OUTLOOK Monday 11 September, 2017
Loftily Stroked

The fiercest of foes fails to scare the fearless Maasai of Kenya. Now, the bold wielders of the bat (since being introduced to the game in 2009 ) are padding up to raise awareness about social sores like female genital mutilation,HIV and child marriages. Captain Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais (in pic) has a dagger in his kit, just in case. And yes, Gunn & Moore  should pay him for his services.

Reverse Swinging

Now that the shadow of betting is dispelled by a favourable court judgment, we thought all Sree Santh wanted to do was to bowl, and bowl fast. Now, it seems he’s swinging the other way, with a Bollywood film, Aksar 2, co-starring Zareen Khan, releasing in October. But don’t chide Sree; he’s back on the field around that time!

Not So Fast, Vicky

Ayushmann Khurrana did what he did in Vicky Donor; now, in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, he deals with erectile dysfunction. But naturally, say the wags. The actor revels in such humour though. That he would is demonstrated by how he sportily rides a contraceptive car with Bhumi Pednekar, his co-star.

Just Walking In The Rain

These boots are gonna walk all over you, sang Nancy Sinatra in 1966. The dashingly aviatored Melania walked over flooded Houston in similarly stilletoed footwear in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The ubiquitous cads of social media might catcall her choice as inappropriate (maybe they favour gumbo­ots). We think she’s fine; we have just this little issue with her companion.

Man After Their Hearts

When you  have run the world’s best defences ragged for over a decade, 5.2 million likes for Instagram posts are justly due. So Ronaldo, girlfriend Georgina Rodri­guez, twins Mateo and Eva Maria and Cristiano Jnr had some family time. We ‘like’ the man.

Not a Poseur

She was born in 1994 and named Aishwarya Sushmita after.... Singer, national-level badminton player, belly-dancer and now model, Aishwarya, from Darbhanga, Bihar, once an IAS aspirant, stumbled into modelling in one mighty leap and, fortunately, chose to stay on and dazzle. Her role model? Marilyn. And Deepika too.

This Too Happened

Taylor Swift dropped the single Look What You Made Me Do off her upcoming album Reputation, but there are a lot of secret messages hidden in the song and no one is quite sure who Taylor is calling out. Could it be Katy Perry or Kanye West? There are hints at both. Reputation is due out on November 10.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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