Saturday, 21 March 2015 0 comments

On My Playlist: Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

After a long hiatus, On My Playlist is back. It has been quite sometime since I last wrote about the songs playing in my head on a repeat mode or the artists that have swooned me off my feet (even the Phantom of The Opera post was a few months back!).

Currently, there are a few songs I have been listening to more often than to my all-time favorites. One of them is "Losing my Religion" by R.E.M., not the Rapid Eye Moment one, but the famous band from the 80s. I am pretty much sure now that I am growing up backwards in time; what else can explain my fascination and liking towards things from the 80s, 70s and now even from the 60s!

Talking about the band, I discovered them a few years back through my then new Nokia Lumia which came with this amazing free subscription for a year to Nokia Music store; I might have somehow chanced up "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by them and downloaded it.

Fast forward to these days, I was listening to "Everybody Hurts" by them (who else?) on Youtube and there was this song in the recommendation section whose title intrigued me instantly- "Losing My Religion". I clicked and rest, they say, is history. I am insanely hooked onto this song and might have (oh, who am I kidding, I definitely have) shared it with almost everyone I know (that's what this girl does when she likes something beyond limits).

Anyways, I won't be raving about the song here too now because it is for you to decide. So go ahead, give it a hear and form an opinion (and let me know of them in the comments below, if you wish). Till next, take care.
Monday, 9 March 2015 0 comments

Review: The Sizzle Festival at Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is a name every foodie and music lover is acquaint with. Its warm and chic atmosphere studded with rock memorabilia throughout the space definitely elevates the dining experience for lovers of the namesake genre. So what would a foodie, who is also a metalhead, do when she gets the opportunity to pay a visit to this legendary restaurant and sample picks from their limited period offerings? Duh, grab it and never let it go!

Last week, Thursday to be precise, I headed to Hard Rock Cafe's outlet nestled beautifully in a Mill Complex located in Worli to try their sizzling spread up on offer as a part of their ongoing Sizzle Festival, which are on the menu till 22nd March across all its outlets. To describe the experience in a nutshell; worth the hype.

Bacardi Smoked Apple Pie (left), Smoked Bacardi Gold Sour (right).

The afternoon began on a high note with the sound of sizzle greeting me as soon as I stepped in the restaurant; that, paired with the aroma of the sizzlers, surely fired up my appetite for the forthcoming feast consisting of a fiery Grilled Paneer Tikka Sizzler and a delectable Lebanese Veg. Fajita Sizzler washed down with Bacardi Smoked Apple Pie and Smoked Bacardi Gold Sour (I had them virgin), two of the few specially concocted cocktails for this festival.

The Lebanese Veg. Fajita Sizzler

The two sizzlers I tried are vegetarian, but all you meat-loving folks out there, fret not, you have got ample of options to devour; be it Smoked Chipotle Pepper, Lima & Tequila Prawns Sizzler, or Oriental Seafood Sizzle, or the Grilled Chicken Makhani Sizzler, or Herb Lemon Crusted Chicken Scallopini Sizzler, or Hungarian Steak Stew Sizzler, or Grilled Steak with Red Wine & Mushroom Pepper Sauce Sizzler. All of which look spell-binding and according to the non-vegetarian at the table, lip-smacking.

An assembled version of The Lebanese Veg. Fajita Sizzler.

Personally, I loved the Lebanese Veg. Fajita Sizzler- a unique presentation of Falafel bites on Fajita Vegetables, served with Tortillas, Creamy Tahini Garlic Dip, a few variety of Cheeses and Sweet n' Sour Pickled Veggies. In my opinion, it is a perfect hang-out dish; just help yourselves out (or ask the server, if you are having a hard time building your meal), kick-back and enjoy. Plus, the quantity on offer is pretty good, so you get a great bang for your bucks.

The Grilled Panner Tikka Sizzler

The Grilled Paneer Tikka is more of a sole person's complete meal. It has got these lovely Char Grilled Paneer steaks spread over Indian Vegetables, served with Tangy Makhani Sauce, Roasted Cumin Scented Butter Rice and a lovely salad of Fresh Vegetables. It is a perfect rendition of the phrase "East meets West", given the fact that how beautifully a quintessential Indian dish has been transformed into something so Western in its appeal.

A closer look.

To conclude, I had a great time gorging on the sizzlers but would have loved if there were more options to choose from for the vegetarians. As for you folks, I recommend you to try these innovative sizzlers out before the time slips away. Cheers.
Sunday, 8 March 2015 1 comments

Tidbits from a Camping Trip

Wow, it has been long, eh? I know, I promised that I'd be writing regularly but no points for guessing that it never materialized. I have a lot to say, yet again; from some shattering revelations to a lovely camping experience at the start of the year itself.

I shall save the revelations for the next time and tell you more about the camping part. Well, it was a first; first time camping, first time being away from home for seven days (starting from the first day of February)! Honestly, before the trip I was skeptical that I might get home-sick in a few days (well, that's what happened on my last trip away from home which was for a few days) but surprisingly I didn't feel like coming back home this time!

My time there at the camp was crazy, right from the day one. For this, all the credit must go to our former NSS leaders; it were their out-of-the-box ideas and go-for-it attitude that helped the campers break out of their shell and embrace whatever the seven days brought with wide open arms.

It has been quite sometime now, so I don't exactly remember the day's order, nevertheless, I can tell you that we indulged in all sorts of camping activities; be it gazing at a star-studded night sky, trekking up a hillock to appreciate the mountains surrounding us on all four sides, soaking up in the river, narrating ghost stories (and pulling up pranks, afterwards), creating toothpaste art (oh, come on, it is mandatory!), visiting the neighbouring tribal villages, lighting up a campfire, indulging in late night chit-chats (and arguments) and just relaxing (napping under a tree, in my case).

I did click a lot of pictures too, yet, I'm sharing pictures of only things and people I grew fond of during my time there due to personal nature of other pictures. Have a look, maybe?

Made a friend, yay!

This pair of socks, love!

The lotus ponds throughout the camping complex

The place under the tree where I napped, regularly.

The Sky, my love.

I know this was, er...brief, but in my defense I'm a sleepy girl trying to put up whatever she can in her sleepy state. So for now, take care till the next.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 0 comments

Random Reflections

It has been a really long time since I poured my heart out here. And honestly, my day feels incomplete if I don't blog or even attempt to blog. Heck, I am not even able to align my thoughts in a straight fashion now after all these months of idleness in writing department. Still, I am trying to push through because I have lots to tell, yes, lots!

I have been reading a few books, doing quite some things. Yet, as strange as it may seem; the only thing coming to my mind, which finds a mention in my lots lists, is something that happened very recently, that is, last Saturday. What happened, you'd ask. Well, Kamathipura happened.

Most of you must be acquaint with this little infamous pocket of Mumbai, if not, then all you should know is this place is a 'no-go'. I went there as a part of my college's AICUF unit for a social outreach program whose focus was interaction with the children of the women who work there.

Frankly, I wasn't expecting much out of this exercise, but at the end of it, I emerged with tonnes of beautiful memories. Right from the sparkle in the little boy's eyes when I drew his ambition on paper with him to him asking me to stay with him throughout the duration of our visit. It was lovely, but at the same time heart-breaking because I know that no matter what I can't save his innocence from the quicksand he is into.

Things like this keep me reminded again and again to be so thankful for the way I've been blessed with resources and opportunities. Things like this keep me reminded again and again the value of little things we take for granted every day! I mean, seriously, a sizable population on the face of this earth is deprived of things we overlook.

I know, I know; it is Republic Day today not Thanksgiving Day, still my ramble is relevant because this day guarantees fundamental rights to India's citizens and again, many are deprived of the same.
Sunday, 30 November 2014 0 comments

On My Playlist: Phantom Of The Opera by Nightwish

I know, I know, I have been MIA since too long now. Well, I don't want to start a blame game, but let's just say the situation was too hectic. Finally, I am taking a break and doing things which are fun-fun, not study-fun; watching Revenge (Once Upon A Time is the next in line), snoozing as much as I can (yes, day-in day-out) and dreaming of witnessing an Opera live (Ah, this one is barely possible, I think).

Talking of Opera, I've always felt a pull towards operatic vocals (you see, a reason why I subconsciously prefer bands like Iron Maiden and Deep Purple), just like how tides get pulled towards the moon on a full moon night. I'm not going to talk a lot about Opera today because essentially I don't possess enough knowledge about it in the first place. Despite that, hey, I can talk about Phantom Of The Opera. I have been meaning to read the book but as I am trying to cope with a burnout (which happened due to reading too much and studying almost all day, in the first place) the plan has been laid to rest for a while.

Nonetheless, I am still fascinated by the Phantom Of The Opera and this fascination landed me through youtube on this beautiful song by Nightwish called...(you guessed it right)...'Phantom Of The Opera'. I feel awkward admitting it but I prefer this Phantom Of The Opera over Iron Maiden's Phantom Of The Opera; maybe because this one is actually a cover of the original from the musical.

Honestly, I must've heard this song over a hundred times now since past two days! Also Marco's vocals on this song have become an epitome of Phantom's voice for me; just note how perfectly it sticks to the image of the Phantom (not minding the whole opera part). I checked out the original too, but still this cover has got stuck inside my head. Hence, I am sharing this with you too, check out the song maybe, and if you can't shake it off you head like me, do let me know in the comments below (rhymes, no? Ok bye).

Edit: I just saw the movie, and I was wrong all along with my assumption that the Phantom is an actual phantom. And wow, the story is so beautiful! If you haven't already seen the movie or have read the book or have seen the musical, I suggest you to do it now!