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I’m a big believer in taking short breaks or mini vacations whenever I get the chance. Sometimes work gets hectic and I need to switch off and take some time for myself. February is always a hectic month for me as I have several projects that take up all my energy but once they were over, I managed to hop on a plane and found myself spending the next two days in an oasis of peace and relaxation. The hotel itself is a beautiful property that has access to the beach which is a hop skip and jump away. It’s…

India has plenty to offer a curious traveler if only we take the time to look beyond the obvious. To call our country diverse is an understatement and people forget that there is a reason we’re called a sub continent. For many travelling to India is restricted to the usual suspects like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, other popular metros and some typical tourist spots. Not that they don’t have their own unique offerings but if one takes the time and makes the effort to explore the interiors of India, you’ll be left speechless and equally impressed. A recent trip to…

I consider my self fortunate and all sorts of lucky that my blog and work has me visiting gorgeous places, eating exquisite meals and hob nobbing with some very cool folks. I’m always meeting chefs but when I get to meet a celebrity chef not once but twice, I find that I must have done something right. A few months ago I wrote about a very special meal at Ziya at The Oberoi Hotel with chef Vineet Bhatia and at the time I had no idea I’d ever meet him again. As luck would have it, I was invited to sample…

Nashik seems to be a rather unusual choice for a holiday. If you stay in either Mumbai or Pune, it’s an ideal spot for a weekend getaway specially during the monsoon when everything gets lush and green. Nashik’s claim to fame is the fact that they are a highly spiritual city with plenty of important religious temples and is even home to the famous Kumbh Mela. While this is an important identity for the city and the region, not many are aware that this is India’s very own wine country. There seems to be something magical in the soil and…

Summer’s here ! Well atleast for us folks in India. The heat is intense and thanks to global warming, it’s about to get a hotter. Schools are closed for a good two months and even if you’re not planning your vacation time around kids schedule, it’s still a great idea to take a break and jet off somewhere else. Most people get lazy and tend to flock to Goa which personally if you ask me is great as a destination but a tiny bit over rated. I decided to give you a quick glance at a few places I think…

One of the most exciting meals when I travel is breakfast. When I’m at home it’s nothing fancy maybe the odd egg or toast but when I travel is when I really indulge and do justice to a breakfast buffet. I was recently asked to meet someone over a breakfast meeting and while it sounded very tempting, the reality of waking up and getting ready so I could reach on time was far from delightful. To make matters worse my meeting was scheduled at the other end of where I live, temptingly close to the international airport ! If you…

I’ve been a big fan of Restaurant Week India which to me is one of the most interesting endeavours in the food industry in India. This five year old property encourages people to dine at some of the best restaurants in the city and enjoy a fixed coursed meal at a fixed ( much more affordable ) price. So you can pick a gorgeous restaurant in a 5 star hotel and end up paying half of what you would on a normal day. I think its absolutely genius and most importantly wonderful because it really encourages folks to ditch the…

In my opinion, one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai is to it’s younger sibling Pune. The city is wonderful and has much to offer despite turning into a mini Mumbai. I have friends there so it’s always fun to visit but even if I didn’t, I’d still go because there is enough to keep me occupied. This month was full of long weekends and my sister and I finally ( with grave difficulty ) managed to plan a weekend away together, something we haven’t done in a while. I was generously given a gift certificate which was basically…

I tend to fall in love with almost every place I visit and always yearn to go back. Cities have their own vibe but if I’m being completely honest, one of my happiest places in the world is when I’m sitting on the last bench in an open jeep in the middle of a jungle eagerly waiting to come across any, many and every jungle creature. If you were to ask me what kind of holiday you should take, I will always advocate a safari vacation and preferably one in the heart of Madhya Pradesh in India. India has plenty…

I haven’t been to Pune in ages and this weekend was a breath of fresh air. I popped into the city for a quick weekend getaway with my sister and for the most part lounged around in our gorgeous hotel the Hyatt Regency Pune. You can’t blame us, it’s ferociously hot outside with the temperature crawling up to 40 degrees so besides a very successful shopping trip and the mall next door, we pretty much ate at the hotel and stayed indoors like little princesses. Since I hadn’t been to Pune in ages, a city I’m extremely familiar with and…