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Gujarat Cuisine

A thin yellow pancake in front of me is covered with a banana leaf and the bright yellow and green combination attracts me instantly. I am at the newly re-launched Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace and the Chef tells me he is making Panki, a traditional Gujarati dish made with rice flour, besan, curds and salt with an assortment of spices and cooked inside a banana leaf. Once done, the pancake is carefully removed from the banana leaves and the

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Banana Fiber Workshop in Aanegundi

Women’s empowerment is a word that is often used and more often abused in today’s times. However a recent visit to Anegundi village near Hampi, gave me a real perspective to the term and one I hope I will be able to see more of. Walking through the heritage village of Anegundi, I am fascinated with the way it is maintained and soon enough I am at The Kishkinda Trust (TKT) Banana Fiber Cottage Industry. What I see here is

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Diamond Trends 2017

“Diamonds have an image of purity and light. They are given as a pledge of love and worn as a symbol of commitment” ~ Peter Singer Reflect on Peter’s words and you will realise that probably it has never been more relevant than today. With notions of jewellery changing to become occasion and event based, a natural choice to commemorate important events are diamonds. And while diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, today that girl is self reliant to

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Oriental Home Decor

Homes are an extension of who you are and just like you change with time it is a great idea to work on enhancing your home decor too. An interesting way to do this is to do up homes with an Oriental theme. If you are wondering how, read on. Asian Influences Asian-style interiors instantly evoke an image of serenity and tranquil calm. Asian interior decorating ideas are stylish, classy and elegant. Modern interior design trends inspired by Asian interiors,

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Interview with actor Faisal Khan

The Dancing Star He has won two dance reality shows on television and has played the lead in a historical series on Maharana Pratap. This speaks volumes for his talent. And make no mistake he is only 18 years old. Meet the young and dynamic Faisal Khan. Rewind Faisal started his television journey when he was only 13 when he participated in the show    Dance India Dance (DID) Li’l Masters 2 which he eventually went on to win. So

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Colour Balancing in Homes

The importance of colours in a home can hardly be over emphasized. However while this is an important decor element, it is also something that can clutter your home if not done right. The key then is to balance colours and experts tell us just how to do it. Do it Right To begin with light to medium colour palate usage is safer than darker and bold colour palette in order to balance and harmonize the decor. Choose a colour

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Parinaam Foundation

Narendra was in Class VII in a community school and was the first kid to go to school in his family. His father is an auto driver and his mom works as a maid and while his parents wanted him to continue school financial constraints had almost made them discontinue his education. This was in 2015 when Parinaam Foundation counselled his parents and enrolled him into the Academic Adoption Programme. He was admitted to an English Medium School and he

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Interview with actress Apoorva Bharadwaj

You may have seen her as the female lead in the serial Anuroopa aired on Star Suvarna or as an anchor on shows in Chandana, Kasthuri Kannada, Zee Kannada and Colours Kannada and other stage shows. She also played the supporting lead in the 2015 film Mirchi Mandakki Kadak Chai. Meet Apoorva Bharadwaj who has several interesting projects in the pipeline. Past Perfect Apoorva admits that she never really had acting on her mind as she always wanted to be

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Interview with Actor Ganesh

The Actor with the ‘Golden’ Touch – Ganesh He has completed a successful decade in Sandalwood, crossed the 25 film mark and says “he has just started”. Rightfully given the title Golden Star, Ganesh is also easily the most affable and amicable star and actor who makes this conversation seem like a breeze. A self admitted bundle of energy who has the need to be doing something all the time, Ganesh is a delight to speak to as he tells

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The Hidden Gems of Hassan

Located close to 183 km from Bengaluru, Hassan has so many secrets up its sleeve that it must be on every traveller’s itinerary. This district has a rich past and reached its pinnacle under the Hoysala rule. Blessed with scenic natural sights, this is also a treasure trove of Hoysala architecture and sculpture. It is believed that Hassan got its name after the presiding deity of this place Goddess Hasanamba. With a tributary of the Cauvery, river Hemavathi flows through

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