#DadGoals: Dad and Son Sing Frank Sinatra Together

This is probably the cutest video around this year's Father's day. Sure, their skills might not be perfect but the point is this is something absolutely wonderful and I thought to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

Raising a Toast to Life

We are all here – our aspirations, our words, our people, even those who don’t quite like us. There are those who are ready to write us down, but then, they are all here and we can’t see them off. Throughout your day, they are there, with their words and their anger reeking through your veins as you smile and reply to another email at work, attending another meeting which could have been done over a call instead. You are suffering through your day and there is just no way out of it. You wish to get away from it all but even you know this very poison drives you forward. Well, you might as well celebrate it.

How to Build a Brighter Future, After a Relationship Ends


Our love relationships are among our most intense human connections. Unlike those we share with family and friends, they reach into every part of our lives, intellectual, emotional and physical. And when they end, whether that ending results from a death or irreconcilable differences, the pain can be unbearable. 

Recovery however, just like any grieving process, does have a beginning a middle and an end. Yet the end, will most likely not return you neatly back to where you started before the relationship began… you and your life will be inexorably altered by the experience. 

Our Forever Moment

Buried deep into your arms, my night began. I was there almost and yet I felt afar. I wanted to hug you tight, for I knew the moment would soon pass away and I'd have to face the world again, without you.

I could literally smell your perfume from up close. My chin lay on your collar bones as your hair playfully snuggled up to my face. Our moment had begun. The cacophony of the world had drowned and I wished to freeze the time. But then not all wishes come true.

The emptiness of your hug was unsettling, your tears, more so. I could write a million words but those words would fall short to describe the miserable feeling that gripped me, like these tall pin trees in those mountains. I knew you had doubts, I couldn't fathom words. I knew you had questions, I could fathom characters. All I had was my hug and the truth. The truth that the moment was soon going to pass away and our light would be gone.

But today, I have you.

What Is It Like to Travel?

To travel is to find out new places, new faces and new experiences. Well, for most. Travel has been a part of me right since I was born. Travel has defined me as a person. It taught me what books didn't and showed me life unlike any other. In a way, Travel has helped me find myself.

Unspoken: #TalesOf2015

A 2014 in a new bottle, that's what a friend told me as we called it another day in the unusually warm Winter evening while headed back from work. How has been this year to me - Has it been kind, hurtful, challening or perhaps enlightening? I didn't know. I have been too busy focusing on doing things that matter and giving myself (relatively) more time.

The New year came in with a bag full of challenges. New home, new equations, new hope. The year looked like one long party, with loved ones around and things feeling just about alright. 

With the new year, the list of extended weekends came and without a doubt, plans were made, and then shelved for reasons unknown. Well, some plans did see the light of the day. 

Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh welcomed, like always, with their open arms. Be it the unsurprisingly hot Summers or the understandbly long weekend, the hills were there just when we needed them.

Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India
Though the sea was missed very much, it was time to let it go. For the roads in the mountains and their love called me once again, shrouding me in its mist and magic and the ride was just about alright. 

But then with every high comes a bad hangover. Amidst misunderstanding, mismatched expectations and avoidable exchanges, few bid good-bye, some close ones were seen off with a broad smile and heavy heart. Yet, life chugged on and birthday arrived. Tosh, a tiny li'l village in Parvati Valley, mended me and gave me the strength to make a few tough calls, including quitting a dead-end job and a few dead-end relationships, surgically.

Nemo indian beagle mix dog
New bonds were forged, life became exciting with my Nemo coming in on a pleasant July 13th. I immediately knew what it felt like to be a father. To be worried sick with every sound that the puppy would make and the diligent rounds at the vet and finding the world's greatest joy in seeing him sleep on my lap, it's been an unparalleled ride.

As a trip back home happened, new realization dawned. Bad thoughts were jettisoned into their own despair and few decisions later, here I was, getting ready for another year.

A new hope dawned during these times. Life suddenly had a purpose, a goal. Here I was in the abyss of disillusionment and this bond felt like a last fight out from the current predicament. 

I looked back at the good-byes and the hellos, I looked back at avoidable exchanges and unavoidable happiness. There were friends, there are friends and there will be friends, just different ones. A sad reality and a happy realization nevertheless. It was far morose as it is going to be amazing in the coming days.

In the days to come, there will be despair lurking somewhere to wrap its hands around me. But that's alright. I'd have myself to make better, with every failure. There are new people in my life, new place, better place and expectations which are handled. So, even though it's a tough battle, it's not one that I am fearing losing easily. It's being an amazing ride and I have made, above everything all, memories. Amazing ones. 

As months turned to weeks and weeks to days, the new year seems impossibly close. I cannot wait for the next year to start and so many plans to take wings. 

I’m sharing my #TalesOf2015 with BlogAdda.

Savour the Best of Delhi at The Claridges: #ClaridgesCaptured

Through the plush lanes of the bygone-era, one iconic hotel stands through the test of time - The Claridges. Their iconic brand still holds true to the ones with a finer taste of life. As I walked through the corridor replete with mordern paintings and the festive season crowd buzzing about the lobby, I couldn't help but wonder the stories etched in the walls of this magnificent hotel.

Built in 1952, this hotel was once the favourite place for our first Prime Minister - Mr. J. Nehru, for an evening cup of tea. Very few hotels have the ability to charm you with their contemporary luxury. Be it their newly renovated Dhaba which frankly took my breath away when it came to the detailing (they even had a Truck inside the dhaba) or Jade which defines luxury, I was thoroughly spoilt for choices. 

The calm exteriors make way for the vibrant interiors, with colours bursting through every corner of this hotel. With privacy and security given utmost importance, one feels at home when one visits here.

Being at the heart of the city gives you an added advantage of worrying less about the commute. With Winters setting in the capital, you could even take a stroll outside and marvel at the heritage buildings on your way around Lutyen's. 

Their cute li'l bakery, aptly called "Ye Old Bakery" had some of the most delicious pastries I have had the opportunity to taste in Delhi. As the bustling Claridges Gardens got ready for twilight, more guests poured in, thanks to the impending weekend. 

Their spacious rooms have every corner speaking out. I was impressed by the level of care put into designing these rooms. While we enjoyed the evening tea and marvelled at the sights of the hotel, including the pool, dusk rolled in the Capital of India. 

With every passing minute, with every light being switched on at the hotel to usher in the night, it was a sight to see. Truly, being at The Claridges brings you close to the heart of the city. 

So, pack your bags and head to the city with sights and sounds unlike any other in world, everyone at the Claridges is waiting with open arms.

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