15 August 2016

India Celebrates its 70th Independence Day!!!

South Mumbai is one of the best places to visit during National Festivals, with all the Government Buildings light for the celebration. Here is a glimpse of Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus(better known as Victoria Terminus VT) and Municipal Corporation Building light in tricolour to celebrate India's 70th Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day All!!!

16 July 2016

Ahmedabad Chronicles I - Adalaj Ni Vav...

Being in Mumbai I always preferred exploring surrounding Gujarat and near by state than Southern states, with the feeling that South can be explored anytime when we move back to Bangalore for good. My vacations anytime to native are accompanied with trips around anyways. As part of a recent extended weekend we planned our trip to Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Though we had plans of driving down, we had to settle with bus journey at the nth moment. We had planned for 4 days trip with 2 days each at Ahmedabad and Vadodara.
We reached Ahmedabad by 8 in the morning and started with our tour by 9:30. We had booked taxi for the first day to explore places around Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Our driver suggested us to take the tour of other places and reach Akshar Dham temple at Gandhinagar by 4, so that we could have enough time to spend time at temple and watch the light and sound show. One of the best part in Gujarat for a foodie like me is the pure vegetarian food the state offers at almost every nook and corner. So with no hazzle I could wander around anywhere in Gujarat. After breakfast we drown to Adalaj ni Vav.

Built in Indo Islamic style in 1496AD by Ruda, wife of Vaghela chief Virasimha, this octagonal shaped well has five storeys. Each floor has pillars with intricate carvings, highlight of which are a king seated on a stool under parasol with two chauri - bearers in attendance, scene showing churning of buttermilk, Bhairava, dances, musicians, birds, animals. The carvings of god and goddess are worshiped even today. There is lot to look for and admire the work gone in, decades ago.
The weather was perfect during our visit and was bit crowded too being an extended long weekend. Managed to click these avoiding the crowd.

Travel Tips:
Adalaj Ni Vav is around 18km from Ahmedabad and 5km from Gandhinagar. You can hire a taxi for the tour of tourist places around Ahmedabad or there are autorickshaws too, which take you to Adalaj Ni Vav from both Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Nearest railway station is Kalupur.

25 June 2016

#ALOHAWAII, Hawaiian themed launch of Organic Harvest Store, Mumbai!!!

While I still look for better Organic food stores around my place, what if I was told an organic skin care product store was opened around. And my reaction was WOW!!! Organic Harvest which came into existence in June 2013 to promote the concept of safe skin, opened its 11thexclusive brand outlet in Juhu, Tara Road, Mumbai and few of we bloggers were invited for the launch. 
It was quite a humid day and I managed to reach the launch on time rushing from office. The team welcomed me with beautiful smiles and so was the store, so welcoming with colours of nature. We were asked to pick colourful props for it was a Hawaiian launch party. They also had hairstylist and nail artist to make us look even more Hawaiian;)
Store Location:  
Shop No -3, Juhu Tara Road, Santa Road West, Mumbai
Meanwhile, I had a tour of the store and product range with their beauty expert. The store has been designed with an earthy look and feel. Spread over 300 square feet area the store has a green grass wall, keeping with the brand’s organic product philosophy. While I knew about their store at Infinity Mall, I had never tried their products. It was so good to hear about the goodness of their products. The product range comprise of more than 60 hair care, skin care and body care products which include cleansers, Sunscreens, Toners, Shower Gels, Shampoos, Conditioners, Treatment Creams and serums, Lip Balms etc along with 26 varieties of essential oils. Some of their best-selling products include 3-in-1 Face Wash, Exfoliating Face Scrub, Sunscreen SPF 60 and Anti Pigmentation Cream. The brand also has an Activ Range with special treatment products for every skin type. Every product is carefully conceived using eco-friendly practices and going the extra miles of being respectful of the earth. The product range starts from Rs. 149 and goes up to Rs. 1995. One range that impressed me more was their essential oils, which could be combined with any of their other products to get better benefits. I was also told, the formulas involved in their products derive from ancient home remedies. 

To keep the skin miles away from damage, no harsh chemicals are used; instead, the raw materials that are used are certified by Global organizations like EcoCert, OneCert & Natrue, which certifies raw materials are derived from plants, which are grown completely sans chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Hence, the Organic Harvest products, true to their name and are in their purest forms.  None of the products are tested on animals because they believe animals are also a part of nature.
Keeping the brands ORGANIC product policy in decor as well, decor for the launch
Commenting on the brand’s milestone, Mr. Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest said, “Our products cater to the needs of women who want to look their natural best. Consumers nowadays are very well informed. We want to cater to these discerning who want to use purely organic products replete with all the goodness of nature. We are very happy to open our 4rdexclusive store in Mumbai and planning to open 10 more stores across the country including cities like Jalandhar, Ludhiana and many more. We hope to make a positive difference in the lives of all our patrons.”
Products which we received at the launch, they all will be reviewed in coming posts
Presently Organic Harvest is available in more than 600 retail outlets across India, including cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Bareilly and Dehradun. You can as well shop on-line at www.organicharvest.in