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The DDCA conclave pitched Virat Kohli at Bishan Singh Bedi; respect was shown by the young man for his old coach, a hard taskmaster, who returned love.
Shift the scene to the IFFI in Goa, where poor Akshay Kumar bent towards Big B. In return, he got this surly tweet: “...no Akshay this is not done”.
The stage, though a bit garish for invoking the mystic greats, was set at the Qutub Minar complex for the Sufi Route, which aimed to “recreate and reconnect” with Sufi music and poetry. Sufism stands for peaceful acceptance of faiths, and A.R. Rahman (in picture) along with Mukhtiar Ali, Hans Raj Hans, Dhruv Sangari and others sang of the power of love, in this age of the love for power.
When the knock-out beauty Nargis Fakhri went back to New York, she left a besotted few and a winking rumour—that of her marriage with actor Uday Chopra. It resurfaced when Nargis was in Mumbai for work and visited the Chopra residence. You think it’s gonna work out?
Back in the day, next to Bombay, Delhi had the top cricket stars. Master twirlyman Bishan Bedi, the awe-inspiring Jimmy Amarnath and the ever-reliable Kirti Azad and Madan Lal all captained the state team, and were felicitated by the Delhi and District Cricket Association. So were other veterans of past seasons, like Prakash Bhandari, Venkat Sundaram, K.P. Bhaskar, Sanjeev Sharma—skippers all.
At the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas was crowned the mightily tanned South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. One of her concerns is the lack of equal pay for women. A trainer of self-defence for women, she has also survived a robbery at gun-point.
‘Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier’ was how podcaster James O’Brien’s website headlined Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. An official release from Kensington Palace says the nuptials will happen in spring 2018 and that Markle’s parents are “excited for their future together”.