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Gangaur Celebration : A Colorful Affair In Rajasthan

Every year the festival of Gangaur is observed in the state of Rajasthan during the month of March-April.  Traditionally the festival celebrates Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, however there is a lot more to the festival then meets the eye. For those who want to know, Gangaur is not just a one day festival where people offer their prayers to the deities. The festival holds a lot more than that.idolsGangaur is preceded by Sinjara, a day when women dress up, pamper themselves and put beautiful designs made by Heena on their hands. The women celebrate Sinjara by adorning themselves with beautiful jewellery and clothing and also by eating traditional sweet Ghewar. In the city of Jaipur this is the day when women prepare for the festival of Gangaur too. People bring beautiful idols of Isar and Gangaur (Shiva and Parvati) in their house and women design beautiful clothes for the idols along-with preparing sweets.isar-gangaurThe next day, on the festival of Gangaur, women come together in groups and pray to the Goddess Parvati for blissful married life. The rituals performed during the festival are also very beautiful and have been performed by the women of Rajasthan for centuries. Isar and Gangaur, adorned in beautiful clothing, are placed on a beautiful stage of made of flowers and grass. Women then festoon their head with Tika, hands with Heena and beautify their eyes with kohl.  The whole ceremony is accompanied with beautiful Folk Songs that women keep singing.pooja

 

grassAnyone who visits this festival ceremony for the first time will definitely be charmed by the beauty, simplicity and colors of the festival.  Post the ceremony one can easily notice many small dots (Bindis) of different colors made with turmeric, vermilion, Kohl and heena that are put by women as a part of festival’s rituals, on the wall.  The festivities do not end here, in the evening, Isar and Gangaur, are again treated with sweets and then fed water. dotsOn the day of Gangaur Pink City gets to see a royal Gangaur procession, which starts from City Palace, find its way through the Pink City and ends at talkatora. Over the years, numbers of festivals and fairs have changed in nature – however, the procession has retained its traditional charm. The tourists and visitors get to witness the traditional dances and performances throughout the procession.2015 aThis year the procession will include: the cannon carriage, decorated rath, ornamented horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Gangaur will be almost at the end followed by Dhalet Chobdar, women in traditional dress with Kalash and mounted police on horse.

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Grand Opening of ‘Rajasthan Festival’ 2017

The ‘Rajasthan Festival’ began with a grand cultural extravaganza choreographed by none other than the well-known Director and Playwright, Bhanu Bharti. More than 300 hundred folk artistes from the State and all over the country gave a scintillating performance. The event was organized by the Department of Tourism today at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.cultural perforThe Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh was the Chief Guest of the event. The Special Guests for the event were the Sports Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar and Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa).inaugarationThe 110-minute programme included Mass Band display by Army, Air Force as well as Rajasthan Police. The songs performed  by the bands were; Dharti Dhoran RiPal Pal Dil ke Paas and Jaha Dal- Dal Pe by Rajasthan Police Central Band; Vande Mataram, Chak De India, Jai Ho by Air Force Band, Pallu Latke Hai, Classical Kathak , Medley of Hindi songs like, Mere Sapno Ki Rani by Army Band and Sare Jahan Se Acha by combined performance by all the three bands.mass performancePerformances included Shiv Mudra (Nagpur) followed by dance sequence — Chakhri, Gair, Chari, Dhapchang, Dhamaal (Haryana), Paika (Jharkhand) and Mewasi (Gujarat). These performances were presented to the tune of Langa Mangiyaar. Other performances on the occasion were include – Bhadoi Shikla (Assam), Kathak Jaipur and Chhabeli Dance(Uttarakhand), Lai Haroba (Manipur). The performance will conclude with Holi Dance by contingent of all artistes.cultural

cultural perThe Rajasthan Divas Torch was brought by winners of the ‘Rajasthan Day Marathon’ from the Divisional Headquarters of the State. It first reached Ambedkar Circle and then Amar Jawan Jyoti and finally at the SMS Stadium where the Chief Guest and special guests lighted the Festival Cauldron. The evening also saw the finals of the ‘Rumal Jhapatta’ and Tug-of-War as a part of the Rural Sports Competition.rural competition

rumal jhappta ruralDuring the opening day festivities the divisional tableaus were displayed at Janpath along with folk performances on both sides of the road. Grand fireworks display was also a part of the exciting programme.

Jaipur Kathak Samaroh at Central Park

The 2-day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ began at 8 pm at the Central Park. The Chief Guest for the occasion were the Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. N.C. Goyal. There were performances of ‘Devi Stuti’, ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’, ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’. While ‘Devi Stuti’ and ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’ were presented by Jaipur Kathak Kendra under the direction of Dr. Rekha Thakar; ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’ were presented under the direction of Harish Gangani from Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra.jaipur kathak‘Devi Stuti’ showcased the victory of good over evil when Goddess Durga slaughters Asur. This was followed by ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’. The performance presented the moods of the women of Rajasthan. A part of the lives of these women go through separation when their heroes go abroad and fight in war. kathak jThe performance showcased how beauty emerges from the various activities that the women do when their men come back from war, like getting dressed up, get excited and involve themselves in auspicious activities around the house.

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5 Events to Watch Out For in Jaipur at the end of March

The month of March is about to end on a very high note in our city, Jaipur. Given that the end of this month also marks the foundation week of the state of Rajasthan, we will definitely get to see an array of amazing events being held in various places in the city. 🙂 But that is not all, along-with it the month has some other amazing events lined up for the citizens of Jaipur. Jaipur Beat brings to you the best of these events.

Urge – In a yet another edition of the lifestyle exhibition, Urge, you are sure to find the latest collection in clothing, décor, accessories, gifts & trousseau. Urge is one of the most popular exhibitions in Jaipur and if you haven’t been here earlier do visit it this time as many designers from Jaipur and outside the city will be there to display their unique and exquisite collections, which are not readily available otherwise.

Date – 23rd & 24th March

Venue: Holiday InnUrge exhibitionA Call from the Past – Fo all the movie buffs of the city, Sukhnidhey Films are coming up with a wonderful short film titled, ‘A all From The Past’. It is the story of an artist, who is confused about his art and the purpose of his life. How a call from the past helps him with his quest, will definitely be fun to watch.

Venue: Kalaneri art Gallery

Date: 24th March   a call from the pastBlockbuster Zumba Edit – Tonique studio is soon to host a blockbuster Zumba edit at Pink Moustache. For all those who are looking forward to burn those extra calories this is the place to be. In this 90 minute edit the attendees will get a chance to burn calories while they do some Zumba dance moves on Bollywood numbers, probably the best way to reduce weight. So what are you waiting for, book a spot and join the party.

Venue – Pink Moustache

Date – 25th March  zumbaGangaur Festival – One of the most awaited festivals of Jaipur,Gangaur festival celebrates the divine bliss of Goddess Parvati. Women and young girls of the city dress up and adorn their hands with Mehendi and perform Gangaur pooja on this day. A very beautiful procession is carried on this day, in the city, which starts from city Palace. Dance performances are followed throughout the procession. For those who have never been a part of this procession it is time to live this moment by participating in this procession. Date: 30th March – 31st March

Venue: City Palacegangaur3Rajasthan festival – This year the Rajasthan Festival marks the 68th year of Rajasthan’s Foundation. Definitely everyone is looking forward to this amazing event, which will have rich cultural activities to celebrate the foundation day of our state. Among other performances the event will see, rural sports along with cultural performances at SMS Stadium, Jaipur Kathak Samroh at Central Park, and exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra . the event will begin on 27th March and will see a grand closing on 30th March.

Date: 27th March – 30th MarchvidhanNow get ready for an amazing and festive month ahead. 🙂

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Jaipur Gets a Fresh Dose of Men’s Fashion with Karnpratap Couture

A new Fashion Store

Men of Jaipur have a reason to rejoice as Jaipur gets a high end fashion store dedicated completely to men. Now that something so amazing is happening on the fashion front in the city, Jaipur Beat decided to review the store for its readers. This one of a kind, small yet fashionably extensive store has a lot more to offer to men then meets the eye. Whether you need to look dapper for a formal event or want to create a statement at your friend’s wedding, this is the place that will fulfill all your clothing needs.

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The Designer

The moment we entered the store, the colorful, quirky and stylish Nehru jackets caught our attention. Karn Pratap Khunteta the man behind the label, acknowledged that these jackets are their forte. A jeweler by profession, Karnpratap, never knew that his impeccable fashion style will one day lead him to a career in fashion. For him designing happened when a few of his friends asked him to design for them and the rest is history.

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The Jaipur Connection

In words of the designer,“You can take me out of Jaipur but you cannot take Jaipur out of me” and that is precisely the reason why he launched his first store in the pink city. He was born and brought up in Jaipur and he thinks that this is the place that best defines him. His designs may have been inspired by his travels across the country but they do exude the charm of the Pink City. The designer has a thing for colors and you can tell that by the beautiful use of colors in his design and that’s what knowingly or unknowingly makes them Jaipuri. Among other things from the city the designer is inspired by the beautiful turbans of Rajasthani men, Achkans (coats) and the beautiful Dupatta in women’s wear.  

The designer definitely has his style and fashion sense in place. But, apart from a man’s fashion sense what could be more charming, well his ethical sense. The designer believes in the current trend of Glocalization, which means to produce locally and sell globally. He also believes in giving the artisans their fair share. Looks like, ethics and fashion do go hand in hand.

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Fashion Advice to Men of Jaipur

To Jaipur men his only fashion advice is to come out of their comfort zone. They have tried a lot of solid patterns, which definitely have their own charm but it’s time that they experiment. It’s time that they start adorning attires that have beautiful colors and some quirky prints. To make these experimental designs look good on you, you can definitely leave it all to this new designer in the city.

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P.S. – While you plan out a visit to this store do not forget to check out the vibrant, peppy and colorful jutis that the designer has in store for the men.

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Now go and check out the latest designs in Men’s fashion.

Venue: Karnpratap Couture, 59B Devi Niwas, Dhuleshwar Garden, C-Scheme

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Fortis Brings The Best in Women Healthcare to Jaipur Through Fortis La Femme

Fortis La Femme expands its footprint in the most spectacular and culturally vibrant destination of the country, Jaipur also known as The Pink City. La Femme will provide mother and child healthcare services to Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur under a medical service arrangement.

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La Femme offers a comprehensive; tailor made, clinical and holistic care just for women; caring for their complete health and wellness needs in warm and nurturing spaces. It is designed to gift women medical care matching international standards through a pool of clinical specialists, superlative nursing, care and efficient hospital staff who are equipped to manage all patient needs with empathy and warmth.

Fortis La Femme Jaipur is a 30 bed unit within Fortis Escorts Jaipur with specialized departments of Obstetrics and High Risk Pregnancy, Minimal Access Gynecology Surgery, Neonatal Intensive Care (Tertiary Care Level 3 NICU),Skin Clinic and Dermatology.lf4The key driving force behind bringing in La Femme as an exclusive service provider is the singular enhanced focus on women’s health. From improved infrastructure to exemplary service & aesthetics with priority on patient privacy and clinical excellence will lead to a much enriched patient experience.

La Femme also takes pride in delivering its first patient through the water birthing procedure by Dr. Smita Vaid, Senior Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Dr.Satyen K Himrajani, Senior consultant Paediatrics and Neonatology along with a specialized team at La Femme. This was the 3rd water birth in the hospital.

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On occasion of the launch, Ms. Anika Parashar, COO, Fortis LaFemme said “At La Femme, our focus is to nurture and care for women at every stage of their life from birth, adolescence, motherhood to menopause by prioritizing clinical excellence and patient privacy in a discreet female environment, leading to a much improved patient experience. Our specialties include Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neonatology, Dermatology to holistic wellness through our unique Mamma Mia offering. We also cater to a strong need for women to have the support of specialty clinics for Adolescence, Menopause and Breast Surgery.”

La Femme visions to be a globally respected woman and child health care provider known for exemplary clinical & holistic wellness care.

 

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Jaipur’s Leading Jewellery House Birdhichand Stuns the Runway at Amazon India Fashion Week 2017

When we say that Jaipur is making it big on the Indian fashion scene, we mean it. One of the most famous fashion weeks of India, the Amazon India fashion week, started recently in Delhi and guess who showcased their collection on the opening day. It was none other than the famous Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers from Jaipur. Amazon India Fashion Week takes place every year and many leading design houses and designers participate in the event. The latest trends of the season are displayed at the event. Given such a huge platform, it is definitely a matter of pride that Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers participated in the opening day show of the event.blogIn a special event created by Vogue India, titled ‘Sari 24/7’, drapes by 60 leading designers were showcased on the runway. All these designs were adorned with an eclectic union of Indian handloom & fusion jewellery by Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers. The stage was beautifully embellished with white balloons that added a subtle charm to the show.

blog2blog 1The Jaipur based jewellery brand added a royal touch to the chosen Sari ensemble with its bold and intrepid collection. An array of beautiful and traditional chokers, rani haars, dangling earrings, majestic Mathapatti, brazen bracelets/kadas, delicate anklets, big rings added bling to the models who walked the stage adorning beautiful drapes. The meticulously designed pieces studded with precious & semi-precious stones and encrusted with pearls, ghungroos, and vintage coins exuded élan offering a regal touch to the pastel silhouettes.blog4

blog3Many famous designers also presented their collection during the event. Another moment of pride for Jaipur happened when Rajesh Pratap Singh, a designer from Jaipur (now based in Delhi) showcased his collection in an event supported by the Good Earth. The participating designers in this event presented their collections that were created from the textiles woven by the students of Handloom school in order to support the handloom industry.rpsThis is not the first time that designers from Jaipur have showcased their collection at such a prestigious platform. And we can safely say that definitely it’s  not the last. We are sure that much more is about to come.

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Jaipur Adda-A New adda to hang out in town !

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Beer, Jar Potatoes and Karari Roti

One thing is sure that Jaipur no longer gives you monotonous fine dining set ups.  With the mushroom growth of cafes in town, mark it with any new café  you will get ample choice to experiment with food and ambience both.  And, we at Jaipur Beat can never miss to introduce any such interesting place coming up in town. Here’s bringing to you our first hand experience of one such amazing place- ‘Jaipur adda’.

Have you ever wondered what Jaipur looked like from the terrace of a building at night? Where you could actually experience a little wind in your hair while oodles of mouth-watering food being served on your plate? Where you can actually have Khana Pina over some Gup Shup with friends?

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The answer to all these questions lies in ‘Jaipur Adda’ that is perched on the top of the Nirvana Hometel Hotel at a busy juncture of Khasa Kothi Circle. The place is arranged over two floors (upper and lower deck) offering a spectacular terrace seating overlooking Country Inn Hotel and Suites and the Jaipur metro track.

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Front view from inside Jaipur Adda Cafe

Nicely dated décor with cheery setting of the fine wood furnishings and the amazing wall art give the space a quirky feel,  hence set this place apart from the usual cafés.

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Chai Shai at Jaipur Adaa

About Ambience-Indoor and Outdoor

The café promises a fabulous experience and the overall calm ambiance radiates positive vibes where you can simply get your drink and watch the sun going down the skyline and the sunrays actually peeping through the bamboo chick curtains.

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Not just that, one can even take a roller coaster ride on time machine from Jaipur Adda, as your senses are soaked on one side experiencing the ecstasy of the moving metro and the busy roads of today’s modern Jaipur while on the contrary witness the magnificent Nahargarh Fort which is the reminiscence of the Jaipur’s royal times.

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Not just its romantic ambience, the food here is equally good  in quality and price both.

About Food-Serves both veg and non veg!

If you are going with friends we suggest you to go for Beer Bucket. A big wooden barrel filled with plenty of ice is placed right next  to you and delectable Jar potatoes (roasted baby potatoes tossed in harissa sauce which is a spicy paste made out of hot chilli peppers and other spices) was just perfect to go with the spicy conversation among friends.

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Beer Bucket served with Karari Roti at Jaipur Adda

Out of the elaborate menu of Food and Drinks, we tried Tub of shots– some times be crazy and it’s real good fun to say cheers with shots of colors and sparkling lights.

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We were keen on experimenting with something innovative. So we tried –Smacked cucumber, Sichuan peppercorn, garlic salad. A crispy snack is always welcome, on Chef’s recommendation we had ‘Karari Roti’- crispy large kadahi shaped roti sprinkled with olive oil and topped with chopped tomato onion. Other delights were the Bombay toast, Fried egg parsi influenced and also Zucchini, pineapple, carrot, raddish slaw red honey mustard, no doubt all the preparations surprised us.

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Fried Egg with Bun Parsi Influenced
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Bombay Toast

We know it was too much 🙂  The portion was good enough for 2 persons.

No matter on which table you choose every table has these jars adorned with witty food quotes that will surely catch your attention.

With its interesting location and delicious food,  Jaipur adda is  one of the
best options to plan a get together with family & friends.

Not to miss, it has valet parking so you are saved from the parking woos, Live Screen and a separate full bar is a feather in the cap.

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We think your weekend plan is sorted now. What say?

So guys go and mark our words- this will be your Friends Adda very soon 🙂

Opening Hrs.-11.30 am to 1 a.m

Location-

Jaipur Adda’ – Nirwana Hometel Hotel,
4 D Villa, Khasa Kothi Circle,
Station Road, Bani Park, Jaipur
For details- Call 011 4046 8961
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Diary of An Elephant – Who Misses The Holi Festival

I look gigantic, strong and majestic. When I walk down the streets of my city, or carry a bunch of these tiny little humans on my back, I can see a sense of excitement in every pedestrian’s eyes. When I slowly pass through the busy roads of walled city, with the towering Hawamahal on my left, I see locals and tourists pointing their smart phones at me and clicking pictures after pictures.

You will see me everywhere in pink city- during the long walks to and fro Amber Fort, royal wedding processions wouldn’t move without me, I have been riding the princes for ages now, and not just this, you will see my deities and structures in all the significant places viz. temples, forts, monuments etc. Every year midst all the weddings, processions, tours & long walks in scorching summers, there used to be one day when I wasn’t  vehicle, one day when people would turn their heads away from the colossal forts and palaces, when their eyes were not fixated on their beloved, the one day when all the eyes were gazing at one person – me.

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Queen Elizabeth with Maharaja of Jaipur took an Elephant Ride in the year 1960

Just like you look at a dull sky every day, but admire its true beauty when it is suddenly splashed by the seven colors of rainbow, my monochromatic grey body was suddenly bedecked and wrapped in beautiful colors. That day was the Elephant festival.

As I walked inside the vast stadium of my city, I felt like a queen walking royally with a beautiful curvy body, the musical sound of my tinkling anklets alerting everyone, and a silver elegant cloth with red border covering my saddle. My pristine white tusks are covered with bracelets and rings, my head embellished with heavy jewellery and I think all the other ladies were looking at me for inspiration and men for obvious reasons. One moment I felt like a model in a beauty contest and in another, like a bride walking down the aisle. I closed my eyes and the flashback began.

The process of painting our bodies with all kinds of colors in the world began almost a month before Holi. My guardian (Mahaut) would wake me up, clean me and I could see a different kind of twinkle in his eyes. I would look around and see my fellow friends being cleaned and bathed like it was the first day to school after a long summer vacation. The next moment, some new men started to paint me in vivid colours. This went on for days and days and then came our D-day. The one where I was both excited and nervous.

I opened my eyes to the reality, to the hugeness of the Chaugan stadium, and later at Ram Bagh Polo Ground and saw a little human sitting on another elephant throwing a fist full of colour at me. It did not stop here. We went around playing various games such as running; pulling, tugging and I also won a pageant that day. I felt important, celebrated, and completely oblivious to the fact, that this will be my last time here.

My mahaut still wakes me up, bathes me, cleans me occasionally and dresses my saddle with the regular red cloth. But I still miss that special day, when I would meet my friends, the brown camels and black horses, watch the humans laughing, playing and running, and when I felt like one of the most beautiful animals in the world, on the joyous festival of Holi.

Facts –

  • Elephants, that symbolize royalty according to the traditions of Rajasthan, had been a part of the world famous Holi Festival organised by Rajasthan Tourism Dept. that took place in Jaipur since ages.
  • Elephants, along with horses, camels, were painted in vivid colors and bedecked with heavy jewellery to make them look stunning. This festival attracted thousands of locals and tourists and Rajasthan tourism experienced a major boost during Holi.
  • In 2013, the Elephant Festival was officially discontinued the Dept of Tourism, Govt of Rajasthan and replaced by the ‘Holi Festival’ which did not include Elephants.
  • Copy of an official letter putting an end to our very own ‘Elephant Festival’

 

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It was all about Smiles, Makeovers & NGO Kids at F-Salon, Jaipur.

All children are god’s little angels irrespective of caste, color, creed and are blessed with the ability to bring joy all around them. F-Salon, as we all know, is an ultra-glamorous, cutting edge hair & makeup salon with its teams of experts. So what is the connection between the two? A wonderful initiative called ‘Foster Smiles’ by F-Salon in collaboration with Jaipur-based NGO, Naya Sawera to bring a little bit of magic in the lives of specially challenged & underprivileged kids by giving them ultra-cool makeovers.

While the right to education, healthy food, safe shelter and the basics still remains a tremendously important concern for these that this NGO is continuously working hard to provide, one had to see what on its onset seemed like ‘just ‘a fun idea for the children quickly transformed into an empowering one. We often forget, of all the things we can give these children, the ability to hope, believe and dream is unmatched & priceless.

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As we walked into the salon, we found a bunch of shy, well-behaved kids quietly sipping their juice packets, huddled together looking a little perplexed with the glass façade, shiny lights & people all around them. One child wondered about too much electricity, the other about the tall buildings and the third was just glad to have had an off day from school. With owners Dushyant and Praanjal instantly connecting and cracking jokes with the kids, soon all we could hear was laughter and excitement.

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At ease now, the kids loved sitting in front of the large luxurious mirrors at the F-Salon all set for their makeover. They all gingerly marched to the hair washing stations and were given a head wash all set for their new stylish haircuts. You would think these kids would be clueless about style but they all had their list of preferences and famous movie stars etched in their heads & hearts.

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With curling, crimping, razor cuts, highlights, nail art, grooming sessions and blow-dryers blowing away at the salon, the kids were in the some of the best hands in the industry. The whole place was packed with heavy action.

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One of the defining moments of the entire event was seeing how with every snip of the scissor, the kids transformed. From being shy to happy and then confident. In a matter of minutes, one could see the change which was though only in the outer appearance but managed to bring out the light of confidence from somewhere deep within these kids. It was as if they shed an outer layer of shyness, with bright shiny eyes and a smile on their faces courtesy the experts at F-salon, they looked super confident of themselves, their tomorrow and a quiet belief in their own power.

In the end, who gave back whom became blurred but every face in the room be it the children, the staff at the F-Salon and others were beaming with happiness and large generous smiles. More power to you kids, we say.

Way to go F –salon! What an incredible initiative indeed.