Malavika's Mumbaistan: Lara's Theme

Malavika Sangghvi

We have to say the more we see of Lara Dutta, the more we like her. Recently, we had the chance to be in close proximity with the actress and former Miss Universe (2000) at a high-profile event. As always, we’ve observed that the daughter of a retired Wing Commander, notwithstanding her own star status and the presence of her tennis champ-husband Mahesh Bhupathi by her side, had chosen to stand patiently in queue, awaiting her turn like the rest of us ordinary mortals, unlike most of her uncultivated showbiz colleagues, who, for all their dejiner threads, on such occasions, display a staggering absence of breeding. Given her Services background, we would expect nothing less from Dutta. Of course, the fact that she is also a Bandra girl (anyone in Mumbai will tell you, there’s no girls like Bandra girls), her good manners and grace are foregone conclusions. This week, we had another opportunity to witness just how much of a Bandra girl Dutta really is. A Youtube clip of her offering heartfelt gratitude to the pastors and church-goers, who had prayed for the recovery of her ailing (now recovered) dad, came to our attention. In it, Dutta, sans makeup, her hair tied back in a simple pony tail, amidst tears and a quivering delivery, narrates the family’s ordeal before its patriarch’s miraculous healing. “All I can do is now pray for you,” the doting daughter says at the end of the clip, adding, “For God to bless each and every one of you”. As for Bandra girls, here’s one of the finest descriptions of them from Saleem Peeradina’s iconic poem ‘Bandra’.
‘Give everyone, the bounty of Bandra girls, send them to church but keep them, large-hearted.’

From Freud To AI

Dr Rajesh Parikh (HT Photo)

He is the director of medical research and honorary neuropsychiatrist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, and also adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa. He has delivered over 100 international lectures at Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine and at the Institute for Research in Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry in France. In addition, he has over 150 publications in national and international journals.
No surprises then, that, the talk last week by global authority on depression Dr Rajesh Parikh, at the International Medical Students Conference, titled ‘From Freud to AI: My journey through neuropsychiatry’, elicited much excitement. Tracing the development of neuropsychiatry over a span of 3,500 years, and juxtaposing it with his own journey (on the insistence of his hosts), the polymath Parikh, who has won over 200 awards in activities as diverse as photography, painting, quizzing, writing and debating and is currently learning Sanskrit and Greek in addition to the six languages that he is fluent in, as usual, expressed fulsome gratitude to those who had contributed to his life and work along the way. These included his beloved parents (his father is the distinguished obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mahendra Parikh) and wife, the internationally-celebrated IVF specialist Dr Firuza Parikh, his three children and their partners and his many colleagues, assistants and peers. Fitting too, given his benevolent approach to life, that he ended his learned discourse with these simple words from Robert Louis Stevenson: ‘It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.’ Incidentally, the good doctor is also given to trekking in the Western Ghats, Himalayas and the Alps, and is working towards getting his pilot’s licence!

Tweet Talk
“Can someone clarify whether Supreme Court ordered mediation or meditation or medication? I can’t get it.”
—Tweeted by Markandey Katju, former Supreme Court judge, about the recent SC ruling in the Ram Mandir dispute and the appointment of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar as one of the mediators.

Just Chillin’, Sabyasachi-Ishtyle

Sabyasachi at Chowpatty. (HT Photo)

So, what does one of India’s top couturiers do after designing most of the outfits at a high-profile Mumbai wedding? Go to Chowpatty to dig in to some ‘baraf ka gola’ splattered with a generous helping of Rooh Afza, of course! Word comes in that Kolkata boy Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who was handed the responsibility of dressing dashing groom Akash Ambani along with family members Mukesh and Nita Ambani and Isha Ambani Piramal and Anand Piramal in custom-made couture, for the recent wedding celebrations at BKC’s Jio Garden, let his hair down after the festivities were done and was spotted at Chowpatty feasting at the street food stalls (the ones approved and sanitised by civic authorities of course). Mukherjee had also designed custom-made outfits for high-profile attendees at the Ambani wedding celebrations that included Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar and Deepika Padukone. Boy needs to let his hair down and chill some we think.