Bond beyond bands
Manpriya Khurana

Ritika Nainta
Ritika Nainta

Call it a fad or whatever, Friendship Day has our youngistaanis chatting about buddies, bands and bonds

Alas! Anybody who isn't specifically anything, is a friend. How many of you can truly recall the 'How I became buddy' tale with even a single of the 536-odd friends dotting the Orkut or Facebook list? A friend is the most prized of all possessions and the one person whom we took the least thought about acquiring. On the day officially dedicated to friends, here's asking the youth their random thoughts: is 'Friends Forever' a phrase or just a phase? Oh hey, what about the day? Is it an excuse number ninety-six to be with your mates or do friendships come with an expiry date?

Ritika Nainta, Splitsvilla contestant, recalls her Chelsea days at Shimla, "In school, it was one big occasion and the day had true-blue appeal. We all exchanged friendship bands and if you missed out on anyone, that person would cross." What about now? She says, "I do believe in the day, all youngsters do, especially school-goers. Last year, I gave a band each to all my friends."

For this year, Joanna Magee, might have no plans for now, but she would definitely think of calling friends over, and look forward to a nice time. She laughs, "I don't really remember it, but I do believe in the concept, it's a nice way of dedicating one complete day to friendship." The girl counts four to be her forever buddies, so what if they're out of the country right now.

And, of course, who denies the one-liner, with friends everyday is a friendship day. But Glory Khanna, a DAV-10, student, shares, "I have only one regret, why does it fall on a Sunday? Then, I think the idea is to take time out, make an effort for friends you don't meet regularly."

So, is the day or friendship itself losing its charm? "I'm in touch with most of my friends. Some even since from nursery," declares Ritika. She adds, "Never mind boyfriends, no matter others, friends essentially are always there for you."

As for the day, Glory, opines, "May be, the fever's more while you're young, but with age the ways of celebrating change. Now, there're so many options." Not to brush aside the option of making newer friends. The era when friends might be in the same neighbourhood during middle school, while graduation places them in different parts of equator. As Joanna says, "The meaning of friendship has changed over time. People have become more commercialized but I would say my close pals have been with me throughout."

As Ritika sums up, "Yesterday, we were just coming out after watching Love Aaj Kal, there too they've depicted the now-then scenario, but I think one's true pals remain so always."

So, what if it's the most casual word and never mind if you're not celebrating, friends in fact are friends intact!

Hey, how about Ex-Friends Day!

Now that we're bang on the discussion of days, just thought of bringing you possible extensions of the day in question.

So, how about a 'Pick up a fight Day'?

Enemies' day: Now we're talking! We can already imagine countless wicked souls rubbing their palms and coming up with 'one on top of the other' ideas, to get back and get even and get going.

National Swearing Day: Sure to get celebrated, left right and center! With a lot of fervour and fever. Hey, do we need it in the first place? Till it's officially recognized, you can imagine the countless ****** things you'll call those chosen few. Trust us, we actually bumped into some online campaign poster, pursuading people to come to a national swearing.

Ex-friends day: Excited? Don't we have more of them than friends themselves? It's not what you're thinking! What of the numerous ways you could get in touch with long-lost friends and bring them back to your life? Happy celebrating! 

Mirror, mirror on the FALL

Feroze Gujral
Feroze Gujral

AZA introduced the exclusive new Fall/Winter' 09 collections-And The Mirror Crack'd by Anand Kabra and Diffusion by Raakesh Agarvwal, at a preview held at the AZA flagship store in Delhi recently.

Bollywood actor Shriya Saran modelled in Anand Kabra's collection while top models like Sonalika Sahay, Tina Chatwal and Lakshmi Rana showcased Raakesh's outfits. The evening was held over wine and cheese and was attended by Delhi's top fashion and social glitterati, including Feroze Gujral, Divya Guruwara, Reynu Tandon, Anupama Dayal, Thenny Meija, Kimi Tej, Neeru Malhotra amongst others.

Anand Kabra- And The Mirror Crack'd

Having established his position in the fashion industry as a talent of distinction, Anand brings new and fresh attitude to his collections season after season. His thematic strength is the ability to interpret an emotion or idea through a unifying concept and is visibly recognised as the leitmotif of his work.

Taking the central theme of 'the circle of life', Anand Kabra's new collection, titled 'And The Mirror Crack'd' gives a whole new meaning to mirror work. Employing fragmented mirrors in an entirely innovative manner and rediscovering the art of 'fagotting', the collection is a bold move into contemporary interpretation of craft. In a 'never seen before' form, mirrors become the new sequin, embroidery and embellishment.

Black, nude, flame orange, golden yellow and gentle teals form the colour pallete of the collection. Silks, stretch jerseys, satins and georgettes in cheeky cocktail dresses and saris, draped trousers and boldly embellished churidars, skirts and path breaking lehengas, stride both the international and Indian silhouettes in a stunning new presentation. Filed and cut mirrors arranged in the incomplete circle become the embellishment theme of the collection. —TNS

  Monsoon with Madame

Every time it rains in the city we all start dressing shabbily or compromise on what the rain allows us to wear, while the fact is, monsoon is a time to brighten and cheer up your wardrobe.

During monsoons the climate is very humid and therefore demands a cool fabric like cotton. Due to its absorption qualities it helps keep the pores open and lets the skin breathe. Lycra and chiffon also serve quite the purpose and can be worn. "We suggest cotton dresses mainly for this season. Embellishments on the borders are taken care of as they make dresses especially skirts look smart. A line cotton skirts manufactured in pastel colours, with laces on hemming have always been favourite among all during monsoons" says Akhil Duggar, creative director Madame.

The footwear is another issue to be taken care of. It should be kept in mind that they are comfortable and with a firm grip so that you don't slip due to the slippery surface. Shoes such as sports and canvas are a strict no-no for this season as there are chances of bacterial growth due to the moisture in the climate.

The handbags are also a part of the style statement and the right kind of material should be chosen to look stylish and planned for the weather. Waterproof handbags can be tried as they keep the belongings safe.

Similarly, the make up that you wear should be water-proof. Foundation and rouge should be avoided and lip colours, which are long lasting should be tried.


Finally, there’s man's day on ramp

Delhi to host first men's fashion week in September 

For the first time in the country's haute couture history, a men's fashion week will be held here to explore opportunities in the burgeoning market by showcasing collections from leading designers like Rohit Bal, J J Valaya and Manoviraj Khosla.

The event, from September 11-13, will be a collaboration between Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and mens' formal wear brand Van Heusen, the title sponsors.

'Van Heusen India Men's Week' will showcase collections exclusively for men from established designers as well as upcoming ones.

The event promises to have about 40 stalls for fashionistas to pick their choice of designer menswear.

"This is an incredible achievement in the field of men's fashion. Fifty per cent of my collections focus on menswear and I think it is a great opportunity to explore men's fashion," said Bal.

"Delhi markets have been changing over the years; there have been an emergence of new trends. People are interested in fashion here. A number of designers are based here too," said Shiv Subramaniam, brand head of Van Heusen, on why Delhi was named the venue.

"An award for emerging designer of the year will be given at the event to encourage newcomers. The three finalists in the contest will also display their collections," said Van Heusen COO Shital Mehta.


Collection for a cause

It’s fundraising alongwith a multi-stall exhibition showcasing the best of fashion for you and your home. The August Carnival at Shivalikview-17, organised by Joy De Vivre & Purnam has the very best designers in clothing, jewellery precious and semi precious, accessories like bags and shoes, home linen, artifacts, glassware, chocolates, paper products, boxes, fabrics, home linen and furnishings form New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Amritsar.

The designer wear range has formal, semi formal suits and evening dresses, traditional kantha work kurta-style suits and formal wear from Kolkata, tussar saris, duppattas, and suits from Delhi and digital print saris, suits, tunics and dress material. The home furnishing has premium Italian glassware designs from IVV. Mouth blown, hand finished centerpieces and trays are unique both in design and quality. The price starts from Rs 3000 onwards. Silver and stone accessories, ethnic jewellery makes for a handy pick, though the natural stone neckpieces from Priya and Maheswari steal the show. Other than this trinkets made out of shells, smoky quartz, tiger-eyes and Buddha designs are trendy and can undoubtedly add spark to your style. The range starts from Rs 2,000 onward.

Now for the cause, a part of the stall charges will be given to institutes for children with disability. So, if you care for either shopping or charity, you know where to go! 

On till today.

Neha Walia

All that she wants 

The two-day bridal exhibition has all that a bride wants

Bridal affair, a two-day wedding exhibition at Taj, Chandigarh gives you a chance to indulge into the world of weddings. From trousseau to planning the event here you can pick jewellery, accessories, furnishings, wedding menu, freezing the moments in style and an exotic honeymoon. Well, all in all there is a dream wedding right on the platter for you.

One look at the exhibitors arena and you find the bride’s wardrobe layered with designer lehengas, saris and cocktails dresses in innovative cuts and styles. The price range starts at Rs 5,000 onwards. Designs from Geeta’s design studio, Phagwara had plenty of options for all the festivities involved. Swarovski embellished saris with layers and frills, evening gowns with traditional embroidery for an Indo-western look and zari and gotta worked suits for that formal yet traditional look. Add a little styling and get a different look for each affair. For related festivities cocktails dresses and themed kitty party wear in bright hues and minimal embellishments made for good options. The collection ranges between Rs 4,000 to Rs 40,000.

Aashma fashion studio from Jaipur had a collection that was elegant and trendy. Both formal and semi formal collection, it comprised of ghad suits, kurtis, angrakhas, designer cholis (less on bling), yet embellished with patchwork gotta and doris. And it was bright hues like orange, greens and reds that called for attention. The other designs included Aabis, Aura, Diyaz from Delhi, Adna collection from Amritsar, Vanillastyle from Mumbai and Riwaaz form Lucknow.

Designer jewellery from Orra, D’ Dmas and Nakshatra will steal your heart away, but trendy imitation jewellery is worth checking out. Mehendi, tattoos and home furnishings in exquisite fabrics are another things to look out for. Rinaldi designs, Joy and Peace from Kashmir will just help you set the right ambience. Decorated baby shower baskets, shagun thalis takes care of the important tit-bits.

If the shopping doesn’t interest you then this might. Book yourself a helicopter doli or flower shower from the air. Now, that’s shaadi with a twist. 

—Neha Walia

  Happy to be back

Palak eliminated from Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao

Palak aka Gurmet Kaur who called herself a ‘fighter’ and claimed to survive in the jungle has been eliminated from Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao, but is not crying aloud. Instead she is heaving a sigh of relief that now she is sleeping on a cozy bed and eating a full course meal at home!”  

Aman and Palak were in the bottom two and had to face the deadly Maha Jungle Challenge. The challenge involved the contestants to keep live creepy crawlies like worms, snakes etc in their mouth. After learning about the task, Palak was hesitant but managed to keep a snake in her mouth for a while, however she lost to Aman who performed the challenge successfully.

She confesses, “This has been the toughest show of my life, I have had a great time here and have made some really good friends. Aakashh was like an elder brother, Mona and Negar were my close pals.” According to her the toughest time spent in the jungle was this week because she was dying of hunger as the food quantity was less. She says “Main frustrate ho gayi thi…kyunki food is very important for our body… aur soya bean - chawal khaake halat kharab ho rahi thi.”

Unfortunately she was eliminated just 1 day after her birthday, she says, “This was indeed my best birthday and I loved the way my camp mates celebrated it! Aakashh gifted me chappals and Marc a bedsheet which was robbed from Jannat!”

Quiz Palak on the winners who will survive and she feels there are two deserving contestants for the title “I would want to see Aakash or Negar win. Aakashh is tough and has it in him while for Negar it will be a good opportunity to come clean of the controversies that surrounded her life in India and may be comeback”. 

For now this bindaas babe is looking forward to more work and will watch the show daily to stay updated with what her camp mates are upto!  —TNS

Game for laptop

Weaving its magic this monsoon, Coca-Cola India announced the launch of its innovative ‘Limca ‘Laptop Ki Barish’ consumer initiative nationally. As part of this initiative a computer generated lucky draw would provide consumers a chance to win “HP Mini Laptop” every hour for the next 45 days. The initiative is applicable to 200 ml, 300 ml returnable glass bottles (RGB) and also on 500 ml, 600 ml 1.25, 1.5, 2 & 2.25 liters PET bottles of Limca. As part of the under the crown initiative consumers just need to SMS “LIMCA” followed by a 9 digit unique code to 58558 from their GSM / CDMA mobile phones. Additionally consumers also have the option to Call 186 0233 0233 and register their code through an Interactive Voice Response System . The initiative also provides consumers with an opportunity to win cash prizes of various denominations. —TNS


ARIES: "The Five of wands" advice's you not to have any trick with a Gemini. If there are unsolved questions between you and your partner, then this week you can at last make everything clear. Seek out compromises and creative solutions. Beware of strangers on Thursday. Tip of the week: Feel good about yourself Lucky colour: Bottle Green

TAURUS: "Nine Cups" full of light, lotus blossoms and happiness greet you as loving relationship flower into commitments. Your attraction to unusual topics can cause friction on Tuesday. Health problems can be resolved with alternate methods of healing. Tip: You may encounter some difficulties regarding finances. Lucky colour: Yellow

GEMINI: "Ace of Pentacles" reveals the seed of prosperity and material gain. Material power and stability is reassuring. You allow yourself a brief vacation and some meditative moments to get in touch with your inner peace. You are likely to splurge on yourself and loved ones. Tip: New doors can lead to a lucrative direction. Lucky colour: Golden brown

CANCER: "The Priestess" infuses a gracious influence in your life. Entertainment will be on your mind on Saturday. A senior will once again be looking towards you to provide the lead in handling a prestigious task, and this will act as an incentive to fine tune your thinking and performance levels. Tip: Avoid gossip session at work place. Lucky colour: Silver

LEO: Your card "The Moon" says don't worry. Love comes with patience and nurturing. Spouse has a great many expectations of you and this week you do well to draw up ground rules or even bend the rules of the relationship. Jealousy must be avoided. Tip: You can stabilise your financial situation if you make property investments. Lucky colour: Purple

VIRGO: "The Temperance" inspires you to climb new heights and actualise creative ideas. You can expect happenings at home and professional activities to keep you busy and involved this week. Your personal presence and participation is necessary for things to go well. Tip: Over optimism could lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Royal blue

LIBRA: "Ten Golden Cups" arranged in the tree of life pattern suggests deep family roots, feelings and strong relationships. Your priorities, values and attitudes are likely to evolve and lead to spiritual growth and deep understanding in personal relationships. Major changes or upheaval in professional and business aspects may look destructive at the time but lead to positive situations and opportunities. Tip: Do not overspend. Lucky colour: Golden

SCORPIO: "The Chariot" card interprets it as having 'focused energy' and concentration on a goal, because of which even the impossible gets done. You have come to a stage in your life where 'karmic speed breakers' and circumstances will compel you to put aside grey thoughts and aim for the sunbeam instead. Tip: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky colour: Black.

SAGGITARIUS: "The Queen of Roads" brings love and romance back in personal relationship and friendship flower. There could be new career opportunities due to your past efforts. Spending quality time with your partner will be a priority for you. There could be good news regarding a family member on Tuesday. Business needs your attention on Wednesday. Tip: Wait a while, everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Saffron.

CAPRICORN: Your card "The Sword" represents light and clarity. You have the courage to express your true feelings and emotions in a romantic involvement. Avoid mental stress to avert a health problem. A celebration or travel over land is just on the cards. You are likely to go on shopping spree on Monday. Focus on meditation, yoga and exercise. Tip: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business. Lucky colour: Red

AQUARIUS: "The Hanged Man" opts for important changes at home and work. You are blessed with spiritual insight and clarity of vision as you move into the new current for the future. You can expect visitors and communications from overseas to be positive and helpful. Its best not to have great expectations in any aspect or you could be disappointed. Tip: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: Peach

PISCES: You draw "The World" so this is a good time for relaxing and rejuvenating yourself and do things you most enjoy. Don't be in a hurry and feel impatient on Sunday. Hard work and perseverance will certainly get rewarded. Put behind the unpleasant events of the past and look forward to a nice week. Genuine 
appreciation and understanding will come your way. Tip: Health of 
elderly member at home will need looking after. Lucky colour: Deep 


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