Saloni is an Etiquette Consultant to the Times of India and has contributed several articles on related issues from Tea Etiquette to Travel Manners. She is also a published writer with Femina, one of the leading Indian magazines.
The following are excerpts from the reviews of the school by some of the leading newspapers and magazines in India.
- FEMINA, MAY 15, 2004
"How do you walk into a room looking composed, pleasant and utterly confident? Which glass do you use to serve white wine as against red? How do you cross your legs when you sit down for an interview and, then again, when you are at a party? Being ‘finished’ and ‘polished’ have become the need of the day what with more multinational companies coming in, raising the expectations to international levels and with people having to deal with more hectic social lives.
This is where Saloni Duggal, who runs Florina Charm School, steps in. The daughter of Rina Rani Mehta, who studied in London’s famed Lucy Clayton School and ran the Florina Charm School in Mumbai, Saloni has just opened her finishing school in Bangalore and her first batch of students graduated last week… ”
-DECCAN HERALD, FEBRUARY 5, 2004
“She was brought up on a diet of doing the right thing. ‘Sit straight’ and ‘Don’t pick your pimples’ were words of advice from her mom since she was a teen. No wonder, then, that Saloni Duggal has stepped into her mother’s shoes and opened the Florina Charm School of Etiquette in Bangalore…The school offers various modules in grooming, communication, self-presentation, etc.- A one-stop school for style and self awareness.”
-“School For Style”, Femina, May 15, 2004
“ From housewives who’ve joined their husbands in a ‘bigger’ city, to aspiring models who want to improve their posture, young executives looking for interview etiquette and hostesses who want to get the table setting right for a party, Saloni promises sound advice that will stand them in good stead and eliminate potentially embarrassing situations…
Says Saloni, ‘…It was my mother’s dream that I take forward her legacy.’ With software professionals travelling the world over and borders fusing, now more than ever, there seems to be the need for schools that offer a crash course in etiquette. ”
-THE ASIAN AGE, DECEMBER 4, 2004
“ Finishing or charm schools have always been regarded as places where young girls went after their education to learn a few essentials before they got married. Not any more. With the world getting increasingly competitive, finishing schools are now dealing with varied and complex needs. ‘Teaching charm is almost being like a life coach,’ says Saloni Duggal, owner of Florina Charm School…'Self-presentation is what people really want. There’s a lot of under-confidence, especially when they have to socialize extensively.' ”
-THE TIMES OF INDIA (BANGALORE TIMES), JANUARY 14, 2004
It’s no archaic custom. Spelling class and taste, the afternoon tea party makes a comeback as the perfect way to entertain. ‘If you are doing it, do it elegantly,’ advices etiquette consultant, Saloni Duggal in her demonstration of Tea Etiquette to The Times Of India,
- THE TIMES OF INDIA (BANGALORE TIMES), JUNE 12, 2004
The last few months have seen growing numbers of city corporates and techies enrolling in courses which teach everything from personal hygiene to respecting personal space. "There's a hole in our education system. Indians are groomed in academics, not personal packaging," says etiquette consultant Saloni Duggal
- THE TIMES OF INDIA, OCTOBER 14, 2004
“In an increasingly competitive world, it is important that one is well groomed, has good presentation skills and knows what to do and how to do it. In short, one needs to have a sense of etiquette. Saloni feels that people are now realizing the importance of grooming, social and business etiquette, oral and written communication skills, etc., to give them the cutting edge on the corporate and personal front…”
- INDIAN EXPRESS, JANUARY 17, 2005
So just how necessary is etiquette today? "It's essential," says etiquette consultant Saloni Duggal, "Old is gold when it comes to good manners."
An ex-student recently told her that the finer points of table etiquette came to her rescue during a breakfast job interview. "She felt so much more confident knowing which cutlery and glassware to use." Another student who had to meet Bill Clinton during a US project was first given an official intensive one-week etiquette course.
"She said she was told how to introduce herself, how to shake hands, how to enter and leave the room. You are expected to know all this. It prevents chaos and adds confidence."
-“MIND YOUR MODERN MANNERS” TIMES OF INDIA, OCTOBER 22, 2005
“Charm schools are all about the fine art of balance. Under her mother’s eye for perfection, Saloni Duggal has taken on the challenge of bringing Florina Charm School to Bangalore, with the vision of providing the best education in the art of refined living…
“The overall facelift you get in your attitude and personality is important. The confidence in knowing that you are appropriately dressed and properly behaved will carry you through every occasion…” says Saloni…Whether they are 13 or 68, people are flocking to her school…”
-THE TIMES OF INDIA, FEBRUARY 25, 2006
Image and etiquette consultant Saloni Duggal gives her advise on the Power Quotient in Dressing to Deccan Chronicle. “Women in heels are able to project a more feminine stride. Yes, people are judged by their shoes... However, I’d advice women to wear not more than two-inch heels at work, to opt for closed toes and in colours that match the lower garment so they add height.”
-“HIGH ON GLAMOUR”, DECCAN CHRONICLE, AUGUST 7, 2009
Saloni Duggal, Image, Etiquette, Communication and Leadership Coach who runs Florina Finishing School in Bangalore suggests several tips for holding a successful social do. She adds, "Party invitations should be sent preferably two weeks prior to an event with an R.S.V.P. for guests to confirm their availability."
-FEMINA, DECEMBER 2012