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SHE has been many things at different times. Maura Moynihan, daughter of one-time US ambassador to India and now Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, is currently biding her time as a writer. Titled Masterji and Other Stories, her first collection of short stories will be released this week. About her own life in India, she says: "It’s impossible to live anywhere else once you have lived here. I am a cultural refugee here. And the stories reflect that situation of a westerner coming to the east." A happy homecoming, hopefully?
RELIANCE bahu Tina Ambani gets the artistic urge. Spurred by the success of her Harmony show, the former actress is said to be planning an institution on the lines of the National Centre for Performing Arts. The idea is to nurture new talent by giving them cheap space to exhibit their work. From polyester yarn to high art, this one’s come a long way.
THE Bomb (as Pokhran-II is now called non-euphemistically) evoked widespread debate, views, writings and opinions. One such piece by author Amitav Ghosh in The New Yorker has been nominated for the 34th National Magazine Awards in the Reporting category. Titled A Reporter At Large: Countdown; Why Can’t Every Country Have The Bomb?, the story made Ghosh one of the 73 finalists chosen from over 1,320 print and 60 new media entries. That’s a bombshell of an honour.
CAN you keep a good model down? No, if the dame happens to be Madhu Sapre. Heartache, controversy, illness and many, many fashion shows later, the lady rises, this time as an author. While the plot’s unclear, her intent is resolute. Of finishing this project where the protagonist will naturally be a supermodel, the story, a weft of her life and times. And thereby hangs another tale.
WHEN Britain welcomed the Thiruchel-vam family that fled the Sri Lankan war, they didn’t know they were getting a little genius in the bargain. Murugan Thiruchelvam at age 10 has become the youngest player to beat a grandmaster, felling Jonathan Levitt in 72 moves. He began to play chess when he was three-and-a-half and played his first adult tourney when he was was six. This is his fifth world record already. On beating Levitt, Murugan said he was "amazed, but not surprised." Really!
BEING Swraj Paul’s son makes Angad an eligible young man. An eligibility quotient that only skyrocketed with the box-office success of his critically acclaimed film Lock Stock and Three Smoking Barrels. Now suitable boy is to marry long-time companion Esha Akoi whose family owns Delhi’s Imperial Hotel. Does that leave damsels in distress?
FLAUTIST Hariprasad Chaurasia did his bit to demystify Indian classical music when he launched The Raga Guide in London last week. The book, accompanied by four CDs, sets you off on a journey through 74 of the most popular ragas, tracing their ascent-descent, melodic outline, and sargam geet with notations in both Hindustani and western forms. Put together with Dutch musicologists, the project took eight years to bear fruit. But it has been well worth the wait.