#AtoZchallenge Theme Reveal 2017 | Vintage Madras

It is happening !! I was a survivor one year, bombed the last one (although I loved my attempts at flash-fiction like this one, it was really hard for me), but here I am again! Yes, I will be participating in the #AtoZchallenge this April along with a whole lot of other bloggers. If you didn’t already know what it is, The April A-Z Challenge is a month-long blogging challenge, where every participant posts a blog on a topic starting with A on 1st, B on 2nd and so on. We get the Sundays free. You can read more about it here.

We can either stick to a specific theme or just roll with it.I had two ideas for the theme this year and a hosted a twitter-poll asking people to pick one. So the theme is going to be ..

#atozchallenge theme reveal

Yes, it’s going to be very short blast-from-the-past kinda childhood memories! Just listing out 26 memories are hard as it, now I have to find something alphabetical. I’m either going to go bonkers by the end of this challenge or be grateful for this life and amazing parents 🙂

Do let me know if you’re participating too! I shall bookmark and find you everyday xx


Why you should watch Split ! | Spoiler free quick review

I’ve decided to do a spoiler-free quick update of my Split movie experience. So here goes!

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The movie starts off with a man kidnapping three teenage girls from a parking lot and keeping them all captive in a shady room. Two of them are seemingly “regular” teenagers  (played by Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula) who are just popular kids at the school. They have not faced any real threat and have never been in such helpless situations. They are scared and angry and keep scheming plans to escape. Which gets them in even more trouble. But the third girl held hostage is Casey (played by Anya Taylor-Joy). She is unpopular, quiet and isolates herself from everyone. She knows they wont stand a chance against their kidnapper. She doesn’t underestimate him and she knows what trouble is – unlike the other two. This, they show by flashbacks from her past when she was abused as a child by her uncle. This has made her get into this shell and things have not gotten better as her uncle has become her guardian now after her father’s death.

So why they were kidnapped and what is the intent of the kidnapper remains unclear to the girls as well as the audience. That’s when we learn from a scene at a therapist’s session (Dr. Karen Fletcher played by Betty Buckley) that the kidnapper is Kevin (played by James McAvoy the kidnapper) with 24 distinct personalities residing within him and each persona comes to light at different situations. All the persona’s are aware of each other and talk among themselves and think they are protecting Kevin. It is mind-bending and brilliantly portrayed. The array of personas range from nine-year old Hedwig to the Beast who can display immense strength and speed – practically behave like a predator.

Why they are kidnapped, what he intends to do with them and if they will ever get-out of this captivity alive is handled efficiently by Shyamalan. Camera works by Mike Gioulakis of It Follows fame that brings in the thriller-essence in the second part of the movie and also in the Beast scenes.

I personally enjoyed the movie although it was not much of a thriller, but there was one major let-down. When you say it’s a movie about a person with 24 split-personality, show us all 24. We just saw a handful of the characters and I wish they did something more on that front. But otherwise, do give it a watch 😉

L’amandier Review / European Cafe Brunch at Chennai


So you decide to catch-up with a long-lost bestie for brunch on a lazy Saturday. Or maybe hang-out with friends in the early evening hours where you could just talk endlessly and have a relaxing meal. One fine spot for such leisure hours would be Lamandier in R.A. Puram Chennai.

I have visited this place once when it started 2 years back and then recently.  As I moved away from the city I don’t get to visit such cute cafe’s often and that’s my only regret!  The cuisine and ambiance is European themed and you’d fall in love with it even before you step in. It has some cozy outdoor seating as well, but I personally recommend getting a seat inside preferably upstairs or close to the French window.

Parking and Location:

Lamandier is right on the main road next to Cream Center with French Café accents and you can’t miss it. Parking is an hassle, good thing they’ve got valet.


The place is very nicely themed and rich. It gives out a very cozy vibe and helps break the ice when you’re struggling for conversation starters.  Ha! Special points from an introvert.


So it all comes down to this. We went there for a brunch and although the brunch timings were mentioned as 11:30 AM – to 3:00PM, we reached around 11:45 PM waited till 12:30 and still the brunch platter wasn’t completely set. The staff were bringing out the dishes and displaying them. By then, me and my friend were already completely famished (this was our breakfast too remember?) and went for ala carte.

We ordered Mac and Cheese (ALWAYS my safe bet!), Chicken Schnitzel and Sauté Mushroom to go on the side.  The Mac and Cheese was super cheesy and I totally loved it. The portion size was okayish I’d say, but could be better. The Chicken Schnitzel was well-cooked and crispy on the outside. Could have had a bit more flavour to it, but I haven’t had this before, so not judging. And the Sauté Mushroom was absolutely lip-smacking.

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The total bill amount sums up to 885 and 159 service charge + tax. This is clearly not okay when we were made to wait close to 45 minutes.  Well :/

Overall Opinion:

I wouldn’t go there when I’m already starving. It’s more of a catch-up and just go with the vibe place.Service can be quicker! But the food is worth giving a shot and the ambiance really helps.

Have you visited this place? Is there any other themed restaurant you recommend? 

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Coffee with Sharu / Vol 1

So here we are – at the beginning of a series I’ve dreamed up eons ago! I kept postponing this because I wanted this on a video format and finally I’ve come to realise that ain’t happening anytime soon 😂 (but hey! I might turn this into a coffee show someday 😌) 

Till then, it’s going to be just you and me. Occasionally guests might be here. Basically, just a coffee date. Shall we ? ❤️

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If we plan to meet up for coffee, I’d order a Cafe Latte. And that has to cool down a bit before I could sip 😔 You’d ask what’s wrong with me?

I’d tell you I’m just back from my dental appointment where I had an extraction of a useless wisdom tooth. (Ha!) I was so friggin scared; But I’d tell you that, thank god it went smoother than I’d expected. You’d probably feel sorry for me. Me too. *deep sigh*

I’d ask about your weekend and tell you about mine. I’d ask for good tv show suggestions to binge watch on Netflix. I’m currently watching Gilmore Girls and will probably nag you till you agree to watch it. I need someone to talk to about Lorelai’s sarcasm and quick wit!

Also, I’d ask you if you used to read Archie comics when you were a kid. Because I did. My collection blew up substantially when my aunt (mom’s bro had just got married then) said she was die-hard Archie fan herself and gave me her trunk-load of comics too! Oh, what joy <3    I loved it and I’m a Betty Cooper kinda gal at heart although I adore Veronica’s style now 😅 it’s adapted as a TV show now in the name of Riverdale. 😌

I think I’ve talked too much and my mouth hurts. Wish me a speedy recovery yeah? I will promise to catch up next week and leave.

Later upload our selfie on instagram with #coffeedate ❤️

How to apply UAE Dubai Visa from India

UAE is a beautiful country which is home to the power-houses like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Visiting Dubai as a tourist shouldn’t be much of a hassle if you are aware of how to apply for UAE Dubai Visa from India and you can get set go! It mainly depends on your nationality.

First things first, you need to book your tickets before you apply for your visa. Because one of the document to submit for your visa process is your airline ticket! I went on this  Dubai trip in January 2017 . These are the simple steps I followed whilst applying for my visa after booking on tickets on Emirates airlines. Thank god for e-Visa processing! I will post an excerpt from the Emirates website for the countries which do not need Visa process prior to UAE Travel.

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1. Visa Requirement

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–  Source : Emirates 

So people of Indian Nationality will have to apply for a UAE Visa prior to their travel.

2. Type of Visa

  • Duration of stay :  30 days
  • Duration of stay :  14 days
  • Duration of stay :  96 hours
  • Duration of stay :  90 days
  • Duration of stay :  90 days (multi-entry)
  • Duration of stay :  30 days (multi-entry)

Duration of stay : 30 days

Short Term Visit Single Entry – Tourist : This visa is non-extendable, Valid for 30 days stay, Visa is valid for 58 days from the date of issue

Duration of stay :  14 days

Short Term Visit Single Entry – Service (14 days) : This visa is non-extendable, Valid for 14 days stay, Visa is valid for 14 days from the date of issue.

Duration of stay :  96 hours

96 Hours Visa: This Visa is valid only for 96 hours and is ideal for travellers to the UAE who plan to stay for a period of less than 4 days. This type of Visa is preferred by travellers having business meetings or taking stopovers en route to their journey.

Duration of stay :  90 days

90 Days Visit Visa : This Visa is valid for 90 days availed by travelers having a longer stay in UAE. This type of Visa is preferred by travelers going to UAE for holidays, visit family / friends or for business trainings etc.

Duration of stay :  90 days (multi-entry)

Multi Entry Long Term Visa : This Visa is valid for 90 days availed by travellers having a longer stay and travelling multiple times to UAE. The validity of the visa is 58 days from the date of issue and the client can enter UAE multiple times and stay there for 90 Days from the first entry in UAE.

Duration of stay :  30 days (multi-entry)

Multi Entry Short Term Visa : This is a multiple entry visa and is non-extendable, Valid for 30 days stay, Visa is valid for 58 days from the date of issue.

 3. Supporting Documents

So now that i know I had to apply for a visa and I picked 30day tourist visa.

  • Color photographs of the applicant.
  • Color passport copy (front and back).
  • Copy of your Emirates flight ticket.
  • Application form with all the details of the applicant along with the passport information.

You will be redirected to a page where you will fill this application following which you will upload scanned color copies of all required documents. What I have listed are the basic set of supporting documentation. There might be additional documents requested, based on your eligibility criteria.

4. Visa Fee

The visa fee per head will be approximately 7000 INR and is paid online during your e-Visa application process is non-refundable.

5. And then we play the waiting game.

It takes somewhere between 3 to 4 working days  to get your visa approval status. And if it is approved, off you go on a remarkable adventure 😉 Hope it helps.

Sharu xx