‘Marrakesh’ by Pria Kataaria Puri



 Venue– Grand Hyatt Mumbai


Down the ages, the world and in particular Europe has looked in awe at the intriguing confluence of cultures in neighbouring Morocco. So close geographically, yet so alien in its diversity with cities like Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech the capital, each a gem in its own way.  French, Portuguese, Arab and Persian influences have made this tiny country a favoured destination with the rich and the famous! Be it its locales in movies that held us entranced or iconic Fez cap! Tales of a thousand and one nights in which Scheherazade weaves her magic to enthral an insomniac Pasha escape a certain death and eventually become his queen, is but a central aspect of the intrinsic oriental romanticism that draws the west to it!

This collection is specially designed for the travelling exotic diva who wants to look glamorous instantly without any fuss. The collection has easy fun luxurious affordable classic ensembles that flatter the feminine curves!  After all  today’s busy  multifaceted multitasking women  don’t have the time  nor do they want  cumbersome wardrobe !it’s all about quick  & easy glam  dressing that makes you look  & feel like a million bucks ! (Without spending millions)

Marrakesh is an exotic glam hip luxury  resort wear collection that can be worn  by  women of all ages and size , perfect for cocktails, evening parties, brunches, destination weddings and travelling !


In this collection Pria has used two colour story –one is vibrant  colour story inspired by spices  & fruits in souks of Marrakesh such as spicy greens, oranges, tangerines, turmeric yellows, apple greens and the other is a vintage tone consisting of teel greens , midnight blues, blacks, off-white whites & golden sand


Play an important role in the collection in form of tassels- gilded sequenced crystal mirrored borders creating a luxurious glamorous look.


Pria designs for globe-trotting modern woman who revels in her travels even as she adds to the Diaspora with her own sense of style. This collection puts forward that aspect of her inspiration as well! There is wide variety of indo western styles perfect for any occasion for cocktail wear, dinner, destination wedding & particularly travel friendly for glamorous elegant day or evening parties! The collection has maxis, lounge gowns, kaftans, tunics, jackets, gypsy, saris and dresses for easy glamor dressing without a fuss! The dress lengths vary from thigh length to knee; the gowns have asymmetrical hemlines, lots of tiers and gathering for free flowing breezy look!


Silk chiffons, silk crepes, silk georgettes, silk satins, velvet, jersey and tulle vie for attention in an ode to Marrakech’s fine jewelled and opulent textile heritage. Tassels, Arabesque prints & local mirror embellishment is used to further enhance the look. Much akin to the city of its muse, this collection is a veritable riot of colour. Marrakech is contrasts steeped in history! Simultaneously there is its soul, Medina, of ancient meandering streets right next to Ville Nouvelle the modern city, extrovert and bursting with joie de vivre. This contrast is what Pria celebrates!

Pria has used Moroccan s rich textile heritage history for creating unique prints inspired by Marrakesh – local embroidered and woven  fabrics such as tassels ,mirror work .shell button prints are used as prints in this collection to create a stunning luxury resort wear line busting with riots of colours !

The collection is shoot in Middle East modelled by Lebanese CanadianMs. Natlie and the designer Pria Kataaria Puri

The pictures are shot by – Reaa Puri & Nosher Puri and all the images are shot in natural light and are untouched.


Among the original proponents of the Indian ‘Nouvelle Couture’ Pria Kaataria Puri stands in sharp contrast to her contemporary. Having won the ‘Bharat Yuva Ratna’ award along with ‘Bharat Vikas Award’ for designing women’s wear, she has received vast recognition for her work since she started her label in 1990. Her collections are available in fashionable boutiques in USA, Europe and the Middle East. Pria received formal training in fashion designing from FIDM, San Francisco, where she showcased her first occidental evening wear at the San Francisco Fashion Centre, and the rest as we say is history.

Pria is committed in creating “occidental couture and cruise line” which is an amalgamation of oriental and western ideas to add inner beauty and mystic to the female form. Her collections are modern in the styling and ethnic in the mode of expression with Asian colours, ancient heritage of fine embroideries and vintage prints playing a special significance as her distinctive area of specialization. Her label represents, multicultural, multifaceted of women today, who believe in elegant, luxurious, timeless piece of an art as clothing. ‘Elegance doesn’t mean being noticed, it means being remembered’. Madonna, Paris Hilton, Vanessa Paradi, Princess Francoise, SAR La Princess Lea de Belgique, SAR La princesses Marie Gabrielle de Savoie, Princess Christine Sturdza, Queen Rania Jordon ,Cherie Blair, Ivan Trump, Maharani Of Kashmir and Royalty Of Kuwait, Emirates & Saudi Arabia, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif ,Tabu, Mahima Choudry, Raveena Tandon , Simon Singh, are few of her clients.


A Celebration of Wine, Food and Music


A Celebration of Wine, Food and Music

~York Winery’s First Annual festival of exotic wines, enchanting music & great food

YORK LIVE is a day-long celebration of wine, music, food at York’s very own winery overlooking their vineyards with the beautiful shimmering lake and hills in the near distance; the venue itself is worth the trip. In the wine capital of India – Nasik, YORK LIVE unravels a new definition for sheer bliss, with an exciting fiesta to give you an experience that you will not forget. This celebration for your senses will encompass a variety of boutique wines, astounding performances by leading bands and a la carte menu to boast of. In an attempt to promote wine culture in India, York Winery, an established name in the field of wines brings its first annual celebration of wine, music & food along with an array of fun filled activities to leave you asking for more.

York Winery overlooks the scenic Gangapur Dam and has rolling vineyards on the sides. The breath taking view of the picturesque location will leave an indelible mark in your hearts. The enchanting ambience encapsulates the riveting beauty of the surrounding lake, mountains, breezy weather and striking visuals of the sunset.

The festival starts from 12.30 pm on Feb 26, 2011; YORK LIVE will be offering a spread of culinary assortments and insanely delicious wines that will surely hijack your senses! YORK LIVE festival will display an amazing collection of luscious wines catering to every palate like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel Rose, Sauvignon Blanc and many more! A lip smacking blend of striking delicacies from Chinese, Mexican, Continental, Sandwiches, Kebabs and much more will surely be a gourmet delight. Stylish wines’, vibrating music & finger licking food are what await you at the First Annual festival by York Winery- a concoction of celebration and entertainment!

YORK LIVE brings a musical treat for the music aficionados with some unmatched performances by 4 leading bands. Arguably one of the most commercially successful Indian bands Shaair ‘n’ Func will surely captivate the audience with their magical musical renditions. If that’s not enough, renowned international artist Rodney Branigan will enchant you playing not one but two guitars simultaneously. The musical celebration does not end there as celebrated band Arjun Wagale & Ashwin (Jalebee Cartel) will take the stage by storm with their electronic acts.  Mumbai’s most interesting new band, The Mavyns will take the musical extravaganza to the pinnacle with their marvelous performances.

Brainchild of the young entrepreneur Ravi Gurnani, owner York Winery, YORK LIVE promises to win hearts with this unique presentation.

Commenting on YORK LIVE, Ravi Gurnani states, “York LIVE is an attempt to celebrate the good things in life. This festival will showcase an interesting and award winning mélange of wines produced by York Winery coupled with amazing performances by leading bands. We are kick starting this first annual event this year and guarantee you that it will continue to be an event to remember, for years to come.”

States Nikhil Agarwal, owner All Things Nice and responsible for putting the event together with York, “We are very excited about York Live.  We want to share our passion for wine, music and generally all things nice! It’s going to be one very fun day where people can take in the beauty of the vineyards in Nashik, enjoy the music, watch the sunset, drink great wine and make friends. We have only one request, do not drink and drive.”


Grape Stomping

Carnival Games

Food Stalls

Wine Tours & Tasting Sessions

LIVE Performances by renowned Bands Shaair ‘n’ Func, Jalabee Cartel, Rodney Branigan & The Mavyns!

Carnival Bazaar Experience with stalls

About York Winery

York Winery, a family run company, was formed in 2005. It is located in Nasik, which is the premium grape growing region of India. The planning and design of the winery started in 2006 leading up to the first vintage in 2008. The winery is located in the Gangapur area of Nasik. The estate is of 9 an acre of which 6 acres is a vineyard with Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon being the first varieties planted in 2005. There is also a Tasting Room at the winery which is open throughout the week for visitors. In 2009, York Reserve Shiraz won the Gold Medal at The Sommelier India Wine Competition followed by a Bronze Medal for the York Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the Sommelier India Wine Competition and Commended at The International Wine Challenge 2010, London.

TASSEL STYLE LOUNGE – NOBO’S First Contemporary Fashion Boutique

TASSEL STYLE LOUNGE – NOBO’S First Contemporary Fashion Boutique

Tassel Style Lounge is the first contemporary multi-designer boutique to open in the Andheri (W), Versova.  The boutique is located in a perfect hub nestled among Mumbai’s fashion bourgeoisie, aspiring actors, models and film industry; started by Mr. Vivek Gautam and Meg Ryley a designer from New York and a fashion stylist for Tassel Style Lounge.  The intimate 800 square foot concept space is a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of NoBo with its clean, neutral color palette and refreshing modern lines.

The evening was filled with sizzle and glamour as three Leggy beauties Candice Pinto, Himangi Parte & Anchal Kumar scorched the evening in the designer outfits.  Also, present were acclaimed designer Nachiket Barve,  Mathieu Gugumus, fashion choreographer  Nisha Harale who bonded over fashion. Model Usoshi Sengupta & designer Rajat Tangri came together and had a fun time mingling with the guests.


The boutique will offer a selection of the country’s newest emerging talent as well as established contemporary designers like Digvijay Singh representing bhu:sattva, Pero launched by Aneeth Arora, Nachiket  Barve, Atithi Gupta, Harangad Singh, Rajat Tangri, Vizyon: Kolkata-based husband and wife duo, Shradha and Ayush Murarka, Bungalow 8 introduces – its in-house fashion label designed exclusively by Mathieu Gugumus-Leguillon. These designers offer a premium level of concept, aesthetic, styling, design and a unique brand message and with Tassel Style Lounge which reflects the look of the new consumer in India and creates a haven for “fashionistas” on the “new” side of town is a perfect fit.

To celebrate and support this new concept top models like Aanchal Kumar, Himangi Parte, Candice Pinto, Sudhanshu Pandey, fashion designers like Nachiket Barve, Rajat Tangri, Swapnil Shinde, Rahul Mishra, Nisha Harale, and many more were present.

Mr. Vivek Gautam and Meg Ryley together had a vision to create Mumbai’s newest fashion hotspot and support the growth of India’s talented contemporary designers which has now started taking shape. Tassel Style Lounge will also host a variety of events geared towards introducing the consumer to the designers such as trunk shows, brand awareness promotions and preferred customer invite-only gatherings.  Mr. Vivek Gautam states, the goal is to not only promote the designer’s vision and presence in the market, but to also form a connection with the consumer that solidifies a long-lasting relationship with the brand identity’.

Food is the most primitive form of comfort – Fat Cat Café


Food is the most primitive form of comfort – Sheila Graham

Fat Cat Café in Andheri (W) reiterates these famous words, once again!

Here’s another reason for Mumbaikars to celebrate!

A spanking new place Fat Cat Café opens its doors for the discerning diners from Saturday, November 20th onwards. It embodies the word la buona cucina, as this gourmet’s paradise encapsulates the spirit of fine food and friendly ambience.  Brainchild of mother-daughter duo Anju Nagdev and Jimmy Choudhary, Fat Cat Café is a one stop destination for one and all who want to relax, unwind and indulge in stylish cocktails and delectable food!


The a la carte spread focuses on lively dishes, incorporating seasonal aspects in a subtle manner. The wide platter serves up fresh North American and Italian Cuisine inspired by the Tuscan countryside, traditionally prepared and served with an eye for remarkable presentation. Delicious seafood, savory meat, pastas, salads & sandwiches and many more will surely awaken your palate and stir your soul. Not to forget the sinful desserts. Creating an exotic culinary delight along with a bespoke menu arranged with the Chef will help to satiate the gastronomic desire of any gourmand.


The beverage menu comprises of a subtle blend of contemporary & classic cocktails and mocktails complimented by a selection of house signatures based on fresh ingredients. The wine list, humble yet well chosen and versatile offers a selection of about 28 wines covering 10 countries in an honest attempt to complement the Chef’s cuisine. The Bar at Fat Cat Café, influenced by striking Art Décor, is an ideal setting for sipping cocktails or enjoying pre-dinner drinks.

Jimmy Choudhary, co-owner states, “Everyone craves for good food and wants to indulge their taste buds. Fat Cat Café aspires to fulfill the same with delectable gourmet/ fine food and enjoyable drinks in a relaxed almost Mediterranean like space. If you love good food, then you will love the culinary assortment at Fat Cat Café. So, pander to the needs of the fat cat in you and satiate her hunger with a menu crafted by our highly inspired chef.”


Appealing to all ages, Fat Cat Café is an amalgamation of modern décor complemented with earthen elements in delectable gourmet; the unconventional theme comprises of black, lavender and a rich deep brown palette in interesting patterns juxtaposed with open spaces. The extensive use of bricks in its natural forms supplemented by mud finished walls and wooden furniture augments the warm and ‘lived in’ look of the hip and chic café.

With stylish décor, creative concoctions, an innovative and exotic menu served in an authentic style, in an ambience that infuses your moods with bonhomie, with enthralling music and entertainment galore, Fat Cat Café promises to be a haven for food lovers! With an elevated dining area that can cater for up to 25 people, Fat Cat Café caters perfectly for group bookings or business meetings. Fat Cat Café has Wi-Fi internet access and corporate packages are available to facilitate lunch and dinner.

Chocolate Fantasy!

Chocolate Fantasy!

A chocolate Affair (ACA) at Bandra provides an elegant and luxurious environment, where the amazing products can be enjoyed and savored. It is a venue to sample out chocolate temptations and experience new chocolate meal concepts. It has created an environment where the consumption of chocolate is an experience itself. Luxurious, cozy and sensual are feelings that best describe a visit to this Chocolate Lounge.

Sourcing the finest quality ingredients from across the globe ACA delivers a unique and high-end experience for Mumbaikars at a reasonably affordable price. They are proud to offer a wide range of hand made and Belgian styled chocolate products that will suit every taste, mood or occasion which complements chocolate perfectly.

From freshly made Belgian waffles and chocolates, Spanish Churros, doughnuts from Turkey which will provide a tantalizing gastronomic experience of mixing savory with sweet. To add to that, Turkish Doughnuts, which is a modern and exciting twist to the original American Doughnuts….leaving consumers with a pleasant surprise once devoured. For the ultimate chocolate indulgence the liquid cantered chocolate cake will leave mouths watering.

It is called A Chocolate Affair because our aim is simple; we wish to create a love affair with chocolate. Therefore the aim is to create mystery, intrigue and curiosity….that is what we consider our point of difference to be. We want to play on people’s mind and we want people to make their own mind up about what A Chocolate Affair means to them. We are subtlety playing with the emotions such as love, seduction, passion and addiction….but focusing those emotions with chocolate. Ultimately, we want people to come to A Chocolate Affair to enjoy in the sensual world of chocolate” says Miss Farhana Sacha (Director of A Chocolate affair)

Born and raised in New Zealand. She completed her university education in New Zealand specializing in marketing and management. Mumbai always played on the back of her mind. Realizing India’s interest in gravitating towards the western culture, she acknowledged that this was a dream that could not be achieved alone; the hunt began to find like minded people who shared the same passion (Adnan Khan – Director of A Chocolate affair).


Victory at the Terence Lewis Dance Foundation Scholarship TrustTLDFST


23rd July 2010 Mumbai saw the culmination of three years of rigorous training and trials in dance and discipline for the nine students of TLDFST. A jam packed auditorium gave a standing ovation to a stunning and riveting performance that was definitely a first of its kind! The graduates of the pioneer batch put to test their prowess by paring down to the barest minimum jazz that a performance can have. No elaborate costumes, synchronized group dance, barely enough music to dance to! These dancers danced solo to narrate a spate of stories that were interwoven with each other.

These 22 exceptionally talented young dancers, 3 years of intensive training, guidance and preparation with some of the world’s finest teachers and creativity at its peak… showed one of the best performances at the St. Andrews Auditorium!

The Terence Lewis Dance Foundation Scholarship TrustTLDFST was proud to present its third 3-year Diploma graduation showing with the Batch of 2007-2010. After 2 highly successful productions- the 1st titled Out of the Box, and the 2nd ‘After 8’, and this time Catch 22 took the contemporary form to the next level.

An excited Terence Lewis who was very proud of the catch 22’s performances appealed to all the youth of today that “Dance should not considered as a hobby but rather as a career” he was emotionally charged to watch his students deliver this amazing show.

Apart from Terence Lewis and his Company members – Michel asanovas – a teacher and choreographer of international repute from France was specially invited to add few words for this batch and actively contribute towards the synthesis of the show.

It was a exciting environment with a lot of recognized guests present for the event including, Urvashi Dholakia, Dolly Thakur, Roshan Abbas, Taraana, Akshay Kapoor, Luke Kenny and Arzan Khambhatta were there to cheer the dancers. The evening ended on a high note with Terence Lewis conferring the graduates with their hard earned degrees and hats, amidst claps!