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OUTLOOK Monday 24 June, 2019
Princely Pause

Since the moment we set our eyes on him on that October evening in 2000, that cracklingly clean ‘plock’ of the ball on his bat, with the whistle-fresh swing and follow-­through, marvelled us. It was the same in Yuvraj Singh’s last inter­national inn­ings. Sandwitched within were six miraculous, now-mythical sixes in an over, the no less magical performances in the 2011 World Cup, and a great, big-hearted recovery from illness. You have a great life after retirement, Yuvi.

Make It To Ouagadougou, Miss Fleet-Foot?

Dropping in on North Korea, or Syria, or Sudan, or the Central African Republic for a merry jaunt can be pretty tricky. But American Lexie Alford, 21, wasn’t going to let a few strongmen deter her from fulfilling her ambition: to visit all 196 sovereign nations of the world. In the course of achieving that, she visited the pyramids and let out this move. The pharaohs would have been impressed.

Rafa, Dream Winner

When you keep on winning an event, piling on trophies—12 of them—an entire generation of people would mostly have seen you triumph. Well that’s Rafael Nadal, the French Open and an admiring horde of ballgirls. As Boris Becker put it, the genius triumvirate of Rafa, Federer and Djokovic has kept everyone from winning anything since 2017. Learn from them, ye hopeless young men.

We Cheer A Straight Pass

While being a proud German, midfield maestro Mesut Ozil wore his Islamic and Turkish identities on his calves, visited President Erdogan in sup­p­ort when the ‘free world’ was castigating him, then let go of all in disgust at the mou­nting criticism. When he married lov­­­ely Amine, an actress,  recently, the prez was best man.

Flimsy, Caution

This sheerest of marriages between a gown and a swimsuit caused Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh, 29, endless trouble. While no one took much notice of the infe­licitous union at Cannes, a huge uproar back home caused the culture minister to term it “imp­roper and offensive”. Weirdly, a probe was launched to see if she violated decency laws 9,000 miles away. Poor Ngoc now faces a fine. We think the amount can be stumped up through a secret crowd funding.

This Too Happened

A probe by a UK-based daily has revealed the extent to which Russia is trying to exert control over Africa. It revealed that the Russians are building relations with existing rulers and grooming leaders in 13 countries in a bid to supplant the influence of old colonial powers like France, UK and Belgium.

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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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