Paan cigarettes: Jaisalmers and Mild Sevens dipped in a concoction of ‘kattha’ and crushed spices, then dried and sold. Rs10 each. Mishra Paan Bhandar, Community Centre, Saket, New Delhi.
Paan liqueur: Sweet and slightly sickly stuff brewed by Sikkim Distilleries. Ask a friend from Sikkim to get it. About Rs1,000 for 750ml. ‘www.thedrinkshop.com’
Paan ice cream: Creamy, green, with bits of candied “cherry” and whole ‘saunf’. Rs33 a scoop. Big Gulp, Food Union, K-35 Lajpat Nagar-II, New Delhi (46504158).
Paan kulfi: Served in a ‘matka’, has ‘gulkand’. Rs95. Legends of India, N-56, Connaught Place, New Delhi (43012322).
If you walk along Chapel Road and Bazaar Road in Bandra, Mumbai, you’ll find that the old familiar grottoes to Mary and kitschy idols of Christ now share space with black and white portraits of local residents on the walls of their own houses, images of a blue cat and birds with glasses, and the word “Bandra” written in colourful bubble letters. All part of a project by cinematographer Dhanya Pilo to “visually repossess” Mumbai. After the monsoon, Pilo hopes to collaborate with sex workers to paint a mural in the red-light area. (Clea Chakravarty)
With Indian fitness videos now widely available, even couch potatoes should be able to exercise well.
Jaldi Fit: Two 500ml bottles of water. Towel. Armless chair. Rug. That’s everything the DVD told me I would need for a workout designed by Namita Jain, certified trainer, wellness writer and fitness consultant at Jaslok Hospital. Good for beginners. DVD, Rs299; at Planet M outlets.
Shilpa’s Yoga: Yoga never looked better. Shetty sticks to simply demonstrating five sets of asanas. One of the first few positions is a backbend, so beginners might have a problem. Hindi VCD, Rs99, English, VCD, Rs199, DVD, Rs299; at Planet M and Landmark outlets.
Ever fancied an Andy Warhol on your kitchen wall, Van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night Time” in your living room, an Escher drawing and a Lautrec “Moulin Rouge” poster to complete a collection that includes all the works of Dali, Picasso and Monet? If you’re intent on turning your living room into the Louvre, go to Bangalore’s Prakash Aswanithe. A former RJ on Radio Indigo, he sells fine art prints sourced from repositories such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York) from his home in Dollars Colony. Rs2,500 onwards. 435, 9th Cross, 5th Main, Bangalore (9845214321). ‘www.fineart.in’