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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dolce far niente-- sweetness of doing nothing at all

 First let me apologize for my long absence from the blog, so sorry to keep you guys waiting.
I just had the too much symptom and just wanted to disconnect with everything around me and bask in the fulfillment of not doing anything at all and enjoying the sweetness - IL Bel far niente (dolce far niente) - Italian - sweetness of doing nothing.
Sometimes i think that i am an Italian at heart. So many qualities i posses which means that i should have born in Italy.
See , I love pizzas, pastas, art, lazying, enjoying life, family, love, celebrations, enthusiasm, pride, generosity, travel, friendship, warmness, socialising, poetry, romance, drinks, dance, music.

And that exactly is what i have done, sweetness of not doing anything at all and here i return recharged and raring to go, well, where to? is a good question. I have never ever aligned or pre decided my path or goals, i believe in living life as it comes and where it takes you. Success for me is happiness and doing what pleases me. I don't like to abide by rules, i call myself carefree wanderer in search of fineness of life.

Life is too beautiful to be missed even for a second, we are in a race today to God knows where cause at the end of the race we are so tired and old enough to have lost so many beautiful moments on the way but we were to busy in a race which actually just makes us tired and frustrated with our own self and with everything around cause we are exhausted in the daily combat of a so called busy practical world.

Today we dream big- big car , big pay, big house, big vacations, big list of gadgets and wants. In this big our life becomes small- with no time for ourself and our family, small coversation and big seminars, small family and big cars and houses. small life big burdens. no time too much stress. and the end of it all we realise that we are too exhausted or old to live our dream or either its too late.

A Little Story i came across...

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor."
The businessman scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise."The Mexican fisherman asked, "But señor, how long will this all take?" To which the businessman replied, "15-20 years." "But what then, señor?" The businessman laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions." "Millions, señor? Then what?" The businessman said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, "Isn't that what I'm doing right now?"

-Author Unknown

First people used to live a simple quiet content life, amongs nature, enjoying with family, simple wants , simple life,, lots of love, little stress.
First the world was loved by us, cared by us , better place to live in, without the globalisation, the terror and the hatred, hunger.
Are our dreams the cause to this nightmare.

I do have dreams - i dream of travelling places, exploring beauty, being happy and content with my family, getting a smile on others face. Living a full life without missing the beauty of life. I want to do justice to my life. In simplicity lies beauty and happiness.Simple things in life make me happy.
Do spare a minute and think.
Its still not too late. We can make a change.

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of
intelligent people and affection of children; to learn the
appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in
others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social
condition; to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
i love this one
Do let me know what you think, comment and share your views.


Monday, July 30, 2012

sexy sheer - sure ;p

Sheer- i find sheer garments very sexy and romantic if worn the right way. They have a certain alluring quality about them. They can be worn in so many ways to entice in a very ethereal way.The magic of sheer makes everyone sit up and take notice and appreciate the sheer beauty ;p

so on a date with my hubby i decided to get in some sheer magic.

top -- Max
peach spaghetti -- thrift
denims-- Tommy girl
pumps- Van heausen
bad - thrift
necklace-- Mahabaleshwat market
Watch - fossil
Glares-- Aldo

hope you liked it ---

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shoppers paradise - Thailand Bangkok Part 1

Whenever we visit new places we always go in with a mindset of the destinations as to what are the places for sightseeing, which are the beautiful places to see.

For me it is always, what all i can shop and where?But due to incomplete or lack of knowledge or research we many a times miss the beautiful markets and buys and repent later. Sounds familiar? your story too?

So i was going through one such research of mine and just decided to make a post about it.

Lets start with Thailand , Bangkok--

Thailand is known for its fabulous finds at throw away prices but when many first timers visit or for that matter many get fooled by going to the big malls and not getting their size(Thais are petite)

Everything and anything you want in fashion is available here.
So do carry a lot of money to shop over here or else you will really repent later on.



Shopping markets-

Chatuchak Market/J.J. Market- Bangkok's local weekend market. A huge market with thousands of stalls selling a large variety of cheap clothes with good quality !!!
Shops of budding thai designers pricing their products at $5-$12 per item.
works on Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday (until about 6 p.m.).

MBK Mall - one of the best places to buy cheap clothes in Bangkok. Little boutiques, branded shops as well as inexpensive tailors that can make you anything you want very cheaply.

Siam Square - Market for the university students at any time of the day and night. so has to be latest fashion garments at really inexpensive prices. 
As i said for university students (Localites being petite) you wont get clothes to fit the the average people ( above US 8 -10 size)

Bobae Market - Shoppers paradise. Very cheap but you have to buy three or four pieces at each stall. Prices are $1.50 per t shirt.

Baiyoke Markets - Cheap but have to buy at least two pieces (any design, not nocecessarily same design.)
Pricea-$1.50 per t shirt, sometimes even $1 per shirt and the quality is beautiful. You get large as well as small sizes.

Patpong's Night Market-   Must night shopping destinations

Central world and Siam Paragon Malls for all the big brands and Glamour ..

Deciding what to buy, and comparing prices around, is a good start. Things start to get really cheap when you're buying bulk. And don't worry about carrying everything around with you; most places will package and deliver straight to your hotel, and there are also several shipping agents around. The golden rule for bargaining is to do so with a smile - your most important negotiating tool!

For more shopping venues, head towards the Ratchaprasong and Chidlom-Ploenchit areas, here you'll find CentralWorld, and other options like the posh Gaysorn, a Big C Superstore (department store), as well as upmarket Amarin Plaza and Peninsula Plaza. A skywalk also connects from here all the way to that other of holy shopping grounds, Siam.

Then there are the local departmental stores which offer you great buys.

Dont forget to Bargain...

did i forget anything, please share your Thailand shopping destinations.
which destination should i cover next in the shoppers paradise?
waiting to read your  precious comments.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Monsoon must buys--

Hey, monsoons are here and so is the monsoon style, show off your monsoon buys in panache.
We keep talking about the monsoon must haves and buys, so today lets talk about where to buy your best buys from... ;p
ginger at lifestyle mall

Bata Rs 399

crocs have an amazing collection to chose from starting from Rs 900 onwards

Metro also has monsoon collection starting from Rs 190

converse unisex flip flops starting from Rs 250 onwards

the road side shops and thrift market offers a wide varety and colors to chose from. Starting from Rs 110 - they are a must buy.

fashion accessories for girls, trendy fashion, online fashion magazine, monsoon fashion, slice of real life, trendy handbags
ayesha monsoon collection Rs 290 available in different colors.

Green Beach Bag

The beach company Rs 890

Many are available on the roadside markets.

Umbrella, The Bombay Store, Umbrella Rajasthani couple    , Black   ,  ,

bombay store Rs 575

llas which start from as low as Rs 150

Umbrellas at Lifestyle starting from Rs 299 onwards

rain ponchos available in the local market starting from Rs 150 onwards

Hope you liked them , let me know.

Monsoon must buys for accessories coming soon.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tasty and easy Masala Aloo.

Hi, a quick recipe for masala aloo, what say .. easy to cook, chatpata, tangy, spicy and yummy-- express service you can say.Lol. This is what i served today when i was really tired and pressed for time.


Boiled potatoes
jeera, asafoetida
coriander powder
ginger garlic paste
red chilly powder,
salt to taste
fresh coriander to garnish


Peel the boiled potatoes and cut them french fries style
in a pan, pour some oil about a tbsp, when hot, add half tsp jeera.Then add a tsp of ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp red chilly powder, salt to taste.Add the pieces of potatoes , fry nicely on low flame for 1 min- tada!!!! Masala Aloo is ready.

Garnish it with loads of finely cut fresh coriander leaves.
Serve hot with parathas or chapati.

Do try and let me know how it was.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY --- Jewellery box

Jewellery and accessories are a women's / girl's weakness.No matter what is the occasion or the reason, if you wanna see that million dollar smile on her face, give her a beautiful jewellery.
See now, if we women folk are so attached to our jewellery then its but obvious that we are equally attached and care for what they are stored in. YES. Tada!!! -- Did you guess it right, i think you did. The jewellery box- equally beautiful and elegant if not less. Jewellery box is a prized possession of every female. Some bought from stores, some gifted, some passed on through generations while there are some which are DIY . :)

Jewellery box is an ideal gift for any lady/girl any age any occasion.

I am sharing with you one of my DIY jewellery box's idea.

I am a very art and craft, creative kind of a girl, so one fine afternoon this is what i created.

You will need:

a box

I had a plain cardboard chocolate gift box, emptied the assorted chocolates, wrapped it up with a beautiful hand made paper.I had some left over saree border ( you can get it from any decorative shop/ laces and sequins shop) which i glued it over the box to make a pattern.
Tada!!!! my very own jewellery box was ready, it was so beautiful, i could have gifted to someone, but greedy that i am; i kept it to myself. lol

do you want to see some pics?

Here they are --- -

How did you like it? Isn't it pretty?

Would you like me to write another post dedicated completely to jewellery boxes and what all jewellery boxes are there?

Do let me know through your comments. The more the merrier.Love your comments.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Romancing the rain..

After evading for a long time the rain God has blessed Pune with pleasant weather and pitter patter of raindrops. Hurray! Alas the best time of the year is back. Greenery all around, pleasant weather. Cool breezy evenings, the fragrance of wet earth, having a gala time in the rain.
Long drives, steamy hot corn on the cob,freshness. Cuddling in the duvet with the favorite book and hot coffee with equally hot plate of pakoras.Playing in the puddles.Water all around.Wow.
Romancing the rain is my favorite time of the year.
Hey but romance and looking good goes hand in hand, doesn't it ?

so here's my list of Monsoon Must haves

  1. Ditch the jeans ---- you sure don't want to get all soaked up in your denims which are really hard to dry on the way to your destination.If you cant part with your denims please wear the cropped ones or still better fold your original pair to notches to achieve the same effect.
  2. capris, shorts are your friends in monsoons
  3. breezy light skirts, make for the perfect flirty, romantic monsoon wear
  4. ditch the leather goods
  5. go for plastic
  6. plastic bags, shoes, rubber footwear
  7. go for light tops , but not light colors as you don't want to be caught soaking wet in them.(they look good in the movies only)
  8. Sexy umbrellas, boots, raincoats, rain jackets.
  9. plastic or rubber accessories
  10. protective covers for cell
TADA!!!! You are ready for ROMANCING THE RAIN....

monsoon must haves

monsoon magic

What's your monsoon style?

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