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Celebrating Friendship's Day? #Surat

Okay... so how many of us are above 30 and still remember in advance that its Friendship's Day, day after tomorrow? Ummmmm i didn't and I AM STILL NOT 30 :P

The point being that i always used to remember that the first Sunday of August is special when i was in college... in fact, we used to look forward to it! (Remember those crazy friendship bands we used to trade... or raiding the Archies gallery to find small little tokens/cards for our friends). But as we have grown up... friends still remain important... but Friendship's Day has somehow lost its charm.

A couple of things happened yesterday that reminded me of my college days and "Friendship's Day" days again... first my niece came up to me and asked me if i could do a small photoshoot for her and her group of friends as a friendship's day gift (Yes... happens a lot and i politely declined). And second, just an hour later i got a call from VR that they wanted me to do a Friendship's Day Gifting Guide for them! So i knew what was the right thing to do... i called up my niece and took her with me to VR to buy her presents for her friends :)

This is just a list of things or rather experiences we liked the most from VR. We bought/booked some of them for my niece and her set of friends and i bought some of them for my friends :) Cant tell you how happy i felt buying presents for them... felt like i was back in college! The important thing to remember is that you don't necessarily have to buy your friends expensive gifts... just make plans and spend time with them, thats all what is required. Check out the whole list of experiences you can have at VR below -

Suggestion 1. SVM Bowling

Go Bowling! Have done this with my group of friends a couple of times and it has always been a good experience. VR has a gaming zone too where adults too can have as much fun. Go try it this Friendship's Day!


Gift your group a session... but beware... this is ADDICTIVE!

Suggestion 2. Movie at Inox.

I know I know I know... this is something you guys usually do... watch movies together... But why not make it special this time... Gift your group of Friends a movie treat with Caramel Popcorn at Insignia! Make it the finest movie watching experience in Surat.

P.S - Just do yourself a favor... don't end up watching KICK... cause your friends might end up kicking you :l

Suggestion 3. Just Hog at The Food Box!

Seriously... just go with your group of friends and try all the different varieties of joints in the VR food court. This should be a treat for all the foodies in your group!

Don't forget to try the special delights at the Gourmet West in Westside or the Cookie Man! These two are absolute delights. Bought a few boxes of cookies for my friends but i am not sure i will be able to resist and they will last till Sunday :( 


Also you can try the special Gelato! An extreme delight for ice-cream lovers... and they claim its 96% FAT FREE... what more can one possibly ask for!


Suggestion 4: Go SHOP!

Last but definitely not the least... GO SHOPPING! VR is definitely the best shopping destination in town. Just go and splurge... its therapeutic i am telling you. Be with your best set of friends and let them pick things for you and you can in turn pick things for them. Have a great time. Try it... you will really have fun. 

Okay... these were just my suggestions... what are you planning to do this Friendship's Day? How are you planning to have fun and celebrate with your set of friends? 

VR Sales Season Review!

So this is the first Guest Post at the LifeInSurat Blog!

Nikita (blogger here) was asked to review the Sale Season going at VR Surat and gauge the customer experience. This is what she had to say -

Blogger - Nikita Kantharia

Photo Courtesy - Chintan

"Who doesn’t like shopping? And if at all anywhere discount is mentioned then I don’t know what to say next :p Discounts while shopping is actually just like a yummy chocolate cake with a cherry on top!

Last week I got the chance to cover the amazing Sale story at the hottest shopping destination of town - VR Surat and check how shoppers feel about the same... here is my review -


I started the review with BIBA.

The moment I entered the showroom, there my eyes lit up literally... The Colors had such a positive impact on me.

The whole showroom is very well arranged and filled with ethnic wear for women. BIBA offers outfits such as Anarkali, Kurta, Churidar, Dupatta. Amazing prints with bright colors and hues surely make you splurge! 

I also liked the long skirts from BIBA which reminded me of Kareena Kapoor in Kurbaan! The print and the artwork are the reflections of various cultures of India.

Bombay Dyeing

The next stop was Bombay Dyeing - the most respected name in styling home. 

It’s a one-stop destination for Stylish linens, towels, home furnishings, leisure clothing and a blissful range of almost all home utilities.

By the arrangements of merchandise you can make out that they have left no stone unturned to delight their customers. Amazing stuff at really affordable rates!!


Importance of good pair of shoes... Ask Cinderella! A new pair of shoes changed her life.

From classy boots for men to trendy and fashionable heels for women, Clarks has a huge collection.

Pick up a style and walk away with poise. My personal craving for awesomely groovy and trendy fashion ends here. I found myself a classy bag :) You definitely can dazzle your wardrobe with the amazing collection for both men as well as for women.

Desi Panache

Each girl wishes to have pocket friendly fashion accessories for herself. Desi Panache is one stop fashion accessories destination. I found their tagline "Divas do it with style" very catchy. 

I found each of the product very unique; reason being they are very modern and chic and with the touch of Indian-ness in them. The store has trendy modern apparels, beautiful bags, belts, and many other fashion accessories.


KERI brand itself is a perfect blend of sweet and savor... and so is their collection. KERI is a perfect blend of Indian folk crafts n contemporary styles.

Clothing line for men is also amazing.

I even found very trendy bags here.

Products at KERI mostly are handcrafted and that is reflected in their quality.

Marks And Spencer

The latest lifestyle and fashion stop for all the fashion lovers.. i just loved the simplicity and quality of the collection here.

Be it men’s formal wear to casual ones, they are simply awesome. I liked the collection for women which includes formal, semi-formal and casuals.

Very comfy collection is showcased for all the seasons. 



Portico Newyork itself has created the niche for itself with trend setting bed, bath and top of bed solutions. I was awestruck by the wide array of product which includes soft furnishing, Utopia range of bed and bath linen for the youth.

The colors were really vibrant and mesmerizing. I enjoyed seeing the wide range of bed sheets, spreads, blankets, towels; towels gift sets, shower curtains and what not.

I personally got to know about Soya Bean Fibre quilts, anti-mite and anti-bacterial pillows as well as eco pillows.

I found them extremely design-centric and lovely.

Shoppers Stop

The symbol of the brand Shoppers Stop, which is created out of the initials 'SS' gives one a cue of infinity & delivers the message of the infinite possibilities that the brand promises.

Shoppers Stop today presents the widest range of premium brands like French Connection, And, Being Human, Lee, Tommy Hilfiger, Esprit, Van Heusen, Pepe Jeans to name a few.

I must say this is perfect destination from where you can buy all the stuff to keep everyone happy at home.


SWAROVSKI is the premium brand for the finest crystal elementsThe detailing part of the jewelry was excqusite.

Wrist watches were the major attraction for me. Other than that there is huge range of neck pieces, earrings, rings and all that bling we girls love! Discounts on these beautiful products are just “Sone Pe Suhaga” (Oops, I mean crystals pe.. :P )

The Body Shop

The Body shop is all about rejuvenating your persona with the finest aroma and gentle care. Not just women but these days I suppose men have become more conscious towards cosmetics.

Wide array of shower gels, fragrances, creams and other bathing accessories can be found here. They do have introduced good combos as discount offers.

Vero Moda and ONLY

I completely fell in love as soon as my eyes got stuck on their collection. Vero Moda is all about trendy fashion. Be it denims or cropped ones, it will just make you go “wow”.

The cute heart printed red shirt from ONLY was trendy. I found printed blazer very funky that can definitely be accessorized with some good neck-piece or so!

A super experience all in all. And really glad that i could post my experiences on this blog for others to read.

And the last week of the SALE is still on! Don't sulk... Go Shop! :)"