OOTD: Pink blazer

Life is making my mind overwhelmed  with all kinds of work. Studying, counselings, monitoring patients, participating in research, presenting paper, attending boring lectures. All these things are keeping really really busy. Can you believe if I tell you that my last movie was October. Even my regular previous blogging has become very irregular. I am writing whenever I get some time. This is my Outfit post again.

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This is the outfit I chose for my outing in Ooty.

I wanted to wear some colorful Outfit which matches the Rose garden we were visiting that day. The blue dress is one of my favorite  dresses and I like to wear it as many times as possible.

This butterfly necklace was also one my favorites, since the time I bought it I had been trying to wear it. I thought that would match the Rose garden theme as well. The pink bag was my birthday gift. I paired the dress with those lovely gold sandals.

(Frankly speaking, I did not have any intention to use this jegging underneath. But everyone warned me that Tamilnadu is a very conservative place and people might feel offended by clothing. So I was forced to wear them)

 

Outfit details-

Pink blazer- Stalk buy love.

Blue dress- Mynthra

Neck piece- Crunchy fashion.

Hand bag- LYDC.

Hotel Willow Hill, Ooty

Ooty left me with some very wonderful memories. This hotel willow hill is part of it. When i was browsing through all the hotels, this one got my attention instantly.   It looked like those hotels which I used to see in old movies shot on hill stations.  Seeing that even reviews were good, I opted for it.

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My experience with the willow hill, Ooty-

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We faced some problem in reaching the hotel as it was in some distant location and our driver was unaware of it. We could reach with help of the staff. We were surprised to find one telugu speaking person in the staff who was very helpful throughout our stay. The staff also helped us in getting a bike for rent and one person even gave me his helmet for 3 days.

The hotel rooms were built in the cabin style with wood covering normal cement walls. That gave me a very good cozy feel.  The interiors were also matchy with the English cabin theme with dim lighting and high cushion chairs.

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The room had a  huge glass window with  a garden and valley view.  We used to see staring out of the window drinking steamy coffee and talking about all the rubbish in the world for hours. The bathroom was also big enough to have a good time bathing.

They have a big, pretty garden which was in bloom when we visited. There was also a small children’s play area which we used shamelessly.

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As it is in south India and we too only eat south Indian food, we liked the food. We had plenty of coffee. Actually we were forced to, because of the temperature.

So, as a whole I loveeeee this hotel and i have recommended this to many already.

 

My rating for The willow hill, Ooty is….

Location               4.7/5,

Amenities             4/5,

Service quality      4/5,

Cleanliness           4.5/5,

Food                   4/5,

Overall               4.5/5

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A day out to Golkonda Fort

Helloo friends!! This in another proof to say I am too lazy. I started this series  with intention of writing at least one post a month and see now I literally forgot about it. However I  got a sudden impulse to make another post. This time I am going to write about the day out to Golkonda fort.

Golkona fort

The entrance with heavy doors
The entrance with heavy doors

Golkona fort

The official venue for flag hoisting on August 15 ( Independence day ) has been shifted from parade ground to Golkonda fort last year … and why not? Golkonda fort stands as a symbol of  Telangana history, power and prosperity.

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A hall
A hall
Rani Mahal Light and sound show happens here
 Open court
Light and sound show happens here
Some stone ruins
Some stone ruins
The never ending stone steps
The never ending stone steps
Don't ask me, what was I looking at
Don’t ask me, what was I looking at

The 800 year old fort stood watching the change of powers, withstood many battles and represents engineering marvels of earlier brains.

Golkona fort

City and fort view from the top
City and fort view from the top

Golkona fort

Baradari, top most place
Baradari, top most place

Earlier when I visited as a child the fort was in some distance to the city. Now with expansion of city, it became part of it. It is surrounded by a huge rock wall which protects an area with a 10 km circumference.

Golkonda name was derived from It was first built as a mud fort by Kakathiya dynasty. ( To read about other wonderful works by Kakathiya dynasty, read Ramappa ) .  

Later it was occupied by Bahmani dynasty and from them to Qutubshahi dynasty. The later developed the once simple mud fort to a massive fort with architectural wonders. The acoustic works are especially astounding. The fort is built in  such a way that sound made at a specific point near the entrance (lowest point of fort) reaches the highest point of the fort (Bala hisar pavilion). The mechanism is supposedly  made to warn the royal family in situations of threat.

I don’t want to write about the entire history and architecture for it would take up 2-3 posts. One thing worth mentioning is its relation with few world famous diamonds. The Golkonda fort used to harbor some famous diamonds found in Andhra pradesh. These include Koh-i-noor and Hope diamonds.

We spent some 4-5 hrs at this place. Climbing all the stairs took a lot of time, later we took some rest at the baradari. There is a mini canteen where you can get some drinks.

There will be a sound and light show which is enjoyable.

Tips

It is advisable to go only on some less sunny day.

Best to carry water bottles with you.

It will be very difficult if you take  small kids or very old people with you. The stairs are made with rock and it’s troublesome to climb them. Include Sound & light show in your plan.

Timings

9:00 -5:30 daily, Entry- Rs 5/- for Indians, Rs 100/- for foreigners.

Visiting time- 3-4hrs

Sound & light show: 1st Show English (All Days) 2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. Show Timings: (Nov to Feb) 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pm (Mar to Oct) 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm

Fee: Ranges from 80rs to 140rs.

If you see  itineraries of Hyderabad from any travel companies , you will find Golkonda Fort as the first place in a day.

I hope this is helpful, Don’t forget to visit this place on your trip to Hyderabad.

 

Lemme stay here forever: Papikkondalu trip, Day 2

I still feel very bad  that our Papikondalu trip lasted for only 2 days. It was such a relaxing and refreshing one that I seriously thought of settling down there as a Doctor treating the tribes. All those altruistic thoughts made me elated for quite some time when my husband explained other things like ‘No emergency services, no theaters, no restaurants, no internet, no online shopping’. Last thing worked wonderfully and pushed me back to the ground.

The second day of our Papikondalu trip started early for two reasons. One, I can not wait outside the toilets, so I wanted to be the early bird. Two, we were going for a forest walk and water sports in some canal that day. We finished our breakfasts early and started heading the way the guy at the accommodation showed. He said ‘walk for few minutes and you will find a board showing the place’. The few mins turned to be 35 mins. We walked slowly ahead of everyone, contemplating the possibilities of others beating us up if we get lost.( As everyone else was following us not knowing the fact that we were clueless).

 Walk through the fields
Walk through the fields

Papikondalu tripWe walked through a small tribal village where surprisingly every home(or rather hut) has TATA Sky and solar panels. All the small street lights were solar powered. We spoke to a small kid who told us that they have power supply 24/7.

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The farming techniques and practices were also slightly different. The path went along a small canal from the main river Godavari, but mostly the  was not accessible. The path finally led to a place which where the bank was wide and the depth of the water was less.

We were the first so we had a chance to click personal pics and we could chose one wonderful place to take bath. We spent some 3hrs in water. We went back in wet clothes. By the time of lunch we had to pack and leave. We got ready and clicked some super crazy pictures. We started by 1 in the afternoon in the blazing sun. The return journey was pleasant as the earlier one. We reached Bhadrachalam by 6 in the evening.

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This pose I named as ‘Oh.. Priya priya pose’.( A famous song from one of the most romantic movies in Telugu.

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The Orbis, Coimbatore

The Orbis, Coimbatore is one of the best budget hotels I ever stayed in.

I usually do not prefer staying at commercial ‘hotel’ type of hotels, I prefer resorts or ‘home stays’ but my husband likes proper hotel type hotels.
That was the reason we selected the Orbis, Coimbatore.

The Orbis, Coimbatore

My experience with The Orbis, Coimbatore
The hotel is located on main road just 10 min away from ‘The Coimbatore airport’ .The first thing that you notice is the infinite circles in the interior and exterior design.

The Orbis, Coimbatore In the lounge  the fine  chandelier attracted me. The staff was friendly. Our  cozy room  in first floor had more circles.

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The circles....
The circles….
The wardrobe
The wardrobe
The bathroom
The bathroom

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It was simple,white, squeaky clean and has a soothing quality. It has all the necessities that you would expect an average hotel room to have.  The most wonderful thing in the room is the bathroom with glass walls and in-built speakers. It was comparatively small in size but the glass walls made it look larger. Probably it was designed for people who don’t want to miss the serials even for few minutes.

I could  comfortably fit in the  huge wardrobe.

We had only breakfast buffet there and the food was reasonably good.

My rating for The Orbis, Coimbatore

Location- 4/5

Amenities- 4.5/5

Staff       – 3.5/5

Food     – 4/5

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Roses, Roses and roses..Rose garden, Ooty

“And the rose itself has got perfume which on earth is not”

These quotes are randomly spread everywhere in the rose garden, ooty and make you occupied with thoughts of roses, roses and only roses.
Rose garden, Ooty is one of the famous tourist spots in Ooty. It is maintained by Horticultural department.

Rose garden, Ooty

From entrance
From entrance
Butterfly came for roses
Butterfly came for roses
Just sit and Chillll
Just sit and Chillll

Rose garden, Ooty

let's have some fun
let’s have some fun
Yes, it is a rose
Yes, it is a rose

More than the roses, I was amused by the location. It is on one cliff with altitude of 2.2km overlooking the light grey clouds trying to kiss those tall tress and a petty town.

Rose garden, Ooty

I have no words for this scene
I have no words for this scene

Present day Rose garden, Ooty harbors 20,000 varieties of roses.
There are roses in every imaginable size , color and names too. Some were almost half my head. The person(s) who chose names for different species might be very creative, some very eccentric kind of names were seen.
The names like ‘Jayalalitha’ were really surprising.

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Rose garden, OotyDeep red, peachy pink ones are my favorite.
I have seen pics of Ooty flower show during which the roses are decorated in very adorable shapes.
You can spend some time here just chilling. When I say chilling, I meant literally..
A slow walk through the near crescent shaped garden is very relaxing.
Entrance fee- 20rs
Timings – 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
All days of week.
Visit duration : 30mins to 90 mins
Depends on your love for nature. I spent about 2 hrs.
Flower shows happen during spring and summer.

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Night In the Cozy Hut: Papikondalu trip

I suddenly realized, to my dismay,  that the hut has no door.

                 It was just an elevated  bamboo platform from the ground, with bamboo walls and roof; there was a small opening in one wall for entry an exit.

It has infinite clefts or cervices which can allow entry of snake or any other crawling thing. Don’t forget about the leopard threat as we were almost in the forest.

I had never been to any nature trip before our Papikondalu trip. All were a planned, routine, city or ‘tourist places’ trips. So it is not wonder that I shook ‘head to toe’ when I was asked to sleep in the little hut.

Our first day in the Papikondalu trip went well. It was a new experience for everyone of us. When we saw the huts from distance, they looked cute and adorable. When we entered it in the evening, we were too busy playing to notice anything. When we returned after dinner to the huts, they started to look creepy and scary to me.

Huts looked cute and comfy in the evening, like this
Huts looked cute and comfy in the evening, like this
 Dad dozing off at the bonfire in front of the hut
Dad dozing off at the bonfire in front of the hut
Sibling time- Going crazy at the campfire..
Sibling time- Going crazy at the campfire..

The entire floor was occupied by a thin mattress, there was nothing else in the room. there was no fan, only one zero bulb hanging from the roof and no plug point to charge gadgets. There was only one plug point outside the office where there was a heavy Que.

My brother went on stroll around the place and got hold of one bamboo sheet to be used as the door. I was really upset and doubtful on whether I would be able to sleep in the hut. But once I was under the thick sheets, I immediately fell asleep as a result of the day long exertion. The night went happily and left me with a memorable experience.

 

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Gangaikonda cholapuram: Photo essaay on an ancient and amazing temple.

Gangaikonda cholapuram is an ancient Chola temple located in Tamilnadu which has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site as a group of  “Great living Chola temples” . To know more about it, read my article in Safari plus here.

Magnificient temple which catches your eye from the distance.
Tall and heavy sculpture at the entrance
Tall and heavy sculpture at the entrance
The grand Nandi statue
The grand Nandi statue
185ft Vimana
185ft Vimana

Gangaikonda cholapuram

Me eating, see how small I look with the statue behind
Me eating, see how small I look with the statue behind
Sculpture with very intricate craft work
Sculpture with very intricate craft work

Gangaikonda cholapuramentrance from the side

Unknown inscriptions
Unknown inscriptions
Small shrine on side
Small shrine on side
Mandapa on one side
Mandapa on one side

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Excavated sulptures
Excavated sculptures

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

From behind
From behind
Gnana Saraswathi Devi
Gnana Saraswathi Devi

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Summer vacation? 10 cool tips to survive

So summer is here and this is the favorite time for  everyone, especially Indians to plan a vacation. But as you know the earth is burning with too much temperature and summer vacation can prove exhausting if proper care is not taken.

1. Destination:

Choosing destination can be tricky. Beaches are fun but at the same time, they are too ‘hot and humid’ to handle.
Places with too many tourist spots can exhaust you in summer. You can consider national parks or hill stations instead.
Hill stations are ‘risk-free’ places. The weather will be pleasant, there are not many strenuous things to do. I am planning one this may.

2. Think about road trips twice.

Road trips are fun but during summer you have to reconsider them. Vehicles like bikes and cars (where the  roof is too close to the people inside) increase the possibility of sun stroke and can turn your summer vacation into a nightmare.

3. Timing

No matter where you are, make sure that you do not wander outdoors between 11 am to 4pm which is the ‘danger zone’. I know it is not possible when you are in a trip, but during this time visit places like museums, zoos so that the exposure is limited.

4. Use proper shield

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Do not ever neglect your self. When you are outside, use proper covering for mouth, nose and ears from hot wind. Hot wind increases the risk of dehydration. Use a hat or an umbrella to give your body protection. Goggles are a must have during summers.

5. Sunscreen

Most of the people neglect this part. Unless you want to end up with a nasty tan after the trip, use required amount of sunscreen to all exposed parts of the body. Re apply it once every 3-4 hrs to ensure that it works.

6.Food

Street food is always awesome, but in summer when you are prone to dehydration and gastroenteritis, please stay away from the food which is very hot, very oily or which does not appear safe. During the day frequently eat pieces of cucumber and watermelon which help you get enough hydration for body.

7. Hydration

Summer vacation

John Revo Puno

Always carry a bottle with you, no matter where you are going. Who knows you might go exploring an off-beat place where water is not available or water is not safe. If you are too lazy to carry a heavy water bottle, carry a purifying pen empty purifying water bottle. You are more prone to dehydration when you are wandering outside. So, make sure to drink at least 15 glasses of water. Coconut water is a very good companion in summer. In addition to the water volume, it provides mineral supplementation. Drink coconut wherever it is possible.

8.Skin care

Summer can become an enemy to skin, If proper care is not taken. Excessive oil and sweat can cause troublesome irritation, rashes, prickly heat, exacerbation of acne. Change your skin care products to suit this season. Use tissues to wipe sweaty face to avoid acne. Use face packs with aloe vera gel, sandal wood powder to soothe the skin and body.

9.Clothing

Choose cotton and linen clothes for the season. Loose fitted clothes give you comfort and flexibility. Remember that dark colors absorb more heat.

10. Medicine

Carry some emergency medication like anti emetics, anti-motility drugs and most importantly few

packets of Oral rehydration powder. If you suspect dehydration and are stuck at some place with limited medical facilities, simply start drinking O.R.S powder mixed with water.

 

Follow these tips and make your summer vacation memorable.

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6 reasons I can never become a full time traveler

photo:Tugba Unsal

1.My patients, my life:

No matter how much I hate my busy scheduling and the work I have to do as a doctor, I love my patients a lot. They are just ‘Kids in adult sizes’. I really can not dream of not being able to meet them.

2.Pathi parameshwar

I do not like traveling alone. There are few reasons for it. Me and my husband travel together. Being a Bharathiya nari how can I leave my husband and travel alone? (please read this last line with the same emotion of ‘chutki bhar sindhoor’ dialogue). My husband can not tag along as he is a cardiac surgeon and would not hear of leaving his job .

3. Sentimental idiot

I may appear very much hard from outside, I still have the mind of that 13 yr old girl who went to hostel with homesickness. I really feel homesick not just for my home also for my culture, food, language and every other thing related to my place. I went on a 22 day trip once by 15th day I developed an intense urge to return home. I really doubt if i can take any trip longer than 15 days, forget about being a ‘full time traveler’.

4.Typical middle class mentality.

Born, brought up in a middle class family, It is extremely difficult for me to even think of leaving a well secured job like this and become a full time traveler and take a risk.

5.Restless mind

I do not know whether it is a boon or curse but since childhood I get bored too easily with anything. I have a fear that if I chose to be a full time traveler, traveling which is a passion for me might become a boring job.

6. My biology, my enemy

I can not tolerate even a slightest disruption in biological functions. My mind starts behaving crazy like anything. Talk about my post trip weakness and need for bed rest, It takes at least -4 days for me to become normal after a two day trip.