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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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Stop over @ Rawla Narlai!

The quiet 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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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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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 […]

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 […]