Event Roundup: Oct 23-26
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:13

Oct 23: Kick off the long weekend with ‘F.A.M JAM’ an event that features short films curated by Reema Sengupta, live art and showcase by Sukraat Tiwari and tunes spun by Matthew Conley, Kumail and Troja. The Daily, behind Shoppers Stop, S.V. Road, Bandra (W), 9 pm onwards, for more details and to RSVP click here.

Oct 23-26:
Theobroma is turning 10 this month and they’re celebrating by bringing back some of their most popular items over the decade like the Sticky Walnut Chocolate Pie, the Lemon Mountain Cake and the Apple Cinnamon Blondie among others, all available at original prices. Get them at all stores (Colaba, Bandra West, Peddar Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Powai Hiranandani, Goregaon, BKC), to place an order email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Oct 23-26: Celebrate Oktoberfest at Brewbot with special offers on German beers and sample ample sausage selection. Brewbot, G-01, 101, Morya Landmark, 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W), for more information visit their Facebook page here.

Oct 24:
Catch a tribute to Bryan Adams by ‘Shannon & The Silent Riot’ at Hard Rock Café, Fun Cinema lane, near Balaji Telefilms, off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W), 8 pm, tickets start at Rs 750, book your tickets here.

Oct 24: After demolishing Pune with a 5-0 score line, Mumbai City FC is all set to take on the unpredictable North East United FC at home. DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, 7 pm, tickets start at Rs 125, book your tickets here.

Oct 24: Head to a friday night mash up with Aadar Malik (of Gandu Nights and Schitzengiggles fame) tickling your funny bone and DJ Naren taking requests for popular songs. Indigo, 4 Mandlik road, Colaba, 10 pm, entry free.

Oct 25: Attend Simply the Blues , a blues festival featuring The Big Bang Blues as an opening act for The Mick Clarke Band. St. Andrew’s auditorium, St. Dominic Road, Bandra (W), 7.30 pm, tickets start at Rs 800, book your tickets here.

Oct 25:
Go retro this weekend with pop/rock outfit The Other People and DJ Russell as their music winds the clocks back in time. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 10.30 pm, tickets start at Rs 600, book your tickets here.

Oct 26: Test your vocal pipes outside the shower at Music on the Big  Mic # 29 hosted by Joshua Thomas, at The Hive, 50 A, Huma Mansion, Next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar (W), 8.30 pm, tickets starts at Rs 150, book your tickets here.

Review: Brewery at The White Owl
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:19


Despite the many licensing issues required to start a micro brewery in Mumbai, the folks at The White Owl didn’t lose hoot…er heart.

After over a year of opening the restaurant and bar at Lower Parel, the brewery finally got a license, and is now serving their own craft beers.  The second functional brewery bar in the city after The Barking Deer, The White Owl offers four beer varieties and some small plates to go with it.

A Magic Shop for Your Next Office Presentation
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:14


If we tell you that following the rabbit to a street called ‘Magician Chowk’ will lead to one of the inner lanes of Dadar, you’ll probably think our breakfast cereal was a little too rainbow this morning.

But exist it does, this street corner with an official granite chowky sign designed with a top hat and bunny, and in front of it a small magic store called Tayade’s Magic Shop.

The Politician's Travelling Tailor
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:40

Reams have been written about the Agasti family. They run a store in Bandra called MMM (Madahav’s Men’s Modes) that puts together many a politicians’ ensembles, even when all else in their lives seem to be unraveling. Since 1975, Madhav Agasti, the patriarch, has been dressing everyone from local corporators and MLAs to cabinet ministers, Prime Ministers and Presidents, including Pranab Mukherjee, Farooq Abdullah, Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sharad Pawar, the late Bal Thackeray, among others.

Having just stitched up the many looks behind the Assembly elections, the Agasti family has launched a new service - The Travelling Tailor. This takes the bespoke menswear tailors out of the store and into your home, and even to your city outside Mumbai on request.

At Mumbai's First Krispy Kreme
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:38

Homer would be happy, we thought, watching a ton of people scarf down a ton of donuts at the city's first Krispy Kreme in Powai. Two more outposts of the international donut chain to follow in Bandra and Juhu. An epic called Horde-yssey? We think so. 

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When we visited last evening, the store ( that replaced Gloria Jeans in Hiranandani Gardens) was sprinkled with a bunch of teenagers eager to try out the doughnuts and catch up on gossip, a few stags who sat by the all glass pane and some couples that gazed at the see through kitchen in between slurps of coffee.

Sponsored: The Table’s Diwali Hamper
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:21
English & Hindi Classes For Expats & Foreigners
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:41

After a few crazy years in the advertising industry, Isha Pahuja decided to go from being tense, to minding her tenses.

Armed with a professional language teaching degree, Isha launched Travlearn- English and Hindi classes exclusively for foreigners, expats, tourists and NRIs in Mumbai and Delhi.

bpb's Big Transport List
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:30

Win 1 of 3 exclusive Chandon Diwali boxes today! See our Twitter feed at 11.30 am to participate.

bpb’s latest list, a logistics directory of sorts, helps you transport everything from yourself to your St. Bernard, your gold fish and even an elephant (in the room) across the city, country, world. Plus, how to transport expensive paintings, jewellery, money and wine, and the best things on wheels! Go on, zoom in.

Objects of Your Desire: Moving Stuff Around

Art & Sculptures

International auction houses and art galleries swear by these companies when it comes to shipping their valuable art pieces within the country and internationally. Nouveau reach? G4S security company (, Siddharth Logistics (

Plants and Trees

Vriksha Nursery can move your plants – even if you didn’t buy it from them – anywhere in the country. They recently relocated 18,000 plants, shrubs and even large trees within 48 hours, from a building that was going into redevelopment. Their trucks come with gardeners and plant care equipment. Hoe bags!

1 Ganga Apartments, Irla Railway Society, Vile Parle (W), call 9820704069.

Dresses With Ants From Polka
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:51

What: Dresses with ants, Mexican embroidery and pineapples at Polka, view the Facebook page here, message them on Facebook or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order, online store in progress, prices range between Rs 2,300 and Rs 7,800.

Why: “Coloured threads become embroidered stories on our dresses,” says Poonam Agarwal, who wants you to be well-(th)read. A Parsons graduate who has worked in retail for many years, including designing custom jewellery for Bergdorf Goodman (NY), Poonam says Polka does daywear and will be an alternative to Zara. Along with her partner Anais Basu who worked at a French export house, they debuted a pretty line of linen clothes for women this month, hand embroidered with ants, pineapples, black hearts, roses and a Mexican pattern that Frida Kahlo would wear.

When: You want to stand out in the line(n) up.

Scoop: Kaboom To Open In Ballard Estate!
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:48

What: Scoop! Kaboom @ Cafe Model, 3A Spott Road, next to Grand Hotel, Ballard Estate.

Event Roundup: Oct 17-19
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:24

Oct 17: Begin the weekend with some bass-heavy electronic music at the ‘Bass Camp Festival’ featuring artists like Symbiz Sound ft. Zhi MC, Sickflip, EZ Riser, Ox7gen, Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 10.30 pm, Ticket price – Rs 600, book your tickets here.

Oct 17: Attend ‘Stringtstruck’ featuring Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar and Vocals), and the percussionist duo of Taufiq Qureshi and Fazal Qureshi. Tata Theatre, NCPA Mumbai, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, 7 pm, ticket price – Rs 225 onwards (Members), Rs 300 onwards (Non members), book your tickets here.

Oct 17: Head to this Max Mueller initiative– an expressionist theatre performance, ‘From Morn to Midnight’ directed by Karlheinz Martin at Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church road, Juhu, 7pm, entry free.

Oct 18: Join the Red Bull bus tour 2014 as it kicks off on Saturday.Catch Pentagram, Bhayanak Maut, The Raghu Dixit Project and alternate rockers 'Skrat'  at the the Mumbai gig among several others. Richardson and Cruddas Ltd, Sir JJ Flyover, Byculla. To RSVP and for more information click here.

Oct 18: Attend the screening of the ‘Cindrella’ Dutch National Ballet performance at PVR Juhu (6pm) and PVR Lower Parel (7pm), tickets start Rs 250 (PVR Juhu) and Rs 350 (PVR Lower Parel), book your tickets here.

Oct 18: Join Snigdha Manchanda as she sets out on foot to understand the tea culture of the city as a part of ‘Mumbai chai walk’. Begins at Bombay Stock Exchange, Kala Ghoda, 4 pm to 6 pm, ticket price – Rs 1500, book your tickets here.

Oct 18: Attend ‘Live From The Console’ featuring debut acts like Sid Vashi (Mumbai), MoonDogs (J&K) and veterans like The Ska Vengers (New Delhi). Stage 2, Mehboob Studios, Bandra (W), 6pm, ticket price – Rs 250, for more information click here.

Oct 18-19: Just in time for some Diwali shopping, the ‘Nor Black Nor White’ (NBNW) Open Studio is returning this weekend in collaboration with Kichu with a whole new range of handmade textiles. House of NBNW, Out house of VithalBhavan, 11/12, Guru Nanak road, Bandra (W), 11 am to 7 pm, call 9833050138, for directions click here, entry free.

Oct 19: Watch a play ‘The Buckingham Street’ as it does a humorous spin on the ‘true identities’ of the members of the Royal family. Tata Theatre, NCPA Mumbai, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, 7 pm, ticket price – Rs 270 onwards (Members), Rs 360 onwards (Non members), book your tickets here.

Oct 19: Head to ‘Bombay Local’ and try a whole new range of dips, sauces, teas, juices and baked goods by vendors like Busago, The Ramen Girl and Little Jars among several others. The Easel, 32, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church road, Juhu, 3 pm to 8 pm, to participate email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , only cash accepted, entry free.

For Diwali:

Put together an Ellipsis Diwali hampers with your fauvorites items from their bakery! They even let you create bespoke hampers (of different price points)as per your preferences and requirements.

Ditch the regular mithai routine and gift goodies from The Elephant Company instead! Choose from their range of home décor, furnishings, personal and tech accessories here

Weekend Guide: Ctrl + Salt + Del
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:12


What: Scoop! Kaboom @ Cafe Model, 3A Spott Road, next to Grand Hotel, Ballard Estate.

Why: Among other Diwali explosions, see this: opening soon at Ballard Estate, Kaboom, started by two NY returns will feature a new cuisine every day - South East Asian; Middle Eastern; Cheese toasts with a gourmet touch (what? cheese toast could be a type of cuisine!); Italian; and American. Replacing Café Model and aiming to feed the office goers in the neighbourhood, Kaboom will source all its produce from local farms, and will ensure that their packaging is 100% bio-degradable, ink and dye-free.

When: Dyna-might open in the first week of November or mid-month.


What: Dresses with ants, Mexican embroidery and pineapples at Polka, view the Facebook page here, message them on Facebook or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order, online store in progress, prices range between Rs 2,300 and Rs 7,800.

Why: “Coloured threads become embroidered stories on our dresses,” says Poonam Agarwal, who wants you to be well-(th)read. A Parsons graduate who has worked in retail for many years, including designing custom jewellery for Bergdorf Goodman (NY), Poonam says Polka does daywear and will be an alternative to Zara. Along with her partner Anais Basu who worked at a French export house, they debuted a pretty line of linen clothes for women this month, hand embroidered with ants, pineapples, black hearts, roses and a Mexican pattern that Frida Kahlo would wear.

When: You want to stand out in the line(n) up.


What: Calmshet Crunch organic Indian peanut butter available at Regal Stores, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), Rs 499 for a jar.

Why: If you’re going to raise a toast this season, slather it with some Calmshet peanut butter. Film producer and mom Priyanka Thakran’s own blend – organically certified coconut, Himalayan salt, peanuts, jaggery – this is bottled and sold at a Bandra food store, and will soon also be available at all Smoke House Deli outlets.Smooth, though we would have preffered crunchy, the peanut butter was thick and had a rich peanut-y flavour. Priyanka suggests you combine with fruit puree; jam to make a PBJ; or eat with Thai chilli sauce on a khakra.

When: You need a new Jar-va script.


What: Dial-a-shave with Ganesh, call 9322013516, Rs 200 for a shave, Rs 200 for a head massage.

Why: Hey scruffy, when was the last time you got blade? Ganesh, who works part time at Churchgate’s iconic Air Cool Gents Hair Dressers, will come over when you need a shave, haircut or head massage (you’ll have to work around his work timings, though). After conducting a shave to the Godfather soundtrack in a friend’s Cuffe Parade study, Ganesh realised the importance of music’s relaxing role in his work. If you give him song requests while booking an appointment, he will make sure his phone has your favourite tracks when he comes in. It’s an offer you can’t refuse.

When: You want to stubble upon a great find.


What: Tickets go on sale for music festival Magnetic Fields at Shekawati, Rajasthan. Buy on, view the Facebook page here, Rs 5,000 for a three day pass

Why: We can’t help but be drawn to the Magnetic Fields music festival this year, set in the middle of a desert. The festival will feature acts like France’s Dream Koala, India’s Sulk Station and Monica Dogra and Spain’s Begun with a mix of hip hop, electronic, punk, techno and acoustic tunes. Accommodation choices range from a pretty Rajasthan Haveli to breezy Bedouin tents. You get the pitch-a

When: December 12-14.

Join The Robin Hood Army
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:09

Every Sunday night, a band of merry men and women dressed in Lincoln green shirts, collect food from restaurants and distribute it to the homeless and hungry all over Mumbai. Borrowing their moniker from the English outlaw, the Robin Hood Army “takes from restaurants which have plenty and give it to the poor, who have only a few,” the fearless co- leader Anand Sinha tells us – only this operation is legal, and woefully devoid of Kevin Costner brandishing a bow and arrow.

Launched recently by Delhi-based entrepreneur Anand and a Zomato operations professional Neel Ghose, Robin Hood Army is modeled after Hunter Halder’s Re-Food program, an initiative to help end both hunger and food waste in Portugal. After spending some time volunteering in Portugal, Neel came back to India with the idea of starting something similar with his friends in Delhi; few weeks later, they launched Robin Hood Army. "We sat down and discussed the idea and spent the first few weeks just scouting,” Anand tells us.  After identifying clusters, they reached out to their contacts in the food and restaurant industry to help out with initial rations of food.

Now, never short of volunteers and food, the army functions like clockwork. “We meet at my place, divide ourselves into groups and distribution starts at 8 pm every Sunday evening,” Anand tells us. The food, once collected, is distributed by volunteers to people who are homeless and hungry or in any other condition that leaves them without the means to secure the food they need.

Besides leftovers, some restaurants and late night delivery places in Delhi, provide additional services, including cooking and packing special wholesome meals like vada pav, dal chawal, khicchdi, aloo parathas and more. In Mumbai, it is still in a very nascent stage. They are currently sourcing their own food, but are in talks with several restaurants including Persian Durbar, Ideal Corner and Ayub’s.

Feeding 1,600 people a night across the country, Robin Hood Army has approximately 50 volunteers in the city, mostly professionals from companies such as Google, Zomato, McKinsey and law firms. As they grow and expand, they share with bpb that they plan to start their own kitchen, as they “don’t want to depend on collections alone.” With winter a few months away, the Robin Hood Army also plan to start collecting blankets, bedding and warm clothing for distribution, along with the food. Plus, they also hope to get more organized and increase their base of volunteers and partner restaurants, so they can start operating on a daily basis.

Already Robin Hood Army has become so popular that Neel and Anand have replicated the model in four other major cities after Delhi: Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata; Chennai will follow soon. Additionally, they will also be launching a website to make volunteering easy. Until then, if you’d like to help out, please connect with founding volunteers on the Facebook page here.

You can do good, and also maybe rock some tights. We hear they’re making a comeback.

Getting there: Get in touch with the Robin Hood Army through their Facebook page, call Neel at 8826468651 and Anand at 9717270961.

Nordic Kandie To Launch First Store
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:09

Sweet treats this morning.

After news of Krispy Kreme and the Ellipsis' standalone bakery launches, our favourite marzipan brand is finally opening its own store on Saturday, 18th October!

Nordic Kandie Magic will set up shop in Kemp's Corner, where they will sell their signature gold and silver plated marzipans made with an Estonian recipe and mamra almonds sourced from Iran. These come assorted and packed in fancy boxes that are nice for gifting.  
We sampled them in April when they launched their gourmet service and recommend the  fresh cool mint and zesty orange flavours. 

Getting There: #1, Vasant Villa, 3 Peddar Road, Kemp's Corner, Rs 1850 for a 215 gms box.

bpb Gift Hamper On TV!
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:21


bpb is happy to announce that we are the official gift partners for Zee Café’s celebrity talk show, Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan Iyengar, putting together the hamper for them filled with all our favourite treats! See below for the lovely list of vendors we featured in the goodie basket that went out to Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Kajol and others!

Tea Trunk Tea

With an aim to educate tea lovers across the country about ‘tea as it should be’, Snigdha Manchanda’s teas come in flavours that are anything but usual, and most certainly lovely.

We love her vanilla black tea, lemon green tea and the rose oolong flavours. Look out for the newly launched Marigold lemongrass tea this festive season!, Rs 800 for a box of vanilla black tea.

Indian Bean Coffee

Just so that coffee drinkers don’t feel left out, the good guys at the gave us their "robust, aromatic and persuasive" blend of Appa’s Coffee that’s picked from estates in South India and Nepal, packed in Mysore and shipped, right to you!

To order view their website here, the Facebook page here, starts at Rs 300 for 250 gms.

The Table

A bpb favourite, Colaba’s The Table contributed to the hamper with their signature ketchup and hot sauce bottles, that is part of their made-to-order service.

Kalapesi Trust Building, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba, call 2282 5000, see their Facebook page here


Ever since we sampled Anurita Ghoshal’s home baked treats, we haven’t stopped dreaming of the giant smeary chocolate chips in her cakes. Fittingly, Anurita gave us her special biscotti and chocolate pound cakes for the hamper, that we’re pretty sure were well received.

Eighth, flat no 4 , Mudheshwari  Building , YMCA road,  off Carter Road , Bandra (W), view the Facebook page here, call 9820267003.

Sweetish House Mafia We’re over the moon that we finally have a steady stream of SHM’s crater sized cookies, with the launch of her first outlet in Lower Parel! Adding to the sugar overdose in the hamper, Neha Sethi gave us her decadent chocolate chip cookies.

Next to Café Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 24988740.

Nordic Kandie Magic Marzipan

Launched early this year in India, Nordic Kandie Magic is Thea Tammeleht’s line of premium handmade marzipans. Made with mamra almonds sourced from Iran and coated with edible gold, silver and Belgian chocolate, these are definite must if you’re a Marzi-fan.

Nordic Kandie Magic Marzipan, place an order here or via whatsapp to 9699641112

The Good Juicery

To wash all that down, we also added juice from The Good Juicery, that contains no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours. Slurp’s up!


Sula Wine

Sula also sent us a pint of their wine to go with each hamper. Hic Hic Hurray!


The Coup Card

And finally, bpb’s super culinary card that gets you 15% off at Mumbai’s best bars and restaurants!


Bring A Band To Your Living Room
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:00

Just ahead of Diwali, we found two aces for your next card party!

Musicians Anurag Shanker (Slow Down Clown, Caesar’s Palace) and Sankarshan Kini (Whirling Kalapas, ex-Hipnotribe, Kailasa), of the guitar duo The Bombay Acoustic People or BAP, are now open for bookings to play in your living room!

Attempting to ‘break the barrier between the performer and viewer’, Malini Hariharan, the band’s manager and one half of Culture Grind, says that the band is looking to encourage and build informal settings for people so they can connect and appreciate music.

But when The Bombay Acoustic People (their new album is set to release in a couple of months) come over for a special live performance, they’ll insist on your full attention while they’re there. The idea is not for people to have a background score to their evening, but to create an additional dimension and experience to a regular event, Malini tells us.

While costing for these performances will change as per duration, location and other requirements, The Bombay Acoustic Peoplepromise they aren’t too picky, and will be open to playing in any Mumbai apartment (as long as it’s not a compartment).

With organic and breezy acoustics like these, we’re guaranteeing some relief from the firecrackers outside.

Getting There: To book BAP for a private performance, get in touch with Malini Hariharan on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 09167405489/9008017386

The Parfait Co: New Parfait Only Delivery
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:58

“This is not ice cream. This is its fussy French cousin.”

A cousin who is used to holidays on the Riviera, big furs and luxurious strolls in manicured gardens, you’ll find when you take your first spoon of Sharmeen Indorewala ‘s offering – cold French Dessert Parfait.

Tomorrow she launches this specialised parfait-only delivery service in the city, under the brand The Parfait Co, sending out ten flavours that were picked after months of feeding friends who served as guinea pigs. Boy, did we pick the wrong people to be friends with.

Shar-meen Lean Parfait Machine

If like us, you’re imagining tall glasses of dessert layered with cream and fruit and ice cream, you’re imagining the American version of parfait. In France and most of Europe, it’s really just rich and creamy ice cream-like dessert made with heavy cream, eggs and all natural flavours.

Sharmeen is armed with what many home chefs in Mumbai have today -  a Le Cordon Bleu degree – and used to be the pastry chef at Kala Ghoda restaurant Nico Bombay. She was part of the team responsible for introducing parfait into the apple cinnamon dessert, an improvisation that came from the fact that they didn’t have their own ice cream maker.

During that time, she also started preparing parfait at home, and it soon turned into her husband’s favourite dessert. “I won’t say we got addicted to it. The right thing would be to say we got used it,” she says. That’s when Sharmeen decided that everyone should have access to this delicious “habit”. “The cool thing is that parfait is usually available as part of plated desserts in fine dine restaurants. I don’t know anyone else who sells them in tubs and makes them as accessible and casual as regular ice cream.”

Snowman Ship

Four parfait boxes arrived at our office via an icebox yesterday afternoon, prettily packaged, brightly coloured and covered in snow flakes, which is The Parfait Co’s logo. The well-balanced Salted Caramel and just-enough-sweet Pomegranate versions were our favourites, the rich Hazelnut Crème came a close second, and the Passion Fruit we thought could do with a little more fruit. With all the flavours though, the texture remained consistent and impeccable – silky and so, so creamy. That’s when you understand Sharmeen’s “fussy French cousin” analogy. Other flavours include Belgian chocolate (one of Sharmeen’s favourites), strawberry, blueberry, tangerine, milk chocolate and espresso.

How To Eat Parfait

You eat it just like ice cream. The only difference is that parfait has no artificial flavours or colours or stabilizers, and yet the same shelf life as ice cream. Just stick it in the freezer, eat as is or top with fruits and crumble.

Like all fussy cousins you’ll find that this one can also be a bit of a pain– you have to do a pick up if you don’t live in South Bombay – but ultimately, a treat to be around.

Getting there: The Parfait Co, launches on October 15. Call 9920029229, delivery from Haji Ali to Gowalia Tank, pick up from Gowalia Tank for others, starts at Rs 395 for a 500 ml tub. Follow them on Instagram on @theparfaitco and visit

Sponsored: Marquee by Vero Moda & Karan Johar
Monday, 13 October 2014 12:01

***This post is sponsored by Vero Moda***

Bringing the dazzle of showbiz to Vero Moda this season is filmmaker/producer/talk show host Karan Johar. In a collaboration that can only be sparkly as Diwali for women, the two have come up with the lovely Marquee.

This, an exclusive line available only through the month of October, features three capsule collections that go from dreamy to trippy to sexy in one eye full. View here!

There’s the Dreams in Ivory featuring pretty dresses, jackets and blouses in pastel shades. The Future Posh collection brings on the shimmer you need for the season’s festivities, while Kaleidoscope takes floral to a formal shade.

Match the Marquee Columns

So many parties, so little time. You barely have time to attend to your invitations, let alone find the appropriate ensemble for each. That’s where we come in. Just like a fine wine and cheese pairing, we’ve matched Marquee’s best pieces with what’s going in your life.

When You Want to Be Pretty As High Tea: Look like a rose macaron in this edible pink Ivory SL Dress, when you visit that new tea room in the city - there are just so many now. Pleated from the waist down and lightly sequined from the waist up, it will ensure you’re the centre of teatime conversation.

When You Want To Be a Beautiful Blur At Boozy Brunch: The Ivory SL Chain Dress is pretty enough to get you noticed at your friend’s pre-wedding brunch, but understated enough to ensure that the him and her do not feel upstaged. Plus, look how lovely the chain detailing is!

When You Want To Drink Away A Bad Day: Stash the Shimmer LS Blazer from the Future Posh collection in your office drawer. Silver cuts through weaves like lightning, perfect for when you want to throw it over your corporate black dress for many post-work drinks.

When You Want To Be Mistaken For Japan At Night: If Japanese cherry blossoms turned trippy and creeped on to a black dress, the Kaleidoscope dress would be it. Wear to new sushi bar or for your next Akira Kurosawa film marathon! Yes, that would not be strange at all.

When You Want to Lie On a Piano: The Shimmer Anna and Shimmer shine knee-length dresses are what you want to be wearing when you’re lying on a piano, pretending to be a flapper girl. Also works well if you’re just going to a regular ol’ nightclub with friends, but where’s the fun in that?

Besides these, our favourite collection picks, there are also blouses that rouche at the neck, blazers that bloom with flowers and dresses that shine like your eyes after receiving a good piece of news! Shop the full Marquee collection here!. View our slide show here!

Getting there: Visit, buy online or at a Vero Moda store new you. Starts at Rs 2,000.

Sponsored: Diwali Hampers from Godrej Nature's Basket
Monday, 13 October 2014 09:52

***This post is sponsored by Godrej Nature’s Basket***

There are gifters and then there’s you. Always imaginative, proving that while you can give a friend a wad of cash for Diwali – losing in teen patti aside – you want the gift to be fun, match the giftee’s personality and be appropriate for the situation.

We help you achieve just that, sifting through the Diwali Nature’s Basket hampers and matching them with your friends.

Organic Gourmet Hamper For Your Crossfit Obsessed Friend: Always bragging about how many planks they can do. Always nagging you about your expanding waist line. Always lagging far behind at the dessert counter. Get him/her the Organic Gourmet Hamper. By the time they’re done going through the multi-grain muesli ,  flax seeds, white quinoa, organic honey and more, you would have finished a bunch of dessert without their watchful eyes on you.

The Grand Coffee Treat Hamper For Your Zoned Out Friend: Have friends who take a year to complete a sentence? Nothing will perk them up like this Grand Coffee Treat Hamper with a selection of exotic coffees, biscuits and Diwali candles. Also see, Tea Fiesta Hamper.

Fruity Celebration For Your Over The Hill Friend: We all have that one friend who’s over the hill, even if he or she is a month older than the rest of the gang. They’re the ones who turn that terrible age first, and the old people joke is always on them. Continue the mockery with this Fruit Basket , because nothing says old guy like a fruit hamper.

World Cuisine Hamper for the Show Off: So there’s that guy who’s always place dropping, talking about how the Mexican food in Mumbai isn’t like it is in Mexico. Perfect Diwali gift would be the Mexican Cuisine Hamper featuring spicy jalapeno, salsa, tortilla chips and more. There’s even hampers that belong to other countries like Thailand.

Festive Celebration Hamper For Your Better Half: Chocolate, dry fruit, juice, champagne all make up this beautifully packed hamper.

Have other kinds of friends? Nature’s Basket has other hampers too. Ones that are centered around dry fruit, chocolate, gourmet spreads and more! Plus, there’s one we’re giving you. You won’t know what it is and why because it’s called Exquisite Surprise!

Happy Diwali!

Getting there: Diwali gifting hampers from Nature’s Basket, order online on, delivery within 24 hours, start at Rs 400.

***This post is sponsored by Godrej Nature’s Basket***

Scoop: Kofuku Owner To Launch Korean Restaurant!
Monday, 13 October 2014 09:49


If you’ve whined about the absence of Korean food in Mumbai, this is for you. The guys behind Japanese restaurant Kofuku are starting up Heng Bok, a new Korean restaurant in Bandra.

Launching next week (they’re hoping to start on the 17th) at Turner Road, the kitchen will serve Korean specials including kimchi, galbi, barbeque pork ribs, and will even send individual grills to tables. There will also be a small selection of sushi, should you have a Kofuku craving.

We’ll raise out glasses of soju to that!

Getting there: 11/1, Kalpak Corner Building, Turner Road, Bandra (W), call 26510044/66/77.


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