Malavika’s Mumbaistan: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane
Arora is no stranger to Burning Man, having attended earlier instalments too.mumbai Updated: Sep 06, 2018 14:20 IST
It’s been a double whammy for designer Manish Arora. Not only did the Paris-based aesthete, known as the John Galliano of India, celebrate his birthday this week, but he had also successfully emerged from the Burning Man festival over the weekend. Arora, trained at NIFT and with international recognition in the form of showings at London Fashion Week, and tie-ups of his label ‘Fish Fry’ with Paco Rabanne, is no stranger to Burning Man, having attended earlier instalments too. The annual festival at Black Rock City – a temporary city, erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, USA – is known to be an avant-garde experiment in radical art, community, self-expression and self-reliance and is a natural habitat for Arora’s vibrant psychedelic and fantasy inspired palette of kitsch and creative craziness. This year’s theme of I, Robot, appears to have brought forth some of his most striking ensembles. Resembling a cross between a space age Samurai and an exotic bird of paradise creature from a Sci-Fi film, Arora seemed to the manner born. “Wow wow wow! Can we always live like this! It’s incredible how eight days seem like one day,” he posted on social media along with a host of eyeball-popping ensembles. And, going by their aesthetic, one thing is sure: unlike his peers back home, this designer ain’t catering to the South Delhi-Mumbai aunty market for sure. Incidentally, Arora is not the only high-profile Indian to have attended the new age festival. Siddhartha Lal, CEO and MD of Eicher Motors, widely credited as the man who revived the company’s Royal Enfield motorcycle brand, has also been known to have attended it over the years.
Another Maharaja, Another Car
Following on the heels of India’s success in the Pebble Beach Concourse D’Elegance, known as the world’s most celebrated show for luxury vehicles, word comes in of another head-turner: a rare V-16 Cadillac, which had originally belonged to the Maharaja of Tikari, Gopal Saran Narain Singh, which went under the hammer at a prestigious auction in London this week. Originally delivered to the Maharaja of Tikari in 1931, the sleek model is a style number 4260, an innovative design with retractable rear windscreen, of which, only 75 examples of the design were produced and was reportedly the 152nd automobile in his royal garage. “A V16 is a rare car even by vintage car standards, from an era when V12 engines were common,” said Hormazd Sorabji, editor, Autocar India, newly returned from his Pebble Beach outing. “What makes this car even more special is that, not only is it one of just 75 ever produced in its body style, but the fact that this is believed to be the only one built and exported in right hand drive!” Interestingly, the Maharaja, a noted big game hunter, who had seen action in the trenches of France in WW1 and had fought for India’s freedom movement, had been the first Indian prince to motor-race in France and England and several other early Grand Prix races in Europe at the turn of the century.
What They Say
“If you propose to a girl and she rejects it, you come to me with your parents. If they too like the girl, what will I do? I will kidnap her and give her to you.”
-Recent public statement of BJP MLA Ram Kadam from Mumbai’s Ghatkopar (West) constituency.
What They Mean
“After all, this is just one of the usual, everyday and expected services, provided by people in my position, to woo voters of their constituency.”
A Young Couple at the US Open…
“Today was the 9th day of the US Open Tennis Championship and as usual, I have had clicked a few thousand photographs of different players on court! But, for a change, I thought of not to make you feel monotonous by posting any of those images of tennis games,” said the New York-based Indian-origin photographer Jay Mandal, whose pictures of famous personalities have been featured on these pages in the past. And then, in a masterful display of the art of understatement, he added, “Instead, here are a few images of this young couple, who are very much the talk of the town,” along with portraits of the fresh-faced and dewy-eyed couple du jour – Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, accompanied by members of their respective families, shot in the stands during the US Open. Clearly, Mandal was enjoying the guessing game because he ended his post with a, “I don’t think any of you will have difficulty in recognising them.”
First Published: Sep 06, 2018 01:00 IST