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Michelle Obama grabs eyeballs with her J Crew tee

Haute spot

Michelle is our belle for now. The over-exuberant American blogosphere dubbed her India visit look ‘casual’. But we are not just any casual observers. More dopey bloggers contest that the greybuttoned tunic dress she wore on arrival was a reference to the kurti. But we know the detailing with smoky splotches makes it a standalone wonder. We also noticed her “olive moss” J Crew tee that only semi-clashed with the tiered floral skirt. Did we say we are fans? No wonder a Harvard study found she can increase sales by up to $14 million for the lucky brands she wears.


Deepika Padukonewhat’s more?

Deepika Padukone’s Forthcoming Films

There’s a whole lot of Deepika Padukone in store for fans. She is supposed to be the final choice to play Heer to Shahid Kapur’s Ranjha in Sabbir Khan’s Heer-Ranjha. Sabbir of Kambakkht Ishq fame, so you can take that whichever way you want. Deepika is also, we hear, the female lead in Prakash Jha’s next film Aarakshan, opposite Ajay Devgn. Of course, we are only going to watch the films to peep at her nape. Is it still there?

Rakhi Sawant Worldly Wise

When model Viveka Babajee died some months ago, the spectre that appeared before us was less her than her PR agent Dale Bhagwagar and his extensive statements. Rakhi Sawant is cooler than that but she couldn’t resist creating a parable out of the recent suicide of model Rinky Choudhary. She began by advising young women. “Don’t get possessive about your boyfriend. Not worth it.” She went on to say that she had recently met Rinky and told her to lose weight. “She used to be so slim and happy.” Yes, indeed!


 Cons In Prose

Word has it that poet Jeet Thayil’s first novel Narcopolis has just been sold for a bomb by agent David Godwin to British publishers Faber. Editors at Faber are tremendously excited by this acquisition and say, “It has more to do with Burroughs, Irvine Welsh or Lawrence Durrell than Rushdie or Amitav Ghosh.” The novel is set in the late 1970s in the opium dens and brothels of Mumbai. Unconfirmed rumour also has it that the protagonist is a hijra.



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