Fashion Forward

December 22, 2014

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Vilasinee ‘Shalini’ Singhsachathet balances personal and professional relationships and takes the Jaspal brand into the future. BY REENA KARIM “I have always known I was going to join the family business,” Vilasinee ‘Shalini’ Singhsachathet says as  she gives me a tour of the pattern room at the Jaspal headquarters on Sukhumvit Soi 66. We pause for a few minutes […]

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Berry Insightful

October 24, 2014

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Actor Sudesh Berry talks of his two-decade long career and shares his views on the Bollywood of today. BY REENA KARIM I may have only been around five years old at the time, but I remember Sudesh Berry from his Mahabharata days on Doordarshan [Indian television network]. To be honest though, at that age it was probably the colourful costumes and the epic […]

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Conquering Ladakh

October 22, 2014

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Eight trekkers travelled through India’s Markha Valley, and braved it all to summit Mount  Karakoram – one of the world’s highest inhabited plateaus. They speak to REENA KARIM about their experience. — Ladakh is most often described as the land of high passes, snow-clad mountains, and sapphire blue lakes. Its bewitching  surroundings and terrains make ideal […]

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Beyond Brunch

October 21, 2014

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Reena Karim revels in Bangkok’s café culture, and discovers a brand star on Sukhumvit. Bangkok residents have long gotten over the novelty that once surrounded the arrival of international coffee chains, and these days independent coffee shops and delis provide the answer for those looking for something more than a regular ol’ cup o’ Joe. Over the last few years, ever […]

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No Boundaries

October 2, 2014

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Reena Karim chats with up and coming stand-up comic Sunny Singh on his raunchy sense of humour. The first time I heard Randhir Singh aka Sunny was at Overground Bar and Café a few months ago. The unassuming, 29 year-old sashayed onto the stage with a striking leopard print turban and a drink in hand. His eight minute act managed to cover […]

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The Art of Food

September 12, 2014

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Reena Karim delights in Mediterranean fare in an art-inspired setting in the heart of Sathorn. ‘Is it an art gallery or a restaurant’, I wondered as I walked into Moko on a cloudy Monday afternoon. “It’s a bit of both”, says Phapha Khusrithepprathan, the general manager of the place. In spite of my initial confusion, Martine Pailloux, the owner, had a […]

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The Good Ol’ Days of Cricket

September 5, 2014

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Enthusiasts and athletes share their fondest memories of India’s favourite sport. By Reena Karim Even though it is not the official national sport, cricket brings the most amount of excitement and has the biggest fan following compared to any other sport in India. In recent years, however, it has been marred by match and spot-fixing scandals, making it difficult to truly rejoice […]

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