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Traditional Diwali Food Recipes

| 25 October 2014 | 0 Comments

  A wrapped pastry filled with coconut Karanji (also popularly known as Gujiya) is a traditional Diwali sweet prepared in Maharashtra.   Shakar Para is a square of rectangular or diamond shaped pastry coated in sugar syrup. It is a popular Diwali recipe.   A popular Maharastrian recipe served on many festive occasions, Til ka […]

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Diwali Recipes: Bengali Cuisine specialities

| 23 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Bengali traditional cuisine during Diwali 14 SAAGS EATEN DURING DIWALI Mulo shaak (radish greens) Lau shaak (gourd greens) Kumro shaak (pumpkin greens) Pui shaak Rai (Lai) shaak (Mustard greens) Laal shak (red greens…how funny that sounds!) Dhayki shaak (looks like curled tips of ferns) Kolmi shaak Notay shaak Helencha shaak Kulaykhara shaak (it has a […]

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Mandore Rajasthan: Shalini Digvijay

| 23 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Mandore — 8 kms from Jodhpur. It was from this place that Rao Jodha contemplated shifting his fort and headquarters to Mehrangarh, the fort of the sun.There are many folklore and legends. Each person we encountered added his own two bits . The result was an amazing tale. We were greeted with a typical small  […]

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Diwali Sweets and Savouries

| 22 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Diwali is widely celebrated in India as well as some other countries; many Indians living all over the globe celebrate this festival as well. Celebrated in autumn, the date being decided by the Hindu Lunisolar calendar, Diwali is a celebration of light, knowledge, goodness and hope. The festival of Diwali falls eighteen days after Dussehra […]

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Restaurant Design India: Monkey Bar Delhi

| 21 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Restaurant Delhi Delhi’s culinary scene just got more exciting with the arrival of the hip and trendy gastro-pub in Vasant Kunj called Monkey Bar. After the raging success of this restaurant in Bangalore, the owners decided to try out the same formula in the capital and it hasn’t taken long for Monkey Bar to be […]

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India Wall Decor Online: Poorwall

| 20 October 2014 | 0 Comments

I am an engineer and an MBA and have worked in the corporate setup for over 4 years. During this time, I’ve worked on a number of consulting projects in the e-commerce industry. At the very outset I was optimistic about this sector and keen to start my own online store. The aim was to […]

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Tradition vs Technology: Nikhil Juvekar

| 19 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Nikhil Juvekar started his career by cutting teeth at India’s top design firm Talati and Panthakey. After gaining several years of experience, he started his own practice Nikhil Juvekar Design Associates (NJDA), based in Mumbai. A mid-size practice focused on limited clientele enabling him to engage with design and produce a certain uniqueness. “Man must […]

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Bangalore apartment Design: Kantilal residence

| 18 October 2014 | 0 Comments

The Kantilal residence designed by Cadence Architects has contemporary interiors and a free-flowing multi-level design. The white exterior of this residence, which is more or less a box like structure, is given an interesting façade with the addition of grey colour and slatted, horizontal screens on either side of the balcony, creating a visually stimulating […]

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Pune Apartment Design: Bobby Aggarwal: Portside Home

| 17 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Although the focus at Portside Cafe is primarily retail backed by our export mainstream business, there are occasions on which clinets and friends ask me to design their homes based on their specific requirements. While many such projects fall in the high-end luxury segment there are also several that incorporate leather as part of an […]

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Pune Interior Designer: Lalit Katare

| 16 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Lalit Katare entered the world of design when he decided to pursue Arts as a career and his studies helped him use his ‘mind and body to truly create’. He set up his design firm in 2006, after working for a while. The desire to set up his own design firm and amalgamate his experiences […]

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Interior Design India: Kaamya Design: Nabar

| 15 October 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Kaamya’ translates as ‘desirable’ and ‘passionate’ in Sanskrit. An interior design studio based in Mumbai, Kaamya is headed by a young and talented designer, Gauri Argade, her work dedicated to helping customers create and define their own unique personal spaces. As Gauri puts it, “design for us is not a purpose but a passion.” She […]

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Vacation Home: Broadbeach — Jeffrey Tohl

| 15 October 2014 | 0 Comments

A vacation home on the Malibu beachfront in California was given a complete facelift by Jeffrey Tohl. The clients had a specific budget and the design brief for this 4000 square-foot home was primarily to create an informal coastal style home with an emphasis on simplicity, comfort and understated elegance. The exterior was basic and […]

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North-east India Travel: Khonoma, Nagaland

| 14 October 2014 | 0 Comments

The backbreaking bumps on the dirt track, the SUV bouncing so hard that every muscle ached and mixed feelings of fear and apprehension — I was venturing into unknown territories along with friends half my age, Neelam Dutta, an organic farmer and entrepreneur and Dhruv, young and eager about life. There were no street lights […]

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Visit Pondicherry and Auroville: Oindrila De

| 13 October 2014 | 0 Comments

I had been day-dreaming about the quaint little streets of Pondicherry for almost a year before I finally booked my tickets and decided to realise my fantasies. Puducherry is not just a union territory in India, it is a world of its own. The Franco-rule that lasted here for almost 300 years, has soaked this […]

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Mehrangarh Jodhpur: Shalini Digvijay

| 12 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Mehrangarh Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort is on the highest hill of the city. Massive.  And the ubiquitous camels stand guard here.Their get up is a little more ostentatious…jazzy to put it simply.I loved the rose on his nose. The only way to see this well preserved 600 year old fort is by walking through it.  Constructed […]

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Handicrafts of Kutch: Sonia Sumant

| 11 October 2014 | 1 Comment

The charms of Kutch are embedded in its art. Against the backdrop of the white crystal desert and the yellow grasslands, the Kutchchy people stride in grace with their bold colourful embroideries. We can see this in their clothes, over their walls, on their beds…almost any place around. Overall, a fantastic mishmash of creative expression! […]

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Bhutan Travelogue

| 10 October 2014 | 0 Comments

A small hidden mountain kingdom ruled by a benevolent monarch where nature is a partner in existence and people are helpful without any agenda, its cultural heritage and gentle spirit intact – Bhutan is unique and refreshing in many ways. Having arrived at the capital Thimpu the previous evening, we woke up to a beautiful […]

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Country style interiors: Doonbeg Lodge

| 9 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Ireland conjures images of picturesque villages and landscapes that one has only seen in postcards and brings to mind great poets and writers like Yeats and Wilde. It also has several beautiful estates that reflect the heritage and architecture of the region set against a spectacular backdrop of nature’s magnificence. One such property is the […]

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Luxury boutique hotel: Vahine — Ta’haa

| 8 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re a couple on a honeymoon or just looking for privacy and exclusivity, there’s no place more romantic and charming than the islands of French Polynesia. Romance and the Polynesian islands have gone hand in hand for centuries now, probably because of the tales of the warm welcome that the European explorers got from […]

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Moroccan Interior Design: La Sultana Marrakech

| 7 October 2014 | 0 Comments

La Sultana Marrakech is a palatial haven designed for none other than the Sultans themselves! This award-winning luxury boutique hotel is a true reflection of traditional Moroccan architectural design and craftsmanship. Located in the heart of the medina and just a few minutes away from the airport and other places of interest such as the […]

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