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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!

  • Of course, old Baywatch fans waited for the movie version, hoping it yields the same pleasures. At Miami, for the premiere, they were there to cheer Zac Efron, Dwane Joh­nson and, the fairest of them all, Priyanka Cho­pra, whose electric blue gown knocked over a few punters. However, also invited were Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. One can imagine the reception they got! Was Erika Eleniak there too?
  • David Warner’s screaming bat has been pulling Sunrisers Hyderabad along this IPL. But at least some of the myhem is due to the near-constant, dainty presence of daughter Ivy Mae. For her, Daddy’s the man!
  • Thiruvananthapuram slang posed a challenge, but it was overcome with aplomb by Surabhi Lakshmi in Min­­naminungu, for which she won the National Award for Best Act­­ress. Significantly, she was the first Malayali actress to win it after Meera Jasmine for Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam (2003).
  • A job fair with top firms in attendance, a Sufi concert, a free medical camp that treated 5,000 people...that’s Jashn-e-Baramulla, the Army’s answer to youth anger in Kashmir. They also thought Azhar and Dia Mirza might help....
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