Outlook Traveller Getaways’ best seller series on weekend breaks, Weekend Breaks from Delhi and Weekend Breaks from Mumbai, were awarded the ‘Best Travel Publication—English’ by the department of tourism, Government of India. Vinod Mehta, editor-in-chief, The Outlook Group, received the award from the Union minister for tourism and culture, Jagmohan. Rathi Vinay Jha, secretary, department of tourism; Amitabh Kant, CMD, ITDC and joint secretary, department of tourism; Manju Rastogi, editor, Outlook Traveller Getaways; and Mahesh Peri, publisher, The Outlook Group, were others present on the occasion. The first of its kind, the series is a landmark in travel book publishing.
A $32 billion fortune can take you light years away from police harassment or problems raising children on a sex worker’s wage. Not Melinda Gates, however. She trekked Calcutta’s red-light district with the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a charity that wants to lift taboo on prostitution. It’s supported by the Gates Foundation, which wants to invest $200 million on aids prevention in India. And she kept her date with the Dalai Lama as well.
Want a poster boy for family values? It’s hard to beat Matthew Hayden, of record-shattering Australian cricketing fame, whose devotion to wife and child is the stuff of dressing room legend. Not on Page 3 though. The big Queenslander’s friendship with Delhi model Anjhula Singh had the paparazzi all aflutter. But the lady’s a psychology student, so it’s just possible she’s bowling over the chi-chi circuit with some head game.
You just can’t hold a candle to Amar Singh’s birthday bashes. This year as usual, the quality of the tinsel at the politician’s annual stardust festival was 24 carat. Sunny Deol made an entry with lady love Dimple Kapadia. Fashion designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla rubbed shoulders with Manmohan Singh. Oh! did we forget to mention, Amitabh Bachchan was the man welcoming Singh’s guests. Obviously a man who knows how to have his cake and eat it, too.
Britney Spears stormed out on her Pepsi ad co-stars Beyonce and Pink. The pop trio—featured as scantily-clad gladiators in the soft drinks promo—stood united during its premiere, but later launched into a heated row. Strife has hit Spears one more time.