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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Review: Gori Tere Pyar Mein - Lacklustre at best

Review Gori Tere Pyar Mein - Kareena Kapoor & Imran Khan
Gori Tere Pyar Mein could have been a much better film
One thing is certain – the combination of Imran Khan and director Punit Malhotra is like a lead balloon. Their attempts at rom-coms are enough to make anyone “hate luv stories”. A Bollywood romantic comedy is deceptively simple. Songs, dances and a few laughs frame a basic formula - boy meets girl, kahani mein twist, love conquers all. Gori Tere Pyar Mein is a classic example of how to get it wrong.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Ram-Leela Style guide

The film Ram Leela may have its faults but style-wise it’s a winner. Designer Anju Modi has created some wonderful costumes and the film is full of inspiration for fashion lovers.
Deepika Padukone - Ram Leela Style guide
Add some desi-girl vibrancy to your wardrobe this season
1. The gaghra-choli
The decision to dress Deepika entirely in gaghra-cholis may have been based on authenticity but, all of a sudden, the Gujrati signature costume has never seemed more desirable. Our tailors, bodies and sensibilities may not be able to cope with the sexy, backless cholis Leela wears in the movie but, with less revealing blouses, this is a trend that is going to have wings. Expect to see multiple versions of the lengha-choli at every wedding for the forseeable future.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Ram Leela Review - Bollywood movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ram Leela is the story of two lovers from feuding Gujarati clans. Played by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, Ram and Leela are a sensual, audacious, 21st century version of Romeo and Juliet.

Ram Leela Review - Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Shamaeel Ansari - the unsung doyenne of Pakistani fashion

Shamaeel Ansari - Pakistani fashion designer
Shamaeel Ansari is known for her silhouettes, detailing and craftsmanship.
Elegant, cosmopolitan and oh-so-pretty – Shamaeel Ansari’s designer wear is a class apart. Despite being one of the pioneers of Pakistani fashion, Ansari is a relatively unsung hero. Her exquisite pieces wow at Fashion Weeks but are perceived as not being widely available. While relatively new designers are forging ahead with retail outlets and multiple lines, the Shamaeel brand has taken a more low profile route. This has led some to believe that designing is merely a hobby for Ansari and that she is not serious about the business of fashion. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The 5 best Cafes in Karachi

coffee at bulters - The 5 best cafes in Karachi
Karachi's cafes offer more than just great coffee
In Karachi, the distinction between a café and a restaurant becomes a little blurred. In general, a café has a more relaxed atmosphere and a simpler menu than a restaurant.  Restaurants are generally somewhat more formal and tend to focus on full meals. The casual environment of a café is suitable for meetings and for hanging out. Cafes generally offer light snacks and desserts along with hot & cold drinks. That said, it’s seems that Karachi-ites like to have fairly substantial items on cafe menus so the distinction ends up being more about ambience, size and atmosphere.

Karachi has some great cafés. They invariably serve breakfast too because we Karachi-ites love our café breakfasts. Cafés in Karachi tend to introduce extensive breakfast menus or disappear without a trace. These are Karachista’s top five cafes.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

What reminds you of the UK whilst in Pakistan?

My winning entry to the blogging competition held by the British High commission in Islamabad.
Karachi is a sprawling mixture of old and new
On the face of it there seems to be little in scorching Karachi to remind anyone of Britain apart from some oft-neglected architecture. The British Raj that built some of Pakistan’s finest old buildings may be long gone, but it has left isolated bastions of British-ness in the clubs formed by long-gone expats. The steamed puddings at Karachi Boat Club can transport me straight back to my school days in London while the wooden-paneled staircases of Sindh Club remind me of my days at Oxford.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Styling 101 - add panache and personality to the way you dress with some simple styling tips

It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Style is not just about beautiful clothes. The prettiest outfits can look simply awful if they are styled badly. Vidya Balan in this lovely Sabyasachi Mukherjee jora at the Cannes film festival is a prime example.
Vidya Balan at Cannes in Sabyasachi - Fashion disaster
Vidya Balan in Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Monday, 4 November 2013

The perfect Dinner Party Gift

It’s considered impolite to turn up empty-handed to a dinner party but a hostess gift shouldn’t be the result of a last-minute dash to a florist or bakery.

Whether it's a posh dinner party or a casual affair, the hosts will have worked on the ambience

Sunday, 3 November 2013

From my bookshelf to yours - Great Reads 1: Cracking Stories

Books have been my passion, my solace, my favourite pastime and my indulgence for as long as I can remember.
One of my reading spots
I love sharing great books and am always hunting down books that I've lent to one friend or another. These are some favourites from my bookshelf - books that I owe many pleasurable hours. These are not my top 5 books of any genre but they all have gripping stories and are well written. I hope you enjoy them as much I did.
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