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September 22, 2005

Letter from Washington

Text by Chidanand Rajghatta. Illustration by Pria Agni

The social and political marvel that is India is as much an attraction to the US as its economic and military promise. First-hand witness to Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s warm reception on the White House South Lawns recently, Verve takes a fresh look at the relationship between two great democracies

Pan-Asian restaurants, London
September 20, 2005

High living and fine dining experiences in London now, more and more, display an oriental twist. Verve visits her favourite pan-Asian restaurants in the city and recommends the best gastronomic delights.

Surily Goel, Fashion Designer
September 18, 2005

Dressing The Divas

Text by Shernaaz Engineer. Photograph by Rustam Vajifdar

The shipping tycoon’s daughter has come into her own. Outgrowing the fashion hullabaloo in LA and beach frolics in Goa, Surily Goel is now cutting signature swatches for party animals and Bollywood sirens closer home. Verve watches daddy’s little girl grow up into an independent successful designer

Asra Nomani, Author of Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam

Taking on an Extremist World

Text by Rukhmini Punoose. Photograph by Josette Youssef

It goes beyond being a mere documentation of two poignant events. Writer, Asra Nomani’s latest book, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, has proved both a personal and social turning point, creating no mean furore among fundamentalist Islamist circles. Verve meets the former Wall Street Journal reporter in New York.

Zayed Khan, Bollywood Actor
September 16, 2005

The other side of Zayed Khan

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographs by Tina Dehal. Styling by Vikram Phadnis

A cool dude with a tendency to walk on the wild side, he’s made more news for his real life shenanigans than for his reel life roles. Caught in a rare introspective mood, Zayed Khan – fresh from the sweet success of his latest flick, Dus – gives unusual glimpses into his sensitive side in an interaction with Verve

Randeep Hooda, Bollywood Actor

His Own Man

Text by Madhulika Varma. Photographs by Manmeet Bhatti

An ill at ease backbencher who craved invisibility...a natural performer in school skits...a Bohemian beachcomber Down Under...Bollywood’s smouldering new discovery...Sushmita Sen’s hot consort.... Verve meets D’s leading man, Randeep Hooda – the man with the coiled cougar aggression – to discover a suave actor who celebrates a palpable sense of self.

Simone Singh
September 14, 2005

Glitz And Grace

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographs by Rustam Vajifdar and Tarun Khiwal

They are not hardcore partygoers. But, Sailaja Tahiliani, Avanti Birla and Simone Singh bring high-octane style to their own ‘at-homes’, which has much to do with personal pizzazz in swank settings. Verve meets three women who certainly know how to celebrate with elegance.

Sussanne Roshan

Synchronised Sensibilities

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographs by Fabien Charuau

Being a star wife apparently failed to satisfy Sussanne Roshan, who went on out and built herself a career with soft furnishings. The inaugural special edition line, designed with Zeba design representative and interiors veteran, Krsna Mehta, is poised to hit the stores with a stylish bang. Verve checks in with the enterprising two, celebrating their new partnership

Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan
September 12, 2005

Not a Package Deal!

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographs by Akash Mehta. Gauri Pradhan’s outfits and accessories at Aftershock; shoes at Metro. Hiten Tejwani’s outfits by Narendra Kumar Ahmed, at The Courtyard. All in Mumbai. Location courtesy: Taj Lands End, Bandra

He’s exuberant and enthusiastic. She’s reserved and reticent. Together, they make sweet music. No wonder then that their alter egos – Karan and Nandini Virani of the daily prime time soap, Kyunki...Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi – were voted the most popular tele-couple at the Star Parivaar Awards this year. Ververeal life husband-wife, Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan, who celebrate their togetherness, even as they cherish the spaces in their relationship.

Dia Mirza, Bollywood Actress
September 10, 2005

Dia Lights Up

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographs by Akash Mehta. Styling by Nisha Jhangiani. Dia’s smoky festive look by Mickey Contractor, for M.A.C.

A deeply personal encounter with Bollywood’s ‘Barbie’ – the maiden with the porcelain skin, melting eyes and sculpted curls. Dia Mirza celebrates her childhood, her tryst with Hindi films and the fact that actor and most favoured co-star, Salman Khan, is such a gentleman. This ‘doll’ is for real, discovers Verve.