I have always loved wearing sarees but I started working towards bringing the saree back when I wrote the article on the 100 Day Saree Pact last year. I found myself wearing sarees and handloom more and more, especially after my mom passed away. I don’t even know if there is any connection (she had stopped wearing sarees as she grew older) but maybe it’s my way of holding on to my roots and memories. And, however insignificant it might be, I decided to work towards promoting it in my own small way through my blog and Instagram. Continue Reading
Google has recently launched their Arts & Culture platform in a big way internationally. A part of its project is #SareeOnMe with Google India in which they wanted to showcase real women who wear sarees. And for me it was just overwhelming to be a part of it. The image would in the calendar to be launched in 2018 and has accomplished women from various walks of life. It has been a very humbling experience to say the least. I settled for the simplest and most inexpensive handloom saree that I have (I bought it for Rs 600 recently). I wanted to use this opportunity to prove that even in its simplest form, a handloom saree exudes elegance which is unmatched. All the pictures have been clicked by Naina Redhu. Continue Reading
Whenever I used tell people that I haven’t ever visited Goa, I got the same reaction as I do when I tell people I haven’t watched Sholay yet! Anyway, finally, the jinx was broken and I got to visit Goa. Better still, I got to visit Goa with my son Kabir. We were invited by Novotel Resorts and Spa for a weekend staycation. And only during the staycation, I realised how much we needed it. It had been two years since we got to travel together and the recent loss of our pet was making staying at home tough. Yet, I was jittery as we were supposed to spend two days together, would Kabir enjoy his little vacation with just me around.
Kabir was super excited and the Friday morning flight was uneventful except the Go Air flight attendant’s announcement that we have safely landed in Bengaluru. All of us had a hearty laugh while soaking in the green airport. I would have usually cribbed about the one hour journey from the airport to the hotel but the view was so beautiful that Kabir who usually after every 5 minutes says, “I’m getting bored”, kept looking out of the window quietly. We were greeted with some delectable drinks but we were really hungry so we went straight for lunch yet I couldn’t help noticing that there is no way Kabir is going to get bored as the hotel has been designed for families and kids. More on that later. So we moved to The Food Exchange, the hotel’s coffee shop for lunch. We had the massive Saraswat Thali with prawns, clams, squids, laal saag, fried fish, mutton and bibinka and we barely manged to finish half of it but loved every bit (except clam which I didn’t try).
We relaxed a little and did a little tour of the hotel post lunch. The hotel lobby has an interactive game table, Play station, Karaoke and the Chy, a very reasonably priced bakery. But it’s the outdoor area with a swimming pool with jacuzzi and zorbing, basket ball area, table tennis, badminton court, carrom board which won us over. Kabir and I spent some time playing and then headed to Candolim beach. The beach is located 5 minutes from the hotel and a free shuttle is available through the day. Kabir went crazy at the beach and I had to pull him out of there after a couple of hours but you need to see the pictures to believe the Goan sunset. I had a quick beer and Kabir had snacks by the beach at a shack before we headed back. We had dinner at the Vero Cibo, the specialty Mediterranean restaurant at the hotel. We had some awesome grilled chicken and watermelon and feta cheese salad. It was like our little date.
The next morning we woke up early to do a quick bike trip around the hotel. Something I wouldn’t ever feel like doing in Gurgaon. Just the clean air, greenery and architecture was enough to make it worthwhile. We had a long lazy breakfast at The Food Exchange. I forgot to mention that for kids they have “make your own doughnut/cookies/cupcakes” sessions as part of the buffet too which Kabir did post every meal. I headed to the room for a relaxed cup of tea while Kabir explored all that he could at the property. Post lunch, Kabir learned to make cocktails at Chy which he enjoyed thoroughly. And then we went to Fontainhas at Panjim for an Instagram meet (basically bunch of instagrammers meet to explore an area) which was incidental. Fontainhas is an old Latin Quarter which maintains its Portuguese influence, particularly through its architecture, which includes narrow and picturesque winding streets. I’m glad we went there as we got to see a different side of the place. We were tired post the walk and got to the hotel and had a quick dinner. In fact, I had one of the best biryanis ever at The Food Exchange and for Kabir they tossed some simple pasta as he wasn’t in a mood to experiment much.
We were supposed to check out at noon on Sunday so we spent the entire morning at the pool. Kabir tried his hand (and legs!) at zorbing too.
Overall it was a great experience with warm and friendly staff, excellent food and loads of activities yet a very relaxing stay. For us it was a much needed time out and honestly I feel one should do a staycation, without any agenda, once in a while to connect with their kid/s better.
PS – I was invited to visit Novotel Resorts and Spa, as a blogger.
All of us know that breastfeeding a baby at least for the first six months of her/his life is most crucial and important thing for a mom to do. A mother’s breast milk is tailored specially to suit her baby’s needs. It contains antibodies that can help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
But benefits of breastfeeding are not limited to just for that period of time, it helps a child much later in life, too! It can help children avoid a lot of diseases that strike later in life, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and inflammatory bowel disease and high blood pressure! Now, why would you want to increase the risk of your child being sick by not breastfeeding? Among other perks are a developing a better understanding and bond with your baby, a better recovery for the mommy and it’s easier than other methods! Continue Reading
I never thought that out of all cities Rajasthan has to offer, I will end up going to Bikaner, let alone have a DDLJ moment. The thing is that the train stops at Gurgaon station for exactly 2 minutes and I was standing right opposite the first general compartment, my booking was for tier 2 AC at extreme end. And at 12 in the night, I wasn’t going to take any chances. I ran for my life, there was no Shahrukh Khan to hold my hand but I was greeted by 12 fabulous travelers I would be spending the next 3 days with. Anyhow, Bikaner was never on my list. But as things would have it, I got an opportunity to travel with Inspired Traveller (http://www.inspiredtraveller.in/), I took it up without reading much about the place. Our 3-day trip was curated by Hotel Narendra Bhawan and it was a perfect blend of luxury and culture. Continue Reading
I agreed to get a pet after years of being coaxed by my son. The idea of buying a pet never occurred to me. I knew I had to adopt one specially after seeing a friend’s sister who had adopted a pup. And like my son says getting a kitten has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. He’s so right. We don’t have experience of any other pet but with some insights from my son, I wanted to share why cats are simply awesome.
1) The biggest difference I have seen in the last 3 months in my house is that we are all much calmer than we used to be. Playing and cuddling with Leo releases a lot of stress. In fact, I find myself petting him more often whenever I’m anxious. Continue Reading
As I turn 36, if there is one thing I want to share with everyone it would be how I have made it a habit to constantly love myself in the last two years. Even though I’m not a life coach and I’m also aware that there can not be any one way to love yourself, I can still share my experiences. Also, I say practice “loving myself”, because it doesn’t come naturally to me. If you’ve spent most of your life in self doubt and with low self esteem like I did, then I truly believe that you will have to make a conscious effort to love yourself every single day. Sometimes, I succeed and sometimes I fail miserably.
But what has changed since I started loving myself? The answer is practically everything. The relationships that I really care about improved, I learned to detach myself to a large extent from things and people who don’t matter. I found myself believing in my gut feel and following it. Now I understand, love more and hate less. I trust myself more and fear less. I’m more calm and manage my anger much better. I find it easier to let go of unimportant things. And I finally got the courage to be vulnerable and authentic. Continue Reading