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Compiled by Nisha Susan

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The Baba And The Babe

The battle between Celina Jaitley and Baba Ramdev could have gone down in history like the legendary one between Germaine Greer and Norman Mailer – if only either party would employ some wit and not respond to self-righteousness with more self-righteousness. The Baba first displayed his pursuit of general knowledge when he said that Jaitley changes her lovers every month. Jaitley defended her claim to Indian culture by saying that her family is full of army officers who have shed blood for the country and that she practices yoga.

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Casting Ouch

The sequel to a good film is an unwanted much reviled child. The sequel is guilty until proven innocent of repeating every successful element in the original. Raju Hirani, a man of rare gifts, was able to make a sequel of rare charms. But if a movie’s primary attraction lay in its stunt casting of a leading man with high-brow aspirations and a leading lady of low-brow vivacity then plans of making a sequel must be reconsidered. Replacing Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat with Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapur in the sequel of Pyaar Ke Side-Effects seems like a case of wilful contempt towards those poor fans who embraced the odd-couple romance.

 

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Wish Fulfilment

25-year-old Pakistani writer Ali Sethi’s first novel The Wish Maker is being compared to his favourite sprawling Victorian and Bengali novels. Sethi, son of journalists Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin, has received good notices for the book which is said to span most of Pakistan’s history. The very young Sethi’s accomplishments are raising plenty of eyebrows. He has studied music under Farida Khanum and says he may even consider a career in music, “since the world is now multi-media”. We noticed. The possibility of receiving Pinky Virani’s new book Deaf Heaven on your cellphone looms large.

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Tweet Dreams

Last week the Ministry of External Affairs announced that Shashi Tharoor will now Twitter from his own home, please, thank you. Wonder what they made of the young man in Hillary Clinton’s posse whose divine duty it is to tweet her activities while she is on the road. Wonder what he tells his parents about his job.

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Mika ‘For me to have a show, I will need at least a hundred girls to pick from’

Mika (On competing with the addictive extravagance that is Rakhi Ka Swayamvar)

 

 

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