More than 40 years ago, Jaipur’s royalty walked the streets of the pink city to welcome Queen Elizabeth. Last week, chief minister Vasundhararaje repeated the dazzle exercise for Dussehra—dressed in queen’s regalia with courtiers in toe. Nostalgia rent the air. The affair was Vasundhara’s idea “to show foreign tourists something novel and unique”. Hey, but what about the starving Sahariya tribe in the state? Brighter ideas are welcome.
Four generations of Sonia Gandhi’s family gathered to celebrate the wedding of Capt Satish Sharma’s daughter Sarika to Rahul Bhat. Sonia’s mom Paola Maino flew in all the way from Italy. Her great-grand-daughter Maira kept her busy. Sonia was much in demand that evening with guests wanting to be photographed with her. And Priyanka was her charming self. The Sharmas and Gandhis go back a long way to when Rajiv and Satish Sharma were pilots.
This time, it’s Sachin’s—a sports café launched by the master blaster at a shopping mall in Mulund, a north Bombay suburb that drew packed crowds. A foodie himself, the master blaster’s café serves Indian food and your bit of gawking at Sachin memorabilia. Business partner Sanjay Narang says you can also get your piece of the man as the chain rolls out.
Moms with daughters chasing filmi careers, beware! They may follow the script drafted by their mentor-directors. After Amisha Patel, south Indian sensation and national award-winner Meera Jasmine walked out on her parents over an assets feud. Her father alleged that her “director uncle” Lohi was the villain. Meera says no. And the “director uncle” is maintaining a distance from the family feud.
Tennis star Andy Roddick is a busy man both on and off the court. He was recently caught amid a mixed doubles game with hotel heiress Paris Hilton at a Vegas night spot. It was a great shot with the couple locking lips. Advantage Roddick!