Saturday, January 13, 2018

5 incredible Bombay cafés that made me forget Delhi

I'm a Delhi girl, born and brought up in the city of Ghalib and smoke. But ever since I discovered Bombay, I've never looked at Delhi the same way.


I love Bombay. Just everything about it - the sense of freedom, the people, the cultural diversity, the architecture, the streets, and the incredible cafés and nightlife. But by nightlife, I don't mean clubs, because I'm not so big on partying. When I lived in Bombay, the things I went out looking for were quietude, good service, and amazing food (good choice of music also did it for me). And the best part of life in Bombay is that no matter what hour of the night you decide to step out at, you'd find people and food, somewhere, anywhere.

So many people who come to Bombay complain about the food and the daily struggles of living in this city. But they don't know the half of how amazing this city can be. So I thought I'd share some things that I think make Bombay an absolutely worthwhile experience.

Mumbai the city of dreams

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Review: Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

If you must read only one book in 2018, let it be this.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.
"...everyone migrates, even if we stay in the same house our whole lives, because we can't help it. We are all migrants through time."

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This is where you get the best desserts in Hyderabad

I was recently on my very first trip to Hyderabad, and I met some of my university friends for lunch in Jubilee Hills. A couple of hours into the afternoon, we were done eating and were sitting around wondering what to do next, when our friend Saransh spoke up. “There are just three things distinctive about Hyderabad: The heat, the biryani, and Conçu.” I laughed at the sudden proclamation, for it sounded like something one would say as a conversation-starter in gatherings like this. It seemed even reductive, for as I discovered during those 3 days, there are far too many things distinctive about the city of Hyderabad.

But the solemnity with which he had said it made me want to find out what this Conçu place was all about. What if it was something really worth checking out? So that's where we headed next for dessert.

Now I have a huge thing for French decor: the pastel pinks and mint greens, those low-hanging lampshades, the easy sophistication, and oh, the daintiness of it all! So when we walked up to the front facade of Conçu, guess what I might have uttered.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Did you know there is a Wildlife Sanctuary in Delhi?!

I asked this question in one of my Instagram stories, and a majority of those who replied said, "No way!" So, it turns out, people really don't know there lies a full-fledged wildlife sanctuary across the road from Tughlaqabad Fort at the far southern edge of Delhi.

It is called Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary and is comprised of nearly 7000 acres of semi-arid forest area in the northern-most extension of the Aravalli Hills, one of the oldest mountain systems in the world.

Historical Background of Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

There was uncertainty regarding the legal status of the region until 1986, when certain areas owned by the Gram Sabhas of villages Asola, Sahurpur and Maidan Garhi were notified as a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Delhi administration.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stunning Sikkim: A visual journey through the land of the Yetis

"Welcome to the land of the yetis - mythical, dangerous, mysterious"

As we drove up steep mountain roads on our way to Nathu La, this signboard by the roadside made me smile. I was in a land of countless mysteries and unparalleled beauty. Colourful prayer flags and gushing waterfalls, lush valleys and snowy peaks abound in every corner of the stunning Sikkim. Seven days of pure bliss on a relaxed trip through Sikkim (and another 4 days on a previous trip) and I came back with thousands of beautiful memories and an SD card full of pictures and footage.

I wrote about my experiences in Yumthang Valley (the famous Valley of Flowers) and at Tsomgo Lake earlier. I've also finally managed to put together a visual treat for you guys - snatches from my journey through the stunning Sikkim together with all the reasons why you should take the first chance to go visit Sikkim. 

Watch, if only to find out why I am so over-the-top obsessed with Sikkim! 😂😂

Did you like the video? I'd love your feedback (I know how amateurish this first attempt was). I'm off to Hyderabad and Kerala this December, and I've got my hands on a brand new GoPro Hero 5 Black camera 😍 so, much better videos are coming up on my Youtube Channel very soon.

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