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Textured Tales : My visit to a Wonderland of clothes

What happens when you do not belong to the world of Fashion and are invited to a fashion soiree? You are looking forward to see the high frat strutting their stuff and loads of air kissing. Well, this one was something with a difference. The designer called every individual on her guest list, personally. No event management company handling the invites from a list of potential customers. This was the place with a difference. Just like the designer’s clothes, this invite to have a cuppa and have a dekho at her new line of summer wear. I never had any thoughts about which dress to wear to the event because from the call I knew, this is like going to a friend’s house and spending time in her drawing room just catching up, as the day passed by with its different hues.
I wanted to be at the store early to be able to go through the clothes and leave soon before the clients start walking in and trying clothes. I did not want to hang around after I had bought something. The idea of tea was so …

Ambedkar Jayanti, Haldi Kumkum...a slice of Amchi Mumbai

Looking for inspiration every morning to get out of bed? Do you wake up early morning saying "let me go for a run"? I do not do any of these things knowing I should. I know that I have so much to be grateful for and we all do. But I am never content. Always looking at what I don't have and how I can acquire. It could be a skill, a habit, a trait, an art, a thing or more. If nothing , then I am looking at which new holiday destination I can go to. Don't know if this makes me restless or gives me a purpose in life. When one thing is accomplished, I seem to move on without even acknowledging myself for a job well done. What I have realised is all this is okay for myself but my fear is that I am expecting this from others too, in an unconscious manner. I don't want to have too many expectations from people but even there I am upping it. Am I getting more disappointed? Not at all. Though I am a little concerned if people are feeling the pressure with me. Gosh, I am s…

My Laundry

A friend from the Yog class introduced me to a dry cleaner without a name. I give only my expensive garments or sarees in the laundry for dry cleaning. The idea is that the colour should not run or fade as it happens in home wash and colours of lace or embroidery should not bleed. I find dry cleaning clothes an expensive proposition and I land up spending so much more for an already expensive garment, just to maintain it. I may not even want to repeat that garment after seven wears. Here the term expensive is relative. I have given sarees for dry cleaning for Rs. 150 to 599 per saree. This dry cleaners is a hole in the wall kind of a place. It has no sign board. The shop is unlike a shop and more like a wall of a godown. The friend is a  thorough Gujarati and I made her swear a couple of times that the Dry cleaner is reliable. We do not use the word laundry or laundromat often. It is almost always called the Dry Cleaner without the mandatory 's' at the end. 
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Compounders

I have been taking a lot of Uber taxis these days. I was on the phone with a friend of mine talking to her about Chaitra Navratra, cough, meals to be eaten and prayers to be said during this auspicious period. With the onset of the New Year of the Hindus, a whole lot of festivities set in. Our conversation flitted between lot of these topics. After my call was completed, the driver told me to have an Ayurvedic medicine  Jivdaya Cough Tone for cough. He went on to explain how his son was diagnosed with Asthma at the age of two and the Doctor asked him to take the pump. His friend recommended the Jivdaya Cough Tone along with taking steam of water with cabbage leaves and little Vicks cream. The child is cured of Asthma and is now 12 years old. He said Allopathic medicines can harm the liver and should be taken as the last resort when the home made remedies don't work. His wife has Gall Bladder stones and she is taking homeopathic treatment. He was so good with numbers and the names…