Weavers to show their best at the India Runaway Week Summer 2017

The 8th season of the India Runaway Week, to be held from April 28-30, brings the weavers of India to the forefront. Giving a boost to the textile industry, the Indian Federation for Fashion Development has joined hands with four organisations--Rangsutra, SoCHE, Banka Silk and Gestures byKriti who will present the work of artisans at the India Runway Week Summer 2017.  Commenting on this development, the fashion director of India Runaway Week Kiran Kheva says, “The purpose of this show is to raise the current conditions of the weavers and to propose the importance of such organisations and social security to the custodians of this ageless art.” Rangsutra is a craft company comprising thousands of artisans from remote regions of India – the desert regions of Rajasthan and plains of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. SoCHE is reviving the languishing and less popular hand embroidery practised by women around the border areas of Barmer. Banka Silk is imparting the required skills to the weaver’s comm…

KIKO MILANO opens 1000th store in Ambience Mall, Gurugram

Celebrating 20 years, the Italian cosmetic brand KIKO MILANO opened its 1000th store in Ambience Mall at Gurugram. The brand can be found in over 20 countries and offers over 1400 products including make-up, skincare and beauty accessories. And with designers constantly offering new lines, there are over 1000 products in limited collections annually. It launched its first store in India in September 2016 at DLF Mall of India in Noida, followed by DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj. There is an online store in 36 nations.
Launching the store with Bollywood divas Vaani Kapoor and Diana Penty, Founder & CEO of KIKO MILANO Stefano Percassi said, “India is recognised as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world and I am glad to launch KIKO’s 1000th store in India.”
On what’s new: For its 20th anniversary, KIKO has partnered with seven international brands linked with emerging designers. These designers will design seven limited edition capsule collections which will be launched through…

Beauty goes mobile with Vanity Cube

Looking good at home or anywhere you wish to with this new portal
Imagine a beauty parlour walking to your doorstep. Well, it’s possible. Offering beauty services at home is Vanity Cube. Logging onto the portal,, I checked the services offered. And there are all kinds of facials, manicure, pedicure, massages, hair styling and make-up too. And there are packages on offer too. So, we asked for the pedicure-manicure and fruit facial.
The process of booking is simple, you just need to fill in your requirements you get a SMS for confirmation. There is also a mobile number given so you can connect too, as per your preference.
Our service was booked two weeks in advance and the SMS came a day in advance, confirming the services. Jyoti, the beautician, who has been working with this portal for a year now arrived promptly on time. Her appearance neat and the bag large enough to carry everything she needed.
Without much ado, she began her work and started with the facial. To give …

Washington Apple Cook Book for your daily dose

Left to right: Chef Saby, Dr Hk Chopra, Rebecca Lyons, John, Keith Sunderlal

Celebrating the world health day, Washington Apple Commission (WAC) launched the Washington Apple Cook Book in association with Grehlakshmi magazine in Delhi. The book is an amalgam of recipes woven around Washington apples by celebrity chefs and home chefs. Gracing the launch were John Slette, Senior Attaché for Agricultural Affairs, US Embassy, New Delhi; Rebecca Lyons, International Marketing Director, WAC; Keith Sunderlal, India Representative, WAC; Vandana Verma, Executive Editor of Grehlakshmi; Dr. H.K Chopra, Cardiologist and the famous Chef Sabyasachi Gorai.

The launch was preceded by a cooking competition in which five Masterchefs and five home chefs competed for Chef Saby’s mystery box. With a Cold Washington Apple Pizza. Chef Ritu Aggarwal bagged the winner’s title.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but you need your daily dose, said the experts. And the book cites the multiple nutrition values…

First 1000 days of infant: Manjari Chandra explains

All that your baby needs for overall growth, says nutrionist Manjari Chandra, is healthy food, rich in macro and micro nutrients New mothers know that feeding a baby is probably the toughest task they go through. The baby rejects food more often than anything else but it’s crucial to ensure that they get the right nutrition from the right sources.
What you must know about these days: ·In the first 1000 days, your baby grows more food than the rest of their life. ·In the first year alone, your baby’s weight triples and height increases by 50%. ·A staggering 80% of their brain and cognitive development is complete by their second birthday, with their brain size tripling from birth to two years. ·Babies are born with immature immune systems and it takes up to two years to strengthen it.
Some developments are visible and some are not. With everything happening in these 1000 days, it’s the food that becomes the decisive factor in their sound growth. The right kind of food is made up of macro nutr…

Music is a celebration of life: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Raising awareness about cancer, the Indian Cancer Society kick-started its campaign for 2017, Artists Against Cancer, with a concert by sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
While all of us know what cancer is a deadly disease, the Indian Cancer Society works extensively with those ridden by this disease. And spreading the fight against cancer to help more people, it has begun its campaign for 2017. The 21st artiste to join this is the famous Ustad Amjad Ali Khan who calls music a therapy and says music heals. Enjoy the ragas he played at a concert held for this fight against cancer. 

Books, Dance & Theatre: Delhi’s creative buzz

Celebrating the colours of nature, the arts and culture scene was also glowing. So we wove our way though the book launch of Akbar,Natya Yoga at Eros Hotel, Once Upon a Murder at ITC Sheraton and META2017. Words: Ambica Gulati Akbar came alive in Shazi Zaman’s book. Published by Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh, the book is the result of a 20-year research. It was followed by maand singing by Abid Ali. Accompanying him were Dayam Ali on sarangi and Nishad Ali Kawa on tabla. And these were songs sung in Akbar’s court.
Inspired by Shivratri, Eros Hotel hosted a dance programmed by Dr Dimple Kaur. This natya yoga performance was way of healing body, mind and soul. Dr Kaur is a trained psychotherapist and dance is her passion. She has embraced this as an extension to her healing practice. She holds regular classes and people of all age groups come to her workshops. She has traveled across the world with this. “In my extensive research and work in psychotherapy, counseling and education, I have b…