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Thursday, 16 February 2017

4th Blogoversary Giveaway with Zapp-O-Toes

So-Saree completed 4 years this 16th of January, and I seriously can't believe I have been blogging for so long. Also, what amazes me is that I am still as passionate about blogging as I was 4 years ago, when I published my first post.
Even today, when I see a comment on my blog I feel happy. Even today, when my friend shares my blogpost, I get elated and even today when someone refers to me as So-Saree I blush.

I never thought that my blog would become such an integral part of my life.
So to celebrate this milestone, we have teamed up with our lovely sponsors Zapp-O-Toes to host a giveaway.

The Giveaway is open for Indian residents only and will end on the 1st of March 2017. One lucky winner will be determined by a lucky draw from a pool of valid entries and will be announced on 5th March 2017.
The winner will win a pair of stylish footwear as shown in the picture above worth Rs. 2,250 subject to size availability.
So, what are you waiting for? Start playing!!

And in the meanwhile, scroll down to check out my second look for Zapp-O-Toes.
Hope you like it.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Gift
Footwear: Zapp-O-Toes
Earrings, Bracelet: Confusion FA
Watch: Titan Raga
Photography by: Deepali Suryawanshi Photography

Monday, 13 February 2017

Outfit post: 3 Things That Amuse Me

Three Things That Amuse Me...
* When people praise/appreciate their spouses/partners on Facebook, instead of just turning around and telling it to them on their face.

* When 13-14 year olds have FB, Twitter, Insta And Snapchat accounts where they share real time updates about their doings and whereabouts...putting bloggers like me to shame.

* When random people who are married/people with kids take the liberty to question your intension about marriage and kids. Why?? If you have so much spare time why not just worry about global warming?

Moving on the outfit...not exactly my favourite one.
But the backdrop in these pics makes it worthy of sharing them on the blog.
These pictures were clicked in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Outfit Details:

Top: Kohl's
Denim: Levis
Shoes: Walmart
Dogbag: Dresslink

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Outfit Post: Uppada Silk Saree

Last year I finally bought my first Uppada silk saree.
The occasion was a cousin's wedding in London, and while everyone else in the family were busy narrowing down their gown choices, very predictably I chose to wear a traditional saree. I guess it's my trick to stand out. ;)

A little information about Uppada sarees before we move on to the pictures.
The saree gets its name from a small beach town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh called Uppada. These sarees are also known as Uppada Pattu in Telugu. They are made using the age old method of making Jamdani and making a single saree takes around 7-15 days. The style of weaving Uppada Jamdani is around 300 years old and is believed to have originated from Bangladesh. This technique of weaving came to India when these weavers migrated to Andhra Pradesh.

Uppada silk sarees are famous for their light weight and thus easy wear-ability.
Did you know, even today around 40% of local weavers of Uppada silk are women?

Amazing, isn't it!

Now without much ado, lets move on to the outfit pictures.



Thursday, 2 February 2017

#GIRF2017 with Dineout App

Wanting to try out new trendy places around you but worried about the burn in your pocket? Worry not – Dineout app and the Great Indian Restaurant Festival are here AND HOW!!

Celebrate the Valentines month or catch up with your college buddies; take your parents out for a family get together or grab a work lunch at your neighboring buffet restaurant. You can do all this and more on the new Dineout app.
It is available to download free on IOS and Android Smartphones. It’s ease of use is complimented with really user friendly features like helping you look for nearby restaurants as per your choice of location and cuisine, reserve tables, get mouth-watering discounts, cash free payments through the app itself, read user reviews and also get directions! So what are you waiting for – get this app NOW!
To make things more appetizing Dineout is currently featuring #GIRF2017 from 1st-10th February. It is the first and largest Restaurant Festival in the country! From the 1st to the 10th of February, you will get a Flat 50% Discount at the BEST 1,000 Restaurants across the country! All you need to do is click on this link and start blocking your dates.

Seriously folks, this is not an opportunity to be missed. GIRF means business – and its business is to shower unmitigated offers on YOU. In addition to the 50% discount on food, GIRF also offers:
•    50% off on alcohol
•    50% off on set menu
•    50% off on buffet
•    They have an array of restaurant selection for you – from luxury dining to happy hours, from romantic dinners to buffets
•    They have partnered with the best of the best – Cafe Mangii, Social, Novotel, JW Marriott, Hard Rock Cafe – to name a few
Please note that there are limited seats at each restaurant – so I suggest to NOT WASTING ANY MORE TIME – Just like I didn’t ;-)

The moment I heard about this lip-smacking festival on the Dineout app, I made reservations for the first day itself in Social, Khar with my gal pals. Let me begin by saying that, booking a table via the Dineout app was as easy as a few clicks – and we were all ready to PARTY!!

With our past experience, we were aware how difficult it is to get a place in the evenings at this trendy restaurant. But since we had our bookings firmly in place, we were treated royally! We reached around 9 pm and stayed till about midnight.

Girls being girls – we utilized the fantastic discounts on alcohol to its fullest. They have brilliant cocktails served with some cool quirky finesse. 
The food was finger-licking good and company was obviously great. With some blast from the past retro music adding the charm of the place, this was undoubtedly one of the memorable FUN evenings I have had in the recent past (and the extremely modest bill was the cherry on the cake!!)

Do you really need more convincing to dive into a never ending binge of best restaurants and cafes across various cities across the country???

-Gauri Patwardhan 
  For So-Saree 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Ditch the Fork and let your Hands do the Talking!

A few weeks back I was having dinner with a few of my local, English and German colleagues at a very fancy five star restaurant in Suburban Mumbai. When the food came, most of us looked around for the cutlery, but the waiter informed us that it was the restaurant’s norm to eat with hands. The foreign colleagues, without missing a beat, dug in with their hands readily; whereas some of my local colleagues looked a bit embarrassed and guilty for our choice of the restaurant! This incident got my juices flowing as to why do Indians prefer to eat with their hands – is it tradition, culture, habit, circumstances, something else?

Before getting into some interesting insights on this – let us get one thing out of the way. If you believe that Indians eat with their hands because we used to be impoverished, or due to our lack of “culture”, or because we discovered spoons and forks only after the English colonization – this article is not for you; because (and I am not going to be apologetic about this) you are obviously completely unaware of the rich Indian heritage and tradition.

Firstly, eating with your hands has a number of health benefits, viz.

1. Balances life energies: All five life elements correspond to each finger on our hand (your thumb indicates fire, index finger correlates with air, middle finger indicates sky, ring finger stands for earth and little finger indicates water). An imbalance of any one of these elements can lead to various diseases. When we eat with our hands we usually join our fingers and thumb to eat, putting together all the five elements and energizing the food we eat so it helps us become healthy and keep all our pranas in balance. 

2. Improves digestion: Touch is one of the most strong and often used sensations in the body. When we touch our food with our hands, the brain signals our stomach that we are about to eat. This in turn, readies the stomach to digest the food it will receive, aiding in better digestion.

3.Promotes mindful eating: Eating with your hands requires you to pay attention to what you are eating. You often need to look at the food and focus on what you are putting into your mouth. Also known as mindful eating, this practice is much healthier than eating with a fork and spoon that can be done mechanically. Mindful eating has a large number of benefits for your health and one of the most important benefits is the fact that it  improves the assimilation of nutrients from the food you eat, enhances digestion and makes you healthier.

Secondly, let us look at this from another angle. I would like to request you to look at their hand- it is a mechanical device that can act like a lever, a pulley, a crowbar and what not. It can pick, put and pull. Let us compare each piece of cutlery we use to our hand and see which one wins this-

>Fork - a fork might have 4 teeth, but hands have four fingers and a thumb. Moreover a fork can apply pressure only towards one side. However, our hand can concentrate the pressure towards a central point, giving us a better grip.

>Spoon - which is definitely a more used piece of cutlery, can definitely be matched with our hand for some dishes. All of our fingers joined together can form a close prototype of the spoon. (Though I would never advise anyone to drink soup with their hand)

>Knife - Now this is an equipment that is indispensable for dishes like steak, etc. However, India being the land where cows aren't even bullied by politicians, I think we can remove that from this discussion.

So Indians who eat with their hands get a multidimensional experience of their food which involves more of their brain than those who eat with utensils! Talk about flavor sensation!

We Indians get:

The sight of food

The smell of food, and

The texture/temperature of food with our bare hands.

Like a palette of flavors and textures, we touch our food, we mix our food with various combinations, we mash our food with our hands….some us make little balls and other shapes with our hands….oh what fun! We feel and mix liquids with solids and things in between. Curds with lentils and rice, or chutney? Every time our brain is analyzing the food and textures and combinations and permutations of your favourite thali. Our hand is creating multidimensional tactile images of this food in our mind, anticipating the deliciousness (hopefully) to come.

And then we devour the flavour and texture with our lips, teeth and tongue.

But do remember, that the choice of cutlery depends on the type of food. One can't drink soup without a spoon and one can't eat noodles without a fork/chopsticks and one just can't devour on a chicken leg piece without one's hand.

And last but not the least, look at the below images and visualize them eating with a fork and knife – panipuri, vada pav, alphonso mangoes:

Not only is it absurd, but who has the patience to cut and fork one morsel at a time of these scrumptious foods!! So next time you are faced with a dilemma of Hands vs. Fork, you know what you need to do!!!
Just want to conclude by saying, be proud of who you are and the heritage you represent – do not mean to stay regressive, but progression does not necessarily translate to disregarding your roots and culture. Happy eating all!!

-Gauri Patwardhan
 For So-Saree

P.S. We do not own images used in this post.


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