Borrowing or Money lending against assets has been a part of our history. Rather, in times of need the idea of taking loans against assets or income is definitely a savior. However, if it’s about money, nothing comes easy. The paper work involved in banks has never been a smooth ride for anyone. There are instances when it really becomes difficult and one looks for alternative ways to secure loan. In situations like this a meaty role is played by gold mortgage players.
I do not have a sweet tooth at all but I live in the company of those who just can’t live without it. My Mum-in-law adores sugar and there are times when my Dad and hubby have to be restricted from over indulgence in sweets. Every time I have to suggest them please go for sugar-free options. Pat comes the answer, ‘No, it isn’t interesting at all!’
Food keeps us going and we all love good food, Isn’t it? Personally, for me its a great stress-buster. I am happy if there is good food around me. I may be full but still I always appreciate the idea of being around tempting aromas. It can easily make me hungry again. ;)
At home, my Mum is one awesome cook and thus taste quotient and flavors are always a priority for me when I choose to eat outside home. However, being an artistic person I always have an eye for themed settings, interesting interiors and accentuating sophistication to make my experience a memorable one.
When its worth a talk, I blog about it!
How about if I take you around a new and upbeat ‘all day modern Cafe & Bar’ in the heart of the place that buzzes with food and fashion? It was a Blogger’s Table at Desi Roots, Saket on 18th March. You must read below to discover its dynamism and diversity in its cuisines and concept. And I am sure you would want to know whats the ‘Lock and Key’ ritual here.
On 18th March, I had an invite to do some food tasting for Burgers, Beers and More at Westin Gurgaon.
The international spirit about this classic American combination ‘burger and beer’ is the new culinary icon to have caught foodies attention in India too. This pairing is being called a match made in heaven.
Seasonal Tastes at Westin, Gurgaon hosted a 10 day- long food festival ( 13th March till 22nd March, 2015) centered around the new hot and cool combination- Burgers and Beers! There were some interesting, mouthwatering burgers to choose from in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections. To add to the culinary extravaganza there were some cold, crisp draft beer for the relishing gulp.
Along with that, I also enjoyed my dinner at The Seasonal Tastes existing buffet spread which was no less than a lavish spread.
Its absolutely precious because our body is 70% Water. Its hard to think of a day without using or drinking water. Water is life! It is a natural resource and thus we take it for granted. There was a time when we could consume the tap water directly but now it isn’t safe. Worse is not all can afford purified or filtered water. Adding to our woes there is a looming shortage predicted of this precious liquid. In future it may become an expensive commodity.
Lets discuss and focus our attention on clean water on World Water Day (22nd March) as over 700 million people lack access to safe water. Also, every fifteen minute a child dies due to water borne disease, mind it from a preventable one. So much waste from our end goes untreated in the water bodies. Thus we reap what we sow. Therefore, its important that we realize it soon that we owe much to this natural resource and have a responsibility to use it wisely, drink it wisely and help others to get access to pure drinkable water. Also lets learn about a better form of water for drinking. Its alkaline in nature!!!
A better Water, Lets explore!
Drinking water is a necessity for a healthy life. Water not only cures dehydration of the body but it controls many cells and tissues and thus even metabolism is connected with it. I remember falling ill to jaundice and it happened because I drank unclean tap water. In the cities we are crippled by pollution in all forms, thus it becomes absolutely important to purify our drinking water. Boiling water kills the germs but yet its not the right kind of water that our body needs. Even Reverse Osmosis is not the solution because it is purest form of water, deprived of many useful elements that body needs. In fact purified water in its mineral free form is very aggressive. The ideal water should be alkaline and should be rich in calcium and magnesium.
This post is dedicated to International Day of Happiness
HAPPINESS is ABC of life! It is an addictive, beautiful and charming word. Who doesn’t want to be happy? Rather we do it all in life to let not this emotion distance from us. What is Happiness? It may seem just a simpleword but as I write I feel it cannot be defined in a single word. Easily said than achieved, it is an experience of the mind and the heart. Possibly it is a series of joyful feelings. From the innocent gesture on a child’s face to a radiant bright smile on an elderly’s face , happiness has so much about it. Wow!! Wish I could grab it always!!!Continue reading I am Happy, Are you?→
If I tell you that my Mum is my favorite cook, you would say whose Mum isn’t. Well I wouldn’t argue on this because all mothers are queens of their kitchen. Initially I would never appreciate my mum’s cooking, like every other kid had my own set of tantrums of not eating this or that but once I landed up in the hostel for four years of my engineering studies, I underwent a change. I developed immense respect for my Mum and her cooking. I would crave for her lunchboxes and the lavish menus of Sundays.
My mother enjoys cooking and she is the famous one in our family. Even my hubby is fond of her cooking. I live in the same city as my parents and I visit them often. My husband lets me stay with them when ever I demand but he has only one condition, ‘You must learn some cooking from Mumma’. So now you may conclude that I am nothing close to a good cook when it comes to cooking. Well, I have an excuse to this, my sweet Mum would never let me in the kitchen and eventually I went away from the house. For the first time when I had to put up on my own, I didnt even know how to chop vegetable. But later Mum on the phone and youtube/cookery blogs on the laptop became a great help.
My Mum makes a lot of local food and experiments with different recipes but never teaches me much. ;) She believes in wholesome food than their junk avatars, thus she isn’t much into baking and grilling pizza and pastas. But I have been convincing her that she must explore this side of cooking too because there is so much that can be done with new electronic appliances. To this she says she is happy with her microwave. At the start of the year, one day she asked me, Which OTG should I buy?Wow! this sounded good to me. I was happy that Mum wanted to learn some cake making. I simply told her, don’t worry about this, you will have one soon.
And as blogging would have it. Last month U gifted a PARTY PLANNER to Mum. Thanks to HAMILTON BEACH and Blogadda for sending it to me and encouraging me to #CreateFearlessly.
The PARTY PLANNER consists of OTG and Hand Blender. With the OTG, Mum and I did some group cooking and had a great time. Believe me it was so much fun to learn things from Mum and at the same time share some knowledge with her.
OVEN-TOASTER-GRILL– This has lovely accessories for baking, grilling and roasting. Its absolute fun with the Rotisserie which is a style of roasting where chicken is skewered on a long solid rod. Its capacity is 32 litre and 1500 watt.
Initially I would read them because they came with attractive subjects. Gradually I thought they were nothing more than marketing gimmicks. In sometime I wanted to know a way to trash them all as they flooded my mailbox. But today I say read them to discover something new. Believe me some of them can be seriously interesting. I am talking about promotional mails.
As perception goes, I considered them no less than junk mails which were not meant to be read. With them not stopping to take a breath and dropping in every hour, I would feel extremely irritated. I loved my mailbox clean and tidy but they did not let it be that way. Random deletion was not the option because I had lost a couple of mails that way. But it was important to get rid of the mess. One day I decided to clean it all. I could have done a group selection and clicked on the recycle bin but something in me prompted me to read them one by one in place of trashing them in bulk. Continue reading There are some real good deals hidden in the promotional mails→
At first I thought he may not want to pose doing it all but no he didn’t throw tantrums at all. Rather he modeled for it superbly and announced it proudly to his sister and friends too.
(This is what my husband told his family and friends when he had a word with them on phone)
‘Hey, don’t forget to read my wife’s blog in next two days, I will be seen taking the #WashBucketChallenge initiated by Ariel India. I will be doing the Sunday laundry there. Do read and get inspired too!
Honestly, I didn’t know how it sounded to them and how they reacted but it meant many things to me- sweet, cute, funny, sporty, self-praising but worth it, supportive to the cause and absolutely honest.
Last time when I wrote for #IsLaundryOnlyAWomansJob I did mention that my husband has always been a enthusiastic participant in the household chores. I must share one super awesome quality about him that though he lives a life out of a suitcase (yeah I am a consultant’s wife), he never returns with bag fulls of dirty clothes for me. Yes, he ensures he does the laundry, get them done and then return with clean clothes. I am absolutely proud of him. Believe me he is a super cook and a great help while managing the laundry. Oh yes, I feel too low and cry my heart out when he isn’t around… now you know why! :) ;)
Since he isn’t traveling this month, like an usual Sunday he took charge of his laundry. The detergent Ariel matic was sent to me by blogadda. Together we took the Wash Bucket Challenge. For this prompt I have attempted a photo-blog ( a self story told by the detergent itself) and have tried unique captions for my clicks. Hope you enjoy!!!
The music will set the mood and the atmosphere!!!
I am ARIELMATIC complete+, My packing is super-cute right?
I have just landed at the Sehgal’s place and they are excited to see ME. Interesting!!!
Mr. Sehgal is all set to take the #WashBucketChallenge. Wow, his wife is so lucky.
On Sunday I was invited to the below event and I had a great time in exploring and learning the depths of professional make up and its science with KRYOLAN.
EvENT: KRYOLANNew Product’s Launch and International Make-Up Trends Presentation by Tara Moghaddam
Venue:KRYOLAN City, A-7, Lajpat Nagar II, New Delhi
The event showcased some unique and innovative fashion make up trends and styles. It was fun and interactive. It helped me understand the difference between professional make-up and everyday beauty make-up. The walk-around the showroom introduced me to a wide range of Kryolan products and its awesome palette of colors.
I walked in Kryolan city at 11.30 a.m., met other bloggers, walked around the showroom to explore the products. The Kryolan team was extremely co-operative and helpful and told us about the different products , shades and the color intensities. Later, Tara Moghaddham, themake-up artist, educator and trainer from London presented different realms of fashion make-up and educated us on the globally acclaimed latest trends. She also told us that why getting creative is easy with Kryolan because the same products can be used for eyes, cheeks and lips. There are no restrictions and its fun to do experiments.
She presented three make up designs too and it was fun to learn it all. Finally, there was some interesting product launch too. I loved the body jewels.
Fashion and makeup is part of lifestyle and I was inspired to get fashionable. I also leaent why Kryolan says ‘Make up is a science’ for them. Kryolan is also doing their great efforts over running educational seminars explaining advanced application techniques of make-up, innovations in high definition and the international perspective of creative make-up. The whole event was enjoyed over wine and yummy snacks.
I remember it happened with my Oslo trip. My tickets were done and I was all excited to go to Europe, meet my husband after months and celebrate my first anniversary with him. But the embassy played a spoilsport and did not issue me my visa within the due time. I was very disappointed to cancel the trip. Of course I did take it later but at a higher cost because I bought the tickets for the next day. So how I wish #Uncancel option would have been there.
Last time you canceled your trip because you were not well, you were not sure, you were gripped in by unfavorable circumstances. But suddenly in a weeks time, things are all fine and you want to go for it again. I am sure it has happened with all of us. How has been the experience?
A family that lives together, laughs together, sings together and griefs together is a real family. There are so many times when you don’t even realize you are sad if there is a shoulder to cry over. In loneliness, it can stress you to the core. A family is a very integral part of our existence, happiness, new endeavors and success. This is the power of togetherness. Its absolutely magical !
This story comes from my past. Happily, I would love to share. It was the day when I had felt too low (close to suicidal) in life but my family acted like a strength and motivation. It was my placement season, the first day and while the whole batch thought I would be among the top contenders to make it, to everyone’s shock I did not. When the results were declared, I almost went numb when my name wasn’t announced. Even my friends couldn’t believe that I was not among the selected group. While all the selected batchmates began to rejoice and have fun, I couldn’t take up the rejection on my face. Continue reading Power of being #together!→
We thrive in the plush cities, we have the basic amenities and most of us can decide for ourselves, yet we crib about our versions of gender inequality that prevails. But looking at the plight of women in the rural, I feel we are blessed. There women are still struggling for the basic comforts, the smallest of things.
Oops, those days! I shouldn’t talk about it. Really? Well, I will.
Urban women can’t think of a day without the sanitary napkins during the menstruation. Its one thing that makes our life comfortable on those cramp-py days. And we simply complain about our pain. Before I say more, read the stats below…
88% women in rural India cannot afford sanitary napkins
81% rural women resort to unsterilised cloth, sawdust, leaves
30% girls in rural India have already dropped out of school after menstruation
Must tell you before I talk about Clarke Quay!! SINGAPORE has clinched the number one spot as Top Country to Visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet. Also it is celebrating 50th anniversary of its independence this year.
First things first
In Singapore, I was in love with this place. This vibrant piece of the city appealed to me as an interesting array of entertainment, color, life, diversity and more.
In November when I visited Singapore, I ensured to return to Clarke Quay again on the 6th day of the trip to celebrate my third marriage anniversary.
Honestly, I did not know what a Quay looked like until Singapore made me curious because the Singapore river boasts of 3 different quays- Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay.
Now, getting to the literal meaning of a Quay which I actually googled to interpret better.
‘A platform or structure on the shore of a harbour or on the bank of a river or canal where ships dock to load and unload cargo or passengers is a Quay.’
Clarke Quay is a must visit place whenever you are in Singapore. In the evening it makes a perfect place to stroll around hand in hand with anyone you love. In the night, its absolutely colorful as the water reflects all that it receives. The pictures below speak for themselves.
If only FOOD and spicy South INDIAN food is on your mind, savor the pictures below to get growling HUNGRY!!!
I was told that Selvam is classic banana leaf restaurant in Melaka (Malaysia) and has won many awards for serving best Indian food in the area. After my visit there I can definitely say if you are a foodie, love spicy indulgence and have a taste for South Indian delicacies, you just can’t afford to miss this one whenever you are in Melaka.
Well, in my previous posts in Malaysia series, I have already enticed my readers to travel to Melaka. It is one serene place where I would want to go again any day. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. I often recommend this place (2 hrs away from Kuala Lumpur) who only know about Petronas or Penang, Langkawi in Malaysia.
On our second day in Melaka also called Melacca, after exploring the historical beauty of this place by walking around the place, we got really hungry. Our guide told us we were not eating at the hotel but at an Indian place which would take around ten minutes to reach. It was hot and humid in August in the afternoon and we were really tired but I think the wait to reach the place was worth it.
#StartANewLife – Its not easy but its fun as well as enriching for a lifetime!
Choosing a Hostel life for four years over being a Day Scholar was s bold decision of my life and I am glad that I did it. It really helped me evolve and bring the change in me. I remember it all even though its been thirteen years to this decision. In the year 2003, when I qualified almost all the engineering entrance examinations, my parents swooned with happiness. I felt proud to see them smile ear to ear and brag about my success stories with every one in the family. It was one big moment that they had waited for long. It was my father who always wanted me to become an engineer.
After the declaration of results, soon the date for counselling began to approach. It was then when I saw the nervous side of my parents. Suddenly they were not comfortable about my plan of choosing the government engineering colleges and moving to another city. They wanted me to settle for a private college in NCR so that I could be a day scholar and live in the house with them. My Dad began to give me several emotional stories and Mom would convince me that someone like me who had never spent a day without them could not live in a hostel. Honestly, I was battling a war not with them but with myself. Yes, my parents knew me perfectly and the thought of leaving them and going in another city, putting up in a hostel was choking me every other hour but I wanted to do this for myself. Continue reading I chose a hostel life for the good!→
Note: There is a Secret Message for all Denim lovers at the end of this article.
Denims, more specifically, jeans, have taken over the clothing industry faster than any other garment has and are as widely embraced, worn and loved the world over. The classic symbol of the American West is now a staple in wardrobes around the world. From a waiter at a restaurant, to the most influential people in the world, everybody has jeans as an important part of their wardrobe.
Have you ever wondered why jeans are so popular?
The main reason for their popularity among the people was not only because of the different ways they are worn, but the different and particular styles in which they ‘wear’. The way jeans wear off over time or the way the “age” says a lot about the person wearing them. They have become a common representative for anyone and everyone’s unique personality. Durable, comfortable and yet stylish enough to always be a part of the latest trends, Jeans are forever.
Gloominess and solemn gripped our family last month as we lost a family member. In these sad times, the only bright little things that have been coming to our house are the courier packets. Last fortnight I received 18 books. Despite of all odds, everyone in the family looks forward to the new books. They love the knock of the postman because each day he brings along a new addition to our library. The wonderful books that fall out of the courier packets cheer us up and brighten our days. In fact everyone in my family has taken up to reading and from the cover page to the blurb to the story, all of us enjoy discussing books.
Books are a great way to help us de-stress, inspire and motivate us to move forward in life.
Ayushmann Khurrana has co-authored the book ‘Cracking the Code’ with his wife Tahira Kashyap. The book has honest, cute, sweet, embarrassing details about his life and career.
Bollywood always gets my eye. If you have been following me you know that I never miss a chance to read a book that has to do about the glamour world and its people. Reading has helped me to know the the stories behind the big stars. Believe me, Bollywood is not all about page 3 parties but lot of hard work and focus goes in to the making of the superstars. And the most important thing is that not everyone who has a God father has sure chances of success here. It does give chance to everyone and people with unknown surnames have been successful in carving a niche for themselves.
Book Review- Ramayana, The Game of Life, Shattered Dreams Book 2
Valmiki’s Ramayana- the great epic tale has fascinated story tellers and lovers for ages. I remember my father had gifted me a children’s version of this spiritual and motivational tale when I was eight. I had loved reading about the Ayodhaya prince and about his marriage to the beautiful Sita. The whole journey of his life had been like a magical tale to my eyes but later his fourteen years of exile devised by his loving step mother had been absolutely heartbreaking. Later, the win of Rama over Ravana that follows in the story is known by all and his return to Ayodhaya after fourteen years is celebrated as Hindu festival of Lights- Diwali.
Ramayana is one big, beautiful story that will always be known for its eternal wisdom. Whenever someone mentions it, for me it never means Rama’s story but a conglomeration of many stories intertwined perfectly. I have read it in many forms but every time it mesmerizes me all the more. I always wonder when it was all destined and planned by the Gods, why the pain couldn’t have been less when Kaikeyi proposes exile for Rama, Dasaratha dies in bereavement of his son and Sita and Rama are separated by Ravana? On the other hand it has a valued lesson of life, that no matter what each one of us has to live through our own karmas and circumstances of life. Thus lets live it in a righteous way.
“Damned by despair and buoyed by hope. Isn’t that what life is about? Life is a combination of hope and despair. The one that dominates you, carves your personality”.
In life, more than joys and sorrows, its about happy and sad moments and how we live them. The wise people always say that we should try and maintain calm and composure in all situations of life and look forward to positively always.
If we really look around to stand and stare, the joys and happiness of life lie in little things. A sumptuous breakfast of your choice, a beautiful flower in the garden, little baby’s smile, parents encouraging words, partner’s hug, favorite lunch box, appreciation mail, an easy fulfilling day etc. These are about everyday sweet nothings but there are some things in life for which we plan and set goals and their achievement too gives us optimism and hope for the future. Graduating with flying colors, doing good in career, booking a car, moving in your own house, getting married, giving birth are other things in life that bring optimism in life, our world and future.
On most of the days, I wake up all excited and enthusiastic looking forward to a meaningful day. I am happy and positive about the proceedings of the day. Even if some of the things do not go as planned, they do not affect me. But on the contrary there are few days in month when I feel hopeless and drained on energy especially when I am ill or physically unfit.
Fiver years ago it happened so that I was diagnosed with jaundice and I had to opt for bed rest for more than a month. Even post recuperation, I felt too low in my life. Since I always felt weak and less on energy, I could not walk around much, attend work etc. Even my favorite job of reading books did not put the smile back on my house. The doctors were saying that I was improving but something inside me did not give me a very encouraging feel.
As promised, I am back with yet another post in the ‘Discover Thainess’ series.
Did you know that last year (2014) Thailand won eight Indian tourism awards- Best Wedding Destination, Best Spa Destination, Best Destination, Best International Tourism Board, Best Value Destination, etc? Read on to know more…
I traveled from New Delhi to Mumbai to attend ‘Discover Thainess launch’ in Mumbai on 25th February.
If you have been to Thailand, I bet the pictures in the blog-post will remind you of many nostalgic memories but if you are still planning to discover Thainess, let me arouse the urge in you. This wonderful treat of Thai culture which will convince you more to take the trip soon. However, I was lucky enough to experience it all in India itself. The trip to Thailand will happen soon. Amen!
The Ball room in Palladium hotel in Mumbai was decked up beautifully. No one could guess the occasion was a press conference. Honestly, the lavish theme event organized by Thailand Tourism board spoke of their commitment in growing a deep bond with Indian travelers. I must say that a marketing campaign should speak for itself and and this one absolutely hit the nail.
I bet everyone in the room must have experienced the thought of traveling to Thailand soon. The Amphawa floating market was my favorite.
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
I have complete faith in the above quote but I have addition to make. One is just a number, it actually means each one has to come forward for the change. I want to be part of the revolution of #TheWorldRemade but before that I have my long list to share.
It starts in the house- boys and girls, men and women are not treated equal. Everyday I question it but no one knows why. Where did it start? None has an answer. I wish of a world of role reversals.
Who is a woman? Someone who is weak, born to be a home-maker, get married, bear children, meant to entertain, judged every now and then, not taken seriously at work, to be kept in the cage and anytime be ogled, raped and killed. I seek a new meaning for ‘Woman’.
Enough is enough! Wish there would come a day when the poor would have enough courage to stand for their rights. None should feel a victim of injustice, harassment, suppression.
Wish the below list of words could be eradicated from the society forever- Law and order chaos, political coups, Social and economic injustice, civil disorders, brutal killings, hijack, bomb blasts, nuclear warfare.
Believe in our own strength and idea is what we need. Small ideas can contribute to the big change. We ordinary people can bring a wonderful change if we all work together. Let us all put our foot forward to make the world a happy place.
Let us all not cling to dogmas, superstitions, blinding faiths of religion. The world and its happenings are progressive in nature. Lets adopt the change with open arms and more than that lets be the change we want to see.
So there is everyone who is working for something or the other. Many are working for the betterment of climate, poverty eradication, deforestation, peace prevail, water and hunger, conservation, ecological degradation, human rights, and more. But for the world to be remade, we have to say we are working to bring the change in ourselves.
Delhi is a vast city and with a huge population taking shelter in its magnanimous expanse, it definitely has large expectations to serve. In the last fifteen years, I have seen Delhi emerge as a metropolitan city. From the flyovers to civic constructions to Delhi Metro I have seen things happen to help us around better. But even today, after the presence of huge number of buses and autos we have not been able to connect the dots.
In all these years the number of cars has severely multiplied choking the traffic on every city road. Have we ever bothered to think that why people in Europe prefer public transport and we in India still shrug the idea of it? The answer is known to all that the public transport has yet not earned a satisfactory place in our day to day life. Our private vehicles and hired taxis only take us to the absolute corners otherwise it can be a very tiresome journey. Taking best advantage of this situation the Delhi cab service have thrived.
With rising pace and expanding periphery, the capital city still has many remote areas and weak connectivity. There are so many routes that one doesn’t find a Metro line and the only saviours are the buses which are overcrowded, dirty at times and that which take the longest route. Also buses can never be a solution for door to door, convenient movement until our destination lies close to the bus stop. Even getting an auto in some areas is not easy many a times. For example if you have to reach airport, it often becomes a hapless situation for me as a lady to change bus, then auto and then reach in time. Thus, the taxi service in Delhi comes very handy and comfortable.
India is my country and I live in its vibrant capital city, New Delhi. I love traveling and exploring other countries and culture but at the same time I am mesmerized by the vastness of my own homeland. If you have been fascinated by our beautiful tales, its time to pack your bags, come and visit our magical land.
The below picture was taken in Kochi in India. The country is as beautiful and colorful as this.
India with its century old civilization, grand historic monuments, exotic locations and interesting culture is one of the most popular country for the tourists. India is a vast country, which is blessed with diverse climatic conditions and terrain, the fact which should be kept in mind before planning trip to India. Also, it is a developing country which can prove to be daunting and chaotic for newcomers, if proper planning is not done. Here, are some tips which can help you in getting maximum out of your trip and would assist in enjoying to the fullest.
1. Plan places to visit and things to do
As I have said earlier, India is a vast country that has plethora of tourist attractions with its own charm and beauty. There are beautiful beaches and tropical scenery in the South, lush green hill stations in the North, popular forests in the center, the thriving metropolises spread all across country and the birth place of Buddhism in the East. Among tourist hotspots Taj Mahal in Agra, the red fort and Qutub Minar in Delhi and Golden Temple in Amritsar are most popular. In the south, Kerala is known as God’s own country. As you have seen that these attractions are spread all over country, which makes it important to plan where you want to go. If this isn’t done you may waste lot of time in travelling rather than enjoying your trip.
Before the World Cup Season while we have been jittery answering this tough one- Will India be able to defend their title at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015?, the team has already given us two wins and taken away the nervousness. Yes, the team deserves all the cheers and applauds for a superb start. I am sure in this age of technology there isn’t a cricket fan left who hasn’t updated or tweeted about it yet. On the last two Sundays, the timelines on my twitter and Facebook pages absolutely went berserk. The happiness oozed out in gallons on the social media where fans cheered at every ball.
Well we all know that India is a nation where Cricket is considered more than a game. It is almost like a religion that emotionally binds and blinds the fans. Just like we love to celebrate our festivals together, we also love to watch our cricket matches together. Rather I have learnt that people in different parts of the country have always had their own way of cheering for the Indian team. While some do lunch and dinner parties with friends and family, others gang around in restaurants. The older generations still loves to hook to their television/radio while the on-the-go people keep an update through cricinfo now and no one cares for the pollution from crackers if India wins. Well the crux of the story is all of us madly love to cheer for cricket and none wishes to be on the losing side. ;)
Tale Spin, the book by Nickunj Malik is a compilation of her short stories/published columns reflecting a part of her life in Amman and other places. Nickunj herself is a columnist in Jordan Times, a leading newspaper in Republic of Jordan. Apart from that, she has also written articles for Khaleej Times (Dubai), Star (South Africa), Business Times (Tanzania) and Bahrain Tribune (Bahrain).
If the pictures have made you hungry, read on to know about the place where you can treat yourself with the above food.
On the days when Indian cricket team plays one of the most hyped IndVsPak World Cup match, you least expect your husband to accompany you out for lunch. But I am glad that my hubby isn’t one of those who sleep, breathe and eat ‘Cricket’. When India had put up a good score of 300 he almost declared that the game was in our kitty and was not very keen to follow it ball by ball. However I wasn’t convinced until the batting line up of our neighbors collapsed in a row. (Thanks to cricinfo we followed it all on our mobile phone)
Well that was just about the cricket fervor. This sunday I had a media invite for a restaurant celebration and I had invited hubby to come along with me.
To my delight, he had said, I would love to go and explore the yogic delights of sattvik eating. Here he was talking about Sattviko, a fast casual Pure vegetarian Chain in Delhi/NCR that turned 1 on 15th February 2015 and I had an invite to its anniversary celebration. (One of the advantages of having a blogger wife.) Since my parents live in Nanakpura-New Delhi and we had plans to visit them too, we chose the nearest branch. Sattviko has 4 branches in Delhi-NCR.
At DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj it was easy to locate Sattviko in the food court. The outlet stood all vibrant, colorful and inviting on its first birthday. Here, I must tell you that this branch is just two months old but the celebrations were meant for its inception that led to its first branch in Greater Kailash an year ago. And to commemorate the first successful year, its owners also launched a very needful initiative- “Khana Bachao, Desh Badao“.
This campaign is focused on reminding people that we must not waste food. I must say its a good message and many more outlets should join this campaign. If you have been following my blog, you must be aware that I do not talk about food or restaurants until the place or event has something different to offer. The words ‘Sattvik’, ‘healthy dining’, ‘ food for soul’, ‘yoga benefits’ with ‘modern food’, ‘global chain’, ‘best Debutante restaurant’ made me curious about this one.
We have all grown up to our parents, teachers or elders telling us ‘Don’t do this!’ or ‘Don’t Do that!.’ What I can remember of my childhood is that my parents too never missed a chance to correct me for the little things of life which they thought were very important for my growing up. Restrictions, constraints and circumstances that hold back are things that we humans have learnt to adapt with.
First the people around us tell us and gradually the circumstances, ways of life mold us in a way that we ourselves learn to live with the restrictions. Take for instance, even though I may love to sleep for more than seven hours, can I really afford to do so when I am married, working and have a family to look after. No, not really. Even though I may strive hard everyday to balance my work and home but so often I fail because either work demands my attention or on some of the days I am not in my best of health. With my expanding waistline, its becomes so important to hold my indulgences in junk food. So the truth is that there are many things that contribute to our stopping.
Hey, have you heard about the Underwater Wedding Ceremony that takes place in Thailand? Did you visit the ‘Romantic Destination-Trang’ when you went holidaying in Thailand?
Well, while I waited to throw this question to my readers through my blog, I did not lose a minute in querying my friends (two couples) who had visited Thailand for their honeymoon last year. To my surprise they answered in a ‘No’. This made me genuinely curious about Trang because with best known sand beaches, beautiful nature side, interesting caves, rain forest valleys, lovely pristine waterfalls and rubber plantations, the land of love is still not known to many people.
I often see mommies crib that their kiddos return without eating their packed food which mummy dears pack lovingly. Gladly my Mumma never had issues with me . She tells me that I was a no fuss kid and one of those rare kindergarten student who always returned with a clean, empty box. I guess I did this because I was a born foodie. And my Mum is an amazing cook (All Mums are). Everyday she would give me an interesting lunch box and I would happily devour it. :)
I have fond memories in connection with my school Lunch Box. My friends would bribe me with canteen food in exchange of the Aloo-parathas, Spinach sandwiches and ladyfinger vegetable made by her. Back home I would announce these stories to her and she would feel flattered. Next morning I would get a fatter lunch box for my friends too. She never packed me Maggi, chowmein, idli or pav bhaji. My friends from other states brought these delicacies sometimes and only on those days I would agree to give them my lunch and they would happily agree to the deal. Even today when we meet in the school reunions, we often discuss the tasty lunches that we have shared and what our Mums cooked best.
This is the story of bold confession from the pages of my love-diary.
Six months old in a job as a graduate intern, I had a huge crush on my team lead. As I look back, honestly it was too daring an act to tell him what I thought of him. The reason was he wasn’t too friendly, we had known each other only for a few months, he was older in age and position and more, he was a super workaholic person. No matter what, I have to confess I was totally smitten by his charming smiles and comforting mannerisms.
As cupid played it for me, we were soon teamed for a special project. Thus, my love took over both my heart and mind in a couple of weeks of knowing him better. It became imperative to ease my heartbeats that echoed love at his mere sight. The arrival of Valentines day came as a signal from God that it was time to move forward. Just out of engineering college, in 2008 I actually raked my brains to produce an innovative, crazy, whacky way of expressing my love to him but I chose to go expressive and bold through my artistic touch, something that I had been doing since my childhood. I wanted him to hear the #SoundOfLove created bymy paint brush.
I replayed the above video a couple of times till it compelled me to blog about it.The video shows a father reflecting on the question if he really plays a great Dad, while he puts up his responsibilities towards his son. I quite liked the emotional appeal and human connect about the video. It instantly made me think about my relationship with my father and how he has been a great Dad forever. He is the strongest wall on which I can lean anytime.
To be a great father, there isn’t a guide but yes every man definitely want nothing less but the best for their kids. What makes them great is making every possible attempt to redefine the meaning of fatherhood each and every day. No doubt, we owe so much to these handsome men of our life. They discipline us, love us, lead us, teach us, befriend us, protect us, support us and much more think about our future too . From wiping the poopie butt, running nose to phlegmatic spit-outs in infancy to reading out story-books, satiating queries of my curious mind in childhood to keeping track of doctors, teachers, friends for my overall development in the teenage to standing by my side in all decisions of my life in adulthood, my Dad has done it all for me.
I have confessed it many times that Bollywood fraternity has a fan in me and I never fail to take my daily dose of gossips from entertainment section of newspapers, websites or magazines. So when I was offered to read a book that has ‘bollywood’ in its title and much to offer in the blurb, I did not have the courage to deny it. Further more, I had read Author Rishi Vohra’s first book and had appreciated it for its touching and unique story line.
Everyone who’s been sharing their interesting list of ‘Where to Travel in 2015?’ has definitely touted ‘Oman’ as the next tourist destination. The oldest independent state in the Arab world with an eclectic mix of both offbeat and adventure, magical and mystic, mountains and deserts, forts and souqs truly deserves to be marked in bold on every traveler’s map.
Those who have visited it are lovingly writing about it. Of course, I have been reading and eyeing the details. I enjoy, relate to their opinions and get nostalgic as the beautiful memories of this unspoilt destination are freshly etched in my mind too. My 5 days trip to Oman in last week of October 2014 was definitely one of its kinds. Blogging about it is a great way to relive the fun and glories of the trip.
I am glad my Author friend, Ismita Tandon ensured that I read the below book from Om Swami ji. I could not attend the launch of the book in Delhi but however my first read of the year has been truly wonderful. To each one, this will affect differently. Yes, It helped me to extract many answers to the anxious questions of my heart and soul.
Living in the Himalayas in solitude with only a piece of cloth to cover the body and a thin bedding to lie down, it isn’t any man’s forte but after reading his survival and spiritually enlightening story I have developed immense respect for him. Om Swami is the monk who stood through all testing times until he made his inner soul’s cup empty and met Mother Divine in the Himalayan cave.
Do you know of the Hindu festival where devotees pierce their tongue and cheek with skewers and hooks ?Everyone is heavily pierced and strangely the piercing leads to no blood because it is believed that it happens due to the blessing of Lord. Also the devotees do not feel the pain, no scar because they go in a trance state when they get it done. This unique one that is celebrated in places which has South Indians populace (India, South East Asia) but at Batu Caves in Malaysia it is a thrilling spectacle.
I was looking forward to a 2 week awesome trip to discover Kerala this March but sadly I did not get selected among Top 25 in the Kerala Blog Express 2 organized by Kerala tourism . Well, not taking the disappointment too much to my heart, I am hoping that there is always a next time. And before I forget I must thank all 218 well wishers who voted for me. Yes, I was sixth among the Indian applicants. :)
Well, Kerala connection doesn’t end here with one contest because I was also excited for my parents south India trip which I had helped them with. Recently, Mum Dad went for a week’s trip to beautiful Kerala and later Trivandrum and came back rejuvenated perfectly. They are back now and I am glad they had a great time there. So with a smartphone in Dad’s pocket and a lovely bag in Mum’s tow, my parents made the best of their trip. I am glad they have brought me great photos and lots of Banana and tapioca chips to gorge on. No doubt Kerala is immersed in natural colors and God has painted it amazingly.
Since their return my Mum has been talking about the beaches, temples, lush green landscapes, thundering waterfalls, coconut grooves of Kerala and other natural attractions. (I must tell you she is a much traveled person, thanks to my Nanaji who was in Railways) while Dad has brought organic spices, ayurvedic oils, medicines and lovely pictures. Before going for the trip, my Dad told me that he was bored of his phone and wanted a smartphone which could click great pictures. I instantly helped him with Asus Zenphone 5 and see how judiciously he used it. I am so proud of him.
This post is dedicated to Kerala and my lovely parents who are gradually taking up traveling and moving out of the Indian mentality where ‘Indians never come out of their responsibilities, keep saving money for their kids and do not travel’. We need to inspire our parents to travel too.
Moving on I am keeping my fingers crossed too. Soon I will go on my own discovery trip to one of the top destinations in India. Hope you enjoy the photo-walk below.
The city of Kochi in Kerala ranks first in inviting over tourists from all over the world
Abode of Snow,
Remote, dynamic, majestic and romantic,
One that breathes out diversity of cultures, Adorned in lengths and breaths of superlatives,
The deepest, the tallest, the highest and the grandest,
Breath-taking and wondrous there couldn’t be anything more,
One that is incredibly beautiful and culturally fascinating,
Ah! the mortal traveler in me has caught fascination of the spectacular Himalayas!
It is the one that houses it all,
Enticing and Exhilarating experiences,
Lovely peaks, gushing rivers and glaciers,
The lush green valleys, pristine lakes,
Snow-capped peaks and scenic rivers,
Not to forget the Iconoclastic landmarks,
Varied and rich vegetation,
No less, the mecca for great adventurers and mountaineers.
Honestly, I have been a shy, self conscious and introvert kind of person all my life. For my engineering, when I had chosen a hostel life in a reputed govt. college over being a day scholar in a private college, my parents had gone for a shock. Even I was not sure if I would be able to live 500 kms away for long set of months and my parents were quite much convinced that it was not my cup of tea and I would return soon.
No doubt it took me an year to adjust in the conditions away from home comforts and not once but twice I was overpowered by the thought of running back home but every time an inside thought held me back and told me that I had to be brave and live my decision. This was a challenge that I had to win over myself. I did it too.
While writing this blog post, I have been reading about Amazing Tastes of Thailand, Thai Handicrafts- The Art of Wisdom, Thai Massageand Muay Thaiand honestly I have discovered new things which I did not know before. In fact this was just an extension to a well spent afternoon which I spent discovering ‘Thainess’ in Leela Palace, New Delhi today. I am glad I was a part of this ‘2015 Discover Thainess’ campaign where Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) officially declared Mary Kom as their Thai Boxing ambassador.
As a blogger, when I had got a chance to attend TATA ZEST’s launch in GOA last year, honestly two things had impressed me most. One, I had loved the interaction with the team of designers and engineers behind the new car. The members of the design team were young in age, high on energy and open to experimentation. Two, I had returned with three vibrant newly coined terms- DriveNext, DesignNext and ConnectNext. They sounded absolutely upbeat and creative and I could bet they were here to stay. These terms not just had a peppy feel around them but they also wrapped up the new TATA strategy of smart looks, connectivity on-the-go and enhanced driving features.
I had returned convinced that TATA, the reliable brand was eager to change its passenger car’s perception and claim its presence in the business. Six months down, the hatchback sibling of sedan has come in full gear to put forward its ‘Horizonext’ strategy smartly and aggressively. Recently opened up for bookings, this new budget car named ‘BOLT’ is firing up the 400+ Tata centers across India.
Read below to know why in my view BOLT definitely makes for BuyNext if you are looking for a budget car with smart looks, powerful engine and value for money. And before you reject my thoughts and say ‘ oh that’s a women telling me about a car like the other baseless notion ‘girls can’t drive’ let me tell you women have a great say and role to play in a new car purchasing decision. Nowadays, women love to buy their own car and because they earn, they love to choose what they want to drive. We all know that Men are fond of cars but rarely does a man buy a car just for himself. Mostly its meant to impress the women in their life or Mum-Dad in the family. When my Dad bought a car, ofcourse Mum and I had all the influencing power on his decision. In fact my hubby asks for my opinion whenever we discuss any new car in the market.
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Here I have crafted a poem to celebrate my own-self and Things that define me…
I am no Cindrella or Rapunzel but fairy-tale life is mine, I have not the perfect looks, But I stand unique and beautiful in my own way, I am the princess of my parents. 3D is my name (Daddy’s Darling Daughter), Mumma’s naughtiest and lazy ‘one and only’ kiddo, And Hubby’s best-est friend is me.
Shaaluji is a little tensed, She has been practising her’speech’ since 2 days, But she knows not why she minces with words here and there. She sits down to mug it up again, Afterall she has to be impressive, She is aspiring to be the new secretary of the society of her building, Excitement and happiness shines on her face, She has so much to talk about, And enlighten the neighbors with her views, Ofcourse, she is inspired, Its Election time after all.
‘Congenital litterbugs we are’-she forgets the sentence again, She had insisted her husband Sharmaji to prepare an easy one for her, But he had said- If you want to win, talk in good English, Everyone is talking about general lack of cleanliness and hygiene, He showed her the photo of our PM ji with the broom, Inspired again, she swooned with pride, Happily she thought to herself, Not much did Fashionable Jassi and Mrs.Gupta know about clean India, They only talked about their foreign beauty products and rising maid rates, Just then she starts cutting vegetables on the dirty chopping board, Oops the all swabbing kitchen cloth is utterly unclean too.
If the cloth tag says “hand wash” or “dry clean only”, its means help but if it says like the above cloth-line ‘ Give it to your Woman, ITS HER JOB’, its time to scissor the thought as well as the cloth in pieces.
Honestly, for the initial twenty years of my life, I never saw my Dad participating in any household chores. He would always do things which required an outdoor visit, mechanical fixings or physical repairs. In fact in the early years of my life I grew up thinking that- ‘this was a man’s job and that was a woman’s job’. To say the least, I sensed an imbalance inside my own house. I sincerely did not like the fact that my Dad, whom I loved and respected so much was not helping Mum in the house when they both were working. Of course there were many things that Dad was doing and Mum was not but still I felt why was cooking, cleaning and laundry only her job.
It was my first ever visit to a mosque and I was excited. Of course, I consider myself blessed that I got a chance to start from the one that has many superlatives attached to it (Largest, grandest, one of the biggest). Even though, I was aware that the entry in the mosque was allowed to only those whose arms and legs till the feet were covered, ignorantly I ended up turning at its gates in a dress that reached a little above my ankles. I thought it wouldn’t bother anyone. In addition my arms were covered and I carried a scarf too to cover my head but I was stopped at the gate. The religious guards at the iron gate suggested that I wasn’t appropriately dressed and I rent a burqa from the room at one corner. Soon I realized it was my mistake and I should have worn a trouser or pants to cover the ankle portion too, even a little skin peep is not allowed.
In the last week of October 2014, I traveled to Oman, Arab world’s natural beauty destination. With no second thoughts, I absolutely agree, the Sultanate is naturally blessed. Along with everything that Oman is known for, it is an Undiscovered Middle Eastern Treasure.
With a sweet taste of the past…I am excited for the new year but then I am nervous too…
5 days in the new year, its high time that I thank the year that has been, the one that deserves appreciation for the wonderful memories it gave me. No doubt, the 365 days of the year brought my shares of ups and downs but they gave me some awesome lessons and realizations. Choosing not to mull over the broken resolutions, the unending visits to hospitals and super-low days of the year, I wanna talk about the days when I slept like a baby, happy and satisfied over my blogging prizes.
It’s charming! It’s opulent! It’s amazing! I feel a smile spread over my face, As I talk about the city that is creative and colorful as its graffiti lane-ways, From the “North of the Yarra” to the “South of the Yarra” Ecstatically, it shines when the glorious sun beams down on it, It isn’t a magical city; it exits in real situated on the Port Phillip Bay, And more it thrives as the most live-able city in the world, Victoria is the second most populous state of Australia and Melbourne is its capital, No doubt the capital city has enough to arrest us in its charming tentacles, It is culturally diverse, boasts of colorful dozes of Art and has some real coffee buzz, The magnificent skyline, the Eureka Tower and the Rialto, The man-made facades shining through nature’s lovely canvas, The vibrant mid-day and the beautiful Sunset at St Kilda, The stretch of 151 miles of scenic drive at Great Ocean Road, Yes, let’s talk about it all and more!
To get touristy around the city that changes from lane to lane, Let’s Tram (in the European-designed lozenges) on free City Circle route to mingle with the locals, And overhear the conversations that tell us where to indulge in its food and cling to its fashion, “Myki” the smart card system and Melways, the traditional map will take you around, After your sunny days on the beach, you will love to stroll down St Kilda pier, There is Swanston, Bourke Street and Flinders Street Station which makes a great meeting point, I love it more for the murmur, the music of the footsteps of the Federation Square, And the look of the city from the hanging glass box ‘The Edge’ on the 88th floor of the Eureka Sky-deck, The urban art and outdoor art gallery in the Melbourne’s lively laneways, The rainbow of colors and artists moods will arrest your eyes at the Hosier Lane, You got to check out the creative piece of Movida, a famous restaurant in Australia, The intricate facades and the aromatic coffee of the Degraves Street, There is rocking nightlife at the Central Business District, Brunswick Street and in Chapel Street, To the tourist’s delight, it’s fun to walk around the Block Arcade, Royal Arcade, Royal Exhibition Building, There is Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Market to China Town.
The extended tram tracks take you to Telstra Dome Stadium and new Docklands, There are Penguins inviting over from the Philip Island, And they have a smaller colony in St. Kilda too, The fascinating skyline 300m high Eureka Tower, the tallest building And there is the Mitre Tavern, built in 1837, the oldest building, The greatest sporting arena from 1853, MCG (the Melbourne Cricket Ground) Its home to Australian Rules football (AFL) too, Watch it live for its speed and acrobatics, There is cricket and football too that stirs an excitement in the gut, With some awesome Tennis action at the Australian Open Tennis Championship in Jan, Not to forget the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November, Formula One Grand Prix, Or the famously known Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Its happening from Summer Night Market, Fringe Festival, Boat Show to Moonlight Cinema Melbourne, There is Multiculturalism in the city.
There is more to love about Melbourne, It’s a melting pot of cultures from people all over the world, It rich in human element, environment, culture, technology, better planning and legacy, It welcomes musicians, journalists, artists, writers to live their creative dreams, Best place for immigrants, The Melbournians love when it rains and later when it shines, And it’s the musical capital of Australia, The world’s largest dedicated screen gallery is at ACMI’s, The Neighbors tour is awesome, And of course everyone loves the traditional Boxing Day sales, In the Downtown Melbourne, streets are laid out at neat right angles, The eggs on the Brunswick St., Halava with custard at the Crossways where you can find lots in vegetarian, Sunshine, as its name is a sunny suburb which is the property hot spot of Melbourne, Across several venues happens Melbourne Festival for 17 days in October, And Author Dave Eggers called Melbourne as New York City’s spiritual cousin.
Through this poem and art, I have made an attempt to tell that how much I know about Melbourne!
My first phone was special. I had just started with my engineering college and my basic requirement of having a mobile phone was to keep in constant touch with my parents and school friends because I lived in a hostel in another city. In the next four years of my college, my needs never grew up beyond phone calls and messaging.
As I started with my first job, I wanted a new phone because I wanted my mail on the go. I wanted to access information at my fingertips, do hangouts with friends, click party pictures and download a lot of applications. Yes, my needs had grown and thus I changed my phone. Yes, it was an expensive one and it did burn a hole in my pocket.
Yes, like time, even technology never waits for anyone. It keeps changing and you can’t trap it in one thing. But as technology was changing my needs were growing on too. I had started blogging and in the last five years as a blogger I demanded a lot from my smartphone. Now I want my smartphone to behave like a blogging tool. It got to keep me connected on the go.
As a blogger if I choose to start fresh and embark on the smartphone journey, I would want too many things on my platter precisely on a tight budget!!!
I love super-fast web browsing and thus I need my phone to latch on the 4G services whenever possible.
I must be able to blog, comment and connect with my readers from anywhere and everywhere.
I need to be connected to lots of social media applications all at the same time. No hanky-panky!
My selfies have to be great and I must be visible in the video chats
I need to gather ideas on the go
I hate a phone which exhausts on battery in the middle of my work
I want lots of storage space in my smartphone. Must be expandable to larger capacity.
I have a style statement to make so I just cant carry any phone with me, I need one with a spunk
Amidst my rising demands, I am clear with one thing is that I can’t keep changing my phone every six months, thus I demand a neat solution that isn’t expensive at all.
When life is not about one thing, how can my smartphone be. I want it to be about many things put together. Yes, of course there can be a first but there have to be many more added advantages to add to the first. Of course ‘Affordable’ is the right word to start off from…
Very first thing that I #ChooseToStart with Moto E is latest Android™ OS, Lollipop, themost latest Android version than most smartphones out there in the market. Genuinely I demand a lot of applications working together with absolutely no fuss. No hang-ups in my smartphone please.
Next I want a phone to be able to work with 4G/LTE networks. Last time when I traveled to Europe I did not have a phone that was 4G enabled and thus I couldn’t use it to my best use. I wanted to stream music, play games and watch videos but I couldn’t do.
All day battery is what I genuinely desire. With 2390 mAh battery, Moto E promises to deliver and I am happy.
Motorola’s Quick Capture feature has caught my interest. Without touching the screen, I just twist my wrist to take a selfie, how cool is that!
While blogging demands a lot of moving around, catching up events, it also requires no interruption moments thus MOTO display is rightly suited to me.
With my dress, I want my phone to complement my style statement. The Motorola Bands in turquoise or raspberry would be my choice.
All in all, I really need a SUPER SMART phone to complement a Super Smart blogger!!! ;)