{VIDEO} In Conversation with Chef Kunal Kapur

What I love the most about blogging is that it gives me opportunity to meet achievers, celebrities from different walks of life. Be it fashion designers or Bollywood stars or Master Chefs, I have been fortunate to interview some very interesting personalities who we celebrate and who inspire us.
And today, I am delighted to share with you a tete a tete with the very popular Celebrity-Chef Kunal Kapur at his lovely signature Indian restaurant, Patiala by Kunal Kapur located in the beautiful Souq-al-bahar.
Chef Kunal Kapur is Chef Extraordinaire and is much loved as TV show host too. He has won several culinary and television awards and has even written a cookbook called ‘A Chef in every home’.
So, here is yours truly in conversation with Chef Kunal.
Hope you enjoy  watching the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

Until I see you next,
*Shine Bright*

An Aromatic Journey with Diptyque Paris

Hi Sheikhlanders!

Allow yours truly to take you through an aromatic journey today with the tale of an evening recently when the Sheikhland weather had started tilting to being pleasant, with the event – season in full bloom in the city. The evening when I could not stop falling in love with the glittering face of this city when I looked at it from the 69th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis.

And what made the whole falling in love much more romantic was the divine aroma in the air as I was at this fantastic venue for the exclusive launch of La Collection 34 And its Bazaar by Diptyque Paris.


Now how would a girl feel when she is surrounded by all her favourite things in the world – candles, perfumes and beautiful fragrances. Ahh …. well I guess it’s difficult to put it all in one emotion for that huge smile flashing across my face was a mix of being happy, mesmerised, relaxed, refreshed and curious as to what’s the story behind this lovely range by Diptyque aris, now in markets for you to buy.


Well, this girl is also lucky coz she got an opportunity to talk to the spokesperson from the popular brand who took me through a beautiful aromatic journey behind the range.

Presenting the video I filmed exclusively for all you my lovely readers for you to know more about 3 of my favourite picks from the range – Mimosa – the perfume, the solid perfume and the candle Le Redoute (in a separate blog post)

Here you go –

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog!

Until I see you next,



In Conversation with Nargis Fakhri@2B Launch

The Armani Hotel with its stunning view witnessed the launch of a promising multifunctional fruit drink in the presence of its glamorous brand ambassador Nargis Fakhri. The event was one of the best I have attended this year with an entertainment program hosted by none other than the very popular RJ Kris Fade.
But what made it really memorable for me was a rendezvous with the stunning Nargis Fakhri, a Bollywood actress and a fitness enthusiast climbing up the charts of popularity.

She is beautiful. She is charismatic. But the best thing about her is that she is a star with no tantrums, very relatable, very grounded. Her knowledge about fitness and well-being has inspired many including yours truly.

Presenting a lovely conversation here with this lovely star, that also I shall reckon as one of my most memorable interviews with a celebrity.

About 2B:

2B Active’ and ‘2B Relaxed’, two natural and refreshing fruit-flavoured are lightly carbonated, multifunctional fruit drinks containing no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Packaged in a chic 250ml can, 2B is a tasty natural alternative that is designed to resonate with consumers who want an energy boost 2B active or 2B relaxed. The drinks were developed by Dr. Armin Breinl, member of the Austrian Anti-Aging Society, with a new formulation that features natural ingredients to promote health and well-being.

Shiraz Javed, CEO of 2B MENA and Asia commented, “2B Drinks is a convenient way for active individuals to accomplish their daily nutritional goals while maintaining their busy lifestyle. These nutritional drinks offer a thirst-quenching refreshment from real fruit juice and a boost of natural energy. The result is a multi-functional beverage that fits well into our mission to promote healthy living.”

The drink is available at all convenience stores throughout the U.A.E including Al Maya, Choithrams, Al Safeer, Lifco, All day Minimart, E-mart, F-mart, Istanbul, Emarat, Abu Dhabi Co-op Society , and soon they will be available in Spinneys, Geant, Union Co-op Society, Eppco-ENOC, Ramla, Al Douri, Milestone, Waitrose, Cinemas and all major vending machines across UAE.

It will also be available soon at all major Hotels, Clubs, Bars, Fitness outlets and Spa’s across UAE

So, do try this one. It’s absolutely worth checking out.

Until I see you next with yet another Sheikhland update,



In Conversation with Darren Sammy and Ishant Sharma@Launch of Patiala Sports Lounge

As promised in my last post here, presenting to you some more interviews with the WHSmith Sunrisers Hyderabad.

My Sports Correspondent (and husband) Amit Lahoti spoke to Darren Sammy, the Deputy of the SRH. Can he hit it longer than Chris Gayle? Does he know the names of any Bollywood beauties? Well, check this video out to know where Amit is trying to spill the beans!

And now in conversation with Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma – is IPL a value addition to cricket or a distraction? Which team may win IPL 2014? Let’s see what Ishant Sharma thinks.

Interview with the SRH captain Shikhar Dhawan Coming soon in this space, stay tuned!!!

Until we speak next,

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IPL Team Sunrisers Hyderabad@Launch of Patiala Sports Lounge/ Interview with Dale Steyn

In the ever so happening Sheikhland, excitement soared higher with the very popular Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches being played in this corner of the world this year. The UAE is hosting the first 20 matches of the tournament from April 16 to 30 at three venues — Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium — while India holds a general election.

Cricket reckoned as religion in India, is also a much followed sport in countries like Pakistan, England etc. And thus IPL is being welcomed in here with a whole lot of enthusiasm by the Sheikhland – which has grown to be so cosmopolitan over the recent years with expats from all over the world.

I had the opportunity to meet and interview the team of ‘WHSmith Sunrisers Hyderabad’ recently on the launch of Patiala Sports Lounge in the very popular Patiala Restaurant in Souk Al Bahar.

The WHSmith SunRisers Hyderabad ( abbreviated as SRH) is an IPL team owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV channel network. With Shikhar Dhawan as the captain and Darren Sammy as the Deputy, the team has Srikanth and VVS Laxman as the mentors. David Warner, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma are some of the other well known members of this team. The team is being sponsored by WHSmith.

Presenting some of the pictures taken on the launch of the Patiala Sports Lounge in Dubai graced by the presence of SRH but before that there is a little interview that Amit Lahoti, my beloved husband and my Sports Correspondent for the night took with Dale Steyn, the South-African cricketer, renowned for his bowling skills. (smiles)

Some more interviews to follow soon in this space. Until then, enjoy the pictures –

Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy

Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan



VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman

David Warner

David Warner

Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn


Until I see you with more interviews with SRH,

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