BIRTHDAY KISSES, CHAMPAGNE DREAMS
AFTERNOOON DESPATCH & COURIER, 09/03/00
MEERA Gandhi has a very arresting face - it makes
everyone turn around for a second glance. Of mixed
parentage, an Irish mother and a Marwari father, her
stunning looks coupled with brains to match, single
her out as a very special person. And the other day,
an eclectic mix of friends kept pouring in to her spa-
cious apartment at Carmichael road, to celebrate her
The invite itself was a smasher - announcing her
gorgeous husband Vikram Gandhi (MD of Morgan
Stanley NYC) as the 'Toastmaster' for the evening.
But of course the Godrejs, the Ambanis, the Deoras,
the Dubashes, the Zaveris, were all there. One
cannot forget to mention 'Sunny' Gavaskar, the UTV
team, the entrepreneurial Ronnie Screwalla, Zarina
Mehta and Devan Khote, Chinoo and Rahul
Mehrotra (both architects with a mission), the genial
film producer Viveck Vaswani and Meera's very
close friends Aloise (gee! what a dancer) and her
hubby Dominic Price, President of J.P. Morgan Bank.
As for Vikram, he was happiest on the dance floor,
swinging away to Sharmila and Monty's melodies.
Mischievous son Kabir pranced around the rooms
before settling into his doting grandma Ellen's' arms
whilst their lovely daughters Kiran and Kanika made
brief - appearances.
As for the food, it was formidable 'fusion cuisine,' Yet
another feat by the indefatigable duo Amrish Arora
and Farrokh Khambatta. There were unique starters:
crevettes de printemps, in an orange and cointreau
coulis. Caribbean chick on a stick, wontons exotique
bursting with crackling spinach and pinenuts and
entrees like paella precioso and roulade de poulet
avec prunes et pistache, ending with an enormous
chiffon cake made specially by pattisseur Chef Ralph
of the Oberoi.