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Mamagoto : Food Review

March 13, 2015
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If you are craving for some authentic East Asian cuisines, then say out loud ‘Mamagoto’. While Delhi streets are crowded with vendors selling ‘chowmein’ and ‘momos’, the true taste of China/Japan/Korea cannot be achieved if not for the right wok and ingredients. Taking the food seriously and impregnating it with some contemporary quirkiness, Mamagoto is one dine-in restaurant that is much more than just the authentic cuisines. Called the ‘Fun Asian Eating Restaurant’, from the decor to the palette they serve, everything is worth experiencing! Kalapalette’s team tried out a portion of their extravagant menu at their Promenade, Vasant Kunj (Delhi) outlet a few days back. With the confused Delhi weather still keeping the temperatures low, this was the best time to treat ourselves to some hot soup bowls and steamed delicacies that are signature of Mamagoto! About Mamagoto Literally translated, it means ‘to play with food’. A Japanese social experiment of sorts, involving infants to use their senses to understand the textures and shape of food. Born out of this idea came our concept – to make Asian eating fun. To make it experiential and social, to create a relaxed casual atmosphere where affordable and authentic food plus drinks combine with quirky décor. The Drinks Having the same drink for long can be boring. How about tasting different cocktails flavours with your friends? Mamagoto’s offer : Choose any 4 shakers for Rs. 799/- Signature Shaker Range : Red Currant Whiskey Sour, Vojito, Original Blue Kamikaze, Dark Rum Winter Mojito, Passion Fruit Rum & Green Apple Vodka. Twist : The drinks are served in shakers that you can shake, strain and shot! The Starters  Honey Chicken with bell peppers + mild schezwan pepper  Shrimps with dry Red Chilli + burnt Garlic Makati City Discovery – Cooked vegetables wrapped in a …

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Land Rover Experience – Car Review

March 10, 2015
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The cars we drive say a lot about us. – Alexandra Paul   From owning a car to driving one, the experience is extraordinary. Be it a car for utility, status or simply fulfilling a dream; the importance of this 4 tiered technology has become a ‘must-have’ entity in our lives. Absolutely everyone remembers the first time they took control of the steering wheels. It’s not about luxury, but more about the feeling of power that captivates our mind towards automobiles. I might have travelled plenty by cars on a regular basis, but some car rides are different from the daily grind (note – traffic jams and bad weather conditions). Well, Jaguar’s Land Rover team was adamant on giving a few lucky peeps like us; one such ride of a lifetime. Such commercials look so artificial, don’t they? To be honest, I totally criticise such adverts assuming that these are just exaggerated promotional activities and in real life such critical adventures are not possible. I was about to be proved wrong! #LandRoverExperience – Freelander An experience which was way beyond getting the feel of a car and driving it on the smoothed out roads of Delhi. Taking up the challenge of proving what a Land Rover is actually capable of doing, Jaguar sought out one of the roughest terrains in the outskirts of Delhi NCR (Aerocity) to prove their point. What? The experience of a lifetime to challenge and polish your driving skills with expert tuition and gain a greater understanding of vehicle control, obstacle handling and how to assess different environments. This includes navigating steep inclines, descents, side slopes and whatever might keep you from being where you want to be.  Where? Barren and adventurous land amidst fine-stay hotels at Aerocity, Delhi. The Experience The time I sat inside this …

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File : Review

February 18, 2015
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Our feet are the most neglected part of our body. True that!  While our lives revolve around dressing up well and looking (facially) pretty, we totally forget to look down and pamper our feet; while we’re at it. Not to forget the horror one gets when months of ignorance cloud up resulting in cracked heels, layers of dead skin and painful heels. Ouch! I know, what the ideal excuse be like. Not time to visit a salon! In today’s super fast life, things would have been so much simpler if everything was available on ‘express’?!! Well, guess the people at Scholl are living a fast forwarded life already, because their latest launch is one such express deal. Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File Get feet that look great and feel super smooth without any hassle. Velvet Smooth buffs away hard skin in minutes leaving you with fabulous feet that you’ll want to show off. It’s so easy to use. Gently rotate the file over hard skin and see the dead skin disappear. Once your feet are smooth and soft again, breathe a sign of relief. Product Offers : 1. Ergonomically Shaped Soft Touch Handle. 2. Specially-designed Micralumina Replaceable Head. 3. Gentle & Effective Rotating Action. 4. Battery Operated Press Kit Included : 1. Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File with 4 AA Batteries. 2. Scholl Foot & Nail Cream 3. Pen Drive Regular Usage Instructions : 1. Remove the protective roller cover before use. 2. Ensure that the roller head is securely inserted into the unit. Do not use without the roller head attached. 3. Turn on the unit by twisting the silver ring to the left and gently glide the roller head over hard skin and the dead skin will gradually exfoliate.  4. Use only on …

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Iraya – Kumkumadi Balm

February 13, 2015
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In today’s life, looking fair is the racist notion. What really should be the goal is, to look blemish free and maintain a natural glow. Today’s crappy ‘fairness’ solutions claim to give you a fair skin in a week’s magic. The truth be told, it’s all but nonsense and a big fat lie! Our Ayurvedic masters on the other hand knew exactly what the truth is all about and eradicated the very preaching of a non-existent fairness elixir. Being a non-racist (thank you for that), these Ayurveda preachers instead created a solution that promised blemish free, healthy-glowing skin. The same solution was brought down over the years and is now being produced by the name of ‘Kumkumadi’.  While many beauty brands claim to be producing authentic Kumkumadi solutions, only a few live up to providing expected results. One of those pure-produce brands is Iraya, who offer Kumkumadi range of products with elan! Now, Delhi winters are all about dry, dull and severely dehydrated skin. Having a combination skin, I often find it difficult to settle with face-creams to keep up with the ever changing Delhi weather and maintaining the natural look of my face. With my facial skin crying out for some replenishment and hydration, I followed up with Kumkumadi Balm by Iraya this winter season. Balm, for your face might seem like a tricky sticky idea, but trust me; if you live in a city like Delhi, you need more than just a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and healthy over the seasonal course. Not to forget, Iraya does offer a gel-based Kumkumadi product for summers as well. How about that?! Kumkumadi Balm Prescribed in Ayurveda as a ‘Miraculous Elixir’ for the skin, this is an absolute classic! This revered formulation contains pure Saffron and 10 precious Ayurvedic …

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BLACKBERRYS SHARP NIGHTS Events – MASTERS OF WORLD MUSIC

December 10, 2014
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Upscale menswear and accessories brand, Blackberrys, brought music lovers in India an unprecedented opportunity under the aegis of its annual flagship event Sharp Nights. Aptly titled ‘Blackberrys Sharp Nights – Masters Of World Music’ showcased a live performance by world’s leading world music performer FatoumataDiawara at the Blue Frog, Mehrauli this evening. The inaugural Delhi chapter, part of a five city music tour, had guests immersed in the passion of Malian world music starFatoumataDiawara.The internationally acclaimed Fatoumatahad the audience in raptures. Accompanied by a smoking live band, Fatoumatamesmerized the audience with her high-energy jazz and funk flowing into joyous and sensual folk-rock, inflected with the rhythms and melodies of her native Wassoulou, the historic region in southwest Mali. Her radiant voice and infectious Afro-pop mixed the expansive and the understated. Commenting on this unique amalgamation of fashion and music and its efforts to accustom the Indian audiences with the genre of world music, Mr.Nikhil Mohan, Managing Director, Blackberrys said, “Sharp Nights has always been a much awaited event. This year we are delighted to introduce world music under the Masters of World Music series. Much like how fashion is intertwined with world cultures, world music too emanates from the remarkable diversity prevalent in the universe. Fatoumata’s language of music is an inspiration for audiences across the world and we are delighted to be able to bring this moment of ecstasy in the lives of music lovers in Delhi.” Sharing her experience of performing in India,FatoumataDiawara said, “Music is the universal language of hope and harmony. Music is strong and spiritual. Tonight was magical; I could feel the love of the audience in my veins. I am overjoyed to be able to let my tunes float in this air and dissolve my rhythms with the culture of India. The musical landscape in India is rich, bountiful …

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Chikankari Sarees – An ode to Lucknow’s tradition

November 27, 2014
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No matter how westernized way of fashion we Desi people are adapting, their is still something about the traditional ‘Vastra – Andaaz’ (apparel style) that keeps us rooted to our land of origin. In this fast moving life where lazer prints and chemically framed embellishment techniques are much preferred, the art of handwork is diminishing. This post is dedicated to one such brilliant fashion statement, that was impregnated in the weaves of cotton fabric centuries back; by our royal ancestors.  Source : Pinterest Chikankari – Chikan Embroidery Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery. Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, Mughal emperor Jahangir’s wife,[1] it is one of Lucknow’s best known textile decoration styles. (Wikipedia) Technique The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as chikankari.  Chikankari is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Nowadays chikan embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in different colours to meet the recent fashion trends and keep chikankari up-to-date. Lucknow is the heart of the Chikankari industry today and the variety is known as Lucknawi chikan. (Wikipedia) Check out this video by NDTV to know more about the embroidery art! The most profound display of this art form can be found in Lucknow Sarees. Lucknawi Sarees What I personally like about Lucknawi Chikan sarees is the intricate detailing giving a delicate appearance to the wearer.  The finesse by which they are crafted boosts of royal weaves and bring out a more sophisticated look when draped right. How To Maintain Lucknawi Sarees? 1. Avoid wearing necklace or any sharm jewels that might …

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Knits Love : French Connection AW’14 Collection

November 13, 2014
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That time of the year when your ‘Eau De Parfum’ will be replaced by dollops of ‘Body Butter’. True story, but it’s just not the grease for the skin, but something to keep the skin warm too that’ll save us from the harsh winters. Talk about staying warm and staying stylish too, we have French Connection making sure that all stays in vogue this Autumn Winter’14. This season they are spreading some old-school ‘Knit Love’.  From printed jumpers, cropped party cardigans to wool-blend Vhari knits and embellished woolens; French Connection has taken the knit-wear to a whole new level. Check out some of the knits that I personally loved trying out.  Glitter Jitter Knits Cool and casual with a touch of sparkle, this Glitter Jitter Knit offers a glam alternative for cool winter evenings. Embelished jumper Cotton-wool blend long sleeves with round neck.  Stingray Sparkle Forget about solid colors, the new season is all about printed knits and this jumper’s abstract knit fits the bill perfectly.   Autumn Vhari Dress smart for cooler climes without Autumn Vhari Knit. Pair with printed leggings and a clutch for the day. Velma Knits The slouchy jumper gets a glamorous revamp, thanks to an eye-catching faux pearl trim. Wear Velma with boyfriend jeans for luxe downtime dressing. Doe Deer Throw the wool-blend Doe Deer jumper on with jeans for a casual and cosy cold-weather look. Not just knits, but French Connection’s AW’14 also showcases an array of Jackets & Coats. WOMEN’S WEAR The Autumn Winter 2014 collection looks towards Eastern influences depicting the contrast in Russian wealth, the grandeur of the Tsar regime set against the bleak landscapes of Siberia. A rich colour palette of dove grey, celestial blue and berry punch dominate the collection, modernized through paisley and digitized floral prints and adapted on …

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The Body Shop India Diwali Giveaway

October 4, 2014
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The festive season is on and all of us are busy pampering selves. Be it Spa & Salon visits or following a festive special beauty & skin routine, the focus is on standing out in the festive crowd. Which is why The Body Shop has come up with an ideal giveaway to celebrate festivity. Before I share the rules with you, pick one of the followings that define you. #TeamBoldLips OR #TeamBoldEyes Now that you have chosen your team, let me proudly present to you the captain of #TeamBoldEyes … myself! 😉 So if you love make-up and everything pretty, get your eye palettes out and participate! Contest Rules 1. Choose a team. 2. Create look(s) according to the theme of the team of your choice. 3. Share a picture of your look on either Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag of your team. #TeamBoldLips OR #TeamBoldEyes and #MyDiwaliLook. You can participate as many number of times as you want. CONTEST TIMELINE The contest starts on 3rd Oct and ends on 13th Oct. WINNERS The Body Shop India will be choosing the winners. It will be a 2 step process: 1. Choose the winning team based on the number of entries. 2. Choose 1 winner from the winning team. So show off your bold eyes and win hampers from Body Shop India. Follow The Body Shop India Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Follow Me Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest 

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‘RANI’ For the Indian Bride by NIkasha – Preview

September 4, 2014

Nikasha speaks about being dedicate and pretty with this collection, inspired by the landscape of traditional and rare color combination, with interplay of precious embroidery and archived romantic prints including the jasmine bud, cherry blossoms and Siuli. This is a well curated selection of all the elements a soon to be married girl would desire to keep in her coterie, which ranges from lighter to heavier embroidered silhouettes. The collection has an inherent joie de vivre in a vibrant and festive mood for the bride and her trousseau. The collection will be on display for the next one week at Ensemble, DLF Emporio Delhi.  Personal opinion : The colors are fresh and girly, making it the right color palette for a young bride. The embroidery is perfectly apt for the occasion and is light on the wearer. The silhouettes and fit (can be customized too) will perfectly compliment your body type. Indo – western looks with Peplum tops, Shararas, Dhotis and Anarkalis steal the limelight. Price range is not too much for the product that we are getting in return.  Follow : Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest 

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Goa – Travel Diaries courtesy Tata Zest

August 29, 2014

A couple of days back I was invited by Tata Motors and Blogadda.com for the experience of a lifetime. Tata Motor’s introduced us to their latest launch – ZEST. Not just that, they even gave us the opportunity of going for a test drive, taking over the streets of GOA. Check out this travel video that I made of my experience there. For rest of the details about the car, check out my previous post HERE. Follow http://www.blogadda.com/ Follow https://www.facebook.com/ZestfromTataMotors

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