OUTLOOK Monday 10 December, 2001
Nothing Bakwaas 'bout it

What happens when the most-visible face of the capital’s swish-circle decides to don the host’s hat? The créme de la créme of saadi Dilli turned up in hordes last week when adman-stage actor-bon vivant Suhel Seth threw a party last week to celebrate the 6th b’day of his agency, Equus, better-known for its Bakwaas advertising campaign. Spotted at the do: law minister Arun Jaitley holding forth on poto, J&K chief secretary Ashok Jaitly and Monsoon Bissel, among others.

A Rapid Life

If he could help it, Ajeet Bajaj would have gone rafting in Antarctica too. The first Asian to have “tamed” rivers in six continents, Bajaj instead had to content himself with rivers in the Arctic in Siberia. Fresh from a nine-day expedition on the Rio Tambopata at the headwaters of the Amazon in Peru and Bolivia, what did he like most in South America? “The rapids, of course,” he says.

Slapping Beauty

Ask Ram Gopal Varma’s wife what makes Urmila angry and she’ll advise you to criticise her at your own risk. The Matondkar babe reportedly “slapped” Ramu’s wife recently for saying Urmila “was just being herself” in Ramu’s last hit Pyar Tune Kya Kiya. Seems like it’s time the sizzler came down to earth.

Dancing Unplugged

It’s a switch. For the new Hero Honda ad, Saurav Ganguly will take over the dance floor. And co-star Hrithik Roshan will wield the willow. And guess what scares Ganguly more than Pollock’s short ones? Choreographer Farah Khan! Captain courageous, indeed.

His Best Men

It’s a list you won’t mind giving your right eye to be a part of. Only two Indians—’s Tarun Tejpal and Knopf’s Sonny Mehta—figure in V.S. Naipaul’s presentation ceremony of the Nobel prize in Stockholm on December 10.

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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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