A story of Rashu Rathi where she enjoys her work through Wedding planning!

  1. Hi Rashu, welcome to the interview session of Anamitra’s Blog. To start with, we would request you to tell us a few lines about yourself.

My name is Rashu. I am a spirit Junkie and I specialize in conceptualizing and planning weddings + designing and luxury brand events at Indian wedding squad. I truly love what I do because it allows me to express what I like and what I believe in. I love to travel and discover other cities, cultures, and corners of the world while at the same time, curating mood boards for luxurious, fun, significant weddings with a distinctive character. My company is young as I launched it back in April 2016. I incorporate Multi-Industry Experience including Hospitality, Aviation, Corporate Public Relations, Modelling, Fashion, Lifestyle and Independent Social Work Responsibilities.

2. Please tell us about your company i.e. Indian Wedding Squad?

Indian Wedding Squad is Delhi first Minimalistic bespoke event design and planning company. We specialize in typical and stylish weddings, social occasions, and special events.  We believe in every couple’s dream wedding is unique, Thus we always make sure that every wedding conception is completely different reflecting couple’s personalities, rituals of families and their own mood boards. We tend to mix high international service standards with contemporary India to bring an unforgettable, timeless and stylish event to all our clients. We have hand-picked the best wedding vendors around India and abroad to provide nothing but the best products & services. We get to the heart of our clients and their requirements and will work with you hand in hand to translate your dream wedding come true. We conceptualize distinctive ideas and bring out vital details that will set your wedding exception from any other.

3. How did you get into wedding planning?

I was helping my husband with his multilevel event management company which I loved but I craved a bit more of the creative side of wedding planning. I am insanely detail oriented and organized but also really love aesthetics and styling. Weddings fit that bill for me and I love getting to do both!

4. What was the First Event you helped to organize?

Wedding planning of Singer turned Minister of state for heavy industries Mr. Babul Supriyo where Mr Narendra Modi attended the wedding with other politicians and Bollywood Celebrities.

5. Tell us some challenges that you have faced during your time working as an Wedding Planner and How did you overcome it?

Firstly, the most important challenge is to know your clientele what is that they want to portray through their wedding function. Wedding is an expression and it showcases your family, views, authenticity and traditions. So, every decision family makes is very emotional and our challenge is to in keep that in mind if that is realistic enough or not.

Second Challenge at times is the budget. Wedding being the most important day of your life, people tend to go overboard with their ideas but they also have their budget amount fixed.

Focus on the good, not the negative. I think the glass half full versus half empty analogy is key in these situations because it’s wedding after all and we really can’t expect control it all the time.

6. Please tell us about the toughest event you have organized?

My Toughest event was Indian Wedding Show, which is India’s Biggest wedding event with more than 75+ categories of wedding industry, creating a space for the everything of weddings. Focusing on current Indian wedding market in the country while still keeping in mind the traditions, ethics and sentiments of our Indian customers, a platform for every brand to be associated with the wedding industry every way. Indian wedding show is created with an idea to promote, amplify up bring new trends, brands and at the same time enlighten the people about the variant brands and vendors in the Indian wedding market. Its prime objective is to bring the whole of wedding industry together and procreate the business of weddings in India and globally by bringing in effulgent elegance in the form of luxurious wedding expo which we pulled in 40 days to be precise from communication design to marketing, media tie ups to production.


7. Who are your major competitors in India? How do you differentiate yourself from other players?
There are tons of planners in the wedding industry but I don’t want to view it as a competition. Instead, I love that we as clients have so many choices. I want to use it as inspiration. I am always studying how other wedding designers and planners market themselves – from Designing, to Marketing campaigns, to the hot new color for trends. There is always something new to learn to do or not to do from each other. Every person has different designing aesthetic, and preferences. Of course, I love my designs and think they are the best! But having options is not a negative to me. It’s a chance to learn how I can be a better brand myself.

 
8. How Indian wedding Squad is different?

Our young team of designers and stylists work with the craftsmen, artisans, and weavers with the aim of bringing and celebrating weddings with those whose unscripted episodes of work make knotty affairs come true and calling it going back to India’s roots through medium of designing wedding space, furnishing, collecting spanning textile, decor, lighting, florals, centerpieces, meaningful motifs, crafted fabrics and details with contemporary modern ensemble with our Indian heritage.

9.  What are your future plans?

Personally, as I see my future for the moment is with client calls, proposal writing, timelines, social media, business planning, working with the team, industry events, designing, researching, communicating with vendors, working up floor plans, searching for inspiration, executing wedding days while drinking a whole lot of coffee!

Indian wedding squad is more than a business.  We are a professional, meticulous and imaginative wedding management company, aimed at offering impeccable customer service and a magical overall experience. We look forward to collaborate with more and more partners, clients, their families and our vendors in future. We look forward to position ourselves as a resource to support growth through the flawless execution of weddings, events, and meetings. We continue to help create unique and memorable moments through creative planning and execution. We are governed by a set of Core Standards, one of which is Quality over Quantity. As of now and for future We concentrate our time and talent on fewer weddings booked by only accepting 12 weddings per year.

10. What is your message for budding entrepreneurs/young generation?

Many budding entrepreneurs see entrepreneurship as a high gloss lifestyle when the reality is it’s a total lifestyle that you craft and will be a roller coaster of highs, lows, celebrations, and stress but in the end, there is nothing else in the world you would rather do.”

Do not give up. You are going to feel like you can’t go on. You’re going to ask yourself, what’s the point when you are not making money or the bills are piling up. Believe me, I have been there but persist and find a way to make it through. For everyone that quits, it makes your chances of succeeding, even better. Keep the good vibes going!

Website: http://www.iws.events

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Valentines Day Gifting- Versu, Versace and Ferragamo

The season of love is around the corner, it’s time to celebrate love not just with your partner but with your friend, family and even your roommate. On the special occasion of Valentine’s day, people take out time for their special ones and show them love and affection. The most timeless gift that you can gift is a watch. So here are a few watches ranging from luxury to affordable segment that you can consider gifting your partner on valentine’s day:

Ferragamo Gancino Bracelet

A feminine accessory petite in size but with a twist: Gancino bracelet,the most iconic timepiece in the brand’s women’s collections is back. The lateral studs light up the leather strap, available in a variety of colors – pink, black and red. The classic Gancini shape of the champagne IP case accentuates the mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds on the indexes. A flawless cocktail watch, Gancino bracelet can also be worn as a chic accessory that can complement a daytime look.





Versace V-Motif Vintage Logo

The V-Motif Vintage Logo watch is an immediate hit. That sought-after timepiece you do not want to miss.

The logo and pastel colors are its leit-motiv. The laser printed Vintage ’80s logo on the watch leather strap is a clear declaration of style and which sides are you on. The symbolic V becomes one of the main graphic elements embellishing the surface of the bezel and taking the place of the indexes on the dial.

Blue and pink pastel tones on the V-Motif Vintage Logo watch are reminiscent of iconic Vintage logo looks, but this timepiece is also available in an exuberant red, black, and blue making it a total of six color combinations for this style.

Versus Kalka Bay

Versus Kalk Bay is the new watch from Versus Versace for young, urban rebels, unafraid to stand out.

Bold in its size, casual and stylish in its feel, the watch catches the eye with its geometric dotted pattern, and is inspired by a sporty aesthetic. Standing out on the dial are the large date display, the Lion relief and the logo, that give the watch its Versus Versace identity.


Express your love this Valentines Day with Studio Eleganty’s exquisite Pearl collection

Start off the new year by proving she truly holds the key to your heart, and what can be better than gifting your special lady pearls. Studio Eleganty offers an exquisite selection of real Pearls – FreshWater, Akoya, Tahiti and South Sea, giving you endless options to choose from and making her day even more memorable. From rings and pendants to necklaces and earrings, you can never go wrong with these beauties that are unique, timeless and a treasure to cherish forever! 

The collection comes in elegant options to suit every mood and occasion and for women of all age groups and tastes. The brand believes that pearls are for every occasion and that is well imitated in the collections. Easy to wear with work basics, casual looks or the go to cocktail dress, these versatile favorites are extremely stylish. Fashion Guru, Coco Chanel thought all women looked better in pearls, and even went on to say that women need ropes and ropes of pearls, clearly indicating you can never go wrong with them!

So, get ready to bring a smile to your better half’s face with an eternal piece from the collection. Studio Eleganty is also offering an exclusive 10% discount on their website for Valentine’s Day.

About Studio Eleganty

With a passion for luxury and adoration for jewellery, Mother & Daughter
Duo – Payal & Shreya Dhawan founded Studio Eleganty in 2018.

Inspired by women’s classic and vibrant style, Studio Eleganty brings to
table international & Inventive designs, each being meticulously
handcrafted to perfection by experts. The pearls are sourced directly from the
farms in China, Japan, French Polynesia and Australia, being the leaders in
FreshWater, Akoya, Tahiti & South Sea Pearls respectively. The duo
believes that pearls are for every occasion, and that is well imitated in their
collections.
Payal has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years and has worked
with leading International brands. Shreya developed a passion for luxury
brands during her under-graduation and decided to purse this further with a master’s degree in Luxury Brand Management from London.
“Elegance & Excellence are the core attributes of Studio Eleganty – from
carefully selecting each & every pearl from its source to finishing the
handcrafted pieces and delivering the best experience to our clients by
bringing a smile to their faces.” – Payal & Shreya, Co Founders Studio
Eleganty.

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Shop Now: www.studioeleganty.com

Studio Eleganty
49, Moulsari Avenue, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon 122002

Mobile: +91 7048932966

PostFold Valentine Collection

About Postfold:

Founded in November 2015, PostFold is a contemporary clothing brand that effortlessly transitions for desk to dinner and everything in between. The brand exemplifies minimal effort contrasted with the perfect balance of quality and design. Built on principles of radical transparency, versatility, and subtle sophistication PostFold showcases a classic yet understated elegance. Through tailored design techniques crafted in luxury quality fabric, The brand unfolds across a selection of easy essentials including shirts, blouses, polo’s, knit tops and shrugs for both sexes. PostFold is a distinctive pursuit of everyday modern fashion as it unfolds its story by making you a part of its journey right from sourcing to the people involved in crafting them for you.

This Valentine’s day gift the look and get the look

One of the most awaited and vibrantly celebrated days of the year Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Romance is about to blossom and lovers are all set to buy warm gifts as a token of love for their partners. For people who are still in the dilemma of what to buy for their special one this Valentine’s Day Postfold, an ethical fashion brand mastering in AM to PM fashion (Desk to dinner), has it all.

This special Valentine ’s Day collection have been designed especially keeping in mind the taste and preferences of the youth. Woven into charming silhouettes and quality fabrics fashion wears from Postfold ready to wear collection are just the perfect gift for a perfect valentine’s day. Incorporating contrasting colors and always young designs this fresh valentine collection brings evergreen attires.

The brand offers countless styles and wearing options, where one can pick from a red cabana dress to striped tunic sweater to a laser cut ruffle shirts. Attires which can be carried from a formal office meeting to a chilled out party to a romantic date. Women and men both can make style statements with this one of a kind collection. 

Apart from choosing the gift, buying special date clothes for yourself is also a task and that too can be taken care by this leading fashion e-commerce brand. So all you men out there, choose from a Wine Knit shirt or a Scottish rugby polo or even a burgundy Sweatshirt and pair it up with a super-custom pair of jeans to look more charming for a special date.

So this Valentine ’s Day think no more, get your Valentine the gift they deserve & shop the latest fashion for them.

Price range – INR 999 to INR 3,599

Availability- https://www.postfold.com/

Luxury Resort in Wayanad with a Swimming Pool

If Kerala is God’s Own Country, then Wayanad is the focal point of all the beauty and natural splendor the state has to offer. With amazing and marvelous backdrop of the Western Ghats sprawling and fragrant plantations of spices and coffee, rivulets, streams and waterfalls that pass across the Luxury resorts in Wayanad and offer a wonderful visual feast to the tourists – Wayanad is more than anything you have ever captured as a beautiful memory in your life and will stay as one of the highly prized ones for your whole life. While destination matters a lot in deciding the experience, the accommodation and cuisine play an extremely crucial role as well. The following post will be thus, about one of the best Luxury resorts in Wayanad that have every element and every facility a tourist wishes for and still lies in the affordable range.

The Raindrops Resort are nestled in the hills and fragrant plantations of pepper and coffee have vast spreads of green paddy fields that make it one of the most majestic Luxury resorts in Wayanad. The Raindrops Resort is one of the few Resorts to stay in Wayanad with swimming pool that satisfies the standards of luxury.

The Raindrops Resort is spanned over the area of 3 acres and have 13 exquisite cottages that are uniquely designed planned with perfection and a unique mix of traditional Kerala style architecture with modern facilities. With the amazing backdrop of the scintillating hills, vines and vegetation, The Raindrops Resort will take you into a bygone era with its amazingly beautiful furnishings and settings that are down to earth, rustic and immaculately well planned. Wall light and wall lamps that reflect the local flora and fauna and are made of paddy stem respectively, cottages built around the trees, bamboo blinds influx of the natural forest sounds such as chirping birds and crickets – you will be able to enjoy the nature in its most pure form without having to compromise on the quality of your stays, facilities and services.

Raindrops Cottage – What makes it one of the best Luxury resorts in Wayanad?

  • Every cottage comes with a unique design,tasteful furnishings,modern amenities, elegant decor and abundant natural beauty.
  • The accommodation standards in the Raindrops Resorts are one of their own kinds with amazing patios and small private balconies that open into the vast green escapades blessed with nature’s wonders.
  • Sleep in the soft and sturdy four poster beds and delve deep into a classic novel with a steaming cup of coffee brewed from the freshly ground coffee beans grown in the nearby plantations.
  • The quaint and cosy rooms will bring a sense of warmth to your minds and senses. The lush green scenery outside will rejuvenate your city-life tired beings.
  • What makes the Raindrops Resorts as one of the best Luxury resorts in Wayanad is the fact that luxury comes in perfect combination with the natural splendor and at highly affordable costs.

Wellness at the Raindrops Resorts:

  • Apart from the above-mentioned factors, there is one unique feature that makes the Raindrops Resorts different from all the other Luxury resorts in Wayanad – The traditional Kerala Ayurvedic Wellness Services.
  • The resort has a dedicated fully-functional and well-equipped wellness centre for all its tourists that offers the Traditional Kerala Wellness services called Svasti. Raindrops Resort is one of the very few Luxury resorts in Wayanad that offer authentic Kerala Ayurvedic Wellness Treatments and Services.
  • The Svasti is a luxury Ayurvedic and Spa Resort in Wayanad that offers the following services:
  • Abhyanga – Full Body Massage done with special herbal oils and formulations to relieve the body joints, aches and muscles and lubricates all the layers of the skin.
  • Pizhichil – A warm and continuous stream of the medicated oils and herbal formulations are poured over a particular area of the body along with gentle hand movements to stimulate the body areas and reduce pain and stress. The Pizhichil is one of the best Ayurvedic treatments for the Rheumatic diseases, Joint Pains, Muscular Pains and overall body rejuvenation.
  • Shirodhara – The warm oil is poured in a continuous stream on the centre of the forehead while the temperature and the speed of the stream are perfectly regulated. Shirodhara is perfect for relieving stress, head related problems and insomnia.
  • Potli – Small fabric bags or Potlis are filled with certain herbal powders and formulations to provide heat therapies and gentle body massages.
  • The Raindrops Resorts is also one of the best Resorts to stay in Wayanad with swimming pool.

Packages at the Raindrops Resorts:

  • To promote the tourism The Raindrops Resort has numerous packages with various attractive features and in affordable ranges.
  • The following packages are offered at the Raindrops Resorts for the tourists:

Diwali Special , Exotic Honeymoon,Wayanad Escapade and Corporate.

  • Exotic Honeymoon package comes with a rose petal bath, special cake or assorted chocolate platter,floral arrangement in the rooms and romantic candle lit table setup.
  • Diwali Special Package comes with exquisite Wayanadian Tribal Cuisine, spa, dinner Offers, special Wildlife and Natural Tours.
  • Wayanad Escapade comes with amazing nature walks among the fields, plantations and forests as well as the cycling tours on the beautiful winding roads of Wayanad.
  • Corporate Package is especially designed for the corporate travelers that are in groups and are looking forward to relaxing stays that are affordable and wonderful.

Other Perks at the Raindrops Resorts:

  • Apart from all the other above-mentioned attractions and features that make the Raindrops Resorts one of the most amazing Luxury resorts in Wayanad, there are even more perks that await you there.
  • There is an in-house restaurant that offers delicious food items prepared from the home-grown ingredients and vegetables; rich and tasty filter coffee prepared with freshly ground beans that are home-grown; natural and fresh juices and various other delicacies.

Here is all the motivation that you need to pack your bags and land at the most amazing Luxury resorts in Wayanad and get that much-awaited relaxing trip of the year. If you are going to Kerala then you should go to Wayanad and visit this place Happy Vacations.

Til ke Laddu- Sankranti Special

D-Alive’s Til ke laddus are traditional sweets made with 100% Natural and Organic Ingredients, completely free from all sort of adulteration’s which otherwise is one of the most common adulterants in India. The laddus are a rich mix of sesame seeds and crushed groundnuts followed by pure ghee (organically produced) that plays a major role in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Most variants available in the market use little or no form of healthy fats but rely on sweeteners to make the laddus. As compared to what is available in the market, D-Alive’s Til Ke Laddu are not sweetened with the most widely used sweetener Liquid Glucose besides just refined sugars. We, on the other hand, sweeten our laddus with dried organic stevia leaves’ powder (0 Gi and 0 carbs), perfectly balanced out with organic coconut sugar which falls as low as 35 on the Glycemic Index. It is carefully curated and brings the goodness of all in one to make a celebration perfectly complete.

Sankranti Special: Foxtail Millet Kheer

This particular recipe has been shared by the agriculture department of Government of Karnataka.

Ingredients required:

Dehulled foxtail millet grain – 1 cup

Dry Fruits

Ghee

Water

Sugar

Milk

Cardamom powder – as required

Preparation Method:

• Cook the dehulled foxtail millet in boiling water for 5 min.

• Roast dry fruits in ghee 

• Boil the water and milk then add the cooked millet, add sugar and stir slowly for 10-15 minutes until it is cooked.

• Add cardamom powder and decorate with cashew nuts and other dry fruits.

• Serve hot as a traditional sweet


Murder in a Minute by Shouvik Bhattacharya

Product Details

Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury India (10 December 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9789386643728
ISBN-13: 978-9386643728
ASIN: 9386643723
Package Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.5 cm

About the Author

Shouvik is a management graduate from S.P Jain, Mumbai and is currently working for General Electric. During the day, he designs high-end analytical software which makes aircraft’s fly, and during the night he plots devious murder mysteries. He had brief stints studying in Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University and European School of Business. He is a die-hard fan of Manchester United and you might spot him reading, in a cafe or a bookstore in Bangalore. You can follow him @StoryTellerShouvik on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Blurb

When a young woman is found lifeless in a pool of her own blood, everyone is convinced that it is her college sweetheart who murdered her. The victim’s step-brothers, Rishabh and Arya,embark on a journey to unearth the truth, a journey riddled with fallacies and conspiracies, planted intentionally. What connection is there between a missing blue envelope, a misplaced sweater and stray footprints in a room. Could those people they thought they knew so well be hiding dark secrets about their past? Or did their dead sister have more to hide than they imagined?

Review

I had been on a break from books and crime thrillers has always been my favorite genre. This particular book was on my TBR for very long. The book kept me hooked from the beginning till the end and I was very curious to know who was the killer. The characters, narration, timing, love, affairs were well described. One more thing which I liked the most was the usage of Spanish and Italian language. The only thing which disappointed me was it was sloppy in some parts and there were issues with the grammar.

Favorite lines

When we look up towards the sky and see swollen clouds of different shapes, we sometimes see resemblance between the cloud and a rabbit,or a puppy or the shape of a heart. It is a type of make-believe game, almost like life where we keep seeing things the way we want them to be.

Rating: 4*/5

You can purchase the book from the below link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Murder-Minute-Shouvik-Bhattacharya/dp/9386643723/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545773457&sr=8-1&keywords=murder+in+a+minute+by+shouvik+bhattacharya

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Mangatrai Neeraj’s latest collection for Diwali!

I recently had the chance to visit Mangatrai Neeraj at Banjara Hills and they have an amazing collection which made me fall in love with it. Polki, Choker, Kundan, Diamonds name it and they have it.

  1. Pieces Haar

It is made of Round Diamond, Uncut Diamond, Emerald, South Sea Pearls and Gold balls. A must for any groom for the D-day and it shall go well with the Sherwani.

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  1. Pieces Haar Part-2

It is made of Round diamond, Uncut pearls, South Sea Pearls, Tourmaline stone and Tourmaline beeds. A suitable jewelry for the groom on the D-Day and Reception.

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  1. Polki Set

It is made of Uncut diamond, Rubies, Emerald and South Sea Pearls. A must for any girl for on her D-Day who loves Polki Jewelry the most.

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Mangatrai Neeraj is offering no making charges, no wastage and 20% off on diamonds and stones for Pieces Haar and Polki Set.

Don’t forget to visit their store and check out their Diwali Collection at:

Mangatrai Neeraj

Shop No.2&3, Lumbini Jewel Mall, Road Number 2, Venkateshwara Nagar, Aurora Colony, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034.