Season 2 of the Asian Paints Where the heart is web series is now out

Mar 16, 2018

My home is not just a place, it's the light, it's the sound, it's the texture,
the colour -- - it's the lilt in the air, the quiet in the shade, the heat of the noonday sun, the calm of an early night. The people I choose, and the people who choose me; the laughter, the mirth, the everyday hope. Leading paint and décor brand Asian Paints, in its second season of the web series
brings us closer to homes of the stars we only see from a distance. After a successful season 1, this
latest season attempts to unravel the mysteries of celebrity homes and get to know them for the
people they really are. Homes for us, just like that for our stars, are about the corner where one sips
their morning tea or the wall that witnessed their kids growing or the slightly ragged edges of a table
that show that pets live here or the dining area that has seen many parties. All such little things that
are a testament to a life well lived in this place they call home. My home is not just a place, it's where my heart is.

In this season of Where the heart is, will bring to you the homes of renowned personalities. National
cricket icon Saurav Ganguly, leading Bollywood actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Radhika Apte, ace
directors Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan along with his equally famous wife Mini Mathur and finally
music sensations Monica Dogra and Anirudh Ravichandran.  With this web series the viewers will not
only get to tour through the homes of these celebrities but also hear them share their stories, their
lives, their families, what they do when they are not working and so much more.
Asian Paints has always believed in the beauty of expression, through colours, through individual taste, and through elements of personalization. This unique web series ‘Where The Heart Is’ will make
home décor enthusiasts, step in to the real world of the surreal stars and their life. The show offers
viewers an opportunity to discover fascinating nuances of tastefully done up celebrity homes, such as
the colour of their sofa, the incomplete wall that is special to them or something that’s an
unforgettable childhood memory and their favourite corner at home where they like to unwind.

Link to Season 2 -

Oberoi Realty’s premium residential project at Goregaon are ready for possession

Mar 16, 2018

Oberoi Realty, India’s leading real estate development company, is ready to
give possession of its premium luxury residential project Esquire at Goregaon, Mumbai. A part of Oberoi Realty’s flagship project Oberoi Garden City (OGC), Esquire is poised to take care of all your lifestyle needs In a world where luxury is being redefined every day, Esquire sets a new paradigm with a meticulously planned and beautifully crafted residential development. Bringing the best international designs to India, the 3 high-rise towers at Esquire are the epitome of modern living at its finest. The project offers spacious 3 and 4 BHK apartments in Superior, Supreme and Royale configurations. The state-of-the-art amenities here include landscaped gardens swimming pool, a multipurpose hall, gymnasium, Tennis/Multipurpose Court, yoga room, Squash courts, skating rink, Futsal court, a jogging track, and a children’s play area.

Located near the highway yet shielded from the noise and traffic owing to the lush green landscape all
around, the homes symbolize the dual luxury of convenience and comfort.
Occupying pride of place in Oberoi Garden City, every home at Esquire offers a ready ecosystem to
aspirational home-owners and fulfilling all their live-work-play necessities. Be it the Oberoi International School, the Oberoi Mall, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, offices in Commerz and Commerz II, or even commuting needs like the Western Express Highway, the proposed Mumbai Metro station, or the airport; a home at Esquire takes care of the minutest need of a homebuyer. This is holistic living at its best, offering all that the residents need to complete their lives.

Like all its other premium projects, for Esquire too Oberoi Realty has collaborated with leading names from across the world, partners who brought in their rich global experience and knowledge to the table; among these are leading Singapore-based architectural firm Eco-id and Indian construction giant Larsen &

Summer colored, silk cushion covers by Studio Malabar

Mar 16, 2018

An intricate design of blossoms decorates the front of this cushion cover, evoking the splendor of an imperial garden.
We at Studio Malabar have our own curated version of beautifully hand embellished, silk cushion covers. They are sensational and help add color to your home.
Address: Shop 2, Stone building, Morvi Lane, Near Mahindra & Mahindra Showroom, Chowpatty, Mumbai 400007 
Contact number022-23620225
Store Timings: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About Studio Malabar:
Studio Malabar is a lifestyle and fashion store in Chowpatty sea face, Mumbai. It specializes in home décor, custom-made silk, linen and cotton clothing, jewellery, artefacts, and hand-embellished bags and cushion covers. All the products are sourced and customized, or made in-house in the store’s own workshops. Studio Malabar brings in classic, traditional luxury into your modern life. 


KONE India introduced its New Elevator offering – KONE U MonoSpace and KONE U MiniSpace

Mar 15, 2018

KONE India, a leading Elevator and Escalator company in the country, today introduced its New Elevator offering – KONE U MonoSpace and KONE U MiniSpace for the mid-range segment and also launched its New Customer Experience Centre @ITEC in Chennai. The New Customer Experience Centre will showcase the latest Technology and Development of KONE Solutions for People Movement. KONE has set a benchmark in the industry through its Eco-efficient Performance, Premium Ride comfort and Award-winning Designs.

Speaking on the occasion, Henrik Ehrnrooth, President and CEO, KONE Corporation, says “This new range of elevators will help us further strengthen our competitiveness in the new equipment market, in what is presently the second largest in the world, after China.”

“Our New Products have 26 cars with visuals inspired by Navaratna, the nine gems. The Navaratna visual car designs are so striking and unique that they will certainly help us differentiate in the marketplace and enhance the customer experience. Moreover, since the demand for better aesthetics is gaining importance, this New Design Collection is set to create a lasting impression & unforgettable user experience”, says  Amit GossainManaging Director, KONE India.

Speaking on the occasion,  Axel Berkling, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, KONE Corporation said “The New Customer Experience Centre will showcase the latest technology that will help us engage & connect better with our Customers. The Construction and Real Estate Customers are demanding when it comes to Energy-efficiency and Green Building Certification Schemes like LEED and BREEAM. With our New Solutions, the Carbon footprint of buildings can be cut to an even greater extent.”

KONE is a Pioneer in Eco-efficiency within its Industry. The New KONE U MonoSpace Elevators are up to 35 percent more Energy Efficient than its earlier Elevators. The improvements were only possible by Renewed KONE EcoDisc® hoisting Machine, a highly Efficient Drive, and our Enhanced Standby Solutions. The Renewed KONE EcoDisc hoisting machine is complemented by a wide range of upgrades that are designed to deliver Industry-leading Ride Comfort: a New Motor Control System, a renewed Braking System, a Redesigned Hoisting System, and an improved Car Structure.

This means that the noise levels, both inside and outside the Elevator cars, are as low as possible, the ride is smooth with no vibration, and that the floor levelling is perfectly accurate. Ride comfort is an important part of user experience, and our vision is to deliver the best user experience.

Gallery 7's 'The New Year Sale' is here.

Mar 15, 2018

Gallery 7's annual exhibition titled, 'The New Year Sale,' is here. It is a celebration of Indian Art. The team of Gallery 7 has sourced one hundred works by India's leading modern artists from important collections across the country. These are one of a kind works by senior and well established artists that are discounted at 25 %- 75% under the market value, enabling art collectors to expand their collections and for first time collectors, an introduction to the beautiful world of Indian Art. 
The exhibition features 50 leading Indian Modern Artists in various styles, mediums and ideology such as M.F Husain, F.N. Souza, Manu Parekh, Hema Upadhyay, Ram Kumar, S.H. Raza, Sakti Burman, Laxma Goud, Lalu Prasad Shaw and many more. 
About Gallery 7:
One of the country’s most premier contemporary art destinations, a brainchild of husband-wife duo Arun and Chandra Sachdev is Gallery 7.  Gallery 7 is located in the heritage precincts of Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda, where it has become a landmark on the south Mumbai cultural map. Gallery 7's
dream and enterprise remain the same to promote Indian art and provide promising artists a credible platform to showcase their works. Conceived by art collectors and appreciators Arun and Chandra as a means to bolster the contemporary Indian art market, the gallery was established in the mid-70s in the commercial Fort district of Mumbai.
Over the four decades since Gallery 7’s inception, the dynamic couple has collectively supported and showcased the works of formidable young talents like Atul Dodiya, Vijay Shinde, Arpita Singh, among others. The gallery’s walls have also played host to stalwarts such as M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, Jogen Chowdhury, Rameshwar Broota, Sudhir Patwardhan, Krishen Khanna and Ramkumar. 
When: 10th March - 20th April 
Where: 12/14,G3, 
Ground Floor, 
Oricon House,
Rampart Row, 
Next to Kaya Skin Clinic,
K Dubash Marg,
Kala Ghoda, 
Maharashtra 400001
Time: 11 am - 7 pm 
022 2218 3996

Ashwin Sheth Group and Sussanne Khan come together for a momentous partnership!

Mar 15, 2018

Luxurious residences have been booming in the industry and witnessing a soaring demand. With improved standards of living and taste for the finer things in life, it has become imperative to source the best talent to create these masterpieces. To expose residents to the choicest of designs and an opulent lifestyle, Ashwin Sheth Group has partnered with India’s luxe designer and founder of The Charcoal Project, Sussanne Khan.

At The Charcoal Project along with a team of Architects, Interior designers, product designers, Sussanne Khan has delivered many conceptual projects in the world of residential private homes, destination villas, commercial offices and model show apartments.

Adding another feather to the hat, Sussanne Khan will lend her design expertise to Ashwin Sheth Group to create luxe spaces with her signature style that is a a seamless blend of industrial masculine with feminine edgy chic. Sussanne Khan believes that luxury is about emotion and design is her tool and there are limitless possibilities in design. A fine medley of Sussanne Khan’s unique design sensibilities and Ashwin Sheth Group’s incomparable experience in the real estate space will set the bar high in the luxury market.  

Speaking on the association, Mr. Maulik Sheth, Director, Ashwin Sheth Group said, “We are delighted to announce our association with celebrity designer Sussanne Khan for Sheth Avalon and are confident that we will be successful in setting a benchmark for luxurious living. We have always believed in ‘Life by Design’ and with Sussanne’s incomparable design sensibilities we hope to provide a unique living experience. We will continuously strive to offer an opulent lifestyle in all our future endeavours.”


Speaking about the partnership with Ashwin Sheth Group, Sussanne Khan, Celebrity Designer said, “I am looking forward to my partnership with Ashwin Sheth Group. My design elements will be applied to the clubhouse, lobby and luxe amenities of their luxury project Sheth Avalon. Given the synergies, our design sensibilities share I am confident that will define the future of elevated design forms for the residents.”

Embassy Taurus World Technology Centre gets final nod from the Government of Kerala

Mar 15, 2018

Following the Joint Venture agreement between Embassy Property Development Pvt Ltd and Taurus Investment Holdings, the JV entities Winterfell Realty Private Limited and Dorne Realty Private Limited, today signed the lease agreement for 12.12 acres of land in Technopark, Trivandrum. The signing ceremony was presided over by Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.

Jitu Virwani, Chairman and Managing Director, Embassy Group, Erik Rijnbout, Global President, Taurus Investment Holdings, Ajay Prasad, Country Managing Director, Taurus Investment Holdings, M. Sivasankar IAS, State IT Secretary and Hrishikesh Nair, CEO Technopark Trivandrum joined the ceremony at the Chief Minister’s chamber in Kerala Legislative Assembly Complex, in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

The land has been leased from Technopark, Government of Kerala for a period of 90 years. Out of the 12.12 acres earmarked for office space, 10 acres is under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and 2.12 acres is Non-SEZ. Embassy Taurus World Technology Centre will build 2.8 million square feet of premium Grade A office space and 5,00,000 square feet of Grade A office space in the non-SEZ land parcel. Embassy, the leading commercial office space provider in the country will bring in its proven expertise of project development, leasing and property management to this landmark project. Bangalore-based International construction management firm, Synergy Property Development will manage the development of the project.

Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan said “Embassy Taurus World Technology Centre that’s being set up in Technopark Trivandrum will impact Kerala’s IT scene like never before. That the project will facilitate creation of 35,000 direct jobs will help the state to leapfrog to the status of top tier II destination in India.”

Commenting on the signing ceremony, Chairman and Managing Director of Embassy, Jitu Virwanisaid “Progressing forward from our partnership with Taurus in September last year, we are happy to sign the lease agreement with the Government of Kerala for the Embassy Taurus World Technology Centre. Our foray into the state of Kerala is in line with our vision to be a part of the significant growth of SEZ’s in the country. The establishment of this large SEZ project will expedite the growth of the state by creating multiple job opportunities, with well-known firms planning major developments in the region”

Ajay Prasad and Hrishikesh Nair also signed the lease agreement for Dragonstone Realty Private Limited which will be constructing retail and entertainment space and a 175-key business hotel in another 7.64 acres of Non-SEZ land.

Erik Rijnbout, Global President, Taurus Investment Holdings, said "We are happy to start a new chapter in the Taurus global presence with the signing of the ground lease for our mixed-use development in Technopark- Trivandrum.

One of the main reasons we choose Trivandrum to start our Indian operations is the partnership we were able to reach with the government and Technopark. We are very grateful for their cooperation and support.   In addition, Trivandrum has a great social infrastructure which includes an outstanding university, great hospital system, an international airport, a very well-educated population and as a bonus it has beautiful beaches.”

NAVRAS hosted by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

Mar 14, 2018

Jawahar Kala Kendra announces the third edition of its annual performing arts festival,
NAVRAS . From 17 - 25 March 2018, the festival will present a rich and diverse programme of theatre, classical and contemporary dance, sufi, classical and fusion music.

The festival will open on 17 March with Dhamaal, a celebration of the drumming traditions from India, with a performance curated and directed by the renowned percussionist Aneesh Pradhan and will be followed by a week of outstanding performances including:

● Thari - The Loom by Padma Shri Malavika Sarukkai and Attakkalari’s Bhina Vinyasa, which combines
movement and digital art
● Ismat Apa Ke Naam directed and acted by Naseeruddin Shah with his wife, Ratna Pathak Shah and
daughter Sheeba Shah; Khwab Sa directed by Atul Kumar, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A
Midsummer Night’s Dream; Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane directed by Manav Kaul and acted by Kumud
Mishra; Mahadev Bhai directed by Ramu Ramananthan and acted by Jaimini Pathak; Elephant in the
Room directed and acted by Yuki Elias; and Ek Madhav Baug directed by Vivek Kenkre and acted by
Mona Ambegaonkar.
● Partition: The Stories of Separation by Sonam Kalra; and morning raagas by Jayteerth Mevundi and
Niladri Kumar. The closing of the festival will premiere the Rajasthan Roots Caravan, with more than 30 Rajasthani musicians on stage, directed by Aditya Bhasin.

Premiere JKK is thrilled to announce the premiere of A Bride in the Hand, directed by Rajasthan’s rising star Ajeet Singh Palawat. Ajeet’s proposal was selected by JKK after an open call for proposals in 2017 and is destined to be a highlight of Navras.

Experimental and Experiential Programmes In an attempt to introduce audiences to innovative musical productions, several experiential productions have been invited to Navras. Dhamaal celebrates the percussion traditions of India; Thari The Loom is inspired by the
sari; Partition: Stories of Separation is an experiential performance using music, theatre, film, design and art to retell the stories of separation; and Rajasthan Roots Caravan, which features more than 30 artists on stage exploring the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan's folklore, is an audio visual extravaganza presenting a contemporary and explosive package of song, dance and instruments.


About Rs. 306 Crores Business & Enquiries Generated from 35th India Carpet Expo

Mar 14, 2018

Carpet Export Promotion Council organized the 35th India Carpet Expo in NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla, New Delhi  from 8-11 March, 2018, with an aim to promote the Cultural Heritage and showcase the weaving skills of Indian hand-knotted carpet artisans amongst the overseas hand-knotted carpet buyers.India Carpet Expo was inaugurated on 8th March, 2018 by Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles Shri Ajay Tamta in NSCI Exhibition Ground, Okhla, New Delhi in the gracious presence of Shri Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).

Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles said, “Handmade Carpet Industry holds No. 1 Status in terms of value & quantity in export of handmade carpet. We are very glad that CEPC organizes this Expo twice every year to promote Indian weavers worldwide. Every year Expo generates huge amount of business. We assure our support to the carpet industry for their efforts for the betterment of small Manufacturers and artisans"

On the 2nd day of the fair Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Information and Broadcasting has launched the following initiatives of the Council in its networking dinner in Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi :

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in her address appreciated the efforts made by the Carpet Export Promotion Council towards export promotion and also to voluntarily sharing  the social responsibilities. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani assured her full support to the Council for all their export promotion efforts and for welfare of the weavers community.

Shri Virender Singh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament from Bhadohi, Dr. Heena Vijaykumar Gavit, Hon’ble Member of Parliament from Nandurbar, Maharashtra, Shri Punit Agarwal, IAS, Joint Secretary, and Shri Ratnesh Kumar Jha, Addl. Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India  also visited India Carpet Expo and overseas buyers in 4 days .

The Chairman of CEPC Mr. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, said  that on the spot business of Rs. 306.00 Crores were booked and over 2408 enquiries were received which will further generate business of approx.  Rs. 100.00 Crore in the 4 days Expo which shall be executed in the coming months. This expo will lead to opening up of new market opportunity for the industry and shall help small and Medium Indian carpet exporters in promoting their products to overseas countries.

Birla White aligns with PM’s ‘Design in India’ initiative

Mar 14, 2018

Birla White YuvaRatna’, a design challenge contest for architectural fraternity, motivates young aspiring students to design Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city Amaravathi. Inspired by Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Design in India’ vision for building a beautiful India, budding young creative minds will design architecture to transform Amaravathi into a first of its kind smart city.  This contest has drawn enormous participation from across India and Nepal, attracting more than 2000 drawing entries from 100 institutes.

The event, to be held on March 16 in Mumbai, will be inaugurated by Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Director board member at Aditya Birla Group companies, in the presence of eminent architects and construction professionals from across India.  The jury for this year’s contest is an elite panel which includes Ar. Rajeev Sathe, Ar. Ketan Vaidya, Ar. Nilabh Nagar, Ar. Ramaswamy Natesaiyer, Ar. Ravi Ramakrishnarao and Ar. Nishant Gupta.

The themes for this year’s competition are ‘Amaravati Convention Centre’ and ‘Portal to Capital City, Amravati’. Participants are expected to showcase their intellectual understanding of the given theme and present it uniquely. Over the years, ‘Birla White YuvaRatna’ has grown in its participation and popularity amongst the architectural fraternity. This has helped Birla White reach out to architectural student across institutes globally.

“Government of India’s ‘Design in India’ initiative will play a vital role in creating jobs for the architectural fraternity. It acquires special importance in the current context where India is heading towards creating large number of Smart Cities. Young minds will weave in local architecture and culture through their new concepts and designs, which will be iconic and synonymous to every upcoming smart city in the country”, said Dr. Sunil Kulwal, CEO at Birla White.

Under ‘Amaravati Convention Centre’ theme, the students are encouraged to design Office Components, Housing Components, Outdoor Components (Amaravati Square, Riverfront promenade and plaza) and other components such as MICE facilities, Food & Beverage zone, Necessary basement, surface and multi-storey parking and Retail Facilities). Similarly, ‘Portal to Capital City, Amravati’ theme includes, designing Boat Jetty cum Amenity Center at Krishna River, ticket counters and bridges to cross numerous water bodies on the river. The portal forms the entrance to the new smart capital city.

“Through these initiatives Birla White wants to motivate architects to think out-of-the-box and create new designs that are beautiful and smart. Their ideas would help build smart cities that become the pride of a new India in the days to come. Additionally, we aim to bridge the gap between theory-based education and skill-based development through YuvaRatna,” said Mr. Anurag Angrish, Joint Executive President, Birla White.

Birla White works in close association and partnership with all the stakeholders in the construction industry to materialize government’s mission to build a great nation. The newest allies to this mission – the Young Students of India will be inspired and encouraged by YuvaRatna contest and they shall contribute with all their heart and soul into making a better future together.