June 27, 2020
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The grapevine on Prannoy Roy, Brooke Unger, Philip McDonagh, Frank Simoes, Preity Zinta...

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So what’s Delhi talking about these days? With the divorce from Star set to come through in March next year, the Capital’s abuzz about where Prannoy Roy heads next along with his NDTV. After deals with CNN and Sony fell through, will it be the Aditya Birla group he’ll partner with?...The city is also going to be one short of a bright presence. Brooke Unger, chief of bureau of  The Economist, is bidding us farewell after a four-year stint. He now heads for his next assignment in Brazil...Back here, one of the most exciting dos to look forward to will come from one of the most popular ambassadors in the city. Irish ambassador Philip McDonagh celebrates his 50th birthday in style by importing special beer from Ireland... Meanwhile, Mumbai is mourning the death of the grand old man of advertising, Frank Simoes. Outlook shares the loss, Simoes had written many a stimulating column for us...Mumbai also saw the end of advertising journal The Brief last week...Lastly, the usual from Bollywood: the new man in Preity Zinta’s life is none other than Praveen Dabas, the groom in Monsoon Wedding...

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