38 Degree East, Lounge Bar/Pub, Powai, Mumbai 

One stop for awesomeness if looked for, it has to be 38 Degree East in Powai. The ambiance takes you to a different world altogether which is a mix of Iranian, Mexican and Italian cuisines/cultures in short. Enjoyed every moment there. I was invited as a Food Blogger and they really know how to give you a good time. Right from food to drinks, perfection is the word. Every staff serving the delicious dishes exactly know what they are serving. It’s with such style and enthusiasm that the customers are looked after.
With some amazing drinks served with amazing presentation. The show stopper for me was Torafuku which tasted a lot like pina colada, the twist to it was banana flavour along with a small banana and cherry as garnishes to look great with. Then the Cranberry Delight which was a delightful sight in itself as it was served in a two faced glass with fumes coming out of it.
Berry Wine Popsicles was another cocktail that too caught my attention. It is actually served with a popsicle waiting to melt its way into the wine.
Pauva looked refreshing and like a rockstar sits infornt of you, wanting you to grab it and drink it.
In the Appetizers they didn’t fall short with Vegetarian choices Singapore Spindles and Wanton Nachos, they’re full of cheese and melts in your mouth leaving you wanting more.
Pawns Wantons Cup was the star in the non vegetarian department and Jhinga Pakoda. Which you can not just have one.
I was excited to see Sushi fly, its way on my table. Yes I say that as it’s severed on a aeroplane which actually moves.
Lamb burger parked on table as it’s inside a school bus whose roof has to be opened to grab one.
The main course was simply the best with Veg Thai Curry (red) and 7 Jewel Rice. I personally loved Nasi Goreng to settle for one.
Love love love for me was Pisang Goreng and Fruit Filled Baked Wantons with Vanilla Ice Cream.
In short if you are looking for a meal and want to drink your heart out this is the place for you.
They are unapologetic about the drinks they spoil you with. Specially the price tag goes easy on your wallet and you will surely drink more than you planned to settle for.
The decoration (interiors) are mindblowingly fresh and the roof top transports you into another enchanting world.
So guys and girls get ready for fun experince along with some great food.
38 Degree East is the place for you.

The Indian Dancer @ Cannes 2016

Well Cannes was in news and will always be in news however I have a right reason to share. This year saw many talented personalities walk down the asile Cannes is a wonderful place to be and see the world differently and one such thing happened this year An Indian dancer ace in his art Mr Sandip Soparrkar who got introduced as an exotic dancer from India at Cannes 2015 and this year as “Indian  Ambassador of dance”  He was alsi invited to give a talk on “Dance in Bollywood films n it’s changing trends” which sounds really interesting as coming from him it would be a great treat for the attendees He even graced the red carpet twice.Way to go Sandip Soparrkar there’s more to you and India has witnessed that at many occasions be it being a great human to being a great dancer. The world awaits to see more of you and we surely are blessed to have you around. Stay tuned for more in the mean while keep dancing and stay blessed.

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At Cannes 2016
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With Pooja Batra at Cannes 2016
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Walking the red carpet
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Another Red Carpet walk

Dream Job Think again!!!

What happens when you don’t land your dream job? Does the dream job translate into your passion? Does the road block seem to be the end of your dream? Why is it important to know what you want and what you have are two different things in life? There are good amount of people who have these questions which are unanswered not because they these are unreasonable questions but because no one ever finds out the answer for these. When I set myself in market to find my dream job I realized I had to work hard towards it. Working hard doesn’t mean getting your dream job but after ten long years I realized my dream job was not and will never be my passion. One has to work towards achieving their goal but changing your goal when required doesn’t mean you did try hard it just means you tried smart. Being a hard worker and a smart worker are two different things

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Today I might love a certain trend tomorrow I might not. Same is with a job. If you are not satisfied with your job dint give up on your job which was once your dream jobs rather develop a passion which gives you more satisfaction and the job can be treated as a source of income which is also (only) important and will also help you follow your passion. Why give up on people or yourself or your job. We all need each other and we all need that job. Yes it’s true we need that one job to support us. End of the day what matters is that one job. There would be people around telling you things, oh you can do better than this, it’s not for you, to belong somewhere else, you are better off without this, go ahead follow your dreams and stuff like that. Will these people support you while you struggle to find the place you truly belong to? The best thing is making it work around things. People tell you things like that because they like you and love your ways and are kind with compliments towards you. Love them; respect them as they would be the first ones to correct you as well. As I said we all need each other and that job. If it pays your rent and bill, live with it. Deal with it you are here and it is happening now. Don’t miss the bus because you don’t feel it is good enough for you. Love your life and it will love you back. Love your job and it will do justices to you. Don’t get carried away. Rather carry it away from you. Develop a passion it will stay with you forever. Run if you want to, dance if you can, sing if you have it in you and love yourself to be loved back. I don’t write blogs to be read I write to be appreciated for the passion I put behind it and inspire myself when people get inspired by the writings. It is a beautiful feeling to be loved and liked; we all crave for the same but again how expressive are we to love and like others. Some other time on that. Bottom-line is following something you are passionate about,  Follow your dreams is a pass. It is help me to help you, love me to love you. Be the light to someone you always wanted for yourself.

Shine together and grow together.

Creating Monster Runners

A few years back I had heard from people the passion and love for running. The charity which running could generate and the awareness running could create for a cause. There are causes like situations always around. At times, when it was difficult to talk about Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer there were events where people ran and spoke and spread the message. There are small events with big causes and there are big events with no cause at all. Running can be for leisure as well (for sure).  Then, why the pretense and the claims?  I participated in Runaway Floods, a marathons for flood relief held in Chennai, which didn’t make tall claims and have a huge turnout but the organizers showed enough support to all the runners and their contribution towards the money raised for the flood hit places in India back in October 2014. IMG_20141019_073724

There was a big event, Chennai Night Marathon D2D, which supported Love Your Liver Foundation, an initiative by Neville Endeavour’s Foundation in Chennai. Runners poured in with all their dedication and love for the same a widely successful marathon.  Every year Khushi Pediatric Therapy Centre organizes, Autism Cause-a-thon, in awareness for people suffering with Autism. Alongside there is Ace Runner Sayuri Dalvi who organizers a free run for the same awareness. Runners registered in large numbers blocking the spot but not all turned up because it’s a free run and they don’t lose anything by not going and running ( the event had lovely finishers medals and good arrangements with proper refreshments). The Regulars who run with heart The regulars were there the lot who run for passion and care. Joints and Motion have excellent runs arranged every year for various causes. This year I also participated in small events like 8th  Delhi Cross Country Race (Vikaspuri runners) and Fitness Run (Radius 18), which provided finishers medals, T shirts ( on request) and refreshments as well. Pinkathon, made it possible for many women achieve their dreams of running along with Breast Cancer as the core cause I also saw free registrations for daughters along with their mother not only that domestic help and under privileged women were also provided with an platform  to participate and experience the women power in full force. Well enough said about the few mentioned runs. What makes the other runs so expensive and troublesome to participate? Crowd pulling translates into crowd arm twisting with many hurdles put in front of the runners to participate each year. Then what’s the whole point? At SCDM, Dubai provides excellent goodie bag, finishers medal, t-shirt and refreshments along with making people aware about various health issues (same with Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon) then what sets SCMM on a different level which makes it hard to digest the fact that it’s one of the most expensive run in Mumbai and provides great crowd support which again is the every Mumbaikar who decides to step out and support the runners. Which again means it is the Mumbaikar, which makes the whole experience so good not the mere mention of the organizers.I’m not in protest with SCMM but fail to understand their stand. The overhype does play an important part here. This year the road leading to the ground after the run was extremely jam packed with exhausted runners God lone knows if a runner would have had a problem what would have happened. But again it remains the pulse of every Mumbai runner to at least once in a lifetime run at this event. It’s out of this addition every year the runners with a pinch of salt register and go ahead with marathon.  It’s love for running which makes the event so successful every year and on everyone’s wish list. We need to participate in small as well as big events (agreed) but some justification would be fare, when compared to the other events around the world by the same organizers on the same scale and even better. The whole year one can observe tons of qualifiers runs mushrooming, which talks only about participating in the biggest running event of the year. Okay it’s good to see people up and running but what happens when a fellow runner needs your support. No one stops as their PB (Personal Best) goes for a toss, which means when you register and say you are in it for health fitness and a particular cause, you easily ignore the fellow runner as stopping would affect your personal cause which again is the only PB. I still remember last year when I participated in Pondy Marathon (its first time ) as soon as we started and entered the dark lanes I twisted my ankle and fell flat on the street, other runners around who noticed stopped to help me regain my balance and few called out for help, then what even wrong with Mumbaikars , is the obsession for PB fatal.
One can see Ace Runners like Raj Vadgama, Milind Soman, Sunil Shetty, Sangeeta Shetty, Sayuri Dalvi, Giles Drego, Ram Venkatraman, Venkatraman Pichumani (who never leaves you unanswered when asked for advise) and Nikhil Shah to name a few,  helping and motivating fellow upcoming new runners with their humble ways and a smile. Then, what happens to the over excited, over achieving and over talented runners who ignore the other runner.  Asking each and every runner, what exactly are they running for? What are their running goals?  What is the biggest achievement as a marathon runner? What makes them feel fit? What inspiration they leave behind as a runner?  And lastly, WHY?  The intention behind me writing all this is Just to appeal and tell everyone that every event is important and as happening as you make it. By being there for one another as runners we make a different human race altogether, getting more and more people out on roads to help them develop themselves and realize their goal in life. It’s important to run on the streets together but it is also important to run along. It is not only Personal Best which will give you satisfaction end of the day but the Personal Best Stories you would tell with each marathon and that will make it special not only for you but everyone associated with you.

So be a Responsible Runner not a Proud Runner.

Choice is yours n only yours

You can’t choose your situation but you can choose your reaction n I have chosen to be happy…

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Flowers look lovely even when plucked

Flowers kept indoors still blossom till the time they can…I find it quite inspiring

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“Retail Therapy a Real Therapy”

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    She is 24 (remember you are or once were 24 too the dreams you saw and feelings you got are no different) and hasn’t seen life yet… Together we can and we should make a difference. Life takes a full turn just when something happens out of the blue but there are times when things are not in our control. We have to support and stand by the chosen ones. They are gods children and our inspiration in one way or the other. Yuvraj Singh a ace cricketer came ahead to launch these slick bags along with You we can foundation. Its not only our good will but our responsibility to come ahead and do our bit. Its an ocean of people suffering quietly and helplessly out there.
On the other hand there are thankless people who just find faults and flaws in life. Now its your chance to be on the side you want to be.
Be a motivator Be a person you want to see.
Therefore, I have decided to tell the world about these causes and the efforts people put to put all this together.
Often we think why this happens or that happens but now is the time to just do and not look for answers which are meaningless. Try and get life to people as people are suppose to live a happy life. We as human race are not born to die meaningless or lead a worthless life. Do small things and do little things it’s more than enough. If everyone eats only tomato’s there would not be any tomato’s left. We all need each other and we all need you. Be the you in someone’s life.
There’s so much to do and there’s so little we can do.
Come and be the cause to push the Noble cause ahead.
Log on to http://www.bagforever.com today….

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“Awesome Run to Awesome Breakfast”

So, when you return after a good run, all you want to do is eat a breakfast which is well balanced and high on nutrients. At the same time you have to get those dirty shoes, shorts and tee off to the laundry (before the whole neighborhood gets to know about your awesome run and How fit are you getting by the day?) There are many one stop solutions and ways to do it. Packed and refined are a big no. So why stress the best and the fastest and which will take care of the rest….its non other than Eggs…Eggs…and Eggs…

As the way to prepare and eat is not too complicated then why the process of talking about the same… Just read on…

Here are some easy tips on that breakfast which you can prepare while you are getting ready for work or simply are busy doing the household work.

All you need is…

Two eggs, Bread (white or brown depends of you), Pepper, Salt… optional Cheese and butter…

Equipment

 Microwave, Plate…

Way to do it…

Place two or four breads in the center of the plate or in a pattern, you like. Apply butter and break two or four (if you are really hungry or having a quest over in the morning)

This is how a microwave plate can make things simple and continent in life. Make the same even if you are too bored to make a wholesome breakfast that lazy Sunday morning or are running late to work but never skip your first meal of the day.

So next time when you try this please leave a comment and let me know if you added your own touch to the same.

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