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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Longchamp Fall Winter 2017 : In the Bag

Inspired by the 70’s Parisienne and life, French brand Longchamp has four new offerings for FW 2017.  Take a sneak preview and yes, you can pre -order now. I loved Penelope Arty which pays homage to artist Victor Vasserley and op art . I have been fascinated by the work of both Victor Vasserley and Sonia Delaunay both  eminent names in…