When Fashion meets Art and it’s all for a Good Cause

What: How many times have you shopped and felt a wave of guilt? But when it comes to indulging yourself with jewellery from House Of Tuhina, it’s all for a good cause. The pan-Indian jewellery brand that is known for its arty designs, contemporary jewellery, rich quality and heritage value, has been on our lust list for a while now. Here is all you need to know about them.

Who: Run by Tuhina Goyal, an NID graduate in apparel design, her love for jewellery is what made her foray into the world of accessories. According to her, “Inspiration can come from anywhere, from the ordinary sights on Indian roads and in day-to-day life. It can be perceived in the trim of the roadside ‘thela’ or in the vibrant attire of gypsy women selling iron tools. Antique artwork designs on the doors also inspire me,” she says.

Why: The brand is not merely committed to enhance the technical know-how of textile fashion rooted in the wealth of tradition in India. It has also involved numerous women in and around Delhi and NCR, who were until now unemployed, by teaching them techniques such as hand weaving, thereby giving them not just employment and monetary gains but also respect in society. The women are empowered with the means to earn money within their homes where they can, at the same time, look after their children and homes. The story of this brand started with two ladies approaching the designer house for domestic work. Today, the first two ladies who came to Tuhina have become cluster leaders and handle about 100 women under them.

Five products that you must invest in now!

1. The tasseled blue neck piece


To wear: Team it with a crisp white shirt/kurta and black or blue pants. This statement making neck-liner is gorgeous and stands out from the crowd.

2. Multi-hued bracelet

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To wear: On a day when you want to add some colour to your outfit, this hand jewellery will come in handy. You can wear it with a bright shirt or add an ethnic accent to your little black dress.

3. Coloured trinkets

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To wear: Whether you want to wear a string on your demins and tee or be dressy and wear all these together on a cotton skirt and shirt, these bracelets will lighten up the dullest of days.

4. Black cuff

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To wear: If you want to wear something to a party that will be a conversation starter, this is your pick. This stiff and beautifully done handcuff is elegant and ethnic to the core. It is beautifully detailed and the gold and black combination make for a classic piece of jewellery.

5. Tasseled choker

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To wear: On an Indian saree, this choker will work like a charm. Put it on top of a nude colour and allow it to shine through. Though the neck-piece is traditional, it works well with plain shirts as well.

Dine-around Experience at T2 International Airport, Mumbai

Alice at T2 International Airport
Alice at T2 International Airport
If you’ve travelled internationally from the T2 airport at Sahar, Mumbai, you’ll relate to what I’m about to say. You’re famished before you can board your flight. You leave home an hour in advance and you’re anyway required to be at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight time. It’s roughly 4 hours, give or take from the time you leave home until you board the flight. And the only thing going on in your mind is what you want to eat.

For this reason, I was at T2 last night exploring the restaurant options and trying the specialities on the menu. Just so next time you’re at the airport, you know where to head and what to eat. If you’ve factored in time for duty free shopping, you might as well enjoy a good meal too.

For starters, we headed to the Indian Kebab & Grill restaurant. We tried a range of vegetarian starters including the Broccoli Badam Tikki and the Paneer Dum Roll. The interesting thing about the restaurant, being located at the airport is, no knives and open fires can be used. The closed mini-tandoor can serve up a paneer tikka that you can cut into with your fork. Imagine cooking without knives. That’s gotta be a real challenge.

After we had whet our appetite with the starters, we headed to Olive Bistro for mains and desserts. Olive is popular for its pizzas and risottos. But even the burger and pasta left us asking for more. Tell me the pictures aren’t making you drool already.

If you thought we’d be full on the mains, you guessed right. But only for the benefit of our dear readers, we indulged in delicious desserts. You can tell they were excellent by the mere glee on our face.

Alice and Himani at Olive Bistro at T2
Alice and Himani at Olive Bistro at T2
We tried the blueberry cheesecake, the walnut cocoa pie and the simply beautiful caramel creme.

After consuming that much food, we were ready to catch a flight that wasn’t going anywhere. We took a walk nevertheless and stopped at Cafe Indiana where we digested our food with some cutting chai. Of course, even the chai was served with mawa cake, nankhatai and khaki biscuit.

Tea and snacks
Tea and snacks
In all fairness, we had gone all out and stretched ourselves. So, ending the dine-around experience on a sweet note was the right thing to do. The only possibility of a live paan counter is at an airport in Mumbai. The bhaiyya quickly put together two sweet paans for us and we were ready to bid goodbye to T2.

If you aren’t already, do follow me on Instagram where I documented the entire experience live, with videos and mouthwatering pictures.

I love to hear from you, so let me know if you’re headed to the airport and what you’re hoping to eat before you leave the country. I’m eagerly waiting to know what you thought of the dine-around experience at T2 and if you’d like me to document more such activities. Basically, write to me. :*

Photographs: In collaboration with Himani Shah

The Alice Connection

It was November 2008. I was having a Facebook conversation with a new friend. The subject of movies came up. It always does. I confessed that secretly I would like to be called Alice, based on Natalie Portman’s character in Closer.

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I started this blog 2 years after that conversation. And I knew my pseudonym would be Alice. I also thought of myself as a wanderer. Someone who never stopped discovering and going on adventures.

Alice wandering...
Alice wandering…

People started confusing Alice wandering… with Alice in Wonderland. After a while, I couldn’t be bothered to correct them. Partly because the books have influenced me too. And so much more greatly since I started blogging. So, I became Alice in Wonderland. A wanderer, eating her way through fashion and film.

Alice in Wonderland tea party

And my obsession with all things Alice continues.

Happiness comes from the strangest of sources.

So, I didn’t keep my word. Every now and then, I make promises that I don’t end up keeping.

And I read somewhere the other day that we should talk about what we’ve achieved only after we do rather than when we’re thinking of going about it.

So, I’m going to keep mum for now.

I’ll talk about how I’m feeling inspired instead. And give you the backstory before that.

I was in a car accident this afternoon. Thank God nothing happened to me physically. But that doesn’t discount the mental trauma I went through. I tried to get over it. But it flipped something in my brain, obviously. I was very upset. It brought unpleasant memories to the fore. I cried a little. And then I thought I’d watch a movie. So, I asked for recommendations on my social networks for a pick-me-up movie. I watched the trailers of the recommendations that came in. And I decided to watch Leap Year. At that point, it had not registered with me that the film had been inspired by Jab We Met. Half-way through the film, I realise the similarities between both movies. And that just made me happy. Because I’m a huge huge Imtiaz Ali fan. And obviously, that’s why I was drawn to watch Leap Year. That means I’m consistent with my taste. And there is scope to adapt something you like.

During the movie, I received a phone call. I opened myself up to my friend and spoke about my feelings. I’m smiling after the movie and feeling much better.

Continue reading Happiness comes from the strangest of sources.

#MTOS | Movie Talk on Sunday | Shakespeare's Film Adaptations

On Sunday (21st June 2015), I’m hosting Movie Talk on Sunday (#MTOS) on Twitter at 8pm GMT.

I’ll post a question every 10 minutes from my Twitter handle (@dhruvis). You can join in the discussion by tweeting your answer beginning with the question number and hashtagging #MTOS.

I’ve chosen to discuss Shakespeare’s film adaptations.

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