Rohan Gavaskar, who now it seems will always be called Sunil Gavaskar’s son, married his childhood friend Swati Mankar in Mumbai last week. And, befittingly, it looked like a perfect pitch for so many cricketers to make their presence felt—there were friends Ajit Agarkar, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, and Gundappa Vishwanath, among others. If Black Label and other spirits flowed in abundance, Papa Gavaskar and mother Marshneil, with their broad smiles, were busy striking pretty poses for the lensmen. For a change, even the high-profile presence of Jaya Bachchan went almost unnoticed.
If Bangalore couldn’t sleep the whole of last week, one legend who sneaked in and out without much fuss was former cricketer Alvin Kallicharan. The dashing West Indies batsman of the ’70s was in the city to seek blessings from his spiritual guru, Sathya Sai Baba. In fact, one very little known fact about Kallicharan’s life is that he visits Bangalore twice every year for the Baba’s darshan. He said recently: “I thought I was a hero and bigger than everything else till I met Baba and experienced his divinity in 1978.” Modesty personified, both on and off the field.
Now that catwalk queens are sharpening their claws with Models United—to give a voice to the female clotheshorse sorority—whether it’ll be a runway success is debatable. But Diandra Soares tells you why she has soaring hopes. “It seems to be falling into place. There’s more unity, maturity and tolerance among us.” The boys on the ramp are not on board. They are welcome, but none of them “seem interested”.
It’s official now, but the handsome anchor of the Indian cricket team isn’t saying much. Rahul Dravid has started inviting friends for his May 4 wedding with Dr Vijeta Pendharkar, daughter of a family friend. His friends aren’t surprised about Rahul’s decision to settle down with the doc. “We knew all along that he’ll never spring a surprise on his parents,” said one childhood pal. Intelligent, studious, obedient. Any more traits you want us to discover, Rahul?
They rolled into India almost four decades late, but the Stones ended up rocking India all the same. “This has been one of the most difficult tours for us due to the war and the virus situation.... We think we are 39 years late in coming to India,” were Sir Mick’s opening words when the band touched down in Bangalore with an awesome load of sound and light equipment, even giant confetti cannons and a crew of 95. And there was some serious sightseeing before the concert on Friday: Jagger ventured out to visit late Protima Bedi’s Nrityagram.