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Aishwarya Rai – 2nd baby shower in South Indian style

Mumbai, Oct 27 (): Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been showered with blessings from her in-laws as well as her parents. After mother-in-law Jaya Bachchan hosted a godh bharai for bahu Aishwarya Rai at Jalsa last week,  Ash’s mother Vrinda Rai held one on October 23 over lunch at a hotel in Bandra.

Vrinda Rai hosted a traditional Mangalorean style baby shower – Baike at a hotel in Bandra, Mumbai. And unlike the one at Jalsa where only women were present, this one had men also  in attendance. Among those spotted were Mani Ratnam and his wife Suhasini and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

It was a quieter one as the hotel had promised them privacy and there was no media madness. Ash’s parents got the venue late Saturday night, and they were there till early morning supervising all the arrangements.

It was a private gathering of only family and close friends. Vrinda got the ambience  by decorating in typical south Indian style with jasmine flowers, brass urlis and Kerala lamps made of bell metal. The decor was traditional south Indian with a strong Kerala theme. To add to the grandeur, there was a performance by a troupe playing the typical Mangalorean music.

Vrinda had personally taken care of the details. “Everything was elegant and tasteful. The cuisine was also from the south and had dishes from every state in the south, ranging from vellai aapam, malabar parathas, prawns, egg stew, Alleppey fish curry, urulaikilangu  roast, yennai kathrika, hyderabadi biryani, curd rice, steamed fish and paneer in banana leaf.”

The source adds that the Bollywood presence was minimal as it was a family affair. “Apart from the Bachchans and Kapoors, the only other Bollywood presence was that of Mani Ratnam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ashutosh Gowariker. Shweta Nanda and her family were present, along with Abhishek and his friends, including Sikander and Kirron Kher, Shrishti Arya and Sonali Bendre-Behl. Shrishti’s husband Sameer and Sonali’s husband Goldie are out of India shooting for their next film and couldn’t attend.”

In a green and gold Kanjeevaram saree gifted by her parents, jewellery patterned in South Indian style and the attractive pregnancy glow on her face, Aishwarya looked gorgeous like never before. Abhishek wore a green and gold kurta-pajama. The couple looked colour coordinated and extremely happy. Ash is 8 months pregnant and due for her delivery next month.