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31May

Mehendi is my favorite ceremony as it can be as colorful as you want and the bride can really enjoy this one !! But aren’t to just tired of seeing live bangle maker at all the mehendi functions (and have quite a few bangles accumulated with you ??). So this time lets do away with the bangles and get our hands on few different favors !!

Mirror work dupatta : Beautiful mirror work dupatta is something every girl will appreciate and will make your party even more colorful & pretty.

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Cocktail Rings : Whether a simple stone rose or kundan ones , cocktail rings go well with anything you wear . You can also have a ring stall, where the rings are all of the same type but different colours or something.

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Borlas/ Jhoomars : Hair accessory is much in vogue .This gift will totally be appreciated and there’s more every girl in your mehendi will have a jhoomar/borla on her head.

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Embroidered Hair bands :  Embroidered Hairbands in Sabyasachi style are such great ideas to give as mehendi favors. Hairbands is seen on a lot of celebrities nowadays.They like to accessorize it especially with Indian outfits.Once you have this on, you have a whole new look.

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Coin bags/ Hand mirrors : This is something every guest at your mehendi will say ” awww so cute ” and it will find home in their hand bags .

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Flower Jewelry : While you can reserve the entire set for the bride but for her troop you can give away a hath phool or  mang tikka made of fresh flowers making the event prettier.

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Mehendi cones : If you are low on budget but still want to hand out something nice mehendi cones are just appropiate

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Hand Fan : Having a mehendi outside in summers ?? hand fans are perfect gift that can be used by the girls while they enjoy your mehendi

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Manicure sets / Nail paint : Which girl will not like a nice bottle of nail paint with some nail grooming accessories. Keep nail paint from different brands in different bottle shapes and sizes and it will make for a nice gifting option.

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Handmade soaps : Scented handmade soaps are something every girls relishes so, get something special made for your beautiful guests !!

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Fancy Kundan Watches : This is not one of the inexpensive mehendi favor ideas, but if your budget permits, then this is a nice option to wow your guests. Who would have thought of a kundan watch which can act as a nice bracelet + high on utility factor.

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Happy Planning!!!

Sonaam 

Planning your big day ?? Get all your questions answered here

26May

Mehendi is the function that is closest to any bride’s heart.  The bride and her bridesmaid is always excited about getting heena on their hands. Colourful outfits,daytime charm,beautiful mehendi, lovely décor is not the only things that we find in mehendi functions.There is a lot more that is researched and pre planned by the bride and family for her mehendi, taking into consideration the various availability of items in the market and fancy trends popping up on daily basis.From the décor to the drinks, theres just too many things that could make your  mehendi function more special than the rest. Here are a few crazy ideas which you could use in your mehendi function which will  excite your guests and will be enjoyable by all. Also, will serve as giveaway gifts or mehendi favors!!

Popsicles/Ice Gola Stall: Summercall for ice and who doesn’t like ice golas?  Get a localvendor to serve gola in his style and to add to all the madness have alcohol added to the ice golas. This will definitely get everyone in the right mood to kick in their crazy sides and enjoy the mehendi 2 times more.

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Chai Bar : Guests will need a refreshing drink to go with their snacks. Set up a chai bar so guests can prepare their own hot cup of tea! Everyone likes their in their style ,so lets have a live chai bar!!

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Parandi Wala : Get some beautiful parandis and have a women stationed to braid it in every lady’s hair to give your mehendi punjabi tadka.

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Tatoo Corner: Why should kids have all the fun ?? Get hold of a tatoo artist and give your guest an option to try some funky tatoo.

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Caricature : Getting a caricature artist can be fun and your guests gets a momento to carry back home.

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Jutis/Mojaris: Get a local vendor to have a stall for jutis / mojaris and your guests can choose one of their choice. Make sure there is enough variety and sizes.

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Nail artist : Beautiful henna looks incomplete without beautiful nail . So let the ladies have some fun as they get their nail done up with some beautiful designs. It can also work well with the ladies who would not want to apply henna, they might still get their nails done.

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Tarrot reader / Crystal ball gazer : Who doesn’t want to get their questions answered ?? Its always nice to get a peek in your future . Getting a tarrot card reader / crystal ball gazer will become the highlight of your event.

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Parrot card reader/Palmist : To add in some desi tadka and more fun get them.

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Happy Planning!!!

Sonaam 

Planning your big day ?? Get all your questions answered here

23Jan

Move over the solids and checks, it is time for prints to prevail. Check out all about the popular trend right here.

Invited for a cocktail night? And surely, like most men you are perplexed, and are scratching your head on to what to wear to this soiree and probably raiding your wardrobe to find an outfit that goes with this kind of a bash. This year, one of the big trends that those-in-the-know will be choosing is to swap the traditional frills of a classic suit for a more casual look.

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Designer Pawan Sachdeva gives some proficient advice on how to stand out in an Indian cocktail wear. Apparently most men opt for safe options like grey, black or other dark tones but if you really want to stand out, then go for brighter shades like cobalt blue, olive green and give your outfit a contemporary edge. Prints are very much in vogue this season—be it printed pants or printed blazers. Pair them with a block coloured shirt or vice versa, as in printed shirt and block coloured suit.

For an undaunted look, go for checks or dark windowpane check trousers as it is a stylish alternative to your solid coloured ones. And avoid that matchy-matchy look, which is a common mistake that most men do.

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Don’t be afraid to accessorise your outfit. Style it with men’s scarves and you can choose various ways to tie your scarf to make a statement among the crowd. Printed scarfs can add that extra edge to your outfits.

For an evening look, you can go for printed bandhgala coats or jackets in luxurious, rich fabrics to add a trendy quotient. And if going for an afternoon party and want to keep it simple yet quirky you can choose a denim shirt cum jacket with a printed trouser for a contemporary look.

“Bandgala and Jawahar jackets with digital prints like floral, non-geometric shapes, shaded colours paired with a dark trouser or breeches pant will go good for a cocktail night”, says designer Sadan Pande. He adds “prints are a big hit this year too; lots of damask prints, birds and animals are to watch out for.” A double tie and dye or ombre dyed short drape kurta in cottons and ombre linen or cotton jackets paired with printed vest or trousers will be a good attire for a bachelor party or a sun downer party.

With destination weddings becoming a norm especially beach wedding, one needs some stylish shorts in their wardrobe. Printed shorts with tucked in solid colour shirts are perfect attire for any pre-wedding function on the beach. They are perfect combination of classy and trendy!

 

This season a must have is floral prints. We can see that from all the latest fashion shows, that designers favoured these prints over the others. From jackets to shorts they are something that will add the spark required to any event. And yes if you heading for a beach wedding having a couple of them is a good idea. And if going all floral is not your style, then pick up pieces with prints just on the edges.

The trick lies in pairing the printed jackets. Please refrain from overdoing the look. Stick to just one printed garment at a time and make sure the other garments with which you are creating a look are solid coloured ones. Like pair the printed jacket with solid colour trousers and solid colour shirt.

But if you are someone who would rather stick to the basics but want something a little trendy then pair up the regular with printed shoes. Yes, just by adding these ‘in vogue’ shoes, you can change your look completely.

Apparently, we see that cocktail dressing is not really a wardrobe dilemma. Just remember to look polished in your semi formal attire. And as it said a little experiment harms no one, so go on and create your own print statement.

Happy Shopping !!

Sonaam

02Sep

At weddings when Hindi is more preferred language ..call them to make it a hit !!

1.  Raju Srivastav

Raju Srivastav has done stage shows in India and abroad. He also launched a series of his audio cassettes and video CDs. He appeared on the comedy talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He finished as second runner-up and then took part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – Champions, in which he won the title of “The King of Comedy”.Srivastava was a participant on season 3 of Bigg Boss. He has participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla.

2.  Surendra Sharma

He might be old school but he is my favorite and a perfect choice for Marwari weddings !! Surender Sharma is a poet and, who usually writes comic sketches of himself and his wife. He sometimes uses the Marwari language for his humour as well. His famous starting line for many of his poems is chaar lainaa suna ryo hoon and the poker faced alter ago, which he used while performing his comedy adds to the humor. He has established the tradition of Hasya-Ras among and honored by the Government of India, in 2013, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.

3. Appurv Gupta

A 24 year old stand-up comic by passion and profession, popularly know me as ‘The mobile guy’, or ‘patli pin wala charger guy’.

4.  Zakir khan

Zakir Khan is a standup comedian from Indore who ended up in the shoo shaa of Delhi which opened up a laughing pandora’s box for him.

5.  Bharati Singh

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Bharati is a well known female stand up comedian, actress, anchor, dancer and sports person. Bharati was second runner-up in the comedy reality show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (Season 4). She is best known for his child character “Lalli”. She also appeared in the Comedy Circus series on Sony Entertainment Television.

6.  Sudesh Lehri

Sudesh Lehri is an Indian stand-up comedian cum actor. He is also known as “Sudiya”, “Lehri”. He became one of the top three finalist at the “Great Indian Laughter Challenge III” and after that he appeared in Comedy Circus series. His most famous punch line is Main Thappar Marna Tere, “Billo” & “Teri Maa Kaa Sakinaka”. His pair with Krushna Abhishek become most successful national comedian pair.

7.  Krushna Abhishek

Krushna Abhishek is a multi-talented. He does not only comedy but also acting and dancing.

8.  Sunil Grover

Sunil aka Gutthi is a popular stand up comedian, actor and voice actor born in Dabwali, Sirsa, Haryana in a Punjabi Hindu family. He is also done radio in past. Currently he has been highly appreciated for playing the role of Fakira in movie “Zila Ghaziabad” and Gutthi in TV Reality show “Comedy Nights With Kapil”.

9.  Sunil Pal

Sunil Pal is a well known standup comedian, actor, voice actor born in Chandrapur (Maharashtra, India). Sunil won The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on STAR One in 2005. After that he has been appeared in some movies with minor comic role.In 2010, he directed In 2010, he wrote and directed a comedy film, Bhavnao Ko Samjho, which featured a record 51 stand-up comedians.

10.  Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar (VIP)

He along with his partner Juhi achieved the 1st prize in the TV comical competition –‘Comedy Circus’ during the year of 2008. He is very much cherished for his exceptional humor timming and he possesses mastery in comedy and amusement.  His strength in comedy is mimicry and his voice modulation. He can mimic more then one hundred characters.

11.  Ali Asgar

Ali Asgar aka Ali Azgar  is an actor cum comedian worked in Indian Television industry as well as Film industry. Ali won the Comedy Circus first season with his co-partner Kashif Khan. He is known for his role of Kamal Agrawal played in one of the most popular TV serial “Khaani Ghar Ghar Ki”.Currently he is playing the famous “Dadi Maa” role in superhit reality show “Comedy Nights With Kapil”.

12.Kapil Sharma

Then comes our “Kapil Sharma” look even I am saying our like I know him personally. Its because of his strategy; he becomes one with the crowd, and that is why he appeals to everyone. He is definitely the reigning king of silver screen and the TRPs truly proved his worth!

 

Happy Laughing !!!

Sonaam

 

01Sep

Looking for some entertainment at your reception ?? Stand up comedian I think is the answer.. Everyone would want laugh their hearts out !!

Charlie Chaplin once said that life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot: this quote pretty much sums up what stand-up comedians do to tickle your senses – they take a serious subject, something you can relate to, and show you how funny life actually is. Well I started to compile top 9 but then realized naming just 9 is next to impossible!! Watch them for a good laugh ..

After the AIB Roast I think everyone pretty much got to know how good the AIB are so let me start with them,

1. Gursimran Khamba

Gursimran Khamba is an Indian stand-up comedian and writer. He is the co-founder of All India Bakchod which is a comedy group and also hosted India’s first ever comedy podcast alongside Tanmay Bhat.

2. Tanmay Bhat

Tanmay Bhat is an Indian stand-up comedian, script writer, producer and also the co-founder of comedy sketch group All India Bakchod. He was one of the first four comedians to be featured at the Comedy Store Mumbai’s first all-Indian comedian line up, titled Local Heroes, and soon thereafter he performed alongside comics from the UK in a Best In Stand Up event. Tanmay is also the co-founder of India’s first comedy podcast All India Bakchod with Gursimran Khamba.

3. Rohan Joshi 

Rohan Joshi dons too many hats. He is a stand-up comedian, writer, columnist, an occasional screenwriter, Astronaut (so claims his fb page), and slight-stretcher-of-truth.

4. Ashish Shakya

Ashish Shakya, is humour columnist for the Hindustan Times , Member of AllIndiaBakchod. Stand-up comidian and a Beer enthusiast.

5. Abish Matthew

A comedian, an actor, a singer, an artist,a dancer, Rj, a musician.He is more than just a triple threat !!

6. Kanan Gill

Kanan Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian and Youtuber. He won the Punch Line Bangalore Competition.

7.  Azeem Banatwalla

Azeem is the proverbial jack of all trades, and master of puns. An engineer-turned-writer-turned comedian, he has extensive experience writing for print and digital media, having worked with National Geographic Traveller India and The Man Magazine. A certified geek (he can fix your computer while performing), Azeem has written humour and tech columns for the Deccan Chronicle, TechTree.com, and Indian Video Gamer.

8. Amit Tandon

With more than 500 shows across India and Singapore, Amit is one of the best known observational comics in India. He is known as ‘The Married Guy’ in the stand-up comedy circuit. After two kids and one marriage, he realized it couldn’t get any worse and took to comedy. In the last three years he has toured two solo shows across India and he has co-produced three other shows. He was also responsible for bringing a popular comedy face-off show of Singapore, Fight Comic to India.

9. Sorabh Pant

Crazy amounts of energy, awesome levels of expressiveness and crass behavior is how you can best describe Sorabh Pant’s stand-up acts. One of his shows is rightly titled ‘Travelling Pants’, as he has done over 350 shows in 30 cities across 7 countries. Shows with Rob Schneider and Wayne Brady make a credible addition to his resume. His acts are full of sexual content and largely, stuff that you wouldn’t want to talk about in front of your family.

10. Sindhu Vee

She grew up in the Philippines, Lucknow and Delhi, her dad is Tamil, her mum is from Uttar Pradesh, she studied in Delhi, Oxford, Montreal and Chicago, her husband is Danish, she lives in London, and can probably do your accent.

11.  Aditi Mittal

A troublemaker since her days at the St. Mary’s Boarding School in Pune, India, where she became “a connoisseur of shoe flavors” by putting her foot in her mouth so often, she found her calling in Mumbai’s nascent comedy scene. Her comedy provokes at the same time as it pleases, but judging by her success, she may not be as “deviant from the norm,” as an elderly audience member once insisted to her after a show.

12.  Neeti Patla

Neeti brings to the English stand up comedy scene in India what it sorely lacks – a female perspective. Therefore she has the unique advantage of being able to present a female point of view on a variety of subjects from the life of a woman in India, Indian idiosyncrasies, to daily irritants, current affairs, etc, while indulging in a spot of poking fun at men.

13Kunal Rao

Kunal Rao is a CA turned Comedian who has performed in the extremely popular “Pant on Fire” comedy show and is a regular at the Comedy Store.  He debuted his comedy special Holy Krao in 2012, successfully touring it across 6 cities in India. Having performed over 300 shows across India and appearing on ET Now and Channel V as a comedian, Kunal is one of the most experienced comedians in the country. He has also written humor columns for Mid-Day, HT Brunch, Hindustan Times and Maxim.

14.  Sahil Shah

Sahil refers to himself as a child stuck in a man’s body. Sometimes the child disagrees with this. His puns and unruly curls make Sahil Shah a unique combination of a Lasith Malinga look-alike with a crazy sense of humour. Sahil has also appeared on Channel V’s U R Fired as one of the funnymen. As a stand up comic he’s seen regularly at The Comedy Store, NCPA and a number of pubs and clubs across the country.

15.  Sapan Verma

Sapan Verma is one of India’s youngest professional comedians, having done over 300 shows in the last three years. Sapan is also a freelance humour writer. He has written generation-ruining shows for Channel V, NDTV Goodtimes, UTV Bindass, Colors, Star Plus. He has also written humour columns for Grazia, Maxim, Deccan Chronicle, JAM Magazine and MTV Noise Factory. He’s pretty handy with events too, having written numerous events forFilmfare, Star Screen Awards, Reliance, Samsung, Cineyug,IAA Awards, ITA awards, Platinum Events and for celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana and Boman Irani. In his spare time, Sapan teaches media students at Jai Hind College .

16.  Atul Khatri

A 40+ Gentleman who sells computers by day vada pavs by night, he is a true superhero comedian who comes from a decent double income, two kids, and strictly no sex Sindhi family. Atul is a regular performer at The Comedy Store) ‘Best In Stand-Up’, as well as pubs and clubs across the country. He was one of the 3 finalists at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival held in Delhi in 2012.

17. Papa CJ

Forbes called him “the global face of Indian stand-up” and rightly so. With his razor sharp wit and his sense of humor, Papa CJ has become synonymous with stand-up comedy. CJ has toured across countries and has appeared both on television as well as radio. He was also the only Indian stand-up comedian to enthrall audiences in the very popular American TV Show.

18.  And the list cannot be complete without Vir Das in it

Vir Das rose to fame, commercially, after Delhi Belly. Raw, rude and angry yet brilliant is what best describes his style of comedy. Das indulges in everything from Indian politics to history to women to sports. He calls himself an observational comedian, who knows exactly how to tickle the audience’s funny bone.

Compiling this list I had the chance to laugh my heart out …

Happy Laughing !!!

Sonaam 🙂