Author: lovelifeandbeyond

front view of the taj falaknuma palace

Weekend Stay in Hyderabad Fit for Royalty—Taj Falaknuma Palace

Once in a while, it’s good to indulge yourself, and there’s no better place for that than Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. From the moment you enter the gates, you feel the attention to detail and care at every step. The lavish palace and grounds, the gorgeous views, and the exquisite food selection pamper your senses. The Taj Falaknuma Palace truly redefines luxury and stands as a testament to the grandeur of a bygone era.
Our weekend stay at the Taj Falaknuma Palace was nothing short of extraordinary. The unparalleled luxury, the attention to detail, and the seamless blend of heritage and modern comforts made it an experience of a lifetime.

Handmade mother's day card with butterflies

Celebrating Motherhood: Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Oh, mothers! Mother’s Day is a special day dedicated to celebrating the women who have raised and nurtured us. Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, typically on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate the hard work, dedication, and love that mothers put into their families every day.
When it comes to gift-giving, mothers typically appreciate sentimental and thoughtful gifts that show how much they are loved and appreciated.

Bowl of korean bibimbap

Sunday Lunches: Korean Banchan and Bibimbap

I love that Korean meals have a variety of sides, called banchan, that can be paired with rice; they include greens, vegetables, meats or tofu, pickles, and sauces. Once you get them together in a bowl, you have a full meal called bibimbap. It’s a satisfying, delicious, healthy meal to be made and had at leisure.
Bibimbap literally translates to mixed rice, and you can mix and match different ingredients to make your personalised bowl of this delicacy. The variety of banchan might look intimidating to make, but they’re quite easy, and most of them can be made beforehand.

Baby with a board book

Encouraging the Love of Reading: Tips for Parents to Inspire Kids to Read

Reading is an essential skill that is fundamental to a child’s development. However, in recent years, there has been a growing concern that children are reading less due to increased screen time and a lack of interest in books.
In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of reading for children and provide tips on encouraging kids to read. We will also examine how the lockdown has affected reading in kids and provide insights into the types of books that children prefer.
I hope that this inspires parents and caregivers to foster a love of reading in children and unlock the many benefits that reading has to offer. You might even be inspired to start a reading habit for yourself!

Building with attached temple against blue sky and crescent moon

Travel India: Places to Visit in Pune

Pune was always known for its educational institutes and its cultural scene. In the last decade or so, it has also developed as an IT and industrial hub. However, no matter how much it ‘ develops ‘, Pune is still a small town at heart.
This is the land of the proud Marathas, with plenty of monuments to commemorate the legacy within and around the city, where bigger forts welcome trekkers and day-trippers.
Pune is best explored at leisure, in the unhurried way of a true Puneite. So take it easy and plan a maximum of two places a day. Here are just a handful of places to visit.

Apples and pears with 4 cups of apple crumble set on a wooden table

Easy Fruit Crumble Recipe for Breakfast or Dessert

I’m not an early riser, so I’m always looking for ways to make my mornings easier. One of the most time-consuming parts of my mornings is making breakfast for my son. It needs to be quick, healthy, and tasty so that he eats without a fuss.
This mix-and-match fruit crumble is easy to make, filled with fibre from oats and fruits, and it’s so delicious you can serve it as dessert.

The Grand Mysore Palace exterior lit up with 97,000 light bulbs at night with a crowd of people in the forefront

Hyderabad to Mysore Road Trip: A Travel Guide

Mysore or Mysuru surprised us in many ways. It is beautiful with wide roads, many parks, lots of greenery, and great places to eat. There are no high rises either, giving you a sense of openness with a clear view of the skies from anywhere in the city. The old world charm still lingers around every corner and hopefully people recognise what an advantage it is and not try to change it in the name of development.
From Mysore Palace to Tipu Sultan’s fort at Srirangapatna, there is culture, history, and lots of food.

Abstract collage of circles in various shades of blue. A thin strip of cream paper runs through it on the side

Unleash Your Creativity: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Collages

Collages are such an interesting form of art. It’s the bringing together seemingly unrelated, independent items and blending them in artistic harmony. Collages can be simple with just three or four elements or more complex, with elements often clashing with each other to convey a message.
Collages are a fun and versatile art form that allow you to combine various elements such as photographs, illustrations, and found objects to create a unique and visually striking composition. Whether you are a beginner or have experience with other art forms, making collages is a great way to unleash your creativity and explore new techniques.
There are several ways to make a collage, depending on the materials you are using and the desired outcome, but you can follow these steps if you are new to the art form.

3 floral plates set on a vibrant pink and green mat. Each plate has 2 white mochi balls. One of the plate has the mochi balls split in half revealing the fillings - one with yellow mung dal and the other with black sesame seeds fillings

An Easy Sweet Treat: Mochi Balls

Mochi is a sticky, usually sweet, treat either had on it’s own or with some filling or topping. It is made with glutinous rice flour and is widely used in East Asian cooking.
It is super easy to make, and with a little practice, you can use this versatile dish in a variety of ways. Check out two sweet recipes made with mochi.

collage of 52 book covers from my 2022 reading challenge

Reading Challenge: 2022

This is my 10th year of the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve been challenging myself to read more books for the last ten years. After getting interested in the Wheel of Time series, I decided to spend the year reading the entire series mixed with a bunch of random books I come across.
Usually, I would have a separate post for each category, but this year was dominated by Fantasy Fiction interspersed with some short stories and suspense thrillers. So here goes!