OUTLOOK Monday 08 March, 2004
Outlook Laurels

At a sparkling do in Mumbai last week, finance minister Jaswant Singh gave away the Outlook Money Awards 2004. Two financial groups hogged the limelight: HDFC got five awards while ICICI walked away with four. The nation’s oldest bank, SBI, bagged the coveted Outlook Money Hall of Fame award. Seen here (from right) Outlook Group editor-in-chief Vinod Mehta, Jaswant Singh, Outlook Group chairman Rajan Raheja and A.K. Purwar, chairman, SBI.

Engagingly Yours

After the silken VVS, Sehwag of the blazing willow has done it. Last week, the prince of Najafgarh slipped a diamond solitaire on Arti Singh’s finger as the Sehwag khandan watched approvingly. They want Arti to be a “simple Jatni” at home while Sehwag goes about belting bowlers. The auspicious day is April 22 after the Pak tour.

Maharani Ravs

Amidst the grandeur of Udaipur’s Shiv Niwas Palace, Raveena Tandon’s marriage to distributor Anil Thadani was the stuff of fairy tales. As the groom zipped in on a motor boat, the camera crew stood by to roll. The footage will be used for a film later. Octopussy Indified?


There is no doubt about the cricketing prowess of Yuvraj Singh, but on home turf, he’s mama’s little prince. Mumbai recently, he was seen with Mohabbatein starlet Kim Sharma on V-Day. Spinning her web around him, she made sure he didn’t leave her side for the next three days. “Kim is not my girlfriend,” he quips. Does Mom know?


Can you imagine George Castanza (Jason Alexander) dabbling in the Middle East conflict? The former Seinfeld star has launched a new peace initiative, the One Voice campaign, to seek solutions to the political crisis online. “It’s about emboldening moderates on both sides.”

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  • Since the moment we set our eyes on him on that October evening in 2000, that cracklingly clean ‘plock’ of the ball on his bat, with the whistle-fresh swing and follow-­through, marvelled us. It was the same in Yuvraj Singh’s last inter­national inn­ings. Sandwitched within were six miraculous, now-mythical sixes in an over, the no less magical performances in the 2011 World Cup, and a great, big-hearted recovery from illness. You have a great life after retirement, Yuvi.
  • As Liverpool and Tottenham muscled it out in the major kickabout that’s the Champions League final, after Moha­med Salah pumped in a penalty for a 1-0 lead, as bands of Liverpudlians seriously contemplated a conversion to Mo’s creed, she jumped right in. Comfortably sneakered, ash blonde hair aflow, arms raised, her amplitude tucked into an ungenerous swimsuit, she peddled a porn site. Play stopped for a bit, then the spoilsports threw her out.
  • Amidst the mucky filth, smelling of cordite, that is Bengal’s bipartisan politics on the ground, there emerged two flowers empowered to fight the dominant one in Par­li­a­­ment. TMC’s Mimi and Nus­rat, beloved of cameras in this poll season, were sharply dressed as ever on their first day in the House.
  • Black cape, leather footwear, eyepatch and a tiara—say what you will about Madonna’s outfit in the Eurovision in Israel. Or the fact that her Like A Prayer was woefully out of tune. An inn­ocent espousal of peace—two dancers in her troupe, dressed in Israeli and Palestinian flags, and walking arm in arm—has been castigated as an unwarranted pol­itical comment. But politics is life, the beating heart of art.


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