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Not just desserts!

The irony was not lost on any one. The cause of the food poisoning that resulted in the hospitalisation of one of India’s most respected business statesman, the reclusive billionaire Pallonji Mistry, father of the present Chairman of Tata, Cyrus – is said to be Mishti Doi.


Mamata Banerjee and Pallonji Mistry

Now as every one knows the origins of this delectable milk-based dessert is Bengal.

“It couldn’t have been from Mamta-di’s kitchen that’s for sure,” said a Bombay House well–wisher. “After all, she’s caused enough trouble for the Tata’s for one lifetime already,” commented the insider, referring to the Nano mess and the toll it had taken on the company.

Indeed she has, we say. Here’s wishing the soft-spoken and genteel industrialist a speedy recovery!

Polo days in Delhi
She’s known in her own right as a reputed classical dancer, but ever so often Shallu Jindal, wife of leading industrialist and Congressmen Naveen Jindal steps out in the latter avatar as she did at the recently concluded Northern India Polo Championship held in Delhi recently.


Naveen Jindal with wife Shallu

“Polo is always fun to watch. It was an intense match,” said the fashionista about the finals played between Team Elevation/EFG and Jindal Panthers her husband’s team at the Jaipur Polo Ground in which saw the likes of Malini Ramani, Ashok Mittal, Gauri Gill, Jaisal Singh, Priti Paul Singh, Mohit Burman, MS Gill, and Col Kuldeep Singh Garcha cheering along. “Both teams had fantastic players and am grateful to God that we won,” said the graceful danseuse.

Something to do with her presence attracting lady luck?

Of mohawks, mothers and maangtikkas
This striking selfie of the celebrated mother and daughter duo Nina and Masaba Gupta was taken recently at a cousin’s wedding. “It was especially for jewellery designer Suhani Pittie who is our favourite,” confided Masaba.


Masaba with mom Neena Gupta

“She made this amazing but here it’s a gold mang Tikka like mohawk haircut that’s raised in the middle. So we posted the pic for her,” said the charming designer. And when complemented on how well she and mother looked, she replied, “Haha ya it’s amazing. No one can tell she’s 59! I look 59 sometimes but not her.”

All round celebration
“It’s time to party with Stylista and Wendell. Join us for cocktails and hors d’ouvres to celebrate Wendell’s Padma Shri award,” said the card carrying the unmistakable signature from one of India’s top fashion designers, Wendell Rodricks. The celebratory tone was in order as the Goa-based fashion maven had been included in included in India’s civilian honours list last month. 


Wendell Rodricks with Stylista COO Anjana Sharma

And for an industry that has not received the recognition it deserves from the government, this inclusion is being seen as a much-needed nod. “The Padma Shri is not just an honour for him but a recognition for the entire fashion industry,” says Stylista’s COO Anjana Sharma, adding, “We couldn’t be happier at Stylista.com, Wendell has been an integral part of my life for over 25 years. His trust in me led to him being the very first designer to sign up with Stylista.com, in turn opening up doors with other designers. So, it’s definitely a time to celebrate!”

Rodricks, meanwhile, is over the moon. “I hope in five or 10 years from now, we can all say that that I worked to make the fashion fraternity recognised as an industry,” says the man whose approach to design is always cerebral.
“I hope to work with the government on this so that everyone from the humble cotton grower to the elite designer brands benefits from allowances or grants that make the industry grow richer and take Indian fashion design to its rightful place in the world.”

Nuff said! Now bring on the pink champagne!

Sartorial splendour
The great celebrations to bring in Ambani matriarch Kokilaben’s 80th birthday at her beloved Shrinathji Temple in Nathdwara near Udaipur gave way to a smaller more personal family gathering last week and brought forth much familial bonhomie and prayers. 

And as this photograph demonstrates, it also resulted in some exquisite and highly appropriate sartorial flourishes. Shrinathji, after all, is a form of the Hindu god Krishna, manifest as a seven-year-old child, the principal shrine of which is situated at this very
temple!

RIP Prafulla
Her tall graceful visage at the Jahangir Art Gallery home to the Bombay Arts Society of which she was such an active member was a liet motif of our growing years. Indeed, Prafulla Dahanukar, leading artist and muralist, impassioned art lover and untiring champion of Maharashtra’s art scene who passed away on Saturday will be missed by many. 


Prafulla Dahanukar

She was born in Goa but had made Mumbai her home and contributed her verve and vitality to its art scene long before it had become fashionable and a hobbyhorse for the wives of bankers. It was to Dahanukar that unsung artists would go when they wanted to talk about their next exhibition, their next mural or even just their every day woes.

Personally for us, she stood for a great synergy between the artist and the market.

Married into an old established business family, she represented an era that existed before the commoditisation of the arts, when patronage was extended in a far more holistic way and the lines between the artist and the art world were less defined. It was the era when Kekoo Gandhy would drop by for tea to the Samovar to introduce Prafulla to some struggling young artist and by the time the samosas had been eaten a great new idea career would have been launched.

Now all of them are no more, and we are left increasingly with empty spaces where they had once been.

That’s how a city fades we guess. Empty spaces where the great and good had once been.

RIP Prafulla. May you paint your canvasses in the sky now.

 

 

 

 

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