AD Singh with friends at his birthday celebrations
AD Singh with friends at his birthday celebrations 

AD Singh’s birthday party on Thursday night was a culmination of two days of celebration that began with what the restaurateur describes as his best game of golf (played at Delhi’s golf club) to an impromptu jazz evening for 70 friends at the Olive near Qutub, followed by high tea with daughter Zoe Tara and a few of her friends in Mumbai and then what appeared to be a gathering of the tribe at the Olive in Bandra, where it would not be wrong to say that we learnt a great deal about what Mumbai’s leading movers and shakers were up to in a very short span of time.

At the high tea with Singh’s daughter and some of her friends; (right) His birthday cake
At the high tea with Singh’s daughter and some of her friends

Hence, Rahul Bose said his film Poorna, a biopic about Poorna Malavath’s Mount Everest climb was soon to be released, (we are seeing a preview this week), Fahad Samar informed us that he was working on the script of his novel for a full-length movie, Atul Kasbekar mentioned that after the success of Neerja he has seven more films in the pipeline, Arjun Khanna said he was excited about his latest creative enterprise — designing uniforms for a luxury multiplex chain, Gaurav Bhatia shared his excitement about shepherding Sotheby’s in India and making art ‘sexy’, Farhan Furniturewallah disclosed his mantra for success (delegation), and Kaveer Shahani spoke about inheriting his spirits business from his family and his current wine evangelism.

His birthday cake
His birthday cake

As we say, you can learn a great deal in a very short time if only you pay attention. And of course, if you’re not a mover and shaker yourself.

Oh, for a Parsi leader
If the financial world and the biz community are so shaken by the Tata-Mistry fallout, imagine what it has done to the Parsi community.

No surprises then that a group of Parsis was overheard discussing the way ahead for the imbroglio at a tony SoBo Club over the weekend and had concluded that the only way out of the mess was to find a Parsi to succeed Mistry. But the question was who was the Parsi eminent enough to be chairman of the great Tata group?

“All the great Parsi corporate talent, like Russi Mody and Nani Palkiwhala, had passed on,” recounted a source. “In today’s biz world, the only person of Parsi origin eminent enough for the job is Adi Godrej, and of course, he has his own empire to run,” we were informed.

“The problem is there are fewer Parsis in the corporate world these days,” said the source. To which we said, “That’s because there are fewer Parsis in general, and God knows the world is a sorrier place for it.”

Mumbai’s Hamptons
Ever since SRK celebrated his birthday in Alibaug, it appears to have caught people’s fancy as a destination for the rich and famous. And now word comes in that two outstanding new residential projects are coming up at Mumbai’s Hamptons.

Sunny Dewan and Dipali Goenka
Sunny Dewan and Dipali Goenka

Real estate tycoon Sunny Dewan’s private castle is coming up in the area, and Welspun’s high profile Dipali Goenka has also acquired prime land to build her dream home. “The figures involved are staggering,” said a property insider. “Everything else will pale in comparison.” Indeed.

Shakespeare in the desert
Ashwin Gidwani’s ‘Reth: Songs of the Sand’, which debuted at the NCPA on Saturday night, is an interesting enterprise.

Friends click a selfie with Shwetta Shetty after the show
Friends click a selfie with Shwetta Shetty after the show 

With echoes of Shakespeare such as star-crossed lovers, three witches, etc, married to a robust Rajasthani folk tradition with the production values and aesthetics of Bollywood, it might just be an idea whose time has come.

Kabir Bedi Kabir Bedi

Increasingly, urban audiences in India are flocking to theatres for live entertainment and grand spectacles in the form of theatrical productions.

Mughal-e Azam’s last night saw the likes of the Birlas and Ambanis en famille in the audience, and Gidwani is no slouch when it comes to gauging what audiences want.

To cheer the production and one of its main stars Shwetta Shetty, who plays a statuesque character based on Shylock, were a slew of familiar faces, actor Kabir Bedi, singer Zila Khan, jewellery designers Poonam Soni and Farrah
Khan Ali and artist Laila Khan Furniturewallah who joined Aarti and Kailash Surendranath, who had organised drinks and dinner, post the show.