An artful year- 1

Some of my photographs from various art shows and gallery events I went to in Mumbai over last year – a less expensive way of being an art collector !  There are so many that this will be in three parts . Enjoy!      

The other Nut : Brazil Nut

Brazil nuts are now an established ‘super food’ if you follow super food trends and worth trying if you haven’t already. What makes them a super food is that they are the highest natural source of selenium in the world. (Thank you Wiki.) That’s the stuff that makes for shiny hair and strong nails and…

Vegan Beauty, Halal Beauty, Ahimsa beauty

  Ahmadabad based Iba Halal, an Indian halal beauty brand has crossed Rs 1000 crore in turnover. Australian Brand Inika comes up again and again in searches for cruelty free and vegan brands. PETA posts lists of cruelty free brands certified with the leaping bunny symbol and brands like Kat Von D and Nars feature on…

Anita Lal : Bringing Nature Home

  Anita Lal is the Founder and Creative Director of Mumbai’s most beautiful store –Good Earth at Raghuvanshi Mills. Known for its textiles, linens, home decor, wallpapers, furniture and clothes, the focus is on sustainability, design and craftsmanship.  Tucked away at the back is Anita’s beauty playland – beauty brands based on sustainability and clean…

Copper water-How healthy is it ?

Copper has oligodynamic properties i .e.  it kills bacteria, mold, fungus and other microbes.  This is probably why ayurveda prescribes drinking a glass of copper infused water first thing in the morning even though the given reason is that it balances all the doshas . It also explains why Kansa (copper and tin) and brass…

AMAI : vegan, raw, nutty and on Scootsy !

  AMAI‘s Truffle Dates with peanut butter and sea salt just hit our collective sweet spot- texture play, a balance of sweet and savoury,  and rich dark chocolate adding up to a  delicious 5 pm desk or post- work out snack. The problem is you can’t stop at one date even though you know you…

Everyone Loves A Good Wedding

Wedding Sutra Engage held at the JW Marriott recently, threw up some interesting insights into the state of the wedding economy.  Wedding Sutra http://www.weddingsutra.com is a well known wedding resource site helmed by Parthip Thyagarajan and Madhulika Mathur and they definitely have their fingers on the pulse of the luxury Indian wedding. The Big Fat…

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Travelling to Lisbon this summer ? For art lovers a trip to the Calouste Gulbenkian museum is definitely recommended. I find private collections and quirky collectors far more interesting than huge national museums and when such collections are accessible,  always worth a visit. Calouste Gulbenkian  made a fortune in oil trading in the early twentieth…

Wrapping your Wanderlust

As many jet setters will testify, a lace edged Maneesha Ruia wrap or shawl is a travel essential. Cobweb light, incredibly warm and stylish, her wraps, scarves and ponchos are made with a mix of fine cashmere and merino, touches of  fur, suede and lace. They are not available easily in India but you can spot them…

‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ at the V&A

For anyone in the fashion industry, studying fashion design, in the fashion editorial space or fringing it,  visiting this exhibition at the V&A, London  is worth it. Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga , known as the couturier’s couturier, created silhouettes that are iconic and familiar today even if you don’t know who he was. The baby doll,…

Fab India: The #Indigo collection

Every year Fab India launches an Indigo collection that sells out. Or at least the best pieces sell out very fast. I personally think everyone should have one indigo dyed fabric in his or her cupboard. If you can get personally to the source even better but if not Fab India’s natural dye collection created with traditional techniques…