Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Live Up!! Home Decoration

Summer is here and as the heat glares down on us; Summer holidays can also help us to find new and different ways to rejuvenate our surroundings, making our home comfortable and pleasant for us to stay. There are some home decor tips which make our homes cooler and welcoming in the summers.

Summers also spells as holidays, Dreaming about tropical island escape, a safari through Africa or snowy peak across Europe... Bring your love of travel into your home.

Light Colors Are The Summer Style
We are all aware that summer is the other name of lighter shades and colors. It gives a cool feeling. So don't limit lighter shades to your wardrobe only but extend them to your home as well. Go for lighter shades in home decor like whites, ivories and pastels. Other color which represent summer the best are lime greens, light blues and soft yellows.

Repainting is not possible every season so wall paper is the solution or you can use these colors in bed-sheet fabrics and in basic accessories like sofa cover, cushions, table mats etc. Remember silk and synthetics are not made for the summers. Instead go for summer fabrics like cotton, linen or even jute. These fabrics make the living space airy and cooler.

Curtains and Windows
Sometimes curtains and windows can transform your home from a burning oven to a cool heaven. If you are going for blinds for your windows then go for bamboo materials. Heavy curtains will also do the trick. The aim is to keep the sun away from your home.

Plant those Plants
One of the easiest and most beautiful ways for summer home decor is going the natural way with plants. Add some indoor plants at the corners in your house to give a cool and pleasant look to your interiors. If there is a restriction of place then put those simple bamboo plants and see the difference in your interiors. Water bodies also create a pleasant ambiance in your home. Fill a brass pot with water and float some candles and flowers to complete the summer look…

Woody Furniture
The simple way of going about furniture is put some Bamboo or Cane chairs, just throw in some extra pillows and you have yourself a completely new look. They are very eco-friendly material and also well suited for seating in outdoor as well as indoor settings. If you are too fond of carpets then try to control yourself and keep them packed away for the winters. Bare floors are much better for summers.

Do Away with the Clutter
Unnecessary things and clutter make even the best of houses look a complete mess. Instead go for a simple and bare look. This is especially useful in summers as clear spaces allow the circulation of air around the house. So it is best to pack away all those extra wall hangings and decoration pieces.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Ultimate ... Visakhapatnam

Dotingly called as Vizag, Visakhapatnam is a port city on the north-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh. It is said that Visakhapatnam is so named as a temple of Lord Vaisakheswara lies submerged somewhere close by in the sea. Situated among the hills of Eastern Ghats facing the Bay of Bengal to the east, the city is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District. Vizag was originally a fishing village (as I have been told) and now it has one of the country's largest ports and an oldest shipyard.

Visakhapatnam offers many places to see and things to do where you can spend a relaxing holiday. Lying in the coastal region, the city has many beaches and there are temples standing still from centuries. There are parks, port and museums and you can go for one-day trips to its many neighboring places. Some of them include Araku Valley, Borra Caves, Anantagiri hills, Bheemunipatnam and many more.

Finds in this area reveals the Buddhist settlement here mainly on the hills around. Bavikonda, Totlakonda and Pavuralakonda are some of the hills on which the Buddhist remnants have been found. These are said to belong to somewhere between third century BC and second century AD.

The city has a distinct type of climatic condition. Summer starts in the month of April and continues till mid June. There are rains from the month of June until September. Sometimes there are heavier rains due to cyclones. Winter generally crawls in the month of December and remains till the end of January.  

Sight Seeing in Vizag:

Rushikonda - beach resort
Bhimili - 25 km from Visakhapatnam
Dolphin's nose - light house
Rama Krishna Beach (RK)
Thotlakonda- buddhist hill
Borra Caves
Thatiguda water falls
Tyda resort: Meaning of tyda is Jungle bells
Kailash giri
CMR Mall
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Submarine museum : Name of submarine (Kurusura)
Aquarium (matsyadarshini)

One of the best things you can do is go out on shopping spree in Vizag. There are many malls and street Bazars you can purchase jewelry, handicrafts, clothes and traditional South Indian metal utensils, showpiece and what noy. A stay in the sea-side guesthouses and hotels give you an awesome experience with its sun-kissed beaches and beautiful landscape...

* Photo Credits shared by me and my amazing photographer friend/companion/brother Sumanth

Monday, May 14, 2012

Shimla: Elegantly Beautiful

In my life... negatives also has some positive shades and even positives have their own set of flaws! "Shimla, It’s a city that fills the needs of all your senses and expectations; with some twists."

Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in northern India nestled in western Himalayas.  Shimla, formerly known as Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India. A popular tourist destination. There is a scenic resplendence about Shimla. Himachal evergreen scenery blow you away, the sunrise peaking through the mountain range and create lively shadows of the pines and rock fissures; Shimla is often referred to as the "Queen of Hills," a term coined by the British.

Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India, the Kalka-Shimla Railway. Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km (226.8 miles) from New Delhi. The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Kali.

The Mall:
The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall. The mall is dotted with many eating places .The most famous among them is Trishul bakery which is known for its pastries. 

Christ Church:
Situated on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. Built with a new gothic architecture, it was consecrated in 1857. 

Jakhu Hill:
2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors. 

Shimla State Museum:
The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.

Summer Hill:
Situated at a distance of 5 km from the Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill at a height of 6,500 ft on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.

Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2–4 km from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and polo.

Tara Devi:
11 km from the Shimla bus-stand. Tara Devi hill has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Sankat Mochan:
A Lord Hanuman temple is located here.

16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the winter sports capital and also has a small zoo.

Chail was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence, known for its cricket pitch, the highest in the world.

Location of sulphur springs which are found near the Tatapani mandir(holy temple).

Seven Hills:
Shimla is surrounded by seven hills known by names of Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Inverarm, Bantony, Jakhoo, Elysium and Observatory Hill. Shimla looks spectacular in night, all the lights and chills. 

PS: This list includes nearby hotels of Shimla categorized according to your budget.

Luxury – The Oberoi Cecil and Radisson Hotel Shimla
Mid Range – Hotel Landmark, Hotel Peterhoff, Hotel Combermere, Woodville Palace, Clarke’s Hotel, Hotel Ashiana Regency,
Economical - Hotel Woodland, Hotel City View, Hotel Dreamland, Hotel White, Hotel Mayur, Dalziel, Hotel Gulmarg.

Best visit time – April To August & December To January

Thursday, May 10, 2012

SUMMER... Have Fun in SUN...

Ahhh, summer time! Coconut water, water melons, Sun dresses and pool games...

Throughout the year, you usually take care of everything just like a busy bee, so when summer rolls around .... a suprising desire of "break" come out.

Summertime...everyone looks forward to it. Being outside in the sun, the beach, hanging out with friends on the slippery mountain range, and of course summer cookouts and warm nights. Summer is a great time to get creative and it provides great party ideas.

Plan a picnic
If you are tired of the same meal routine, spice up your day and head outside! You can go to your local park or a nearby destination and pack your favorite foods and side dishes and have some summerrryyy fun...

Yes Cooking Can be Fun
Summer is a season of fruits, try to make new salad or some fruit drinks. It will refresh you   to all day long...

Gather your friends and play indoor/outdoor games
This is a great way to get a group together and do an activity that everyone love. How about a summer camp with friend; Plan a trip to nearby nature park, you are gonna love the landscaping...

Bring Sunshine into your home
Listen to your favorite songs, have some season drinks like mango shake, open the windows early in the morning and do some yoga. Research the peace!!

Add Water in Summer
A pool party, volleyball at beach, boating, a walk near river bank... You need to pick one idea, pack your bag, take a waterproof camera and have fun...

Go Out Try Something New
Play with colors, The sun brings more than just sunshine; Add some sunny yellow in your routine; “Yellow is happy, optimistic, clean, upbeat...” Choose comfy and light material for the summers, Catch the local summer market, sometimes they have stuff which can add up with your summer mood.

Choose summer as your fitness season, try jogging or swimming and make the season hit!!