Thursday, June 6, 2013


“It’s not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves" - William Shakespeare.

Many a time, I have asked myself this question –“Am I destiny’s child?”

Looking back at the 40 good years that I have lived, many instances in my life affirm my belief in destiny, and my answer to my question would be a YES!
I strongly believe that everything in life happens for a reason and things are meant to be, that no force on earth can stop them from happening!!

* After graduating in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in the year 1992 and working in the related field for a year and half, I soon realized that it was not meant for me. I hated what I did, and my heart was clearly not in it.
I was miserable. Soon enough, I mustered up my courage to tell my parents that I wanted to follow my heart and study fashion—my passion! It was a time when every Indian parent dreamt of seeing their children either becoming doctors or engineers, so obviously my parents were devastated. But I was adamant and convinced them I would be successful in this field, because this was where I was destined to be.

*I was 27 years old when I got married and back then, it was considered a pretty late age for an orthodox Udupi Brahmin girl to get married.
Since I knew that it would be an arranged marriage, I had a couple of requirements: the boy had to be highly educated, and he had to live in the US (as mentioned in my earlier post, it was my dream to come and settle down in this country). But when things weren't going my way, people started sniggering behind my back and many of them doubted I would even find a suitable boy from India, let alone the US. My parents were under tremendous pressure but I stuck to my convictions. Though late, my husband, who matched both my requirements, did come into my life. We met one week, got engaged the second week, got married the third week, and I was in Chicago on the fourth week. It has been 16 good years of married life in my dream country.

*When the best of doctors couldn't figure out the reason for my infertility and suggested adoption , I had this strange gut feeling that a baby would be born to me. I remember those emotionally draining days, the endless self-pep talks, where I constantly told myself that the time hadn't come yet, and when the time was right it would happen. Yes, it did happen at the age of 40, and I had one of the best pregnancies one could ever ask for. Looking back, everything seemed unreal. However, I believed in the power of prayer, and Sundari was an answer to my prayer and my belief in destiny.

* 2007--the year that left me heartbroken after a bitter split from my then group of friends. This incident left me vulnerable and totally disillusioned about friendship. I created a wall around myself and wasn't ready to go through the pain and agony all over again. But this was God's way of telling me that it was not meant to be, because if this incident hadn't happened, I wouldn't have had a chance to meet so many lovely human beings whom I consider my close friends now. You have seen them modeling in my earlier posts, but today you will get a chance to know them through me.

Today I dedicate this post to my dear friends who have enriched my life and made it more meaningful through their unconditional love and support, and I mean it!!

Born to famous parents, the legendary cricketer Sir Vivian Richards and the national award-winning actress Neena Gupta, Masaba Gupta wanted to be an actress like her mother. On her way back from auditioning for her first role, she enrolled herself at the famous SNDT College of Designing in Bombay just as a backup plan, and she hasn’t looked back since. This was her tryst with destiny. Known for her bold colors and quirky prints with a Caribbean influence, her brand was soon recognized and endorsed by many actresses. Her first store in Juhu opened in 2009, and within a short span of 5 years, she was appointed as the director of another clothing giant "Satya Paul". With a second store at Khan market in Delhi, which opened recently, she is one young designer who is definitely going places.
I bought my first MASABA sari in the year 2010, and have since been an avid MASABA fan. With many MASABAs in my closet, it was time to introduce my good friends to this quirky yet chic brand. This time when I came back from India, I picked up a MASABA sari for each one of them and, obviously, the next step was to showcase them on Sage&Slingback.

For all MASABA lovers, if you are in Bombay, visit the MASABA store in Juhu. Here is the address:
UNIT No: 8, New Sujata CHS, Plot no:28, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai. 
Phone:022- 65298694.

This celebrity accessories designer was recently enlisted by the World Gold Council as one of the top ten most inventive jewelry designers of the world. She is also the younger sister of the famous clothing designer Anamika Khanna, one of the top five designers from India . Though not a big fan of contemporary jewelry, I have always thought that her work was different, and wanted to own a couple of pieces.
I wouldn't be wrong if I admitted that I went to Hyderabad this time only to visit her store (she retails only in Hyderabad) and see her creations in person.

If you are interested in buying SUHANI PITTE jewelry in Hyderabad, here's the address:
Suhani Pitte
2nd floor( above Elahe), 476 Milestone Road, Road No 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.
Phone: 91 40 3221 2495.

Today, in this post, I have grouped some of Suhani Pitte’s creations with MASABA to add that extra contemporary edge!!

She is our Martha Stewart, who loves cooking, gardening & photography.  If I ever crave a hot cup of filter coffee or a homemade masala dosa on any given day, then it is Nimmi's house for me, my home away from home!!

Nirmala Mohan is wearing a half & half MASABA, where one half is the Kali print silk crepe and the second half is the Ikat black and white cotton. This sari can be worn both ways.

She is wearing a 3 strand antique finish dolki neck piece from AMRAPALI.

This English major is a voracious reader, an amazing cook and a great host.  She's very much into photography & loves traveling. She is one friend who has been such a positive influence in my life and without her push, Sage & Slingback wouldn't have happened.

Vandana Rao is wearing a half & half MASABA, where one half is a raw silk in black, and the other is a camera print on silk crepe & can be worn both ways.

She is wearing a gold plated bow necklace with bidri star print by SUHANI PITTE.

This software engineer is a big Bulls fan and the food connoisseur of our group. I can easily call her my 3 am friend who is also my biggest critic & my well wisher. One phone call and she drove all the way to be a part of this photo-shoot.

Poorna is wearing a half & half MASABA with one half in muslin cow print & the other half a yellow silk.

She is wearing a hammered gold-turquoise neck piece from CURIO COTTAGE with hand painted gods on it.

Extremely easy going and helpful, she is my favorite person to style and, trust me, she carries herself very well.

Anu is wearing a hand print silk MASABA shirt with a Sabyasachi palazzo.

Anu is wearing a gold plated  SUHANI PITTE choker with cylinders.

She is my fitness guru and my dance instructor, and one of the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life.  I love her flamboyant personality and never-say-die attitude.

Anna is wearing a camera-printed MASABA blouse with half and half hand print MASABA sari. 

Anna is wearing a gold plated cage choker from SUHANI PITTE.

She is the epitome of creativity & I am in awe with her talents and creative pursuits. So for this particular post, I requested the creative duo Sapna & her husband Sibu to shoot us. They happily agreed and we have the results in front of us.

Sapna is wearing a MASABA muslin runway dress from the recent "Postcards from Banaras" series.

Sapna is not wearing any jewelry here as I wanted the dress to be focal, instead she pairs up this dress with a neon colored clogs from Anthropologie ( See group picture).


I am big on prints on prints & mix and matching. So here I have taken 3 MASABA separates and have put it together into an outfit. The asymmetrical raw silk top is paired with a muslin Tamil print palazzo and a bubble gum pink net dupatta with gota.

I am wearing a 3 strand AMRAPALI uncut diamond jadau.

The exquisite Meenakari work on the backside of the neck lace.


  1. And you do it again ! Loooooooooove the post Jay :) Super chic and classy ! Totally drooling over Masaba's creations and I absolutely love Suhani ! Both these designers are so bold, adventurous, edgy and stylish at the same time.
    All your BEAUTIFUL friends look stunning and I'm glad you have such a close bunch of people in your life :)

    I think luck is a very important part of our life and WE make our destiny.Here's wishing all you FAB women a rocking life ahead ! :)

    Much love


    1. Thank you Vijayashree for such kind, inspiring words.

  2. WOW! you got me hooked from the first line itself. Masaba, Amrapali, Suhanie pittie - my favorites .BTW I am from Hyd living in Norway. Nice to read real life time experiences and the success story you have made for yourself and am glad that u have such good friends. Enjoy!

  3. Masaba should have this grp pic on her website / cover photo LOL!

  4. Fabulous writing, enjoyed every word of your blog. Thanks for sharing and showing life is beautiful with beautiful people. Pictures are awesome :).

    1. Thank you, yes, I am indeed blessed to have friends like them.

  5. Enoyed reading the blog as always! Really love and admire all the Masaba creations, didn't know that the "Masaba" sarees could be worn both ways. Vandana is very photogenic and have seen her in sarees many a times in your blog. She looks like an epitome of elegance! Jay, please give my compliments to Vandana.

    1. Will convey this message to Vandana... thanks.

  6. Also, where in Bangalore would I be able to buy Masaba sarees? Do you think I could find it at the Satyapaul boutique?

    1. Ranjani, Satya Paul doesn't carry these. You can find these kind only in Bombay and Delhi MASABA stores. Satya paul has sarees and dresses designed by her, which is entirely a different line.

  7. Jay, waited for this article and it was absolutely worth the wait ! Your conviction and strong belief in yourself and your prayers is inspiring ! Thank you for continuing to introduce us to the beautiful things in life ! Love the post and the pictures!!!

  8. You did it again! :-) I think in terms of styling this has been my favorite post till date. I swear it has nothing to do with me looking like a million bucks! Thanks for this experience Jay, it has been such a blast! :)

    1. Thanks you for the experience, the feeling is mutual.

  9. Jayashree...very nicely done the bright pink lipstick....everyone's outfit is so unique in its own way but all falls in place as one Masaba her creations.....

    1. Thanks Sharmila... the point here was to show a variety of MASABA and not just sarees.

  10. Loved it Jayashree..Truely inspiring..Lovely ladies and Awesome pictures:)) Please keep inspiring with your powerful writing....

  11. Awesome blog..learned and enjoyed reading about your passion! Everyone looked beautiful and picture perfect..All the best and keep writing!

  12. Dearest Jay: When I read about your upcoming blog a few days ago, I marked my calendar for a reminder to log on to FB on June 6th, lest I miss it. Needless to say, reading your blog was among the first things I did this morning. You have a knack of mixing fun with thought provoking ideas. Yes, it is amazing when you look back at life and marvel at the complex connections that have taken place in our lives to bring us where we are.

    However, one thing I have admired most about you is, that you did not wait for the perfect situation, perfect model, perfect time to work on your creativity but made what you had - PERFECT! And that to me is very inspiring. Congratulations, on the superb job done.
    Love and Best Wishes, Nidhi

    1. Thanks Nidhi for your kind words....keep reading!

  13. Beautiful ,ravishing women....Jayashree love your tamil print palazzo and the tantalizing look.Vandana stunning upward looking pose and the neck piece.
    Poorna you look so hot babe.....
    Nimmi you look like a movie star and Anna you look so sexy and your arms are to die for.
    Anu so hip and cool and Sapna so classy (love the dress)
    Smashbox and YSL is super hit and go lips!!!
    What more can I say...I loved the blog

    1. Aparna, thanks for the detailed liking.... you made our day!

  14. All of you look fabulous. Enjoyed reading the blog and looking at all the photogenic models. Poorna you are a million bucks to me.Loved the inspiring blog.Keep up the great work Jayashree.

  15. Enjoyed reading your blog again and again. It is an eye opener for people who want to follow their dreams. I myself was disappointed when my own son switched from science stream to commerce stream after a year, to pursue business studies. Your experiences of life is truly inspiring. One has to have faith in oneself. Thanks Jay for sharing your life experiences. All your friends.....look lovely and beautiful in their outfits. I liked Nimmi's saree and jewellery the most.

    1. Thanks for reading.... yes, destiny plays a BIG role in each one of our lives:)

  16. Absolutely lovely! Beautiful ladies, stunning pictures and thought provoking article.
    Namitha Pai Nayak

    1. Thank you Namitha.... glad you liked this post.

  17. Jayashree, love this post...All the models look lovely. I particularly love Vandana's look and outfit.
    Thanks for introducing Masaba and Suhani's work to us. I am definitely going to get a Masaba saree. Love it!!!!

    Anagha Khanolkar-Lahiri

    1. Thanks Anagha... yes, you should buy a MASABA, good to have one in the closet:)

  18. O so lovely.... all of you are looking STUNNING simply because of your attires n accessories... keep it going!

  19. Absolutely loved the blog.....All of y'all looked gorgeous...loved the fluorescent colors.. Inspired me to buy a hot pink lipstick too..I really enjoyed looking at all the mastaba stuff paired with the amprapali jewelry as one is so old world and the other so retro...

  20. Akka I loved the vandana &sapna are looking like super models.With love PoornimaRao

  21. Wow, what a gorgeous page:) on top of that my beautiful sister Poorna is featured too:)

    Proud of you my sister:)

    1. Thanks Mr. Dinesh Shenoy. Poorna did complete justice to her cow print MASABA saree.

    2. Awww...thanks brother dearest! :)

  22. Loved the blog. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures. all look stunning. Great job, Jay.