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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?

Misconception

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.

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  • When has one seen such warm affection from all corners of the country expressed for an athlete who won nothing? Yet, Dipa Karmakar and Bis­h­esh­war Nandi’s ach­­ie­­vement was colossal, and appreciated as such. Here, the duo arrive in Agartala to a regal welcome.
  • One of the few film-makers who are representative of Indian cinema on the global stage, Adoor Gopalakrishnan has completed 50 years of a glittering career. As if in celebration, his new film, Pinneyum, was released recently in Mumbai, where actor Subodh Bhave jumped in for a selfie.
  • The moment Amy Jackson discards her hot poppet look, she appears to be classily charming. What’s she doing with Salman then? Promoting the Sohail Khan-directed Freaky Ali.
  • Grim-faced Jaydeep Jadhav, mountaineer first, then groom, had his way. His wedding at Vishalgad in Kolha­pur, requiring a healthy suspension of dis­­b­elief, inv­olved Jaideep and his bemused bride Reshma being hung, like pupp­ets, from nylon-­fibre ropes.