For the love of traveling and driving of course, my car has already seen over a lakh kms in a span of 7 years. Hence, the wear & tear, here & there and eventually the change of tires may be once or twice. So, I was left with 3 pair of tires in rather good condition but now unfit for operations and also not of much use to me except for just lying there in my store room for straight 3 years in the faint hope of someday putting them to good use. Well, I can say, I am a creative person but I may not be termed as an enthusiast so when it comes to resources and desired outcome I’m a rather fussy person to deal with so as to achieve what I want. Now, as I saw these tires for the nth time in my reserve and with a solid urge to redesign my garden and after hours of internet research & reveries of ideal fruition of “that” patio look, all this gave birth to an idea of up cycling those black worn out tires into colorful, attractive & functional Patio Table with a round glass top. Another use of the fourth supplement of the same will come soon in a new post & that too kids friendly. Isn’t it pretty & classy? So, let’s begin…!!
So its raining outside now, and what runs in my mind is a lovely brewed tea cuppa, the tea lover that I am..! And what I pen-down now is a coffee table book with a similar tempting name- Cutting Chai and Maska Pao. I just loved reviewing this one probably because of two reasons, the name dragged me totally in; and second, It features Mumbai at its best. Though well-acquainted with the city and Mumbai life, there are a lot of things I could relate to personally, and some which go in my Mumbai-bucket-list, and I want to definitely try. It starts with the spicy Pav Bhaji , moves on to Irani Cafe’s spread in South Mumbai, elaborates the chawls, unwinds the belief of nimbu-mirchi, and does not forget to include the most loved commuting means of the city, the BEST buses and the local trains, city lifeline, as they say!! Like a perfect coffee table book, it does not make you monotonous at any point , and you can pick it up from where you left, as fresh in your mind. The pictures are beautiful and make the content more lively and explanatory. I am sure you might feel like getting a Bhel, or a Maska pao, generous with butter and a cup of tea to dip it in! The pictures are that tempting! The young talent, Mithila Mehta, Priya Sheth and Digantika Mitra, have shown a creative team work, in putting up a project which showcases the never sleeping, fast, dynamic and enigmatic Mumbai, clubbed in 100 pages! Thumbs up! A must read for a Mumbaikar, to cherish all that their city offers […]
I remember reading this book in shifts, swinging between my office work and the ebook, and not even once did I lose a grip on the story, the plot and the humour. It gave me the same allured feeling when I resumed reading from where I left. This cover’s going to hook you real good! ‘The White Tiger’ kicks off with the protagonist, Balram Halwai telling his success story in the letters he writes to Mr. Premiere- his story of becoming an entrepreneur, the highs and lows, the efforts and the paths he took to come out of ‘the darkness’-the impoverished areas of rural India. It all starts from a village named Lakshmangarh,where at first he is a nameless chap studying in the village school and feeling good about it, and moves forward with him leaving the school because his granny doesn’t want him to study anymore, becoming a tea vendor, aiming to become a “uniformed” professional and persuading his brother Kishan to allow him to learn driving, so he could become a driver in the city. Finally, when he’s a trained and learned driver, he starts working for a rich family settled in Dhanbad who are based out of his own village, Lakshmangarh. Learning the life of servitude and moving to Delhi with his master unfolds life’s lessons for him. Climbing the social ladder, time and again, he finds himself being a dutiful servant and succumbing to situations, which lull him to conclude that he is destined to be a servant all his life, being loyal to his Master, New York returned Ashok Sharma, whose throat is eventually, and in a shocking twist slit by him one […]
Chetan Bhagat is the most loved author in India, and more so because Young India really looks forward to reading him. He created waves with his earlier novels, making people read and inspiring to write- as frequently said, he is the idol for many young boys and girls, and they want to write like ‘him’. This time, his book was even more eagerly awaited than his earlier ones, thanks to all the pre-release hype and promotion. As such, I HAD to pick this one for my review!
White Water River Rafting in Ganga My appetite for adventure is boundless. Going out, feeling the fresh air on my face is as refreshing as taking a new birth. Just as i think of this times’ heart pounding, eye popping and mind boggling experience, it compels me to call it as nature’s own Roller Coaster on the river of companionship and serenity, The Holy Ganga. I’ve seen this river throughout the year, during summers when pilgrims visit the holy places of Haridwar & Rishikesh on festivities, families paying homage by taking dips, local boys diving into it to quench the heat of North India, in monsoons when its humongous, roaring and muddy self takes away with it everything including over sized trees that come on its way and in winters when the calm and natural, placid, aqua colored facet, is the most beautiful of all the times. But the moment of reckoning is when you decide to do a rather bizarre activity instead of relaxing on the white sandy river beach. The White Water River Rafting on the Ganga. I’ve done it twice till now but every time you do it, it’s like taking a leap into an unknown. You have no idea what is going to happen next. Whether you’ll tug down the rapid or the big wave will sweep you off your raft. Body surfing while Rafting Well, there are a number of trips you can book yourself for, depending on the time and energy you could spend on this adrenalising yet exhausting activity. The river coarse is divided in sections, starting up from Kaudiyala to Byasi to Marine Drive then Shivpuri, Brahmpuri […]
Northern part of India is too chilly in winters. Breaking the code of one’s cozy zone is pretty challenging. The best way to wipe the chills is to get out there and face it. Well this time the plan came as a surprise, with the superb destination and group of friends. The bumpy road led us to Sawai Madhopur..!! Yes Please..!! We’re going to the Ranthambore National Park, which is approximately 372 kms from Delhi or around 160 kms drive from Jaipur, which I think is quite close for an outdoor endeavor. Ranthambore was awarded the status of a National Park in 1981, before which it was established as a sanctuary. The trip to Ranthambore can be bracketed as a weekend affair if you hail from Delhi, Alwar or Jaipur and have a passion to explore wildlife, birds and forts and thirst to see that majestic animal “Tiger”, for which the national park is known for. Other than Tigers, one can find beautiful local & migratory birds in winters, Leopard, Jackal, Hyena, Bear, Langoor (monkey), marsh Crocodile and various species of deer. This tour brought us to the most exciting times of all. It turned out to be quite a luxurious holiday in itself where we had best of both the worlds. It was a perfect blend of luxury and Rajasthani hospitality & culture on the backdrop of the raw, edgy and rugged terrains of Vindhayas and Aravalis. Ranthambore is full of lodges and hotels suiting every man’s pocket and needs. Here you are spoilt for choices if you are looking for luxurious holidays. Starting from Taj Vivanta, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Nahargarh Ranthambore, you have […]
No woman on Earth is spared from the magic and glamour of jewellery. This is contagious, at least in India. “Oh my god, she has such a pretty kundan set, i must have one!!” Be it a nice neck piece or an extravagant ring, charmed bracelets to lovely anklets or payals, each Indian woman possesses several boxes full of ornaments in their kitty. And believe you me, how dear are these to us! Even if one has plenty, there is always an urge for more in this department at least. Moreover the designs, the variety, the cuts and the awesomeness forces one to indulge in more and more. A Female (rural men and sometimes urban too) in India is all clad in Jewellery. It is a part of their attire and day-to-day dress up and is an important part of Indian Culture. For example, the toe rings that a Married Indian Woman wears is significant to constrain on one of the acupressure points which sharpens the memory and takes care of the eye sight. Whether, she is from an orthodox, rural background or a contemporary today’s metro woman. They all have their tastes and desires. And the Indian Jewellery market fulfills all their needs. There is an extensive range of ornaments with all sorts of designs, from modern to traditional, right from the mang tika to the payal. Hence, from this day forward i introduce you to our new section of Ornaments and Jewellery Of India, From India and By India. There are master pieces, all made beautifully and artistically by Indian Craftsmen, sometimes with tools and machines and other times with their very own […]
Hello People, This post is written by our guest writer and somebody really close to my heart, my darling Juhi, so just sit back and enjoy the post !! North East India, the eastern most region of India is landlocked between Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. Undoubtedly it is one of the most beautiful parts of India, surrounded by hills, lush green mountains and valleys. It has a jaw dropping picturesque beauty. This region has some of the rain forests which support a large and vivid variety of flora and fauna which really amazes the tourists. Northeast region is called the seven sister states which comprises of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Road to Scotland of India !! Lucky we were, to visit the most beautiful hill station of eastern India i.e. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, also called the Scotland of India. And believe you me every bit of it is true. Its natural and scenic beauty is mesmerizing and spellbinding. Although well connected by road, Shillong has no rail and a proper air connection. The roads are superb, well constructed and maintained leaving no hustle to reach there. Journey to Shillong from Guwahati was not at all tiring as the time passes by, praising and admiring the beauty of hilly roads. The weather was commendable and awesome due to the monsoons. It acted as an add on to the scenic beauty. Elephanta Falls There are many attractive places to visit in Shillong starting from the Elephant falls, which is in the outskirts of the city. Here the mountain stream descends through the huge rocks, where one can relax and enjoy […]
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where the words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action – Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.” Written by India’s greatest writer, poet and novelist of all times, these lines are extracted from the Nobel Prize Winner Rabindra Nath Tagore’s English Gitanjali, an epic book and a beautiful collection of short poems translated by himself from his Bengali version of Gitanjali consisting of 157 poems. This man of many words gave a number of unforgettable melodies to hum like an enticing Bengali song “Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re (If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone)” and even our very own Indian National Anthem .The above lines from the Gitanjali are often recited on the Republic Day of India, pumping in the patriotism in every Indian’s heart. Reminding us of the nostalgic and heroic moments of people of India under British Rule, of the quest to free India from foreign hands and the successful venture to make India one of the largest constitutions of the world. Glimpses of the Republic Day Parade Republic Day is one of the most important national festivals of India and is celebrated with patriotic songs, poems, […]