Russian revelry

Alina and Alexey Novikov and Jackie Shroff at the Russian National Day celebration at Trident
Alina and Alexey Novikov and Jackie Shroff at the Russian National Day celebration at Trident

By MARCELLUS BAPTISTA
Vodka and other spirits were in full flow at the Russian National Day celebrations at the Regal Room of the Trident.
Warmly greeting each and every guest at the entrance was Alexey Novikov, Consul General of Russia in Mumbai along with wife Alina. Also present was Sumit Malik, Additional Chief Secretary and Chief Protocol Officer of Maharashtra, who lauded Indo-Russian friendship over the years.
Making their presence felt in the packed and well-decorated venue were Jackie Shroff, Mamta Raja, Rajev Paul, Viveck Shettyy, Vindu Singh, Dr. Rishma Pai, Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Kamal Morarka, Vijay Kalantri, Piloo Tata, Kiran Shantaram, Hoshi Karanjia and members of the consular corps that included Pule Malefane (Consul General of South Africa), Mohammed Yousuf Awadhi (Consul General of the United Arab Emirates) and Tomas Ferrari (Consul General of Argentina).
Tasty hors d’oeuvres did the rounds followed by a delightful dinner. Of course, the bar was abuzz with cocktail chatter and the lovely Russian ladies dressed in traditional costumes happily posed for photographs with the many guests.

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