Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lose yourself in Petra

The rose red city, structures carved out beautifully from the rocks, watching lights & a musical night, posing with Bedouins or hitting a conversation with a local, to explore the city of Jordan, there are more than many ways.

Downtown, Amman

Before heading to Petra, we spent some time in Downtown Market, Amman which is famous for shopping. From spices and fruits to clothes and souvenirs, you can find it all in here.

Clicking at fruits and vegetable market in Downtown, Amman. Picture courtesy: Abhinav Singh

With vehicles bustling on the road, it was fascinating to cross the wide roads in here.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Qatar Airways is on my wish list: Travel with class




Qatar Airways, headquartered in Doha is one of the youngest global airlines which has flown in the six continents. Spreading its wings high, it hops and connect around 150 destinations around the world, every day.

It was launched 19 years back, in 1997, and since then its aim has always been to provide best of services to its travelers and it is this dedication and great work which has earned Qatar Airways many awards and accolades with a team of more than 40,000 professionals in the background.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

What you can do?

In the wake of Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley’s new announcement that it may take 2-4 weeks for the situation to settle, let’s consider a month, people are already getting annoyed and panicky. Even media role have not been very encouraging. Everywhere you would listen either problems or criticism of government. 


I agree that there are issues but we shall try and find some solutions to it. With almost a month at least for things to get right we need to understand that “change brings growth, change brings opportunity”. We should get less jumpy about the problem but jump towards the opportunity it brings along. 



The problem and How to deal with them?

Monday, November 07, 2016

Nature Secrets Exfoliating Shower Gel with Energising Mint & Raspberry: Review

Nature Secrets Exfoliating Shower Gel with Energising Mint & Raspberry by Oriflame




This 250 ml bottle is here to play long innings.


Just a few drops of this shower gel on loofah is enough for lot of leather which will not only clean you thoroughly but also will refresh your body.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Diwali Postcards


I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Autumns and Autumns not only mean breeze, the colours when even leaves look like flower but also the season of festivals. Its Autumn when so many Hindu festivals are lined up which parade one after the other. First Navratri, followed by Dushera, Dhanteras and Diwali to name a few. 

Diwali is the festival of lights which signifies, victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

I wait for this festival whole year because it means lights, colours and fragrance to me. We celebrate it with zeal and enthusiasm. I love lighting my house with Diyas, my sister fills in colours by making rangoli and we pray to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha by sprinkling on them kumkum, kheel-batashe and flowers. This can change the ambiance of any house. I am not very religious but spiritual in some ways and even though I am unconventional, I love to follow certain traditions like diwali celebration or doing hawan all 9 mornings during navratri because that makes me feel happy.

Stay at NIMBA and covering a few places around

Coming Soon!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Two Days of Detox and Rejuvenate at NIMBA

Every human being is the author of his own health and disease. Its a great responsibility but not so difficult to treat your body as a temple.   ~ Buddha

Photography by Stuti Shrimali

In the daily hustle bustle called life we forget to take care of our body and its difficult, I agree but not impossible. Today's generation with increase in diseases and that too in a very young age, is now becoming more and more cautious about their health.

With caution comes options, like giving yourself some time on weekends or going for wellness and spiritual travel, eating healthy and not taking work home.

Photography by Stuti Shrimali

Recently, I visited NIMBA, Gujarat's largest healing village, a place for holistic body treatment. NIMBA is the Sanskrit word and comes from Nimbati Syasthyamdati which means "to give good health". So to experience something of that sort, to get a good break and rejuvenate; when I along with other 13 bloggers were invited by Ayurveda Sutra from different parts of the country, I couldn't say no. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Milk & Honey Gold Shampoo & Conditioner by Oriflame: Review

Photography by Megha
I have long hairs and some time it becomes really difficult to maintain them specially with all the sun gaze and pollution of Mumbai. Also, for the hairs like mine which are wavy with little frizz I needed a shampoo - conditioner combo which will make my hairs feel soft.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Love Nature Gel Cream Aloe Vera: Review

Love Nature Gel Cream Aloe Vera by Oriflame


It is indeed love. Take care and time to love yourself but in scarcity of time use "Love Nature Tel Cream Slow Vera" for instant burst of hydration.

Its gentle, light weight ans smooth gel cream which hydrates, softens, smoothens your skin and as claimed by Oriflame it helps in restoring radiance to your skin.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Holachef Experience

What's Holachef

Gen Y wants just about everything, good food but also they wanna be fit. Also no body has got much time to cook lunch in the morning to take along to work. The problem is solved by a Mumbai based online curated food delivery service, Holachef. It works with chefs for menu planning, food packing, storage, customer service, quality control, etc. Like many tiffin services we know, Holachef too delivers food to one's doorstep but there is a twist.




Being a foodie I can very well relate to what and why of Holachef. It’s dynamic, crowd managed menu comprises a range of cuisines from Mexican to Middle-Eastern and from Kashmiri to Chettinad. Chefs prepare dishes with fresh ingredients in state-of-the-art kitchens and the menu changes everyday. You can choose in advance and book your order and the time slot when you want it delivered. It's tasty and nutritious, just like home food. Plus, for vegetarians like me there are a lot of options which we usually don't get in restaurants these days which ain't pure veg.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tenderly Promise Eau de Toilette: Review

Tenderly Promise Eau de Toilette by Oriflame


After using Paradise Deodorizing Body Spray by Oriflame for a long time I thought its time to try a Eau de Toilette. The time I set my eyes upon the Tenderly Promise Eau de Toilette, I couldn't take them off. The cute li'l bottle took my heart away. The product description was good enough for me to get it. As the site says, "This elegant fragrance bursts open with a joyful sparkle, while Royal White Lily slowly unfurls at the heart, radiating her glorious creamy scent, before settling into a soft, reassuring caress."

I have been using it for past one month and its amazing. Very light and soft smell which lingers on for long. Just spray a little here and there on your clothes and you will feel fresh whole day. I don't know about lilies but its application makes me feel that I am wearing freshly laundered crisp clothes all day. Yes, it has that effect. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Gaya: Temples, Monasteries & some Great Legends


With increased interest in travel and people becoming more conscious about their well-being, a new wing of travel has emerged and is gaining a lot of popularity with time i.e. Spiritual Travel.
Some people travel to exotic places and some to spiritual, the motive is to attain containment but Spiritual Travel is more about out of body experience taken voluntarily to cleanse their heart, mind and thoughts.

I am more into exploring new places whether exotic or spiritual and they both give me a sense of happiness. Spiritual mainly for covering the architecture. But when I visited Gaya in March 2014 with my family it was for pind daan of my grand parents. In Hinduism, Pind Daan is a mandatory ritual which is to be performed post death. It is believed that Pind Daan gives an ultimate relief to the departed soul and paves way into the world of peace. 

Gaya is mentioned in great epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is in fact believed that Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana had visited Gaya for offering pind daan to their father Dashratha. 

Our trip was not just limited to Gaya but was a 3 nights, 4 days trip covering Gaya and some places around. Here is a comprehensive list of what you can cover in this duration.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shri Mata Vaishnodevi, in and around - all you need to know

The Journey

Map shows important points on the way to the Bhawan. If you take helicopter your walk starts from the Helipad (in right) to Bhawan. A healthy & fit person without many breaks can cover the journey from Katra base to the Bhawan in around 5hrs

We had been planning from past many years but as they say you visit Mata Vaishnodevi only when she calls you. A very famous line which people sing is: चलो बुलावा आया है, माता ने बुलाया है! और हमारा अन्ततः आ ही गया। 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Secretly Yours - Book Review

Secretly Yours: Book Review

Secretly Yours, is a story of Sahil and his complex life. Orphaned at birth, seventeen year old Sahil has always blamed himself for his parents' death. Has distorted relationship with his siblings and granny. His bad grades and distorted school and studies. 
But when he meets Anya, his life changes for better but again with lot of twists and turns. He loves Anya but she does not reciprocate but then an accident leaves him in a coma and when he wakes up he makes a startling discovery that he can read minds!

Sahil is a sad soul who has a knack for writing and music which actually keeps him going. And when Anya comes in his life, he turns head over heels on Anya. 


But does Anya actually love him or is she really playing with his heart? What dos she really think about him? Will he be able to make Anya fall in love with him?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Adventure of Blackbeard

When I got the Colgate hamper in my post I was wondering how will I weave a story around the characters it carries. But my lil bro was more than happy. He cut them into the beautiful characters and gave me this great Colgate story with a morale.

Adventure of Blackbeard

An unadulterated Coral Reef for a long time. Beauty which cannot be defined in words as per the legends but still not a travel hub. Surprising?


This area as people say is a house to great flora and fauna, some lovely and some deadly creatures and some hidden secrets. Once upon a time the Blackbeard set foot on his pirate ship and left for this mysterious coral reef with his treasure map which was passed to him through his forefathers. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Organic Harvest: Products Review and Giveaway


What's Organic Harvest

Organic Harvest, a quality personal care and India’s leading homegrown organic skin care brand. Launched in 2013 with the motto “Be Naturally Beautiful” is an organic and cruelty free range of various beauty products.

It specializes in hair care, body and skin care products that are safe and highly effective. With plants all things positive come in mind. The power of plants is what Organic Harvest has nurtured to develop all its high performance products. Organic harvest claims to be using only earth friendly practices and that its products are free from Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral oils, PABA, Petrolatum, Paraffin and Animal Ingredients.


Recently I got my hands on two very amazing products by Organic Harvest, the Monsoon Sunscreen SPF 30 and the Lip Balm. After using them for a month I am ready to share their goodness with you along with a surprise in the end.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lets do Bin-tan: Escape Unwind Discover

What’s Bintan

Bintan an Island in the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia also called Negeri Segantang Lada is a part of the Riau Islands province. Its capital Tanjung Pinang lies in the south and is the island's main community. 


Flourishing as a trading post between India and China over many centuries it later came under the control of China, the British, and then the Dutch when it was declared part of the Dutch East Indies through the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. It is also called the "Pirate Island" for Malay pirates used to loot trading ships sailing in the waters of Bintan.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Game of Life "Stolen Hope" : Book Review

Third of the 6 book series "Ramayana: The Game of Life" is "Stolen Hope". A tale retold by Shubha Vilas following closely Valmiki's and Kamba's Ramayana for modern audiences.


SARAANSH


In the first book the author covered the period of Rama's life in sync with the twelve beautiful years in Ayodhya's life.


In the second book he talked more on what defines the main characters like Rama's strong will, Sita's calmness, patience & resilience and Lakshmana's selfless services towards his elder brother and sister in law. 

In here, the third book continues with the trio's exile and their many expeditions and experiences. This book basically covers how they hop from one place to another in 13 years to finally get stabilized at one place suggested by Sage Agastya.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Catch up on lost growth

Being a parent is difficult. Well I don't know but that's what my parents keep telling me.


What really bothers them the most about their kids is their health and nutrition. But every kid ain't that privileged who would start developing from a young age. Some are though given proper food may not develop at a good rate and some may just be nutrients deprived for many reasons. Catching up on lost growth ain't easy but is necessary for a healthy future.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Window to Middle East

Travel is life and I say this all the time. Being bitten by wanderlust bug from childhood, guess it’s in my DNA. As a kid I always used to tell my parents on how I want to travel across the world specially the countries of Europe and Australia but Middle East never caught my fancy.

Recently I got an opportunity to visit Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by the Jordan Tourism Board, and I thought why not? After all, another name of travel is to explore the unknowns.



Ahlan Wa Sahlan to Jordan!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kadmon ke nishan



कदमों  के  निशाँ  हम  छोड़ते  चले 
नए  कल  की  ओर  बढ़ते  चले,

आशा  निराशा  तो  वक़्त  की  परिभाषा  है 
चलते  रहना,  ज़िन्दगी  से  यह  वादा  करते  चले!

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In Romanagiri:
Kadmon ke nishaan hum chodte chale
Naye kal ki aur badhte chale,

Aasha nirasha toh waqt ki paribhasha hai
Chalte rehna, zindagi se yeh wada karte chale.

Monday, June 13, 2016

#MeAndMySuitcase #ttot dated 13.06.2016

#MeAndMySuitcase #ttot dated 13.06.2016

Topic: In My City with special guest @WanderlustGirl_


Q1. What's that best thing you have discovered about your city? #MeAndMySuitcase

Q2. If you had to pick one thing about your city, what would it be? #MeAndMySuitcase

Q3. When was the last time you made an itinerary to visit your own city? #MeAndMySuitcase

Q4. What would you recommend about your city to a fellow traveller? #MeAndMySuitcase

Q5. Is there a local tour of your city? Tell us about it. #MeAndMySuitcase

Q6. Do you know the history behind your city's name? #MeAndMySuitcase

Bonus question: Tweet a picture that defines your city, perfectly! #MeAndMySuitcase

Saturday, June 04, 2016

35,000 ft. up with Air Arabia

Flying abroad comes with a huge hole in pocket but not when you have pocket friendly schemes on the airlines. Earlier this month, I visited Jordan with The Brown Scooter and tickets were booked with Air Arabia.


Friday, May 20, 2016

I want to stay here

At Tigers Leap, Lonavala
Just 90 km away from Mumbai and 65 km from Pune, Lonavala is the most visited hill station, especially by the residents of these two cities. “A convenient weekend getaway”

For the fast paced Mumbaikars, it’s difficult to go to faraway places but it sometimes can get boring to visit same place over and over again. But when you have resorts, which are no less than a place of interest, you would like to go there over and over again.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Cycling through National Park

27.02.2016

Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)




A national park within a metropolis limit, SGNP is a large protected area in Borivali. It encompasses an area of 104 sq km (40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India's most populous city, Mumbai. It is also one of the most visited parks in the world.

The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. Tourists also enjoy visiting the 2400-year-old Kanheri caves (Buddhist Caves) sculpted out of the rocky cliffs which lie within the park. The Park's history dates back to the 4th century BC.

Our Trip

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mumbai to Singapore

A dream is a dream until it’s realized and lived, and I dream about traveling with my eyes both closed and open, trying to make them happen. It’s been on my mind to take a trip abroad from quite some time. Being a resident of India, a country that is so vivid in culture, food, people, language and places; I want my first visit abroad to a country like India and nearby too. For this, I have shortlisted places like Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, and Singapore. 

When I discuss with my friends they all are like let’s go to Singapore, so I have been researching on it from quite some time. The Lion city, as it is called, is one of the most popular destination among tourists. Singapore has in fact bagged Asia’s top city attraction at World Travel Awards 2012. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Leaping Windows Comic Cafe - A Review

26.02.2016

After a hard week at work, its finally that moment of Friday eve when your heart craves for some fun time and stomach screaming for good food. That's when we thought why not unwind at Versova beach witnessing beautiful sunset followed by a quaint evening at a quirky place. 

Ask me and I am always up for a new place and why not, there are so many places to check out and life is too short to visit the same place again.

Searching, searching and we finally zeroed on a playful cafe with a clever menu and patio, plus a library of comic books, graphic novels and manga. Well, it's not very accessible, in terms of the distance from the main area. But if you are in the neighbourhood of Versova, I would suggest you too go there.

Why Leaping Windows?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

TGIF #ThankGodItsFriday

26.02.2016

A Panoramic view of Versova Beach
Its Friday eve, totally exhausted from that long week work and yeah you need a break. Its Mumbai, lot of traffic, pollution, crowd and on Friday eve people are either running back home or partying.
I wanted some peace and quality time to spend to get rid of the week long stress. Then I with a few friends came up with the idea of visiting beach followed by dinner at some new place.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Eco Beauty "Day Cream" - A Review

Women is the epitome of selflessness, power and is a giver. She indeed needs love & care to beat the toughness of everyday.

When I got Oriflame - Eco Beauty "Day Cream", I stopped complaining about dealing with the dryness the sun and pollution would give me while traveling to office.


Innovative and natural, this multi-action anti-oxidant Day Cream helps replenish your skin and reinforce its protective barrier to fight imperfections. Its very soft on skin and covers the area perfectly. It smells a bit like Vaseline.

Its Natural Pro-Blend™ formulation with Fairtrade Shea Butter and Fairtrade Organic Coconut Oil is secured in ultra-modern airtight packaging. Nonetheless its dermatologically tested.

Apply daily to cleansed skin.


Ingredients
AQUA, GLYCERIN, COCOS NUCIFERA OIL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, STEARIC ACID, BENTONITE, TAPIOCA STARCH, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, XANTHAN GUM, VACCINIUM VITIS-IDAEA SEED OIL, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES SEED OIL, LIMONENE, MALTODEXTRIN, LINALOOL, SIGESBECKIA ORIENTALIS EXTRACT, QUARTZ, SODIUM CARBONATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT

Pros
I loved the packaging, traveler friendly body that fits in your purse easily.
Soft and mild on skin.

Cons
I found it a little pricey (Rs.1499/- for 50 ml)

My Rating
4/5

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Nostalgia: Everyone's Keepsake

This week I will be joining Jessica and Nicolette for the #CultureTrav travel chat on twitter as we talk Nostalgia.

Source: Google

Nostalgia; you look out of the window and it starts coming. You walk by a new lane, but still some known feeling starts to seep in: a trip which makes you go weak in knees by remembering that moment, or the meal you had on your special date, that song, that TV series and the list goes on.

New trips, new people, the present, and some things that we all know happen for a reason reminds us of those days, memories, even to the extent of Déjà Vu, and that’s nothing but Nostalgia.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We're for Women, We're for you. "New Whisper Ultra": Product Review

We're for Women
We're for you
~ Whisper's mantra

It's about waking up happy. Loving self and everyone. Being Unstoppable. Being a girl.

Whisper India takes care of that, they have and they always will with their ever continuing revolution in the field of female hygiene. As I say this, yet again whisper has come up with its brand new product; New Whisper Ultra, to #OwnThose5Days.

Well when that time came for the first time, I was introduced to whisper and I am sure its many girl's first too. Sine then Whisper has come a long way. Recently when I received this new sanitary napkin recently introduced, I couldn't stop myself from going gaga over it on using it. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Periods is not "One Which cannot be named"

The word 'periods' in India, is equivalent to the word 
'Voldemort' in Hogwarts & it's true! 
“The one who cannot be named”

Ever heard of an event by a sanitary napkin brand? Especially when talking about such things in public have been considered a taboo. Now! No more.


Saturday, January 09, 2016

Recipe of "My gold morning"

How to turn good mornings in to gold mornings

Ho ho ho! But Christmas is over. The Countdown to the Year 2016 is over too. You celebrated with friends and family, exchanged gifts and pledged to be happy, start mornings on good note and have everyday beautiful.

Good is what we always want but you can turn good into gold with a little help of your own. You want a golden morning? The process starts from the previous night.

Brush your teeth twice a day, to keep your laughter healthy and brave.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

She is my Good Vibe


As we say, a few things in life are timeless and so are some people. You can just never forget those, they, their life, teachings and moments with them are set in your subconscious. Such one person is my Granny, my mother's mum, whom we all kids used to call Amma.

She might not be there anymore in this material world but in the world of my own, she is omnipresent.