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Feature: If She`s Malayali, She Loves Gold!

Gold is a Malayali woman’s BFF. But don’t be misled into thinking it’s just an expensive indulgence. The latest scandal down south involves the state of Kerala, a woman named Swapna Suresh and 30kgs of smuggled gold. Not surprisingly, the incident has led to snide comments yet again on Kerala’s gold-love. Actually, we need to…

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Feature: Shailaja Padindala, profiled

  Shailaja Padindala, founder of Mustache Under My Nose Ring, speaks on non-binary dressing and her new, dark comedy on queer expression in a heteronormative world. “The beauty of some women lies in their unacknowledged mustache,” Padindala tells me earneslty. Sitting across me at a table in the canteen of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in…

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Profile of a Malayali Nurse – Sr. Florrie (Nightingale) Thomas

On the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale, and the year of COVID-19, the spotlight falls on the life-saving force that is the Malayali nurse. Meet Sr. Florrie (Nightingale) Thomas We are back to singing the praises of our homegrown Ladies in White, our newly consecrated frontline COVID-19 warriors. In the usual scheme of things, in…

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Feature: The Thorth Turns haute!

The Malayali towel’s 15 minutes of fame. Kerala’s ubiquitous, uber-thin towels get an amazing upgrade, much to the bemusement of Malayalis around the world What can I say? It’s like your old blush-pink velour pyjamas are suddenly trending like mad on every It list. Quintessentially Malayali, the thorth is simple, sans fuss, low-key as hell…

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Feature: Is Comfortwear All About Slouchy Elegance?

Cozycore’s Formula of Comfortwear   With cozycore officially anointed as trend of the season, where does that leave the woman on the street? They tell me cozycore is having a moment now. Of course, this less-than-stylish meld of comfortwear and style has been spotted on celebs everywhere for at least three years now. Think track…

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Feature: The Kanjeevaram Sari

    FABRIC OF INDIA / THE SOUTH INDIA EDIT The Body and Soul of the Kanjeevaram Sari What’s changing, what never will, and why the Kanjeevaram is a power weave Sabita Radhakrishna has worked with textiles for well over 30 years now. An active member of the Crafts Council of India, she was senior consultant for…

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Feature: Down with Brown!

Fashion in Dune, Tan, Walnut, Cinnamon? No, Thank You I`m anti-brown. Not where terra firma is concerned. Not in furniture, though brown sofas invariably give me a nagging headache. Not on footwear and handbags, though I did bin my LV Neverfull tote for a Michael Kors bag the colour of blood on the dance floor….

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Humour: The South Indian Sari Blouse

The South Indian Sari Blouse Blouse. The very word is, oh I don’t know, blowsy. It carries within it the faintest suggestion of something racy, something naughty, and something bawdy. But the blouse is what we who live south of the Vindhyas call the sari accoutrement. These blouses, a strange mix of kitsch and colour,…

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