DS & Durga’s Radio Bombay

It has been nominated in the best indie fragrance category at the New York Fragrance Foundation Awards. ( results out on 7th April ). I haven’t smelled it as yet but the name caught my fancy. Indie or niche fragrances are big and a new tribe of young perfumers is devising interesting and totally off…

Kochi Biennale 2017-It’s the last fortnight

Three months of the Kochi Biennale come to an end on the 29th of this month.  I spent  five wholly immersive days there in the opening week and it is a trip I strongly reccommend . My  pictures don’t do justice to the art I saw , a lot of it was site specific installations…

Kama’s Organic Holi

Holi packs are big this season and I like Kama Ayurveda’s spin with a  thoughtfully  curated pack this Holi . Holi, the Indian festival of colours ( for my international followers  ) heralds the onset of spring. Thanks to the generous throw of coloured powders of uncertain provenance and dunkings in tubs of coloured water, it also signals mayhem…

Jahnvi Dameron- Nandan,Orhan Pamuk & The Perfume Library

Fragrance creator and curator Jahnvi Dameron -Nandan has a PhD in architecture and a passion for dance, but perfumes are her calling and she distills her creations like contemporary art. Abstractions, conceits, poetry, pain, obsession are all part of The Perfume Library‘s theatre of olfactory memories. “Dance transcends consciousness and perfumes do the same” , she…

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… Source: Travels in Spain : Salamanca

The Art of Tea, with Tea Sommelier Snigdha Manchanda

Snigdha Manchanda is a tea sommelier who blends,curates and creates her signature blends under the label Tea Trunk. I met her at a luxury event a few weeks ago and sipped some of her brews  which were delicious and unusual. She shares her tea secrets and tips here-  Loved the tip of serving Darjeeling with a…

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…