• Suhel's mantra for success

    Suhel's mantra for success

    Woody Allen once famously replied when he was asked what he’d like to be in his next birth, "Warren Beatty's finger tips." Finance Minister Arun Jaitley must have been channeling his inner Allen, when he said pretty much the same thing last week at the Taj, when his interlocutor Shereen Bhan popped him the question, what he’d like to come back as

  • Summer Coolers

    Summer Coolers

    This evening, designer duo, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, also known in certain circles fondly as 'The Boys', will be previewing their Spring Summer 2015 collection at their Sobo store

  • The long and winding road

    The long and winding road

    The first person we thought of, when we heard CM Devendra Fadnavis' proposal for a coastal road across the western length of Mumbai to ease its traffic woes, was architect Hafeez Contractor

  • Friends in the front row

    Friends in the front row

    "Everyone thinks Anupama Chopra and I should be rivals, since we both appear on rival TV channels doing film reviews, but actually we are friends and have great regard for each other," says our friend, CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand, whose opposable thumbs are as watched in Bollywood as the Khan abs-pack tally

  • Moments of sweetness

    Moments of sweetness

    Manish Malhotra's all-star Mijwan 2015 show on Saturday evening was a sparkler by any standards. To have Bollywood aristocracy like Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Javed Akhtar and Shatrughan Sinha walk the ramp for the NGO was a coup in itself, but for them to do so with their famous and glamorous cubs, was the cherry on the evening's cake

  • Lorenzo Quinn comes calling

    Lorenzo Quinn comes calling

    Like the egyptian Omar Sharif, fellow Hollywood legend Anthony Quinn, the Mexican-American actor, (Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia) had a special place in the hearts of Indians, because both men had features that resonated with our own

  • What PM Modi will have for lunch today

    What PM Modi will have for lunch today

    "This is our third catering for PM Narendra Modi. The earlier two were when he was CM of Gujarat," says restaurateur Farrokh Khambata of Catering & Allied, the company that runs four restaurants in Mumbai: Joss, Umame, Amadeus and the Cafe at the NCPA, about his assignment today, which will see the PM and other dignitaries visiting the Jamshed Bhabha Theater at the NCPA to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the RBI

  • All Fools' Day

    All Fools' Day

    Yes, today is All Fools' Day and we will today, as we have every day before it, get on foolishly with our lives in this foolish city in this foolish country, in this foolish world, as we have always done

  • Journey of a thousand miles

    Journey of a thousand miles

    "I knew 'Queen' is a special film, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would get me an award from the government of the country"

  • Saving Private Anushka

    Saving Private Anushka

    Perhaps the most insidious form of Indian misogyny is blaming Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli's lack of performance in yesterday's match

  • Key Taj exec leaves

    Key Taj exec leaves

    She's been the senior most woman at the Taj and the recipient of several awards and accolades, so when Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Marketing, was known among the senior executive resignations in the hotel group last week, it caused a flutter. "Why did you leave?" we asked Harris

  • A passion for sports

    A passion for sports

    "It's so great sharing a passion for sports with my son," it was Nita Ambani telling us on Sunday evening that she was soon flying to Australia with son Akash Ambani who has not only been entrusted with one of his father, Mukesh Ambani's most prestigious ventures the Reliance Jio rollout, but has also stepped up smartly to assist his mum in the management of her IPL cricket and football empire

  • So long, Sams

    So long, Sams

    Ahead of the imminent closure of Usha Khanna’s 50-year-old Cafe Samovar, her daughter and mid-day columnist Malavika Sangghvi pens a diary

  • Manish's sheer magic

    Manish's sheer magic

    It was sheer poetry and magic on Wednesday night when Manish Malhotra presented the 'Blue Runway' Collection in Association with WeEvolve and the World Bank, for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

  • Grit and glam at Sabyasachi show

    Grit and glam at Sabyasachi show

    It was a power packed attendance for Kolkata-based designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s opening show for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 on Tuesday night

  • Ding-dong, the pendulum

    Ding-dong, the pendulum

    And since the whole world is putting in its two peas about what RaGa is going to do once he returns from his sabbatical, here’s what we’ve heard: According to our sources, the scenario in the Congress today resembles that of 1969 when the left-leaning elements in the party led by a young Indira had clashed with Congress’ right of centre old guards like Kamaraj and Morarji Desai

  • Aati kya Lonavla?

    Aati kya Lonavla?

    By all accounts Aamir Khan's fiftieth birthday was celebrated in Lonavla by doting wife Kiran Rao, in much the manner of his being: with genuine warmth and a certain wholesome realness

  • Things of importance

    Things of importance

    Who says things of importance do not occur at parties? It is our contention that the most important conversations take place on the margins of life: the sauna rooms of elite establishments, the elevators of prime buildings, the city’s golf courses and lounge bars-and of course its parties

  • Snoop Dogg and Are You Serious

    Snoop Dogg and Are You Serious

    So what is the story behind our big gangsta' rapper mon Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, Bigg Snoop Dogg hanging out with our very own 'Are you serious? Mango Man Robert six-pack SUV drivin' Vadra’?

  • Tennis legends and Melba toast

    Tennis legends and Melba toast

    Any one who has had the pleasure of visiting Mumbai’s iconic race course early in the morning will know what a charmed life the city can afford some of its citizens