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    The city was buzzing this week, with a line -up of events that would have presented a challenge even for the most dedicated of social butterflies. Which also means I’ll do my best to squeeze it at all in. Audi revealed their new Q3 across the country, with a simultaneous launch in Chennai and Bengaluru on Friday. Aimed at a younger crowd, the brand chose young achievers from each city to do the honours. Chennai saw actor-singer Andrea Jeremiah and racer Aditya Patel, with the former doing a good job of keeping the press on track, despite their curiosity about upcoming film projects. In Bangalore, the focus was even more so on the ‘young’ aspect, with brand ambassadors chef Siddhanth Sawkar, singer-songwriter Soundariya Jayachandran and golf champ Sharmila Nicollet, who are 24, 21 and 23 years old, respectively. Talk about making the rest of us feel small. Post the unveiling, guests got to check out the car, along with a host of its special features.
    The weekend also saw Gaslight, by the Madras Players in association with The Boardwalkers, at the Museum Theatre. Directed by Michael Muthu, the play commanded quite a turn out, despite the rains, and it was well worth it. Great performances along with fabulous sets and lighting, had the audience riveted throughout.
    A bit of pampering and indulgence followed, with The Duchess Club and Kama Ayurveda presenting a talk on Ayurveda at Savera Hotel. Women from all walks of life were part of the workshop that addressed various issues, followed by a lively interactive session. The ladies were given tips and tricks with a range of Kama products.
    Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the rains only showed Cindy Crawford to advantage as the supermodel and Omega ambassador patiently posed for the flashbulbs. At an elegant sit down dinner at the Taj Mahal Palace, both Crawford and fellow ambassador Abhishek Bachchan charmed the audience with first-hand information about the Swiss watch brand’s new Constellation Pluma Collection. Guests sampled everything from avocado with heart of palm to halfmoon chocolate filled with ice cream, while fans managed quick selfies with the glamorous Crawford, who turns 50 next year. Musician Loy Mendonsa and his beautiful daughter, Alyssa, kept the entertainment meter running all night.

    – paloma@newindianexpress.com

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