Friday, July 26, 2019

Jaipur Watch Company Launches the Peacock Collection

While every one has a different definition of luxury, no one can deny that bespoke fashion and accessories are cherished and worth spending your money on. 

No wonder then bespoke watch maker Jaipur Watch Company’s (JWC) custom-made watches have been on watch aficionados wish list. If you still haven’t added a piece from JWC to your collection then maybe you should consider their just launched Peacock Watch Collection. Each watch from the collection is embedded with a real peacock feather in its dial. 

“The feather of this beautiful bird dons’ colors that cannot be found elsewhere or replicated artificially. Hence, the peacock feather watch embeds a real peacock feather in its dial to stay true to nature,” explains Gaurav Mehta, founder of Jaipur Watch Company.

Brand Story & How It's Done 

Jaipur Watch Company is India’s only bespoke watch company that started its journey by making watches incorporating Pre-British Era coins. Today, JWC makes a range of custom- made watches that not just exude luxury but also a tradition with a subtle hint of contemporary design. All JWC watches are designed in Jaipur while the manufacturing plant is in Bengaluru.

The peacock collection watch is also a great gifting option especially with Raksha Bandhan round the corner. The collection is second in a series of peacock themed collections that JWC launched in 2014.

For the uninitiated, here is the story of JWC after all its these stories that make a brand. With a strong belief in the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Jaipur Watch Company as a brand was built to cater the niche market. The watches are a product of innovation, with a subtle hint of tradition that are bound to be part of the family heirloom.

The process of customizing a bespoke luxury watch is indeed an art. Each watch echoes the possessor’s characteristics and narrates its own story through the dial.

A requisite for customization involves closely working with the client in understanding their vision. The first interaction between the client and the expert watch designer leads to exchange of ideas which are worked upon to build concrete concepts and designs. The designer and the watchmaker then transform this idea into a sketch or even a digital creation to convey the message as envisioned by the client.

Additionally, one can also get watch backs monogrammed with texts and engravings to convey the emotion or message. After collating the details of the design or text to be monogrammed, a handmade sketch of the monogram is prepared. The sketch is then used to create the end product using the state of art CNC machining. With special attention given to the intricacies of the design, the monograms are then casted in gold and silver while ensuring extreme attention to detail.

According to JWC, many watch connoisseurs approach them with monograms, coins and motifs of personal significance that they want to turn into heirlooms. They work with them in suggesting designs and concepts that weave their personal elements into the timepiece. While the letters are laser cut out of precious metals before being set into the watch, the watch backs can be are engraved with signatures and messages.

It is also imperative to know the importance and relevance of a perfect and sturdy movement and the reason for selecting such a movement among many others out there in the market.

Extreme care is given to minimalistic positioning and placement of the movement inside the case, making it a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern.

After the dial, the clients can choose from a select range of straps in a variety of genuine leather, or precious metals. The straps are created to compliment the watch dial and the concept discussed upon with the clients. The selected strap is then assembled with the watch by hand and utmost care. The watches can be handcrafted in both gold and silver too.

Details of the Peacock Watch Collection Watch 

Priced at Rs 35,000 following are the details of the Peacock Collection Watch from JWC: 

Dimensions - 42 mm

Movement - Japanese Quartz

Sapphire Crystal

Strap - Leather

Case - Stainless Steel

Water Resistance - 3 ATM

Dial Material - Real Fallen Peacock Feather

Bezel - Studded with Swarovski crystals

For more information and for buying the watch you can head to the Tijori Stores at The Oberoi Hotel near you or log onto . 

Friday, June 21, 2019

SriLankan Airlines, the official airline partner of Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2019

My favourite airline SriLankan Airlines recently partnered with Melbourne's Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2019. These vibrant pictures of the festival are a proof what an awesome event it was. 

SriLankan Airlines Cabin Crew Members with the participants 

Winners of the Male Category with SriLankan Airlines official 

SriLankan Airlines became the official airline partner of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival and it was also the title sponsor of the 6 km race of the Festival. SriLankan Airlines is the national carrier of Sri Lanka, which too is a sought after picturesque destination.

Known as Australia’s most iconic running festival it attracted 8200 runners this year, by far the highest participation in the event’s history. The Great Ocean Road Running Festival is a two-day festival which consists a range of events such as Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, 14 km, 6 km, 1.5 km races and the walk. The festival attracts thousands of participants and families annually, for its picturesque course and the carnival-like atmosphere created by wellness programmes, live music and kite festivals.

SriLankan Airlines title event, 6 km race attracted almost 1000 athletes. Tom Sellwood who recorded a time of 19:17 minutes emerged the winner of the SriLankan Airlines 6 km race (Male) while Mason Scott and Callum Day finished second and third with timings of 19:33 and 19:52 respectively.  Rachel Waters won the 6 km women’s race with a timing of 23:00 while Joanne Paull and Caroline Cleary came second and third with timings of 26:43 and 26:50 respectively. 

Flagging off the 6 KM Race 

Nick Earle from Brunswick won the 44 km men’s Great Ocean Road Marathon in 2:27:37, finishing ahead of runner-up Dion Finocchiaro 2:37:43 and Bayden Westerweller 2:44:45 who placed third.

The women’s Marathon category was won by Rhiannon Snipe in 3:04:36, followed by Jasmine Goh 03:16:05 and Zoe Adams 03:19:22 in second and third place respectively.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

OMG! This is the Perfect Summer Drink!

Goodness of sugarcane packed in a bottle sans added sugar and preservatives - that’s OMG for you. OMG- Oh My Ganna is the coolest drink in town, a sugarcane juice that is 80 percent natural. 

I recently ordered a carton of 24 OMG bottles and was pretty impressed. This tasty, healthy and convenient beverage is already my go-to drink for this summer. It comes in three zesty flavours- Ginger, Cumin and Lemon. While the cumin flavor is sweet with only a hint of cumin; lemon flavor is for those who don't want their sugarcane juice to be overtly sweet. The packaging gets full marks- pint-size bottles that are easy to open. 

In a market full of aerated drinks and artificially sweetened juices, OMG comes as a refreshingly different drink. The parent company Nutricane Beverages  has not just ensured that the drink is free from chemical preservatives but also that the packaging is environment-friendly. Good for your health and mother Earth's too! 

A lot goes behind the scenes when you are set to launch a drink like this. In this case it was extensive R&D and consumer trials that were done over the years to launch a beverage that will become a staple among conscious  and discerning consumers. While the launch is already making a lot of buzz on social media with consumers giving it a thumbs up ( yes pun intended), the makers are busy strengthening distribution, ensuring that it is available at all modern trade stores.

Sugarcane juice is a rich source of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. It helps boost immunity, fight infections and also helps in strengthening liver, that’s why you would often hear people recommend it for jaundice patients. The health benefits of sugarcane juice galore, but one cannot trust the roadside vendors who sell sugarcane juice often in unhygienic conditions. Therefore its a no-brainer that next time I visit a supermarket for my grocery shopping, I will stock up my fridge with OMG. 

The bottle is priced at Rs 40 and lasts for about six months. The pack of four is handy and good gifting option as well. Have a super summer Explorers and tell us in comments section about your great finds for this summer.  

P.S: This article has been written after trying different flavors of OMG! Oh My Ganna over 10 days, so you can be assured of its authenticity. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank God It's Healthy

When a restaurant chain that has been consistently serving good food in an even better ambience launches a ‘healthy menu’, you just go to try it out. 

On a Saturday night, that was not supposed to be the sin night, I headed to TGIF located at DLF Place Mall in Saket. As usual the music was perfect, the ambience was right for a casual dinner out. The new ‘Super Healthy Foods Menu’ that the global chain has launched in India is concise but just what foodies like me need- guilt free tasty treat. 

To start with I ordered the very healthy Fruits and Nuts Super Salad. It looked good, colorful and surprisingly was not the mundane healthy salad that we have to do when we go out. Of course it was full of super foods rich in antioxidants- crisp lettuce, spinach and broccoli topped with walnuts, apples, dried apricots, cranberries, and blueberries. As I posted some pictures on my Insta story, the janta was already asking me which new restaurant I had checked into. Well not new its our good ol’ TGIF! 

Fruits and Nuts Super Salad at TGIF

Next came the Salmon. When I saw the menu it was a no-brainer that I had to order the Salmon. That’s what a tasty nutritious super food meal for me is- Fish. In fact my friends often joke that I married a Bengali so that I can binge on fish dishes all my life ( of course not many know that Sindhis equally love their fish, though they don’t obsess over it). The new menu offers Salmon in two avatars- Pomegranate Honey Mustard Salmon and the second being Salmon with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce. Since my server recommended the first one, I ordered that. The deets: Grilled Salmon Filet topped with pomegranate honey mustard vinaigrette and served with toasted almond, cranberry & blueberry couscous and ginger garlic kale. Super foods done right, served right. 

Pomegranate Honey Mustard Salmon

Meanwhile husband settled for his fix of protein- Wasabi Miso Glazed Chicken. Marinated in lemon and olive oil, the grilled chicken breast was topped with a spicy wasabi miso sauce making it delicious. I had recommend both salmon and chicken items. 

Wasabi Miso Glazed Chicken

The surprise and what I had say is a must try item on the new menu is actually the vegetarian option— Vegetarian Tex Mex Chili. Chipotle peppers, sun-ripened tomatoes and red onions lend the right flavor to beans and spicy brown rice pilaf. I was almost upset about giving it step-motherly treatment for being vegetarian but it turned out be an underdog. 
We rounded off our meal with the berrilicious Fruit Crumble. Healthy dessert sounds like an oxymoron, except when you are ordering one from TGIF’s new healthy menu that is loaded with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and peaches.  

Fruit Crumble

Why you should go for TGIF’s healthy menu? Besides being a tasty option for those who like to watch what they eat, this menu is a limited period one valid from May to July, so you gotta hurry up. 

Fast Facts: 
-TGI Fridays has 13 restaurants in India.
-Its operating hours are 12 noon to 12 midnight.  
-For more information, visit

Monday, June 6, 2016

He Never Lets Me Down

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.” 
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

We all need to look within for that inner strength but many of us are also lucky that we draw our strength from a special someone who never lets you down even when the going gets tough.  

I draw that strength from my husband who has been a a great friend, mentor and someone I can count on. From shopping to career advice, its amazing how over the years I have started to rely on this person I met at work first, almost a decade ago! 

I take lot of pride in the fact that I am an independent woman capable of taking care of my own financial, emotional and other needs. Having said that I have no qualms in agreeing that I depend on my husband for lot of things. One of the most important decisions of my life was to quit my job as a journalist and take the risk of being an entrepreneur. My husband was the one who encouraged me to take the plunge and without him I wouldn't have dared to take that step. Few days back I was watching Lava Mobiles TVC and I realized the qualities mentioned of trust, reliability and strength are also the qualities that define my husband and the relationship I share with him.  

So often we take the person we depend on for granted and at times we forget giving due credit to that person. But that doesn't change the self-less attitude of our loved one who has been there and the one who never lets you down. My husband has been there through good times and the testing times. He never lets me down in my weak moments, irrespective of the fact that I have been there for him or not. 

In todays world when relationships are fragile, lives busy and careers challenging, I am lucky to have someone I can depend on and a partner who is trustworthy and reliable. He is my strength and I am glad I wrote this post to thank him, albeit a little late. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My #KhudKoKarBuland Moment

We all nurture few dreams and look for the right time and opportunity to realize them. But it’s a few lucky ones who witness their dreams materialising. Besides the grit, luck and hard work, it’s financial planning and making the right choices that help few of us realize our dreams. 

I too had a dream of quitting my journalism job one day and to start a travel website where people could read about my journeys and get inspired. I wanted to write, what I believed in rather than what sells. I wanted to break free from the deadlines and towing the editorial line and ideology that media houses followed. Being self -employed would also mean being able to spend more time with my family. But it’s not easy to quit a job that pays well and take the risk of becoming an entrepreneur. It’s even more difficult when your husband too has just turned an entrepreneur just few months before you quit your job. 

But thankfully I had nurtured my dream and planned my finances. I had savings and had also invested in right insurance and investment policies to secure my future. I took the plunge.  

The latest Birla Sun Life Insurance ad video #KhudKoKarBuland touches a chord and reiterate the fact that everyone should invest in an insurance policy. We often wait till our thirties or our children to be a little older before we invest in one, which is not the right approach. Adversities doesn't announce their arrival in advance and there is no ‘right time’ to make your dreams come true. 

In one of the videos we see a man, Madan, lying on hospital bed and has just undergone a bypass surgery. He has been advised by doctors to not resume his job. When his boss, in a bid to help, offers his son Suraj the job of his PA, the man with a smile answers that it’s not needed since Suraj is leaving for his MBA in England. The boss is stunned at his PA’s planning wherein despite being bed ridden he secured his son’s future and helped him realize his dreams. 

The time is right whenever you are ready. Life is uncertain and we all grapple with our insecurities. Therefore it’s although more imperative that we plan right and make sound choices. Have you planned your finances well to realize your dream? Have you invested in right products to fight with adversities? Birla Sun Life Insurance can help you in your journey of life and in realizing your #KhudKoKarBuland moment.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Food Trucks at One Horizon Center, Gurgaon's Business Hub

No festival in India is celebrated without binging on some scrumptious food. While most in corporate world miss out on festivities and food because of hectic office hours, One Horizon Center- business hub in the heart of Gurgaon and a development by Hines India and DLF- has ensured that its tenants get to enjoy food during office hours, that too in a fun innovative way. One Horizon Center has brought in Food Trucks to its premises that serve variety of cuisines- Thai, Mexican, fast food, ice-lollies and even dessert popsicles! You wouldn't be surprised to know that the commercial centre houses office of Zomato and Coca Cola, besides Apple, ANZ, American Express and many others.  

The participating Foodtrucks include – Drifter’s Café, Frugurpop, Something Saucy, What The Truck and Eggjactly. 

Drifter's Cafe 

So at the Drifter’s Cafe the food is an eclectic mix of Thai and Chinese dimsums, appetizers and box meals; while Frugurpop is delighting One Horizon Center office-goers with their fruity and cream flavoured popsicles. The Triple Berry, Frutilicious and Oreo and Cookies Cream Bar are loved by all. Something Saucy and What The Truck are tantalizing the guests taste-buds with sliders, mexican, wraps and fast food. 

Business Suits and Lollies- Only at One Horizon Centre, Gurgaon 

"Frugurpop only aspires to get bigger and better and being surrounded with the largest multinationals at One Horizon Center developed by Hines gave the brand an exhilarating push! The coolness of the Popsicles reflects in the employees, who devour this refreshing delight during their hectic day at work! The association surely lives up to our motto~ Let Joy Take Over and reaches the highest floor of the tower,” says Pallavi Kuchroo, Founder, Frugurpop.

Food that makes office-goers happy! 

“Ever since we started our business we have been looking for opportunities to step into corporate parks and residential communities as we have designed our product for people on the go, however only Hines India gave us an opportunity as they saw food trucks being able to fill an immediate requirement of food and beverage offerings to their tenants who look for hygienic, tasty and cost effective options,” adds Ankur Gupta, Founder, Drifters Café.

Vikrant Misra, co-founder, Eggjactly said, “We were delighted to get an opportunity from One Horizon Center to showcase our food and serve their tenants”

No wonder One Horizon Center has been rated as one of the top 3 commercial buildings in India. The 25-storey One Horizon Centre building in Gurgaon has 1 million square feet of office space.  The air-conditioning units in the building have filters to remove dust and impurities in the air and carbon dioxide sensors have been fitted to ensure that healthy levels of fresh air are maintained inside.
The building, located on an 11-acre site, has 60,000 square feet of retail space that will have dining options, a fitness centre, drycleaners, salons, spas, a pharmacy, convenience store and a day-care centre. 
"The management at One Horizon Center are offering a great proposition to their employees - first to catch the growing trend in foodtrucks which not only provides great food but variety on a daily basis!"- Rajat Chandna, Something Saucy