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Yes We Can (too!)

Ritesh Deshmukh
Ritesh Deshmukh
Shiamak Dawar & Kids
Shiamak Dawar & Kids
Mallaika Arora Khan
Mallaika Arora Khan
Harsika Batt
Hrishitaa Bhatt
Raj Bhavsar
Raj Bhavsar
Shiamak Dawar @ Kids We Can!
Shiamak Dawar @ Kids We Can!

ttpThis is way sweet. Last night Shiamak Davar’s electric show featuring blind and deaf children was attended by Alyque Padamsee, Shazahn Padamsee, Sharon Shazahn Padamsee, Jayant Patil Home Minister of Maharashtra, with his wife Shailaja (who got a birthday greeting in sign language no less!) Shaina NC, Viral Shah, Rupali Ganguly, Vikram Phadnis and Tarana Raja Kapoor.

Performances included The Blind Man’s Band (a band in which every member is blind) accompanied by Vijay Prakash, the critically acclaimed singer of songs like “Manmohini” from the movie Yuvraaj. Mind-blowing acts and audio visuals showcased how blind and deaf children recognize currency and people, can operate computers, travel in local trains, change platforms without any help and even has hold jobs without being able to see, hear or speak.

Celebrity performers included Riteish Deshmukh, Mallaika Arora Khan, an energetic performance by Hrishitaa Bhatt and never seen before gymnastic performance by Raj Bhasvar (the American desi who won a gold medal in the gymnastics category for the USA in the Beijing Olympics of 2009.) The real starts of the night however turned out to be students of the Helen Keller Institute proving without a shadow of a doubt that indeed they can.

Shiamak even moved the audience to tears with the heart wrenching tribute act to the film Black.

Its nice to see so much of this happening now and celebrities and just generally charged up regular folks showing their support as well. Whether it’s for the mentally handicapped, physically abused or creatively combating poverty.

P.S. I recall being captivated by an Astad Debo “Breaking Boundaries” performance with deaf students over a decade ago in Delhi. At one point they even turned the music off so you can experience the deafening silence they were grooving too. At the end when everyone got up to clap and were animatedly discussing the show in sign language I felt like I was the one with the handicap since I couldn’t understand their signs. Amazing what happens when you flip things around like that. Makes you think about how much we take for granted doesn’t it?
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Genelia D'Souza

Genelia D'Souza

Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

Sunny Sara, Arpita Khan & Nitin Goenka

Sunny Sara, Arpita Khan & Nitin Goenka

Maheep Kapoor (in ceres jewellery), Nandita Mahatani and Pinky Reddy

Maheep Kapoor (in ceres jewellery), Nandita Mahatani and Pinky Reddy

Anjali Zaveri trying ceres jewellery

Anjali Zaveri trying ceres jewellery

Tanya Deol & Paulomi Sanghavi

Tanya Deol & Paulomi Sanghavi

Queenie Dhody

Queenie Dhody

Sangeeta Bijlani

Sangeeta Bijlani

Farah Khan & Seema Khan

Farah Khan & Seema Khan

Nitin Goenka, Maheep Kapoor and Navneet Goenka

Nitin Goenka, Maheep Kapoor and Navneet Goenka

Avanti Birla

Avanti Birla

Last night Nitin & Navneet Goenka (think Goenka Diamonds & Jewels Ltd.) launched ‘CERES’, a luxury personalized store at Bandra (West) on Turner Road, featuring a designer collection of high end jewelery crafted from the most unique, rare, finest diamonds & precious gemstones. Pitched at “connoisseurs with a passion for the finer things in life” (aka people with money.)

Champagne and sushi floated around a room full of the fully loaded including Maheep Kapoor, Avanti what-are-you-wearing Birla, Neelam Kothari, Haseena Jethmalani, Tanya Deol, Genelia D`Souza, Nandita Mehatani, Alvira Agnihotri, Arpita Khan, Simone Khan Arora, Poonam Bhagat, Farah Ali Khan (Dj Aqueel`s Wife), Rima Jain, Neeta Lulla, Anu Deewan, producer Farah Khan, Aarti Surendrenath, Sangeeta Bijlani, Zoya Aktar, Chayya Momaya, Rhea Pillai, Queenie Dhody, Seema Khan, Anna Singh, Suriley Goel, Gauri Pohoomull, Neeta Lulla, Paulomi Sanghavi, Shaina NC, Ruksana Eisa, Sharmilla Khanna, Anjali Zaveri, Pinky Reddy, Anita Raj, Neelu Amrohi, Yasmeen Karachiwala, Sunny Sara, Sophie Choudry, Pink Reddy and blast from the past Sangeeta Bijlani.

I’m told that the distinguishing feature of Ceres jewellery is that each piece is lavishly crafted to create ‘the antiques of the future.” What a novel thought and way to think ahead folks. (This kind of reminds me of what the good people at Mutton Street (an oddly titled stretch dedicated to woodcraft in Mumbai) and a lovely shop owner in Kerela once told me. Since people love antiques, they dull finish a lot of new creations to give them that ancient treasure look and even scruff up perfectly polished wood pieces for the unsuspecting (and evidently rookie) collectors that drop in daily.

Once again I marvel (enviously) at the ability of some to live in a bubble so far removed from the recession that they’re probably out shopping right now. Last year the Goenka turnover amounted to Rs.450 crores while this year they anticipate 900 crores from the retail segment. (FYI their product range starts from10 lakhs to several crores.)

They even have a range called “G-Wild” obviously targeting gen next, a one stop shop to provide classic pieces starting from 10,000 to 5 lakhs.

As Arthur Miller once said (Death of a Salesman), “The Jungle is dark but full of diamonds.”

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