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OUTLOOK Monday 24 April, 2006
Who's The Best Hack Of Us All?

Heard that old saying—“there can be too much of a good thing”? Well, Indian journalism is getting there in a hurry. With there being too much of it—newspapers, magazines, TV channels—this was coming. Now we have the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards launched by the Indian Express group. Touted as the Pulitzers of Indian journalism, these awards were handed out on Wednesday to those who deserved them. Wonder what the others did? Planned a sting operation on the awards, we guess.

The Soldier Reads

It took Kiran Nagarkar nine years to write God’s Little Soldier—a liberal Muslim boy’s tryst with religious orthodoxy. Yet Aamir Khan stole the show at the Delhi launch. Unlike Akshay Kumar who also dropped in for a book launch recently, Aamir had read this book. Last October, he was also seen at the launch of Vikram Seth’s Two Lives.

The Dye Is Cast

Body paint or strategic cover? What will the designers think up next? Here’s Tania Zaetta in Neeta Bhargava’s more-paint-less-fabric number at the WIFW.

Meet the Parents

Lea, Rhea, Congratulations! Little Aiyana is already a few weeks old and dad hasn’t stopped taking her picture. Well, changing diapers and staying up nights will be a new ball game all together. But it’s advantage parents. Will she wield the tennis racket first or get her fundas of life right? We’ll wait and see. Happy parenting!

  • 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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