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Tough girls do cry

For all her tough girl machismo, word comes in from Delhi that on Wednesday, when Mary Kom watched the depiction of her life on the big screen for the nth time, so moved was she that she is reported to have broken down and blubbered like a baby in Priyanka Chopra’s arms!

“It was at a special screening at the Capital’s Ambience Mall, for a select group like Raghavendra Rathore, Suhel Seth, Shashi Tharoor, Naveen Jindal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushil Kumar, Milind Soman, Unmukt Chand and Parwinder Awana,” said a friend of the actress.

Priyanka Chopra with Mary Kom
Priyanka Chopra with Mary Kom

“Mary Kom herself was present at the screening when I received a call from a troubled PC saying she did not know what to do as Kom was so emotional about the film and how it had portrayed her that she’d broken down in her arms.

Peecee tried to console her, of course, but was rushing to the airport to catch her flight to Toronto for the movie’s international premier,” said the friend. “And she just did not want to leave Mary in that state. But fortunately, Onler was with her so Kom who had been flown in for the screening wasn’t alone.” Yes, even big girls are allowed to cry, when they are happy.

Shop till traffic stops!
And word comes in of the veritable who’s who of Sobo power women who flocked to the Design One exhibition held over the past two days at the NSCI. “From Rajashree Birla to Rashmi Thackeray to Tanya Godrej they were all there,” says a source.

Rashmi ThackerayTanya GodrejRajashree Birla
Rashmi Thackeray, Tanya Godrej and Rajashree Birla

“In fact, so large was the crowd that came, that traffic had backed up all the way from Worli to Haji Ali because of the rush. Cops had to be called to salvage the situation!” From shopping till they drop to shopping till traffic stops, Mumbai’s retail-happy women just can’t get enough!

Mandela the foodie?
He’s known for many things, not least of all for his outstanding humanity and courage, but who would have thought that the late great Nelson Mandela was also something of a foodie? An invitation from the Consul General of South Africa, H E Pule Malefane, to meet. Xoliswa Ndoyiya, the personal chef of the late President and the launch of ‘Mandela’s Menu Book’ in the company of local chefs had us intrigued.

Xoliswa Ndoyiya. PIC/AFP
Xoliswa Ndoyiya. PIC/AFP

‘Xoliswa has had numerous years of culinary experience, significantly which were under service as the personal chef to Mr. Mandela,’ said the invite, ‘and she would be more than happy to speak on the culinary world of South Africa; the need and importance of fresh and health food sources and secret insight into the culinary life of Mr Mandela.’

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…
He’s always been known for his joie de vivre and zest for life (and his love for a good fight) but ever since Lalit Modi’s got his passport back, his sense of humour been given a huge fillip.

Lalit Modi’s caricature
Lalit Modi’s caricature

And so when someone sent him a caricature of himself zooming in on a plane to India, scattering a group of frightened men who bear a startling resemblance to his old bête noirs, chief amongst them a certain Mr Sreeni the feisty founder architect of the IPL promptly posted it on his social networking sites. “Hilarious cartoon someone just (sent) me,” he wrote. Indeed.

Art publishers in turmoil
A striking example of how small the global village really happens to be, is how the fallout between an international art media house and its former employees in India is being closely watched by media circles in America.

Louise Blouin Rosalyn D’mello
Louise Blouin and Rosalyn D’mello

Art world insiders may be familiar with the downward spiral of the once powerful Louise Blouin whose art magazine, website, and book publishing company published the Blouin Artinfo India. Now, the New York Observer writes: ‘Ms Blouin... has drawn the ire of former employees and freelancers halfway around the world, in India.

In an email obtained by Gallerist, a nine-deep contingent of ex-Louise Blouin Media staffers has announced a new coalition, that is, if this email is indeed legitimate, apparently protesting such matters as delayed wages and erratic firings. They’ve asked other workers who have been involved with the company to join them in a five-city protest in India, and a global protest online.’

“I worked with Louise Blouin Media as the Editor-in-Chief of Blouin Artinfo India, the India edition of the international online daily for exactly two years. My contract was to expire on February 28,” says the Goa-based writer Rosalyn D’mello, “I was owed three month’s of pay, however, and didn’t feel comfortable continuing with the company until my pending dues had been processed and a new contract reinstated as I didn’t want to be working without a contract. None of the two conditions was met. I am still owed remuneration for December, January, and February,” she says.

However, in spite of their high profile protest, disgruntled employees might not see justice. “Given the number of legal cases that have been filed against the owner, Louise Blouin, I don’t know if this will actually ensure we get paid,” says D’mello.

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