Cyanotype workshop by Siddharth Kaneria at The Project Cafe, Ahmedabad

Cyanotype is an old monochrome photographic printing process which gives a cyan-blue print. Originated in the 1840’s, it was not utilized in mainstream photography and was adopted as a copying technique, becoming known by the term “blueprint”. To begin the process, two solutions are prepared for the two-part sensitizing process — Potassium Ferricyanide and Ferric Ammonium Citrate (green). Too much potassium ferricyanide in the solution will lower printing speed, too little may cause the blue color to bleed into the lighter areas. Basically equal volumes of the two solutions are used. Solutions can be stored for several months in amber glass bottles.

Siddharth Kaneria, graduate in Interior design, with a professional experience of over 5 years in communication design. But he is passionate about photography more than anything, quietly creating a treasure of images for the last 8+ years. With the digital age ushering in a greater need for visual content, Siddharth have heart for vintage cameras and the technique they use. He have collected around 300 cameras so far mix of old which belongs to golden era and some new ages. He had many other successful exhibitions till time but I come across an exhibition of photography titled “The Tower Man”, at The Project cafe, Ahmedabad last Sunday on June 16th. The pendulum clock is one of the most recognizable types of clocks. Many consider it to be a classic or antique timekeeping device. The Tower Man is a story of a curious white clothes, big mustache under the hat man who fascinates pendulum clock.

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Quaint coastal bylanes of Puducherry

There are an infinite reason why we call India as an Incredible India. Beside numerous festivals, God and Goddesses, languages, architecture and faith, India still have the remains of foreign lands such as British, Portuguese and French which has been preserved since many years. I am convinced by now that yellow (my fave color!!) is not represent a dirty fellow, but it is a color represents ‘extreme stage of happiness’. I found these colors in Goa, Kolkata and now in Puducherry too! Puducherry, previously known as Pondicherry (locals call it Pondi) and if you are from 90’s you still be calling Mumbai as Bombay and Kolkata as Calcutta because cities name change, emotions doesn’t 🙂

Puducherry is appx 160 kms from Chennai and I took morning 08:00 AM train from Chennai to Villupuram, a 2 hours journey. Villupuram is appx 38 kms to Puducherry, an hour taxi drive (charges vary, appx INR 1000). Though Puducherry have railway station but the train timings are in odd hours. The best way to see Puducherry and its surrounding areas is by renting out a bicycle or two wheeler. Within city, walking is great option as many sights are within 2-3 kilometers of each other. Believe it or not, one can complete Puducherry in a 3 days. Yes! you read that right 🙂 3 days!! As well here, the architecture is French, the road signs are in French (along with English and Tamil), a lot of people speak fluent French and most restaurants serve steak and wine! Continue reading “Quaint coastal bylanes of Puducherry”

10 Ahmedabad Dessert Cafés Ready to Make You Droll!

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Of all the days to celebrate this out shines the rest, here is hoping that this Eid is happiest and best Eid Mubarak to All 🙂 I am welcoming myself back to my blog today. As well it was my Thirtieth Birthday two weeks back ❤ April end till May end, took me a lot of strength and courage to recover from severe food poisoning, stomach ulcer, colon parasites and heat stroke. A voyager epicure journey gonna take a long break for now. But this too shall pass 🙂 Fast forward!! I’ve got a sweet tooth, but less in comparison to my teens years 😀 Growing up learning about how too-much of sugar side effect our health. There will be a dump of an unhealthy levels of fat in the blood and livers of person who ate a high-sugar diet, which may increase the risk of heart disease and many other things. And while many people eat sugar as a pick-me-up, it could be having the opposite effect. Well, can’t deny this. Because we live in an artificial world now 🙂

Once in a while, sugar is good! Sharing my top 10 Ahmedabad Dessert cafes that totally makes you feel living in a paradise. These are my best to go desert parlor since 2 years and counting, while some I just got new in my list. As well the best thing is, they doesn’t have too-much sugar in their dessert. Let’s roll!! Get ready to droll!!

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Unique Adventure stays you should try at least once in a lifetime

Fairy Chimney Inn, Turkey || Photo Credit: internationaltraveller.com

I love reading travel and adventure stuff especially Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure. Watching NGC since I was 5. Maybe it is the reason I did developed the sense of adventure since childhood. Few days back while browsing on Pinterest, I stumbled upon pictures of jaw-dropping unique stays in the world while searching for aesthetic wallpapers. Well, till now Giraffe Manor in Nairobi (Kenya) where the Giraffe’s regularly greet guests during morning and evening meals. Snow Globe, the cozy igloos stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, where you’ll sleep, not only under the stars, but under the mystical mint-colored Northern Lights. The Swedish Ice Hotel in Sweden which rebuilt every winter using local water from the Torne River, new suites are designed and constructed from different artists every year were my favorite kinda stay until I read about  Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica have a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 air frame, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia) turned into a luxury guesthouse and rests on 50-foot-tall supports. (No Kidding!!). Continue reading “Unique Adventure stays you should try at least once in a lifetime”

An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach

Whatta crazy week I had! Seems the day has been cut short though it’s Summer already (I am talking about 42 degrees of Summer here in Ahmedabad 😀 which I love the most! Don’t judge!). We complain a lot about many things in life. Struggling to manage and fix everything everyday and forgot to be grateful. But, I have learn so many things this past week. One of it is – trust the route of meditation and mindfulness that help me to find inner peace. Anyways, story for another time 🙂 let’s catch up with another travel story of Mumbai.

Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai. The surrounding area of Juhu is one of the poshest localities in Mumbai and is home of many famous Bollywood and TV celebrities – the most famous being Amitabh Bachchan’s Bungalow – Jalsa. It’s been an important landmark since past many years. Amitabh Bachchan’s regular Sunday routine when he waves to the awaiting fans at the gate of his residence, popularly called his Sunday Darshan. But what really caught my attention all these years here, at Juhu Beach? The beach? YES. But what else? ISKCON Temple and Prithvi Theatre Continue reading “An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach”

Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai

I absolutely love staying at Marine Drive and never want to stay at any other place in Mumbai but sometimes you should break out from your comfort zones and explore other places too. Once I decided to stay in Bandra and explore the places around instead of hopping local train to Bandra every day. I booked Airbnb stay for 2 nights instead of hotel to connect more with local. Practically it was chaos the night we (I and my mother) arrived but the next morning feel so good instantly. It was the best decision to stay here. The British built most of their great monuments in South Mumbai and the Portuguese decided to stay at Suburbs of the city. Bandra have such a quaint and quiet winding bylanes, cute cozy cafes, crumbling but amazing bungalows, lots of tree shades, and some Indo-Portuguese-Colonial style houses still standing strong. In the 1950’s the rich and famous as well as wannabes moved to Bandra to be closer to the Bollywood film studios of the suburbs. It quickly became a vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood like no other. Soon Bandra has become famous and became Mumbai’s has unique lifestyle, full of contrast yet harmony neighborhood. Modern high rise architecture with marvelously colorful graffiti and old Church at Chapel Road is my most favorite one after Bandstand. Lesser than anyone know, Bandra will certainly reminds you of Goa ❤ as well Bandra (West) is listed in 2018 Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world on number 15!! 🙂 Continue reading “Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai”

Sunday Special: My 5 best restaurants and Cafés in Ahmedabad that serves heavenly delicious foods that you can always taste the freshness in each bite.

Eating is one of life’s greatest blessing and pleasure you can’t deny. And for travelers it’s not solely about eating good food. It is about understanding the culture heritage. Culinary traditions. Rituals. Art beyond boundaries. Even a simple raw onions can do wonders to your body that you learn from interacting with locals and sharing the knowledge with the world. In today’s world Gastronomy or Culinary Tourism (refers to trips made to destinations where the local food and beverages are the main motivating factors for travel) has emerged as an integral part to any tourist experience. There was a time when people really lived to eat 😀 Culinary Tourism is a diverse and dynamic channel for sharing stories, forming relationships, building communities and understanding the heritage. Chicken wrapped in a dough and cooked under the earth with some charcoal, the traditional style cooking cannot ever match the taste with the one we cook in a cooker. You cannot dare to label a ‘good healthy big bowl of rice noodles filled with vegetables and sea food’ as a junk food in Thailand or Vietnam but you label it a ‘junk food’ in India. Believe it or not, FOOD has the ability to shape your journey and define your memories. Here I am introducing you to my brand new post SUNDAY SPECIAL and sharing my 5 best Restaurants and Cafés in Ahmedabad. Continue reading “Sunday Special: My 5 best restaurants and Cafés in Ahmedabad that serves heavenly delicious foods that you can always taste the freshness in each bite.”

Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour

The interesting shift in Mumbai’s architectural styles from Gothic to Gothic Revival to Indo-Saracenic to Art Deco can be seen around South Mumbai from Fort area till Colaba. Cathedral of Holy Name, built in Gothic Revival style in 1905, is conveniently located on the road behind Colaba Causeway. Further away, towards the end tip of Colaba at Navy Nagar (South end of Mumbai). St. Thomas Cathedral, built in Neoclassical architecture and Gothic Revival architecture style built in 1718, the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. Named in Honour of Saint Thomas the Apostle. The Cathedral is located in the Historic Centre of Mumbai — the Horniman Circle. Afghan Church (formally called the Church of Saint John the Evangelist) built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War and the disastrous 1842 retreat from Kabul. Continue reading “Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)

img_0759I love traveling more than anything. Discover new places, learn about history, art, culture. Meet new people and listen to their stories. But, unfortunately, my bank balance doesn’t always agree so I’m all time looking for ways to travel in super tight budget, save more money and make sure I get reward for whatever I spend while traveling. Right from collecting Dineout cashback months before traveling so that I can use it to make payment at restaurants who accepts Dineout Pay. Do more online bookings and collect Payback points. Dine-in at restaurants who are member of Zomato Gold so that I can have 1+1 on food. And many more! I am a Freelance Travel Planner since May 2012 and have learn numerous travel hacks by reading more about it on pinterest and travel blogs. One of the best travel hacks of all the time is: EXPLORE PLACES ON FOOT MORE.

In previous post (you can read it here), I introduced to y’all the old world charm of South Mumbai. Today I will share my side of the story about the Upper east side of Mumbai – South Mumbai or Old Bombay or SoBo. Why this side of Mumbai should be on your list and you need to spend more time here than at any other side of the city. Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)

Surprisingly I have been to Mumbai more than Goa or any other part of the city in India but I have been stayed longer days in Goa for sure. The reason is simple, Mumbai is closer from Ahmedabad with more trains running on and Double Decker train which have more number of seats making it more comfortable and easier to travel to Mumbai even in super tight budget and almost have few empty seats when you need to book at last moment. When it comes to Mumbai people are more exciting to bump on Bollywood actor/actress or hit the prime locations like Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Lokhandwala and Gateway of India and not to forget how much everyone complaining about traffic jams. Three years back I visited South Mumbai, the Fort area (specific location: where CST [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus] located AKA Victoria Terminus [VT] Station) for some official work and have learned about the old world charm of Mumbai beside the traffic jams. Can’t believe this is the same city I used to hate it when I was a kid. There is no other cheaper and best way to enjoy Mumbai than traveling in local trains, eating at not-so-fancy restaurant, walk along the Queen’s Necklace to spot architectural wonders, enjoy coastal views, sit on the seawall, feel the cool breeze in your face and watch waves crash gently upon the shore.  Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)”