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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Poshvine - Creating Great Food Memories With Amazing Deals!!!

The season of celebrations is here, and one thing we absolutely love doing is eating out, with friends and family, to celebrate the joys and share more magic. But add to that the festival crowd, the long waiting time, the problems of not getting a table, and also the big numbers that come at the end of the meal. Quite a lot to not make it feel that magical, right?

So it was quite interesting when I got a message from PoshVine, as it launches in Mumbai.

The idea for PoshVine's new initiative is that, unforgettable food memories are shaped by the special experiences shared with friends and family. But they're often difficult to find and organise.

Now PoshVine is here to change this. Partnering with some of the best dining destinations and experts from the community, they are here to offer quality foodie experiences for both locals and travelers. From instant reservations with insider benefits at the best dining destinations to pop-up dining, from gourmet safaris to unique masterclasses and awesome hikes guided by passionate people in the community, PoshVine promises to be your personal dining concierge.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Through Jungles and No-Man's Land: On An Evening With Suranjana Bose


It was quite a few weeks now that I was planning my sister's trip to Mumbai. You see, I'm talking here of the famous Indian classical singer Suranjana Bose, the lady who has been recently awarded the Girija Devi Puraskar for Sarvottam Kalakar in Thumri. Please forgive me, but as for classical music, that's all the information and knowledge I have.

She was coming to Mumbai from her home in Kolkata, as there was a performance in Kalyan, Maharashtra, where she would be the honorary performer. For whatever reasons, in the end, it was me, Suranjana Bose, and my driver Santosh, who decided to embark on this journey, oops, actually adventure...and WHAT AN ADVENTURE it turned out to be!!!!

The organiser, I forget his name, but he was some Doctor, had informed us that he had arranged for our evening snacks and dinner, and confirmed if we were non-vegetarians, there would be a special dish of chicken on the menu. The performance was at 8 in the evening, and given that Kalyan is quite far from our place in Navi Mumbai, we decided it would be a safe bet to leave around 3 and reach there around 5, so that there was ample time for her to get acquainted with the assisting artists and practice. We headed out.

All was well. It was a nice sunny afternoon, and the two of us chatted up in the comfortable cooling of the car (there was no way we could keep the windows down at that hour and let the sun and the dust come in...naahhhh). We hadn't got together for years, just the two of us, and this drive seemed perfect to talk about everything and anything under the sun. It was going great. And we were looking forward to the evening, especially me, as I have never ever been to a pure classical concert (the only other one I had been to was Suranjana Bose's performance at The India Habitat Center, New Delhi, and that wasn't all classical either) and don't understand much of it (I can safely say that I'm illiterate in that department).

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Hand Rickshaw

image courtesy thehindu.com
 Does this image mean anything to you? To me, it instantly brings up words like An Evening In The Streets, A cosy day with books, nostalgia, many cups of ginger tea, old-world charm, crowded streets, footpaths, bargain.....will add more words here as they come to mind.

 Isn't this just gorgeous? Though I completely condemn the practice, I found this hand-rickshaw parked outside my guest house when I was staying in Kolkata, India, a few months back.

- Debolina Raja Gupta


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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, November 2, 2012

My Morning Cuppa


 I can't begin my mornings without a big mug of tea. I have it with milk, without sugar. And a little strong boiled. It's my daily requirement to have at least 2 cups of tea each day, reduced from my earlier crazy number of almost 20 cups a day/night! This click was at a small home-stay we rented in Panchgani. The tables in the dining area would be lined with these cups, a plate of Marie biscuits and a little bowl of sugar (at the back of the pic) along each of the cups.


 Then again, I need to have this in my tea all the time - ginger! These are freshly bought ginger brought home from the market. I had to click them as they are a main part of my tea-time.

Do you like tea? What kinds?

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:

"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta