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Monday, January 16, 2017

Coffee, Tea & Me ...

Winter is here with applomb. Pune is known for its awesome climate and its pretty right now in the city with temperatures dropping.
The chill in the morning with warm sunlight is my favorite thing.
I Love sunning in the winter.
Another favorite of mine in winters is Coffee and Tea.
Let me tell you I hadn't tasted tea in my entire life till couple of years back.
I still Am not a tea drinker But I just cant resist a nice cup of cutting chai from the neighbourhood kiosks.
Especially living in Pune which is a paradise for Amrut tulya. These are tea stalls which specialise in making tea some dating back to the 1940's. 
The name Amrut Tulya literally means - Like honeydew or elixir of Life 😯. Their tea is really something to rave about after all it needs to keep up to its name. Amazing slow brew of masalas, tea powder, milk, water, Sugar. Must try when you in Pune. 
The city is also dotted with age old Irani cafes and the Irani chai is well known. 
I Am a little inclined towards the Amrut tulya for my tea But I do have my favorites for Irani chai as well. 
A girl needs to have options now, does'nt she 😜
In short I definitely Love sipping on my thelewala chai. I have never ever have had tea at home. ( my answer If Anyone asks me for tea is - I don't drink tea.. now that's just weird me) I Am sure I have covered this on the blog before.. 

There are so many tea stalls dotting the city take your pick. Do try the ones in the old city By the name of amrut tulya.
Sunning and sipping in the Cold winter mornings ..


Cups of Chai as you watch the workd pass By... this one is an Irani cuppa at Good Luck


Now If you will ask me Am I a tea / coffee person. Pat comes the reply coffee. Yes I Am a complete coffee person. To be precise Cold coffee and there is something about having Cold coffee on nippy winter nights ... its bliss. 

My favorite joint to have Cold coffee is this small place Durga cafe in Kothrud. Don't get me wrong the place is just small in looks it will and has given any coffee shop or cafe run for its money. It has a huge fan following - will be an understatement. 
Just look at the glass with the creamy frothy perfectly strong and sweet coffee topped with sweet generous amount of cocoa. I have gone to heaven ... Bliss is this. Must try.
That doesn't mean I don't Love a good hot cuppa of coffee. I Am a complete Nescafe girl. I Love filter coffees too. Give me a nice strong one and I Am a happy bunny. 
Durga does some really good hot coffee as well. 


Nice hot cuppas - coffee for me and tea for Hubby after a tired day.


Nothing Like a good old cappucino with Doughnuts ( especially M.O.D double trouble 😛👍❤🍩 )

Flilter coffee Dates 😍

So that was Coffee, Tea & Me in a nutshell for you. ☕

So just summing up my favorites for you. 
Amrut tulya in the old city.
Roopali 
Coffee - Cold - Durga (kothrud), Mar-zo-rin
Hot coffee - Durga (kothrud) 

Until we meet again with some more New ramblings and stories. 

xoxo
Bhakti

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goa Holiday Lookbook and more


Check out the Goa Look book here at the vlog along with behind the scenes..



Check out more posts here
Best Breakfast in Goa
Goa Stay @ Silver Sand Holiday Village
Goa OUtfit

Hope you enjoyed....

Until we meet again...

xoxo
Bhakti

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lessons learnt in 2016

This post was pending since sometime now...
The year just went by in a wink and we have already welcomed 2017 with arms wide open and aplomb but not without a big Thank You to 2016.
As

NOTHING EVER GOES AWAY UNTIL IT HAS TAUGHT US WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW - Prema Chodron

2016 gave me many a things - highs, lows, beautiful moments as well as heartfelt lows. Above all it taught me life lessons in a short go.....
Just felt like sharing them with you guys...
So here they are -

  • Slay and hustle like no ones business
Nothing and I mean nothing in life comes for free, whatever you want you need to work your ass to achieve it. There are no shortcuts but only work that takes you ahead. So hustle and slay till have it, whatever it takes.

  • Whatever happens is destined look back join the dots
Don't be sad if things don't work out as per you, everything happens for a reason and no matter how cheesy it sounds - Look back on your life and you will realise whatever happens - there is a reason. Join the dots and you will get the bigger picture.

  • When one Door closes it gives you the clarity that you are supposed to chose the other.
Be positive and weigh the pros in any situation. If something doesn't work out or goes your way, you get the clarity to do things in a better light.

  • When people start doing what you do consider you are on the right track.
This I did understand but took some time to sink in. Don't get annoyed if people actually ditto copy you but take pride in yourself that you are someone's role model and helping them out without them knowing it. You are bringing in a change for the good someone's life. If you are doing something right people will copy you. Have faith in yourself and keep working hard cause now you know you are good and you need to better yourself.

  • Live in the moment for the past and future are distant, present is your present to yourself enjoy it.
Live now, nothing is permanent. Grasp the moment cause you never know.

  • Health is important...
you can enjoy life to the fullest If you are healthy.. take care of yourself on every level. Physical, holistically, aesthetically..

  • Take pride in yourself

Always look back and think you are much ahead than where you were. Appreciate yourself.

  • Attitude of Gratitude (most important)
Be Humble, be grateful for your life and whatever you have.

I Am a boho at heart... free wanderer .. I keep giving adjectives to myself... but why tag









This was all from me..
So welcoming this 2017 But keeping 2016 in lessons learnt... 

Until we meet again.. 

xoxo
Bhakti



Friday, December 30, 2016

The Tantric Curse - Anupama Garg - Book Review





Author: Anupama Garg
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Genre: Fiction| Thriller
Pages: 280
Price: 295 INR

Synopsis

On an amavasya night, eight-year-old Rhea mysteriously lands at the doors of Shaktidham, a Tantric house of worship, in a trance. Realizing that she is blessed with unusual faculties, the guru of Shaktidham, Satya, chooses her as a disciple over his own son, Krishnam, to carry on his lineage, a privilege previously bestowed only to males. But the lineage has been cursed for generations, and it is up to Rhea to either break the curse or perish in the attempt.
Will she succeed in her endeavour? Will her love for Krishnam become an obstacle in her path? The Tantric Curse, an unusual story set in the world of Tantra that aims to dispel most of the myths about the practice, will keep you spellbound till the very last page.
 

My Take


I was really happy on receiving this book from the author as I was really intrigued By the subject of Tantra. In India or anywhere else this topic is always that of mystery, of hushed voices, suspicion, little knowledge and more gossip. 
Though everyone talks about it in whispers everyone sure wants to know more. 
I was all the more glad to Read this book as this is selected By the National Book Trust and is being showcased in Indian Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair (world's largest fair for books )
My first thoughts on this book were that it Might be boring with a lot of gyan (knowlwledge) and a slow Read. However I was in for a suprise, I underestimated this book. Once I started reading, I couldnt keep it down
A breezy read surely and made very interesting with a surreal love story in the background.
Its a page turner for sure and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The book has an intense story woven with a beautiful love story. The author has very cleverly imbibed the principles of tantra and narrated them through the story. The story progresses with different aspects being told of this subject. 
The pratogonist of the book is the disciple of Tantra and takes us into this world of ancient and authentic Tantra.
Tantra has originated from Lord Shiva himself. Though misrepresented and misunderstood this art is pure and positive. 
The author strives hard to tell this fact and I think she is successful in doing so through this book.
Anupama Garg herself is a disciple of  Baba Batuknathji , a well known Tantric and head of Bhoot Nath ashram, the main centre being Lucknow ,Uttar Pradesh India.
She took it on herself to shed some light over Tantra and show people the true meaning of this art. 
The author uses Simple language and holds the readers interest in the world of Rhea. Her journey compels one to think that all things are happebing for a reason in our life.. its a chain action. The purpose of our life is self discovery to attain the BEST of ourself to achieve self satisfaction By being true to our purpose in life.
Looking at life in reverse we can join all dots and understand why things happened. However it is us who have to keep going forward to discover our worth on this planet, to know why we are born and to fulfill our roles. It is this awakening that allows one complete satisfaction in ones life. While telling this and more the author holds the plot completely with the strong storyline and chatacters which are etched beautifully with utmost detailing. All questions are answered and the plot unfolds one mystery after another. 

The Guru Satya, the Sadhak Rhea, the saint Krishnam weave a magic on us and draw us into their world of Tantra, awakenings, beautiful love, principles, will and determination.

This book is a must read in all aspects. The author has done a tremendous job and has been successful in not only explaining the world on true principles of Tantra but also in giving a beautiful story who draws the reader in and keeps you mesmerised.
Looking forward to more books from her.

Thumbs up from my side - Must read.

Check out the complete video on the book review below.


Here is the link to buy The Tantric Curse from Amazon

Hope you have fun reading it.
Let me know.

Happy New Years Guys...

xoxo
Bhakti

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Goa Vibes

Its the holiday season and everyone is in a merry mood. Its time to celebrate, its time to travel, see new places, take a break and unwind. Its time to pamper yourself and be happy.
For many living in India especially in Maharashtra or the neighbouring states or even abroad - its Goa time.
This loved place is always charming but come the holiday winter season its sparkling like a diamond.
Perfect and peak time to go to Goa.
We just had our share of Goa some time back but I am here again thinking of it and craving the Goan food, sandy beaches and beautiful people and laid back life.
While I plan my next holiday just giving you a peek in my Goa diaries outfit.
You can also check out more Goa post on travelling, stay, food to plan that perfect vacation.









Outfit Details

Top- New Zealand Market
Shorts - Limeroad
Bag - Be for Bag
Flip Flops - Goa Flea Market
Neckpiece and Ring - Pink Pvssy Bangkok
Anklet - Flea Market
Glares - Forever 21

Happy Holidays !

xoxo
Bhakti

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tour Camp with me - Must do thing in Camp, Pune - Iconic places and Budget options.

Explore camp with me, let me show you the old iconic structures and must visit places, delicious food and budget markets. Be it Shivaji market, Bakers Market , old structures, Marzorin - I have it all covered for you. A glimpse of Bohri ali and Christmas shopping too, take in the Christmas fervour in the olden style.



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xoxo
Bhakti

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