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What can I say about Dehradun, because I was there for about one day but it definitely did play to the tunes of my heart.♥️

Since I was traveling alone, a great tip that one of my friends has shared is to travel via a government vehicle. I took a Volvo which I had missed initially and got hold of only because of my dad’s excellent bus chasing skills!

You know it’s been long that I was home, and though home is special, one does always gets a little homesick every now and then. 👻

I sat on the bus only to realize that the ticket I had bought was for the next month, so I bought a new one 650 rupees I think and immediately canceled the other reservation online, the money for which I received in 5 weeks, but eventually I am happy that I did!

I know this goes against travelers but I am not very comfortable with bus journeys. I feel it churns my stomach and though I have no record of throwing up, I feel very very dizzy a couple of hours into the journey, even though this route wasn’t at any elevation. In my defence if I could run and reach Dehradun, I would have done it, but bus journey only because I am not rich, and unlike what many of you think, my trips are NOT sponsored!

And again, a lot of you guys ask me how do I travel, guys it’s on my own money. Bloggers’ life does sound cool, but trust me mixing passion and work is never a good idea. Of course you should be passionate about your work, but I feel I can’t put a price tag for my fun. It should be free unless of course it’s something that I cannot afford! 😂

Summary be that though I dislike bus journeys but I always try to like them. 😅

Four and a half hours of that bumpy bus journey and I was in that beautiful city. The wait was worth it.

I was staying at a dear friend’s home so while I was waiting to kill my time, I decided to do what I love to do. Eat. I hogged on a plate of spicy momos because I’ve heard Dehradun is all about momos. It’s the land of momos!

To be honest, I liked them wherever I had them in the city and these ones too were no less.

My friend came with her dad in sometime time, and oh my God, how kind were they! Uncle was a sweetheart, pulling my friend’s leg every now and then, and trying to figure out why was I there just for a day and wouldn’t stay for longer. There are only a few people who mean this genuinely and you have to value them.

I am a lot into signs and vibes. If I like something or someone, I just go with my first instinct. I have been in trouble because of it but hey water doesn’t change when in front of fire so I shouldn’t let my past make me stop from loving new people if I feel they have a good vibe. I loved him from the core of my heart. A very sweet and a simple man.

I reached her home and her mom was even more sweet! She got me tea, and I was sold with her beautiful voice, elegant saree and charm. We were to attend a function there and gosh it was something!

Ignore my ignorance but how I know functions are is that in a function you basically go to hog, and you know nobody or someone to whom you say some pleasantries and hope to not see again so you can focus back on the food. But here my friend and her mom knew everyone! No kidding. Feet touching, talking and genuinely asking each other about their lives! That still happens somewhere and this is one reason I appreciated the culture a lot. I am sure this could be a one of event but with the number of people party to one event, I am sure they must be spread around the city and contributing to the beautiful city that this is.

We gossiped the night until I fell asleep. I really love this girl. Such a pleasure to hear her last before sleeping.

The next day was practically the only day I had.

Breakfast: Stuffed Prawnthee of Gahad ki daal is probably the best stuffed roti I have had. It felt like kachori but healthier. I had two and then I was almost sorted for the day! If you ever get to try this, please do and thank me later. ☺

Tea at Tapri: So some people don’t like to do this but I love the casual ambience of this. Dogs sitting around, waiting for someone to give them a pack of biscuits or egg, people in their busy lives stopping for a while, smokers looking for respite and thoughts, vendors trying to make clients and thus serving with a heartfelt smile, and nobody pretending to be fancy or having etiquettes – Tapri is my favourite spot to spend a good time.

Riverfront Cottage: So I may sound a bit thrifty but we just went on the riverfront and spent some three hours looking at the river and not ate anything.

The view of the mountains, the sound of the river, and the innocence of the stray dogs was enough to keep me entertained.

Maggi point: If you don’t find enough mountains in Dehradun, take a drive for half an hour and reach here.

This place is very easy on your pocket and serves you with momos, North Indian, South Indian, tea, juices and of course Maggi! I had a plate of momos and an uttapam and was pretty happy with the free view.

Shiva Temple: So I could be threatened to write this here, but this Temple was constructed by some Mafia to repay for his deeds, and they don’t accept any donations. Also they give you amaaaazing prasad of kheer with matthi and chai.

If you know me a little you would know how crazy I am about tea, and well if they give prasad as Tea, well the temple easily made me believe in God! Jokes apart, the temple has a beautiful vibe to it.

 

Forest Research Institute: This place is grand, which is why a lot of Bollywood movies have been shot here, such as Student of the year.

You can get great pictures clicked here, but the night gets too dark so you didn’t see enough of my pictures from this place.

Bengali Sweets: Every city is getting commercial sweet shops, but the local ones must be tried. My friend got me Bal Mithai (Hailing from Kumaoni) and Singori (Hailing from Garhwal). I don’t have a sweet tooth but for people who do these are a must try!

Angeethi: So these guys have the most amazing momos in the land of momos.

For the first time in my life I had such good tandoori momos, and I am salivating even after writing this post after a month of actually having the momos! We had the it all in chicken, mutton, and veg.

Home chicken: After a long day’s of work, when your mouth does not understand spices and flavours anymore, all you need is simple and tasty food, something that your mom would cook. This was exactly like that with a twist of the mountains, what else can one ask for! Uncle then got us the sugariest paans that I have ever eaten, wrapped in a leaf. These were also the biggest paans I have ever eaten!

Breakfast and fun at Bus Stand: Roti and Sabzi right before you board a bus is probably the best idea so you don’t puke! Had loads of fun with friends at the Bus Stand, clicking pictures and talking about my great decision of taking this trip!

Doon, see you soon!

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Hello guys and especially all the dog lovers out there!

Yesterday was very taxing for me, but it was even more bad for a dog outside my house because he was super sick, and was shrieking for help all the time. I just couldn’t sit back in the house or go to the office because I felt that he was going through unbearable pain.

So I checked with my cousin, who is a superman for dogs because he has helped more than a hundred dogs in the vicinity. He asked me to feed him something and give him 500mg of paracetamol. There was no obvious injury, just a dark patch on the skin so I wondered whether he has been hit by someone. So I gave him milk first which he couldn’t drink, so later gave him a PCM tablet in a fish pakora, which too he couldn’t eat.

Now, I was even more worried because he wasn’t eating anything, and I couldn’t help at all. To my respite, my cousin came to see him, and said he has maggots in his neck, but it can be cured soon. He also asked me to call PFA because in his experience, among SEWA, SPCA and PFA, PFA was the most empathetic shelter home for animals. Even though he said that, I took his words with a pinch of salt but called PFA anyway at about 4PM. First they said the driver wasn’t available until 6, so I decided to wait. At 5.45 when I called them, they said their night shift guy is late and would reach by 8PM. I waited anyway because I had no choice other than to be patient. I kept checking on the dog, but apparently all he wanted was people to stay away. So from far, I kept a track on his whereabouts.

Finally after another couple of calls and 5 hours of wait, their van came at about 9PM. I must commend that the two people who had come were very kind to the dogs, unlike a few doctors and attendants that I have seen in various Vet Hospitals. They took an hour to chase the dog and put him in their rescue van, and even after that they were smiling and reassuring that he should be better in a week’s time. I have never felt more reassured.

So, as my cousin had advised, I visited their shelter home today to check on the dog. There were abut 40 dogs in the shelter home, and they bring and return roughly 10 dogs from the streets everyday. The lady sitting in the office – Maya Yadav, too was very empathetic and loving to all dogs. There cannot be weak hearts at this place because all the animals were not in the best of health, so you might feel sad when you go there. But in my experience of being with dogs, I can comfortably  say that they were all living there like a family. No dog attacking the other. The attendants petting the dog while crossing them. Also, they ensure that they drop the dog in the same street from where he was picked, ensuring that he doesn’t have a hard time post treatment.

But unfortunately, they told me that the dog whom I had sent was rabid, so they would quarantine him until they confirm their diagnosis. He wasn’t in a very good shape. And my brother and the van driver’s diagnosis was different from the doctor. The doctor said that he was rabid, while my cousin said that his maggot were hurting him. I did give them ideas on what could be possibly wrong with him but didn’t want to flood them with those since they are experienced and qualified unlike me. Nevertheless they were patient in listening to me, and even gave me updates on his health over phone. I wish that sweet little dog gets okay too, and I edit this piece to write a few more words praising the PFA. Nevertheless, I saw people caring about animals and that too is no less in the world in which we are becoming more individualistic by the day.

Thank you PFA. You have reinforced to me that human beings are inherently kind.

Next Day’s Edit: I got a call from the PFA saying that the dog died last night. I don’t have much to say, apart from Gandhi ji’s words that are coming to my mind.

Satisfaction is in effort. Full effort is victory.

I couldn’t help the dog survive, but nevertheless tried my best. Hope that little soul RIP.

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So I am often in a fix when people at parties are eating chips, nachos, and so many other seemingly tasty things and all I have is salad. The other day, when I got a sponsored notification from Evolve on Instagram regarding their healthy snacks, I was hooked with skepticism since I am too bored of eating bad tasting food in the name of health food. But since I have had so many bad things, I thought to myself, why not try one more thing.

I ended up ordering a long list of snacks because I thought that atleast something would be nice, and it would help all other readers who are getting sponsored notifications like me.

So generally what to buy or what not to buy depends on the likes and dislikes of each person, but I’ll give you my opinion as someone who needs things to eat other than the regular food, something like tea time snacks, travel snacks or midnight snacks.

What I liked:

  1. Coconut Crisp Vanilla: This is just a dreamland dessert! It is organic, perfectly sweet (neither too little nor in excess), and crunchy. I finished this one packet, the day after it came as I couldn’t resist not eating it. A MUST BUY.
  2. Foxnuts: All flavours are good but I especially liked the crax and the tomato flavour. The cheese flavour is very average but the rest are guilt free nutritious chips that can absolutely be used for midnight snacking or with  tea/coffee.

What I did NOT like:

  1. Wheat Puffs: These are horrible. Never buy these. They are very difficult to chew and even if you do it’s not worth the taste/ the time/the money. Just Don’t buy these.
  2. Vegetable Chips: The concept seems very idealistic, but this along with other vegetable chips are not very palatable. They have tried using a lot of flavoring but what fails them is the fact that these are very very hard. I wouldn’t buy them again but yes, it’s worth a shot if you too are fascinated by their offerings like okra chips, cauliflower chips, beetroot chips, etc.

So go ahead and buy the foxnuts and the coconut vanilla because they are really good and more importantly taste good!

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Since I shared a post of Sadhguru a long time ago, one of my friends recommended me this book, and I managed to finish it today.

It is a small book, 160 pages to be exact. But I don’t think it is any less effective in what it tries to communicate.

So, as mentioned in the cover, it is a story of a boy Siddhartha who takes his journey to quench his thirst of knowledge, to be able to reach a point where there was nothing to learn, or rather reach the end of the journey.

So, as an additional fact, I like Robin Sharma and how he communicates various ideas especially when I am low on energy, but for me those kind of words that tell me what other people do that make them stand out, don’t stick to me for long.

This book is not at all preachy. In fact, the boy whose story is being narrated mocks the general ways in which people have been doing things, which makes you doubt the protagonist at times, and that is the point of the story.

It does not complicate things by getting into detail, else it would have been a 500 page book. But still the author has tried to not loose the essence.

The central theme is that of seeking, and if you have ever wondered about the below things, it would be worth your time:

a) If you have thought that running away was the answer to solve everything.

b) There is a a good world, and there is a bad world, in this one world that we live in.

c) You have to be detached to be happy.

d) Karma is everything. If one is performing his karma right, then there is nothing else to do.

e) You have been absolutely right, or absolutely wrong with your life. Even if you’re or have been depressed, this book will help you if you read it slowly and with an open mind.

f) Or a cocktail of the above thoughts.

If you haven’t had any of the above thoughts ever in your life, you can chuck the idea of reading this altogether. But I like it rather love to delve in such issues, and I liked the book very much. Because you see your own journey of life in Siddhartha, and although you do not get into any extremes, you can relive the extremes of your life with this book, and ultimately come to an end where you feel that it was all okay. Though, I felt the need for a little more detail and a few pages were blank in my book(this was very irritating!), whatever I read made me think. Maybe all this is just playing with your thoughts at the end of the day, but I guess I had fun.

 

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Well, I am not sure how much I have been touched by TV Shows lately, but this intense legal drama seems to inspire me for something that I find missing in my everyday life.

Before I tell you with what is the one thing that shakes my spine when I watch that show, I’d like to apprise you of other things that I like about the show. Although the show is based on a law firm, all of them consider each other as their family members. That made me think, how many of us actually think that way about the people we work for. I know that all of them are partners, and the majority of us are working for someone, who too is working for someone else, but despite of that I am amazed by it. All of us give an adage that money is not everything when we are asked to stand on a stage and talk, but if we really believed in it, we wouldn’t mind treating our seniors as our mentors. I understand that sometimes are difficult to deal with, but more often than not, our outlook decides the role and functioning of the people we deal with.

So, the thing that I love the most is – Loyalty. If you ever happen to get a chance to see the show, look at it from this angle. Once any of the main characters takes a stance, he will stick to it. They have shown how people who are out of the family zone can also be loyal, and sometimes you expect loyalty from the wrong person. But loyalty is the one thing that the show has taught me. Even when their asses were on fire, they would be loyal. Even when breaching loyalty could have gotten them more money or more power, they decide to stick to the people whom they are loyal to. They are not easily baited, or rather baited at all! Don’t you think if this is something that we adopted, it could make our lives much more simple? I’ve always considered sleeping at peace as the highest ordeal, and I think this attribute would make your nights better.

What do you think? 🙂

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So today after all these days I finally got a chance to be at this place with a very special person. I think, a place has to do a lot with the person you go with along with the food. So I’ll tell you everything about my experience at their place, from food to conversations with my friend and also other people. I will not be just if I do not tell you what I loved about this place by just telling you about the food and ambience.

So, I’ll start with the food and the place so that those of you who just want to know about the food can get the relevant review and move on. For those who want to know about my experience of the place, read on. 🙂

Food I ordered:

Punjabi Paneer Pizza ????

This was supposed to be a healthy alternative to Pizza but I am not really sure if it was healthy. It had cheese ???? and paneer. Definitely not vegan, but yes it did feel lighter than the regular pizza and I don’t feel any uneasiness in my stomach that I generally have to address if mistakenly I eat something from Dominos or Pizza Hut. The sauce was very tangy and nice! I liked it overall.

Smoked Salmon Pizza ????

At this point you must be wondering how many pizzas two girls can eat! But yes, we eat! So this pizza had a nice sour cream, onions, red sauce but had more cheese than the paneer pizza. It was nice but I think I liked the veg pizza more because the flavours were more complimentary to each other.

Penne Mixed Sauce Pasta ????

This was as usual served with a piece of garlic bread ????. I think for the first time ever I really felt that I could eat pasta guilt free! So generally whenever I go close to Pasta, it has a lot of cream and cheese. Unlike the regular Pasta, their Pasta was full of flavour but the sauce was more water based than cream or cheese based, and thus felt great! If you are really going to this place with the intention to eat something healthy yet something that does not seem healthy, this is what you should order!

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate ???? ☕️

Okay, so if I have one obsession in sweet it is hot chocolate and I order hot chocolate wherever I go, but I don’t like it really sweet. Their hot chocolate was perfect! Neither too sweet nor too dark. It had a texture of chocolate which I really liked. I have never had such hot chocolate. People have recommended me hot chocolate with rum at Gusto but I think it’s too sweet even after adding the rum. This one however was perfect! Must try when you land here!

Ambience of the place:

There is something about the window side couch that I love. It makes you less confined to the place I believe. Also there were plants as the decoratives that I really loved! You know my love for green is endless. I can spend hours in gardens and nature, so this place made me feel more at home. Moreover I think, if the theme of the cafe is health, keeping plants inside is a really good idea. The counter was bright and lit well. Also there is an obsession of warm white light these days and personally I would be lying if I said that I don’t like them. But this cafe has tried to break the norm and has the regular white light, just like our tube lights at home, but mind you, it has done a great job even with the white light!

Cost: So we were gluttons who had a big meal, which costed us Rs. 2000, which included 2 pizzas, three hot chocolates and one Pasta. Yes, we had one and a half hot chocolate each, but you can easily manage under a 1000 for 2 people if you order a little like normal people.

My recommendation: I think you can go to this place when you are full of guilt of overeating but still want to satisfy yourself by choosing a healthy meal. Go and share what you had and how much you liked it.

Coming to the revelation part, which has made a deeper impact on me than the food. We talked about how we were broken, how we have healed, and also how life has just been fine despite of all the brokenness. She said, we must express ourselves to the ones we loved but I felt the more we talk, the more we exaggerate our problems.

Also, she shares a very touching story about her school life that has impacted me deeply. She went to KV during her schooling for some time after attending an affluent school. She studied with so many students coming from a much humble background, whereas she had seen affluent friends showing off their money. Once, she took Re. 1 from one of her friends to buy something from a local vendor, and the next day that girl came asking for her money. She was so moved by the gesture, and appreciated the value of money and simplicity of people. I was having goosebumps all throughout our conversations and I think my hair must have grown a centimetre because of those discussions!

And then there were little puppies just outside the restaurant trying to come inside but couldn’t so I asked waiter to get me something in chicken for those dogs. He told me that the quantity would be too less, so I should buy something from outside and feed. I agreed, but later had to run quickly because of calls from my family so I asked him if he could help me buy and feed something to those dogs. He seemed very touched by the gesture and agreed to do so. He was pretty kind and shared how he has seen poverty in Nepal, but how we, the coming generation can contribute little and eliminate it. I completely supported him. I think if I can spend 2K for one meal of mine, we can definitely eat a little less or also donate a little to people who are starving.

So, I had a wonderful evening all thanks to my dearest friend, Aja Fresh, their very humble staff and the universe!

I hope you too visit the place soon and share a similar vibe. Happy living. 🙂

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She thought she’d call him or text him

Daydreaming, she looks at her phone

Waiting for that name to flash

Maybe he misses, maybe he is busy

Or maybe she cannot guess

He is too far away like the moon

She romances with the breeze

The moon, the trees, the wind

The drifting leaves talk and assure her

Her footsteps reply to them

This romance could be enough

The lust with which she sees the trees

And blushes when the wind kisses her eyes

Or the goosebumps she feels

When wind rubs her top on her skin

She gives in to this moment and forgets him

Cheats on him as her phone lies beside her

Maybe that’s what time and space needs

Cheats herself & makes love to emptiness

Namita Satija

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Today, I accidentally got a chance to watch Neerja. A film on the life of a young girl, played by the simple looking Sonam Kapoor, who died as a hero at the age of 23. I am a girl and what moves me is strength. Strength of the highest order according to me is mental strength. No matter where you are, what you are doing, you can exhibit how strong you are mentally. I recently heard Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s speech that Lord Ram or Lord Jesus Christ were not successful because of what they accomplished in their lives, their lives were full of hardships and Jesus Christ was even killed. But even then, their mental stamina did not take a plunge. They behaved in the best way they could, and in fact Jesus Christ forgave people who were killing them saying, ” Forgive him for he does not know what he does”. They were the real heroes. I think vengeance and hate is losing it’s charm of being heroic now.

Coming back to the movie, it showcased a bubbly girl, an excerpt from her past, and the hijacking instance. People were shot in front of her but she did not lose her stability. He went on to perform her duty. She was a hero till her last breath. The emotions of a young girl captured very well. She was scared yes, but she never behaved in a selfish manner. What went through her family, how others felt of her bravery was captured well. She was not a hero who could fight 10 people together. She was the kind of brave that we all can be on a every day basis.

It was also about her family, who always served as the backbone of her strength. Social stigmas attach very quickly on to a middle class family but her family always supported her through thick and thin. Her mother’s character played by Shabana Azmi, displayed the gentle heart of a typical Punjabi mother. She did a fabulous job in making my heart skip a beat with her each screen presence.

She was not extraordinary but she did not make ordinary choices.

Thanks to the makers of this film and a salute to the young girl. Thank you.

Movie Rating: 4/5.

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I am a health freak who is huge fan of subway mostly because it fills my tummy and also gives me a lot of taste! I generally avoid cheese and mayo sauces but have all vegetables.

Today, I was awfully tired and went to get my regular Tuna sandwich and I was surprised to see them sell wraps. Fascinated but with a bit of caution as I wasn’t sure if it was going to be sumptuous for my gigantic hunger, I decided to go for my sandwich. After the sandwich my mind was still there on the wraps and owing to my huge appetite, I decided to have one wrap.

I ordered Veg Wrap which cannot be customized like subway sandwiches. It was made of multigrain and had the filling of “chatpata chana”. But I was DISAPPOINTED! 🙁

I love Voodoo wraps by Dunkin Donuts which are much more sumptuous than this and also tastes better and are healthier. The fried chatpata chana was a thumbs down and the overall texture and feel was just average. Although it is really cheap and comes at Rs 60, I am sure this is just the introductory price. And yes, Dunking Donuts Voodoo wraps are for about Rs 175, so that ways this is okay.

But the last thing that I want is a bad dish, it just tastes like a sub (not made of your choice) served in a small chapati.

I haven’t tried the Non vegetarian one though. Please tell me how that is!image

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So, yesterday was Diwali and I am really excited about it as always. Since I woke up late to enjoy the day in my own style, I was clueless of what to wear. I procrastinate shopping in the hope that I will not waste money but I always end up shopping!

So, there’s a shop at DT City Centre, IT Park, Chandigarh and I went there even before I took a bath. I saw their Diwali collection and it was average. They had sequined kurtis which they asked me to pair with chooridaars or plazzos but somehow I wasn’t convinced. The Kurtas were in the range of Rs. 3000, the plazzos started from Rs. 1200, the chooridaars from Rs. 800 and dupattas from Rs. 1200. So, I realized that my average spend is going to be atleast Rs. 5000 for Diwali or zero if I decide to not buy anything!

But I was already there and wanted to feel ecstatic for the entire day in a new dress, shallow I know, but Diwali just comes once in a year, right? 😉

I looked at multiple things and then came across this a little old model which all of you would have seen sometime or the other in W promotions. It was for Rs. 9000 but since it was old stock, they were giving it at a 50% discount!

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I bought it and wore with my beautiful Karigari earrings and Charles and Kieth wedges. For my make up, I just used my favorite Sunheal Sunscreen, The Body Shop BB cream, Lakme Iconic Kajal in black and Maybelline Peach blossom lip balm.

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Lastly, I hope you had a great Diwali. Do share your experiences!