LET­TER FROM THE EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

India Today - - SPICE - (Aroon Purie)

TILL A FEW DAYS AGO WE WERE SWEAT­ING IT

out, the smell and sour­ness of sum­mer fruit still sharp on our tongues. Yet Oc­to­ber is here and the first of the fes­ti­vals has hit the sweet spot. This is the sea­son of en­chant­ment; of rev­elry, par­ties, giv­ing, lights, and above all else, grat­i­tude. We cel­e­brate the sea­son with our an­nual fes­ti­val guide which gives one a glimpse of small won­ders in tough times; things that we should cel­e­brate ir­re­spec­tive of whether one is fret­ting about the larger things in life. Our cover girl ac­tor Rakul Preet loves the fes­tiv­i­ties but has fig­ured out healthy ways of feast­ing on the good­ies, some­thing we are tak­ing note of separately as well as more and more peo­ple want to gift and eat desserts that are in­ven­tive and made us­ing high qual­ity, natural in­gre­di­ents. She also tells us how as you grow older, fes­ti­vals are the link be­tween your past and fu­ture and be­come a time to in­dulge in some will­ful, sweet nos­tal­gia. Won­der­ing what to stock your bar with this sea­son? Our som­me­lier tells you what your fes­ti­val bar should look like and how, you need to look closer home for your tip­ple bliss as In­dian liquor brands are giv­ing us much to cel­e­brate. From the finest phones to buy ahead of Di­wali to lux­ury gift ham­pers that scream in­dul­gence, and watches that are ideal for gift­ing, our fes­ti­val guide gives you a taste of what’s hot and trendy this year. As you deck up your home and splurge on fash­ion that makes you sparkle , our ex­perts share their fes­tive vi­sion with you to en­sure you are on track. Lux­ury brand Louis Vuit­ton also tells you how to ac­ces­sorise right this sea­son. There are a flurry of launches tar­get­ing this sea­son and we line them up for you in this is­sue. Sure, there are other press­ing prob­lems in life but just for a mo­ment, cast all your doubts and in­se­cu­ri­ties aside and give in to the warmth and bon­homie that char­ac­terises this sea­son. Be your sen­ti­men­tal, fuzzy best and in­dulge in the joy of giv­ing and tak­ing. Happy cel­e­brat­ing!

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