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first_img1) Shower in styleBathrooms are fast moving out of the private corners of the home and becoming designer spaces meant to be shown off. From smart fittings and technology to aesthetic designs, new-age bathrooms are like mini spa rooms, right in your own house. So when Sternhagen, a German bathroom,1) Shower in styleBathrooms are fast moving out of the private corners of the home and becoming designer spaces meant to be shown off. From smart fittings and technology to aesthetic designs, new-age bathrooms are like mini spa rooms, right in your own house. So when Sternhagen, a German bathroom brand, launched in Ahmedabad, it brought along a daily suite experience that combines technology and aesthetics with the right dose of functionality.At the 6,000 sq feet flagship showroom in Ahmedabad, the focus is entirely on the Artistic Bathroom Suites concept. “We want to create bathroom suites with such unique visual, artistic and emotional appeal, that when someone with an eye for superior design sees it, they know that it could only be a Sternhagen,” says Chirag Parekh, chairman and managing director of Acrysil Limited who has collaborated with German product designers to launch the brand. AT 4, Indraprasth Corporate opposite Shell Petrol Pump, Prahladnagar, Satellite, Ahmedabad DETAILS sternhagen.com2) The winter platterGujarat is known for its sweet tooth and chefs swear by milk and sugar as their go-to magic ingredients for a quick recipe that’s sure to charm the palate. But even as the calorie conscious resist the temptation to get their sugar fix, Chef Sunil Rajawat of The Metropole Hotel talks about two desserts that are easy to make and come with a dash of nutrition-the makhana kheer and dates and sesame ladoos.”Makhana is known for its nutritive properties so when you cook slightly roasted makhana with milk and grated coconut, it adds to the flavour and is also a healthy dish,” he says. Top it with nuts and dried fruits for an extra dose of nutrition and flavour or when you want to turn it into a special dessert for parties or weddings. With the winter chill setting in, Rajawat brings out warming foods like dates, sesame and nuts. “A seasonal menu brings a lot of health benefits so if lighter foods, fresh salads and juices are good for the summers, winters are a time when you can use a lot of ghee and dried fruits and nuts that keep the body warm and free of winter ailments,” he says.advertisementFor winter weddings at the hotel, he makes dates and sesame ladoos which combine the warming properties of dates and sesame and the natural sugar from the dates. There’s no added sugar which makes this dish a healthy option. AT The Metropole Hotel, Subhash Road Corner, Ahmedabad DETAILS Fashion forwardWith the wedding and party season setting in, the launch of Atosa, a multi-designer fashion store from Mumbai, has come at just the right time, giving the city’s fashion conscious more reasons to shop. The brand, brought to the city by fashion-loving entrepreneurs Dipali Shah and Riddhi Patel, brings a number of designers from across the country, under one roof. DON’T MISS Look out for creations by Kallol Datta, Anand Kabra, Priyadarshini Rao, AM:PM, LOKA, Trupsel and Bodhi Tree. AT 001 B, Parshwanath E-Square, Next to Titanium, Corporate Road, Prahaladnagar, Ahmedabad4) Teeing offCatch them young, especially when it comes to golf is the motto of the newly formed Golf Course Owners Association (GCOA), in which leading golf clubs have joined hands to promote the sport and turn Gujarat into a leading golfing destination. The number of players-amateurs and professionals- dotting the golf courses every morning is proof of the game’s increasing popularity in Ahmedabad.So, as a larger number of people, young and old, take to the game, golf clubs have launched association to popularise the sport among the youth, especially school students. So, prominent golf clubs such as the Kalhaar Blues and Greens, the Kensville Golf Club, Gulmohar Greens Golf and Country Club and Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club have launched the initiative that will promote golf training and offer scholarships to players with potential. Says Devang Shah, president of the GCOA,”We want to erase the notion that golf is a rich man’s game; we are making the game available to the common man by providing them playing opportunities on state affiliated golf courses.”JUNIORS CLUB There’s a special juniors development programme which will rope in schools and social clubs to encourage young children to join training camps and around 20 students will be selected for higher training by senior coaches. TEL 98250059095) Trinkets and baublesIf your trinket box is loaded with beads, baubles and silver ware, bring in something new with earrings made of polymer clay. Tripti’s Exclusive, an online brand by self taught designer Nishtha Goel, turns polymer clay, a modelling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride, into pretty trinkets in quirky designs.advertisementWhile the clay makes for an unconventional material, Goel’s collection stands out because of its vibrant colours and designs of flowers and figures of Indian mythology. There are orchid-shaped studs, a necklace with prints of the marigold flower and sunflower-print earrings. But what really makes the designs look different is the collection inspired by mythology such as earrings that resemble popular images of Shiva, Krishna, Radha and Kali. DON’T MISS Dress up your outfit with flower-inspired earrings like the pansy, a delicate violet-coloured garden flower or the pink-and-lavender studs that look like orchids. PRICE Earrings, Rs 550 onwards AT triptiexclusive.com6) High notes: November 27Music lovers should head to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium as popular Bollywood singer, Shreya Ghosal comes to Ahmedabad for a live concert. Expect a mix of foot-tapping chartbusters and melodies, as the singer will croon some of her popular numbers. AT Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad TIME 6.30 p.m. onwards CALL 8980004076 for bookings7) Click for inspirationIf you’re planning to get hitched or have invitations for wedding this season, get a lowdown on the latest trends from this new digital wedding portal called Wedding Soiree. The portal gives a peek into trends for wedding celebrations, style tips, party ideas and heartwarming stories of real life couples who’ve just tied the knot. They’ve got a list of photographers, wedding planners and designers from Ahmedabad as well, so if you’re looking for some inspiration and contacts, then Wedding Soiree might be of help. weddingsoiree.in8) Down to earth: November 27Explore the biodiversity of the unexplored lands and mangrove forests, away from the city life with Mudflat Hiking, a group that takes you to spend a day in the creeks, intertidal mudflats, seasonal freshwater shallow lakes, salt pans, saline land and mangrove scrubs. The day-long trek is an eye opener that gives you a peek into the ecology of the area and the lives of the fishing community in the coastal villages. AT Bharuch, Gulf of Khambhat TEL 0982468488 to book a place9) Party for fitness: November 20Drop a few kilos and tone your muscles with a fitness Bokwa party by Bhavin Vyas and Priyal Thakkar. Bokwa, which uses movements that draw designs of alphabets and numbers, is fast getting popular as a fitness form. Move to the fast music and dance away the calories. PRICE Rs 149 TIME 7.30 a.m. AT Club O7, near Samatva Bungalows, Off S.P. Ring Road, Shela, AhmedabadDiscovery/Picture perfectWhen Kalol-based travel photographer Riya Sharma, 21, won a nomination to the Academy Award for Best Artist of the Year 2016 organised by the Costanza Foundation and the World Directory of Artists, she added yet another feather to her cap. A travel photographer, Sharma, who goes by the name of VJ Riya, focuses on street photography, capturing images and moments that, she says, we often miss in our fast-paced lives. A graduate in travel and professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography, Sharma recently exhibited her works at the Brick Lane Gallery in London and New York’s Agora Gallery. The young photographer also won the Shakespeare Art Awards in Italy in June this year and the Asian Awards London 2016 for Outstanding Achievements in Arts. AT riyasharmaphotography.comadvertisementlast_img

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