August 11, 2020


  • Monday
  • 04 November, 2019
Hopping It? No!

What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.

Salutation For The Ranee

Such is the raw odour that accompanies Lady Gaga’s unabashed iconoclasm that her performance—fragile, sensitive and altogether human—in A Star Is Born gave us another plane to assess her. Now comes a single tweet—the shloka ‘lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu’, that hopes universal benediction for all. The result? A deluge of crazed bhakts shrieking ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Not A Random Gift

It all collapsed into that most palatable of all piscine matters—Hilsa, or Ilish, the silvery perfection of which has its salty hold intact on Gaud. A rep­ort on Abhijit Banerjee’s love for Ilish, as exp­ressed by his eager offer to deliver the same from her constituency by Nusrat...a glad acceptance. The begun ilish awaits sir, do tuck in heartily.

Red Clay, Red Wine

She has been a fixture in all the major tournaments, looking on serenely as a rampaging Rafa grinds it to his own will—a picture of quiet emotional support born of love, as uncle Tony worked out the technical points. We have occasionally seen Mery Perello clinched in seashore ecstasy with Rafael. Ah, after 14 years, it surely is time. The two wed in an expensive property in Mallorca—the only grand slam that matters in Nadal’s life.


If you ever pondered on the model-like shortcomings of Bella Hadid’s loveliness (smallish eyes, imp­erfect nose...), know that those inc­orrigible theorisers, the ancient Greeks, have plotted your hubris. Read the ‘golden ratio of beauty phi’ by which Bella is the world’s most beautiful and scratch your heads at ancient anticipation of modernity.

This Too Happened

Facebook removed 93 accounts, 17 pages and four Instagram accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on the two platforms. The accounts were from Iran and Russia and the social media giant says the accounts and pages have targeted the US, North Africa and Latin America.


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