GOAN ardour-Off season…Offseason…Offseason!

PART I 

Air Asia..Launching Services …Pre-Booking opens…Limited seats left…July –Aug –Quick decision ..Tickets Booked..GOAJ -The FINAL Destination!!

So hurriedly had we decided to make Goa an “On beat” heart throb in this Off Beat Monsoon season by booking the tickets this April in a span of just few hours..But as the saying goes, never regret the decision once made, indeed alarmed by the “Offseason Tag” in these months, we decided to have a prolific stay & make this trip a chronicle in the chapter of our lives with our 11month kid.

So tagged as “Last minute Managers” ,all the readiness ranging from booking of the hotel to planning the itinerary ,was made in last 3 days ,yet being very un-certain about the roam around plan ,but since it was a trip with our best couple (also having same aged Kid) ,it had to be something electrifying &indeed it turned out to be.

Bags Packed –Catching the flight –”On the Time” – Here we started in night, traversed 2hrs & landed in GOA(Dabolim Airport)at approx.10:30 PM .

Cold shrill breeze welcomed us, as fresh rains had just poured over making the land soggy, full of fresh aroma, the first look even at the night was so unsullied, far away from that of Delhi.

Taking a cab to our hotel “La Spazio” in North Goa took some 1.30 hr from the airport & with all clamouring over of both the kids (rather their excitement ;)), reaching the destination to have a luxurious dinner at 12 midnight along with sipping some fresh aromatic coffee under the dark starry sky was completely un-thought off ..As said ,it was a brilliant start!

Slept over a comfortable night (even by the kids, post being tired of past day’s continuous events), again rainy morning welcomed us..But it was for hardly 30 minutes post which decent sunshine broke out..Relaxing beside the pool, making kids aware of “an altered but cool life” by getting them dipped in the pool water, seeing them enjoy really made all the eyes sparkle & smiles gleamed all over ..Post having a sun cum Pool bath, it was time to have a breakfast & ponder upon our Day1 to make it a good start.

Having thought off ,to let kids experience so called “Thrill” ,we planned to roam around the city ,catch some amazing beaches at our time by 2-wheeler –Activa.

Hiring two of them, here the sojourn began ,with “WE” the drives as well as riders ,making the passersby our GPS (& yes boards all over were actually a great help ,especially during late evenings/night) –

So the first halt had to be beach closest to us ,which was Anjuna Beach
,highly Rocky & a very small one but the very first look at the waves gushing over those rocks & splashing water all over made it so pleasant ,to add on look at those “Red Rocky Crabs” added an amazing flavour & excitement to begin with ..Holding Boiled Yummy “Bhutta’s” & struggling to capture those crabs took first 15-20 minutes ,post which I was ordered to click some good pics of the family in line;)


Facts of Anjuna :

  • Part of 30km stretch of Arabian Coastline ,it encompasses “Anjuna Village”
  • A small & lovely but red-black rocky beach with swaying palm trees, also famous for Trance parties during tourist season.
  • It also has Saturday night market to enjoy & re-fill the bags;)

Having lunch on ample eateries close to Anjuna beach, the menu being, (All Veg.) Biryani, Chilli Manchurian & fried rice & Breezer, first experience of Goan food was perfect .Since evening was setting in ,we planned to drive quickly to the most heard off –”Baga Beach” & enjoy on the shacks there .

With a ride of approx. An hour (tracing the roads, with the help of passersby & sign boards),it was actually a smooth drive all over ,seeing the vehicles at parking ,we knew it would be a mad rush & yes upon entering the beach ,it actually had a mad..Very entertaining crowd..All sorts of crowd ,& not just human’s ,I could rather complete “Animal Kingdom” having a water bath there;) ,Without any discrimination ,Dogs ,cows ,crows & Humans ,all were playing hand in hand;) . Agree the first such look was not loved by us, but both the kids rolled over with their laughter on seeing them play ,catching ,running in the water & coming all over …


Well, that’s an advice to the regulatory bodies of Goa, but we did relax at the shacks, getting our head massages done ,sipping drinks & lavishing on some Hot pakora’s till night fell on! Later post sunset the beach became a lovely place (no more signs of Animal kingdom), few beach lovers playing beach volley ball & some families playing in the water & yes we rolling in the sand after our lil kids ,for whom digging up the beach sand had become fun;)

Post lovely sunset, night was falling in when we decided to start back & drop on “The Mango Tree” restraunt, a very famous one with sumptuous food & drinks..A super yummy veg.sizzler ,followed by Cappuccino ,Pasta , Spring Rolls & Pizza..Ah!! Our tongue was protruding from tummies at the amazing taste of all.. So filled were we that even standing up from the chairs was becoming difficult..But it was close to 11:30Pm & with kids along, we had to return back to Hotel !

Facts of Baga :

  • Baga is a part of 30Km stretch of Beach coastline which starts at Aguada & ends at Chapora .
  • This beach is quite famous for Parasailing ,Banana Rides & even Dolphin cruises (although we couldn’t experience as all water sports are closed during these May –Aug/Sep)
  • Compared to Calangute ,this beach is quieter & with ample of shacks
    Deeply engrossed… Well read on part II
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Sizzling 4G

So the life has become a “Google page”, with the change in technology & upcoming apps, we have actually become handicapped to this World of Internet. What has started mattering is-Oh! Again I’m on the verge of Slow speed .., Oh, My Data pack is about to finish. This world has transformed to using thumbs more to browse, chat, share, visualize every moment of one’s life.

With such a phenomenal dependency, telecom had to swiftly change from 2G to 3G & now with 4G becoming a reality in India, we all need to experience the speed .With Reliance Jio sparking up the expectations, it was Bharti Airtel, who made the first of it, again this time, proving their sustained leadership!

Brief on Benefits of 4G compared to 3G:

  1. Hi –Speed – While 3G offers max.3.1Mbps speed (averaging between 0.5-1.5Mbps) ,4G claims to have 100Mbps (averaging somewhere close to 12-20Mbps) speed .
  2. The Peak upload rate which 3G can give is 5Mbps, while 4Gcan offer upto 500Mbps ( although these are far away from actual scenario’s ,which depends a lot on external factors as no. of users sharing the tower ,no. of cell phone towers in vicinity & many others .)
  3. The Peak download rate which 3G can offer is 100Mbps while 4G offer 1Gbps ,isn’t it very Hi-speed guys?
  4. 2G&3G networks are more related to better Voice quality offerings than Data but this is not the case in 4G, which offer superior access to Mobile Data.
  5. Quoting an example to know the actual benefits of 4Gover 3G –
    1. An average length song can be downloaded in 2.5seconds in 4G compared to 8.2seconds as promised in 3G
    2. A great move for Movie maniac’s ,complete Movie download in just 9minutes on 4G ,compared to 41 minutes in 3G

It can be easily concluded that all Movie lovers can now just sit, download & watch multiple movies a day..That to without buffering &with better resolution! What a great time saving technology 😉

Why Airtel 4G? Ready to answer –

  1. First telecom operator to launch 4G across 296 cities spread across Pan India.
  2. Best part is the ease to get 4G SIM (If your Handset is capable of 4G) .With no hassles of queuing up in front of stores, tweet (#GetAirtel4G) is just a step you got to do to get the SIM home delivered or one can even click on Airtel Free SIM if you have a 4G handset.
  3. Another amazing reason is “Controlled Pricing”, so now you get 4G plans at 3G price only, that’s the best for people like usJ ,In Delhi you can get 1GB data at just Rs 299 or opt from any of their good range of “Infinity Plans”.
  4. Don’t be sad if your handset doesn’t supports 3G, as a strong competition between the operators have forced mobile manufacturers to bring out best of their devices in the range of Rs5,000-Rs45,000.

Now comes Why do I choose Airtel 4G?

The wait was finally over for a handset freak like me, carrying a 4G device with 3G SIM from past 8 months, when my 4G Slot was supported by 4G SIMJ

The list was big for me to experience 4G speeds, which I actually got close to 12Mbps in my area.

  1. A big movie buff, but what happens when you have a year old kid who doesn’t allow you to enjoy theatre? Well the answer is Airtel 4G ,since the day I owned SIM ,I’m downloading 1-2 movies per day & enjoying their watch as per my convenienceJ
  2. My lost passion of reading ought to rejuvenate ,so I have started downloading & purchasing my loved novels once again ,with the ease of downloading & reading on my small –but 5” screenJ
  3. My regular social interaction has become too instant guys, here I send a ping & there it gets delivered.
  4. Pics, Videos have much better resolution & yes I forgot what does buffering means to me 😉
  5. Even shopping has become more mobile with Myntra going just the Mobile way & Flipkart adopting the same soon ,so my happiness knows no boundariesJ
  6. For future, I do see my Kid downloading ample games on my mobile, which cannot be actually restrained.

It seems the world is just a click away, thanks to Airtel 4G! Check out more at http://www.airtel.in/4g/.

Enjoy 4G until 2020 wherein Registrations & licence have been allotted to pilot 5GJ

Popeye –The marinaio Pasta

Popeye - The sailor Man:)

Popeye – The sailor Man:)

“I’m Popeye the Sailor(Pasta) Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor(Pasta) Man.
I’m strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man”.. The Spinach pasta man
J
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Source of Inspiration: My 7 yrs old Niece J

“Her hate for Spinach..

Her love for Baby corns ..

Her hate for nutritious foods..

Her love for cheese ..

Her hate for chapatti & Bottle gourds ..

Her love for Pasta & Broccoli’s ,It says it all” J

So me, being her most lovable maasi & best friend to dear sister ,I had to innovate a perfect recipe that would be happily prepared by my sis & loved by my neice..

I had to brainstorm ,put my busy mind to work ,& yo I came up with a lovely character : Popeye ,The sailor man ,one who loved spinach & grew strong ,his jingles we sang in childhood..Aww..Those were lovely days & when clubbed with Spinach Pasta ,won’t it give a boost to our kids as well as us?

Well ,do try out this tongue twister recipe & I’m sure kids are gonna love this pasta (with spinach) ,as much as my niece relishes ..

Overall Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Serves : 3-4 people

Utensils Required:

  • Sauce Pan’s
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Fork
  • Chopper
  • Mixer –Grinder

Ingredients:

Veggies :

  1. 300 gram – DelMonte Chifferi Rigati Pasta https://www.facebook.com/DelMonteIndia
  2. 7-8 pcs – Small Baby corn
  3. 2 bunches broccoli trimmed from the stem
  4. 15-20 olives  slices
  5. 400 gram – Spinach
  6. 2 tomatoes /1 big tomato chopped
  7. 2-  Onions
  8. 8-10 garlic cloves
  9. Olive Oil -2 tea spoon

For Flavour:

  1. 1/2 tea spoon garam masala
  2. 1/2 tea spoon red chilli
  3. 1/4 tea spoon black pepper
  4. Salt as per the taste
  5. 1 tea spoon sugar (optional)

For White sauce:

  1. 200 ml -Toned milk
  2. 1 1/2 tea spoon butter
  3. 2 tea spoon Maida
  4. 1/2 tea spoon White pepper
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cheese :

1/2-3/4 bowl Grated Cheddar cheese

2 cheese slices

Preparation of Gravy/Puree:

  1. Spinach Puree –
    1. Thoroughly wash spinach under running water twice/thrice
    2. Heat in a pan & bring it to boil for next 7-8 minutes
    3. Let it cool
    4. Wash with cold water ,blanching gives a thick consistency to it
    5. Grind it in a mixer & keep it aside
  2. Tomato Puree –
    1. Chop tomatoes & grind it along with sugar (optional) & keep it aside
  3. Onion –Garlic Puree –
    1. Again mix onion & garlic & grind it ,keep it aside
  4. White Sauce –
    1. Bring the milk to boil
    2. Add butter & maida in another pan ,stir it till it gets a paste form ,cook for 3-4 minutes
    3. Add milk to the cooked maida –butter paste & stir it continuously till it thickens
    4. Add white pepper to it & cook for next 5-8 minutes
    5. Add Oregano to the final paste


Receipe :

  •  Boil Broccoli &corn for some 4-5 minutes, add olives to the boiled veggies & keep it aside. 
  • Boil Pasta for 10-12 min on medium flame , (add pinch of salt & olive oil to it), drain & wash with cold water & keep it aside



Since the basic requirements are done, let’s start with our “Popeye Pasta” –Kid’s yummilicious pastaJ

Step by step Directions :

  • Add olive oil to the pan, let oil heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add Onion garlic mixture to it & sauté it until it turns golden brown (Raw& pureed pic attached)




  • To it add tomato gravy & add flavours as Garam masala ,Red chilli ,Black pepper ,salt & let it boil for next 5 minutes (till oil starts leaving pan’s sides)


  • Add Spinach gravy & let it boil for next 5-8 minutes


  • Once gravy thickens ,add cheese slice & white sauce to it



  • Once this gravy becomes little thick add the veggies (broccoli ,corn ,olives) kept aside to it & let it simmer for next 5 minutes
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  • To this add boiled DelMonte Rigati pasta & mix thoroughly & keep simmering for next 3-5 minutes.
  • Add Oregano seasoning & lots of grated cheddar cheese.



  • Finally top it with nutritious sesame seeds & serve this delicious ,nutritious popeye pasta to kids as well as adults ( Optional Tomato Ketchup as dressing )

    Special Instruction:
    This yummilicious healthy pasta is a must try ,if not ,it may corrupt other contestants minds;)
Yes I love Popeye Pasta:)

Yes I love Popeye Pasta:)

Rudolf the Red nose Reindeer!!

Gorgeous Reindeer @ Kiruna (Sweden) ,& here I sang an all time favourite Jingle :

“Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer ,had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games “

Amazing Reindeer!!

Amazing Reindeer!!

Few Facts :

  • Reindeers ,also known as Caribou in North America is found in Europe (Northern),Siberia & north America
  • In most of the species only the male grows huge Antlers ,but in few species even females have antlers but their shedding times are quite different.
  • It is also said that reindeers are the only mammals who can see UV lights
  • They are ideal for life in cold environments because with special credit to their fur ,hooves & nose!

 

Crabs.. Shells…Starfishes

So now let’s take a round of these amazing creatures ..Well hidden in the sea & beaches of Goa:)

Basket full of 5 CRABS:) Direct from sea..yohooo

Basket full of 5 CRABS:) Direct from sea..yohooo

Lovey Starfishes..In Ample @ Candolim!!

Lovey Starfishes..In Ample @ Candolim!!

So beautiful..Shells!!

So beautiful..Shells @Morjim!!

Fruit? Or ?? Guess Out with tentacles !!

Fruit? Or ?? Guess Out with tentacles !!

 

Crabbie Garland ;)

Crabbie Garland 😉

See closely.. red Rock Crab is getting clicked;)

See closely.. red Rock Crab is getting clicked;)

Millipede ? Centipede?

Millipede ? Centipede?

Beach for all:)

Beach for all:)

Dogs ,Crows ,& HUmans ..ALl @Baga Beach;) ;)

Dogs ,Crows ,& HUmans ..ALl @Baga Beach;) 😉

Finally an unknown fruit..

Finally an unknown fruit..

Shells & Star Fishes!!

Shells & Star Fishes!!

 

 

Nature..Sea..Sand..Beauty…That’s called GOA!!

Guys Let’s have a look at the scintillating beauty of GOA in Monsoon ,before my detailed post comes across:)

Let’s refresh our thoughts ,minds & have a relaxing look !!

Amazing morning Breeze,..Swaying coco trees:)
Amazing morning Breeze,. Swaying coco trees:)
The Rocky one..With amazing Red Rock Crabs!!
The Rocky one. Anjuna Beach..With amazing Red Rock Crabs!!
Nature's Force!! Whatta Gushing of Waves!!
Nature’s Force!! Whatta Gushing of Waves!!
Astounding Sunset after Rains @ Candolim Beach!!
Astounding Sunset after Rains @ Candolim Beach!!
Another one from Candolim! Nature at its best:)
Another one from Candolim! Nature at its best:)
Vagator...Simply cool ..No crowd..
Vagator…Simply cool ..No crowd..
Mesmerizing view@ Sinq Beach ,one of the best view fronts!
Mesmerizing view@ Sinq Beach ,one of the best view fronts!

So just Wait for next post.. For  some fauna’s ,hidden jewels of GOAn sea:)

 

4G.. Just a tweet away!

2G..3G.. & now 4G at the lightening speed!! Whoa.. What an amazing experience I had with Airtel 4G SIM!!

It was a long wait by Airtel post launching pilots in few cities but today they have covered their 4G services PAN India in 296 towns ,guys isn’t that stupendous & that too well ahead of Reliance JioJ

And the best of all is price..4G is being offered at 3G rates..So, it’s a deadly combination of High Speed + Smart pricing + one of the best networks.

Why opt for 4G?

  • 5 times Faster Speed than 3G ,it promises 100 Mbps download speed
  • A song can be downloaded in just 2.5seconds in 4G rather than 8.2sec in 3G
  • Complete Movie download in just 9minutes on 4G ,rather than 41 minutes in 3G

    Doesn’t that sounds interesting enough?

  • All the more best of the devices are available ranging from 5000-45000Rs (Choose as per your Pocket asks forJ)
  • 4G packs at 3G Prices : So in Delhi get 1GB data at Rs 299
  • Easy SIM upgrade/New SIM

Forget the hassles of standing in queue, waiting for hours & days to get a SIM activated..Airtel has adopted an amazing method for all to experience the high speed in his energizing world of youth like us.

If you already have2G/3G SIM ,you can easily get the same upgraded ,a simple SIM Swap & here you are ready to experience best ever speed.

If you cannot go just sit & fill up the request form & you will get, Request a 4G SIM by :

1.Click on  http://www.airtel.in/4g/index#!plans-and-devices/mobile/postpaidAirtel URL & if you have a 4G device with 3G Sim , jut request the Free 4G SIM & it will reach right at your door step.

2. Tweet –

If you have 4G Device, you can also tweet using “#GetAirtel4G” to get your 4G SIM delivered to home free of cost. Post the tweet #GetAirtel4G,one gets a reply from @AirtelIndia directing the user to the link where he/she needs to enter the details for SIM delivery.


3. If you don’t have 4G handset, go to flipkart where you have multiple options wherein Airtel 4G Sim’s are also bundled along..So one destination to upgrade SIM + Handset.

What did I do??

With so many simple & interesting options, having an AIRTEL no. & a 4G Sim just require a simple tweet #GetAirtel4G & wow, it was an astounding surprise to receive my SIM in 5 hoursJ Great to see lovely service from the best operator ever.


A happy me, with my amazingly fast Airtel 4GJ

Guys, get set, ready, go….Jump on, tweet & get a Free 4G SIM !!