OUTLOOK Monday 08 August, 2005
Spell It, Prez

Even as the White House geared up for Manmohan Singh’s visit, Bush had an appointment with a distinguished Indian-American—Anurag Kashyap, the 13-year-old National Spelling Bee Champion. (“Say dude, what’s ap-po-gi-tu-ra?” “An ornamental music note, Mr President,” replied the boy.) This was the word that helped him beat 272 other contestants in the 19th round. Last year, Anurag entered the competition for the first time and tied for the 47th place. Interestingly, this year the other three toppers too were NRI kids—Aliya Deri, Samir Patel and Rajiv Tarigopula. But this eighth standard guy is quite a celebrity—scholarships, $28,000 in cash and gifts from Encyclopedia Britannica. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to shake his hand and even offered him the in-house lexicographer’s position.

Pick Me Up

Meet Heyley Cleghorn. Way back in ’83, she was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s co-star in Fight to Death. Now you’ll see her ‘topless’ act in the Bollywood flick Pick Me. Hang on, Heyley isn’t here for the money. The rich ‘Indian culture’ drew her here. Just check out the Hindi “jaldi karo”, “pani lao”. She’s even learning the item jhatkas. Game for more? Sure.

Wait Till U C Me Sizzle

Sonal Chauhan won us Ms Tourism ’05. Will Naina Dhaliwal, our Ludhiane di kudi, fetch the Mrs Globe too? Just last year, the voluptuous vixen walked into the Gladrags Mrs India contest flaunting her wedding choodas and won hands down. But her tryst with Bollywood hasn’t been a cakewalk. After the blink-and-you-miss-roles in Amavas and Madhoshi, she walked out of Dand. There’s Jackpot too. The next silver screen explosion: Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi. We’ll wait with bated breath.

Rich And A-Loan

Wipro’s reigning czar, Azim Premji exuded good humour as he played down the departure of Vivek Paul as vice-chairman. But asked about his housing loan, the smiles waned. Turns out, the country’s wealthiest man drew a Rs 2 lakh subsidy for interest payment on a housing loan as part of his annual compensation of Rs 2.29 crore for fiscal ’04-05.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt? It was in the air. Her maternal instincts drew him to her. Now we hear of a September wedding. She’s met Brad’s parents and his divorce with Jennifer Aniston is finalised. The road is clear, go forth, fill your home with kids.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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