Sayid in Wonderland. Attention, Lost fans: if you’ve spent the last three years pining for the hottest survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, consider your patience rewarded. Actor Naveen Andrews will channel his inner baddie as iconic Disney villain, Jafar, on Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, ABC’s upcoming fantasy-drama. Insert an inappropriate magic carpet ride reference here. [Entertainment Weekly]
Bye Bye, Baby. Badar Azim, the 25-year-old hospitality management graduate who helped announce the birth of His Royal Shyness, (which basically means he propped up an ornate easel outside Buckingham Palace) was forced to leave London for Kolkata after his work visa expired last week. If royal footmen aren’t exempt from immigration woes, there goes all hope for the rest of us. [The Guardian]
Seven Jay Forecast. In a kooky effort to promote his brand-new album, Neon, singer-songwriter, rapper and meteorologist wannabe, Jay Sean, delivered the weather to — most likely, confused — viewers of a local news channel in Philadelphia yesterday. “I’m holding the sun in my hand right there!” he announced with childlike glee. Maybe he’s as psyched about this rare streak of sunshine as the rest of us, but best stick to your day job, buddy. [My Fox Philly]
The Oak Tree Road Obsession. The New York Times “discovered” Edison, New Jersey (again) this week, shadowing acclaimed chef Floyd Cardoz on a foodie field trip as he shopped for everything from puffed rice to mustard oil. “In recent years, this part of New Jersey … has become a magnet for families with roots in India,” claims the writer. Where’s he been? [The New York Times]
Writing Her Own Part. Actress-comedian-author and Tweeter extraordinaire, Mindy Kaling, gives us yet another reason to adore her with this quirky compilation of quotes — advice that’s equal parts sage and snark (“If you’re a kid who was not especially a star in your high school, I recommend going to a college in the middle of nowhere. I got all the attention I could ever have wanted.”) for those cruel teen years, and, well, life. [The Huffington Post]
Aarti Virani is an arts and culture writer based in Hoboken, New Jersey. She has written for publications including Vogue India, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @aartivirani.