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Urban Souls: Dreamers, Believers, Over-Achievers.

An Urban Soul knows that an intensive run can heal their life!

An Urban Soul knows the importance of that first espresso shot in the morning.

An Urban Soul knows how to party the whole night but still report at work when the clock strikes nine!

An Urban Soul knows how to let the child within them surface at times.

An Urban Soul knows how to let their hair down when their kins exchange the vows.

Finding a label that resonates with the dynamic Urban Soul is super challenging, isn’t it?

Introducing Priyanka Bhalotia and her debut collection The Urban Soul which is almost custom-made to suit the contemporary Urban Souls!

A clothing line that can be best defined as  freely dangling between Indo-Western and Western Wear.

Sharing five of my favourite looks from her collection.

The wedding season has an energy of its own.

Nothing gets me as excited a Mehendi function.

Everyone’s making merry, prancing and dancing!

A powder pink tie up kurta with a pair of grey ankle-length trousers is a great alternative to the usual pastel lehengas and maxis!

The embroidered, beaded detailing will make sure you shine!

After Mehendi, can the reception stay far behind?

I chose this pre-draped saree with wide-legged pants because it’s just so comfortable and chic.

The slight bohemian touch with frayed edges makes it so much sassier!

Can also be a perfect outfit for a Musical Night.

A slight nip in the air and my craving for Hot Chocolate surfaces.

Nothing beats the combination of a good book and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Wouldn’t you agree?

A simple red number; so comfy and chic!

It’s berets with everything for me in the winters.

Ever tried an ice-cream when the mercury has dipped?

This grey dress with a slight cut-out on the neck and specs detailing hugs your..

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Srishti Nadhani by Srishti Nadhani - 10M ago

Hi,

I am ME(lanin).

I am the sun’s mistress.

Maidens aren’t bethroed to ‘good’ grooms because of me.

Educated women are turned down at jobs because of me.

The sales of haldi and besan shoot up, because of me.

Women become the targets of salespersons pushing fairness creams/anti-tan packs down their throats,  because of me.

The society scorns me.

I am a CURSE!

An unsolicited list of Dont’s follows me in every nook and corner.

Don’t wear Red Lipstick:

Tauba Tauba!

Avoid that gold eye-shadow and that bright red lipstick for God’s sake!

People will call you the ‘W’ word rhyming with the jungle cat’s roar.

Tea and Coffee aren’t luxuries I should indulge in either, right?

(Wearing an Ajrakh Dupatta on a Mudal base along with Pure Silver earrings from Aditri)

Don’t Wear Pastels:

You must be out of your mind to wear pastels!

Your face looks like you just returned from a desert safari, dehydrated, fooled by mirages.

Should I bathe in milk and add some rose petals too?

(Wearing a Kantha Saree on Bishnupur Silk from Aditri)

Don’t wear bright colours either:

Such shocking colours! OMG! How much attention do you wish to seek from people?

Topped with nude lips? Didn’t they tell you it was only for the #fairandlovely women?

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Srishti Nadhani by Srishti Nadhani - 1y ago

One fine day, I was taking a walk down one of the quaint lanes of Hindustan Park when my eyes met a little birdie’s. I felt an instant connection. And the rest, they say, is history!

Presenting UCOI, Unifying Crafts and Design.

At the surface level, it may seem like just another home decor store, but this little birdie convinced me, it is much more than that!

When you step inside, you realize, UCOI is more like a movement, than a store. A proud proponent of the #MakeInIndia movement, UCOI is every handicraft enthusiast’s paradise.

A curated brick and mortar store, the aim of UCOI is to add that human touch to otherwise mass-produced goods.

As you tour through the store, you will be able to transport yourself pan India, only vicariously, of course.

My visual story #BringIndiaHome is an attempt to give you an insight into what UCOI is about be blending region-specific fashion with indigenous handicrafts.

Starting with the base station, let’s see what Bengal has to offer you at UCOI.

Illustrations depicting the old Kolkata charm are unmissable.

Traditional Jamdani Sarees, Stoles and up-cycled bags by Paromita Banerjee are a must check-out at UCOI.

Moving further east, North East India will leave you smitten with its black clay pottery.

Minimalist, clean and oh-so-classy! What’s not to love about them?

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I observe.

I observe as I take a walk down the street.

I observe when I sit at a nearby cafe and people pass by.

I observe when I look you straight in the eye with my piercing glare.

I observe as you read this post.

I observe to get inspired. I observe to get answers.

Sometimes, Google doesn’t satisfy me, and my Mother doesn’t convince me enough with their answers. That’s when I ponder, I create and I write.

Does India assume women are too weak? Too docile? Too timid?

Some thoughts baffle me all the time.

A Srishti Nadhani and Nisha Chowdhary Collaboration

Have you too been plagued by the thought that certain roles in the Indian sub-context have been reserved solely for the men; or women only enjoy a minority, if at all?

If so, jump on the bandwagon.

The Firefighter:

Women are often infamous for jumping to conclusions!

Point to be noted here: We women clan are so tuned to the idea of jumping into the fire, thanks to Sati; but firefighting as a profession is almost off-bounds for us Indian women. Irony much?

(Please note I am not advocating Sati here in any way)

Quick-wit and risk-taking aren’t traits you associate with us, do you?

The Butcher:

So much blood spewed all around. How gore!

Ask a woman about blood, when she is the holy river of red water, five days a month, not mentioning the pain, of course!

A place with such sharp knives, can never be a place for good wives!

Ever had the chance to taste the sharpness of our tongue, Monsieur?

Surrounded by carcasses you call us a murderer. Tccch, you reduce us into one, lest you figure out we are roasting a girl child in our oven.

Still find it ‘gore’ enough to be performed by a ‘Gori’?

The Milk(wo)man:

The milk of a woman dictates the longevity and health of a baby.

Why don’t I see women carrying canisters of milk on a cycle(or even fancier bikes) and singing aloud the latest Salman Khan songs, while eve-teasing a man or two?

#TeraHiJalwa

The Paper Boy:

The black and white fine print that carries stories of heinous crimes women are subjected to; ironically enough, we never see a woman rolling these papers and aiming them at people’s verandahs.

Why don’t you simply roll chapatis in the kitchen?

The Truck Driver:

The big toys for the big boys only, huh?

Driving across state borders in the middle of the night, how unsafe for women. Are we women safe even inside a temple?

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