Author: Upasana

And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

The Book Reporter, our in-house guide to what makes for an interesting read, reviews Hosseini's latest bestseller, And the Mountains Echoed.    Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant author. I was hooked from the first few pages. His characterization is vivid and his storytelling skills are par excellence!! This is a story of love and how it has the power to affect lives over many generations. It teaches us deep gratitude for the simplest things we have. Hosseini has this ability to tell stories like none other. For days after reading this I had the characters in my mind.    Yes Afghani references are many, but not as heart wrenching as his other books. If you've liked his previous work you're sure to love this!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   Leaving you with a beautiful quote from the book:    “They say, find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in...

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Club Rhino

Club Rhino is as the name suggests rare and impressive. Situated atop South point mall this rocking pub/restaurant was our venue for Ladies night. The high ceilings as you enter give you an otherworldly feel. The option of outside seating complete with mist fans is viable especially in the winter months. The bar is riveting.. It’s a long area which grabs your attention. In this rocking ambience we are led to a comfortable table with sofas. We have an extremely attentive bar man who ensures our drinks are refilled asap. So here are the cocktails we tried : Damn you Freak Cosmopolitan Lemon & Orange Mojito Screwdriver Caprioska The Cosmopolitan : was perfectly chilled and had a delicate balance of tangy and sweet. Damn you Freak : No no I’m not being politically incorrect here ! This is the name of a cocktail which had an excellent combination of vodka and fresh fruit juices. Lemon and Orange Mojito : As the name suggests this citrusy combination was a delight for the palate. Packed with the punch of both lemon and orange juice this cocktail is just perfect for a summer evening. Caprioska : Again a crisp and light yet striking in taste. The Screwdriver : This drink is as classic as it gets and club Rhino delivered a smash hit. The readability of the menu in the subtle lighting is...

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Mom’s take on Spoonful of Soul

  Spoonful of Soul is a quaint yet niche restaurant tucked away in Nathupur.SOS is International. In its look, its food and certainly in its service. GurgaonMoms had the pleasure to review this restaurant co owned by Anuradha  Khanna  and Rohit Sodhi .These siblings share a common passion for food and have taken fine dining to another level. The SOS experience begins when you board an exclusive glass elevator which opens out into the restaurant. Bright and serene are your first thoughts as you enter this well lit area with pristine white walls and pops of colour in its accents. At the entrance is a causal lounge where one could cozy up for a coffee. Then the restaurant takes over with a chic bar. Mentionable is the SOS wall of Gourmettiti.. my word for Gourmet graffiti.. Proof of satisfied customers. What sets SOS apart is the diversity in its menu.There is an ample selection for dieters no compromise on the taste. The salads are not dressed to disguise and they use ingredients that are good for you. Makes it a good venue for kitty parties. The wait staff leads us to a table and offers us regular or mineral water. Even the coloured glass bottles for water are pretty. As soon as we are seated we are served the most gorgeous butter drenched garlic bread. Crisp yet light. A very thoughtful touch as the...

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Women Empowerment Center – Katha Village

Alka Raza is a strong woman… both in personality and actions. Single handedly Alka has transformed a once dilapidated family Haveli into a warm and Maharajah worthy home. To add to her accolades is the successful running of the NJB Women Program Centre in Katha. Katha is on the Delhi Bagpath road which was an ancient route used by the Mughals to reach Kashmir.The Haveli is 400 years old and it has been refurbished with modern amenities but retains the old world charm. Alka has been a journalist for most of her adult life and her husband’s work with the UN has taken her to exotic locales – El Salvador, Vienna and Jordan to name a few. NJB organizes health awareness and medical camps for the villagers. NJB organizes meetings with the villagers to make them aware that a medical camp is going to take place and they should register. They invite well trained and qualified doctors from Delhi and arrange medicines to run the medical camp. They start early morning where mothers and children are allowed to enter first. Doctors examine them and they are provided with medicines. The doctors explain the villagers how to use and how many times should it be taken in a day. Later in the afternoon men are allowed to enter and the procedure remains the same. Alka now uses the name of the...

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Basant Bazaar

Basant Bazar is a wonderful culmination of craftsperson from all over India. It is currently being held at the Kisan Haat near Andheria More .Very close to Chattarpur metro station. Parking is available .. However it may get full up on weekends and evenings. [fsg_gallery id=”1″] There are a wide range of stalls from all over India. Worth mentioning are ·       Stoneware from Gujarat ·       Bandhini duppattas with intricate bandhini ·       Earrings ranging from rs.40 onwards ·       Khadi kurta’s starting from rs. 500 ·       Bidri work , Bamboo mats The intricacies of the work is reflected in the faces of many of the skilled artistes working there. Food stalls are there from Maharashtra,Rajasthan,and Kerala. Food is only average.  It does get warm during the day and water is available only at one end so do remember to carry some. All in all a must visit for...

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GurgaonMoms visit One and Only

Members of GurgaonMoms were invited by Mrs.Bubble Batra and her team at One and Only. One and Only is a n exclusive furniture show room located on Gurgaon Manesar Road (717 Conclave, Kherki Daula, (Next to Haldiram), National Highway 8  Gurgaon, Haryana 122001) Upon our arrival we were greeted with welcome drinks. The showroom is filled with grand and magnificent furniture. The furniture is also displayed room wise so the client can have a fair idea of what pieces go together. We were given a tour and then we proceeded to a demonstration. Ms.Diya the showroom manager also doubles up as a chef and proceeded to bake a cake for us. As the demonstration commenced Ms.Bubble started a game called “ Don’t say No” .The ladies were each given 5 cards in a heart shape . Every time you caught someone saying No you had to ask for a card! The game went on with much hilarity and led to many laughs. Makes one realize how often we use the N word! After the cake was put into the oven to bake we were given a small informative talk on Interiors. She showed us various semi –precious stones used for inlays. She also showed us a range of metallic leafing .Wood finishes and Ducos were also displayed. She then showed us diverse new polishes with a shaded and antique finish. To...

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