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LEISURE
THIS WEEK

Hyderabad Wants Back Nizam Legacy Locked in Reserve Bank’s Vault

While nostalgia haunts Hyderabad on the last Nizam's legacy, residents have been allowed only two glimpses of the royal treasure trove: in 2001 and in 2006 when the jewels were exhibited at Salar Jung Museum for brief periods. Both times, the event drew hundreds of thousands of visitors before the treasures were sent back to the Reserve Bank of India’s vaults. The great grandson of the last Nizam, Himayath Ali Mirza, now wants Hyderabad to have its own museum to display the Nizam's jewelry. His mother Fatima Fouzia and maternal uncle, Shahmat Jah, could not agree more. Even as one section of society in Hyderabad is apprehensive about the family's plans, citing infighting as a reason for their concern, the Nizam's descendants claim they are united on the issue.

Osama's Head Had to Be Put Together for Identification

An ex-Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden, has revealed that the al- Qaeda chief's head was so severely destroyed by his gunfire that it had to be pressed back together for identification. In a new book, O’Neill has reasserted his claim that he alone pumped three bullets into Osama, killing the architect of the 9/11 attacks. In 'The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Bin Laden', the former Navy SEAL Team 6 shooter claimed that Bin Laden stood near the bed, his hands on the shoulders of the woman in front of him. She was later identified as Amal, the youngest of his four wives, the report said. "In less than a second, I aimed above the woman's right shoulder and pulled the trigger twice," O'Neill writes.

Asha Parekh Would Not Have Been Able to Handle Stardom Today

Veteran Bollywood actress dubbed the 'jubilee girl', Asha Parekh, does not believe she would have been able to live that stardom in today's paparazzi-driven times. In an interview, the 74-year-old actress spoke about her autobiography, 'Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl', her friends, on being single, her take on film censorship, on lobbying for a government honor, and on the life of film stars today. Having featured in as many as 20 silver and golden jubilee hits in the 1960s and 1970s, the actress had become the blue-eyed-girl for filmmakers and the audience with her emotive eyes, effortless acting and graceful dancing."'Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl' is an autobiography written with film critic and filmmaker Khalid Mohamed, and published by Om Books International.

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