Posts tagged ‘Sufi’

October 21, 2014

Rohit Bal’s Spectacular Grand Finale at WI Fashion Week

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Rohit Bal @ WIFW SS15

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Rohit Bal @ WIFW SS15

Wow!

So much beauty, luxury, indulgence, fashion and history all in the most stunning historic Mughal ruins in one of Delhi’s top tourist sites, Rohit Bal raised the bar to tremendous heights for Indian fashion. Even the moon and the weather obeyed the designer’s ode to beauty. The moon shone brightly to the right of one of the tombs at Qutab Minar and the outdoor temperature dropped from Sweaty to Serene.

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March 29, 2014

Bibi, Lady of Leisure

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Nikasha WIFW AW 2014

Regular Chatterboxes know I am a real sucker for Sufi poetry and I was delighted to find that designer, Nikasha had a Rumi poem in her show notes:

In your light I learn how to love…
In your beauty how to make poems
You dance inside my chest where no one else sees you,
but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.

Wah wah, masha’allah! Ok, back to the collection.

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March 25, 2014

Ghazal & Sufi with Sheeba Khan

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On Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending a light classical music concert of ghazals and Sufi music in Gurgaon (near Delhi).  The singer, Sheeba Khan is a classically trained disciple of Jawaad Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan.

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November 29, 2013

It Happens All The Time in Heaven

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It happens all the time in heaven,
And some day
It will begin to happen
Again on earth –
That men and women who are married,
And men and men who are
Lovers,

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October 14, 2013

Day 1: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS14

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WIFW Designer: Anupamaa

International Urban Nomads

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Anupama Dayaal kicked off Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer14 with an explosion of colour and bold prints.  Some collections could be viewed as transcending seasons, however, Anupamaa’s screamed SUNSHINE.  Bright pinks, orange and yellow tones worn with tousled hair and beach foot accessories completed the looks.

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WIFW Designer: Anupamaa

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September 16, 2013

The Voice From Heaven

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Madonna, Kylie, Pink Floyd, New Kids, Daft Punk, Metallica, Asha Bhosle and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan  are all happily lying in my ipod’s music library albeit in different playlists!  Who is is this last chap, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan aka RFAK aka The Voice From Heaven?

Having recently performed to a capacity crowd of 12,000 at London’s O2 Centre, Ustad (Maestro) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a Sufi qawaali singer

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May 15, 2013

The Forty Rules Of Love

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I just finished reading The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.  The author is one of the high profile names that participated in this year’s Asia House Festival of Asian Literature.

This is the first book I have read by Elif Shafak and I was drawn to it as I read the back cover and saw three words: Sufi, Rumi and Shams…sold!!  This book is like Kryptonite for my sister full of spirituality and love.

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March 24, 2013

New Sufi Skincare Range

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Heralded as one of the finest hotels in Asia, the Imperial Hotel is one of my favourite relaxing destinations in Delhi.  It is the ultimate in refined and understated luxury.

The stunning Mughal inspired spa at the Imperial Hotel is called Sufi.  Two weeks ago on International Women’s Day I was invited to the launch of the Imperial Hotel’s exclusive Sufi botanical and organic skin care range.  Last year saw the launch of the divine Sufi eau de toilette and essential oils and now skincare…the brand is taking more and more space on my bathroom shelf!

I have been using three products from the new range (Daylight Moisturizer, Downpore Cleanser and Night Rose Moisturizer) for two weeks and highly recommend them. 

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November 9, 2012

These Spiritual Window Shoppers

Thank Rumi It’s Friday.

These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

Where did you go? “Nowhere.”
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much.”

Even if you don’t know what you want,
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.

It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.

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February 14, 2012

Warning: Strong Cheese Ahead

Happy St Valentine’s Day!♥  If you haven’t written your cards yet, perhaps these delightful Sufi poems will inspire you:

When the sweet glance of my true love caught my eyes,
Like alchemy, it transformed my copper-like soul.
I searched for Him with a thousand hands,
He stretched out His arms and clutched my feet.

From Thief of Sleep, Shahram Shiva

 

A Smile and A Gentleness

There is a smile and a gentleness
inside. When I learned the name

and address of that, I went to where
you sell perfume. I begged you not

to trouble me so with longing. Come
out and play!

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February 3, 2012

60 Second Sufism

Two little ‘uns for the weekend, enjoy! Bubbly

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell.
We must get up and take that in,
that wind that lets us live.
Breathe before it’s gone.

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January 9, 2012

Sufi The Wonder-Tortoise

She’s only 12cm big but Sufi is determined

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December 16, 2011

Sufi Poetry Corner

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.

What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.

It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.

So- I’ve brought you

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December 6, 2011

Sunbathing Sufi

You may remember a previous post in which I introduced my adorable pet tortoise in India, Sufi.  Well, here she is sunbathing in the winter sun, all arms and legs but she’s protecting her face. 

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September 30, 2011

Sufi Magic

Hafiz and Rumi are two of my favourite Sufi poets.  Here is my next selection from their vast archive:

The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’

Look what happens with a love like that.

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July 1, 2011

Wah Wah!

Self Having Passed Away

I thought of You so often,

That I completely became You

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May 26, 2011

My Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

During my last trip to Rajasthan I also became guardian of a wee tortoise, Sufi. Sufi fits in the palm of my hand but she is already 7 years old and too too cute with the most amazing designer star patterned shell.

Tortoises roam wild in the jungle around Ajmer

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