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Five things you can do in Noida on weekends!

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Well let’s be candid about things, we generally don’t get time to explore things in the weekdays. Then why make your weekends humdrum, particularly when you have stuff to experience in Noida. While there are umpteen things that you can do in Noida, I’ll try and mention a few of them. Try these whenever you get time and give a feedback if time permits you.

 

Go shopping in the sector 18 area and Atta Market: We love shopping and if we don’t love shopping we love the people who love shopping. So directly or indirectly we all love shopping! Sector 18 is like the life of the town here in Noida and you’ll observe that the area always blazes a trail as far as style is concerned! The best thing about sector 18 lavish shopping area is that its modest cousin the ‘Atta Market’ resides in the neighborhood. Yeah that’s right, the atta market is just opposite at arm’s length from sector 18 and you can buy stuff from the atta market at a really reasonable price. From clothes to utensils, toys to furniture everything is available in this market. Pay a visit for a unique and closer to reality experience.

 

Go for some sports: Get that adrenaline rushing, sweat out all the frustration! Take sports, anything that befits your skills and interests. You can visit the Noida stadium in sector 21. The stadium has multiple facilities like Table tennis, badminton and others. Take a few friends with you and enjoy the game. Alternatively you can also visit the Decathlon Noida just beside the GIP ball. You can buy sports related stuff and play basketball, table tennis as well!

 

Explore Cafes and Restaurants: Noida has many god restaurants and cafes where you can hang out. Sector 18 Noida apparently offers many such places. The sector has many coffee chains and many brilliant restaurants as well. To name a few of them, you have Desi Vibes, Pind Baluchi, KFC, Punjabi by Nature and many others. You can never get short of culinary options in Noida for sure!

 

Take a long drive on the Express way: Well that a great idea, innit! Long drives are always a superb temporal way to run away from stress. Just grab the key of your bike or car and go for a long drive. Luckily Noida has an awesome Noida-Greater Noida expressway that you can enjoy. The roads are nice and you can just have an escape away from the maddening crowd, traffic and honking of the city!

 

Explore Street Food: I always try to explore street food. Noida has some delicious street food joints. Although you’ll find many street food points but a few of them are just brilliant. Try the ‘Chhole Bhature’ at GuptaJi’s near the golf course metro station in sector 31. You can try Aunty’s Momos in sector 18 as well just behind the Bikanerwala. These are just a few of them named here in this blog post.

 

 

Keep exploring the city and keep spreading information about the city as well!

 

 

5 Rajat Kapoor movies you must watch!

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Rajat Kapoor does theater, he does movies of different sorts and he for sure is a versatile actor. Often we complain about the shortage of realistic cinema in Bollywood these days. That’s mostly because movies of the aforementioned sort don’t usually get a place in the multiplexes and if they get they run short of audience. Still there are people who want to watch realistic cinema, they value it and they cherish it!

 

I have tried to muster a collection of Rajat Kapoor movies. Out of that collection, here I am listing five movies I think are less watched but deserve attention. I am pretty sure you’ll like these. This list is purely out of my personal experience, so no lies and no canards either!

 

Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi: A movie that is a brilliant satire on the so called high suave society. The protagonist Rajat Kapoor gets so drunk at a party that he doesn’t remember iota about what happened that night. Throughout the movie he is skeptical about things, confused and this confusion leads to interesting events.

 

I’m 24: A movie in essence about online dating. A movie that demonstrates how reality can be different than what we see online! The protagonist dates a girl online and tells us that he is really good looking but in reality it is a different story altogether. A simple yet impressive story and definitely leaves an impact on the audience.

 

Bheja Fry: The story of Bheja fry revolves around a simpleton guy. Rajat Kapoor in this particular movie plays the role of a suave man, apparently a character that really suits his persona. The movie is sure to tickle your funny bone. It is a simple story but with some really strong and impressive performances.

 

Hulla: Another Rajat Kapoor movie that is simple yet extremely relevant. The movie displays the life of a couple living in a gated society in Mumbai. The man gets disturbed by the whistling watchman and scolds him for the same. On the other hand, the secretary of the society insists that the whistling is for the safety of the society. The movie is an extremely interesting one and showcases day to day activities that happen around us.

 

Siddharth: The Prisoner: Well this one is a pure Rajat Kapoor show! He hardly speaks in the movie but his gestures and expressions speak aloud! It is a story of a writer who by fate gets a briefcase full of cash but in the process lost his manuscript. So the crave waves between greed and selflessness. Rajat Kapoor with this brooding looks does absolute justice to the role. In the end, he leaves it all. He leaves it all to start afresh!

 

Well these are just some of the Rajat Kapoor movies mentioned here. He has done umpteen number of movies and keeps experimenting to serve something new and different to the audiences.

The grand stay at the Crowne Plaza Greater Noida!

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I like travelling. I always believe that travelling helps you explore people and cultures. The more you travel the richer you become. It is all about travelling, keep moving in life. When you travel you not only cover distances, you also explore! You learn new cultures, land in un-chartered situations. It also helps you to explore yourself. You get a chance to know the real “you”! Everyone craves for a luxurious and comfortable stay while travelling. A nice place to stay can really take the travelling experience notches up! Although there are umpteen number of options available these days, finding a nice suave place to stay is still a tad difficult. India is a land of culture and heritage. People in India love art and culture. India gives you full freedom to demonstrate and exhibit your art. That is a wonderful thing about this great nation. As a tourist you have many places to explore in India. India has huge amount of history associated with it.

 

A couple of years back we planned a trip to watch Greater Noida to watch car racing events happening at the Buddha International Circuit. I am still glad that we chose the grand Crowne Plaza Greater Noida as the place to stay. The experience and the hospitality was awesome, an experience that we still relish! The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida is located at the Surajpur Chowk in Greater Noida. The location is just apt for a comforting experience. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Greater Noida for a couple of days and we enjoyed a lot.

 

The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida offers umpteen number of top notch facilities. It has a brilliant and well equipped gym with facilities like sauna, steam rooms. You can work out and then relax and detoxify yourself! It has an awesome restaurant ‘Mosaic’ that serves awesome mouth watering dishes. They also have a special children menu and that’s really an asset for families with kids. The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida also has the ‘Belgian Beer Cafe’. This place offers a variety of beers and has a typical Belgian ambience! These are just some of the facilities that the place offers. The place also offers WiFi services with the stay. The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida offers all the facilities that you desire in a suave, luxury stay! The stay at the Crowne Plaza Greater Noida was really a special one. The ambience and the brilliant roads of Greater Noida make things even better!

 

I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

 

 

#MagicOfWarmth moment with my friend!

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I have always believed that you need empathy in friendship. In this era of rat-race and cut throat competition wherein everyone is busy, human company is rare. I still remember and cherish a #MagicOfWarmth moment that I shared with my flat mate half a decade back. People who live away from home know how important a flat mate is! Your life heavily hinges on your flat mate. It was my first year of job and I started sharing my place with this friend of mine whom I barely knew prior to living with him. When we started sharing the flat we used to rarely talk and would sometimes have tea together in the weekends.

I always believe that tea is the king of brews (being an ardent tea lover) and I was the one who always made the tea for both of us. At times we had differences of opinion as well and I think that is a part and parcel of sharing a flat with a flat mate. I always believe that different people would have different opinions about things and this mechanism is completely natural as well! We worked in different organizations as well and both of jobs were completely different from one another. That is the reason we never discussed work when we used to talk. We would discuss cricket, cinema and things like these. As aforementioned we used to talk rarely but we had a sort of mutual understanding and connection.

One day I was not well and was feeling feverish. The flat mate of mine came to me and said ‘Aren’t you going to office today’? I replied ‘no’ as I was not feeling well. The condition became worse and I was having high fever now! I was feeling extremely powerless and low. My flat mate was extremely regular to work; he would not take a leave even if he is not well! I wanted to have tea and eat something but had no energy to leave the bed. Also there wasn’t anyone to prepare tea or food for me.

Suddenly the door bell rang. When I opened the door I saw it was my flat mate. He said with a winsome smile of his face, ‘I think I should make tea for us today for a change. I don’t feel like going to office today. Let us have tea, talk and then visit a doctor’. To be candid I became emotional, although I had always portrayed myself as someone stolid in front of him. This was a really special #MagicOfWarmth moment that I still remember. I always feel and believe that the best thing you can gift someone is time!

I’m blogging about my #MagicOfWarmth moment at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed Hot Oil

My City- My Noida

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India is a fabulous nation and it offers a great deal of variety as well! India is a land of multiple languages, religions, races, cultures etc. We all live together in this great nation. I have lived in a few cities and to be frank each city has something unique to offer! There is something special about every city! When you select a city to live in you need to keep certain things in your mind. The city should offer decent opportunities, the city but be well designed as far as the infrastructure is concerned. You should be able to connect with the people of that place, that’s important as well!

 

I have been living in Noida for almost a decade and I have developed a kind of bond for this city. I came to college to do my graduation and that was real fun time. I made a lot of new friends during my graduation days. Truly, I enjoyed my college life in this city. I have a lot of friends here. After I completed my graduation, I landed my first job in Noida itself. Then I switched a few jobs but I have been living in this very city. This city is kind of my city now!

 

There are a lot of things that this city offers. Noida is close to Delhi which itself is a brilliant advantage. The city also has metro connectivity to Delhi which is again a huge plus point. The place is apt for career oriented young people. The city has a lot of training institutions and training centers. There are a lot of decent opportunities across various domains for software folks in this city as well! Also, the city offers a lot for people aspiring to make careers in journalism and media. Thus as far as career opportunities are concerned, the city has a lot to offer. The city also has some fabulous restaurants and food joints! So it’s a decent place for foodies as well!

 

You can enjoy long drives on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway! The Expressway has been designed brilliantly for an awesome drive experience. The road is well designed to ensure great driving experience. Offices of many MNCs, BPOs, and ITES firms are located along this high-speed link. Owing to good connectivity of the area and infrastructure many residential sectors have also come up along the Expressway. A great thing about this Noida Expressway is that the Expressway is toll-free for all times!

 

Noida is fast emerging as a popular destination for party goers with a reverberating nightlife. Noida nightclubs boast of great music, hi-tech sound systems and decors that range from simple to dramatic. On weekends you can party all night long in Noida…and at some clubs during the week too. So put your dancing shoes on and get ready to groove!

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The sweet melody amid worldly noises at the Noida sector 18 metro station

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Well those who live in Noida know that sector 18 is apparently the most happening sector of the city. The fact that the sector has a metro station as well makes it even busier. I am sure people who have visited the Noida sector 18 metro station must have noticed and heard the sweet flute music that you get to hear as soon as you’re about to exit the metro station. Well, I see no apparent reason for people not noticing the beautiful music. There is a lot of rush at the sector 18 metro station as aforementioned this is one of the busiest sectors in Noida. Yet amid all the worldy noises, you hear the cosmic flute music as soon as you’re about to exit the metro station.

 

I noticed this about two months back! Then at times I would deliberately stop at the sector 18 metro station  while coming back from work just to listen to the flute music, although I had to go to city center metro station. The music was sort of a tranquilizer for me! I observed the man playing the flute, the man rarely spoke to anyone. No matter how many people are passing by the man was always busy with his flute. The music is such that you hear it from about fifty meters away as well!

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One day just out of curiosity I sat with the man. He continued playing the flute and gave me a magnanimous smile. Then the banter started! He told me that he stays at the metro station mainly from 6:30 to 10:30, also that he does it mainly because he likes music. The name of the man is Kuldeep Singh Rohilla and he belongs to Julana village in Jind district in the state of Haryana. Music has been his passion since his childhood, he started with a musiccal instrument called ‘benjo’. The man has been living in Noida for decades now. He makes and sells tea in the morning time and plays flute in the evenings! If you remember, this is the same man who used to play flute at GIP mall some time back.

 

Listening to Kuldeep Singh Rohilla’s flute music amid all the worldly noises is indeed a unique and special experience. Music is always beautiful and at times it takes you into a different zone altogether. I am attaching a couple of snaps with this blog post so that people reading this find it easier to recognize the man and the location as well!

 

 

 

The Gourmands starving for food! Wish we had TinyOwl!

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India has always been a land of ardent food lovers. People in India love eating like anything. Albeit, the concept of becoming health conscious is getting prevalent these days but the number of food lovers has not seen any abatement either. In this era of lavish restaurants and coffee chains, people are missing the experience of the great street food culture of India. When you love food, it is always on your priority. As the great George Bernard Shaw said- “There is no sincerer love than the love of food”. You can gauge a lot about a person by this eating habits and the choice of food he prefers to eat.

 

We were four bachelors living our life to the fullest. The common thing among us was the fad for food. Yes, we were all foodies and every weekend we used to plan to eat something special and really mouthwatering. It was a typical Sunday in the month on May, the temperature was really on the higher side. We had a plan to remain hungry till evening and then go for Biryani in night at our favorite Biryani point located in the outer side of the city. We were so excited about eating our favorite Biryani after starving all day long!

 

A friend of mine said with full zeal, ‘Biryani coupled with Cold-Drinks would be heaven’. The others nodded in agreement. We played football in the day time in the scorching sun and by the evening we were all exhausted and hungry. The clock struck 7 and we all started getting ready to go outside and eat like typical gourmands we were! We got ready and left from our flat to reach at the Biryani point which was like 1.5 hours away from our place. We were so hungry and excited that we could sniff the Biryani even from miles away. We reached the destination but to no avail! Our favorite Biryani point was closed, we were so disappointed and frustrated that we were almost in tears. What to do now! We were in the outer side of the city and there wasn’t any other eating option available there. Also, it would take us at least an hour to reach back to our place and by that time it would be too late! We were starving and the only option we had was to grab some cold drinks and snacks at the 24 by 7 outlet. We took this option as this apparently was the only option. What started as an exciting day ended with disappointment and frustration!

 

I wish we had something like TinyOwl at that moment. Things would have become a lot simpler! The app is just apt and tailor-made for this aforementioned situation or rather for any situation of such sort! The app has got such beautiful User Interface, we could have selected dishes of our choice and placed the order. The app also gives us the facility to track the order! Well for all the ardent food lovers, TinyOwl is your go to app!