Best Buys

Friday, September 22, 2017

Million Memories - Pallavi Kodan -Book Review

I was pleasantly surprised to recieve this cute little package from the author Pallavi Kodan.
I loved the cute little powder pink bag that it came in and the book itself appeared chic with pastel sand colour cover with the black seagulls and the female character with an umbrella. 
It gives a bit of a sad look and I thought this must be another heart breaker. 

Author–  Pallavi Kodan
Publishers– Partridge Publishing
Number Of Pages- 210
Format– Paperback
Genre - Young Adult 
Well the blurb reads - 
 Follow Ashima and her friends through their roller coaster ride from teenage to adulthood, to being actual adults. A story about growing up together, crushes...love..fights..doubting and realizing self worth...failing and standing up for one self...struggles and challenges. A story, which is an amalgamation of many experiences and emotions.


video

Review - 
This is an honest book written by Pallavi Kodan it dwelves into childhood memories of coming up of age along with your friends. One can relate with it on every aspect. Kudos to the author for getting it so right in her first book itself.
The book is about the main three characters Ashima, Siddhant and Karishma. These three are best friends since childhood. Childhood friendships are most cherished ones and hold a special place in life. This book depicts exactly that.
Right from the start when all three of them come from different families and backgrounds, upbringing and social norms. How that affects their friendship and shapes them as individuals. How the struggle is real with them to keep the friendship alive being different personalities and growing up differently with a different outlook towards life in general. You actually hate Karishma and get irked when her character arrives, wish Ashima could be less sweet and it was time she gave it back. Or for that matter you want Siddhant to enjoy and forget his love. 
You relate with them, have your favourite too. Sometimes you even go back to your childhood menories. 
From first crushes, exams, goof ups, dates, love, highs and lows and life in general - this book follows it all from their separate point of view and what effect it has on each one as well as their friendship. 
The language the author has used is simple and easy to relate however the book is a bit slow at places. It wavers in engaging the reader, material is predictable and you know what is gonna happen every time.
There are lot of errors especially towards the end which require editing. 
All in all this book is a simple fast nice read. 
Thanks again to the author for sending this pretty little package and congrats on the first book. 

My verdict - 3 / 5 

Happy Reading folks !! 

xoxo
Bhakti 



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Easy Festive look for Dandiya Nights this Navratri

Festivities are just round the corner first with Navratri and then Diwali.
You need to look amazing with comfort being the key as you got to have fun too and mingle with friends and family.
My personal favourite go to outfit is mix and match comfortable striking fashion.  So What better than lovely skirts paired up with crop tops/kurti with a pretty dupatta to adorn it if it's not that jazzed up or just go like that.
It's so flowy and beautiful and yet comfortable and completely easy to handle.
I believe in keeping the look balanced.
If the ensemble itself is too detailed or has lovely work, keep the rest of the elements simple and low key so that you don't look like a Christmas treeπŸŽ„πŸ™ˆ. Let any one element shine brighter. If your look is simple adorn it with bold dupatta with lovely work on it and accessories.
Chose the accessories wisely, don't go overboard with them. Have any one statement piece which will give you a lovely overall finished look with poise.
Let me show you how I like to dress up.
Btw yellow and blue both colours are on the list of  Navratri colours to be worn.
So Double whammy for my look.


Do give importance to the lip colour and eyes. I love kohl so I always go with my deep kohl eyes with winged eyeliner. I think it's perfect for Desi traditional vibes. My look and colours of the outfit were subtle so I went ahead and coloured my lips bright red. I kept rest of the make up nude. 


The simple skirt with a golden border paired with a silk kurti and a stole. 
Added some statement earrings and rings and I was ready to roll the traditional way. 




Comfortable yet smart with traditional vibes that's how I love to dress up for festivals. Cause I love to look pretty but I love to enjoy with all the hoopla with equal fervour.
That's my go to style for you for festivals.

Outfit Details.

Kurti - Thai silk ( self designed)
Skirt - boutique piece
Stole - Thailand
Earrings - Jabong

P.S. sorry I couldn't upload a single photo which was just mine. ( that's what happens on festivals when you too busy having fun you forget to take pictures πŸ™ˆ)

So this festival. Let your hair down, dance all night and have too much fun.

Happy Navratri Guys !
Welcome the Goddess with fervour and tunes of Dandiya nights.

Stay Safe...

xoxo
Bhakti 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Two Timing, Am I ?

Today let me take you with me on a small part of our Road trip.
For those who follow me it's no surprise and you guys already know it from all the posts and my random rants that I am a nature girl at heart ... 
In nature I lose myself and find myself again .. I breathe.. I rejuvenate .. 
And this feeling was strengthened and factualised by our recent road trip which we were advised strongly against by our Dr. Reason - I was very weak with low bp. Which was lower than low and I was advised strict bed rest. Still me being me went with the trip  ( well in my defence everything was booked and this trip was planned from a long time and we were in such anticipation and I love road trips and Goa ) as I thought we 'll do it as it's just from Pune to Goa... ( well that was irresponsible but adventurous though ) 
The whole way hubby took care of me like no ones business. Fussing about my rest, my meds, my snacks, ( could I get any luckier, touchwood I have won myself  a jackpot ) Coaxing me to sleep but no sooner than we took to the forests and mountains they just kept me going and like that .. like just that.. I was feeling so live. The magic of nature is marvellous beyond understanding ... it's wonderful, just leaves one astonished at it's beauty, sights, abundant life and a strong will to keep growing to keep living and giving. 
The crisp air, the smell of moss laden trees, gurgling waterfalls, chirping birds,  what's there not to like... not to fall in love.. not to be fully alive and aware.. not to replenish and rejuvenate every sense of the body. 
I was healed ... if not completely ... in my mind ... in my will to be one with nature .. in spirit.. I was one with nature.
It helped me like it does always. It loved and accepted and nourished me like it does always...
I wanted to get out of the car, touch the leaves, feel the cool gurgling water, smell the wild daisies.
Just like that my love affair continued .... ❤
With my hubby as well as nature... I was two timing and how ... but sometimes a girl just gotta do what she gotta do. πŸ˜‰



Monkeying around, are we ?


Mountains are calling ...



Specks of green..


And I did get out of the car... didn't get to play in the waterfall, well whom was I kidding .. I got out and just that was enough to get a smile to my sick, tired af face.
P.S. how cute is he πŸ˜‹




I want to be here forever in these mountains, where my soul belongs amidst nature.



The Magic of Mystical Mountains beckons me on ...
Forever a mountain Girl ...
They have my Heart...

video

Check out this small video ... a glimpse of magic ...

on that note ..

xoxo
Bhakti

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Simply Complex or no ?

It's been a long long time that we chatted up ... and I am so sorry for that. Honestly I am caught up in a huge project which is really close to my heart. Very soon I shall share with you where I was lost.
But today I just felt like catching up with you guys, rather I itched to write to you, craved to blog. In this long time I honestly had a writer's block where I didn't feel like writing and just wanted to focus on my project but today all of a sudden it just felt empty not to chat with you all . 
So long story short here I am.. 
I realised that I am simply complex or complex simple and then I remembered a quote from Marlyn Monroe .... 
I think I am a mixture of Simplicity and Complexes but I am beginning to understand myself more now - Marlyn Monroe 
And I just left it at that. 
On a lighter note the monsoon is tantalising and leaving us asking for more .... the weather is beautiful ... sometimes brutal but pretty nevertheless ...

Simple outfit to conquer the complexities.
I love the t-shirt denim days.









xoxo
Bhakti



Thursday, May 4, 2017

PA PA YA- Palladium Mall - Lower Parel - Mumbai Food Story


Mumbai is the city of food lovers... the food mecca... the place where traditions, cutting edge technology, taste and innovations live in harmony. The master of street food and the ace for big brands and massive restaurants all share space here.
Who won't love this place and who doesn't... I have still not met anyone who is not impressed by the culinary experience of this city.
I myself love the food and the myriad dining experience Mumbai offers. I am always drooling for more so when I was invited for the first time for a food tasting along with my blogger buddies and that too at an acclaimed place Pa Pa Ya located in Palladium mall. Well you can just guess the excitement quotient.
We were the first group of bloggers from Pune visiting Mumbai with pride and excitement and complete enthusiasm we embarked on our gastronomic adventure.
No sooner than we reached the place we were completely refreshed inspite of the long journey just experiencing the chic radical and modern ambience.
Pa Pa Ya - The Modern Asian Bistro - venture by House of Massive Restaurants (credited for acclaimed ventures like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra and Farzi cafe)
Reinventing the Asian cuisine on a global scale , a sensory experience like never before.












Assimilation of various cooking techniques and cultures get together here in the melting pot of molecular gastronomy with modern and latest technology.
After experiencing this wonderful enticing vibe we were waiting in  anticipation to indulge in some revolutionised Asian cuisine.

One look at the menu and we knew this was nothing ordinary, The menu devised is completely original, developed with intensive research.
Each dish has a unique flavour and combination with utmost attention to minute details.
The presentation of food is tapas style which offers the diners an ability to enjoy a vast range of dishes in the right portion size, creating a true sensory dining experience.
They use organic and fresh produce sourced from the region of origin throughout Asia, in their most authentic form, in some cases even rare in variety and for them to reach in their
freshest variety, ensuring that freshness of each ingredient used across the expansive menu is maintained at all times.
They offer classic dishes retaining their original essence, enhanced using elements of modern cooking techniques.
As if all this was any less, we had a special menu curated just for us by the senior chef ( now imagine what that could be, why imagine let me show you.)


Amuse Bouche

The first thing that came to our table was served to us in sea shells in white soft smoke on a bamboo raft like thing. Talk about drama and this sure was a curtain raiser for the experience we had in store and a perfect one if I may say so.
Watermelon cubes in a froth and they were nice and welcoming. Spectacular way to kick start. 


Kale and Pakchoy Dimsums 
Veggies and mushrooms with gaozi dressing served with crispies and spicy garlic pods. 
Unusual yet tasty ... vegetarians will surely love it. I really liked it myself. 
Must try 


Mandarin zest infused Lamb/goutie vegetable 
Perfect made soft juicy dumplings with a spicy dip and wasabi jelly with chilli guava pickle.


 
Salmon Uzukari
Salmon made in Konnyakykai, tomato, basil, jalapeno relish and garlic.
This one has an after taste to it. 
I am not a fan of fish in this way but others seemed to really enjoy it. It definitely packs a punch once you eat it. 


Urmaki Sushi
Rice on the outside with seaweed on the inside stuffed at the bottom topped with deep fried greens, sesame served with wasabi. 
Perfectly rolled veg sushis. 
These one were really nice. 
Must Try 



Cheese pakoda 
I loved these ones, they were so cheesy, creamy, tangy and topped with mayo. 
Highly Recommended 





Tiger Prawns 
Big juicy prawns on the bed of pea jus with dehydrated pineapples, garlic topping with mayo drizzled. 
This one was another favourite.. 
Highly Recommended


Beer Battered Tacos 
Stuffing of Beer battered avacado, corn and scallion khimchi. It's made up with Gyozo sheets which are used to make dumplings. 
These become all the more yummy with mozzarella topped on it. 
A perfect Japanese, Mexican Indianised tacos. 
Must try... 



Fried Bombay Duck 
Perfectly Crispy Fried Bombay Duck on the bed of mashed potatoes with mustard and a lovely garlic sauce on top. 
Perfection.... 
Crispy, creamy potatoes and spicy dip... all elements were perfectly balanced. 
All of us had our hands busy with this and mouth stuffed. I am sure people who don't eat Bombay Duck will fall in love with it after having this dish. Infact one of us who doesn't have it also gorged on the entire piece looking at us devouring it with such gusto and she was glad she had it ... 
Highly Highly Recommended



Lamb Rendang Curry 
Soft and moist lamb shanks perfectly cooked in a lovely thick Indonesian curry with Singaporean Prata (Parotha - bread). 
This was another amazing dish and although I was so stuffed with the vast amount of food we managed to consume, I couldn't help but lick my fingers clean... 
Highly Recommended 




Pad Thai Noodles 
I loved the stone in it came and quite like noodles and was looking forward to it. 
These ones didn't quite meet the expectation. I found then quite ketchupy and tangy sour. 
Not my kinds. 

After so much food we still had room for the desserts. 
The desserts we had heard are outstanding and they definitely were more than we expected. 
The dessert section has been recreated, presenting some of the most iconic desserts from the Continent, having been completely twisted on their head and presented in a very fun, innovative and engaging way, making it an exciting experience for those with a sweet tooth and even those who are adventurous & love to tread into the unknown.


Molecular Dessert with Pannacotta 
Nothing short of drama. 
The vanilla ice cream was made on our table with liquid nitrogen. Be ready to be tickled and feel the chilled gas over you ( I got startled when the chilled gas tickled me ) 
The ice cream was so good especially coupled with all the crunchy nuts and paired with the Pannacotta. 
We actually had a second helping of this. It was so so good. 
Highly Highly Recommended 







Chocolate Ball on Fire 
What a way to end a fabulous meal. 
A big ball of chocolate stuffed with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache is served on choco cookie mud with almonds and cashews. As soon as the alcohol is poured on it the ball opens up to all the goodness. 
It is served with chocolate sauce and nuts on the side to balance the potency of alcohol. 
This was one of the amazing chocolate balls on Fire I have had. 
Highly Highly Recommended 

Now after so much to eat, it definitely requires something to glug along the way and knowing me and my cocktails.. how can i leave them out.
Their range of cocktails is vast and innovative which have been given the same tender, love and care as the cuisine, applying extensive use of molecular mixology.

I tried a couple of them and they were really well presented and really yummy.




Lighthouse 
Lemongrass infused vodka, galangal, Orange and pineapple juice. 


This one was with whiskey and Bailleys cream... must have and look at all that drama.



 I definitely loved my experience at Papaya and you should definitely try it for yourself first hand. Most of the things i ate over here are must try snd that happens honestly quite rarely. Focusing on a modern sensory culinary experience with the cuisine served, ambiance and restrained elegance,
Pa Pa Ya endeavours to offer a holistic dining experience. Pa Pa Ya offers a befitting tribute to the refinement and extensive cultural legacy of the Asian Continent.
Pa Pa Ya is not just redefining Asian cuisine, it’s Asian Cuisine – Revolutionised.
#GoPaPaYa


Thanks Team Pa Pa Ya for having us. It was an amazing food coma you induced and one that I will remember for a long lo g time. 

xoxo
Bhakti 

you might also like