Durga Puja – Rio Carnival of the East

Events & Experiences

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

“She can move darkness” 

Most important part of the year for a Bengali has arrived. Oh great Mother, we welcome you on this earth whole heartedly. May your arrival destroy all the negativity around us. 

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

For me, the feeling of Durga Puja is incomparable to any other time of the year. It’s a 10 day long celebration filled with delicious food, new clothes (hello, new saris!), aartis and pujas, and being surrounded by your family and friends. Can’t wait to immerse myself into the Godly embrace 🙏🏻 (Excitement creeping in ❤️😁)

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

Let’s proceed with the assumption that you know what Durga Puja is about. For those who have no clue, it’s the worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga and her children, whose idols are hosted in the makeshift Pandals for around five days. Let’s proceed..

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It won’t be entirely an exaggeration to say that Bengalis world over spend a significant amount of their time planning and deciding what to do during the Durga Pujas. Most of them wear multiple sets of clothes – mind you, there’s a morning outfit and an evening outfit, plus emergency backup outfits. And of course, there are important decisions to make – like what to eat on which day. From the warm khichudi, papad bhaja as bhog in pandals to the street stalls set up to serve delectable dishes like egg rolls, kobiraji and mughlai parota, you are game to feast on anything and everything.

So prior to the pujas, the air is absolutely thick with a feeling one gets just before the starting, the unravelling of something extremely huge — the feeling you get just before reaching the peak of a much awaited climax.

You will get to see sweaty Bongs, who under the twelve o’clock sun, sits in an auto patiently stuck in a huge traffic jam in the heart of a buzz-filled street, clutching onto innumerable bulging shopping bags of different shapes and sizes. This is called Puja shopping.

It is a reverberating rhythm which amplifies and resounds in the sounds of the dhak. It’s a feeling. You can not only hear it, but feel it — you get goose bumps when the dhakis first begin to play their beat. The city reverberates with the echo of conch shells, which is no less than a divine feeling.

Durga Puja is actually, the celebration of ‘life’ and the joy of ‘living’ more than anything else. Durga Puja becomes an expression of the city itself. It is almost that the city bursts into laughter during these few days.

Durga Puja 2017, Bahrain

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I look forward to celebrating Durga Puja with you.

Till then, in the words of my great grandmother, Dugga Dugga.

Signature Studio Dubai Ramadan Tour – Pakistan’s Leading Fashion Designers visit Bahrain

Artist, Experience and Collections, Jewelry

Anna Shoaib, Managing Director of Signature Studio in Dubai

Last week, I caught up with Anna Shoaib, a wonderful woman, entrepreneur, mother and proud owner of Signature Studio Dubai on her Ramadan tour of Bahrain.

The best part of our meeting was that I got to meet some amazingly talented designers from the studio, not just that, I also got to try some of their dazzling clothing line and accessories.

With the gorgeous Sammy K. Wearing one of her exclusive collections, she creates breathtaking clothing range from embellished Bridals to Prêt wear.

Every detail was perfect – from their professionalism and attentiveness of nailing down all the details, to arriving on site super early to make sure everything was done perfectly. The passion Anna Shoaib has for what she does is unparalleled, and it shows through her exquisite work!

A good collaboration is based on unique contributions from each side. Thank you for being so so sweet and supportive Anna ❤❤

Photos from the Exhibition

Mohey by Manyavar – A Trend in Tradition

Jewelry, Lifestyle

Here you go! Mohey by Manyavar launches this magnificent new wedding collection. With the wedding season already begun, many stores that sell ethnic wear are seeing a lot of visitors.

This week I visited Mohey in Guwahati to check out their latest wedding collection. With the finest Lehengas, Gowns, Sarees and Suits – holding true to the core values of Manyavar (its parent brand), Mohey offers a lovely and affordable range of Indian ethnic wear and is one of the most popular among all Women’s ethnic wear brands, popular for their wedding and festive wear. And with each passing year their creations and style has become more refined.

Here are a few photographs of what went down at the blog shoot:

Hands down to my current favorite Indian ethnic wear brand that not only gives an amazing quality of clothing but even has a vibrant touch to each outfit.

Whether you are skinny or you are pear type, these Kurtis are sure to enhance your figure.

Few of my favourite accessories. Chandbali to Jhumar Earrings – Loved the shape and royalty – couldn’t help but pick a pair

The accessory range includes beautiful handcrafted jewelled Potli bags and Clutches

Whether we talk about their fabric or cuts they have something unique to offer you

In today’s global world where we are quite influenced by western traditions and dresses, we have that silent love for our Indian ethnic wear

With the wonderful Pradeep Gupta, Manyavar and Mohey NE. Incredibly thankful to the entire team for making my shopping experience so memorable

Make sure you check out the Manyavar and Mohey Ganeshguri store in Guwahati and experience it yourself with your friends and family this wedding season. Also make sure to visit the official website HERE.

A new experience unleashed – Silk-epil 9 Wet & Dry epilator

Events & Experiences

Braun celebrates the latest addition to the family “Silk-epil 9 Wet&Dry epilator” with an amazing, incredible ballet performance by pretty girls from Ballare Studio! Fell in love with the product at first sight. So will you !

@mannyleigh29 explaining to some of the bloggers (including me) & shoppers about the newly launched products!!

Honored to be a part of their celebration ✨ I so look forward to trying the new range of  super stylish Braun epilator.

Braun has done it again. Just when you thought that they have done pretty much everything in terms of design, power, and efficiency, they release the Braun Silk-Epil 9 series.

When I saw it in the event, I was in awe with it. I can’t believe that I never braved trying an epilator before now 😍

It’s ergonomically shaped. It’s really easy to hold, whether you’re removing hairs from the face, legs, bikini line, underarms and so on. It’s not heavy and its shape fitted right in the palm of my hand.

Price is not a constraint here – you just need to get the best one for a long time..