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    My week was a mix of things, like something out of a rather strange dream. But if I’m being honest, every other week in Chennai feels like something out of a weird dream, or even better, a TV drama. While I have enjoyed the running commentary on social media, with the ‘common people’ giving us their view on the proceedings, I shall firmly stick to the less controversial and more light-hearted events of the week. Here’s the recap.arun-vijay

    Saturday saw the coming together of art and science, as I got to be a part of the finale of ‘Transparence’ at Le Meridien, a nationwide architecture competition by Saint Gobain. Not my area of study or expertise, in case you’re wondering, but this is still an annual event that I really look forward to. To sum it up, amazing designs by some of the most talented students from across the country, with Kunal Jain and Shivani Agarwal from IPS Academy, Indore, bagging the `75,000 prize to much cheer from the crowd. Meanwhile, across town at Art Houz, a select group had gathered for the launch of A Ride Through Life, a Street Photography Exhibition by Karthik Srinivasan. The celebrity photographer, who has become quite the celebrity himself, was at his spiffy best, in black and white, as were most of the guests, come to think of it, following the theme of the photographs on display.

    Next on the agenda was Valentine’s Day with something on offer at every spot across the city. The hardcore romantics were at Aqua enjoying the specially curated five-course aphrodisiac menu. Oyster shooters anyone? Or perhaps some dark chocolate and paprika mousse? On the flip side, and this is my favourite part, was the ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’ party at Leather Bar, complete with karaoke and other elements to help you forget your romantic troubles. It looks like several groups of ladies were taking advantage of ‘Gal-entines day’ (it gets tricky, but stay with me), vetoing romance for a chance to have a night out with the girls. More such fun was to be seen at Radio Room with Valentine’s Collab, featuring Kavita Thomas, Ritesh Dharmaraj, Conrad Simmons and Ramkumar Kanakarajan coming together with our favourite mushy classics.

    And just when you’re thinking, ‘a week without a fashion show?’ think again, because ending the week was the Max Spring-17 showcase at Forum Vijaya Mall. The twist this time was that the models were popular fashion bloggers who put their unique twist on the collection, featuring everything from tailored jumpsuits to nautical stripes and tropical prints.

    Black  or white

    As you can probably guess, that was the dress code at this do. And it fit perfectly with the theme of Karthik Srinivasan’s exhibition of photos on the walls at Art Houz , launched last weekend. Red wine did the rounds. The open bar was thankfully not loud. And glam was the mood, without a doubt.

    Date night

    Water colours don’t usually spell foreplay. But on V-Day last week, some couples decided to swap their dinner-and-a-movie plan to recreate the Van Gogh classic, The Starry Night, together at Wandering Artist.
    Now you know it’s possible to give your better half a romantic ‘brush-off’.

    Bottoms up

    There’s only one thing that beats cocktails. Cocktails made by glitzy peeps we know, namely Karun Raman, Sidney Sladen and Lakshmi K. Wednesdays just became our second favourite day after Saturday, courtesy the good folks at Illusions.

    Swipe right

    Ink 303  decided to go all Tinder on us  for Valentine’s Day.  While it remains uncertain  just how  these hep folks got their dates, we have to  say, with that bow tie and those suspenders, these guys spared no expense at looking mighty fine. Mindvoice: Dayum!

    say cheese!

    Lacey numbers and cold shoulder tops seemed to dominate a recent shindig at 365 AS. Old friends, hot dates,  good music and of course… beer. Does life get any better?

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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