Aishwarya Rao
Yesterday I hosted 'Cool with Cotton', an event organized by Cotton Council International to promote awareness of cotton as a fantastic fashion fabric.

Chennai’s based ace designer Chaitanya Rao and the city's latest design sensation Vivek Karunakaran showcased their exclusive cotton collections.

Fleur Xavier and Vidisha Pavate, supermodels from Mumbai flaunted those fashionable cottons. I had some great fun springing into cotton yesterday! Check out the pictures here.

Aishwarya Rao
Its deep plait with mythology is the reason why I loved Masquerade's play "Thus spake Shoorpanakha, So said Shakuni". It was refreshing to see the protagonists Prateeksha (as Shoorpanakha) and Amit Singh (as Shakuni) explore the great epics Ramayan and Mahabharath to highlight the relevance and importance of these characters in classics that almost forgot to honour its victors.
On one hand, Shoorpanakha gets insulted by the Ayodhya princes Ram and Lakshman. She urges her brother Ravan to take revenge, thus igniting the war in Lanka.
On the other hand Shakuni, who survives the ill-treatment meted out to his family by the Kurus vows to destroy them. He initiates a game of dice, laying the roots for the battle of Kurkshetra.
Giving refreshing insights, the play also highlights contemporary issues like racism and sex. Prateeksha as Shoorpanakha questions how Ram could shun a woman only because she was black. Was it wrong for her to fall in love with a married man?
However, the loose script apart, I was disappointed that the play got its facts wrong. We have all studied how Shakuni's dice are made from his father's bones, giving it magical properties. Amit Singh, however cries out angry and loud, as to how his dice were made from the ashes of his brothers. I haven't ever heard this version of the story and my cross-checks didn't prove me wrong either. If you are not a sucker for minimal sets and mythology you might not exactly be excited about this play.
In the meanwhile, I have resumed compering after a 4 month hiatus.

Yesterday I emceed a dance recital at The Indian Fine Arts Academy. Medha Hari , Sathvikaa Shankar & Yatin Aggarwal, came together to put up a splendid show on the occasion of Maharajah Swathi Thirunal Day Celebrations. All of them are students of Bharathanjali, a dance school run by Guru Anitha Guha.

I simply love hosting these dance recitals. Unlike corporate shows, it compels me to do my homework on mythology, religion, arts and literature. (This show, for example, made me find out how the veena (a music instrument) originated. Ravan is said to have given life to this instrument by severing his arm and one head to form the base of the veena.) Okay, there I go. If your interested in knowing the rest of the story, you can mail me. I will spare the other readers of a mythology session. Cheers!
Aishwarya Rao
'Snapshots from Hell' by Peter Robinson is one of the few non-fiction books that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is a terribly honest account of pursuing an MBA in Stanford, one of the top schools for business. I particularly loved these lines from a letter that second years send to first years before a mid-term examination.

"Most of us come (to Stanford) as perfectionists and feel very uncomfortable doing a so-so job on anything. The sooner you give up this habit, the happier you will be...if you constantly remind yourself that passing is not the issue, that you are here because you want to learn and grown, that every minute of hard work is making you a better, tougher and more capable person, your experiences will be much more enjoyable...What makes the difference is perspective."
I think this applies to a lot of us in a whole lot of situations...
Aishwarya Rao
I consider myself reasonably net savvy and given the fact that I have developed a recent obsession for finding the meanings of words I come across, I was rather stunned to discover SPAM meant

'Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages'!!!