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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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16 Apr

5 romantic shows to binge-watch with your partner

Put your feet up after a tiring day and watch these tales of love with your partner

Modern Love

Based on The New York Times popular weekly column by the same name, Modern Love is a compilation of eight episodes or stories that explore the many facets and nuances of love.  Brought to life by a stellar cast that includes the likes of Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Dev Patel among others, the series will evoke a mixed bag of bittersweet emotions. Get ready to laugh, cry and feel a whole lotta love for the partner sitting beside you.

Available on: Amazon Prime

 

Lovesick

With an interesting premise—a guy, Dylan, detected with a sexually transmitted disease who attempts to inform every woman he’s been with about his condition—the British series is an aberration from the usual rom-coms we’re treated to. Originally titled Scrotal Recall, every episode is dedicated to each of Dylan’s failed romantic pursuits that he reminisces in the form of flashbacks with his friends Evie and Luke. Humorous, clever and emotional, it’s also a story of friendship, one that you will enjoy from the word go.

Available on: Netflix

 

Grey’s Anatomy

If you haven’t watched it already, you really should now. With a whopping 16 seasons to its credit (a clear testament to its popularity), this medical drama series is laced with enough romance to keep you hooked. With an ensemble cast led by Ellen Pompeo who plays Dr Meredith Grey, the series explores the professional and personal lives of surgical interns as they journey toward becoming seasoned doctors even as they manoeuvre through blossoming relationships and heartbreaks. And if you’re still not convinced, the show also features plenty of eye candy—for instance, the hugely popular character, Derek Shepherd a.k.a. McDreamy played by Patrick Dempsey.

Available on: Amazon Prime

15 Apr

How to grow your own kitchen garden

With a limited supply of vegetables and fruits available, the time is ripe to cultivate your own kitchen garden at home. Here’s how experts suggest you can get started

We’ve all struggled with procuring essentials in the last few weeks. In such a situation, wouldn’t it be so much easier if we had a few key ingredients growing in our own homes? Well, even if you’re a serial plant killer, there’s no harm in trying your hand at kitchen or urban gardening. And it really is easier than it seems. Here’s what a few gardening enthusiasts had to say:

 

Get Started

  • Pick a location that receives a minimum of 4-5 hours of sunlight.
  • Grow seeds that are easily available at home.
  • If you don’t have pots, use old paint cans, plastic bottles, takeaway containers, buckets, mugs etc (preferably 10 inches high), and drill holes in them for drainage.
  • Use a potting mix or strain the soil that you have at home and enrich it with homemade compost (or blended banana peels) and coconut husk (instead of coco peat).
  • Don’t overwater your plants; the soil must remain moist but not soggy.
  • Regularly mulch your plants by adding dried and fallen leaves to them.
12 Apr

A step-by-step guide to decluttering your home

With a lockdown underway, there’s no better time to declutter your home and your life. Rohini Rajagopalan, decluttering expert and founder of Organise With Ease, takes us through the process

Why declutter now?

Currently, we have the luxury of time to undertake this process. The current situation has compelled us to introspect and recognise the things that mean something to us. Most of us are feeling anxious and a clutter-free home helps one stay calm and relaxed. More importantly, a space devoid of clutter is easier to clean especially at a time when hygiene is critical.

 

How do I begin?

A simple step-by-step approach always helps. Begin by listing down the spaces you want to declutter and break them up into mini projects. Organise one area (or mini project) at a time as tackling it all in one go will be daunting. Sift through the contents individually instead of reviewing them collectively.

1 Apr

5 ways in which we’re leading happier lives

As we reel under the impact of the pandemic, we find ourselves valuing life and realising that there’s little we need to survive and be content. Here’s a look at how COVID-19 has altered life as we know it and taken us back to a simpler way of life

One can’t deny that this is one of the most difficult periods in time. From worrying about the intensifying pandemic and a global recession to being under lockdown for such a lengthy duration, the situation has been dismal, to say the least. However, while we’re confined in our homes, we have in a way, been forced to go back to a more basic way of life. Simply put, we’re now compelled to live without items or experiences, which we were conditioned to believe are essential to our happiness.

 

Health effect

The focus has always been on being successful and leading comfortable lives, but today, being healthy and virus-free is all that matters. As they rightly say, money can’t happiness—and in this case, a disease-free existence. And so, from inculcating good hygiene to consuming immunity boosting concoctions, we’re doing all we can to stay in the pink of health. Unhealthy eating habits like ordering in and eating out all the time have gone right out of the window, as we’re now cooking wholesome meals ourselves. And with the shortage of supplies, we are more conscious of food waste. We’ve even found ways to exercise and stay fit at home.

 

Housekeeping 101

With citizens confined to their homes, suddenly, we’re all left to our own devices, quite literally so. Moreover, it’s now our responsibility to take care of ourselves and our needs. Whether it’s cooking our meals or cleaning our homes, we’re learning to be independent, self-sufficient and responsible.

30 Mar

5 indoor air-purifying plants

The air we breathe has taken precedence over all else. And so, in times like this, it’s important to do what we can to ensure that we breathe clean and pure air. On that note, here are some air-purifying plants that you can grow in your home today

Peace lily

Topping our list is the peace lily or Spathiphyllum, and here’s why. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study (1989), this plant (a member of the Araceae family) effectively absorbs harsh chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the air. Besides the lance-shaped leaves, the plant’s most defining feature is undoubtedly its flower. This easy-to-maintain plant thrives best in moist soil—don’t overwater it—and in well-lit areas with partial sunlight.

Tip: Place it on a centre table for maximum benefit and where it’s visible for all to see and admire.

 

Snake Plant

Known by a number of names—most common of which is mother-in-law’s tongue—the snake plant is credited with removing about four to five toxins from the air. Easy to distinguish—look out for its long narrow and spiky leaves—it comes in a number of varieties. While it isn’t the most visually appealing of the lot, it is the hardiest, and is best suited to a space that receives filtered or partial light. The plant is easy to propagate in soil or water—cut the leaf into two-inch pieces and immerse some of them in a glass filled with water and the others in soil. Within 30 days, they will have grown healthy roots indicating that they are ready to be replanted.

Tip: Owing to the height of the leaves, place the plant on the floor in your living room or even bedroom.

 

Money plant

The humble money plant a.k.a. pothos and devil’s ivy is possibly the most underrated plant of all. By far the easiest to grow—you can grow it in water or soil—this vine is the most forgiving of all and adapts itself to any kind of environment. Simply put, you could grow it anywhere—a sunny corner or a spot that receives little light—however, the amount of sun exposure is known to affect the variegations on its leaves. This plant is also known to absorb benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and touline. It’s also easy to propagate; a new shoot or cutting can be grown in water or soil.

Tip: Commonly seen on office desks, you can even place it at a height (on a cupboard, book shelf or hang it in your balcony) and watch it cascade down beautifully.

12 Feb

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13 Nov

Here’s how you can introduce the beauty of nature in your home

Like the mood-lifting quality of green spaces, botanical motifs and influences have a way of brightening up our homes

Whether it’s a festival or a wedding, flowers are an integral part of Indian customs and rituals. They even feature prominently in one’s trousseau reinforcing the fact that nature continues to be an endless source of inspiration for designers across various streams—from fashion to jewellery and even home décor. And if you are keen to incorporate the freshness and beauty of greenery in your space, here are the different ways to do so.

 

UP THE WALL

The easiest way to imbibe this trend is to choose nature-inspired wallpaper. Depending on the space, look and tone, pick a bold or subtle print for your accent wall. While a bigger or bolder print might create more of an impact, it can get overwhelming, so choose wisely. “Dramatic wall enhancements coupled with equally dramatic furniture is the secret to ace this trend,” says Meenu Agarwal, Founder and Principal Designer, MADS Creations. So, combine the two for a winning combination. “Pick a floral wallpaper with a base colour in ivory or mint and team it with bold coloured upholstery. On the other hand, dark-hued wallpaper will complement soft furnishings in ivory or white and floral print cushions. Be sure to highlight the wall with suitable lighting—warm instead of white—while keeping the rest of the palette muted alongside natural toned floors and a bare ceiling,” adds Agarwal.

DÉCOR TIP: “The other rule of thumb is to juxtapose these prints against a plain or monochrome background—one that highlights the print and offsets the noise and busyness of the pattern,” explains Anu Kumar, Founder, Mora Taara.And with Living Coral declared as Pantone’s colour of the year, it’s a great time to design your home with peony or pressed rose hues.