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Friday, November 01, 2013


Your favourite donuts get a twist this festive season as Mad Over Donuts introduces their Diwali Explosions range. Infused with traditional Diwali mithai such as mohanthal, boondi, kaju katli and coconut, these donuts make for a perfect Diwali gift. Tarak Bhattacharya, COO of Mad Over Donuts, says, “Breaking the monotony of Diwali sweets, this year Mad Over Donuts has introduced a special range of Diwali Explosions donuts for the festive season. With exclusive Diwali flavours such as Boondi Bomb, Ka-Boom which is infused with kaju katli, Nuts Over Mohanthal and Coconut Blast, we hope to make donuts a preferred gifting item this Diwali.” Visit your nearest Mad Over Donuts outlet to indulge in these sinful delights at Rs 55 per donut.
When Up to November 17
Where Outlets across the city

This Diwali, gift your loved ones some gourmet food with the Diwali gift card from online portal, GourmetItUp. Priced at Rs 10,000, you can avail of a 20% extra benefit offer as well, taking the total value up to Rs 12,000. Co-founder, Kunal Jain says,“Our gift cards were created by popular request from our regular customers. They’ve had great dining experiences through GourmetItUp and felt that their friends and loved ones would appreciate a guided dining experience as a gift. It’s always hard to pick the perfect gift, but who doesn’t enjoy a great dinner?” Contact them as soon as possible to get your gift card.
Contact www.gourmetitup.com/gift-cards or call the concierge desk at 9619551387

Soak in the spirit of the festive season with your family and friends as you enjoy a rich culinary experience at Khandani Rajdhani. The farsan in the special Diwali Thali includes a mix of Mattar Khasta Roll, Surti Plaza, Barsa Dolla, Hariwali Patra, Jodhpuri Pakoda, Dakor na Gota nu Chat and Leelwa Kachori amongst others. Sabzis include traditional dishes such as Surati Undhiyu, Jaisalmer Panch Kuta, Pithod Ki Sabzi, Jodhpuri Gatta, Sangri Ke Kofte, Rabodi Hara Pyaaz, Tilwale Aloo and Makai Mirch Jajariya. Mouthwatering desserts such as Apple Jalebi, Tamatar Halwa, Akhrot Halwa, Doodh Pak, Khajur Barfi, Dry Fruit Halwa, Makai Jajariya and Sutarseni Kheer ensure that you end the meal on a sweet note. Aji Nair, vice president of the food and beverage division at Mirah Hospitality, says, “Our Maharaj Hema Ram Choudhary, lovingly known as Hemji Maharaj, has carefully handpicked dishes. We’re confident guests will remember this meal.”
When Up to November 5
Where Outlets across the city
Contact www.rajdhani.co.in

This year, head to your nearest Cookie Man outlet and treat yourself to some Diwali specials. Their Diwali treats include a range of melt-in-your-mouth muffins, donuts, brownies, chocolates and traditional dry fruits. CEO, Anupam Saluja from Australian Foods India Pvt. Limited, says, “Customers are increasingly looking for interesting and off-beat gifting options. Freshly baked cookies and chocolates are a great treat for all occasions. Cookie Man has a wide range of options for Diwali. Customers can choose from existing hampers or custom-make a hamper of their favourite indulgences from Cookie Man.”
When Ongoing
Where Cookie Man outlets across the city


Party attire is incomplete without a cocktail ring and R.K Jewellers has unveiled an array of chic cocktail rings with unique motifs. These aesthetic masterpieces are made of precious stones, surrounded with exquisite diamonds and set in orbs of gold. Jewellery designer, Prakshi Sharma of R.K Jewellers, says, “The impeccable designs in gold and diamond combined with intricate craftsmanship are a good, albeit expensive, gifting option.”
When Up to November 6
Where www.rkjewellers.in
Contact 011 26252416

With Diwali just around the corner, here is your chance to splurge on a new range of beachwear and accessories to get you ready to set off to the beach or to spend a weekend enjoying the weather by the pool. The Beach Company has a range of beach cover-ups and swimwear for women, men and children at a discount. Harshad Daswani, founder of The Beach Company, says, “This Diwali, people will be heading out of town for the extended weekend. We want to send you off in style with our wide range of beachwear and pool accessories that include kaftans, sarongs and dresses.” Their discount code DIWALI entitles you to 30% off on all beachwear purchases, with no conditions.
When Up to November 10
Where www.thebeachcompany.in

Adornologist Varuna D. Jani has introduced her festive range for the season. You can take your pick from ethereal brooches, elegant earrings, cocktail rings in different hues, tie-pins and cufflinks studded with diamonds and precious stones. Speaking about this collection, Varuna says, “Multicoloured stones are in trend this festive season and make the jewellery more glamourous. Also, such pieces are versatile and can be teamed with various outfits for different occasions. As an adornologist, I strongly advocate that the right balance of coloured stones should be maintained while it’s embedded in diamond jewellery or any other metal.” Her latest jewellery range is based on the same ideology and can be a good gift for a loved one.
Where Varuna D Jani Fine Jewelry Pvt Ltd., Ramani Villa, Plot No: 118, 1st Road, T.P.S-IV, Bandra (W)
Contact www.varunadjani.com or call on 26512719/ 23

India’s first 24-carat, 99.9% pure gold jewellery brand has a Diwali collection that you will love. Naraen Tejwani, managing director at Pranda Jewellery Pvt Ltd., tells us, “Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited Indian festivals and is celebrated throughout the country with a lot of zest and excitement. Mirroring the auspiciousness in India, Prima Gold has introduced new designs in the range of earrings, pendants and necklaces. Every piece exhibits uniqueness and superior craftsmanship and is still contemporary.” There are also great offers such as sterling silver jewellery free on the purchase of any jewellery. If you buy jewellery over `5 lakh, you get pearl earrings free.
When Up to November 16
Where Outlets in Kurla and Thane

Trishuli is a shoe brand which displays a mix of cultures and modernity through its designs and its new festive collection has the same ethos. These handcrafted shoes are created with pure silks, satin, brocade and leather and the collection consists of wedges and stilettos. The colour palette has a variety of hues such as shades of blue and pink as well as black and golden. Owner of the brand, Shruti Kaul says, “Celebrate this Diwali with fireworks, sweets and Trishuli’s shoes. Our shoes are specially handcrafted by craftsmen, combined with superior quality and are synonymous to femininity and comfort.”
When Ongoing
Where www.trishulicreations.com

Shopping for a bag this Diwali? Shwa, the handbag brand with fun secrets inside has come out with its ‘Season 2’ collection, just in time for the festivities. While their bags last season were inspired by TV show Grey’s Anatomy, this year the bags are inspired by the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Each handbag this season comes with a tarot card inside meant to attract a certain form of energy into your life. That’s not all — Season 2 is also inspired by TV series, Gossip Girl — so get ready to carry bags named and designed after your favourite characters from the show. And, there are still the secrets inside to look forward to! Co-founder Chandni Nihalani says, “Shwa Season 2 combines the positive energy of the tarot, with the theme of The Secret, which states that by focussing on positive thoughts, we attract positivity into our lives.” Co-founder Ira Jhangiani Jain adds, “Each time you open your Shwa handbag and look at the tarot cards, you are subconsciously prepared to attract love, luck, happiness and strength into your life.”
Where 36 Chandni Apartments, Pali Road, Bandra (W)
Contact www.shwa.in
Contact 33212300

Thinking of updating your wardrobe this Diwali? Not only does Lee have a great collection of clothes as part of their latest range, they also have an offer that’s hard to refuse. Vipul Mathur, marketing head of Lee India, says, “The festive season is all about celebrations with your close ones. An integral part of this joyous occasion is buying new clothes. And Lee wants to be a part of this mega fiesta. Anyone who shops at a Lee store, for Rs 3,999 or more, gets a gift voucher worth `1,500.” What are you waiting for? Head over and shop till you drop.
When Up to November 3 Where Lee exclusive stores across the city
Contact www.lee.in


Witness lanterns of the world recreated under one roof at Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla. Lanterns such as Lotus lamps from Korea, Vietnam lamps, Singapore lamps, Chinese lamps, Japanese lamps and lamps from India will be displayed at the mall. Each of these lanterns represent the culture and heritage they belong to. Apart from that, children will get to celebrate Diwali with Disney Diwali Fiesta. The fiesta will see activities such as a treasure hunt, spot games and interesting workshops such as pottery and plane workshops. It will also include themed days such as Disney princess, Disney fairies, Mickey & Friends and Disney Pixar Plane. Rajendra Kalkar, senior center director, Phoenix Marketcity, says, “For children, we have exclusively associated with Disney for the Disney Fiesta for the second consecutive year. We are certain our patrons will enjoy this unique combination for Diwali and we look forward to a great response.”
When Up to November 3, from 11am onwards
Where Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla

High Street Phoenix is celebrating a music themed version of their annual Dazzling Diwali. You can take part in a host of music, dance and art themed workshops along with fun games, competitions and activities. There will be workshops to learn how to play the guitar, the keyboard and learn belly dancing, accompanied by classes on DIY Diwali rangoli, cards, torals and diyas. And don’t forget, you can dedicate songs and also try your hand at karaoke. Rajendra Kalkar, senior centre director at High Street Phoenix, says, “High Street Phoenix has been celebrating their Dazzling Diwali for the last three years. Every year we have a different theme and this year, since we are focusing on music, we have tried to centre the event on that, spilling over to include dance as well since that is a closely related medium.”
When Up to November 5
Where High street Phoenix, Lower Parel

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