Jasmine perfume in Madurai

A Sufi saint was asked what forgiveness is. He said, “It is the scent the flower gives out when it is crushed.”

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Hilton Embassy Golflinks Hotel Review

This hidden pearl in the heart of Bangalore affords quiet, spacious studio-style rooms with kitchenettes for long-stay guests. Facilities include a spa, swimming pool, badminton court and restaurants.

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Tree of Life Jaipur hotel review

This resort an hour outside the Pink City of Jaipur is designed to pamper guests with spacious villas, a swimming pool overlooking the Aravali hills, a spa offering excellent treatments, an organic garden, and walking trails that encourage solitude and reflection.

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Hotel Reviews

I review hotels for a number of publications. Please click below for individual reviews.

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A woman’s love affair with jewelry

In India, every community offers their own style of covetable bangles, earrings, necklaces and anklets

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Jewelry brands.

For the love of Graff jewellery.  For the love of Indian jewellery.  I wrote this piece 28 March 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure Last Modified: Sat, Mar 26 2016. 01 29 AM IST Star trek How a traditional jewellery house can morph into a modern avatar without losing its cross-generational clientele Shoba Narayan Heritage…

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The delights of wearing a sari

This is going to be my year of regional styles of donning this garment.  Just saw and loved Baji Rao Mastani. Nanditha Lakshmanan, Shilpa Sharma, Sudha Kanago, Deepa Krishnan, Ally Mathan, Jo Pattabhiraman, Chandra Jain, Geetha Rao, and all you casual and effortless sari wearers, this one is for you.   25 December 2015 | E-Paper…

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Paris and Luxury

Should brands take a stand is the question I try to analyze in this piece. Normally, no.  But now?  Thanks to Elisabeth Cadoche-Guez for setting me up with luxury brand executives in Paris.  Elisabeth is the author of a wonderful book on Arthur Rimbaud. 27 November 2015 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good…

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