Song, dance and good cheer

Our nephew, businessman and DJ Karan Bhojwani celebrated his marriage to model Liza Golden from New York this weekend and the exuberant Bhojwanis, namely our sister Deveika and brother-in-law industrialist and musician Suresh, made quite a song and dance of it. Literally.

Over a long and high-spirited brunch at Amadeus there was music, short heartfelt speeches and many golden oldies belted out by the likes of the hosts, music icon Biddu and Ash Chandler, including a specially composed song written and sung by Liza’s new in-laws to welcome her in to the fold. What struck most guests was the simplicity and sincerity of the occasion.

Amitabh, Abhishek and Jaya Bachchan, and (right) Karan and Liza Bhojwani
Amitabh, Abhishek and Jaya Bachchan, and (right) Karan and Liza Bhojwani

No band baja baraat, no lehengas that weigh a ton and no rites and rituals except those that sprung straight from the heart.

Sangeeta and Sajjan Jindal
Sangeeta and Sajjan Jindal

What’s best of all is that everyone in the room from Jaya, Amitabh and Abhisek Bachchan, Yasmin and Azim Premji, Sajjan and Sangita Jindal, Kabir Bedi, Chirayu and Malika Amin, Zarine and Akbar Khan, Dilshad Sheikh, Kavita Singh, Byram Jejeebhoy, Vijay and Smita Crishna, Sandeep Khosla, Bansari and Rajesh Shah, Fahad Samar, Sumant Jaikrishnan, Meena to Suresh Raheja, Ashok Kurien, Queenie Singh and many more were all there because of their genuine connect to the family. Move over big fat Indian wedding.

You’ve just had a serious makeover this week.

The Shape of Things to Come
Saturday night saw the launch of The Residence’ Provenance Land and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts unveiling of the Four Seasons Private Residences Mumbai, said to be India’s first-ever hotel branded residences and Provenance Land’s MD Adarsh Jatia’s dream project.

Ashok, Reena Wadhwa, Shilpi and Adarsh Jatia
Ashok, Reena Wadhwa, Shilpi and Adarsh Jatia

To be occupied by December 2018 and designed by a phalanx of international talent like award-winning American architectural firm Gensler, each of the 26 apartments in the 55-storey tower is said to be created with the promise of cutting-edge contemporary living.

And oohing and ahhing over the bespoke furniture the Chemould Art gallery curated Indian contemporary masters on the walls and Bangkok’s P Landscape- created serene private terrace gardens were the likes of Yohan and Michelle Poonawalla, Ashok and Reena Wadhwa, Devita Saraf, Dino Morea, Ashiesh Shah, Samantha Nayyar, and Boman Rustom Irani to name a few.

With his exquisite wife Shilpi by his side Adarsh Jatia played the impeccable host as he ushered in the shape of things to come for Mumbai’s upscale residents.

More understated elegance
Elegance and understatement once again defined the Bajaj reception to celebrate the wedding of Nirav Bajaj to Sheetal, the couple had got married in Jodhpur recently and parents Minal and Niraj had hosted their family and friends for an elegant sit down dinner.

Saryu Doshi, Bakul Patel and Sharad Pawar
Saryu Doshi, Bakul Patel and Sharad Pawar

We spotted political heavyweight Sharad Pawar, grande dames Bakul Patel and Saryu Doshi, musicians Zila Khan and Anu Malik, industrialists Rahul Bajaj, Harsh Mariwala and Suketu Shah, management guru Sid Khanna, banker Uday Kotak and entertainment and media mavens Sameer Nair and Rael Padamsee among many other thought leaders partaking of the hospitality.

As expected the food was divine (the Japanese mushrooms were the talk of the evening), the proceedings were tasteful and muted and the Bajaj’s were at their gracious best.

RIP Chef Morgan
Sad news from Goa. The handsome chef Morgan Reinforth responsible for the fabulous food at Morjim’s beach restaurant La Plage has been killed in a road accident allegedly by a drunk driver.

We had met the soft spoken and handsome young Frenchman at his restaurant Le Soleil at the Sula festival in Nashik not even a month ago.

As expected the tragic news has left many of his friends and admirers like Rajeev Samantha and Malini and Rahul Akerker ‘utterly devastated’.

RIP Morgan and our condolences to the La Plage family. And hope this makes authorities sit up and take action to make Goa’s killer roads safe and accident free.

Match made in heaven?
OK so for those saddened and confused by the news of the recent Bollywood break up of a handsome producer hero and his spunky stylish wife, here’s some more befuddlement.

The husband, whose name has been linked to not one or two but three beautiful young actresses, is actually said to be contemplating moving in with a fourth!

This one appears to be most like him in edgy cerebral and creative worldview and has herself emerged from a long marriage with another talented director.

A match made in heaven? Appears so.

Billionaire Bravado
“The world’s a funny place: as many tycoons as there are banging on the door frantically to be included in ‘Billionaire lists’ there are just as many trying to have themselves removed from them.”

It was our Oolong tea-serving hostess newly returned from a fat farm in Europe the one favoured by ‘octogenarian oligarchs’.

Huh? We said, the OTFSH is known to make declamatory statements like this and sees the listener’s role as one of offering cues.

“Darling. It’s inverse snobbery,’ she said shooting us her famous withering glance. ‘What kind of list would I want to be in that holds the likes of me’ as Karl Marx had said,” she said.

“Club not list. Groucho not Karl. But yes, fortunately we too know of a few billionaires who loathe being identified as such. But who wants to get in to the lists?”

“Many others,” said the OTFSH. “They petition the editors of biz glossies and say things like, “We have jewelry worth 350 million dollars in our vault. Can that be counted in too — so we make the grade?”

Oh dear, we said, that desperate?

Yep, said the OTFSH. “So naff na?”

Yes, we repeated, ‘so naff na’ and took our leave but not before we heard her say “Boy? Zara tea ke liye hot water lao please...”

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