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Desaru Coast set to welcome Indian business and leisure travelers in 2018

Malaysia’s First Premium Integrated Destination to increase Tourist Receipts with New Offerings

 “India has always been an important market for Malaysia. In 2016, a total of 6,38,578 Indian travelers visited Malaysia, maintaining its position as the sixth top tourist generating market to the country. Desaru Coast will definitely make the Indian excited and thus giving a boost to arrivals to the country” said Mr. Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Director – Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai. He was speaking during the exclusive preview of Desaru Coast here in Mumbai recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. Said, “  “Desaru Coast’s India tour will open doors for us to connect with buyers of all sectors within the travel-value chain commerce whilst positioning Desaru Coast as the destination of choice amongst holidaymakers and business travelers alike within the region. We look forward to sharing a preview of the destination that will appeal to international travelers with its myriad of offerings.”

 Ms. Olivia Ooi, Senior Vice President, Destination Sales & Marketing, 2. Mr. Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.
3. Ms. Kristine Lim, Vice President, Destination Sales & Marketing

Developed by Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd., Desaru Coast is located at the south-eastern region of Malaysia, spanning over 3,900 acres along an unspoiled 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea. The destination is easily accessible via land, ferry, and air. Desaru Coast is home to four globally renowned hotels and resorts, two world-class golf courses, a themed water park, a retail village as well as a conference centre.

Anchored by Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, one of the world’s biggest water parks with the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia, the attraction also presents visitors with a Malaysian fishing village atmosphere. Visitors can also experience the first water coaster in the region and a unique mix of wet and dry rides.

The fully-integrated beach-front destination will encompass globally renowned hotels and resorts namely The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast.

Adding to the vast array of leisure and holistic offerings is Desaru Coast Riverside, a 23-acre water-front landscaped retail and lifestyle village located in the heart of Desaru Coast that delivers an all-inclusive leisure experience, including a range of retail, eateries and entertainment outlets. Completing the unique blend of experiences that the multi-billion-dollar integrated destination has to offer is the Desaru Coast Conference Centre, an equipped multipurpose venue with a banquet area and exhibition space that can host up to 1,000 participants. The conference centre is furnished with meeting and breakout rooms, VIP lounges, a pre-function area, and courtyard to cater to MICE events, corporate functions and entertainment events.

Golf aficionados will get the chance to tee-off at the first Els Club in Southeast Asia, the third in the world, The Els Club Malaysia in Desaru Coast. The Els Club Desaru Coast comprises two championship golf courses, the 27-hole Ocean Course and the 18-hole Valley Course. Managed by Troon Golf, the Ocean Course was designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, while the Valley Course was designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend and major champion, Vijay Singh. Golfers can be guaranteed a world-class golf experience with an incredible view.

Desaru Coast is set to unveil its destination offerings in stages, with the opening of The Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean Course in September 2016 and The Els Club Desaru Coast – Valley Course in March 2017, followed by the remaining components from end June 2018.

The Indian travel community and visitors are welcomed to find out more about the latest updates on Desaru Coast developments at SATTE, New Delhi, Booth no. E170, Hall 1 (January 31st – February 2nd, 2018).

For more information, visit www.desarucoast.com

Vitamin E, Vital for Glowing & Youthful Skin #Evion

I started noticing dark patches of pigmentation on my face a few years ago…

Since then my struggle to get rid of them started, as I was mentally not prepared for this development. On finding me anxious about these patches on my face, advice started pouring in from all quarters. Apply Curd, Honey, Lemon, Multani Mitti…what not! I diligently followed some of the advice but of no avail. I showed these to my family doctor who gave me a medicated cream, which also didn’t help much. One of my colleague in the office told me that this is not pigmentation, these are excess calcium deposits on my skin, which further added to my anxiety. I did not where to seek help from as I had lost faith in doctors and skin specialists who made me pop-up six pills every day. It was really getting on my nerves…

…I almost decided to give up!

Then again, while my way home from the office, in local train one lady pointing my patches, identifying herself as skin specialist suggested a cream to me and said, even Priyanka Chopra applies this cream to get rid of her patches. I took a sigh of relief…finally this cream is my calling! Without wasting any time, I rushed to the medical store and paid a bomb for this Jadu ki chadi. Believe me, even after applying 6 tubes regularly for nearly 6 months, my patches did not budge. I am still looking forward to catching that lady.

One leisurely Sunday morning, I came across an ad in HT Brunch which prominently mentioned Vitamin E as the base of that cream. Having lost all faith in creams and lotions, I paid no heed to it, but yes Vitamin E component stayed with me. I started researching on Vitamin E…

So literally, what does Vitamin E stands for? Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient found in many foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. The body also needs vitamin E to boost its immune system so that it can fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It helps to widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within them. In addition, cells use vitamin E to interact with each other and to carry out many important functions.

After a yearlong struggle, I realized that this problem needs to be attacked inside out, applying creams, lotions, oils, face-wash etc. are of no avail if vital ingredients are not reaching inside. Hence it was important that I make some important changes in my eating habits and add those foods which are a good source of Vitamin E.

So What foods provide vitamin E?

Vitamin E is found naturally in foods and is added to some fortified foods. One can get recommended amounts of vitamin E by eating a variety of foods including the following:

Vegetable oils like wheat germ, sunflower, and safflower oils are among the best sources of vitamin E. Corn and soybean oils also provide some vitamin E.

AF5R1X Fresh spinach

Nuts (such as peanuts, hazelnuts, and, especially, almonds) and seeds (like sunflower seeds) are also among the best sources of vitamin E.

Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, provide some vitamin E.

Food companies add vitamin E to some breakfast cereals, fruit juices, margarine and spreads, and other foods.

To ensure a consistent supply of Vitamin E, I started eating five soaked almonds every day and added spinach soup to my dinner besides some of the sources mentioned above. Inside was sorted, what about the application on skin.

I came to know about Aloe Vera Gel which claimed to add a glow to the skin and is ayurvedic preparation too. I decided to invest in it chucking my age-old favourite Nivea cream. But what about vitamin E for the skin? On further research, I came across #Evion oil capsules and eureka…what a discovery it turned out to be! Every night I opened one capsule and mixed it with Aloe Vera Gel and applied on my face with a double quote on my patches. Gradually all this started showing results. Friends started telling me, your face is glowing, your patches are going, skin is tightening!

Now I have got Evion Vitamin Cream which I use everynight.

Vitamin E oil works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the ageing process. If we can fight off free radicals, then we can reduce wrinkles and keep the skin youthful-looking.

Now you see it to believe it, these drastically lightened…making me happier!

This was Vitamin E and Evion capsules for me.

I hope you will draw inspiration from story on combatting dark patches, loss of glow and loosening of skin with Vitamin E and you can have details from #Evion website: http://www.evion.co.in/

This is my entry for the My Vitamin E mantra contest being held on Indiblogger by Evion.

The Great Mumbai Shopping Festival is here!

Aamchi Mumbai is all set host apro “The Mumbai Shopping Festival” from January 12 – 31st organized by MTDC,  purportedly on the lines of the Dubai shopping festival.

It will be first of the kind grand shopping cum fun and fair mela with many themes like fashion shows, street performance and more all around Mumbai city and Suburban, Thane and Navi Mumbai area. Complete 3 weeks (20 days Shopping festival mela) starting 12th January 2018 will last till the end of the month will be a grand trade fair and discounted shopping event with an extra dose of late night fun and fair with hotels, airlines giving discounts and restaurant and bars opened late night too. A great opportunity to enjoy best discounts and offers at more than 50 different locations in Mumbai.

MSF 2018 is a joint initiative of ‘Maharashtra Tourism’, ‘OMCPL’, ‘Maharashtra Unlimited’ and ‘Visit Maharashtra’. A festival dedicated to shopping here forth putting Mumbai city on the world map as a huge Shopping Destination. These 20 days events bring in Entertainment, Prizes, Lifestyle, Great Experience with almost every part of Mumbai on Sale, Discount and Offers of about 5000+ local & international brands covering South Mumbai, Western Suburban, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Far North Vasai Virar locations. Many Associate partners like MCHI Credai, Naredco, FICCI, GJEPC India, Retailer Association of India, India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd and Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association gave support and push to this festival. The Opening ceremony of this festive event will be held on 12th January at BKC (Jio Garden) and Similarly Closing at Gateway of India on 31st January 2018 by Hon’ble CM.

Shopping Partners

Shopping destination and Hospitality partners like Malls, Restaurants, Hotels, Various Retail Outlets, Departmental Stores, Petrol Stations, Airlines, General Stores, Movie Theatres, Online Shopping giants are all connected together for this mega shopping event of Mumbai. Below are the listed partners:

Music Concerts, About 13 Stage and Sports Events and Many performing arts can be observed at 13 various locations in Mumbai city, Suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai area. Below are the details.

Street Performances

Music Concerts for all genre performed by Bollywood and Marathi folk world along with Local Musicians and talents less known. College and Rock bands, International EDM artists will all be seen rocking late night performing Classical, Rock, Indie Pop, Jazz and more.

Venues

Bandra Carter Road, Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park, Worli Sea Face, International & Domestic Airport, Juhu Beach, Outside 3 Star Hotel Kharghar (Navi Mumbai), Vashi Railway Station, Galleria Mall Powai, Upvan Lake Thane, Cypress Garden Mulund and Maxus Mall Mira Road.

Late Night Zones & Bazaar

During Weekends, Late night Bazaars are organized opened till and wee hours (Till 4 Am). Few locations are kept wide open for fun and entertainment for family and friends to enjoy along with shopping. Below are the dates and late night locations :

  • 13th January & 14th January (Bandra Jio Garden, BKC)
  • 19th January & 20th January (Mindspace Malad Link Road)
  • 26th January & 27th January (Powai)
  • Food Trucks and Khao Galli Food Options

Food Truck Association of India will showcase food options at the trending food truck eateries of Mumbai. These will be a weekend fun and eateries zone with dates as detailed below :

13th and 14th January at Worli Seaface.

19th and 20th January at Mindspace Malad.

26th and 27th January at Powai.

Infiniti and InOrbit Mall Malad, High Street Phoenix Lower Parel, Phoenix Market City Kurla, Oberoi Mall Goregaon, RCity Mall Ghatkopar, Grand Central at Seawood Navi Mumbai and Thane Viviana Mall.

Super Markets Brands & Grocery Stores

DMart, Big Bazaar, Crossword, The Bombay Store, Reliance Fresh, Haiko Powai, Vijay Sales Outlets, Nature’s Basket, Reliance Mart and Digital outlets.

The idea is to come to Mumbai, enjoy its delicacies, visit tourist spots and shop, availing attractive discounts everywhere. “It is going to be a unique experience!

Summertime Villa, jewel in the GOA’s Crown!


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When at the end of the year, you plan to hit GOA for obvious reasons, you can explore a new boutique hotel, Summertime Villa…Let me introduce you to Summertime villa in Goa, Asia’s Most Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, winner of World Boutique Hotel Awards in London! A luxury hilltop villa in Goa with tropical gardens, koi pond, and infinity pool. Total privacy in a secluded location, yet close to the famous beaches on the coast of North Goa. Summertime is also a preferred sanctuary for Bollywood celebrities who want to escape the paparazzi for some me-time.

Summertime villa in Goa makes a winning combination of a location close to north Goa’s hotspots yet surrounded by two peaceful acres of lush tropical gardens. This sort of generous private space is simply unheard of in Goa, especially in north Goa. The two acres are spread around the villa in such a way that maximum amount of privacy is assured, as several high-profile celebrities have discovered.

Summertime is built in contemporary Bali style, the preferred holiday destination of the owners. Large glass walls bring in views of the two pools and every window and door opens out to stunning greenery. The double height living room is the heart of the villa. A large rattan and wood sofa flanked by deep armchairs invites hours of convivial catching up with family members and friends. Summertime villa perches on a hilltop just outside Calangute overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. It is a rare luxury villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquillity which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

The three massive suites of 75 sq meters each are all done up in happy colours and hand-picked furniture from Bali and from other places from the owners’ travels. There is a large separate wall to wall wardrobe, exquisitely done large bathrooms with walk-in showers and twin vanities. Just outside the Koi suite is the large koi pond where colourful koi fish await some snacks. A burbling waterfall ends in the koi pond and this presence of water is a huge attraction to birds, both resident and migratory.

Another strong presence is of books, books and more books. In a bright corner of the living room is a Bibliochaise – a chair built around a mini-library. Obviously, the house belongs to big-time readers and their collection keeps on expanding.

The impressive frontage of Summertime overlooks the large infinity pools. Folks who want to do laps can do so in the whopping 14 x 7-meter length while the lazy swimmers can perch on the benches built inside the main pool overlooking the gardens or immerse themselves in the smaller lounge pool.

Summertime is fully staffed with an amazing cook, a very versatile caretaker and well-trained housekeeping staff. The grounds care for three staff members who live in a charming bungalow at the bottom of the property. Summertime’s staff and the wonderful food has also been a huge highlight and just about every guest leaves raving about the quality service and food.

Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.

 

Head towards The Lil Flea Mumbai, this weekend!

The Lil Flea, a festival of shopping, food & music, good vibes and perhaps the largest & happiest of its kind in the country is back in the bay! With fairy lights , cozy tents, happy vibes, hundreds of pop up shops from all over the country, experimental and fusion foods, some of the best up & coming live bands, movie screenings, the lil book exchange, a well-stocked bar and a whole host of little things, this festival promises to keep you occupied for a happy weekend!

Be there for:

PopUp Shops from all over the country: If you love shopping or simply exploring what’s buzzing in the market, then The Lil Flea has to be on your bucket list. The Lil Flea brings together some of the best homegrown shops from across the country with contemporary apparel, quirkily printed shoes, chic bags, handmade jewellery, digital pop art and heaps of cool things to keep shoppers busy for a whole day or more.

Experimental & Fusion Foods: Being a discovery platform, the people of The Lil Flea are always on the lookout for amazing up & coming food chefs, bakers and niche food brands. Rest assured that you will be spoilt for choice here

Music: Listen to some of the country’s best up &coming indie musicians perform live as you chill on the turf, sip on a drink or make yourself comfortable in a teepee. Stay tuned for the full lineup

The Lil Book Exchange: Bring a book along you can exchange it for another without any price at the Lil Book Exchange.

Movie Lounge: Adding a nostalgic touch to The Lil Flea, the team has decided to host some cool classics through the day. Make yourself comfortable on some comfy pillows, sip on a Bira provided as an optional combo offer or simply grab some pop corn. Pre-register for these sessions if you are wise, as the numbers of headphones are likely limited.

Festival Bar: If the weekend calls for a drink or two, make sure you drop by to The Lil Flea’s Festival bar. Placed right next to the music stage, listen to the music as you choose from a delectable selection of handpicked cocktails, wines, sangraias, alcohol golas and slushies and some really great offers from our new favourite Bira

One Lil Tree: Join this small but amazing movement to help improve the way we live and the air we breathe. Collect your free seeds to plant in your home, adopt a plant or learn the art of organic gardening.

The Happy Vibe: You can feel the happiness in the air when you visit The Lil Flea. Happy sellers, happy visitors, fun sit outs, beautiful bohemian décor all come together at this festival to make it one weekend to remember.

You can book your tickets on Insider.in for Rs. 249 for a single day and Rs. 400 for all three days.

Not to be missed this unique event this weekend.

Aditi Rao Hydari unveiled Swatch’s new ‘Swatch x You’ collection

Inspired by creative and budding designers and customers, Swatch marks the launch of its new collection at Palladium Mall, Mumbai. Swatch, the Swiss watch brand is known for creating the world’s most innovative timepieces for more than 34 years, launched its new ‘Swatch x You’ collection with brand friend and Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari at Palladium Mall on December 5, 2017, in Mumbai. With the moto “Design your Own, Own your Design” the new range is a celebration of freedom, personalisation, and self- expression.

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Sporting a watch from the new collection and resonating with the brand’s core elements, brand friend Aditi Rao Hydari stated, “I am honoured to be associated with Swatch watches and unveil this new and unique ‘Swatch x You’ collection. The brand has been an important catalyst in making watch industry smart and relevant. Being a watch lover myself, I feel ecstatic to be a part of this new collection and congratulate Swatch on setting a new benchmark in the watch industry. This innovative range is my personal favourite because every timepiece reiterates the philosophy of living life by my own rules”.

For the first time ever, Swatch is giving its customers a chance to design their watch, their way. With the newly customizable Swatch x You series, Swatch lovers can play a part of budding designers themselves. The collection comprises of signature timepieces created by customers in just five easy steps, giving the entire range a touch of personalisation and uniqueness.

 The new collection is inspired by dreams, ideas and opportunities. It offers every individual a sense of personal style that he/she can show off and pull off quite easily. Customers can create their own signature Swatch in just five easy steps. Featuring pre-designed watch heads, straps, loops and pins, the process makes watch making a snap. From solid mint green to racy red stripes, no matter what the mood is, Swatch has your wrist all the time!

SWATCH understands that change does not knock on your door. The new collection is for life’s pivotal moments when individuals allow themselves to embrace emotion, create change and dance with the unknown. That is why now customers can now create their own signature Swatch in just five easy steps either online or in-store.

Swatch, launched in 1983 by Nicolas G. Hayek, is a leading Swiss watch maker and one of the world’s most popular brands. The first Swatch watches surprised everyone with their revolutionary concept, creative design and provocative spirit. The brand philosophy is based on colour, movement, lightness and transparency, which can be seen in every Swatch product and project. Today Swatch continues to innovate and surprise with new models, collections and special editions. The brand maintains a strong presence in the world of sports with its commitment to snowboarding, freeskiing, surfing, beach volleyball and mountain bike slope style. Right from the start, Swatch connected with art and artists, and Swatch watches remain a prominent canvas for artists from a broad range of disciplines.

 

 

Let off your Bhadaas at Bhadaas Café in Indore, MP

भड़ास में अपनी भड़ास निकालिये!

Indore brings back beautiful memories of childhood when we were staying in Bhopal ( MP’s Capital) and my father use to visit Indore ( MP’s financial capital) for some official trips, I always wanted to visit the place with him…which never happened though!

After many years, I watched Chef Gurpal Singh (Show: Khaata Rahe Mera Dil) visiting Indore and taking us through Sarafa Bazar which looked to me like “Foodies Street” where you can have a great time with a humongous variety of street food, which is delicious to the core. You are tempted to taste as much as your taste buds permit. Not only this, City of Indore has many themed restaurants which are visited by food connoisseurs visiting Indore, no wonder Indore earned the title of “Foodies Paradise”. Owing to the various flavours offered by Indore in its Chaats and street foods, make all Indories proud.

Whatever is the purpose of your visit, official or personal, you cannot miss visiting and tasting the street food particularly Poha and Jalebi. Not only this Indore is a paradise for mid-night snackers with its assortment of cuisines at Sarafa Ratri Bazaar. As the time changed, so did the look and feel of Indore with many modern and theme-based restaurants eating joints springing up all over.

In today’s fast-paced and stressful life, eating out has become a norm as it gives you a new high always. Here you gulp in your stress and frustrations along with your food. Conventionally, Indians associate eating out with celebrations when the mood is joyous, but have you ever thought of eating out to vent out your anger and frustration?

Indore has the answer for this too! Now you can take out your Bhadaas in an inimitable Café which offers you host of opportunities to take out your Bhadaas. I particularly got interested in this concept as I am also a victim of these modern day gifts and look for opportunities to let out my frustration. Believe me, Bhadaas as a Café, is a really novel concept which ensures not only good physical health but also your mental health.

No wonder Bhadaas café is gaining popularity quite fast not only with Indories but also with tourists and it is India’s only café where you can get rid of your anger in your own way which causes depression, jealousy, frustration etc.  That too amidst full security and confidentially, so that it doesn’t harm your personal and professional life.

Bhadaas café has become the identity of modern Indore. It is India’s only café where various options are available to express your anger. Here you can break things, shout to get rid of your anger, besides, it’s the only café in the world where you can modulate your anger into positive direction peacefully.

You can break anything in Bhadaas with security and get rid of your anger which is whether on office, family, friend, or any close one. Here you can cry shout, abuse, and no one will hear it, and eventually, you will get free from your anger. Psychologists believe that anger is the most negative emotion which saps the highest energy, if we channelize it in a different direction then it becomes positive. In Bhadaas you can play music, paint or play any childhood game to do so. It is our belief that bhadaas has become the identity of modern Indore by these qualities. As we can’t expect Indore without Rajwada, same in future we would not expect Indore without Bhadaas café. You deserve to see the new identity of Indore and show it others who are not from Indore.

You can be a guest in Bhadaas for the whole day for holding some business meetings or creative discussions for a price, which is very reasonable while taking out your Bhadaas, you can enjoy some sumptuous cuisine too!

Bhadaas I am coming to Indore to take out my Bhadaas!

P.S.: Fast Food / Snacks, Tea & Coffee, Air-Conditioned, Timing 11:30 AM To 11:30 PM,

Address: Bhadaas Café, 2nd floor, 27-A, Chandra Nagar, opposite the garden, MR-9, Main Road, Indore, India – 452009

Sumptuous Gujarati Thali by SURAT’s SAASUMAA!

Trip to SURAT isn’t complete without dining at SAASUMAA

Gujarati Thali, the name evinces great emotion for food lovers all over the world. Why?  Gujaratis are spread all over the world, who are not only famous for their entrepreneurial histrionics but also for their culinary tastes and expertise. No wonder Gujarati food has patrons all over the world. Remeber how Ex-POTUS Bill Clinton savoured Aam Kadhi in Gujarat and he requested the dish while official dinner at Taj.

I also got the opportunity to savour famous Gujarati Thali on a Mega Fam Trip to Surat recently which turned out to be a very enjoyable affair. In the company of fellow bloggers and Triveni Ethnics team – Vitika Mehta, Yashi and Shalini Raj, the gracious hosts , we thoroughly enjoyed the thali comprising of some mouthwatering dishes and sweet delicacies. The daal dhokla in the thali needs special mention which was interspersed with heavy dollops of fruits. When I checked with very friendly manager – why fruit dhokla? To this, he replied so that patrons get complete food with dal, roti and fruits. Gujarati dal was yummy too, though I did not know, which was sweeter, the dal or the rabri.

Selfie time with fellow bloggers

But won’t you like to know where we dined? It was at SASUMAA restaurant which is located on the key location at Ring Road of Surat City, which served us most authentic Gujarati Thali comprising of several Gujarati dishes.

My Gujarati Thali…

SASUMAA Gujarati Thali offers various dishes with low spices in authenticate full Gujarati thali and serve with all the love and affection just like the mother in law. The manager was especially very courteous for us, who explained each and every dish to us and shared that there is a different menu for every meal.

They have been quite successful in their attempt to retain the distinct and authenticate Gujarati flavours. The menu at SASUMAA changes daily and varies seasonally too, so you can have your new favourites on each visit.

Gujarati cuisine refers to the cuisine of Gujarat, India, a state in western India. Despite having an extensive coastline for seafood, it is primarily a vegetarian cuisine due to the influence of Jain vegetarianism and traditional Hinduism. Many a celebrities have dined there and enjoyed the Gujarati Dal, Dal Dhokli, Dhokla, Rabri, Sabziz, Khichri like we did.

The typical Gujarati Thali consists of Rotli, Dal or Kadhi, Rice, and Shaak/Sabzi (a dish made up of different combinations of vegetables and spices, which may be spicy or sweet). Gujarati cuisine varies widely in flavour and heat, depending on a given family’s tastes as well as the region of Gujarat they are from. North Gujarat, Kathiawad, Kachchh, and Surti Gujarat are the four major regions of Gujarat that all bring their own style to Gujarati food. Many Gujarati dishes are distinctively sweet, salty, and spicy at the same time.

Selfie showing facade of SAASUMAA with lovely blogger Farhat & Bhagyashree

All of us dined to our heart’s content at SAASUMAA but not without mentioning our own Saasu maas, of course those who had.

After finishing the meals, we headed down for “Banarasi Paan” which refreshed us for the session ahead and also completed our trip to SAASUMAA.

 

 

 

Subrat Saurabh’s “Kuch Woh Pal” : My Review

“कुछ वो पल”
वो हज़ारो में एक है, मेरी मोहब्बत का वो ईनाम है,
वो इम्तिहान है मेरे सब्र, का इसलिए चर्चा सरेआम है।
– सुब्रत सौरभ
 
कुछ समय पहले मुझे अचानक बच्चन जी की ‘मधुशाला’ पढ़ने की तलब हुई… “युट्युब” पर देखने की नहीं…  पर पुस्तक तो मेरे पास थी नहीं  और कोई दे सके, ऐसा कोई आसपास था नहीं… ऐसे में Amazon पर मुझे एक प्रति मिल गई। ‘मधुशाला’ पढ़ने का और पढ़ के सुनाने का अनुभव अविस्मरणीय है।
 
अब जब Blogadda ने “कुछ वो पल” भेजी तो मुझे कुछ नये समय की कविताये पढ़ने की उत्सूकता हुई। हिन्दी कविताओं का संकलन, वो भी युवा कवि सुब्रत सौरभ द्वारा, और क्या कहूँ मै? हिन्दी भाषी और हिन्दी प्रेमी होने की वजह से “कुछ वो पल” मेरे लिए और भी खास है…
 
पुस्तक मिलते ही मैने अपने साथ रख ली, आफिस जाते समय लोकल ट्रेन में पढने के लिए… और पढ़ने में इतना तल्लीन हो गई की पता ही नहीं चला की ट्रेन चर्चगेट स्टेशन कब पहुँच गई। अचानक मुझे लगा की पूरी ट्रेन खाली हो चुकी है और मै आखिरी पन्ने पर हूँ… और क्या कहूँ?
 
“कुछ वो पल” लेखक द्वारा प्रस्तुत बहुत ही संवेदनशील अभिव्यक्ती है, जो आज के समय में मिलना मुश्किल है। 
पहली  ही कविता “क्योंकि आज मेरा शहर छूट रहा था” ने मुझे वो दिन याद दिला दिया जब मेरी बेटी पहली बार हास्टल जा रही थी। मन भावुक हो गया। 
 
अक्सर जो हर गलती मे मुझे औरो से बचाती थी 
और पापा के दफ्तर जाते ही डाँट लगाती थी…
 
लेखक ने अपने जीवन की बारीकियो को बहुत ध्यान से संजोया है और पुस्तक में अभिव्यक्त किया है। बचपन की यादें, युवा अवस्था की कठिनाईंया, बढ़ते उम्र की परेशानियां… सबको खूबसूरती से कविताओं में पिरोया है। 
 
आज की सच्चाई…
 
चाँद को छूने की ख्वाहिश है, पर रात से डर लगता है
घर तो हम अपना भी बना ले, पर हमें किश्तों से डर लगता है।
 
जाने क्यों हम अपना शहर छोड आये है… कविता उन सब लोगों को भावुक बनाने की क्षमता रखती है जो अपना शहर छोड़ के आये है… 
 
मिलता नहीं कोई अपना सा यहाँ… 
यूं शाम में सब साथ होते थे अपने 
अब तो मिलने का बहाना बनाके आये हैं।  
 
हर कविता कोई विशेष मनःस्थिती  उजागर करती है। कवि और लेखक सुब्रत ने संवेदनाओं को अभिव्यक्त करते हुए कविताओं की Rhyming को बरकरार रखा है। हर कविता, कविता है…
 
जितनी खूबसूरती से आगाज हुआ है, उतना ही खूबसूरत अंजाम हुआ है। सुब्रत सौरभ जी सिर्फ टेक्नॉलॉजी  ही नहीं,  मन के, अभिव्यक्तियों के, कविताओं के और भाषा की सुंदरताओं के भी इंजिनियर है।
 
युवा लेखक सुब्रत सौरभ का ये प्रयास अत्यंत सराहनीय है जो देश के युवाओं को हिन्दी कविताओं के प्रति उत्साहित कर सकता है।
कुछ शब्द थोडे़ खटकते हैं जैसे दौड़ जबकि ये शब्द दौर है… तो कौडियों के भाव बिकता है नहीं बिकती है… क्यों कि संदर्भ बोतल है और स्त्रिलिंग है। 
 
जिंदगी का सार आखिरी कविता मे है। जो दर्शाता है कि युवा लेखक कितने अनुभवी है।
 
बात बस इतनी सी हैं करनी जरा गौर है 
जिंदगी से तू चाहता कुछ हैं, और होता कुछ और है…
 
 मुख्य पृष्ठ की पंक्तियाँ ही “कुछ वो पल” को Best – Seller बनाने की क्षमता रखती है।
 
अच्छा किया लेखक ने अपने हौसले को पूर्ण विराम नहीं लगाया।
  “कौन पढ़ता है आजकल हिन्दी मे?” “हिन्दी की कविता कौन पढ़ेगा?”
 प्रश्न पूछनेवालों के लिए, “कुछ वो पल” सटीक उत्तर है। 

 Subrat Saurabh, a young writer, poet and blogger – is popularly known by his pen name “ChickenBiryanii” on Social Media sites. He is proficient in writing witty one-liners, a skill he employs liberally on Twitter or Facebook using his pen name; thereby making his opinion heard on a wide range of issues. Interestingly, writing short stories and Hindi poetry was his hobby since his childhood days which he continues even now and also he is a keen observer of happenings around him and he loves to get poetic with it.

Kuch Woh Pal is a collection of Hindi poems through which the writer takes you on a journey blended with ecstatic and painful experiences of a young boy taking on the struggles of life where he is away from his home for studies, makes new friends, finds love, break-up and finally going through tumult of emotions like anger, depression, apathy, romance, frustration, loneliness, separation etc.

The most notable part of the book is that it has not lost the poetry element, I mean rhyming amidst forceful prose/ expressions…

This review is a part of the biggest http://blog.blogadda.com/2011/05/04/indian-bloggers-book-reviews” Book Review Program http://www.blogadda.com

 

Fond memories of Ghoomar Dance then & Now Padmavati!

Most amazingly rendered by versatile actor and Dancing Diva (Indeed no other actor is close to her in this art) Deepika Padukone, Ghoomar Dance has lifted the mood of movie buffs like me, after a long time. (Read: Mastani song & mohe rang de laal in Bajirao Mastani). The slightly over three minutes song sees the diva performing the Rajasthani folk dance to the hilt. Buzz is that the actress did as many as 66 twirls in the duration of the entire song while donning her heavy attire and jewellery. The song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Swaroop Khan while the lyrics are penned by A M Turaz and Rajasthani lyrics are by Swaroop Khan. Kruti Mahesh Midya and Ghoomar training artist by Jyothi D Tommaar made Deepika learn the craft to perfection. Can’t wait for December 1. Would watch it for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s histrionics and Deepika’s Ghoomer and bada phatakaa – Ranveer Singh!

Not to miss, unsurmountable Rajasthani Culture & History!

After watching the release of the first song of the highly anticipated movie of the year Padmavati,  directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, slated to release on 1st December 2017, the memories of Ghoomar Dance danced before my eyes…

…Me as a kid performed Ghoomar Dance in Kala Milan Samaroh at my father’s Office Cultural Day celebrations in the presence of Late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi. The rehearsals lasted for over a month conducted by very strict dance teacher Rathore Sir (Term Choreographer was not known then).  Indeed the result was smashing! Everybody loved the dance performed by daughters of BHEL employees. I must admit that it was the most rehearsed dance I had done ever, so much so, that mummy asked me to quit mid-way as my studies suffered. But for me, Ghoomar was above everything then.

Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan, India. The dance is chiefly performed by veiled women who wear flowing dresses called Ghaghara. It was ranked 4th in the list of “Top 10 local dances around the world” in 2013. The dance typically involves performers pirouetting while moving in and out of a wide circle. The word ghoomna describes the twirling movement of the dancers and is the basis of the word ghoomar. This dance form is mainly prevalent among the Rajput community and is chiefly performed by Rajput women during auspicious and joyous occasions in Rajasthan. Ghoomar is often performed on special occasions, such as at weddings and during weddings, festivals and religious occasions which sometimes lasts for hours.

In Ghoomar, women dance in circles with graceful moves and display their colourful ghagharas. Hence the dance form is aptly named as Ghoomar. The women dance with amazing precision, even as their face is covered with a veil, while they carry the lighted lamp. Innumerable twirls and turns mark this dance form, which is quite close to Jaipur Gharana of Kathak.

Goomar can be performed by women of any age group. This dance form also known by the name of ‘Jhumar’ involves swaying movements and is indeed simple to perform. The enthusiasm of the performer is the sole requirement of the dance as it can continue from few hours till late nights.

Ghoomar is usually done during the Teej festivities. However, it’s also performed during other festivals and important occasions. Ghoomar is extremely rhythmic to perform and the dancers have to move around in circular motion with clockwise and anticlockwise steps being taken in tandem. The tempo of Ghoomar reaches its peak as synchronization of steps with music is done.

Considered to be a traditional ritual of Rajasthan, this dance is also performed by the bride after she is welcomed at her husband’s home.

So for the enchatress Deepika Padukone performing Ghoomer, head to theatres on December 1.