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Breathe Life into your homes: Indoor plants in home décor

“One who plants a garden plants happiness” – Chinese proverb, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Given the current situation we live in today, there is no denying the fact that fresh, pure air is the greatest asset we can have.  While most of us associate air pollution with outdoors, it is surprising to note that… Continue reading Breathe Life into your homes: Indoor plants in home décor

Miscellaneous · Travel

Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Dating back all the way to the 15th and 16th century, lace making in Belgium is intrinsic and integral to the cultural heritage of the country.  Intricate, graceful and sophisticated, the unique feature of authentic Belgium lace is that it is totally handmade and made largely with bobbins, needle pins and other techniques.    Known earlier… Continue reading Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Arunachal Pradesh · Travel

Arunachal Pradesh: on a tribal trail

Landing in Guwahati and hitting the road for Itanagar was a perfect prelude to the land of surreal natural beauty and diverse landscapes, Arunachal Pradesh.  It is a state of unparalleled biodiversity as well as ethnic and cultural multiplicity with 26 major tribes and a mind boggling 100 subtribes, each of whom have their own… Continue reading Arunachal Pradesh: on a tribal trail

Food

Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

One of the most popular ingredients used in the cuisine of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Gongura or sorrel leaves.  Also called Amabada, it is a  rich source of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium.  Known for its anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties, Gongura is available in two varieties, the red stemmed one and… Continue reading Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

Switzerland · Travel

Photo essay: Gruyères – of medieval vibes, fairy tale landscapes and gastronomic culture

Located in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland, the idyllic town of Gruyères is home to several interesting sites.  With unique experiences spanning art, culture and cuisine, a visit to this pedestrian town was one of my favourites trips of my Switzerland sojourn.  The journey started on a day that was unusually foggy but the train ride… Continue reading Photo essay: Gruyères – of medieval vibes, fairy tale landscapes and gastronomic culture

Miscellaneous · Travel

Green travel: Three essential tips to ensure your trips are environment friendly

Every trip has some environmental impact, from your individual plastic consumption to the impact of your hotel on local conservation. Being aware of this impact allows you to be more responsible and eco-friendly in your daily choices whilst travelling. If you want to make sure your trip does not have a negative impact on the… Continue reading Green travel: Three essential tips to ensure your trips are environment friendly

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Reviews · Travel

Review: Novotel Vijayawada Varun – your gateway to Vijayawada and beyond

While the city of Vijayawada may not be synonymous with the conventional idea of a vacation or taking a break, this bustling city on the banks of the river Krishna actually packs a punch when it comes to unique experiences spanning history, culture, craft and tradition.  And when scouting for places to stay in the… Continue reading Review: Novotel Vijayawada Varun – your gateway to Vijayawada and beyond

Switzerland · Travel

Maison Cailler, Broc: a trip in chocolate history

“Chocolate is happiness that you can eat” – Ursula Kohaupt Well there is no getting around the fact that nothing is as tempting and alluring as an elusive piece of chocolate.  After all, this magical combination of cocoa, cocoa butter, milk, sugar and a plethora of flavours is a universal favourite with people of all… Continue reading Maison Cailler, Broc: a trip in chocolate history

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Eco friendly home décor: sustainability in home furnishings

In an age where global warming, limited resources and conspicuous consumption is the order of the day, it has become imperative that everyone is aware of the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle and of how going green can positively impact our lives and our planet.  It is little wonder then that there is a growing… Continue reading Eco friendly home décor: sustainability in home furnishings