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Simply Hy­der­abad puts to­gether a list of cool e-stores fea­tur­ing chic fash­ion and trendy buys.

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An­cient liv­ing

"Any­thing tra­di­tion­ally good that our an­ces­tors used is worth re­viv­ing,” says Kalyani Gongi, 40, whose store An­cient Liv­ing is all about well­ness prod­ucts that are in­fused with the ben­e­fits of Ayurveda. Be­sides skin­care prod­ucts made with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents—laven­der and oat­meal or an av­o­cado and basil blend—find a range of earthen uten­sils and brass water bot­tles that are great for health. “We have re­cently also in­tro­duced na­tive games like ashta chamma and pachisi, which were once a part of our cul­ture and rel­e­vant even to­day, since they are strat­egy games like chess, that are great for sharp­en­ing mind skills,” says Gongi. an­cientliv­ing.in

Color D Earth

From tra­di­tional jhumkas in vivid shades to neck­pieces made in trendy de­signs, there can be im­mense pos­si­bil­i­ties for jew­ellery crafted from ter­ra­cotta, and Color D Earth shows you how. Sourced from across In­dia, “these ar­ti­san-crafted pieces are per­fect to be paired with Western wear and Kan­jee­varam saris alike,” says Hema Balakr­ish­nan, 43, whose pas­sion for an eco-friendly life­style led her to start Color D Earth as a small kiosk in 2011, which has evolved over the years into an eco-so­cio ven­ture. col­ordearth.com

Good Seeds

The ben­e­fits of adopt­ing an or­ganic diet are im­mense and at Good Seeds the choices avail­able for or­ganic and healthy foods are aplenty. Ev­ery­thing you find here is fully nat­u­ral and grown on chem­i­cal-free farms. Opt for palm su­gar in­stead of refined white su­gar or cook with whole­some mil­lets or un­pro­cessed sub­sti­tutes for grains. Apart from ce­re­als, veg­eta­bles and ready-to-eat prod­ucts, browse through their range of eco-friendly home cleansers and in­cense or room fresh­en­ers. good­seeds.in

Leans­poon

The need for reg­u­lat­ing their diet and eat­ing healthy in the midst of a stress­ful cor­po­rate life­style led Gopi Lin­gala, 36 and Sa­nee­sha Rao, 29 to give up cushy jobs and start Leans­poon a year ago. With healthy op­tions for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, sub­scribers can choose be­tween home­style In­dian food or ex­otic de­lights de­rived from Asian or even south Amer­i­can cuisines. “We also help clients with nu­tri­tion and life­style ad­vice, of­fer­ing por­tion con­trolled food that is as tasty as it is healthy,” says Lin­gala. leans­poon.com

Pink Cup­cakes

A football sit­ting on a cake for an ar­se­nal fan or a whole kitchen recre­ated with ic­ing, and film posters with su­gary pop­corn for a movie buff ’s birth­day; Reema Vohra’s themed cakes are of­ten lovely sur­prises, noth­ing short of artsy. “The quirki­est of themes bring out the best of my creativ­ity,” says the 32-year-old for­mer cor­po­rate pro­fes­sional who took up bak­ing af­ter an im­promptu course in Malaysia. Five years later, craft­ing elab­o­rate cakes is an ev­ery­day af­fair in her home kitchen. “All I need to know is a per­son’s per­son­al­ity or pas­sions. To see that recre­ated on their birth­day or an­niver­sary cake can truly make the oc­ca­sion spe­cial,” says Vohra. bak­ing­with­pink.in

Cake Craft

So­cial en­tre­pre­neur Ka­malka­nta Naik, 24, took his culi­nary pas­sion a tad fur­ther than simply cook­ing for him­self and friends, to re­cently start Cake Craft. Or­der one of their ready to pick cakes or have one cus­tom-made if there’s a spe­cific flavour you have in mind. What’s more, their soon to be launched app, Easy Cel­e­bra­tion, will keep de­tails

of birthdays and an­niver­saries of your fam­ily. “Even if you hap­pen to for­get your spouse’s birth­day, we would still send a cake on your be­half,” says Naik, adding that the same can be done with birthdays of em­ploy­ees with Cake Craft’s cor­po­rate clients. face­book.com/cake­crafthyd

Ex­otic Bloom­ing Teas

Over her ex­ten­sive trav­els, in­ter­na­tional bad­minton champ and owner Ex­otic Bloom­ing Teas, Nee­l­ima Chowdary, 39, took to tea with a keen pas­sion af­ter hav­ing sam­pled sev­eral ex­otic va­ri­eties. Chamomile for de-stress­ing, laven­der for re­laxed sleep or pep­per­mint for mood-lift­ing, “tea can in­deed be mag­i­cally heal­ing,” says Chowdary who started to source teas from across the world about a year ago. “While there are hun­dreds of va­ri­eties, Indians tend to like teas that are on the sweeter side, like berry green tea, rather than the more pun­gent flavours,” she says, show­ing around the lit­tle tea room at her home where clients can sam­ple the tea that they would like to buy. Be­sides hot brews, there are also a num­ber of iced tea va­ri­eties to pick from, in­clud­ing the Asian-in­spired pearl tea. face­book.com/bloom­ingteas

The One Shop

The One Shop is lit­er­ally a one-stop des­ti­na­tion for all your gift­ing needs—from wed­ding gifts, birth­day re­turn gifts to house warm­ing gifts, there's some­thing for ev­ery­one. Their prod­ucts in­clude In­dian eth­nic hand­i­crafts, jew­ellery cases and sil­ver ware. Be­sides this, they also have an ar­ray of gift bags—from fancy bro­cade pouches to el­e­gantly em­broi­dered hold­ers with draw­strings and classy printed cot­ton bags. theoneshop.in

Peace Lily

A glass planter with a small suc­cu­lent can make for an in­ter­est­ing ac­ces­sory; pick ter­rar­i­ums, minia­ture gar­dens and lit­tle plants in lanterns at Peace Lily. Crafted with peb­bles and tiny fig­urines, these lit­tle art­works are ideal to pep up any space and make for cool table­top ac­ces­sories, which of­ten turn into con­ver­sa­tion starters. face­book.com/Peacelilyin­dia

I Love Be­ing Hy­der­abadi

If you are a true-blue Hy­der­abadi who loves the unique hu­mour of the Dec­cani Hindi-Urdu spo­ken at Hy­der­abad, you can­not miss the funky wall art, cof­fee mugs, T-shirts and table­top ac­ces­sories at I love Be­ing Hy­der­abadi. Syed Saif, 28, de­signs prod­ucts with Hy­der­badi themes, fea­tur­ing graf­fiti such as, ‘Lite le baap’ and ‘Sab bolo lekin subha jaldi utho nakko bolo’. These prod­ucts are in­deed about a dis­tinct Hy­der­abadi at­ti­tude. be­inghy­der­abadi.in

Hooz­inc

Any­thing you pick at Hooz­inc is out of the box if not with an out­right funny twist to it, like old time iron­ing press shaped ash­trays or note­books with witty mes­sages. “But our re­cent favourites are cer­tifi­cates that state words like ‘nalayak’ or ‘bhukkad’ and other such qual­i­fiers that peo­ple typ­i­cally have for their friends, mak­ing for per­fect add-ons to gifts,” says Chandni Sakurikar, 27, who started the store with part­ner Nikhil Ka­pur, 28. Be­sides these, browse through of­fi­cial mer­chan­dise of Friends, Big Bang The­ory, Sher­lock and even Baahubali. Take a pick from badges and coast­ers or phone cases fea­tur­ing graph­ics and sketches from scenes of the epic block­buster. hooz­inc.com

My Dream Store

There are por­tals aplenty for buy­ing T-shirts but for­mer fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst Karthik Venkat, 27, with part­ner, Bala Satish, 28, started an en­ter­prise that en­ables you to de­sign and sell T-shirts, hood­ies and tank tops of your own. Three years af­ter its launch, My Dream Store has more than 400 ac­tive sell­ers who cre­ate de­signs and market them here, with the man­u­fac­tur­ing and lo­gis­tics han­dled in-house. “The prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured when peo­ple pre-or­der your de­sign in the sizes of their choice,” ex­plains Venkat, adding that they have re­cently added mo­bile cases and tote bags to the in­ven­tory and will soon in­tro­duce ac­ces­sories and jew­ellery as well. My­dream­store.in

Just Pretty Things

Take your style quo­tient a few notches up with a plethora of chic ac­ces­sories from Just Pretty Things that An­jula Merani, 34, started two years ago and had in­vestors in­vest there­after. Ston­es­tud­ded jew­ellery in un­usual com­bi­na­tions or trendy chok­ers and bracelets are per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ments to glam up an out­fit. Their range of sun­glasses are worth go­ing a bit over­board with your style state­ment. “All our ac­ces­sories have a youth­ful con­tem­po­rary edge to bring out the diva in you,” says Merani, who was for­merly a jew­ellery de­signer. just­pret­ty­things.com

Hema Balakr­ish­nan of Color D Earth

KRISHNENDU HALDER Pho­to­graph by

Sa­nee­sha Rao of Leanspon

Pink Cup­cakes goes the ex­tra mile with their themed cup­cakes

Sam­ple a wide range of tea va­ri­eties at Ex­otic Bloom­ing Teas

Pho­to­graph by KRISHNENDU HALDER

Swarna Vemulapalli and Ramya Koduri of Peace Lily

Chandni Sakurikar and Nikhil Ka­pur of Hooz­inc

Pho­to­graph by KRISHNENDU HALDER

An­jula Merani of Just Pretty Things

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