That awkward moment when you open a gift, and its something you don’t like, but you pretend you love it! Same old, same old? Mundane gifts.
So let’s not make that happen. Here are some gift ideas for every occasion!
“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world”
One of the most thoughtful gift for all the techies!
3. Resistance Band
Resistance bands are made of strong, thin rubber with handles at the end & come with a variety of resistances depending on your fitness level. With resistance bands you can do just about any type of strength training exercises. You can call it a portable gym.
4. Polaroid camera.
It’s a fun camera which helps you get instant pictures. And for those who write about their travel diaries. Just a click away.
5. Concert Tickets
Watching your favourite band perform live is magical. It’s more than just music.
6. Whey protein
For serious gym-goers. PS – There are no side effects.
Sunglasses are one of my favourite accessories that is equal parts fashion & function. It helps you enhance your look. Cools you down!
For all the e-readers out there.
9. Gift cards
Gift cards give the other person a lot of freedom to buy stuff of their own choice.
10. An Experience
An experience can be a day out at your favourite place, a stand up comedy gig, visiting an orphanage. (yet to experience it)
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One day trips! Hard to find? We plan but never go? You know what we should just go! Planned, unplanned..
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things”
So ofcourse by the title you know that Sula happened!
Sula Vineyards in Nashik is India’s most famous & most accessible winery. It all began in 1997, when a young, energetic Indian entrepreneur (Rajeev Samant) had a crazy idea of setting up a winery in India.
The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a guided tour, tasting sessions & attend Sula Fest which happens in late February. They’ve also done well to break the myth that wine is for the elitist.
We started out from Mumbai early in the morning at around 8 am & reached Nashik after 4 hours being a weekday. It was a long drive despite usual traffic. Greeted by a bright yellow logo of a sun with a twirling moustache at the entrance, we knew we had arrived at our destination.
After reaching the vineyard & clicking pictures we went through the whole property, all excited ready to get ourselves soaked in wine! Not really! We straightaway booked for a guided wine tour + tasting sessions, which took us through the whole process of wine making & the rooms were filled with huge barrels of wine stored in it. (The older the better). They charged 250 bucks for that! Pretty cheap with tasting of six wines. Also we were taught the technique of tasting a wine.
Hold the glass by the stem or base of the wine glass.
The colour reveals a lot about the age of the wine.
Now swirl it in the glass to let some air mix with it.
Smell the wine, take a sip and keep it in your mouth for a while and drink it all!
This is how wine enthusiasts have their favourite wine.
Sula Vineyards has a amphitheatre which is beautifully maintained & this transforms into a lively stage during Sula Fest. The garden area is intricately designed with widespread wooden railings, a lotus pond, bright coloured walls & the natural light does wonders with photos.
Lotus pond without lotuses!
For lunch we went to Soma which is a neighbourhood vineyard famous for its Indian Restaurant, it drizzled at that time which made it more pleasant. We tried this drink called ‘The Pink Elephant’ which was amaze. Sitting on the first deck overlooking the vineyards was immersive. Further we went to the backwaters which is along Gangapur dam, few minutes from Soma worth visiting.
For your take home memorabilia, Sula has a souvenir shop. They also have a wine shop where one can purchase Sula wines below MRP.
Unfortunately, there was no grape stomping during our visit. The season for stomping is during March. Stomping is done for fun and the grapes you stomp are table grapes & not wine grapes. February is a good time to visit, since Sula organizes their annual Sula Fest. Grape stomping is one of the many things to do at the fest with art, music, dance, food and more WINE!
Overall it was a happy day 🙂
Update : Next visit up in February. Here are some pictures we clicked. Have a look.
So have you been to any vineyards in or around nashik? Tell me your experience in the comment section below.
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“Its easier to stay in shape if you never let yourself get out of shape in the first place”
A diet should always be something which can be followed throughout your life, crash diet might help you cut down your weight or get you in shape quickly but everything expeditious is temporary. Once you start having junk food you might end up getting out of shape within no time. Try to toss it out.
Few healthy lifestyle hacks!
1.Go for a brisk walk / Run for 15 minutes. Distance yourself.
2.Have atleast 2-3 litres of water daily. Hydrate yourself. It helps boost metabolism.
3.Other thing you can do is cut down sugar from your diet. Healthier substitute is honey. Its a natural energy drink.
4.Exercising daily helps you to kill sugar cravings. Its releases endorphins (feel good chemicals)
*FYI* its scientifically proven.
5.Increase the protein intake. Add cheese / nuts / soy ,lentils to your meal,top it up with veggies. Protein is great for satiety, may help with cravings as well.
6.Have a bowl of salad / fruits daily. Preferably raw.
7.Sleep well. Go ahead, snooze!
8.Rejuvenate yourself, listen to your favourite music, it sure does wonders.
Don’t eat less, Eat right!
PS– not a certified nutritionist nor a dietician! These are just basic things i try to incorporate.
A little chocolate here and there doesn’t hurt!
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Amidst the ‘Fast Paced’ Mumbai city, we found this cool secluded place “CAFE BY THE BEACH”.
You can call this a perfect date place, wherein you can prepay thousand bucks which includes a boat ride ( Highly recommended during sunset ), food & beverages worth the same. They have a tie up with H2O sports for water sports.
The ambience over here is more than perfect.The waves breaking in, sparkling silver of the sea, and thee, to take a evening stroll by the beach,shades and hues.
They have limited options for appetizers but the quality of what they serve is pretty good. You have to try their freshly brewed coffees!! Amazing.
Overall it was refreshing for my feet to feel sand albeit concrete floors and steady lapping of the waves, sound of the sea nothing else calm and welcoming. Preferably visit just
before sunset! Bliss!
Located at Girgaon Chowpatty. One of the hidden gems of Mumbai.
PS – Closed during monsoons.
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It was an off beat holiday this time of the year, no prior bookings were made, Just the air tickets and here we go!
What are the most beautiful places in Kashmir? (To sum it up)
Pahalgam tops my list!!
Pahalgam is a quaint town with little villages here and there, it had a rustic charm to it. Pahalgam has two places which are worth visiting,Betaab valley & Chandanwari, the valley got its name from a hit Bollywood film ‘Betaab’. The road to chandanwari is very narrow so a local driver is preferred, you will be passing through hills and lush green forests. Sparkling waterfalls make a great sight. At the end of it there are huge ice glaciers which melt in the summer & eventually makes a great tourist spot.
Gulmarg is a traveller’s paradise with starry snow-clad peaks, famous gondola cable car which is one of the highest in the world, historic gulmarg golf club , however the main reason to come to gulmarg is to venture up towards Mt Afarwat. This can be done on foot or with ponies but is easiest using the two stage gondola cable car that takes you to the sky and back! Haha. It’s a winter wonderland yeah.
Srinagar being the capital city has a lot going on lately with surgical strikes and shut-downs for a long time now. Although indulgent houseboats, historic gardens, distinctive kashmiri wooden houses, ancient temples make it a great place to visit. The city’s greatest drawcard is mesmerisingly placid Dal lake with a bright array of houseboats which looks picture postcard perfect. Also kashmiris are very warm and welcoming, we visited one of their house which was two-storeyed and they had huge carpets all over with antiques lined up at every nook & corner. They served kashmiri kahwa every now and then, it’s a delicacy! Get a packet home!
So that’s a wrap for my first blog! Thank-you for reading! Suggestions are always welcomed.