More Shopping!

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Hi,

Well I should say another visit to two jewelry stores.  First store we went to were absolutely ridiculously expensive.  Their sets were not even close to our budget, everything was oversized.  I really don’t understand the purpose of buying something that you would wear once and then you have to lock up in a safe.  There was one hoop earring with diamonds that after a discount of 1 lakh would come to 4.4 lakhs.  For some that may be nothing, but let’s put that into consideration. 4.4 lakhs is approximately $10,000.  Believe me it didn’t look like a $10,000 earring.  Then I finally liked a set. A very delicate one with detachable pendant.  It was 40 Lakhs. You must be kidding me! With the current state of economy you could buy a flat for that price in U.S.  Makes you wonder! Is it really smart to spend that much on a set? I guess the answer is, if you have it and there is no pressure, why not!!  Then we went to another store, I saw a wedding ring a round 1.28 carats for 6.5 lakhs. Don’t know if that is within the budget or not! I was only told to take a look so I can get an idea!  At the first store we were told that the 4.4 lakh earring is an award winner piece and we won’t be able to find anything remotely close to it. Guess what?! In the second store, we found the exact same earring in a rose gold finish, only smaller. So much for not ever seeing anything like it! I saw a choker also that was about 29 lakh but was told it could be done in a smaller version.

I don’t know how much is a lot! Let me know what you think, how much do you think is reasonable to spend on your wedding set?!

Cheers!

My Recipe: Prawns & Pasta

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Hi All,

So last night I decided to have my hubby to be over for dinner. The decision was sudden, I usually eat at their place since I have moved here.  I had Medium size prawns at home.  So this is what I made, I won’t guarantee the quantities cause I made this up and it came out to be yummy.

Ingredients:

Wheat or Whole Grain Pasta

1 kg medium size prawns

Fresh Parsley

Fresh Garlic cloves peeled (4 or 5)

Olive Oil

Fresh Lime Juice (1 lime)

Spring Onions (I used 2 )

Salt & Pepper to taste

Dash of Pepper

One small tomato

Put all these ingredients except Shrimp & tomato into a grinder to make a paste.  Now take 1 or 2 little spoons of the paste and marinate your shrimp in it.  Cover the shrimp and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Add the tomato to the remaining paste and grind.  Now take this thin paste and boil it in a pot for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat till it thickens a little. This becomes your pasta sauce. Set aside.

After one hour: I don’t have a grill or oven @ my place so I used a regular pan on high heat and grilled my prawns without adding the oil (the oil in the marinate is enough).  Set Aside

Boil water and make your pasta as usual.  When the pasta is ready mix well with the sauce & shrimp.

Enjoy it with a side of fresh salad or garlic bread!

Let me know if you did try this one and what you think!

Cheers!

First visit 2 Indian Jewelry Store

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First visit 2 Indian Jewelry Store

Hi,

I have always been the jewelry lover like most other women. I always loved the light and delicate items I would get in Iran which usually came from Italian designers.

As I have been thinking about putting together the sets I will buy for myself, I kept insisting that I will get my sets from Iran.  My fiance insisted I should take a look at designs here before making a decision.  So finally I agreed to go with my In-Laws to be to a jewelry store here in Mumbai. We went to Anmol Jewellers  on Turner road in Bandra West.

All I have to say is “Oh Amazing!”.  There are sets of God & Uncut diamonds so different from what I am used to. So hot! And then there were the diamond sets.  Some looked very similar to our designs.

I have become a fan of the choker style cause that one is very uncommon to see in Iran.

We didn’t buy anything considering it was the first store we were visiting and the prices were too much!  We did however put aside few sets in case we want to go back.

Let me know what has been your experience so far if you are shopping for your Jewelry sets!

Cheers!

Indian Wedding Preparation 1

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Hi Everyone,

As I’m planning my own wedding, I am learning a lot too.  So for those of you who are not familiar with an Indian wedding I give a little info based on what I have learned so far.  An Indian wedding preparation is not only picking out the venue, food, guest list and your dress.  There is a whole preparation going on as what to take with you when you are moving to your husband’s home.  Being from Iran, I’m used to this concept though I have to say Iranian concept is much less complicated. In Persian weddings, you furnish the apartment your husband to be has rented or purchased for the two of you to start your life in.  In an Indian wedding you could take anything which is for yourself and for the house and the family. Most common items are bags of clothes, shoes, purses, make up as well as dinner set, Jewelry, gold and anything valuable.  Some also purchase gifts for the groom’s family the extend of which depends on your financial status and ability.  When you move, you obviously take your own belongings that you already have, but you have to also purchase all these new clothing and accessories.

And these purchases are the complication. In addition to financial burden, there is so much effort put into picking the best outfits.   There is no upper limit to what price range and how many pieces to get. Someone told me it’s smart to go with lucky numbers for example 11 sarees, 21 casual outfits and etc.  I personally think it is a good idea and I may do 7,11,21.

Let me know if you are also in the process of putting together your “truzzo”!!