Womenswear retailer Long Tall Sally has acquired Dutch rival Pretty Tall, for an undisclosed sum, as part of its strategy to become the global authority in fashion for tall women. The Netherland’s leading tall fashion brand for women, which has two stores in Apeldoorn and Hoofddorp, will continue to operate as normal, however, its website has been closed and now redirects to the Long Tall Sally Dutch website. The acquisition comes five months after Long Tall Sally launched its Dutch website and local operation, and gives the British retailer a key retail foothold in two prime Netherlands locations. Pretty Tall founder, Inez Scheper, and her team of 13 store colleagues will remain with the business, “steering customer acquisition and identifying expansion opportunities,” said Long Tall Sally in a statement. Long Tall Sally snaps up Dutch rival Pretty Tall “Joining forces with Pretty Tall is a natural development of our strategy to be the first choice in fashion for tall women worldwide,” said Long Tall Sally chief executive, Andrew Shapin. “Our collection of the world’s largest range of clothing and footwear designed specifically for tall women has already been very well received in the Netherlands and will now be complemented by Pretty Tall’s well-curated offering.” A selection of Long Tall Sally clothing will be stocked in Pretty Tall’s two stores with immediate effect, and from 2018, Pretty Tall brands will be also available to shop online at Long Tall Sally’s Dutch site. “This is an incredibly exciting step,” added Pretty Tall founder Inez Scheper. “Together we are stronger. We look forward to offering all tall women in the Netherlands beautiful product and outstanding service – both online and in store.” Long Tall Sally is the world leader in fashion and footwear for tall women, specialising in fashion for women over 5’8”/173cm. It has 28 stores in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, and its 10 local websites have shipped to over 190 countries in the past 12 months. The Long Tall Sally and Pretty Tall stores on the map.
Wednesday, October 25 2017
New York - The repercussions of Harvey Weinstein's downfall spread further beyond Hollywood to the worlds of fashion and finance on Tuesday as employers showed the door to powerful men accused of sexual harassment. Accusations that the mogul engaged in years of predatory behavior shredded his career and marriage, and lifted the lid on endemic sexual harassment -- particularly by older men preying on younger women -- in Hollywood. Nearly three weeks after the accusations surfaced, a leading fashion photographer has now been blacklisted by some of the biggest magazines in the world and it has emerged that two male senior executives at a blue-chip finance company were recently dismissed for allegedly harassing associates. Conde Nast confirmed Tuesday that it was axing Terry Richardson, a 65-year-old New York photographer known for sexually explicit images, acting now -- despite years of claims that he exploited models -- in the wake of Weinstein. In the male-dominated world of US finance, an industry source confirmed that Fidelity Investments sacked portfolio manager Robert Chow, 56, after 30 years at the firm, and Gavin Baker, 41, who ran a 16 billion US dollar tech fund. CEO Abigail Johnson, widely considered the most powerful woman in US finance, was said to be instrumental in demanding their dismissal in recent weeks. "We simply will not, and do not, tolerate this type of behavior," Fidelity spokesman Vincent Loporchio told AFP by email. A spokesman for Baker did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Johnson, valued at 17.5 billion US dollars by Forbes, sits atop a fund that manages 6.4 trillion US dollars in assets and is a rarity in the US finance sector where nonprofit organization Catalyst says women account for only two percent of CEOs. 'Unacceptable' The refusal by Conde Nast to publish Richardson's work is the latest indication of shrinking tolerance for powerful men accused of sexual impropriety, with actresses, models and ordinary women increasingly emboldened to speak out. Staff at London-based Conde Nast International, whose titles include Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour, were informed by email that work already commissioned from Richardson should be "killed or substituted." Conde Nast US said it had "nothing planned" with Richardson. "Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable and should not be tolerated," it told AFP in an email. Richardson -- like Weinstein -- has insisted that all relationships were consensual. On Tuesday, a representative said he was "disappointed." The married father of two has shot campaigns for luxury fashion houses, photographed Barack Obama prior to his election as president and directed Miley Cyrus's video for her 2013 "Wrecking Ball" single in which she appeared naked. Cyrus has since said she regrets the video. Britain's Sunday Times newspaper had questioned why Richardson was "still feted by fashionistas" despite a "reputation as the Harvey Weinstein of fashion." US model Cameron Russell last week launched an Instagram campaign called #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse that swiftly garnered more than 70 anonymous accounts of abuse, lewd behaviour and harassment. A post shared by Cameron Russell (@cameronrussell) on Oct 14, 2017 at 7:10pm PDT Sexual advances On Tuesday, a former production assistant became the latest of more than 50 women to accuse Weinstein, alleging that he forced himself on her at his New York home in 2006, an incident that was not reported to police and may not be prosecutable. Mimi Haleyi said Weinstein bombarded her with calls and messages, and turned up at her apartment insisting that she fly with him by private jet to Paris to watch the couture season. Each time, she said she refused. Upon his return, she said he subjected her to sexual advances, refusing to take no for an answer and forced himself on her orally while she was on her period, apparently in a child's bedroom. "I would not have wanted anyone to do that to me even if that person had been my romantic partner. I remember Harvey afterwards rolling over onto his back and saying 'don't you feel we're so much closer to each other now?" "I replied 'no'," Haleyi told reporters.
Wednesday, October 25 2017
Bipasha Basu Hazel Keech Shilpa opted for a pre-draped sari gown by Tarun Tahiliani for her big day. Shilpa has been a muse to the designer for a long time and even a showstopper at a number of his shows. But let's be honest — there's no better place to be a showstopper than at your own wedding. Tarun Tahiliani didn't just design the sari gown for Shilpa's reception, the designer also custom-made her actual wedding ensemble. Soha Ali Khan turned Sabyasachi's 'Million Flower Lehenga' into a wedding classic. "Soha Ali Khan knew what she wanted to wear for her wedding. It was my showstopper lehenga from my Opium collection." Sabyasachi recalls in an Instagram post, revealing how she got her hands on her dream outfit. But Sharmila Tagore insisted on tweaking the lehenga in her vision which instantly shot the piece to a bridal classic. Marrying a Bollywood star was just the beginning of the fairytale for Mira Rajput and she had multiple fairy god-designers helping her dream become a reality. For her wedding, she wore this Anamika Khanna lehenga with two dupattas, one worn over her head and the other draped as a half sari For her post-wedding party, Mira got Anamika to whip up another dream creation. Simpler and easier to bust out those Bollywood moves in. After her Anamika Khanna fairytale in Gurgaon, Mira Rajput got Bollywood favourite Manish Malhotra to design her lehenga for the celebrity-studded event in Mumbai. The queen of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan may have worn Sharmila Tagore's gharara — the same one Saif's mother wore at her own 'nikaah' — restored by Ritu Kumar for her wedding, but for the after-party, she wore a deep red lehenga by her best friend. That's right, Kareena Kapoor Khan put on her most significant Manish Malhotra ensemble till date, her wedding lehenga. Bipasha Basu had a blowout of a wedding and managed to get it right at every single function. For her mehendi, Bipasha went full Barbie princess in a pink Anushree Reddy creation While she went with the young designer for her floral function , Bips decided to go with a wedding staple for the actual marriage. Basu was a classic Sabyasachi bride in a gold and red lehenga. But while most brides are pictured blushing under their dupattas, Bipashu brought her charisma to her Sabyasachi ensembles on her wedding day. Here she is tearing up the dance floor at her wedding reception in an all gold and off-white Sabysachi creation. Actress Hazel Keech and cricketer husband Yuvraj Singh got the same couturier to make their wedding outfits. Talk about couples with matching style. JJ Vallaya dressed the couple for their wedding reception in his royal creations.
Shilpa Shetty KundraShilpa opted for a pre-draped sari gown by Tarun Tahiliani for her big day. Shilpa has been a muse to the designer for a long time and even a showstopper at a number of his shows. But let's be honest — there's no better place to be a showstopper than at your own wedding. Tarun Tahiliani didn't just design the sari gown for Shilpa's reception, the designer also custom-made her actual wedding ensemble.
Soha Ali khanSoha Ali Khan turned Sabyasachi's 'Million Flower Lehenga' into a wedding classic. "Soha Ali Khan knew what she wanted to wear for her wedding. It was my showstopper lehenga from my Opium collection." Sabyasachi recalls in an Instagram post, revealing how she got her hands on her dream outfit. But Sharmila Tagore insisted on tweaking the lehenga in her vision which instantly shot the piece to a bridal classic.
Mira Rajput KapoorMarrying a Bollywood star was just the beginning of the fairytale for Mira Rajput and she had multiple fairy god-designers helping her dream become a reality. For her wedding, she wore this Anamika Khanna lehenga with two dupattas, one worn over her head and the other draped as a half sari For her post-wedding party, Mira got Anamika to whip up another dream creation. Simpler and easier to bust out those Bollywood moves in. After her Anamika Khanna fairytale in Gurgaon, Mira Rajput got Bollywood favourite Manish Malhotra to design her lehenga for the celebrity-studded event in Mumbai.
Kareena Kapoor KhanThe queen of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan may have worn Sharmila Tagore's gharara — the same one Saif's mother wore at her own 'nikaah' — restored by Ritu Kumar for her wedding, but for the after-party, she wore a deep red lehenga by her best friend. That's right, Kareena Kapoor Khan put on her most significant Manish Malhotra ensemble till date, her wedding lehenga. Bipasha Basu Bipasha Basu had a blowout of a wedding and managed to get it right at every single function. For her mehendi, Bipasha went full Barbie princess in a pink Anushree Reddy creation While she went with the young designer for her floral function , Bips decided to go with a wedding staple for the actual marriage. Basu was a classic Sabyasachi bride in a gold and red lehenga. But while most brides are pictured blushing under their dupattas, Bipashu brought her charisma to her Sabyasachi ensembles on her wedding day. Here she is tearing up the dance floor at her wedding reception in an all gold and off-white Sabysachi creation.
Hazel KeechActress Hazel Keech and cricketer husband Yuvraj Singh got the same couturier to make their wedding outfits. Talk about couples with matching style. JJ Vallaya dressed the couple for their wedding reception in his royal creations.
Wednesday, October 25 2017
All the bridal mehendi inspiration you need this season From white henna to mandala designs — there's something for every bride As far as Indian wedding traditions go, applying mehendi on your hands and legs before you get married is a good omen. According to early Vedic customs, mehendi was symbolic of the sun that awakened your inner light. With the wedding season upon us, every bride wishes to have a meaningful mehendi design that's personal but still impactful. Whether you want to stick to traditional patterns like peacocks and floral artwork or try the latest designs like dreamcatchers or mandalas, our bridal mehendi guide will inspire you to find a match that best suits your style. If you think mehendi is a cumbersome process, ask for white henna instead. This can easily be washed off. For brides who love everything that dazzles, you will find your calling in glitter mehendi. And if you want to add some colour to your mehendi, opt for easy-to-use stickers. 13 mehendi trends for the wedding season: White mehendi Matching hand and leg floral mehendi Symmetrical mehendi
Tuesday, October 24 2017
3 detox drinks to help you stay fit all through the wedding season Fight the bloat By Elle Team From Diwali until the New Year, you can expect an onslaught of food, family time, some more food and considerable weight gain. But binging and detoxing seems to be the circle of life for those of us on the wrong side of the fitness craze. Sadly, fasting and feasting won't help that situation in the torso region, you're going to have to flush out all the toxins if you want to do it right. According to Suman Agarwal, celebrity nutritionist and author of The Don't Diet, Diet Cookbook , you need to detox for the same duration as your binge. That means if you went to town on jalebis for four days, that's how long your body is going to need to cleanse for. Thankfully, Suman says that you can alternate your detox days instead of sticking solely to a spartan diet. Holistic nutritionist and wellness expert Luke Coutinho advises mindful eating throughout the holiday season. For those of us with better self-control that means not over-eating or binge drinking. His recommendation for avoiding that unholy hangover the next morning? Chasing every drink with an equal amount of water which flushes out the toxins. But if you, like us, have overdone it this year, here are a few detox tips to get you through the rest of the wedding season. Luke Coutinho is a firm believer in an optimised lifestyle as balance is key. According to him, one night of binge drinking takes a heavier toll on your liver and kidneys than enjoying one drink every day of the week. But if you are going out drinking, you may want to slip a slice of lemon into your water. Alcohol makes the body acidic, whereas lime water brings the body back to an alkaline state. Staying hydrated on lime water may help manage the alcohol and help negate the side effects. The morning hangover will remind you of the previous night's sins, but Coutinho suggests snacking on raw vegetables and fruits to get those antioxidants and electrolytes going. Actress Kriti Kharbanda suggests consulting a nutritionist before attempting the morning shot that helped her lose threes kilos in a week. Yes, that may sound made-up, but Kharbanda swears by a cup of bulletproof coffee — black coffee mixed with 3 tablespoons of cold pressed coconut oil in the morning. She claims this daily shot, coupled with a keto diet, helped her drop the extra weight. Nutritionist, Suman Agarwal advises her clients to make no compromise on their breakfast, but to cut down on how much they eat at lunch and dinner. Her magic potion to help cleanse the stomach is fennel (sauf) and carom seeds (ajwain), boiled in water to make a tea. She also recommends sipping on cranberry tea throughout the day as it is a diuretic and will help flush toxins out of the system along with excess water retention.
Tuesday, October 24 2017
There are times when a relationship ends and after a while you are left wondering if it would have worked out had you handled things in a more mature manner or had met at a time when you both wanted the same things. At this point, you may reach out and decide to give it another go. So, if you are looking to rekindle your relationship, here are a few tips to follow. Realise your partner’s value in your life The fact that you are giving your relationship a second chance shows that you missed your partner and are aware of his important in your life. While missing your SO is no reason to get back together with him, being aware of his importance is significant. It gives you the motivation to work harder on the relationship this time, compromise and work on your expectations. Don’t blame your partner A major mistake most couples make while giving their relationship a second shot is trying to pin the blame of the first failure on the partner. This does not help. Instead, understand that a relationship works or fails because of both parties involved. Opt to share the blame and avoid getting off to a bad start. Femina Fix what wasn’t working Getting together the second time around means you have the opportunity to fix some of the issues that led to the breakup before committing to each other. So, if immaturity, lack of communication or even emotional unavailability is the problem that needs to be addressed, talk it out and discuss how things will be different this time. Communicate Be open and honest with each other. Be on the same page on what your expectations are from the relationship. At the same time, focus on moving forward and on achieving goals together as a couple and at an individual level. Time and age to the rescue At times, things fall apart simply because you got together too early in life. Or, it could happen because you were unable to get perspective on your issues when you were together. Time and distance can help at such junctures. You may outgrow your issues or have the maturity now to deal with the same problems in a better manner. Femina Start on a clean slate Don’t rake up old issues or fight the same old fights once you decide to get together. Bringing up the past at every opportunity you get will only ensure that the second attempt ends the same way as the first one. Instead, treat this as a new beginning. Wipe the slate clean and take the plunge without inhibitions.
Sunday, October 29 2017
Going on a date, especially on a first date with someone new is no doubt exciting. You look forward to having a good time and the thought of him being your Mr Right also crosses your mind. However, first date can turn into the last, when he makes some cringe-worthy mistakes that you simply cannot ignore. And if you have ignored these already, it is time to undo the damage – either he fixes them or loses you. Here are some first date mistakes that you should show zero tolerance to. He talks only about himself First dates are for learning more about each other and talking about things in common. But if he is only interested in talking about himself, it surely is a red flag. No matter how talkative the guy is, if he doesn’t show much interest in listening to what you have to say, or keeps changing the topic back to himself, we have a problem here. He disrespects the wait staff No job is big or small and if he has a problem understanding that, he is just not worth a second date. If your date is disrespectful to the waiter, manager, et al, you can be sure he is full of himself and doesn’t care for people below his level. He belittles his ex Breakups, messy relationships, cheating, we’ve been there and while it is fine to share details of your life with someone who you trust and are close to, first dates are not really the place to do so. If your date is focused more on badmouthing his ex than getting to know you, he surely is hung up on her and going ahead with this would be a bad idea. He orders one too many drinks Drinking to one’s heart’s content is not unusual especially on weekends when you want to unwind with your favourite poison. But first dates are like job interviews, it is all about making a good first impression. And if your date is more bothered about drinking than enjoying your company, it is likely that he loves his alcohol perhaps a bit too much and could have a drinking problem. He blatantly checks out other women Well, if he is already looking at other women and is not even discreet about it, you know he is quite the opposite of your Mr Right. While everyone is guilty of checking out that attractive-looking person, first dates are just too soon for such behaviour.
Sunday, October 1 2017
10 scary movies you should watch this Halloween by Aurelia Fernandes | October 28, 2017, 12:00 AM IST
1/10Black Sunday Banned in the UK until 1968 because of the violence and gore, Black Sunday is your quintessential horror movie. The story begins with the princess Asa Vajda and her lover Javuto being sentenced to death for the practice of sorcery by Asa’s brother. Before being burned at the stake, Asa vows her revenge. Nearly two centuries later, she is accidently revived when two passing travellers, Dr. Thomas Kruvajan and his assistant, Dr. Andre Gorobec, stumble upon her crypt. Determined to have her revenge, Aja will stop at nothing, putting her descendant, a young woman named Katia into mortal danger.
2 /10The Descent What started off as a friendly camping trip ends horrifically for a group of friends. When Sarah, Holly, Juno and Beth go on a camping trip, they each arrive with different motives, while Sarah seems cold and distant after her husband’s and daughter’s death, Juno is determined to mend their relationship. Things take a turn for the worse when they take an unknown path while exploring the caves. While this results in personal tension between the group, there is a much larger threat lurking deep within, that begins to take them out one by one.
3 /10Ringu The movie responsible for the horror cult fav, The Ring, Ringu is where the magic all began. The story is nearly the same, with a mysterious tape that threatens to kill anyone who views it within seven days. So when reporter Reiko Asakawa stumbles upon the mystery and the deaths revolving it, she is roped into a never ending cycle of death. The only way she can end this is by breaking the curse. But now, she has only seven days to do so, before she can meet her own inevitable end.
4 /10The Orphanage The Orphanage is a hauntingly beautiful story, all wrapped in horror elements. The story follows Laura, an orphan who is adopted and given a chance at a happy life. Years later, she returns to her old depilated orphanage with her husband and her own adopted son, in order to restore and reopen it. Things take a turn for the worse, when Simon, Laura’s son begins speaking of an imaginary friend. With a sinister spirit lurking, will the family survive against the odds?
5 /10Train to Busan When a divorced, single father and his daughter decide to take a train to Busan to meet her mother, little do they know about the terror that awaits them. As a zombie outbreak takes over the city, it is upto the few train survivors to make their way safely to a quarantined zone. But before they know it, a zombie finds its way onto the train, take them out one by one.
6 /10Let the Right One In If you have a thing for sick twisted romances, then we’ve got just the one. Let the Right One In follows the story of two young teens, Oskar and Eli. While Oskar is bullied and troubled endlessly at school, he finds solace with Eli, his neighbour, who is shrouded in an air of mystery. With strange murders taking place, Oskar soon finds that Eli isn’t a normal girl, but a vampire. However the moral question of destroying her never plays on his mind, because not only is he in love with her, but is slowly falling in love with murdering his bullies too.
7 /10Get Out A twisted American horror story, Get Out is one of the highest grossing horror movies of 2017. And it’s not hard to see why. When Chris decides to meet his white girlfriend Rose’s parents, he can’t help but he apprehensive about the whole situation. Things don’t seem to get any better once he reaches her home, with an overall shortage of black people and strange demeanour of those around them. It doesn’t take him along to uncover the fact that this town harbours a lot more than it let’s on.
8 /10Halloween The original cult classic gave the world two things – slasher films and Mike Myers . When a 6 year year old Micheal Myers stabs his older sister to death, his fate is sealed, and he lives his life in a mental institution. At the age of 21, on the way to his court hearing that will determine the final outcome in his case, Myers manages to escape, making a beeline for his old hometown. With the next day being Halloween, Myers stalks and his target set on a young teenager named Laurie, who has no idea about the hell in store for her.
9 /10Psycho A classic murder thriller, the movie is as literal as its name. Marion Crane embezzles her work place, in order to help her boyfriend get out of his debt. On the way to meet him, she stops by a motel, where she meets Norman Bates, the owner. While they spend a lovely evening , Marion meets her untimely death at the hands of Norman’s mother, who will not have another woman in her house. When Lila, Marion’s sister comes looking for her, she stumbles upon a startling truth – Mrs. Bates, Norman’s mother, has been dead for over 10 years.
10 /10The Witch If you’re in the mood for something dark and sinister, give The Witch a watch. The story follows the lives of a young girl Thomasin and her family, who has banished from a Puritan plantation. Their lives are instantly disrupted when her youngest brother is kidnapped by a witch that roams the forest. What follows is a strange series of death, as Thomasin loses members of her family, as the witches hunt them down one by one, except her.
Friday, October 27 2017
Malaika’s Hot Styles At India’s Next Top Model 2017 Makes Us Wonder! FashionLady FashionLady Looks like Malaika Arora has magically figured out a way to dodge the age and its effects. Every time the diva makes an appearance, we wonder all about her beauty secrets. Recently the diva is spending her valuable time judging the India’s Top Next Model 2017 and every style of hers looks impressive and definitely jaw-dropping. In Manish Malhotra Flaunting her perfectly toned bodyline in a shimmering Manish Malhotra bodysuit style outfit. The sheer nude colored flare of the outfit from waist down had an amazing sensuous effect to her look. Dazzling Mahesh Notandass jewelry that she picked gave a subtle yet classy vibe to her style. Alpa Khimani, the hair expert brushed her hair to one side with slight swirls. Divya Chablani, the makeup artist airbrushed neutral shades in perfect balance on the diva. In Carven, Paris Malaika Arora did an LBD style that was too hard to miss our fashion eye. By adorning the sweater and mesh patterned outfit by Carven, Paris, Malaika spiked up the heat. Gucci belt and bejeweled Christian Louboutin heels added the glitter to her style. Don’t you wish to add this LBD to your closet? We do! In Labourjoisie Absolutely breathtaking and stunning was Malaika during one of the India’s Top Next Model 2017 photo-shoot. In a one-shouldered thigh-high slit shimmering black gown, she was smoking hot. Metallic Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-strap sandals rounded her style. Hope you enjoyed Malaika Arora’s sizzling styles!
Monday, October 30 2017
1 /5Shraddha Kapoor is giving us major vacation goals! The actor’s Instagram account shows her globetrotting quite frequently, and looking like a million bucks even as she braves long flights and sightseeing in the sun. Here are some skincare tips to follow while on vacation, which will ensure you look just as fabulous.
2 /5Prep for the vacation in advance Once you decide to take a vacation, it’s ideal to start prepping your skin for it at least a week in advance. Exfoliate your skin thoroughly , every alternate day in the week leading up to the vacation. This will ensure your skin is dewy fresh. Use a moisturiser as often as possible to counter dryness that sets in with air travel, and change in environment. Get a manicure and pedicure so your hands are in shipshape, and get waxed and threaded two days prior to travel. Eat sensibly – especially if you want to look great in your new swimsuit!
3 /5Make sure you pack beauty essentials Carry along a few skincare essentials in a travel-sized kit, and ensure you used them regularly. Lip balm, acne cream (if you are prone), moisturiser, night hydration cream, hydrocortisone cream for any rashes or bites, and hand cream for the night. Keep the makeup down to a minimum – just some kohl and lip gloss, and a cc cream if you’re very particular.
4 /5Apply sunscreen, even if you’re going to be indoors While travel-sized packs may suffice for other essentials, carry a big bottle of sunscreen! You’re most likely going to be out a lot, and sunscreen is your best friend . Not only does it keep your skin moisturised, it also prevents sunspots, freckles and burning. Remember though, to apply it everywhere – not just on the exposed areas. Also, if you can, wipe off and reapply the sunscreen on your face every 3-4 hours.
5 /5Resist the urge to binge Sure, you’re going on vacation to have a great time, and that includes food. But resist the urge to binge – it’s just going to give you instant gratification, and not much else. Cut down on things that don’t add to the experience – you don’t need carbonated drinks, or excessive alcohol to enjoy the vacation. Nor do you need fast food. Drink plenty of water and savour freshly cooked local cuisine instead.
Sunday, October 29 2017
Neera Nundy’s Robin Hood-esque job involves supporting an ecosystem—from recognising causes in need and diverting funds, to taking accountability for impact. It’s an endless giving circle, and one that Nundy hopes will continue well after her. We’ve all had days at work when you’re tempted to slack off, or give up, because “I’m not really saving the world, am I?” But in Neera Nundy’s case, not only is she kind of saving the world, she’s also thinking about the people she works with—the ones in the field trying to feed infants with malnutrition, or the ones trying to make sure little girls in a far-out village in India get access to education—to banish all thoughts of giving up or giving in. “It’s all about perspective: is my bad day really that bad compared to what these guys are going through out there?” Not a bad motto to live your life by, Vogue chats with the Canadian-born, Indian-origin Harvard graduate and banker as she tells about how work took her from Wall Street to Dharavi. THE BUSINESS OF SHARING Born to engineers in Canada but schooled in Bengaluru, Nundy worked in investment banking while in the US but it was as far back in 1998-99 that she met her to-be husband Deval Sanghavi. Together, they dreamed up Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation. A boarding school for adivasi children founded by her mother sowed the seed, she says, “We saw the sort of issues an organisation like this faces in the world context and it gave us a lot of exposure in terms of what these organisations need, and we started to think about where our skills would benefit the sector.” A two-year stint at Harvard Business School had her romanticising on-field work to empower women, so she initially tried to be more community-focused. “Then I realised my skills were much better suited to a desk, negotiating with key influencers, and that there were others who were much stronger at mobilising and working directly. I graduated from business school, went back to investment banking to pay off my loans from business school, moved to India and started to work on Dasra in 2003.” ENLIGHTENED GIVING Dasra, meaning ‘enlightened giving’, is an organisation that makes use of Nundy’s banking and managerial skills to essentially give back. “One, we work very closely with NGOs (SNEHA, Magic Bus and Educate Girls, to name a few), organisations who are working with women, children, vulnerable groups, and work on supporting these organisations and making them stronger—helping them grow through money, or technical support or what we call capacity-building. The second part is influencing money and teaching people how they can be impactful; we’re working at supporting an ecosystem. Not only do we help families and corporations direct their money, we also work closely with the government and academic institutions to evaluate whether impact is happening or not.” Dasra and Nundy are working on funding NGOs, working with different stakeholders, and working with the government in three sectors—adolescent girls, urban sanitation, and democracy and governance. Which means, not only do they support NGOs in their work and gaining access to funds, they also work with the government on bettering their systems. And capping it all off is helping philanthropists effectively spend money, teaching them where and how their giving can be most impactful. DASRA: 2.0 While Nundy has been, and continues to be, relentless in her journey, obstacles naturally exist, and for her it’s working towards a sustainable future that assumes utmost importance. She says, “We didn’t create Dasra to be small and beautiful; we created it to have scale, as you ultimately want to impact more and more lives, as that is what the country needs. We realised that to support the sector and ecosystem you need to invest in people. But the biggest challenge has been finding talent that has the vision and the desire to grow Dasra along with their careers. Dasra needs to have leadership that takes it forward beyond just me. What I’m really excited about is that I think we’ve reached a place where we are attracting leadership and talent, so at any point I can make myself redundant and let the rest of the leadership team flourish and grow. That will be a huge achievement. We are 120-strong now, we will be probably be 200 by March, and the goal for the next three years is to grow and grow! Very few organisations like ours move from founders to the next line of leadership, and that’s what is important to me—keeping this going.”
Tuesday, October 31 2017
With the holiday season around the corner, a much needed romantic getaway with your partner is on everyone’s mind. Whether you're planning the big proposal or celebrating an anniversary, the luxurious Amanbagh property in Alwar, Rajasthan is the kind of location that makes you wish teleportation was possible. A 90-minute drive from Jaipur, the structure will remind you of the Mughal era with the warm hospitality reflecting Rajasthan’s vivid spirit. The Amanbagh resort comprises lavish suites and pavilions, each with its private terrace giving a peek of the spectacular view. Surrounded by ancient architecture and with endless greenery, it will create your own personal heaven for two. Here are a few experimental meal options that would take your date night to the next level. 5 romantic dinner options at Amanbagh DINING UNDER THE STARS SOMSAGAR LAKE BREAKFAST OR LUNCH OFF SITE CHHATRI DINNER ROOF TOP CHHATRI For a more intimate set-up, opt for the dinner under the stars. Innumerable candles blending with the perfect sunset, lighting the white curtained shamiana will make for an ideal proposal arena or for an anniversary dinner. Did we mention you'll have your own private butler and live music? Cost: Rs 18,000 plus tax If you love the great outdoors, opt for a meal on the library terrace, surrounded by diyas and floral rangoli. Cost: Rs 13,500 plus taxes per couple. To experience the beauty of Alwar in the daylight, brunch at the Somsagar Lake is your best option. After a small hike you will be greeted with a splendid water view that will instantly brighten up your picnic mood. Cost: Breakfast at Rs 6,500. Lunch Rs 12 000 plus tax per couple. With a folk musician serenading you, this unique architectural dome lit by countless diyas makes for a royal dining experience. It's just a five minute walk away from the resort, and the package includes a private chef and server. Cost: Rs 26,000 plus tax The rooftop meal will let you gaze at the magnificent view of the Aravali hills, while gorging on some lip-smacking food under the stars. Cost: Rs 13,500 plus taxes per couple. DINING UNDER THE STARS For a more intimate set-up, opt for the dinner under the stars. Innumerable candles blending with the perfect sunset, lighting the white curtained shamiana will make for an ideal proposal arena or for an anniversary dinner. Did we mention you'll have your own private butler and live music? Cost: Rs 18,000 plus tax LIBRARY TERRACE If you love the great outdoors, opt for a meal on the library terrace, surrounded by diyas and floral rangoli. Cost: Rs 13,500 plus taxes per couple. SOMSAGAR LAKE BREAKFAST OR LUNCH To experience the beauty of Alwar in the daylight, brunch at the Somsagar Lake is your best option. After a small hike you will be greeted with a splendid water view that will instantly brighten up your picnic mood. Cost: Breakfast at Rs 6,500. Lunch Rs 12 000 plus tax per couple. OFF SITE CHHATRI DINNER With a folk musician serenading you, this unique architectural dome lit by countless diyas makes for a royal dining experience. It's just a five minute walk away from the resort, and the package includes a private chef and server. Cost: Rs 26,000 plus tax ROOF TOP CHHATRI The rooftop meal will let you gaze at the magnificent view of the Aravali hills, while gorging on some lip-smacking food under the stars. Cost: Rs 13,500 plus taxes per couple.