Destiny Farmstay

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

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Tucked in lap of valleys is this scenic beauty, a heaven of a place – Destiny Farmstay. This was my second visit to the place, I have been longing to go there after the 1st visit a few years back. Destiny is situated in the faultless valley of Avalanchi, about 25 km past Ooty, Destiny The Farmstay hotel is a modern farm with revolutionary, eco-friendly cultivation methods. It offers a scenic view of the nearby lake and is guarded by mountains around.

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To reach there is another adventure all together. Once you reach the parking spot the final destination is a 2km drive from there in the Jungle van and it is a crazy bumpy right through the forest. Head-up if you have a back ache, I would suggest not to go for it.

 

Being said that, Destiny is not a regular farmstay, the rooms scream of luxury with wooden flooring, balcony opening to the valley and the lake which gives an ethereal view of the nature enveloping the place.

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The view at dusk and hours following is like therapy, the sheer numbers of stars on the clouded mountains is a sight you can’t take your eyes off.

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The food is good with variety on menu and with most ingredients which are grown right there! The property is stupendous, with lot if activities to keep you busy- trekking to the woods, volleyball court surrounded by mountains, indoor sports, born fire list goes on. If you are looking to have an moment alone with nature and just sit and enjoy the view and probably introspect a little, well, you will find lot of spots for that 😛

The weather in January is a blessing, not to cold but cloudy and breezy.  To add to the experience are the staff here who are extremely friendly and helping. They will always greet you with a smile on their faces and will make sure that your stay is comfortable and fun. My interaction with Mahalakshmi, Saurav and all other staff was a happy one.

I would recommend this place to all nature lovers, who want to leave the city buzz for sometime and have a peaceful getaway. So if you visit, do let me know how was your experience, would be great to hear.

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Cheers guys! Hope this year is treating all of you well 🙂

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PROJECT ALOFT STAR MTV – Finale at Aloft Cessna Business Park

ALOFT Hotel, a quintessence of modern architecture and vibrant ambiance hosted the finale for the aloft star in collaboration with MTV. I got a chance to witness some breath-taking live music performance by budding artists from across India.

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The contest has been running for a while and the top 5 finalist got the opportunity of a lifetime to perform live at the venue on 18th of September at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park. The winner was crowned Project Aloft Star and won US$10,000!

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The finalist

Bachpan – Sylvio Olvin – India

Tujhko Dekhe Toh– Divya Venugopal –India

Main Hoon Tera Radio – Rohan negi – India

Veda*-TheBand – India

Inertia Kills – Run Pussy Run- India

The judges for the event were-

Clinton Cerejo the award winning composer, producer and singer. He made an memorable impact on Coke Studio with Sufi Pop.

Aditya Swami the EVP, Viacom18 Media and Business Head of MTV & MTV Indies

Hazel Ooi the Manager, Brand Management Asia-Pacific of Aloft Hotel.

The night went better than I imagined, beautiful ambiance, wonderful artist and to add to it lip-smacking food and drink. Couldn’t have asked for more. 🙂

Here, are some sneak peek from the event.

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And The winner!

And The winner!

A evening well spent 🙂

Cheers!

Mobikwik Makes Life Easier- Best Recharging Application

Yes, Mobikwik surely makes our lives easier. From the eyes of a office goer, I always have scheduled day and work is planned accordingly. I need to go to the office and come back and study along with my assignments which I take. All this leaves very less time in my kitty to help my parents in the daily chores.
I used to often feel very bad about this until a friend of mine who uses the Mobikwik Mobile Application, told me about the same. It was that day and since then, it is me who pays the DTH and gas bills. I also get the mobile phones recharged for everyone and everything in 5 minutes and all from my mobile phone.
I simply love the Mobikwik Mobile Application. It is surely a revolution in the Olie recharging Industry.
Mobikwik’s quality & its workability is the way to success. The most common reason why I use MOBIKWIK is the multifunctional mobile application which no other recharging company has.The first and the most important USP is the very faster process and quickest recharge ability. The second reason which makes me use Mobikwik.com is it’s ability to help us save money with the various offers and discounts that it gives us.
It also has a number of services:
1) All prepaid recharges
2) All postpaid bill payment options.
3) DTH recharge.
4) Data card recharge.
5) Electricity bill payment.
6) Gas bill payment.
7) Landline bill payment.
8) Insurance payment, etc.
Mobikwik.com has really changed the way payments are being made today and I can only say that it is much quicker and convenient now.
Also, the Mobikwik Android application (because I have an android phone) does not take too much space on the phone. I am really surprised (pleasantly) to know how these guys were able to pull off such a nice application which is not even heavy. Some good coder for sure.

Cubel Street – Redefining Elegance in Furniture

The new Dan Brown thriller ‘Inferno’ came out a couple of months back. Although, not an ardent reader myself, I always make it a point to read through the adventures of Robert Langdon. The way Dan Brown brings together facts in history with his style of writing in a contemporary setup just blows me away! I had to read it, so I went to my nearest JustBooks outlet in Koramangala, to get me a copy of the same and engage myself for the weekend. My discovery was not just limited to the huge collection of books they have but a brand that I’m really glad I came across.

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Inferno by Dan Brown

There were books stacked up in a bookshelf that looked so contemporary that being an addict of design, I was forced to look beyond what I came looking for. The designer bookshelves by Cubel Street were displayed with a collection of classic novels and I could not resist but enquire about the furniture brand followed by the gleeful moment of collecting my copy of Inferno!

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Cubel Street

The sheer smoothness and exquisiteness, with which the bookshelves were hand-crafted, made me an instant fan of the brand. “I had to get myself one of those”, I thought. With an idea that “Great Design should be available and accessible to everyone”, Cubel Street is probably one of better options if you are looking for contemporary styled furniture and is available for sale on their website here. The beauty about their product – ‘The Issac Cube’ is that it fits in my home almost everywhere, as a bookshelf in my living area, a night stand next to my bed and in times of extreme laziness serves as a seating option when the couch is just too far.

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Isaac Cubes

It’s not just the quality and elegance of the products that made me a fan of this rising new-age furniture brand; it’s also the sheer idea and innovation that they put into creating a product, that is an instant seller! Another product called the Heller Light is on my list of things to buy. A simplistic wall-mount that is a bookshelf, which is also a night lamp! It would be a perfect addition in my bedroom for some of my late night readings as it comes with an LED light fitting.

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Heller Light

Cubel Street is the new kid in the block and is going to pick up pace very soon! As far as the review for Inferno is concerned, more on that is coming soon. Ah! Before I forget, I also bought a book-end to charm up my small library. This just adds up so much volume in terms of looks of my collection.

Book End By Cubel Street. Absolutely Adorable!

Book End By Cubel Street. Absolutely Adorable!

Until next time, cheers people!

Woopathon by Wooplr at ‘Prost’

Bangalore is home to many a restaurants which are renowned all India for their food and service.
On the 30th of June I had the honor of being a guest for the Woopathon organized by Wooplr at the ‘Prost’. I had a delightful afternoon, full of food, fun and frolic with the top food connoisseurs of Bangalore. My encounter of the day is what this blog is all about.
Located in the heart of the city, ‘Prost’, in Koramangala is a place where you can choose to either spend an evening to unwind or have a good get-together with old friends from college and share the insane nights you’ve spent doing crazy things.
Prost Brewpub in Koramangala

Prost Brewpub in Koramangala

Foodies!

Foodies!

Agratha and me

Agratha and me

Brewmaster Jonas explaining the brewing process

Brewmaster Jonas explaining the brewing process

Prost’s Chef Mr. Nandana

Prost’s Chef Mr. Nandana

Starters

  • Grilled zucchini & feta roll
  • Tortellini stuffed with roasted ginger & Pumpkin
  • Prost Prawns (Bacon wraped prawns with wasabi mayo)
  • Chicken rings & rolls
  • BBQ Fish

Salads

  • Watermelon & Feta (Layer of chilled watermelon and feta served      with rocket & seeds)
  • Warm Chicken & Pomegranate salad (Marinated chicken with bell      peppers and ginger served with pomegranate dressing)

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Main course

  • Beggars Purse (Filo pastry stuffed with vegetable & cheese)
  • Chipotle marinated coated stuffed fish with rice
  • Lamb Shanks (Roasted lamb shanks served with grilled aubergine & Beetroot coolie) tumblr_inline_mpcovrBIsK1qz4rgp

Desserts

  • Chocolate Eclairs
  • Tart

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Thanks Wooplr and Prost for the lovely afternoon and awesome food!

For more details follow the links 🙂

http://blog.wooplr.com/tagged/woopathon

http://www.wooplr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/wooplr

Cheers!

 

MERLOT by Four Seasons

Four Seasons Wine has earned its place in my favorite’s list since the first time I savored it. It is definitely one of the finest wine that I have had the pleasure of tasting.  This time I tried  MERLOT by Four Seasons and well it was a perfect red wine for a lazy evening. It one went straight to the has-to-be-there collection in my mini bar.

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This wine is Ruby red in colour with a hint of garnet. Delicious aromas of ripe black fruits, especially plums are a treat for the olfactory nerves.

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Merlot by Four Seasons

Tasting notes:

Colour : Red
Aroma : Complex aroma profile with good amounts of plums among the many ripe black fruits. Delicious.
Palate : Medium bodied with soft tannins and and a pleasant lasting finish.
Serving suggestion : Enjoyed best at 16 -18º C .A fine wine to go with fine cuisine like slow roasted rack of lamb and even roasted vegetables. Medium spiced Indian dishes also pair this wine. Ready to drink now but connoisseurs will realise that this wine will age well over 5 years.

All in all, a wine to relish on a quiet evening appreciating its taste with some good music.

Check out Four Seasons Wines at:

http://www.fourseasonsvineyards.com
https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsWines