A pen for Pelé fans

 

At Rs 57,99,995 for the high-end gold version, the Montegrappa Pelé pen might seem ridiculously expensive. But if you’re willing to pay the price, you’ll have just scored yourself a rare collectible for keeps in true Brazilian style.

Read more about this pen at The Label

Would you shell out this kind of money for a pen? Share your thoughts below!

High Tea

Tea sommelier Snigdha Manchanda’s passion for the humble drink brings much more to the table than just different varieties of tea.

(Published in Go-getter, June 2014)

High Tea

 

Playing Green at Arena Pantanal

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The eco-efficient Arena Pantanal stadium

There aren’t many global events that capture the world’s imagination quite like the World Cup does. With the 2014 edition well underway, India Art n Design, an Indian art/design website and e-zine, has focused on the design aspects of this mega event. So if you like football and design, you’ll find their articles to be very relevant right now. From the design of the football and the player’s jerseys, to some of Brazil’s FIFA stadiums, the stories delve deep into what went into the creation of these essential aspects of the World Cup.

One of the articles is about the eco-efficient stadium in Brazil called Arena Pantanal. Effectively blending modern design and sustainability solutions, Arena Pantanal is yet another newbie structure on the map of Brazil that will go down in the history of football and other events.

Three games have already taken place at this green stadium. So if you missed any of them, don’t forget that Japan will play against Columbia tomorrow (June 24, 2014). Click here to read this article.

Transformation by Design

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As World Design Capital 2014, Cape Town is using design-driven events as a means of social, cultural and economic change.

Visit India Art n Design to read more about the exciting design-driven events happening in Cape Town!

French Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015

 

Vegetables, herbs and hops creep through the vaulted fertile ceiling
Vegetables, herbs and hops creep through the vaulted fertile ceiling

Ever imagined a sustainable market place, where food is not only grown and harvested but also sold and consumed under a single roof? Well, looks like this is about to take shape. France’s entry into the Expo Milan 2015 is a pavilion with a ‘living’ roof that will grow everything from vegetables and crops to herbs and hops, and will also house a restaurant and an exhibition centre.

Read more about this reinterpretation of the traditional market place on India Art n Design.

Gypsy Dialogues

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Here’s a piece on the Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival that I had attended in March 2014. Hope you enjoy the read!

A platform for writers to share their portfolios

There was always Behance for designers and SoundCloud for musicians, but when it came to a platform for writers to share their portfolio—there was none that I knew of. I just discovered Contently, a wonderful website that costed nothing but a bit of my time to showcase all of my published articles. Yes, the name of the website itself sounds bright, and now that I’ve discovered it, I understand why.

It’s really quite amazing. As soon as I registered and filled up all the publications I had ever written for, Contently automatically sourced all of those pieces that were available on the Internet and compiled them to my portfolio! The rest could be uploaded manually, using the PDF format.

I also like the no-frills, minimal design of this platform. In this age of SEO-centric articles that aim to do nothing but sell you products or services, or list-centric websites like Buzzfeed that vie for your valuable time, it really is imperative for writers to have a place to showcase their work and to connect with their readers via a single platform.

While personal blogs are the first choice of most writers, I really like the idea of having all my work, or at least some of it, up on a single website. Head over here to have a look at my portfolio! I’ll be sure to add more stories soon!