Lifestyle

An urban plea to the Rainmaker

Whoever says they like summer in this part of the world may have had a past life in the Antarctic. The scorching summer sun is like the scornful eye of an angry individual, just staring down the earth-bound minions into total submission. Thank heavens when the Rainmaker decides to put a halt to this! The first pitter-patter of water drops from the sky are heralds of the coming season; as they evaporate on the heated streets, the message is more than received!

The Indigo Trail

The tropical climate, riverine lands and lush soils were the most suitable conditions for indigo plants to grow in this deltaic part of the world. In Bengal, indigo farming began as early as the 18th century during the British colonial rule. Owing to the Industrial Revolution in the west that kicked off around 1750, the demand for indigo

Code Blue

You've probably heard it numerous times; so much so that it runs in your veins and has been embedded in your mind. You've watched Lana Del Rey be completely smitten by its aura, Paul Mauriat declaring his unabated love for it, and Creedence Clearwater Revival feel it within them since 1969. Artists, celebrities, influencers, they have all paid allegiance to it, and slowly yet steadily, so have we. Blue has dominated our wardrobes and has been labelled as a must have, must wear, must rock at all times. What is this sorcery? It seems as though everybody has been affected by a spell making them go B-L-U-E every time they hear, “What colours should I wear?”

Lost secrets of the blue enveloped letter

While technology has made things easier to access, it has also drastically impacted the dating scene. The beginnings of a lifetime commitment can now be traced back to a poke or swipe on social media. Funnily enough, it can also define the end of that very promise as well. Lost are the charms, bittersweet heartaches, and relevance when a blue enveloped letter arrived in the lover's name.

Rustic Sophistication with Harappa

From the colourful and bright plates to the elegantly designed teacups, Faiza was impressed with it all. Upon further questions, she was happy to find out that everything she saw were done by Harappa, based in Dhaka.

For the blue flower…

His book is as mystical as his pseudonym, and certainly not for the faint-hearted.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

Celebrating The Rich Heritage of Rajasthan at Le Meridien

The Land of Maharaja's has come alive in Le Meridien's Latest Recipe restaurant, as 40+ authentic Rajasthani cuisines will be served till 7 July, 2018.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

Beat the school rush with Uber

Getting your kids to school with ease cannot get easier. Make it hassle-free to get your kids to school with ridesharing services. Enjoy mornings to yourself by sending your kids to school on time using UberX or take an UberHIRE to drop your kids to school and run errands before returning home.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

Blue and cultures A profound meaning

It is of little wonder that people everywhere have incorporated blue into their specific cultures, with specific meanings and connotations. On a clear day, it is very natural to look up and get mesmerised by the sky above, the precise name for this awe-inspiring shade of blue is azure. The sky's blue, or azure, gets its name from the mineral “azurite”, one of the traditional national colours of Italy, taken from the colours of the House of Savoy, which had laid the foundation of the first modern united Italian state.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

A blue glazed in white

Home decor magazines may have their blazing trends that burn off last season's peak, but there is one that never leaves the pages- the eternal blue-white porcelain. From the tiniest floral or animal shaped palm-sized pieces to gargantuan vases that top over an adult's head and all that is in between- this time defining colour style is immensely popular among the pottery lovers of the world.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

A surprise from the Nile

While we hop across time and continents for the most awe-inspiring of blue and white, there is a very special blue that has to be mentioned. Egyptian faience is often

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

A splash of the azure

And in the sartorial world, blue has a place of power, pride and perpetuity. In ancient Egypt rare gemstones were crushed to obtain this hue and used to decorate pharaoh's tombs, making it extremely precious and regal. Its significance was high during Elizabethan England where only members of the royal family could wear it

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

When rain is a menace

First and foremost, avoid white during rainy season. And the reason is simple, it'll get see-through in case you get drenched creating an embarrassing situation for you. Wear brights and pastels instead to maintain a cheerful aura in the gloomy atmosphere.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

Pride in Bengal's Blue

Recently named one of the 'Cool Crusaders of Conscious Clothing' by Vogue India, Living Blue is one of the frontlining revivalists of indigo as a natural dye in Bangladesh. Besides cultivation, it focuses on producing a range of unique products involving quilting and hand embroidery.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

Monsoon Makeup

Monsoon calls for fresh, glowy skin. So we suggest you to go for a dewy base. If you have dry skin, use an illuminating primer followed by a dewy, hydrating foundation. Apply some highlighter on the high points of your face (either powder or liquid) to amp up the glow.

July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018

The revival of Indigo

Even today, the story entailing indigo farming in the region of Bengal is one of indomitable tyranny and ruthless oppression. When the British rule collapsed, the cash crop almost vanished, leaving behind numerous dilapidated 'Neel Kuthis' (indigo extraction centres). However, the raw potency of indigo was what made its extinction far from possible in this region.