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September 03, 2015

Thru' the Lens

September 03, 2015 08:08 PM (IST)

Indi Tales

Review – Kings Lodge Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh is the go to National Park for anyone wanting to see the tigers in their natural habitat. It may need a few safaris for you to spot a tiger and then see the diversity of the rest of jungle like spotting a sloth bear or bird watching. If you are done with nature, Bandhavgarh ...

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September 03, 2015 02:00 PM (IST)

Sandeep's World

Weekend at Shanghai

After about 3 weeks at Beijing and a day at Hangzhou, I boarded another bullet train to Shanghai. About 20 mins later, I was at the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station, looking at the metro map for Lujiazui metro station.
September 03, 2015 01:17 PM (IST)

The Compulsive Confessor

Today in Photo

They fuck you up, your mum and dad, They may no mean to but they do, They say, "Oh, my precious lad!" And then cut off a ball or two. - Squishy, poet, Nizamuddin #catsofdelhi
via Instagram
September 03, 2015 11:58 AM (IST)

Joshi Daniel Photography

Black and white photo of a man standing in the sea while rain clouds gather above him in Trivandrum, Kerala

September 03, 2015 10:36 AM (IST)

The Wanderer

Street Food of Lucknow in Chowk: Tunday kebabs, Nimish and more!

When it comes to Street Food in Lucknow , Chowk is perhaps the first name that comes to mind. Many newer places have come up in the last few decades, especially around the Hazratgunj area which serve good food, yet the charm of Chowk remains completely unmatched.

So what exactly is Chowk ? It's an old market area located in the busy and bustling old Lucknow. The chowk area starts from Gol Darwaza on one side and ends at the Akhbari Darwaza on the other. It's a short stretch of a about 500m, yet it encompasses [...]

September 03, 2015 09:29 AM (IST)

Le Monde

Review of Quechua Forclaz 500

Last decade or so , has certainly seen a massive growth in the number of Indians taking to adventure sports of one form or the other. Prior to that if you wanted to go for even trekking, proper outfit was seldom available and one had to be dependent on friends and relatives to get something from ‘abroad’ or rummage in the local adventure gear shops that were few and far between.

With Decathlon setting shop in India’s major cities and several online portals selling their ware on the net, it has changed [...]

September 03, 2015 09:11 AM (IST)


Hop on hop off tour on bus around Berlin

Vinit had just arrived from Stuttgart and we were looking forwards to go to Prague but we had one day surplus in our hands. So we thought, why not try hop on- hop off berlin tour. Hop on Hop off: Hop on hop off is a city tour in which, within Continue Reading →
September 03, 2015 09:08 AM (IST)

Daughters of Tomorrow

Time for everything !

I am one of those type of people who like to predict their life’s path.  I do like to follow where the wind takes me, but being the control freak that I am, I direct my ship to where I want it to go

Even in my wildest dreams I never thought my life would end up like what it is now.

A friend once told me that she hates her life because she never had any fun. She is the only daughter of over protective parents, never even talked to boys while in school, got married as soon as she finished her [...]

September 03, 2015 02:47 AM (IST)

Ginger Snaps

Oxylife Natural Radiance Crème Bleach (How to use + First Impression)

There are only a handful of beauty rules that I follow regularly and taking sun-protection seriously is one of them. Therefore I hardly ever step out without applying ample amount of sunscreen and keeping a scarf handy. But when it comes to reapplying sunscreen, umm.. that is something I have never been able to do (seriously girls, does anybody reapply sunscreen?) And I believe every once in a while my skin gradually does develop dullness due to sun exposure and other environmental factors.
This time [...]
September 03, 2015 01:52 AM (IST)

Ananya Tales

Seattle Bollywood Party

As u know I organize Bollywood DJ nights in Seattle where my hubby Mr.R - DJ Rkay spins the wheel. Dine n Dance was the theme for our last Seattle Bollywod party and here are few pictures from that night.
Good news is we have our next Seattle Bollywood  party this saturday Sep 5th at Great American Casino, Tukwila. Doors open at 9pm followed by belly dance performance at 10pm and all along we have free Psychic reading available for the guests. You could order what ever you like to eat from the American [...]
September 03, 2015 12:50 AM (IST)

September 02, 2015

The Wanderer

Nashik Maha Kumbh Mela 2015: Planning a Trip

Kumbh Maha Mela 2015 is coming up soon in Nashik and here is all that you need to plan a trip to this holy city for a complete Kumbh experience.

I attended the Maha Kumbh mela at Allahabad in 2013 and spent a few days there living in an ashram. It was an experience quite unlike any other, especially for someone who isn’t even religious. I was with a friend and we explored not just spiritualism and faith, but also interacted with people from all walks of life. I wasn’t so much into interviewing strangers [...]

September 02, 2015 10:28 PM (IST)

Ginger Snaps


Tarun Tahiliani’s “Easy Glamour” collection, a stunning line of perfect ready-to-wear offerings, presented by Reliance Trends at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 is absolutely enthralling! 
The show commenced by International model Ujjwala Raut walking down the ramp with a looped black midi, followed by an assortment of black creations with occasional bursts of colour. A pleasant blend of drapes, exotic prints, black, gold, rust, velvet, brocade and tribal gypsy elements were prominent [...]
September 02, 2015 09:22 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies

Garlic Potato Fry - Tamilnadu Special

Garlic Potato Fry
3 potatoes (half cooked & cubed)
2 onions (chopped)
2 garlic cloves(chopped)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
1 tsp musturd seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal (split black gram)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Freshly ground pepper
Curry leaves / Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Half cook potato cubes & keep [...]
September 02, 2015 08:47 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Wordless - 345

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.   (Shot taken in Lisbon, Portugal.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: 1. Talk about getting behind on one's paperwork! by
September 02, 2015 07:28 PM (IST)

Travel at Bhushavali

Nellayappar Temple - Part 3 (Tirunelveli - Tamil Nadu)

Its been quite some time since Part 1 &   Part 2 of Nellayappar. Here's Part 3. The overwhelming awesomeness of Vijayanagar Nayak contribution is extremely evident at several places here. Here are some sculptures...... in detail..........

That's the life sized Manmadha / Kamdev / Cupid / God of Love and.....
...his wife Rathi!!
A closeup of his very handsome face. 

Look at that sharp nose & arched brows!!!

His floral earrings, Wow, right?!!!
Isn't she pretty too? [...]

September 02, 2015 07:21 PM (IST)

The Urban Gardener

Travel: More floral artistry in Zurich

So did you get an eyeful of the glorious flowers that Zurich's florists dish out in my last post?
I do have one more florist whose work demands to be featured too. I was overwhelmed by the gorgeous plant and floral art created by Regula Guhl and her team at '  Blumenbinder ' on Oberdorfstrasse, Zurich.
It was just down the road from my hotel  and within strolling distance from the other florists that I had blogged about in my last post (which makes me believe that perhaps Zurich has no idea [...]
September 02, 2015 05:49 PM (IST)

Ananya Tales

Sexy Summer Dresses

I love wearing dresses and am sure by now you all know that. This time Seattle's summer gave me all the more reasons to shop more for sexy summer dresses. When its really hot I like to keep the looks minimalistic. Sexy summer dresses paired with stylish glasses is all you need to rock a summer look.
There are are so many variety of sexy summer dresses to shop. A short skater dress, a tube dress, spaghetti strap dresses and backless dresses are few of my favorite sexy summer dresses. So for todays look [...]
September 02, 2015 05:16 PM (IST)

The Compulsive Confessor

Today in Photo

Since my laptop was the unfortunate victim of a coffee spill (sob sob) I'm drowning my sorrows in the printed word. Finished The Devotion Of Suspect X which many of you recommended, then had a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency morning and afternoon & now moving on to Nisha Da Cunha's short stories. The back cover describes her as one of India's finest short story writers, which makes me wonder why I've never heard of her before. Two pages into the first story and it is golden. My hoarding instincts which lead [...]
September 02, 2015 05:11 PM (IST)

Mix Fruit Juice

Bhutan Diaries : Flowers For Good Luck

One of the things that I loved the most about Bhutan is that almost every home or shop has a few potted flowering plants. This is because the Bhutanese believe that flowers bring good luck - totally my kind of philosophy :) And the loveliest part is that these plants are grown in upcycled containers like tyres, tins, paint buckets, cement bags, drums, fish tanks - just about anything.
September 02, 2015 04:45 PM (IST)

The Urge to Wander

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When we dashed across, nearly a decade ago, on a (crazy) day trip from Barcelona to Bilbao just to gaze upon those stunning overlapping waves of shimmering titanium, we were clueless about the city’s history of industrial decline, or of the conception of the Guggenheim museum as an icon of urban reinvention.    It is hard to imagine […]
September 02, 2015 04:30 PM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

Fisherman and the setting Sun

September 02, 2015 03:34 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Write up - Emperors Trek to Nagala by Varsha Umesh

Write up - Emperors Trek to Nagala - Aug 02

On the weekend of August 1st'2015 a bunch of us headed to where Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) originated, Nagala, the eastern peak to be specific.

When I saw the invite I sprang up in my seat and registered immediately. Yes, that’s how excited I get every time I see an invite from the organizers. And also since I hadn’t trekked in a couple of months, I thought this might be the much needed stress buster I was looking for.

So we all assembled at our meeting [...]

September 02, 2015 03:01 PM (IST)

Emperor's Trek August 15 "Get the freedom" - Write Up by Ravi Munnangi

Written by Ravi Munnangi

Do we need yet another write up about Nagala

Sholay, Basha, SalangaiOli are cult classics - remaking them is a risky endeavor, you risk the ire of purists - comparison is inevitable. Make it as-is and you will termed as lacks creativity, make it too contemporary – you will be accused of spoiling the original flavor. Same is the case when you are writing a write up about the Nagala trek – probably it’s the most written topic in CTC till date. Prabhakar introduced me and [...]

September 02, 2015 02:50 PM (IST)


Colourful Cariber Flamingo birds at Copenhagen Zoo

Cariber Flamingos are a variety of African birds that I saw in Copenhagen zoo. With their red+ orange colour they are very attractive. The are always busy cleaning themselves with their beacon, standing on one leg, so it is very difficult to capture their clear neck. See their group picture below- every single bird is busy cleaning itself, has no time to keep its neck up for a moment!
September 02, 2015 11:16 AM (IST)

Itchy Feet

A new Facebook page

So, what’s new on Itchy Feet? A brand new Facebook page, that’s what – After years of resisting – how many places in social media can I manage – I finally succumbed to the pressure and set up this page. And now to find interesting content for it on a regular basis (apart from just my own writings, yawn).

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September 02, 2015 10:35 AM (IST)

Samyak Kaninde

Tamhini Valley

Samyak ( posted a photo:

When the dark clouds fight out with the Sahyadri's hill, they pour like hell, giving birth to the infinite waterfalls that fall from each corner of its hill ranges. But, the spectacle is, when the white clouds come along, lazily, steadily, flirting around the hills, sliding into the valleys, and then rising up again with the swirl of the wind! The beauty of this drama can't be expressed, it has to be felt. By being there, watching their courtship and just [...]

September 02, 2015 10:33 AM (IST)

Wild Wanderer

Beauty in diverstiy – Fungi

They are in the ground, they are on the trees; some are tiny, some large; some are soft while others are hard; some look like corals while some resemble clubs; some are dully coloured while some are brightly coloured; some are delicate, some robust; some look like stars and some like a bird nest; some glow in the dark while most don’t. You must be wondering what I am referring to… fungi indeed!

Most of us are familiar with the delicate little nondescript mushrooms that raise their heads from the [...]

September 02, 2015 10:11 AM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

My Photography Tours in Last Quarter 2015

Last three months of the year are times when I am busy travelling and conducting photography tours–first in South East Asia and then back home in India. Here is a quick look at my photography tours coming up in the last quarter of 2015.

Cambodia Photography Tour (October)


Cambodia is a country full of extraordinary visual treats. The large ancient temples of Angkor Wat and surroundings that are now overrun by even larger trees is just the beginning of the story. A population [...]

September 02, 2015 09:58 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Rishabhanatha Cave, Khandagiri

Navamuni Gumpha located on S outhern-eastern side of the  Khandagiri  Hillock  of Orissa. It belongs to 1st century B.C.  during the period of  Mahameghavahana Chedi dynasty. 
Presently the cave has entirely collapsed except for the back wall of the cave.
On the back wall there are three reliefs images, two of Rishabhanatha and one of Amra carved at the top portion.
September 02, 2015 06:27 AM (IST)

Daughters of Tomorrow


This happened when I was doing 3rd year MBBS.

I had thought some chapters for Pathology part 2 were not part of the internal exam and on that morning of the exam, I found out that my assumptions were wrong. Obviously I am the very last second learner and had spent the time previous evening reading the chapters I thought was important. I had not even read those chapters and didn’t have time to read them before the exam. I was in full panic, especially because this was part 2 and the Patho prof [...]

September 02, 2015 05:09 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Top Travel Blog Lists from India

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Top Travel Blog Lists from India

desi Traveler in Top India Travel Blog Lists As always first a disclaimer: This is a post about vanity and self-gradation I am not sure what logic / data etc. was used by these list makers and like all lists these Top Travel Blog from India should also be taken with a pinch of salt. Some [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome post Top Travel Blog Lists from [...]

September 02, 2015 12:16 AM (IST)

September 01, 2015

Thru' the Lens

Leader of the pack ...

September 01, 2015 10:13 PM (IST)

Ramblings & Musings

The Power of Turmeric

THE POWER OF TURMERIC: A few days ago I woke up to find a marble size absces on my right lower chin. My initial reaction was to go see a doctor.He would have probably prescribed an antibiotic for three days along with anti inflammatory & antacid tablets. That would have made the absces disappear but also considerably disturbed my digestive system.
Instead I decided to turn to an age old Hindu practice of applying turmeric.Turmeric is said to possess anti septic anti inflammatory as well as curative [...]
September 01, 2015 08:39 PM (IST)


Europeade 2015 at Helsingborg, Sweden: Exclusive pics n videos

When I went to Helsingborg on August 8th 2015, my first weekend in Europe this year, I was in for a pleasant surprise. There was an event called Europeade going on in Helsingborg. Europeade is a cultural festival where people dance in their European cultural attires. It is an initiative to create and retain European friendship through dance and music. I understand Europeade is a 50 year old
September 01, 2015 08:13 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu (KK) was the first hotel I stayed in Sabah, Malaysia. I spent two peaceful nights at the hotel. I visited KK on Silk Air FAM trip in collaboration with Sabah Tourism Board. The airport is very close to the city of KK. Hyatt regency was hardly a 15 minute drive. Hyatt Regency is a city hotel.

At the Hyatt Lobby

The Check-in

The check-in process at the Hyatt was smooth. They asked for our passports and handed us the room keys fast. The wifi password was also given, it [...]

September 01, 2015 05:01 PM (IST)

Thejesh G N


As I watched this movie the first thing that came into my mind was

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not choice. It is man’s pretence that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence [...]

September 01, 2015 04:51 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Wordless - 344

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.  (Shot taken in Athens, Greece.)   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: 1. I love my new fish oil dispenser! by Arnoldo L.
September 01, 2015 04:41 PM (IST)

Her Yatra Diary

Ancient Khole Ke Hanuman Temple in Jaipur: Darshan and Rajasthani Rasoi.

bhava-bandha-cchide tasyaisprhayami na muktayebhavan prabhur ahamdasa iti yatra vilupyate I do not wish to take liberation or to merge in the Brahman effulgence,where the conception of being a servant of the Lord is completely lost. ~ Srila Prabhupada. Perched near the summit of a wooded hill and approached by forested winding roads is the ancient and famous, Khole Hanuman temple of Jaipur. As our car, bound on the way to the temple, left the main road and took a detour – the sight of the enveloping [...]
September 01, 2015 02:26 PM (IST)

Just a mother of two

All for love--how love blinds us.

Satish and I were talking this morning. The papers were full of the details of the recent murder case that has been rocking the nation. It gets murkier and murkier. There is just too much negativity for me to even dwell on it, I said. And the extent to which people can go to--heinous and unimaginable. He understood.
We spoke then---about relationships.
About egos in relationships.About our need to be loved.
Appreciated and liked for who we are.
Our need to be understood and accepted.
Human [...]
September 01, 2015 01:21 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet

A French facelift

Bordeaux is a bit worried that nobody looks beyond its wines. It is not complaining, mind you, just fretting. After all, the city did not win the title of ‘best European destination of the year’ on the strength of its luscious reds alone. Just a decade ago, Bordeaux had slipped into near obscurity, become Europe’s Sleeping Beauty (La Belle Endormie,

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September 01, 2015 11:57 AM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

The Kangra Fort

The steep walls of the fort tower over us, and we strain our necks to get a better view. The car winds its way steadily upwards, and we walk into the imposing gates. Our stop at the Kangra Fort is meant to be a short one, tired as we are. As it turns out, the fort and its stories have us enthralled, and we lose track of time! 

The Kangra Fort, as seen from the road, with a temple on the hill behind

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September 01, 2015 10:34 AM (IST)

Miles to Write

An old western bus tour

In case the title made you think about old western movies, let me quickly say that this post has nothing to do with the wild west. It is about a bus tour of the beautiful American West coast.
Rewinding a dozen years, my mind drifts back to the time when we were living in Bay Area, California. My in-laws were visiting and so were the parents of one of our friends. This friend suggested a bus tour for the seniors that covers quite a few places - Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon [...]
September 01, 2015 09:10 AM (IST)


5 best gardens/ parks of Delhi

Are you a lover? Oh wait! A new lover from Old Delhi? Ummm…. just a recent one, may be your love bloomed this week outside her coaching classes or may be last Sunday, over that snacks corner down the street? Now here is the probable list of things you might find Continue Reading →
September 01, 2015 08:58 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Souvenirs from Cordoba, Spain

So what did I get as reminder of my great experience in Cordoba? What to buy:  Souvenirs are plenty and it was not easy choosing just a couple of items to bring back home. Key rings and postcards, you will find them in plenty, Cordoba souvenir shops are stuffed with ‘flamenco dance’ associated stuffs. Clothes, hats, fans are available in different sizes, colors and prices. Locally made
September 01, 2015 08:26 AM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

OYO Rooms — Hotel Review and Analysis — Should you book an OYO Room?

I stayed at two OYO rooms properties last month to understand the value they offer, pros and cons of staying with them and what is their promise to travellers. I also spoke in detail with Kavikrut, Chief Growth Officer at OYO on why a traveller should stay with OYO.

If you live in any large city in India, you are probably not very far from a hotel touting the name of OYO rooms . OYO has expanded rapidly in recent months and has a large number of budget accommodation choices, now spread over hundred cities [...]

September 01, 2015 06:37 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Travel Tuesday Picture: Nihang Soldiers

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Travel Tuesday Picture: Nihang Soldiers

The Nihang Warriors : Torchbearers of a glorious Tradition   In today’s  Travel Tuesday picture I bring to  you  Nihang Sikh Soldiers / Sadhu from the land  of golden fields -Punjab. If you are not aware of the Sikh history, then you may wonder why I am mentioning the Nihang as both Soldier and Sadhu. Well during the middle ages, the [Continue Reading [...]

September 01, 2015 02:18 AM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Journeys and Jottings

Welcome to this new edition of Journeys and Jottings . Nostalgia seems to be the flavour of the season. If a traveller collects something, it is memories . A sight, a sound, a familiar touch strikes a chord. Memories can be many things for a traveller – a post card, a conversation, an experience, a photograph, a souvenir, an evening with a stranger, a warm bowl of soup, a piece of chocolate, the sound of laughter.. I have been lost in a world of memories all of August, with very little travel on [...]
September 01, 2015 12:04 AM (IST)

Ananya Tales

South Indian Bride

Guest Post by Nalini Keshava :

Modelling is my passion and posing is always one thing I  like to do. After trying the traditional Bengali bride look, I wanted to try the South Indian Bridal look. I am attracted to the jewelry ads. During childhood I used to dream about endorsing a jewelry brand.

Thanks to Archana Srinivasan I got an opportunity to model for her exclusive collection of Redstone Jewelry. We tried different looks and played around with the jewelry. One of the best click which [...]

September 01, 2015 12:00 AM (IST)

August 31, 2015

Be on the road

Liberty House: Serenity at Poyilkkavu Beach, Kerala

Have you heard of Poyilkkavu beach? I chanced upon this serene stretch of beach on my recent motorcycle ride through Kerala. This beach lies a bit north of Kappad beach, one of the famous and pretty beaches north of Kozhikode. In simple terms, the Poyilkkavu is a fisherman’s beach and that is its charm. It is untouched by travelers and even domestic tourists and yet offers everything that Kerala stands for, be it greenery, coconut palms, delicious food and gorgeous beaches. This is a kind of place you would [...]
August 31, 2015 11:42 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies

Srilankan Beans Curry

Beans Curry
250g french beans (topped, tailed & cut in sticks)
1 onion(chopped)
2 shallots (chopped)
2 garlic cloves(chopped)
1 green chilli(half slit)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Half cup coconut milk
A piece of cinnamon stick
1 tsp fennel seeds
Curry leaves
Garam masala
Ssalt to taste
Heat oil in a pan.
Fry fennel seeds, cinnamon stick & few curry leaves.
Then add chopped onions [...]
August 31, 2015 09:40 PM (IST)