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July 30, 2015

Ginger Snaps

Flipkart Fashion Sale | Last Day!

Whenever I see discounts in the sale season, I wonder why I ever buy merchandise for full price at all! The #FlipkartFashionSale is coming to an end tomorrow girls; you better have a look at all the amazing slashed off prices. At times like these I do get a little carried away, and I am afraid I have been browsing through the site for far too long. But who can blame me when the there is a 30% to 70% discount going on! I bring to you some of my favorite picks guys. Happy shopping!
DONE BY NONE Zig That [...]
July 30, 2015 02:30 AM (IST)

July 29, 2015

Thru' the Lens

Leaves, rocks and stream, en route Kalladi

July 29, 2015 09:49 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies

Masoor Dal Curry

Masoor Dal Curry


1 cup red lentils (masoor dal/ les lentilles corail ) 
1/4 tsp turmeric powder   
3 garlic cloves (chopped)
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 red tomatoes
A big onion (chopped)
1 greenchilli (half slit)
1/2 tsp chilli powder 
1/4 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp salt
Coriander leaves
Garam Masala
Oil for frying
  Cook lentils with sufficient [...]

July 29, 2015 08:11 PM (IST)

Chal Wahan Jaate Hain

Movie : All is Well  (2015)
Actors : Tiger Shroff & Kriti Sanon 
Song : Chal Wahan Jaate Hain b y Arijit Singh
July 29, 2015 08:08 PM (IST)

The Compulsive Confessor

Aarushi by Avirook Sen, a review & a cold case totally solved

I found out about Avirook Sen’s Aarushi while I was on holiday in the hills of Tamil Nadu last week. Saying a thankful prayer to technology, I instantly got it on my Kindle and began reading as soon as I possibly could. {Man, don't you LOVE the Kindle? I do. I've never understood the debate between people who are all like "oh books are so physical" because the Kindle is a true reader's best friend. You can carry your whole entire library with you on holiday--very important as someone who used to lug around [...]
July 29, 2015 07:15 PM (IST)

How to travel with Facebook: Huffed at by elephants, screamed at by monkeys

I want to tell you the last story first: we had just returned from dinner and were using our phone torches to climb up the small hill back to our cottage. It was pitch black and in the night we heard the crickets and the rustling, and then we heard a great big crash. Instantly, we both paused. The sound had come from fairly near us, but we still couldn't see beyond our feet. "Might be monkeys," I said, giggling nervously and she said nothing, only began walking again, and this time the noise grew closer, it [...]
July 29, 2015 07:10 PM (IST)

Travel at Bhushavali

Spices Home Stay (Palakkad - Kerala)

There's something more special about Home stays when compared to hotels or resorts. Its something like resorts, but more personal and with more specialized food that's most probably has local flavours and don't cost so much as resorts!!! So yeah, its a very good option. One such fantastic home stay was here at Palakkad in Kerala called Spices.

Located close to a small village called Alanallur near Mannarkad, the homestay is located within a huge estate. The actual ancestral house of the owner, Mr.Sunil [...]

July 29, 2015 07:03 PM (IST)

Le Monde

Croatia on my radar

The travel guides describe Croatia as ‘stunning’ and ‘beautiful’. That’s true, they are, but these words just don’t do the country justice. Croatia is so much more than that.

Croatia has been in my list for long. Looking at pictures online or in brochures really isn’t enough to appreciate the tranquil feeling you get from being in the area. Take your camera but don’t spend the day behind the lens.

It’s difficult to think of anywhere in Croatia that isn’t naturally [...]

July 29, 2015 06:40 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Triathlon, Aug 8-9 - Participants

Participating Triathletes in their respective Distance / Age / Gender categories:

Kind reminder that we will strictly maintain cut off timings for each category as announced earlier:

Half   Iron : 10 hours (men), 11 hours (women) Olympic : 6 hours (men), 7 hours (women) Sprint : 3 hours (men), 3.5 hours (women)

Finisher medal, t-shirt, e-certificate, trophy will only be given to those completing within the above timings.

Half Iron - Male - Open
BIB Name Category Gender Age City H102 [...]

July 29, 2015 06:03 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

The Best Advice is the One that Works for You!


I will say the most relevant thing first, the best advice is the one that works for you , period. I will take this even further and say the best advice is that you figured out on your own and then went ahead to make it work for you.

If success was ‘N step linear formula’ all the problems of the world would get solved in a jiffy. A lot of advice would go something like this- Follow step A, then do B and C should be the result. And yet in the real world that is hardly the case.

Chances are [...]

July 29, 2015 04:19 PM (IST)

Ocean Windz

Visiting - The Greatest Fort (Part I)

For a short trip - me and Mrs had to come up with contenders of our own. The events behind birth of Khalsa (Saint-Soliders) and interest in Sikhism made me choose Amritsar. Sikhism - a new religion of India has produced many a valiant and industrious men-and-women. Amritsar is the same place where infamous event of Jallianwala Bagh occured. Close to a century ago, 1000+ people at a peaceful
July 29, 2015 03:25 PM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Cleartrip App Review

Read the original post on desi Traveler - India Travel Blog. Family- Nature- Photography
Cleartrip App Review

How to use Cleartrip Mobile app for Air tickets and Hotel Bookings I have been an early adapter of internet and all the magic, and convenience it brings to our life. I moved to online payments in 2000 when there was only one third party utility to do the same.  Now in the age of smart [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome post Cleartrip App Review first appeared on desi [...]

July 29, 2015 11:51 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

ONE DAY MODERATE TREK TO EAST NAGALA – 25TH JULY 2015 - write-up by Priyadharshini


-          write-up by Priyadharshini

TP Kotta Dam - Dead end pool – Picnic Pool – Magic Pool - TP Kotta Dam ----17 KMs

I was longing to go for trek for almost a year, my colleague asked me what’s so special about trekking!  A trek to me is where one can feel only the positive energy. The positivity of the nature induces the positive energy in every trekker and helps to get rid of all [...]

July 29, 2015 11:42 AM (IST)

Ananya Tales

Little White dress

Yes right now I am suffering from the orange fever. So I gathered everything  I could which looked orange except for the oranges itself. I wish to put them all together in a single outfit so what better than dress up in a Little white Dress so color popping is easy and pleasant.
So todays look is for hot summer days where you just want to wear a little white dress. I choose a Little White Dress with pockets as I hate carrying a purse. I have kept the look all white with a orange touch . 

I [...]

July 29, 2015 10:13 AM (IST)

Tales of a Nomad

Allahabad- Places to Visit and Things to Do

Allahabad evokes a sense of sanctity and conjures up images of rivers, temples and Mughals. Also referred to as Parayag and Illahabad, it is well known for Sangam (the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswathi), which plays a significant role in Hinduism. Prayag is one the four spots where Kumbh mela, which is considered to be the largest religious gathering in the world is held. The city is well known for its numerous temples which are strewn across its various streets and corners. While it was under [...]
July 29, 2015 09:31 AM (IST)


Victory column Berlin: sightseeing and history

Tobi always loved to express things in details covering almost every detail of the topic. That day was Sunday. We had come out for cycling around Berlin from Karl-Marx strasse Continue Reading →
July 29, 2015 09:06 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Cave No. 4, Elephenta

Elephanta  is famous for the magnificent  Great Cave . But there are also other caves here that are not in great shape. One among them is Cave No. 4 built anytime between 6th and 7th century A.D.
It has a portico in front of the cave with several entrances. On either side of central entrance there was probably a chapel or room with pillars in front. The central entrance on the portico leads to a damaged shrine. 
The shrine door has door-keepers at each side, leaning on dwarfs, with [...]
July 29, 2015 08:24 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily

Our world

Gharapuri train station for the toy train that transports people from the jetty to the base of the steps leading upto the Elephanta caves.
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July 29, 2015 07:24 AM (IST)

Toy train

The toy train at Gharapuri (popularly known as Elephanta) island off Gateway of India. It shuttles between the jetty and the base of the steps that lead to the caves.
July 29, 2015 06:00 AM (IST)


Early morning/Late evening attractions in Singapore

<!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> Assume you’re in Singapore on work- Monday to Friday. You don’t have a weekend to spare. Either because you want to go back to your family or your company doesn’t like you staying a day more than necessary, you’re taking Friday night flight back home. Because most of the attractions open by 9/10 AM and close by 5/6PM, they can’t be visited unless you
July 29, 2015 03:50 AM (IST)

Alive Museum, Suntec City Mall, Singapore

Suntec mall is a popular destination in Singapore. Located at heart of the city, Suntec mall houses many promintent corporate offices, a mall (Tang Mall), a good cafeteria and many more attraction. One of the recent attractions at Suntec mall is the Alive Museum. Alive museum is akin to the 3D art gallery I had seen atVenezia mall, Hua Hin last year. But I find Alive museum better prepared-
July 29, 2015 03:12 AM (IST)

Getting used to Genx Tata Nano Easyshift AMT

I had a chance to drive around Bengaluru in the new Nano AMT. This was different from two other Nano events I had attended this year- Indiblogger meet at Pune prior to Nano launch and TheChosenOnes event at Ahmedabad. This time got the car from Tata’s regional office in Blr with the intention of experiencing it in detail and write about it. As I drove around the AMT in Bangalore city
July 29, 2015 02:55 AM (IST)

July 28, 2015

Indrani Share

Wordless - 340

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
July 28, 2015 11:55 PM (IST)

Wordless - 339

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: . 1. Yellow bus drowning, with fellow beings frowning. by Deeshani Batra  2. Strange
July 28, 2015 11:36 PM (IST)

Ravindra Joisa

Night Photography Cheat Sheet

Have you tried capturing photos at night or experimented with night photography ? Most of us have tried this either to get an over exposed subject, caused due to bright flash or a blurred image when flash isn’t used. Night photography is a bit tricky and you need to know a little bit about your […]

The post Night Photography Cheat Sheet appeared first on Ravindra Joisa Photography .

Related posts: My Gear for Candid Wedding Capturing Beach Photos at Night This is my Budget. Which DSLR [...]

July 28, 2015 06:29 PM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

View of Munnar hills from Poopara

July 28, 2015 06:17 PM (IST)

Her Yatra Diary

... From the Ghats of River Godavari in Nashik: Who Am I?

Who am I? ... I am someone who was born years ago, by the grace of Lord Shiva and the penance of Sage Gautama, from the Western Ghats at Trimbakeshwar in the beautiful family of the Sacred Rivers of India. Highly inspired by River Ganga - the eldest of all my sibling sisters, who had already successfully carved her own renowned course through the mighty Himalayas – and charged with the pure pristine energy of the Divine Feminine, I gathered the courage to break free and chart my own trail as well. An innocent [...]
July 28, 2015 06:00 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Why I buy travel insurance

Travel stories are not always fun. There are stories of adventure and “misadventure.” And many a time, when we travellers gather together, we tell stories of many travels that have gone wrong.

Memories take me to Edinburgh in Scotland when I boarded the last train to London, which was to arrive around midnight . I had an early morning flight out of Heathrow to Bangalore and had booked a cab to pick me up at the station to take me directly to the airport. But two hours later, the train stopped [...]

July 28, 2015 03:17 PM (IST)

The Shooting Star


I’m no history buff. But traveling through medieval German villages dotted with wooden-framed houses and vineyards dating back 300 years ago, felt like flipping through the pages of an ancient storybook. One minute, I was walking through the Gothic corridors of a monastery, where monks amusingly hid meat from God in the fasting season by stuffing it in ravioli. Another minute, I was intoxicated at a community bake-house where fire is still lit with wood from wine bushes, so the freshly baked bread [...]
July 28, 2015 02:35 PM (IST)

Be on the road

31 Vibrant Visa on Arrival Holidays for Indians

For us international Indian travelers, getting a visa is one of the biggest items to handle for our holiday. And at most times, they cause so much head ache that we end up differing that holiday. And that is why I have been putting up helpful visa articles that will come in handy when you plan your international holidays. My last article detailed 9 exotic visa free countries for us Indians and this article talks those countries where we get easy visa on arrival. These visas could either be free or paid. All [...]
July 28, 2015 12:18 PM (IST)

നമതു വാഴ്വും കാലം

തെറിയുടെ നിര്‍മ്മാണവും പരിണാമവും

ഭാഷയെ കുലീനം എന്നു പൊട്ടു തൊടീച്ച് മാറ്റി നിര്‍ത്തിയതില്‍ ശിഷ്ടത്തിലാണ് തെറിയുടെ പ്രഭവസ്ഥാനം. തെറി, ശ്രേഷ്ഠതയുടെ കുലീനതയുടെ ചേരുവയല്ല. നിര്‍ബന്ധമാണെങ്കില്‍ ഉചിതമായ സദസ്സില്‍, സന്ദര്‍ഭത്തില്‍ [...]
July 28, 2015 12:01 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

JHU15 - Final Finisher Timings / Rankings

75K Open Male

Rank BIB Name Category 25K 50K 62.5K 75K Finish 1 S138 Bipul kumar Open 1:58 4:42 6:23 8:08 Podium 2 S128 Ajay Jose Appaden Open 2:14 4:58 6:59 9:04 Podium 3 S129 Gajendra R Open 2:34 5:31 7:28 9:18 Podium 4 S149 Athmanandha Open 2:42 6:14 8:09 9:54 Yes 5 S125 sathish Open 2:53 6:24 8:24 10:19 Yes 6 S108 Rajeshkumar PR Open 3:00 6:39 8:29 10:20 Yes 7 S113 Srivatsan Krishnamurthy Open 2:58 6:20 8:29 10:21 Yes 8 S111 anup yellur rao Open 2:50 6:23 8:39 10:45 Yes 9 S115 E. Ramesh Open 3:11 7:03 [...]

July 28, 2015 11:29 AM (IST)

The Wanderer

Magical legend of Lamayuru Monastery in Ladakh

Located in  the  faraway land of Ladakh , Lamayuru Monastery is perhaps one of the most intriguing  places  that you can see. Considered to be one of  the  largest and oldest monasteries of Ladakh, it's also a place which has numerous stories and legends  associated  with it. Using a few of those, I built the story after my visit to Lamayuru, and I must confess right in the beginning that it's part legend, part fiction.

Lamayuru Monastery in winters with grim clouds [...]

July 28, 2015 11:21 AM (IST)

Ananya Tales

Dil to Pagal Hai

I was watching a decade old  Bollywood (Indian) movie Dil to Pagal Hai today and I do admit most of our movies are hopelessly romantic. We do have a lot of unbelievable story lines filled with drama and sometimes it doesn't make any sense at all. But am happy that I grew up watching such movies which made me  believe in the existence of love and never ending romance. 

I sat on the couch with my big bag of chips, enjoying  the songs when all of a sudden there was this flash [...]

July 28, 2015 11:01 AM (IST)


ರಂಗಿತರಂಗ ಸಿನೆಮಾ (Rangi Taranga Kannada movie review)

ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಪ್ರಶಂಸೆ ಗಳಿಸಿ ನಾಡಿನಾದ್ಯಂತ ಹೆಸರು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ರಂಗಿತರಂಗ ಸಿನೆಮಾವನ್ನು ನಾನು ಕುಟುಂಬದವರೊಡನೆ ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಭಾನುವಾರ ಕೋರಮಂಗಲದ ಪಿ ವಿ ಆರ್ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನನಗೆ ಆಗಿದ್ದು mixed feelings. [...]
July 28, 2015 07:12 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily

Monochrome mania

Rock cut caves on Gharapuri or Elephanta island off 'The Gateway of India'. These caves date back to the 5th to 8th century. For more information on this please click here
To view classic monochromes from around the world please click here
July 28, 2015 07:06 AM (IST)

Daughters of Tomorrow


When I was doing pre-degree, a classmate of mine who also stayed in the same area where we used to live came over for a visit. I introduced her to my mother and right in front of her my mom huffed, turned around and walked off. My friend lived in the poor area of the neighbourhood and Amma wasn’t happy that she was my friend and showed her displeasure without any thoughts about my feelings or my friend’s feelings. She was my friend because she was a really nice person and her family’s lack [...]
July 28, 2015 03:04 AM (IST)

Shruthi Hallucinations!

A day in San Francisco

- Watched a terrific production of Roald Dahl's Matilda at San Francisco's Orpheum theatre.
- This was in the UN Civic centre - magnificent buildings.
- Drove up and down the streets of the city. People had told me about it, but I really hadn't appreciated exactly how much the gradients were.
- Entrance to the famous crooked Lombard street was denied to us. So it was a case of so close, yet so far. We were at the top, but couldn't see it.
- Hiked the streets. (Note I said hiked, and not [...]
July 28, 2015 12:51 AM (IST)

A month completed.

- No, homesickness hasn't hit me. Yet.
- I've been driving everywhere with S next to me. I drove on the freeway too. Yay!
- We've been having lots of people over for meals. Making new friends.
- Didn't know a single neighbour until there was a fire alarm in the complex (false alarm). Met my neighbours :)
- Yet to meet the loads of friends and relatives who live in the Bay Area.
- Far too many Indians around. As I said in my FB update recently, "On my morning walk: I hear the strains [...]
July 28, 2015 12:34 AM (IST)

July 27, 2015

Be on the road

Plan Your Stay at Luxurious Hotels in New Delhi

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, a luxurious hotel stay can make your travels pleasantly relaxing. Modern conveniences, great locations, and competent staff all go a long way in making a trip a good one. Add to all of that, sleek décor, delicious food, and complimentary extras, a stay at an Imperial hotel will make you feel like royalty. Today’s hotels are much more than just a place to rest your head at the end of a busy day of work or site seeing! They have become a part of the total experience [...]
July 27, 2015 06:26 PM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

Banasura reservoir and Kattukunnu

July 27, 2015 06:23 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Flowers and Pools of Generalife Gardens, Alhambra, Granada

Allah has promised to the believing men and the believing women gardens, beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them, and goodly dwellings in gardens of perpetual abode; and best of all is Allah's goodly pleasure; that is the grand achievement. ~ Koran 9.72 Traditionally Moorish gardens are a symbol of cool place to rest and reflect and their imagination of jannat (heaven). There is one more
July 27, 2015 06:07 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies

Molly Cake

Molly Cake
250g  flour
250g sugar 
250g thick cream
3 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Beat eggs with sugar until it's doubled.
  Sieve the flour and baking powder together and fold into the egg mixture.
Then add  vanilla essence & mix well.
At last add the whipped cream & mix.
Pour the batter into the greased cake [...]

July 27, 2015 06:01 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

That Love Hate Relationship with Indian Railways


I actually have a very close association with the Indian Railways. My father used to work and retired from Indian Railways as a Chief Signal Engineer! So, my childhood was spent in a huge railway house in a small town in UP. It was full of mango, litchi and guava trees. And it goes without saying I traveled a lot in trains. In fact all the major journeys were train journeys as low cost airlines were not even conceptualized during my growing up years in India!

Train journeys used to be fun. Even [...]

July 27, 2015 03:37 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet

My Spafari experience in South Africa

This is how it works at the Karkloof Safari Spa. They stop you at the main gate to verify your credentials and then phone the reception to expect you. You drive on further on the mud track and reach the reception area. After those last fifteen bumpy minutes on a gravel path, those cold towels feel just perfect. No complicated

The post My Spafari experience in South Africa appeared first on Itchy Feet .

July 27, 2015 02:48 PM (IST)

Indi Tales

Bandhavgarh National Park – Beyond the Tigers

Bandhavgarh National Park is best known for tiger sightings. Being a small national park with fair number of tigers, tiger sightings here are almost guaranteed. In fact we were told that you have to be lacking in luck to not see tiger here. As luck would have it, Tigers decided to give us a miss ...

The post Bandhavgarh National Park – Beyond the Tigers appeared first on Inditales .

July 27, 2015 02:00 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Tips for the Indian Budget Traveller

Planning a holiday and yet wondering how to counter the weak rupee and the soaring prices ? All you need is a little planning to ensure that you get your penny worth as you can travel. And here are some simple tips for the Indian budget traveller that ensures that you can save money on your vacation.

Travel offseason

Most destinations offer a good deal if you plan to visit them during offseason. Try and book your trip just as seasons change. For example if the hotel website tells you that rates change [...]

July 27, 2015 12:46 PM (IST)

Joshi Daniel Photography

Black and white self-portrait of joshi daniel hiding behind a curtain

July 27, 2015 10:31 AM (IST)

Indian Home Maker


Guest Post by wordssetmefreee

There are times when we do things hoping to make someone else happy. I’ve made my children’s favorite dishes countless times over the years. I’ve recalled that a certain teacher likes the Chai Latte at Pete’s Coffee and Tea. I had bought her a bag of this tea when I wanted to appreciate her for her dedication. When my best friend turned 40, I looked everywhere for a copy of Tagore’s Fireflies to get her a birthday present that would mean something to her.

And [...]

July 27, 2015 09:50 AM (IST)


Hefeweizen beer: story of my favourite German beer

I think that was my first weekend at Berlin. I and sam had always loved drinking beer even when he was in India. I still remember we went to drink Continue Reading →
July 27, 2015 09:12 AM (IST)

Devil on Wheels

Sach Pass in July – Itinerary, Road Conditions & Updates

Sach Pass in Pangi Valley , the big daddy of all mountain passes and we say that the name is JUST enough to give you shivers down the spine D… Yes, you guessed it right, I just came back from a f***** amazing adventure of my entire life, last week only. The journey to Sach Pass, Pangi Valley was something that cannot be put into words, something that cannot be recalled to live it again, something that will go down as the most unforgettable experience of my lifetime, something that I can barely realize [...]
July 27, 2015 09:00 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India


The historical place Champaner was named by this name in the 8th century by the King Vanraj after General Champa. Later this place was ruled by Rajputs and Gujarat Sultans. Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada in the 15th century rebuild this place and whatever we see today here is constructed in that period.
Today the place is part of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park . The historical monuments here consist of a series of fortifications, temples, mosques which can be seen on the hill top as well as plains [...]
July 27, 2015 06:30 AM (IST)