Rajasthani Food Festival at Nest – Howard Johnson

Culinary Adventure to Rajasthan in Bengaluru Howard Johnson is organizing an exclusive Rajasthani Food Festival at their in house restaurant from Sep 16-25, 2016 and I had a chance to sample a vegetarian thaali recently. Ably led by the talented Chef Dev Bose and his team, the meal that followed was an ode to the culinary fare from the land of royalty. The Food The thaali is wholesome and very filling – it will be a challenge to eat it completely! The

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Pashmina Crusader – Varuna Anand

Pashmina Push The beautiful state of Jammu & Kashmir is associated with this stunning craft. It means ‘made from wool’ and means ‘soft gold’ in Kashmiri. A garment that is much sought after. Well no prizes for guessing that I am referring to the Pashmina shawl. Varuna Anand, a renowned textile designer is working to promote age old art of shawl making and bridging the gap between the genuine up-market customer and the sincere weaver from the valley through her

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Vibhor Sogani – Installation Artist Unparallel

Art From the Heart If you live or have been to Delhi, chances are that you would have noticed a huge stainless steel installation around the AIIMS flyover. Said to be designed as part of the process to beautify Delhi, this is the creation of installation artist, Vibhor Sogani. One of the leading creative professionals and product designers in India, he is an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and is a well established name in

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Maya – Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness

Empowering Society “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” ~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist If you thought this was just a quote, think again. A Karnataka-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working for over 25 years in the space of social transformation, MAYA – Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness has just proved this through initiated programmes in the field of education and livelihood. Over the years,

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Goa’s Bonderam Festival

Goa Celebrates Think Goa and immediately visions of sun, sand and surf come into mind. However India’s smallest state is also the one that has several festivals. And the Bonderam Festival is one such festival. Flashback This festival is celebrated on the quaint island of Divar 12 kilometers away from Panjim, on the fourth Saturday of August every year. The place can be reached by ferry from Old Goa as well as Ribandar. The name Bonderam revolves around the involvement of

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Monsoon Travel Destinations

Holiday in the Monsoon Have you been wondering where to travel in the monsoon? The magic of the monsoons are like no other and if you are the kind that enjoys an adrenaline rush – it is time to get drenched in the monsoon rains. Well if you are running out of ideas do check out some options from my co-authored story in Spice Route – the inflight magazine of Spicejet Airline. September 2016: Cover Story.

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Udaipur Calling

Royal Holiday The heritage city of Udaipur was always on my “must visit” list and this year I was lucky to visit the beautiful city aptly dubbed the “Venice of the East” twice in quick succession. This is where you can discover Rajasthan’s rich culture, art, tradition and food and more. It is a potpourri of cultures you will see women dressed in traditional clothes with a ghunghat covering their faces and there is rapid urbanization on the other end. However

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Healthy Food Choices – Pregnancy

Food In Pregnancy “Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin.” ~ Maggie Scarf Well Maggie Scarf just nailed it with that quote. Pregnancy is one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences for a woman and is also the time when there are several hormonal changes in the body. This is also the time when a woman needs to eat for herself and her baby. So how does she ensure that she is making the healthy food choice? Adequate amount

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Fashion E-Commerce Rules

The world is going the e-commerce route and fashion is one of the main drivers of the Internet e-shopping phenomena. Internet penetration is expected to increase from 32% in 2015 to 59% in 2020 as per statistics. According to The Boston Consulting Group and Retailers Association of India research the retail sector in India is expected to nearly double from $600 Billion in 2015 to $1 Trillion in 2020. However, online retail is still barely 3% of the total retail spend and

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Emerge Spa – Windflower Mysore

Spa Escape The heritage city of Mysore is also known as a wellness center and is today emerging as a preferred destination for health seekers. Researching Mysore for a book I was doing several years back, I discovered this for myself. One among the many things I learnt and found out about was the stunningly beautiful Windflower Spa. The chain has since expanded and has several spas across many cities now. It was here that I met arguably one of

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