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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STAY AT A SELF-CATERING COTTAGE

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LUXURY, SOLITUDE AND WILDERNESS; CILHENDRE FARM COTTAGE

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REVIEW – CORBETT WOODS RESORT, JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

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COTSWOLD – TINY, MAGICAL, FAIRYTALE TOWN THAT TRANSPORTS YOU TO AN ERA GONE BY. MUST VISIT IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO ENGLAND

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STAY AT BEAUTIFUL DRIMSYNIE HOUSE HOTEL, SCOTLAND

 

BLOG WITH YOUR HEART AND SOUL!

I always wanted to write and was pretty sure of that, and soon enough I was writing poems, short stories, personal diaries, expense diaries (!) and so on so forth. It went on to doodling on office notebooks, newspaper pages, paper tea cups, leaflets etc until the idea of blogging hit me. Once I was decided that I would write my own blog, I decided to do a search on other/ popular blogs on templates, designs etc. The extensive search left me awed and a bit intimated (so many good blogs out there!) and I decided that it was perhaps better for me to focus on writing a blog first. I went to my creative copy writer friend who gave me a priceless tip which was “write as if you were talking to a friend / anyone else and then start deleting what you don’t want”. Good tip, and I was quite kicked up about the approach. Armed with this tip, I went back to my search all energized. After spending many days, reading different blogs, looking at content, topics, I realized that it didn’t really matter how your blog looked or what the template was, what really mattered was how true the blogger’s thoughts were and how heartfelt his opinion was about the topic. That was really the common thread amongst all the blogs I thought were really good. No fancy jargon s, no article rip-offs, just straight in the face thoughts, ideas and emotions about what the bloggers thought about the topics that mattered most for them. People get enough of news and opinions everyday through various mediums – TV, newspapers, magazines, websites and so on, but what people really want to listen to are other people’s genuine thoughts and comments – as morbid the topic may be or just idle ramblings about life etc. Just pure emotion. One example of this is a nice blog called Indianhomemaker. Must visit if you are doing a recommended blogs search. Quite inspiring really and true to the line, that if you do plan to blog, then blog with your heart and soul and see the difference it makes to you and the people around you.

MERCEDES OR AUDI….YOU DECIDE :)

On a cold Saturday morning,  I decided to call this old school friend of mine who’s a homemaker and mom of two kids, and do a general roundup of how’s life progressing for us. Our little tete-a-tete with me buried in the blanket in biting cold (I live in Delhi) and she hanging from her balcony with a hot cuppa of tea (in Mumbai) soon came around to her kids and family and her little business venture. Always witty with an amazing sense of humour, my friend has an unbelievable way of describing situations, objects and people…and specific to this post, the kids. So she has two really cute kids and likes to call them….and you wouldn’t have heard of this before….Mercedes and Audi! …completely in splits, I asked her why she called them so and pat came the reply – because they are so expensive, not only to have but also to raise!!:) ….and my dear friend explained how catering to kids demands now days is no less than maintaining a luxury car!! with all their demands for toys, expensive domestic and International holidays, tech gadgets and Indian holidays, and birthday parties, clothes..etc…  the list was never ending. True that!, this set me off thinking and I decided to do a secret audit with my other friends (with a little  prompting of course) and wasn’t too surprised with the response ….some parents called themselves as ATM’s:) some did call their kids Audi etc. the overall sentiment was that no doubt kids were under a lot of pressure to match up to their peers and that catering to kids wishes for parents was no longer a kid’s play! Phew.

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