A weekly round-up of stuff that’s made life better, prettier, more meaningful, inspired, entertaining… A few of my favourite things

By Sushmita Bose

Published: Fri 28 Mar 2014, 10:49 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:55 PM

Mugging Up

What I like the most about Tim Hortons’ is their coffee mugs. There’s something very reassuring about them, your hand spans the girth beautifully, and — maybe I imagine this — coffee, even the instant variety rustled up at the office pantry, tastes better. Featured here is the latest from the Hortons’ muggy stable.

Criminal Minds

There’s something about Harvey Keitel. The man’s phenomenal. In the French/American noir thriller A Crime (Un Crime), he’s power-packed — in more ways than one. Aided commendably by Emmanuelle Beart, this DVD (that I picked up at a Dh10 sale) provided me the perfect matinee show.


I picked up a jagged bar of Frey’s Chocolate Orange from Spinneys because I have a thing for orange-flavoured chocolates. To cut to the chase: this is the best orange chocolate I’ve tasted… ever… and I’ve tasted quite a few of them. It’s like a combo of Toblerone with lush, orchard-picked oranges. With embedded almond bites.

Being Wristy

Quite a showstopper from Garage this. Looks ethnic, yet contemporary; would not look out of place with a pantsuit; would not look out of place with a hippie ensemble either. A lovely multi-tasker to flaunt around your wrist.

I, Me, Myself

That’s right — that’s the iPhone4, not the latest one (5 is it, or 6?). The reason why I am peppy about the iPhone4 is that I am back from a trip to India, and my India sim is ensconced inside one. Even though I am most comfortable with the loss-making BlackBerry, it was nice to get touchie-feelie with the iPhone that is usually kept stashed away in a drawer. It’s meant for special occasions. Like going to India.

Grabbing Eyeballs

Diana Ross

Claim to fame: The iconic singer and actress turned 70 this week and is still grabbing eyeballs

Ever since the Supremes — the most successful act of the Motown era of the ’60s — actress and singer Diana Ross has sold over 100 million records and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for her indelible mark on the music industry. She went solo in 1970, producing hits such as Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Half a century on, this supreme Michgander is still letting the sunshine in.

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