US EMBASSY’S deputy chief of mission MaryKay Loss Carlson hosted the Halloween party last week at her residence. Known for her enthusiasm for the event, many in the Capital, including senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, turned up. Many were dressed for the occasion, including New Zealand’s deputy chief of mission Suzannah Jessep, who wore a white saree and held a candle — a rip-off from an old Hindi horror movie. While several envoys and diplomats were part of the party, among others spotted there was former chief election commissioner Navin Chawla, who wore a scary tooth.
SUCH IS the lure of a sprawling Lutyens’ bungalow that whenever an illustrious occupant dies, family members try desperately to cling on to it. They cite different reasons — from security compulsions to emotional value. When forced out, they insist that the house be converted into a memorial. However, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya and her husband Ranjan Bhattacharya are set to quietly leave his Krishna Marg residence and move to their private flat soon.
THE VISHWA Hindu Parishad (VHP) has officially denied any connection with a two-day grand meet of sants under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Sant Smiti that concluded at Talkatora Stadium on Sunday. But when the meet started on Saturday, the sants on the stage expressed thanks to the VHP for making arrangements for food and stay during the two-day visit to the Capital. VHP’s international working president Alok Kumar and senior functionaries also attended the meeting.
THE SUPREME Court received its first tourists on Saturday with a batch of 24 people turning up for the guided tour programme of the apex court. They had a peek into the judges’ library, Chief Justice’s court, Supreme Court Museum
and administrative block in two batches at 10 am and 11.30 am. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi launched the programme earlier this week.