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Dressing Bengali style is in, especially during Puja time in Bengal. Last week it was Geoff Boycott, Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Shastri’s turn to put on the local togs at a “do” at Saurav Ganguly’s Behala residence. For once, the media was kept out. But Boycott the irrepressible didn’t let go: he warned the Indians to change techniques and tactics for their coming tour of Oz. Was it because of all that leg-pulling that they decided against dhotis?
Quick Silva! That’s how she galloped to glory. Bangalore-based Italian, Silva Storai, who made the city her home about two decades ago, created Indian Derby history—she saddled a winner home at the Deccan Derby in Hyderabad last week. The diminutive Storai fought off competition from the best bets in horse racing like Pesi Shroff to steer the stud Brown Sugar past the winning post.
No more sneak peeks at her million-dollar assets. After her 17-smooch debut in Khwahish, Jat babe Mallika Sherawat, we hear, has hired two bouncers—to save her from too-hot-to-handle lusty comments from admirers. Guys, don’t lose heart. Bollywood’s brand new sex symbol’s just playing it safe: the hunks are around to save her from all those “aggro” fans among you. Says she: “My bodyguards won’t keep my fans away from me.” Happy?
Five years after they met while walking their dogs in Delhi’s hip Defence Colony, Richard Holkar, son of the Maharaja of Indore, a gourmet and a writer among many other things, has decided to tie the knot with filmmaker and ex-model Pamela Rooks. “I am just waiting to complete some legal formalities and then we can take the plunge,” Richard was quoted as saying recently. Even the would-be couple’s earlier children: Richard’s Yashwant Rao and Sabrina, and Pamela’s son Ryan, are reportedly happy their parents have chosen for themselves.
Society veterans like Mehr Jessia, Bina Ramani and Sharon Prabhakar were there to rub shoulders with this year’s Provogue Society Young Achievers in Mumbai this Sunday. Dhanraj Pillay, who’s newly acquired a winning habit, got the loudest applause among all the other awardees which included Konkona Sen Sharma, Katrina Kaif and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee among others.