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Money can’t buy happiness, but I’d cheer up much faster sipping a margarita by the pool if I didn’t have errands to run or worry about getting the house cleaned. One such luxurious project that offers the best money can buy is Raheja Exotica, Madh Island. Like someone said, if money can’t buy happiness, you simply didn’t know where to go shopping. I’d have to agree to that, and so will you. Today’s well-traveled generation with high disposable incomes yearns to escape to the good life; to a luxurious home away from the hustle-bustle of the city. One where the house, food…

Kanjivaram sari. Kansa thali.  Madhubani art. Kantha stitch. Pochampally weave. Tanjore painting. There is a slice of Indian heritage in each of these objects. We take pride in heirloom as they adorn the walls of our homes and occupy our chests,  passed down from one generation to the other. After all, “in the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” Today, I’m talking about one such brand: Sihasn. Sihasn is a celebration of the sense of identity we look from the past in our daily lives – a reminder of who we…

This post is in collaboration with Studio Kook. Everyone likes buying new things and new furniture is no exception. The benefit of modern furniture is that they tend to make an efficient use of space. The latest furniture design models help you create a living setup that’s completely customized to your space. This means a good balance of form and function.  Renowned furniture designers have also transformed the furniture industry by introducing new concepts and designs. Apart from simple colour schemes, homeowners can now have multi-functional kitchen organiser, partition furniture, computer table/study table, wall bookshelf, center table online. The choice…

4 hours, 31 minutes. That’s the time I spent researching to buy a rug/dhurrie online. That was before  House of Ekam sent me this beautiful embroidered cotton rug. Thanks to the time tracker application on my browser that documents how (un)wisely I spend my time. In my defense, I was being over cautious after the last rug fiasco; I had recently bought a navy handwoven dhurrie at an exhibition that has now turned into light grey. “Your thoughts become things.” Rhonda Byrne Do you believe in the universe your thoughts? Now, I have reason to. But, you know what I…

All that glitters is gold. In the festive season. Last weekend, we dropped by at the new Home Centre outlet that opened up in the neighborhood. The store looked every bit festive, more than usual, with its colorful votives, glitzy lanterns, gilded vases, chrome platters, and shimmering candles. It’s a common practice among employers to give gift vouchers during the festive season. I saw two ladies at the counter wondering how to make the best use of their Rs.3000 Home Centre gift vouchers. They had picked up laundry basket, tray among other things and were doubting if this was the…

I’m going to be honest. That assorted chocolate gift pack, the quartet of dry fruits, a box of Soan papdi or a dabba of motichoor laddu does get boring after a while. For years, we have been gifting/receiving neighbors and family these  tried-and-tested standard gifts. Why not step out of the comfort zone, put some thought and love in to what you buy this year for the festive season? I’ve spent hours combing through various sites to put together this list for you to wish your friends and family this Diwali – they are budget-friendly with all of them under…

Last week, when I posted these pictures of brass lamps on my Instagram stories, I was overwhelmed by the queries from you all as to where these shops were.  This post is a celebration and curation of several similar ones I found online. Brass. Bronze. Bell metal. Copper. We identify with these. After ooh-aahing over the glittering candles and shining lanterns, our hearts finally find solace only in shining those antique brass and bronze lamps for the festive season, or floating marigolds in copper vessels with flowers.; that’s our identity, so why shy away from it. Last week, I was visiting…

I have lived in Bangalore for nearly 20 years now. When I first moved to this city, there were no malls.  Weekend entertainment and shopping meant trips to the trinity: MG Road, Brigade and Commercial Street.  A lot has changed over the years.: the crowd is still young in these places, but dwindling. Metro has taken away the beauty of MG Road. I still go here at least once every three months for old times sake and when I need a break. Indira Nagar, where we lived, was a quaint neighborhood that offered nothing in terms of shopping. There have been…

I visited NVT Life Square this past weekend, a project I’ve been meaning to see in person for long. The project has been in the limelight for receiving multiple awards as the most premium villa property, so it piqued my interest. This post is an objective review of the property from two perspectives: plan and location. I’ll not be getting into approval details, pricing etc. NVT Life Square is a villa project located about a Km off Four Points Sheraton, on the Whitefield Main Road. Project Details: Area: 5 acres No. of units: 65 villas Type: 4 BHK Combination of…

Long before online shopping and malls came to town, one’s go-to place for bulk shopping, festival shopping, home furnishing, or even electronics were the wholesale markets. They were the pulse of the city, its identity, and in many trend-setters; the goods came here first before they hit the display windows of retailers. One honed the life skills of identifying good quality stuff, navigating through the crowded streets jostling shoulders with hawkers and window shoppers alike, and the art of of bargaining in these  narrow by-lanes. Every city in this country has its own famed wholesale market; a street dedicated to…