Says a source, "Sunanda has been discussing her engagement plans with close friends in Mumbai and Dubai. She's thrilled and wants to share the good news with friends and family."
Apparently, Sanjay is popular within Congress circles. He frequently visits Delhi and during one such visit met Shashi at a party. They became friendly and Khan's wife Zarine invited Shashi and Sunanda to stay at the Golden Palms.
The source adds that the couple took up the invite and spent the weekend at the hotel with friends during the first week of April -- a week before his resignation. "In fact, the two loved their stay there so much that they decided to have their engagement at the resort. The ceremony will take place in June and the marriage within the next six months. It's all hush-hush until the details are finalised."
Khan claims to be ignorant about the bookings made at his hotel for the event. "I am not in Delhi and go to Bangalore only for a day or so. I haven't been to the city in the last 15 days. I will have to check with my staff if the resort has a booking listed for Shashi for such an event on June 27. But even if it's true, I can't reveal confidential information to outsiders."
He adds, "But of course, I'd love it if Shashi had his engagement ceremony here at the Golden Resorts. He's a fine gentleman and a great person known to me on a personal level."
But what about Shashi-Sunanda's previous stay at his hotel? "They haven't stayed at my resort," claims Sanjay.
Shashi Tharoor remained unavailable for comment despite attempts made to contact him via email, SMS and over the phone. Sunanda Pushkar didn't reply to an email we sent her either.
Hrithik Roshan wed Sanjay's daughter Sussanne at the same resort.
WHAT'S IN IT?
The Golden Palms Hotel and Spa has been built in the style of the Moorish--Spanish casitas and nestles amongst 14 acres of lush foliage, sprawling lawns, lagoon and waterfalls. The hotel comprises 132 deluxe rooms, 16 deluxe suites, 2 presidential suites, a 75,000 square feet Spa Building, theme restaurants and bars, a 135-metre freestyle swimming pool, conference and exhibition halls, and sports facilities including clay court tennis, squash, billiards and pool.