OUTLOOK Monday 22 January, 2018
Pell Mell Along The White

Having Manali as hometown and a father as an adventure sports profe­ssional are surely adv­antages, but to tra­­nslate that into a medal on the snowy slopes of an fiercely fought international competition is solid achievement. Taking a bow from the rest of snowless India was Aanchal Thakur, who won bronze in slalom at the Alpine Ejder Cup held in Erzurum, Turkey.

A Birthday Present

It’s a taut psychological thriller, called My Birthday Song, and one of the more thrilling elements in it, say those who know with conviction, is Indian-Cana­dian actress Nora Fat­­­­ehi. Is this a girl who would bestow her affections on Sanjay Suri? Nothing is impossible in films.

Hands Ahoy!

Ranveer is a likeable chap (so they say) and Deepika is a golden girl; both are  loath to admit nothing beyond ‘comfort’ in each other’s company. But gossip is audacious, and after ‘confirming’ their courtship and then, recently, their engagement,  tales are being spun (or told, if you’re so inclined) on a holiday with Ranveer’s family in Sri Lanka and expensive gifts for Deepika!

Boy’s Own Look

Ah, you must be thinking, that well-ogled prototype of Teutonic prettiness. But for Giuliana Farfalla (21) to be featured on the cover of German Playboy signifies a quiet victory. The stunning Giuliana is a transgender, is an icon among thousands of followers and, according to Playboy editor Flo­r­ian Boitin, a “beautiful example of how important the fight for the right to self-determination is.”

A Boundary At A Time

When your father is the immaculate ‘Wall’, are you torn between jud­ici­ous strokeplay or hit out to your heart’s content? Samit Dravid, much like his dad Rahul, struck a perfect balance, making a fluent 150 for his school at an Under-14 tournament in Bangalore. Giving him company was Aryan, son of ex-cricketer Sunil Joshi, who made 154.

A Truck With Dough

Whether it’s $106 billion (Bloo­mberg) or $105 billion (Forbes), Jeff Bezos is now the world’s richest man. His top perch is due to Amazon shares skyrocketing after it hogged a crushing 89 per cent share of online revenue in the holiday season. A fun guy, Bezos—on his 2014 trip to India he tried out a truck.

This Too Happened

A tractor-manufacturer of yore, now known for building space-age cars, Lamborghini launched its SUV in India this week after a worldwide launch just last month. Called the Urus, the car is, needless to say, the fastest in the segment, clocking speeds of over 300kmph and can be owned for Rs 3 crore ‘only’.

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?


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