Vaishnav Devi : A trek to tranquil

They say, you can only go to Vaishnav Devi if you get the calling. Well then, I got mine. Until I reached inside the temple right in front of the abode I was not sure of a successful pilgrim program that I planned. Even the water drops falling from the cave surface over the led light fittings made me feel nervous about a probable mishap that I could imagine of.

Vaishnan Devi is not a destination. It is a process of fulfillment, a signage of achievement, and a symbol of courage Too heavy words I know, but they are undeniably true. It was a family trek to be precise.I am a kind of a person who doesn’t really enjoy pilgrimages, reason being the money business that is made out of the emotions of the devotees. Vaishnav Devi is a different story all together in all the sense. Before the climb none of us were sure of completing even half of the distance. It was so unusual that even at 2 am we were boosted up with so much power and strength to keep walking.The spirit never really went down .I again want to repeat, that it is the climbing process which makes you a feel different and not the destination because the air around is full of positivity, the thought you process are constructive and you suddenly start looking forward to good things in your life.I did spent my climbing time thanking God ,for my amazing family,for they taking so much efforts to walk 10kms of distance to contribute to a successful trip and my newly found interest in pilgrimages.

Delhi is the point you would want to reach to board the train to Katra. Well when you search IRCTC type ‘SVDK’ to search for Katra station.12 hrs of journey and you see the best railway station of India (I might hype). Best for the view that you get to see just when you get down from the train. Choppers flying everywhere and the spiritual vibes in the air,oh that rhymed. 😉

Get the ‘yatra pass’ immediately, from the railway station which is free of cost and valid for 6hrs,TnC ofcourse .We preferred climbing entire night considering the summer heat. Oh my my, for first 3kms you will hardly realize the purpose and difficulties awaiting you ahead. But when you cover 6kms of the distance to the holy shrine ,you start feeling exhausted, that feeling of blood pressure getting low by each step and the extra efforts required to catch your breadth. The climb gets steeper and the view gets better .

Every time I saw a well lit building, I assumed it to be the Temple, but again it was 2kms ahead of the place I stood with all those expectations loosing hope after every while.

Walking without footwear on the super chilled marble floor,standing in the queue facing the cold winds and the endless wait ,despite all this we finally climbed the terrain with all our heart and soul and were nothing but mesmerized seeing the holy adobe(the 3 pindis). That feeling of accomplishment is beyond comparison. The continuous chants of ‘Jor se bolo Jai mata di’ made the feeling more content.Ohh view, so picturesque. We made our return on the E-van which also was a challenge, to get the tickets I stood for 3hrs in the queue when I later came to know that only 3 tickets can be issued to a single person.(as we were 4 ,I had to do some jugaad ).The remaining half way ride on the pony(Pitthu they say) was a bumpy jaunt, I got to sit on the pony named ‘Vandana’ , yeh cool it was?

And that was a wrap to the holy pilgrim which was then accompanied by lots of local market shopping.We bought big bags of Walnuts and almond, and many other dry fruits, including some world famous kesar(pure I believe) .

After one half of a spiritual journey, we began our scenic trip to Nathatop, covering Patnitop midway and enjoying the route besides the Jammu Tavi river. The valley views, snowcapped Himalaya ranges ,wind chills and the music became the perfect combination to relax after a 13km climb.

What I recommend to do when you visit Vaishnav Devi is to enjoy the ‘tel maalish’ with ‘sarso tel’ of course if you climb. One famous sweet from Jammu called Patisa was an interesting take away from North. It’s made up of ‘Kud ka pani’ which is a natural source of water which comes out like tap water 24/7 when you dig the mountains. The taste in incomparable even with the filtered Bailey bottles.I have never had such cold and sweet water in my life time.

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Himalaya ranges

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Nathatop was my first encounter to snow .We did numerous slides on the snow blanket and nourished ourselves with pahadi style maggie. Seeing the mud huts just the same as we saw in ‘Highway’ were a thing to me considering my love for the movie.

And now I get the intent behind the saying “Chalo bulava aaya hai, mata ne bulaya hai” .

P.s. SVDK stands for Shri mata Vaishnav Devi Katra

The trip to SVDK was indeed a memorabilia to cherish for the lifetime.

Winter of Adventure

Amongst all the carb-loading done this Christmas it was time to shred some fats. That’s when we planned for a Cycling ride all around the top stops of Nagpur.

Starting from IT park we made our first top at the Zero Mile capturing ourselves with the Nagpur metro sculpture and then the troop forwarded to Futala Lake . We grabbed our breakfast at the Nagpur’s world famous Samosas in Telankhedi.

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Heading to get the serene lake view we saw many enthusiastic people on the roads of Futala painted in Tricolour celebrating the Republic Day spirit in all that high josh.

Mission Accomplished – Happy faces

This ride was such an addiction that another one had to happen . And the next plan was a Jungle Safari to Gorewada . Cycling was a great fun amidst the jungle.

The ‘Barasingha’ angle

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Spotting wildlife and being so close to nature was such a mesmerizing affair which was continued by seeing the dears and peacocks at every turn of our ride . We climbed the wooden roof structure ‘Machaan’ erected just near the lake to get an amazing view of the flora and fauna around the place.

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Wildlife

Jeepsy Ride

The vectors created by the perfectly standing leafless tree made us climb up and capture our photogenics. The winters were ofcourse nerve freezing but the experience was worth all the efforts .

This was all the adventures made this winter.Between how can I forget my Happy Sundays made much happier by the Happy Streets event ,organised by the Times group .

Dancing to the grooves on the sexy zumba moves , playing around with the hulla hoop, shouting out loud listening to the band performances and feeling that fire in the belly responding to the energy created by ‘vaadan pathak’ and many more things that I had been reciting to 100s of people around me. Adding up these adventures to make a fabulous and delightful winter season, I feel contented.

Making friends with adventure is the best way to keep away pains

Wonder is woman

When you ask the question “how is success measured?”, you will often find that the majority of people reply “by wealth”. We need to consider how appropriate these terms are as it places the wealthy nations above and the ones with higher poverty rate at the bottom of the hierarchy. We know that to fuel growth, it is imperative to empower women and promote gender equality. While shooting this attire my mind was in an another world thinking all about empowerment ,feminism and girl power etc.

I wanted to get shooting permission at the location. I asked my male friends around but they denied to do so and told me that “if you go they will see your face and we can easily get in and do shoot ,but if we go the owner will hunt us out from the door as we are boys” . But instead of feeling good about this, I somewhere felt a gap .

So closing this gender gap can prove to be a driver for development in many neglected domains; education, employment, healthcare and social welfare. It’s high time that potential of a woman is being judged only by her beauty but not by her intellect.

Research shows that women who are able to earn their own living and stand for themselves are more likely than men to plough their resources back into education, health care and community welfare; the whole community benefits. Hence when we empower women, there is a ripple effect .You know you work in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation.

Considering all the laws , community support, and policies that empower women rights,what is the greatest lesson that a woman should learn?Think… That since day one she’s already had everything she needs within herself, it’s the world that convinced her she did not.

Feminism is not about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength. So using the photographs from the same shoot as they don’t just display emotions but also build perspectives .

Raise up your voice not to shout but so that those without a voice can be heard .

We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

Last shoot of 2k18

It felt all usual ,when I went all the way to Bangalore for shooting at the best place of the city ‘Lal Bagh Bangalore ‘ which is the host for the largest flower show in the country. But today when I am writing this blog ,I realised that this was my last shoot of the year ,and just then things started flashing in. Out of the 3 very gorgeous dresses,I decided to stick upon black .

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Trouble was no less as the Mua denied to dress me up on time, and I was still holding on the confidence to get shot on the make up I managed to do .

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Plus I had no idea about the trek I would be required to do to climb up the rocks in my 4 inches heel. But then you got to do what you got to do.

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The black dress, talking about that pretty one, gives me goals to keep moving. The dress was just everything which made me rock the show .The black sexy gown, which every girl wants in their wardrobe was the one I chosed.

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After the pack up we decided to visit the Leela Palace Bangalore ,yes the place where Ranveer and Deepika Padukone had their Bangalore Reception. I was awed by the beauty. The grandeur of the Leela left my eyes wide open to adore the wonderful place. No doubt it is called a Palace.

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The queen like feeling after every step that I forwarded inside the palace was just overpowering my urge to explore it more and more. I wanted to stay there forever, walking around like a princess, shopping,eating and enjoying the spa .

The fresh flowers, the day light playing silently with the trees in the lawn area, the drizzling water from the fountain and the huge architecture combined together made a combination called the Grand Leela Palace. Soon I was brought to reality by the last sip of my latte and the cookie I was munching on. I wish, God gave me more power to stay much poised at such amazingly, fantabulously rich place. Thank you Venkat for being so grateful and taking me to the place.

 

The only way to measure a love is by the grandeur of the beloved.

 

 

 

Wine a little, laugh a lot

I don’t know anything about wine and yes I am still writing about 🍷. After attending the Wine and food festival 2018 held in Nagpur, I can’t say that I am completely in love with wine, but definitely the one thing that happened to me was ‘change’, change in my perspective to lot many things, to wine as a drink in particular.

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Wine is a rich drink ,by that I don’t mean rich people’s drink.I only knew about Sangaria before I entered this crowded place of highly enthusiastic people,the night had a winter chill, the stalls were set up lit to attract the buyers, and then I saw the wine counters, full of people holding the glasses(sponsored by Design Inside ) waiting for their turn .

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The wines available were from Sula,Grover Zampa ,Rio etc both with Red and white in option. Each one of which was a bet for the other. My taste buds really admired the one from Sula which of  course was a red wine.

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I also got lucky to enjoy the live band called Atript.They were a bunch of handsome guys right over the center stage (with guitar to add on to the swag) bringing dance to all of my nerves while I consumed every sip of the Grover Zampa white wine.

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To add on to the high,there were stalls serving delicacies right from Potato Twisters,Sandwiches,Chinese,Italian to the loveliest Cup cakes (Coffee cream) .I was amazed by the dedication displayed by all the suited up uncles and the beautiful aunties for the orange crushing competition and the dhinchak dance performances.

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The entry ticket was Rs.400 which was worth all the money.It was an amazing night adding 30ml of delight to life from each of the 4 wine stalls. All thanks to the Nagpur Agro Development Association for this initiative.

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The anchor

Disclaimer – Few pictures are taken from social media so keeping them original, I don’t claim any copyrights to that stuff.

While I was thinking of a proper finish line to the write up, I wondered on how to put an end to a journey which just began. Hence leaving the loop open…till then, Cheers to life.😉🍷

Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.

– Micheal Broadbent

 

 

Rent Designer clothes for wedding

Flaunting in a Manish Mehrotra designer piece is a dream come true for anyone on earth (constraints applied). Wedding season being just round the corner,it is of utmost importance to wear nice ‘heavy lehangas and gowns and lachchas’ to make a mark in the wedding and get the people talking about your sexy outfit.
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Here are some beautiful designer outfits which myself and the co-models wore for a shoot by an INIFD designer. She is still completing her dress designing course ,however looking at her ‘Subtle Pastels’ collection worn by us in the shoot,I was already going gaga about how elegant it made me look. The dress fitted me so beautifully and I was then the happiest person in the world.
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Well buying these expensive dresses for a one time occasion is a no wise man’s advice, but renting them is a mindful decision. So guys you can check out this collection and contact the designers directly for renting them out.(Contact details on instagram post)
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This shoot was done at Nagardhan Fort Ramtek Nagpur ,such a beautiful place,full of caves and sculptures,wells and undergrounded temples. A historical place very near to Ramtek , which would sure make your day by the amazing photographs you will have in your gallery after the visit.
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Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It is not about brands. It’s just about the spark that comes from within you.

How to plan an all girls trip to Goa

img_20180817_143943-e1540049893932.jpgBecause you are girls, getting your parents convinced for GOA is half the battle won. I will tell you a better way, just don’t tell them and save the mess for later, kidding though 😛

Tickets : Get youR tickets booked at least 1 month before.Also you need to start saving as soon as you know the plan.Ya.. make sure your arrival time is aligned with your friends. Goa is not an easy place to reach from Nagpur, so I preferred to fly.

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Stay in Goa: Book your stay 1-2 weeks before your trip. Who said spending on a good stay is not worth in Goa?Trust me if you are on a leisure trip ,you would need a place that aligns with your needs. Also make sure it is close to any of the beaches,so that you can hang around even till late night without having to spend too much on commute. Booking an apartment is the best you can do if you are a big gang. We stayed @ the Amore waves in Eternal Waves Calangute .

Arrival in the Leisure Land : Morning flights are a real pain to me and if it’s a connecting flight then you better be prepared. Don’t go for a taxi, if you are 1 or 2 as they charge more than 1k depending upon the distance. Instead go for a Govt. of Goa A/C traveller which will charge you max 150Rs till Calangute from the Airport.

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Places to go: Well Google is a best source to tell you that.It also depends on the motto of your trip.If you are a first time visitor ,I am sure you would like to cover it all, but it is Goa guys and it will definitely call you back.

For a first timer ,you should give your half a day chilling at the beach,watching the beauty and making yourself self believe that you have finally made it to Goa. Yes, you can add some beer for more fun (I saw people buying cartons of it)

Calangute and Anjuna beach is for chilling.
Baga is for Water Sports of course.
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 If you really want some peaceful beach in North Goa ,go to Arambol beach.
A little planning never harms,and for the rest of the trip,go with the flow.

I would never ever forget the fun that I had with my girl gang in Goa.There was no one to stop us from
spending hours to get ready and then
spending another hour for clicking  pictures ,
walking in the rains(We went in August) ,
and just crazy stupid talks(endless I must say)
So the 1st day was completely spent absorbing the vibes of Goa.We visited the Calangute beach and it was our first encounter with the water,so much water,wow it was amazing.
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We hired an Innova for commute,as we were 7,it was not heavy on our pockets.
We started with Vagator Beach,it is such a beauty,and also we saw a ‘movie shooting’ over there. Incidentally, we stopped at a street side shop on our way back from Vagator
and  bought similar beach gowns in different shades.

 


Now you might think, how insane these girls are,but yes I know how insanely awesome we all looked the next day in those gowns ,it was a fantasy come true for many of us. The pictures have already described how normal girls suddenly turned into ‘DIVAS’. The madness continued when we added some Gibbu (Mumbai ki Dost) style dance to it. Dancing on the beach was such a crazy thing that was done,we went so mad that we did not even realize that the waves took our bags,footwear ,goggles etc along . These stories can continue forever if I don’t stop.

P.S. : Discovering the Casino culture was surely the icing on the cake.I know I would master gambling some day. And yes, we had a fight with the Russian girls and we successfully proved than we are so much Indians. I really want to stop here but Braiding with those colorful woolen threads was so much fun to flaunt, I kept it on my hairs for almost a month , so every time someone asked me about the braids I would get a chance to reiterate my Goa fun:P
And that’s all guys. I will pakka stop here and yes, even the church memories of Basilica Bom Jesus are worth a mention.We saw a grand function(wedding) happening with all the prayings,carols and everthing I don’t know about Christian culture and hence I stop.
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This is how a place turns to paradise with epic type of people. GOA is ofcourse a must go place with F.R.I.E.N.D.S.