Marigold Diary



To ‘serve’ with love

I recently discovered ISTLONDON, founded by  John William Micklethwaite. Its first workshop apparently started operating in 2013 but it began selling in August 2014. Actually the credit goes to my younger sister who bought its blue pastel dessert platter and serve bowls from the main shop in Alcati (a town on Turkey’s Çeşme Peninsula, on the Aegean Sea, known for its beaches, old stone houses and winemaking tradition) recently during her holiday.

So after checking with John I quickly added this too onto my shopping list for London as the porcelain is fine and available at W A Green, Closet & Botts, 181 Delecatessen & Heal’s. They claim to have used only the world’s best porcelain – Limoges (which is from Llmoges, France) and Mount Blanc; even though the latter is not easily malleable in handmade processes, but its sheen reflects the light perfectly.

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Little Passports

Holidays are all different, depending on the company and time of your life. So few days ago, when I received an email from Prachi Kagzi about her latest enterprise called Little Passports– it got me thinking.

How did we during childhood think beyond our small worlds and learn to dream big, and why do children nowadays need to experience everything at the earliest to become happier and successful adults???


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Living it up with food drinks n company


food table relisted

“It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.”– Maria Sharapova

This quote reminds me of my meeting with the Relisted motley of ‘millenials’ (the younger generation born between 1978-2000, who tend to be skeptical about promotional material  and are more likely to listen to their friends’ recommendations for products and services), last week.

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Homemade Muslim Cuisine from Humaira’s Kitchen


I have decided to push the envelope a bit further and try harder to scout around for niche products and services in the true sense. Hoping this feature fits the bill for many with the upcoming EID, and the onset of festive season in India. As noticed the metropolitan cities are becoming more secular and look for reasons to celebrate differently. Humaira Chhatari, a young mother of an 8 year old boy, comes from a family full of foodies. She has always enjoyed cooking for friends and family. Hailing from an affluent Muslim family in Calcutta got married in a hardcore Muslim town in Uttar Pradesh, Aligarh. Thankfully with no real push comes to shove for earning a living, life has found it’s own ways of egging her into being productively and passionately occupied. Now she judiciously juggles her work between Noida and at the family farms in Aligarh.

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