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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.

  • 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.
  • Lord Venkateswara, generous granter of wishes and acceptor of gifts, would be pleased. The person paying obeisance, helped along with Rs 5 crore worth of jewellery, is Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhara Rao, bound by a vow when he had prayed for the creation of a new state. His donation, then, was due in 2014.
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