Who am I?
An Ex-Banker turned Blogger/Writer/Solopreneur.
A Postgraduate degree in Chemistry followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Management. I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots to what I do presently.
Have I done any real work?
If two years in Market Research and six years in Banking (three different Banks though) as Branch Head can be considered as real work.
Where do I live?
After a nomadic sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata.
My favorite things -
Food, travel, books and my three and half-year-old toddler son
What is this blog about?
Sonia's musings is an attempt to channelize emotions through words and pictures hoping they touch a chord with my visitors.
Last September, we planned a trip to Goa with our eleven month old son. This was going to be our first holiday together and thus I was equally excited and anxious. While browsing through the various options for an accommodation, we decided to settle for a resort that could customize our requirements related to the infant and his baby food. A quiet beach like Sinquerim was an additional advantage. That is how we started considering Vivanta by Taj, Fort Aguda (also known as Taj Fort Aguda resort and spa) as a viable option.
My husband had called the central reservation number of Taj group to initiate the process. For confirmation, we had to send a mail detailing out the number of families and total members( we were two families each comprising of a couple and infant) along with our credit card details. They sent us the confirmation mail the very next day. Just the day before we were scheduled to leave, we received a call from the resort re-confirming our booking and arrangement for a pick up from Dabolim Airport.
The year was 1999 – it was going to be my first stay away from home. Kolkata was meant to be my destination for the next three years and Presidency College Girls Hostel my address. The night before my parents went back to my home town, leaving me on my own for the first time, we dined at the Aminia outlet opposite Elite cinema. It used to be a favorite of my dad’s during his post graduation days in the city. Over the years, there have been quite a few options serving great biriyani but I keep visiting Aminia mostly for the nostalgia it holds in my heart. This weekend, we decided to revisit the Aminia outlet near Chinar Park, Rajarhat and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to see some positive changes in the attitude and feel of the place. Located on Rajarhat road, this outlet had a queue of people waiting to get in when we arrived. It is still that popular.
I stayed up till 3am today morning to finish all the eight episodes of “Pushpavalli – based on a true-ish story” streaming on Amazon Prime video. Created by Sumukhi Suresh who is also the protagonist in it, this is one of the most intriguing web series available right now. Starring Manish Anand and Naveen Richard in pivotal roles, this is the story of Pushpavalli switching cities from Bhopal to Bangalore to be with the man she is in love with but ends up stalking eventually.
Sumukhi Suresh – Pushpavalli
Manish Anand – Nikhil Rao
Naveen Richard – Pankaj
After finishing the episodes, I figured out the top 10 reasons that make this series a must watch –
A mid aged Ratna Pathak Shah, who’s referred to as Buaji by almost everyone including people elder than her mumbles as she realizes that in quite a long time this was the first that someone had asked for her name instead of addressing her as just Buaji.
Almost all the restaurants located within Quest Mall look lucrative enough to us for repeated visits. Last weekend we decided to try out an American – Continental kind of lunch and that is how we decided on Chili’s Grill and Bar. When I tried making a prior reservation over the phone, I was informed that seats will be available around the time we were planning to visit and thus we just walked in on a Saturday. The place was quite full. Located on the fourth floor of the mall, the restaurant has a very welcoming look and feel and we were instantly at ease.