OUTLOOK Monday 16 April, 2018
Nineteen Till He Dies

When he tweeted on “the kiling of innocents” in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’, little did Shahid Afridi know that he was stirring a hornet’s nest. Indian cricketers came down with a heavy bat on Afridi—Gautam Gambhir poked fun at his perpetual youth, while Kapil Dev trashed him as a non-entity and Suresh Raina respectfully asked him to back off. And Kohli? A sober iteration of his patriotism did the job rather well.

Snatching Maximum

Three clean lifts, then three lifts double her body weight...there are days when an athlete herself doesn’t know what possessed her to achieve the hitherto unthinkable. At the end of her manic maelstrom, Mirabai Chanu didn’t just win (48kg) gold—India’s first—at the Commonwealh Games. She smashed the Games record to smithereens.

Tough Guys Don’t Shoot Deer

You might laugh at him for his pained, constr­icted onscreen smiles, or his distressing att­empts at emoting, but Salman Khan’s con­­v­­iction in the blackbuck shooting case is not a matter of jest. Salman, who had tried to evade responsibility for for a long time, was given five years. No, he won’t do time for long, but will surely get a long glimpse of the insides of Jodhpur Central Jail.

A Beacon Beckons

With elections approaching, Madhya Pradesh’s ‘babas’ are in for some official recognition. In addition to their (mostly) self-arrogated holy status, such personages as (clockwise from left) Computer Baba, Bhaiyyu Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Narma­da­nand and Yogendra Mahant have been accorded minister of state status. What will they do? God alone knows.

Just Doing It

Take heart, all ye out-of-shape 47-year-olds. A ‘post work-out mirror selfie’ by none other than Sushmita Sen urges—not in those exact words—slackers and no-hopers to take heart and follow her example. Such rigorous exertion is a ‘work in progress’ physique, she says, and we take her word for it. And we ask those who’re wondering if this is exa­ctly her work-out attire not to quibble over minor matters and  step on to the treadmill!

This Too Happened

Artificial Intelligence experts are to boycott Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea for partnering with a defence manufacturer. They worry it would “accelerate the arms race to develop” automatic weapons on the lines of machines they call “killer robots”.

  • 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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