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'05 Issue 05

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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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