Fashion, India, indian charms, Indian wear, jewelry, sponsored post
There is something about miniature models of real-life things that make them so adorable. Specially when they are intricately made, without a single detail missing, and resemble their real life counterparts to the T. Well except for the size! is a jewelry brand that you offers you a wide range of bracelets, rings, necklaces, anklets etc. The highlight of their collection is definitely their Indian Masala Charms – all inspired by various aspects of India.

I used to love charm bracelets as a kid, so it was an obvious choice for me to hand pick my favorite ones from their website to try them on! There is the auto or the tuk-tuk, the very well detailed kettle, a cutting chai glass, a typical shehnai and a miniature tabla!

The whole point of charms is to add a personal touch to your overall outfit, so it’s completely up to you whether you want to stack ’em all up on a bracelet or have a single charm dangling on a long chain, or maybe even add them to your bag. I threw them all together to form a chunky, interesting bracelet to add an Indian element to my otherwise western outfit (outfit in the next post!). And believe me they are such conversation starters!

Fourseven also has necklaces that are very delicate and modern. Their infinity charm necklace is one piece that I really loved! It’s a dainty little piece that can go on anything and doesn’t need any other addition to make the look stand out. Definitely one of my favorite pieces!

The individual charms can be paired with almost anything. A single charm worn as a pendant was another look that I preferred. It’s a great addition to your look when you are not in the mood to clutter it with something chunky. Their jewelry is unique in a way that it becomes part of your life. It’s not just something pretty. It will always mean something to you!

All their charms are made of sterling silver and inspired by various aspects of India – including the name! Four-Seven -> 1947 -> The day India decided to stand and shine on her own. Their pieces are for the modern Indian woman and there are enough options to suit all the various personas that an urban woman dons. In the words of Rebekkah Kumar – ‘The woman who chooses fourseven jewelry should love it even twenty years from now, as much as she loves it on the day she receives it.’ If you like these charms do check out fourseven for more of them!

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The saree mix

Art, Fashion, India, Indian wear, Look of the Day, saree
My love for sarees is quite known on the blog. I’ve previously worn them here, here, here, here, and here (wow that’s a lot!). I have a pretty decent collection of sarees already, so in order to do justice to my growing collection, and not have those how-many-will-you-shop-for???? accusations thrown at me by my mom, I wear them for any and every occasion. Be it functions, festivals, weddings, work or friends’s-sister’s-cousin’s-dog’s birthday I love to wear sarees! I’ve even worn them to work when I was in the corporate sector as an alternative to kurtis only to have eveyone asking me Did you get married? (really?)

I love Indian wear and personally, I’ve always wanted to see Indian fashion bloggers incorporate more ‘Indian’ looks in their blogs and in their everyday outfits and not just during weddings and festivals. But I think am aware of exactly only two bloggers that have experimented and featured Indian wear and importantly sarees on their blogs! Yes, sometimes they are difficult to manage and not the most comfortable attire to be running around in. And it’s hard to not give in and wear a comfortable pair of jeans and tee, but that doesn’t stop me from loving (a.k.a buying) them!

My search for buying good Indian sarees online ended with, an online ethnic store with a wide array of sarees and salwar suits. Their collection of designer sarees was one thing that really impressed me. You have an option to shop by color, price or fabric and they have everything from cotton to art silk to jacquard-butta and more. I chose a black and grey silk mix jute saree with a colorful border and pallu. With four colors in the saree, it’s easy to mix and match with a blouse of any of those colors for a different look every time. Who knew sarees could also fall under the ‘mix and match’ category right?

And to make it easy to all the NRI’s wanting to buy Indian wear, has international shipping too. With designer lehengas and anarkalis, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste so make sure you take a look at their collection!

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Diwali Snapshots!

Fashion, holidays, India, Indian wear, Look of the Day, poem, saree
How did Diwali rush by so fast? 
Its almost the end of 2013. I don’t know if I am ready to let go yet! *sad face* 
Take a look at the pictures below while I go sulk for a bit!
Cheery smiles
Pretty prints
Colors galore
New year hints!

A forgotten prayer
A wishful thought
A mumbled hope 
A battle fought

Lighting up the darkness
Sparkling in the glow
The impending prayer
tangled in the flow

There is fire in my eyes
in my heart, in my soul
A burning desire,
paves the path to my goal.

Shadows of the past
Lost in the present
A glimpse of the future
A promise that is kept

Stormy nights
Etched in the mind
Waves of thoughts 
that leave you in a bind

Cold gentle breeze
And smiles for some
Warm love awaits
For whenever you come
A breath of wind
whispers in the trees
Four words spoken
and time shall freeze 

One step forward
A skip and a hop
In no time at all
You shall be at the top!
Saree: Gayatri Saree House(Hyderabad) | Bangles&Earrings: Local shops

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Diwali nostalgia

family, Fashion, friends, India, Look of the Day, Madness
Diwali is always a special time at home. A house crowded with cousins and relatives, a big bag full of crackers, and the hullabaloo and ruckus specific and special to your family. But over the past couple of years, diwali has been filled with only two things – decorations and (lots of) photos. Cousins and friends are now scattered across three continents and I miss those times. Luckily we are a family who click photos for every random thing right from a baby’s first sneeze  to hanging a new painting on the wall, so there are always hundreds of albums to browse through every time you feel nostalgic.

One pic shows me holding a sparkler in a hand tightly wrapped in a handkerchief. Before you think I had an accident of any sort, that was my dad’s way of protecting my delicate hands from the flying specks of sparks. Another pic shows me lighting a match and bursting into tears (probably out of fear). I was five. Fun kid I was no? There was this one instance where we were all supposed to take a pic while waving sparklers around in the air. One cousin got a little too excited with the hand waves which resulted in burning a part of my hair. Although it was very little (a few strands) the smell took absolutely forever to leave!

You could be living in a far away land with relatives in India or, like me, you could be here at ‘home’ and your family scattered all over the world. But its just not the same without them! So I compensate by pushing myself into decorating, buying, re-doing, creating, dressing up and clicking loads of pictures… to browse through for another day!

p.s I din’t shop this diwali (surprise suprise), so I just threw together a festive-ish outfit and headed for lunch. Red (is always) = big festive occasion, so problem solved! 😉

p.p.s An outfit shoot after almost a month! We were so excited that we ended up with too many pics. Hence the slight overload!

Skirt&Shoes: Street shopping(Hyderabad) | Top: Max | Necklace&bracelets: street shopping |
Ha! This is one cheap diwali look! 
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RLC – Diwali

Destiny, family, India, Indian wear, saree, story, thoughts
I can hear the loud bursts of crackers and I can see the sky light up with fireworks every few seconds as I sit on my bed typing out this post. Since the last two years it was a ‘green diwali’ at home. If I am being honest it was more because I was depressed and not at all in the mood for celebration rather than because of love towards the environment. Yes I am selfish. Aren’t we all?

The plan was the same this year too when my cousins landed with a HUGE bag of crackers. So I went ahead with participating in all the fun. Time to burn down the past and make way to a brighter future. Time to light diyas and ignite that little ray of hope inside me. Time to bid goodbye to all the bitterness, all the worries and all the pain. Its never too late to have a new beginning and this seemed like the perfect moment. To new beginnings! To new aspirations!
Very recently, a very special person in my life knocked some much needed sense and perspective into my life. When was the last time I truly lived every moment without any worry? When was the last time I let go of all my inhibitions and be myself? When was the last time I got lost in the present with no thought about the future? When was the last time I stopped to look at the simplicity in life? When was the last time I did what I was passionate about? When was the last time I was truly happy? When was the last time I trusted myself and my heart and my decision and went ahead without any hesitation? When was the last time I followed my instinct without a care about what people would say? When? 
At some point I even stopped being honest with myself. I tried to deny what I was feeling. I tried to lock it all up and move on. 
I am simple. I am plain hearted. But after a while I stopped being that person. I crave innocence, purity, honesty in everything including relationships. But I made everything complicated and painful. I see it all now. I am fiercely proud of the kind of person I’ve become thanks to all these circumstances in my life. I am not going to give this up, I am not going to let this person die at any cost now.

After an hour of bursting crackers, I went up to the terrace with my camera and simply started clicking pictures of the fireworks, lost in the moment. It felt so liberating. It took me 12years to feel that way but it was worth every bit of the effort. I’ll try my best to make this last but even if it doesn’t (in case Mr.Murphy has some plans of his own) it’ll still be worth it – worth because of that one overwhelming moment.

Let all our lives be filled with light and joy and brightness from today onwards!

1) Diyas 1 – to ignite your mind
2) Diyas 2 – to guide you on your way
3) Candles – to burn away the past
4) Living the moment
5) From behind the trees.


Marriage and the colour red.. anything common?

family, Fashion, India, Look of the Day, Musings, thoughts
Am touching up on one of the most potent subjects here – love marriage vs arranged marriage. Now i really want to slap that person who inserted that ‘vs’ in between those two. Why make something beautiful into a war? Why should one win and the other fail? It was one of the topics i totally detested whenever it came up in debates or JAM sessions in school and college.

I dont understand why our generation(with a few exceptions) think that arranged marriages ‘are not for them’ and will not work, and why the older generation(again with a few exceptions) thinks that love marriages are wrong and kids dont know any better. I’ve seen both kinds work and fail. Why cant people forget about those two preceding words and just concentrate on the latter word. Marriage. What makes a marriage work? Forget whether its love or arranged. 
You dig up excuses just to support your prejudice against whichever one – love or arranged. And one fine day you’ll fall into the ditch of excuses you were so busy digging and yet failed to notice.
In the end it all comes down to the level of comfort, trust, honesty and communication that you have with each other. And if you dont have those things, nothing and no one can help you. Be it love or arranged!
Am no expert on this subject, considering am not married nor am i going to be any time soon! But every single person whom i know, seems to be getting hitched and these words of wisdom had to flow from my mouth 😛

Moving on, i finally have time to pen down a post (Quite obvious by now eh?). Am i blogging regularly enough for you guys? Is someone taking my attendance? (pssst… anyone giving me proxies?). I can blog every single day too but that will be a bit too much to take for you all! 😉

Look Of The Day:
Most of the time my dressing is very simple. I don’t prefer big brands or fancy stuff… Just a few favourite pieces. And that works just fine 🙂 Especially for meeting friends, having some pizza and taking pics!


India, Musings
2 days i dont login and almost every blog i follow has been updated. Twice.

Anyway am finally home. Home is where the heart is, right? 😉

The flight home was good. Then bad. Then finally over. The first stretch had some really good movies which i’d been wanting to watch since so long. Of course watching it on a tiny screen with the plane’s engine noise in my ears is not exactly what i would have chosen… BUT it could have been worse. In the next stretch we unfortunately had a very small plane. It was crowded and full, with no place for bagagges and no tv.

Still, what’s important is that am back!!! Finally! Travelling is good, vacationing is great, but how long can you ‘escape life’? I’ve got a lot on my hands now and hopefully it all goes well and according to plan. I need to get both my personal and professionall life back on track! A fixed routine. For a while atleast. So lets see *Fingers crossed*

Also, it means that am back to regular blogging. And blogger sketches and some other new stuff. That is, if am not bogged down with work!

Later! 🙂

Bleed Blue!!!

For a country where cricket is the second religion (sometimes the first.. like right now!!!) its a moment of great pride to have won the World Cup after 28 long years! Its a dream come true. A moment our generation has waited for so long!!! We came so close to winning in ’96 and ’03 but we finally did it in 2011!!!

The whole country is going crazy and the celebrations are ON!!!!
Hats off to the Indian team and the 11 heros who made the dream a reality! 😀

How i wish i was back home right now 🙂

Proud to be an Indian!

The 61st Republic Day of India
Origin :
The name India is derived from Indus, which is derived from the old Persian word Hindu, from Sanskrit sindhu, the historic local appellation for the Indus River.
India was the richest country before British ruled over us.
It is also one of the most ancient civilizations.
India is the largest democracy in the world.
India is the 2nd fastest growing economy, has the second largest pool of scientists, is the second largest english speaking nation
India is the 3rd most powerful nation in the world.
India is the 4th largest producer of wind energy, and is the fourth largest oilseed producing country
India is the 5th largest tourist genetating market, global retail destination
India is the 6th largest e-commerce hub and service exporter
India is the 7th largest country in the world, and the 7th largest vehicle producing country.
India has the world’s 8th largest airport- Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal – T3
India is the 9th largest industrialized economy
India is the world’s 10th largest gold holder.
Founder and creater of Hotmail  – Sabeer Bhatia
Creator of Pentium chips – Vinod Dahm
President at AT&T Bell Labs – Arun Netravalli
Co-founder of Sun Microsystems – Vinod Khosla
More facts:
Constitution of india also recognizes Bharat as an official name of equal status as India.
India is one of the few countries in the world which gained independence without violence.
Chess was invented in India.
India has the maximum number of postoffices.
India has the largest numner of news channels
Bollywood with about 400 films every year is the largest centre of film production in the world.
Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.
The early morning mist… people coved in shawls and jackets… all assembling near the Rashtrapathi Bhavan (Sanskrit for Presidential house/Palace) to watch the parade – thats the true essence of Republic Day in India. For the rest of us.. who are not in Delhi (telling myself again.. that next year i’ll be in Delhi to watch it!)
Watching the parade on tv while having breakfast..The smartly dressed marching contingents.. hearing my grandfather’s stories about war and life in army for the nth time which immediately transports you back to the freedom struggle and Kargil war… and makes you realise who the true Heros of our country are! The kids, the little heros receiving bravery awards for their deeds..The amazing parade showcasing the richness and wealth of each state in India… from environmental forests to science and technology.. from agricultural progress to child education.. you cannot help but feel a stir of emotions in your heart when you see all this… 🙂
To pen down all the interesting facts and proud achievements of our country would take time… because of the great number of acomplishments that we have… and continue to acomplish!
Make India Proud!