Bullish in a China shop

Oct 09, 2015, 06:01 IST | Malavika Sangghvi

His bullishness on India is being seen as an endorsement of the NaMo regime, which is why, when on his recent visit to Mumbai, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of the British advertising conglomerate WPP, which owns global brands J Walter Thompson and O & M, chose to stay at The St

His bullishness on India is being seen as an endorsement of the NaMo regime, which is why, when on his recent visit to Mumbai, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of the British advertising conglomerate WPP, which owns global brands J Walter Thompson and O & M, chose to stay at The St. Regis Mumbai, its spokespeople lost little time in claiming this choice as an endorsement of the newly launched luxury chain too.

Sir William Sorrell in Mumbai
Sir William Sorrell in Mumbai

"He lunched at By the Mekong, where he savoured a meal of Vietnamese fried rice, and Chef Lee’s special bean curd in chilli bean paste and stir fried lamb Yunnan style," said a source, adding, "What’s more, he chose to have all his exclusive meetings and lunches at the hotel."

Incidentally, when he was asked about his projections for India, Sorrell replied, "I feel more bullish about India relatively, and more bullish about India absolutely, than I did at this time last year."

Fortunately, the advertising whiz was allowed to enjoy his meal, grazing pleasantly on the subject of bulls, any questions on the raging controversy consuming the country of holy cows and their consumption, might have elicited another response.

India, the eternal muse
More news from the ongoing Fabric of India exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which already boasts of textiles from the likes of Sabyasachi Mukherji and David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore.

Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani
Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani

‘The boys,’ Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, will also be part of the exhibition, and showcase two of their acclaimed looks, a real mirror ghagra worn by Madhuri Dixit Nene in Devdas, for which they were awarded the National Award for Best Costume Design, and an intricately detailed Chikankari sari.

Their National Award-winning ghagra
Their National Award-winning ghagra

"India is our eternal muse. We are unabashedly in love with our textile and embroidery legacy. Our passion and mission is to revive, regenerate and reinvent craftsmanship, and give it new expression and relevance in today’s world and for the future," said Sandeep, one half of the dynamic duo, now in the 29th year of a unique design partnership.

Return to the spotlight
She was one of the leading lights of Mumbai’s modelling world in the nineties, and unlike many of her colleagues in the industry, chose to take a vacation from showbiz once marriage and motherhood happened.

Suzanne Pillai (nee Sablok)
Suzanne Pillai (nee Sablok)

But recently, word of her returning to the public sphere has been heard. So when Suzanne Pillai (nee Sablok), texted us this week to say that she would be holding an exhibition of Wrapture, her new line of lambs’ wool stoles at Ruchika at World Trade Centre, we knew it called for a celebration.

She had also recently won the Otters Club Elections, and was now on its managing committee. "I will be handling all the events at the club," said Pillai, adding, "Hope to see you in Bandra more now." And then she sent us the latest issue of a society magazine she had been featured in, which announced her return to the spotlight in no uncertain terms.

Selfie crazed
We like him for his gregariousness, as well as the insidious insouciance with which he poses for pictures with members of the opposite sex.

Bose Krishnamachari and Lisa Ray
Bose Krishnamachari and Lisa Ray

And even while a party hosted by a travel magazine was underway on Wednesday night, a series of snaps featuring artist, and co-founder of the Kochi Biennale, Bose Krishmamachari were ricocheting around social media.

This one with model actress, Lisa Ray was emblematic of the evening. "It was great to remember her, she was one of the persons who wrote about my show called AmUseuM Memoirs, long ago," gushed Bose. "An amazing Lisa," he commented while posting.

Boom goes Bollywood dancing
"I’ve been dancing for 11 years, I started my first hip-hop class when I was 16. Bollywood dancing came into the picture four years ago," said Rahul Pardasany, who runs a Bollywood dance class where very pretty SoBo ladies dance up a storm.

Rahul Pardasany
Rahul Pardasany

"I’ve always had a passion for dancing," he said. "My father has been supportive of whatever I wanted to pursue. There was nothing better than dancing that I’d love to do and teach. My work is nothing less than a Bollywood dance party, there is never a dull moment!" said the man who has taught the likes of Jacqueline Fernandes and Pallavi Sharada of Besharam and Hawaizaada fame in the past.

"There are numerous Bollywood classes available today, but the reason why Bollywood Boom stands out, is because of the energy to keep the clients interested. New songs and choreographies are added weekly," said the man who cites Michael Jackson as his ultimate icon, followed by Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Hedge as inspiration.

Pardasany said, "The most memorable moment for me though, was when Mrs Jaya Bachchan had dropped in for a class. She may not remember me or the class, but it’s one day I won’t forget." Now that must have been a moment to tell the grandkids about.

The last refuge
No one could quite understand what his locus standi or agenda was, when he took up cudgels against a play that had been performed many years ago in Mumbai.

Not only did his all-out attack on its producers attract censure, but members of his own community, on whose unsolicited behalf he is supposed to have objected, rapidly distanced themselves from him.

Now it transpires, that the gentleman’s motivation for attacking the play was because he is planning to stand for elections in a bid to join politics, not as an independent, but with the support of a political party.

And given the way politics is being conducted, he figured that the best way to get a ticket was to appeal to lumpen elements in the political fray. Talk about a dramatic start.

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