January 26, 2020


  • Monday
  • 05 August, 2002
Retiring Czar

Any takers for a $5 billion offer? This one’s from liquor baron Vijay Mallya: “After running my business for 18 years I am clear that everything’s for sale. It’s retrogade to be emotional and sentimental.” Tough talk from a man who always zipped in the fast lane and who wished there were 26 hours in a day!


What if our raingods played truant this year. Designer Neeta Bhargava has a better idea to beat the heat, with her pret-a-porter Monsoon collection. Her idea of succour from parched throats—short kurtas and slit trousers with scarves or stoles in bright fresh colours and floral motifs. Add Swarovski crystals to it and you have a “very good supplement to the missing showers”. High hopes.

Congratulations, Mr President

Dressed in a dark bandhgala, India’s 12th President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quoted Kabir and Thirukkural in his presidential speech soon after being sworn in on Thursday. “We need a movement in the country (to transform India into a developed nation). This is the time to ignite the minds of the people. We cannot emerge as a developed nation if we do not learn to transact with speed,” he said in front of a capacity crowd which included several former PMs, ministers, diplomats, and the specially-invited 100 schoolchildren. All the best, sir.

Managing Success

Jack of all trades, and master of.... After all his forays into television and event management, Aushim Khetrapal’s now on to bigger things, with his debut album Dil Na Jaane. Wonder where’s the connection between all that he’s done till now. But Khetrapal’s upbeat about his venture with Araasha, a talented recording artist. “The flavour and feel of the songs reflect the influence of Latino idol Julio Iglesias, complete with sombrero and Spanish guitar,” says one publicist. Things to watch out for? A marketing blitz!


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