July 2015

Hotel and Food Chains

Double Tree by Hilton, Goa: Hotel Review

Some places have their own set of energy, it is so unique to those places only, and Goa is one of them. The moment you land you are charged up. Says my blogger friend Nihar Pradhan.  Back from a short vacation in Goa, I was smitten by the beauty of the place in the monsoon, which shows up in my posts Goa in the Monsoon and Going around Goa, I couldn’t have agreed more with him. In these two posts, I have written about churches, temples, plantations, aquarium, beaches and forts, and even about a haunted place. What I also wanted to jot down was a review of the hotel where we had put up during our stay. So here it is.


10 Inspiring Quotes by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

By Somali K Chakrabarti Image credit On 27th July, 2015, India’s former president Dr Kalam passed away after he collapsed on the stage during a lecture at IIM , Shillong, Meghalaya. Born in a humble background on 15th of October, in the year 1931, in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu,  APJ Abdul Kalam joined Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist after studying Aerospace engineering at Madras Institute of Technology.  He came to be known as the ‘Missile Man of India‘, for his involvement in the development of ballistic missiles and served as the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and was appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the DRDO.

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Blackberry – Business in Motion

“One of the misconceptions about BlackBerry is that, it’s your parents’ Smartphone”- Thorsten Heins. Around 2008, I remember watching my parents glued to their BlackBerry devices and wanting to own one. One day my wish came true and I was handed down my mom’s old BlackBerry Curve Smartphone. I used it only to play the popular Brick Breaker game and make calls or send messages, yet it was revered… that is, until the advent of Android.

Travel and Culture

Going around Goa

By Somali K Chakrabarti After it rained throughout night, the sun showed up the next morning. As we had ventured to the South of Goa on the earlier day, we decide to head straight to the forts and beaches of North Goa. The remnants of the forts that once guarded the coastline still attract many visitors. Though the Portuguese forts were mostly functional forts, without the architectural finesse or ornate carvings found in the Mughal forts, yet one can’t help marveling at their construction. The sturdy bastions have withstood the lashing of the sea waves for over 4 centuries and still continue to do so.

Travel and Culture

Goa in the Monsoon

By Somali K Chakrabarti Winter is generally the preferred season for tourists to visit Goa. Monsoon, on the other hand is the “off season” for tourists in Goa. Nonetheless, it is also the season when you can enjoy moving around the places of interest at leisure, without finding yourself in a sea of people all around you. So here I am in Goa on a short trip, enjoying the monsoon. The rain this year in Goa has been sparse though. It wasn’t raining on Sunday morning. We decided to go to old Goa. Goa has an interesting amalgamation of east and west, ancient and modern, beaches and hills. There is a bit of everything for everyone it appears. On one hand you find casinos and clubs, on the other you find a number of churches and temples. It is a small quaint state and yet there is something very lively about Goa.

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From Lucky Goldstar to LG – Making lives happier and better

Taking clothes out of the washing machine to hang them to dry, I glance at my cup of tea cooling on the table. The smiling little face on the door of the machine reminds me Life is good. As I put the cup in the oven to warm up my tea, the logo with the smiling face formed by the letter L & G assures again ‘Life is good’. Interesting isn’t it when you think that one of the largest South Korean chaebol’s wears the crown of the most trusted brand in India, as per the Brand Trust Report, 2015.

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Travel and Culture

Global Pagoda at Gorai

By Somali K Chakrabarti A visit to the malls on the weekends has almost become like a ritual for us. The routine stopovers at malls either for shopping or for watching movies, often gets monotonous. So when I saw the beautiful pictures of Global Pagoda (near Esselworld), posted on the Mumbai Daily blog, I made up my mind to plan out a weekend trip to the Pagoda. The weather being pleasant yesterday, we set out for the Pagoda in the afternoon. The Pagoda stands near Gorai beach on the outskirts of Mumbai. Driving down on the Western Express Highway, we took a left turn at Dahisar on the Mira Bhayandar Road.

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Dabur Hair Oil – Caring for your tresses

Weekends are the days when many of us look forward to a good head massage with oil.  The light headed feeling and stress relief after applying hair oil, and the resulting nourishment to the hair, makes oiling a popular ritual in many families. If you are among those who enjoy a good massage, then you may also be interested in reading about one of India’s leading brands with many hair oil brands in its portfolio. Dabur, a name familiar in all (let’s say most) Indian households is a leading Ayurvedic personal care brand as well as the producer of many health care, home care & food products in India.

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