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!
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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
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?
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!)
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.
Junelia Aguiar 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 andFahad 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
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.
Psst! 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.
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!
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!)
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.)
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
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!
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…