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    We faced one of life’s big dilemmas, thanks to Diwali and Halloween following one another. While we were waiting to pull out our sparkly clothes and twirl around for the special ‘Slo Mo’ Instagram feature, we also wanted to paint our faces and dress up as grizzly, ghoulish characters. While I thought I was being smart by separating the two (and in my head, extending the fun for one more weekend), others chose to let the two overlap in the strangest and most fun of ways. The ‘Diwaloleen’ celebrations included some card playing, of course, besides lots of delicious food and the required party hopping. It also appeared that all roads led to Radio Room, irrespective of the nature of the celebrations. There were groups in flowing anarkalis and velvet bandhgalas, as well scary jesters, lots of sexy cats, and an assortment of superheroes. And around the city, the little ones had taken to the streets trick-or-treating, having almost as much fun as the adults.
    The week also saw loads for the foodies, and I don’t just mean the festive indulging. The launch of Soul Garden Bistro in Alwarpet saw a young crowd, ready to sample the menu at the new rustic vegetarian venue. Everyone’s guilt was firmly put aside, as they focussed instead on the many offerings, most importantly the sweet ones. The Dessert Lab, ‘196* Below, showcased the star of the evening, the liquid nitrogen ice cream. Nothing like a little molecular gastronomy to add that extra drama. Meanwhile across town at Express Avenue, the foodie trail continued, this time sticking to the basics with an old favourite, the parotta. Or as the South Indians lovingly refer to it, the barotta. Barottas.com presented a ‘Veech Party’ featuring Malaysian chef Amir Hamsah Bin Omar and his unique roti flipping skills. The audience got to work up an appetite for the authentic Malaysian ‘roti canai’ while watching the chef in action.
    The weekend finished off at Phoenix MarketCity with a quick visit from the cast and crew of Kollywood’s much-awaited sequel, Chennai 28 –II. Director Venkat Prabhu, along with the rest of the gang, launched a new line of official merchandise for the film in collaboration with Fully Filmy. The event saw the stars having a little fun with the crowd, and not needing too much persuasion to show off a few special batting moves.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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