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From pamper pointers to bridal tips, Kshitij, a two-day lifestyle exhibition organised by the youth wing of the Friends of Tribal Society in association with t2, brought plenty of interesting insights for the audience.

Organised at The Galaxy at The Park on Monday and Tuesday, the exhibition and workshop lured in both homemakers and the after-work crowd. After the inauguration by singer Usha Uthup and designer Sharbari Datta, at noon, nutritionist Hena Nafis took over the podium with “expert-everyday tips”. Next was Dr Piyali Chatterjee from Kaya Skin Clinic with beauty secrets to share. The day wrapped up with sari-draping by Radhika Singhi on model Sreshthaa.

Day two featured a bridal fashion talk moderated by model Jessica Gomes with designers Agnimitra Paul, Abhishek Dutta and make-up pro Abhijit Chanda providing specific advice for the fashionable bride. The day also packed in a talk on naturopathy and yoga.

After they were done listening, guests could put some of their newfound knowledge to the test while shopping from stalls ranging from Jaipur jewels to Delhi pashminas. Tips from the talks…


Never go overboard, even exercise should be in moderation. Otherwise, you won’t be able to sustain the routine for a long period, said nutritionist Hena Nafis.

Different varieties of vegetables and fruits are a must for minerals like iron and calcium and antioxidants.

Three meals and two to three snacks is the ideal daily mix. Customise according to your requirements.

There’s no harm in eating fruits or curd — which contains beneficial bacteria that’s good for the immune system — after dinner.

Don’t apologise for eating rice and potatoes.

One beneficial item — like lauki juice — can’t work in isolation. It has to be a part of a balanced diet.


It’s important to go to the dermatologist rather than a beautician even when it’s not acne-related, advises Dr Piyali Chatterjee.

Honey is considered good only because it forms a film preventing loss of moisture from the skin.

Do a patch test before applying anything on the skin, even if it’s only nimbu.


Jessica asked make-up artist Abhijit Chanda to explain the difference between bridal make-up and make-up appropriate for other occasions like a sangeet or a mehndi. The vital difference is the way in which the hair is worn, he explained. “For a sangeet, you can keep your hair open. But for the wedding, your hair should be tied up,” he felt. Also, for a wedding, stick to traditional make-up.

He demonstrated a wedding look with a multi-hued Abhishek Dutta lehnga and a sangeet look with an Agnimitra Paul creation in black and gold.

Tips for the elderly ladies include using primer to smoothen the skin, followed by a tinted moisturiser and kajal. Avoid shimmer and glitter, said Abhijit. While those with oily skin were asked to keep a powder blush handy, those with dry skin were advised to try a cream blush. Nude eye-shadow was highly recommended.

Brides with oily skin would do well to rub ice on their faces before applying foundation. And moisturiser is a must for everyone.

His final tip? Curl your lashes before you apply mascara.


In a South Indian silk the borders are the most important part. “They should be pleated well and secured with pins,” said Radhika Singhi.

Chiffons have a natural flow so they should not be pinned up. They look best in a solid colour, with a well-fitted blouse and a petticoat with lace or frills.

Most important factor while wearing a net sari is the petticoat, which should be in a contrasting shade. The blouse should be longer if you are big built, to cover the flab.

With a very heavily worked sari, decide how to drape it depending on the design. If it has a large motif on the palla, wear it Gujarati style. If there is a design on the chest, don’t pleat the palla to let it show.


Agnimitra Paul pitched in with some useful tips to doll up for the other ceremonies that make a marriage. Jessica quizzed her on what young girls could experiment with. “They could wear an A-line skirt with a palla attached to it, along with a sexy blouse,” she smiled. The designer also spoke of a bride she dressed recently who got hitched to a German groom. “She wanted to wear a sari made to look like a gown!” Agnimitra also suggested pairing palazzo pants with long blouses, experimenting with colours like ivory, grey, white and rose pink and using separates and interesting cuts intelligently. Fashioning your wedding wardrobe using family heirlooms like your mother’s wedding Benarasi is also a hit with the new generation.


“Brides today know what they want,” said beauty expert Bridgette Jones. They are no longer interested in the pulled-back look when it comes to their hair. Try extensions, she suggested. “They last six months and they are to die for.”

While doing the hair, remember that the height of the jooda is important. You can go for a “broad asymmetrical sweep” if you have a nice forehead. It looks feminine and delicate, she pointed out. Tendrils are a good option if the bride has plump cheeks. She advised slightly older women to try lip-gloss. “That’s the only shine allowed on your face,” she smiled.


Abhishek Dutta spoke about how much bridal fashion has evolved over the years. “In the past five or six years there has been a lot of change happening. They are asking for something new,” he said. Silhouettes that are a little more streamlined are becoming popular. “Grooms nowadays want to flaunt their physique,” he explained.

Abhishek also spoke about the demand for pre-stitched saris. And he also pointed out the popularity of fusion. “Indo-western is in fashion. Designers are combining Indian styles and western motifs.”


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