Compiled by Ajachi Chakrabarti
The Price of Loyalty
No matter how many cow and wedding bells have rung around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, it’s Ajay Devgn she actually married and had her babies with. Despite Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge fans’ elaborately constructed conspiracy theories, the fictitious triangle has always conducted themselves with aplomb. But with Son of Sardaar and Jab Tak Hai Jaan on celluloid simultaneously, how was Kajol to choose between reel and real loyalties? The benign spectre of Yash Chopra intervened; she opted to pay tribute to the man who immortalised her image.
Arundhati Roy Moves on
Fifteen years after her only novel, the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, became the largest selling book by a resident Indian, Arundhati Roy says she is working on a second novel. Making the announcement while speaking at the Sharjah International Book Fair, Roy refused to reveal any details of the project. She says that she hasn’t written another novel in the meantime because fiction is a lonely affair, while non-fiction allows her to “feel part of the people of her country”.
Diversity in Unity
Hawaii’s been historic in 2012, with Barack Obama’s home state electing the first ever Buddhist and Hindu to Congress in Democrats Mazie Hirono and Tulsi Gabbard. Senator-elect Hirono, born in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, calls herself a non-practising Buddhist, while Gabbard is the daughter of a Hindu mother and a Catholic father, and will take the oath of office with her hand on the Bhagvad Gita. Interestingly, Gabbard’s opponent, Kawika Crowley, ran his campaign out of a white minivan and would’ve become the first homeless Congressman.