The arrival of the winter has been rather slow this year, as if it were waking up from a slumber it lulled itself into while the summer sun was blazing. In this short span when the mercury drops, don’t waste your time snoozing under the quilt, though it is tempting indeed. Here’s a ready reckoner of things you just can’t miss to do in the winters.
The man shawl as a style statement may not be the ‘next big thing’, but it is fast inching closer to the top spot. Men’s shawl, longer and broader than a woman’s usually 150x300 cm, does require a man of personality and character to drape it.
Trends, fashion shows and style gurus will have us follow the beaten fashion track as showcased in glossies. Here, we bring you the best of the best sartorial advice from the country’s top designers. By Swati Rai
Avid art connoisseurs and collectors JJ Valaya and his brother TJ Singh have thrown the doors of their dream project, The Home of the Traveller (THT) open in Delhi to aesthetes for an experience of a lifetime. The artist, designer, visualiser and now a curator—‘the’ JJ Valaya weaves an intricate tale of his travels in a tête-à-tête.
It doesn't take long for sepia-toned memories to come trickling down as soft tears on balmy evenings. Old photographs, a chance meeting or a favourite melody can strike the chord of a dear remembrance. It is uncanny how associations with music heard in the past rest in the sub-conscious mind and stay in the heart for a lifetime. Swati Rai writes
In a shopping mall or on your Facebook wall, India is witnessing a growing breed of yummy mummies in their 30s, who are fit and know it! With an increasing consciousness of health and nutrition, 30 truly is the new 20, in the feminine case. The woman today is spoilt for choice for fitness programmes — from Zumba workout to Pilates and even pre-natal yoga. Feeling good about oneself has now become as important as looking great!
WH Davies wrote 'What is this life so full of care, there is no time to stand and stare'. This is true to the highly 'connected' and hurried lives that we live at present. We have cutting-edge technology at our fingertips and on our minds. Every nano second there is an updated and even faster gadget upping the competitive quotient in the market. Swati Rai writes
I live in a small town, one of those that union minister Jairam Ramesh famously christened 'Trishanku' towns, for they have not yet found their place in the development agenda of the authorities. Swati Rai writes
As I sit in my balcony sipping a hot cup of tea and revelling in my latest buy from the bookstore, I feel the nip of the approaching winter. The young prince Mamillius in Shakespeare's classic "A Winter's tale" had famously said, "A sad tale is best for winter", though there is much more to winter than sadness. Swati Rai writes
JJ Valaya has been the pin-up boy of the fashion world since 1992. Over two decades of being the couture king and ruling the bespoke, statement, luxurious designs; the design house of Valaya is a brand to reckon with. Hailing from Chandigarh and proud of the same, Valaya is now out with his photography exhibition in which the architectural elegance of Chandigarh can be viewed from the designer’s lens.
On my evening walk - flavoured with the fragrance of monsoon showers - I came across a child trying to pluck a ripe mango off a tree. Having grown up in cantonments, my friends and I shared a wonderful bond with trees, mind you not all; being greedy, we preferred the fruit-bearing variety! Swati Rai writes
Small town Punjabi boy Sonu Sood talks about his journey into the film industry and his latest projects including the recently released Bollywood production, Maximum
Raspreet Chahal aka Mahek Chahal, the Norwegian-Punjabi beauty, has sizzled on celluloid…but her on-screen presence was unfortunately confined mostly to item numbers. After a lacklustre 10-year stint in the industry, the sardarni siren found her much-awaited place in the limelight as the runner-up in Bigg Boss Season 5.
Planning a vacation this summer? Here are some fab holiday options straight out of our own celebrity jetsetters' diaries. From adventure to leisure jaunts, plan a trip like your favourite film stars do by Swati Rai