April 30, 2014

Love, Sex Aur Dokha

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A couple of weekends back, I went for a date night at one of my favorite eating joints in town - Jhaal Farezi.
More than the food, it's the décor & ambience of the place that makes me go back there again & again! And not only do I frequent the place, I also recommend it to all & sundry and drag along anyone remotely interested in accompanying me! [On the day documented here, that person was my guy!] :)

The interiors of Jhaal Farezi has been done by my once-professor-now-friend Swarup Dutta (who calls himself a 'Scenographer') and has been quite a talking point since the property opened its doors to the public a few months back. The walls are covered with quirky wall art with ample use of funky phrases & film dialogues. Also noteworthy is the smart use of random vintage items collected from all over the place as part of the décor - think old Coca Cola crates, vintage hairdresser's chairs, mirrors fixed in lifebuoys, lights in mason jars, old steam engine lanterns, water bottles used by soldiers, gunny bags for floor cushions & much more! It's almost like a museum where you keep on discovering delightful old treasures at every step!

And of course, nothing beats the comfort of maxis on sultry summer evenings! <3

[Houndstooth maxi dress: BK Market, Kolkata | Lime green crop top: Westside | Necklace: Dilli Haat, Delhi | Jade ring: Aldo Accessories | Pink bag: Accessorize]

Disclaimer: The title of the post is the text on the plate that takes central place of pride among the wall décor. It means 'Love, Sex And Cheating' - a phrase that sums up our fast-forward, metropolitan lives quite well.

Tomorrow is the wedding of my school-time bestie.........and my excitement knows no bound right now!!! Thinking back about those carefree & innocent school days spent giggling & playing together makes the fact that we have all grown up to start families of our own seem quite surreal! *sigh*

And day after tomorrow, I'll be on my way to Chennai! Fun times ahead with my favoritest cousin (who stays there) and blogger pal Sayantani!!! Can't wait to have a relaxing holiday - already dreaming of walks by the beach and a weekend getaway to Pondicherry or Mahabalipuram! ^_^

See ya all on the other side of the trip! Keep it stylish, peeps! 

Anupriya DG
April 20, 2014


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India, as a land, is known for her diversity in region, religion, culture & tradition. Just as she is also known for the unity that we uphold in spite of (or maybe because of) the said diversity!
During the 14th-15th of this month, the people of many of the regions of our vast country celebrated the start of the New Year as per their traditional regional calendar. We, Bengalis, were one such community of Indians who stepped into a New Year on the 15th of April amidst much revelry & festivity! 
We are now officially in the year 1421 as per the Bengali calendar. :)

As with most Indian festivals, the Noboborsho (that's 'New Year' in my mother tongue) means celebrations with friends & family, lots of yummy food & sweets and of course, new clothes!!! 
I spent the day being pampered by my uncle & aunt with a sumptuous lunch at their place and then gossiped & laughed away the evening with my blogger buds Soumi & Debiparna! Oh!! What a fun start to the year!!! :D

I made myself a new tunic for the occasion!
P.S.: Orange & fuschia is my new favorite combination!!! <3

[Tunic: Howrah Bridge | Earrings: Thrifted | Silver bangle: Commercial Street, Bangalore | Woven cane bangles: Gifted, from Bangladesh | Watch: Kenneth Cole | Silver ring: Amrapali | On my lips: Pretty Please, Colorbar]

I have been spending a very lazy Easter weekend at home. A sketchpad & a bunch of pens helped me doodle away my dreams on Friday. A book (Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri) and a pair of glasses saw me through the whole of Saturday, helped by leftover sweetmeats from the festive week & occasional tumblers of ice tea. And I plan to spend Sunday catching a movie with the guy & then having dinner with family. 
Yes. No excitement. No party. No late nights. And definitely no plans of crazy fun. Sure signs of ageing, I tell you! 

Happy Easter you all!!! 

Hugs & Kisses,
Anupriya DG
April 14, 2014

Entrepreneurship 101 & Delhi Diary II

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Since the very beginning of 2014, I had a feeling that this year was going to be special. I wanted this year to be one filled with many firsts, many fulfilments, many achievements & many experiences.
The year did start on a good note with my fun-filled Delhi trip with friends & an awe-inspiring time at the India Art Fair.
April saw me finally taking the plunge and joining swimming lessons after 28 long years of nurturing an unfulfiled wish & being kept from it by a paranoid astrologer-said-you-have-fear-from-water mother. But not any more! I've taken to water like fish (no wonder there, I AM a Piscean!) and I'm loving every bit of my early morning sessions at the pool! :)
I have also enrolled myself for an MOOC (That's Masive Open Online Course for the uninitiated) by MIT called Entrepreneurship 101. Yes, among all other things.
Apart from being provided all course material online, we are also being called for interactive sessions at the Americal Centre every Wednesday, where entrepreneurs from all fields & walks of life are sharing their experience & knowledge with us. These sessions are quite interesting & inspiring and I've been picking up quite a few gems of tips & tricks from these pros on how to build a customer-base, how to expand, how to market your brand, how to reach out to your customer, so on & so forth. Here are some bits I thought I would share with you guys!
  • Entrepreneurship can solve either of the two purposes - either you can solve someone's problem with your business: like taking a painkiller; or you can do what you like or want to do: much like taking multi-vitamin tablets!
  • The best way to learn about business, is through failure.
  • Don't become an entrepreneur for money. Do it for the passion.
  • Don't make false promises. Say Yes to only what you can deliver.Learn to say No.
  • You may keep wine in a barrel in order to store it & make out of it 20 years later. But you must make sure there's not a single leak in the barrel, or else, after all those years, you'll open the barrel to see that it's empty! Similarly, make sure that there's no leak in your business, all drainage must be regulated & stopped so that you can reap the benefits even years later.

So, majorly, it's swimming & the Entrepreneurship course keeping me busy. Also, I have started teaching as a guest faculty in yet another fashion institute - iNifd - so that adds to my hectic schedule! [And so, now you know why I'm blogging after almost a month]

Leaving you with another batch of pictures from my Delhi trip in February! Yes, thinking of the cold weather does, even if for a moment, give me relief from the claustrophobic stuffiness of this swelteringly hot & humid weather!! 

Blogger Surbhi was my most precious find in Delhi! This girl was one of the sweetest, most gracious & warm girl I've ever come across! She took me around the city, played an amazing hostess cooking me awesome breakfast & even took me to a blogger event!!! 
What's more, she insisted I put up with her whenever I'm in Delhi next! Can't wait to see this lovely soul again! :*

And this was my next most precious find in the capital - Surbhi's adorable daughter Kaashvi!!! Hope to see this ray of sunshine soon too! <3

Blue poncho: Max
Pink/grey striped sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Floral denims: Promod
Cameo pendant necklace: Tribal Zone
Moustache ring: Shoppers Stop
Tan lace-up booties: Catwalk

Pictures courtesy: Surbhi & her husband

I must sign off now - have swimming early morning tomorrow!! *phew*
There might be more exciting things to come my way.........I have high expectations of 2014, hope the year lives up to them! ^_^

Let's welcome Monday with a hop, skip & a smile!!!

Anupriya DG


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