#Matchmaker, Matchmaker make me a #match ……

  Reemma Dalal of Heart and Soul events  is a matchmaker in the old fashioned sense of the word – she personally meets her clients and finds matches for them and organises carefully curated mixers for singles in Mumbai. Her target audience is people over thirty, well educated, well travelled,  typically those who are successful…

Water Rules

Meeting a water sommelier was a first for me. Unlike wine sommeliers, there aren’t that many water sommeliers in the world and Ganesh Iyer who works with Finnish water brand Veen is India’s first. His water man status is confirmed by the number of bottle waters and beverages he has launched in India-  Evian,  Ferrarelle,…

Teresa Tarmey in Mumbai

Vogue called her the facialist for ‘It Brits’ but she has crossed the oceans- first to Tribeca, NYC  and now to Mumbai . Teresa Tarmey is the London celebrity laser facialist whose famous faces include include Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and several others she would rather not name. But you have to read press reports…

#Sephora Summer Collection

It was fun to browse through Sephora’s  Summer Collection at the St Regis, Mumbai last week. Sephora India has been on a roll – twenty stores already and more opening . I loved the new  lip collection – all four textures at play in shades curated specially for Indian skin tones .Though I always say…

Postcards from Shillim

I spent three days at Hilton Shillim, three hours from Mumbai to experience their detoxifying, decompressing Dharana way of life . Three days is too short for real detoxing but it was a wonderful introduction to a brand of eco wellness, truly in the middle of nature. (It’s in a UNESCO designated biosphere in the…

14 Greens For Ghosts & A super green mix for the Health Brigade

Leaf greens and vegetable greens represent an entire food sub- culture in India. There are new ones to be discovered everyday. Saag/shaak/hakk are generic names for greens so you will find them  tagged on to many dishes. Radish greens make a delicious stir fry in North India in winter, methi greens or fenugreek are popular…

Flower Power with Jhelum Biswas Bose

Jhelum Biswas Bose is the founder of the much awarded and successful beauty brand Jhelum Loves, inspired by and based on Bach Flower Remedies. Emotional balancing and wellbeing are the cornerstones of her approach to beauty. “Just the process of recognizing  your feelings can be extremely healing” she says. From dealing with negativity and stress to…

Kansa – Ayurvedic, ‘Vedic’ or just hyped?

Kansa is as old as the hills or as old as the Bronze Age. It is a kind of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin and has been used for centuries in India for cooking and serving food.  Kansa is recognized by its clear sound and temple bells are usually made of kansa which…

Mittee – born from the Earth

Yashica Keswani, the founder of Mittee cosmetics had me at the names Ixchel and Yemaya. I loved her brand back story – she has looked at Earth Goddesses from different cultures for inspiration and woven  this into a range of skin care products. So there is Ixchel from Mexico, Yemaya from Nigeria, Rateeh from Indonesia…