Daily Archives: March 16, 2013

Work the Look !

Work the Look !
Grandiose

Grandiose

A grand opening

There are treatments and designs today that will transform your entrance from ordinary to extraordinary. For the home owner whose abode faces buildings on all sides, expansive, foldable doors ensure privacy, even as they create a seamless floor plan. Besides, they act as a clever screen between two large areas and, you can even increase the style quotient with unique door patterns.

Use steel, the malleable nature of which makes it great to work with. Be it straight laced, curvy patterns or even abstract art, the possibilities are endless. And textures can differ too. Importantly, the finish you give your overall entrance should ideally highlight all the hard work that’s gone into the door design.

 

 

 

double doors with glass

double doors with glass

Steely resolve

Work with glass-paneled doors for that lovely old world charm. Red, blue, green, yellow… a wide spectrum of colors will work. Brick walls and high ceilings will accentuate the look. Use a simple door frame to bring the look together.

The ring door design is strikingly bold and will inspire even the most traditional of mindsets. Perforated steel sheets also look lovely on a sliding door.

 

 

 

FIREPLACES

The sight of fireplaces can bring back sweet and nostalgic memories of Continue reading “Work the Look !” »

Inside the belly of a devil!

Inside the belly of a devil!

Hot Flashes? Too young for that? 🙂 . These expeditions will expose you to the elements like never before, pit you against forces of nature, stun and revitalize you all at once.

1. DALLOL, ETHIOPIA

Acid Lake - Dallol

Acid Lake – Dallol

A ‘settlement’ of crumbling walls and rusting pieces of mining machinery, Dallol, a volcanic crater in the fearsome Danakil Desert, is called ‘the cruelest place on earth’. At 426 ft below sea level, it is the hottest hub of Danakil. You need to camp with camel caravans in the village of Hamed Ela and scramble at dawn to get to Dallol. By the time the sun decides to act up, it’s time for you to leave, unless you literally want to be burnt down. But if you can brave the dangers and the intense heat, Dallol rewards you with a spellbinding landscape unlike anything you’ll ever see.

 

Volcano in Dallol

Volcano in Dallol

Hundreds of mineral-spewing geysers have spitted out a world of psychedelic colors – patches of lemony yellow, slimy green, deep rust and rich purple in this wonderland strewn with sulphur deposits, iron oxide crusts and unexpected vents of liquid. Intrepid visitors describe the feeling as being ‘inside the belly of the devil’.

Key to killing it: You need a streak of heroic masochism. Also, endless supply of bottled water, besides sunblock, reliable jeeps and drivers, cooks and armed guards.

Red alert: Say a prayer before you step into Dallol. The Afar tribesmen – once known for castrating visitors – are still vicious. Despite government protection, the area is known for kidnappings and killings. Beware of stepping child-like into the colorful, gurgling acidic lakes. Many of them are known to be poisonous.

Best time to go: December, when the sun is likely to be somewhat benevolent.

2. Roar Rage – FRANKLIN RIVER, TASMANIA

This one demands between 8 to 14 days. You’ll be lugging camping and Continue reading “Inside the belly of a devil!” »

Extreme Adventure

Extreme Adventure
Extreme Adventure

They’ll test your stamina and mental endurance. From trudging through golden deserts and scaling dazzling peaks to exploring the vast abandonment and attaining nirvana, these are some journeys that every traveler must undertake – at least once, if not more. The expeditions are arduous, but the rewards are well worth it.

Most bucket lists – apart from wishing for true love and other variables – always contain a few exotic travels. Not just gilt-edged luxury jaunts and VIP cruises, but feet-numbing, mind-boggling journeys that pit you against nature. These are the journeys that you will recall with pride in your sunset years; the kind of journeys that will turn you from corporate yuppie or housewife into a swashbuckling hero and campfire superstar. However, don’t write that resignation letter or book the next available ticket and dash off recklessly just yet. All these expeditions require steely strength, meticulous preparation and financial grounding.

1. Grand Heights – GR 20 TREK, CORSICA

 

Epic Trails!

Epic Trails!

With more than 20 summits rising over 6,600 ft, Corsica, France’s Isle of Beauty is very glamorous like its sybaritic locals. However, the Corsica GR 20 Trek, or GR for ‘grande randonnee’, which means great trek, is anything but glamorous; it has a fearsome reputation of being Europe’s finest mountain trek, a rite of Continue reading “Extreme Adventure” »

Positive Mental Attitude

Positive Mental Attitude
Positive Mental Attitude

Positive Mental Attitude

The first thing that comes to my mind when it comes to Lifestyle is positive mental attitude. Without having a positive mental attitude it is like pushing on a gas pedal of a car without putting the gear on drive . It’s like driving with a flat tire. A bad attitude  will you take you no where in Life , at least in the long term.

Yet the media , magazines , TV channels show cases to the new generation how celebrities have a bad attitude and supposedly are exempt of society’s norms.

PMA-Thomas Jefferson

PMA-Thomas Jefferson

Taking full responsibility of  your actions and holding accountable for your Continue reading “Positive Mental Attitude” »