Quirks are human. And so are celebrities. Here are a few I gathered on some of the glitterati I met over the years. Aishwarya Rai: I ask for her email id, and she asks for mine in reply. You ask the Fuji people how much … Continue readingCelebrity quirks: My first hand experience
He had to lose 3 kilos in a day to be in the saddle. And he took it up as a challenge; played golf all day, walked all night, sat in a sauna for long hours and starved himself like a refugee. And eureka, he … Continue readingHorsing around
Whenever Sachin Tendulkar appears in tv commercials, I wonder why he hasn’t been trained for it… The physical presence is fine, it’s the voice modulation that needs working. Then again, most celebrities need voice training for tv commercials. Genellia D’souza needs to discard her southie … Continue readingSachin needs a voice coach
Spain garnered the majority of press headlines from the FIFA World Cup tournament that took place last year. And for good reason — the Spaniards’ victory in the championship round was the country’s first ever World Cup win. Spain’s great finish also unfortunately marked a … Continue readingAfter the Cup: Post 2010 Perceptions of South Africa
I find it so frustrating that all of our favourite sporting events are being exploited by terrorists and used as weapons of fear and uncertainty. This week we’ve seen the terror attacks in Pune, and a former Pakistani commando associated with Al-Qaeda has warned international … Continue readingThat’s Just not Sport!
While reading about India’s unfortunate performance against the South Africans this week in the first test, I realized I have been watching Sachin Tendulkar, the only batter who showed some real fight in the match, play cricket for nearly 20 years! I am an Australian, … Continue readingLong live the Little Master
I agree with Indian cricket coach Gary Kirsten. He says playing in the IPL cost the Indian team the T20 World Cup. Why? Player fatique and injury. Easier said. But then, why didn’t he sound an alarm when the IPL schedule was announced? Why weren’t … Continue readingIPL, T20 and India
Okay, okay. The Fake IPL Player (fakeiplplayer.blogspot.com) has revealed himself and still concealed himself. With 43 venomous posts on the goings on in Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders team and his inside scoop on all things Indian Premier League, FIP had indeed turned many … Continue readingFake IPL player. How fake is he, really?
Located on the third floor of the State Youth Centre (Yavanika) on Nrupatunga Road, the Chess International Club of Bangalore was set up in 1983 for Bangalore’s chess buffs. The club, based in the ‘Hobby Hall’, today has over 2000 members. Parviz Abdulla, a city-based … Continue readingThe Chess International Club of Bangalore
Agreed, the Vikram Bhat-directed film Jannat, which has its premise on match fixing, could have been better. But then, it’s a love story with match fixing just as a backdrop. And as it is, the film is engaging enough. However, its Engage Quotient could have … Continue readingMatch-fixing in cricket is alive and well
Here are some more luminaries who stood out during the course of my journalistic career spanning a little more than 12 years. Karan Johar, filmmaker: This was at the launch of his film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. I asked him when he cried for the … Continue readingStruck by stardust!
Make no mistake. Traditional martial arts techniques don’t prepare you for the real world. So what does? Krav Maga. It’s the Israeli form of hand-to-hand combat made famous by Hollywood actresses Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie, and most recently by Matt Damon in The Bourne … Continue readingHave hands, will Krav
I saw him the first time with Raveena Tandon at Windsor Sheraton’s Jolly Nabobs. It was the premiere of Arjun Sajnani’s film Agni Varsha. I didn’t know the guy sitting next to Tandon was Samir Singh, who took the place of Mark Mascarenhas at WorldTel. … Continue readingA Bollywood actress, WorldTel chief and yours truly!