Honouring the Giants of society

Sep 19, 2012, 07:25 IST | Malavika Sangghvi

Giants International celebrated its 40th anniversary on Monday with a gala event at Nariman Point.

Giants International celebrated its 40th anniversary on Monday with a gala event at Nariman Point.

On this occasion, nine outstanding personalities from different walks of life were honoured for their achievements and services to the community.

Harshavardhan Patil, Minister for Co-operation & Parliamentary Affairs, Govt of Maharashtra was the chief guest. Nana Chudasama, world chairman, Giants International presided over the function. Some of the winners were Chetan Bhagat, Karan Johar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Waheeda Rehman

Electrifying Bombay
>> Bombay Electric that repository of quirky, individualistic fashion celebrated its sixth anniversary over the weekend with a party befitting of its character.

Model Lisa Haydon on the August cover of Elle magazine

‘Elle and Bombay Electric invite you to go wild’ the invitation read followed by that irresistible tease ‘Come play with us’. What’s more the card featured Elle’s August cover with model Lisa Haydon on it which had been reworked and reinterpreted by its owner/muse Priya Kishore to reflect BE’s style ideology.

Bombay Electric's quirky invitation
Bombay Electric’s quirky invitation to celebrate its sixth anniversary. 

Editor Elle Nonita Kalra who has always supported the best stores causes and people in the city says, “We thought we’d take three of our iconic covers and display them at the store during the party. The one with Lisa was also sent out as the invite. Also, we invited seven young labels to celebrate design with specially created capsule collections. To mark the anniversary, their brief: To reinterpret, redesign, recycle, deconstruct or edit conventional concepts to create new ideas.” We like!

The Sunshine Project
>> “It’s principle is very simple: no matter who you are, you are not alone,” says friend and fellow journalist Gayatri Jayaraman about The Sunshine Project, which she launched this week on Facebook. “A couple of things triggered the start: a friend of a friend killed herself a month ago and she kept asking herself why; the statistics that came out in July in The Lancet that suicide has become the second leading cause of death in India; I realised we all reach a point where we want to give up and the sad thing is some of us do,” says this writer of singular sensitivity and uncommon compassion.

The Sunshine Project
The Sunshine Project

“It’s an open group. People can post for help — state what they need and when and give a contact and anyone who thinks they can jump in or pass on their request. Nobody will judge you. No request is too trivial.” About how she envisages its growth she says, “I want it to be self propagating. People post, people answer. I want companies to start keeping an eye on it to offer products and services to people who genuinely need it. A year’s supply of diapers to a new mom who can’t afford it maybe? A vacation to an exhausted workingwoman who hasn’t had a holiday in a few years? I believe the Universe is a benevolent place!” Those interested in spreading a bit of sunshine can log onto: www.facebook.com/sunshineproject

Clubbing each other?
>> What on earth is going with South Mumbai’s premier clubs? Those havens of quietude and repose where members could put up their feet read a book and sip a gin n tonic in peace? It appears as if they’ve been catching the measles of discontent from each other!

No sooner were readers of newspapers informed about the problems at the prestigious Breach Candy Club when reports trickled in of similar woes faced at the CCI and at the Willingdon! And everywhere it appeared to be the same story: allegations, counter allegations and rumors gone wild! And to think people became members to get away from it all! Is Mumbai’s grand old Club tradition going the way of the rest of the city? What a shame!

No more tears?
>> Friends of this light-eyed once married beauty queen are keeping their fingers crossed and holding their breath. Why is that? Well, after a string of liaisons with high profile married men that created havoc for many long suffering wives the lady is now dating a Delhi based biz man who appears to be single. For her sake and the sake of many marriages the lady’s friends are hoping that this affair will culminate in a wedding.

Good-natured ribaldry
>> We hear The JJ Vallaya Grand Finale for the Aamby Valley India Bridal week was a riotous celebration we hear. Featuring many dishy men including Rahul Dev, Mozez Singh and Emmanuelle Balayer amongst others and a host of famous models and set in a Turkish garden replete with gymnasts and belly dancers it was an explosion of good cheer and festivity as the third edition of the Bridal Fashion week culminated.

Mozez Singh and Nargis Fakhri
Mozez Singh and Nargis Fakhri

Sweetest of all was the backstage excitement that the presence of model-actress Nargis Fakhri created. “All the men were hamming it up and jostling to pose next to the gorgeous girl,” said one observer. “It resulted in a lot of good natured leg pulling and ribaldry.” 

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