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”.

  • 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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