OUTLOOK Monday 15 April, 2002
War on Terror

Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri’s address at the annual Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Lecture in the capital this week touched many hearts. “We cannot justify a terrorist act, let alone accept it.” True. She praised Congress president Sonia Gandhi and recalled her father’s links with India. In turn, Sonia praised Sukarnoputri for her efforts in ending the ethnic strife in Indonesia.

Off Boyfriends

No boyfriends please. The sexy and giggly Riya Sen now wants to work her magic on her fans, and John Abraham doesn’t figure anywhere. It’s not just a closed chapter, but history, she says. “We have just drifted apart and want to concentrate on our work.” For Riya, it is Kalpana Lajmi’s Kyon for now. Any other affairs? “No, not at all, boyfriends are a waste of time. Frankly speaking, I don’t have any energy left to run after guys.”

Mobile Internet

The capital’s chatterati couldn’t have asked for more reasons to celebrate. Last weekend there were 8,888 of them—to raise a toast for the success of the indiatimes 8888 service. Spotted at the do, hosted by Vineet Jain and Mahendra Swarup, the Times Internet Ltd CEO, were Manisha Koirala with her companion Cecil, Suneet Varma, Madhu Sapre, Naresh Trehan, Romi Chopra...

Desert Queen

Remember Pamela Bordes Singh, of the British Parliament/Libya fame? Nothing really, but just that the once-glam girl who sent governments toppling was recently spotted in Bangalore. And she was alone! News hath it that Singh has moved bag-and-baggage to Jaipur, spending her time photographing the “splendours of nature and the like”. Seems like she hasn’t got over those days of hobnobbing with kings and rulers. Why? Doesn’t Jaipur, and Rajasthan, have a fair sprinkling of the blue-blooded?

Lucky Mascot

No prizes for guessing this happy family pic— Saurav Ganguly, Dona and their four-month-old daughter Shonai. Seems like the little cutie-pie is already initiated into the willow game—Dona took Shonai to Delhi to show her dad play Zimbabwe earlier this month. Here’s wishing good luck to Saurav and his boys on their Caribbean tour.

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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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