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Bye Bye 2016, the year that was…stud or dud?

Circa 2016, the year that was…STUD or DUD?

The year 2016 started on a promising note, looked as if it would turn out to be a landmark year in my life – the STUD year, how I wish, if wishes were horses…

…In today’s times when every single day pops up a new challenge, it is no mean achievement to remain and smile in that grind. If it has been an achievement, let it be! Personally, time moved on, so the happenings, nothing much to talk home about…professionally it was a challenging year…for the industry …for the industrious (like me).

For the first time I closely watched ‘Survival Instinct’ of our member developers, who inspite  of so many negatives, prevalent slowdown, hostile media, developments at Centre & State level, they fought it all with immense zeal, innovation and perseverance. They took it up  constructively at all levels and got many decisions moulded positively…

…Year moved on with its pace and witnessed many industry events, of which I was integral part, which was exciting and tiring both. The zeal to outperform self in every event, on every occasion, sometimes took heavy toll on me. Though I loved taking the toll, whether it was EoDB Seminar, International Women’s Day Celebration, Hosting NYT Bureau Chief, Ellen Barry, Networking event at Smaaash, Two mega Property Expos, RERA Seminar, AGM and not to forget MPL III with round the year media presence. The year would be remembered for receiving three Appreciation Letters and best compliment ever – the “Silent Worker” coming from most unexpected quarters. Though I have been known for raising voices and making noices!! The unflinching belief and strong support was provided by team members – actually they are above that now – Bhagyashree and Reena who graduated in their work sphere and amalgamated well in the organization culture…unlike ME!


All in all it was year full of action.  The year moved at a pace till Diwali, which I celebrated enthusiastically, and Tanya was home from hostel. It was after this period, I was surrounded by the thoughts that nothing happened during the year, I am stuck wherever I was, no traction in life, complete stagnation or no accomplishment which I can be proud of.

Amidst all this and more…I kept myself very busy and occupied. Still took out time for some heavy duty blogging…book reviews…product reviews…bloggers events. Sudden  brake came to all this due to sudden death of my father –in-law followed by death of my Phoophaji.  Since then I have been feeling restricted in my creative pursuits.

This year we undertook two trips – Udaipur and Ahmedabad which turned out to be quite successful and provided me good amount of fodder for the blog. Truly speaking, I enjoyed most on both the trips especially Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur in the night, the lighting, the breeze, the façade, the promenade…everything was in sync and setting was ideal for breezy romance. The lake Pichola, boat ride, Lake City Palace Udaipur, Udaipur Palace and Handicraft Centre are jewels of Udaipur. Dal, Baati, Choorma for Lunch…and some last minute shopping of Batuas for Anuksha for taking it to Netherlands to her friends there, made it all very memorable.

Our stay at Club Mahindra at Udaipur was out of the world experience, the hospitality, the property, the events, the location all was awesome. I had the time of my life there. At Ahmedabad, we did extensive sight- seeing and shopped till we dropped at Law Garden Road. Dinning at Vishala for most authentic Gujrati / Marwari dinner will always be etched in my memory. It was great family time and wonderful hospitality extended by Shashi and children Rishabh and Rashi.

Socio Political Scenario remained quite volatile throughout the year but Demonetisation took the cake. Mother rather Grand Mother of all announcements…It sent lives of Millions of Indians in a tizzy. The move was completely 180 degree opposite for rich and poor. Poor suffered long queues, no cash, no money, no payments, no work and rich no means to hide the cash.  One decision had such wide-spread implications, nobody would have imagined in their weirdest dreams, above all Modiji himself. Kudos to people of our Republic who stood by the decision and supported the move inspite of hardships. Opposition was in full form, fighting tooth and nail against the decision, but no revoking decision was taken. Biggest surprise package was Mamta Bannerji who opposed it no end and finally sat quietly as Modiji was not paying any heed to it. It seems heavy duty cleansing has been done by this move with IT deptt. catching people involved in converting black into white or stashing new currency or even hoarding wealth disproportionate to their incomes. World –Over Economists mulled and culled over this move but could not arrive at answer to the question as basic as why Rs.2000 note was started? Any way this move took the thunder out of Trump’s victory as the President of the United States of America. I did not closely follow the elections but in the last leg I could sense that it is going to be Trump’s triumph undoubtedly! My prediction came true!!

Another prediction – Wherever I had predicted that BJP will win, it won!!!


Inspite of everyone around me cursing Modiji for demonetization for whatever reasons, my faith in his decision remained unwavering; I knew some Amrit will come out of this Manthan. I devoted lot of time watching TV especially after demonetization and reading articles and cartoons, Kejri Ke Bawaal, So Sorry, ROFL RAGA kept me amused throughout the year. With some posts, I laughed my heart out, Pappu became my favourite! I remained glued to TV when he was on screen especially during his earthquake and balloon comments. They should be ashamed of making such comments such well respected and adored PM of India. Frustration loomed large! Hope they take some lessons from Modijis attitude and have some faith in his decisions. They are pulling country backward with all their might!

UP elections and Union Budget would be watched closely in the New Year…

…Our industry – The Real Estate – was bogged down by challenges from all quarters and top it all was hostile media throughout the year. MCHI – CREDAI remained in News throughout the year by way of excellent support provided by agency White Marque Solution’s team and willing presence of our President for media. Many exclusive stories came out which helped industry immensely. Many programs were done throughout India by Industry experts with major focus on Affordable Housing, Smart City and Infra projects. All this and more kept me occupied throughout the year.

Many a times I was bogged down by thought – Not my cup of tea, I Can’t!  But approached every new challenge with renewed zeal and that kept me afloat throughout the year. I did some wonderful pieces for my blog and for my works which were appreciated by one and all, won few contests like – International Women’s Day and Dear Zindagi.  I hardly watched any movies but read quite a few books. I remained quite active on social media and solved one big issue of dump yard in Mangroves through my tweets. Unknowingly I developed good knack for socio-political issues.

As ever, I did not miss single episode of DD Rangoli, Modijis Mann ki Baat and News Hour on Times Now. A jolt came to my social – political routine was when Celebrity Anchor Arnab Goswami left Times Now. News watching has never been the same again. Heard he is coming up with something soon…his passion for news was unflinching!

Jayalalitha’s lost long battle of life and moved to eternity. I always admired her for her courage and strength. In Bollywood, I like to vote for Dear Zindagi and Sultan. The year would be marked for celebrity break –ups, the record in number and many marriages too and signed off with birth of Saif and Kareena’s baby Taimur. The name drew many trolls on social media.

Overall I remained in balanced frame of mind, sometimes felt quitting it all and explore some unconventional ventures …but has the time come for that…not YET!! When it will come, it will come, you will all know it!

Needless to mention, support provided by husband Mukund, cooperation by Tanya, appreciation by Sangeeta, caring & sharing by Anuksha & Ananya, Prabhat for remaining most loving brother, enthusiasm by Hema didi and above all moral support by Mummy! All achievements wouldn’t have been possible without this TEAM!!!

Special thanks to Saxena Couple – Vandana and Aniljijaji who read and commented on all my activities and read my blogposts with lot of interest. Truly motivating! Connected with lost lost friends & brother – Kamal Mathur and Angela D’Cruz after many many years. Thanksgiving not complete without mention of Balwant ji who remained connected through out.

So can it be termed as DUD – Certainly Not! STUD – Neither!!

Stepping into New Year 2017 with renewed energy and hope…

Till then ADIEU…2016!


Oh yes! The year 2017 rings in my new blogs – www.travelknotsV2.wordpress.com and www.inmodistimes.wordpress.com.

Stay tuned with latest on my blogs – Your blessings & wishes – to be integral part of 2017…forever!






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The fabulous Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival’s theme this year is ‘Crossing the threshold’. Everybody is welcome to savour a specially curated selection of the classic, contemporary and the curious. Mumbai is all decked up to host this unique festival from February 6 – 17, 2016, extended for three days to coincide with ‘Make in India’ event. The festival would be hosting dance, music, heritage walks, street, food, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design & architecture and Make in India.

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This is third in the series on my festival series. I have been to Kala Ghoda festivals in the past along with my daughter who is an ‘art freak’ enjoyed it to the hilt. Spending entire day amidst art, culture, paintings, music & dance, nothing could have been better than being here. I must say all of us must visit to explore the fest – it has something for everyone. With Hindustan Times sponsoring and hosting it, it has been scaling up leaps and bounds with every year. I am super excited to visit it, though without my daughter, I assume I have great fun & learning lined up in the coming weeks. There is another prominent festival lined up…talk about it in my next post.
Kala Ghoda Association, was formed on 30th October 1998 with the objective of maintaining and preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai. Every year, since 1999 the association hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the country’s largest multicultural festival, created to draw attention to this unique and beautiful area in Mumbai. Now in its 17th edition, the Festival draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and, indeed, the world.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this year will open doors from Saturday 6th February to Wednesday 17th February 2016 (Extended by three days at Cross Maidan for Make in India Festival). With a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture and heritage walks in store, this 12-day extravaganza promises a cultural palate like never before witnessed!

• The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.
• It is open to all, free of charge.
• The Festival has grown exponentially, and is hugely successful; drawing over 150,000 people from all over the city to KGAF 2015 hosted a total of 590 events over 9 days.
• Funds raised from the festival go towards the restoration and upkeep of the area. Several heritage buildings and institutions in the area have benefited from this.

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Lawns of (CSMVS), The Museum Mumbai
Kitab Khana at Somaiya Bhavan
Children’s Literature
Kitab Khana at Somaiya Bhavan
Cross Maidan
Dance Workshops are at Somaiya Centre, Somaiya Bhavan
The Coomaraswamy Hall and The Visitor Center at (CSMVS), The Museum Mumbai,
Auditorium at Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
Restaurants in the district
Food stalls at Rampart Road and Cross Maidan
DSL Garden
Artist’s Center
Author’s Lounge at Serafina
Seminar Hall of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Stand-Up Comedy
Irish House
• Street & Stalls
Rampart Row
Cross Maidan
Cross Maidan
Steps of the Asiatic Society Library (Town Hall)
Visual Arts
Rampart Gallery
Lawns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Gallery 7
Art Entrance
Artists’ Centre
Coomaraswamy Hall
Cross Maidan
DSL Garden
Tarq for Art Walks
Somaiya Centre
Artisan’s and Artists’ Centre
Horniman Circle Garden
Auditorium at NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art)
M. C. Ghia Hall at Kaikashru Dubash Marg,
Stand up comedy at Irish House at Kaikashru Dubash Marg
Gallery Beyond
Urban Design & Architecture
Library at Max Muller Bhavan
Art Entrance Art Gallery

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The Kala Ghoda precinct can be roughly defined as the area that stretches from the Regal Circle at the Southern end of Mahatma Gandhi Road, up to the Mumbai University at the northern end, flanked by the Oval Maidan to the west and the Lion Gate to the east. The name Kala Ghoda can be traced to the old equestrian statue of King Edward VII, which was placed at the centre of the large node on the old Esplanade Road. The statue, a vestige of the colonial era, has since been removed from the site, but the colloquially used for the district name persist regardless – an assertive confirmation of a compelling public memory.

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Today, the area is a hub of cultural activity and a throbbing urban node with institutions like the Jehangir Art Gallery, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay University, Prince of Wales Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Institute of Science, Bombay Natural History Society, Elphinstone College, and David Sassoon Library around it, all within comfortable walking distance of each other. Apart from the entertaining pursuits of art and education, the area also offers a host of famous city restaurants and cafes, along with art galleries, designer boutiques, and many culture-related activities and venues – the most popular one being the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, where many artistes, performers and craftspersons gather every February.

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With a combined total of almost 1,10,000 sq. ft of existing indoor gallery space, the Kala Ghoda Precinct has an existing critical mass of art galleries, museums, and cultural spaces unrivalled in all of India, and perhaps comparable to art districts in other parts of the world. To this could be added an additional mass of outdoor pavement galleries on Rampart Row and potential exhibition space within the covered arcades to make the Kala Ghoda area a veritable ‘Urban Museum’. Such a phenomenal ensemble of art functions within one concentrated zone, offers tremendous avenues for future development and, added to this the support infrastructure of existing lecture halls, convocation halls, and conference facilities offered by The Mumbai University, Elphinstone College, and other neighbouring institutions, gives Kala Ghoda a unique place in the world of art and culture.

source: http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com & The Hindustan Times