Wednesday, September 10, 2014

After a long pause

Sometimes I question myself, why I love Durga Puja more than any other festival, why I loved & still love watching movies directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee - Majhli Didi , Bawarchi, Guddi & Golmal compared to any other hindi movie, love mishti doi more than shrikhand, love the soft weave of taant more than silk or any other fabric, love listening to rabindra sangeet even when I don't understand it at all.

May be a part of my soul was Bengali in some previous birth.


Friday, June 6, 2014

You & Me

I asked him what if we loose everything one day and he answered, are you planning to leave me, I laughed and looked in his eyes and he said “till the time I have you I aint fear anything.”

When we sit around so many people, your friends and mine, when we steal a glance and hold hands under the table, I feel alive. I love when you act goofy all the time & suddenly stop and kiss my head. Reading books together, touching the drops of rain, & watching your stupid funny horror movies are the very few things that  made me see you differently than the rest of the world. You have made me understood  the true meaning of being successful yet being so humble & loving at the same time.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Our Bangkok Trip

Yeah Yeah I know its too late but the universally proven fact that I am too lazy to write this long post in my blog by the motivation factor for this post was a well know blog which was inviting write ups on travel. So yes I pulled up my socks & wrote the entire thing & sent it across but my bad it was not selected...I guess its not selected as there was no reply, therefore since I had worked hard (in my head) on this informative post (now again according to me only) I would post it on very my own beloved blog, so may be one day in far far future a girl / a guy will google about planning a trip to Bangkok & may be this teeny tiny post will show up & may be it ll help out someone. So leaving the crap now, enjoy the post :

My husband and I are Travel enthusiasts. We love traveling to different places but on a strict budget, we take this is as a challenge to fit our dream vacation on the amount we have finalized. We love planning our trips ourselves.

Sometimes lot of us get intimidated by the thought of arranging everything by our own, & have fear of not finding the best deals & not able to finalize on roadmap to an exciting worthy trip. But with years gone I have felt anyone can plan their own trip at their own budget.

This post is about trip that we took to Bangkok in Jan 2012. We have this ritual of taking a holiday on our anniversary every year. So we randomly decided on Bangkok. So, since it was our first trip to abroad we decide to go the safe way by taking up quote by a travel agent. But the moment we got the quote for three days we decided to skip the whole plan, & after two days of being sad, we again pulled our socks and started all over again. By lot of searching & asking friends and family, finally we planned the whole trip and the result was a super fun happy holiday.

We took a three day trip to Bangkok and as Rajnikant would say – Mind it, it was awesome ;)

So tips while planning trip to Bangkok:

  1. Find a Cheaper airline: Air travel was one of the major costs that we had to tackle so finally we decided on Air Asia (Suggested & booked by a friend, Thank you M & R for making this trip happen), one can easily book tickets online with half the cost as compared to other airlines. They have their own website & they operate from Kolkata & Chennai.
  2. Book your Hotel in Advance: Bangkok has a plethora of Hotel Options starting from dorm rooms to 7 star luxury hotel.We booked Hotel "Dream" throuiugh , the hotel is located at Sukhumvit, heart of the city, five minutes from Asoke BTS & MRT and 45 minutes from the international airport. It's a beautiful hotel, we had opted for a Plan that included Breakfast.One can easily book any hotel as per your liking & pocket through, or

Hotel Dream


Our Room

  1. You can easily get a Visa on arrival at the Bangkok airport: facility of Visa on arrival is there for Indian resident. Do ask the enquiry counter about “VISA ON ARRIVAL “counter & it will take hardly five minutes to do the whole process. Documents required for Visa for a week is: 1000 Thai Baht (Fees), Visa on arrival form, Passport with minimum six months validity & three passport size photographs & copy of return ticket.
  1. Get your currency changed from India. Get Rupee converted to Thai Baht as you will require cash at a lot of places.
  1. Learn about Cab charges: Take help from Google baba and never take up a running cab always take it from a cab junction.

  1. Take up a Local Sim card: Buy a local sim card from convenience store like 7 – 11 (name of the convenience store) that you can find at every corner of the city, So if you want to receive calls or make some at home it’s a good option & the only document required is a copy of your passport. We learnt it the hard way as we paid a lot on the calls from our hotel room.

  1. Travel mostly on foot , Tuk Tuk or by Sky train or MRT: It is the best part of a new city or country. The excitement of exploring new places, things is too exciting & adventurous. Sky train or MRT are the Thai version of our Metro Trains, you can buy a whole day pass on minimal charges.

The Famous Tuk Tuk

View from Asoke Station

  1. Take along your Debit Card (Visa / Mater only) or Credit card. Maestro card will not work internationally so it will be better that along with your cash or traveler’s cheque take up a credit card (I am not a very huge fan of it) or Visa /Master Debit card that you can use to make payments.

  1. Plan a list of the places you want to visit: Google major attraction of the city or pick up a Map from the airport. The major attractions of Bangkok are Khao San Road, Floating Market, Wat Arun, Grand Palace, Pratunam market, Chao Phraya River & waterways, Floating market, Chatuchak weekend market and more. Each of these destinations is well connected by Sky Trains & MRT.

  1. Shopping: Buy electronic gadgets & make up only, as they are at a real steal prices  but not clothes or shoes ( as our New Market, Srojini Market & Fashion Street are way better in terms of Pricing), but do take up a walk in the lane of Pratunam Market to have a glimpse of the exotic dresses of cabret dancers.

  1. Try street food: Ditch the fancy restaurant, go out on street and try out some local delicacies man!

The street side vendor

  1. Save a part of your budget for Calypso’s Lady boy show or an exotic River cruise experience. And now the last but the best part definitely visits alcazar cabre or a cruise ride on the last evening of your stay. We had shortage of time and that's why we finalized on the cruise, the cruise ride from Chao Phraya River Pier was so romantic & enchanting, and the whole city looked so alive and beautiful. The Singers, the Calypso’s cabret dancers (yes it was a surprise there were three of them on the cruise as well) & then the exotic food, light music and dance on the roof deck was just “WOW”. One can book a river cruise from any of the travel agents from Bangkok itself. We booked the White Orchid Cruise & it was worth every penny.
Our cruise 

The famous lady boy show on the cruise

"Happy Us"

So guys hope this post helped you, so start packing your bag & plan a trip to Bangkok.

Note: I am not affiliated to any of the airlines, website or Hotel in any form.

Just another of those days

So it was just another Monday, where I came with all the blues in my heart & a sulking face to my desk & started my day, after a while around eleven I called up M & cried , now the question is why? and the answer to is - an acquaintance called me, who was dear friend to me until five minutes before the call , said something in the conversation which broke my heart...& while I called up M to share how I felt, I suddenly realized how lucky I am to have people who love me even when I am such a pain in the a*** .

Today I am counting my blessings. I am in love with all these people around me who have loved me all these years without being judgmental about me. I know the list is not long, but I am proud that at least I have one.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Strangers in the night

Wish I had a time machine , I would have gone back in time  & would re arrange the entire set up of my first date with R , it would be the time of sunset near a beach in an empty open air restaurant with Mojitos and Frank Sintara's  Strangers in the night playing in the background.