It feels good to be back in Chennai after being away a whole month. But it also feels like it went by in the blink of an eye. A fun America trip that included great people—old friends and new, discovering new places, and of course, amazing food. With the help of the locals, and several trusty apps, we got to sift out the ‘must-dos’ from the rest. The highlights for me included School of Rock – The Musical, on Broadway, San Diego’s La Jolla beach and the all-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. And no I’m not too cool for corny photos (of which I have many).
In Chennai, it looks like things haven’t slowed down one bit, with a buzzing weekend and lots to choose from. Most of the swish set was at The Indian Luxury Expo, co-hosted by Wedding Vows, showcasing everything from makeup and cosmetics to luxury cars and bikes. Playing host were Vimmi Deepak and Madhurima George, members of the advisory board, along with Lakshmi Ravichander and Saraswati Krishnakumar. Guests included actors, photographers and popular faces, but it’s safe to say that the real guest of honour was the Ferrari, which got more than its fair share of attention. Competing with the sleek set of wheels was ‘Happybooth’, a fun photo booth where everyone got to take turns letting loose their goofy side.
Meanwhile, across town, the Tamil Nadu Retail Jewellers Awards was underway at the Leela Palace, honouring the best from across the state. The event was restricted to members of the industry, focussing more on the craftsmen and their work than celeb power. Various styles and pieces were showcased through a fashion show by Karun Raman, starting with antique temple jewellery and ending with some serious bling.
And speaking of celebrities, Bollywood actor Amisha Patel also paid the city a quick visit this weekend for the launch of the new branch of Advanced Beauty & Cosmetic Clinic, on ECR. The actor was all smiles as she did the honours and, post the formalities, which were kept short and sweet, guests were given a tour of the new facility.
The weekend ended with The Saree Festival at The Folly, Amethyst, which saw a panel discussion with experts like Anita Ratnam, moderated by the organiser Himanshu Verma from the capital, who flaunted a beautiful orange kanjeevaram silk sari. But the highlight was the sari styling workshop led by Verma who pushed us to experiment with draping styles and think out of the box.