Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Annual #AperfectparTEA

Every year I throw a tea party to celebrate International Women’s Day with the fabulous women I am fortunate to count as friends and colleagues. Women tend to put everyone else’s need before ours. And women in Mumbai, I think are the worst in this respect. We don’t stop being the keepers of the hearth just because we live in Mumbai. But this means that we are less able to give ourselves time. Women in Mumbai perform the same equations – only the backdrop is different. Whether planning meals carefully with the cook, sorting through piles of vegetables for the freshest tomatoes at Grant road on the way home from work, chopping those vegetables on the way home so they can cook them for dinner, they have their families best interests at heart. We have this amazing ability for multitasking, going from career woman to homemaker in the same day. But in all of this the first thing to take a back seat is ourselves, our requirements and our desires.

So a few years ago I decided to create a reason for my women friends to take a few moments out of their lives for themselves with my Tea Party on Women’s day; ever since I have been getting women around me, together. Not just to celebrate each other, but also to introduce them to other amazing women! And I love watching the new friendships that bloom from these parties.

I have always been in awe of the amazing strength of women. Perhaps because I have grown up with stellar examples of strong women from my grandmothers Kapilaben Munshaw and Nirmala Mulraj both of whom were matriarchs of their families, steering them right after losing their husbands early in life. To my mother Heena Munshaw; who juggling home and career successfully alongside bringing up four children and my Mother - in - law Saroj Ghildiyal who runs her family with gracious strength and is the most tireless person I have ever met!

This year my @perfectparTEA saw 50 women from all walks of life; Chefs, Tea sommelier, singers, writers, restaurateurs, business women… And they all came together for an afternoon of fun and celebrating themselves. The ladies walked in to a welcome with beautiful crocheted signature brooches hand crafted by Luminosity, had their pictures clicked for the #AperfectparTEA wall of fame by The Wedding Story and went on to have an afternoon of FUN! Tea Sommelier Snigdha Manchanda Binjola charmed us with a lovely tea tasting session. The lovely Kiran Manral, had us in splits with excerpts from her book, ‘The Reluctant Detective’ as we nibbled on lovely Macaroons from Le 15 Patiserrie, savoured Bonobo's fabulous food and washed it all down with wine from Reveilo. And because no spoiling is fun without gifts we all went home with goodie bags full of yummy things; exquisite Rose Tea, A signature salad sprinkle handcrafted by me, funky luggage Tags by Beacon Holidays, and discount vouchers from Its our studio and Runah Salon. We met, mingled and celebrated being women by taking a little time out for ourselves.

It was an afternoon of sugar and spice and all things nice!

There is also an album on Facebook -

Details on all the people that brought the day together:
Luminosity for stylish, quirky handmade accessories, for everything from your hair to your favouite gadgets! Funky laptop sleeves, ipad cases, bags, pouches and more! Call: Yashna Malhotra, 98190 52355
Tea Trunk For specialty teas handpicked by Tea Sommelier Snigdha Manchanda Binjola, they also conduct Tea Appreciation Workshops, create exquisite signature blends and put togehter Tea Parties. Call 98194-17134 or More on:
Runah Salon is a plush unisex salon located in Lower Parel, offering trendy haircuts, professional hair treatments, spa massages and soothing pedicures by a highly skilled team.
Le 15 Patisserie is Mumbai’s premier stand alone Patisserie run by a French trained pastry chef (Le Cordon Bleu). Call 9769286544 or mail
Reveilo Wines For inquiries, call: 26370134
Bonobo (Bar.Love.Food) in bandra Kenilworth, Phase 2, 2nd Floor, Bandra, Mumbai, India 400050. It’s Our Studio trendy quirky products. Contact: Tel : +9122 66608831 / +9122 23543355
A Wedding Story document weddings and capture moments that define one’s life forever. Call: 9320472856
DeTales Marketing and Communications a one stop agency for consumer/experiential marketing, public relations and social media. Contact:

1 comment:

Snigdha said...

One had to see the energy in that space to believe it! What a great evening :) Thanks Rushina, once again, for bringing us all together.