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Let’s TOGETHER Make MUMBAI GREEN!

How a small initiative turned into a major movement!

From last many years I have been nurturing a desire to contribute something to the society but could never figure out how to accomplish this secret desire. Whenever I expressed this to my circle of friends and acquaintances, they discouraged me saying – this coming from fashion, lifestyle & travel journalist – तुमसे न हो पायेगा!

I never believed in the saying: अगर आपकी कोई इच्छा है, तो सारी कायनात उसे पूरा करने में जुट जाती है! Till Mission Green Mumbai happened in my life.

I still vividly remember my first call to Subhajit Mukherjee sometime in July 2017 few days before Change of Guard when Mr Mayur Shah was taking over as President, CREDAI – MCHI in a grand ceremony at Taj. He is a man on a mission to make Mumbai, Green, Cleaner & Skilled abode for all Mumbaikars. I had noticed him working on Link Road where he was relocating trees from the Metro route. After speaking to him, I was delighted to note that he was the same person, working for the cause of Mumbai & Mumbaikars!

It was decided to honour Mr Subhajit Mukherjee for his immense contribution towards Green Mumbai during the function. I invited Mr Mukherjee for the same and he happily obliged. He was there on time, smiling and friendly Subhajit accompanied by shy wife struck a chord immediately with all of us. & the association rolled & there was no looking back since!

In association with our Women’s wing we planted trees at various venues in Mumbai but unfortunately, I could not join this activity and I still regret that.

Then followed CREDAI – MCHI Maha Property Expo in November, where Subhajit offered to distribute free saplings to all the participants and the visitors attended the program. The initiative turned out to be super hit with visitors and Subhajit happily interacted and encouraged them to take selfies at the selfie booth. I must say, with his Green Mission, he became a star attraction.

Now, it seems that time has come for my DREAM!

Our organization CREDAI – MCHI has collaborated with Mission Green Mumbai (NGO) to plant 1 lakh trees all over Mumbai, which I am anchoring and have associated with this GREEN initiative of our organization. On Earth Day on April 22, we are undertaking tree – plantation and beach – cleaning drive at Dadar Beach where Mr Aaditya Thackeray, President – Yuva Sena will be Chief Guest. Since his confirmation, the occasion has taken the form of a movement with many celebrities like Dia Mirza and Shibani Kashyap joining in. INS Hamla lending logistic support, this is for the first time that they have lent support to any Civilian program.

Led by our President, Mr Mayur Shah, many Managing Committee Members would be planting coconut trees on the beach.

The seed of this program was germinated by our ideas man T. D.Joseph. You are invited to join the green initiative on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day) at Dadar Beach between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.  Your efforts will have the support of other concerned leaders, organizations, NGO and media representatives who will also be present.

Let’s all work together to make Mumbai a Greener and Cleaner City.  Your presence is much needed to encourage citizens to keep beaches clean, increase the green cover and stop the use of single-use plastic products.

I am closely associated with this program, why don’t you too, whichever you want to!

मैं अकेला ही चला था जानिब-ए-मंज़िल मगर लोग साथ आते गये और कारवां बनता गया

This is for Subhajit Mukherjee! Knowing him has brought in me an attitudinal change towards our social responsibility of making Mumbai Green which we want our future generations to inherit. It is my good fortune to have known him and associating with him.

Let’s Plant Trees/Adopt a Plant Together/You are needed to do your bit for Mumbai

 

 

 

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This early piece of morning is MINE, can be YOURS too!

Walk your way to good health!

I am a great proponent of “Morning Walk” but I don’t know of anyone around me, whom I have inspired by my lectures on benefits of a morning walk. Though some of my friends have started travelling inspired by my travelogues on the blog, for morning walks resistance is higher. We all know that walking is beneficial for the overall health of the being…

…I started walking some 25 years ago, without really thinking about its direct or even fringe benefits. I just liked walking, the peace, the breeze, the ideas, the mental & physical synergy, the fellow walkers…all added value to my walking regimen. I remember going with my father as a young girl, who used to walk much faster than me, but it was good fun catching him. After which it became a habit with me. Moreover, being over-weight, I always thought, walking balances it all. I remain fit, physically energetic and mentally more agile. When Baba Ramdev emerged on the scene, I added deep breathing to my regimen inspired by his Yoga Sessions.

Times changed and “Wellness” became a fad, morning walk attained new dimensions, suddenly we could see walkers in branded track pants, T-shirts and keds in all colonies/parks / jogging tracks walking briskly with mobile and earphone in tow. Conventionally, earlier morning walk was associated with old people (Subah ki Sair), who needed to pass time after retirement. With changing times, millennial generation made a morning walk fashionable. I am sure morning walk has become pan Indian phenomenon with people of all strata of society jumping the fray…old people, not so old people, young people, college students, boys & girls, ladies & gentlemen and children, the whole lot. Reasons for everyone’s walk may vary, but the objective is the same to attain mental & physical fitness. I have many fellow walkers who have been walking in the same park with me for over 15 years. Not all walk, some do yoga, some exercise, some do deep breathing, some just enjoy morning breeze, some listen to music and some are there to gossip. My reason for walking doesn’t include any of the above as it has been more of a habit and ritual with me which has benefitted me immensely. I set my day’s work during the morning walk, all creative ideas cross my mind then and fitness, that is for everybody to see. I am more energetic and creatively inspired than colleagues nearly half my age, more so hardly any medical leaves in my career. Can I ask for more?

Indeed, there are some tangible and intangible benefits of walking like: If you are diabetic, 30 minutes’ walk enables you to maintain glucose levels. It is strongly advised by all doctors. Walking combined with good sleep and a healthy diet can do away doctor in your life. You will be astonished to find out that good old walking is a single practice which could significantly benefit the whole body and mind. It’s free, easy and requires little effort. Waking up early morning and drag yourself out to the park is quite an effort though.

According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running when it comes to the prevention of heart-related disease or stroke. This activity helps avoid heart problems by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.

Walking is an aerobic exercise which increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and helps train your lungs, as well as eliminate toxins and waste. Because of better and deeper breathing, some symptoms associated with lung disease may also be relieved.

Muscle tone and weight loss (in overweight cases) may also be achieved through walking. The practice of walking 10,000 steps a day may be counted as an actual workout in a gym, especially if you add some intervals or walking uphill. Additionally, it’s low impact and there’s no recovery time, which means no sore muscles and regrets for missing tomorrow’s workout due to being too sore the next day.

Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss of bone mass, and even reduce the risk of fractures. The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking moderately at least 30 minutes a day on a regular basis to reduce pain in your joints, along with stiffness and inflammation.

Mushrooming of gyms all over the place shows that for any benefit, we are ready to pay a hefty price, but we will not value those things which are freely available to us. So set – up your alarm, sport your walking gear & get set go!

If my post inspires, even one person around me, I am happy.

Hope Reena is listening oops reading!

 

 

 

Ajmer: The abode of the holy shrine – Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti

Last night while watching Travel XP, I noticed they were showing a Dargah, which looked very familiar to me and my joy knew no bounds when I came to know that it was none other than famed Dargah of Ajmer, Rajasthan, India.

I have very fond childhood memories of visiting Dargah when my chacha (father’s younger brother) use to take us while we visited him during our summer vacations in our school days. I was very fascinated by the shrine as it had very divine and serene atmosphere with a huge congregation of devotees always. Childhood memories became vivid as the show moved on, I recollected visiting all these places as a child but unfortunately could not visit in a long time, though I always long to visit the place especially for Dargah.

Any tourist visiting the state of Rajasthan cannot afford to miss the Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer besides many other things which beautiful city of Ajmer has to offer. It is old saying that people who visit Ajmer Sharif and pray with pure faith and loyalty at his Dargah will free their soul. Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti is also known by different names as, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz, “Sultan-Ul-Hind”, Khwaja Baba, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmeri, Khwaja Sahib, Khwaja Saheb, Khwaja Ajmeri Saint Moinuddin Chishty. The Dargah Khawaja Gharibnawaz ( R.A) has several tombs, buildings, Daalaans and courtyards are of  Mughal architecture. As a child, the big degchi fascinated me the most where tons of rice was cooked for Chadava and devotees. I always wondered how they would be cooking in such a huge vessel and that still remains a mystery.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer Dargah, Ajmer Sharif or Dargah Sharif is a Sufi shrine (Dargah) of a Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti located in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The shrine has the grave (Maqbara) of the revered saint, Moinuddin Chisti. The dargah of Moinuddin Chishti (Gharib Nawaz -Benefactor of the Poor), is an international waqf, an Islamic mortmain managed by the Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act, 1955 of the Government of India.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away from the main central Ajmer Railway station and situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Akbari Mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It contains the domed tomb of the saint.

Akbar and his queen used to come here by foot on pilgrimage from Agra every year in observance of a vow when he prayed for a son. The large pillars called “Kose (‘Mile’) Minar”, erected at intervals of two miles (3 km) along the entire way between Agra and Ajmer mark the places where the royal pilgrims halted every day. It has been estimated that around 150,000 pilgrims visit the site every day.

The main gate to the shrine is the Nizam Gate, followed by the Shahjahani Gate, erected by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. In turn, it is followed by the Buland Darwaza, built by Sultan Mahmood Khilji, upon which is hoisted the urs flag, marking the beginning of the death anniversary rituals.

So if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan, do pay obeisance to the holy shrine in Ajmer and achieve that unique divine experience.

Source: Wikipedia

#RuleOutThyroweight- Let’s not ignore the issue!

In January, a thyroid awareness campaign witnessed the congregation of bloggers who had gathered there to apprise themselves about Thyroid disorders and share it with #RuleOutThyroweight. A well-known celebrity and Bollywood star who is also the Therapy Awareness ambassador for creating Thyroid awareness initiative in India – Ms Juhi Chawla, shared her experiences with Thyroid Disorder.  

Thyroweight which is mainly diagnosed in women, as in their quest to create balance, take too much on them and ignore their health or any health-related symptoms. Symptoms that are telling us to pause and take notice. But in this fast-paced daily life, we ignore it. These could be shouting signs of an underlying issue. Once we identify the causes, issues, we can work towards it. Issues such as thyroid dysfunction- have treatment options at hand. Life can become easy – and full of energy! Let’s not wait and ignore those issues.

Thyroweight is weight changes and tiredness due to thyroid disorders. Thyroid disorders are of two types-

Hyperthyroidism- Excess secretion of Thyroid Hormones

Hypothyroidism- Less secretion of Thyroid Hormones

Hypothyroidism is much more common than Hyperthyroidism.  In hypothyroidism weight gain, tiredness and lethargy are the common symptoms. Thyroid disorder is one of the most common endocrine gland disorder worldwide. Research and market data shows that we, women tend to ignore these symptoms and blame our lifestyle. With Thyroweight, an awareness needs to be created around this small weight gain and other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism. The sooner it is detected; the easier life becomes.

For more information, please visit http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/

Ms Juhi Chawla shared that she has Thyroid patients around her- with her husband and father-in-law both having it. But a small medication and sincere attention to lifestyle changes have enabled them to conquer this condition and now they are living life to the hilt. He has been enjoying his adventurous treks and following a very healthy work-life balance. So much so that, she recently discovered that her hair-dresser, is also suffering from Thyroid and is taking simple medication through a Pill to counter the condition. She is happy as she is able to carry on with her personal and professional life well.

Well-known endocrinologist, Dr Shehla Shaikh, in an exclusive conversation shared many unknown facets of Thyroid dysfunction and how one should address it.

I too had encountered Thyroid dysfunction with my mother-in-law inflicting it. She became very nervous and thought it was the end of the world for her as she was not aware of the course which she needed to follow to overcome it. She struggled with the condition until we took her to a doctor who made her understand it all and put her on simple medication – twice a day with some dietary changes. It worked well for her.

Everyone can counter the Thyroid disorder condition with ease, provided we pay due attention to it, take proper medication and adopt a positive approach towards it.

Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.’

 

The STAR moves amidst STARS! #RIPSRIDEVI

I cannot say and I will not say,

That she is dead, she is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of hand,

I cannot say and I will not say

She has wandered into an unknown land,

And left us dreaming how very fair

-James Whitcomb Riley

The enigma called SRIDEVI fades into oblivion, leaving her millions of fans across the globe heart-broken. In a long time, such heart-wrenching news has broken up on a Sunday morning.

The untimely and sad demise of veteran action and darling of millions has left a big void. It’s hard to believe that Sridevi who was so lively and vibrant in a family marriage, is no more.

In no time, a star has become one among the stars above.

Being a big fan of the star, I have watched almost all her films. We use to keenly await for all her films. I remember watching her first time in the film Nagina at Rivoli Theatre in Connaught Place, New Delhi with my mother. Not knowing much about the films, with mummy blabbering “arre jaane kaun si picture hai yeh” but she literally had to take her words back in the interval. We were literally bowled over by Sridevi’s dynamic performance who looked so stunning at the same time.

Next came Chandni, another masterpiece, I remember taking off from office to watch the movie. Her styling, clothes, dialogues, performance…all were so mind-blowing. Girls all over India started copying her fashions & mannerisms and secretly aspiring for life like hers – having such loving fiancée!

And what to say of the blockbuster song – Mere hathon mein nau nau choodiyan hain, which became staple to all marriage sangeets. I remember dancing to the song, mere hathon mein nau nau choodiyan hain on my best friend and colleague Geeta Sindhi’s sangeet function and garnering lot of appreciation! Thank you Srideviji for giving us such wonderful moments – Lamhe.

Lamhe – another sensitive and beautiful performance by Srideviji who looked so mesmerising in both the roles of mother & daughter. Can’t get over – Morni Baga mein bole aadhi raat maa! – Such vibrant dancing to the even more Rajasthani music!

Another impactful movie – JULIE – Sridevi as lost lorn teenager beautifully swinging to the song – My Heart is beating – my all-time favourite in Priti Sagar’s voice and what performances by Omprakashji, Nadiraji, Laxmi and Sridevi.

I don’t remember the name of her movie with Mithunda – oh yes! Jaag Utha Insaan, which had many beautiful dramatic moments, thumping music and dances, of which she was a master.

A powerhouse performer, Srideviji has given us beautiful moments, which will always be missed.

I would always notice her presence in various functions in which she was dressed to the hilt in her beautiful Kanjiverams, kohl eyes and gajras – looked truly Indian diva! Our generation loved to copy her designs.

Even now when I have to attend a marriage, I look for Sridevi’s Styling for various functions – with due respect – I am nowhere close to her – but emulating her, I just can’t give up.

Bollywood pays rich tributes to the late actor, as the void left by her never be fulfilled.

“She will be in the textbooks of Indian cinema; Sridevi was a complete actor in her own right, flawless and dignified,” said Subhash Ghai, who was her director in ‘Karma’ in 1986, when Sridevi was still finding her foothold in Bollywood.

 

 

 

Meghalaya Saree for Handloom connoisseurs!

Which saree connoisseur would not like to have beautiful Mekhla saree in her collection or from North – East’s handwoven silk or handloom saree, particularly from Meghalaya. These sarees are enchantingly beautiful, easy to drape and maintain and give a special feeling to the lady wearing it. Normally you have to visit handloom stores or emporiums for these sarees, which sometimes dampens your spirit and you swap it with some other saree for the occasion. And you did not want to be the part of the crowd. These sarees look truly special if you are attending any conference, hosting a show, visiting a literary festival or simple book reading session at a bookstore, which you are planning to attend.

If you want to look like a DIVA on any occasion, take your pick from Triveni’s Meghalaya collection, and believe me you will be in the league of handloom saree connoisseurs like Shabana Azmi, Kiron Kher or Vidya Balan.

No more wait now!

Recently, Triveni Sarees has brought out a collection of Meghalaya Sarees, which is truly traditional and Bohemian at the same time. It’s a small collection of eight colour combinations but all of them are very graceful, subtle and vibrant at the same time. Beige with maroon, Beige with magenta, green with maroon, maroon with magenta, rust and orange, electric blue with magenta etc. – the colour palette is truly outstanding.

You can order one or more from the Meghalaya collection at triveniethnics.com and it will be delivered right at your doorsteps. And you are ready to rock.

So more on Meghalaya now, except that it is due for elections shortly and PM would be visiting it soon. Which colour it votes for, is to be seen but you can’t escape the colourful persona of Meghalaya people.

If you are in Meghalaya, you can’t skip the bright hues around you which contrast brilliantly with its natural beauty. Though it is a small state in North – East of India, which is due for elections soon, it has many things in abundance. It is the land of eternal beauty which is visible in various handicrafts its boasts of, be it food or dress. The significant crafts of Meghalaya are cane and bamboo works and weaving. The culture of Meghalaya tribes is associated with their important technique of weaving. While most other parts of the Indian subcontinent introduce Indian men as the weavers and spinners, in Meghalaya the women run the spinning and weaving culture. This industry is the most significant one for the rural counties of Meghalaya.

Endowed with incredible natural beauty, Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India. Meghalaya has great tourism potential, which is still untapped and unexplored. Meghalaya Tourism Department has formulated many plans and tourism policies, to attract domestic and international tourists, which would lead to the economic development and generation of ample employment opportunities in the state.

Meghalaya tourism is focused on developing infrastructure and public facilities at all tourist spots, along with the development of various areas of tourism in the state such as Nature-based tourism, Cultural tourism, Health resort tourism, and Art and Craft tourism. Meghalaya tourism is also emphasizing on adventure tourism in Meghalaya that includes trekking, caving, and water sports. Rock climbing and Hand gliding will be promoted with recognized adventure and sports associations.

Meghalaya is also known for its beautiful sarees, hand-woven silks and cotton, predominantly in black, white and red/ maroon colours which are adored by all of us.

Information courtesy: Meghalaya Tourism

 

 

 

 

Rado Brand Ambassador Hrithik Roshan opens new store at Delhi Airport

Bollywood megastar Hrithik Roshan was the guest of honour at an exciting event to open Rado’s stylish new mono-brand store at Delhi IGI Airport today.

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This is the first time Rado has opened a mono-brand store in an airport and the new boutique features sleek and textured materials in muted tones. With specially crafted elements, the boutique offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere in a modern design that reflects Rado’s characteristic design approach. It’s the perfect place for visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Rado and experience the minimalist design and innovative materials of the brand’s timepieces.

Speaking at the event, Hrithik Roshan said: “I congratulate Rado on this achievement and I am excited that the brand is now available at one of my favourite airports in the world. I have been with Rado for six years now and I am elated to see how it continues to grow and expand across the Indian market. I wish Rado success in this new endeavour.”

Hrithik Roshan with Simran Chandok, Brand Manager, RADO

Rado CEO Matthias Breschan commented: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first airport store at Delhi Airport and are honoured that Hrithik was able to join us today. This is a big achievement in further expanding the availability of our watches to Rado enthusiasts in India.”

Delhi IGI Airport is the busiest airport in India, handling 63.3 million passengers every year and is known for its world-class retail experience. The Rado store offers a break from the hustle and bustle of the airport with its calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Rado is a globally recognised brand, famous for innovative design and its use of revolutionary materials to create some of the world’s most durable watches. Ever since its beginnings in Lengnau, Switzerland, Rado has been a pioneer, with the brand philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it” still holds true today.

Taj Mahotsav in Shilpgram, AGRA!

Taj Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals, is celebrated from 18th  to 27th, 2018 February every year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of  “Taj Mahal”.

This 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives you information about India where you can find India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music. Taj Mahal is the most beautiful historical place of India which tells about incredible India. Taj Mahotsav is organized by UP Tourism and it is a source to increase Indian Tourism.

Held annually in the historic city of Agra where lies the majestic Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahotsav is perhaps one of the most spectacular and celebrated events in the Indian calendar. Organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism, this festival pays due respect to the matchless cultural heritage of the state and the country as a whole. One can see this event as a concise and compact representation of the Indian cultural diversity that is coated in the fabric of a 5,000-year-old history and mythology.

It is a time when the best of India’s arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, dance and music comes to the fore in a manner that is hard to pass by. The crème-de-la-crème of Indian folk artists, musicians, dramatists and other artisans gather at the 10 days celebration and enliven the environment. A great time indeed, for the ones who have the appreciation for the classical and folk arts.

Shopping options are plenty during Taj Mahotsav as the entire event scene assumes the look of a small market where you can shop for handicrafts, antiques, woodwork, ivory work and other speciality items of India. As a natural consequence, this fiesta remains a major tourist attraction for the town of Agra.

In its 27th year, the Taj Mahotsav – a cultural bonanza, began in 1992 and since then its grandeur has reached the greater heights. Hosted at Shilpgram, a close distance from Taj Mahal, a large number of tourists join this festivity of multiple facets. The festival starts with a procession, including bejewelled elephants and camels, drum beaters and performances by folk artists and more. About 400 artisans from different parts of the country show their craft before national and international visitors.

The festival presents beautiful hues of Indian art and culture!

http://www.tajmahotsav.org/

 

 

 

 

Head to GOA for GOA CARNIVAL 2018

The popular annual GOA Carnival will be held across the coastal state from February 10 to 13. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the State capital Panaji on February 10. So now when Goa Carnaval is around the corner, and the state of Goa is all gearing up for the much-awaited festival of the year, you can choose to be there this weekend!

My friend Angela has flown from London for the Goa Carnival, I will keep you posted with some live updates from her! A true blue and proud Goan!

Here you can enjoy the four-day festival in different cities that will keep you on your toes all through the festivity. Enjoy the parades, the dances and the Goan traditional music that will keep you energetic and enthralled throughout the show.

The Goa Carnival has over 500 years of history and dates back to the times when Goa was a Portuguese colony. This event is unique to Goa and is celebrated only here. You can enjoy amazing parades full of colourful costumes, lots of music, beautiful floats, and attractive dances. Huge street celebrations are organized all over the state. Evenings and nights are for non-stop parties. All these festivities are usually held in February or March, before Lent. This is one of the most anticipated events for local people.

The most amazing thing about Goa is that fun and festivities that begin in December with the holiday season does not stop upon arrival of the New Year but continues up to the celebration of Goa Carnival or the pre Mardi Gras revelry, a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in Goa way back in 1510.

Based on the Christian tradition of Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Wednesday) which refers to the events of the carnival celebrations; Goa Carnival is a festival that celebrates the culture and cuisine of Goa on a grand scale every year.

Originating from the tradition of Mardi Gras, a tradition of hedonistic feasts and dancing & drinking bouts before the fasting and abstinence associated with the penitential season of lent, Goa Carnival is a 4-day razzmatazz that is observed all through the state with great gusto and zeal.

Goa Carnival features a frenzy of tourist activities. Tourists indulge in feasting, merrymaking, drinking throughout the day. The festive mood is even more aggravated by the huge parades that move the various streets of Goa. These parades are accompanied by live bands and dances. Goa forgets to sleep during the carnival as these parades continue throughout the night. Most of the streets are decorated with attractive lighting and grand balls.

The festivities during Goa Carnival include dancing troupes, revellers wearing masks and costumes usually, electrifying music which is generally performed live, sports competitions, floats & parades and hedonistic pursuits like great food and drinking.

During the Carnival, you can see lots of traditional things: Goan art, short plays, Goan culture, food, music, etc. The final day of the festivities is the most spectacular. Try not to miss the famous red-and-black dance held by the Clube Nacional in Panjim. Altogether, these celebrations are about eating, drinking, and having fun. ‘Kha, piye, and majja kar’—says the legendary King of Chaos, Momo, to lead the crowd. Fire-eaters, acrobats, clowns, jesters, dancers, brass bands, and others follow him during the parade down the main street of Panaji.

Enjoy Goa Carnival

Marriage made in heaven, celebrated in Mumbai!

January 28, 2018, was truly memorable & special day when our cute, pretty Grishma (Lovely daughter of Bhavana & Pradip Shah) who had grown up in front of our eyes, finished her schooling in flying colours, Chemical Engineering meritoriously and became a top-notch working professional, was finally getting hitched to the boy of her dreams. Looking resplendent in South Silk Kanjiveram Saree, dressed as a Maharashtrian bride with her beautiful & noticeable Gujarati looks, she was a national bride. Groom Sumedh Mhatre is the son of Maharashtrian & Malayalam parents, let me add here that Mhatre family integrates many other communities beautifully.  Excitedly we reached the venue at 9 AM in the morning as Shaadi muhurat was at 9:27 AM.

To make the occasion more special, I decided to adorn a Saree for the wedding after a lot of deliberations as I don’t enjoy wearing a saree actually. But going by the status, Pradip & Mukund (my husband) are childhood friends (Bum Chums) and Pradip being my brother, I was bua to Grishma.  Finally, I decided to wear a saree which I picked up from Triveni Saree’s Benarasi collection in Gold with Butis all over, with bright magenta border and pallu in brocade and complimenting blouse.  I wanted to have a Rekha like the look (Hope she is not reading) for which I needed to tie it in a special manner and compliment it with appropriate jewellery. The saree was from Triveni’s Lajwanti Collection of Benarasi Saree which has Golden Zari work giving it shimmery but graceful look. Indeed, the saree was very unique. The style is traditional as the designs are inspired by the conventional Benarasi woven work. The saree and overall look got me many compliments, it is another story that I ended up looking like Usha Uthup and not inimitable Rekha.

After delicious Jain and Gujarati Banquet, it was time for a reception for which Grishma chose red and gold lehenga, whereas Sumedh opted for a more corporate look with his two-piece, looking very handsome. Grishma looked really outstanding in her outfit with complimenting hair-do and matching accessories. For the reception, I changed into White sequinned and Electric Blue Lehenga, La Chennai Express Style which was appreciated very much by one and all. My day was made!

The marriage ceremony was simple, where bride and groom had a great time, receiving blessings from elders and wishes from peers! Pradip bhai is very social and is having a big circle of friends but I and Mukund are very special and he and Bhavana made us really feel so!

Many many wishes to the blessed couple!!

PS: I gifted Grishma a beautiful Triveni Saree from Sunheri collection!