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Indian Festival – Diwali !

​#diwali brings in the #festivities, #happiness, #celebration and welcoming a new beginning. That’s how I see it. Welcoming a new season….. #happydiwali
I personally love the hustle bustle, excitement, Sharing….. Just let all the optimism in…..! Leave out all the rest
#indiantradition #indianfestival #festivalsofindia

Kheerganga trek with Sam

​What I have realized in life is, you ought not to give a second thought because the moment that happens, you change the flow of how things are supposed to be. Just go with your instincts and you don’t mess with the flow of life that runs through you. Every second thought for even a little thing changes the directions of your life and possibly take you where you are not supposed to be. I am becoming very aware of my thoughts and i stick to every first thought that comes to me about every situation. I am going to let my life flow like a river without changing the directions by giving a second thought to anything. Let’s give life a chance and let it take us with it. We will face whatever comes our way but atleast let it come our way. 

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Sam in Varanasi

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Bits from my life. When I went to Varanasi fir a photoshoot. 

10 Places for Shoe-String Budget Shopping in Delhi

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Delhi is the Capital of India and it truly is a mixed pot of cultures and religions. Talk about variety of food, clothes, shoes, jewellery…. majorly all of it can easily be availed  in Delhi.

Today, we will talk about shopping, yes yes I know exciting!! We will only cover the places where brands don’t mean a thing and you are only concerned with bringing some change to your wardrobe and not spend a huge amount. So, let’s get it started….

1. JANPATH

Janpath Market is one famous flea market in Delhi.  This market is a mix of fixed small shops and local stalls.  Other than the fixed small shops and local stalls, there are also local handicraft artisans sitting between the lanes of fixed shops.  Their products are mostly traditional but worth souvenirs to be stored in your backpack in case you want to keep a piece of the ‘trendy Delhi’ with you. The market has all exquisite stuff that you would want to lay your hands on. From hippy attire to handicrafts, from paintings to cheap jewelry, you name it & you have it. You can find small trinkets and gifts for your relatives and friends here. Some shops have antiques, Aztec prints, trendy jackets, shawls, etc. Overall, Janpath is a shopper’s paradise and very favorably situated.

How to reach – Take the metro. Get down at Rajiv Chowk BLUE LINE and take the Palika Bazar Exit. It is 5 minutes walking distance from there. Or get down at Janpath Metro Station PURPLE LINE

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2. SAROJINI NAGAR

Bargain, bargain and bargain! If you have a knack to play with the price of items, you can use your skill in the Sarojini Nagar Market. Here you can get cheap products at ease, but no guarantee of quality. Who cares?, if you are able to do quantity shopping in limited budget. Clothes, footwear, accessories, homeware, you get it all here! One of the best places to buy all fashionable tops, jeans, T-shirts, dresses, accessories, shoes, bags, scarves, etc., at cheap prices.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station INA. Take an auto to the market for 25-30 Rupees. YELLOW LINE

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3. LAJPAT NAGAR (CENTRAL MARKET)

All your shopaholic fantasies can see daylight here. You can get hold of some trendy clothes, footwear, accessories in this popular south Delhi market. Take some time out to get your hands decorated with mehendi from the popular mehendiwalasthere.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station Lajpat Nagar PURPLE LINE

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4. KAMLA NAGAR MARKET

Situated near North Campus, Kamla Nagar is a great place to hang out and shop. It is famous for popular fashion brands where you can buy export surpluses and manufacturing rejects at throwaway prices. There is the option of flea market and the branded shopping.

How to reach- Nearest metro station vishwavidyalaya. Take the auto for 25-30 Rupees for Kamla Nagar Market. YELLOW LINE

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5. KAROL BAGH

Another diverse and exhaustive shopping destination is the Karol Bagh market. Get Indian attires, cheap electronic goods (Gaffar Market), bags, shoes etc. You can find all items listed in your shopping list, here.

Karol Bagh is one the busiest and oldest shopping areas in Delhi which famous for bridal wears, Indian garments (cotton, silks, woolens or synthetics cloths), shoes, cosmetic products, books, gadgets and electronic items.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station Karol Bagh BLUE LINE

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6. CHANDNI CHOWK

Chandni Chowk, is famous for wedding lehengas, semi-precious jewelry, embroidered bags, garments of silk and cotton etc. Arguably one of Delhi’s most famous shopping streets, Chandni Chowk is filled with jewelry, carpets, lehengas, wedding wear, embroidered bags and clothes, silk garments and accessories. Half the fun of shopping here is exploring the tortuous back alleys where you will make your best purchases. Don’t forget to grab a quick bite at any of the roadside stalls in Chandni Chowk.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station Chandni Chowk YELLOW LINE

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A Busy Street, Chandni Chowk, Delhi

7. GREATER KAILASH M BLOCK MARKET

Greater Kailash market is divided into two shopping areas, Greater M-Block and N-Block. Both markets are best known for crowded shops famous for its street food-corners, showrooms and local outlets for shopping in Delhi. Both the blocks have a combination of both, branded and unbranded shops that attracts a huge crowd. You will find reasonably priced accessories, footwear and clothes here.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station East of Kailash PURPLE LINE or Green Park YELLOW LINE

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8. PAHARGANJ MARKET

Paharganj market is situated just opposite to platform number 1 exit of the New Delhi railway station..Besides being a popular area for budget hotels , it is a shopaholics favorite destination. It is the hippie market in every sense. Explore the market for kurtas, harem pants etc.

How to reach- Nearest metro station RK Ashram marg BLUE LINE or New Delhi YELLOW LINE

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9. DILLI HAAT

If you want to buy something from the traditional market of Indian villages.  Dilli Haat is the best recommendation for you. You can see small thatched roof cottages with the ultimate atmosphere of Indian villages. The market is famous for delicious spicy foods, handcrafted and handloom items. It depicts the olden day style of bazaar where haats were set up to sell wares. It is the perfect place to experience the culture of Delhi. It consists of around 200 stalls with a variety of beautiful Indian crafts and trinkets. One can see occasional regional folk dances here and buy souvenirs like ceramic pots, puppets and handloom items.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station INA YELLOW LINE

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10. KHAN MARKET

Khan Market is definitely for elite shoppers but if you want to pick the best of stuff (flea market) then there are a few shops which you could explore and end up buying good quality products. Khan market is perfect to buy fashionable apparel, books, cosmetics, get skin and hair treatments at the high end salons and dine at the coolest restaurants. You could buy artistic, fashionable accessories at the local sellers packed around the shopping arcade.

How to reach – Nearest Metro station- Khan market. Walking distance from the station. PURPLE LINE

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For further help with Delhi Metro, I have attached the metro map for your convenience.

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CLIMATE CHANGE : THE MELTING GLACIERS (CREATING AWARENESS) part 1

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We all talk about the climate change, the global warming but when it comes to common people (pretty much like me), we fail to understand the impact it will have in the coming years and how we as individuals (yes you read that right) are contributing to it every second.

I had read a little about it 2014 and had witnessed some time lapse photos of the melting glaciers but it wasn’t till today (to be precise) that I realized how very foolish we are being by not understanding the implications of this climate change.

Thanks to netflix, I recently saw this documentary called ‘CHASING ICE’. Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Chasing Ice reveals Balog’s hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers across the Arctic, all while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history.

Chasing Ice is a feature documentary about one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, by helicopter, canoe, and dogsled, to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether, risking both his career and his well-being. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labor. But his hauntingly beautiful videos compress those years into seconds. His Extreme Ice Survey captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist doing everything in his power to deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.

 

Once we see the time lapse videos and the images, do we realise how we are damaging the climate of our planet and how it doesn’t look like a very convincing future for our coming generations. We must all take a step to bring down the carbon emission and do all we can to slow down the melting of the glaciers.

BY –

Shruti Sharma

PHOENIX FEATHERS (SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANCY)

ESCAPE

Dreams are the escape from reality

Reality is the escape from dreams.

But, you….

you are everywhere.

Is there no place to escape from you?

I need to find a place where you cease to exist.

I need to find a place where you are not a part of my world

anymore…..

Sam #elandjacob

CAGED

We are trapped

and caged with each other

inside my thoughts

and memories.

As much as you want

and try to get out.

I am trying the same

and smell the air of freedom

once I stop loving you

and free us both.

  • Sam  #elandjacob
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