The flip side of Dusshera

Dusshera is a Hindu festival which as per the most popular folk lore symbolises the destruction of demon God Ravana, by the diety Rama. However, not all of India celebrates the festival by burning the effigy of Ravana. In fact a lot of the country worships him on this day.

Ravana was the greatest follower of Shiva, a great scholar, a capable ruler and a master musician. His ten heads represent his knowledge of the six shastras and the four Vedas. Ravana possessed a thorough knowledge of Siddha,”The Oldest traditional treatment system” and political science. On his deathbed Ravana taught Politics lessons to Laxamana, the brother of Rama who had defeated him. He shared experiences from his own life and guided him to have always good relations with charioteer, cook, gatekeeper and his brothers, because those are the persons who can harm you most.He advised Lakshmana never to underestimate strength of his enemy.He asked Lakshmana to always believe in astrology and movement of stars which can never be wrong.He told him to trust a minister who criticizes,a mistake he made in case of his brother Vibhishan.Ravana was a great musician, who designed his own string instrument calledRavana Veena.He also invented the bow of the violin. He also narrated very first Ragas. He composed Shiv Tandav, most valuable work on praise of Lord Shiva.

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Which is why in a lot of parts of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal and Maharashtra he is worshipped. One of my personal experiences of Ravana Pooja include Beer, Red meat and wine. Oh, we also worship the instrument which is most representative of your work ie calculator for an accountant, measuring tape for a designer, pen for a writer etc. It is one of the most fun puja’s I have ever attended and definitely a must for once in a lifetime experience.

New Launch: Royce’, New Delhi

After mesmerising customers in Mumbai and Bangalore, ROYCE’,the famed Japanese confectionary company launches in New Delhi at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj.Founded in 1983 in Northern Japan, ROYCE’ prides itself on its wide and unique offering that follows one underlying theme- chocolate products that are rich in flavour, textures, complexity and creativity.  Royce, Ambience Mall, www.stylecity.inOne of the brand’s most hot selling products is the “Potatochip Chocolate” range of confectionary. The “Potatochip Chocolate” are salty potato chips coated with a layer of milk chocolate on one side. The company’s other signature product, the “Nama”, is a cocoa-dusted truffle-like chocolate so fine and delicate that it requires a specially designed spatula to lift and hold. Then my favourite,as I am not a cocoa person is the “Prafeuille Chocolat”. This three millimeter thin strawberry-scented chocolate is inspired by the delicate French desert “millefeuille” and is filled with a medley of sweet-tart raspberry and blueberry reduction. Also in-store will be the “Criollo Chocolate”, this complex and aromatic chocolate is made from Criollo beans, the world’s rarest and most expensive cacao beans, found only near Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.ROYCE' Criollo Chocolate, www.stylecity.in

ROYCE' Chocolate 'Hazel Cream' Wafers, www.stylecity.inEven the ROYCE’ store at Ambience, Vasant Kunj has been designed to complement the brands intricate Japanese identity and culture. The front fascia of the store as well as the display counter, mimic the delicacy and geometry of contemporary Japanese architecture and interiors. Materials like hardwood maple are used to blend in with existing surroundings creating a warm and inviting retail as well as tasting experience. The space has been designed as a transformative Japanese chocolate bar, conducive to exploration and interaction.

ROYCE' Potatochip Chocolate, www.stylecity.in
Burgundy Hospitality, a first-of-its-kind fine foods and luxury gourmet curator is accredited for bringing this unique brand to India. ROYCE’ chocolates are priced at Rs. 1050/- for 125gms onwards.To celebrate the festive season, ROYCE’ introduces a very special “Limited Edition Assortment Gift Box”. The Limited Edition Gift Box for Diwali has five varieties of ROYCE’ chocolate and a total of 38 pieces, including Baton Cookies (6 pcs), Chocolate Wafers “Hazel Cream” (6 pcs), Criollo Chocolate (6 pcs) and Pure Chocolates (20 pcs).Priced at Rs. 2000, the luxurious “Limited Edition Diwali Box”  is available at ROYCE’ Delhi, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj on a pre-order basis till the end of October.

Review: Amreli, New Delhi

If you are an avid food lover or even if a stylish ambience is your thing, Amreli the new offing at New Delhi’s Diplomat hotel is just the venue for you to try out. A cross between an upmarket London diner and a classic bistro, Amreli offers seamless dining experience, with faultless service and exquisite multi-sensory food experience.

Amreli, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Situated in the embassy area of Delhi, Diplomat hotel is a serene property hidden away from the chaos of the city and this is the reason it makes for a perfect venue for a chic fine-dining eatery, attracting a crowd which knows its food and desires the perfect ambience for a business meeting, a lazy sunday brunch or a romantic night out. Amreli suits all these purposes and fills in the gap of a fine-dining restaurant in that area. Conceptualised by Sidhant Lamba, Amreli aims at offering palate pleasers without the extravagant commitment of time and money. His aesthetic influences are as broad as his travels. Through Amreli he is introducing a signature style to the city,“Amreli will have its own culinary leanings, and it will exhibit a laser-like focus on professionalism and impeccable service. With Amreli, we will be serving a multi-concept menu that focuses on freshness and ingredient quality,” says Sidhant.

Amreli, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Amreli, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Amreli’s décor is modelled on that of an upmarket London diner, complete with chessboard floor, mirrors and gorgeous artworks. Some of the pieces have also been curated by Sidhant to go with the ambience, trust me if you love art, you would want to buy a few pieces for your collection (Not sure if they are for sale!). The alfresco area, in a quiet courtyard has a lovely lush green and perky seating to enhance your enjoyment of the exquisite fare, while the indoor dining room is a mix of casual yet sophisticated seating with casual perches at the bar. The menu has been done by Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, a well-known name among India’s dining public. Popularly known as Chef Saby, he doesn’t walk the route of a traditional chef, but that’s arguably what brought him such fame. With his high-end techniques and culinary curiosity, he has given a diverse menu to Amreli. The all-day breakfast menu is also strong, in fact it is the highlight of the menu with the dishes done spectacularly well. The beautiful display of each dish is a threat or a promise—depending on whether you would want to wear your skin-tight jeans again. For breakfast you can choose from, Homemade Granola, French Toast, Mushroom on Toast, Egg Appam, Eggs Florentine, Keema Eggs Benedict.You can also expect aromatic dishes jewelled with nuts, herbs and dried fruits, plus hearty peasant-style stews, spiced roasted meats and seafood. The careful spicing and flashes of creativity means the menu is peppered with classic dishes (Sole Meen Moilee, a fish curry from the coast, The Humble Plate, dal and vegetables of the day and Kerala Mutton Stew, melt-in-mouth mutton chunks in a creamy coconut stew) to please conservative diners, as well as more inspired interpretations of well-known recipes. So whether you are cutting on carbs or you are after that plate of comfort food in the company of a few friends, or a celebration that requires plenty of bubbles or probably at lunchtime for peace and quiet; dinner for buzz, Amreli is the place you should try out for sure!

Address: 9, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic enclave
Phone: 011 46050200
Pricing: Average Meal for two approx.: Rs. 1400-1600 (without alcohol)

Store Watch: Room Therapy, Hyderabad

The narrative is colourful with distinct Indian and globally influenced echoes. This is exactly the story that Sona Reddy’s store – Room Therapy tells. A step in and the stunning décor will surely have you drooling. Nestled in Hyderabad’s prime area of Jubilee Hills, the store stretches to an area of 3000 sq ft.”When I first designed the store, the first few things that came to my mind was to make it connect with the senses- a space that smells good, feels good and overall a visual feast to the eye” – Sona Reddy

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

The store designed by Sona herself has interiors that project subtle yet interesting look. East meets west with interesting feature walls, high ceilings, iron Corinthian pillars and industrial chandeliers, lights and accessories – all are customized by her. A quick glance and you will notice numerous feature walls – each done with distinctive elements that create a statement in itself. One of the walls – almost 12ft high, adorns old drawers as shelves with varied décor products on display. The main chandelier at the entrance is made of mesh and 300 bulbs- not only is it striking, it emulates what Room Therapy is all about. Another interesting thing is that she has documented the construction and the interiors with time lapse. So the whole process has been recorded!

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

With constant new additions, Room Therapy offers a product range that can instantly add character and personality to every room in your home. Crafted to suit distinctive needs, the store has decorative accents to flaunt across varied categories. There are a variety of wall décor pieces, candle holders, figurines, art, functional décor, vases, plants and garden accessories, which can blend well with any décor style. For the floor, you will find rugs that are available in varied styles and designs – contemporary, weaves and traditional. Amidst the furniture category, are chairs, consoles, coffee-tables and chests that can give a classic touch to a space, while keeping it subtle. All these products are mainly designed and manufactured in various parts of the country along with selected destinations abroad.

Eclair Delight

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of its first-ever global éclair programme, Le Méridien Éclair, in partnership with award-winning pastry chef and new LM100 member, Johnny Iuzzini.  Le Méridien New Delhi will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists on the chic Parisian pastry, with the hotel’s pastry chef, Chef Vikas Shrivastava at the helmm offering three signature flavours – coffee, chocolate and vanilla – as well as unique creations inspired by New Delhi and other parts of the country.

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

“The destination inspired éclairs is a novel take on the chic Parisian pastry and offers a new perspective to our creative guests and helps them to discover not only interesting aspects of a destination but also experience local cuisine and share the experience at their next stop”, said Tarun Thakral, Chief Operating Officer, Le Meridien New Delhi.To celebrate the launch of Le Méridien Éclair, Le Méridien New Delhi will host ’A New Perspective on Eclairs’ and offer guests the opportunity to create their own éclair innovations guided by Chef Vikas Shrivastava. Guests of Le Méridien New Delhi throughout the months of June and July will also be encouraged to upload and share their experiences on social media using #LMeclairs.

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Méridien hotels around the world will continue to feature a variety of destination-inspired éclairs, offering guests an authentic taste of the local cuisine and culture, from the Maple Bacon Éclair and Texas Honey Pecan Éclair at Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria to the Dulce de Leche Éclair, infused with coconut, from Le Méridien Panama. Le Méridien New Delhi will feature the Jaggery Ginger Éclair, Rose Cardamom Éclair and Clotted Cream Kalakand Éclair to unlock the flavours of Delhi and Hazelnut Tamarind Éclair from Le Royal Meridien Chennai and Coconut Jaggery Cardamom from Le meridien Kochi. The Le Méridien Éclair programme comes on the heels of the brand’s recent announcement of a new global partnership with French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague, who has curated a 24-hour soundtrack for Le Méridien hotels around the world, as well as a new global beverage programme, Le Méridien Sparkling, inspired by the European aperitif culture. Together, these programmes elevate the guest experience via the brand’s signature Hub experience, encouraging visitors to unlock their destination through coordinates, culture and cuisine.

Artistic Treasure

The Floodlight Foundation aims at driving a cultural change by removing artworks from traditional settings of museums and galleries and bringing it to more accessible areas, so people can freely engage with art, without private sector pressures of sale or public sector limitations. This month they bring us “Beauty in the Beast” an exhibition curated by Surbhi Modi at Alliance Francaise De Delhi on 29th April 6-9 pm and 30th April 10 am-7 pm.

Beauty in the Beast, www.stylecity.in

Beauty in the Beast

“I believe in deeply ordered chaos”- Francis Bacon
Beauty in the Beast stands to celebrate Bacon’s notion of “ordered chaos” where the aesthetic and anaesthetic are constantly at odds. In a spin off from a Shrek like fairy tale, “Beauty in the Beast” celebrates and brazenly glorifies the grotesque. They bring us artists like Anant Mishra whose drawings meander between dualities of human and animal, arrogating mythical beasts to Bhuwal Prasad’s vibrant, anarchic canvases that exhort images of familiar haze.Then there is Hibzul Sheikh who contemporises Greek, Indian and Roman mythological characters and Arun Pandit who uses fibre and bronze to create powerful sculptures on socio-political issues. They also have artists like Abhijit Pathak, Nayanna Kanoria, Rajesh Srivastava and Mangesh Rajguru. “By bringing together these provocative works, we hope to push the envelope of what is acceptable and help draw attention to these bold artists,” says Surbhi Modi.

Beauty in the Beast, www.stylecity.in

It definitely sound interesting and thought provoking. So do try to come by either on 29th April 6-9 pm or 30th April 10 am- 7 pm at Alliance Francaise De Delhi and be mesmerized.

Store Watch: Beyond Design, New Delhi

Beyond Designs, a Delhi-based luxury home-furniture & lifestyle brand launches a New Show Home in South Delhi. The new space has been designed by Founder Sachin Gupta and wife Neha Gupta. The 1400 square-feet space showcases a series of carefully curated vignettes, all meant to mimic elegant living settings.

Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The alluring ambience of the new space has been created with much sensitivity, professionally lit and artfully accessorized. The mood of the collection appeals to the tactile senses of assumed clientele. A customer can experience better furniture in a truly comprehensive setting. The Show Home is a unique walk through concept showcasing a formal living room, dining room, bar lounge, bedroom and a bathroom.

Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The display experiments with shapes, forms and surfaces to bring to life varied influences: art deco, graphic futurism, lyrical decadence. The collection comprises of Lush sofas, luxurious in texture and experimental in shapes to the finest art elements, a dining area & bedroom set-up. Sheek ambience synonymous with live-in apartment look has been the notion while creating the space.

Address: D-18, Lower Ground Floor Defence Colony, New Delhi

Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, www.stylecity.in

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo,www.stylecity.inShangri-La Hotel, Paris,www.stylecity.in

While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit www.shangri-la.com

Luxe and Stylish: Dhaba by Claridges, DLF Place, Saket

Dhaba by Claridges was established 29 years ago, now the Hotel is set to recreate the same magic again; The Dhaba by Claridges has been unveiled in DLF Place, Saket to cater to youngsters who prefer to hang out at more casual haunts with great food at good prices. I remember spending a lot of my childhood Birthdays at the original, so I was very keen to see the new Dhaba with a twist. Keeping the younger audience in mind, Dhaba by Claridges has a modern twist to its décor as well as its menu. The menu, crafted especially by chef Ravi Saxena, is based on fresh ingredients rustled up with rudimentary spices found along the bustling highways in North India.

Dhaba by Claridges , www.stylecity.in

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

There is also a contemporary, kitch look to the décor of the Dhaba by Claridges in Saket. The truck has expanded to accommodate a private dining experience, and truck art adorns the walls. The Nalka chandelier, Gramophone, Canister Basin, Nimbu-Mirchi lights, are all reminiscent of a roadside dhaba. But these elements have been modernised to infuse a chic and fun element!

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

The menu is divided into three parts, tawa, tandoor and patila and includes typical rustic dishes like Kanastari Baingan (Baingan ka Bharta served in a copper canister), Dhaba Chilli Chicken, Golgappe ki Chaat,Vada PavKeema Pav, Pav Bhaji etc.  The beverage menu comprises favourites like Kulhar LassiAam Panna, Jal Jeera and Mango/Ruhani Lassi. The entire pleasure of dining at the Dhaba by Claridges is complete only with signature desserts like Bailey’s Kulfi, Pista Kulfi and sugar-free ice-creams. The meal is rounded off with Desi Paan made by the famous Panditji, whose shop outside The Claridges Hotel is as iconic as the hotel itself.

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

As a part of The Claridges foundation which is a Non Profit Orgnisation for the Hotel CSR Initiatives, The Claridges Skills & Employment Programme has been implemented at this restaurant also. Under this programme, the candidates from the unprivileged sections of the community in collaboration with the NGO Prayas are trained and employed in one of The Claridges Hotels. The Dhaba by Claridges at Saket blends the trademark rustic charm of the original Dhaba with a contemporary, more casual culinary ambience. The new restaurant is a perfect marriage of the style, delectable flavours and earthy appeal of the signature restaurant with a more urban feel.

Store Watch: The Big Door

To every fortress, there is The Big Door!
Aptly named, the recently launched store in Mumbai infuses the best of Indian jewellery, handcrafted home decor and heritage collectibles; The Big Door is an effort to make art and grandeur a part of your life. Spread across an area of 7500 sq. ft., each piece here is created exclusively and can be customized. And while the jewellery and interiors transport you to a richness of the Indian past, you will find that these magnificent pieces of art don’t demand atrocious prices and at the same time retain the desired value. Presented by Vivek Gupta and Sunita Gupta, a couple with a love for Indian heritage products, the store is located at the foot of Pali Hill and has been founded through the guidance and support of Sheeldhar Pande and Alok Mantri, promoters of Lifetime Group.

the big door, www.stylecity.in

The Big Door will house Mughal, Nizam and Rajput inspired jewellery from Ravi Jewels, Jaipur. Ravi Jewels is eponymously named after Ravi Ajmera, who hails from a family that has over three generations of experience in the craft of fine jewellery. Ranging from precious and semi-precious jewellery, set in gold, silver and silver- gold plated metal, to Victorian, polkis and jadau pieces, each of these mesmerizing creations is unique and design oriented. Extend your style statement to your abode, by visiting the interiors section of The Big Door! Each creation is a conversation piece sourced from all across the country and is the product of the aesthetic sensibility of Hemant Periwal who established Mayur Arts in Udaipur. Every home will have a story to tell when adorned with pure silver furniture inspired from the Raj period, marble fountains and jalis, traditional pichwai from Rajasthan, bronze work from South India, Persian calligraphic fauna, antiques and intricate woodwork. At The Big Door, you can have anything that your heart desires – even the ceiling with mirror-work and miniatures can be yours!

The Big Door, www.stylecity.in

The Big Door, www.stylecity.in

The significance of The Big Door harks back to the idea of an auspicious passage into a fortress, in this case a fortress of beauty. The logo for The Big Door is a blend of Indian motifs and is called The Conchflower. The Conchflower is inspired by the first greeting of welcome in any Indian household – the rangoli. Within its curves are the auspicious conch and a swastika.The collector’s items at The Big Door weave hidden tales, just like the logo. Let the designs do the talking as you indulge in some opulence. Look out for this brand new store in Khar and experience the richness of Indian heritage right at your doorstep!

Address: The Big Door, M Square, Plot No. 246, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Opp Dr. Ambedkar Statue, Khar (West), Mumbai – 400052. Contact: 9820282836