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It couldn’t have been a more impressive scoreboard. At Auction Replay in Bangalore last week, Sachin’s willow got the highest bid, Rs 3 lakh. Tony Greig picked up Harbhajan Singh’s famous hat-trick ball against the Aussies for Rs 55,000. And Saurav had good reasons to pick up the blazer Anil Kumble wore during the 1993 Sri Lanka tour for Rs 25,000: “It was the last time India won a series overseas.” The organisers too were much pleased—by the end of the do, they had collected Rs 11 lakh. And all for a cause: to raise funds for the underprivileged.
Let’s roll out the carpet for some high-profile visitors from Hollywood. Naomi Watts, of The Ring fame, will be visiting Mumbai sometime in December this year to promote Merchant-Ivory’s latest offering, Le Divorce. Kate Hudson, the other star in the film, will, however, not accompany the cast on the India trip. Why? Because she’s pregnant.
It was time to pay tribute to the stalwarts “who made serious journalism viable” and the new editor-in-chief of The Hindu, N. Ram, didn’t miss out on any names at the 125th anniversary celebrations of the newspaper in Chennai last Saturday. Welcoming Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, attorney-general Soli Sorabjee and others, Ram saluted The Hindu’s “constant interplay of continuity and change” since its first editorial on September 20, 1878. “It centrestaged two guiding principles for the daily, fairness and justice,” he said.
Deposed Liberian dictator Charles Taylor wanted his daughters Blossom Neypon and Avenette Sirleaf to grow up in India where “girls remained virgins till they wed”. Seems like the girls aren’t too happy with Delhi culture. “People laugh at us, stare at us. Do we look like clowns? Haven’t Indians seen blacks before,” Avenette was quoted as saying recently. Delhiites, care to answer?
What’s with Katrina Kaif? We hear the leggy beauty’s not too happy with Boom. She claims she thought the film will be in English, for England, where “bikinis and kissing scenes are part of every film”. Says Kaif: “When I signed the film, I was not aware about Indian culture and tradition. Had I known it, I wouldn’t have done the film.” Now she says she’ll never expose! Wonder whose loss is it anyway!