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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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Annual Christmas Cake Mixing at The Park hotel

The table setting was straight out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, laden with bowls of fine chocolate sprinkles, multi-colored discs of chocolate confectionary, cylinders of marsh-mellows, big round cookies, bits of sponge cake, tiny squares of tutti-frutti, fluffy icing cream and a huge bowl full-to-the-brim with molten chocolate. It was a veritable smorgasbord for any […]

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Dastkar – Go Green!!

I have been fascinated by composting ever since I visited daily dump website. Two years of hunting for their handy composters, I finally saw an ad for it in the upcoming Green mela by Dastkar. Yes!!! I made a date to go get my composter. I have become and avid fan of Dastkar and keep a look […]

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Delicious Lunch Box!!!

I maybe a movie buff but a film critic, I am not!! The last movie which impressed me beyond words to write a review was Julie & Julia – all thanks to Meryl Streep in large measures!! Today, I watched the very acclaimed, talked-about and much-awaited film – The lunchbox! And……… I was blown away! […]

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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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Puppy love – Archie!

I just had to write this blog! I mean – have you looked into these chocolate-hazel-caramel eyes which melt you heart with their sincerity and innocence?!!! This is Archie – lovable and adorable like the comic character he is named after. Accident prone – no; destructive and carefree – yes! Archie entered the house amidst […]

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A green oasis !!!

Ever since I came to know that one can buy saplings from TERI on Gurgaon Faridabad highway, its been on my to-do list. The opportunity came last Saturday when I was returning from a site visit in Faridabad. I drove inside the complex and was instantly struck by how neat and orderly everything was. A […]

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Dragonflies in my backyard!

One memory of my school days is when we would go back to school after 2 months of summer vacations, the monsoon would be upon on us and the school playground would be over run by wild grass which at some points would be knee-high. It would take the school gardeners a few weeks to […]

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Suncity – living amidst nature’s lap!

After an arduous search for a new house, I stumbled upon my current living quarters on the second floor of a house in Suncity. The deal clincher for this house was the airy feel and the greenery all around. A gorgeous view of the ridge which stretched on for miles. And no construction on three […]

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Chasing butterflies on a sunny monsoon afternoon

I was returning back home when I spotted clouds of butterflies, flitting on the wild flowers growing on the road sides. In fact, the roads were lined with these gorgeous daisy like blooms, ranging from deep orange to a vivid yellow. A backdrop of the blue skies with puffy white clouds smeared across them, made […]

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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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Boozy Biscotti

I really liked this recipe and the way its written down – sounds so easy peasy to do!! 209 total views, no views today

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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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One day @ the Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2013

When I landed in Mumbai, the city was abuzz with the Kala Ghoda Art Festival which is an annual event. Friends and family – all insisted that it’s a must visit. I opened the newspaper and out popped a complete itinerary of the events for the day – the list was pretty comprehensive from live performances of dance, […]

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Coconut Chutney – mumbaiya ishtyle!!

Coupled with my love for travel is the keenness to try out local cuisines and flavours. I truly believe that no matter how fine a cook or how perfect a recipe, a dish tastes best in its own backyard. Everytime, I visited my sister in Mumbai, I would inquire of her what local delicacies had she […]

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My Marilyn Monroe moment!!!!!

Ask any woman worth her salt what is the most important part of her beauty regime; chances are she will answer, “Depilation”!! All that unwanted fuzz must be rid of every month; come rain or snow! Wait!! did I say SNOW!!? Come winters, I dread taking a bath. The cold bathroom floor, tepid water from […]

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