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A website of her own

Written by Thursday, 27 September 2012 05:54



Talking Cranes, a newly launched website for women from South East Asia, is that, and more. Discribed as a social site started by San Francisco-based Hyma Menath and Oxford-based Aneeta Madhavan, Talking Cranes isn't one of those that help women find the nearest grocery store or salon. Its selling point is that it caters to those looking for solid reading on topics that interest South East Asian women. Subjects range from arts, lifestyle, food and workplace issues. The articles are original and come from a team of writers, both men and women, belonging from various walks.


The website also has a section called ‘Talk’ (we like the name!) where absolutely anybody can express an opinion on any subject. Though there is an option of signing up, most parts of the website are accessible to guest visitors. The home page gives you a snapshot of the latest stories in each section and the hottest topics on the site. The design reflects a certain seriousness and has barely any frills. We were quite happy to see both sports news and recipes being covered on a single website for women.

For more, log on to


retail therapy

Written by Friday, 21 September 2012 11:57

 Ladies, ready to shop?:

Purchase hand-woven saris, stoles and dupattas designed by Sarita Ganeriwala & Sarika Govind. With prices starting at Rs 1,000, the apparel is made from silk, hand spun cotton and linen. You can also find block printing fabrics here. Basava Ambara, 93, Kanakpura Road,
Basavangudi, September 15 to 18  26561940

Saris for you:

This festive season shop for sarees at Akkar as traditional saris with Kalamkari prints are combined with some embroidery and Banaras borders. Choose from a wide array of fabrics such as silk, ikats, chanderis, jute and more.
Under the Tree, 1st Floor, 27/34 Opposte Neeladri Mahal Apartments, Nandidurg Road, till September 20 9902624452

Dine in with classics:

Does mismatched crockery and kitchenware bother you? Shop at Home Town and pick up colour coordinated dining and cooking wear. Select from bake ware, kitchenware, crockery, tableware, glassware as well as storage.                                                                                                                                   Available at all Home Town outlets, till September 20

For all jeans lovers:

Inspired by the street trend, Pepe Jeans presents Portebello jeans that are ‘stylish and comfortable’. Priced at Rs 1,499 onwards, you can pick up your fit and colour.
Available at all Pepe jeans stores

It’s 109oF in city:

This festive season you can choose to be classic and subtle, as you pick a dress or tunic. The dresses have graphic and placement prints and interesting geometric embroideries, some with feminine lace prints. The fabrics used are viscose, lycra, rayon and more.
109oF, Inorbit Mall, Epip Industrial Area, near Satya Sai Hospital, Whitefield, also available at Shopper Stop, Pantaloons, Central and Reliance Trends

A little bling this weekend:

Shop this weekend from brands such as Desi Polka, Pilgrim and Zoe Designs, Dash of Bling, Fancy Chillies, Funky Things and more. Workshops for children and a variety of food will be a part of this Kitsch Mandi.
Pebble, Palace grounds, September 16, 1 pm onwards  974144413


Written by Friday, 21 September 2012 11:37

Rock on this weekend:

Fans of alternative rock are in for a treat as Madrobe Walfunction is here from Mumbai. Watch Sankarshan Kini and Prathamesh Tambe on guitar and vocals,
Manoj Thapliyal on drums, Crossby Fernandes on bass perform live.
bFlat, 100 Feet Road, Above ING Bank, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, September 15, 8.30 pm 9867621648

Bicycle days live:

Lend a year to Bangalore’s The Bicycle Days this weekend. This four-piece alternative band will take you through a journey of alternative, progressive and electronic art forms as they perform live.
Counter Culture, 2D2, 4th cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area , Whitefield, September 14, 8.30 pm 41400793

Tribute to Jaco Pastorius:

Mishko M’Ba will be paying a tribute to Jaco Pastorius, renowned composer and electric bass players. Mishko M'Ba is a member of French band, Ziskakan and has performed with many artists such as Lucky Ali, Khaled and more.
bFlat, 100 Feet Road, Above ING Bank, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, September 14, 8.30 pm 25278361

Mumbai’s best is here:

Want to enjoy some pop/ alternative music with folk influences? Watch Nikhil D’Souza and Zohran perform live this weekend. Their music is inspired by Sting, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and more. Watch members of Indus Creed, Vishal and Shekhar perform at this event.
Phoenix Market City, 40/41, Industrial area, K R Puram, September 15, 7 pm  67266111


Written by Friday, 21 September 2012 11:14

Style your food:

Learn the art of styling and cooking your food along with some tips on how to go about food photography. Michael Swamy and Gautam Chaudhry teach you how to market your brand and present your food. The fee is Rs 2,000.
The Pink Poppadom, Ista Hotel, Swmi Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, September 15, 11 am 25558888

Flavours of Rajasthan:

On offer this weekend is a spread of delicacies from Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Rajwar Food Festival is inspired by the royal kitchens of the two states. Dal baati churma from Rajasthan and the kadhi from Gujarat are some of the specialities you may like.
Rajdhani Thali restaurant, Whitefield and Indiranagar, till September 16  25939309

Something cheesy here:

Sink your teeth into cheeseria, a paratha filled with cheese, with your choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian filling.Prices start at Rs 85.                          Available at all Kaati zone outlets,


Kebab and biryani delight:

A variety of kebabs, Irani tandoor macchi and yakhni pulao, bukhari pulao and the Calcutta biryani are among the highlights at the Kebab and Biryani festival. Also relish curries such as murgh mussalam.
Peshawari Tandoor, Turquoise, 3rd floor, 1st A Cross, 5th Block, Kormangala, September 14 to 16  9739942912

Food for thought:

Get a discount of 50 per cent on your food bill. Opt for signature dishes such as Guntur chicken, chilli chicken, chicken sholay kebabs, mutton kebabs, nati kodi biryani and more.
Sree Nandhini Palace, #21, 3rd Floor, New BEL Road, Mathikere, till September 15 9945237015

Chicken all the way:

After the popular Peri Peri chicken, the latest offering by Nando’s is the Espetada. This is the traditional Portuguese dish of grilled chicken and peppers served on a skewer. Savour this fiery meal and wash it down with their lemon drink at Rs 399.
Available at all Nando's outlets

Treat for biryani lovers:

At the Special Biryani lunch, non vegetarians can select from yakhni pulao, gosht biryani, jinga and raan biryani whereas vegetarians can choose from subz biryani zaffrani, paneer biryani and soyabean biryani.
Zaffran, #8, Excellency, off St. Marks Road, till September end 9900036971

Breakfast in a ‘zop’

Written by Friday, 31 August 2012 07:19

Watch that laziness quotient - here’s another online provisions store. 

ZopNow can be used to order your favourite cereal,some porridge or jam, or just about any other breakfast product. You can also place an order over the phone, and have the goodies delivered to your doorstep. Apart from breakfast specials, ZopNow also has products in home care,stationery, personal care,beverages and more. delivers any time between 9 am and 9 pm; the only hitch here is the fact that they deliver only in South and East Bangalore at the moment, and that too for purchases above Rs 500. The neighbourhoods they specifically cater to now are Adugodi, BTM Layout, Banashankari, Bannerghatta Road, Basavangudi, Begur, Bellandur, Residency Road, Richmond Circle, Sampangiram-nagar, Sarjapur road, Shantinagar, Singasandra, Tavarekere, Thippa-sandra, Ulsoor, Vivek Nagar, Wilson Garden and others nearby. Any order below Rs 500, is subjected to shipping charges. You can also call them on 32420000

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