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Innovative creations at SHAHPUR JAT

ABU JANI WEDDING SANDEEP DRESS CODE FOR MEN KHOSLA Leading Sculptors AND THEIR at Delhi’s Art Galleries CELEBRITY OLD DELHI STREET FOOD MEETS THE MALL CULTURE MODELS

Shopping Catalogue:

Gold Accessories Outdoor Furniture Travel Luggage Fitness Gadgets Healthy Breads Honey Varieties


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Volume 1. Issue 4. January 2013

Dear Reader, As the heady rush from the New Year bashes subsides and the typical resolutions start making rounds, most of us look back and reminisce on the year gone by and look forward to times ahead with a renewed fervour.

& editor Navin Berry

As a young magazine, only in our fourth issue, we are truly fortunate to have the much celebrated Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla as our cover story. They too, like some of the Delhi based designers, complete 25 years in the fashion industry, having created a most coveted and respected brand in India. Their association with the Bachchans is well known and Shweta Nanda Bachchan along with them adorns our cover page of this issue.

publisher

managing editor

Priyaanka Berry

features writers

Varalika Vij Anupriya Bishnoi

business development

Vimal Talwar

advertising manager

Aditya Choudhary

design

Ashok Saxena Neelam Aswani CityScan is printed and published by Navin Berry, on behalf of Cross Section Media Pvt. Ltd. Printed at Rakesh Press A-7, Naraina, Phase II, New Delhi. CityScan is published from IIIrd Floor, Rajendra Bhawan, 210, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi 110002. Tel: 91-11-43784444. Fax: 91-11-41001627, 41001628. E-mail: info@ crosssectionmedia.com This issue of CityScan contains 100 pages including cover

Most of you will have weddings to attend - we bring you a guide to dressing for men, with the right amount of shine and glam, a special attire suggested for each of the traditional functions that go with a customary Indian wedding. Continuing with our winter theme, we talk to Delhi based terrace garden design specialists who guide you on how to set up your exclusive rooftop; recipes for warm winter soups and healthy winter foods to keep you insulated and protected against the chilly conditions – enjoy the season with them! In our restaurant review, we update you with three cafes that recently opened in the city. Worth a special mention, is the Cavalli Caffe that lives up to all the hype surrounding it with exceptional décor done in true Cavalli style with leopard print furniture and stunning mirrors. The café serves food that is sure to turn you into a regular. We welcome 2013 with a lot of hope and dreams for a more joyous and happier year ahead. Foremost among our concerns, in times like these, is the security in the city. We pray for Delhi to become a much safer place to live in.

Priyaanka Berry Managing Editor

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contents january

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highlights… 12 ABU JANI AND

SANDEEP KHOSLA

Reminiscing 25 years of fashion

18 MIRA GULATI

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The Midas Touch

42 ANUJA GUPTA

Homing in with apartment 9

58 CRAFTED BY HAND

Leading Sculptors at Delhi’s Art Galleries

28 SHINE FINE FOR

64 OLD DELHI

PRIME TIME

Wedding Dress Code for Men

38 GARDEN ON THE

ROOFTOP

Creating your own green roof

STREET FOOd

Meets the Mall Culture

68 BOWLFUL OF COMFORT

Winter Soup Recipes

72 HEALTHY WINTER

FOODS

To keep you fit this season


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second floor studio 3

anand Prakash 2

wishing chair 4 UCO BANK

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SBI

August Kranti Marg

DDA Office

Sarvadaya Govt. School

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olivia dar 5

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82 DISCOVER MARKET

Innovative Creations at Shahpur Jat

86 ARUNIMA KUMAR

Tradition comes Alive 88 KARSH KALE Celebrity Speak

90 Delhi Speak 96 Health & Wellness 97 Bazaar Books

PLUS IN STORE

22 Women Accessories 32 Men Accessories 36 Him and Her 42 Home Interiors 54 Electronics & Gadgets 56 Children Trends 98 DON’T MISS

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Innovative creations at SHAHPUR JAT

Shopping Catalogue:

Gold Accessories Outdoor Furniture Travel Luggage Fitness Gadgets Healthy Breads Honey Varieties

WEDDING DRESS CODE FOR MEN Leading Sculptors at Delhi’s Art Galleries

OLD DELHI STREET FOOD MEETS THE MALL CULTURE

ABU JANI SANDEEP KHOSLA AND THEIR CELEBRITY MODELS

On the Cover:

Shweta Bachchan Nanda in ‘ALMOST 24’ by Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla Cover Picture Courtesy: Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla

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lifestyle buzz fashion

Wayfarers for travel enthusiasts

Lecoanet Hemant jumps into jewellery world Lecoanet Hemant introduces a collection of jewellery encapsulating a sleek and sensual style for women. The line infuses high fashion into daily use with intricate detailing and charms such as hearts, circles and stars. The label has combined cutting edge technology with unique craftsmanship, to emanate poise and grace. Where: Lecoanet Hemant,

Maui Jim India has launched Waterways, the newest wayfarer sunglasses ideal for the sun lovers and travel enthusiasts. These wayfarers features Maui Gradient lenses which have a shady tinting at the top that gradually gets lighter moving down the lens. These sunglasses are available in three colours matte black rubber, matte tortoise or the aggressively patterned olive stripe.

Claridges Hotel, Surajkund, Faridabad

Where: Bonton Inner Circle, E-17, South Extension, Part 2, New Delhi

Overture Judith Leiber unveiled by Marigold Judith Leiber has unveiled its first-ever contemporary handbag collection, Overture Judith Leiber, which is designed for the savvy, self-expressive, urban girl, who seeks statement pieces with an edge. The collection consists of minaudières, clutches and crossbody bags. Clean silhouettes are enhanced by animal prints, foil treatments, embossed python, and adorned with dramatic jewelled ornaments. Where: Judith Leiber, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Festive collection from Fendi Celebrate this season with splendid colours from Fendi with their collection of 2jours bags, leather totes, baguette, giano miniaudieres, peeptoe booties, suede pumps and wing belts. Where: Fendi, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 6|CityScan|january 2013

Bally’s first eyewear collection Bally has introduced its first collection of luxury eyewear for men and women in partnership with the international eyewear group TWC L’AMY. The men’s collection centrepiece is a classic aviator model and the women’s collection is best highlighted by a key oval acetate frame. Where: Bally, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi


lifestyle buzz fashion

Estée Lauder launches new limited edition range

Introducing a new multi-dimensional limited edition trend collection for 2013. Estée Lauder Pure Color Violet Underground is inspired by multiple cultures, styles and textures. Estée Lauder translates the drama of underground style fused with the luxury of couture, onto eyes and lips saturated in a jewel-toned palette.  It uses contrasting high lacquered intensified pigments and matte hues to create rich dramatic dimension. This range includes eye shadow palette, eyeliner, lipstick and nail lacquer. Price: Rs. 1,390 onwards. Where: Estee Lauder, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi

Oriflame introduces Hyper Stretch Mascara

Get younger looking skin with The Body Shop

Get dramatically lengthened and voluminous eyelashes with  Oriflame  Hyper Stretch Mascara. Created for those who want to make an instant statement, without damaging their eyelashes, the mascara stimulates keratin production and compliments the natural growth cycle of the lashes to make them grow stronger and healthier in 4 weeks.

Shed your old, dull skin and step into the radiance revolution with The Body Shop skincare superstar, Nutriganic Drops of Youth. Using nature’s finest ingredients, the product promises to bring a fresh glow to your skin while fighting the first signs of ageing and make fine lines appear smoother.

Price: Rs. 398 for 8 ml. Where: Contact your nearest Oriflame consultant or SMS Oriflame to 59994

Price: Rs. 2,495. Where: The Body Shop, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Ambience Mall (Vasant Kunj, Gurgaon)/ Great India Place, Noida

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lifestyle buzz home

Arttd’inox introduces its seamless range Arttd’inox launched the range of seamless cup sets, green tea cups and soup bowls to exude warmth this season. The design and forms of this collection is inspired from Indian traditional shapes. The motifs which are carved onto the surface through ‘engraving’ are the derivatives of the Indian pattern which add an Indian royal look to the pieces. Price: Cups and saucer Rs. 1825, Soup bowl with saucer Rs. 2100 and Green tea cup in two designs-Tumblers Design Rs. 1000 and The Belly design Rs. 1360. Where: Arttd’inox, B-77, Defence Colony, New Delhi and other stores across Delhi/NCR

Wall tiles for your home by Notion Add a magnificent and dramatic touch to the walls of your house with Notion, which adds an additional layer of material on walls and provides protection and insulation to it. The collection is well suited for outdoor use and protects the walls from extreme cold to hot and dry to humid weather conditions. Price: Rs. 450/sq. feet. Where: Notion, C-44, Sector - 2, Noida

World Bazaar launched linen collection for homes World Bazaar launched its linen collection of sofas and chairs under the label ‘World Bazaar Originals’, designed while keeping the Indian climate in mind.  The look is casual yet colonial French and light coloured wood is used to make even the smaller room look bigger in appearance. This collection focuses on the colours like beige, brown, natural linen and grey. Price range: From Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 89,000. Where: World Bazaar, 843/1, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Ghitorni, New Delhi

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lifestyle buzz gadgets

thiner and lighter iPad mini Apple has introduced iPad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch multi-touch display, facetime HD and isight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and an incredible 10 hours of battery life. Price: Rs. 21,000 onwards. Where: iworld, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj/ Dlf Place, Saket and other dealer stores across Delhi/ NCR.

Touch-screen laptop with Portronics With the launch of ‘Handmate’ by Portronics, it is possible to convert the normal screen of laptop to touch screen. Get the full experience of Windows 8 with this accessory for laptop or desktop. ‘Handmate’ uses ultrasound and infrared technologies, consisting of ultrasonic digital stylus and a small receiving unit. Now view web and mail, zoom in and zoom out pictures, play games and annotate on office document freely with this device.

Hybrid Ultrabook from Sony Sony India has unveiled its next generation of Hybrid Ultrabook PC- VAIO Duo 11. This new gadget puts touch and handwriting right at the heart of your Windows 8 computing experience. Write and interact with media and applications on the responsive, touch capable, super-bright full HD OptiContrast Panel. Make notes, sketch diagrams or ring key points on your presentation with supple responses and imperceptible latency. Smart text recognition converts handwritten notes to text for easy archiving and searches. Price: Rs. 89,990. Where: Select Sony centres and dealer stores across Delhi/NCR

Price: Rs. 4,999. Where: Galaxy Stores, Qutub Plaza, DLF-1, Gurgaon/ Elite stores, E-Block, Hauz Khas/ Janta Book Depot, Sector-12, Dwarka, New Delhi

Travel easy with the new Universal Adapter The Swiss Military Universal Adapter will make you travel stress free to any international location. The 3-in1 Universal Adapter offers a host of benefits. It has a compact design and can be used in almost 150 countries. Price: Rs. 590. Where: www.swissmilitaryindia.com january 2013|CityScan|9


lifestyle buzz food

Satiate your sweet tooth with Häagen-Dazs’  new temptations Häagen-Dazs will make the festive season more delectable with its Christmas menu with White Fondue, Cupcakes and Latte.  White fondue is an approbation to all the fondue lovers of Häagen-Dazs with a surprise of white chocolate fudge sauce instead of the usual dark chocolate sauce. The cup cakes are available in sumptuous Belgium Chocolate flavour sprinkled over with sparkling chocolate pearls and a signature blend of rich sensorial textures of vanilla ice cream and Dulce de leche steamed up with a shot of espresso in Vanilla Dulce Latte. This Christmas menu will be available till January. Price: White Fondue: Rs. 1395 + Taxes, Cup Cakes: Rs. 130 + Taxes,  Vanilla Dulce Latte: Rs. 295 + Taxes. Where: Häagen-Dazs, Select CITYWALK, Saket.

Mamagoto introduces winter menu Spice up your winters with the delicious, mouth-watering dishes like Java Grilled Fish in Red Hot Sambal Salsa, fragrant Sweet and Sour Tofu with rice, Succulent China Town Double Cooked Pork Ribs and a classic Sukhumvit street Pomelo Salad among others. This winter menu is available till February 2013. Price: Rs. 1,500 onwards for 2. Where: DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj/ 53, Khan Market/ Select CITYWALK, Saket/ City Centre, Sector-29, Gurgaon

The Beer Café launches St. ERHARD beer in India

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition is a limited edition single malt Scotch whisky created by William Grant’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman to reflect 125 years of the Glenfiddich distillery. It has been launched for travel retail, and will initially be available exclusively within India at Delhi Duty Free. It will be packaged in an attractive gift tin, presented with a beautiful copper stopper, a certificate of authenticity and leaflet on the product.

The Beer Café – India’s largest beer chain launched the Bavarian beer, St. ERHARD in India. A typical Franconian Beer brewed and bottled at Bamberg in Bavaria, St. ERHARD is a symbol of the German culture. After serving more than 50 different varieties of brews from across the world, The Beer Café will get the grand event going by offering its consumers an opportunity to celebrate and taste the launch of this beauty in India.

Price: $ 115 onwards. Where: Delhi Duty Free, T3 Terminal, IGI, New Delhi

Price: Rs. 600. Where: The Beer Café, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition at Delhi Duty Free

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lifestyle buzz launch

Armani Jeans opens its first store in India Italian denim brand  Armani Jeans makes its way to Indian shores with two stores in  New Delhi, at Select CITYWALK and DLF Promenade. The stores right now house Fall collection for both men and women including apparels and accessories. It includes wide variety of denims, shirts, shoes, bags and belts  for men  and denims, dresses, t shirts, bags, shopping bag and shoes for women. Where: DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj/ Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi. Tel: 011-41734949 Price: Denim starts at Rs. 10,000 and T-shirts starts at Rs. 7,000

Choose Your Own Gifts

Amit GT’s first flagship store at The Westin Luxury brand Amit GT launched its first ever flagship store at The Westin, Gurgaon. Socialites like Ramola Bachchan, Naseer Abdullah,  Anjana Kuthiala, Hemant Sagar, Didier Leconnet, Anupam and Charu Parashar graced the party with their presence. The store offers daywear dresses, top, trousers, skirts, jackets, evening and cocktail dresses. Amit GT has collaborated with famous Swiss-based company Jakob Schepfer that makes fabrics for Louis Vuitton and Chanel to design for the brand. The store will soon have such collaborated lines of accessories with many European designers.

DLF Emporio becomes the first to introduce Wedding & Gift Registry in India. It is an online service provided to help guests communicate their wish list for the gifts they would like to receive from family & friends, thus saving guests the angst of choosing the wrong gift, and the disappointment of gifting something that doesn’t match the receivers aesthetic sense. The virtual array of gifts to choose from is mind-boggling, ranging jewellery, accessories for both home and personal to fashion statement pieces from some of the best brands. Where: www.dlfemporiogiftregistry.com

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cover story

Reminiscing 25 years of fashion with

abu jani & sandeep Khosla For more than a quarter of a century, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have been dressing India’s crème de la crème, reviving dying crafts and turning houses into swanky homes. CityScan brings you a success story, style tips, glimpses into the past, present and future of India’s fashion industry and thoughts on its stumbling blocks stalwarts of style classique.

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eing a fashion designer is less about glamour and more about hard work,” Sandeep Khosla tells me from across a green glass table in his living room, which is dotted with such an indulgent collection of artworks, that it resembles an art gallery in a state of flux. I wonder what inspires the duo as my eyes travel the length and breadth of the scintillatingly cluttered room – larger than life vases are everywhere, and rightly enough he tells me that much of their work is unabashedly about excess. I glance at a pair of oversized turtles on a table across the room and the pair of cub-sized lions beside me and realise that homes and ateliers truly reflect what makes an artist tick.

Boulevard of cherished dreams

“It has been decades of constant toiling. I have had no time to rest. We have needed to stay relevant, to stay ahead of ourselves. We set the trends but during the time when we started out, there was no fashion journalism to report what we did,” Khosla said when I ask him to describe his journey thus far. He added that even today the origin of a trend is rarely ever documented. Milestones in the journey that popped into his mind included the revival of chikkan and ghera,

taking zardozi to new heights, dropping lengths to the floor and bringing crushed fabric into the spotlight. Memory lane isn’t lined with cushy stories only. “Every journey that is worth cherishing will have good memories, struggle and times that fit somewhere in the middle of those two,” said Khosla. Suddenly the winged, Indian mythological figures mounted on walls, the 40-odd angels staring down at us from the ceiling and the myriad Shiva masks lined on a roof-level shelf above us, become an extension of the philosopher behind this designer. He goes on to outline the harder times: “We met everyone through our clothes. Abu had created costumes for musicals like Grease Lightening and Alyque Padamsee’s Evita. And I had worked on some key people in Delhi – my Doon school background helped me to a great extent until then. Dimple [Kapadia] walked in one day, then Jaya [Bachchan] a few days later – they loved our clothes, and every association we have was built from there. Until then, the journey was not easy, he recalls. The story goes that Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the fashion gurus of today, didn’t snap their fingers and find fame instantly with a sugar-daddy in toe: “When we started out we had a few of our clothes, that shared space with creations from other designers, at Ensemble in Mumbai at that time. Sumita Padamsee, who threw the best parties and knew the world’s royalty, went to Ensemble one day and the princess companions she visited with, all picked out our clothes. They raved about them and wanted to know who we were but nobody would tell them who were, or where we could be found. She called Jaya, who helped her find us,” he said.

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cover story The coffee-table book, exhaustive as it is, represents only a fraction of the work that they have done over 25-odd years. “In the West, master-garments are retained and copies are created for sale. We hadn’t the resources to do any of that so a lot of our work has been lost – there is no trace, or even memory of it. We had even been ghost designers for a long time, and there isn’t so much as a scratch for us to recall any of those works,” he said. Most of the coffee-table book, India Fantastique was shot on location. There are limited studio shots and most of the to-die-for backdrops that one sees are homes designed by the designer duo over their years of decorating homes as a hobby. “These folks threw open their doors for us to shoot the commemorative book and over two or three years, we collected shots from everywhere – Death Valley, to New York and Udaipur,” he said. For Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the book was more of an indulgence than anything – Khosla, while acknowledging that no other Indian designer has a book, said that they weren’t targeting profits, so much as reach and recognition. “And its everywhere, in so many parts of the world,” he says, pride and delight lighting his face up.

Book launch in London with Dame Judi Dench and Amitabh Bachchan (both wearing AJSK)

India (and women) fantastique. Truly!

“Our clothes celebrate the beauty of femininity, they celebrate craft, and sometimes excess,” Khosla told me. He shared a few grave fears: “Hopefully India will not fully convert to western dressing. Our culture and heritage are so tremendously rich that it would be a shame to lose out on it.” He points out that the world looks India-wards, while some of India tends to forget to celebrate our crafts and traditions. “All embroidery comes out of India anyway – its just not reported, but it is a fact. We did mirror-work 10-years ago and it has seen a huge resurgence in India and the world over. India is an inspiration for creativity the world over – remember Karl Lagerfeld’s Indian silhouette last year,” he recounted. While they have evolved to also churn out a prêt line now, traditionally Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s clothes have celebrated the woman from the bride stage to the grandmother stage. “We feel that at every stage in life, a woman must feel beautiful. And special! The age-barrier is merely a stereotype. It has to be broken. If you flip through the pages of international magazines or Indian magazines

With Dimple Kapadia and daughter Twinkle Khanna

L to R: Sandeep Khosla, Nita and Mukesh Ambani, Amitabh Bachchan and Abu Jani at the India Fantastique book launch at Nita and Mukesh Ambani's residence

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cover story

The designers with Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan

The Bachchan bond “It all started with Jaya, she passed her love for her clothes onto our kids and then to her husband. She stood by us always, and gave us wings to fly by virtue of that. But she also brought us back to earth, when we needed that.”

– fashion or lifestyle, you’ll see clothes created and marketed for very young models. But as you reach the party-pages, you’ll see much older women wearing these clothes. And they’re the ones who can afford them,” he pointed out. Is he flattered that Judi Dench wore their creations? “We are,” he exclaimed speaking for both of them. “She wore our ensembles on three different occasions, and she looked so lovely in them. She wears them with such pride and grace. She loves the craft, the finish and the feel of the clothes, and it suits her I suppose. Note that she’s not young either... I also think it’s great that she repeats her outfits – it means that she likes them enough to repeat them.” In fact, as a designer, he’s thrilled when people repeat some of their creations: “Some of our clients preserve our work and repeat it some five or ten years later to be met with compliments galore. Many a times they say, ‘But I didn’t see this in the Abu-Sandeep store!’ Of course they didn’t, because the creation isn’t available anymore. Recreations are demanded but we don’t do that,” he added.

The wardrobe industry’s malfunctions

There’s several, according to Khosla. There’s a lack of global vision, of trained stylists and disconnected fashion weeks, besides other

stumbling blocks. “There used to be a time when people bought clothes, now everyone wants to wear them for free,” he commented. “I think that perhaps, it boils down to selfappointed stylists. You get hold of a celebrity to let you style them and viola! You’re a stylist. Most of these people are fresh out of fashion school and have never studied styling, they studied design instead,” he mused. Abu Jani and him sometimes sit together deliberating on whether they should, let up and give their clothes out to celebrities for publicity (so far, they have firmly and resolutely stayed away from the wear-my-brand-free-of-cost game) but the discussion usually comes full circle and they decide they’re doing the right thing. It’s not possible to turn out a truly inspired creation without meeting the individual you’re creating for, Khosla said. Having their team meet with the end-wearer’s stylist isn’t their cup of tea. Besides, they already have a substantial, star-studded following – one of our city’s top socialites, Shweta Nanda is part of this brigade. “Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma buy clothes from us very often. There’s Priyanka Chopra every now and then and of course, Jaya, Dimple and Amrita have bought our clothes ever since the beginning,” he said. He isn’t pleased at the industry turning a blind eye to the january 2013|CityScan|15


cover story because of a seeming lack of professionalism in huge opportunity – which also represents the industry. “Abu and I set a trend, it inspires logical progression – of going global. “Our people and then others follow it. There does designers need full-fledged, exclusive stores not seem to be much originality. After a point in international cities, all over the world. Most everyone is churning out the same thing. That of us, back in the days especially, started our is what I mean when I said that the origins of businesses with Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000. But trends must be documented,” he said. that is exactly what fashion is; a business and Just like he thinks the biggest trend today businesses, run on economics – we’ve got to is everyone-can-be-a-fashion designer, he feels give clothes to stores on consignment. They in like just about anybody can start a fashion turn mark it up tremendously,” he said. week. “There has to be only one, and it must But surely there are designers who have be the FDCI-run show, in Delhi. It makes huge start-up budgets, I ask. “Well, sometimes sense for them to run shows in other cities those who have the money do not necessarily but there shouldn’t be disconnected fashion have the talent or the dedication. Everyone weeks,” he suggested. can call himself a designer but where is the creativity? ” he answered. “It is the next step for Abu and me too,” he The TV tryst continued, “We really want to go global but Here too, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla we have no sugar-daddy backing us right now. wanted to be non-conformists. “We shot it Going global demands tremendous funding, about three years ago and it is still being aired. support towards publicity and effort towards It was a fantastic experience, a great high! But Sandeep Khosla overturning stereotypes. Us, and India’s true we did it differently. We didn’t want it to be design brigade, need industrialists to back gimmicky and we didn’t want the women us if we’re to go global. The sad thing is that on our show to come across like bumbling everyone wants to bring in international brands but no one wants fools,” he explained. to take our home-grown brands across the world.” “I meet hundreds of people,” I’m told, “who’ve met him in the He pondered aloud about whether the industrialists lack faith randomest of places and asked when the next season will air. I

“India’s fashionistas are a mixed bunch. Some of them turn out very well but there is also the confused bunch,” he said politely. On a little probing, he relents and tells me what he means by that. “There’s too many wannabes. You cannot be branded from head to foot!”

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla with Shweta Nanda and Brett Lee

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Creations by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla - from India Fantastique Pictures from India Fantastique: Publisher: Thames & Hudson Written by: Gayatri Sinha Photographer for Fashion and Fashion Detail: Ram Shergill Photographer for interiors: Deidi Von Schaewen

tell them ‘soon, soon’, but I’m really not sure,” he laughed. “But you’ll see something from us very soon,” he added.

Homes, not brand-hogs

Khosla insisted that their journey into home decor happened purely by chance. “People who like beautiful things are drawn to us,” he said. The duo immensely enjoys shopping for unusual things for homes, and get a thrill out of creating beautiful spaces. My eyes seize the opportunity to take a long gaze around the room that still takes my breath away, even after an hour of grilling him with questions. He laughs and tells me, “Look, this is more indulgent – it’s our space so we’ve thrown in whatever interested us. For our clients, we’d be more in control.” I want to tell him that I don’t know what he means by indulgent – it looks perfectly styled.

Five fast facts Three must-haves to be a consistent success in fashion for 25yrs: Hard work, dedication and originality Most glamorous Indian garment: The sari Favourite material: Loads! From Khadi, to chiffon, pure silk or cotton – anything that is pure. How much is too much: There is no such thing... It shouldn’t bog you down The colour gold is: Our favourite! India’s best style ambassador: Amitabh Bachchan

I want to ask where the wooden staircase leads, whether the metal statue of the South-Indian siren at its foot is supposed to be a clue, or just another inspiration for their creations. His dogs, Mithai and Cheeni are darting around the room and again, I wonder, is it because he’s got a sweet tooth? But we’re out of time. Abu is on the phone from London, and there’s too much for them to discuss. He spares me a few more minutes nonetheless, to tell me, “Homes must evolve and grow constantly. We don’t believe in a Rs. 5 lakh wall-finish. Or a Fendi couch – why would you need one for God’s sake? Buy a painting instead – whether it appreciates or not, it is an extension of you,” he said. With that, he concluded our tete-a-tete, leaving my head swimming with more questions, amazed at the mind and thought-processes one of Indian fashion’s geniuses and marvelling at their home. u Text by Raynah coutinho and photo courtesy abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla january 2013|CityScan|17


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The

midas touch

Since the age of 13, she knew what she wanted to be, unlike her peer group. She worked hard, planned for it intelligently and here she is, realising her dreams, standing on her own and leaving people bamboozled with her achievements at such a young age. Mira Gulati, 30, Mirari’s Founder and Principal Designer, shares the idea and philosophy behind the brand and also a bit about herself and her past which moulded her to be what she is today. Tell us about your past that shaped your career I am living my dream. My education started long back in college. I did my graduation in Entrepreneurship at Babson, us. After that I went to GIA, Gemological Institute of America, California. This was not a family business. This is something I started on my own. For me, it was important to understand what this industry is all about. When you want to get into business it is important to get business education first. Knowing designs alone won’t help you run a successful business. You should also know how to run a company. That’s why I went to a business school before I finally got into gemology. After GIA, I moved to Delhi in 2005. It took me around one and half years to conceptualise the brand and to decide what exactly I want to do with it. There are so many things which you want to do when you launch a brand, like the presentation, the packaging, finding suppliers, setting up a factory etc. Finally in February 2007 we launched officially. The launch was huge and successful and ever since we are functioning really well. I started off as a young entrepreneur as I was just 24 when I launched the brand. Though I did lots of internships in the US but I was always keen to come back and start my own work. My dad has been instrumental in starting this for me. In my initial days, at every step I would take his advice. He is a passionate individual himself, so it was a good team. Ever since we are evolving as a brand. We started with a certain vision in mind and we knew that we have to cater to the Indian market and customers. We have always kept the brand’s philosophy in mind. We have never been rigid and have always been flexible to make our customers happy. 18|CityScan|january 2013


designer speak After all at the end of the day it’s all about pleasing your customers. How did you get into this? At an early age I knew I wanted to do something related to jewellery. Of course at that time you don’t know what exactly, but I always used to play around with my mum’s jewellery and try it on. I knew it was not going to be just a hobby; but a full time business. This is a big part of my life; this keeps me going because it is something that I love to do from within. For me there was no second career. People around me have always been indecisive, for example they don’t know what school to go to or what career to choose but I always knew I wanted to do a jewellery business. What do you enjoy most about your work? More than designing the jewellery I enjoy providing exceptional services to my clients. From the moment they walk inside the store till they walk out, every miniscule thing is being taken care of, like the presentation of the jewellery and its packaging. Everything is checked thoroughly before it is finally brought to the showroom. We try to remain in touch with our customers as they keep us giving feedback post purchase. This way we can also keep reminding them about our new collection and build long-term relations.

Panchlara Haar

Purple Peacock Earrings

We have heard about re-designing and customisation of jewellery at Mirari. Please elaborate. Now, this is something we have been really good at. We thought that it’s not only our collection which we want to become famed for but we also wanted to provide something exclusive to our customers. Sometimes our clients want what we might not have in our collection. In this case I myself go out, lookout for stones and then my design team makes something special for them. In redesigning we take old jewellery which our customers cherish for sentimental reasons like some pieces that are given to them by their ancestors and they don’t want to sell it off but at the same time want something contemporary to be done with the jewellery. We take that piece, remove the stones from it and re-design it, giving it a contemporary touch. Hence, clients get a new piece of jewellery without losing the personal touch from it. What is the idea behind Mirari, the name? Mirari is of course, inspired by my name, Mira but Mirari also means ‘Miracle’ in Latin. I felt it was a good match. Not only that, it also rolls very well on the tongue and sounds international. It sounds romantic too, which from the day one has been a part of my brand philosophy that everything at Mirari has to be extremely feminine and should ooze out romance.

Yellow Gold and Pearl Bangle

Peacock Charm Cuff

What makes Mirari different from other jewellery brands? When I started Mirari, I only wanted to focus on selling it as a branded product. Six years ago when we were conceptualising the brand, we knew there are not many jewellery brands in India meeting the international standards. But today, Indians have become smart with the flooding in of international brands. Here at Mirari, our focus is to be completely transparent with our customers and to january 2013|CityScan|19


designer speak give them a product which is true for what it is. The whole package together is of an international standard. At M i r a r i , ap a r t f r o m using expensive stones and diamonds, we follow these international standards which make it a luxury brand. We have our own individual style. For example, from the last six years we have become famous for a few things. Like everywhere in our logo we have an angel wing, because the very first piece of jewellery that I made was this angel wing earring. It is something which is going to stay with us life-long. In fact in the last five years we have become famous for making designs of peacocks, which now has become like our signature. We have also won an award for the ‘Most Innovative Design of the Year’ for a peacock earring. Wherever there is Mirari, the angel wing comes along with it. How would you define the signature Mirari pieces? They are very distinctive and feminine. We believe in making individual pieces like bracelets, necklaces etc. We generally don’t make matching bracelets with earrings. We use lots of colours in our jewellery. This is something that I love doing. It has got a lot to do with femininity. The reason we use peacock in our jewellery is because it’s our national bird. So we take a lot of inspiration from our rich heritage. We keep re-inventing jewellery inspired from Indian tradition, for example, our jewellery is inspired by satladas, nauladas, which Maharanis used to wear. We also have made modern looking haslis. We have launched a huge new collection of polki which has got a Mirari twist to it. Here at Mirari, we make jewellery made only out of diamonds, coloured stones and pearls. Our collection is all about three colours which are most apparent in jewellery- red ruby, green emerald and blue sapphire. What are you currently working on? Currently I’m working on few interesting things. About a year back we launched the kids’ jewellery collection. We are in the process to launch its second edition. Also, we are working on a collection which is about coloured diamonds, like brown diamonds and black diamonds. But this is going to happen much later. What is the price range of the jewellery? Ever since we have come to the Greater Kailash neighbourhood, we have to be much more price sensitive. We are in a market which is full of jewellers and this market has all kinds of jewellery. We always wanted to be in the hub of jewellery. Though in a very short time we have become renowned, but at the same time we have to go a long 20|CityScan|january 2013

way. This place is great because it is a jewellers centre and coming here has given us a lot of exposure and new clientele because many people who come to Emporio, where our second store is, will not go to GK to buy jewellery. This market has lot of people who are of a young age. A person who has recently started earning and wants to splurge their money will always go for branded products or to a reputed shop. We aim for the same. Emporio’s boutique stands of its own and GK stands of its own. In fact to reach to the maximum number of people we have a collection which starts with a nominal price of Rs. 20,000. Being a luxury brand, the price of the jewellery goes to crores and if it is a customised piece it could be more. On an average, our product is somewhere between 5-10 lakhs. u by anupriya bishnoi


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women accessories

where the world is gilded Get a designer dose with their dernier cri collection straight from the fashion streets

Sakshee Pradhan

Evening dress made in dull golden sequins, on a golden net and gold lycra. The sequins are an amalgamation of big and small sizes, to capture the look. 22|CityScan|january 2013

Chanel

Gold braided tweed jacket and skirt accessorized with black lacquered necklace and bracelet, dark gold embroidered tweed flap bag and gold lace up shoes from Chanel Cruise 2013 Collection.

Payal Singhal

An elasticated off shoulder corset with a sequined high waist pants sports a narrowed look. This look also features a beautiful cape which is heavily embroidered with crystals and zardosi work.


women accessories

Worth applaud

apparels Evenings go loud this season with gold ensembles

Gleam Party Dress Price: Rs. 3,999 Where: OVS, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Gold Skin Fit Pant

Shimmery Gold Jacket Price: On request. Where: Mango, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi/ Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Price: On request. Where: Sisley, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj/ Moments, Kirti Nagar and other exclusive stores in Delhi/NCR

Centre Beaded Claustrophobia Skirt Price: Rs. 45,000. Where: Kanika Saluja Studio, 13A Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

Fantasy Mini Skirt Price: Rs. 3,790. Where: Zara, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj/ Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden, New Delhi january 2013|CityScan|23


women accessories High Top Sneaker with Crystals and Evening bag with Studs Price: On request. Where: Gucci, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Polo watch Price: On request. Where: Piaget, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Go bold with

gold Be a stunner with these embellished accessories

Embroidered tweed bag Price: On request. Where: Chanel, Hotel Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi

Gold embellished shades Ballerinas with jewels Price: Rs. 4,790. Where: Zara, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

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Price: Rs. 19,500 approx. Where: Fendi, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Shimmery pumps Price: Rs. 5,995. Where: Woodland exclusive stores across Delhi/NCR


women accessories

Studded bracelet and handcrafted necklace Price: Rs. 3,000 onwards. Where: The Silver Line, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Khan Market, New Delhi

Fit earrings Price: Rs. 8,150. Where: Swarovski, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Ambience Mall, Gurgaon/ IGI, Terminal ID, New Delhi

Stud earrings Price: Rs. 98,800. Where: Montblanc, The Taj Mahal Hotel/ ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Gold cuff

Purple Druzy Love earrings

Price: On request. Where: Louis Vuitton, The Oberoi/DLF Emporio, New Delhi

Price: Rs. 3,800. Where: www.shopzariin.in

Diamond studded earrings from Rose collection Price: On request. Where: Piaget, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

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skin women makeup

Glimmering hue for the

evenings Before stepping out this winter, make sure the haute gold is shimmering on your skin

Glitter eyeliner, Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Skin Finish and Pigment Glitter Gold

Glam Shine lip-gloss Price: Rs. 720. Where: L’Oreal dealer stores across Delhi/NCR

Amc eye shadow and Body Pigment Powder Price: Rs. 650 (eye shadow), Rs. 800 (pigment powder). Where: Inglot, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

Price: Rs. 1,400 (eyeliner), Rs. 1,650 (Glammer Daze), Rs. 1,350 (Pigment Glitter Gold) Where: M.A.C, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj and other exclusive outlets across Delhi/NCR

Le Vernis Golden Sand and Gold Shimmer Price: Rs. 1,450 each. Where: Chanel, Hotel Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi

Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil Price: Rs. 1,395. Where: The Body Shop, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Ambience Mall (Vasant Kunj, Gurgaon)/ Great India Place, Noida

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Pure Color Vivid Shine Cyber Gold pallet Price: Rs. 1,950. Where: Estee Lauder, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi


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men apparel

shine fine for prime time All the ubiquitous winter weddings present the perfect canvas to kick off your New Year in a shiny, swashbuckling manner. Take the lead by decking out in the right kind of razzle-dazzle; read on for cheat codes.

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inding an ensemble that’s debonair and dramatic at the same time is a daunting task, even more so when it has to be a somewhat seamless blend of Indo-western sensibilities. But a night of pure revelry warrants an attire that promises indulgent celebrations, so flamboyance and festivity is the key. Ring in the embellishments but know when to rein them in. Balance out bold embroideries with slick cuts to look like you stepped off the exotic sets of Octopussy.

Crystallized Cocktails

VELVET GOLDMINE The rich fabric is omnipresent this season, be it in the form of smoking jackets or shawls. And it’s most ravishing avatars come in jet black freckled with flaxen gold, much like Sabyasachi’s zardosi embroidered shawl which is an ace accompaniment to a tailored achkan or Rohit Bal’s short bandhgala jackets decorated with gilded buttons and mughal-esque motifs. For a more contemporary twist there are various renderings by Gucci and gang (other Italian majors such as Giorgio Armani, Canali, and Ferragamo), but the most exquisite offering comes from Dolce & Gabbana–a set of snug tuxedo jackets boldly embossed with baroque patterns. Add a stately scarf, a turtleneck, and roomy trousers or Jodhpurs to the mix and the result befits a neo-age Rajah.

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DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS Bring some bullion into the buttons. Take inspiration from Manish Malhotra’s couture designs that showed an array of closely placed gold buttons on sharp onyx sherwanis. Traditional polki and meenakari versions are the most versatile, but if you are feeling fanciful and your ensemble is in shades of cream and caramel, then ruby, emerald and onyx offerings look strikingly special. Stick to a sensible size of fasteners, avoid oversized versions as they tend to look gimmicky. A row of buttons add length and line, so a hidden placket is only meant for a tall frame.

Shantanu and Nikhil


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ho says you can’t have sequins for breakfast? As a sprinkle on your cereal it makes for a stunning flourish. In fact it’s the one day where you can get away with playing a gaudy gangster, albeit an Indian one, think Sanjay Dutt in Vastav; isn’t the showy candour of a don delightful? Adopt a similar route with neutral shades and adorn them with gilded gold or go for intense colour and lift it up with chrome accents. Don’t shy away from ethnic silhouettes like dhotis, pathani suits with salwars, churidaars and the sort; here’s your one day access to desi flair.

Metallic Mid Day GOLD SPOT Yes, lamé is making a re-entry into our festive wardrobes. Don’t cringe too soon, think of how cool Elvis Presley looked in an all-gold lamé suit. But lets leave that thought for the stage, the au courant way to wear this fabric is in the form of lowers — be it crinkly churidaars worn below an ecru kurta, or pants under a short chikankari tunic or as cowl salwar beneath a utilitarian kameez. Manish Malhotra showed a variety of trouser versions which he teamed with semi-sheer kurtas and embroidered jackets. The trick is to team this metallic material with soft pastel tones so the effect is dazzling in the sun without looking garish.

Shantanu and Nikhil

SHOE SHINING What to wear on your feet is a grand question when it comes to Indian wedding dressing. The most obvious choices are embroidered jutti’s which you can buy off numerous stalls in Janpath, but for more comfortable options which look ready for raiments and riches, go to Sabyasachi or Arjun Khanna. And if jutti’s are just not your thing, fret not, velvet grandpa slip-ons are a becoming alternative as seen on Mallya Jr multiple times, which he also happened to pair with a Shantanu & Nikhil sherwani.

Yes, lamé is making a re-entry into our festive wardrobes. The au courant way to wear an all gold fabric is in the form of lowers — be it crinkly churidaars worn below an ecru kurta, or pants under a short chikankari tunic or as cowl salwar.

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escend on the D-day as you would on an intergalactic battle where everything shiny and iridescent turns appropriate—no holds barred. No matter how much gold dust you have on there, it can pass off as grandeur. And it’s also the only time when elaborate jewels make it to the legit list for a man, so let the riches roll. But balance is still key, contrasts keep it real. Play with matte and shine and keep a count on the number of adornments so you don’t end up resembling a ramlila actor enrobed in way too many valuables.

Sparkling Ceremony

Manav Gangwani

BROCADE BANDWAGON It might be the safest approach to wedding wear, but when you see the alternatives all the top international brands have served up this winter, you will want to review this luxurious textile. Everything from jacquard dinner jackets to overcoats that spell elegance and opulence like none other–Versace’s lush sapphire suit with a single gold button is spectacular as is Etro’s ruby trench in a damask pattern. Closer home, Manav Gangwani too displayed damask in the form of black, white and silver sherwanis worn with slick slacks, while JJ Valaya conjured up a variety of brocade bandhgalas teamed with salwars. Make sure you maintain a trim silhouette and do away with the fussy angrakha for a crisp, current feel. TREASURE TRAIL Fine jewellery will lend your look a majestic touch. Multi-strand necklaces in rubies, sapphires, emeralds, pearls or polkis are most popular, but these work only with Nehru collars. So if you chose to wear a dinner suit then ditch the choker for signet rings which are a subtle yet stately addition. Brooches and kalgis are usually reserved for the groom, but baraatis can indulge in petite pins for collars and lapels.

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Tarun Tahiliani

Go for brocade with Manav Gangwani’s damask in the form of black, white and silver sherwanis worn with slick slacks, and JJ Valaya’s variety of brocade bandhgalas teamed with salwars.


men apparel

Royal Reception This season, everyone from Z Zegna to Brioni advocated two-pieces of sumptuous shades in slim-fit silk suits.

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hen it comes to post-wedding shindigs, the acute opulence makes way for something more posh and proper. And what better way to serenade celebration than a bout of bling–worn with a degree of discretion of course. Be it the groom or an attender, the key to swagger is not in the sparkle, so use it as a bonus not a base. Here’s where to begin and end your love affair with luster so you can look every bit as dapper as Don Draper, but not without the regalia of an Indian prince. SHEEN MACHINE Invest in a slim-fit silk suit. However, ensure it’s blended with wool so the sheen is subtle and the look modern; the same rule applies even if you are going with a polyester option. This season everyone from Z Zegna to Brioni advocated two-pieces in sumptuous shades of shot silk. Everything from charcoal to midnight blue made an appearance, but the winning colours were more offbeat, like oxblood (a black-red) and an intensely deep teal-noir. If you are not comfortable venturing out in a top-to-toe shimmery look, then snap up just a glossy bar jacket and team it with black slacks and a bow tie. Tom Ford’s silver version and Brioni’s champagne number are irresistibly suave.

Canali

Canali

BRILLANTE BITS Spiff up your suit with some attention-worthy extras such as a polished tie-bar, precious cufflinks, or sparkly lapel pins. Don’t wear them all at once though, while lapel pins work wonderfully well on a shawl-collared tux, a tie-clip adds grace to a conventional single or double breasted suit. Add novelty by picking typically Indian motifs for pins and links, such as an elephant, lotus, Hindu deities, amongst others. u by carol singh january 2013|CityScan|31


men accessories

On the

Right Track

day Wear

Velvet loafers with tassels by Canali Apron Toe loafers by Porshe Design

After the much deliberated dictum of “What Women Want”, we now focus our attention to the unattended men folk! Defining footwear for each occasion, we bring chic-most collection of shoes that would suit any mood and time. Driving moccasins by Salvatore Ferragamo

Easy Chukka shoes by Gucci Tie moccasins by Tod’s

Evening Wear Intrecciato Weave shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo

Penny loafers by Bally

Perforated Apron Toe shoes by Tod’s

Plain Tie Driver loafers by Salvatore Ferragamo

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men accessories

formal Wear Standard Oxfords by Tod’s

Patent Leathers by Bally

Plain Trim Dress shoes by Louis Vuitton

Jodhpur Waders by Tod’s

Where

Pattern Blucher by Salvatore Ferragamo

boots

Lace up boots by Tod's

Tall Pull-on boots by Gas

Fur boots by Bally

Bally: Store No. 225, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Canali: Store No. 223, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Gas: F 29, 30, Malhotra Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi Gucci: Store No. 105, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Porsche Design: Store No. 201 A, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Salvatore Ferragamo: Store No. 121,221, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Tod’s: Store No. 122, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Louis Vuitton: Store No. 101, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Slip-in boots by Canali

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The formal

Flaunt Stick to style with these formal bagsies

Office laptop bag Price: Rs. 9,000 approx. Where: Da Milano, Khan Market/ DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi/ Great India Place, Noida

Office bag with Royal Calfskin Price: On request. Where: Canali, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi/ The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Business bag Price: Rs. 1,199. Where: Louis Philippe, B-28, Connaught Place/ Select CITYWALK, Saket and all exclusive outlets across Delhi/NCR

Formal briefcase cum bag Price: Rs. 16,600. Where: Buck’s, Eros Hilton, New Delhi

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Kingsley Office bag Price: Rs. 8,795. Where: Hidesign, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Khan Market, New Delhi/ Ansal Plaza, Vaishali, Ghaziabad

Weekender Embossed bag Price: Rs. 14,900.Where: Lecoanet Hemant, Claridges Hotel, Surajkund, Faridabad

Bag with double zipper Price: Rs. 3,999, Where: United Colors of Benetton, P2/19, Connaught Place/ Khan Market/ Greater Kailash, M-Block, New Delhi


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him & her Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Crème PRICE: Rs. 3,100. WHERE: Estee Lauder, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi

Baby Lip balms

Moisture the winter drought away

The winter chills are not as good as they feel on your skin. Find out what suits you best Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser and Deep Comfort Body Butter PRICE: Rs. 1,900 (moisturiser), Rs. 2,000 (body butter). WHERE: Clinique, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi/ Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

PRICE: Rs. 125 onwards. WHERE: Maybelline retail outlets/ outlets across Delhi/NCR

Schwarzkopf Professionals BC Bonacure Moisture Kick Shampoo PRICE: Rs. 650 for 150 ml. WHERE: Haircraft, Basant Lok, Priya Market, Vasant Vihar/ Sasha’s Unisex Salon, E-103, Lajpat Nagar-II/ Marvellous Unisex Salon, SF-28, Kailash Colony, New Delhi

Verdon Outdoor Moisturiser for men and Marvellous Flower Hand Creme PRICE: Rs. 2,500 for 50 ml, Rs. 530 for 30 ml. WHERE: l’Occitane, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj/ Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Khan Market, New Delhi 36|CityScan|JANUARY 2013

Body massage oils PRICE: Rs. 675 onwards for 200 ml. WHERE: Forest Essentials, Select CITYWALK/ DLF Promenade/ Khan Market/ Ambience Mall, Gurgaon


him & her Tips by shehnaz hussain

Moisturiser for men

how to take care of your skin in winters

Price: Rs. 800 for 88 ml. Where: Call: 0124-6784900 to get in touch with Mary Kay independent beauty consultants.

Women

• For normal skin Mix honey with one teaspoon orange juice and apply on the face, to make it soft and smooth. Wash it off after 20 minutes. • For oily and acne-prone skin Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon curd and a little turmeric. Wash it off with water after 20 minutes. • For dry hair Mix together one egg, one tablespoon pure almond oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerin. Massage this well into the scalp and apply on the hair too.

Keep on for an hour, before washing the hair.

men

• For normal skin Take 100 ml rose water, add one teaspoon pure glycerine. Apply a little of this daily on the face to relieve dryness. • For dry skin on the body Apply sesame seed (til) oil before bathing. Immediately after bath, while the skin is still damp, apply a body lotion. • For Dry Hair Applying curd or egg 15 minutes before shampooing gives volume and nourishment to hair.

Ultra Facial Cleanser and Micro Serum Iris Body Lotion and India Hicks Island Living Creamy Body wash Price: Rs. 1,795 for 245 ml (body lotion), Rs. 1,895 for 200 ml (body wash). Where: Crabtree & Evelyn, DLF Place, Saket, New Delhi

Sanobar Hair Conditioner and Ayurvedic Night Crème

Price: Rs. 1,200 for 150 ml (cleanser), Rs. 1920 for 50 ml (serum). Where: Kiehl’s, Khan Market/ Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Price: Hair conditioner Rs. 650 for 200 ml and creme Rs. 895. Where: Kama Ayurveda, Khan Market, New Delhi

Body Butter Shea and Spa Wisdom Africa Honey, Beeswax Hand and Foot butter Price: Rs. 775 (body butter) for 125 ml, Rs. 1,035 (hand and foot butter). Where: The Body Shop outlets across Delhi/NCR january 2013|CityScan|37


home interiors

Picture courtesy: aakar landscape & terrace gardens

Garden on the rooftop A garden is an expression of one’s imagination and is said to be as happy as its owner. Picture the beauty and splendour it can achieve if created on a terrace! In a mishmash of structures in the urban city scenario, a terrace garden would give a plant lover, constrained by space, a grand area to spend some personal time. While countries like Persia, Italy, Rome and England have followed the concept of cultivation on roof-tops since ages, tropical countries like India are exploring the joys of it increasingly.

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e found professional terrace garden designers and architects in the Capital who spoke to us all about recreating an uncanny junkyard into a blossoming terrace garden.

Garden Fundamentals

While planning to have a garden on your terrace, the size of the space doesn’t really matter. In fact, they are constructed mostly on small open spaces. First things first, get yourself a structural engineer who will check the load bearing capacity of the roof. Annu Saxena, a landscape architect, affirms that the structure of a house is of great consideration before constructing a terrace garden. She says, “One has to see if the building has the capacity to take the weight of an actual garden. We ask your structural designer if the terrace slab has the capacity to take the load of soil, since it is very heavy.” Terrace gardens do not necessarily mean having a full fledged lawn on the patio. “While designing different terraces, we’ve realised that a few people need a lot of greenery, and others prefer a smart play with hardscape. Many also do it with a perspective of having a party area and tell us to create a buffet section with a bar counter adjacent to a lawn with trellises. We can also build swimming pools and jacuzzi’s.” Greening of roofs is another requirement before one thinks of growing turf on the terrace. Landscape designer, Kapil Koshal, Arcane Motif gives details - “Multilayer waterproofing is a must. This includes extra timber supports to ensure that the building is strong, filter sheets to prevent fine material from leaving the roof, 38|CityScan|january 2013

On the Contrary

While thinking about terrace gardens, people typically think about plants and greenery. There’s so much more to it. Kapil, who calls himself an exterior designer says, “I was into water bodies and used to create aesthetically charming Koi ponds – a huge concept in Japan and Oriental countries with fishes known as Koi Carb. As people started appreciating my work, I steadily, without a formal training, driven by interest started doing terrace gardens. Once I became an actual professional, I tried to make my clients understand that it is more about creating an additional space of utility at their homes.” According to him, having a garden straight on the rooftop might harm the home structure. “We discourage lawns on terraces, since they become very heavy for the roof and one has to use green proofing for it. So, a garden on terrace is more of an aesthetic feature. It’s therefore always better to have modular planters instead of brick and water usage.” Confirms Annu, Landscape Architect, “If you’re going to plant things, it’s always better to do that in pots, it also becomes a fixed factor which is not easy later to replace.” Note: Pots have to be placed in rows in east-west direction so that plants get adequate sunlight.

moisture blankets to hold water, and substrate – a medium made up of concrete, limestone chippings and other materials in which the plants will grow.” “If all this is not possible because of a competitively weak structure, we can always just do patterns with interesting flooring and work with dry features,” suggests Annu. Interior designer, Rajiv Mehta, Karigars Interiors, who saw a huge


home interiors

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Picture courtesy: aakar landscape & terrace gardens

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home interiors Picture courtesy: aakar landscape & terrace gardens

Maintaining the living roof

All one has to do is cleaning and taking care of the plants. Since it is an exterior space, there are a lot of deposits that happen and one continuously has to clear them. Also, imported exterior wood has to be oiled at a very nominal price once in every 3-4 months.

Benefits of terrace gardens

•  Reduces indoor temperature by almost 5 degrees. •  Insulates the building against heat and cold. •  Curbs sound pollution. •  Rooftop plants filter carbon dioxide and other pollutants out of the air. •  Controls storm water runoff, erosion and pollution. •  Saves electricity as AC consumption reduces.

Time and Expenditure demand for terrace gardens and thereby ventured into taking such projects, adds, “Make sure that you have proper slopes on the terrace with a drainage system in place. The height of the parapet wall should be high enough for human safety. Besides, check the building bye laws before putting up extra structures like pergolas on the porch”

Setting up the Home Deck

As Annu Saxena explains, “A good terrace designer has the power to create drab, sad plain terraces into beautiful spaces, especially in high rise cities that are so devoid of personal gardens.” We put down basic preparatory steps to build your own ‘green room’: ●  The detailed plan should firstly include a correct and realistic proportion of lawn, shrubs, ground covers and small trees. One can also work on the conception of a water garden or a rock garden. ●  Then comes choosing of plants. It’s advisable to use fibrous root plants since tap roots have a propensity to grow through the building. ●  One can start by spreading a layer of completely formed bricks on the terrace, according to the planned layout. The bricks have to be totally burnt (approx. 2" - 4") in order to facilitate the drainage of water. Corrugated sheets also serve as a good option, but should be positioned at a 3' distance to make the water gush to the drain. ●  Spread the wire mesh (HDPE net) on the bricks to avoid the manure and the earth from depositing in between the brick spaces. ●  Select light weighted manure like the mixture of the garden earth, manure and soil remains. ●  Position pipes at all places the drainage is expected to happen. One has to be careful more so, incase of large terraces with areas more than 500 square feet. ●  Finally put the soil mixture prepared beforehand to the pot, according to a level you choose and sow your selection of plants (Plants like creepers, vegetables and flowering plants are ideal). Other designing aesthetics like paint colours, swings, murals and sculptures can be added after. 40|CityScan|january 2013

Considering that one constructs a well designed and thought out place, with elements like barbeques, sculptures, attractive flooring, grassing, fountains and water bodies, wall murals, lighting, cost can be anywhere between 7 lakhs to 50 lakhs. The time taken is a maximum of 4 months.

Designing aesthetics

“I prefer working on households because I get to work on per square inch instead of per square feet. That’s how I can be more creative and accurate with my designs,” says Kapil. Discussing about the design element, he tells us – “The garden design depends strictly on the certain questions I ask the client before working on a home, the first question being whether they need a proper lawn on the surface or not. I have tons of ways to work it out without a wet and soily lawn and create a movable garden instead with colourful attractive modular planters.” Even according to Annu, there are two kinds of elements according to a terrace garden design – the green, which includes lawns and planting and hardscape, which includes flooring work, steps, trellis, loose furniture, sculptures, designer planters and other such rudiments. Speaking about themes, the sky is the limit. From ethnic, Roman, Greek to Egyptian and modern, each theme articulates a certain atmosphere. Speaks Kapil, “In my experience, only the people who are well travelled ask for specific themes. My work is entirely dependent on the client’s requirements. I design for you, not for myself, since eventually you are utilizing the space. So if you tell me to create a bohemian wall, I will.” “Mostly everybody wants contemporary designs nowadays in which we create straight-line design art. We can create Japanese Zen gardens and work according to Vastu,” says Annu. Relating a recent project, she specifies, “We recently did a hotel terrace in Agra and worked on a traditional theme, since they were essentially catering to foreigners. To accomplish the cultural patterns, we included elements like marble, carved trellises, water features with elephant and lotus designs.” u by varalika vij


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home interiors

Homing in with Apartment 9 A stopover at apartment 9, a chic home store brimming with all things pretty, confirmed our resolution to know more about it. We grasped the idea that when a business delivers the finest, it is the product which matters more than the recognition of the proprietor. The unassuming face behind the brand gets the best accolades for his efforts through the admiration of his designs. With a compelling spirit to know the story behind apartment 9, we sat with Anuja Gupta, Director, apartment 9, and discussed about the creative spirit behind the brand’s creations, their clientele in Delhi and what they enjoy the most being a part of it all...

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“There are two parts within apartment 9. One is pure retail and the other is interior design, where Mayank mainly takes up turnkey projects of 10,000 square feet plus homes and does all the designing for them.” Anuja Gupta

Director, apartment 9

he apartment 9 store at Greater Kailash N Block seemed to us like a brink of creative imagination. Passing through a choc-a-bloc of home art and designs, we found a touch of ‘wow’ in every nook and corner. The colourful Buddha heads - their signature creation, sat pretty, and we couldn’t fail to notice the huge embellished planters and pagodas. Climbing the stairs decorated with antique wall arts created by morphing old pictures, we reached the first floor, themed in silver and black. From furniture, crockery, wall clocks, mirrors and carpets to sequinned poufs, soft furnishings, wall papers and several fabrics, you can virtually buy a world for yourself out there. Greeted by the congenial Anuja, we started conversing while resisting the temptation to stare around this ‘luxury home haven’.

Wedded to Work

Strolling through the Bucktown locality of Chicago in the US, the travel enthusiast couple Mayank and Anuja Gupta hit upon a tiny but modish clothing store by the name of Apartment 9. Some period later, when the pair determined to open a home decor store, the name had stuck to their minds and was considered perfect for the theme of the business. Contrary to the saying, “What’s in a name? ”, the term truly worked well for them and has today become synonymous to excellence in home design and decor. While Mayank and Anuja were already involved in their family business of exporting home furnishing and linen, they found a natural interest in designing and aesthetics of home products. Appreciated for their design sensibilities, they opened a small 4000 square feet store in October 2005 at GK N Block itself. Having completed 7 years, apartment 9 today has found a vital space in the country’s top-notch home decor industry.

Creating a designer habitat

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home interiors other is interior design, where Mayank mainly takes up turn-key projects of 10,000 square feet plus homes and does all the designing for them,” said Anuja. “So everything from flooring and lighting to the walls, applications, furniture and accessorising is looked after personally by him and conceptualised to perfection.” While doing up a space, they source artefacts and lighting from other designer brands as well as their own. “The furniture is mostly from apartment 9, since we have a dedicated factory for it.” The actual home decor products on sale, the textile and leather products are all produced and designed in-house while other hard goods like candle holders and crockery are fashioned by the apartment 9 designers but outsourced from other manufacturing units. Speaking about the need for a constant revamp, Anuja explained, “For both of us, design is like a state of mind and we change our mind very often. So designs change every 6-8 months and it’s always thematic. The previous collection, for example, had three different themes out of which one was uniquely inspired by old Afghani Suzzani patterns and the other was ‘modern chic’.” “Our inspiration comes from travelling. We have taken a trip to the nicest places in the world and every time we come back inspired and energetic to do something different,” she added.

Creatively Dissimilar

For Anuja and Mayank, designs come from their hearts and they believe in experimentation. “We manage to surprise people, with the products at the store. It’s not the same old mundane things and it’s our effort to keep it that way. We want to bring new things to the table every time.” When asked about the favourites that they trade, she pointed out to the bed linen and quilts. “We sell a lot of these. People love

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our leather merchandise, like the sitting cubes, and a lot of crockery and glassware. We still like to complete the whole look... So when somebody comes to us and tells us that they have a brown room, we get them everything to match the ambience - from the carpets, quilts and cushions to trays, bathroom accessories and crockery. A person should be able to buy everything for that one space.”

The struggle of being inimitable

The attitude of apartment 9 forerunners is about “being what you are”. “We are not looking into market trends, what’s selling and what’s not selling. We just like to create what we feel is good design and will fit into a mid-end to high-end Indian home. Its affordable design - that’s how we’d like to term it,” resolved Anuja. Looking back at the time when there were only a few selected good home stores all around the country, each having a signature look, the pleasant entrepreneur lamented on a surplus of similar looking home decor in the market currently. “Unfortunately, I feel that a lot of times the Indian customer is not looking at the quality and design and is just concerned with the price. Especially with the markets getting flooded with Chinese products, it is difficult to compete and make the customer understand why a certain work of art is pricey,” she regretted. Anuja expressed, “Overlapping of design is inevitable. When we started 7 years back, each brand had a marked style of its own. So when a client was looking for a particular thing, they knew exactly where to go. Now that has changed a bit, because there are just too many people doing the same thing. People surely feels dissipated and even confused... This is literally the first decade of home industry in India. So it’s going to evolve and change and I think, the biggest players are going to purely survive on their own instinct and doing what they do best...The key here is


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and understand what they are, so that the design ultimately reflects their personality. A project completes within 6-8 months and can sometimes be worked upon for over a year. “In Delhi, if one person has applied a certain decor element in his home, the other one would shun it and want something diverse. And then in home decor, there is nothing called a ‘trend’ anymore. While some want rough stones, others want polished Italian marble in their bathrooms, and then there are those who use 24 plated gold plated tiles... Therefore, we can never repeat things. Several of these dear city dwellers want a design which they understand and gratify their artistic sensibilities; quite a few just want to please the visitors and spend profusely to have the most expensive things at their home. No two interior designing tasks are alike and show the contradictory personas of Delhiites.” Bathroom accessories

to upkeep your individuality and never copy. Just like fashion, home decor too has myriad people doing distinct work. ”

The diverse clientele of Delhi

We were expecting her to tell us that the Delhi patrons are particularly tricky people to cater to. Conversely, Anuja articulated, “One cannot generalise. Delhi is a city with many different layers of populace. So each project is different and has an element of surprise for us. Also, Delhi has sprawling homes, unlike Mumbai, and gives us more scope for creativity.” Mayank is in fact very picky about the interior designing projects he takes up. Before starting with an assignment, he meets his clients, so as to know them better

Future tensed?

The duo is happy with where they are right now and are in no hurry to open more stores. Both being Delhiites, are still to learn about the functioning and tastes of smaller cities. “In terms of the existing stores, we want to be innovating from time to time. In interior design, we’re very happy doing the few projects to churn out quality projects over quantity.” They even do a lot of shows abroad and exhibit at Paris twice a year. “We as apartment 9 are constantly trying to create WOW, and to create newer things. Today, there are a million people who can decorate your home. So when a client picks you over others, you have to make something special... Where the architect’s job finishes, is where our job starts,” affirmed Anuja. u by varalika vij january 2013|CityScan|45


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Outdoor comfort Beautify the vicinity of your house with contemporary furniture for your outdoor space

Raush by Fcml Hotel Supply Price: On request. Where: FCML, Sultanpur Chowk, MG Road, Gurgaon

Macau Red stool and Red Bamboo armchairs Price: Rs. 12,600 (Macau Red stool) Rs. 10, 900. Where: www.Houseproud.in

Domitalia chairs Price: Rs. 16,600 per chair. Where: The Furniture Republic, A-32, Sector-63, Noida 46|CityScan|january 2013


home interiors Decking garden furniture Price: Rs. 16,000 (table), Rs. 8,000 per chair. Where: Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S India, 105125, DLF City Court, M.G. Road, Gurgaon

Thaath Khaatt by Srishti Bajaj Price: Rs. 85,099. Where: www. designemporia.in

Bamboo chair and Bamboo Dining table and bench Price: Rs. 30,000 (bamboo stool), Rs. 65,000 (dining table), Rs. 50,000 (bench). Where: Indi Store by Alex Davis,143, ShahpurJat, New Delhi

Explore chair Price: On request. Where: International Furniture Brands, The Gallery on MG, MehrauliGurgaon Road, New Delhi

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home interiors Olympia Swing bird nest, Hagia/Daybed and Loha bar Price: On Request. Where: Idus, Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, New Delhi

Crescen Swing and Largo Price: Rs. 26,000 (Crescen swing) and Rs. 17,000 (Largo). Where: Avian Lifestyles Studio, 349, Opposite Sultanpur Metro Station, New Delhi

Alexander Rose dining set and Alexander Rose sofa set Price: Rs. 60,000 onwards (dining) and Rs. 80,000 onwards (sofa). Where: World Bazaar, 843/1, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Ghitorni, New Delhi

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bazaar ganesha Marble Ganesha with Pure Gold Paint Price: Rs. 43,500 (15 inches) Where: La Boutique, H-13, Green Park Extension, New Delhi

Wood Ganesha with Gold Leaf Overlay Price: On request Where: La Boutique, H-13, Green Park Extension, New Delhi

Sitting Ganesha in brass Price: Rs. 6,300 to Rs. 6,825 depending upon the finish (10X7X13 inches). Where: Curio Palace, 17, Sunder Nagar Market, New Delhi

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Invite prosperity, wisdom and good luck with your Ganpati idol Silver Plated Tabla Ganesha

Silver Plated Chariot Ganesha

Price: Rs.71, 710 (30.5cms X 23cms X 20.5cms). Where: Episode, N 10, Greater Kailash 1 Market, New Delhi

Price:  Rs.22, 470 (38cms X 25.5cms X 23.5cms). Where: Episode, N 10, Greater Kailash 1 Market, New Delhi


bazaar ganesha Embellished Ganesh in Marble Price: Rs. 5,000 (12 inches). Where: Rcube International, First Floor, 32, Central Marker, Ashok Vihar, New Delhi

White Marble Ganesh Avneesh Price: Rs. 8,500 (5 ½ inches). Where: Frazer and Haws, Shop No. 11, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi.

Orange Crystal Ganesh Price: 18, 60,000 Where: Daum & Lalique, Store No. 201, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Padmasana Ganesha in Porcelain Price: Rs. 55,000 (71/2 X5 inches ) Where: Lladro, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi/ Ambi Mall, Gurgaon ­

Golden Little Lord Ganesha with Vastra Price: Rs. 6,000 (10X11 inches). Where: Magppie, N Block Market, Greater Kailash, Part 1, New Delhi january 2013|CityScan|51


bazaar luggage

lavish lure

For those who want more than just travel luggage Ferragamo Travel Price: On request. Where: Salvatore Ferragamo, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Night Flight Trolley onboard Price: Rs. 92,050. Where: Montblanc, The Taj Mahal Hotel/ Hotel Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi

Trolley Pegase Business and Hatbox in Monogram Canvas Price: On request. Where: Louis Vuitton, The Oberoi/ DLF Emporio, New Delhi

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Porsche Classic Line Leather Trolley Price: On request. Where: Porsche Design, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi


bazaar luggage

Travel case Price: On request. Where: Globe Trotter, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Travel Trolley and laptop bag Price: Rs. 13,999 approx. and Rs. 11, 995 approx. Where: Da Milano, Khan Market/ DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi/ Great India Place, Noida

Highway Wheelie bag Price: Rs. 11,695. Where: Hidesign, Select CITYWALK, Saket/ Khan Market, New Delhi/ Ansal Plaza, Vaishali, Ghaziabad

luggage for every getaway

Carry the perfection along as you travel Victorinox Spectrum trolleys Price: Rs. 16,000. Where: Basecamp, Connaught Place/ Ambience Mall, Gurgaon/Shoppers Stop across Delhi/NCR

Essensis Wheel Travel Gear Price:Rs. 11,000. Where: Samsonite, N-15, Connaught Place/ Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj/Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi

Astronolite travel collection Price: Rs, 6,450 onwards. Where: American Tourister, E-7, Connaught Place/ Khan Market and other stores across Delhi/NCR january 2013|CityScan|53


electronics & gadgets

TECH-FIT Striiv Smart Pedometer

This sleek device counts every step you take and makes your fitness regime fun and feasible. (Read: 25,345 steps in New Delhi). The interactive pedometer includes games and challenges with a full colour display. It even connects over a personal wireless network that works over unlicensed spectrum for a short distance. Once connected, users can exchange their personal best and average performance and issue activity challenges with ‘Striiv Energy’.

Price: Rs. 5,500. Where: Log on to www. amazon.com

MotoACTV Wristband

This specialized device is the best combination of music and fitness. How? Focused on people who want to rate their active lifestyle, this part fitness performance tracker and part smart music player intelligently tracks precise physical activities such as brisk walks and runs, bike rides, sport activities. An 8 GB storage, 1.6 inches screen, Bluetooth 4.0 and an option to sync with your android phone.

Price: Rs. 1000 approx. Where: Log on to www.amazon.com

Technogym - MyWellness Key

Another unique pedometer in our count, MyWellness Key measures the intensity and duration of physical activity over the course of a normal day, wherever you are. It provides immediate visual feedback, constantly showing your progress towards your daily goals. Based on one’s lifestyle and personal parameters, it sets a personalized goal, which motivates the user to move more often and improve his level of wellness.

Price: On request. Where: Dial their toll free number 1 800 425 2468 (Delivery within 3 months). For further information one can log on to  www.technogym.com or www.geospafitness.com

Adidas miCoach Speed Cell

An in-shoe workout tracker, the Adidas Speed Cell clips on to a pair of standard running shoes and records up to 8 hours of data related to running speed, acceleration, distance travelled and pace. You can even participate in group activities by downloading it to a PC or MAC computer and share the results with other miCoach users. Weighing a negligible 10 grams, this lithium battery device can be conveniently placed to Speed Cell compatible Adidas shoes as well.

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electronics & gadgets

App stock There are so many fitness applications in the virtual market today. We opted for these to become healthier this time around.

Philips DirectLife Activity Monitor

A wearable contemporary activity monitor, DirectLife tracks both the duration and intensity of a user’s daily activity. This gadget is programmed in such a way that it acts as your personal fitness coach. Post a setting of balanced and achievable goals, this lightweight and waterproof device provides individual feedback and delivers advice on easy healthy lifestyle.

Price: On request Where: At select Philips stores across Delhi/NCR

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi smart scale

Here’s a scale that records your weight, body fat percentage and BMI and automatically sends the data to the web or a mobile app. With an easy set up process, you can connect it to your home’s network in just a few clicks and the scale goes online! You can even invite up to seven other household members to set up an account and compare each others stats for a fitness regime in unison.

Price: Rs. 13,668. Where: Log on to www.ebay.in

Nike+Running app The redesigned Nike+Running App for iPhone and android is an exciting option for runners globally. Faster performance and smarter motivational features through the reengineered nikeplus.com, and enhanced social sharing through Facebook Friend tagging, motivates the runners with insightful new features. The Nike+ Running apps link seamlessly to nikeplus.com. Nike rebuilt the site from the ground up in HTML5 for a better infrastructure, faster performance and smarter capabilities. The homepage features a new dashboard designed to give runners their key stats and activity summary at a glance. From there, runners can access any of the enhanced features including NikeFuel – which means they’re able to compare their activity level across the entire NIKE+ community; Goals – to keep runners on track and motivated; Next Moves – a personalized content engine that serves up training tips, helps with goal setting and suggests activities based on runners’ data; and Nike+ Places – revamped Nike+ Maps that offers enhanced social sharing and easier ways to find runs in runners’ cities. Compatibility: Android and iphone

Compatibility:

Workout Trainer This app has thousands of free workouts and premium programs that help you achieve your fitness goals. It encompasses thousands of free multimedia workouts coached by expert personal trainers. It will guide you through every exercise with timed, step by step audio, photo and video instruction.  iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

GAIN Fitness This app takes world class personal trainers and places them conveniently in your pocket. You’ll get customized workout programs (fat loss, muscle growth, balanced health) based on your favorite training styles (classic strength, circuits, yoga, plyometrics, etc) matched to your fitness level, equipment and available time. The apple trainers will then guide you efficiently through each workout with their own voice – including sets, reps and rest cues – so you’ll know exactly what to do, save time and get better results.  Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

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children trends

Kid's actitivies Fun Learning in the City

It is said that there is maximum amount of value creation at a young age. Children have higher energy levels, are less scared of experimentation and have fewer inhibitions. Hence, any learning at a tender age stays for a lifetime, and many a times, defines the lifetime passions of a child. We picked some interesting learning activities a youngster can indulge in the Capital region. Let your budding stars choose the tricks they want to perform this time around!

Educational Play at Stellar Museum

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odeled on some of the best children museums across the world, the recent Stellar Children’s Museum at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon is 10,000 square feet of pure fun and learning and offers a welcoming, safe, imaginative, child-centered learning environment; with over 50 interactive exhibits, a theatre, a café and a store. The seven main galleries by the name of - Invent It, Build It, Discover It, Explore It, Live It, Create It and Splash It, superbly impressed us. Each of these galleries has the ability to infuse a child-like spirit even amongst the elders, through its various learning concepts in arts

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and crafts, science and experiments, design and construction, geography and culture, pretend play and social skills and adventure and investigation. The children at play are supervised by experienced educators who are well acquainted with the curriculum taught at schools and have an understanding of the emotional and academic aptitude of children aged 0-8 years. The brainchild of Akshay Sethi and Anjana Menon, the need for such a museum was felt when the young urban couple came back to India after living in the US for several years. They found a paucity of edu-recreational facilities for their

children and found a similar sentiment being shared by parents of other young children too. To add to the uniqueness, the museum also boasts of a theater space which hosts multiple activities, like workshops on music, dramatics, story-telling and ‘Mom & Me’ programs for toddlers and parents. Open 10.00 am to 8.00 pm, seven days a week Rs.600 includes one child and one accompanying adult/ Rs.15,000 for an annual membership for a family of 4. Contact them on 0124-4665373/ info@stellarmuseum.com or visit them at 2nd Floor, Gate No. 4, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon.


Learn and socialize at Club Fledge

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he vibrant décor of Club Fledge in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon invited us to discover yet another innovative entertainment concept for kiddies. Bathed in natural light, the

key attraction is a synthetic ice skating rink where the young ‘fledges’ can initiate their tryst with skating, under the guidance from experienced trainers in a controlled environment. Club Fledge also offers interactive sessions and activities like computer tasks, do it yourself projects (DIY), stimulating games, storytelling, movie screenings and video games.

All these activities ensure that children have a superlative funfilled learning experience while engaging in constructive activities. Club Fledge has an in-house library stocked with educational tools, activity books, puzzles and colouring sheets. They keep dietary needs of young children in mind and are equipped to provide meals to its little guests during

Cook up a storm at Little Cheflings

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ow that junior cookery shows have become so popular, food preparation has become a trendy activity amongst kids. Being mothers of young kids in the age groups that now form the Little Cheflings' target audience, Anjali Vohra and Bhavna Kishan, run cooking classes for three age groups : 5-8 years, 8 years+ and a separate mum and child programme for 3 years + age group. The classes involve baking and cooking, mostly from scratch. Each cooking session lasts for 2 hours, in which the kids have loads of fun making cake pops, cookies, rocky roads, brownies, burgers, pizzas, mac and cheese, milkshakes and many such things. The sessions are very hands-on and highly interactive with easy recipes that a child can duplicate at his/her own home.

lunch and dinner time and on demand at other times. Though there is no restriction on the time spent by children at Club Fledge, the sessions are billed hourly. Rs. 300 from Monday-Thursday; Rs. 400 + Rs. 300 (Lunch and Dinner) from Friday-Sunday Visit them at 6th Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon or call on 0124- 4610606

Little Cheflings even does private classes for a group of 12 -14 years of age, and can design the classes according to their request. They also arrange cooking themed birthday parties for for the same age group where besides cooking, they organise food based and other games and fun activities. If your little one is eager to become the next master chef at his home, he can choose any or all of the special dates when Little Cheflings would be teaching in full form between December 22, 2012 to January 19, 2013. From New Year brunches to Barbeque special, Picnic special to Republic Day special, they have something new to teach at all times. Rs. 650 to Rs. 750 per class Contact them on: 9910010024/ 9810158663 or write to them at info@littlecheflings.com u

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art sculptures

Crafted by hands

Delhi is brimming with art and we just got reassured while exploring some of the art galleries, displaying sculptures by the best sculptors. Flip through to know exactly what we mean

Attraction Bronze (28 x 16 x 11 inches - Man)(27 x 22 x 11 inches – Woman)

Paresh Maity

Durga Bronze (104 x 24 inches)

Ardhanariswar Bronze (144 x 42 inches) Available at Art Alive Gallery

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Born in 1965 in Tamluk, West Bengal, Paresh Maity received his Master’s degree in Fine arts from the College of Art, New Delhi. He has held several solo exhibitions and prestigious group shows in India and aboard including the ‘Art  Stage, Singapore’ in 2012-2011; ‘A Mystic Journey’ an exclusive collection of his water-colour works along with the works of American photographer Steve McCurry, as a part of the festival  “India Calling! 2010” at Chicago Tourism Center Gallery of Art, Chicago. Several books have been published on the works of Paresh Maity including ‘The World on a Canvas – A Visual Voyage’; ‘An Enchanting Journey – Paresh Maity’s Kerala’ published by Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi among others. In 2010, Paresh completed a massive 7 x 800 foot mural, one of the largest in the world, for the T3 International terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.


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Untitled  Bronze (14 inches high)

Satish Gujral

Untitled  Bronze (96 inches high) Untitled  Bronze (106 inches high)

Kaali, burnt wood (60x60 inches)

Born on 2th December, 1925 in Jhelum, Pakistan, Satish Gujral is one of the most significant artists till date. He has won awards like National Award for painting and National Award for sculpture by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. He has also received Gyanender Nath Award conferred by Shanti Niketan presented by Late Shri. Rajiv Gandhi. He has also been awarded by Mexico’s Da Vinci Award for his lifetime achievement. Nine books of his works in painting, sculptures drawing and architecture have been published in India including his biography ‘A Brush with Life’. Articles authored by himself and international critics have appeared in leading national and international journals through decades. His design of Belgium Embassy building not only won him Belgium’s highest honour ‘The Order of The Crown’ but also this building was chosen by International Jury on Architecture among 1000 best architectural piece in the world built in the 19th century.

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art sculptures

Untitled (Head) Terracotta (15 x 7.5 x 8.5 inches/ 38.1 x 19 x 21.6 cm)

Untitled (Head) Terracotta and gold leaf (18 x 6 x 10 inches/ 45.7 x 15.2 x 25.4 cm)

Himmat Shah Born in Lothal village in Gujarat, one of the sites of the Harappan civilisation, Himmat Shah’s long term engagement with terracotta traces its roots to the place, seen especially in his sculptural series of Heads. Going against the grain of his Jain mercantile family, Shah chose art, graduating from the Sir J. J. School of Art. He also studied painting at M.S. University, Baroda, and then spent two years in Paris under S.W. Hayter, interacting with European modernism. A versatile artist, Shah has experimented across forms and mediums, making burnt paper collages, architectural murals, drawings and sculptures, though he sees himself primarily as a sculptor.

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Untitled 1982 Terracotta (11 x 9 inches/ 27.9 x 22.9 cm) Available at Delhi Art Gallery


art sculptures Untitled (Egg Family) Bronze  (8.0 x 9.5 x 7.7 inches/ 20.3 x 24.1 x 19.6 cm)

Pradosh Das Gupta 1912–1991

Cradles Bronze  (14.0 x 16.2 x 8.5 inches / 35.5 x 41.0 x 21.5)

Genesis II Bronze (28.5 x 16 x 14 inches/ 72.4 x 40.6 x 35.6 cm)

Born in Dhaka, Prodosh Das Gupta graduated from Calcutta University before going on to study sculpture under Hironmoy Roy Chowdary and D. P. Roy Chowdhury in Lucknow and Madras. A member of the Calcutta Group, Das Gupta also studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Ecole de Grand Schaumere in Paris before setting up his studio in Calcutta in 1940. Stemming from his belief that contemporary Indian sculpture did not grow from any definite root, Das Gupta searched for a sculptural form that would express contemporary ideas while preserving prana – the inherent life-force of traditional Indian sculpture. He found his inspiration in the fluid rhythm and gliding forms of Western masters Rodin, Brancusi, Arp and Henry Moore. Das Gupta created his figures by physically engaging with the material, playing with a lump of clay without any preconceived notion. His figures, sometimes in a realistic fashion, sometimes in a near-abstract form, emerged in the process of action – squeezing, twisting, rolling, flattening and pinching.

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art sculptures Untitled Terracotta (20.2 x 11.7 x 8.5 inches/ 51.3 x 29.7 x 21.6 cm)

Chintamani Kar 1915-2005

Untitled Terracotta (23.2 x 8.5 x 7.2 inches/ 58.9 x 21.6 x 18.3 cm) Untitled Bronze  (34.7 x 29 x 23 inches/ 88.1 x 73.7 x 58.4 cm) Untitled Bronze  (15.5 x 36 x 17.5 inches/ 39.4 x 91.4 x 44.4 cm)

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Born in Kharagpur, West Bengal, Chintamani Kar received initial training in sculpture from a traditional Orissan sthapati, a temple-carver. He learnt painting at the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta, under Kshitindranath Majumdar, who was among the initiators of the revivalist movement of the Neo-Bengal School. Kar’s exposure to Western art during his stay in Paris in 1938-39, transformed him. He adopted modelling and sculpting, studying under Professor R. Wlerickat at Académie de Chaumiére and mastered stone carving at the atelier of Professor Victor Giovanelli. Kar’s subsequent disenchantment with the Neo-Bengal school was followed by ten productive years in England where he set up his studio after taking a five-year break from teaching at the University of Calcutta, followed by the Delhi Polytechnic. In sharing an affinity and resemblance with the ideas of Henry Moore and in the sensibility and kinetic energy of Rodin, Kar was to prove himself amongst the most talented sculptors of Indian modern art. u


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food zone

Old Delhi

street food

meets the mall culture

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Picture the olden days when a serving of hot jalebis couldn’t just be bought, but had to be won after battling early morning queues in the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Now take a look around and breathe in the aromas of the new Old Delhi experience when you step into a mall. That’s right. The quest to bring everything under one roof and modernize the traditional bazaar concept through malls has slowly built up on that invaluable factor that ensures customer satisfaction – food, and Indian shoppers are being treated to more options than ever before, with food courts that cater to every imaginable taste and whim. It is hard to overlook the usual pizza and coke combination when in a food court, but absolutely impossible to ignore the spread of Indian food specialty outlets that have cropped up over the past few years. It all started when companies from abroad realized the need to ‘Indianize’ their products for better sales. They gave them Indian names, correlated Western dishes with desi counterparts and it worked. The real turn of events, however, took place when malls changed from being youth hotspots to family destinations and since the customer is king, the king’s demand for Indian food had to be met. One cannot deny that when change comes to Delhi, it comes in style. It can’t be easy to convert traditional food into fast food or make street food seem perfectly natural inside a mall, but it’s been done and how!


Veg biryani at Tikka Town

Non-veg Thali at Tikka Town

Chicken roll at Tikka Town

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hat really stands out at the DLF Promenade food court is how unabashedly it pledges its fondness for the origins of Indian street food. Counters with names like Tikka Town and Gali Paranthe Wali immediately transport the customer to memories of street food, thus building up anticipation and excitement. The Tandoori Samplers (Veg Rs. 199, Non-Veg Rs. 249), served with dal makhni and naan are the major favorites at Tikka Town, closely followed by the Thaalis (Veg Rs. 179, Non-Veg Rs. 199) that pack a rather wholesome meal in a single serving. Even the biryani (Veg Rs. 129, Non-Veg Rs. 159), here is served with burhani raita, giving the much loved authentic Hyderabadi taste to the food. Easily a one-stop-destination for foodies; it serves chaat, jaljira, gulab jamuns and even kaathi rolls besides the usual suspects. Gali Paranthe Wali surely lives up to its name with over 80 different types of paranthas of prices ranging from Rs. 140-195. Chur Chur paranthas, usually associated with inconspicuous street vendors, are served here under the roof of one of the busiest malls in NCR. The non-vegetarian stuffed paranthas are served with chicken gravy, onion, chutney and pickle and the vegetarian ones with chhole instead of gravy. The main difference between your regular street parantha wala and this shop is the fact that Gali Paranthe Wali offers patrons a choice between crispy tawa

and healthy diet paranthas rather than a standard kind for all. The clay oven specialty tikkas (prices between Rs. 160-340) are popular choices at the food court. Dessert too, is a parantha here! Try the coconut khoya parantha (Rs. 100) or the shahi rabri parantha (Rs. 130) if you have a sweet tooth. If you associate dessert with something cold and sweet in the chilly Delhi winter, give King’s Kulfi a try. A kiosk dedicated mainly to kulfis (starting from Rs. 40), it serves practically every kind imaginable. The kesar pista kulfi is the pride of the store and sells the most. Kids seem to relish the strawberry, black currant and butterscotch flavours while exotic kulfi options include khajoo, anjeer and even paan. Veg Amritsari Parantha at Gali Paranthe Wali

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Murg Makhani at State of Punjab

select citywalk Saket

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tate of Punjab offers a compact selection of typical Punjabi food. Visitors can choose between a heavy meal and one that offers a light, almost home-prepared feel. Light on the pocket, State of Punjab’s prices vary from Rs. 25- Rs. 215. The meal combinations are the most sought after and many customers have

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been known to enjoy the exceptionally well prepared Murgh Makhani (Rs. 170). If you’re looking for a crispy, light dosa that melts in your mouth, go to Not Just Dosas. One of the only food-court outlets specializing in South Indian food, this place will give you exactly what you want and probably introduce you Delhi Tawa Aloo Chaat to dishes you never knew at Chaat Bazaar existed. Besides the regular plain (Rs. 85) or masala (Rs. 105) dosas, break off a bit of a Cheese Uttapam (Rs. 105) for a burst of flavors in the mouth. The prices are well set and the menu isn’t too long to spoil you for choice but at the same time, satisfies the taste buds. Chaat Bazaar is tailor-made for the chaat enthusiasts at Select CityWalk. The single page menu is cleverly partitioned into thandi chaat and garam chaat, calling out to the adventurous side of every Delhiite. Raj Kachori (Rs. 65), Delhi Tawa Aloo Chaat ( Rs. 60) and Pani Puri (Rs. 45) are heavy sellers and are known to live up to the high chaat standards of Raj Kachori at Chaat Bazaar the Capital.


Mutton Galoutti at Urban Tikka

Chicken Shish Kebab at Ala Turka

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the Lamb Doner Kebab Platter (Rs. 270) to Chicken Shish Kebab Rolls (Rs. 200). Delhi has been known to love anything served with hummus, so the success of this outlet is no big surprise. It doesn’t get more traditional than Punjabi food in Delhi, given the collective Aloo Tikka at Haldirams love for the cuisine. Punjabi by Nature Express- the food court version of the restaurant gives you a taste of Punjab without asking for the extended time a butter chicken, dal makahni and naan lunch usually needs. Pick from any of the carefully thought out combos or platters for a fun meal that doesn’t cut into your shopping time. The Express Thali (Veg. Rs. 210 Non-Veg Rs. 240) served with dessert, is highly recommended. u Text by Shirin rai gupta. Photos by Mahesh Singh Picture courtesy: Punjabi by Nature

household name, ‘Haldiram’s’ can be found at more than one food court. It serves practically everything from lassi (Rs. 60) to palak patta chaat (Rs. 62). Not a place to count calories at, Haldiram’s continues to serve some of the finest pao bhaji and chhole bhature (Rs. 82) in town, with an extra dollop of butter, if you so desire. The chaat menu has been named ‘Chandni Chowk ka Chatka’, leaving no doubt about the source of inspiration for its alu tikkis (Rs. 46) and dahi bhallas (Rs. 62). The gol gappas come neatly packed in plastic wrap besides little containers with the fillings and jaljira, warding off the hygiene fears that plague every chaat lover. Employees and customers unanimously agree that the kaju barfi (Rs. 651/kg) is a common favourite that never goes out of demand. With the winter getting colder by the day, sizzling moong daal halwas (Rs. 42) and gulab jamuns (Rs. 40) have replaced the kulfis on most trays. Despite the number of options made available to Delhi, the queue outside Haldiram’s is undoubtedly the longest. The classic Indian quick bite, the kathi roll has found its way into malls through Urban Kathi, which sells rolls, kebabs and even paranthas. The menu features a few unconventional but interesting options in the butter chicken kathi (Rs. 139) and the tandoori aloo kathi (Rs. 99). Along similar lines, Ala Turka offers the sumptuous Arab preparation that India has embraced with enthusiasm and made its own: the Shawarma. Visit Non-veg Thali at Punjabi by Nature for a plethora of options that vary from

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Bowlful of Comfort

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While it’s time to wrap up warm, it is also time to dig up the pots and try a few soup recipes. We made some of the best chefs in town cook wholesome steamy soups for us. Try these recipes for your winterweary palate and soothe your soul with these hearty preparations.

illustration: Anirban Bora


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Ribollita (Twice cooked Tuscan Minestrone) By Head Chef, Bill

Marchetti, Spaghetti Kitchen

Serves 6

Ingredients • 200 grams dried cannellini beans (soak the night before) or 300gms of canned beans, rinsed and drained • 50 ml olive oil • 300 grams diced onion • 15 grams cloves of fresh garlic, minced • 200grams diced carrots • 60 grams sliced celery • 100g Swiss Chard, remove the green leaves from the stem and coarsely chop; slice the stalk in a similar way to the celery • 60 grams diced fennel • 80 grams diced potatoes (peeled) • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes • 800grams diced tomatoes • 100 grams chopped Tuscan kale chopped • 30 grams fresh chopped basil leaves • 1 litre vegetable stock • 100 grams sourdough bread cubes, crusts removed • 80 grams grated parmesan cheese • A drizzle of premium extra virgin olive oil

Method

☛  In a large bowl, cover the Cannellini beans with cold water, keep it to soak overnight. ☛  Drain the beans and place them in a large pot with 2 litres of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for

Texture: Creamy and broth-like Taste: Tangy Preparation Time: 30 minutes

an hour. Add 1 tsp salt and cook till soft. Set the beans aside in their liquid to cool. ☛  In a pan, add oil to the pot and cook onions until translucent over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add carrots, celery, Swiss chard stalks, potatoes, fennel, salt, black pepper and chilly flakes . Cook until vegetables are tender, for about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, kale, Swiss chard leaves and basil and simmer another 8 to 10 minutes. ☛  Puree half of the beans with a little of the liquid in a blender.  Add bean puree to the

pot with the vegetables. Then add the remaining whole beans. ☛  Add vegetable stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes. ☛  Leave to rest overnight. Reheat the soup, which will be quite thick by now. ☛  Add bread cubes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with a little more premium extra virgin olive oil and extra chopped basil to garnish.

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Peeli Mirch and Smoked Salmon Soup By Executive Sous Chef, Shahsul Smoke House Deli

Serves 2

Ingredients • 1 tsp onion chopped • Garlic - 1 clove • 1 tsp celery chopped • 1tsp leeks chopped • 5 gms peeli mirch • 40 gms potato diced • 30 gms salmon • 300ml fish stock • 1/2 tsp black pepper • 20ml cream • 1tsp dill chopped • 15ml white wine

Method ☛  Take a heavy base pan and sauté the onion, garlic, leeks

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Wahid, Smoke House Grill and

and celery till transparent.

☛  Add the white wine and

peeli mirch. ☛  Add half of the fish stock and diced potato and simmer till potatoes are cooked. ☛  Add smoked salmon and simmer for another 3 minutes. ☛  Cool the mixture down and make a puree taking some of the potatoes and salmon out for garnish.  ☛  In another pan, add the puree, the rest of the fish stock, salt, black pepper and fresh cream. ☛  Next, add the reserved chunks of potato, salmon and chopped dill. ☛  Serve hot with croutons.

Texture: Creamy Taste: Slightly smokey flavour in Salmon Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes


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Clear Soup with Noodle By Head Chef, Eric

Khoo, Royal China

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

• 2 shallots, thinly sliced • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil • 175 gms egg noodles • 60 gms bean sprouts • 2.5 l (4 pints) chicken stock • 500 gms chicken breast fillets, cooked and chopped • 3 spring onions, chopped • Soy sauce or salt, to taste

Method ☛  Cook shallots in oil until

brown, in a small frying pan over medium heat. ☛  Cook noodles according to packet instructions. ☛  In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring chicken stock to a simmer. ☛  Add bean sprouts, and then add the chicken. ☛  Once the soup is heated through, ladle over the noodles. Sprinkle the shallots and spring onion over the top. ☛  Finally, season with soy sauce or salt.

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Healthy Winter Foods

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The winter season brings with it a huge range of wonderful fruits, vegetables and fresh produce. It is the time when hunger pangs increase and our body craves for whole-some food. Make sure your craving for good meals is always satiated with healthy fruits and vegetables. It is best to consume seasonal fruits and vegetables, as they are loaded with nutrients. Read on to know what little you have to do this season to remain fit.


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Oranges This must awaited winter fruit is beneficial as it increases immunity in winters and also gives a tang to your taste buds. ü  Eating oranges is good for cough and cold and also helps avoid the risk of breast cancer. It is also used as tonic. ü It is a rich source for Vitamin-C which increases immunity frightening the common colds and coughs in winter. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood. ü  Oranges has got potassium, foliate, minerals and fibre and is low in calories which keep the blood sugar level in control. ü  Oranges also contain folate and potassium, nutrients essential for cardiovascular health.  ü Pick those that are firm to the touch and heavy for their size. Citrus fruits, such as, oranges have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is scientifically established that citrus fruits, especially oranges, by virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven health benefits.

 Bajra The humble food with huge benefits in winters ü  Winter is the time when we fortify our body and these millets help in absorption of calcium and build muscle tissues. ü  Bajra is a good source of iron, which helps formation of haemoglobin in blood, thus preventing anaemia. ü  Being rich in fibre content, Bajra works very well for diabetics. ü It is little heavy to digest and hence mostly preferred to be eaten in the winter season. Bajra is good for bones and has higher energy content than other flours. Whole grain food items like dalia khichdi, bajra khichdi and chappatis made of jowar, bajra, maize or ragi flour are a good option over plain wheat chappatis in winters.

Pomegranate Deliciously juicy and loved by all; know how its intake will take care of your body in winters.

ü  Pomegranate extract boosts natural sunscreen levels which act as a sunscreen for winters. ü It is low in calories, and high in potassium and Vitamin C which means it is perfect for cleansing the body. ü  It is an ideal fruit for those who are more susceptible to viral and flu as it boosts up the body immunity and helps in fighting virus and bacteria. ü This fruit benefits blood flow. The juice works great as a blood thinner because it promotes optimal blood flow to the heart.  ü  The most important health benefits are its antioxidant properties; it contains three times as many antioxidants as red wine and green tea. ü The best way to have pomegranate is to have it in a salad. They are said to be the powerhouse of health. Pomegranates are being traditionally used for clearing the skin and reducing inflammations. january 2013|CityScan|73


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Sesame seeds (Til) Sesame seeds have nutty taste and add crunch to many Asian dishes. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. ü  Sesame seeds contain a fat-soluble lignin with phytoestrogenic properties known as sesamin, which has been studied for inhibiting the proliferation of a wide range of cancer cells. ü Copper present in the sesame seeds reduces the pain and swellings. So beneficial in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. ü  These seeds are also rich in zinc which boosts the functioning of immune system and thus great for preventing common diseases like cold and flu in winters. ü Sesame seeds are great body warmer in winters and can be incorporated into many dishes. ü Relish this beneficial sesame seeds in gajak, rewari, til laddus, and til candies. Sesame oil also has been since ages confirmed to healing chronic diseases like diabetes, hepatitis, migraines and in regulating the levels of cholesterol in the body.

Jaggery (Gur) Made out of sugarcane, this traditional Indian form of sugar has got hidden benefits.

Carrots Packed with benefits, carrots are a must-have in your daily diet in winters. Since it is a winter vegetable, we can expect it to be syringe free. From your eyesight to your hair, carrots are useful for almost everything. ü  The high levels of antioxidants in carrots helps protect against cardiovascular diseases. ü Carrots are also good for the regulation of blood sugar as it consists of carotenoids which inversely affect the insulin resistance and lowers the blood sugar. ü Carrots are high in Vitamin A and when present in our diet, it improves vision. The retina of the eye needs vitamin A to function and the lack of it results in night blindness. ü Carrots can do wonders to the skin too. It has strong cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, and also helpful in treating acne problems. In fact the juice of carrot is said to have ‘anti-ageing properties’. 74|CityScan|january 2013

ü The sugars present in jaggery are sucrose and glucose and it helps treating dry cough and indigestion. ü It helps to reduce the water retention in the body and eventually helps in controlling the body weight.  ü It has a disease resistance property which is beneficial in removing joint pains. ü  Millet bread with jaggery is very healthy and a rich diet during winters. ü  It also helps to relieve tension and soothes asthma as it has antiallergy properties. So people who suffer from allergies in winter can give themselves a dose of jaggery. ü  Jaggery contains 10 times more iron as compared to spinach. It is considered to be healthier than refined sugar as it contains several vitamins and minerals like iron, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium. It is also a natural cure for cough, migraine, cold, asthma, fatigue and indigestion. u Compiled by anupriya bishnoi


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food bazaar

Earn your

bread

Crusty, chewy with a moist crumb and a lot of flavour; have a look at these breads, served at the best bakeries around the city Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef, Willi Haueter, La Baguette delivers an impressive range of breads. Worth a special mention are their Semolina Sourdough bread and Walnut Multi Grain bread, both with very little or no fat and good for those watching their cholesterol. Other selections include Whole Wheat, Multi Grain breads and Rye bread.

PRICE: Rs. 250 – Rs. 350 where: La Baguette at The Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi

L’Opéra offers numerous types of breads, from the Brioche to the French Baguette. For the fitness enthusiasts high in demand are Pain de Campagne and Cereal bread, made of Linseed seeds, Sunflower seeds and Sesame seeds – all working towards preventing heart diseases, reducing cholesterol levels and reducing high blood pressure. The Pain de Campagne is a mix of wheat flour and whole wheat flour and contains rye flour, a rich source of magnesium that prevents risks of diseases.

PRICE: Cereal Bread – Rs. 160, Pain de Campagne – Rs. 150. where: L’Opera, Shop G 47, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi Picture credit: mahima bhatia

Been around for 50 years and now being managed by third generation bakers, Defence Bakery produces a wide variety of breads ranging from the conventional Whole Wheat and Multigrain to artisanal breads such as German Rye bread. Pumpernickel bread with low Glycemic Index and Gluten Free bread are available on order.

PRICE: Rs. 38 onwards for Multigrain and Whole Wheat Bread and Rs. 100 onwards for special order breads. where: Defence Bakery, 34 Defence Colony Market, New Delhi.

They serve healthy Oat and Ragi breads that are known for their nutritious properties and aid in controlling cholesterol and for stabilizing blood sugar.

PRICE: Rs. 120. where: Elma’s Bakery, Cakes & Tea Room, 24/1 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi. 76|CityScan|january 2013


Choose from a range of bread at the Sidewalk; Pumpkin Seed Bread reminiscent of unsweetened corn bread, Sunflower Bread made with sunflower seeds that are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals and Kraftkorn Bread, a dark malt bread with a high fiber content that helps keep blood sugar low and results in better management of diabetes.

PRICE: Rs. 260. where: Sidewalk at the Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place, Ring Road, New Delhi.

To satisfy every health conscious customer, Bread and More sells Dark Rye Bread, classic German loaf bread consisting of cracked rye grains, whole rye flour complimented by a combination of power packed grains such as grits, corn and barley. It promotes weight control and digestive systems. Whole Wheat and Dalia Breads that contain the natural goodness of whole wheat, semolina of wheat, soya and added natural fiber, and 8 Grain Pro Breads with a rare combination of 8 powerful grains are enriched with magnesium and vitamins.

What to Look for when Buying Bread

①Less Carbohydrate

Conscious of carbs? Then you must read the label and know how much carbohydrate you are eating. This is the most vital factor in knowing the food’s effect on blood glucose levels.

PRICE: Rs. 70. where: Bread & More, N 17 Greater Kailash I Market, New Delhi.

Winner of the NDTV Good Times Food Award 2012 for the ‘Best Dessert & Coffee Menu’, The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen serves 11 types of breads off the shelf. The healthier options include Multigrain Bread, Onion & Sage Bread and Rye Tabatiah Bread. The Oat Bran Bread is specially recommended for people suffering from heart ailments as it fights cholesterol. Pumpernickel and gluten free breads are available on order.

②Thin Slices

PRICE: Rs. 275 + taxes. where: The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi

③More Fiber

The smaller or thinner the bread, the less carbohydrate, because it has less of everything. Be careful to avoid thin yet very dense bread as it can have a lot of starch. Some breads substitute fiber for starch in the bread, reducing calories as well as carbohydrates. More the fiber, more are the chances of being a healthy option.

④Grainy Texture

Look for visible pieces of grain and a slightly rough texture as this will generally be less glycemic.

⑤High Protein

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Healthy chemical free honey made with a holistic approach mindful of the ecology

Rare Monofloral Liquid honey, Mille Fiorii, sourced from Lahauli Spiti in the Himalayas Price: Wild Thyme Honey and Wild Cherry Honey – Rs. 1,900 for 250gms; Indian Jujube Honey – Rs. 1,792 for 250gms. WHERE: The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi

honey sting

Multiflower honey Price: Rs. 250 for 500 gms. Where: Nourish Organics, 30 Mehar Chand Market,  Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Fitness, skin or comfort? Find your reasons to consume honey this winter

Forest honey good for diabetic patients Price: Forest Honey – Rs. 250 for 500 gms. Where: Live Organic, Shop No. 12 Vatika City Market, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Digestive & Healthy Manuka Honey, gathered from Manuka Flowers from native New Zealand forests Price: Rs. 4,400 for 500grams; Rs. 3,200 for 250grams (UMF20+). Where: The Roots Organic Lifestyle Store, 25 Adchini, New Delhi 78|CityScan|january 2013

Organic Natural and Raw honey Price: Rs. 310 for 500gms. Where: Down to Earth Organic food store, 25, Dhan mill compound, Chattarpur, New Delhi

Price: Acacia Flower Honey – Rs. 300 for 500gms and Mustard Flower Honey – Rs. 250 for 500gms. Where: Dubdengreen (Organic Food and Other Things Good), 253 Shahpur Jat Market, New Delhi

Dev Bhumih Organic honey harvested in a pollution free environment in the High Himalayas Price: Rs. 415 for 1000gms. Where: Defence Bakery, 34 Defence Colony Market, New Delhi.

Pure & Natural honey from the hilly areas of Jordan Price: Rs. 590 for 500gms and Rs. 815 for 750gms. Where: Kunafa, 70 Mehar Chand Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi


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The Food Mill

Ambience: Taste: Service: Meal for two: Rs. 1500 (Inclusive of taxes) Cuisine: Multi cuisine

Where the owner is such a food fanatic that he himself occasionally cooks delicacies for his guests, an outcome like The Food Mill, was inevitable. Starting from the menu to the interiors of the restaurant, Hubert Shilshi, The Managing Director of The Food Mill has personally taken care of every nuance. If you are on a lookout for a quiet dinner with your partner then this place is recommended as it’s not too crowded in the evenings. We started discovering the menu with a finely brewed cuppa coffee tasting just like one does at a well-established coffee house. The menu starts with a breakfast selection of an assortment of burgers and sandwiches and Italian indulgences. But what caught our attention was the Fusion menu which included Pork Gravy, Tenderloin Gravy, Chicken and Fish Gravy, all served with steamed rice, special sauce and salad. This peculiar menu is the personal favourite of the owner 80|CityScan|january 2013

too. Pastas, salad with crème and grilled pizza were good enough to satiate our hunger pangs. Their mocktails like Pina Colada and Tropical Bull accompanied the food well. Hard drink lovers can too enjoy their favourite drinks as The Food Mill is all set to serve liquor inside the restaurant. Try the articulate diet menu with Paprika Shrimp and Green Bean Sauté with Brown Rice, River Sole in Lemon Sauce and Roasted Chicken with vegetables and spicy tomato sauce. Also, food can be savoured in open air which is made keeping in mind people like us, who enjoy their food in the open, in the company of the winter breeze. The dinner concluded on a fine note with a piece of Tiramisu. If you are looking to explore a new place at Hauz Khas Village, then you can try out The Food Mill. 2nd Floor, 30 Powerhouse Building, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi/ 011-26522114


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Cavalli Caffé

Ambience: Taste: Service: Meal for two: Rs. 2000 with taxes Cuisine: Italian

If a food lover would carry the flair of a magnifying glass to test the aesthetics and taste on his plate, the Cavalli café would top the quality charts. The swish café’s head chef has literally brought Roberto Cavalli’s fashion art on the platter by being excellent with the presentation of his recipes. In the midst of million dollar chandeliers, animal printed furniture (signature by the designer himself), and endlessly dazzling mirrors, we ran our fingers through a seemingly simple menu, boasting

The Piano Man Art Café Ambience: Taste: Service: Meal for two: Rs. 1500 with taxes Cuisine: American

of never-tried-before flavours. The crowd was plenty, most of them seated at the open area outside. Ogling over and over again at Cavalli’s pictures on the walls, with the sexiest men and women alive on earth, we asked for Caprese – a simple tomato and mozzarella salad, which turned out to be a light and cushy little portion. The perfectly cooked Chicken Caccitore that came next altered our taste completely and besieged with taste, we ordered for the Crespelle Alla Florentina, that had a feathery smooth consistency. Pardon our glutton instincts but do not leave your tables without their Warm Pecan and Honey Tart with ice-cream, just the right dessert before the wintertime ends! And just as Roberto Cavalli has thoughtfully left a message at the beginning of his menu, we tell you to “Have a nice time!” 133, Ground Floor, DLF Emporio, New Delhi /011-46950000

This place is a heaven for a person who lives, eats and speaks art, for like this writer, you would love the jazz music, the live piano playing in parts, photographs of the top musicians in black and white, hand painted ceiling beams and magicians and comedians coming in now and then for light entertainment. Oh! And there’s no alcohol and it’s all vegetarian! Brave move? Taking partially the space of Passion My Cup of Tea, this café looks like a comfort bakery cum café and reading space (due to the plenty of natural light coming in). The Hungarian Mushroom Soup calmed us with its balmy flavour and the Fries did not make us guilty at all, since they were baked and not fried. We suggest The Piano Man salad - tossed cucumber, lettuce and tomato with feta, Ratatouille, Wild Mushroom Risotto. Gulp these down with Lychee Smoothie and finish it all off with scrumptious bites of Tiramisu. The fun meal ended on a good note and we met the café owner – Arjun Gupta, who talks about food like one talks about a dream. We didn’t miss meat at all; visit once to see if you do. 60 Basant Lok Market, Vasant Vihar/ 9899264224

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around town

drawing room 1

second floor studio 3

anand Prakash 2

wishing chair 4 UCO BANK

SBI

August Kranti Marg

DDA Office

Sarvadaya Govt. School

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5 6

olivia dar 5

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illustration: Anirban Bora

al artz 6

Exploration of Sorts at

Shahpur Jat

There are villages and urban villages, and then there is Shahpur Jat. Before a visit to this market of markets, we were guessing it to be a replica of Hauz Khas Village, with identical designer stores, plenty of places of eat and a funky crowd around. In many ways, they proved siblings and in more ways than one, they didn’t! Little did we know that amongst the kucha-pukka confusing lanes and a hundred designer stores, one can actually hit upon a jackpot of creative innovations! So as we marched on the quivering pathways with a colourful Shahpur Jat map in our hands (kept at all the modern designer stores), we discovered many creations - some inventive and appealing and others just plain eccentric. Follow us through the huddled alleys of unpainted brick buildings, lined with tailoring sweatshops and hole-in-the-wall vendors; who sit comfortably next to the contemporary shops we got interested in. 82|CityScan|january 2013


Nattily Morphed Utility Items

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t’s not very difficult to deduce that this can only be the mind’s eye of an engineer. Kept at the Drawing Room, Artfeat Designs by Kavan Bakshi is all about metamorphosis of everyday items into something unique. One look at the kettles transformed into lamps (Rs. 2,500-3,000), sewing machine into a fancy study table (Rs. 10,000-12,000) and door latches into paper weights (Rs. 900) and you would know what we mean. We particularly liked the John Lennon clock made out of a gramophone record worth Rs. 1,000. A perfect blend of creativity and engineering!

Drawing Room, 36, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi/9910330377

Fun Designer Animal Figures

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alking a little further, we found a loaded but tasteful home décor store, named after the Enid Blyton’s fictional flying chair – The Wishing Chair. This haven of sorts had things neither too kitschy, nor too ethnic. Proprietors Vivita Relan and Avneet Mann bring in these beautiful possessions from artists across India, save for the flowers and crockery, which is sourced from China. While poodle, mag pig and woven crocodiles (ranging between Rs. 1650 to 1950) caught our fancy, we loved the modish wine tubes priced at Rs. 550 each. Second floor Studio, 86 – A, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi/ 9810154949

Faceless painting and Home Curio

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urrently the prettiest home designer store in Shahpur Jat, the Second Floor Studio made its way in the market very recently. Loaded with bric-a-bracs - room sets, cutlery, wall installations, vases, candle stands, cushions and endless more, you might just need help with the amount of options you find here for your home. Attractions include painted transparent blue medicine bottles, miniature inspired faceless paintings worth Rs. 20,000, brass and nickel candle stands worth Rs. 800-Rs. 1,500, and marble tea light holders at a maximum Rs. 2,500. The bracelets with skull shape embellishments (made by Olivia Dar at Rs. 2000) looked unique; while the hand painted cushions on silk (ranging between Rs. 4,900-8,900) can change the look of any space. Second Floor Studio, 417, Shahpur Jat, Near Jungi House/ 011 41420324 january 2013|CityScan|83


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Hand Painted Bags and Ballerinas

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aving entered the Dada Jungi House pathway, we got bent on entering this unambiguous pink shop named ‘al artz’. The meek attendants told me about proprietor and artist Alisha Bhasin, who can make your

imaginary designs come to life on ballerinas, sling bags and even ipad covers. The retro cushions, movie trays and coasters are for those who can experiment with the home themes. While the personalised ballerinas cost Rs. 1,599, ipad covers and sling bags Rs. 1,499, your jazzy cushion covers and wine trays come for Rs. 699 and Rs. 1,299 respectively. al artz, 5 C, Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi/ 9811970891

Embroidered Collars and Wrap-around Bracelets

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t’s not really easy to find such fashion-art elsewhere. Many of us should know that those stocky and heavy necklace pieces can be swapped with these elegant collars (made with beads and sequins, sewn into satin). Not only do they look different and chic, but also feel so silky on your delicate neckline. The French designer Olivia Dar, a gracious and modest French lady, can make customised collars matching with your garments and is said to deliver them within a week’s time. The collars cost Rs. 4,500 and if personalised, would be charged at 20% more. She has many fans for her thin wrap-around bracelets too. Olivia Dar, H 5, 1st Floor, Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi/ 9999386020 84|CityScan|january 2013


Handmade Home Décor and Kitsch Sentimental Objects

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hese happy and refreshing products come under the label ‘Elan’ and can be bought at Alecca Carrano’s concept store – Drawing Room. The storehouse of designs includes buckets, boxes, gardening tools, lanterns, stools, napkin rings and much more; hand made with galvanized sheet metal by designer Vidushi Gupta. The basic geometrical designs and flamboyant colour patterns attract one’s attention and the cost varies between Rs. 200 to Rs. 3,200. The kitsch sentimental objects kept under the brand name ‘Lunazef’ were very unique and transported us straight to the 80’s.

Drawing Room, 36, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi/ 9810962611

Metal bookmarks and hand-stitched Journals

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his one wasn’t very easy to find. Clutched inside one corner in a modest store, the creations by Anand Prakash are worth a mention. The designers’ signature store at Shahpur Jat has an amazing collection of stationary including pencil holders (from Rs. 2,490-Rs. 3,490), fantastic metal bookmarks (from Rs. 250-Rs. 800) and hand-stitched journals (Rs. 690 to 1,490). The metal inspired jewellery (Rs. 4,490 approximately) is experimental and brave and the steel coasters (Rs. 350 each) are just another interesting addition. We heard he also does custom-made stationary too! 32, First Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi/ 011-26492678 u

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Tradition comes alive!

With a passion to spread her love of dancing, Arunima Kumar, an acclaimed and inspiring professional Kuchipudi dancer talks to us about her innumerable performances, learnings and her desire to teach and pass down the tradition of classical dancing in a universal manner that transcends age and nationality. She started off at the age of 7, had her first performance in a year’s time and has ever since been inseparable from her calling. In her early thirties, she is based in London, and yet manages to spend almost half the year in India, staying in touch with her roots and performing throughout the country. Apart from performing, she has also been teaching Kuchipudi in London for the past 4 years under her company name - Arunima Kumar Dance Company - and plans to launch in Delhi in the first quarter of 2013.

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What do you feel while performing on stage? Prior to the show there is a lot of preparation and a huge amount of stress. But the moment I go on stage I forget all else and almost instantly feel a connection with the audience, with myself and with an eternal force. I get so immersed in the performance that I feel part of a different world. Absorbed in my performance, I often end up with a different act than practiced. That is what I love about dance, you can constantly innovate and feel the power of your thoughts. Every performance is different from the next; it is created and destroyed on stage, only to be remembered by the audience. How do you handle and prepare for international performances having done over 40 in as many as 30 countries? I love traveling; every country is new and has so much to offer. I believe a lot in philosophy and vibrations and it is wonderful to soak in the different vibes and energy of various cities. The endeavour is to link up my performance with something the audience in foreign lands will understand and relate to; otherwise it will become too isolated. I always try and make an effort to understand their culture and integrate it into my act without of course compromising on authenticity. It is very gratifying to be an ambassador for my country’s culture. What do you feel is the relevance of classical dance today with other modern dance forms gaining popularity? Classical dance has a very strong vocabulary rooted in sounds, technique and principles. It is a holistic and a complete dance form and often other modern dances pick on the same techniques and innovate on them. While it will remain relevant in its teachings, it is important to evolve and integrate it with present times. Once you learn classical dance and understand its movements, other modern forms are easy to learn. How is such a traditional dance form received in foreign countries? Eventually dance goes beyond language and culture and becomes a communicative device. Kuchipudi has an exotic classical look and even if you do not understand the spoken words or the attire and makeup, a strong performance can elevate it and make a connection with the audience which in turn becomes a memorable experience. You can transcend all and engross the audience to feel with you. How does the Indian youth react to learning classical dance? I feel it is about taking the first step and then the correct training. Even though it is a tough art form, it is important that Kuchipudi is taught in a simple manner which is easy to relate to. If the training is made interesting and is explained well, then you get hooked on to it. It is important that my genera-


people in town izing the arts requires adequate funding both from the government and the corporate sector. Seeking out support, efficient marketing, stage and light set up are important aspects to be kept in mind. It is crucial to have the will to win What keeps you motivated? – you should have the discipline and It’s a journey. One thing after the other keeps desire to work hard. It is important to make it commercially viable and therefore me motivated. I am quite a positive person by sustainable so that it becomes an abiding nature and a fighter. When I went to London profession – teaching is a good option. Also I had the option to not pursue this; a knee it is important to watch other performancinjury, when the doctor said I couldn’t ever es and learn from them. Lastly, watch dance again, and several such incidents in my your ego, which starts to create your life, have posed hurdles. But I manage to brush downfall. And mostly just have them off. I will dance because it makes me happy. fun! It is a gift and you must enjoy it. And when I pass it on and see people being so happy, I see my students and our connection - it keeps me moving forward. In this material world, I have something so beautiful, which no one can take, which I can pass on and share with others. Is teaching now the focus? No, performances will continue. Teaching is something I started consciously where I felt that when I teach, people will understand it better and I can create a wider base of good performers who can continue the art form. It’s my responsibility to share my learnings, but it is not my priority. Even if 2-3 of my students carry forward the dance form I am happy. Do you feel there is a right age to learn classical dancing? Traditionally it is better to start young as you learn faster and are more receptive. I feel to teach children, one has to be mentally prepared. They notice everything and for them a teacher/guru has a huge influence. Older students are also great to teach as they make a conscious decision to learn something they enjoy and want to master. So I would say there is no right age. If there is no age to be happy; there is no age to dance! What is your vision for the Arunima Kumar Dance Company? I would like it to be a company of professional dancers going forward where you can learn, dance and produce; following the western model. I see it as an exchange, where we organize productions and teach. Here again, the task is to procure funding, recruit teachers and create solo and group productions. How does it feel to have received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskaar? It feels great; awards keep you encouraged but I am never satisfied. tion retains it and passes it on correctly so that it remains relevant. Accolades reinforce what you believe in and give you credibility. Another challenge is to change the perception that classical dance is But I am always aiming for the next thing. “boring” whereas it can be a very beautiful and enriching experience. Most valued advice you have received? How did dancing turn into a professional career? To stay committed. In today’s ‘fast food culture’, where people are It has been a journey; I never sought out to be a professional dancer. looking for immediate gratification, if you stay committed, passionBut having pursued a corporate career in Risk Management, Finance ate and persevere towards your goal, you will succeed. Dance has and HR, I realized that I could live without this but I cannot live given me the power to stay committed despite all challenges and without dancing. And today it is who I am. to stay positive. What kind of challenges do you face? Your most memorable performance? Not so much a challenge, but I wish I had more time to work on It has to be this year at the Olympic Torch Parade in London. A different projects. colleague and I were the opening act in a larger group production. I want to write a book, make the art form accessible and make Indian It was a world event and a huge honour. It was beautiful to perform classical dance mainstream overseas. When I first went to London, in a different space with such a cheering audience. u people were not aware of Kuchipudi. I don’t want the next performer by priyaanka berry who travels abroad to face the same challenges. However, popular-

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Chanting a different tune with Karsh Kale at Chivas Studio 2012

With the new wave of ‘alternative’ music taking the entire country by storm, we try to dig deeper to see what is it about this music that is gradually mesmerising aficionados across all age groups. To add to the thunder, a lot of contemporary shows on television feature artists of the same genre to encourage this new wave of music. We talk to one of the pioneers of fusion music, Karsh Kale who has explored many an instrument and experimented with various musical forms to commemorate new sounds with his musical reprise, the Karsh Kale Collective. At the brink of his performance at the Chivas Studio 2012 at ITC Maurya, New Delhi, we catch up this passionate musician on his musical rendezvous. 88|CityScan|january 2013

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our music is a genre in itself, with an amalgamation of jazz, classical, alternative. How would you define this genre? My music is less of a genre and more of a conglomeration with the different musicians and instruments that I regularly play and collaborate with. Being a multi-instrumentalist, I have also worked as a DJ, drummer, and tabla player and have explored my hand at electronic music, fusion and jazz. So when I compose music, it comes together as one without restricting itself to any genre. What were the inspiring factors which helped you shape your style of music? As a child, I was exposed to music from the likes of Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and others. I wanted to be like them, I wanted to just be on stage and compose music. That was the only ambition I had. However, lucky for me that it also became my profession! When did you realize that music is where your calling lay? For me music started at the age of 5 when I began playing the drums and tabla. I didn’t know what it meant professionally, but I knew I wanted to be a musician. Eventually, I went to study music at the New York University. The city in itself exposes you to a variety of skills and art forms. It was there when I met different artists and many new people who helped me figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. We have heard that your father had a major role to play in shaping your career. Tell us more. Yes, having a father who was also a musician was actually what trig-


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What do you love the most about Delhi? My friends. I have a lot of friends in the city who are music composers, DJs, writers, filmmakers and are more of an extended family to me. In fact I love the film and art scene in Delhi which is quite unique as compared to the other cities of India. Which is the best place to dine in Delhi? Definitely Bukhara at ITC, Maurya What is your favorite hangout spot in the city? Hauz Khas Village. I have been coming there since it was literally a village with just one café and a restaurant. I used to meet my friends there and we used to jam and hang out the entire day at HKV.

gered me into being a musician. He used to play the harmonium and since childhood my entire house was surrounded with music. I grew up listening to classical music, film music and even the Rolling Stones and Beetles; music which my father was into. Hence having a musician father introduced me and my siblings to a large range of music.  Take us through your entire musical journey highlighting some important milestones in your career. During my days at NYU, I met a lot of different artists and DJs who connected me to some music producers. Initially I was hired to play drums and tabla for other people’s albums, but I really wanted to sign my own record deal. And then my dream came true with Tabla Beat Science. I had grown listening to Zakir Hussain who was my hero and getting to play alongside him was unbelievable. And after that I signed my first record deal in San Francisco in 2000. Starting out as a tabla player to where you are now, there has been a lot of evolution. Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line? I initially started with playing instruments and ultimately became a musician. But now after the experience I have gained and the placed I have visited, I feel I have a story to share. Gradually, I am becoming more of a writer and composer. I get that cathartic release when I write something and getting to express it in the form of music. Hence composing something is more liberating than playing an instrument.

What is your take on the current Bollywood music scenario? I know a lot of Bollywood composers like Ram Sampath, Amit Trivedi, Salim Suleiman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy among others who are extremely talented and innovative but sadly the industry allows them to confine to a very small frame. So even though at times Bollywood music may come out as cacophony, it is only because musicians don’t often get to dictate their terms. Apart from your various collaborations, which artists would you like to work with? I have already worked with various artists I wanted to work for, but I would still like to work with legends like L Shankar, L Subramaniam, Pandit Jasraj and ofcourse Peter Gabriel. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to? Honestly, everything. I feel there’s music in everything around us and one should not restrict their tastes to any particular genre. I can’t listen to the same music everyday as it gets really boring and doesn’t help me grow as a musician. What are the current projects that you are working on? Currently, I am working on the Karsh Kale Collective which a combination of the best artists in India like Benny Dayal, Ajay Prasanna, Jayant Luthria, Monali Thakur, Shilpa Rao and other singers. I recently shot the second episode of Dewarists in Scotland which should be out in a couple of days too. u by avni mehrotra & rohit shroff january 2013|CityScan|89


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People say ‘’once you live in Delhi, you cannot live anywhere else in the world’’ and we just asked a few Delhiites who are now settled abroad to know how true of a statement it is. i g a n ju malwin o n, uk oma n, lo nd

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What do you miss most about Delhi? Family, friends and hustlebustle of people everywhere. Any special Delhi winter memory? Curling up in front of a rod heater, shivering in the cold. Must visit places every time you are in town… Khan Market, N Block Greater Kailash Market, a temple in Friends Colony and my grandmother’s house. Home food you crave when living abroad… I crave for yellow dal and home-made paneer (cottage cheese). Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere else… Family, car with a driver and the luxury of getting everything delivered at your doorstep. Carrying home groceries in -1 degree makes you miss this all the more. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? I enjoy spending my free time visiting friends and family, shopping and sometimes relaxing at home. How has Delhi changed for you over the years? You see more wealth and opulence, nearly every brand or item under the sun is available in Delhi. On one level it’s good and on another level it spoils the basic fun we used to have.

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What do you miss most about Delhi? I miss the spirit of that city. It’s so haphazard and yet so calming. Winter season makes it so much more beautiful.  Any special Delhi winter memory? Eating candy floss at India Gate and evening walks at Lodhi Gardens. Must visit places every time you are in town… Dilli Haat is the first place that I hit whenever I am in Delhi. Home food you crave when living abroad? Dal ki pinnian makes me drool and I miss savouring it. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere else… The topmost perk is that one has plenty of reasons to reach a place as per convenience (because of traffic). Also I’m so much more pampered in my own city.  Apart from work, how do you spend your time? I involve myself in gardening apart from work. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? The mentality towards general things has improved. The city has become more accepting and open. Also, the infrastructure has upgraded tremendously.

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What do you miss most about Delhi? The constant noise when you wake in the morning and there is always a buzz outside. Somehow in a weird way it peaceful. Also I miss the architectural beauty and history of Delhi from the Moguls to the British Raj. Any special Delhi winter memory? Too many but most special was meeting all my childhood friends 4 years ago and we spent the winters on a rooftop with wood fires, BBQ and good whiskey, just catching up. Must visit places every time you are in town… Delhi has hidden gems, Old Delhi is a must that can take you back in time, exploring new hang-outs such as the buzzing Hauz Khas Village with its young and multicultural crowd and bars. The DLF Emporio, home to leading Indian and international brands is a source of inspiration for me as a stylist/designer. Home food you crave when living abroad? I miss my grandma cooking methi paranthas; rajma chawal, dosa and sambhar, gol gappas and of course butter chicken. I have to mention Maggi Masala which I survived on through my University days. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere else… Living in London, you have to do everything yourself. In Delhi, you live in luxury, there is always someone appointed to get something done. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? When I am in Delhi, I switch off and enjoy all the things I did as a kid which includes eating, exploring, meeting old friends and hanging out at old familiar spots. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? Delhi is changing so fast that I am scared all those places and things I saw as a child will sadly fade away. On a bright side, a Delhiite can’t complain that they are missing out on a global culture. There’s the retail, luxury and food boom and people are spoilt for choices.

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What do you miss most about Delhi? I used to complain about everything when I was in Delhi but since I am away I miss each and everything about this place like the familiar crowd, the language and the street food. Any special Delhi winter memory? When I was a student we friends use to go out in dense fog to have chai at night. Now this is something you won’t enjoy here. These things have sentimental value and are cherished lifelong. Must visit places every time you are in town. Being settled abroad, I am no more a brand freak. So whenever I am the town I go crazy shopping in Sarojini Nagar, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar and my favourite Janpath. Home food you crave when living abroad? Indian curry is something which I miss a lot and people abroad really have a craze for it. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere. Support by your acquaintances and street food can nowhere be found except for Delhi. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? I am a party animal. So I party a lot with a bunch of Indian friends I have made here. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? For me pollution has decreased drastically in Delhi. Also commuting has become easy. Now I don’t book a cab on my way back to airport. Airport Express line is such a relief.


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What do you miss most about Delhi? I miss the way I used to shop endlessly in Delhi at market places like Sarojini Nagar and Janpath. Any special Delhi winter memory? I missed my flight once back to Bangkok and from there the real fun started as we had coffee basking in the winter sun. Must visit places every time you are in town. Being religious I make sure that I visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib every time I am in the town. Home food you crave when living abroad? Butter-Chicken is what everybody craves for internationally and I feel so proud as it’s a delicacy of my country. This is what I miss the most as Butter chicken tastes best in India. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere. Being a foodie, I miss Paranthe Wali Gali and till date I have not been able to find anything similar to that. Delhi has a huge advantage of having some of the best food chains and places globally. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? I love to read and dance. Also chilling out with friends helps me enjoy whenever I miss my hometown. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? I am surprised to see the progress especially in the case of transportation. Now we don’t have to think twice before travelling from North to south Delhi. We can just board a metro and reach our destination.

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What do you miss most about Delhi? I miss my friends, Metro rides back home and food. I miss the familiarity of the place like hearing the familiar language, conversations and fights in the streets. I miss my ‘Blue berry Mornings’ (Post Cereal) and of course FM radio. Any special Delhi winter memory? There are plenty, but I think one of the fun memory was, when me and a couple of my friends attempted to leave for work in the morning 4 times, but had to come back every time due to heavy fog, In the end we took it as a sign to bunk work and went out to treat ourselves with chai and parantha instead. Must visit places every time you are in town… Lajpat Nagar, Green Park, Sarojini Market, Connaught Place and Safdarjung for shopping and Mehrauli for historical monuments. Home food you crave when living abroad? I miss Kadi-Chawal the most. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere else… It is amazing how there is nothing you cannot find in Delhi, if you just know where to look. It has got the fun and happening places for the young crowd and art and theatre for the cultured ones. It is littered with history everywhere. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? My husband and I spend our leisure time visiting the historically significant European sites. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? In my opinion, the most amazing change was the introduction of metro. New flyovers have helped ease the traffic load a bit and the pollution has gone down a lot. It does feel like a Green Delhi now. 

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What do you miss most about Delhi? My house, it feels weird not living there anymore. It is always good to be back for a while, be pampered and fed and do nothing but laze around all day. Any special Delhi winter memory? Visiting Qutab Minar at 6.00 am, without taking into account the

excessive fog in January. Must visit places every time you are in town… Hauz Khas Village, it’s just got an awesome feel to it. If you are in the mood for some music, good food, this is the place. Also no visit is ever complete without chilling at my close friends’ homes. Home food you crave when living abroad? Cholle bhature and South Indian food at Sagar Ratna. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere else… Good roads. Luckily it’s more spread out than most cities which means more space for everyone and its much cleaner than most cities. Surprisingly the air in Delhi has become better than other metros. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? Fortunately for me, my work involves a lot of travelling, so I get to see a lot of exciting cities around the world. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? There are new and much needed flyovers, the Metro finally became a reality and the expanding skyline has definitely given a huge makeover to the city.

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What do you miss most about Delhi? I miss everything like Bollywood, dhamaaka Indian weddings, dholki vallas, mad traffic, home food, Honey Singh, Mika, Hauz Khas Village, Dampukt, cows on the streets, Punjabiness and New Year Eve’s over-priced under-stocked parties. I LOVE DELHI. Any special Delhi winter memory? I got married in January. My mehendi was in the afternoon. It was a perfectly sunny winter day, one that I will never forget. Must visit places every time you are in town… Apart from all our wonderful cultural and historical sites, to get a feel for the different facets of Delhi, I love visiting Khan Market, Dilli Haat, Hauz Khas Village, Santushti and Chandni Chowk. Home food you crave when living abroad? The list is endless but I’ll limit the list to allu paranthas, golgappas and rajma chawal. Top perks about living in Delhi that you don’t get anywhere else. There are too many to count. Household staff who do all your chores for you, family and friends ‘dropping in’ unannounced, picking up the phone and asking your doctor friend what to do for a headache. Apart from work, how do you spend your time? My husband and I do a lot in our spare time. We work out three/four times a week, go for Salsa and Spanish classes and meet friends as often as we can. How has the face of Delhi changed for you over the years? I don’t think I have been away long enough to say Delhi has changed for me. To me, Delhi is Delhi. Good Old Delhi. The city I love and the city that will always be home to me.

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(L to R) Baani Anand, Rani Anand, Meera and Muzaffar Ali

Rohit Suri and Gurmeet Singh Anand

All new Range Rover launched in India

Pia Singh of DLF

Land Rover announced the launch of the all-new Range Rover in India, the world’s most refined and capable SUV, at British High Commissioners Residence on 30th November. The fourth generation of the iconic Range Rover line, the new model has been developed from the ground up to provide the ultimate luxury SUV. It is the world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium body. The new Range Rover takes the capabilities of the marque’s flagship to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains. Bookings are now open. James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India

Mamta Malhotra and Vikrum Baidyanath

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Vishal Chowdhary, Dilshad Sheikh and Sarika Pilot

Designer Ravi Bajaj with wife, Binti Rohit Aggarwal with Kalyani Chawla and AD Singh

25 years of Ravi Bajaj

On the occasion of completing 25 years in the fashion industry, Ravi Bajaj thanked his patrons, friends and his family with an elegant evening which showcased a fashionable summation of his journey, with Sarah Jane Dias, in a white sari with peacock feathers. The designer shared that “Season after season, I try to push the envelope, bit by bit. Nothing too radical, as I don’t want to scare my clients away. Menswear sees more of an edge, as men are prepared to step out of their comfort zone. So, menswear gets a little blingy as we continue to do restrained women’s wear”.

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Ravi Bajaj with Ranjan Bhattacharya

Kalyani Chawla and Ramola Bachchan

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‘A Night of Silk and Jewels’ hosted by Bina Modi

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(From L to R) Pisan Manawapat and wife Wanchana Manawapat along with Smriti and Ankur Bhatia

The Royal Thai Embassy and Lotus Arts de Vivre in collaboration with designer Bina Modi, hosted the event ‘A Night of Silk and Jewels’ to foster stronger  Thai-Indian relations by curating a creative journey through contemporary  Thai  arts and culture on 28th November. The event was held in celebration of the 80th Birthday Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, whose patronage and dedication to preserve the Thai silk industry has revived the otherwise disappearing art of  Thai  hand-woven textiles. This event featured a fashion show of Thai silks made by artisans under her Majesty the Queen’s Sirikit Institute and jewellery from Lotus Arts de Vivre.  Nida Mahmood with Raul Chandra

Madhu Jain with Reema Abbasi

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Devika Bhojwani

Rolf Von Beuren of Lotus Arts de Vivre


people events

Enchanting performances

Delhi Cruises for a Cause

Ms Dinaz Madhukar, Senior VP, DLF Emporio

Vikramjit Singh Sahney and Vijay Jolly

Kangna Ranaut with Vikramjit Singh Sahney

DLF Emporio and Sun Foundation, a charitable institution organized Cruise for a Cause at the DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj. A first of its kind in Delhi, Cruise for a Cause virtually took the guests on a tour of five countries onboard the luxurious Sun Cruise. Cruise for a Cause was a tailor-made voyage with uncompromising superlative service and exquisite gourmet dining. At each fascinating destination, guests on board witnessed enriching region-specific cultural performances. The event was attended by a slew of dignitaries like Kangna Ranaut, Raj Babbar, Bharaitya Janata Party senior leader Sushma Swaraj, Congress Lok Sabha MP Navin Jindal, Om Prakash Chautala among others.

Pia Singh of DLF

Azharuddin, former Indian cricket captain

Ms Isha Bhandari, COO, Sun Foundation with Nidhi Passi, Senior Marketing Manager, DLF Emporio

Yawar Ali, Chairman, Indo-Pak Chamber of Commerce

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Going for Nuts

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hile some nuts seem to be moving out from the tabooed food zone to a favourable healthy food category, others have lagged behind. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios (in that order) seem to have made it but somehow cashews and peanuts are still feared. Peanuts, infact, technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans-seem to be relatively healthy. Either they are believed to be rich in cholesterol or contributor to obesity and heart disease. The truth is that both cashews and peanuts share similar nutritional profiles as other nuts, barring a few minor differences. Cashews are rich in un-saturated fats like mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), the type found in almonds and other nuts; both of which are useful in lowering blood cholesterol level. The percentage of fats in both is in the range of 13-15g per serving of 30 g (a fistful) comparable to those in almonds, walnuts and pistachios. Cashews and peanuts both being of plant origin are cholesterol-free. Nuts in general including cashews and peanuts are high on nutrition. Cashews infact are a good source of iron and peanuts are a good source of niacin- a B-vitamin helpful in good heart health. In general, eating nuts not only reduces risk for heart disease but also help in weight reduction. Owing to their fatty acid profile, nutritional properties and bioactive constituents, nuts have been found to be useful in the prevention and treatment of several disorders and maintaining good health. Nuts help in preventing heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, hypertension, obesity, asthma, delaying aging, 96|CityScan|january 2013

promoting skin and hair health, vision and mental alertness. Most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances: ☛  Unsaturated fats. It’s not entirely clear why, but its thought that the “good” fats in nuts – both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – lower bad cholesterol levels. ☛  Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have specific health promoting properties and help to ● Boost immunit y, menta l alertness and concentration. ● Decrease inflammation and fight inflammatory diseases like arthritis, asthma, psoriasis, etc. ● Decrease blood pressure and formation of blood clots. ● Fight many chronic degenerative diseases like heart diseases, diabetes. ☛  Fibe r. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less

Ms. Ishi Khosla is a Clinical Nutritionist & Founder, theweightmonitor.com; WholeFoodsIndia and Founder President - Celiac Society For Delhi

and is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes. ☛  Vitamin E. It may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. ☛  Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance t hat ca n help lower you r cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts. ☛  Plant protein: Nuts are a good source of plant protein which can help build protein content of diet particularly for vegetarians. In addition, nuts also contain essential amino acids (building blocks of protein), which are necessary for synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain and thereby help in alleviating depression, controlling addictive behavior and encouraging mental alertness.

☛  L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. Nuts have special amino acids (building blocks of protein) which control appetite and prevent craving. However, like too much of anything is bad, remember the principle of balance. Nuts if taken in excess can cause problems right from indigestion to excess weight. They should be restricted by individuals suffering from digestive problems. Children under 4 years of age must be strictly prohibited from taking nuts as a whole to prevent choking. However, children under 4 yrs, and elderly can take full advantage of nuts in their ground form. High temperature like in frying destroys most of the goodness of nuts. They lose most of vitamin E, B and essential fatty acids content. Lightly roasting or having them just as they are retains most of their goodness. Soaking nuts help in making them more digestible and help in enhancing nutrient absorption. Coat them with honey or jaggery to satisfy the sweet tooth or bind them in traditional ladoos to keep warm through the chilly winters. About 20 –30 gm or a handful of nuts per day is adequate to get the goodness. No wonder that they were prized for centuries for their health restoring properties and formed an intergral part of diets of our ancestors. u The author has recently launched ‘TheWeightMonitor.com’, a fully online weight management program based on scientific principles of nutrition and encourages principles of variety, moderation and balance. For further information, please email on info@theweightmonitor. com or call 1800 103 7002


Books top 10   Non-Fiction…

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Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

The Immortals of Meluha

Author: William Dalrymple Publisher: Bloomsbury Price: Rs. 799

The story of the First Anglo-Afghan War, with striking parallels with what’s going on in our neighbourhood and the world today. This is a book full of literary treasures, with an unforgettable cast of characters.

Author: Amish Publisher: Westland          Price: Rs. 199

What modern Indians know of the Indus Valley Civilization was previously known by its residents as the region of Meluha. A near perfect civilization built by Lord Ram, until doom befell the kingdom. All this, until ‘the savior’, Shiva, comes to the civilization.

Patriots & Partisans

Life of Pi

In this wonderful collection of essays, Ramachandra Guha defends the liberal centre against the dogmas of left and right and turns a critical eye on topics as wide-ranging as Hindutva, the Communist left, and the dynasty obsessed Congress party.

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), an orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

Author: Ramachandra Guha Publisher: Penguin Price: Rs. 699   

Author: Yann Martel Publisher: Cannon Gate Price: Rs. 399

Durbar

A Wanted Man

A revealing account of our political past that holds crucial lessons for India today. Describing the Nehruvian era of her childhood and the political shifts that followed, Tavleen writes of the birth and evolution of insurgencies in Punjab and Kashmir.

Reacher is back - the taut new thriller for 2012 from the Sunday Times and New York Times number one bestseller. With his signature Swiss-watch plotting and heartthumping suspense, A Wanted Man shows Lee Child at his sublimely skilful best.

Author: Tavleen Singh Publisher: Hachette Price: Rs. 599

Author: Lee Child Publisher: Bantam Press Price: Rs. 599

Nobody Can Love You More

The Gurkha’s Daughter

The first full-length book on Delhis red light district. Mayank Austen Soofi paints an intimate portrait of women for whom sex is work - a way to make a living. With precise details and haunting photographs, the author delicately etches the everyday world of those who inhabit the peripheries of society.

A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal; a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice; a Gurkha’s daughter tries to comprehend her father›s complaints. These are just some of the stories describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people.

Author: Mayank Austen Soofi Publisher: Penguin Price: Rs. 399

Author: Prajwal Parajuly Publisher: Quercus Price: Rs. 499

The Revenge Of Geography

Bring Up The Bodies

It brings to life the great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past, explaining their theories, and then applying them to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian Subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012; BRING UP THE BODIES is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.

Author: Robert D. Kaplan Publisher: Random House Price: Rs. 599

Author: Hilary Mantel Publisher: Fourth Estate Price: Rs. 399

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don’t miss

The Beating Retreat is here again

One can never have enough of it. Year on year the nation looks forward to it, such is the sobriety and yet the deep impact of this parade. On this day people get a glimpse of all the cultures residing in India and many of us make sure to attend it every year. Catch all this and much more on 26th January. Where: India Gate, Near Rajpath, New Delhi

‘No Country for Cynical Men’ at Indian Habitat Centre

‘No Country for Cynical Men’, a stand-up comedy featuring Gursimran Khamba and Ashish Shakya is scheduled on 25th January at 7 P.M. Watch them talk about all that’s reckless in India, be it politics, sports, television, the media and their unsuccessful attempts at establishing relationships with the opposite sex. Tickets are available at Rs. 300, Rs. 200 and Rs. 100, available at the programmes desk for IHC members only. Where: Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Reach out to the Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher, played by Tom Cruise,  is an upcoming film adaptation of Lee Child’s 2005 novel ‘One Shot’, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise as the title character. Watch this movie to know how a case is being unravelled by Reacher. See the mystery unfold this January. Where: PVR, DT and Satyam cinemas across Delhi/NCR 98|CityScan|january 2013


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