Free Press Journal
  • Reasons that make a watch so much more than just a watch

    What makes watches a desirable and luxurious commodity, over the centuries? Mechanisms which enabled time keeping and telling were amongst the very first innovations which were conceived. The very idea of keeping account of time and subsequently the onset of tides and seasons was conceived by administrators and rulers, therefore from time eternal the essence…

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  • School of Vice: Solutions to protect children from sexual abuse

    Nichola Pais looks for solutions to protecting children from sexual abuse in schools The school report card is tinged with red. Its image as a place of security for a child, thoroughly eroded. Teachers, principals, bus staff, care-givers, even fellow students have played their part in smashing a child’s cocoon of safety, abusing its trust…

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  • Weekend, weekend reads, Masaba Gupta, Madhu Mantena, Seperation, Marriage, Divorce, mutual understanding

    Can a trial separation really help in a marriage on the rocks?

    Nichola Pais examines the merits of living apart temporarily to achieve clarity in a struggling marriage. When fashion designer Masaba Gupta and film producer Madhu Mantena recently announced they had opted for a trial separation, they raised eyebrows and also bruised a few hearts. Felt like just yesterday that we gushed over happy videos of…

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  • Society doesn’t have a choice, bro: Sacred Games’ ‘Cuckoo’ Kubbra Sait reacts to landmark verdict on transgenders

    Kubbra Sait is toasting the landmark judgement that gives transgenders like Cuckoo, pride in their reality, finds NICHOLA PAIS There is a good bit of Cuckoo in Kubbra Sait. Gorgeous, individualistic, fierce, tender… Perhaps that’s why, well after ‘Sacred Games’ season one was consumed, Cuckoo refuses to leave our system. Kubbra as Cuckoo, raised eyebrows, popped…

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  • Spa Review: Tattva Spa is a tranquil treat

    ‘Inhale tranquillity; exhale stress’ – this Tattva Spa mantra kicks in even before your spa treatment does. For one, the newly opened flyover makes traffic snarls a thing of the past at the Radisson Goregaon (West). Step into the silent, swish and scrupulously clean spa section on the ground floor of the hotel and the…

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  • 10 jewellery box must-haves of every woman by Riddhima Kapoor Sahni

    Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, the force behind R Jewelry, shares the 10 jewellery box must-haves of every woman with Nichola Pais Her personal style is impeccable and discrete – well reflected in her jewellery brand as well. No one better to guide you on how to wear bling with class, than the gorgeous daughter of Neetu…

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  • Hrithik Roshan-Disha Patani controversy? Just idle gossip

    Is the Hrithik Roshan-Disha Patani controversy really just idle gossip, wonders Nichola Pais In the post-MeToo era, reputations must be even more fiercely protected and slurs dealt with effectively. Frankly, we are a little amazed that Hrithik Roshan resorted to sarcasm as opposed to sending across a legal notice at the very least! One would have thought…

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  • Get into festive feast mode at South High

    Nichola Pais gets into festive feast mode at South High – and it’s all year round The Sunday after Onam is Raksha Bandhan and the revelry in-house is infectious. Festival time eh, we try hollering above the din to the amiable Ashok and Albert, who are juggling dishes at the colourful and crowded diner. They…

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  • Home décor! Balancing minimalism with luxury

    Parminder Pal Singh, founder, LOCO Design shares with Nichola Pais cues on balancing minimalism with luxury Minimalist décor continues to trend… I feel minimalism never leaves the ‘now’, its aesthetic rigour and beauty remain relevant. We live in an age where our consumer choices impact our surroundings literally – choice purchases and visually cleaner spaces are…

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  • Mumbai Food Review! Open China in Juhu is a culinary treasure trove

    Say hello to Open China, a culinary treasure trove, writes Nichola Pais Tucked away in a sprawling Juhu compound, Open China lives up to the open in its name. Wide spaces welcome with rustic floors, plush seating and wooden notes… and food that is no less than the treasure found in Aladdin’s cave, which is…

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