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    Paris accent
    Paying tribute to Indian craftsmanship, Ridhi Mehraa��s new collection features elements of Parisian and
    Grecian cultures. Crafted in silk, georgette, chiffon
    and net, the collection has long gowns featuring zardozi and beadwork. Priced from
    Rs.23,000. Available at Evoluzione, where Josh Gorayaa��s latest mena��s line is also on offer. Details: 28333627

    Two in one
    Get two heels at the cost of one with Libertya��s new footwear collection, Clic. Offering easy to carry, compact uppers that can be interchangeably attached to one sole, the collection is available in red, pink, brown and shimmery silver. Priced at Rs.2,999. Details: 9840439999

    Simply classic A�
    Sans embellishments and layering, Amrita Khanna and Gursia��s Lovebirds AW 14 collection features straight lines and boxy silhouettes. Fashioned from cotton mixed with laser cut satins and neoprene, the line is inspired by raw foods and Nordic furniture. Rs.7,000 onwards. At The Amethyst Room till November 8. Details: 43042099

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      Hidesign revives leather jackets in a more international, biker-style avatar

      With plans of becoming a Rs.500 crore brand in the next five years, Pondicherry-based Hidesign has launched a capsule collection of handcrafted leather jackets a�� just in time for winter. With five different styles inspired by personalities like Marlon Brandon, James Dean, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Cher, most of the jackets feature turtlenecks (currently trending in the international markets).

      Dipen Desai, brand manager, says, a�?The collection is perfect for Indian weather as they are lightweight leather jackets. This works only for the not-so-cold climate, which is also the reason why we have launched it here and not overseas.a�? The jackets echo the laidback style of bikers. Made from vegetable-tanned lamb leather, which has the ability to stretch and breathe, the jackets, in black and brown, feature simple lines and minimal detailing with quilting on the shoulder and buckles on the sides.
      About the USP of this collection, Desai says, a�?We have used only washed leather, hand polished with natural waxes, with no other coating or layer on top of them. Hence the jackets feel fantastic and are extremely soft to touch.a�? They are available in medium and large sizes for women and medium, large and extra large sizes for men. Now available across all Hidesign stores in India, the brand will also launch a leather footwear collection by the end of this year.

      Priced from Rs.14,900 toRs.19,900. Details: 28464077

      a�� Sharmistha Maji

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        College student Zorra Raj shows us a thing or two about chunky accessories and the bohemian print

        She is 20 and has her own boutique, a Facebook page and a soon-to-be-launched website. Zoa��s is a fashion boutique started by Zorra Raj, in Wallace Garden. Growing up with cousins who were studying fashion designing, she was introduced to styling at a very young age.

        me(1)a�?Attending their college shows made me more interested in fashion. As young girls, my sister and I used to try making clothes and jewellery out of whatever wea��d find. And during my visits to countries like New Zealand, England, Hong Kong and Dubai, I realised that we dona��t get anything that quirky and chic at an affordable price here, which is when I decided that I had to start a label that would offer stylish clothes at low prices,a�? shares Raj. With financial help from her father, the final year fine arts student from Stella Maris College was ready with her boutique in August. Curated, with some outfits designed by Raj, the line includes dresses, tops, tunics and accessories like handbags, sunglasses, necklaces and bracelets.

        DSC08768Whata��s in store?
        With attention-drawing animal prints, block prints and sequins, the fabric and the material is sourced from Korea, Sri Lanka and Mumbai, besides the city. Using chiffon, silk, cotton and satin, and with a penchant for bright-coloured and chunky neckpieces and bracelets, Raj says, a�?Flowy tops and dresses are picking up in the market with people preferring leopard prints and floral designs. With regards to accessories, people are moving away from simple and elegant necklaces and sunglasses to funky and a�?out therea�� ones that are bold and quirky.a�? While she has ready-to-wear pieces, she also offers customisation with regards to size, colours and patterns. With maximum orders from teenagers, working women and college students, Raj shares that her Bohemian print maxi and neon pink and green sequined dresses have received overwhelming response.DSC08917

        Coming up
        Ask her how she balances work and studies and she smiles, a�?I am available at the boutique from two in the afternoon, after my classes. I also try to get some stitching and curating done during the weekends.a�? She is going to introduce Indo-Western kurtas and dresses in the next three months, besides launching kids wear and footwear. a�?Funky and bright coloured kurtas have always held a fascination for me,a�? shares Raj, who plans to pursue a Mastera��s in fashion design after a year.
        At Wallace Garden. Priced from Rs.200. Details: facebook.com/zoslove, 9159972707

        a��Aishwarya Kumar

        With inputs from
        Sharmistha Maji

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        Ghostly tunes
        Today & tomorrow, Candy Club
        Celebrate Halloween with some great music at the Candy Club, T Nagar. Dance to hip-hop as Malaysia-based DJ Mastermind takes the stage tonight. Tomorrow, shake a leg to Bollywood tunes spun by DJ Akhil Talreja. You can also get your face painted and down blood-coloured shots. Full cover at Rs.1,000 for couples. Details: 9600064411

        Haunted platter
        Tonight, The Park
        Slip into your costume and dance with spirits at The Park. The Leather Bar has spooky snacks like monster eyeballs with hair dip (mixed vegetables), spicy fingers with blood sauce (chicken), and cocktails like wicked widow with kahlua on offer. From Rs.425. Details: 42676000

        Cartoon fun
        Tomorrow, Adyar
        Hippocampus is organising a fun Halloween evening for children between four and eight yearsa��where they can dance and be merry with popular cartoon characters like Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Rs.500 for members and Rs.600 for non-members. From 5 pm to 7 pm. Details: 24433544

        Little monsters
        Tonight, Nungambakkam
        Dona��t be surprised if little ghouls come knocking on your door tonight. Fifty children from the Little Theatre are dressing up as vampires and devils and heading out trick or treatinga��starting with the Deputy High Commissionera��s residence and working their way to The Park in Nungambakkam. Details: 9840044983

        Fashionable luncheon
        November 4, Hyatt Regency
        The citya��s Australian community has organised a gala fundraising lunch. Besides a broadcast of the Melbourne Cup race and prizes for the best-dressed, the lunch will also feature six young designersa��selected for the Melbourne Cup Fashion Design Competitiona��who will put up a fashion show, along with designer Sidney Sladen. From 11 am. Rs.3,500. Details: 45921331

        Join the celebration
        November 4-15, Greams Road
        Artist KG Subramanyana��a painter, sculptor (he works with terracotta
        and wood) and poeta��is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. Commemorating the event, Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting an exhibition, called New Works, which will be inaugarated by the governor of Tamil Nadu. Details: 28291692

        Value for waste
        Tomorrow, Anna Nagar West
        When it comes to teaching children about the three Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse), ita��s best to catch them young. Kangaroo Kids is conducting a creative workshop, called Worth from Waste, to help tots (three years and above) learn how to make pretty things out of waste material. At the centre, 3 pm to 5 pm.Rs.150. Details: 9789455993

        Chinese calling
        Till November 30, Hong Kong
        If the thought of Chinese food makes you drool, this is the best time to plan a trip to Hong Kong. ThisA� November, the Hong Kong Tourism Board is organising the Hong Kong Wine and Dine festival, which will offer over 1,000 culinary itemsa��including award-winning Chinese dishes, creations by Michelin-starred chefs and wines selected by certified sommeliers. Details: DiscoverHongKong.com/WineDine

        Cycles on board
        Till March 29, 2015, Thailand
        Along with your sunscreen and swimsuit, you can now take along your bicycle when you travel to Thailand. To promote cycling in Thailand, Bangkok Airways is holding a Bike On Board campaign in which they are offering free bicycle loading along with personal baggage. The offer is valid until March 29, 2015. Details: bangkokair.com

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          One for mommies
          To help mothers and newborns, India Home HealthCare has come up with a Newborn and Mother Care package. Designed to meet special needs, it includes specialised care for premature babies, babies with medical conditions and post-natal care for mothers. Rs.1,300 onwards per day. Details: 43594456

          Skin sense
          You may cleanse, tone and moisurise, but your face sometimes needs more. The Medical Park is now offering a free consultation to help you figure out problems like dull skin, acne and scars. Also get advice about facial skin rejuvenation treatments, derma peels and laser treatments. Till November end. Details: 22542954

          Pamper break
          Therea��s nothing better than lying back for a quick spa break in the middle of the week. And if it comes with a discount, even better. Which is why we love the Happy Hours at Aura,A� The Park. Go between 8 am to 3 pm and avail 40 per cent discount on select therapies, from Monday to Sunday. Details: 42676000

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            With Philips entering the market last month, our pick of new air purifiers that promise to zap bacteria and filter pollen

            With dust, mould and smoke adding to common allergens like traffic fumes and pollen, it seems we are much more at risk behind closed doors. In fact, according to several studies (including the United States Environmental Protection Agencya��s), indoor pollutants can be anywhere between five and 30 times (sometimes even 100 times) more than the outdoors. While air purifiers have been used across the globe over the last few decades, India is just waking up to it and the recent launch of Philipsa�� new range underlines this new awareness. a�?People talk about air pollution after Diwali, but what we dona��t realise is that we spend a lot of time indoors and the stagnant, polluted air is causing a lot of respiratory problems,a�? says Jayati Singh, director of marketing – health & wellness, Philips India. However, doctors here are yet to make up their minds about their efficacy. a�?While we know it can filter smoke and fumes, which aggravate allergies, Ia��m not sure how effective air purifiers are in tackling the main allergens like dust mites,a�? says Meenakshi Krishnan, consultant allergist, Apollo Hospitals. That said, herea��s getting you up to speed on five new air purifiers.

            Atlanta-gamaAtlanta Healthcare
            Touted as Indiaa��s first medical air purifier, the Gama 501 claims to have been specifically designed to tackle the high air pollution found in India. With a high grade HEPA filtera��removes particulate matter up to 0.3 micronsa��it also uses activated carbon filters to catalyse and remove harmful gases like formaldehyde and ammonia. Its photo catalyst and UV light promise to remove viruses and sterilise air up to 97.5 per cent. Details: Rs.17,500 to Rs.42,500. Available at amazon.in


            An air purifier and humidifier, it comes equipped with Nanoe technologya��electrostatic atomised water particles said to inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria. a�?Its composite filters include super alleru-buster (inhibits allergens), green tea catechin (inhibits virus) and anti-bacteria enzyme (inhibits bacteria),a�? says Manish Sharma, MD, Panasonic India. It also has Econavi technology, which monitors pollution patterns and adjusts operation speeds. Details: Rs.12,995 to Rs.31,995. Available at mypstore.in


            With this air purifier, you dona��t even need to be in the room to turn it on. Honeywella��s latest includes integrated Bluetooth, which lets you use your smartphone (Android or iOS) to control settings and set a schedule. It is also programmed to track local pollen count (through a free mobile app available on Google Play) and adjust fan levels automatically. Details: Approximately Rs.16,546 onwards. Available at amazon.com



            With a four-level filtration system, their portable air purifiers promise to filter bacteria and allergens. a�?The first antibacterial filter catches big particles, like hair and dust. Then the formaldehyde filter and the activated carbon filter remove harmful gases and odours. The final HEPA filter (grade 11) with antibacterial coating filters out fine dust, pollen, germs and mould,a�? says Singh, emphasising that their products can filter particles up to .02 microns.A� Rs.16,995 to Rs.39,995. Details: Available at amazon.in

            Its first claim to fame is its promise to filter out 99.97 per cent of the particles (up to 0.3 microns) floating around your home. Based on Plasmacluster technology, it discharges positive and negative ions that attach to microbes, creating high oxidising (OH) radicals that draw out hydrogen from the cells, breaking their membranes and rendering them inactive. This brings us to its second claim to fame: the hydrogen and OH combine to form water, which leaves the air fresh. Details: Rs.15,990 to Rs.28,990. Available at amazon.in

            FOR-BOXaFuture speak
            PHNIX Air Purifier: The Chinese brand claims to have an a�?air changinga�? function that will decrease CO2 concentration and give a�?alivea�� air
            Lotus Portable Air Balls: Consists of three portable air balls: pure ball (eliminate biological contaminations), odour ball (eliminates odour), and humid ball (adjusts humidity). You can even operate them via your smartphone
            Ohita: Clip these portable purifiers from Electrolux to a backpack or bag to ensure clean air wherever you go. Also sync with social media networks to show how you are helping the planet

            Keep in mind
            The technology: The best performers have more than one filter technology. And a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter is essential as it removes up to 99.97 per cent of all particles
            CADR (clean air delivery rate): This indicates the volume of air filtered by an air purifier. So the higher it is, the better. Choose one which covers tobacco smoke, pollen and dust
            Room area cleaned: Compare your room size and the producta��s coverage before investing

            The debate
            There is a lot of talk surrounding air ionising purifiers and ozone generating purifiers. While the former produces low amounts of ozone as a by-product, the latter intentionally creates it to purify and deodorise. But this has been known to cause breathing troublea��and ozone generators are banned in certain places. However, discussions are still on

            a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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              A dentist and home maker come together in Sugar Cube, offering millet treats and homemade chocolates

              Therea��s no ignoring onea��s passion, as Dr Sunitha Raja will tell you. A dentist for the past 20 years, Raja started baking while she was in class eight and despite her busy schedule in the clinic, makes times for the kitchen even today.

              SUNITAa�?There was a period when there was barely any time for it. But about three years ago, I decided to focus,a�? she says, not denying that the many posts by other home bakers on Facebook was the much needed encouragement. After discovering that her friend Aarthi Ram, a home maker, also shared the same passion, the duo started a Facebook page, Sugar Cube.

              SUNITA2Brownies & more
              a�?Aarthi is good at elaborate cakes and also loves to work with chocolate,a�? she says about her partner, confessing that being just three months old, most of their orders have been from friends. But that is slowly changing, thanks to the recently-concluded Bake-A-Difference by Ladies Circle India, where the duo sold dessert jars, double chocolate brownies, devila��s food cakes and French baguettes. Working on a menu that is soon to go up on their Facebook page, Rajaa��s focus is to promote healthy, millet-based offerings. a�?Yes, we do have the usual maida options, but that is only to cater to everyone,a�? she clarifies.

              SUNITA11Organic connection
              On their page, find carrot walnut cakes made with millet flour, a ragi cake made with apples, carrots and jaggery, pull apart garlic loaves, and desserts like baklava and mousses. Sourcing their mixed millet flour from organic stores, the duo allow you to customise the ratio of flours that are mixed for your products. a�?The limitations of using millet flour is that the cakes turn out denser and have a lesser shelf life,a�? she says, adding that they also offer gluten-free products made with almond flour. a�?It is easier to work with than coconut flour,a�? concludes Raja, whoa��s offering pumpkin pie cupcakes as a Halloween special.
              Cupcakes and brownies between Rs.40 and Rs.50, millet cakes at Rs.1,500 per kilo. Details: facebook.com/sugarcubebakers

              a�� Ryan Peppin

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                Fiery feast
                Take a spicy trip around Thailand from the comfort of Lotus at The Park, courtesy their Chilli Festival. Highlighting a variety of chillies like banana chillies, birda��s eye chilli, yellow chilli and the bhut jolokia chilli, the menu features yum kai giew thalay (seafood salad), thod man pla (crumb fried fish) and more. Today, till November 8. From Rs.275 plus tax. Details: 42676000

                Whisky & a nibble
                Dona��t miss the last day of the Tapas & Chivas festival at Madera, The Raintree Anna Salai. You get four quick eats from a selection that features patatas bravas, empandillas con queso, setas al ajillo, lamb albondigas con salsa, and more, along with a glass of Chivas scotch whisky. At Rs.1,500 plus tax per person. Details: 28309999

                Specials @ Westin
                Eest at The Westin has come up with specials for the month of November. On Saturdays, choose from a host of raw meats and watch as the chefs grill them the Mongolian way. 7.30 pm onwards. And on Wednesdays, enjoy the goodness of dimsums paired with beer. Unlimited at Rs.1,000 plus tax per person. Details: 22553366

                Do the twist
                The next time youa��re craving a burger, head to McDonalda��s and try their new limited-edition range of a�?classic with a twista�� burgers. The McVeggie Twist and McChicken Twist feature patties topped with oregano seasoning, in addition toA� cornmeal dusted buns. Priced from Rs.81 onwards. Details: 66000666

                Off the grill
                Zara The Tapas Bar on Cathedral Road concludes its Charcoal Grilled Tapas festival today. Chicken sausages, lamb chops, pork with Moorish spice, grilled mushroom with Cajun spices and fish in yoghurt and sundried spice are just some of the offerings on their menu that has grilled, smoked and roasted meats and vegetables. Priced from Rs.275 onwards. Details: 28111462

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                  For those who like a bit of fun with their meal, The Stop in Adyar offers billiards, board games and Continental cuisine

                  Visibility can mean everything in the restaurant business. So ita��s no wonder that The Stop, located in a basement on the service lane of 1st Main Road, Adyar, is barely known after six months of operation. With a mix of couches, cane chairs and sporty interiors (railings on the roof and Sachin Tendulkara��s effigy on the wall), The Stop seats around 20 and is ideal for a group of friends. a�?We wanted to recreate the ambience of a gaming basement that you find in homes abroad,a�? says Mahendran Karthik, the chef and one of the partners behind the restaurant. The Pondicherry native trained at Taj Savoy, Ooty and Trident, Chennai, after completing his hotel management from Pondicherry Institute of Hotel Management & Catering.


                  The Stop offers a good mix of soups (cream of tomato, minestrone, etc) and quick eats (think burgers, sandwiches, baguettes) with a few pastas and rice for mains. These are dominated by a selection of fries and grills (our favourites were the peppery squid rings and the juicy chicken shashlik in a tangy marinade) that are perfect if you plan to game through your meal. While classics like snakes and ladders, ludo and UNO are ideal for the table, they also have others like air hockey, billiards and PlayStation, that offer plenty of distraction. We like that the service and food offer as casual a dining experience as possible. Like our fried rice for instance, where the chicken a�� a whole breast, sliced and drizzled with melted cheese a�� rests on top of the bed of rice. But the best part is that no matter how long you play, you only pay for the pocket-friendly food!

                  Meal for two at approximately Rs.600. Details: 30853728

                  a�� Ryan Peppin

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                    Mahabalipurama��s popular calamari destination, Moonrakers, comes to town, promising seafood caught by line

                    From the large cartwheels that adorn the entrance, to the no-fuss wooden chairs and seafood displayed on trays a�� B Anandam has taken three months to recreate the weekend experience that many of us have grown to love. This is why he waited four years to get the right location, on Anderson Road no less, and carts fresh catch all the way from Mahabalipuram to his restaurant, Ananda��s Sea Food Point Moonrakers, every day. a�?This road is calm, like our location in Mahabalipuram,a�? smiles Anandam, who has reinvented an old house by painting the walls in colours that make you forget you are in the heart of a city. The large portico has been converted into a shack offering al fresco seating, amidst potted plants and crustaceans splashed on the walls. The four-day-old Ananda��s Moonrakers is incidentally just a street away from The Marina, restaurateur Mahadevana��s seafood restaurant that also promotes the hook and line method of fishing.

                    MOONRACKERS7The backstory
                    Interestingly, Anandam is the youngest of three brothers who started Moonrakers back in 1994. a�?Tourists were the only ones who visited Mahabalipuram back then and we catered to them. Once locals started frequenting Mahabs, we added some signature masalas to the menu that have remained the same ever since,a�? he says. Owing to differences in opinion, they decided to go their separate ways in 2011, and while his older brothers took over Moonrakers and Blue Elephant (the twin restaurant opposite the original on Othavadai Street) respectively, Anandam decided to bring the brand to the city.

                    MOONRACKERS9What you get
                    Save for a few opening day glitches like the chef pulling our red snapper off the tawa a little too soon, nothing has changed as far as the food goes. The menu is the same, with all their signatures like the calamari and garlic butter sauce, pepper fried prawns, honey-banana pancakes (available all day), etc. a�?Except for the squid, which we have always sourced from Chennai, the fish we serve is caught by line in Mahabalipuram,a�? Anandam explains, adding that fish caught by hook and line remain fresher than those caught in a net. The only downside to this is that they cana��t assure you the same catch every day. a�?Most often ita��s snapper, shark, king fish, pomfret or tuna,a�? says the fan of Malabar seafood, who promises home delivery in a month. We hope he also considers opening for breakfast as well.
                    Meal for two at approximately Rs.A�800. Details: 9940172351


                    a�� Ryan Peppin

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