While Delhi was busy lighting lamps on Wednesday, a great Diwali present was quietly sneaking into the city. International pop queen Lady Gaga touched down at the IGI airport late that evening, amid fairylights and firecrackers for a coincidental welcome treat.
Dodging Diwali traffic, the 25-year-old American star entered the Taj Mahal Hotel through an alternate entry at 8:40pm amid strict security. She was accompanied by a large entourage, including private security. “She was wearing a violet skirt with a formal top, jacket and gloves. Her people escorted her quickly to prevent any mobbing,” says a witness.
Gaga is staying at the grand presidential suite, where various heads of states have stayed before. The 3500 sq feet suite comprises a master bedroom, a master bathroom, a vanity room, a private pantry, a library, a private workout area, a living room, a dining room and a powder room.
The singer, who is in Delhi for four days, will address a press conference today, and interact with the winners of the ‘Meet Lady Gaga’ contest, brought to you by HT City and entertainment portal Desi Hits.
Fans can’t wait. Raghav Rajesh Tibrewal, a 14-year-old from Mumbai who has made it to the list, says, “HT City is my Santa Claus, and it gave me my biggest gift not on Christmas but Diwali.” Bhawna Gera, 20, another of the lucky ones, says, “I specially went shopping for this day.”
Others are as ecstatic. “I feel so lucky, as I had sent in my entry at the last minute and still got selected. My friends are so jealous of me right now. I was worried that Gaga may not come to India as her friend is sick, but I’m glad my dream’s coming true,” says Anurag Gupta, 18, another winner.
Saif Tinwala, 17, from Mumbai, still can’t believe his luck: “There couldn’t be any thing bigger and better for me in life. I haven’t told my friends till now because I know no one will believe me, just like I can’t!”
Tareeshi Sangal, 22, from Delhi, says, “I am psychotically in love with Gaga. It was my birthday on Diwali and so I wrapped myself up in fairylights to show how much I embody her spirit, even though I got some burns.”
A resident of Haridwar, Shubham Rawat, 17, also has a gift waiting for Gaga: “I’ll gift her a Krishna idol … I get goosebumps every time I think about what it’ll be like!”
Purnita Bharat, 20, from Indore, wants to present something else. “I want to sing for her,” she says.