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    We’ve finally stopped complaining about the weather and started to whole-heartedly enjoy the few months of ‘outdoorsy-ness’ that Chennai allows. I found myself taking a quick trip to a friend’s farm near Mahabs and, on the way back, stopping to admire the sunset at Surf Turf, Covelong. Turns out we weren’t the only ones, with the supermoon drawing sky-gazers of all kinds to the coast. As we amateurs discussed its nuances, we agreed that (despite our sad attempts at photography) we were happy to share in this once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime moment.

    The weekend also included the third anniversary of The Moon and Sixpence at Hablis. Saturday night meant the usual assortment of party peeps, expats and Kollywood celebs, which probably explained the interesting line-up of music. The main attraction was Bengaluru-based Sylvester Trio, who didn’t just give us their signature sound—a mix of rock, blues and jazz—but added some Tamil kuthu funk, too. Meanwhile, across town, it was a different sort of performance with Broken Images, starring Shabana Azmi, at the Sir Mutha Hall. The audience saw a mix of hardcore theatregoers along with the Azmi fans (hoping for a post-show ‘selfie’). Both sets enjoyed a gripping performance, with the thespian navigating the one-woman show with ease.

    The third event for the night wasn’t a performance, but I suppose you could say it was a homage to one of the world’s best-loved single malts, Glenlivet. If there’s one thing I’ve realised, it’s that people take their Scotch very seriously here.

    We were also reminded this weekend that we’re just about a month away from Christmas. It was all about the cake mixing—being enjoyed in different ways at various venues. At Le Meridien, actor Arun Vijay joined the team at the hotel to do the honours and ring in some yuletide cheer. Copious amounts of alcohol and dried fruit were mixed together, leaving us with the usual question of whether there’s a method to the madness. After a couple of cake-mixing events over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t. So mix away, the more the merrier.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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