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    I guess you could call it a happy coincidence that all the things I said we need to see more of – music, beachside events and men’s fashion, happened this week. Maybe I should whip up another list and see if it happens again. But first, a recap of the weekend’s events.

    Friday saw two very different events offering just the right pace, depending on what you were in the mood for. The first was a combination of both the beach and music, with Jazz and Blues by Ann Taylor at Surf Turf, Kovalam. The informal evening was all about enjoying the space, decorated beautifully with sparkly fairy lights. Interestingly enough, there was a singer or musician at almost every table, and the performance switched to a more interactive format with people taking turns joining in. One of the crowd favourites was Diwakar Kairasi and Ann’s rendition of John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change. Adding to the charm and the community feel were the Surf Turf doggies who strolled in and out of the stage area, unaffected by all the commotion. The official performance gave way to some impromptu jamming and even a little karaoke.

    Meanwhile across town, things were kicking into high gear at Park Hyatt’s Flying Elephant with the launch party of Rare Rabbit. Hosted by Manish and Akshika Poddar, the evening saw a mixed crowd, from the ‘Page 3’ regulars to the ones who prefer to fly under the radar. The familiar space was dotted with elements of the brand, from gilded rabbits to cut-outs of the logo to psychedelic projections on the walls. No surprises that most of the fun was at the photo booth, with everyone making good use of the props on offer.

    The fun for the gentlemen continued with Tailorman launching their new collection and announcing their collaboration with House of Three’s Sounak Sen Barat at their store on TTK Road. Sunday again saw a mixed crowd making a beeline for the ceremonial wear label, which included a composite of tuxedos, bandhgalas and breeches. Despite the focus being on the gentlemen, their female counterparts appeared quite happy to attend, and of course, offer their valued opinions.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

    (In picture – From L-R: Vidya Natraj, Sounak Sen Barat, Gautam Golchha at Tailorman)

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