A birth­day bash fit for a queen!

Post - - Front Page - JO­LENE MARRIAH-MA­HARAJ

WHILE most women shy away from an­nounc­ing their ages, Dur­ban so­cialite and busi­ness­woman Sor­isha Naidoo has never felt more fab­u­lous at 40.

Speak­ing to POST this week, af­ter an is­land get­away with her fam­ily and clos­est friends, and a birth­day bash at the Bev­er­ley Hills Ho­tel in which she was gifted a sports car, Naidoo said 40 felt amaz­ing.

“It’s like I have a brand new life. I have so much en­ergy and any­way, you are only as old as you feel in your mind,” said Naidoo, a mother of two.

At a re­cent pre-cel­e­bra­tory birth­day din­ner in Mau­ri­tius, a bare­footed Naidoo told her 13 guests that her hus­band, busi­ness ty­coon Vi­vian Reddy, could fi­nally say his wife was “40-some­thing”.

Reddy sur­prised Naidoo with a de­signer hand­bag on the morn­ing of her birth­day on Satur­day, so when she later got the keys to a spe­cial edi­tion As­ton Martin, she was gob­s­macked.

“Viv is a James Bond fan, so I guess it was the ideal car,” she said.

She will only take her new wheels for a spin af­ter a prayer is con­ducted.

Naidoo, who says she of­ten spends her days in jeans and sneak­ers, said un­wind­ing in Mau­ri­tius with her hus­band, chil­dren, aged 7 and 9, par­ents and friends meant the world to her.

She re­ferred to Satur­day’s bash, in which the who’s who at­tended, in­clud­ing deputy mayor Fawzia Peer and for­mer eThekwini speaker Lo­gie Naidoo, as be­ing a sim­ple af­fair.

“I kept the for­mal­i­ties brief and spent time talk­ing to guests. I gen­er­ally would never have the time to do this. So it was re­ally just ca­sual and fun.”

The busi­ness-minded Naidoo is now putting all her ef­fort into open­ing a new restau­rant in uMh­langa.

If you’re think­ing of go­ing to the venue in a cock­tail dress, think again. It’s a shisa nyama eatery called 4320. And no, it’s not the year it’s go­ing to open, but uMh­langa’s postal code.

When asked why she opted to open a shisa nyama eatery, Naidoo said fine din­ing was not ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

“I wanted a place where ev­ery­one could en­joy good food, at good prices, in a chilled en­vi­ron­ment.”

Sor­isha Naidoo cuts her birth­day cake sur­rounded by her hus­band Vi­vian Reddy, daugh­ter Kalina, son Sai­hil, mother Lal­litha Naidoo and Uzalo ac­tor Nay Maps who sang the Happy Birth­day song. BE­LOW: Boys just want to have fun ... Jay­den Reddy, Yariv Ram­per­sadh, Sor­isha’s son Sai­hil Reddy, Na­hav Reddy, and Dayith Naidoo. BOT­TOM: Sor­isha Naidoo with her par­ents Kr­ishna Naidoo and Lal­litha Naidoo.

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