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Colombian carnival group, Son Latino
Colombian carnival group, Son Latino

Groove to Colombia's carnival
If your idea of Colombia is Pablo Escobar and drug cartels, drop in at NCPA on November 30 to celebrate its carnival culture.

Son Latino, comprising eight dancers and six-piece musical group Zambo, will perform traditional dance and music of the Barranquilla’s Carnival. The folkloric tradition, dating back to the 19th century, is the second largest carnival in the world after Rio’s.

It was also declared as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The award-winning carnival group will perform street dances of various styles. Best part: it’s free. Get your passes at Indian Council for Cultural Relations office in Worli.

The chef is home
We’ve seen him use more paprika in his dishes than lal mirch powder, and the chances of yellow squash sitting in his fridge are higher than those of the humble dudhi.

But looks like, celebrity chef Vicky Ratnani is homeward bound, at least for the next three months. After having gone foreign and veg, it’s Vicky Goes Desi this time.

The new show slated to air in early December, is a 13-part series, where Ratnani will give a healthy twist to Indian food. So, while the desi flavours stay intact, expect a lot of healthier substitutes in the ingredients.

Healthy butter chicken? It’ll be interesting to watch how the chef takes that on.

Farewell, Dileep Padgaonkar
When there is so much tweeted in tribute and written about a departed journalist, what more is there to say? There has been a flurry of reactions to Dileep Padgaonkar’s death.

The veteran journo and consulting editor of The Times of India, passed away in a Pune hospital yesterday. We have no tweet or conventional tribute. We just hope that the man who always liked debate finds the atmosphere as intellectually robust above, as he liked it here.

Perhaps a war of words, where one side quotes Elbert Hubbard who once described an editor as ‘a person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.’

And then another that uses Napoleon’s ‘I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets,’ can be some celestial food for thought for the man, who Barkha Dutt tweeted, was ‘always up for fine food and fine argument’.

Watch it, John!

Pic/Satej Shinde

Co-stars Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Basir (extreme left) check out John Abraham’s new limited edition bike at Mehboob Studio in Bandra yesterday.

When Shabana was a chamchi
Celebrities were fans too! At least, once upon a time. We caught a glimpse of this, when author-columnist Shobhaa De recently shared a photograph of Nisha da Cunha, writer and former English professor at Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College on Instagram.

“With my Literature Guru and amazing writer, Nisha da Cunha,” De wrote.

A while later, veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who heard of her alumna friend’s special meeting with Da Cunha, excitedly tweeted to De: “I was her chamchu in college. Loved her classes. I wonder if she remembers me!” We found the student-teacher bonding simply adorable.

Back to school, 50 years on
Shared memories, unforgettable pranks and some showing off was par for the course on Friday at the reunion of the 1966 batch of the all-girls Apostolic Carmel High School, Bandra, 50 years after they had stepped out of the school’s hallowed gates.

With doctors, bankers, teachers, nuns, social activists, entrepreneurs, homemakers and even UN staffers, the batch, despite spreading its wings across the world — USA, Canada, the UK, Austria, Dubai, South Africa — have kept in touch, a remarkable feat in this day and age.

The ‘recycled teenagers stuck in a time warp’, as they like to call themselves, spent a year convincing each other to make this big moment happen. Here in pic, is the class of ’66, at the start of the three-day celebration.

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