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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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Bandra gets Besos

Remember the darling little store I told you about at Kemps Corner, Mumbai? They’ve just opened up in Bandra too! Check out their swanky flyer. Shopaholics rejoice!

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The Bangalore Beat: Day 1

So Bangalore was awesome. I also took a much-needed detox from the Internet this weekend which explains why I’ve been MIA but I’m back, with pictures!

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First up the ride to the Mumbai airport from Bandra on Friday was almost a major blog score because we heard a giant CRV honking behind us and saw Salman Khan in the passenger seat. Long hair, window-down, scowling cool-ly and smoking a cigarette. Unfortunately I only managed to get a shot of his knee (but hey I tried!)

So here’s a fast track through my weekend in Bangalore; first up let me just say that Bangalore’s 25 degrees and 57% humidity knocks the pants off Mumbai’s 36 degrees and 94% humidity. (Thank God it was raining when we got back!)

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After several recommendations we decided to go for the centrally located Shilton Suites (look for the pink feather!) tip # 1 is that Bangalore traffic makes Mumbai traffic feel like a breeze so unless you like long, and I mean LONG rides pick a central location. Anything near MG Road works. The Shilton is cute, the Luxury Suites cost about 4500rs ($93) a night and the staff is mostly smiling and at your service (they have a little trouble getting two of everything right at breakfast though but I suppose no biggie.)

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Soto

On Friday we decided to head out and try the famed Japanese restaurant called Harima (Devtha Plaza.) Absolutely delicious food. It may have helped significantly that we had an authentic Japanese guy at the table who did all the ordering for us! (FYI Soto is my boyfriend’s classmate at Harvard Business School and in Bangalore for the summer, so if you’re up for being a happy shiny tourist guide lemme know.)

RJ Anjaan & missmalini

RJ Anjaan & missmalini

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Then we headed down the street to Nyx (Residency Road, opposite Purple Haze, above Konark restaurant) where Radio One Desi Grooves was on. Only the hottest Bollywood night in the city that rocks Bangalore every Friday! RJ Anjaan (from94.3 Radio One Bangalore) was up on deck with DJ Jasmeet and gave me a big fat friendly Bangalore welcome which made me feel like a total superstar. (Thanks for that Anjaan!) Sadly Bangalore wraps by 11:30pm tops and unless you find yourself an after-party to attend its generally lights out, quite a switch from an average weekend in Mumbai but still refreshing to see a whole new set of clubs and (I guess since they know the clock is ticking) they sure pack in the power on the dance floor!

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Amrita, Anjaan and a Koala Bear

That’s Anjaan’s gorgeous wife Amrita. Super-fun and friendly and can you believe neither of them drink but just love to dance?! Impressive. Oh, and if you’re wondering why Anjaan is hugging a Kuala Bear (yes a real one) it’s because he was recently in Australia and came this close to bagging “the best job in the world” as island caretaker, check out his application video I thought it was really neat. On the upside his current job is pretty much in the top 10 too in my opinion and I should know! Day two up next…

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Welcome Valhalla!

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So as promised I checked out Valhalla last night. The first thing I have to say is, what a step up from Starters & More?! Now don’t get me wrong, I have loads of happy pub-hopping memories from there (one which involved a yeager bomb and another on a fateful night where my very lovely (albeit slightly hyper) jive-partner spun me around so hard that I lost my balance and nearly cracked my skull open on the step leading up to the bar! (He later bought me a helmet as a joke!) Good times.

Anyway Valhalla has several things going for it:

1. South Mumbai has very few lounges to speak of. This could be the new Henry Thams perfectly located at Eros, Churchgate
2. There’s an upstairs, outside smoking section where you can take your drinks (woohoo!)
3. The bartenders are friendly and the tapas is yummilicious (especially those little pieces of pineapple wrapped in ham. I’d like some more please!)
4. Also the open bar party hosted by Shamita Singha had Redbull which is always a good thing.

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So Lets take a moment and talk about this throne. It kinda feels like that elephant in the room (that everybody wants to ride!) Almost every member of the glitterati gave it whirl (and a pose) for paparazzi and friends while others lounged, chatted, giggled, gossiped and guzzled.

I’ll get the whole PR set of pix in a while but here are mine. I missed Kelly Dorji because he was too busy taking a picture of Manasi Scott on that chair! (Love her hair by the way.)

Manasi Scott

Manasi Scott

So the usual suspects (as I Twittered) were Ash Chandler & Junelia Aguira, Shveta Salve, Kelly Dorji, Manasi Scott, sister act Mashoom & Shamita Singha,TC & Nathalie Ressencourt De Sousa (who are hosting singles night at Cafe Goa tonight incidentally), Kim Jagtiani (who had just come from a gig, hence the hat), Anurag Kashyup, Delna Poonawala, Nisha & Adam Bedi, Candice Pinto, Abhishek Kapoor, Apeksha & Sumeet Chopra (happy mommy-to-be) Arshiya Eappen and Amrit Maghera doing her After Hours deal.

Nisha Bedi & Amrit Maghera

Nisha Bedi & Amrit Maghera

Kim Jagtiani

Kim Jagtiani

Mashoom & Shamita Singha

Mashoom & Shamita Singha

Nisha & Adam Bedi

Nisha & Adam Bedi

The DJ

The DJ

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Poona Delnawala

Delna Poonawala and Manasi Scott

Arshiya Eappen (centre) & Apeksha Chopra (right)

Arshiya Eappen (centre) & Apeksha Chopra (right)

Apeksha Chopra

Apeksha Chopra

So would you believe Apeksha Chopra (with a body like that) as TWO children?! Also had a fun chat with Nisha Harale Bedi on the smoking terrace (she’s so fun btw and complimented me for being ballsy on my blog heehee) she revealed that at her beach wedding Goa Candice Pinto caught the bouquet (even though Aanchal Kumar was vying for it!) Candice also confessed that she didn’t know about the white wedding dress code so showed up in rainbow hues and was super embarrassed!

Candice Pinto and Nisha Bedi

Candice Pinto and Nisha Bedi

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Krsna Mehta @ Pheonix Mills

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Krsna Mehta
now has a new branch of his store Zeba to visit in Phoenix Mills, Mumbai. I love his kitschy collection of things that all profess an undying affinity for Mumbai. (Plus a lot of its pink, what’s not to love?)

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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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The Money Men

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Here’s a sneak peak at Vijay Mallya’s yacht party aboard the Indian Empress @ Monaco, basically an after-race party at the Monaco Grand Prix on 24th May. Looks like quite a good time eh? Also if you’re wondering um.. but who are these people? Obviously they’re rich and famous (for it!) *sigh* this reminds me of my rich list… Anyway dontchya worry, celebrity 101 aka the “who’s who?” follows here…

Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya is an Indian billionaire and Rajya Sabha MP the son of industrialist Vittal Mallya, Vijay Mallya is the Chairman of the United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines, which draws its name from United Breweries Group’s flagship beer brand, Kingfisher.. In 2007, Mallya and the Mol family from The Netherlands bought the Spyker F1 team for 88 million euros. The team changed its name to Force India F1 from the 2008 Season. Team’s car VJM-01 was named after its owners Vijay Mallya, Jan Mol and Michel Mol. As of 2008, Mallya was ranked as the 162nd richest person in the world and the 41st in India with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

How he got rich: Mallya took over as Chairman of the United Breweries Group in 1984. Since then, the group has grown into a multi-national conglomerate of over sixty companies with an annual turnover which has increased by 639% to US$11.2 billion in 1998-1999 . The focal business areas of the group encompass alcoholic beverages, life sciences, engineering, agriculture, chemicals, information technology, aviation and leisure. In 2005, Vijay Mallya established Kingfisher Airlines.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English industrialist, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Richard Branson is the 236th richest person according to Forbes’ 2008 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of approximately $2.4 billion USD.

How he got rich: Branson’s first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student. He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007. With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s — as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

Flavio Briatore

Flavio Briatore

Flavio Briatore is an Italian businessman. He is managing director of the Renault Formula One team and joint owner of London’s Queens Park Rangers F.C.

How he got rich: He met Luciano Benetton, founder of the Benetton clothing company. The two became friends and eventually business partners. When Benetton opened his first five stores in the United States in 1979, he appointed Briatore as director of the group’s American operations. Due to Benetton’s unorthodox methods of franchising, the chain experienced a brief boom in popularity in the US. By 1989, there were eight hundred stores in the United States. Briatore, having taken a cut of each franchising agreement, became very wealthy.

Raja Dhody

Raja Dhody

Raja Dhody Entrepreneur and proprietor of the restaurant Nanking in Delhi.

How he got famous: Enough gossip space has been dedicated over the last two years to the divorce of Raja Dhody and ex-model Queenie Dhody who were married under Islamic law while he was still married to first wife Rita. The last nail in the coffin was a glamorously dressed Queenie on the cover of a magazine, admitting to her new lover Farhad Taraporewala—the ex-husband of her one-time best friend Anju Taraporevala.

Adrian Sutil

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Adrian Sutil is a German Formula One racing driver. Sutil continued with the team in 2008 under its new identity as Force India.

How he got famous: Sutil started karting at 14 before moving up to Swiss Formula Ford 1800 in 2002. He won all ten rounds of the season from pole and added five wins in the Formula Masters Austria championship. Sutil speaks fluent German, English, Spanish and a little Italian.

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi (left)

Vitantonio “Tonio” Liuzzi is an Italian Formula One test driver for the Force India Formula One team.

How he got famous: His karting career culminated with winning the Karting World Championship in 2001. In this race he managed to beat Formula One champion Michael Schumacher at Kerpen, the German’s ‘home’ kart track. He was appointed test driver for the Force India F1 team on January 10, 2008

Michael Johnson (right)

Michael Johnson (right)

Michael Duane Johnson is a retired United States sprinter.

How he got famous: He won four Olympic gold medals and was crowned world champion eight times. He is the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 m and 400 m events at the same Olympics, a feat he accomplished at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gautam Singhania

Gautam Singhania

Gautam Hari Singhania is Chairman & Managing Director of Raymond Limited. Both he and Vijay Mallya are considered to be the more flamboyant Indian tycoons. Gautam Singhania also has a major penchant for big expensive toys, he has a fleet of luxury cars, several yachts (all named after James Bond movies, no kidding!) helicopters, and a private jet.

How he got rich: Singhania joined Raymond Group of Companies in the year 1986. He has been a Director of J. K. Investo Trade (India) Ltd. since June 1990. Singhania was also appointed as Whole-time Director on the Board of Raymond Ltd. in 1990 and was, thereafter, elevated to the position of Managing Director in mid-1999, in charge of all companies and subsidiaries of Raymond Group in India and abroad.

Mario Thiessen

Mario Thiessen (centre)

Mario Theissen is BMW Motorsport Director and team principal of BMW Sauber, the company’s Formula One racing division.

How he got rich: BMW was credited with having the most powerful engine on the grid. While achieving notable successes, such as a strong championship challenge in 2003. In the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix Robert Kubica led Nick Heidfeld to finish 1 and 2 for the team giving Theissen his first victory for BMW as a constructor.

The Kingfisher Girls

The Kingfisher Girls

These are The Kingfisher Girls. They are currently neither rich nor famous. They are hoping however that since they are hot and sexy (hahaha I know, I know I’m such a bitch) they will soon be both (or at the very least in the calendar.) Hey you never know who you meet in first class these days, glamour queens/aspiring socialites Maureen Wadia, Parmeshwar Godrej and Nina Pillai were once Air-India hostesses who met their wealthy future-husbands in-flight! Good luck ladies.

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