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TUTORIAL: Organise Your Year With Bullet Journalling

JAN-FEB 2018

A Life Less Ordinary
25 Powerful
A Return
Affirmations to Nature
to Make
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Restart, Refresh, Renew

jan-feb 2018 | volume 11 | number 10

home the Pantone Colour of 2018.
28 TREND We decode the décor
trends for 2018.
32 BY HAND Organise your year
with bullet journalling.
39 SHOPKEEPER Celebrate
all things Indian with Samyukta
Nair’s brand new store, Clove.
40 DESIGN Baarique’s classic
Indian tableware get a makeover
with hand-painted motifs.

48 INSPIRATION How a couple
turned a 150-year-old farmhouse
into a modern heirloom.
56 PLANTINGS A lowdown on
creepers and climbers.
58 STORE ALERT Add an avant
garde twist to your home décor.

the latest news on home products
WINNING AT LIFE Fearless and independent, Esha Gupta opens up about and services.
charting her life path and living on her own terms.
72 ALLURE Four dermatologists
reveal their beauty regime secrets.

on the
Learn all about bullet journalling—32
Get celebrity chef Rakhee Vaswani’s
exclusive recipes—101
Why beauty brands are going back
to nature—76
Hearty soups and salads—Inside
Start the year on a fresh note—19
Positive affirmations you need
this year—86
Actor Esha Gupta on
winning at life—62

photograph by taras taraporvala

creative direction by anuradha sen

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styled by mohit rai hair & makeup
by harry rajput dress zooomberg
ACCENTS Cosy up your home INSTANT IMPACT Elevate accessories accessorize
location maison by international
interiors with the best of winter fabrics. basic glass pieces by learning to etch them. furniture brands, mumbai.

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76 TREND Why the beauty
industry is going back to nature to
source ingredients.
Splendour has the country
hooked to jojoba oil.
79 MAKEUP Go au naturel with
our top picks of nude shades.
82 KNOW HOW All that is new
on the beauty shelves.

86 LIFE LESSONS The 25 life
affirmations to start 2018 on
a positive note.
90 BOOKS Soha Ali Khan on her
debut book. Plus, an excerpt.
92 NUTRITION What the
Japanese Diet is all about and
why everyone’s talking about it.
94 FIRST PERSON Get inspired

by author Nandita Chakraborty’s
tryst with beating the odds.
FAMILY SPACES Take a tour of a loft-inspired Gurugram home, designed in a Zen style. 95 EXPERIENCE The perfect
staycation for Mumbai residents.
96 SOLUTIONS The coolest
stationery you need this year.

101 CELEBRATE Get the recipes
to an exclusive four-course meal
by celebrity chef Rakhee Vaswani.
106 GOOD TO BUY Classic pastel
pieces to refresh your kitchen.
107 SERIES A café that is
bringing cycling back into vogue.
108 EXPERIENCE Dig into
authentic, flavoursome Italian
cuisine at Bella Cucina.

18 BHG LOVES What’s tugging at

our heart strings this month.
FITNESS Simple yet effective SPECIAL Indulge in soups and salads this
10-minute workouts you can do in office. month with this extensive booklet. 112 I DID IT! Learn to build your
own antique trunk.

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The Life Changers, we wanted these

assertions to serve as optimistic guiding
lights for you through the year. Right On
Track (pg 32), provides an in-depth, step-by-
step look into bullet journalling—currently a
craze with DIY enthusiasts, it is guaranteed
to help you organise and schedule your life
better. In our beauty section, you’ll find easy
ways in which you can rejig your regimen.
We get you insider secrets from the
country’s top dermatologists on their
favourite products (In Their Skin, pg 72),
and track how the beauty industry is
increasingly turning to organic, natural
ingredients (Force of Nature, pg 76).
For homes, we give you the freshest
trends—the winter fabrics you need to have,
the lowdown on the Pantone Colour of the
Year, Ultra Violet and the décor trends you

OUT WITH THE OLD. will see in 2018 (nature-inspired is big here
as well). Our food booklet in this new year

IN WITH THE NEW starts off on a healthy note too—soups and

salads are a perfect way to detox after a
season of partying, and also nudge you
If there’s one word that defines January for towards a more fit lifestyle. There are
me, it’s ‘possibility’. The change of year also exclusive recipes from celebrity chef
brings with it the opportunity to start on a Rakhee Vaswani.
clean slate. The prospect of trying something On the cover, we have actor Esha Gupta.
new, shaking things up, discarding old Candid, fearless and with immense
routines. It thrills me. gumption, Esha has followed her heart and
So, in this issue, we decided to explore all rules in whatever she has done so far.
the ways in which we could give you, our Not one to walk the line, she spoke to us
readers, the chance to ‘Restart, Refresh, about how her non-conformism defines her.
Renew’. Your homes and décor. Your beauty “I’ve never been one to o kkeep qui and play
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be about positivity and optimism. Stories you are happy

that could help you start 2018 off on a in whatever
strong note. you’re doing.”
So, if you turn to pg 86, you’ll find 25 life To that effect, we
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ideas for living well

SEASON GOALS From winter fabrics and

Ultra Violet accents to new décor trends and
the best way to organise your year, this is
everything you need to get a head start in 2018.
fresh | all about colour

noble purples
The Pantone Colour of 2018, Ultra Violet,
looks best as found in nature. Pair with
chalky whites, feathery greys or deep
garnets for a scheme that can go
bold or softly poetic.
text by deb schwartz
photograph by adam albright

Nippon Paint

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British Paints

Raised in Minnesota,
WALL US, and trained as an
7183 artist, he fell into
ASIAN PAINTS decorating while
working as an art
installer for designer
Miles Redd. David is
here to help you
conquer your
“Because purple is so
singular, put it
alongside classics:
Black, white and grey.”
His purple room has a
dark navy floor, black
shelving unit and
“YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH MORE IN A SMALL SPACE,” says American designer artwork.
David Kaihoi, who transformed the living room in his one-bedroom New York City
apartment into a cosy jewel box by painting almost every inch of it—walls, shutters SAMPLE THE
and trim—matte purple. The eggplant velvet banquette subtly contrasts with the

Choose a “deep and

walls and the oxblood throw is a vivid but not-too-bright accent. Dark green in the dark or light and
artwork, plants and ethnic textiles on pillows balances and lightens the purple and bright”, purple,
ties it back to nature. says David.


The shade can feel
intimidatingly fancy,
SHADOW 2322 7190 630 solid, dignified
Nerolac Asian Paints British Paints material like wood or
any kind of natural
finish, grounds it”.
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Nippon Paint Jotun Dulux YOU’LL LIKE IT
“Especially when it
Two hues from Pale grey-purple plus Silvery grey with soft comes to paint,”
opposite ends of the a plaster-like putty lavender recalls “runway he says. “Start with a
purple spectrum are “moody and couture, like a taffeta door. You can always
come together. comfortably cool”. gown in the sunlight”. paint over it.” ■

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fresh | all about colour

Give your home a plush makeover with accents in shades of purple.

370, India Circus
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` 46,999, Urban Ladd
b l dd m `1,995, Chumbak,


` 65,000, Baro, d Tree,
` 2,720, Freedom f ` 13,500, Safomasi,

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A living room like this is perfect
to entertain guests and visitors.
1, 2, 9 & 15. Manhattan photo print,
`�42,000; Seat, `�61,650; Wooden
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IOTA 3. Embroidered cushion, `�2,650,
Nur 4. Flower bucket, `�2,499, Asra
5. Tray, `�1,899, Urban Dazzle
6. Sunflower cups, `�2,499 (set of 2),
Navya 7. Teapot, `�2,215, Crazy Daisy
8. Fur carpet, `�14,456, Rugsville
10. Striped cushion, `�2,999, Shades of
India 11. Herringbone cushion, `�999,
Pepperfry 12 & 13. Furry textured
cushion, `�3,800; Studded felt pillow,
`�3,200, The Pillow Company 14. Velvet
pillow, `�1,800, Address Home
16. Throw, `�2,299, Maspar.


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7 winter dressing
6 Beat the cold this season with plush, warm
5 fabrics like wool, fur, felt, velvet and suede.
photographs by irina usova | styling by mahima shukla



10 8

What’s better than having your own little, warm reading corner?
1 & 11. Popcorn couch, `�1,38,500; Felt cone beehive lamp, `�28,800,
9 IOTA 2 & 8. Knitted cushion, `�1,999; Woollen pouf, `�6,125, Peeli Dori
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Nur 5. Ceramic stag, `�3,890, Home Artisan 6. Quilted tray, `�1,799,
Navya 7. Striped cups, `�1,600 (set of 2), Limeroad 9. Carpet, `�3,88,800,
Meraas 10. Chunky knit throw, `�14,400, The Pillow Company. 
fresh | accents

Cuddle up with the family in this inviting bedroom.
1, 2, 13 & 14 Glass globe lamp, ` 23,500; Set of side tables,
` 37,000; Leather bed, ` 89,100; Taxi artwork, ` 28,800, IOTA
3. Photo frame, ` 1,600, Ishatvam 4 & 8. Suede pillow,
` 1,599; Yellow velveteen cushion, ` 1,299, D’Decor 5. Woollen
throw, ` 2,299, Maspar 6. Fur throw, ` 8,990, The Pillow Company
7. Quilted yellow blanket, ` 6,650, Nur 9. Raw silk patchwork
cushion, ` 4,999, Nivasa 10. Velvet cushion, ` 2,299, Moon River
11. Suede woven cushion, ` 2,000, Address Home 12. Felt cushion,
` 1,399, Apartment 9.



9 10



Complement the scent of hot soup with a warmed-up dining space.
1 & 13. Cork deers, ` 15,800 (set of 2); Pinewood lamp, ` 31,920, IOTA
2. Cake stand, ` 1,400, Gifts of Love 3 & 16. Dutch oven ` 21,000; Fondue set,
` 21,000, Le Creuset 4. Fur cushion, ` 5,200, The Pillow Company 5. Napkin,
` 800 (set of 5), Fabindia 6 & 12. Mugs, ` 595; Floral cushion, ` 2,895, Cath
Kidston 7. Floral plate, `1,600, Cyahi 8. Gold and white plate, ` 24,000 (set of
6), Apartment 9 9. Cheese platter with knives, ` 3,500, Nicobar 10. Wooden
platter, ` 1,200, Crazy Daisy 11. Telephone salt and pepper shakers, ` 399,
Navya 14. Table mat, ` 999, Pepperfry 15. Runner, ` 1,500, Ikka Dukka. ■


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fresh | trend

Warm tones, classic and vintage styles, and futuristic furniture—
the new year has some interesting décor trends in store.
text by deepa narayanan

India is not ready

to let go of its
obsession with
rose gold in 2018

P rinted furnishing,
muted tones (a touch
of pop and otherwise),
futuristic furniture and
decluttering are some of
furniture, and greens and
whites seeping into the
accents. It will also see
softer shapes in furniture or
home accessories—

the highlights of the Indian this means more curves and

home décor scene in 2018. arches, and less squares
Interior designers, architects and straight lines. “Given
and décor experts share the pandemonium across
their views on the trends the world, the emphasis
that will make this year a will be on bringing serenity
good one. into homes, which contrasts
the chaos outside,” says
PEACEFUL SHADES Mumbai-based interior
This year is all about warm designer Ravi Vazirani of
interiors, especially with Ravi Vazirani Design Studio.
wooden and extruded-wood You can also expect pastel
(a wood-plastic composite) shades, warm-toned fabrics,

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and more eye-catching and
playful furniture in 2018.

Designers are expected
to delve more into nature
this year, taking cues from
natural textures. “With
increasing pollution in cities,
it is time to bring back the
lost greenery and green
spaces,” says architect
Chirag Bhatia of Delhi’s
Studio Machaan. Whether
through wildlife-inspired
prints or tiny, landscaped,
garden-like terrariums,
the emphasis is on more
flora in the living areas,
bedrooms and bathrooms.
“Many people are now
opting for terrariums— If you don't have a
whether as accessories or patio space, bring
as centrepieces on dining the plants inside
and coffee tables—because to enjoy cleaner,
these add a wow factor healthier air.
to the home,” says
Komal Behrani of Panache
Design Studio, Mumbai,
who has been designing
residential, retail and
commercial spaces for
celebrities for much
over a decade.

A TOUCH store Tulips, which focuses

OF ROSE on luxury furnishings.
Despite its waning popularity
internationally, rose gold INDIAN ACCENT
will continue to be favoured Aspects of Indianness will
in India. In fact, more and find their way into home

more people are choosing décor, via deep colours

to add luxury accents in like purples and browns;
this hue to their home and grand and intricate
interiors. “Gorgeous elements and motifs like
passementerie (ornamental wooden frames (think the
edgings) like pompoms, jharokhas of Rajasthan
pearls, tassels, frog buttons, or majestic doorways of
crochet flowers, ‘pretzel’ Kerala). Designs, concepts,
cords and pillows laced furniture, furnishings,
with golden threads, and artefacts and prints will
fabrics like silk, Turkish all have an indigenous
linen and velvets, will be flavour, sharing space with
in high demand,” emphasises contemporary concepts.
Raajkumarri Mutha, “This is a trend that will catch
a bespoke furnishing on not only in India but also
designer and founder of the internationally,” says Chirag.

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fresh | trend


Modern, sleek lighting fixtures
are going to give way to
vintage-styled lighting options
for a more decorated look,
this year. “Lamps and pendant
and ceiling lights with a more
antique, traditional look are
expected to be favoured over
their modern counterparts,”
explains Shyam Praveen,
Light, pastel Senior Director—Categories,
hues on the walls ShopClues. However, given
will be in vogue. the importance of technology
Pair them with in our lives, architect Sonal
Indian accents Sancheti of Opolis foresees
like ikat fabrics. decluttering and timelessness
that will also come to the fore.
“I hope to see architecture
and design chanelling the ‘less
is more’ spirit. Clients today
are more informed, so we may
enter the era of decluttering—
keeping everything from
lifestyle to décor to a
minimum,” she says.

The new year will see
furniture gain prominence—
luxury furniture like beds
and sofas with in-built music
systems, LED lights and
charging spots. “This kind of
furniture is trending in Europe,
and is considered fashionable
by those who want high-tech
features,” explains Namit
Ajmani of Delhi-based
IOTA Furniture Store.


Whether incorporating
craftsmanship in furniture
“Details become even more important—use or interlacing metal with

day-to-day items for accessorising,

glasswork, details will become
important. “This may even

like stacking books to use them mean using day-to-day items

as accessories. For instance,

like stands.” stacking books on the floor,

and using them as a ‘stand’ for
Komal Behrani, Panache Design Studio a photo frame,” says Komal. ■

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right on track
If the pictures on Instagram are anything to go by,
bullet journalling or ‘bujo’—a system of planning—
is fast getting popular in India. We got Juhi Chitra,
a calligraphy artiste and founder of The Scratchy Nib,
to explain the concept and how one can use it to
arrange one’s life better.
text by meghna menon | photographs by karan takulia
creative direction by anuradha sen

If you need more space to plan, you can use

a daily log instead, where you use the whole
spread for one day, instead of a week.

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What is Bullet Journalling?
It’s an organising system that helps you keep HANDY HELPERS
track of the past, systematise the present and 1. A5-sized grid or dotted notebook 2. Scissors (optional) 3. Bookmarks (to
plan the future. It is flexible enough to let you quickly flip to a page) 4. Micron pens (005 mm, extra fine tips) in black and
start out simple, and powerful enough to bring other colours 5. Binder clip (optional) 6. Eraser 7. Ruler 8. Colour markers or
your whole life in one place. In simple words, sketch pens 9. Pencil (All available at reputed stationary stores.)
it’s a blank grid notebook that you write and make
layouts in. It can be whatever you want it to be:
Your to-do list, calendar, journal, goal-tracker,
doodle book, brainstorming notepad, idea 2 5 6
collector, habit tracker. It may look complicated
but if you start out small and understand that
there is really no one way of doing it, with regular 7
use it can become an amazing productivity tool. 1
Bullet journalling has some basic layouts
that will help you begin. You start with a key of
the symbols that you will use (representing a
task, event, appointment etc.) and an index of 3
the pages inside. From here, you can pick the
layouts that work best for you—two of the most
commonly used are the future log (the upcoming
months at a glance that you can fill in throughout 9
the year) and the weekly or daily log (for a more
immediate future).

[�HOW-TO�] so you can refer to this list and

GET IT RIGHT jump to a tracker/week quickly.

1 2 1. Your first page is the Key. 3. The Future Log is where you
Begin with a bullet that look at the whole year and plan
represents a task. Cross off the on a monthly basis. You can
bullet when it’s done. (Don’t keep adding tasks, events, notes,
strike off the actual task, so you as and when they come up.
can go back and read it in the
4. The Weekly Log is where you
future.) Add > or < to the bullet if
look at the upcoming days,
you’re going to do it later. Use a
including the present day.
circle to mark an event, like a
In addition to the 7 days, you can
birthday or holiday, and a
add more lists to your week to
triangle to mark an appointment.
keep track of weekly goals,
Use a - for all other notes.
unscheduled tasks (for instance,
2. The Index is a simple list of all you know you must pay the rent
the layouts that you will make this week, but you don’t have a
inside. You can add to it as and day in mind), or anything else
when a layout is made. Number you want to remember. You can
all pages and note them here, even add mini habit trackers.

3 4
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“In addition
to better
organisation GET INSPIRED
After you’ve got some basic
and time- layouts in place, think of

management, what aspects of your life

you want to record, track,
bullet journalling describe or improve upon.

has helped me live Some ideas: Books to read,

a 5-year plan, gratitude log,
more consciously.” inspiring quotes, bucket
list, achievements, nail
polish swatches, gifting
ideas, meal plans, weight
loss tracker, savings goals,
trip itinerary—the choices
are endless. Here are three
spreads that you can try:
you be aware of your day-to-
day emotions. All you need
is 30 boxes, one for each
day of the month. You can
use a circle, as shown here,
or come up with your own
shapes. You can also create
your own colour-coded
system (green for a happy
day, red for frustration, and
so on). Fill each box with that
day’s prominent emotion or
even a mix of colours each
day. Keep a key of which
colour represents what.
help you keep track of your
habits, motivate you and
build a pleasant association
in your mind. In this layout,
you have the days of the
month on the left and the
habits on top. Every day that
you continue the habit, fill
in the relevant grid. As time
goes on, you’ll get a quick
glance of your ‘performance’.
SHOPPING LIST A bujo gives
you a single place to bring all
your shopping lists together.
As shown here, you can have
a spread for all that you
want to buy. Organise this by
categories like shown here.
Then, keep adding items as
and when you remember
them and cross off the ones
you have bought. ■

34 � | Jan-Feb 2018 To see more of Juhi’s work, head to

fresh | instant impact

Etching glassware is an easy, affordable way to
elevate basic pieces. Use our ideas (or your own)
to create works of art in 20 minutes or less.
text by lauren hedrick | photographs by blaine moats | crafts by amber wagner

Etching amber
glassware results
in a two-tone effect
that highlights
the leafy motifs,
which echo the
flowers and
Find similar bottles


36 � | Jan-Feb 2018
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plastic sheet. accidental drip marks. glass.) Wait 10 minutes. with a lint-free cloth. stencil as needed.

� Jan-Feb 2018 | � 37
fresh | instant impact

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direction across by marking a tiny dot staining. Etching the sinks. Rinse projects Etching cream won’t
the project (from the of etching cream with outside of the glass in a stainless sink, affect the pieces’
top down or a toothpick where prevents stains utility sink or ability to go in
right to left) to ensure it won’t be seen. and allows the designs plastic bucket to the microwave, oven
even results. Wait 5 minutes; rinse. to show clearly. avoid damage. or dishwasher. ■

38 � | Jan-Feb 2018
fresh | shopkeeper

a passage to india
Located in a beautiful art deco building in Colaba, Mumbai, Samyukta Nair’s
luxury lifestyle store, Clove, celebrates her love for all things Indian.
text by nandini banerjee

In a quiet corner off the bustling streets

of Colaba, Mumbai, lies Clove, a new
luxury lifestyle store born out of hotelier
and entrepreneur Samyukta Nair’s need
for a space that housed her favourite
things—more specifically, favourite
Indian designs. Giving perspective to
everyday luxury, the store features a
curation of independent, handcrafted
Indian labels, across the categories of
fashion, kidswear, sleepwear, beauty,
lifestyle and dining. “Clove celebrates
the simple pleasures of everyday living,”
says Samyukta about the brand’s
philosophy. “The edit, classic yet
eclectic, aims at a diverse set—
the local, the gifter, the traveller and
the collector. I am proud of the talent
that we have in this nation, and it offers
my view on Indian design.”
So you will find known and loved
fashions brands like Dhruv Kapoor, Aish,
Kardo; jewellery by Misho; home linen by
Anavila and Shift, alongside objects from
Claymen and Ikka Dukka; sleepwear
from Dandelion; and
books like Fiona Caulfields’ Love Travel
Guides and Archana Pidathala’s
cookbook Five Morsels of Love.
Clove has been designed to
resemble the interiors of a home with
three main spaces—a living area, a
bedroom and a walk-in closet—each
area structured around a large, painted
wall display unit. A floating, free-form
brass lamp in the store is the only
three-dimensional element in the
composition. Samyukta says that she
had been developing the concept for
INSIDER over two years, and the space was
created within six months with the help
GUIDE of a talented team, which included
“Clove reflects my Malika Verma Kashyap of the
own personality. I’ve Border&Fall Agency for retail advisory,
curated the edit to LABEL GAME POTIONS MASTER NATIVE BEAUTY and Zameer Basrai of The Busride
reflect an offering Lesser-known, niche Even though the Clove has a wellness Design Studio for design direction.
that is meaningful labels like Untitled store is only two section that houses “I collaborated with Zameer to create a
without taking itself Co (fashion), Atelier months old, indigenous brands, Zen-like calm in the store. From its
too seriously.” DS (home décor) the apothecary which include minimalist aesthetic and neutral hues,
and Other Kingdom and homeware Pure Earth, Bare to the airy lightness of its oversized
(lifestyle) are products are fast Necessities windows and arched doorways, the
stocked at Clove. becoming popular. and Junaili. store encourage relaxed browsing.” ■

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fresh | design

served on a metal platter

Baarique is reimagining design traditions by giving classic
Indian tableware a makeover with hand-painted motifs.
text by meghna menon

etal utensils may joined the Baarique club, using
not be a fixture its stunning tableware in their
anymore in urban food photographs.
Indian homes, but “We find inspiration in
that’s exactly what Baarique, Indian gastronomy, which has
a Mumbai-based tableware always had a vast spectrum of
brand, is trying to bring back. utensils designed in keeping
In 2013, fresh out of MIT with the ingredients used to
Institute of Design, Pune, prepare the meal. Thus, our
co-founders Malika Budhiraj attempt has been to revive the
and Surkhi Matharu were ancient ayurvedic wisdom
travelling through Leh when behind the use of copper and
they came across traditional brassware through modern
metal utensils in which butter design,” says Malika. Products
tea and thukpa were served. by Baarique—tumblers, plates,
Sensing that these had become cutlery, bowls, shot glasses and
a rare sight in urban India, even lotas and thalis—reflect
the then 23-year-olds returned an ethos that is traditional,
to Mumbai and set up Baarique raw, artistic and luxurious.
(‘delicate’ in Hindi) in 2014. This can be attributed to the
But they gave it a twist: fine workmanship of craftsmen
Baarique utensils, crafted out from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh
of copper, brass and bronze, and Haryana, who skillfully
were decorated with colourful, melt, mould and beat the
hand-painted motifs like the metals into submission, and
house boats of Kerala, parrots, paint them intricately to create
laburnum and gulmohar trees inimitable works of art. Each
and dreamcatcher mandalas. of these are unique due to the
So striking were the creations variation in textures and sizes.
that right after the first “It feels amazing to create
collection launched in 2014, something that is sustainable
the utensils found a home at and functional,” says Malika,
Mumbai’s India-inspired adding that the response has
restaurant The Bombay been phenomenal. In fact,
Canteen, and then at Zorawar it was only in November that
Kalra’s Made in Punjab in Masterchef Australia’s Gary
Gurgaon and Toronto’s The Mehigan and Italian Michelin
Fat Beet. Mumbai-based Le 15 Chef Massimo Bottura dined
Patisserie’s celebrity chef out of Baarique plates at The
Pooja Dhingra is also a fan, and Bombay Canteen, as part of an
for an event, served Japanese- upcoming TV show. Malika
inspired desserts in Baarique’s and Surkhi are now working on
brass plates painted with a collection for London-based
cherry blossoms. Today, group JKS Restaurants, besides
popular food blogs like Bake introducing new products and
With Shivesh, La Petit Chef designing customised ones WEBSITE AND ON JAYPORE. ALSO, AN EXCLUSIVE RANGE
and Amrita of Life have also upon request. ■ CAN BE FOUND EXCLUSIVELY AT THE BOMBAY CANTEEN.

40 � | Jan-Feb 2018
where life happens

halfway to zen
Symmetry and an elegant arrangement of colours and
textures characterise art director Manish Chopra’s
Gurgaon home—the one place, he admits, he lets his
obsessive-compulsive need for perfection run wild.
text by deepa narayanan | photographs by anil chawla
creative direction by anuradha sen

� Jan-Feb 2018 | � 41
home | family spaces
The African sculpture in the
foyer, this page, has travelled
all the way from Helsinki,
Finland, while facing the
entryway is the oil on canvas,
Poppy in My Dream by Vijay
Thomas. The burnt orange
carpet is from Samarkand in
Uzbekistan, while the other
rug is from Rabat in Morocco.

The living room, facing page,

has pops of colour, which
come by way of orange
jacquard cushions
from Designers Guild—
Monticello Fabrics, UK.

42 � | Jan-Feb 2018

A loft-inspired,
ground floor home
designed in Zen
style—that’s how
Manish Chopra,
Senior Art Director,
Global Product
Imaging, Amazon India, describes his
2,200-sq-ft Gurgaon house. A peek
into the living room, and I see what he
means. Sunlight floods in through light
drapes on the tall French windows that
open into a balcony with a Japanese-
dining table looks out into the garden
through the same French windows.
It’s bliss, sequenced in modern,
spacious intimacy.

“This was a DLF property and one of
their very few, anywhere, which had
such a tall ceiling at 16 ft. I fitted a
false ceiling of about 4 ft,” Manish tells
me of the house he bought in 2004,
and designed himself over the next
personality—my obsessiveness about
everything, whether it is the size of
the tiles, the angles of the walls or the
colours on them. I wanted a house that
was primarily a bachelor’s pad with all
the comforts and luxuries in it, without
making it look like a hotel or museum.
A space that exudes a lived-in feel and
reflects my OCD,” he explains with a
laugh. Then, as if to drive home the
point, he tells me about his favourite
activity—deep cleaning!
The colour palette used in the
themed garden, lush with plants as old 10 years. “Designers, architects and home is white and tones of grey, with
as the house. The living area, featuring builders work around trends, making just a splash of bright hues, mostly
modern furniture, extends into the homes look exactly like one another. through rugs or throws—perhaps
dining room where a glass-and-wood I wanted my abode to mirror my the only Indian touch in his house.

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home | family spaces


“I don’t have beiges and browns. Unicef-endorsed projects and fashion

It’s either whites or deep chocolate,” designers like Manish Arora, Siddartha
says Manish. Then, there’s the touch Tytler, Manav Gangwani and Gaurav
of quirk that pops up here and there— Gupta. After heading the creative
the two 80-year-old suitcases in his division for publications like Harper’s
living room, for instance. “My boyfriend Bazaar, Men’s Health and Robb Report,
Sumeet’s parents were throwing them he joined Koovs’ creative team and
away, one of which (the round one) was then Amazon India. In his current role
a tabla box and the other was a suitcase at Amazon, he reopened their global
his dad used to travel with. I took them studio in September 2017—the first of
both and placed them near the sofas. its kind in this side of the hemisphere.
They are gorgeous just as they are.”
Manish’s love for art and design GOING WORLD CLASS
goes back to his college days when he It comes as no surprise then that his
did his fine arts course from Aligarh home has a global influence. Not only
University, trying to learn painting and does it have a modernist appeal, but
sculpture. He followed this up with an is also filled with objects from his and
illustrious career that started off with Sumeet’s travels that further reflect
designing furniture for the Palace on his style. The artworks that adorn the
Wheels, the world-class luxury heritage space are the framed posters Manish
train, and taking on graphic designing had picked up from the trip he took to
and visualising in digital branding for Finland in 2004. Even the prominent

44 � | Jan-Feb 2018
Tungsten bulbs from
Ikea hang over the wood-
and-glass dining table
that’s set beside the
French windows.
On the table, the candles
are from Shoreditch in
London, while the metal
vase is from Good Earth.

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home | family spaces
The wall shelves in
Manish’s guest room
houses a collection of
antique metalware from
various places like
Orchha in Madhya
Pradesh and Hampi in
Karnataka, and
monasteries in Ladakh
and Sikkim. There is also
a wooden vase from
Mumbai’s Bungalow 8,
and a piece of coral reef
picked up from an
antique shop in Sydney.

Buddhist painting in his living room, inventing and simplifying. “I want to

which he’d bought from Bhaktapur, balance my creativity with scalability.
Nepal, in 2011, has a contemporary And given the mix of my OCDs and
feel to it. Other stand-out elements creativity, I believe I am a good balance
in his home that caught our eyes were of the right and left brain. So, at home,
the Eames chair from Singapore in the you’ll see a lot of traditional-looking
drawing room, the occasional table items treated in a modern way—for
with golden lotus sculptures from instance, I’ve sandwiched paper from
Klove, New Delhi, and the cement The Paper World in Lado Sarai between
tetrapod from Filter, Kalaghoda, toughened glasses and used them as
Mumbai. The kitchen too was given cabinet shutters. It was a simple
a lot of attention through charcoal design, but I haven’t seen it anywhere
grey-brushed granite tiles flooring else,” Manish says.
from Spain, contrasted with woollen So how would Manish describe his
rugs that add a pop of colour to the home in one word? “A detox,” he tells
space. These were bought from local me after few moments of reflection.
traditional vendors at Dilli Haat, New “I draw my energy from people and
Delhi. Needless to say, the space was I love having them around. But at the
spotless and that in itself is a marvel. end of the day, when I step into my
Manish says all these build into home, I know it is all I need to recharge
his overarching design principle of and refresh, to take on the next day.” ■

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The island breakfast
table, which can seat two
people, and the cutlery
storage drawers, were
designed by Manish
himself. He picked up the
China water jar from his
travels to Dubai, while the
antique cutlery jar on the
kitchen counter is from
the Orchha Palace in
Madhya Pradesh.

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home | inspiration

Two globetrotters found their next adventure in the renovation of a
150-year-old farmhouse. Yes, they hung wooden panels. But, they also hung
vibrant contemporary art and made room for passed-down family treasures.
The look feels familiar and somehow new. Let’s call it modern heirloom style.

text by paige porter fischer

photographs by david land
styling by yvette gonzales
Interior designer Alys
Protzman advises clients
to splurge on a rug they
love and layer it over
an inexpensive larger
sisal rug. She used the
trick in her living room,
opposite, with a
favourite Moroccan find.

In the case of
this junk-shop
chair, Alys had it
reupholstered with a
vintage textile
she found in Buenos
Aires, Argentina.

� Jan-Feb 2018 | � 49
home | inspiration

t he best advice I ever got was to go

have a grand adventure before having
kids,” says US-based designer Alys
Protzman, who studied and worked
for years in New York, before she
and her husband, Alex, went off
the grid on a trip around the world.
They travelled light but carried home loads of
inspiration from other cultures and a newfound
desire to “put down roots and own some land”.
That led to the couple’s next adventure:
Restoring a 150-year-old farmhouse in Bynum,
North Carolina, an old cotton-mill town
that had the slow pace and space they craved.
In the kitchen, above,
Alys opted for cream-
coloured marble
counters. The honed
finish forgives etching
and scratching better
than a polished variety.
Over the dining nook,
she added whimsy to a
schoolhouse clock by
flanking it with cutlery
formed from crafts
store wire. “The best
30 minutes I ever
spent,” says Alys.
What’s more, the home came with beautiful old Left, Alys with her
bones and period details, like the impeccable husband, Alex; kids,
building material and original heart pine floors Poppy, 5, and Baldwin,
preserved beneath vinyl tiles. “The architecture 4; and pup, Stokley.
was compelling enough to overlook the negatives: The couple recently
The lack of air-conditioning, old radiant heaters, welcomed daughter
peeling laminate countertops,” says Alys. Darby to the family.

50 � | Jan-Feb 2018
Alys fell for this green—
which reminded her of
old chalkboards—at a
New York hotel and
replicated it for the dining
room. The formal
furniture was inherited
from her grandparents,
but a vintage hemp
tabletop blanket relaxes it.


RENOVATION RECAP Alys and Alex Protzman

bumped out the back of their house by 15 feet, opening up the living area and eat-in
kitchen while gaining a mudroom downstairs and a master suite upstairs. Here’s what
they learned once the dust settled. ■ WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA “I think my
mudroom could have been twice the size. I’m not a complete hoarder, but there’s a design
saying that you can never have too much storage.” ■ SIMPLE PLEASURES “I’m surprised
by how much I enjoy the original, practically untouched spaces. I love their antique
quality contrasted with the more contemporary feeling in the added-on spaces.”
■ PROJECT MANTRA “Expect the best. Be prepared for the worst. And bring chocolate

chip cookies to the crew at least once a week.”

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home | inspiration

“The house needed a lot of work, but thankfully

we are project people. So, we took it one project
at a time.”
An addition to the back of the house won them
enough extra living space to reinvent this as their
forever home. “I knew I didn’t want to design a
modern farmhouse in the way everybody expects,
with rusty tin signs and chicken wire everywhere.
We are too eclectic to fit into that specific mould.
We love colour and pattern and modern art too
much. As a designer, I delight in all the quirky,
unexpected moments in a space.” Case in point:
She’s layered organic live-edge wood pieces with
industrial elements, covered thrift shop chairs
with hand-woven textiles, and filled an antique
hutch with contemporary ceramics and her kids’
art-class pottery. Alys’ look is comfortable and
casual, but defined by its contrasts.
“Travelling really opened my eyes to think
and decorate outside the box,” she says. “What
is unexpected is often what we remember most
about a place, and that goes for a home, too.”

“For the pantry, above,

I found an antique nickel
sink, had it shipped
here, had a countertop
made to reveal its
beautiful shape�…�and it
doesn’t drain very well.
Live and learn!”

Wall-mounted shelves
from an antiques fair,
far left, create a front
door drop zone for
shoes and whatnots.

During renovations,
they uncovered old
wallpaper on the stair
landing, left. Alys took
square pieces of it, and
Alex built a frame and
hung them on the walls.

52 � | Jan-Feb 2018
The mudroom was an

I LOVE addition, but Alys made

it feel original with brick

DEMOLITION. floors. “We salvaged the

bricks from walkways
around the house,”
I came out to the site says Alys. “No one but

with my 3-day-old baby me would ever know the

history, but I get into

in my arms, and it looked the details like that.”

like a dollhouse—the
entire back had been ripped
off. It was awesome.
home | inspiration

A local craftsman
fashioned a live-edge A FUNKY CHAIR
headboard in the
master bedroom. with an antique table—that’s
“I love the little
details of the my language. A modern
butterfly joints and
the contrast lamp on your grandmother’s
of the organic warm
wood against the
sideboard—that’s my version
clean panelling,”
says Alys.
of fabulous.

54 � | Jan-Feb 2018
Plenty of wooden panelling and
hand-hewn beams salvaged from a shed
that they had to raze were used to hide
the patina of age in this additional space.
A free-standing Scandinavian fireplace
puts off great heat with a flip of a switch,
says Alys. “We really wanted a fireplace,
but I wasn’t about to haul logs upstairs.” ■ Wraparound white
linen blackout curtains
create a cocoon for the
room, which feels like
a tree house because
of the windows
on three sides.
home | plantings

all them space savers or
clever ornamental covers,
climbers and creepers in
any shape or form are low
maintenance and easy to
grow. “While creepers grow downwards
and spread horizontally on the ground,
producing roots at the nodes, which
anchor into the soil, climbers spread
vertically with the help of a support
system—like walls, pipes, ropes,
trellises or any other slender thing
to twine upon,” explains Gitanjali
Rajamani, CEO of Greenmylife, a
Bengaluru-based landscaping and
garden maintenance service provider.
While to a layman, both might appear
to be the same, climbers and creepers
are very different in the way that they
are planted. “However, both make for
amazing ground covers and are perfect
for adorning patched and worn-out
walls,” says Harsh Vardhan Thakur, an
urban farmer and founder of Garden
Onsite, a Gurugram-based, full service
garden centre. So, while during the
summer months, planting a climber on a
trellis or wall provides shade, in winters,
it works as a natural insulating layer and
helps in keeping the house warm.


Both varieties are outdoor plants,
and require a sufficient supply of
water, well-drained soil and sunlight
for their overall growth. They can be
grown in pots, containers, hanging
baskets, ground soil or even on vertical
wall frames. “The bigger the pot,
the better the plants grow and cover
Climbers like nearby areas,” shares Mittesh Gaiwala,
bougainvillea give director of the Mumbai-based landscape
your area an English consultancy, GreenLands. “However,
countryside vibe. since climbers have weak stems, they
require a good support, such as

vertical limit
a pillar or a wall. Try to look for a
ground that is close to the balcony,
so that the climber can spread onto
the terrace or the floor above, giving

the area an English countryside vibe,”

They require minimum effort, and spruce suggests Gitanjali. If you want to
up your outdoors in a short time. Leafy or flowering, give your space this look, creepers
like vernonia (curtain creeper) and
creepers and climbers bloom in every season. Here’s a English ivy, and perennial climbers
lowdown on how to make the most of them. like bougainvillea, climbing rose and
text by neha mehta clematis, serve the purpose.

56   | Jan-Feb 2018
Make sure the
support wall has a
suitable covering—
like a plastic sheet
or tiles, so that VARIETIES GALORE
the water doesn’t Thanks to the tropical climate in
cause seepage. the country, India is home to a large
variety of creepers—both flowering
and non-flowering. The most common
include the orange trumpet, pyrostegia
venusta, thunbergia, morning glory,
clematis, passion flower, madhumalati,
jasmine, mandevilla, allamanda,
bougainvilleas and lantanas. According
to Harsh, while inch plant, purple heart,
money plant and ivy make for good
ornamental creepers, the flowering
ones like aparajita, tikoma, morning
glory, bougainvillea and madhumalati
lend beauty to your garden with
minimum effort.


Climbers like gourds, beans, mint,
tomatoes, thyme and oregano are
a perfect choice if you are looking
to add to your kitchen garden this
season. Since creepers and climbers
are, in general, flowering plants with
a pleasant fragrance, these also help
in enhancing and purifying the area
around. The night blooming jasmine is
a good example. “By using a good
soil mix—that includes red soil, cow
or organic manure, micronutrients,
granules and liquid fertilisers in
sufficient proportions—you can grow
these plants in pots, soil beds and
containers. For instance, bougainvillea
Since creepers and climbers are generally needs more sunlight and less water
flowering plants with a pleasant to bloom well,” suggests Mittesh.

fragrance, they help in enhancing

Additionally, a few select varieties of
plants like heartleaf philodendron,

and purifying the area around. pothos, and creeping fig can be grown
indoors as well. n

1. While planting, do not

HANDLE forget to apply a thick
year, should be trimmed
after flowering.
horizontally, or else they’ll
become too dense.
WITH layer of mulch around the
3. Keep pruning the 5. Water the plants
CARE base of the plant.

2. Trim them regularly,

shoots that grow away
from the wall to make sure
regularly, except in the
monsoons. During winters,

Expert tips for especially in the late the area stays neat and the water them as required.
maintaining and winter and late summer. plants remain in shape.
getting the best Climbers that flower early 6. Leave some breathing
out of creepers in the year and bloom on 4. Try giving climbers space between the wall
and climbers. stems from the previous support with wires fixed and the trellis.

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home | store alert

show stealers
To add an avant garde twist to your home décor, visit
Mumbai’s Maison by International Furniture Brand,
a store featuring luxe furniture and furnishings.


reative director of Maison among others. The décor accessories
and founder of International include mirrors, candle stands, vases,
Furniture Brands, Aruna table lamps, crystal champagne flutes,
Tara has come a long wine glasses, decanters etc., and the
way in the past decade. colour palette ranges from pristine
What began as a hobby and expanded whites to soft greys, with accents of
into retailing from home, is today a luxe violet, indigo blue, olive green and
brand hosting global décor labels, like bright yellow. “There’s a lot of research
Fendi Casa, Kenzo Maison, Theodore that goes behind this. With in-depth
Alexander, Baker and Maitland Smith, studies on the latest décor trends in
Ferguson Copeland, Baker, Ralph
Lauren Home, Donghia and Cane-Line.
India and worldwide, our accessories
have been thoughtfully curated. We also
Maison houses
The latest feather in Aruna’s cap is keep in mind the edgy look that people handcrafted,
the opening of the 4,000 sq ft Maison
store at Indiabulls Finance Centre in
aim for while styling their space,”
shares Aruna.
Mumbai, which houses handcrafted, So, you will find elegant designs sourced from
luxury furniture sourced from
manufcturers in the US and Europe.
that blend classicism with modernism
(a signature of Maison furniture)
manufacturers in the
The flagship, which was launched crafted from the finest woods and US and Europe.
in November 2017, showcases dining, finished in typically warm tones ranging
living and bedroom concepts consisting from a neutral finish to high gloss
of high back, occasional and tufted lacquer. The upholstery is dominated
armchairs, sofas, coffee tables, wooden by sensuous fabrics and lays emphasis
side tables with dull gold and bronze on texture and colour blocking. And
embellishments, beds with headboards, all this is brought together by an
hand-carved dining tables and chairs, unparalleled level of craftsmanship. ■

58 � | Jan-Feb 2018
home | new in the market

Looking for handcrafted Kashmiri
carpets and artefacts? Meraas,
which is a brand focused on
preserving the 600-year-old
heritage of Kashmiri and Persian
crafts, recently launched its store
at MG Road, Gurugram. Featuring
silk carpets, rugs, walnut-wood
furniture, décor accessories and
papier-mâché products, among
others, Meraas is a treasure trove
for those who love exquisite
craftsmanship. Price on

The brainchild of interior
designer duo Nilu and Gobind
Kapur, luxury label Maison du
Luxe’s Regal Collection, featuring
accent chairs, beds, dining tables
and sofas, keeps in mind design
details alongside focusing on
the comfort of the furniture.
Their ergonomic range has
been crafted using a combination
of wood, steel, leather and
upholstery fabrics. A must-have
for your space. Price on

Häfele’s new range of
professional small
kitchen counter-top ARTISTIC TALES
appliances makes Hamsini, a newly-launched brand,
cooking effortless. specialises in crafting décor furnishings
Featuring modern and made from linen. Seeking inspiration from
sturdy design, and fun Indian historical tales, the latest
colours, the collection collections—Amra and Gond Art—have
includes the kitchen been created and designed by Hamsini
machine, the power Hariharan, and feature cushions,
mixer and the patchwork bedspreads and table runners,
professional blender. with each product reflecting a tale through
Price on request, its intricate artwork. Price on request,  

60 � | Jan-Feb 2018
The International Furniture Fair Singapore
(IFFS), which will take place in Singapore
from March 8 to 11 will present a
comprehensive range of furniture,
furnishing, decorative accessories,
interiors, handicrafts, lightings, carpets
and fittings by exhibitors from almost 40
countries. For the first time, IFFS has
partnered with Chantal Hamaide—
Founder and Chief Editor of French design
magazine Intramuros—who will also style
an exclusive pop-up showroom within
The Piazza Hall. The fair is also the first in
Asia Pacific to feature Augmented Reality
(AR) technology on site through which
visitors will be able to enjoy an interactive
4D experience of participating in
exhibitors’ products by scanning them
with their smartphones. With 16 national
pavilions comprising of 13 design-centric
enterprises, you can expect some of the
most exciting designs of the year on the
show floor.  For more information, visit or


with Window Magic’s Victorian Conservatories,
a glass extension between your living space and
patio for a sitting area. Keeping in mind the
technicalities that play a vital role in customisation,
the brand takes care of every detail that a house
requires. Made with energy-efficient glass that lets
in maximum light, it also maintains a steady
temperature all year round. Price on request.

The Cultural
Collaborating with designer
duo Abraham and Thakore, the
luxury rugmaker brand
Obeetee’s second edition of
‘Proud to be Indian’, includes SPACE SAVER
handcrafted rugs made using Acrysil, popularly known as Carysil, is a globally
traditional techniques and with acclaimed brand manufacturing home and kitchen
a contemporary colour palette. appliances. They recently inaugurated their first
The carpets feature elements Kitchen Gallery in Mumbai, which houses professional
like Kanchipuram sari designs, kitchen equipment. The range is eco-friendly, certified
Sanganer’s block prints, and and multifunctional, and includes preparation and
ornate lettering techniques. cooking equipment, display warmers, dish washers,
Price on request. among others. Price on request,

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Dress: Lavish Alice.

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at ife
text by meghna menon | photographs by taras taraporvala
creative direction by anuradha sen | styling by mohit rai

“If they(trolls)
can’t add
anything to my
life, then THEY
anything from it.
I've never given
anyone the power
to upset me.”
� Jan-Feb 2018 | � 63
“I love to travel.
While London
is my absolute
CITY, Cuba is
on my wishlist.”

Jacket: Madison;
Skirt: H&M; Shoes:
Steve Madden.

64 � | Jan-Feb 2018
othing can bring Esha Gupta down—not trolls, I also feel that we should live life on our own terms,
not naysayers, not even the excruciating cramps irrespective of what society tells us. This society may tell
that debilitated her through the course of the you to be real too, but the moment you are yourself,
cover shoot. (You would never be able to tell someone or the other is going to point fingers and say,
looking at the photographs. “Just give me a steady ‘No, not that way’. So, it’s important that you are happy in
supply of coffee guys, and I’ll be ok,” she had whatever you’re doing.”
laughed.) It takes minutes into my conversation Amongst other things, she credits this attitude to her
with her to understand that that’s just who the upbringing in a defence family—her father retired as a Wing
actor is. Tough and cool, with a the-work-must-get-done and Commander from the Air Force—and learning to cope with
the-show-must-go-on attitude. She tells me that even as a its many challenges, big or small. And while she looks up to
child, no one dared mess with her. It’s no surprise then that her pilot dad, it is her mom who has inspired her the most.
when trolls came down heavily on her after pictures from Esha also admits that as a newcomer in the film industry,
her semi-nude photoshoot went viral on social media there were times she felt it would have been helpful had her
(each picture received a minimum 75,000 likes on family been connected to it, but looking back, she is proud of
Instagram), Esha was the least bit shaken. “If they (trolls) her self-made success. “I’m never content. Someone like me
can’t add anything to my life, then they can’t subtract can never be. If I am ever content, I’ll never drive or push
anything from it either. I’ve never given anyone, except my myself for more.”
friends and family, the power to upset me. In fact, they made
me the national news—so I should be thankful to them,” Always raring to go
says the 32-year-old. “While I did expect the negative When not watching football, or engaging in online banter
comments, I didn’t anticipate the love I got, from both men with fans of the sport, the actor finds other ways to
and women, and from the media.” stimulate her mind: “I read and write a lot. I also love to
Esha’s always been a non-conformist. After winning the dance (she’s learnt Kathak for five years). Some people like
title of Miss India International in 2007, she didn’t dive to clear their closets when stressed; I like to cook and bake
straight into the world of films. Instead, she decided to study instead. So, I usually cook a lot, call my best friend over and
further, bagging herself a law scholarship at Newcastle, then sit down with him over some wine and my food,”
UK (where she picked up two jobs on the side, including says Esha, who has even harboured ambitions of becoming
mopping floors at McDonalds, when she had to deal with a chef as a child. She works out at least once a day, if not
rising expenses). It’s only after that that she joined the twice, for two hours. This includes dancing, cardio, weight
fashion industry, starring in the very popular 2010 training, even kick boxing. She also eats lean. “I am
Kingfisher calendar, eventually debuting in films with perpetually on a diet, but mostly because I’m lactose
Jannat 2, in 2012. Today, after performances in movies like intolerant. I also avoid gluten, except while on set.
Rustom and Baadshaho, the hazel-eyed beauty—often Otherwise, I’m a rice lover. Whether at home or out, you can
referred to as India’s Angelina Jolie—is looking forward give me rice all day.” Her five room-penthouse (“I don’t
to starting the filming of her next undisclosed project in know why I have so many rooms; maybe because I’m used to
February, as well as the launch of two brands that she’s spaces in Delhi”) is dressed in pastel greens, blues and
endorsing by the middle of the year. There also have whites; has a walk-in closet; and designed on the lines of a
been unconfirmed news of the actor launching her French-Greek home. “Every piece in my house is
own lingerie line, as well as forming her own women’s expensive—not boastful—and it shows in the way I take
football team. care of them. Paintings of naked women adorn my walls,
and the furniture is minimal.”
Not one to play it safe
What Esha does care about, however, is speaking up against Living life queen size
things that bother her. In the past, she has used social media As independent and determined as she is, I ask Esha what
to voice her views on the government’s ban on the screening her advice would be to women today. “No one human being’s
of condom advertisements during the day; her support for fingerprints are the same,” she says. “That is how unique we
the armed forces, vegetarianism (she’s a PETA all are. When even our fingerprints are different, how can
spokesperson) and free heart surgeries for kids under the we expect to look or be like someone else? Forget the trolls.
age of 16 (she’s the goodwill ambassador for the Touching If Steve Jobs didn’t believe in himself, he wouldn’t have
Little Hearts initiative). “I have never been one to keep started working from his garage and then gone on to create
quiet and play dumb. We all get one life. And while I do Apple. You just need to believe in yourself as well as in
believe in karma and, hence, being good in this lifetime; your uniqueness.” ■

� Jan-Feb 2018 | � 65
Shirt: Madison; Jacket and
Pants: Ikai by Ragini; Shoes:
Burberry; Earrings: Accessorize;
Belt: Dhruv Kapoor.

“A night-in with
friends is
without great
music, food
and wine.”
Nightsuit: Sanchita.
Assistant stylist: Vedhika Ghotge;
Hair and Makeup: Harry Rajput.
They came, they saw, they conquered.
Meet the winners of the first edition of ARE…
The Lifestyle Influencer Awards.

In Association With

When Better Homes & Gardens, in association with Social Samosa, decided to create The Lifestyle Influencers
Awards, the idea was to felicitate India’s best digital influencers across the décor, beauty, food and lifestyle segments. It was
conceptualised as a first-of-its-kind platform, where bloggers and social media influencers from all over the country would be
recognised for their work and popularity. We anticipated it would generate interest in the blogger community. What we didn’t
expect was the overwhelming response this debut edition got. An initiative that was nearly a year in the making and executed
over two months, the awards saw over 300 self-nominations and 10,000 votes. Helping us in judging the winners was a
celebrity jury panel—chef & cultural influencer Maria Goretti; digital expert Anaggh Desai; chef Sabyasachi Gorai; designer
Adarsh Gill; interior designer Raseel Gujral; and beauty expert Vidya Tikari—who independently voted for the nominees
shortlisted for the quality of their work along with the votes they garnered for themselves.
H E R E A R E T H E N A M E S T H AT W O N . . .


best design inspiration blogger best ethnic décor blogger best gardening blogger best craft & diy blogger
Rukmini Ray Kadam Sangitha Anand Siddhant Bhalinge Rittika Chokhany
Blogs at Trumatter Blogs at Sajavat Blogs at Ugaoo Blogs at Ariyona
Rukmini is hailed as a Sangitha features Eschewing a technical Interiors
pioneer in the beautiful, traditional approach to gardening, The talented Rittika’s
blogosphere for homes of India on her Siddhant’s blog breaks blog is a fabulous
breaking convention blog, and her work down the scientific treasure trove of home
and glorifying white as focuses on the ways jargon and makes it décor tips that can be
a workable hue in one can give a home simple for everyone executed on a
Indian décor. an ethnic look. to understand. shoestring budget.


best original recipe blogger best food v-logger best desserts blogger best indian food blogger
Nandita Iyer Richa Gupta Shivesh Bhatia Kalyan Karmakar,
Blogs at Saffron Trail Blogs at My Food Story Blogs at Bake With Blogs at Finely Chopped
If you thought Richa’s blog, rich with Shivesh From food trails across
vegetarian food was videos of quick dishes, Shivesh’s blog, India to special dishes
boring, Nandita’s blog, is a boon for those featuring recipes that at famous restaurants
featuring classic and who don’t want to be are simple and and eateries, Finely
creative dishes with inundated with desserts that look Chopped tracks
surprising tweaks, will heavy-duty prepping fabulous, is food porn the dining culture in
change your mind. and cooking. at its best. the country.
H E R E A R E T H E N A M E S T H AT W O N . . .


best beauty blogger best diy beauty blogger: best makeup blogger best luxury beauty blogger
Shalini Srivastava Urvashi Kumar Dhriti Bhanushali Bhumika Thakkar
Blogs at Be Beautilicious Blogs at The Right Blogs at That Look Blogs at New Love -
If you want to know Shade of Red You Love Makeup
all that is new in the For all kinds of natural Dhriti is a professional Bhumika gives reviews
world of beauty, beauty remedies, makeup artiste and on luxury beauty
Shalini’s blog will makeup tutorials and hair stylist, and if you’re products, as well as
provide you with everyday fashion, looking to learn the advises on what
detailed answers and Urvashi’s blog is your tricks of the trade, products one needs
information. go-to guide. follow her easy videos. to invest in.


best wellness blogger best fitness blogger best lifestyle blogger best social media influencer
Anupriya Kapur Radhika Bose Nivedith Gajapathy Hrish Thota
Blogs at Mom On Blogs at Yogasini Blogs at MacroTraveller Blogs at Dhempe
The Run A fitness addict and If you are planning Hrish’s extensive
Anupriya’s inspiring yoga enthusiast, a trip soon and need to travels and posts on
blog, which was Radhika’s blog focuses know all about the the Indian tech
started to chronicle on her love for the destination, Nivedith’s industry, written in an
her everyday runs, concept of body, mind travel stories and engaging manner,
also features her and soul, and is an photographs will help you know the
wellness endeavours. inspiration for many. hook you. market trends.
Detox this winter with a healthy selection
of hearty soups and crunchy salads.
BHG special |

total time: 1 hour 5 minutes
900 gm reduced-sodium vegetable broth
(available in grocery stores)
1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas),
1 to 2 dried cayenne peppers,
stems and seeds removed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
¹�₂ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
¹�₂ tsp salt
¹�₂ tsp ground coriander
950 gm white beans, rinsed and drained
Fresh cilantro leaves
Pumpkin seeds (pepitas),
toasted (optional)

1. As part of a pre-preparation, in a small
bowl, combine 2 cups broth and 1 cup
pumpkin seeds. Cover and chill 12 to
24 hours (do not drain).
2. Now place a skillet over medium heat.
Add chilli peppers; cook for 3 minutes or
until fragrant and slightly darkened,
turning frequently.
3. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over
medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook
for 5 minutes or until onion is tender,
stirring occasionally. Add salt and
coriander; cook and stir for 30 seconds.
4. In a blender or food processor, combine
pumpkin seeds with soaking liquid, chilli
peppers, onion mixture, remaining 2 cups
broth and half of the beans. Cover and
blend or process for 3 to 5 minutes or until
smooth. Return to saucepan; stir in
remaining beans. Bring to a boil; reduce
heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes
to blend flavours.
5. If desired, serve soup with cilantro and
additional toasted pumpkin seeds.
Makes 6 servings.
Per Serving 335 cal., 21 gm fat (3 gm sat.
fat), 0 mg chol., 1,121 mg sodium,
25 gm carb., 9 gm fibre, 20 gm pro.

2 | Jan-Feb 2018
BUTTERNUT ¹�₄ tsp ground nutmeg 2. Transfer one-third of squash

SQUASH AND ¹�₄ cup half-and-half or light cream

Sour cream (optional)
mixture to a food processor or
blender. Cover and process or blend
CARROT SOUP Toasted pumpkin seeds until nearly smooth. Transfer to a
total time: 55 minutes (pepitas) (optional) bowl. Repeat two more times with the
Fresh tarragon sprigs remaining squash mixture. Return all
INGREDIENTS (optional) of the squash mixture to saucepan.
1 tbsp butter 3. Bring just to a boil. Stir in
3 cups chopped and peeled PREPARATION half-and-half; heat through.
butternut squash 1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over If desired, garnish each serving
2 cups thinly sliced carrots medium heat. Add squash, carrots and with sour cream, pumpkin seeds
(4 medium) leeks. Cook, covered, for 8 minutes, and tarragon.
³�₄ cup thinly sliced leeks or stirring occasionally. Add broth, white Makes 6 servings.
chopped onion pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; Per Serving 82 cal., 3 gm total fat
800 gm reduced-sodium reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for (2 gm sat. fat), 9 mg chol., 364 mg
vegetable broth 25 to 35 minutes or until vegetables sodium, 12 gm carb., 2 gm fibre,
¹�₄ tsp ground white pepper are very tender. Cool slightly. 3 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 | 3
BHG special |

total time: 45 minutes
225 gm fresh cremini, oyster,
button, and/or stemmed shiitake
mushrooms, sliced
50 gm fresh portobello mushrooms,
stemmed and sliced ¹�₂ inch thick
50 gm fresh porcini mushrooms,
sliced ¹�₂ inch thick
¹�₂ cup chopped onion (1 medium)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1.25 kg reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 tbsp snipped fresh thyme or
¹�₂ tsp dried thyme, crushed

1. In a large saucepan, cook mushrooms,
onion and garlic in hot oil over medium
heat for about 10 minutes or until
mushrooms are softened and most of the
liquid is evaporated, stirring occasionally.
2. Add broth and dried thyme (if using).
Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer,
covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in fresh
thyme (if using).
Makes 6 servings.
Per Serving 58 cal., 3 gm total fat (0 gm sat.
fat), 0 mg chol., 474 mg sodium, 5 gm carb.,
1 gm fibre, 4 gm pro.

4 | Jan-Feb 2018
CHICKEN 400 gm diced tomatoes, undrained onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

ENCHILADA SOUP 280 gm enchilada sauce

100 gm diced green chilli peppers,
Stir in broth and cornmeal. Bring to a
boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the next
total time: 35 minutes undrained four ingredients (through chilli peppers);
1 cup shredded cheddar heat thoroughly through. Stir in about
INGREDIENTS cheese (100 gm) ¹�₂ cup of cheese.
1 tbsp vegetable oil Tortilla chips 2. Top servings with remaining ¹�₂ cup
1 cup chopped onion cheese and tortilla chips.
2 cloves garlic, minced PREPARATION Makes 8 servings.
900 gm reduced-sodium chicken broth 1. In a 4-litre Dutch oven, heat oil over Per Serving 286 cal., 14 gm fat
¹�₂ cup cornmeal medium-high heat. Add onion and (5 gm sat. fat), 52 mg chol., 781 mg sodium,
2 cups shredded cooked chicken garlic; cook for about 4 minutes or until 22 gm carb., 3 gm fibre, 18 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 | 5
BHG special |


marinade for chicken
bay leaf
pepper). Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
total time: 40 minutes 4 cloves garlic, minced 2. Meanwhile, rinse fish and shrimp and
¹�₂ tsp kosher salt pat dry. Cut fish into 1-inch pieces.
INGREDIENTS ¹�₄ tsp freshly ground black pepper 3. Stir fish and shrimp into soup;
5 cups fish stock or reduced-sodium 900 gm fresh skinless whitefish fillets, reduce heat. Simmer gently, covered,
chicken broth such as cod for 3 minutes or until fish flakes easily
2 cups chopped red and/or green 450 gm fresh medium shrimp in shells, and shrimp are opaque. Remove from
sweet peppers peeled and deveined (tails on) heat. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle servings
225 gm fingerling potatoes, sliced, or Snipped fresh Italian parsley with parsley.
tiny potatoes, quartered (1³�₄ cups) Makes 8 servings.
1 cup chopped onion PREPARATION Per Serving 204 cal., 2 gm fat
1 cup chopped celery 1. In a 5- to 6-litre Dutch oven, combine (0 gm sat. fat), 141 mg chol., 558 mg
2 tbsp Worcestershire-style the first 10 ingredients (through black sodium, 10 gm carb., 2 gm fibre, 36 gm pro.

6� | Jan-Feb 2018
total time: 1 hour 5 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil
¹�₂ cup regular barley
1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
³�₄ cup chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
¹�₂ cup lentils, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
400 gm canned, no-salt-added, diced,
fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
170 gm cooked chicken sausage links,
halved lengthwise and sliced
4 cups fresh baby spinach

1. In a 3- to 4-litre saucepan, heat oil over
medium heat. Add barley; cook and stir for
3 to 4 minutes or until barley is golden.
Add onion, carrots and garlic; cook for
about 10 minutes or just until vegetables
are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in
cumin; cook and stir for 30 seconds more.
2. Add broth, water, lentils and bay leaf.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer,
covered, about 55 minutes or until barley
and lentils are tender. Stir in tomatoes
and sausage; heat through. Remove and
discard bay leaf.
3. Add spinach, stirring until spinach begins
to wilt. Ladle soup into serving bowls.
Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
Per Serving 245 cal., 7 gm fat (2 gm sat.
fat), 32 mg chol., 645 mg sodium, 33 gm
carb., 5 gm sugar, 10 gm fibre, 14 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 | 7
BHG special |

total time: 45 minutes
2 tsp canola oil
¹�₄ cup finely chopped green onions
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 egg whites
³�₄ cup Panko (Japanese-style
¹�₂ cup finely chopped red
sweet pepper
3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
450 gm uncooked ground
chicken breast
¹�₂ cup chopped onion
2¹�₂ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1¹�₂ cups water
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1¹�₂ cups cooked brown rice
¹�₂ cup snipped fresh basil

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat canola
oil over medium heat. Add green onions;
cook and stir for about 2 minutes or until
tender. Add half of the garlic and the
ginger; cook and stir for 30 seconds more.
Remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl combine green onion
mixture, egg whites, Panko, sweet pepper,
1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil.
Add ground chicken; mix well. Shape
chicken mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
In the same skillet, cook meatballs over
medium-high heat until browned, turning
occasionally. Set aside.
3. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining
1 tsp sesame oil over medium-high heat.
Add onion; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or
until nearly tender, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining garlic; cook and stir for
30 seconds. Add remaining 2 tbsps soy
sauce, broth, water, vinegar, honey and
crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil; stir in
meatballs. Return to boiling; reduce heat.
Simmer, uncovered, until meatballs are
cooked through (73°C). Stir in cooked
rice and basil.
Makes 4 servings.
Per Serving 391 cal., 15 gm fat (3 gm sat.
fat), 98 mg chol., 939 mg sodium, 36 gm
carb., 7 gm sugar, 3 gm fibre, 28 gm pro.

8� | Jan-Feb 2018
BHG special |

CHICKPEA AND ¹�₂ cup chopped fresh mint cool quickly. Drain well.

FREEKEH SALAD ¹�₂ cup chopped fresh Italian

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl,
combine the next seven ingredients
total time: 40 minutes 1 clove garlic, minced (through garlic). Drizzle with oil;
1 tbsp olive oil toss lightly to coat.
INGREDIENTS 3. Stir freekeh into chickpea mixture
¹�₂ cup uncooked freekeh PREPARATION and mix well. Season to taste with
(on 1. In a medium saucepan, bring salt and black pepper. You could
450 gm chickpeas, rinsed 1¹�₄ cups water to a boil; stir in freekeh. serve immediately or cover and chill up
and drained Return to boiling; then reduce heat. to 4 hours.
1 avocado, halved, seeded, Cook, covered, for about 20 minutes Makes 4 servings.
peeled and cubed or until most of the liquid is absorbed Per Serving 362 cal., 19 gm fat (6 gm
80 gm feta cheese, cubed and freekeh is tender. Place freekeh in sat. fat), 31 mg chol., 556 mg sodium,
50 gm salami, chopped a sieve and run under cold water to 35 gm carb., 11 gm fibre, 15 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 | 9
BHG special |

TABBOULEH WITH boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered,

EDAMAME for about 15 minutes or until the water

is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl.
total time: 30 minutes 2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon
juice and pesto; drizzle over cooked
INGREDIENTS bulgur. Let bulgur mixture cool to
1¹�₄ cups bulgur room temperature. Gently stir in
¹�₄ cup lemon juice edamame, cherry tomatoes, green
3 tbsp basil pesto onions, parsley and ¹�₄ tsp black pepper.
2 cups fresh or frozen shelled Sprinkle with feta.
edamame, thawed 3. If desired, cover and refrigerate up
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved to 4 hours before serving. Garnish with
¹�₃ cup thinly sliced green onions additional snipped fresh parsley and/or
2 tbsp snipped fresh parsley lemon wedges, if you like.
¹�₃ cup crumbled feta cheese Makes 6 servings
Per Serving 239 cal., 9 gm total fat
PREPARATION (2 gm sat. fat), 10 mg chol., 176 mg
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2¹�₂ cups sodium, 32 gm carb. (9 gm fibre,
water to a boil; stir in bulgur. Return to 4 gm sugars), 12 gm pro.

10 | Jan-Feb 2018
total time: 50 minutes
900 gm potatoes (6 medium)
2¹�₂ cups arugula
¹�₃ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¹�₃ cup pine nuts, toasted*
3 tbsp water
2 tsp lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
¹�₂ tsp salt
¹�₂ tsp ground black pepper
¹�₄ cup olive oil
1 cup red and/or yellow tiny pear-
shape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
Toasted pine nuts* (optional)
Shaved Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. In a large saucepan, cook potatoes in
enough boiling salted water to cover, for
20 to 25 minutes or just until tender.
Drain and cool slightly. Peel and cube
potatoes. Then place potatoes in a bowl.
2. For pesto, in a food processor or blender,
combine arugula, ¹�₃ cup cheese, ¹�₃ cup pine
nuts, water, lemon juice, garlic, salt and
pepper. Cover and process or blend until
nearly smooth. With processor or blender
running, slowly add oil through opening in
lid in a thin, steady stream, stopping to
scrape down sides as necessary.
3. Pour pesto over potatoes; toss gently
to coat. Stir in tomatoes. If desired,
top with additional pine nuts and/or
shaved cheese. Serve slightly warm or
at room temperature.
Makes 8 servings.
*Tip: To toast pine nuts, preheat the oven
to 175°C. Spread pine nuts in a shallow
baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or
until light brown, watching carefully and
stirring once or twice.
Per Serving 208 cal., 12 gm total fat
(2 gm sat. fat), 3 mg chol., 279 mg sodium,
22 gm carb., 3 gm fibre, 5 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 |  11
BHG special |

PEACHY CHICKEN 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or red

PASTA SALAD wine vinegar

total time: 30 minutes PREPARATION

1. Cook pasta according to package
INGREDIENTS directions. Drain; rinse with cold water.
225 gm dried pasta, such as Drain again.
radiatore, bow ties, 2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with salt
campanelle, or penne and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp
450 gm chicken breast halves, of the olive oil over medium-high heat.
cut into bite-size pieces Add chicken and cook for 5 to 6 minutes
Salt and black pepper or until browned and almost cooked
5 tbsp olive oil through. Add onion to skillet; cook 2 to
1 medium red onion, 3 minutes more or until chicken is done
cut into slivers and onion has softened. Stir chicken,
2 large peaches, halved, onion, peaches, walnuts and basil into
pitted and coarsely chopped, cooked pasta. Whisk together vinegar
or 2 ripe pears, cored and and remaining 4 tbsp oil. Add to pasta;
coarsely chopped toss to coat. Serve immediately.
¹�₂ cup walnuts, toasted Makes 8 servings.
and chopped Per Serving 323 cal., 15 gm fat (2 gm
¹�₂ cup packed fresh basil sat. fat), 41 mg chol., 102 mg sodium,
leaves, chopped 29 gm carb., 2 gm fibre, 18 gm pro.

12 | Jan-Feb 2018

LOX SALAD 1. Place potatoes in a large

saucepan. Cover with cold water
total time: 30 minutes and add 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil
over medium-high heat; reduce
INGREDIENTS heat. Simmer, covered, about
450 gm small potatoes, 10 minutes or until fork-tender,
quartered adding French green beans the
1¹�₄ tsp salt last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain;
300 gm thin French green transfer to a bowl of ice water.
beans, trimmed Drain well.
¹�₂ cup olive oil 2. For dressing, in a screw-top
¹�₄ cup champagne vinegar jar, combine oil, vinegar, mustard
2 tsp Dijon mustard and the remaining ¹�₄ tsp salt.
170 gm thinly sliced, smoked Arrange potatoes, green beans
lox-style salmon and remaining ingredients on
1 small head Bibb lettuce, plates. Drizzle with dressing.
quartered Makes 4 servings.
4 hard-cooked eggs, sliced Per Serving 564 cal., 41 gm fat
¹�₂ cup olives, pitted (6 gm sat. fat), 205 mg chol.,
¹�₄ cup chopped fresh 965 mg sodium, 31 gm carb.,
Italian parsley 6 gm fibre, 19 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 |  13
BHG special |


total time: 30 minutes
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp snipped fresh dill
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
¹�₄ cup buttermilk or sour milk*
4 slices bacon
2 heads romaine lettuce
Olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¹�₂ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
(50 gm)
Freshly ground black pepper

1. For salad dressing, in a small bowl, whisk
together sour cream, mayonnaise, dill,
vinegar and garlic. Mix in buttermilk and
season with salt and pepper.
2. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Arrange
bacon on a baking sheet; bake about 15
minutes or until crispy. Crumble bacon
into large pieces on a paper towel-lined
plate and set aside.
3. Rinse lettuce; pat dry with paper towels.
Cut each head of lettuce in half lengthwise,
brushing the fronts and backs with oil and
seasoning with salt and pepper. For a
charcoal grill, toast lettuce on the rack of
an uncovered grill directly over medium
coals for about 2 minutes or until lightly
charred, turning once halfway through
grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat the grill.
Reduce heat to medium. Place lettuce on
grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as
above.) (For a pan, preheat the grill pan.
Place lettuce in pan and cook as above.)
4. Place each wedge on a salad plate along
with bacon and cherry tomatoes. Top with
salad dressing and cheese.
Makes 3-4 servings
*Tip: To make ¹�₄ cup sour milk, place
1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar in a glass
measuring cup. Add enough milk to make
¹�₄ cup total liquid; stir. Let stand for
5 minutes before using.
Per Serving 223 cal., 19 gm total fat
(7 gm sat. fat), 32 mg chol., 516 mg sodium,
4 gm carb., 1 gm fibre, 9 gm pro.

14 � | Jan-Feb 2018
POACHED EGG 4 tbsp olive oil 3. Cut the goat cheese into

SALAD WITH 5 cups arugula or baby

12 slices. Chill for 10 minutes.
In a bowl, lightly beat two eggs.
FRIED GOAT Place flour in a second bowl and
CHEESE PREPARATION bread crumbs in a third shallow
1. For salad dressing, in a small bowl. Coat each cheese slice in
total time: 30 minutes
bowl, whisk together ¹�₄ cup oil, flour. Dip in egg; coat with bread
INGREDIENTS lemon juice, orange peel and crumbs. Chill on a plate for 10
¹�₄ cup olive oil juice, and tarragon. Season with minutes. In a medium sauté pan,
3 tbsp lemon juice salt and pepper. Set aside. heat 4 tbsp olive oil over
¹�₄ tsp grated orange peel 2. Line a plate with paper towels. medium heat. Fry goat cheese
2 tbsp orange juice For poached eggs, fill a large until golden, about 2 minutes
1 tbsp snipped tarragon skillet with 2 inches of water; per side.
1 tsp vinegar add vinegar. Bring to a boil; 4. In a large bowl, toss greens
4 eggs reduce to simmering. Break one and dressing. Divide among
Salt egg into a cup; slip it into the plates; top each with an egg and
Ground black pepper simmering water. Repeat with three cheese slices.
225 gm log of goat cheese remaining three eggs. Simmer, Makes 4 servings.
2 eggs, lightly beaten uncovered, for 5 minutes or Per Serving 205 cal., 19 gm total
¹�₂ cup all-purpose flour until whites are set and yolks fat (3 gm sat. fat), 212 mg chol.,
¹�₂ cup Italian seasoned, fine, begin to thicken. Transfer to a 225 mg sodium, 3 gm carb., 1 gm
dry bread crumbs plate to dry. fibre, 7 gm pro.

Jan-Feb 2018 |  15
BHG special |

LEMON-DILL 225 gm fresh skinless salmon fillet towels. Place salmon on the baking


tsp salt
tsp ground black pepper
sheet. Sprinkle with ¹�₈ tsp salt
and pepper. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes
WITH SALMON ¹�₄ cup pomegranate seeds per ¹�₂-inch thickness or until
total time: 1 hour 25 minutes 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted salmon flakes with a fork. Remove
from oven. Break salmon into
3 cups warm water 1. In a large bowl, combine water 4. To serve, divide bulgur mixture
1¹�₂ cups bulgur and bulgur. Cover and let stand for among serving plates. Add salmon to
¹�₄ cup lemon juice 1 hour; drain. each; toss gently. Sprinkle with
2 tbsp olive oil 2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to pomegranate seeds and pine nuts.
1 tbsp snipped fresh dill or 230°C. Line a baking sheet with foil; set Makes 4 servings (50 gm salmon and
1 tsp dried dill aside. In a bowl, whisk lemon juice, oil, 1¹�₄ cups bulgur each).
¹�₂ tsp salt dill and ¹�₂ tsp salt. Add arugula, Per Serving: 370 cal., 14 gm fat
1 cup coarsely chopped arugula cucumber, green onions and drained (2 gm sat. fat), 31 mg chol., 402 mg
³�₄ cup chopped, seeded cucumber bulgur; toss gently to coat. sodium, 45 gm carb., 2 gm sugar,
¹�₂ cup thinly sliced green onions 3. Rinse salmon; pat dry with paper 10 gm fibre, 19 gm pro. ■
l o ok g o od,
f e e l g o od

WE TRACK why the global

beauty industry is placing
an emphasis on natural
ingredients, and what that
means for our daily regimen.
Plus, Indian dermatologists
and their beauty secrets;
medical facials that work
miracles; and the latest
nude lipsticks in stores.
beauty | allure

Want to know what beauty and
skin routines dermatologists
follow? BHG gets four popular
names to reveal insider secrets
that will help you up your skin
and hair game.
compiled by nandini banerjee

skin’s needs depending on the I get my body tests done at least

season (sometimes a different twice a year to make sure that
serum for morning and evening), the vitamin levels are in check,
and a thick, soothing moisturiser as vitamin deficiency is a huge


to calm my rosacea (which cause of hair fall in women. If at all
unfortunately flares due to the there happens to be a deficiency,
city’s pollution and spicy food). I start taking my supplements.
My favourite products: Cetaphil And by supplements, I don’t mean
Cleanser, which is super soft, can multivitamins. Treating each
be used on the face and body, deficiency individually is much
and is great for my dry skin; Dr more effective.
Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol
DR KIRAN LOHIA anti-ageing line, which doubles up DIET CHART
LUMIERE DERMATOLOGY, DELHI as a moisturiser and eye serum; I’m a firm believer in pre- and
and my current favourite, Vintner’s probiotics to keep the gut healthy.
DAILY SKIN Daughter Active Botanical Serum,
which treats every skin concern,
There is substantial scientific
research to prove that imbalances
REGIME smells lovely, feels incredible and in the gut can lead to problematic
I believe in trying things before
is completely natural. skin. I also try to stick to a
recommending them. Because of
colourful diet with lots of steamed
this, my routine gets constantly
tweaked. Some things that don’t
HAIR REGIME or grilled seafood, vegetables,
L’Oréal True
Match, `�999,
I apply heat as little as possible healthy seeds and nuts. This way,
change, however, include a gentle, and even try to avoid blow I ensure that I get all the good
non-foaming face wash (twice drying. I never wash my hair more fatty acids and vitamins like iron,
daily), a product containing retinol than every other day and avoid B12, zinc and folic acid, which my
at night, a serum that suits my damaging treatments like Keratin. hair requires.

72 � | Jan-Feb 2018
MAKEUP LOOK lipstick (like VMV Hypoallergenic
Glamglow I keep my base light and don’t Matte Lipstick). Since my skin
Poutmud Wet Lip layer too many products. If you is super dry in the winter, I use
Balm Treatment, start with a moisturiser (such as a Glamglow Poutmud Wet Lip Balm
`�1,600, soothing moisturiser and Vitamin Treatment liberally.
C brightening serum), you’ll find
that you need less makeup to TRICKS OF
glow. I love a little illuminator and THE TRADE
blush followed by a foxy cat eye A quick Cryo Facial, which uses
and a neutral but sultry lip colour. liquid nitrogen to cool the skin, not
I always carry a good concealer for only drastically reduces pores and
emergencies (L’Oréal True Match), inflammation, but also adds a glow
blush (NARS) and a chemical-free that lasts up to two days.

and is effective for all skin types. every day—these are high in fatty “Magnesium
A sunblock is something you will acids and great for the skin, hair supplements
always find in my travel bag— and heart. I have a healthy bowl
the Clinique Sun Protection with of papaya or banana as my pre-
help increase
SPF 50 is my favourite. workout meal. Post workout, I drink energy levels,
a smoothie made with plant protein calm the nerves,
HAIR REGIME powder, wheatgrass and soaked encourage restful
chia seeds. My meals consist of a
I oil my hair once a week. If I have
healthy mix of protein, essential
sleep, improve
more time, I apply a hair pack—
a mixture of aloe vera pulp, castor fatty acids, vitamins, minerals digestion
oil or banana pulp, curd, honey and and adequate calories. Eggs and relieve
lemon. I try and avoid excessive with avocado and toast or lentil muscles spasms
pancakes form my daily breakfast.
heat and chemical treatments.
I have started getting Olaplex Coconut water is another regular and aches.
treatments, which have helped drink for my skin. At night, I take a Ashwagandha,
DAILY SKIN smoothen my hair and improve its glass of hot water with a pinch of also known as
REGIME texture. For treating hair fall, turmeric and pepper.
Indian ginseng,
My routine is influenced by the I use a hair supplement that’s rich
Korean skincare regimen. I feel that in biotin, CA Pantithenate, copper, TRICKS OF improves general
cleansing and nourishing the skin Di-methionine, iron, l-cysteine, THE TRADE health.”
are the most important aspects of l-lysine, manganese, niacin amide, For instant brightness, do a
keeping it healthy. I love the new selenium and zinc. I’ve also taken quick at-home facial with mild SK-II Facial
Innisfree masks, which not only the PRP treatment (a platelet-rich exfoliation, followed by a sheet Treatment
Essence, ` 16,955,
help nourish the skin but also treat plasma treatment that stimulates mask to freshen up the skin.
other concerns like blemishes hair follicles and promotes new Before applying makeup, use
and dullness. I use Avene Micellar hair growth), which contains a facial oil as a base to get a
Lotion to remove makeup, followed essential proteins from your blood. luminous glow. Also, a splash of
by a gentle toner to help remove It must be done once a month for ice cold water to the face helps
oil and traces of dirt. I make it a 3 to 4 months.  boost the blood flow and adds a
point to double cleanse my skin, natural flush. My hydrating face
especially at night, to ensure that DIET CHART mask: Egg whites, oatmeal and
all makeup is removed—the I keep my diet as healthy and lemon juice. It clears my skin and
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence nutritious as possible. Being gives it a glow.
is a wonderful product that a vegetarian, I try to follow an
regenerates facial essence and alkaline diet. I begin my day by
boosts the cell metabolism. having warm water with cinnamon
Also, Obagi Face Oil Serum— powder and lemon juice. This
rich in Vitamin C Serum—works helps boost the metabolism and
wonders for my skin. For under the break down fat in the body. A shot
eyes, I use Kiehl’s Creamy Under of amla juice, high in vitamin C, is
Eye Treatment With Avocado Oil, excellent for my skin and immunity.
which offers quick-burst hydration, I eat soaked almonds and walnuts Clinique Broad Spectrum
SPF 50, `�2,390,
beauty | allure

apply Oclipse sunscreen by Zein usually a three-egg white omelette

Obagi (thrice a day). with toast or a bowl of oats with
honey and fruits. I try to eat at least
HAIR REGIME 4 to 5 fruits a day. Lunch is usually
I oil my hair once a week, a light, home-cooked meal of roti,
alternatively with almond and vegetables and curd. I also enjoy
mustard oil. I like to condition my grilled chicken salad. Around
hair before shampooing with half 4.30-5 pm, I have a glass of nimbu Bobbi Brown Creamy
a cup of milk, which I rub onto my paani or a cup of tea, I have honey Concealor, `�2,700,
scalp and allow it to stay for half on toast if I’m hungry. Dinner is a
SKIN ALIVE, DELHI an hour. I currently use Sebastian light affair with soup, salad and
shampoo, followed by conditioning. grilled veggies, along with grilled
I also use Moroccan oil on the chicken or fish. I also indulge in a
DAILY SKIN tips of my hair as I have long hair glass of wine every now and then. 
REGIME and it helps detangle the tresses,
Using five drops of pre-cleanse oil also leaving a lingering aroma. If MAKEUP LOOK
from Dermalogica, I massage my my hair is dirty, once I shampoo, I I keep my look simple, starting
face when it’s dry with dry fingers. massage lemon water on the scalp with a moisturised base. I follow
I then massage my face with wet to sterilise it and then rinse (before up with a BB cream or a lightweight
fingers, so that I can take the serum conditioning). buildable foundation like a Dior
off. After this, I wash with a special or Lancôme. I use Bobbi Brown’s
cleansing gel from Dermalogica, DIET CHART concealer, and the eyebrow pencil
and dab my skin with some rose I start my morning with a glass of to define and fill in my eyebrows.
water, followed by a lightweight warm water with some lemon juice, A little bit of kohl and mascara, a
moisturiser from La Prairie. For followed by a shot of amla and touch of blush and lip balm, and I’m
under the eyes, I apply a vitamin aloe vera to keep the skin glowing, done. For a party, I do a winged liner La Prairie Skin Caviar
K-based eye cream. After this, I and also to detox. My breakfast is and apply a red lipstick. Luxe Cream, `�29,233,

with Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Gel old makes it difficult to adhere to a

Moussant for face wash, VCX serum particular diet. However, I do stick
and ZO Oclipse sunscreen with to a few non-negotiables. I don’t
primer. My night routine includes miss my protein intake and being a
ZO Ossential Daily Power Defense vegetarian, I make it a point to have
ZO Oclipse Cream, Melalumin Eye Rollon and, my daily intake of pulses, cottage
Smart Tone in case of dryness, I add Sebamed cheese and sprouts. For the essential
Sunscreen, Moisturizing Cream. About thrice a nutrients, I have a handful of nuts,
price on week, I also use ZO Vitascrub for oil berries, a fruit (preferably an apple,
request, and dead skin control. papaya or pomegranate), and a bowl of soup.
DR MADHURI AGGARWAL Hair products I love include TRICKS OF
SKIN ALIVE, DELHI NashiArgan shampoo, alternated THE TRADE
Kérastase Discipline with Keratase Bain Fluidealiste For instant brightening, I resort
Maskeratine Morpho- DAILY SKIN shampoo, and Kérastase Discipline to a quick ice rub and use my
Keratine, `�3,675,
REGIME Maskeratine conditioning mask. Becca champagne highlighter.
My routine is disciplined—a pH- I also like to pamper my hair with a The NashiArgan instant hydrating
balanced face wash, a Vitamin C regular coconut oil massage. I use styling mask with a quick blast dry
ferulic serum, a broad spectrum our in-house treatment for lustrous helps give my hair instant shine.
sunscreen during the day and night, mane—it is holistic nutrition for Also, when I have an event to attend,
and an antioxidant with retinoid the hair, packed with essential my go-to treatment is the Yavana
cream. In dry weather, I add a proteins, aminoacids, vitamins Peau de Desse Luxury Radiante
Vitamin E moisturiser. I take an and micronutrients. treatment. It pampers the skin
Omega-3 fatty acid capsule for skin along with toning, detoxing and
hydration and an oral sunscreen, DIET CHART enriching it with nutrients and
Oscreen. These days, I start my day Being a working mother of a 15-year- brightening agents. ■

74 � | Jan-Feb 2018
beauty | trend



force of nature
country that can trace their inception
to personal experiences. Just Herbs,
Just B Au Naturel, SoulTree, Organic
Harvest and Kama Ayurveda are a few
that have managed to create a niche in
With eco-consciousness becoming a buzzword, the beauty India’s booming natural beauty market.
industry—both in India and abroad—is increasingly turning “Globally, the natural beauty industry is
to natural ingredients. BHG tracks the trend and how this estimated to reach `80,000 cr this year,”
affects your beauty regimen. says Aradhika S Mehta, Head Marketing
of The Body Shop India. “A decade ago,
text by nandini banerjee
the Indian sector was valued at `250 cr,

and with increasing demand, jumped to
hen Delhi-based prepare for them when they were `460 cr in 2016.”
fashion designer growing up. Suffering from hair loss,
Aarti Kapur, 42, was and patchy, sallow skin caused by the join the bandwagon
diagnosed with breast treatment, Aarti tried these blends on It’s easy to see why. Cosmetics
cancer in 2013 and was herself. Every day her skin improved, behemoth L’Oréal announced last

undergoing chemotherapy, she began so much so that her family and friends month that they would be launching
creating her own beauty products with asked for the products. This led to her their first wholly plant-based hair dye
her sister. The duo based their research establishing her skin and haircare brand called Botanea, which will be sourced
on the concoctions—made primarily in 2015. Marigold Naturals’ organic from three plants found in India.
with herbs, grains and nuts, and free of range is safe even for toddlers. The move was one amongst several
chemicals or preservatives—they had Today, there are several such natural, made by reputed cosmetic companies
seen their mother and grandmother homegrown beauty brands in the in recent times, to win over customers

76 � | Jan-Feb 2018
who have become wary of chemical all natural/organic brands have
ingredients. In 2017, ColorBar similar compositions. If the packaging
launched its Earth collection, which GLOBALLY, features plants, leaves, flowers, etc.,
contains a Fruit Drop Hand Cream or is in neutral earth shades, it doesn’t
that claims to be 100% vegetarian and THE NATURAL necessarily mean that the product is
made with 79% natural ingredients BEAUTY INDUSTRY natural. Steer clear of the look; read
derived from grapefruit, apple, carrot the ingredient list instead.
and kiwi. Blossom Kocchar Aroma IS ESTIMATED Gautam Dhar, CEO of the recently
Magic, too, turned 100% organic a TO REACH launched Divine Organics, which
few years ago and shunned parabens,
alcohol, petrochemicals, mineral oils,
phthalate, synthetic colours and artificial
`80,000 cr offers skincare, body care and haircare
products that are 100% organic and
sans chemicals, says that educating
fragrances. Even regular cosmetics like
THIS YEAR. OUT OF consumers is key to the movement.
lipsticks and nail paints today come with THIS, THE INDIAN Arush Chopra of the Chandigarh-based
tags like ‘enriched with olive extracts’ SECTOR WAS VALUED Just Herbs, adds that their products
(Lakme) ‘non-toxic’ (NARS), ‘acetone- have the entire list of ingredients on the
free’ (ColorBar nail polish remover) AT `460 CR IN 2016. package as well as on the website. “We
and ‘100% vegetarian’ (Lotus Herbals). Aradhika S Mehta, disclose the list so that our clients know
One of the key reasons for this shift The Body Shop India the product and understand where it is
is the surge in awareness, thanks to coming from. Giving them half-baked
social media. “Everyone today knows information is as good as misleading
about the trends and ingredients, them.” Indian beauty e-commerce
and wants to look good,” says Aradhika. website Nykaa, whose Naturals range
“They are now more informed about Namrata Soni endorsed it and spoke features essential oils made from
what they put on their skin. They’re about how the products gave her the natural ingredients and specially
inclined towards essential oils to same results as regular cosmetics and designed for therapeutic results, too
cleanse and moisturise, and lotions that by using them, her skin was secure from credits its success in a short time to the
come from nature instead of chemical- the reactions to chemicals in synthetic full disclosure of ingredients. “People
based products. Parabens, used as cosmetics in the long run.   want to know everything about a
preservatives in cosmetics, reportedly Ragini Mehra, founder of Beauty product when they buy online. We give
increase the chance of breast cancer. Source, which retails brands like them as much information as possible,
Formaldehyde, found in nail products, Purearth and Sans[ceuticals], is and then we have an interactive review
false eyelashes, cosmetic glues and someone committed to natural and and comments section that helps the
shampoos, have also been traced to organic labels, and driven to educate consumer make an informed decision,”
cancer and can damage the immune about the harm caused by chemical says founder Falguni Nayar.
system. And chemicals, such as sodium compositions. “According to industry So, is it safe to say that natural beauty
lauryl sulfate, sodium lauretha sulfate, sources, the average selling price in the is here to stay? Reena Chhabra, CEO
siloxanes, cyclomethicone and colour natural skincare range has grown by 20% FSN Brands, Nykaa agrees. “Consumers
pigments cause skin and eye irritation, in the last one year in India, such is the are opting for better quality, as well as
weaken the immune system and disrupt demand. But, for the uninitiated, reading sustainable beauty and wellness that
the respiratory tract.” The Body Shop the labels is most important. Sometimes, has stronger efficacy and nurtures as
itself has practiced a minimal approach an ingredient that sounds questionable well. There is a conscious movement to
towards chemical use, and now has is very safe. The key is to research the offer consumers more result- and care-
several products in its arsenal—such as company well and their ingredients and oriented solutions, which bring greater
Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance then make a decision.” quality to the table.”
Mask—that are entirely vegan. While there are many myths
full disclosure associated with natural and organic
the chain reaction And it’s here, that the main problem products—their efficiency (guaranteed
Another reason for this demand is that with ‘going natural’ lies. Often, a brand results since the active product is
more and more people are looking to get may seem natural or organic, but on sourced from nature and not a long-
back to the basics, and to the goodness closer inspection of the ingredient term effect), shelf life (2 years and not
of natural and unprocessed ingredients. list, the natural components may just 6 months) and price points (similarly
When Paul Penders, a completely vegan be 2%. This is even more dangerous, priced and not all exorbitantly priced)—
beauty brand launched in India in because a consumer has no idea who the clamour for their presence in the
July last year, celebrity makeup artist to trust and is ill-informed whether market busts them all. ■

� Jan-Feb 2018 | � 77
beauty | know your brand

for oil it’s worth

Beauty brand Desert Splendour is introducing the country
to the merits of pure jojoba oil.
text by meghna menon

“The best part

about jojoba oil Jojoba seeds in
an expeller press
is that it is
before they get
closest to the oil crushed to
our skin produces derive oil.
naturally and so,
gets absorbed
— Shiv Singh Mann

he world has been celebrating the benefits propagated with cloning techniques in our own
of jojoba oil for some time now. Known to nurseries in Bikaner,” says the former banker, who also
work wonders on hair (by making it soft and runs other businesses. Desert Splendour established
lustrous) and skin (by hydrating, making it its retail operations in 2014 and the jojoba oil is today
glow and removing blemishes), beauty brands like sold in India in an unadulterated form and a lavender-
Crabtree & Evelyn, Bobbi Brown and L’Oréal have infused form in 50 ml and 200 ml bottles. Non-greasy
had it in their arsenal for decades now. In 2008, and mildly aromatic, the oil can be used as a facial
entrepreneur Shiv Singh Mann discovered that jojoba cleanser, moisturiser, hair smoothener, and lip, body
was virtually unknown in India but had a huge market and scalp conditioner.
globally. Since then, he, through his brand Desert Explaining the process, Shiv says that the plants are
Splendour, the first and only exclusive producer of grown under strictly controlled and monitored
100% pure jojoba oil in India, has been working on conditions in Jhajju, Kilchoo and Kharbara villages of
popularising it in the country. Bikaner district. The seeds are then harvested in the
Shiv’s tryst with jojoba started by accident. “Back in middle of the year, cleaned manually and crushed in
2008, we were scouting for land for jatropha oil (used as expeller presses to derive the oil, which is then passed
biodiesel). That’s when we stumbled upon jojoba, through filters to ensure the highest quality.
which was being grown by the state government near “What works for us is that we don’t source our
Jaipur and Bikaner,” says the 33-year-old. On further ingredients from a third party like other beauty brands.
research, he learnt that there was a gap between the Instead, they go straight from our own fields to the
demand and supply of jojoba worldwide. This gave Shiv bottles. We’re pure—which is why the shade and smell
the push he needed, and with his father, Indrave Singh of the oil may vary a tad bit from bottle to bottle,” says
Mann, he decided to set up Desert Splendour, to grow Shiv. He adds that the sale of the oil has been steadily CURRENTLY
jojoba plants and export its oil in bulk to Europe and increasing due its performance: “Since, jojoba oil is retailed online on
America. “We ran into rough waters during the initial few closest to the oil our skin produces naturally, it gets Amazon, Flipkart and, the
years due to incorrect land and plants selection, absorbed completely without leaving a residue.” products will soon be
insufficient knowledge and improper guidance from the He adds: “We’ll be diversifying into face and body available on Snapdeal
government. However, we eventually found our feet creams and lotions too this year. These will be jojoba- and Paytm, and in
when we started cultivating faster-growing varieties based and made by a third-party vendor.” ■ stores and spas, too.

78 � | Jan-Feb 2018
beauty | makeup

Revitalise your makeup routine with nude
shades. Here are our favourite on-trend
blushes and lipsticks to help you go
au naturel in style.
by nandini banerjee

Clockwise from top

NUDE TRUFFLE Faces Ultime Pro Liquid Matte Lipstick, `�899 ● CREAMY CINNAMON Maybelline New York Color Show Blush, `�299
● BALMAIN INSTINCT L’Oréal Paris X Balmain Color Riche Lipstick, Price on request ● PEACH Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio,

`�2,550 ● NUDE PINK SoulTree Lipstick, `�550 ● PINK Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Crème Blush, `�1,990 ● BRUNE JUNGLE Chambor
Extreme Wear Transferproof Liquid Lipstick, `�845 ● PUNCHY LYCHEE Sephora Wonderful Cushion Blush, `�1,350 ● WARM ICE M·A·C
Snowball Lipstick, Price on request ● THE PRINCESS DAIQUIRIES Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombré Blush, `�299. ■

For more info, see Resources � September

� Jan-Feb 2018
2017 | � 79
beauty | fitness


problem or think about
the next big project
idea, stretch your
arms, twist your body
and exercise that mind.

make your move can be done while sitting. “But do

remember to take a 30-second break
every five minutes while you do these
workouts,” he advises.
Have you missed your regular workouts due to long office
hours and excruciating traffic snarls? Chalk out 10 minutes ISOTONIC SQUATS
for these simple yet effective exercises that you can easily Sit on the edge of your chair and
do right at your desk. put most of the weight on your feet.
Hold that pose for 30 seconds and
text by neha mehta
then increase the duration gradually

to three minutes.
BENEFIT: Helps in strengthening and
ong work hours spent staring creativity and enhanced convergent toning leg muscles.
at the computer often result thinking when compared to those
in people giving up their who lead a sedentary life. And experts SPINE EXERCISES
workouts, which, in the long say that one needs just 10 minutes, Sit on the chair keeping your feet

run, increases the risk of right at the work desk, to do a high- firmly on the ground, facing forward.
heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure intensity workout. Twist your upper body looking over
and excessive weight gain. According your shoulder. Try to breathe out as
to a study published in 2013 in the GO CUBICLE-SMART you go ahead with the stretch. Repeat
renowned Swiss scientific journal, Mumbai-based fitness instructor and on the other side, as many times as
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, people holistic wellness consultant, Prameet you can.
who exercise regularly have better Kotak, suggests simple exercises that BENEFIT: Helps mobilise the spinal

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� Since fitness is a way of life, it is more than about
hitting the gym or going for a run. You can incorporate it
while strolling through your office, too.

joints, enabling better blood circulation. BENEFIT: Plays an integral role in your arms—not by the shoulders or
Also, good for maintaining the correct opening the spine by letting it bend in triceps but by the core side muscles.
posture as prolonged sitting compresses its natural position and reversing the Your body should twist as you punch.
our discs. compression. A target while punching can make this
more effective—so, aim for a tall floor
SEATED SINGLE GET GOING lamp or cupboard (don’t hit them and
LEG RAISES However, you will need to combine the hurt yourself in the process). Continue
Choose a seated position on the sitting workouts with some standing punching at a fast pace for 30 seconds.
middle of the chair and raise one leg by ones. Huzefa Lokhandwala, celebrity BENEFIT: Tones the oblique muscles
contracting your quadriceps muscles fitness coach and program director while providing enough exercise for
(in the thighs). Try holding it for a of the Mumbai-centric fitness app the chest, shoulders and triceps. Also,
minute. Repeat with the second leg. TrainMe says, “Since fitness is a way helps in shaping the torso and toning
Slowly, increase the time span on both of life, it is more than about hitting the sides.
legs. Lower them gently when you feel the gym or going for a run. You can
tired but, for better results, try not to incorporate it while strolling through STRETCHING
let your feet touch the ground. your office, too.” Here’s how: Raise your arms to the ceiling and
BENEFIT: Tones quadricep muscles. keep pushing from your shoulders.
STANDING CALF Make sure your back is arched and
SEATED MARCHING Stand straight and lift both your heels there is a concave curve at the lower
Sit up straight on a chair and start up so your body weight is balanced back. Let each muscle in your torso
to march by raising your knees on your toes. Hold for a while and feel the stretch. You can stretch your
alternately. Do this for one minute, then relax. Do this 20 times without hamstring by bending down to touch
then increase the time span, while support. You can also increase the your feet while your knees remain
taking short breaks. intensity of the workout by holding a straight. Raise your leg on a table
BENEFIT: Makes for a perfect hip flexor heavy object like a water bottle. and bend forward to touch your toes.
stretch, enhances flexibility and is BENEFIT: Works on the calves and Repeat this for each leg. Next, raise
equivalent to a gentle cardio session tones the legs. your arm with your palm open and
done at a gym. facing up, and place your other hand
AIR PUNCHES on the top of the palm and push down
SITTING SIDE BEND Stand in a boxing stance—both arms while keeping your elbows straight.
Sitting, stretch your arms above and raised to your face and one leg forward This will stretch your biceps. Repeat
lock your fingers. Now, bend on one and the other in a lunge position. for both arms.
side, hold for 30 seconds and then Keeping your lower body still, start BENEFIT: Works as a stress reliever by
change the side. Repeat as many times punching the air. Use the entire left loosening up the muscles that further
as possible. and right side of your body, moving helps increase flexibility.

EATING Make sure to grab a

healthy snack every
Keep a couple of water
bottles at your desk or
Walk for 10 minutes
after your meal or take
While desk exercises have their
two hours—you can opt
for buttermilk, fruits,
refill the bottle every
time it gets empty. Set
the stairs rather than
the elevator to reach
benefits, to make them effort more peanuts or soy nuts, 1-2 a target of completing your office room. Avoid
effective, watch what you eat. dates or apricots, 3-4 at least 2 litres of water eating at your desk as
Mumbai-based clinical nutritionist almonds or ½ bowl of when you are at work you may end up eating
Sneha Sadhwani shares her tips. wheat jowar puffs. and try making it a habit. more there. ■

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beauty know-how
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beauty | know-how

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a b e t t e r l i f e e v e r y day

START 2018
on a positive note with
uplifting life affirmations
and aut
author Nandita ta
Chakraborty’s inspiring
piece on overcoming
obstacles. Plus, cool,
funky stationery,
the Japanese Diet trend,
and a tête
ête with
actor SSooha Ali Khan on
her debut
he debut boo
living | life lessons

Ye s I
B e l i e v e
A study published in 2015 in the research journal Social
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience used functional
magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to find that
self-affirmation activates well-known reward centres in
the brain. These were the same reward centres that
responded to pleasurable experiences like spending
time with a favourite person or winning a lottery.
BHG got life coach and founder of The Life Changers,
SKG Kartha—who takes inspiration from real-life
incidents to encourage people to live a happier life—

to list 25 powerful life affirmations for 2018. Because

tuning the mind to be positive is half the battle won.

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I’ll never complain,
never explain.
I’ll resist the h e r c o u r a g e t o let
I’ll ga t
temptation to t h i n g s I c a n n o t
go of the
justify my actions change.
and circumstances
or to make excuses.

When life gets My happiness does not come from others

me down, or from circumstances. It comes from
I’ll pick myself up within. It comes from the THOUGHTS
AND BELIEFS I let into my life.
by giving myself
a pep talk. Happiness
I’ll remember the When I focus depends on
times and places on problems, the quality of
where people they multiply. my thoughts.
But when I focus
have behaved on possibilities, Beautiful things
magnificently, I end up with happen when
despite the odds. opportunities. I distance myself
from negativity.
It is never too
late for me Even before I
to start over; win, I’ll belie
that I am worthy of ve
never too late the win.
to be happy.
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living | life lessons

w hen To be the
e s s w i l l b e m i n e
Succ n s i b i l ity greatest, I need
o t a k e r e s p o
I choose t r o w n a t m e . to dream the
g e s t h
for the challen biggest, think
the smartest,
work the
I won’t let my dreams remain dreams. hardest,
I won’t let small minds convince me that love the fullest
they are too big. I’LL BELIEVE IN and smile the
MYSELF even when no one else does. brightest.

I’ll dance, I believe I Between the

sing and am destined for
stream and the
shout my I won’t feel
rocks, I should
way to I SUCCEED. be the stream.
happiness. The stream
always wins—
I can either do not necessarily
Even when people around
things stressed or through strength
me are calculating their
troubles, I’ll count with confidence.
but through
my blessings. The choice
is mine.

Happiness is not the absence of problems,

but my ability to deal with them.
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I need to decide what I must become,
what I will give to become that person,
and how I will live the rest of my life.

I’ll surround myself with positive

people. People who will support Grudges are a
me when it rains, not just waste of perfect
when it shines. HAPPINESS. I’ll
laugh when I can;
when I should.
I’ll put myself
out there;
do things
that were Progress is People may
impossible hate me, rate
never done.
without me, shake me,
Life is to be change and if break me. But
experienced. I can’t change how strong I
I’ll live a life my mind, stand is what
free of regrets. I can’t change will finally
anything. make me.
Everything that
I’ve been through
was preparation
for WHERE I AM I am not dened by my
NOW and where family or the people around
I could be. me. I am ME.
� Jan-Feb
b 2018 |  89
living | books

Actor Soha Ali Khan speaks to BHG about her tongue-in-cheek memoir The Perils
of Being Moderately Famous, which chronicles what it’s like to be a lesser known
member of an incredibly popular family. Plus, an excerpt from the book.

aughter of to do it or not. When
actor Penguin asked me if I'd
Sharmila write a book—fiction or
Tagore and nonfiction—I thought of
cricketing first writing a chapter
hero, the late Mansur Ali and getting feedback
Khan Pataudi; sister to from family and friends.
Saif Ali Khan and sister- Since it was good, I
in-law to Kareena Kapoor agreed to write the book.
Khan; wife of Kunal
Kemmu; and aunt to little
Taimur—Soha Ali Khan
says that more often DAUGHTER, INAAYA,
than not, she is TOO WILL JOIN THE
recognised for being LEAGUE OF FAMOUS
related to the more PATAUDIS?
known members of her
family rather than for
A She’s so small; I want
her to be able to do
being an actor herself.
whatever she wants to
But instead of getting
do and whatever
annoyed by this, the
I couldn’t do. My job is
debut author considers it
to open as many avenues
an interesting position to
for her as possible, so
be in—one that allows
that she can make her
her to pen a tell-all,
own choices. I would
which gives a fascinating up all night. For example, that is the biggest moderately famous—like
want her to go to a good
look into the lives of the in Rang De Basanti, it challenge in writing. you can always leave the
university and get a good
Pataudis. She speaks to was where my character city and be anonymous
education. But, at the
BHG about it…
end of the day, she’s her
gets to know that her
fiancé is dead. I had a
Q WHAT WOULD in other parts of the
world. Being moderately
own person and might YOU RATHER BE:
Q DID YOU EVER want something else for
similar scene in Mumbai
Meri Jaan. Also, it can be
famous also gives me a
good work-life balance,
THINK THAT YOU herself and that’s also MODERATELY
nerve-wracking to which is important to
WOULD END UP okay. This book is a gift FAMOUS,
perform all sorts of me. When you’re at a
histrionics in front of certain level of fame, in
A I have been asked by
would read it someday
hundreds of people on a OR INFAMOUS? my opinion, your
several people to write a
and learn about her
family and her roots—
set. Writing a book, A I do enjoy this stage personal life tends to
book because I’ve on the other hand, had (moderately famous) take a bit of a hit.
a world that is rapidly
written a few columns, a different set of where you get a little bit
and they thought I have a challenges—ultimately, of both worlds. Where
good writing style. But it the book will be shared you’re famous enough to Q WHAT ELSE IS IN
always seemed daunting Q WHAT IS MORE with a larger audience. fly business class and not THE PIPELINE?
because it entails writing CHALLENGING— Since you can’t read it first class; to get a place A I’ll be shooting this
more than 40,000 WRITING A BOOK OR out to them and they at a nice restaurant; to month for Tigmanshu
words, signing up with a ACTING IN FILMS? can’t pick up your tone, get tickets to a sold-out Dhulia’s Sahib, Biwi Aur
publisher and sticking to A Both are challenging you must ensure that the concert; or get the latest Gangster 3. Apart from
a deadline. So, these in their own ways. With humour comes across gadgets. Super stardom that, every job I have in
things made me a little films, there’s always through your writing. comes with a lot more my hand now is ‘Project
uncomfortable— going to be a defining You can’t punctuate it challenges that you don’t Inaaya’, after which I will
whether I would be able scene that will keep you with emoticons. I think get when you’re get back to work.

90 � | Jan-Feb 2018 As told to Meghna Menon


think I’ve established by now that I have properly famous parents,
and grandparents, and great-great-great-grand-uncles. My brother
Saif, who I call Bhai, is also a famous movie star and he is married
to Kareena Kapoor, one of Bollywood’s most popular and
successful actresses. Their son Taimur was trending on Twitter
before he had even opened his eyes. Has all this celebrity had any
impact on my life? I went to the same college as my father and saw his
name in brass in the locker room of the Oxford University Parks
Cricket Ground, right next to my grandfather’s. I joined the same
industry as my mother and brother and have fought hard to carve my
own identity within it. I am surrounded by my family’s achievements.
I am immensely proud of my heritage; I feel special to belong to this
family that has so much history, so much talent and virtuosity running
through its generations. I have benefited from my family
connections—they have opened doors and facilitated introductions,
provided me with a security and respect that I would otherwise have
spent many years earning, given me recognition which brings a power
that is not insignificant and afforded me financial security (that I try ` 299, Penguin,
to keep at arm’s length—like the boy you know you can depend on to
take you to the ball when all else fails, but really you want Timothy to
ask you. Timothy in this case is my own hard-earned money). I HAVE
I remember going out for lunch with my family in Delhi as a child.
Bhai had recently started working in films and his song ‘Ole Ole’ from
Yeh Dillagi had become a big hit. Throughout the meal people kept A LEVEL OF
coming to our table to ask for autographs—from my father, my mother SUCCESS
and my brother. My sister and I could continue to eat our food AND FAME
undisturbed, which we rather enjoyed, feeling bad for the other three. THAT I CAN
I don’t recall ever wanting to be as famous as them, wanting to sign
autographs or having my hand shaken. I saw so much of it growing up
that it didn’t seem to retain much lustre.
I suspect the same is true of my sister, Saba. She has always been OWN, BUT
more comfortable behind the camera, taking beautiful pictures, than THAT LEVEL IS
in front of it. Being of an artistic inclination, she chose to get her MODERATE IN
undergraduate degree from Delhi College of Arts, and then went to COMPARISON
the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, to study
jewellery designing.
I chose to be a film actor, not for the fame or the money—I don’t ACCOMPLISH-
mean to sound arrogant when I say I had need of neither—but for MENTS OF
the job, the creative fulfilment I get from walking in the shoes of MY VARIOUS
another person. It was not, as many people assume, the easy choice to FAMILY
be an actor. In fact, it was one of the most difficult decisions I have
ever made. Since my first film in 2004, I have tried to carve out my
own path, forge my own identity. I have achieved a level of success AND THERIN
and fame that I can comfortably call my own, but that level is LIE THE PERILS.
moderate in comparison to the accomplishments of my various family
members. And therein lie the perils. Perils which, if you were made
of flimsier stuff, would nibble away at you and leave you feeling less
than whole.
As I said earlier, this book is my tribute to my family without whom
I would not be here. Without whom I would not be who I am. With
whom I have laughed and cried, opposed and obeyed, mourned and
celebrated. With whom I have found the strength and support to grow,
to discover who I am and who I am not. And with and without whom I
am pursuing my happiness on my terms. ■
living | nutrition

small wonders
The Japanese Diet of cutting down portions and savouring every
mouthful has found a significant number of followers in India.
Aditi Sheoran Chhajta tried it and says her life changed forever.


The key to nailing
the Japanese diet
is eating smaller,
healthier portions.

n 2014, I made a resolution that has today though not a new concept, is now making its way
changed my life—I had told myself that before into Indian lifestyles. In a nutshell, this diet is all
I turned 30, I would adopt a healthier lifestyle. about savouring smaller yet richer portions of food.
Even though I didn’t suffer any major illness or

injury, I didn’t want to spend hours in the gym or the best of the rest
follow fad diets, like I had seen my friends do—it Post World War II, when Japan was rebuilding
inevitably led to them sliding into an unhealthy life. its economy, food was scarce and meals meagre.
So, I researched extensively to find a balanced diet To make the best of the situation, the Japanese
that was effective and sustainable in the long run. began imbuing the best from American and
It was then that I hit upon the Japanese Diet, which Chinese cuisines into their meals, cutting

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Eating slowly helps one savour every
bite, and you eventually eat less
because it gives your brain time to
realise that your stomach is full.

down portion sizes. But they made each  DESSERTS DONE RIGHT  A typical
portion count, filling it with nutrient-rich Japanese dessert is an assortment of
ingredients. seasonal fruits —peeled, sliced and
Today, small portion eating is arranged on a pretty plate.
considered best for losing weight and
maintaining a healthy body. It gains  FISH AND SOY OVER RED MEATS
even more relevance given how much Japanese meals often include more
food people waste on an average and the than one soy-based dish, like miso soup
indulgence in all kinds of junk food. (i.e. fermented soy bean soup) and tofu
In her book Japanese Women Don’t Get Old chunks. This acts as a great source of
or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen, protein and an alternative to red meat.
Naomi Moriyama, the co-author, calls it
the ‘iPod of food’. “This diet concentrates  LOTS OF VEGGIES AND FRUITS  Day
the magnificent energy of food into a A typical portion includes 4 to 5 varieties I have been imbibing these
compact and pleasurable size. And you of veggies, simmered in seasoned broth or principles in my diet and life
don’t have to cook in a Japanese-style to stir-fried in little oil, or lightly steamed. for the past four years—
enjoy the diet’s healthy foundations— cutting down portions and
just eat more fish, vegetables and fruits;  POWER BREAKFAST  Eating a hearty preparing only seasonal
serve smaller portions; eat mindfully and breakfast is the best way to incorporate food. I try to buy fresh
slowly; and add healthy options like tofu adequate nutrition at the start of the day. vegetables, preferring to
and rice,” she says. Of course, the number It also provides more energy. cook them the same day.
of meals, too, go up to five or six. I eat each bite slowly,
Compared to other drastic diets that savouring every mouthful,
a matter of principle provide instant results, the Japanese Diet and drink warm water and
green tea through the day.
Japan has one of the lowest rates of is a sort of a lifestyle switch. There are no
Fruits like apples, bananas
obesity and the highest life spans in the side-effects like headaches, constipation,
and seasonal fruits have
world. This is no mystery when one looks indigestion or lower energy levels, become a daily habit. I put
at what they eat and how they keep their common to other fad diets. Neelanjana a personal spin on things by
activity levels up. The Japanese diet rests Singh, a Delhi-based nutritionist, says flavouring meals and grilled
on seven pillars: “Smaller meals throughout the day help veggies with pickles and
curb hunger, and you won’t need to go home-made chutneys. I
 EAT WITH YOUR EYES  “The magic of overboard. This type of eating is called have Indianised this diet
the Japan style of eating lies in a healthier ‘grazing’. In fact, large traditional meals to make it sustainable,
balance of filling, delicious and lower- of India burden our delicate digestive including milk and bread,
calorie foods, presented with beautiful system and that is what causes bloating.” and using Bengali, Goan,
portion control in pretty little dishes and Though high on carbs, the Japanese Diet Mangalorean and continental
plates,” Naomi says in her book. “Eating gets all the essential nutrients from fish recipes, instead of sushi.
slowly helps one to savour every bite, vegetables, fruits, fish and lean meat. I always carry fruits or nuts
with me and have a ‘baby
and you eventually eat less because In fact, the diet has almost 30% less
dinner’ before heading out
your brain gets time to realise that your calories while being high in antioxidant-
for a party. I feel my body
stomach is full.” rich food, like fish that is rich in Omega-3. is more active, I fall ill less,
“If you have difficulty cutting short your and I indulge in what I love
 THE RICE FOUNDATION  Eat a lot of rice portions drastically, start your regular without worrying about
but make sure it’s mostly brown rice. meal with a glass of water (sipped slowly) overeating. My skin is
and a small bowl of fruits. This will cut glowing, my mood is
 HEALTHY TEAS  Three to four cups down the actual meal by half. Also, at the upbeat, and weight in
of green tea through the day helps aid end of the meal, if you don’t feel full, wait check. What more can
digestion. Moreover, warm water serves as for 10 minutes before getting a second I ask for?
an elixir for good health. helping,” adds Neelanjana. ■

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living | first person

lessons in fortitude
Life knocked down Australian author Nandita Chakraborty
multiple times, each time harder than before. However,
she channelled all her grief into writing, and her new book
Meera Rising is inspired by her life. Here, she pens an
inspiring piece on how she battled the odds and won.

s the saying goes ‘When not knowing who or where I was.
life gives you lemons, make Shortly after, I was diagnosed with a
lemonade’, but what price cognitive disability. And then came the
does one pay for them? You death of my father. I was most helpless
can cry, scream, even be philosophical. when I lost my father. That was a
But where will that get you? serious loss… a loss of love.
It’s not about I’ve tried all of these over the past After my father’s death, for a
decade. First, when I was about 25— while, I felt like my life completely
what others want you fiercely independent and building a stopped. How do you recover from
to be—it’s about you. business in Melbourne. I didn’t have something like this? How do you pick
Finding your ‘how’ time for love, but love found me.
Initially, he was just a distraction, but
up the pieces and move on? I did it by
accepting love from the people around
becomes easy when soon, this adoration from an older man me and I picked up the pen. I learned
you know your ‘why’, got me attention, not just from him but to accept horrible truths about myself
and your purpose also from society. So, I signed the bond
of marriage. But, the problem was that
and surrender myself to change.
It wasn’t easy. Sitting in my shrink’s
becomes clearer. I had mistaken friendship for love, and office, I was angry, listening to him talk
And you learn to this marriage was just the beginning of about the silver lining. But the truth
my path to self-destruction. is that you really have to fail in life to
love yourself. It didn’t take long for our 30-year succeed. We all have the same goal—
age difference to create a rift between to be happy, loved and accepted. So,
us. Suddenly, I was 32 and divorced. I it all came down to allowing myself to
began to jump into other relationships see that love starts first with me.
to make myself feel better, but I only So, what if I hadn’t had that perfect
felt worse. Soon, I found myself in the love or perfect life? I still had the
arms of an abuser and caught up in his perfect gift—the gift of storytelling.
attempted blackmail. You can turn your hand to anything
Eventually in 2010, in the serenity that will help you to make a change.
of Lord Krishna in Vrindhavan, I It could be cooking and feeling deeply
began to forgive myself. I returned to positive when you see people enjoy
Australia happy, but there was another your food. Maybe you can find joy
vital lesson for me to learn, the most in decorating your home or using
important one—to love myself. In your creative flair to decorate others’
November 2011, I had a horrific rock homes. Or maybe you can be happy
climbing accident, which left me just dedicating yourself to the service
with brain injury. I still remember to of others.  Just remember that it’s not
this day, lying in that hospital bed, about what others want you to be—
fighting with myself. Had the universe it’s about you. Finding your ‘how’
conspired against me when it felt I becomes easy when you know your
didn’t love myself? ‘why’, and your purpose becomes
` 195, Sanbun Publishers, My recovery was slow but steady, clearer. And you learn to love yourself. but life wasn’t going to make it I took the perfect revenge on all my
easy. Five years later, I found myself failures by accepting who I am. And
standing in the middle of a Melbourne life, indeed, turned out to be a tall, cool
street staring blankly at my phone— drink of lemonade. ■

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living | experience

Defying the city’s hectic pace, JW Marriott
Mumbai Juhu is perfect for a staycation.

f you live in Mumbai and are looking to escape to a luxurious
holiday, but are dreading the time wasted travelling,
JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu is the place for you. Perched on
North Mumbai’s Juhu beach and overlooking the Arabian Sea,
the hotel is set in lush, peaceful surrounds that set the tone
for your rejuvenation.
A beautiful amalgamation of contemporary and traditional
design, the property features Rajasthani sandstone and
sculptures, ornate artefacts, plush upholstery and magnificent
chandeliers that amplify the regal feel. The architecture is
further complemented with elegant pagodas and lotus ponds
that are sure to make you feel like royalty as you leisurely
stroll through its lush gardens and expansive passageways.
Furthermore, snuggle up with your loved one in one of the
gorgeous ocean-facing rooms, complete with featherbed
mattresses, crisp duvets and plush robes. Order in from the
24-hour room service, and luxuriate in this tranquil cocoon.
The dining options here will certainly appeal to the
gourmand in you—choose from Dashanzi (Asian), Bombay
Baking Company (deli), Lotus Café (international), Mezzo
Mezzo (Italian), Reflections (bar) and Saffron (Indian).
If you are looking for indulgence, head for a steam/sauna or
yoga or play a laid-back game of checkers with your family at
Club Marriott. The place also includes three outdoor pools with
beach access and the ultra-luxurious Quan Spa, which provides
a range of therapies like pranayama, ayurvedic nutrition analysis
and meditation, and therapeutic ayurvedic and Western body
and face treatments. And if you do feel like stepping out,
the hotel has a fleet of luxury cars like Mercedes Benz and
BMW 7 Series that can take you around the city or even,
eventually, drop you back home. ■

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food | celebrate

Rakhee’s food expeditions from all

over the world are being put together
on her soon-to-be-launched blog.

The Menu
Harissa Prawn Bruschetta
Fresh Mediterranean
Quinoa Salad with
Honey-Mustard Dressing
Roast Chicken
Lemon Curd Cheesecake

A Le Cordon Bleu chef from Gordon

Ramsay’s Tante Marie Culinary Academy
in London, Rakhee Vaswani began her
culinary journey at the age of 11, observing
her aunts cook at home. Often called the
Nigella of India, she has a deep passion for
flavours and textures, and as the host of
Rewind with Rakhee on the food-tainment
channel Living Foodz, she takes the audience on a culinary journey
harking back to the 1900s, adding her own twists to classic recipes.
Rakhee is also the author of Picky Eaters, which talks to mothers
about making food fun, exciting and delicious for kids.
Rakhee’s extensive trips and encounters with top chefs from
across the globe have shaped her extensive knowledge of different
cuisines. This led to the birth of Palate Culinary Studio in 2009,
a state-of-the-art international cooking school where she trains
budding chefs, amateurs, professionals and food enthusiasts—her
students include the likes of Malaika Arora Khan, Arjun Kapoor
and Kriti Sanon. In 2017, she launched the Palate Culinary
Academy in Bandra, Mumbai, which offers not only the first-ever
UK-certified vegetarian culinary programme, and patisserie
and bakery courses, but also chef-special pop-ups, brunches,
sundowners, kids’ birthday parties, corporate sessions and
other food-based events.

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food | celebrate

Rakhee has conducted over 150 one-

day cooking or baking workshops
in Indian, Japanese and Mexican
cuisines, and sugarcraft baking.




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HARISSA PRAWN For the dressing: 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
BRUSCHETTA 2 tbsp honey ¹�₂ cup butter, melted
1 tbsp mustard paste          
For the filling:
INGREDIENTS ½ cup orange juice  
160 gm cream cheese
1 French loaf (cut into slices) 1 tsp mixed herbs   
120 gm white chocolate, melted
Oil, as required Salt to taste
1 cup whipped cream
2 tbsp Harissa paste (mix together 6 gm gelatin, melted
1 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tbsp
1. To prepare the dressing, mix all the For the lemon curd piping:
red chilli paste and 1 tsp chilli sauce)
ingredients for it and chill for a few hours. 1 lemon rind
Salt, sugar and pepper,
2. In a salad bowl, add the salad ingredients. Juice of 1 lemon
for seasoning
3. To assemble, pour the chilled dressing on 50 gm butter
200 gm prawns, deshelled and deveined
the salad, toss gently and serve.  50 gm caster sugar
2 tbsp white spring onions
1 tbsp green spring onions 3 egg yolks
1 tbsp fried garlic, chopped
PREPARATION 1. To make the base, mix biscuits and
4 chicken drumsticks with gashes 
1. Apply butter and crushed garlic over coconut. Add butter to this and mix until
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
French loaf slices. Toast till golden brown. it all binds together. 
2-3 fresh oregano leaves
2. In a pan, heat a little oil. Add Harrisa 2. Line a 6-inch ring mould with foil from
1-2 sprigs thyme
paste, seasoning with salt, pepper and sugar.   outside and pour a layer of biscuit mixture
2 tbsp olive oil
3. Add prawns and cook for a minute. into it till it’s ¹�₄th inch thick. Chill in the
2 tsp lemon juice
Then add white spring onions and stir for refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. 
Sea salt, to taste
a few minutes. 3. To make the filling, in a bowl, beat
Pepper, to taste
4. On each toasted slice, place the prawns cream cheese with a wooden spoon until
1 tsp cayenne pepper
mixture and garnish with green spring no lumps remain. Add melted white
2 tbsp Mediterranean seasoning
onions and fried garlic. chocolate and ensure it’s not too hot.
2-3 tbsp stock
Mix well and fold in whipped cream.
MEDITERRANEAN PREPARATION Now, add gelatin and mix. Pour this
QUINOA SALAD WITH 1. Marinate the chicken drumsticks with all filling onto the biscuit base. Let it set in
HONEY-MUSTARD the ingredients for a few hours. a refrigerator overnight. 
DRESSING   2. Pre-heat oven to 230ºC and roast chicken 4. Now for the lemon curd piping, melt
for 35 to 40 minutes or until the juices butter and sugar on slow fire and then leave
INGREDIENTS run clear. it to cool completely. Add the rest of the
30 gm boiled quinoa (red and white) 3. Serve immediately ingredients and cook on a double boiler till
30 gm boiled barley a thick custard forms.
Mix salad leaves (baby beet greens and LEMON CURD 5. To assemble: Blow-torch the sides of
loose lettuce leaves) CHEESECAKE the mould and unmould the cheesecake.
30 gm pomegranate seeds Put lemon curd in a pipping bag and
Handful of walnuts INGREDIENTS pipe to create a marbled effect. Garnish
1 tbsp mixed seeds For the base: with blueberries, currants and fresh
30 gm boiled chickpeas 8-10 digestive biscuits, crushed fruits; serve.■ 

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food | series
but also a store that sells
world-class bikes, their
components and
accessories, and caters
to their post-sale
servicing and rental.

beyond food
In the fourth instalment of our series on restaurants
or companies that manufacture bike
championing new thoughts or concepts, we look at components—like Shimano—to conduct
Chennai’s Ciclo Café, which is popularising cycling as a talks and workshops. Additionally, our
lifestyle choice. own riders, some of the best in the
text by meghna menon country, hold sessions periodically, to
encourage cycling as a lifestyle choice.”

The restaurant also conducts a larger
t’s hard to miss Ciclo Café in Chennai’s prestigious Indian Road Cycling National format race in the city called Ciclothon,
Kotturpuram area. A white, two-storey Championships. once a quarter, which sees participation
with an attractive yellow signboard, Established in 2015, Ciclo (meaning from about 150 to 200 riders. All this
its large French windows dressed in ‘cycle or a series of repeated events’ in together has helped people realise the
awnings give you a peek into the bicycles Italian and Spanish), is the brainchild of power of the pedal.
inside. However, this isn’t just any other Arun Alagappan, president of TI Cycles, “It all comes down to using the
theme-based café whose USP is restricted and Anil Thadani, CEO of F&B brand, space you have more efficiently,” says
to its décor. Ciclo Café is the first-of-its- Absolute Specialties. “The idea was Arun’s Anil. “While restaurants have their own
kind cycling café in India, that encourages and the execution was ours,” says Anil. purposes and advantages, there’s so much
and promotes the sport too. So while one “Being a bit of a cyclist myself, when more that can be done, including using the
will find bar stools made of cycle frames, the idea of marrying the two worlds was space for retail—and that is what we aim
tables supported by wheel rims, framed suggested, I immediately said yes and we to do. In addition, a typical customer who
leather seats on the walls and chandeliers decided to set up Ciclo. Hence, it is more walks in may not be the kind who heads
fashioned from chains, it also houses of a passion than a business.” to a bicycle shop on a regular day. So, this
a full-fledged store that not only sells Apart from serving a menu of way, we end up targeting a new kind of
world-class bikes and their components sandwiches, pasta, pizzas, risottos, salads customer altogether,” he says.
and accessories, but also caters to their and hot and cold beverages, Ciclo Café Having had a successful run in the city,
post-sale servicing and rental. Anybody also arranges group rides. They either the founders followed up their first outpost
can walk in and discuss the bikes and the gathers around 8 to 10 people on certain with Ciclo Cafés in Hyderabad in 2016,
sport in general with the staff, who are days, so that the staff can take them out and in Gurugram and Bengaluru in 2017.
proficient in the subject. The restaurant for long distance rides and answer any They now aim to open more outlets in the
is also the first in the country to boast of queries that they may have on cycling, same cities as well as one in either Pune
an elite amateur cycle racing team—Ciclo or connects people to the city’s various or Mumbai. “We want to facilitate more
Team Racing—that competes at national cycling groups who may have rides lined events, and promote cycling as a way of
and international races, including the up. “We also have experts from TI Cycles leading a healthier lifestyle,” says Anil. n

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ciao, bellaRendezvous with authentic

Italian cuisine that is exceptional
in presentation and flavour at
Bella Cucina in Le Meridien
Gurgaon, Delhi NCR.
text by meghna menon

hrough lesser-known dishes, ingredients and flavours from the
Northern and Central regions of Italy, Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi
NCR’s Bella Cucina is busting the belief that Italian in India is
primarily about pastas and pizzas. So, not only do sous chef Amit
Kumar and his team offer authentic, flavoursome Italian specialities, but
also present them in the most interesting fashion.
My evening began with antipasti, a tiny cup of aromatic, frothy and light
Cappuccino of Mushroom Soup, complemented with a buttery Porcini
Brioche, a bread roll flavoured with porcini mushrooms. Setting the bar
quite high with its deliciously smoky flavour, the must-have soup gave way
to two other show stealers—Compressed Beetroot with Goat Cheese and
Prawn Ravioli Bisque Emulsion with Young Tomato. The former, with rocket
lettuce, jelly made of goat cheese and beets, and caramelised walnuts to
render bursts of sweetness, was topped with goat cheese snow—a molecular
twist that also made the plating look dramatic. The aromatic, fresh ravioli
stuffed with prawns and cooked in a tangy young tomato sauce, was light,
smooth and scrumptious, thanks to it being cooked in dollops of butter.
Bella Cucina in A Burnt Garlic and Spinach Risotto, admittedly inspired during a night of

Gurgaon is busting
experimenting with palak dal and rice, followed next, bringing an end to
the main course. For desserts, one couldn’t have gone more Italian than a
the belief that Classic Tiramisu, which was rich and creamy. The Lemon Tart, however,
would appeal to those who prefer it to be more sour than sweet. 
Italian in India is The menu at Bella Cucina also features meats, grills and roasts, besides a
primarily about good selection of wines. And all of it comes together at the Molteni kitchen,
which is at the heart of the dining area—after all, Bella Cucina literally
pastas and pizzas. means a ‘beautiful kitchen’. Price for two: `�4,000

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i did it! Having built an antique trunk that’s all
her own, this ingenious woman shows you how you can make
one too, taking a little help from your carpenter.
In a way, one of Jillian
text by kit selzer | photographs by greg scheidemann | styling by kristine kennedy
Grennon’s recent do-it-
yourself projects has
been in the works for
years. “My dad loved to
collect things and find
great antiques,” she says.
“He brought home a
great trunk when I was a
kid and we used it as a
coffee table.” As an adult
with a passion for DIY
and antiques, Jillian
pictured a similar piece
in her New Hampshire,
US, home. In just four
hours, she made her
vintage-looking version
(measuring 40½�×�24�×�20¼
inches), which consisted
of a series of 1×6s (³�₄�×�5¹�₂
inches) wooden boards
placed edge to edge,
joined with glue and
pocket holes, and with a
dark walnut stain.
The tricky part was
making the boards
identical. “For everything
to sit right, they all had
to align perfectly,” she
says. “Always measure
each piece individually
and don’t ever take for
granted that two 1×6
boards are the same
width.” Jillian relied on
metal accents to make
the trunk look like an
antique. She bought
upholstery tacks in dark
antique brass to mimic
old nail heads and spray-
painted a brass latch and
handles to match. As for
the 12 brass corners on
the base and lid, she
says, “I planned on DOUBLE UP AS A
painting them, but when GREAT STORAGE
I placed them to make SPACE.
sure they fit, my
husband said he really
liked their formal look.
So, I left them and ended
up really loving them.” ■
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