friday(11/1/2019 ) :- “BETTER LATE THAN TOO LATE,A OBITUARY TO JOCKEY.B.PRAKASH”.
I first entered Mahalaxmi racecourse on INDIAN DERBY-1979 as a 18 year old to see “Mohawk” win the Derby.The rest of the decades until as recently as 2017 was a passion of punting on horses having successfully completed a “SILVER JUBILEE HORSE PUNTING” without going bankrupt and a unofficial degree in “M.B.A Speculation” which today helps me in “INVESTMENT SPECULATION”.Jockey B.Prakash who rode for the one and only late racing baron Dr M.A.M Ramaswamy was one of my favourite jockeys on whom i won and lost the maximum of my “Speculation Money” also enjoying the passion that is Horse Racing.I still remember as vividly as yesterday my visit to the Mysore racecourse along with my late mother during a tour of the city . I had bet the princely sum of Rs 5000/place on a B.Prakash horse for the last race of the day.The punter behind me at the betting counter was shocked at my big bet as Mysore was not a “Big Bettors” centre unlike Mumbai and thankfully B.Prakash didn’t disappoint and squeezed the horse into third place paying me dividends.Rest was racing history in Mumbai my home turf where chants of “Pakya,Pakya(B.prakash’s pet name)” was as common at Mahalaxmi racecourse as a Tendulkar chant at Wankhede Stadium.Most of the “Wikepedia Horseracing photo’s” is my labour of horse racing love and my photo of “Pakya” astride “Secret Memory” graces the Wikepedia encyclopedia which i have also partly edited. In 2018 i retired from “HORSE RACE BETTING” making only the annual Indian Derby pilgrimage to Mahalaxmi racecourse and hence was not in touch with day to day khabbar and action at racetracks across India, a multi crore Industry. Was shocked to read in January about the sudden demise of Jockey/Trainer B.Prakash in Mumbai at the young age of 40 due to a massive heart attack .As a regular at the racetracks upto 2017 have seen some of the World’s house-hold name jockey’s ride at “Mahalaxmi Racecourse” and among them Jockey B.Prakash is forever etched in my memory for various reasons as he rode during the hey day’s of horse racing in India.May his soul rest in peace and his prowess as a successful jockey is and will be a part of Indian Horse racing history.Goodbye ” Pakya ” and thanks for the excitement and suspense you gave to your fan’s and detractors.