Male Perfume

I thought male perfume was a bit of musk, wood, leather, and all those usual suspect-ingredients. Who would have thought about oudh, orange blossom and the like? These new male perfumers are changing the paradigm. I pitched the story to my editor, Ted, based on Byredo. The perfumer is half-Indian which is how I heard…

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Perfume

Don’t understand Mint’s headline for this piece. What does will o wisps mean? Maybe from a poem. But I find this notion of ancient humans communing with the heavens through wisps of smoke very touching. Scents are fascinating. Fragrance, will-o’-the-wisps and prayer How do you scent your home? Do you use oriental lilies and tuberose?…

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Mahmoud Darwish

Whose writing I adore. A niche brand of perfume called Carlos Huber makes a scent based on a boutonniere Delhi’s fetid desire, Mumbai’s petrol fumes Can you smell the ‘garam masala’ and greed in Delhi? Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint The best writing on scent comes from the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who writes, not about…

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The Gifting season

What a treat to write this piece! Wish there was room to put some more photos in the paper. So included some below. This is the first LV bag that I love, love, love. I saw those Michelle Williams ads that are all over the place and thought, “I want that.” If it didn’t cost…

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Vintage cars

Have to write another article on inheriting collections. Don’t think I gave a satisfactory answer to this very interesting question: are you doing your kids a favor by passing on your collection to them? Driven by a passion for possession Can you love a collection that you inherit, particularly one that is not easy to…

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Sari Warrior

A piece on my favorite subject. The National Conversation The sari is neatly woven into my country’s social fabric Shoba Narayan Aug 28, 2013 Different people have differing relationships with their country’s traditional clothes. The Japanese, for instance, have eschewed the kimono and adapted western attire. So too the Chinese. In Arab nations, women still…

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Jimmy Choos

Today morning, the first thing I did was to go out, pick up all the newspapers and hide Mint Lounge. My parents are temporarily staying with me and I didn’t want my father to read my column today mainly because of the use of the swear word– “Fuck me shoes.” I lead many lives– some…

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