Terra Chips – A Gourmet Snacking Experience

Terra Chips

What is your first impression when I say Gourmet?

I think of miniscule portions, elaborate presentations, punch of flavours, play of textures… basically, lots of visual drama but not enough food to fill your stomach. However, I always associate gourmet with a plate. So a pack of chips meant for gourmet snacking was unique for me. I mean chips… they are just fried discs. Right? Wrong. As I learnt from my brush with Terra chips.

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Love, Whatever That Means by Aditi Mathur Kumar #BookReview featuring The Body Shop Lipstick Coral Cutie

Love, Whatever That Means by Aditi Mathur Kumar

PageThose of you who read my blog do know that I love reading. I am impartial to most genres of fiction. Be it thrillers, spyware, mythology, fantasy or romance. One genre that I am particularly fond of though is chicklit. I really enjoy a well written chicklit. However, well written chicklits are hard to find. They are as rare as gems and I usually pick one with trepidation.

Aditi Mathur Kumar‘s first book Soldier and Spice came highly recommended from Ikku, a gorgeous beauty blogger and now an army wife. I was intrigued by the choice of subject but when I read it, boy it was great! Aditi also happens to be an avid blogger and I found out that we were in a common WhatsApp group. So when she approached me for reviewing her second book: Love, Whatever That Means, I agreed in a heartbeat.

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Drape A Smile – A JAMM’s Social Initiative

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JAMM’s now brings Drape A Smile – their fifth Social Initiative. After Step Up and iLight, they are now collecting 910 saris to commemorate the 910 days that JAMM’s network has been in existence.

I am sure that like me, you too have some saris tucked in
to the back of your closet or under your bed that are rarely ever used. We don’t wear saris all that much these days and then there are those saris which were gifted to us and not quite our style, or we have newer, trendier ones to sport on those rare occassions that we do wear a sari. JAMM’s Drape A Smile is the perfect reason to not just de-clutter these but also do a good deed this festive season. Think about a woman in some corner of the country who gets your sari. As she drapes her new sari gifted by you, she is also draping a smile on her face. She is thanking her angel for a simple joy that we upwardly mobile sometimes take for granted. These underprivileged women give up so much to ensure their children and families have a happy Diwali, they slave away to make the basic sweets and often use their meagre savings to buy their children new clothes.

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I have done my bit to drape a smile on someone’s face. If you too wish to be a part of this initiative, 30 drop points have been set up across Mumbai city by volunteer moms to make it easy for you to donate the saris. The donation drive will continue till 14th November 2016. You can contact 9930203454 or email [email protected] for more information.

Ethnic Indian Look This Diwali

Diwali is the time of the year, besides Karwachauth that I bring out all my traditional finery. This year, on an impulse I decided to wear a sari. I had picked out this silk Paithani many years ago and finally opened it up this year in Diwali. Since this was an impulse, I did not have a matching maroon or green blouse ready so paired it with a dull golden blouse. This blouse has been so handy whenever I want to wear saris on an impulse (which generally is the case with me) that I am now thinking of getting a silver, black and multi coloured brocade one a well!

Ethnic Indian Look

Our Diwali celebration was simple. As always, we were going to do the pooja at home and light a few sparklers. So I kept the makeup simple and quick. A wash of gold eye shadow by Hard Candy, a big round bindi, sindoor and lipstick. Ah, the lipstick. When I was looking for the best lip colour to go with the sari, I realised I did not have a single maroon one. I ended up mixing a blue based red with a brown red brick colour to come up with a shade that went with the look. It is not a true match but I think it goes. What do you guys think?

Ethnic Indian Look

Did you sport a special ethnic look this Diwali? Do share!

#KarwaChauth… Regression or Choice?

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From the last few years Indian social media and even mainstream media sometimes goes crazy every October. The reason… the big KC. KarwaChauth….

Those who call it regressive, do not understand that celebrating festivals and observing fasts is about the sentiment and the gesture. All festivals are symbolic then why the big hullabaloo for KarwaChauth alone?

  • Why do people light lamps, keep doors open and pray to Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali? Are you really expecting a gold laden woman in a red saree to walk in and suddenly eleviate your financial burdens or elevate your financial status?
  • Why do they play Holi? Has another avatar of Vishnu descended on earth and gotten rid of all evil?
  • Why burn Ravan effigies on Dassehra when all around us there is so much corruption and human induced suffering?

Do you realise that celebrating is a way if connecting with people, with your family and impart a right moral code to your children?

A lot of Hindu festivals are about fasting. Navratri, Teej, Ekadashi, ShivRatri, Janmashtami, Ram Navmi. People fast on all these days. Why does the noise happen only on KarwaChauth? A woman fasting for her children on Teej does not get branded as a regressive mother. Why is the wife labelled so? My biggest problem with KarwaChauth bashing is that most of it comes from women. Mayuri makes a very valid point about choice in her KarwaChauth post and Suman makes a suggestion to keep it more relevant to current times. I agree with both of them.

All people shouting foul at this time of the year should just chill… and let the women be. Those who do not fast are doing it because it is their choice. Those who do, do it as a gesture of Love. We are not seeking validation from you or the rest of the world.