Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Join the clubmumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2018 12:39 IST
Alkesh Tandon with wife Rakhee.
Is Mumbai going the ‘membership-only’ route? With the ongoing saga of the impeding opening of Soho house, an international leader in the membership-only market, with over 18 such establishments worldwide and a no photo policy to protect its exclusive clientele from unwanted attention, one Desi boy seems to be ahead of the curve. Delhi-based entrepreneur Alkesh Tandon, who has been spending more time in Mumbai and was spotted recently in the front row of the glittering Mijwan fashion show and is the son-in-law of Yes Bank promoter Rana Kapoor (married to his daughter Rakhee) and related to steel tycoon LN Mittal through marriage, has launched his own membership-only model called A Club at Lower Parel. A series of soft-launch parties have taken place with plans to expand across India soon. With membership prices a fraction of age-old establishments like the Willingdon Club and Bombay Gym, Mumbai’s young and restless are looking to belong in cozy members-only clubs. Will this spur the Alia Bhatt-KJo-backed Soho House Juhu to accelerate its opening? Time will tell.
The real estate grapevine is buzzing with the news of a high-profile power couple who have been house hunting in Lower Parel. The recently married sportsman and his Bollywood bride have been visiting properties in the area and have allegedly zeroed in on one such upcoming high-rise where they will set up home in a duplex apartment overlooking the Arabian Sea, our real-estate source informs. ”They have been in the market for some time. And the tower in Lower Parel by an international brand makes sense for them as it is very centrally located and ensures privacy with state-of-the-art security features.” Interestingly, the couple is said to have chosen the area keeping in mind the proximity to an international school and there are plans to start a family once the move is made.
‘I wouldn’t mind seeing Rahul and PM Modi debate for fifteen minutes. I don’t care who wins. I’d just love to see Parliament function for that long. ‘
Vir Das, stand-up comedian
HIS HEART ON HER SLEEVE?
For the past five months or so, we have been witnessing a rather curious phenomena; celebrated playwright-director and the man behind the Amul hoardings, Rahul da Cunha, has been engaged in the sartorial presentations of an attractive and happily married sportscaster, Mayanti Langar. ‘Can’t tell what she’s wearing’ went one such post, ‘it’s a cross between uhm no...it’s not that. The closest I can say is that the top half is like a scarved zebra with jaundice and the bottom half uhm’ went one post, and ‘the dress is divided into two halves. The first half is simple — it’s that circular thingy you get on top of a cake. The second part is the tricky one because it has several possibilities - 1. The fur on a Collie 2. The thin vertical blinds in a Chinese restaurant…’ went another. What’s with the obsession, we asked him when we spoke on Tuesday.
“Mayanti Langer’s cricket knowledge very good. Her couture quite amusing. Every garb of hers reminds me of something either the styling or the frills — last evening it was a wonder woman in a red velvet cake outfit, made out of a theatre auditorium curtain,’ he replied. ‘The previous evening was a zebra with jaundice. It’s to amuse my Facebook friends.’ What’s interesting is that Da Cunha’s witty posts elicit equally witty responses. The cake comment was responded to by ‘admit it, you want to be marooned with her in a Monginis store.’ Of course, Ms Langer who carries herself with unmistakable oomph, has not responded yet, though Da Cunha says many non-cricket watchers tune into her shows and then turn to his comments. Must remember to ask the bachelor Da Cunha why it is her clothes and not Mrs Langer’s celebrated overall physical appeal that has caught his attention.