OUTLOOK Monday 26 October, 2015
Let The Doves Gather

We don't know if the great Dilip Kumar is a deep reader of statecraft. But it wasn't going to matter to former Pakistan foreign minister Khu­r­­shid Mahmud Kasuri. Bollywood's tragic hero, seen here with wife Saira Banu, received a copy of Neither a Hawk Nor A Dove. Seen beside Kas­uri is ORF's suffering chairman, Sudheendra Kulkarni.

Newly Woman In White

A coming-out ceremony for young women in many old cultures had been the forebear of the European debutante's ball. One such tradition limping along is Paris's Le Bal, which brings toget­her 25 heiresses. Deb­u­­ting this year is Navya Naveli Nanda, grand-­daughter of Big B, who is having a grand time in taking dance lessons and fitting out new clothes.  

A Very Turban Affair

To say the proceedings at Mysore's Amba Vilas palace were eye-hurtingly opulent is an understatement. But titular royalty have to keep up the grandeur. So it was with Maharaja Yaduveer Chamaraja, atop the golden throne, on the first day of the 10-day Dasara festival.

They Saw The King

Pele! Means magic, and that supernatural bicycle kick. In Calcutta to attend an ISL match, football's ambassador created a stir that no 74-year-old could. Receptions were thrown, and the CM fed him sweets, but all comparisons and memories were about the 2-2 draw New York Cosmos played with Mohun Bagan on September 22, 1977. For many at the Eden Gardens, it was the best day of their young lives, the day they saw Pele!  

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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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