Love Matters: India’s first bilingual website launched at QTube Cafe in Bandra

Love Matters , India’s first bilingual website dedicated to love, sexuality and relationships organized a one of its kind Open mic session on Valentine day on February 14, 2017 in Mumbai’s quiet but hip QTube Café in Bandra. The event saw a jam packed venue where many came forward to share their tryst with love, sexuality or identity, their take on relationships, family, and society. The gathering was of young and old people, many came with their parents to taste the non judgmental and open minded session.

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While speaking at the event, Vithika Yadav, RNW Head-India, Love Matters India, said: “We organized this open mic session as a true free speech event for young Mumbaikars to come together and have an opportunity to have frank and open conversations on love, sexuality and relationships.”

Love Matters opened its doors for everyone and the differences of Mumbai walked in, slightly unsure and then they took to the stage, and all those differences dissolved to form, what united them for that moment forming a road of open dialogue. With an opportunity to share openly, people poured their hearts out; what they felt about love, lessons they have learnt on the way, good and bad both, how they feel towards every individual deserving a fair chance to love who they want, to freely talking about their sexuality, about society’s perception, attitude and acceptance of every individual.
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“The idea behind an open-mic event with young people is to shed all the judgement around different sexuality and preferences. We don’t want the society to label someone. We want everyone to come together and hear each other patiently”, Roshan Kokane, web editor for Love Matters India, pointed out.
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Love Matters India is moving towards changing how people perceive and are perceived by others, they want to bridge the gap that creates this difference through respectful dialogues and ‘Let’s Talk About Us’ the open mic session in Mumbai was a step towards creating that platform.

Love Matters India is the first ever bilingual English and Hindi website about sex and sexuality in India. It aims to provide science-based information on love, sex and relationships so people can make informed choices, and to create spaces where everyone is free to ask questions and engage in online conversations. In 2016 itself, the website has attracted an average of two million users a month and there in excess of one million followers on Facebook.

Delhi Literature Festival 2017: Dr. Blossom Kochhar reads her new book Aromatherapy – A Way of Life

Dr. Blossom Kochhar in conversation with Chief Editor Exhange4Media Anurag Batra and renowned author and film critic Aruna Vasudev hosted an engaging and interactive book reading session at the Delhi Literature Festival in New Delhi.

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An icon, a clear visionary, way ahead of her time, Dr. Kochhar has authored a lot of books in the past and yet again, the diva of aromatherapy has come up with a new book to boot, “Aromatherapy- A Way Of Life”.

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The event was attended by the who’s who of Delhi, readers and book lovers. Dr. Kochhar talked about her journey, how she was introduced to aromatherapy and how everyone can make Aromatherpay a part of their lives.

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“The purpose of this book is to share my life and love for aromatherapy with my readers. It is amazing how aromatherapy can enhance the quality of our living in so many ways.” Dr. Kochhar said at the event.

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In this book, Dr. Kochhar has elaborated many ways of using essential oils in our everyday life including our love life, family life, for children, for the elderly, in our homes, offices, in the food we eat, for skin care, body care, for various ailments and during phases of stress and depression. This book can be a ready referral to your everyday needs.

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Young lovers will find this book exciting as she has also fleshed out a lot of concoctions for weddings and doled out invaluable tips on using essential oils recipes for love and romance through the various stages of courtship. It takes the readers through the journey of life including romance, wedding, travel, years when the romance has faded, pregnancy and after delivery.

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The book is also a ready reckoner for those who want to incorporate aromatherapy in their life through a lot of everyday simple life hacks. Something, as regular as rinsing your mouth with water to which add a drop of clove essential oil is the best way to integrate aromatherapy in your life.

The book is published by Hay House Publishers India and is available at all leading book stores, Blossom Kochhar Aroma magic kiosks. The readers can also buy the book online at amazon.

Street Dresser offers designer collection for Diwali celebration

Diwali is just round the corner and sure everyone is quite excited to celebrate the festival of lights in full swing. Just like everyone else are you contemplating what to wear this Diwali? Hmmm, let’s see …How about some Luxury designer wear? If I tell you, that you can now get them all at much discounted price? You heard it right, get on to secretdresser.com & make you dream come true this Diwali.

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This Diwali, secretdresser.com gives you a reason to Celebrate in style with the best bargain ever when it comes to shopping for the festive season. Whether for gifting or shopping for yourself, this leading online fashion portal lines up a Diwali bonanza including gorgeous and exhaustive festive collection of sarees, suits, bags and accessories from top Indian and International brands and Designers. Wondering what’s more in store? Secret Dresser gives you a rare and lucrative opportunity to shop for your favorite luxury clothes at a much more affordable price. Gone are the days to think twice before purchasing a designer wear!

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Whether it’s a gorgeous sarees or high end luxury handbag, Diwali is the time to refurbish your wardrobe with the latest trends. We offer a plethora of options to choose from , right from our prominent Indian fashion designers -Manish Malhotra , Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi or the International brands such as Gucci, Prada or Louis Vuitton! Take a glimpse of some of the designer wears that are available at Secret Dresser at a much reasonable and pocket friendly price! Those looking for cool Luxury gifts can count on their gift ideas like Designer Clothes, Watches, and Accessories, Bag, Sunglasses, Footwear’s etc.

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“Gifting is a ritual in India as it adds a reason to celebrate special bonds. Life is a celebration and so at Secret Dresser we intend to offer special moments to our buyers by making their dream come true. Our mission is to redefine fashion by making available all that there is in luxury to all at affordable prices .We have also added special range of Indian designer wear and International designer bags to celebrate this Diwali and Dhanteras in style”, a company official said.

Secret Dresser is one of the biggest and most diverse portal for buying and selling pre-owned luxury , the variety available makes it stand out from the rest along with the unique add on features. It is a one-stop shopping experience that brings together all luxury from top Indian designer wear like Manish Malhotra, Sabhyasachi, Anjalee Kapoor to International brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada and also anything luxury like leather jacket, boots, Watches and more.

“This portal is all about sharing resources, the main Idea is to increase the rotation of the products that will ultimately help save resources of our planet. Also it will help people buy authentic luxurious clothing at a minimal price range saving their money and time on searching for lookalikes of original branded clothes which are hard to find,” the official added.

Grand Winter Carnival at Gurgaon on December 19-20 2015

In what could be termed as the first ever winter carnival in Delhi NCR, VRV Entertainment, an event management firm is organising the Grand Winter Carnival at HUDA Grounds, Gurgaon from December 19-20, 2015. According to a company statement, it is a perfect destination for the shopaholics, foodies and for all those who love music and games.

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Get set to experience a well-deserved weekend getaway, wherein you would get great opportunity to feed your shopping hunger. The range of products that one can choose from includes lifestyle, designer clothes, home decor, handicrafts, high-end luxury products, electronics and much more. Music Band will belt out the popular chartbusters to enthrall the crowd. Additionally, the visitors would get a great opportunity to treat their taste buds in the food court. Good care has been taken about the fun element and various games have been planned for the visitors, specifically the kids.

The Grand Winter Carnival is going to be a one of its kind event in Delhi NCR this winter.

Venue: HUDA Grounds, Leisure Valley Road, Next to Leisure Valley Gate 2, Gurgaon 122001

Date: 19-20th December 2015

Activities Planned:

Great shopping options and a wide variety of clothes, accessories, lifestyle, home décor, handicrafts and much more to choose from.
Lip-smacking food options from the best of restaurants in and around NCR
Fun rides, games and other engaging activities to bring life to the carnival games
Soul-refreshing decoration accompanied with amazing performances by dance groups, rock bands, magicians, world class puppet shows and much more

Visitors can enjoy free WIFI courtesy by our connectivity partner Airtel broadband.

Vikalp Aggarwal, the founder of the VRV Entertainment and the brain behind Grand Winter Carnival, said: “The carnival is a mélange of fun, food and shopping for our patrons. The event will be decorated with some of the amazing performances by dance groups, rock bands, magicians, world class puppet shows and much more to keep everyone entertained and engross in the event that nobody would want to leave. We are expecting 25-30 thousand people over the period of two days. Attention is given to every detail so that people just enjoy without any care. We are absolutely delighted to welcome our partners Airtel Broadband, Weddingplz.com, Radio One, Broomberg and ticketplease.com. Hope to have a successful grand winter carnival like our grand partners.”

Mannarasala Ayilyam Festival to begin on November 2, 2015

Preparations for annual festival ‘Ayilya Mahotsavam’ at famous Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple at Haripad in Alappuzha are in the final stages. This year the festival will commence on November 2 (Monday) and continue until Ayilyam day on November 4 (Wednesday).

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Mannarasala Sree Nagarja Temple is known for its unique worship of serpent gods and has the distinction of having a woman as chief priestess. ‘Ayilyam Ezhunallathu’ (procession) is one of the much sought after and important ritual of the temple where the chief priestess carries the presiding deity of the temple to Mannarasala Illam.

“Arrangements are on the final stages at the temple premises to receive the devotes who come from faraway places to witness the procession” said M V Subramanian Nampoothiri, Karanavar of Mannarasala Illam.

The festival will get underway with a Maha Deepakazcha on the Punartham day, i.e. Monday (November 2), evening which will be followed by a cultural meeting where the 4th Sree Nagaraja Puraskaram will handed over to the noted Mohiniyattom dancer Kalamandalam Kshemavathy. After the function, there will be a classical dance performance by noted dancer Dr Janaki Rangarajan.

On the next day, the Pooyam day, a mass feast has been organized from 11 am to 2.00 pm at a specially erected pandal at a compound near to the temple. The Uchapooja done by chief priestess, Uma Devi Antharajanam or Mannarasala Amma in front of the Sarpayakshi and Nagaraja temples will take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is one of the important rituals conducted by Amma during the Ayilyam festival. In the evening, noted percussionist Peruvanam Kuttan Marar and 60 others will perform at the temple that will be followed by a classical concert by Abhishek Reghuram and Kathakali performance by Kalamandalam Gopi Asan.

On the day of Ayilyam, the temple opens for Nirmalyadarasanam at 3.30 am. The special poojas will start from six in the morning that will be administered by the male head of Mannarasala lllam and he will lead the Nagakkalam rituals. Amma will give special darsan to her devotees from 8 am to 12.30 pm that will be followed by a mass feast for the devotees. Various cultural programmes like Ottam thullal, classical music concert will also take place in between.

The revered Ayilyam Ezhunallathu led by the Mannarassala Amma who will carry the Nagaraja thirumukham and Nagaphanam from the temple to the Mannarasaal Illam will take place between 1.30 and 2.30 in the afternoon. Ayilyam festival ends when the chief male priest conducts another unique ritual ‘Thattil Noorumpalum’ at Illam in the evening.

The temple authorities have said that they expect to more than two lakhs of devotees during Ayilyam festival. Arrangements have been made in place for devotees to reach the temple. KSRTC will run numerous services on the day from Haripad depot to the temple and other depots of the district will run special services as usual.

Arrangements have been also made to meet any sudden rush and the authorities have made their plea to devotee to follow the rules imposed by them for the smooth functioning of the festival. The government has already declared a public holiday for schools and government offices of the district on Ayilyam day in view of the festival.

Asian Designer Week 2015 to be held at Hotel Golden Tulip Delhi from October 28-29

iGenius Entertainment, the brand owner of Asian Designer Week announced the schedule and the list of designers for the 1st season of Asian Designer Week powered by FTV – Fashion Crosses Borders, according to a statement issued by the company.

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Announcing the Autumn Festival, Robby Rawat, Director – iGenius Entertainment, said: “I am delighted to announce the show schedule and the participating designers at the Asian Designer Week 2015 powered by FTV. We look forward to a great event with some stunning presentations by leading designers from Indian and international fraternity. The concept behind Asia Designer Week is that it embodies the strong bond that exists between Asian countries with respect to the cultural values, traditions and heritage despite the diversities. The fashion event has been solely conceived for promoting the interests of fashion designers, choreographers, makeup artists, etc. across Asia. With Asian Designer Week, we also want to give an opportunity to existing and fresh talents across the continent, therefore we have kept shows for NewGen and NextGen (Fashion Students) designers as well.”

Those present at the media briefing included Show Director Liza Varma, Hair and Makeup expert Samantha Kochhar, Rajan Madhu, Promoter Fashion TV (India), Charu Parashar, Grand Finale in the presence of leading Indian Designers and their Models who would be sashaying the ramp during the two-day event. The shows will be held between October 28-29, 2015 at Hotel Golden Tulip, Chattarpur, New Delhi.

Asian Designer Week 2015 is powered by FTV in association with F Bar & Lounge CP, Audi Delhi West, Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic, iGenius Global Services and Piquor. The institutional partners are Pearl Academy and JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

Good France Day celebrations at The Lalit New Delhi on March 19, 2015

The history of food and fine dining is never complete without French food. Paying homage to the revered French cuisine, The Lalit New Delhi would celebrate ‘Good France Day’ (Gout De France) as a part of worldwide French cuisine celebrations on March 19, 2015, according to a statement issued by The Lalit New Delhi.

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‘Good France Day’ is an initiative launched by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and renowned chef Alain Ducasse, wherein, five continents from over the world will bring together 1300 Chefs for one of the biggest ever celebrations of French gastronomy. The Lalit New Delhi, as part of the universal event will bring in an authentic French gourmet experience to all food gourmands.

Chef Ishika Konar, Executive Sous Chef at The Lalit New Delhi will take you through a gastronomic repertoire of French food, while Wine Sommelier Charles Donnadieu would set the perfect wine pairing at The Grill Room. The menu will follow the traditional French menu pattern, including a cold starter, a hot starter, a fish course, a meat course, a cheese course and ending with dessert.

Chef Ishika Konar said: “The aroma of the sumptuous French cuisine is renowned the world over. The dishes are scrumptious and entice appetite to the core. It is the work of a gastronomic connoisseur to create the French crème de la crème dishes and present them in an accurate way.” An authentic French Gourmet experience awaits you at The Lalit New Delhi. What are waiting for?

Venue: The Grill Room

Time: March 19, 2015

Dinner: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Standing tall in the heart of the business and commercial district of Connaught Place, The Lalit New Delhi is one of the finest luxury hotels in the city. The hotel is located just minutes away from the government offices, cultural centres and international trade fair grounds. Surrounded by upscale shopping centres, heritage monuments and neighbourhoods buzzing with cafés and bazaars, this five-star hotel offers the perfect gateway to India’s vibrant capital.

Seven distinctive dining and nightlife destinations, the award-winning Rejuve – The Spa, and sophisticated event venues ensure that every expectation is surpassed. Amidst the urban bustle of India’s capital, The Lalit New Delhi is the destination to relax, unwind and discover the city at your own pace.