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…

What a Buddhist monk taught me about breakfast & meditation

Of late, some of my Instagram food posts have been getting some love . It is a good feeling as I am neither a food expert, or a home chef.  In fact I don’t particularly like cooking. But I am trying hard to put my head in order . And strangely breakfast came to the…

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…

Vegan Beauty, Halal Beauty, Ahimsa beauty

  Ahmadabad based Iba Halal, an Indian halal beauty brand has crossed Rs 1000 crore in turnover. Australian Brand Inika comes up again and again in searches for cruelty free and vegan brands. PETA posts lists of cruelty free brands certified with the leaping bunny symbol and brands like Kat Von D and Nars feature on…

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…