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A serene hill station of Tamil Nadu that is located amidst the green cover is Yelagiri. With 14 hairpin bends and well-laid roads, this place is perfect for road trips. As you drive to the hilltop, don’t forget to click a few pictures as well as witness the misty mountains and ever beautiful green cover. A lot of information is available online to help you plan a trip to Yelagiri but after my trip, I realised that most of the information was not up-to-date. So the first thing to do is book a hotel for your stay there, a few days before your trip. The room tariffs differ for weekdays, weekends and holidays based on the demand. Room Stay Review: We booked a room at Yelagiri Residency for Rs....
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  August 22, 2017, 2:17 pm
The one foreign dish that won hearts and tummies in a short span of time would be ‘pizza’. The soft dough, delightful cheesiness and flavorful toppings were enough to make me happy and fill my tummy. There are numerous pizza joints blossoming at every nook-and-corner of any city; the MNC food companies that deliver pizza have already made a lasting impression and it’s hard to compete with them. With so many different varieties and methods to do pizza, we never run out of options. And some of the best pizza destinations in South India can be found at Pondicherry aka Puducherry. The smell of the slightly charred wood-fired pizza that looks, smells and tastes unbelievably good invites you...
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  August 11, 2017, 11:02 am
Diverse culture, mesmerizing beaches, majestic heritage structures and adorable nature sums up Goa to me. When I talk about Goan culture, it isn't fixated to European or Western culture. The cultural fest of indigenous tribal people is a retreat to your vision, which is mesmerizing than the usual western-style Carnival. Maybe we can see about that in the coming articles, but this piece is more into nature. What else you can imagine from an ardent nature enthusiast?Goa falls along the majestic Western Ghats range. As the rising green mountains please your eyes, the scent of spices rejuvenates your senses. The chirping birds, picturesque landscape, rich ecosystem and the never ending list make...
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  June 15, 2017, 1:28 pm
Where: Va Pho - Asian CanteenAddress: 73, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, ChennaiCuisine: AsianAfter every Friday, there comes a weekend that needs some planning to be done. When you talk about a weekend plan within the city, it got to include a movie and food date. And when I was hunting for my food date, there came a suggestion for some food and fun at the new baby in town “Va Pho”. Even before an official launch, they had opened their gates for dining and my Sunday was made blissful after the food.And the love for Asian food is definitely one reason I happened to visit the place; mastering the pan-Asian cuisine isn’t easy but the menu was interesting. So during my first ...
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  April 13, 2017, 3:04 pm
Somethings are good only when we experience them and one such place is ‘Dialogue in the Dark’. I might use fancy words to articulate my walk in the dark but you got to experience it yourself to understand what I mean. Almost a year and a half before I did make a visit to their ‘Walk through Experience’, there were positives but somehow I didn’t completely enjoy the experience. And I had lots of cons that I expressed to the staff there; among my concerns one of the major one was ‘travelling with anonymous people or anyone who doesn’t respect the darkness and silence’. During my first walk through experience or Exhibition Tour (as they call it), the unbearable noise pollution i...
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  April 8, 2017, 4:56 pm
Where: J Hind – Grand by GRT Address: Grand by GRT Hotels, 120, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T. Nagar, ChennaiCuisine: North Indian, Mughlai, South IndianAmong the zillion art forms, cooking is the one that lets you to experience and sense the creation. The different cuisines, unbelievable array of ingredients and the finesse cooking techniques present before you an appealing and appetising dish. Over the years of Masterchef TV series, I have dreamt of witnessing the different cooking methods (or techniques) as well as tasting them something. My happiness just multiplied when the fine dining restaurants in Chennai started to experiment and infuse different cooking techniques in their food. And the...
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  March 22, 2017, 3:08 pm
 Note: Haiku is a short Japanese poem, which is about evoking natural world in just three lines and possibly seventeen syllables....
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  March 17, 2017, 3:19 pm
A post shared by Divya Srinivasan (creatikaa) (@divya_srini) on Nov 26, 2016 at 3:24am PSTNote: Haiku is a short Japanese poem, which is about evoking natural world in just three lines and possibly seventeen syllables....
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  March 10, 2017, 5:38 pm
Snacks are a major part in my daily food routine; I could even skip a meal but a piece of fruit, crispy fryums, bajji, vada or any munchies complete the day for me. But most of the munchies I prefer help me gain some extra fat and they are unhealthy or fried food. Though unhealthy directly equates to tasty food, I wouldn’t prefer them every other day. So when there is an option to opt for tasty plus healthy food I definitely wish to try. And one such online portal that curates and sells an array of snacks which would be a healthier substitute.Snack Experts have a good collection of snacks and we can pick our choice of munchies based on taste or diet plan. They have savoury as well as sweet...
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  March 7, 2017, 2:58 pm
Instagram has become one of the biggest social media platforms in recent years. After 2012, Instagram is witnessing more daily visitors; more than the micro-blogging platform Twitter. Most of you use Instagram to showcase your photography skills. But once you understand the algorithm or how it works, you tend to go further up and scale your ratings. More the reach, more is the possibility of your profile to get noticed. It will also enhance your social media presence. If your profile gets noticed, you will get business; simple!Alright! Now it is clear that possibility of your profile to get noticed or attracted depends on how good your post are selling online. It may be regarding the number ...
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  March 2, 2017, 8:28 pm
It was a hot sunny day. A fruit seller was selling mangoes standing across one of the busy urban stretches flanking Loyola College, Chennai’s oldest and most prestigious college. Mangoes were lined up neatly over the platform; the fleshy and juicy fruits occupied the front row pushing aside the pale and skinny ones. He sprinkled some water over the fruits, which glistened in the morning. Pencil Sketch - ChinnasTwo brightest fruits named Alphonse and Rumanish, placed at the front row, started their conversation.“Oh God! This sun is killing me,” said Alphonse with a weary look.“Come on man, cheer up.” Rumanish replied trying to cheer him up.“Its 110 degree and you want me to c...
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  February 19, 2017, 8:19 pm
Where: AbyssinianAddress: 40, Maharaja Surya Road, Venus Colony, Alwarpet, ChennaiCuisine: EthiopianAs they exuberantly welcome you to the first exclusive Ethiopian restaurant in India, you are awestruck by the intruding ambience and hospitality. It felt like walking into a small adventurous land owned by minions; the furniture and utensils add finesse to their Ethiopian concept. With no clue about Ethiopian food, we left the food choice to the restaurant and they had planned quite an exotic and sumptuous meal. As we rinsed our hands, the curvy glass jars with Thej made its way. Thej is the most-relished drink of the Ethiopian land, which consists of honey, sugar and water and fermented to r...
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  February 16, 2017, 5:48 pm
An old man was watching television. He slowly moved forward and came to the edge of the seat. His eyes widened and his brows went up. He looked worried and disturbed by something he saw on the television. Wiping down his sweat from his forehead, he looked at a set of motorbikes set ablaze followed by a horrific scene where a police station was on fire. Distressed, he swapped the channel and saw the same scene but from a different angle.Pencil Sketch - ChinnasThe same set of scenes was shown across all news channels, especially in the local channels, without any break. The shots and angles differed but not the scene. What was more agonizing for the old man was that even ‘music’ and ‘mov...
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  February 9, 2017, 5:23 pm
Where: Flower DrumAddress: 2/1, 4th Floor, Near Adyar signal Junction, Above ICICI Bank, Adyar, Chennai.Other Outlet: EgmoreCuisine: Chinese, ThaiChinese and vegetarian never really come together. Though the cuisine presents some impeccable vegetarian dishes, you are drawn towards the meat looking at their style and perfection in cooking the meat. I believe Chinese and Thai are two cuisines that make the complete use of vegetables in their food. Even though restaurants promise to take utmost care while cooking a vegetarian and non-vegetarian dish separately, I do not buy that promise. So it’s ideal to have a vegetarian exclusive restaurant for each cuisine; and when you start about Chinese...
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  February 3, 2017, 6:50 pm
Click here to read Part I, Part II, Part III---Still Priya was holding her hands and tightened her grip, after realizing Divya was frightened. "Relax yaar. It's just a bell. You are shivering badly." Priya was concerned."Just a bell? Are you out of your mind?" shouted Divya."May be or maybe not, I am upset at this.""Priya, this is more than just a bell. Could you…""Enough, I got it." Priya intervened. "This is about darkness. You are afraid of darkness. Nothing else! I know already that you were left alone after a terrible earthquake, which swallowed your family over the night. You must get away with it now, at least for their sake!"Tears rolled down the cheeks of Divya.  Pr...
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  January 29, 2017, 4:00 pm
Pencil sketch done by Artist ChinnasClick here to read Part I, Part II---As Priya snooped into her wardrobe looking for some more material that could continue the story, Divya shouted, “Why can’t you check my wardrobe instead of wasting time in yours? That’s where I found this diary!”Priya was in a world of her own and she did not reply or even managed to show any reaction. She had literally popped herself into the wardrobe; almost half of her body was into it.Infuriated by not getting acknowledged, Divya called at the top of her voice, “Priya!” But to her dismay no reaction came from the opposite side. The power went off.“Oh God!” sighed Divya. All of a sudden she was engulf...
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  January 27, 2017, 5:00 pm
Pencil sketch done by Artist ChinnasClick here to read Part 1---“You? Seriously?” Arjun screamed.He saw something unusual and stumbled over his words. His trembling fear had gone astray with the creepiness. And his head got filled with happiness. “You just scared the shit out of me,” holding back his smile Arjun cried.“Happy birthday my love,” whispered Nisha. She was holding a black forest cake; there was a candle on the cake in the shape of twenty eight. Her lustrous eyes glowed along with the candle. Featuring long-drawn-out tresses, she stood in front of him wearing dark pink night wear. For a moment, Arjun forgot all the eerie incidents and started romanticizing her ado...
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  January 26, 2017, 5:00 pm
3.30 a.m. Power cut. Dogs barking.Pencil sketch done by Artist ChinnasArjun jolted from his troubled sleep, the pitch dark ambience and unnatural silence greeted him. He uncomfortably got up, stretched forward and pushed the windows wide open to see the full moon casting a ghostly pallor.He was startled by an uncanny noise that seemed like the rattling of vessels. His wide eyes narrowed after seeing an empty bed.Nisha, was his immediate thought. With a naughty smile, he reached the kitchen and he was taken aback by a black cat with dark coal coloured fur and intense devilish eyes.Stunned, he rushed back to his bedroom and to his astonishment noticed Nisha sleeping peacefully in her place. He...
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  January 25, 2017, 5:00 pm
An arrogant Englishman once said to an Indian, “We ruled and killed your people for more than 100 years.” The Indian was infuriated watching his tone yet maintained his composure and said something that made him aghast, “It was just 100 years but we killed your language, killing it now and will continue to do it forever.”Last night, I received this message in Whatsapp. A few might have received it sometime back through SMS as well. It’s an old joke! But the content is still fresh. Yes, there are some heroic guys who brutally murder English like never before. Luckily, I have a handful of experiences. I term it a blissful experience. p.c. click hereGoing back to my college days, I wo...
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  January 19, 2017, 5:01 pm
Where: Asian StationAddress: Croma Building, 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, Anna Nagar East, ChennaiCuisine: AsianLike the stars that pop on the night sky, Anna Nagar is glittering with new restaurants and turning out to be one of the food hubs of Chennai. And the new Asian baby at Anna Nagar is AsianStation; they have a pretty impressive A La Carte menu but in terms of pricing the lunch buffet is a great deal. The lunch buffet is available everyday and it was a sit down buffet; but looking at the difficulty with service they are planning to serve the soups and starters alone at your table followed by buffet setup of main course and desserts.Going back to my lunch buffet experience, every single dis...
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  January 12, 2017, 7:17 pm
Everybody is vying to find a dream location to construct their home. When I say dream location it means a lot, it must make us feel happy and cherish every day and every moment. Personally, I prefer picturesque natural landscape. Cool breeze swaying along the scent of lush greeneries amidst a mystic hill view is more than enough to stimulate your senses. Gushing waterfalls, chirping of birds, crazy wind, roaring animals just goes well with the thriving backdrop; noisy yet serene. The natural setting might impress you with its comforting ambience and calmness. However, you cannot expect high-rise buildings, modern infrastructure and feasible connectivity. Nature, infrastructure and conne...
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  January 7, 2017, 1:24 am
“So you are Karthik? Newly joined research scholar?” inquired an elderly man with a grin.“Yes sir!” I replied softly. “Area of specialisation?” “Taxonomy, sir.” I was intrigued by that question.He gave a broad smile, while having a conversation with his associates with tea. I turned around to see my friend, Dinesh, who gave a mischievous smile. Dinesh referred me for this research position as he has worked there for the past three years. He knew about that particular person but did not utter a word, instead made this naughty gesture.  “Who is he?” I was curious to know about that elderly person. “You will know in a while,” he replied maintaining the same expressi...
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  December 30, 2016, 5:28 pm
The twelfth month, year end, holiday season, Christmas cakes, celebrations, huge sales, music and more music is what December represents for me. As soon as the Tamil month, Margazhi starts, my complete focus sticks to food. Beyond the beautiful renditions, the musical season is about mouth-watering South Indian food. And this season, the restaurants take a back seat as I visit the Sabha aka fine arts hall canteen for food. Starting from the mid of December i.e. 15-16thDecember to the 1st of January the music festival will be held in the Sabha and after that they host the dance festival. During the music festival, the food canteens are opened in each Sabha by different catering services. And ...
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  December 28, 2016, 1:03 pm
Which Indian movie sparked most interest this year? Was it bhai’s Sultan or thalaiva superstar’s Kabali? These two movies were undoubtedly the most successful movies of 2016 and also received mass recognition for the performances. Even though, there were many successful movies this year, only five made it to the list. This list is completely based on the popular search engine - Google.Google recently released the most searched items of 2016. The list includes people, things, news, movies, actors, etc. Being a movie fanatic, I looked into the list of movies and found an interesting pattern. Alright, let’s see the movie and then analyse the pattern. Here we go…Sulta...
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  December 23, 2016, 10:36 pm
What: Breakfast Buffet at Gossip Fusion BistroOnly on Saturday and Sunday, from 7.30 – 11 AMWhere: New 141, Old 191, Opposite HP Fuel Station, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Kanathur, ChennaiCuisine: Continental, Cafe, ItalianBreakfast can make or break your day! A delicious and tasty plate of food to kick start a day would immensely cheer me. Even though I love my early morning nap, I equally love my food so after many failed plans I dropped at Gossip Bistro for their breakfast buffet. And I was an early bird so before the crowd hit the place I started enjoying the calm buffet floor. Starting from cornflakes to the Continental and Indian breakfast items the buffet felt enormous for the price t...
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  December 22, 2016, 12:56 pm
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