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    At Experience Hidesign

    As the countdown to the end of the year begins, we resign ourselves to the fact that a ‘quiet’ week will be hard to come by. While even the hard core partiers insist that they need their ‘post Diwali’ break, there seems to be none in sight. This week saw Chennai’s love for Bollywood really being put to the test, as we watched crowds fall over themselves to get a glimpse of Hrithik Roshan. Post the release of Krrish 3, the star was in town for a press conference at Sathyam Cinemas. While his popularity was never in question, the crazy, hysterical mob of girls that had gathered, took things to another level.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of town, it was fans of a different kind who had landed up at the Hyatt Regency for the World Chess Championship, hoping to get a glimpse of their chess hero. It’s a good thing they were able to keep themselves occupied as they killed time, posing with the life-sized chess pieces displayed all over the lobby. Those that weren’t crazy about chess were happy to sample the special Norwegian menu created for the occasion.

    The Inglot makeup class

    The Inglot makeup class

    Mid week, the ladies queued up for a makeup master class by Inglot at their store at Express Avenue. It was a great way for everyone to catch up and learn something from the experts. Not that us women ever need much of an excuse to get together for a girly afternoon. Wielding the magic wand was Lisa Munlua, who created a ‘Winter special look’ and a ‘Neon inspired look’, all in a matter of minutes. Pops of colour, deft strokes and a steady hand had everyone nodding their approval. Of course, she offered encouragement, telling everyone that they could do it too — all they had to do was practice. Post the demo, guests got to explore the huge range of products with more tips from the experts.

    The do-it-yourself theme continued with Hidesign conducting the next edition of Experience Hidesign at their newest store at Forum Vijaya Mall. People got to try their hands at making products, and using basic tools, with help from the Hidesign artisans. We soon found out that it’s not as easy as one might think, but we were mighty pleased with our efforts. Some gentlemen had success and managed to produce key chains, card holders and a couple of other knick knacks.

    — Paloma Rao (paloma@newindianexpress.com)

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