Karnala Bird Sanctuary & Fort – Excellent Trek but no Birds

[Last updated: 20 July 2019] Planned trips sometimes don’t go as per expectations. Unplanned trips on the other hand, sometimes turn out like the most planned trip ever. The latter is what happened when along with friends I decided to do the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Fort trek. How did we come up with this plan? It wasn’t even our plan actually. We were contemplating on a visit to Adlabs Imagica in Khopoli but the…

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5 Reasons Why Thailand is a Hot favourite with Indian Tourists

Thailand Tourism has done exceedingly well to promote itself as a tourist destination. It created a space in the travel industry as a budget destination with all the right ingredients. Thailand receives tourists from around the world and India is no different. A recent report indicated that Thailand is visited by around 100,000 Indian tourists each year with figures only moving upwards. So what is it that attracts the Indian tourist to Thailand considering there…

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Byculla Zoo – Visit before Vanish

For every child, a visit to the zoo is always a fascinating experience. If you were born in the 80’s and 90’s, you probably have already started re-collecting your golden days of visits to the zoo in the company of parents or as part of school excursions. Back to present, the technological progress and the virtual world bliss in the comfort of our homes have made us complacent. Many talked about and must visit sights…

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Cinema in Retrospect: India’s Oscar nominated short film – Little Terrorist

Short films are still an unfamiliar territory in India – The land of masala entertainers with song and dance galore. Many would echo that short films would be easy to direct as they are to the point and without a lot of Bollywood conventionalism. But on the flip side, it is an arduous task to convey your message in the most precise manner in that short duration. One clear example of good short film making…

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Nehru Planetarium – Mumbai Sightseeing

Nehru Centre in Worli (Mumbai) is dedicated to Science, Space and Astronomy. Named after India’s first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the place was set up way back in 1977. Since then, it is a prominent site for knowledge seekers of astronomy and the universe as a whole. The complex houses an Exhibition hall, Art gallery, Discovery of India, Culture wing and an auditorium apart from the very popular Nehru Planetarium. The centre has…

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That’s Not My Name – Bollywood Actors Real Names

What’s in a name? The phrase may not hold true in the Indian film industry. Many actors have changed their names or acquired a stage name to make a career in Bollywood. While some cited reasons of privacy, for many others it was about having a catchy name that was easy to get etched in the minds of the audience. The most noticeable factor was that this name change trend was dedicatedly followed in the…

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Global Vipassana Pagoda – Meditation for Mumbai

Global Vipassana Pagoda is an angelic structure constructed as a dedication to Buddha, his teachings and the monks who practice Vipassana (meditation). It is a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar which is claimed to be the oldest pagoda in the world. After a planning of 3 years, construction for Global Vipassana Pagoda began in the year 2000. It is built on a donated piece of land under the guidance of founder Lt. S.N.…

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Vardhman Fantasy Presents “The Wonders of the World”

Located in Mira Road (East) – Mumbai, Vardhman Fantasy is a theme park mainly targeted at kids and youth. It boasts of a boating lake, a Spanish food court, Vie club and a games section called Viva Las Vegas. It has a Colo Theatrum (Amphitheater) where often shows are performed. The space is also available on rent for events and weddings. The most striking feature of Vardhman Fantasy are some of the iconic structures from…

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Cinema in Retrospect: C.I.D (1956) – A film that launched careers

C.I.D. (1956) needs no introduction. Film connoisseurs have time and again called it a classic and the music of the film is popular till date. Yet, for those unaware (mainly newer generation or those who may not be much of a movie buff), let’s do a quick recap about this crime thriller. Produced by Guru Dutt and directed by Raj Khosla, C.I.D starred Dev Anand in the lead as Inspector Shekhar who is in charge…

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