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10 HOT STORIES We are sharing a birthday with Burberry and going down memory lane. At the same time, we’re also looking back, making pit stops at our favourite era, the ’90s. Birthday resolutions call for stepping outside our comfort zones and trying out new colours, trends, and quirky shades. STRAIGHT-TALKING STYLE MUSINGS

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DEEPIKA DECONSTRUCTED The directors who shaped Deepika Padukone’s career give us the inside scoop GRAZIA YOUNG FASHION AWARDS 2016 Meet the winners GIRL ON TOP + SPOTLIGHT ON EINA AHLUWALIA SAVING GRACE + CLASS WITH A CAUSE + THE DO-GOODER A MODERN WOMAN’S MANIFESTO When Shabana Azmi gives us her guide to feminism, we take note THE BOOK KEEPERS OH, THE PLACES YOU GO! THE #GOALDIGGERS + THE TRAILBLAZERS BEING KIRAN #GIRLBOSSES OF BOLLYWOOD + THE CREATIVE CULTIVATORS REEL DEAL THE REINVENTION QUEEN + THE HUNGER GAME(R)S ’COZ HATERS GONNA HATE+ THE GENDER BENDERS THE DIGITAL CRUSADERS THE BLOGGER BALL THE ARTIST-ACTIVISTS + CAPTURING REALITY + THE TASTEMAKERS ECO-WARRIORS THE DO-OVER LONG LIVE THE QUEEN GRAZIA CONFESSIONS FASHION REIMAGINED YOU THE FASHION JURY

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COVER GIRL DEEPIKA PADUKONE is wearing a lace blouse and skirt, both Michael Kors Collection; ring, Nirav Modi PHOTOGRAPH Prasad Naik FASHION DIRECTOR Ekta Rajani DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR Aarti Tharwani HAIR Gabriel Georgiou at Anima Creative Management Make-up Anil Chinnappa


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THE FASHION CHARTS FUNNY BUSINESS Take the boring pantsuit outside the boardroom with a dash of colour A DRESSY AFFAIR GO HARD, OR GO HOME A VINTAGE STORY CLOSET CONSTRUCTION: OVER THE TOP TRENDSPOTTING SLIP DETAILS ONE PIECE FOUR WAYS LABEL WE LOVE FASHION FLASHBACK DUEL FASHION: METALLICS VS POP COLOUR ON THE STYLE RADAR STYLE SOS EASY CHIC CHICONOMICS LOVE LOVE LOVE WHERE TO FIND IT GET IT BEFORE IT GOES

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BEAUTY & HEALTH 14 BEAUTY CHARTS 134 CITY SLICKERS Say bye-bye to pollution damage with our beauty edit 140 COPY.PASTE. 144 EYES. LIPS. FACE. Colour pencils have taken over our beauty bag 146 WHAT’S THE SKINNY? 147 PSST…IT’S A NEW SECRET GETAWAY 148 ALL ABOUT THAT FACE 149 GRUNGY EYELINERS 150 BEAUTY REPORTER 152 THE INSIDER 154 SLEEP TIGHT 156 THE JUICE SOCIETY 158 LOVE LOVE LOVE

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of young designers with the help of a very esteemed panel of judges in two separate discussions held in Mumbai and New Delhi. Our aim, as always, is to put the spotlight on budding new talent. And as is customary, later this month, the fashion and glamour influencers of our industry will gather together to applaud and celebrate these nine winners from different design categories at our annual anniversary celebrations that also mark the sixth edition of GYFA. Lastly, we haven’t forgotten our usual helpings of fast fashion (with ample doses of slow sustainable style thrown in for good measure) – so look out for our mood favouring extravagance and over-the-top glamour in our shopping pages. Nothing’s spoiling our celebratory mood either, and we’ve lined up some bountiful spreads in our beauty section too – ways to combat pollution, and a gorgeous range of colour pencils for your make-up drawer. To end on a sweet note, we invited some of our favourite patissiers to reimagine Grazia as a dessert. Our only regret? We didn’t save enough to share.

and Guglani created a platform called Cord to translate their passion for travel, seamlessly melded with unembellished minimalism and detailed, old-fashioned craftsmanship. Using quality saddle leather, each piece is handcrafted with a focus on comfort, material and interaction with the body.

“Cord aims at linking classic and modern elements with a non-standard elegance. While we take pride in endorsing ‘Made in India’ through the traditional techniques of hand craftsmanship, we do suggest a minimalist alternative to accessories, which is a continual inspiration. Each piece is detailed to be used day in and out, with a focus on comfort and material” - Neha Singh

“Urban Wear, in the language of Lovebirds is comfortable, intelligent, simple and clever. It shouldn’t just be fashionably trendy, but also be able to acknowledge the bigger design and social movements of our generations” - Gursi Singh

C A T E G O R Y : ACCESSORIES – JEWELLERY W I N N E R : SUHANI PAREKH L A B E L : MISHO E A S Y - C H I C

C A T E G O R Y : ACCESSORIES – BAGS ( TIED) W I N N E R : RIDHIMA SEKHRI L A B E L : POEM E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T :

“India has a long-standing tradition of silver-smithing. As a sculptor, I’ve found silver to be one of the most malleable metals to work with. Its white, lustrous quality complements the idea of fusing vintage with the urgency of today” - Suhani Parekh

Q U O T I E N T : The 25-year-old studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College in London, and went on to invest the education in her jewellery label, Misho. Launched four months ago, Misho’s designs are entrenched in the Bauhaus movement combined with Japanese minimalism. More than just trinkets, a little like architecture for the body, the designs carry a certain distinguished edge.

Echoing sepia-toned mementos like grandma’s pearls, dad’s oaky single malt or mother’s red lipstick – each handbag carries a unique voice via colour, proportions, and form without compromising on functionality. The label urges you to consider their bags as your companions, partners-in-crime that make running errands not-so-monotonous.

“We don’t experiment with the ephemeral. We create products that would last for years. Poem bags aren’t just crafted out of the finest quality of leather; they are fitting tributes to its sensuality. Each piece is hand-cut with precision, each seam is manually punch-holed, and each stitch is sewn with the utmost care” - Ridhima Sekhri

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DUMMY TEXT KAINAZ MESSMAN, chef and owner at Theobroma Patisserie From the mystery box: Limoncello, strawberries. Whipped up: A cake with homemade limoncello mousse, white chocolate truffle, pistachio sponge and a surprise strawberry jelly. So Grazia: “When I got this brief, I knew at once I wanted to make a cake that was as fresh and bright as the magazine. I find Grazia to be very accessible for a person like me who is not in the business of fashion. And I wanted the warmth and comfort it radiates in the dessert as well, which is why it has the homemade limoncello, and an overall homemade feel. I don’t like overly decorated or OTT cakes, and this one is simple yet elegant. Just like Grazia, this cake is sunshine yellow which is happy yet elegant. The strawberry jelly is like the content of Grazia that has the ability to surprise us.”

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vintage clothing and accessories from across the world, while Singh worked as an art director in advertising before they joined forces, and launched Love Birds in 2013. Their design aesthetic is underlined by simple, straight and balanced lines, which add more definition, supported by extremely minimal silhouettes, freeing them from the weight of layering and embellishment.

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love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass” – Maya Angelou. While looking up to an inspiring and strong woman is one thing, it’s another to step into your own and be that strong woman. Which is exactly what our 8th Anniversary issue celebrates – 100 stories of powerhouse women who are fearless in their approach to their lives, breaking stereotypes and empowering the lives of others by the way they conduct their own. Our cover girl this month is also in a league of her own. She’s been on top of her game for more than a couple of years now, with every step showcasing a new facet to her superpower personality, which we dissect with the help of five talented directors who she’s worked with in the past and who’ve been instrumental in shaping her career. A die-hard believer in being passionate about what you do, Deepika Padukone’s stance is firmly in favour of equality. “It’s not about one being more powerful than the other, it’s about equal opportunities. Eventually it’s choosing things yourself and being the person you want to be,” she says. In the midst of all this girl power, we’ve lined up yet another edition of the Grazia Young Fashion Awards (GYFA). While looking for individuality in design, a strong aesthetic and originality in thought and technique, we arrived at this new batch

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ABRAR ZAHOOR He seems familiar: That’s because you’ve seen the Kashmiri boy in the fresh release – Neerja – in which Sonam Kapoor plays the role of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot. Zahoor plays the role of Safrini, the lead antagonist who delivered punches and blows aplenty as a hijacker. Hmm… where else have I seen him: As a model? He’s been on the ramp since he was 16. Playing the bad boy: “I have always wanted to be a villain who goes beyond typical punchline dialogues and caricature roles, even though I have never been in a fight ever. Playing Safrini was tough because it makes you question how people can be so brutal – it required complete brainwashing, and I wasn’t allowed to meet anyone apart from the film crew. I didn’t go out with my friends or even smile while shooting, to keep the anger seething. The thing about playing a bad boy is that although you are a villain to the world, you have to make your character the hero in your head.” Up ahead: Zahoor has come a long way since his first job as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. Keep an eye out for his next in which he leaves the greys behind for a good guy role. It’s a thriller. »

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INAAMULHAQ He seems familiar: That’s because if you caught the Akshay-Kumar starrer Airlift that hit screens in January this year, you would’ve seen Inaamulhaq as Saddam Hussein’s menacing man-in-Kuwait. Hmm… where else have I seen him: In National Film Award-winner Filmistaan, maybe? He delivered an outstanding role as a Pakistani smuggler of pirated Hindi film CDs. He has also worked on scripts of telly shows like Comedy Circus, and acted in plays. Playing the bad boy: “My only two selfimposed conditions before taking up a role are how different and difficult the character is. The role of Major Khalaf in Airlift was challenging because he is such a negative character whereas I am completely positive and am rarely apprehensive when I enter a bad patch in my life. Prepping for it required getting into the time zone of that period by watching documentaries on the Gulf War, learning Arabic, understanding the sound of that language and delivering it without an accent, even balancing the aura of a big star around you.” Up ahead: You’ll see him in Chidiya, an independent film for kids set in a chawl, in which he plays a ladies’ tailor.

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Your latest issue was just fascinating. The four winners of the Grazia Cover Girl Hunt seem very talented and photogenic. The article that caught my eye was Welcome to the Dark Side where you put the spotlight on the new big screen villains. From a man’s point of view, I must add that every month, Grazia looks amazing. In fact, every page of your magazine, made me sit up and take notice. HARISH PARSHURAM, NAVI MUMBAI

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The Grazia Mega Beauty Survey was a super interesting read, and threw up quite a few surprising facts and statistics. My other favourites were Navaz Batliwalla’s column that spoke about how subversion has gone mainstream, and Show Girls. Reading about Louboutin’s inspiration gave the bag a whole new meaning. As always, the Grazia Fashion Confessions were hilarious; it makes me feel like the Grazia office must be a lot of fun. YASRA KHOKER, RAJASTHAN

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The what, how, and seriously (?) of your beauty dos and don’ts Photographs SAURABH DUA, ARJUN MARK, TARAS TARAPORVALA, KEEGAN CRASTO, VITTUR MARCO

It’s no big secret that both you and us love our beauty products. We’ve got shelves, cupboards and bags literally overflowing with colours, powders, creams, lotions – all of which have promised to change our lives. Some have. Most failed. And some – well they’re just too beautiful to discard. So what does this mean? We’re never going to stop buying our bottles and tubes. But we’re learning that what’s right for you isn’t great for me. We’ve picked up habits, fine tuned our beauty rituals, and bought acrylic organisers for our beauty booty. This is a love affair that will never end. And to document it all – we’re back with our second edition of the Grazia Beauty Survey. We asked and you answered, very enthusiastically, we might add. So, let’s read on, to see how far we’ve come, and how much further we have to go. Now, if only we could figure out how to put on mascara with our mouths closed…

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T HE Y C A ME T O Meet the freshest faces on the block, the March cover girls, as they star in our rebellious yet romantic fashion spread Photographs TARUN VISHWA Fashion Director EKTA RAJANI Assitant Art Director NIKITA RAO Words SPARDHA MALIK

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From playing volleyball to getting picked as the latest winner of the Grazia Cover Girl Hunt presented by Reliance Trends, 21-year-old Rosario has come a long way. She believes modelling has brought out the best in her and made her a much stronger person. FLASHBACK: “I was born and brought up in Hyderabad. I started modelling when I participated in a college talent show at 18. Since then, I modelled part-time, because my studies were very important to me.” THE JOURNEY: “As soon as I finished my studies, I took part in the Max Fashion Contest, which I won, and then auditioned for Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai.” MY ICONS: “My mom has always been a pillar of support. She’ll always be my greatest inspiration. In the fashion world, I admire models like Archana Akil Kumar, Rikee Chatterjee, Sonalika Sahay, Lakshmi Rana and Carol Gracias – they’re all accomplished models who I’ve worked with, and they’ve been so kind and sweet to me.” FIGURING IT OUT: “I never even imagined that I’ll be here. I’m so glad I was picked by Grazia because now my passion has a direction. I haven’t had any time to set goals for myself. This year is about moving to Mumbai and figuring out everything step-by-step.” ››

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Challenge ACCEPTED Five fitness fads, five fitness freaks, five days – watch these women give it a go Photographs KEEGAN CRASTO Deputy Art Director AARTI THARWANI Junior Fashion Stylist KANIKA KARVINKOP Words NAMRATA KEDAR, DHVANI SOLANI

Challenge: FITNESS APP Taken up by: NATASHA CHIB, managing partner at Chib’s Chili Sauce Action: You can’t scroll Instagram without spotting images of perfect abs here and sinewy thighs there. Fitness is a huge factor right now, and Instagram only serves as a constant reminder when we reach out for those crisps. The one inducing #bodygoals in us is fitness trainer Kayla Itsines. Her app ‘Sweat with Kayla’ has different workout sessions starting with a one-week free trial going onto a minimum subscription of 12 weeks that will cost you $19.99 per month. Available on the Apple App Store, it offers Beach Body Guides (BBG) with workouts including a combination of resistance training, Low Intensity Steady State (LISS), High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and rehabilitation. We are ready to hit subscribe. Reaction: “My usual fitness regime includes yoga and running, both of which are more meditative than intensive. Kayla’s was an explosive workout and the circuit training is demanding and great for muscle building as it targets your arms, legs and abs. You need perseverance to keep going and while this is not my favourite workout, I would include strength training into my regime twice a week to begin with.”

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Challenge: TURMERIC Taken up by: PATRALEKHAA, actor Action: We have been through phases of food fads from acai bowls, souping and juicing to even Brussels sprouts in 2015. This year, the spotlight has shifted and settled on turmeric. Surprised? Well, as Indians, turmeric has been to us what cinnamon is to Americans. But internationally, food blogs and Pinterest boards are bursting with turmeric infused recipes. Think cold-pressed juices and teas with turmeric or even just sprinkling it on your salad. Known to possess anti-inflammatory properties and the answer to digestive problems, turmeric in any form from powder to stick, is being touted as the next big thing. Reaction: “As a child, my grandmom insisted I have turmeric with jaggery on a daily basis – a habit that I outgrew as I got older. Recently, upon suffering a cartilage tear, I started to consume turmeric again. It’s the first thing I eat in the morning either in its raw form or with lemon and water. It is antiinflammatory, has cut down my acidity and has also helped in overall digestion. Occasionally, I also apply a paste of turmeric, besan and rose water on my face for clear and healthy skin.” »

Striped blouse, Zara; leggings, Ravneet’s own

Tangerine Arts Studio, Khar West, Mumbai; Tel: 098673 69960

Hair and make-up VIDHI SALECHA Location Courtesy TANGERINE ARTS STUDIO, SURFSET FITNESS INDIA

Challenge: AERIAL SILK Taken up by: RAVNEET GORAYA, fashion choreographer Action: Gone are the days when working out meant hitting the gym. Now, it’s all about flexibility and stretching – workouts that are therapeutic. Aerial silk has now become the new way to stay fit thanks to the likes of Mumbaibased Tangerine Arts Studio that offers this form under aerialist Lara Saluja. It involves suspending oneself like a circus monkey and swinging on silk ropes that not only work at stretching you out but also works on your core. Reaction: “Yoga is my preferred choice of workout and aerial silk is just a more complete and advanced form of yoga. It works both at flexibility and strengthening, except that the stretches are deeper. The balancing act requires you to have a good core. Sexy and cool, it’s a skill that people should definitely take up. I know I will since I have enrolled for classes already.”

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Congratulations once again for a successful second year of Grazia Cover Girl Hunt. All the girls are stunning and they look super cool on the cover as well as inside. It’s good to know them through the stories attached. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of these girls, as quirky and smart as they are gorgeous. SHREYA KULKARNI, THANE

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Since I am in the grip of World T20 cricket fever, I could not discover a more apt analogy than the fact that I was totally bowled over by the four killer beauties who won the Grazia Cover Girl Hunt. Also, the fitness story – Challenge Accepted – motivated me to a great extent. Without intending to, your March issue made for a perfect women’s month special; it must have not only impressed women readers but succeeded in inspiring male ones too. B AJIT, NEW DELHI

WIN IT All the letters on this page have won a bottle of Versace Bright Crystal EDT Natural Spray, worth ` 3,100. This fresh, floral and feminine scent has top notes of juicy pomegranate and shining yuzu. Any letter addressed to Grazia will be a property of Grazia and all copyright of the same shall be vested with us. Grazia reserves the right to use such material for any purpose including commercial, in the magazine or otherwise.

We would love to know what you think of the magazine. E-mail us at grazia@wwm.co.in


CONTRIBUTORS

ERRIKOS ANDREOU

PRASAD NAIK

Photographer, Go Hard, Or Go Home (pg 164)

Naik, a product of JJ School of Applied Arts in Mumbai took to photography in 1996. This month he captures our cover girl Deepika Padukone in Deconstructing Deepika (pg 79)

Q What was your concept for the shoot? Metallics at a train dock. And to have fun, and experiment.

ANEEV RAO

Photographer, Funny Business (pg 148) Q Three contemporary photographers everyone must know? Akshay Mahajan, Karan Vaid and Emanuel Satolli.

TARAS TARAPORVALA

ANITA KAUSHIK

Kaushik a self-taught make-up artist started working at a young age of 16. She styles Ketholeno in Funny Business (pg 148) and states, “Beauty is all about inner peace and happiness.”

Photographer, City Slickers (pg 198) and Being Kiran (pg 112) Q Nominate one strong woman in your life? My Hindi teacher.

GABRIEL GEORGIOU/ ANIMA CREATIVE MANAGEMENT Hairstylist, Deconstructing Deepika (pg 79)

Q One tip for taking the perfect selfie? Be natural. They are always the best.

DEEPTI PARIKH

Art Director, If Grazia Was A Dessert... (pg 223) and City Slickers (pg 198) Q One trick to make your table setting look better? A centrepiece with fresh flowers or fruits instantly enhances the look for any occasion. 8

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SANDHYA SHEKAR

Sandhya Shekar gave up a life of high-rolling finance banking in order to pursue her passion for beauty. She styles hair and make-up in Go Hard, Or Go Home (pg 164)


CONTRIBUTORS

SUSHANT CHHABRIA

AMAN MAKKAR

Photographer, he captures Shanoo Sharma, Swara Bhaskar and Monica Dogra in #WeRunTheWorld Q Your favourite filter on instagram? Valencia.

Photographer, The Do-over (pg 130)

DHRUVI SHAH

Writer, #GirlBosses Of Bollywood (pg 114) Q Your solution to writer’s block? Listen to some post-rock music and attempt to write without filtering my thoughts.

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MITALI PAREKH

Photographer, Food For Thought (pg 230)

Writer, The Blogger Ball (pg 122) Q If women ruled the world… There would be more recognition of what constitutes sexual violence.

AVIVA DHARMARAJ

Dharmaraj, a freelance writer is a #GirlBoss because, “I live by my own rules. And then I go right ahead and change them.” She has written vast swathes of #WeRunTheWorld

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Q What’s your favourite subject to shoot? Interesting people.

ANIL CHINNAPA

JHELUM BISWAS

Biswas is a self confessed beautylover and runs a beauty website, beautybeats.in She pens, Copy.Paste. (pg 204) and is a #GirlBoss because, “I do what I dream.”

Q Nominate one strong woman in your life? Has to be my mom for putting up with something like me for more than 25 years.

Make-up artist, Deconstructing Deepika (pg 79)

SIDDHARTH SANGHVI

Mumbai based Shanghvi’s book, The Last Song Of Dusk, made it to the Man Asian Prize: 2009 Shortlist. This month he pens, As I Lay Me Down To Sleep…(pg 234)

Q If you are allowed to highlight one feature, you will? Lips. I love colour, and I think it’s the first thing you register on a face. APRIL 2016

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CONTRIBUTORS

SUSHANT CHHABRIA

AMAN MAKKAR

Photographer, he captures Shanoo Sharma, Swara Bhaskar and Monica Dogra in #WeRunTheWorld Q Your favourite filter on instagram? Valencia.

Photographer, The Do-over (pg 130)

DHRUVI SHAH

Writer, #GirlBosses Of Bollywood (pg 114) Q Your solution to writer’s block? Listen to some post-rock music and attempt to write without filtering my thoughts.

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MITALI PAREKH

Photographer, Food For Thought (pg 230)

Writer, The Blogger Ball (pg 122) Q If women ruled the world… There would be more recognition of what constitutes sexual violence.

AVIVA DHARMARAJ

Dharmaraj, a freelance writer is a #GirlBoss because, “I live by my own rules. And then I go right ahead and change them.” She has written vast swathes of #WeRunTheWorld

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Q What’s your favourite subject to shoot? Interesting people.

ANIL CHINNAPA

JHELUM BISWAS

Biswas is a self confessed beautylover and runs a beauty website, beautybeats.in She pens, Copy.Paste. (pg 204) and is a #GirlBoss because, “I do what I dream.”

Q Nominate one strong woman in your life? Has to be my mom for putting up with something like me for more than 25 years.

Make-up artist, Deconstructing Deepika (pg 79)

SIDDHARTH SANGHVI

Mumbai based Shanghvi’s book, The Last Song Of Dusk, made it to the Man Asian Prize: 2009 Shortlist. This month he pens, As I Lay Me Down To Sleep…(pg 234)

Q If you are allowed to highlight one feature, you will? Lips. I love colour, and I think it’s the first thing you register on a face.


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FASHION CHARTS Our wardrobe is filling up with all things pretty

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Jumpsuit, Vero Moda, ` 3,995 Red doesn’t get more luxe than this beautifully crafted piece. Wear with a well-tailored blazer for an elegant take on modern colour blocking.

Scarf, Dior, price on request This lovely patterned scarf is a perfect match for a white sundress. We’ll take one in every colour, please.

5 Embroidered blouse, Temperley London, price on request Ticking off floral and sheer in one go? Sounds pretty, looks brilliant. Wear with boots and a black leather mini for a tough spin on romanticism.

4 Nappa leather heels, Jimmy Choo, price on request We’ve got our summer shoe situation sorted. We’re wearing these comfy, chunky heels with hints of broderie anglaise and hopefully, a tan.

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3 Jacquard skirt, Marks & Spencer, ` 3,450 This latest incarnation of the midi trophy skirt will work a treat with white sneaks and a basic Tee.

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A-line dress, Burberry, price on request We’re saying yes to blush. Especially when it comes in such a sweet, girly style. Just add nude pumps and you’ll be picture perfect.

8 Slip-on loafers, Tod’s, price on request Tod’s will never let you down when it comes to loafers. This embellished pair has us positively lusting, and totally willing, to scrimp and save.

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Sheer blouse, Salvatore Ferragamo, price on request A perfect alternative to your LBD. Just add skinny trousers for day and wear over a silk slip dress for an evening out.

Culottes, Zara, ` 3,450 These roomy trousers are simply fabulous. A wide leg and a drawstring waist are always a flattering choice, not to mention super comfy.


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‘Dionysus GG Supreme’ canvas shoulder bag, Gucci, price on request Number one on our incredibly long Gucci wishlist is this beauty of a bag. We’re crushing on the embroidered lightning bolts and birds which as they turn out, are perfect conversation starters.

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Bangles, Hermès, price on request We’re suckers for a good set of stacked bangles and we can’t wait to pile these on.

Hoop earrings, Dhora, price on request If you have to buy a pair of gold hoop earrings pick this set – simple but not predictable. Perfect with a peasant blouse and bootleg jeans.

15 T-shirt, Pepe Jeans, ` 1,399 Get your daily dose of vitamin C in one perky Tee. Pair with skinny jeans – white preferably – and tan flats for a perfectly cool summer look.

14 Neoprene jacket, Kanika Goyal, price on request Don’t be scared of the midi jacket. This hot-right-now style is great with cropped trousers and a crisp white shirt.

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L’ORÉAL PARIS COLOR RICHE LE VERNIS, ` 299 Tiny bottles of nail polish to match our moods? Yes please. Intense colour, blinding shine and 10-day wear is making this entire range a summer musthave. That’s 23 moods, we mean shades, to choose from. And we’re not even counting the mixing and matching we’ve planned with them.

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THE BODY SHOP ALMOND HAND AND NAIL CREAM, ` 850 Beauty with a cause – instant bestsellers in our books. A percentage of every sale of this limited edition cream goes to The Body Shop Foundation, the charitable arm of the brand, to protect and enrich the planet, people, and animals. Street artist Eine’s colour blocking has led us to making a beeline for the checkout counter already.

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LAKMÉ ABSOLUTE ILLUMINATING EYESHADOW PALETTE, ` 995 Sleek packaging and a beautifully complementary set of colours means that this is going to be a purse staple for the next few months. The plum, blue and purple are the ones that will be worn thin the earliest, and we definitely can’t promise the safety of the gold tinged palette either.

SHISEIDO ULTIMUNE POWER INFUSING EYE CONCENTRATE, ` 4,800 A mouthful of a name like that means serious business. So we’re talking 20 years of research that combines ImuMoisture extracts and ImuCalm compounds to make a cooling, soothing, and moisturising eye cream. Think of it as a gentle wrinkle whisperer.


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MAKE UP FOREVER STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZERS, ` 3,300 EACH Don’t let the delicious spread of all the colours confuse you. These primers are colour coded to target specific skin concerns. For example, yellow for tanned skin, or caramel for dark skin. There’s also a mattifying, smoothing, hydrating and nourishing primer. We’re gunning for the redness correcting primer that gives us flawless coverage.

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BOBBI BROWN MALIBU NUDES BLUSH DUOS, ` 4,040 Flushed from the summer sun? No? You, my friend, are a rarity then. And you need this gorgeous blend of soft powders to fake it – one shade for a quiet blush, the second to pop it.

CHANEL LE VERNIS LONGWEAR NAIL COLOUR, ` 3,300 In addition to the iconic shades that we will never tire of (Rouge Noir and Vamp anyone?) there are 11 new shades that promise to stick closer than your shadow. Combined with the high-shine longwear top coat Le Gel, consider these tips to be your stylish BFF who’ll never leave your side.

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CLINIQUE LID POP, ` 1,450 The garden of delights that is the Pop collection continues to overflow with new editions and ranges. Our favourite this season are the eight eyeshadows – luxuriously smooth – baked to perfection. This means easy blending, especially when being lazy about redoing your makeup for drinks after work.

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CHAMBOR EXTREMEWEAR TRANSFERPROOF LIQUID LIPSTICK, ` 845 Imagine our joy when we sipped our morning cuppa and failed to find our lipstick on the rim – that’s how effective this range of 18 shades is. Why imagine, when you can try it out yourself?

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LKING ABOUT A T N E E B ’S E EVERYON

KRSNAA MEHTA

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@krsnaamehta “My designs have an Indian palette, I draw my inspiration from both Mughal royalty, the road-side chaiwalas and the famous motifs from India. The cover is a juxtaposition of a royal garden which gives it a very tropical feel in a contemporary Mughal style.” Sonam Kapoor for April 2014

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India’s coolest graphic artists take us down memory lane with their reinterpretations of Grazia’s archival covers. We want to frame them all

RISHIDEV RK @reshidev_rk “I have used geometric shapes and patterns to symbolise the different elements of nature, fused with the aesthetic fashion sensibility of a modern woman.” Kriti Sanon for January 2016

MEERA VASUDEV @meerasethi “As the original focus of the issue was ‘fashion@work’, I created a hybrid between a work uniform and a warrior outfit. She hangs up her cap and picks up a sword suggesting she’s ready to fight for her rights. She slides between genders and challenges conventions. She is fierce, strong and stylish.” Lisa Haydon for August 2015

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SHRUTHI VENKATARAMAN @shruthi.venkataraman “I’ve illustrated a sylvan world filled with colours and inspired by the birds and the beasts of the jungle. The woman remains at the heart of it all. I call the piece Gaia (spirit of the earth).”

SHWETA MALHOTRA @shwetamalhotra “My design aesthetic is very minimal, bold, geometric and graphic, a response to the maximalist. This cover redesign is an illustrated interpretation of the image in a very minimal pop style. And it visually brings out Kalki’s vibe from the actual image.”

Saloni Samant, Grazia Covergirl Hunt Winner for March 2015

Kalki Koechlin for March 2014

SAMEER KULAVOOR @sam_kulavoor “Lisa’s pose was so natural and she looked very comfortable, I worked intuitively taking inspiration from the original image and building my world for her around it.” Lisa Haydon for June 2014

JASJYOT SINGH HANS @jasjyotjasjyot “I loved the composition of the cover a lot, the three models together were a strong visual for me to work with. I’ve always been asked about the women I draw, and what they’re about. So with this cover redesign, I took my women out for a fashion shoot for the Grazia cover.” Archana Akil Kumar, Erika Packard and Kanishtha Dhankar for October 2014

MIRA MALHOTRA @mirafmalhotra “Imagining Shraddha as this explorer in a new colourful land, I used bursts of colours in the background as if it was painted in excesses of bright colours. I filled in Shraddha’s eyes and made one drip colour as if a natural reaction to her new colourful surroundings.” Shraddha Kapoor for November 2014


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High-fashion, yet always gracing the sidewalks, the paradoxical trench coat is always on the go

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favoured by the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s to the more contemporary metallic and studded styles that are a favourite among street-style stars like Alexa Chung and Emma Watson. As an ode to the perfect, go-to cover-up, we tracked its evolution through our favourite moments in fashion and films.

1964 Catherine Deneuve in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg Lending a Parisian twist to the English coat was Deneuve on the sets of her film.

Kristin Davis in Sex And The City Remember when Charlotte wanted to keep her head from exploding all over her Burberry jacket?

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Meryl Streep in Kramer v/s Kramer The film is laden with great style moments and Joanna’s (played by Streep) Burberry coat is the one we love.

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Blake Lively in Gossip Girl The posse right from Blake Lively, Leighton Meester to baddie Michelle Trachtenberg flaunted edgy versions of the Burberry trench through the seasons.

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We’ve been advocates of the men’s side of the store, and this collection gives us a legit reason to splurge there as well

Left to right On Azura: Printed Tee and drop crotch joggers, ManishAroraxKoovs at www.koovs.com, ` 1,295 and ` 1,495; earrings, www.koovs.com, ` 395 On Ridhi: ‘Mojito’ printed Tee, ‘Crown and glory’ shirt and ‘Hive’ printed shorts ` 1,295, ` 1,495 and ` 1,295 respectively, all ManishAroraxKoovs at www.koovs.com

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he fash pack is currently in the grip of all things 1990s. While our teen idols Gwen [Stefani] and Scary Spice have been replaced by RiRi and FKA Twigs, their super cool (and rad) accessories are still totally on trend. Take your pick from daring choker necklaces, bejewelled septum rings, and look-at-me body chains.

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1 Silver plated, Tribe by Amrapali, ` 450 (for a set of 3) 2 Stone and crystal studded, Givenchy, price on request 3 18-karat gold diamond encrusted, Ileana Makri at www.netaporter.com, ` 50,162


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Nothing says ‘look-atme’ like dusting off your biggest earrings and frosting your lips gold. Cue the new Prada collection, an ode to excess and individuality.

Innerwear as outerwear never looked so demure as layered over a pastel fluffy skirt+blouse combo.

The key to nailing fashion’s quirkiest look is in the mix – a touch of metallic here, a clash of prints there, and oh, never-seenbefore layering.

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Isn’t it time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Here’s how…

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Embroidered tunic, Hemant & Nandita, price on request

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Striped blazer Ashish Soni, ` 20,500

Printed dress, Sanchita, ` 5,500

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‘Gaia’ tie-up sandals Salvatore Ferragamo, ` 93,500

The office friendly skirt suit gets a fun makeover when combined with a kitschy sweatshirt.

Striped trousers Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, ` 16,500

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‘Diorever’ bag, Dior, price on request

+ ‘Octopusspuss’ flats, Christian Louboutin, price on request

Wearing a bra-let over a tunic with printed trousers has ‘brunch look’ written all over it.

Leather pouch, Skinny Dip at www.koovs.com, ` 2,195

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Floral printed socks Happy Socks, ` 900

+ Tie-up heels Forever New, ` 4,400

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Pencil skirt Ashish Soni, ` 14,500

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rimes, an alter ego of singer/ musician Claire Boucher, represents generation Z that Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière portrays and caters to via the brand’s S/S 2016 collection. The previous A/W 2015 collection saw models walk down the ramp to Grimes’ tunes, and this season saw her grace the FROW along with the likes of Alicia Vikander and Michelle Williams. Taking their association further, Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Grimes to render stunning images of her dressed in their S/S 2016 collection. We chatted with the singer/musician about Louis Vuitton, all things style, and her upcoming album that we absolutely cannot wait to play on loop. >>

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is always a good vibe. G: How does fashion inspire your creativity? GRI: Visuals are important to me, whether it be videos or shoots. Designers and stylists can be my biggest collaborators in many ways. I don’t have time to make clothes, nor would I be very good at it, but it’s integral to the project. Finding a balance that is unique and interesting without resting on tropes is difficult, but fun.

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GRAZIA: What was your reaction when Louis Vuitton invited you to their show for the first time? GRIMES: I was really excited. Nicolas always goes in a totally new direction with every collection, and it’s obviously amazing to see it firsthand. G: What do you like most about his work? How does he understand you? GRI: I think his work straddles the line between fantastical and elegant. There are always crazy references (he told me they were watching a lot of Japanese anime series Evangelion when working on the last collection), but the work is always very stylised and sophisticated. I think I try to accomplish the same in my work, so we vibe. G: How would you describe your style? GRI: It fluctuates, but ‘manga heroine’

G: Your real name is Claire Boucher. Where does Grimes come from? GRI: It’s a long story. On Myspace, you had to pick three genres. ‘Grime’ was a genre that at the time I hadn’t heard of. I thought it seemed like the best one. G: What are your music influences? GRI: Everything. Especially the things I hate. If you have to challenge yourself to work in a mode that you don’t instinctively enjoy, you’ll make something more interesting. G: You did everything on your new album Art Angels – you produced it, played the guitar, the violin and the drums. Is it because you wanted to have full control over it? GRI: Control is important to me. If I didn’t make it myself, then I wouldn’t consider it fully a Grimes song. But at the end of the day, DIY is just how I work. I think a lot of people see it as inherently political, but it’s honestly just a personal preference.

We reside in times where innovations transpire behind digital screens, and seizing the virtual space is designer Nicholas Ghesquière in the Louis Vuitton S/S 2016 collection. “I was thinking about this digital frontier, which I wanted to combine in harmony with the world of Louis Vuitton,” said Ghesquière. Drawing inspiration from cyberspace, the show began with visual effects referencing Japanese manga and anime series Evangelion and Wong Kar Wai’s 2046. The background befitted the collection that saw Ghesquière’s cyberpunks clad in tough laser-cut leathers, moto jackets and metalembroidered skirts.

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Grimes channels a manga heroine in a pink moto jacket to match her signature strands

G: What are your favorite Louis Vuitton pieces this season? GRI: I think the fingerless gloves are extremely cool. I love the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and racing aesthetics. It’s a tough look and can make an otherwise banal outfit pretty interesting.

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G: What is your perception of fashion? What would you say is your guilty pleasure? GRI: I’ve always been into fashion. I think my guilty pleasure is trench coats because if you have a sick coat, you can wear pyjamas under it, and no one would know.

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‘Melany’ ballet flats Furla, price on request

Tailored trousers Marks & Spencer, ` 4,950

‘Otoka’ booties Christian Louboutin, ` 90,209

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Is it too much to ask for when we want our leading men and women to be politically and socially opinionated?

We asked you… Sakshi @TurkiishD: They are actors, we tend to listen to what they have to say so they should take full advantage of it. Chintuuu! @mazedaarcat: Not really. It is very much their personal choice. Kohinoor-e-Hyderabad @myscribblings: yes. Very much. Fighting for a social cause needs reach and actors have an edge over others here. Luvya @LuvyaJoshi: They have a mass appeal and reach out to every age group of audience. They should talk about causes. Ved Prakash Pati @vppati: It is their choice. No one should force them to.

What do you think? Tweet to @GraziaIndia with your comment and add #GraziaDebate

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would expect our Bollywood celebrities to take charge of change and voice their opinions on many causes if the state of affairs in our country ANUPAMA CHOPRA, was any different. Film Critic In our current situation, when our films are banned for ridiculous reasons, free speech is censored in the name of politically incorrect views,

theatres are burned down at the mention of an incorrect name of the city, it hampers an artist’s courage to truly express themselves. If artists earnestly had freedom of speech – by which I certainly do not mean just enticing their audience with provocative statements – but more as responsible citizens, they would come forward and take charge of the upliftment of the society. I’m not surprised that most of them don’t because their years and years of work are at stake. Without the looming fear of being reprimanded, more actors will use their fame for more worthy causes.

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don’t have an absolute answer for this. While I admire the activism of a Jane Fonda or a Shabana Azmi, actors are pure JITESH PILLAI, Editor, Filmfare entertainers. This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have a social conscience but I’m not sure about strident activism on an entertainment platform. I recall Marlon Brando not accepting the award for The Godfather because he was against the treatment of American-Indians and sent a long haired American-Indian Sacheen Littlefeather to read out his protest speech. It’s great when actors talk about racial discrimination or attack homophobia and talk about the plight of AIDS patients like Tom Hanks did when he won the Oscar for Philadelphia. It’s nice that Leonardo spoke about the environment at this year’s Oscars. I remember at one film festival Shabana Azmi came up on the dais to protest against the killing of Saffar Hashmi. Having said that, don’t put the onus on an actor to be a crusader. They don’t have solutions to every answer.

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xploring unchartered forms of art seems to be a strong focus of trends around S/S 2016 sunglasses. This translates to minimal make-up countered and balanced with the maximalism of eyewear. As a pure expression of modernity and femininity, Fendi has introduced EyeShine, a new collection reflecting the Italian maison’s strongest savoir faire and creativity featuring a futuristic design, enhanced by a magnetic all-over mirrored frame effect. The iconic ‘frame within a frame’ shape represents pure harmony between the flawless round lenses and the metal mirroreffect brow-bar, conveying a modern cat-eye feel to the shape. The daring design is defined by a subtle elegance – the enamel graphic line frames thick lenses and matches the colours of lenses. Meanwhile the seethrough outline emphasises the floating geometry of the frame. To celebrate the launch, Fendi has collaborated with French-Canadian singersongwriter, Cœur de Pirate in her upcoming music video for ‘Undone’. In an exclusive interview with Grazia, the 26-year-old talks about being in love with EyeShine sunglasses, and how she appreciates the Italian brand’s rooted traditions. JANUARY APRIL 20162016

Music industry’s newest enfant terrible, Cœur de Pirate

GRAZIA: What do you think you have in common with Fendi? CŒUR DE PIRATE: I really appreciate the Italian brand’s intimate dimension strongly linked to its roots. Traditions for Fendi are like family to me, values that remain true in time. Writing the history is something that really belongs to me, I think I will transfer my love for music to my daughter one day. G: What’s the inspiration behind the video? CDP: Whimsical and sacred. I love the video. It’s magical. Reminiscent of a feeling when I perform live in front of my audiences. It definitely reflects my personality, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to dance in it, feeling myself 100 per cent. G: What inspired ‘Undone’? CDP: It’s my first true love song. It talks about my personal insecurities. The song is about what to expect when involved with me. I wrote this song for my future husband, just so he knows what he’s about to get involved with.

COME UNDONE: Backstage images of singer Cœur de Pirate getting ready for the shoot of music video ‘Undone’

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dded sheesham box clutches Invest in unusual materials with stone-stuphanous cottons and the familiar comfort of dia DESIGNER: Natasha Davda LABEL: Natasha J CURRICULUM VITAE: A degree in Fashion

Design and Apparel design, specialised courses at Fashion Institute of Technology and short spells with several designers and export houses later, Natasha Davda finally felt ready to launch her label. EASY-CHIC VOTE FOR: The use of feel-good fabrics ranging from pure cotton to cotton-blends. Prints, peek-a-boo, colour-blocking, embroidery and eye-catching details make an appearance, making the designs a perfect blend of style and comfort. QUOTE UNQUOTE: “The key focus of the label is to make sure that all garments are stylish, on-trend and suit all body types. My collections are always commercially viable and suitable for any occasion.” STOCKISTS: Aza, Atosa, Mumbai; Evoluzione; Bengaluru, Ogaan, New Delhi; Angasutra, Hyderabad; 85 Lansdowne, Kolkata; www.perniaspopupshop.com

‘Velvet garden’, ` 4,200 ‘Golden garden’, ` 4,800 ‘Dragonfly maze’, ` 5,500

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design training to back her up, Karishma Shah went from working in advertising to designing, triggered by a shoe design stint with a friend. Having recognised her fervour for design, she established her own label shortly after. EASY-CHIC VOTE FOR: Incorporating unique elements such as sheesham with semi-precious stones ranging from agate, mother-of-pearl to rose quartz. Fabrics like ikat, patola and silks have also been used to create designs that are contemporary, but with a traditional twist. QUOTE UNQUOTE: “I prefer working with elements that lend a clean look, avoiding anything that is too busy or overpowers the fundamental design element.” STOCKISTS: Angasutra, Hyderabad; Crimson, Bengaluru; www.perniaspopupshop.com

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Straight-Talking ST Y L E MUSINGS

by NAVAZ BATLIWALLA

Kendall Jenner is a stunning sight in an all-white ensemble

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM YEEZY AND CO? TRY, TRY, TRY AGAIN

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commercial and hugely successful, they’re not going to change the course of fashion. But there’s something in her personal journey that resonates with her fans. It’s the same elusive X-factor that explains Kendall Jenner’s phenomenal transition from reality TV spawn to fashion superstar with the Midas touch. Yes, she’s pretty and well connected but really, what defines her beyond her luxuriant brows and celeb-nextdoor demeanour? As for Kanye, I think we’re agreed that his collections are controversycourting at best, and yet, who doesn’t love a try-er? With his selfdetermination and sheer optimism, some might call him delusional, but others would call him an inspiration. Hey, it takes a lot to pull off an Internetbreaking, supermodel-stuffed fashion show at Madison Square Gardens. And you’ve got to admire someone with such unwavering self belief that they publicly declare, wholly without irony, their ambitions to be the next Hermès creative director (um, good luck Ye!). And that right there is the crux of the appeal of these fashion outliers. Despite our sniggers, we do love to see an underdog succeed in the face of adversity. And succeed they have, in vast sales and status – establishment haters be damned. We can chalk it up to the democratisation of fashion of course; it’s no longer the critics and buyers who dictate tastes and trends. Now that fashion is embedded in the entertainment system, the public vote counts for everything. Just ask Calvin Klein and Estée Lauder, whose strategic alignments with Jenner have made them newly millennial-relevant. Our enterprising trio occupies the sweet spot between high fashion and mass entertainment, and boy is that a good place to be right now. Fashion’s inner circle may not take them seriously, but guess what? The paying public does.

PORTS 1961 REINVENTED Back on our radar, Ports 1961 has had a minimalist, cool-girl revamp. Let’s hear it for deconstructed separates, masculine shirting and oversized pyjama chic.

BEAUTY ON DEMAND Farfetch.com, the global online marketplace just got prettier. It has now added beauty from Space NK to its offer so you can get mascara and serums delivered with your Margiela and Sacai.


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Imtiaz Ali, Rohit Shetty, Shoojit Sircar, Farah Khan and Homi Adajania – we dissect Deepika Padukone one director at a time to unearth what constitutes this brilliant actor Photographs PRASAD NAIK Fashion Director EKTA RAJANI Deputy Art Director AARTI THARWANI Words MEHERNAAZ DHONDY, DHVANI SOLANI, NAMRATA KEDAR, SPARDHA MALIK

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t’s been six days since we’ve been on stand-by to get Deepika Padukone on the line for a quick chat. A packed shoot schedule – she’s in Toronto filming xXx The Return of Xander Cage – and the ensuing 10-and-a-half hour time difference from current hometown Mumbai explains why we’ve been playing a cat-and-mouse game of calls with her. It’s 10pm on a weeknight when DP is finally on the other end, and the first thing she says is a quick thankyou for waiting up for her. Manners on point as always. And some of that solid homegrown Padukone grounding. “‘Be passionate, be happy’, it’s my dad’s philosophy,” says DP over the phone, “What is important is to be yourself.” Clearly it’s passion that drives the 30-year-old actor who has ended the last couple of years on a high with a crop of critic and box-office approved films and a few Filmfare awards to boot. In a way, she’s in a race with herself, trying to better each performance with her next, and constantly raising the bar. But then

that’s Deepika the actor for you, the one that everyone wants a piece of. And now it’s Hollywood’s turn. “Except for the language, it’s all the same. We used to look up to Hollywood, but now our professionalism and work ethic are right there; we have evolved. Any glaring difference will only come up after I work on more movies here.” She won’t give any dope on the new movies she’s signed, and when nudged says, “I’m in talks with someone who I have worked with recently.” She doesn’t seem to be distracted by stuff that’s not relevant to her, and says that the only thing that consumes her head space along with her craft is her Live Love Laugh Foundation, set up for the cause of better mental health. “It’s about creating awareness and we are in the process of launching programmes. We are so aware of our bodies – why can’t we do the same with mental health?” With all this hard work on and off screen does the perfectly poised actor inherit some down time? “My idea of

letting my hair down could also be hanging at home, lounging around in PJs and watching movies with friends. Right now, I come back to an empty house and there’s no concept for 24hour room service here.” Which means yes, she’s cooking (soup, South Indian breakfasts, and regular use of her South Indian coffee percolator), and doing the dishes too. Glimpses into her world are rare, which is why we chased five directors for this cover story who’ve been part of her journey. They’ve worked with her on plum projects, and guided her on her way to path-breaking performances, and her onward and upward trajectory as an actor. We invited them to deconstruct Deepika Padukone, to find out how if she’s as goofy as she claims to be, or as spontaneous. Is it true that she’s not a big fan of small talk? It would have been great if DJ Caruso, director of the xXx franchisee that she’s currently filming, could have been a part of this feature, but then that’s another story we’ll file for later. ›› APRIL april 2016

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FROM beTT y TO veROnica WiTh iMTiaz ali

“i ha d This FeelinG When i F i R sT s aW heR ThaT she is a biG One; ThaT TheRe is sOMeThinG sPecial heRe. she had bR iGhT eyes a n d Wa s i n TOuch WiTh heRselF in an exhila R aTinG Ma nneR”

Their work dynamic boasts blockbusters like Love Aaj Kal – Ali’s biggest commercial success till date, Cocktail – that Ali scripted and that got Deepika Padukone accolades for her fine acting prowess, and Tamasha – their third and latest flick together. But their off-screen tamasha is what is making us fetch the salted popcorn, as Ali takes us through trivia on our cover girl.

Ta k e On e

“I had this feeling when I first saw her that she is a big one; that there is something special here. She had bright eyes and was in touch with herself in an exhilarating manner.”

#Fl a shback

“Deepika was and remains shy. She has a sense of inconfidence about certain attributes and you don’t understand why someone so intelligent, accomplished and famous should have any insecurities. But, she continues to be the same.”

MaxiMuM Risk

“She comes across as confident and assertive when it comes to her roles and doesn’t feel the need to play safe. She ventures into an unfamiliar zone as an actor and takes risks, which is exciting.”

hea RT OveR Mind

“Deepika has a high EQ, is emotionally agile, and understands and perceives well. She channels these attributes in her acting. Each thing she does has an emotional involvement.”

beTTy a nd veROnica

“Before Cocktail, Deepika was the straight-laced girl, more likely to be Betty than Veronica. But in Cocktail, she played Veronica, quite literally. She did the Z to A journey with great

flair just as she portrayed Meera in Love Aaj Kal who traverses a straight line from A to Z.”

GiR l nexT dOOR

“She’s a low-maintenance person. On set, she plays captain and takes care of her team right from her make-up artist to her stylist.”

# T R av e l di a R i e s

“A few days before we began shooting in Corsica for Tamasha, Deepika and I went for a walk on the pier. I asked her – ‘Now that you have won all possible awards, what’s next?’ to which she replied saying, ‘I want to be unaware of what’s coming and simply go with the flow.’ She is moving without an agenda.”

idea l OR idOl?

“She is grounded, knows the line between real and unreal, right and wrong, fair and unfair. She is practical, hardworking, and simple-minded. These are qualities that are difficult to possess for someone in her position.”

MeeT The Pa R enTs

“I give as much credit to her parents as I do her. She is a star kid – ace badminton player Prakash Padukone’s daughter – but I have had the privilege of spending time with her family and it’s the way she has been brought up that keeps her grounded.”

caReFRee WheReveR she May be

“An interesting thing about her is that once she is on the set, she never looks at the mirror. She doesn’t care how she looks or if her hair is out of place. She is so carefree and it’s not that she has trained herself to be like that. It’s just how she is.” ›› APRIL 2016 april

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Costume and styling NAVIN SHETTY

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The CompleTe heroine wiTh rohiT SheTTy

They enacted Chennai Express’ ‘bakwaas dictionary’ scene with great abandonment, oblivious to our penetrating gaze while on set – a scene that was ironically one that Deepika Padukone came up with impromptu. “She surpassed our vision of Meenamma and lent something special to the character. Working with her was one of the finest journeys for me,” says Shetty who has Padukone down in his dictionary as a buddy, a fine actor and a rising star.

V for VerSaTile

“Deepika is what I call the complete Bollywood heroine – she is beautiful, looks Indian and at the same time is a fabulous actor. No other actor can do the kind of roles she has essayed in films like Bajirao Mastani to Piku with the versatility she has. Chennai Express for instance was an over-the-top film, and you need immense conviction to carry it off. It was her first comedy film and with this genre, you are on thin ice – you are either funny or not. It was definitely challenging for her as an actor because she hadn’t done anything like it before.”

D for Dir eCTor’S aCTor

“Whether it’s a dance sequence, an emotional scene or a regular one, she gives it 1000 per cent. She understands the character because she gels with them and travels that journey with them. She is a director’s actor. If she believes in the film and you, she will stand by you no matter what. That’s what a director wants.”

“Deepik a iS whaT i Call The CompleTe Bol ly wooD heroine – She iS Beau Tifu l , lookS inDia n a nD aT The Same Time iS a fa Bu louS aCTor. no oTher aCTor Ca n Do The kinD of roleS She h a S e S S ay e D” f for frienD a nD fighTer

“The thing I most admire about her is her attitude towards work, life and criticism. She is punctual, hardworking, focused and a fighter, which is why she will make a great mother and teacher. Her story will be an inspiring one in a few years – she is already getting there.”

i for inSpir ing

“Her journey is remarkable and is not going to stop. Deepika will surprise everyone with each performance and more than anything, will challenge herself to keep doing better.”

g for goa l Digger

“A noteworthy thing about her as a professional is the fire within. She was going through a rough phase during which her films were not doing as well. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was still to release and she was shooting Ram Leela and Chennai Express simultaneously. That fire in her was reflected in her focus and hard work. She has always wanted to make a mark.”

T for The one

“Deepika was my first and only choice for Chennai Express. If this kind of cinema were to be made in the ’70s, one would think of Hema Malini. Who else could be that actor today? Sometimes, things just fall in place, and Deepika was the one actor that made the film work. Even today, if you were to watch the film, you would walk out of the theatre thinking of Meenamma.”

u for u n De r STa n Di ng

“Most times, stars restrict themselves to their own posse and make it their entire world. But Deepika understands everyone. She can adapt to the mentality of a spot boy and carry on a conversation with Shah Rukh Khan at the same time. She knows how to create a balance.” ››

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5 thingS we bet you didn’ t k now a bout de e pi k a pa du kon e with Shoojit Sirca r S h e wa S a L i r i L girL

“I first spotted Deepika in the Liril soap ad. She was barely 18. The irony is that I was going to direct that commercial at first. For Piku, I was not sure she would do it at first, because she was doing more mainstream cinema at that time. And this movie was just a conversation between a father and daughter, and their mundane lives. I never thought she’d be so normal about uttering words like ‘constipation’ and ‘shit’. We surprisingly had the least amount of difficulty in imbibing Bengali nuances in her. She loves to eat with her hands, and Bongs only eat with their hands. Plus, her eyes had a certain quality to them that was so Piku as well.”

She’S not the S m a L L ta L k kinda gir L

“Deepika is very much like Piku herself – when she arrives on set, she’ll give you a big hug, take the script, sit in a corner and be by herself. There’s no, ‘Hi, how are you, etc etc?’ with her. You don’t need to unnecessarily pamper her. But inside, there’s a lot of purity.”

She choSe to be a n a rtiSt r ather t h a n a Sta r

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against much more mature actors who were on the set. I feel that when she reached the point of Piku, she had made her mind up about which way she wanted to steer her acting career. You could see that in her actions, in the way she spoke. It is a difficult choice but she chose well.”

She battLed depr eSSion a LongSide fiLming piku

“The movie brought forth the importance of staying grounded and going back to your roots. After the movie came out, her mother told me that Piku came to her at a time when she was going through depression, almost like divine intervention. I didn’t know that at the time, and I feel like if she could deliver a performance like that despite the suffering, she must be a super strong girl.”

She’LL eat from your pL ate

“There are few people you want to see eating – she’s one of them. She’ll eat anything, everything. I used to tell her that you’re one of the top actors and women generally look up to size zero figures but you eat throughout the day. She’ll eat from your plate as well, and I love people who eat.” ››


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cover story a portr a it oF the a rtiSt a S a you ng Wom a n W i t h Fa r a h k h a n In Grazia, we have a section that has acquired something of a cult status: 10 Hot Stories. If you’ve been following us – you will see at least one fresh face in its fold, spouting unfiltered monologues on their life, dreams, desires. It’s refreshing to meet and know these guys before the media whitewashes them into quotable quotes, before they propel themselves out of relative obscurity. To know that side of Deepika Padukone – the side that remains buried underneath the weight of experiences she has meticulously gathered – we arrived at filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan’s house one bright afternoon. Her 2007 magnum opus – Om Shanti Om (OSO) – catapulted the actor into being the ‘next big thing’. We invited Khan to tell us bits of Deepika from the yesteryears.

She’S an old Soul

“Before casting Deepika, I had met her quite a few times. She was barely 22, but had the poise of a much older soul. She was not a frivolous, giggly girl. There was an elegance to her that I was looking for because her character, Shantipriya, was based on Hema Malini.”

deepik a: 1. a c c e n t: 0

“At that point, her diction was her weakest point. She had a heavy Karnatak (sic) accent because she came from Bangalore. The most incredible thing is that she managed to change her voice and dialogue delivery. She used to have an extremely high-pitched voice. Now, I often question if it’s the same person.”

She’S your gir l next door. no, Ser iouSly

“On her first day on set, Deepika was shivering. You’d think that she is sometimes a very cold and clinical person because she’s not very effusive – you might feel she’s above it all. But deep down, she’s actually really hyper-emotional. Just yesterday, she sent me a long message of love saying that she was on set with Vin Diesel, and none of this would’ve happened if it weren’t for me. Once, during the shoot of OSO, I shouted at her because she didn’t remember her lines and she just started crying on the set in a corner. And I was like, ‘Damn, another hour gone for make-up’.”

She channelled her hea rtbr ea k

“Deepika was always a really mature person but I think she got more worldlywise over time. A heartbreak does that to you. Post the Ranbir [Kapoor] episode, there was a sadness to her, which I believe helped her craft. I think all artists need that.”

Fa r a h act ua l ly ha S qua drupl etS

“I have always thought of Deepika as my fourth child. After OSO, she went through a not-so-great patch in her career. I used to get very upset at some of her choices. I would even tell her, “Don’t do this movie; you’re much bigger than this,” but she wouldn’t listen. I guess my daughters will do the same thing when they grow up. But to her credit, she completely turned it around. Whenever she wants something, she calls me ‘ma’. My children do that too. It’s a different relationship when you discover somebody. You’re extra protective of them, but you’re also extra sensitive. You love them a little more, but you also get hurt by them ßa little more.” ››

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C oC k ta i l s a nd dr ea ms with homi a da ja n i a We’ve all heard you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, or, in this case, friendship. But that theory quickly flies out the window when you see Homi Adajania and Deepika Padukone’s body of work. In films like Cocktail, where Deepika stepped into the shoes of a morally-questionable character, or Finding Fanny, a movie and a role that any other A-list ‘commercial’ actor would have turned down, Deepika doesn’t just take a leap of faith, she shines. Deepika also became the voice (and face) of Adajania’s women’s empowerment short film My Choice. It fired up debates, haters and the usual hoopla that all reformative content usually warrants. Through this all, and her own battle with depression, Deepika emerged as an unexpected feminist icon who embraced her depth, strength and vulnerability, all under the harsh gaze of media. We spoke to her director and confidante to understand the meteoric growth of our cover girl.

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to make Veronica’s character believable and effortless. She has no qualms in putting aside her ego if it improves her as an actor. G : What do you think of Deepika as an icon for female empowerment? H A : Deepika has more balls than most actors I have met. Sure we got a lot of flak for My Choice but we also got a lot of support. To be fair to her, she did have concerns that certain lines would be misunderstood and be taken out of context. Yet she went along with it on my conviction. She was willing to be misunderstood if it meant that such a large demographic would sit up and discuss the issue. G : What is she like off the movie sets? H A : Deepika is up for anything as long as she is fed first. Our activities revolve around what we will eat and then what adrenaline rush we can get. During Cocktail, we stole our producer’s convertible (she drove!), we went sky-diving, and plunged into freezing waters with great white sharks. During Finding Fanny, we partied anywhere and everywhere, and ate in every restaurant possible. G : What has she taught you as a director as well as a friend? H A : Every actor needs to be directed in a different way and Deepika made me realise that. Today we are so in sync that she gets what’s in my head and I don’t have to direct her anymore. As for friendship, we share a comfort to effortlessly pick up where we left off regardless of how much time has passed in between. G : What do you admire most about Deepika? H A : Deepika Padukone has redefined the phrase ‘Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground’. Today she’s touching the stars and her feet are still firmly on the ground. And if you tell her I said this, she’ll think she’s being damn funny and say, “it’s not possible ‘coz my limbs aren’t as long as Homi’s monkey arms.” APRIL 2016 april

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As fashion turns into a decidedly commercial business, a group of young designers challenge the set norms of design Photographs KEEGAN CRASTO, AMAN MAKKAR Deputy Art Director AARTI THARWANI Junior Fashion Editor VINITA MAKHIJA Fashion Stylist DIVYA ARORA Words SHWETA SHIWARE

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hat makes the fashion world go round? It’s not the bling or the brouhaha. But the making of a designer, a brand, an identity… Working tirelessly towards empowering fledgling talent, Grazia Young Fashion Awards (GYFA) concluded its sixth edition with nine winning labels. We are betting on these promising stars to bring a quiet storm to the Indian design landscape. Rooted in Indianness,

translated in a deeply modern dialect, this motley crew of designers is a heterogeneous mix tied together by their shared love to create an original aesthetic. With an astounding 11 qualifiers for the Urban Wear segment, and a draw in the Accessories-Bags category, shocking simplicity and utilitarian appeal headlined this edition. Grazia celebrated Suket Dhir’s win at the International Woolmark Prize by featuring the

designer under the Breakthrough Designer category. His impressive work with handcrafting, detail, and use of natural materials represents a new wave of Indian design with an international appeal. Of course, fashion thrives on diversity, and this year attested a bouquet of thrills, from confrontational creations to sublime, everyday uniformity. Ladies and gents, we present the winners of GYFA 2016. »


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C A T E G O R Y : URBAN WEAR W I N N E R : AMRITA KHANNA & GURSI SINGH L A B E L : LOVEBIRDS E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T : Khanna curated

vintage clothing and accessories from across the world, while Singh worked as an art director in advertising before they joined forces, and launched Love Birds in 2013. Their design aesthetic is underlined by simple, straight and balanced lines, which add more definition, supported by extremely minimal silhouettes, freeing them from the weight of layering and embellishment.

“Urban Wear, in the language of Lovebirds is comfortable, intelligent, simple and clever. It shouldn’t just be fashionably trendy, but also be able to acknowledge the bigger design and social movements of our generations” - Gursi Singh

C A T E G O R Y : ACCESSORIES – JEWELLERY W I N N E R : SUHANI PAREKH L A B E L : MISHO E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T : The 25-year-old

studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College in London, and went on to invest the education in her jewellery label, Misho. Launched four months ago, Misho’s designs are entrenched in the Bauhaus movement combined with Japanese minimalism. More than just trinkets, a little like architecture for the body, the designs carry a certain distinguished edge.

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“India has a long-standing tradition of silver-smithing. As a sculptor, I’ve found silver to be one of the most malleable metals to work with. Its white, lustrous quality complements the idea of fusing vintage with the urgency of today” - Suhani Parekh


C A T E G O R Y : ACCESSORIES – BAGS ( TIED) W I N N E R : NEHA SINGH & PRANAV GUGLANI L A B E L : CORD E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T : Stories matter. Singh

and Guglani created a platform called Cord to translate their passion for travel, seamlessly melded with unembellished minimalism and detailed, old-fashioned craftsmanship. Using quality saddle leather, each piece is handcrafted with a focus on comfort, material and interaction with the body.

“Cord aims at linking classic and modern elements with a non-standard elegance. While we take pride in endorsing ‘Made in India’ through the traditional techniques of hand craftsmanship, we do suggest a minimalist alternative to accessories, which is a continual inspiration. Each piece is detailed to be used day in and out, with a focus on comfort and material” - Neha Singh

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Echoing sepia-toned mementos like grandma’s pearls, dad’s oaky single malt or mother’s red lipstick – each handbag carries a unique voice via colour, proportions, and form without compromising on functionality. The label urges you to consider their bags as your companions, partners-in-crime that make running errands not-so-monotonous.

“We don’t experiment with the ephemeral. We create products that would last for years. Poem bags aren’t just crafted out of the finest quality of leather; they are fitting tributes to its sensuality. Each piece is hand-cut with precision, each seam is manually punch-holed, and each stitch is sewn with the utmost care” - Ridhima Sekhri

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view of anti-fit design, Misra’s designs roar personal style. She references classic shapes, and manifests them with a wry sense of humour on a bed of neutral colour palettes. For instance, pinstripe frocks with playful rows of buttons running down the spine. In the business of styling for last 15 years, Misra started designing due to a lack of clothing in the market to suit her diminutive, “not so skinny” body frame. Appreciation from her friends and family nudged her to start her label, Chola, with an army of three tailors.

“I am not very keen on surface embellishments. The warp and weft of the fabric is what excites me. It’s what makes the process of design organic, since the garments can be worn numerous times, by styling it differently, without losing its inherent appeal” - Sohaya Misra

C A T E G O R Y : INDI-COOL W I N N E R : SHIVANGI SAHNI L A B E L : SHIVANGI SAHNI E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T : The modest

appeal of the X-shaped embroidery stitch, the cross-stitch, embellished over crisp tailoring and textured fabrics turns design into something achingly candid, asserts Sahni’s aesthetic. The National Institute of Fashion (NIFT) graduate was always interested in the versatility of Indo-Western silhouettes exalted with boldly groovy cross-stitch techniques.

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“My designs represent a fiercely independent, free-spirited Indian woman whose sartorial choices define her personality. I don’t want to define my silhouettes, instead urge my customers to style the garment as they wish, allowing artistic expression” - Shivangi Sahni


C A T E G O R Y : SUSTAINABLE AESTHETIC W I N N E R : KRITI TULA L A B E L : DOODLAGE E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T :

It’s about the unpredictable quality of textiles. Sitting with piles of fabric waste, Tula takes delight in the process of putting back a jigsaw puzzle. As the pieces of puzzle connect, stories start emerging and a collection takes shape. Since every collection is based on the fabric that the label procures, Tula doesn’t work with a set colour palette. Instead she works with the stories that emerge from the raw material and takes that forward. The alchemy between function and form, where the garment looks good while being utilitarian, binds the narrative together.

“The founding principle is based on sustainable and eco-fashion. Our raw material consists of what is considered ‘industrial and post production waste’. We take this raw material and use it to make surface textures and garments through innovative techniques. We also try to adapt a zero waste policy during production, maximising the utility of the material” - Kriti Tula

C A T E G O R Y : BREAKTHROUGH DESIGNER W I N N E R : SUKET DHIR L A B E L : SUKETDHIR E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T :

He made us proud by winning the coveted International Woolmark Prize in the menswear section in 2016. The New Delhi-based designer impressed the judges with a collection comprising hipster-loose trousers, tailored jackets richly dyed with ikat linings, and woven knits from South India. Following an Indo-centric ethos, each garment from this contemporary menswear brand combines artisanal techniques with eco-friendly materials such as cotton, linen, bamboo, fine muslin, silk and wool, which then culminates in a deceptively simple yet elegant product.

“The philosophy of less is more is something I aspire to imbibe in the DNA of my brand. I am interested in longevity; to create clothing using old school tailoring and finishing processes that surpasses seasons, and still remains relevant in terms of cuts and fit” - Suket Dhir

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ILK or ‘clan’ has a few keywords for itself – purpose, material and aesthetics. A ‘seasonless’ approach remains a running thread of thought through their ideas that justifies a constant soft grungy feel through the collections. An artistic viewpoint is expressed via clothes by creating fabric textures using material in an unusual way

“Working with textiles and textures is challenging, inventive and unexpected – you never know what you will end up achieving while experimenting. The aim is to interpret, ‘style with energy for our clients’” - Shikha Grover

swag – this Central Saint Martins alumnus belongs to the Savile Row school of tailoring, and brings back the charm of made-to-measure but with a subversive splash of pop colour and motifs. Aneja presses upon the use of finest grade fabrics composed of complex yarns combined with advanced weaving technologies to bring a very clear and unswerving focus on quality.

“The brand ambition is to style the Indian man with a pursuit to bring him to the global forefront. We intend to bring out the fashion soul of the Indian male, and showcase how suave, chic and trendy they are in comparison to their global counterparts” - Sahil Aneja

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C A T E G O R Y : INNOVATION IN TEXTILE/ CONSTRUCTION/SILHOUETTE W I N N E R : SHIKHA GROVER & VINITA ADHIKARI L A B E L : ILK E A S Y - C H I C Q U O T I E N T : Born in 2011,

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ho did you want to be when you grew up? Dentist, journalist, teacher, air hostess, pilot, astronaut, dancer, news reader – a quick survey among us Grazia girls reveals so much. Mainly that nothing stood in our way. So what if the current trajectory has brought us to a fashion and lifestyle magazine? Where we often slip into roles beyond those specified on our business cards. Spot boy+stylist. Production intern+art editor. Administrator+editor. Whichever position, it’s always one where we are invited to express ourselves. To flex our creative muscles. To shout out opinions buttressed with fact. To be ourselves. To allow change to take place. To change ourselves. To learn. To follow. To lead. We can do this because we have some incredible role models who’ve taught us to be brave. Like the women in the pages that follow. Some ordinary, some celebrity – all united because of their extraordinary ability to change the world, simply by being themselves and wanting more for themselves and their sisters. That’s 100+ female role models. 100+ women who are running the world. As we celebrate our eighth anniversary, we want to celebrate their achievements, their apparent lack of fear, and their single minded determination to be awesome. There are many reasons why we’re opening our section with Priyanka Chopra. And no, Quantico isn’t it. We can’t discount the confidence with which she landed, and carries off, the lead role of a mainstream American television series. We have simpler questions – like, when does she sleep? Her commitments take her all over the world, and she’s doggedly professional through them all. We’ve interviewed her across cities while she was blow drying her hair, scheduled shoots while she’s doing rehearsals in the dead of night, and hosted her at our awards ceremonies when she’s been yo-yo-ing between at least four time zones. She’s maintained throughout her absolute no holds barred dedication to her cause – world domination. Not really, but can you blame us when you look at her? Speaking Hindi on the Oscar’s red carpet, turning the lavani into 2016’s wedding sangeet must-have, and now playing master villain in one of the biggest TV-silver screen adaptations of all time – Priyanka Chopra is every little girl’s dream come true, a bonafide princess ruling a kingdom she’s making up as she goes along. So before you turn the page, ask yourself this – who did you want to be when you grew up, and who are you today? If you’re a bit lost, in need of a bit of a jumpstart to follow your childhood passion, take a deep breath and follow the journey we’ve charted in the next few pages. We promise you will emerge as one of us – a little bit gangsta, a little bit awesome, with a whole lot of epic bad-assery.

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Raising awareness of the urgent need to educate the girl child across the world, Freida Pinto pulls out all stops on her favourite cause, #GirlRising Compiled by RITUPARNA SOM

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elebrity endorsed causes are not rocket science – but they often have the same impact on society. They are more often than not blasted for pithy quotes and equally insincere patronage. But occasionally there are some that pull through, tugging at heart and purse strings, convincing us that those with a voice can make a change. Freida Pinto’s been one of the first voices associated with Girl Rising, where her appearances, social media feeds and interviews have liberally featured the need to educate the girl child. She leads us through her journey so far, from meeting heavyweights like Michelle Obama to premiering the Hindi version of the epic film that first started the movement.

GRAZIA: Tell us about Girl Rising and how it swept you off your feet. FREIDA PINTO: It’s a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. We use the power of storytelling to change the way the world sees and values girls. There are over 62 million girls out of school worldwide. 62 million! I knew that the girls’ education crisis is an issue that could not wait. With Girl Rising I’ve had the opportunity to reach out to new audiences that may not have been familiar with the power of girls’ education, and connect with global leaders about the importance of investing in girls education. We all know the power or stardom; it’s what you do with it that counts.


G: What changes have you seen since you joined? FP: We’ve grown from a film into a worldwide movement. Today girls in remote Ghana hold Girl Rising pep rallies and boys in Girl Rising after-school clubs in India are teaching their sisters to ride bikes. When the film first premiered, few people were talking about the need to invest in girls education. Now, girls’ education is moving front and centre – for governments, companies and communities around the world. Quite simply, Girl Rising has grown to do more than raise awareness. We’re ensuring that communities have the tools to take action to ensure that both girls and boys have access to quality education – and neither at the expense of the other. G: What was it like meeting and discussing Girl Rising with Michelle Obama? FP: It was a bit nerve-racking to be honest. She has such presence and warmth but she is the First Lady after all and it took me a moment to gather my thoughts and stop smiling. She is a tireless advocate for girls’ education and

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I’m deeply inspired by her leadership. And she truly understands that our collective voices are much stronger than anyone advocating alone. Plus, she’s just so, so cool. Style, beauty, and strength on an epic scale. You just can’t beat that. G: Do you recall any particular memorable moment with her? FP: I remember when she said, ‘These girls are our girls.’ She has made girls’ education the responsibility of everyone. Education should not be for the select few, and where you live should never determine whether you have the chance to dream. I’ve always believed that to be true. She also suggested we go on a trip together. How amazing would that be?! That was a moment I will never forget. G: After the campaign in India – how has Girl Rising as an organisation changed? FP: We received a brilliant outpouring of support. The Hindi version of Girl Rising premiered in August on Star Plus to more than 450 million viewers. We trended number one on Twitter, the social channels were full of our Bollywood stars urging people to watch and the stories have now inspired thousands, not just in India but across the region, to think differently about girls. The film is now being viewed inside boardrooms in Mumbai and schoolhouses in the smallest villages. People, as it turns out, want to create change for girls but sometimes they just don’t know how. Our stories provide the inspiration and our social action campaigns ignite the change.

Every Eina Ahluwalia design subtly hints at women’s empowerment

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Girl Rising now runs campaigns in India, Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the United States, with thousands of ambassadors around the world. And we are preparing to launch in other places where the message is timely and where unleashing the full potential of girls will result in improved health, prosperity and stability for everyone. The bottom line: We want to help people to dream as big for their girls as they do for their boys. I joined an impressive mix of actors including Meryl Streep. Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway to voice the girls’ stories. We helped unlock resources, advance legislation, and raise more than $2 million for girl empowerment programs around the world. Not bad for phase one!

“Today girls in remote Ghana hold Girl Rising pep rallies and boys in Girl Rising after-school clubs in India are teaching their sisters to ride bikes”

“This is a contrast between an Indian woman’s life as a bride and as a widow. You see just stark nothingness, and a trunk of memories.”

KIRPAN NECKLACE

“Traditionally, a kirpan protects the weak. Here, it’s hidden, reminding women that inside their beautiful exterior lies power and strength.”

BIOLOGICAL CLOCK BROOCH

“Yes, we are aware of its ticking, and no, we do not want to have any babies. It is possible for a female to fulfil her life’s purpose without needing to procreate.”

VENUS NECKLACES “The Paleolithic Venus is the earliest known artistic representation of the female form. Our four Venuses reinforce the timelessness of feminine power and divinity.”

INDIA REDEFINES GENDER BROOCHES

“Shaped like medals, or badges of honour, but with words that redefine gender in India – ‘potential rapist’ and ‘meat’. They’re designed to initiate dialogue.”


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ia Sharma had aspirations of becoming a fashion designer when she enrolled for a course at Leeds College of Art, UK. In her final year, she realised that fashion failed to inspire her and when she came across an acid attack story in India, she pitched the idea to work on a documentary to her college. It had nothing to do with fashion but somehow her college was on board and the film Make Love Not Scars was born.

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GRACE “I found myself standing in the middle of a government hospital burns ward one day. I witnessed such grave miseries that my words would never do justice to the sight. In that moment I was shocked, stunned, mortified, broken and reborn. I realised a documentary wasn’t going to change anything, and I pledged to turn Make Love Not Scars into an organisation that deals with all aspects of rehabilitation for acid attack survivors all over India.” Today, two years later, the NGO is supporting 55 survivors panIndia, helping them with medical, legal and financial assistance. They set up their first rehabilitation centre in New Delhi earlier this year and are working

on creating several such havens around the country. The centres will aim at creating confident individuals who will be provided with education and a skillset to rejoin the world instead of feeling stigmatised. The two women featured alongside Ria Sharma in the above picture, Sapna and Reena, were amongst the very few women who were ready to be photographed. They were both attacked by jilted lovers, but the irony is that they were both related to their attackers. They were both attacked by their respective brothers-in-law simply because they refused their advances. To volunteer or fund Sharma’s campaign, write to info@makelovenotscars.org.

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Undoing the horrors of acid attack on women, Ria Sharma is helping victims see themselves as survivors


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Hair maverick Sapna Bhavnani is the force behind Pathshaala, an initiative dedicated to empowering women from across varied socio-economic backgrounds Photograph KEEGAN CRASTO Junior Fashion Editor KANIKA KARVINKOP Words SHWETA SHIWARE

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an you transform your mood with a trim? Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani’s clients are going to say, yes. This time, she is determined to change lives. With a haircut. At a space above Bhavnani’s Bandra salon in Mumbai, the Pathshaala is in session. The whirring of blow dryers (“cold ones work best”), the snip of scissors and a volley of questions is interrupted often by a chuckle when Sapnadidi narrates a funny anecdote. For the last one month, Bhavnani has taken out time from her manic schedule to train a group of young women to become hairstylists at Pathshaala. They are residents of Kamathipura, an infamous neighbourhood that’s considered Asia’s oldest and largest commercial sex workers enclave. “They are like sponges. It’s inspiring to watch how good they have got at this and so fast,” she says about the batch of seven. Five of them are reformed commercial sex workers who are associated with Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC), a non-profit anti-trafficking organisation that works with women and children of Kamathipura. The other two members, Ashwini and Pinky, worked as helpers at Bhavnani’s salon, and aspire to become professional hairstylists. Bhavnani’s search to find social causes to connect with led to a meeting with Namita Khatu, programme director at AAWC. “Namita was keen that I

work with them. When I met the women, I realised they already knew how to blow-dry and style hair because of a basic course they had signed up for. But that’s hardly likely to take them anywhere. Instead, I decided to teach them the art of cutting hair,” she says, referring to the very real possibility of the five women gaining financial independence and therefore, snapping out of the shadows of the flesh trade. Once the project idea took shape, the logistics had to be ironed out. “I wanted every girl to have her own kit, and each costs ` 10,000,” points out Bhavnani. Longtime client and friend, cricketer MS Dhoni handed her a sum of one lakh to cover the cost of 10 kits. The snug sixseater Mad O Wat, Bhavnani’s salon sitting on a busy snaking lane at Pali Hill, couldn’t accommodate the class. A vacant space right above her salon would be perfect to hold class for the next three months. But it carried a rent of ` 28,000. That’s when Facebook came to her rescue. A post seeking contributions on the social media platform helped her raise a year of rent. Her own staff – Sasha Kelawala, Karishma Dalal and Rishika Chaudhary – together with friends and colleagues from the industry including Seema Jerajani, Pawan Duggal, Shimsha Shetty, Avan Contractor, Elton Vessaokar, Lata Khanchandani, Hriya Marfatia, Pallavi Symmons and Shyamli Arora take time off to teach the class, free of cost. It all ties in well with Bhavnani’s one universe, one dream world view. “The feedback makes me believe that we are one community. All the women want is an opportunity to be integrated into our world, their world. Acceptance is a gift,” she smiles.

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TANYA KEWALRAMANI, Director, Centre for Ethical Life and Leadership

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MANIFESTO Shabani Azmi helps us navigate the tricky path to feminism with her step-by-step guide

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FEMINISM IS AN IMPORTANT WORD

When you’re looking for structural change in power distribution between genders, you have to embrace the word. Patriarchy is so deeply ingrained in us that both men and women have internalised the structure and subtext of it. Men are as much the victims of patriarchy. I say with pride that I’m a feminist, as are my husband and my children. Even my father was a feminist.

TRUE DEFINITION OF EMPOWERMENT

To think that working women are the only ‘empowered’ women is such an ignorant way of thinking. There’s no such thing as a superwoman. We need to stop trying to ‘have it all’. Every woman needs to choose her own priorities and give up on all the unnecessary stress of being a stereotypical perfect woman. ASSERT WITHOUT SHAME

Women themselves often mistake assertiveness for aggressiveness. They’ve been deprived of any real social power for generations and that’s why they shy away from standing up for themselves. DO NOT APOLOGISE Block printed khadi sari and blouse, both Abraham and Thakore; silver earrings and cuff, both Amrapali

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Working women, especially when they’re married, often develop an strange need to prove to the world that they can be domestic goddesses. They often go to ridiculous lengths to prove themselves to be efficient housekeepers or perfect hostesses.

NURTURE FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS

I find female friendships to be the most nurturing relationships in my life. They add the greatest value. My female friends are my biggest support group. You can talk about anything with them and they’re your pillars of strength and support through all the varied phases of your life. MARRIAGE IS NO ESCAPE

Marriage is still looked upon as this bed of roses. The first thing that goes flying out of the window is romance. Marriage is all about keeping up with very boring housekeeping details and it’s best not to have any unrealistic expectations from it. Often if you can find a way to be friends with your spouse, that’s the type of marriage for keeps. Like my husband [Javed Akhtar] puts it, “Even marriage hasn’t been able to ruin our friendship.” DRESS THE PART

I hate to say this, but there’s a certain caution I advise women to exercise when they’re dressing up. One should dress sensibly for the occasion or the environment. My daughter [Zoya Akhtar] disagrees with me and often comments that men should be tied up if they try to judge/attack a woman because of her visible cleavage or the length of her skirt. In theory, I agree completely but some discretion is required in practicality. You can’t change mindsets overnight. BODY IS NOT AN OBJECT

Don’t confuse commodification or objectification of your body with celebration of sensuality. There’s a huge difference. There’s a sensibility that you must acquire to know when you’re being objectified and when you’re being celebrated. Taking your clothes off for the sole purpose of attracting attention isn’t liberation or empowerment. EDUCATE TO EMPOWER

India is a country that lives in several centuries simultaneously. Our society is in a state of transition. Women are evolving faster than men. As a woman, as a mother, as a sister or a wife, it’s our duty too to educate the men around us to respect women. We need to change the definition of masculinity too.

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habana Azmi has been the most recognisable face of women’s empowerment for as long as we can remember, fighting patriarchy with a firm feminist agenda and her trademark feistiness, taking narrow-minded criticism in her stride and standing up for the voiceless sections. Her NGO Mijwan Welfare Society is a fantastic example of the way even Indian villages can be transformed, with emphasis on girl education and by creating income streams for womenfolk. She has been working with the local community in her ancestral village, Mijwan, Uttar Pradesh, to decentralise the power from a male-dominated society to create a more inclusive societal structure. In an exclusive interview, she helps us identify the new parameters of empowerment.


#WERUNTHEWORLD out much more content a year, inviting unlikely voices to share their stories and creating a space unlike another where anyone can find something they can relate to – from big novels to short stories, the possibilities are endless. We invited Sarkar to share with us her personal list of most promising women authors who are set to take our literary world by storm this year. App releases in April, physical books roll out in July.

T H E C R E ATO R S Working in different media a handful of Indian artists have expressed and made their marks across the world SUJATA BAJAJ

Born in Jaipur, Bajaj studied art at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She shuttles between the cities of Pune, Norway and Paris.

FIVE WOMEN AUTHORS TO BOOKMARK BY CHIKI SARKAR UMERA AHMED

THE BOOK KEEPER We caught up with the publishing genius Chiki Sarkar who is trying to create a social community for readers and authors Photograph MEHTAB MANN

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he mastermind behind the revolutionary new publishing house Juggernaut, Chiki Sarkar is all set to change the way we read this year. From a selection of over 50 physical books to curating a selection of 100 titles on her new app, Juggernaut has a lot in store this year. With the help of the app, she not only wants to bring books to our handy devices but also create a ‘social’ community for authors and readers. A digital arm also means the reduction of production/circulation costs and therefore an opportunity to churn

“She is the undiscovered Danielle Steel of Pakistan. Year after year, she’s been churning out hit Pakistani soap operas and bestseller books. For the first time, we’re introducing her work in English language with a heartbreaking India-Pakistan love story. We’re working on translating some of her other books in English too.”

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“The spunky Indian writer and rapperactivist whose ‘Kodaikanal Won’t’ video made protesting cool, writes her first children’s book for us. She’s one of the most charismatic writers I’ve worked with, and she has such an effortlessly cool way to telling stories.”

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The mixed-media artist has had solo exhibitions of her works in India and abroad, including the Vancouver Art Gallery (2015), Kennedy Centre, Washington (2011) and Primo Marella Gallery in Milan (2009).

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“She’s the ultimate authority on Indian food and nutrition in my opinion. In her new book, she’s introducing us to the Indian superfoods and challenging myths like sugar or fat being bad for our body. She’s changing the way we consume food and shaping the health zeitgeist of our time.”

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“Sunny Leone writes India’s version of 50 Shades of Grey with a compilation of short stories that represent sexual fantasies from India of today. Leone is such a smart woman and a very entertaining writer. From ghost sex stories to romances set in a film theatre, her writing is going to surprise everyone.”

BHARTI KHER

Born in the UK, Kher studied painting from the Newcastle Polytechnic. The Delhi-based artist has had her artworks exhibited around the world, including Hauser & Wirth, Zurich (2014) and Kukje Gallery in Seoul (2013).

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“She’s writing a fiction novel for us about a Sindhi woman who runs a casino in Mumbai where ageing Bollywood actresses wind up to play cards. It’s going to be an amazing story filled with her trademark humour and charm. She’s like India’s Amy Tan to me.”

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Her 2003 artwork Gamepieces was recently reinstalled as part of ‘Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection’ showcased at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2015, New York. APRIL 2016

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She’s quick to laugh, effervescent even, on an early weekday morning, and suddenly shy when the camera is pointed her way. Kupate, dressed in her fuchsia shirt, black trousers and blue scarf uniform, is one of the women ‘pilots’ behind the only mass transit system that shields us from our crippling summers. With a degree in Instrumentation Engineering, this is the 25-year-old’s first job, one that “impressed even my in-laws when they were selecting a bride”. Ride Along: “At 21, I was the youngest in my batch when I got this job. I had ridden in the Bangalore Metro and was excited for this. You need to complete 400 kms of driving under a senior before going solo. When I alight from the Metro at the end of the journey, people often find it shocking that a girl has got them to their destination. On the first day of our operations, I remember how people were waving from the neighbouring houses on our path. There’s not a single day when I’m not aware how cool – literally and metaphorically – my job is.”

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Time: 12 noon Location: Churchgate Station Mode of transport: Railways Driving the change is… PRITI KUMARI Fun fact of the day – Early steam-spewing locomotives were thought to make ‘women’s uteruses fly out’ as ‘women’s bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour’. Obviously our uteruses stayed put, and women stuck to their right to mobility. And somewhere down the track came along Priti Kumari. The first motorwoman on Mumbai’s colossal western railway network hails from the Banka district in Bihar. “In my village, girls were not allowed to ride bicycles outside the compound or expect higher education,” she tells us. “But when my first ride (October 2010) was highly publicised,

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people in my village realised what women can do. Today, girls in my village cycle to schools.” Ride along: “I always wanted to do a job that was different. My parents are social workers, and were rare in not believing a girl was any different from a boy. I have a Diploma in Electronics and a degree in History, but was intrigued when I noticed an ad in the paper for this job. The responsibilities are many, and it’s definitely not glamorous. The worst bit, though, are the ‘knockdowns’ [rail track casualties]. Though we end up saving lots of lives, there are some we have no control over because of the momentum of the train, and being witness to the last moments of their lives is traumatic. And still, you come back to ride down the same route the next day in the best way possible.”


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Time: 4pm Location: Fort Mode of transport: Cab Driving the change is… RAJUL CHERGAT Even when we lose our cool when a biker zips in front of the car, Chergat is zen. “But there are times I need to give it back,” she tells us of road rage, a metro malaise. We’re driving around in her spotless Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDI – an ‘Uber X’ car. Chergat begins her day at 10am from her home in Vile Parle, driving around the city and its fringes for 12-14 hours every day. Her only safeguard? “Some mirchi powder in the trunk of the car.” Ride along: “I grew up in a Chhattisgarh village where the only vehicle was a tractor. Circumstances made me run away to Mumbai when I was a teenager. I was living in a women’s shelter when one of the trustees realised that I loved mock-driving his car when I was washing it. He got me a driver’s permit. After working as a personal driver and then with The Priyadarshini Taxi Service, I bought this car. It’s still an oddity for some to be driven by a woman. A few months ago, a friend and I drove the 1,600 kms to my village to show my family what I have achieved. There’s a thrill that comes with being behind the wheel that nothing else can match.”

Who: DIVYA KALIA What: Kalia is the founder of Bikxie Pink, a two-wheeler taxi service, driven exclusively by women and catering only to female commuters. Based out of New Delhi that has taken on notoriety when it comes to women in public spaces, Bikxie Pink is not only safer but also cheaper than other popular modes of transport.

SPIN IT AROUND 1998 Gade graduated from University of Manchester with a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. She was one of five female students in her class, but the only one to make it through. 1998-2006 Joined Jaguar as a Refinement Engineer and worked parttime at Formula BMW, A1 Grand Prix and GT Racing.

Who: SUNITA CHAUDHARY What: One of New Delhi’s rare female auto rickshaw drivers, Chaudhary left a conservative hometown over a decade ago to move to the city.

2006 Experienced her first 24 Hours of Le Mans when working with Chamberlain synergy’s Le Mans Prototype team. 2007 Having made a mark, Gade went on to work for Audi sports team Joest Racing. 2011 Became the first female engineer to win at 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race with drivers André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler. 2012 Moved to Germany, where she worked on developing race cars for Audi. She was named FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Man of the Year’ and also won the C&R Racing Women in Technology award. 2013 Gade was named an ambassador for the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport followed by being the ambassador for Formula Student, a high-performance engineering project meant for undergraduates.

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Meet British Indian Leena Gade, who went from being a data engineer to an assistant race engineer before becoming Audi Sports’ No 1 race engineer in 2011. Her role is to communicate with the data analyst and the mechanics to determine changes to be made to the car on the racetrack. How cool is that? Shattering gender stereotypes and paving way into an otherwise maledominated industry, we trace the engineer’s illustrious career path

Who: SUSIEBEN SHAH What: Social worker, social entreprenuer, lawyer and author of books on urbanisation and women empowerment, Shah is the founder of The Priyadarshani Taxi Service. It’s a Mumbai-based women-oriented service, where all the taxis are driven by women.

Kerala, then look up She Taxi, a women-exclusive taxicab service that bagged the Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2014. The state is also planning to launch ‘She-Bus’. Ranchi, then check out a group of 12 women who took the initiative to drive auto-rickshaws exclusively for female passengers.

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TRAILBLAZERS STRONGER, FASTER, BETTER – THE WOMEN WHO CONTINUALLY RAISE THE BAR FOR THEMSELVES AND A NATION OF A BILLION PLUS ASPIRATIONS SANIA MIRZA Tennis player Currently No 1 in the women’s doubles rankings, has won 14 medals, including 6 golds at Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games. SAINA NEHWAL, Badminton player First Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics; the first Indian woman to become the world No 1 badminton player.

MARY KOM Boxer Five-time World Amateur Boxing champion; the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships. MITHALI RAJ Captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team Held the record for the highest individual score by an Indian Woman Cricketer in a World Cup match; awarded the Arjuna award for her achievement in sports in 2003; given the Padma Shri last year. HEENA SIDHU Pistol shooter Sidhu, who will be making her way to the Rio Olympics is the current world record holder and former world number one pistol shooter; Finals World record holder in the 10m air pistol event; Arjuna Award recipient in 2014.

DEEPIKA KUMARI Archery LAXMI RANI MAJHI Archery RIMIL BIRUILLY Archery KUSHBIR KAUR Athletics (20km-walk) MANPREET KAUR Shotput TINTU LUKA Athletics (800m) SUDHA SINGH Athletics (marathon) LALITA BABAR Athletics (steeplechase, 3000m)

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– zits and all. The dirtier, the more ordinary, the most thrilling. So where does Kiran Rao fit into all this – One formidable half of a star couple, whose words and opinions carry weight, whose steady work has quietly promoted a different tone of cinema in the country. As she walked into the Grazia shoot, effortlessly ‘cool’ and fuss free, we realised what we wanted from her. It was her self assurance. An unabashed, seamless comfort in her skin. A tall order for someone who was pushed into the spotlight for falling in love (with

one of the country’s biggest superstars, no less), for making public a very difficult and personal struggle to have a child (in turn making surrogacy a topic of conversation and highlighting the option for countless women struggling to have a child), and lambasted for expressing a personal opinion about the state of our country (never mind that millions shared that opinion and advocated it too). So, as we sift through our social media feeds to find new people to follow, we hit a road bump. We found ourselves distracted by the real deal in Kiran Rao. A person in real life who was relatable and accessible, but whose life choices, voice and thoughts made her a bit larger than life. Perhaps that’s what we want from our twenty first century icons – an unequal, diaphanous mix of real and surreal. As she steps into a second year of spearheading, reviving and reinventing a seminal film festival in Mumbai, we thought we could take some pointers from her modus operandi to be just as cool.

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“Actually it’s surprising how much fun [Jio Mumbai Academy of Moving Image] was. It’s a tremendous responsibility and the workload is unsurprising, but it’s all worthwhile because we (Anupama, Smriti and I – the core team) ended up laughing as hard as we worked. We rarely argue about anything other than what we should eat at the next meeting, and are all super ambitious about what we want Jio MAMI to become in the next five years.”

DR E A M “We would like to go beyond just screening films and be a part of changing the ecosystem for Indian independent cinema, to have made it a more robust and inclusive space for filmmakers from all over the country. We are


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“I think that for any woman the most important thing it to feel confident of the person that they are, and to be economically independent as far as possible. I feel women can do almost anything they put their minds to, but most often suffer for lack of opportunity and absurd social pressures and strictures. So I would say – don’t let anyone decide what is good for you or what you should do with your life. Just equip yourself to be whomever you want to be.”

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planning to engage our filmmaking community and our audience through year-round events and interactions, so that the festival will become the culmination of that engagement, and a time for us all to meet, network and exchange ideas with people from all over the world. I would like Jio MAMI to be the festival which is known as the place to watch the best of Indian and international cinema, an opportunity to interact with a great audience, and a week in which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the great city of Mumbai. This year we plan to take forward our goal of introducing the younger audience to better cinema, for which we are having a comprehensive section on children’s and young people’s cinema (the section we called Half Ticket last year). It will become a full-fledged separate section with all day screenings, workshops and masterclasses, ideally in a dedicated venue. We will continue our commitment to Indian cinema, to developing a distribution market for independent Indian cinema, in exploring emerging digital content, and will bring the famous Culinary Cinema from the Berlinale to Mumbai this year.”

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“Film festivals are among the many spaces we need, to keep alive the diversity of thought and opinion in the world. Through cinema we are exposed to different cultures and issues and ways of seeing; and often we find that however different we may seem, we are all driven by the same human needs, and suffer the same human frailties. At Jio MAMI we hope to safeguard spaces for the free exchange of ideas, because we feel that is the need of the hour.”

“We all feel pressure at different times to be what people expect us to be, and I am no different. But luckily for me I am able to disconnect from it and do what I want and live the way I want to, largely because I don’t care a great deal what people think of me. It might sound arrogant, but I believe it’s an important quality to cultivate to some extent. I am fortunate to have a very supportive husband, and that really helps. I have realised that my most important responsibility is to myself first, to live up to my own ideals and not let myself down. This takes a lot of work because usually one’s own standards are the hardest to live up to. So that leaves little energy or inclination to figure out what society would like me to be. When I was younger I was more bothered by it, but now I actively do not read things people say about me, because however much I may try, negativity does affect me. Life is short, and I intend to live it to the fullest.”

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A director brings creative vision to a film, while the executive producer ensures it stays within the budget. There’s a joke within her current workplace, Dharma Productions, that Marijke DeSouza should attend meetings wearing her bat robes. A self-confessed Batman fangirl, this dark knight impersonator stops at nothing. Master Of All Trades “Nothing is not your job and not your responsibility. In fact, every aspect of filmmaking is your job.” Performing Arts Or Accounting DeSouza started singing at three and always imagined herself to be a performer. While she sang for Sur, alongside Lucky Ali, she was also credited as a production assistant. Not just a jack of all trades, she’s also mastered the art. So, what gives her a bigger high? “To see my name on 35mm for the rest of my life.”

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S H A N O O Not only does a film have to be released, it has to be marketed, promoted and positioned in a unique way. That’s where Rohini Iyer, founder of one of India’s largest publicity firms Raindrop Media and fierce woman entrepreneur comes in. Method To The Madness When Iyer started out, there was no science or method to how things were done. That’s what she brought in. When asked if she went to film school, Iyer famously quotes, “I just went to films.” It’s Always Personal Rewind to when Iyer began her career, and everybody told her it was just business. However, “my biggest learning has been that it is, in fact, personal.” But how do you strategise for the fact that her mega-popular clientele’s fate changes every Friday? “I like to give my best and also work with people who are their best selves. That’s the only way. Otherwise, you’ll fail.”

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Working On Your Own Terms Iyer tells us that she might have watched most films in Indian languages and world cinema. But her biggest high? “It’s the ability to work on my terms. In this industry, just the fact that I continue to do things my way is excellent achievement.”

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As we eavesdrop in the waiting room full of PYTs in make-up and costume, we gather that most of them want to know how Sharma became the head of casting department for Yash Raj Films. Also how she ‘discovered’ Ranveer Singh. But we’re more interested in the woman behind the designation. Family First “I’m not clued in to magazines and newspapers or even the movies playing in the cinemas,” says the woman who has blockbusters like Dhoom 3, Mardaani, and the upcoming Fan to her credit. “Instead, I diligently do my work and make time for family and the little things in life.” ‘Nutjob’ When asked how her friends would introduce her today, she answers in one word: “nutjob”. She recounts watching Untamed Love in the cinema and bawling in the bathroom because it broke her heart. “I prefer happy endings and ones with resolutions. I don’t like to guess. It’s like having to direct the rest of the film myself.” What kind of a legacy do you want to leave behind, we ask her. “I’d like to be known as someone who’s honest and kind. Because that’s what I strive to be.”

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Tucked away in a corner of Aram Nagar in Versova, Mumbai, is Guneet Monga’s new and bare office where we interview her. The independent film producer and founder of Sikhya Entertainment starts by telling us, “I am a storyteller. I always have been one and that’s what fascinates me about movies.” She has worked on unforgettable movies including Gangs of Wasseypur and The Lunchbox. “But my dream project would be one that involves Mark Forster.” Going Beyond Currently, she’s producing an English language film with Kal Penn and Melissa Leo in the lead. “I see English language films in my future and don’t want to be restricted to any particular industry,” she tells us. And she has already successfully taken Indian language films abroad, to Hollywood, to other countries where cinema is equally appreciated. The ‘Big’ Indian Producer When at film fests or events outside of India, her friends introduce her as a ‘big’ Indian producer, she responds saying, “big horizontally”. Jokes aside, her goal is to provide a longer shelf life to independent films and good content across festivals and countries. She would like to change the perception that ‘independent cinema’ is ‘arthouse cinema’ or ‘dark and depressing’. “The larger process of assimilating the kind of cinema we produce with mainstream cinema has just begun. I hope it won’t be long before cinema is enjoyed for what it is.”

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Lakshmi Pratury brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. Soon after she founded INKtalks, a platform that invites unheard voices from across various fields to share their success stories. “We form a community of INKFellows for life. We help them reach their goals, collaborate with them and connect them to other fellows for further exposure,” she says. Pratury has always been challenging stereotypes. She got her second MBA at Portland University, Oregon, USA and says, “In Oregon, I was the only woman in my class, and one of the few non-white people in the room. I learned to look less at our differences and more at what we had in common.”

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Neha Kirpal was an average 26-year-old when she and her cofounder Amrita Kaur imagined an art fair in the country. The India Art Summit in 2008 was quite an ambitious move. “In your 20s, you dream of the world,” she tells us. In a country with few museums, galleries and art education institutes, the art fair became a huge enabler in the art ecosystem. “India Art Fair has helped create jobs for art curators, shippers, framers, and given this field a legitimate ‘industry’ status,” says Kirpal. She’s had to deal with a lot of prejudices being a woman heading this huge event. “We have had to deal with police, bureaucracy, labour and contractors, and have been stuck in some pretty uncomfortable situations. But we’ve always been determined to get the work done.”

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ilms centred around women, their community and their causes, are still precious exceptions to cinema’s enduring focus on men or manwoman relationships. Especially films that are as entertaining as edifying. Marking a brilliant deviation comes in the form of Nil Battey Sannata (a colloquial expression used in Uttar Pradesh to mean good-fornothing) that hits the big screen this month. Taking on the story of a poor single mum who wants her petulant daughter to study, it is directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and stars Swara Bhaskar in the lead. We spoke to them to find out about their lives in cinema and beyond. Reel life: “Many girls in India still miss out on education, and it’s not a pleasant statistic. The movie is all about the dichotomy that arises when a woman who works as househelp wants her daughter to study, though the latter sees herself following in her mum’s footsteps. Without making the subject boring or burdensome, I want it to talk about women’s education – a subject close to my heart. I want it to tell everyone who sees it that they have a right to dream big.” Real life: “I had a long affair with advertising before leaving that world to pursue filmmaking and tell stories on a longer format. My films will always tell stories about relationships and emotions. My next one is a fun rom-com. I want each movie of mine to challenge the compartmentalisation that is the default option the society gives you.”

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Reel life: “As an actor, a cardinal rule is that you always play a 16-year-old. Or 21 at best. But here I am playing a mother to a teenager, which many told me was just career suicide. I am a bit reckless in my roles and couldn’t let such a good script go, even if it meant putting on eight kilos for the role. The character has a vulnerable kind of existence and is at the bottom of the social food chain. To prep for it, I was told by Ashwiny to interview my mother – ask her questions on her dreams, goals, kids, marriage. And it was lovely. This movie demystified parenting and ageing for me, both of which are big concerns for actors. The movie is about the human spirit – about a little person with a big dream.” Real life: “I am no star kid and never had a ‘launch’ opportunity which is why I feel guilty if I turn my back to good work, no matter what role it is. I just finished shooting for Anarkali Aarawali in which I play a singer who sings double-meaning lewd songs and is unapologetic about her sexuality. I am also writing two screenplays – one a gritty love story, and another a comedy about two girlfriends. But this role is the toughest I’ve ever had to prep for.”

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They’ve collectively modelled for some of the biggest names in the industry, and yet continue to reinvent themselves both on and off the catwalk Then: Apart from her modelling assignments, the former Miss IPL Bollywood has appeared in a promo song for a Malayalam film and acted in a music video. Now: In 2012, the South African model turned designer with the launch of her ready-to-wear women’s clothing line, Deme By Gabrielle.

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Then: Played an orphan on the TV series Remix, and has walked the ramp for designers including Sabyasachi and Wendell Rodricks. Now: Co-founder and streetfashion curator at fashion website Bandra Road. http://bandraroad.com/

They grabbed the city’s restaurant scene by the lapels to create new and exciting dining-out experiences for their patrons

Then: The lawyer-turned-model considered getting into the music biz with plans to launch her audio solution company before turning to food. Now: Cooking show host Love Bites With Joey that airs on lifestyle channel NDTV Good Times. The New Delhi-based entrepreneur is also the driving force behind Joey Matthew’s Kerala Express that serves up homestyle Malayali meals.

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co-owner, Cafe Zoe With Cafe Zoe, Mohindar hoped to offer good food in a relaxed setup. The all-day café and bar offers curated dinners and theme nights to keep things fresh. Must try: Pulled Pork in Brioche

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co-owner, The Table Opening a restaurant was not on the agenda for law graduate and chartered accountant Devidayal. Her restaurant brings the experience of fine-dining to local palates. Must try: Chef Sanchez’s pasta dishes

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he b**** about being in the spotlight, being honest, and having an opinion is that it often means opening yourself up to a world of conflicting opinions. And with social media’s immediate response, that’s a lot of hate for words that are misconstrued, misinterpreted, and mostly misunderstood. Other times, it’s just a difference of opinion, but we live in a world where a majority of people find it difficult to understand that conflicting opinions have equal right of existence. No one suffers this the most than expressive, optimistic, strongly opinionated women who push their voice for causes they believe in. But the JANUARY APRIL 20162016

reason why they’re expressive, optimistic and strongly opinionated with causes to believe in is the very reason why they are able to rise above it all. Monica Dogra’s views on life are a colourful explosion and extension of her personality, and she’s fearless about sharing them. And she’s had a busy year already, what with the release of her debut solo album Spit and a film Teraa Suroor in which she plays a lawyer, collaboration with a Malaysian artist, and the near commencement of the shoot for her controversial crowdfunded project Shiver. As she continues putting her work out there, we want to take a page from her rulebook about dealing with haters

and hopefully emerge more saint, less vengeful demon. Figure who you really are and be true to yourself

I’ve never been the kind of person who’s been happy moulding herself into other’s expectations. I grew up in a traditional Indian family in America, but my identity did not fit into an ideal. My mum was a school teacher and my dad worked in a convenience store, as opposed to the kind of Indians who went to private schools and had rich folks. But I never tried to hide behind it all and pretend to be something I wasn’t. My father used to get super angry about me connecting to music and finding


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Just shift into a space of confidence and self-awareness. The most radical thing you can do is love yourself. And if it takes a while to get there, then... …Give yourself permission to go away

Be it to a place where you can just be quiet or one where you can nurse your wounds. Before this year, I used to do everything I did with a frenetic energy in a bid to prove something, as if my existence was not useful until my output was magnanimous. Now I’ve realised that it’s okay to take a breather when things get rough. And finally... divinity in it, but I persisted and almost became an accidental rebel. I believe that if you persist in staying true to yourself, everything else just becomes noise. That’s your time to really... …Know your worth

When you don’t fit into a mould, you will always come across people who think they know your worth. But you need to know your own value, have no hesitation in stating what you think you’re worth and... …Go beyond the noise

Life is long and your relationship with what you love or your artistry is forever. Release the expectation of pleasing

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Instead of looking at them in relation to you, look at them in relation to the world. This person/hater might have a life you don’t want, and might be projecting their issues onto you. When the hate articles against Shiver came up, AR Rahman called me and said, “Welcome to the club.” This is what happens when you are creating a change. The most powerful thing to do is drop judgement and look at everything as just an experience, not a good one or a bad one. Learn to love the ebb and flow. Just grow thicker skin and continue putting your stuff out there.

body-builder and make-up artiste For New Delhi-based make-up artiste and award-winning body-builder Navreet Josan, the worlds of weightlifting and make-up application aren’t as diverse as one may think; while one involves sculpting faces, the other involves sculpting bodies. The self-confessed gym rat pays strict attention to her diet that includes greens, brown rice and sweet potato. No dal-roti for this girl.

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They defied convention, raised the bar, and played by their own rules. Three women who inspired us to re-examine what it means to be a woman

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Cropped top, Kanika Goyal, ripped jeans, Monica’s own, sneakers, adidas

This should involve all the things that would make you feel good about being yourself, and going beyond the haters. Mine involves meditation, not drinking alcohol, because I’ve noticed I become irritable when I drink, creating dense boundaries in social situations, and segregating my acquaintances from friends. And...

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everyone, and reactivate your purpose of being yourself. For me, this year saw me fall into many dark places that I hadn’t imagined myself to be in. Shiver was met with harsh criticism, with one particular hate article going viral. And though it’s easy to say that you need to step beyond the hurt, it can get real difficult. In that case...

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So you thought great light and the right angle make a great picture? Shibani Dandekar is quick to concur. This digital star, anchor and actress knows a thing or two about hogging the front facing camera and also rallying her troops behind her. She often turns to social media to revive her spirits via #thehealthybrowngirl. “I came up with the hashtag to motivate myself. From eating right on the plane to getting some rest at the airport, I share very specific tips to remind myself and others to prioritise health.” MAKE IT TREND: “Social media keeps you closely connected to your fans so I try to share with them as much as I can in terms of my work and personal life.”

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THE DIGITAL CRUSADERS Presenting the women who’re ruling our timelines for all the right reason Photograph KEEGAN CRASTO Words JANA COLACO

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‘The crop top girl’ to her followers on Instagram, Nishka believes in genuine interaction with her fans. “First and foremost, be yourself,” she says. “Post something that shows who you are as a person. Have an opinion. Things can also be very instinctive – one can post something with the right person at the right time, and it works.” MAKE IT TREND: “#NishkasSquad, so everyone can upload their pictures wearing my clothes.”

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A G A R W A L M A L I N I “You know those people who hide their emotions and always put on a ‘good’ face? Yeah, I’m not one of them. #EvenMyVeinsDontHide,” is how Masaba Gupta describes her social media game. When she captions a picture like a boss and gets 2,258 likes, it’s a heartening realisation that digital superheroes can sometimes be just about being relatable. MAKE IT TREND: “You can push your brand and you can push your ideology, but it has to be a good balance.”

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“For me what works is just being candid and natural, not contrived, because if the spontaneity is lost then it’s just not interesting,” says Pernia Qureshi, who like the rest of us is obsessed with the Kardashians. The actor, dancer and founder of www.perniaspopupshop.com, is just hot out of classical dancer mode and cooling off with a brand new campaign on Instagram. She has tied up with designer Urvashi Kaur on her new line called Kapda, exclusively available on her e-shop. MAKE IT TREND: “#perniaspopupshop, because why anything else?”

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A digital star who’s been ruling the world wide web for a while now, so much so, that we think the blue tick may get her trademark shocking-pink makeover, is Miss Malini. “Social media is for socialising,” she says. “Don’t be that guy at the party that comes in, puts up posters of himself everywhere and leaves without talking to anyone. Interact.” Practicing what she preaches is a big part of her social media successes across platforms. MAKE IT TREND: “Being 100 per cent genuine and spending as much time in your virtual life as you do in the real world. Don’t listen to everyone who tells you to put away your phones. Tell them you have a second life to attend to.”

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THE BLOGGER BALL Indian bloggers are the new age Cinderellas in borrowed clothes. Midnight will decide who rides home in a pumpkin, and who gets to keep the glass slipper Words MITALI PAREKH

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ive years ago, the FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India) had a list of 50 fashion bloggers whom they would invite to fashion weeks. In the past two years, the list has grown to 150+. “Bloggers are the new front row at fashion shows in India,” says veteran designer Wendell Rodricks. “Their blogs get more views than the top glossies can ever hope to achieve. In a few years, young people who have an eye for fashion have gone from nowhere to everywhere. I am happy at this evolution and that bloggers are looked at with respect. They can influence sales, promote a design talent, and show the general public a fashion point of view solely their own.” But is the influence both ways? Are bloggers impacting the fashion scene in India? The short answer is No. What they are impacting are fashion marketing and communication.’ The long answer is that marketing and communication are integral parts of an industry that cannot thrive in isolated creativity alone. For bloggers that started in the late 2000s, the climb was slow and steady as they went from posting their daily outfits, shopping victories to being approached by brands such as Vero Moda and ONLY to collaborate with them. But 2012 built an elevator to the top. Santoshi Shetty, an architecture student, started The Style Edge in 2014. She immediately signed on with a production company who now handle the shooting and editing of her pictures and videos. In 2015, she hired a manager to correspond with brands and PR agencies that asked for her attention. In January 2016, she made ` 3 lakhs off her blog. She is now getting her architecture


degree just as a safety net, but may not need to use it to gain a living. At the very least, she makes ` 1 lakh per month from her blog. Why is this tribe growing? Simply because they interpret and communicate trends more personally. “We are regular girls with real bodies. We’re not models,” says Shereen Sikka of Love and Other Bugs. “So what our readers see is how clothes will look on them.” “I don’t tell people how to dress,” says Magali Vaz of Magalic. “I just show them my style. I don’t dress glamorously. It’s a real girl perspective.” Magali started blogging seven years ago when she was in college, and went professional a little over two years ago. Scherezade Shroff, who graduated from a written blog to her own YouTube channel, used to be a model. She has no formal training in fashion but says she “picked up knowledge as a model”. Her channel has hauls, DIY projects, reviews and product launches. Shivi Tandon and Srishti Agarwal, who started Curious Components in 2014, give a mix of concept and street-style shoots. By 2015, 23-yearold Shivi was able to quit her desk job and blog professionally. In two more months, she could hire a photographer. The next step is a feature with Samsung about their phone and smart watches. So it would seem that the blogger is your fashionable friend, to whom to turn for advice. Brands caught on to this a few years ago and use them as direct marketing mediums – they arrange meet and greets at stores during sales or trend launches; giveaways are arranged for through the blog; they attend brand sponsored events wearing lent clothes from the latest line; they model look books on their blogs of the latest launches. Some involvements go deeper – Stephanie Timmins of Feisty Fox Diaries and Shroff designed the windows for Levi’s landmark stores in Delhi and Mumbai respectively when the brand launched a new line of skinny jeans last time. Sikka and her partner Kayan Contractor were on hoardings as part of Nike’s Bleed Blue campaign which launched the brand’s jersey for the Cricket World Cup. It’s all high heels

and red lips, but it might be headed for a shake down. A premium brand consultant, who leases between theses brands and bloggers, says bloggers are a quicker way to disperse information that they would have had to pay for to go through the magazine or newspaper way anyway. However, there has to be strict adult supervision as some of these “20-yearolds who don’t understand fashion throw tantrums.” It is also an industry with unstandardised rates that are made up as follower count goes up. “They ask for anything from ` 6,000-7,000 per shoot,” says the brand consultant. The gripe is that very few of them have knowledge of fashion. These are not the people they approach when they want an in-depth communication about the idea behind a certain collection. “They think hashtags is writing,” but admits that their presence is a wake-up call for traditional media channels. A casual chat reveals that some bloggers will give back a beauty product instead of posting an honest review if the product is lacking. Looks are head-to-toe from the same brand, and while they profess to only writing about products they believe in, there is no insight about whether the fabric would suit their daily working life in a humid country, or if the heels are comfortable for commuting. Opposing brands feature on the same blog, separated by time and contracts. Some bloggers and brands refused to come on record for this article citing that the readers believed that the bloggers picked the clothes herself and was not paid to wear them. Fashion mentor Sabina Chopra says she knows of no Indian blogger who is making an impact on our fashion scene. “It seems the only qualification to be a fashion blogger is to wear quirky accessories. You see hundreds of these well-dressed girls at fashion events, but I don’t know if they have any in-depth knowledge of the industry or whether they do any research to inform themselves better,” she says. To create a track record of creativity, she thinks, they must curate content wisely, understand fashion in the Indian context,

gain a formal education in the field if possible. “I don’t know what they are trying to communicate other than ‘nice colour’,” she says. It’s not say that everyone is distracted by the colour yellow. If we look at the bloggers as fashion forward friends, it bears that you choose them wisely. Magali says only 80-85 per cent of the content on her blog is sponsored. She creates the rest wisely. On her personal social media accounts, Vaz will talk about crimes against women and religious hypocrisy. Roxanne D’souza of Head2Heels is a stylist who’s also studied fashion. She’s a curvy girl and has recently started throwing into the mix, cocktail recipes and travel trips so that she has more to talk about than just clothes. “I don’t promote products that I don’t personally use,” she says. “For instance, when BB creams came into the market, I refused to do a post because I don’t use them daily,” she says. Interestingly, most of the visitors to Roxane’s blog come from USA; second is India. Rhea Gupte, based out of Goa, is one of the rare bloggers who says ‘No’ often to a Cinderella night of leased clothes and a deadline. A former model, she sees her blog Fuss.co.in as a platform for creativity. Her contribution is purely interpretive concept shoots and pictures, not fashion week coverage or event attention. When the inevitable sifting happens, it will be bloggers with foresight that come on top. Aanam Chashmawala’s What When Wear is more of an online magazine. The 24-year-old started blogging in 2011 and by 2012 had built a proprietorship company. It now rents an office (from where the team works twice a week) and employs a production team of three people, with four on standby. “There was a gap in real-girl information,” says the Mumbai resident, “which we fill.” Aanam aims at six blog posts a week. “Instead of a red lip stick post, we’ll do a post on red lipsticks for every budget.” Essentially, the information given by a paper magazine with a lesser turn-around time and cheaper for both the product manufacturer and the end user.” APRIL 2016

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T H E A R T I S T- A C T I V I S T S Taking to the streets to express themselves and speaking out against social injustice…

A familiar name on the street-art scene in Mumbai, UK-born Jas Charanjiva marks her move to the city from New York as fortuitous, as interest in the art form was beginning to pique at the time. One of Jas’ most popular designs is one she created as a response to the Delhi Rape titled Don’t Mess With Me. The artist is also the coproprietor of product store Kulture Shop.

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The themes of gender, magic realism and technology weave their way into Singapore-born and Bangalore-based artist Shilo’s works. The artist, who often uses the street as her canvas, has created several large-scale installations and is also founder and director of The Fearless Collective. Comprising over 400 artists in India, the Collective works towards raising awareness about gender issues, using art as a tool for social change.

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Bollywood iconography peppered with Bombay slang plastered against the city’s grey walls ensure that Mumbaibased artist Jheel Goradia’s artworks don’t go unnoticed. The design student began the series of works as part of her final-year project titled Breaking the Silence, in which she tackles issues ranging from sexual street harassment and cultural stereotyping to prostitution.

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Anand is no fence-sitter. Her last feature Kajarya addressed female foeticide. Currently working on a documentary on the Naga Sadhvis, Anand admires women who present an alternative world view.


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“Being a woman (and a photographer) in this country is, in equal parts, frustrating and exciting. I do face challenges constantly, but at the same time I consider myself privileged to be doing what I love and to have the ability to make choices that further empower me.”

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“In my experience, everyone has to work hard initially to get in, regardless of gender. That said, there have been days when you aren’t taken as seriously on a shoot, or people genuinely believe they should pay you less, but that is because we live in a country where inequality is still unfortunately a big part of our lives.”

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Though Mehta revived Mumbai’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad museum, her work is far from over, with expansion plans meeting with resistance. Her vision: To provide a platform for contemporary art.

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“This portrait is a continuation (of sorts) of a series I did a few years ago, where I transformed into the many different kinds of Indian women I encounter in my daily life. Whether I wear a hijaab, a bindi, a rosary or a kada – one of them, none of them or all of them – I’m still the same person. I still carry the same hopes and aspirations, the same amount of love for humanity, my country, my people and my family.”

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“There is a generalisation that men should work in crazy conditions. I have often heard statements like ‘You complain about mosquito bites’ implying that men are better equipped to be in these conditions. Thankfully organisations like National Geographic focus on hiring women. Research how many women photographers are hired in Indian media…”

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Traditionally, photography remains dominated by men because it involves being on the field. But, women circa now are prepared to rough it out. We speak to three such women who share with us their self-portraits while giving us an insight into their experiences and challenges.

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clothing. And since we need clothes to wear every single waking hour, it would be a great idea to incorporate sustainable, breathable and fashionable clothing. All we have to do, is be slightly more responsible,” points out Paromita Banerjee. Banerjee along with Anita Dongre, Ruchika Sachdeva and Rina Singh, has been promoting a sense of eco-conscious, sustainable pragmatism embedded in garments. “It starts with designers being sensitive to the slow fashion movement, and not getting consumed by hysteria of mass production,” adds Singh. Sachdeva didn’t want to just promote Bodice as a sustainable brand. It’s also thoughtful design. “For example, 10 per cent of the collection is reversible. We have a jacket that you can wear inside out as a new design. I play with construction and utility, and I’m trying out more things that can be washed instead of dry-cleaned… clothing that doesn’t have to be ironed because the materials aren’t stiff, so you can travel with them,” she says.

Defining the line between decoration and design, recycling versus invention, these designers are making us see something new in familiar garments – an alternative, absolute luxury seeping through their season-less clothing aesthetic, exploring local craftsmanship and homegrown fabrics. “As a designer, the joy of working with local artisans and crafts is unparalleled,” says Dongre, the mastermind behind Grassroot, one of India’s first eco-friendly labels. »

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“Thank God, Grassroot found acceptance from the buyers. It enables more work for local artisans,” says Dongre about the crafts-based luxury prêt label aimed at contemporising age-old crafts, weaves and textile traditions. She follows some basic principles – Reviving fading and forgotten crafts and weaves by providing them with a widespread platform to showcase their craft and craftsmanship; Sustaining craft traditions in their places of origin with continuous work, so that the artisans are not forced to migrate; and Empowering NGOs such as SEWA who work directly with local artists. “Grassroot allows me to use design for good, in a socially conscious manner. Having said that, the time-consuming process of creating collections has also tested my patience and my love for crafts,” Dongre admits.

O N LI N E “At Bungalow 8, sustainable is a world view, a way of life, of doing things – the way the products are made, fabrics are sourced, staff being paid on time, their working conditions… It’s about the philosophy ‘Less is More’. We keep asking ourselves, ‘Do we really need this?’ Hence, eliminating clutter and waste. Our in-house label, Bungalow, works with local artisans and crafts, using handmade, breathable fabrics” – Maithili Ahluwalia

“We approach fashion from a season-less perspective. Rana Plaza was the initial catalyst to starting Indelust, and today, we continue to focus on highlighting sustainable practices across the Indian subcontinent. Fashion can really help in slowing down the disposability of ‘fast fashion’, and can be used as a tool to revive craft and preserve heritage” – Sana Rezwan Sait APRIL 2016 JANUARY

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The Kolkata-based designer is an old soul. Her A/W 2015 collection was centred on boro, a Japanese concept that believe something is “too good to waste”. Leftovers from past collections are patched, remade, appliquéd and quilted to create handmade patchwork bags, notebook covers, kimono jackets, buttons, tassels, and applique kangri borders using the Gujarati technique of negative applique, and much more along these same lines. “We have stopped looking at trends, and only work on fabric developments that go towards creating classics in your wardrobe and stay relevant even after many seasons. This is the very essence of sustainability. That, something you buy, should still be relevant for years to come. But this core idea contradicts the very crux of fashion, which changes almost every two months,” she explains.

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Fashion could be frivolous, but clothing is a necessity. Take fashion out of the equation, and you have EKA – a brand designed around how natural fabrics feel against your skin, with timeless silhouettes accentuating personalities. “I have zero tolerance for polyester, or machinemanufactured fabrics,” Singh declares. A sensible, sustainable approach to the profession of dressmaking defines her aesthetic. Singh adds, “A garment has to perform. I choose handloom over powerloom, providing livelihood to local artisans rather than depend on an industrial model. Recycling bits and pieces of leftover fabric is another way we stay true to the sustainable ethos.”

Keeping clothes simple, yet significant, is demonstrated in this hand-woven, batik treated, Indigo-dyed bomber jacket, dress and skirt. “It looks terribly simple, doesn’t it? We developed the fabric with weavers, each dot was made by hand using a wax-resist technique, taking six months to make them,” explains Sachdeva. Bodice interacts with India’s treasure of crafts in a fresh, modern language. The interplay between a visual and tactile purpose of clothing spells a subdued sustainable message. “I wouldn’t do it any other way. We believe in the slow fashion movement, ethically-made clothes.” Rather than filling your wardrobe with on-trend pieces, the young designer suggests investing in classic silhouettes that age beautifully. “We are constantly working towards recycling wastage, developing in-house patterns, tying up with handloom artisans,” she tells us.

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R O A D -T E S T I N G UPCYCLING all the cloth waste, the answer is rather simple – recycle. All the fabric patches, big or small, are segregated according to colours, then they’re patched up together, given a quick coat of a print on top, and the fabric is ready to be turned into a fresh new garment. Whatever little un-patchable piece of fabric is collected, it’s utilised in creating stuffing for cushions that Péro workers sit on. “Most people think recycling makes the garments less glamorous, but we value add the recycled pieces to the extent that it becomes luxurious and anyone would love to treasure it as an heirloom piece,” shares Arora. While she ensures that her factory is less wasteful, she also wants to encourage her buyers to embrace the label’s philosophy and reduce wastage. She questions, “Why do people discard garments? Because they’re bored of wearing the same design over and over. I thought upcycling is a good service to offer in these times to help people appreciate their old clothes again. I may not be able to reach out to the masses, but in my own small way I would love to create a difference.” She tells us how this idea came about. She has been wearing a denim jacket for years now that she keeps updating with a small embroidered flower here and a patched trim there. It caught photographer Dayanita Singh’s eye and she asked if Arora will be open to updating one of her own jackets. It all started then. Soon enough, many of her clients started bringing their old saris to add an edging or to update their shoes or even bags. “The only thing I tell them is to be prepared to part with their piece for couple of months for me to recreate it,” says Aneeth hinting at her style of slow fashion. Even though she’s created a rather sustainable business model at her studio, she’s still not convinced with using the word ‘sustainable fashion’. “It’s a contradiction to use the word fashion and sustainability together. Fashion changes at least twice a year; how can that be sustainable? I believe in creating sustainable business models but my clothes can only be identified as slow fashion. I create designs using handwoven fabrics, they’re hand-dyed and hand embroidered, pieces that are meticulously created and can stand the test of time,” she says in conclusion.

We decided to put the ‘Upcyled by Péro’ service to test by sending two old, ready-todiscard pieces from our wardrobe. Here’s how Aneeth Arora made us fall in love with them again… An old pair of ballet flats is ready for a makeover

Pero’s trademark heart motif is embroidered Our old shoes appear to be ramp-ready

Our discarded basic cardigan is under surgery

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“The [industry] is full of weak people.” “Before Queen, I was convinced that my career as an actor was literally over. But see, this is the spirit that I admire about me – that I can fail but I don’t lose.”

“Freedom is strangely ephemeral. It is something like breathing; one only becomes acutely aware of its importance when one is choking.”

“I don’t seek validation outside, not even with the audience. Today they like me but tomorrow they may hate me.”

“I can’t be living like this all my life – wake up, be in front of the mirror for hours, wear make-up and gowns, and go for shoots and parties... […] I want to wear track pants, go grocery shopping, cook.”

“As women we shouldn’t hope to get our due – we need to get up and get it ourselves.”

“My confidence in my earlier days, when I wasn’t this successful, was understood as arrogance. But when I became successful, it was called ‘attitude’. And when I will become even more successful it will be called ‘self- awareness’.”

Photograph BENJAMIN KAUFMAN AT S:MANAGEMENT

She’s bold, brassy, and she doesn’t play by B-Town’s rules. The many times Kangana Ranaut convinced us to take a page from her book

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

#WERUNTHEWORLD

“I’ve been through struggle for 10 years, and I think that’s what shaped me as a person today. […] when you lose something or face failure, it’s about how you deal with it.”

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Photographs KEEGAN CRASTO, Compiled by AARTHI BALIGA

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FEATURE Grazia’s Ekta Rajani with Atosa’s Aparna Badlani

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hey are a disparate bunch united by a single-minded approach to challenge the unwritten codes of design. The jury for this year’s Grazia Young Fashion Awards (GYFA) was an assorted mix of commercial and creative. Sabina Chopra, Tina Tahiliani-Parikh, Saket Dhankar and Aparna Badlani took charge of the Mumbai series, which took place at South Mumbai’s coffee-themed cocktail bar Doppio.


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The joy of finding new talent was palpable among the judges as they inspected garments and accessories with an eye trained to spot originality and dynamism. “In fashion, there’s no excuse for bad finishing. That’s an unspoken expectation. Apart from that, I’m constantly looking for a very distinctive signature style. I don’t have to necessarily like the aesthetic but I’ve to be able to instantly recognise it,” stressed Chopra. A pared-down, wearable aesthetic sporting a badge of urbanite chic defined the GYFA 2016 finalists. “So GYFA is about budding, young talent, the new batch so to speak… and as a merchandiser, the edit process helps since you get to see pretty much the cream of the crop,” felt Badlani. The New Delhi round of auditions was held at the upscale nouveau Indian cuisine restaurant Ek Bar. Handpicked jury members included Namrata Joshipura, Asha Baxi, Rakesh Thakore and Sunil Sethi. Joshipura was one

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FDCI’s Sunil Sethi stresses on the role of sustainability in clothing by drawing attention to a jacket by Doodlage

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of the early birds at the venue, and dutifully invested the time to try out jewellery. “For any new designer, starting out entails a long journey strewn with struggle. A platform such as GYFA allows them exposure. I am not only talking about winners but all participants. I wouldn’t have known about the existence of most designers if it weren’t for this platform,” observed Joshipura. She was clearly looking for fresh, modern and innovative design ideas. “The winners have hit the mark,” she smiled.

Masterminded by AD Singh and chef Sujan Sarkar, Ek Bar is all things eclectic. From the mad mix of Indian kitsch-inspired décor to curious pairings of ingredients that go into the making of food (Ek Bar Granola Bar, Broken Samosa Tart, Chawpati Ragda, Charred Broccoli and Pumpkin), and drinks, the emphasis is on home-style experience.

Fashion educator Asha Baxi

Designer Rakesh Thakore

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UJJWAL DUBEY, DESIGNER

KANIKA KARVINKOP, GRAZIA JUNIOR FASHION STYLIST

SANAA VASI, GRAZIA READER

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Ujjwal Dubey:

Her personality can overpower everything, even the bling. Full marks to Priyanka on this. Kanika Karvinkop: Mixing silver with gold is no easy feat, but Ms Chopra makes it look so easy.

Sanaa Vasi:

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SELENA GOMEZ Ujjwal Dubey:

MARGOT ROBBIE Ujjwal Dubey:

She’s a young girl and I would have loved it if she had played with some accessories and been a little experimental. Nonetheless, she looks great.

This look is just perfect. Maybe she could have played a little with the hair. But on the whole, no complaints.

Kanika Karvinkop:

This colour looks great on her and she has complemented the dress with the perfect choice of accessories. Her hair looks a little limp though.

Selena has a great body and will look good in anything, but this dress would have looked better on someone older.

Sanaa Vasi:

Does Selena ever look bad? The dress fits her like a glove and the choice of accessories is perfect.

Kanika Karvinkop:

Sanaa Vasi:

Wow. I think all the ladies need to take pointers from this on how to get metallics right.

SONAKSHI SINHA Ujjwal Dubey:

The dark colour of the outfit complements Sonakshi and she looks elegant. I must say it is one of her flawless looks.

Kanika Karvinkop:

Love the colour of this gown on Sonakshi but the overall look feels a little blah to me. The gown would have looked better minus those sleeves.

Sanaa Vasi:

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A Dressy Af fair THE SEASON’S SUMMER DRESSES COME IN FLORAL PRINTS, LUXURIOUS LACE AND LOOK AT ME TULLE Photographs NICK HADDOW Styling CAROLINE TITCUMB

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Silk blouse, shorts, dress, all Dior Model Stephanie Rad at Storm Models Beauty Tania Grier using Paris Skincare and Cosmetics

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On Rikee: Embroidered tunic, trousers, both Hemant & Nandita, prices on request respectively; sequinned jacket, Dev r Nil, ` 37,300; block heels, Tod’s, ` 4,400; metal necklace, Mirnalini Chandra at Minerali, ` 8,000 On Mitali; Lamé blouse, Vero Moda, ` 3,495; jacquard blouse (worn as skirt), Emporio Armani, price on request; beaded jacket, Anand Bhushan, ` 85,000; ‘Rivierina’ ankle strap heels, Christian Louboutin, price on request; metal earrings, Eurumme, ` 3,500

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On Dayana: Striped metallic T-shirt, Topshop at www.jabong.com, price on request; embellished satin skirt, H&M Conscious Exclusive, ` 7,999; striped trench coat, Emporio Armani, price on request; necklace, BBling at Minerali, ` 3,000; metal dome ring, Amrapali, ` 3,100; metal collar necklace, www.koovs.com, ` 295; ‘Diorama’ bag, Dior, price on request; glitter pumps, Dune, ` 5,499

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On Dayana: Oversized sweatshirt, Sanchita, price on request; crushed satin jacket, Emporio Armani, price on request; pleated metallic skirt, Hemant & Nandita, price on request; ‘Paloma Clutch’ bag, Christian Louboutin, ` 75,000; metal earrings, Kichu, ` 1,200; metal cuff, Suhani Pittie, ` 5,500; On Mitali: Net and satin dress, Temperley London, price on request; embroidered jacket, Zara, ` 6,990; ‘Black Horn’ necklace, Outhouse, ` 10,795; ‘Secret Kisses’ bangle, Zariin, ` 4,500; ‘Sylvie’ leather shoulder bag, Gucci, price on request

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Silk dress, Red Valentino, ` 39,182 approx; printed shirt, Emilio Pucci, ` 83,660; metal tasselled earrings, Micare at Minerali, ` 4,250; metal belt, Suhani Pittie, price on request; ‘Diorama’ bag, Dior, price on request; ankle strap flatforms, H&M, ` 2,999

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On Dayana: Zippered bodysuit, H&M, ` 2,699; mirrored blouse, Temperley London, ` 15,500; chequered skirt, Am.it, price on request; ‘Diorissimo’ pumps, Dior, price on request; ‘Double T’ sling bag, Tod’s, ` 96,000; metal earrings, bangles, all Amrapali, ` 4,550, ` 9,990 and ` 7,600 respectively On Rikee: Printed sweatshirt, H&M, ` 5,999; beaded blouse, Prashant Verma, price on request; knit skirt, www.koovs.com, ` 1,495; polka dot socks, Happy Socks, ` 449; ‘Doracora’ heels, Christian Louboutin, ` 50,000 On Mitali: Sequinned blouse, Emporio Armani, price on request; satin trousers, Sanjay Garg, ` 15,500; beaded jacket, Anand Bhushan, ` 35,000; necklace, Micare at Minerali, ` 3,000; ‘Diorissima’ heels, Christian Louboutin, ` 89,000; ‘Candy’ bag, Jimmy Choo, ` 62,500; spiral metal cuff, Suhani Pittie, price on request; metal cuff, Misho, ` 22,500; ‘Dice Drops’ earrings, Outhouse, ` 6,500; metal and stone necklace, Minerali, ` 5,500

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On Dayana: Ribbed T-shirt, Zara, ` 990; silk trousers, Bibhu Mohapatra, ` 72,741 approx; metal necklace, Suhani Pittie, price on request; wedge heel sandals, Sanchita, ` 11,000; drop earrings, Pipa + Bella, ` 699; metal cuff, Amrapali, ` 14,500; ‘Piloutin’ cross body bag, Christian Louboutin, ` 1,05,000 On Mitali: Cotton dress, Temperley London, price on request; satin jacket, Sanjay Garg, ` 25,000; pearl drop earrings, stone cuff, both Valliyan by Nitya Arora, ` 5,500 and ` 7,500 respectively; ankle cuffs (worn as bangles), Kichu, ` 2,000 (for the set); metallic flatforms, Sanchita, ` 14,500

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Hair and make-up DEVIKA HEROOR, Model SYDNEY at ANIMA CREATIVE MANAGEMENT

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2 Channel a creature of the sea with a hint of the ’70s with trousers that flaunt a fluid flare. Team it with a blazer and high heels Multi-coloured blazer, Prashant Verma, price on request; flared trousers, www.koovs.com, ` 2,000; ‘Dioressence’ heels, Dior, price on request; ‘Autumn’ chain (worn as choker), Shoplune, ` 1,500

3 Be sure to stand out in this voluminous skirt; pair with a waistcoat and sneakers for effortless style Denim waistcoat and neoprene skirt, both Rajesh Pratap Singh ` 9,950 and ` 16,450; structured skirt, AM-IT, price on request; sneakers, Zara, ` 3,500; anklet, Kichu, ` 2,000

4 Make these bell-shaped theatrical sleeves and the peplum waist the focus of the whole outfit. It’s sexy without going overboard, head-turning, wearable and fresh Cotton blouse, Rajesh Pratap Singh, ` 19,450; high-waisted shorts, Zara, ` 3,000; floral box bag, Hemant & Nandita, ` 8,500; Leather bracelets, both Hermès, prices on request; tie-up heels, Jimmy Choo, price on request

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There’s something special about the contrast of ornate embroidery on a sporty silhouette. Add statement colours and details – and you have a closet winner Kylie Jenner

Patch detailed Zara, ` 3,500

Neoprene, Adidas Originals at www.netaporter.com ` 18,000 approx

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Frenchman who finds inspiration in Japanese radicalism, Simon Porte Jacquemus picks signature French silhouettes and turns them into a corner occupied by commercial and conceptual. Think sporty-meets-experimental – artistic make-up, colossal shoulders, stiff tailoring and an unbiased love for slouchy silhouettes, exaggerated cut-outs, all of which celebrates raw and asymmetrical designs. The 26-year-old LVMH prizewinner (in its young designer category), began his fashion career with Commes des Garçons in Paris, and worked with the brand for two years before launching his label in 2009. Merely eight seasons old, the boy from the south of France brings wide-eyed idealism and lightness to an otherwise ultra-closed domain of fashion.

A current blue-eyed boy on the Parisian fashionscape, Simon Porte Jacquemus showcased his A/W 2016 collection at Espace Tuileries, an address otherwise reserved for heavyweights. He represents a fiercely individual, zany style that’s defined by unexpected bursts of volume – over jacket sleeves, shoulder angles, opera gloves, placements of white bows and signature oval shapes appearing as details.

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Available on www.jacquemus.com

Clockwise from left: French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus strides down the runway barefeet after his A/W 2015 showcase, snapshots from Jacquemus’ A/W 2016, A/W 2015, S/S 2016

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1 Collar necklace, Hermès, price on request 2 ‘Dior Tribale’ earrings, Dior, price on request 3 Blouse, Zara, ` 1,780 4 Cotton shirt, Allen Solly, ` 1,500 5 Leather backpack, Accessorize, ` 3,450 6 Button down cardigan, Moschino, ` 31,439 7 Ribbed skirt, Moschino, ` 18,013 8 Block heels, Gucci, price on request 9 Skinny belt, Tod’s, price on request 10 Chequered skirt, ONLY, ` 2,200

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Bandeau swimsuit, Eres at www.theoutnet.com, ` 28,913 ROHIT GANDHI + RAHUL KHANNA

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Mini dress, Vero Moda, ` 2,695

Flip flops, Lavie, ` 499 Cotton dress, Akuri by Puri at www.perniaspopupshop.com, ` 6,000

‘Small Mimosa’ bag, Salvatore Ferragamo, ` 1,17,000

Cropped sequinned camisole, Ashish at www. net-a-porter.com, ` 59,236 approx

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Coated skinny trousers, Isabel Marant, price on request

Zippered hoodie, Moschino, price on request

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A still from Tommy Hilfiger’s S/S 2016 collection

AND goes bloom this S/S 2016

A look inside Anaikka Atelier

Breezy silhouettes and soft pastels compose the AND S/S 2016 campaign

Nothing defines summer quite like florals, and AND embraces blossoms with their new S/S 2016 collection titled #GoBloom. Inspired by the exuberant spirit of a modern woman, the collection is a visual feast of textures and styles. Think beautiful layers of fluid and freeflowing silhouettes like elegant shift dresses, blazers, culottes and roomy palazzos. The colour palette of monochrome reign, summer verve, fire rose, sea bird and indigo edge amongst others gives the collection a summery ease. Available across all exclusive brand and multi-brand outlets

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LOONEY OVER LUNA It’s time to up your handbag game with Furla

GET TWIGGY

All FKA Twigs fans please stand up – because the musician has now partnered with Calvin Klein for their S/S 2016 campaign. As part of the campaign, the singer has collaborated on an advertisement for an extended version of the artist’s latest single ‘Good to Love.’ It features the singer alongside British dancer Kaner Flex dressed in Calvin Klein Jeans Spring 2016. “When I first started thinking of concepts for a Calvin Klein advert, it dawned on me that it is such an iconic brand. I wanted to combine artistically what I do with striking imagery. I wanted to make something that could feel tense, crucial, emotionally complicated but ultimately still include the free and young feel of Calvin Klein,” said Twigs.

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Inspired by the Calvin Klein S/S 2016 campaign “I _____ in #mycalvins,” the singer and Flex bring to life a visual narrative of “I create in #mycalvins” shot by David Sims. Log onto www.calvinklein.com for more

Call for space with Furla ‘Luna’ in onyx

FOR KICKS It’s time for new kicks as adidas introduces their latest – NOMAD adidas always keeps us on our toes with their innovations, and their new launch this season is the adidas ‘NOMAD Feat Boost.’ The shoe comes in three variations – ‘NOMAD Runner Boost’, ‘NOMAD Chuka Boost’ and ‘NOMAD City Sock Boost.’ Available across all adidas stores nationwide

Make a statement in adidas ‘NOMAD Feat Boost’

PUT A RING ON IT You most definitely will when you see this exquisite Forevermark ring

FKA Twigs and Kaner Flex in the Calvin Klein S/S 2016 campaign

‘The Secret’ encrusted with diamonds

Inspired by nature, Forevermark and Kirtilal Jewellers have created an exquisite design – ‘The Secret.’ The blossom shaped ring flaunts a precious one-carat Forevermark diamond with a pave setting in white gold. It has been crafted in a manner in which the flower remains a bud and only blooms once worn. Visit www.forevermark.com for more

Words NAMRATA KEDAR

Calvin Klein partners with FKA Twigs to create a visually stunning campaign

Are you in the habit of carrying the entire universe and more in your handbag? Well, then it’s time to lug it in style with Furla’s ‘Luna’ – a new bag that’s roomy, multi-functional, and a great buy no matter what your style. Made in Italy with the best techniques, make the Furla ‘Luna’ the Italian friend you never had. Available across Furla stores nationwide


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If you are too shy to sport a slip dress then layer it with a jacket

There’s more to accessories than necklaces and heavy earrings. How about a silk scarf tied around your neck or your head as a headband? You can also add a bright pop of colour

to your lips. All you need to keep in mind is that it should complement your whole attire and not be too loud. For me vintage sunglasses, silk scarves, and classic bags are must-have accessories that will never go out of style. I would like to work the slip dress trend. How do I wear it without looking trashy? – Nikita via email First of all, you need to make sure the slip dress suits your body type. It can be a hit if you go for the right cut and design. If wearing solo isn’t quite for you, pair it with a blazer or over a sparkly long sleeved Tee. For evenings, you can throw on a studded bolero jacket. Send in your style dilemmas to grazia@wwm.co.in, facebook.com/GraziaIndia or tweet @GraziaIndia Sunglasses, Fendi, price on request

OUR TOP PICKS Maxi dress, AND, ` 2,199

Blazer, Vero Moda, ` 4,695

Scarf, Forever New, ` 1,200

Floral dress, Marks & Spencer, ` 5,499 Multi-coloured heels, Jimmy Choo, price on request

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Chunky accessories are not the only way to pep up an outfit; you can try a pop of colour on the lips instead

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1 Asymmetrical blouse, Forever New, ` 1,800 2 Floral watch, Swatch, ` 4,800 3 Tasselled earrings, Ayesha Accessories, ` 490 4 Metal necklace, Accessorize, ` 3,790 5 Ikat jacket, www.bhane.com, ` 2,900 6 Tote bag, Lavie, ` 4,260 7 Reflective sunglasses, BOGA, ` 1,350 8 Printed tunic, W, ` 1,699 9 Leather flats, VAPH, ` 2,600

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It’s time to give black pumps a break and instead embrace summer hues in bold brights

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DUMMY TEXT Knit T-shirt, H&M; metal rings, Kichu

HAIR Hair damage isn’t just you changing your colour faster than your mood. The climate and your neighbour’s renovation are equally to blame. Infuse your shampoo routine with some extra TLC once a week. And a weekly massage is always a welcome treat.

CITY SLICKERS THE BIG, BAD VILLAIN IN OUR STORY IS POLLUTION. CITY LIFE IS GETTING THE BETTER OF OUR HAIR, SKIN AND BODY. BUT NOT WHEN WE’VE GOT SOME SECRET SUPERPOWERS STASHED IN THESE TUBES AND TUBS

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SKINCARE Move over C-T-M. It’s time for C-P-R – Cleanse, Protect, Repair. Use gentle cleansing balms and rejuvenating face packs. It’s not as if your skin cells work extra hard at night, but it is when the body and mind is the most relaxed and your skin is least exposed to harmful elements. So save all your pampering for the PM with the help of emollients and sleeping masks. APRIL 2016

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Kareena’s luminous skin, Priyanka’s sexy pout or Katrina’s flaming mane – we tell you how to make your favourite celeb’s best feature your very own Compiled by JHELUM BOSE BISWAS

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o start with, let’s set expectations right. Putting together perfect features will not make a beautiful face. A quirk, an un-balance, a singularity within the uniformity – these are the ingredients for a stunning, pretty picture. Our idea is to adapt a feature we admire, and see how far you can make it your own. So channel some of our favoruite celebs, and let us, and a panel of industry experts, guide you through the look.

Nikhil Sharma, Art Director, Toni&Guy Salons, North India tells you how. • ‘One length’ hair will not help. So get a layered and textured haircut. • Use a mousse like LABEL M Volume or Extra Strong hold Mousse. Apply from roots to tips. If your hair is fine use the volume mousse. Followed with heated rollers. • If you have long hair, separate into eight sections, apply mousse on damp hair, and braid each section. Let hair dry naturally. Open braids when dry. • Spritz on finishing spray or shine mist.

Not too thick, neither thin, not too arched, not overlong – how do we get our cover girl’s perfect brows? • Get your brows shaped by a good make-up artist who’s aware of face shapes and contours. • Groom. Keep a good tweezer handy. • To fill in, use powder – you can build up, while a pencil might be too dark.

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JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ’S C AT- E Y E L I N E R

We took a crash course from the make-up guru who nails it with every woman she works on, Anu Kaushik. • Don’t close the eye when drawing the liner. Start from the inner corner of the eye. Draw the line close to the lashline while moving towards the outer corner. Now from the outer corner, lift the line at an angle. Join that line back to the outer corner of the eye. • Get the right products: Make-up brushes can look intimidating but they only make your life easy. An eyeliner with gel liners are good for beginners, as they are easy to remove when you make a mistake. You can also try a felttip liner like the Make Up Forever Graphic Liner.


SONAKSHI SINHA’S DREAMY EYES

This is something that most of us Indian women can easily achieve. We caught up with make-up artist Chandni Singh. • Wing that liner. Try Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. • Curl your lashes. The Body Shop Eye Lash Curler is a good bet. • Use mascara liberally and apply a lot more on the lashes at the outer corner. Maybelline Colassal Kajal and Lancôme Hypnose Waterproof Mascara are my favourites. • Apply corner lashes to accentuate further. MAC 20 Lash and Duo Adhesive are amazing. These are also easier to apply.

Who wouldn’t want a figure like Lisa Haydon? Focus on Haydon’s fitness regime. Fitness expert Sumaya Dalmia, who has also trained Haydon, says: • A healthy diet with the required amount of veggies, fruits and fluids is essential to not just maintain weight, but also to have the energy to workout. • Your fitness regimen must include at least four days of workouts, and you should try being as physically active as you can through the day. • The body can get used to one set or style of exercise. Hence it is important to mix your workout. A good combination will include HIIT, Pilates, Running and Yoga.

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You may not have her chiselled features but there are always facial exercises and make-up tricks to help your cause. Try the Fish Face: Suck in your cheeks so that your mouth looks like that of a fish. Hold for five seconds and release. Repeat as often as possible. Or try contouring. Samantha Kochhar, MD, Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic, suggests: • Apply a foundation a shade lighter than your skin tone at the centre of your forehead and chin, down the bridge of your nose and above the cheekbones. • Next, apply a foundation two shades darker than your skin tone under your cheekbones, on the jawline and temples, and on the sides of your nose. • With a beauty blender, blend the make-up and set with dusting powder. • Apply a rose blush on the apples of your cheek, and a highlighter on the cheekbone.

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Our learning from Alia? The more you experiment, the better you’ll be able to adapt it to your personality. Michel Baltazar, Creative Technical Director, Jean Claude Biguine tells us: • You need long and considerably thick hair to play. • Try a fishtail braid for a day look. • For fun evenings, make a middle parting and make two braids on each side of the head. Take them around the head and pin at the back. You can then leave your hair open or roll it into a bun or braid the rest. • For a formal party, wear the braid as a headband. APRIL 2016

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Dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia suggests: • Drink Water: The more hydrated your body, the more supple your skin will be. • Eat Vegetables: They’re loaded with iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, minerals, and antioxidants. • Have 3-5 Fruits and Fresh Juices: It’s a staple in Kareena’s diet, providing the body with a dose of antioxidants. • Use A Non-Foaming Cleanser: Try cleansing oils or micellar waters. Foaming cleansers tend to dry out skin, can increase sensitivity and accelerate ageing. • Wear Sunscreen: Look for both UVA and UVB sun protection with at least PA++ and SPF30 or above. Get A New York Facial: It’s a signature treatment at Lumiere Dermatology, giving instant results with tightened skin, reduced pores, smoothed lines, and a longlasting luminescent glow in 45 minutes.

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KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN’S LUMINOUS SKIN

Dr Rashmi Shetty says, “Those full lips looks good because her other features complement it.” So it might not suit everyone. Consult an expert and evaluate your features before adapting it. Fillers are a popular method of achieving fuller lips but a combination of filler and botox done by an expert cosmetologist can work wonders. Dr Shetty also advises that in order to accentuate the lips it is essential to take care of the area around the mouth. Pay special attention to the lines and wrinkles around the mouth. If you want an instant, temporary pout try Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker – the best lip plumper you can get off the shelf.

K AT R I N A K A I F ’ S FLAMING MANE

K ANGANA R ANAUT’S SENSUOUS COLLARBONE

A swan-like neck requires a good posture and some exercise. Yoga guru Seema Sondhi explains, “Backbends are essential for slim necks and pronounced collarbones.” Try asanas like Cobra, Child Pose, Dhanurasana, Downward Dog, Trikon and Tadd. She says: • Just one type of exercise will not help. • Practice yoga at least five times a week to see any visible difference. • Along with exercise, keep a check on your diet and maintain correct posture.

It’s dramatic and if you’re not sure, try getting just a few red highlights or a burgundy-toned global hair colour. New Delhibased hair designer, Sumit Israni says, “This colour (a combination of burgundy with magenta red highlights) is best suited for very dark hair and people with dark to wheatish complexions.” It wouldn’t look as flattering on fair complexions as it might be a very stark contrast. “Choose if you have hair that’s long or shoulder length, and cut in layers,” he advises. If you have a short bob and would still like to adapt this trend, choose red highlights rather than global colour.


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Colour pencils have been spilling out of our make up totes. Here’s where you pick from our favourites

Revlon ColorBurst, ` 720

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo, ` 2,750

Dior Addict Lip Glow Liner, ` 2,400 Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint Matte, ` 650

ColorBar Full Cover Makeup Stick SPF 30, ` 675 Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm, ` 1,750

Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer, ` 440

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Autograph Ultra Shine Twist Up Lip Colour, ` 999


Chambor Orosa Sculpting Eye Shadow, ` 795

MAC Velvet Tease Lip Pencil, ` 1,800

Maybelline New York Baby Lips, price on request

Dior Show Colour and Contour Eyeshadow and Liner, ` 2,350

Elizabeth Arden Bold Eye Pencil, ` 1,800

Maybelline New York Lip Gradation, price on request

Estée Lauder Magic Smokey Powder Shadow Stick, ` 1,950

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer, ` 945

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, ` 3,490

Max Factor Flipstick Colour Effect, ` 980

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BEAUTY G: Why must a girl indulge in make-up? KKK: It accentuates one’s features and conceals your flaws or weaknesses. Besides, who’s not in for some fun? It’s your ally to looking glamorous.

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G: You take pride in? KKK: My eyes, undoubtedly. They’re my strength and sexiest feature. They do all the talking, which is why I accentuate them. G: How so? KKK: I love experimenting with my eyes. Smokey eyes is an all-time favourite. They’re pretty expressive, so a touch of kohl lends a mystic allure.

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Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Day Crème, ` 115

SKINNY?

Caught in action is Kareena Kapoor Khan, one step ahead with her beauty secrets

W Words KARISHMA LOYNMOON

KKK: Yes. I’ve been associating with Lakmé Absolute for a long time now. The brand evolves by the season. I thought it was time we extend our partnership from make-up to skincare as well. So good is the range, that Perfect Radiance is already part of my skin solutions.

Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Serum, ` 849

GRAZIA: You glow because… KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN: I follow a strict skincare ritual, maintain a balanced and nutritious diet, and hydrate my skin and body. I don’t take my blessed genes for granted. G: Skincare is about… KKK: The basics – cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. Sleep with clean and make-up free skin. Trust in overnight hydration. I’m a ‘less is more’ believer. APRIL 2016

G: The secret behind your legendary pout is? KKK: I never step out of my house without my favourite lipsticks. I always carry shades of nude, reds, and pink. Lakmé Absolute Lip Shimmer in Tropical Shine is my current fix.

Lakmé Absolute G: Apparently make-up doesn’t seem to Perfect Radiance UV Lotion, ` 299 be your only priority?

ho said Lakmé Fashion Week was just about fashion talk? As it marks the launch of Lakmé Absolute’s latest Illuminate range, the diva synonymous with the brand also steps into new terrain – skincare, besides representing their makeup. Kareena Kapoor Khan tells us about the products hot off the rack in an exclusive behind the scenes report.

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Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Night Crème, ` 335

G: Since we’ve caught you behind the scenes, why don’t you deconstruct your looks for the Illuminate campaign? KKK: For skincare, the look is light and almost-bare faced make-up focusing on luminous skin. As for the make-up look, it’s all about the shimmer.

#MainSqueeze – “Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Serum. It gives my skin a brilliant radiance.” #NightBae – “Lakmé Skin Gloss Overnight Mask. I put it on religiously to wake up to nourished and hydrated skin.” #QuickPick – “Lakmé Absolute Precision Kajal. A personal nightmare is stepping out of house without my eyes lined, to then realising I don’t have it in my bag either.”


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PSST...IT’S A NEW SECRET GETAWAY Words KANIKA KARVINKOP

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e’ve had a long-standing love affair with Goa, the kind that never gets exhausted. But just when we thought we knew all about our lover and the sun-sand-sea combo it had to offer, along came something unforgettable. Packed within an experience unlike any other is the Grand Mercure Hotel that offers the perfect combo of the mind-body-soul experience.

The Warren Tricomi Spa is the perfect place to relax, restore and rejuvenate

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It all started off when we drove up to the property, situated in the heart of Goa. But contrary to its location, this magnificent hotel is surrounded by lush green landscapes and picturesque paddy fields. It’s amazing how you can be in the middle of a bustling city and yet be so cut off from the world once you enter through the gates. The hotel is set, in idyllic grounds and just a stones throw from all the bars and restaurants and a short walk away from the beach. To top it all, there was a cute, little bar right in the centre of the pool and a restaurant serving all our favourites. A vacation for your five senses perhaps?

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The resident Warren Tricomi Salon & Spa is the heart of this hotel, where you head to be utterly spoilt. From its extensive menu, we picked their signature Hamam Bath and Scrub treatment – perfect for some much-needed relaxation. It begins with time spent in the steam room to allow pores to open. It’s immediately followed by a skin soothing session on a heated stone, their hammam, followed by an exfoliating scrub. It’s an excellent skin detox, where the steam draws out the toxins and the scrub exfoliates it all away. In the hands of trained Balinese masseuses working their magic, this 60-minute session left us feeling light and refreshed – contrary to our expectation of comatose bliss. Which was actually perfect, because it gave us an excuse to go exploring through old Goa.

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Who would’ve thought a hair spa experience could be so soul-soothing? At the Elle Spa and Salon at the hotel, that’s exactly what we stumbled into. The Moroccan hair spa treatment comes as a refuge (especially after all our gallivanting around the city). If you get an opportunity, do consider it a must for your city soul that is often withered and tired. It starts with the application of the iconic Moroccan serum followed by an intense hydrating mask applied all over your hair. Accompanying massages and wash were what invigorated our soul. Our hair was light, bouncy, revitalised and, we kid you not, smelling something like heaven. How much more bliss could you possibly ask for packed in a couple of hours? APRIL 2016

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ALL ABOU T T H A T FAC E Supermodel Eva Herzigova spills the beans on being flawless Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Serum, ` 11,000 Dior Addict Lipstick, ` 2,500

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“Feeling amazing always helps, so invest in your look and haircut. Make-up or not, dress nice, put on hot shoes, or a drop of perfume” of years. Seduction becomes a more subtle charm. You gain substance. Something inexplicable yet beautiful awakens once you pass your 30s, it’s more sustainable than being young forever. G: What’s sacrosanct to your skincare routine? EH: To cleanse skin properly. G: You manage your exhausted skin after a long day with? EH: An eye mask!

Dior Capture Totale Texture Riche, ` 10,500

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G: What are your travel must-haves? EH: I like using the Capture Totale Serum. It’s fresh and comforting. I also use Dreamskin when I travel; that smooth touch feels very nice before applying make-up. G: How has the Capture Totale cream range benefitted you? EH: It’s a unique sensory experience, suited for whatever the climate, season or desire. I use the rich texture during winter, when we have dry and damaged skin. In summer, the skin gets oily. So its light texture is great. G: With just 30 minutes to spiffy up... EH: I’d smudge some eyeliner, comb my hair back, and put on my high heels. G: The best advice you’ve received? EH: Be proactive. G: Who’s your beauty icon? EH: Charlotte Rampling.

Photograph PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR, Compiled by KARISHMA LOYNMOON

G: As a model, the focus is on looks. Has that impacted your idea of beauty? EH: Being a model brings you confidence. We work with our body and face. But that does not mean I never question myself or have fears. Beauty is still a simple and humble idea for me.


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• Your texture intensifies as your pressure strengthens. Play around for whacky depth. • As for styling – go absolute, half-and-half, or over a ponytail or the crown. • Seal with a hairspray. Brush out for a funky frizz.

• Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner. • Divide hair into six sections, spray on a heat protectant, and wrap each section around a curling wand. • Use your fingers to untangle, and spritz on a finishing spray.

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Fashion gripped your locks too

When you put some sass and sport a wavy-bob

• Colour the outer layers only. Anything else will defeat the pupose. • Pastel pop hues are all the rage. But if that’s not your vibe, stark shades it is. Toni & Guy • Choose permanent hair dyes like Casual Sea Salt USE: Tousle up with this light L’Oréal Professionnel INOA – their new Texturising Spray, hold spray that doesn’t weigh Mocha range is delicious and provides ` 1,050/200 ML down your intricate texture. oodles of nutrition for your hair. L’Oréal Professionnel USE: A range that coats hair fibres Inoa Hair colour, ` 410 DO: in a protective film to preserve the If you have curly luminosity of colour-treated hair, like hair, get a ritual for the AOX range. soft and manageable Schwarzkopf BC cuticles, one that adds Bonacure Oil Miracle L’Oréal Professionnel shine. How about the Finishing Treatment, Vitamino AOX Conditioner, Schwarzkopf Gold ` 1,450/100 ML ` 525/150 ML Shimmer Luxurious DO: Hair spa? Inoa, the in-salon product, has changed the way hair colour Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure works. Its Oil Delivery Oil Miracle Light Finishing System (ODS2) formula Treatment, ` 1,450/100 ML harnesses the power of oil to treat hair as it colours.

L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino AOX Shampoo, ` 575/250 ML

L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino AOX Masque, ` 675/200 ML

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Gold Shimmer Treatment, ` 900/150 ML

USE: A spray containing silk, cashmere and coconut oil for smooth swirls, like the S-Factor Defrizzer.

TIGI S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer Defrizzer & Tamer, ` 1,300/200 ML

DO: The Moroccan Hair Oil Spa Ritual deeply penetrates into every layer and nourishes for a softer, shinier and silkier feel.

MoroccanOil Hair Spa Ritual, ` 1,700, at www.myglamm.com


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Grazia Loves: The Kérastase Thérapiste ritual. • The Basics: To be honest, it’s best to head for an intensive treatment way before you find your hair shedding in bunches along with your hair tie. Thankfully, science and technology have promised recovery and repair, no matter how long the delay. Like the Kérastase Thérapiste ritual, a haircare range that treats damaged and over-processed hair. Along with a mono dose of intense serum. Pro-Keratine+four amino acids+one gluco peptide along with a plant extract are the superheroes here – they claim to literally revive dead hair.

Loïc working his magic hands on actor Sidharth Malhotra

• Highlights: The bliss of a gentle shampoo and massage might have been revival enough, but the treatment of course comes through only after the application of the serum. Although not part of the Thérapiste range, it was what Chapoix recommended after seeing the state of our hair. A customised dose later, we left the salon, ready to pass out in bed. Remember, don’t follow hair treatments with hard blow dries or styling. Leaving the serum in gives the nutrients a longer time to soak through and work their magic.

Kérastase Resistance Thérapiste Sérum Thérapiste, ` 2,000/30 ML

Kérastase Resistance Thérapiste Bain Thérapiste, ` 2,200/250 ML

Kérastase Resistance Thérapiste Masque Thérapiste, ` 3,000/200 ML

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THE INSIDER A wallflower account of all that you missed at the Grazia Beauty Weekend 2016

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The Grazia lounge just before the hullabaloo

Clarins at its best Host Freishia’s all smiles

Flying Start The beauty binge began with Clarins introducing its Tri-Active Brightening Serum to invites only. An event hosted by the charming Freishia came to a close with a brunch held at Smoke House Deli. Those in the know got to indulge on the star product and walk out with hampers too.

Table decor by House of Flowers by Marry Me

Brunch at Smoke House Deli

Beauty blogger Aanam C couldn’t resist and roped in friends too

Rad Rendezvous

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Smack in the middle of the day were two sessions held by Jean-Claude Biguine (JCB) and Pond’s. The former roped in the crowd by spilling hair tricks and styling their tresses as well. While the latter plugged in skin expert Dr Reshma Shetty and beauty geek Nishka Lulla to fill the audience in on skincare.

Skin smart with Dr Reshma Shetty and Nishka Lulla

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Makeover with Shiseido

Sweet deals at the contest held by Kérastase

Day-long Hauls Make-up by Chambor

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Liva, Trésmode and Da Milano put the fashion swag in our beauty statements. Only this time, putting a twist to the quintessential ramp. Models strutted their goods at the main atrium’s escalator. Literally bringing the mall to a standstill. Talk about wrapping up on a high note.

Bedazzled at the Forevermark kiosk

Charismatic Chloé Bobbi Brown got everyone #InstantPretty at their store

In partnership with Bobbi Brown, Chambor, Chloé, Clarins, Da Milano, Forevermark, Jean-Claude Biguine, Kérastase, La-Roche Posay, Lakmé Pro Stylist Studio, Liva, Parcos, Pond’s, Rimmel, Shiseido, Trésmode, Vichy.

Fluid fashion by Liva

Bagging it with Da Milano

In association with Palladium

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t’s pyjama party time when the rulers of nighttime repair introduce us to three new revolutionary products this month. One of which is already touted as the ‘Iron Man’ of face sheets in the West, with an outer foil layer. An extension of the incredibly popular Advanced Night Repair (ANR) range of Estée Lauder, is the ANR Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask. Based on a dual-matrix system the mask takes on the Korean sheet mask trend and takes pampering a step further. Its inner layer releases the iconic concentrate, while the outer foil mask forms a protective cocoon for deeper penetration. There’s also an ANR Cleansing Balm, which melts into a silky oil once smeared on, and then transforms into a milky cream when immersed in water. The Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam’s conditioning formula turns into an airy foam to clear impurities and invigorate. And remember, always top up with the Advanced Night Repair serum. Joining us in this cosy affair were chef Ayushi Shah of Icing on Top, actor Priyanka Bose, designer Sonaakshi Raaj and songstress Sona Mohapatra. As they indulged themselves, they emerged touting Estée Lauder’s famous motto, “Glow is the essence of beauty.” As an exclusive we grant you full access to the party. APRIL 2016

“With our work schedules, getting pampered is a rarity. Which is why tonight’s pyjama party came as a breath of fresh air. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Cleansing Balm. As for its effects, you can see it on my face. Am I not glowing?” Ayushi Shah, Chef, Icing On Top

“I’ve been religiously using the Advanced Night Repair for years now. Although, I haven’t been that much of a good girl lately since I’m all over the place with work. But the idea of a mask that has half a bottle of the ANR serum is bang on for women on-the-go. I’m head over heels.” Sona Mohapatra, Singer “I dote on Estée Lauder’s eye creams. Besides that, I’ve been hearing so much about their Advanced Night Repair. After trying it out tonight, I’m hooked. I’ve realised all it is, is a simple 10-minute procedure. Wonder why this doesn’t make it to our ‘me time’ before we hit the sack?” Priyanka Bose, Actress

“Tonight has been rejuvenating and fun at the same time. Girls indulging in night creams at an intimate pyjama party with facials that has spoilt us rotten, what’s not to like? At first, the thought of a foil mask that’s supposed to get you glowing seemed promising. Now I’m certain it is.” Sonaakshi Raaj, Fashion Designer

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm, ` 3,000

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam, ` 3,000

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, ` 7,200 for a pack of four


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preservatives. These are the new elixirs that are intoxicating, nourishing, and often compatible with a healthy dietary intake. Women often drink upto four juices per day, claiming that they have regained baby-soft skin and a digestive system that is immune to any illness. These converts are introducing brands in Paris so that their French girlfriends benefit too. Especially those who have not invested in the purchase of an extractor (minimum ` 30,000) and kilos of vegetables each week (three kg for a 500ml drink).

LOYALISTS FOR EACH BRAND “Some of my recipes contain up to ten ingredients, and vegetables for the most part are cooked without oil or used raw�, claims Mandarine of The Juice Lab (Australia). Despite their appearance, all apple-spinach-lemon juices are not the same. In Paris, a good half-dozen brands now share the market. The majority offer biotic juices, but their bottles (recycled plastic), their shops and their branding are all remarkable. Just as it is in the US, their juices have numbers


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It is excellent for the skin:

A few days of organic, green juice and “the skin is radiant, and the complexion is clearer,” assures Chico Shigeta, a detox coach and a fan of juices. “Without fibers to metabolise, the digestive system is at rest and gets a makeover.” and their names come into existense after extensive debate. Each brand has its patrons. Those who are convinced know that C’Juice (France based) is the only brand which offers 33 cl bottles; that The Juice Lab cultivates an ambience of a pharmacy; that Juice It (US based) is stronger and not as feminine as Detox Delight (UAE based) THE PURE CURE Akin to a situation in a pharmacy, clients choose their juice depending on their health condition. The King Kale 01 label of The Juice Lab, states that it is “protective, detoxifying and helps digestion”. But for “perfect skin, a flat stomach and an energising effect,” it is Yes Mama No 2 that would be more effective. The juice consumer avoids preservatives, added sugar, pasteurised and HPP (high pressure processing), a technique of preservation that increases the shelf life of the juice. Charlotte, from Juice It, observes that now, her clientele is more educated, buys much more of vegetable juices, and chooses less of juices containing sugar than they did earlier. Juice companies are now using innovations and are daring to add some limequat (a kind of more acidic kumquat). For example, Nubio’s (France based) best-selling pineapple-apple-mintcoconut gave way to a more potent applelemon-ginger juice. One must see clients (“from the age of 20 to 77,” according to Charlotte of Juice It) drinking four shots of 30ml aloe vera or wheatgrass juice before even leaving the shop, or buying without hesitation. Getting down to the juice diet, is at first, a state of mind, claims Mandarine of The Juice lab. You feel that it is doing you good.

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Hervé This, a physicist-chemist, reiterates that an equilibrium boils down to a bit of everything in limited quantities like the alleged shot of vitamins associated with a pint of green juice. His observations of vegetables cut under IRM have taught him that vitamins lose their nutrients when they are peeled. “The knife compresses plant tissues and releases enzymes that oxidise vitamins.”

Freshness is the key:

Acidic foods (citrus, red fruits, kiwi) lose some of their goodness even

after two days. “The juice has lost half or even two-thirds of its vitamins,” adds Catherine Renard, responsible for unit safety and quality of products of plant origin at Inra, Europe’s top agricultural research institute. Beyond that, all that is left is minerals, which after using an extractor or a centrifuge, becomes less potent.

Should be drunk often:

“A cure is good, but it is not miraculous,” specifies Charlotte from Juice It. “Similar to exercising, it is better to consume a little every day than to have a large intake every three months.”

Beware of acidity:

“Excessive consumption could eventually irritate the intestines,” warns Catherine, but assures that without taking into consideration the cold chain, no really dangerous pathogens are likely to grow.

THE BASICS OF A GOOD HOMEMADE JUICE • Add a few drops of lemon to preserve the colours. • Grate a pinch of ginger for taste. • Maintain the colours: Red with red or orange, green with green or white. • Add some mint leaves at the last minute. • Pour a drop of olive oil in the green juice to highlight it.

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DESSERT … We invited three MasterChefs to fill in the blanks Photographs KEEGAN CRASTO Art Direction DEEPTI PARIKH Words DHVANI SOLANI

The MYSTERY BOX ingredients • Avocado • Indian gooseberry • Limoncello • Macadamia nuts • Hazelnuts • Popping candy • Strawberry

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t Grazia, we are raging dessert junkies, and these women are our most reliable dealers. They are good people. The sorts who can visualise a magnanimous slice of scrumptiousness when all we can see are kooky ingredients. The sorts who have changed the way we look at, eat, plate up, and comprehend dessert. We requested these genius patissiers to join in our anniversary celebrations and make us a special treat. Just one catch: the dessert should look like Grazia. Oh wait, and one more: they also need to use at least one ingredient from our Mystery Box, an idea we borrowed from the fabulous MasterChef telly show. Check out what they plated up. ››

Sanjana Patel blends whim and nostalgia in her Grazia dessert

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We love the nostalgia that comes with this dessert. The mousse presented in the form of popsicles + popping candy that was such an integral part of our kiddyhood = a summer of memories.

#TRENDING: EDIBLE FLOWERS

A scattering of pretty pansies on a plate, anyone? Edible flowers have been increasingly appearing on our plates, more often than not to stunning effect. With summertime sunshine out there, we quite like their presence on Patel’s incredible dessert.

macadamia nut crumble mango compote

SANJANA PATEL, pastry chef and founder of La Folie Patisserie From the mystery box: Limoncello, popping candy, macadamia nuts, strawberries. Whipped up: Greek yogurt limoncello mousse with mango, and a Greek yogurt raspberry mousse with mango – both in the form of popsicles. With strawberry and raspberry compote, a layer of lemon cream, macadamia nut crumble, popping candy meringue, a shot of limoncello

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with beetroot, and poached fruits like pineapples and strawberries. Phew! So Grazia: “This dessert talks of how I perceive Grazia, which is fun and quirky but also fresh and trendy. It ties in with this summer dessert that talks of nostalgia by presenting it in the form of popsicles. We’ve also incorporated edible flowers we grow in the lab. I wanted the dessert’s freshness to be cohesive with how Grazia thinks, and was very instinctive about how this should look.”


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POOJA DHINGRA, pastry chef and owner of Le 15 Patisserie From the mystery box: Avocado, hazelnuts. Whipped up: An avocado cheesecake garnished with caramelised hazelnuts. So Grazia: “I have only happy memories of cheesecake. My mum used to make them, and I distinctly remember helping her make one when I was around 10. When I was at university in Paris, my flatmate and I used to make cheesecake every weekend. That’s the recipe I’ve used for this one. It goes well with my memories of Grazia as well, which I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, even when I was studying in Paris and Switzerland. I tie in the idea that this cake has great texture and flavour, and is different with each bite, with Grazia giving a reader much more than just fashion. The crunch in the hazelnuts and the sweetness in its caramelisation balance out the flat flavour of avocado.” ››

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KAINAZ MESSMAN, chef and owner at Theobroma Patisserie From the mystery box: Limoncello, strawberries. Whipped up: A cake with homemade limoncello mousse, white chocolate truffle, pistachio sponge and a surprise strawberry jelly. So Grazia: “When I got this brief, I knew at once I wanted to make a cake that was as fresh and bright as the magazine. I find Grazia to be very accessible for a person like me who is not in the business of fashion. And I wanted the warmth and comfort it radiates in the dessert as well, which is why it has the homemade limoncello, and an overall homemade feel. I don’t like overly decorated or OTT cakes, and this one is simple yet elegant. Just like Grazia, this cake is sunshine yellow which is happy yet elegant. The strawberry jelly is like the content of Grazia that has the ability to surprise us.”

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LIMONCELLO WHO? If you’ve ever found yourself in Italy, you might’ve been served icy little shots of limoncello post dinner. The dazzling bright yellow Italian lemon liqueur is made from lemon zest, spirit and sugar. Sip it as it is, mix with sparkling water, shake into cocktails or, like these pro patissiers, infuse your dessert with it.

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HOT CHOCOLATE X BANANA NUTELLASALAD CAKE SARAH’S If you want to to getwhip on a It’s super easy serious chocolate up, delicious, and high, often or simply want to calm all on Sarah’s personal your cocoa cravings, menu. You will find itthis at twin planbut is exactly what Antares, we coaxed you into need. her telling us how to whip it up at home INGREDIENTS 1 cucumber, diced ½ bowl cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 50gms walnuts 100gms feta cheese, cubed 5-6 basil leaves 1tsp balsamic vinegar 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

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he sleepy bylanes of Worli in Mumbai got a dash of fun a couple of months ago. Ellipsis Bakery – run by the guys behind the New American restaurant Ellipsis where you’ll often find us – opened up this nook which dishes out artisanal American desserts. But if one single slice of cake doesn’t satiate you, here are three food and beverage pairings that are all kinds of awesome. Because two is always better than one, right?

ASSAM TEA X CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIES Assam tea works best with hearty foods and chocolate. But who wants basic chocolate cookies when you could have Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies? Not us, either.

These delish combos at a Worli-based bakery are the Batman and Robin of the food world

CAPPUCCINO X ALMOND BISCOTTI

When you’re in the mood to consume coffee for what it truly is and not purely for its caffeine quotient, you may want to pair it with some biscotti. This ‘twice-baked’ biscuit dunked in some good old cappuccino will take you straight to Italy. Or will taste very good, anyway.

AT: Recondo Estate, Sudam Kalu Ahire Marg, Hanuman Nagar, Worli, Mumbai

THE TELLING OF A TALE Everything about this capital bar is a narrative in disguise

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It is a known fact that humans are addicted to stories. We look for them everywhere. Delhi’s first Indian cocktail bar – Ek Bar – uses this concept to create an enthralling experience for its customers. Restaurateur and founder AD Singh says, “Ek Bar pays homage to the art of the story. The promise of possibilities in ‘once upon a time’. Tales that live in memory, deeply connected with food, scents and flavour”. We took a tour in search of the different tales it was trying to tell. Eat first glance: The interiors drip with nostalgia. Everything from the ancientseeming brick walls to the motifs 164

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of Indian myths and legends scattered all across the place make constant references to visuals we have all grown up with. There is a literal elephant in the room topped with blue aviators, timeworn theatre backdrops on ceilings, a dhanushban masquerading as a space separator, and lights inspired by Ravana’s heads. At the bar: The bar infuses traditional Indian flavours like fermented kahwa, star anise and kokum into its drinks. The cocktail menu is organised like playing cards – Ace, King, Queen and Jack, each set with three cocktails inspired by the card it represents. Our fave?

There’s an elephant in the room at Ek Bar

The Murabba Mule that fuses the bartender’s mum’s recipe of chutney with homemade ginger beer and vodka. On the food menu: Bringing to mind images of a traditional Indian kitchen, Ek Bar reimagines dishes we tend

to take for granted and adds a contemporary twist - rotis served with dips and modern thalis. You can place your order as half and quarter plates. AT: D-17, Defence Colony, New Delhi


FOOD

FOOD FOR THOUGHT The soulful kale and millet soup

Eating right is not that difficult when we have a stylish menu and some equally cool role models to point the way

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Cacao nib and soya milk cheese cake with a nachini crust is quite the surprise

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t’s a constant battle, isn’t it? The one of the bulge, the rising risk of a dozen scary diseases – all of which deter us from indulging in meals outside. Undeterred we went looking for options to indulge in. Not just our taste buds but our conscience and health as well. Enter Smoke House Deli’s new healthy menu. To test it out, we invited four leading health and fitness experts Pooja Makhija, Eefa Shrof, Radhika Karle and Sucheta Pal to get their verdict on eating right, out. ››

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“Eat at home and go out. Have a glass of wine, chat and pretend like you’re eating. Eating out is the biggest challenge. People assume eating a salad or baked fish is healthy. They don’t realise that the dressing or white sauce is loaded with fat. Order a salad, but ask for dressing on the side. Demand boiled or roasted vegetables and chicken that isn’t on the menu. Get bread with virgin olive oil instead of butter. A dish rich in protein, isn’t necessarily healthy.” DISH DU JOUR: “Kefir soaked chicken with organic red rice and brown rice flake – kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk make an unbeatable combination. So light and tasty.”

Food is fuel

“How often do you say, ‘I’ve got to celebrate, time to fill fuel’? Don’t think of food as calories or your passion, companion, trend… Going gluten-free is the current craze, but it doesn’t imply eating right. Stick to basics. Is rice your staple? Go fill yourself with a helping. Anything done temporarily will have temporary results as well. Don’t bring in drastic changes that you won’t stick to for long. Similarly for superfoods – they’re the cherry on the cake. Not the cake. Follow trends for fashion, not food.” DISH DU JOUR: “Slightly crisp cous cous and chickpeas – it didn’t have excess fat and contained gluten, my favourite.”

Radhike Karle, Proprietor, Balanced Body

Pooja Makhija, Health Nutritionist

The forgotten rules

“There must be a balance between acidic (citrus fruits) and alkaline (proteins like chicken) foods. People don’t realise that when they enter your body, they reverse in action. Perhaps that’s where the don’t-mix-milk-with-seafood belief comes from. Lemon-glazed chicken garnished with mint leaves seems to be on most menus. It’s a perfect dish that balances acidity and alkalinity while mint digests both effortlessly.” DISH DU JOUR: “Vegetable ravioli with coconut and soya milk – such a refreshing, soothing and light dish.” Sucheta Pal, Zumba Education Specialist (ZES)

Eefa Shrof, Fitness Lifestyle Consultant, Supernova Fitness & Nutrition

Local VS Imported Superfoods

“Local superfoods are always more fresh, relevant and organic since they’re locally grown. Most imported superfoods are enriched with added vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. We have a large vegetarian population whose nutritional intake is far less. Local grains are pocket friendly while foreign superfoods are uneconomical and dispensable. You have to eat seasonal. Thus, local grains trump. Although, imported superfoods have gained popularity. Try quinoa, kale, chia seeds for instance.” DISH DU JOUR: “Kefir soaked chicken with organic red rice and brown rice flake – it’s a great blend of nutrition and fat.”

CHEF SPEAK

“I grew up eating rajgira chikki. Today I’ve used it to construct a granola bar in my salad. Infusing poha, upma, kumura or even unpolished red rice are interesting inclusions. People are aware of local produce but forgot them in the transit of fast living. Perhaps that’s why our Health Menu concentrates so much on local produce” Chef Glyston Gracias, Smoke House Deli

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IN OTHER ROOMS, OTHER WONDERS

Chef Luca (below) has also been a rare advocate of umami (a Japanese contsruct that means a pleasant, savoury taste) in Italian food. Try Parmesan, sundried tomatoes and dried mushrooms

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s Chef Luca Fantin wandered around Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market, he was confident about scoring the best tuna. He was after all a Michelin star chef sourcing for Bulgari Il Restorante, one of Tokyo’s most luxurious dining spaces. He returned empty handed. And perplexed. Turns out, buying produce… correction, premium produce was more than just a business transaction for the Japanese. “They need to trust you,” says Chef Luca, as we sip a sublimely chocolaty smooth latte at his restaurant. “I might have all the money in the world to buy the best quality of meat. But first they need to strike a personal relationship with you. To understand what quality you serve. I might be working at the Bulgari Il Restoranate, but what am I personally doing with their prized tuna and prawn?” Today, Bulgari Il Restorante holds its position as one of Tokyo’s premium contemporary Italian fine dining restaurants firmly. Chef Luca’s new friends aside, he’s also been instrumental in a few other, rather monumental changes. “The food I serve is Italian contemporary cuisine. It’s traditional in flavour but made in Japan. Japan and Italy have the same four seasons, grow similar food. But they may be difficult

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to find. Once I understood the culture, I needed to find the country in my flavours. So four years ago I started visiting farmers around the country.” That’s how he sources his porcini from Mt Fuji. Turns out, it was there all along, it was just that the Japanese didn’t really use it. His travels have resulted in a book, out later this year, a culinary tour of Japan through Italian ingredients. But what does this all translate to when you’re seated on the ninth floor of the Bulgari building in the very posh Ginza district? Very, very sublime food, to put it simply. “Fine dining is about precision of flavour. I study the ingredient well and present it in different way,” says Chef Luca. Whether it’s a perfectly cooked piece of scorpion fish, or a tender well dressed artichoke – this is like couture for your taste buds. Savour the taste, the sight, the smell, the experience. It promises to be unforgettable. Floors 9-11, Bvlgari Ginza Tower, Ginza 2-7-12, Chuo Ku, Tokyo

Along with Il Restorante, the Ginza building is also home to Bulgari’s sublime range of handmade chocolates. It’s a tough choice between Japanese chestnut and sake from Kyoto, bitter chocolate ganache with Madagascar milk chocolate


TRAVEL If you’re a movie buff

PAST PERFECT We give you enough reasons to consider St Pancras Renaissance Hotel the coolest campsite in London

Okay, so you haven’t exactly signed your movie yet, but you can still practice your lines at the famous Gilbert Scott Bar. Shah Rukh Khan’s massive hit Jab Tak Hai Jaan , Bridget Jones’s Diary, Batman Begins , Shirley Valentine and The Secret Garden were all shot here.

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ondon is that perfect balance between kooky and classic. Cool and classic. On one side gothic exteriors of buildings leave us speechless but then you enter inside and the menu and service is all too 2016 for us to believe its cover. The St Pancras Renaissance fits in perfectly with its fairytale Gothic façade and 38 chambers each decked out with their unique personalities. The rooms have old, but working condition gramophones, vintage looking Nespresso machines, and bathtubs that beckon debauched nights. Stay here a night and then tell us you don’t feel like a queen. »

If you’re a frequent Euro-traveller

If you were a Spice Girls fan If you’re a Spice Girls fan

band’s first This original all-star girls Britpop hotel. Now this at t sho was be’ nna ‘Wa o vide na shoot your don’t say you don’t really wan e, you really her sh sma Dub own version of a really wanna…

The Eurostar departs from St Pancras International station (literally attached to the hotel) and goes to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam (later this year). Paris, therefore, can be reached from the hotel in just over two hours. You can take in the view from Eiffel and be back at the hotel for a late dinner. If you’re staying in the Chambers, you can also enjoy the added luxury of international security clearance through the Eurostar Terminal at St Pancras as part of your stay. Plus how good does it feel when someone picks you up at the station, in style?

If you’re so over Soho If you wish you were a part of the Hogwarts alumni The hotel is literally a stone’s throw away from King Cross station, home to the beloved Platform 9 ¾ . The Grand Staircase, possibly the most photographed section inside the hotel, was also featured in the movies Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows Part 2 . Climb up fast enough and you never know which magical door will take you on an unforgettable adventure.

Dubbed ‘London’s new cultural heartland’, King’s Cross is the new cool spot to hang out in. Just a short walk away from the hotel is Dishoom, everybody’s favourite Indian restaurant. And behind the station, warehouses have been refurbished and reopened as cultural spaces hosting fashion shows and exhibitions.

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ME DOWN TO SLEEP… Despite disappointing food, you will be powerless in the face of the spell that Sri Lanka casts, inviting you to make it the last, most memorable, peaceful stop on your journey of life Words SIDDHARTH DHANVANT SANGHVI

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off for Kandy’s botanical gardens. In this tropical haven, through whose cloudy green of palms and bamboos hot winds whistled, I understood why millions of travellers are headed here: Sri Lanka, without the verdigris of war, is a jewel. This was confirmed when I landed in Galle, a zircon blue ocean spraying the promenade with blinding force. I stayed at Thambli House, deserving of a restoration and a better chef, and checked out the Aman Galle around the corner. Severely, serenely beautiful, this property has an old world charm redolent of Bombay’s Willingdon Clubhouse, an enormous shaded portico where guests of a certain vintage drink everything and debate nothing. I had an excellent massage


Cape Welligama’s clifftop spread offers some of the most soul lifting sublime views of Sri Lanka

at the Aman’s spa (but was bummed out when they did not offer the steam room: how can you be absurdly expensive and so cheap in the same breath?). Scrubbed and spiffy I trotted to the Galle Fort Hotel for supper, enjoying a totally wizard ceviche this side of Spain, and yes, folks, a club sandwich as my mains. Most club sandwiches are jammed with layers of bacon and lettuce to bomb your taste buds and mouth, but this was supremely restrained, well rendered, like an Alice Munro short story, light, layered, abundant. Unlike India, which has a genius for garbage, Sri Lanka appears as clean as a polished pearl. That night I slept to the uprush and swash of sea, and left the next morning further south, to The Frangipani. Here my villa – one of nine gracefully furnished rooms – overlooked blue waters that reminded me of the northern California coastline. As I sipped on wine at dusk, the evening sky offered a startling avian theatre: from the twilit horizon, thousands of barn swallows appeared in a hallucinatory incantation of flight. They were shore bound to roost. I was mesmerised by their flight, as by their unexpected arrival. The grub at The Frangipani is pretty darn civil; I never needed to leave, save to see the turtle hatchery down the road. The Hawksbill Turtles stole my heart with their brown and white ‘feathering’ layer. A guide told me their beauty made them extremely vulnerable: their carapace is in high demand.

The Vijaya Grand Residence is a peaceful oasis without even trying too hard

Villa Mayurana, also in the south, is up in the hills. From its remarkable pool I glimpsed the blue skin of sea. But here the water view is an aside. You are entirely shrouded in green, and when it rains – as it did when I was there – you are at eye level with the storm, and it advances in a shuddering grey curtain. In the evening I heard the Buddhist temples in the village reciting prayers, which made me wonder why religious supplication in India is broadcast at full volume on a loudspeaker. The Mayurana Villa, resplendently alighted on a hill seemed fed from the soul of the earth, was a highlight of my stay in Sri Lanka. Here I slept like I hadn’t in years, reminding me that the best thing about a good holiday is a great sleep. A lot of the action, of course, is down south, on the shore. And if there’s a crown property to this part of the isle it’s the resort Cape Welligama, which enjoys the most extraordinary shoreline and beach I’ve encountered in Asia. It’s a shimmering blue jewel of water at the foot of the resort, and when you are on the cliff, your eye vanishes into the horizon. I spent three days here, perfectly at home in its magnificently appointed rooms, all named after writers (I was, however, heartbroken there was no room honoring Michael Ondaatje!). Let me say something honestly: The food in Sri Lanka, on the whole, is not quite cricket. It vacillates between Discouraging and Can You Just Get Me a Large Ramen? Luckily, Cape Welligama was an exception. All my meals at its multiple restaurants were fastidiously excellent. » APRIL 2016

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Look out for local curries, their flavours reminiscent of India but in an entirely different world of their own

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Food might not be Sri Lanka’s main attraction, but when some hotels get it right, there’s no turning back from seconds

The best thing about a good holiday is a great sleep

Tropical flavoured cocktails are just a few of the many ways to attain nirvana

From breakfast, regular eggs done to perfection, poached in my case, to dinner, a sublime ceviche with mango, a delicate whitebait, and a robust crab tortellini, all my meals got the bullseye. Likewise, I had a brilliant massage at the spa and experienced such happiness that, briefly, I felt like calling my mother-in-law to tell her that, actually, I love her. The feeling, I am glad to report, swiftly subsided. In addition to an assortment of fine chambers at Cape Welligama, there are private villas with pools, and mine overlooked the bay where I heard great whales sing in the deep. So the next morning I set sail on a splendid boat, the Pearl, from the outfit Sail Lanka, founded by Belgian businessman Piers Pringiers. Pringiers runs this splendid charter company primarily to raise employment for Sri Lankan youth; it’s part of his charity supporting locals who lost homes and a livelihood during the tsunami. An hour on the white Pearl, I was elbow to shoulder with the noble solitude of the sea when the captain told me to look out for whales. Other boats at sea also raced in direction of the disturbance. Arching my neck and covering my forehead I glimpsed a distant fizz – water spraying up in a dazzling, heaving rush. The staff, who I assumed would have been immune to the sight by now, also stared feverishly in the distance. I suppose the scale of the whale, its allied mythology, was As dusk falls, the personalities of the villas change, turning into little pockets of romance and adventure

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enough to keep every prevue electrifying, and a lesson in humility. As we raced on, the whale put on what might pass for as a performance – its tail slowly raked out of water, rising up before falling with a decisive resounding thud. Once you’ve seen either you recognise it’s possible to be transformed by the beauty and mystery of what one encounters on the road: It was not the grand sight of the whale itself, but the private cosmology it hinted at, the rarefied underwater world, its timeless, fascinating lore. I felt this firsthand when Cape Welligama arranged for me – thanks to a fabulous beach club – to go out snorkeling. Gliding over a coral bed a few meters into sea I was astonished by a show of angel fish, swathes of minnow-like creatures whose underbellies reflected sunbeams, creating an submarine disco ball. I recalled John Steinbeck’s writings of his time diving out in Monterey, and how the disconnect from the external world was suitable impetus to fall in with his imagined truths. I’m not given to epiphanies but something of a sensible revelation occurred over coral beds. When I die and I am turned to ash and some residual dust of me floats down the long arm of a river and into the heart of the sea should I come to rest here, among this school of fish and in this coral, I think it would be alright, I think it might be something to look forward to.


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pon entering, you realise that Anavila Misra’s studio has the same languid quality that her linen saris possess – it’s simple with a mild cacophony that makes you feel at ease and has a lot of character. Think whitewashed exposed walls strewn with framed khatwa work and wooden floors graced by batik cushions designed by Misra herself. Identified by her organic cotton saris, not many are aware that the designer is involved in home furnishings as well. “When I started my textile work and was formulating my brand, I always had a part of home furnishing in my portfolio. I retail in international stores though I am going to start retailing in India very soon.” Bringing to her decor line the same aesthetic and sustainable ethos, Misra believes that it is an extension of her clothing line. “The colour story and fabrics are the same and the way I work with patterns is more or less similar.” Misra’s space sparks in us an epiphany of how we would want our homes to feel – calm with a just hint of the rustic. >>

Sustainability is no longer shoved into a corner. Thanks to Anavila Misra, it’s the centrepiece for decor too Words NAMRATA KEDAR

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GIVE BACK GIFTS Three cool ways in which the designer roots for decor with a cause with her home furnishings • She encourages local artisans who utilise traditional techniques like patchwork, batik and khatwa that find their origin in Bihar.

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“I have used leftover fabrics from my collections to create these curtain and napkin rings. It’s what makes them interesting.”

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“I created these pin cushions for my A/W 2016 collection communication. My aesthetic is simple, but this time my story tilts towards ethnic. It’s called Folk, and has folk inspirations. I have included elements like dream-catchers and pin cushions that invoke nostalgia.”

“These napkins are handwoven in thicker linens with a hint of zari. Zari is special to India and we see it on saris, but we don’t see it being used in home furnishings often. I add a fine detail of zari to make them special.”

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“This is my first khatwa design ever and my favourite. I started working on these four years back and my first collection was composed of botanical designs. I had a batik in indigo and beige that we used to create this. The khatwa artists usually use animated colours. They have the skill, but we honed it to make contemporary products.”

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“As kids, especially in the North, we played with handmade dolls that were hand-me-downs from our dadi and nani. Today’s plastic toys lack the interactive quality that I wish to bring back with handmade dolls.”

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• Her artisans are creatively employed to create dolls in their free time that she has retailed previously at Bungalow 8 under the name of Busa.

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T H E C U LT U R E C H A R T S M O V I E S , A R T, B O O K S , A N D M O R E , H E R E A R E O U R T O P P I C K S O F T H I N G S T H AT G O T U S TA L K I N G T H I S M O N T H

DROPPING THIS MONTH

Tahir Raj Bhasin and Nimrat Kaur in The Road Trip

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE A short film series takes on the four-lettered word and delivers it in surprising ways

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before, but they’ll always have an additional layer that’s slightly unusual. These films explore love beyond boundaries and conventions, breaking stereotypes. The thing that holds them together is an unabashed audacity to love. G: After working on feature length films, stage plays and radio jingles, what excites you about short films? AT: I love the challenge of making the audience empathise with you in just five minutes. The fact you need to put in so much detail without overwhelming or boring them. Plus, these have much tighter budgets which means you’ve to make the most of every situation. Like, when we were shooting The Road Trip, seven villagers who jointly owned the land on which we were shooting turned up and there was lots of chaos. But in the midst of it, one man arrived with a buffalo. And we made sure we got them in a scene. G: Which stands out as your favourite? AT: Textbook, with the kids Shubham and Shravni. We knew we had to be quick while shooting this one because we didn’t want to tire them out. But they were amazing to work with. Also, working with stalwarts like Farida Jalal and Kulbhushan Kharbanda for Scandal Point proved to be a great learning lesson.

Watch Love Shots on YouTube.com/Yfilms. New ones premiere every Tuesday

Starring Austin Pendleton A quirky and inspirational documentary short on the philosophical approach to the life and work of the most famous actor you’ve never heard of. Stars Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Ethan Hawke and other heavyweights.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness We now have access to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscarwinning 2015 docu on honour killings, thanks to HBO Go. It tells the story of Saba, a 19-year-old Pakistani woman who was shot and left for dead by her father and uncle after she eloped with a man they thought of as inferior in class.


Monochromatic MAGIC VS Naipaul might think of their work as ‘feminine tosh’ but we love women authors

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irstly, you should be reading books. Secondly, they should be books by women. April 23 is World Book Day, and it gives us an excuse to dig into our bookshelves for recent titles by some of the best female writers. Because even in 2016, there’s a noticeable gender gap in the kind of work we notice and review. Check out the Grazia girls’ list of the hottest books written by women that you must add to your shopping list. Spinster by Kate Bollick What: Bolick describes the wows of alone time – and her role models for a single life. Why: “This book does have issues, but the manifesto for the independent women it serves to deliver does have many high moments. It dismantles the stereotype of single women throughout history, and does it through a personal story rather a sociological survey. Shampoo-ad cover shot aside, what I loved best in the book were the passages describing the joys of solitude.” – Spardha Malik, Features Editor

We’ve spent long weekends buried in his books. And now, as Scottish author and historian William Dalrymple, whose interests include the history and William Dalrymple art of India, puts out his photographic work, we just had to have a peek. The Writer’s Eye – as the suite of monochromatic images is titled – was shot over two years. “Everything is in colour everywhere,” he tells us. “Black and white is one step closer to surrealism.” We invited the White Mughals author to divulge the stories behind three of the photographs.

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

What: From the one who spent decades in The New Yorker’s legendary copy department comes a memoir interwoven with ruminations on the nuts and bolts of English language. Why: “Norris’ part memoir, part language guide, reminds you that the dictionary is a wonderful thing ‘but you can’t let it push you around’.” – Dhvani Solani, Senior Features Writer

“I was driving back from Siena in the Tuscan region of Italy when I happened to chance upon this geometrical pattern of cypress trees that seemed straight out of a renaissance picture. I stopped the car and took this picture. I head to this area every summer – it gives me a feeling of being in paradise, like in the middle of nowhere.”

Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon What: If you were worried about whether you can shave your legs and diet – and still call yourself a feminist – this book by the super popular Grazia columnist is a must. Why: “Fashion and feminism have always had an uneasy relationship. Vernon’s manifesto of sorts is a fun, sparkly read that seeks to shake up your idea of what the big F could mean. Feminism, that is. And the underlying theme of being kinder to ourselves and others is something I wholly ascribe to.” – Vinita Makhija, Junior Fashion Editor

“This was at the Jameh mosque in Iran, one of the most underrated places in the world. This sees the origins of Indo-Islamic architecture, and I’ve always been fascinated by its ornate jhalis and lattices.” “This was taken in another mosque in Iran, a country I love. The mosque has amazing architecture amidst a bleak and surreal landscape. I was walking around at lunchtime and came across this perfect play of light and shadow.”

Ongoing at Sunaparanta: Goa Center of the Arts till April 5, and Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi till April 20

At the Movies The Huntsman: Winter’s War Chris Hemsworth is back as the huntsman

Fan A psychological thriller featuring two SRKs

The Jungle Book Mowgli’s epic tale in animation

Ki and Ka A romcom that challenges gender roles


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tep into the moment with vibrant and stunning jewellery pieces created with beautiful gemstones like diamonds, interspersed with sparkling rubies, emeralds and pearls. Set in gold, the collection comprises of exquisite designs ranging from rings, earrings and necklaces. Invest in these kaleidoscopic, precious gems that will bling your look up regardless of your style statement or occasion.

INTRODUCING THE NEW SUMMER COLLECTION BY RELIANCE JEWELS

Wedding season never really concludes in a country like ours, so why not steer into the skid with this stunning pair that is a complete winner

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HELLO NATURE

ith temperatures soaring and summer hot on our heels, escaping the city to be in the lap of nature is vital. And if you’re looking for the perfect escape to enjoy green groves, crisp air and mellow sunsets, then Karma Lakelands, on the outskirts of New Delhi is the answer. A serene Eden that is spread across 288 acres, Karma Lakelands comprises villas in both classic and contemporary designs that overlook grasslands, pristine water bodies and lush gardens, bringing people in harmony with nature. Giving further impetus to the calm, healthy and green living is Klub Karma that provides the residents facilities

like swimming pools, squash courts, a comprehensively equipped gym, a yoga and meditation studio and table tennis among others. The gorgeous expanse of the golf course only provides a greater backdrop for the serene lifestyle. With initiatives like rainwater harvesting and a Karma Day Care that educates the children of the staff, Karma Lakelands allows you a perfect, holistic getaway experience with a cause.

BRIGHT LIKE A PLATINUM DIAMOND We watch hawk-eyed when we see our favourite stars sashay down the red carpet and the 88th Annual Academy Awards was no different. More so because our favourite Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra walked the red carpet too. The star stunned in a Zuhair Murad creation pairing it with stunning baubles that included a pair of diamond front back earrings, a diamond ring, a diamond pinky ring and a diamond bypass ring all by Platinum. Other stars who rocked the rocks from Platinum were Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Garner among many others. Everlasting and a reflection on your own shine, Platinum jewellery is the perfect choice for any special occasion. Take a cue from Chopra.

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When it comes to jewellery, we definitely want to make a statement. This season we are trading our chunky neckpieces with statement earrings to dress our linens. Coming to our aid is Mahesh Notandass who presents us with a wide range of earrings and ear cuffs with studded diamonds. Interspersed with sparkly diamonds are rubies and pearls, the jewels combining tasteful elements with modern aesthetics. The collection features intricate designs fleshed out with precious stones. We know where our next piece of indulgence is coming from. APRIL 2016

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Jewellery is meant to spruce up your look, and what good is it if it’s boring? Don’t shy from colour, and experiment with lucent shades and lambent hues with jewels by Renu Oberoi. Crafted with coloured stones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, turquoise and aquamarine, the exquisite range is designed to put the wearer in the spotlight. Grand, yet intricately framed, these baubles are perfect for anyone who wishes to make a statement of elegance.


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Meet our new pilot for the future – angel therapist, psychic healer and author Tamanna C, who preps us for the month ahead with practical advice gleaned from the stars

TAURUS

ARIES Mar 21 – Apr 20

BODY: You need to eat right this month. Also, make an effort to balance your routine. MIND: Decision making will be tough, but when you stop seeking approval you will get clarity on what is right for you. SOUL: Focus on peace of mind, rather than what is right and wrong. KARMIC TIP: Focus on one thing at a time.

CANCER

Apr 21 – May 20 BODY: The lower back and eyes will be of concern this month; avoid exerting them. MIND: Take each situation as a fresh one, and deal with it from a new perspective rather than past experience. SOUL: Detach from other’s responsibilities to focus on your own. KARMIC TIP: Don’t take things personally.

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LEO

Jun 21 – Jul 22 Jul 23 – Aug 23 BODY: Stomach, lower BODY: You will have to work abdomen and throat will on yoga or meditation to be of concern. Avoid align sleep patterns. emotional eating. MIND: Be more open to MIND: It’s good to be receiving ideas and advice decisive, but avoid being from people. rigid with people at work. SOUL: Being tolerant Be open to ideas. towards people will SOUL: Don’t magnify allow you to see them in problems. Sometimes it’s a new light. not the problem but your KARMIC TIP: Channel perception of it that can your creative ideas drain you out. and energies. KARMIC TIP: Be Aug 24 – Sep 22 Sep 23 – Oct 23 more attentive. BODY: Make a conscious effort BODY: Health will be erratic, to take up a physical activity to due to emotional stress. Try balance your hectic routine. yoga or meditation to calm Ariens like MIND: Avoid jumping to yourself down. Emma Watson conclusions and judgments MIND: Be more decisive, need to without knowing the rather than going back and balance out whole truth. forth on what you desire. their routine SOUL: Be more communicative SOUL: Don’t impose your about your emotions views and ideas on others. and thoughts. Give people the freedom KARMIC TIP: Be more to be and choose what compassionate towards they desire. yourself and others. KARMIC TIP: Be Oct 24 – Nov 22 Nov 23 – Dec 21 more tolerant. BODY: Erratic eating patterns BODY: Your back will be can create unnecessary issues of concern this month. with stamina and stomach. Also, take care of your skin Avoid spicy food. and allergies. MIND: You may have a lot on MIND: You need to your plate this month. Deal prioritise and organise with one thing at a time. your personal and SOUL: Be more grounded. professional matters. Avoid getting carried away SOUL: Don’t bring past by people or situations. experiences/situations into KARMIC TIP: Be the present. more forgiving. KARMIC TIP: Be more discreet. Jan 21 – Feb 18 Dec 22 – Jan 20 Feb 19 – Mar 20 BODY: Listen to your BODY: Your ankles, feet, BODY: Avoid self-medication. body when it asks you to knees and lower back Visit a doctor if a problem slow down. Take care of your will be of concern. persists. eyes, shoulders and stomach. Avoid skipping meals. MIND: Don’t over-promise MIND: You don’t need to be MIND: Be more open to and under-deliver. It’s okay aggressive to put your point ideas and advice from others, for you to say no when across. Be gentle in your especially in areas of work. you want to. communication. SOUL: Explore your gift and SOUL: Channel your SOUL: Don’t get attached to what you want rather than creativity. Let go of what other’s problems. You can’t settling for things that people judge of you. always fix people or situations. makes you unhappy. KARMIC TIP: Be a KARMIC TIP: Be in KARMIC TIP: Be better listener. a state more assertive. of gratitude.

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LIBRA

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SAGITTARIUS

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May 21 – Jun 20 BODY: Balance water intake and eat on time. Skipping meals can cause weakness or acidity. MIND: It’s not about what you communicate this month, but how you put it across. SOUL: Don’t allow people to intimidate you and diminish your confidence. Allow your inner strength to stand out. KARMIC TIP: Don’t procrastinate.

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