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OUTLOOK Monday 11 February, 2013
A Drink Of The Good Stuff

Full circle to another round of the Outlook Traveller Awards, we look on in brot­herly approval as our sister magazine toasts another year in the great outd­oors. Was there an open bar? We know not. Our founder editor Vinod Mehta would.

Yu Loves Me, Yeah Yeah Yeah

So how exactly does a farmer's daughter from Manchuria win over inner Mongolia? The perfect cheekbones and a folksy sin­ging voice fetched China's Yu Wenxia the Miss World crown in Ordos city ’12. Here, the 23-year-old brings more of the same to a Mumbai NGO.

The Actor Of His Own Ideal

“I can just see it now,” Subhash Ghai seems to say. “A buddy-cop movie in the Rush Hour mould with some Lethal Weapon tossed in. Mel Aamir, you’ll be the brooding one quoting Nietzsche after each kill. Sallu, you'll quip and squint. The belt shuffle's fine too.” 

Birdsong

The virtue of keeping it in the box is known to greenhorn shu­tt­lers. Jwala Gutta won't be confi­ned to just playing between the lines tho­ugh. She likes to serve up surpri­ses. An Item number? That'll do.

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  • Our souls are pickled in home food, or the memories of it. Thus, Pep­siCo chief Indra Nooyi and Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna rep­aired to a south Indian eatery to discuss plans. The idea is for the firm to expand in the ‘tradit­io­nal and healthy’ food category.
  • Rabindranath Tagore met Argentine poet Victoria Ocampo in Buenos Aires in the 1920s. Their tender, platonic relatio­nship is the subject of Pablo Cesar’s Thinking of Him. The director poses with Victor Banerjee (who plays Tagore) and Raima Sen.
  • Swooping down silently, Akshay scores a Rs 100-crore hat-trick in 2016—Rustom, Housefull 3, Airlift. A celebratory party was obviously on, except for the special guest who materialised all of a sudden—Hollywood megastar Will Smith. Genre-bending camaraderie followed.
  • 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.
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