Saturday 22 October 2016
OUTLOOK Monday 03 December, 2012
The Sub-Text

Good call going with those oversized cuffs, Shreyas Navare. Wheeling R.K. Laxman on a tour of your illustrations was reason enough for sweaty palms. Having him pause to actually read into them should have been just cause for the IIT-schooled part-time cartoonist’s penhand to waver. A biting comment at this point? Overkill? Oh boy, You said it.

Bearing Strait

A silk shirt ought never to look as straight-laced as it does on Manmohan at the 18th India-ASEAN conclave in Cambodia. A positively arrestinged look. Just call it the summit’s trough.

The Booster Seat

The first birthday present from daddy, a red Mini Cooper S, may have been a tad premature. Aradhya won’t be pulling them Italian Job-style getaways from the paparazzi for another 17 years yet. And even then, in Mumbai traffic? Fuggedaboutit, Mini-B.  

Getting A Leg Up

For someone so refreshingly generous with both swell and swill, Amisha Patel’s star faded fast. A mag cover and five films on tap, the “hotest” actress looks to be waxing again.


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.