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    WHEN it rains it pours. This week I suppose that applies both literally and figuratively with a slew of launches, lots of great food and a fair share of celebrity mania as (hopefully)  summer comes to a close. The food trail began at the unveiling of the new 601 menu at The Park, where brand loyalists turned up in large numbers with appetites to match.

    It was almost like one big happy family with everyone discussing their ‘all time faves’ while digging into the Kerala Style Prawn and Mango curry, the Coq au Vin and my favourite for the evening, the ‘Elaneer Payasam Gelato’. Later in the week, the chronicles of Jonah continued with the launch of Jonah’s goes to Malabar Coast with chef Anand. Socialities, models and actors threw diets to the wind as they indulged in giant platters of coastal food.

    IMG_0471This  weekend also saw the launch of a new Japanese restaurant,  Aki Bay in Velachery, that was attended by several members of the Japanese community, including the Consul  General of Japan and the Japanese Commercial Association president, who were all treated to some great ramen.

    In between stuffing face, we caught up on some sporting action with former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid, who was in town to announce the second edition of his athlete mentorship programme by the Aditya Birla Financial Services Group. After several rounds, with applications from all over the country, Dravid interacted with the shortlisted athletes at the Taj Club House, sharing his experiences as an elite athlete. It wasn’t all ‘shop talk’ though, with the sports star being joined by actor-activist and former rugby player Rahul Bose, helping to keep the mood light.  The chosen athletes, who represent a variety of Olympic and Paralympic disciplines will be offered support over the next year.

    The list of visiting celebs included actress Taapsee Pannu, who seems to be juggling Chennai and Mumbai rather well. She was in town for the launch of a lighting range, who showed off their latest range with a fashion show at Hyatt Regency. Meanwhile at Radisson Blu City Centre, Orbit launched their  Ultra  Electrical  Switches with world famous Magician Andrew Lee, in a specially tailored performance.

      Paloma Rao

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