Friday, July 21, 2017

A dream which will never see the light of day

A dream which will never see the light of day

https://youtu.be/8sgycukafqQ

I am not sure if i can call myself a real fan of Linkin Park bcoz I don't know all their songs by heart nor I know all their albums, but my favs include songs by them; be it Numb, In the End, What I've done, Leave out all the rest...

It was my college days when i heard "In the End", they re the reason I started liking English music and then started to listen it profoundly that my playlist is now 90% english.

Seeing them to perform #Live was on my wishlist, a "dream"; I am heartbroken but guess In The End it Doesn't Even Matter!

RIP Chester Bennington


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why Ladakh?


Jullay!

Ask any true traveler and Ladakh will be on the top of their list. 

The breathtaking landscape, cold breeze, unadulterated blue sky, whitewashed stupas, colorful fluttering prayer flags, picturesque gompas (Tibetan monasteries), the humming sound of praying wheels & bells, rustic mountains, green patches in between, beautiful lakes, snow capped peaks, cold desert and warmth of Ladakhis in this land of two seasons, cold and extreme cold; Ladakh is full of contrasts. It is nestled between the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges (does these words ring a bell? School days? Geography?). 

I had been planning to go and experience this untouched, undisputed beautiful destination with my buddies since I graduated but guess the time was never right, until I visited it last month with 23 beautiful strangers. Strangers or friends, alone or as a couple; one should visit Ladakh at least once in their lifetime. Here are a few reasons which will sure sweep your feet off!


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Altitude Sickness: Tips, Tricks and Hacks


Julley!
It's been almost a week that I am back from the trip of my dreams i.e. "Road trip to Ladakh" but can't get over it yet. So much so that, even yesterday in my dream I saw myself somewhere in the mountains enjoying the "hailstorm". In fact when I open social media, I see people either posting pictures of their Ladakh trip or planning one. June to September being peak season for this trip, this year it's been most touristy. During my trip, I even heard that the tourists during this year (till now) have almost matched the population of the region Ladakh.

With anyone and everyone wanting to go to Ladakh, my stance is that one should not visit a place under any kind of peer pressure. The first and foremost step in wanting to go to Ladakh is to make sure that your body is ready for it as much as your heart and mind.


Ladakh is in no doubt, scenic; something words fail to explain. One can only go and experience its true self and just cannot fathom its beauty by seeing the pictures or hearing about it from others. But it also offers few things which some people are not aware of. One of them and most important being AMS. 

On the first day of our trip during brief introduction when Mayank (our instructor whom I call "the Boss") asked about it, some of us (we were 24 people traveling together) were not aware of what AMS is all about. 

Picture / Selfie by Mayank. Count: 24 :)
In my first post of "The Ultimate Ladakh" series, let's know what AMS - "Acute Mountain Sickness" is. 

What's AMS?

Picture Source: Google
AMS is Acute Mountain Sickness which is also called as Altitude Sickness. In simple language it means Physical distress from difficulty in adjusting to lower oxygen pressure at high altitude. It mostly occurs once you go 8000 feet (2400 m) above sea level but not for everyone, some may even start experiencing it at little higher altitudes, it all depends upon your body, the physical and mental fitness. It in fact is little hard to determine that who will be affected by it and at what stage during the time you are at higher altitudes which has less oxygen level and low pressure as well.

You are well aware that it's the oxygen which when reaches to the brain helps your body in doing all the activities, so when there is low level of oxygen at higher altitudes, when the air becomes thinner and the pressure reduces, one gets less oxygen per breath. This leads to your brain and body automatically trying to adjust to the new environment which we call "acclimatization". But till your body gets acclimatized, the distress you experience is called AMS.

How will you know (Symptoms)?

There are many symptoms of AMS, inter alia,
  • Headache
  • Poor appetite 
  • Feeling sick and lethargic
  • Passing urine more frequently
  • Feeling dizzy and light headed
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Irritation & unnecessarily getting angry
  • Short of breath
What can you do?


I would suggest, start preparing beforehand instead of starting to take measures once you start experiencing AMS or reach high altitude. 

Before the trip:
  • Start drinking lots of water (2 litre min. or 1 litre more than whatever your daily intake is)
  • Stretch exercise
  • Consumption of fruits and vegetable, specially fibrous fruits.
  • Daily intake of dry fruits.
These measures can be taken at least 1 week before the road trip starts.

During the Trip:
  • Keep one clove in your mouth, don't eat it at once
  • Put 4-5 camphor in your handkerchief and tie it on your wrist, keep taking sniff of it frequently (every 5 min)
  • Keep having sips of water every 5 min. (You would want to urine frequently but don't stop water consumption at all)
  • Even if you ain't hungry, proper meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) shall be taken
  • Keep eating something in between like mango bites (citrus toffee), fruits etc.
  • Do take dry fruits, especially, almonds and raisins, they help with the cold and acidity respectively
  • Do not eat chewing gum
  • Don't smoke and drink on the trip
  • Take deep continuous breathes. In cold, that may hurt your nostrils a bit but really helps in relieving headache and other AMS symptoms. 
  • Don't sleep on the way specially while covering high altitudes as sleeping reduces oxygen levels.
  • Don't put cotton in your ears.
AMS is nothing to panic about, everyone faces it. It's better not to take medicines. Consult your doctor before you decide anything because I am not a doctor. I am writing this as per my experience and research that I have done online. To add, in my travel group no one took the medicine except one. Medicines too have side effects, so try and go natural way, if possible. Also, it is better to get acclimatized sooner to enjoy your trip all along (quoting, the Boss 😋).

What else can be done?

  • When going higher altitudes, try and spend one night at intermediate elevations
  • Don't exert your body at higher altitudes by indulging in physical activities or running
  • If possible, don't fly directly to the high altitude
  • Don't expose yourself to solar radiations
  • Do not be over confident

A word of caution

In case of severe AMS, go and see a doctor, take proper consultation, get your oxygen level checked and take medicine & other measures as prescribed. 
Extreme AMS can be fatal, which is mainly because of lack of oxygen but that's very very rare. So stick to guidelines and consult your doctor before you head to the journey of your lifetime.

With a sound mind and body you can conquer all, so take care and enjoy your trip.

Picture by Ashwini Singh

This post is the first in "The Ultimate Ladakh" Series. Stay tuned for more fun and informative inputs from your very own Me And My Suitcase.

Do share your experience with our readers in the comments section because sharing is caring!

P.S. 
- This time "ME" took a "Rucksack" along 😋😋😋
- All pictures are taken by me except otherwise mentioned.
- Once again, the above mentioned tips, tricks & hacks are based upon my present experience, online research & inputs from our group trip organizer. So, do consult doctor before you decide anything, you are the priest of your body and mind.

Friday, July 07, 2017

A memoir by Ruskin Bond

LOOKING FOR THE RAINBOW  my years with Daddy

RUSKIN  BOND

On his 83rd birthday, its a memoir by Ruskin Bond of the two years he spent with his father and it is an emotional read. 


As he said in his book, When we are small we need someone to hold our hand in the dark.
So true. As kids we are so dependent & we do look upon our parents to hold us, to save us from dark.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How about a trip to Treasure Island

Monsoon has just arrived and Mumbaikars who have been waiting for the first drop of the year are now planning their monsoon getaways. It is well-known that when it comes to a short yet beautiful holiday we look towards Lonavala - Khandala. No wonder these two places are most crowded during monsoon. They are nearby Mumbai and scenic but with ever increasing crowd it is necessary that the holiday is still memorable and full of fun.

Human beings always look forward to something new and there are certain places which offers everything on their menu from new to adventurous, fun to classy. There are so many hotels in Lonavala which you can book suiting your taste. During one such research on hotels in lonavala, I was struck upon by Treasure Island Resort, the name spike my interest further and I wanted to know only more about it.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Alive in Dead

As I lie down on my back, eyes closed
There ain't any worry or chaos, no more.

I was high on this beauty of Nature
Went in trance as I laid in wonder.

Felt contained, attained solace & everything rhymed
I had not felt Alive in Dead, before this time.



P.S. To read more about my stint in Jordan. click here.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Postcards from Dead Sea

Dead Sea, the sea where you can float  
...& my journey continued from the beautiful Red Sea.




A sea which isn’t Sea, where one cannot drown and is nature’s living miracle which is actually dead, it’s Dead Sea. I have always wanted to visit this beautiful creation on Earth. Being a non-swimmer it was a dream because I had read that one cannot drown in this and nothing can beat relaxing on the water bed.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

House of Cards, A political Drama - Season 5 Episode 1: Review


I am a big fan of American sitcoms and always on the lookout for the one. From past few days House of Cards have been doing rounds on social media and that's when I remembered that last year my colleague had suggested me about it. House of Cards is an American Political Drama web television series.

Politics is something I had never been a fan of but this reason it self got me interested and I put House of Cards on my watch list. 

Yesterday when I downloaded Netflix, as you can say destiny, House of Cards came as one of the first in the list wherein you have to pick your interest areas. I then watched the first episode of much talked about the season 5 of the TV series. I know I should have started from the first season but then I played by chance. I wanted to know what is all the fuss about.

It was gripping without doubt. Started with Claire speaking in to the camera and ended with Frank doing the same with the same intention but oozing out different emotion. Man! He is a killer.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The One Lip sensation Matte Mousse: Review

The One Lip sensation Matte Mousse - Satin Rose


As the name goes, it is sensational and does remind me of the poem:
Chubby cheeks, ... Rosy lips...

I love "The One" collection by Oriflame and this product is the new one in my collection. Lasts for almost a day, it gives a smooth and matte like finish. 

This Light-as-air liquid lipstick with a smooth, velvety finish comes in 10 stunning full-coverage shades that go the distance. I too dig for matte & velvety finish and had never been a fan of too much shine. This one is for you if you too like the look of class. Infused with comforting and conditioning ingredients so lips stay quenched. The collection is guaranteed to cause lip envy. 

I got Satin rose which is a beautiful colour and also adds to the mystery of beautiful face if one has a dusky color skin.

Ingredients
RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, TALC, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-12, SILICA, MICA, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, PARAFFIN, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, ISOCETETH-10, PARFUM, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA, PROPYLPARABEN, BHT, POLYETHYLENE, TOCOPHEROL, CI 15850, CI 77891, CI 45410, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 45380, CI 19140, CI 42090

Rating
4.5 / 5

Go for it!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

50 cups of coffee

The woes and throes of finding Mr. Right.

The book talks about how in real life arranged dating works and in India. Dating is an undeniably daunting task, especially when you are looking for the real deal to settle down with.

When Dia, a 30-something woman, signs up on a dating website for people looking to get married, she realizes just how delightful, vexing, amusing and befuddling looking for the perfect husband can be. Based on her real-life experiences, this book is not a guide to dating, but rather a delightful collection of meeting potential partners, epiphanies about them and soul-searching questions that will make you see relationships without your rose-tinted glasses of love.

Highlight of the book.

For me there were there moments or you may say arguments put by the other when book truly took my heart away and them yeah any one can relate to easily and are so hilarious as well.

One, when the Author said, "First, The indignity of searching of a man and secondly, on the internet. Obviously, the universe is getting some cheap, cheap thrills."
It did remind me of Cheap Thrills by Sia and I immediately put that on my playlist.

Two, when she said, "You could sue me in a feminist court for saying this, but more often than not, unless the man is really keen on having the relationship, it simply won't happen. ... The simple truth hasn't changed in a million years.
Man no come out of cave =  Man no like girl."
Well, I totally agree. Its still a man's world no matter. A pity yet real deal we ain't able to ward off.

There and I guess the one happening every single one is facing at their home, "Come good ole thirty five and its the reverse. 'Damn happiness, just get a man', seems to be the common refrain from all quarters."
But why is what I fail to understand.

Nonetheless, the book gives you some interesting anecdotes.

Enjoy reading this 197 pages book by Khushnuma Daruwala and is worth INR 250.

Rating.

3 / 5. Its good but gets little boring in between but is full of real life anecdotes.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

My Manicure Kit: a Review


This product is kind of great deal to me. I am an avid traveler and love to explore new places and indulge in some adventure. Sometimes a trip is full of luxuries while in some cases its dust, dirt but still lot of fun. 

I can't really deal with dirty hands or fingers and nails. I need them clean and clear all the time but traveling makes it difficult specially when I am on the road. 

This little bundle of joy helps me attain neat, clean and clear hands. I am loving this "The ONE Manicure Kit". Its mere Rs.599 and is a keeper. The packaging is cool light purple colour which gives a royal touch to it.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Say No To Child Marriage

Credit: Indian Legal System
World today is full of hypocrites, be it India or any other country, be it a small issue or as big as child marriage. We are the age of Gen Y still so behind the time. 


In India according to Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) 2006, the legal age of marriage is 18 years for girls and 21 for boys but as per statistics 49% of the girls get married before the age of 18 years and the states which have maximum such cases are Bihar and Rajasthan. It’s shameful that in a progressive and democratic country like India, this is still happening and more disgraceful is that the day like Akshay Tritiya is mostly the chosen date to commit such crime. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oasis of Jordan

“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi





The significance of Red and Dead Sea is incomplete without the people who admire it and the tourist circuit in Jordan is incomplete without watching the waves at these two beautiful creations of mother earth. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Matheran At A Glance: What to see and where to stay

Hi Friends!

While doing my research on Matheran, I had made two sheets viz. "At a Glance" for the places / spots to cover and on various hotels' location as well. 

I am sure you have already read about my stint at Matheran. If not, click here to know more about the suitcase I brought from Matheran filled with beautiful memories and spooky experiences. Least to mention lot of shopping stuff as well.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

बना परिंदा (Bana parinda)



एक था राही, एक थी उसकी कहानी
एक रास्ता और एक ही मंज़िल


उसे मिला एक परिंदा राह में,
उड़ चला जो खुले आसमां में

Sunday, April 09, 2017

My first experience with IGP.com

Gifts don't need any particular occasion instead when you share your love and happiness, show the gesture of love & respect and exchange gifts, that becomes an occasion. Like love has no language, gifts don't need any reason to be exchanged.



I recently came to know about an online gifts store "IGP.com" and when I started browsing it, I became more and more ecstatic. I totally loved the collection. But its the site it self which captivated me. A huge collection which is categorized so beautifully. They have gifts by recipients and occasion, gifts by product category, personalized gifts and then flowers & Cakes. They also have age categories, which is brilliant. 


About IGP.com
As per the IGP.com, it is one of India’s largest online gifts store specializing in gifts for all ages and occasions. It was established in 2001 and thus counts as one of the oldest gifts' portal as well. As the site claims and even as per my experience it did feel like one of the largest and most experienced online gifting company in India.

What to buy in Matheran

Coming Soon!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Love in the Pink City: the book review


A month back I got this book, "Love in the Pink City", written by a mere 19 year old girl, Gautami Shankar but I just couldn't read it then as I had other books in line to finish with first. I kept telling "Love in the Pink City", aap katar mein hain, please wait. But, I should have read it sooner. 

Its like those nice and simple Romantic Movies' story with a twist which keeps you hanging on to it and enjoy the whole plot. Beautifully told by the author that I can give a go by to a few editorial mistakes. I think it can be used as screenplay of a Bollywood Movie as well with some more twists and little improvement. Loved reading "Love in the Pink City".

The story background:

Stella Lawrence is a classic workaholic - she is the head of one of the top business consulting firms in New York, she spends long hours in the company of her projects, and she loves every minute of it. But being a workaholic has its own difficulties - she has no time for family or friends, and she definitely doesn't have time for love, especially since she had her heart broken in the worst way possible. Little did she know that her life was going to go through a complete transformation when a project brings her to Jaipur to work with the royal family, no less. 

Prince Raghav Singh Rathore is the definition of tall, dark, and handsome - with a dash of brooding intensity and disarming charm. He finally has the chance to prove himself worthy of his family's legacy and he had to hire the best of the business - Stella Lawrence - for things to be absolutely perfect. However, someone is determined to sabotage Prince Raghav's plans, and in the process the royal family as well. Amidst family politics, betrayal, blackmail, and conspiracies, Stella and Raghav are about to find out that love finds one in the unlikeliest of places indeed.

Fact file:

Title: Love In The Pink City
Author: Gautami Shankar
Publisher: The Write Place
ISBN: 819326679X
EAN: 9788193266793
Binding: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 243
Language: English
Price: Rs.299

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Go for it!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tata Tigor: An experiential Review


Last weekend I along with a group of bloggers were invited to be a part of the "Unveiling of Tata Tigor" at Hyatt Andaz, Delhi. 

A Stylish Afternoon



In the two days event, day 1 started in a very stylish way at 1AQ where all bloggers gathered and connected over food and drinks. Highlight of the afternoon was the session with Mr. Amey who depending on our personalities was gifting perfumes to all the participants and also gave us a little insight into the history of them. We were also given our personality dependent styles at the Tata Tigor Style Studio e.g. Retro, Classic etc.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A weekend in Matheran: My first trip of 2017

11.03.2017
It was a new morning, the birds had not started to chirp but the morning made sense. It was going to be my first trip of 2017. I started early morning from my house at 5.30 am and reached Neral around 08:30 hrs. Looking forward to my first toy train journey, my two pals and I reached the station but to our dismay the trains were not running due to technical issues. Nonetheless, we clicked some pictures with the train which was standing still on the tracks without engine. 

My spirits were already high as I could make the first trip of 2017 happen after 3 cancelled trips. 

We took a taxi from Neral to Matheran and reached the Matheran parking by around 10:00 hrs. Since Matheran is a non-vehicle zone, you have to move on your foot or hire a horse to venture ahead inside the beautiful hill station.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A ‘Trip’ You Don’t Want to Miss

I have lived in Goa which is famous for its Sun, Sand & Sea for 5 years and have visited twice after leaving it for job in Mumbai but never had visited Morjim Beach which is famous for being a nesting and hatching habitat of the Olive ridley sea turtle, an endangered species. 

Recently when I heard about the "Trip", a resto-bar situated in the Morjim Beach, I couldn't stop myself from researching more on it and the beach, which makes me want to visit Goa pretty soon and Trip is on my foodie wish list too. 



Why do I wanna visit Trip? 

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

So fever Her Eau de Parfum: A review


Smell's quite overwhelming and is provocative like some sweet spices from a long lost city. Its actually a seductive blend of crisp blackcurrant, sultry sweet sandalwood and untamed Ginger Flower, enveloping the wearer in a fiery warmth. That's true. I applied a little behind my ears and the warmth was first surprising but then felt amazing. 

The amazing lady like bottle took my heart away when I first saw it. The liquid is very light brown gives an impression of diluted whisky. I loved the bottle and the compact design which is handy and best for on the go bag. It is a 50 ml bottle and since it doesn't wear off easily, So Fever is here to play long innings.

Its tantalizing smell don't let you forget to have a good time. An aura is created, you may feel like you are in a bubble the whole time. I liked the smell and other features of it but I am a lover of something soft and soothing and considering that "So fever" as I said was quite overwhelming for me. 

Ingredients
ALCOHOL DENAT., AQUA, PARFUM, BENZYL SALICYLATE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, LIMONENE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, GERANIOL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, LINALOOL, COUMARIN, ISOEUGENOL, BENZYL BENZOATE, CITRONELLOL, CITRAL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 19140, CI 16035

Pros
1. Beautiful bottle
2. Seductive tone of fragrance
3. Sweet spices like feel all day

Cons 
1. If you ain't a fan of sweet spice like fragrance which embraces you with warmth then you may probably won't want to try it but still I would say try it once.
2. Little pricey.

Price
INR 2699 for 50ml bottle

Final Verdict
4 / 5

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Kalaghoda Arts Festival: A Photo Essay

2017
Why is it called so?

The Kala Ghoda festival, organised by Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organization formed on 30th October 1998 with the objective of maintaining and preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai) is named after the blackish equestrian statue of Edward VII. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A page from a girl's life


Life is a journey as they say, first station being the place where we are born or it starts may be much before that. We don't know where we are born or what we are born into till we reach up to a certain age. Also, it lot depends upon the kind of environment we are living in that decides on the kind of journey we are going to lead before reaching the final destination.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Child in Me: A fun-filled Indiblogger event

It was that time again when Indiblogger was having a Bloggers Meet in Mumbai. It was happening after a long time and I was excited, more for the fact that it was in collaboration with Berger Paints India.


Paints, colours, imagination and creativity

Life is boring without colours so is a house. Without right colours and energy a house can look empty and dull. 
When we hear about colours and painting, we get excited, the kid in us comes back kicking and the creativity streak already starts painting the town red. But to paint a house, as interesting as it sounds, is no easy business. It involves a lot of time, energy and pain. Today, no one has that time and want their things to be done pretty fast and without any hassles. This indiblogger meet was all about that, getting the child in us back; let us imagine & paint and change the way we paint our home.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mini shades: Nail polishes



Its got to be the best nail shade I have used till date. 

I had always been search of a nude shade and finally my search was complete when I got my "Pure Colour Nail Polish Mini - Trendy Nude". It is not only the shade which is amazing but the feel and life as well.

I applied 2 coats which lived for more than 2 weeks. You can keep it light or dark as per your choice and accordingly apply that many coats.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Fascinating Lucknow: My Mission

It was time to end that troll. All these years my leg was pulled and jokes were made by my friends because being a Lucknownite I had never seen the "City of Nawabs" completely until Dec'2016; it was shocking for everyone who heard that I had never explored Lucknow. 

Yes, I was born in Lucknow, but I have never lived there except for spending my Summer / Winter holidays during school. My excuse for not able to see the city was extreme weather conditions whenever I visited. 

In my heart I always longed to explore my city like a tourist but just couldn't. So I had made it my life's mission to see Lucknow from a tourist's eyes one day.


Tickets were booked and I boarded the train, still apprehensive if I will be able to see Lucknow. I was praying to God that I shall not fall sick and no such thing shall happen which will bar me from accomplishing my mission. In short, my plea was; God! No drama this time.

I reached my city the next day in evening and my itinerary was ready to pop out of my bag and run across the roads of Lucknow. The next day started with a bang. It was a cold morning, so hot cuppa was a must. I started the day with delightful chai, I left home with heavy dose of typical naashta (breakfast) of Lucknow; samosa, jalebi and chai again. 

There's no dearth of food corners, thelas (food stalls) and up scale restaurants. In Lucknow you will never be empty stomach, courtesy, food at every nook and corner. 

I spent two fruitful days travelling and exploring the city like a newbie. Here is a peep in to "my two days of Lucknow's food, history and culture".

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Valley of Moon - Wadi Rum

A place with contrasting temperature, Wadi Rum has been a muse to many. Famous Hollywood movies like Martian, Lawrence of Arabia, and Transformers have been shot here. It is also known as Valley of Moon for its strange, out-worldly and alien appearance and was declared a protected area in 1998.

When I reached Wadi Rum, the feeling was nothing less than arriving on the sets of Arabian Nights; the land of magic, eccentricity, love, betrayal, promise & mystery.

The sand dunes by the hot day, beautiful sunset and finally the night of thousand stars make Wadi Rum a picturesque destination. As soon as our troop arrived, making our way through the Visitor Centre we hopped on our Jeeps for Dune Bashing but not before witnessing the great “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, an autobiographical work of T E Lawrence. He did not mention about this mountain but took the title from the Book of Proverbs (9:1): “Wisdom has built a house; she has hewn out her seven pillars”. In fact the local bedouin referred to this mountain as Jabal al-Mazmar ages back, but now it’s famously known as “Seven Pillars”.

Jabal-al-Mazmar, Jordan

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Delectable Maharashtrian Food Fest


One fine day while checking my mails I saw one invitation lying in my inbox from Sahara Star. The "Foodie JunkkDNA" couldn't hide its excitement and started to leap from stomach to eyes which started popping out when they read "The Maharashtrian Food Festival".


I have been staying in Mumbai for 9 years and half now but have never had a typical Maharashtrian thali / cuisine. 

Jumping on the opportunity I signed in to join them in celebrating this food fest on 23rd January 2017 (The fest was started on 12th January and will be on until 29th of this month). I also took it as an opportunity to have a dinner date with my mum I had been planning from long. This fest 's been organized by hotel Sahara Star at their "The Earth Plate" restaurant.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

An hour in Tonga



When in City of Nawabs you ought to be exploring Lucknow in style. The royal ride in Old Lucknow is quite famous. Right outside the gates of Bada Imambara you can see many Tongas ready to take you through Imambaras, Rumi Darwaaza, Clock Tower, Satkhanda and Old Chowk.

Tonga is a single horse driven cart which runs on 2 big wheels and can carry 4-5 passengers at a time. The said trip will cost you mere Rs.60 for 45 to 60 min. 

Over the period of time the number of Tongas has diminished so it is better that you enjoy it while it's still in existence. It indeed is an experience in itself.