OUTLOOK Monday 03 May, 2004
Give 'Em Curry

When Vikram Chatwal is not dating models or hiking up $11,000 at night clubs, he acts. The heir to an international restaurant chain and 11 Manhattan hotels is now serving One Dollar Curry, his Bollywood debut. He plays an Indian immigrant who makes it big in France with a desi mobile kitchen. Wonder which of his eateries has it on the menu.

Pool Drool

Warning: Corporate sharks infest these waters. Over 20 high-profile companies recently participated in a water polo tournament at the Inter Continental Park Royal, Delhi. After hours of frenetic aquatic negotiations, Pacific Privilege Club emerged victorious. But there’s no question regarding what made the biggest splash; bikini-clad Romanians were responsible for many a slip-up in the water.

Go For 400

Talk of constancy. After racking up 309 runs on the field, Virender Sehwag now resumes his innings with Aarti, who he has known since he was seven. Everyone from rickshawwallahs upwards at Pahari Dheeraj can be caught reminiscing about when Veeru would do the rounds of Aarti’s gali. Sehwag ki maa may have approved—especially of the pandal at Arun Jaitley’s house—but this match was fixed by none other than Veeru.

Fourth Time Lucky

Manhattan played host to Salman Rushdie’s grand fourth wedding. Rushdie and his bride, Padma Lakshmi, entertained celebrity guests amid chants from the Rig Veda, Sufi music and rajnigandha mandaps. The chief guest, however, was Rushdie’s seven-year-old son, Milan. Up next: A film based on Rushdie’s 1997 short story, The Firebird’s Nest, starring the bride.


Sandra Bullock’s romance with TV actor Jesse James is getting serious. He has had her name tattooed on his wrist. She’s been dating the 34-year-old Monster Garage star since December. Sources say they are looking forward to a happy future, hence the romantic body art.

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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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