Here’s How I Bleisure Travel – Tips to crack the travel code

I thankfully get many opportunities to indulge in bleisure as a travel enthusiast and a professional trainer. Now, what is Bleisure? Bleisure is a portmanteau of business and pleasure. Off on a business trip, you either extend the stay. Or you manage the days well to inject some sightseeing too! Here  are my mantras to crack the bleisure code. Think of it as a template for most of my business cum pleasure trips. Also, some pics from my recent trip to Kullu, Himachal. Visual Mapping Yeah! See your trip as a picture. Visualise your movements, expected time and plan. Look Continue Reading

Bhuvan Bam reveals how BB Ki Vines won the internet

YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bam bares it all in the session titled, Broadcasting Your Mind – How to Win the Internet. Those living under the rock won’t know that Bam won the internet with his popular YouTube channel BB Ki Vines. Now they know! The 24-year-old YouTube star crossed the 10-million subscribers mark just last week. Bhuvan began ‘broadcasting his mind’ at the age of 21.  Whoa! The Insider brings you all the dope on what he said!   The Beginning of BB KI VINES I was playing in a restaurant before BB Ki Vines happened. My music went on on Continue Reading

Restart Your Career, Woman!

The convention hall was abuzz with women’s chatter. This was not just another day of catching up over coffee or listening to lectures. It was a day of meeting women intending to get back to work after a pause in their career. A day to be mentored by industry insiders. A face to face meeting with probable hirers! What I did there! As an itinerant #MilitaryWife , a trainer (www.swatirai.co.in) , writer and blogger- and a mentor for many such kindred souls, I get a lot of queries on how to sustain a career path and how to make it Continue Reading

Glenfiddich Cocktail Recipes

As promised in the previous blog, here are the six concoctions by master bartenders across the country Glenfiddich World’s Most experimental Bartender competition:   Sanchayan Jana and Chef Saby   ‘Dufftown Fashioned’    Ingredients   Unsalted vanilla butter wash Glenfiddich 12-year-old – 50 ml Drambuie – 15 ml Homemade spiced Rosella bitter – 4 dash Serve with a Glenfiddich dear shaped tulie (cookie) dusted with Rosella sugar Method Stir Soumyadipta Pachal and Perfumer Rajiv Sheth ‘Scent Sational’ Ingredients   Glenfiddich 12-year-old – 45ml Ratafia – 17ml Palmarosa syrup – 10ml Walnut bitter – 2 dash Patchouli & chocolate bitter – Continue Reading

Heart of a Cocktail

I take you through the evening of experimental and creative cocktail – literally and its winning concoction!  Cocktail Championship? Sonam Kalra, ace singer,  told me,  at the do, listening to music enhances the taste of the drink. Can’t challenge that! But first what are we talking about? World’s Most Experimental Bartender! Yes, here The Insider, was floating from one team kiosk to another. A global competition that celebrates creativity, experimentation and collaboration. It  brings  together creative minds who concoct innovative cocktails.   Here’s the fun part- the shortlisted bartenders were paired with collaborators from creative fields. Think music, art, design, Continue Reading