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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?

  • 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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