It was a homecoming with a difference—Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi made a surprise entry at the newly opened Oxford bookstore in Delhi. Invited by William Dalrymple, at whose farmhouse the celeb couple is staying, to share his evening of reading, Rushdie read a newish, longish short story—his “first reading in Delhi in 20 years”.
Jab raat hai aisi matwaali toh subah ka alam kya hoga—We’ve been humming the tune for the last 40 years as Pakistan banned the screening of Hindi films. The colour incarnation of K. Asif’s magnum opus Mughal-e-Azam has raised new hopes. Akbar Asif, son of the legendary filmmaker, recently gifted Pervez Musharraf a print of the film. If the Prez can watch it, why not the aam Pakistani?
Another launch? Look at TAG Heuer’s launch of the Carrera Classic series of watches at Jaipur for inspiration—identify brand ambassadors like Shahrukh Khan and Sushmita Sen. Make them play polo astride Tom Cruise, the elephant; remember to call the royals like Sawai Bhawani Singh (second, left); sprinkle the guest stands with beauties from yesteryears like Pamela Bordes. Finally, the group photo—(right) Phillipe Pascal, Chairman and CEO LVMH Watch and Jewellery.
She’s twentysomething, single and sports an Om tattoo on her waist. And mind you, Karima Sagrani, the India director of Emernegildo Zegna, a major fashion label, comes with pedigree. The daughter of industrialist Lalit and Minal Modi hasn’t been doing the page-three circuit. She’s working overtime to set up outlets for her brand. We caught her in this well-ventilated Versace number at a fashion do. She was at work... hard work.
We’ve heard about Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias since ’02. Now, they’re married. At a charity event, her conspicuous wedding band drew attention. “Enrique is great. We are married,” she said. Long live her second marriage!