Raza in Mumbai

Syed Haider Raza ( 1922-2016) was one of India’s most prolific artists and continues to be one of the most avidly collected. An exhibition at Mumbai’s Piramal Art museum highlights his journey, early influences and the evolution of his signature style and iconic third eye/Bindu iconography. Raza spent his life in France but remained strongly…

Seeking Mental Wellness

“If life has become a struggle, and usual coping strategies are not helping, then there should be no hesitation in seeking professional help.” Dr. Shyam Bhatt , Mental Wellness Expert, CureFit An excerpted version of this appeared in my article ‘Expert in the house’ for Vogue  India and this e-interview was made possible thanks to Vogue and Curefit,…

Lady of the Rivers : Maithili Kenneth

  Mosaicist & Commercial Artist Maithili Kenneth can talk casually about the world’s most awesome rivers- their rapids, their technicals and their grades.  She has gone white water rafting  on nine of the most challenging rivers just for the adrenaline high and here’s her story.  Get Inspired !  The first time- the magic of Zanskar…

#KlaraCosmetics Brow Studio – Review

We know that fierce brows have had their moment and are now officially passe but elegant, thick, healthy, groomed brows continue to be the rage. Take it from me -Brow kits are going to remain a beauty kit essential for a long, long time. I asked Beauty junkie and brow girl (she is a regular …

Klara Cosmetics- India launch with Sephora

  “I wanted to put on my lipstick and never reapply it,” Klara Sobotkoski , Founder Klara cosmetics I love it when the founder of a beauty brand (usually a crazy beauty junkie) launches a make up collection and visits personally to tell people why she is so passionate about her brand. Klara Cosmetics created…

Champakali, Old Goa

I spent only 24 hours at Champakali, a luxury boutique villa/hotel tucked away on a quiet hillside up the winding road from the Se cathedral in old Goa. There is still something called Goa time and you segue effortlessly into it so 24 hours stretched out lazily and gently, though Champakali may have had something…

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…