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EDITOR'S NOTE

Vol. 1 Issue: 2 NOVEMBER 2013

Editor's Take LARA REBELLO Editor

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Goa is open for the season and we already have our plates full with a slew of events to keep busy with, day and night.

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harters landed, hotel prices already on their upward spiral and an increase in yellow number plate bikes on the roads... looks like its season time already. While the quite sussegado ambience of the previous couple of months were a pleasant respite from the tourist tamasha, there's no doubting that Goa is at its most vibrant through the winter. Come November, Goa is open for the season and we already have our plates full with a slew of events to keep busy with day and night. Sure there's that increase in traffic that we are already experiencing, but it's bearable when you consider how beautifully the state comes alive... whether in order to lure the curious tourist or simply because the weather is so accommodating. Parties galore, beach shacks in full swing and a variety of new and improved establishments to cater to your entertainment... this is the time of year to spread those social butterfly wings. Aside from the beach belt, the SEASON is also when the state's art galleries showcase some of their best exhibitions. A visit to Sunapranta in Altinho, Panaji or Gallery Gitanjali in Fontainhas may even have an interesting workshop that you could attend. On the music front, singing competitions, live band performances and festivals of both electronic and classical genres offer the avid fan a chance to see and hear some of Goa's, as well as the world's best artistes. Goa's wedding season is also in full swing and in this issue of Walk Through we put the spotlight on Indian bridal fashion. Goa rates among the top wedding destinations in the country but we went ahead to explore the other top 9 locales; and what they have to offer. We're getting ourselves ready for the month's various celebrations. Read about what's hot in Goa this month and join in the festivities.

COVER PAGE PHOTO COURTESY: Kresha bajaj Cover Design

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CONTENTS

3 EDITOR TAKE

Welcoming Goans back to Goa, through it’s age old tales, and in the process rediscovering it once again

6 COVER STORY

The chic Indian Bride choose from the latest designer trends this wedding season

12 DESI WEDDING DESTINATION

Still looking for a wedding venue?

18 PHOTO FOCUS

23 INTERVIEW

Fashion Designer Kresha Bajaj tells us about her latest venture

28 AMYRA DASTUR

From advertisements, to landing her first film - Issaq

32 FASHION 101

How best to wear Floral jeans Top perfumes men’s perfumes of 2013

36 FITNESS

Gravity Defying Yoga: will Goa catch the trend

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38 YIN & YANG

How to please your man

40 WILD SIDE

Eco Treks Goa : 5 years of bonding with nature

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42 MILFORD TRACK

125 years celebrations of the Milford Track

44 RIDER MANIA

Royal Enfield hosts its annual biker event Rider Mania at Vagator’s Hilltop

46 IN TUNE

NH7 weekender is set to make you party

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48 ACROSS THE TABLE

Shore Bar opens for the season

50 WALK THROUGH SPECIAL

We launch in Goa to a full house

52 FLASH BACK

Look back at the events that happened in October

54 WHATS COOKING?

Turn queen of the kitchen with these easy recepes

57 GOA’S TO-DO LIST

Top spots around Goa, to eat, drink & try something unique

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ridal B Couture BRIDAL FASHION

ridal season will soon grip all of India and brides-to-be must

already be scouting for designs that will

make them look like a million bucks on their big day. While one will be inundated with

an overload of information and advice from friends and family, Sujata Reddy got top designers to give Walk Through their point of view on bridal trends. Read on and plan your trousseau accordingly‌

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Sabyasachi Mukherji

he royal look is big this season. Everything from make-up to the clothes, one can stand out by sporting the royal look. Velvet plays a big role in getting this look and feel. Gold ensembles are also a good bet. If you are open to experimenting, gold and black look absolutely divine. One important thing to remember is that Indians tend to mix everything and the result is not flattering. If you have a mix of colours in your ensemble then blend it with diamond jewellery or plain kundans – basically no colourful jewels. If you’re going for a single tone outfit, then play it up with colourful gems in your jewellery. Colourful clothes alongwith colourful jewellery means neither of them will stand out.

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BRIDAL FASHION

oral is still going strong. I love the shade personally too. It makes the bride glow and look grand on her big day. Coral and gold is a timeless and effortless combination. One sure shot way to make your wedding day memorable is to go low key on the embroidery and focus on the styling instead. Smart cuts and the right styling will make the bride comfortable. The best part is that the outfit can then be worn later on also, in its entirety or by breaking it down.

Mandira Wirk

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Neeta Lulla

loor length anarkali suits, extravagant lehengas and saris are some of the options a bride can consider for the wedding day and the related functions. Some of the broader categories that define bridal wear are fusion, contemporary, vintage and modern, so it’s all about finding the right outfit to match the bride’s personality, really. I think colours like pinks, oranges and maroons have a timeless touch to them and are very Indian in nature. They bring out the best in a bride. One can choose embellishments to go with the outfit and you have a winner on your hands!

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BRIDAL FASHION s a thumb rule, a bride should never follow trends blindly. A bride should be a reflection of royalty and finesse, therefore, a selection of colours, silhouettes and embroideries should be made, keeping this mantra in mind. For the upcoming season, neons are still sitting on top for those who want to look truly different, but should preferably be used for pre-wedding functions and not for the actually day itself. In terms of fabrics, go for raw silk for lehengas – they always stand out during the pheras and voluminous net ghaghras work well for the reception.

Jhelum Rele

Bridal Make-Up Tips For a bride-to-be, there are so many things to be done until the last minute that you don’t get a chance to think too deeply about things. This post is a guide to help you understand the small things you need to do to look fabulous on your wedding day! FACE • Even out your skin with a yellow-based foundation as the flash of the camera will emphasize on pink tones. • To help your concealer & foundation last long, set them with loose powder to mattify. • Make sure to dust some bronzing powder on your neck in case if your dress has an open neckline. LIPS • Nude & pale lip colors look dull & washed out in photographs. So go in forbrighter shades – plum, red & pink. • Line & fill-in lips with a lip liner first to make lipstick & lip gloss stay on longer. EYES • Choose water resistant/water proof eyeliner, mascara & kajal to avoid smudging. • After doing your eye makeup, touch up a bit of highlighter on the browbone to give a ‘lifted’ look to the eyes. CHEEKS • Use two shades of blush – a natural shade & a brighter shade applied just on the apples of the cheeks for a natural pretty flush that lasts.

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Pawan Sachdeva

his season is all about both, purely ethnic and fusion wear. You can even say neon is the new red for brides this season. Other than the lehengas for the trousseau, brides can fuse floor length anarkali’s with cigarette pants or A-line long suits with palazzo pants, for an off-beat look. Go low on heavy outfits keeping in mind the comfort factor. Grooms can opt for ethnic sherwanis or sherwanis in indo-western form, like a short (a little above the knees) rich embroidered jacket with pants instead of churidaar; or can team it up with a dhoti salwar. For other occasions, the groom can opt for a jodhpuri suit and for the reception, go completely western with a tuxedo. He will then cover a wide variety and sport different looks throughout the functions.

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WEDDING SPECIAL

Planning a truly memorable wedding in India? Choose from one of these top wedding destinations and have the day of your dreams

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he interest in India as a wedding destination has greatly grown in recent years. These days, not only do foreigners want to get married in spectacular venues all across the country, Indians do as well! The most popular locations for destination weddings in India are the authentic palaces of Rajasthan, and beaches of Goa (and now Kerala). Regal wedding or beach wedding, it’s up to you to choose. One thing is important though, make sure you have a decent wedding planner or hotel event planner to do all the organizing. Their help will be invaluable.

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HERE ARE FIVE OF THE TOP DESTINATIONS FOR WEDDINGS IN INDIA.

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Goa Goa is undoubtedly the most popular place for destination weddings in India. People flock to Goa's beaches to tie the knot. There are a couple of ways of arranging a wedding there -- either through a wedding planner, or through one of the luxury hotels. Beach weddings do require a permit, but the wedding planner will take care of that. Popular luxury hotels for weddings in Goa include The Leela, on secluded Morbor beach, and the Taj Exotica, on quiet Varca beach. Both are in south Goa. Alternatively, if you'd prefer an intimate garden wedding, try the gorgeous Turiya Villa & Spa near Palolem beach in south Goa. You'll have the assistance of the owner, who's a renowned architect and interior decorator.

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Udaipur What makes Udaipur such a standout destination for a wedding in India? Foremost is the setting. Known as the city of lakes and palaces, Udaipur really is one of the most romantic and charming places in India. A lot of this charm comes from the city’s regal palace buildings -- and the best bit, you can get married in them! Contemporary wedding venues, these historical palaces are not. However, their uniqueness and fairy tale qualities make them very sought after. For those who still want to get married in an authentic palace, but in more contemporary style, there is Devi Gargh. Located around 45 minutes from Udaipur, this rambling 18th century fort-palace has been refurbished in modern minimalistic style.

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Jaipur The “pink city” of Jaipur is a favorite destination for those getting married due to the sheer range and diversity of wedding venues available. The range from authentic ornate palaces -- such as the Raj Palace, Rambagh Palace, and Jai Mahal Palace -- to old mansions. Those looking for a less costly option for their wedding will find one of Jaipur’s old mansions to be the perfect venue. Alsisar Haveli andMandawa Haveli are popular choices. If you’d like a wedding in a heritage venue away from the city, Samode Palace could be the answer. It’s located around one hour from Jaipur, and is built into the Aravali Ranges. Its setting and the way it’s illuminated at night make it a wonderfully romantic venue for a wedding.

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Jodhpur The extraordinary Umaid Bhawan palace hotel, with a hilltop location overlooking the “blue city” of Jodhpur, has played host to some very lavish weddings indeed. The palace is very much a modern day one. It was completed in 1944, after 15 years, making it one of the last great palaces to be built in India. The royal family of Jodhpur still occupies a section of the palace. If your budget doesn’t extend that far, two other popular heritage places for destination weddings in Jodhpur are Ranbanka Palace andAjitBhawan. Imposing Mehrangarh Fort, which towers over Jodhpur, is a sought after place for wedding receptions.

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Kerala The attraction of Kerala as wedding destination is just being discovered. It holds much appeal for those who want a quiet and picturesque wedding in a tropical setting, along the banks of a lake or palm fringed canal, with food served on banana leaves. There are a number of resorts that cater to such weddings. The luxurious ZuriKumarakom, near Alleppey, is perhaps the most popular. After the wedding, head off on a honeymoon along the backwaters in a traditional style houseboat. It’s also possible to have a beach wedding in Kerala. Resorts such asTheLeela in Kovalam arrange beach weddings. Varkala is a particularly scenic spot for a beach wedding. Kerala is known for elephant themed weddings, where the groom rides on elephant back, too.

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PHOTO FOCUS

Photograph by Haresh Patel

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Photograph by Eshban Fernandes

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PHOTO FOCUS

Photograph by Elizabeth Pereira

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Photograph by Daniel D’Souza

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PHOTO FOCUS

Photograph by Santosh Sutar

Where have you been? What have you seen? Send us your pictures along with captions and get them featured in our next Issue. EMAIL: walkthroughmag@gmail.com

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INTERVIEW

‘I’m just

weird’

New entrepreneur on the block, Krésha Bajaj reveals to Sujata Reddy her passion for edgy designs, all things weird and moving away from a rich daddy’s shadow WALK Through | November | 2013

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he came, she saw and she conquered. All of 25 years of age, Krésha Bajaj didn’t want to piggy back on her daddy’s success (the Badasaab group) and set out to launch her online store Koëcsh, a project which she believes is an extension of nothing but herself. Extremely shy and painstakingly soft spoken, Krésha describes her style, in fact, everything about her as “Weird. I think weird is the only term I can think of to describe myself! Even as a kid, I was drawn towards bugs, which definitely freaked out my close ones,” she reveals. “But today, people have come to learn that I cannot be predicted. They’re not surprised if I don the goth look or step out in a traditional anarkali,” she says as a matter-of-fact. Having a Richie Rich daddy didn’t make launching her website easy. If anything, she had a point to prove. “The past seven months, ever since I came back to India, have been about the site. I put my blood and sweat into launching it and all I got in return, from my parents was unconditional support,” she states. “They were like, ‘We’ve not experienced these kind of styles in India but if you truly believe in it, we’ll support you.’ They were just happy that I opened up during the little speech I gave at the launch because they know that I’m usually very shy when it comes to such things… but that’s about it.” The apparel on the site has been designed by Krésha and manufactured in-house. The shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell and Krésha has the exclusive rights to retail them in India. The vintage stuff is sourced from around the world. Think collectibles and rare pieces by Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and the like. Talking about her line, the first thing that strikes about it is that it’s in sharp contrast to the petite designer’s appearances. Krésha has a baby face and voice to match butthe designs are bold and edgy, as if they’re telling the audience a dark tale. Structured shirts, chained LBDs, sheer dresses, bustiers and quilted collars, they’re avant-garde to the core. A deliberate attempt to break free? “I definitely use clothes to express myself,” she says adding, “I think that because I have a soft voice and look younger than I am, I turned towards expressing myself with the way I dressed. It all began when I was in London during my growing up years. It was lovely to see the punk groups express through their clothes. They were very nice people… soft on the inside but projected a hard exterior. I started experimenting with my wardrobe after interacting with them and absolutely loved it.” Krésha makes it a point to state that on the site she has classic designs as well, but, yes, the essence is about staying true to herself.

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KNOWING KRÉSHA: I am: NOT girly and typical. I Love: Watching documentaries. I’m a history fan and spend most of my time buried in documentaries. I’d choose them over blockbusters anyday! My poison: Black and all things vintage. Theme parties are: Fun. But one should stick to the theme only if they’re comfortable with it. At the end of the day one should wear what they want to, and not what someone thinks that should… Online versus physical store: Online! Simply because I don’t ever have to down the shutters.

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FILMY FLAVOUR

FRESH TAKE From advertisements, to landing her first film - Issaq, Amyra Dastur, who has just turned 20, has come a long way. The lissome lass, is not just another pretty face on the block as critics have heaped accolades on her for her acting in the film. Rohan Swamy talks to her about the roller-coaster ride.

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hen we caught up with Amyra Dastur at Tito’s in Goa, (a pretty smile playing on her face and a pink dress to compliment it), she was far removed from the traditional girl from Central India who she plays in her debut film. A few pleasant smiles later, Dastur candidly remarks, “I want to do commercial films as well as off-beat movies. Since I neither have a godfather, nor a backup plan, I hope to do great work and make everyone proud of me.” How was your journey so far? I didn’t have to struggle to land myself a role in a film. The only major problem I have faced, is my diction. Since we speak English and Gujarati at home, my Hindi is not very good so I had to work on that. I had been auditioning for two years and was also doing television commercials on the side, until I

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bagged Issaq. I started modelling at the age of 16 and always aspired to be an actor. My father works in medicine and my brother is studying to be a chef. I was the only one in my family who was absolutely focused on acting since I was a kid. Are you pursuing your studies along with your acting? Yes I am. My parents are very strict about my studies. And my family only agreed to let me act on the condition that I would not let my studies be affected because of my work. How was your experience, working on your first film? Are you happy with the response? A film unit is like a family, you work with countless emotions on a film set, because you spend so much time there. I was very lucky to have such sweet co-stars and such as amazing director


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of course. There were times when we used to get into arguments and fights also. I used to cry on the sets. This one time we had a tiff when the director and I disagreed over the way a particular scene was to be done. Now I laugh when I think of it. The whole experience was a lot of fun. As far as the response goes, yes we had hoped for more positive feedback... some of the criticisms were particularly brutal.

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CONTENTS FILMY FLAVOUR Your debut film saw you romancing Prateik Babbar on screen. Is there someone special off screen? Honestly speaking I am not a romantic person in real life. And I am single at the moment and not even looking for a serious relationship. But I won’t mind being with someone to just have fun. Are you working on any other projects? There are a lot of offers coming my way, I am reading scripts and you will soon hear about them. I would love to act with Arjun Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Rapid Fire: Favourite holiday destination Goa, Spain and Europe Favourite movie Omkara Favourite food Sushi

Actors Prateik Babbar and Amyra Dastur at the Lakme Fashion Week

Amyra Dastur with co-star Prateik Babbar in a still from the movie Isaaq

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FASHION 101

In Bloom

Enjoy your days outdoors wearing this bright and girly trend: Floral jeans

Tone the girly look with a vintage styled backback from Aldo Offset the vibrant colours of your pants with a more subdued top, preferably in a pastel shade

Pair them with a pair of Vans sneakers in today’s favourite colour: Peppermint!

Marc Jacobs Dot perfume is young, flirty and comes in an ‘ohso-cute’ bottle

Team it with Gold ‘boyfriend watches’ like this blinged up one by Armani Exchange Russian bangles from ASOS.com add a light glamour to the ensemble

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Lunch with the girls? Stay stylish and comy with these Steve Madden wedges in weave design


FASHION 101

A WHIFF OF

MACHISMO Walk Through lists the best male perfumes of 2013. Take your pick and get ready to make heads turn this season

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1. ODIN 04 BY PETRANA

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2. GUCCI GUILTY 3. EAU DE LACOSTE 4. OBSESSION BY CALVIN KLEIN 5. ARMANI CODE POUR HOMME BY GIORGIO ARMANI 6. JEAN PAUL GAULTIER LE MALE 7. ISSEY MIYAKE, L’EAU D’ISSEY POUR HOMME 8. PACO RABANNE 1 MILLION 9. BLUE DE CHANEL 10. DIESEL ONLY THE BRAVE TATTOO

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FITNESS

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GOOD HEALTH Are you a fitness freak? And an adventurous one at that? Then here is something that ‘ll intrigue you! If you are bored of your regular monotonous workout sessions then get ready to topple your world upside down and go into a trance like never before!

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speak here of ‘aerial yoga’, primarily popular with the name ‘ANTI GRAVITY YOGA’. As the name suggests, this form of yoga is performed in mid air with the help of a hammock (a hanging bed of rope mesh/ canvas). One of India’s leading holistic health guru says, “It’s a new form of yoga that involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga , dance, Pilates*, calisthenics* and aerial acrobatics to achieve a total body workout, while being suspended from a hammock like apparatus that is 2-3 feet off the ground.”

Here are 10 benefits of ANTI GRAVITY YOGA: 1. It is unique and holistic in nature. 2. It is a blend of your traditional mat yoga with acrobatics, thus making your workout session wholesome and complete. 3. Regular anti gravity workouts improves your flexibility, core strength and creativity. 4. It relieves your compressed joints and aligns the body from head to toe. 5. With proper training and guidance , performing this form of yoga gives a cardiovascular workout with low impact while strengthening the muscular skeletal system. 6. It also lengthens muscles providing unique and effective adaptable stretches and helps to lubricate joints with mobility exercises. 7. Increases overall health and agility while creating beauty. It also acts as a stress buster and keeps the fun quotient at an all time high.

*Pilates: system of exercises using special apparatus designed to improve physical strength. *Calisthenics: gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movements.

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8. With a series of varied exercises , anti gravity yoga increases balance and strengthens the upper and lower body muscles , improves postures, joints and spinal movements. 9. While performing this form of yoga you will experience an awareness of your body’s relationship with the air and ground. 10. Inspired by gymnastic training this form of yoga is safer and suitable for an everyday athlete. So if you can handle a gym workout, you can handle this. (And don’t worry; the hammock is 100% safe!)


Aerial Yoga is the latest trend and an overnight sensation. Christopher Harrison (art director) founded this technique of anti gravity yoga in 1990, NYC, making it popular in the west. Even before its introduction in India, this technique is making its buzz felt. But before you go “head over heels”(literally!), Here are some safety precautions you may want to know : 1. Performing this yoga is not suitable for pregnant women. 2. If you suffer from medical conditions such as arthritis, glaucoma and high bp, its advisable not to take up anti gravity yoga. 3. If you are suffering from vertigo or have recently undergone an eye surgery and are still ailing then this form of yoga is not suited to you. 4. And its best to always consult your physician before undertaking any new physical activity. * For more details you can log on to antigravityyoga.co.uk

1. CONNECT WITH NATURE: brisk walking in a green environment is a good way to boost up your appetite for Health .walk while enjoying the nature around you and make it a 30 minute to bliss everyday! 2. MEDITATE: The French Mathematician Blaise Pascal says,” All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” Treat your mind like a blooming garden. Clear all the clutter. Sit in cool and quiet environment, let the thoughts flow and they will pass away. Concentrate on your breadth. You will experience a calm while performing your daily breathing exercises (pranayama) . Practice every day for at least 20 minutes. 3. HAVE A HAPPY HOUR: Keep one out of 24 hours only and only for yourself. Call it your “happy hour” and do what you love to do in this hour. You can dance, listen to music, just read the incomplete book you’ve been meaning to finish, write in your journal, cook for your loved ones, or just simply relax! Give yourself a time out during a hectic day. 4. LOL!: Yes! Laugh Out Loud is the oldest and most trusted secret to inner health. Multiple studies have proved and revealed that a hearty laugh reduces pain and stress and boosts immunity. It produces a chemical reaction that will instantly elevate your mood. As William James, the father of modern psychology says, “ We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”in today’s day and age where technology brings the world at the tip your fingers you can watch a funny video clip . so just click and laugh! 5. HEALTHY START: “ The way you begin your day determines the way you will live your day. I call the 1st thirty minutes after I wake up THE PLATINUM 30” says the renowned leadership guru Robin Sharma. Don’t be in a rush, just stay calm in the morning, its not about the diets , its about eating right, have a wholesome breakfast because what you eat has an influence on your mood too! Drinking fruit juices in the morning will help you get your “fresh start” !. Happiness is not a place you reach but a state you create and Health is not only about “hard core” workouts , the key is to listen to your body , tune in with it and smile your way to good health!!

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RELATIONSHIPS

10 actions that mean

“I Love You”

to men ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER You’ve heard it before: Men are visual; women are verbal. Men are impulsive; women like to analyze things. Men are from Mars; women are from Venus. So since husbands and wives are opposite in many ways, it makes sense that male and female hearts swell for different reasons. While you probably smile when your mate says, “I love you,” those same three words from you may not do much for him. Here, 11 gestures that show you care and why they’re more meaningful to the guy in your life.

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1 YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION "When the male brain sees you checking your iPhone during dinner, it interprets that as ‘I'm not important,’” says marriage therapist Mike Dow, PsyD. That’s because men’s brains evolved to do one thing at a time while filtering out all other stimuli, he explains. Even though women function differently (you know firsthand how well you multitask), your man will appreciate you focusing solely on him. “It says, ‘You are my priority, and I love you,’” adds Dr. Dow. So make eye contact while he’s talking and limit interruptions. 2. HIS FAVORITE MEAL That old adage is true: “The best way to a man’s heart may be through his belly,” says Dr. Dow. “Knowing what he likes to eat without having to ask him demonstrates how well you know him. And the couples I’ve treated who know small details about each other have the happiest marriages.” But maybe your husband likes everything you make! In that case, try breaking out the pumpkin pie. Research by Alan Hirsch, PhD, of the Smell & Taste Research Foundation in Chicago has shown that that sweet scent arouses men more than other aromas. 3 WEARING THAT DRESS HE LOVES YOU IN Dolling up sends the message that you still want to look good for him, no matter how long you’ve been together. “Men’s brains are wired to respond to visual cues more than women’s brains,” says Dr. Dow. “Seeing you in that sexy dress shows him you desire him.” And a scarlet number may work best. A study by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York found that ladies in red are an aphrodisiac to men. 4 TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF Shedding stress, eating right, exercising, quitting smoking and even pampering yourself may sound like treats for you, but they’re also ways to show you love him. “This communicates, ‘I want to have a long, wonderful life with you, and I’ll do whatever it takes to prevent you from experiencing the grief of losing someone,’” says Dr. Dow. What better motivation is there to get healthy?

“Asking for advice shows that you rely on him and that there’s a place for him in your life. Need, dependency and love go hand in hand.” 8 THANKING HIM FOR THE LITTLE THINGS Next time your husband drives the kids to school or takes out the trash, express your gratitude. “We’re rushing through life, we forget to notice the good deeds and guys forget to say what they need from you, but they have feelings, too. So say, ‘I really appreciate that,’” says licensed marriage and family therapist Carin Goldstein, creator of BetheSmartWife.com. Giving thanks will improve his attitude and infuse your relationship with a feel-good energy. 9 A QUICKIE. Making love for an hour is nice, but once in a while, have sex for just a few minutes, suggests Dr. Dow. Although women get that loving feeling with a rise in oxytocin (what you release during that post-coital cuddling session), men feel it with an increase in dopamine, the chemical they release during sex which stimulates the mental pleasure-and-reward center, explains Dr. Dow. “I hope that most of the time, your lovemaking is full of foreplay and romance. But other times, just have sex." 10 LETTING HIM VENT The latest office drama or family fight plays on his emotions more than he’d like to let on. So create a safe space for your guy to let his walls down. “Listen to his worries or problems without trying to fix them,” advises Dr. Brosh. “It shows him you don't deem him weak or inadequate and affords him a place in the relationship to share that part of his life. Moreover, it shows you care.” If he comes home from work in a bad mood, ask him if he wants to let it out. If not, that’s fine—but he may need a prod to open the floodgates.

5 COMPLIMENTING HIM Throughout time, men have had to fight and provide to attract and keep women—and they aren’t afraid to pull out the masculinity measuring sticks when potential competitors come around. Let your husband know you think of him the way he’d love to be seen: as a provider, problem-solver, handyman, sex stud and knight in shining armor. "Genuine compliments on his looks and strength confirm that you admire him, which equates to love,” says clinical psychologist Andra Brosh, PhD. When he pops the lid on the jam jar with ease, mention that you enjoy having such a strong man around. He’ll beam—and chalk it up as a reason you chose him over all those other guys. 6 ENCOURAGING HIM TO TAKE TIME FOR HIMSELF While you may not hesitate to ask for you time, your husband may have trouble verbalizing what he needs. Occasionally, suggest he take a day to relax with friends, play video games, work on the car or just sleep in. “This shows support and allows him the freedom to do what he needs to be his best self,” says Dr. Brosh. Your husband will see hassle-free, worry-free, chorefree time as a loving reward. 7 ASKING HIS ADVICE Your man wants to feel like an important part of your world. On top of that, he’s a hard-wired problem-solver. Ask for his opinion on how to approach the boss for a raise, and you prove you trust and value his judgment. “When a man can fix something, he feels competent and useful,” says Dr. Brosh.

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ADVENTURE

GREEN ADVENTURE Olympio Almeida, one of the founders of Eco Treks Goa talks to Walk Through about the club’s endeavours to promote the state’s greenscapes via trekking and adventure Eco Treks Goa venture to the historic forts in Maharashtra and Goa, all the way to the snow peaked mountains of the Himalayas

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Participants enjoy an impromptu shower from an elephant while on a trek by ETG

WT: How did Eco Treks Goa (ETG) start up? OA: A few of us (Aarti, Durgadas Parab, Alexyz, Skitter and Sean Faia among others), who went for a trek organised by another adventure group came up with the idea together. We wanted to start a community of nature loving people who would be interested in going on treks to the lesser known places in Goa. We wanted to get people interested and aware of their natural environment and maybe even help in conserving it. WT: On what basis do you choose trekking destinations? What is the general age group of participants? OA: We look for secluded areas, away from habitation and preferably close to

a water body. While a secluded place is good, we opt for areas near villages from where we can get food provided for. This way we also engage the locals of the community and help them earn a little extra. We celebrated our fifth year anniversary with a trek to Naguesh Love Forest in South Goa. Prior to that we have conducted trips to Raigad, Netravalli Falls, Dudhsagar and Chorla Ghats among other places. For the past couple of years we have also been organising an annual Himalayan Trip. The age group of our participants varies according to the difficulty of the trek. We have conducted easier treks for school and college kids and also walking trails which can be attended by older individuals.

WT: Unlike most other adventure groups that have started in Goa recently, ETG seems to have the lowest trek fees. How do you manage? OA: ETG is not a profit making group. Thats one of the first subjects we decided on when we started it. We charge participants based exactly on the expenditures that will be sustained on that trek. On some instances we even give back the excess money if possible. What small amount we manage to save and keep as a buffer, we use to give back to the environment and the locals there of. For example, the last time we went to Chorla, we found out about a farmer whose buffalo was killed by a tiger. We offered the farmer the little excess money we had from Eco Treks Goa towards buying another buffalo. WT: What are future plans for Eco Treks Goa? OA: We want to continue what we’ve been doing — exploring Goa and the areas around and communing with nature. We also want to expand out trips to include more states and maybe even trips abroad to Sri Lanka or Bhutan.

Participants pose for a group picture during the monsoon ETG treks make for great family advetures

trek to Raigad

If you’re interested in exploring Goa’s green side with Eco Treks Goa, join their

Facebook fan page or contact:

Durgadas Parab 9422445444 or Olympio Almeida 9822168112

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BEYOND INDIA

Celebrate 125 years of the

Milford Track Making travel plans for New Zealand? Take advantage of the special adventure activities planned by NZ tourism as part of the 125 years celebrations of the Milford Track

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ueenstown-based Ultimate Hikes launches its 2013-14 season this week with the first guided walks on the Milford and Routeburn Tracks departing on Friday 1st November. This year’s season opening on the Milford Track is extra special as it also marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery of Mackinnon Pass, allowing land access from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Another highlight of the up-coming season is the re-opening of the Sutherland Falls Track, which leads to the 580m Sutherland Falls, believed to be the tallest waterfall in New Zealand. Following significant rock fall onto the access track in October 2012, extensive work on a new track to the falls means it now includes two new swing bridges, views along the river and an opportunity to enjoy the waterfall up close and personal. Ultimate Hikes operates guided walks on the Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks, traversing the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and enabling guests to experience the magic and wonder of this World Heritage Area in comfort. The guided walks include stays in private lodges, offering hot showers, three course meals and warm beds, surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Ultimate Hikes General Manager Noel Saxon said the team is looking forward to a busy summer after months of preparation. “It’s shaping up to be a great season. While there are still spaces available, we highly recommend people book early, especially if they have specific dates in mind as we’re already full for some of our trips,” said Mr Saxon. “It’s fantastic to see the

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Sutherland Falls track is once again open, enabling guests to view New Zealand’s largest waterfall- it’s a spectacular sight.” The falls were discovered by Donald Sutherland in 1880, and Quintin Mackinnon and Earnest Mitchell were instructed to find a way overland from Te Anau to meet the track he had cut from Milford Sound. The Pass was traversed by Mackinnon and Mitchell on 17 October 1888, and named after Quintin Mackinnon, who was also the first guide on the Milford Track. “We have upgraded the amenities over the years since we have been operating the guided walk, but the experience itself remains timeless - as it was 125 years ago,” Noel said. “It’s a unique wilderness experience that’s second to none.” Ultimate Hikes has earned an international reputation for providing excellent facilities including the quality of accommodation, exceptional guides and lodge hosts. Earlier this year the Milford Track was named the “Number One Walk In The World” by Lonely Planet Great Adventures author and travel writer Ben Fogle and is consistently voted one of the world’s best walks. The Ultimate Hikes walking season runs from November 1 to April 14, 2014. All walkers are accompanied by expert guides and the walk include all accommodation on track, transport to/ from the track (ex-Queenstown or Te Anau), meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Bookings for the 2013/14 walking season can be made online at www.ultimatehikes.co.nz or by emailing info@ultimatehikes.co.nz


Photo credit Jamie Holyoak

Hikers on the picturesque Mackinnon Pass

The thunderous Sutherland Falls on the Milford Track

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Visa procedure: One may forward their application to the TT office in Mumbai or Delhi, which will then be directed to the High Commission. A visitor visa for NZ is processed within 15 working days. www.immigration.govt.nz http://www.immigration.govt.nz Airline connections: There are no direct flights from India to NZ. Connecting flights on Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and Cathay Pacific with stop-overs in their respective hubs are available. Â International gateways in New Zealand are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Domestic services: You can fly between all New Zealand cities and most major towns using domestic air services. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are the main providers. Their services are complemented by regional airlines, charter companies and scenic flight operators. Currency Conversion: NZ $ 1 = INR 52.5

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BIKER MANIA

Biker

brigade

From Nomverber 22 to 24, North Goa moves to a different beat. The THUMP!

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enwned motorbike brand Royal Enfield hosts its annual biker event Rider Mania at Vagator’s Hilltop and with hundreds of motor bike lovers in attendance, there’s no shortage of adrenaline here. Hosted by the Brotherhood of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium (BOBMC) series of clubs, Rider Mania brings bikers (we’re talking Enfield owners) from across the country to the beach capital, Goa. Bangalore and Pune bring forth the highest number of registered participants, with riders from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Shillong and other parts of the country in close persuit. These groups bikers make their way from their home cities in packs, riding their way to Goa fo the weekend celebration. Each year, Hilltop and the open land around is converted into a wonder-land for Royal Enfield owners and bike lovers in genral. The venue hosts exhibitions of beautifully modified Enfields with brilliant paintwork. A market section offers the chance to buy specially designed merchandise like riding gear, helmets and a host of other suvenirs. On the open ground, participants can be a part of the action through various competitions like the dirt track, figure or eight

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and slow race. And thats just the riding part. Fun events like the cleanest bike, carry your bike contest, assembly wars, beer drinking and arm restling competitions are also held. A quirky addition to the events last year was the lemon and spoon race. Participants were expected to race across a small stretch holding a spoon in the mouth and a lemon placed on it. Albeit it was to be done while riding their Royal Enfield motorcycle. Using this race as an example, Rider Mania promises similar activities this year as well. Come sunset, riders let their guns cool and enjoy the party with perfomances by renowned musicians and DJs from across the country. Like one of the main organisers explained, “Unlike other bike brands, we dont promote the idea of riding ahead of everyone else. For Royal enfield, its about riding out together. Thats why its ‘The Thump That Binds’.” Those interested in knowing more about Rider Mania and to register log onto http://royalenfield.com/ridermania Registeration for the two day event is priced at Rs 1000 (Till Nov 19). On the spot registeration is Rs 1200 and a one day pass is Rs 600.


MUSIC BREAK

The

Weekend Special NH7 Weekender 2013 is set to bring some of the best national music talent along with a number of renowned artists to Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkota this November and December.

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he fourth edition of a relatively young Indian music festival, Bacardi NH7 Weekender, is just around corner. The festival that caters to the music audience for alternative and indie music, locally and globally sourced, attempts to mark India's musical landscape. With live music performances from a motley crew of over 200 bands, traversing multiple genres, this year's festival sets stage for a fascinating musical experience. Organised across four cities—Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata—this travelling festival will be held over the next three months. A flagship event of Only Much Louder (OML), a firm that works in the area of music and alternative lifestyle cultures, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender was born out of the NH7 online music portal that

features Indian and global indie music artists, including the NH7 radio. Vijay Nair, founder CEO of OML, explains, “We started Bacardi NH7 Weekender for music lovers across the country to be able experience what a true music festival is like. There's a lot of really great bands this year from our headliners like Chase & Status DJ Set, and Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars. When we programme bands, it's a combination of acts that people love, as well as we bands for them to discover acts that they might never have seen or heard before but would love.” He further adds, “There's a lot more art this year as well, a bazaar with fun, quirky products, and of course some great food.” The much-awaited music festival will kick off in Pune from October 18 to

20, where popular Indian bands such as Indian Ocean, Pentagram, Vir Das' Alien Chutney, Sky Rabbit, along with other music artists will be performing. And as an added treat for dog lovers, the Pune event is open to pet doggies as well. For details, refer to their info docket. This will be followed by the Bangalore festival on November 23 and 24 that will feature famous Indian artists like Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Raghu Dixit project apart from usual suspects that tread the contemporary music scene in the country. The party will then move to Delhi NCR on November 30 and December 1, and finally conclude at Kolkata on December 14 and 15. With only 9000 spots, ticket are fast clearing; to book your spot, visit the NH7 website.

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BEACH TREATS

Beach By the

Shore Bar’s new image draws upscale visitors to Anjuna

Bharwan Mushroom

Sultani jinga

Szechuan Chicken

Tandoori Pomfret

Chicken Tikka

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French Riviera Salad

Chicken Salad Photographs by Sontosh


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wap the hippie jamborie for cool whites, glass panneling and... pretty much a whole new avatar. Thats what the new Shore Bar on Anjuna Beach is about. A strong break from the the shack that made the place famous, the new owners have redesigned the whole property, keeping only the famous name. Promoting the beach lounge concept on the shores of Anjuna, the enterprise, under Extreme Sports Bar managment, offers a cool upscale vibe to a beach stretch, that, for a long while has been known only for its trance-dance shacks. Clean lines and easy furniture are the first thing yo will notice at the new Shore Bar.... that’s if you can take your eyes away from the beautiful beachscape, ofcourse. The lower deck is perfect for day breakers who want to share their time between the waves and a relaxing session at the restaurant. However, it’s the upper deck that really draws us to the place. Offering an unobstructed view of the beach, the top floor is divided between an indoor seating area cum dance floor and the open air deck that is sure to be your preference for a sunset session. The decor and ambience may catch your eye, but it’s defintiely Shore Bar’s new and revised menu that will have you comming back again. Under the guidance of Chef Rehman, the kitchen dishes out a variety of Continental and Indian cuisine. We had the opportunity to enjoy a food tasting of over 40 various dishes. Biting into the spread of salads, its easy to take note of the chef ’s use of fresh quality ingredients... from the rocquet

leaves and mozzarella cheese to the crunchy celery. One of my favourites was the Insalata Caprese, made with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, which was light and easy on the tongue. The French Riviera Salad, made with apples, celery and a dressing of balsmic vinegar, olive oil and other ingredients was another light starter, but could do with more of the celery to balance the sweetness of the apples. From their list of sea food dishes, Chef Rehman’s Singaporean Chilly Crab is a fingerlicking preparation. Compliment it with one of Shore Bar’s international wines like the Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. While all the restauants and shacks along the Anjuna coast serve a range of Indian dishes, Shore Bar’s ‘on the mark’ flavouring, combined with fresh ingredients make it a suprise Indian food stop. Bharwan mushrooms (stuffed with panner), Sultani jhinga (prawns) and the chicken tikka are some of the restaurant’s hit Indian appetisers. To prove that they don’t fall short on the other Indian dishes, the dal tadka, tandoori pomfret and chicken biryani are all decidely well prepared. After a heavy binge session of all this, there was absolutely no space for desert. Guess we can keep that and the cocktail session for the next time. Final verdict: Anjuna’s latest change is a long awaited one and we’re looking forward to many more sunsets at Shore Bar.

Tousif Momin Hemanth Chebrolu Shore Bar Owner

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WALK THROUGH LAUNCH PARTY

FASHION Forward

Kabir Pinto Makhija, Atmaram Fulari and Tousif Momin,

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ith a strong Goan showcase in its maiden issue, Walk Through Magazine celebrated its launch with Bollywood actors Prateik Babbar and Amriya Dastur unveiling the publication at Tito's Courtyard in Baga, on August 17. Director of Pentagram Publications, Tousif Momin, under whose flagship the magazine is, spoke about Goa's emerging popularity as not just a host state for various fashion and lifestyle events but also a creative field in which new ideas and concepts have space to grow. Following the media launch, Sinq night club was where the party continued. With models right off the pages of the magazine in attendance, there was no shortage of glam at the event. Goa's night animals and the business sectors prominent faces combined — Walk Through's launch party was definitely one to remember.

Seenu Kurien

Savio Alemao

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Vivek Dandekar

Muben Photographs by Devanand


Enola & Noel

Halima R. Momin

Antonio Pinto Rosario

Paresh Pai Walk Through’s fashion models add glamour to the launch party

Bollywood actors Prateik Babbar & Amriya Dastur

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FLASHBACK

Goa Tourism wins Best Honeymoon/Romantic Destination at ITCTA awards, Jaipur

Govind Prabhugaonkar, Assistant Accounts Officer, Department of Tourism, Goa receiving the award.

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oa Tourism’s continuous and determined efforts to aggressively market and promote the state in India and abroad through exhibitions and road shows is reaping good rewards. Goa Tourism has added another feather in its cap by winning the award for ‘Best Honeymoon/Romantic Destination - Goa’ announced by International Tourism Conclave and Travel awards(ITCTA) in Jaipur, Rajasthan on October 18, 2013.  Mr. Sanjay Pande, Addl Director Tourism, Rajasthan handed over the award to Goa Tourism Official  in the second international award gala ceremony held in Jaipur, also known as Pink City (Gulabi Shehar) .  Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Goa said, “Winning these awards helps create awareness about  Goa’s potential and its rich heritage, culture, cuisine, landscapes and other tourist attractions. This kind of acknowledgement will help us in our efforts to attract tourists from India and abroad. The award is a testimony to the professional and aggressive marketing approach undertaken by Goa Tourism in the recent months which will continue in future”.  Goa Tourism had introduced a progressive scheme named single window clearance scheme for major and minor tourism events like beach weddings and music festivals. The scheme has received tremendous response from party and wedding organizers thereby enabling the state to emerge as winner in the party and honeymoon destination category.

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JOY OF GIVING

Marriott & Salgaoncar Football Club: Spreading the Joy Goa Marriott Resort & Spa supported the Joy Of Giving Week, from 2, 2013, through a combination of fundraising and CSR activities. In October, players of the Salgaocar Football Club along with associates of Goa Marriott visited the ASRO*. On the 8th, they organised a interactive day of games at the Caritas home for children afflicted with HIV/AIDS, in Tivim. The event was an extremely heartwarming activity – past instances showed that the giddy smiles on the faces of the children were worth every minute spent with them. At the All-Goa Drawing and Painting Competition for mentally challenged kids organized by DISHA every October, Goa Marriott Resort & Spa contributed their bit by providing refreshments for around 600 kids who participated. In addition to the above, throughout the week, Goa Marriott associates undertook an active Donation Campaign within the resort premises. Guests of the hotel were oriented at the reception with the concept and cause of the week, with a request to donate as per their wish. Proceeds obtained from this week were channeled towards the ASRO project of Caritas-Goa.

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WHATS COOKING

Szechuan Chicken Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: • 2 teaspoons Szechuan peppercorns • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine or sherry • 3 chicken breast fillets, trimmed and cut into thin strips • 2 tablespoons peanut oil • 2 teaspoons cornflour • 1 red capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced • 1 carrot, sliced diagonally • 2 teaspoons white vinegar • 2 teaspoons sugar • 1 tablespoon chilli sauce • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally

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METHODS

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Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the peppercorns and dry fry for 1 minute or until fragrant. Remove from heat and place in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Add a pinch of salt and grind until it forms the consistency of finely cracked black pepper. Set aside until needed. Place the soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine and chicken in a non-metallic bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes to marinate. Heat half the peanut oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan. Drain the chicken from the marinade and reserve the marinade. Cook chicken, in batches, for 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat and keep warm. Combine the cornflour and 2 tablespoons of water and whisk until it forms a smooth consistency. Set aside until needed. Heat the remaining peanut oil in the wok. Add the capsicum and carrot and cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Return the chicken and any cooking juices to the wok, along with the reserved marinade, cornflour mixture, vinegar, sugar, chilli sauce and ground peppercorns. Cook for another 3 minutes, then toss through the green onions. Serve immediately with rice or noodles.

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Gobi Manchurian Cooking time: 45 minutes Serves 6

INGREDIENTS: • 1 medium. cauliflower clean and broken into big florettes. • 1 small bunch spring onoin finely chopped • 2 tsp. ginger finely chopped • 1 tsp. garlic finely chopped • 1/4 cup plain flour • 3 tbsp. cornflour • 1/4 tsp. red chilli powder • 2 red chillies, dry • 3 tbsp. oil • 1 1/2 cups water • 1 tbsp. milk

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Boil the florettes for 3-4 minutes in plenty of water, to which a tbsp. of milk has been added. Drain and pat dry on a clean cloth.

Make thin batter out of flour and 2 tbsp.cornflour, adding 1/4 tsp. each of ginger and garlic and red chilli powder and salt to taste. Dip the florettes in the batter one by one and deep fry in hot oil. Keep aside. In the remaining oil, add remaining ginger, garlic and crushed red chilli and fry for a minute.

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Stir fry for a minute. Add 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil.

Add 1 tbsp. cornflour to 1/4 cup water and dissolve well. Gradually add to the gravy and stir continuously till it resumes boiling. Boil till the gravy becomes transparent. Add florettes and soya sauce. Boil for two more minutes and remove.

Add the salt and spring onions.

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WHATS COOKING

Mushroom soup Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 4

INGREDIENTS : • • • • • • • • •

METHOD :

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200 gm Chopped Mushroom Heat the butter in a sauce pan. Put mushroom pieces into it. Saute 50 gm Chopped Onion for a while and remove from the pan. Put the onion and garlic in the 2 gm Crushed Garlic remaining butter and saute well. 2 gm Chopped Coriander leaves Boil the remaining mushroom pieces in water with coriander leaves 50 gm Butter and salt for 10 minutes. When it becomes cool, grind the contents. 30 gm Corn flour Mix the corn flour with milk. Add this to the mushroom solution. 250 ml Milk Place it in fire and boil for 500 ml. Vegetable Stock 3 minutes. Remove from fire and add the sauted mushroom pieces and Salt, Pepper to taste

pepper powder and stir. Garnish the soup with coriander leaves.

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GOA’S SPECIAL

Goa’s To-Do list Everyone’s either heading to Goa or just got back from a sojourn there. Those who still have to get their tans and feni kicks, here is a concise list of some of the best bars and restaurants in the sunny state along with some great ways to spend those vacation days.

RESTAURANTS: ZEEBOP BY THE SEA Utorda Beach, opp. Kennilworth Beach Resort, Utorda, South Goa. Tel.: 0832-2755333, Seasonal: open from November to May

The staff are friendly and accommodating and will even recommend when the crab will be fleshiest (days around full moon) though

don’t expect express service. Chase your meal down with a local beer or cocktail and then retire under a beach umbrella for a post lunch siesta.

Zeebop by the Sea is probably one of south Goa’s best known beach side restaurants and has been a favourite among locals and tourists alike, many of who are guests at neighbouring Kennilworth Hotel and the Park Hyatt Hotel. Keeping with the laid back atmosphere of Utorda Beach, the establishment has an almost lazy look with sandy floors, open air dining and plastic furniture similar to what most shacks in Goa use. But then again, the patrons don’t really return for the decor but for the fresh seafood that makes up a major part of the menu. Those with a milder palate can try the butter garlic baby shark or stuffed crabs. With Goan masalas like recheado to assist, spice up you meal with masala fried calamari or stuffed bangda (sardines).

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GOA’S SPECIAL

FUSION BISTRO Benaulim Beach, South Goa, 9890064833, 9420689441 Finding good fusion cuisine in Benaulim in South Goa was tough until Fusion Bistro decided to make the shift there from Majorda. With a spot right on the beach, owners Vaishali and Lokesh Sood brought the best of what their old restaurant was famous for and added to it. Start off the evening with a couple of quirkily named cocktails like the Vokum (Vodka and kokum) and the Gindo (Gin, ginger and soda). The food, like the name suggests is a blend of international flavours and local Goan ingredients. Try the roasted sardine, Jambalaya and beef

Bourguignon or wait until sunset for the barbecue to fire up and have them cook the fish of of your choice. The

HOTEL VENITE

proprietors also host food tours to the local markets along with cooking classes at the venue.

31st January Rd Sao Tomé, Panaji 0832-2425537 Fist let the quaint décor of this first floor restaurant draw you in with its tiny balcony seating and graffiti work on the walls. Then find out exactly why Venite is one of the most reliable places for good food in Panaji. The mix of Goan and Portuguese cuisine is of great standard though service may take a little while. Try the prawn balchao or cut into a tender steak served with deliciously creamy mashes potatoes. The tiny balconies are beautifully quaint and a good place to overlook the narrow lane below though fitting in the small area might be a tight squeeze.

BABA AU RHUM Off Arpora Rd, before Club Cabana; Leo Michaud: 9822078759 Started by self taught baker Leo Michaud and Dayini Feraud, Baba Au Rhum off Arpora Road is the answer to those seeking respite from the heavily commercial restaurants in the area. This French restaurant started in 2006 offers a range of sandwiches, salads, pizzas and homemade ice-creams that make use of quality ingredients and make for a wholesome meal. A great place to head out for a peaceful breakfast or lunch, try the sandwiches made with bread baked in the kitchen itself and stuffed to a bulge with meats, vegetables and cheeses while enjoying the constant global music in the background. Add to this a freshly made juice and end you meal with the apple cinnamon sorbet or a banana ice cream.

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Little Vagator Beach, Vagator, North Goa 098 50 033537

THALASSA

Greek food, spectacular beach view and staff who are knowledgeable and polite — Thalassa in Vagator is a gourmand’s delight. Nestled on a sea facing cliff, this open air restaurant has a resort feel to it, with curtains billowing in the evening breeze and international music playing in the background. We tried the highly recommended mix grilled platter and made it an absolute carnivore’s night with chicken, beef, mutton and pork served with sauteed vegetables and fries.

FELLINI Arambol Beach Road 9764893896, 9881461224

Don’t let Fellini’s flaky walls and half constructed top floors stop you from trying out some of the best pizzas to be found in the state. This eatery on the Arambol Beach road is almost always crowded with patrons willing to tackle narrow metal ladders, rickety tables and then wait 40 minutes to an hour for their pastas and pizzas cooked in wood fueled

ovens. Mostly frequented by tourists, the restaurant offers a variety of toppings from triple cheese and folded pizzas to dairy free ones, with the pepperoni pizza being the fastest selling. Lasagnas, spaghetti and various appetizers are also available, but the wait might be too long if you’re hungry.

BARS CAFE DEL MAR Palolem beach, South Goa 9823276520, 9823313981 Palolem’s favourite bar shack, Café Del Mar is a hot pick for tourists looking to enjoy happy hours by the beach while making friends with other travelers and locals. Owner Kennedy reflects the ambiance of the place, with his relaxed friendly swagger and is always up for spending an evening with his patrons. Pool, and foosball tables offer chances for friendly evening games over drinks. One could say that the television sets at Café Del Mar are permanently switched onto the sports channel with the place filling up with noisy fans on football game nights.

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CAPE TOWN CAFE Baga, Titos Road 09923325638 If you happen to find yourself on Tito’s Lane and don’t want to hit the nightclub, settle down for the night at Cape Town Café. Owned by the David D’Souza (Co owner of Titos and Mambos), this bar has the nightclub atmosphere, music and crowd, without the hefty entry charge. Come early to snag a table or a place at the bar and spend the rest of the night watching football matches, dancing in the indoor dance area or simply trying out the range of spirits on offer. The staff are a bit finicky and hard to flag down but once you’ve got your drink, feel free to chat with those around and make new friends. Cape Town Café also has a private dining deck that requires reservation.

CAVALA’S Baga Beach, near Baga Creek road 8390055518

Live music on the weekends, jive sessions and a generous mix of young and old customers make Cavala’s a great place to grab a couple of drinks and maybe even shake those tail feathers. More or less like the inside of a Goan house, the bar and outdoor dining area is noisy with the lyrics

of Bon Jovi songs, happy guests and busy cutlery. A few cocktails into it don’t be surprised to find some ladies take to the bar top to show the crowd their own dance moves. Many actors, big and small stop by Cavala’s to enjoy a fuss free time and say hello to the Marius, the owner.

EDGE BAR Alila Diwa Hotel, Ground Floor, Plot No. 48/10, Village Majorda, South Goa 0832 2746800 Looking toward spending a private evening, with good service and international spirit options, then Hotel Alila Diwa Goa’s poolside Edge Bar is where to start the tab. Privy to beautiful sunsets over paddy fields in the distance, the bar boasts of having an extensive list of Indian and international wines. The indoor area is softly lit and has a metallic style juxtaposed by soft brown furniture. The al fresco seating lounge is a favourite for those looking to enjoy the balmy evening air and the smell of nature. Whatever you poison, pair it with the fish fingers or get messy with barbecued pork ribs.

DOWN THE ROAD Panaji, near Fontainhas

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Down The Road or DTR as it is known by to regulars is Panaji’s answer to the casual pub experience. Popular more so with the locals, tourists need a little time to adjust to the singular party that is this place. Wednesdays are popular with amateur crooners who want to try

the karaoke machine while Fridays and Saturdays the pub works as a launch pad to the weekend. Most popular alcohol is available here, though the beer tap does run dry pretty fast. The staff are trustworthy , friendly and there is a joi de vivre attitude to the joint.


OTHER ACTIVITIES: Drum Circle Arambol Beach, every Wednesday Cool evening air, a spectacular sunset in the background and a group of tourists with their drums all playing together on the beach… Arambol of Wednesdays comes alive with the beats of various percussion instruments at Drum Circle. Join the group with your own dholak or simply sit back on the sand and enjoy the impromptu jam sessions. Another great option while in Arambol at sunset is to join numerous others on the beach practicing yoga.

Saturday Night Market Arpora Every Saturday this hill in Arpora comes alive with lights, music and hoards of visitors looking to shop, eat, drink and enjoy some music performances. More than a hundred stalls set up along the face of the hill sell souvenirs, clothes, shoes, silver jewellery, music and more. Pick fine handmade gold plated earrings, fire juggling merchandise or vintage sunglasses before heading off to the food court for a chilled beer and a choice of Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Tibetan and German cuisine. The central square of the market stages live music acts with Remo Fernandes and Pt Ravi Chari among the many known guest performers. At the top of the hill, two corners are dedicated to dancing, one is a heavier trance bar while to the right end is a electronic music bar that serves delicious and highly effective mojitos.

Sea Kayaking Palolem The coastal area around Canacona is dotted with small coves and beaches that the surrounding cliff protect from

the harsher winds. The waters here are tame, with mild waves and make for a great sea kayaking spot. Stalls on the beach sell kayaks, paddles and will also teach you how to man your boat. With a

Make your own guitar at Jungle Guitars Cris: 9823565117

We’re talking about owning more than a custom made guitar… At Jungle Guitars, choose the wood, shape and size of the guitar you want and then have Cris teach you how to make one from scratch. Musicians from around the world come for the 15 day guitar building workshop held in the tree thick

few basic lessons, take to the calm waters and paddle your way to Butterfly Island nearby. Dock by the rocks and enjoy the turning shades of evening sunlight before returning to the main shore. area near Baga Creek and leave with a one of a kind instrument to suit their style of music. “Some aren’t satisfied with just one piece… they come back year after year to work on new ideas and create new sounds,” mentions Cris, the strings behind Jungle Guitars. If sanding, sawing and polishing are not on the holiday itinerary, then simply stop by to shop for a unique piece made by Cris himself.

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Houses of Goa Museum House No.674, Nr, Nisha’s Play School, Salvador do Mundo, Porvorim 0832-2410711, 2410715, 2410716

Of all the museums in Goa, the Houses of Goa Museum is probably one of the most interesting structures. Resembling a ship, the building was built like a traffic island. Owner and known architect Gerard da Cunha has over the years tried to keep physical records of the amalgamation of Eastern and Western cultures that influenced architecture through the ages in Goa. Spread out over three storeys, the museum documents the

influences of the locals and colonizers on each others building designs as well as the interior details like doors, windows, furniture and various house nick knacks. Gerard, being a big fan of late cartoonist Mario Miranda has dedicated on wing of the museum to the Mario gallery which houses his cartoons, sketches and various books and collectibles that can be purchased.

Visit Sunaparanta Center for the Arts 63/C-8, Near Lar de Estudantes, Altinho, Panaji, 0832 2421311 Tourist season and art season coincide in Goa, with every art gallery hosting exhibitions, workshops and lectures through the following months. A visit to Sunaparanta Center for the Arts takes you

to Altinho offers you an insight into Goa’s fertile art world. Pottery, glass painting and various other workshops are held in one wing of this old Portuguese house turned art center. End you tour with a quick bite

at their tiny café and maybe take a tour of the various other prominent buildings in the area, including the Bishop’s Palace or simply enjoy the beautiful view of Panaji and the fields beyond.

Branganza House Museum Loutolim, Chandor, 0832/278-4201; 832/278-4227 Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Braganza House in Loutolim. Owned by the Braganza family which once held aristocratic rank in Goa, today the house is a well preserved reminder of more affluent times. Sign up for a tour from one of the family members and marvel at heavy teak furniture, impressive chandeliers, crockery dating back more

Canyoning Matteo: 08600869675 Zipped up in fitting wet suits, participants, trek, rappel down cliffs and then dive into waterfalls as part of canyoning in south Goa. Heading off to the densely forested hills that

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than 250 years and the spoils of trips to Africa. The family even has a court of arms that was awarded to them back in 1848. Ivory, ebony, silver and gold adorn various artifacts and tell stories of grand parties and lavish lifestyles. Today the house is more or less a record keeper of times gone but is still a flashback to a Goa long disappeared.

hide secret streams and waterfalls, trip organizer Matteo takes eager adventurists through a fast paced, rigorous journey that have them sweating and shivering alternately through the jungles along the Goa-Karnataka border. “We start off from Calangute by car and then stop for

lunch at a spice farm. That’s where we change into our wet suits and climbing shoes which are provided by us,” he mentions. Trips are held almost everyday, and cost Rs 2500.


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