Together we stand

What could have been a bigger tribute to the late musical genius Pandit Ravi Shankar than the fact that his two talented daughters went up together to accept his posthumous Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys?

Sixty days after his demise, sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award, which was jointly accepted by his musically gifted daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, nine-time Grammy winner.

The stepsisters, daughters of different mothers made such a dignified appearance together one that proved that grace and creative excellence often walk together and that music contours all.

Anoushka Shankar Norah Jones
(Left) Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones

Incidentally, a similar scene of familial unity of this nature would be if Sonia and Maneka walked up on stage to receive an honour for the late Indira Gandhi. Or if... oh, never mind...

Maneka Gandhi Sonia Gandhi
(Right) Maneka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi

Legend in her own lunchtime
The put down phrase ‘a legend in her own lunchtime’ defines many a city diva with delusions of their own grandeur. But what could we say when we overheard some one describing the in-your-face, self-styled style icon and all round party-girl, who has stepped on many Choos as ‘a legend in her own tiffin-box’? Ah, how flies the fur in the Maudlin world.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
This high-profile high rise, which has seen its share of controversy (vis a vis its location being counted on the right side of the track) had another close encounter of the not very nice kind: billowing flames that curled out of an apartment on a top storey recently. Apparently, the builder of said property who occupies the penthouse had thrown a party, which involved a display of fireworks. Well, not only did neighbours in the area notice that a few rockets had landed into an adjoining flat in the same building, but in no time at all, they saw a pretty big blaze in a verandah. However, the flat owner’s smoldering feelings were doused pretty fast when the gentleman builder offered to pay all damages and restore their interiors to their earlier glory. Nice!

Socks and the city
Not that we like to bring up any foot fetish or any such thing but there’s something to be said for an invite that says ‘Bring socks’.

Tara Sharma
Tara Sharma

Which is what actor and TV host Tara Sharma signed off with when she invited us to the launch of The Tara Sharma Show - Ek Nayi Ma ka Safar Season 2. “Join us at Funky Monkeys to celebrate the launch of Season 2 of our show today and unleash the kid in you.” The mind boggles.

The teller of tales
He epitomised a certain breed of erudite and charming bureaucrats, and as Director General of Doordarshan was certainly one of the most dynamic. And now that Bhaskar Ghose, father of CNN-IBN’s Sagarika Ghose and husband of noted danseuse Alarmel Valli has retired he can lead the more conducive life of author columnist. His latest book, a novel, The Teller of Tales appears to be a promising read.

Bhaskar Ghose with his grandson Ishaan Sardesai and family
Bhaskar Ghose with his grandson Ishaan Sardesai and family

‘Civil servant-turned-schoolteacher Arunava Varman is secretive and reticent. But he turns into an inspired teller of tales after a couple of drinks, especially in the company of his friend Tapan,’ says the publisher’s note, adding, ‘Elegant, wistful and full of surprises, this exquisitely crafted first novel combines the suspense of a thriller with the tender charm of a love story.’

And yesterday, the newly-turned novelist celebrated his 75th birthday, eliciting a flurry of good wishes and cheer on a social networking site. “I’m overwhelmed by the warm good wishes from so many friends on my birthday. Thank you all very much; your kindness and affection have touched me deeply.” Incidentally, Bhaskar shared his birthday with another landmark one: that of his grandson Ishaan Sardesai’s 18th, who by the look of it has done justice to his gene pool.

Not on speaking terms?
They are both leaders in their own fields; large international Indian institutions run as bureaucracies and headed by powerful families and enigmatic leaders. Which is why guests at a recent award show were wondering why members of one organisation were conspicuous by their absence not only from the other’s list of winners but even in the audience. 

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