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Glamorous celebration

It is a truth universally acknowledged across the civilised world, that when Nicholas Coleridge, president of an international publishing company, hosts a party, everyone comes.

Such has been the media maven’s perch in the world of media celebrity fashion, luxury, design that he has some of the world’s most powerful individuals on speed dial. And so, when Coleridge decided to celebrate Alex Kuruvilla’s (of Conde Nast) successful decade with the group, the ballroom of a five-star saw some of the country’s most famous faces in attendance.

Alex Kuruvilla and Nicholas Coleridge
Alex Kuruvilla and Nicholas Coleridge

Bollywood was represented by Kangana Ranaut, Katrina Kaif and Karan Johar, fashion by Tarun Tahliani, Anita Dongre, Sabyasachi, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the art world by Reena and Jitesh Kallat, Riyaz Komu and Bose Krishnamachari; glamour by Natasha Poonawalla, Haseena Jethmalani, Kriti Sanon and Roohi Jaikishan, and the luxury hotel industry by the Taj’s Taljinder Singh, the Leela’s Rajiv Kaul and the Oberoi’s Devendra Bharma.

Katrina Kaif, Alex Kuruvilla, Karan Johar
Katrina Kaif, Alex Kuruvilla, Karan Johar

What’s more, there were speeches, toasts and even a video phone in, from the likes of Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Kant, Vir Sanghvi and AD Singh. And as these things go, there were limos drawing up even as we exited at the bewitched hour, and the party showed no sign of winding down.

Raghavendra Rathore and Tarun Tahiliani
Raghavendra Rathore and Tarun Tahiliani

Lunch with Dr Pai
Lunch with Dr Jamuna Pai, grande dame of beauty and cosmetic procedures in the city, is always illuminating. When we met at a SoBo club this Wednesday, Pai brought us up to speed on the three cheers of her recent professional achievments: the recasting of one of her famous brands as the more appropriate Skin Lab with new branding and a new logo. “When we started out, we were really focused more on traditional skin solutions like facials, etc,” says Pai.

“But over the years, we have delved into cutting edge non- invasive procedures like Botox and fillers, hence, the new name is more appropriate” adds the lady who travels the world continuously seeking to upgrade her knowledge and skills. The other two causes for cheer are the opening of the newly refurbished quarters of her clinic in Khar, and the launch of a new clinic in Bangalore.”

As for the question we had been wanting to ask her for a while: who’s more beauty and skin conscious — the women of Delhi or Mumbai? Pai, who has a flourishing client based in the capital didn’t hesitate a moment to reply: “Any day the women of Delhi, they leave the Mumbai women far behind when it comes to vanity!” Hmmm... somehow that’s what we’d always thought.

To dad, with love
Always nice to see father-daughter bonding. We came across this picture of young actress Shazahn Padamsee, and theatre veteran (and leading prime time sound byter) Alyque Padamsee, posted by the actress on social media.

Shazahn and Alyque Padamsee
Shazahn and Alyque Padamsee

The picture was taken last week, at the performance of ‘Legend of Lovers,’ which was not only also Padamsee’s 76th directorial venture, but also the one which fulfilled his daughter’s dream of acting in a play directed by him! Shazahn captioned the photo, “The day I finally fulfilled my childhood dream.” Nice!

Tokyo to Delhi
The vivacious TV host and publishing heiress, Koel Purie, flew into Delhi from Japan where she is currently based and found to her great delight, that one of the episodes of her popular show had won an award.

Koel Purie receives the award
Koel Purie receives the award

“I didn’t even know it was nominated,” she posted later on social media, adding, “So I put on a dress and lipstick and went to receive it.” And the flurry of congratulatory responses had more or less the same theme: some dress and some hair do!

Culture activist
“It’s about why it’s very important for the city to think about creating cultural institutions that allow for all forms of creative expressions,” says Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Director of the Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, about the talk she will be delivering next week at the Willingdon Club, on Bombay/Mumbai The Past, Present and the Future.

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta

“Because creative thinking is at the core of innovation and success. We are in a different time zone i.e. we are still stuck in the 19th century. Our mindset has to change and while the government is opening up all other sectors, it will still not let go of culture,” says the lady, whose run-ins with authorities have not stopped her from not just reviving and restoring the Bhau Daji Lad museum, but also introducing museum culture into the city’s consciousness.

As for the Willingdon, she says “It’s probably one of Mumbai’s finest clubs and it has a wonderful heritage ambience that it has preserved, so it’s the perfect place for the talk.”

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