Month: June 2013

Vignettes from Coorg

Kashmir is known as “Heaven on Earth” in India. But there is one place which i feel can compete with Kashmir in enchanting travelers with its beauty, and that is Coorg. Coorg is nestled in the Southwestern ghats of Karnataka. It is around  4 – 5 hours drive from Bangalore and indeed a beautiful one. The moment you enter the city of Madikeri, you will feel warm and cushy, like sipping a hot steaming cup of coffee made from the beans sprouting in the gardens of the beautiful town. I visited Coorg around 3 years back on an official project (yes, don’t be jealous i had an awesome job 😛 ). The views my eyes captured during that trip remain as preserved pieces of pictures deep inside my heart, which come alive whenever i think of the Coorgi hospitality. Though i never got a chance again to dip into its charm, i managed to retrieve some pictures i had clicked during my trip (Read when my hard disk crashed).     “Fresh green Robusta coffee …

Love for food (series)

“A puddle of mush, a gush of sweetness and the soft charm of pink & white, A perfect potion to detox all blues” Charles de Gaulle and the beauty of the airport lies in all things beautiful that it houses! Be it souvenirs, drinks, chocolates or food, you just cant get enough of it. An early morning flight and an aimless stroll landed me in front of this cake. It was so stunning that i kept standing there for few minutes till i got disturbed by the enthusiasm of few kids to touch the piece. Food is an art. It is not restricted by language, country, culture. It is adorned by the connoisseurs of love and life. P.S-”Love for Food (Series)” is a lore of my experience with food across countries, cities, town & cuisines. My love for food is captured in this series with unforgettable memoirs which keeps its taste lingering forever!

5 bits of wisdom from my visit to an old age home

Jeevan Asha (in English it means Hope for Life) is a home for aged and orphans in Mumbai. I got connected with this organization through my company during one of the CSR initiatives. In the past whenever I had the opportunity to volunteer for old age homes and orphanage, I have collected fond memories and some wonderful learning’s. Though I never got the opportunity to pen them down, this time I decided to share my experience through my blog. Here i am presenting a photo brief of my experience, but you can read the full story here – 5 things i learned from my visit to an old age home The 5 bits of wisdom: 1. Happiness is a state of mind 2. People don’t need gifts or money, they need your time 3. Help people, strangers too – that’s humanity 4. How we bid a farewell to the world is in our hands 5. Love your parents

Politically correct

“And she is politically agile” – read one of the statements from my 360 degree feedback. It look me few minutes to understand what that meant. My manager went on saying, that it means you are politically correct in your conversations or in other words very diplomatic. Awesome! Is that a compliment or “area of improvement”. To people, who gave this feedback, it was supposedly a compliment. Looks like it is much appreciated in the corporate world, if you do not offend people so often and have an answer with “ifs” and “buts”. Every answer which is weighed a hundred times in your mind before you speak makes you a star. Really? I am not quite sure. I came across this and i felt all together more heinous about being “Politically Correct”. This image would make us laugh and check which one is us!     I weigh my words before i speak every time not to be a smart ass, but out of fear of upsetting someone and telling them right on their face …

Old Memories

“Few broken bricks and some peeling plaster, Hues of black and sometimes white, A smile and then a glower. Leaning through the window of old memories, A step back and you walk with reality, a step further and you blend with the horizon like that twinkling star!” Though all my days start early mornings, holidays and weekends give me the lee way to laze around and catch up on some extra beauty sleep 😛 But this particular day in Pune I decided to climb a mountain with my hubby and a friend. And i couldn’t have asked for more. A beautiful old fort, right up, covered in fog. I wonder if I would have opted for sleep that day instead of this trip uphill, how would I have cherished this moment that’s engrained in my memories forever. When we procrastinate things we don’t know what passed by us, it’s only when we wake up to opportunities – to run, live, explore, we realize the treasures the world curls up.