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Packing List: India!

We’ve got another packing list for your voyeuristic pleasure. (What can we say — it’s the height of summer travel season!) This is a very special list: our dear HBS intern Freya is leaving us and the country. She’s off to India for her brother’s three-day wedding extravaganza. Here’s what she’s packing:

Bare Escentuals True Gold Eye Shadow: The perfect shimmery gold dust — beautifully accentuates brown eyes and all shades of olive skin.

Kohl: Women across India and the Middle East have used black “kohl” on their eyes for centuries (think Cleopatra!). Not only did kohl-lined eyes lure in unsuspecting men, they also protected eyes from the sun’s glare (think Ray Lewis!). I get the effect with Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in carbon black.

Essie Big Spender: Love this dark fuschia polish for fingers and toes — it’s festive and matches the colors of India.

Kohlapuri Sandals: These leather sandals are worn all over the streets of India by young and old, women and men. They are the perfect respite from heels and go with everything!

Herban Essentials Towelettes in Lemon: These anti-bacterial towelettes are an absolute must after riding around in rickshaws and handling rupees.

Malkha Loungewear: Pre-India’s independence, Gandhi advocated wearing homespun Indiancotton, instead of importing British textiles. Today, cotton textile production remains one of India’s largest industries. Malkha, an NGO started by my aunt Uzramma, preserves traditional handloom cotton production. The result is just divine! 

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