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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.

  • Adding to the prominence of Sikhs in Canadian high offices is another first. Palbinder Kaur Shergill is the first turbaned Sikh to be appointed to the judiciary—a judge at the supreme court at British Columbia. Palbi­nder, a top rights lawyer, emigrated at age four from India.
  • From Dharamshala to Spiti Valley, from McLe­od­­ganj to Andretta, from rocky outcrops to soul-stirring vales...old pals Cyrus Sah­­­u­­kar and Kunal Kapoor are on one heady trip. Soon on your TV!
  • The way Zainab Abbas looks, Angelo, de Villiers or Virat won’t say nay when asked for a selfie. Problem is, their teams all lost the match afterwards. Yet the Pakistani journalist can’t be accused of casting an evil spell on the opposition, for her run started when  Sarfraz Ahmed gave in to her beguiling cameraphone before the match against India. All we can do is to caution Virat not to fall for it again!
  • It’s funny, how Indian relatives of achievers in foreign (Western) lands make such a show of celebration bef­ore a pandering media. The same goes with the Varad­kar family—shown here in their Mumbai home—vis-a-vis Leo Vara­dkar being chosen the PM-elect of Ire­­land. Did the very young (38) and openly gay Leo burst crackers in Dublin?
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