Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Jet set and on the gomumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2018 15:37 IST
Queenie Singh (third from right) at the party she threw for god daughter Isabelle.
To say that the world appears to be Queenie Singh’s oyster would not be an overstatement. The Sardarni model from Delhi who had taken Mumbai by storm decades ago and who had married her London-based beau Rishi Sethia on a yacht on the Mediterranean, is constantly on the go, jetting off to LA one day, and Ludhiana(!) the next to sell her jewellery, and host glamorous soirees along the way. This weekend saw the leggy designer host a party for someone decidedly younger: it was the first birthday celebration of her god daughter Isabelle, daughter of the 70-year-old flamboyant billionaire, fashion retail and restaurant mogul Richard Caring, and his 37-year-old Brazilian wife Patricia Mondinni.
Hosted by Singh at London’s Ralph Lauren Baby, the upmarket designer boutique for toddlers, the gathering saw a clutch of exceptionally well-heeled toddlers with their equally well-heeled mothers celebrate the occasion in style. Caring, after all, is one of UK’s top-tier personalities who owns some of the world’s most exclusive clubs, like Soho House and Annabel’s, and is regularly seen in the company of Hollywood stars and European royalty, and his themed parties at his home, known as London’s Versailles, are legendary. “We met them in London,” said Singh about the couple, adding, “Rishi has known Richard for a while. In fact, we got married on their boat. They are a very private couple and extremely close friends.” As for current plans, as expected, there’s lots on the cards: “I’ve just begun work on a new collection, there’s catching up with family, Delhi, and a hundred other things,” she said, adding, “I’ve just landed in Mumbai from London when I saw your message.” See what we mean about the world being her oyster?
We seriously think all political parties should take a leaf out of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) book and acquire acronyms that described their real state of being more accurately. After all, it would make life much easier for the electorate to understand what they represent in the run-up to the next national hustings. For example, Bharatiya Janata Party could change its name to ‘Having A Troubled Era Really Seriously’, or perhaps, ‘Fear Encompasses Kashmir Unilaterally ‘, and save themselves time and effort to communicate their message. The Indian National Congress ought to reconsider renaming itself ‘Patient Applicants Perpetually Piously United’; the Communist Party of India (Marxist) could change its name to ‘Lazy Old Serious Elderly Russian Serfs‘, and Trinamool National Congress would do itself a favour by adopting the name ‘Many Addled Divas’. Acronyms, after all, instantly help people understand the true nature of things and keeping this in mind, the Samajwadi Party would be better served by being named ‘Lots Of Strange Things’, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam should be rechristened ‘Jayalalithaa’s Agile Illustrious Louts’, and Nationalist Congress Party, ‘All Devoted Really Intelligent Focused Touts.’ Yes sir, every time we read the acronym SAD, we feel happy as acronyms, as is known, are where it’s at. Readers are invited to send in their own, duly acknowledged.
What They Say —
“Right from the car chase sequences to riding the bike, to all the gunshots and hand-to-hand combat, all of them were performed by Salman himself.”
— Director of Race, Remo D’ Souza, on the film’s lead actor Salman Khan
What They Mean —
“After all, he’s had practice doing most of this in his everyday life too.”
A CANDLE FOR BOURDAIN
A tidal wave of shock, grief and horror followed the news of iconic chef and TV anchor Anthony Bourdain’s suicide over the weekend. And, whereas, his legion of fans and admirers expressed their sadness, it was the chefs who appeared to take the tragic loss of one of their own particularly hard. “My heart is broken with the news of beloved Bourdain passing away. I still remember when I cooked for him at Purnima, and at Rubin Museum,” said author, film director and celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, adding, “How bad I felt when I could not join him for a shoot in Amritsar for Parts Unknown. I suggested all my favorite places and he loved them. He was never a fan of vegetarian food until he visited India. He told me India taught him so much about coexistence, vegetarianism and family.” The celebrated chef, Gaggan Anand, posted: “RIP. My wish to cook for you dies with you….always inspired by you and your madness.” Anand added: “In 2007, I saw a video of him on ElBulli that changed my life. Had never heard of ElBulli until then, thanks for changing my life indirectly.” Dharshan Munidasa, who was featured by Bourdain on an episode on Sri Lanka, said, “The man brought so many culinary cultures together. His energy and knowledge were endless… very sad to hear he has passed away. RIP Tony.” RIP Anthony Bourdain. They don’t make too many like you. May you discover richer, more fulfilling parts unknown on the other side now.