Sunday, 10 September 2017

A Gift to Cherish

I have fond memories of spending time with my grandmother. She was my constant companion in my childhood. She is the one who helped me conquer fear of the dark. She helped me become more confident and express my opinions in front of the world.
She has been my best friend guide and philosopher who has stood by me whenever I needed her. She was a very outgoing person always taking part in debates and school plays.
She loved all extra curricular activity and even convinced her parents to let her learn how to play the harmonium and the guitar. It was quite a feat for a girl of her times specially as she came to from a very traditional and conservative family.
Despite all the restrictions she was undaunted and pursued her hobbies, passion and ambitions.

She inculcated the same values in me too. She always told me to be my own self and express my opinions without any fear. Her most prized possession was her wedding trousseau. She had preserved it and always said that she would give it to me on my wedding day.
Another of her prized possession was her wedding album. She cherished going through it time and again and love sharing the anecdotes and about the events from her wedding ceremonies.
Since my grandfathers job was a transferable one they were constantly on the move.Moving from one city to the other. This constant repacking of the goods took a toll on her wedding album. It became worn out.
In one of the shifting she discovered that her prized possession was no longer with her. It seemed that either it had been misplaced or lost in transit.
She was greatly saddened by this and often remembered her loss.
A few days back I discovered a roll of negatives while going through some old boxes in the attic. To my  delight they were the negatives of some of the photographs from her wedding album.
Since grandparents day was just a few days away so I decided to plant a special treat for my grandmother.
I have invited her to my place on the 10th of September that is Grandparents day and plan to prepare her favorite dishes. I have got those negatives printed into photographs and arranged them in an album.

I cannot wait to see the expression when my grandmother sees her wedding pictures once again.
It would be an incredible moment to cherish and my way of celebrating grandparents day and #LoveJatao for my grandmother.

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Simple yet luxurious

I decided to visit the land of Gandhi. As always I wanted a comfortable hotel which is not only luxurious but also central and well connected with the city.
I booked my room with Courtyard Marriott Hotel, a lavish resort in the capital city of Ahmedabad. It offers a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. It’s ideal for business and leisure travelers.
The hotel amenities and staff make every guest feel relaxed, refreshed and cared for.
The hotel offers fascinating classy facilities to make the vacation an unforgettable experience.
It’s located on the prime location in Gujarat's commercial capital. Its in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Gulmohar Park Mall, ISCON Mall, and ISKCON Temple. Vaishnodevi Temple and Kankaria Lake are
also within 5 km.
The hotel offers 164 grand rooms with four plush variations like Deluxe Rooms, Executive Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and
Executive Suites. The rooms have carpet flooring with sophisticated ambience. All the rooms are centrally air conditioned. Rooms are equipped with 1 king or 1 queen bed, rollaway beds permitted, cribs, pillow top mattress, duvet and chic furniture like chair and desk with ergonomic chair for comfort. Alarm clock, safe (surcharge), & electrical outlet, iron & ironing board, complimentary bottled water, coffee/tea maker, facility of voice mail, speaker phone, and television with remote control, premium movie channels, cable/satellite & Ipod dock are the additional benefits. All the rooms have well equipped marble bathrooms with shower, hair dryer, robe and slippers.

High speed wired & wireless internet (surcharge) is provided to help the guests in remaining connected to the world.

Deluxe Rooms also offer connecting rooms and newspaper is also delivered on request. Executive Rooms have an executive access to lounge, complementary non alcoholic beverages and business services (surcharge). Both Executive Rooms and Deluxe Rooms are non smoking with connecting rooms. These rooms offer a well stocked mini bar
and mini refrigerator. Separate living rooms and well stocked mini bar and refrigerator are also offered in Executive Suites.

I decided to book the Deluxe Suite with the King Bed. This room overlooked the pool. Wired and wireless Internet access (surcharge) kept me well connected, and the flat-panel television kept me updated on news and entertainment. A minibar, a coffee/tea

maker, and a refrigerator were provided. The private bathroom has a bathtub and shower, as well as bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. Air conditioning and complimentary bottled water were included, as well as a desk with ergonomic chair for comfortable reading and writing.

Dining options include MoMo Cafe, an all-day dining restaurant and Bayleaf, an upscale north-west specialty restaurant. Java+ is a 24x7 coffee bar. 24-hour room service is also available.
MoMo Cafe is an in house coffee shop serving local delicacies and global favorites. The place is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a la carte menu with appetizing Western, Asian and Indian cuisines.

The hotel has a full-service spa. There is an outdoor pool, a 24-hour health club, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café.
Other amenities available to guests include 24-hour room service, WiFi, and wired Internet.

I enjoyed the Spa Services at the hotel.O2 has 4 treatment rooms. Services include massages, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. Body treatments like massages manicures and pedicures help to refresh and unwind after a hectic day.

The business facilities in the hotel include electrical outlet, desk level, speaker phone, voice mail and two line phone.

The tour desk of the Courtyard by Marriott Ahmedabad helped me in visiting the city’s main sights including the Sabarmati Ashram, home of Mahatma Gandhi.

This hotel is rated for the best value in Ahmedabad.

I must say it’s an "Amazing hotel, great staff, great food and services".

 “I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

Mumbai calling

I am neither famous nor a celebrity. They are always shown to be enjoying life, a luxurious one at that. You need not be a celebrity to enjoy and experience luxury.
Just plan your stay at Mumbai and you can live just like the rich and the famous.
Like me you need to book your stay at Novotel a hotel located at the plush locality of Juhu.
Luxury and nature are its trademarks. The hotel is just a little distance away from the sea beach.
The luxurious interiors and the luxury of the sea view are the twin luxuries one can experience and enjoy here.
The moment I stepped into the hotel I could feel that I have stepped into a luxurious and opulent landscape.
I was welcomed by smiling members of the hotel staff who helped me put my bag through the security scanner at the gate. When I entered the main glass gate I found myself standing in a large lounge. On the left was a seating area supplied with ample reading material and fitted with a number of big screen television sets. On the right was the reception area. It is here that I presented my id and reservation papers for verification and was handed over my room key.

A member of the hotel staff took care of delivering my luggage to the room assigned to me. The room was big and spacious. It had air conditioning and a LED TV apart from
Free WiFi, a work space.
As a guest I had access to the following.
Lavish buffet breakfast
Choice of  4 restaurants
24-hour fitness centre,
O2 Spa,
Sauna and
Choice of flexible spaces for an event in case I needed to hold one. I could do all this without stepping out of the hotel.
As part of my booking I had received free wifi and free breakfast.

Watching the Juhu beach from my window was indeed a luxury that I was looking forward too.
However that is not the only place from where I could watch the sea. As a hotel guest staying at the hotel I promptly walked up to the pool and went up to the edge of the structure from where I could watch the waves and the beach.
Sitting here on an easy chair and relaxing was a luxury I was hoping to enjoy for a very long time.
The option to order a drink from a wide selection of menu only enhanced my enjoyment.

I had the option to walk past the swimming pool and go down the flight of stairs to a guarded gate. Passing through this gate gave me direct access to the Juhu beach right from my hotel.

When it came to food and drinks I had quite a few options at the hotel.

Gadda Da Vida is a Chic sea lounge where one can order a cocktail and bite into some snacks while watching the Arabian sea.
I loved eating at Gadda Da Vida as it offered not just food but also a magnificent view of the sea and I was lucky to get a seat on the out side. The food was good and the ambiance ecstatic. It felt like I was teleported to a beach side restaurant in Goa yet I was in Mumbai. It sure did feel special.
Bageecha: This place offers some fine Indian dining options.
The Square : They serve Pan Indian food the whole day.   
Olio is the place for Italian style dining and I found the pizza made at the wood-fired pizza ovens to be extra special
Sampan : When ever I wanted to eat Chinese food this is the place I headed.
Peche Mignon my favorite and Juhu's only French Patisserie, presents a lavish array of fresh and vibrantly flavored pastries and breads with a variety of chocolates.

Need I say more?
Good food, relaxing atmosphere and easy access to a clean beach a stay at Novotel Juhu Mumbai offers all this and the best part it you can just stay at the hotel and see Mumbai's who's who walk in and out of the hotel. Some are staying there, others are there for an event or meeting or simply to enjoy the good life that Novotel Juhu Mumbai has to offer.
For me this is luxury at its best.
 “I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

Friday, 27 January 2017

Chords of Love

Relationships are like silken threads. Their course does not run smooth. There are many moments when we face upheavals and experience chords of discord. It is very important for us to get out of such situations as fast as we can. This is very important to make the course of our lives run smoothly.
Our lives are a perfect weave of moments that make our lives interesting and noteworthy. In this texture are woven our relationships. Every one faces a bad hair day and similarly we often face bad relationships. When these bad moments take a sudden turn for the better then they leave a indelible mark on our memories. T hey come to the forefront again and again making us relive those moments once more.
Living with our family and specially our siblings give rise to many intolerant situations.
We find it hard to ignore the attitudes and actions of our siblings, but then something happens that upturns the table completely changing the situation that was causing us anger and aggravation.
I was not the only child but had a brother a few years younger to me. He was my complete opposite, very active never sitting still and always tampering with the gadgets
Opening them apart to see what was inside. He was always living in a world of his own .
He did not care for the feelings and emotions of others. It seemed that he was himself bereft of finer feelings. He was like a bully and I was in constant fear of him always wondering which favorite thing of mine would fall prey to his curiosity. As a precaution I started keeping my precious things under lock and key to keep them safe from his prying eyes and damaging actions.
He was the youngest child in the house and every one pampered him. Inspite of all his provocations no one ever scolded him and this made him more of a nuisance. He was super confident that all his actions and their consequences would be ignored by one and all. I was the only thorn in his happiness because I constantly reprimanded him for his deeds. He looked upon me as his enemy. My constantly locked almirah was a source of great curiosity for him. He always loitered near it and tried to open it but got frustrated on finding it locked. One day being in a hurry I left the keys on the table nearby.
After nearly an hour I came back to my room and was shocked to find the contents of my almirah strewn on the floor. On the table lay my most prized possession, my Mother of
Pearl  watch. It was all opened up and all its parts spread on the table. This sight was the ultimate for me and I sat on the chair weeping inconsolably. I felt that my world had come to an end.
Suddenly I felt an arm on my hand and I looked up to see my brother tying his favorite watch on my hand. Their  were tears in his eyes. This act of his brought a sudden turn in our relationship. Although his watch was a plastic one it seemed at that moment to me the
most valuable. He wiped my tears and we shared our favorite chocolate to mark the moment. Now that plastic watch is my most prized possession and it brings back the memory of that day which changed our relationship
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