Chinese New Year Watches: 7 tigers roaring

To even comprehend the mad rush among the top luxury brands to create the best watches to celebrate Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022), we must understand the market of luxury watches first. The first 11 months of the calendar 2021 (just before the Omicron scare started slowing down travel) has thrown up stupendous numbers…

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Udhagamandalam gears up for summer festival

The government Botanical Garden is being readied for the 125th flower show in Udhagamandalam | Photo Credit: Sathyamoorthy M It’s May, a time when the iconic Government Botanical Garden (GBG) in Udhagamandalam turns into a burst of colours. The timeless calla lillies, liliums, dahlias, salvias, and marigolds that grow in this 55-acre garden set up…

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How the Indian shawl is reinventing itself

Earlier this year, New York-based designer Bibhu Mohapatra styled his models in cashmere stoles for his FW’23 collection at the New York Fashion Week. Collaborating with Janavi India, Jyotika Jhalani’s luxury cashmere label, he created looks that blended stoles and shawls seamlessly with dresses, pantsuits and midi skirts. From a practical accessory to becoming a…

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Kalaripayattu gains popularity online – The Hindu

Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art that originated in peninsular India as a part of military training for warriors. Kalaripayattu is derived from the words ‘Kalari,’ which means “a place, threshing floor, or battlefield,” and ‘Payattu,’ which means to “exercise in arms or practice.” It is today used for everything from self-defence and becoming self-aware…

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Gaurav Gupta’s six brides – The Hindu

This seems to be the season for enchanted forests, what with Rahul Mishra, and now, Gaurav Gupta, looking at magical groves for inspiration. In Gupta’scase, it also heralds something new for his label – full-blown bridal couture. Six distinctivelehengas showcasethree-dimensional motifs on swathes of jewel-encrusted fabric and the most fantastical creatures. There is ornate zardozi,…

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