Longing For You

Haven’t I waited enough
Watching the ebb and flow
Understanding the pattern of time
Convincingly moving slow

Haven’t I longed enough
To get embraced
And, feel the magic
With each passing day

Haven’t I admired every bit
From the start till the end
From shore to horizon
Smiling endlessly to pretend

Take me with you now
To where I belong
Blend me in your blue
I’ve waited for long!! 🌊

Rock Beach, Pondicherry

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Pretty Little Things Like Cafe Repertwahr

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Cafe Repertwahr in Lucknow

Who could have imagined such a beautiful and inviting cafe on the busiest roads of Lucknow, with just a small signboard, a sufficient parking space and making absolutely no noise about it?

Located on the main Faizabad Road in Indira Nagar, Lucknow @caferepertwahr is a casual dining cafe in a dreamy setup. It’s hardly at a distance of 1.5 km from the famous Bhootnath market. The place offers a lovely ambience, cuisines ranging from North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian and Seafood and has a huge collection of books you can spend your time reading over a cup of coffee. The food and services are good. It’s a charming place with lots of refreshing greenery, contemporary and sustainable interiors and liveliness.

My never-ending love for pretty cafes always urge me to find one wherever I go. Sharing this as part of #AppyTalesInLucknow series, since a lot of queries poured in ever since I visited this place on Friday.

I was elated to find the queries coming to me from the people residing in Lucknow itself. So guys do check it out and make the most of it. Although the cafe takes full safety measures like sanitisation, temperature check, social distancing yet do not forget to play your part responsibly. Wear a mask, keep sanitizing and maintain social distancing in public places. It’s high time, please be responsible! 🌸

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Before Taking A Big Leap

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Hold on…

I’m busy in my world,
Admiring the sky, and
Waiting for the clouds to pass.

So that I feel,
The fresh sunshine, and
Glitter like a blade of grass.

Hold on…

Till I absorb the chaos,
Before I find my peace, and
Take a big leap.

To wander once again,
Only to find me, and
Get lost in the serenity.

So, Hold on!! 🥰

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Book Review: Everything Happens For A Reason—and other lies I’ve loved by Kate Bowler

I chanced upon this book “Everything Happens for a Reason—and other lies I’ve loved” by Kate Bowler and felt like reading it. Of course, I do sufficient background work like referring to some genuine websites for reviews and reading the summary before purchasing a book, making it easier for me to choose.

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This book of around 175 pages is a soulful read–a memoir of the author. Kate Bowler, a divinity professor and young mother, married to her childhood love, lived a perfect life until she was diagnosed with stage IV of colon cancer at 35 years of age. The story revolves around the pain and joy of living an uncertain life—A deep love for friends and family and excruciating pain to be leaving them behind if God isn’t kind enough. The book describes her thought process and outlook towards his friends, family, acquaintance and life in general during various stages of medication and hospitalization. It is about how life goes topsy turvy with just one news.

Kate is someone who sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of disapproval. The story is about her constant fight with her disease and accepting it the way it appeared. Not getting bogged down with the treatment, prophesy, advice; how she confronts life as is and observes it deeply.

A poignant story pulls the reader deep into her life to showcase the aftermath of diagnosis and yet not troubled by it. The story has jest and subtle humour. Instead of succumbing to her disease, the author tries to look at the brighter side of life. How she deals with the negativities around her and how she smiles despite her deepest worries is what makes this book an easy and light-hearted read.

What I liked about the book is the underlying message to not wait till the end to enjoy and relish time with your loved ones or anything you adore. Keep planning the next move to live your life to the fullest!

The book has some heavy moments where the author realizes that her non-existence might bother her husband and son, but their lives won’t stop. She practically articulates the reality of life and faces it with courage. Based on her experience, The author in the appendix shares a list of what not to say to people experiencing terrible times; worth a read. At times, we say things, least realizing they can have negative repercussions. Sometimes all a person in trouble needs is someone to listen to and not advise or show sympathy. Appendix 2 is the list of how a few things could work like magic for the troubled. Must read and follow. I feel we all do it, sometimes or the other.

If she could be cured or not, I leave it on you to find. The book is simple and heartwarming.

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Top Favourite Street Food Places in Lucknow

This blog was much awaited! Among several other reasons for its great popularity and charm, Lucknow is also known for its mouthwatering food. From delectable kebabs to tangy chaats, from flavoursome kachoris to inviting kulfis and makhhan malai, Lucknow has endless tastes to offer. So, here are some of the best and my favourite street food destinations in Lucknow. You can save this post for future so that you do not miss to try any of these, next time you are here.

  • Tunday Kababi – Come to Lucknow and you are not asked to bring back some kebabs with you; not happening! The legendry Tunday kebabs here are popular across India leave alone Uttar Pradesh. They are exceptionally tasteful and melt-in-your mouth. They have a variety of kebabs—the Shami Kebabs, Boti Kebabs, Kakori Kebabs, Gelawati Kebabs, Seekh Kebabs. A word of caution is to ask beforehand what kebabs are you are going to have as they have varieties in Beef (Bade ka Kabab) and Mutton (Chote ka Kabab), Ask anyone, and you would easily reach the destination. Now they have various franchisees but the oldest one remains in Chowk.
  • Royal Café – This is my personal favourite. Known for its rich Basket Chaat and other variety of lip-smacking tangy chaats. You name it and they have it. Dahi Bhalla, Papdi Chaat, Pani Puri, Bhelpuri, Samosa Chaat they have it all to satiate your chaat cravings. What also makes it unique is Hardayal Maurya ji, the senior most chef here who personally takes care of his guests and makes customized chaats for them and garnishes with his interesting conversation along with other ingredients. This shop is the heart of famous Hazratganj market.
  • Shukla Chaat House – This is the oldest and one of the most popular chaat shops in Hazratganj. Over 50 years old shop, this attracts people who want to try authentic streetfood flavour of chaats. Prices are extremely reasonable starting from Rs 45/- per plate. This shop is old-fashioned made of wood but you would savour the taste for long. A word of caution here is not to get confused with other Sharma Chaats in and around the main shop. and painted in blue as shown in the clip.
  • Bajpayee Kachori Bhandar – This vegetarian eatery is again one of the oldest and the most popular one in Lucknow known for it’s famous Kachoris served with chole (gram), pickle and onion. The shop witness long queues early morning. Right opposite Ram Asrey (A famous sweet shop) in Hazratganj, this petite shop is a prime spot for food lovers and bloggers/ vloggers as well.
  • Sharma Tea Corner – Lucknow aayein aur chai pe charcha na ho aisa to ho hi nahi sakta. 😊 This tea corner is the main fascination of Lucknowites. The famous Bun Maska, Gol Samosa and Kulhad Chai is the classic combination the shop offers at prices as reasonable as Rs 15 per Samosa and Rs 30 per Kulhad Tea.  The shop is again more than 40 years old. You will find people of all age groups gathering and discussing matters on various subjects here, anytime of the day.   
  • Dastarkhwan – Known for its Mughlai cuisines, Dastarkhwan is a mecca for non-vegetarians. It has three branches. However, the main one is in Hazratganj where you can visit with your friends and family and sufficiently enjoy the authentic Mughlai taste within Rs 500.
  • Raheem ki Nihari – This shop exists for over a century and is another famous shop for non-vegetarian lovers who can dive into the aromatic and flavoursome motton and chiken curries with Raheem’s famous Nihari Kulcha. A half plate of Nihari costs just Rs 50. Located in a narrow old lane of Chowk, the place witnesses extreme crowd during Ramzan.
  • Sardar Ji Ke Mashhoor Cholle Bhature – The famous Cholle Bhature of Sardar ji in Lalbagh, brings the authentic taste of Punjab and are highly in demand. They also serve Aloo, Paneer Kulcha and Sooji Halwa made in Pure Ghee. Pure vegetarian shop is a delight to majority of Lucknowites.
  • Prakash Kulfi – A meal is incomplete without a good dessert and the famed Prakash kulfi falooda is unbeatable be it summers or winters. This is a must try whenever you visit Chowk. The delicious Kulfis come in different flavours loaded with dry fruits and flavours that make it rich and creamy.

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