Freshness is fragrant, convenience could be curse

  Whether it is a small city like Chandigarh or a metropolis like Mumbai, fresh mint and coriander chutney has almost disappeared from the restaurant menus. Both customers and restaurateurs probably like tomato sauce with deep fried traditional foods, including bonda, pakoda, samosa and aloo tikki. However, there are people…

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Lip-smacking lunch at 210o C

210o C Veg Gourmet Bakery in Churchgate, Mumbai is a popular bakery where both locals and tourists shop breads, cakes, pastries, toasts and much more. There is nothing to comment about ambience, but food is really delicious. Another specialty worth mention is egg less bakery products, thereby offering more bakery…

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Affordable medical service in Chandigarh

Finding a reliable medical practitioner in anew cityis difficult and time consuming, especially for a traveler. So, we would like to share our experience at Fortis Hospital in Mohali, India and Orthopedics Department of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital(General Hospital) in Sector 16,Chandigarhwith you. The government hospital is within walking…

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Café Raft: Charming Views, Yummy Indian Food

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s (HPTDC) Café Raft at Pirdi on theBeasRiveris a short drive from Kullu on the national highway (NH) 21. The spacious restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining areas and parking. This is the starting point for many white water rafting trips. Although it is another…

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Shubhum Guest House: Okay Food

Last year during monsoon, we were in Katrain, which is famous for apple orchards. The small town on the National Highway 21 is a 45-minute drive from Manali. It was not a tourist season. Only a few travelers like us could be spotted. Hotel occupancy was low and restaurants were…

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The Religious Fabric of Chandigarh

The Religious Fabric of Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, the Indian city of cookie-cutter box houses, remembering god is a routine for many, especially middle-aged and old people. They visit gurudwaras, temples, churches and mosques depending on the religion they practice. God-fearing or strong-believers, whatever you may call them, they believe that shrines offer the most suitable ambience for communicating with and complaining to Him and seeking His blessings.

Individuals and / or groups of people organize different types of religious events- akhand path, jagrata, kirtan and satsang regularly at both community and family levels. Singing the praises of almighty and reading sacred books are highlights of all formalized religious events. For instance, during Jagrata, devotees remain awake for one or more nights and sing devotional songs and chant god’s name and hymns to thank for His blessings.  Generally, young boys and men visit door-to-door to raise funds for the community level events.

The Rickshaw Puller

The Rickshaw Puller

It was a winter afternoon and I was looking for a cycle rickshaw at Sector 17 Plaza (Chandigarh, India) to return home. A rickshaw puller, who had greasy wounds on his face, stopped in front of me. Greasy, slightly festering wounds nauseated me but sympathy stirred me to hire his services. Though he was not skinny, he rode very slowly and his feet paddled rickshaw unwillingly and uncomfortably. Suddenly, it fell silent at a mobile food stall along the road. He quickly promised me that he would eat chawal-dal (rice and lentil) of five rupees and return in two minutes to ride faster.

I was taken aback because I frequently travel by rickshaws and so far, no rickshaw puller stopped for food in a 20-minute ride. However, I lacked courage to force him to ride without eating.

Short stopovers for meals are a norm during long bus and taxi journeys but an exception for a cycle rickshaw ride. Probably, he did not want to spend the little money he had on lunch before earning some more for dinner.

Reliable Dentists in Chandigarh

 Relocating has its own plusses and minuses. For instance, falling sick in a new city or town can be a big hassle, as you are not familiar with local medical service options. So, it will be good to share our medical experiences with fellow travelers as we keep moving. When…

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The Way I See It, Mumbai Has Choices and Chandigarh Has Spaces.

A bounty of resources that Mumbai possesses draws people seeking anonymity, an identity, fruits of modernity and / or a livelihood. The characteristic colossal crowd of the city ensures anonymity that equals to a sort of freedom for its residents. The identity is ascribed to immense popularity among the crowd…

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