Sunday, April 23, 2017

Summer Hacks To Make Your Life Easy



Use that refrigerator
Put your night cream, moisturiser, eye cream in the fridge. It will keep it cool and will give you a cooling effect every night. It really is soothing and feels amazing on the skin.

If you suffer from sun burn, then chill some Aloe vera gel in the fridge and use it every night on the burnt area. Aloe has a natural soothing effect and with the chilling, it will provide you some extra cooling.

Keep a spray bottle filled with water in the fridge, just spray it on your face for a cooling effect. I have a spray bottle in my bag all the time, so if I have a long day, a quick spray is a good pick-me-up. You can add some rose water or green tea water in it as well.

The summer heat can melt your lipstick, just pop it in the fridge and it will get back in shape.

Deodorant Hack
Apply a little bit of deodorant on your neck, this will keep you sweat free, won’t mess up the hair around your neck area and will add some fragrance every time you move your hair.

I haven’t tried this one personally but have heard about this from a couple of friends, applying deodorant on your thighs will prevent them from chafing. If you try this, please do let me know if it works. You can comment below or tweet to me at @poojamahimkar or just click on www.twitter.com/poojamahimkar

Ice Ice Water!
Rub an ice cube on your face before applying makeup. It closes your pores, works as a primer and refreshes your skin and makes sure that you makeup stays on perfect for a longer time.

Apply a cold towel to ankles, behind the knees, wrists, inside elbows or temples, this can easily lower your body temperature. These pulse points are areas where the blood vessels are closest to your skin. So keeping them cool with a cold compress or pouring water on them will quickly lower your blood temperature and your entire body will cool off.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weekend Away at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug | Weekend Away Near Mumbai and Pune



Stone’s throw away from Mumbai, Alibaug is the ideal place to go to when you wish to get some beach time. It’s like a mini Goa right in your backyard. On my recent trip to Alibaug though, I gave beaches a miss and spent all my time pampering myself.
I went to Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug. I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend away and this was an ideal place. The place is around a three hour drive away from Mumbai and every aspect of the place speaks ‘Luxury’.
We had opted for a Lake View Villa, which had a gorgeous view of the lake, a spacious living area along and upstairs was the bedroom and the bathroom with a bathtub. The Villas are right opposite the pool so every morning you could just get out of the room and get into the pool. The pool is huge and dominates the resort. I noticed that there are rooms which are attached to the pool, so you don’t even have to get out of your room, you can just dive into the pool from your room itself!
Most of the other rooms have been designed in such a way that they all have their unique features and view. You won’t be disappointed with your room.
The place is calm and relaxing, I didn’t even think once of getting out of the resort, there was so much to do right there!
They have a gym, library, outdoor sports area, indoor sports area, discotheque, piano lounge etc.
We reached here on Saturday evening, after checking into our room and relaxing for a bit we headed out for a walk. I noticed that they have religious place of worship as well in the resort. After the walk, we headed for dinner. They have buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aparanta. The spread was nice and had a lot of options; my favorite of course was the dessert counter. They also have a Jain section. The dishes change every day so you have tons of options and variety each day.












We spent most of our day 2 in the pool, it can get a little hot in the afternoon and thus I scheduled a spa appointment at that time. I also tried my hand at Lawn Tennis but didn’t do very well at that. They provide you with all the supplies you need for the game so you don’t have to carry anything with you. They also rent you a bicycle if you are into biking.
For the spa, I opted for a full body orange and lemon scrub and a full body deep tissue massage. The massage rooms are spacious and calming. The minute you step into the massage zone, the calming music and the aroma will you at ease. The scrub and the massage, both, were relaxing and I didn’t want it to stop. The masseuse applied the right pressure to help me with my stiff back and knots.
For dinner, we decided to skip the buffet and head to Kokum and Spice.  The place specializes in sea food and serves only Malwani, Goan and Manglorean cuisine.
We opted for a Malwani Bombil starter and Goan Vindaloo with Manglorean Neer Dosa, a little bit from every cuisine you see. The food didn’t disappoint us.  The vibe of the restaurant is also very calm and quiet and will be perfect for a dinner date or if you are celebrating something special.
In the piano lounge, they play piano live every evening. You can choose to chill here with a few cocktails. Above the piano lounge is a cozy little discotheque.  Perfect isn’t it? Piano, cocktails and then dancing.


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We headed back to the room after that. The check-out time is 12.30 pm, giving you enough time to pack your bags, have a nice breakfast and then head home. Which is exactly what we did.
The stay here was perfect and I look forward to going here again. It can be perfect you want a few days away from work and the hectic city life. The fact that the resort itself has so much to offer helped as I didn’t get bored for a second, there was always something to look forward to.








Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekend Away at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Alibaug

After a long long weeks at work I was in a desperate need to a weekend away and Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug was the perfect destination, not too far from the city and still away so that I could relax and get some time for myself before getting back to the city life. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bohemian Brew, Khar - Review




Just next to Oh Calcutta in Khar is this new little place. Honestly, it didn’t look very appealing from the outside but once we got in the place looked lovely. We reached a little earlier than dinner time and thus found the place vacant. I loved that, it was like the place was open just for us.

It is a very well thought out place, they have indoor and outdoor seating area, a basement sort of a place, where you can unwind with the tea they brew for you – read a book, work for a while, have some ‘me’ time, organise a small get together, the place is great addition to the restaurant. The indoor seating area has a very bohemian vibe, of course they had to create this ambience owing to the name of the restaurant.

The outdoor area also continues the bohemian ambience with a lot of green thrown in. It was pleasing to the eye to see so many plants around. They also have a small indoor place for when you want to go out for meals with around 10 people. They allow hookah/sheesha there as well.




Now coming to the food and the teas.
They have tons of tea options and I am sure you’ll find something that you’ll love.

Watermelon and feta salad with Thai dressing was amazing.  I love watermelon and cheese both, this was the perfect combination of both, I could make a meal out of this.

Fermented Tea Leaf Salad was interesting, lots of leafs and healthy ingredients to make you feel like you ate a lot and still not put on any calories.

Spicy cheesy kuboos stayed true to its name and was cheesy and yum.  The dip that it came with was interesting, the perfect blend of flavour and spicy that you need.

Chicken meatballs in Gouda sauce again is my favourite. Served with bread, this can be filling so I suggest you share it with your friends if you are planning to eat other dishes too.

Prawn calamari with lemon butter ajillo sauce again, was very interesting. The prawn did feel a little tough and not as soft as I am used to having them. I am not sure if it is supposed to be that way or if they were just a little undercooked, they didn’t feel raw though. The gravy with it was yum and I suppose will go well with plain rice.

Roasted garlic and mascarpone risotto was yummy! It wasn’t super cheesy but just the right amount. Just the way I like it.

Cottage cheese steak with Ratatouille was something I had never tried before. It’s a lot of cottage cheese and again can tend to get a little heavy. But it is yum none the less.

Moroccan chicken Tagline with preserved lemon and apricots, THIS is the star dish for me. They serve it with a slice of pickled lemon and you are supposed to have a tinny bit of it with every bite. It completely changes the taste of the dish. Have a bite without the lemon and then taste it with the lemon, it’s like having two different dishes!

Cranberry ice tea is the only beverage I tried. Refreshing and just the right thing to have after this heavy meal.

I wonder why they don’t serve alcohol; it will be nice to have a cocktail with this delicious meal.

                                                                                                                                                            


















Bohemian Brew Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, April 3, 2017

Uber chronicle





After a long week, it was finally time for the weekend. She couldn’t wait to get home. She checked both Ola and Uber and they both had surge prices, so they were going to charge her more than double the usual fare to get me home. She thus decided to opt for a pool, hoping she will be lucky enough to not share my cab with anyone. She booked a cab, it was four minutes away and she noticed that she had to share it with two other people, she cancelled it. Checked the apps for other options, didn’t find anything. She booked an uberpool again and got the same cab and it was like 30 seconds away from where her location. She cursed herself and unwillingly went downstairs. The cab was waiting just outside the office, she got in. She was sharing the cab with two other men, let’s call them A and B.

Driver: hello ma’am, why did you cancel the cab earlier?
She: (I was pleasantly surprised that we were conversing in English) Oh, I was just trying my luck. I thought I could find a cab which was closer.
(She was about to plug in her earphones but realised that the driver was making small talks with A so decided to overhear the conversation instead. She did find A a little cute though)
Driver: (To passenger A ) so how do you find Mumbai and Indian politics?
A: I am not a very good judge, and I don’t like sharing my opinions on politics with the locals here because they may not take it very nicely. But it does seem that the politics can improve, not that the US political scenario is any better you see.
Driver: You have only two parties contesting elections right? We have many here.
A: Yes, only two. But I am sure having multiple choice is a good idea.
Driver: what are you doing in Mumbai?
A: I am here for a 3 months Internship.
( At this, she was all ears to what he was saying. She is a journalist and such things make a good story. There was silence for some time until A saw a man driving a bicycle on the road)
A: You guys bike on the road? I bike back in the states but I cannot imagine biking here in India on such roads.
Driver:  Oh, you’ll see not many people bike in India. But the middle class uses it at times. It’s a cheap mode of commute you see.
( She decides to intervene )
She: Hi, are you studying here?
A: No, I am here for an internship.
She: I write for education at XYZ publication. Would you like to write an article for me?
A: for sure!
She: here’s my card. Email me.
( At this B intervenes )
B:  You work at XYZ? I work there too
She: Oh what a co-incidence! Which department?
( they go on and introduce themselves and talk about work)
Driver: Ma’am, I need to complain about someone in the publication you work in. Who do I get in touch with?
She: umm.. I write for education, I don’t have contacts in the other beats but who do you want to complain about? I can try to help you.
Driver: I want to complain about you for cancelling the cab earlier.
A: Why are you bringing that up all the time? She has all the right to cancel your cab and try to find something faster.
Driver: oh I am not angry, I am just saying just like that
A: well, it looks like you are angry. Stop it.

( soon they had reached the place where B had to get off, he left saying a quick “see you” to her. She was getting dropped off next; she got off saying a quick bye and asking A to email her)


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How To Stay In Shape When Dealing With A Full Time Job

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It can be daunting to excel at work and take care of yourself at the same time. Especially for us girls, we have ton of things to do when it comes to personal and skin care. We have to take care of our skin, body, hair, menstrual cycle, fitness levels and the list can just go on.

Today we are focusing on a few things that we can do in our daily lives that will help us stay fit and push you towards a healthier lifestyle. All these things are just small changes that can be easily incorporated into your daily lifestyle and is easily doable even when working full time.

Eat Slowly
Remember your grandmother asking you to chew your food at least 33 times before swallowing? Well it actually helps, if you chew your food properly half the digestion process is done right there. Your body will be able to break down the food easily and thus flushing out whatever you don’t need.
Also, your body takes around 20 minutes to realise that it is full and that you need to stop eating. Often, if we eat fast, we end up over eating. We don’t give enough time to our body to process the amount of food it has received and to signal the brain that it is time to stop.
Put down your spoon after each bite. Chew. Eat again.
Try to eat from smaller plates; it tricks you into thinking you are eating a lot.

Heavy Breakfast
Whatever you eat in the morning gets burned out during the day. So if you are craving for a cake or a chocolate, eat it in the morning and you shall burn in throughout the day.
Having a healthy and proper breakfast in the morning gives your body the kick start that it needs, it will provide you with the right energy and will also keep you away from snacking and eating unhealthy.

Drink Water
I don’t think I need to even tell this to you guys, it is essential to keep drinking water throughout the day. Your body needs that to function properly, to burn calories and to digest your food and flush out the toxins.
It also does amazing magic to your skin and hair.

Take A Walk
It’s important to keep walking and keeping yourself busy. Set a reminder on your phone to take a walk every 45 minutes. It need not be a long walk, just 2 minutes around the office floor, go refill your bottle, use the washroom, go to the ground floor and use the staircase to get back up, stretch. This will just wake your body up and keep the far burning process going.
If you are on a call, walk the talk – walk in the passage/walkway and answer the call.

Sit Straight
Make an effort to sit erect and upright. Your back will thank you for this. It is a little difficult to get inculcate this habit but if you keep at it, it would not be difficult.

Eat Healthy
Always try to get lunch from home, that is the healthiest option.  If that is not possible, try to learn a few quick salad recipes or things that you can cook quickly in the morning.

Always try to eat freshly prepared food and not the packed food. Also, keep in mind the nutrient value of each meal. If you have to choose between a sandwich and a pizza, opt for sandwich as it would have more veggies and lesser calories.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

D:OH, Lower Parel – Review


The quirky interior and the board games rack near the entrance made me like the place instantly. I went there around 10.30pm and thus it was quite empty, only two other tables were occupied. I decided to sit on the swing-ish table.

They don’t really have a ton of food options, just the basics. We had the Burnt Garlic Chicken Dumpling, What We Chef’s Eat Spaghetti, Choco Freak Freakshake and Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake.

The Dumpling, Freakshake and Chocolate was nice. I didn’t really like the Spaghetti. I also feel that the portions are quite less, I don’t think they are meant for two. My favourite is the Dumpling, they were just perfect. I wish I had Schezwan Sauce to go with it, it would have been just perfect.

It is a fun place to with friends and spend a few hours playing board games and eating. I loved playing Tic Tac Toe and Uno.

   














D:OH! Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mom Found A Condom

Never in her life had she thought that she will ever say this. Of course since she had started dating quite early, she was sure that her mom had a hunch that she may be involved in some making out, but sex?! She didn’t think she mother was ready for that revelation. Honestly, even she wasn’t ready to her mother finding out.

It was a morning like every other, both of them were in a hurry to get the morning chores done and leave for work. She was curling her lashes, when her mother pulls out the condom and confronts her.

Mom: I found this yesterday. Where did this come from?
She: I have no idea, this isn’t mine.
Mom: How did it come in the house? What are you upto?
She: That’s not mine. Why would I even bring that in the house?
Mom: You said you won’t bring that into the house. You didn’t say that you don’t use it.

She had no idea how to respond to that, she said that it’s not hers one more time and went back to getting ready. She doesn’t even remember if she curled the other lash, her only aim was to leave the house as soon as possible.

Ever since this has happened, she gets asked “When are you getting married?” at least once a day.