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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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Vegging at thefarm, Jaipur

A quote by John Russel “Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting” pretty much describes my friend’s amazing property, outside Jaipur. When she invited me for an event and stay at her farm, I actually wasn’t aware of this paradise she lived in. Its only after the entire experience did I realize the worth of my impromptu holiday.

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Colombo’s style hub

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Very recently my sister traveled to Colombo (capital of Sri Lanka) for work and came back talking about some places and things which I should recce, to feature on my blog. And one of them was PR- a fashion boutique, owned by Shanth Fernando’s (Sri Lankan design mogul) daughter, Annika Fernando. To know more about her a la mode I decided to interview the lady.

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Knocked up for a holiday

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A Different India’s ‘babymoon’ packages seemed a step towards sustainable relationship, as we tend to take our better halves for granted. A bond rule ….the caress, the genuine lazy smile, and body language, do make a difference since actions speak louder than words. Though it is on the wane as many young couples nowadays are coping with so much stress. So these packages help to ease their issues effectively. This time never comes back and the tension or discomfort of having a bun in the oven surely need’s an offset.

“Babymoon,” is the last trip before the baby arrives, which ADI effortlessly makes it blissful for expectant couples. Being single I thought it best to ask Pankhuri Joshi, who is at the helm of affairs with ADI for ‘Babymoon’ some relevant questions –

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An oasis of creative luxuries

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I was forwarded an invite of this store launch by a friend who actually wanted me to go for a promotional activity of another brand at this venue; since he knew of my never-ending quest for unique things and techniques which should be brought to light with much reverence I pushed myself to trek across town. Also my younger sister who shares my passion had recommended me to visit it much earlier when it was located some place else. Even though the ride into the village is something that one needs to get used to, but the Holi brunch at Serendipity calmed my nerves allowing me to soak in the different yet similar sensibilities with the displayed merchandise, on a sunday afternoon. 

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‘Patram’- your festive spoil at kamala

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was an Indian social reformer and freedom fighter. She was the driving force behind the renaissance of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre in independent India; and for the upliftment of the socio-economic standard of Indian women by pioneering the co-operative movement. Cultural institutions like National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and the Crafts Council of India which were all initiated by her are now creating impetus in present day Indian cultural scenario.

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One Week in Spiti: Trekking with Ecosphere

“It’s as if we just landed on Mars!” exclaimed my friend, while trekking through Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The landscape here is indeed stark, simple and overwhelmingly quiet. In the one week that we spent here, trekking from one village to another, we hardly came across a moving life-form outside the villages. The occasional rabbit, fox or blue sheep (deer) will sheepishly bounce across your path, hoping that you didn’t see it. The only abundant movement here is of rivers and butterflies.

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Love Travel Guides India

“I write about Travel because I love to travel. I only value authentic information. I believe that time is the ultimate luxury and I want to maximise great experiences and minimize poor ones. I am committed to Conscious Travel that is environmentally and socially responsible.” Fiona Caulfield, creator of Love Travel Guides.

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SECOND FLOOR STUDIO

Second Floor Studio

This store in Delhi’s Khan Market surely knows how to attract curious onlookers….. Second Floor Studio makes a statement with aplomb. Its assortment of vintage and contemporary items egged me to look at everything twice over, as each one seemed apt for someone I know or a place in my environment.

As a woman, the first thing that drew my attention was the modern, yet timeless, costume jewellery by a Jaipur-based designer AKFD AnantayaEn Inde,whose pieces are industrially inspired and the nature’s motifs artistically crafted by Valliyan. These upcoming designers are seen sharing the limelight for being innovative yet traditional in their approach. Some other enterprising names here are Olivia Dar for her Peter Pan encrusted collars and belts Joli for their kitschy keychains, and Khamsa, Alecca Carrano and Cirare for their versatile and trendy bags and pouches: a clear deja vu of the glossy International fashion magazines featuring them on celebrities.

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