Carnival for a Cause

Bombay Brunch Brigade religiously goes out for brunches. We look forward to brunch every month like Bahai’s look forward to their 19th day feast. In May it was special – as we got to brunch for a cause.

Every year Elle India organizes Carnival for a Cause in select cities. This year it was held at the Taj Mahal Hotel. All the money raised went to the Ogaan Cancer Foundation, which supports the Women’s Cancer Initiative, Tata Memorial Hospital with this event.

The Crystal Room at the Taj was the perfect setting for an urban mela. There were designer clothes and accessories from some of India’s best designers available at discounted prices. Fun-fair activities such a clairvoyants revealing fortunes, tarot card reading, a photo studio, balloon animal making and a silent auction.

Abhik in Quirk Box’s Toy Factory Soldiers Jacket, Image Courtesy Anuja Gupta

Where most people showed up in pink our very own fashionable Abhik showed up in Quirk Box’s Toy Factory Soldiers Jacket, which became an instant favourite. Abhik and I were early(as always for brunch) so we quickly walked through the sale booths and picked up a few nifty accessories like bags and sunglasses.

Amishi holding up a bottle of Turning Point, Image courtesy Huzefa Rangwala

From here we moved towards the bar area. There were plenty of options from champagne too Grey Goose Vodka, Peroni’s beer and Turning Point wine. We kicked off the afternoon with some champagne. At the bar when we saw the Turning Point bottles we remembered that our friend, Amishi Parekh had designed the packaging and or graphics for the wine.

Our conversations were filled with stories, banter and laughter. If I can recollect we spoke about Condé Nast Architectural Digest’s Indian edition launch, Abhik’s jacket, gyming (how appropriate as we indulged) and that we need to vacation.

(L) with Anuja, Image courtesy Manoj Sharma and (R) with Almas, Image courtesy Anuja Gupta

At the bar we nibbled on some candied prawns, satay chicken and popcorn out of bento boxes. After a few drinks we moved over to the adjoining ballroom for the main meal, which consisted of salads, pasta, chaats, mini burgers, Thai curries, biryani and risotto. The dessert counter had crepes, kulfi, baklawa and a candyfloss station.

As I was busy stuffing my mouth Nonita Kalra, editor-in-chief of ELLE India walked over with Dia Mirza to introduce her to Abhik. Dia Mirza has the most beautiful smile, she is attractive and carries herself well. Other celebrities and designers that showed up to support the cause were Narendra Kumar, Purab Kohli, Aki Narula, real estate baron Niranjan Hiranandani, Lisa Haydon and Nikhil Dwivedi.

So at this brunch we shopped, drank and ate for a cause. What a sunday – we all had a good time and that too for a good cause.

Bombay Brunch Brigade meets once a month. The purpose of this group is to meet  – have fun, find a travel partner, a date(may be), share brain farts and savour brunches. We will be exploring different brunch places all over Bombay. Join our Facebook group for the next brunch date and location information.

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4 Responses to Carnival for a Cause

  1. premalb says:

    Nice one. No dia Mirza pics?

  2. abhikbee says:

    This is adorable! I just read this.

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