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Timeline of a Paris Hilton encounter

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Before we get into the nitty-gritty, a little background. Paris Hilton, American socialite and reality TV star is in India to launch her handbag line.

Hilton arrived in Mumbai on Friday and was supposed to make an appearance at a press conference at a suburban Juhu hotel at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Of course, as with most celebrity events, things didn’t pan out as planned. Here’s what happened –

3.30 p.m. – The press conference is supposed to start at three but the PR informed me a day before that I can come by 3:30. I should have seen the signs. I arrive at the venue on time. The place looks like there was a massive explosion of Gelusil (the icky pink acidity medicine). There’s pink candy floss, pink cakes, pink banners, pink everything.

3:45 – The media, some of whom have been waiting since 2:30, are finally let inside the actual venue and there’s a minor stampede to grab places. By the time the rest of us walk in, there’s only standing space left. Oh wait, there‚Äôs more pink. Macaroons, pink cookies and pink flowers on each table. We are assured the event will start by 4, but there is no sign of anyone on stage, except for a group of stern looking security guards. We are told Paris won’t be taking any direct questions so if we have any questions for her, they have to be written down on a piece of paper — they will be filtered.

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