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    From the editor’s desk

    When we were putting together our first anniversary issue in 2008, a page on hampers from leading hotels featured cookies, cheese and chocolates. Only one hotel pulled out all the stops with Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne and Cuban cigars in the basket. As Indulge enters its fifth year, we note few changes. Besides a newly launched hotel offering 12-year-old balsamic vinegar and monofloral Mille Fiorii honey, it’s still a case of chocolates and cheese. And this when neighbouring Bangalore has Diwali goodie bags with Krug champagne and seven-course meals for two costing Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000. That said, our roads see an impressive number of Bentleys and BMWs and in a country that is home to over 200,000 millionaires, our people form a sizeable chunk of this figure. Bespoke culinary outings are getting more popular (pg 10-11) and exclusive spa treatments have many takers (pg 50). Clearly, there is a market for luxury but the spending pattern is unique.

    A chat with luxury retailers, including Ahalya S of the tasteful Rasvihar, and Ajay Agarwal, CEO of the upcoming high street luxury mall, Bergamo, confirms that luxury has to be an everyday aspect of your life, not a one-time purchase. Ahalya admits that there is a growing market that believes in being understated and understood. It’s not about one big stone on your hand. It is all about taste, and apparently, we have quite a bit of it.

    Every issue of Indulge is special, and this 72-page anniversary issue is more so. Read on for a guide to luxury offerings in the city, from top food and wines to the most expensive watches and holidays, all put together by a hardworking and enthusiastic team. As we begin another fruitful year, we thank you for your support and look forward to your feedback. After all, Indulge is about you.

    by ROSELLA STEPHEN

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