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Tiwaria��s dramatic adaptation A�of the story of a little bird, calls out A�to audiences of all ages

CultureLeadGillo Gilehri, a theatre troupe specialising in theatre for young adults, brings their much acclaimed Taoos Chaman Ki Myna to town. Based on Naiyer Masuda��s story of a young girla��s relationship with a myna from the royal peacock garden, music and dance unite as the drama unfolds in the final moments of the last Nawab of Awadha��s reign. We catch up with director Atul Tiwari.

More on the tale
Everything is told through the prism of the little girl and the bird, making it relatable to a young audience. The story is also like Prem Chanda��s Eid Ghah in that ita��s that rare kind of tale that appeals to both children and adults.

Adapting the story for the stage
I know the author Naiyer Masud as Ia��m from Lucknow, but not this particular story. The Gillo Gilheri team gave me the abridged edition for kids, and the charming tale about a bird had great dramatic potential. I was immediately excited.

Setting in historic Lucknow
My upbringing was in Lucknow and it is in my blood and bones a�� I felt ashamed that I hadna��t done something on the city. Here I bring elements from the culture of the city through the storytelling and dance, food and language.

The role of dance and music
In the movement of the birds there is the grace of kathak, and there is the gravitas and grace that a Nawab who has been trained in kathak would have. Taoos Chaman Ki Myna is not a musical, but the music is like a sheer curtain through which you see the play. Amod Bhatt has done a brilliant job a�� hea��s one of the best theatre musicians in the country.

The audience
Ia��m looking forward to performing here because it is a wonderful cosmopolitan audience. Ia��m sure that we will be able to entertain them!
On October 8, 6.30 pm, ADA Rangamandira. Tickets (Rs. 100 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

a��Maegan Dobson Sippy

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    Just last week, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the elusive phase three of FM radio was a�?on tracka�� and also a�?on timea��. And while we truly believe the on track part, since the phase has already spent many years in the pipeline, wea��re wary of the on time bit! But since he, and his team, has approved of 839 new stations in 294 cities to be set up before the year ends, it is certainly a pot of gold at the end of an endless rainbow. Hopefully, we will have a lot of variety and energy to add to our air waves soon.

    Indigo 91.9 has just completed a unique eight in a city saturated with stations that sound like each other. Michelle Patrao, one of their RJs says, a�?We have been the only international radio station in Bangalore and more importantly, we were the first in India.a�? Indigo went live for straight 24 hours to celebrate the anniversary. Says Patrao, a�?The best part of my job? I get a chance to spend a whole four hours with Nathan Woerter (fellow RJ) every weekday and we talk about gadgets, fitness, health, gender wars, culture clashes and play happy music. If you dona��t have the right content, you will never have listener participation. And whata��s a radio show without people calling?a�?

    Patrao grew interested in radio, listening to Rohit Barker and she rewinds, a�?My first radio job was in Dubai at a station called Radio Spice, back in 2007.a�? Since then, she has made many memories like once broadcasting all the way from Dublin, pranking her mother by claiming she was having a baby, meeting the Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg and being mobbed at college fests.

    Lessons learnt on air? She signs off, a�?Better to be a trendsetter than a copycat. And radio has taught me to be grateful for the life I have, for the fun I have at work, for the voice I have and the difference I can make in peoplea��s lives.a�?

    How has FM radio evolved in India? Says Patrao, a�?In comparison to the rest of the world, we are still babies. We have come a long way but have a long way to go.a�? Minister Javadekar, are you listening?

    a�� Reema Moudgil |A�Inputs: Aakanksha Devi

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      Circus stunts and a broad-based A�global menu with lots of specials A�at the Marriott Whitefield

      Even if you think you are too cool for wandering magicians, clowns, bouncy castles and cotton candy, you cannot ignore the attractive stacks of sugar-crafted goodies as you make your way to the revamped mega Sunday brunch at the Marriott Whitefield. While the kids were taking turns at the bouncy castle and raiding the popcorn machine, we settled down for some liquid refreshment, which arrived quickly in the form of a refreshing orange mojito for me and a lemon drop and a pomegranate martini for my companion.

      Quick on the draw, the wait staff, clown faces firmly in place, loaded up the table with an assortment of fried seafood, crispy calamari rings, succulent prawns and tasty fresh fish along with pani puri and skewered chicken kabobs to nibble on. We then put the salad bar to good use, Thinly sliced parma ham, an assortment of cheeses and breads, a serving of my favorite water melon and feta cheese plus the leeway to get very creative with all the greens and dressings on hand.

      Then, we spotted a serving of grilled pork belly on the table. This one was a no brainer a�� full of flavour and not too fatty with the barbeque sauce on the side. After two helpings, I needed to take a breather. Two helpings later, I was about to lapse into a food coma but someone recommended the beef burger that was doing the rounds. By far the best beef burger Ia��ve had in a long time, it was juicy, pink and perfectly seasoned. If you have a healthy appetite, the offerings here range from dimsum and sushi, Thai curries, shawarma rolls and pasta. Plus, a line up of classic Indian fare from butter chicken, and mutton biryani, to the always welcome appam and stew. But then the colourful dessert counter, meant to attract the kids, beckoned. Brightly decorated cupcakes vied for attention with pineapple upside downs and cinnamon apple crumbles. Or if your sweet tooth is out of control, then gooey chocolate pudding, Indian sweets and assorted ice creams. A�Rs. 1750++. Details: 8884477218

      a��Frances Rao

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        MasterChef India winner Shipra Khanna prepares for a culinary tour of Australia with some imaginative food experiments

        Since winning MasterChef India in A�2012, Shipra Khannaa��s fingers are in A�many pies. Her maiden restaurant House of Taste opened in Ahmedabad, shea��s penned a bestselling cookbook Spice Route, and is currently anchoring two cookery shows on the Food Food channel. We caught up with her as she packs her bags to join MasterChef Travel as their culinary ambassador.

        On winning MasterChef India
        What you see on television is different to the reality. Ita��s actually a circus! The pool of cameras and people around you is baffling. It was an interesting journey because I had such fierce competition.

        Exotic dishes and fusion cuisines
        Some of my innovations have gone global. Ia��m proud of my yam mousse, which came top in the MasterChef boot camp. Ia��ve also come up with tandoori chicken sausage, a black rice risotto suitable for Jains, and a chicken breast pA?tA�. There is room for improvisation in savoury food, while baking has to be scientific.

        More on MasterChef Travel
        It is all about culinary holidays that celebrate food. Ia��m leading the Australia tour, which will include whipping up my signature wraps by the barrier reef, and picking fresh fruit in the Yarra valley to make our own ice cream. Ia��m excited as ita��s my first trip down under! Promos are already being aired in the current series of MasterChef, while highlights of the trip will be shown next series.

        Baking sweet treats
        Ia��ve always had a sweet tooth. Ia��m proud that Pure Sin is the first Indian show to specialise in desserts. I make it very relatable to the Indian audience by using familiar ingredients and keeping it simple. Indian deserts with a twist are a speciality, including flambA�ed gulab jamun and paan flavoured rasmalai.

        Working on set with children
        My series K for Kids has me cooking with four children each episode. We have lots of fun with easy recipes that use ingredients that children dona��t usually try. They loved my chaat that used brinjal wafers. They also liked the fruit-filled French toast.

        Favourite foods
        Ita��s hard for me to pick a favourite! Andhra thalis are such a treat, but since I have Punjabi roots I also love butter chicken and shahi paneer. I grew up in Himachal Pradesh, and there is some amazing food there, like the sidku steamed buns, redolent with Indian flavours.

        Eating as an art form
        Food is the only art form that requires all your senses. You have to plate it up beautifully because first you eat with your eyes. The smell has to tempt you to try it, and then of course the taste and texture has to be spot on too.

        MasterChef Australia, A�Fridays 9 pm, Star World; K forA�Kids, Fridays 7 am ; Pure Sin, Fridays 7 pm on Food Food.

        a�� Maegan Dobson Sippy

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          MasterChef India winner Shipra Khanna prepares for a culinary tour of Australia with some imaginative food experiments

          Since winning MasterChef India in A�2012, Shipra Khannaa��s fingers are in A�many pies. Her maiden restaurant House of Taste opened in Ahmedabad, shea��s penned a bestselling cookbook Spice Route, and is currently anchoring two cookery shows on the Food Food channel. We caught up with her as she packs her bags to join MasterChef Travel as their culinary ambassador.

          On winning MasterChef India
          What you see on television is different to the reality. Ita��s actually a circus! The pool of cameras and people around you is baffling. It was an interesting journey because I had such fierce competition.

          Exotic dishes and fusion cuisines
          Some of my innovations have gone global. Ia��m proud of my yam mousse, which came top in the MasterChef boot camp. Ia��ve also come up with tandoori chicken sausage, a black rice risotto suitable for Jains, and a chicken breast pA?tA�. There is room for improvisation in savoury food, while baking has to be scientific.

          More on MasterChef Travel
          It is all about culinary holidays that celebrate food. Ia��m leading the Australia tour, which will include whipping up my signature wraps by the barrier reef, and picking fresh fruit in the Yarra valley to make our own ice cream. Ia��m excited as ita��s my first trip down under! Promos are already being aired in the current series of MasterChef, while highlights of the trip will be shown next series.

          Baking sweet treats
          Ia��ve always had a sweet tooth. Ia��m proud that Pure Sin is the first Indian show to specialise in desserts. I make it very relatable to the Indian audience by using familiar ingredients and keeping it simple. Indian deserts with a twist are a speciality, including flambA�ed gulab jamun and paan flavoured rasmalai.

          Working on set with children
          My series K for Kids has me cooking with four children each episode. We have lots of fun with easy recipes that use ingredients that children dona��t usually try. They loved my chaat that used brinjal wafers. They also liked the fruit-filled French toast.

          Favourite foods
          Ita��s hard for me to pick a favourite! Andhra thalis are such a treat, but since I have Punjabi roots I also love butter chicken and shahi paneer. I grew up in Himachal Pradesh, and there is some amazing food there, like the sidku steamed buns, redolent with Indian flavours.

          Eating as an art form
          Food is the only art form that requires all your senses. You have to plate it up beautifully because first you eat with your eyes. The smell has to tempt you to try it, and then of course the taste and texture has to be spot on too.

          MasterChef Australia, A�Fridays 9 pm, Star World; K forA�Kids, Fridays 7 am ; Pure Sin, Fridays 7 pm on Food Food.

          a�� Maegan Dobson Sippy

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            Riteish & Geneliaa��s Sunday date
            Riteish Deshmukh, who was busy shooting Bangistan in Poland and Ladakh, is now into his next comedy, Bank Chor. The latter also stars Vivek Oberoi and Rhea Chakraborty. Chakraborty was last seen in Mere Dad Ki Maruti but whose next release is Sonali Cable. She is also in Babbu Ki Jawani. Directed by Bumpy, Bank Chor is a comic-caper about three a�?moronsa�� whose attempts at a bank robbery go terribly wrong and how they are caught in the crossfire of cops, industrialists and corrupt politicians. While this is keeping Deshmukh busy on one hand, on the other hea��s trying to spend quality time with his wife Genelia, who is expecting their first child around the end of the year. The supportive husband was spotted keeping her company on her evening stroll. Following close behind were two a�?mindersa�� and their pet Cocker Spaniel. Now isna��t that sweet.

            Hrithik makes magic
            This weeka��s release, Bang Bang, headlining Hrithik A�Roshan and Katrina Kaif, is an official remake of the tepid Hollywood action-romance Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Roshan said of the remake, before its release yesterday, a�?People have seen Knight and Day and now they can see our film. There is a big gap between what we started with and what we have made. You cannot compare the two.a�? Roshan has done many of the specially-designed action scenes himself. Ask him if he feels a coming down after the rush of doing an adrenaline-pumping scene and he says, a�?Not really. You cannot hold on to any glory. You have to acknowledge the victory and look ahead to see what you can do to make your day even better. Every single moment life can be an adventurea��you can be in your house and think what can I do to stimulate my mind?a�? On such day, sitting in his Mumbai home, Roshan decided to open up a magic box and teach himself a few tricks. Maybe he can incorporate some of these into a film role one day.

            Tabu has a�?no regretsa��
            Vishal Bhardwaja��s interpretation of Shakespearea��s Hamlet, Haider starring Shahid Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Kay Kay Menon also released on the a�?most peaceful day of the yeara�� a�� yesterday. Set against the backdrop of Kashmir politics, Haider gives Tabu her second Shakespearean heroine after Maqbool/Macbeth. The actress said she went with her instinct when it came to doing the role. a�?Vishal narrated two scenes to me and I made up my mind to do it.a�? Looking back on her two-decade-long career, Tabu says she has a�?no regretsa�? about any of her choices. a�?We always do what we need to do at that point in time, to be who we want to be and to match our aspirations and needsa��and I went exactly with that. Some people really think ahead but I think I have been true to myself and my feelings and done what I thought was correct,a�? she says. And what about the things she feels are bad for her? a�?I will run away from thosea��including film offers,a�? says Tabu.

            Kangana opens up her world
            Another actress who knows how to balance her work schedule and me-time is Kangana Ranaut. Having completed her screenwriting course in New York City, she is now busy with workshops for Katti Batti in which she stars opposite Imran Khan. But shea��s already hoping to take some time off to learn skiing and to devote to her various brand attachments such as A Small World. Kangana is the first Indian actor to be associated with this exclusive, private international club aimed at a global elite. The club offers its members benefits at more than 500 travel, fashion, and lifestyle brands around the world. Now thata��s called flying high.

            –Udita Jhunjhunwala

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              Karaoke evenings, marathon runs, unlimited A�vacations and on-site mani-pedis are just some of A�the ways companies use to keep both the attrition rate and the stress factor low. By Jackie Pinto

              Richard Branson did it again. The maverick entrepreneur announced his companya��s new vacation policy declaring that his staff could a�?take off whenever they want, for as long as they wanta��, without asking for approval, the assumption being that the absence would not damage the firm. As audacious as it may seem at first glance , Bransona��s a�?no policya�? for holidays only applies to his 170 staff at Virgina��s parent company in the UK and US. At least for now. Although he went on to say, a�?Assuming it goes as well as expected, we will encourage all our subsidiaries to follow suit, which will be incredibly exciting to watch.a�? The tycoon was inspired by his daughter, who brought online TV firm Netflixa��s holiday plan to his attention. A plan which enabled Netflixa��s salaried employees to take time off any time, for as long as they want a�� provided their work was covered. Branson later blogged in his characteristic style, a�?It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off.a�?

              Powered by demand
              The no-limit vacation policy created a minor ripple across the corporate world especially when most organisations treat vacations in the same reluctant manner that parents dole out candy to their children, which does not add up to increased productivity say forward thinking employers like Dave Banerjee, CEO of FishEye Creative Solutions, an advertising and innovation firm in the city. a�?Rules and stipulations are innovation killers. People do their best work when theya��re unencumbered,a�? he says, explaining that his firm adopts an ultra flexible, freedom-intensive approach to holiday time and work culture. a�?We basically believe that the energy employees bring to their jobs is far more important than the number of hours they put in,a�? he says. But unlimited vacation policies clearly wona��t work for every business, and ita��s very likely that a�?the firms that offer unlimited vacations do so because theya��re confident their employees wona��t choose to take much time off,a�� says Rupali Edekar, regional talent director, Asia Pacific, Brand Union, with 24 offices worldwide. That said she also feels that with people having less time for family and activities outside of the workplace, companies are looking for creative ways to compensate.

              Independent Delhi-based corporate head-hunter, Sangeeta Kapoor stresses that maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle became especially difficult during the recession when employees were expected to do more work with less compensation. And even as things improved, the challenges persisted, Banerjee agrees. At FishEye the fridge is always stocked with beer, four dogs meander in and out of the space which looks like a large family home with outdoor work tables, comfy couches and an open kitchen with a pool table in the reception area. a�?Every few months we take off on a road trip somewhere. Work is always like a big ongoing party but the team is always aware that somebody has to pay the bills to keep the party rocking. So they give it their creative best. Thata��s why no one ever leaves us once they join.a�?


              Posers3The trendsetters

              We dona��t need to introduce Google as a great place to work at. While officials were unavailable for comment, wea��ve learnt that their new facility in Gurgaon has upped the ante. Staff will walk into a reception area inspired by the Taj Mahal and an office that boasts of a railway coach for informal meetings, a mini golf course, a cricket pitch, their famous napping pods and micro kitchens (Google believes employees should never be more than 150 feet away from food), swings, and a gym with massage and sauna rooms. With options like working out of anywhere in the office (bye-bye cubicles) and getting the freedom to take 20 per cent off work time to spend on their individual ideas and interests, Googlers love going into work every day.

              Though Yahoo may not have as vast an arsenal of fun things, Aditya Bharadwaj, a consultant, says he loves their well-stocked library. a�?Wea��d just sprawl on the couches and bean bags, reading comics, when things got a bit much,a�? he confesses. He also points to their game room with foosball, table tennis and pool tables, and a whole host of indoor games, that let people recharge. Another considerate gesture: a refrigerator stocked with snacks and fresh fruits, to promote healthy eating.

              A healthy set-up
              Kiran Aidhi, HR head, Virtusa a global IT services firm that made it to the List of Best Places to Work by The Albany Business Review tells us, “Employees are encouraged to make best use of our in-house gymnasium and music room. Also everyone with a passion for clicking on-the-go, joins our active photography club, uploading selfies on Instagram. Besides our regular health camps and parenting classes we also have Zumba classes a�� to bust stress further. a�? While at HCL Technologies, Srimathi Shivashankar, AVP Diversity & Sustainability, talks about the recent launch of their umbrella campaign, Mobius. An integrated wellness and wellbeing solution that can be accessed at work literally at the click of a button, it covers online OPD devices and specialist consults, doctor-on-chat, diet and nutrition counselling. Still in wellness mode she adds, a�?We have 25 full-fledged gyms across India and another five coming up soon. Besides yoga, Zumba and aerobic classes, our latest is an innovative activity called Deskercise. Employees are treated to a 20-minute break from their work day and two cheery volunteers make them leave their seats, find a partner and engage in a series of fun exercises.a�?
              Channelling their inner rockstars are 3-M employees who like to grab mics and give it their all at karaoke or specially organised Antakshari evenings. All part of the 3M club activities manned by volunteers.

              30BN15The fun creators
              Helping companies turn the nine-to-six schedule into something people look forward to is the aim of Mumbai-based employee engagement company, Never Grow Up. a�?The inspiration came from listening to friends talk about work-life issues and realising that, no matter the industry, there was a gap,a�? says Asif Upadhye, who co-founded the company with his wife Shazia four years ago. The eight-member team today works with clients in retail, IT, telecom and others, to bring a fresh and fun perspective to the work culture. a�?Research shows that happy employees result in a more productive workforce, which in turn means a positive impact on attrition rates and the bottom line,a�? explains the 34-year-old, who does everything from consulting clients on building workplace culture to creating customised a�?gamification leda�� interventions. a�?Requirements changea��from introducing yoga and salsa classes to creating office decor that changes every daya��but we make sure we deliver what fits each companya��s needs,a�? signs off Upadhye, who ensures his team is always having fun with activities like golgappa eating competitions. Details: willnevergrowup.com

              The big picture
              In stark contrast, e-commerce giant Amazon enjoys a reputation for being frugal a�� senior executives fly economy and colour printers are frowned upon along with big celebratory office bashes. But Bangalore-based Amazonians love that their perks come in the form of healthy stock options, an adversarial work culture that hones your skills and reasonably flexi hours.
              On the other hand, Sunita Cherian, VP, HR and Head a�� Diversity, Wipro Limited says that their focus a�?is to weave wellness into everyday lives- through in-house gyms, sports arenas, on-campus doctors, pharmacies and basic nursing carea��. a�?We factor in extended maternity and adoption leave, tie up with day care centres in all locations, allow flexi-time and the freedom to work from any office or home on a need basis, half- day working policies.a�? They also have parent-to-be and new mom clubs, senior leader wellness consults while a�?Mitra�� their employee assistance programme can enable a lot of situations, like getting married, planning for a baby or managing stress.

              Edekara��s Brand Union has initiatives customised to suit the local culture in each country. a�?Our staff in Jarkarta begin their day with a yoga session. In Shanghai we have regular mani-pedis and mini spa breaks during the day where one can destress with a relaxing shoulder and back rub. Well-priced gym memberships are given out to fitness buffs and our Singapore team is very big on marathons. We are planning to introduce similar initiatives in India soon.a�?

              Making waves
              Carlton Braganza who customises internet radio facilities for companies feels it is a great tool to keep listeners in the loop and for HR to reach out to employees with new polices and programmes interwoven into a playlist that will keep everyone concerned engaged. a�?Internet radio stations can reach people 24 hours a day around the world while they work, shop, chat, email or surf online. Ita��s the future, although many companies who would greatly benefit by this level of engagement get caught up in red tape and lose the plot,a�? he says.

              m jackie@newindianexpress.com

              Inputs: Surya Praphulla Kumar |A�Pics : Nagesh Polali

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              With Indian inflections, Kalpana Raoa��s musical inheritanceA�is truly international

              Jetting in from Zurich, her home for the last 28 years, singer Kalpana Rao teams up with the city’s jazz elite to form a a�?for one night onlya�� band. Bringing together Aman Mahajan on the piano, Prakash KN on bass, drummer Jeoraj George, and of course Raoa��s sensual vocals, the quarter will perform an eclectic set of famous and lesser-known jazz standards, as well as contemporary songs.

              Cross country
              Born in Germany, raised in India, living in Switzerland and performing worldwide, Rao credits her globe-trotting with shaping her sound. Hindustani classical, Bollywood, folk music, ghazals and bhajans were all early influences, and a stint at jazz school also helped. a�?My jazz vocals have a subtle and yet discernible Indian inflection to them,a�? Rao shares, elaborating, a�?This happens most during improvisation. The Indian tonalities come very naturally to me.a�?

              Family matters
              Despite training as a dentist, Raoa��s musical genes were too strong to be ignored.Daughter of playback singer and TV performer Kamla Sista, and sister of pop diva and actress Suneeta Rao we can understand exactly why. a�?I have been singing since the age of four, and after graduating from college I realised how much I really wanted to exploit my talent,a�? she says. Squeezing this Bangalore concert into a trip to celebrate her mothera��s 75th birthday, shea��s most looking forward to the audience interaction. a�?The Indian audience expresses its appreciation in a much more overt manner than a Swiss crowd,a�? she signs off.

              At bFlat, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Tickets (Rs. 300) on bookmyshow.com

              a��A�Maegan Dobson Sippy

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                Paresh Lamba launches its A�flagship bespoke studio and A�ventures into womena��s couture

                Bangalore brand now in its 17th year, Paresh Lamba Signatures launches their bespoke studio, a mere stonea��s throw away from their existing store. The new space promises a luxe buying experience, and the branda��s first venture into womena��s wear.

                Signature experience
                More space and enhanced surroundings is at the heart of the new venture. a�?I wanted to take the experience of luxury bespoke to a new level,a�? explains Paresh Lamba, elaborating, a�?the long term plan is that the original store will house the ready to wear collection, and this will just be a bespoke studio.a�? Plush and spacious, therea��s space for your entourage to relax while you strut your stuff and ample room for the unhurried unfurling and inspecting of the yards of fabrics on offer. The ready to wear range allows easy browsing, and the centrepiece of the
                studio is a solid wooden catwalk, A�so impromptu ramp walks can A�easily happen.

                Boardroom chic
                While Lamba has been occasionally designing womena��s clothing at the insistence of close friends for some time, this collection marks his first formal foray into the womena��s market. a�?Ia��ve always been asked to do womena��s wear,a�? shares Lamba. a�?This is luxury bespoke womena��s wear for the modern Indian woman, so that she can walk into a boardroom with confidence,a�? he explains. The pieces are formally tailored, backed by Lambaa��s experience as a suit designer. While black, white and grey are dominant, there are stunning splashes of colour a�� peacock blue peeking out of an all black fitted blazer, and classically cut trousers in saffron orange. With winter around the corner, the focus is on wool and blends. The dogtooth woolen suit with its overlap detail jacket and pencil skirt would be a perfect office ensemble in the upcoming cooler months.

                Metrosexual male
                Just as mena��s tailoring has influenced the womena��s collection, the feminine influences are no less evident in the mena��s range. Apart from colour a�� think pastel hues and candybox colours, the range also takes inspiration from feminine silhouettes. An intricately hand embroidered gold sherwani broadens into a full skirt with box pleats, and is elegantly finished with a velvet belt. a�?The inspiration began with an anarkali, and there are also Mughal influences we added,a�? shares Lamba. Also look out for wardrobe staples such as the range of linen shirts with contrast detailing on the buttonholes, in shades that range from lemon yellow to sky blue and cobalt.

                Prices start at Rs. 5,000. At Shri Sai Complex, MG Road. A�Details: 65452079

                a��Maegan Dobson Sippy

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                  TomTom Golfer

                  This GPS-enabled golf watch keeps track of precise distances everywhere in the green. It also shows distances to individual hazards, plus keeps track of scores and manages to stay waterproof. tomtom.com

                   


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                  Contour Roam 3
                  Contour has come out with an action POV cam that is small, sturdy and waterproof up to 30ft. It also has a 270 degree rotating lens, 1,080p video and quick 5MP stills. A laser leveler ensures that you shoot straight and the built in rechargeable battery goes for up to 3.5 hours.A�Price start from approximatelyA�Rs. 12,000. store.contour.com

                   

                   

                  6sensorlab-gluten-tester
                  6SensorLab Gluten Tester
                  A portable gluten sensor would be ideal to test food before consuming. 6Sensorlabs will be launching a pocket-friendly device, which will accurately test for the presence of gluten and be smartphone compatible to share data. 6sensorlabs.com

                   

                   

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                  Xiaomi A�Health Dock
                  Xiaomi has just announced a smart dock that connects to smartphones to monitor blood pressure and heart rate. The dock will be compatible Xiaomi and other android phones too. It will be launched at a price of approximately Rs. 2,000* later this year in China.

                   

                   

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                  Sony NWZ WS610
                  Sonya��s new sports Walkman is waterproof and sports NFC + bluetooth. It also comes with a remote which can be attached to your finger or wrist. You can take calls and listen to all the audio you want with 16GB of storage and seven hours of battery life. Available October. Sony.co.uk

                   

                   


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                  Archos Platinum Smartphone 50b
                  This budget-friendly phone from Archos has a 5a�? IPS screen, with a quad core CPU and also has dual sim functionality. An 8MP cam plus expandable storage and Android 4.4 are all part of the deal. Prices start from approximately Rs. 9,000*. Available soon. Archos.com

                   

                   

                  polaroid-cube

                  Polaroid Cube
                  The Cube is a lifestyle camera thata��s weather and shock proof. Ita��s also mountable and shoots 1,080p video on a 124 degree lens. It also shoots 6MP high quality stills and is available in black/red/blue.Prices start from approximately Rs. 6,000.A� polaroidcube.com

                   

                   

                  lifebeam
                  LifeBeam Helmet
                  Lifebeama��s innovative helmet measures your heart rate, counts calories and protects your head. An advanced optical sensor allows it to measure metrics without a chest strap. It also connects to devices via BT 4.0 and ANT+. Price start from approximatelyA�Rs. 12,000. A�life-beam.com

                   

                   

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