I first went to Sula Vineyards at Nashik in 2009. I was obviously charmed and enamoured. I have been visiting every year after that and the place has only become bigger, better and more beautiful. On a Tuesday, last week, Sula Vineyards invited me to spend the day there. My sister, Himani (whose photographs you often see on the blog) accompanied me. Also, I have deemed her the official photographeress for everything I do. 🙂 Check out her work at www.himanishah.in.
So, here’s a photo story on how we spent the day in wine and food heaven.
After a long, 4 hour journey from Mumbai to Nashik, we lunched at the Soleil by La Plage.
Fun fact: We celebrated our arrival with a Sula Brut Rosé bottle. And we learnt that what we see in the movies about popping open a bottle of bubbly is not the right way to go about it if you want to drink the wine. We actually saw a demo on how gently the cork comes off if done right.
I didn’t really understand Shah Rukh Khan fandom until I was 22. Before that, I loved his films but I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I remember going to the set of Badshah when I was a teenager and not liking it because he went out to smoke. I was a child and I thought it was a dirty habit.
I watched Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi at my dad’s cinema and I fell in love with Shah Rukh Khan. Some magic took and I had a change of heart when I saw him on screen.
At the Fan trailer launch event, I truly became a fan because I felt this was the Shah Rukh Khan his fans loved. He had shades of grey, he was not perfect but he was playing a character, albeit very close to the King Khan he is in real life. And with thousands of fans thronging the event, some even hugging him tight, for not being able to contain themselves, others crying out of happiness, SRK maintained his cool. He was as calm as could be, because this is his life perhaps. It happens to him often and he maintains his composure.
Yesterday I got a call to meet Shah Rukh Khan at the YRF Studios and interview him. I was a bundle of nerves. What do you ask a man that everyone has interviewed and who everyone seeks to ask questions about life. What do you ask someone who is real but has a demigod status. What do you ask SRK?
I’ve often heard that what sets apart children from adults is their innocence and worldview. They are not corrupted by practicality and a way of life that caters to adults. They do what their heart desires. They dream without any limits. And they don’t wear masks.
I have always been open about how I feel. And in a recent conversation with an admirable woman, I learnt about the legacy she wants to leave behind. She said she wanted to be remembered as honest and kind. In that spirit, I have written a micro story on Instagram today.
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I want to take you along on the journey as I find myself in this new avatar. And show you how you could embrace yourself too. Will you join me? Double tap on Instagram, shout out to me on any social media platform, leave a comment below. I’ll be waiting to hear from you. :*
I’m on a different plane right now. I’m feeling zen. I’m feeling centred. All because I watched Kung Fu Panda 3. 😛 And perhaps, ate like a panda too.
Jokes aside. Kung Fu Panda 3, the movie imparts a lot of wisdom and teaches you about life and who you are, all while you’re laughing, going ‘Woaaah!’ and gobbling down dumplings.
Okay, imma really going to get serious now. Or not. Gotcha!
Aren’t you more likely to remember a funny story than a serious one? So, let me tell you this one. It’s about a very cute panda called Po who’s raised by a goose and trained by a red panda aka Master Shifu. Po reaches a juncture in his life where he must find who he is, embrace the true dragon warrior in himself and face a yak named Kai in battle. How does he do this? By eating a lot of dumplings and some more, loving his dads and teaching kung fu to a village of pandas. All while rolling from one place to another, instead of walking.
Kung Fu Panda reassured me that you have to find your chi to fight demons. That you are your best self when you have truly discovered who you are. And the journey to eternal peace is worth every step.
I’ve always believed in Yin and Yang as the representation of balance and harmony. This movie depicted it ever so beautifully.
I won’t say more. Go watch the movie while I rest in my chi. 🙂
Now that you know what has been putting a spring in my step and keeping me up at night with excitement, it’s time to hear the stories of the women that have magically partaken in this journey with me. I asked them 3 very pertinent questions. Their replies were honest, instinctive and had me at hello.
Alice:When someone asks, what do you do?, what is your reply?
Himani: I’m a multiplex tycoon. Jk… I work with my dad who owns Gold Cinema, a chain of cinemas across India. Gold takes the multiplex experience to lakhs of people who have never experienced it before. The unique concept not only provides entertainment to 2 & 3 tier towns but also leads to development & urbanisation. Along with this I am also a freelance photographer specialising in portraiture, landscapes & travel photography.