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‘Hit the right flavour to matter’


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan spun tales of passion around various spices in the movie Mistress of Spices.

A log in the woods, for some solitude


The fascination for a tree house holiday has captivated our minds since our childhood, but you could now spend a lazy weekend in thick foliage, surrounded by pristine beauty. Tree house vacations, however quirky and offbeat, are slowly gaining popularity with the hardcore traveller.

Long haul luxury


The next time you plan a dream vacation, you needn’t restrict the search only to destinations — the joyride can begin while you’re airborne! International airliners are vying for top spot to spoil travellers for choice, as the lone ranger feels like a king the minute he steps off the tarmac.

Buy your baubles Online


No matter how old, ornate jewellery will appeal to all women unequivocally.

‘Kareena’s sense of dressing is classy’

Sonam Kapoor sporting Manish’s creation

There are very few designers who manage to turn around one’s personality through their clothes. Manish Malhotra is one of them. Be it his closest friend Kareena Kapoor or the newbie Alia Bhatt, Manish has a bevy of beauties hanging on his pearls of fashion wisdom.

Priceless memories from the past


India has another reason to be proud — the world’s first silver museum in Udaipur has been thrown open to the public, signifying the importance of preserving heritage. Amar Mahal wears a festive look, as Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar proudly tells us about the family heirlooms and how the youth in India can still associate to royalty.

It’s a ‘Berry’ full pornucopia


All of 24, Tara Alisha Berry has faced enough adversity. Coping with her father Gautam Berry’s death two months ago, being involved in a legal tussle with her half-brother Sikandar Kher and working her way into the industry — this youngster is a tough nut to crack. Showing no signs of strain, the chirpy lass gets candid about her debut film Mastram, directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal of Gangs of Wasseypur fame.

Shoma dances the ‘Talkies’ way!


Come May 3, and the country will celebrate the essence of Indian cinema that completes 100 years.

Holistic skincare


This is one time of the year everyone looks forward to with a lot of anticipation and excitement. While everyone soaks in the spirit of Holi, one musn’t forget the obvious risk our skin and hair are exposed to. We speak to Priti Mehta, the founder, director of Omved. She gives us some tips on hair and skincare.

When does EDM mania happen?

A file photo of Avicii performing to a packed house

It was more of a question of ‘will they, won’t they?’ and when they finally did perform, they brought the House down. Swedish House Mafia turned up the frenzy among Gen Y and now looks like a barrage of EDM artistes are going to perform.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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