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Acne 101

Acne is probably one of the biggest sources of teenage angst. But what do you do when acne hits you when you’re 27 and causes mid-to-late-twenties angst?

Last August when I moved to New York, I expected getting crushed by swarms of New Yorkers on the subway, not by the barrage of cystic acne on my chin, jaws and cheeks I was greeted with. While I had always dealt with some acne since my teens, it hadn’t been serious in years. And the cystic acne started causing scarring and hyper-pigmentation (because having deep painful infected pus filled nodules isn’t bad enough) making my life a living hell. I was constantly wearing make up to cover it all and inadvertently making it worse. But then I started reading more about the underlying causes of acne and tried to fix what I felt was going wrong with my body.


Work Wear?

“Do what you love, love what you do. “

Sounds like the anthem of our generation doesn’t it? A thought that’s been plastered across so many motivational posters and self help boards on Pinterest that it’s almost become clichéd. But how lucky are we to live in a generation where doing something that you love that may not be conventional is admired? It wasn’t too long ago that the only acceptable occupations in India were doctor, engineer, accountant and housewife.  And it’s not just occupations that have evolved, workplaces and consequentially work wear have also come a long way.

I spent an afternoon at the collaborative workspace Social Offline– an interesting mix of work and play. Play because it’s a bar that I’m sure most of you have heard of. And work because  in just one afternoon I met some extremely creative people from a plethora of industries and fields. A very big change from the office of the IT firm I interned at as soon as I graduated from college.  I love that perceptions of how a workplace should be and how we should dress at our workplaces are being challenged.  Would I be able to work in a bar? I don’t think so. I need quiet. And a little peace. But I like the idea of it, of interacting with people who are doing things that are so different from you on an everyday basis, all while getting your shit done.



Dastkar Bazaar on Independence Day

Yesterday we celebrated 68 years of Indian freedom. We’re a generation that is lucky enough to be entitled to privileges that our forefathers had to fight for, and I can only imagine the strength, fortitude and sheer courage it took. They fought a battle on behalf of every future generation of this country, and for this I will always be grateful.

I love India’s diversity – in culture, language, and art. I got to celebrate  this diversity on India’s Independence Day  all thanks to Dastkar Bazaar.  Dastkar brings together craftsmen from across the country for a week long bazaar, enabling them to sell their work directly to consumers. Not only does this cut out the middleman and helps these craftsmen financially, but it also helps conserve traditional art forms.


The bazaar is held for a week in Bangalore every year, and I’ve been going for the past decade or so. This year it is at the Manpho Convention Center and is on only till tomorrow, Sunday the 17th of August.

They have workshops, artists performing live music and an array of products to choose from. Over the years the bazaar has gotten bigger, attracting larger crowds and in the process also becoming a little more commercial. But it is still definitely worth a visit. :)

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Bombay Diaries : Street Shopping

I love Bombay. I was in the city last week for a wedding and spent a good five days there. It always seems like the proportion of well dressed people is super high in Bombay, with good looking, stylish people everywhere! I’m pretty sure one of the reasons is that you have a lot more options for street shopping in Bombay where you can shop to your heart’s content without breaking the bank.

In the middle of all the wedding madness last week, I managed to squeeze in some shopping at Hill Road and Colaba. Nothing makes me happier than a good bargain 😀 But like a fool I’ve left all the jewellery I bought at Hill Road somewhere and spent the last two hours looking for it :(  So for now I will be content with my colaba loot.


Jewellery Shopping at Hill Road


Colaba Causeway


Bag – Rs 600, Sunglasses- Rs 150
Both from Colaba Causeway



Pants- Rs 150, Bracelets – Rs 100 each
Colaba Causeway

I’m hoping to solve the mystery of the lost Hill Road jewellery, since the stuff I found was really quite pretty :(

Next post on Mumbai food up soon !


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