Saturday, January 24, 2015

Crush On You?

For me, the V-Day thing is nothing short of fun. But I do have a thing - I don't like doing things the normal way.

So while making a proposal, I prefer being slightly out of this world. Where I would make sure he would never forget it.

Now, what are the normal stuff you do when you like someone?

  1. Say it with a flower. 
  2. Feed some chocolates, and when the target is recovering from the sweetness overdose, add to it by proposing.
  3. Bend down on your knees and declare your devotion.
  4. Blurt it out over a cute text message.
  5. Write something on a piece of paper and just give it to him. 
  6. Talk to a friend and ask him/her to inform the crush. 
However, personally speaking, these are all pretty much... well... boring. 

So how would I like to propose to my crush? Well,  I have a plan for that.

Step One: Observe Your Victim... er ... Crush. 

See what he/she likes. Take notes. With a pen and paper. Or type it on a notepad. Make sure he/she is looking at you while you do that. Smile broadly and wiggle your eyebrows suggestively when you do that. 

Step Two: Assimilate Data and Customize

Based on the data collected, think of a plan which will work for him/her. 

In my case, the victim  crush is 6'1'' tall, likes talking for long durations of time, a food fanatic, likes playing computer games, and a silent lover of EDM. However, personally I feel that taking a guy to a disc and making him listen to loud music while jumping up and down might not be the best place to declare my love. So, I would rather focus on the gaming bit. 

Step Three: The Plan

Here is my plan. I shall ideally create a game, similar to that of Mario. Have you ever had a time when you were *this close* to getting to the tower to rescue the princess, and you were failing? Well, the levels are going to be difficult as hell, to say the very least. To do this, I will need someone to help me device a game, but well, this is my fantasy, and I am imagining myself to have a huge gaming corporation at my disposal. 

Step Four: Execution

Now, the next step is to getting him into playing the game. Once he starts playing, he will find plenty of difficult steps which he will have to follow. But, once followed, he will slowly head to the finish line. And when he gets up all the way to the tower, instead of the indication of the completion of the level, a short video will be played. This video can't be skipped, and it will show me, telling him all about my feelings. I don't think too  many people in this world has ever thought of proposing like this, but I believe its a great way to show him I care. 

If you like my zany way of proposing, then you should also see what others are saying, or you can head over to where you will see so many other options. It's a lot of fun! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pongal Festival at Rasam, The Stadel, Salt Lake City, Kolkata from 14th to 25th January, 2015

Pongal is essentially a festival which reminds me of my childhood. A dear friend would offer me her mother's home cooked Pongal, and I would eat it straight out of her tiffin box. When I entered Rasam, the pure vegetarian South Indian restaurant of The Stadel, I went back to those days past, and remembered the delicious rice and lentil concoction.

I generally love Rasam's food - it is basic, staple South Indian dishes, and for this event, the restaurant had kept a few specials on offer. For example, the Porokottu Uttapam sprinkled with mushrooms, or the Pesarattu, the mung bean dosa served with a side of Upma. But nothing screams more of the season of Pongal than the dish itself, Venn Pongal, a dish which was declared to be the real thing by none other than Usha Uthup, who declared it to be delicious.

I was more occupied with my traditional filter coffee, which came in the glass and bowl set, and I set out to make my own froth. As the froth rose, so did my expectation for the item I had ordered - the Amma Dosa. I was intrigued by it from start, and wanted to know how it turned out.

To be very honest, the Amma Dosa is a huge affair, and left me full to the point of bursting. A generously sized Dosa, filled with a mixture of chilli paneer, was actually quite unusual and fun, and I longed for some fiery red garlic chutney instead of the usual sambhar and coconut chutney combination. The dosa itself was soft in the center and crisp on the edges - just the right combination for my taste buds.

Rita Bhimani and Usha Uthup enjoyed their food quite a lot, it seemed, and declared that the softness of the idli was glorious. The meal was a lovely way to remember my childhood, and Rasam had done a nice job in including some traditional and unusual dishes to their regular menu for the event period. The Pongal festival has started from the 14th of January, 2015, and will end on the 25th, and the food is available fro 12 noon to 10 pm, so head over to Rasam before it is over.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to the Pongal Festival at Rasam by the management of The Stadel. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Talk on Ayurveda and Beauty by Dr. VR Vivekanand, courtesy Kama Ayurveda

I was recently invited to a talk by Dr. V.R. Vivekanand, courtesy Kama Ayurveda, at Quest Mall, and I was really glad I attended. Not only is Dr. Vivekanand a wonderful orator, but he is also extremely logical and very clear about his views. His brief talk was extremely informative, and there were a few points he wanted to clear. According to him, there are a few reasons why one remedy is not meant for all. This is because:

  1. We have different body types - fire, air and water. We can adhere to one body type, or have characteristics from more than one. 
  2. A person's body types essentially determine how he/she will turn out. A fire or air type will tend to be more athletic, while the water type will be slower and more relaxed. 
  3. Body types will also come with problems of their own. Air types will tend to have dry hair and skin, sparse hair and hair fall related issues. Water type will tend to gain weight easily and will have heavier flow during periods. Fire types will have oily skin and hair, and be prone to pimples. 

In Ayurveda, different body types will have different kinds of remedies. That is why Kama Ayurveda talks about using a different series of items for different types. Dr. Vivekanand talked about home remedies as well as supplements which should be included in our daily diet and habits in order to become healthier and feel less stressed. For example, he emphasized upon the need for women to have more calcium, especially in the morning, to boost immunity and improve the condition of our teeth and bones. He suggested taking a regular dosage of calcium supplement to keep the immunity stronger. He also emphasized upon the need to sleep and how sleep deprivation and incorrect sleeping times can really affect the body in a bad manner. Sleeping during the night is one of the best ways to reduce stress.

He also answered a number of beauty related questions, one of which was asked by my friend D who blogs from Poutprettty. He talked about the effects of the fabled Kumkumadi oil from Kama Ayurveda. Apart from using it as a beauty oil, you can also inhale two drops of it in the morning, and slowly, you can see the changes in your skin and hair. This reduces premature greying of hair, and slowly, your hair will improve both in quality and texture.

I saw a very impressive collection of Kama Ayurveda items on display, and naturally gravitated towards them. There were a lovely array of natural products, including Kumkumadi and Bhringadi oil, as well as an impressive display of soaps, cleansers, pure rosewater, and lip balms, and I received a number of products to try out.

Smoke House Deli provided some lovely nibbles for the event, and I did love the goat cheese and spinach pizza, which was thin and delicate with tiny smidgens of goat cheese, and the sweet nut cakes which were quite dense and rich. I also could not stop sipping the rose lemonade, which was floral and refreshing, and a great accompaniment to the food.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to the event sponsored by Kama Ayurveda. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick Pure Rouge Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick Pure Rouge
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick Pure Rouge is from their brand new range of reds - with divas like Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai, Fan Bing Bing, Blake Lively and Sonam Kapoor endorsing different shades. In all, there are seven shades, and I received the shade Pure Rouge, which is Freida Pinto's shade.

Loreal Pure Rouge
L'Oreal Says: The Color Riche Pure Reds Collection is created with a revolutionary and innovative formula that delivers bold, luscious color that lasts for a full 6 hours, making it the ultimate beauty indulgence. Pure pigments deliver intense color and Jojoba oil gives perfect hydration up to 4 hours. The range includes 7 exquisite matte shades.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick Pure Rouge Freida Pinto 
I have to say I was pretty happy wearing it. The packaging is similar to their moist matte range, except the color of the tube is black, with a red square to indicate the shade. The shade itself is a gorgeous clean blue-red, very similar to MAC Ruby Woo. As Miss Woo has somehow disappeared from my bag recently, I was more than happy to see this shade. Priced at 995/- INR for 4.2 gm, I think the lipstick is going to last me a considerable amount of time.

It glides on easily, and spreads well. The pigmentation is intense and one swipe is enough for hiding any dark pigmentation on my lips. It is pretty long lasting (5-6 hours at least), and more hydrating than most matte lipsticks I have used. It leaves a dark red tint on my lips, and fades unevenly, and it is always a good idea to wear a lip balm under it, especially in this winter season.

Swatch - Loreal Paris Lipstick Pure Rouge

I was thinking of pairing this shade with black winged liner, but then I thought it was pretty passé. The thing is, red lipsticks can jazz up virtually anything, even a boring grey t-shirt, and I so wanted to bring out the red by teaming it with some blue eye pencil. In the end, I decided to line my eyes blue, put on my lipstick, and smiled for the camera.

Look Breakdown:

Face - L'Oreal Paris Nude Magic Foundation Natural Beige.
Eyes - MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner Petrol Blue and L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara.
Lips - L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick Pure Rouge.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the company for review purpose. My opinion is honest and unbiased. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash is a Delight for Acne Prone Skin!

Garnier Pure Active Neem Face wash
Garnier is an extremely reliable name in the Indian beauty and skincare market, and I swear by a few of their products, including their pure active blackhead clearing scrub, BB cream (about which I have blogged), and their color natural range of hair colors. In short, they are one of the most reliable brands for me, and I always look out for their latest launches.

So, let me tell you about a product which I have used for a considerable period of time. Garnier Pure Active Neem Face wash has been in my house ever since it launched, and I keep on buying large tubes of it, because it is my go-to face wash. Now, even before I started on this review, I sort of gave you my verdict. But why do you think I love it so much?

If you look at the packaging, it comes in a simple tube, with a flip-top cap, and you can squeeze out as much or as little as you want, and store the rest. This is much more hygienic than those cleansers which come in a tub, and super travel-friendly.

Once opened, I generally need a small amount of the gel-like face wash, which is clear green in color. I tend to massage it between my palms with a little bit of water to lather up, and then apply all over my face and neck. After massaging it in, I wash off with lukewarm water.

Now, there is a big reason why I love this gel. I have terrible acne-prone skin which breaks out for no reason whatsoever. Indeed, it is very disturbing for me to see my skin suddenly misbehave, and it mostly happens due to my oily skin and clogged pores.

But, after I started using this, together with Garnier light oil-free moisturizer, I have noticed a huge difference to my skin. I used to be pretty pimply, especially right before my periods, but that has significantly reduced after using this every morning after I wake up. All I do is wash my face with this face wash and then apply the moisturizer after patting my face dry with a soft towel. It leaves my skin squeaky clean without drying it out, so I have to say, I pretty much love the effect. I think it is because of the neem extracts in the face wash. Neem is known for soothing acne prone skin and preventing eruptions.

I have to say, if I have to recommend this product, I will, to people who want a budget face wash which would really clean up your face and soothe your skin. At 55/- INR for 50 ml. and 90/- INR for 100 ml, this is a great product, especially for the sweaty Indian summer. To know more, check out and,

Disclaimer: This post is written in association with Garnier Pure Active Neem and Indiblogger. However, the product in question was purchased by me and my opinion is not influenced by any manner.

Chamcha Confessions: Volume One

The Great Indian Chamcha
Disclaimer: This is a post which is all about shameless self-promotion. It is also an entry to the The Great Indian Blogging Contest, as a part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2015, in association with, and . Check out more such posts by looking for #AKLF2015 and #TheGreatIndianChamcha 

Why hello there!

What’s up?

Oh, that shade of blue looks perfect on you!

Yes, really, it brings out the blue in your eyes.

No, who said your eyes were brown? They are dark mocha, pools of glorious chocolate! 

I swear! 

It is! 

No, seriously! You are incredible! Don’t you know? You are everything I could wish for, and more! 

Okay, no. I don't really love you. Just in case you were wondering.

But, I still think that color brings out the blue...

 *  *  * 

You might want to say hello to us. Do you know who we are?


Oh well.

We are your greatest admirers, your true soul mates, those who see you like no one else do.

We are your … Chamcha.

We make sure you feel good all the time.

We make sure you always feel supported.

We make sure you feel that you are surrounded by people around you, when actually, you just might have nobody by your side.

For we are merely your own need to hear yourself. We are mere reflections. We are the ones who can control your happiness, because we can.

In short, we are more powerful than you are. We can make you hear what you want to hear. Make you see what you want to see. Make you do what you want to do.

This is our way of dominating you and the world around you. It's our little plan to take over the world, one fool at a time! 

Don’t believe me?

Foolish mortal. Take a look at yourself. You wear that shade of green because we told you it looked good on you. Personally speaking, we thought you looked like you had jaundice. But did we say that to you?


We didn’t.

We said, "Oh Dear Lord!!! (Mark those exclamations there) You look... woooowwww! "

In true fangirl style. We even studied that in front of the mirror for your visual and aural benefit.

Because you did want to hear it. You looked at us and we said yes. And all the time, we pitied you. We looked down at your need to gain social acceptance, and used that to make sure you gave us what we wanted.

So, there started the story of extraction. You met a bunch of nodding heads, a group of people baring their teeth at your jokes, and tolerating your presence, while looking for the next besotted fool who would fall for it all.

For we have realized that man is nothing but vain, and vanity is a treat that we devour daily. When you think we lick your boots, we do something far more insidious – we give you that false sense of security, that fake height, from where you look down on us, not knowing that the day we’re gone, you shall fall, straight down, with no way up.

Such is our power! We rule this world!  

Oh, that suit! You look absolutely devastating!‎