Wednesday, 25 September 2013

PR: Old Spice brings to you 4 deodorants to help you Smell Mantastic!

Bring out the Man in you with Old Spice!

Do you have a strong desire to climb really tall mountains? Do you want to linger in the scent of victory? Are you craving to smell as the freshest smelling places on the earth? In short, do you want to smell like you can do absolutely anything on this planet?

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Simpler Things In Life... Men...

Every time I get a new fashion mag home, the pati is the first one to open the seal, checkout the cover girl and browse through all the pictures after which I get the chance to go through it. So you can imagine what this must lead to... Yup a discussion on the cover girl, how pretty or un-pretty she looks, how her outfit is hot or not and of course how wearable or non-wearable her makeup is... I am always left amazed at how easily a guy glosses over the "overall" look and gives his verdict that are essentially one or two worded adjectives like "Hot", "Beautiful", "Bakwaas", "Sahi hai" and of course "Bhai Sahab"...

I on the other hand give out convoluted (for the pati) answers like "I like her overall makeup but the lip color is making her look aged" or "stunning outfit but would have looked nicer if she was a little more curvy"... This goes to show how critical and well detail oriented we women are... Nothing is perfect for us, our lives revolve around pointing out the nitty-gritties of things that don't even matter, while the guys seem to live a more straight forward life happy with a handful of adjectives to go by!
The most glaring example being the size of the natth donned by Sonam Kapoor at Cannes 2013. The fashion blogosphere went about how a smaller one would have suited her more while my guy friends were like "dude bigger or smaller, it would still be on her nose"... 


Yeah True!

Another example would be when the pati and I are discussing our mutual favorite Mila Kunis... He would go like "Man! She is something!" and I would be like "Yup! I totally love her eye makeup!" and he would in turn say "Oh! Woh makeup hai?"... I would look at him incredulously and ask "So what exactly do you like about her?" and he would start stuttering and after a while state with a nonchalant shrug say, "She looks good". For him, the discussion ends there! And I am left wanting to discuss more... More about her hair, her makeup, her wide-eyed look, her roles and the list goes on...

Ok, lets leave the pati alone... One day at work, my whole team decides to take a tea break together and the topic veers towards Aishwarya Rai... Well the events leading up to the point where a group of Software engineers start discussing Bollywood actresses could be varying but at that particular occasion it started with ads by Idea Cellular to Abhishek Bachchan to the erst-while Miss World... The guys in the team go all oooh aaah and collectively state how they all prefer Sushmita Sen to Aishwarya Rai... I pipe in "Yeah, Sushmita looks more intelligent than Aishwarya" and the whole table grows silent with everyone looking as if some kind of revelation hit them!

I wonder if it's a boon or a bane for us women that our men have such a simple and an uncomplicated way of looking at things... But I take it as a boon cause this gives me the opportunity to stop fretting over the minute flaws of mine that I keep obsessing about :)  

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Are men Pink Jinxed?

Cinema and Cricket are two irresistible forces in India that drives our country crazy! With the IPL season 6 going on with full swing, the fever, I bet, will never go down!  I, certainly, follow cricket religiously which has definitely brought a certain level of comfort to my better half. Imagine, us discussing a match or strategies at dinner table ;). With this, arrives our set of best teams & players (for me, looks always supersede skills) and when they do their extra bit, the respect multiplies invariably. Recently, South Africa conducted a “Pink Drive” campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness. To support the cause, South African squad entered the field with PINK kit, I repeat, PINK kit (uniform, wickets et cetera) for a one-day match! I literally had to confirm it to believe it and honestly, this tiny gesture left me awestruck. You might want to check it out online.
 A thought was incepted – what’s with the PINK and the MEN combo! 
Imagine a guy wearing pink ankle length socks or the groom with lilac attire on his D-day :P. Does it sound like a nightmare to you? With the hot and booming trend of colored pants, what if tomorrow a man surprises his girl dressed up in a pink-like denim on a dinner date! ;) Bizarre! Let me enlighten you, research claims that men who wear pink make more money, honey :D. Oh, who can forget the famous movie scene where Farhan Akhtar gifts a “pink” device to his best friend, which made us burst out in laughter, LOL! Does it matter if they have an affair with pink? Let’s delve into it and find out what our gentlemen have stored in for us…
Casually, just another day I asked him “Would you love to wear pink?” and prompt comes the reply – “Not really! Though, I would prefer a RED!” A cloud of expressions hovered around my head! Easily I could figure out, they have politely bifurcated inside their head – “PINK” is exclusively for women. Is it? Says a tech-savvy friend of mine, “I own a pink “thing” in my closet only because I got it as a pack of 3.”  Some courteous men also say, “We have been gifted a Pink Shirt from closed ones; we do wear it!” The perception herewith stands that; they would never pick anything pink on their own, unless it is gifted or forced upon! Without even thinking twice, I assume that they would not mind it! Another close source confesses, “I do have a pink shirt and a red trouser and I am pretty confident about my sexuality! I am cool with this till the time it is a decent shade (read, no bright or lilac shades). Some men make an issue out of it, when it is not even one.”  Now this must get a “thumbs up” clearly. Who, on earth, for God’s sake decided what color a certain gender must stick to? If your eyes fall for it, just get it. There is more to this, a tall dark handsome acquaintance believes, pink looked perfect on him when his fitness was intact. However, he has now compensated with a pink tie. Very openly he shares the important fact – it provides him a unique quotient which stands apart from others wearing blues or blacks. Fair enough :)
There comes no sunshine without rain, does it? For a few of them, it is absolutely no-no for a color very dear to women. Even the slightest consideration is out of question and here the sweet “sister-rival” RED steals the show! GOSH - A straight Facepalm! Their strong belief is that Pink symbolizes empathy and femininity and falls under the category of “mushy” colors. But so does the sweet sister ;). But still Red clothing, kerchief, pullover or even a pair of shoes is way too comfortable to them.
Let’s consider the other side of the coin. Remember my cloud of expressions ;) it was screaming aloud and continuously poking me, seeking the urge to ask! Why?? He ADORES every pink on me!! When I walk with a pink lip stain, wearing that baby pink nail paint, clutching my wavy hair with a cute little clip-on; compliments flow in – genuinely!  My colleague wants a present delivered at his girlfriend’s door step – he blindly picks a jute bag, of course a bright pink one (oh what a “Colgate Smile” he gives after knowing GF’s happiness). While my cousin seeks a suggestion for his little angel and he steps inside Bonsai requesting a gift wrap of a beautiful Barbie, posing in a lavender frock!  They would surprisingly hand-pick magenta curtains on those white-colored walls or pink-base sheets/cushions to grace our home, sweet home.
Men, I tell you, feel weak at their knees while watching Kareena or Katrina create the oomph factor in ‘Halkat’ or 'Teri Ore', respectively! Ah! There starts an unstoppable fantasy! What a clean chit they offer saying that, it is the skin tone that matches the color thus, always attracting their retina! Hmph! This, altogether, is a different chapter to blabber about ;).
If I were to believe, pink is for sure no jinx to a man. Some like it on women, few want it for them! To add elegance they keep it plain, to bring transformation preference shifts to bold. It may not become a new Blue in their wardrobe, nonetheless they do connect to it, directly or indirectly…

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Surprise Gifts? Men love them too!!

I always had this misconception that it is OK to not gift a man, until I met my better half ;) And trust me, it becomes really difficult when it comes to literally surprise a man. Of course, a woman gives it all to surprise the love of her life (pun intended)! Nevertheless, men have always looked to 'their' set of gifts occasionally. As far as I have known men, my theory says they can be psychologically categorized based on their tastes and genre. We, women have to play extra smart and recognize the genre our man falls into. 

Tech savvy

Indisputably, this had to be the first genre! In this evolving-technology-in-a-blink age, you have a set of guys who, we think, speak in an alienated language and leave us gaping. Thankfully, we have “apples” and “blackberries” to feed them ;) From smart phones to high tech Digital Cameras, this man needs it all!

Gift Recommendation

  • Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iMac, iPod)
  • Gaming Consoles (PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo)
  • Game Series (Call of Duty, Crisis, God of War)
  • Home Theatre, Logitech remote control (one remote to controls up to 5 devices)
  • 1 TB external Hard Drive
  • Charging Station
  • DSLR Cameras
  • Tripod!


Often, we are attracted towards the intellect of a man. What attracts the most is how reflective he is with his knowledge and attitude! Naturally, we are taken aback by his similarity to “Sherlock Holmes”, looks and mind, both!

Gift Recommendation

To impress this man, bring on the

  • Books, Telescope
  • Leather Organizers
  • Wooden Bookcases
  • Gift Vouchers (Flipkart, Landmark, Crossword)
  • Multi-tool Pen
  • Globe!

Prim And Proper

‘A man is known by the shoes he wears’ is a well-known theory used to judge a man. Smartly dressed, clean-shaven and chivalry are some characteristics that give them away. Ladies are awed by the appearance, I say. When it was the first time to gift, I never took a chance and played safe by picking up a jet black shirt for him, which till date is his best one; it doesn't matter if it doesn't fit him now, it is no less than a souvenir in his closet.

Gift Recommendation

You can never be wrong if you pick

  • Formal Clothing
  • Formal Shoes
  • Smart Waistcoats
  • Cologne
  • Shaving Essentials 
  • Cuff Links
  • Tie
  • Rugged Coats/Jackets
  • Woolen/Cotton Sweaters
  • Leather Sling bags!


Hold your breath, the toughies have arrived! Travelling, biking, sports are their regular activities. This song by Doors, “Riders on the storm, there’s killer on the road” always reminds me about this cohort.

Gift Recommendation

To surprise them, get anything ranging from

  • Leather jacket
  • Swiss Knife
  • LED Flashlight
  • Bicycle
  • Mini tool kit
  • Leather Gloves (OR half finger cruising gloves) 
  • Canvas Shoes
  • Fiberglass Helmets (or Bluetooth Helmet set)
  • Rider Cleaning Kit
  • Motorcycle Saddle Bag 
  • Hip Flask with Metal Case
  • Leather biker cap
  • Personalized Tees (Royal Enfield or Harley Davidson)
  • Adventure Sport Sessions (Gliding, Surfing, Horse Riding)
  • Air Gun
  • Indoor Barbecue (or toolkit)!


When some men are warm-hearted, a romantic at heart and don't mind being mushy, it doesn’t take much of a toll to please them. Dating/married for a while? Bring him back the good, old memories by making a video clip of moments cherished together! Love has just started to blossom? Spend a beautiful, mushy eve watching the classics viz. Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, Serendipity, Gone with the wind.

Gift Recommendation

  • Bunch of red roses
  • Romantic movie followed by Candle-lit dinner
  • Beach-side vacation
  • Liquor chocolates
  • Music concert evening
  • Personalized photo gifts (Mug, Frame, Pillow cover, Collage)
  • Self-cooked Dessert (Indian or cookies, brownie, pie, tart)
  • Pen down a few words or poetry & frame it on a Parchment paper.

A Few All Time Favorites          

Classics never go out of fashion! It completes a man! Doesn’t matter what genre he falls into, you just can’t take this out of a real man, the hero of your life. Watch them go super crazy with

  • Wallet 
  • Wrist watches (Digital, Analog Dial), Sunglasses (Wayfarers or Aviators)
  • Shoes (Oxford, Canvas)
  • Belt
  • Bags (Backpack, Laptop Bags, Rucksack)
  • a bottle of wine (Chianti Classico, Sula Dindori, Chantilli)
  • Liquor (for a true connoisseur; Glenfiddich, Belvedere, Jack Daniel’s)
  • Sport accessories (basket-ball, mini pool table, badminton/lawn tennis rackets, dart game, indoor golf)
  • Radio controlled helicopters.

"They" are exactly how "we" are! Choosy yet adorable ;)
Come on ladies, surprise and pamper your man with his choicest set of gifts!