Spills from India: Truth that many travel blogs and sites won’t tell

          ‘The tripping overs, the regaining feet, and still enjoying’

What a juxtaposed experience my recent visit to India was!
A couple of days at the base, i.e. Delhi/ Gurgaon and we were back in the air to Goa. Here are some of the highlights of this exotic land within the same country. The best part of Goa, the North :
Goa started with Le Meridien hotel in the North of Goa, which catered to all the needs of the guests from breakfast to dinner, from bar to swimming pool, from comfortable room to clean bathroom, etc. But isn’t it a standard for all 5 stars? Absolutely. However, it lived up to our expectations.
Now for the streets outside the hotel: Congested with mixed traffic, with no pavements to walk. So, one needs eyes at the back of the head, literally. But the bars and restaurants are worth a nudge and a push. There are many and equally good ones, so not mentioning any specific names here. Calangute beach is one of the best in Goa since Bagha beach can seem overwhelmingly busy, especially on a weekend, and with the influx of people, the cleanliness on the beach is compromised too. Stay away from Bagha beach on weekends or holidays. But North is where fun is, overall.

The highlight of South Goa: ☺The jewel in the South of Goa has to be the ‘Go Daddy’ casino on the boat. t With the rooftop lavish buffet, bar and late-night live performances is a ‘must to experience’ the essence of south Goa.
Apart from this, much of the South is dull and boring. There are a number of five stars hotels in the south, but post Covid, the standard seems to have gone gravitationally towards the south too- pun intended.
The lowest point of South Goa: 😒I have to quote a shocking health episode of dysentery, the worst I’ve ever experienced in my not-so-young life. I don’t exaggerate. Hold on, the shock is still not revealed- the issue occurred after eating in Taj Forte Agueda. It seems that Covid has taken its toll on this hotel. The floor had dried spillage marks, and in hindsight, we should have taken the hint from this, but the name TAJ was a pretty thick blindfold. The staff had a ‘not bothered’ attitude. The serving staff member, called Sheekha, was rather rude; more interested in chit-chatting with bar and kitchen colleagues than paying attention to the guests. Most items on the menu were not available, since it was afternoon time and the staff being busy with the evening preparations for valentines! At least, according to Sheekha. Never heard of such a pathetic excuse in a five-star hotel before.  Since we had travelled long from the north to the south and felt tired and hungry, we had no choice but to accept whatever was on offer. The food was 2 stars at the best- even though, not much cooking was involved in a chicken sandwich and mixed veg sandwich. The attitude of the staff was 1 star, and I am being generous. By nighttime, we discovered how much the third-class food had actually cost us. It ruined five following days of our holidays due to an upset tummy, or so we thought. The fact is, my GP has referred a few more tests for bacterial infection, for me and my hubby since we still haven’t quite recovered from the episode.
However, we continued on our trip, with just sips of water on days and a bit of a bite on another. We returned to Delhi for a few days before taking off in the air to the north of the country.

Udaipur, the city of lakes in Rajasthan: Thanks to a nice doctor in Gurgaon, we managed the rest of the trip. After a few days here we gallivanted to Udaipur. What can I say, we had heard a lot about this city of lakes: beautiful scenery, and romantic ambiance. All boxes ticked since we planned our 30th anniversary in the Lake Pichola hotel, which is situated on the lake, literally. The best thing about this hotel is its rooftop restaurant by the lake, which looks absolutely stunning, especially at night time. Food is very spicy unless you remember to instruct the staff to keep it mild while ordering. The staff is very polite and wants to please. The room was very spacious, decorated with retro furniture, but the television won’t work unless you create a fuss and then the manager would help. The bathroom has a strange setup- Behind the clear glass door, the toilet seat is well exposed since the shower curtain is only big enough to cover the small shower cubicle. But the manager was honest enough to tell that there are many pending repairs that need attention this year, which were delayed due to business losses in the Covid times. At least they didn’t cover up.
Be prepared: TV is a must in the evenings after dinner, since there’s not much going on in the hotel or around after dark. It’s a very quiet and early-sleeping city. It might suit some, but not everyone.
Beware of narrow lanes and by-lanes when travelling or walking in restrictive streets, even during day time. Cars, scooters, cycles, people, and you name it, can cause serious congestion. We went for four days, which was too long. A couple of days in this quiet and slow-lane city/village are more than enough.

Gurgaon/Delhi: Finally, we returned to the base, Gurgaon, for the final phase of our tour. We explored Cyber hub, World Mark in Aerocity, DLF Mall and Select City mall in Saket New Delhi, Connaught Place, Jan path, Qutab Minar, Greater Kailash M block, and all that we had visited last time in 2019. Since my last visit, there has been an addition of newer restaurants and the ones I would recommend are, Daryaganj, Dhaba, Mala Akbari, and Delhi Darbar for main meals, Tim Hortons café, and light snacks at Bikaner and Haldiram. The one I wouldn’t recommend is the Yeti Tibetan restaurant in the Cyber Hub of Gurgaon, which is a mishmash of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tibetan – completely unpalatable. Also, there is such hype about 32 Avenue in Gurgaon, which is just a rip-off for drinks, but one restaurant with the best chicken tikka is worth mentioning here- ‘Bhavan’ restaurant. The food is good and the service is excellent. Mostly the whole concept of this avenue is catered around a girlfriend-boyfriend theme, and when cupid has blinded everyone with love, who cares what they are drinking or eating. That seems to be a general impression, but Bhavan is a nice choice for decent food.  
Overall eating experience in Delhi: There are many other restaurants in the overpopulated city of Delhi, but, eat at your own peril since the hygiene didn’t quite tick the box for me in many of these outlets, and I kept well away. That, and once bitten twice shy after my experience in Goa.
 As a result, one might feel that you are limited to the same few restaurants since others cater more for the locals with very spicy taste buds. India overall has turned the heat on spices by ‘a lot since I was there five years ago. Reason? My guess is that fewer and fewer Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and foreigners are actually going to India post-Covid.
Dangerous roads and drivers: One big deterrent not to rush back to India is the mad traffic on the roads and the driving stunts. No one follows lane discipline or speed limits; in fact, there are no driving rules.  Everyone wants to cut in front of everyone else, from left, right, and behind. Undertaking is normal; well, in abnormal driving conditions where one drives ‘on’ the lane markings rather than between them. No gap is left between two vehicles, and braking almost guarantees collision. That’s exactly what happened to us. It was on a National highway and sharp braking caused a multiple-vehicle collision, but we are alive to tell the tale because the speed was slow, by chance. It shook us badly. In moments, not just our lives flashed in front of our own eyes but the thought that our children were in London, and if parents were wiped out on Indian road, they wouldn’t even know for a long time, with all the red tape. I get a shudder even thinking about it now.
In the mix of all this chaos, Uber drivers are addicted to mobile phones while driving. One such driver was scheming to get the dad of a friend’s girlfriend drunk so he would agree to his daughter marrying her boyfriend! He suggested to the potential groom that if the father still didn’t agree then the only way would be to push him into a village pond since this is exactly what the hero did in a Bollywood movie called, ‘Dabang’! The forty-minute drive could be entertaining in normal driving conditions, but not when the driver is trying to be a Bollywood mafia while almost driving into every other vehicle. It felt like we were in a drunk taxi. While now I can laugh at such ridiculous plotting, it was also very dangerous as we had to warn him about the approaching bus from the left. Had we not shouted he would definitely scrap past the big vehicle, or worse. Last day while travelling to the airport, the driver had two phones- one in his lap for texting and the other for satnav. At one stage, he was cruising with both hands off the steering wheel, and once again, my husband had to tell him off. On the bright side, I was praying with undivided focus as never before, all the way through and my prayers were answered when we reached the airport, without any incident. Miracles do happen.  
Honesty at its best seen in Delhi :
Not all was doom and gloom. I was saving the best for the last- ‘Honesty thy name is Starbucks’. It so happened that I misplaced my mobile phone in Starbucks, and went back to ask if anyone had found it. But the first time I was told that no one has handed it over. So thought that it had been stolen. Went to the Connaught Place police station to report. We had heard a lot of stories about Delhi police, so I was quite apprehensive about the attitude, but they were all very helpful and very polite. It was a sigh of relief too. I still didn’t give up and continued to call Starbucks from my husband’s mobile, just to satisfy my suspicion, and guess what? Finally, someone picked up the phone and I heard the miraculous words- ‘Starbucks confirmed that the phone was with them!’ Thanks to the staff, Ajay and Mohan. Mohan used his initiative to remove the sim from my mobile and use it through his phone since my phone was on airplane mode, and called back my husband’s number. He confirmed that the phone was handed over by someone the same day. We immediately went there which took a couple of hours, and they had my phone ready for handover. I was so grateful for their help and as my appreciation offered some monetary reward, but they turned it down saying, ‘This is our job. We can’t accept a financial reward for it .’ I was well-chaffed. I shall be writing separately to Starbucks to recognise the initiative, service recovery, and honesty of the two staff members involved.       

With all the ups and down during the Indian trip, I still would say that overall we enjoyed the holiday. I have to give credit to my own resilience too. Actually, it’s a must item to pack if you’re planning an adventure to India.  

Spills of thought from life: True intentions behind saying, ‘leave it all to God’

While meditating and steering my thoughts from ‘I’ need to do it all, to ‘leave it all to the Almighty’, evoked a question inside me, ‘What does it actually mean to leave it all to God?’
This opened the floodgates of more questions, ‘Am I giving up on myself?’, ‘Am I tired of trying?’ ‘Am I losing confidence in myself?’, ‘Am I losing the battle or have stopped fighting?’, ‘ Am I suffering from Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD)?’, ‘Is it blind faith in the entity of God?’ or in fact, ‘Is it my total belief in my prayers?’
So I persevered and carried on ruminating. I had to first adjust my mindset to the unbiased and truthful frequency in order to get a clear signal of my deeper thoughts. I found that at times I felt all the above ‘Am I’ symptoms – When the going gets tough, I can sometimes begin to lose grip on my self-confidence and even feel like I am losing the battle. It’s at this point that I shall pray with all my strength because I must have faith in my belief in my chosen entity of Omnipotent. This is the only prayer that has and would continue to rescue me in every battle in life. I must have blind faith, in so far as my confidence in the power of the Almighty is concerned. This blind faith, rather than over-confidence in myself, any day. After all, humility is the greatest strength with which to build an effective prayer, and gratitude is the loudest knock at God’s door.
So, it’s only human to feel weak at the knees sometimes, have a degree of fear in the heart, but as long as I have faith that I can rely on the power looking over me to render the help I need, I shall be alright. If this is a dependence syndrome, then I don’t ever wish to be cured.
I am sure, many more feel the same, at least sometimes, and think of it as growing a negative mindset. Please don’t. You are being a human being, and nothing can be more positive than that. ‘Leave the rest to God’, like you really mean it.   

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 Be your own hero and influence others in 2023: Says the Law of Attraction

As with most years, 2022 too has been an eventful year of sweet but mostly sour incidents. From manmade disasters, like Ukraine- Russia war to natural calamities, such as floods in Pakistan; the passing away of queen Elizabeth of age, to the tragic and brutal killing of world music icon – Sidhu Moosewala in India; Global inflation surging, making rich richer while poor choose between ‘heat or eat’ this winter; and the list goes on. Nevertheless, there has been a stubborn glint of hope too – however faint, but definitely silver in tone, amongst the thick dark clouds: Covid seem to ease out this year, at least in most parts of the world-winter Olympics in China was testimony to human resilience against pandemic;  Common-wealth games in the UK, FIFA World cup in Qatar, are few events which brought people from all corners of the globe to a common platform of entertainment, and other such events. But admittedly, most current affairs are wet blanket and the year was not the best in the history of time.
The most optimistic spark that escaped the wildfires of the year so far is the fact that ‘I am alive’ and that ‘you are alive,’ despite all the challenges. This surely demonstrates human resilience and tenacity. This is a befitting cause to be grateful to God. 🙏
Like every year, most of us enter the new year with hopes and dreams about what is to come, while celebrating whatever was left behind – cherishing the good memories and gladly going past the bad moments. This is how I say goodbye to the past and welcome the future.
No one jiggles at someone’s wailing, so, instead of crying about what is happening outside, close the doors, switch off, and relax in your own company. Time to recharge energy. Remember, you are your own best friend, confidante, and reliable support.
Once you’ve regenerated your body, spirit, and soul, it’ll only be a matter of time before someone would be attracted by the vibrations transmitting through your doors, and you’ll hear them knocking. Let them in, serve them a hot cup of your smile with cookies of laughter. Don’t worry, no one would suspect that you are infecting them with hope and mirth, but they shall catch the vibes. Loan out interest-free reassurance. Share your positive mindset so no one goes hungry for love. Let your warm kindness wrap around the hopeless in the bitter winters and may the cool shade of understanding calm someone against the scorching heat.
Charity is not always in monetary form; just being humane to others is the best gift to humanity. On that note, Season’s greetings to all, and may the new year be the beginning of world peace. 2023, be the year of manifesting hope.  

Re-blogged: “Passion is the fire in our belly, the fuel that drives us towards success.”

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“Passion is the fire in our belly, the fuel that drives us towards success.”


“Passion is the force that lights a fire in our belly – the fuel that motivates us and drives us towards success.”

s (4th Sept 2019)

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Law of Attraction: My God, my postman

Letters, texts, emails… so much unwanted correspondence that one can do without. You receive a letter from the bank that you’re behind with loan installments. Reason? You borrowed above your capacity to pay back. Result? You’re stressed.
But then credit card companies lure you through higher credit limits. Reason? You are too weak against materialistic temptation. Result? You get on the hamster’s wheel of exhaustion.
Brochures invade the letterbox with all non-productive offers- lawn mower when you don’t even have a lawn to mow, best houses on sale listed by estate agents, when you’re struggling to pay the current mortgage, etc., etc. Reason? You are addicted to consumerism.  Result? You are frustrated.
You receive emojis in the name of communication from a loved one. Reason? Everyone is busy chasing their own tail and have no time for anyone else. Result? Breakdown of relationships.
There’s a reason why mail is also called junk. Result? We feel angry at most correspondence which constantly reminds us about what we lack; there’s mostly a lack of satisfaction, like when we eat a lot of something we don’t actually find tasty, and consequently, still feel hungry mentally, even though the stomach might be full. We blame the food or we blame the chef. Just like when we get frustrating correspondence we blame ‘luck’, or God mostly, for being partial to others. But the real reason for our unhappiness is ourselves: through the choices we make in life. Live within the means is not only a healthy discipline in life but also teaches us to find true happiness, which is not in buying more and bigger by taking out loans, or obsessively connecting with the faceless world on social media with no time left to speak to the loved ones properly, except to choose a pre-generated e-card and one thumb sends the generic wishes to all the friends and family at once. Real fulfillment is in organic happiness, which generates from the heart. When you have no debt, there is no stress. When you tame your choice, you get your priorities right. If you’ve taken a wrong turn, accept responsibility, and you’ll soon figure out the right way. Don’t blame the postman for the correspondence he’s dropping through your mailbox, as ‘you’ are attracting your own thoughts. Delete the unwanted messages in your mind, shred the non-productive letters your impulses keep writing, and make space for the new messages bearing good news. Tweak your thoughts, and change your life. This is true prayer, true worship. May God send happy correspondence to you this Christmas and beyond. Amen.

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A new Book: Writing into the Light

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My dreams, my passions, my regrets- All spills from life

Imagine a packet of smarties breaking up, spilling all the different coloured little discs on the floor. That’s exactly what life is like – A bag of different shades of events. The trick to keeping life together is, ‘Not to let the precious little events spill and scatter’.
But we can still open the bag at the seal and take out whichever shade of life the moment fancies, and enjoy the sweet juices of sheer delight.

My blog overall focuses on spiritual growth with reference to the Law of attraction, but there are so many other tones, textures, and flavours to our experience on the earth.

Philosophy, psychology, the science of politics, sociability, religious affiliations,  gender and sexuality orientations, etc., etc. are all organic threads that have woven the fabric of human life.
So, it’s important to debate about them, understand them, and share our experiences with one another.
Hence, from time to time I express my thoughts pertaining to one of these aspects as part of my blog under the heading of,’ Spills from life’.

It makes me feel real and free. As a writer, I can’t be restricted to one genre. In the coming weeks, months, and years I shall be sharing my forthcoming books in multi-genres- From Self-help/Spiritual to Romance to  Mystery thriller – different thoughts, the same mind; the spills of my passion.
Enjoy every moment of life, every aspect – the fun and the challenges equally.

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My passions & my apprehensions, My joys & my sorrows : Spills from the same life


A Dialogue between Heart and Mind

Let me start with defining the struggle between a mind and a heart here first – ‘My mind says I want more money…..my heart asks, ‘How much more?’
My mind has no answer except for saying, ‘More, and just a bit more.’
Heart cautions the mind, ‘It’s greed, it’s not moral.’ The mind dis-agree and protests!
The mind feels self-righteous because it believes that it has been ‘god fearing’ all its mortal life, has not thieved, has tried to face all the problems with resilience, have marched on as a brave soldier- come what may, have helped others and made them a priority over itself, told only innocent lies, worked hard all life, suffered pain in silence…..The mind goes on and on until the heart slaps it to shut up and listen.
Now the debate takes a new turn.
Heart quietens the mind and says, ‘You needed to connect with God, not fear him – Fear projects false belief. You shouldn’t have ‘marched on’ the path you didn’t agree with –  it’s important to choose the right direction than continue to walk in the dark. Self-sacrifice is synonymous with self-pity. You shouldn’t talk just to please others; your words are the mirror of your thoughts. Asking for help when in trouble, is not a weakness but common sense. God helps those who help themselves.’
Now, it was mind’s turn to shut the heart up, and shout, ‘ Ok! I understand, but don’t go on to put me down since my attentions were good.’
Heart smiles because the mind has understood that all the misconceptions about its beliefs had coated its vision with layers of negativity, so much so that it couldn’t see even its own desire clearly.
Heart spoke softly, ‘ Take a deep breath and answer again- ‘Do you want more money?’ ‘How much more and why?’   
The mind had calmed down and answered, ‘I have some – Thank you, Lord. With his grace would like just enough to tidy my life up so I don’t have to worry about my necessary obligations when I pray. I don’t want any more than that.’
The heart hugged the mind and they both uttered, Amen!’
Moral of the story- It’s not always what you think is, unless you feel it too. The heart or our subconscious, and the mind or our conscious, have to be in perfect harmony to walk on the right path to reach the blessed destination. This is how a positive mindset is created.

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Re-blogged: “I want to write with/in a spirit of ‘exuberance’…and  (a sense of ) ‘wild abandonment’” — BooKs by Craig Lock

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear – (trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age) -LF (from the ‘International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing’ (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com http://www.racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com “I want to write with/in a spirit of […]

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Law of Attraction: Motivational quotes by Jasleen

If a liar is audacious enough to think you’re stupid enough to believe his lies, then prove him wrong by telling the counter truth.
By Jasleen

If you leave the milk unattended, don’t blame the cat.
#Responsibility #Ownership
By Jasleen

One who can’t take a joke, shouldn’t make a joke; Humour is a shared fun, not an excuse to bully.
By Jasleen

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