‘Souza In The 40’s​’, An Art Extravaganza At Sunapranta, Goa

Art in its any form, literally draws me and pulls me to it. Creativity is something that I imbibe in myself and have a great appreciation for. Be it performing arts or static, I have huge respect for artists who vent out their innermost emotions through their art. I sometimes try to do that myself through my writing or my paintings and even through my cooking.

Although I don’t follow too many artists in particular when it comes to paintings, what I do like is doing researches on various categories like portraits, object paintings, nature, modern art, nudes etc. and then try and study nuances of each artist. Francis Newton Souza has been one artist whose work caught my attention on various occasions. Especially when I started living in Goa, I learned more about him and his work, since he was a Goan too. The way he depicted local Goan life through his art was really commendable. His bold use of colors like dark pink and orange in many of his paintings is something I greatly admire.

To see more of his work and learn more about his journey, right when he started, I visited the Sunapranta, Goa Centre For Arts, which has an on-going exhibition named “Souza In The ’40s”. The exhibition showcases not just the noteworthy artworks by Souza but also unveils his rawness by displaying his early sketches and drawings.

Souza’s Art

The subjects covered in the paintings of Francis Newton Souza comprise of still life, landscapes, nudes, icons of Christianity, local Goan life etc. One of his most recurring and celebrated themes was that of the conflicts in a man-woman relationship. The women who ascended his canvases were often bold and challenged the thought process of their observers. The figures that gave life to his paintings were deliberately distorted and revealed an uninhibited, realistic style.

Attitude and Early Life

Souza was a rebel and non-conformist, and his views reflected the style of his painting. Through his paintings, he often condemned and criticized the hypocrisy of the Church, the atrocities of the rich and the repression of sexuality in a country like India, which otherwise boasted of Khajuraho. At the same time, there was a visible influence of the folk art of Goa, the Renaissance paintings, landscapes of the 18th and 19th century Europe, etc.

His rebellious attitude had its seeds right from his school days. He was enrolled at St. Xavier’s High School in Bombay, and he was expelled for depicting nude images on the walls of boy’s restroom. Though he claimed that he was only correcting the already drawn images, he was expelled on the grounds of drawing pornographic images. He then attended the famous Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay, and yet again expelled for taking part in the Quit India Movement.

Notable Work

Souza was not able to sell most of his work in India until after his death. In 1957, his painting ‘Man and Woman Laughing’ sold for a record price of Rs.16.84 crore at the Saffron art auction, held in New Delhi. At a Christie’s auction in 2008, his painting ‘Birth’ created a record for being the most expensive Indian art ever sold in an auction till date. The painting was sold for a whopping 2.5 million USD. When the same painting was resold at Christie’s in 2015, it fetched over 4 million USD.

About Sunapranta

Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts is a non-profit education based arts initiative of Dattaraj V. Salgaocar. The Centre is located in the beautiful Altinho hills of Panjim and offers spaces for exhibition galleries, workshop spaces, an open-air amphitheater and also a pretty and quaint little cafe called Al Fresco

The center takes lots of initiatives to promote and help emerging artists and also hold workshops for other enthusiasts to learn many different types of creative skills.

I had a great time witnessing artworks by such a renowned artist and thoroughly enjoyed the calm vibes of Sunapranta. Do keep a watch on all the events that the center holds and make the most of it.

Sunapranta Goa

Goa Centre For The Arts
63/C-8, Near Army House
Altinho, Panaji – 403 001.
GOA.

Tel   :  +91 832 2421311

Email:  info@sgcfa.org

Dr. Ali’s Time Reversal Treatments at Ishavilas, Goa

In today’s time, I hardly come across a person, who isn’t suffering from some or the other ailment. Especially with the kind of lifestyle and working hours and stresses our generation has, backaches, stiff necks, joint pains etc. have become a common scenario. I have been myself suffering from Sciatica for about 10 years now and without much help from medicines. Medicines do help temporarily relieve of the pain sometimes, but the core ailment remains.

When I heard about Dr. Ali’s Time Reversal Centre in Goa, I just had to visit and understand more about these ancient methods and treatments. I was lucky enough to attend a session by Dr. Ali on the launch day itself and also got a hands-on experience with a little demonstration. But first, let us understand a bit more about the Time Reversal Method.

Time Reversal

Time Reversal is the comprehensive name for Kaya Kalpa, an ancient Indian system of Rejuvenation and Spiritual Growth.

While Ayurveda was disease-oriented and meant for the masses, Kaya Kalpa was the ultimate wellbeing and anti-ageing programme used only by the nobles or elites of the society. Today Kaya Kalpa is almost extinct in India. 

Dr Ali with the help of his late Master of 42 years, revived that Art of Wellbeing with meticulous research and deep understanding of the inner healing power. As a pioneer of Integrated Healthcare in the world, he  considers this Programme  to be the last word in natural healing and time reversal. 

It’s based on seven secrets with its own unique techniques and products.

Treatments Available

Dr Ali’s Signature Marma Therapy

Neck Connection Massage

Headache Therapy

Backache Therapy

Chronic Fatigue Treatment

Stress Management

Time Reversal Body Treatment

Time Reversal Facial Treatment

Scalp Therapy

Time Reversal Weight Loss Management

Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation

So broadly segmenting into Time Reversal Therapies, Aches & Pains and Weight Loss Management, the expert team gives you an in detail consultation, assess your needs and suggests your treatments basis the same.

Dr. Ali’s Wellness Centre At Ishavilas offers all that you could think of for complete wellness and rejuvenating experience. The villas at Ishavilas are tastefully designed and are equipped with all that you could need for a comfortable stay. Treatments could last for up to 14 days depending on the severity of the issue or could be taken as stand-alone sessions based on the evaluation.

Demonstration

As I said, I have a severe sciatica issue which often results in terrible pain in my left leg, back and hip. I have been on medication for years, but medicines have only offered temporary relief and the ailment still exists. Dr. Ali called my name and by just feeling my pulse and checking my eyes and color of the tongue, he was able to assess my issue. At the time when he assessed my sciatica, I was having pain in left leg, Dr. Ali pressed a few points on my back, I felt exuberating pain for those few moments, but I felt instant relief from pain once he was done. This little demonstration did give me confidence that if I pursue the treatment, I am sure I can get rid of my ailment.

I definitely look forward to my further sessions with Dr. Ali at the Ishavilas Wellness Centre and I would urge my readers to at least give it shot. Get a consultation done and then see how you feel about the assessment and treatment suggested. I am sure you would greatly appreciate this unconventional method of treatment followed by Dr. Ali. I came out feeling all happy and rejuvenated already, the ambiance of the place, the demonstration, the healthy food, everything worked its magic just in a little while.

About Dr. Ali

He is a qualified medical doctor who has studied complementary and traditional medicine.
He has almost 30 years of clinical experience with over 15.000 patients all over the world.
He has developed special techniques for treatment of backache, digestive problems, headaches, etc.
His book The Neck Connection is based on a revolutionary discovery, a first in medical history.
The Ali Syndrome and The Ali Technique as mentioned in The Neck Connection are his unique concepts.
Dr. Ali has teaching experience.
His diagnosis is accurate and simple.
His books have been bestsellers.
Dr. Ali runs a charity clinic for the needy in the Indian Himalayas.
He uses simple language to explain complicated medical matters.
He has endorsements from famous people like HRH Prince of Wales, Morgan Freeman, Sylvester Stallone, Samuel L. Jackson, Andrew Llyod Webber, Kate Moss, Jonathan Newhouse (Condé Nast).
He has also treated Michael Douglas, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomery, Claudia Scheffer, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Michael Caine, Boris Becker and members of several Royal Families as well as Heads of States and leading business families of the world.
All these people have carried out their research on Dr. Ali’s experience and capabilities before seeking his advice.
Dr. Ali is a pioneer and has more experience than many other doctors practicing Integrated Medicine.
His clinic in London and India and the clinical spa in Tuscany and Cochin are very successful institutions.

I hope you are going to a pay Dr. Ali a visit at Ishavilas soon. Also, you can buy some organic products which are prepared by Dr. Ali’s team with the utmost care and are available at the centre.

For more details and to book yourself an appointment log on to www.ishavilaswellness.com

Scooters For Kids

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Scooters are one of the most common toys amongst young boys and girls alike. They provide endless hours of fun and their popularity does not seem to be diminishing. This is a testament to the toy, as a lot of kids toys tend to be loved for a few years and then they go out of fashion. However, kids scooters seem to be going nowhere. 

Kids scooters provide a whole host of fun for children. They are one of those toys that can provide entertainment for months and months; children simply do not seem to grow bored of them. Again, this is not something that not many other toys can boast. 

However, being fun is not the only advantages that a scooter for kids possesses. In fact, scooters can bring with them a whole host of benefits and thus they are certainly a sound investment for any young one. This article will reveal exactly what those other benefits are.

The first benefit is that your children will be having active fun because playing on their scooter is obviously a form of exercise. This is important as obviously the need to be healthy is crucial. This is particularly great when you consider that most toys and games these days revolve around children sitting on the sofa all day staring at a TV screen. This makes it very hard for parents to inject a healthy mantra into their child’s life. However a toy such as a scooter does just that.

Another benefit of having a scooter is that it will increase your child’s confidence. As your child becomes more competent on the scooter they will feel more and more proud of themselves. Thus there self confidence will increase and they will feel confident and able to take on other tasks and challenges. Furthermore, playing with a scooter is sociable as other childrencan join in and therefore your child’s confidence regarding social interaction will also increase. Developing confidence at a young age is vital when it comes to facing the big bad world. 

Confidence and exercise are not the only advantages your child will benefit from by riding a scooter. Through practising to ride their balance and concentration skills will also improve. Your child will master the art of balancing in absolutely no time, and as far as concentration is concerned, they will learn to pay more attention because they will give 100% concentration to learning to ride their new favourite toy.

A final point worth considering is that your child will of course be happy because he or she will be having fun. This sounds obvious, but it is an important point, because at the end of the day everybody wants their kids to be happy.

All in all, a scooter is a great toy that will bring endless amounts of fun into your child’s life. Nevertheless, this is not the only benefits it will bring. As you can see from this article; a kids scooter has a lot to offer.

How to choose a scooter

Scooters have established a timeless quality to them whereby they are likely to always be popular amongst children. If you are looking for something to provide your child with unlimited outdoor fun, then you will find no better toy. 

When looking for scooters the first thing you should do in order to narrow down your search effectively is to set yourself a price range. After all, these scooters range in price from anything as small as £30 to anything as big as £200. Therefore, you can rest assured that there is a scooter to suit all budgets. You also need to be mindful that those companies which stock scooters may offer varying prices and thus you should search around a little bit before purchasing.

In addition to price, you also need to make sure you seek a scooter which is age appropriate for your child. After all, all scooters come with age ratings and these are there for a reason. If you do not abide by them then you are putting your child in unnecessary danger. For older children, there are also electric scooters, which are worth considering. They provide a whole host of fun and are largely well received by children. And, don’t worry; they don’t go too fast and thus aren’t dangerous. 

You will also need to concern yourself with the style of the scooter. This is something which is largely dependent on your child’s taste. Therefore, if they have a favourite colour for example, then this decision is made a lot easier. Nevertheless, Scooters in general tend to be very sleek and sporty in design. They have a sophisticated look and a modern edge. This is something which children love because it makes them feel a lot older and you find children all get to that age whereby they dismiss anything which is too ‘childish’.

And finally, you need to consider all the different features the scooter boasts. As mentioned earlier, there are electric scooters and thus this is something to think about. Nevertheless, there are lots of smaller features which are very important. For example, you need to look at the breaks and how they operate. You need to make sure that the footplate is non slippery. In fact, there are even scooters which come with a seat as well. There are the fun accessories which make scooters more enjoyable, such as bells. Therefore, these are all little things which are worth thinking about. 

If you consider all of the points mentioned in this article, then you should be able to narrow down your search and find the best scooter for your little boy or girl. 

Things That Will Help You Have an Effective Workout Session

Exercising is one of the best ways you can attain total body fitness. We all have different aims when we work out. Some people do it with the primary goal of shedding off those extra pounds. There are those who do it to increase muscle mass. All of these will help you stay healthy. You will get rid of fat and other toxic substances that can cause illnesses in your body.

There are times you may not achieve the desired results from your workouts, and this may be because of various factors. One thing you should understand is that our bodies are different. There are those that respond fast to exercise while others are a bit slow. The other issue may also have something to do with the kind of workouts in your program.

You may be doing the wrong workouts which could be the reason why you are not getting the desired results. Identify your goals so that you can pick the right exercises for your workout regime. You should also make use of steroids or supplements that will help you experience quality gains fast.

The ingredients found in them can trigger a swift increase in muscle mass and also speed up weight loss. They are cheap and available in selected shops and online stores. Visit 120kgs for some of the best legal steroids. How you get into your workouts or conduct yourself during the process plays a significant role in determining the final outcome. Here are some things that can help you have a productive workout session. 

Warming Up

You should warm up before starting a day’s exercise. Doing so will help your body get into the working out mood. There are times you may get to the gym feeling a little bit sluggish or lazy. Warm up activities will help lift your mood and get your body ready. You can do some push-ups or light jogging. Do not use up too much of your energy when warming up.

Strength Training

Having strength training exercises in your schedule can also help you achieve quality results. You should set aside one or two days for this type of workout. Some of the benefits you will get from strength training workouts include fast muscle build up, burning excess fat and better bone density.

Workout Playlist

Music can keep you going through your workouts. It will help grow the energy in you which is vital when carrying out different types of exercise. You should settle for a music genre that will keep you charged. Create a playlist that can run all through your session.

Avoid Distractions

Distractions may mean you don’t achieve the results you need from your workout program. You will find yourself putting more focus on them instead of what took you to the gym. Phones are one major cause of distraction. Keep it in silent mode or switch it off. You should also look for training partners who are focused.

Poker on the rise with yet another season of the grand DPT 2019 powered by Adda 52

India’s online poker giant Adda52.com is organizing country’s biggest live poker tournament series, Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) in Goa from 7thto 11thFebruary 2019. This 5-day mega tournament is an effort by Adda52.com, India’s largest poker site and Deltin Royale, the biggest floating casino in India to provide a platform for the best poker minds to participate and win from a prize pool of more than 1 Crore. Adda52 does not limit the players to have a poker experience online; in fact, it extends it to a live environment with tables, dealer, fellow players and the sheer environment.

The poker enthusiasts will get to sharpen their skills on the tables and put their best strategies to test against the best in the country. This edition of DPT features 5 popular categories of poker tournaments – 15K Deep Dive NLH, 3-Seat GTD Main Event Satty, Adda52 High Roller 65K, 35k Main event and 15K Bounty.  

During these enthralling 5 days, several popular poker pros including renowned Adda52 team pros Kunal Patni, Nikita Luther, Tarun Goyal, and Minissha Lamba are participating in some of the events. The event is expected to be a grand success building on from the success of the past editions of the DPT.  

During a press conference held today, 9th Feb, Nikita Luther, Kunal Patni, and Minissha Lamba shared their experiences of playing the game of poker as professionals and what it takes to be a poker player in our country.

The poker circuit in India has grown remarkably in the past couple of years for both online and live games, and tournament poker (live poker) seems to have taken the spotlight. Speaking about the growth of poker in India, Mohit Agarwal, Founder & CEO of Adda52.com said, “Live and online poker complement each other quite well. While live poker gives the old school charm of playing poker on the table, the constant accessibility of the platform and volume of players available at any point make online poker super attractive. Apart from the money on offer, the skills, knowledge and expertise that come while maneuvering one’s way in the game and competing with extremely talented poker Professionals (Pros) is something that every poker player aspires to and enjoys. Tournaments like these focus on the growth of live poker in India and raising the bar to international standards. It is overwhelming to see how the player base for poker is rapidly increasing every year.”

Mohit also shared in-depth knowledge of the legalities involved, the ecosystem of payments and companies profitabilities while also addressing the fact that the platform and poker gaming is still not native to our country and is still considered a very unconventional career choice, but it is definitely growing for the better.

Poker is generally surrounded by misconceptions around the nature of its game – amount of skill required, amount of money needed to play, impact on day to day life and so on. Speaking about poker myths, Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) said, “By taking in to account the patience, perseverance, concentration, mathematics knowledge to calculate odds etc. a player needs to possess, Poker justifiably is a game of skill. With continuous practice, one can only improve in the game. There are a lot of people who play for leisure while there are some who have taken it up as a profession. Anybody and everybody can play this game. Money at stake is not the prime criterion as much as the intent is.” 

Talking about the legality of the game, it is quite safe and secure to play poker for real money in India. Legitimate poker websites like Adda52.com provide safe and secure platforms for an amazing poker experience online and extend the same experience to the live tournaments such as DPT. 

2019 will be an important year for the poker industry, in terms of both the online and live poker events. The country shall see the development of the game as a mainstream skill-based/mind game, played by almost all sections of the society from the youth to businessmen to women to celebrities. Throwing some light on the 2019 plans of Adda52, Mohit added, “The goal of our team is to develop the game as a skill-based game played by all, just like chess. Adda52 wants to create maximum opportunity for players to experience the game. Several live and online tournaments like the DPT Xpress, are in progress for an eventful year ahead for all the poker lovers.”

After the press conference, we headed to the Deltin Royale Cruise to witness the poker tournament live and also experienced an evening filled with some great entertainment at the sky bar.

About Adda52.com

Adda52.com, owned by Gaussian Networks Pvt. Ltd., is one of the most popular skill-based games in the country today. Founded in 2011, focuses on providing seamless gaming experience to the poker lovers. Technology has been the backbone of this online gaming company. iTech, a world leading testing and certification laboratory for Online Gaming systems has certified the online game to be fair with a reliable and resilient system. Adda52.com is the only site to have received such certification for the system alone. The Random Number Generator (RNG) by Adda52 has also been evaluated by iTech Labs and has been certified to meet the relevant industry standards. Award-winning technology has been used to make the game accessible across platforms, be it website, app or mobile browsers. This makes it the most secure online poker game platform for the gamers and provides its users a safe environment to enjoy the game.

Invest In These Things Now, To Reap A Secured Future Later

We all know how predictable life is and although the future is always unknown, we can always work towards making it more secure towards any unseen misfortunes. Investing in your future in all major aspects of life is very important, it’s a sign of growth and progress and the more you invest, the better you reap. 

So, how can you invest in your future? Here are four ways:

Build your financial foundation

Personal finance is almost critical to your self-growth. Many people aren’t able to fulfill their dreams because of financial constraints; on the other hand, a secure financial future gives you the freedom to pursue your desires. To be financially secure, one can opt for many kinds of investments

Invest in a property

Buying a piece of land or a house is always a good option and if you already have a house, don’t forget to invest in quality products. Things that last longer and make your life hassle-free, because money saved is also money earned. For example, investing in and protecting your house water pipes against freezing in the US with heat line products help you protect your greatest investment. Such things always go a long way in giving you an overall secure future.

Invest in Gold and Silver

Investing in gold and silver bars could be another great option. Opt for a more secure future with Sprott.

Build your knowledge

To achieve newer heights in life and progress towards a secure future, you need to continuously work on yourself, upgrade yourself. And one of the best ways to upgrade yourself is to keep building your knowledge. Knowledge is power

Build your relationships

Investing in good relationships is what makes life worthwhile. Even if you achieve loads of success but have no one to share it with, it’s not that great a feeling. So build your relationship with your family and friends, make time for them and most importantly don’t let it become something you regret later.

Build healthy habits

As the famous saying goes, ‘health is wealth’ and hence investing in healthy habits would end of the day be only thing that would help you achieve your goals. If you aren’t fit, there is hardly anything you can do to make your future secure.

Build healthy habits in three areas: the way you eat, rest and exercise.

If you do these above mentioned things, you are investing in your future. You might not feel the benefits now, but you will later.

How To Ensure A Smooth Relocation

Moving to a new area often gives some sleepless nights as the entire process involves a meticulous planning. A successful and hassle-free relocation depends a great deal on safe transportation of your goods, which in turn depends on a reliable movers and packers company. Click Here to know more.

Here are some useful tips to make sure you choose a reliable and efficient mover and packer so that your goods are carefully transported and not damaged in the transit.

1. Choose a certified mover:

It is highly recommended to select an accredited company. This ensures that the relocation company in each market is meeting certain global standards. Certifications also check for a company’s financial status in order to tell you the secure financial position of the company you are choosing to risk your valuables with.

2. Shortlisting

Try shortlisting a couple of companies and evaluate their market reputation, clients, testimonials etc by doing some online research. This would give you a fair idea on how the company stands overall and then you can choose the better one.

3. Visit their office:

You may find this tedious, but to clear all doubts this is indeed the best way. Once you visit the office and see it physically and also meet the people involved, the trust level increases and you can be sure about the choice you are making.

4. Quotation Review:

After you have done the quality valuation, it is important to check the commercial viability as well. Be clear and ask for all inclusions and exclusions. This will help evaluate if there are any hidden or last moment charges. Also get clarity on transition time, insurance inclusions, taxes etc. in order to arrive at a clear cost involved.

 5. Transit Insurance:

Insurance is a very integral part of mover’s service. The doorstep delivery of your goods in perfect condition is critical and hence it is important to understand all the features of insurance offered and take everything in writing. Some of the features to particularly check for are:

 a. Insurance premium rate

b. Declare goods basis replacement cost and not as per depreciation rate

c. Minimum deductions in case of a claim

d. What does the policy include and exclude

e. Claim processing timelines

By following the above suggestions you can ensure a smooth relocation and jsut focus on your new beginnings.

But yes, settling into a new place can be real tiresome experience and to beat the blues away, you can order in some wine from Naked Winery and feel more like home, also to throw in some entertainment, if you have a hunter at home or a sports shooter, get them a crossbow from TenPoint Crossbow Technologies.

Indulge in these experiences and ease out the stress of relocation. Hope you found my suggestions worthwhile.

Here’s How To Prepare When You Work For Yourself

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When you become your own boss, you’ve definitely got a lot to think about. Whether this is a recent step that you’ve taken, or you’re considering doing t in the future, it definitely helps to be organized. Because where you once were an employee and you had guidance and structure, as a self-employed person, you technically have none of that. And so it’s really great for you to be able to make sure that you can be held accountable and stay motivated. But not only that, it’s nice to be able to manage your day ahead too. Yet, when you’re new to the game or you’ve never been in charge of yourself before, it can seem a bit daunting. It’s also hard to focuswhen you feel as if you have all of this free time. And so, let’s consider some key things that may help you here.

Get Into A Routine

First of all, you’re going to need to have a routine. See this as how you like to tackle your day or approach your to-do list. Maybe this is blocking off your work into chunks or doing set tasks on set days. One of the best ways to prepare is to have a set way of doing things.

Set Working Hours

Something that is going to help you to do that is to have set working hours. Now, for a lot of people, it’s really easy for you to think about the freedom that comes with being self-employed. And sure, you can set your own time, but if you want to focus and be productive and actually get things done, setting your own office hours really helps here. So think about when you can commit – because this is the fun part, it doesn’t have to be a typical 9-5, but it should be concrete.

Create Systems

And then, you’re going to find that systems are going to really help you here. If you do a lot of the same things over and over again, use templates. Or have a set program for doing things so that you’re saving time and getting the work done as efficiently as possible.

Have The Best Setup

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you actually have the set up you need to do the work. And it really is easy to forget about this, because you’ll often find that you think about the preparations rather than the practicality. So, not only do you need a laptop in most cases, but you might also need a WiFi contract with good internet speedthat you can rely on. This can then allow you to show up each and every day.

Hire Help

Then from here, it may even be the case that you want to hire some help too. Maybe you’re not skilled at all of the areas that you need to work on. Whether this is copywriting and marketing or sales or customer service – you don’t have to suffer in silence. Instead, bite the bullet and hire someone to help you cover off those areas so that you can stick to what you do best, and your business can grow because of it.

How To Give Your Home A Coastal Decor

Living in Goa has given me enough and more insight on how can one give home a coastal look. I totally love the cool vibes that coastal homes exude, the pastel shades, the use of jute and cane, the wooden floors, rustic lights, I love everything about this kind of decor. I thought of sharing the same with my readers and whether you live near a sea or not, but you can always give your home a coastal feel. The coastal look has a sense of calmness to it that is unmatched and with my décor tips, I am sure you will definitely be able to achieve a perfect coastal look home, which would imbibe warmth and peace.

Mix Bold and Pastels

Neutral tones mixed with bright, vibrant statement areas are iconic on the coast. From bold red, to Hawaiian pink or turquoise water and palm green leaves, the coastal areas have a lot to draw inspiration from.  While you can choose to color your walls in neutral tones or pastels, pick a statement area to go bold with color. The overall color palette could be in the hues of ivory white, sky blue, light green and shades of grey. You can choose to give your door a bold color like pink, green or navy blue, which will have a huge impact on the overall light décor. Or you could color one wall in brighter hues and create the same impact. 

While all-white rooms are very costal and very charming, infusing them with shades inspired from the outdoors work just fine. Pairing green and blue could be a win win as we are used to seeing the colours of the grass and sky together. For a foolproof look, choose a standout pattern that incorporates the two hues and translate the solid shades elsewhere on furniture, rugs, or walls.

Natural Fiber

 A coastal feel would remain incomplete without using the lush textures of natural fiber. Whether its sea grass, jute or sisal, these natural looking woven materials are perfect to bring the beach outdoor feeling inside the house. You could either chose to give one of your walls a natural texture, or a big fiber rug could do the trick.

Greenery

To further give the room a more connected feeling with the outdoors, greenery is imperative. To gel with the coastal feel, opt for palm fronds or banana leaves, which would add both structure and life to your room. You can also create a miniature garden by planting some coastal plants, a wooden crate or box, would just add the right kind of look to it. Use some general purpose compost and fine grit and top these will pebbles, shells etc. for the perfect beach look.

Curtains

Its best to give the house a open feel, and hence sheer curtains work the best. While they maintain your privacy, they also let the sun shine in and give the house a very airy and breezy feel to it. Opt for pastels and neutral color palette for curtains or mix and match with 2 sheer curtains in lighter hues on the side with one dark statement curtain in the center.

Furniture Style

In costal kind of décor, simplicity and comfort are the key words. Go for low-slung furniture in natural materials. Bleached wood, cane or rustic wrought iron furniture goes well with the coastal look. Deck them up with oversized cushions in bright hues for a perfect lounging feel. A long, L- Shaped sofa, with an occasional textured statement chair could do wonders. A coffee table in concrete or whitewashed wood with raw timber dining table could add the rustic appeal to your beach house.

Kitchen

When it comes to coastal design, the view is key. In place of bulky cabinets, go for open and functional places. Add some funk with small kitchen garden on one of the walls and use of raw wood shelves could help achieve that rustic feel. 

Floors

To complete the coastal feel of a room, a wooden flooring works the best. If not wooden, opt for painted floors. Aqua blue or green adds to the beachy feel or a stenciled pattern could be used in order to create a more rug like feel. Today there are many options available on the market for easy to clean floor paints in various textures and colours.

Decor

Though, shells, bamboo, fishing floats, coral, and driftwood are all fine accents in a sea-inspired home, but their over use could make your home looking more like a seaside souvenir shop. Keep them minimalistic and effective; don’t go overboard with the use of such décor.

Upholstery

Easy to maintain, hassle free and yet pretty is the way coastal home upholstery be like. Either opt for bold pattern fabrics, which will hide away regular dust and stains like sandy feet or go for slip covers which are versatile and easy to clean, especially when opting for lighter shades.

Lights

Lamps come in really handy to complement the coastal trend. Lamps with bleached wood legs and linen shades are just perfect to create cozy corners around the room. Driftwood inspired floor lamps and pendant lights also help in creating that laidback lounge feeling.

Hope these tips would help you design or redesign your house and give it a very cool coastal vibe. Do let me know in comments if you found the article useful.

These 6 New Places To Eat & Drink In Goa, Need All Your Attention

Goa is always buzzing of new places to explore, eat good food and enjoy drinks, but not all are actually that great. In the past couple of months, I have tried a whole lot of new places and some of them really deserve your attention. Also, I have tried to highlight different kinds of experiences and thus these places don’t overlap each other’s charm. Each of them is unique in its own right and you can visit them all for some amazing experience. Lets get started

Diva

Diva as they say is Goa’s freshest catch.

Chef Ritu Dalmia’s Italian restaurant, is elegant, warm and welcoming with a beautiful indoor and outdoor seating by the pool. The place spells class right from the moment you enter, the effort gone in designing the place to curating the menu and then delivering it right on your plate is evident all through. The restaurant uses authentic ingredients, often flown in directly from Italy and offers an extensive collection of wines.

It also has an outdoor pizzeria with a wood-fired oven. From handmade dough to handpicked herbs, every ingredient is chosen by the chef herself, making every dish special. The menu changes seasonally, as it does in Italy. For a truly authentic and unforgettable dining experience, one must experience Diva, it’s truly worth it! 

Top Recommended Dishes

Prawn Salad With Fennel Shavings and Citrus Fruit
Potato Roulade With Grilled Vegetables & Baked In Tomato Ragu and Parmesan
Ravioli Filled With Ricotta & Sun Dried Tomatoes With Butter Almond Sauce
Linguine With Prawns, Garlic & A Drizzle Of Chilli Oil
Tiramisu

Cuisine

Italian

Address

Andores Resort and Spa, Tivai Vaddo, Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹2,000 for two people


Artisan Backerei

This tiny little bakery in Calangute should definitely be on your list and there are more than one reasons for you to do so. Well the bakery uses traditional and year old recipes of baking that have been long forgotten.. be it savouries or the sweet delights.. each recipe has a history behind it.. the ingredients used are the finest in quality and using only raw sugar or low gluten free wheat flour, pure Belgian chocolate, and fresh crafted cheese is something that one of the oldest pastry chefs of India Vijay Nagpal is extremely particular about.. I tried the BBQ Chicken Croissant which was delicious, the Classic Lorraine Quiche loaded with bacon, cheese and egg is something you shouldn’t miss, the Hummingbird Cake Slice will give you a riot of flavors and the Hungarian Esterhazy Torte will simply melt in your mouth. This is one place you would definitely want to visit again especially for the cakes and pastries. So go on and indulge!

Top Recommended Dishes

Classic Lorraine Quiche
Hungarian Esterhazy Torte

Cuisine

Bakery

Address

Shop 16, Kamat Holiday Homes, Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹500 for two people


LIFE Beach Lounge

The launch of Life Beach Lounge and the first Sunday brunch that offered lovely drinks and a very appetizing Pan Asian meal gave my weekend the perfect end. This property overlooking the Morjim beach is so beautiful that one can spend hours sitting in, chilling and relaxing while also enjoying food and drinks. The view is breathtakingly beautiful and I mean who wouldn’t love such a beautiful Sunday, isn’t it?
Now coming to food, Life lets you enjoy a specially curated brunch menu that explores food and flavors from different parts of Asia. Salads, Soups, Sushi, Pizzas, Thai Curries, the menu has a lot to offer and is totally worth the money

Top Recommended Dishes

Glass Noodles Chicken Salad
Japanese Beef Salad
Gazpacho Soup
Margarita Pizza
Sushi
Red Thai Curry With Jasmine Rice
Panna Cotta

Cuisine

Japanese, Italian, Asian

Address

House 763/A, Gawde Wada Road, Morjim, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,000 for two people and Sunday Brunch starts from 1800/- onwards


The Coastal Spice By Ziva


The Coastal Spice at Ziva Suites is yet another hidden gem that I loved exploring, known for their home-style cooking offering great dishes from different coastal regions of Maharashtra, this place should definitely be on your list.. nestled in a quaint village side in Siolim, the peace, tranquility and, serenity that this place offers is unmatched. Surrounded by greens on all sides and enjoying a meal by the poolside is something that you will love. Coming back to the food.. they have a special emphasis on Goan and Malvani cuisines and particularly known for their fish thali but since I was alone and I wanted to try a few things, the very hospitable staff and Pooja Sawant who runs the place helped with smaller portions and customizations to make it more like a platter rather than full portions

Top Recommended Dishes

Prawn Papad Roll
Prawn Rava Fry
Rosemery Chicken Tikka
Malvani Chicken
Prawn Sukha

Cuisine

Goan, North Indian, Continental

Address

Ziva Suites, Wadi, Siolim-Chapora Road, Siolim, Vagator, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,100 for two people


Alibi and Pizzaronee

Two friends.. two different backgrounds but same passion..food.. one boasts of authentic North Indian cuisine to be his forte while the other is super proud about the Pizzas.. together they brought both these poles apart cuisines at a single place.ALIBI Goa is your go to restaurant for some lip-smacking Indian food. I personally loved the kebabs while Pizzaronee serves the best possible pizzas in Goa, there 20 inch super pizza is totally worth the indulgence if you are looking at sharing it with a set of friends and to top it they serve White Owl beers that simply complete your meals and compliment both the cuisines so just go for it!

Top Recommended Dishes

Murg Angara Kebab
Murg Pahadi Kebab
Chef’s Choice Pizza in 20 inches

Cuisine

North Indian and Italian

Address

1/281, Gauro Vaddo, Calangute Bardez, Opposite Tarkar Ice Factory Next To Literati Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,000 for two people


Owl Premium Night Club

If dancing the night away is your thing, then this place is definitely for you. The new kid on the block and situated in a prime location, Owl is a club you would not want to miss.

Goa is called the party capital of India and known for its lively and throbbing nightlife scene and beach parties that go all night long.

The Owl is a perfect spot to hit for a crazy night out with top-notch DJs who play music spanning across different genres, from funky and electro punk to trance, techno, EDM, Indian and pop that will persuade you to get your groove on. The vibe gets energetic and livelier with every passing hour and a wild party ensues. Although I visited the place during the launch and won’t pass judgment on the food, overall it’s one happening place that I guess everyone would love to explore.

Cuisine

Fast Food

Address

Owl Road, Shiroli Pulachi, Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,200 for two people


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