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The author Héctor García lived in Japan for 10years and observed a strange peace found in the people. Looking at people in Okinawa, he and co-author Francesc Miralles found they live longer & healthier lives than most people by following the concept of Ikigai. Ikigai is a 'reason for being' i.e the reason we get up in the morning. To live is to connect to life, but also to aim our goals. Ikigai is the point where a number of aspects come together, it is where our passion and mission intersect, and it is believed to slow down the ageing process. The book describes the moving stories of the locals of Okinawa and what they believe is the reason for their long life. They believe if you live fully in the present and calmly accept everything that comes your way, you will find that you are able to deal with every situation. The key, according to them is to dare to look deep within yourself and find your Ikigai, because each person has their own individual one. The flow to achieve your Ikigai is to know what do you want do, how to do it and what skills are required to do it. Among other things, the author recommends stretching in the morning, practice yoga and go on short walks. The core tenement however is, do not worry about what you cannot control and live in the moment. The book is a wonderful read for those at a crossroads in life, and those who have chosen their paths as well. As it enlightens you to find the path to your happiness, and how to fully enjoy the peace of the happiness you possess. So the only question is, have you found your Ikigai? #TheLabelLife #Ikigai #Okinawa#HectorGarcia #FrancescMiralles#BookClub #NowReading #Weekend#WeekendReads #WhatToRead

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We took a midweek break last evening for some serious R&R (the store opening had our backs in a real twist). However, now that we are finally OPEN, a Swedish massage was in order. We’d been hearing some wonderful things about the Spa at JW Marriott @jwsahar and we are happy to report it was worth every gold penny. Post the usual form filling, we were escorted down a cosy labyrinth-like network of passages, lit to perfection - only to enter the largest massage room we had ever seen with an attached bathroom. You know that is some special treatment. What you don’t know is that nothing, we repeat NOTHING, is better than lying on a pre-warmed massage bed. Perhaps it was the sheer happiness of finally laying down, but we thought the head hole (what is that called again?) was fabulously comfy too. No red cheeks afterwards! We were happy to enough to just nap there, but they insisted on laying some sweet warm hands with just the right pressure on our spine. Cut to 90 minutes later, we felt reborn. We suggest asking for Zia, the very kind therapist who ensured we were up and rolling today for our office move and party tomorrow. All we can say is, it’s worth the traffic getting there. Pro tip: Ask for the special 5-minute shoulder massage at the end. You won’t regret it! #SpaByJW #SpaDay #TreatYourself#SpaReview #Mumbai #RnR

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We’ve all imagined writing books on certain frustrating and mind numbing subjects. But what will the titles be? This hilarious, sharp and hand painted series of book covers by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber have many stories to tell. They read out minds! Art can manifest itself in more than just a frame indeed. #thelabelloves#thelabellife (paintings by @neilfarber and @stoppingoffplace)

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'Honour' by @shafakelif is a powerful read set in 1970s Turkey and London. Exploring pain & loss, dangerous loyalty, and the clash of tradition and modernity, this novel is the definition of those reads you power through, yet are sad as you near the end. Leaving her twin sister Jamila behind, Pembe leaves Turkey following her husband Adem Toprak to London. There the Topraks hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. The eldest boy Iskender remembers Turkey and feels betrayed; his sister Esma is loyal despite heartache, and Yunus who was born in London is shy and different. The past not leaving them anytime soon, the Toprak children then find their lives shattered by a brutal act of murder and its aftermath. 'Honour' places itself as that timeless novel by way of Shafak’s translation of what it means to be human. Make this your go-to for chilly winter afternoons to come. #TheLabelLife #BookClub #NowReading #Weekend #BookPhotography #Bibliophile #Bookstagram #WinterReads

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Our new Saturday favourite is, the ancient kombucha. A delicious probiotic tea fermented with different spices and flavours. We're sipping on @happybooch's Chai Spice variant, and it's becoming our weekend go-to with its tart taste and gentle fizz. What's more, their brew is low-calorie, low-sugar and available in a variety of flavours like Basil Lime, Rose Lavender and Butterfly Pea Flower. Yum! #TheLabelLife #Kombucha #Weekend

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Starring three 17 something women, Blue Crush takes us back to our rebellious teen days. Surfers in the movies have traditionally been golden youth who ride the waves to Beach Boys songs and live, apparently, on air. In "Blue Crush," we meet three very non-golden, except their tans, Hawaiian surfers Anne Marie, Eden and Lena. Anne Marie was a contender in a major surfing competition on Oahu but nearly drowned. Now she's edging back into competition, encouraged by the friends around her. Life for the women includes surfing at dawn, working hard as a three-maid team at a local luxury resort, and surfing at dusk. Since her mother bailed out, Anne Marie has been single-handedly raising her younger sister as well. The plot thickens when Anne Marie meets the man of her dreams, but from a completely different and frivolous world. How does he play into her broken-but-healing surfing career? Compiled with glorious visuals, breathtaking surfing scenes and strong characters. The movie is perfect for a girls night in. #TheLabelLife #BlueCrush #TBT#ThrowbackThursday #Home #GirlsNight

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If you are or ever have been in a romantic relationship, this book is for you. ‘The Course Of Love’ by author Alain De Botton decodes all the stages of a relationship through the eyes of protagonists Rabih and Kirsten. Without judgement and far away from self help book formulas, the chapters unveil everything we wish we knew while we were in relationships for most of our lives, and force us to make mental notes for the existing and future ones. Could the argument have gone differently? Could the dinner have been not-so-silent, and how best can we keep our romance and lust in balance around our kids. This book stirs deep emotions and unruffles all those relationship feathers in the simplest of ways. And if you have ever considered therapy, this book affirms why it is a brilliant idea. We expect our partners and spouses to be our best friends, lovers, mentors and cheerleaders - is it asking too much from one person? Read the book to find out. We couldn’t think of a better book to read in this loved up month and we’d love to know what you think of it. #TheLabelLife #ValentinesDay#TheCourseOfLove #AlainDeBotton#Edinburgh #Scotland #WeekendReads#WhatToRead #NowReading #BookClub#BookReviews

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Hannah Gadsby named her show Nanette before she even knew what the show was going to be about. She decided that Nanette sounded 'just right', and 'just right' the show is. A mix of comedy, anger, and self-realization, Nanette is a stand-up act that is anything but an act. It dissects the power of privelege in the world, and rips apart the cultural norm that encourages individuals to dismiss their own existence. Nanette is an hour-long roller-coaster of emotions, one that will wring you out, leave you cleansed, and hopefully more aware of connections and why they matter. We really can't recommend it enough, especially for the bit which wonders how to display a quiet lifestyle (that loves the sound of teacups finding their place in saucers) in a pride parade. #TheLabelLife #HannahGadsby #Nanette#Netflix

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We're beginning the day on a Berry Good note with a cup of calming tea from @gardnerstreetco. The caffeine-free infusions are just what we need to plan our our to-do list, before getting started on the daily hustle. The Berry Good herbal infusion contains a blend of hibiscus, licorice & cinnamon that give the tea a tart yet sweet flavour perfect for anyone who isn't a fan of coffee breath in the morning. P.S We also love it as a healthy dessert substitute, keeping in mind the approach of the wedding season! #TheLabelLife #GardnerStreet#GoodMorning #Tea #HerbalTea

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George Watsky (@gwatsky) is a YouTuber, musician, artist, ivory smuggler, vegetarian, epilepsy battler, and overall good guy. In his debut essay collection 'How To Ruin Everything' he shares his absurd, comical and heartfelt experiences that made him embrace life's failures to fan his personal progress. From smuggling ivory for a friend's grandmother's 100th birthday, to chronicling his steadfast denial/optimism regarding epilepsy, his writing is witty, honest and strictly unpretentious. We rather got the feeling of catching up after a long time with an old friend, over a cup of hot chocolate. Marvelling at his impulsiveness and bravery, while simultaneously laughing at the situations he gets himself into. Between adventures, Watsky also finds time to create nuanced portrayals of himself and the people around him. A contrast that often leaves you wondering if the book was written by two different George Watskys, even as you nod in recognition of the feelings he/they pours forth. It's a perfect read for office hours, with essays that refresh your mind during the lunch-break and give you cheerful company on the commute home. #TheLabelLife #BookReviews #WeekendReads #NowReading #GeorgeWatsky #HowToRuinEverything #BookClub #WhatToRead #SelfDiscovery #Essays #ShortStories

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#TheLabelRecommends

We find ourselves often transported to this library from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket adapted by @netflix. Have you seen this wonderful show? The characters are insightfully played, especially by Neil Patrick Harris as the sinister Count Olaf. The plight of the Baudelaire orphans as they shuffle from home to home, Violet’s thought spurning bow tie and the modern pop culture references smartly sprinkled throughout the series with special love for James Brown has us hooked. The art direction and the costumes deserve a mighty mention too. We highly recommend watching it way past midnight. We also wanted to take a moment (inspired by this vast library of course), to know - what are you reading right now? If you are following our #TheLabelBookClub every Saturday, we review our favourites and would love some recommendations from you via DM. Goodnight. #thelabellife #thelabelrecommends

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Morning brainstorms call for delicious & energising breakfasts. We recommend taking in a couple of @yogabars.in for the team to get the ideas flowing. P.S The Apricot & Fig is a must-have! #TheLabelLife #Yogabars #Office #ProteinBars#Healthy #TheLabelLoves

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Recommended by @bemblahblah227, @suveigya, and our own Content Specialist @minnatizaveri, 'A Man Called Ove' by Fredrik Backman, we've come to realize, is that one book EVERY person should read at least once! If there were a Grouchy Old Man Olympics, Ove would walk away with the gold medal. Ove is a man of strict routine. He wakes up at the same time every day and then conducts a thorough inspection of his neighborhood. Those who do not proceed according to his principles, be they near & dear ones or complete strangers, Ove will gladly inform them of their transgression tersely and with much passion. But, as is often with misanthropes, there’s a reason why Ove faces the world as he does, pushing away every opportunity for human connection. When a couple with two children (and a third one on the way) move in next door, they overturn his routine days. They slowly but unknowingly shift Ove’s course in unforeseen ways, much to his displeasure of course! #TheLabelLife #Bookstagram #NowReading #BookClub #BookClubIndia #Books #Reading #Weekend #SaturdayMood #AManCalledOve #FredrikBackman

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#TheLabelRecommends

This charcoal waffle for an Eid breakfast, topped with avocado, sauerkraut, garlic aioli and micro greens @thepantrymumbai is like eating a big savoury gooey cookie with an unexpected explosion of flavours. Admittedly we waited to eat it halfway before choosing to take a picture. And by the time we were done with it, we were pretty sure to highly recommend it. The dense charcoal texture and taste is not for the faint hearted, but it sure makes for a wholesome treat. Would you try it? Happy Eid. #thelabellife #saturdaytodo#thechecklist

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A quick way to refresh before a meeting is to spritz on a sweet signature scent by @allgoodscents. Plus, they're perfect for tucking into the bag for after-work plans! #TheLabelLife #AllGoodScents #Workwear#TheLabelLoves #Perfumes #PocketPerfumes

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“Perhaps there is no other city in the world where the struggle spills so vividly and unabashedly out onto the streets.... How many trades? How many dreams? How many journeys can a single city take and deliver?" author Murzban F. Shroff wonders in the introduction to 'Breathless In Bombay' going on to explain how he loves The Maximum City of sharp contrasts. ⠀ The book is a collection of 14 exquisite stories that explore love, friendship, and longing in the city of Mumbai. The city is the sometimes-intolerable, sometimes-lovable backdrop & catalyst of all the stories, whether it be in form of bringing people together or just awing one with the beauty of it's huddled lanes. ⠀ The stories all carry a strain of melancholy through them, think of those monsoon afternoons where the streets turn to rivers and all appears grey. However, some of them do end on a note of hope and happiness like the peeking sun, others are not so fortunate and stay grey till the end. They follow an unabashedly realistic narrative, with characters you see (still!) on the streets of Mumbai, like the dhobi, maalishwala, imperious aunties on a bench, coconut sellers, artists, clerks and more. ⠀ Shroff makes no distinction in choosing stories, and as such they cover a wide variety of topics, from the threat of mechanisation to traditional trades, to broken love, to corruption, and karma. Each tale covers multiple facets of Mumbai, and we suggest you give it a read because who knows, you might fall in love with this city just as much as we did. ⠀ ⠀ #TheLabelLife #BreathlessInBombay#MurzbanFShroff #Bombay #Mumbai#BookReviews #WeekendReads#NowReading #BookClub #WhatToRead#ShortStories

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A few laps in, we desired something cool and sweet. We’ve all been there. Regular Icecream wasn’t going to be it. Ummm Milkshake? Nah. We stumbled upon @theparfaitco. A beautifully designed tub of french parfait where custard meets ice cream meets milkshake in a perfect portion of refreshing flavours. Passion fruit anyone? Though their salted caramel is pretty great too. Have you tried it yet?

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The perfect Tuesday afternoon pick-me-up goes by the name of @PapabubbleIndia. Hailing from Barcelona, handmade everyday, and calling themselves 'caramels artisans', this candy comes in delicious flavours like watermelon, cherry, caramel and more. We love how they've adapted to the Indian taste and even introduced a paan flavour!

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Rosamunde Pilcher is a prolific romance novel writer, who wrote over 28 novels & short stories between 1949-2000. The Carousel is one of her shorter works, which nonetheless is a brilliant example of her ability to capture the glamour and lethargic restlessness of the 50s & 60s. The setting of the tumultuous shores and gorgeous scenery of Cornwall, England, is a silent character in the novel as many parallels are drawn between the characters and the sandbanks, waves & secluded beaches. The story follows a young, independent woman named Prue, who is helping her bohemian artist aunt, Phoebe in the countryside after the latter broke an arm in a commonplace accident. Prue is at the cusp of her life, deciding between her job at an art gallery that she loves, and a marrying a nice man who she doesn't love quiet as much. When Phoebe calls for help, Prue is glad of the chance to get away from London and do some sorting in her head with help from her perceptive and supportive aunt. However, plans are upended when an old student of her aunt, Daniel drops into the area and has an instant connection with Prue. To complicate matters there is also the shy and neglected child, Charlotte who is visiting her grandmother but infinitely prefers being with the loving Phoebe. She takes to Daniel instantly and it seems that they share a bond from past, even as Daniel avoids meeting her grandmother. As Prue steps into this quiet storm, she not only discovers what she wants from herself, but what she expects of the world and people around her. The Carousel is a sweet, undemanding read that makes you want to walk along the sandy shores, perhaps stopping for a classic pasty on the way. A perfect read for the vacations, when you'd like to step into a new world but with a certain sense of comfort all the same. #TheLabelLife #BookClub #WhatToRead#WeekendReads #NowReading#BeachReads #Cornwall#RosamundePilcher #England#VacationMode #Countryside

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#TheLabelRecommends

Date-nights after a hectic work-day, call for a super quick freshening up. Enter FACE MIST - because we are definitely not re-doing that makeup! We’ve been toting the Watermelon + Seaweed Face Mist by @vauntskincare around for a few days and we are happy to report that it works like a summer-y charm. The vegan concoction contains grape seed, witch hazel (so fancy), and musk melon extracts with a light and not-too sweet watermelon fragrance, you’ll also find woody undertones from the seaweed. Without being overwhelming or sticky in texture, a silky little spritz or two and you’ll feel fresh as a daisy. Plus, the nifty 100ml travel-sized bottle is perfect for long haul flights ensuring your skin stays supple and sweet. What’s your face mist go-to? #TheLabelLife #SelfCare #Skincare#FaceMist #Recommendation #Vaunt#VauntSkincare

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What better way to combat mid-week blues and celebrate the season other than baking? Join us! Oh, but if you'd rather not get your hands deep in dough, we suggest you pop by @TheVillageShop in #Bandra (w), #Mumbaiand pick up a slice or more of the Coconut Banana cake. They have a plethora of other options too! #SignatureCelebration #Bake #Baking#TheLabelLoves #Foodstagram #Dessert#TheLabelLife

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#TheLabelRecommends

With notes of freesia, raspberry and orange blossom, guest editor @payalsinghal’s NEW botanical fragrance has us dreaming of sweet summers - much like her collection capsule you will find on our website. It’s also of course the perfect gift to yourself or another for the sweetest season of the year. #callitlove #thelabellife

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