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    Jasmeet Arora, Chief Believer, pero - 4This week saw the good citizens of Chennai putting up a fight and not letting the rains stand in the way of their fun yet again. And it looks like they meant serious business. The latest James Bond edition, Spectre was screened at a special premiere at Escape Cinemas, hosted by Bharat Joshi, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai and his wife, in true Bond style. The movie being one of the most awaited ones of the year, saw quite a turnout. There were tuxedos, floor sweeping evening gowns and lots of bling, as our hosts welcomed us on the red carpet. Following the movie was the party at the British High commission, with fun takes on our favourite Bonds over the years. From the photo ops to the food, everything was reflective of the theme, and an array of special martinis, ‘shaken not stirred’.

     
    VJ__0636Meanwhile at Evoluzione, Pero presented their fall winter 2015 collection, inspired by the military. The line is a fun dialogue between hand-woven woolen Scottish checks from the Himalayas and indigo resist block printed khadis from Gujarat. An interesting element was the Etikoppaka dolls, over 100 of them dressed in Pero Uniforms. Designer Aneeth Arora wasn’t present but her brother, Jasmeet Arora, explained the connection to us. Fascinated by the character of Princess Pea, the well known alter ego of a contemporary Indian artist (that has taken over the Indian art world), this collaboration is an attempt to initiate a dialogue between two alter egos, Pero and Princess Pea, with a belief that every alter ego needs a uniform. Food for thought, huh?
    The week ended on a festive note with cake mixing merriment. Our first stop was at Hyatt Regency where executive chef, Subrata Debnath, welcomed guests to their traditional cake mixing ceremony. After a quick word from the chef, everyone got to work mixing kilos of dry fruits with alcohol. Our second stop was at the Taj Coromandel. Ravi Varma Srivatsavai, the new pastry chef at the hotel, had organised a special treat for the ceremony. Since the chef is known for his chocolate-based desserts, something of that sort was definitely expected at the event. And Srivatsavai did deliver his speciality by preparing take away party desserts, travel cakes and chocolate photo frames. Maybe, this was something that everyone was looking forward to as the attendees headed towards the take away items when the ceremony was over.

    — paloma@newindianexpress.com

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