Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Rendezvous at Andharban!

Pass through Lonavla's Tiger Point, Ambey Valley, random villages and valleys, and after about 3-4 hours you reach this spot called The Andharban.

Mesmerizing. Breath taking. Hauntingly beautiful. (As my friend rightly said)

Few adjectives/phrases that describe "Andharban" which actually and literally means The Dark Forest (see image below)! I'm glad I got to experience this beautiful place with Global Journeys. A big Thank You to my wanderlust friend who was the co-lead for this trek and also for other treks organised by Global Journeys.


Beginning the long weekend with a trek like this along with my friends, was a bliss.



The journey started with the group trailing across green pastures surrounded by clouds.




This was followed by a trail. As we walked alongside a steep cliff, it was mind-boggling as I could not help but enjoy the breath taking view and also ensure that I step along carefully.



We walked amidst the clouds, along cliff side with squishy mud and pebbles, fell/slipped on slippery stones and slashed along brooks (also careful not to slip and end up in the middle of nowhere).


Took a dip in freezing COLD waterfalls, and the most difficult of all - walk along with water in your shoes (HEAVY)!



All of those, because there was something better in-store for us on top!



Journey up seemed difficult first but when the descend began, the former felt like a piece of cake! The return journey was all about rain filled + even more slipperier paths. Whats in a trek without it being a little difficult. We just laughed (smiled) it out!



Going through all this just to be in the middle of a dense forest is so totally worth it! The pictures won't do justice to what I actually experienced.



It felt great to break away from a monotonous routine and go on this trail!
My suggestion - at-least once a month, BREAK AWAY!



Next up this month - Khandala & Lonavla

Rendezvous at Andharban!

Pass through Lonavla's Tiger Point, Ambey Valley, random villages and valleys, and after about 3-4 hours you reach this spot called The Andharban.

Mesmerizing. Breath taking. Hauntingly beautiful. (As my friend rightly said)

Few adjectives/phrases that describe "Andharban" which actually and literally means The Dark Forest (see image below)! I'm glad I got to experience this beautiful place with Global Journeys. A big Thank You to my wanderlust friend who was the co-lead for this trek and also for other treks organised by Global Journeys.





















Beginning the long weekend with a trek like this along with my friends, was a bliss.

























The journey started with the group trailing across green pastures surrounded by clouds.



This was followed by a trail. As we walked alongside a steep cliff, it was mind-boggling as I could not help but enjoy the breath taking view and also ensure that I step along carefully.




We walked amidst the clouds, along cliff side with squishy mud and pebbles, fell/slipped on slippery stones and slashed along brooks (also careful not to slip and end up in the middle of nowhere).







































Took a dip in freezing COLD waterfalls, and the most difficult of all - walk along with water in your shoes (HEAVY)!





















All of those, because there was something better in-store for us on top!



Journey up seemed difficult first but when the descend began, the former felt like a piece of cake! The return journey was all about rain filled + even more slipperier paths. Whats in a trek without it being a little difficult. We just laughed (smiled) it out!






































Going through all this just to be in the middle of a dense forest is so totally worth it! The pictures won't do justice to what I actually experienced.

























It felt great to break away from a monotonous routine and go on this trail!
My suggestion - at-least once a month, BREAK AWAY!






























Next up this month - Khandala & Lonavla

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Once Upon A Time In Goa

No scorching heat.
Less people.
Beautiful weather.
Drink up at the shacks.
Walk bare feet on wet sand.
Dance in the rain.

At Goa!

That's an ideal vacation for me. What more could I ask for?

I've been to Goa during summer and winter, this was my first trip during the monsoons and trust me - it tops the list! We had packed shades and sunscreens, and none was put to use.


We had booked our stay well in advance at Citrus Hotel, Calangute (5 mins walk from Calangute beach). Pleasant stay, I must say! Good food, prompt service. Also, don't expect the hotels to have rooms available just because it's off-season. Guessing there's no particular season to visit GOA! 




Get into a flip-flop mode (or bare feet mode) and stroll on the beach. Enjoy the pleasant weather, the rains, the tides, the cool breeze, and what not! We walked from Calangute beach to Baga and back! 


The shacks open in the evening but to our pleasant surprise, few were operational even in the morning (good for us). Grab few drinks at random shacks, relax and enjoy the sea view! 



When in Goa, get wasted! But make sure you have someone who can take care of you. :-P

Dress up, go for candle light dinners at the beach shacks, grab few chilled beers and splurge on sumptuous Goan cuisine. (Major missing happening here). Don't forget to shack-hop!


Buy things off the streets, like few neon bangles! 


Once you're buzzed, play 'ring the bud'. Being normal is too mainstream. SO GO CRAZY!


Time to go back! I'll miss you, GOA. Till we come again!



#Throwback #VacationDiaries #Monsoon #Goa



Friday, 13 May 2016

When in doubt, Doodle!

Yes!

Bored at work? - Doodle.
Feel like killing someone? - Doodle instead.
Jobless? - Doodle. (To kill time of course!)
Blah blah? - Doodle!

All it takes is a pencil, eraser (for amateurs like me), piece of paper/post it/book (as you please) and a pea sized brain to finish the task!

Also, I doodle because I love to doodle things I love! You get that I suppose?

Here are few of my doodles.

Bello. Bee Doo Bee Doo. (How else will I introduce Minions)!


My love for these cute minions are never ending! So much so that I have ended up doodling so many of them. (Including a Subraminion!) 












































































Enjoy life!
If at all anything goes wrong, grab a Minion fire horn and go "BEE DOO BEE DOO". 
Apke Bob, Kevin aur Stuart aa jayenge!

Hi everyone, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!


"Some people are worth melting for". And this one statement was worth doodling this cute little Snowman. 

























Won't you'll love to get warm hugs everyday?

Jigglypuff, I choose you! 


Ash: What a nice nap!
Misty: Yeah.
Ash: What happened to your face?
*JIGGLYPUFF happened*

Loved Jigglypuff for this very reason. Creativity at its innocent best. My fave!
Also, do you'll remember the song?




















You don't necessarily have to be 'perfect' to call yourself a creative person. 
A simple black marker would do wonders (just like how Jigglypuff does)!

Hello I'm Baymax, your personal health care companion. 


When someone's sad, all they need is a HUG. - Baymax

























A personal health care like him would make all your worries go like *puff*. 
Identify real life Baymax(s) around you, I'm sure there must be someone!

What you starin at? Go doodle Mahn! 


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Canvas Work - Manchester United

Being a Liverpool fan, making something for a Manchester United fan is a task. You end up cursing yourself at every stage.

So here's what I did for a die hard United fan, for his 28th birthday. I love to give customized gifts. Did the same here. I got a Canvas from Hobby Ideas, not knowing what I'll be doing with it. Thought of doing something different - maybe quill the entire logo, design a quote, paint the logo, and so on. I instead did something which brings out the girly aspect and yet retains the look and feel of the logo.

1. To draw the logo design you would require: Canvas (50x50 cm), butter paper, compass and of course a sharp pencil (Also a ready United logo that you can refer to).


You can either get the logo printed on a 50x50 cm size sheet or take the pain of drawing it. I did the latter, just to give my gift a completely customized look and moreover I wanted it to be a self-made gift.

Now let's BEGIN.

  •  Keep the logo ready for your reference

Stick the butter paper on the backside of the canvas. This will ensure you make the logo as per the size of the canvas.

Don't draw the logo directly on the canvas. It will be difficult to re-do. Hence, it is important to make a draft first and post that, trace it out on the canvas.


  • Fix a center 

Start drawing the logo. Use geometrical shapes for a perfect finish.

Draw vertical and horizontal lines wherever necessary. Since this is a draft, try redoing it as many times you want to get that perfect draft logo.



  • Trace it out

Now trace the drafted logo on the actual canvas. Stick the butter paper on the actual side. Start tracing it out. Use a sharp pencil. This is strenuous process. Will take at-least 30 minutes. 


2. For fillings you would need: Acrylic paint (Golden), Red & Yellow powdered glitters, Red & Yellow crystal grains, Fevicol and Brush. 


Now that we have traced the logo on the canvas, let's start filling it. Spread newspapers on the floor before you start and also get ready to be drenched in glitters!

Start with the inside part. Use the brush to spread Fevicol over the devil. Keep a dry brush handy. Now sprinkle the Red crystal grains over it. Tilt the canvas so that the extra crystals fall on the newspaper. Use the dry brush to clear extra crystals on the canvas.

Follow the same for the Yellow portion (in the middle).

For the dark red portion (on top and bottom), use Red glitters. This will be the most difficult part since glitters are pretty lighter than normal crystal grains. Let this dry for sometime.




3. For finishing you would need: Yellow acrylic colour tube; Red, Yellow & Black glitter tubes, Golden acrylic paint.


Use the Yellow acrylic colour tube to write the name. Apply at-least 2 layers. Use the same tube to finish the inside area as seen in the image below.



Use the Red, Yellow & Black glitter tubes to finish the remaining parts.

Use Black glitter for the main logo outline.

Use a dry brush to paint the remaining areas, Golden. Don't use water. Use the paint directly on the canvas to give it a different texture.

Let it dry for an hour. 




Here's the final product. 



:)

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Little did she know..

She thought she would never succeed after a bad attempt. She never wanted another go at it. She was scared and hence expected things to unfold according to her fate.

Little did she know that the best is always saved for last.

Little did she know that she would find someone at the least expected time and in the least expected way. Meeting that special one when your pitch drunk adds that oomph factor! Life is soo freakin weird, she thought so. Well it is, right?

Little did she know that she was walking into someones life, not knowing that her existence would actually mean a lot to that person someday. Started small and eventually she couldn't get him out of her head. All she ever wanted then, was him. The question was, will he?

Little did she know that her small gestures would make a huge difference to that person. She was stuck in his head. She was all he thought of, but she was unaware. She was still lost. He was lost too. Was that fate?

Little did she know.. his side of the story.

Little did she know that she meant the world to that person but he was too shy to reciprocate. According to her, it was one way. Heart broken. NOT AGAIN! She thought.

Little did she know that his gestures were real, he loved her back. She wasn't sure yet and all that she ever wanted was assurance. And one fine day, he did. She was all he ever wanted. She made him fall in love again, just like how he did. She knew he was the last.

Flawed souls make a perfect match - so did they. Bad pasts were just bad pasts now.

A fairy-tale end to her story and prince charming - can it get any better? Yes it can.
And they lived and loved each other ever after!

From,
a-Girl-who-likes-fairy-tales



Friday, 11 March 2016

Yellows & Blues - Minion

Playing with yellows and blues are my favourite, specially when it's a MINION! muak muak. :*

Last Diwali holidays, I thought of painting a minion themed diya (Indian earthen oil lamps). Made sure it had this whole Indian look to it but still gave the Minion feel.

You will need 2 diyas, acrylic colours (Yellow, Blue & Black), brush and well old newspapers (so that you don't ruin the floor/table).



All you have to do is, paint the lower/back part - Blue, the top rim and inside - Yellow. Let it dry completely. Once dry, use a thin brush to make the eye, mouth and the eye gear. (Hack: Use a black marker if you aren't good at using a paintbrush)


Your colourful Indian Minions are ready!



Make a wish. Take a chance. Make a change.

First try at making a dream-catcher. Quite different from the usual ones. It's my own version (without feathers)!

I've used a rangoli stencil, colourful yarns, bangles, few colourful beads, fat thread and Fevikwik.


Use the rangoli stencils outer rim and wind it with colourful yarns. Do the same with bangles. Instead of tying the ends, use Fevikwik to stick the yarn end. (Don't stick your fingers though)


Make random patterns inside the bigger stencil and the smaller ones. It's your own dream-catcher, so make sure you customize it. (Mine are way too random)


I've made the multi-star design on the my main support stencil. Use a fat thread to hang the yarn bound bangles on the main stencil. Before you do that, fill the thread with colourful beads. Hang it in a symmetrical pattern to give it a different look.


Here's a glimpse of the materials I've used and the end product. Go on, make your own customized dream-catcher!!