Saturday, April 16, 2016

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter J for Jaipur

Greetings People,
Sorry for the absense. But here we are to continue the #AtoZChallenge 2016.
Our contribution for Letter J is about photos from my Jaipur trip.

You can read all about Jaipur at:

Travel : Jaipur visit in 1 day
Travel: Jaipur- Albert Museum and Birla Temple
Travel: Jaipur- Hava Mahal and Jantar Mantar
Travel: Jaipur-City Palace and Jaigarh Fort/Jaivana Canon
Travel: Jaipur-Amber or Amer Palace and Jal Mahal
Travel: Jaipur-Bapu Bazar

Alsisar Hotel.
This was Alsisar Haveli with just 10rooms. Looking at the tourism boom, it was converted into a 2 storied hotel with the rustic look but having all the modern facilities. It was lovely staying here for 3days. View more pictures of the Hotel at: Alsisar Hotel and Chowkidhani

Hava Mahal
Haval Mahal or Palace of Breeze is a 5storied with 950 windows. It was built by the Maharaja as an extension of the Janana or Queen's chamber so that the Queens could watch the daily life outside the Palace without being seen. The windows are perfect for circulation of cool breeze. But our guide said its not worth the effort to climb all those 5 stories of stairs. I wish we hadnt listened to him. Read a fullfledged virtual tour by Sundari at Hava Mahal

 City Palace

This is inside the City Palace in the Queens chambers. The royalty when come out in the balcony, can be seen from here. Each door of this chamber is decorated with the season theme. This one is Rainy season with Peacock motif.

Ganesh Pol of Amber Fort

Char baug, one of the landscaped garden within the fort

Amber Fort is a massive fort-palace complex. Forbidding on the outside but so lavish inside, will put even 7star international Hotels to shame. The layouts, artwork, genius way to bring comfort to the kings and queens is simply mindblowing. Read in detail Travel: Jaipur-Amber or Amer Palace and Jal Mahal

Jaipur is a must visit location. If you plan in advance you can cover it in one day or leisurely take a week :)

Better late than never, this is our post for Letter J:

Event: JAMMs Book Club meet and Book Reading by Kiran Manral

Good day everyone,
We at JAMMs are a no-nonsense group of ladies who empower women and each other to be good mothers, entrepreneurs, wives,friends,... The JAMMs Book Club is one of its most active and disciplined group. We have our book club meets thanks to Ritu and Sonia.
This was the 2nd book club meet I attended. This was at APB Cook Studio.

I have missed and heard lot of raving about APB and the sessions Rushina conducts. So I was glad this time I will be able to see in person what magic Rushina weaves which glues everyone along with salivate for the yummy things she makes.
Also the other star attraction for me to not miss this Book club meet was Book Reading by Kiran Manral. I have promoted Kiran's book: Karmic Kids on my blog and met her in person. A lady who will hug you, talk to you lovingly and remember you the next time you meet. Difficult for an Author who has 10000s of fan following, but Kiran manages that very well.

We started off with introduction of all the mommies. Then Kiran introduced her latest book: The Face at the Window. Its her first Thriller book. She answered our questions, read out some interesting and captivating snippets from the book. The story is based on an Anglo-Indian woman and has mentions of the Anglo-Indian cuisine, to Rushina's delight.

So Rushina started the hands on teaching of an Anglo-Indian dish: Chicken/Mushroom in White Wine sauce. She explained the concept of Wine, its use in cooking, myths and beliefs, tips about healthy cooking, how to get what you want from your husbands,... ;) You get the drift, right? Whats a Women's Book Club meet without some naughtiness. Yes we can blame it on the Wine we were served and the fumes of it from Rushina's yummy dishes. There was also a Dessert also Wine based.

I didnt go home Tipsy cause I had the: O-Tea. Rushina, I need the recipe for this lovely tea or the source to buy it from.
O-Tea, lovely and refreshing
There were some unlimited, yummy snacks made by ABP and Rushina's team. What more can a Mommy ask for, right?

But wait there was more.
Ankita from Lifestyleproblog had coaxed us to each get a book for a Book Exchange. We each got a book, numbered them, drew a numbered card, picked up the book for the respective number.

Tada! New book received and someone got our good, old, lovely book.

Ankita holding cards and Krishna going: Inimini miny moo
Our book collection

Our captivated audience watching Rushina stir up a storm

Book reading and some fun questions with Kiran Manral
Ritu and Kiran

Kiran and Rushina

3 Powerhouses in 1 frame, I call this pic. Glad to have clicked it :)
Kiran and Me. Hope to read & review her book soon. Stay Tuned !

Contest Alert !
 There was a Contest announced. Share a pic on Twitter with the Book theme in mind. The winner gets an Autographed copy of the book: The Face at the Window. Thats my version of the theme ;)

Goody Bag !
More Wines in the goody bag. The event was sponsored by Pause Wines. Apt tag line: Pause, Life can Wait!

JAMMs Book Club meet with Rushina and Kiran Manral at APB Cook Studio
Hope to do more good stuff, meet more like minded lovely people and Enjoy Life :)
Join JAMMs if you are a mommy based in Mumbai.

The first Book Club meet was with Payal Gidwani:
Event: JAMMs Fitness workshop with Payal Gidwani and Bookclub meet

Bye. Take care.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter I for Innocence

Greeting lovely people,
Letter I post is going to show some clicks of Innocence.

This little scared guy was watching us when we were travelling by bus from Khandala for an office trip.

At Jaipur, this little dancer quickly parroted sentences that he goes to school and that day there was a holiday. Hope he becomes a good human being.

This granny was selling lemon juice on the way to the highest peak of Maharashtra: Kalsubai. Loved her nosering and angelic smile :)

Notorious kid of my grandparent's servants in our native place. But he always had a toothy grin.

The dare devil Salman, again the kid from the servants on my grandparents farm. Always upto stunts :)

 The kids with the singing troupe on the path to Jejuri. Belting devotional songs at the top of their voices and in tune with the instruments :)

Little volunteers, kids distributing water during Mumbai Marathon.

Simba, our friend Sundari's tomcat with the black spot under his nose. Cute fella
Manya, the little fellow who got himself adopted to us and then disappeared

Mother and her love. Outside a lonely temple in Pune

Calves nuzzling at my grandparents farm
Our contribution for Letter I

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter H for Humour

Hello Everyone,

Humour through pictures? You bet. Tell me if you cant get the Humour in these pictures ;)

Check our Whats that pic series to get the entire collection for ROFL.

The picture which started the Whats that pic series in this blog. Caption it now :D

Oh and the Bashing English and grammar takes. How many spelling mistakes here?
Hope you dont need this job. God bless your English then.

ROFL ! Fatke khane hai? Translation here.
Smart ! Shoppers we are being diplomatic here ;)

So this is our post for Letter H. More coming right up :)

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter G for Greenery

Greetings everyone,
For Letter G we are posting pictures of greenery I have come across.
Hope in this sweltering summer these pictures offer some coolness to your eyes :)

The small garden maintained by my dad.
The garden my MIL works diligently on everyday.
One of the Activities I attended:
Bhendi Tree with Walk the Mumbai Trees walk
Vrushavali, Thane Flower exhibition
Right within the city: Maharashtra Nature Park
Most Popular Post on this blog: Brahma Kamal
From the treks I have done

God paints such lovely landscapes in all hues and shades. At Kalsubai

Another highest peak of Maharashtra: Ajoba Parvat where Luv Kush were born

Outskirts of Mumbai: Karnala Fort
Have you tried River Rafting at Kolad?

Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Top of Raigad Fort

Gardens of Ajmer Palace, Jaipur

Go around our blog I am sure you will find lots of pictures of Greenery :)

Contribution for Letter G, Done !

Bye. Take care.