missmalini and DJ Clement
The China House 2nd anniversary party at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai last night was quite rocking (even though by the time I got there it was well past 1am.) The good news is DJ Clement D’Souza is back on deck, in fact he flew back yesterday from South Africa after playing at the IPL closing party.
Shamita Singha, Marc Robinson (far right)
Suved Lohia and Yuvraj Singh
missmalini & The Heiress
The first person I spotted in the crowd was Rocky S. (designer extraordinaire) who very sweetly wished me happy birthday with a hug. Marc Robinson and Shamita Singha meanwhile were having an animated conversation across the bar while Ashish Raheja was tucked away in one of his VIP boxes entertaining someone (undoubtedly of the female persuasion.) Suved Lohia (who always makes me feel like the sunshine girl) gave me another ego plumping pep-chat and The Heiress Aishwarya Nair was her usual happy-shiny self accompanied by the ever-smiling Bhisham Mansukhani who was quite pleased with China House’s selection of wines and raved about them a fair bit.
Apart from one shiny happy PR manager Anupam Sehgal I even managed to get the bouncers to crack a smile as they played watch dog from the stairs (although I think one of them thought I was shooting someone behind him!)
missmalini and Yuvraj Singh
The crowning glory of the nights celebrity spotting however goes to Yuvraj Singh who’s back in boom-town to party it up as usual. (I didn’t see Kim Sharma though so unless she’s travelling maybe they’re not back together after all.) She doesn’t really strike me as the sort of girl who would let her man out and about to open bar and willing babes all alone so readily! But it was another case of camera cringe when I asked him to pose alone, he was already pretty suspicious when I took the birds eye view shot I think… and Ajaz Khan who claimed to be his bodyguard (I Googled him, apparently he’s a small time TV soap star from Ahmedabad.) piped up, “No Yuvraj, you never know on the Internet…” He finally agreed to let me pose along-side him (brilliant plan Ajaz but have you never heard of Photoshop?!) Funnily enough Ajaz was quite willing to pose all by himself when I told him I was technically the paparazzi. (What a cheeseball.)
Funnily enough he called me today (in my defence I exchanged numbers with him in hopes of getting some fly-on-the-wall gossip which I’m hoping Malaika’s man Nilesh will give me too.) He said he called to see if I remembered him and after 3 seconds of awkward silence asked where I live, I vaguely said “town” and so he asked “do you have friends in Andheri?” confused I blurted out, “no, not really” to which I got the killer response, “you do now!” Uh oh.
So I got this email the other day from Namrata Tanna who’s working on quite a cool concept called Creatives Against Poverty, basically creative solutions for poverty alleviation for the past year or two.
Fatima Najm, Benita Pherwani, Priyanka A. Shah and Namrata Tanna Mody
One of the groups organizers Irina Kholkina and friends she made at a conference organizing a Bihar flood relief campaign attended an emergency Party against Poverty. While it may seem flip to some to bring the two emotionally polar opposites together they did managed to raise 100,000rs ($2100) to send across to the NGO running a relief camp. How can you argue with that?
Besides not all their projects are party-oriented. Its just a matter of taking things out of the box and bringing a fresh approach to age-old issues. If they can do that with a little song and dance or a full blown campaign to help a little girl called Anu who had 20 days to live and not enough funds for an expensive surgery replace her heart valves, their hearts are obviously in the right place. (By the way, Anu is back in school and gets all A’s.)
They’re having a fundraiser on June 11th at Prive, Mumbai and are on Facebook as well. Basically a night of usual bopping at the bar but the 1500rs ($32) per head cover goes towards a good cause. I like it, I’d go.
It just occurred to me to make a list of all the things I would do or own if I was filthy rich. I do not know if by the end of this I will feel depressed and hungry or somehow free of my materialistic shackles when I realize that stuff (no matter how shiny) is still only just stuff. (Feel free to add your Rich List in the comments section and share my epiphany.)
1. Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz
2. That House on the beach from “Sleeping with the Enemy”
3. The 360 Modena Spider Ferrari (in pink)
4. Alicia Silverstone’s computerized, rotating wardrobe from the 1995 flick “Clueless”
5. A Roman holiday wandering down cobblestone streets with a certain someone
6. A pink Sony Vaio
7. Perfect vision so I could wake up every morning with everything always in focus!
8. Chopsticks with my name on them at Taj Palace Hotel’s Japanese restaurant Wasabi, Mumbai. (Proof that I come there 3 nights a week just for a double helping of their to-die-for whitefish carpaccio.)
9. A budget-less Big Fat Indian Wedding.
10. A baby Panda because they’re south paw’s like me…
11. Something they haven’t invented yet but I bet I’ll want one!
P.S. So yeah, stuff really is just stuff. Eventually, once you have it you only want more and the real value of it probably comes from the joy it brings you and those you love (and for some from the reaction you get from friends & family.) Having said that my birthday is coming up next month. (I’m just throwing that out there in case you happen to be filthy rich and are feeling particularly generous. )
Sabyasachi and Sabina Chopra
Designer Sonali Dalwani
Yesterday Sabyasachi unveiled his new summer prêt collection at Aza, Mumbai. For the fashionably savvy expect organic fabrics, woven patterns and earthy hues. Sabina Chopra (who’s been keeping a low profile) co-hosted the event accompanied by his sister Payal. Friends in attendance included Madhoo, Sangeeta Ahir, Sunaina Wahi, Pravina Mecklai (her usual colorful self), Neerja Shah and fellow designer Sonali Dalwani.
Sabya’s new prêt collection of Indian formal wear is (according to the buzz) “a fusion of conventional styles and contemporary designs. Taking traditional inspiration, the fabrics are predominantly Khadi, cottons, woven and hand-dyed textiles with an eclectic mix of weaves from Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan which manifest the real essence of India in modern design. “
But what will a stab at addening the real essence of Indian cost me you may be wondering? According to www.highheelconfidential.com (another super sight on celebrity citings with a fashion skew) items from Sabyasachi’s collection last year start around 35,000rs ($600), sarees and fancy salwar kameezes seem to start around $1000 (50,000) and go all the way up!
Meet Amar. The sizzling Indian muse of internationally acclaimed American superstar (not to mention multi-platinum producer) Timbaland. Amar has a glamorous new look and refreshing Indo-Urban pop album, “Show It Off” worth checking out. Amar sings exclusively in Hindi to a backdrop of urban R&B beats with provocative Hindi lyrics, a sultry voice and classic singing style most notably on Timbaland’s sensational single “Bombay” and Nelly Furtado’s chart-busting remix, “Maneater. ”
Amar clearly has music in her blood being the daughter of the legendary singer Mangal Singh, and herself catapulted to fame as a young girl with her hit single Tu Hai Mera Sanam, a Hindi cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” In her teens she moved to London and discovered the Asian underground scene. Amar collaborated with Talvin Singh and features in the song “Jaan: on his album, Talvin Singh Presents Anokha Soundz of the Asian Underground.
Now here’s the best bit, Amar will be in Mumbai for a week with Jim Beanz and American boy band Rebel. She will also record two songs with Sonu Nigam.
Party Alert: Saturday March 7th at Redlight at Kalaghoda, Mumbai