Last night T.C., Nathalie and Carl played host at Cafe Goa (formerly Trafalgar Chowk) Bandra, Mumbai which they’ve taken over since January this year. Most of Mumbai’s party pack showed up (as predicted by T.C. who mock-panicked the night before saying, “…usually only about half the people you invite actually show up but this time everyone’s saying ‘Ya sure we’ll be there!’ I’m a little worried!”)
A little live music, open bar and a motley mix of North and South Mumbai’s party perennials made for quite a lively evening (oh and the mouth-watering spicy Goan sausage buns speak for themselves.)
Spotted: Rij & Arshiya Eappen, Nikhil Chinapa, Jerome Marrell (sans Wendell Rodericks), the crooner Shaan, Salim-Sulaiman (who was ruing the fact that although his upcoming honeymoon in Paris falls slap bang in between two amazing U2 and Madonna concerts family and other animals are planning to crash the party!), Henry Tham (a long way from town), Kadambari & Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Brian & Kaysoon Brown, Gary Lawyer, Loy & Eshaan, Sumit Chopra, Farookh Chotia, Kittu Gidwani, Nikasha, Lascelle Symons, Ash Chandler (who’s promised to pen his observations from the sober deck during Lent for my blog so watch this space for “Dry Ash!”), Ishita Arun, Farid Currim, the contingent from the British High Commission, Jules Fuller, Priya and Owen Roncon and some guy who looked an awful lot like Matt Damon in profile (but I’m told the real deal comes in a much smaller package.) Also a few guys had a giggle over the fact that one of the long-haired gents in attendance looked an awful lot like a desi version of the porn legend Ron Jeremy (I thought it best not to put his picture up lest I accidentally start some kind of huge scandal.)
Eventually the troops headed over to everybody’s favorite watering-hole Zenzi in Bandra (where I bumped into Yudhistir Urs and Kim Jagtiani who’s back from her traveling shoots again) and stayed till they were ushered out with plastic glasses only to rinse and repeat at Olive, Mahalaxmi where GQ Magazine is hosting its first bar night. Free “welcome cocktails” and New York based DJ Aaron James accompanied by live percussion is on the menu tonight!