HUMAN INTEREST: Dhoni in city girl’s knot – Captain marries Sakshi Rawat in hush-hush ceremony – no point in extravaganza and fanfare disappointment ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
July 4: Mahendra Singh Dhoni took guard in a partnership of a different kind tonight by exchanging wedding vows with Calcutta girl Sakshi Singh Rawat in Dehra Dun.
The evening after a very private engagement at a hotel in Dehra Dun came the hush-hush marriage at a spa resort in the Doon valley as the Indian cricket captain put all his starry link-up rumours to rest by becoming Mr Sakshi Singh Rawat.
The Dhoni-Rawat marital match began around 8pm at the Vishranti Resort and Spa, said to be owned by Vasundhara Raje Scindia, soon after news had trickled out that contrary to earlier whispers, the wedding would follow within 24 hours of the exchange of rings.
For Saturday evening’s ceremony, Indian cricket’s top WAG (wives and girlfriends) got her make-up done from Cloud Nine Hair & Beauty Solution, while the skipper had his done in a hurry inside a “luxury van” while driving down from the Jolly Grant airport.
On his big day, Captain Cool, who turns 29 on Wednesday, wore a blue sherwani designed by Narendra Kumar, whom Dhoni knows through his Bollywood buddy John Abraham.
Sakshi, 23, flaunted her Calcutta connection by wearing a simple brocade lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, which she had picked off the racks at the star designer’s Topsia bridal salon two months ago.
Dehra Dun was the chosen venue as Sakshi’s family hails from there. Her father, Rajendra Singh Rawat, is now based in Calcutta-Siliguri, but her elder sister Abhilasha Bisht is an IPS officer posted in Dehra Dun.
If Sakshi is from Garhwal, Dhoni is from Almorah and has many relatives still living there. The buzz was that the pandit who presided over the ceremony — in which, according to custom, the bride led the way for three of the seven pheras and the groom for the other four — was from Dhoni’s village in Almorah.
If anyone wanted to know who the captain’s men in Team India were, all they had to do was check the short guest list that had about 50-60 names. Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, R.P. Singh, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla were the star invitees, along with John.
John’s partner Bipasha Basu, a friend of Dhoni who has appeared in a brand commercial with him, couldn’t make it because of shooting commitments and had to make do with a tweet: “Wishing Mahi and Sakshi a very happy life together forever 🙂 sad that I cnt be there!”
Twitter was the chosen medium for many who weren’t there, for one reason or another. The 140 characters punched in by Dhoni’s former deputy, Yuvraj Singh, packed the power of an off-drive: “Got to know Mahi is getting married! Congratulations Dhoni and Sakshi; hope u have a great life together.”
Take heart, Yuvi, you should make it to the guest list for the Mumbai reception apparently being planned to coincide with the skipper’s birthday on July 7.
Mumbai, the city that spawned many rumours about Dhoni’s alleged romantic associations — and not Ranchi or Calcutta — is where the star couple will set up home, with Sakshi set to join a star hotel there.
Indian woman charges her ex-employer of enslaving her – price to be paid for taking Indian Gorkha Naari’s for a ride, getting smarter by the day ?!!
From Indian Express
New York, Sat Jul 03 2010, 18:28 hrs:An young woman from India has charged an Indian government official, her former employer, of forcing her to serve as a slave for three years.
Shanti Gurung, now 21, has filed a lawsuit against Neena Malhotra and her husband Jogesh, seeking unspecified damages for three-plus years of “slavery and peonage,” New York Post reported today.
Ironically, Malhotra headed a 2008 initiative against domestic abuse while serving as a Manhattan-based consul responsible for “women-related issues.”
She now works for the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, the lawsuit filed in New York city says, according to the paper.
Gurung claimed that the couple tricked her into accompanying them to America in March 2006 with the promise of Rs 5,000 a month, with raises every six months.
However, once in the US, she only received a single payment of Rs 5,500 and was threatened “if she ever tried to leave, police would beat and arrest her…,” the suit says.
Gurung, then 17, was allegedly made to lie to immigration officials about her age and about a salary of USD 7-an-hour to get her a visa, it says.
In her “involuntary servitude,” she was forced to sleep on the floor of their apartment and made to do household chores 16 hours a day “often until 3 a.m. following frequent parties,” the suit says.
It also alleges that the Malhotra starved the girl, and once reprimanded her for having eating a slice of bread without permission.
The girl managed to escape in July 2009 after remaining with the Malhotras for three years.
The paper said the Consulate General of India in Manhattan did not return calls for comment.