BIG IN NEW YORK
THE INDIAN EXPRESS, APRIL 2, 2004
and Meera Gandhi at
Gandhi's 40th birth-
day party recently
SOCIALITE Meera Gandhi is one lady who doesn't
stop shy of using her name or that of her friends' to do
some altruistic work. To start with, she's working on a
venture for battered women with New York Senator
Hillary Clinton. "It's an organisation called Safety Net
that was aimed at women in countries such as' Egypt
and Bangladesh, but we found that New York had
several such stories as well," she tells us.
Meera was in Mumbai on her way back from Delhi,
and her good friends Vivek and Anjali Talwar hosted
a small dinner for Meera and her friends-Rati Godrej,
Kali Modi, Harsh Goenka, Poonam Bhagat, Feroze
and Meher Dubash, Farzana Contractor; Sudhir Behl
and Lata and Vispi Patel. Once the centre of
Mumbai's social scene, Meera now has New York's
chatterati eating out of her manicured palms.
She chairs a faction of United World College, hosts
several art and cultural events at her five-storeyed
heritage home in Manhattan (it once belonged to
Eleanor Roosevelt) and makes sure she's present at
every launch involving India in the Big Apple.
"Whether it's an art gallery or a shawl sale, I'm there.
I'm almost the unofficial mayor of Mumbai there," she
Speaking of her home, we know that the super slick
legal drama Law and Order was shot there, but we've
also just discovered that producer Shabbir Boxwala
is requesting to shoot parts of her home for his new
Naseeruddin Shah-directed film.
Let's hope that works out, and we can all get
glimpses into Meera's famed mansion.