Thursday, 12 January 2012

Purple Haze

 The colour purple, that famous book, becomes a visual treat here in Lokhandwala. Enter the Shree Ganesh bungalow and the colour purple changes your perception about the world. There are purple seaters clad with rich brocade, velvette and beaded cushions, a purple American shaggy carpet and a purple wall!  Nestled in a quiet lane in Lokhandwala, this row house exudes warmth and vibrance of the entire family. “ I used the colour purple because it’s a colour of imagination and creativity,” says Mukta Rastogi who does theta healing, hypnotherapy and chakra healing sessions in her house.
Beautifully arranged showpieces, artifacts from different parts of the world and traditional paintings dot the home. " I enjoy doing up my home," says the lady.  The artist in her has created a lot of traditional paintings adorning  different walls of the house.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Andheri Is My Muse

Music bonds, music inspires and music heals. And that's exactly the impact music had on Oshiwara resident Ramji Gulati. Gulati, whose album, Dosti, is slated for release in mid January says that Andheri has been his muse. " Dosti brings back nostalgic memories of college," says the man whose other album United White Flag-Volume 1 has been awarded the best popular award at the Global Indian Music Awards (2010). As he hums, its Andheri on his mind right now. " I launched my own music company in Andheri in 2008. There has been no looking back after that," smiles the  multifaceted singer, composer and DJ. Known as an entertainer,  his lively and peppy musical hits, Haseena Jeena and Dhoor, bring people on the dance floor at various colleges, clubs, weddings and corporate events nationally and internationally. His  famous Punjabi composition Hun Taito Mera Door Jaan Nu Jee Nanin Karda Jee has rocked the nation. " I have fulfilled my childhood dream of entering the realm of super stardom."

Musician -Ramji Gulati and Paayal Talwaar

Without any formal training in music, except for a couple of months from his paternal uncle whom he fondly addresses as Daddyji, Gulati  has come a long way. His musical journey of writing and composing songs in school to winning the best singer award at the Crescendo festival in college, composing a beautiful song for the college festival to launching his own album has been an interesting one. Teenage years did offer a few challenging experiences but it didn’t deter the spirit of this Oshiwara resident.