Month: April 2016

WOW! It’s finally going to snow in Delhi all year around at sub-zero conditions..!!

WOW! It’s finally going to snow in Delhi all year around at sub-zero conditions..!!

How would you feel, if I tell you that it is going to snow in Delhi all year round..!! Excited isnt it.. Yesss.. I too was damn excited when I knew that this April, Ski India, the indoor sci-fi themed snow park announced its grand launch at DLF Mall of India, Noida.
It is promoted by Chiliad Procons, one of India’s leading Hospitality and Entertainment group. Ski India blends cutting-edge technology and world-class concepts to impart iconic attractions and beyond belief experiences to its visitors.

A special preview was held for the media on April 22nd, where the founders shared their story about setting it up and also we got a chance to indulge in some specially designed activities at the snow park itself.

The unique Sci-Fi themed tourism project opens its doors to enthral visitors in the National Capital Region with its massive 100,000+ sq.ft property, comprising of 2 floors housed in DLF Mall of India, Noida. This one-of-its-kind entertainment destination offers never-seen-before skiing experience and an array of intergalactic games.

On the launch, Prasuk R Jain, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Ski India said, “The winter themed sports activities seemed untapped, pan-India. Hence, we decided to conceptualize an all year round indoor snow sport resort introducing indoor skiing for the first time in India. We have a strong creative force of imagineers who combine a rich legacy of entertainment with latest technology to infuse life into our dream projects. We pushed the boundaries of innovation to make Ski India the most loved amusement destination of India”

Further, Priyanka Jain, Co-Founder & Business Development Head added, “We are highly thrilled to announce the launch of Ski India in Delhi NCR and looking forward to provide a complete zone for family entertainment. The project is inspired by a Sci-Fi Theme, and is set to deliver the biggest themed snow and ski park of India at DLF Mall of India, Noida”. The concept is to provide the guests a detailed replication of a snowy ski resort with adventurous ski of various gradients ride, tubing, toboggan, bob sledge, planet walkthrough filled with penguins and other species, carousal and flat snow play area.

This unique family entertainment destination is planned to be user friendly by maintaining the internal space temperature of -10°C to -15°C for the freezing snowfall experience.

Ski India also boasts of a never-seen-before sci-fi world theme filled with intergalactic sports. The team of imagineers has designed an illuminating Wormhole Portal at the entry that would transport all the earthlings (patrons) into the unseen planet. Orri&Orran (Ski India’s mascots) pilot the earthlings while the Snow Men guide them through all the intergalactic sports. So the species of this planet just can’t wait to meet the Earthlings.

Right at the entrance, one is first prepared to handle the extreme temperatures inside, the snow park provides especially designed jackets, shoes and gloves to the visitors for protection from cold.

I got all geared up and entered this snow park, the first impression was really very unique, I felt as if I am in some science fiction movie. The ambience was perfect, snow clad ground, snow clad objects, reindeers, and Orri and Orran.

As I started exploring the place, I more and more fell in love with it. The idea of snow, snow based activities like Skiing, Ice Skating, Sledge, were so exciting and now experiencing them right in the summers of Delhi, was a pure bliss.

It surely is a place for families, more people, more fun. Without spilling a lot of details, all I wanna say is, do grab your tickets as soon as the snow park opens its door for public, and experience a new world. The only thing you will not like is coming out of it to the scrotching heat of Delhi.
‘SENS’ – A Wave Group’s Initiative – Introduces ‘Anti-Aging & Wellness’ Concept Clinics in India

‘SENS’ – A Wave Group’s Initiative – Introduces ‘Anti-Aging & Wellness’ Concept Clinics in India

The Wave Group, one of India’s leading business conglomerates with a diversified portfolio including sugar, distilleries and breweries, real estate, entertainment, beverages, sports, education– now makes an emphatic entry into the Wellness and Healthcare segment with the launch of SENS – a multi-specialty Anti-ageing & wellness clinic in New Delhi, today.
For the first time in India, SENS Anti-ageing and wellness clinic is bringing together –the best International and Indian practices, medical practitioners and latest technologies to provide holistic wellness solutions for MIND, BODY & SOUL through functional and regenerative medicine and lifestyle management.

SENS has partnered with Dr. Graham Simpson from U.S.A (Primal MD – UAE), Neil Petch, Chairman, Primal MD, Julie Powell (Great Lengths UK), Dr. Mark Houston (USA), Tactio (France), Curatronics (Israel) to being a host of innovative solutions in the arena of Preventive Healthcare Services and Age management.
On the occasion of the launch, Mrs. Shanam Chadha, Director, Wave Group said: “At Wave Group, it has been our endeavor to provide our patrons with highest quality products and services -with this new venture in healthcare & wellness sector, we aim to make a perceptible difference in people’s lives.”
“Our vision is to create a series of wellness centers ‘healing the aging human cells’ through the mind–body- soul, using scientifically proven, research-driven and medically adapted natural forms of wellness treatments reflecting inner and outer body, thereby improving the quality of our lives,” added Mrs. Chadha.
Mr. Sanjay Sachdeva, Executive Director, SENS clinic, said: “SENS is a thought leader in its field of extending lifespan and adding life to your years without medicine and hospitalization. The core philosophy and thought behind SENS is to combine the wisdom of state of the art diagnostic tools specifically designed for age management to detect latest disorders and biological age without exposing the patient to harmful tests.”

“SENS is offering age management services using methodology of Diet, Nutraceuticals and Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), headed by the renowned Dr. Kalpana Shekhawat. This protocol helps rejuvenate the person at cellular level and it reflects in terms of radiant health and fitness setting up a new paradigm in age reversal. We are also bringing in Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field (PEMF) which is the revolutionary cure to heal fractures, chronic pain and many other diseases” added Mr. Sachdeva.
To enhance the outer body experience, SENS has a fully equipped state of the art Skin, Aesthetics & Laser center with 9 treatment rooms, best of the industry doctors such as Dr. Debjani Chakraborty, Dr. Vidushi Jain and Dr. Aarushi Passi offering the newest treatments.

SENS brings world class and revolutionary age management solutions – from Functional & Regenerative medicine to Cosmetic Dermatology, Alternative Healing, Hair & Make Up Studio – a 360-degree approach to defy age at its state of the art facility in South Delhi….adding years to your life and life to your years – SENSitively !!
About Wave Group:
Wave Group – a leading business conglomerate that has expanded across industries to create a niche for itself. The integral beliefs of the Group are founded on hard work and team spirit. It has been steered by the long term vision of the Late Mr. Kulwant Singh Chadha since 1963. Today, the Wave Group boasts an impressive portfolio of businesses, including sugar manufacturing, distilleries and breweries, real estate, malls and multiplexes, beverages, sports, education and entertainment.
Wave Group’s policy has been to efficiently and effectively optimize its diverse businesses and maximize output by participating in all aspects of business. This has resulted in exponential growth in the Group’s productivity, its ability to transform industries and in creating opportunities for entirely new market segments. The business model has evolved significantly through strategic investments in services and technologies, ensuring that the Wave Group maintains its competitive advantage in every sector.
The Wave Group attributes a major part of its success to its visionary, the erstwhile Chairman Mr. Gurdeep Singh (Ponty) Chadha. His pioneering vision to conquer new heights and fulfill the dreams of all its stakeholders is the key to driving the Group to continuously set new benchmarks.

Restaurant Review- Chili’s @Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Once in a blue moon comes a chance, where you visit an eating joint and end up falling in love with each and everything that the place has to offer. I experienced the same when I visited Chili’s at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj. It was truly a wonderful experience and I cannot simply get over it, the food, the ambience, the hospitality, everything was top notch.
Ambience was very comfortable and vibrant, with adequate lighting; somehow I don’t like places that have dim lighting, as I love seeing food in its true colours as much as I enjoy eating it.

Classic Chicken Nachos– A simply mind blowing starter, crisp and cheesy at the same time, a must try.

Triple Dipper– A perfect starter that brings three appetizers together, Chicken Crispers, Chicken Wings and Southwestern Eggrolls. I personally found the Chicken Wings a little too tangy, rest both the dishes were delectable. Each of them comes with different dips and the dips certainly enhance the taste, there was an avocado based dip to go with Southwestern Egg Rolls, A Ranch Dip for Chicken Wings and a Chipotle Dip for Chicken Crispers.

Texas Cheese Poppers– Again a great starter, especially for vegetarians, crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside.

Presidente Margarita– This is a Chili’s special cocktail, which has hand shaken Margarita made with Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado, Cointreau and Brandy. The presentation of the drink was excellent and so was the taste.

Cosmopolitan– I also tried the tried and tested Cosmopolitan, a Vodka based cocktail that has Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice. This is too was done perfectly.

Main Course:
Classic Bacon Burger– we tried one with minced chicken patty and other with a beef patty, and I have to say the burgers were just awesome, very juicy and cheesy, messy but amazing.

Californian Grilled Chicken Flat Bread Pizza– Really crispy and amazing pizza, and I found it amusing to eat a pizza, which wasn’t round.

Mix and Match Fajitas– We tried the Trio Fajita, which had grilled chicken, grilled steak and shrimps. It came with flour tortillas and a variety of sauces, like sour cream, salsa and pickled onions and jalapeños. This was truly one of the best I had and is highly recommended.

Fresh Mex Rice Bowl– Now this was the highlight dish for me personally. I simply loved it and I am going back for it very very soon. I tried the grilled chicken bowl and its definitely on the must try list. I really don’t wanna tell the details of it, order it, eat it and find it out on your own.

Cajun Pasta– Frankly speaking I haven’t really liked Pasta, whenever I have tried eating at different joints, I always felt, I make it better, but this one gave me a tough competition, it was truly delicious.

Quarter Grilled Chicken– A very popular dish, that was served on a bed of rice with an amazing dip, though there is an option of choosing other side dishes as well.

Herb Sole Fish– This too was amazing, and was part of their promotional menu, which means its on the menu for about 3 months and still up for grabs, so don’t miss your chance to try out this delicacy.

Molten Chocolate Cake– A simple yet delectable dessert, it was a mouth melting experience.

Chocolate Truffle Cheese Cake– This dessert made me drools over it, it was so yummy. It also features in the must try list.

Overall, the experience was fantastic, and it was made even more special with the presence of two people, Payal Singh, the marketing head for the group and Chirag, who is the head chef for Chili’s, their presence made the entire food experience not just interesting but knowledgeable too, as Chef Chirag kept sharing his little secrets and what goes behind making those delectable dishes.

I give this place a generous 4.5/5 rating and recommend a visit to all my readers. You’ll surely fall in love with the place and the food will make it all worthwhile.

Chili's Grill & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ajjay Mehra Wins ‘International Designer of the Year 2016’

Ajjay Mehra Wins ‘International Designer of the Year 2016’

Ajjay Mehrra, a leading designer for Men’s Fashion has won the International Designer of the Year 2016 title in London, at the Asian Voice Political & Public Life Awards hosted by the House of Commons, British Parliament.

Ajjay Mehra
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Eleanor Laing presented the award to the Ajjay Mehrra, the only Indian designer  to have won this award.  Also present were several MPs of the British Parliament including Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee. 
Ajjay Mehra with British Politician Matthew Hancock

Ajjay Mehra with Mr. D.K. Anand

Ajjay Mehra with Sir Trevor McDonald OBE
Having dressed various eminent personalities, including Prime Minister Modi and various Bollywood and Hollywood stars, Ajjay Mehrra is incredibly proud to bring he award back home and hopes to continue doing great things with Men’s Fashion, especially in India.  

Ajjay Mehra’s Store

Ajjay Mehra’s The Wedding Room Attire

Narendra Modi in Ajjay Mehra Jacket
Ajjay Mehrra also holds a Guinness World Record from 1995 as the only designer ever to host a fashion show on a moving train.

Contemporary Connect Hosted Spring Summer 2016 Preview

Contemporary Connect Hosted Spring Summer 2016 Preview

Contemporary Connect, a luxury brand management company hosted a Press Meet on 8th of April. With a day that started at 10 in the morning and went on till late in the evening, it was a happy success. 

The office was decked up in fairy lights, caricatures of the employees which garnered it’s fair share of laughs, and all of Contemporary Connect’s clients on display. It was a wonderful opportunity for the media to interact with the team behind Contemporary Connect and some of the designers behind their brand names.  The brands who participated for the event are Vanilla Moon Shoes, House of Tuhina, Purab Paschim, Ragini Mittal, Bani Batra, Aran by Shreya, Vogmask, Bobble, Imperial Air and Aurumah Valley. 
An Eco Friendly Gift

Collection on Display

Health Food by Eatonomist

Jewellery on Display
With a couple of on the spot interviews,  photography sessions and love for the products displayed being expressed, the idea for the Press Meet was very well received. The team is extremely gratified by the response and plans to do it again for the Autumn Winter Collection.  
Jayshree from Deccan Herald

Tuhina from HOT

Priya Kumari Rana, Editor, Outlook Splurge

The Roposo Team

Mercure Debuts in the Heart of Hyderabad

Mercure Debuts in the Heart of Hyderabad

Hyderabad, April 18, 2016 – Featuring 128 well-appointed rooms, three food and beverage outlets and five contemporary meeting and banquet spaces, Mercure Hyderabad KCP offers modern comfort to business and leisure travelers in the city.

AccorHotels today announced the opening of Mercure Hyderabad KCP, marking the group’s fourth property and its first midscale brand hotel in the iconic city. Located in the heart of Hyderabad’s shopping, historic and business district, which is a quintessential paradise for corporate and leisure travelers, Mercure Hyderabad KCPoffers guests globally renowned standards of service and accommodation infused with authentic local touches, inherent to the city of Nizams. The property is a short drive from the Hyderabad airport and within close proximity to several tourist attractions, with shopping malls such as GVK, City Center, Hyderabad Central and Banjara Hills just a short walking distance away.
Commenting on the hotel opening Kavitha Dutt Chitturi, Executive Director of KCP Limited said, “Hyderabad has witnessed rapid growth in the IT and Pharma sector in the recent past, with leading MNCs making a beeline to the city. This has resulted in an increase in the number of business travelers to the city. We are delighted to launch Mercure Hyderabad KCP with a promise of delivering the best quality product and services in the hospitality sector. Located in the heart of Hyderabad, the hotel offers a warm setting that is both modern and comfortable for guests whether on a business trip, holiday or a weekend break.”
“The opening of Mercure Hyderabad KCP reinforces our commitment towards expansion and brand presence in India. Hyderabad is an important market for us as it enjoys the unique positioning of a globally renowned technology and business hub with a rich cultural heritage. The property joins the brand’s global network of hotels offering authentic local culture and unparalleled hotel experiences,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, Operations, AccorHotels India.
The 128 spacious guest rooms and suites offer modern amenities alongside scenic views of the city and Hussain Sagar Lake. Room Type and count is as below
• Superior Rooms – 98
• Deluxe Rooms – 11
• Superior lake facing rooms – 12
• Suites – 07

Dinesh Rai, General Manager, Mercure Hyderabad KCP, said, “We are excited and proud to introduce the Mercure brand to Hyderabad. Mercure Hyderabad KCP is designed in a style that is contemporary and modern, yet blends in perfectly with the local ambiance. Following its opening, the hotel looks forward to welcoming corporate and leisure travellers seeking high levels of comfort, service and quality offerings synonymous with the Mercure brand.”
The hotel infuses a true representation in bringing local culture to life. Behind every painting and every piece of art is a story on its architecture and décor at the property. The Mercure Brand Wall which comprises of Pochampally Silk background is a visual treat for guests and it reiterates the brand’s firm belief in promoting the local culture and history. Guests can experience historical tales of the art and culture of Hyderabad while walking down every corner of the hotel.
The adaptation of local culture and tradition can easily be seen around the hotel’s interiors and décor, and sorrounds the food and beverage outlets, meeting and banquet spaces.
Food and beverage outlets:
The hotel is home to three food and beverage outlets. Cayenne, an all-day diner, offers an eclectic selection of local and intrentaional cuisines. A spice adding zing and pep making everyone come alive with non-stop energy describes the multi-cuisine resturant serving piping hot and delctable dishes. The IQ bar is ideal for an evening wind down. The Impression Quotient of Mercure Hyderabad KCP, it is a trendy lobby lounge and bar that serves a heady mix of single malts, cocktails, mocktails, spirits and wines. Guests can pamper their tastebuds with a selection of pastries and confectionaries for afternoon teas at Macaroon deli patisserie.
For executive meetings, private parties and memorable events, the hotel has five contemporary meeting rooms and banquet halls that can accommodate up to 150 guests. All meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art conferencing technologies. The meeting rooms boast of abundant natural light and ventilation along with amazing panaromic views of the city.

Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy their work out at the roof top fitness centre which offers spectacular views of the city.
To celebrate its opening, the hotel is offering an introductory rate starting from INR 6500 + taxes with breakfast for two and INR 1000/- worth of flexi credit on all hotel services. The promotion is valid from now till 30th  June 2016.
Base room rate is approximately INR 6500 + taxes.
Hotel location and contact details:
The hotel is located at a distance of 1.9 km km from Banjara Hills and 3.5 km from Nampally railway station. The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, 20.9 km from Mercure Hyderabad KCP.

Hotel Address
Mercure Hyderabad KCP
6-3-551 Somajiguda, 500082 HYDERABAD – INDIA Mail: [email protected]

Hotel email address
Hotel phone number for reservations and general information + Tel: (+91)4067888888

With Mercure, AccorHotels offers hotels that are all different and rooted in their local community.
Mercure is the only midscale hotel brand that combines the strength of an international network with a strong quality commitment and the warm experience of hotels that are rooted in their local community. Enthusiastic hoteliers and welcome business and leisure travelers manage Mercure hotels across the world. Mercure has over 740 hotels in 56 countries. They are ideally located in city centers, by the sea or in the mountains.
In India, AccorHotels operates a network of 7 distinctive brands underpinned by operational excellence, while embracing its European heritage. With 36 hotels across key destinations in the country, AccorHotels is uniquely placed as the only international hotel group with brands that span across all segments from luxury to budget.
As the leader in operating hotels and convention centres, AccorHotels currently manages the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Lavasa International Convention Centre and Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach, the largest all- sea facing convention centre on the east coast of India supporting the growing MICE market segment. Additionally, AccorHotels will add the Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre in its portfolio towards the later part of this year.
AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome.
Over 180,000 women and men in 3,800 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in 92 countries.
AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners and employees:
– its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);
– a large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery by Sofitel, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1) establishments;
– A powerful marketplace and loyalty programme Le Club AccorHotels
– Almost half a century of commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 programme.
Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the USA on the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY)

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India Runway Week 2016…

India Runway Week 2016…

The much awaited fashion extravaganza India Runway Week in association with Big Boy Toyz, Season 6 Summer Edition commenced at Thyagraj Stadium, with Young startup designers.  The opening show was named as “Fashion Startups of India”, This was the first time ever when a fashion trade event of this level had 8 young designers kicked off the ready-to-wear collections for Summer’16 season. The Opening show was fully financed by IFFD The names of these young designers were Megha & Jigar, Vishala Shree,  Ankita & Akshita,  Vanica Chhabra, Rahul Kapoor,  Bani Pasricha,  Fahd Khatri and Sanya Garg.  RJ Rocky, RJ Henna & RJ Ashish from Red FM also walked the ramp for Fashion Startups in the opening show.

The Opening show was followed by Snishh by Snidhi and Ishna, Puneet Gupta, Yosshita & Neha, Gauri Couture, Hannah Khianghte, Bani Khurana, Sailesh Singhania, Prachi and Saloni, Sudhanshi Garg, Rohini Gugnani, Pratibha Lalwani last but not least Varija Bajaj.
While sisters Snidhi & Ishana showcased their label SNISHH, which is all about dynamic cuts, geometric, prints and is a brand meant for those who express themselves through fashion. Puneet Gupta presented an enchanting palette of the very Indian and classic designs and patterns for bride and groom, which was exclusive and classy. Designer Hannah Khianghte showcased classic silhouettes and traditional formal wear that women in Mizoram wear with their Puan (traditional skirt of the Mizos).
Natasa Stankovicdazzled on the ramp as a showstopper for Gauri Couture by Nikheil & Rivendra at India Runway week spring/summer 2016. Looking absolutely resplendent and gorgeous in the collection named “ITRR” inspired from vintage garden.
Varija Design Studio, made Chesi Anne Basil, a 16-year-old cancer patient’s dream come true. Chesi always wanted to be a model and walk the ramp and Varija Design Studio along with India Runway Week and Make-A-Wish-Foundation, made this possible.
The second day of the India Runway week Season 6 celebrated the beauty of different styles women tend to explore sartorially.  The day started with college students doing ramp walk “Think Design” which was a part of the India Runway Week by IFFD celebrating the summer collection 2016.
“Bohurupi” label by designer Abhishek Roy caters to a wide range of people and loves to personalize the clothes to the preferences of each customers to match their style and personality.His style is free flowing and earthy. The color palette was filled with rich, bright colors like yellow, red, blue, green, etc., that were mostly inspired from nature. In a world that is as mechanical as now, through his designs he tried to break away from the monotonous existence and add a dash of color in daily life.
Label d&n by designer Dheeru Sagar and Nitika Kanodia made silhouettes a base of their inspiration and created a whole new range of collection keeping modern Indian woman in mind. The collection was a beautiful amalgamation of Indian heritage embroidery creatively infused with Parisian silhouettes.
“First Edit” by Sonya Shukla specializes in garments that help you to make a sweeping social entrance.  The signature aesthetic of the brand is a triumphant fusion of western silhouettes replete with traditional workmanship and modern motifs splayed across conventional Indian garments.
The collection comprised of contemporary ethnic as well as fusion ensembles.
The label Yashika Tejwani is for the woman who is modern, independent, yet deeply rooted in tradition. The label believes in timeless elegance and is craft based, adorning the rich cultural heritage of different regions, which do not follow a fashion trend in particular. Ethos of the label lied in intricate embroidery detailing.
Banka Silk by designer Rashmi Shrivastav and Devleena Mazumdar, their collections was inspired and focused into taking the authentic essence of India as an inspiration and thus construct it into such a form that it holds the soul of our base and yet proves to be modern and articulate that suits the needs and demands of the current fashion trend.
Actress Mandira Bedi and Transgender Activist Laxmi Naryan Tripathi walked the ramp for Delhi-based Jewellery designer Akassh K Aggarwal. At the show he launched his new Spring/Summer Collection “The Coeur Collectives“. Coeur is a recreation of French Word for core/heart.

With his ‘Coeur Collection,’ Aggarwal  showcased assortment of Indian era of grandeur, splendor and preciousness of jewellery vanity. The collection had a versatility to be worn on ethnic as well with Indowestern.
Talking to Akassh K Aggarwal about the collection, he says, “The collection comes with a social message of Gender Equality & Sensitization refers to the modification of behavior by raising awareness of gender equality concerns , In a male dominating society such as India, the other two kinds{ Female & LGBT} gender are facing their own SOCIAL & PERSONAL issues. I want to bring the Gender Equality message through my collection. ” 
Suman Kundu (Wrestler), Sandeep Narwal (Kabaddi Player), Sunil Dabas (National Female Kabaddi Coach ) walked the ramp for ‘DAKSH’ an Indian fashion label based at Rohtak- Haryana.
Shriya Saran walked the ramp for designer Architha Narayanam’s brand Archi, and looked stunning in her outfit.
Day 3 started with the 5 designer’s show Anjana Singh, Priyanka Munot, Shafali Grover, Yugansatya, Scarlet by Shruti Jamaal.
First show started with the collection of designer Anjana Singh. In her collection pastel shades were a highlight. The collection was crafted out of organza, georgette, habutai along with handloom silk.
Kaleido’s Spring/Summer by Priyanak Munot  was inspired from “India through a Kaleidoscope.” The collection focused on the mixing couture and ethnic traditional with a sense of modernity, which made the collection colourful, edgy and playful. It had an array of modern ghagra choli, kediyu dhoti, sharara crop top, and gowns. The designer used fabrics like organza, silk chiffon, georgette and Gazi silk.
Yugansatya “The Sport of Royalty” by designer Yugansatya depicted a story of most glamorous and royal game. The hand painted pieces were  each unique and showed hours of concrete efforts that go into creating every single piece of garment
This was followed by the collection from Pralii Design House by Rupali, Niharika Kamani, Megha Jain Madaan, Mugdha Art Studio, Seema Mehta, Rajdeep Ranawat, Agnimitra paul. Actress & Model Rushali Rai walked the ramp for Designer Rupali Lakra at India Runway Week 2016. Actress Aditi Gowitrikar walked the ramp for Designer Megha Jain . Aditi looked stunning in Orange tulle dress. Kolkatta based Designer Niharika Kamani’s collection ‘Enchantress’ was an amalgamation of strong femininity and powerful clean lines in terms of silhouettes, texture and embroidery,

Neha Dhupia walked the ramp for Sashi Vangapalli labeled Mughdha Art Studio. Neha Dhupia looked dazzling in a white Lehanga. Sashi’s Brand belief “We are about you” speaks leaps and bounds about her. She believes ‘Mugdha’ is not about clothes but an effort to help women understand better, to help bring out their true beauty.

Designer Rajdeep Ranawat unleashed fiery corners of the Rann of Kutch to capture the essence of Gujarat’s heritage in his Spring-Summer collection titled ‘Kaanjari’. Depicting the beauty of the culture, the embroideries and techniques with the use of unusual hues, the women of Kutch formed an avid inspiration for the global nomad.
Babul Supriyo walked the ramp for designer Agni Mitra Paul. She showcased two collections at the grand finale i.e. Ikat and Madhubani, a very wearable and comfort wear line in bright colors.
ABOUT: India Runway Week
India Runway Week is Asia’s youngest fashion trade event. Each season of the much-awaited IRW introduce new talent and places young Indian designers firmly on the global fashion stage. IRW provides a platform for both established and upcoming talented designers but also introduce fresh designers to showcase their collections. This gives them excellent business opportunities from both bulk and retail buyers. In
Addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas and networking interactions between designers, buyers and affiliates, the event provides an enriching experience for everyone.
About Indian Federation for Fashion Development: IFFD provides the opportunity for fashion industry members, both new and old, to create networks that will facilitate action and inspire industry growth. IFFD provide useful & up-to-date information to keep the industry on top of what is happening locally and abroad, to make it more competitive and to encourage a thirst for quality education.
Turkish Airlines, the Official Airline Partner for EURO 2016 takes off on its maiden flight to Paris.

Turkish Airlines, the Official Airline Partner for EURO 2016 takes off on its maiden flight to Paris.

To celebrate EURO 2016 this summer, Turkish Airlines has unveiled an A330-300 passenger aircraft painted in the competition’s livery. The plane undertook its maiden flight to Paris the location of this year’s final on 10th July, and is just one component of Turkish Airlines’ drive to excite fans ahead of this year’s tournament.

The livery was created by UEFA and Turkish Airlines as part of airlines’ partnership with the competition and role as Official Airline Partner to Euro 2016. The sponsorship will also see the airline announcing a series of ticket giveaway competitions; unique EURO 2016 airport experiences for passengers; and a series of fan zones throughout the host French cities once matches get underway in June. 
As Europe’s best airline for fifth consecutive time*, Turkish Airlines takes an active interest in the continent’s sporting competitions and cultural events. Football’s global appeal, and its unifying force, is reflective of the position as the carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline.
Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) said: “Football is a great connector of people, breaking down social and cultural barriers and uniting people around a mutual passion for the game. We are privileged to be able to connect people from across the globe every day, and are delighted to be part of this year’s EUROS. This plane is one of the many things we will be doing to excite fans and our passengers in the lead up to this competition.”
Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director, UEFA Events SA, said: “We are very excited to see our first-ever airline partner’s plans truly taking off. It will be fantastic to see the plane travelling across Europe, and bringing fans together to celebrate the best in European football, as we approach the kick-off of UEFA EURO 2016 on 10th June.”
The plane wrapped in the EURO 2016 colours will fly to a selected number of destinations across the Turkish Airlines’ network. The airline currently flies to more than 280 destinations. Fans of the plane and the competition can engage on social media with the hashtag; #eurointhesky.

 About Turkish Airlines: 
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 308 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to more than 285 destinations worldwide with 236 international and 49 domestic. According to a 2015 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the fifth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and in 2014 “Best Business Catering Service” awards, Turkish Airlines was awarded the world’s “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and “Best Business Airline Lounge” prizes in the 2015 Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on
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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.

King Khan comes to the biggest multiplex- Superplex to promote his upcoming movie- FAN @ Logix City Center, Noida

King Khan comes to the biggest multiplex- Superplex to promote his upcoming movie- FAN @ Logix City Center, Noida

What’s first love.. People always say that you can never get over your first love, and in my case its true too. Me and Shahrukh go back a long way, it all started when I didn’t know the meaning of love, but felt extremely excited whenever I saw him on screen. From those days of DD and watching Fauji, to then becoming a heart throb with Baazigar, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, DDLJ and so many more films, to now also giving me goosebumps whenever I see the FAN trailer on TV, he has been and will always be my first love, my favourite actor, and not just an actor, but my favourite person too.

So one can’t imagine the kind of excitement I had when I got invite for the press conference of FAN, which read WITH SUPERSTAR SHAHRUKH KHAN in bold. I nearly fainted, and the first thing I did was to immediately confirm my presence for the event.
PVR was hosting a special press meet for the baadshah of bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan and Manish Sharma to promote their latest blockbuster- FAN in North India’s biggest multiplex- Superplex at Logix City center, Noida. FAN would be released at Superplex in the most sought after 4 DX format to give the patrons a real life experience of the action sequences in the movie.
Excitedly I called up home, informed my mom and my son, who are also big SRK fans, about the event. They both too felt excited instantly and decided to accompany me for the event. None of us got sleep that night, and I was just waiting for the next day to begin, the clock to strike 3PM, and me to get a chance to finally see my love face to face.
Finally the D-day came, and after waiting, patiently, yet excitedly for around 2 hours, SRK walked in the theatre and I could feel butterflies in my stomach. I just could not imagine that I was seeing him live.

His poise, his style, his charm, his wit, accompanied him as always and it was a true delight watching him speak as he answered questions asked by the Media.

I could not believe my luck, when one of the organizers walked upto me, and asked me if I would like to ask anything to King Khan. I was just dying to do that anyways.
I was nervous like hell, when he looked at me, and asked me my name. But somehow, I went ahead and asked my question. I asked him if he has ever been the same scenario as his role of Aryan Khanna, being obsessed by a male fan.. to which he very lovingly answered, “Manish has been the only guy who has been following me since 8-9 years, that’s when he came up with the idea of this movie, and since he has been constantly obsessed with me”. I asked him further, “but have you ever been obsessed by a fan, who is unknown to you, in this way?” He replied even more sweetly, making a slight drooping face, “yaar aaj tak kisi aadmi ne kuch aisa kaha nahi mujhko, sab ladkiyan hi kehti hain”. His answers always leave people in splits, its just the way he say things, the way his wit is always so so charming, that makes people fall in love with him instantly (even those who don’t like him, cannot ignore his charm)

More questions poured in and he answered each one of them patiently and with honesty. His honesty is depicted through his eyes. Especially whenever he speaks about his children, there is a twinkle in his eyes that lets you see deep in his heart, which is so true.
Mr Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd, said, “We are pleased to host the king of bollywood at our property, Superplex. I am a diehard fan of bollywood movies. The movie FAN looks very interesting.  Also, since it would be released in 4 DX format at Superplex, I am quite excited to watch it here at Superplex. I wish Shah Rukh and Maneesh best of luck for their movie.”
Mr Shakti Nath, CMD of Logix Group said, “We are pleased to host the press meet of Shahrukh Khan’s movie FAN at the FIRST SUPERPLEX by PVR today at Logix City Center, showcasing 15 screens cinema with Gold Class, Mainstream as well as one of the largest IMAX screens in Asia. It would also house the first 4DX and first Playhouse concept especially designed for kids. Well known national and international brands in fashion, food & entertainment would provide a one stop solution for all the needs of a modern lifestyle.”
While addressing the media, the king of romance Shah Rukh Khan also added, “I am a Delhi FAN since I am a Delhiite. I love to come back to the city again and again. I love the positivity and the love shown by the city for my movies. Since a major of the chunk of the movie has been shot in Delhi, I am sure people here could easily relate to the movie.
 I am thrilled to know that FAN would be released in 4 DX, all thanks to PVR Superplex and logix Group to have built such a grand property to promote movies.”

The Superplex caters to an audience of 1,544 across its 15 screens that include three Gold Class, one IMAX screen, one 4 DX screen, nine mainstreams (two screens with Dolby Atmos) and one dedicated screen with special seating arrangements for kids- Playhouse. This also marks the launch of the first IMAX in North India.
Located in the heart of Noida at Logix City Center, Superplex offers multiple formats -Gold Class, IMAX, 4 DX, Atmos and Playhouse- all under one roof. Considered as one of the most refined and well-planned formats, this 15-screen Superplex is a one- stop entertainment destination. Logix Group along with PVR Ltd. will provide a holistic, spectacular family entertainment package to the people in Noida and Delhi NCR.

 Shahrukh spent a good half an hour answering various questions poured by the media, and the public got into frenzy when he started to walk out. Everyone wanted to click a selfie with him, hug him, shake hands and just touch him, and he being the way he is, let the people touch him and shake hands. It would have been too crazy to click selfies, but he did whatever best he could.
All thanks to PVR, my day was made. I still would have wanted to click a selfie with the SRK, chat up with him and even hug him, but then there is always a next time.

Banta-Gola Festival at Ancient Barbeque, Gurgaon

What comes to your mind, when you think of summers.. all I can think of is cool and refreshing drinks like ice cold coffee, chuski, lemon banta, jaljeera and so on. These summers Ancient Barbeque, Guragon, bring to you just what your heart desires for.. The Banta-Gola Festival. So whenever you think of beating the scorching heat, think no more and head straight to Ancient Barbecue, and end your quest for thirst in a tasty way.

The banta-gola festival offers not just thirst quenching amazing drinks, but also lip smacking food to go along.
The ambience was perfectly created giving it a street type feel, to give more authenticity to the banta-gola festival. Many flavours like Narangi Banta, Jaljeera, Kala Khatta, Mixed Banta and also the Nasheela Banta for those who prefer their drinks adulterated 😉 with alcohol.

A special menu of street food was curated to go along with the street drinks. Vada Pavs, Aaloo Bonda and Ram Ladoo, were part of this menu.
I tried all the variety of banta and gola, and barring the pan flavoured gola, I liked them all, the jaljeera was simply mind blowing.
From the snacks menu, the vada pavs were delectable, I tried both the chicken vada pav and the aaloo vada pav, and both were amazing.

What followed this festival delights, was an elaborate service of starters, some of which were grilled live on the table barbeque. There was Paneer Tikka, Chicken, Tikka, Tandoori Prawns, Fish, Hara Bhara Kebabs and a couple of other snacks too. The snacks in themselves were so filling, that though there was an interesting buffet of main course, I gave it a skip.

My son tried Dal Makhani with Butter Rotis, and I tasted a bite, which gave me more assurance on the great taste and quality of food at Ancient Barbeque.

I did try the desserts and they were mouth watering, I tried death by chocolate and gulab jamuns. Death by chocolate was simply yumm, and the gulab jamuns were soft and delicious.
This place is a sure shot winner, and with the way they keep experimenting with new items in menu and special festivals, it makes it all the more worthwhile.
Special mention for Chef Ashish Massy, who is not just the head chef, but also co-owner of the place. He has really put in a lot of efforts in curating the menu and maintaining the taste with innovation in dishes.
Kudos the team, and do make it a part of your list, when you plan to try a new place for some exquisite food.

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