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Geek girl turns beauty queen


Winning a beauty contest was never a part of her plans, but she is now gearing up to represent India in the Miss Earth peagent this year. Sobhita Dhulipala’s life took a pleasant turn when she was crowned the first runner up in the Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013 in Mumbai. Since then it’s been a fairytale journey.

Bhutan inspires Ritu’s latest line


Delhi-based designer Ritu Kumar, who is known for her intricate work with Indian textiles and crafts, recently, visited Thimpu, Bhutan to inaugurate the The Royal Textile Academy. The ace designer, who mingled with the Bhutanese royals and dignitaries, also showcased her latest Bhutan-inspired collection of traditional ensembles at the ceremony.

Bullet riders set to conquer the Himalayas


It was a gathering of sorts at the Blue Frog recently, where some of the hunkiest bikers reunited to celebrate the tenth edition of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan Odyssey. The “thump” of the iconic Bullet was the sound that united the adventurous riders from various parts of the country, and bought them under one roof to celebrate the journey of their lifetime.

Sizzling stripes


It’s time to step up your sartorial sense and earn your stripes in big, bold and colourful combinations.

Hooked to the fast lane


He might look like any other 24-year-old guy from the neighbourhood, but when it comes to speeding cars this young racer from the capital can put many experienced drivers to shame.

The Twenties roar back


The year 2013 is bringing the ’20s back. From the broad black and white stripes to well-tailored suits, and of course the fabulous flapper dresses, the swinging Twenties are back! With the worldwide release of The Great Gatsby, the global fashion scene has taken considerable inspiration from the lavish movie ensembles, and one can see the return of the classic sartorial statements from the bygone Twenties.

Inheritance of magic


They say a good magician is a perfect blend of an artist, a scientist and a physiologist, and when we met the famous illusionist and magician P.C. Sorcar Jr., we couldn’t agree more.

Cannes-tastic desi chic


At the 66th Cannes Film Festival, Indian celebrities are leaving no stone unturned to promote brand India. Be it Sonam Kapoor’s white lace sari and gold jacket from Anamika Khanna’s couture line or Vidya Balan’s ultra Indianised Sabya ensembles, this year the red carpet at Cannes is high on desi sensibilities.

Haute & happening, Hauz-zat!


Like most ancient cities, Delhi is also full of interesting historical surprises. In the southern part of the city lies Hauz Khas Village, a small township that traces its roots to the early 14th century, and yet, it remains the most “upscale” spot of the capital in present times.

On a journey to rediscover style


In modern India style is not limited to metro cities any more. It has grown and flourished in almost all parts of the country in various forms.

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