Durga Puja-A Guided Tour of the Best Trends for ” Slow Fashion” Lovers: Part II

Saptami

For people like us , those poor working souls, we mostly get leave from Saptami onwards. And Saptami morning for me is the pandal hopping day. If you try to avoid wearing saree for the crowded pandals, and the occasional rain and muds that is fine, but wearing denim on Durga Puja is plane sad.

All am thinking is opting the Indo-western dresses which are such win win combination of comfort and elegance. Also they will help you to stand out

Source: Pinterest.com, the dress is from Anokhi I guess.

Source: Jabong.com

Wear some dramatic jewelry and boho accessories, it is upto you and your indifference to glances that will stretch your accessories sense,mine is outrageous.

Source: I own them, got from a insta store name krutiarts.

Southern Beauties

For years and years Bong women would only recognize Kanjeevaram/Kanchipuram silk or Gadwal sarees as “South Indian Saree”, but not any more. Two weaves from Karnataka clearly stands out , Ilkal/Irkal and pattedu anchu.

Pick one , pair with some traditional blouse (khun blouses are rage right now). Pair with traditional jewelry and if someone asks you whether you are from Mahesmati , just ignore them.

Pattedu Anchu from Jaypore.com

Ilkal from Ajio.com. Also Ajio is my favorite shopping site, it is a treasure trove.

PS: Ilkal sarees look gorgeous enough to attend a marriage in it, zero maintainance and usually cal be obtained within 1.5 k INR. Totally win win.

I will come back with the next edition soonish.

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Durga Puja-A Guided Tour of the Best Trends for ” Slow Fashion” Lovers: Part I

Durga puja 2017 is around the corner, and if are like me, you must be scratching your head trying to find out how to look less like the usual stressed out self and can add some color to life…

Also I am sucker of slow fashion ( read saree) and Durga puja shopping was a let down with all the blings and dazzle. So if you love handloom and earthy stuff let me take you to the awesomest ( that is not a word, I know) trends you can follow.. or make your own statement. I will publish five posts for five days of Durga Puja…PS : this is NOT a fashion blog, I just love Indian ethnic and handcrafted products.

Soshthi

Dhonekhali: Dhonekali sarees are traditional Bengal tant, compulsorily handloom and 100 count. The best thing which has happened to handloom sarees recently are the revival of the humble weave.

Source: google

What is the better way to usher the festival than wearing the hundred years old weave. Go for a ethnic Bengali look with this saree…

Gamcha: Have you ever thought that there will be a day when Gamcha will become fashion statement. My mom still can’t believe. Oh between unlike the mushrooming Facebook shops would like you to believe, all checks are not Gamcha….

Source: pinterest.com

A word of caution would be to check the material. Some gamchas have poor colour fastness and may look terrible after a wash. Also don’t spend too much, they may become out of fashion in a year…

Keep this for Sosthi evening, pair it with a gamcha blouse and don’t go for any accessories… the look is tad bit over whelming as it is.

Will come back with the next edition tomorrow… let me know what you are planning for Puja..

Penumbra: Good Old Agatha Christie Charm

After months of deliberation I opted for the kindle unlimited subscription for a month. The first book I got was Penumbra by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay. Want to know what I think about it.. read on

In the middle of one of the worst storms to hit the city, a mysterious letter arrives for Prakash Ray, an out-of-luck journalist, inviting him to a quaint, suburban bungalow, to celebrate the 60th birthday of an uncle he has never heard of….

As Prakash reaches the venue, he is introduced to a motley group of people, all gathered there for the old man’s big day: his son, his reticent brother, a dignified middle-aged lady who once owned the bungalow, a listless lawyer who manages his legal affairs, a mild-mannered young man who works as his secretary, his beautiful, young biographer, and his mysterious friend, who has never lost a game of chess to him. As the storm lashes on through the night, one of the people in the bungalow is murdered! In a game of cat and mouse that follows, Prakash soon finds out that under the surface of apparent warmth and friendliness, nothing is as it seems and that the bungalow holds one shocking secret after another! In a bid to save his own life, Prakash hunts for the truth, which lies in a mysterious penumbra of shadows and lights, covered in a sheath of deceit and guile, only to realize that the worst is yet to come!!

Now my thoughts

  • The book reminded me of Feluda, Byomkesh and Then there were none in a fantastic way.
  • Writing was smooth, the writer will go a long way.
  • I could not guess the murderer, this rarely happens, so this is a clear win for the book.
  • There was inconsistency of the plot, but nothing that would work as a spoilsport.
  • Charecters could have been less flat.

My Goodread Rating 4/5.

With Love From Janpath

I had a day to spare in Delhi while coming back from Landour, and wanted to spend some time shopping.. now there are two issues

  1. I have totally outgrown Sarajinin Nagar
  2. Though there is no zara in Kolkata, but I hate shopping malls, the homogeneous structure with homogeneous shops… they totally suck my soul.

So I paid a visit to the Banjara lane in Janpath instead. There is a lane full of artisan women from kutch selling their stuff, and it is like a treasure trove.



    I have a major weakness for locally made bags, and hardly use branded ones. These purses were love at first sight and I can not wait to style this this puja.


    Got this faux afghani earrings at throwaway price..I have the originals too but they are too heavy to wear on normal days.



    In one corner an old lady was selling these..I am a fabric hoarder and can not wit to use them in dresses or blouses..

    So next time you get to spend some time in Delhi and if you hate mass market stuff like I do, pay this lane a visit.

    PS: Bargain like your life depends on it..