So all those who doubted Robert Vadra's ability to hold Priyanka Gandhi's attention long enough for their marriage to last have been proved wrong. The couple have not only remained happily married but are on their way, if reports are to be believed, to becoming proud parents. Priyanka is said to be five months pregnant. Will this baby then be the much-awaited heir to the Gandhi dynasty? Well, well...even if the current crop of inheritors haven't quite got close to the crown, the Congress can still take heart.
FORMER MP and film-maker Subbirami Reddy threw the mother of all dos at the Taj last week. Among the 1,000-odd guests were an array of Bollywood stars: the Kapoor sisters, Tabu and Farha, Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. Miss World Yukta Mookhey was there even as Diana Hayden gyrated at the British High Commissioner's bash the same day. "Bigger than Amar Singh's?" asked Reddy, of the RS MP's mega bash last month. Party politics, is it?
INDIA'S definitely the flavour of the season internationally. Why else would Madame Tussaud's in London shortlist six Bollywood stars for its famed waxwork models? The names range from Amitabh Bachchan to anari Raj Kapoor, from ham-star Shahrukh to guy-next-door Anil Kapoor, from original dancing queen Helen to reigning box-office queen Aishwarya. The statue will cost some £25,000 and a minimum of 4,000 pictures will be required to create an exact likeness of whoever makes it to Baker Street. We're plumbing for Helen...no one sizzles like she did.
INDO-PAK ties took another turn last week, this time for the better. Spearheading it were citizens of the two countries rather than politicians. Asma Jehangir, former chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Pakistan, brought an all-woman delegation from her country to mark the second phase of the peace process. Jehangir was quoted as saying: "From here, let a message go to the politicians of India and Pakistan that the people want to live in peace and with dignity." We agree. Completely.
It's no longer good enough to be The Voice. Playback singer Jaspinder Narula has many other ambitions. In Delhi recently as part of Indian-Arabic jugalbandi with Tunisian singer Lotfi Bouchnak, Narula now has visions of appearing on-camera in Hindi films. Bollywood grapevine's abuzz with rumours of how the lady-in-white's keen to meet producers and directors to plead her case for an on-camera debut.
DOES anyone remember Manoj Kumar in Shirdi Ke Sai Baba? You may or may not but the people of Shirdi definitely do. A road leading to the Sai Baba temple in the town has been named after him. Says the actor: "It still feels like a dream. I was taken around in a chariot, there were about 20,000 people, mothers were asking me to bless their children and I was crying."