{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} Time warped in Kolkata

As an engineer , I yearn for all things innovation & technology but somewhere in my heart I secretly wish to turn back time only to see how people lived through the centuries ! Kolkata is one such place where a part of it is stopped in the 19th century . 

I visited the Salt lake area back in 2006 when i was working with Cognizant. Due to a hairline fracture in my ankle i could only explore between office & our stay. 
I longed to see the Kolkata people documented in their stories especially the ones i read by Rabindranath Tagore. 13 years later ( and that sounds like an eternity) I seized the opportunity to visit Kolkata - perks of being your own boss! I lined up some shoots and made a mini itinerary to see Old kolkata in 3 days & most importantly enjoy all culinary delights raved by bongs . 

For reference i was on Pinterest and stumbled upon this striking shot with narrow bent lanes and rustic colourful houses upto a floor. I was shooting with Arpit and he told me it could be Shyam Bazaar. Without prior recce, we took our chances and landed randomly on the streets dressed this way at 7.30 am. Though we couldn't find the exact lane, I was happy with what i saw. 

As i walked deeper into the lanes, it felt like entering a time warp probably the 19th century. 
IAnd then i spotted what was ruling my moodboard - The hand pulled rickshaw . 

This hand-pulled rickshaw here is an example of how between Uber and autos , a human powered vehicle still finds its place . A feeling of joy ( because this is one of the last cities in the world to still use one ) and a feeling of sadness ( because seeing a human carry another human breaking his back is just unnecessary pain ) - this hand pulled rickshaw tells me all that is old is only PARTIALLY gold . No matter how much I romanticise the idea of wanting to live the old times , such sights would only sadden me . 
And if you’ve reached till here : let me tell you what actually happened while we shot this 

The man standing with a polybag to the extreme left was sitting somewhere while I admired the rickshaw . Suddenly an old lady in a green saree came out of her house asking to be carried away in the rickshaw and the man started to approach the rickshaw . I couldnt believe this was for real as i saw barely anyone riding the rickshaws. 
I quickly snapped out of my disbelief & requested him if I could take pictures before he drove away . Both the lady and he readily obliged . Many a vehicles crossed our way as we tried to get the shots right. Time passed. I drifted into a different world as the rickshaw guy and the lady both disappeared from my mind and our frame - no words spoken - least bothered about the passing time - that’s Kolkata for you .

Shorts suit- Marks & spencer | Bralet - Colaba causeway ( 6 yrs ago) | Pumps- Charles & Keith | Ring- colaba causeway 

Photography - Arpit Rungta
Edits- Yours truly

Till next time, CIAO!

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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } Festive ReFresh

For someone like me who wore denims to her cousin's weddings as a teenager, Indian outfits didn't even come a close second! Infact , someone in the family jokingly said , "She will wear denims to her own wedding!". Fast forward 2019, I am a very experimental person when it comes to fashion. I get bored easily with the same kind of outfits and always look for a change ! I am attracted to all things "ART". If i see art in an outfit, my heart gushes with joy! It doesn't matter then if its an embroidered denim or an embroidered Kurta. Art elevates! I have realised how refreshing the wardrobe , refreshes the mood and sometimes even the whole Work-plan!

Its been 3 years, Come September and i start planning festive content for the blog. A brand tells me , But, We don't see you often in Indian wear-- we checked your instagram - we don't think this will work. Well, I think its all about the perspective - if you feel good in an outfit , the content speaks for itself ! Also the fact that I get regular requests for indian wear from readers on instagram only reassures me of the love these posts will receive ! So here i am-  Ready to receive all the love in my cosy chic indian outfits this season! Bring it on and get yourself a wardrobe refresh just like me - In pretty airy Cottons and lush embroidery - MULMUL ships worldwide ! Every piece in their collection is droolworthy and i am not kidding when i say this! I showed this collection to Nik, and he's like - Wow - this is another level - if only more people wore this! I am wearing this piece from their New collection "WINDSOR" - The Mulmul Hazel kurta and Bellbottoms ( Click here)


Till next time, CIAO!

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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } Sweet Secrets

This post is dedicated to all my Instagram readers who consistently requested ethnic wear on the page for this festive season !

While some stylish indian fashion is going to hit the blog soon( Keep an eye) , i thought it'd be best to do a simple and more wearable version for the celebrations !

I went ahead and shopped my wardrobe to create this look! But there is a little secret and i got caught today t! Haha , Moms you know ! My mom is very much on social media and when i posted the first look she called me and asked if the brand gifted this Kurta. I told her i actually bought it . ( It was actually for her) .
She was in disbelief because i am the last person to buy kurtas! So yes, this is what i got for her and it is a SIZE XL. Now , let me tell you i also tried my own size which is size M because i just loved this kurta . Figured it looked more elegant with more fabric and that was a size L or XL. So i bought this in an XL and shot the look  as well and she caught me before i could tell her , haha. Turns out , she loved it on me so we might occasionally swap! What say? Also , i will totally recommend up-sizing for these asymmetric styles ! You will be pleasantly surprised just like me !

Kurta- Melange ( Lifestyle stores)| Benarasi silk pants- Juanita| Peal and abalone shell neckpiece - Label Zohra| Kolhapuris- Colaba causeway | Earrings- Zara| Stole- From my old anarkali suit

Till next time, CIAO!
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