Traveller's Luck

Mar 21, 2016, 06:01 IST | Malavika Sangghvi

One of the enduring fantasies of the modern day urban traveller is that he will end up seated next to an attractive woman on a flight — preferably a star

One of the enduring fantasies of the modern day urban traveller is that he will end up seated next to an attractive woman on a flight — preferably a star.

So imagine the delight of a friend over the weekend when he bumped in to not one, not two, but three very attractive women who also happened to be stars as he waited to board his flight at one of the spanking new T2 Domestic lounges this weekend. "It was afternoon, and Malaika Arora, Shilpa Shetty and Sunny Leone were all in the lounge at the same time," gushed the young man, adding, "It was like a dream come true! No one knew where to look!"

(From left) Sunny Leone, Malaika Arora and Shilpa Shetty
(From left) Sunny Leone, Malaika Arora and Shilpa Shetty

What's even more amazing is that despite this onslaught of drop-dead glamour he managed to apprise the new lounge too, which he described as, "Just beautiful!" When we asked Sanjay Reddy about his latest airport offering he described it as 'very similar to the existing T2 International Lounge'. "The style is India Modern," he texted us from Europe where he is currently. "And the designer is Alfaz Miller."

As for our friend the happy traveller, alas though his luck had obviously taken a turn for the better resulting in spotting the three glam girls, we are informed that none these fair ladies ended up sitting besides him on his flight after all!

Fifty Shades of Gray?
"Must confess to have lucked out," said Rajdeep Sardesai about this picture with international human rights lawyer and Hollywood star George Clooney's wife Amal Clooney, who he had dinner with last week in Delhi, when she had come to participate in a media group's annual conclave.

Amal Clooney and Rajdeep Sardesai
Amal Clooney and Rajdeep Sardesai

"We have a fair bit in common," says the anchor. "We both studied international law under the same professor in Oxford!" he says, adding modestly, "I guess that's where the similarities ended!" As for his impressions about the lissom legal ace who has been described as one of the most glamorous women in the world, he says, "I found her frank and honest though like many stars a little too conscious of her image!" he smiles signing off with, "But yes, she likes men with grey hair, I guess."

However, when we asked Sardesai's wife Sagarika Ghose about what he thought about Mrs Clooney we received a slightly different POV. "He says she was extremely bright if a little cautious about her public statements ... Wanted to zealously guard her privacy as George Clooney's wife," says the astute Ghosh. Um, perhaps the grey hair was liked a bit too much? Just saying.

From Kautilya to Tata
"We had to change the time of the programme so we didn't have a conflict with the cricket match," says Bunty Chand, Executive Director of the Asia Society India Centre, about the program organised by the Society featuring historian Sunil Khilnani talking about his latest tome 'Incarnations: India in 50 lives' held on Saturday in Mumbai. "We had 130 people in the room and 60% raised their hand and said they would have come even if the match was on!" she smiles, adding "Obviously Sunil has a following."

Sunil Khilnani
Sunil Khilnani

And spotted listening avidly to Khilnani speak about the prominent personalities who changed India and the course of its history, from Kautilya to JN Tata, were artist Meera Devidayal, US Consul General Mark Pierce with wife Joanna, industrialists Tanil Kilachand and Suketu Shah, journalist Kumar Ketkar, outgoing Financial Times correspondent James Crabtree, UTI CEO Leo Puri and former Mumbai Sheriff Bakul Patel.

"The conversation set a historical and political context for the country as it stands today," says Chand. "Khilnani mentioned that the personalities he'd selected in the book were the ones through whom the full arc of 2,500 years of Indian history could be told," she says. "According to him studying the arc of history is not a backward looking indulgence, it is a means of propelling ourselves forward," says Chand.

He says... she says
We have often said that in the absence of wailing walls, social media serves the needs of baby boomers as a place to let it all hang out.

Astute readers of this medium often can discern what lies between the lines in many instances; but none so easily as when a couple or two friends who are having an issue choose to allude to it on their Facebook page.

Take this high profile long-married couple who were very much part of the city's beautiful people set, before they upped and moved to follow their dreams.

Both have become active on FB recently and both their posts are of a rather whimsical nature on subjects of love, life and heartbreak, somewhat confirming rumours about an impending split.

"Both sound weary and keen to move on," says some one who reads social media tealeaves. "We were all hoping that things would mend, but it doesn't seem likely!"

Hug A Parsi
As a self-confessed 'Parsi-groupie' we were thrilled to partake in our favourite community's New Year celebrations yesterday.

Ratan Tata and A meme doing the roundsRatan Tata and A meme doing the rounds

From a 'know your Parsi' event in Delhi where bawas are thin on the ground and a few stalwarts like Soli Sorabjee and Fali Nariman keep the flag flying, to Mumbai where its stars like Ratan Tata, Cyrus Poonawala, Dr Faroukh Udwadia, Dr Rusi Soonawala and Boman Irani demonstrate how India's smallest minority excels in whatever it turns its gaze to — we have loved them all.

Boman Irani and Cyrus Poonawala
Boman Irani and Cyrus Poonawala

So when cries of Navroz Mubarak rent the air in Mumbai yesterday, this meme particularly delighted us; 'Keep Calm' it said 'And Love a Parsi'!

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