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    SUMMER might be here in all its glory, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed things down on the party front. This weekend was definitely testament to that. Friday saw all the action at The Park Chennai, where chairperson of The Park Hotels, Priya Paul, and her husband, Sethu Vaidyanathan, launched an all-new restaurant and bar, A2. The exclusive evening saw Chennai’s swish set enjoying the new space, with the team of chefs and mixologists showcasing the best from the menu. Also present was food writer, author and television host, Rashmi Uday Singh, who, along with the rest of the celeb brigade, ensured all the highlights were shared on social media. Crowd favourites on the menu included the live sushi counter and the goats cheese ice cream with balsamic drizzle.1

    Saturday brought with it loads of multi-tasking, with much of the buzz happening in and around Khadar Nawaz Khan Road. The evening began for me with Belgian Rhapsody at Mehta Jewellers, where, along with celebrating their new logo, the brand showcased a range of stunning Belgian diamonds. No surprises then that the chief guest was Dr Bart De Groof, the first consul general for Belgium in South India, who made a short speech, followed by a fashion showcase with some serious bling. After I enjoyed a double helping of Belgian waffles, my next stop was down the road to pay a quick visit to Mesmereyes MakeUp’s latest launch, a limited-edition brush kit, along with an afternoon of makeovers, tips and tricks to ‘up your make up game’. Akriti Sachdev and team were hands on, giving instructions and useful advice to a group of young ladies who took it all in— some serious, while others were happy to chat and nibble on pink macaroons.

    The evening ended with the exclusive IIT Alumini Center hosting a very different ‘do’ for its members. Jewellery designer Minnie Menon was invited to showcase her collection of semi precious jewellery. “Karun Raman and his lovely models rocked this different space in such a positive way. The intellectual audience was wowed,” said a delighted Minnie. Bharat Joshi, British deputy high commissioner, was the chief guest and his oratory, as always, was brilliant.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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