Trip to Coorg

Kodagu or Coorg is one of the most idyllic hill stations in Karnataka. Coorg has it all! The lush green spice and coffee plantations dotted throughout the forest-covered terrains. Exotic scenery mesmerizes the travelers. Madikeri is one of the centers for tourism.

We had stayed in Sannidhi enclave homestay. We were greeted with warm welcome however there is no kitchen facilities so it is better to carry dinner from town. Most of the places close by 7 PM so kindly plan accordingly.

Raja’s Seat

This spot was a favorite place of recreation for the Rajas where Raja used to spend time with his queens and consorts. The place offers beautiful view of the horizon and the play of clouds in early morning. It is one of the most important tourist spots in entire Madikeri.

Raja’s seat, Madikeri
Raja’s Tomb
Raja’s tomb, Madikeri

Raja’s tomb is located in Mahadevpet, which is just 1.5 km from Madikeri. The campus has three tombs which were built for the royal dynasty. The largest central tomb belongs to the Kodava king Doddaveerarajendra and his wife Mahadeviamma.

Abbi Falls

The falls is located around 8 km from the Madikeri town centre and 122 km from Mysore. The road from the Raja’s towb take to Abbi falls. there is ample space to park vehicle as there is paid parking.

Abbi Falls
Namdroling Monastery
Namdroling Monastery

The Namdroling Nyingmapa monastery  which is also known popularly as the Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling. the moastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. There are lot of good spices shop near the monastery. The monstery was closed for visitors due to Corona spread.

Glen Lorna Tea Estate

The lush green tea estate overlooks the lofty step hills. Glen Lorna is the only tea plantation in Coorg. there are stay options in the tea estate or you can travel to Madikeri for over night stay.

Tea estate
Mrityunjaya Temple
Mrityunjaya Temple

Another 12 km from Glen Lorna tea estate, Mrityunajay temple is located in very remote part of Coorg and one must reach by car. Google maps shows teh correct way but one has to be extra cautious while driving through private coffee plantations on the way to reach it.

How to reach :

By road: Tourists can reach Coorg via SH27 by road. Frequent buses,both Government and private, ply from Bengaluru.

By air: Nearest airports are Mysore, Mangalore and Bengaluru. Manglore and Bengaluru are international airports located 135kilometer and 260 kilometer away respectively. Taxis are available from airports to Madikeri.

By train: The main train junction stations close to Coorg are Mysore, Hassan and Manglore.

Did you visit Kodagu – what places did you like?

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The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

“The premise of this book is that doing well with money has a little to do with how smart you are and a lot to do with how you behave.” sets the tone of the book. Morgan Housel shares a string of stories from around the world wherein he proves his ideas for saving and managing money. It is years of practice that later becomes one’s natural habit to identify patterns in savings and investments – the assiduity which goes in determining the actions and the reactions to money earned or saved, or getting gifts from others. The book talks volumes about preservation of wealth, correct pursuit of monetary happiness. This is a book which I wish I had read in my early 20s then probably I would have had a changed perspective towards

“Spending money to show people how much money you have is the fastest way to have less money.”

“Planning is important, but the most important part of every plan is to plan on the plan not going according to plan.”

Morgan says to save money according to the goals. In the book, he describes that the goalpost should however be dynamic and should move further away as you are almost close to it, that way it will be easy to determine the priorities on where money needs to be spent. When it comes to the adopted habits, it is better to have a clear idea. One should always ask oneself :

  1. Is money going to enable your happiness?
  2. Is money enough to secure the future and have stability?
  3. Is the money enough for comfortable living or an ultra-expensive lifestyle?

“There is no reason to risk what you have and need for what you don’t have and don’t need.”

To sum up, saving money and accumulating wealth are two different goals. Years of self-disciplined regime in saving money may help you to accumulate wealth, it may help you to achieve the level of financial security you have been striving for. As much as, with time, different purposes may add to the list and the goals will keep evolving. Often unforeseen expenses also derail us from our targets. Consistency is the key to success.

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Colours of Red

The new Commandant Shaurya is posted to ‘Dandakaranya’ meaning ‘forest of punishment’ in Bastar based on his previous accomplishments. He is aware that his chances of getting a post of his choice, near to his family, will be better after serving in one of the most sensitive areas in India.

Bastar is a Naxalite war zone. Troops are engaged to maintain peace however the dismal policies taken by politicians, mismanagement of funds, and loopholes in proper plans lead to futile efforts. Shaurya pens his frustrations and loneliness in his diary until he meets Shenaya. He falls for Shenaya despite his loving family. What happens in the jungle, stays in the jungle – but Shaurya missed the fact that the jungle here in question was the dangerous foliage of Dandakaranya. Jumping over mines on land and in his personal relationships with equal difficulties, Shaurya is a changed man at the end of the story. His venture of walking on a tightrope teaches him lessons on love and trust.

Last winter, I had travelled by road through the dense forests of Kanger valley through the city of Jagdalpur in Bastar. While reading the book, I could almost relive the memories from the trip.

Rakesh Kumar Singh in his book, Colours of Red, has brilliantly blended his CRPF posting experiences into the story; the depiction of the pains and hardships of commander has been painted with true colours of red.I am looking forward to the other books written by the author. One must pick up this book!

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Diwali gift ideas under 500₹

We have had enough of Soan Papdi jokes around Diwali celebrations. Why always get a box of Soan Papdi when you can get better gifts almost at the same price? Presenting a list of 5 items which will make the perfect unique Diwali gifts for home celebrations or even for bulk gifting in offices.

Idol Diya Oil Lamp 
Idol Diya Oil Lamp
Idol Diya Oil Lamp

Ideal gift for Diwali celebrations is idol shaped Oil lamp. This is crafted carefully from metal and is a perfect choice to  to pass on your best wishes for Diwali puja.
Buy here at 349₹

Haldi Kumkum Box

Haldi Kumkum Box is an important addition to any festival so its only relevant to gift this elegant looking haldi kumkum holder.
Buy here at 199₹

Haldi Kumkum Box
Haldi Kumkum Box

Looking for Diwali decoration items?

Floral Bowls and Spoon
Floral Bowls and Spoon
Floral Bowls and Spoon

Hard Anodized, beautiful floral shaped set of bowls and spoon is a gift worth of its price!
Buy here at 299₹

Aroma candles

Ideal for small spaces, these aroma candles are very pleasing. The smoke-free flame and non residue burning are additional advantages of these pure soy wax candles.
Buy here at 385₹

Aroma Candles
Aroma Candles
Tealight Candle Holders
Tealight holder
Tealight holder

Diwali gifts are incomplete without tealight holders – These metallic dangling tealight holders add subtle warmth to decor and is perfect value for money!
Buy here at 279 ₹

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Home decor items for festive season

This listicle is perfect for all the households who will be celebrating Diwali – get the festival of lights in all galore and pomp with these exquisite decor items.

Lotus Urli

It is an exquiste piece of beautifully handcrafted bowl which can be used for both floating flowers or even floating tea light lamps. Urli ushers prosperity and is placed at door entrance usually.
Buy here at 698₹

Lotus Urli
Lotus Urli
Hanging electrical diya
Electrical diya
Electrical diya

This set of hanging eletrical diya has 7 dim neon bulb in each diya and one brass bell at the base.
buy here at 700₹

Oil Lamp

This handle is shaped in om – this metal diya can be easily used for aarti and adds more to home temple or even office temple, for Diwali celebrations.
Buy here at 375₹

Oil lamp
Oil lamp
Haldi Kumkum dabbi with lid
Haldi kumkum dabbi

This is a beautiful and multi utility item which can be used for Diwali aarti, specially for applying haldi kumkum to ladies.
Buy here at 398₹

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Toran

Stitched on velvet cloth, this beautiful craftsmanship example is addition to the home temple entrance. Please make sure you have supporting tape to hold the toran in place.
Buy here at 299₹

Toran
Toran

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Get ready for festivals with AGIF

Amazon Great Indian Festival is back with too-good-to-be-true deals. With the upcoming festival seasons, be sure to grab the items to make every moment memorable.

Tripod

Tripod is must-have specially when it comes to creating videos and reels! This tripod has bluetooth click so it’s easy to go hands free for capturing those lovely memories.
Buy here at 398₹

Ring light

Ring lights add more Portable LED Ring Light with 3 Color Modes Dimmable Lighting
Buy here at 449₹

Selfie stick

This is an excellent 3-in-1 multifunctional Selfie Stick which is compatible with all mobile phones. It is Bluetooth Enabled so with just one click you can capture the photo. It also comes with Tripod Stand.
Buy here at 549₹

LED Touch Lamp Speaker

USB rechargeable wireless bluetooth speaker is a great addition to home during festive reason, all the more because this can be used as a lamp as well!
Buy here at 699₹

Star Projector Night Light

Unable to travel at the moment? You can fill your room with stars and moonlight, so that you feel as if you were laying under the stars!
Buy here at 549 ₹

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Kolkata : A connoisseur’s paradise

Each place has its own story to tell!
Aminia

This 1929 established restaurant offers food for soul – Awadhi style biryani. The hot buttery potato cube coupled with juicy chicken on top of piping hot saffron rice has enamored the hearts of Bengalis for a very long time. The other top picks are Mutton Rezala and of course the famous Phirni.

K C Das

86 years ago, this outlet was built to promote the pride of Kolkata – Rasgulla. They are the pioneers in selling rasgulla in cans thus taking rasgulla beyond the Bengal borders. The store is helmed by Dhiman Das, who is from the lineage of Nobin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rasgulla, and his son Krishna Chandra Das (KC Das), after whom the store has been named.

Anadi Cabin
Anaadi Cabin, Kolkata
Anaadi Cabin, Kolkata

A restaurant built in loving memory of son. Balaram Jana had established this “cabin” in 1925 in memory of his son, Anadi. Even after 9 decades, the cabin is one of the most visited places for its famed spicy Mughlai parota. The delicious aroma floats in the air, enticing all the passers-by to have a munch of it. 

Nizam’s
Nizam's restaurant, Kolkata
Nizam’s restaurant, Kolkata

The crowded streets of Esplanade, just beyond Aminia, harbors another gem. Famous for its Kathi roll of all varieties, this 1932 establishment attracts food lovers from everywhere! More than the food, this legendary place looks like it’s trapped in time. The Kathi rolls will surely transport you back to a bygone era.

Regent
Regent Restaurant, Kolkata
Regent Restaurant, Kolkata

Fish Kobiraji and Regent go hand in hand! This diner was also established in 1935 and has cabin facilities! The restaurant offers all cuisines from Chinese to Awadhi. We had only Fish Kobiraji from here but unfortunately, we were very much full by that time so we couldn’t relish the taste as much. Hopefully, we will go back soon for another taste of paradise.

Nahoum’s bakery

Located inside the legendary Hogg market, Nahoum’s is easily accessible from the Simpark Mall entry point. In 1902, the bakery was established by Nahoum Israel Mordecai, a Baghdadi Jew. Since then, there has been little or no modification to the store. The old-fashioned tall glass displays and wooden till with the distinct smell of cakes and cookies capture the visitors. It’s said Christmas in Kolkata is incomplete without Nahoum’s cakes.

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Atomic Habits :An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

James Clear’s Atomic habits is perhaps one of the most best-selling self-help books. I used to hear often that this is a book which should be read in the 20s, I always smirked at the idea. How wrong I was! This book is a must-read, had I read it earlier I would have probably rectified my ways -but keeping in spirit of the book, it ITS NEVER LATE TO START!

We are aware that good habits build a better lifestyle and bad habits tend to do vice versa. According to James, it is minuscule changes in habits which bring about the positive long-term changes. Habits are consequences of a continuous process.

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”

james Clear

Cue, Craving, Response and Rewards form the 4 building blocks of good habits. Our brain is unconsciously and meticulously performing analysis on factors that lead to fruits or “Rewards” – Cue is the stepping stone of the habit-building wherein we make an effort to identify the trigger points. It may be as simple as not snoozing the alarm clock daily. Whether or not we snooze, we may tend to go back to sleep. However, with continuous efforts and understanding the rewards of an early day will soak in slowly. Craving forms the second stepping stone wherein our cues are linked to the will-power to exchange a habit for a better one. The cumulative effect of human emotions and logic drastically changes a cue into a craving.

We respond to the situation based on our cravings and hence Response forms the last but one stepping stone to good habits. Rewards are the finishing line of good habit, the red ribbon which we dash against on adapting to a good habit. To make these four stones go in a loop so that our habits change, we should make simple changes. Cues should be obvious triggers which lead to an appealing stimulus like cravings and these stimuli should compel us to respond in most easy way possible so that we finally procure good habits as rewards; be it monetary benefit or spiritual accomplishments.

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”

James Clear

The simultaneous process of observing the reward is a cue, the sheer desire to achieve it defines the craving, the efforts we actually put in to achieve the reward counts as the response. The book breaks down into simple step-by-step processes to manipulate the brain to succumbing into good habits. Overall, it is a wholesome book to study your own self and metamorphize into a better one.

Listen to Atomic Habits on Audible – narrated by James Clear! Click here for a sample from Atomic Habits. You can also reach me on Facebook or Instagram to share your views on books.
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Cafes of Hyderabad

May I offer you the best beverage joints of Hyderabad?
Paaka Organic

Paaka Organic is located in Lingamapally – off the roads driving past BHEL. The rustic decor welcomes you with bamboo swings and indoor plants. You can sit here for hours sipping on fresh seasonal fruit juices. Since it’s quite near to the University of Hyderabad, the cafe is frequently visited by the students. There is a shop which offers direct from farm products. Also, they have open mic nights and story telling nights hosted in their small compound. Over all, a lovely place to hang out with your gang of friends! I love their Natu Kodi or country chicken dishes- It’s absolutely tasty!

Check out their menu here

The Coffee Cup

Located in Sainikpuri, The Coffee Cup is again a very pocket friendly cafe. You can sit here for hours with yummy milkshakes and onion rings. The decor comprises of books and guitars. You can while away your time playing games like Jenga or Ludo while munching on their budget friendly platters. In a nutshell, there is something for everyone – be a book-nerd or a game player! Plan a visit soon with your group now!

Check out their menu here

Roastery coffee house

Roastery Coffee house is tucked away in a corner of Banjara Hills. The coffee house has answers to all your pensive thoughts with its wide array of cold and hot coffee. The breakfast platters are to die for! I loved the simple egg-mayo sandwich for its presentation! The cafe is very “instagram-worthy” with all its nooks and corners perfect for clicks. A definite visit for a cosy start to your day.

Check out their menu here

Heart Cup Coffee

Heart Cup Coffee has two branches – One in Kondapur and another one in Gachibowli. I had visited their Kondapur branch in its revamped avatar, in the lane beside TCS office. There are both outdoor and indoor seating area. The outdoor area offers tables for small group for having private party. Our Hazelnut mocha sizzled irresistibly while we waited for Cheddar chicken. I hope to go back soon sometime to enjoy the evening vibes.

Check out their menu

Drive in cafe

Driven Cafe is posh cafe located in Kapil Towers – yes, the very heart of the Financial district. The interiors give dashing vibes with super bikes on display. You can not only enjoy coffee, but also buy pouches of coffee to brew at home, if you want. One of the best veg cafes around – the pizzas are spiced up in comparison to the coffee! A match made in heaven to be honest!

Check out their full menu

Have you ever been to these cafes? Did you like any of them? Let me know in comments below which are your favourite cafes in Hyderabad and I will surely visit them!
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Ganesh Chaturthi decoration items

Ganapati or Vinayaka, is the God of new beginnings. He is worshipped as Vighnakartaa and Vighnahartaa. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with pomp and grandeur almost in every Hindu household every year. We seek blessings from Ganesha to avert any kind of hindrances and be blessed with prosperity. Here are few items to help with the 10 day festival :

Paper Makhar
Makhar
Makhar

Decorations keep changing so it’s best to invest in eco-friendly options. Paper Makhar is one of the best decoration item as it can be easily assembled.
Buy here

Puja Samagri

Covid era has compelled us to go digital and yes, even puja samagri is available online. This 28 items bundle has everything you need for performing puja.
Buy here

Puja Samagri
Puja Samagri
Artificial garlands
Artificial garlands
Artificial garlands

Puja is incomplete without flowers. Artificial garlands definitely ease the work and add wow to the decorations. It eliminates the need to change flower decorations for celebration.
Buy here

Agarbattis

This pack of premium incense sticks will enhance the festival atmosphere within a few seconds of burning! The Pure sandal aroma will have relaxing effect on everyone present for the celenrations.
Buy here

Agarbatti
Agarbatti
Fairy lights
LED Battery operated lights
LED Battery operated lights

Add 10M 100 LED Battery operated wire decorative fairy lights to complete the decoration. these lights will complete the aura of celebrations.
Buy here

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