Beautiful bride

Jul 07, 2014, 06:02 IST | Malavika Sangghvi

From Borgo Egnazia, the scene of the wedding of Google's Senior Vice-President and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora and Thapar family scion Ayesha Thapar, comes this delightful picture of the bride with her friends, the Delhi-based designers Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi

From Borgo Egnazia, the scene of the wedding of Google's Senior Vice-President and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora and Thapar family scion Ayesha Thapar, comes this delightful picture of the bride with her friends, the Delhi-based designers Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi.

And while reports of guests like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison are said to be joining in the festivities, we are pretty sure that it’s the bride who’s going to steal the show with her mega glam good looks!

Ayesha Thapar with Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi (right)
Ayesha Thapar with Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi (right)

Mark Zuckerberg. Pic/Getty Images Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Mark Zuckerberg. Pic/Getty Images and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Enter, the heir
Hello! India appears to have achieved a coup by getting Akash Ambani to give them his first interview and that too with what looks like a lavish photo spread. The heir to the Reliance fortune, who has lost a lot of weight, comes across as quite comfortable in front of the cameras and his polished demeanour and shy humour is endearing.

Akash Ambani on the cover of Hello!
Akash Ambani on the cover of Hello!

In a short clip to promote the issue, he is seen, amongst other things, kicking a ball around, getting primed for the shoot and promoting his current project, the Reliance’s 4G roll-out. “Hopefully it comes out soon and hopefully everyone gets a Jio connection,” he says.

And now that this heir to India’s largest corporation has taken the unconventional route and debuted in a glossy lifestyle mag, media watchers swear that this will be followed up with a more business-oriented profile in a pink daily.

Alive and kicking
As a modern day thriller, it checks all the boxes and could easily be the blueprint for a film. Dashing TV head honcho who turns around the fortunes of a leading network, meets young HRD professional at a party and falls in love.

Indrani and Peter Mukherjea
Indrani and Peter Mukherjea

A few years down the line after wooing her in style (and posing for some lovey-dovey pix together for the shutterbugs) they get married, both for the second time, and decide to launch their own channel. Amidst much hope and hype they do so, hiring some high-profile journalists to front their venture.

And then, just when their story appears to be heading to the happily ever after scene, it all goes pear shaped: the channel runs into various snafus, they have a public falling out with their top personnel, their investors back off and finally they sell out and disappear from the scene, for all practical purposes.

But wait, the story doesn’t end their: they relocate to England where their daughter studies, he buys a Harley Davidson, tinkers with the idea of writing a memoir (for Penguin, no less); she travels the world and they live the life of footloose, rich and very much in love students, even as periodic rumours of them returning to the world of TV surface.

But does this picture of Indrani and Peter Mukherjea look like one of a couple that’s inclined to roll up its shirtsleeves and burn the midnight oil once again in sweaty TV studios? Yep, we didn’t think so either!

Meeting His Holiness
Yesterday, on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday, many of his admirers and followers posted pictures of themselves with the gentle master. Chief amongst these were our choice for ‘handsome is as handsome does’ men: the hunky photographer Samar Jodha, the maverick rolling stone who gathers no moss and the equally hunky sarod maestro Ayaan Ali Khan.

Dalai Lama with Samar Jodha
Dalai Lama with Samar Jodha

We have met the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people on three occasions, and we have to admit that two out of these do not show us in a very good light: on the first two much anticipated and highly looked forward to occasions, we regret that we fell sound asleep at the Master’s feet. Yes gentle reader: zzzzz!

Dalai Lama with Ayaan Ali Khan
Dalai Lama with Ayaan Ali Khan

Instead of listening to and cherishing each and every word that fell from the lips of such a great man, who we so deeply admired, something in his calm presence, his deep, rumbling voice, interspersed with his hearty laughter, and the sonorous chanting by Buddhist monks that had heralded his entry-made us very, very, sleepy.

“Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you are spiritually backward,” said a kind friend, “Great leaders are known to give the seeker exactly what they need at every stage of their lives. Obviously you needed sleep...” Even as we heard this, we knew that this was a charitable explanation and our friend was just indulging us with an excuse for our foolishness.

Incidentally, the Buddhist chanting that heralded his entry, gives rise to another story, which we have long dined out on: one of the occasions had been a high powered corporate affair at the Taj. While major captains of industry and their pretty wives waited for His Holiness to appear, one of the wives turned to the other and remarked delightedly: “Oh, they’re playing Buddhabar music!” Of such things, great anecdotes are made!

Mothers will be mothers
Moms will be moms. Even as media houses and the chatterati were parsing each word and syllable of Rajdeep Sardesai’s emotional letter of resignation to TV 18, his mother, Mumbai’s feisty Nandini Sardesai, eminent professor of Sociology, ardent Censor board member and all round activist for good causes, had emailed it to a small but significant number of friends on her email directory.

Rajdeep Sardesai Nandini Sardesai
Rajdeep Sardesai and Nandini Sardesai

“Such a dignified farewell letter! No bitterness-just looking at the great achievements of the team. Well-done Rajdeep. We are proud of you,” said Anil Dharker, whereas others weighed in with, “The loss is entirely ours for we have lost a reliable journalist who brought us the news.”

But the cheerleading, though welcome, was hardly necessary: with talent and credibility like theirs, it’s pretty certain that Sardesai and wife, the noted TV anchor Sagarika Ghose, will land on their feet!

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