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Glitterati 2009

She topped the list of Google searches from India in the most popular celebrity, beating Michael Jackson to second spot. Sachin Tendulkar was at #10 in this list and Salman Khan at #3, so it does say something about our beloved Bharat.

Celebrity chef and model Padma Lakshmi, six-months pregnant, bared it all for New York magazine Page Six. “I like me better naked. I don’t mean that in a vain way ... When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don’t have any clothes on, it’s just you, raw, and you can’t hide,” the 39-year-old Lakshmi says in the magazine. "You hope that with age, what you pay for in gravity, you gain in gravitas," she's quoted as saying, by People. "I'm sure my thighs looked better when I was 25, but I think my mind is better today."

Gift of the Garb
Two films old, Sonam Kapoor has emerged as the best dressed Indian celeb. “I don’t let clothes wear me,” she says. “I wear them.” Her toga dress, sandals and polki jewellery speak in ready agreement.

Karma Blitz
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts braved the Haryana heat and flies for her upcoming film Eat, Pray, Love. She even dressed Indian and visited Swami Dharmadev at his ashram. Some 350 guards, bulletproof cars and a chopper marshalled the tryst.

Game and Match
Tennis ace Sania Mirza, once linked to Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor, got engaged to childhood friend Mohammed Sohrab. In an emerald-gold ghagra, she looked straight out of a fairy-tale.

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He’s the One!
Harvard Business Review ranks Mukesh Ambani the 5th best CEO in the world. The man’s quite handy to have around too. Seen here helping wife Nita get over a slippery spell.

Prime Couture
Manmohan Singh made an unconventional debut on the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week runway. Designer Rohit Mittal’s ‘kitschy fashion with parliamentarian hue’ draws inspiration from a French designer’s Obama dress.

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Batman Moment
Twenty years of distinguished service to cricket, a mount of runs (over 30,000) studded with slices of achievement (88 centuries) and renown as one of the greatest to don flannels! Sachin is at the top, sometimes literally, as here in Auckland, attempting a sky walk.

Sword to the Screen
Telugu mega star Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Tej stumbled early but 2009’s been his year. Jr’s second film Magadheera, a 16th century warrior romp, is the big hit of ’09. The Praja Rajyam, a little lost after the polls, approved. Seen here with co-star Kajal Agarwal.

Sharks, Sun and Spunk
Yet another year with the sand-scorchers, frolicking on exotic beaches with sharks and dolphins. The eighth edition of the Kingfisher calendar, shot in the Maldives, promises to chase away the blues. Here, Anjali Lavania sets baby sharks into orbit.

Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino won the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg, South Africa.

AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

Actress Shilpa Shetty and London based businessman Raj Kundra pose for the media after their marriage ceremony in Khandala.

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Johnny Depp was named People magazine's "sexiest man alive" for a second time, joining an elite club of double honorees that includes George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File

Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor with designer Rohit Bal at the Grand Finale of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore

Sushmita Sen walks the ramp for designer Sanjana Jon at the Wills Life Style India Fashion Week.

Sanjay Rawat/Outlook

The Bachchans pose after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar

Ah, so this is what Brian Lara does nowadays. At the newly re-named Obama Terrace, Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's, on Sunday, April 19. "I always wanted to meet the Michael Jordan of cricket," is how President Obama greeted Lara.

White House photo by Pete Souza

Pantaloons Femina Miss India World Pooja Chopra (C) along with Miss India Universe Ekta Choudhary (L) and Miss India Earth Shreya Kishore (R) in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar

And last but not the least, A.R. Rahman who became the first Indian to win two Oscars for his music in Slumdog Millionaire. One for the soundtrack and the other for the best original song for the film's theme number Jai Ho, shared with noted lyricist Gulzar. Rahman had also received a nomination in the Best Song category for O saya in the film.