Kingdom of Dreams

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All of us in Delhi-NCR were pretty curious & excited when this hangout place first opened. I knew I’ll go here someday and kept it in my bucket list to be considered later. Finally, we visited it.

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Too crowded!

I should begin by telling you what exactly this place is. Basically, this is ย a huge palace like structure which has two major attractions ย – a culture gully and a theater to showcase musical plays. What’s the culture gully, you ask? On a very basic level, it’s a food court along with shops selling knick-knacks, touristy stuff like in malls, you know. But what makes it special is that it is built in the form of a real street and on this street are the various restaurants, shops and stand-alone food stalls, all representing different states of India. One moment, you are crossing Mumbai Central and the next moment, you are standing outside a temple from Chennai. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, there is some sort of entertainment going on this street, all the time. Either it would be folk dances, or Bollywood dances or a cricket match getting screened.ย  The architecture is just too special (and, of course, unique). About the theater, I have got to say only two things. First, everyone who has visited any of the two musicals (known as ‘Zangoora-The Gypsy Prince’ and ‘Jhumroo’) has raved about it and has rated it as gorgeous, ethereal and a must watch. As per them, the musicals are more awesome than everything else at this place. So, that means that they are just way too awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ . Second thing is that I couldn’t watch any of the musicals ๐Ÿ˜› as they were houseful at that time and they are pretty costly too.

IPL match being screened ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now coming back to the place that I visited, the Culture Gully. It’s an experience in itself. When you enter, you are welcomed by an artificial blue sky, with a Punjabi restaurant and a truck on one side and a quaint Chinese restaurant on the other. And too many people :/. That is the only bad thing about this place. Anyway, as you move forward, you are overwhelmed by what all this gully (street) has in store for you. There is a Goan restaurant, a Chennai/ Chettinad restaurant, a Lucknowi restaurant, a magician, artists, souvenir shops representing North-East, Mumbai, the Rajasthani puppets, the Mumbai Central station, Kathakali and what not along with regular food stalls from Kerala, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and what not ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a bridge that takes you to the first floor where are all the cosmopolitan places. There is a book store, a coffee shop, a spa, a palmist and what not. What I found innovative was that it has two bars, one of which is IIFA (Bollywood awards) themed, done up in a very modern way and the other one is a typical shamiyana (old royal Indian drinking places or bars). The old style one is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. I can’t tell you how gorgeous I found it. It was completely palace-like and done up entirely in rich purple. How royal! If you love bar-hopping or drinking, you would fall in love with this gorgeous place more than me.

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The vintage royal style bar or as the Nawabs called it – ‘ Shamiyana’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Chennai ๐Ÿ™‚

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Few things to take note of:

  1. How entry works: You buy a ticket or use a member’s card. You can use that card or the ticket to buy food and souvenirs etc. As a fresh entrant to the culture gully, you have to use up the entire amount of your card or ticket, else it’ll go waste. However, if you use up your fresh ticket amount and still recharge the card again inside the gully and are not able to use that up entirely, it can be used a second time.
  2. I honestly don’t remember the ticket price but I guess it is 750 INR per person on weekends and 600 INR on weekdays. If you have a member’s card, this price gets halved. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For the seats of the musicals, the cheapest ticket costs 1000 INR or 1500 INR (not sure).
  3. If you plan to visit here, get hold of a member’s card. Someone you know in Delhi-NCR would definitely have it. Once you are inside, you can get one made for yourself. It will be sent to you byย courierย later.
  4. At most of the food stalls or restaurants, food might be average (and over-priced). But then we are going for the overall experience and the architecture, right?
  5. I have heard really good things about the Lucknowi restaurant. More than everything else, I love the ambiance. Everything done up in Lucknow old school style and qawwalis (Sufi music popular in Lucknow) being performed, it makes for a very enchanting dine-out experience.
  6. This place is VERY crowded. Try going on the weekdays, if possible? (It is in Gurgaon, by the way).

At night

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In the end, I want to say this: Highly recommended! ๐Ÿ˜€ For the architecture, the experience, the overwhelming beauty. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blue Bows: Street Style #5

Hello everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

I am pretty caught up with work, exams and what not! I do waste a lot of time nonetheless :D, but cannot write a post if I am not in the right mood to do it. You know what I mean, right? So, here I am, writing a short (and hopefully nice) post till the time I come up with other posts that I have planned but are comparatively time taking. ๐Ÿ™‚

I spotted this girl in the metro wearing this beautiful, satiny blue bow on her hair, she looked really cute with that thing on. I am not a big bows fan, I mean I am pretty neutral about them, I don’t hate them but I don’t love them a lot either. These, however, I found pretty cool.

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I am sure a lot of girls like bows in their hair. Maybe you can take a cue from her hairstyle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t her hairstyle easy and fun at the same time? What do you think?

Take care & keep smiling,

Srish ๐Ÿ™‚

Nails of the day: Nude and Hot Pink

I know a few guys follow this space, so they might not like the personal style/makeup/skincare posts here but all I can say is – I request you to deal with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I might consider having separate blogs for separate things at some point of time, but this is a lifestyle blog and here I would wish to write about everything that catches my fancy.

So, here goes the nails of the day(week :D):

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Both the nail paints are from local brands (one of the label says ‘Tips n Toes’, I think I have heard that brand’s name on beauty blogs). I don’t want to spend a lot on nail paints, and that’s why I compromise. However, if you can, go for good quality nail paints, taking into account the chemicals that they have. Among Indian brands, I would suggest Lotus Herbals’ Nail Paints, they are free from many harmful chemicals that nail paints usually contain and they are VERY good quality, like VERY. ๐Ÿ˜€ One can also buy NYX and other such cruelty free, less harmful brands online.

Ending this post with a vintage feel ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thanks for reading,

Take care and keep smiling ๐Ÿ™‚

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™‚