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    (From left) Smita Rao & Seema Malhotra, Isabella von Boch, Vani Ganapathy & Dia Bhandari

    Sigh! A packed week, and sometimes I had to juggle two invites in one night. The third invitation was always the last straw and even with my boundless energy (some friends with overactive thyroids may disagree) that too much of entertainment can sometimes leave one with a sense of ennui dahlings.

    Shivika Singh, Manoviraj Khosla & Sara Shree

    Shivika Singh, Manoviraj Khosla & Sara Shree

    The UB City Mall seemed to be the centre of attention this week. All the major league ‘movers and shakers’ decided that this was the hottest and most happening venue to host their events. The snootier, newer hotels are losing out because somehow they have made the elegant Bangaloreans feel that ‘they’ are too good for us. Au contraire dahlings! We abhor pretentious behaviour.

    Prasad Bidapa threw a lovely party at Fava, and showcased elegant diamond jewellery by Love is Forever and a gorgeous haute collection of bridal wear from Seema Malhotra’s boutique Shimmer. Over canapés and wine, the elegant swish set eyeballed the new collection intently.
    Another eyeball popping event was thrown by the sophisticated Dia Bhandary who hosted a chic brunch to meet the gracious Isabella Von Boch at her boutique. All of us listened to her with rapt attention as she casually put together a stunning table display using the exclusive Villeroy and Boch line of cutlery. Super impressed, all the well-heeled ladies, eagerly asked her questions, while a sole gentlemen and his wife only quaffed the wine and mechanically munched their way through the hors d’oeuvres and then disappeared without having the courtesy to even meet the charming Isabella. Improving your manners is a skill my dears.

    Skyye Bar on the rooftop of UB City rocked on Wednesday evening as Moet Chandon celebrated with the city’s elite. Sanchita Ajjampur, the quirky and hugely famous designer who played hostess for Moet for that evening, insisted that the dress code should be ‘playful’. Now that was an improvement over ‘smart chic’ and ‘smart formal’. Most of the guests obliged and the ‘hip n’ happening’ party was a runaway success. The bubbly flowed non-stop as did the canapés and fabulous snacks. The waitstaff took care that everyone was well watered and fed, and considering the crush of people, there wasn’t a single hiccup either with the food or drink. I wish some of the newer hotels would take a leaf out of their books.

    It is way better to pull up your boots rather than being ‘snoots’, my darlings. Ciao.
    Love is indeed, a splendid thing!

    -RUBI CHAKRAVARTI (m rubichakravarti@gmail.com)

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