We are going to want to talk about ‘time’ again, are we not; you know, how it picks up speed ever so slightly making every moment fleeting, etc. Because here we are, once again – at the beginning of an end, at the end of a beginning; and this is the way it must be for how else must we live? How else must we see, how else must we know, how else must we feel? January, you are not quite over – and yet you have been a long and weary-inducing month. I have learned some things, hated some things, discovered some things and then some. But you were here, all the same; so, thank you.
P.S. One of my closest friends, Valya (we used to live at Kalyan Kendra in Bandra, and that is where we met) is getting married to her beau, this weekend; send her some love, should you be inclined to (I hope everything goes well). There are a bunch of events, starting tomorrow… Oh, and see you soon, February, ¡mi amor!
(I have not photographed anything interesting in a while – this reminds me, I have to charge my camera’s batteries; some of my ideas are coming back to life so you can expect to see some good things on here, es mi promesa a usted.)
Artwork by Roanna Fernandes
Okay, so I have talked about Sreesha Shetty a couple of times on my blog! (1, 2, 3, 4) Erm, so I just really dig Lune OKAY, she inspires me and I feel like maybe I do want to do something about unfinished business of my very own (one particular label that I did not do much about). I happened to order this lovelie way back in April (was it?), and I’ve started wearing it fairly recently. Deer skulls + cool winters seem to sort of go together (not that Bombay is cold enough, yet) but yeah… But that’s just not it, I seriously LOOOOVEEEE this deer skull, she’s called Samara coincidentally, and I am so glad I may have ordered one of the last pieces around. It’s so beautiful, so Lunie, so ME, and so cool!
P.S. I also think it’s particularly wicked because there’s another girl who has been fashioning deer skull jewellery as well, and she’s eeeexpensive. Sreesha specialises in making quartz lovelies in addition to other pieces inspired by the moon and such, you should watch out for her website okay? Promoting this necklace out of my free accord/will, D-UH. I will always buy her babies for as long as I can! (Though it would be very nice to be paid by/for the other brands/labels I also LOVE to write about and feature. Okay, this is a shameless feeler! Write to me, won’t you, oh other cute shops? Thanks for reading.)
Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes
It all began one very rainy afternoon last week when I was horribly late (by fifteen or twenty minutes) to a tea-tasting session with Snigdha Manchanda (the founder of this little tea business called Tea Trunk). I was meeting my friend, Magali there as well, along with the two girls who sweetly invited me (LaToyah and Gayatri, I was first introduced to them once before at a Pipa + Bella meeting). Even though I was late and ushered in hurriedly, Snigdha who had already begun talking about some teas with Magali, shook my hand and smiled ever so nicely at me (I kept apologising for my tardiness), and we got down to business right away. She spoke to us about her collection of teas (six of them are being retailed currently through her e-store), how she sources and selects them and how she’s looking forward to gathering new tea flavours and varieties to add to her trunk.I was surprised to hear that Tea Trunk has been around since 2011 because I had only heard of it this year (there was a Kala Ghoda workshop mention, and she recently conducted a tasting session at Le 15 Pâtisserie as well).
We tasted just two of the teas – the Vanilla black tea and the Lemon green tea – while we were at the venue (it was Vinoteca at Worli, by the way), and both of us (Magali + me) decided that we liked the lemon-flavoured one the most (perhaps because it was more zesty). The vanilla tea was nice too, then, but I think it falls somewhere in between all those acquired tastes (and I think it tastes better when you pair it with complementary foods, or desserts).
Snigdha immediately struck me as a very warm person, and the whole session was a lot of fun (I wished it was longer since I know zilch about teas as such). Ooh, some more exciting things! :-) One of the main reasons why I was so eager to make it to this tasting session was because I LOVE the Tea Trunk illustrations on the packaging and recipe cards – and you know how I crazy I am about the little details. As you can see in the picture, the cute little elephant totally won my heart over! By the way, each of the tea bags come inside an envelope (crafted out of tracing paper, I suppose), and I’ve saved a few of mine to do something D.I.Y-like with them (oh yes, we were each given a tin of tea too containing a few of the different flavours and I’m waiting to try the Rose oolong tea because of the rose petals in the leaves). The weather certainly added to the whole experience of spending a rainy afternoon with good company while sipping on some fragrant teas!
P.S. I happened to ask Snigdha about personalised blends and flavours, and she does take up custom-orders whenever she can! I would personally like to try a birthday cake flavour (I’d seen it in a store once). And I definitely think she should consider retailing some of her tins of tea at Marry Me – The Store, they would go so very with the whole vintage vibe (and gifting theme) of the store.
Pictures by Roanna Fernandes