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OUTLOOK Monday 19 November, 2012
The Wizard In Oz

The land down under served as a school of hard knocks for the li’l master—as the licks from his first and final campaigns bear out. Soft diplomacy, in the shape of the Order of Australia medal, may heal them welts some. Pinch of salt: rival for batting godhood Brian Lara beat him to it in 2009.

And a 36, Forever

A limited edition set of Ulysse Nardin watches each honouring one of Sunny Gavaskar’s 34 Test centuries; each engraved with the name of the city he scored it in? A capital idea. The WI tours will stand the test of time; that ODI ton in Nagpur stands alone.

Birthday Wish

No word yet if Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday bash for Russian billionaire bf Vladislav Doronin in Rajasthan will double as betrothal celebration—plausible, since the one he hosted in the French Riviera for her 40th did not. This one has Diana Ross, is thought to have an elephant polo match and lal maas. Really, how can magic not happen?

Misconception

It’s hard to see the rationale behind this ‘concept gown’ by Gavin Miguel. Kangna Ranaut ought to have left it exactly where she found it... the foot of the paper shredder. But hey, that’s just us. Looking more ragdoll than showstopper at this Blender’s Pride gala, Kang appears to concur.

  • Malaysia still has sult­ans, did you know, and they remain mighty rich too. The  elegan­tly dressed, exp­e­ns­ive-looking cou­­ple are Princess Tunku Tun Aminah, daughter of the Sultan of Johor and her Dutch football executive beau, Dennis. The occasion was their royal wedding, solemnised acc­ording to Muslim Malay tradition and opulent family custom.
  • This has to be one of tennis’s strangest communions—two abs­olute legends, once rich like princes, now reduced, by bankruptcy and misfortune, to being stone broke. Yet the old spirit fights back, for Becker and Borg met at Ibiza. Smiling along are Becker’s wife Lilly (with Bjorn) and the Swede’s wife and son.
  • Donald Trump obviously has a thing for sup­er­models—before Melania there was Ivana (who served a long sentence, from 1977-92). Here’s Mallika Sherawat, a collector of selfies with famous Ame­­r­­ic­­ans, schm­oozing with Ivana.
  • When some in the Wem­bley audience booed A.R. Rahman for singing in Tamil, Lata Man­­g­eshkar step­ped in, slamming the ‘int­­­ol­­er­ance’, then pro­udly recalling her bilingual hits with Salil Chaudhury and Hemant Kumar, as well as her regional classics.
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