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Make this eco-friendly ceramic tableware your festive gift this season

The first Indian Ceramics Triennale: Breaking Ground is on at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (in collaboration with the Contemporary Clay Foundation) till 18th November 2018. This and few other exhibitions in the recent past have been slowly and steadily bringing to fore ceramics in India. On the surface it seems like a sudden burst of creativity, which must have been brewing for a while.
Being an admirer of utilitarian art I connected with Sonali Sharma – the co-founder of Nugu Handmade  (based near the Nugu reservoir in the Kaveri basin).
NuguHandmade-Monsoon Collection 20

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Dining with KIKA while celebrating milestones


Well, for me this 70th Independence day celebrations has been about analyzing India’s journey of rapid urbanization, growing awareness of western lifestyles, and higher disposable income. Ironically, certain aspects of global living came to fore, one such being cooking; as an increasing number of cosmopolitans are going back to soirees where exotic foods are paired up with fancy dinner and serveware as that has become a part of their conversations. So now, serving food tastefully  is no longer the prerogative of only the rich and famous of a bygone era.

Janaki Kirloskar in 2016, after working for 12 years in her century-old family business, decided to make the most of this crevasse. Having revelled in a beautiful home with luxuries, she had travelled, fine dined and entertained extensively ever since childhood. This industrial engineer who has an eye for patterns and designs decided on making the most of her of her background with KIKA Tableware – an acronym which brings together two most significant forces of her life – her daughters, Devaki and Mihika.  And with the onset of our festive season it seemed most appropriate for me to question her about her fairly new creative venture.

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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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Think food think happiness

This post is a tribute to the thousands of people who have lost their lives during the inevitable Himalayan tsunami- an environmental catastrophe accelerated by human greed? How unpredictable life is…. all this reminds me to live life to the fullest, taking each day as it comes.

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Catering by Design

Since I am trying to cover all aspects of lifestyle ideally creatively inclined, a feature on a New delhi based Catering by Design seemed both visually and gastronomically perfect for my blog.


 “What I’ve enjoyed most is meeting people who have real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is something new always and amazing to learn-I love it “  a statement made by Jamie Oliver a British chef, restaurateur, media personality, known for his food-oriented television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools; echoes Arjun Puri’s views about his first love, food, and the high he gets while catering to people’s whims and fancies. Arjun very fondly remembers his childhood holidays with grandparents in Punjab, which always left him yearning for the same freshly cooked taste of simple yet experimental meals. And during his schooling days at Welham Boys School, Dehradun, while camping he had maximum fun cooking dishes with a twist with the help of the school bearers.

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