Tips to apply for schengen visa from India

What is Schengen?The Schengen system originated as a treaty between a group of five member states in 1985. A longer, more detailed treaty was then agreed in 1990. Over the years, steadily more countries have joined Schengen. It now applies to all 28 EU member states, with the exception of six countries: the UK and Ireland (which do not have to join it); Cyprus (which cannot join as long as the island is divided); Romania and Bulgaria (because the Schengen states don’t want to admit them yet); and Croatia (which is not yet ready to join). There are also four associated countries which apply Schengen, even though they are not part of the EU: Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The main point of the Schengen rules is to abolish border checks between the participating countries, in order to speed up the movement of people and goods. In conjunction with this, there are standard strict rules on external border controls, and standard rules on obtaining a short-term visas, known as…

10 Thai Local Foods to Try

No place is truly explored unless we try their local cuisine. In my recent trip to Thailand, I completely fell in love with Thai food. It is commendable how they use local fruits in many dishes like mangoes, bananas and pineapple into great combinations with non vegetarian food. Local food is super yummy, extremely affordable and available any time!

Here are the list of Top Ten local Thai delicacies that I found most interesting:

1. Pineapple Fried Rice: Served on a horizontally half cut medium sized pineapple and over loaded with eggs, chicken, shrimp(optional), veggies, pineapple chunks and cashew nuts. It is super delicious as well as super nutritious - a complete meal in itself!

2. Mango Chicken: The amalgamation of half ripen mangoes with chicken can produce such a lovely output cannot be realized unless you taste the Thai mango chicken. The flavour of mangoes in chicken gives a unique sweet- sour taste. A must try dish in Thailand. It goes well with sticky rice/ noodles.

3. Raw Papa…

Nutripot- A pot that cooks!

There is nothing as delicious as Indian cuisine. But cooking Indian is extremely time consuming and tedious. Technology has gifted us with mixers, grinders,choppers, pressure cookers and stuff like that- which has made cooking simpler. However, there is no escape from the kitchen as cooking still is a step by step process which requires time and control.
What If, I say that there is a robot which monitors and cooks the food? In other words, there is a genie that monitors the heat, counts the whistles and serves you piping hot food at your preferred time! Yes, this is now possible with the latest wonder machine from Wonder Chef- NUTRIPOT! NUTRIPOT is a combination of 7 kitchen appliances in 1 – Pressure Cooker, Steamer, Yogurt Maker, Sauté, Rice Cooker, Warmer and Slow Cooker - and everything fully automatic! NUTRIPOT cooks food faster while keeping precious nutrients intact. The intelligent micro-computer inside NUTRIPOT keeps the pressure and temperature at an optimum level that preven…


Restaurants and cafes had been mushrooming in Bangalore. Every place goes an extra mile to present something unique to the customers. Among the hustle bustle of city life, I still feel to go to some place which has a tranquil ambience and which is close to nature. One such place to chill out is ''Chavadi''. I have heard a lot from friends about this place and finally last week I got a chance to visit Chavadi.
It is located on the rooftop of a standalone building on Bannerghatta main road. It shares the ground floor entrance with Arama Suites. One cannot make out how beautiful this place would be from the ground floor. As the lift door opened, I realised that I came to a different planet. Awesome ambience with greenery at  every nook and corner and filled with ample natural light. Though the entire restaurant is on rooftop, it is designed in such a way that there are four levels of seating. Vibrant walls at the entrance with photographs at one side and canvas paintings a…

Drunkling Sizzlers

Drunkling Sizzlers is one of a kind place that provides a complete package of the goodies that one looks for, at a restaurant. Located on a stand alone building on the main road amongst the hustle bustle of Kormangala 5th block, it looks pretty plain from outside. However, this place has sections divided for everything. The ground floor and first floor is for casual dining, the next floor has a proper pub decor and the floor above has a dance floor. Thus it furnishes dining for all sects of people. The restaurant provides valet parking which makes life easy at such a location.
 Visiting Drunkling last week was a great surprise for me. I was surprised to find more than twenty foodie buddies who had all gathered here along with their friends. It is absolutely bliss to find so many like-minded or rather like tongued peopleunder one roof! The Euphoria reached its peak when the restaurant management hosted a couple of contests and gave out goodies to the deserved. It was one of a kind meetu…

Go Native- From Farm to plate

We are living in an era where Adulteration had reached its peak in the food industry. Uncontrolled usage of toxic elements in food to make it tasty, uncontrolled usage of chemical fertilizers to increase yield and use of processed food/ meat leaves food almost nutrition free. As an attempt to serve nutritious food, Go Native comes with a great concept- from Farm to Table!

I have heard a lot about this place from my fellow foodie friends and finally got a chance to dine in last week. It is located on a stand-alone building on the beautiful and calm residential area of Jayanagar. A bungalow, which has been converted into a restaurant and a lifestyle store. As I entered, I felt that everything is very grounded and close to nature. 

Beautifully decorated place with potted plants and wooden seating. The lighting is impressive, specially the lampshades. Go Native has a ground-floor garden seating area, a first floor terrace seating as well as inside seating area. In both floors they have thei…