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15 February, 2017

Resorts of Coorg

I have written lots of travel posts in the past ranging from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mexico, USA, Spain, etc. In India too I have travelled a lot. When I reminisce, one of my favourite destination to travel within India is Coorg.
They call it Scotland of India and I so agree with this. Coorg is insanely beautiful place. I would like to retire and live here forever. But when I look back now, I feel there were many beautiful and unexplored resorts in Coorg that should be discovered. I want to go there again and explore them.
If you want to fly to Coorg, the nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kilometres away. The nearest international airport is in Bengaluru, which is approximately 265 kilometres away.
Though Coorg does not have an airport of its own, you can get to the place using air services from the nearest airport. It also has international flights from destinations like Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, and Muscat. 
I have also been writing about my inflight experiences and posting pictures of my flights. Somehow, one air carrier that I have not explored much and is big time on my to-do list is QatarAirways. Specially so, because I have heard lots of good things about it.







 Qatar Airways Overview
Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar having its hub at Doha International Airport. It was originally owned by members of the state's royal family, Committed to offering passengers with excellent on-board and on-the-ground service quality, the airline has garnered many awards and accolades, becoming one of only six airlines worldwide to have been awarded a 5-star rating by Skytrax. Qatar Airways flies 76 aircraft to 85 destinations across an ever-growing international route network.
Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways First Class and Business Class can expect to experience 5-star hospitality. Qatar Airways passengers are privileged with an access to airport waiting lounges that have all the comforting features and services that a passenger might be looking for. Onboard it offers a live digital satellite television for entertainment on the flight, having access to live news, sports, and general television programs. First class passengers also have the luxury of being chauffeured personally in a BMW right till the aircraft. Another in-flight entertainment service includes a DVD system having a collection of movies and series that can be enjoyed during the journey. Oryx, the multiplex in the sky is the entertainment system used to offer a wide variety of international movies, music and games on the personal screen. The passengers can use their mobile phone during the flight and have the flexibility of sending and receiving SMS or MMS messages, e-mail, or browse the Internet over phone or laptop using the new OnAir service.
Meals
Food menu is exquisite and includes caviar, lobster, Arabic mezzes and fine chocolates, complementing the delectable menu is a selection of fine wines & champagnes. For the First & Business class passengers the service is flexible and they are free to dine-on-demand or a la carte. The Economy class passengers are also provided a broad range of international selections from Europe, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and the Far-East with complimentary beverages (including an international selection of beers, wines & spirits). Qatar Airways offers more than a dozen Special-Meal Options to suit various culturally sensitive and diet-sensitive passengers.
So now 2 things are on my agenda:
1. To explore the resorts of Coorg
2. To travel by Qatar Airways.
Hope it happens soon.

09 February, 2017

Twist, bend and stretch

Running, cycling, swimming are my favourite exercises. Yes, I like to be outdoors in nature. Specially because most of my work is indoor in the studio. But I cannot neglect Yoga and stretching. We all need holistic fitness. What did you do for fitness today?










06 February, 2017

Involved Parents and Teachers Are the Key to a Child’s Success

Paul George Global School is an amalgamation of competent teachers, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and an experienced and efficient administration. The school is very innovative in its approach to educate young minds. In my previous post, I described Paul George Global School in Alaknanda and shared a detailed description about the infrastructure of the school.  


To gain deeper insight into the functioning, I visited the school and spoke to the Principal, Ms. Geeta Karunakaran, at length. The inputs she gave me were an eye-opener. I do not think any other school is adopting such an in-depth approach to connect with their students and their parents. They have undertaken path-breaking initiatives where teachers visit the students’ home for better understanding between teachers, parents, and students. These home visits really emphasize on connecting minds of all three so that children are taught in a similar manner at home and in school. Teachers visit each student’s home every six months so they can better understand the child and his environment. Teachers share their teaching methods with the parents, so that they are better equipped to handle the child.   There are many other aspects that the teachers and parents discuss and share thoughts on such as the teaching methods to learn writing, new languages, or hygiene.











Every month, a parent is invited to teach a session or participate- it could be telling a story, enacting a learning narrative, making chocolate shake or salad for Diwali. There is 1-hour interactive workshop for parents of each class every month. Parent involvement is key and the program has even won the school accolades.
The school lays a lot of importance on building strong child-teacher relationship. They teach very scientifically, methodically and have researched thoroughly on their ways of teaching. For example, children start writing initially with chalk and slate, then crayon, then bamboo stick on sand pit, tracing on sandpaper, and finally pencil. This is to perfect their motor skills.  They do not do what others do. They do what a child needs to do at his age. They believe that they do not have to subject their children to certain tasks just because others can do it. It was endearing to see how comfortable children were. They came and hugged the Principal; few others gave her a high five.
 Kids are taught the importance of environment and are made conscious of their surroundings. The school organizes visits to plant nurseries. Through street plays, they teach them importance of water conservation. Kids are sensitized by getting them involved with senior citizens, NGOs and a blind school, which are part of regular visits in their calendar. Sometimes the children from the blind school are involved in and participate in the school assembly.
There is a special passion time i.e. time from 2.30-3.30 pm for 1 activity- art or sport. It can range between tennis, swimming, computer, guitar etc. There are sports coaches that teach swimming, basketball, football, etc. Initially they get feel of all activities. Later the child chooses one activity that he /she does for 5 days for 1 hour.
 There is so much more to talk about the school. I am excited to share a lot more information with you in my next post and let you know about the vision of the school, how to get admission here, the values of the school and much more. So, stay tuned.
Click on the link to know more about Paul George Global School - 
https://goo.gl/TeWCMp Call them on their Toll Free Number- 1800 212 3340
You can also sign up for a School tour.

Father daughter time

At a family wedding, 
What I wore was top to toe, every bit, gift from my dad and his choice. 
The exquisite pieces he chooses in clothes and jewelry, we children still cannot choose. He has exceptionally good eye. Blessed to have him. 








04 February, 2017

Best Delhi Bars to Visit This Valentine’s Day

How are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? If you haven’t chalked out a plan yet, we suggest that you should start working on it soon.  Although, there may be many innovative and unique ways to celebrate this day of Love, the all perfect romantic dinner date with one’s partner on this special day can never lose its appeal.  All you need to do is find the ideal location that offers great food, ambiance, and excellent service. 


If you are a resident of Delhi, you are spoilt for choice. Many restaurants and bars across Delhi are famous for hosting romantic dinner with fanfares like couple events and live band performances. However, make sure you opt for online restaurant booking platforms like Clicktable to beat the hassles of last minute reservations and rush. By booking the table in advance, you are likely to strike amazing deals and discount on your dinner date, which is always a bonus. So, are you excited for this year’s Valentine’s Day outing? Below are some places that you should certainly visit.

SET’Z, Vasant Kunj


If you are looking forward to sharing an exceptional dining experience with your date, SET’Z, a multi-cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Vasant Kunj is where you should head to.  Known to serve Pan Asian, North Indian, and European food, the restaurant is also famous for the live cooking counter where all the cooking takes place with fresh ingredients and herbs. 
The décor is yet another component of the restaurant that will win your heart. Subtle nuances like the glass panel decorated with bamboo sticks and flowers are soothing and appealing to the eyes. All in all, SET’Z at Vasant Kunj is the perfect place to have a quiet, wholesome and beautiful Valentine’s Day date.

Tamasha, Connaught Place


Tamasha at Connaught Place satisfies the three requisites of a romantic date – lovely food, lovely ambiance and a lovely time. The outdoor seating arrangement is the main highlight of this eclectically designed restaurant.  The overall look and feel of the restaurant is outstanding. But it’s the food that needs a special mention.
Whether it’s the Spicy Pistachio Lamb, Tempura Prawns or Amritsari Fish, right from the starters to the main course, the food is just delectable. So, indulge in the company of your partner at Tamasha this Valentine’s Day and rekindle the romance in your relationship.

Cafe Culture, Greater Kailash I


Café Culture at Greater Kailash I sets the perfect mood for a romantic coffee date.  The menu of this restaurant is particularly inviting.  If you are looking for a quite romantic date over sumptuous snacks, quality conversation and memorable time, this is a perfect place to visit.
Just in case you are seeking to start the day of Love with a hearty breakfast in company of partner or spouse, Café culture is also known to serve the best breakfast in town.

Imperfecto, HauzKhas Village


Bright and beautiful, the retro ambiance of Imperfecto at HauzKhas Village is one of the best restaurants in Delhi to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you don’t want your Valentine’s Day date to be just around food and conversation, this place is perfect for you. 
Dramatic décor, subtle lighting and cozy seating arrangement with a live band playing in the background create a perfect ambit for a romantic dinner date. Having stated that, the quality of food and range of cocktails served at the restaurant are equally inviting.

 Raftaar, Punjabi Bagh


A romantic date is not always about deep conversations in a serene setting. Sometimes, two people connect over similar taste in music or food. Raftaar located at Punjabi Bagh is the ultimate party ground for a young couple in love.  Besides great music and young vibe, the restaurant also has an impressive menu.
Sumptuous burgers, pasta, thin crust pizza and other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern offering, the food menu of this restaurant is undoubtedly exhaustive. But the most interesting part of its drink menu called “Alcoholic Concoction” is a huge kitty of fascinating cocktails like “The Drunk Earl” (Earl Grey Tea mixed with Jameson and exotic fruit juices) and “High Beam” (Jim Beam mixed with maple syrup, BBQ sauce and other spices & condiments).
The Valentine’s Day date is special for everyone and the way it turns out depends on how you plan the event. Instead of randomly picking up a place for a dinner date, it is advised to put in some thought and resort to online restaurant booking through platforms like Clicktable.com.  It will save you time and help you enjoy a good time with your date.