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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: The Singing Hostess

mumbai Updated: Apr 29, 2019 00:42 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
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Kanika Kapoor
Kanika Kapoor (File Photo )
         

“It was a small, impromptu musical jam,” said the glamorous playback singer Kanika Kapoor, about the last minute casual, fun soiree she hosted at her well-appointed home in NoBo this Saturday. The night saw the likes of leading Bollywood spin doctor Rohini Iyer, actor Sooraj Pancholi, night club owner Rishi Acharya, erstwhile model and actress Kim Sharma and businessman Bharat Mahtani (brother of the designer Nandi Mahtani) with his wife Priyali, in attendance. “I requested some of my musician and musically-inclined friends to come over. It happened very last minute which always turns out to be the best,” she recalled. According to guests, the highlight of the evening was when the pretty hostess regaled the crowd with hits such as her 2012 debut ‘Jugni Ji’. “Kanika dressed in a Masaba Gupta ensemble, sang to the delight of all present for almost four hours. Many joined in, while others danced to the music,” said one. As for Kapoor, who had relocated back to India to pursue her career – after a stint of living the high life in London – and appears to be loving it, there’s something very different about entertaining in Mumbai. “It’s way more special! You can’t compare the two,” she exulted, the morning after the bash.

True Lies
Whatever the truth in the case of the Mumbai-based business scion who was allegedly apprehended by authorities in Japan for possession of illegal substance recently, one cannot ignore the fact that there are people interested in spending their time broadcasting its details. “An Indian was arrested on suspicion of violation of the Cannabis Control Act for smuggling about 25 grams of cannabis from the New Chitose Airport and about 150,000 yen worth of trafficking. According to the investigation, [the alleged accused said] ‘I entered to ski in the Niseko area’,” read the text of an anonymous forward that was making its rounds over the weekend. This was followed by a message, allegedly taken off an official Japanese customs website, in which no name is said to have been mentioned, except that “an Indian had been apprehended on March 15”. “Apparently, he has been let off over this weekend,” said a source yesterday. “It took his influential father accompanied by a battery of lawyers, to fly down to achieve his release.” According to the source, the accused had carried the banned substance for his personal use and the relatively minuscule amount had made it easier for authorities to let him off. “Finding himself in a strange land, the alleged accused had panicked and called his brother for help. But after a few days of getting nowhere, the family patriarch’s help was sought and that’s when the matter was settled,” the source said. So, whether, indeed the case is true or not for the high-profile scion, one thing is for sure: It’s now behind him and all’s well.

Tender And Sweet

Priyanka Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi ( PTI )

In this time of contrived image-creating, staged interviews and runaway braggadocio in politics, it is not hard to see why the video of the Gandhi siblings, Rahul and Priyanka, and their chance meeting at a Kanpur airstrip has garnered so much appreciation. According to reports, a few hours after it was posted, it had received 46,000 likes on Facebook with as many as 9,208 people sharing it on their timelines. The easy camaraderie between the simply clad, fresh-faced duo seems to have moved many. “How gracefully and selflessly they have embraced the uphill task of mounting a challenge to the NDA juggernaut,” said one observer. “It was a moment of such sweetness and tenderness, amidst all the election heat and noise“
Indeed.

A Candle For Jivi

The late Jivi Sethi
The late Jivi Sethi

It would not be wrong to say that the death of certain individuals brings forth a spontaneous and universal outpouring of sadness. The passing away of aesthete, empath and bon vivant Jivi Sethi on Thursday in Goa (he died of a sudden heart attack) is one such. A man of great personal style (a measure of it is the fact that he is said to have been impeccably turned out in a resplendent new outfit for each of his chemo sessions), kindness and empathy, he had, according to fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, virtually put the village of Assagaon on the map when he relocated there. “This gentleman with sleight of hand and sublime subtleness brought the sleepy Goan village of Assagaon into its flourishing present state of grandeur,” wrote Rodricks in a heartfelt published tribute. “His warmth and ebullience enhanced all our lives, coupled as it was with such gentle caring (remembering every detail and never missing an anniversary, landmark event or birthday). Just as he made each of his homes unique and totally individual, he had the same gift for life and making each one of his countless friends feel they were special,” posted the country’s leading textile revivalist Laila Tyabji, while the 15-year-old Lilah Singh, daughter of the iconic Brigitte Singh, conveyed the sense of inclusivity and community that Sethi had created amongst his legion of admirers. “You are our bit of fresh air, our partner in crime, our most mischievous selves, our silliness, our celebration, our showmanship, our good taste, our compassion, our appetite for good food, our sensibility and most of all, our togetherness. I wish you could see how our world has come to a standstill,” she wrote
But there is another sense of sadness and that is from people who had met Sethi, but never really got to know him. It is the sadness of knowing that they had always imagined there would be a time for such things, and realising that now, it was too late.
For that is another kind of sadness, also brought on by the death of certain individuals.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 00:39 IST

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