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Styling while Pregnant

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Styling while Pregnant

Hello! Hello! If there is one thing I could say is slightly upsetting about pregnancy is the lack of wearing stylish or fashionable clothes. I am bored of wearing the Indian kurta and leggings and while I was browsing Instagram and the web, I came across this cute service called BumpStyleBox, which basically is a maternity boutique that delivers adorable outfits you can wear while you are pregnant! Oh how I wish a similar service was present in India. There are countless maternity clothing websites, but their selection is not quite flattering. Looking at this service, I thought of going back to my closet and putting together a few outfits that could be cute. However, let me warn you that I am no fashion stylist; I just randomly tried on clothes that I thought would break the wardrobe monotony.

So I am leaving you with two looks I tried out. Let me know what you think.

Look 1: Jeans & Jacket. One can never go wrong with jeans, a simple black cami and a jacket. One can even add some junk jewellery and bangles to glam up the look.

Front View

Front View

Look 2: Black & white dress from Express (two years old). So this dress was always a little too big on me, but fits well now and the strips accentuate the growing bump as well. A nice pair of red ballets or even a statement necklace could be added to complete the look. 

A little dress to spice up the wardrobe!

A little dress to spice up the wardrobe!

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Amazing Thailand!!!!

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Hello! Hello! I know it’s been a while for us writing…like my blogging partner said, the last 6 months of 2014 went by in a whirlwind. Honestly, a lot of times I did sit down in front of my laptop and thought about writing a post, but I then I was like “I have nothing to share.” So back again, I would switch off the laptop, and go on with the daily routine. My husband constantly asked why I wasn’t blogging and I kept saying I have nothing to write about; in all honesty, I was getting a bit lazy. But as they say, absence makes the heart go fonder and I am back!

Bangkok Traffic

Bangkok Traffic

A lot happened in 2014….probably the biggest is the fact that we are expecting a baby in May!!!! A million emotions are constantly running through me, feelings of excitement an d nervousness. I think I might write a separate post on all that I keep constantly thinking about.

Let me get back to what this blog is supposed to be about, as the title suggests, I just came from a quick 4 day trip to Bangkok. It’s the city I grew up in and even though most of my friends and family have moved on….the city still holds a super special place in my heart. The last time I visited Bangkok was almost 6/7 years ago and while a lot has changed, a lot hasn’t.

Strolling around Lumpini Park

Strolling around Lumpini Park

So what did I do in Bangkok? I ate, shopped, slept, ate, shopped, slept….on repeat. I guess that is what a good vacation is about. I constantly complain that the Thai food in India doesn’t quite make the cut. Some places (ex: Baan Tao or Polka Dots in Pune have good curries), but they don’t get that 100% authentic taste. Also they say, street food in Thailand is the best, so I was pretty much on a mission to make my husband try all the food that I grew up eating…from the krapao kai…to Swensens ice-cream to Paprika chips.

Mama Tom Yum

Mama Tom Yum

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Sticky Chewy Fantasy at Swensens….still my favorite ice cream flavor!

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Mango Ice Cream & Mango Custard at Mango Tango, Siam

 

We, also, did do a lot of shopping for the baby. Yes, you can find almost everything you need for a baby in India (thank you Amazon.in), but variety is an issue. I fell in love with almost all the baby things I saw and actually had to be told to stop shopping for the baby (the malls in Bangkok probably deserve a separate post as well).

It was a much needed trip. I am back feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the next 6 weeks of work. Bangkok….I am not sure when we will meet next, but till next time….see ya!

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

Food Destinations: Pune

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Food Destinations: Pune

I love food, it might not seem like it but I do. It sometimes is the one and only thing that makes me wake up at 5:30 and go for a run; the thought that I will be able to devour my favorite food later. Having been in the city also known as Oxford of the East for almost two years now-I have a list of places that are my go-to favorites. This might help those who are traveling to the city or might even open up options for those who have been in the city for a while but are looking for some new places to try.

1) Little Italy La Pizzeria.

It was the first restaurant I visited with my husband, back in the days of long distance relationship. May be that’s why it holds a special place in my heart. But the food is to die for as well. One has to try the Pasta Barbeseca in pink sauce (which is a mixture of white and red) and the Mexican Pizza. I love their nachos as well. The restaurant only serves vegetarian food, but never have I even once missed my meat during my meals here.

Interior of La Pizzeria on Bund Garden Road

Interior of La Pizzeria on Bund Garden Road

2) Kareem’s Chicken Kati Roll

Well, isn’t a sit-down dinner type of place; it’s more like you have finish your dish just standing outside. But nonetheless, Kareem’s has the best chicken egg wrap in the whole world. I have tried chicken kati rolls (wraps) at other places but nothing ever comes close. Some visitors might we weary of eating at this street joint, but sometimes you just have to risk the chance of a bad stomach for an amazing meal. (The one in Camp is the best branch)

3) Independence Brewing Company

This is probably the newest addition to my list and it made its way to my list because of the beer and not food. Micro breweries are just starting in India, and fortunately Pune is becoming host to several of them. Independence Brewing Company has a rustic interior, which I love, along with amazing beer. I have only been here twice (not bad considering it only opened back in January) but have loved, loved, loved the beer. I would highly recommend this for a girls night out or a place to catch up with friends.

The rustic interior at Independence Brewing

The rustic interior at Independence Brewing

4) 1000 Oaks

Another nice hangout spot in Pune is 1000 Oaks or TOaks. My husband tells me that is one of oldest lounges in Pune, where infamous musicians used to visit. All the times I have been there, they have the same playlist, but it doesn’t take away from the charm of this hidden gem. The Bar Men’s Pitcher is one to definitely try-go for the original and not the other flavours. In terms of food, the butter chicken and garlic mushrooms are always on my to-order list.

TOaks

TOaks

I am sure this list will grow and change as I continue to explore more around this city that I am starting to call home 🙂

Summer in U.S.

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Last week I made a super quick trip back to the States! Looking back I can’t believe that I have been living in India for close to two years. How has it been? Well, somedays have been excruciatingly difficult-I was constantly questioning will I  ever adjust to India. Somedays, the smallest task would emotionally drain me. On other days, living in India was no different (I mean sure it is different – but I felt content on an emotional level); I felt like I actually fit in.

A lot of my friends asked me how it felt to be back in the States. My answer is that it felt very comforting. Having called the States my home for 10 years made me super familiar with things. I mean I knew where to go for things, how to get things done, the directions, what questions will be asked while ordering my favourite sushi or meal, etc., and it felt really good. In India, I am still figuring a lot of this out. In all honesty, going to a new place in India on my own freaks me out because I feel I never know what to expect or more importantly how people will react. In States, I feel, there is a certain decorum and I probably feel that way because I am so familiar with everything. In one way, I felt me and free. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that I did my “growing up” in the States-meaning I spent probably the most crucial years of me being who I am now there.

What I enjoyed the most during my one week stay was meeting up with people and talking as if nothing has changed. While in India, I am still getting to know most people; in the States, I have a group of friends, who are practically family, that have known me for years. We bonded over some amazing food and made new memories to hold on to.

Catching up with co-workers!

Catching up with co-workers!

Now no trip of mine is without food and oh boy did I try to fit as much as I could in my stomach. Now some might say, that I am all talk with food and usually just eat a bit or two and then I am done; I beg to differ in my thought. I stuffed my face with sushi from Pacific East, Chipotle, Melt sandwiches, Oreo Cheesecake, and Dave’s Cosmic Sub’s “The Grateful Dave”! Never did I think I would miss food so much-but I guess it’s the small things that you miss the most.

A beautiful morning run along Lakewood Park.

A beautiful morning run along Lakewood Park.

School is starting next week, so I am grateful that I had a chance to make this trip. The summer was a good one-nice balance of travel and rest. On my flight back to India, I also realised that it took me almost 3-4 years to completely adjust to the States, may be it will take me as long to start feeling 100% comfortable in India (I hope it’s sooner). So cheers to India! Let’s get start a new phase now!

A chicken burrito bowl from Chipotle- I dreamt about this in India!

A chicken burrito bowl from Chipotle- I dreamt about this in India!

Bollywood 2014: Films to Watch Out For

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I am a self proclaimed Bollywood junkie! In my childhood, and to a certain extent even now, I can tell you about about all the latest movies, their directors, who is sorta dating who, and what the red carpet verdict for a person was. With the Cannes 2014 in full swing, and the Hollywood “Summer” just starting, what better time to look at some of the promising movies Bollywood has to offer.

The first half of the year was actually quite uneventful. There were actually only 2 movies that I thoroughly enjoyed: Hasee Tho Phasee and Queen. Two States and Highway come next in my list. But with the “big” directors like Anurag Kashyap, Raju Hirani, Dibarkar Banerjee, and Farah Khan all having films lined up for films this year, it will surely be an interesting and exciting year at the movies.

So I present my list of movies to watch out for in 2014

1) P.K. (Mid-December)

When did Raju Hirani ever go wrong? I can still watch MunnaBhai M.B.B.S, Lage Raho MannuBhai and 3 Idiots numerous times. I mean I even know the lines to some of the scenes, especially the one from 3 Idiots when Kareena sneaks into Aamir’s room and jokes about all the funny names Gujarati food has 🙂 With Aamir and Raju Hirani teaming up again, one surely just expects MAGIC on the screen. Anuskha Sharma joining the duo just makes it more intriguing. Another Aamir movie that I await for!!

 Aamir Khan


Aamir Khan

 

2) Bombay Velvet (November End/December)

Directed by Anurag Kashyap and set in the 1950s is this drama about love, violence, and jazz. Now when, at least in the past 20 years, did India have jazz a theme? Anurag Kashyap has said that he wanted to make this film for the past 9 years! now that must be one crazy interesting story! I think Ranbir is a fabulous actor and I have actually missed him on screen since the monster hit of 2013, Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani. There is quite a few stories revolving around this movie- from Katrina and Virat frequenting their significant others on the movie sets to Anuskha new “make-up” technique for her lips. But in all honesty, even more than the movie, I am actually waiting for the songs 🙂

 

3) Bobby Jasoos (July 4)

Vidya Balan donning the role of a detective. I love detective dramas/thrillers and so wished that Bollywood turned out more of these. I loved Talaash and Kahaani! The movie description of being a detective had me sold from get go!

First Look of Bobby Jasoos

First Look of Bobby Jasoos

4) Bang Bang (October)

The official Bollywood remake of an unnoticed Knight and Day , starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. I know I differ from several people when I say that I actually enjoyed Knight and Day and will watch the movie for the story. Most people I know will probably go for this to see the intense chemistry between Bollywood’s most good looking actors, Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif….and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

 

5) Detective Byomkesh Banerjee (December/Feb 2015)

I know this movie might not see the silver screen till next year, but I just wanted to let everyone know about it! Another detective drama is there!!! YEEEESSS!!! I want to see how Dibarkar Banerjee brings alive the first Indian detective.

So these are my top 5 Bollywood movies to watch out for. Do you agree to disagree?