Bits and pieces from the reporters' diaries that did not make it to the main stories
10 Downing Street was teeming with wild life on Saturday night, thanks to a section of the pub that was booked for a private party.
The birthday boy Sravan had a night he would never forget, thanks to all the dancing and the action.
Action? Yes, the war of the DJs. While the crowd screamed and begged for desi music, DJ Bala had a mind of his own. Despite being booed, he refused to budge, much to the anger of another DJ and her friends from Pakistan, who were hoping to shake a leg to Hindi film music.
The desi music lovers refused to leave without getting their share of Bollywood, and so decided to sing and dance to entertain themselves. When they burst into an impromptu ‘Kajra Re’, the group from Pakistan won a few hearts.
What the DJ couldn’t do all night, this energetic bunch did without any sound system.
Shoe them away
At a fashion show for shoes, the displayed range was quite below average. And, it didn’t help a bit that the show started an hour late.
The journalists feverishly jotted down notes, a gleam in their eyes as they trashed the shoes. The photographers looked clueless for want of something aesthetic that they clearly didn’t find in the collection.
Relenting, they started clicking the models, conveniently leaving out the footwear. Just then the store manager intruded and agitatedly announced into the mike: “Please, can you all click the shoes and not the models?”
At a recent concert, singer and emcee for the night Anoorada Sriram seemed rather popular with a section of the audience. “Anu, Anu!” called a voice with increasing urgency as the evening wore on.
“Ah, a music lover longing to make a song request,” thought this reporter, smiling indulgently. But this particular music lover turned out to have more practical concerns at heart.
“Anu,” said the voice when the singer finally heard her, “could you please turn on the fans?”
(By Sudhish Kamath, Priyadarshini Paitandy
and Divya Kumar)
Keywords: 10 Downing Street