Thursday 27 October 2016
OUTLOOK Monday 19 November, 2012
The Wizard In Oz

The land down under served as a school of hard knocks for the li’l master—as the licks from his first and final campaigns bear out. Soft diplomacy, in the shape of the Order of Australia medal, may heal them welts some. Pinch of salt: rival for batting godhood Brian Lara beat him to it in 2009.

And a 36, Forever

A limited edition set of Ulysse Nardin watches each honouring one of Sunny Gavaskar’s 34 Test centuries; each engraved with the name of the city he scored it in? A capital idea. The WI tours will stand the test of time; that ODI ton in Nagpur stands alone.

Birthday Wish

No word yet if Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday bash for Russian billionaire bf Vladislav Doronin in Rajasthan will double as betrothal celebration—plausible, since the one he hosted in the French Riviera for her 40th did not. This one has Diana Ross, is thought to have an elephant polo match and lal maas. Really, how can magic not happen?


It’s hard to see the rationale behind this ‘concept gown’ by Gavin Miguel. Kangna Ranaut ought to have left it exactly where she found it... the foot of the paper shredder. But hey, that’s just us. Looking more ragdoll than showstopper at this Blender’s Pride gala, Kang appears to concur.


More than a decade after India first started the procurement process, it has finally inked an €8bn agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault. The original deal was to buy 126 Rafales to replace the accident-prone Russian MiG-21s. Ultimately, the government offered to buy only 36 ready-to-fly planes.

POLL STARTED ON: Sep 26, 2016
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 31st Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. This is the first Olympics being held in South America and is going on even as a majority Brazilians are unhappy with their rulers. Here’s a quiz on some random Olympic facts and related trivia.
QUIZ STARTED ON: Aug 11, 2016
  • Was this the wrestler who wouldn’t give up at Rio, who gave us a reason to cheer? Sakshi Malik, looking much the bride-to-be, got engaged to Satyawart Kadian, also a wrestler, at Rohtak recently. If he can carry that jacket off, he must be fine.
  • Rani Mukherjee seems to have become a rarely sighted hausfrau, but come the Pujas, few would resist the call of Ma Durga. So out came the pink sari, with the act­ress not flinching from bhog duty at a Mumbai puja.
  • Fans besotted with The God of Small Things have harried Arundhati Roy on her next novel for almost two decades. This week came the good news—The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, her second novel, will be out next year.
  • In the perplexingly named Fuddu, protagonists Sharman Joshi and Sunny Leone are said to have got up to a mighty sizzle in the song Tu Zaroorat Nai....  They possibly were planning their next  moves during the song’s launch in Mumbai.