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    Whisky, silk shirts or luxe watches? Top celebrities share a few pointers on bringing our clever primate friends into the picture

    IF you are familiar with the Chinese zodiac, you will know that the Year of the Monkey officially began on Monday. Now we all have a favourite monkey story — Bollywood’s Kalki Koechlin says the primates sneak into her Mumbai apartment and wipe out her food. Lisa Ray, meanwhile, recalls having to deal with them during her annual meditation sessions in Dharamshala. The fashion designers, on the other hand, are going all out to celebrate this wily animal, from Prada to Louis Vuitton.

    Armaan Ebrahim,
    Racer: Gastro burger at Monkey Bar
    “I make it a point to visit the Monkey Bar in Bangalore and have at least one meal there, whenever I’m in the city. I love the the Gastro burger. In fact, I’m going there this weekend,” says Armaan Ebrahim, the Chennai racer, who finished second overall in the 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Pacific championship. This year, he will continue with Dilango Racing and hopes to compete in the Asian GT Championship as well as the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Details: 080 41116878

    Vachan Chinnappa,
    DJ: Copper Monkey Special
    ‘‘I play at Monkey Bar, Indiranagar, every week. It’s got an amazing monkey-themed decor, starting right from its mascots (three monkeys sitting side by side). You must try its ‘Copper Monkey’ special from the bar menu. It’s got whisky, passion fruit, mint and orange juice.’’

    Cyrus Sahukar, 

    comedian and actor:
    Organgutan breakfast
    “I am a monkey according to the Chinese calendar and I would love to have breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo. Imagine having breakfast with someone who just listens. I think we are almost on the same diet — bananas. If the orangutans are OK with me, it’s a date,” says Sahukar, who is currently rehearsing for a new play with Rajat Kapoor. `1,215 onwards. Details: zoo.com.sg

    Monkey Shoulder

    Grab this ‘triple malt’ at duty free. A blend of three single malts, it is aged in ex-Bourbon casks, and is creamy and a bit cheeky with the primate trio on the bottle’s shoulder. How did it get its name? From a common ailment among distillery workers. `5,400 at Juben Wines, Mumbai. Details: 09867910001

    Lakshmi Manchu, actor and

    producer: Paul Frank tees
    “I adore the Paul Frank line. They have tees, nightwear and accessories that I pick up on my trips to the US. It’s a fun and expressive collection, in keeping with Julius, the cartoon simian on many of the designs.” Range starts at `1,500. Details: polyvore.com

    Prasad Bidapa, fashion stylist and 

    choreographer: vintage toy
    I had a mechanical monkey when I was growing up. It had cymbals in its hands that would clash together, producing a satisfyingly loud sound. It drove my mother quite mad. Approximately `4,208 . Details: etsy.com

    Narresh Kukreja, designer: Henri Rousseau paintings

    “The monkey is part inspiration for our current resort collection — artist Henri Rousseau’s paintings of jungles where monkeys are depicted indulging playfully amidst the vegetation. The joyous mood is emulated in our holiday prints.’’ Details: shivanand-narresh.com

    One luxury watch

    Among the luxury watches celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Ulysse Nardin Classico Collection is a keeper. With the monkey peering out in a cartoon-strip fashion, and the champleve method of enameling adding effect, it’s time to invest in one. At `28,65,600. Details: 011 41513110

    Picture this

    A QR code comes with the red envelopes by China-based Schroders (used for the traditional gift of money). Scan and download the free Chinese New Year app, and a selfie-ready live monkey will juggle peaches on screen. Approx `815

    Robin Uthappa,

    cricketer: The Hangover 2
    I can instantly recall Marcel from Friends. The little fellow added to the laugh riot and I think it makes for a sweet pet, too. I also loved the monkey in the movie,
    The Hangover 2.

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