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The Malangi Weekend

There was a time when weekends were all about partying and hanging out with friends. We still enjoy that sometimes, but the joy of having two beautiful young minds to raise has challenged us to stretch our imagination and rediscover what a fun weekend can be about…

My husband, Usman and I sat down and made a list of all the things we want to do as a family. Places we want to revisit and experiences that we wanted to share that are cultural and educational and entertaining. We started our journey with the spirit to rediscover the city of Lahore through the children’s eyes…’

Why I travel

Meet SUPRIYA SEHGAL! I was first introduced to her as a friend’s friend in Bangalore, and then found myself hoping she would give me a project at Getoffurass. She did… and post that, she has been my go-to-person on all doubts related to my attempts to crack a job in the travel industry… Supriya is a freelance travel writer and has been associated with a decade old India based adventure travel company, Getoffurass, for which she co-leads a travel photography venture – Photography Onthemove.

Food For Peace ...

A unique concept of peace, at the International border between India & Pakistan, 'Sarhad' (Border),highlights the cuisine and cultures of the two countries!

The young owner, Aman's concept and efforts have even been recognised by the Harvard Business School.

Picking up the Sarhad concept as a mini-project for digital marketing strategy, the business school wrote: "We found it quite impressive and intriguing, given the social impact/awareness it is trying to create as a for-profit entity."

Applause!

INDIAN SHAME IN TURKEY- How my countrymen shamed me

Fireworks were exploding over Sultanahmet square in Istanbul, as we strolled back after dinner. It was our last night in Turkey, a country that had thrown quite a few surprises our way, all of them pleasant. The term Turkish delight could be applied to more than the sweets that we were enjoying on a daily basis. From the seaside promenade of Izmir to the ancient wonders of Ephesus, the underground city in Cappadocia to the multi-cultural Istanbul, we had enjoyed our holiday in myriad ways.

Indian Currency regulations for NRIs

Thanks to a new directive from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), from now on every non-resident Indian (NRI) and foreigner leaving the country will have to compulsorily change Indian rupees in their possession into a foreign currency before they board the flight. It’s a common practice among NRIs to carry some amount of Indian currency with them when they leave the country, mainly for the convenience of not having to exchange forex into rupee when they return the next time. But from now on, they will not be allowed to carry any Indian notes with them.

Ice Cream Sandwich - Singapore Ishtyle!

A quaint little stall on Orchard Road.

The ice cream is stored as blocks in different flavors.

A slab is cut from the block of your choice!

The slab is then deftly placed between a slice of bread!

Voila - Ice Cream Sandwich - Singapore Ishtyle!!!

Where Temples & Trees peacefully co-exist, creating atmospheric magic ...

The "Tomb Raider tree" in the central sanctuary, of Ta Prohm, a 12th century Hindu temple, in Cambodia, where Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower and was sucked beneath the earth.

You can't help but feel a little like Indiana Jones, or Lara Croft,(which was filmed here) as you pick through the rubble at Ta Prohm!

Ta Prohm (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្ម)

Ta Prohm is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found. Huge trees, blended into the walls & rocks, hugging the giant roots, give the temple a surreal appearance.

To witness dignified, large trees, grow out of the stone temple structure, with the large, snake like branches, wrapped around & intertwined through the stone temple walls - an awe inspiring sight!

A letter ...

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel, in a Midwest town, he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote:

"I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote:

"Sir,

I have been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls.

Siem Reap, Cambodia, where we connected with our Hindu roots ....

Hindu mythology also contains a story about the churning of the Cosmic Ocean in order to obtain Amrita - the nectar of immortal life. At the suggestion of Vishnu the gods, (devas) and demons (asuras) churn the primeval ocean in order to obtain Amrita which will guarantee them immortality. To churn the ocean they used the Serpent King, Vasuki, for their churning-string. For a churning pole they use Mount Mandara placed on the back of a Great Tortoise - the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu. As the gods and demons churned the sea, a terrible poison issued out of its depths which enveloped the universe.

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