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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…

Even though there are recommendations, there is no hard or fast rule that says that you need a particular number of hours of sleep in order to rejuvenate your body. You need enough to feel awake, be aware and also be able to think creatively. Sleeping disorders are becoming more common today and credit goes to the fact that people are trying to do more by extending their work hours into their sleep time. But the reality is that, when you sleep for the required number of hours, your mind is more active and you can finish your work efficiently…

Théorie is the brainchild of Unnati Pingle. It is a pop-up exhibition of bespoke pieces of furniture and art, the first of which was held over two days in October last year in Hyderabad. The event was a culmination of sorts of what Unnati had been working on for over a year. What is Théorie all about? When I asked Unnati what was Théorie about, this is what she had to say: Théorie was transpired of the uncharted. It is curating bespoke pieces of furniture and art. What makes the brand special is that each piece is unique and exquisite, with no attempt…

Umm..let’s be honest. Shopping online from the comforts of our couch is a blessing, and bane; it’s a blessing when you don’t have to brave the snaking traffic. And bane, because let’s be honest, it take tremendous self-restraint not to key in the credit card numbers and shop what you just saw on an Instagram account. Gosh! these Instagram accounts are so addictive. According to a recent study, Instagram influences almost 75% of user purchase decisions. So, it’s little wonder that when an Instagrammer with even a few thousand followers tags products, one is tempted to buy. More often than…

Continuing with my series on financial awareness, this post is all you need to be wise about when and how to apply for home loans, take advantage of the movement in interest rates, and keep your spending in check. So, shall we get you one step closer to moving into your dream home? As I sit in my home office and look out the window, I see a couple in their late 30s, prospective home owners touring an adjoining house for sale. When I see this couple, it takes me back to our fortuitous moment one Sunday evening four years ago when…

OK, so I wanted to buy two pieces of 16*16 cushion covers online for my black sofa in the living room. How tough can it be? I went to Amazon as I usually do and looked for cushion covers in light colors with either abstract or floral patterns.  I thought I should be done choosing and ordering in less than 30 minutes. But, I wasted two precious days. Yes, you read it right. There are only two possible explanations: either I’m so jobless, or  I’m so indecisive. But, it was neither. The real reason? I was shopping on Amazon. It…

I started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix this week. Six episodes down, I’m hooked. For someone with a viewing history as varied as Narcos, McMafia, Person of Interest, and The Newsroom, I’ve surprised myself this time for being fascinated with this period drama. The subtle English humour delivered with deadpan expressions caught the fancy of even my 11-year old. He quipped, “How formal are these people making a big deal of dinner every day. And just how many parallel plot lines do they have running at any time?” I say blame it on the magnificent castle where the series is set.…

Continuing with my series on finance and wellness, today I talk about five things that are a must before you move into your new home, for your safety and well-being. Sure, buying a sofa for the new house is more tangible than buying home insurance, or a LED TV more entertaining than pest control! But, it’s the insurance that will ensure you continue to watch those late-night football matches. These may seem impertinent, but they are not to be taken for granted. #1 Insure: better safe than sorry Remember the fire breakout at Deepika Padukone’s building recently, or the ravage caused…

Today, I decided to take a break from pretty pictures and share with you all what I have learnt over the past year from my interactions with several women on how comfortable (or not!) they are discussing about money. Yes, it’s time for some reality check, and I sincerely hope this will motivate you to take a rain check as well. I deliberated for weeks before writing this post and then thought, “what the heck?”. This marries two of my interests/career options so why not talk about both. I started “She Can Invest” last year in a pursuit to educate…