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    Wea��re all still in the post Diwali fog after a crazy week of revelry. Phoenix Market City started off the festivities with a Diwali night, inviting guests to sample a specially prepared North-Indian feast. The evening saw a heavy expat presence, many of whom were celebrating Diwali in India for the first time. They had taken the dress code quite seriously as well. Turns out their efforts were not in vain, with hampers being given out to the best-dressed couples and families. We were also treated to a fabulous fusion performance with Ravi Chari on sitar, Fazal Qureshi on tabla and Vivek Sonar on flute. The highlight of the evening, however, was a pyrotechnics display, one of the best I have ever seen.
    The party continued at Shannon and Rohan Prabhakara��s, with a late Halloween bash that ended up merging with Diwali. Our hosts went all out on the spooky theme, with everything from flickering jack-o-lanterns to edible jelly eyeballs. I, for one, did not have the guts to try the oozing brain candies. The costumes ranged from clever to hilarious, with cops, pirates, characters from Game of Thrones and one solitary 50 Shades of Grey.

    Kethini also launched their latest collection for the festive season, Art in Leather, at the Kethini Lounge on TTK road. For the ladies, there was a hint of a throwback to the 60a��s and 70a��s and for the gentlemen, an uber peppy vibe.1
    Meanwhile, our own eighth anniversary celebrations went in full swing with The Runway Code, a fashion event, on Friday at The Radisson Blu Hotel. Budding fashionistas from the city competed for the top prize at the fashion show. (Turn to page 25 to find out more.)
    Indie music freaks were spoilt for choices on Saturday as Monsoon Music Mania at the Museum Theatre and IndieEarth at The Park took place simultaneously. While Indie bands, like Skrat, Vidwan, Daira and Oxygen, kept the energy alive throughout the night at the heritage auditorium in Egmore, The Park was rocked by the back-to-back shows of B.R.E.E.D and DJ Hamza featuring Portugese percussionist Manu Idhra.
    Yesterday, fashion choreographer, Sunil Menon, celebrated his 23rd year in the industry by showcasing an exquisite bridal wear collection at Hilton. We caught up with him at the event as he was reminiscing about his grand shows. a�?I specifically remember Gypsy Trail in Kuala Lumpur because of its sheer grandeur. The Miss Sri Lanka Earth 2013 beauty pageant was also special as they invited a non-resident to choreograph the event,a�? he recalled.

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    Paloma Rao


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