Travel Tunes

Now a day’s smart phone and various music apps have made it easier to make your own playlists. You can make playlists according to your mood. Romantic, patriotic, sad, rock, pop, jazz, dance, retro and so the list goes on and on. But many of us don’t have a ‘Travel Playlist’. When we are out there travelling through air, water or on the ground, we want to hum tunes coordinating with our gypsy mode. So we look for songs at that moment or we carry on with some other existing playlist compromising our mood. But from now on you don’t have to get into a compromising mode as I am here with a playlist of Top 50 Bollywood Travel Songs! The playlists is a bouquet of songs which inspire you to travel through its lyrics and music; the songs which were shot at exotic locations and the songs which take you to a journey beyond your soul! So when you pack your travel bags, spare a few minutes to make your travel playlist and enjoy your trip to its fullest.

  1. Yu Hi Chalaa Chal Raahi: Swades
  2. Dil Chahata Hai: Dil Chahata Hai
  3. Mausam Mastana: Satte Pe Satta
  4. Jaane Jaan Dhoondhata: Jawani Diwani
  5. Yeh Haseen Vaadiyaan: Roja
  6. Ye Kahaa Aa Gaye Hum: Silsila
  7. Jiya Re: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  8. Ekala Chalo: Kahaani
  9. Chhaiyaa Chhaiya: Dil Se
  10. Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon: Patanga
  11. Aisa Desh Hai Tera: Veer Zara
  12. Hum Jo Chalane Lage: Jab We Met
  13. Tanha Dil: Shaan
  14. Khwabo Ke Parinde: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  15. Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen: Madhumati
  16. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana: Andaaz
  17. Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara: Jewel Thief
  18. Aaj Kal Zindagi: Wake Up Sid
  19. Ilahi: Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani
  20. Patakha Guddi: Highway
  21. Musafir Hun Yaaro: Parichay
  22. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara: Solva Saal
  23. Oh Gujariya: Queen
  24. Chhod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyaa: Maachis
  25. Dekha Hai Aisa Bhi: Lucky Ali
  26. Sooraj Ki Baaho Me: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  27. Sooraj Dooba Hai Yaaro: Roy
  28. Ghume Banjaare: Fugly
  29. Awara Bhaware: Sapney
  30. Oh Bhanware: Daud
  31. Yun Hi Kat Jaayega Safar: Hum Hai Raahi Pyar Ke
  32. Ruki Ruki Thi Zindagi: Mast
  33. Eloji Sanam: Andaaj Apna Apna
  34. Gazab Ka Hai Din : Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  35. So Gaya Yeh Jahaan: Tezaab
  36. Mere Sapno Ki Rani: Anuradha
  37. Hum Dono Do Premi: Ajnabi
  38. Lekar Hum Diwana Dil: Yaado Ki Baarat
  39. Neele Neele Ambar: Kalakaar
  40. Aasma Ke Neeche: Jewel Thief
  41. Chalate Chalate: Pakeezah
  42. Saat Samundar Paar: Vishwatma
  43. Mein Nikala O Gaddi Leke: Gadar
  44. Tum Toh Thahare Pardesi: Altaf Raja
  45. Anjana Anjani: Anjana Anjani
  46. Dooba Dooba Rahata Hun: Mohit Chauhan
  47. Piya Re: Nusarat Fateh Ali Khan
  48. Piya Basanti: Sultan Khan, K. S. Chitra
  49. Hum Kis Gali Jaa Rahe Hai: Atif Aslam
  50. Hairat: Anjana Anjani
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Mumbai: Eat, Pray, Love & Magic Beans

We have seen Julia Roberts’s trip around three countries in the world, discovering herself through the Eat, Pray and Love philosophy. The book and the movie inspired many of us to set ourselves on this kind of trip. But it didn’t happen with us. For any possible reason the plans kept lingering in our heads. But what if I tell you that you can have those moments in a day that too on a single street in Mumbai. Unbelievable right? But some dreams do come true and they end up giving you a brand new basket of magic beans. So ladies grab your purse and walk towards The Colaba Causeway as the road has much more to offer than you imagine.

Eat

Colaba Causeway has a number of places to satisfy your test buds. But among them all, my favorite is the Leopold Cafe. Founded in 1871, this cafe offers mouthwatering food, drought beer, hot breweries and dishes like lemon tart for your sweet tooth! The cafe has a unique sitting arrangement and is always crowded. I just cant pick one dish from the menu to say its my favorite but if given an option, I would love to have a masala omelet (which they serve with Amul butter and a slice of bread) with a hot cup of filter coffee on my table. Let it be lunch, brunch, high tea or just drinking with your pals, it’s a testy ride!

leopold cafe
The Leopold Cafe and Bar

Pray

Colaba is rich in old historical monuments. Many building are built by the Parsi community and the Britishers in colonial era. One of the eye catching structures is The Afghan Chuch. The church was built by the Britishers to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War. Built in the Gothic style, there are many plaques in and around the church. The calm and soothing air of the church surely drifts you apart from the crowded honking roads.

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The Afghan Church

Love

At one end of the Colaba causeway you have the famous Regal cinema. This old fashioned cinema house offers you a visual treat from many language. usually when we decide to watch a movie, we choose a theater, then we choose a movie by reading nearly 10-15 reviews. but whats fun in that? Just going on the ticket window and buying tickets of the latest show of any random movie is more exciting. So if you have few extra hours to spare on your clock, go and watch a movie at Regal. Fall in love with the characters, the old smokey building and of course the popcorn!

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Regal Cinema

But unfortunately you don’t have those 3 hrs or you just don’t feel like going for a movie. here you can give a little Cinderella touch to your fairy tale. You can easily hire a horse cart for one big round around the street. This one round takes you through the main Colaba Causeway, Marine Drive, Gate Way of India and also allows you to take a glimpse of the beautiful heritage Hotel Taj. This one romantic ride can cost you from 500-1000 bucks depending on the day, time and your bargaining skills!

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Decorated Horse Cart

 

Shop

Buy Veromoda, Zara and Mango designs in 300-500 Rs.

Khadi pants in just 250 Rs.

Designer flip flops, studded sandals, casual chappals and steletoes from 100 Rs.

Antique decor pieces in 500-2000 Rs.

Trendy glasses in 100 Rs.

Yes these rates are true but only if you are shopping in the right place in the right city. Ladies, shopping is the magic bean basket ‘Eat Pray Love’ philosophy you enjoy on the Colaba Causeway. The street is full of street vendors and shops. If you are brand crazy, you can always enter in one of the air conditioned shops on the road. But if you are on a budget and want to have the latest designs in your closet, street shopping is a must. Buy antiques, jewelry, clothes and all the sub-sub categorical stuff which comes under these tags in cheap rates. while shopping, don’t forget to bargain and never give up on your price. Start from half of the price the vendor is quoting.

Eg. If vendor is selling a cute crop top for 300, start the bargain from 100. End up buying the top in 150 by quoting ‘aapaka nahi meraa nahi, 150 kar do‘ (just find the middle way between the two prices). You are always on the win-win side in such situations.

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Shop till you Drop

How to get there?

Take a taxi or a cab from CST. It will cost you only 50 Rs. Or you can take a bus right outside from CST. For bus details, ask anyone around or go through your M-indicator app.

 

 

Better than The Taj Mahal

Sorry Mr. Shahajahaan but I don’t think that Taj Mahal is the most beautiful structure of the world. I agree that I haven’t seen the whole world to make such a rude comment but I have seen the Taj Mahal and today I saw CST.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus earlier know as Victoria Terminus is nothing but a gem. The building has its own aura, an attitude and a strong will power. It never lets you down. The building has been a standing witness of many historical events. The building is home for many, it’s the place from where people earn their bread and butter. A voyage is incomplete if you don’t come here. From bloodshed to mob dance its been drenched in the tears of fear and joy. May be that’s why I was filled with super positive energy as soon as I led down my eyes on it.
When I was standing in front of this building, i just stood there. I literally froze. I don’t have any words to express what i felt in those minutes but I skipped a heartbeat. Those who haven’t seen this great architecture in person, I request you to go and just look at the structure. It’s not necessary to know the historical timeline of a heritage monument. Just stand there and feel the aura. The goosebumps on your hands and bubbles in your stomach will confirm that you fell in love! And the love with this structure has no boundaries of time for sure.

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My First Short Film: पूर्ण सुट्टी

‘पूर्ण सुट्टी’ ही माझी पहिली short फिल्म. मी सावित्रीबाई फुले पुणे विद्यापीठात DCS ला शिकत असताना बनवली. कविता महाजन ह्यांच्या ‘पूर्ण सुट्टी’ ह्या लघुतम कथेवर ही फिल्म आधारित आहे. एखाद्या साहित्यकृतीवर फिल्म बनवणे हे काही सोप्पे नाही हे मला ही फिल्म बनवताना प्रकर्षाने जाणवले. तरी हे माध्यमांतर जितके अवघड होते तितकेच ते करताना मजा देखील आली.

एका वर्षापूर्वी बनवलेली ही फिल्म आज मला परत शूट किंवा एडीट करायला मिळाली तर ती ह्या मूळ कृतीपेक्षा वेगळी असेल ह्यात शंका नाही. पण विद्यार्थीदशेत केलेल्या ह्या फिल्मच्या प्रवासात मी अनेक गोष्टी मी शिकले आणि त्या आठवणी मला जशाच्या तशा जपून ठेवायला आवडेल. त्यामुळे YouTube आणि ह्या ब्लॉगच्या माध्यमातून ही फिल्म तुमच्या पर्यंत पोहोचवण्याचा छोटा प्रयत्न.

 

 

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Remembering Sidney Sheldon

Drinking a glass of water or breathing fresh air, both are very natural things we do every day, so is sex. Though many of us don’t do it every day or do it after a certain age, sex has always been a very important, most discussed and gossiped subject according to my knowledge. Though we live in 21st century, sex is still considered as a taboo to talk about. We can’t discuss sex openly or with our parents or before marriage. But slowly the picture is changing. But I am not gonna write about the changes I am gonna write about the writings about sex before the changes. Writings by Sidney Sheldon. Most of Sidney Sheldon’s writings come from the late 20th century. He was known for his screen as well as fiction writings. Considered to be the favorite writer of women, Sidney Sheldon still holds the record of being seventh best selling fiction writer of all time.

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Sidney Sheldon

My friend gave me a book by Sidney when I was 18. I was trying to improve my English so I wanted to read something which has simple language and easy words. I started reading the book and then I never looked back. I read all his novels within a month. It was not only about the thriller, the story, the characters but also the sex scenes which engaged me.

In Sidney’s books, women were the central character. But they were not dumb beauties. He portrayed them as beautiful, smart, determined, enthusiastic, optimistic, intelligent, survivor, hopeful, feminine,  logical, practical (though sometimes they choose their heart instead of their head) and of course extremely sexy.  These women were path breaking as they were totally different from the stereo typed women portrayed by many writers then and now.

The women and their lovers or the men with whom Sidney portrayed the sex scenes were very easy to imagine. As I said earlier, his words were very easy and written in such a way that one will relate to it easily. His books and sex scenes are like drugs. You want to read more and more. If you are finished reading, you will go back and read again and enjoy more. The scenes he wrote never felt greasy or sweaty or boring. Many times the orgasms women got through reading these scenes were more pleasing than actual sex. It paved a way for women who never had sex or never had good sex. Even a line on kissing, gives you goose bumps.

Gently he took her in his arms, and they kissed.

(The Other Side of Midnight)

The ultimate guilty pleasure, rush of emotions flowing from your veins, the sweet blush on hot cheek bones, wrinkles on the bed spread made by the legs were nothing but the results of reading Sidney Sheldon. There is nothing new or different in sex. It’s all about how badly you want it, how you make your partner feel while having sex or performing the foreplay, do you close your eyes while kissing or not, do you feel the pleasant pleasure of satisfaction instead of sweat on your bodies. Sidney’s sex scenes gave answers to all these questions. He didn’t write something different or unusual, he wrote what was right. You don’t need a partner to feel the tingling down there while you read his scenes but you surely feel the need of one after reading his scenes.

the other side of midnight

She looked at him, puzzled, and opened her mouth ask him what he meant, but he put his lips on hers and his hands began to move down her body, gently exploring, and she forgot everything except what was to her, her whole consciousness concern-on one part of her body, feeling him try to enter hard and pulsing, forcing, an instant of sharp, expected pain, then sliding in, moving faster and fast-an alien body in her body, plunging deep inside a, moving with a rhythm that grew more and more attic, and he said, “Are you ready?” She was not sure what she was supposed to be ready for, but she  said, “Yes,” and suddenly he cried, “Oh, Cathy!” and made one last sporadic thrust and lay still on top of her. And it was all over, and he was saying “Was it wonderful for you?” and she said, “Yes, it was wonderful,” and he said, “It gets better as it goes along,” and she was filled with joy that she was able to bring him this; happiness, and she tried not to worry about what a disappointment  it had been.

(The Other Side of Midnight)

It’s never a disappointment. Many people imagine sex or as they call it ‘making love’ with candles and flowers around, with a goodie goodie romantic satire. But in reality it’s more fierce and aggressive. One can feel this aggression in Sidney’s writings. Even the words like organs, virgina come very smoothly in his writings. They don’t feel overrated or dark.

His organ began to grow hard in her hand.

(The Other Side of Midnight)

I find reading Sidney’s sex scenes much better than watching porn. You can imagine yourself easily, put yourself with your crush, stop whenever you feel like and start again when you get the orgasms. You don’t have to watch greasy hairy men having sex with women will XXX sized boobs and fake orgasms. The most natural thing comes in the most natural way.

Many times Sidney goes beyond sex. The love, romance and cuddling after sex is similar in many ways with your real life.

She lay in his arms, letting the sound of his voice wash over her, comforting her, and she thought This is what is important, being together as two human beings, loving and sharing each other.

(The Other Side of Midnight)

As I mentioned earlier, there is nothing new or different in sex. It’s all about your chemistry with your partner. That’s why Sidney Sheldon is never outdated. He has been popular since 4 decades and will be popular as long as the readers and orgasms will be alive.

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