Travels in Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca is a medieval university town and alums include Miguel de Cervantes and Hernan Cortes amongst others.It is one of Europe’s oldest continuous teaching  universities and I am told has many Indian students on its current rolls. There is an old  wall where 13th century  Phd students had to sign their names in blood when awarded…

Jentsunma Tenzin Palmo in Mumbai

It was inspiring and delightful to hear Tenzin Palmo in Mumbai thanks to Aspi Mistry at the Dharma Rain centre and the Piramals, the wonderful folk who made the Lotus Lounge, a serene, green, silent space in the heart of the city available to dhamma seekers. Jetsunma’s story is well known and documented ( check…

Becca : the beauty of Light

At any age and especially in the selfie age , a little  bounce of light on the skin can amp up that dewy fresh look. At my age, my skin has segued gently into the category euphemistically called ‘mature skin’ so any brand offering luminosity which is not a headlight shine is a pleasure to…

Jaipur & Literature once more.. #JLF2017

Just back from the Jaipur LIt fest ..the tenth year of the fest .  I have been there a couple of times earlier. It was as expected incredibly crowded -25 lakh footfalls or some such huge number . But as usual  it was incredibly well managed and superbly coordinated. For me attending Jaipur Bookmark a…

Kochi : Eating and watching the world go by.

I am in Kochi after ten years and it is the same because much of it is protected but it is also different. Snazzier and cooler. Call it the Biennale effect but there is an artsy vibe here- cute little cafes, wine bars, venues opening to the sea, quaint boutique hotels converted from old granaries,…

#Diwali picks at an Ayurveda Beauty store

I have been meaning to drop in at the Kama store at Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi ever since it opened and I finally got there in time for some Diwali stocking up. Kama  works in association with the Arya Vaidya sala at Coimbatore and their products are genuinely ayurveda based. I like the fact that they tell…

Sensitive skin. Dry skin. Winter skin .

Its that time of the year when your skin tells you the season has changed and that it’s time for your beauty routine to change. Here are three products that will give you some winter cheer. Clinique’s Smart Night Moisturiser Custom Repair Night is tailored to target different areas of the face ‘smartly’.  It has variants…

#HermesHorseExhibition, #Mumbai

Spent a lovely hour at the Hermes Horse exhibition which celebrates the brand’s long connection with horses as original saddle makers to the french king. You can visit the Hermes museum at Rue Fabourg in Paris but if not a peek into their collection curated by Phillip Dumas is on view at the Mumbai store…

Scalp facials, French 'Boroline', Studio West & Kanauj roses

SCALP FACIAL WITH NIOXIN Nioxin offers a whole range of rituals, in salon shampoo and conditioner and leave in tonic for thinning hair and receding hairlines, to create the illusion of thick hair. But unlike hair thickening spray and and shampoos, Nioxin stimulates hair growth. I tried the scalp facial, which begins with a peppermint-…

Scalp facials, French ‘Boroline’, Studio West & Kanauj roses

SCALP FACIAL WITH NIOXIN Nioxin offers a whole range of rituals, in salon shampoo and conditioner and leave in tonic for thinning hair and receding hairlines, to create the illusion of thick hair. But unlike hair thickening spray and and shampoos, Nioxin stimulates hair growth. I tried the scalp facial, which begins with a peppermint-…

Ruby Woo vs Red Carpet

In the land of reds these are two super reds for Indian skin. Bobbi Brown’s Red Carpet scores on texture – it glides on effortlessly with a satin matte finish and lasts for at least four hours without needing a touch up. MAC’S Ruby Woo is the more iconic red but it has such a…

Health Food spotting at Foodhall Palladium, Mumbai

FoodHall has supped its health food stakes since I last visited. I was amazed to see chia seed pudding, fresh buckwheat crepe batter (Suzette‘s in Mumbai makes a good buckwheat crepe with blue cheese and figs and I had a delicious TDF one at Argularium in Portland with blue cheese, argula and bacon) and Greek…