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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Celebrity Catch-up – Mumbai 24 – Mid Day (Mumbai)

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Could this be the Slumdog Effect?

Mallika Sherwat and Yaani

Mallika Sherwat and Yaani

Seriously I’m beginning to think this might be some kind of crazy conspiracy to blow my mind, that or Mallika Sherawat has some seriously wicked PR skills. Remember her new found friendships with Oprah Winfrey and Usher? Well guess who just became the most recent addition to that list? The 54-year-old Greek legend Yanni! How weird is that. Right?!

He dedicated his new song “Changes” to her at the “Yanni Voices” concert in Los Angeles. In front of a crowd of 7,000 music enthusiasts Yanni announced, “This one is for you Mallika.”As you can see from the video clip she was loving it and jumped up to accept the honor, despite the fact that a lot of the audience had no idea who she was (or maybe that’s why?) Granted this happens to also be the first time that Yanni has dedicated his composition to anyone. Apparently he did a solo gig for her post the concert as well!

I hear they met in LA for post-production of her forthcoming film Hisss. But they’ve also exchanged tweets on the  microblogging website Twitter. According to the sources, Yanni invited Mallika to attend his LA concert, to which coyly replied that she would, provided he dedicate a song to her. The video screens showed images of Yanni’s performance in India at the Taj Mahal in March 1997 during the performance.

Of course Mallika couldn’t stop gushing about it (and rightly so) on her Twitter page (which has the creepiest picture of her on display btw!)

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Friday Night Full Tight*

*Friday Night Full Tight loosely translates to “got wrecked” in America speak.

Jonathan Atherton

Jonathan Atherton

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Rajat Kapoor, Anubhav Pal and Rahul Da Cunha

Rajat Kapoor, Anubhav Pal and Rahul Da Cunha

Friday night turned out to be quite an epic evening (by which I mean we eventually ended up at Bling.) Starting off with an entertaining stand up act called “Around the World in 80 minutes” by Jonathan Atherton who does a fair amount of cultural mimickery amid his mostly self-effacing humor. (I find Mumbai laughs loud and easily at most stand up comics. We’re good like that.) The only slightly uncomfortable silence during the show was when he (rather seriously) mentioned that abused women make better lovers. Followed by no punchline. Er… Spotted Lara Dutta, Rajat Kapoor, Anubhav Pal and Rahul Da Cunha all in for the gig as well.

Juhi Pande

Juhi Pande

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missmalini and Abhay Deol

Abhay Deol

Abhay Deol

After the show we all headed over to Zenzi for drinks where I ran into a very pretty Juhi Pande and an equally friendly Abhay Deol. It’s impossible to dislike anyone with dimples I feel. He was really sweet about posing for these pictures and (as is my fate) must have assumed I was a fan. I kinda am now.

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The tree outside Bling which we usually end up at around 7am!

Polly Esthers

Polly Esthers

So we ended up going from Zenzi to Shiro to Oba to Polly to Bling (where after they shut for the general public I think they reopened for Sohail Khan and crew.) Luckily this time we made it home before dawn and woke up the next afternoon and went straight to Salt Water Cafe for lunch. Yum. As we were leaving we spotted this heavily guarded ride. Wonder who’s it is. Anyone?

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Good Bye MJ; This is it.

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I woke up this morning to an SMS that said, “Michael Jackson dead.”

I still don’t quite have the words to express the way I feel. I guess for me the worst part is that he had kinda slipped off the radar, you know? Lost a bit of the superstar appeal amidst loads of ambiguity about his questionable conduct with children, too many crude jokes at his expense and that epic concert he never got to perform at. Ugh.

I guess I feel this way about all posthumous tributes for anyone who dies, famous or not. I wish they could be around to feel the love. Maybe we should pick a day for everyone we know and celebrate them and tell them how amazing they are while they’re still alive, not just after they’re gone…

Flipping the news I heard lots of people say lots of things… He was our generations Elvis Presley. It’s true. He was shrouded in so much mystery that every rumor became a reality. Sad, but true. He made mistakes, everyone does. He had an unhappy childhood. Yes he did and perhaps therein lies the key. He said so himself once that his most honest and autobiographical song written and composed by MJ alone is “Childhood.”

He didn’t have one.

and so, spent the rest of his adult life trying to make one up. Neverland, friends (I guess his mental age), wanting to be Peter Pan doesn’t it all make sense?

All I know is that in every corner of the world people knew him and (for the most part) loved his music. His “This Is It” comeback tour was supposed to kick off next Monday, instead he’s gone and the whole world is playing his tunes in tribute. I guess in a way the magnitude of his impact, that around the world today people are playing his greatest hits is his final grand exit, an epic concert for his biggest audience. This is it.

P.S. Love this; @frankviews says MJ’s Gone Too Soon, dedicated to himself. Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight, Here one day, Gone one night…

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Aza you like it!

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Shaheen Abbas & Sangeeta Khanna

Alka with designer Kruti Savla

Alka Nishar and designer Kruti Savla

Malini Agarwalla & Daughter

Malini Agarwalla and Devangi

Sharmila & Shaan Khanna

Sharmila & Shaan Khanna

Smita Sawhney and Larra Shah

Smita Sawhney and Larra Shah

Mumbai’s swish set (especially the ladies) are definitely back in business. Literally. Alka Nishar and Aza kicked off their Aza Accessories Carnival and revamped the entire store for a 2-day unique shopping experience that not only brought in the hottest accessory designers from across the country,  but also allowed guests to pamper themselves with a nail spa and foot massages (hot favorites with the rich and restless),  get their fortunes told and solve all their fashion faux-pas with a personal shopper.

Alka Nishar and daughter Devangi welcomed guests and designers alike, Shaan & Sharmila Khanna, Asha Patel, Nandini Sen, Nayaab Udas, Nayntara Thacker, Haseena Jethmalani, Penny Patel, Poonam Soni and Jamini Ahluwalia (designers) Malini Agarwalla, Shaheen Abbas and Sangeeta Khanna. Personal shopper Smita Sawhney and tarot card reader Larra Shah were busy for much of the day.

Ah! the good life.

Haseena Jethmalani and Penny

Haseena Jethmalani and Sangeeta Chopra

P.S. Haseena and Sangeeta seemed oddly in uniform. Unless this happens to be the cut and color of the season, HHC?

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missmalini version 2.0ye!

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So here’s the plan! I’m working on a full-scale upgrade of my blog (with lots of help from some very generous friends!) Props to Preshit, Aspi, Karan and Nowshad! This involves a little transfer time and tweaking so if I’m MIA now and again you better believe I’ll be back.

Oh btw I saw 17 Again tonight. Cute movie and OMG how cute is this boy?!

Zac Efron

Zac Efron

Didjya Know?

Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron Nicknames: Zacquisha , Hollywood & Zefron

Birthdate: 18 october 1987 (yup, he’s 21!)

Pets: Two Australian Shepherds, Dreamer and Puppy, and Siamese cat, Simon

With the popularity of High School Musical (2006) he had to change his phone number after getting numerous calls from fans.

Zac’s most prized possession is his autographed baseball collection.

Met his current girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, during castings for High School Musical (2006) (TV). They were paired together near the end of casting to see how well they worked together.

Simon Cowell offered him a record deal but he turned it down saying, “…acting is my main priority.”

His acting idol is Johnny Depp. Is a fan of Flight of the Conchords. His favorite movie is The Goonies, 1985 (Love it!)

Was ranked #15 on Moviefone’s ‘The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25′(2008).

Personal Quotes

“If I had to hear the High School Musical (2006) (TV) songs anymore, I would have jumped off of something really tall.” [On why he chose not to do the High School Musical Tour.]

“You know what, I do not want to fall victim to partying too hard, it’s too easy and too often done. It’s out of style anyway, I think too many people have done it before me, I’m not going to. It’s uncool, yeah. I think the rebellious thing to do would to actually be successful.”

“On why he chose 17 Again: Everything else that was around was either a musical or a high school romance, you know, and this was actually the biggest risk and the biggest challenge. I can relate to playing a kid – I’ve had a first kiss, I’ve had awkward dates, I’ve had fights with my parents… But one thing I’ve never done is gotten into a fight with my teenage daughter.”

“I’m definitely not getting married. In this business, you’re either getting married or they want you to be pregnant. I’m not getting married until I’m forty. If ever.” (uh oh, sorry Vanessa, I thought he was a keeper.)

Zac Efron. He’s yummy. (Zac is such a cute boy name isn’t it?) There’s a Zac in my eldest nephew Andre’s class, he’s six and he’s going to be a total babe magnet, so is my nephew btw, luckily he doesn’t know it… yet.
P.S. His little brother (and nephew # 3 for me) Michel has a way with the ladies as well, as you can see.

Michel and Andre Nemec

Michel and Andre Agarwal -Nemec

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Michel and Shalini Agarwal - Nemec

Um…in case you noticed, yup; me and my sis have rhyming names. I know, don’t ask. I’ll save that for another rant!

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