Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bind(i) the fusion

Hi there homo-sapiens, 

Yes, I've been meaning to post on the blog for a while now but everytime something comes up. Whether its college work, headaches or what not. Sometimes I wonder there will come a time again where I'll just go into hibernation, but of course I won't let that happen now because I've grown extremely attached to this world, to my website and its literally a part of me. 

Can you believe how cool it is when people recognize me through the blog in college? Oh and how you all write such adorable mails to me? Makes me go awwww okay? So keep doing so, and bring that smile on my face. You people are the awesomest. 

Today, I will talk to you about the bindi. The bindi is considered a decoration, it is usually worn on the forehead in South Asian regions. We all have heard of the variety of myths that surround the bindi. There are somethings however you didn't know about bindis and why they're worn. 

While it is also called the third eye in some cases, it is also worn to enhance concentration which is found in the centre, that is between the eyebrows. Not to forget basically beautifying a person. In the Vedic times it was considered a symbol of intellect, did you know? Ultimately wearing a bindi was considered divine and things like that. 

I've always been a fan of bindis from school days, would wear them on and off. And in Junior College when we had traditional attire as our dres code, definitely wore a bindi many times to go with the kurtas and patialas. In University now we don't have a dress code but of course I missed my bindi, so one fine day it waved to me from the box and I instantly picked it up and wore it. 

As soon as I did, Mom literally gave me the weirdest look and said: 'You are going to college like this?' and I happily nodded and zoomed off. In college too, everyone was stunned and flabbergasted. But I'd worn the bindi many times before, why the stares and shocks you might ask? 

I won't tell you that, I'd let you see for yourself. 

Ah! There goes, now you sure know why everyone looked at me? Yes, I wore red jeans, crop top, tank and a bindi. Also the fact that I went all bun (konde) with the bindi added to the Indian-ness and Western mix. I like experimenting and no one shall stop me. One fine day I wake up and feel like wearing a certain something, I will. 

So that's how this outfit came about and after my explanation, everyone nodded in unison. 

Outfit details:
Crop top: Chemistry
Jeans: Jean boutique in Bangalore
Scarf: Don't remember
Flats: Leather store, Pondicherry
Bangles on right hand: Assorted
Bangles on left hand: Comm Street
Bindi: Box in my room

Till next time

Submitting this post for InFB's Remix: Indian Fusion

P.S: Press/Works has been updated

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rhythm of Life

If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you'd know my love for dance. If you haven't, it isn't too late. I've been dancing ever since I learnt to walk and its something that I'm extremely passionate about. Play a song and I won't stop grooving, dance is something that I connect with extensively and I'm so glad that I have been told that I do it well. Being a dancer myself, I love watching people perform and grab every opportunity to watch a dance show. 

International Music and Arts Society in association with Fastrack presents Brigham Young University Contemporary Dance Theatre in Rhythm of Life

It so happened that Brigham Young University's Contemporary Dance Theatre troupe was in the city for a performance at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. I was lucky enough to be invited to watch the event by Fastrack and was more than happy to see many happy faces and heart touching dances on stage. Let me tell you a little about the group. So as I went inside I received a couple of brochures to read through. I must say that the event was well organized, we received these brochures which told us about the group and what we must know about them, and best of all about the dances that they were putting up on stage. Not only did they enlighten us about the theme behind each dance but also told us who choreographed it, what songs were used etc. I was instantly impressed, as I can be an organizational freak. 

CDT is collaborating with IMAS for the second time (previous being August 2001). The group is not only extremely talented but also very versatile. They literally give you a visual treat through a variety of dances, from contemporary to hip hop. They not only dance to the rhythm and beat but also tell you a story through the dance.

Some of my favourite dances were: FlingFlangFlung: The dance was fast, quirky, groovy, and insanely amazing. People were being thrown around in the air and it was a surreal experience to witness the entire thing; Dance of Remembrance was my absolute favourite where in they danced to a Robert Cundick number and the women of the troupe portrayed a beautiful message of power to women and the performance was dedicated to women. The dance spoke about the troubles of a mother who has lost her child and how she keeps her faith and power in tact and finishes her tasks as always dedicated. 

I also loved how they showed an audio visual clip before each dance. The Chakra and Life's a Bench dance were particularly stand out performances as they literally took the audience's breath away. The Chakra dance was symbolic of Hindu and Buddhism traditions and displayed energy and the concept of imbalances in modern society. The Steppin dance was another hit with the masses as the dancers moved in a synchronized pattern stomping their shoes and celebrating life. The dancers evidently displayed their passion and love for dance. 

They put up a brilliant show and it was breathtakingly beautiful and I can completely understand the months of hardwork that would have gone behind this and the end result was definitely a hit because the audience gave them a standing ovation. I'd definitely like to raise a hat and salute the dancers for their extravagantly amazing show!

Things I loved: The simplistic yet amazingly thought out costumes, the dance sequences, the music, the expressions, the story.

A huge thanks to Fastrack for the invite! :)

Till next time

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jai Hind!

Hello my wonderful people, 

I know this is late, but it is never too late right?

You fall in love, and out of it
Things come, and eventually go away
Memories happen, and fade
But one thing is forever
Your patriotism and love for your nation.

Jai Hind!

On this special occasion, The Sonshu wishes all its readers a Happy Independence Day!
 Bharat Mata ki Jay! 


Yes, I am patriotic okay? :) 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Colour Mania

Hi there people-who-I-love-the-most! 

I'm back, from this week's tiring and hectic schedule, yet completely and overly fun and exciting. So lately we all know what book has been making the rounds. Yes, I'm talking about 50 shades of grey, beating all Harry Potter and Twilight records, it indeed has become a sensation. While I did go on and read the trilogy, I didn't like the story much and wasn't a fan of the ending either. The style of writing was plain and nothing extraordinary, after all JK Rowlings aren't just born like that right? 

What did you think of the book, have you read and it and do you plan on reading it?

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, you'd know that college is amazing and I completely am enjoying my course and new friends, the fests, tests and experiences are absolutely new and brilliant. However it has been keeping me busy and I hardly get time to shoot for the blog. This weekend I pulled out some time from my relaxation period and shot for the blog and hence comes this post. Soon the blog is reaching yet another milestone, keep watching this space. 

Skip to the pictures already eh? Fine, your order my command. Look at the pictures:

I'm sure you gathered something! I've been playing with my brights and everyone's eyes. The dress was put together with mixing prints in mind. You can definitely go ahead and try something bold like this with crazy colours. 

Details: Dress worn as tunic: Mustard
Dhoti pants: Commercial Street
Sash worn as head band: c/o American Apparel (HERE)
Bangles: Assorted
Bracelet: Commercial Street
Ring: c/o Rings and Tings (HERE)

I've previously worn a similar look HERE

How to wear a lot of colours and still look pretty sane?

1. Colours can be fun if you know how to wear them, and the best part is that they are so cordial with eaach other at times that it becomes very easy for you. 
2. When you're mixing a variety of shades in your attire, remember that you still need to have one or two base colours at the maximum anyway. 
3. In my case, I've used red and black as my base colours. The entire outfit revolves around these with an added perk of a trillion other colours. 
4. Remember the occasion that you'd wear the ensemble in, you wouldn't definitely wear it to a black tie event or a formal meet. However, you can wear it to a walk, the mall visit or maybe a fun day with your friends. 
5. Add subtle accessories that compliment your base colour. You can't necessarily go crazy with everything right? So keep the accessories subtle or vice versa. 
6. Rock the look with added confidence and that killer smile. 

That's it for today, will be back soon with more posts. Now I'm literally twitching to read your posts so let me go catch up on all the blogs, while you go ahead and leave a comment and tell me what you think.



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Crop away.

I am back with yet another post. These days Sundays are my favourite because I finally get to relax, pamper myself with a long shower, and do my favourite thing in the world: blog. Its amazing to see how much you love something especially when you're deprived of it so much. In my case, I hardly ever get time on weekdays anymore hence I have to schedule posts over the weekend for the week. But I try visiting all your blogs and catching up when I can squeeze in some time.

[Happy August to you'll! And a happier friendship day!]

How to style your crop top?

1. First of all don't get the wrong idea, crop tops are not only for people with toned midriffs. Everyone can wear a crop top. 
2. Choose a length for your crop top. Some of them are really short while others will reach your jeans. If you're in for some belly showing, go bold and get shorter ones, but always remember the location as you definitely cannot wear it to work etc. 
3. If you are on the heavier side, don't worry because we can still rock our crop tops. Wear them with high waist pants or maybe even layer with a crop top and you'll definitely rock the trend. 
4. Layering in a crop top can be really simple. You can wear it with funky coloured tanks, or maybe even tees with cool quotes. 
5. Crop tops are casual attire and hence go for an arm party or studded bracelets to work the look. Add a long necklace or chunky ones to add some pop depending on the pattern of your crop top. 
6. When you're wearing a crop top you have endless varieties to pair it with. You can wear them with jeans or skirts, shorts or bikinis, depending on your location again. 
7. Another way of working an oversized crop top is to tie it up and give it an edgy effect. 

Where to get your crop tops? 
Frankly here are some of the places I've spotted best crop tops. 
American Apparel (variety in colour and type), Zara, Tibetean market (Bangalore- funky patterns). 
These days crop tops are in fashion and you might even get them at places like Westside, Lifestyle and Pantaloons. Try your hand at it!

See my previous crop top post HERE

Outfit details: 

Crop top: c/o American Apparel (HERE) in Asphalt
Tank top: Random shop in Bangalore
Pants: Boutique, Bangalore
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelets: Blue: Flea market Transparent squares: Gifted 
Necklace: Flea market
Ring: Fab India
Extensions: Made with earrings (DIY)

That's it for today, as usual I love to hear what you'll have to say, so leave a comment and tell me what you thought, also add your own ways of wearing crop tops.

See you soon!