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    What a week it’s been! With all that’s been happening I’m sure you wouldn’t mind me focusing on the positives, as hard as they are to come by these days.

    A big chunk of my week flew past with the whirlwind wedding celebrations of Suhail Chandok and Trishya Screwvala. A coming together of two giant clans in a Chennai-meets-Mumbai fairytale wedding. The ceremony took place at the Taj Mahal Palace, against the backdrop of the Gateway of India, as the couple exchanged vows, bringing most of the crowd to tears. It was one beautiful setting after another with the evening giving way to a sit down dinner where both fathers, Ronnie Screwvala and Vicky Chandok, raised toasts we won’t soon forget. Quite something considering the amount of bubbly that was doing the rounds. The reception at the Turf Club the next day saw Bollywood’s A-listers putting their best foot forward, toasting the couple and wishing them all the best. Champagne seemed to also be the colour of choice with everyone from Katrina Kaif to Rekha favouring the shade. The party then shifted to Chennai’s coastline with everything from a fun beach house party, with dancing till the wee hours of the morning, to cocktails and dinner at Taj Fisherman’s Cove. Here’s wishing the couple all the happiness in the world!

    Meanwhile across town, Kingsley played host to Pradeep Pillai, launching his brand of fine handloom sarees. Founder Ahalya looked picture perfect herself, wearing one of the designer’s beautiful pieces. The guests were not far behind, showing off an eclectic collection of drapes, not all going the ‘pattu’ route. The evening included a presentation by Nitish Bharti, a world-famous sand artist and storyteller, tracing the journey of the designer. As for Pradeep himself, he said this was the most he’s ever spoken in one evening, and  I must say, not too bad for his first time on the microphone. The chatter continued over cocktails, with all the ladies wanting his valuable opinion, while picking out the right piece for themselves. Later in the week, the crowd was at Lalit Kala Academy where Gallery Sumukha hosted a special preview of Beyond Horizons an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations by renowned Indian artist Paresh Maity. The event saw a mixed gathering, with the usual faces from the art scene, along with designers, architects and interior decorators. Most of the conversation centred on Maity’s work, and his inspirations over the years. The week ended with TI Cycles launching their latest range of bikes along with a tech-forward fashion show choreographed by Karun Raman. While the runway was done up to look like a  road, the bikes were brought in on hydraulics, accompanied by the models in new-age active wear.

    Paloma Rao
    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

    (In picture: Jackie, Karun, Sameena, and Netanya)

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