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Zubin Songadwalla, Virender & Sheeba Razdan (left), Essmath Khaleeli & Riyaaz Amlani (middle), Anisha Bhandari & Radhika Mukhija (right)

Hallelujah! Bangalore is now officially out of ‘kindergarten’ mode. We are ‘allowed’ food and drink till 1 am on weekends and whenever else we behave ourselves. A multitude of papers wanted my reaction and it was always the same. I believe that we live in a democracy and rules must not be thrust down my throat. And secondly, with any type of freedom comes a personal responsibility.

Anita Nair

Anita Nair

I took a deep breath and plunged headlong into the frantic social scene that unfolded this week. It started with the launch and book reading of good friend and acclaimed author Anita Nair’s new novel Idris. The venue was the tucked away poolside at the Taj West End. The earth smelled as if it would rain, and the distant rumble of thunder just added to the magic of the evening.

Personal stylist and socialite Manjusha Maheshwari invited all her friends to a trunkshow of the sophisticated brand Christian Louboutin at the Ritz Carlton. The show was everything one would expect from a high-end brand. Over hors d’ouevres and cocktails, people eyeballed the new collection. Judging by how fast the merchandise flew off the shelf, one can safely assume that Louboutin has come here to stay!

Anisha Bhandari, art connoisseur, good friend and yummy mummy, invited us to preview an art collection from Mumbai, in aid of children afflicted by cancer. ITC Windsor saw a large turn out of Anisha’s friends, as they generously supported this great cause.

Gregarious and generous Riyaaz Amlani is perfect for the business that he is in; running restaurants. The successful young entrepreneur genuinely enjoys feeding people, and considering the chain of restaurants he has under his ample belt, his new offering Social was a hit. Avant-garde and edgy, with superb food and quirky cocktails, this resto-bar has everything and more. Well done Riyaaz!

The week ended on a perfect note at the ITC Windsor’s Dublin pub. Hosts with the most, GM Virender Razdan and his gracious and friendly wife Sheeba, invited us for the Burrah Sahib brunch along with the party people of Bengaluru. Great world cuisine coupled with the best selection of wine and cocktails and a wonderful band… could anything possibly go wrong with this scenario?

Seriously people, namma Bengaluru has truly come of age.

-Rubi Chakravarty (m rubichakravarti@gmail.com)
The writer’s views expressed here are  entirely in her personal capacity.

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