Big Boys and their toys

Sep 04, 2015, 06:01 IST | Malavika Sangghvi

Word comes in that Vivek Oberoi, who has not been seen on the screen recently, decided to bring in his birthday in Delhi this week

Word comes in that Vivek Oberoi, who has not been seen on the screen recently, decided to bring in his birthday in Delhi this week. Oberoi, who is a self-confessed Modi enthusiast, apparently ditched his big party plans, in order to announce a charitable sanitation initiative under the Swachh Bharat program on his big day. "After announcing his philanthropic initiative he spent a quiet evening at Zanotta, the Italian restaurant at the Leela Hotel in Gurgaon," said a source.

But was it really all work and no play? "Vivek's big birthday surprise present we're told was the PlayStation 4 with a whole load of his favourite game CDs, he's addicted to gaming." the source said. What is it with Btown stars and their love for games?

We know Ranbir Kapoor's preferred downtime is in front of his flat screen with his PS4, Abhishek Bachchan too is a PlayStation and FIFA fanatic (he's also said to be very good at it!) and to top them all is our very own King Khan SRK, who even has a customized portable PS4 fitted into a suitcase complete with screen and console and is brought out even on set, when he is waiting for his shot to be ready! Boys and their toys
we say.

By the grace of God
For those of us reeling under the moral, ethical, emotional and cultural conundrums that have been thrown up by the Mukerjea-Bora affair, for those of us gaping in to that abyss of dysfunction, that comprised the connection of these two clans, for those of us aghast and disturbed, and shell-shocked to our very well-dyed roots, here's something worth chewing on: such is the universal nature of this world we exist in, so profoundly are we connected to that what lies in one human heart, the goodness or the evil, must lie in another, and therefore we have to take responsibility for it, because our actions or inactions have led to it.

Sheena Bora and Mikhail Bora
Sheena Bora and Mikhail Bora

We say this only because even while we castigate the protagonist in a heinous and spine chilling murder case, let us not be too quick to forget that luck and circumstance have a lot to do with the choices that we make in our own lives. Or as a wise man once said 'Judge not as ye be judged' or as did another 'there but for the grace of God goes thee.'

Mickey goes Yo!
Last week our friend, Mickey Mehta (who we've noticed has turned in to quite a wordsmith with his cheery daily rhyming couplets), turned 53. And we are informed that Mehta, arguably the world's healthiest 53-year-old man today, has launched 'Yo Workouts.'

Mickey Mehta
Mickey Mehta

"It's my gift of gratitude to the wellness industry," said Mickey Mehta, who says he's offering new members a 53% discount on the occasion to sign up. "Through them, I intend to revolutionize the very concept of wellness, well-being, health and fitness," he explained.

Years of scientific research and new age study have gone in to the creation of 'Yo Workouts' which are said to be based on the principles, spirituality and the science of Yoga. "Yo is like saying yuppie, it's young, cool, trendy, it's another way of giving the Universe a High Five," he said.

"I want everybody to get energized. When you do that, your potential gets maximized and optimized. It's what I call 'Getting Mickeymized'," he said. See what we mean about being a wordsmith?

Rocking the Mahatma
Raell Padamsee who has obviously inherited her famous parents' drive is at it again. Her Ace Productions presents, we are informed will be presenting a 'spectacular mega musical production, Mahatma.

A rehearsal of Mahatma at Adapt Centre, Spastics Society of India, Bandra
A rehearsal of Mahatma at Adapt Centre, Spastics Society of India, Bandra

"Based on Gandhi's return to India from South Africa, the production on the Indian Freedom Movement, will bring to life and relevance, the importance of the Mahatma's teachings, to today's youth," she said.

And what's more we're told that a song by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, will feature in the production, showcasing the talents of children from mainstream schools as well as those from 8 different NGOs. Nice!

Without Comment
Launching a new occasional department, for when words fail us:

According to her friends this joke had been whatsapped to them by Indrani Mukerjea on 24 May this year. Titled the 'Best divorce letter ever,' reading it after the revelations of the last ten days, it retrospectively appears to bear a bizarre and sinister echo of grim reality.

'Dear Wife,
I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you forever. I've been a good man to you for 7 years & I have nothing to show for it. These last 2 weeks have been hell.... Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today & that was the last straw.

Last week, you came home & didn't even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favourite meal & even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers. You ate in 2 minutes, & went straight to sleep after watching all of your soaps.

You don't tell me you love me anymore; you don't want sex or anything that connects us as husband & wife. You're cheating on me or you don't love me anymore; whatever the case, I'm gone.

Your Ex-Husband
P.S. Don't try to find me. Your SISTER & I are moving away to West Virginia together! Have a great life!

Dear Ex-Husband,
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter. It's true you & I have been married for 7 years, although a good man is a far cry from what you've been. I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining & griping too bad that doesn't work.

I DID notice when you got a haircut last week, but the 1st thing that came to mind was 'You look just like a girl!' Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can't say something nice, I didn't comment. And when you cooked my favourite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork 7 years ago.

About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 price tag was still on them, & I prayed it was a coincidence that my sister had just borrowed $50 from me that morning. After all of this, I still loved you & felt we could work it out.

So when I hit the lotto for 10 million dollars, I quit my job & bought us 2 tickets to Jamaica, but when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason, I guess. I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted. My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won't get a dime from me. So take care.

Signed, Your Ex-Wife, Rich As Hell & Free!
P.S. I don't know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carl. I hope that's not a problem.'

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