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How to drape a saree gracefully


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Draping a sareeThe beauty of the saree is enhanced by the way it is draped. There are professional drapers now who can make a bride wear three sarees and still look so slim and beautiful. But some of the traditional styles still look good.

The saree may be an ancient Indian clothing style, but new draping styles ensure that it always seems new. The rediscovery of the saree by the fashion world has ensured many new styles of draping. Some fashion schools claim to have 200 different styles of draping the saree. Mumbai-based designer Shaina NC is one of those who have brought saree draping into focus as a skill.

Wedding day


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VenuePlanning for the Big Day

Marriages are considered to be a celebration of life. But they can only be memorable, if every aspect of the ceremony and celebrations goes off without a hitch. Archana Mahajan assembles a handy list of dos and don’ts to ensure that confusion and chaos don’t ruin that perfect evening.

Making arrangements is a pains-taking task. The planning has to start at least two to five months before the ceremony, with the choice and booking of the venue. This is the first step one should take when planning the wedding.

Community Wedding


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Maharashtrian Wedding“HI PORI MAHARASHTRA CHI…”

Marriages in Maharashtra are very similar in tradition to Hindu marriages. Still, there are certain rites and rituals that distinguish the marriage ceremonies performed in this part of Western India, as Archana Mahajan discovers.

A Maharashtrian wedding has all the trappings and traditions of a typical Hindu wedding.

Weddings in Maharashtra spell hope and joy for everyone involved. For the families of the couple, the day is the fruition of months of planning, buying and great care is taken to make sure that elders are respected and proprieties are followed. The wedding is hosted by the family of the bride who consults the groom and his family about any special preferences. Though each community within Maharashtrians follows slighty different traditions, all of them look forward to this day of merrymaking and feasting.

Food for Love


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AphrodisiacsThere is food for health, food that makes you more beautiful and then there is food for love. Food, that promises to help you experience to the hilt the physical expression of this rather exotic human emotion called love. Since time immemorial man has believed in the powers of certain foods to help enhance this experience. A number of scholars have tried to prove that the so called “love foods” are just a figment of imagination of the human mind. Some have given scientific data to prove their point. Yet the belief still holds strong. Probably because, “love foods” bring together two of the most potent human needs and passions-sex and food.

In ancient times aphrodisiacs were much sought after for promoting both fertility and sexual appetite. And in reality they are good foods that improve our health. Healthy minds and healthy bodies are the two pre-requisites for better sex. Besides, it naturally follows that a well nourished person is naturally expected to have a healthy sexual appetite and will be in a better position to conceive and enjoy better sex than a malnourished person, the experimentation with aphrodisiacs or “love foods” went on.

Fusion Wedding


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Fusion WeddingThe age old story of girl meets boy. Falls in love. And there is the grand finale, that is the wedding remains the same. But the twist in the kahani is that today our world is expanding at an unbelievable pace. So, people are moving out of their hometowns in search of better life opportunities. This in turn is dissolving the barriers of state, community and religion. Today mixed marriages are fast becoming a norm rather than stray occurrences.

Keeping pace with all these changes are the customs and traditions connected to the institution of holy matrimony. Today we have what is known as “fusion weddings”. My first experience of such an occasion was at the wedding of my friend Laeticia (a bengali Christian) and her fiancée Indar(a hutta khutta Punjabi sardar). It was a truly exciting affair.