The Telegraph
| Sunday, June 30, 2013 |


Mixed Bag

Published on 5 July 2013

All that jazz

Are you are a jewellery person and love everything that's opulent and luxurious? How about some unusual pieces inspired by the jewels of the Mughals, the Rajputs and the Nizams?

Premium jewellery brand, Gitanjali, has just unveiled a new collection that's christened 'Nizam'. The line is a treasure trove of handcrafted classic gold sets studded with diamonds and precious and semi-precious stones. You'll be looking at prices that range between Rs 35,000 and Rs 40 lakh. Take your time browsing through the four different lines in the collection — Jadau, Kundan, Rosecut and Victorian.

The Jadau creations are engraved while the minakari pieces are delicately enamelled. The 22/24 carat gold designs glitter with sapphires, emeralds and rubies. And if you love the dazzle of diamonds, there's the Rosecut section that flaunts rose cut diamonds set in 22 carat gold. For connoisseurs of the vintage look, the Victorian line offers precious, semiprecious stones and uncut diamonds set in a combination of 14 karat gold and sterling silver.Time to splurge then.

Mandarin magic

Delhi Duty Free — India's largest duty free retail operator at T3 airport — gets better all the time. It's donning a new avatar with a clutch of new services and marking a presence on Facebook (yes!). While the pricing is competitive, it's also offering the newest products available in the international market.

So, Gucci's new fragrance, Glorious Mandarin, was recently launched at T3. The perfume that's a part of the brand's Flora Garden range, comes with fruity mandarin top notes, pina colada accord and jasmine as heart notes while the base notes are creamy wood and white musk. The bouquet of scents is inspired by Gucci's flora pattern.

You can also check out Gucci's three other fragrances from the Flora Garden collection at Delhi Duty Free — Gucci Flora Glamorous Magnolia, Gucci Flora Gracious Tuberose and Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia. All perfumes come in Gucci's classic hexagonal bottle and each fragrance features a different coloured juice.

The Glorious Mandarin is available at Delhi Duty Free for $ 100 (approximately Rs 6,000) for a 100ml bottle.

Pet perfect

If you're bogged down with work and haven't had time to cook your pooch his/her favourite meal, then here's a quick and easy solution. Kennel Kitchen, a Delhi-based dog food brand launched this April, is offering home-cooked style wet meals for your four-footed buddies. What's more, the dishes, it is claimed, are being prepared using technology developed by the Defence Food Research Laboratory, in the US, that provides food to NASA scientists in space.

The three dishes that you can pamper your doggies with are easy to serve and can go from packet-to-bowl in just a couple of minutes. Available in three flavours — lamb and vegetables, chicken and vegetables and chicken casserole — the meals are suitable for both large and small dogs of any breed weighing between one and 44 kilos.

The meals contain chicken, lamb, eggs, peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, fish oil and rice (depending on the flavour you buy). It can be served directly to the dog or can also be diluted with a little water. The company claims that the food digests quickly and is healthy too.

The pre-cooked wet servings come in a four-layered packaging that keeps the food fresh. The packs have a shelf-life of a year if the packaging isn't opened and doesn't require any refrigeration. Each pack weighs 500g, enough for a full meal and costs Rs 95. To order, visit While a minimum order of 14 packets is required to make an online purchase, the products are also available at pet stores across Delhi.