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Nobel winner Mario Vargas Llosa joins Academie Francaise

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Peruvian Nobel-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa was set to join the fabled Academie Francaise in Paris on Thursday, the first member never to have written a book in French. The 86-year-old novelist, who also has Spanish citizenship, controversially invited the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, to his inauguration ceremony. The ex-monarch has lived in exile since 2020 in the United Arab Emirates after a series of scandals, including claims that he harassed a former mistress and revelations about his lavish lifestyle and an elephant hunt in Botswana. Established under King Louis XIII in 1635, the Academie Francaise is meant to guard "pure" French, which in recent decades has faced a constant onslaught from English. Last year, it bemoaned the widespread use of imported phrases like "big data" and "drive-in" and took umbrage with the common practice by French businesses of using English-sounding brand names, such as train operator SNCF's low-cost service Ouigo (pronounced "we go"). Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, and is the first holder of the award at the Academie Francaise since Francois Mauriac, who won the prize in 1952. He is considered among the most influential Latin American writers, often taking a sharp look at the region's politics and history with novels like "The Time of the Hero" (1963), "The Feast of the Goat" (2000), and continuing through to 2021's "Harsh Times". Foreigners have been admitted to the Academie in the past. The first was an American, Julien Green, in 1971, who never took French citizenship, and Canadian-Haitian Dany Laferriere joined in 2013. He is now a member of three linguistic academies, having joined the Peruvian Academy of Language in 1977 and the Royal Spanish Academy in 1994. The writer has stirred controversy in Latin America with his pro-capitalist views, often criticising the many socialist governments across the region. The 40-member Academie Francaise has struggled to find members of late -- there are currently five vacant positions -- but has never relaxed its exacting standards. "We cannot congratulate the Academy enough for not being, like so many other constituted bodies, absolutely hostile to superiority, and for not including only imbeciles," quipped one member, Jean Dutourd, in a recent essay.

Peruvian Nobel-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa was set to join the fabled Academie Francaise in Paris on Thursday, the first member never to have written a book in French.

The 86-year-old novelist, who also has Spanish citizenship, controversially invited the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, to his inauguration ceremony.

The ex-monarch has lived in exile since 2020 in the United Arab Emirates after a series of scandals, including claims that he harassed a former mistress and revelations about his lavish lifestyle and an elephant hunt in Botswana.

Established under King Louis XIII in 1635, the Academie Francaise is meant to guard “pure” French, which in recent decades has faced a constant onslaught from English.

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Last year, it bemoaned the widespread use of imported phrases like “big data” and “drive-in” and took umbrage with the common practice by French businesses of using English-sounding brand names, such as train operator SNCF’s low-cost service Ouigo (pronounced “we go”).

Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, and is the first holder of the award at the Academie Francaise since Francois Mauriac, who won the prize in 1952.

He is considered among the most influential Latin American writers, often taking a sharp look at the region’s politics and history with novels like “The Time of the Hero” (1963), “The Feast of the Goat” (2000), and continuing through to 2021’s “Harsh Times”.

Foreigners have been admitted to the Academie in the past.

The first was an American, Julien Green, in 1971, who never took French citizenship, and Canadian-Haitian Dany Laferriere joined in 2013.

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He is now a member of three linguistic academies, having joined the Peruvian Academy of Language in 1977 and the Royal Spanish Academy in 1994.

The writer has stirred controversy in Latin America with his pro-capitalist views, often criticising the many socialist governments across the region.

The 40-member Academie Francaise has struggled to find members of late — there are currently five vacant positions — but has never relaxed its exacting standards.

“We cannot congratulate the Academy enough for not being, like so many other constituted bodies, absolutely hostile to superiority, and for not including only imbeciles,” quipped one member, Jean Dutourd, in a recent essay.

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Relatives taunted me for joining showbiz world, Sadia Imam

Relatives taunted me for joining showbiz world, Sadia Imam

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Recently, renowned Pakistani actor Sadia Imam talked about taunts she received from her relatives after joining the showbiz industry.

She recently participated in a private TV show and spoke openly about various topics including her career and marriage.

Talking about marriage, she said that after joining the showbiz industry, the first taunt came from her own relatives as they said she would not get married and even if she does, it would be with an already married person.

She said that before marriage, her parents used to hear such things every day and she has seen them going through agony due to these uncalled for remarks.

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However, she said,”I remained steadfast and told my parents that I would marry whomever they chose but work is my priority,” Imam said.

Talking about her husband, she said she married a young man and now they both have beautiful children.

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Amitabh Bachchan gifts his bungalow to daughter Shweta Nanda

Amitabh Bachchan gifts his bungalow to daughter Shweta Nanda

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Amitabh Bachchan gifts his bungalow to daughter Shweta Nanda

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya Bachchan gifted their bungalow in Mumbai’s Juhu, Prateeksha, to their daughter Shweta Nanda.

The bungalow in the Vitthalnagar Cooperative Housing Society is spread over two plots measuring 674 square metres and 890.47 square metres, which are collectively valued at approximately Rs50.63 crore. 

Two separate gift deeds were signed on Nov 8, and a stamp duty of Rs50.65 lakh was paid for the registration of the deed.

The Bollywood megastar and his family lived in Prateeksha for many years at the beginning of his career. 

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He also owns two other bungalows in Juhu – Jalsa and Janak.

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Salman Khan’s torn shoes trigger gossip on social media

Salman Khan’s torn shoes trigger gossip on social media

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan recently won hearts when he stepped out to attend ‘Farrey’ screening, where he was seen wearing a pair of torn, faded shoes. 

While Salman looked his usual dapper self in a dark shirt and a pair of formal pants, it was his shoes that caught everyone’s attention. 

One fan wrote, “New trend will start.” 

Another mentioned, “Well, those shoes might be comfortable for him !!” “He is Salman Khan. He doesn’t need to show off,” reacted yet another user on social media.

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Salman was attending the Farrey screening, where he had also invited a bunch of celebrities.

At the event, he also posed with his Tiger 3 co-star and close friend, Katrina Kaif. 

Katrina and Salman were last seen sharing screen space in the Maneesh Sharma directorial, Tiger 3. 

The film, despite receving mixed reviews from the critics, has done a great business for itself at the ticket counter.

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