29 April, 2018

Ilkal saree in Pune

Here are five reasons why Ilkal sarees are known as the best traditional sarees.

1. Ilkal silk saree is a purely traditional saree because of its simple and traditional designs which can give every woman are pure Indian traditional look.
2. The sarees are not made from fake or low-quality materials. The saree is either made of genuine cotton,  or a mixture of cotton and silk or in pure silk as the need.
3. The unique feature of Ilkal saree is its pallu that consists of contrast colour (in this case red and white) alternate stripes woven in pure silk which looks really beautiful & unique.
4. The colours traditionally used are pomegranate red, deep blue, brilliant peacock green and parrot green for a traditional look. 
5. The Ilkal sarees are now becoming a new trend. Nowadays these sarees are used to make a western dress which makes a fantastic & elegant look of a mixture of traditional & western. It gives a unique look at the fashion shows.

I wore Ilkal saree to meet another saree friend whom I know through my Instagram, in Pune. 

28 April, 2018

Pune Travel Diaries

The Aga Khan Palace is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. It is located in the city of Pune, in the state of Maharashtra. During Gandhi’s Quit India campaign in 1942, the British imprisoned Mahatma Gandhi in this palace. Nowadays, the palace is open for tourists to learn more about the life of Gandhi and enjoy the surrounding gardens. 
The Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. Aga Khan III was elected as the President of the League of Nations in 1938. He was also well renowned in the field of politics and sports.
Later, in 1969, the palace was donated by Aga Khan IV with a humanitarian purpose. He wanted to help the poor struck by starvation in the area, and honour Gandhi and his philosophies by doing so.

Historical Importance

During the Quit India movement in 1942, Gandhi, his wife Kasturba, and his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were interned at the palace by the British. Kasturba and Mahadevbhai passed away while in captivity at the Aga Khan Palace.
Because of Gandhi’s work and philosophy, the palace stands as a symbol of the Indian Freedom Movement.
And in 2003, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the Aga Khan Palace as a monument of national importance.

Shaniwar Wada, Pune Overview

The former love-nest of Bajirao and Kashi, the Shaniwar Wada in Pune is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra. This grand mansion was built by the Peshwa Bajirao I himself as the residence of the Peshwas. Covering a vast area of about 625 acres, the palace is the ideal place to catch a glimpse of India's rich history. The place never fails to amaze the visitor with its various forts and fountain, and the majestic statue of Baji Rao I that greets the visitor at the entrance of the palace.
However, such was the fate of this magnificent complex that it is now the most haunted places of Pune. The palace which was constructed with great enthusiasm and excitement to witness laudable tales of the Peshwas sadly saw nothing other than deceit, ill fate and torment. In the very first year of its completion, the palace saw an untimely death of Peshwa Bajirao I, his disloyalty to his first wife Kashi, and the unfinished love story of Bajirao-Mastani. Once reputed for its marvellous architecture, the palace is now dreaded for its paranormal activities. This and much more has made the site a must-visit place. So, be sure to include it in your itinerary when you next visit Pune.  

The saree I am wearing is a Bhagyanagar Cotton, woven on Jacquard looms in the city of Koppal, Karnataka. 

22 April, 2018

Satya Paul chiffon saree

This chiffon saree from Satya Paul is from his latest March 2018 collection named "The Royal Bloom". Chiffons in Indian summers are light, breezy, flowy, fresh, rich, regal and can be worn at any time of the day and for any occasion. They look smart and chic. Handloom cotton has its own beauty and chiffons have their own elegance. Just let them be the way they are. Do not pollute them with embroideries, Swarovski, zari, zardozi, etc. Love them the way they are.