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Eid-Al-Fitr

Eid Mubarak. The month of piety, abstinence, and fasting draws to an end. We have remained unwavering in our faith; we have prayed and connected with the Divine. Now, the sighting of the new moon brings with it much cheer and joy. As friends and family gather around, sweets, gifts, and goodies mark the day. There are these 5 gifts, though, that best represent this holy festival. These, unlike others, make our Eid al-Fitr a [...]

smart city project

India has released the third list of 30 new cities for the Smart City Project. These include the capital cities of Kerala, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Mizoram, Sikkim and the new capital of Chhattisgarh, Naya Raipur. 30 cities made it to the final list while 45 had contested for the 40 available smart city slots. The smaller number was to ensure feasible and workable plans. The list was [...]

mumbai: most expensive city of India

According to the Mercer’s annual Cost of Living survey, Mumbai, India’s Financial Capital, is the most expensive for expats. Mumbai ranks as the 57th most expensive city in the world while Delhi entered the 100 bracket at the position of 99. To put things in perspective for the reader, as per this ranking, Mumbai is more expensive for expats than Auckland (61), Paris (62), Canberra (71), Seattle (76) and Vienna (78 ) . Mercer is the [...]

delhi university admissions

Delhi University admission is a much watched event in the country. It is an extremely stressful time and gives the best of students sleepless nights. Ever increasing cut off make college admission a nightmare. Finding their way into one of the prestigious colleges may remain unattainable dream. Those who do not have the requisite marks, however, try to find a seat under the ECA quota or sports quota. The ECA or extra-curricular activities quota allows [...]

food destinations

Indian is a land of food connoisseurs.  Each state, each district, each village prides itself in its own distinct cuisine and food customs. Each Indian city its culinary identity but these are the top 10 destinations that every gourmand must visit. Delhi – Delhi is not only the capital of India, it is also the culinary capital of the country. A visit to old Delhi and the bylanes of Chandni Chowk is a foodie’s dream [...]

AnnaMaya at Andaz Delhi

Hyatt is known, Andaz is not, especially not in India with all set of hotel goers and, team Andaz knows that. It looks like Andaz has bottomless PR budget doing wonders.  Its press coverage and media coverage got me committing myself a visit before the end of June. I went there this Wednesday and here is what I came back with – some excitement, some disappointment, a mixed bag. The Location: AnnaMaya is located inside [...]

Isro launches cartosat-2 satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing to write success stories. It successfully launched the PSLV-C38 rocket carrying Cartosat-2 and other satellites on Friday Morning, 23 June, 2017. The rocket set off on its course as per the scheduled time at 9.29 am from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This was a 28-hour countdown operation. The launch procedure began on Thursday, 22 June, 2017, at 05:29 hours [...]

tubelight movie review

Salman Khan’s Eid release has now become one of the much awaited Bollywood events each year. So continuing the trend set by Sultan (2016), Bajrangi Bhaikan (2015), Kick (2014), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Bodyguard (2011), Dabangg (2010), and Wanted (2009), Salman Khan’s INR 240 crore new venture Tubelight hit the theatres today. As the opening credits will tell you, the movie is based on the 2015 American war film by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, ‘Little Boy’. [...]

violance in kashmir hits tourism in valley

Terrorism, ambushes, violence, security risks just do not take a toll on the lives of civilians. There are other added on problems that the citizens of the region engulfed in terrorism face. The citizens of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)are facing the worst of times as thousands have lost jobs and wages because the security concern in the state has affected the Tourism Industry. This dreary scenario has developed since the terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing sparked [...]

top destinations to visit in july

Monsoons! A time for a breath of fresh air. A time when the parched earth from the heat of the summer is rejuvenated and there are these different hues and shades of the colour green all around. The colour that is symbolic of nature. Why waste this beautiful time in an urban jungle when you can head off to any of the following beautiful places in India which scream of nature with lush green surroundings, [...]