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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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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.
13 Apr

5 apps to learn or master art at home

Lately, due to the nationwide lockdown, guitars and baking tins are finding their way out of storage. So, there’s no better time than now to brush up on your rusty art skills; in fact, here are some of the best apps for those who wish to explore their creative calling

Our Instagram feeds are flooded with the likes of intricate charcoal sketches and rough illustrations. If this has inspired you to pick up your brush or pencil and get creative, then here are a few apps to help you out. Learn a variety of techniques—from illustrations to crafts and 3D drawings. Whether you draw a self-portrait or make your own jewellery, you don’t need to be a professional to ace these activities! Also, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any material at home since some of these apps allow you to practise your skills digitally.

 

How to Draw – Easy Lessons

We swear by this app, which is available on both Android and iOS. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the app offers an easy step-by-step process, which teaches you how to draw and paint animals, cartoons and even animé. Perfect for kids too, you can either draw on the screen itself or lay down sheets of paper and go for it. The app is free and easy to use. In fact, Play Store has many apps in the ‘How to Draw’ series allowing you to diversify your drawing experience. You can learn how to draw and sketch people, cars or even 3D sculptures for free.

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.