Guys and gals: Get a pair of Dhoti pants!!!

Actor Sangeeta Bijlani goes for the androgynous look with a vest and dhoti pants ensemble. How cool is that!

Actor Sangeeta Bijlani goes for the androgynous look with a vest and dhoti pants ensemble. How cool is that!

While a dhoti can make you look incredibly sexy, the undesired folds and creases after 5 minutes of roaming around in a dhoti can  make the outfit look very drab. The solution? A ready to wear, pre-stitched dhoti!!! Yes, as simple as that. Fashion designer Anita Dongre dolled up actor Purab Kohli and sultry siren Sangeeta Bijlani in dhoti outfits. Take a cue and follow suit…

Follow actor Purab Kohli's 'dhoti pants' style file to stand out at a family function

Follow actor Purab Kohli’s ‘dhoti pants’ style file to stand out at a family function

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Irish House, Mumbai: Guzzle, guzzle, eat, eat…

Irish House, which had only one Mumbai address till now – in Palladium at Lower Parel, now has an outpost in Kala Ghoda. My friends and I dropped by on a weekend and were pleased to see that Kala Ghoda now has another cool joint to unwind in. Looks and ambience wise, both the joints are almost identical, a common trait with most restaurant/pub chains. Dim lights, super cool music and plate full of food pretty much summarises Irish House. Yes, Ireland is a cold place and the guys like their food to arrive in big portions and they have a soft corner for beer and all things meaty. Irish House doesn’t disappoint when it comes to recreating Ireland to the core, and dare I say, it does bring to life a small yet significant piece of the local Irish culture in Mumbai. I mean think about it, aren’t you fed up of being served six pieces of perfectly sliced fried potato when you order French Fries in most joints. Ask for Nachos and you’ll be staring at a plate with 10 triangles with creamy sauce on, if you’re lucky, four of them. In Irish House, one serving of Nachos is enough to keep you going for the next hour or two.

Irish House - KalaGhoda, Mumbai

Irish House – KalaGhoda, Mumbai

On the drinks front, the joint has several types of beer for aficionados. Murphy’s and Chinese beer to name a few. Ask for an assortment of Beer shots if you are in the mood to sample ’em all. The bar boasts of over 30 varieties of beer, Irish whiskies and single malts. Cocktails such as the Chocolate Martini (recommended) and several spiced Mojitos are also on the menu. The Mexican Mojito was a hit with those who like their drinks laced with a tangy minty flavor. We also loved the Smoked Chicken Crostini, Rs250 (smoked chicken and artichoke with mozzarella on toasted bread) and the Rolling Duck, Rs 425 (aromatic roasted duck wrapped in a spring roll and served with chili plum sauce). Lamb Pie, The Irish Lions Chicken Tenders and the Prawns Chermoula are a few of the other must-haves from the menu.

Lamb Pie

Lamb Pie

On the down side, the Onion rings, which is listed as the World’s Best Onion Rings, Rs 200, on the menu is a disaster with oil dripping on the edges and street side bhajiya like coating to them and are an instant put off.

But who really goes to a bar to enjoy a hearty meal? At least not anyone I know… So, generous portions of good food are just an added reason to visit Irish House. The real reason, of course, is to soak in a distinct vibe that each bar/lounge/pub emits. Irish House has an unmistakable laid back Irish charm to it. Wooden décor here plays a very vital role in establishing laid back and gung ho in the same space. Irish House doesn’t compromise on space either. There are all types of seating, near the bar, corner tables, bar stools and regular tables laid out for guests. You’ll find young collegians, corporate groups, foreigners and even senior citizens in designer garbs letting their hair down at Irish House. Obviously, a haunt that is attracting people from all walks and age groups, has to have something to write home about, no?

The Irish Lions Chicken Tenders

The Irish Lions Chicken Tenders

Address:

The Irish House, Rampart Row,

30 K. Dubash Marg, Kalaghoda,

Mumbai 400023

Tel: (+91-22) 49150001/02

Timings: 12 noon to 1:30 am

Facebook Trends, 2012: Select City Walk in Delhi the ‘Most Checked In’ location, and Tumhi Ho Bandhu from Cocktail the most Shared song on FB…

Facebook Trends, 2012 in India

Facebook Trends, 2012 in India

Facebook’s 2012 trends list for India reveals fascinating insights into India’s social behavior.

Chart showing most 'Checked In' locations on Facebook, in India, on 2012

Chart showing most ‘Checked In’ locations on Facebook, in India, on 2012

§  India’s Most Checked-in locations in 2012

Based on the list of most checked-in locations, it shows that people from India’s metro cities tend to check in more, in comparison to other Indian cities. Delhi-ites seem to be the more proactive, as most of the checked-in locations in the top 20 list belong to the capital city.

The Indian urban consumers’ love for modern day retail outlets is reflected in the fact that Select City Walk, a popular mall in south Delhi, is the most checked-in location on Facebook for 2012. Ambience mall from Delhi, Inorbit mall from Mumbai and The Great India Place in Delhi NCR are also within the overall top 15.

Café 1 Boulevard, a café in South Delhi, eclipses chains such as Hard Rock Café, Delhi, Leopold Café, Mumbai and Toit, Bangalore, to claim the top spot for cafes and restaurants, in the most checked-in location for 2012. Local north India favorite, Sukhdev Dhaba at Murthal, took number #4 spot, in the most checked-in location for 2012.

The top songs shared on Facebook in 2012 for India goes to reiterate that Bollywood continues to dominate the Indian music industry. The most shared song on Facebook was ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’ from the movie Cocktail. That was followed by ‘Daaru Desi’ again from Cocktail and then ‘Pani Da Rang’ from Vicky Donor, at number #2 and #3 spots respectively. The results clearly showcase the fascination for the music from Cocktail.

Chart showing most shared songs on Facebook in 2012

Chart showing most shared songs on Facebook in 2012

Pippa is back. But we’ll look at her from the front…

Pippa Middleton rocks it in a Gucci bag in London. Pic courtesy: Splash News.

Pippa Middleton rocks it in a Gucci bag in London. Pic courtesy: Splash News.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, the now pregnant wife of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has a hot sister who is still unmarried and has caught the attention of several single men around the globe. And though mostly talked about for her posterior, the young lady does look dapper when fully clothed, flashing her dimples. Here’s a recent picture of Pippa, in London. Wrapped in trench coat style jacket, carrying a Gucci Fall/Winter 2012-13 brown leather medium Soft Stirrup bag with top-stitching and gold spur detail. Adorable, isn’t she?

Paris Hilton walks and spins at the India Resort Fashion Week in Goa

Paris Hilton performing at IRFW 2012

Paris Hilton performing at IRFW 2012

Renowned socialite and entrepreneur Paris Hilton, known mostly for her sex tape and turning up at events with her pet chihuahua in her pocket, made a grand appearance as a DJ on the last day of the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) in Goa. Yes, the pretty heiress has added another feather to her cap and she decided to spin her tunes in India this time around. Should we be honored? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, one can’t ignore the publicity the fashion event got with her presence. There are far better DJ’s in the world, no doubt, some who will argue that Paris is just another socialite who is trivializing the sanctity of their craft, but when it comes to grabbing eyeballs, Paris knows her job like no other. All of Goa was abuzz with news of The Paris Hilton actually being behind a console, wanting to make people dance.
She even walked the finale for designer duo Shane and Falguni Peacock, in a showstopper outfit from their luxury cruise 2013 collection. Here are the pics…

Showstopper Paris Hilton with Falguni and Shane  Peacock_IRFW 2012

Showstopper Paris Hilton with Falguni and Shane Peacock_IRFW 2012

Showstopper Paris Hilton in Falguni and Shane Peacock_IRFW 2012

Showstopper Paris Hilton in Falguni and Shane Peacock_IRFW 2012