19 May, 2021

Among The Cats

Among The Cats
Who would think that a mere book would have Delhi's Beautiful People all atwitter. And daahlings, it is not even Vanity Fair or InStyle or the latest international style bible but an Indian paperback. Some weeks on after the publication of Kanika Gahlaut's Amongst the Chatterati—her deliciously savage portrayal, underbelly side up, of the freebie-champagne set and the fashion frat—dinner party talk still ricochets round the desi Bridget Jonesesque diary a clef.

Of course, the spat in reams of newsprint between designer Rohit Bal (the high priest of the arrived and the arriving) and the Indian Express reporter kept the book on the frontburner. Class wars between those who wear Kolhapuri chappals (a no-no with style gurus) and those who sport Guccis make good copy. Even ersatz class wars do: He called her a lower middle class wannabe. The Truth is She went to Welhams, the toffee-nosed public school.

And now the frissons of figuring out who's who are giving way to tales about the revenge of the blondified set. A duo of designers, all set to...

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