Small and sparkling
SMALL IS indeed beautiful. That's what you realise as you step into the Swarovski store at the Forum, Hosur Road. The tiny crystal creations lined up in glass cases there simply take your breath away.
The store itself is also something to admire. The walls are predominantly red and many miniature spotlights perfectly light up the crystal creations. "The colour combinations and the design of the store is the same the world over," says Nazima R., manager and wife of the proprietor, Abdul Rehman.
This exclusive Swarovski store was started six months ago. The creations are, of course, expensive because of their "perfect cuts and patterns". But if you are the kind to believe that what you buy should "look" the money you have paid, these crystals, big enough to fit into a palm, are simply not for you.
Swarovski, an Austrian company, made its foray into India in the Nineties. The company was started by Daniel Swarovski way back in 1895 and most of the creations were inspired by nature. That's the reason why one finds plenty of animals, birds, and leaves in crystal designs. These are mostly designed as gift items, while the larger ones are for personal collections, says Nazima.
You also find the Silver Crystals section, which offers plain crystal creations. "It is called so as the designs look like silver," explains Nazima.
Crystal Paradise is the other collection. Here you can pick up designs of birds and animals in coloured crystals. Yet another section is one of crystal home accessories, a recent offering from the house of Swarovski. This section has picture frames, wine glasses, napkin rings and bowls.
Crystal Moments has designs that are a combination of crystals and metals. The designs here come with 18K gold plating or rhodium plating.
Besides these, Swarovski also has jewellery, watches, and body tattoos that come in varied designs. To check the authenticity of the product, the designs have the logo of the company, the swan. Some of the designs also come with the signature of the designer.
Most Swarovski designs are available in the price range between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 69,500, says Nazima.
The store can be contacted on 22067788.
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A stress buster
YOU WAKE up and rush through your household chores, rush to work, rush through your meal, then back to work before you rush back home, then cook a quick meal and serve your family and then clean up the mess. Phew! You finally you sit back and think how you long for someone to give your back or feet that much-deserved massage or a place where you can simply relax and rejuvenate yourself. Well, then Jeevana, launched by Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre (IVAC), Mysore, may just be your ideal destination.
Jeevana, say the organisers, is a specially designed rejuvenation package for the corporate world, which offers a holistic approach. Dr. Talavane Krishna, founder president of the world's first ISO 9001 Ayurvedic centre, is also the chief architect of the packages. He says: "Contemporary lifestyle has changed drastically, and the demands and pressures of daily life has escalated at an alarming pace. Work schedules, deadlines, increasing competitiveness, and job insecurity etc. have contributed to a crisis situation for even young corporate professionals today, which in turn is affecting their productivity at work and social life."
All this may take a toll on one's personality and result in anxiety, fatigue or hypertension. IVAC offers a holistic approach that includes Ayurveda, meditation, yoga and lifestyle counselling that helps you relax and cope. There will be expert physicians who "will devise the treatment or the tailor made plan after studying the individual," explain the organisers.
The three-nights-and-four-day package is priced between Rs. 16,000 and Rs. 25,600. Those interested may contact Vinita Rashinkar on 0821-24734.
SHILPA SEBASTIAN R.
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