I’m a sucker for quirky things. Anything with an element of design makes it irresistible and I think that’s the case with most people these days.
Honestly, there are so many festivals being held in India, that it’s difficult to say which one is worth your time and which is not. I’m sure there will be different reasons for people to like one festival over another as well. What set the Mud Rush apart from others, for me, is that it is held twice a year and in a different location, giving me an opportunity to have a blast and explore a new destination at the same time. Mud Rush, now an event that most people actually look forward to attending, was last held in February 2013, in Kolad, Maharashtra. Six months later, the venue was Fort Jadhavgadh in Pune, Maharashtra. Check out these pictures, taken at Fort Jadhavgadh, during the event.
It’s quite simple: Participants have to run along a muddy track and clear various levels of obstacles. You are considered and made to feel like a winner, provided you finish the run. The Pune edition, which took place on August 31, 2013, kept with the theme of the Fort and had people in traditional Maratha garb blow the trumpet and drums for those who finished the run and as they were presented with medals and a chilled can of beer. Awesome!
What followed was a day of relaxation under the sun and grooving to signature beats of various DJ’s, throughout the day. The actual party, of course, began only once the sun began to set… and had even the most tired Mud Rusher tapping his feet involuntarily…
PSSTTTT…: Aamby Valley has been declared as the Mud Rush venue for February 2014. Start preparing already…
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherji’s trends for the upcoming season, in his Grand Finale show at Lakme Fashion Week F/W 2013, drastically moved away from pop and all things bright. His trend forecast is back to the classics as beige, black, gold, red and rust ruled his collection. Saris with satin and velvet pallus also formed a major part of his line-up. Most of his designs had a distinct English aura about them, fused with Indian royalty. Don’t miss out on the chic factor, so cleverly introduced by the designer, in the form of striped T-shirt blouses. Genius, indeed!
Why, Sonakshi Sinha, why? Just when we thought that you’ve given your wardrobe a make over or hired a sensible stylist, you spring an ugly one on us! Leather-y blouse with a distinct Spandex-ish sheen to it that threatens to slide off, exposing more of a well nourished shoulder — how could you not know that this deady sari-blouse combo is anything but flattering? Add to it the WWF Championship gold belt on the waist and it’s a recipe for disaster! As if the harsh monsoons this season is not inflicting enough pain on us already… 😦
My first impressions of stand up comedian Sorabh Pant were formed from his picture on a standee. He was to do a stand up act for Advent House who was promoting Drambuie’s (amazing liqueur made from malt whisky, honey, herbs and spices) entry in the Indian market. Sporting a wide grin, he was staring out of the standee with his donkey teeth literally jutting out of the frame. Franky, he looked every bit the eager-to-impress chu**ya comedian, who will not shy away from shoving his tasteless jokes down the throats of a bored audience. However, when Sorabh’s name was announced, the man who came up looked like a hybrid version of the picture on the standee. Well-built (a rare sight and relief from pot bellied stand up comedians) and good looking, he didn’t disappoint even when he opened his mouth. Since the crowd present was small and Indian, he stuck to desi jokes, taking jabs at people from various communities. North Indians, South Indians, Gujaratis, Marwadis, married couples, singles, Indian men and women in general… Sorabh highlighted the best and worst in them all, evoking a knowing laugh from the audience who instantly connected with his rants. But what struck me most about this funny man is that apart from the ability to tell a joke, he was a damn good actor. Mind you, not every person who is good at stand up proves to be a good actor. But this guy seemed to have it in him. He switched from doing a fantastic Barrack Obama imitation to dancing like a manic at an Indian wedding to gaining back his calm composure within seconds and effortlessly.
At the beginning of the act, Sorabh’s introduction stated that he was named as one of the top comedians to watch out for in India, by several publications. Twenty minutes into his act, I couldn’t agree more and if I may… Sorabh Pant… you could make a killing by joining the movies too. Not as a hero though. Don’t flatter yourself. 😀
So, it’s common knowledge by now that actress Malaika Arora Khan’s great figure (read:abs) is home to a baton of stretch marks she got when she was pregnant. She’s been a bit open about it and the fact that she didn’t get them surgically removed sends a positive message to scores of women who are constantly feeling let down by their bodies post pregnancy. Joining the league of women who chose to keep their pregnancy scars is actress Chitrangada Singh. She did one movie: Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. She was lauded for her brilliant acting and great looks. It was widely reported that she was married, and that too, to a famous man from the sports world and just as the critics started to speculate if she was the next big thing on the movies scene, Chitrangada packed her bags and vanished. But she came back. And that too when she was at a phase of her life when most actresses prefer to hang up their boots. Please excuse the cliche, but you get the point — she was married, took a break to have a child, crossed 30 years of age and… AND… STRETCH MARKS! Yes. The one reason most heroines stop wearing revealing clothes and why women stop flirting! Chitrangada seems to have plenty of them on her well-toned abs. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream and winning a million hearts.
Moral of the story: Stretch marks are like creases on an excellent outfit. The outfit doesn’t really define you and the creases should definitely not stop you from flaunting it.
Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made heads turn when she walked the Cannes 2012 red carpet, showing off her post delivery curves in an Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla Indian ensemble. The outfit met with mixed reviews – with most fashion critics harping on the fact that the beige and gold sari only highlighted Ash’s voluptuousness.
This time, however, the fashion duo seemed to have the approval of a majority of critics, as they dressed actor Tabu for the Golden Globes 2013. Yes — our darling Tabu dazzled on the red carpet in an equally inflaming red and gold sari. She was accompanied by Life of Pi director Ang Lee and the actor who played her son, Pi, in the movie, Suraj Sharma. Talking about the gorgeous sari, Abu-Sandeep said, “This mirror work jacket is a revival of our vintage work in mirror from 24 years ago. We teemed it with a sari in vermillion, the colour of India. She carried the ensemble and herself to perfection, the way she always does.” Jackpot, we say!
Popular American rapper Snoop Dogg is knows how to work up a crowd. He doesn’t wait to do that only during his concert but takes it upon himself to jazz up what would otherwise have been lackluster press announcements. In Mumbai, on Thursday, he told the media that he was definitely looking forward to see what India’s got in store for him as he tours Delhi and Pune for his concert this month. The Dogg humoured the audience as he announced, “I am excited to be performing in India with my first ever concert tour. India produces some bangin’ music and movies, and I have always wanted to visit and be a part of that, ya dig? I want my gigs to be the best party for my fans and I can’t wait to show the country some love! Get ready India, because here comes the King!” Even though the Dogg wore with his trademark straight face expression while making that statement, one couldn’t help but mentally picture him move his hands as if he were rapping, each time he spoke to the media. Well, like they say, you know the person is a star, when you tell the real from the make-believe persona… because they eventually unite to become one… and that, friends, is Snoop Dogg for ya’ll.
Amanora Park, Pune on 11th January, 2013
Leisure Valley, Huda Grounds, Gurgaon on 13th January 2013