I had to give a break to blogging when I went for a rural posting in Nov 2016. What I thought as a temprary posting, got extended to 6 months due to various issues. Then I became ill. I have a rheumatic illness which changes in severity once in while. I had severe exacerbration last year which made it impossible to type or write. I had to wear joint supporters for few months.
After that was over, came my thesis. Every person who had done thesis would know how much of a herculian task it was. It sucks our time, patience, energy and life. For almost tow months near the deadline, I hrdly did anything except thesis related work.
After thesis, it was my final exams. Though, I got three months time between my theory and practicals, I just was off the track by then. ( Now I regret it)
Now, my thesis had been accepted without any changes( Thank you God, thank you), I cleared my theroy and practiclas in fiirst attempt and taking my steps towards private practice as a psychiatrist. After all of these, I started to realise how I miss writing and here I am.
This should have been posted last month itself, but somehow it got postponed. I decided to publish it anyway.
October was a month of celebrations and the Fabbag October 2016 also matched the whole vibe and was named ‘The Festive High’.
The definite show stopper of month is the bag itself. It is a metallic Golden clutch type bag which in future could be used as a party clutch. ( I am going to peel off the logo of Fabbag, of course).
What I got in my Fabbag October 2016:
CAL liquid lipstick, Carassing coral ( Full size 450/-)
It is a very bright coral color and I am not sure whether I am going to use it. It is too bright for my skin tone.
Votre lip scrub- 10gm ( Full size for 300/-)
This is a gel scrub with orange color and creamy texture. I am keeping this for my upcoming trip this month.
Kaya Brightening serum 5ml ( 30 ml for 1495/-)
This is a very pleasant smelling serum and gets absorbed easily. I am not sure yet whether I am impressed enough to buy the full sized one.
Veda earth cleansing facial oil 25ml ( Full size 350/-)
Again the packaging is far more interesting than the oil. Oil has a very strong Ayurvedic smell. I am not sure about using it as they didn’t specify whether this can be used for all skin types. I am not ready to experiment right before my trip. Stay quirky Nail Polish-02 (6 ml for 165/-)
I wish they gave a lighter color.
My take on Fabbag October 2016: Over all this bag is Okayish. The thing I am going to use without doubt are the ‘bag’, the serum, lip scrub.
I am exceptionally lazy person. Since childhood I have been considering myself utterly intellectual type and this made me to ignore any sports. Leave being adventurous. These days my adventurous journey ends at arguing with manic patient at the closed (psychiatric) ward. ( Mind you, even that is an adventure). After almost a month of near sedentary life sinking neck deep into studies, patients and projects, we decided to have a break though all we could get was a single day. We had to look for a single day activity or a short trip and came up with this brilliant idea of paying a visit to SAAHAS.
This place had been luring me since the announcement by Ramoji film city as it was first of its kind in Hyderabad. The website description is
“Sahas – Ramoji Adventure Land brings multiple adventure experiences to this part of the world.We bring to life, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring experiences to escape from the mundane and the boring. ”
It is located inside the Ramoji film city( A film studio holding the world record for being largest & also a well known tourist destination as RFC in Hyderabad)
It is an action world filled with various options to engage your day in activities of different levels ( and the night with annoying body pains). They have bunch of exciting activities from High roap course, net course to ATV raids. There are various packages with the least starting from 900 bucks. There are options for SAAHAS alone or SAAHAS+ RFC trip. We chose the former as we had visited RFC 6 times already. ( Yes, 6 times)
From the entrance we are taken to SAAHAS in a separate vehicle where we are given multiple options of activities to chose from. We chose three activities first as we were not sure how much our energy would let us. My excitement started creeping slowly till it reeched my head and I started hopping.
The first activity itself drained me, it was a Net course which looked childishly simple but proved devilishly difficult. We crawled like lizards, swung like Tarzan and spider man ( or woman) and did many UN-describable things for 40 mins. It was a long and difficult and nearly killed my sportswoman ship and adventure spirit.
………………Never ending hurdles
Next was this high rope course and was a two storey high and had many more storey fun.
Later i went to this Bungee ejection which was one was the most dangerous ones I have ever been to. We did other activities too..like Zip line, Sumo fights and ATV ride but did not click pictures ( with exhaustion, my husband warned me he would rather push me off the rope course rather than clicking a single photo more).
I would have preferred a bright but shady but ended up with a hot day and was out in the sun from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening and by that time we were stinking in sweat like pigs. For next two days, I walked like a robot with sore and stiff muscles and swore not to try anything like that in future. Once my body was in condition started making plans for future trips to SAAHAS. I enjoyed the place thoroughly and recommend it to everyone.
Carry as many bottles of water as possible.
Better to be in a activity allowing dress.
Best to go in shoes, even if you don’t have they would give you. But only you have to wear some old stinking shoes.
Roses have been used as beauty ingredients for centuries now. There are legends about the kings and queens bathing with rose water and applying it on to face. There are few simple techniques you can use rose water in beauty recipes.
Healthy skin packTo a two tsp of Sandalwood powder, add a tsp of rose petal paste (fresh), a tsp of honey.Apply this to face.Wait for 20 mins before washing with lukewarm water.
Facial cleanser :This too is a very simple remedy.To two tsp of rose water, add a tsp of cucumber juice. Dip a cotton ball in it and gently wipe face.
For rough body skinTake a bowl of rose water , two tsp of honey.Apply this to whole body. Leave for 10 mins before washing with lukewarm water.
For tired eyes :Place a bowl of rose water in fridge with a tsp of mint juice.Keep it in refrigerator for 15 mins.Dip a cotton ball in it and gently apply it to the eye area.
Take cotton pads dipped in this mixture apply over eyes and rest for 15 mins
Skin Brightening packTo two tsp of tomato pulp, add a tsp of papaya pulp, a tsp of rose petal paste (fresh) and tsp of honey.Apply this to face and Leave for 10 mins .Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Hope you find this post helpful.. Stay tuned for more..
Hello friends!!! I t has been so soooo exhaustively long, i never expected this would make a month long ‘off blog’ time. Initially it was my hosting company issues later academic pressure followed by ill health terminated in to severe, oppressive laziness. I almost choked to death by that laziness.
If you have read few of my old posts, you have an idea that I like to go on bike rides and explore the surrounding places everywhere I go. I found this particular place called “Pykara lake” near Ooty and I had to see it.
Like most of the hill stations, to Ooty, you go to enjoy the weather rather than to see any particular tourist spot. Throughout our stay, Ooty experienced rains. It was more of a soft drizzle, the kind of rain that makes wish to stay outdoors to enjoy it. It was softer even for a drizzle, it was as if God is spraying water on Earth with a huge sprayer. That temperature and weather made sure that I never become tired, no matter how much we roamed, hopped and drove.
So a bike journey appeared to be a perfect way to enjoy Ooty. I was not sure whether we would be able to get a bike for rent. So we asked our hotel people and they arranged for not only a bike but also an extra helmet for me.
We started early after breakfast to The Pykara lake and falls which was located at around 20km from Ooty on Ooty – Mysore road. There are some other places to visit en route which I will mention in other post.
As we drove lazily and halted at few places, it took us more than two hours to reach this place. Pykara lake and falls are located at two different locations. Pykara lake was in some dense forest. The location was soooo peaceful. The entrance for Pykara lake is 5rs. There is boating option available but we did not go as we thought it was too costly. We drank some fresh carrot juice which was surprisingly tasty. After spending 2 hrs there, we started back. We wanted to come back early as it would dark early there.
We went to Pykara falls on our way back, but were disappointed find there was no falls, only a very small canal kind of thing.
Some points to remember if you are planning to visit Pykara lake….
There are no proper instructions or sign boards to guide you.
As it was a forest area it is difficult to get signal, do not much rely on Google maps.
There are no proper restaurants in the vicinity, The near by village has small hotels.
Toilets are at the lake only, it is next to impossible to find them anywhere else.
Ooty can experience rain at any time, it is good if you are prepared.
Hope you enjoyed the post, now I promise to be regular.
Hello darlings!!!! I am here with this month’s Outfit of the day post.. .
This outfit is my birthday outfit. This is a a kind of Indo- western designer fusion gown. In fact it was a kurtha which became a gown for my height.
This is a bright orange colored dress with embellished neckline and a another embellishment like a long brooch. This was so bright and good, all pictures came out wonderfully well. This I wore on my birthday of this year and in Hampi. I paired a golden metallic legging whic was almost invisible under the dress. The gold stone sandals were absolutely lovely.
The Egyptian rings are very pretty ( my perception) The rings were labelled by brother as protective rings as he says if I punch with them on my fingers the opposite person is going to suffer internal bleeding and organ rupture.
The earrings were very simple but elegant looking ones.
Orange fusion gown/top: Bought from a friend who runs a store.
I was visiting my a town for my friend’s wedding this week. The bus journey took me through many tiny villages which I used to see through the bus window as a kid. I started to realize that they changed as it happens to any place with time. Many new built houses which lost the ‘Telangana village house’ touch, youth wearing all the modern attire, shops with modern names written in abused Telugu. There were old people with wrinkled faces still wearing traditional Telangana attire and jewellery like those few old houses which almost looked hunched.
It is not bad to get along with the world, I am not against it. Learning new things, following trends and imitating others is inevitable in this time. But my only worry is that once these old faces fade away, bodies with the traditional attire die and the house are demolished, there won’t be any difference between the Telangana Village or some random village in North India or some place in western world ( except the faces) . The whole heritage will be lost in time. Traveling won’t be an experience any more. It would just be a task. You just go to this particular place, take pictures and come back. I really am not sure whether thinking this way is proper, but I simply dislike Globalization.
Talking about heritage takes to me to the Heritage town, Pondicherry. When I was a preparing a list of places to be seen in Pondicherry, I came across walking/ cycle tours through heritage town, Pondicherry. Which made me wonder. As it happens our hotel was located in the heritage town itself. So one evening we wanted to explore the area by foot.
Pondicherry used to be a french colony. Heritage town, Pondicherry is a kind of colony with planned and structured streets. There are many perpendicular and parallel roads and it is pretty easy to get lost. You can wander for hours in the streets without getting to your destination, if you are lost. The houses have this typical french or traditional tamilnadu building styles. Those buildings are now used as residential complexes, schools, offices and even heritage hotels. This is also a prominent shopping area where all major brand stores are located. You get various options for street food.
As we got lost multiple times, a 1 km to the beach walk took more than 40 mins for us. But this was a worthy effort as we could see these beautiful buildings en route.
As I was emphasizing earlier, If you have a special heritage, it is crime not to preserve it properly. INTACH is doing that job in Pondicherry. Kudos to their efforts.
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I have been feeling bad about Fab bag for the last few months as they were sending it only in the second half of the month. However, I was surprised by the Fab bag- August 2016 edition as it came by 6th this month.
These are the things which I got in my Fab bag- August 2016 edition
The most interesting thing this time is the Geri G. Innocent foundation. This is worth 2500/- and I got it in full size. I was asked to chose some make up product from Geri G and I never heard of that brand before. I did some research and found out – Geri G is a celebrity make up artist and running a make up line with limited options. This foundation, i needed some darker shade. But Fab bag gave me only two options and I chose the darker one. This looks slightly lighter on my skin, Though I am not looking like a vampire. I am trying to figure out some way to use it.
2. Just herbs Malabar Lemongrass Invigorating Body wash (545/- for 200 ml)
I received some 30 ml bottle. This is a lemon yellow colored body wash with a sweet smell.
3. Kronocare Anti Turn(oil) Repairing Hair oil – 2875/- for 500ml
This has a peculiar smell. Even though this sounds promising, it is rather very expensive for a hair oil (at least for me).
4. Natural Bath & Body Gel Face Masque – 325/- 100ml
This is a very fruity smelling face mask, this exactly looks, feels and smells like the Everyouth orange peel off mask, but this is not a peel off. ( I love peel off masks, not because they work well. They give me good feeling while peeling them off)
5. Livon Serum 3ml packs 3 nos each 5ml.
They said it is a new formula or something what they usually say when they change the packing. I will see..
It is not just the temple, not just the architecture; It is the location, it is the background music of the tide hitting the rocks, it is the breeze which lifts the spirit, it is the view of deep blue water merging with sky at some distant point which make you fall in love with the temple. The shore temple, Mahabalipuram is part of monuments which were recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site.
This temple was probably used as a landmark for navigation for ships. I do not want to go into too much details of history or architecture as you can simply find them in Wiki. This is a three temple complex located on the shore of Bay of Benagal in Mahabalipuram, making it the shore temple. This shore temple was built by Pallava dynasty in 8th century AD. A pair of temples were on the same platform. The one facing east is the temple of Shiva and behind there is temple of Reclining Vishnu. The temples are pyramidal in shape. Other interesting things are the miniature shrine in the complex and the Monolithic lion. There were numerous Nandi statues on the compound wall. You don’t need much time to visit the temple but you can enjoy sitting on the rocks behind the temple overlooking sea.
You can also spend some time in the beach, but you need to walk a long way to reach the beach which is actually lying next to the temple as they blocked the direct gates from temple to the beach.
The beach had a small shopping area where you can buy some hand made sea shell things. In beach you can enjoy raw mangoes cut and sprinkled with chilli powder and salt, go on a horse ride or just enjoy a bath.
Mahabalipuram hosts dance festivals every year at this temple . There was one when we went but we had to go back to Pondicherry by evening. This shore temple along with other monuments makes Mahabalipuram an awesome place to visit.
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