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    From Air Jordana��s lightest shoes to a Balmain blazer, model Dayana Erappaa��s wishlist will satisfy your noir cravings

    MUMBAI-based model Dayana Erappaa��s fashion choices are simple. a�?I dona��t like to experiment with colours, and black, white, blue and grey are my favourites,a�? says the 25-year-old darling of the runway. A familiar face in Vogue India, Harpera��s Bazaar Bride, Grazia, Maxim, and Kingfisher Calendar 2015, she shares her pick of the season.

    2Floral power
    Though Erappa prefers mena��s perfumes, the 24 Faubourg HermA?s Eau De Parfum Spray by Maurice Roucel is an exception. It has a luxurious floral fragrance and is light and long lasting. Vanilla and ambergris set the tone for the sillage and it comes in a square glass bottle that is gently curved on the edges. Rs.7,950. At The Oberoi, New Delhi.
    Details: 011 43607780

    3Euro pass
    These black booties by Alexander McQueen are a showstopper, and Erappa has had her eye on them for a while. Made from calf leather, they feature a lace-up front fastening, silver-tone stud detailing, a platform sole, and about five-inch heels. a�?I would like to wear them for my upcoming Europe trip, and complete the look with a trench coat,a�? she says.
    Approximately Rs.35,000 on farfetch.com

    4Short parade
    This Roberto Cavalli short dress is ideal for an evening out. The long sleeves will make your limbs look slender, and the golden hook-and-bar detailing around the round collar is an accessory by itself. a�?Dona��t forget to pair it with a golden clutch,a�? Erappa advises. Approximately Rs.53,110 at DLF Emporio, New Delhi.
    Details: 011 46960000

    5High and wide
    Erappaa��s love for formal high-waisted trousers takes her to Balenciagaa��s sailor wide-leg wool option. The black wool-twill trousers fit perfectly at the smallest part of your waist before flaring towards the bottom. A row of sailor-style silver-tone metal buttons complete the look. It has slip pockets in the front, as well as a back button-fastening single jet pocket. Pair it with a white shirt and pointy toe pumps. Rs.53,540 on matchesfashion.com

    Magic feet
    Erappa is a fitness junkie, and would like to add the Air Jordan XX9 to her kit. It weighs 361 gm, and its innovative single-layer woven upper provides support, strength and protection. In this series, the forefoot and the heel are linked by a tendril (a small bridge of outsole), which provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition. Rs.15,200 upwards. At Nike Store, Brigade Road. Details: 41464087

    6Button up
    A black removable collar blazer from Balmain is on Erappaa��s mind. a�?You can wear this cotton blend lambskin blazer either over a dress or a high-waist knee length skirt,a�? she says. The raccoon fur collar is removable and makes the piece even more versatile. Dona��t miss the classic lapels, long sleeves, a button-down front, a fitted waist and front pockets. Rs.2,47,000 upwards on divinecaroline.com

    7Two in one

    The Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Colour by Christian Louboutin provides medium to full coverage in one stroke. The mix of natural oils and seed butters will ensure your lips dona��t dry for up to four hours, as well as leave a wonderful scent. The stick comes with a black silk ribbon that can turn it into a necklace. It is enclosed in a black, lacquer finished reusable jewellery box. Approximately Rs.6,553. On nordstrom.com

    8The dark side
    The Anouk stilettos by Jimmy Choo are simple and sexy. The heels are 4.75 inches long, while the pointy toe pumps come in black patent leather. The shoes, complete with a padded insole, and leather lining and sole, work with any outfit. Rs.49,488 at UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41738404

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    Startups must be the most envied corporate beasts. They get tax holidays, Rs.10,000 crores of funds from the government, wall-to-wall coverage in the pink papers, and get celebrated for not making a rupee. And they enjoy astronomical valuations for manufacturing nothing.
    Sour grapes aside, for every unworthy billion dollar unicorn, therea��s a startup somewhere, working quietly to be a game-changer. Ita��s time we focussed on them rather than the much ballyhooed Snapdeals and Flipkarts. Ia��ve put together a nifty A to Z list in case you decide to punt a million bucks on these dark horses:
    Airwoot specialises in listening to social media conversations and presenting the hot-button issues to brands before they spiral out of control. The deliciously-named Better Butter is a social discovery platform for ghar ka recipes from across India. Culture Alley teaches English, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese using news articles, games and daily quizzes. Delhivery is the last-mile logistics delivery firm for many e-commerce ventures and small merchants. Embibe is an online test preparation coach that students will love as the site quantifies the weaknesses and deficiencies, and aims to improve scores using analytics. Faircent is the bridge that promotes peer-to-peer lending.
    Greenlight is into spreading the light of rural energy in off-grid villages by evangelising the use of solar lamps. HereNow is the equivalent of a neighbourhood bulletin board, where you can exchange relevant news and views. Inshorts serves news in 60 words for those with short attention spans. Joe Hukum is your valet to get things donea��from ordering pasta to cleaning dishes. Kratos is the mobile ad network aiming to deliver better bang for the buck through better targeting. Lybrate lets you take second opinions from doctors through online chats, telephone calls and, in some cases, they even arrange a home visit. MapMyGenome is a new-gen diagnostics company that uses genetic tests for guiding you on your health. NextDrop can amazingly track and solve water problems by connecting users with the municipality technicians.
    Qyk is the mobile Google for professional help. With a track record of developing over 1,400 apps a�� that too in Udupi a�� Robosoft is clearly the app-maker to take note of. SilverPush is in the realm of making ad measurements in idiot boxes, smarter. Truly Madly is a dating app that turns singles into un-singles. Unobitcoin helps you buy and trade in the currency of the future. Wishberry breathes life into creative projects by leveraging the power of crowd funding. And finally, Zoomcar is the self-drive car rentals venture that propagates the freedom of four-wheels. With such an impressive line-up, Start-up India doesna��t look like one more big bubble.

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      Startups must be the most envied corporate beasts. They get tax holidays, Rs.10,000 crores of funds from the government, wall-to-wall coverage in the pink papers, and get celebrated for not making a rupee. And they enjoy astronomical valuations for manufacturing nothing.
      Sour grapes aside, for every unworthy billion dollar unicorn, therea��s a startup somewhere, working quietly to be a game-changer. Ita��s time we focussed on them rather than the much ballyhooed Snapdeals and Flipkarts. Ia��ve put together a nifty A to Z list in case you decide to punt a million bucks on these dark horses:
      Airwoot specialises in listening to social media conversations and presenting the hot-button issues to brands before they spiral out of control. The deliciously-named Better Butter is a social discovery platform for ghar ka recipes from across India. Culture Alley teaches English, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese using news articles, games and daily quizzes. Delhivery is the last-mile logistics delivery firm for many e-commerce ventures and small merchants. Embibe is an online test preparation coach that students will love as the site quantifies the weaknesses and deficiencies, and aims to improve scores using analytics. Faircent is the bridge that promotes peer-to-peer lending.
      Greenlight is into spreading the light of rural energy in off-grid villages by evangelising the use of solar lamps. HereNow is the equivalent of a neighbourhood bulletin board, where you can exchange relevant news and views. Inshorts serves news in 60 words for those with short attention spans. Joe Hukum is your valet to get things donea��from ordering pasta to cleaning dishes. Kratos is the mobile ad network aiming to deliver better bang for the buck through better targeting. Lybrate lets you take second opinions from doctors through online chats, telephone calls and, in some cases, they even arrange a home visit. MapMyGenome is a new-gen diagnostics company that uses genetic tests for guiding you on your health. NextDrop can amazingly track and solve water problems by connecting users with the municipality technicians.
      Qyk is the mobile Google for professional help. With a track record of developing over 1,400 apps a�� that too in Udupi a�� Robosoft is clearly the app-maker to take note of. SilverPush is in the realm of making ad measurements in idiot boxes, smarter. Truly Madly is a dating app that turns singles into un-singles. Unobitcoin helps you buy and trade in the currency of the future. Wishberry breathes life into creative projects by leveraging the power of crowd funding. And finally, Zoomcar is the self-drive car rentals venture that propagates the freedom of four-wheels. With such an impressive line-up, Start-up India doesna��t look like one more big bubble.

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        Startups must be the most envied corporate beasts. They get tax holidays, Rs.10,000 crores of funds from the government, wall-to-wall coverage in the pink papers, and get celebrated for not making a rupee. And they enjoy astronomical valuations for manufacturing nothing.
        Sour grapes aside, for every unworthy billion dollar unicorn, therea��s a startup somewhere, working quietly to be a game-changer. Ita��s time we focussed on them rather than the much ballyhooed Snapdeals and Flipkarts. Ia��ve put together a nifty A to Z list in case you decide to punt a million bucks on these dark horses:
        Airwoot specialises in listening to social media conversations and presenting the hot-button issues to brands before they spiral out of control. The deliciously-named Better Butter is a social discovery platform for ghar ka recipes from across India. Culture Alley teaches English, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese using news articles, games and daily quizzes. Delhivery is the last-mile logistics delivery firm for many e-commerce ventures and small merchants. Embibe is an online test preparation coach that students will love as the site quantifies the weaknesses and deficiencies, and aims to improve scores using analytics. Faircent is the bridge that promotes peer-to-peer lending.
        Greenlight is into spreading the light of rural energy in off-grid villages by evangelising the use of solar lamps. HereNow is the equivalent of a neighbourhood bulletin board, where you can exchange relevant news and views. Inshorts serves news in 60 words for those with short attention spans. Joe Hukum is your valet to get things donea��from ordering pasta to cleaning dishes. Kratos is the mobile ad network aiming to deliver better bang for the buck through better targeting. Lybrate lets you take second opinions from doctors through online chats, telephone calls and, in some cases, they even arrange a home visit. MapMyGenome is a new-gen diagnostics company that uses genetic tests for guiding you on your health. NextDrop can amazingly track and solve water problems by connecting users with the municipality technicians.
        Qyk is the mobile Google for professional help. With a track record of developing over 1,400 apps a�� that too in Udupi a�� Robosoft is clearly the app-maker to take note of. SilverPush is in the realm of making ad measurements in idiot boxes, smarter. Truly Madly is a dating app that turns singles into un-singles. Unobitcoin helps you buy and trade in the currency of the future. Wishberry breathes life into creative projects by leveraging the power of crowd funding. And finally, Zoomcar is the self-drive car rentals venture that propagates the freedom of four-wheels. With such an impressive line-up, Start-up India doesna��t look like one more big bubble.

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          A World Alike is building a private network of well-educated individuals

          HEREa��S nothing quite like being in the company of similar-minded people. But the question is: where do you find them, and how do you find them? Himanshu Guptaa��s lifestyle startup A World Alike is already at it, and has generated a warm response in New Delhi, and Mumbai. The good news is that the a�?private social networka�� will take off in Bengaluru next month.
          Herea��s what it does: A World Alike (AWA) is an exclusive, invitation-only network for socialising. It curates well-educated individuals and invites them to events, based on interests and passions the guests share with each other.
          After applying for its
          membership on the website, you will receive a short telephonic call from Guptaa��s team. Next, you will be invited to one of its events. Once you make the cut, you get a formal invitation to be part of it. Select your membership plan that ranges from a period of six months (Rs.6,000) to a year (Rs.10,000), and ita��s welcome to the club!
          AWA hosts a range of entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking activities. a�?They are certainly more meaningful than random parties,a�? says Gupta. They include whisky and wine tastings, game nights (beer pong, taboo or karaoke), house parties, and formal dinners. All of these are conceptualised to be ice-breakers. There will also be a host at the venue to help you further.
          Beyond dates
          a�?The idea is to help people socialise in good company, and not just find dates. Well if that happens, I am more than happy. But a lot can happen at these events, you can make business connections, or even new friends,a�? says Gupta, a former investment banker. The network is open to people in the age-group of 25-40, he adds.
          The gatherings are kept small so that guests get the opportunity to meet everyone. a�?These events are highly personalised. Since we know the background of each guest, we can conceptualise them around their interests,a�? adds Gupta, 35.
          With 450 guests already on its network, AWA currently organises two events a week, one after office hours and one during the weekend. Dona��t worry if you are a non-member, you can still participate in these activities (that cost Rs.1,200-Rs.3,500). But, yes, you have to certainly be on their curated list.
          Gupta returned to India in 2010 after a 12-year stint in the US and Australia, and thata��s when he realised that making friends here took a lot more effort than to just walk into a bar for a couple of drinks. And thata��s when the seed of AWA was planted.
          Details: aworldalike.in
          a�� Barkha Kumari

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            This city-based startup offers high-end bikes, cars and choppers on rent

             

            Are you vying to impress your loved one by surprising them with a chopper ride this Valentinea��s day, or maybe go on a romantic bike ride on a Harley Davidson? Worry not for a Bengaluru-based start-up a��Obio a�� is offering choppers, bikes, luxury cars, electronic appliances, and more on rent.
            The company, located in Sanjaynagar, is founded by four friends from MS Ramaiah College who were earlier in event management. a�?After graduating, we started a company of our own, and would host big-budget weddings, parties and so on. It was then that we came across the demand for renting luxury vehicles. I remember, for a wedding that we planned in Bellary, the groom wanted to come to the venue in a chopper instead of a horse,a�? says 25-year-old co-founder, Hemant Sharma. There was a market, no doubt. But Sharmaa��s team also realised that hiring a chopper is not just expensive but a tedious affair too.
            Hence, they rolled out a platform that makes hiring as simple as it can get. While they have tied up with Air Deccan to rent out choppers, that will cost Rs.65,000 per hour, the team at Obio has invested in high-end bikes, electronic appliances, digital cameras etc with the initial seed funding of `5 crore and promise their clients a first-hand experience.
            They also have furniture, imitation jewellery and even costumes for rent in order to target the college-goers as potential customers. a�?A Harley can be rented for Rs.3,000 with no deposit amount,a�? he adds. The site, and the app which is compatible on both Android and iOS phones, will go live on January 25. Details: obio.in
            a�� Nandini Kumar

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            French jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel brings Django to India

            Therea��s a good chance you will recognise Stephane Wrembela��s music, if not his name. The sounds of his guitar were heard throughout Woody Allena��s Academy Award winning movie Midnight In Paris. The Paris-born musician says he gleaned his style of playing by learning from musicians at a Gypsy camp in the French countryside that he would visit regularly in his younger years.

            One cana��t listen to Wrembela��s music without thinking of the most famous Gypsy musician a�� the Belgian jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. a�?I spent years with the Sintis (French Gypsies), studying their traditional music that is inspired by Django Reinhardt. As far as my influences by him, I think it is more in the guitar playing than the swing aspect for my compositions. But playing Django is always so special. Very few other styles of music are this oriented towards the guitar. His music is made for the guitar, it extracts all the essence of the instrument naturally,a�? says Wrembel, who is performing in the city for the second time.
            Wrembel will be in the city to pay tribute to Reinhardt in a three-day music fest. a�?Ten years ago I started a Django Festival in NYC called a�?Django a Gogoa��, and we are bringing it to India (with the Bengaluru show) for the first time,a�? he says.
            Wrembela��s affair with music began with the classical European piano at the age of four. He picked up the guitar at 15, and developed an immediate passion for it. a�?Although I first wanted to play Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and all the 60s, 70s and 80s stuff I was listening to growing up, I soon grew out of it. Since I was raised near Fontainebleau, Djangoa��s hometown, I was naturally drawn to his music,a�? he reveals. Digging deeper into his roots, Wrembela��s music touches upon everything from blues to Flamenco to rock; all of these influences come together to form the music of Stephane Wrembel.

            Tickets (Rs.500 onwards) available at the venue. November 22-24. At Windmills Craftworks. 9.30 pm. Details: 8880233322
            a�� Nandini Kumar

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            Ganjam
            A preview of a�?The Silence of Hampia��, an exhibition featuring works by legendary fashion and fine arts photographer, Prabuddha Dasgupta, was held on Wednesday. A limited edition book, Hampi, which summarises his body of work, was also launched at the event.

            2Hilton Bangalore
            Embassy GolfLinks Rocky Patel launched his latest cigarA�label, a�?20th anniversarya�� at the hotel on Tuesday. The event also marks the 20th anniversary of the brand. The new line combines fillers from Esteli and Jalapa, Nicaragua, as well as Jamastran, Honduras, and each cigar is dressed in an elegant Honduran wrapper. Cigar connoisseurs were spotted at the do.

            3The Leela
            Sense India NGO screened a short film on the issue of inclusive education, titled Hum bhi School Chaley. It was part of an event, hosted jointly by The Leela, to showcase the talent of children with deafblindness. The evening was well attended by corporates, and supporters of the NGO.

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            On song
            Known for their signature moody and heavy sets, catch Chennai-based electro-rockers The F16s perform live this weekend. This is a run-up to their highly anticipated album Triggerpunkte. And dona��t miss the opening act by the up and coming alt rockers Spaghettify. Rs.500 onwards. January 22. At Indigo Live Music Bar, Koramangala.
            8 pm. Details: 25535330

            Afterdarkside2Dual act
            Get ready for a double bonanza as Daniel Waples and Thaalavattam come to town. Waples is a London-based artiste who has a symbiotic relationship with his handpan, and Thaalavattam is a musical project by Cochina��s Montry Manue, a graphic designer apart from being a percussionist. January 24. Tickets available (Rs.300) at the venue. At Humming Tree. 9pm. Details: 9886618386

            7Shop n rock
            Shop and be entertained as Indi Ever Band takes the stage at Phoenix Marketcity. The band is a mix of young and dynamic musicians, with ample experience in live performances. Their forte is to take a popular song (be it by Kishore Kumar or Arijit Singh), and play it in their own way. On January 24. Entry free. At Whitefield. 6 pm onwards. Details: 8105601098

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              Meet the nominees
              January 22 | The Humming Tree
              Musicians Sid Vashi, Prateek Kuhad, and heavy rock band, Shepherd, will perform at the concert a�� The Night of the Nominee. They have been nominated for this yeara��s Toto Music Award that honours musicians. While Vashi is known for his electronic pop music work, Kuhad blends folk arrangements and pop rock melodies. Rs.600 (cover). At Indiranagar. 9 pm. Details: 9886618386

              2Run for pride
              January 23 | Decathlon
              This Saturday, participate in a�?The Pride Run 2016a�� organised by Sportzify, and Decathlon Sarjapur. You can choose to run in the three, five, or 10 km category. Each participant will receive a certificate as well. At Sarjapur Road. 5.30 am onwards. Tickets (Rs.100 upwards) on spotzify.com

              3Simon says
              January 25 | Alliance FranA�aise
              French graphic novelist Simon Lamouret, who is currently living in Bengaluru, captures his experience, as well as impressions of the city (good and bad) with comic strips and illustrations.
              You can view his artworks in an exhibition, Carnets de Voyage. Till February 10. At Vasanthnagar.
              10 am onwards. Details: 40808181

              4Night of the blues
              January 27 | Olive Bar & Kitchen
              This Wednesday, Bluerhythm featuring Kirtina Kishna and Abhishek Prakash will liven up the mood at the restaurant with their bluesy, acoustic music. Entry free. At Ashok Nagar.A�8 pm. Details: 9945565483

              5At the movies
              January 22 | PVR Cinemas
              Director Raja Krishna
              Menona��s film Airlift retells the story of the largest civil evacuation in history, executed by Air India. Here, Akshay Kumar plays the role of an influential businessman in the 1990s, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, and more than one lakh Indians had to be evacuated from Kuwait.

              6Royal table
              January 24 | Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel
              Chefs Ram Singh Rathore and Devendra Pratap Singh have curated a special menu for a Rajasthani food festival at the hotel. Relish the flavours of sangari ki seekh, dungari maas, Jodhpuri khasta jalebi, and other dishes from the land of Maharajas. Rs.1,445++ (per person). At Malleswaram-Rajajinagar. Noon-3.30 pm, and 6.30 pm onwards. Details: 42521000

              7Wheel deal
              January 26 | Ramanagara
              Road Thrills is organising a bike ride to Ramanagara to mark Republic Day.
              All the motorcycles marked with the tri-colour can join this trail. You can even join them in your car. Meeting points include Silk Board, Marathahalli Bridge and Hebbal. Ride starts from Mysore Road-Nice Junction. 6 am onwards.
              Rs.200-300 per person. Register on http://goo.gl/forms/OInacjr6oa

              8Hands-on art
              January 28 | Kynkyny Art
              Learn the techniques of Bihara��s Madhubani art in a hands-on workshop by art educator Pooja Gokul where she will help you make greeting cards. Dona��t forget to bring a piece of cotton fabric (in white or a pastel shade). Other materials will be provided. At Infantry Road. 10.30 am. Tickets (Rs.1,500) on bookmyshow.com

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