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OUTLOOK Monday 29 March, 2010
Canvas Coup

Contemporary artist Paresh Maity’s show ‘The World on a Canvas’, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, also witnessed the launch of his artistic biography by Gursharan Kaur. The book strings together Maity’s works with his snapshots taken in different parts of the world by celebrated photographer Nemai Ghosh. Censor board chief Sharmila Tagore has added her touch to the text.

The Visitor

As the knights decimated Team Bangalore at Eden Gardens, the Khans cheered on. And seated beside SRK was the prince of Trinidad, Brian Lara. Perhaps he’s contemplating picking up his Gray Nicolls again after retirement from the game some three years ago.

Just Swing it!

With Sania’s tennis career at an all-time low, golf may be the way to go for a reasonable afterlife. With Kapil Dev as coach, prospects couldn’t be brighter. Of course, Tiger Woods will only be too glad to help if Sania is serious. At a recent cancer awareness event, the tennis sensation did exhibit a penchant for swinging the club.

The Purple Gene

What prompts the ravishing, raven-haired Sonali Raut (supermodel Ujjwala’s li’l sis) to strike a pose of such extravagant, pared-down abandonment? A Bollywood refusal? Or is a man to blame?

  • From Dharamshala to Spiti Valley, from McLe­od­­ganj to Andretta, from rocky outcrops to soul-stirring vales...old pals Cyrus Sah­­­u­­kar and Kunal Kapoor are on one heady trip. Soon on your TV!
  • The way Zainab Abbas looks, Angelo, de Villiers or Virat won’t say nay when asked for a selfie. Problem is, their teams all lost the match afterwards. Yet the Pakistani journalist can’t be accused of casting an evil spell on the opposition, for her run started when  Sarfraz Ahmed gave in to her beguiling cameraphone before the match against India. All we can do is to caution Virat not to fall for it again!
  • It’s funny, how Indian relatives of achievers in foreign (Western) lands make such a show of celebration bef­ore a pandering media. The same goes with the Varad­kar family—shown here in their Mumbai home—vis-a-vis Leo Vara­dkar being chosen the PM-elect of Ire­­land. Did the very young (38) and openly gay Leo burst crackers in Dublin?
  • Someday, deeper sociological theses will be written on why Dangal—apart from being a hearty entertainer—has done so well in China. But now for some brute figures—it’s poised   to cross Rs 1,000 crore in just this one market, the biggest non-Hollywood foreign movie. The app­eal is equaly strong across the Taiwan Strait. Would this gaggle of clicksome  Beijing girls visit Haryana next?
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