Rohini Nair

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Absolute Royalty


You’ve interpreted royalty in a very “wicked” way for your Absolute Royal grand finale line for Lakme. How will that translate on the ramp?

Love in times of social media


Two years ago, Sudeep Nagarkar, a Mumbai-based engineer, was struggling to have his first book published. In 2011, when the book — A Few Things Left Unsaid, based on Sudeep’s college romance and subsequent break-up, was finally published, it became an immediate bestseller.

Bonding over designs


Set amid a busy industrial street in Sewri is a nondescript door. Step inside, and you enter a place that might be an Arabian Nights-meets-contemporary luxury fan’s dream. Sumptuous fabrics, low chandeliers, tasteful curios and plush furniture line the way within, where Shobhna and Kanchi Mehta (petite and elegantly dressed, both) wait.

Sartorially Sikh


When 22-year-old literature student and Essex native Pardeep Singh began to post photos of his own outfits on Instagram for fun at the start of this year, little did he know that he would be starting

It’s out: What Indian women do online

“How to get twins?”, “how to wear a sari?”, “how to make a chocolate cake?”, “how to get rid of dandruff?”: These are among the most frequently-asked questions by 60 million-odd Indian women on the In

Mistress of spices


Tara Deshpande recalls a childhood where fish was a staple at family meals.

Best, bar none


Varun Sudhakar S. was crowned “India’s Ultimate Bartender” at the final round of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 in Mumbai last month.

Living on the edge


Up close, Predrag Vuckovic looks a little bit like Hollywood star Jason Statham. His black T-shirt bears the legend “extreme photographer” over the chest, on the sleeve is a logo for Nikon. His burly physique owes as much to his interest in bodybuilding as it does to the daredevil sports he’s spent a lifetime pursuing, and photographing.

Now you see him


He’s had a very successful career indeed, playing the socially awkward hero — think The Social Network, Adventureland and Zombieland — but in his latest film, Now You See Me (NYSM), Jesse Eisenberg plays a charismatic magician.

Surf is this girl’s official turf


A young girl picks at the tab of an energy drink with nails painted electric blue as she explains (in Portuguese) why women kite surfers need to identify with their male peers, and why girls need to surf with “more power and attitude.”

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