Despite the crazy weather over the past week, Chennai, as it always does, managed to find ways to keep occupied. Heralding the start of the Christmas season, was a string of cake mixing parties across the city. At Residency Towers, Charles Fabian, the general manager, ensured that guests had a great time. As is tradition, everyone suited up and set to work, mixing gigantic portions of dried fruit with a variety of spirits. The cake mixing ceremony, which definitely helped us work up an appetite, was followed by high tea.
Meanwhile, at Evoluzione, the ladies were getting their bling on with Sapna Singhania and her 2015 festive collection. The designer is hugely popular in the city, with her statement pieces that are all about easy elegance. Her regulars lined up for one-on-ones, along with quite a few new faces who just had to pay her a visit. Singhania was happy to walk everyone through the beautiful range of earrings, cuffs and cocktail rings, tweaking and customising as required.
For music buffs, the week saw American singer Jeff Gutt and his band Rival City Heights perform at the Sir Mutha Concert Hall, in aid of charity organised by the Princess Alia Foundation. In true Chennai style, the audience saw a mixed crowd, with some who’ve been following Jeff from his X-Factor days, to others who were there for an evening of good old rock music, in spite of the heavy downpour. And it turns out their journey in the rain was totally worth it, with Gutt and the band doing a fabulous job. They played songs from their upcoming album, along with a few popular covers thrown in here and there.
The weekend ended with the annual Global Adjustments’ Beautiful Expatriate Photo Competition award ceremony. With over 1,000 photographs being sent in this year, Melissa Freitas of Brazil, Kevin ILES of the UK and Michael Stroband of Germany were the winners in the Places, Faces and Black & White categories respectively. The event also saw citizens of countries, like Chile, France and Italy, dancing to catchy numbers from Bollywood and Kollywood.