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Couture Fashion Studio. It became her dream project and has allowed her to combine her love of the arts with her passion for fashion in life. She brought the best of couture designs from both worlds together and experiments by creating designs that are unique, yet elegant, and reflect the personality of the person wearing them. She has even showcased her work on many profit and non-profit events and her unique designs have always been praised by critics and public alike. “Dream Couture Fashion Studio offers intricately embellished Bridals, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Special Occasion Dresses, and Prom Gowns in ready-to-wear or made to order styles”. “One unique feature that makes Dream Couture stand out from rest of the competition is the fact that it Photo: Se


where she mastered the art of Couture Design and dressmaking. She graduated from the academy with flying colors and her designs captured the attention of the Designer duo Greta-Constantine, and won her a seat working on their team in 2009-10. She later worked as a fashion designer for multiple brands designing the dance and athletic wear for clients across North America. Shabana eventually decided to create her own brand serving the South-Asian community and the mainstream Canadian markets called Dream


habana hails from a traditional family in Pakistan where the concept of fashion is limited to adhering to the conservative norms. It wasn’t always about fashion for her however, Shabana went to the university to study Psychology and graduated with honours. Through her studies, Shabana was better able to understand herself as well as the people around her, enabling her to enrich her personality with humility and care for others. Along the road to self discovery, Shabana got married and had a daughter, Laiba. Because of her duties as a wife and mother, Shabana stayed at home taking care of her family until they came to Canada in 2000. This is where Shabana's talent for designing clothes and passion for helping the less fortunate united and her dreams became reality. Talented in fine arts, Shabana decided to join the renowned International Academy of Design and Technology in Toronto, Canada,

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caters to the needs of both Western and Eastern Brides. With the cultural diversity that makes Canada, especially Toronto, the global symbol of multiculturism, Dream Couture shows how it embraces this diversity with style. Whether it is a Bridal gown or a Saree or lehngas flattering today’s bride, Dream Couture can help you 18 MARCH / APRIL 2012

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to create one just for you. Dream Couture offers the unique opportunity to serve both communities with the promise that anything you dream can be designed and created”.

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Shabana believes that there is no price for fashion. It should complement one’s personality and hence it is not about spending a fortune to look classy. 'Know first who you are and then adorn yourself... accordingly' is what she tells all her clients. When she is working with a client to setup their seasonal wardrobe or consulting a bride for

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there is no formula to success, but to know your clients you must put yourself in their shoes to see the world from their eyes and feel what they feel in order to adorn them perfectly. In future Shabana plans to keep experimenting with new ideas and to serve the community by opening multiple stores in Canada and across the globe.

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her big day, Shabana always listens to her clients and finds their strengths, their lifestyle, their overall personality and then she starts working on their dream project. She never tries to induce an idea, rather she prefers to build on her clients' imagination. However, there are instances, when the clients need her to start from scratch on what is hot and trendy and is prevalent. She admits that

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The Zuzu Kim label is designed by Christina Kim, a self-taught classical pianist who started her creative odyssey by producing romantic, comfortable clothing for her performances. After studying fashion design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she ran a high-end women’s atelier in Chicago before designing for Phoebe Couture and Mary McFadden. At McFadden, she was appointed head designer within one year. In September 2011, Kim presented her first women’s ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week. Entitled “Concerto,” the collection was described as ‘elegantly chic, [and] trendy’ by Lucire, receiving rave reviews in numerous publications. Zuzu Kim is STYLING: Stacey Jones MAKEUP: Chad Swager for Color Me Chad headquartered in New York City.

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Marni at H&M

Celebrities gather in Hollywood to celebrrate the launch of Marni at H&M.

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n a classic Hollywood house in Los Angeles, around 200 guests gathered to celebrate Marni s collaboration for H&M, a collection full of Marni’s signature print and colour arriving just in time for spring. Among the guests were Drew Barrymore, Winona Ryder and Milla Jovovich. The event was hosted by Marni’s Founder and Creative Director, Consuelo Castiglioni, the Director of Marni at H&M campaign, Sofia Coppola and Margareta van den Bosch, H&M s Creative Advisor. As well as Drew, Winona and Milla, other guests arriving at the party dressed in Marni at H&M included Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto and Andrea Riseborough. Guests were given the chance to enjoy an evening in an atmosphere captured by Sofia Coppola’s campaign for the collection, as well as an exclusive performance by Bryan Ferry. “It has been an inspiring night, surrounded by a perfect setting and a great crowd. LA encapsulated the dream! It is not long before Marni at H&M is in the stores, and I am happy to share these magical moments with everybody.” Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director, Marni. “It’s nice to see again the people I worked with on the project for Marni and H&M. With the film I just tried to do something that fitted with the mood of the collection, the fantasy and the fun of fashion”. Sofia Coppola. Marni’s collection for H&M is all about freedom and experimentation, Marni prints and colours are intended to mix and match together in a playful way. Everything goes with everything, making African prints the perfect companion to Bauhaus modernity, and sporty silhouettes sitting with more feminine shapes. The collection also includes a full range of shoes, bags and charming accessories to create a total Marni look at H&M. Meanwhile for men, Marni offers a fresh take on menswear staples, with a subtle use of print and a softened use of colour. “I love H&M and I love Marni. I love how H&M are bringing the regal, chic clothes of Marni to everyone”. Drew Barrymore. “I’m a huge fan of Marni, I have been for years. I love the whole idea of taking high fashion and making it affordable and accessible with H&M”. Winona Ryder “Tonight has been magical. It is as if Sofia Coppola’s campaign for Marni at H&M has come to life with this party in Hollywood. It’s been amazing to see so many personalities wearing the Marni at H&M collection. I can’t wait for these looks to go into stores so everyone can wear them for themselves”. Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor. The collection will be available from March 8 in around 260 stores worldwide, as well as on-line. MARCH / APRIL 2012 25

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Top designers from South Asian markets showcased their Spring 2012 collections during International Fashion Festival 2011 in Toronto, The event was spread over the duration of two days, and featured talented international designers like HSY, Mehdi, Vikram Phadnis and more. Also featuring were some local designers like Dinesh Ramsay, Nadia Lakdwala, Shabis, Dream Couture, Chunri Creations. The show featured some of the most gorgeous, sexy creations for both males and females. The gorgeous women and men’s creations were colorful, opulent and grand in nature as they glided down the catwalk to a rocking background music.

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Farah Nasser


arah Nasser, currently working as the Anchor of CP24 is always up for adventure be it in her personal life or professional. Emigrating from Tanzania, Africa in the early 1970’s, Farah’s parents embraced Canada and their new home town, Toronto. At a young age when most kids were watching cartoons Farah’s father who himself is a news junkie and proud to watch her in action, made her watch international news with him, using the coverage to educate her about the world and how governments function, why stories were historically significant and how the media is an important facet of democracy. Farah graduated from Ryerson University in Radio and Television 32 MARCH / APRIL 2012

Arts and attended University of Westminster, in London, England for European Media Studies. She interned for CNN in New Delhi, India. A culture shock to be sure for a girl who had spent her life time in Canada, Farah used the opportunity to get acquainted with her origins. Moving on Farah finished her University graduation and was hired as a reporter and anchor at the Toronto Radio at News Talk 1010 (CFRB). Farah Nasser has been an Anchor for CP24

since February 2010 and has reported in Toronto from the time she was 18 years of age. She started her on-air career with RogersTV (Peel Region) then with /A\ Barrie reporting for the Toronto Bureau, in 2006 she joined CityTV/CP24 in Toronto. More than a decade later she feels lucky to work as a journalist calling it “a front row seat to history” both in local communities and events taking place around the world. Following her career moves one does not need to ponder about her ambitions and her drive,

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and how people are impressed by her personality and cannot help liking her. Now a familiar face in Toronto, Farah spent numerous hours of each day doing hard work to get there. Some of Farah’s career highlights include reporting on the G20

Summit in Toronto, Air France crash, Hurricane Katrina, the Toronto 18 terror trials and various municipal, provincial and national elections. Anything worth reporting and she has been there witnessing what some day would be history. Off-air Farah spends considerable time volunteering in her community. She sits on the York Regional Police’s Crime Prevention council and often acts as emcee for the force’s events. She helps raise

awareness and funds for the University Health Network’s Arthritis and Autoimmune Research Centre Foundation (AARC). She dedicates time to the Aga Khan Foundation, a charity that provides sustainable solutions for the underprivileged in Asia and Africa. She has visited villages in Zanzibar with the foundation, to witness the foundation’s impact in the lives of people of the villages. Farah met her husband Razid Samdly through the foundation and married him in 2009. Farah lives in the GTA with her husband and on a day off what she enjoys most is just exploring her city, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. MARCH / APRIL 2012 33

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How would you describe your Job, would you say it was Perfect? I would say it’s perfect for me. I love people and have been told I’m a good listener. (My husband says I have a sign on my forehead that says ‘tell me your story’ because of the connection I have with perfect strangers). I’m also a big believer of life-long learning and that’s exactly what my job provides – an education. As a journalist, you never know what your day is going to hold or what you’ll have to be an expert on that day. I love that diversity. I’ve had amazing opportunities in my career from covering elections all across the country to being on the front lines during the SARS crisis to asking tough questions during the G20. I feel like I have a front row seat to history.

important part of the job as it allows you to connect with your subject but you have to know how to let go. When I began covering news 12 year ago, I had a tough time with that. I would get very emotionally involved in stories. There are still some that haunt me but with experience you learn how to manage.

What is the toughest thing you’ve had to do professionally? I mentioned having terrific opportunities in my career and seeing things most people won’t have a chance to see. Unfortunately, that also includes the darker side of society – crime and injustice. The toughest thing for me has always been speaking to victims of crime or tragedy and/or their families. Empathy is a very

What have the last few years taught you, would you like to share any of your experiences with our readers? To be fearless, to ask tough questions. My job is to push, to find out the answers that people sitting at home want to know. The G20 was a prime example of that. We put police on the spot. It sure doesn’t make you popular but it’s the purpose of journalism.

If you could take back one career decision, what would it be? There is no specific experience that comes to mind but I began covering news at the age of 18 – and if I could go back and speak to my 18 year old self, I would tell her to listen to her heart more than her head. Sometimes, a ‘gut feeling’ can trump volumes of research, background and advice.

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My favorite thing is going for exploring the city with my husband. When we have time we’ll spend a Sunday walking for hours exploring neighborhoods, shops and trying new restaurants”. On the homefront, how has being a career woman effected your family life, and how do you keep it in balance. My family comes first above anything in my life. I am extremely close to my parents; they along with my husband are my biggest supporters and all push me to further my career. My job is demanding, it means constantly being on blackberry and at times missing huge family events but everyone around me is pretty used to it now. My husband is my rock. He’s a big news junkie and has worked and lived all over the world. I’ll often call him when I need context on an international breaking news story.

For the younger generations intending to enter this field what would you say to be prepared for most? Be prepared for people to say ‘no’, to brush you aside.The key is you can’t give up, you can’t get discouraged. I truly believe if you want something enough, you can have it. Be hungry, work hard and smart. Think outside the box. Always be available. It’s not just about being on TV. Most of my job is researching, writing, interviewing. It’s very important to have a good base. Viewers and listeners are smart. They know when you don’t know your subject matter.

“ I’m a bit of a thrill seeker. I've gone skydiving, white water rafting, scuba diving - even repelled down a 200 foot waterfall”.

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adia Khan, based in Manchester, United Kingdom is a multi talented personality. She has a passion for beauty. Besides practicing Make up artistry for the past nine years she likes to capture it. She also photographs weddings and portraits nationwide. She caters to her client’s personal requirements and assures

quality. For her Makeup Artistry she at ease, hence I try to create a very uses top of the range products like relaxed atmosphere for my clients Mac, Bobby Brown, Kryolan and many comfort. Images are created for you more. Her unique brand of work is to take away and hang in your home, gaining her a lot of recognition. or to put in an album which is a “I believe the key to stunning permanent reminder of who images is a simple one. It is only and what is most important possible if my clients feel relaxed and in your life”. MARCH / APRIL 2012 37


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nshu started off her career as a leading actress in the Indian Film industry, appearing in many movies alongside big names in the South such as Nagarjuna & Prashanth (famous for the box office hit “Jeans” with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) as well as Bollywood actresses. With a national Filmfare award for the best female newcomer, she has also been brand ambassador for many high profile companies in India. She has one passion, providing professional celebrity hair and makeup to clients in the UK and worldwide. For her make up is not just a profession, but an infatuation. Founder of Ansarti, she is accredited by the famous Lubna Rafiq, providing a variety of Hair and Makeup services, specialising in Bridal, Fashion, Media and Special Occasion.

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orn in a small town in Ontario, Anne travelled all over Canada and finally settled in British Columbia. Her nationality is what makes her unique with her father’s Afghani roots and mother’s Sri Lankan Heritage who also has a bit off Portuguese and British background added to it. Coming from a large family and after homeschooling most of her life, Anne is a very down-to-earth person and never imagined she would be where she is today. Anne started her work in media in February 2011. She had recently moved to the city and was interested in an Afghan association called VIFAS. After a short meeting she was offered a job as an interview host for VIFAS very own Caravan TV. Anne learned so much from this experience and got to meet so many different people. Many came to know about her through her TV work and she received more offers. While working for Caravan TV, she started to accept photo shoots for

exotic recipes for the edition she was featured in, she found herself Photo: Carly Fries en enjoying this type (Captured By Carly Photography) of work. She has Model: Anne Khan Clothing: GoJane continued as a writer for S.A.W. on various topics from fashion to general advice. Although Anne enjoys modeling Photo: Carly Friesen very much, her main dream is to otography) (Captured By Carly Ph ng: GoJane, attain a degree in Psychology and work thi Model: Anne Khan, Clo ier Sh zy with children. She strongly feels that Jewellery: Su children need amazing role models, the most as they develop and grow various photographer’s and make-up and she always tries to be just that! artist’s portfolios. This eventually While pursuing her education, she landed her with a photo shoot modeling continues to take on various modeling a summer clothing line for a fashion jobs in her spare time. This includes spread with South Asian Woman. This projects in Canada as well as India and gave her much more exposure and a lot Sri Lanka. Anne has stated she feels more offers in the modeling industry “very blessed to have such an amazing including offers for fashion shows, and supportive family, boyfriend and music videos and various websites. close friends” and that “without them, After meeting the great team at she wouldn’t be where she is today”. South Asian Woman and writing a few MARCH / APRIL 2012 43

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industry, as well as ready wear clothing. Her style and creative vision takes inspiration from historic ethnic costumes. Nina produced three Look Books for Temna Fialka. Nina's formal education was in painting and print making, after university she traveled in Europe, living in Amsterdam and Rome for extended periods while studying art. She has also traveled in India and Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia, to do her photographic art. She was the curator for Glendale Arts Council for many years. She was also the design editor for Austral Asia

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FashionJewelry The Ins & Outs


s the gold prices are sky rocketing, so is the popularity of fashion jewelry. More and more jewelry designers are making their pieces with base metal alloy and plating them so that they look like fine jewelry.The finished piece doesn’t cost as much as gold and is affordable to a lot of buyers. It also gives more versatility to jewelry designers. They can mix a wide range of materials like crystals, simulated gemstones and more with metal alloys, finish it with plating to create a timeless classic jewelry piece. Let us go in depth in the different kinds of plating. Plating is a method of adhering more expensive metals to the exterior of less expensive metals to give the color and appearance of the higher quality metal. This is also called as Electroplating. This started in 1857 with the application on economical jewelry that is costume jewelry. Gold Plating It is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often brass, copper or silver by chemical or electrochemical plating. Different layers like 5 kt (1gm), 2 kt (5gm), 18 kt (3.6gm). 22 kt (4.4gm) and 24kt (4.8gm) are popular in fashion jewelry. (Grams (gm) values are approximate) So when the description on the jewelry piece reads“ 5Kt Gold Plated” that means 5 Kt(I gm) of gold was deposited or coated over the base metal and the piece is priced according to the gold karat plating.

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Silver Plating Silver plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of silver usually 5%,onto the surface of another metal, most often brass or copper by chemical or electrochemical plating. Silver plating should not be confused with Sterling Silver which contains 92.5% silver in a silver alloy or other silver alloys that contain 88% or 35% of silver. Rhodium Plating Rhodium is a precious metal and a member of the platinum family. Rhodium plating can dramatically increase the long term durability, brightness and luster of the finish. It is electroplated on jewelry, to provide a surface that will resist scratches and tarnish, and give a white, reflective appearance. It is mostly found in white gold, silver, copper and other metal alloys. It is now becoming very popular with fashion jewelry pieces. Rhodium Plating is hypoallergenic. Therefore it acts as an extra layer between the skin and the base metal (if the base metal contains nickel) to avoid skin irritation.

Antique Plating In antique plating the high points are polished to contrast with the dark groves to give an appearance of antique finish. Vintage fashion jewelry piecesare reproduced and given an antique look. This plating is mostly seen in Indian traditional jewelry. Is Tone different from Plating Tone is often confused with plating. It means color or finish in fashion jewelry term so when the description on the jewelry piece reads “Gold Tone” it does not mean gold plated it just means gold color. Gold Tone It is gold color given to jewelry that does not contain any gold but makes it look like gold. Silver Tone It is a silver look given to jewelry by dipping it in silver looking substance that forms a top coat. Silver tone does not contain silver. Shop for all styles of Rings at

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A new beginning The new Vaseline® formula feels good on skin while doing good for skin.


ntroducing the next generation of Vaseline® Total Moisture™, a clean feeling lotion for soft skin. Now with pure oat extract and Stratys-3™ Multi-layer moisture, our new formula infuses moisture deep down*, absorbing quickly to feel good and do good for skin.

Total Moisture™ Dry Skin Total Moisture™ Dry Skin is a clean feeling lotion that leaves your skin feeling healthy, soft & smooth. • Contains pure oat extract and Stratys-3™ Multi-layer moisture • Infuses moisture at the top, core and deep down layers of skin*, absorbs quickly without greasiness

The Vaseline® Total Moisture™ line comes in three varieties: Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh is a light feeling lotion that leaves your skin feeling light & fresh. • Contains pure aloe and Stratys-3™ Multi-layer moisture • Absorbs quickly, infuses moisture at the top, core and deep down layers*, and leaves skin hydrated

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Total Moisture™ Cocoa Radiant™ Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Cocoa Radiant™ is a rich feeling lotion that leaves your skin feeling healthy & glowing. • Contains pure cocoa butter and Stratys-3™ Multi-layer moisture • Ignites skin’s natural glow, penetrates deeply, infuses moisture at the top, core and deep down layers*

Lift,Glow and Go! Pevonia Botanica - Lumafirm


evonia Botanica launches the ground breaking Lumafirm® system, an easy and amazingly effective way to recapture youthful-looking skin instantly. The highly-effective Lumafirm® Freeze-Dried At-Home Intensifier, along with the Lumafirm® Repair Cream – Lift & Glow -will have you looking years younger on the spot! Lumafirm’s™ natural ingredients and breakthrough technology bond with your skin’s keratin to form a flexible, breathable net that instantly tightens your skin and adds volume. Within minutes you will see and feel the results including smoothing of crow’s feet, reduction in wrinkles, firmer feel and a significant improvement in complexion and radiance. Continuous use provides even greater benefits as the natural micro-spheres and anti-free radicals penetrate the deepest layers of your skin to decrease age spots and discoloration, restoring your skin’s luminosity and radiance. In a recent study, 100% of participants were satisfied with the immediate lightening effect and felt their complexion looked uniformly smoother and visibly brighter.

To achieve the unparalleled results of Lumafirm®, Pevonia harnesses the power of nature with potent ingredients such as: • Kombucha, a black tea derivative which increases skin elasticity and firmness. • DiacetylBoldine, an extract from the bark of the Chilean boldo tree which produces the immediate brightening effect. • Sorghum Bicolor, an extract from a cereal plant which improves skin texture; and a combination of the latest in Peptide technology.


Lumafirm™Freeze-Dried At Home Intensifier KEY INGREDIENTS: • Sorghum Bicolor - Remarkably tightens the skin, improves skin texture, and reduces wrinkles. • DiacetylBoldine - Promotes an instantly luminous and even complexion, delivers an immediate brightening effect. USAGE DIRECTIONS: Remove the Lumafirm™ FreezeDried disc from the box. Open the Lumafirm™ Freeze-Dried disc by peeling off the foil seal from the tip backwards. Wet the face, neck, and décolleté with water. Remove the Lumafirm™ Freeze-Dried disc from the plastic mold and apply the product all over moistened skin. Follow with gentle massage movements. Re-moisten hands with water as many times as needed and continue to massage until the Lumafirm™ Freeze-Dried disc is fully absorbed. One disc can be used for several Lumafirm™ boosting treatments. Follow with the Lumafirm™ Repair Cream.

• DiacetylBoldine - Promotes an instantly luminous and even complexion, provides an immediate skin brightening effect. • Oligo-Peptide 68 - Delivers a visible lightening effect, serves as a skin tone equalizer. • PalmitoylTetrapeptide 3 - Protects from premature aging, increases skin elasticity and firmness. USAGE DIRECTIONS: Apply morning or evening all over face, neck, and décolleté after cleansing and toning with the ideal Pevonia Cleanser and Pevonia Lotion according to skin type. For boosted results, apply the Lumafirm™ Repair Cream – Lift & Glow after the Lumafirm™ Freeze-Dried At Home Intensifier.

Lumafirm™ Repair Cream – Lift & Glow KEY INGREDIENTS: • Kombucha - Repairs and redefines facial contour, increases skin elasticity and firmness, restores a healthy glow.

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Scents of India

Introducing Ayana Beauty Products, A Touch of India with Organic Ingredients to Beguile the Senses.


ew from the Tautropfen Line Premiering in the Canadian market, Ayana from Tautropfen (distributed by Donmar Health & Beauty) enchants the senses with a taste of India, utilizing such active ingredients as Ginkgo and Ginger throughout this decadent beauty line. Highly successful in the European market, these products include facial creams and milk baths, and can be found at retailers across Canada, including various independent health food stores. Luxuriate in the pure moisture of organic Aloe Vera partnered with the power of sacred basil. All products within this line are vegetarian friendly, with the Body Butter and Shower Gel being Vegan Suitable. The organic ingredients in the ayana line work to rejuvenate skin, maximizing the benefits of the natural components. Milk proteins nourish

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the skin while macadamia oil protects the skin from damage. Ginkgo extract acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing imperfections and blemishes on the skin. Aloe Vera hydrates and refreshes, leaving the skin feeling young and firm. Indulge your senses with luscious Indian scents, through a beautiful medley of natural goodness. Ayana Harmonizing Facial Emulsion (50 ml) Pampers and protects the skin with valuable extracts from the ginkgo plant, and green rooibos. Precious macadamia nut oil smoothes fine lines. Organic Aloe Vera supplies moisture and improves elasticity and tone. The skin becomes more radiant and alive. Ayana Exceptional Facial Cream (50 ml) Avocado oil, shea butter and jojoba oil strengthen the skin and boost its natural oil and moisture levels. Extracts from green rooibos and ginkgo protect the skin against

premature aging. Aloe Vera provides moisture and freshness. The skin is rested, smoothed and revitalized. Ayana Magnificent Body Butter (150 ml) The skin feels relaxed and, at the same time, invigorated by the spicy fragrance of cardamom. Valuable oils, such as jojoba and sesame, give it a silky-soft feeling. Moisturizing shea butter guards against dryness and strengthens the skin’s natural protective mantle. Holy basil assists regeneration. The body butter is absorbed quickly and leaves the skin feeling as soft as velvet.

PHB Mineral Miracles Get the season’s hottest looks.


his season 60’s Beauty Trends are back in style so adding a touch of glamour to your look has never been easier, and with PHB Mineral Miracles it’s never been better for your skin! Rose Brown, founder and CEO of Pure Halal Beauty, talks us through how to achieve the latest looks with the purest cosmetics around! Face: An immaculate base is the secret to mastering any makeup trend, and this season a matte base is essential. In order to achieve this look your skin needs to appear fresh and flawless, without looking like you are wearing any foundation at all. So say hello to your new best friend. PHB Mineral Miracles Foundation provides fantastic coverage for pigmentation, dark circles and acne whilst always making skin look naturally air-brushed. Our fabulous minerals are 100% natural and nourish skin whilst helping to control oil production. With SPF15 and light reflecting pigments to reduce the appearance of large pores or wrinkles. Eyes: Are bold and beautiful this A/W, taking their inspiration from 60’s doe eye chic. Learn to draw the line: Eyeliner takes centre stage here, with bold lines and daring designs. Keep your liner thick for maximum impact.

To create the look use PHB Mineral Miracles Eye shadow in Storm Sky. These versatile gems turn into great liquid eyeliners when mixed with water, giving you more intensity and staying power than a traditional liner, whilst being delicate enough for sensitive eyes. Dip the tip of your brush into water, then mix with the powder to create a

thick paste and paint on a thick line to accentuate the eyes, with an extra flick out at the end to add that extra touch of glamour. Finish with lashing of PHB’s Natural Mascara, made with botanical ingredients that help to lengthen and thicken lashes. Keep your eye-lids and lips natural with pale pinks or nudes to let your eyes do the talking.

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Cold feet during winter? Warm is a place called Glerups


ome warm up with Glerups! Glerups slippers from Denmark are made naturally from the warmest wool and all-natural leather sole. From slip-ons, to shoes and booties, Glerups come in styles for everyone! Warm - Glerups footwear is a unique concept based on the idea of using the natural characteristics of wool to its advantage. Unlike most common materials which become cold when dampened, wool releases heat. Natural wool has the ability to give off heat that is five times greater than any other textile fibre, and in this manner, it acts as a buffer against changes in the surrounding temperature and humidity. The qualities of wool become entirely unique when worn directly against human skin; so naturally, it made sense to fashion slippers from this material.

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Natural – Glerups are made from 100% natural wool. Glerups select wool that is gently washed in soft water, made into socks and felted with steam to mimic the shape of your foot. Soft calfskin soles protect the slippers for longer wear, while also taking the ‘slip’ out of slipper to provide a whisper soft, yet safe, step. Beautiful - Glerups come in three styles for both men and women. The ‘slipper’ model embodies the classic characteristics of a slip-on indoor shoe. Get the warmth and comfort of on-the-foot 100% wool with the ‘shoe’ model Glerups. The shoe model provides the perfect comfort for colder floor surfaces, and won’t slip off. Finally, for those looking for an all-around insulator, there’s the ‘boot’ style Glerups. The boot offers full foot coverage all the way up to the ankle. This style insulates your entire foot while still allowing bare

feet! Block out the cold with boot style Glerups. Glerups also come in a variety of vibrant, earthy colours, making them a versatile choice that will suit anyone’s personal style. Tim Stacey of Tin Shack explains, “The concept of Glerups is entirely unique. They should be worn with bare feet, yet are still able to keep your feet warm and dry. Wool is also a self-cleaning fabric, so Glerups will maintain freshness by simply letting them air out.” For more information on Glerups or to order your own, please visit





Look good carrying anything, anywhere, anytime


iscover a tropical escapade with the exotic floral Mai Tai, which is part of the new Spring/Summer 2012 collection by Envirosax. Vibrant colors of tangerine, turquoise, sunshine yellow and paradise pink tantalize the senses. Mai Tai was inspired by Polynesia, capturing the lush essence of the wild flora of the land. Feel fresh, luminous and seductive when carrying Mai Tai.

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Envirosax features: n Convenient – easy to carry in a handbag n Tested for strength & safety n Lightweight yet strong, holds 20kg/44lb n Fully washable & won't fade n Water resistant KIDS BAG n A great gift idea n Solution to single-use plastic bags


Envirosax, the ultimate eco-fashion accessory, is committed to making a substantial environmental impact with innovative products. Envirosax reusable bags roll up to the size of a piece of sushi and unroll into a big bag, carrying the equivalent of two single-use plastic grocery bags. Look good and feel great knowing you can potentially save the planet from up to 6,000 single-use plastic bags by reusing your Envirosax.

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Reinventing the Classics Swims Spring Summer 2012

The Swims Collection allows you to wear your favorite shoes regardless of weather conditions, while also providing a classy look. Slip’em on before walking wet or muddy streets and slip’em off when you arrive. Enhanced comfort is assured and your shoes will stay shiny and clean. Gear up with a classic Swims Umbrella, Bag, Jacket.

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FOR HIM Next Classic Design Watch

Debenhams J Jeans by Jasper Conran, Knit, Tee, Chinos, Shoes

Rotary Watches Unisex White Ceramic Watch

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Debenhams Aviators Red Herring

French Connection Bristol Canvas Bag

The Perfume Shop CK Shock

Jacamo Chatham Marine Classic G2 Deck Shoe

Debenhams Belt

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Dove Men+Care® Family, friendships and personal hobbies fuel the men around us.


Photo & Text: Dove

t Dove Men+Care®, we understand that what real men care about contributes to their overall quality and enjoyment of life. This year, Dove Men+Care® is once again expanding their line-up to help support men in their daily tasks.

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DOVE MEN+CARE® ANTIPERSPIRANT/DEODORANT: Dove Men+Care® antiperspirant/ deodorant is specifically designed to give men the lasting protection they need in all of their personal endeavours within the home, at work and play. The unique Dove Men+Care® deodorant formula combines effective ingredients for 24-hour odour protection, while the antiperspirant provides all-day wetness protection. Each formula actively protects against skin irritation with an advanced ¼ moisturizer technology. This line comes in three scents of antiperspirant and deodorant, as well as Clinical. This year, Dove Men+Care® introduces a new variety, Aqua Impact™, into their line-up.

DOVE MEN+CARE® BODY AND FACE WASH: The Dove Men+Care® body and face wash contains patent-pending MICROMOISTURETM/MC technology developed to hydrate skin from head to toe. MICROMOISTURETM/MC droplets effectively coat the entire body to ensure skin feels moisturized and clean. Two new body and face wash options, Clean Defense and Fresh Awake, join the existing line of Dove Men+Care® Body and Face Wash.

DOVE MEN+CARE® ACTIVE CLEAN SHOWER TOOL: The Dove Men+Care® Active Clean Shower Tool improves your shower experience instantly with two different scrubbing surfaces to target all men’s cleaning needs. The tough scrub side exfoliates the skin to scrub away rough and dry skin, while the woven mesh helps create a rich lather. With a solid grip and hanging abilities, the Shower Tool is designed to provide men with the ultimate shower experience.

NEW! FRESH AWAKE BODY AND FACE WASH: An energizing scent combined with a jolt of morning freshness to jumpstart the day. NEW! CLEAN DEFENSE BODY AND FACE WASH: An easy to rinse cleansing gel that helps to remove daily oil buildup and maintain skin moisture. Dove Men+Care® Body and Face wash is also available in Deep Clean, Extra Fresh, Clean Comfort and Sensitive Clean varieties.

NEW! AQUA IMPACT™ ANTIPERSPIRANT/DEODORANT: NEW Dove Men+Care® Aqua Impact™ gives you an instant blast of freshness that lasts throughout the day. It has a balanced fragrance that is not overpowering to ensure you feel confident, clean and fresh all day. Dove Men+Care® antiperspirants and deodorants are also available in Clean Comfort and Extra Fresh scents. CLINICAL: For extra-effective wetness protection and to ease irritation caused by dryness, Clinical is offered in the Clean Comfort variant.

DOVE MEN+CARE® BODY AND FACE BARS: The Dove Men+Care® line-up also includes Body and Face Bars that are available in Deep Clean and Extra Fresh varieties.

DOVE MEN+CARE® HAIR CARE: Men and women have different needs, particularly when it comes to their hair. That’s why Dove Men+Care® shampoo is specially designed for men, with each addressing their specific concerns, such as thinning, flaking or oily hair. All Dove Men+Care® shampoos are made with an advanced formula infused with MICROMOISTURETM/MC SERUM that leaves men’s hair looking healthy and clean. The Dove Men+Care® hair care line comes in three varieties: Deep Clean 2 in 1, Anti-Dandruff and Thick & Clean. MARCH / APRIL 2012 65


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erek is the in-house designer for’s house brand, Derek Cardigan. He is also the eyeglass stylist for Canadian hockey hero, Trevor Linden. Derek Cardigan’s vintage inspired line of eyewear reflects Derek’s joie

de vivre philosophy on fashion and life. Bold yet subtle, Derek Cardigan eyewear evokes the spirit of a swinging by-gone-age brought right up-to-date full of color, whimsy, joy and style. Make a bold statement with these Derek Cardigan eyeglasses.

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Cateye: Love L740 Blonde Torto iseshell

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Sparkling Digital - “Flute” 1.4435Ncu Staybrite steel case with fluted sides, mirror polished, 40.00 mm diameter. Mechanical self-winding movement, sapphire crystal with steel apperture for digital time display a “Souscription”, bezel pavé set with TW VVS diamonds, TW VVS diamonds of various sizes and coars diamond dust set under the saphire crystal in black enamel.

Sparkling Digital - “Pavé” 1.4435NcU Staybrite case with, mirror polished, 42.00 mm diameter. Mechanical self-winding movement, sapphire crystal with stainless steel apperture for digital time display a “Souscription”, bezel pavé set with TW VVS diamonds, TW VVS diamonds of various sizes and coars diamond dust set under the saphire crystal in black enamel.

Sparkling Digital “Full Pavé” 1.4435NcU Staybrite case with, mirror polished, 38.00 mm diameter. Mechanical self-winding movement, sapphire crystal with stainless steel apperture for digital time display a “Souscription”, case full pavé set with TW VVS diamonds, TW VVS diamonds of various sizes and coars diamond dust set under the saphire crystal in black enamel.

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from several casting executives, including NBC Universal who have applauded her “depth and range as an actor” and point out her “commercial appeal for American-television viewers”. Natasha is best known for her starring role in the short film PRIA which was selected into numerous festivals around the world; it is currently on the Sundance Channel and was an in flight movie on Air Canada. She has also played leading and principal roles in shows like HBO’s How to Make it in America, CBC’s 11 Cameras and MVP. As a strong theater actor, Natasha has taken part in two Vagina Monologues and was recently featured in the Off- Broadway hit, Bollywood Wedding, to name a few. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Natasha currently resides in New York City.

Photo: Andrew Adams

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS FOR NATASHA CHANDEL: 2011 Marty Awards Nominee – Emerging Artist in the Media Arts. Photo: David Leyes


atasha Chandel is a multi award winning media professional (producer, writer, publicist) and performing artist. Having begun her performance career at seven years of age, and her production career at sixteen, it is clear Natasha has dedicated her life to her craft. She has experience within almost every aspect of television including reporting, production, producing, writing, publicity, casting, sales and distribution. As a graduate of Ryerson University’s acclaimed Radio and Television Arts program, Natasha has served at major networks in both Canada and the US, including MTV Networks, CHUM Ltd (Fashion Television, MuchMusic), Rogers Television, CBC and CCI Entertainment. As a publicist, Natasha has represented major international

Photo: Bob Gundu

Photo: Bob Gundu

artists including Billboard chart topper, Jay Sean; UK music producer extraordinaire, Rishi Rich (recently signed to Timbaland Records); and Bollywood superstar, Shiamak Davar, to name a few. With her strong PR/marketing and branding background, Natasha created the character Mumbai Chopra and her first comedy web series, Landing in Mumbai, to have exceptional brand potential. Not only does Natasha produce, write and direct Landing in Mumbai, she also brings to life the vivacious Mumbai Chopra. As a performing artist, Natasha has had endorsements

Other recipients: Sci fi Writer Robert J. Sawyer, Director Richie Mehta. 2008 Lancome Mille Femmes – Honored as 1000 of the most creative women in the city of Toronto. Selected as a “Leading Protégé for Creativity” Other recipients: Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, supermodel Yasmine Warsam and Daria, Fashion Journalist Jeanne Beker Galaxy (International Television) Award for “Happy Birthday Flowertown” Associate producer and co writer for historical documentary Telly (National Television) Award for “Happy Birthday Flowertown” Associate producer and co writer for historical documentary Houston Worldfest – Platinum Remy for “PRIA” Other recipients: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee TIFFg’s Sprockets Int’t Film Festival for Children – Audience Choice Award for “PRIA” NBC Short Cuts Film Festival – Online Audience Choice Award for “PRIA”

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The ShawFestival The 2012 Season features11plays


Photo illustration: Emily Cooper

h, family obligations … We’ve all heard about it, and most of us have lived through it at some point or another. It can be a blessing or a curse. Take playwright Terrance Rattigan for example: if it weren’t for his father being so set on him joining the Foreign Office, he might never have written his first hit! His play French Without Tears established him as one of the leading playwrights of the 1930s – a blessing for all playgoers. Ontario’s Shaw Festival is reviving this forgotten gem, thereby adding some ‘ooh la la’ into their 2012 Season . In French Without Tears, a group of young English diplomats attempt to learn French on the west coast of France where the sun is hot, the sea inviting and the girls are alluring.

French Without Tears

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A Man and Some Women

Unfortunately the mysteries of syntax and pronunciation are far less interesting than the mysteries of sex, romance and seduction. Their labours are distracted by the arrival of two attractive young women: Jacqueline, the engaging daughter of the French tutor, and the delicious Diana, sister of one of the students and a determined man-snatcher to boot. Diana plays havoc with the hearts of all the men who rest eyes on her – until one day she too gets her own

come-uppance. Who knew learning French could be this much fun? Now back to this notion of family obligations, this time in the form of a clever and thoughtful play entitled A Man and Some Women by Githa Sowerby. Though the play is set in the early 1900s, many of us can still relate to what the main character, Dick Shannon, must be going through. He is a man with a rare gift for science and anxious to go to Brazil to investigate

cousin, Jessica: they love each other secretly. One of the sisters witnesses harmless affection between them and makes mischief causing events to unravel in ways no one ever suspected. Both plays are part of what the Shaw Festival refers to as their ‘archeological’ programming wherein they rediscover lost theatrical gems from the past dust them off and give them a fresh new treatment for today’s audiences. The 2012 Season features 11 plays including the hit musical Ragtime, Noël Coward’s Present Laughter and the screwball comedy His Girl Friday. The themes are timeless and transcend the boundaries of race and economic status to reveal what is really at the heart of the human condition. Whether it’s plays by their namesake Bernard Shaw, his peers or contemporary playwrights, the Shaw Festival is known for their outstanding production values and great ensemble acting. And let’s not forget the idyllic setting of Niagara-on-the-Lake where this year many important festivities commemorating the War of 1812 will take place. Award-winning wineries, culinary delights, charming B&Bs and luxurious hotels round out the perfect quick getaway to see world-class theatre! If you’re going to fulfil just one family obligation, make it a family outing to The Shaw and Niagaraon-the-Lake.

Photo illustration: Emily Cooper Photo illustration: Emily Cooper

Present Laughter

Photo illustration: Emily Cooper

tropical diseases. That, however would diminish his financial resources as he would have to give up a business, and his wife will not hear of it. She cares about nothing but his money and repays his constant hard work with nagging. He also supports his two sisters, though they believe their income is from their mother, whom he also supported till her death, which just occurred. The one pleasant thing in his life is a

His Girl Friday

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Exhibitors and visitors at large experienced the colorful sights and rhythmic sounds of Dreams 2012. The Bollywood fusion beat filled the air while young dancers and fashion models awed audiences at Dreams Wedding Show & Bazaar held at Red Rose Convention Center in Mississauga. Model after model hit the runway to showcase some of Toronto’s up and coming names in bridal wear including Faru & Mehru Haute Couture, Karizma Collection, Dream Couture, Fashion Ka Fatka, Sai Vachan Creations and many more. Multicultural Bridal Fashion Show was the highlight of the show.

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PRESS BOX JUNO-Nominated Vancouver Band Releases Debut Music Video with MMA Champ Canadian hip-hop group A-SLAM have collaborated with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Gurdarshan ‘Gary’ Mangat for the release of A-SLAM’s debut music video entitled “Back Down”. The fast-paced video features A-SLAM showcasing their music talents alongside Gary Mangat, the first Sikh featherweight to hold an MMA belt, showcasing his athletic talents. In addition to sharing a hometown of Vancouver, A-SLAM and Gary Mangat united for the “Back Down” music video under a common thread of pursuing one’s dreams. While A-SLAM is trying to break in to the music industry, Gary is on his own mission to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and to become the first Sikh UFC fighter in the process. A-SLAM is a JUNO Nominated artist, DJ, and production team who specialize in “fusion Hip-Hop”, mixing the popular genre with South Asian, Latin, and Electronic influences. In addition to opening in Canada for some of the biggest names in urban and South Asian music including Jay Sean, Fat Joe, Apache Indian and Raghav, A-SLAM have toured Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and even performed for over 40,000 people at Ottawa’s 2011 Canada Day celebrations. After feature appearances on major Bollywood releases in India including “Twist and Shout” by Taz and “American Desi” by DJ Sanj, A-SLAM’s debut album, also titled “Back Down”, will be released later this month. As for the single, “Back Down” showcases music by DJ ExxQuiZiT, vocals by “E.V.”, Reminisce, Nick Thalari, and FAZE. The video was shot and edited by Sun Gill. 82 MARCH / APRIL 2012

Prita Chhabra Made History as First South Asian Recording Artist to Sing Anthems for the NHL. Ottawa, Ontario - The IndoCanadian Community of Ottawa was proud to present India Day at SCOTIABANK PLACE™ on Wednesday December 14th - an NHL first! Canadian Recording Artist Prita Chhabra sang the National Anthems, to inaugurate the event in Ottawa, as the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins visited the Ottawa Senators. Prita became the First South Asian Recording Artist to sing the U.S. and Canadian Anthems at an NHL Game. Fans caught the India theme throughout the evening, as Hockey enthusiasts were greeted with vibrant sounds of Bollywood and the Dhol Beat. India Day was organized in part by Hunsdeep Singh, founder of the “Mirch Masala Radio” nightly programming on CHIN FM Ottawa.

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The Chitresh Das Dance Company & the Asian Art Museum present the world premiere of DARBAR. A new work choreographed and composed by kathak master Chitresh Das. Featuring the Chitresh Das Dance Company and live music by world-class musicians. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts. The Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) is pleased to announce the world premiere of Darbar, a new work choreographed and composed by renowned kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das. Performed in the format of traditional kathak dance drama,Darbar is presented in partnership with the Asian Art Museum's special exhibition Maharaja: the Splendor of India's Royal Courts. Performances run at the Asian Art Museum's Samsung Hall, March 15-18, 2012. Darbar (translated as “the court”) highlights the artistic renaissance that took place in the courts of North India as well as the methodology of divide and rule utilized by the British to conquer India and eventually dissolve the same courts. The story is loosely based on that of king Wajid Ali Shah, a ruler known both for his decadence and for his revival of kathak. Ali Shah, so distracted by his indulgences, failed to notice that his general was being tempted by the British to betray him. Darbaris both a representation of the rich artistic and cultural legacy of the courts of North India as well as a statement about the responsibility of power and the risk of corruption-concepts still relevant today. “With Darbar I am able to talk about power, about politics, and about art through the tradition of kathak,” said Das. “In kathak lies the art of my message, of movement and dance, of costumes, of finding what happened in India in the 1700s and 1800s that is relevant to modern audiences, whether they be in San Francisco or Mumbai. Just as the Maharaja exhibit explores the power and dynamics of the maharajas, so this art reflects that history and brings it alive for the modern day.” Darbar features the dynamic dancers of the Chitresh Das Dance Company, including Charlotte Moraga, Seibi Lee, Joanna Meinl, Rachna Nivas, Rina Mehta, and Labonee Mohanta. The dancers are accompanied by world-class musicians, including vocalist Debashis Sarkar (vocals), Jayanta Banerjee (sitar), and Ben Kunin (Sarod). Ramesh Misra performs on the Sarangi, a rare bowing instrument that mimics the human voice (the Sarangi player uses the cuticles of the fingers to manipulate the instrument). MARCH / APRIL 2012 83




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progressively more painful as it presses on the tissues until it either ruptures and drains on its own or has to be drained surgically. Usually the abscess originates from bacteria in the dead remnants of the nerve tissue in the tooth. This can be caused due to deep cavities, cracked or previously treated teeth which have failed. Abscess that is caused by advanced periodontal gum disease are called periodontal and gingival abscesses. In some cases, a tooth abscess that perforates the bone and starts draining into the surrounding tissues creates the local facial swelling and it can affect the lymph glands and follows the path of least resistance, the path is affected by the location of the infected tooth, the thickness of the bone, muscle and may spread either internally or externally. It can continue to become osteomyelitis which is bone infection that is usually aggressive and cellulitis which is spreading infection below the skin surface. External drainage allows pus from an abscess to drain inside or outside the mouth and this type of drainage will immediately relieve some of the painful symptoms associated with the pressure created by the trapped pus. Internal drainage is more of a concern as a growing infection makes space within the tissues and complications requiring immediate hospitalization, IV antibiotics and may even need the abscess to be drained in the operating room under anesthesia. Ludwig's angina, which is a combination of growing infection that involves the floor of the mouth and cellulitis which

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Khichdi Serves 4 Ingredients 2 cups brown rice (or white rice) 1 cup toor dal 1 carrot diced 1/2 bell pepper chopped 1 small bunch of swiss chard chopped 1/4 cup corn 1/4 cup peas 1/4 cup string beans cut 1 tbsp Ghee 1 tsp cumin seeds or jeera 1 green chili pepper slit length-wise 1 tsp red chilli powder or per taste 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp black pepper Salt to taste

Tomato Mint Pulao

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Ingredients: 1 cup basmati rice 1 medium onion cut lengthwise 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 medium tomato diced A few sprigs of fresh or dry mint leaves 2 bay leaves 1/2 cinnamon stick 3 – 4 cloves A few cloves of garlic 1 cardamom’s seeds powdered 1 tbsp oil 1 tbsp ghee 2 tsp mustard seeds 1 jalapeno cut in round or per taste 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp of red chili powder or per taste Salt as per taste

Directions: Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds, let it splutter. Then add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves followed by onions and garlic. Sauté for a couple of minutes, then add the tomato paste, sauté for a minute then add the diced tomatoes. Add other spices, rice and mix well. Now add water which measures a little less than twice the amount of rice. Add the cardamom powder and all the chopped mint leaves, about 1/4 cup, taste and adjust for seasonings. Bring it to a boil, reduce the 92 MARCH / APRIL 2012

flame to medium, give it one pressure and immediately turn it off. Try to release the pressure after sometime slowly but be careful. This ensures the rice grains are separate and not mushy at all. Fluff it with a fork after sometime and once it is completely cool. Do not over mix it. Tastes too good with those whole garlic cloves and all the spices if served as is or even with a side of raita.

Directions: Soak the rice with double the amount of water for at least 30 minutes. Soak the toor dal also is possible with twice the amount of water. In a pressure cooker, heat ghee and add jeera. Then add the green chili, carrots and string beans saute for a few seconds. Then add the rice excluding the water and mix well with the vegetables so that ghee can coat every grain of rice. Now add the toor dal and water. Add the turmeric, chilli powder, salt, black pepper and mix. Cover the cooker with the lid and let the pressure come out at least 5 – 6 times before you turn off the flame. You can open the pressure cooker after about 10 minutes or when the pressure is completely calmed and no hissing sound is heard. Add the bell pepper, corn, peas, swiss chard now and mix well as these vegetables can cook through easily from the heat of the mixture. I also

MANGO RICE Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 raw mango 1 tbsp oil 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp urad dal 1/2 tsp channa dal 1/2 tsp turmeric powder A few kari leaves 1 dried red chili or per taste 1/2 cup cooked rice 1 – 2 tbsp roasted peanuts Salt per taste A pinch of hing

Directions: Using a grater grate the mango. Heat oil in a wok, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the urad dal, channal dal let them turn golden brown. Now add the kari leaves, red chili, hing. Add the mango, and cook until soft. Turn off the heat and add turmeric powder, peanuts and mix well. Mix it with the cooked rice, add salt per taste. Serve with a side fried papadum

Murmura Upma Serves 4

Ingredients: 2 cups of murmura 1 medium size carrot diced 1 medium size aloo diced 1 small onion chopped 1 green chili finely chopped 1 small tomato diced 1/2 bell pepper chopped 1/2 tsp haldi powder 1 tsp of red chili powder or per taste 1/2 -1 juice of a lime Salt per taste 2 tsp oil 1 tsp rye or rai 1 tsp urad dal Dhania (herb) for garnish A few kari leaves

prefer the bell pepper to be a bit crunchy so I add it in the end. If you are using fresh corn or peas, add it along with the carrots in the beginning. Top it off with a small dollop of ghee and your hot khichdi is ready to be enjoyed and you won’t even notice that it is made with brown rice.

Directions: Wash murmura and drain the water. Let it sit aside. Heat oil add rye and let it splutter, then add urad dal, let it turn golden brown. Now add kari leaves, onion and sauté well. Then add the carrots & aloo and mix well, sprinkle some water, cover it with a lid and let it cook. Then add the tomatoes, bell pepper, sauté and

then add the spices mentioned. Now add the murmura and mix it gently to coat it with all the spices, squeeze lime juice as per taste. Garnish with chopped dhania. Serve hot. Tastes too good.

365 Days of Pure Vegetarian Cooking with Compassion Priya Kothari, a food lover has been blogging for a while now on her favorite subject Food. She says ‘ I must admit that my real inspiration for cooking came from none other than the queen of Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis. Thanks to her enthusiasm for cooking that has dug my hidden passion into something worthwhile. I will also add that my husband has a passion for food which merely goes to his upbringing; yes, my Mother-in-Law is an amazing cook and hence he has an Priya Kothari inclination towards food cooked in a way 365 Days of Pure Vegetarian which makes his taste buds jump in triumph! And last but not least, how can I forget my dear Mom who has always been a source of inspiration in creating simple yet very satisfying meals day in and day out. I hope to carry on the simplicity of preparing food from her and pass it on to my family and friends!’

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