Foot fetish – trendy anklets

Ethnic wear in its full fledged avatar requires a lot of accessories to go with it to complete its look. Just like the traditional garments have undergone a makeover to suit contemporary taste, so have the accessories. One of the most favourite one among woman is ‘payal’ which has transformed into a modern anklet. Its…

Be a diva this Diwali

Being an Indian, we enjoy cultural diversity and traditional ways as we plunge in celebrating festivals almost all the year round. Even with so many festivals, we all have the most favourite one. Ours is Diwali, what’s yours? We are sure most of you would go for the same, right? After all, Diwali not only…

The Significance of celebrity Dhanteras

The celebration of Diwali starts with Dhanteras which falls two days prior to Diwali. It is an auspicious occasion for people all over the country and abroad. ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘taxes’ signifies the 13th day of Krishna Paksha of the month of Kartik according to Hindu lunar calendar. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi…

Five must have sarees in your wedding trousseau

India is blessed to have a culturally bright tradition which keep marriage season on throughout the year. With friends and families making a wedding special for both bride and groom, it’s a happy feeling everywhere. A marriage gets finalised and you find the whole group of friends and sisters, aunts and everyone around, wanting to…

Karva Chauth – the celebration of marital bliss

Karva Chauth, one of the many Hindu festivals is celebrated on the fourth day of waning moon after Purnima in the month of Kartika. It is a fasting ritual observed by women who seek the longevity, prosperity and well being of their husbands. This festival is very popular amongst married Hindu women in the western…

Ideas for Bhai Dooj gifts for your sister

Men, get set to shop! This time it is neither for your wife or girlfriend nor for your mom. It is for your sister. Bhai dooj is around the corner and you must be more than bewildered about what to give your sister. After all she must be the fussiest, fastidious and fault finding one…

Five bridal lehengas for a blissful look

A bride-to-be phase is one of the loveliest times in life of a woman. The being-in-love-with the one, with whom marriage is imminent, is one of the most wonderful feelings a girl has ever come across. It’s a time of love-in-the-air always as one awaits the D-day. Other than arranging wedding trousseau, the most important…

Jamdani weaving – Intangible cultural heritage

A master art of weaving, Jamdani has been declared as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. What more introduction and acknowledgement does it require! Originally known as Dhakai, it is a handloom woven fabric made of cotton, which historically was referred to as muslin. Jamdani textiles combine intricacy of design with muted or vibrant colours…

The Pious Days of Navratri – #Day 9

Navami is the last day of worship, which concludes with a maha aarti to mark the end of the rituals and prayers. Goddess Durga is believed to have killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura on this day, and she is worshiped in the form of Mahishasura – mardini, the annihilator of the buffalo demon. Everyone gets…

The Pious Days of Navratri – #Day 8

Ashtami, or the eighth day of Navratri is one of the most significant days of Durga Puja. The Goddess is worshipped in the form of a young unmarried virgin girl, adorned as Goddess Durga, in a ritual called Kumari Puja. In the evening the important Sandhi Puja is performed to worship Goddess Durga in her…