OUTLOOK Monday 30 March, 2015
Farewell Ed

Vinod would've been impressed at the turnout but taken the tribu­tes from friends, family & fraternity in his loopy stride. He'd have stuck to the five minutes given to speak, but for childhood pal Saeed Naqvi or long-time colleague Ajith Pillai, 'twas a tough ask. Sitting in front, Vinod's sister, wife Sumita, brothers Ashok and Harish, and Mark Tully.

No Presents For A Star

A normal show of husbandly affection that we all applaud, even consider proper. Yet, when it's shown by Reliance Industries Ltd CMD Mukesh Ambani at Aamir Khan's birthday party, people expect a comment. Well, there is none. Except that Mr Ambani, never one for ostentation, ignored for once the intruding lenses.

She Has Bass Instinct

Going by the random samples of behaviour exhibited by modern-day popstars (Katy, Britney, Gaga et al),  Evelyn Sharma, as seen here, is in character. For, in the upcoming movie Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, she is a pop­star. Of her taking guitar lessons (method acting, see?), Evelyn is making much. No one complains.

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!


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