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My Favourite five books

A favorite book is like a treasured friend. It entertains you, it offers you guidance, it touches you, and it’s there when you need it. More importantly, it leaves you with deep rooted thoughts and ponderings. The kind of books I read are of different genres and areas but they have all left a mark on me.
I will speak about five of my favourite books.

One confession here. I do not read romantic novels, but prefer to read real dramatic stories. Surprisingly, all of these books have taught me about the places they are set in.

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Flamenco dancers on video

I hope you’ve read my article on Flamenco dancing. If not, please do so to understand the intricacies before you watch the video.

Flamenco is a traditional dance form of Spain. A genre of Spanish music, song, and dance from Andalusia in southern Spain, Flamenco dance is an expressive Spanish dance characterized by four elements namely, cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps) to portray emotion to an audience.
It started with just the singing, along with hand clapping. Later the Spanish flamenco guitar was added. The movements also have traces of Indian Kathak dance steps form.

Here is an short version of video I shot during the performance.

Another video involving

What is a travel book?

Sometime back I wrote about a few travel books that I own. Discussions which started on that article, Facebook and otherwise have led to this post.

What, in your opinion, is a travel book?

Is it something like Lonely Planet which guides you where to stay, what to see, what to eat etc. so that your stay at a place becomes comfortable?

Is it a book that inspires you to travel and see the world?

Or a travel book consists of a travelogue where author relives his or her experiences of a place or journey and what s/he went through?

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One of the books in my collection.

Can we consider

Five travel books

Blogathon has a theme for today. And it is “My top 5 favorite books on writing are…”.

Well, I changed the theme slightly to suit me. 😉 I am going to write about five of the travel books that I possess. All these books are either won by me in different contests or have been gifted to me.

1. Roots – It is a story about an African American family that inspired pride and a greater understanding of the past. As the name suggests, it is a powerful look at an American family’s immigrant past. The book has earned a place among the popular classics of American literature and remains a profoundly influential and well-loved book.
2. Peep Peep don’t sleep – A funny book that is very similar to what I intend to write one day. It was my idea too but this book came up first. This book contains photos of funny but educative road signs from India.
3. Culture Shock ! Malaysia – Written in the form of a novel, this

The Lavasa Women’s Drive

When I received an invitation to attendLavasa Women’s Drive’ event and review the Lavasa experience, I took it as an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of modern woman in true sense… to extend my support to the cause, to air my views to this world, to meet other wonderful people and of course to explore the so called ‘European’ town Lavasa.

My day started quite early before dawn as if I was to catch a morning flight. Not a very difficult task. It being a Sunday, V offered to drop me at the venue Bandra Reclamation, which I accepted without a blink and didn’t even thank him !

The ground looked like a mini carnival with hordes of people and cars. Every participating car had a message to share and almost all of them had donned as if for a fancy dress competition, screaming out their support for various causes.

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Dressed in pink, shouting to fight cancer.

Unknowingly, my

One day in Europe

A few days back I watched the movie “One day in Europe“.

Written and directed by Hannes Stöhr, it revolves around four different incidents in four different cities in Europe in a single day. Sad part is, I have not been to any of those cities (Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin, Santiago de Compostela). 🙁

The movie is related to travel and all the four stories have something in common… A visit to police station mainly to collect a police report to be used to claim insurance.

The protagonists are strangers in the respective countries with little or no knowledge of the local language. The miscommunication happens and the police scenes are fun to watch.
Through this film the director tries to highlight a small share of each of the different cultures. The script cleverly uses the potential provided by language barriers.
Soccer in Europe can not be ignored and it plays a silent significant role in the movie showing how the policemen are more interested in the game and care little for the loss of the tourist.

There is a Hungarian teacher who is travelling through whole of Europe and has lost his camera in Santiago. Saddened, he tells the policeman that pictures are more important than the camera since they hold a memory for him. Obviously, the policeman thinks he is insane. Ok, I will not reveal the story…

What I liked