OUTLOOK Monday 11 December, 2017
Vagaries Of Respect

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: “ Akshay this is not done”.

Singing Of Him

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.

What Gift Is That?

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?

Greats, Unite!

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.

With A Rise In Pay

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.

This Too Happened

‘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”.

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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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