Palalam Beach Villa in Kavaratti Lakhshadweep Islands takes my breath away!

When it comes to Kavaratti hotels and accomodations in the Lakshadweep islands, nothing comes close to the understated, private, elegant Palalam Beach Villa. Just a short distance away from the local port and helibase, it's a shere delight to walk into this lucious arena of solitude filled with sunshine. Being an intuitive world traveler with immense knowledge of Ocean habitat, I knew at once that it was a labour of love!  Kas, it's owner showed me around the property and explained it's rich ancestral value. We instantly got on like house on fire…continue reading →

Ephemeral alternatives to plastic- During your travels ask for green packaging?

Ephemeral alternatives to plastic-Green Packaging, are you ready to accept it?   Ever heard of a "green packaging" ,well it is not only characterized by the use of the reusable materials concerned, but may be totally biodegradable and even edible. They are also crucially influenced by the technical design and the low cost processing Don't be fooled by non plastic look alikes. Next time you travel or step out even to grab a bite, literally ask for sustainable packages or containors. Refuse to take away in thermocol or plastic containers. Better still carry…continue reading →

I felt like Lara Croft for a day in Cambodia

Many know that ever since Angelina Jolie reeled in some celluloid among the temple ruins in Cambodia as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, the place has been attracting many tourists. The destination has garnered a lot of glossy attention but apart from that it stands to reason why travellers really frequent Cambodia, the sunrise at the Angkor Wat is on every travellers bucket list. It's a must visit in every explorers Bible pages. Siem Reap, the town closest to a vast complex of ancient Hindu and Buddhist Temples, is another tourist hub. Sunrise…continue reading →

All I want for Christmas is a Greener planet!

Unfortunately the year end festive season brings on immense realities of climate change, it comes at a high price in environment terms, rise in temperatures, flash floods, droughts, lesser and lesser rainfall each year and vanishing winter among others. Going Green beginning this Christmas would be a good start. Christmas is the season of celebrating, gifting, relaxing and indulging, and it’s certainly not the most eco-friendly time of year. With the added strain on landfills and extra CO2 emissions that rise during the Christmas period, the festive season is one of the most…continue reading →

The Bong French Connection! Mustard , Mumbai’s brand new Bong-French gourmet offering!

Ofcourse mustards are perfect on salads, vegetables,hot dogs and sandwiches, or in your favorite recipes but at the Atria Mall in Worli Mumbai, the brand new Mustard restaurant takes this condiment to a whole new sophisticated level. With Spicy Brown, Yellow Mustard, Stone Ground Dijon, herbal and Honey Mustard varieties,this Bong French restaurant has flavors to dress up every meal. Step into Mustard and experience why it is making news in the gourmet world, becoming one of the most treasured and popular cuisine attractions near the Worli seaface. Settle into a table overlooking…continue reading →

#Hashtag quick bites here in Mumbai

Meet the Hashtag owners right here in Saki Naka Mumbai! Harshad Menon AnuPam Rawal Take a bow, you both chose a fantastic place to showcase the pastries and savory quick bites, right in the middle of a highly saturated office area also surrounded by huge mega residential complexes. I loved the place. No fuss. Food on the roll. Good portions. Clean presentations. Quality cutlery. Easy Atmosphere.   Everything in quick bites and take aways, from overloaded burgers to pizzas, pastas to cheese fries, you have it #Hashtag. A cozy place, upbeat decor and…continue reading →

Come with me on the artsy bohemian graffiti trail in Sao Paulo.

Come with me on the artsy bohemian graffiti trail in Sao Paulo.   Elsie Gabriel   A visit to Sao Paulo's Vila Madalena district and the colorful Batman Alley will leave you astounded. You will get to see all sorts of informal patterns of street art flourishing artistic expressions written literally on the walls. These street artistic offerings spell freedom, and are present in official public spaces such as walls, subways, playgrounds and soccer fields. Vila Madalena breathes culture. Vila Madalena streets offer their walls to graffiti as an transforming art, constantly inviting re-painting,…continue reading →

Watch the ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ the sequel . Lets rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis.

Watch the 'An Inconvenient Truth' the sequel . Lets rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis. Elsie Gabriel   "When 'An Inconvenient Truth' the sequel premiered in Cannes, I learned something I did not know before. Film is the most effective medium to deliver a message," said Al Gore former vice president of USA and chief of Climate Reality Project about the launch of the sequel to the Inconvenient truth. “Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis. But we have reason to be hopeful; the solutions to…continue reading →

Next generation of Spa treatment- the Persian Gardens inside the Celebrity Cruises.

Why you should invest in wellness! Next generation of Spa treatment- the Persian Gardens inside the Celebrity Cruises. Elsie Gabriel Imagine aromatic healing waves of fresh herbs surrounding your entire senses as you watch the waves of the expansive ocean pass by. Soothing meditational music enveloping you and carrying you off to nirvana world. Welcome to the next generation of Spa treatment- the Persian Gardens. This is no ordinary spa, yes it is a cruise spa which defines ultra luxury in wellness. The Persian Garden is the aromatic aquatic rejuvenating center inside the…continue reading →

Life is a Cachaca!! When in Rio Brazil don’t forget the Cachaca!

  Life is a Cachaca!! Elsie Gabriel   I kept staring at the ‘Cachaca’ in front of me....and guess what I kept thinking about?? Is sugarcane a fruit or a vegetable!! Hah, gottcha.... I was on my second glass now and guess what I was thinking about?? Why don’t they make this in India!! We have so much sugarcane in India and may be I could think of making Cachaca!! Well let me tell ya.. I was in the middle of the Amazon jungle tropical hotel, with beautiful soothing music around , all…continue reading →