Snippets from Pelling, Sikkim & Thoughts Streaming From The Himalayas

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Mt.kanchendzonga from middle Pelling, the 3rd highest peak in the world.

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”- Buddha

And I laughed. I laughed seeing God’s mockery slammed square on my face. Build the tallest building you might but you will never reach heights. Do what you must to call yourself rich and yet all your riches are useless here. Standing in front of the beautiful Mt. kanchendzonga I went through a series of crazy feelings: From a proud earth-dweller and getting drunk in its beauty to a vulnerable speck of dust, simply left at the mercy of this sky-high guardians of the East. At times I jumped like a little baby to catch a glimpse of the snow-clad range, at times it made me feel bad about the times I reacted in haste to a word that could have been received better. At night, the pressing silence helped me hear myself and in the morning soaking the sunshine felt better than a million dollar spa. At times, there was no dinner and we ate biscuits and drank whiskey and laughed a lot. At times, just looking outside whet our appetite. At times you’ll wonder why are you so happy. And then your thoughts will take you back to a place where your car, sofa or the job you do is not at all necessary. Will all of that and more give you this feeling of standing in front of the great Himalayas? You’ll brood on this thought and slowly come to the conclusion that you don’t want any of this things you so needed. They are just to fill the void you have been wanting to fill in and which arose out of disconnect to nature. You don’t really need them to be happy. Everything you need to be content and happy is here in this world- perfect and free. Its the answer to the questions you never knew.

The best home decor is The Himalayas outside your window.

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As I looked through my lens I felt proud to be a work of the same creator. Never before have I thanked God so much for giving me a perfect pair of eyes, an ear to hear and the feet to walk. Never before did I look up and thank him for making me a creature than can feel, can connect. Look at us going crazy about how to look beautiful. That you have eyes to see, ear to hear, feet to walk and the ability to feel isn’t perfect? We are perfect the way we are. In life’s most important places isn’t this all we really need?

You have no choice but to stop and admire and gasp: God! Maybe look up and wink at the man and tell him what a cracker of a DIY er he is. You know, its true when they say that the best feelings in the world are the ones which cannot be explained. I am at a severe loss of words as I write this blog post: I have so much to communicate but I don’t know the right words to do justice to the feeling. I felt good. After many many years I felt at peace and that I’ll remember the lofty mountains and its selfless greatness and what it really means to be alive. It’s not the post or the bank balance or even the looks. It’s the majestic mountains, the great seas, gorgeous flowers, heady sounds of cricket in the woods and little Hamlets with perfectly manicured gardens and the ability to see, hear and feel.

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Khecheopalri lake, Pelling

I have been to Pelling before but not the way I went this time. We were travelling extensively and we were glad we did. If you ever visit Sikkim and Pelling, pay buck to a local guide and go to “Khechuperi” or Khecheopalri or Kha-Chot-Palri Lake. A wish fulfilling lake, sacred to Buddhists and Hindus alike, it is considered to be the the abode of “Tshomen Gyalmo or chief protective nymph of the Dharma as blessed by Tara. You can read about it here.  I’ll put in a word for it being a wish-fulfilling lake. It is. Take a chance, make a wish.

The waters are holy and fishing or even feeding the fishes is prohibited. You are also not to wash your hands or feet in the lake. But there is nothing more in discord with nature than a bunch of oblivious Indians who would feed cream-biscuits to the fishes. I spoke. They listened. Started after 5 minutes, slyly.

And on our way back, caught these wild Hydrangeas growing out of nowhere. They were everywhere. Plump, in shades of blue and pink: I wish I could carry a suitcase full of that weather for my wee plants in here!

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In Pelling, you can pay some 2k INR and hire an entire car for day-trips. It touches quite an interesting srray of spots and it’ll be totally worth. The day trip we took involved seeing the second highest bridge in Asia. Singshore Bridge, with a span of 198 metres and 220 metres in depth, Singshore Bridge, nearUttarey in West Sikkim, is considered the second highest suspension bridge in Asia. Here is what a river looks like from Singshore bridge, don’t be mistaken- its not a waterfall!

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Caught a glimpse of Dentam Valley while returning and on our way to Rabdentse Ruins. Too bad the battery died and I could get no photos of the ruins through this DSLR. If you want to see the photos of the ruins, please head over to my instagram, you’ll find them there. I am as Trumatter, as ever!

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This is how chores look like high up in the hills. One of my personal favorite photos.

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Stopped for a glass of wine at the one and only functional food joint in Pelling. Again, recommended.

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And then a steaming bowl of Thenthuk: A tibetan pasta soup, with handmade wheat pasta. Recommended. If you are in Sikkim, ask for Chhang- a local wine served in bamboo mugs. We really tried hard to chug a glass but its available only in the evenings. That bit didn’t happen!

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The photos will just go on but I guess I’ll have to end it here before it gets heavier. But I won’t leave untill i show you my Balcony in Pelling and the view from it.

 

As surreal as it can get!

I’ll be back with photos from gangtok- the captal of Sikkim, more about Mt.Kanchendzonga and my childhood, a local whiskey you must bring home and some crazy noodle combinations. I’ll also put together a plan and places in general if anyone’s interested :) For now, this is me signing off.

Peace!

 

Roasted Red Pepper & Chili Chutney Recipe

Pepper Jam 5Morning y’all! How have you been keeping in your neck of woods. It’s apocalypse here in Mumbai: I have a feeling we will have to buy rafts and start tying our things, going by the way its raining. We woke up at 5:45, had our breakfast but couldn’t step out. While the husband got a little irked and went off to catch up on his lost sleep, here I am sipping a cuppa and blogging to you about my fiery, red pepper & sweet chili chutney recipe. It’s a grey, dull day and thought a bit of zing-zang would be good for the eyes and the taste buds. What do you say? And as i write to you, I hear an ambulance. i am sure someone’s raft is toppled.

You know, up from my 9th floor hall, I can see the local trains running. You will not believe the amount of people I see at 5 in the morning. Sometimes I see them wading through waters in between the railway tracks with a bag on their shoulder, perfectly dressed for work. Sometimes I see them walking by the train line as the train falters and stops: They must reach work by 9:30 or they’ll lose half day’s pay. Then there are daily motorbike commuters whose entire monsoon is divided between wearing the rain coat and taking it off: Yes, Mumbai has a peculiar rainfall structure. You might be drenched in a certain place and at certain places it’ll be sunny as Sahara. And while doing this, they must reach by 9:30. I see them taking the wrong side, over the divider, desperately trying to reach work on time, and I am no exception. I feel bad for them, for us. I go in an AC bus or my husband drives me down but at the end of the day, we are all running for that half day’s pay, risking our lives. Is it even worth it? Here you go, see my reluctance and do whatever you want but I am not stepping out. Nor am I letting my loved ones go out in this torrential rain. Work can happen.

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Instead, I’ll take a pay cut (my office doesn’t cut my pay, they let me work from home) make some chutney, drink tea and watch TV. I shall take photographs of insignificant vegetables and try and make them look beautiful. I am going to enjoy this day like a human being is supposed to.

Lol, so utterly dramatic. Get back to the roasted red pepper chutney shall we?

I bought two green peppers which due to ignorance and intentional avoidance turned bright red. When I took them out yesterday, my husband curtly pointed out how I wasted the peppers and how I have absolutely no regard for things and their soaring prices. Men, I tell you do so little and talk so lofty that it makes me nauseous. It’s all preach and no practice. Later in the day when I told him what happened to the “wasted” pepper he shrugged with a ‘hmm’ like making pepper chutney is something I was born to do. Lol, maybe I was and I know that under his ‘hmm’, he really liked the idea. He just won’t show. That’s his dig. We two are like this chutney too: I am very sweet (ROFL, beating one’s own drum doesn’t get any more obnoxious), he is peppery, we are perfect.

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Without any more deviation, here’s The Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper & Chili Chutney

  • red bell peppers
  • large tomatoes
  • cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • cup sherry vinegar/ plain vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried Basil
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp + 1/2 cup

Directions

In a baking tray, add everything except 1/2 cup oil, sugar and vinegar and put to roast. On 120 and about 40 minutes.

In a pan, heat 1/2 of the 1/2 cup olive oil and pour the roasted veggies in. At this point, check salt.

Add vinegar, sugar and let it cook for about 10 minutes on medium, stirring continuously.

Once the mixture has a sauce like consistency, turn the heat off.

Add basil and let it cool.

In a clean jar, pour your chutney, add half of the olive oil and refrigerate.


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Ta-Da!

Slurrp it with dumplings, Flatbread, Paratha or bacon sandwich!

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How To Grow Roses In Containers & Bits and Bobs

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Hello and morning! We have a bit of Floribunda Roses in here this morning and one which drive away midweek blues. We are also talking about how to grow roses in containers if you are staying in an apartment and have very little time to care. We will be throwing in a bit of info, the joy in snipping flowers from your own garden for your home and how this little rose plant is making me jump like a 2 year old. Sounds okay to you?

So glad to be back from my weekend in Goa: believe me there is no place like home. Nestled in clean white sheet and unending cups of tea: oh, my wannabe beach home, how I love thee. It took me only a night out to realize. This is a little off-topic but I think I do not like 5 star hotels. I have been to a couple in my life and I am excited too before I check in but I have repeatedly felt claustrophobic. I mean I do like a bit of pampering in my life and some high teas but where is the joy is sleeping on the grass? Where is the sand in your shoes? Where is the shack side glory? When I went to Goa this time, I was put up in Zuri, in Varca. It’s a sprawling place of god knows how many acres, replete with its own private beach and villas that open to the pool among other luxe inclusions. I loved it. But somewhere it just killed my excitement of being in Goa. I just felt great and comfortable but not in Goa. I was in 7th heaven but I wasn’t in Goa. I really think these resorts and 5 star properties kill the very essence of a particular place: they are so same that its hard feeling being out of your home and your comfort zone. Verdict: If you are staying in a 5 star while you are in Goa, you are a loser.

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Clearly, happy to be home and digging my hand in leech and soil and sippin’ from my favorite cuppa and thinking about how important it is to grow roses in your home. I have a bean-bag near the little spot i call garden and there is where my philosophical thoughts brood, breed and nurture themselves. There is something about that space you know, that makes it so inviting: the perfect spot for thinking. All it needed was a nice rose shrub.

So I went in to check, early this month, whether i could get my hands on some English rose or the closely packed variety for my little garden. Didn’t find them but fell in love with these little cluster blooms. On a sunny Sunday I gave a little rose plant a beachy home and look what she is giving me! Constant supply of super blooms, as white as I want it to be. Although a touch of pink would have been nice too but I am not unhappy. At all.

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The variety I have is called “Floribunda” which means abundance of flowers. These are typically characterized by low growing clusters and flower through out. Floribunda roses are small and grow well in containers as opposed to the large variants. If you are container gardening and don’t find these, you can try miniature and mini-flora rose bushes too. The good thing about these varieties is they are also disease resistant.

So here’s how to grow rose in containers:

The pots/containers I have used for container roses are approximately 20 inches across at the top and 14 to 20 inches deep. Roses have deep roots which calls for taller containers.

I used a dark plastic container but in a month I’ll have to shift it to a glazed ceramic container owing to the extreme heat. Its the monsoons, I am taking a chill pill with watering and heat.

Regarding the soil, a good, draining potting soil is fine. You can use slow-release rose fertilizer as per instructions.

If you are not facing heavy rains, in which case keep it outside but away from where the droplets can hit it hard, water your newly potted rose plant everyday for a week and then water twice a week. Keep in a place where they receive 5 hours of direct sunlight. Rose plants are prone to root rot. An inevitable sign that your rose plant is getting more water than it should is yellow leaves on top of the branches.

Prune in spring for better growth.

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The Tata Zest Blogger’s Meet Experience, Goa

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This is not something I do, really. A blogger’s meet. I mean wow, I would love to meet the top 50 bloggers from across India, and oh, yours truly is one of them now they say, but going to Goa and meet new people? No way. After a lot of ‘oh-its-a-car-event’ and ‘im-not-so-comfortable-with-novelties’, I did board that plane. And can I tell you I am glad I did? Never before did I feel so much in my element than being in a room with 50 other amazing bloggers discussing and talking about what we love. It was amazing.

I recently saw an article where they reacted to the reactions in blogger’s meet and told a word or two about why food bloggers are being invited to a car review. I was shocked to see this sort of discouragement pouring all over twitter. Can a food blogger not learn anything new? Inside the sushi eating girl might thrive a Jeremy Clarkson who never got a chance to experience that side of him/her. Oh please! Next time you comment on a certain food from a certain restaurant, maybe you should be sued. You don’t have an authorized palate to complaint, they’d say. Like, if you aren’t among the top 10 food-critics in India you have no right to tell the tea’s gone cold.

DSC_0662 Regardless, coming back to the point, I am glad I did go and meet so many wonderful bloggers and got a chance to discuss blogging; got a chance to meet the spectacular Tata Team. But can I tell that we needed one more day and it almost felt like a whirlwind?

We boarded the jet from Mumbai and landed at Dabolim in 40 minutes: I was co-passenger to Hemant from Shunya and Roxanne from Head2Heels. We all agreed that the pilot simply dropped us off in Goa. That was one rough landing ;) Almost reminded me of the scene from Madagascar where they… well never mind, this is silly:) But thanks to the Tata team and Blogadda that we were scooped up from there and transported straight to the lap of heavenly comfort. Above is where we were put up: Zuri White sands resort in Varca, Goa, and it oozes luxury.

Before I move on, A couple of things:

1) Great service and support Zuri. You should be proud of your boys and girls. Except for the ones in your cafe. They are but your let downs.

2) You have a flickering room light in 282 which makes a certain buzz and scares the darn out.

3) Loved the detailing you’ve put on High tea: from tea range, little flavoring options to the warm brownies.

4) Your food was, well, cold. Not by its temperature but by its heart and soul. You all be puttin’ a lot more heart in your cooking from here on, okay? :)

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It all tasted so weird. What a brilliant idea, what a waste of taste. (High tea, Day 1)

Soon, we move on to the masterclass where the Tata Zest team decoded their car to us. Such lovely people to meet. Minari Shah, though, was my star, I admit. She is magnetic. I want to be her! It also makes me very happy to see how the gap between customers and brands no longer exists. Take a hike middle-man, I’m gonna drive my own car and see how I feel about it. Fair! Such a brilliant idea to call people from every sphere of life to experience it for their own. As consumers, today, we have a lot more access to brands than what we used to, and which is a great thing.

Here’s a snippet of the masterclass

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Wonderful learning from the pillars of Zest.

After a wonderful dinner and well, good night’s scarce sleep, off we went to experience the two variants of Tata Zest in Goa. I don’t drive but from the most novice angle, Petrol felt good, Diesel felt weird. Couldn’t figure the connect next but the AC didn’t really let me complain. Very planted at turns, stable at high speed: in all, it was a wonderful, wonderful drive

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Stopped by this cemetery…Look at the body cart… Such a beauty, such a grave purpose.

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After another hour or so, and one that included live blogging, another round of earl grey, a quick seafood soup and coffee pudding, off we came to Mumbai. In short it was a whirlwind of an experience and in a good way!

So, you know, I’d like to end with this. When I came home from the meet, my husband asked me, if you have money, will you buy any of the Tata Cars? I said, “this time, I will, I think.” I think that sums up how my Tata experience was. A paradign shift from who Tata used to be man. Achhe din aye hain ;)

Toodles!

An Evening With The Interior Designer of TataZest

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This arvo we are live blogging from Goa for #TataZest #ZestUpYourLife, their new car that’s to be launched next month, and one that shows quite a lot of dynamism for a car in its class.  I know, you must be going completely berserk to see me talk about a car in this wee space of mine which caters with mainly beachy DIYs and beach decor but believe me I had some real good reasons to do this post. I can guarantee you that when the post ends, you’ll not only forgive me but thank me too for some great dope on car interiors.  After all, its not only the engine & the engineers that maketh a car. Its also a set of talented interior designers! And tell you what? Designing an engineered product is much, much more difficult than designing our homes. It’s decor taken to another level: a place I had to go explore head first.

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Honestly, I am not the person who understands cars or even pretend to. I can only tell you so much about a car which would include its stability, the smoothness, how it handles on corners, on road and how it is on a very high speed. But I am definitely the person who has an eye for decor, detail and good aesthetic. The dashboard in the new Tata Zest quite took me by fancy. Chrome, matte black, shiny, glossy black and clever tones of grey played trickily in here to give the car dashboard a modern, luxury sport vehicle look. This is not Tata..this is a better Tata. So, if you are a wee bit interested in interiors of a car or interiors in whole, this post will serve you the lot. If you are a decor nazi, you have to know this sector: who knows tomorrow auto-themed homes might be in fashion ;)

As a decor/ interior enthusiast I am always on the look out for delving deep into the elements that together make “decor” in cohesion. And having a husband who takes me everywhere to experience things with him, even to the mechanic, I know what a good car interior should look like. I am more than happy to venture out of home and look into sectors like shop, cars, offices and study their decor… It’s interesting to know how with almost the same principles and a little bit personalization people are rocking it stylish everywhere. But when it came to cars, I had a couple of questions.

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I could never understand why most cars come with interiors in beige, light tones, grey or black? Why not fur and only typical car fabric? How do you choose motifs or patterns in fabric while designing the interiors? Can we just about use any pattern? How close it is to home decor? What is the significance of two tones in a car seat and its body interiors? Well, ofcourse, if your car is “primped” by the badass Texas boys and Ice-Cube is talking about it, then you don’t need to ask such questions ;) In that case you’d have a snazzy yellow riveted car seat and oh-my-god-60’s-retro-gold grille, oh and maybe a candy dispenser in the boot too that has a pipe in your dash board to take you to the candy shop! You’d just have anything and everything that is no-where close to the cars we, common day mendicants drive. You have a right to leave this boring post right here because you my friend are rich. But if you are like me, these questions might have crossed your mind.

In addition, I am very interested in the core philosophies of decor. You’d look at a home and you’d exactly know the people who live in. Your decor is an extension of who you are and what you believe in. Similarly, what goes in a car interior designer’s head when he/ she is designing something that has to appeal to thousands of people and yet make it in a way where each must find their own voice while driving the machine? Bro, it’s a tough job and it had been in my mind for years to take a look into car interiors and its nitty-gritties. Thanks to blogadda and Tata Zest for flying us away to a wonderful workshop in Goa where I finally found the answers to the nagging questions that wormed my head.

You’ll see how you always overlooked these details in a car!

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After a masterclass on Tata Zest, I ran to the interior designer of the car in question: Shilpa Bandyopadhyay is her name and she is a zesty, smiling talented girl whom I think I quite caught by surprise with my ultra philosophical (read stupid) questions. But patiently, she answered me everything like the crystal ball would.

1) My first ever question was Sum up the car interior in a sentence. This is what she had to write to me!

“Cocooned in a new age definition of luxury sport.”

2) Hmm, which means I got the car right! But hey you’ve got a curious cat infront of you. My next question made me feel like 100 kilos lighter: You know, I’ve kept the question inside of me for too long. Why are car interiors in beige, white, black, grey and tones of only these color.

Wowza, the answer questioned my own intelligence. Bright colors in a car can be distracting for the driver as well as other drivers on the road. That is why a set of standard colors for interiors. Oh, okay…which means you have only 4 colors to play with and yet you are expected to come up with an interior that brings out a wow: all different, each unique? I thought my job was difficult!

3) My third question to Shilpa was How do you choose the fabric. Why not lace and satin? Okay, lace and satin is what I did not ask but that is where I was headed. Im a shabby chic beach decor girl…I’d like a bit of lavender love everywhere…

But it looks like, designing the interiors of a car is definitely more challenging than designing the interiors of your home. You can use and only use 100% pure polyester. Why?

a) It is cost effective and easily available

b) The fabric meets the high performance standards, such as durability. You will be using a car minimum of 5 years. Durability also means that you can get in and out of the car repeatedly without damaging or dulling the seat fabric.

c) It withstands blazing desert sun or below-zero temperatures and still tolerate moisture buildup in warm, humid climates.

In addition, there are 7 or more parameters to be kept in mind while designing the car interiors.

Okay, so that rules out the lavender satin seats.

4) My fourth and final question was: What motif do you look for while choosing the fabric? What did you look for in Zest.

The motif must be catchy, small and again, not too distracting and bright. An ideal car fabric design will be one which matches with the core philosophy of the car, syncs with the exterior and consoles.

For the #TataZest which incorporates a healthy mix of sport, luxury and comfort with its shiny black, chrome, a touch of biscuit and matte black and grey, her go to fabric was one that complimented the consoles. Plain grey for the rims of the seat, a light grey-on-dark grey mid fabric for layering. For the Zest, she also chose a fabric that’s predominantly Indian in motif and yet was funky. Indian, owing to its make, funky owing to its target audience and the young blood that flows through its veins. Love the kaleidoscope, I do.

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That’s the fabric incorporated in seats. And here’s her:

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Lovely meeting her and the entire Zest team: mind you, this is just how much went into the fabric and console. Did you ever think that so much goes into your car seat? No wonder my husband gets furious when I keep muddy rose plants on it.

Thank you Tata Team for this wonderful opportunity.

Thank you Blogadda for making me 3 kilos lighter.

Thank you Shilpa for giving us so much.

It had been awesome.

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What I’m Wearing In Goa To The Blogadda & Tata Zest Bloggers Meet

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Goodmorning people! How shocked are you to see a fashion post from trumatter? One that involves a little beachy-casual dressing for the weekend? It was so much fun putting my extreme lack of fashion sense to test, but I think I’m doing well with a light blue straight fit denim, a cotton shirt, my favorite grey tank, a beige scarf and a bit of funky silver.

It’s the Trumatter you have been knowing, travelling to Goa for an exclusive Blogger’s meet to check out the new TATA car: TataZest. Thought I’d show you how to wear jeans 3 ways (haha, it’s just one way) and a bit of accessory love thrown in from the girl who never does fashion. I mean come on, in this household, we sport PJs with ease and dress that up with a good top or two to push it as a funky pant. Whom are we kidding.

I recently had a conversation with a bloggy friend of mine who is totally into fashion and an amazing blogger too: she told me Goa is not for mommy jeans. Honestly, I think similarly too and did try to sport some dresses. But thing is mommy jeans has seeped in to my genes and that’s the only thing I am ever comfortable in. So here’s my pick for what to wear when you are miserable with fashion.

Dress Day 2Dressing up the same jeans with a white cotton top, a touch of black and gold, for the evening. A friend gave me this necklace and I hold it very dear. Also, would you believe if I told you that I packed all of this, now? Like right now.

And I have exactly 30 more minutes to go and get dressed and reach the airport to fly to Goa. I’m simply pushing it with this blog. Absolutely pushing it. To top, its raining like crazy today here in Mumbai and I see so many missing flights. Jesus Christ, me and paranoia are best friends specially when it comes to travelling. I always have this eerie feeling that I am gonna miss my flight, my train, my bus. To live with Paranoia I tell you…

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Day 2- morning, i choose to add in a bit of floral for the love of Goa. A ‘kameez’ or ‘kurti’, same jeans, a turquoise ring, Darjeeling stone pendant, gold and black sandals.

I don’t know how stylish these ensembles are or if I accidentally put together major fashion flaws but hey, that’s me. This is more power to a casual beachy fashion where you sport mommy jeans with super style and tell that’s the rage ;)

What do you think?

Toodles and you have a lovely saturday.

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Repurposed Crate Shelf DIY

DIY Crate Bk Shelf 2Welcome to Trumatter. If you love picking up old crates- discarded crates, no-one-wants-me crying crates from the curb and shamelessly too- and re-purpose them into usable home furniture, you have, sir, come to the right place for some that kinda diy dope. While the husband and friend went to mud-bike in the rains, the girl went out, fell in love with a fruit crate and gave the poor old, thrown away thing some love: An act that got my name straight in, in the book of, “Furniture justice”. I do these things from time to time to get a karma check. And wait till I tell you that it costed me less than half a ‘dullah’ to have this awesomely cool rustic crate bookshelf.

I know. I can exaggerate a lot about these things.

But look at this!

DIY Crate Bk ShelfI love every bit of the grain and the color. I gave it one coat of dark stain and I am yet to give a coat of clear varnish but I’ll wait for the rains to get over for that step. A month at the max. Oh, what fun it was to see people staring at you in dismay as to what on Marlin’s name is wrong with this girl. I was perfectly dressed, carrying my rainbow umbrella, with earphones and all picking up stuff off trash can. In India, you don’t do these kinda things if you are from a well to do family. Apparently. The culture of reusing or repurposing is yet to seep in and you get strange looks- very strange looks- if you are seen doing something like this. Even more funny is the belief that what you pick up off the streets might be ominous. You know what? I mean yes, I have seen the haunting in Connecticut and all sorts of possessed dolls but I doubt someone will voodoo something as trivial as a fruit crate and leave it at the trash can where its only targets are street urchins whose life or fate it probably cannot alter for bad: its already heart-breakingly miserable. Nah, im safe :)

CrateThis is how I found it. Believe me, taking out those nails was the hardest part. They were rusty hard old nails and took me quite some time to get them out without breaking the wood. Gosh. The packing guy pretty much “nailed” it.

I sanded it off with a #120 because i gathered its soft wood. I would have loved to finish it with a 220 but I was impatient. if you are sanding, please dont avoid 220, it gives a smoother look.

Next, I walked up to my nearest hardware and invested 10 rupees in this:

Bookshelf nutsFinding the center, I attached the hook/ hanger.

If the screw doesn’t go in first, make a tiny hole by hammering a nail and then attach the screws.

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Deck it up with your favorite things and enjoy. For me, I needed a place to keep my books and this is the most perfect DIY bookshelf ever!

It screams beach house, its rustic, its DIY, its cheap and most importantly, its handmade with love like everything else in this wee house. There are actually some things that money can never buy.

For now, Happiness is a DIY Re-purposed Crate Book Shelf

What do you think? Any additions?

DIY Crate Book Shelf

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Wednesday

http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/07/before-and-after-wednesday-week-23.html

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Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence

From My Front Porch To Yours – Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday

The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday

Show and Tell Friday