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    The lead up to Diwali saw us well and truly indulging—letting our hair down, casting our diets to the wind, all the while promising that we’ll go back to our good behaviour ‘on Monday’. What that also meant was that we’d been exercising our right to some festive retail therapy, with loads of options this weekend. Our first stop was the Taj Club House where Collage presented a bespoke line of saris from designers Swati and Sunaina’s heritage collection. One must never underestimate the draw of the six-yard wonder, and we watched as the beautiful Benarasi weaves enchanted the discerning ladies of the city.  It was great to have the designers there, answering questions and explaining the nuances of their signature pieces. Our next stop was Crowne Plaza, for a private showing of Ratika Haksar’s new collections, Symmetrika and Bellegance. An afternoon of coffee, wine and conversation, while we tried on some beautiful jewellery, was an offer that’s hard to resist. The girly event proved to be just what the doctor ordered, as everyone got to catch up, while ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over our favourite pieces. For those who couldn’t make up their minds, Haksar was standing by to point them in the right direction. Our final stop was late in the day, or should I say night, at Phoenix Market City, for their Midnight Shopping Festival. Yes, you read that right. To sweeten the deal, apart from fun games like Blackjack and Roulette, we were treated to special performances, including a Tanoura dancer from Cairo and fire-cum-belly dancers from Ukraine. So you can see why even the most serious of shoppers couldn’t help getting a little distracted. Apart from all the retail therapy, this week also saw the launch of Theatre Spot Production with a two-part event, allowing a little something for everyone. The festivities began with a mid-week soiree at Aqua, The Park, that included (of course) a fashion show. In keeping with tradition, director Balaji Mohan and actor Sanchita Shetty did the honours and officially launched the venture.  Part two was the red carpet premiere of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, at IMAX, attended by movie buffs, Page 3 regulars and a sprinkling of teeny boppers.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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