The Mughal Gardens, Delhi


Once we were done  visiting the Chandi Devi Temple, we were off to Delhi before catching our flight back to Chennai… But we did have a few hours in Delhi which we decided to put to good use. A friend had shared the update that the Mughal Gardens was open from 12th Feb to mid March [as it is every year] and that is where we headed. I had read about these gardens and knew it was going to be an interesting experience.. We had breakfast and made our way to the Garden side gate. There were tents where you go leave all your belongings, you are allowed to carry your phone and wallet inside. It is advisable to carry a Photo ID [incase they ask] and then go stand in a queue, pass through a security check before entering the grounds. 


From there it is a long walk to the gardens. First came the Herbal Gardens with Tulasi and other such plants [33 medicinal and aromatic plants], then came the Bonsai Garden[250 plants] , the  Cactus garden  [80 varieties of cacti] following which we walked along a path that had Musical Garden [12 musical fountains swaying to the notes]. The place is huge, a security guard I chatted with mentioned it was nearly 15-18 acres and there were over 70 varieties of flowers. The gardens were closed on Mondays for maintenance and open from 9am to 4pm on other days.  

As we walked up the steps around the corner we spotted Tulips in different colours [brought down from Holland], Roses, and flowers I had never seen before. there was also a plant with a lower called ‘Lady’s Purse’, [it is said to resemble a woman’s handbag]… 

The founder of the Mughal empireBabur, described his favourite type of garden as a charbagh. They use the term bāghbaug, bageecha or bagicha for garden. This word developed a new meaning in India, as Babur explains; India lacked the fast-flowing streams required for the Central Asian charbagh. The Agra garden, now known as the Ram Bagh, is thought to have been the first charbagh. India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have a number of Mughal gardens which differ from their Central Asian predecessors with respect to “the highly disciplined geometry”.  [source: Wikipedia]

We spent nearly 2hours here, spending time reading the name tags, enjoying the beautifully manicured lawns and landscapes. But the one thing that irked me to no end was the local crowd behaving in an unruly manner. They would sprawl on the lawn or hold a flower and click pictures ignoring signs that said one was not to step on the grass or touch the flowers. The security guard mentioned it was quite a hassle dealing with the crowds. I intact suggested they put a note banning cell phones as well[ people would then stop doing these antics. Agreed crowd numbers might come down, but only the serious interested ones will come over to see the gardens] There were quite a few birds across the gardens, I also spotted butterflies amidst the plants. Scattered through the grounds were quite a few water fountains and sculptures as well.  

As we walked out of the place, we walked along a path that had water cans on one side, just what we needed after the long walk. Here too, we spotted quite a few drink water in the paper cup and throw them all over. Quite irritating! I don’t mean to preach, but an extra second is all it takes to throw it in the bins provided… Oh well, people will hopefully learn soon. 

We let the gardens feeling overwhelmed at all that we saw.. The Rashtrapathi Bhavan in all its glory and the beautifully manicured gardens were quite a sight.. And with that our time in Delhi was coming to an end.. we had just about enough time to pack up and head to the airport. Ah, what a trip this has been… 

Brunch At Pan Asian, ITC Grand Chola With Chef Ashish

It is not just what you eat, it is where, how and of course who creates the dish that makes a difference.. And this is something I firmly believe in..  

Saying that, I can firmly state there are very few restaurants that get me excited, and one of them is Pan Asian in ITC Grand Chola.. Each visit has been simply heavenly and memorable. And so, last Sunday when I walked up the majestic steps towards the restaurant, I was already looking forward to the ambiance, the conversations and not to mention, the divine food that was bound to be served up!
I met Chef Ashish Singh, who has taken over the reigns a year or so ago, and through the next four hours we were there, he floored us with the dishes – each one tingling my taste buds, some with a burst of flavour and others subtle yet delicious… Here is a round up of all that I had during the relaxed Sunday Brunch [This was a sit down brunch and quite an elaborate one at that, nearly 7-8 courses] 
Soya Sauce being poured into the little plates

Fresh Wasabi being grated..

Glass of Red wine!

Tokyo Iced tea- Kiwi concentrate with lemon tea served chill

Now onwards for the food….

Zensai (salad)
Tofu wasabi Zuke(pickled wasabi)
Tamago yaki(grilled omelette)
shimeji(mushroom) Goma ae(sesame
paste)
Garnish:Shisho leaf(ooba)
Hanaho(purple flower)

Loved the Mushroom and egg omelette the most in this platter. Oh and the big surprise were the herbs/flowers which had quite a strong distinct flavour.. 


Stir fried water chestnut & lotus stem
Garlic, Chilli pepper
Absolutely loved this dish, the crunch, the subtle spice and the presentation had me going WOW with every bite!

Green tea Cappuccino
This was an interesting drink, blended with ice cream, it was something new..
Dim sum
Edamame with shaved Truffle
Shishitou Sauce

Absolutely loved this one, the truffle flavour was fabulous and the dimsum outer skin was perfect, wasn’t chewy,wasn’t too soft that it broke before I could pop it in my mouth. And the dramatics of dry ice was magical 🙂 
Bellini – Peach syrup with soda
Robatayaki
Grilled Californian Avocado
 Soy and Yuzu Lime
Poached Pears
Kuramame

I love love avocado but had never had grilled avocado and could have eaten just this and been happy. The poached pears were sweet while the sliver of lime was the zing that brought the dish together.


Cranberry based drink..
Beijing Rolls
Sliced Inari(Fried and Mirin soaked soy with Sweet Bean, wrapped in Nama Uba(fresh soy) sheet blessed with dehydrated soy crumb

The wrap was thin and the filling was light and airy. It also had a slight sweetness to it. 
From The Grill
Boletus mushroom
Vanilla puffed roll with chili mango
Garnish: Hanaho leaf

Oh this was fun to eat, the puff roll was soft and when had with the mushroom made perfect sense. The chef made sure we noticed him telling us not to eat the leaves. There was a mini debate amidst  the group about what the leaves looked like, while I said Marijuana, another said Papaya…
Sushi
Asparagus with cheese wrapped mame nori(soy sheet)

This was the first time I was having Sushi wrapped in something other than the Dark Noori sheet. It was light and very different. 
Mains
Wok tossed Monkey head mushroom, Black pepper
Spinach in Thai yellow curry,
Jasmine Rice
Stir fried Udon Noodles

This Bento box of sorts was heavenly, but quite heavy, especially all those courses we had been through. The spinach thai green curry and jasmine rice with the monkey head mushrooms were a delight to have. Not to forget the crunchy vegetables, including the lotus stem. 
Desserts
Chocolate rasberry with yuzu curd
Rasberry macarons with passion fruit ice cream [few others got Lemon macarons]

We got the opportunity to meet the young Deepti who takes care of Nutmeg, where you get quite an array of pastries and desserts. This trio was presented by her- My favourite was the tangy passion fruit ice cream. But the other two were a hit and miss of sorts..  

This sit down elaborate Sunday brunch would cost around Rs 3300/- per head.It is an experience that must be savoured and relished bite after bite.. Was in the company of good friends and so the four hours we were there seemed to fly by. We were a happy bunch by the time we left the restaurant. If you are keen on giving your taste buds a new kind of experience, combined with a few pleasant surprises make sure to visit this restaurant. Vegetarian /non vegetarian doesn’t matter!! 

Address: 
ITC Grand Chola 
No., 63, Anna Salai, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032
Phone:044 2220 0000

Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂

Another Ropeway to Chandi Devi Temple and off to Delhi – Part VIII



Hotel Sakoon, Dehradun at a glance… Part III 




Off to Rishikesh.. Part V



Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar- VI

Temples and Ropeways in Haridwar- Mansa Devi Temple- Part VII


We got off the ropeway and began walking back towards the shop we had entered to reach here. It was again quite a walk, but this time we were all tired and hungry/thirsty as well. Finally we reached the store, and decided to take a short break before getting back on the road again. We got the guy to make us a masala pepsi which was quite a soother.. When we enquired about the ropeway to Chandi Devi, we were told an auto had to be taken to go up the hill and it would cost us like 350bucks. After a bit of haggling and debates, we gave in and took the auto. It is another 5-8 kms from Har Ki Pauri..

The auto guy dropped us near the ropeway and said he would wait for us there. We made our way through the gates, a small children’s play area towards the Ropeway. And off we went on another adventure ride up the hill. This time the ride was few minutes longer, 5mins to be specific and scenes were quite different as well. There was a beautiful forest beneath us and we noticed men standing near each of the towers. We wondered how they got there, what was their job and how boring/scary it must be just standing there all day!


Anyways, we got off the ropeway, had to go up a flight of steps, before reaching the main temple premises. Left our footwear and made our way towards the last flight of steps which were quite steep before reaching the main shrine. Wonder why God wants us to do all these treks to come visit them!! It is never as easy as getting off the road and walking into the place.. 


When I was asking around about the temple, I came to know it is among the famous Shaktipeethas in Norther India. People come to this temple if they have a wish.  According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Indra’s kingdom was taken over by two demon kings named Shumbh and Nishumbh. When the demon kings crossed their limits, Chandi Devi was given birth from the cells of goddess Parvati.



[Clicked this at Manasa Devi Temple premises]




[Pic courtesy: Indianholiday]



Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: चण्डी देवी मंदिर, हरिद्वार) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir. However, the main murti of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest priests of Hindu religion.[1][2] The temple also known as Neel Parvat Teerth is one of the Panch Tirth(Five Pilgrimages) located within Haridwar. [Ref wikipedia]


While we were getting for our turn to say our prayers to the Goddess, a woman ahead of us burst out into screams and that she had been possessed by the Goddess. Her family took her aside and tried calming her down.. Oh well,the things you see in these places… I shrugged it off and made my way out of the temple, checked out the few stores along the way before heading back to the ropeway station.. I was kinda done for the trip, I was done with temples!! I am one of those who believes I don’t really have to go to a place of worship to make a wish/prayer, and am happy doing it my way.. 


The ride down was fun, and we intact wanted to do just another trip up & down.. but the scaredy poo in our gang wouldn’t hear of it… We instead went down to the cafe and risked our lives having what they called Masala dosa and rajma chawal..both were quite sad…  


The one thing you need to watch out for in these places are the monkeys.. They are quite a menace, infact we spotted a lady standing near the wall as two men chased after monkey that had stolen her handbag.. wonder if she got it!


Oh well our time in Haridwar was coming to an end, cos the next morning we were off to Delhi and then onwards to Chennai … 


More follows…. 


Paratha at Paratha Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk, Delhi

So you are walking down Chandni Chowk, across shops and shops and more shops, all you will see are heads bobbing about, bargains thrown in and a wide plethora of stuff.. Now you better pay attention as you walk along ok, cos in between the numerous shops are small food outlets tucked in.. There will be shops selling aloo tikki chaat, lime shikanji and quite a few other stuff.. 
If there was one thing you shouldnt miss when you are here at Chandni Chowk is the Paranthe wali gali.. It is a narrow lane, like I mean narrow and as you enter you will get the aroma of things being fried, the hot oil will overpower your senses. A bit like walking into the kitchen when something is being deep fried constantly. There are shops stacked next to each other selling quite a range of Parathas here, the one we went to has been around since 1872, had pictures on the wall of the owner with just about every world leader and a menu card that ran through the entire ceiling.. There was everything from the paneer paratha to tomato to dry fruits to cheese and much more.. In total,about 26 different kinds.. And mind you, these are the no frills fancies kinda places. You manage to squeeze in, find a empty spot and squeeze yourself in. A guy will come take your order, and you wait. No fancy decor, heck no decor, no fancy cutlery- well you have your fingers don’t you and well good food. Years ago when I came here for the 1st time, I was wowed, but now I was there just to experience the food and get out… 
You do not have a choice in terms of sides, there is a standard platter that will land in front of you- a sweet chutney with bananas,  and two different kinds of potato based gravies. That is it!! We decided to try the dry fruit and tomato paratha and both were delicious. They come piping hot, so you was for a few minutes and hope to not burn your fingers/mouth and just gulp it down in a jiffy… It is not very spicy and so works for all.. 
The cost varies from 40-100 bucks, depending on how rich the filing is. apart from this, the only other thing they serve are lassis.. 

Baking with my new Murphy Richards 28L OTG


About a decade or so ago, I went for baking classes with a friend of mine  [actually I went for it only cos she did, and she was preparing for her upcoming marriage- attended cookery classes, baking classes etc…] And it was fun.. Soon after, I remember coming home and trying some of the suff- donuts, cakes, buns, etc.. And then our over died, we then had only a microwave, in which I used to make this one Chocolate cake I knew and few years late that died and along with it went my baking instances as well.. 

But I have been wanting to get back to it, especially since I discovered there were quite a few ways to make things -not just baking, and it wasn’t complicated or difficult. Over the past 3-4yrs I began toying with the idea of picking up a OTG [i have no use for a microwave, not into heating food at all], but I just never got around to buying the OTG. This year again, in Jan I told myself I shall get one … and taking it one step further, I approached a friend of mine [ in the Navy] asking her if she could find out the rate and let me know. [Navy canteen is a good place to buy things, it is also 2-3K cheaper than outside stores]

She asked me which brand and I said Morphy Richards since that is the one most of my friends recommended and used. She wasn’t sure if the brand was sold at the Navy canteen and thus the conversation was forgotten. 

On March 8th, she calls and says she has picked up the OTG and will drop it off later in the evening.. I was stumped to say the least.. I asked her the price and she said it was around 5K.. That evening she and her husband came over, dropped it off.. And since then I have been grinning away… Oh and she said it was a gift..!! *speechless*


The next day I unpacked the OTG, found a place in the kitchen and decided to inaugurate it.. Looked up a few eggless cake recipes and found one that seemed easy. I had apples at home and that was what I was gonna use.  The cake turned out good, slightly burnt on top [probably the sugar I had sprinkled], tasted yumm and all loved it…

The following Sunday, I decided to bake one more cake, also cos I had promised a friend some cake 😀 This time, I knew I wanted to make a Carrot cake [ its my favourite kind].. When I scouted online, this is the recipe that caught my eye that I went on to whip up [minus the frosting]

    Yes, it looks slightly burnt on top but there was no indication of it in taste, the top was nice and crisp..And the cake was super moist, soft , light and delicious… Gave few slices to a friend who said it was good and his mom enjoyed it as well 🙂  Here’s to more baking… And of course I look forward to making my own Apple Pie .. Yay!! 

The OTG
  • Brand- Morphy Richards
  • Type : OTG
  • Capacity(Ltrs) : 28 Litres
  • Auto Cook Menus : –
  • Key Features :
  • Three knobs-
  • 1) Thermostatic Temperature Control function; 
  • 2) Cooking options- Keep warm function, Baking, Roasting, Rotisserie, Broil 
  • 3) Timer
  • Light indicator… 

Italian Fair at Focaccia, Hyatt Regency till 20th March

    A restaurant is only as good as the food the serve is a saying that has been redefined over the years. Now it is all about the experience From the minute you walk in, till the last spoonful or sip and the final Good bye. Over the years, I have visited some of the restaurants in Chennai so many times, the staff recognise me and the entire visit is a fun experience. Last evening we were at Hyatt Regency to experience the Italian Fair that is something Chef Alessandro has put together and is on till the 20th March [Lunch & Dinner]
Freshly baked Focaccia bread with dip a staple at the restaurant..

Few of the Chef’s signature dishes that I tried,
Soup
Minestra di grano e peperoni- mixed grain and pepper minestrone soup



Starters & Mains


Ravioli di Barbaietola, Caprini e Tartufo Neroin Salsa Verde -beet root ravioli with truffle goat cheese and Parsley Salsa verde– this was simply divine, the truffle oil flavour was WOW

Rolled eggplant – Eggpant rolled with herbs & tomato, almost like  Rollatini- for someone not too fond of eggplant, I actually had a 2nd helping..

 Risotto con asparagi e scamorza affumicata  – asparagus and smoked scamorza cheese risotto- yet another winner of a dish.. 

Cannelloni di spinaci al forno- 
oven baked spinach and ricotta cannelloni with creamy tomato sauce

tortino di patate e funghicon fonduta di caption – soft lemon potato base with forest mushroom and goat cheese fondu

Potato mash with a medley of roasted vegetables- just perfect, I would be happy eating a bowl of this..


Desserts

Coppa caprese- chocolate brawny with vanilla ice-cream creamy ganache    
Zabbaione con Composta di Fragole e Meringa Soffice (Champagne Sabayon with Strawbrery compote and soft meringue)
The different kinds of Chocolates, roasted walnuts, wine and cheese


We were chatting with Chef Alessandro during dinner and here is what he had to share, “This is my first time in Chennai and it has been quite a busy day. I started working at the age of 14 and since then it has been quite a journey. I love to experiment and understand the diners tastes & preferences, like today I had to make a few extra vegetarian dishes because you were a vegetarian while everyone else was non vegetarian”. He also shared that his favorite cuisines are Japanese & Thai [ his wife is Thai]. He was going to be in Chennai till 20th and then head back to Mumbai… It was fascinating talking to the Chef, who is from Genova [Northern part of Italy]… He has worked in Monaco, before moving to USA and coming to India. 

We also had Sachin Shetty, a Sommelier who explained the different kinds of wine, and how each is paired with food. He started his career as a sommelier with ‘La Trompette’ Restaurant (Michelin Star) London where he worked for 2 years before moving back to India. He says there are rules when you work with wine and food, there are different wines for vegetables, rice, pasta, meat and desserts. Similarly, he also shared some insight into how only a few wines are used for cooking, elaborating on the depth, sweetness and regions they hailed from. He is associated with Berkmann Wine Cellars India Private Limited.

Approx cost for a meal- Rs3500 [excl tax] for two

Address:
Hyatt Regency 
365, Anna Salai, Teynampet ·
Ph: 044 6100 1234
Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂

Cafe Dalal Street, Delhi

After a bit of driving around, we finally found a place that was decent and within our budget to stay at. It was in Connaught Place, outer circle [or whatever it was called] . What this meant was we were spoilt for choice when it came to eat outs or drinking holes.  After quickly freshening up, we decided to step out for some lunch. We had spotted Haldiram’s on the way over and so that was on our radar. As we began walking towards Haldiram’s  we crossed Dalal Street with a board outside that showed prices for certain drinks and it seemed quite low. A friend in the gang paused and said why don’t we try this place today? Her husband was stumped and said No. We actually stopped him and demanded an explanation, and well, lets just say he had none… The next minute we turned back and went into this place. A narrow flight of stairs led us to the dimly lit pub, which had décor resembling a stock exchange.. words.. company names. Prices etc. We  found a table near which was a display screen showing the prices of drinks over a period of time.


Looks like it is one of those places where the price of drinks fluctuate based on demand and that is how you are charged.  We were quite excited about the place.. Began scouting through the menu, ordered drinks- a beer, a vodka with aam panna and few other indian spices and another vodka based cocktail . The drinks were good.. As for food, we decided to do some starters here before moving  to Haldirams for more food.
We ordered the Pani puri, except this one came with paneer butter masala instead of the sweet and tangy water. It was quite good, we loved it. Another starter we ordered was the vegetable quesedillah. Both the dishes were good and filling. We did try to wrap our head around the prices and how it fluctuated but gave up after a while, especially when the bill came. It is quite a cool place, and a different one at that- in terms of ambiance and concept.
As we left, we noticed quite a few groups walking in.. Maybe Delhi too was a city that woke up late over the weekend and partied late as well.
Address:
M-89/90, M Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, 
New Delhi 110001
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cafedalalstreet/

Temples and Ropeways in Haridwar- Mansa Devi Temple- Part VII


Once we were done with the morning dip in the Ganga, my friend A had a list of temples that had been shared by another friend’s sister. She rattled out the messages and my mind voice was screaming “Oh no, oh no, please let us not get dragged to all these temple.. one or two I can deal with.. not that many”.. lol.. 

Friend went on to enquire about two temples at the hotel reception and the girl said they can be accessed by Ropeway[“Udan Khatola” as the locals call it], which was down the road on Har Ki Pauri.. We said ok, and hailed an auto to get to the 1st temple- Mansa Devi Temple. The earlier trips had all been short and we paid the auto guy Rs10 each,this time we thought it would be slightly more.. We were in for a pleasant shock, to say the least. 

The auto guy dropped us off about 6kms down the road, and said we had to walk the rest of the way as roads were blocked. He then went on to demand Rs150 for the ride.. We were zapped.. Went and asked the cops how much it would cost and they agreed with the rate he quoted. Beaten, we paid him and began walking uphill. It was a narrow road with small houses and shops on either side. Since it was Vasant Panchami, there were kids all through the road flying kites. 

We walked and we walked and kept walking… after a point came upon a store where the guy asked if we were headed to the Mansa Devi temple. We said yes and he then asked us to go down the narrowest flight of steps to the ropeway. We went through the store, down the narrowest staircase and discovered there was a mini town down there. More shops, homes and a railway track right alongside these was what we saw…  Walked down for a km or so and we finally spotted the ropeway ticket counter.. Phew!! Bought tickets for ropeway ride to both temples [ Mansa Devi & Chandi Devi] at Rs228 per person.

While there, a lady cop called my friend aside and asked her to fill out a survey form. For what you ask? Well, there was plans of opening a South Indian hotel there and they wanted to know what dishes would work.. I joined in and we filled out the form. Also chit chatted with the lady cop, and she commented “your hindi is good, how is it that you speak it so well?” 😀 

Anyways, we walked into the Ropeway centre, and the excitement within me was building up… One empty box came by, we hopped in- my friends on one side and me on the other .. And we were off, this ride was about 3mins.. The total length of the rope-way is 540 metres (1,770 ft) and the height it covers is 178 metres (584 ft). [sample video]


You get off the ropeway and walk along a path, a series of steps before reading the temple complex  Leave your footwear and walk further down to reach the main temple. Mansa Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi and is located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple therefore is also known as Bilwa Tirth [ is one of the Panch Tirth -Five Pilgrimage sites]. The Goddess is an avatar of  Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage (Rishi) Kashyapa.  



The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. People who visit the temple, make a wish and tie a red thread around the tree within the premises.  It is said that once your wish is fulfilled  you should come back and untie a thread.I also noticed many putting sticker bindis or leaving a pad of bindi around the temple. Luckily it wasn’t too crowded… Oh and one thing I found weird was there were all these smaller shrines around the main shrine, with a priest in each of them. If you are interested, you prostrate before God and offer prayers, and then the priest thwacks you on our bag with his hand, and in the Hanuman shrine he had a Gaddha of sorts made from cloth that he used to thwack the devotees with… Friend got thwacked in almost all the shrines and I passed it up, happy with my Hello.. 😀

Oh, must tell you how amazing the view from the top was.. It was quite breathtaking, and the ride back down to the ropeway centre was beautiful.. There are lush green forests all the way around,  trees in different shades of green and brown. The Ganga river flows like a snake down below and you just feel so free and liberated… I loved the ride and it was quite an experience. 

As we got off the ropeway and walked back to the store from where we had reached here, I was already looking forward to the 2nd ropeway ride to Chandi Devi Temple.. Had forgotten that i was being dragged from one temple to the other and looked forward to the ride, the view and the excitement.   🙂 

I want to take my blog to the next level

I was tagged by Reema (hyperlinked to write this post. For someone who takes life one step at a time, am now hop skip jumping down them steps two at a time… Looks like things are about to change out here…

I started writing poetry and soon I wanted to save them all up at one spot, and that is how my blogging journey began and it has been 10 amazing years. From one blog, I now have 5, yes you read it right.. Even though only three are super active, I am quite proud of what I have accomplished.. However the one thing pending, for nearly a year now is moving them all under one roof , onto my own website of sorts.. For some reason, this task is pending and keeps getting pushed to the back burner. I have decided that by my Birthday this year, I shall take my blog to the next level, give it the respect it deserves and space it needs!! 

What is your goal?? or have you already achieved it? I now tag Ajay to write his take on the topic. I want to take my blog to the next level with Blogchatter.. Yes they are launching their website!