Thursday, July 31, 2014

Raising a Toast to History ~ The Egyptian Tryst...

And then I scrolled through the 'dark' scripts...
The demon had been vanquished...
The glorious verso's of history reincarnated...
The glissade that bathes along the Nile...
And epochal Sphinx to 'furbish'....
A 'raging inferno' that engulfed the crest...

The brazen glimpse of Cleopatra's regime...
The 'endowment' encircling the gory of Kadesh...
The epiphany reflects through the etched glory...
The bite of reminiscence...
As if a time-travel has been recapitulated...
And I silently walked into the regal citadel...
A luring invite straight from the 'throne of caliph'...
I simply couldn't, couldn't decline....

Well, stargazing has been quite a treasured exercise right from the inception...as a kid, I used to 'gorge' into the history books, painting a joy-ride, mingling with the historical figures, embracing them, traversing those 'acclaimed latitudes' , fighting imaginary battles, signing virtual treaties and of course, devouring on the royal indulgence. It's been quite an Utopian ride this, the presumptuous alliance with the 'silhouette of antiquity'...a correlation between the past and the present, the 'reverie' ; it was as if the ancient characters have jumped out of the pages of history and exercised their esteemed authority. In my dreams I saw a allegory....I walked through the debris and I extricated life out of the remnants, I revived the throne, I drove away the detractors and I protected the precious baguette's of the past. I rode on the royal chariots, I controlled the winds, I fought with valor, I witnessed the mythological legends engaging in a confederation; there was certainly an underlying connection between us...oh, should I use the 'past tense'? Nah!

It goes without saying that time-travel did take me to the depth of ancient Egypt, her fascinating history had always allured me...her effulgent 'richness' that has scripted a glorious ascendancy; the saga that began with the rule of the Greek Ptolemaic Dynasty did send in goosebumps at the very first read. Everything about Egypt was so bewitching...Alexander's conquest, the 'encrypted' papyrus, hieroglyphs, Narmer Palette, the Giza, the Sphinx, the Bastet and almost every-possible detail attached to the civilization had a charisma to say the least. People would say that it's a delusion, but I could visualize myself as a Pharaoh in my dreams...the widely acclaimed Pharaoh, wearing the Narmer-like red hat of prosperity; I would crave for reincarnation...waiting for a historian to dig into my tomb...an archaeological expedition that could break my trance. It's a disturbed hibernation...it's an aggrieved dormancy; yes the wait was suffocating....the wait was painful. 

"You have been bit by the bug called illusion..."- My pal had articulated. Perhaps that's just one side of the coin. I'm perhaps infatuated...possessed with the enigma of 'relating to the historic, cidevant events' and getting carried in the process. Sometimes I really feel the urge to undertake a Past life regression hypnosis to find out what's 'cooking in my mind'...to go down to the roots and explore the reason behind my perennial allegiance towards history. And then this happened....I managed to gibe into the past through a rather contemporary mode of reconnoiter- A photo-walk. The photo-walk that certainly rejuvenated my frayed nerves.

Snippets from the photo-walk that 'made it happen' - The Egyptian essence in Calcutta..
Snippets from the photo-walk that 'made it happen' - The Regal Epiphany..looks classy..
Snippets from the photo-walk that 'made it happen' - Some wonderful collectibles....
Snippets from the photo-walk that 'made it happen' - There you go, the historic pyramids..
Well, you don't need gaudy props or lavish presents to stimulate a passionate soul...the variety of Egyptian souvenirs that the curio-shop provided brought back those flashes. The Egyptian trader had brought back memories, the replenishing hunger of mingling with the 'ancient' was re-instituted. The Egyptian language appeared to be pretty familiar as well, I don't know whether it's a subconscious kindling but there's certainly a strong connect...this unexpected disclosure was perhaps the cherished touch of a glowing splinter. The way he spoke, the way he conveyed...the way he evinced was simply beguiling, I could 'smell' history through his words. "Why don't you come down to Cairo sometime?"- He asserted, perhaps sensing the state of my mind and the keenness towards exploring Egypt, "I'm sure it will be a joy ride!" 

Ah! There he said it...the Egyptians are mind-readers nevertheless, I had to find a way to quench my thirst and there it is...the inspiration did originate right from where I belong. The mere prospect of searching 'inner peace' in the Egyptian 'arteries' was stimulating to the core; the last couple of impediments on the way were: 1. Convincing my annalist friend to accompany me 2. Getting a mid-year leave request approved. Executing first task was a cake-walk, this friend of mine is like honey-bee...a slight tickle of aroma could have a magnetizing effect for sure; the other one, on the contrary, being a gargantuan one. Who cares though? I guess, I could schedule the travel just ahead of the Durga Puja's that's when the Government organizations face a 'lean period' both in production, execution & sales. But then the first task, which appeared to be an easy one, turned out to be rather challenging because my friend had already taken up an assignment with the National Geographic team on their expedition to the Amazon. It was pretty much a "NO" from his side...Gah! It was almost inevitable that I'd be all alone on the Egyptian expedition, not that I complained ;)

But the obvious question was, how to create a perfect travel-blueprint? With the increasing number of travel booking websites with each day, the job becomes even more difficult...the feedback says, even the most 'prominent' of websites have been involved in travel-centric glitches inspite of their growing reputation. We didn't have the bandwidth to resort to the hit and trial mode; the secret Q&A session in office began and skyscanner.co.in emerged as the most popular choice. 
"I have booked flight tickets with them in the past, they offer lucrative prices"- Subhash, the fresh recruit from IIMA predicated.
"I think I have planned my entire trip to the U.S. with them, it was a seamless and delightful experience" - That's what our Associate Director, Mr. Karan Mundra had to say.
But the decisive prognosis came from the Head of Accounts, Mr Ajmera. "I think Skyscanner is the complete package...they have the best deals in terms of flight bookings, hotel stay and transport, you won't have to expend even a bit of sweat to plan your entire trip. It's economic because it searches for the best packages from all the major travel-oriented websites present in the market and does an analysis on it's own. Highly recommended" - He vindicated. That made it three out of three ...and it goes without saying that Skyscanner has developed quite a bit of fan-base over the last few months. It was time test it's credibility...the task was intense because the aftermath could turn out to be a legendary cognizance, the responsibility on their shoulders was immense...the 'mission of transporting a devotee to his source of reverence". The odds favored them nevertheless ;)


The first thing that struck me while shuffling through the Skyscanner website was it's precision in terms of depicting only the relevant bit of information to the travelers. There's no un-necessary cluttering of information or advertisements to divert your focus. The task, as a result, was pretty much cut out...I had to book flight tickets for two to Cairo at the lowest cost, the travel duration being from 19th September 2014 to 25th September 2014 as per our pre-puja inactivity schedule. Let's get on with it.

The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - The first step of the travel-plan, finding the best suited flight
Well, I had a slight bit of doubt with respect to the 'surveying' of all the possible online travel sites i.e. the underlying integration that is perhaps the USP of the Sky-scanner...but the following display did clarify all my doubts. We often execute a best practices study to grab the best of deals, or identify the best of services that are offered by agencies both in the online and offline mode, and this turned out to be a logical extension. What is does, is saves your valuable time...it is programmed with the virtue of analyzing the flight-booking-rates across all the major online vendors and deduces the least price-estimate; shows their customer satisfaction centric approach. I decided to select a round trip package, because that in effect does reduce the expenditure drastically. The head-count was solitary 'one', as previously discussed....the anticipation level was increasing with every second...I was about to take my first step towards attaining 'salvation'. A stimulating 5-Day chore with the Pharaoh's and the historic 'Egyptian mysteries' was about to happen. Oh Dear...I'm feeling the goosebumps already, I've been waiting for this opportunity.

The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - The effective online hunt, digging out the lowest air-fare..
Alright then, the wait was over in a flash and the best possible flight deals were unraveled. In this context, let me tell you...the results that showed up, was a huge huge surprise. My previous experience with travel-diaries and travel-feedback says that an Egyptian ride might cost you up to INR 60,000 if booked at a short notice of approximately months; the survey results are based on actual account...hence the slashed rate of INR 50,054 came as welcome surprise. It's an incredulity for sure...an approximate savings of almost INR 10,000 even before the tour has started- that was quite an achievement. The high-flier combination of Jet Airways + Etihad Airways + EgyptAir is a very satisfying one, my cousins have had a good experience with them during their last business trip. The only concern was the double stop journey, one at Mumbai and the other at Abu Dhabi...but then with the prospect of an amazing experience waiting at the end of a 16 hour long journey would certainly be the driving force. Perhaps I could indulge in a blissful shopping spree in course of the two 'long waits'  at the Dubai airport, why should ladies have all the fun? ;) The on-air hospitality is also something that I'm certainly looking forward to on this trip. Ahoy!

The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - The 'lowest priced flight-listing' ~ Calcutta to Cairo..
The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - Detailed course of the flight..
I had been previously told that choosing a good hotel at Egypt, specifically Cairo could be a tricky option. People at the airport might misdirect you if the background search has not been executed religiously, but the obvious question that might arise is, "HOW"! I have tried to talk to some of the office colleagues to get a fair idea of the 'best location' to put up in the land of Pyramids...the responses have been pretty much contradictory. The popular choices directed towards the Zamalek and Heliopolis but the room tariffs were sky-high. The main motto behind this 'religious expedition' was to witness the beauty of the city...I had made up my mind of course...I'd rather spend more on sight-seeing and undertake a cost-cutting exercise when it comes to hotel-stay. The following prompt made me curious though...and when I clicked on it, well, half of my problems were solved....

The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - The 'esteemed' hotel-booking prompt on Skyscanner
Oh my! Fabulous stuff here...skyscanner has listed down the top-most hotels in Cairo, that too, with utmost lucidity...you don't have to rage a frantic hunt to search for those hotels that fall within your preferred price bracket. The best feature, of course, is the integration with the individual hotel websites and listing down the 'user ratings' when it comes to a choosing the 'right lodge'; the customer feedback is something that you simply can't ignore. The value addition here, is a brief description of the locational advantage of the each of the listed hotels...helps immensely in terms of setting up a preference in accordance to your travel plan. A small statement like- "There are many great attractions nearby, including Cairo Tower, Egyptian Museum, Coptic Museum and Museum of Islamic Art" can make your job very simple...you can gauge, calculate, estimate and devise the right kind of 'navigation-schedule' to get the best out of our holiday. I found my 'solace' in finding a perfect match in Novotel Cairo Airport because of it's convenient location, amenities, services and proximity to the airport; it is just about 17 km in distance from the popular city center, and presents us with the unique opportunity to explore numerous sightseeing opportunities, such as the Egyptian Museum. That, my friend, sounds like a perfect plan...you wouldn't like to waste too much of time 'on the drive' when your objective is to visit & delve into those historic hubs. Furthermore, a gross saving of approximately INR 10,000 by virtue booking through the skyscanner website is a huge bonus...I've already leveled up twice in the first half of the journey. A net expenditure of INR 26,055 (for a 6-night long stay i Cairo) including breakfast is quite a delicious deal I would say. The hotel has ultra-modern luxuries to offer like swimming pools, snack bars, sun loungers and parasols...all draped in the Signature Egyptian idiosyncrasy. I'm 'comfortably numb' right now...It goes without saying that I'm SO looking forward to the experience.

The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - My hotel-selection in Cairo..the affordable choice...
The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - Redirected to the hotel's website for confirmation...
Alright, since the hotel selection has been 'freezed', it's time to finalize the 'travel itinerary', the places to be visited and the route map. It is often observed that the local travel guides tend to mislead the travelers and as a result, the primary purpose of the visit remains unfulfilled. My experience says that a through study cum deliberation session on the internet, in consultation with a number of travel bloggers could solve it for you. I follow a number of travel blogs primarily because they provide an unbiased view for sure, and yes, the fact they are personal accounts helps immensely in deciding your course of action. My envisaged "sight-seeing outline", as pre-decided has been enumerated below. The list is a self-research an exclusive one. Here it goes:

Day 1: Mohamed Ali Mosque, Gizeh Plateau, Keops Pyramid ~ Bathed in history, the Pyramid of Khufu (Keops in Greek) is the only remaining wonder of the ancient world and is certainly worth exploring. The Mohamed Ali Mosque, that was intended to echo the great imperial mosques of the Ottoman Empire is quite a feast to the eyes, the Gizeh plateau is home to the three great pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure as well as the Sphinx...it is certainly smells history. The first day of the ride, should be pivotal in setting up the course of the entire trip! Well, I'm totally backing my top 3 selections....*the head start* !!


Day 2: Dahshur, Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Step Pyramid of Djoser ~ The  Egyptian Antiquities Museum houses the famous Tutankhamun collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal Mummy room, which displays an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries..certainly a treat for all historians. The Dahshur is an unique Red Pyramid, the first true pyramid ever constructed in history...a must see for all the enthusiasts. The Pyramid of Djoser is a master-piece of the necropolis at Saqqara, it's a step pyramid as they say and attracts tourists from across the globe. Day 2 of my expedition thus covers both -the 'rich heritage' of Egypt as well as it's preservation. Chalking out the travel coordinates, it's certainly within reach.


Day 3 : Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, Memphis and Sakkara, Hanging Church - El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary ~ "Memphis and Sakkara are 2 location sites that a tourist should definitely try to visit if sufficient time is available." - Writes a travel reviewer, it's certainly worth exploring I'd say. The Hanging church, originally built in the ancient fortress of Babylon in Old Cairo around 4th century AD, derives its name from its location suspended above two Roman gate towers...it is an architectural marvel and highly recommended for the ones who gorge of historic constructions. The Mosque of Sultan Hassan is one of the best examples of early 'enshrined' Mamluk architecture in Cairo; it is emblematic in it's beauteous constructional features and is certainly a feast to the eyes! I'm slowly getting into the flow right now, it is so comforting....


Day 4 : Colossus of Ramses II, Cave Church, Khan Al-Khalili ~ Travel bloggers have described the path leading to the Cave Church as a 'breathtaking experience'; one of them says that "Getting there is interesting, the roads are full of organized trash, and are narrow and hard to maneuver" , on the look of it, appears to be quite an amazing place to explore.  Located in the heart of Islamic Cairo, the Khan Al-Khalili is an open-air bazaar that is filled with unique and exotic items from spices and perfumes to jewelry and souvenirs; it certainly gives me chance to gather some wonderful collectibles for the family members back in India...they'll surely relish every bit of it. The Colossus of Ramses II is another gigantic statue carved in limestone is more than 33 feet long, it is a great icon of power representing an Ancient Egypt legend, it's a magnificent creation tailor-made for the disciples of ancient history. Ah...my friend! Looks like the fourth day is really going to set the tone for a memorable climax.


Day 5 : Alabaster Sphinx, Pyramids show, Papyrus Institute ~ I have heard a lot about the light and sound show organized in the midst of the 'historic pyramids'...it is an extraordinary experience, the coalition of technology with the glorious remnants of the past..I simply can't wait to experience the magic! The Alabaster Sphinx, on the other hand, is made of calcite, a type of alabaster....the sphinx is 26 feet long and 16 feet tall and is the largest calcite statue ever found. I have read about this majestic creation in the encyclopedia...it sure is a marvel. The last, and not the least on the list is a tryst at the Papyrus Institute- "It's one thing to hear that papyrus was the first paper. However, it's fascinating to actually see how it's made, and to see people making it and writing on it. " - writes a travel-aficionado and I totally concur. We have read so much about the papyrus, it's going to be an incredible experience to see the manufacturing process; in-fact there lies a marvelous opportunity to 'learn' about those 'coded messages' encrypted on them. "Travel is learning" and I would like to enhance my wisdom-curve through this Egyptian rendezvous. The final day is reserved for 'hogging', 'barefoot trudges', learning local dialects & euphoric recollection.


"But Sammy, have you planned for a local transport to take you to the respective location? Or do you intend to fix it once you reach there? "- The very obvious question followed. Yes, my chaddi-buddy Srijan was rather impressed with the travel plan; but then I must thank him for reminding me this very critical aspect of the travel-alacrity. Yes, with the rise in petrol prices, you got to select the right kind of vehicle to take you around the city...the car that is spacious, offers a comfortable ride and offers a good mileage. And it's all the more interesting to note that Skyscanner helps you find a suitable vehicle online at a reasonable price. What more can you ask for? Within seconds I got a swanky list of automobiles listed categorically on my computer screen, a single click would redirect me to the car-hiring page, it's a hassle-free process. Considering the arduousness of the journey and the coverage, I decided to 'delegate the charge' to the classic Nissan Tida, Chevy Aveo. I sure promised to a thrilling ride across the boulevard of reincarnated dreams, the Egyptian highway is calling me with extended arms. The entire package (transportation) costs me around INR 16,167, that's pretty affordable considering the number of spots to be covered in all the 6 days. P.S. - I forgot to mention that the Pick Up and Drop off to the Cairo International Airport has been included in the package below....

The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - The 'esteemed' car-hiring prompt on Skyscanner
The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - You can select the date of travel & the class of car..
The travel blue-print with Skyscanner - My selection...the stylish Nissan Tida, Chevy Aveo.... 
Okay then, let's come to the grand total, yes, I know that being a financial consultant helps...but then this is the first time I'm designing the complete travel-blue-print on my own, that too on account of an indelible travel experience...it's a special feeling, you know. Alright then, the cumulative expenditure for the entire trip is  INR 50,054 /- (Round trip flight fare) + INR 26,055/- (Hotel tariff for staying in Cairo) + INR 16,167/- (Car-hiring expense for sight-seeing in Cairo) = INR 92,276 /-. The balance amount or rather the contingency fund will be utilized in buying signature token gifts from the Khan Al-Khalili for my dearest family members and some of my close friends as a memento of a successful cavalcade. Infact, being a food-o-grapher, I'd also like to spend a part of the balance amount in tying out some delectable Egyptian cuisines like the Ful Medames or the Kanfah. I've already enlisted the details of the best dining hubs in Cairo. There are certain things that money can't buy....it certainly can't buy the unscripted happiness...the feeling of contentment, the effervescence that this 'royal ramble' promises to generate; this 'trip of reincarnation' should bring in a surge of 'fresh air' mingled with the ancient aura ! Voila...!


* This post is a part of Skyscanner travel wizard activity at BlogAdda.com.
* The first four pictures in the post & self-clicked & copyright protected. Rest of the images have been downloaded from google.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Rendezvous: The 'Zest Up Your Life' Experience....


Well, well...the ride started off with 50 talented bloggers from all over the country, hopping over to the charming beaches of Goa to experience a thrilling ride. The ride that unveiled magical moments, 'impelling bloopers', engaging interactive sessions,' knowledge transfer' and lastly, concocted a glorious collaboration. The meet turned out to be a bridge of sorts, the bloggers exchanged views, ideas and in turn, scripted a glorious intermingling of diverse blogging genres. The meet that revolved around esteemed trail of the brand new Tata Zest, did unveil new angles, new perspectives and ended up creating an enshrined nexus on the drive. I'd like to praise both Blogadda and Tata Motors for choosing such a tranquil and bewitching location for the meet; well a close association with Nature, good food (for thought) and good company could spawn legendary creations..and this was no exception.  And the best part of the meet was perhaps ingrained the mid-journey halt in the midst of the Goan greens and the replenishing selfie-spree that followed there-after; the bloggers' odyssey that is. The short-bursts of laughter and countless photo-sessions did stitch a concord, the 'meet' that brought out our indwelling love for the boulevard did etch out memories on the drive....we did realize that we were a bunch of 'like-minded' people, the zest and allegiance associated with exploring the 'uninterrupted' highway is truly eternal. The presence of Narain Karthikeyan did send in goosebumps...the speed maestro took us on a virtual ride into the world of 'supersonic automobiles'; he touched upon those critical aspects that denominates the all New Tata Zest...it sure promises to be a 'prized possession'. Well, as a food blogger, I'd definitely like to assert that the Zuri White Sands Resort and Casino, Goa serves great food...the live counter (dinner) did serve some delectable smoked fish-delights. The social-network-carved-pastries (as a part of the high-tea) did steal the show...the role of social media in uniting people from across the globe is indeed phenomenal; so let's take a 'bite into the success story'. Alright then...let's allow the photographs to do the talking.

The Glorious Rendezvous: The solitary 'charm' ~ The bloggers came alone & mingled thereafter..
The Glorious Rendezvous: The setting sun at Varca, and we started off right from there...
The Glorious Rendezvous: Early morning shoot at the Varca Beach, the super-busy fishermen...
The Glorious Rendezvous: Zesty Shoot at the Varca Beach, a bit of brewing romance in there..
The Glorious Rendezvous: The Bangalore bloggers are here..of course, the fourth one is missing...
The Glorious Rendezvous: The resting-monster...just about to 'cream through the seas'....
The Glorious Rendezvous: Exploring the depths of Goa, early in the morning...the 'zesty' stroll...
The Glorious Rendezvous: The dilapidated fisherman's hub..it was quite a spooky experience...
The Glorious Rendezvous: The rear-view mirror selfie, just to sum up the prodigious experience...
The Glorious Rendezvous: 'Tweet before you ride'...that's what Heena's (precisely) up to ;) ...
The Glorious Rendezvous: Now THIS, my friend, is going to stay...a treasured accolade it is..
The Glorious Rendezvous: The final photoshoot, that too in the rains..what a climax :-D
The Glorious Rendezvous: The entire group of bloggers with the maestro Narain Karthikeyan...

Inkling on the drive ~ The 'Tata Zest' Experience..

Well, then...the 'D day' has arrived. I would rather call it a lyrical ride, primarily because it did unravel new directions and 'new dimensions' in terms of the receptivity...the thrill that you experience while holding the steering-wheel. You know that the wide open boulevard is calling you with extended arms and there you go, creaming through the Goan 'zigzag's' in search of a new horizon. Yes, ladies and gentlemen...Tata Zest has it all. The performance that's of the highest order, the SQ (Satisfaction Quotient) that has almost set world-class standards with it's inception and the essence of 'vogue' attached to both the interiors and the exteriors- you do set an 'advanced proficiency' level. Glad that we got a chance to get a 'hands-on feeler' of the beauty!

The Tata Zest Experience: Here's one of the 'speedy specimens' on offer, dazzling blue....
The Zesty Drive: The moment we caught the sight of our brand new engineering marvels, to taken on a test drive, one thing was for sure..this promised to be the experience of life-time. Those happy miles 'on the go' would script a glorious tale, the tale of automobile enthusiasts to be etched on the highway. We were earlier told that the all new Tata Zest thrives on a multi-mode drive, the primary one being the Eco-mode with the treasured 'endowment', it's an effortless cruise on the highway that comes in with a souvenir fuel efficiency, followed by the city & sport modes that caters to the 'driving trajectory'..the ideal combination of power and mileage to add "zest" to your drive. The initial nerves were conquered soon enough & the rest is pretty much 'history'.

The Tata Zest Experience: The breather in the midst of a legendary 'royal ramble'.....
The route that we had to follow was pretty much a combination of the city stretch and the highway- the possibility of switching modes was pretty much there. And we complied, we subtly shuffled our positions, altered the driving modes and completed the entire 'radius' with beaming confidence. And it goes without saying that the intrinsic 'ease of the drive' impressed us the most. The 'creamy stretch' of around 40 kilometers through the picturesque Goan roads would remain as silky, tranquil & of course 'zesty experience'. The last stretch of the drive was 'accomplished' in the Sport mode with the inbred 'nitro booster' . Explore ;)

The Tata Zest Experience: Trying something new, the rear-view mirror selfie or the 'reafie' ...
The 3 Pillars of Tata Zest: The 'characteristic idiosyncrasy' that's prompted through the envisaged three-tier architecture viz. DesignNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext, does complete the circle...Tata Zest is certainly a LEVEL-Up, an engineering brilliance that perhaps sets a benchmark of it's own. As a person, who's extremely inclined towards 'analyzing' the impact of the contemporary 'automobile interventions' , I would rather take this opportunity and script it down as a best practice study- The reason why I say study? Well, that's of course, the first experience with the automated manual transmission is always the chapter one of the learning curve. This was my first experience with controlling a 'mean machine' that has 'auto-receptors' in true sense of the term- well, the fact that it cater's to the driver's furtherance is quite an innovation itself. The "driver focused interior layered" arrangement is just another 'gift' from Tata who invests in user-satisfaction and a soothing-driving-experience. The 'upscale' voice command driven operating infotainment system is a quite a value-addition I'd say...

The Tata Zest Experience: The stylish accessories that form an intrinsic aspect of the Zest..
The Humanitarian Bend: Ah, to highlight the 'crux' of the experience, I bet that the car, that is manufactured with a 'humanitarian bent' offers a joy-ride. The surprise factor is indeed the "SMS notification and read-out" functionality that effectively recognizes the major Indian dialects, oh my...that speaks a lot regarding the rich 'charm of technology' encapsulated in the metal-castings. Perhaps there's "life" nested in the quiescent piece of genius that almost molds as if in sync with the driver's thought-process. I got to say that the Tata Motors team working with a group of 250 Engineers have done a fabulous job in creating such a humane-machine, we could feel the pulse, right from the moment we stepped into the 'luxurious creation'. Ahoy.

The Tata Zest Experience: The interiors are absolutely beautiful...the sheeny splendor....
The Tata Zest Experience: The swanky controls resulting in a superior driving experience....
The car looks compact from the outer half and it's extremely spacious from inside, that is the perfect example of a 'zesty creation'- it's like a technological-prophecy...a unveiling to be honest, the confident dynamism is indeed a proclamation. Not going deep into the technicalities, one of the primary things that I always check before the reviewing a car, is the efficiency of the braking system- Voila! The Tata Zest, has put forward all the user-feedback into practice, the manifestation being a Generation 9 ABS with EBD and corner stability control- truly a masterclass. The glowing divulgement is the ePAS that incorporates the most advanced steering in this segment, uses brush-less D.C. motors and 'facilitates' in a noiseless drive . I'd rate the Petrol manual variant slightly higher than the Diesel automatic, mostly because I can rather be 'at home' with the former, it's like a familiar territory for me. Of course, the automatic mode is neoteric and worth exploring. All in all, a splendid experience indeed. 
This goes to the Tata Motors and the Blogadda team: Just to share a small feedback, dad, an automobile engineer seemed to be really fascinated after browsing through the pics & analyzing the inventive features of the all new Zest. Cheers!

The Tata Zest Experience: Trying my hand with the legendary Tata Zest, the creamy ride....
Ahan..sounds like a dreamy possession isn't it?
Well, I'd concur...the experience that unfurls with every mile, is like a regal epiphany. Are you feeling 'the Zest' already? 

Friday, July 25, 2014

In search of the incredible- The Neuro-Phone....


Before I start off with my fancy cognition, let me share a couple of beguiling incidents with the readers. The excerpts have been directly lifted from my diary, well, I have this uncanny knack of scripting down those minor bit of details…those dinky everyday accounts in my notebook; it’s like a routine entry-work that has become an intrinsic aspect of my day to day life. Nothing gaudy, nothing illustrious…it’s like a token memorandum; those informal, un-formatted scribbles that form a part of my life- sometimes frivolous but sporadically eventful. It took me a while to get into the flow, but then, it’s my daily dose of wine, intoxicating to say the least….come, let’s quickly turn a few pages.

- Incident 1 -
Entry date and time: 3:00 AM, 12th February 2012

As a part of the business development activity, I was instructed to attend a crucial financial bid opening today, crucial because the competition in terms of the ‘rival quotes’ was pretty stiff. Our whole team had brainstormed over a period of 3 days and decided to optimize the ‘team effort’ as much as possible, but the concerns still remained. The quotation had been reviewed almost 10 times before it was signed and sealed, it was a must-win proposal for us. There was a last minute modification as well; utter panic that is. I did mention in the earlier entry that the team lead is travelling for the last couple of weeks, I was (probably) the obvious choice. Never-mind, I battled through the congested mid-day roads of Kolkata and the deadline was met. The anticipation level was sky-high, the other bidders, at the look of it, seemed pretty relaxed…I prayed hard, I adjured, I looked around for inspiration…I failed to ‘mitigate’ the trepidation, panic took over the charge. ‘Helpless’ is the word.
“Hey, where the hell is your quote?” – The middle-aged hard-nosed brown haired bid-evaluation committee member squalled. My trance was broken and I looked up in dysphoria; yes his dreaded finger was pointing straight towards me.
“Excuse me, Sir…any problem?”- I tried my best to hide my misery, but the series of events that followed, ripped me apart.
The weird look creature had *cleaved* through the envelope and taken out the blank sheet of A4 sized paper that lay inside. What a blunder it was from our side, sheer nonchalance.
But!!! Hey! Wait there…didn’t I know this already? Just give me a moment to reconcile. It’s happening again. Oh Lord.

This is not the first time, not AT ALL the first time, these outlandish flashes keep coming back.…as if everything’s pre-decided, everything’s so obvious…everything’s so familiar. Am I diseased? Or am I empowered? I remember this very distinctly…I saw the glimpses of the same episode last night…ah…was it last night or the day before? I had already witnessed our ‘glorious blooper’ even before the event had actually taken place…but then I don’t seem to remember anything distinctly. The entire series of events, starting from the traffic jam to the ‘barren envelope content’ was actually known….or was it? Is this a form of premonition? Why do these flashes conjure up exactly when the event transpires? Why not before that? I’m stuck bro…I’m stuck.
I’m literally palpitating right now….nobody’s going to believe me I know. Even my parents won't...I'm screwed. I bloody know!!

Haunted by the eerie premonitions- Of course, not the happiest feeling in the world
It’s coming back….its coming back to haunt me. I seriously don’t know how to react to this, but this is certainly troubling me. I distinctly remember the financial bid opening debacle and its impact, this was perhaps one step ahead. I don’t know what to write, but then it’s equally important for me to record this ‘phenomenon’ that has disturbed the course of my life. It sure has...

- Incident 2 -
Entry date and time: 1:30 AM, 17th June 2012

It’s been a gloomy day today, overcast and somber to say the least…no sign of romance or amour to be honest; but of course, that opened the flood gates for an unplanned photo-walk- Yes, it’s been quite a while since we had one. North Calcutta, being a popular ‘hunting ground’ for all photographers, was almost the indisputable choice…the ‘milestones’ to be covered were essentially Kumortuli, Mullik Ghat, Pathuria Ghata and Bagbazar. The plan was to start off early so that we could cover the ‘streets of North Calcutta” in daylight and come back to shoot the ‘divine’ Ganga Aarti at the Bagbazar Ghat by 5 o’ clock in the evening. The plan worked out perfectly, in-fact, the shoot transpired out to be better than expected…the team of 5 shutterbugs literally creamed through the narrow lanes and by-lanes of the Calcutta…capturing every bit of those details through the lens. Rahul was the most animated of the lot, almost bumping into a street side vendor in pursuit of his critically acclaimed macro-shots…his newly acquired 18-200 mm was in action right from the word go. At around 4:30 PM, we instructed our chauffeur to take us to the depths of Bagbazar, and yes, you got it right…the level of excitement had reached its threshold.

We could already see a crowd of meddlesome photographers waiting at the staircase; gearing up with the hulking DSLR’s, expensive lens’ and tripods…waiting for the Utopian moment, the moment to savor. We struggled through the coterie to secure a position beneath the stairs…right in-front of the pious podium, perhaps the best spot to grab a decent frame. This was going to be one of the most challenging low-light shoots that we had encountered in the last couple of years. We were eagerly waiting for the proceedings.
A sudden buzz in the crowd did send in a signal…the moment had supposedly arrived. But surprisingly, we didn't see the purohits coming out with the enshrined thali’s …nor did the illuminated beacons arrive- we exchanged probing squints but couldn't decipher the rationale behind this hasty disturbance. We didn't have to wait for long enough though…we could clearly see ‘his strife’…his ‘conflict with the raging stream’, his wrangle…his prized possession couldn’t be saved. Yes, the photographer (his name was Amit, as the reports said) survived a calamity on that particular; he lost his step in pursuit of a legendary shot that was never meant to be. We could clearly see him sinking deep into the Nature’s puzzle; the attempt to save his ‘fading soul’ was successful but his beloved DSLR disappeared in the flow.
And there it happened again. Everything seemed to fall into the groove. It was bewildering; the entire series of events seemed to be so familiar…so recognizable…it was almost as if I was watching the second round of a tragedy. It’s a deplorable feeling my friend, it’s as troublesome as ever….when you realize that your ‘vision’ could have actually prevented the scourge, not to be. I stopped for a moment, trying to gather my thoughts…it’s almost as if I’m in a no-man’s land, it’s a hostile footing…it’s a battle against your own cognition. It’s a delicate bridge of introspection, you know that there’s light on the other side…but you don’t realize it till you reach the 'penultimate log'. It's like a deep 'sinking' feeling you know, as if you are solely responsible for the mishaps! Thank God, the guy was saved, a sigh of relief...but the incident perhaps wouldn't have happened at all, I could have…

Haunted by the eerie premonitions- Perhaps there's a ray of hope right around the corner...
Yes, its true fellas...none of the facts, as stated above are exaggerations. This is indeed my story. I guess I was 12 when I realized that I could actually ‘see’ more than an average individual, the only ‘germ’ that was instilled in the entire process was the ‘recollection  bug’.­­ I have never disclosed this to anybody, I actually couldn’t have because of the simple fact that it isn't (perhaps) convincing enough. Google says that this ‘debility’ is perhaps a form of precognition or ‘second sight’…but of course, the exposition is not sanguine. The fact that those ‘flashes’ only re-appear with the actual occurrence is unsettling me deep inside; it’s like a black hole of thoughts when you tend to know the ‘face of fate’ and you’re still dragged into it. I know of very few people who’d actually remember what they saw in their dreams…perhaps a rugged outline remains but the intrinsic details are lost somewhere deep within. We simply couldn’t materialize the ‘dream-catcher’, it did remain as an abstraction but the true manifestation was never realized. And we never stop exploring! Our glorious expedition in search of the 'incredible' continues.....

Haunted by the eerie premonitions- Of course, at the end of the day...wishful thinking rules..
But then, you know, the idea struck me….yes it’s merely an idea; we do thrive on vibrant ideas, don’t we? ‘Dreams have a spur of reality in them’- Anonymous... yes, dreams have strong relevance with reality, it’s like a puzzle of disjointed events that doesn’t have an underlying order to it. It’s synchronized chaos that has a concealed enigma; there have been multiple attempts to draw a logical hypothesis that could perhaps ‘link’ together those disjointed episodes…and prove that the relevance, as experienced in the real life, is not merely a coincidence. But the mystery still remains….and it goes without saying that technology could well do a Sherlock out here. And by technology, I do mean a portable solution…the solution that has precision and deduces results that can be arrived at easily.
Yes, let’s talk of a smartphone that acts as a virtual dream-catcher. All you need to do is to put it beneath your pillow just before you ‘crash’ and let the gizmo do the rest. The virtual dream-catching device could operate out of multiple models, and the prediction could be based out of a number of parameters including “blood pressure”, “pulse rate”, “brain function”, "SGPT", “timings of your sleep”, and of course “peace of the mind”. I don’t mind even if it takes the ‘user specific’ DNA sample to start with, there’s no substitute to precision. Right? The idea is to track down the ‘transient flashes’ as and when they arrive, record them in high definition and then display them as it is in form of “live streaming”- the ‘transcript’ should be raw and uncut so that even the minutest of details are captured with impeccability. The smartphone, in effect, could extract data out of a self-generated artificial neural network and of course fetch them in real-time. The fact that the smartphone basically keeps a track of your sub-conscious mind, might just be a prophecy is the making, it won't influence the thinking process nevertheless and won't be hazardous to health in any way. The fact that it senses merely on the basis of vibration even with a medium in between the object and surface of contact, should be quite a revelation in itself. The application would be integrated 'probability filter' to prevent the recording of disjointed, impractical dreams that could restore 'sanity'; the outcome of embedded complex statistical predictive analytic's tool  that decodes motion images into mathematical figures in seconds. The correlation quotient and statistical testing of hypothesis does the rest of the activity in terms of relating the rambling 'flashes' into a concrete event with a predictive success rate of 90 percent. It goes without saying that you need a very powerful processor to 'advocate' your envisaged functionality 'with care'...sensing, recording extracting, analyzing, inferring! Tada! The ASUS Zenfone's Dual-core 2 GHz (Z2580)/1.6 GHz (Z2560) backed by the Intel Atom Z2580/ Z2560 is tailor-made for this purpose. Furthermore, the perks of having a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection and a display resolution of 1280×720 pixels is indeed feast to the eyes- should be quite a surreal experience to view those "preconceived" reflections in High Definition. And of course, you could upload these 'hypnagogic videos' on all the possible social networking sites within seconds- the ASUS Zenfone's lightning browser speed and enhanced connectivity to act as the catalyst. We could even think of automated alert systems that could work in sync with the 'anticipated' date of occurrence, that could actually remind you of an upcoming adversity irrespective of the virulence. Of course, I won't need the services of an lunatic astrologer after this intervention.... ;)

Do we realize that we have, in effect, formulated a powerful predictor device 'operating with a bunch of individuals' who are blessed with 'intuitive thinking'? Having said that, we could be in for the first 'humane phone' on this planet..a phone that creates a logical synergy with the transcendental aspects of human neurology. And I, being an exclusive member of the 'premonition club'  could actually be an active part of this 'incredible technology integration'. Voila! 
Ladies and gentlemen....have we managed to stitch together the technical blue-print for the 'incredible super-phone' already? 

The futuristic projection- My envisaged dream-catcher gizmo...the smartphone.
*This post has been written as a part of the #IncredibleZen contest by Asus India in association with indiblogger. Learn more about the brand new Asus Zenfone on their official website. In case of queries, do send in a tweet to @AsusIndia.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Zesty Pentagon....


remember my dean reciting “life is mixed bag of boom and doom” on the day of our convocation. Obviously, we didn't pay heed to his testimony, we were sinking deep into the gravity of the occasion. Almost 5 years later, when we decided to play the recorded footage from the ‘recognition day’, these words seemed to be priceless.
“As engineers, you are going to the field now….you are going to experience the toughest of challenges, but I have my faith on you…you are going to shine”- His somber vocal tone resonated across the ‘derelict’ auditorium, his voice was cutting and sagacious. “They’re would be times when temporary setbacks would cast a spell…you might entertain the thoughts of stepping back, but students, remember one thing….you have to ‘extract inspiration’ out of your prosaic existence” – He elucidated.

And then came the esoteric declaration- “Congratulations everyone…you are now set free, go, explore and remember that the afflatus is always there. Your quest begins here, enjoy the ride”. Ah! Those reverberating words…

Well, then…we have come a long way in life, we have excelled in the fields of our interest…we have been bombarded with a bag full of options and it goes without saying that we have chosen judiciously. But then, when we speak of atonement, when we speak of gratification, perhaps the sense of contentment eludes us on a number of occasions. We’re mostly driven by the corporate tide, propelled by targets, tasks, goals and ‘performance driven KPI’s’….we often tend to lose out on the impetus, the drive…’the hunger’ to say the least. It’s almost imperative that a weary corporate soul, bound by the realm of ‘utilization’, seeks respite…having said that, the ‘awakening’ has to be self-driven. They call it self-assessment in the official lingo…I call it cognizance, go back to the roots…I say, go back to the source and trace the patch of illumination. Thanks to Blogadda for being the driving force, for being the cicerone in this divine retention; time to retrace to the origin & identify the 'zest-quotient'. Ahoy.

'A wise man once said….
“Your (head) start paves the way for a fine day”….
Ahoy! And off I went into the greens….
Across the banks into the streams…..!'

The Zest Factor # 1: An early morning photo-walk - Yes, it started off with a doctor’s prescription and it transpired out to be the course of my life. An early morning photo-walk is all you need to regenerate the fading zeal; the ‘ride’ that was announced through a ‘commanding’ coercion, did turn out to be quite a refreshing reprise. It was not long before I was ‘digging deep’ into the rich heritage of North Calcutta….the rugged beauty of the secluded lanes and by-lanes draped in the first rays of the morning sun. I have always been a late riser, but the spirit of an early morning accomplishment has driven me quite a lot…those unplanned ventures covering Hatibagan, Pathuriyaghata, Kumortuli, Bagbazar have almost become a ‘reason to linger’. The embedded artistry in the mundane day-to-day life that appeals to my camera certainly strike the chords, our group of 5 crazy paparazzi’s have almost creamed through the semi-lit passages of North Calcutta…yes, there’s zest in there…there’s life in there. The short-but-sweet photo-hunts have been thirst-quenching to be honest…I have explored so many obscure angles, I have rather 'grown up' in the process; wish to continue this ‘esteemed routine’ of mine till the very last day of my life, my sincere wish.
The Zest Factor # 1: An early morning photo-walk : Exploring the depths of North Calcutta
The Zest Factor # 1: An early morning photo-walk : The solitary vendor at the Maidan...
The Zest Factor # 1: An early morning photo-walk : Early morning 'business' ....
The Zest Factor # 1: An early morning photo-walk : Early morning shopping spree ;)
'When in need, switch to innocence….
Driving off the entanglement…
Rubbing off the stealing anarchy…..
Bring them close…embrace them…'

The Zest Factor # 2: The ringing bells of freedom- It’s imperative that working as a consultant is tricky at times, you need to outsmart your immediate competitor by hook or by crook…you resort to the path of honesty all the time. But then, at the end of the day, you do realize that in pursuit of material happiness, you have managed to dig a deep grave of malice….the feeling is a sinking one. You need a ray of hope that could act as the enzyme…the spur of euphoria amidst the protruding darkness. And yes, it does appear….right through the tiny crack of the otherwise reinforced wall of concrete. The ‘ringing bells of freedom’ break my trance….I could hear them from a distance, the jubilant announcement. No, I’m not talking about the historic ‘bell’ at Lords’ that kick-starts the epic battle on the 22 yards…I’m talking about the “patron of resurgence”…the tone that symbolizes effervescence…that symbolizes cheerfulness. As a kid, I used to wait for the signal…the signal that announces the end of ‘school-hours’…and the beginning of beatitude. Years have passed by, but the feeling changed…the thrill of ‘flooding the neighborhood greens’ draws me deep into the ecstasy, the sense of positive energy that it generates in me is simply phenomenal. And I rush along to catch a glimpse…the divine ‘rush’ of young feet…following the tiny footprints…’ happy feet’, the “zest” to ‘luxuriate in’...!

The Zest Factor # 2: The ringing bells of freedom - Just after the class has ended...
The Zest Factor # 2: The ringing bells of freedom - The innocent faces, embrace them...
The Zest Factor # 2: The ringing bells of freedom - Rubbing off the stealing anarchy...
The Zest Factor # 2: The ringing bells of freedom - The smile that makes your day...

'Knowledge is quite a transferable asset….
Knowledge is like a consignable felicity….
When the quantum of learning outruns….
The sense of consummation surfaces…'

The Zest Factor # 3: The gratifying 'hand-shake' -Well, I’m one of those unexampled specimens who enjoys the so-called unfamiliar challenge, yes, the implications might turn out to be unfavorable…but then there’s a sense of equanimity attached to it. When I say that their “ecstatic-shake-of-the-hand” stimulates me, yes, I’m pretty much sure of my exact role. They call it “capacity building” or “skill up-gradation” in official terminology….I call it knowledge sharing and trust building. As a promoter of e-Governance, establishing the utility of computerization from across the country…my job is not restricted to forming training modules, but to understand the current bottlenecks in the existing processes that extends right up to the Gram Panchayat levels. I have travel-led extensively into the depths of Bengal, visiting the remote clusters…thereby making an attempt to uplift their current state. I have been a keen ‘observant’ throughout my tenure and through my experience in dealing with the skilled artisans, I can conclude that the people lying at the base of the social strata have been exploited to the core. Through the extensive ‘guidance sessions’ we have tried to send in positive vibes, those skill-development interventions have been carried out for their melioration. It’s an overwhelming experience to see a batch of contended craftsmen heading out of the hall after a fruitful session of ‘structured guidance”- the sustaining smile on their face does signify eminence…it does serve as the “zest” to head out towards newer goals….the vision of a new India, the vision of an improved India. It's an enshrined pledge for sure.

The Zest Factor # 3: The gratifying 'hand-shake'- The vigilant look..esteemed to be honest...
The Zest Factor # 3: The gratifying 'hand-shake'- The eagerness in knowledge sharing...
The Zest Factor # 3: The gratifying 'hand-shake'- The venerated 'trainees' in a cluster..
The Zest Factor # 3: The passion in mundane activities..

"The drift that never engulfs….
The yacht of life that takes you along…
And splurges in a spirit of resurgence…
Befriend the gondolier and set sail…..'

The Zest Factor #4: The adventurous boat-ride- No! I’m not a poet, not a philosopher, not a lyricist….I’m a devotee, I tend to ‘dive’ into the course and I relish the moment. 15th August 2010 changed the course of my life to be honest….it was the first that I undertook an enraptured boat-ride on the Ganges. It was an exuberant move though…the weather forecast was unfavorable, it had rained considerably in the morning and plenty more was ‘scheduled ‘in the late afternoon…who cares?  The group of effervescent explorers headed out on a mission to explore the mysteries of Nature and of course, to deal with the intrinsic atrocities. We started off from the Prinsep Ghat and headed west-wards along the stream…we could sense the hidden deadlocks that could have stalled the progress, but then that’s life. Backed up by a determination of a proficient gondolier, we traversed almost 50 miles downstream in extreme windy conditions and still survived it. The vision, was almost befogged…yet the thrill of exploring the “uncharted” overpowered the abhorrence. We knew that being certified “life-savers” might not be of any use in this rapidly flowing river current but a supernatural power guided us in course. We cling-ed on to each other tightly, as if in glorious collaboration…the grasp of faith and finally we braved the storm. The first rays of the setting sun was a glowing testimonial…a tribute to our gallantry; yes we did explore an obscure part of our own virtue on that particular day. Everything was going on smoothly till date, but our unexpected crusade changed the course completely…it did rebuild the dilapidated sense of buoyancy in all of us, the sense of solace prevailed. Yes, we do undertake such audacious boat-rides frequently these days…it does lift the exasperated souls. The surge of 'fresh air' that alleviates the worldly pain does help in reconditioning the stained thought-process.

The Zest Factor #4: The adventurous boat-ride - On the ganges on a rainy afternoon
The Zest Factor #4: The adventurous boat-ride - On the ganges- The heritage boat ride...
The Zest Factor #4: The adventurous boat-ride - On the ganges, view from the deck...
The Zest Factor #4: The adventurous boat-ride - On the ganges, the vision is almost blurred..
The Zest Factor # 5: Food, food, my beloved food - Well, they have termed it as the gastronomic delight, I would say it's my source of inner peace. The "grains" talk to me, the taste-buds know their language; interpretation is the key. And I have the KEY already! It's almost impossible for me to dig out words and express my love and gratitude towards food, but I can certainly give it a lyrical touch. 'Forever bhookad' - as they call me, gorging is quite an indignation. A good lunch could set things right for me, it certainly appeases my core...and the effect is long-term. Even my boss is aware of this inbred idiosyncrasy...he calls me for a gala dinner just before the annual appraisals...gosh, now you know why I don't react to those mediocre ratings. Yes, you got me there. A nice potlock would mean a 're-kindled me', full of tenacity and valor...a multi-cuisine rollick would certainly be a 'romantic errand'...no ranting there-after. Alright, let me make an attempt... but as I said, I'm not not a poet, it's a zesty attempt.
“Let’s play ‘Spin the Bottle’ folks……”
The leader entailed.
The quest for 'lucidity' unfurled….
A magical night that was…..
 The bottle spun and stopped at Jim,
His "break-up" was gravely extreme….
The ‘cultivated glass’ pointed to Rich,
'The PUNK’ was never confined in a niche….
The "rotating angel" headed south-east…
“The cranky poet stepped instituted a feast”…….
And then the Devil stepped up to lift….
The half empty chalice to shift!
The forsaken ‘bottle decided to test my groove….
And I was ever-ready, on the move!
“Tell us what made you write….
Tell us what wrong and what’s NOT right….
It could be a shady tale, if not a fight!”
BEHOLD!
The start was slow,
But the "pitch well rolled"….
'I stepped onto a piece of grain'…..
And the stain didn't go in vain!

I flirted with the spices....And proposed "her" at ease.....
I adored her “oomph” there-after!
'So it is an accident'…They said!
“NO, I feel into the sticky trap....."

The trap that feasted upon me….
Like a poor little rooster on the tray….
Ready to be grilled in pride….
Ah! The essence brought me back to life!

Then those words found motion….
And those "Pixels" ruled the show;
The “fibers” whisper to me…..
And the aroma dragged me deeper….

The taste-buds said- “Enough of the grill”….
It’s all about expression and Feel!
But then…..to pick and to choose?
To connect & to gorge on “your” mousse….
I share thoughts in lots, not in plots….

I eat to write, I write to eat….!
And I believe that’s quite a feat :D…
I respond to my inner-call that says “gorge on …”!
It’s WIN-WIN…without a glimmer of ‘defeat’..

The savory platter that spells a joy-fest..
Would continue to lure and relive the 'zest'!
The Zest Factor # 5: Food, food, my beloved food - The alluring, delectable spread...
The Zest Factor # 5: Food, food, my beloved food - That's what I mean by 'food for thought'...
The Zest Factor # 5: Food, food, my beloved food - Exploring the charm of zesty street food...
The Zest Factor # 5: Food, food, my beloved food - The Bong connection..'Shorshe Hilsa'...
* This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest and Blogadda.com ...
This images used in the post are self-shot and shouldn't be copied or reproduced in any form without my permission.

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