>> He may be persona non grata in Indian cricket at the moment and the ICC and IPL bosses’ biggest headache, but did anybody imagine that Lalit Modi, the game changer who created the cricket world’s biggest money spinner, would stay away from the ICC Champion’s Trophy nail biting final match? A fellow invitee to the much awaited game swears that though Modi had been barred from entering any ICC boxes and areas, his passes had been sent to him by the ECB and Anil Ambani (whose company Reliance ADAG was a sponsor).
Another side, from the same source is that though the TV channels duly featured Akshay Kumar at the India-Pakistan match of the same tournament, as he promoted his forthcoming film Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again, in which he reprises the role of a cricket loving underworld don (are there any other types?) Kumar had been ticked off by the authorities for creating a stampede when he attempted to make friends and influence crowds.
“His appearance created such a ruckus as fans tried to get his autograph or be photographed with him, that he was instructed to lie low and return to his seat.” And no, unlike the incident that occurred with a certain SRK, no watchman was injured during this process we are assured!
Class of ’84
>> “Every year on my birthday, I lunch with my beloved college gang. At 21, we discussed the benefits of Zeppelin and Zappa. At 51, we discussed the benefits of Zyloric,” says Mumbai’s favourite wordsmith Rahul da Cunha about his recent big day, which he celebrated according to tradition with his old college gang, the original Xavier’s class of 1984 at Kamling.
So, without further ado, left to right with the birthday boy are Khadikar, (Lata Mangeshkar’s nephew), Geeta Rao, (writer), Samar Gupta (Trikaya Agriculture), Gyan Correa (film maker), Rashna Damania (teaches at JB Petit), Raju Sunny (Personnel Resources India) and Sabin Correa, (Gyan’s wife). “These are 35-year-old relationships. Nothing quite matches ‘chaddi buddies’,” says Da cunha.
Out black spot!
>> Question: Who is the high-flying billionaire real-estate tycoon whose been shown the door recently by his wife and who’s shacked up with his mistress? Answer: Not the same chap by any chance whose wife made such a spirited defence when he’d been indicted in a telecom scam recently? Such are the vagaries of fate and the dismal state of loyalty these days that even the jaded Mumbai grapevine not given to raising an eyebrow about marital discord over mistresses could stop jabbering about the said gentleman. ‘How could he? After all that he’s put his wife and family through,’ was the refrain most heard in the circles that matter.
As for the mistress in question given her paramour’s lavish ways and business ambition (he’s the latest bag man to a powerful politico with interests in real estate) it’s going to be days of wine and roses obviously.
Our son, the doctor
>> “Ishan gets admission for his MBBS at KMC Manipal. Next five years on India’s rain swept western coast studying to become an MBBS (hopefully not a Munnabhai)!” posted proud mum Sagarika Ghose, one half of the country’s most celebrated media couples. The excitement is more than a proud mum’s doctoral ambitions for her son.
With parents who studied what are considered traditionally wimpy, liberal arts subjects at university, grandparents whose area of expertise has been cricket, media, the bureaucracy and academics, the fact, the brilliant young man, a straight A student chose to embrace medicine has come as a delightful surprise to his parents. “Delighted and proud that my boy Ishan is following his dreams of becoming a doctor! The first doc in the immediate family, that’s for sure,” posted beaming dad Rajdeep on his part. Ishan secured his admission into KMS Manipal on the day India beat the West Indies 30 years ago.
“We are very proud and gobsmacked! Never thought our kid would choose to become a doc!” said Sagarika to us when we congratulated her on the admission.
Incidentally, a little bird tells us that the strapping young man who obviously has inherited his parents’ telegenic looks (a Dr Sanjay Gupta in the making?) has been inspired by McDreamy and McSteamy from Grey’s Anatomy.
îIt’s going to be another coming together of Mumbai’s stylish and self-styled style brigade on Friday at Bungalow Eight when Maithli Ahluwalia’s fashionable store hosts a tribute to Gatsby and its sartorial splendor. ‘Bungalow Eight invites you to get Gatsby-ed in Deepa Gurnani with Style Cracker the ‘It’ stylists in town,’ says the invite. For the uninitiated, Gurnani who trained at Saint Martins, London, and whose eponymous brand features jewelled belts, scarves, handbags and hair accessories honed her craft under the likes of Alexander McQueen, and Emanuel Ungaro.
Her label launched at Henri Bendel’s along with her husband Jay Lakhani, a jewellery designer from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, has been spotted on all the right fashion personages. Style Cracker, on the other hand, is a dynamic and daring online venture launched by five of fashion’s dimpled denizens whose stated agenda is to banish forever the words ‘I have nothing to wear’ from people’s lives.
“Our aim is simple, to make you love the way you look!” declares its manifesto. As for the dress code for the evening? Worry not, it’s, ‘casual’.
‘Let us style you in 1920’s glamour’ it says. Nice!