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Through the Looking Glass

What were you doing when India won the World Cup this year? Did you get all misty-eyed watching Kate Middleton walk down the aisle in that exquisite dress or post a mournful status update when Steve Jobs passed away? Possibly some of our celebrities were doing the same! Read what they were up to in 2011!

brunch Updated: Dec 24, 2011 20:53 IST

What were you doing when India won the World Cup this year? Did you get all misty-eyed watching Kate Middleton walk down the aisle in that exquisite dress or post a mournful status update when Steve Jobs passed away? Possibly some of our celebrities were doing the same! Read what they were up to in 2011!

FORMULA ONE INDIA

Peter Punj, Entrepreneur

The successful hosting of Formula One in India has clearly shown us that the private sector is capable of taking responsibility of such events and make a success out of it. As a proud Indian and a big F1 enthusiast, I must say that the whole F1 event was a big success and I'm already looking forward to more events like this in India. Everything right from the tracks to the ambience was world class.



Peter PunjI wanted to go with my entire family but my wife has a problem with that deafening noise which is characteristic of an F1 event. So, I went with my five-year-old son who is also a big F1 enthusiast like me. We were very lucky to get some of the best seating options.

We got tickets for a balcony that gave us 360 degree view of the entire circuit. The cars move at such high speed that it becomes difficult to spot any driver, but we got an opportunity to meet most of them at the parties later. And yes, the ear plugs were a big help.

Unfortunately, the only thing that marred the event was the distance one had to travel and secondly the huge jams that followed the event. Though I didn't get stuck but it took us a really long time to get back. And due to that I didn't go on Sunday the final day of the F1.

If only the Government had given some assistance, the event could have been the best in terms of organization. But, I'm not complaining.



Ameet GaurAmeet Gaur, Model and actor (Force, the movie)

Well F1 was no doubt one of the significant events in India and a huge milestone in terms of an iconic sport to arrive in India but somehow I just did not end up joining the bandwagon and didn't really go crazy about it.

It did not really matter if I went there or not just like it doesn't matter if I went to sunburn in Goa with my gang of friends or not or if I went to watch Mettalica live. You can't possibly be everywhere.



sahilHarry Potter as Sahil Shroff



Have you been a Harry Potter fan?

Yes I am a fan of the Harry Potter series, i dont follow the books or films rigorously but i've seen most of the films.

How many books have you read of the series?
Not that many because somehow i enjoy harry potter more as a movie than as a book. Its probably because i am becoming an actor too.

Have you seen the films?
Yes i have, and i can watch them again and again.

Did you see the last film?
No i haven't, i was shooting my film at the time of its release.

Did you do an advance booking?
No.

What was your first reaction after the film?
My friends thought it was alright, nothing spectacular.

Any favourite character and why?
I like Ron, he plays the underdog really well and i love his conflicting views.

Which Harry Potter film or book is your favourite?
I like the film Chamber of Secrets.

What do you think is better books or the films?
In this case the films are better even though i know some people would disagree with me.

Dia MirzaDo the films justify the books?

A film can never justify a book completely but it does allow a true perception of the film to be materialized.

Dia Mirza
I really haven't been a great Harry Potter fan. So didn't really make a big effort to go catch the film. I was busy in my shooting and doing production work for my film Love, Break Ups, Zindagi.

THE WORLD CUP VICTORY

Mahie GillMahie Gill, Actress

Unfortunately, on the day of the World Cup final, I was shooting out of Mumbai. But all of us were so excited about it that that the entire crew got together and watched the match on a big screen. It was absolutely fantastic.



All of us were cheeringscreaming and when India won, everyone went mad. It was celebration time, we were yelling, screaming, hugging, calling people and discussing the victory. I think that night every Indian was doing the same thing, bursting with pride.

The whole team, celebrate the victory with loud music and good food. I don't think anyone needed alcohol that day. We were all on a high from that victory.

Ramneek Paintal, Former Miss India
I was in Delhi when the World Cup happened. I was super excited but couldn't go anywhere as I was expecting my second baby. So, had friends over to watch the match with us at home. All of us were feeling absolutely excited and very proud to be Indians.

Everyone was screaming and yelling and having a great time.

Post the match more friends joined us at home and we partied at home with drinks and lots of food. Since I was pregnant, I couldn't drink anything. But the victory gave us a high that was simply awesome.

THE ROYAL WEDDING, PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON

Nachiket Barve, Designer
The whole world loves a good romance and this was even larger than life, almost like a fairy tale because of the royalty and the customs involved. Even though, I wasn't glued to the TV, when it was on, for me it was all about the dress that Sarah Burton designed with so much craftsmanship. That was what I most curious about actually during the entire ceremony.

SunidhiSunidhi Chauhan, Singer

I was so busy travelling and there was so much work happening around that time that I didn't even realise when it was happening. And unfortunately didn't even catch the repeats on television afterwards.

STEVE JOBS' DEATH

Shibani Dandekar
I read about Steve Jobs' passing away on Twitter. My first thought was that this is the end of an era. I mean, I can't look at my iPod or iPhone without thinking of him. I was recently at the airport and was looking for something to read and came across his biography, I instantly bought it.

I haven't started it yet but I'm sure it's a must read.

EhsaanEhsaan Noorani

I first heard of Steve Jobs' death when I logged on to Facebook. At first, I didn't believe it, but then, I tuned in to CNN and there it was! I felt really sad because Jobs was young and I felt that he had a lot more to do in life before he died. A selfish part of me wondered what would be the future of Apple (because I'm such an Apple addict and I kept wondering if they would still be able to churn out awesome products after Steve!).

I have an iPhone and an iPad and I use an iMac at work for my music. I also have a MacBook Pro and an Apple TV at home. I want to find some time to sit and read his biography, I am sure it will be stimulating and enriching.