Fashion & Beauty


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Baby clothes are so adorable, who knew a tiny pair of socks could evoke so many emotions? My husband looks so handsome when he wears traditional Indian clothes, so I was excited for Rohan’s first kurta. I knew it would look incredible. I felt a kurta was essential for his naming […]

Baby’s First Kurta


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Navratri, nine nights of the Goddess, starts in a couple of days. This is definitely my favourite festival, I’m looking forward to seeing the huge Goddess Durga idols on every street. Different communities celebrate Navratri in different ways. Here in Maharashtra, it’s popular to celebrate Navratri with colours. My mother-in-law and […]

9 Colours to Wear This Navratri



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There were times during my pregnancy when I felt gorgeous (not whilst I was vomiting at the beginning or waddling at the end). Once my pregnancy became visible and before I became too huge to fully function, I really wanted to ‘flaunt’ my beautiful bump. I thought a saree, which […]

How to Wear a Saree with a Baby Bump


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On Sunday we left the city, drove into tiger inhabited jungle, got lost for a while, then found the botanical garden we were searching for. A beautiful farm forty kilometers from Nagpur, full of flowers, plants, vegetables and herbs with medicinal properties. A group of us went (including my mother-in-law, husband and Alfonso) to […]

The Sindoor Tree



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Every woman deserves to be wrapped in nine yards of fabulous. The saree is iconic, symbolic, powerful, ageless, timeless and inexhaustibly versatile. There are hundreds of ways to wear a saree, you can show as much or as little flesh as you like and your saree will never make you feel guilty for […]

Every Woman Needs a Saree


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There has been a torrent of online attacks on non-Indian women who wear the bindi. As a non-Indian woman wearing a bindi with a colourful experience of online attacks, I wanted to write about this topic. Cultural appropriation is a very sensitive subject, many people fear that the deep significance of a tradition or symbol […]

Who is “Allowed” to Wear a Bindi?



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Recently I met a girl who stared at me for a while before asking, “why do you wear sindoor? For me it is mandatory, but why do you apply it when you don’t have to?” The word mandatory made me stop and think as I noticed a recurring theme. I had met […]

Sindoor: Empowering or Oppressive?


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During my visit to England, several people admired my very “unusual necklace”. This unusual necklace, which I guess does look pretty unusual compared to jewellery from the West, is my mangalsutra. For those who are not familiar, a mangalsutra is one of the many symbols of marriage a Hindu woman […]

My Unusual Necklace, My Mangalsutra




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I’m forgetful, and sometimes I’m a mess. I don’t spend hours in front of the mirror before I leave the house, most days I don’t wear make up. Often my chunni doesn’t match what I’m wearing. I am no fashionista. I am however an ‘Indian’ wife now, and it’s become […]

Where are Your Bangles & Bindis?