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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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Kane v/s Bappi Da

Today has got to be the most bizarre day for studio guests. First we had WWE champion Kane who’s this tall…

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…and then Bappi Lahiri  (aka Alokesh Lahiri or Bappi Da known for pioneering a genre of disco-bollywood) who is this wide!

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(I’ve left myself in there for size reference.) Ok so Bappi’s sitting down but still!
The last time I saw was at the Channel [v] Launch Pad concert in a black & silver-starred jump suit!

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Advantage Federer?

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So didjya hear? In a small respite from cricket domination in the world of sport Roger Federer beat Robin Soderling to bag his record-tying 14th Grand Slam Championship at the French Open today. Federer’s 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, win over Soderling marked his first French Open title, (the only major tournament title he hadn’t won yet,  he’s been the runner-up in the previous three French Opens.) It was his 14th Grand Slam title overall, tying Pete Sampras for the record of the most major tournament titles in mens tennis. Federer is just the sixth male player to complete the personal Grand Slam.

Arbaaz Khan and Roger Federar

Arbaaz Khan and Roger Federer

On a totally random note doesn’t he look A LOT like Arbaaz Khan? Not that I think looking or acting like the grumpy Khan brother is much of an “advantage” but who knows he did manage to marry the super hottie Malaika Arora. Maybe he can pull a “Hollywood” and bag a Bollywood film like Shane Warne (he’s probably got some time to kill till Wimbledon anyway.)

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Check out this totally adorable sorta smile I captured off the TV. Very romantic hero-esque na?

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T20 Time-table

Icc_World_Twenty20_300So it’s cricket season AGAIN. The T-20 being held in the UK this year should be pretty electric! Our boys in blue are favorites to win (considering they’re the defending champions.) Here’s a grid  on local timings (in Mumbai)  More info on Cric Info.

Group A
India
Bangladesh
Ireland
Group B
Pakistan
England
Netherlands
Group C
Australia
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Group D
South Africa
New Zealand
Scotland

Match Schedules
1. England v/s Netherlands Fri 5th June 10:00pm
2. New Zealand v/s Scotland Sat 6th June 2:30pm
3. Australia v/s West Indies Sat 6th June 6:00pm
4. India v/s Bangladesh Sat 6th June 10:00pm
5. South Africa v/s Scotland Sun 7th June 6:00pm
6. England v/s Pakistan Sun 7th June 10:00pm
7. Bangladesh v/s Ireland Mon 8th June 6:00pm
8. Australia v/s Sri Lanka Mon 8th June 10:00pm
9. Pakistan v/s Netherland Tue 9th June 6:00pm
10. New Zealand v/s South Africa Tue 9h June 10:00pm
11. Sri Lanka v/s West Indies Wed 10th June 6:00pm
12. India v/s Ireland Wed 10th June 10:00pm
Super 8
D1 v/s A2 Thur 11th June 6:00pm
B2 v/s D2 Thur 11th June 10:00pm
B2 v/s D2 Fri 12th June 6:00pm
A1 v/s C1 Fri 12th June 10:00pm
C1 v/s D2 Sat 13th June 6:00pm
D1 v/s B1 Sat 13th June 10:00pm
A2 v/s C2 Sun 14th June 6:00pm
A1 v/s B2 Sun 14th June 10:00pm
B2 v/s C1 Mon 15th June 6:00pm
B1 v/s A2 Mon 15th June 10:00pm
D1 v/s C2 Tue 16th June 6:00pm
D2 v/s A1 Tue 16th June 10:00pm
Semi Finals
1st Semi-final Thur 18th June 10:00pm
2nd Semi-final Fri 19th June 10:00pm

Final
20-20 World Cup Final Sun 21st June 7:30pm

Kevin Pietersen and Ravi Bopara share a light moment, Lord's, June 4, 2009 (image courtesy Getty Images.)

Kevin Pietersen and Ravi Bopara share a light moment at Lord's, June 4, 2009 (image courtesy Getty Images.)

Also love this… Kevin Pietersen makes a frank admission on the eve of the tournament… I’m not very good at Twenty20 cricket, am I?

Kevin Who? (For the hopelessly cricket unsavy like yours truly) Kevin Pietersen has verged on the extraordinary at every turn. From shunning the South African quota system, to returning to his homeland with three ODI centuries and securing the Ashes with his maiden Test ton. All that came within his first year as an England player, but that was just the start, he also quickly became the team’s best batsman!

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The Weekend Windup…

I had a super fun weekend… First at the MySpace gig (where Black, Scribe and Mother Jane ripped it up at the Secret Show, particularly Scribe man, can that boy – Vishwesh – growl.) Although I have to confess that isn’t really my sort of music (if you can even call it music, I know I sound like my mother I apologies but it’s true.) Clearly however the teen headbangers were loving it. They even managed to create their own little mosh pit and started doing that somewhat violent “dance” which involves ramming into each other on the floor. Eeks.

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Nevil Timbadia

Meanwhile a lot of my friends had been jet-setting around from Jaipur to Nepal so we had a sort-of reunion at Bonobo on Friday. Nevil Timbadia, who runs it is actually one of the most chilled out guys I know and as a result the whole place has his very chilled-out vibe. I highly recommend a visit the next time you’re in Bandra, Mumbai. You can choose between the air-conditioned inside and the tropical-feel outside (where you can also smoke; I’m just saying.)

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Navraj & Sheetal Lehl@ China House

The crew after Bling

The crew after Bling

Unexpectedly it turned out to be on of those nights where nobody wanted to go home so we hit China House and Bling, finishing up around 7am at the Leela coffee shop and taking the rickshaw ride of shame home just as Mumbai was waking up (completely oblivious to our night of debauchery!) Of course Saturday was a total right-off (apart from a heavenly foot massage at Aroma Thai.)

This is my friend Joey waiting patiently for her turn.

This is my friend Joey waiting patiently for her turn.

Oh. My. God. Have you been there? I confess I may have been hesitating about sharing my brilliant find for fear it might get too crowded but you just have to know about this. Harpreet Baweja, a 27-year-old NRI from Thailand has imported a foot spa experience like no other and you can enjoy 60 minutes of utter bliss aka the Sawadee which will cost you approximately 700rs ($14 amazing right?!) from the comfort of a lazy-boy as a skilled therapist gives you the best foot rub you’ll ever have. I don’t know what it is about this place but everyone who’s ever been has wanted to go back. Trust me and try it. [There’s one in Khar #022 6056872 and one in town, Mahalaxmi: #022 3536601.] Yes I have both numbers. It’s that good.

Nachiket and missmalini

Nachiket Shetye and missmalini

Ashwin Mushran and Rebecca Maria Vaz (happy shiny newly-weds)

Ashwin Mushran and Rebecca Maria Vaz (the happy shiny newly-weds)

Reshma Bombaywala, Nowshad Rizwanullah and missmalini

Reshma Bombaywala, Nowshad Rizwanullah and missmalini

Juhi Pande and Bruna

Juhi Pande and Bruna Abdulla

Sunny Sara

Sunny Sara

Birthday celebrations which began on Tuesday finally wrapped on Sunday (I guess I’m going with the non-traditional approach of the older I get the more I party!) with a fab double birthday brunch, my buddy Navraj is a fellow Gemini so we decided to join forces at East (the Pan Asian restaurant at Kemps Corner, Mumbai I’m constantly raving about.) Nachiket Sheyte who’s been a Sous Chef at Nobu in NYC (yup he’s the bomb) is totally hands on and serves up a delightful range of Pan-Asian cusine. Apart from all my usual peeps some of my favorite pretty girls showed up including Reshma Bombaywala (who has a secret I can’t tell you yet!), Juhi Pande and Bruna Abdulla (who’s back from doing all sorts of crazy dares on India’s version of Fear Factor.) What a blast. We played beer pong (which Sunny Sara who runs Redlight had major beginners luck with), tried an extremely yummy selection of fruity shots thanks to the “shot-queen” (which for once wasn’t me) and ended up stumbling home at 7pm and totally crashing out. Wicked fun.

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P.S. Can you tell who’s excited about the U2 360 tour across Europe this fall? Now that I’ve spent all my money on tickets to the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa I’m going to lay low for this one, I’m still hanging onto the hope that one day Bono will come to Mumbai for an epic concert. After the Slumdog became a Millionaire anything’s possible right?!

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Rockstars, Celebrities (and a Bodyguard)

Oh boy. So where do I begin? This weekend has been pretty phenomenal overall with much more celebrity spotting than I had any idea was on the cards but as they say yeh hain Mumbai meri jaan (this is Mumbai my love) and anything is possible here!

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*This is a nod to my favorite author Tom Robbins and his book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (this is in fact true of ALL girls.) But as you can tell I am not at all blue at this particular moment (neither am I a cowgirl, I just had time to kill, a camera and a hat.)

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My night kicked off at Hard Rock Cafe where I was hosting the Ambassadors of Rock contest for Hard Rock Calling to send one lucky “rockstar” on an all-expense trip for two to London (Hyde Park) to watch Bruce Springsteen And E Street Band, Dave Mathews Band, The Killers, The Kooks, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, The Pretenders and Seasick Steeve LIVE in concert. I love that this dude won.

Vinay Venkatesh & missmalini

Vinay Venkatesh & missmalini

Vinay Venkatesh actually IS a rockstar (can’t you tell?) He’s part of an Indian rock band called Bhayanak Maut aka Deadly Death (!) and hopes to give out copies of his new album on this trip. He was possibly the most shy rockstar I have ever met though and while my first impression was “woah scary” I eventually thought of him as “big & cuddly” (like a bear.)

And so began the celebrity spotting…

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Now before you take me for some kind of megalomaniac please allow me to explain why I’m doing the cheesy poses along-side most of the “celebrities” in this weekend’s “spotting.” Believe it or not they all insisted I pose with them. Now I’ve tried to figure out why that is and have come to the following conclusions;

a) Said celebrities have (so far) not read my blog so don’t quite know what I’m up to (although this may potentially be a good thing.)

b) The fact that I’m requesting to take their picture with an LPC (or sometimes LPP) leads them to believe that I am how sweet a fan and by allowing me to share some pixel-space with them they’re being the celebrity with the big heart who is all about the fans.

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(and this is based purely on Arbaaz Khan’s reaction at Shiro, Mumbai.)

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c) They are wary of paparazzi catching them in compromising situations and feel safer with you in the picture since for one, paparazzi can’t print their own pictures (but lol@youmistercelebrity they sure can blog them!) and two they’re less likely (or so they think) to end up photo-shopped into a compromising situation.

Your guess is as good as mine. But as long as I GET the picture I’m solid. So whatever it takes baby, whatever it takes (plus I’m told I’m easy on the eye so hopefully you won’t mind too much!)

So anyway, remember Alina Wadiwala from Big Boss? She came up to ask (quite sweetly) about the next contest of its kind and was super friendly. My friends and I later headed over to Shiro ( good job if you noticed I changed!) where the music was jumping and found the waiters hovering around one particular table. Turns out they were expecting Malaika Arora & Arbaaz Khan at a private birthday celebration for a friend. Malaika was sweet enough to pose for a picture but Arbaaz pretty much flipped out when I took his (maybe I should have asked first but honestly he’s got to be used to it by now right? Besides you were there with your wife dude its legit chill out!) I mean he literally looked like I was trying to shoot him with a gun!

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Newlyweds Amrita Arora & Shakeel Ladak showed up later, looked very much in love and lovingly put away several kamikaze shots in the process! Since I’ve texted Amrita from time to time for a quote or two for my column she was very friendly and quite willingly posed for this picture (and I mean posed) I like her she’s fun.

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Oh and this was the best part! I met Nilesh Pawar who said “Hey you’re Malini right, you write articles…?” Bingo. Score. Slamdunk. Malaika Arora Khan’s bodyguard reads my blog. How cool is that?! He’s even offered to mail me some pictures of himself (looking intimidating.) Love it. Really nice guy too, he’s apparently worked the door (as a bouncer no doubt) at White (Rij Eappan’s bar, I used to love White) and even Shiro. He told me that they were coming in from Zenzi Mills and life is pretty chilled out since he only needs to be on duty once or twice a week.

(Can we just take a moment to lol@Arbaaz Khan though for a sporting a mean-ass sneer but having his wife’s bodyguard around just in case! Hilarious.)

P.S. I call this one “A Model & A Rockster!”

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These are my friends Joey Cheng and Sidd Coutto. Sidd is also a rockstar and you can catch him at Daddy’s Wind Song Wednesday on June 3rd (don’t miss it he’s really good!) Joey is a lovely, shiny happy girl (with exotic good looks and loads of charisma) plus she just bought this fabulous new “Symphony Dress” and bag from French Connection so I just had to post you her pictures. Pretty right?!

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