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When Vajpayee heartily relished South Indian cuisine

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Way back in February 2006, when the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was conferred the “8th SIES-Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi National Eminence Award” he could not travel to Mumbai owing to certain health issues.

He suggested to Mumbai South Indian Education Society (SIES) President V. Shankar to hold the function at his New Delhi residence, and also made a surprise special request – “to organise the best of South Indian cuisine dishes for the evening”.

Since Vajpayee was known to be a connoisseur of good food, the SIES authorities rushed to comply and ordered the choicest of the delicacies from the Saravana Bhavan, Connaught Place, in the capital.

“He relished the food immensely that evening, and seemed to have had a little more than his normal intake,” reminisced SIES spokesperson K. A. Viswanathan on Friday.

In fact, Vajpayee later expressed surprise that such delicious South Indian food was available in the heart of New Delhi about which “he was not aware”, and wanted to know how many waiters had come from that restaurant to serve for the evening.

“He magnanimously assembled all the eight boys on the lawns for a group photo session with him, followed by individual shots with each of them. Then, he called for Rs 100 currency notes, autographed each of them and presented them to all the excited servers,” Viswanathan said.

The boys were thrilled and overjoyed when Vajpayee smiled and decided to have “one more cup of nice South Indian filter coffee” with all of them before they left the venue.

During the formal award ceremony, of the several mementos presented to him, was a portrait of Vajpayee sketched by a Class I student of SIES School.

The late Prime Minister was highly impressed and wanted to know who had done that sketch.

After the SIES authorities informed that it was a young student Nirman Olwe, Vajpayee immediately said he wanted to meet him and asked that the student should be brought along with his parents to New Delhi.

A few weeks later, the boy accompanied by his grandmother who was also a teacher in the same school, his mother and Shankar, went to the capital and Vajpayee warmly received them.

He presented a return memento to the delighted boy who cherishes those memories till today, Viswanathan said.

Now grown up, that little boy from Antop Hill area of central Mumbai, completed his schooling, HSC and is now pursuing engineering studies.

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Wardrobe staples for women over 50

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New Delhi, Sep 24: Go for a minimalist wardrobe with classic clothing to give you an array of looks, while maintaining your comfort factor, say experts.

Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist at Voonik.com, and fashion Designer Reynu Taandon, give out few style tips for women over 50:

* Invest in saris that are firm yet light in weight. Cotton, linen and silk blends are good options. Classic patterns such as indigo prints, ikats look lovely.

* In kurtis, silhouettes should be slightly structured, either straight or A-line. These should be worn with ankle length pants or even palazzos. Add scarves or stoles to add a dash of elegance. These should be in interesting prints and colours to uplift the look.

* You can pick a pair of dark, mid-rise denims that have a slightly tapered or straighter hem. Add two-three tapered pants in black and another colour for occasions like work to dinner to your wardrobe.

* Invest in classic style tops in neutral colours that can be teamed up with statement accessories and scarves. A smart structured jacket is a must have for office goers. A couple of shift, A-line dresses in solid colours and smaller patterns is a great addition for outings.

* Kaftan look is so cool and it is an easy to wear option for woman who needs to get ready in five minute. Ethnic kaftans or kaftan kurtis online are the best option.

* Keep it simple; stay away from bling also, classic pieces should be the core of your capsule wardrobe to cater to each of the occasions in your life.

* Buy bras that really fit, and consider “shapewear” when needed.

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Shoes that every girl must have

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New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) When it comes to shoes, there are endless designs, styles, and possibilities. But these five types of shoes should be owned by every fashionable girl, say experts.

Alisha Malik, Vice President Marketing and creative face of Mochi Shoes and Accessories, and Nehpreet Kaur, Design and Creative Head, Femina Flaunt, have shared a list of must-have shoes:

* Nude pumps are the ultimate go-to shoes. Up your game with pumps, the ultimate choice when you can’t think of what will go with your outfit. Formal meetings or parties, you can never go wrong with heels. Not only do they add a touch of class to your outfit but they also take away the monotony of monochrome in your look.

* Nothing feels as comfortable as a pair of sneakers. Most of the time, it will match with anything you wear. For those days when you just want to relax, ensure that you have a pair of sneakers in your shoe collection.

* Loafers have taken street style by storm and are frequently spotted on models and actresses while they’re out and about. This menswear-inspired shoe has replaced the ballet flat as the quintessential run-around shoe. They are fuss-free and extremely comfortable for the feet.

* Boots are essential to any woman’s wardrobe. There is no debate about them, they complement every outfit. You can choose a pair of boots with a slight heel to dress up a look, or go with flat boots for a more comfortable, yet cute look.

* There are wedges for almost any occasion, from bridal to party to casual. They are the most versatile pair of heels for long duration events.

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How to pair polki jewellery with different bridal looks

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Jewellery choices of the modern-day bride have evolved over the years. Polki or uncut diamonds are the most popular type of jewellery for the ‘pheras’ because of the antiquity and royalty it offers, say experts.

Rohan Sharma, Director of RK Jewellers-South Extension-2, and Shehzad Zaveri, Creative Director of Minawala, have listed tips that help in choosing the right polki jewellery for different bridal looks:

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* A small jewellery piece of polki is enough to complete your look. With the changing trends, even in a big fat wedding, brides skip wearing heavy jewellery and have shifted to wearing pastel or light colours on their D-day. Now, it is all about a bride opting for lighter ensembles where she’s free to dance, twirl and hang out with her friends. A polki choker with small earrings and mang tika can make you look equally gorgeous.

* The colour of your lehenga and your chosen bridal jewellery should be in sync with each other. Navratan polki necklace has multi-coloured stone work that go with pastel pink, white and golden trousseau. The bright coloured stones with polki designs are perfect to add colours with your subtle colour outfit.

* A heavy choker or long Raani haars in polki are the perfect styles for a traditional look. A polki necklace studded with south sea pearls, emeralds and rubies is a great choice to complement the lehenga. A bride can pair them with jhumkas, head cover mang tika and nath to complete the look.

* An uncut polki with pearl or kundan work necklace is the right mix for getting a regal look. If you want to steer away from the traditional look, opt for a detachable multi-layered polki necklace that can be worn on lehenga shades like pastel pink, green, gold and blue. You can create a balance by pairing it with over-sized studs or go all out with heavy chandbalis in polka and pearls.

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