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31 July 2009

Columnist of the week

Queenie, we love you

By Sophie Elmhirst

Her name is amazing. Her byline picture is extraordinary. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce…

Queenie Dhody! of the Mumbai Mirror.

The former Miss India has such range! Leaping from the ‘personal loss’ she felt when Michael Jackson died (she admits she never met him) to shopping tips in London (Topshop) she even spares a thought for the economically challenged. On a trip to Qatar:

The shops coming up are the highest end of luxury, be it a Ferrari or an Hermes showroom, and the villas by the sea are already sold out. It was great to see all this at a time, when the whole world is abandoning construction and laying off employees.

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Now this is what we need from our columnists – a bit of hope amidst these dark days. I, personally, feel I will rest a little easier tonight knowing that Ferrari and Hermes are expanding. What comfort! If any politician needs some evidence of green shoots, this surely is it. I look forward to pictures of President Obama and Prime Minister Brown snipping red ribbons in front of Gucci boutiques and Lamborghini showrooms to show to the world that our economies are blossoming, the bankers are re-bonused, the hedge funds are flourishing, and 0.00001% of society is once again able to purchase an unlimited amount of luxury goods. Queenie, thank you for showing us the way.

 

 

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