OUTLOOK Monday 25 September, 2017
Girlie Long Legs

There must be someone perceptive to hunt down and measure lon­gest, or largest, things, but how they zeroed in on Russian Ekaterina Lis­ina is not known. Standing at 6 ft 9inches, she now has set a record of having the world’s “longest legs”. The Beijing Olympics basketball bronze medallist’s lower limbs are over 132 cm (52 in) long. What a lope!

New Check

This is a shock poor Leander Paes could have done without. A court petition for compensation by estranged wife Rhea Pillai was said to be a hefty Rs 10 lakh. No, says Rhea’s lawyers. They missed a zero. The correct cough-up is Rs 1 crore.

With ‘The Kid’

Good to see that Carlos Valderrama still tends to his bleached blond mass. A Colombian great who entertained us in three World Cups (1990-98), the quicksilver mid-fielder recently visited the country’s oldest football club, Mohun Bagan. His takeaway? The No. 10 shirt.

The Ramp Is For Freedom

They might not have the practised gait of top models, nor their cared-for visages, but they made up for it in grace. Besides, many designed the clothes themselves. All of them inmates of Tihar’s Jail No. 6 and graduates of the Tihar Fashion Laboratory, these women have reached beyond their scarred past and made a pitch for a possible career. Hope is made of this.

Pay Up If You See Him

The selfie was amazing; the tech savvy monkey a global photo-star. But lensman David Slater, whose camera was borrowed, agreed to donate 25 per cent of proceeds for protecting crested macaques in Indonesia when animal rights group Peta sued for a share on behalf of the monkey. Slater has now cruelly filed a counter-suit. We hope he loses.


Digital shows are all the rage, and Ragini MMS Returns has plunged into the web for greater returns. Whetting app­etites is a cavorting Karishma Sharma, in the coolest shades Sunny Leone never wore and pink socks that will trigger a buying spree on the net. Here’s offering you a teaser: the web teaser shrieks most awfully!

This Too Happened

Here she is…Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, 23, beat 50 contestants to become Miss America 2017.  After gowns, bathing suits and two rounds of questions, Cara was IT! Cara’s the first Miss North Dakota to win the crown. The Brown University student, who majors in Business, wants to become a lawyer next.

  • Black cape, leather footwear, eyepatch and a tiara—say what you will about Madonna’s outfit in the Eurovision in Israel. Or the fact that her Like A Prayer was woefully out of tune. An inn­ocent espousal of peace—two dancers in her troupe, dressed in Israeli and Palestinian flags, and walking arm in arm—has been castigated as an unwarranted pol­itical comment. But politics is life, the beating heart of art.
  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.


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