Seems like the Times was somewhat prescient with its Sunday Styles piece on the ‘Three-Year Itch.’ Threelyweds Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi announced today that they will divorce.
From The Guardian:
This comes as a total shock. Her desire to end the marriage? But……but he’s so hot! His is the darkly intellectual brow that launched a thousand ships! She’s merely the John Stamos to his Rebecca Romijn!
I don’t understand this at all.
For a Comedic Mojito laced with Schadenfreude Rum (Gold Label), here’s the couple’s wedding vows, as covered by the single woman’s sports pages.
It’s not Christmas yet, but James Kurisunkal, erstwhile incognito Oz behind Park Avenue Peerage and one-time Nirali interviewee, appears to have been extra good this year. The same publication that drew back the seersucker curtains from his lair now moves to install him on staff: he will be interning at New York magazine in the fall. [via Gawker]
For socialites in New York City, there was one place to visit on the Web: SocialiteRank.com. For a full year, the mysterious Web site declared “itself unofficial judge, jury, and executioner of 10021—the Zip Code of upper Park Avenue and Fifth, and the home of many young women who appear on the charity-ball circuit. Each fortnight, the Web site released a ‘Social Elite Power Ranking,’ scoring the women on their personal style, public appearances, and publicity efforts,” wrote Isaiah Wilner in New York magazine.
Then, suddenly, on April 26, 2007, SocialiteRank.com shut down. New York society was abuzz—but luckily, the gliteratti flocked, instead, to Park Avenue Peerage. This new Web site, which had launched in March, also chronicled the lives of the rich and fabulous, though without the same snark that SocialiteRank.com had been famous for. But like its famous predecessor, the owner behind Park Avenue Peerage remained a mystery.
Until, that is, Isaiah Wilner’s “expose” in New York magazine two weeks ago: The Duo Behind Socialite Rank Confess How and Why They Did It. The 6,400-word tome is probably of little interest to most people—and even to most New Yorkers—but the final page offered perhaps the juiciest tidbit of all: The owner of Park Avenue Peerage, who wrote with such authority about the New York social scene, was no insider. In fact, he was an 18-year-old Indian American college student—from Illinois:
**JUDE Law has a new girlfriend.
Kim Hersov, an editor for Britain’s Harper’s Bazaar, and Law have jetted off to India for a little romance, R & R. The two were spotted taking in the historic sites of Rajasthan.
**DELHI’S street food vendors head indoors, as a new court order threatens the legality of outdoor cooking. Somini Sengupta of the New York Times goes on assignment, hitting up some good chaat joints and describing just what these new laws would mean for the city (an end to Delhi-belly?).
The Columbia University-grad was accused of having sex with two underaged students (one 12, the other 14) ten years ago. Sinha’s family owns three Montessori schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
On Hersov and Law’s budding romance
Nice day for a Bachchan wedding
Actress Jahnavi Kapoor shows up at the shaadi, alleges that Bachchan had promised to marry her, tries to kill herself (Bollywood film plot, much?)
It’s the wedding event of the year.
Ash and Abhi are set to tie the knot this Friday at the Bachchan residence.
According to a BBC Asian Network-radio report, invitations have been extended to 400 close friends and family. Among those rumored to have been invited: Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Pakistan’s current President Pervez Musharraf.
Also receiving an invitation: Lord Venkateswara (Amitabh Bachchan was spotted in a Tirupati temple yesterday, leaving the envelope at his feet).
The sangeet will be held on Wednesday evening, at the Bachchan’s bungalow in Juhu. Air-conditioned, sound-proof tents are currently being erected on the property, where guests will be entertained. The henna ceremony is scheduled for the following night.
The actress can next be seen in the Jag Mundhra movie Provoked. Check out the May issue of Nirali for a feature on the film (and be on the look-out for our wedding issue, coming this summer).
“I have decided to cut all ties with my son,” Nayar told reporters. “I feel that Liz and Arun behaved shamefully and placed more importance on showing off than their own family. My heart is heavy with pain.”
Hurley and Nayar tied the knot with two ceremonies—one in India, the other in the UK. The couple inked a $5 million deal with Hello!, giving the magazine exclusive rights to pictures from the wedding.
Vinod Nayar allegedly, wasn’t allowed on the wedding platform and was prevented from taking photographs. The family has been feuding since February of last year, when Joanne Nayar revealed wedding details to the press. Mrs. Nayar, Arun’s stepmother, has been accused of using the media attention to promote her jewelry line.
Arun Nayar’s grandmother wasn’t invited to the celebration. Vinod Nayar said he felt the British guests were given preferential treatment at the wedding, while Indian family and friends were relegated to the sidelines of the ceremony.
But do you know the real story behind Mira Nair’s latest hit film The Namesake?
Vishaan Chakrabarti thinks he is the inspiration for the main character Gogol, played by Kal Penn. “Maybe it’s just coincidence that nine-tenths of the book is the same as my life,” he says, “but it was my friends who pointed it out. Anyone who knew me well saw the similarity immediately.”
Chakrabarti used to date author Jhumpa Lahiri but says they just “didn’t hit it off.” He is now married and works in Manhattan.
According to New York magazine the similarties between the real-life and celluloid Gogols don’t end there:
Rumor has it Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi has split with Salman Rushdie, her husband of the last three years.
According to a source at the New York Observer, Lakshmi, 36, is leaving the Midnight’s Children author in order to focus on her career.
Designer Diane von Furstenberg (wrap-dresses!) was overheard talking about the breakup, telling friends: “I can’t believe she’s leaving him.”
Salman Rushdie, 59, is currently a writer-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta.
The two were an item for more than eight years.
In an odd twist of fate (?!) it appears that M. Night Shyamalan will be directing a feature length film adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Okay, people. I have to stop and breathe. He-Man. As a film. By M. Night Shyamalan. Right. Okay.
A quick IMDB search yields only rumored cast members (Two of which are Days of Our Lives actors. And one more who was a WWF wrestler.) but now I’m really thinking about who could be cast in the role of He-Man. (And more importantly, will there be a cameo by his twin sister She-Ra?! Oh my God.) To be a fly on that casting director’s wall… Who do you think should be cast as He-Man? Ryan Reynolds? Brad Pitt? The Rock!? Leave it in the comments.
The wedding party will then move to India, where a lavish, three-day celebration will take place at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
Hurley will be having a “proper mehndi” according to the BBC Asian Network. Female guests have been asked to wear saris, and the men will be in orange turbans.
The couple has been together for over three years. Nayar was previously married to Italian model Valentina Pedroni. This will be the first marriage for Elizabeth Hurley, 41.
On Nayar and Hurley’s wedding