22 August 2016

Nagold Supermoms To The Rescue

Being a mother is no easy task! As if the task of raising your child isn't daunting enough, there's also the added onus of taking care of the house. Irrespective of whether the lady is a home maker, or a career woman the task of looking after the home is always a challenge. Being a mother is a full time job with no days off. But for your housework there's always help. Appliances and gadgets that help with cooking and cleaning are saviours of most moms out there. And Nagold's Build -In Appliances can be your knight in shining armour. 

I have a faint memory of my mother struggling with house work as well as office work during my younger years. There were always clothes that needed washing, vessels that needed to be rinsed, and food that needed to be cooked. Back then washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves and ovens were still a luxury. Luckily for us younger lot, times have changed and the advent of state-of-the-art appliances has made life easier for the newer mom. If you don't believe me, check out Nagold's range of premium kitchen and household appliances here

For me, my mother has been a Supermom. Having a baby at the tender age of twenty, to completing her graduation via correspondence while I was in school, to following her passion for her teaching career - she's done it all! She did all of this without her housework ever suffering. Every child out there has a story to tell, and believes that their mother is a Supermom! And that is why moms like mine and yours need to be cherished and recognized. 

19 August 2016

Himalaya Herbals Face Scrubs and the Power of Exfoliation

I am a strong believer in the power of exfoliation and the magic it has on your skin. I am someone whose face is a dermatologist's delight - blackheads, white heads, clogged pores and acne! And I found the answer to all my problems years ago when I started using face scrubs on a regular basis. Just a basic cleanse-tone-moisturize routine is not enough, one needs to scrub as well! Using a good face scrub once a week for normal skin, or twice a week if you have oily skin is a must to exfoliate and remove dead skin, which in the long run helps keep a lot of skin issues at bay.

Himalaya Herbals is a skin care brand I swear by - made in India for skin types world over. Very few skin care companies combine traditional Ayurveda with modern skin care to provide their customers the best. I've been using their Purifying Neem Pack since a while now, and I am immensely pleased at how it works on my acne prone skin, keeping blemishes at bay. I was on the lookout for a face scrub that would work on my acne prone skin, without being too harsh. I decided to try their Purifying Neem Scrub recently, and share my experience with you all.

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Scrub brings together the goodness of Neem, Apricot, and Turmeric - three ingredients that are known to work wonders on oily, acne prone skin. While neem's anti-bacterial properties work on attacking acne and keeping pimples at bay, the anti-septic properties of turmeric soothe the skin. Apricot granules act as the exfoliating agent here. The combined effect of all three primary ingredients make this an ideal scrub if your skin is oily and acne prone like mine.

1 August 2016

Potterhead For Life!

My obsession with Harry Potter borders on the abnormal. I've drawn lightening bolt scars on my forehead with red felt tip pens. I've fashioned wizard hats for myself from black chart paper. I wrote myself a Hogwarts acceptance letter after I got tired of waiting for an owl to arrive with mine. I read and re-read the books so much that at some point I could recite certain dialogues by heart. Harry Potter was not just a book for me - I am not talking about the movies here - it was an important part of my childhood. 

(Image Courtesy: Nicole Mody)
And I am not the only one whose life got impacted by the magic that is Harry Potter and the writing of J.K. Rowling. For millions and millions of Potterheads the globe over the 31st of July 2016 was special. It marked the return of the Harry Potter book franchise after a gap of nine years, apart from being the lead character's and the author's birthday. 

But this book is different. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not a traditional fictional narrative, but is a scriptbook of the theatrical adaptation of the newest Potter adventure. (My apologies to a lot of you who didn't know what you'll were getting into here.) Cursed Child is a play authored by Rowling in collaboration with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, and is currently playing in London. The story talks about Harry Potter's life 19 years later struggling with his job as a Ministry official, and raising three adolescent kids. Facing Voldemort seems like an easier option now, eh Harry?

15 July 2016

Bringing In The New At Kangan, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

For some reason a lot of us, including me, tend to look at Indian cuisine as the last resort when considering options for a fine dine meal. Pan Asian - yes! Italian - yes! But some how traditional Mughlai and Awadhi cuisine is never really considered 'fine dine' material. But in the last few years a pleasant change of sorts is visible. Regional Indian cuisine has started receiving the due it deserves. Indian cuisine has become 'cool' again with the integration of modern cooking techniques with age-old recipes as well as futuristic plating. 

And then there are restaurants like Kangan at the Westin Mumbai Garden City, Goregaon that stay true to the desi roots by bringing us dishes that are rich and exquisite - a meal fit for royalty! All of this at a stunning venue - a restaurant perched atop the 18th floor with a beautiful view of the city by night. And a meal put together by a maestro with tons of experience and expertise in the area of Mughlai and Awadhi cuisine - Chef Angad Rai. If these aren't the ingredients for a perfect meal, then I don't know what is!

3 July 2016

Jaipur Diaries - Painting The Town Pink

Jaipur is a smorgasbord of culture, colour, and chaos. A city that sits on a threshold of a vibrant, historic past and an emerging future. Jaipur is where I decided to take a whirlwind 48 hour getaway and immerse myself head first into the land of palaces, shop for local artisanal crafts, and gorge on some delicious traditional fare. And most importantly decided to spend some quality time with myself.

My previous Rajasthan holiday took place roughly fifteen years ago, though some memories still remained etched in my mind. A wobbly camel ride in the heat. Spotting peacocks on the drive upto Jaigarh Fort. Biting into a crunchy, flaky kachori and then wiping my hands on my mother's dupatta later. Looking up at the regal, ancient forts in amazement, wondering how they managed to build such structures back then. Fifteen years down the line, I experienced a strong sense of déjà vu throughout the trip. Some things never really change, do they?

The Great Wall of Jaigarh