Friday, July 29, 2016

Grand Jury meet-Retail Jeweller India Awards 2016

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Indian fascination with Jewelry starts quite early in life as we are called Sona , Sonu ( Gold ) and we grow up watching Weddings, Gods, Goddesses, TV serials dazzling with still more Gold, Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Jades, Corals etc. Even our legendary popular epics Ramayana and Mahabharata weaves glorious stories about jewelry of Sita, Kaikeyi, Urvashi, Pururava, Satyavati, Kunti, Droupadi, Karna, Ashwathama, Krishna, and even the villain Ravana in glitzy details. Koh-i-Noor is the ultimate jewellery fantasy of every Indian. It's no wonder then that Indian Jeweller Retail Industry is worth $ 30 Billion and growing astronomically.

On this ritzy background when I was invited for the Retail Jeweller India Awards Grand Jury Meet 2016  to preview the latest masterworks of the Indian jewellery industry.  I was excited to be the Blogger-guest of Retail Jeweller India group, publishers of India’s favorite business magazine, an Elite Circle of Excellence also famous as the Oscars of Jewellery industry. The GRAND JURY MEET, a distinctive event showcased India’s top 250 unique and innovative jewellery creations nominated from the most reputed jewellery houses across the country at Jade Ballroom, Sahara Star, Mumbai

 The Jade Ballroom of Sahara Star hotel was fully studded with galaxy of Bollywood stars on 26th July for #RJIA2016 . Paparazzi were having a field day with glamorous juries such as Esha Deol, Sanah Kapur, Divya Kumar Khosla, Sanjana Patel, Rouble Nagi , Ananya Banerjee , Shaziya Khan , Pearl Contractor Chef , Nawaz Mody Singhania , Nishka Lulla etc. and they went berserk when brand new mamma Arpita Khan Sharma arrived  in an embellished  Navy blue silk gown.   

The couture and bespoke designer jewellery-objects d'art to be judged by the eminent jury members were mesmerizing enough to allure them to try on themselves. The classic beauty of exclusive Jewellery-pieces were competing with the elegance of glamorous juries for mind blowing fusion. Naturally the flashes of cameras were adding more chutzpah to the 12th Gemfields Retail Jeweller India Awards 2016 in association with Platinum Evara and GSI ( Gemological Science International )


It was a privilege to interact with Soma Bhatta Editor, Retail Jeweller “This award is the only event that sets the benchmark in the industry with respect to designs, innovation and trendsetting. Over the past years we have seen an incredible change in the caliber of jewellery with a spurt of innovative and cutting edge designs. The Retail Jeweller India Awards, #RJIA2016 not only appreciate design and creation but also celebrate them.” emphasized Soma Bhatta, Editor, Retail Jeweller India 

The 12th Gemfields Retail Jeweller India Awards 2016 (Jewellery categories)
1. Diamond Jewellery of the Year 2. Diamond Vivah Jewellery of the Year 3. Gold Jewellery of the Year 4. Gold Vivah Jewellery of the Year 5. Couture Jewellery of the Year 6. Colored Gemstone Jewellery of the Year 7. Innovative Jewellery of the Year 8. Heritage Jewellery of the Year 9. Platinum Jewellery of the Year 10. Jewellery Designer of the Year 11. Best Accessory of the Year 12. Colored Gemstone Vivah Jewellery of the Year 13. Jewellery Buff Choice Award 

Retail & Marketing Categories: 
1. Print Campaign of the Year 2. 360 Marketing campaign of the Year 3. TV Campaign of the Year 4. Radio Campaign of the Year 5. Retail Promotion of the Year 6. New Showroom or Retail Transformation of the Year .







About Retail Jeweller India Awards:
 Retail Jeweller India Awards was established in 2005 with the mission to take the US $30 billion Retail Jewellery industry forward by creating a platform for recognizing the best work of the industry in fields of design, retail and marketing.
 Also known as India’s Oscars for the Retail jewellery industry and the only business awards specifically for retail jewellers in the country of 3 lakh retail jewellers.
 With a jury of great repute, IMRB as the process auditors and NDTV Good Times as Television partner, the awards are the country’s premier and most authoritative national competition.
 It is an initiative of the Retail Jeweller  Magazine which is a specialized bi-monthly business magazine read by top jewellery retailers across 415 cities of India. Completely focused on the subject of jewellery retailing, the magazine enjoys highest readership amongst progressive jewellery retailers in the country. Delivering focused communication for 48,000 HNI readers it has emerged as a dependable and reliable source for industry happenings and developments.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Juicilicious Raw Pressery

Mother-Nature by nature, is an Omni Potent giver / provider. Her generosity, beauty, love and nutritional care has no bounds. We the man-kind are neglecting our mother and running after money, instead of honey. 

If only we city-dwellers could get the freshest, organically harvested fruits and vegetable for our daily consumption then we would have been the luckiest, healthiest and fit instead of fat. 

Sadly, by the the time the farm-produces reach us, it's almost stale, chemically polluted, harmfully fertilized and useless. These wastes the very nutritional content of fruits and vegetables.

We have more than enough brands selling fruit / vegetable flavored drinks In India but hardly any of them sells pure, hygienic natural juices. Most of the bottled juices sold in India are processed or contain added preservatives, which ruin the healthy benefits of fruits / vegetables. It's almost useless and sometimes even harmful to consume these chemically processed, preserved juices.

Now, dear friends, you all must be cursing me for repeating this negative news n number of times. Please have patience, friends , here's the good news which is as much Juicilious as you can wish for ...

'Recharge your system ... with RAW Pressery'

We the Mumbaikars in particular and Indians in general feel fatigued and stressed most of the times , due to our intake of junk food , long travelling , pollution , lack of exercises ( being couch potato ). Every day our bodies work overtime to release the toxins we accumulate through our environment, processed foods, excess sugar, alcohol, caffeine, stress and pesticides from food.

RAW Pressery ( All Good No Bad ) assures us that being healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. A juice cleanse can help us to kick-start a healthier lifestyle, by replacing our solid food intake with nutritious cold-pressed juices. RAW Pressery home-delivers various cold-pressed juices and cleanses across Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. Let's join the Healthy brigade, starring selective, fresh Fruits and vegetables. They follow strict controls to ensure the hygienic process throughout. They sanitize the fresh farm produce by UV Treatment, decontaminate it and wash it in purified water. 

RAW Pressery home delivers pet bottles full of  Apple, Watermelon, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Mango , Guava , Carrot, Kale, Spinach, Celery, Cucumber, Almonds juices etc. in various healthy, innovative combinations. It tastes satisfyingly refreshing. My favorite is Pineapple + Ginger while my nephew loves Guava and sister likes Mango very much. The price is a bit on higher side but our health is Priceless, right ? Raw Pressery has no added preservatives so must be consumed within 48-72 hours of manufacturing. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sparkle #colgatemagicalstories

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Once upon a time there was a magical underwater castle made of Toblerone chocolates. This castle was mighty famous as Chocostle. It's cocolicious aroma spread far and wide, all over the world. Chocostle's fame was sweetly devoured through it's divine essence. The glittering wrappers of the chocolates added glitz to Chocostle's fragrant glamour.

Chocostle had slurpy doors choc-a-bloc with Kit Kat and Dairy-Milk bars. The windows were studded with Marsh-mellows and Fox-candies. The turrets were adorned with Krispy Kreme donuts and the terrace was tiled with Lindt bars. The courtyard  of the Chocostale was decorated with Ferrero Rochers , Mars and Patchi.

The King Colbrush and Queen Flossgate of Chocostle were the most kind rulers, who cared a lot about their people's happiness as well as health. They used to renovate their Chocostle once every week by distributing the chocolates and candies to their citizens.

It was world's most magical-wonder that, as soon as the King and Queen had finished distributing the chocolates and candies to their loyal citizens, the Chocostle used to get replenished itself instantly with freshest stock of chocolate and candies. The chocolate / candies - hamper given to the citizens always included combo-packs of Colgate toothpaste and brush.

King Colbrush and Queen Flossgate had a lovely daughter. The mermaid-princess of this Chocostle was popular as Princess Sparkle cause her teeth were as white and shining as Swarovski crystal. The open secret of Sparkle's crystal clear teeth was 'Colgate anti-cavity toothpaste with Calci-lock protection' . Mermaid Sparkle brushed her teeth twice with Colgate tooth-paste and brush. 


Sparkle was always surrounded by a gang of magical sea-creatures like Shelly Crab,  Tuskar Shark , Checkered Turtle, Spiky lion fish , Pouchy sea horse , Barracuda, Dolly dolphin, Chatty parrot, Purba sting ray, Twinkle star fish, Talwar fish, Gubba puffer fish etc. to play and study together. 

Each one of these magical sea creatures had one or the other magical power to defend themselves and to attack the enemies. They played hide & seek , hopscotch, Hula hooping , Marbles, Kick the can , Musical chairs and Treasure hunt.

The King and Queen i.e. Sparkle's mom and dad died in a tragic accident when they had gone for a fantasy Titanic cruise. Sparkle's  life turned hell after that as she lost her loving parents and gained cunning uncle, auntie in their stead.

Sparkle's cruel uncle, Tartar and cunning auntie Cavity ruled over the Chocostle after the untimely death of Sparkle's mom and dad. Uncle Tartar and auntie Cavity were so lazy that they seldom brushed/ flossed their teeth. Just being in the breathing distance of anyone of them would be a horrible torture similar to asphyxia. 

Tartar uncle and Cavity auntie had imprisoned Mermaid Sparkle in the topmost attic of the castle, with only a tiny window for air, as they were worried sick that she might topple them with the help of her extra-ordinary sea-friends. Extra ordinary because each one of Sparkle's friend had some magical features, unique to their species. 

Sparkle, herself had fantastic leadership qualities, which were underestimated by uncle Tartar and auntie Cavity. Even though a prisoner, Sparkle never lost an iota of her inborn intelligence. 

Sparkle knew that, it’s all about team-spirit. Great victories are won through Team. She might not have all that requires to conquer , but she definitely possessed it in collaborative power of her wonderful sea-team.

 Everyone in Sparkle's team had a unique special skill. She identified and leveraged those unique set of skills offered collectively by her team. She hatched an airtight plan to rescue herself from the evil clutches of Tartar and Cavity with the help of her Sea-team. Sparkle's witty friend, Chatty parrot flied in and out of Sparkle's prison room carrying Sparkle's and her team-mates messages to each other. On the D-day her team-mates united their wonderful magical powers to attack uncle Tartar and auntie Cavity and released Sparkle in a bloodless coup. Sparkle ruled the Chocostle kindly just like her mom and dad with the total support from her magical sea-friends.