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Annabelle Comes Home To Scare; May Be

Much awaited movie for all the Annabelle fans. If you have been following the series I know you were waiting for this. The movie released on 26th June and doing well. The movie revolves around Judy Warren, her babysitter and her friend and babysitter’s boyfriend.

Judy Warren daughter of Lorraine Warren and Ed Warren can also see and feel dead people like her parents. Judy can’t fit in her school due to her parents unusual profession and left with only one friend that’s her babysitter Mary Ellen. On the other side Judy’s parents gets Anabelle home to lock it in the artifacts room of their home. A day before Judy’s birthday her parents leave for some work and leave Mary Ellen to take care of her.

The horror begin when babysitter’s friend invites herself to Judy’s place. Knowing her parents profession and the urge to connect with her dead father she unlocks Annabelle. Now Annabelle is free and she needs a soul.

First half of the story is slow and easy. Second half picks up pace. Second half is all about how these three fights through the scary night and locks the doll away. The babysitter’s boyfriend also gets involved accidentally while trying to impress her. Very unpredictable when it comes to scary scene; your instincts says now it ll happen you wait for it and nothing happens but just when you are not ready it hits you hard.

What I loved? Almost everything I am “The Fan”. What I disliked? The duration of the movie is almost 2hrs, I waited 1hr 45mts to get scared as hell. Everything happened so fast in the second half. Doll starts doing her evil business then boyfriend gets involved, they get ride of it and Judy celebrate her birthday. Wow! That was fast.

One time watch, not “Scare the Shit Out of You” types but at places done good. ⭐⭐⭐ From my end.

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A Visit To National Science Center

As the longest vacation comes to an end I tried to utilise the most of the last couple of remaining days.

As my kid is now 5yrs old I took her to National Science Center which is near Pragati Maida. Best way to commute is cab/ own conveyance. However if you have direct metro connectivity then Mandi house and ITO are the nearest metro station. From there take an auto, 40-50 rs will be the expense.

Tkts are for 60 and there are different shows which you can choose from and pay accordingly. I chose 3D Dinosaur Show(25rs) and Taramandal Show (10rs and up to 10yrs) which my kid enjoyed.

The museum has Arts, General Physics, Science and many more interesting exhibits, learning while enjoying is the major motive there. They have a section dedicated to Dinosaur which is main attraction among toddlers. A section is dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which is quite informative; kids who are keen to history will be delighted to visit here.

What to avoid: Cafeteria food is not very good. As far as hygiene is concerned flies may not accompany you but not very clean. Food quality is also not good. Stick to packed food like chips/ biscuits/ juice etc. Washrooms have different conditions on different floors so try to find the least crowded floor to find the clean washroom.

9:30 am to 6:00pm are the timings. I Advice to visit here as early to enjoy crowd free premises. Hope you will visit soon with your kids.

Mind the Malhotras: The Actual Ghar Ghar ki Kahani.

I was so looking forward to binge watch Mind The Malhotras and I did. The new Amazon Original that streamed on 7th June is a must watch, specially for couples. The story revolves around an urban couple and their day to day dealings with househelp, kids, in-laws, neighbors and the world. And ofcource a very special person to help them in their struggle.

So Mr and Mrs Malhotra face midlife crisis and are threatened by couples getting divorced around them. Here enters the special person “Their Therapist” to counsel them and try to help them get over their crisis.

The comedy series has 9 episodes (season 1) and every episode has a different story or should I say a different issue. The main characters Rishab Malhotra (Cyrus Sahukar) and Shefali Malhotra (Mini Mathur) narrate their life experience to the therapist Dr. Gulfam Rastogi (Denzil Smith). Here a topic is raised by their therapist and they give examples how they did their part in that situation.

The series is a fresh breeze to the regular saas- bahu or family drama series. It’s a remake of an Israeli series; “Family Values” formula is applied to it but keeping urban / modern challenges in mind the series covers the issues couple face nowadays. Twin Daughters who are bipolar in nature, a son who is weirdly sweet, competitive neighbors, the funny version of Sasu Maa and a house help who is Mr Malhotra’s bestie are the ingredients required for perfect family drama but with a humorous angle.

I won’t say the story is new or the gyaan given is nothing we are not aware of, but sometimes “The Gyaan” is lost in routine. No matter what a couple face in life they should not forget the reason they got together at the first place. Challenges will always be there and together they should face it as it’s “their” family.

I kind of liked it, hope you will too. Happy Watching.

Journal of a Bad Mom.

The word “Mom” has a loads for responsibility attached to it. From the day we know about our pregnancy till we die we are continuously under pressure; are we, have we and will we be able to give our best is the fear that haunt us. Is being the best is what makes us a Mom? Or it’s just the pressure built up by family, friends and the society?

I feel just as we step into motherhood the woman dies in us, all we are now is just a Mother. I am a mother of a 5yr old and have been labelled “Bad Mom” by people around me. I let my kid eat junk, I allow her play games on phone and a lot more made me a bad mom. Trust me I don’t care now.

I used to be under tremendous pressure during the initial years of motherhood but now I have my rules and I am happy with it. Yes I do face criticism and ofcource the tag of being bad mom but I simply ignore. My child my rules.

So how to survive the pressure and do good for your kid and actually enjoy motherhood. So here I am sharing some tips or life hacks to make things easy.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦The moment you are pregnant the entire nation is ready to “give some advice”. Here I must say stick to your doctor’s advice and discuss the “advice” given by any other person before practicing it. Do the same even after your child is born, the doctor knows more.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦ Postpartum Depression: Many haven’t heard of it, it can be temporary or can have long-term effect your relationship with your kid as well as the people around you. You are exhausted, depressed or irritated at the early stage of motherhood and it’s normal, but if it prolong then you need help. Counseling helps a lot. Understand your need and act accordingly.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦ Every child is different and needs to be handed differently. Family environment, influence of elders and a lot more are responsible for your kid’s behaviour and overall development. So if ever someone give you advice about how they do it, hear it but try only if you feel it’s possible for your kid.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦ Now your kid is in school and the pressure is high. Believe me till 5th grade your kid’s academic performance hardly matters. The kid should know how to read and write and some maths. I come across parents who continue to push their kid to perform better than best and then flaunt how best their kid is. Let your kid do things on their own, you can help if its needed. This will make them independent and will help in long-term.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦Take the “Me Time” break whenever possible. And me time means it should only be about you. Put your husband incharge of taking care of your kid. No matter what take a break atleast once fortnight. Spa, shopping for yourself, movie or hangout with friends anything that makes “you” happy.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦Stay away form women who cries and cribs about the life they have and then do the honour of giving themselves credit of handling everything singlehandedly with a smile as they love the family. Trust me they fake their life.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦It’s ok if your kid ate junk the entire day or didn’t score good in any test or isn’t dressed best in some family function. It’s absolutely ok, you and your kid both are in their learning phase. You are learning how to be a better mom and your child is learning how to be a good human first and foremost.

I am a bad mom, irresponsible, ignorant and what not and I don’t care. It’s ok to make mistakes that means we are learning something. Don’t compare yourself and let other judge the way you are handling things . Being a Mom itself is a lot and don’t let people spoil the experience. We are the Millennial Mom and we do things differently.

Relationship Status : Complicated

A “Status” preference from Facebook which is much more than just preference. Many people select the status; some just for fun and some have a hidden chaos in them. In the world where values of relationship has just gone to drain it’s actually a bliss to see some happy couples. Well we don’t really know they are happy or pretending to be. #Relationship Goals #Couple Goals and many more social media things have taken over the feeling of having a real good companionship.

Now how to cope with this “Complicated” relationship is the real question. Here Extra Marital Relationship / The other person come to rescue. I know many of my readers will raise an eyebrow reading this. The “extra” thing is always a Taboo in the society. And why shouldn’t they raise an eyebrow? Marriage / Relationship is all about commitments, dedications, love, loyalty and much more. But do all couples get or give the same from or to their spouse / partner?

Let’s talk about Men and Women individually. I was watching a video couple of days back which shows an expert’s views about extra marital status. According to her when a woman cheats she is done with her previous relationship, while a man don’t mind juggling between a few relationships. Well at some extent it’s true; it’s my personal opinion a man thinks Sex, Money, Food and Sleep are the ingredients that will make them happy. So if Money, Food and Sleep is fine all they need is good sex. No matter from whom, spouse or someone else. Just sex and nothing else; no emotional attachments at all.

On the other hand a woman don’t put sex on the priority list. For her that other man has to be connected emotionally, mentally and finally physically. As I already said if the woman is looking out of her marriage / relationship that means she is done with the previous one.

So is introducing this other person in your life is good or bad? Sorry I am no one to decide. It’s said these relationships last for a short period of time but I have seen people together till death do them apart. The desire of having someone who can fill the void in you may get so strong that you end up being miserable. I believe if people search inside them for what is missing and what they actually want they can find a better solution. It’s not always sex or romance that is lacking, sometimes just a friend to whom you can talk without being judged is all you need. Don’t just jump into something and get yourself hurt. Yes getting a perfect partner is difficult and we do make mistakes but getting with just someone will not solve the purpose.

In the world filled with “no strings attached” “friends with benefits” “fuck buddies” and what not it’s near to impossible to find that soulmate with whom you can be happy. We have heartbreaks and still gather the courage to search again. That’s how life is and we live it.

When Food Meets Tech at Tanoshi Trails

In last one decade Delhites have shown interest in Asian Food. Their preference have raised from the mediocre Chinjabi Food to exotic Asian delicacies like Sushi, Dimsum, Ramen etc. However its still a hard task to find a good place to satisfy your Asian craving but yes there are some places that can simply please your pallet.

So the search of a good Asian Restaurants brought me to Tanoshi Trails. GK 1 have many other options for the same but what attracted me was their take on service.

The restaurant is on 1st floor. As you enter the place their exquisite dΓ©cor catches your sight. Bright colours and embossed wall arts gives the place a mesmerising look. The second thing is the conveyer belt bringing food to the table. However the experience is available to a limited section of the restaurant. And we were lucky to get seating in that section.

Now coming to the food and beverage.
Without much turning the menu pages we ordered:

? Sushi and Dimsum. Tamago Nigiri and Tofu Theriyaki Rolls were ordered. Tamago Nigiri was a new thing for me; omelette draped over sushi rice and tied with nori. Tofu Teriyaki Rolls were a known thing. Enjoyed both the sushis.

? We ordered some classic Spinach & Corn Dimsum and Pan Fried Chicken & Chive Dimsum. Both were made fabulous. The pan fried dimsum needs special mentions as it was made to perfection.

? Next we had wok tossed Corn & Water Chestnuts. Chestnuts added more crunch to the dish. A must have with your drinks.

? Finally we ordered Chicken in Thai Red Curry and Noodles. One fine red curry I have tasted. Loved it to the core.

?Finally ended our meal with Coconut Pancakes. A must try from their menu.

A scrumptious meal I must say. Stood up to my expectations. Definitely visiting again.

Delhish to Irish with The Irish House.

Nehru Place has always been the buzzing food hub for South Delhi; earlier it was for street food and now after Epicuria Food Mall some of the best restaurants can be found under a roof. The Irish House is one among the best places in Epicuria Food Mall. Went there couple of weeks back and was awestruck by the food, ambiance and the service provided by them. The rustic wooden ambience complete with community tables, booths, a large sports screen, great music, and an extensive calendar of events and activities, sets the mood for the good times!

The Irish House! Promising a warm Irish experience, The Irish House serves over 50 varieties of beer including pints, craft beers and draughts along with a large variety of spirits and wines. I was pretty much impressed by the menu they have. Some of their specialities and best sellers were highlighted with a drool worthy pic of it, which actually help you to make up your mind to order.

Coming to the food and beverage part. Without any fail I ordered Sangria and it was perfect; just as I like. Another drink that was ordered was Black Russian Boost a cocktail shooter which was Vodka with an espresso shot. Rest settled down with their beer. And now the food part:

🍻 Cheese Brust Chicken: Crispy fried poppable chicken balls with Cheese center. It’s a cheese lovers dream. As you bite into one the Cheese oozes out, I loved it. Served with Creamy Ranch and Fries to go with.

🍻 The Great Irish Fish N Chips: A must order from their menu. Indian Basa made in Beer Batter fried till crisp, a heavenly preparation. The fish inside was perfectly cooked and tasted fine. Served with Tartare Sause and Fries. 🌟

🍻 Chicken Mac & Cheese: One of the finest Mac& Cheese I must say. The cheese sauce was smooth the macaroni was well done and it tastes heavenly. Chicken or no Chicken it was fabulous🌟

🍻 Pirtofino Grilled Fish : Spicy grilled fish is served with Mash Potatoes, Sauté String Beans and topped with rich and creamy Portofino Sauce. If you are a fish Lover then this is a must have dish from their menu. 🌟

🍻 We ended our meal with their signature dessert The Irish Riverdance. The huge beer mug was loaded with gooey brownie, brownie crumbs, Vanilla Ice cream, dark chocolate bites, chocolate truffle, chocolate coated cookies, topped with caramel sauce, Caramelised Nuts and fresh lager beer. Uffff! that’s a pretty long list of ingredients that is used to make this giant sweet treat. can easily be shared among two. 🌟

And here we were very much stuffed and happy. Their portion size does justice with the pricing. The ambiance is fabulous and service is prompt. Definitely a must visit places. Kudos Team Irish House.

From Miss Sweat-A-Lot to Miss Sunshine..

Summer is here and in next fews days temperature will soar up. Delhi will become an oven and stepping out will be a real issue. You may get lots of tips how to do makeup for the season but many won’t tell you that these tips don’t works when you sweat a lot. So I am one person who sweat like a pig, makeup is a real deal for me. When I leave home I look perfect but by the time I reach office or the venue everything had run down. So here I am sharing some products that I personally prefer, some tried and tested brands that never let me down.

1) To start with I either use Moisturiser or Sunscreen as the base product as it helps the foundation to spread evenly on face without the patchy look. For sunblock i prefer Nutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock as it is non oily and gives a Matt look, also you sweat 30% less if compared to other sunblock. When it comes to Moisturiser I swear by VLCC Lavang Moisturiser; water based and gets quickly absorbed in skin. As it is extremely light gives a feel of second skin.

2) As the base is done let’s move towards Foundation. Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse is one product I never change. The day I first tried it to till date I am a fan. Feather light, spreads on skin evenly and 16hrs stay. What else you need? The Mousse gives a very natural and perfect finish which doesn’t look made-up. Available in 3 shades which more or less covers all Indian skin tones.

3) I love to highlight my eyes; bold Kajal or maybe Smokey Eyes is my favourite look. However during summer I avoid black kajal and the reason is no matter how smudge proof it is or how long lasting it is due to sweat it smudges. On my skin even the 24hrs stay Kajal runs down in 8-10 hrs. So if you have the same problem avoid black. You can try colour like Turquoise, Blue or Green. Benefit of these colours is even if it gets smudged it doesn’t give you black eyes. I prefer Lakme Eyeconic Turquoise or Royal Blue for the season. And finish my eye make up with Lakme Absolute Eye Liner and Maybelline Collosal Volume Express Maskara which is waterproof and gives good volume to my lashes.

4) So finally before applying lipstick I seal the makeup with Lakme 9-5 Flawless Matt Complexion Compact. The compact does a fine job, however it did not live up to its 9-5 claim but works for good 4-5 hrs in a terrible sweat condition. It doesn’t gives a chalk feeling and blends very well leaving a smooth and radiant finish.

5) And finally the lips; currently I am fan of Maybelline Lipgradation. The fabulous product from Maybelline is must have, it has a smooth texture and gives a Matt look after application. Give it 7-10 sec time to set and it goes a long way. Doesn’t smudge and is long lasting giving your lips a bold sexy look.

And Miss Sweat-A-Lot is ready to step out… This everday basic make-up is what I prefer during summer. The final look is very natural and best part using these products I am very much satisfied. Summers are now a lot sorted for me.

Let me know if it help you too, also do share your favourite or tried and tested product details.

Mommies Day Out: A Day in Agra.

So me and my friend (both mommies) were just done with our day to day life and desparatly needed a break. So after a long discussion and planning we decided Agra is a perfect place for a day getaway. Also we can’t trust our better halves to manage more than a day without us.

So why Agra? The sole reason was it was near to Delhi. It was our first trip without family so we were more cautious than ever. Everything was packed and we were ready to leave. We hired a cab Delhi-Agra-Delhi. We could have taken train but the timings didn’t suit any of us also the comfort of a cab is always there.

We left Delhi at 0800hrs after sorting out everything at home. All instructions were given to the maids, kids and out beloved Husbands (they needs more instructions than anyone else). We left from Faridabad and took the Agra Express Way and it was definitely a good route chosen. We stopped at a small Dhabha for tea break and started again. Reached Agra by 1115hrs. So as decided the legendary Taj Mahal was our first stop. Our chauffeur parked his car to a nearby place he knew and saved the parking money (smart chap). From there we took E- Rickshaw and headed towards Taj Mahal.

1145hrs we were inside Taj Mahal. As soon as we entered a group of men almost cornered us; nothing to worry they were guides asking to hire them for the tour. Anyways as a pro we dodged them and reached the ticket counter. INR 40 was the cost of the tkt and had to buy shoe covers as going inside without shoe covers is prohibited. And finally Taj Mahal it was; yes very beautiful. An architectural excellence made ages back still standing tall. Yes it is an experience when you see Taj Mahal. Took lots of pictures of the white beauty from outside and clicking inside the tomb is not allowed. It took more than 2hrs to take a complete round of the Taj Mahal and believe me in this scorching heat we were very much exhausted. Left Taj Mahal at 1430hrs.

We headed straight to a place called Thaliwala for our Lunch. A vegetarian restaurant with a gigantic Thali as there speciality. Without thinking much we ordered their special thali. 19 dishes were part of this thali. 7 gravies, 4 desserts, two types of Bread, Rice, Soup and Butter Milk. It can be easily shared among 3 pax. The quality and quantity was very good. Pocket Pinch was INR 700 for the thali.

Headed straight towards Agra Fort after our lunch. Build in 1573 the fort is spread over 94acre. You can see a lot of Bengal and Gujrat craftsmanship in the architecture of the fort. Almost 2hrs to cover the place. Beautiful architecture, the feel of Royalty and loads of walking is the part of Fort Visit. Now totally exhausted and drainage out we decided to checkout the famous Street Food in Agra. Next stop Chaat Gali in Sadar Bazar.

If you love Street Food this is the place you must visit. From the starting to the end it’s a drooling walk. Not very big but enough to satisfy your cravings. We tried Golgappey at a stall ; Golgappey were served with 5 types of Pani. For a Delhite it’s a dream come true. Then we tried Katori Chaat and it was lip smacking. We continued our hogging journey and next was Faluda Kulfi which was too good. Quantity and quality both justified the price we paid. We wanted to visit Sheros Cafe which is ran by acid victims, but time bounded us.

Finally the trip came to an end. Cab ready to take us back again. Two women totally drained out but happy as they had an excellent day out. So this is how we did our “A Day Trip to Agra”. I hope this may help you plan your day out.

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