Saturday, 23 August 2014

The artisans of my Minimalist home with an 'ethnic,sporty,tech savvy' feel !!

  Re-doing a house according to one's own choices requires some real planning, but MakeMyHome has come up to aid us in taking these decisions, by giving us a chance to pick and choose objects according to our preferences from their carefully assorted collection of items. So, after much deliberations, i've zeroed in on the three products that are essential to give my home a Sporty, yet Tech-savvy feel, at the same time being minimalist in appeal, whilst also displaying my love for the ethnicity of India!

     An astronomy enthusiast would be thrilled to have a miniature telescope adorning one of the corners of his room and I was literally stunned, seeing this on display at Makemyhome . Watching the stars have been my most favorite pastime throughout my growing up years and this is the perfect showpiece to portray my love for sky-watching to any one who sets his eyes on it. The telescope can easily showcase the high-tech savvy nature of the household, yet has a wonderful minimalist appeal. The simple yet elegant handcrafted design on brass actually puts in a real usable Galilean telescope that can be used within short distances!! My future progenies would get used to the nuances of using the instrument right from the beginning . I would like to believe that the telescope will reflect the open mindedness that is easily associated with someone who finds pleasure in searching for the mysteries of the universe!  

      Little India Pure Brass Antique Design Real Telescope 

    No guy can put down a goodie related to football and one of the assets of his drawing room would be a bean bag that is shaped like a 32-panelled ball !! This particular piece in purple and red can be the dream couch for me to camp on, when I shout myself hoarse sitting in front of the TV during crunch football matches!! This will also double up as a funky piece of room decor , adding the positive vibes that a sporty household possesses, matching the wall colours of my drawing room , tailored to provide the feeling of ultimate relaxation, when I deposit my lethargic soul onto it on a lazy day! 

        Style Homez Football Bean Bag Purple & Red

     This 23 K Gold Embossed marble lantern with Meenakari and Kundan work, adorned with subtle stokes of gold work, is my bet to add an ethnic touch to my home. The delightfully crafted lantern would be my choice to illuminate my room when I'm in the mood to dim the lights and immerse myself in a state of trance , with melodious Sufi music creating an enigmatic ambience!! The artistic excellence of the item caught my eye as I surfed through the MakeMyHome website and I envisaged myself, gifting my own customized 'candle-lit' dinner to my girl, with the lantern acting as the sole source of radiance! The lovely design  brings out the royal feel of Rajasthan perfectly. The lantern would certainly fascinate my ladylove, and she'd love to bask in the 'retrained' glory of this cute little piece !!

      Aapno Rajasthan Lantern

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Decoding #WhatTheBlack !

"Be prepared for a black week!", I said to Mom as I went out to work , one fine morning , early last week! Blogadda's mails, confirming me as one of the short listed bloggers for the #WhatTheBlack activity was sitting pretty in my inbox!
 Mom was alarmed," WHAAAT? black week? Why?"
I scowled ! " Mom, stop labelling every black thing as bad ! It's gonna be a week of surprises ! ", and I winked at her , then left!
     By late afternoon, there was her call, that I was expecting ! "Titas, what is this thing?" ,she was sounding frantic!
       "What is 'what' Mom ?" I urged her to explain !
" There's this package that has come, and it bears a black egg! A BLACK EGG !", she was bewildered !

            When I reached home, I found out that the egg certainly had more to it than being just an oddly coloured poultry product- it was filled with solid dark chocolate ! It tasted heavenly, but more than that , it poked fun at my brain and asked my conscience ," dude, why do you think you'd receive this rich chocolaty black egg? Have you done any good to mankind ?? why would someone reward you?? " I couldn't answer , but I thanked the secret benevolent person who had helped me gorge on the chocolate!  

            My pals on social media were confused, when I posted pics of the egg online. One of them asked, whether it could be that aliens had laid the eggs at my doorstep! Few others were inquisitive as to why would an egg turn black !
       I chuckled ! I knew there was more to come !

   Day 2 brought in a Black newspaper , that was filled with fictitious stories about Black items being discovered all around the world, presented in the most make-believe style of newspaper reporting! The paper, WHATTHEBLACK TIMES was a fantastic contrast to what we read everyday , and white font on black paper was a revelation ! But I have to be honest , I didn't have a single clue yet , to the goings on regarding #WhatTheBlack!

        Day 3 was no less queer , as a black tissue paper and a black paper cup were packed neatly and delivered at my home! By now, it had struck me that somewhere , someone was deliberately turning quintessentially white items into black and bringing in a revolution of sorts ! I was prepared to expect the unexpected, I was ready to welcome the unseen, I told myself to be ready for a "Black" extravanganza !

         The curtain was finally lifted on Day 4! The well concealed secret was revealed! was no longer showing us ambiguous topics on its portal! Mom was no longer in the dark about what was happening : all the questions that had flooded social media over the last few days were answered as the veil was removed from the most unique piece of toothbrush that I've ever laid my eyes upon : the new Colgate Slimsoft Charcoal Toothbrush with black ......yes you read that right....BLACK bristles !! I could've never imagined that a toothbrush can been so much visually appealing ! Moreover, its specifications left me in awe.....the bristles were infused with Charcoal , that promised deep , yet gentle cleaning!

      Sure enough, I was eager to try it out , and brushing became such an attractive activity for me for the moment! I could confirm that the toothbrush certainly lent an extra softness in its handling of my gum and teeth, so it's name 'Slimsoft' lived up to its reputation!
      The #WhatTheBlack activity was unique to the core, and had us exercising our grey cells for possible solutions to the Black clues we were sent! Cheers to Colgate and Blogadda , for working out such an interesting campaign and giving us a chance to be a part of it !!

Written as part of the #WhatTheBlack activity in association with Blogadda . You can find out more at