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Riding the Wine country!

I had experienced a wine tour during a trip to France and was fascinated to hear that its now available in India too, courtesy Sula wines. Recently, I chanced to participate in a wine tasting session in Gurgaon which was incidentally hosted by Sula wines. My curiousity was hooked as the presentation and tasting was done by […]

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Ginger & Carrot cake with a twist

Come winter time and my memories are of “gajar ka halwa” being prepared in quantities generous enough to feed a couple of large baraats. This was the scene at my house, nani’s house, my friends houses; year after year – I had “gajar ka halwa” coming out of my ears. As a result, I was totally put off by it for […]

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Twenty twelve!!

Finally the year has ended but not the world. The soothsayers and their ilk are now in the pursuit of new doomsday theories, since the last one failed to impress! Every year, at the beginning of the new year, I look back on the year gone by to see how had it been for me. And […]

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Shave or Crave

They say, if you want to know what kind of man she would like, look at her father. Girls often compare the men they date/marry with their fathers. Makes sense as they grow up around them and base their knowledge of men on the only male figure they see around them day in and day […]

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shalzmojo Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into serious blogging. I indulge with reading fantasy fiction, day dreaming and sipping good wine. 223 total views, no views today

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Mumbai moments – INDIGO!

All set and excited for my Mumbai trip and it did start off very well. Landed in very late in the night and got to see lit and decorated buildings everywhere. Every house in Mumbai  was celebrating Diwali with loads of lights and decorations.Especially loved the hanging lanterns or  ‘kandeel’- traditionally made of paper, now […]

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Travel diaries- Srinagar to Leh! Pull upstairs!!

So the cabin crew came up to a bunch of us to explain the working of the emergency exit. “In case of an emergency, you need to pull the handle upwards”. ” pull it upstairs?” asked a voice from behind my seat. The steward paused, blinked and then said ” yeah pull it upwards.” I turned […]

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Majestic Kumbhalgarh

KumbhalGarh!!! The name itself evokes images of grandeur and grace! And it was all that and much more. Nisha & I geared up for the day and headed towards Kubhalgarh fort which is about an hour’s drive from Udaipur (about 82 kms). Our driver sahab stopped just before the fort to allow us to view […]

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Colors of devotion!!

Our trip to Udaipur was made with the sole intent to experience the colors and flavours of the famous Mewar festival of Udaipur. Little did we know how enchanted we would be with the myriad colors and customs of this charming festival. The festival is all about ushering in the new spring of the year […]

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Death by Chocolate!!!!

When I decided to experiment with a chocolate cake and add some rum and dried fruits to it, little did I realise the sensation it would create. I am being asked for the recipe left, right and centre. And when one of my friends suggested, I blog it – I thought why not!!!? Alright guys […]

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Hampi- soul amidst the ruins !! (Day-2)

27th March 2011 – Our Day-2 at Hampi began at about 6 in the morning; we decided to head out to the river to get a glimpse of the sunrise before the boat service can take us across. The sun was rising up and afforded us a opportunity to shoot some pictures. While waiting for the boatman […]

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Purple Passions!!

I had been seeing these gorgeous deep pink and purple blooms in JP Nagar on short shrub like trees. The crown of the trees is totally covered with sprays of these blooms. I looked them up to know that these are called Queen’s Crape Myrtle – Pride of India – Queen’s Flower – Banaba for […]

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Southern Sojourn – Somnathpur Temple

Somnathpur Temple 26th January 2011 – Ek raasta… Do rahi… aha aha!! That’s what we ( Sravanti and me) both felt like on the early morning of 26th jan 2011 when we set out for a road trip to Somanathapur in southern Karnataka. We hit Kanakpura road by 7.00 a.m. and were delighted by the […]

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Bangalore Diaries: By the river @Bheemeshwari

14th November 2010 – With boredom nagging at our heels, we decided to head off for a day trip somewhere nearby. I searched on the net, asked friends and also consulted the Outlook traveller guide and finally zeroed in on Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp – a mere 100 kms away from Bangalore. The JLR website (http://www.junglelodges.com/) listed […]

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Pondy Frames 2011

  As I got on the bus at Kalasipaylam, I had misgivings on seeing the “sleeper” like seat. I was not disappointed – these were bloody uncomfortable, made worse by the bad roads and potholes. I was constantly bouncing on my berth all night – the challenge was to keep my whole body on the […]

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Hampi – soul amidst the ruins!!! (Day-1)

26th March 2011 – Ever since I bought the Outlook traveller book – 52 weekends around Bangalore; Hampi has been on top of my list. The writer of that article describes Hampi as a soul amidst the ruins!! I borrowed the line to title my blog as I feel it very aptly captures the entire […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Pink Joy

The city is painted a new hue – Pink! Gentle pink! A soft Pink!! Kinda like the baby pink!!! That was my first impression when I saw these huge trees, burgeoning with fat bunches of pink blossoms all over the bangalore city. Its like someone sprayed these trees pink and took away most of the […]

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Pondy Frames 2011 : Barringtonia Asiatica

Pondicherry –  french spellings on sign boards listing roads; wide and perpendicular boulevards, colonial style mansions and gorgeous hues of bougainvillea bushes. First day in Pondy and as we were heading out of the house, I glimpsed a tree with these beautiful powder puff like blooms and immediately wanted to photograph them. Since they were right […]

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Travel Diaries – Masroor Monolithic Rock Cut Temples – HP

30.12.2010 Masroor Monolithic Rock cut temples, dating back to the 8th century is a little known world heritage site. The day was heavily overcast when we set off for Masroor, about 40 kms from Kangra on the Nagrota Suriyan Link road.  The road to the temples is in pretty good condition ; espied several green […]

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Travel Diaries: Kangra Fort – Himachal!

29.12.2010 – The day was overcast and gray with splatters of raindrops now and then on the windscreen. We drove about 20 kms from Dharamshala to reach Kangra town and headed up towards the Kangra fort which is also known as Nagarkot or Kotkangra. The kangra fort was built by the royal family of Kangra […]

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