Lunch at Ging, Royal Orchid

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Perched high above the city, Ging in Royal Orchid (behind Manipal Centre in Dickenson Road) is the hottest new place in town.

Coming in place of the old and much-loved Paparazzi restaurant, Ging (pronounced Jing) offers panoramic views of the city, an outdoor dining and lounge area, and a spacious indoor dining area as well.

When I walked into the place, I was blown away by the decor – the high ceilings, the huge windows, it was just a delight to my senses.

Assam, Meghalaya. And Lonavala?

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To get over the mid-week slump, I thought I’d share some photos of my happy trip to Assam and Meghalaya.

These are simply random images that somehow did not make it into my regular travel blog posts – because I hadn’t got around to editing, or I was wary of dumping too many photos in one post, or some other random reason.

However, these pics are too good not to share, and they bring back some happy memories, so I am reliving the fun I had while traveling through this photo post.

So, here comes the photo dump (photos in no particular order).

Mailbox Monday – December 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued.

I haven’t been accepting books for review for quite some time – mainly because I don’t like the pressure (that I put on myself) to review a book that has been gifted to me. However, last week I was offered one book that tempted me, and soon enough I went down the rabbit hole of accepting books for review.

Meghalaya – Dawki, Umngot River, and Mawlynnong

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In an earlier post, I described the Cherrapunji and Nongriat section of Meghalaya that I visited. In this post, I”ll talk about the rest of the places that I saw in Meghalaya.

For your reference, here is the map of Meghalaya again. It outlines perfectly the routes we took and the places we saw.

In the previous post, I covered the left side of the fork. In this post, I chat about the right-side.

48 hours in Cherrapunji

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I’ll be honest when I say that I didn’t really know what to expect before visiting Cherrapunji. Sure you could guess that the clue was in the fact that Cherrapunji is the rainiest place in the world.

I went in armed and ready with coat, raincoat, and umbrella. Turned out, the only thing I needed is a light jacket.

Before I get into the details of the places I visited, let me just step back and give a quick overview of all that’s there to see and do in Meghalaya.

Most Popular Day Time Soap Operas of All Time

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Soap operas which run for a very long time are generally popular and supported a large group of fans. There are many famous examples to prove this fact and we are going to explore some of those. A list of the seven most popular soap operas will help you decide your next obsession. These TV series have won the hearts of many due to their quirky characters and unique storylines. Here are some of the most popular day time soap operas that you must see if you the idiot box.

Kaziranga National Park

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I have always longed to visit Kaziranga National Park in Assam. From my childhood days, I have been watching programs on Discovery and National Geographic about this beautiful place, but being in the north-east corner of our country, I never imagined that I would actually get to visit this place.

Especially of late, it has seemed just too cumbersome and tiring to travel. It was extremely difficult to co-ordinate both our work schedules, with the kids holidays. My work is unfortunately at its peak during the summer and Dussehra holidays, and I am unable to take off. During Christmas, the rates to resorts and flight tickets are just so steep.

Basically, what I am saying is that of late traveling as a family has become way too challenging. And when a bunch of people started planning a group trip, I was feeling restless and itchy and signed on an impulse. And I am now so glad I did. I really discovered some wonders on this trip.

Teaser Tuesdays: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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I was really excited when I heard the news that Arundhati Roy after the longest break was back with a new fictional book. The very day the book was published I was in the bookstore asking to buy a copy.

And then I read some lukewarm reviews, and then I saw that it didn’t make it into the Man Booker shortlist. And then I put this book on the backburner.

I couldn’t stay away from it too long though, and once I started I simply fell in love with the beautiful writing. Sure, the book has its flaws, but despite (or maybe because) I have fallen headlong in love with it.

Five Factors That Affect Your Blood Alcohol Concentration

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The alcohol which is consumed is usually absorbed into the blood stream after being processed and contributes to the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). This is an important factor to keep in mind while binging on drinks while partying. Even more important is the time when your BAC can exceed the legal limit, which is during driving. If cops find that your BAC is higher than the prescribed limit when they pull you over, it could mean real trouble. So here are some factors which usually contribute to the alcohol concentration in the blood. Drink after keeping such factors in mind as they play an important role in the different effects seen in different people.