Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brazil Diaries - III

The weather in Brazil is opposite to what we have in India here..... Fortunately, my friend advised me to get jacket/Umbrella etc however, it didn't came to my mind once to check actual weather condition there.
On reaching, I realized that during May-June (which was peak summer in India), it was chilling cold in Sao Paulo .. and temperatures went down to 4 degree Celsius with mild and heavy showers of rain. 
Anyways, I was covered for this weather, thanks to Nilesh :)
Continuing the journey, I got chance to visit two beautiful cities and world famous tourist places in Brazil.
One of those was Rio De Janeiro - A beautiful coastal city which is now more famous due to recently held Olympic games. You can visit mainly famous monuments and places of interest like Sugar loaf (mountain view where you can reach via cable car), Christo (Famous Christ monument) and of course the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. 
There is also a place called Escadaria Selarón (Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio)

Next city is Foz de Iguazu (where you have the world famous Iguazu falls), a must visit if time permits. You can take bus (around 16 hours of one way journey) or book flight tickets in advance which will be faster journey of course,
Main attaractions are National park, falls and Bird Park. The bird park houses lots of varieties of exotic and latin american birds including Macau and Parrots.

There a city near Sao Paulo famous for European style houses and architect, known as Campos De Jordao.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Brazil Diaries - II

My Journey to Brazil has been really fulfilling in terms of knowledge & professional experience, however, in addition, I really enjoyed knowing a different culture and place.
I went to Sao Paulo city which, although seems to be, but not the capital of Brazil (it is Brasília). It is a large cosmopolitan city and is capital of the same name State (Sao Paulo) which is Brazil's most populous and wealthiest state.

This business city with huge skyscrapers and infrastructure has lot of historical and new age monuments, parks and museums and is home for lot of migrant population (like other Brazilian cities) including Italian, Portuguese, German, Arab, Jewish and Japanese.

Since the 19th century people began migrating from northeastern Brazil into São Paulo. This migration grew enormously and remained huge in the next decades.

I was not surprised to see lot of Chinese dominance in markets and city though.

My personal experience was limited to visiting places of most interest in Sao Paulo which included,
  • Ibirapuera Park -  has a large area for leisure, jogging and walking and has a large museum of modern art

  • Sao Paulo Cathedral
  • Mercado Municipal – Local market to buy food ingredients
  • Few famous streets of SP like Paulista Avenue, Rua 25 de Março, Vila Madalena
  • Nearby beach of Santos
  • Cultural center
  • Liberdade – the Japanese neighbourhood and street fair on Sunday
  • Sao Paulo Aquarium
Various shopping malls in SP (typical for most of the Indians whether they are in or out of India)

Link to Part 1

Guncha - Neha Kakkar (Live Studio Session)

Nice Ghazal by Neha....

Guncha - blossoming (bud) flower
Guncha koi mere naam kar diya, saaqi ne fir se mera jaam bhar diya
Tum jaisa koi nahi is jahaan mein, subah ko teri zulf ne shaam kar diya
Mehfil mein baar baar idhar dekha kiye, aankhon ke jazeeron ko mere naam kar diya
Hosh bekhabar se hue unke baghair, wo jo humse keh na sake dil ne keh diya

Monday, August 15, 2016

Brazil Diaries - I

During my Visit to Brazil, I was impressed and amazed by the friendliness, warmth and hospitality of the people.
Though most of these people are  migrants and not really native Brazilians, they know how to live as one.

People do love to maintain oral hygiene and they are serious about it... I mean "really" serious....
Apart from it, one simple (yet powerful..) proverb I learnt in Brazil.. which I think can resolve many of the conflicts going around the world....goes like this...

Religion is like a toothpaste, you will use yours, and I will use mine.. we both really do not not care,  what each of us are using and neither it will impact how we treat each other.

By the way, Brazil has lowest government restrictions on religion among 25 most populous nations

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Why so much hate for the Hamburger?

Why so much hate for the Hamburger?

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Best Dialogs

Few of the dialog, I liked:

  1. From Matrix Revolutions

Seraph: Did you always know?
Oracle: Oh no... No, I didn't. But I believed... I believed. 

2. From Friends

Joey: ...I'm his butt double. 'Kay? I play Al Pacino's butt. Alright? He goes into the shower, and then- I'm his butt.