January 24, 2020
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Sir Vidia in India with Half A Life; welcome to district Kebabpur; Hegde turns platinum and Shakalaka baby reaches Kerala shores

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Some big time celebrations are round the corner. We’re told that Ramakrishna Hegde’s 75th birthday will be an event to look forward to for the glitterati. However, George Fernandes is unlikely to see himself invited...It’s V.S. Naipaul who comes calling on us in October. But after Naipaul’s demolition of almost all of India’s literary world, both past and present, wonder how the launch of his new book, Half a Life, will go...Talking of visitors, Delhi’s Taj Mansingh hotel recently played host to two stars. And the staff hasn’t gotten over the experience. While Aamir Khan won over everyone with his humility, good manners and sheer charm, "rude and arrogant" Kareena Kapoor lost quite a few of her fans...Talking of stars, we hear that Sushmita Sen might soon be tying the knot with her hotelier boyfriend, Sanjay Narang. The most prized possession of the beauty queen is a huge diamond-studded ring presented by Narang... Lastly to the new eatery in town. Foodie Rocky Mohan is opening Zila Kebabpur in the Capital to offer a break from the monotony of French fries and junk food...

Guess who came calling in Bangalore? Shahrukh Khan took the blessings of the Dalai Lama at Bylakuppe, a Tibetan settlement about 200 km from the city. The actor is keen that his new film, Ashoka, scheduled for release in October, keeps the cash registers ringing... Sudha Murthy, wife of Infosys chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy, is a bit worried about Zee TV’s adaptation of her novel Dollar Bahu. So she went to the sets of the tele-serial in Mumbai and passed on some advice: let’s not make the mother-in-law a shrew!... It’s dinner-diplomacy alright. K. Karunakaran invited chief minister A.K. Antony for dinner in Delhi. But partymen feel this could be a temporary truce—to cajole the CM to part with the plum post of chairperson of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation to his (Karunakaran’s) daughter, Padmaja... Staying with Kerala, the pretty Vasundara Das is set to make her debut in a Malayalam film opposite Mohanlal...

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