Friday, 3 February 2017

Home away from home

Classical décor and refined ambience with a stunning pool or the city view.
A host of services and amenities make it the best place to be.
Lush green lawns give it a rich look. Extremely helpful and friendly staff is always there courteous and attentive.  It has 294 luxury rooms, including 27 deluxe suites.
 food. So much of comfort and superb luxurious interiors in Delhi. Am I dreaming? No!!! Well it’s possible An explosion of taste, flavor and gourmet cooking make it a food lover’s paradise. On the menu is an extensive list of salads, Indian curries and some amazing Continental food only at The Taj Mahal Hotel, is on One Mansingh Road. This family-friendly hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 km of Khan Market, India Gate, and National Museum. Lodhi Garden and Purana Qila are also within 3 km.
It’s a fusion of elegant old-world luxury and modern comforts. This is one of the most prestigious hotels. It’s centrally located in Lutyens’ Delhi.

Golden Keys Concierge, a multilingual staff is always there to welcome you.
An explosion of taste, flavor and gourmet cooking make it a food lover’s paradise. On the menu is an extensive list of salads, Indian curries and some amazing Continental Apart from the facilities such as Travel desk, car rental services, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers & 24-hour laundry, there is also baby-sitting services for young guests.

The place which I loved the most is The Spa, There is a large outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre with Technogym & Life Fitness, Yoga on request,24 hour on-call doctor. Facilities for the specially-abled are also provided. There is a 24-hour business centre with Cyber Butler, four meeting rooms & a lawyers’ library, fully equipped with modern conferencing facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, secretarial assistance, interpretation facilities & workstations which are ideal for the business and diplomatic guests. There are 292 luxurious rooms and suites with stunning city & pool views. If you are a single woman traveler than you need not worry as this hotel has Rooms for single women travelers as well. There are Options of smoking & non-smoking accommodation also.
Marble bathrooms with luxurious bath amenities are sure to make you feel pampered. Complimentary Wi-Fi for resident guests is a plus advantage. There is food which suits every palate. Fine-dining specialty restaurants like the Varq (Indian), House of Ming (Chinese) & Wasabi by Morimoto (Japanese). Machan is a24-hour multi-cuisine eatery. The Grill Room is a continental dining destination. The Emperor Lounge, an elegant lounge. Rick’s, is a stylish lounge bar with a range of drinks. A 24-hour in-room dining facility so relish hot food anytime. One must try the Sunday Brunch. The Taj Mahal Hotel's Sunday Brunch offers a host of South East Asian options that will leave you craving for more. The buffet also includes different varieties of Champagnes, Martinis and Beers. The restaurant has a wide variety of dishes for kids, out of which one is a live pasta stand. So come and make a lazy Sunday exciting with friends and family. All 292 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Guests can enjoy deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include minibars, premium bedding, and LCD TVs. Taj Khazana an Indian boutique has a global appeal. Taj is a home away from home. It was completely a wonderful visit and worth repeating.

 “I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

In the lap of luxury

I love traveling.Its my hobby.Its my life.My one and only goal in life is to explore the unknown places.People eat to live but I live to travel.Every year end I make a list of places to visit.I never compromise on comfort and luxury.My holidays are always five star, full of comfort and style.I want to be pampered every time I travel.Last year I targeted my all time favorite place Mumbai.Maya Nagri.The place where the stars are not only in the sky but also on the ground.The most glittering city in India. After all the research I decided to book my room in Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.Its the best property in Mumbai.A traveler who enjoys the sun rise and sun set and wants to feel the breeze from the beach every minute then this is the right place.Its a beach front resort property overlooking the Arabian Sea.Just 5 km approx 20 minutes drive from the Domestic and International airport.

When I stepped out of the taxi and looked at this hotel there was only one word I could utter "WOW".Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach has five restaurants and a bar with extensive banqueting services,spa, a swimming pool and gym and guess what all with full beach views.I was on cloud 9. A place where you will be spoiled for choice 24x7.Free WiFi,32 inch LCD TV.Lavish breakfast, 24 hour fitness centre,O2 spa and sauna.Choice of flexible spaces for all kind of events.What else does one need.Many times I spotted many famous stars like Akshay Kumar,Prabhu Deva, directors and producers at the hotel.This property is not only my favorite but of famous Bollywood stars too.No doubt.The staff is very friendly.They are always ready to help with a smile.The hotel rooms are truly a place for living.They have perfect rooms for all the needs.I preferred the Suite, which is very large and well designed.It includes a separate lounge and bathroom.A premier lounge access with free breakfast and evening drinks too.I enjoyed every second of my stay there.There are standard rooms with 1 king bed or 2 single beds with rain shower, work area, LCD TV and internet access, broadband connection, hair dryer and safe. On the Executive Floor,the executive room treats you like a VIP with the Premier Lounge access with a complimentary breakfast and evening drinks. Choice of sea facing restaurants serve regional, international, Chinese and Italian cuisine, chic sea lounge and French patisserie.My favourite and my most recommended place is "PECHE MIGNON".Juhu's Only French Pâtisserie. It presents a lavish array of fresh and vibrantly flavoured pastries, breads with a variety of chocolates that are sure to be a hit with veryone with a sweet tooth. Located at the lobby level it produces luxurious and whimsical creations.Then there is "THE SQUARE-PAN-INDIAN ALL DAY",which serves a mélange of pan-Indian and world cuisines, 24 hrs a day."SAMPAN-CHINESE DINING",A legendary fine dining restaurant, located at the lobby level, serves delicious Chinese cuisine.My personal favourite is "BAGEECHA-INDIAN DINING",unlimited four course treats by the poolside."OLIO-ITALIAN DINING", a restaurant which features live cooking, authentic Italian wood-fired pizza ovens.Spend your evening at "GADDA DA VIDA-CHIC SEA LOUNGE" at the lobby level.
Relax and enjoy modern contemporary music and a view of the Arabian Sea while sipping a cocktail in this chic sea lounge. Gadda da Vida is located at the lobby level and offers creative food and a wide range of beverages.One can't stop to shake a leg or two on the foot tapping songs and music.Overall a spaectacular experience is assured here.

“I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

Friday, 27 January 2017

Warmth of Relationships

This video beautifully depicts how the coldness between siblings is easily repaired with the magic of warmth. Love is present in every moment, the only thing missing is your attention to it. These moments are just as possible with a casual acquaintance or a stranger.Magical moments are everywhere.Every moment is simply an opportunity to nurture your heart,warm your soul and elevate your happiness. Relationships are made up of both happy and dull moments. Life is very strange.When we meet people we generally make opinions about them.but then our opinions change.
After completing my school I got admission in a college which was far away from my hometown.I had spent my entire life with my family in Delhi.I had never gone away alone.Now going to Chennai for studies was a golden chance as only few were selected for this course on fashion.I mustered my strength and courage and reached the destination.There was a vast difference of culture, food and language between the two cities which I realised as soon as I stepped in the train to Chennai.I bid good bye to my parents with a heavy heart at the railway station and settled myself in the train.The train was jam packed.As soon as the train left the platform.I felt vulnerable and unsure of myself.Fears gripped me and thoughts of uncertainities made me doubtful of myself.Tears filled my eyes and to avoid unwanted attention from myfellow passengers I looked out of the window.After some time when I felt calm I observed my fellow passengers.Just opposite to me sat a lady who was in her late forties.She looked stern, strict and was not friendly at all.I smiled at her but she did not smile back.Next to her was a family with small kids and I felt at home in their presence.The journey passed with ease due to the friendly chit chat with this family but the stranger opposite me sat aloof.
 I reached my college premises.A hostel room was allotted to me.This was a new beginning for me.I was nervous as well as excited at the same time.While I was checking the room and its facilities.The rooms door opened and the same stranger who was in my train entered my room.I came to know from my college classmates that she is a professor who will be teaching us and due to the shortage of rooms in the hostel she was given a room to be shared with me.All my hopes and happiness vanished.I was hopeful that I would be able to share my fears and queries with my fellow room mate and would be able to feel at ease.But instead I had to share the room with a stern and unfriendly teacher.The food of the hostel was completely different and I was not able to relish it as compared to my home food.I felt it hard to adjust myself and wished the time would fly and my session to end soon.The city was beautiful but the language and the food made me nervous.The Professor was always stern, never smiled and I made up my mind that she did not like me at all.I lost weight and the pressure of studies made me more nervous and helpless.I felt helpless and disappointed.
One dayI woke up with a very high fever.When I opened my eyes I saw my Professor with a worried face changing the cold cloth on my forehead.I tried to speak and began to sit but she insisted that I should take rest and she made me drink hot soup.I remained like this for 2-3 days and she like a good friend skipped her classes and looked after me.When I was well I thanked her and for the first time she accepted my thanks with a broad smile.She packed her bag and told me that she has now got another room so she is leaving.Since then and till now we are good friends.
Relationships are formed with a word of understanding,care and warmth and such moments are cherished for ever.

“I’m blogging about my #MagicOfWarmth moment at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed Hot Oil

Monday, 24 October 2016

Shubh Deepawali Giveaway

The month began with a bang of Navratri - dandiya, garba and Maa Durga's bhakti.A month full of festivity.I love this time because its full of dance, drama and lights.Everyone's heart is full of cheer,hope and festivity.

We clean our home.Make it ready to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.It is said that Maa Lakshmi blesses those homes which are clean and pure."Purity" has always been emphasized on this occasion.Pure ghee is used for lighting the diyas in this festival of lights.The prasad is made with pure ghee to offer to Lord Ganesha and Maa Lakshmi.

I use only Organic India Ghee as its the purest.Organic Ghee is made with 100% organic butter from grass-fed cows on small family farms in India. Silky smooth and luscious.Ghee is made by simmering butter over low heat and removing the milk solids as they form. The result is a delicious, creamy spread great for baking, sauteing and frying and is One of the Best Desi Ghee Brands in India.

On this wonderful occasion I offer my blog readers an opportunity to win this "Organic India" Ghee.

Its very simple just share your diwali wishes with us and get this superb prize in the giveaway.
last date 3rd Nov 2016
One winner will be selected by Random Draw.

You can also purchase it online here

Wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous Shubh Deepawali.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

chhote kadam initiative for the Heart

Age is just a number.Yet there is no age for heart problems. Whether you are 50 or 15 the most important thing is to prevent and manage heart diseases. It is also true that as we grow up and begin to get old so does our body. Have we not wondered so many times that only if we could reverse this aging process, get healthier and younger? It looks like we can get healthier and another very good news on the health front is the fact our heart can get up to 50% healthier but only if...
No I would not ask you to do anything drastic, follow the exercise and diet  regime of a beauty queen or a Mr Universe depending on your gender.
All I am referring to are #ChhoteKadam or baby steps that would yield a rich dividend and make your heart up to 50% healthier
#ChhoteKadam No 1:  Anger and stress only harms your health and heart. So the #ChhoteKadam #1 is that we remain happy.

Happiness is a state of mind and just by remaining happy you can do yourself a big favor.
The easiest way to be happy is to tell yourself that being happy is good for me and getting stressed is bad.This talking to oneself is like a self therapy.
Pick up a hobby and try to do things that make you happy. It could be to learn how to cook a new dish or play a musical instrument or sing. Stay stress free as far as possible.

So what if you are only a bathroom singer as long as you feel good about singing the #ChhoteKadam are leading you towards the right direction.

#ChhoteKadam #2 Lead an Active Lifestyle

Active lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart. An active lifestyle is a stress buster in itself. You could Set a goal to walk 30 minutes every day or learn how to swim.
You could begin to do Yoga and meditation which helps to relax.
Physical activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health along with helping you to look and feel great.
Start small, Keep realistic goals.
Keep ten minute sessions throughout the day and build up from there.

Make exercise part of your daily routine. The best way is to make an activity diary to help monitor your progress and success. If you miss a day, don't worry - just make sure you start again the next day. Everyday activities count, so look out for opportunities to be active during the day. Use the stairs instead of the escalators. Do some stretches when watching TV.
Involve friends and family to make activities more fun, sociable and enjoyable. Go jogging with a friend and support and motivate each other, take the children swimming or join an exercise class. By varying your activities, you are less likely to get bored and lose interest. Use a pedometer to count the number of steps you walk each day. It's easy to use. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you are ready to take a step in the right direction, so you can push yourself to go that bit further next time you exercise.
You could walk your children to school and back every day, take the dog for a walk or find a local park and go walking with a friend.

#ChhoteKadam #3 Eating Better 

A balanced diet and eating at regular intervals without skipping meals helps us to cope with stress.

Healthy diet reduces the risk of developing coronary heart diseases and stops the weight gain process. It helps to lower the cholesterol level and even if one has heart problems a healthy diet benefits the heart. For balanced diet eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Take plenty of starched foods such as rice and potatoes. Some milk & dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans for proteins.
Choose food that is lower in fat, salt and sugar. Cut down on foods containing trans fats. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your hearts health. Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol causes abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to your heart muscle and other diseases such as stroke, liver problems and some types of cancers.

Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. To cope with stress many of us over indulge in smoking, drinking too much alcohol and over eating. All of these increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Watch your weight and remain positive
Remember & Practice these simple and #ChhoteKadam Daily and continue moving towards a heart that is upto 50% healthier.
“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

For Heart's Sake

Do I take care of my Home?
Do I take care of my family?
Yes of course !!!
Do I take care of my heart?
hmmmmmmm Probably Not !!!

So what does it take to take care of your heart? Here is my step by step guide that is super, simple to be followed and if done right can improve the heath of your heart to upto 50%
Step 1 Following a healthy diet is the first step or #ChhoteKadam towards a healthier hearth.
Eat healthy. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, poultry, fish and nuts. Avoid red meat, as well as sugary and processed foods. Avoid foods high in sodium. Eating a healthy diet is not about good foods and bad foods in isolation from the rest of your diet – it’s about the overall diet. Protein and high fiber are important components of a healthy snack. Try vegetables and hummus, a fruit salad, a hand-full of almonds or even oatmeal with cinnamon and apples ahead of a big meal or event to avoid over-eating unhealthy foods. With the right diet we are get the right energy to take on the world.
Step 2. Stay Active
Staying physically active is important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
We all often forget to take care of our heart and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to prevent heart disease. If one thinks taking medicines are enough to prevent a heart attack or heart problems then the answer is a big NO. The real preventive measure is changes in our lifestyle.
Yes we can reduces the risk of heart diseases by 80 % with good lifestyle.
Habits influence how we live our lives. Habits also help shape every aspect of our lives.
To stay Healthy
Quit smoking if you smoke
Do consistent exercise
Regular physical activity has many benefits such as helping you to quit smoking,
Be aware of your right weight based on your height.. Lose weight if you are overweight, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase HDL cholesterol.
Doing aerobic exercise, using the large muscles of the legs and arms on most days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes. This helps the heart work more efficiently. Do physical activities to improve your strength, flexibility and balance. This also helps you stay agile as you age.
An active lifestyle involving physical activity is essential for proper digestion of food and burning of calories otherwise it simply gets deposited as fat in various parts of our body and leads to heart related complications.
Step 3 The third simple step to get a healthy heart is to Stay Happy
Stress is your body’s response to change. The body reacts to it by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. Constant or continuous stress can be harmful to your heart's health. Plan your days ahead of time so you can assess everything you need to do and also the things that you have to drop off the list so you can reduce your stress. You can do things that can help you stay positive and happy. Read a book or magazine, take a long bath, cook something you love—whatever makes you happy. Taking time for yourself can help you minimize stress and increase your positive feelings.
Following these three #ChhoteKadam is My mantra to take care of my heart and help it get up to 50% healthier.
“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Time will Tell

I had applied for becoming an apprentice in an archaeological team that was to go on an expedition to Egypt. I got a mail that I was on the wait list. Well it did not mean anything as being on a wait list means nothing if you are not selected for the trip.
Being an archaeologist and going on an expedition has been a dream for me as my great grand uncle was an archaeologist who did extensive study in the pyramids of Egypt.
I grew up listening to the stories of his expeditions and my most prized possession has been an old metal medallion that was one of his finds and now I wore it as a good luck charm and it constantly reminded me of my dream of becoming an archaeologist.
If I got selected as an apprentice in an archaeological team it would mean I would get two way fare to Egypt, food and lodging in a tent and there would be no money paid to me. Working long hours from dawn to dusk and doing back breaking work would be part of the deal.
Despite all this hard work there was a long list of people eager to take this trip.
Each day I was checking the fares from India to Cairo numerous times and with each passing day the fares were going up and the possibility of getting selecting were going down.
With only 7 day left for the trip I got a call that I was to be part of the trip. I had to rush to get the VISA formalities completed.
On the designated day I took the flight to Cairo and headed straight towards the expedition site. It was a very arduous ride in a Landrover . The temperature outside must me 43 or 44 degree Centigrade but in a dry sandy desert terrain with not a glade of grass for shade it was unbearable.  It was quite a test for a first day.  Beyond a point the roads seemed to disappear and the Landrover carrying us was moving on sand.
A mild sand storm welcomed us and as a guard against the sand we were advised to cover our mouth and nose with wet pieces of cloth to keep out the sand.
Next day the work on the site began for me. As I was the junior most member my job was to run errands and do the documentation of the findings of the day.
On Day 2 we witnessed a severe sand storm and there was no way we could go back to our base camp so we decided to take shelter in the ruins of a pyramids nearby.
It was quite an experience. We took refuge in the pyramid that was still to be documented fully. However we were not the only inhabitants here. Some of our team members tried to move the stones so that they could light up a bonfire. The moment they did so they found a group of black poisonous scorpions resting there that had taken refuge from the sweltering heat.
I was curious to explore the pyramid on my own and started exploring.
The pyramid had a number of chambers each leading to an inner chamber through a narrow pathway.
I tried to follow the path that seemed to take me to the inner Sanctum of the structure. I found myself in a large chamber carved out of stone. Light was filtering into the chamber through orifices in the stone structure that were carved out for the purpose. Having no further path to go I decided to turn back. It is then that I saw a number of stones with markings and a number of stones were lying loose nearby.
I began to examine the symbols and they seemed to convey a message. In a lot of these pyramids there are hidden paths and chambers that lead you to some other location and these messages are like maps to be followed.
I figured out most of the pieces despite being a novice but there was still a crucial piece missing. Then I saw a stone tablet lying covered in dust. I cleaned it to find the same symbol present on it that was present on my medallion. I pulled out my medallion and reconfirmed this fact. On the reverse of my medallion was a sequence of symbols.
I thought of arranging the stone tablets in the described sequence. As I put in the last stone tablet in its slot. I heard the sound of gushing of water and moving of stones. Before I could realize what was happening I was swept away and the water carried me to quite a distance. It was quite a topsy turvy ride and I lost consciousness and when I came back to my senses I found myself in an ancient temple.
It had large boulders suspended in midair. I assumed that there was some kind of a magnetic field present here. To confirm my theory I took off my iron ring and tossed it in the direction of the floating boulders. The ring got stuck to the stones confirming my theory.
I moved on and at the end of the passage I found a wooden steering wheel the kind one would find on an ancient ship. There were markings on the stone slab next to it and I tried to rotate it to match the symbols. The moment all the symbols matched there was the sound of a click and I felt a strange vibration.
The vibration kept getting stronger and soon it was unbearable and I felt as if I was losing consciousness. It was like a state of trance and I could see my whole life playing out in front of my eyes like a film. It played to the point where I enter the pyramid and then it shows me the way to the secret most chambers of the pyramid and I unearth a hidden treasure then I also got a vision of my teammates falling ill and dying without any medication. This pained me a lot and in this treasure room was also a chest with herbs and graphically depicting what herb is for what disease. More than the treasure that was inanimate I had found a real treasure of medicines that could save the lives of my fellow teammates if the need arose. I clasped the small medicine chest close to myself and then a gush of water pushed me out of the pyramid.
When I gained consciousness I was lying on dry sand but I was still drenched to the core and I was still clasping the medicine chest as if my life depended on it. I hid it beneath my jacket to conceal it. When I rejoined my group my group mates laughed at me finding me looking disheveled and soaking wet but I could not possibly share my experience with anyone. I had been in such a strong magnetic field that my experience could have been a delusion but what about the medicine chest It was real and not a delusion.
That very night when the storm settled I tried to see if I could find the way looking at the stars. To confirm the direction I pulled out my compass and it was pointing in the opposite direction. I borrowed a colleagues compass and his compass showed the correct direction. My faulty compass at least proved the point that I had indeed witnessed the magnetic field that had reversed the north and the south pole of my compass.
My experience was a  delusion or a vision time would tell.

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’