OUTLOOK Monday 20 March, 2006
Mollie Returns

M.M. Kaye may have died in 2004 but she’s finally home. At last, Mollie’s leapt out of the box, says Michael Ward, friend of the author and director of the musical version of her bestseller The Far Pavillions. He along with his wife Elaine hired a houseboat, rowed to the middle of the lake at sunset, scattered her ashes in the waters of Lake Pichola in Udaipur in accordance with her wishes. Ward has even written a sequel to the novel, Fireflies, and wants Amol Palekar to direct the play. Mollie’s smiling.

Chi Weds Sou

The bride and groom looked coy in traditional attire—a far cry from the Chatwals. Yet the marriage of Telugu star Cheeranjeevi’s daughter Sushmita to Chennai businessman Vishnu Prasad was a mega star avalanche. The spread was sumptuous and the guests watched the proceedings live on giant screens.

Train To Paris

Baul Paban Das once made a living singing in the trains that left Calcutta. He now lives in Paris and has cut albums with avant garde musicians like Sam Mills and Malian jazz virtuoso Cheick Tidiane and Peter Gabriel. You’ll even catch him singing on the Parisian streets.

Stoop To Conquer

Mallika Sherawat didn’t make it to the Zee Cine Awards in Mauritius. She demanded a business class ticket for herself, her bodyguards and her Pekinese cat. But with Kashmira Shah dressed like this, nobody missed her. The lass was perhaps celebrating her graduation to lead roles...a Telugu film from Ram Gopal Varma’s factory titled Aa Ammayi.


Jacko’s not been seen ever since he was ‘cleared’ of the child sex abuse. His brother says he’s been living a reclusive existence in Bahrain as the guest of the king’s son, busy doing 300 push-ups a day and running on the beach. Jacko with biceps!

  • He is talented enough a film-maker to have been entrusted glamour projects like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement; she, international music royalty and a talented sitarist herself. Joe Wright and Anoushka Shankar’s marriage seemed almost solid amidst bursting bubbles of celebrity matrimony. Sadly, they’ve announced the end of it. We’ll leave it at that.
  • Having Manali as hometown and a father as an adventure sports profe­ssional are surely adv­antages, but to tra­­nslate that into a medal on the snowy slopes of an fiercely fought international competition is solid achievement. Taking a bow from the rest of snowless India was Aanchal Thakur, who won bronze in slalom at the Alpine Ejder Cup held in Erzurum, Turkey.
  • Can this be a sign of retirement? Now that son Rahul has, at long last, taken over the reins of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi took time off in Goa. Not with flashy hangers-on, but just quiet and dignified, atop a cycle.
  • Diego Maradona—the very name conjures up ima­ges of opponents genuflecting before his genius in 1986. But the ‘God of football’ has mellowed. In  Calcutta—where people contemplate violence if you speak ill of him—he said he was just a ‘simple footballer’.


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