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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10 quotes about celebrating Woman and 2017’s theme for International Women’s Day : #BeBoldForChange

On IWD, women across the world come together to force the world to recognize gender inequalities as well as to celebrate the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.

The law in India doesn’t discriminate against women. It supports and protects us. But how many of us can put our hand on our heart and say that our society is gender-balanced? Isn’t it absolutely shocking that even in 2017, we the women of this country, live with a constant fear for the well-being of our body, pride and self-esteem?

People in India’s northern-belt (to which I belong) observe Navaratri – one week of strict abstinence, twice a year – a grand religious affair to offer prayers and sacrifices to the feminine essence of God – Shakti. Wonderful ideology one would say, except this region is also home to highest number of crimes against women.
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The world’s 15 oldest tea rooms: which one’s your cup of tea?

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. It is the only drink commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. And yet the tea-ceremony in Japan could not be further from Mumbai’s cutting chai. A tour of these 15 oldest tearooms in the world is a fascinating view of tea’s journey across time & borders.

 

“Tea is just an excuse.

I am drinking this sunset, this evening

And you.”  – Sanobar Khan, A Thousand Flemingos

Make tea, not war. Monty Python’s (rumoured) words echo my feelings. And during my research on the history of teapots for my other post – the eccentric teapot – I was fascinated by how tearooms change from country to country.

Think about this for a minute, my fellow tea enthusiasts. The oh-so-proper tea with scones and clotted cream in England could not be more different from a bunch of friends lingering for hours, chatting, laughing and smoking shisha in Egypt.

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Big Love for Small Art: An Introductory Blog post about the Enchanting World of Indian Miniature Painting

Miniature art is fascinating. It’s intimate and personal. And full of unexpected surprises. Unlike large artworks which require a viewer to step back, miniature art can only be viewed by getting closer and paying undisputed attention to its tiny, perfect details. And only after a viewer has committed herself entirely to the pleasure of a miniature artwork does it reveal it’s astonishing and unparalleled beauty – square inch by square inch.

Artists typically spend months and sometimes years to create a high-quality miniature work. They also cannot afford to make any mistakes – there is simply no space to fix or hide it.  On the other hand, viewer too has to undertake her own journey, go deeper and open her mind to a world of flowing, rhythmical lines and enjoy the sophistication of artist’s subtle details.

Welcome to the spell-binding world of Miniature Art!

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21 Weird & Interesting Facts about Valentine’s Day

From its mysterious and rebellious beginning to becoming a multi million dollar industry – there is more to Valentines Day than love.

Romance, love, flowers and candy hearts, that’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Not exactly – from its bloody origins to chocolaty modern day traditions, here are 21 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Valentine’s Day. 

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Feng Shui for happiness in the modern world

Why Feng Shui is effective for modern lifestyle and five tips by globally renowned master practitioner Sherry Merchant for finding Qi to balance, positivity & wellbeing in your living spaces.

As Indians, we already have access to ancient wisdom & a brilliant architectural system of our own. Why then should we look towards a Chinese practice or even consider Feng-Shui? Here’s my own personal experience of how Feng Shui transformed my life. As well as top tips by globally renowned master practitioner Sherry Merchant for greater health, wealth & love in your home. Sit back & enjoy….
 

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An Urduwala’s Poetic Response to 4 Greatest Love Letters Ever Written : The Ultimate Ode to Love

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and in search for some magical words, I sent a personal selection of 4 most romantic love letters written by famous artists & authors to an effervescent champion of Urdu literature – Dr. Saif Mahmood – for some playful and love filled Jugalbandi.

‘Jugalbandi’ as you may know, is a duet performance when two soloists of different traditions engage in a playful competition and respond to each other on equal footing.

In this case, Saif chose sentimental verses of Faiz, Jaun Elia, Amjad Islam & Parveen Shakir (accompanied with translation) in response to letters written by Cash, Hemingway, Lafayette and Beethoven.

The magic which follows will make even the most hardened cynics give love another chance. For the rest of us – a throbbing heart is all that we’ll be left with at the end of these words.

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