OUTLOOK Monday 13 June, 2016
Time To Build Blocks

We knew what Sonia Gandhi said in her constituency, Rae Bareli, a tirade against ‘shahenshah’ PM Modi. This is what she was there for—amidst pujas and shlokas, a dedication of a newly contsructed building. Did she pray for the party too?

Pencil Makes The Point

The launch of Rana Ayyub’s book on the Gujarat riots was a success (see Biblio). It gained extra piquancy with her charge that Tehelka magazine spiked her Gujarat stories citing political pressure. The charges were promply refuted.

Hot Pedalling

We thought Bhajji and Geeta Basra’s rickshaw was the last in the genre we’d publish. But along came newlyweds Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu, the latter ecstatic at the ride, the former glumly pedalling along, on the Kapil Sharma Show.

Two Lords

With his upturned collar, long sideburns and swashbuckling ways, Farokh Engineer was the cricketer everyone swooned after. The dependable ‘Colonel’, of course, had other charms. The two met on the a 90th birthday bash for Queen Elizabeth in Mumbai.

Dad’s Gal

Dad...Hold My Hand. Now, who would not fall for Rupali Suri in said film? The audience at Cinema Indien in Stockholm fell hard, and nothing would do but a repeat screening.

This Too Happened

This Donna Is Prima: The singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is famous for demanding that only her ‘good side’ be photographed, in fact she makes sure of it. But at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards, she held things up for about an hour-and-a-half so she could have the red carpet all to herself, demanding that it must be clear of all other celebrities!

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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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