Surabhi Mahadevan

Words cannot describe my love for beauty, cats and water
  • Fanny packs are back

    90’s was quite a time for fashion and makeup trends. In the past 2-3 years, the best of 90’s fashion trends made their way back. the classic tattoo chokers, all chokers, satin dresses, tee-shirt over spaghetti strapped dresses, denim overalls. And guess what? One of the trends that made it to the ‘welcome back 90s list’ is fanny packs.

    Yes, you read it right, fanny packs. Something no one expected would make a comeback. If you may not know, fanny pack is also considered a ‘90s dad-fashion’, you know like the sandals with socks trend?

    quite the upgrade, huh?

    I’m definitely one of the 90’s babies who found those waste- bag thingy’s strapped around men’s waist. Not really sure if my dad was one of them

    Ironic, isn’t it? The one thing we thought was so unflattering is now literally everyone wants? TBH, even I want one. Not that I disliked them, but now even I’m on the hunt for a fanny pack.

    Of course, with the demand for fanny packs rising, fashion brands have stepped up and designed these convenient suckers to appease the 90s wannabes


    Take a look at these latest takes on the 90s staples


    Don’t these make you wanna just jump on the band-wagon and rejoice the 90s fashion?


    From fashion bloggers to celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Fergie, Jared Leto evvveryone’s donning these in style


    Oh, also slinging these over the shoulders is a new way to wear them.


    If fanny packs has come handy the most somewhere, it’s without a doubt Coachella. Roaming about the green stretches all day, clad in funky boho looks and enjoying great music, of course, they couldn’t be more helpful. Also, gotta get the fashion game on.


    Dig the trend? Here are some fanny packs worth checking out.

  • 4 things you should do in Summer

    It’s easy to turn a deaf ear on summer activities that remotely gotta do with stepping out of the house. But here’s the thing: Summers, no matter how hot, is one of the best times to travel. Roads will be dry, and all means of transportation will be accessible, so you have to advantage of that and explore.

    Trust me, your future self will thank you for spending time on summer activities. Many good things can happen like stumbling across a new spot, discovering new dishes, coming to know more about yourself, etc.

    So, pack a giant water bottle with your other essentials and read below the 5 things you should do if summer fun is on your agenda:

    1. Enjoy a swim at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic swimming pool

    Swimming is easily the best thing to do during summer, and swimming in one of the largest swimming pools in Mumbai? C’mmon. This Olympic size swimming pool is 15 ft deep and 50 meters long. It also has a recreational pool and pool for kids. So, dive in.

    1. Visit a hill station

    Ok, so this is for people who are seeking adventure outside the boundaries of Mumbai and who just cannot handle the heat. Take a few days off and visit any hill station.

    • Coorg

    If coffee is your poison, then the coffee plantations will blow your mind. Also Abbey Falls, the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple, and Nagarahole National Park, to name a few

    • Ooty

    Find a picturesque paradise down south in Ooty with its quaint cafes, British Bungalows, the smell eucalyptus trees.

    1. Eat a meal at Earth Café in Powai

    It has fairy lights, the food is delicious and healthy, and…. It’s pet friendly. Need I say more?

    1. Go shopping

    Ditch the malls, and explore the unexplored shopping spots in Mumbai.

    • If you are craftsy, artsy, or just décor, visit Zain’s creation in Bandra West. You’ll find almost everything, from tassels to laces borders, to make your crib insta-worthy
    • Good Luck Sales and Services in Bandra West will get upcycling like a pro. Turn your old denim in to bags, get a duffel bag made from scratch, jazz up clothes with cool patch works. You guys, I’m serious, they can customise anything from a chair to a wallet.
    1. Show some love to your pets
    • Take your pupper swimming to Doggiie Dog World in Andheri West
    • Embark on pet friendly trip to Pwa Haven in Karjat
    • See the joy in your doggo’d eyes when you treat with a popsicle from Bone Appetit Pupsicles
  • Mumbai University no longer a preferable educational institute

    It is a belief that great universities make a nation great. And why not? Great education is way to empower oneself. In the list of top 100 universities in the world, the names of many universities from across the world have found a position, especially the United States, which has 41 universities on the list, deeming them the best for an excellent education.

    Xi Jinping’s has an ambitious goal which is to bring 42 of China’s great institutions to a world-class level.

    It might not come as surprise to us Indians that our universities made it to this list very late. Though the Modi government ‘s goals are less ambitious, it has made some welcoming progress. Ten public and ten private universities will gain utmost support to compete with the best in the world. In another first, the HRD ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has introduced a much-needed competitive spirit among public institutions of higher education.

    To make India shine on the education map, obviously, every major city in every major state must join forces. However, as ironic as this sounds, there is one major city in one major state that seems be very apathetic about this goal – Mumbai, Maharashtra. I know, it’s unbelievable to hold Mumbai accountable for being unambitious towards making a difference in the Indian education system, a city or rather, ‘the’ city in India brimming with opportunities.

    Mumbai University was once among the best in India and Asia. A university that was among the top 10 colleges of India, now nosedived into the 150-200 range. As of 2018, not a single Mumbai college made to the top 10 colleges in India. Delhi has 5 and Chennai has 3.

    How did the graph become so bad for Mumbai in terms of education, you must be wondering. Late Dr. Aroon Tikekar in his book, Mumbai De-Intellectualised, explained how the quality of the ideas in the city and in its university are deteriorating, and how in the past there existed more distinguished alumni than any other Indian university

    How did Mumbai become a back-bencher in higher education? The answer can be found in the title of a book Mumbai De-Intellectualised authored by one of its thought leaders, the late Dr. Aroon Tikekar, a decade ago. The book bemoans the steady enfeeblement of the life of ideas in the city and its university, which in the distant past produced more distinguished alumni than any other Indian university — Mahatma Gandhi, Lokamanya Tilak, B R Ambedkar, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Jamsetji Tata, Homi Bhabha, M F Hussein, Nani Palkhiwala, Charles Correa and scores of others.

    Mumbai was once India’s media and book publishing capital. Well, it no longer is. It has not bothered to build prestigious intellectual spaces like the India International Centre and India Habitat Centre in Delhi.

    The growing deficiency in Mumbai University is due to the larger crisis of quality affecting most of the universities in the state. Needless to say, India needs new private universities. But if the government-run institutions are going to die, along with it many ambitions and dreams will end up unfulfilled of students who rely on such institutions for higher education.

  • 3 Mango Recipes to try this Mango Season

    1. Eggless mango cake

    Ingredients :

    • 2 cups mango puree ( I used 3 medium sized ripe Safeda mangoes)
    • 2 cups flour/maida
    • 1.5 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • pinch of salt
    • 2 teaspoons oil ( for greasing, adjust)
    • slivered pistachios/pecans/almonds

    Note : Before starting the following preparation, preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 160 degrees C. Also grease the baking pan/pans with oil.

    Method :

    1. In a mixer, puree the mango pulp, sugar and milk to a smooth consistency.

    2.  In a wide vessel/bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda using a fork or wire whisk.

    3. Melt the butter in a pan and allow it to cool a bit.

    4. Add the pureed mango-sugar mixture and butter to the flour mixture and whisk well using a ballon whisk so that there are no lumps.
    Note : The consistency of the batter is semi- thick. When you drop the batter, it should flow smoothly and will form ribbons.

    5. Transfer the batter to the greased baking tins.
    Chef tip: Fill only upto 1/2 of the cake tin/vessel.

    6. You can sprinkle pistachios or dry fruits of your choice ( optional) and bake the cake in the middle rack of the oven at 160 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
    Chef tip : After 10 minutes , check if the top layer is browning. If so, cover with a foil and continue baking.

    7. After 20 minutes, check whether the cake is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick in the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. Else, continue baking and check every 5 minutes.

    8. Once done, remove the cake pan from the oven and allow it to cool for 5-7 minutes in the pan itself.

    9. Then slowly run a blunt knife on the sides of the pan.
    10. Invert the pan on a cooling rack and dismantle the cake from the pan.

    11. Cool for another 10 minutes .
    12. During this time you can garnish the cake with pistachios/ cut fruits/ whipped cream etc.,

    2. Mango Barfi


    • 1 cup fresh Mango pulp Alphonsos variety is recommended
    • 1.5 cups Paneer crumbled
    • 1.5 cups Sugar
    • 1 cup non fat milk powder
    • ¼ cup milk or water
    • A pinch of saffron optional
    • 1 tsp butter/ghee to grease the tray
    • 2 tsp pistachios to garnish
    • sliver leaf to garnish optional
    1. Take milk powder in a bowl and add milk/water.
    2. Stir it with a whisk to combine and set aside.
    3. Puree the mango pulp in a blender.
    4. Place a non stick pan over the medium flame.
    5. Add the puree to the pan and cook for about five minutes.
    6. Now add crumbled paneer.
    7. Combine the paneer with the mango puree and add sugar.
    8. Stir again and cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium low flame.
    9. Soak a pinch of saffron to the two tablespoon of hot milk.
    10. Stir it to mix. Set aside to get it dissolve.
    11. Now add the milk powder mixture to the cooking puree mixture.
    12. Stir to combine and add the saffron milk.
    13. Cook the mixture on low flame with continuous stirring until it forms a thick fudge consistency.

    14. It took me around 10 minutes to achieve right consistency.
    15. Prepare a tray by greasing ghee or butter on the surface.
    16. Now add the mixture to the prepared tray and flatten it.
    17. I used spoon to flatten the mixture.Don’t forget to grease the spoon as well so that mixture doesn’t stick to the spoon.
    18. Allow it to cool completely till set. Garnish the top with pistachios and silver or golden leaves . Cut the barfi into desired shape.
    19. I have also made peda out of this same mixture. Enjoy !!

    3. Mango coconut pudding


    Coconut Pudding

    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 3 tbsp cornstarch
    • 3 tbsp water for cornstarch slurry
    • 2 1/2 tbsp condensed milk
    • A pinch of salt

    Mango Pudding

    • 1 cup frozen mangoes
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 3 tbsp cornstarch
    • 3 tbsp water for cornstarch slurry
    • A pinch of salt


    1. To make coconut pudding, combine coconut milk, condensed milk, and salt in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water, and slowly add to the coconut milk mixture. Stir constantly using a whisk until thick. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass cup or container of your choice.
    2. To make mango pudding, combine frozen mangoes and water in a blender and mix until liquid. Transfer to a saucepan, and add sugar and salt. Heat over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water and add mixture slowly into saucepan. Stir mango mixture constantly until thick. Remove from heat, and gently add pudding on top of the coconut pudding layer.
    3. Let the pudding cups chill at room temperature for 5 minutes, then refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


  • Gear up for Santacruz SummerFest 2018

    Summer is best time to put free time to good use. Travelling, movie marathons, book marathons, spending time with family. There’s so much you can do, but sometimes when you got no plans for summer, it feels like:

    But not this summer, you won’t be bored, as this year’s summer brings you Santacruz SummerFest. This event is being organized by Avenue 54. From tips on how to drape a saree by acclaimed fashion designer Shaina NC to kicking your butts to get fit with Micky Mehta, there are going to many amazing workshops.

    From adult to kids, everyone can get a generous dose of fun. The event will begin on 21st – April and will continue till 6th May. Yep, 16 days full of amazing people, events, and more.

    Here’s what the event will have in store for you:

    For kids:

    • Kids day out
    • Quilling
    • Punch craft
    • Fun with science
    • Dance workshop

    For adults:

    • Saree draping
    • Nutrition workshop
    • Dance
    • Makeup tips and trick
    • Skincare workshop
    • RJ masterclass with RJ Malishka
    • Timepass talkies
    • Laugh out loud with Vir Das

    Phew! That’s a long list. You know what. There’s more! If you want to find out more and enjoy one hell of a summer, book your tickets now here.

    Happy summer!

  • How to wear bold lips and eyes this summer

    Sun’s out, which means it’s time to rock those makeup trends (and yes, also bum’s out if you please). Bright and bold lips, pops of colours on the eyes, and since we’re going have the beaming sunshine reflect off our faces, why not whip those bronzy and golden highlighters too?

    So, here’s how you glam up right with bold colours this summer:

    1. First and foremost, you either play up your eyes or your lips. If you want to wear a bright orange lip, keep the eye-shadow work minimum. Going for bold colours both on your lips and eyes will just be too overwhelming. Both of them will be screaming for attention which is not what you wanna go for.

    1. Keep the rest of the makeup very subtle and simple. You want utmost attention to your eyes or lips. So keep the complexion soft. Just a touch of blush and contour will suffice.

    1. If you’re a little rebellious and want to go bold on both your eyes and lips, then go a for a monochromatic look. Monochromatic makeup look is where your eyes and lips are the same colours, or the shades of the same colour. Since it’s summer, you can experiment with colour like bright orange, fuschia pink, red-orange. Though you can play whatever colours you want, it’s still better to know what kinds of shades will suit your skin tone to rock a good summer makeup look.

    1. As of late, the makeup industry has been making a million eyeshadows and lipsticks that come in various textures: matte, satin, shimmer, glitter, glossy and metallic. For summers, it’s the perfect time to experiment with textures like, shimmer, metallics and glossy as they reflect off light beautifully. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but you gotta step out of your comfort zone sometimes, right?

    1. We all love liners. But sometimes, you. Just. Don’t. Need. It. If you’re gonna play with pops of colours, let it have its moment. Let the colour be. I know liner is a way get the whole eye look together, but not all the time. So chuck the liner, and let the flaunt the bold eyeshadow. Imagine that editorial-esque vibes you’ll get.

    1. If you just cannot without liner, you guessed it right, line it with some colour. Give black a break, and opt for one of the myriad shades.

  • Water Bowls set up for Birds by Nature Lovers

    Summer is at its harshest in Mumbai with mercury level rising to 41-42 degree Celsius. Caring for other species’ needs, nature lovers put up water bowls across the city for birds to help them get through the scorching heat of summer.  These water bowls have been strategically put p like in open spaces, gardens, tree belts and recreational hubs that birds can find refuge in when injured.

    Nature and bird lovers of the city are committed to making living conditions better for birds, especially through this time of the year when the temperature is soaring. They have also requested fellow citizens to lend helping hands so that the birds to struggle or suffer to find water.

    “We are doing our bit by putting up nests on the trees and providing water bowls and feeder pots. The thirsty birds should get some solace from the extreme summer heat. The days are getting hotter and the birds need ample water to survive,” said Raghunath Jadhav, a Kharghar resident and animal lover.

    Many residents are collecting plastic water bottles from the litter to cut them into two and fill water to hang on the tree branches.

    Read: Ready Yourself for a Mesmerizing Birdwatching Experience at Kharghar Hills

    Residents of sector 6 Vashi have installed 25 bird nests, 25 feeders and a good number of natural water bowls for birds in the tree belt area.  The residents are thriving to make their area bird-friendly. They’ll provide constant care by filling up the bowls when required and provide food too. Local corporator Divya Gaikwad said, “We have approached local residents to provide more water bowls along the tree belt near NMSA in Vashi.”

    Many of the residents and bird lovers are making nest made of bamboo, coconut shells, hard cardboard, etc. so it can benefit the common house sparrows whose preservation is essential for the natural biodiversity.

    This initiative has made it really easy on many bird species, especially in Parsik hill. Flocks of bulbuls, mynas, golden Orioles have come to enjoy the green foliage and drink from water bowls fixed by bird lovers.

  • 5 Braid Hairstyles for Short Hair

    Summer season began, ever since the first mango hit the market. And with that, summer fashion has officially kicked off. From minimal cotton clothing to short hair and open sandals, summer fashion is the time to flaunt the best looks in the sweltering heat. And for the ladies, it’s time to snip off the long tresses and flaunt funky and breezy cool short hairstyles. I’m sure that’s got some of you nodding. For the rest of you who don’t agree, simply check out the sassy braid hairstyles for short hair that girls can pull off and you’ll stand corrected!

    1) Mohawk Braid

    A little hard to pull off but that easy to flaunt, this is one of the most popular braid styles you can find on the internet. Popular because of Hollywood celebrities, this one requires some product on your hair, so you get a sleek one and the only other thing you need to bother about is the compliments coming your way.

    2) Side Braided Ponytail

    The easiest of all braid hairstyles, this is a cross between ponytails and braid styles. It’s perfect to carry off effortlessly and still elegant enough to suit your corporate office look.

    3) Waterfall Braid

    Let me tell you a little secret, I tried real hard to do this and gave up because my hands started to hurt. Moral of the story? Get someone to do this for you. Because it is worth that effort. Just look at it!

    4) Half-Up Half-Down Braid

    Popular amongst all working women, this is a go-to braid hairstyle that sits loosely on your head, yet functional enough for you to get around with your daily work.

    5) Double French Braids

    French braids? But double the style! Hell yes! This one requires the help of two elastic bands and a whole lot of sass. Think you can pull it off?
    There’s a popular millennial saying, “Short hair, don’t care”. Guess what? A little care and you can do so much more with your short hair. Add some heat of your own to this summer!
  • Debris dumpers now target the green belt near Nerul lake

    Despite the initiatives taken by NMMC’s anti- encroachment squad against the debris mafia, truckloads of debris were found again on the wetlands. After the proposed plot for a marina project, the relentless debris mafia have targeted a 500m green patch behind Ganpatseth Tandel exhibition ground, which is a stone’s throw from the jogging track of Nerul Lake along the Palm Beach Road. The lake is known as Jewel of Navi Mumbai.

    According to some locals, the trees and mangroves behind the ground are being destroyed. Also, the debris is blocking the water line which opens into the lake.

    A local said, “NMMC is not doing enough to break the nexus between the debris mafia and land-grabbers. They dump waste on green patches and target encroached lands.” When these spots are turned into dumping grounds, it leads to dust pollution and other health issues as most of the debris is construction waste, the local complained.

    “The dumping activity on the green patch has remained unchecked for the last few days. The stretch extends from T S Chanakya signal to Tandel ground. Debris dumping has been going on for some time now but authorities remain mute spectators,” said activist Santush Patil.

    Now, due to the dumping, residents are worried that the proposal to beautify the Tandel ground for sports and other activities will have to be derailed.

    NMMC commissioner Ramaswami said, “Civic officers have been asked to beef up surveillance activity at all green spots that are prone to debris dumping and take stringent action against the perpetrators.”

    Tushar Pawar, NMMC’s deputy commissioner (solid waste management), said, “We are digging up trenches around patches where debris is being dumped. However, at Tandel ground, trucks can easily enter and dump waste, making our task more challenging.”

    But locals are not ready to lend their ears to anymore excuses. “NMMC must initiate strategic measures to stop these racketeers who are involved in land grabbing here. They are killing the green cover,” said a resident, Suraj Patil.

    “All agencies are passing the buck. This will encourage the debris and land mafia. Soon, illegal slums will come up on these wetlands,” said Kishore Raut, another resident.

    Belapur ward officer Shashikant Tandel said, “Officials of the anti-nuisance squad of zone-I have been instructed to stop such dumping and take s action.”

  • Residents ‘plog’ around to keep Navi Mumbai clean while keeping fit

    On Saturday, over 25 people participated in a plogging event from Utsav Chowk to Central Park. The participant mostly were Kharghar residents and volunteers of the earth Kids Foundation.

    The term plogging comes from Sweden. The term means to pick up trash while excercising, mostly while running or jogging.

    The success of an event at Thane’s Yeoor forest earlier this month inspired NGO Robinhood Army and Abhivyaktit to jointly organize the plogging event.

    This initiative, which was led by Deepak Singh, Navi Mumbai head of Robinhood Army, got received a lot of positive response from the citizens. People who showed up for their morning jogs and walks helped pick up trash like wrappers, straws, plastic bottles all across the road. The progress of the event really inspired people to participate in similar events in the future.

    “Our plogging event has become the talking point. We were able to send out a positive message and also appealed for a plastic-free society. Our ultimate aim is to get rid of plastic,” said Singh.

    “I have asked participants to reduce the use of plastic, only then will we be able to get rid of it,” Singh added.

    Around 12 bags of trash was collected and a request was sent to CIDCO to lift it from a commonplace.

    Lalita Ravichandran, a Kharghar resident, said, “I didn’t know what plogging was. I saw a video of the event at Yeoor forest in Thane. This is an exciting event and will motivate youngsters to keep the city clean.”

    Pallavi Singh, 31, associated with NGO Robinhood Army, said, “My home is mostly plastic-free, but I ensure to reduce even the minimal usage of plastic. The aim of participating in the event was to help people know that we can lead a plastic-free life and stop littering.”

    The plogging group of Kharghar has decided to organize event every Saturday. Another plogging event will take place at Sector 18 and 19 on April 21.

    The areas have a jurisdiction issue as the Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and CIDCO officials keep stalling when it comes to cleaning up the area.

    The area has around 20 housing societies and volunteers will be urging residents to participate in the initiative.