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.

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.

Assam and Meghalaya Travel Diaries

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A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to travel to Assam and Meghalaya.

Before actually starting off, I wanted to do a post here, and find out from you all – the must-see places there.

Unfortunately, I was so caught up tying loose ends at work and home that I wasn’t even able to post a tweet or Insta about my plans, forget about an actual full-blown blog post. Anyway, we had a basic itinerary planned, and we just went with that.

The Dovekeepers

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman is the book I chose to take with me during my holiday to Assam and Meghalaya.

I picked up this book thinking it was a light girly read – something along the lines of Practical Magic – the only other Alice Hoffman book I read ages ago.

The Dovekeepers though was completely different.

It’s set in Masada, Israel around 70 C.E. The novel spans the time when the Romans besieged the Jews in the fortress of Masada during the First Jewish-Roman war. The Jews at Masada were the last Jewish stronghold to fall at Roman hands.

Historical details about this time and the events can be found here. I”ll focus this review on the book and the story.

Hair care on the go

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you will know that I recently returned from an action-packed adventure trip to Assam and Meghalaya.

Every day, I was doing something stressful to my hair – roaming around under an extremely strong sun (with no cap), or swimming, boating, zip lining, trekking – you name it, I did it.

My hair is very temperamental, and I was a bit worried about the damage that all this fun was causing to it.

Thankfully, I had my trusty new Pantene Oil Replacement cream with me to repair the damage.

The Delhi Mumbai War – Who is the Winner?

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It’s a never-ending battle between the two cities and the people living in them. They still have divided opinion on whether Delhi is the best or Mumbai. While Delhi citizens have their own sweet reasons, Mumbai citizens are not behind in this race. Whether it’s about their city, the IPL match, or the comparison between their food and culture, it’s an eternal war that is rather fun. So, before you find out the Delhi to Mumbai Flight Ticket Price, let’s see what divides opinions on both these metropolitan cities Delhi and Mumbai, and who is the winner?

How to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay

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Winter is not everyone’s favorite time of year. The days are shorter and darker, the weather is colder and wetter, and for some, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real thing and a big problem. If your spirits are lower during the winter and you are looking for some ways to make everything feel that little bit better, here are some tips on keeping the winter blues at bay.

Inversion Therapy: How It Could Aid Your Back Pain

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Do you suffer from chronic back pain and you have not found a good solution for it? Back pain can be a debilitating condition that affects lives in a negative way. If you have tried multiple treatments for your back pain with no success, you just might want to try inversion therapy. This new form of treatment for back pain has become quite popular and today, we are going to learn more about it.

Common Mistakes People Make when Training a Dog

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We often try to train dogs based on common knowledge or using methods that worked with our kids. Yet we regularly end up calling in the pros to try to train the dogs after we’ve tried and failed. The better decision is to learn what works and doesn’t work in advance. Here are four common mistakes people make when training their dog.