Day 1- Between two guest houses and enough time to spare

Lush view from the lobby/chill-out space of Jati Home Stay
Lush view from the lobby/cafe of Jati Home Stay
I had read so much about Ubud and had even heard about this little town from a dear friend. And here I am, sitting at the cafe of my guesthouse, Jati Home Stay (Wi-Fi is freely available at most cafés), after a long day of walking around and, of course, the press meet for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014.

The ornately carved entrance to my room at Honeymoon Guesthouse
The ornately carved entrance to my room at Honeymoon Guesthouse
I arrived last night and was booked for a night at Honeymoon guesthouse, one of the many properties owned by the festival director Janet De Neefe. Staying in a traditional Balinese villa, although just for a night, was such a treat. I find it a bit daunting to arrive at a new destination in the dark of the night when travelling solo. I took a little walk outside and chanced upon Nick’s Pension, where I devoured a meaty club sandwich after travelling for hours from Mumbai. Yes, the adventurous side in me was dulled. But I knew I had plenty of time to sample Indonesian cuisine at its best.

Each room has a huge, ornately carved patio—something that I only noticed once I woke up. It was here that I thoroughly enjoyed a strong cup of Balinese coffee and felt much better, ready to take on the day. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms rustic, while breakfasts are as perfect as can be. I had to check that day as their rooms were already pre-booked but all went well as I would soon come to see.

I’ve been meeting many new people, mostly writers, many of whom are from Australia given its proximity to Ubud, as well as journalists from Jakarta and Bangkok. The town is a small one, so you can walk around if you have time to spare. But since I’ve to be at festival venues, some of which are over 15 minutes away, I’ve decided to take a ride every morning.

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Sensory Revival

Image: Courtesy the designer
Image: Courtesy the designer

Stepping inside Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s new store in Mumbai is akin to a privy peek into the aesthetically heightened realm of India’s most notable fashion designer. The Indian fashion designer describes his approach to design as a “personalised imperfection of the human mind”. His flagship store reflects not only his design philosophy but also his vision of Indian luxury, The outcome  is yet another beautiful and successful execution of revivalism by Sabyasachi.

Take a peak into this beautiful store in a piece that I wrote for India Art n Design, an Indian website and ezine that celebrates art, architecture, design and creativity.

Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Trends for Men

Salvatore Ferragamo SS15Denims in unusual avatars, new takes on the ubiquitous striped pattern, and larger-than-life birds of paradise prints found their way on to the ramps of London, Milan and Paris.

Read more about these standout trends at the Spring/Summer 2015 Men’s Fashion Weeks on India Art n Design.