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Indya’s Must-Haves for May: We help you get the hottest Indo-Western Trends

03-may-18 3:00 PM by Pratima Singh

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Last minute shopping may not always be the best, considering how taxing it can be to impulsively spend thousands on clothes that you may not even wear twice. Finding the right outfit in the right budget, fitting and with matching accessories and shoes is not always easy. Strategic, well planned shopping is a wise woman’s way to navigate through overwhelming fashion essentials that are rolled out almost every day.
So, in order to spend your hard earned money more thoughtfully and avoid last minute hassles it is always great to shop mindfully in advance. You can incorporate some versatile pieces in your wardrobe from our ‘May Must Haves’ that can be styled in a number of ways and worn to different occasions with zero compromise on style quotient.
Here is a list of our five favorites from May that will help you sail through your daily grind, make you dazzle at weddings and even keep you super relaxed on an off-duty day.

First and Foremost a Cotton Tunic

With the mercury soaring up every day, you have to have a few cotton pieces in your wardrobe. A dress or a tunic that allows your skin to breathe is a perfect pick. You can choose from a variety of prints and patterns and accessorize your attire with oxidized jewelry to look awesome.

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Georgette Cape Maxi Tunic

De-structured looks can be beautiful too, especially if they come in the form of a dreamy cape maxi tunic with bold cuts and smart silhouettes.

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Metallic Print Drape Tunic

Is there a wedding due in summer months? Well, try on a gorgeous drape tunic with a foil print all over. These full length tunics are an eclectic blend of elegance, style and practicality.

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Side Slit Pants

Keep up with the trends and do not wear boring in the name of ethnic. Slip into our super cool side slit palazzo pants that are western in look and Indian in feel.

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Botanical Print Crop Top

A printed silk crop top can take you to places. Pair it with high waist pants, an ethnic maxi skirt or even a saree and you are sure to make heads turn with your supreme swag.

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Flowy Dupattas

One of the most important must-haves for all you ethnic wear aficionados, dupattas can transform any outfit in a snap. You can experiment with a variety of prints, fabrics and trims that are in tune with the summer spirit to look aptly dressed for the occasion.

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India’s Tribute to the International Dance Day 2018

28-april-18 3:00 PM by Pratima Singh

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On the occasion of International Dance Day 2018, India is geared up to pay its tribute to the great art from and commemorate the day with beautiful performances from ace dancers across the country. Padma Shree awardee Geeta Chandran (dancer and choreographer) has curated a workshop that will see performances by budding artists as well as veterans like Sreelakshmy Govardhanan (Kuchipudi), Shweta Prachande (Bharatanatyam), MonamiNandy (Odissi) and Vidyagauri (Kathak).
India is culturally rich in music and dance as these art forms have been closely related to religion and worship. Mythology has it that dances evolved when humanity was deteriorating and there was a dire need of instilling peace and harmony in humans.The ancient dance forms are principally categorized under four heads; traditional, classical, folk and tribal. While most of us are only aware of the tongue twisting names of these art forms, we take this day as an opportunity to give you a sneak peek into the intricacies of major classical dance forms in the country.

Bharatnatyam

Bharatnatyam

Originating from temple dancers in Tamil Nadu, Bharatnatyam is considered to be the mother of classical dances in India. It is a euphonious combination of musical beats and dramatic dance moves performed by both male and female dancers.

Kathak

Kathak

Kathak originated in Uttar Pradesh and it is one of the eight forms of ancient classical dances of India. As the name ‘Katha’ suggests this dance is about story telling through rhythmic foot (adorned with ghungroos) movements in harmony with music.

Kathakali

Kathakali

One of the most dramatic classical Indian dance forms, this art is performed by well-trained artists. Kathakali originated in God’s own country, Kerala. Expansive gestures, popping make-up and elaborate costumes coupled with precise body movements make it a delight to watch.

Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi

This dance got its name from the Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh state, the place of its origin. It is performed with violin, tambura and flute.

Manipuri

Manipuri

Manipuri comes from the north-eastern state, Manipur. The dance’s themes are based on Raslila, a purely religious and spiritual performance.

Odissi

Odissi

Odissi is known for independent movement of head, chest and pelvis. A traditional and ancient art performed in temples, Odissi is one of the oldest surviving dance forms in India.

Sattriya

Sattriya

A dance form from Assam, Sattriya is performed pan India and even outside the country.

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam

Another classical dance from Kerala, Mohiniyattam is drama performed through dance. It is characterized by subtle gestures and brilliant foot work.

Things That Make Indians Go “We Are Like That Only”

27-mar-18 12:00 PM by Pratima Singh

Dive into the lives of us Indians and you will find some LOL-worthy habits and traits that have been passed on for generations. These typical Indian habits that will leave your head spinning if you try to make sense out of them.
There is a long list of traditions and ticks that make us quintessentially ‘Indian’ but we’ve picked up the most definitive of the lot. Read on -

1. We are all related, or at least it seems so!!

Every elder person we come across is referred to as aunty, uncle, bhaiya even if they aren’t remotely connected to us.


2. Cheap thrills

It is our birthright, to ask for discounts even in shops that clearly say “FIXED PRICE”.


3. When life gives you lemons, tie them with chilies

Dare to step on the olio? We’ve embraced this preventive measure for ‘nazar’ through generations, without even questioning its origin or efficacy.


4. Bizarre beginnings of a new car

Apart from cracking coconut in front of the car so that you drive safe (it’s not your driving skills, it’s the coconut), you are also supposed to keep the plastic seat covers on for as long as they wither away.


5. Gully Cricket

No Indian child can come-of-age without spending summers playing gully cricket, breaking grumpy uncle’s window and never seeing the ball again.


6. We cherish gift wrappers as much as the gifts

Neatly folded under the mattresses


7. Recycle redefined!!

Nothing goes to waste, old T-shirts are pochhas, soft drinks bottles turn water bottles in the refrigerator, and containers from restaurants are saved for kitchen storage.


8. Trouble with an Appliance?

Hit it!! If it is a scooter, tilt it. That’s our way of handling machinery around us. And surprisingly it works.


9. Our Teachers

There is always a teacher who always says, “What do you mean you forgot your homework? Do you ever forget to eat?”

DIY: Organic Kajal

27-mar-18 12:00 PM by Pratima Singh

Beauty Hacks
If like most girls, you can’t do without kajal but also worry about the damaging chemicals present in store-bought kohls, then read on!
Kajal or kohl, as most of us already know is a sooty paste, traditionally used as a makeup highlighter in various parts of the world. The importance of its quality lies in the fact that it is used on the eyes, and nothing harmful should ever come close to the windows to your soul.
A homemade kajal has few ingredients and if stored well it never expires, unlike its store bought counterpart. We are going to walk you through an organic Kajal preparation that will change the way you SEE eye makeup ;)
  1. A Wick
  2. An Earthen Lamp (Diya)
  3. Castor oil
  4. Homemade ghee
  5. Steel or copper plate
  6. Two bowls/glasses (for support)
  7. A small box for collecting and storing kajal (Made of glass or silver preferably)
  8. A Spoon or spatula for scrapping and mixing
  • Pour about 100ml castor oil in the earthen lap and dip the wick in it.
  • Arrange the two bowls on side of the lamp and rest the steel/copper plate over the bowls/glasses.
  • Lit the lamp and let the soot collect on the base of the plate. Continue the process until the oil is exhausted and the lamp goes off.
  • Wait for the plate to cool down. Now use a spatula or spoon to scrape the soot. At this stage, add a drop or two of ghee to make solid consistency dough of the residue.
  • Collect it in a glass or silver jar.
Beauty Hacks

How to Use?

You can use your finger to apply kajal but if you want to avoid the mess, you can grab a small wooden stick or an ear bud to make your eyes look intensely black naturally. Use it as a night treatment or wear it in the day to make your eyes pop.