February 25, 2020


  • Monday
  • 28 March, 2005
The Open Door

Foreign minister Natwar Singh, 75, is getting better with his opening lines. Greeting the US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, he said: “You come here as a friend. There is no need to knock on the door. The door is open.” He then gave her some doses of eastern philosophy: “Everything you hear about India is true. And so is its opposite.” Food for thought as she figures out how to de-hyphenate the US relationship between India and Pakistan.

Desire Sells

It was a sellout. All 7,500 copies of Tarun J. Tejpal’s debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, were sold to distributors straight from the press, forcing his publisher, HarperCollins, to borrow copies from his own distributor for the launch. The turnout, unsurprisingly, was large—so large that latecomers had to make do by sitting on the stairs or in the corridors of British Council’s packed-to-capacity auditorium in Delhi.

On the Rockies

Free whisky was reason enough for Delhiites to flock the Blender’s Pride fashion tour. On the ramp, Bipasha Basu shone in Rocky S. outfits. Later, the spotlight was on Sir Vidia Naipaul and Nadira who dropped in to watch the Tarun Tahiliani collection. But the show-stopper was Wendell Rodricks’ line—colour, style and cuts.

Grow Up Girl

Someone tell the 19-year-old remix girl Deepal Shaw that there are others ways to get attention than provocative dances in micro mini attires, announcing the auction of her wardrobe for tsunami relief (by the way, how much did that 6-inch piece of cloth fetch?) and the latest, cooking up tales of her marriage. Here’s her vain attempt to remain in circulation? “The media is getting me married.” Watch it Baby Doll. Barely old enough to vote, if you adopt such tactics now, you’ll soon end up with copious amount of raw egg face packs. Comprendo?

Ray Redux

Five decades after Satyajit Ray rewrote celluloid history with Pather Panchali, the release of The Vision of Ray: Cine Posters and Beyond by the LS Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was a nostalgic peep into his world. Those associated with Ray reunited to remember the last representative of Bengal renaissance. Seen here from left, Saumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore and Ray’s favourite heroine Madhabi Mukherjee.


Even at 60, you can go model-shopping. Take Rod Stewart. Atop the Eiffel Tower, he went down on his knees to propose to his model-girlfriend Penny Lancaster. She agreed. More after his divorce with another model, Rachel Hunter, is through.


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