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First Date with LitFesting!

The Jaipur Literature Festival,  previewed in the capital- here’s what The Insider made of it! When Shashi Tharoor, equates himself with Elizabeth Taylor’s sixth husband, ‘having nothing more to add to the discussion’ as his co-panelists had deliberated upon all readings of the topic, its the end of the word (pun intended). Its no…

What’s Cooking this Christmas?

Here’s what The Insider is cooking…well at least trying to, this X’mas! Recipes shared by, Executive Chef Anil Dahiya, The Bristol Hotel, Gurugram. Red Velvet Pancake           Ingredients                                                10 cups…

Found- ‘Harsha Bhogle’ of Polo!

Easier as it may sound, sports commentary is tough and more so in a sport like Polo. A brief about Polo before I delve into our Sunday Polo shenanigans, at the Yes Bank Indian Masters Polo Championship Finals. The oldest of equestrian sports, Polo is a high risk game played on horsebacks…

Secure your Child in the Cyber world!

As a parent, two things are priority on my worry list- the pollution menace and the cyber world. While my son wears the anti-pollution mask outside of the house, there is little I can do to protect him from the dangers that lurk inside the cyber world. Or so I thought,…

5 ‘Off the Ramp’ No-No list!

Fashionably bustling days of FDCI 30th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week, in association with Nexa Spring/Summer’18, recently came to a resounding close in the capital.We were there to witness fashion on the ramp and off it too.  While the best #Sreetstyle was amply amplified on social media, the overreaching of one’s fashionable self,…

A Cultural Mix!

I don’t view culture as a monolithic entity. Fluid, visible and sometimes tangible in the garb of language and and at others, detected in the grammar of day to day living. Creativity and its manifestation in music, theatre and dance are also informed by cultural influences. Recently, British Council, in its…

Atop the Delhi Sky!

The past week saw the Insider join a book discussion, attend the exclusive launch of a rooftop Lounge and is now walking the Fashion talk at the Amazon India Fashion Week, as you read this.The Royal Plaza hotel is a little nugget of a heritage property hidden from the luxe traveller’s eye, at Janpath,…

Of Bhopal House

If you’re slightly familiar with Bhopal, my case in point, you  would know the languid, luxurious charm the city possesses. My solitary visit to Bhopal has been for a, yes, you guessed it, a family wedding in Arera colony, one of the oldest colonies, South in the lake city. Amidst the manicured gardens in the sprawling bungalow teeming with…

Decoding a Fashionable Play!

Most sports stars are that, stars, on and off the field. Especially now, when Instagram filters don’t let you have a bad hair day! Though the stipulated protocol of dressing has to be adhered to on the field ,  we’ve still seen Tennis power women turning out at the court, in no…