Month: May 2015

Play Review: Unfaithfully Yours

The year is 1990. This year, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 28 long years, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed due to the fear of it falling over and Pretty Woman is playing in cinemas. Closer home, food poisoning kills 450 people at an engagement party in UP and L K Advani is active in politics. It is also in this year that Akash (Rohit Roy) and Preet (Mona Singh) are married. But not to each other. They meet in a chance encounter and thus starts an affair. Akash and Preet decide to meet on the same date – 28th October- each year at the same resort in Goa. I assume they do not talk between these times as there are many mentions of the character’s fears that the other person won’t turn up. This first encounter is charged with sexual tension and lust. One of the most striking things about this play is that both the artists seem extremely comfortable in scenes requiring a certain degree of intimacy. Pecks on the …

5 things you should be doing in your relationship right now

If you’ve ever read any advice on how to keep a relationship going, you would know the concept of date night. It’s where both the people in the relationship take time off from their work, dress up and head to a fancy, usually expensive restaurant to spend quality time together. What no one ever tells you is what really happens on these dates. Scenario one, husband asks wife where she wants to go. Wife gets pissed that husband hasn’t put in enough effort to even think of a place. Loses her cool. Fight ensues. Scenario two, both start talking about how they are so glad they did this and they should do it more often. Wife brings up something that happened at home. Husband says can’t you leave it for right now. Wife says he never listens to her. Fight ensues. Scenario three- husband is dressed and waiting. Wife takes time to get dressed. Husband wants to be back for football game but can’t tell her. She is finally dressed. He seems distracted during date …

Vogue, Cosmo, HB and Allure: Then and now!

Women around the world open these glossies to look at images of women with unattainable bodies and curves. But, that not all they have to offer. You also get to feel poor and like you suck in bed. But these magazines have dictated fashion, sex, makeup and everything in between for decades now. They weren’t always like this though. Let’s have a look at the evolution of some of the most popular magazines of our times. Vogue Vogue that is the bible of all things fashion now was first published in 1892. It was founded by Arthur Turnure in the US as a weekly publication. The first issue came out in December and was for 10 cents. The magazine was aimed at the noveau riche and concentrated on fashion but sports and social affairs were included for its male audience Conde Nast, the person, bought out the magazine in 1905 and Conde Nast- the company- still publishes this title worldwide. Anna Wintour, the legend, joined American Vogue in July 1988. She’s still there. Now: Vogue …

Hair Service Review: Juice Salon, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla

When you go a brand like Juice, you expect the service to be fresh and chilled. Preferably with two cubes of ice. Served in a tall glass. I guess this salon had glass everywhere so that’s a tick. This also caused people walking around to peep in and watch you as your hair sits matted on your scalp. Juice , the brand of salons, has been around the while. They used to have a bright yellow and blue logo which they have dumped for a sleek black and white look. Phoenix Market City Kurla has a Juice outlet and I made my way to this place for a hair spa session. The Space The salon has a fun look to it. The ceiling has yellow bulbs sprouting from it. The backdrop to the reception has TiGi products which have fabulous colours and the nail service area features bright blues and oranges. The salon chairs are transparent so if you are wearing butt-crack revealing jeans, you should hitch them up. The place has nice touches of …

6 weight loss myths debunked

Some people stop rice. Some stop cold water. Some stop being logical. The process to losing weight comes with its own challenges. What is not required is random information that isn’t true at all and makes everyone constantly question their choices. I met Mary Benny Joseph from VLCC India during a bloggers meet and asked her to debunk the myths surrounding weight loss. And she did a fabulous job. Here’s the truth about the talk making the rounds. 1) You shouldn’t eat rice and rotis together ‘This is absolutely wrong and a myth’, says Mary. You can have both but it’s the quantity that you will have to keep in check. You can balance it out by having a little less of one and little more of the other but having them together is no problem at all. 2) Starting your day with lemon, water and honey Weight loss stories will have you believe that the warm water+lemon+honey formula in the morning works like magic. You drink this and your weight simply hops off your …

Spa Review: AromaThai Foot Spa, R City

If you’ve been spoiled by Thailand, India is no place for you. Cheap, paid services aren’t easily available here. By services, I mean massages but of course that’s what you were thinking as well. You know when you go to Thailand and there are so many massage parlours and you pop in for a foot massage and you feel awesome because it’s just so cheap? Yeah, that doesn’t happen in Mumbai. Especially if the place is located in a mall. I opted for a foot massage from Aromathai Foot Spa. What follows is a soleful experience. *Laughs manically* I love puns! The space Located on the third floor of R City, Aromathai Foot Spa stands awkwardly between a whole line of restaurants. The entrance consists of a tiny seating area and a desk behind which a spa manager stands. Inside, the foot massage area has four chairs and I couldn’t see much of the rest of the spa but they do offer full body therapies for which I assume they have rooms. This spa stands …

10 things no one tells you about being a copywriter

Having a blog is fun but it also means that you are broke and alone most of the time. So, the good Samaritan that I am, posted on a media forum that I would like to help out people who were confused about careers and getting into copywriting. And man was I flooded! People asked me a lot of things but here’s a few things that they don’t tell you about copywriting. Some of the things in here will surprise you, some not. 1) Copywriting is not about writing Well it is. But it isn’t just about writing. Yes, you do need the ability to string together a sentence but that’s not where it stops. You need to be able to ideate. You need to think if that one more way to sell orange juice. And you need to do it on a deadline. 2) It’s not for freshers. Unless. The cold, honest truth? The short stories and plays written in college will barely get you a foot in the door. It does give you …