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Lounge Diaries - Part 2

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Many of my dear readers messaged /  emailed and connected via my social media channels to complete the missing part of my earlier 'most read monthly ' blogpost : the Lounge Diaries- Part 1.

Honestly, technology was keeping me busy and hence the delay in sharing Part 2. As I sit in the luxurious American Express proprietary lounge at T3 , I wonder how it feels to fly a plane . Yes , random thoughts and even more complex me. Its a beautiful sight seeing airplanes fly in and out of the sky to the stars and back to the ground .

Eventually , life is also like this . You aim for the stars and then land up back to where you started , the ground . 

You get to meet interesting people when you travel provided you are game to say a hello or a hi to the strangest of people whom you meet. 

I happened to meet an interior designer who was actually scribbling something onto her notebook while I was hand-typing this on my tablet. While she thought I was busy doing some official work , I actually s…

Saying goodbye to November

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2016 has been an interesting year by far . With about a month and half  to go for the switch to happen to 2017 , I hope a positive momentum sustains ; for all of us. 

Like every year , this year as well , till date, I have met some amazing people and some not so genuine ones. I always try to pen down the names and the date when I first met them and see if I would want to carry them ahead with me in the coming year.
Agree , not everyone makes the cut and not everyone needs to. 
Till date , have met people who are elder to me yet immature inside out in a dream world of their own , met people younger to me who have given me food for thought and have also met people that are so pure at heart you just can't make them sad and also the ones that get onto your nerves.
Yes , I will be not in touch with a couple of them and 'me being me' not being in touch means ' game over' for this life for sure . For the remaining , I am sure the bond will continue to grow not because ' I…

Shooting Stars and the power of wishing

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Often in life , whenever we have free time , we actually end up wasting it . And once , wasted we think we never really get 'free time ' these days.

We all are the same . Genuinely , by working hard on myself , I try whenever I have so called 'free time ' I take look at things / people / surroundings / nature , around us.

And it's in these I find and learn so many small things and stories  .  You know at certain places of high altitude you can actually see a star -studded sky  . What's more . You can see ' shooting stars' .

I remember way back in my engineering college days , we used to wake up till late ( not necessary closing our engineering drawing projects , but to find a shooting star ) and we did , a couple of times.

The open space ( since the campus was close 100 acres ) far from the city , used to be an easy sight.



It was a sight so beautiful . You see and want to capture it but its long gone even before you can blink. Science says they are jus…

Lounge Diaries - Part 1

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During one of my recent visits to Goa , I happen to bump into one of my old ( lost ) colleagues way back from my engineering days at the airport lounge . Life is full of surprises and when you least expect someone , they are there . 




We had a close 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs stop over before our next flights and we thought to do a quick catch up. Life indeed is not the same  for us as human beings. Everyone is at a different chapter of their individual books which the other person has no clue about. 

The friend told me how she got married , the entire arrangement was a very hush-hush affair , she left her job in Bangalore and moved to Gurgaon to be with her husband and within a year they were separated .

While I may not have been prepared for a conversation like this , but then there isn't anything you can say or do in such scenarios besides keeping your ears open and listening actively . She told a lot about how tough life was and how till date she is not ready to settle down and she had no op…

Enchanting Kashmir - #DreamTrails

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There are very few places which make you 'miss them ' the moment you 'leave them ' . 
Kashmir is one of them .  Ever since I was a kid always thought of visiting this 'paradise on earth ' .  For the political unrest , alternate options always crept in . 
These were equally good  though .I traveled across almost the whole of India . But this time for my annual summer break I was keen to visit Kashmir  and more importantly ; Gulmarg , Yusmarg , Pahalgam , Sonmarg and Srinagar as the key ones. 
Flights 
Since every other day you get to see and read about flash sales and with a little planning and playing smart you can get yourself a good deal and earn some 'miles' as well . I used a mix-n-match of Jet and Indigo and it costed me under INR 4000 one side from Delhi to Srinagar.
Stay 
I have a bias at staying at places which are beautiful and more importantly have excellent service levels. Sringar was The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar which was the earlier pala…

Hot tea at a cool place

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There is something 'special '  in 'rains' that makes everyone smile .For different reasons though . 

During one my recent travel trips , we took a detour , stopped our  vehicle at a small -kind a cute , well lit and neat tea stall . Normally or abnormally I like being spontaneous - it helps in more than ways . Breaks free from the otherwise stressed and strained life and also helps you do things you want to , for sure. 

As we entered the tea stall , a middle aged server smiled at us , greeted us in the local dialect and made sit in the ' best area ' that was available . This spot was overlooking a beautiful white water fall coming from lush green mountain ranges with white snow capped peaks . 

People in this part of the world ,love 'putting in a lot of sugar ' , dil kholke . The tea was amazing and he served fresh home made momo's  steamed .   Possibly the best tea snack I ever had . 




It was pouring cats and dogs but thats how life is in the mountains .…

Negative ; Relationships

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Have you ever seen a small child holding onto her father tightly while he drives a two wheeler? While the father battles the streets and ensures he drives safe, he however has no one to hold onto but his steering handles.  The child however is unaware of what all the roads bring. 

For her it’s her father’s shirt that she’s holding so tightly without realizing that it’s not the best bet but still she believes so much in that person that she knows no matter what he will take good care of her and ensure she doesn’t fall.


This is a belief which is based on trust and love which is unbiased and ever so pure.  It only grows with time and becomes further stronger.  
Relationships like these are at a different level of build up. They are free from any expectations any preconceived notions and most importantly any hatred or animosity.
The little girl knows that she is safe with this person. She has so much belief and trust that no one can shake this. This also reciprocates in a way that the father …

Little one and her journeys

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Time surely moves on . At times during my travels I often wonder we as human beings take breaks or vacations to stop from our daily routines . In a way trying to give time a break . 
Yet , time itself never takes a break . Its always on , always moving irrespective of what one is thinking or doing . It silently keeps on ticking .  Suddenly , you are excited for your long planned vacation making 'plans' on what all to do and then next on a working morning you are actually discussing 'how' the vacation was. 
So many people all across the world , so many life's moving in parallel and in between time just skips heart beats all around us.




I met a small girl ,around 7 in of my 'flight' tours . She was a little cranky but when we started discussing Jungle book her face lit up ; bright and shiny.  You re-look at your childhood and imagine that you were a really nice and 'chup-chap'  kid and yet here she is - all talking , all talking cute filled with innocence…

Indias Top Food Blogger and Food reviewer

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What happens when you start getting calls and emails that you are in the top 10 PAN Indiafoodbloggersreviewers on Zomato having 8000 plus followers
You smile , grab a coffee and a brownie 

Traffic Signal and the life around it

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Traffic in Delhi or for that matter any other part of the world can do two things to you . First , it can make you angry and annoyed or you can see and observe the things around you that people or nature are doing.

Today I did the same. As we were waiting for the traffic signal to turn green I was closely observing how a person was setting up his small kiosk / or as we call in Delhi - Pan and cigarette shop .  The person was a handicap with a missing right leg. 

Yet , in close 10 minutes flat he cleaned the place around him ,set up colorful packets of pan masala , a small tea kettle , two stools and did a small prayer.  In this entire time I did not see him once sitting or taking a break . He had ear plugs onto his ears and may be a song that was playing  . 

In all this Monday madness , he was calm and cool and happy with what life has give him .He was giving his 100% and without a sweat I am sure .

People like me and may be you would be thinking why do we need to go to office so early …

Exclusive Launch Review of Hive - Kitchen & Bar Green Park, New Delhi

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: About Karan :

I always appreciate places and people where both vibe and sync in , with each other . More so , when in today's day and age you have new places mushrooming every nook and corner and at the same place shutting down.

Whenever I am visiting a place which I am 100% sure that I'll review , I love to do my reading / background check , if you call so as to better understand the 'brains' behind the venture and see how does the entire ecosystem works henceforth. 

: Did you know: 

The beehive's internal structure is a densely packed group of hexagonal cells made of beeswax, called a honeycomb.

: Hive :

The hexagonal beehive motif, used extensively in the decor of the restaurant, represents community bonding. 

Hive Kitchen & Bar seeks to actively promote such a way of life with food promotions, regular musical recitals and performances, giving its diners and visitors to the bar something more to come together for.

After all , like we say , dine-in ; in a group an…

Heart of Delhi : Connaught Place

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The Khan Market and Lodhi Market may not like this ; but the key change that I have observed over the last couple of months is that I have started frequenting the good old Connaught Place or CP as we usually call , a lot.

There are a couple of reasons as to why this change has happened and the foremost is that though  I am not much a fan of the mall culture but overtime and with my travels have become more and more an appreciator ; of open spaces . 

After all what is life if you are just going round and round in levels without an open sky moving with you . CP over time has donned a new look and it makes it as a perfect hangout destination.  Not to forget the large number of eateries opening in every circle in and around CP .



You have the best of brands in attendance , a whole lot of bargain for your coveted mobile handsets from covers to screens , old legacy places like Keventers  , Wengers and United Coffee House to name a few and a lot of open seating wherever you wanna catch a breath.

Winter Essential - Overcoats & Boots - For him & her

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This season in Delhi is a sweet surprise. Sweet , because you get to relish all those interesting winter deserts that are filled with pure ghee and lots of sweetness and surprise , since its actually not the 'real' winters Delhi is used to .

However, not many people realize that winters are also a time to come and walk along your best winter attires . As I sat down in what I call one of Delhi's most hip boutiques in Shahpur Jat of Punit Jasuja, owner of Second Floor Studio I saw a number of people , both males and females wearing one thing which was common , to either sides. 
Men wearing 'over-coats' and Women wearing interesting 'boots'  .
Classic by name, classic by nature – the overcoat’s minimalist construction is timeless. This winter weather essential in heritage fabrics is a timeless style that catches my eye every-time I see it.
Usually you can see shades of camel , black , dark blue overcoats or its cousin trench-coats . There are a close dozen types o…