>> Attending a baptism in Goa, we met Lilavati’s celebrated gynaecologist Dr Kiran Coelho, who’d come in fresh from attending a rehearsal for the hospital’s ‘Save & Empower the Girl Child’ initiative to be held tomorrow at the Taj Bandstand.
Dr Kiran Coelho, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Mandira Bedi
Featuring prominent Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, Mandira Bedi, Lara Dutta, Mahima Choudhury and Isha Koppikar,who will be walking the ramp in Manish Malhotra outfits, the initiative was launched two years ago by the doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre to support and promote the cause of the girl child.
“The evening will begin with a panel discussion on the subject of the girl child between politician and designer Shaina NC, advocate Mrinalini Deshmukh, educationist Indu Shahani, filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, actress Gul Panag and myself,” said Coelho, one of the city’s better known gynaecologists, adding, “And when I saw the actresses rehearsing on the ramp today, I realised I’d delivered most of their babies!”
Good on you, Goodman!
>> And we have our friend, the Washington-based writer Nandini Lal to thank, for pointing out one more reason why astrology and star signs cannot be laughed away: three of modern literature’s greatest names were born on the same day!
PG Wodehouse, Friedrich Nietzsche, Italo Calvino
Yes, it turns out that humorist PG Wodehouse, whose body of work includes short stories, plays, novels, poems, and journalism, Italian journalist and writer Italo Calvino and German philosopher, cultural critic, poet Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche were born on the same day!
And what day is that? October 15, making them Librans: ‘Librans are among the most civilised of the 12 zodiacal signs. They have good critical faculty and do not tolerate argument from anyone who challenges their opinions, for once they have reached a conclusion, its truth seems to them self-evident’ goes the spiel.
Come home Linda Goodman — all is forgiven!
>> We like it when readers write in and we like it even more when they corroborate a story.
Responding to an item we carried on Arnab Goswami getting a scoop interview with no less than Sonia Gandhi decades ago, reader Sanjay Arte writes: “I have been telling my wife the same story ever since Arnab began appearing on Times Now, but neither she nor my sons believed me! I was seated next to Arnab in the Economy class and our flight was delayed and all of us were quite annoyed. All of a sudden, I could see Sonia Gandhi climbing up the steps amidst a flurry of activity. Arnab could not resist his reporter instinct (sic) and dashed to the Business class. He returned very excited and started telling everyone around that he got his best line for tonight to report!
Sonia Gandhi must have given him one of her first interviews ever!” writes Arte.
“Thank God I have proof that the incident did take place, now that you’ve confirmed it in your column!”
Mumbai’s top cop?
>> The thing about scoops is, they’re all about timing. And in an age of breaking news, SMS alerts and Tweets, there’s every likelihood that by the time you read this, the news will be confirmed officially.
But yesterday, a little bird that’d dropped in at Mantralaya told us that he’d seen the CM’s signatures on a file confirming the city’s next police commissioner.
Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Javed Ahmed
And ladies and gentleman, if our source is to be believed, the man who is slated to hold one of the city’s most powerful jobs is none other than our friend, the erudite and charming Javed Ahmed! (The first time we met him at the police headquarters in Crawford Market, he had tomes by Isaiah Berlin and Michael Foucault on his desk!)
So, should Mumbai’s liberal-literati–chatterati pop the bubbly?
“Not yet,” cautioned our source, even as we were going to press, “Though the Congress has approved the name, there’s still a crucial meet tonight with NCP leaders to cross!”
Phew! The ins and outs of a high stakes political game. We’ll know how that meeting went by the headlines today or tomorrow.
Arriving in style
>> From the margins of the derby, Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman of USL, the sponsor of the McDowell Signature Indian Derby, made a late entry with Akshay Kumar (who made a fleeting appearance, as it appeared his wife was undergoing a minor surgery).
Vivek Jain with Vijay Mallya
The Chairman of the RWITC Vivek Jain, drove up to the Derby track with Mallya in a Woseley Landault, a 1908 rare vintage owned by collector Abbas Jasdanwalla. Jain had earlier driven Vijay in a horse-drawn carriage, a Rolls Royce, a Bentley, and we hear, this has become a new feature of Derby Day!