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Mumbai’s nightlife goes into pre-monsoon overdrive!

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!)

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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.”

Naved Jaffery

Naved Jaffery

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.

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Wine Up

My absence should probably indicate that I’ve had a pretty successful weekend! Apologies for the delay but I’m all set now to give you the skinny on my high society Saturday night in Mumbai. So my Saturday evening started with a very “propah” cup of tea at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai where they serve you a large variety of teas in darling little glass tea pots and even give you an hourglass timer to get your brew just right. (I hear there was a Fendi sale on too, oh goody that means it’ll only take like two months salary to buy a bag instead of three now. I’ll add it to my list!) Anyway the last time I was there (tucking into their four level rack of tea savories Mallika Sherawat stomped (yes stomped) in for a photo shoot dressed in black and looking pissed off, or wait maybe she was just on diva autopilot.)

Shamita Singha and Dharti Desai

Shamita Singha and Dharti Desai

Christopher Newbery, Craig Wedge, Mrs. Newbery, Aishwarya Nair and Dharti Desai

Christopher Newbery, Craig Wedge, Mrs. Newbery, Aishwarya Nair and Dharti Desai

Later that night I headed over to the Leela Kempinski (where for the most part all I’ve ever seen besides Bling is a blurry view of the lobby as we stumble in or out, depending on what side of the after party we’re on) for a super stylish wine and food pairing which turned out to be quite delightful and just a tiny bit intimidating for the average wine rookie like myself. We started with a chilled glass of white (a Riesling I’m told) with Shamita Singha and Craig Wedge at 6 degrees, an impressive bar/brunch spot at the Leela where the rich & restless often go to brunch and later chill by the pool. I had a nice chat with Dharti Desai the founder and CEO of Finewinesnmore, a charming little lady with a playful air about her as she jokingly confided, “whatever we don’t sell I intend to drink!” Eventually everyone made their way over to Jamavar where Chef Surender Mohan had conjured up a special mini feast to pair with a selection of German wines. Yum.

The cool thing was our table turned out to be quite a motley crew of people including a scion of the Leela hotel chain Aishwarya Nair aka “The Heiress” (who really likes her pictures taken in profile), Dharti Desai, Bhisham Mansukhani (a fellow paparazzo and wine aficionado), Zainab Barodawala aka “Lady Liquid” (the editor of Liquid a B2B magazine for India’s hospitality industry), a friend of mine (who was soon dubbed “Alex”), Craig & Shamita who mingled with expertise and myself.

Zainab Barodawala, Aishwarya Nai and Bhisham Mansukhani

Zainab Barodawala, Aishwarya Nai and Bhisham Mansukhani

Dharti Desai

Dharti Desai

Shamita Singha, "Alex" and Me

Shamita Singha, "Alex" and Me

Craig Wedge

Craig Wedge

chef Surender Mohan takes his curtain call

chef Surender Mohan takes his curtain call

Bhisham, Aishwarya, Craig, Surender and Zainab

Bhisham, Aishwarya, Craig, Surender and Zainab

Shamita Singha & Craig Wedge

Shamita Singha & Craig Wedge

Amidst much swirling of wine and discussions about its bouquet, legs and flavor we had a really good time giggling about everything from (the eccentric at best, loco at worst) Suhas Awchat (that’s a whole other blog’s worth coming soon), how stupid Arbaz Khan was for ordering Merlot for Priyanka Chopra and himself in a scene from Fashion to all the must-watch movies. (I can recommend a Russell Crowe film called “A Good Year” to all wine lovers, you’ll feel like a glass right after the movie!) At dinner I did learn the following however;

The more “legs” (those are the streaks you see inside the glass after you swirl) the more potent the wine.
People who love Pinot wines think its funny to refer to themselves as Pinot-philes.
If your Riesling has a slight petrol aroma, that’s a good Riesling.
In a perfect food pairing you should always be able to constantly taste both the food and your wine.
Wine experts are known as Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.
Morel’s are mushrooms and damn they’re good!

Clearly there is a whole world going on here which I was not really aware of. In fact Shamita is off to study more about wine this weekend and then on a girlie trip to Amsterdam. My friend Alex did ask her the all important question about becoming a wine connoisseur. “How do you not get totally drunk in the process?” She revealed that she learnt this at school (the hard way) that you’re supposed to spit it out since you really don’t need to swallow it to taste it, but occasionally she cheats.

I know the whole wine shpiel can get a little pretension sometimes but I guess that’s why they always offer you liquid courage before you have to deal with it. I like wine people. They’re alright.

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