Bas Meeuws at Tarq Art Gallery

Dutch photographer Bas Meeuws is inspired by the still lifes of the Dutch Golden age and recreates their intricate detailing in a series of photographs of flowers shot in different seasons, composited together in post production. Each element of the photographs is shot separately.  Like in the Dutch paintings, the floral compositions are of flowers…

Mehmet Guleryuz at Jamaat, Mumbai

  Mehmet Guleryuz is Turkey’s most important contemporary artist and On the Road is his first ever Mumbai showing, in collaboration with Jamaat art gallery’s feisty Pravina Mecklai and The Empire Gallery, Istanbul.  Guleryuz now eighty, has had five retrospectives of his work including one at the  Istanbul Modern. He is also a trained actor with…

Things to do in Porto, Portugal

Porto is usually skimmed over as people head off to do the more glamorous Duoro Valley wine tours but slow down and spend a couple of days in the city that gave the world port, find the bookshop that  inspired the library at Hogwarts and discover one of Europe’s great museums of contemporary art. Everyone…

Tried and Tested : Innisfree wine peeling jelly softener

Fancy a bit of Chateau Margaux on your face ? Frankly I would rather be drinking France’s premier Bordeaux, jealously savouring every sip, but I will take a bit of Chateax Margaux on my face in the quest for beauty 🙂 Korean  brand  Innisfree’s  Wine jelly softener has  polyphenols  ie wine grape extracts  from Chateaux…

An Artful Year -2

My art archives are getting frightfully delayed- apologies. Here are some of the art shows I wandered through in the last few months in Mumbai . I hope these pictures inspire you to  you go online and view the artists, their works and stories, works and gallery collections .

Beauty – Tried and Tested: Alpha H, Olaplex Home & Murad

There are times when all the stars align and products you try deliver on promises so that definitely deserves a little celebration. Alpha H is a well known Australian brand and I was lucky to get gifted Liquid gold which is the brand’s cult offering by my niece, an avowed beauty junkie. It is a…

“My favourite F… word”

Food is a sensory seduction that beats a Tinder swipe hands down, says writer Priya Mirchandani  as she has the Food Bloggers of India Awards covered for Geeta’s list . There are three ways to my heart. 1. Buy me food. 2. Cook me food. 3. Be food. If your pulse is hard-wired to the clinking of…

Tara – the enlightened one

I loved this gallery of Taras in Bhutanese style thangkas at Mumbai’s Tasting Room, and thought it would be nice to share this with my readers. The goddess Tara is a great deity in Tibetan Buddhism and in the Mahayana  tradition.  I like Tara because she was an early feminist. When she attained Bodhisattva status…

Seattle- a little peek

Seattle is a fun place to be in – great food, great music, and of course great coffee but if you are short of time forget Pike Place and standing pointlessly in queue at the Original Starbucks or spending an hour in line at the Space Needle.  Instead stop and stare at some cool buildings…

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…