So now that I’m all caught up on my blog let me just tell you what an amazingly hectic weekend I’ve had! Friday night: Cafe Goa, Poison, after-party @ Ken’s. Saturday: (Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, Aroma Thai for foot massage) Zenzi Mills, China House, Bling, 7am breakfast buffet @ Leela Kempinski (again!)
For some reason Saturday night in Mumbai was just a little extra rocking. In fact everywhere we went was PACKED beyond belief. I even asked some of the club owners if they knew why. Jehan from Blue Frog explained that the 905 people that showed up were on account of French trance DJ Neuromotor who flew down especially for DJ Asad’s birthday (who played the opening set) what a cool birthday prezzie eh? We unfortunately never made it in the line outside looked a little too daunting! Matan Schabracq who’s new branch of Zenzi next to Blue Frog dubbed “Zenzi Mills” joked, “I think it’s because they heard I’m in town again!” (love him!) and then went on to explain, “No seriously… I have no idea. Maybe because its almost raining and people are gonna be stuck at home then?” Point. Rishi Acharya who’s new club Oba (which has and I repeat; the best hip hop DJ ever) said, “Place was rocking, the whole older social lot were there for dinner and then in the lounge for drinks. Suresh & Meena Raheja, Sidharth Bhandari, Suzie & Deepak Mirchandani and even Upen Patel.”
P.S. I briefly saw a slightly scruffy-cute looking Kelly Dorji at China House (amid the constant stream of people walking up and down (why do they do that?) perhaps not having bothered to shave since ex girlfriend Lara Dutta and ex best friend and Lara’s new boyfriend Dino Morea are still in Macau) and later at Bling last night Naved Jaffery (was wandering around, not really getting noticed but now that I know he was at the opening of the new Indo Afro restaurant earlier that night, the waistcoat makes more sense) Sohail Khan walked in past 2am (flanked by groupies and bodyguards) and Gautam Singhania was the last to leave. Well maybe technically we were, but I saw Rishi Acharya enjoying the Leela breakfast buffet just like us, what a spread and for 800rs ($17) what a steal! Tonight I had every intention of attending as Chef Max unfurled his monsoon menu at Olive, Bandra (and as I mentioned A.D. and Sabina Singh played host come rain or shine) but I’m just too partied out! As Garfield once wisely said; “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!” Tomorrow night I’m on air on 94.3 Radio One with Twitter Tunes, my buddy Chetan’s cricket commentary and live Tarot readings with Lara Shah so tune in, we’ll party. This Wednesday Shamita Singha is hosting the launch of another Sobo (i.e. South Mumbai for the uninitiated) lounge and Something Relevant are playing are Blue Frog (Yesssss!) I’ll be there and not be square.
Arjan Bajwa posing with Gallardo Coupe
Adar Poonawala with his Ferrari 430 Spyder 2
BMW M6 Cabrio
Rolls Royce Phantom
Ariel Atom 3
Raj Kundra with his Audi r8
Lamborghini Galloardo Coupe
Vijay Path,Guatam Singhania with Arjan Bajwa
On a sweltering Sunday morning people actually ventured out of there air conditioned homes for an adrenalin rush powered by some of the cities big boys in their fast cars. The Shell Helix Motor Oils, Parx Super Car Show had the cities rich and restless and over 60 real life hot wheels all gathered at the Kala Ghoda circle in a spectacular display of super cars (everywhere you looked there were Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Maseratis, Bentleys, Audis, BMW’s you name it!) before Narain Karthikeyan flagged off the rally (which was more like a parade really) and as all good things do, the afternoon ended with brunch at Joss.
(P.S. Looks like Shiny Ahuja and John Abraham had a last minute change of heart and decided not to show up. I can only imagine what would keep boys from playing with a fleet of sophisticated cars. Either there was a simultaneous bike race or a girl is involved!)
Teejay Siddhu and her husband Manoj Bohra & Chetan Hansraj
Gautam Singhania and Narain Karthikeyan
This Sunday at 10am Narain Karthikeyan will be flagging off some of Mumbai’s big boys in their fast cars from Kala to Siddhivinayak as part of The Parx Super Car Show presented by Shell Helix Motor Oils arranged by Autocar Magazine in association with Bellset Entertainment to launch India’s first Super Car Club. A presentation of 40 of the finest performance and prestige cars along with their owners. Celebrity guests include Shiny Ahuja (who’s contemplating getting behind the wheel) John Abraham (who’s not) and Akshay Khilachand, Adar & Yohan Poonawlla, Sunny Dewan, Anil Ambani and Gautam Singhania who are raring to race. Once they finish the rally they’ll head to Joss for brunch and post drive drinks. I wonder if Ajay Devgan wants to take his new wheels for a spin?
Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe
Some of the cars present for display will be Lamborghini, Porsche Caymen, Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe; BMW X-6, Bentley Continental GT, Nissan GTR and Audi R8.
Last I heard Vijay Mallya was going from bikini calendars to special edition sports cars associated with popular brands. Raymonds MD Gautam Singhania was planning to join Mallya’s club by associating his Parx brand with an exclusive line of sports cars. Singhania has initiated talks with a Maharashtra-based family, engaged in the business of making exclusive sports cars for select clients, to produce the range of Parx Roadsters. Incidentally, Singhania was himself among the first clients of this family’s indigenously produced sports car – Chinkara.
Priced at Rs 6.7 lakh, the two-seater Chinkara car has borrowed its suspension, steering system and brake columns from Maruti and is powered by an Isuzu 1.8 litre petrol engine sourced from Hindustan Motors. This makes the car easy to maintain and can be fixed by any mechanic or garage owner. Prior to this, Mallya had joined hands with the Goa-based San Motors to launch a limited number of sportscars (using the company’s in-production model Storm) under the Kingfisher Sports brand. Meanwhile, Bothe is now building a three-seater version of its sportscar. Besides, she is also working on an amphibious vehicle based on HM’s RTV platform. While HM will provide the chasis and the RTV body, Chinkara will design and produce the amphibious vehicle.