Banganga – Mumbai’s Mini Ganga

IMAGINE, a sacred place, a fairly large waterbody and concrete stairways surrounding the waterbody in overcrowded Mumbai? Rituals and Mythology make way for what is today called ‘Banganga’, unbelievably located in the heart of Mumbai. If history is to be believed, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman took rest here while on their quest to search for Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. Rama was thirsty and asked his brother Lakshman to bring him some water. Lakshman…

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Miraculous Cross, Anjuna – I found another Miraculous Cross in Goa

Having been the place of my ancestral roots, I have visited Goa more times than I can count. The beaches are now exhausted, the restaurants and cuisine now commercialized and there is no empty place left for time by yourself with the tourist explosion in this hippie state. Do not get me wrong, I love Goa and I keep coming back to this place in moments to find myself or when I just want to…

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A Visit to the Circus – For Nostalgia’s Sake

More than a decade back, Circuses used to be the talk of the town. Amar Circus, The Great Indian Circus, Great Golden Circus, Gemini Circus, The Great Bombay Circus; All of them thrived during the 80’s and 90’s making substantial revenue. Of course, we are talking of an era sans multiplexes and technology. Today, however, very few Circuses remain in India and even if they do, they lack the ability to pull crowd. Road blocks…

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Pushkar – My Experience with Priestly Thieves

Every city in Rajasthan has a tale to tell of its own, whether it is the blue houses of Jodhpur, the Golden city of Jaisalmer, Ajmer Dargah or Jaipur handicrafts. In one such city exploration in Rajasthan, we decided to cover temple city – Pushkar. Our research made note of the obvious Pushkar lake and the rare Brahma temple, considered to be among the few built in the world. The Pushkar lake especially is a beautiful sight…

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The Twilight Series in Retrospect – An Analysis

Yesterday, Twilight was playing on television and it led me to retrospect the good, the bad and the overall craze this franchise garnered all through its cinematic journey. So here I am, penning down some of my observations and analysis about Twilight’s phenomenal craze and how the critics and intellectuals never really favored the film. If you followed social media closely, you would notice that Twilight’s popularity was clearly divided into 2 categories. First were…

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2 Nights 3 Cities in Rajasthan: The Jaipur-Ajmer-Pushkar Leg

Have a weekend coming up or looking for a small holiday with friends or by yourself. Here is one of the many options you could consider with a good time assured. Rajasthan is soaked in culture and history aplenty. Gigantic forts, opulent palaces, variety museums, religious temples and hospitable people, this state has got it all. No wonder Rajasthan has been on the must visit list of many international travelers. As the largest state in…

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Thank You McDonalds – Note from a student who grew up on these McBudget Cool meals

Quick bites, meals, birthday treats or hang out, McDonalds was the place! As a fast food junkie, I ate at other rival chains as well; but it all faded in comparison, for reasons of my own (which you will read below). So, with all due credit, I must make a short Thank You note for McDonalds……. Thank you McDonalds, for introducing Happy Meals, McSwirl and McFloat; Those were the best items I ate while growing…

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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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