The Grumpy Gourmet

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The Grumpy Gourmet is a unique Old World European-style shop specializing in artisanal and imported cheeses, preservative free pastries, authentic croissants, baguettes and breads, as well as many gourmet pantry items. We also offer charcuterie and pâtés to order.

Sampling is a key part of the TGG experience. Customers are encouraged to sample the cheeses as well as a number of products on the shelves. We try to create a very interactive experience for our customers, sharing the stories about who made these products and how, as well as offering ideas on ways to use them.Tasting & awareness sessions are a regular part of the shop’s activities.

The store will be open on 1st March 2014 at Powai. Its an AC outlet with mall parking close by.

100 Heera Panna Shoping Centre, Ground Floor, A S Marg, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400076


Think Beyond

In the past one year there has been a lot of discussions about how safe are women in India. Triggered off by the Nirbhaya incident, the discussions escalated as more of more high-profile cases came under scrutiny. The government changed the laws, there was intense debate by the media and a lot of sharing in Facebook and other social media. But how many of us are actually aware of our rights under the new laws? And wouldn’t it be better if we could defned ourselves and not seek legal recourse after the incident?

Think Beyong along with IBS India, arranged a talk entitled Empowering Women — A Talk By Think Beyond on 13th December 2013. The aim was to educate women in law as well as self-defence. Dr. M M Dahikar – DCP Zone X, Ms. Kamayani Bali Mahabal – noted human rights activist and a lawyer and Mr. Joseph Reddy – GM Admin and Facilities, Hiranandani Group were the speakers and covered various aspects of law and legality. It was well attended and well received.

The students of S M Shetty presented a skit on the topic. The martial art demonstration by Ms Suman Basu where she showed how we can use simple moves fascinated and delighted the women present. Mr. Luke Mendes and Ms Malaika Joshi ended the evening with a demonstration of Krav-maga.

Breaking News

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Definition: Breaking news refers to events that are currently developing, or “breaking.” Breaking news usually refers to events that are unexpected, such as a plane crash or building fire. Breaking news can also refer to news that occurs late in the day, close to a news outlet’s usual deadline.

So there you are sipping a cup of tea and watching yet another political debate on the news channel on TV when a scroll goes across the screen…… SACHIN TENDULKAR TO RETIRE AFTER 200TH TEST MATCH. And your heart stops.


No I am not here to give a similar earth shattering, life-changing news, but I am very excited about it all the same. Theia Photography is changing and growing – with new ideas, new products, new approach and above all new members. Yes a good friend and fellow photographer will soon be joining the studio and contribute her talents. That’s all I am willing and able to say right now. Watch this space for details and you won’t be disappointed.


Sharodotsav 2013

Really excited about the Durga Puja this time – specifically about Spandan Foundations Puja at Powai and my assignment to cover the events over six days. The theme is to empower women and the Foundation is going all out to bring the power of Durga to women of all ages and backgrounds. Plus cultural events galore. Dont forget to check the beautiful image of the Goddess at their Facebook page.

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Light Science & Magic


Light Science & Magic (LSM)

 Anil Fernandes & Debi Sen Gupta present Light, Science & Magic – a workshop on using the external flash & post processing studio images with LR4.

If you are planning to buy an external flash or if you have one but are not happy with the results then this is the workshop for you. We will help you choose the right gear, understand the basics of using the flash, explain grammar of light in simple every day terms and then show you how to process your pictures to get the best output of your Raw files.

Frequently Asked Questions

What separates LSM from other workshops?

  • It’s the time and attention we put into each workshop to see that you have the most amazing experience of a lifetime. The course content is thoroughly discussed and then finalized just before the workshop keeping in mind the skill levels of the participants. The mentors have years of experience in their respective fields and spend considerable time and effort to ensure that the content is easy to understand and pertinent to your needs.

What can I expect to learn on your workshop?         

  • Light or the Use of the External Flash
  • Basics of Flash
  • What’s in My Bag?
  • Secrets of On-camera Flash
  • Secrets of Off-Camera Flash
  • Using Flash with the Ambient Light
  • Tips & Tricks

Science or Understanding the Nature of Light

  • What is light?
  • Types of Light
  • Sources of Light
  • HSL

Magic or the magic of Lightroom for post-processing your pictures

  • Digital Workflow
  • Studio Background
  • White Balance
  • Basic Panel
  • Special effects & Presets
  • Skin corrections
  • 6 deadly PP sins

When is the workshop being held?

  •  Sunday, 9 June 2013 from 9.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where is the workshop being held?

  •  The workshop will be held at a studio near Andheri. Final details will be intimated a week before the workshop.

 How much does it cost to be a part LSM?

  • Your investment for the workshop will be Rs 2,000 inclusive of guidance by the mentors, course materials, a working lunch & tea/coffee.

How can I pay for your workshop?

  • Cheques payable to “Debi Sen Gupta” can be deposited at any branch or drop-box of Citibank. If you are depositing at a drop-box, please ensure that it’s meant for bank accounts and not for credit card payments. Also mention the account number at the back of the cheque.
  • A direct transfer can be done to the bank as per following details:
    • Account Name:       Debi Sen Gupta
    • Bank:                     Citibank
    • Account Number:   5249603114
    • Branch:                  Fort, Mumbai
    • IFSC Code:             CITI0100000

Do you offer any discounts? Can we book as a group?

  • We are offering an early bird discount of 10% if you pay by 15 May 2013. Group booking will receive a discount depending on the size of the group. Please talk to us for more details.

Do I absolutely need to bring a laptop with me? What about Lightroom?

  • A laptop is important for the Lightroom module as you can practice what’s being demonstrated immediately. In case you can’t carry a laptop, please take extensive notes.
  • If you are carrying a laptop, please load it with the Lightroom 4. A trial version valid for 30 days can be downloaded at the Adobe website.

 What if I don’t know very much about Flash or Lightroom?

  • A basic knowledge of the use of a DSLR camera is essential for this course. Our workshops include photographers with varied experience, which makes the workshops more interesting and rewarding. The less you know, the harder we work. You’ll even be surprised how much you will learn from other students who are attending as well.

 We hope this was helpful.

Please email us or call Debi Sen Gupta ( + 91 98190 00347) or Anil Fernandes ( +91 98205 34838) if you have any further questions. We will be happy to assist you. To find out more about us please check out and

We look forward to seeing you at Light, Science & Magic!

Photoshop Lightroom 5 Beta

Adobe released the beta version of Lightroom 5 on 15 April 2013 with some exciting new features. The software which expires on June 30 2013 is available for download here:

The new features to look out for are as follows:

New Features in Lightroom 5 Beta

Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what’s being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.

Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.

Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer’s eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.

Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.

Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.

Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

So download, test it out and enjoy.