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OUTLOOK Monday 04 April, 2005
Ice Ice Baby

Check out the latest shipment and it’s clear why we’re the most favoured nation for trampled European ramp dreams. This one’s from a faraway land with a chilly name—Ice Ice land. We caught the perfect piece of Nordic art in Goa recently, digging into vindaloo between dips in the Arabian Sea. Ahh! But hold on, here comes the alphabet blizzard—Helga Lind Bjorgvinsdottir, her name!

Sons 'n Brothers

As an actuarial analyst, Bilal Musharraf’s US job involves crunching cold numbers for insurance companies. But in India the Pakistani dictator’s son was warmth personified: rapping with Rahul Gandhi, cutting a cake at Musharraf’s ancestral home in Old Delhi and drawing ‘oh so sweet’ sighs at Lucknow University’s Kailash girls’ hostel. He even got to watch Khamosh Paani, the Paki film banned by his father. Bhaichara does set you free after all.

Bowled By The Doosra

At 10.14 a.m 21 March, Sri Lankan offie Muthiah Muralitharan celebrated his most prized off-field moment in life. Amidst nadaswaram music, he tied a thali to Madhimalar smiling away the shoulder injury. Marriage was least on Murali’s mind till a common friend insisted he meet Madhimalar just once last December. Jayasuriya is hoping Murali will derive strength from his wife. Murali’s mentor Ranatunga who predicted that he would finish with 1000 Test wickets, said: “I’m sure he’ll go past 900 wickets, at least.”

Donna Sella

Donatella Versace behaved every bit like the spoilt princess. In Bombay to judge a reality show, she moved around with a posse of security guards, shopped to the hilt at a suburban sari shop and tanned herself at the hotel pool. Flanked by designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, she said she was impressed by the way Indian women dress. Oh, so apart from the hectic tour and time with Jr Bachchan, she did notice!

Meet The Mettle

Four months after Lord Swraj Paul’s son Angad tied the knot with media lawyer Michelle, celebrations are still on, this time at London’s gilded Lancaster House. Under the golden ceiling, his welcoming remarks to a thousand guests read like a fair who’s who of the British establishment, beginning with “Chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown...”. The Lord of steel is a man of metal and mettle.

Meanwhile

Stung on the casting couch, guess what Bollywood baddie Shakti Kapoor is up to next? He’s starring in a film called Ek Hi Bhool and mind you, he’s making no mistakes this time. Try as much as you want Ruchi, bet he won’t fall for it again.

  • 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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