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    In what was almost a continuation of last week, we got to engage in multiple flights of fancy that included fashion, art and tasty treats. Giving our weekend an early start was an Alice in Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Design Hotel’s Annam Café. Hosted by Sunita Choraria, Tina Malhotra and Farah Danani, the evening was one we won’t soon forget. Looking like a page out of the Lewis Carroll classic, the familiar space was transformed beyond recognition. Creepers seemed to blossom out of the woodwork, incandescent lights cast a sparkle over the room and ticking clocks, giant rabbits and lopsided crockery added to the optical illusion, making us wonder if we’d had one mimosa too many. My favourite part were the lovely headpieces specially designed by Little Shilpa that we got to pick out for ourselves, while we enjoyed the more imaginative versions on the real-life mannequins who appeared almost part of the décor. While the invitation may have been for ‘tea and some cakes’, the lavish spread by Aditi Dugar turned out to be as imaginative as the theme itself.
    Friday saw us back at the same venue, this time in a different mood, post the inauguration of Threshold into a Dream, an art installation by TV Santhosh. The sculpture of Mumbai’s Victoria Station, sitting in a strategic part of Phoenix MarketCity, has been a part of many conversations around the city for a while now. And we finally got to hear the thought process behind it.
    Meanwhile, actress Sunny Leone and singer Neha Kakkar were in town on Saturday, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Though the show started an hour late, fans came away with a smile of their faces. After all, Leone rocked the stage to popular Hindi songs like Baby Doll and Do Peg Maar.
    The magic continued at Park Hyatt on Saturday, where The Glenlivet Legacy dinner was a multi-sensory evening. Darren Hosie, international brand ambassador – Asia Pacific, Chivas Brothers, took patrons through the heritage of the celebrated single malt, and the highlight was The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, a tribute to founder George Smith’s original vision.

    Paloma Rao—  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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