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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.

  • A job fair with top firms in attendance, a Sufi concert, a free medical camp that treated 5,000 people...that’s Jashn-e-Baramulla, the Army’s answer to youth anger in Kashmir. They also thought Azhar and Dia Mirza might help....
  • Arjun Tendulkar, on the threshold of adulthood, is a busy lad—honing his skills by bowling at the Mumbai Indians’ nets, acting as his father’s  younger self in a new docu-pic.... And he visits the Wankhede on IPL match days, like here, during a Mumbai-Gujarat face-off. The occasional big hit seems to distract him at times too!
  • Gargantuan in scope, box-ofice success, even in name, and a mighty confection between myth and an indeterminate past, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, like its precursor, is nevertheless technically sound. The crew converged  in Chennai for the Tamil audio launch, where stars Prabhas and Anushka Shetty soak in the accolades.
  • Whether at Benaras, Haridwar or Rishikesh, every celeb digs the pretty, photogenic poignancy of the evening Ganga aarti. Deepika’s choice of homage was at Rishikesh, to where she repaired with mom Ujjala (in white) for rest and recuperation. Jai ho!
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