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What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista

Fusion fare

Kanika Saxena, Bipasha Basu and Surjapriya Ghosh at the launch of Bong Bong

Lovers of Bengali cuisine rejoiced at the launch of Bong Bong from Surjapriya Ghosh along with Kanika Mohan Saxena. The pre-launch dinner saw the likes of foodies Bipasha Basu, Umesh Pherwani, Pavan Anand, Shama Sikandar, Siddharth Kannan, Nivedita Basu. Pragati Mehra and Akshay Sethi. Everyone was all praise for this 500 square foot restaurant with its distinct Calcutta vintage in the inclusion of kerosene lanterns, an old radio, framed Boroline and Murphy Radio advertisements and the sepia-toned walls featuring hand-painted murals of hand-pulled rickshaws. And everyone relished the decidedly contemporary fare with a fusion of Bengali and European cooking.

Wine and dine

Jade Jagger and Silvia Grimaldo at the Hardys evening at Vinoteca

It was time to sip and savour some fine wines at Vinoteca by Sula as Cecilia Oldne, global brand ambassador at Sula Vineyards/ Sula Selections hosted a Hardys wine and Vinoteca tapas soiree to celebrate almost a decade of Hardys existence in India. Catherine Gwynne, regional director – Americas, Middle East, Central Asia & Africa, Accolade Wines and Australian Consul General Steve Waters were present along with guests like Jade Jagger, Anil Chopra and Bandana Tewari. And besides the wines everyone thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic food fare crafted by chef Silvia Grimaldo.

Getting started

Nidhi Choudhary and Nidhi Jani at the India Resort Fashion Week party at F bar

You had a glimpse of exciting things to come at the pre-party of the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) 2012 coming up in Goa, presented by Dheeraj Realty and powered by Gitanjali. The action was at the fashionable F bar with the sound of DJ music and the flow of hors d’oeuvres and 100 Pipers and other spirits. Spotted having a good time were Rocky S, Nidhi Munim, Marvie Ann Beck, Hard Kaur, Riyaz Gangji, Shouger Doshi, Babita Malkani, Deepali Sontakkey and Jacky Bhagnani among many others. Also present were Nidhi Choudhary, MD, IRFW and Nidhi Jani, chief relationship officer, IRFW. The fashion bites like tawa fish with tequila lime glaze, chicken teriyaki pizza, pav bhaji vol au vent among other items were much appreciated. And the talk was on the fashion extravaganza where music and fashion culminate for a one-of-a-kind beach experience.

The final fling

Kangana Ranaut at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour at Grand Hyatt

China House at Grand Hyatt was the happy venue for the after-party of the last leg of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour that traversed several cities around the country. The last show featured Vikram Phadnis showcasing his creations and the beauty of textures. Beige, lime green and coral shades caught your eye with Malaika Arora Khan as showstopper. On day one, Kangana Ranaut was the heavenly showstopper for Gaviin Miguel’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ show. Other showstoppers at the two-day event included Sonakshi Sinha, Evelyn Sharma, Celina Jaitley, Esha Gupta and Sania Mirza.


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