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    THE week has gone by in a blur of food and fun, as we made use of the legitimate excuse to eat as much biryani as our hearts desired. Our foodie trail began with a special evening at Moti Mahal Deluxe, Nungambakkam, to celebrate their fifth anniversary. We were invited to sample their signature dishes along with a few special additions to the menu. Since everyone was already in a celebratory mood, it didn’t take much to get people to give the karaoke booth a go, which had enthusiastic participation, right to the end. Meanwhile, we indulged in our favourites like lal maas, prawn shabnam and butter chicken. Elsewhere at The Park, more festivities were underway as the Little Theatre celebrated yet another successful production, Two Teeth Button Nose. The entire team and their supporters continued the fun off-stage, with behind the scenes snippets and lots of dancing. The party continued at ITC Grand Chola where the international coffee table book, Best Of Chennai Volume 2, was launched by the state governor, K Rosaiah. The book talks about the city’s heritage, culture and businesses. The launch was followed by soulful performances with Baradwaj Raman on veena, Vetri on the cajón and Sabhi on the guitar.
    While some of us were busy eating through the weekend, another group was at the GetFit Beach Games at Covelong Point. Thankfully it wasn’t only for the athletic, fitness-crazy types, but also for those of us that need a little nudge every now and then. Plus, every game does need spectators! Besides the activities that included everything from volleyball to football, the Open Mic on the beach also drew quite a crowd. A special mention to travellers Yohanna and Rob on the sax and guitar, giving us a taste of their ‘beachy music’. Our last stop was the Eid milan multi-faith function at Bharat Joshi, the British Deputy High Commissioner’s residence in Nungambakkam on Tuesday. Joshi, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai and Dewan to Prince of Arcot, Mohammed Asif Ali, echoed messages of peace  and this was followed by a delicious vegetarian Mediterranean spread.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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