Fashion designer Manoviraj Khosla has been going to Monaco for the past four years, author Shobhaa De has travelled to Monaco and Kuala Lumpur for the races and columnist Suhel Seth thinks Monaco is overrated—Italy’s Monza is where the race lovers go, he believes.
This year, Vijay Mallya’s taken the Indian connection one step further. Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines is the official sponsor of Toyota Motorsport GmbH.
In short, it’s time to brush up on your Formula facts.
The most exciting news about this year’s season (which begins this weekend) is the Great Hunt for Michael Schumacher’s heir.
Schumacher, who is, statistically speaking, the greatest driver in the history of Formula 1 racing (though my favourite will always be Ayrton Senna), has retired. Schumacher will now have more time to play his favourite backgammon, but for Formula 1 fans world over, the fun is just beginning.
Next big thing Fernando Alonso, has switched from Renault to McLaren, an organization that hasn’t won any titles for more than six years now. So it looks like the crown is up for grabs. Our cover (Page 12) introduces you to the rookies competing for the job.
Don’t miss Vir Sanghvi’s spy fixation column on Page 5. Most of us can watch a full season of 24 over the weekend, but Vir explains why The Good Shepherd, the slo-mo 2006 film directed by Robert De Niro, is a bigger turn-on for genuine spy-addicts like him.
One of the joys of films is that they are so subjective. If you sat through the Spanish retrospective at the recently-concluded International Film Festival in Mumbai, you would have wondered why on earth the jury selected Lady Nitwit, a predictable period comedy about two 17th century sisters.
One of my all-time favourites is minimalist Danish film-maker Lars Von Trier. Every time I watch one of his movies, I cry so much I give myself a headache and leave my husband (who loves happy endings) completely perplexed. See Dogville, you’ll know what I mean.
In this issue, we test five bags to slide your laptop into (Page 8), recommend podcasts you can subscribe to (Page 15) and pick some amateur a capella you must not miss (Page 21). And there’s a wild and wonderful story (on Page 11) about Jesus-themed restaurants and ‘Goth-Lolis’. It happens only in Japan.
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