Writing book reviews is fun. And I don’t mean that THAT simplistically. The entire process is fun. Especially when one is writing on a deadline, for a publication like Business Today.

From getting to choose the book, to ordering it, receiving next-day-delivery from Amazon, enjoying reading the book, drafting the review and submitting it. To finally getting to look at the book review in print in the latest edition of the fortnightly. Spread over two pages no less! And that cover! The Luxury Issue 2016 is where the book review appears. I’ve reviewed “In The Name of GUCCI“, which has been authored by Patricia Gucci, the daughter of Aldo Gucci, who is credited with making the GUCCI brand the powerhouse it is known to be today.

That I get to play dress-up and pose with my byline in print, is another “fun” thing to do altogether! This is also the first #CoverUp edition we shot as residents of Gurgaon city. And I could not possibly be more pleased. ( There’s going to be a LOT more happening on this blog in the days to come and I’m thrilled to say that moving to Gurgaon is indeed as good as I had imagined it to be. One of the best things I’ve done in years. )

In The Name of GUCCI is available in a hardback version on Amazon India and you can pick up a copy of the latest Business Today while you’re at it. Apart from my book review, there’s a whole host of good stuff in this edition of BT about the Luxury Industry not only from India but internationally as well.

The publication of this book review has emboldened me to write more on Naina.co and I’ve been at it quite diligently. There’s no method to the madness yet but I can see some weekly coherence on the editorial calendar. I’ve never agreed with the “print is dead” pieces that have been doing the rounds since Hood knows when and I’m thrilled to announce a new monthly series I will be publishing on the blog, where I will be picking up a print publication and “reviewing” it. We haven’t yet decided what we’re going to call it but it will be a nice way to pay homage to print. I love print. It has become more precious with the advent of blogging, which makes it even more crucial to nurture it as much as one can.

 

Details of the flat-lay below :

Mascara by Dior : Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer plus Overshow Iconic Curl.
Lipstick is Maybelline New York’s Moisture Whip Waterproof Lip Liner in Cranberry ( with a touch of AVON’s Ultra Color in Laval Love, not in the photo )
Nail paint is Chanel’s Le Vernis Eastern Light
Jewellery is a wrist bracelet in silver by Amrapali
Pen by CROSS & Diary by PaperBlanks
Dior eyebrow kit and gold pouch by Miriam QuevedoGold Hair Mask + Gold Shampoo + Gold Hair Shine Spray also by Miriam Quevedo ( got these from Bloomingdale’s Dubai during #REDHUxEmirates )
Gold sequinned dupatta at the bottom of the frame by Swati Narula from their SS16 Bejeweled Blooms Collection

Details of what I’m wearing :

Top / Kurta : Silk, custom stitched decades ago in Pune ( no idea from where but my Mom got it made ). I’m a few sizes smaller than I was when this was made for me.
Bottoms / Denims by Korra Jeans
Footwear : suede and leather brogues by Vanilla Moon
Jewellery by Amrapali

Photographs by Bharat Joshi

The book review can also be read online on the Business Today website here.

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Thank you Sapna Nair Purohit at BT for hiring me to write this!

Thank you for reading and watching this space. In our ongoing effort toward “keeping it real”, apart from post-production of images, we refrain from any kind of re-touching or altering of photographs. If we do, from now on, we will disclose that the image has been manipulated for creative effect unless it is completely obvious as in the #EyesForDubai abstract cityscape photographs.

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