If you thought International Women's Day was only about flowers and discounts on female apparel, think again.
There's plenty happening in the city on March 8 for the thinking woman, the adventurous soul and the out-of-the-box thinker. A working day may not be most ideal of times to take some hours off a busy schedule and indulge your passion, but if you can make it, here are a few options we recommend.
All-women trip to Elephanta
The Maharashtra Maritime Board has planned a tour package of the Elephanta Caves for 200 women on this special day. As part of the deal, a ferry with a capacity of 100 persons will make two rounds to the caves between 9 am and 12 pm on March 8, exclusively for women.
For women who have not yet tasted this unique piece of history right in the city's midst, the Elephanta Caves are a 2000 year old wonder, full of Shaivite sculptures and enigmatic caves set on a tranquil island barely 45 minutes from the Gateway of India.
The MMB has taken its commitment to women a step further by issuing a circular to all ferry operators asking them to reserve three seats for women on all the routes from now on.
Sufism and women
If you are done with the Elephanta Caves in the morning, you could drop in at the musuem, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya at Kala Ghoda. At 6 pm, Avid Learning is presenting a discussion on the famous poet Rumi's philosophical legacy with an emphasis on women in Sufism. This is being done in collaboration with the Consulate General of Turkey. If it interests you, the event will also feature Rumi's grand daughter 22 generations removed, Esin Celebi Bayru.
'Bai' the way
If you can hotfoot it from SoBo to Goregaon by 7 pm, an even more interesting event awaits you. Mumbai's 'bais' (as we like to call our domestic help) are getting ready to tell their story, sing, dance and regale crowds with some tongue in cheek comedy at an open mic event. This event titled 'Mere Rang Anek' begins at 7 pm at Pitara - The Art Box in Goregaon.
Discuss and discourse
After this, if you are in the mood to end the day with some short films, discussions, readings, music, pop up book shops with an after party thrown in, head bac to the Shakti Mills Compound in Mahalaxmi where the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture and Akshara Centre have organised 'On Consent' a show designed around Women's Day. The event starts at 5 pm and is scheduled to go on till midnight.
There, haven't we got your International Women's Day all planned for you?