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Even the Dalai Lama Can't Resist a Good Hotel Party

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  Site Where: Raja Bahadur Mill Road, Pune, India, 411001
October 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM | by | ()

There's no question that the Dalai Lama is a modern man complete with his own website, webcasts and personal treadmill setup. And don't forget, he Twitters! So it's not that surprising to see him out and about at a hotel party in Pune, India. Still, we think it's rather cool.

His Holiness showed up at the Le Meridien Hotel after attending the World Peace Festival.

All the members of the staff were extremely excited to have The Dalai Lama at the hotel. His Holiness was received at the entrance by Jaswinder Narang, General Manager of Hotel Le Meridien, and felicitated the spiritual guru by garlanding Him. Jaswinder Narang then personally escorted His Holiness to his suite.

Despite the suite accommodations, the Dalai Lama actually only stayed at the hotel for a few hours, probably just to get some rest. Yet we wondered if he still had to pony up for internet in the suite? That would cost him $15 for 24 hours. Surely, Le Meridien waived this fee for the Dalai Lama. Room rates at the hotel typically start at $175 a night with the Royal Club suite starting at $385 a night.

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Sorry Madonna: Brad and Angelina Make India Hotter than Africa

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  Site Where: Raja Bahadur Mill R,, Pune, India, 411001
October 9, 2006 at 1:25 PM | by | ()

Maybe Africa is over. Maybe the new hot place is India. Maybe Madonna is completely out of touch and in several months, will be wishing she'd adopted an Indian baby. Why? Because Brad and Angelina are in India, that's why.

Camping out "unofficially" at Le Meridien in Pune, where the duo are filming/producing the Marianne Pearl movie, the India trip is all about family right now. That is, until the paparazzi start to mob them during a rickshaw ride (above) and a bodyguard starts to strangle a photograhper.

Nevertheless, Angie has been using the gym daily to keep her post-preggers body in shape, after the gym closes to the public of course. The couple has also had plenty of clothes purchased for them from the hotel clothing store. This one seems odd as hotel shops usually carry Jimmy Buffet-style clothing and in India, maybe some generic saris. But apparently here, it's the best place to buy haute couture in town and Brangelina has been loading up on "party clothes" by Wendell Rodricks for evenings out which includes dining at the rooftop restaurant.

Not all this pertinent info has just been leaked from hotel staff. One guest actually caught glimpse of the super-star duo:

On Saturday, a guest caught a glimpse of the couple and their eldest son on the fifth floor. "Angelina seems to be friendly. She was dressed in jeans and a casual top and looked my way and acknowledged me when they passed by. Brad, however, looked straight through me," he said.

"Their security guards reached the floor before them. They even asked me to leave the floor using the stairs since Angelina and Brad would be taking the elevator up. I refused and just sat on the sofa in front of the elevator."

Wow, we always pegged Angelina as the scary, look-straight-through-your-soul half of Brangelina but we learn instead that it's Brad's Blue Steel that will make you cry.

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