Desi Enrique?

Our jasoos in Vienna, whose been all partied out at the ongoing Jindal-Jasani wedding reports that of the major industrialists in attendance were LN Mittal, Sunil Mittal, Praful Patel (yes, he’s counted as one in this case, as he belongs to the same YPO Forum as Sajjan Jindal) and Harsh Mariwala.

And whereas there’s been much fun and cheer —according to the same source — the arrangements are ‘not a patch on the Florence wedding’ hosted by the same family a few years ago. Be that as it may, the presence of international pop sensation Enrique Iglesias, who performed on Sunday night has been quite a crowd pleaser.

The flower arrangement at the wedding
The flower arrangement at the wedding

So excited were some of the guests by the Latino hunk, that one inebriated guest, the husband of a leading Pune socialite, is said to have clambered on to the stage and proceeded to display the courage of his convulsions matching Iglesias move for move, before worried hosts managed to get him down.

Lakshmi Mittal and Sunil Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal and Sunil Mittal 

No doubt he was dancing along to ‘Why Not Me?’

Got the full picture?
As reported, there was a spontaneous and very joyous gathering of over 150 erstwhile employees of the Taj in Mumbai — GMs, front office managers, bellboys, concierges and chefs.

The Taj reunion
The Taj reunion

And whereas nothing will do justice to the nostalgic bonhomie and the spicy conversations that occurred, here’s an iconic picture of the group, in which many a famous Taj fixture will be spotted.

Go ahead, try and identify the men and women who have served you in some form or the other in their capacity as employees of one of India’s foremost luxe hotels over the decades. As they say, this one’s for the albums!

Summer wine
It is an idea whose time has come. Last Friday 22 of Delhi’s coolest women were invited by a fashion magazine, to a sample Olive’s new summer menu created by chef Sujan for a fundraiser by the OM foundation, which sponsors meals for underprivileged kids. But what took the event to another level was the fact that the organisers had designer Gaurav Gupta dress the lot.

AD Singh with friends
AD Singh with friends

So from the Sethi girls – Chetan Sheth’s vivacious daughters Ameeta and Ambika - to some time newsreader Fatima Karan, to product designer Gunjan Gupta they were all there - doing their bit for charity, pecking on the summer salads and yes, looking very very cool and coordinated indeed.

Remembering Nirbhaya
Word comes in, that to mark the birth anniversary of Jyoti Singh, the braveheart who would have turned 28 today, her courageous mother Asha Devi has organised an event to pay tribute to her late daughter in Delhi’s Sundar Nagar this evening.

Bina RamaniBina Ramani

And speaking on the occasion amongst others, will be Bina Ramani who has spearheaded an NGO to counter and bring awareness to the rising cases of rape and sexual violence in the country.

“There will be speeches, pledges and plans made to spread the idea of zero tolerance for violence against women,” said Ramani, who has been known to advocate harsh measures for culprits of such heinous crimes.

A Carnival for cancer
This year’s carnival hosted by a fashion magazine, that annual Sunday repast in aid of breast cancer awareness held at the ballroom of a five-star, was as expected, strong on its cool quotient.

Aishwarya Subramaniam, Parveen Dussanj and Parmesh Shahani
Aishwarya Subramaniam, Parveen Dussanj and Parmesh Shahani

Seen enjoying the games, buffet spread and other goodies on display were the like of Smita Godrej and Vijay Krishna, AD and Sabina Singh, Anil and Sabina Chopra, Nachiket Barve, Parveen Dussanj, Gul Panang and Sumeet Chopra.

Sonakshi Sinha who was the chief guest and who graciously donated a painting done for the auction, was her usual effervescent self. But MIA were some of the Carnival’s regulars: Bharat Kewalramani, Anish Trivedi, Fahad Samar, and Nisha and Vikram Raizada. “It looked like a new demographic,” said a source adding, “a whole new set of younger people attended this year.”

Celebrating Manto
Each year, thanks to film buff Rafique Baghdadi, we are reminded of Saadat Hassan Manto around this time. The late great writer who spent a significant part of his life roaming some of the city’s meanest streets has written its most evocative stories.

Rafique Baghdadi and Saadat Hassan MantoRafique Baghdadi and Saadat Hassan Manto

“I am re-reading Saadat Hassan Manto’s Stars from another Sky, about the Bombay film world of the 1940s, which he wrote between1948- 1954,” said Baghdadi about the author’s birth anniversary that falls tomorrow.

“The book, republished by Penguin in 1998 has been translated from Urdu, by Khalid Hassan,” said Baghdadi, adding, “and is one of best books on Hindi films I have ever read. There are 13 portraits of actors and directors and it is written in a New Journalism style.” He added, “Do read it. It will make your day.”

We will Baghdadi, we will. And hopefully, so will some of the readers of this column too, to know for themselves the genius of Manto.

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