Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Win tomorrow.... or else, Boys!

Ready to scream, yell and throttle for our Boys in Blue tomorrow?? I hope for their sakes they win, otherwise jootey padengey! Sounds horrible? It is meant to! Cricket does crazy things to people. I'm no fanatic, but I will certainly be shouting, "Jhenda Oooncha Rahey Hamara'' tomorrow, along with a billion plus Indians! ********************* This appeared in Bombay Times yesterday... Goodbye Violet Eyes…. Elizabeth Taylor had slept with seven men in her life - which works out to one in every decade ( she died a year short of completing her eighth). Do the math for yourself… she famously said she only slept with men she married. She had been married to seven lucky men – one of whom she married twice. She also said , “ I couldn’t just have a romance - it had to be marriage.” In another context she joked her mother had told her she had kept her eyes shut for eight days after her birth. The first thing Liz saw when she opened them was an engagement ring – “ After that, I was hooked!” She was branded a ‘home wrecker’ for stealing Eddie Fisher away from the sweet and boring Debbie Reynolds. Two years after Fisher, she met Richard Burton on the sets of ‘Cleopatra’ and both were instantly smitten! He’s the irresistible Welsh bloke she married twice over – but even those two marriages were doomed. Ironic really, that a woman who was so hooked on marriage, could not hang on to a single husband. But she remained the eternal romantic till the end saying, “ You don’t get over men like the flu…!” According to Hollywood gossip, she was all set to tie the knot for the ninth time last year – but perhaps her failing health got in the way. What a life! To call someone as grand as her a mere ‘legend’ is to do her an injustice. Everyone is a legend these days. Liz Taylor was spectacular on all possible levels. She retained her title of the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’ even on her deathbed, and millions of fans world wide must have wept when they heard the sad news last week. I thought she was magnificent in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ ( for which she won an Oscar), and there can be no other movie Cleopatra ever again – such was her iconic presence in a film that deserves a second coming. In her later years, it wasn’t her violet eyes alone ( nobody else in the world had them) that carried forward the mystique. It was , in fact, her tremendous generosity and loyalty that got her the adulation. She stuck by her ‘best friend’ Michael Jackson, when most so-called friends had abandoned him during his sex abuse trial. She gave of herself to causes she believed in and was an early advocate and ambassador for international AIDS initiatives – a cause she began to back after her other good friend, Rock Hudson died of the disease. I doubt we shall see a similar star in our life time. She was as courageous as she was gorgeous. She held her own , and fought a brave war against a host of medical conditions for several years. Hollywood will no doubt honour her memory appropriately. I hope some film body in India puts a well- researched tribute together soon, so that this generation of film goers will get the chance to understand and appreciate the blinding luminosity of a glowing mega star - Elizabeth Taylor. RIP. ************** On a personal note, thanks to our host Vijay Mallya, my husband and I were fortunate enough to spend a few nights on the same bed Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had shared on their splendid yacht, the matchless ‘Kalizma’, which Vijay now owns! As you can imagine, it was an overwhelming experience!!

31 comments:

cmpershad said...

But .... for tomorrow everybody seems to have forgotten today :)

ashwini said...

M'am I feel sorry for the Pakistani team,we Indians will get over our loss and turn to the T20, but they will face the worst in their country. I hope we win of course. As for Liz Taylor, well its what you do in life which people remember you , beauty is only skin deep.

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She was unique in some ways. When most of us in that advanced age think of our grandchildren's marriages, she was thinking of hers. I remember her as Cleopatra. Wedding bells must be ringing for her in the other world, if at all there is one.
As for the cricket match, it has become a frenzy.

सारा सच said...

nice

Pesto Sauce said...

Yup Liz was more than a legend

akshay said...

We are going to win tomarrow, no doubt....!

Madhu said...

I took a day off from work. My manager was quite surprised that I am asking for leave because I want to watch a match. had to explain her...that its our religion :)
Oh well, what can I say. India better win.

ashirwaad-holiday-apts-goa said...

Yea, it's do or die for our Khiladis

smartgirl said...

So dont think we get women like that anymore - who take a risk and learn to live...everyone elsetoday : just wants what they are told they shd..whereas liz well she did what she wanted !! Admirable - i do think that people of earlier generations (wont say older) were really colourful : they were more avante garde - whereas now : very traditional very conservative..
Did she have kids I wonder

NAT said...

Shobha,

Thank you for your tribute to the lovely Lady who entertained us for decades.

Yes we will never get another Liz, Monreo, Greta Garbo, Lana Turner....
They lived and loved openly and were no hypocrites...


Debbie Reynolds the sweetheart one everyone loved and felt for her when she lost Eddie to Liz and sang the hit of yesteryear "THEY SAY YOU FOUND SOMEBODY NEW"...

@smartgirl Liz does have her own children. She also adopted one.

Norman

rick said...

Apologises for this, but she did not win an Oscar for ‘Cat on the tin roof’ she won for ‘Whose afraid of Virginia wolf’ and ‘Butterfield 8’ – hope Sonam Kapoor is not giving you enough stress , this is not a hate mail, just an opinion like you have inspired us to give.

ms said...

just a thought, mz de. if it takes a cricket match between the indians and pakistanis to convince "their" govt to release a bloke they had in their jails for 27 years, the two teams would have to win every quarter-final in the next 25 WCC events to free all the poor sods still there.go team india go...

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English Literature MA said...

Oh Liz was certainly divine! Spell bound reallly is the word. But did she really have violet eyes, or is that a legend? Why is her many marriages such a big deal. I definitely think that if it were in our power we would all do that and not just for anybody's physical attractiveness but also by who they are, personality, soulfulness. There are simply too many beautiful people and just one lifetime! More than moral monogamy is political.

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Tsomo85 said...

I remember seeing diamond jewelries that she collected from all her ex husbands many moons ago on some tv. Honestly speaking she doesn't even look as good as YOU Shobha De or had pretty face like ASH but I guess its her stardom that made her this big. It seem as in hollywood the more man you get the more attention you get. Look @ kim kardashian to Anjelina Jolie. And average americans are fashionably following this trent since back in the days & they are suffering just as much as their stars. The bad news is only some people see the good/positive side of their dream star (Liz) who they look up to; And the good news is Shobha De topped all her (Elizabeth Taylor) crazy fans fantasy! Congratulation & Chakde India.
PS-I'm more of Audrey Hepburn fan<3

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