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Marching to Goa!!

10.03.2015 So bday dhamaal continues unabated. Next on the cards was this trip that got planned for Goa with Pallavi (strangely, despite our intense bonding, it’s our first trip) and all thanks to Sonu Di (yeah she is my biggest holiday benefactor these days- love you Di 🙅😘) as she had some vacation miles at […]

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Haseen aur rangeen in March 

05.03.2015 Holi rolled in, dolled up in gorgeous colours and a very un-holy weather! The unexpected rain madness continued, making it slightly chilly but with plenty of bright sunshine! I am not the biggest fan of this festival- infact I find it the most terrible one! But this year is special and so thought to […]

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Much ado about march 

 02.03.2015 What a rain filled day in Dehradun which made me wonder how wet does it get in Cherrapunji! It was perfect weather for endless cups of tea, some in front of a cosy fire! Checked out this neat tea box with some herbal tea! Latter was ok but the box is super sexy! Watched […]

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A mad hatter in march

01.01.2015 Since past couple of years, a new trend had emerged in my life as most of my friends, cousins, peers, etc had reached ‘that’ milestone of turning 40! Big celebrations for ‘THE’ 40th naming day with great pomp and show had become the norm around me. ‘That won’t be me,’ disdained the sensibility in […]

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On the trail of kumaoni food!

Cottage in the hills at Khabrar                                                                         9th November 2014 First day at the cottage in the hills and plans […]

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Cottage with a view!

Taken a panorama with my I- phone of these majestic Himalayan range from the cottage in khabrar! I can’t get over this view and am so going to miss it from tomorrow when we head back to Delhi. shalzmojo Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey […]

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Of Snow peaks, hydrangeas and a mutt!

Sonu didi’s cottage in Khabrar, near Nainital has been beckoning me since ages for a trip but somehow it never materialised in so many years. So when the opportunity presented itself during this Diwali dinner, we made up our minds to come down as soon as we are able to. November is not an ideal […]

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Tripping in 2013!!!

I realised travel has become a synonymous part of my life when I sat down to review my year that was. I want to share a conversation that I had with someone over my travel ambition in 2013. I had just quit my corporate job and one of the reasons was that I wanted to […]

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Note from Banaras – spirituality

Having heard so much about the ganga aarti at the dashvamedh ghat, we ventured out for it one evening and couldn’t have asked for a better spend of our time while in Banaras. The ghat was all prepped up with seven prayer stations set up on raised platforms, each framed by an arch; for the […]

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Note from Banaras – A jaunt through kachori gali

Yesterday evening I went pickle shopping in Banaras with our erstwhile and very resourceful guide who took me to a lane called kachori gali. And there was this Willy Wonka’ s version of a pickle shop with all kinds of sweet and savoury preparations in huge glass jars -some were yesteryear friends like mango, chilies, […]

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Pushkar – a foodie haven!!

A visit to the annual Pushkar fair (held during the month of November) had been much awaited from my end for years. 2013 was the year when the wait was over and I finally got an opportunity to join a group of photographers who were traveling there. Most people came back with multi-pronged images of […]

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Travel diary- Srinagar to Leh! Day # 2 @ Srinagar!

Day 2 began as a super-duper lazy Sunday with us slurping on steaming hot tea with some crispy, spicy paneer paranthas for breakfast while the rain drummed an energetic beat on the tin roof!  (Food at Yasmin’s house has always been sumptuously delicious and leaves me wanting for more ….. Her Mom and staff believe in pampering […]

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Travel diaries- Srinagar to Leh! Pull upstairs!!

Finally gotten around to writing the entire travelscape and thought of beginning anew- thats why reblogging it for continuity!! Have a great read folks! 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 […]

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Low cost airfare – no more!!

En route to Mumbai today, I stepped up at the Spicejet counter to get my boarding pass. As is my habit, I requested for the emergency exit seat. Imagine my shock, when the lady asked me to pay 500/- for it!!! Yes!! There is a charge now for the emergency exit seat. Not long ago, […]

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Stop over @ Rawla Narlai!

The quite of  the early morning was broken by a symphony of bird song – the garrulous babblers , the raucously screeching parakeets, the meditative hoots of the doves, the sharp trill of the fruit birds mingled with those of the sun bird, the melody of the bulbuls and the shrill calling of the squirrels. […]

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A date with the Flamingos @Sewri, Maharashtra

My eyes filled with awe and wonderment as I gazed upon this stupendous vista of a pink tide which surged ahead, unfazed by the  hub of industrial chimneys and electrical towers. It was a colony of pink Flamingos – tens and thousands of them, all drifting further on the mudflats since the tide had gone in. The sighting […]

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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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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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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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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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