Crompton Launches Anti-Bac LED Bulb With Envirosafe Technology

The new and futuristic approach to healthy homes & work spaces 

Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognise and appreciate until they have been depleted” –Denis Waitley

How many of you can nod in affirmation to this saying? Some of us recognise this early enough and form a preventative care strategy, while few of us wait till the last minute to mend an already dilapidated condition. No matter which category you fall in, here’s a call to action by one of the leading brands of the world, and it’s time we all buck up! Crompton has developed an extremely futuristic approach to healthy spaces, which will require minimal post installation follow up. In fact, you can just plug it in and relax as the hygiene standards of your home increase exponentially. 

What is Crompton’s New Launch About? 

Crompton is a pioneer in the industry within the LED segment and has launched the first of its kind, breakthrough innovation of the Anti-Bac LED Bulb with advanced Envirosafe technology that provides the dual benefits of delivering visible light and also killing up to 85% germs within its surroundings. The best part is that this has been recommended by the Indian Medical Association.

Who is Endorsing Crompton’s Anti-Bac LED? 

We saw Soha Ali Khan endorse the concept and stand by it. Here is what she had to say : , “Being a mother myself, I have always tried to establish a qualitative and secure environment for my family. While I spend a considerable time outdoors, there is an equal amount of time that I tend to spend indoors. It is proven science that germs are present in every nook and corner of the house and I, as a mom, do my best to figure out methods to be germ-free and create a clean space for my daughter. Given that we are exposed to a lot of household and ambient germs indoors itself in today’s day and age, we now have an LED bulb that actually kills germs! I am fortunate enough to experience an innovation that is so beneficial to me as a consumer, as a parent and at the same time so very convenient for my home”

Why Crompton Anti-Bac LED for my home? 

As already discussed, I believe in the prevention is better than cure ideology and have always been on an intensive search to give my 2 young children the best atmosphere to grow up and bloom in. Apart from basic home cleaning aids and the extra care that I take in providing a sterile environment at home, i often felt that there ought to be something extra to safeguard my children. I’ve always been a little fastidious when it comes to germs and bacteria and when I discovered Crompton’s Anti-Bac LED, Ijust couldn’t wait to try it out. As per the testing done by external NABL accredited Labs, this Anti-Bac LED bulb that uses Envirosafe Technology is capable of killing upto 85% germs. It has proven efficacy in killing Aspergillus niger, Bacillus cerus, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aurus, yeast, moldsand other wide spectrum of harmful germs and bacteria.

Here are my reasons why for you should try it out for your homes & workspaces:

1) Has been scientifically proven to kill 85% of germs and has been recommended by Indian Medical Association.

2) Has a very ergonomic and stylish design.

3) Has special blue LED lights within the bulb, that kill germs & bacteria but emits no harmful UV/ IR radiations, making it safe for human beings as well as pets.

4) Easy to install. 

5) Power Efficient as it’s at 7W & 9W only along with longer life as compared to others.

6) Extremely Affordable by being priced at Rs.180/- for 7W & Rs.190/- for 9W (you can find them at a discount on the Crompton website) which is only 20% more than an average LED Bulb, with no benefits.

 

It is therefore the perfect companion for you and your kids, in bedrooms, playrooms and study rooms.

How has Crompton’s Anti-Bac LED changed my perspective?

To be really honest, I didn’t quite understand howinstalling a normal light would kill 85% of the germs but when I read my share of literature and saw proof, I was definitely convinced. I, then realised how light has always been a part of medicinal therapy from laser treatments to x-rays. In fact, it’s a well-known fact that newborns are put under phototherapy when affected by jaundice.

All of these examples use a part of light that has been procured at a certain wavelength and using that same phenomenon, Crompton has developed their Anti-Bac LED’s where the light emitted is at awavelength of 400nm to 420nm which is safe and has Microbial disinfection properties. Anti-Bac LED Bulb emits light in this range, which kills bacteria overtime. 

Let me bid adieu with a snippet from Mr. Mathew Job, CEO, CGEL: 

Having launched revolutionary products like the Anti-Dust fan range and the Tricool Window cooler, we are elated to be the first company to create a new category within the lighting segment with the launch of Anti-Bac LED bulb and growing the range that fulfils the brand promise of making home a great place to hangout.”

The future is here and it is starting with such innovations that will change the way we perceive safety and hygiene. In the same way, we emphasisethe use of hand sanitisers, frequent floor cleaning, dusting crevices and nooks of our homes, we also need to emphasise the switch to Crompton’s Anti-Bac LED, to keep our home and workspaces healthier & safer.

 

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The Den | Luxury Hotel Launch | Whitefield |

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury”- Coco Chanel

I, was invited over for the grand launch of “The Den” on 14/12/17. I, absolutely couldn’t help but reiterate Coco’s quote and feel instantly tranquillised by the calming vibes of the hotel.

About The Den :

The Den, a 226-room hotel with 25 floors located on a 2.8-acre land in the midst of an IT hub. The concept of ” Eat.Work.Sleep.Play”, is seen prevalent all across the hotel.

The Den, is the luxury hotel of todays millennial & globetrotter. The hotel exuberates luxury with spacious rooms, sophisticated meeting spaces and an array of delicious dining options to spoil you for choice.

Dining Options at The Den :

“The Creek”, is a serene round the clock restaurant that serves Indian and world cuisines. Their dinner buffet is something that you must come over for. The setting of the restaurant is just the most splendid with a view of the green lawn.

“The Nest”, is a trendy lounge bar with an ambiance that literally takes you to a place of calm with their down toned colour scheme and chandeliers. Serves drinks & quick nibbles.

“The Layla”, is their signature rooftop restaurant which is yet to be opened but will be bringing the “Mediterranean” to your table.

“The Cold Press”, is a quick convenient juice bar.

“The Deli”, is a full service bakery for a gourmet experience.

Work Options at The Den :

Has banqueting space of over 10,000 sqft, that can be used for weddings, conventions, exhibitions,etc. The meeting rooms are equipped with latest technology and meet all your requirements.

Sleep Options at The Den :

There are 226 meticulously designed rooms with 4 different categories and all come attached with a bath tub and toiletries from “Kama Ayurveda”.

Play Options at The Den :

“The Cave”, is a 15 seater large cinema hall that offers a curated selection of movies.

“The Play House”, is a section that offers vintage video games like galaga, snooker etc.

Last, but not the least “Sanctuary” is your spa where you could unwind & relax.

Closing Note from the GM :

Mr. Vinesh Gupta, G.M-The Den said, “The Den brand prides itself as being a cultural touchstone that provides state of art facilities. Our aim this to offer our guest a unique blend of modern and traditional aesthetics that create memorable experiences for millennial and globetrotters”

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My Experience at The Den :

I, immensely enjoyed the hotel tour that we were taken on and given an insight about each and every aspect of the hotel. The rooms are just so immaculate and will certainly please the ones who appreciate the more finer things in life.

Every minute detail is looked into and the result is luxury you can bask in. I, personally would recommend ” The Den”, to everyone.

Address : ITPL Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore- 560066

Contact : +91- 8049374937

P.S: Mr Vinesh Gupta’s picture has been sourced from google

Seasons,Bannerghatta Road- Restaurant review

These days, I’ve been preoccupied with quite a few things on my mind & in my life. Little challenges, that I’ve been forced to face. Allhumdulilah, I really think that these little trials & tribulations are the ones that enrich us. Leaving you with a good experience on how to tackle life’s curveballs. 

Ergo, life must go on & no matter how preoccupied you are.. You never leave out eating & drinking. 👍🏻😁😁 

And on one of those days, I happened to visit one of my favourite Indo-Arabian fusion restaurant called, “Seasons”. The sole reason why I keep going back to this place is due to the simplicity in their food. It’s never an overpowering affair. The subtle flavours always penetrate through your dish & reach straight to your heart. For me, this is an endorphin gushing fete 😂😂

  

These guys have a branch working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. That, basically means, that they have a fair enough idea on how an authentic plate of Arabian food ought to be. You will more often than not, find alot of Middle Eastern diners here. They clearly are enjoying their food, as I always see them leave satisfied. They also have 2 other branches working in Bangalore. 

 

The decor is a pleasing one. Just skipping on with basic necessities. They do have every that you need for a comfortable dine in. The light etching is good, nice plushy seats, compact but not chocked, the air conditioning is just right, etc.

 
 

The service is pretty fine. Though the wait staff is impeccably dressed, the service can be a little lethargic at times. Once, you’re faced with excellent speeds & sometimes, even 2 or 3 calls for your order go unheard. So, it really depends upon the day I guess. 

  

Here are my favourites, my regulars:

1. Mushroom Pepper Dry: Well, this always is on my list. The mushrooms here are bulbous, juicy, packed with flavour & irresistible. They used to give quite a big portion about a year back or so, now it’s considerably reduced. The taste though has remained consistent with a few changes. The batter is amazing, crispy, crunchy & seasoned well. The little hints of pepper that hit your palate are quite enjoyable by the way. Served with some fresh salad, it’s just so good.

   
 2. Pita Breads: When I need some feel good pita breads, just like the way mum makes it, I look no further than at Seasons. The Pitas are soft, melt in the mouth & yeasty. Aah!! Just the way I like them to be. 

 

3. Chicken Biryani: This is such a different one, if you’re used to heavy, rich & filled with masala kinda biryanis, then gear up. This is the complete opposite of that, the biryani is anything but rich & heavy. The sweetness of the fine long grain persists throughout the meal. The biryani is ever so light, with just the faint fragrance of the masalas playing up with your senses. Very pleasing, if you’re game for some difference. 

4. Al-Faham Chicken: What visit is ever complete without some Al faham chicken to tease your palate?  Specially if the place is, an Arabian restaurant. This dish is the one that is the benchmark of Arabian cuisine. If they can do this good, then I’m pretty sure that they can nail other dishes just fine. 

The chicken is marinated & seasoned just beautifully. It isn’t spicy but certainly has a little tickle when you eat it. The charring on the chicken does nothing but elevate the flavour. Served with toum, pita bread, salad and a portion of fries, this is just what you need to fill you up.   

  
  

4. Hummus & Hummus Beiruti: It’s nothing less than amazing, when the humble chickpea dons on an avatar so refined. The hummus here is extremely creamy, grainy and filled with the right amount of acidity. 

The difference between the two kinds at Seasons, is just with the garnishing. But in reality, the hummus Beiruti must be more herby in its composition. Seasons does a good enough job at its interpretation. Served with a portion of pita bread.

Here’s a hummus Beiruti in all its grandeur.

  

5. Baba Ghanoush:  There are 4 things that are a staple in every Middle Eastern or a Levantine  household. 

a) Hummus

b) Toummiyeh

c) Labneh

d) Baba Ghanoush

The baba Ghanoush served here is just so good. It’s packed and filled with the smokiness of that eggplant and a delectable sweetness imparted by the pomegranate seeds. The balance is just awesome. One of my favourite mezzeh. 

  

  
Well, these are my regulars, my favourites. The restaurant is actually has some homey feel when it comes to food. What I mean is, they have mastered the act of simple flavouring.

 The VFM factor is pretty fine. It truly is affordable, if you see the quality of their dishes. A complete 4 course meal for 2 will set you back by Rs.1000/- 👍🏻

I, keep returning back.. The question is will you? 


  

Stick Densiliss by By Terry- A product review. 

I‘m a hardcore sucker for all things pretty & all things that make me pretty. I’ve always had a problem with buying too much & never getting around to using it. 

You know where this is headed at.. Yep! I possess the memory of a goldfish when it comes to using my makeup hauls. Half the time I forget what I bought and it just rots there in my wardrobe,begging to be used. 🙏🏼

But,never in the past 4 years of my love affair with By Terry products have I ever forgotten to not use these babies. I mean,just look at their lusciousness. Gosh!! Everything is so perfect here. 

  
 Today I’m gonna be reviewing one of my favourite products from By Terry called the ” Stick Densiliss”.

WHAT IS THE STICK DENSILISS  & HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? 

  • Stick Densiliss is a stick foundation,while stick foundations tend to be a tad bit drier & would work great on oily skins,”Stick Densiliss” works wonders on all kinds of skin textures. 
  • The texture is a creamy,mousse & soufflé kind. Very dreamy and glides on easily. The stick foundation comes with a moisturising core in the middle,which just makes this amazing.
  • This is 50% skincare & 50% makeup. This ratio imparts a 100% anti-ageing property. This baby doesn’t just make you look great,but is filled with super anti-ageing ingredients. Im a little biased towards anti-ageing things,though I’m just In my late 20’s😁 Better start early right. 😳
  • The packaging is super cute with purple metal. Completely reliable. 

I personally love using this stick with my NARS or MAC liquid foundation. I blend both of them,to impart a finish that’s closest to my skin tone & also a brightening one. 

For example,I use MAC NC15 blended with BYTERRY S.D in  “Amber”. The fusion of these 2 foundations is just short of being flawless. 

The drawbacks of this product are that 

  • it’s quite expensive for a stick foundation. Priced at a whooping steep £50,it’s an investment which should make you think more than twice before splurging.
  • The stick foundations are a unhygienic lot as compared to liquid pump foundations. They are always exposed to your touch & get contaminated easily.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Verdict: I totally recommend this product,the only thing stopping me from giving it a 5 star is the steep price. Otherwise,it’s a must have. 


7 Plates,HRBR Layout- A restaurant review

I was actually on my way to “Bet You Love It”,but this restaurant caught the glimmer of my eye. While I had even started the Italian maincourse in my mind,the red signboard didn’t deter me from not entering here. 

7 Plates isn’t a newbie. They have been around for quite sometime now. Where they had focused mainly on takeaways,now they’ve upgraded to a small yet comfortable dining section sans a washroom. 😐 I mean, I’m a total washroom kinda person. I love retouching my makeup,checking myself out in the mirror about how good or bad I look,making sure my hijab is in place and most importantly… Washing my hands with running water,even if I do get a finger bowl. Ahem.. Yep!! That’s just the weird me for you. So,no washroom thing kinda struck me hard. All I could think of was,”how can there be no washroom?why?”.

Well,after much predicament.. I decided to stop the whining and got down to business of devouring. Where they set me back with no washroom,they made up for it by the triples with exemplary service. Not only were the waiting staff extremely friendly and warm,they also were good with their serving skills.

 Lemme just tell you how nice I felt. They had these Steel handwash bowls called ” Täsh” in Urdu. The tradition goes that,when a guest comes home the host or his family,help the guest in washing their hands in that bowl. The host pours water & the guest washes. This gesture was really a sweet one,though it’s born out of necessity at 7 plates. I really hope they don’t change that. 

  

  

The decor is minimalistic & just had the necessary things. Table,chairs,A/C,lighting & some vases. It gets a bit queasy in here,if it’s packed to capacity. 

  

  
Here are the things we ordered:

  • Murgh Malai Tikka : I,literally fell in deep love with the plating. The delectable tikka came on a black rock slab. Like how superb is that. Served With some raw salad & green mint chutney. The tikka was just the way I love it. Thick with sauce and cooked throughly. I hate the medium rare kinda chicken. It pisses me off,but this one was just cooked so beautifully. Nice and juicy inside & charred on the outside. The combination of the Malai tikka with the mint chutney was just explosively yum. I totally recommend this.

  

  • Lemon Chicken : I’m a huge fan of all things citrusy. Lemon chicken is without a doubt one of my favourites. The citrusy punch with the blandness of chicken spells a recipe for success. The Lemon Chicken here was no different. Stood up to its name,punch packed with tang and beautifully coated. It did go down well with me,but I’ve had better. 

 

  • Naans: The Naans were buttery soft and delicious. Yes! I like them all melt in the mouth kinds. 

  

  • Chicken Fried Rice: Totally nailed it. They just made an absolutely no nonsense and yes filled with just the right amount of flavour kinda rice. The CFR was a generous portion with chicken bits prevailing in every bite. Again a recommended dish.

  

  • Chicken Biryani/ Biryani Rice: The biryani was a good one. A bit too spicy for my liking,but nonetheless my hubby & mum who love things a tad bit spicy loved it. Much better than your normal fare of biryanis everywhere & certainly in the good league,7 plates biryani scored good brownie points with my family. 

  

On the whole,it was a pleasant experience. Loved the food and these guys make the most awesomest rolls ever.   

I’ve tried them before and I personally loved them for the quantity stuffed in a roll and also the quality offered.  

The restaurant is a total VFM. Works great for tight budgets and even more wonderful if you’re not on a budget. Who doesn’t love surprises now? 

So,yes!! Go ahead, give it a go.


The Rendezvous Series-1

Hey sweethearts!! I hope things have been going fine with you guys. I really need to thank and thank each one of you for standing strong on my journey. 

Today,I thought I’d do something different and actually introduce all you guys to one another. I mean,the more we can connect the better we all will eventually feel. There’s something about helping or doing something for someone else. It just scores so much more than plainly just thinking about oneself. 

For some of us,blogging is our dream. For some,it’s an experiment and for others it’s a venting source. No matter why you are here or how successful your blog is,I thought we all could get to know each other more. 

So I thought,I’d start this ” THE RENDEZVOUS SERIES”, which will feature 5 readers every blogpost & will tell you,what I love about them, what their blog is about and why you should follow them too. Let’s face it,there’s a weird adrenaline rush when you see those numbers rising on your page. It doesn’t define success,but it does mean that you’re being appreciated. Ergo,let’s help each other out and start this beautiful symbiosis with love. 

My first 5 readers are people who supported me when I was scrambling with 7 & 8 people on my follow list. Well,it’s not like I have a 1000 now.. 😁😁 I’ve just got 110 readers,but it’s just so nice to know these people. 

1. Melanie : This gorgeous mommy tops my list for being the super awesome fighter that she is and for being one of the most strongest women I’ve ever seen(emotionally). She’s got the humour that can make you go bankrupt. She has the sass which will make your jaw drop and mostly,she’s a wonderful woman. Her blog is filled with humour,she never cries or cribs over things happening with her,though she is sick these days. Please check her blog out and follow her. There won’t be a dry day ever. 

2. Soochie(only for me/you better call her suchi) : Ok!! This woman is my super fav,she’s my sister from another mister. I call her my firecracker. She’s a doc,but really she oughta have been a MUA. Gorgeous girl,with a heart of gold. Her blog is a rant blog. Super humour is what prevails over there. Her writing style is just aaahhmaZing!! Follow her because I said so. ❤️❤️❤️

3.  Shweta: Here is another bombshell. She’s super sweet,beautiful and loveable. I truly think she’s in the making of being a super great beauty blogger. With that being said,her blog is about beauty,makeup and all that girly stuff. Follow her blog to get updated and stay in style. 

4. Shamira: I LOVE HER!! THAT’S IT..  She’s just such a great person,she’s someone I would totally get friendly with. Apart from her oomphy name,she’s a great commentator about her life events. It’s just so great to see her online. Brings a smile on my face. Her blog is about her travels,food and her lifestyle. It’s much like a general blog,a get to know me better kinda blog and always so great to see her posts. Follow her on her trip around USA.

5.creativecraftsdiy : This lady is a relatively new friend of mine. She’s a very sweet acquaintance. Mommy to Lenny. She’s a software Engineer by profession but her blog is filled with so much of creativity. She focuses mainly on DIY crafts and alot of fun stuffs. Please, do follow her and keep yourself entertained. 

Okay, sweethearts… These are the people you would need to check out on this post. Do share or reblog this post if you like and if you feel that you would love to start a beautiful never ending cycle of love. Do tell me what do you think of this initiative and share your thoughts on the same.

Let’s get those buttons working now!!! 

p.s. Do note the stupendous amount i’ve used the word Super!! whatever dear me…!!!


Mushrooms in oyster sauce-An Indian twist.

Mushrooms. I’ve always been fascinated by them. Every time I get mushrooms home,I’m staring in awe at their hyphae,gills & structure. It’s like one of those architectural marvels in Seoul. So sophisticated.

Apart from being super versatile, mushrooms are one of the natural occurring sources of the “Selenium”. Ok! I don’t intend to drag this into a scientific or a dietary topic. You got the whole net thing going on for that. 😁😁

I’ve always loved playing up with ingredients. And,I can probably tell this proudly..quite alot of them have found their way into the trashbin. 😦😦 breather please *so,she expects us to try her recipe?Doofus Loofus* 

Ahem.. No I’m serious. This one is just so super easy and delicious,that I couldn’t stop myself from not sharing. I fused typical South Indian elements with oriental elements and the result pleasantly surprised me y’all. 👍🏻 

MUSHROOMS IN OYSTER SAUCE:  

INGREDIENTS: 

  • Mushrooms – 300 gms
  • Oyster Sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Dark Soy Sauce – 4 tsp
  • Sriracha paste/Sambal paste/Red chilli paste: 2 tsp
  • Vinegar – 2 tsp 
  • Water- 200 mls
  • Sugar – 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Fried onion powder – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Curry leaves – about 25 leaves or more. 
  • Red chillies whole – 2 
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp 
  • Garlic cloves minced – 12
  • Ginger minced  – about a quarter a cup. 
  • Onion sliced – 1
  • Green chillies whole – 2 ( optional)
  • Salt & pepper – as per taste

METHOD: 

  • Plunge the mushrooms in rolling boil water,for about 10 minutes. Remove them and keep aside.
  • In a mixing bowl,add all the wet ingredients with the sugar. Whisk them well. Adjust the salt level.
  • In another pan, heat the sesame oil and add mustard seeds. Wait till they splutter. 
  • Add the whole red chillies and fry till they are dark. Discard them if necessary. 
  • Add the minced garlic cloves and wait till they blush a nice golden. 
  • Add the sliced onion and let it turn translucent.
  • Add fried onion powder & stir.
  • Now add half of the curry leaves and reserve the other half for later. Keep stirring this mixture.
  • Add the whisked sauces and let it thicken up for a few minutes. 
  • Add the boiled mushrooms,stir &let them soak the sauce up. 
  • Add the pepper at the last.
  • Garnish with green chillies and curry leaves. 

  

The Mermaid Who Never Came Back.

I have no name. I was born with one,but I macerated it away. My identity isn’t on those plastic cards,but it’s found when I plunged into the cold depths of mysterious waters. When I was born with a deformed leg,the world just abhorred me. I found acceptance in the blue waters,she embraced me with warmth,caressed my deformity and made me feel unique. 

Today I stand here at the shore,looking into the horizon,even the majestic sun goes to sleep in those waters. A gusty wind blows my auburn tresses. I curl my toes and those silica crystals stick softly in between my toes. The trees sway & the clouds colour the sky grey. Pitter patter,the raindrops start falling. There are no rainbows today,there won’t be any rainbows for me ever. 

Somehow,I never possessed the trait of mutability. I’m determined,there isn’t an ounce of doubt about what I am doing today. I think of the vicissitudes of emotions that raged my life,happy,sad,angry,calm. Just so many. After all of that,I’m here. 

I feel the burden of my duffel bag suddenly. I gently let it slide down from my shoulders. It falls with a soft thump. I zip it open to reveal a silver wetsuit,photos,books,ziplock bag,Swiss knife & a nose plug. I pull them out of their resting place. 

I stare at the photos first. Reminding myself how happy I was. I look at each one carefully and think how the world completely ossified me. These happy memories must go. I snip them up into a million pieces & carefully stuff them in a ziplock bag. It must have been 15 minutes or so,a stray tear found itself on my cheek.Well,i don’t know if it was a tear,because even if it came,it got diluted with the rain.

My books are scattered on the shore. My inspirations,my treasures & my companions. Today they must go too. I stack them in a pile and walk towards the ocean. I release them one by one into that ocean. They go floating away,getting drenched from the rain & soggy from the ocean water.

 “Adieu mes amis!!”, I whisper under my breath. 

The rain stops and the clouds have cleared. Alas! I have reached a rubicon dear me. There is no turning back. 

Yes,I’m ready. I slip into my silver wetsuit and I hold my nose plug tightly. It has to be today. There is no other day. The sunlight strikes the ocean and I see a myriad of colours in the ocean. Is that a rainbow? No,it can’t be. Even if it is,I don’t care.

My countdown to freedom has begun. My grandfather’s words hit me like a thunderbolt,” When the Water summons you,You will go.” How germane are those words today. Yes grandfather the water summons me today. 

I lost him to this ocean 2 years back. He went Freediving,never to surface again. I waited on this shore,looking frantically at my watch,at every passing second. “Grandfather,grandfather”,my echoes had cried when it was well past 10 minutes. I would never see him again. 

I was an orphan all my life. My grandfather raised me on his “Senior Citizen’s Pension”. It was him who discovered my Inate ability to hold my breath for an astounding  8 minutes underwater. While the other kids would be gasping & turning pink at 20 seconds, I would be coursing the community pool like a mermaid. Coming up for a breath of air at 2 minutes. 

We started attending competitions & I started winning all of them. Every school,every college wanted me. But the nasty comments would never stop from my peers,”Goose Step, Chicken Feet, Limper”, these were just a few names thrown at me because of my deformity. 

Whenever I cried,grandfather used to take me to the ocean and we went freediving. Me and him, mermaid and merman. Endorphins gushing my system and me forgetting that I was a human. I went swimming with the school of fish & went piggybacking on a beautiful Manta ray. These were my family,after my grandfather. How happy we were.

It’s been 2 years since I went in those waters. The waters repulsed me because they snatched my Raison d’etrê. I had nothing to live for. Today I surrender. 

I hear the waves hit madly at the seashore and I’m not scared. My neon duffel bag lies on the shore. I walk away from it,with a ziplock bag in one hand and a nose plug in the other. I leave behind finprints in the sand,I turn back and see how beautiful they look. I feel happy. I am a mermaid. A bi finned one. 

The sunshine’s bright now & everything glistens. It’s like a welcome party for me. ” I’m coming Grandfather”. I throw the ziplock bag as far as I can. My memories must drown today.

The cold waves hit me and engorge me in their grasp. I’m swallowed by a big blue turbine of water. I’m rolling and rolling. I find myself free somehow. I come out of the water,to pack in some air. I’ve learnt every technique. Nothing can pull me down. 

I swim and start delving deep into the waters. I see everything blue and green and blurred. I swim like I was born for this. My 8 minutes have started. I go deeper,I see little stars.. Oh! Those are fish again. My ears are starting to hurt. Nothing must stop me. 6 minutes to go. I go a few more feet deeper,now my ears feel like they could burst,my lungs are starting to cramp. It’s painful,but it’s worth it. 4 minutes to go. 

I swim deeper and deeper and deeper. Physically I feel I can do no more,but mentally I know I can. This is my home. This is me. I hear the whales. Whales? Are they here? Now I hear laughs. Grandfather and mine. I hear the carnival sounds,the merry-go-rounds. I hear celebratory cries. How many things I hear,in this soundless space.

“Lizzy” grandfather shouts. “Oh god! That’s my name.” A sense of Euphoria strikes me. I don’t know what am I doing. I can’t think clearly with this pain. I can feel nothing. This is how I wanted to feel. Empty.Blank.Devoid.Null. 

What time is it? Should I start ascending back to the surface? I,do need air. I don’t think I want to die. I change my mind. I change my mind. I want just one breath of air. I wanna live. I wanna pick my duffel bag and go home. I wanna sleep on my bed. I swim upwards with all my might. 

 My lungs are burning,my ears are numb. I need some oxygen now.I swim up again,piercing the depths. Yes,everything’s going to be fine. I will make it out alive. I’m ascending,there’s nothing to worry. I’m just going to keep calm.

And then a fierce water current shakes me and pulls me with it. 

Nitrogen narcosis hits me and I blackout at depths I don’t know of. I must clearly be 400 feet into water. I sway like an autumn leaf. Unknown. Lost. In my own motion. I’m a name you won’t find in the books of history. 

I can see me. 

Gosh! I’m beautiful in that body. I’m moving. Look at me. I’m moving. 

The water clears up,I see green trees,red fruits and the air smells fresh.  I’m out of my wetsuit,I’m wearing a beautiful green gown with pearls and crystals on it.

“Lizzy,I’m glad you came.” Says grandfather. 

“Im glad I did grandfather”

“Well,let’s go meet mom and dad shall we, my mermaid? They’re all waiting for you” he smiles. 

P.s. This is a work of fiction. This is a tribute to all those freedivers who lost their lives doing what they loved the best. 



Ji Hazoor,Whitefield- A restaurant review

IT wasn’t until my stomach started growling pretty bad,did I start fervently looking out for some restaurant in Whitefield. I certainly had,had enough of the mall & I didn’t wanna eat anything there. I started recalling.. Thank goodness for memory. Excuse my cliches,which are clothed in nuddy pants,but I must say one. 

“One can not think well,love well,sleep well,if one has not dined well.” Courtesy Virginia Woolf but I tend to use it more like a cliche and how smart & true that is. A hungry stomach rarely lets you do anything else,yes a hungry stomach is worse than a fussy toddler. 

So,as we were starv-aciously hungry,we decided for a buffet dinner in Whitefield. We zeroed down to “Ji Hazoor”,which was pretty near to “Phoenix Market City”. Off we went & found ourselves climbing stairs. Presumably,the lift wasn’t working 😒 What a dampener I say. The stairs somehow kept on coming&coming&coming. “Ji Hazoor” is a rooftop restaurant,hence the never ending climb. The entrance of this place is let’s face it,downright dingy,hippyish,fishy,clandestine. But,once the wooden doors were opened,I reclaimed the air I had been gasping out.   

The restaurant decor is a beautiful Mughal-ish opulence one. The baubles & knick knacks which are strewn all around the restaurant are just so gorgeous. I’m totally going to be doing atleast one room at my place in the same vein. The lanterns,glitzy beads,coloured lighting & mirror work were something I fell in love with.  

The place has 2 equally great sections,an open area and an indoor section. I’m not too fond of insect vampires aka mosquitoes,hence I choose the safe air conditioned indoors. Here’s a peek of the open area seating:  

 This place reminded me of “Heera Panna” in “Brigades”,which closed down. Decor scored a well deserved 4/5   

  
The staff are an extremely attentive lot,with a watchful eye at your plate,yet not intruding your conversations. The service gets 3.8/5 

   

Ambience is totally lackadaisical one,you’re here to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Oh did I mention that we were here on a “Ghazal night”? Yep!! You heard me right,they host a Bollywood dance night & a Ghazal night most of the times during the weekends. So,keep an ear open for that. The Ghazals were beautifully melodramatic & soothing,they played a lot of retro songs before the “Ghazal Singer” came but when “Tum itna Jo muskura rahe ho,kya Gham hai jisko chipa rahe ho” ( for readers who don’t understand Hindi try ” jagjit Singh Tum itna Jo ” on YouTube) came on twice..I was clearly ready to shut the speakers down. The singer was there just in the nick of time,before my ears bled!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Ambience Scores a generous 4.5/5 

   

 Food is always at the last,it’s just so much to talk on. As it was a buffet spread,we were asked whether we would like veg or non veg. I happily settled for the vegetarian course whereas the hubby opted for non veg. How typical of us!!

Here’s how we enjoyed our course:

1. SOUPS: The soups were honestly just passable. We couldn’t get ourselves to drink more than a few gulps. 

  

2. STARTERS: I’m such a starter-y person. I mean just look at me,who would say I love starters that much? I hogged these down like there was no tomorrow. Except for the bittergourd chaat(Karela), everything else was delicious.. The cottage cheese grill( Paneer tikka), baby corn fritters, vegetable balls got me craving for more on my plate.  
 3. MAIN COURSE: The main course was a decent affair of varied dishes. From dals to makhanis, from rice to naans & from salads to salsas. I wasn’t too keen on the main course as I had considerably stuffed myself to brimming capacity. Yet,I managed a sampler & I totally loved the ” DAL TADKA & PANEER MAKHANI”.They were just purely delicious. After them, Rice,I had to skip.   

4.DESSERTS: I’m usually a dessert skipper during buffets. I don’t really dig it,but I had to give in due to my husband’s ” Ummm.. Delicious” statements regarding the ” GULAB JAMUN” . And I had to true him on that,it really was yum. They had other Indian sweet meats & pastries too. 

The food gets a 3.5/5. The vegetarian fare could’ve been better,it clearly lacked the variety of the non vegetarian fare,which is unfair because the pricing is the same for both. Priced at Rs. 500/- the VFM scores high. 

Verdict : Do you really need that? Yes,go for it. It’s a fair enough experience with factors such as entertainment,ambience & food being accommodated at that price tag on a WEEKEND. You can’t get more affordable than this for a weekend date night. They have these colourful pagadis or turbans for you to play up with,which is great for a few photos. You do feel like spending a lot of time here,but you can’t just camp here,can you?

Here’s a little picture for you to smile at.