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OUTLOOK Monday 03 December, 2012
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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.

  • Theresa May’s Brexit neg­otiations are tanglingly complex; Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s dem­and for a second independence referendum is pressing too. But all the  Brit press managed as a headline when the twain met was a caddish ‘Legs-it’. Just look up, boys!
  • Well surely, Bollywood would use the splashes of Holi in adding colour to one of its splotchy efforts. Such was the case with Badrinath Ki Dulhania actors Alia and Varun, as youths danced attendance with their cellphones. In contrast was the adorable domestic scene presented by Rakhee and Gulzar. She wielding a pichkari, sporting an impish smile; he looking on indulgently. Memories are made of this.
  • Blessed are the restaurateurs of Innato, in Tenerife, Spain, where patrons eat off unclothed model-waitresses and waiters while in the buff. Bamboo partitions offer privacy, but they fall away as morsels uncover more, leaving only the final lettuce. The top draw? A slurpy affair with molten chocolate.
  • Is imbibing white wine the sec­ret to the Queen Elizabeth’s sprightly gait at 90? Be that as it may, she was at her sober best at the UK-India Year of Culture party. Kapil Dev and Kam­ala­hasan crowed about our  ‘shared culture’ and hobnobbed with royalty. Here, Sukanya and Anoushka Shankar chat up the monarch.
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