February 26, 2020


  • Monday
  • 29 July, 2019
Elements of Design

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.

Prepare, ‘Bond Boys’

No, don’t fret, no one can replace James Bond so perfectly that the name itself can be transplan­ted to a lesser spook. As Bri­tain’s premier agent leaves “active service for a tranquil life in Jama­ica” (like his cre­a­tor Fleming), the ‘007’ mantle falls on a woman of colour. Her name? We don’t yet know. Her impersonator? Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel). Lash...lynch...Britain’s enemies are quaking in their boots.

For The Billionth Time

Gossip columns merged with the news pages when Jeff Bezos paid his wife Mackenzie a $38.3 billion divorce settlement. Yet look at him now, as cool as the tens of billions he still has left, whispering into the hair of partner Lauren Sanchez in the royal box at the Wim­b­ledon centre court. Chewed your nails as Djokovic battled Federer? Jeff just chewed the breeze.

Blue Becomes Her

Don’t know if Kriti Sanon—backlit beautifully by an azure sky and striped by a swing—is too chic to go as a ‘small-town jou­r­nalist’ in a movie old-fashionedly named Arjun Patiala. We’ll judge her acting skills on this one though, hoping she’d make use of the wholesomeness that Diljit Dosanjh has to proffer.

Oh Brother!

Taimur isn’t mostly a smiling lad, grimacing and mooning about, poor thing, hauled about by his moviestar mom and mercilessly blinded by photographers’ flashes. Another day, another shot, a more content cherub clinging on to ano­ther fam­ous mother. Is Sunny’s boy Noah or Asher—they didn’t know, those who noted the amazing likeness between the two boys flanking us.

This Too Happened

Baz Luhrmann, director of The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, has found his king. After the likes of Harry Styles and Miles Teller were cast aside, Austin Butler will play Elvis Presley in his biopic which will speak about Elvis’s relationship with Col Tom Parker, his manager, to be played by Tom Hanks.


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