A Fresh Start

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From demonetization to the gory scene in Bangalore, we started 2017 on a bad note. Not that demonetization is bad ! But it had its pros and cons.

Don’t let the new year sneak up on you. What are you going to do different this year ? Not that doing what you already do is wrong ! *being diplomatic* I am sure there are a lot of people like me, who is still stuck in 2016. Now is the perfect time to start 2017 with some positive ideas and to take charge of what you are getting out of life.

  • New Experiences 

Each month, 30 days in a row, carry out something new that you have always thought about doing but was extremely lazy. I might sound childish, but I always wanted to buy the cursive writing books and write till the end. I am sure I would finish one book in 5 mins. Discover new music and listen to something new. Start now !

  • Write letter 

In the days of cellphone, laptop, internet, writing letters can seem pretty unfashionable but is the most beautiful thing ever. It’s an art worth bringing back. This generation has forgotten the beauty of writing, now that schools and colleges have also opted for tablet and laptop instead of note books. “Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations,” John Graham wrote to his wife Elinor in 1958. Because sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door. Ink from your pen touches the stationary, your fingers touch the paper, your saliva seals the envelope.  Think about it !

  • Travel

Travel is for good. It broadens your mind and develops cultural attachment. You always learn something from your trips. Sometimes it’s hard to judge what is a necessity and what is a luxury. Taking responsibility for your own luggage early in life teaches you what you can survive without, and how this varies for different trips. What better way to prove the real-life importance of classroom maths than being able to understand and use a currency? When we travel we explore new tastes, see different cooking techniques and learn how other cultures eat together. Decision-making and the ability to accept you made the right decision at the time are key skills. Travelling is one long exercise in executing a plan: you get advice, read recommendations, talk it through, decide, go do it.

  • Makeover

What more than a fresh look for the new year ! I always wanted to colour my hair blue and razor one side of my head. Total punk ! Let’s see if I can get that done !! If you love makeup, head to YouTube for some amazing tutorials. It’s always fun. Trust me, I have learnt a lot about make up on YouTube. Go to a fancy salon close by and jazz up your hair style for a change. A makeover rejuvenates you. Remember you are never too old to reinvent yourself. Invest in yourself !!

  • Pamper Yourself 

A new year is a new start so in order to feel fresh and excited, you must absolutely pamper yourself. A long bathe with your favourite chocolate ice cream. Heaven !

The secret to getting ahead is getting started. So what are you waiting for ??

Cheers 🙂

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Benaras.

I was super thrilled when we landed. I couldn’t wait to reach the oldest city of India. Like I quoted Mark Twain in my earlier post Earthy Style ” Benaras is older than history and older than traditions. Even older than a legend, and looks twice as old as put all of them together.” Everyone kept asking me why Benaras ? I really don’t know why, all I know is I really wanted to see BENARAS ! I spent the entire week looking at all the #benaras pictures on Instagram like a lunatic who has never travelled before. I was overwhelmed. Oh! I also took a print out of all the places I wanted to go to and highlighted the important (which I forgot to carry in excitement).

I heard a lot about the famous “Benaras ki galiyaan” and was ready to experience it. We pulled are suitcases (Thank God for the wheels) for 30 mins to reach our guest house. Surprisingly, the tiny alleyways had people, cows, buffaloes, ox’s, bikes both ways. The lanes were tiny enough for an auto to enter. The place is incredibly noisy, busy and messy with cow dungs everywhere. By the way, let me tell you this, they don’t believe in traffic signal. It was appalling to see how three traffic police tried to manage the entire traffic jammed with auto rickshaws, cars, bikes, people, and animals. You have to walk down to the ghat because no other transport can help you reach faster than your feet. That’s also another reason that makes Benaras interesting ! We stayed at Puja Guest House close to the famous Vishwanath Temple and also close to The Ganga.

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We reached the guest house, freshened up to leave for the ghat. It was a 5 min walk to the ghat from our guest house. We knew we would get lost in those lanes and come out from some other place. It’s a maze ! In that 5 min walk, we saw tiny shops on the side selling jewellery, yogurt, Indian sweets, milk etc.

We decided to hire a boat and sail. Marvelled at Benaras’s beauty while we were sailing in The Ganges. We started from Dashashwamedh Ghat and went till Manikarnika Ghat, crossing Lalita Ghat, Maan-Mandir Ghat. There is a story attached to Manikarnika Ghat – It is believed that Lord Vishnu dug up a pit, filled with his perspiration while performing various amends. Meanwhile Lord Shiva lost his earring which fell into that pit while he was watching Lord Vishnu perform the duties. In order to keep Lord Shiva from running away with his devotees, Goddess Parvati hid her earrings and asked him to find it, saying that it’s lost somewhere near the banks of Ganga. Her idea behind the deception was that Lord Shiva would then stay around, searching forever for the lost earrings. In this legend, whenever a body gets cremated at the Manikarnika Ghat, Lord Shiva asks the soul whether it has seen the earrings.(source – wikipedia). Hindu cremations are customarily taken place here in Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat.

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After the boat ride, we spent some time at the ghat sipping the most amazing lemon tea ever. Oh ! I forgot to mention how cold Benaras was. We were told by “someone” that Benaras was as cold as Bangalore. Therefore we packed only light sweaters and just one overcoat. Only to realise that I was shivering wearing a sweater and an overcoat. The sky was encrusted by thick fog. Thanks to that “someone”. *wink* *wink*

We couldn’t wake up early the next day because it was extremely cold. Nevertheless we woke up and decided to go to a fancy place called Roma’s for brunch. We had to walk down till gadowlia chowk to catch a rickshaw in-order to reach that place. Roma’s was far away from the Benaras hustle bustle on Lanka road. On our way, we got lured by the puri-sabji hawker on the road and couldn’t resist but eat.

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Wondering about the impromptu vegetable picture ? Well, to tell you truth those vegetables looked so pretty that winter morning in Benaras, I had to click one. After the fulfilling brunch, we went to Assi Ghat, hired a boat for 4 hours. Dashashwamedha Ghat is known for it’s evening “Aarti”, so we decided to sit in that boat and wait for the Aarti. No amount of photographs would do justice to the inspiring experience of the evening Aarti on Dashashwamedha Ghat. Don’t forget to make a wish and light a diya in the Ganges.

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Post the Aarti, we went to the streets to have all the delicious street side food. Starting from the mouth watering sandwich to the famous tomato chat from Kasshi Chat Bhandar. How could we forget the famous Benarasi Paan !

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The next day, we decided to just walk from one ghat to another. On our way we found a lot of wall arts, babas, beautiful carvings and the colourful doors.

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Benaras is ridiculously charming and beautiful. More than beautiful, even with all the noise around you, it’s peaceful. I loved every bit of the noise and the mess.

Let me know if you need more information. I can surely help you out !

Cheers.

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Hello 2017 – Earthy Style – Feat. Brass Tacks !!

 

Firstly, a very happy new year to everyone ! It’s 2017 already, 365 days of new opportunities and adventures coming your way.

How did you celebrate and welcome New Year ? Any resolutions !? This new year me and my dearest friend, decided to head to Benaras. Why Benaras ? Benaras is older than history and older than traditions. Older even than a legend, and looks twice as old as put all of them together. I won’t talk much about my travel story because I will have it on The Small Town Blogger soon. So be patient ! 🙂

Regarding New Years, it was extremely shocking and disturbing to hear what happened in Bangalore. It’s shame to hear, highly powerful people of the state talking like an illiterate. In his own words ” They tried to copy the westerners, not only in their mindset but even in their dressing,” as if Indian wear would make a lot of difference. A molester is a molester is a molester. Instead of sitting on the couch and complaining, one has to take strict action.  Bangalore, a hub for India’s tech industry, is safer than the Indian capital, Delhi, but still records the third-highest number of attacks intended “to outrage the modesty” of women, according to the country’s crime statistics bureau. We have the fundamental right in our country to wear what we want and go wherever we can. You’re job is to keep the citizens safe – that’s all ! Bangalore was never like this. I came here for work three years ago, also completed my education from Bangalore and nothing like this has ever happened. What politicians say is shameful. In south India, people respect these leaders and follow them blindly. Whatever they say is holy ! That also means that the guys who molest, will have the guts to molest again because they are not to be blamed at all. After all it’s we women who go out after certain time and wear western clothes. Rubbish ! All I want to say is GROW UP !! Live and let live !!!

Coming back to the first post of 2017 – I am here again in collaboration with Brass Tacks. The earlier post being Hello Winter Featuring Brass Tacks. The moment is saw this shrug on the rack of their store in Indiranagar, I couldn’t resist but wear it for my blog post. The shrug is made of silk and the structure of the shrug is extremely beautiful.  Need a colour to your black outfit ? Well this artistic throw on cardigan is the best to add. The fabric is a mix of cotton and zari.

Outfit Details –

Shrug – Brass Tacks

Trousers – Brass tacks

Photography – KSLenscapes ( Saikat Das )

 

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Cheers and Wish you a Very Happy New Year !

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The Fuzzy Style

Hello There !

2016 is coming to an end and I would like to thank you all for the love and support you have shown to The Small Town Blogger. 2016 has been a roller coaster ride for me and I can’t wait to enter 2017 !  The year just passed in a jiffy. Can’t believe we are at the end already. I have a lot of exciting and adventurous posts planned for 2017 already. Fingers Crossed ! 🙂

Coming back to the post –

It’s time to bring out the colours from your wardrobe to jazz up those ugly dark sweaters. Scarves and stoles used to be one of my favourite things. Stole and Scarf don’t judge you, nor do they shrink and they are found in various patterns and prints. They are not just for cold weather but because I love dark ugly sweaters, I decided to come up with four easy ways of wearing a scarf or a stole. They are one of the best accessories of all time, whether I’m wearing a thick and cozy one on a snowy day, or a light and flowery one on a warmer spring day. Still brings out the best ! You won’t believe, there are minimum 50 ways of wearing a scarf !

Stoles/Scarfs like Phulkari and Silks, brightens up the outfit. Even a dull sweater looks fancy pansy. Agree or Disagree ?

But in order to look chic in a scarf, you need to know ways to wear a scarf ! You can just drape it normally and call it a day or you can just try cooler ways of draping the same. These are the easiest of them all !

  • Infinity Loop

Drape scarf over shoulder so that both ends are equidistant. At the very bottom of both ends, tie an overhand knot.Tie another overhand knot to ensure that the first knot does not slip.Take the loop (shaped like an “O”) and twist it so that it’s shaped like an “8”. Drape the bottom loop of the “8” over your head.

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Stole – Westside

  • The Waterfall

Drape scarf over shoulder, with one end significantly longer than the other end. Loop the longer end around your neck one time. Take the end you used to loop and secure it by the top corner. Fit the top corner into the loop at the side of the neck. When done properly, the unattached side dangles down like a waterfall.

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Scarf – Dilli Haat ( Delhi )

  • Through The Loop

Fold the scarf in half lengthwise.Drape folded scarf over shoulder, with the non-folded end significantly longer than the folded end.Fit the non-folded end into the loop created by the folded end and tighten.

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Woolen Scarf – Promod

  • The Classic One Loop

Drape scarf over shoulder, with one end slightly longer than the other end. Loop the longer end around your neck once. Adjust loop over neck and balance out the ends of the scarf. Ends can either be same length or slightly different.

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Phulkari Stole – Gifted

Photography – KamalRaj 

Hope you liked the post and don’t forget to tell me how you like to drape your scarf !!

 A Very Happy New Year ! See you on the other side ! Cheers !! 🙂

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