For all those PYTS who drool over cricket and Rahul Dravid, here’s a heart-breaking piece of information. Jammy’s long innings as the most eligible bachelor will soon draw to an end. The maiden who has breached The Wall lives, well, in the US of A, and mom Pushpa Dravid is only too elated at Dravid’s find. But no one’s saying anything more—neither the kin nor Rahul—about the lucky bride-to-be or the D-day, not even to his teammates. And things seem to moving in a pre-planned direction—the vice-captain of the Men in Blue declined an offer from Scottish cricket for their next season. There was one more snag, other than the impending marriage. The Scots couldn’t match the kind of money he wanted from them. Poor souls, they are yet to find a sponsor for their national team.
It was just another private visit which may well have given birth to the Indian paparazzi. Globe-trotting textile magnate Arun Nayar had no idea of what he was unleashing when he decided to bring his celebrity girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, to Mumbai for two days. Nosey lensmen spotted the two in an Oberoi restaurant from where they made a hasty retreat. And when the photo-op didn’t happen, reporters scoured the menu to know what the couple feasted on. Just in case you’re interested, they had sui mai dim sum and mango and onion spring rolls!
You just cannot miss the distinctive smell that hangs outside London’s Chutney Mary. And now the stamp of approval: the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant awards 2003 has rated it as the Best Indian restaurant. Obviously, group directors Namita and Camellia Punjabi looked pleased as punch as they pose here with Graham Saux, the presenter. Praises are just pouring in. The Tatler Restaurant Guide 2003 describes it as one of the jewels in Masala World’s crown. Have you made your bookings yet?
After his elder brother popularised Bombay in London, Julian Lloyd Webber touched down on the metropolis last week for his first-ever concert in the city, with pianist Rebecca Woolcock. The cellist performed renditions from Bach, Benjamin Britten, and Johannes Brahms, besides a piece by his father William Lloyd Webber. Once back in London, there are more pressing engagements at hand—to record his six-track for a double CD slated to be released next year.
The spreading news is sure to catapult Suneet Varma into a rarefied level of designer existence. And it’s a couturier coup of sorts—following Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla’s cameo for Sophie Marceau in The World is Not Enough and Dame Judi Dench’s wardrobe. None other than the agent of this year’s hottest actress, Oscar-grabber Nicole Kidman, got in touch with Varma to make costumes for her in a yet-to-be-shot Hollywood production. But don’t pester him with details. He doesn’t know what the film is called, or when and where it’ll be shot. And besides, it could be a case of touch and go—it’s not been finalised yet.