Life Instagrammed! #6

Last week just sped off like anything. I hung out with my college friends over the weekend after such a long time, it was really nice. ๐Ÿ˜€ We met, as usual, in Connaught Place and ate at this place, Route 04, an American cafe and bar sort of setup. We keep going back to this place every now and then for some reason, even though I find the food pretty average. We had onion rings, pizza, mushroom alfredo sauce pasta and my non-vegetarian friends had something else too whose name I don’t remember (i recently gave up non-veg, I am unable to eat it these days). Anyway, everything was pretty ok and felt bland.

I also went for an eye check up but apparently the doctors who should be checking me are not available on Sundays. :/

Anyway, coming back to the life snapshots clicked this week, here you go:

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1. Haha! This thing is so much fun! The Delhi-Jaipur road where Cyber City, Gurgaon, ย  ย  India is situated recently had these ‘Keep Calm’ boards put on a lot of pillars. I think this brings a smile on your face among the maddening jams. Since my office is in Cyber City, I used to come across these boards while in my office cab (‘used to’ because I have now started using metro for some time).

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2. ‘Day to Day Economics’ by Satish Y. Deodhar is the book that I am reading at the moment, along with other fiction books. This is my fourth book as part of the Brunch Book Challenge, but I guess I’ll be sharing my opinion about my fifth and sixth books before I complete this. It’s so hard to finish non-fiction for me ๐Ÿ˜›

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3. Women’s Day Celebrations in my office. ๐Ÿ˜€ All of us got a box each from Baker’s Street (a bakery shop) which had a cute cookie, a cupcake, a croissant and sandwiches in it. Fine on the taste part but looked super beautiful! (Ate it too fast to click pictures :P)

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4. Air freshener in my friend’s car. I don’t know why but I liked the container a lot. ๐Ÿ˜›

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5. New curtains in our drawing-room. I like them a lot, tell me what you think. ๐Ÿ˜€

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6. Treasures getting sold on the street. I found this stall selling these beauties in Connaught Place, Delhi.

That’s it for now.

Take care and keep smiling ๐Ÿ™‚

Kashmir Diaries 2013

Hi guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I know I am doing too much posts about things that happened in 2013 like this post but I guess that’s fine if the things are as beautiful as Kashmir, right? Well, truth be told, I might do more posts about 2013! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Those white things are mountains ๐Ÿ™‚

Talking about Kashmir, who doesn’t know that it is heaven on Earth? Indeed, it was very beautiful. No wait. Very, very beautiful. However, might I add, I am sure there are other places in the world (and in India) which are extremely beautiful, somehow they are not treated in the same league as Kashmir. Maybe, when I visit them, I will be in a better position to decide. I loved Kashmir but I think there are other places just as beautiful?

I would like to talk about a few things about Kashmir:

1. The highlight of the trip for me was Dal Jheel. It is a long stretching lake in Kashmir dotted with house boats and Shikaras.

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ย Shikaras are cutely adorned beautiful boats for tourists to roam around and enjoy the beauty of the lake. The most unexpected part was that these Shikaras were also used by shopkeepers to sell things on the go in the lake itself! Like, we had hired one Shikara and while we were roaming in it, out of nowhere used to appear another Shikara every once in a while selling Jewellery, herbs, nuts and other knick-knacks for which the area is known for.

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Also, there is a huge market selling Kashmiri clothes and wooden stuff located on the lake itself. Its very beautiful and a different experience altogether. ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved the Dal Jheel experience the most during my whole trip. Did I mention that the houseboats were E.X.T.R.E.M.E.L.Y. beautiful with carved wooden walls and all?

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2. We visited Pehalgam,ย a small village on the outskirts of Srinagar, which is famous for certain tourist points and apple fields that lead to it.

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This place in Pehalgam was called Chandanwadi.

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  This cozy little cafe in Chandanwadi served us maggi and desi style hot chocolate. Heavenly it was!


This cozy little cafe in Chandanwadi served us maggi and desi style hot chocolate. Heavenly it was!

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This is a valley where the shooting of a Bollywood movie ‘Betaab’ was done.

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3. We also visited Gulmarg,ย which is like the heart of Kashmir, it is very beautiful and the snow there glitters making it such a perfect sight.

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Sledges were available here to have fun on the snow, sledges did not look very exciting though!

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4. As most already know and must have observed, Kashmiri people are very beautiful, be it a girl or a boy. They have very sharp features, perfectly carved. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. When in Kashmir, drink the original Kashmiri Kahwa.ย It is a type of tea that is big on dry fruits and is supposed to provide warmth. There’s absolutely no way that you won’t like it, doesn’t matter whether you are a tea person or not.

6. Kashmir is famous for dry fruits like Walnuts and almonds and for Kesar (Saffron) too. However, it is very easy for tourists to get fooled into buying fake stuff. So, either be sure or don’t buy in huge quantities at one go. Definitely buy Kashmiri clothes like shawls, warm suits and sarees, jackets, kaftans etc. There are some big markets in Srinagar called Lakkad Bazaarย andย Lal Chowk.

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7. There are two things which were very striking about the life there. People are always wearing this thing called phiranย over whatever they are wearing to provide comfort. The picture in the link is a very fashionable type, the ones that people wear there in routine are very rugged and even men wear them, the ones for men are usually of plain or tartan print.ย Secondly, they always carry this fire-pot called Kangdiย with them to keep themselves warm.

8. We couldn’t visit the famous Mughal gardens and this place called Sonmargย due to lack of time. Hoping that I would visit these places some time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh, and, just because we are discussing travel, I would mention that I love clicking people, emotions, streets and culture more than I like clicking nature. So, I love Shimla a lot because there are people, there are markets and there are the British buildings. You get me? For the same reason, I love Rajasthan, I loved Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur. Well, Jaipur is one of my favorite cities. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย ย For the same reason,ย I want to visit Pushkar, Lucknow and Kolkata. I think street photographers will get me? ๐Ÿ˜€

Take care & stay happy,

Srishty ๐Ÿ™‚

Life instagrammed! Week #2

Finally a proper post is up. Trust me, there are.more posts with interesting content to follow. Here’s to week #2 of life captured!

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Beginning from left (going across):

1. Reading the weekly Sunday magazine – HT Brunch by Hindustan Times. It has this amazing article on places to explore in Delhi without paying a single penny, that is what the cover page is about.

2. My old converse: This is my favorite picture out of the lot. I have memories attached to these shoes, and I love them, even though they are quite worn out.

3. Winter Sunshine: I was coming back from an exam whose center was in a remote area, I saw this field on my way back. It looked beautiful in reality, the picture hasn’t come out that good.

4. Cooking Spring Onions and Potatoes: This happened on a Saturday afternoon.

5. Cooking Papad ki sbzi: This happened right after point 4, I tried to make a dish out of this Indian crunchy! Its funny that it looks like pasta. ๐Ÿ˜€

6. Shopping the sales: I shopped from westside over the weekend, and I love the ballerinas so so much.

7. Garnier body cocoon: Bought this as I couldn’t find the one from Himalaya, which is cruelty-free, I wanted to try this any way, so bought this one anyway. Pleasant but artificial smell. Not good for extremely dry skin.

8. Office washroom: One of the washrooms in Office which is done up nicely.

9. Currently Reading: City of Djinns by William Dalrymple. I am also starting my brunch book challenge with this one. Opinion will be up soon on the blog!

Here are some more:

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1. Fuzzy socks:ย Who doesn’t love them? I love them completely.

2. First lipstick:ย This is my first ever lipstick. Its crazy! I am so embarrassed about it, but still wanted to buy one. haha! Its an influence of all the beauty blogs reading. I’ll probably share my opinion in a post soon?

3. Flower arrangement:ย Again, in the office washroom.

Take care. ๐Ÿ™‚

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