Where's the Hero?

>> Our Bollywood jassoos tells us that all is not well on the sets of Madhur Bhandarkar’s much-awaited Heroine.

Apparently, Arjun Rampal, the film’s hero, realising he barely has a role in the film (what was he thinking when he signed on, duh, it’s called Heroine!) is not giving the film the required attention.

“He’s giving more priority to Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuha, we were informed. Tch Tch Arjun!

The Infosys Progeny
>>  While a section of corporate and political folk are marking their diaries to attend Rohini and Nandan Nilekani’s daughter’s wedding in Bangalore next month, news comes in that fellow Infosys founder SD Shibulal’s daughter Shruti, who had made her mark with her fine dining restaurant Caperberry in Bangalore has announced the launch of her 30-room boutique hotel Tamara in Coorg. We cannot help admiring the manner in which the Infosys founders’ kids have conducted their lives.

Rohan Murthy, son of Infosys Chief Narayana Murthy and Laxmi Venu, daughter of Venu Srinivasan, MD of TVS Motors 

Unfettered by the baggage of their legacy, they have forged new and exciting paths in areas unknown, such fashion, hospitality, and finance. Akshata, Narayana Murthy’s first born, after time spent in the corporate world, has ventured into an eponymously named clothing line.

Shruti Shibulal

Former joint Infosys MD N S Raghavan’s sons, Sriram and Anand, are venture capitalists. Narayana Murthy’s son Rohan who married Lakshmi Venu, of the TVS Motors’ family is a Microsoft Fellow, doing a doctorate in computer science from Harvard University.

Nandan Nilekani, Narayana Murthy

Nilekani’s son Nihaar is an undergrad at Yale University. It looks like besides their well-upholstered trust funds, and upholding the strong ethical value of the Infoysys founding fathers to keep family and business separate the progeny have an Ivy League education in common and a sense of adventure! We like!

Sussanne Facebook Imposter outed
>>  The Khans have always been known for their temper. And it was on virtual display when Sussanne Roshan’s family took cudgels on her behalf when an imposter appropriated her Facebook identity recently.

“Beware, Sussanne K Roshan on my friends list is an imposter,” posted actor Fardeen Khan, her cousin, before reading the riot act to the imposter, “Dear imposter,” he said, “You are not only stupid but also very dumb to send me a message of all people and expect not to get found out. Either educate yourself in the art of deception or get help. The latter would be more beneficial to you in the long run.

My best wishes.” Her sister jeweler Farah Khan Ali was more educative: “Dear friends on FB. There are so many fake profiles going out here and most of you are so eager to befriend that don’t bother to check via a phone call or e-mail if the profile belongs to your friend. I will state again that the account of my sister Sussanne K Roshan is a fake account and Sussanne is NOT on FB. So do report the account and unfriend immediately. Thanks.” Noted gratefully and duly un-friended, we should add.

Hairstylist to Royalty
>>  We have written before of the significant part that hairstylists have played in the life of Mumbai. Not only have they helped its bold and beautiful put their best face forward but in many cases have spent many hours playing confidante counselor and therapist to the city’s populace. Now, word comes in that the queen of the community, the lady who virtually started the ball rolling, 88-year-old Rachel Stevenson who began as a trainee at the legendary Jacque’s salon at the Taj in 1939 and went on to launch the celebrated (still running) Raechelle in 1958 at Kemps corner is ailing.

Rachel Stevenson with Gracie Fields

Rachel’s story is the stuff of movie scripts. Jewish by birth, she met her husband George while working at Jacque’s (he was Jacque’s brother and himself a renowned hair stylist.) “At that time the clients comprised of expats, royalty and bawas,” says her son the LA-based actor Keith Stevenson who is here to tend to his mother. “Mummy cut Helen Keller’s hair when she was visiting the Taj, the Maharanis of Gwalior, Baroda, Bikaner and Cooch Behar were loyal clients of hers as was Mrs Raj Kapoor, Mumtaz, Zeenat Aman and Helen.” Rachel had groomed them all, and on many instances, styled the hair of brides who have gone on to become mothers of daughters whose hair she has done for their wedding days too. “Even today when I accompany her, we have people coming up and recognising her,” he says. And how is his mother doing? “Well she’s recuperating,” says the devoted son. “She’s in hospital now, and guess what she wants to do?” he says in mock exasperation, “Get back on her feet and go to her salon!” Here’s praying she gets well soon!

The Good Earth Story
>> Anita Lal, the Delhi -based housewife, who launched the global Good Earth brand from a tiny shop at Kemps Corner, 16 years ago was the subject of an extensive and very flattering profile in the prestigious Huffington Post on Monday.

“Good Earth stores are veritable treasure troves teeming with sumptuous bedding, giant silk pillows, glowing lanterns, elegant and sometimes eclectic furniture, inspired dinnerware and just about everything you would ever want in your home,” the article said and went on to capture the astonishing story of a laid back psychology major, who had no business sense, who only wanted to sell beautiful things in a beautiful space and have fun.

“When I used to go abroad I saw beautiful things, charming things — and I always felt bad. Why can’t we have the things and the atmosphere in India? That’s when I started trying to paint a little bit of crockery in my own little place with one or two other people. Crockery those days in India was very dull and boring, so we started with fun colours. For me it was always about colour,” says Anita, who has recently handed over the title of CEO to her daughter Simran and happily goes under the title Creative Head. On the cusp of three exciting new ventures, Charbagh, a bespoke interior design service, the Kashmir line, and Jewel Box an international offering of Good Earth products, the article on Anita is timely and well deserved. “It’s clear she’s having the time of her life,” it says.  

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