Monday, April 6, 2015

Ramayana - The Game of Life. Shattered Dreams - Review

Hello Everyone, 

Ramayana- The Game of Life 'Shattered Dreams' is the sequel of the national bestseller 'Rise of the Sun Prince'. It narrates the story of Rama and his exile for the 14 long years. This book is the second of the six-volume series and each book follows one khand of the original Ramayana. A great masterpiece by Shubha Vilas, narrated in an extremely skillful manner, to suit the taste of the modern day readers. 

Ever since childhood, we have been hearing tales from epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and sacred books like the Bhagwad Gita. These are said to be the best sources of providing practical knowledge about life. Epics like these teach us the basics of management, leadership, politics and most importantly strategy. Wondering how? Well! I suggest you read any form of these at least once in your lifetime to get answers to your questions.

Shubha Vilas, through this book, has tried to genuinely explore the many dimensions of the epic connecting teachings and lessons with modern day life. He forces you to ponder upon these lessons which he clearly puts in the footnote. In one of the footnotes, he writes, "Life Ravana, everyone wants a life where fun is welcome, but punishment is not; enjoyment is welcome, but responsibility is not." and it does not end just there. In another footnote, I found another great lesson. Shubha Vilas writes, "Just as one has to bend to draw water from a deep well, a heart has to be humble to draw the best out of everyone." In today's world, we are so busy loving and valuing ourselves that we forget to respect and listen to what others have to say. 

Today's generation fails to read the text beyond the lines and therefore, Shubha Vilas has tried to pen down not just the Ramayana as it is supposed to be but also to explore and reinvent the text between and beyond the lines. He has recreated Ramayana in such a beautiful manner that it feels like everything being spoken of has come to life in front of us. For every normal person, this epic has always been about Rama and Sita and a considerable portion about Hanumana and Ravana playing an important role. But, in Shubha Vilas's Ramayana, the epic is about eveyone else from Manthra, the evil traitor, Kaikeyi, the beautiful but selfish queen of Dashratha, Sumantra, the charioteer, to the sage turned golden deer, Ravana and Yama, the God of death himself.

The Author- Shubha Vilas
What I loved most in this book was those special sections, boxed ones. These sections give an in depth meaning of certain things that form an integral part of the Ramayana, such as, 'The meaning of true communication', 'Learnings from the volatile behavior of Lakshmana and the composed behavior of Rama', the four bejeweled lessons offered to the world by Rama through the story of Trijata, 'What really counts as truth', and many more. 

It took me quite some time to write this review because I went back to read the first part of the series, 'Rise of the Sun Prince', not because I could not understand the second book without reading the first, but because this was a wonderful opportunity for me to read the Ramayana which I had anticipated for a long time. And after finishing both parts, all I can say now is that I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd of the series already. This book is extremely breathtaking and makes a wonderful read.

RATING: Well! I would be a sinner if I attempt to rate any form of the Ramayana. 

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Hope you enjoyed reading this review and will enjoy reading the book equally.

Love You Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

For You, My Love!

Hello Everyone, 

I am back, blogging after almost 8 long months and those months have been nothing less than the difficult life of a nomad. Trying to adjust and re-adjust and again falling back and getting up to reach to that single big thing I had so badly wanted for the last 2 years (read: being the topper for once in life). Damn, I sound like a nerd! But, in this process of reaching there, I got not only what I had dreamt of, but also what came as a life-changer. I fell in 'Love'. Deeply, madly, truly. Strangely, since I was the last person on earth to believe that I could ever fall for someone, when I did believe, it took me like months to realize that the relationship I shared with him was beyond just friendship. 

Anyway, my today's post is for him. For the Love of my Life. 

(Warning for my readers: Continue reading only if you are interested to know what I feel for him. No compulsion) ;)

My Love B,

To express the love that I feel for you is quite difficult, for words are not enough to describe what can only be felt. I did not want to go the ordinary way and write my letter on paper and pen because when we grow old, I want our children and grand children to still see and read this and know how madly we are in love with each other. I want you to know that since the day we met I've fallen deeply in love with you. You walked into my life only to make each day so special. You are my life, my heart, my soul. 

You are my best friend, my one true love, my one and only. B, I love you more today than I did yesterday and I'll love you more tomorrow than I do today. Loving you is the only thing that makes life worth living. Day by day, my love for you becomes overwhelming, and I can't handle it when I don't see or even talk to you everyday. 

A day without you in my life is like a day without sunshine, a day without food, or a day without air. I need you when I am cold to keep me warm; I need you in the rain to keep me dry; I need you in my life to keep me happy. You make me feel wonderful about the world and myself. You give me strength when I just can't carry on and I truly treasure that. Every moment spent together is another one of my dreams coming true. 

B, I adore the fact that you accept me the way I am and never expect me to be any different. I adore how you make me feel better after our pointless arguments. I adore how you put up with me even when you know I am over reacting. I adore the things you do to calm me down when I am struck with one of my fits of a nasty temper. I adore how you look right into my eyes and it melts my heart. I love it when you get pissed at me for not smiling and I have to keep smiling like an idiot 24*7. Now I smile even when I am sleeping. :P

I get worried and afraid to even think of a time when you won't want me anymore. I Love You with everything I have. I was scared to love you at first, out of fear that you would hurt me someday, but I did and it is indeed the best thing I have ever done. Now, the only fear I have is waking up and realizing that it's all a dream. 

You are the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. Each moment that you and I spend together is so magical that I catch myself smiling for no reason at all. It all runs in my mind at all the weird hours and all I think about every time is You. 

I thought that I would never find a love that is so strong as ours, but now that we've found each other, I know that you are the person I want to spend the rest of my life with, the person I want to marry, the person I want to have babies with, and the person I want to grow old with. 

B, you complete me. You make my life so amazing and I don't know how else to repay you but to love you just as much as you love me. The world is a better place to be because of you. You make me feel beautiful. Thank You for giving me so much more than I ever could have wanted. I am so thankful for what we have, and for everything that we will have. You are the only man I ever want to share my life with. I could never imagine what it would be like if we were to lose each other. I don't even want to think about it. All I want to think of is You and Me together beyond eternity. 

You are the love of my life, I LOVE YOU, and I always will until death do us apart. Hopefully, when that day comes, I will still have you by my side and yours will be the last face that I see. Yes, I wish to die in your arms when death comes to me. 

When I'm older I'll look back at the ways we argued about things that were so insignificant and will laugh and know that our love was strong enough to overcome every argument. I just want you to know that I'm thankful that you came into my life and I will love you till the end of my days. My love for you will never fade. I will always be your crazy lover. :) 

B, I LOVE YOU from the bottom of my heart and deepest of my soul...

Lovingly Your's Forever,

CLICK CLICK! Smile Please! :)
Nilgiri Hills and in Coonor.
SIMS Park, Coonor.
SIMS Park, Coonor.

Dress Details:


Shirt: Allen Solly
Jeans: Wrangler
Shoes: Puma
Shades: Roadster


Top: Allen Solly
Jeans: Deal
Sandals: Mochi
Glasses: Vogue 
Shades: Vogue
Lake beyond Pine Forest.
Pine Forest, Ooty.
At Rose Garden, Ooty.
Dress Details:


Sweater: Converse
Jeans: Wrangler
Shoes: Puma
Shades: Roadster


Top: Lifestyle
Jeggings: Unknown
Sandals: Mochi
Glasses: Vogue 

Until Next Time,
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

How to Wash Sheer Fabrics Without Ruining the Material.

Hello Everyone,

Guess what? Today we have a guest post by the very renowned Surf Excel. This is a product or brand that needs no introduction. The Pioneers in the Indian detergent market will tell us today how you can wash Sheer Fabrics without ruining the material. So here you go. Over to Surf Excel. 

A Blush of Pink recently recommended sheer fabric as a fashion trend that would continue to be a hot topic in 2014. Adding a heap of sophistication and just a touch of wow-factor to any outfit, sheer materials are something we should all be incorporating into our wardrobe this year, both in work and out. However, the very nature of what makes sheer fabrics so irresistible– the delicate, barely-there look– is exactly what makes so many women fear clothes made from silk and nylon. Sheer fabrics have a bit of a reputation for making laundry day a complete nightmare, but is it really that difficult to wash these materials without damaging them? No! Don’t be put off buying sheer fabrics because of the washing issue– laundering these materials can actually be very simple.

Use a gentle setting

Many people opt to hand wash sheer fabrics, and while this is a good way to ensure the materials are well cared for, it really isn’t necessary if your washing machine has a gentle or hand wash setting. These settings are specifically designed to mimic hand washing, with very slow and gentle manipulation of the clothing rather than a vigorous spin. One of the most common problems associated with sheer fabrics, particularly with nylon, is that harsh washing machine cycles will eventually cause bobbling on the material. A gentle cycle won’t do this, so don’t be afraid to wash!

Purchase laundry bags

Laundry bags are your new best friend! Available from most stores that sell detergent, these bags are made from mesh, or netting, and act as a protector for your delicate clothing. Simply pop your sheer fabrics into the bag, close it up, and put the whole thing into the washing machine. The netting allows for water and detergent to get into the fabric ensuring a thorough clean, but it also prevents the fibers from snagging on the internal workings of the drum. Laundry bags are inexpensive, and can also be used for many other garments, such as beaded sarees, family heirlooms, and any other garment that could become damaged in the washing machine.

Avoid high heats

Although materials such as wool are typically the biggest offenders when it comes to shrinking, silk garments can also become distorted when subjected to high heats. Ensure your water temperature is set to a maximum of 30 degrees celsius, and avoid using the dryer if possible (if you absolutely must, turn the dial to the lowest setting). A common question is “Will my clothes come out clean when washed at 30 degrees?” –and the answer is yes. A 30 degree setting is not only warm enough to tackle stained clothing, but is also much better for the environment (and your household bills!). In fact, for clothing that isn’t particularly dirty but simply needs freshening up, you could even go a little cooler!

Washing sheer fabrics is remarkably easy. You don’t even need to buy a special detergent­– regular laundry detergent is friendly to most sheer fabrics. Just be sure not to put too much in or you could be left with residue. 2014 is gearing up to be the year of sheer– so why not add a bit of shimmer to your wardrobe?

So, now you know how to keep your Sheer Fabric last for long. 

Hope you guys enjoyed reading the post. 
What detergent do you use? Tell me if there's any trick you know to keep your clothes bright and last for long. 
Love You Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Fashion: 3 Trends That Are Here to Stay.

Hello Gorgeous Ladies,

The most interesting thing about Fashion is the fact that its a constant vicious circle. What was in vogue in our grandmother's times will eventually once again be in vogue sometime later but maybe with a little twist. Some fashion trends will do the rounds and stay for a little longer while there are others which stay on for a very short span. Today we will talk about 3 trends from the last year that are here to stay throughout this year too.

1. Sheer: 
Sheer Fashion Trend has been predominantly in fashion circles since 2008. It is still big in 2014. Do not let go of your best sheer clothes just yet. Sheer adds class and elegance to almost about any look. This trend started with the smaller items like stockings and these smaller items have added great oomph since then. 

2. Prints: 
I remember how as little kids we were made to were gorgeous printed frocks. Well, prints in different forms, most specially the retro prints are making it big day by day. Designers seem to just not want to let go of this trend. Constant innovations to prints from subtle smaller ones to bold floral prints to abstract ones, not just make us feel wonderful and feminine, it brings out the child in us. 

3. Oversize: 
Over-sized clothes speak volume. They make us look theatrically stylish and fashionable. But, this trend may get extremely disastrous if not put together with intelligence. They key to cracking this trend is to bring about a balance in the volume. Pair over-sized tees, tops, sweaters, etc. with skinny jeans or jeggings or even the most figure hugging lowers you own (read: skirts, capris, etc.). And I bet you'll look beautiful. 

(Picture Credit: Pinterest)

{All items from the collage available at JABONG}

So, now that you know what is going to stay, enjoy the year in style and be the most glamorous lady that you have always been. And remember as I always say, do not forget to EXPERIMENT. 

Wishing you all a very very HAPPY NEW YEAR. It's never too late to wish, right?

Hope you guys enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed putting this post together.

Love You Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

How to Party in Style this New Year.

Hey Everybody,

Today we have with us a very sweet guest blogger 'Amelia Smith'. Amelia is a shopping addict, avid reader and an ardent writer. She is a Fashion Critic and Designing Student and loves to write for blogs. 

Today, Amelia is going to guide us on Shopping and Preparations for the New Years Party. 

The party season is just around the corner, and it offers women the perfect platform to showcase their style prowess-es. However, when it comes to fashion trends, it is essential to know what’s hot and what’s not, to ensure you step out looking only your fabulous best.

Here’s a list of some must-try trends for women who wish the set the temperatures soaring this New Years.

The embellished dress:

A beautifully embellished dress can manage to instantly grab attention. However, ladies must ensure that the rest of the look is subtle and sleek. Stay away from heavy makeup and hair dos, and let your dress do all the talking.

Showcase the Winter floral trend:

Pretty floral dresses are a huge hit this season. Brands like Zara manage to get this trend just right. Also, women can indulge in online shopping for these dresses that are available across various fashion sites.

Grab the LBD (Little Black Dress):

Sporting the LBD can be a safe choice for almost any occasion, but it can also be extremely stylish if you opt for one that reflects your distinct taste. Always invest in a classy little black dress, rather than choosing something that is too revealing and makes you look like just any other girl at the party.

Opt for a dazzling metallic dress:

A metallic dress can really make you stand out in a crowd. But women must make sure to keep everything else minimal and sophisticated. No heavy makeup and avoid messy hair dos. Women who love shopping online are sure to find some amazing metallic dress options for New Years across various fashion sites. 

Flaunt the festive hue:

A beautiful dress in a deep red hue can really make a style statement. A lip color in a shade similar or darker than your dress, along with a neat, high-pony is enough to instantly grab attention. Experiment with different accessories available for women and opt for something that does not overpower your entire look. 

The Dont's 

Too much of bling:

Love for glitter and bling is fine, until it manages to make you look like a walking Christmas tree! Practice the art of simplicity and sophistication, and don’t allow too much of bling to make you look like a major fashion disaster.

Overdoing accessories and clothing:

Color coordinating every aspect of your outfit with the New Year theme is a strict no-no! Women must strictly avoid colorful long earrings, bedazzled boots, Over-Sized hats, color coordinated accessories, etc.

Towering heels that you can’t walk or dance in:

Women love to stand tall, but buying miserably towering heels can have disastrous repercussions. In order to avoid falling right on your face, pick a comfortable pair of heels that not only look good, but also let you dance without looking awkward.

Bandage/barely-there dresses: 

Accept it, these dresses are not meant for every body type! They look great on super models, but can look equally unsightly on women with even the slightest hint of lumps or bumps. Simply put, completely avoid them if you don't want people to notice your love handles or other bulges.

Online shopping for women has made it possible for them to access a variety of trendy clothes without the need of stepping out. In addition to some amazing outfits for New Years, women can also indulge in online shopping for statement accessories, including bags, jewellery and shoes.

So, what are you waiting for? Go rush and shop and prepare yourself to party in style this New Year. 

So that was Amelia with us today.
To follow her, you can see her blog TREND WITCH. CLICK HERE.
We thank her a tonne for the amazing guidance.
Hope you guys enjoyed the post.

Do you have any killer tips and tricks of your own? Or maybe some suggestions? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
Love You Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Blogger Guest Post: Winter Styling Guide...

Hello Everyone,

A couple of months back, I had introduced you to my fellow blogger friend Ashwini from THE ZING OF MY LIFE. For all those who are new, Ashwini is an Engineer by education and Business Analyst by profession. She has worked in the Investment Management and Equity Trading domain for almost 6 years. She left her job and moved to a new place in the United States with her husband and has dedicated herself to full-time blogging. Her blog celebrates real street style for real women across the globe. HERE.


With the cooler temps and a chill in the air, it's time to bundle up in the cozy knit-wear and take out those boots or a spin. I know, the cold weather kinda make us lazy to dress up and all we think of doing is to lay on a couch cuddled up in a cozy Pashmina. But hey! Here are quick dressing tips for the cooler weather to look your best without a sweat!

1. Quirky sweater prints: Winters equal to loading up on sweaters. So, why not spruce the sweater-look with some quirky prints. These sweaters pair great with the regular denims and colored denims as well. Layer them with striped or gingham-checks shirt to add an oomph factor to your Friday-dressing. 

2. In-vest: Yep, you will look adorable and feel cozy at he same in a vest. Buy a vest this season to break away from the same dull routine of sweaters and coats. You can get a warm furry vest or a bright-colored puffy vest and layer it with cardigans or shirts for a quick winter look. 

3. Bundle up in Infinity scarves: Scarves are the perfect accessories for a cooler weather. Infinity scarves have been around for quite some time and they provide the right amount of warmth and chicness to your outfit. Get a printed scarf or a bold hue scarf and pair it with your sweater or coats to make a winter statement look!

4. Shorts and skirts: Yep, don't stash away your summer staples. Pair the shorts with thick woolen leggings (even better if they are printed leggings) and booties/boots and you are all set to embrace the chilly temps. I love how you can re-purpose every item in your closet (even the ones for summer) with just a help from the accessories department!

5. Boots/booties: They are absolutely essential for the cooler season. Buy the ones that are comfortable for walking (keeping in mind the snow/ice factor). Not only they are good for wearing all day long but they also feel comfy and look uber cool with dresses, skirts and of course denims. Buy one in black and cognac/tan color. These basic colors will go with almost every outfit from your closet. 

And finally, here's a warm and comfy outfit idea from my last year's lookbook. A gingham checks shirt and color-blocked sweater is a classy way to style for the workdays. 

So with all these quick styling tips, I hope you are ready to embrace the winter season and look your best! If you have any styling questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at:

Until later, take care and keep it stylish!

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So that was Ashwini with us today.
We thank her a tonne for enlightening us with her expertise.
Hope you guys enjoyed the post.

Do you have any killer tips and tricks of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
Love Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Festive Collection by Chhabra 555.

Hello Everyone,

Another exciting news for my Indian Friends, with the onset of the festive season.

With the festive season around the corner Chhabra 555, has everything that a woman would look for varieties in sarees – from exotic Benarasi weaves saree to supple Chikankaris saree. A lot of fine embellishments have been used to create an effect that is totally mesmerizing to the eyes.
Embellishments like swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, sequins and hand-made beads along with fine embroidery are the highlights of Chhabra 555 collection which showcases half & half drapes, lehenga sarees, broad bordered sarees & much more.  The fabrics used are mostly georgettes, chiffons and net that make each ensemble very wearable, authentic, and stylish yet comfortable. The festive collection of Chhabra 555 is traditional with a twist of the modern look. The starting price range for the festive collection is Rs 9000/- onwards.

About Chhabra 555

Established 50 years ago as a small Saree shop, Chhabra Triple Five Fashions Pvt. Ltd. has grown today to become one of India’s top wholesalers and retailers, with the head office located in Katra Ashrafi, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, 110006.
Chhabra 555 has made its presence felt all over NCR as well as various outstation locations with more than 50 stores spread all across India. The product line includes the whole gamut of Indian ethnic wear for women including sarees, suit dupattas, lehangas and fabrics.

With that, I wish you all a very very Happy Festive Season. 
And, as I always say,
Love Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)

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