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Stereotypes of the mind sometimes spring to life. A butcher from Lucknow, 27-year-old Shamsuddin, has cleaved his way out of mofussil anonymity by dint of his eerie similarity to the beefy Shoaib Akhtar. As one works to get a keener edge to his inswinging yorkers, his lookalike is basking in reflected glory—with an altered mop of hair and a new celebrityhood among meat-shoppers.
It had to happen. The “feelgood factor” had to be brought down from macro-economic heights. At a talk organised by the Association of British Scholars in Delhi, India’s leading cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan revealed that “feelgood” was finally “a matter of your heart”. We agree wholeheartedly.
Here’s more to Indo-Pak bhaichara, but with a twist. Pakistani models failed to get visas and hence missed a fashion show saluting Kashmiri craftsmanship. The sole Pak model to make it was Gia Ali (in the picture) who sashayed down the ramp along with her Indian colleagues. Designed by Ricci Roshan of the house of Thorr, the clothes were a mix of traditional and modern, embellished with Kashmiri embroidery.
Haryanvi-accented English must be in fashion. Or maybe it was just the angular jawline and good ol’ wheatbran-fed brawn. Sunil Mann, a chatty farmer’s son from Jhajjar district, didn’t need a degree from Swiss etiquette schools to complete his crags-to-riches story. The Grasim Mr India may well be the next son of the soil. A perfect recipe for a Bollywood boy flick, starring himself?