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    After giving us enough of a teaser, international beauty brand Sephora has finally arrived in Chennai (cue sighs of relief, as we no longer have to give friends from overseas long lists of things to bring us). While its doors officially opened a couple of weeks ago, no launch would be complete without a little ‘special treatment’. Friday saw us invited to a ladies-only evening, to indulge in the complete Sephora experience. Which basically meant a guided tour, with the professionals helping us to navigate the complicated world of beauty and cosmetics. Kudos to the team for taking care of the large group of excited women, doing makeovers at lightning speed, keeping us entertained as we alternated between trying lipglosses and bite-sized nibbles. From the newbies to the aficionados, everyone was welcome. Just a few moments with make-up artist Ajoy Sengupta, and I came away with a wealth of knowledge, not to mention some dazzling blue eyeliner.

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    We also got to enjoy Chennai’s first midnight market this week at the Big Feed Boulevard at Crowne Plaza, proclaiming to the world that a little late night shopping was just what the doctor ordered. Judging by the crowds, it appeared that many agreed. Unlike the frenzied rushing around that accompanies most exhibitions of this kind, here it was more about spending time enjoying the experience. The beautiful poolside setup definitely contributed to the feel, with elegant cabanas housing everything from clothes to food to all sorts of knick-knacks. Another fun element was the Please Don’t Tell Bar, featuring ‘48 Shades of Grey’ by stand-up comedian Atul Khatri. The self-admitted ‘oldest stand-up comic in the country’, covered a range of topics, with a heavy emphasis on Sindhi jokes, being a Sindhi himself. A good dose of self-deprecating humour along with the appropriate amount of picking-on-the-audience, made for a fun evening. Atul was introduced on stage by Shweta Mahtani, Latika Arya Golyan and Deepika Goyal, the young ladies who curated the entire event.

    The beautiful poolside setup definitely contributed to the feel, with elegant cabanas housing everything from clothes to food to all sorts of knick-knacks. Another fun element was the Please Don’t Tell Bar, featuring ‘48 Shades of Grey’ by stand-up comedian Atul Khatri. The self-admitted ‘oldest stand-up comic in the country’, covered a range of topics, with a heavy emphasis on Sindhi jokes, being a Sindhi himself. A good dose of self-deprecating humour along with the appropriate amount of picking-on-the-audience, made for a fun evening. Atul was introduced on stage by Shweta Mahtani, Latika Arya Golyan and Deepika Goyal, the young ladies who curated the entire event.

    The beautiful poolside setup definitely contributed to the feel, with elegant cabanas housing everything from clothes to food to all sorts of knick-knacks. Another fun element was the Please Don’t Tell Bar, featuring ‘48 Shades of Grey’ by stand-up comedian Atul Khatri. The self-admitted ‘oldest stand-up comic in the country’, covered a range of topics, with a heavy emphasis on Sindhi jokes, being a Sindhi himself. A good dose of self-deprecating humour along with the appropriate amount of picking-on-the-audience, made for a fun evening. Atul was introduced on stage by Shweta Mahtani, Latika Arya Golyan and Deepika Goyal, the young ladies who curated the entire event.

    The beautiful poolside setup definitely contributed to the feel, with elegant cabanas housing everything from clothes to food to all sorts of knick-knacks. Another fun element was the Please Don’t Tell Bar, featuring ‘48 Shades of Grey’ by stand-up comedian Atul Khatri. The self-admitted ‘oldest stand-up comic in the country’, covered a range of topics, with a heavy emphasis on Sindhi jokes, being a Sindhi himself. A good dose of self-deprecating humour along with the appropriate amount of picking-on-the-audience, made for a fun evening. Atul was introduced on stage by Shweta Mahtani, Latika Arya Golyan and Deepika Goyal, the young ladies who curated the entire event.

    This week also saw the South India Derby Stakes amidst the usual excitement, with Salazaar ridden by P Trevor and owned by United Racing & Bloodstock Breeders Ltd, emerging victorious. While the event saw the attendance of breeders and owners from across the country, who had their business hats on, there were many of us who were there just for the ride (pun intended). While our Chennai crowd may not be particularly up for quintessentially derby sartorial sensibilities, it was quite heartening to see suits, day jackets, summer dresses and androgynous blazers sported by spectators.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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