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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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missmalini’s TV debut!

lcdtvcomboCheck it out, missmalini has arrived! The good people at CNBC TV18 tell me they’re going to feature my blog this week on a show called Tech Toyz. ISD Fri 6:30pm and Sat 7:30pm on. Tune in if you get the chance 🙂

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Becoming Twitterazzi

nokia6220cbackviewpurpleSo as you may have noticed I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of Twitter which I confess eluded me for way longer than necessary. So now that I’ve figured it out I can bring you the juice, fresh (and with pictures) from my night outs in Mumbai thanks to my fabulous trusted 5 mega-pixel phone camera [entirely intentional Nokia plug] who knows, maybe they’ll feel like giving me an upgrade? It’s almost my birthday you know.)

Now all YOU have to do is do (as Uncle Cracker once said) is “follow me” on Twitter! You can find me here as missmalini of course; I promise you an endless supply of gossip, celebrity spotting, gig updates (for followers IN Mumbai) and wherever possible, eye-candy for boys & girls alike. Deal?

(And for those not on twitter not to worry I’ll make sure those pictures come up on missmalini the blog “old school” style as well!) so here’s what I twittered recently…

So remember the one time my camera wasn't working and I missed taking a picture of Imran Khan? *sob* I did manage to get thise one on my camera! Something Relevant ripping it up at Daddy's Windsong...

So remember the one time my camera wasn’t working and I missed taking a picture of Imran Khan? *sob* I did manage to get this one on my camera! Something Relevant ripping it up at Daddy’s Wind Song…

Comic trio Vir Das, Kabir and Saurabh Panth dropped into the studio last week, they're going to be kicking off a brand new (and very funny) "relationship advice" show on 94.3 Radio One on Saturdays at 4pm starting next week called "Guy Bhains"  These guys crack me up :) *Bhains in Hindi means bull.

Comic trio Vir Das (who was very funny on Women’s Day), Kabir Singh and Saurabh Panth dropped into the studio last week, they’re going to be kicking off a brand new (and very funny) “relationship advice” show on 94.3 Radio One Saturdays at 4pm starting next week called “Guy Bhains” (watch out ladies!) These guys crack me up 🙂
*Bhains in Hindi means bull.

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Last night I was hosting this gig for Hard Rock Cafe (again)  and caught up with Sidd Coutto from the band Tough on Tobacco (remember I told you about him after the Channel [v] Launch Pad after party?) Well catch him on June 3rd at Il Terazzo for another smashing Daddy’s Wind Song Wednesday!

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Oh and then I had this random I ❤ Mumbai moment when I caught the first monsoon drizzle last week. *sigh* I really do ❤ Mumbai!

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The Assassination of George Bush (relax its just a book)

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Ashok Pandit, Mahesh Bhatt & Varon BK Sharma

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Aman Varma and Varon BK Sharma

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Rosa congratulating Varon

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Ashok Pandit

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Suchitra Pillai

Not one to mince words Varon BK Sharma’s book the “Assassination of George Bush” is ominously tagged ‘It’s not just about killing.” The book apparently attempts to delve inside the psyche of a ‘Islamic terrorist’ and the mind of the head of a super power at the same time. The fireworks when they clash, surrounded by the US Army and Secret Service in the deserts of Arab Nations were echoed in the heated discussions between Mahesh Bhatt (looking old and seriously, and seriously old), Gul Panag, Suchitra Pillai, Shefali Shah, Nisha Jamwal, AmanVerma, and Ashok Pandit that followed at the launch at Crossword Bookstore, Mumbai yesterday.

The highlight being a somewhat heated discussion between Ashok Pandit and Gul Panag. Gul Panag said, “I am happy that people from the Bollywood industry are writing on such sensitive topics and bringing to fore the current scenario. Terrorism is rampant in our country from not only Kashmir but Naxalites, LTTE, etc are also creating havoc for our peace loving India. We should work at educating the masses and making sure that basic amenities are provided to poor people in states so that they don’t take guns in their hands to survive!”

Rosa Catalona was there too (anyone know what she does now?) I guess its true what they say about Bombay. You can break up anytime you like but you can never leave!

According to Varon BK Sharma, “My book is a true voice that is sure to affect you, disturb you and might I say, upset you and snap us out of our complacence! I am not looking at creating a controversy as it already exists staring right at us.”

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Did the Glitterati Vote? – Mumbai 24 – Midday (Mumbai)

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Vote for my main man Milind!

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Milind Deora

As election fever heightens for Thursday’s big voting day here was an unexpected sight to see outside the Trident Hotel yesterday. SoBo’s elite and Page 3 regulars (usually considered part of the politically vapid) turned up in droves to support Congress candidate Milind Deora in his election campaign. The Deora family, including mother Hema, brother Mukul and wife Pooja were joined by Niranjan Hiranandani, Devika Bhojwani, Nandini Sardesai, Malavika Sangghvi and Yudhisthir Urs at the rally which started from the Trident and went up to Marine Lines.

Though it was largely an assembly of youngsters, the rally was also supported by several 26/11 survivors and citizens from all sections of society. Inder Chaudhary, who lost his daughter and son-in-law in the 26/11 attack at the Oberoi, said, “Milind was the only leader who was there for us on that day. He was there helping us through the ordeal. My vote goes to him and I will urge others to do the same.” The rally largely focused on the political and social values of youngsters of South Mumbai. “And for us these values are reflected by Milind,” said a youth from Colaba.

Unfortunately Milind missed the rally because of his hectic schedule but that didn’t prevent the crowd from shouting slogans, singing songs and even signing a giant banner in Milind’s support. According to Milind’s wife Pooja, “The overwhelming response showed that people believe in Milind. The support from college kids and other eminent personalities showed that he has worked for the public.”

Milind told MiD DAY, “This rally gives me a higher sense of responsibility, especially with the presence of the victims of 26/11.”

I personally feel he represents a new India. One I’d be proud(er) of. Don’t get me wrong, I love my India and all that but have always felt the glaring absence of any political leadership that I can personally identify with (and isn’t marinated in corruption and hopelessly antique.) I believe in Milind Deora. He’s definitely a step in the right direction for what I guess you could call “the Facebook friendly generation!”

Apparently even Salman Khan thinks so! (But please don’t let that hamper your judgment) He joined Milind’s election caravan in Mumbai on Sunday, April 12th.

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It’s also kinda cool that he plays the jazz guitar don’t you think? He jumped right up on stage with Buddy Guy a few years ago in Mumbai.

Milind Deora and Buddy Guy

Milind Deora and Buddy Guy

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Amitabh Bachchan – Living Icons

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Earlier this evening I had one of those delightful Bollywood encounters you always hope to have in Mumbai. The one where you find yourself in the same room with India’s biggest superstar and can actually stare unabashedly at them to your hearts content! Roli Books launched an amazing amalgamation of essay’s titled “Icons” about the men and women who have (most recently) shaped India, edited by Anil Dharkar. The list is eclectic and intriguing (and I must admit I don’t actually know enough about the icons that my country is so proud of  which is why I plan to read the book.)

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Pramod Kapoor, Anil Dharkar and Amitabh Bachchan

But there is no denying that the highlight of everyone’s experience was not only seeing Amitabh Bachchan in the flesh but also listening to him deliver an extraordinary speech (which he wrote himself!) In which he touched upon his experiences (stemming from humble disbelief at making the cut since he is for all intents and purposes “just an actor doing his job”), pondered over the intriguing definition of the word “Icon” itself, chastising the media for being unfair on occasion (which they clearly took well considering how they clambered for his attention regardless), eloquently described each of the other 19 on the list and ended up making a poignant comment on how far we’ve come and yet how frivolous all this list-making could seem and perhaps what we should be striving for is making more icons.

Tempted as I am I know I cannot hope to do justice to his delivery with snatches of what I remember, in fact I even considered taking video but felt perhaps that might have been a little invasive since he had been hesitant to share a copy of the speech at the launch in Delhi as well and requested everyone to take from it what they remembered. I’m hoping at some point he decides to post it on his blog.

You know, Anil Dharkar actually pointed out something obvious and yet somewhat of a revelation to me when he brought to our attention the fact that you could go to any corner of this country with a picture of Amitabh Bachchan and ask anyone who he was and everyone would know. Imagine the sheer magnitude of that?

I’ve come home today with a curious mixture of feelings. Perhaps if I share those that’ll be enough:

I feel Pride. For my country and “how far we’ve come” and that these are living icons and that means there will be more.
I feel Fear. For how my people will react on the day Amitabh Bachchan dies. (Morbid I know, but my mind wanders.)
I feel Anxiety. For how soon the next generation who never shared his lifetime will forget what he means to us. (Kind of like Raj Kapoor for my mother’s generation I suppose?)
I feel Confused. At how he said so many things so humbly and yet I don’t find it easy to attribute humility to him (perhaps just because of who he is.)
I feel Curious. For what his life is like outside the limelight and if he’s happy when he’s home.
But most of all I feel Happy that I just spent an evening listening to Amitabh Bhachan share his thoughts!

P.S. It was also a little wierd walking through the Trident lobby to the rooftop. I haven’t been inside (or outside) since 26/11 when on that fateful day I decided not to meet my friend in the lobby as planned and smoked a cigarette across the street instead. Isn’t it Ironic? Don’t you think?

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