THIS week, fortunately, had a little less frenzied rushing about and more time spent giving things some serious thought. Saturday saw quite the mix, with Rajeev Balakrishnan launching his book Death Seeking Immortal at Savera Hotel, amidst members of the Duchess Club and Indian mythology fans. It was an afternoon of interesting debates and discussions. Panelists Prakash Raj, Anita Ratnam and Rajeevan shared their different opinions, not just on the subject matter but its significance in current times as well. Meanwhile across town another group of ladies was busy at Sapna Handa’s styling workshop, where the image consultant offered a crash course on everything from quick-fixes to how to make the best of your wardrobe. With a few expert tips, the group, that included design students, entrepreneurs and businesswomen, seemed to be well on their way to mastering the art of dressing for success.
The girl power continued later on into the week with FICCO FLO presenting a talk, ‘Women, Empowerment and Me’ by Krithi Jayakumar. The lawyer, writer and women’s rights activist, gave a talk that was not just touching but really hit close to home, judging by the response from the audience. What was meant to be a few questions, took a lengthy turn, with lots of sharing of personal experiences. Almost on cue, Saturday night saw the city enjoying some electrifying EDM by Ma Faiza, who I’ve recently learnt is the mother of Electronica in India. More power to the ladies, and Ma Faiza certainly walked the talk, with the crowds staying put at The Leather Bar till the wee hours.
Sunday saw the art connoisseurs gather at Gallery Veda for ‘Introspective Revelations’, a group show of ten artists from across the country. Artists Sareena Khemka and Yuvan Bothisathuvar were present, interacting with guests. Yuvan’s piece Dilemma seemed to have found favour with the crowd, a work highlighting how caught up we get with myriad choices. At last we landed at designer Rehane’s store in Nungambakkam where we saw her pre-festive chanderi, georgette and silk collection up close. We loved the Chinese-inspired floral motif on the full, high waisted skirts.