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The House that BJ Built

I had been waiting for a sequel to one of my favorite books  ‘Those pricey Thakur Girls’ and was very excited about reading ‘The house that BJ built’. And I was not disappointed at all. In fact it surpassed my expectations. I thought that Anuja Chauhan would tell us the story of Eeshu and Steesh,…

10 Home Décor Trends For 2017!

They say home is where the heart is. Hence, it makes perfect sense to pay attention while designing your home. Altering the textures, bringing in innovations and redoing the interiors are some of the ways you can give your home a splendid makeover. 2016 remained witness to textured cabinetry for kitchens, kitchens with open spaces, pop…

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Book Review: The Girl On The Train!

“One for sorrow, two for joy, Three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, Seven for a secret never to be told, Eight for a kiss, nine for a wish, Ten for a bird, you must not miss.” The Girl On The Train begins with this traditional children’s nursery rhyme,…

Hirika Jagani – The Luxury Fashion Label!

“I believe that every small thing in this world can become an inspiration if you want to make it an inspiration. I think taking inspirations from small things and creating something magnificent out of them, is what makes us different as a label.” – Hirika Jagani Founded in 2011 by Hirika Jagani herself, Hirika Jagani…

Remembering The Legend Called Om Puri!

2017 seems to have begun on a sorrowful note for the Indian film Industry as the country lost an outstanding actor, Om Puri. His sudden and shocking demise has still not sunk in for any of us. The Padma Shri recipient who was considered one of the doyens of parallel cinema was revered for his ability…

8 Hot Fashion Trends To Watch Out For In 2017!

Hey you guys, last year fashion went eclectic like never before – Whether it was the ruffles, cold-shoulder and bardot, that reveled in drama and unapologetic femininity, to athleisure becoming the ‘new cool’ to some of the biggest collaborations between Estee Lauder and Victoria Beckham, Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger and between Rihanna and Puma which…

2017 Golden Globe Red Carpet Fashion

Golden Globes Red Carpet Fashion 2017!

The 74th Annual Primetime Golden Globe Awards just concluded and we finally got to witness the much awaited Fashion at the Golden Globes Red Carpet event! So it’s now time to review the fashion choices of some of the influential actresses of the world and present their fashion report card! Held annually, the Golden Globes celebrates…

Bewitched By The Magnificient Baluchari!

There is no doubt that nothing does justice to Indian women like a sari does and if there is one sari that should make entry into our wardrobes, it has to be Baluchari. This seven yards of elegance, when draped majestically around a woman not just enhances her robust persona but also brings her a step…

Winter Wardrobe Essentials This Season!

Whether it is the feisty gale that caresses and teases your hair, the first shower of snow that sways its way to the earth or the tantalizing aroma of hot mocha aiming high in its quintessential sinuous glory, winter is like that vintage wrinkled envelope that ushers in nostalgia. Winter wardrobe also ensures that you…

10 Fantastic Floor And Ceiling Home Decor Ideas!

Whether it is your baby’s first steps or whether it is your beautiful feet leaving footprints in the sand of time, your floors are making memories. Similarly ceilings are one of the most important and yet neglected parts of the house. Sitting right above you, it provides shade and brings the architecture of the room…

10 Home Décor Trends For 2017!

They say home is where the heart is. Hence, it makes perfect sense to pay attention while designing your home. Altering the textures, bringing in innovations and redoing the interiors are some of the ways you can give your home a splendid makeover. 2016 remained witness to textured cabinetry for kitchens, kitchens with open spaces, pop…

Kareena Kapoor Maternity Wear Fashion Lookbook!

The wait is over and Kareena Kapoor’s bundle of joy is here! Congratulations to Kareena Kapoor Khan on her baby boy, Taimur Khan. It is wonderful to see this fashion icon glowing with happiness at her baby! But,pushing aside all the hullabaloo over the baby’s name, we want to reminiscence over Kareena Kapoor maternity wear fashion…

Christmas Dessert: YULE LOG!

Christmas is here and it’s time to get together with your loved ones to whip up the evergreen, yummilicious and traditional Yule log once again! Soul along with Chef Aman Tandon (of Pride hotels), brought to you a traditional dessert, yule log, commonly known by its French name Buche de Noel, last year. Now let’s look back to…

Christmas Celebrations: Pride Hotel, Pune!

Christmas celebrations are a time to marvel over our loving family and to spread the cheer with friends and family alike. Warm plum cakes, stuffed stockings, Santa Claus, shimmering Christmas trees and gifts bring Christmas to a full circle. And we at Pride Hotels have it all set up for you and your loved ones this…

Awesome DIY Ideas For Your Christmas Décor!

The favourite time of the year is here with it’s spectacular Christmas tree, shimmering balls and snow flakes remind us that it’s time to sync in with the jubilance of the festive season! But Christmas celebrations remain incomplete without that perfect Christmas décor to complement the celebratory mood of the season. So here are some great…

Kitchen décor ideas that will blow your mind !

Remember Monica Geller’s kitchen? It was the haven of gastronomic bliss for her friends, and especially Joey! The kitchen was a paragon of tasteful decor, organized cabinets done in warm blue and had a laidback vibe to it that was exuded through mismatched chairs, potted plants and quirky fridge magnets. If you are like Monica…

Christmas Dessert: CHOCOLLAGE BOMBE’E !

It’s the Holiday season and we all automatically crave for that sweet little something. We at Soul have just the thing to satisfy your Holiday cravings as well as a chance to satisfy your party guests’ sweet cravings! Chocollage Bombe’e is a lip smacking Christmas Dessert with a recipe specially crafted by Chef Aman Tandon of Pride Hotels, Pune!…

Rihanna wins the Shoe Of The Year Award !

Hey all! Remember we at Soul reported about the historic collaboration between Rihanna and iconic brand Puma that gave birth to a kickass and plush capsule sportswear collection? It not only pepped up Puma’s image, but also gave us athleisure goals – one of the hottest trends of 2016! Well, the news is that our…

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Paris 2016 !

It is that time of the year when angels land on Earth. In case you are confused with where am I going, well you need not worry! I am talking about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Paris 2016 guys!!! The luxury lingerie brand commenced its runaway journey in 1995. There has since been no looking back for…

Jayalalitha – The Iron Lady of South !

Fifth of December will remain the black letter day for Tamil Nadu as well as the Indian politics, as it is the day that the country lost Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, Jayalalitha, to a cardiac arrest. She was a fierce, undaunting and successful political leader who stood her ground and rose to carve her own…

December Dessert: SENORITA!

We mango lovers like to savor mangoes any day and everyday! Wouldn’t you agree? Now how about giving the mango a twist by adding a lemony zing? Yes that’s right….it’s time to reminiscence over a summer gone by and to look forward to many more summers to come, while we sit bundled up cozily in the winter chill, relishing…

Sonam Kapoor Wins Back To Back Awards In Style!

It feels so surreal that 2016 is already coming to an end making us feel we could have done so much more, like meeting those deadlines and finishing those projects. We could have worked a little harder to reach that extra mile and spent more time on the now unwrapped tasks rather than procrastinating and…

December Dessert: MESMERIZE!

December, the month of merrymaking and festivities is here and Chef Aman Tandon of Pride Hotels, Pune is back with his unique dessert recipe perfect for the season! Mesmerize is an exotic December dessert with a colorful concoction of the season’s best fruits, served in a fanciful presentation that oozes a rich appeal! So no more time to waste, let’s get to…

Gauri & Nainika X Koovs !

Hey you all. The festive season is round the corner which means there’s one more reason for you to go oh-so dressy! December is the month of Christmas insinuating to a plethora of parties for you to unwind and dress to kill! In case you are looking for inspirations and have not been able to…

Hattie Stewart collaborates with Koovs!

“In my collaboration with Koovs.com I wanted to play with unique and simple ideas and bring them to life. I can’t wait to see how people incorporate the ‘Hello Cheeky’ aesthetic to their own individual personalities.”- Hattie Stewart I don’t know about you, but I wait exuberantly in anticipation when two creative minds announce a grandiloquent…

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017!

The mecca of fashion, Paris bestowed us with the much awaited and coveted Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 which also rolled down it’s curtain on the fashion month. As always Paris fashion aesthetics continue to inspire us and the trends that have emerged from this Spring-Summer 2017 edition will surely be lapped up by fashionistas over the…

Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017!

The grandiloquent Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 recently concluded unleashing a bevy of trends that is giving us wardrobe goals! So without much ado let’s have a sneak peek into the highlights of the show. Belted Saris – If there is one outfit that has stood the test of time and is never out of fashion,…

First Impressions: Dear Zindagi Teaser!

Fans of Shah Rukh Khan were treated to a pleasant surprise courtesy the teaser of Dear Zindagi, starring Alia Bhatt alongside the superstar. The crackling chemistry between the two actors clearly shines candescently through the teaser. It doesn’t seem that the two actors are romantically linked in the movie but we can guess more when…

Healthy Desserts – Diwali Desserts!

Here are some Healthy desserts from Chef Aman Tandon, Pride Hotels, Pune, that you can relish with your near and dear ones guilt-free this festive season!  MAURITIAN PINEAPPLE AND FRENCH VANILLA CHEESE CAKE As bright and sweet as the glee and spark of Diwali, this specially created cheese cake by Chef Aman Tandon of Pride Hotels,…

Diwali Special Recipe: JHEENGA MEHRUNISSA, LAZEEZ ASHARFIAN!

Soul together with Chef of the year, 2016, Chef Aman Tandon, bring to you some lip-smacking, Diwali special recipes to enjoy this Diwali with your family and friends. It’s time to bring the spirit of Diwali alive! JHEENGA MEHRUNISSA (Juicy, pulpy tiger prawns delicately marinated overnight, laced with crunchy, corny mix – served with mint and tomato…

TRENDS FROM LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2016!

The much awaited London Fashion Week SS 17 has concluded and we couldn’t have asked for more! We could pellucidly identify fashion trends that are going to make their presence felt. Only time will tell which of these trends will be big with the fashionistas. As of now let’s focus on trends for the upcoming Spring-Summer 2017 that…

Durga Pooja Special – Apayan!

We at Soul would like to bring to you Durga Pooja special, a delectable Bengali recipe by Chef of the year, 2016, Chef Aman Tandon of Pride Hotel, Pune. Relish Radhaballabhi with your friends and family this season for a festive fervor. Radhaballabhi Ingredients : For the outer crust : 1/2 cup White flour/Maida 1/2…

Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder!

“I want to make women feel empowered, sexy and confident. This makeup collection does that. I love to make women feel like the best version of themselves” – Victoria Beckham Wherever she has set foot Victoria Beckham has ensconced her incandescent talent. Lovingly known as ‘Posh’, lady Beckham has proved to the world that she…

Weaves From The Ancient City – Banaras!

How many of you have loved watching Bengali weddings on-screen and off-screen? Of course we all have. We can’t take our eyes off the wedding sequence. Especially when the bride enters the wedding scene with her visage beautifully blanketed with paan-pata? Well apart from the uniqueness of the rituals what strikes one is the generously embroidered Banarasi…

Fenty by Puma!

“I wanted to take Puma to a new place with something unpredictable and unexpected” -Rihanna Looks like this is the season of collaborations from Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid launching their line in the recently concluded New York Fashion Week to Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder merging together for one-of-it’s kind capsule make up edition!…

Prison Hostel – The Hostel Crowd!

Goa, the hub for youngsters has a vibrant and unique lifestyle which is a perfect blend of deep routed culture and the best night life. Goa reflects passion for dance, art, music and food. Goans attitude to life is best described by the word Susegad, which means taking life at a relaxed pace and enjoying it…

Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 Highlights!

Star-studded, scintillating and spectacular the most awaited fashion event of the year is here. Yes you guessed it right. Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 is here in its beaming glory and ready to sweep you off your feet with the kaleidoscope of fabrics, designs, tapestry and colours! The much speculated fashion week was inaugurated…

Going Green! Wonderla Hyderabad installs 500kW solar plant!

Developed as an eco-friendly measure, solar power generation capacity will be expanded unlimitedly at Wonderla, Hyderabad. Hyderabad, September 20th, 2016: The newly opened Wonderla Amusement Park, Hyderabad, has become the first amusement park in the country to set up a solar plant with an installed capacity of 500kW. Mr Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics…

The Magic Of Madhubani!

Whether it is the Nalanda University, the ancient erudite centre of learning or the transcendental Bodh Gaya treasuring rich history or the panoramic landscape of Bhagalpur, Bihar, they are enveloped with subtle attractions for which the traveler needs to have a profound taste. But the real pride of Bihar lies in its proficient artisans who…

MAHI CHANGEZI – TANDOORY PLA RAD PRIK!

Tandoory Pla Rad Prik is a part of the food fest at Pride Hotels, Pune, by Chef Aman Tandon. This delicious dish is a great addition to the food spread of any occasion.  CLAY OVEN SEARED POMFRET IN A LIP SMACKING THAI MARINADE Plaa Raad Prik (pla rad prik) is a whole Pomfret fish, seared in…

Fashion Trend: Net For Sheer Style!

If you are looking for something sexy to wear this summer without being too obvious about it, look no further than one of the most prevalent trend of Spring Summer 2016 coming for your rescue. A big hit in both couture and ready-to-wear collections of Spring Summer 2016, net has trapped the imagination of celebrities…

Kantha – Labour Of Love From The Heart Of Bengal!

Growing up in Bengal and being a true-blue Bengali has enabled me to witness the profuse handloom and handicraft of Bengal. Ranging from the ornate Baluchari of Bankura-Bishnupur to the drapes of taant and the rustic sensuality of terracotta to the paper-like texture of Dhakai-jamdani. Kantha embroidery on fabrics is one such manifestation of the rich…

SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE MONTH – GOURMET AFFAIR AT PRIDE HOTEL!

Independence day is the day that our motherland fulfilled her destiny to be free. For the hospitality sector in the country, the month of Independence is a time for reaffirming the values of “Atithi Devo Bhavah” and cherishing the cultural ethos that truly define Indian Hospitality. Tourism and hospitality is a matter of national pride and we are committed to promoting our hotel…

Psychedelia At Moschino’s 2017 Collection in L.A!

Los Angeles was an amazing host for the launch of Moschino’s 2017 launch of men’s Spring 2017 and women’s Resort 2017 collection as the city witnessed a burst of colors and a throng of celebrities heading there for the runway show. The adopted city of the show’s creative director Jeremy Scott, L.A hosted the event as…

Kalamkari And The Indian Fashion Week!

For all those who want to channel timeless ethnic this season, look no further and say hello to Kalamkari! The term ‘Kalamkari’ also known as qalamkari has been derived from the Persian word ghalam that refers to pen and kari that indicates craftsmanship. In other words Kalamkari refers to pen-work. Considered to be as old as…

How To Be Sporty Chic!

“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the Runway” – Coco Chanel How many of you have been fans of Maria Sharapova or the Williams sisters? Well I have always admired their mastery over the game and more so the striking personal style they bring into the court. It is no doubt they…

It Must’ve Been Something He Wrote by Nikita Deshpande

Book: It Must’ve Been Something He Wrote Author: Nikita Deshpande About the book: When obsessive book-lover (ahem, book snob) Amruta – Ruta – Adarkar arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey’s Publishing, she learns that the world of books is not as cozy as she’d imagined. Her eccentric taskmaster of a boss…

Chanel Coco Cuba Cruise 2017 Show!

The trend has been to take the fashion shows outside the fashion capitals in the recent years, and Chanel took it to another level when it staged the Chanel Coco Cuba Cruise 2017 show in Havana, Cuba. The show had a lot of cultural significance as it was the first time in 40 years that…

Photos And Posters To Personalize Your Room!

Home spells familiarity and comfort, a place where you are in your comfort zone. A place which is uniquely and undeniably you. And, what better way is there to add that quintessential me quotient to your room than by using some of your favourite memories that you would love to look back to? Throw in some…

Independence Day Special At Wonderla!

Wonderla Announces Limited Period Offer at Rs 790 Hyderabad; August 11th 2016: Wonderla Amusement Park-Hyderabad, which has been enthralling its visitors in Hyderabad for the past few months, is celebrating the 70th Independence Day by sharing the joy with its patrons. The amusement park is offering a special limited period offer for the guests. Under…

Dhokra – The Ode to an ancient heritage!

Known for its rich cornucopia of culture, Bengal is home to some of the finest weaves and crafting techniques that draws enthusiastic admirers from the world over. Whether it is the poush-mela of Shantiniketan or the emporiums strewn across Kolkata, the city is replete with Dhokra jewelleries and home decor items. Dhokra is a traditional…

Make Way For Mismatched Kitchen Cabinets!

If you are one of those who cannot decide on whether you want a latte or a cappuccino in the morning, deciding what kind of kitchen cabinets should be installed in the house is equivalent to a nightmare. You can change the coffee next day but changing the wooden cabinets won’t be that easy if you…

How to slay as a bridesmaid!

Who doesn’t love attending a wedding? The roaring excitement of enthusiastic guests, the play of lights, the tantalizing scent of flowers and the gleam of joy at spotting the blushing bride and groom are the streaks that make wedding an affair to remember! But decking up for a wedding is not a cake walk especially when you…

Chennai – Mahabalipuram Travel Diary!

I travel to discover. I travel to rediscover. Nothing gives me the high that travelling does! Savouring in the exquisiteness of a new place swathed in the glory of mesmerizing onlookers. Striking a chord with people who speak a different language by connecting through shared emotions and gastronomic adventures that leave you craving for more. It…

Bring A Touch Of The Harry Potter World To Your Life!

Granted that we never got our Hogwarts acceptance letter when we were eleven (I blame Voldemort!), that does not mean that we have let our inner witch/wizard die. With “Harry Potter and the cursed Child” out and about, it’s time to re-kindle the Potter fire within us! So if you have always dreamt of being whisked away…

Radio Mirchi launches ‘Mirchi Happy Times’!

Hyderabad, 26th July 2016: The most popular radio channel, Radio Mirchi, is all set to once again pump up the energy levels for Hyderabad city folks. ‘Mirchi Happy Times’ is a novel concept engaging the entire community in health, fitness and happiness activities which was officially launched at a grand gala event held today. Chief…

POWDER ROOMS FOR YOUR HOUSE!

Most of us try to refrain from the very cringe worthy idea of public toilets , the horrible stink, the dirty toilet wear or the water split sink, yes that is a common phenomenon in the public toilets! Imagine the same scene in your house , in your bathroom , this situation turns into a…

20 Wardrobe Essentials to Claim For Yourself!

The 20’s are a difficult terrain to navigate, what with all the challenges that come from being a young adult. It is the time when you want to do your best while looking your best but sadly, real life sometimes gets in the middle of your fierce AF fashion game. Having these 20 wardrobe essentials that…

Marriages made in Heaven and Weddings done in gardens!

Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara attained a cult status for our generation. Right from the bonding among friends to the coming-of-age of each protagonist through the conquest of fear. The movie can be watched and re-watched again and again for the sheer magic it weaved onscreen. But as a worshipper of aesthetics, I loved the ending with the…

Startup Cricket League, 2016 launches with a bang in Hyderabad!

The IPL of Startup community, Startup Cricket League (SCL), expands to Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur apart from Hyderabad Hyderabad, 20th July 2016: The one of a kind exciting amalgamated concept, Startup Cricket League (SCL) today announced its launch for the year 2016 by organizing a grand gala event in the city. Chief Guest and Brand…

Kashmir’s Weaves of the Valley!

Whether it is the majestic shikara ride in the Dal Lake as you witness the curl of water dancing to the rhythm of the oars or the euphoria of skiing in Gulmarg in the bed of pristine white snow or living poetry in the confluence of green meadows, heaping mountains embroidered with deciduous forest and…

Monsoon Magic!

Pitter patter, pitter patter, Splash some water or float paper boats in the puddles. With the onset of monsoon, mommies are you all set to roast some corn and fry some bhajiya? But, before you do that, sit back with a simmering hot cup of tea and read about how you can save your house from monsoon menace and create some monsoon…

All The Fashion At BET Awards 2016!

The red was carpet was set for the BET Awards 2016 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater and it was a fabulous night with some amazing performances and gave us some serious fashion goals. The night saw 5 performances dedicated to Prince, who was no more earlier this year. It also saw the celebrities present at the…

10 Best Fashion Moments From The MMVA 2016!

The red carpet was rolled out at the Queen Street in Toronto on 19 June, 2016, for the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards (MMVA) and it saw a lot of style! The event which has been termed as the ‘biggest block party’ for the summer lived up to its expectations. The celebs dressed in their casual best and gave us…

All The Fashion At 2016 Tony Awards!

The night was of the 2016 Tony Awards. It was the biggest night of the year for the Broadway bigwigs as all of the theatre industry assembled together in New York City to honor the best amongst them. It was hosted by the comedian James Corden. The ceremony was held in a solemn atmosphere as everyone…

Fashion Trend: Body Jewellery Is the New IT Accessory!

Summer – The season when it is perfectly acceptable to show off a little skin to cool off. Also the perfect time to flaunt the accessory trend for 2016, body jewellery! Body jewellery came back to the fashion forefront in 2015. Now, in summer 2016, it is in full force with celebrities and fashionistas embracing it alike…

CORN & CAJUN SPICED NUTTY SUCCOTASH TACO!

Don’t we all just love the rains and the smell of wet Earth? After a long dry spell, the monsoons are finally here and it’s time to kick back and enjoy the weather while munching on hot, savoury snacks! And what better snack than spiced sweet corn on a rainy day. Chef Aman Tandon from Pride…

Ethnic and Western Fusion: Pant Style Saree!

Saree is the quintessential Indian outfit. It’s sleek, stylish and makes you look like a million bucks. A culturally rich Indian wear with great heritage, a saree’s draping style varies with every region. From the everyday Indian women to the celebrities, the saree is a must have in every wardrobe. This classic instantly amps up the glamour…

Awadhi Food Special!

Awadhi cuisine is local to Lucknow and comprises of Mughal and Nawabi dishes. It is a speciality that is both rare to come by and difficult to resist. Here Chef Aman Tandon from Pride Hotel, Pune, brings to all you Soul readers some of his mouthwatering, secret Awadhi recipes! Now we can all bring some of Lucknow’s best…

Eid Special: PATHAR KA GOSHT!

The hyderabadi delicacy – PATHAR KA gosht is specially dedicated to the festivities of eid as it dates back to the delicacies from the royal kitchens of The Nizams of Hyderabad. The ingredients are full of medicinal values and aromatic secrets. PATHAR KA GOSHT goes best with the GILAFFY KULCHA. Find the recipe for this Eid Special:…

How Bollywood Divas Sizzled At IIFA 2016!

Spain got a feel of Bollywood‘s hues this year as the green carpet (yes, green – not red) for the International Indian Film Academy Awards 2016 was rolled out at Madrid.  The who’s who of the Bollywood film industry assembled to celebrate the best and the brightest among them for the year of 2015. IIFA 2016 saw celebrities making stunning fashion…

Fashion Trend: Plaid Joins The Fashion Party!

Spring Summer 2016 has brought a lot of evergreen trends to the forefront once again and plaid is one them. It is not acknowledged as a trend anymore as it has become more of a wardrobe staple these days. If you don’t have atleast one plaid piece in your closet, then your wardrobe is not complete or up-to-date with the fashion…