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    NOTHING like a surprise party to get the juices flowing and this Sunday the person in question was Sunil Prabhakar, who not only successfully completed Clipper 2016, the sailing race around the world, but happened to do it all, just in time to celebrate his 60thbirthday. The unsuspecting birthday boy turned up at Luz House, to find a huge crowd waiting, kitted out with T-shirts, flags and a variety of sailing paraphernalia. Even the cake was a giant sailboat, an impressive replica of the actual vessel itself. Thankfully, this was one of those rare occasions where the surprise actually managed to remain one, and post a few elaborate toasts, the evening went by in a blur of photo-taking madness, dancing and tales from the ocean.
    The rest of the week saw a serious mix of everything from music to cars, starting off with the launch of the Rolls Royce Dawn at the ITC Grand Chola. No celebs, no gimmicks, just a straightforward event with complete focus on the car. The automobile enthusiasts in the crowd didn’t seem to mind, waiting for their chance to take a closer look. The focus then shifted to Sathyam Cinemas, where the action was on the red carpet at the premiere of Suicide Squad. Celebrities let their hair down and had a little fun. Judging by the amount of screaming throughout the movie, there were quite a few DC Comics fans in the house.
    The movie fever spilled over to Friday at Escape, where an eclectic crowd came in their favourite denim for a Jason Bourne screening by the luxe brand, Shrik Jeans. We loved the collective nod to the sexy shirtdress. Saturday evening saw everyone back at ITC Grand Chola where a violin-piano Jugalbandi celebrated the music of India, in the lead up to Independence Day. The concert by violin maestro Sharat C Srivastava and raga pianist Utsav Lal was attended by the city’s swish set from across industries. The two internationally acclaimed musicians found favour with expats and locals alike.
    As Monday approached, we found ourselves at Crowne Plaza at Nayaab, an eclectic showcase of artisanal textiles organised by gallerist Sharan Apparao and Delhi-based textile connoisseur Rupa Sood. A treat for those who love precious textiles, the classic Bihari-style tussar jackets with sujani embroidery by Delhi-based Swati Kalsi and saris with rangkat weave by Hyderabad’s Gaurang Shah were among the highlights of the exhibition.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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