Friday, May 29, 2015

Restaurant Review: Q'La Mehrauli

Within the Kila, Q'La has two properties - an excellent hall for corporate parties, demos and events with a wide screen and stage. Gives a different kind of elegant feeling. 

Another is the proper restaurant. I spent a good amount of time with the chef, who has a long period of international exposure and experience. The marketing head is new as the staff and restaurants. I told them some improvement points to have shades during the day time so as to maintain a cool atmosphere inside the restuarants. A fly was disturbuing. Some attention is required that probably will come over a period of time.

Good place to relax, drink and enjoy with a wide variety of unique count of snack with international flavors. Taste of snacks is fabulous but if you compare price with the size of snacks, only then you will be able to enjoy.

Some snacks are unique in taste and apperance - a must try at Q'La Restaurant.

Prices are extremely high hence the place is good for high society people. 

Restaurant Review: Lights Camera Action - Air Bar

I visited Lights Camera Action - Air Bar on its inauguration evening.

Firstly the improvement points. Restaurants earn a lot from their customers. A small favor is long pending by all - free parking. For this particular place - the lift is too compact to carry a complete family of 4-5 persons comfortably (or for that sake two couples together). So at peak times it is always a crunch. But then that is the space issue that could adjust only the entry level small size lift. Being at the third floor and one floor up (roof top open fourth floor), everyone would prefer going by lift.

The third floor - kitchen and restrooms are adjacent to each other. But that is again a space issue and a similar model is in many of the restaurants. The gap between bar stools and tables is less. The rooftop is much more comfortable in that respect.

Food is good, the uniform code is good and the theme is also good. All gel well together. Overall a fine place for couples, friends, families - especially if you like to have drinks and hookahs with/before/after food.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#BoltDrives A Day To Fall In Love With Bolt, Fort And Captain



A Sunday in Delhi NCR is normally lethargic as compared to the weekdays. It is altogether the opposite of the weekdays if you compare the day routine unless you have a solidly willed plan for the Sunday and you have convinced yourself to adhere to it. Otherwise it is late than usual go-to-bed as you are well aware that the alarm too is on rest, the next morning as you and would not like to be disturbed before 10am. But that was not possible on the second Sunday of this month, courtesy Blogadda and Tata Bolt. The call itself was so exciting that one could easily afford to call off the relaxing Sunday offers and without daring to say “Nay” for it, it was a straightaway go-go from my end.



The schedule was to reach at the starting point (that was the closing point too) which was Godfather Lounge (and it was apparently made to appear with some picturesque wall-frame pictures from the movie). Well, the Godfather Lounge is in Galaxy Hotel in Gurgaon Sector 15, Part II. It is right next to the 32nd Milestone and its strategic branding makes it visible right from the highway. So while coming from Delhi, on NH-8, you would get to know where not to carry on the highway, take an exit from highway, take a U-turn and take left from 32nd Milestone to reach to the destination. The event was to enjoy the new Tata Bolt from Gurgaon to Neemrana. Gurgaon is a major business hub of Delhi NCR and Neemrana is a place that is around a little below hundred kilometres. Neemrana is actually the beginning of Rajasthan and it is on Rajasthan-Haryana border on National Highway 8. Neemrana is surrounded by Aravali hills. We were planned to stay at Neemrana Fort-Palace Hotel, 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Alwar.



Before I further talk about our short stay experience at Neemrana Fort let us share some moments spent in Godfather lounge, Galaxy Hotel before we started for Neemrana. We had to reach at Galaxy by 11.30 am. I followed Japanese technique that day – JIT – just in time. Had I known that I will have bigger chances of winning big if I come late, I would have reached an hour or two late J. A welcoming smile from Anuja and Harish was good enough to cool down the soaring temperature of Gurgaon’s summer noon. The arrangements for snacks first and lunch soon after, in the Godfather lounge were there. We had snacks, chats and interactions among bloggers, Blogadda and Tata representatives. This bifurcation soon vanished and after a while we were a team of around thirty persons, out on a mission to experience Bolt drive of around hundred kilometres. Fifteen bloggers, five Bolts for bloggers – three bloggers in each Bolt. Each Bolt had fourth accompaniment as Bolt Guide and Expert. My team included Judy, whom I met for the first time and Ragini, whom I met many times before. Team introductions, informal interactions, there was a formal introduction of Inderpreet, the product manager of Tata Bolt who told us about the unique features of Tata Bolt. We had our lunch after that.



The five cars were R1, R2, R3, D1 and D2. R were petrol cars, D were diesel. Two pit stops on the way, enough snacks on the way, Captain Bolt interactions in between were all enjoyable moments. The first pit stop was the Leisure Valley ground, around ten minutes’ drive and just over three kilometres. . We had a classic track here to perform a rugged suspension test of Tata Bolt and every car driver and passengers were interviewed at the end of their respective rounds. Our team D1 was the first to perform the test and in fact we did it twice as it is always ‘Ye Dil Mange More’ J. We all moved for the next pit stop that was Aravali Resorts. This was just over an hour’s drive to cover a distance of around forty six kilometres. A small break here, some experience exchanged among people travelling in different cars, some more snacks and the exchange of cars. We had now R1, the petrol car in lieu of D1, the diesel car. Petrol car has three modes – City, Economy and Sport. When you are on Sports mode, it is not you managing the speed, brakes etc. it is the car that manages you, speed and brakes. Logically it becomes a little intelligent in leveraging you for some freedom J.
Two issues about the car – while you are on driving seat and you use blinkers or indicators, you don’t get the sight of respective indications on the dashboard in front of you due to steering coming right in between your eyes and the space on dashboard displaying it. Probably a steering-less car will remove that hurdle JJ. Another issue is that when ignition goes off during the drive, due to high gear etc., you have to take the key out, insert again and then the ignition goes ‘on’. Is it a real issue or may be happening due to less time spent with the car and the friendship between the car and driver not reached to a level where you start thinking about each other more seriously. J. Whatever enjoyment, confidence and freedom I got from the car while driving it was far more than the above two issues.



From Aravali Resorts, 76th Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway it takes less than an hour to reach Neemrana Fort which is roughly fifty kilometres in distance. As usual the issue that I encounter mostly visiting forts etc. is the final stretch and am sure everyone visiting such places faces it. Government and administration really need to take a call on this for providing a better road/ passage/ space. A little climbing, stairs, pictures on the way, crossing the swimming pool and finally reaching the hall where fifteen esteemed Bolt experience holders were supposed to sit, relax, discuss their experiences, exchange blog names and twitter handles; sharing pictures on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram, snacks etc. After some relaxation we had a round of Neemrana Fort-Palace along with a local manager who explained each and every point of the Fort.



Finally the moment of the day arrived when Ragini was announced winner of Tata Bolt car. Another moment when Priyanka won the Pic of the Day contest. Superb. Congrats to both. While coming back we had an option of driving or relaxing in the passenger seats. I decided to drive the R1 and enjoyed it driving in Sports mode. When you change mode you will find only Eco and Sports as the City mode is by default and you don’t need to set it.


 A Sunday well spent at #BoltDrives with BOLT from TATA Motors in association with BlogAdda.

Friday, May 22, 2015

#Interview #FashionBlogger @thedailyluxe Scorpion Loves Beaches



Rachel Holliday is a British-born fashion blogger and stylist based in tropical Australia. Her blog ‘The Daily Luxe’, founded in 2014 is rapidly growing worldwide. ‘The Daily Luxe’ lives by the motto that ‘you don’t need a million dollars to look a million bucks’ and showcases the hottest runway and street style trends alongside Rachel’s own looks.

She is most happy when she is engaged in a piece of fashion writing, on the front row of a fashion show, rummaging through shopping racks or exploring new and exotic places.

Access Rachel’s blog here: www.thedailyluxe.net
Instagram: @thedailyluxe
Twitter: @thedailyluxe

Welcome Rachel. :)



What brought you to the world of fashion and when was it?
My true love for fashion journalism started while I was at University, when I started questioning if I had done the right degree and began looking at Fashion journalism masters. My friend encouraged me to start a fashion blog, and for a brief period, I wrote a blog called ‘Campus Couture.’ I also wrote for my university fashion magazine.

After I moved to Australia, I began dabbling in fashion blogging again, but nothing hardcore. After working backstage at Australian Fashion Week in April 2014, I said to myself; right, I’m doing this! And ‘The Daily Luxe’ was born.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood
     Childhood holidays! I can remember going to Ibiza like it was yesterday.

About your education?
I graduated from Lancaster Uni in 2012 with a first class BA Hons degree in Theatre and English.



What career did you plan during your education days?To be honest, after school I sort of just got thrown into University and chose what I was interested in at the time. My real love for fashion began at University though.

What languages can you speak and write?
English, just English… Oh and a tiny bit of French, you know, the kind French people would laugh at because it’s so dodgy.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life? 
Nature, my family, and fashion.

What hurts you most in this world? 
People deliberately hurting each other, animals and the environment.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?
I suffer from anxiety so I feel like this is a challenge I always have to face. But with good support and coping techniques, I live a pretty awesome life.


If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?
Coco Chanel- she revolutionized ladies fashion!

What is your favorite fashion style and why?
As trends come and go, my favorite styles and trends change with the times. At the moment, it’s the seventies bohemian trend. It fits with my laid-back, feminine style and I just adore anything lacy, crochet or patterned! I think the flare shapes are incredibly flattering too.



Did you ever think of getting into modeling? 
No way! I was never hot/tall/skinny enough and didn’t want to change myself to fit into that mould.

What keeps you motivating towards fashion and writing about it?
I think that when you have such a strong desire towards both writing and fashion, motivation comes naturally. Obviously I have days where I feel uninspired, but then I’ll get a little creative spark and the words will start flowing again

How do you plan, schedule and monitor your fashion related commitments?
I always blog twice a week- every Monday and Friday. So I will write the pieces either on or before those days. If I have ideas for posts I will jot them down on my phone or a piece of paper. I update daily on social media, but that tends to just flow with my lifestyle.

With the other publications I write for (such as Mirodoor), I’ll put three hours or so away to write a good quality piece.
As for events like Australian Fashion Week, I plan my outfits a week or so in advance (guilty as charged!) and tend to sort out my schedule and invites before I even board the plane.



What four top most things you take care of while doing a fashion project?
1.    Plan!
2.    Give a million percent.
3.    Be friendly, but professional.
4.    NETWORK!


Your dream destination on Earth?
 I would love to go to the Maldives- it literally looks like paradise. Ahhh.. the beaches!

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?
I was born in North Yorkshire in the UK, in a town called Whitby. I’ve visited a lot of places around Europe as I was growing up- France, Sweden, Cyprus, Belgium, Spain. As an adult I did a working holiday one summer in Catalina Island in California, I loved the positive, beachy energy there. I also saw the Grand Canyon which was indescribable and faced my fear of highs climbing the ‘Angels Peak’ track at Zion National Park.

I also worked at a disadvantaged school in Thailand which was really inspiring. I then went on a working holiday to Australia and never came back! Haha, I must be crazy!


Your favorite time of the day?
I think it depends on what I’m doing. If I have something really fun planned- that will be my highlight!

Your zodiac/ sun sign?
Scorpio

Your favorite color and why?
      The vibrant blue of a Ulysses butterfly because it’s tranquil, yet striking.

Your favorite book and why? 
The French Lieutenants Woman’ by John Fowles. Seriously… just read it!

Your favorite movie and why? 
The Lion King’ or ‘Aladdin’ for the happy childhood memories.



Your favorite celebrity and why? 
I don’t really have a celebrity that I stick to like glue.

Your favorite food? 
Cookies and Cream Ice cream (Naughty) and my dads homemade veggie lasagne.

Your favorite sports? 
I seriously don’t do sports haha, but I do high-intensity cardio 3 times a week, so I guess this counts?

What is the force that drives you? 
Some little voice in my mind saying ‘you can do this Rach’ and my family.

What comes to your mind when you think of India?
Bollywood J

Some quickies: Sun or Moon, Laughter or Smile, Morning or EveningCoffee or Tea, Mountain or Sea,Long Drive or Short Drive, Silence or ConversationWater or Fire, Air or Earth, Mars or Jupiter, Tulip orRose, Red or Blue, Left or RightGlance or Stare, Fame or Money (I’d rather have happiness), Boy or GirlDay or Night, Tree or Plant, Love or Passion

What three words come to your mind for each –
Technology, Limitless, connecting, growing
Life, love, breathe, cherish
God, Hopefully there’s something
Humanity Love, hate, juxtapositions
Terrorism,  Terrifying, horrific, dangerous
Racism, Discriminative, unacceptable, hateful
Childhood Abuse, Imprison those guilty
Love, Warmth, strength, happiness
Parenting, Caring, unconditional love
Old age, Reflective,

The first thing you do in the morning after waking up?
I’m trying to start each morning by doing 50 sit ups. I’ll let you know how it goes haha

Last thing to do before sleep?
Moisturise!

If one fine morning you wake up and find your sex changed to the opposite, what will be your first reaction?
     Haha- that depends on what I looked like :P No.. just kidding, I’d probably scream
     and then check if the mirror was actually there and it wasn’t just some creepy guy…

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote
My gran always used to reference the song ‘The Tide Is High’ and say ‘I’m not the kind of girl who gives up just like that.’ I always try to keep that in mind.

The last line of your autobiography would be…
To be continued…
The title of your autobiography would be…
Probably just my name. I find this too weird to think about haha.

Who is your role model in the fashion industry?


Margaret Zhang- she is literally a fashion super force! She is a photographer, stylist, blogger and guest buyer rolled into one. I hope I can be like this one day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Author Interview: B D Bruns: A Born Traveler @lovebruns



Adventurer B. D. Bruns has traveled to over 50 countries to gather material for his bestselling books. Hes won 20 national and international book awards, including three national Book of the Year awards. He also contributes to Yahoo Travel, BBC, CNN, The Daily Beast, and The Travel Channel. 

Bruns travel adventures span from entering the Pyramids of Giza and swimming in the Panama Canal to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and touring Torture Museums in Estonia. He has attended ceremonies from the descendants of cannibals in the South Pacific and has been consulted by a ghost tour in Malta. After residing in Draculas hometown for several years, Bruns moved to Las Vegas with his Romanian wife, where they live with two cats, Julius, and Caesar.




Your real name and pen name?

My one writing regret is not using a pen name. I spend more time correcting spelling and pronunciation of my name than talking about my books. Bruns rhymes with spoons. Glorious, I know.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

I had a perfectly secure, perfectly happy, perfectly boring middle class, white suburban childhood. I always knew there was much more to see in the worlddespite my mothers claims to the contraryleading to the only bad thing I ever did in my life. When I discovered my elementary schools National Geographic Magazine collection I stole every map to pore over them the way my friends read comic books.

Info about your education?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What languages can you speak and write?
What is your biggest source of inspiration in your life?
What hurts you most in this world?

Ethnocentrism. Its just disguised cowardice. Children dont like trying something new either until they do it and discover they love it. Adults should know better.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

I was the only American to survive an entire contract in the restaurants of Carnival Cruise Liness history without quitting. There are no labor laws in international waters and, on top of simply being a sweat shop, there was a great incentive to keep me from setting a precedent. On Carnival Legend, I worked 100 hours a week for 15 weeks in a row, after which I stopped counting. On Carnival, Conquest management denied me food for a month, hoping Id quit. I subsisted off a stolen tomato once a day and a half a pizza every few days. And lots of coffee. Taught me just how unfair racism is, and Im very grateful for it.



If you had to live a day of your life as someone else (living or dead), who would it be and why?
What is your favorite genre and why?

I love good old-fashioned horror the mostbut its very hard to find nowadays. I want a good, meaty, and atmospheric story that treads new ground. Im also particularly fond of high fantasy. In both cases, most modern attempts are cheesy. Thankfully high fantasy has finally gotten the good treatment with Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Now, can we cast aside six pack abs and glittering vampires? Let us not forget that Bram Stokers Dracula was a thing, a monster.

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

Im a hybrid author with both traditionally and self-published works. My first book was Cruise Confidential, about my time on Carnival Cruise Lines. I spent a total of four years at sea and living in Romaniathe whole ordeal was for a woman, of course. We lived in Sighisoara a kilometer from Draculas house! The international love affair was wild and unpredictable enough to warrant four books in the Cruise Confidential series. I have recently switched to writing paranormal thrillers, which has always been my dream. The Gothic Shift was my first, which won the International Book Awards for Best Short Story Collection, and Im just now releasing In the House of Leviathan.



What are your forthcoming writings?
What genres do you write in and why?

My greatest success so far has been in narrative nonfiction about my adventures overseas and doing crazy things like desert marathons or 500-mile bike rides. These books are fun and educational and, I hope, inspire people to get off the couch. My passion is for prose, however, and I love atmospheric, intelligent paranormal thrillers. Thats what Im devoting my time to now.

What keeps you motivated to write?
How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments?

Im a full-time writer, which means I have to make my own schedule and stick to it. I believe strongly in having goalsbig, overarching goals and mid-term goalsin all aspects of life. Thats how things get done. Writing is no different, be it a deadline or a daily word count.



What are your future plans?
What is generally your preference when reading a paperback or ebook? And why?

Im old school and love paperbacks. Nothing is cooler than being surrounded by books.

 
How much real life goes into your fiction writing?

A lot of real life is represented in my fiction writing, despite it being paranormal. In this regard, its because I want my characters to react in a believable manner and I think of parallels in real life. Just because I havent met a ghost doesnt mean I cant find a real-world surprise that doesnt evoke a similar, grounded response. 

Is a high level of imagination important to have for an author?

Imagination is incredibly important for an author though not the only thing. If you cant imagine yourself in someone elses shoes, youre not going to create unique and varied characters. Imagination is also the tool that bridges historical events and settings with a modern readerfinding connections between disparate things is my great joy.

Your dream destination?

Ive been to over 50 nations around the world, but that doesnt mean I dont have a list of where to go next! Antarctica is my dream destination, I think because theres no reason to go there other than sheer adventure or curiosity.



Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited. What are some of the best things you liked in these countries?

I grew up in Americas Midwest, which I credit for my strong work ethic and courtesy, but also my lack of awareness. The more I travel the more I realize that people are people and that everything you think you know about a place is totally wrong. Especially in America, where we know nothing about anywhere but seem to think we do. I love Americaits why I live here nowbut that doesnt mean I havent learned something valuable from each and every country Ive visited.

Your favorite time of the day?

Morning! I can barely stay awake after 8PM. I cant imagine how bad thats gonna get when Im old!

Your zodiac/sun sign?

Im totally a Gemini.

Your favorite color and why?

Yellow. Im a bright and happy guy. I think thats why I write horror and love sad songs: they are new and alien places for me.

What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading?

Im a voracious reader of history, particularly the Victorian age of exploration and expansion. Im drawn to the greatness of human achievement and embrace 1000 page volumes on the Panama Canal or Transcontinental Railroad. Im trying to read more classic literatureworks of the masters always inspire me.



Your favorite book and why?

My favorite author is David McCullough, who makes history more exciting than anything else in the world, despite giving oodles of details, dates, and facts. His John Adams is phenomenal.

Your favorite movie and why?
Your favorite celebrity and why?
Your favorite food?
Your favorite sport?

Im not a very good spectator, though after enduring nothing but soccer in Romania (which I played for five years), I grew to love American football. Its far and away the most complex sport in the world, though the learning curve is high.

What is the force that drives you?

Equal parts curiosity and hope.

What comes to your mind when you think of India?

After a graduate course in Mughal art at the University of Iowa, I was so inspired I studied Sanskrit. The class size was only about eight and after two semesters the professor kindly asked me to drop out because I was holding everybody else backthey all already spoke five or six languages! I dream of riding the great Indian railways through the mountains.

Some quickies (choose one of each pairing): Sun or Moon, Laughter or Smile, Morning or Evening, Coffee or Tea, Mountain or Sea, Long Drive or Short Drive, Silence or Conversation, Water or Fire, Air or Earth, Mars or Jupiter, Tulip or Rose, Red or Blue, Left or Right, Glance or Stare, Fame or Money, Boy or Girl, Day or Night, Tree or Plant, Love or Passion
What three words come to your mind for each Technology, Life, God, Humanity, Terrorism, Racism, Childhood Abuse, Love, Parenting, Old age
First thing you do in the morning after waking up?
Last thing to do before sleep?
State your signature line/tagline/best quote

Happiness cannot be given, though it must be accepted. - B.D. Bruns

The last line of your autobiography would be
The title of your autobiography would be
 
Links & other relevant details:

            Shelfari          www.shelfari.com/briandavidbruns
            LibraryThing           B.D.Bruns


ISBN-10:
ISBN-13: 9780985663575
ASIN: B00TVLFN1U
Publisher: Travelers Tales
Twitter handle: @lovebruns
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bdbruns
Goodreads author page: www.goodreads.com/lovebruns
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Brian-David-Bruns/e/B001K7NBG2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Any other links: www.bdbruns.com

We Need @CoorsLight In India For Refreshing Yamuna And Other Rivers

For past six decades, our rivers have lost their freshness beyond a certain point. The moment these rivers touch cities, it starts impacting their health. The quality, freshness and safety of water deteriorates drastically and hence becomes a health hazard. Industrialization can't be held responsible for this. It is the corruption wrapped with government norms that is the culprit. Administrative loopholes are more than enough in our country to show the poor state of control.



Logically, industries that are polluting our rivers must take the onus of keeping it clean also. It should be shared on the basis of pollution caused. Government alone is too helpless to do so much of work. No doubt industries pay enough tax for these purposes but then the government machinery has a lot more to do with this tax money than concentrating on the cancer of pollution and eradicate it. There are foreign trips, there are luxurious meetings and a lot more, most of it unaccountable. The tragedy is that a minister or legislature has no balance sheet or performance monitoring on yearly basis.



Learning can be taken from the ThisIsMyWater campaign by Coors Light. Coors Light came into existence in 1978 in the United States as a brewing company and today is the second largest beer selling company. Let us also understand about another side of the story. This is about Alliance which is the an NGO and the largest organization working for the cause of shielding and restoring the Great Lakes. Their program includes all the five Great Lakes and all the eight states where these lakes exist.


Coors Light has now two missions - one, to create the world's most refreshing beer, and two, to refresh the Great Lakes. For the second mission, Coors Light is donating 25 cents for every sale of a case of 12-ounce cans. The campaign is till the end of August and is active in some select cities - Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. So if you are there and want to be part of the is noble cause, don't forget to buy few cases.