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From the Pizza Drone Guys: Build Your Own Bots
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:55

From the Pizza Drone Guys: Build Your Own Bots

From the Pizza Drone Guys: Build Your Own Bots
Chat with Farooq Syed, chat for a while and the conversation is bound to take a turn towards robots. He’ll quote from iRobot, and tell you that The Terminator series is now closer to being fact than sci-fi. “First there was the computer revolution, then the wireless revolution. In some years from now, you will see a robotics revolution. It’s closer than you think.”

These doomsday prophecies he makes with a straight face, and suddenly, we have very different plans for 2015.

Farooq is the co-founder of Robosoft Systems, a company that launched a few years ago, but only last week began selling DIY robotic kits and automated parts online, via Flipkart. “You know that pizza delivery drone in the city that went viral earlier this year? We built it.”

Her And Him

Farooq, who now in our heads is a peripheral character in The Big Bang Theory, walks us through robot shopping.

“For hobbyists, children or anyone with a curious bent of mind, our DIY Robot Kits are a great way to start.” Sold as educational tools for children aged 10 and above and also beginner adults, the kits are sorted based on levels of difficulty. “The most basic one starts with simple mechanical constructions and then proceeds to become more advanced with electronic and software complexities,” says Farooq, who likes big bots and cannot lie.

 
Put Your Face On A Rose!
Monday, 15 December 2014 15:54

Put Your Face On A Rose!

Put Your Face On A Rose!

What: Put your face on a white rose at Budluv, Krishna Building, Jaywant Palkar Marg, Worli, call 24909999, Rs 500 for one.

Why: We have a feeling we’re being watched. Something is odd about that bouquet. Do flowers have eyes? You think we’re being our paranoid selves but those roses across from us have faces printed on them. While we try not to recommend services that are borderline creepy – and this one is – we thought we would let you decide. Why? Because when Budluv prints your photo on the side of a white rose, it looks anything but tacky. We recently saw them being used as a substitute for nametags (with the guest’s picture on each) at a swish Zodiac Grill dinner event. Also fun for party favours.

When: Now. Thorn, Ok, please.

 
Bungalow Eight Will Move To Wankhede Stadium
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:16

Bungalow Eight Will Move To Wankhede Stadium

Bungalow Eight Will Move To Wankhede Stadium

When you set up shop inside a sports stadium, you’re already one step closer to cheers and applause.

Ladies and garments, do the Mexican wave for fashion and lifestyle store Bungalow Eight in Colaba, which will be opening a new store at Wankhede Stadium, Churchgate. “It’s really like we’re returning home,” says owner Maithili Ahluwalia, as this is the space where Bungalow Eight originally started out. While she isn’t sure if the three storey Colaba shop will shut down entirely, she did talk about a third Bungalow Eight “gift shop” that will open up at Carmichael Road. More on that later.

If you’ve been to the Wankhede store before for their one-off clearance sales, you won’t recognise it now. “It’s all new! We’re using tones of white and silver, marble flooring and metal accents,” says Maithili.

As for the stock, it will be more tightly edited as compared to the current set up, and in order to keep it less static, there will be a theme that changes every three months. “Designers will keep revolving too.”

Opens in March 2015. See you at the game!

Getting there: Bungalow Eight, under the bleachers at Wankhede Stadium, Vinoo Mankad Gate, D Road, off Marine Drive.

 
Store Review, Krasaa, Juhu
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:06

Store Review, Krasaa, Juhu


Store Review, Krasaa, Juhu

Does Juhu need another multi-designer store? Must Vikram Phadnis visit your closet again? Should another signboard have an obscure sounding ‘k’ name and must we saddle another rack with ghagras for the festive season?

The answers to all of these questions really depend on what stage of wedding activity you’re at – attending, starring in, indifferent. We wish we could claim a spot in the last category, but unfortunately we’re still attending, and so we dragged our Sangeet-practice feet to Krasaa, a new multi-label store by Vikram Phadnis.

A walk around the space is a guaranteed déjà vu, as you’ll find in attendance creations by Rohit and Rahul Gandhi, Aneekha, Nandita Mahtani, Arpita Mehta, Rocky Star, Valliyan, Bansri and others, but the staff insists that some of these designs are exclusive to Krasaa.

 
Sponsored: Kiss With Clinique’s Soft Matte Lipstick
Monday, 08 December 2014 10:40

Sponsored: Kiss With Clinique’s Soft Matte Lipstick

Sponsored: Kiss With Clinique’s Soft Matte Lipstick

***This post is sponsored by Clinique***

One kiss and your lipstick’s off. With all the colour gone, it must be incredibly boring to kiss in black and white.

Introduce colour to your kissing movie with Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks. Your beau will be glad to know that lab tests showed that one lipstick application retained 82% of its colour after eight rigorous wears without feathering or bleeding. That’s one long lasting mother pucker! (Psst: walk into any Clinique store for a complimentary makeup consultation with their experts!) 

Plus, the matte effect comes with enough moisturiser – if you’ve used their awesome Chubby Sticks you’ll know – to do its job without drying out your lips.

My Little Peony

These are available in eight pretty shades that start with Suede (nude), breeze through pinks like Peony, Petal and Beauty, progress on to Magenta, Plum and Mandarin, and end in a courageous Crimson. We’re thinking Suede and Petal for the office, Mandarin and Peony for brunch, Crimson to go with all the glitter of December and red enough to match the Indian bride.

Story Look Book

bpb’s Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick look book is also a story book, revealing each shade to you through cocktail tissues and tales. Click here to see it visually and read below.

Shade: Matte Suede – a light, neutral nude.

They kiss in a warm daydream that smells like sun and feels like suede.

Shade: Matte Beauty – a cool, soft rose.

 
White Shirts for Men by Tat
Thursday, 04 December 2014 20:27

White Shirts for Men by Tat

White Shirts for Men by Tat


What: White shirts for men by Tat, see their Facebook page here, shipping charges apply, prices range from Rs 300 to Rs 3,000. 

Why: Boys, tired of wearing square shaped FabIndia shirts that could be someone else’s upholstery covers? Let Prasad Ramamurthy, Features Editor at Conde Nast Traveler make you one instead. Under the label Tat, he does crisp white shirts that look perfectly regular from the front, but have large ajrak print patches on the back. With fabrics sourced from old world Gujarat and silhouettes from today, Tat’s pieces are worth a browse. Also see his line of shorts and trousers.

When: Now. For Gan-ji Q fashion.

 
Strand Bookstore's Sale At David Sassoon Library
Thursday, 04 December 2014 19:57

Strand Bookstore s Sale At David Sassoon Library

Strand Bookstore s Sale At David Sassoon Library

What: Strand Bookstore’s sale at David Sassoon Library, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, call 22661994, discount starts at 25%. 

Why: Take a look, pick a book and find a leafy nook to settle into and enjoy your newest purchase as Strand Bookstore hosts a 10-day mega sale at the David Sassoon Library. On display will be fiction novels, coffee table books on art and architecture, as well as children’s literature, all available at a minimum discount of 25%. And then head to the garden at the back for hours of uninterrupted reading. Page advice, this.

When: December 12 to 21.

 
Psst: Bobbi Brown To Open At Palladium
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 19:35

Psst: Bobbi Brown To Open At Palladium

Psst: Bobbi Brown To Open At Palladium

Is it a pigment of our imagination, or did we just see an ‘opening soon’ sign for Bobbi Brown at Palladium?

The international cosmetics brand is finally launching its first standalone store in Mumbai at Palladium Mall, Lower Parel. While the Bobbi Brown India team told bpb that the store won’t open before March 2015, the board with a row of almost edible lipsticks should work as eye candy for now.

They’re also keeping mum about the product line-up, but we're hoping to see Sheer Colour cheek tint, Intensifying long-wear mascara and Hollywood Red lip colour on the shelves.

Getting there: Bobbi Brown store, 2nd floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

 
Grain Check: New Leather Bag Label
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 18:17

Grain Check: New Leather Bag Label

Grain Check: New Leather Bag Label

Nainesh Saple and Avinash Bhalerao’s friendship comes with a lot of baggage, but it’s the kind we want to take on a weekend trip or lug to the office every day.

The two strapping young men bonded over a common love for design at L S Raheja School of Arts, one that led to Grain, a new handmade bag company that combines unprocessed leather and cloth to make messengers, totes, backpacks and laptop cases. We browsed through their look book to find rustic, earthy looking bags with strains of Nappa Dori, just not as expensive or creative.

Still, we love a deep brown and grey backpack that would look great on you at the Magnetic Fields festival this month, or a big midnight blue canvas tote that can fit your entire world, with an attached tan leather pocket for that heart you remembered to steal on your way out.

Grain doesn’t have an e-store yet, but you can scroll through their Facebook page or email them for a look book to browse and buy. After you place an order, your bag will be stitched, sealed and delivered within a week.

Getting There: Call Nainesh on 9967971264, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,view Grain’s Facebook page here, bags cost between Rs 3,000 and 5,500.

 
Meet Altaf, Bandra’s Own Sofa Loren
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:36

Meet Altaf, Bandra’s Own Sofa Loren

Meet Altaf, Bandra’s Own Sofa Loren

If you drink too much wine at Pali Village Café or get wasted at Janata, call Altaf and he’ll cushion your fall. A cork’s throw away from both bars at Pali Naka, Altaf runs Pawar Mattresses & Furnishing, a nondescript store that makes cushions of every kind .

Engage Altaf in pillow talk and he’ll look up from his sewing machine for a moment to take you through his ready-made cushion collection (skip over passé neon versions for pillows stamped with elegant trees) or bales of cloth that can be customised. “It will be hard to find my fabrics elsewhere since I choose specific blocks, prints and colours and commission them to karigars in Rajasthan and Bihar,” he told us.

 
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