Things I discovered in 2013!

Yes, it is a fancy way of saying ‘favorites of 2013’. Did you just say what the heck? ๐Ÿ˜› Well, yes, I did intend this post in January but I have absolutely no reason as to why it took me 6 months to post it. And no, I did not forget it. It was there in myย posts-to-be-made lists forever. ๐Ÿ™‚

But then its good to know about awesome things during any part of the year, right? So, here are a few things I remember liking in the year 2013. Hope you get to explore some of these (if you haven’t already ๐Ÿ™‚ ):

 

  1. Bangalore:ย Few days into my first job, I got plotted on a project in Bangalore and that too with a colleague (now friend) I was quite comfortable with. I LOVED Bangalore. It is a beautiful city and I loved every tiny part of my trip except the work that we were supposed to do. It got messed up pretty bad and therefore we were super keen to come back. Now I regret it though. I wish we had stayed there longer, mostly because we were in office till late everyday and hardly explored. Well, as for my friend, Bangalore is like her second home, but I was there for the first time. We could only checkout places in the locality we were staying in – Indiranagar. It is one of the poshest areas in Bangalore and hence, everything was costly. Of the few places I ate at, most were brands that you already know of and hence, I am only going to mention the special ones: 1). Zaica, this restaurant in Indiranagar is quite decent on the pocket and the food is great, an almost fine dining experience without making you poor. Highly recommended! 2). Thulp, this is somewhere inKoramangla and is quite famous. Again, very good food and not as pricey as good places these days are. One person can very well be full in 300INR. Highly recommended again!

    Bangalore (Clockwise from left): Zaica, Posing on office terrace, A Fab India like store, Posing in hotel room :)

    Bangalore (Clockwise from left): Zaica, Posing on office terrace, A Fab India like store, Posing in hotel room ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kashmir:ย It is a wonderful place, enough said. I have done a post about it here.ย I especially loved the famous lake ‘Dal Jheel’ here. Boating in the small ‘Shikaras’ (Kashmiri boats) in the Dal Jheel was a surreal experience. But I want to say something else too. While I know I may be one of the odd people who say this, I love Shimla over any other hill station, any day. I know it’s highly commercialized and over-crowded but I still love it. Maybe because, as I mentioned in the Kashmir post itself, I enjoy people and culturally rich places more than natural beauty, be it mountains or sea. So, yes, Shimla. It might change someday. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Dunkin Burgers:ย I love everything at Dunkin Donuts except their Donuts. ๐Ÿ˜› These burgers were first of the few thingsย I fell for. They are heavenly and filling. So, yes, you have got to try these out. Now I have fallen for their newly-launched wrapsย as well.
  4. Sukhdev Dhaba, Murthal:ย Murthal is a small town on the highway if you go to Karnal, Haryana from Delhi and it is very famous for its Dhabas. One that stands out and is developing daily by leaps and bounds is the Sukhdev Dhaba. I have done a post about it here. If you have a bucket list for places to visit in India/Delhi, this should feature there. Love its yummy North Indian food.ย Don’t know if I discovered this place before 2013, but it was definitely loved in 2013.
  5. Fresh ‘n’ Tasty:ย This is a regular family restaurant in the area where I live. It is not life-changing but if you happen to be in Vaishali/Indirapuram (Ghaziabad) or Noida or anywhere near, this is a very good place to eat and quite reasonable, actually more than reasonable price-wise. The quality has deteriorated over time though, but still quite good.
  6. The Terrace:Again, a restaurant that falls in the same category as point 5. If you happen to be in the area, it is a very good place to eat. Recommended. The terrace sitting is very tourist-y and makes for an awesome experience. Slightly pricier than point 5.
  7. Promod:ย When it comes to shopping, I am equally comfortable with brands and non-branded stuff. Also, I hate the fact that some brands are just making money like crazy out of publicity and word of mouth while the quality provided is just not worth it. Of course, we have limited choices and time so we still buy them but worshiping those ones is just not done, right? Anyway, Promod is a clothing brand that I discovered in 2013 and this is a highly, highly recommended place to shop at. I bought a pair of formal trousers and a jeans from here and I love both of them for their fit and quality. I guess this is the only pair of jeans I have ever owned that fits me perfectly. In terms of variety of design, this place is not the best but well-fitted, good quality stuff is what I would rather pay for than fancy designs. This sale season definitely check this out! ๐Ÿ˜€
  8. The Body Shop:ย I made my first purchase from The Body Shop. It was a face cream for my mom – the vitamin E moisture cream. I so loved the cream when I used it myself but I have something to say about why I think TBS is so popular. Now, honestly, the cream was very good but I have used other creams that work just as good in the moisturizing department. True, they might not feel as light as this one and may lack certain other qualities as well, but then they are sometimes even less than half the price of this one. Also, the fragrance of this cream was divinely. โค The point I am trying to make is that TBS won’t necessarily do anything life-changing for your skin (it might, but not necessarily), but the overall experience in terms of texture, fragrance and how it feels on your skin would be luxurious and heavenly, indeed.ย Yes, I have used only one product from them but I have also felt this while reading reviews of their other products. Also, I am not sure if I would be buying them further because they are owned by L’oreal who is not cruelty-free. Although TBS is completely cruelty-free.
  9. Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur:ย This would me one of my favorite markets for years to come. Someday, I’ll do a big, big post on this place. Head here for all things Indian, all things traditional and beautiful, all things Rajasthani. I mentioned it in my street diaries postย here.
  10. Rajouri Garden, Delhi:ย Delhi is famous for its street markets but usually when it comes to street markets, the limelight is hogged by Janpaths and Sarojini Nagars only. I visit them pretty less because, honestly, it is difficult for me to distinguish between an export surplus piece and a thrift piece. I don’t wish to buy second-hand clothing. I only want export surplus clothes. Due to this inability of mine, do you think I have no street markets to go to? NO. It’s just that they are not as famous. Visit the Rajouri Garden Market once and you would know what I am talking about. Inexpensive shoes, clothes and big showrooms & boutiques for Indian clothes, all come under one place. You would want to go here again soon!
  11. Paharganj, Delhi:ย If you have to tell anybody what does ‘understated’ mean, use the example of the Paharganj ย market. This is one of the most gorgeous, vintage, old world charm markets ever. It is a picture of old Delhi with all things unimaginable. When you are here, you would literally be shocked at seeing things you never imagined to exist. I am not exaggerating! That is not even the best part. ๐Ÿ™‚ The best part is that when it comes to regular stuff like clothes and jewellery, everything is available in huge quantities at every shop where they are manufactured to be sent for export. So no problem of distinguishing between surplus and thrift. Everything just got made here to be sold off! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, I’ll do many, many posts on this place. Here‘s one that I did for another blog.

That’s it! If you read till here, thank you so much, it does mean a lot to me. If you have tried any of these things, do let me know for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ and if you try these based on my recommendation, then let me know too. It would really make my day!

Life Instagram-ed! #8

The last time I did this post was around 2 months back! Long time. I don’t think any post is justified unless you really want to do it, yeah? When I started these series, I expected them to be a weekly thing, now sometimes I wonder whether this post makes any sense at all. I mean it is there on Instagram anyway, why repeat it here? Well, I think I should continue posting it here because I like doing that, I should stop when I stop liking it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Phew! After all the jibber-jabber, here you go with the pictures :D:

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1. Jaipur:ย Jaipur is one of my favorite places in this entire world (remember how I told here that I enjoy culturally rich places more than natural beauties like mountains and beaches?) and some of my favorite people live here. I and my brother visited our cousins in Jaipur this April and what fun it was (as always)! This picture is of Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur. Of course, one of my favorite bazaars (markets), again! ๐Ÿ˜€

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2. Payjamas that I bought off in Bapu Bazaar. I love payjamas, they are one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Too many favorites happening here, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜›

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3. Raise your hands if you too are addicted to Quizup. Well, I am not anymore, I like it but not in an addictive way, I guess I was only addicted for a day or two. Oh, in case you don’t know, it is a fabulous quiz app. Just try it once and you will be hooked! It has a quiz about every.freaking.thing under the sun.

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4. This is from Kingdom of Dreams, a place in Gurgaon. I visited it with my brother and cousins. Post coming up soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

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5. A friend’s birthday. How awesome does it feel when old friends reunite after so many days?ย Amazing feeling that is hard to put in words.

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6. This is Yamuna Bank, one of Delhi metro’s busiest stations. One fine evening I found it this empty. Since it is actually quite near to the Yamuna’s banks, it looked so serene and calm at this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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7. Another reunion. Loved catching up with friends one of whom came from UK for her university holidays. That blue thing is Cafe Coffee Day’s cool blue breeze or something. I am sure a lot of people are going to love that icy thing! By the way, am I the only one who doesn’t get excited by all things chocolaty? I think this particular dessert is called dark passion or something and a lot of my friends are in love with it.

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8. From the same day as the above picture. This is honey chilli potato at Berco’s. I like Berco’s quite a lot for their food. Honestly, I am not big on authentic Chinese (or maybe I am yet to eat really good authentic Chinese), I like Indo-Chinese. Berco’s does that very well. What I don’t like is their service, they take a lot of time to serve. I have no idea why!

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9. From the same day, at Berco’s. I am the one who is showing teeth with all her might. ๐Ÿ˜€

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10. The office edition of what’s in my bag (post coming up soon). I clicked this for an Instagram contest. The sad thing is that this picture did not have the book that I was then reading. It was not in the bag when I clicked because I had taken it out earlier to read. See, there’s a perfect place for it to fit in the picture. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (please don’t get creep-ed out by my sadness over such a small issue, little things like this do affect me :P)

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11. Trying out the new wraps by Dunkin Donuts. Must try stuff! While their donuts are not as good as Krispy creme and Mad Over Donuts (Indian Brand! Yay!!), I totally recommend their burgers and these newly launched wraps. These wraps have two variations in both veg and non-veg, wicked and not-so-wicked. Personally, I liked not-so-wicked variation better but you got to try these out for yourselves.

Wow! Those are a lot of pictures. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I liked putting this together. ๐Ÿ˜€

Take care & keep smiling ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

6 practical work outfits!

Oh I wanted to do this since such a long time! I have been clicking (crappy) pictures for it since forever! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love doing outfit posts, but never do it due to these reasons: 1. Crappy pictures, 2. extremely crappy pictures, 3. I don’t want people to leave my blog due to crappy pictures. I’ll try to improve next time. :/

Anyway, like I mentioned before here,I have taken the idea of posting outfits of multiple days as a combined post from Mehak fromย Peaches ยง Blush. I loved this idea! Its practical, fun and is more usable for outfit ideas and for judging the pattern of your own outfits (or of the person whose outfit post you are going through :D).ย 

So, here you go:

And remember, feedback, both negative and positive is more than welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kurta: Street shopping in Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
  • White churidaars: Local Shop
  • White cotton dupatta: Mom’s

Here’s a better look at the kurta (whom am I kidding, I am posting it because this picture is better than the rest :P)

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  • Blue Top: Export Surplus Shop in Jaipur (I love when we find such treasures while street shopping. Otherwise it sucks to wear the same Van Heusen shirt to office as 10 other people :/)
  • Trousers: Cantabil
  • Shoes: Local Store, Rajouri Garden, Delhi (I love the shoes!!)
  • Watch: Fastrack

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  • Pink Kurta: Aurelia
  • White Churidaars: Local Market
  • Jute Jacket: Street Shopping in Paharganj (Read more about it here)
  • Grey flats: Street Shopping, Connaught Place (not very comfortable, but they were for 250 INR!! :D)

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  • Grey Blazer: Chemistry
  • Striped Top: Local Market
  • Black Pants: Promod
  • White Lace Ballerinas: Westside

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  • Blue Shirt: Max (This is at least 5 years old :))
  • Cream Pants: Westside
  • Black Thin Belt: Came free with a pair of trousers from Promod ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Top: Chemistry
  • Trousers: Cantabil

Hope you liked it!

Take care & 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™‚