Warm smiles, the room was filled with enthusiasm and some real intense faces. The place resonated of unsung songs, whispers, broken promises and untold tales.
Words & Voices
Quick thing about the venue, I loved how the place was subtly designed with vivid orange and intense black hues.
The pretty host of the evening was chirpy and kept the evening a light and presentable affair. She was one of the participants as well, this woman is beautiful and surely knows how to put right words forward.
We had some outstanding people coming forward talking and reciting some amazing pieces from love to unemployment. No stone was left untouched 🙂
Though love prevails, we had some beautiful recitals from participants, but there were some strong notions recited as well. My favorite ones were this beautiful woman walks up on the stage to talk and while she does that she combats her fears and tries to be her true self.
There were some amazing stand-up comedians in the house and some beautiful stories were recited.
Aakash Mehta, the last performer who cracked up the audience, to the point humor and nothing overdone.
Stage indeed is a platform where you come out from your fears, caring nothing and thinking juts about the right things that you should.
The event was in all a great opening to the Words & Voices edition and I’m eager to be a part of more of its editions.
Ruffling water waves, opulent palaces, steep narrow lanes, bright and silvery markets that’s what Udaipur is all about.
Well, I visited the place in not so right suggested frame of time, but it was a randomly picked place. A couple of friends wanted to meet, chill, relax, chit-chat and sleep!
The intention was eat-sleep-talk!
Research started, hotels and resorts were shortlisted, budgeting was done and then finally bookings were done 10-15 days prior!
We had some good minds doing that, no, no agents but just smart friends 🙂
So sharing a couple beautiful pictures which my very talented friend clicked and some of them were my work 🙂
Also sharing a bit wee of information on hotels, food, places to dine, what and where to shop! Let’s get started 🙂
Hotels and Resort
I was dead when we checked in, very sleepy and hungry at the same time. So this hotel was a very soberly designed place, tossed in some narrow lanes of Udaipur city, the good part was it was next to Gangaur Ghat, means a scenic view.
We ate lunch and waited for the rest of the junta to join in.
Near Gangaur Ghat
Nearby Market Area
So every building in Udaipur is nothing less than 5-6 storeys because you don’t have space to flourish on land hence you top floors on floors!
Because they have to offer a good roof top view so all the hotels and restaurants have a beautiful lake view so yes, cardio part is taken care of!
So the hotel we checked in the first day, offered all at very cheap price, we were here because we planned on covering the market and city area on the first day.
We started with a lazy walk towards the ghat, sat there with people around chirping, chit-chatting, clicking pictures and local kids jumping into the lake and swimming.
Lake-sides post sunset is best, they just offer such serene bliss!
From the ghat we sauntered towards the market, the usual Rajasthani stuff the jutis, the leheriya stoles, oxidized silver jewelry, but then different city offers a different fad, I would say.
We did not shop much but and later in the evening we all settled for a nearby restaurant with a blissful lakeside view! We dined in two restaurants and would suggest both the places for a try 🙂
Day 1 – Hari Gargh Restaurant
If you are looking for quiet dinner by lake-side, and if you are staying nearby the market area, well, stop by at this place!
Day 2 – Ambrai Restaurant
Well, the place is quite popular and usually filled, it offers an exclusive view 🙂
For next two days we zoned out ourselves to a comfortable nest, Shree Villas resort is tucked away from the city’s hustle. Though reaching to the resort is a tricky affair! Tent rooms with a lush garden in front and a swimming pool is all that we wanted!
Quiet. Green. Comfortable
Rooms were decent, the food was okay just the location of the resort is a pain point!
We spent the evenings in the pool and sang old jingles till the dawn broke.
The best moments were spent lying on the grass and looking up at the bright sparkling sky, and sitting by the lakeside with your bestie on your side!
What else do you wish for?
Concluding the post and summing up a fair outline of the city!
What to expect in the market?
Leather Bags & Wallets
Oxidized Silver Jewelry
What to Eat?
Rajasthani food (You’ll get the typical Rajasthani cuisine; vegetarian & non-vegetarian)
Where to stay?
I have listed the places we stayed, they suffice both kinds of hotel, a budget hotel as well as a comfy resort.
People who celebrated yesterday, today or whenever!
No, not because of time differences but because of mind differences.
Festivities brings joy and happiness and brings people together. But no, we are humans we do not believe in that, we believe in showing people that we are happy, we believe in mocking people proving them wrong and then show that we are happy.
We believe in bringing religion and God in between us fight about it and then let know people that we are happy.
We, we call ourselves human, we kill, abuse, disrespect and make fun of them because that brings us happiness.
Muslims complete a holy month of Ramadan, where they keep themself away from temptations and devotes himself in praying to Allah in the holy month.
Post this holy month comes Eid-ul-Fitr, which depends on the sighting of moon.
If there has been moon sighting in any city, neighbouring or far, generally that is considered and Eid is declared.
I have witnessed since my childhood there was always confusion about it. This time it irked me up, may be this time I wasn’t that mature to let this thought go.
Half of Muslims observed Eid yesterday and half of them today. Why? Oh! Is it because we have different Allah?
After witnessing a holy month, what do we achieve?
We cannot even observe a happy festival together, I get chills thinking of bad times.
My Prophet never taught this, he preached unity, brotherhood, he taught us to be together.
Many of you must be amazed that why am I ranting about such a topic? Oh! Because I don’t even see religions practicing festivities together! This puts me in dilemma that what have we learnt, what are we showing the world?
When some animals on the name of our religion are doing massacres, killing people around, how are we going to protect humanity? How are we going to protect and carry forward the teachings of our Prophet?
What is happening to the world, why are we turning inhuman. It’s just not about celebrating Eid on different days, celebrate it all the year, but together, hold hands pray together, observe festivities together.
And yes while writing this, I have lot of anger but I do have a faith, feeble but a spark that one day we will stand all together. Why?
Because somewhere if I feel this you too might feel it, and that would be it. The warmth should stay, the spark should be there. I fail to understand how but yet I’m sure that preaching of my Prophet ain’t that weak.
Different religions different places, different races, different creed but we will stand together.
Well Jaipur hardly gets to see some major events happening, just a handful of them. So when Book Barter Social (Jaipur) was announced, well the excitement level was major!
Book Barter Social was a concept developed by Lets Barter India with Truly Madly App that allows you to barter books.
Date- 18th June
Venue- Lounge 18, Marriot Jaipur
Well it was new concept in the city; I don’t think anything of this theme has been witnessed by the city folks? Well the platform indeed allowed a lot of like minded people to meet. It’s always good to meet new people, know them, and talk to them.
The event was well set up on a fresh concept, as the people started pouring in the energy and enthusiasm levels charged the ambience and in a very short time the place was packed with people. Laughing, debating, discussing, meeting, knowing and bonding over books, scenarios like these are hard to spot. People from different spheres of city came in, folks from Jaipur Book Lover’s Club, Navpreet from Humans Of Jaipur, students, professionals and everyone from different aspects of the city swarmed in, met, exchanged smiles and made conversations.
Pooja Bhayana from Let’s Barter India and Shirin Rai from Truly Madly were our pretty hosts who made the event more cheerful, light and fun! Kudos to your effort, we Jaipurites look forward for more of such events. In hope to see more of such kind of events in Jaipur, until next signing off!
Love & Peace
PS- I did not get to click more pictures, but i will soon fetch them from sources 🙂
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear”
-Surah Baqarah|verse 286
Ramadan begins tomorrow and I hope all of you who will be fasting, witness a healthy and prosperous month! I too fast and I’m pretty excited, little nervous as well 🙂
Although the temperature in Jaipur is shooting high but I know, when you fast you get that strength to go on and then Allah has his own ways to guide you through the tough times right? Well continuing with the Ramadan theme, I was looking for ways to keep myself hydrated and then eat right and you see offer prayers on time and yes, finish Quran in the holy month! Well yes, all this can be achieved only if you want to do it.
Well I wanted to share all this information in one post, because I had to basically switch from one website to another to to get to know things and that was trouble so I thought why not bring it on one page?
So let’s begin!
Eat Right & Light
Stay HYDRATED- Mantra of staying active is to stay hydrated, yes you can stay hydrated when fasting!
Drink at least 1 litre water in Suhoor (Sehri), and eat foods that are rich in fibre that will retain water. After you break your fast don’t just chug water down instead take water in small amounts, add more fruits!
The smart way will be small amount of water every hour till you are awake. If you prefer getting up in night and drink water that too is great!
You can even indulge into getting yourself a bottle with measurements so you can keep track of water consumption.
Dates– Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w) used to break his fast with dates, as the tradition goes, begin your iftar with dates. High in fiber and it will help in retaining water. You can also have some dates in Suhoor as well.
Hello Fruits Bye Fries– Yes, to keep yourself hydrated and fit, focus on salads and fruits, these will not only keep your day going but will keep your body hydrated, flushed and active.
Oils and sugars make you feel sleepy and sloppy and you will be epitomizing on laziness radar.
Salads with tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon, and onions will be helpful. Fruit salads with watermelon, musk melon, bananas will be super great picks!
What else to Eat– Everything light! Milk, brown breads, Lentils, green vegetables (curries prepared in very less oil).
No Preserved Foods– Eat raw and natural as much as possible, the more the preservatives that go in body more complex digestion gets! Eat plain and simple, though that should be the mantra all time long, but at least we can try to follow it for the Holy Month!
“Indeed, my lord is the hearer of supplication”
Prayers– Just after Suhoor is the right time to offer your prayers and recite dua’as. The best will be reading Quran post your prayers that will keep your mornings calm and will keep you light hearted.
Digital Help– you can access all Dua’as, Surah’s and Hadith’s online, use it!
How To Finish Quran– Set goals!
Try and read 20-25 pages a day, break this number again. For morning keep 15 pages and rest for the later part of the day. You will feel good once you get into the cycle of following the events.
That’s all from my end, well if you have any more queries or question, feel free to reach me out, i will try to help you out!
Well just to mention I’m no scholar or professional but a normal person who has been fasting and following the Islam, I have mentioned all the facts and points after doing a good and descent research just so to help fellow onlookers.
I was in Jaisalmer last month, a place I really wanted to visit!
About my trip-
We had targeted a day for Jaisalmer, it’s a small city and it takes just a day in going around the city. But we stayed back for a night. So we had a full day and an evening to soak up into the rustic ol’ Golden City.
We started with a good breakfast and headed for the fort, well we were staying at this super cozy place very near to the fort. This is one real good old fort, till now all the forts that I have visited are in good shape (Amer, Jaigargh, Mehrangargh) but this great 800 year old fort has its own legendary tales to tell.
Highlights of the fort-
Market inside the fort.
A lot of population resides in the fort
Beautiful and intricate detailing on the walls and doors
Next stop- Cenotaphs
By now the sun had taken a break and was planning to take lil rest anf go down, and we planned on moving towards the dunes. Jaisalmer is gorgeous, what you see is limitless sky and land, gorgeous crisp golden sand and milky blue sky. It is beauty!
We went at a very inappropriate time, that is we reached Sam sometime around 3 and were there till 5:30 PM, basically that is the time for people to startnpouring in, ummm we considered our visit timing appropriate. Umm lesser people around, made us accessible to more fun!
We were pretty done for the day, we had late lunch or early dinner if you want to say and opted to walk up to fort and shop. But well well, a little highlight here, the city ends the day on a very early note, hence by the time we were in the market, we could only spot few shops open!
But then too, we shopped 🙂
What can you shop in Jaisalmer?
Chunky oxidised/silver jewellery
Rajasthani printed clothing
Next day we slept well, ate well and left for Gadisar lake, a small lake where you can enjoy little family/me time while boating and admiring the peace around.
Next we stopped at- Jaisalmer War Mueseum
And I would say, each one of you should make a note of visiting this place. The pictures will speak the mighty beauty of the place.
Well all this while I really wanted to talk about the place we stopped over for, this super cozy and comfortable hotel we opted via Goibibo (super affordable)was one reason we stayed back for another day. The rooms and the place is well kept, clean, beautifully decorated and utterly delicious food.
I’m dropping the link of the hotel here, just in case you guys want to check it out! 🙂
Hotel Helsinki Palace~Zostel Jaisalmer
Best time to visit- Winters/Spring (Nov-Feb)
Sam Sand Dunes
Jaisalmer War Museum
What to Eat
Where to Stay
There are a lot of desert camps, and a ton of hotels near by the fort. Well it’s a tourist oriented city hence, there is no compromise in “Service”.