missmalini has a new address!

Psst! missmalini version 2.0ye is now available on www.missmalini.com! (I’m still working on getting all the comments migrated and the links/pictures just right so please bear with me.) Also, I have tons of pictures and stuff from the weekend was just waiting for the DNS server to kick in with my new address. So sit back enjoy and don’t worry missmalini is not going anywhere. To the moon baby, to the moon!

Also follow me on Twitter @missmalini for the latest dish.

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End of the road for the Walkman.

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Eeks! The Walkman is 3 decades old this week. Last night Justin Timberlake (yes I follow him @jtimberlake) twittered in, “It’s the 30th birthday of the Walkman. The old commercial is a trip” with a link to this commercial…

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Sony Sports Walkman

OMG Right? So apart from the fact that I used to own a nifty little (at the time) yellow Sony sports Walkman (which is now referred to as vintage) and had quite a respectable collection of cassette tapes this BBC Magazine experiment (to commemorate the Walkman) was hilarious and heart breaking all at the same time. They gave a 13 year old boy a Walkman to play with for a week. Here’s what he thought.

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Down the line I wonder what’s going to make the iPod Nano or the iPhone look bad (and secretly I can’t wait!)

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Nina in New York

Nina Maneul and John Legend

Nina Maneul and John Legend

This just in, Nina Manuel (who goes by Midnight Manuel on Facebook) is clearly living it up, New York style with beau Luv Shah (remember this halloween party?) Can’t believe she even got to hang out with John Legend! He’s awesome. She says she misses Bombay but is loving New York, so don’t expect her back any time soon. Just for fun I asked her what she thinks of her After Hours replacement Amrit Maghera lets see what she says…

Amrit Maghera and Nina Manuel

Amrit Maghera and Nina Manuel

Sooooooo Nina says, “I haven’t seen the show …..so I cant say.”

(I’m sure enough people have told her that Amrit isn’t quite filling her stilettos with the je ne sais qua!
What do you think?


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Oba’s got it going on!

Diya Mirza, Upen Patel and Abhishek Kapoor

Diya Mirza, Upen Patel and Abhishek Kapoor

Risha Acharya and Raja Dhody’s rocking club Oba has been seeing a fair amount of celebrity action lately. Last week Upen Patel was spotted there, on Friday night Sunny & Anu Dewan made an appearance and on Saturday night Abhishek Kapoor (aka Gattu), Gautam Kapoor (aka Gomzy), Diya Mirza and Niketan Madhok were spotted having a good time.

I also hear that on Friday (which is a dry day for stand alone nightclubs in Mumbai/Maharashtra) Oba will be open and serving cocktails as usual since they have the Rs.6 lakh ($12,516) license to run a club inside hotel premises, unlike stand alones which pay around Rs.3 lakhs ($6,258) which means all the clubs in hotels like China House, Bling etc will be on too. But pretty much all of South Mumbai will be dry except Dome (Intercontinental Marine Drive) and Oba, plus they play hip-hop, so I guess that’s where I’ll be. :)

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The Bandra-Worli Sea Link!

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Its finally happened! They finally finished the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai! I haven’t been on it yet, apparently its super packed since they aren’t charging toll for a week. Also as a friend of mine right said, “ha ha ha…. first day first show…..always a house full!” But I can’t wait for my 7 minute speed run across, this is totally going to revolutionize my social life. For now take a peak at various pictures of the bridge I found on the internet (mostly courtesy Sadanand Warty on flickr) mine to follow soon.

Of course they used A.R. Rehman’s “Jai Ho” during the 7 minute sound & light show on Monday June 29th.  Ok, so I love the song, think Rehman is a total rockstar and will willingly bounce to the Pussycat Dolls version too but come on, do we have to use it for everything we do now? I’m thinking overkill guys.

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Didjya Know?

The Bandra Worli Sea Link (Marathi: वांद्रे-वरळी सागरी महामार्ग), officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Setu is an 8-lane, cable-stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete viaduct approaches, which will link Bandra and the western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli and central Mumbai, and is the first phase of the proposed West Island Freeway system.

An engineering marvel and the first ever open Sea Bridge of its kind, the Bandra Worli Sea Link is one of the most complex and advanced construction projects in India.

The bridge was inaugurated on 30 June 2009 by Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. India.

The project was initiated more than 10 years ago but it was delayed due to public interest litigation. The foundation stone was laid in 1999, by Shiv Sena head Balasaheb Thackeray.

The toll for using the bridge is currently expected to be around Rs 50 ($1)  each way trip.

Project Cost of Rs.1650 Crores i.e. Rs.16.50 Billion INR (about 330 Million US Dollar)

Rs. 9 Crore alone will be just the cost of illuminating the bridge.

Made with about 38000 KM Long Steel Ropes, 575000 tonnes of Concrete & 6000 Workers.

Will save about 1 Hour of Travel Time & 100 crores of Vehicle Operating Cost for a 7 KM distance.

An estimate of about 125000 Vehicles will be using daily.

Mumbai gets a new landmark!

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Saturday Spotting…

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Saif Ali Khan and Ibrahim

Ohhh so I saw X-Men Origins Wolverine on Saturday night and spotted Saif Ali Khan at the cinema at PVR Juhu, Mumbai he was so unassuming and hanging with his kids Sara and Ibrahim so I felt bad invading his privacy and took this picture from the vantage point of my seat (even though I was super tempted to take a close up on the way out near the elevator!)

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On Sunday I finally went to the super jazzed Mocha Mojo in Bandra, and dude that place is psychedelic! Kinda feels like you’ve walked into an Austin Powers movie.) They even serve beer by the pitcher so definitely worth a revisit for Sunday afternoon drinks.

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Junelia Aguiar and Ash Chandler

Kishore Bajaj and Ash Chandler

Kishore Bajaj and Ash Chandler

Later that night I had dinner at Cafe Goa (they’re going to launch a new Mediterranean menu soon, that chef means business!) and spotted Ash Chandler and girlfriend Junelia Aguiar having drinks with close friends TC & Nathalie Ressencourt De Sousa, Kishore Bajaj, Kishore F.D. Shamita Singha and Fahad Samar (who somehow managed to do the MidDay brunch at the Oberoi and still made it across town to Bandra for drinks. What troopers!)

P.S. They do singles night with free house cocktails from 8:30pm -9:30pm every Thursdays drop by and grab a drink!
Dress Code: Goa Style

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Rakhi’s Reality

Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant

Hold everything. Rakhi Sawant’s Swayamvar kicks off tonight on NDTV Imagine where 16 hopefuls will try to impress the notorious Rakhi Sawant, one of them eventually winning her hand in marriage (I wonder if she’s actually going to go through with it! Bets anyone?)

I can tell already that this is going to be one of those train-wreck shows I’ll be totally addicted too, you know the kind you just can’t stop watching cos its so bad, you just have to know if it can get any worse?! Ah reality TV, what a junkie you’ve made of me.

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Rakhi was apparently really surprised to see Kanpur boy Atirek Sharma as a contestant on her swayamvar. Atirek is a close friend of Rakhi’s ex, Abhishek Awasthi, but has now severed all ties with him (or has she? maybe he’ll make a surprise wild card comeback and up the drama at some point!) Atirek, who’s been practically stalking Rakhi ever since, even put together a scrap book of pictures from her childhood as a gift for her. Obviously she was thrilled.

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