So, the unavoidable 14th February is less than 48 hours away and you literally have no idea what has to be done – or how you could go through another V-day while being V-single.

Fret not! Go through our list of things to do this Valentine’s day if you are very single and yet wanna have lots of fun, because why not!

And unlike a junk of posts that you will find online that will tell you how you should celebrate this day or “Netflix and chill”, these ideas below have been given by real people, just like you and me!

So sit back, read the different ways to ruffle up your V-day with real ideas from real people!


Online shopping = retail therapy! Go get that card and shop to your hearts content for some amazing make up combinations and kits. Buy beauty products from Snapdeal at more than 60% off.

If you want to go for something more of a better brand value and options then I definitely recommend the Smashbox collections at Nykaa. Who doesn’t love some lipsticks ya?


Okay this one’s my favourite! When I was in Paris, me and Reme used to literally end up doing nothing – day after day, but we used to roam around quite a bit and fool around too! One of them was, before Halloween we went to the H&M store and clicked selfies and did a whole lot of crazy things! You can do similar stuff – go out with your BFF(s) and act crazy, have wine at 12 in the afternoon or just sit and groan about who invented V-day at allll…. you get the drift.


Do I need to elaborate? Play one of those games by Ellen and/or trash your ex’s stuff. FUN.


Okay – calm down. I swear this one’s real simple. And if I could make it – so could you – like for sure! SO, click on and decide between a Kolkata Mutton Biryani or a typical Kolkata style Bengali Kosha Mangsho (slow cooked caramelised mutton).


I recently watched the movie – Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga. If you are in India and you want to catch this movie – book your tickets right now. It’s one movie that feels so relevant and beautiful in today’s times and age! I loved the story, the background, the lightness of the film while dealing with a love that has just been slowly finding its acceptance around the society!

So this Valentine’s Day – Let Love be!


This one’s for the win. If you are in Kolkata, Mumbai or Pune or anywhere with the existence of Irish House – head straight into their Valentine’s Day offer : A week long celebration, lots of pinatas and potent LIIT’s from 8th to 15th February while watching some stand-up comedy or simply hanging out with your friends. If you want to get those tickets for the Stand-up comedy feat. Prashasti Singh & Shaad Shafi at 9 pm at the Irish House Andheri Mumbai, go ahead and get booking!


YUMMY! Dig into some hot chocolate with whipped cream and have a glass of some good scotch or whiskey – or have it both together. Go crazy !


There are flea markets you could get your hands on! In Paris it’s literally everywhere plus they are more like a collectible – so go shopping at the flea market!


Okay, so just because you are single doesn’t mean you and your friend can’t spend the entire day doing photo shoots, posing everywhere possible and getting the best out of a day that was designed to make you feel low.

But you go ahead, wear some good makeup, put on that dress and top and get clicking for some good photos for your gram!


Adhisa Ghosh


I am blatantly aware of how so many of you have asked me about my MBA course and about IFA Paris.

To start with, I was pursuing my undergrad in Symbiosis Institute of Design in Pune, specialising in Fashion Communication when in my final year I decided to go in for my MBA in Luxury Brand Management, immediately after my final degree project.

No, I didn’t have any help from anyone to figure things out so amidst working for my Degree Project and pursuing the application process at IFA for its September 2017 batch, I followed all the guidelines and process clearly mentioned on their website and also applied for a scholarship.

Once I was given a counsellor who guided me through the process, online exam and the interview, much to my delight, I was accepted with scholarship into the program.

The option was that first six months I could choose between Istanbul, Shanghai and Paris, and eventually finish off my last two semesters in Paris. Taking this opportunity I decided to give Istanbul a shot as Turkey has always fascinated me and was on my Bucket list.

I couldn’t miss the opportunity of being able to live and study at such an exotic destination. After spending six months in Istanbul and living like a locale I would like to give you a list down of the Istanbul lifestyle and the IFA experience.



Initially, if you choose Istanbul, the campus coordinator connects you two months prior, with the fellow students coming to the same destination, on a WhatsApp group (This is only for Istanbul, the Shanghai batch had different measures). We had a total of only 5 students who opted for Istanbul, hence the pressure was less.

I connected with a Turkish school teacher who wanted to rent out his apartment located opposite the Golden horn in Istanbul on a Turkish house hunting website. The minimum monthly rent and lifestyle budget can range from 750-1500 Lira depending on your indulgences as well. But Istanbul is a city that can be very easy on your budget and is cheaper than Mumbai! (shocker)

I cannot stress how important it is to budget your savings while you are a student abroad. 

Also, finding accommodation is extremely easy and hotels are cheap if you want to come to the country and then re-confirm your housing as I did.



It’s a travel card you get at any grocery store (generally SOK and Tekel shops) (SOK is a grocery chain and Tekel is alcohol store)

It is a must that you buy this card that comes for 7 lira. You need to keep recharging your card, a minimum of 30 lira that goes for a month or half depending how often you travel. These cards can be swiped in the bus, tram, metro-bus and metro. Alternatively, cabs can be frequently used as well because they run on meter and are quite reasonable than Europe. (I know you must have heard a lot of negative things about Turkish cab drivers, please do not form a judgement unless you have experienced it in real life, most of the cab rides i have taken have been wonderful and people have been kind.)

In retrospect, it’s a must you buy this card!



IFA collaborates with a premium institute called the Kadir Has University that has a very good reputation and prestige in Istanbul. Located in Fatih, the college is accessible by all public transport and is a very safe campus, one of the most peaceful ones I have seen so far.

With a starbucks, two huge cafeterias, unlimited wifi and state of the art classrooms, you won’t feel like leaving the campus much.

Also, the course structure for MBA in Luxury Brand Management is not very intensive at the beginning and you will have plenty of time to settle in and feel at one with the course. The teachers are wonderful, warm and caring and are extremely sensitive to your adjustments or any short-comings. I am so glad that I have gotten to experience a wonderful bond with most of my mentors in Istanbul who did a brilliant job at teaching us the course layouts and also went out of their comfort zones to arrange for trips and visits so we could get to know the Turkish culture and market more personally.

Our campus administrator was a Turkish person who would always encourage outdoor trips and coax us to soak in the cultural spirit of the city, even if it was a 3 am cab ride back home, realising that Istanbul was a city that literally never slept. The best part was we knew that most of our teachers and mentors were a call away in case of any emergencies, there was no barrier and we were like a big family!

(The new IFA campus details of Istanbul have changed, click on ISTANBUL IFA to know more about it! )



During your six months of stay I can promise you over 20 industry visits spread across two semesters. These include the Perfumes and Cosmetics and Hospitality seminars. You get to visit and interact with brands and entrepreneurs, visit luxury hotels and take tours, get offered different cuisines and learn about wine tasting and visit vineyards for Gastronomy lectures. I think the best part about the two semesters spent here is the amount of time we have wandered outdoors participating and soaking in real lessons and meeting with people coming from various walks of life. It was all very luxurious and I felt that I was studying a luxury brand management course because everything was related and a very realistic image was drawn over everything. Between these visits and amidst networking with countless entrepreneurs , I grew up in Istanbul.



Now, I understand that as a student it can get quite hectic sometimes and taking a break and soaking in the nightlife in a different country becomes a must routine breaker.

Join in with an Erasmus student group who organise pub crawls and events. Soak in the nightlife and pubs across Taksim, Istiklal street, Ortakoy and Besiktas. Some really good nightlife destinations which are easily accessible and cheap in Istanbul. Some of our daily grinds were – The Beat, Eski Beirut, St. Regis and Cosmo. Google them if you are in Istanbul!



Not going to say much on this except Tavuk Doner, Iskender, Sarma, Çorba, Lahmacun, Turkish delights, Baklava and Çai are my favourites! I am not so fussy about food and given that I am a Bengali, I appreciate good food. I strictly believe if you have left your country to live in a different one, you might as well soak up the food and culture while you are young! Istanbul is filled with warm smell of freshly baked breads, cheese and olives in the mornings. Dig in while you are there!



One word- Beautiful. Period.

The most helpful and shockingly honest bunch of people I have met so far. Boys are charming and respectful for most parts ( although avoid dating Turkish men haha, okay maybe just two dates ) and women are gorgeous!

Also, I love Turkish people. Istanbul is in my list of countries to work in for a while.



If you are an art aficionado and want to spot some cool areas – Street art Istanbul is a good option. For the practical student related apps to get around – I can swear my life on Trafi and BiTaksi. For food delivery, there is only one efficient app called Yemeksepeti.



Since I lived in the European side as the college was located there, my travel time was 20 minutes. But people do commute for an hour, it’s not surprising at all.

Public transport is one of the best and very convenient – you can take the ferry as well to nearby islands. We used to go to the Asian side quite a bit. You can also make one day trips to Troy (click to read the whole article on my visit), Bursa, Pamukkale and Capadocia amongst many others.

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In retrospect, I strictly recommend that before visiting any country you try to adapt a few of their words, their pronunciation and to extend an acceptance. I strongly believe the kind of behaviour you project is what you receive back, especially in a foreign country. It’s good to be discreet and friendly yet knowing when not to let someone take advantage of you.

IFA gave me exactly this opportunity, to live in two different countries and gather an exposure which is very potent, deeply instilled with a knowledge of their inherent culture, mounting over layers of the decades of forgotten history and stories.

You want to take this one home.



Written by Adhisa Ghosh


“And suddenly you know, it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

Fresh starts. Beginnings. The first day. Orientation. New life.

I think there is a little part inside us that always craves for hope, to start anew. So, I have been saying how I am settled in Istanbul now for my MBA in Luxury Brand Management at IFA Paris, studying at the Kadir Has University here. I will be here for six months before moving onto Paris for a year as a part of the course program.

I have had a little problem to figure my way around initially but since the time I have had Akshita, my classmate and roommate from Bangalore, move in with me here, I have had some good company and its much easier to figure things out when you have someone at your end. Even getting lost can be okay sometimes as long as you are not alone.

So, I have only had one day of class so far which was very interesting. I always like when I am well prepared and I am able to answer any questions thrown at me, knowing that I am very competitive and I struck a good chord with my Professor Catherine then and there. We spoke a lot about the cult of emerging luxury markets and details about the same, while realising the whole time that I had really studied a lot as a graduation student back in Symbiosis when we had Fashion Brand Management classes. I aced it.

Moving on, we had our orientation yesterday, which was very interesting. We are a small bunch of students here who chose the Istanbul program, rest are in Shanghai and Paris at the moment so we obviously see everyone and become an entire batch when we are in Paris next year.  After the introductions and going through the technicalities and know-hows of college life and how it would be for the next six months, our coordinator decided to take us out for welcome drinks.

We took a bus near Taksim , a really popular tourist district here which is both near to where I live and the university. After a brisk walk, we came in front of the Galata towers which is extremely famous and a must see. Right opposite the Galata Towers is a place called Sensus Wine Boutique. Needless to mention, that it was a beautiful aesthetic place and I felt like I had walked into one of those modernised wine cellars where vintage meets modernity.

What can I say, it seemed like the perfect marriage of the past and the present. Small tables with candles, the aroma of wine and cheese, and a piano where live music would soon take over, it was a very nostalgic and cozy place, it transported me to a mood which I would have honestly enjoyed sitting alone with my glass of some really good wine. I think I have this problem where I need to put up a social exterior to talk to people whereas I would be honestly enjoying the voice of the old man singing Roberta Flack’s Killing me Softly on the piano and having my cheese and just enjoy my company. Now, I know that would make me antisocial and to a certain extent I feel I am but I have been doing well in keeping up the tempo of socializing.

There are three of us from India, one from Indonesia and one from South Africa. We all come from diverse backgrounds, and experiences but while sitting at the table with our glasses, all we were reminiscing majorly about was home, excluding me. Reflecting on the conversation I think home for me are just my parents who I carry in my heart no matter where I would live.

The art of detachment is crucial and so is the habit of adaptation. Missing my rice and fish curry is an obvious but I am also realising learning and mixing with a culture is as important as knowing your roots. You will always miss your roots because that is where you were nurtured but as you grow older, you have to start accepting that your roots are something you carry with you everywhere you go. Change is the only constant and at every moment you are a different person showing certain aspects of your personality, trying to fit in. At the table, looking around Akshita, Karishma, Tshepiso and Ismail, I couldn’t help but wonder about how little we had in common when it came to everyone’s opinions but how sometimes we still tend to be together despite our differences. I realise that people miss home and they try to make a home out of every place they go to. But there are certain aspects about humanity and human beings that are so universal, be it India, Istanbul or South Africa, human emotions are a constant.

In this race and chase of trying to establish our identities, starting fresh and new beginnings, what if we realise it is not the fresh start that matters at all? What if men will always have their biased opinions irrespective of changes and modernisation and we will always be stereotyped as women have been for years ? I think there are these characteristics that I see in men here too in Istanbul, the point of self-glorification and the need to always prove their mettle because of their respective gender is real.

So ultimately, roots are not connected to where you belong to, you see your real roots are what you have been formed into, how you have moulded yourself and can you really break free from the patriarchal mindsets that are so prevalent universally? We play along, sure, but when out of everyone at the table you take a moment back and observe, you understand in people’s reactions and stories who they really are, it gives away more than you can imagine. You can always project an illusion of being social but you know it’s only an illusion because in your head, you are reading everyone and understanding how similar we all are at the end of the day, despite the differences.

Also, the bartenders were very cute. I got a lot of pretty smiles and come again next time statements and well we know there are always next times, but should we wait and see how this story pans out for the next six months?

Written by Adhisa Ghosh

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Singapore’s name comes from ‘Singa Pura’ which means Lion City in Sanskrit. According to the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), a Sumatran prince called Sang Nila Utama landed on Temasek (Singapore’s old name) and saw a Lion which is called ‘Singa’ in Malay(language of Singapore). Thus he gave the island a new name, ‘Singapura’.

My summer holiday couldn’t have gone better with me and my family deciding to take a break from the scorching heat of Maharashtra and we decided for a quick five day getaway to Singapore.Since my dad has been to the city countless times and has been nothing less than praises for the development of the city and its people, he really wanted me to experience Singapore before I left for my MBA.

So we sat on the Air India Dreamliner, where the hospitality was beyond amazing and our five day trip was resplendent with a lot of city tour, wildlife and history. I would also try a lot of their street food because I think thats the best part about going to a new country and also befriending people, because Singaporeans are such amazing beautiful people, their discipline and perseverance amazed me and I think when we visit such places we have so much more to learn and take back home.

Also, on one trip, while asking the driver about the seasons, he jokingly mentioned how its hot, hotter and hottest. Which was quite true! It rains randomly and almost every day and the weather can get quite humid and sticky. Be prepared for an amazing tan and keep hydrating while you travel if you are visiting during the Indian summers.

Here is a quick brief lay down of the places I visited and what all we did –

1- Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s largest observation wheels – after two and a half years of construction, it was opened in April 2008, its height reaching 165 meters. With a capacity to hold 784 people, Singapore Flyer is considered to be one of the main tourist attractions in Singapore.The view from Singapore Flyer opens up a magnificent panorama of the city and the Singapore Bay from a bird’s eye-view. One can also order a bottle of champagne, lunch, or a romantic dinner to be served on the wheel. No, we didn’t do that as we were straight up on the flyer after eight hours of flight and travel and no sleep. I refused to be photographed much to my mother’s chagrin because I looked like a mess.

Image credits – Embassy Alliance Travel

2- Singapore Botanic Garden

With more than 150 years of history, the 82-hectare Gardens holds a unique and significant place in the history of Singapore and the region. The Gardens has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) on 4 July 2015 and is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is the first in Asia and the third botanic gardens inscribed in the world.

3- Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The other attractions include the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove, Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants and Art Sculpture.They have replicated gardens indoors from around the world, in the flower dome and the cloud forest is a rainforest replica complete with a skywalk. That was definitely my favourite part.

4- Sentosa Island

The 500-hectare island resort is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences – making Sentosa a vibrant island resort for business and leisure. Making Sentosa its home, too, is Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park. Situated on the eastern end of Sentosa Island is Sentosa Cove, an exclusive oceanfront and residential enclave bustling with some 2,000 homes, romantic quayside restaurants, retail and specialty shops. Our entire day went by visiting the Madame Tussauds, Butterfly museum, Underwater World, Marine Life Park and seeing the most popular show on the island, the very famous laser show, Wings of time. Yes, I have tons of photos from these places but I am way too picky to put them here so only a few will have to suffice. Also we were so busy hopping from place to place, and walking for miles and totally exhausted by the time we sat for the show.

5- Orchard Street

Orchard Road, a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard, is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. Often known colloquially as Orchard, the area is a major tourist attraction. With almost every luxury brand on the street, and malls like Takashimaya catering to major brands and luxury, one finds everything from Prada to MiuMiu, Chanel to Dior and Gucci and Louis Vuitton to Desigual and Tory Burch and Tiffany. Yes, this was my most favourite part of the trip. My dad had to push me inside a cab.

6- Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari

The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo was on of my best experiences. From having breakfast with the descendants of Ah-Meng, the Sumatran Orangutan who became the poster child of Singapore zoo and led quite a celebrity life to actually feeding the elephants and watching numerous animal shows, I felt so connected and so much in sync with the wildlife around. Even the Jurong Bird Park and the Night Safari were absolute amazing parts of the trip. If you are at the bird park make sure to visit the parrot paradise because the birds actually mimic and talk whatever you say. And the night safari, you cant miss their tribal dance and animal show. All in all, its one wildlife experience you don’t want to miss.

Ah-Meng when she was 47 years old, before her death

7- Merlion park and River Cruise

The Merlion is the national personification of Singapore. The name is a combination of “mer”, meaning the sea, and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. Once you are at the park you see the glorious Merlion and throw in a cent while making a wish, and take the river cruise that takes you through all the bays of the city and narrates the history of each port. It is definitely worth the ride, where you see Clarke Quay and the Fullerton Hotel.

In conclusion, Singapore is worth a visit repetitively because of the people, the city that is so beautiful, clean and well maintained and the street food that I just loved! Also, the hotel, V-Lavender had a great buffet spread that gave me lots of holiday weight to fight off once I was back! 🙂

Written by Adhisa Ghosh


I have always been a very outdoorsy person when it comes to unwinding with friends over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee with some good ambience and people at some of my favourite places in the city. I know there are plenty of amazing places combined with food and drinks that the city has to offer but if I had to give a lay down or take someone out, these are the cafes I would vote! From Where Else to Sassy Spoon to Beetroot, my selective choices of cafe where you can have a simple, romantic or a fun hangout at any point in the day. Also, these cafes come with the kindest of people who are more than delighted to take care of you at your arrival and are ever so accommodating!

1- Where Else Cafe 

I have a certain nostalgia with this cafe at Viman Nagar because during my student days in Symbiosis, I was a regular here. Every single evening was spent in the company of Boobie and Ballsie ( the adorable persian cats ), my laptop and coffee. Me and my friends would also hang out here at every opportunity we got. We also even had a project discussion here once so this cafe has been more than home and more than just a regular place. I would always be biased about this place because anyone who knows me well knows that my spirit is attached to cats. Apart from the obvious ambiance and the animals, I love the fact that humans are tolerated and the staff are such amazingly friendly people. I am not much of a food critic but i love the way they present their dishes, and the English Breakfast, Cajun grilled fish and Bacon wrapped Chicken with a glass of Strawberry Daiquiri are my absolute favourites. Also, the hot chocolate once a month is a much simpler way to take a trip to heaven.

2-The Sassy Spoon 

During my internship days in Mumbai I had made a few trips to the Sassy Spoon at Bandra and always wondered why Pune didn’t have its own dose of Sassy! After all the city is pretty sassy with the maximum population being student dominated. And on my return home I was thrilled to see that Pune had opened its doors to Sassy Spoon at Koregaon Park, Lane 7 next to Sanskriti Lifestyle. Perfect area that definitely needed a Sassy Spoon.

Sassy Spoon’s philosophy has always been delicious food peppered with sass. The restaurant is resplendent with quirky bar bites, innovative mains, takeaways, scrumptious breakfasts and a menu spread across European, Mediterranean, South East Asian and Indian cuisines, for both vegetarian and non-vegetarians, along with an exciting selection of cocktails and mock tails. The ambience, with both outdoor and indoor seating makes it the perfect dining and drinking destination. What I love most about this place is the Sangria, their ladies nights on Wednesdays with some live music and the absolutely amazing people who serve you here. The outdoor seating area at the rear gives me a very French vibe and the cakes and truffles at the Sassy Teaspoon counter is my little cheat sheet. Try their whisky chocolate tart  on bad days when you need both alcohol and chocolate and you cant decide so you have both anyway!

3- Raasta Cafe 

I was thrilled the day I got to know that Raasta Cafe had opened its doors at NIBM. From having a great rooftop view at the Dorabjee Royal Heritage Mall to the amazing interior, romantic ambience and a perfect bar with live Tandoori grill and pizza ovens, this cafe offered more than candles, coy looks across the table or the sunset. If you ask me, this would be my personal recommendation if you were planning to take your man on a date. The cocktails are crisp and smooth, the cheese fondue is thick and tasty and the red velvet in a jar really mesmerises me. Apart from this, candles in a jar and live music never gets old.

4- Beetroot Bistro

I love the mediterranean vibe this place gives off. It has this very rhythmic aura and vibe and I love the space it has and the way the set up changes from a laid back brunch place in the afternoon to a cozy sundowner place, but the reason this place is one of my favourites is because of the Sangria they serve (evidently I am a Sangria person of late) and the Piri Piri Chicken. I love the dramatic touch the fairy lights adds to this place giving it a very romantic youth atmosphere. It has a certain tone of nostalgia at the same time and my glass of Sangria and me agree on that a lot.

Written by Adhisa Ghosh

Photography – Anmol Singh 

Floral Maxi Dress and Slit Wrap Skirt – Parampara

Top – Zara 

Striped Maxi Dress- Chemistry 

White Shirt Dress- AND