The literati in town is all agog to peep into the pages of The Inheritance of Loss, the novel that has won Kiran Desai the coveted Booker Prize and the British Library has made quite an event of it, reports Nirupama Dutt
Yesteryear Eliot had written ‘women come and go talking of Michelangelo. The reference was of course to the blue stockings of the British society. For the C’garh literati the October musings are all about Desai Junior’s victory in the Booker race with her second novel The Inheritance of Loss. “She is her mother’s daughter and more, “ says avid reader Harmeet Kaur, “just imagine here mother Anita Desai, a very fine writer, was nominated thrice for the Booker between 1980 and 1999 but missed it each time. The daughter has done the mother proud.”


BOOKED: City literati is taking interest in the Booker Prize winner.
— Photo by Manoj Mahajan

City literati is taking interest in the Booker Prize winner

Simply music
Saurabh Malik
He does not believe in mixing Raga with Reggie! Not that Nitin Malik of Parikrama is not a strong exponent of fusion music! It’s just that the young lead vocalist believes in keeping the melodies musically uncomplicated. No wonder, Parikrama’s songs echo against time, and the decked up walls of the discotheques, for longer durations. “You may find it hard to believe, but simplicity is the key to harmony,” he asserts.

School companions


Great gift bazaar

Pretty porcelain handcrafted in Spain: This is the gifting season for Indians. The bazaar is booming with new concepts in gifts. What is new? This is the question that is being asked all round because statuettes of Ganesha and Lakshmi, silver and gold coins with the embossed deities have seen all too many seasons. For the young looking for a sentimental touch here are some pretty porcelain figures handmade in Spain. The classic pose of the ballerina is attractive as always. If the gift needs to be youthful and nostalgic, then the school companions make for a lovely pair. Photos: Manoj Mahajan. Artifacts: courtesy Buyer’s Den

Different Strokes
Parbina Rashid
He is good at healing your fracture but he is equally good at healing your heart too. He is Dr Rajendra Kumar Kanojia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at PGI. But why we seek him out is not for his skilled fingers that handle the scissors with precision, but his artistic hands that handle paints and brush with equal ease. That’s not all, his artistic self also finds expression in poetry and short stories.

Beauty doctor comes to town
Anuradha Shukla
Vidya Tikari - the very name spells the answer to your dreams of being the head-turner at parties with that perfect face. And the lady is in town with her specially trained team this festive season as she opens a special franchise spa on November 1 in front of Hotel Mountview. The woman, known internationally for her make-up and beauty solutions, will be available for special appointments. Her magic wand was at work at the special makeover workshop on Monday where she and her team turned one hopeful after another into party queens.

MADE UP: Vidya Tikari creates magic with make up

Vidya Tikari creates magic with make up

Media Matters
It’s not an easy job to handle so many hotshot mediapersons, that too for a stretch of about three hours, under the same roof. But Jeff Gralnick did a remarkable job. In city to address a one-day workshop titled ‘Trends in Global Media’, this Chairman of CNBC, NBC and Public Television at the Press Club, he knew how to get the interest going throughout the session. Treading carefully on the minefield (in his own words), which our esteem journalists laid down for the veteran, Jeff (with his casual jacket and trousers, he was instantly on the first name basis) carefully answered about the pros and cons of the new technologies in media.

GLOBAL GUP SHUP: Jeff Gralnick. — Photo by Malkiat Singh

Jeff Gralnick

Bonding stars
Diwali is a day to celebrate family bonds and love. And to add to the brightness of the festival is STAR PLUS joining hands with TANISHQ to bring a special two hour episode 'Tanishq presents Diwali Dhamaka' on Oct 14th from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. Diwali Dhamaka brings the Viranis, Aggarwals, Lambas and all the other family members of the STAR Parivaar soaps under one roof to mark the mood of togetherness.

Diwali bonanza for cine-goers
Come Diwali on October 21st the cine goers have lot more to look forward to. The movie business is going to zoom on the eve of Diwali with two big releases Farhan Akhtar’s Don (remake of Chandra Barot’s classic Don) and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Jaan-E-Mann. Exhibitors from Punjab are excited about these two films, which are the real attractions and carry good reports already. Star-studded Jaan-E-mann is a pure dhamaal with a rocking cast. With Jaan-E-Mann being an over two and a half hour film in the multiplex Fun Republic at Manimajra is thinking of increasing the number of shows to capitalise on the festival rush. 

Shahrukh Khan in Don
Shahrukh Khan in Don

Zindagi Rocks
The undergrad punk rock scene was never so swinging. Go to the varsity or even the college campuses across the city and you will find so many youngsters with guitars and drum sticks in their rhythmic hands experimenting with harmony. Fellows, you have guessed it right. Creating melody is the latest scream amidst quite a few students leading a musical existence on the campuses in complete harmony with the academics.