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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: On top of the world

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 17:04 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
Hindustan Times
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(LtoR) Poorna Malavath with Rahul Bose.

“Poorna Malavath is one of the most remarkable people I know. At once, a giggly 17-year-old girl like any other with her mobile phone and selfies, and also a person with the eyes of a 200- year-old,” said noted actor, director and philanthropist Rahul Bose about this selfie shot yesterday on the occasion of World Diversity Day, with the remarkable young woman, who at 13 years and 10 months created a world record as the youngest woman to ever summit the Everest (a record that will stay forever, as the minimum climbing age for the peak has been now fixed at 16 years). As is known, Bose had been inspired by Poorna’s story of grit and determination, to make a critically-acclaimed film on her life last year. “Her eyes have seen the grinding life of a poor tribal girl in the heat bowl of Nizamabad in Telangana; her eyes have seen six corpses on Everest; her eyes have greeted the President of India,” he said. According to Bose, after her Everest triumph, the young lady, currently pursuing her BA in History in Telangana, has gone on to conquer other peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Elbrus. “Her fiercest motivation in choosing a career is to show the world that ‘ladkiyan kuch bhi kar sakti hain’,” says Bose. “I met her today for a tête-à-tête we did for a select corporate audience, and it was as magical as ever: we ended up taking our 12th selfie and I felt on top of the world!”

BEL AIR BEAUTIES

Sandeep Khosla in Beverly Hills.

It was billed as an all-day exclusive ‘meet the maestro’ event, and no surprises that a slew of the West Coast’s most glamorous ladies from the area’s substantial and wealthy NRI community showed up this Friday at the The Magnolia Room at the Peninsula Hotel in LA’s tony Beverly Hills, when one half of designer duo AJSK, Sandeep Khosla was in town. As is known, the duo have been associated with a veritable gold-plated roster of clients from Bollywood, such as the Bachchans, Dimple Kapadia, Sonam Kapoor (whose wedding outfits they recently designed). This, and the upcoming Veere Di Wedding, for which they have designed outfits, has put the spotlight firmly back on the duo who have been at the top of their game for decades. But, it was not all fun and games for Khosla, widely acknowledged as the more gregarious of the two, on his LA trip. The run up to the exhibition saw him out and about at the unearthly hour of 7am shopping for long-stemmed white flowers to greet the ladies.

In Mumbai, that’s when their dinner soirees usually end…

TWEET NOTHING

“While we don’t know their nature for a moment, if we give love a chance, the focus would be on two wonderful intelligent compassionate ppl who chose each other for who they are and how they feel as a unit. Not everyone is scheming & everything is not a ‘master-plan’.

— Masaba Mantena on you know whose you know what, yesterday

REMEMBERING RAJIV

Yesterday was the 27th death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, who was tragically assassinated when a woman

Rajiv Gandhi.

belonging to the LTTE had accosted him with a bomb strapped to her chest at an election rally in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur town. The news had reached us a few minutes later in Mumbai, via a well-informed friend. We vividly recall the sense of horror and loss we had that overcame us. Gandhi, who we had met on a couple of occasions in Delhi, had always struck us as a decent and likeable personality, a man who had managed to retain his essential humanness and kindness in spite of his power. Unlike members of his ilk, we had noticed that he laughed easily, conversed without affectation and appeared to be genuinely interested in people and their lives. Until fate intervened, he had been well on his way to winning at the imminent national hustings and ushering in what most concede would have been his finest term as PM. Having learnt from his previous mistake of naiveté and political immaturity, he had imbibed many valuable lessons in the Opposition and could have put them to good use. But alas that was not to be. And,whereas many more learned individuals will argue against his political decisions and the worth of his legacy, yesterday, all we could think of was the immense grief that had followed the sudden loss of a fine individual like Rajiv Gandhi and the feeling of utter despair that had engulfed the country all those years ago.

First Published: May 22, 2018 16:47 IST