The Ultimate Hotel List

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A list of nine absolutely delightful hotels across some of the busiest cities in the world. Distinct and different in every aspect imaginable, the only thread common to these hotels is their enviable location, ability to integrate modern comforts with art & design authentic to their location & culture, world-class gastronomy and an over-riding obsession for detail. In a quest to seek perfection in a world otherwise filled with chaos, these urban havens are my respite from entropy.

The Imperial – New Delhi, India

The Oberoi – Mumbai, India

The Leela palace – Chennai, India

Taj Westend – Bengaluru, India

Hoshinoya – Tokyo, Japan

Rosewood – Beijing, China

Mandarin Oriental – HongKong, China

Claridge’s – London, UK

The Sherry Netherland – New York, USA

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A curated life: In conversation with Tehzeeb Ahmed

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Passionate about curating memorable experiences, Dubai-based curator Tehzeeb Ahmed thinks of her pop-up shops as a grown-up version of children’s day-out. Created around strong themes which combine food, fashion and indulgent pampering her shows are as much about shopping as they are about having fun.

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Aarti Patkar

A curated life : In conversation with tastemakers and curators of cool

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Curator Aarti Patkar in conversation about what makes pop-up shops at The Vintage Garden unique, fabulous and most importantly relevant to both buyers and designers who come to it’s monthly shows held at a beautiful colonial-style bungalow in the heart of Mumbai 

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Goa-ing Beyond, part 3 : six unusual Goa experiences

These truly unique Goa experiences were published originally in the Open Magazine issue dated 27th March. They are updated here with images, video and contact details.

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Goa-ing beyond, part 2 : A discerning traveller’s ultimate guide to contemporary Goa

This article was originally published in the Intelligent Traveler section of Open Magazine. Authored by me, it’s re-published here with additional images & coordinates as a three-part series : Historic Goa, Contemporary Goa and a list of six unusual experiences which are meant for cool hunters.

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Explore Goa's Heritage

Goa-ing beyond, Part 1: an insider’s guide to historic Goa

Another guide to Goa? Not. In the spirit of meaningful travel, let’s wander into Goa’s historic and idyllic heart to discover two distinct flavours: Heritage and Authentic Cool.

This article was originally published in the Intelligent Traveler section of Open Magazine. The article’s been updated here with additional images & coordinates as a three-part series : Historic Goa, Contemporary Goa and Cool Hunter’s list to Goa six most unusual experiences

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In Search of Beauty : 15 Best on-screen interiors & visually-inspiring rooms for your viewing pleasure

Normally long weekends are great news, except when it is Holi. Instead of going for long walks or enjoying al-fresco brunches one is stuck at home. Of all Indian festivals, Holi is my least favourite. Instead of dressing up, women and men wear their discardable clothes and replace fine-china, linen & pretty things with plastic stuff & throw-away decor. Aargh.

With so much ugliness outside, I’ve decided to stay-in and re-watch some of the most beautiful and visually inspiring films — so much for my sweet revenge against Bollywood’s cheap commercialisation of what was once a joyous spring festival. Ha!

My list of films, however, extend to include gems from Hollywood, World Cinema and TV shows. The nominees are …

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#BeBoldToChange – In conversation with 13 fabulous women

Casting Pearls (of Wisdom) before Thine

They say youth is wasted on the young. I think that applies specially to women, with so many of us losing precious years in our search for strength and sensuality. Which is why, while the world rushes towards the Millennials, I decided to look in the other direction for International Women’s Day (IWD); towards 13 fabulous women who actually know something about navigating the complex journey called Life, to get a fix on what womanhood and IWD means to them.

‘When the face fits’ is an Italian way of saying ‘someone is comfortable in their skin’. I like the ‘face fits’ analogy; it has a wonderful symbolism of someone who’s found herself, let go of pretences, complexes and all that’s unnecessary. And it’s the best way to describe the achievers you’ll encounter on this page. All these women have been through their share (and then some) of highs and lows, and have emerged victorious in the most authentic version of themselves.

Pour yourself a nice cuppa (or a stiff vodka) and read what they have to say. Sometimes, just sometimes, wisdom beats the rule about coming only ‘when there is little use for it’. Maybe you’ll agree with their views, and maybe you won’t. But that’s all right. As a wise man once said, ‘it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it’.

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21 shades of women – a collection of Instagram portraits and Quotes by famous authors 

Women are built for greater sensitivity. Where men see blue, we see majorelle. Our DNA is better equipped to handle ever-changing, ever-evolving scenarios. We are quicker to adapt, better at managing chaos, and making the best of every situation. We are a bit like water – sometimes a mountain stream which charters it’s own course, other times comfortably taking the form of the vessel it resides within. Though it’s best (and recommended) not to confuse this flexibility with weakness.

It may make us complex but never boring. I salute every woman and her every shade – we are awesome and quite frankly L’oreal shouldn’t have to remind us that! This post is enough …

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