>> Monday night even as his team was defeated by the Kings XI Punjab in Chandigarh, plans to celebrate Siddhartha Mallya’s birthday were not affected.
His doting father Vijay threw a celebratory bash at the official hotel for not only his son and a few of his closest friends who’d flown in from Mumbai for the occasion, but also the winning team members and its owners.
Priety Zinta and Ness Wadia were also present we were informed, and no, there were no sparks flying between the two who behaved perfectly cordially with each other throughout the evening.
Incidentally, eligible bachelor that he is, Mallya Junior brought in his 25th with his family, team mates and guy friends amidst much fun and laughter, of which the high point was when Virat Kohli plastered cake all over his handsome face.
And the delighted birthday boy preserved that special moment by making it his BBM cover pic!
Be seated folks
>> While writing this we do not know if a certain SRK secreted himself in to the stadium last night, or where indeed he sat, but we are like the rest of the nation fascinated by the seating arrangements of the IPL owners and how they have evolved over the years.
Vijay Mallya for instance, who loomed large at the start of the franchise, sits almost in the tenth row these days apparently to avoid the cameras, Nita Ambani too, who was much more visible at the start of the games, chooses to be high profile only if her team wins. The glam brigade of Karan Paul, Ness Wadia, Mohit Barman and Preity Zinta keep pretty much to themselves and CSK’s Srinivasan said to be the real power at the IPL apparently has given strict instructions not to be shot.
“Only Shilpa and Raj of the Rajasthan Royals, the truth of whose ownership no one has a clue, are happy to be featured 24X7,” said one catty observer.
Kissa kursi ka-IPL ishtyle!
B: Blunt and the Godrejs
>> And one more scoop from the House of Godrej, this time a business one: we have it on credible source that the detergent and homeware conglomerate is considering a buy out of B: Blunt India’s leading (and very trendy) hair salon group launched by the dynamic Bhabani siblings — Osh Bhabani and Adhuna Akhtar.
And with this piece of information many pieces of the jigsaw fall in to place: a while ago we’d heard of Osh’s plans to relocate to Australia. Meanwhile, simultaneously we have been covering some of the high profile recruitments made by Godrej in recent times.
Namely that of Nonita Kalra (a story we broke and followed) who left the editorship of Elle after more than a decade.
What would the editor of a fashion magazine be doing at a large corporation with no media outlets so far?
Now it makes sense: Kalra’s appointment is a strategic one that will complement Godrej’s initiatives in the fashion/style/beauty universe, which will include B: Blunt.
Game set and match. Or make that game, hair set and blow dry!
Cherry trees and their blossoms
>> And following our ode to the cherry blossom tattoo on Mozez Singh’s bicep-here’s a snapshot of it sent in by the style maven himself. ‘Nine cherry blossoms and one peace sign’ says his message.
Incidentally for all those enquiring about the Neruda couplet we mentioned yesterday, it is: ‘I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses/ I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.’
(From Every Day You Play by Pablo Neruda)
Lucky Guy on Broadway
>> From New York City comes a gentle enquiry from man about the planet Suhel Seth of our attendance at his Big Birthday Bash at the end of the month in ‘sadi Dilli.’
“It’s going to be at home — nothing pretentious,” said the celebrated bon vivant, adding, “and it is becoming like a wedding...parties beginning May 25 to June 1! Akin to a wedding!” Which was our cue for some predictable teasing about his wedding plans. “Ladki kahan hain?” (He replied)
But until she turns up Seth is not wasting time on pastoral watercolours. “Tonight Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief of Travel+Leisure is hosting a dinner for me at her apartment,” he said. “And tomorrow I am seeing Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy: his new play on Broadway.”
At which point what else could we say to the Bachelor bon vivant, and soon to be Broadway headed Birthday boy?
In our books — you’re the lucky guy, we said.
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