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I am a ‘free thinker’ and a constant traveller, while being at peace with myself. I am always on the move with my thoughts actions and spirit. Known as a ‘multitasker’ and multitalented by my good friends, I am inspired by everything around me and life has been a constant teacher.
Evolution of me with my skills and interests has been varied and interesting. I myself am in awe of the transformation that has moulded me into what I am today. I do not like to settle so I wouldn’t say I have reached some point here.
Each day is a new beginning. A new journey! Everything that I have studied, pursued and worked towards has always somehow been transitional and my life is a good collection of various aspects which I am passionate about.
I strongly remember my passion for photography in my younger days and my inclination to pursue it as a profession. But life had other plans and took me to dentistry and maxillofacial surgery which helped me shape a career and future. Dentistry also brought in a wonderful social circle which I cherish. Having not followed my passion in the past, is a regret and sometimes I wonder how far I would have gotten, but that’s just a speculation!
What I have achieved so far, or what I have left behind is entirely my prerogative and it does not mean I have sacrificed greatly in life. To me it all makes sense and I like moving on. It gives me the acceleration to follow my passions which are quite a many! Often I am asked if I stumbled upon my interests accidentally and where I find time to pursue all that I do including the hectic travelling. Everything I do has always been something that I like doing and it is as simple as that. It’s just that I find the time to do it.
Often people are in awe of me because of the various roles I play and I am humble yet proud in saying that I am unique! I love myself and the way I have evolved. No regrets. This has been my journey and I don’t expect it to be everybody’s or anybody else’s.
Hard work and perseverance is all what matters and I know it’s the journey that I love. I don’t plan the destination.
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My love for travel and photography often go hand in hand. Am very passionate about the wild and spend a fair bit of my time in the Wild. This coupled with my flair in photography has resulted in taking my passion to the savannah, grasslands and the dense forests! Wild life tours and wildlife photography are very much a part of my life now and I am most happy shooting in the wild!
My generation has had the best of both worlds, with and without the advanced technology. Photography these days has become simple, affordable and relatively easy.
It’s just that interest and dedication which has helped me understand images better. I do enjoy shooting portraits, still life, candid and street photography. Of course Wildlife Photography tops my ‘interest’ list. Teaching is a passion; I conduct regular workshops in basics of photography, something which is the key to make good pictures. My 2 day workshop with hands on gives you all the information you need to get going with your cameras.
Am regularly invited across the country to share my knowledge and expertise in photography. Also speak and conduct workshops on clinical photography at various universities and institutions.
My ‘pet’ tours, wildlife tours to Kenya are highly personalised and customised. I take personal interest in being with my tour mates on these trips and make sure they have the ‘time of their life’. Some like to do photography on these tours while some just enjoy the nature in all its glory. While there is no teaching of photography on these tours I am available to share my tips and tricks. But yes, I enjoying sharing my knowledge on animal behaviour, something that I am keen. There’s a lot to learn from animals.
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A few years back I discovered my innate passion for painting. I have been so comfortable with the canvas, brushes and the palette knife that I have started wielding it with ardor and affection. Abstracts give me a freedom of thought that releases me from a preset mental framework. I love abstracts!
The strokes and flow of colours follow my mood and thoughts when I stand before the canvas. I find it extremely exciting to express my thoughts and views through colours and strokes. Sometimes I start with a particular thought in mind and as I move along, new thoughts and ideas crop up and I end up with an entirely new result, which, to me is a personal 'masterpiece'. Believe me, sometimes, I get lost half way through and before I realize, I am back on track and the painting evolves even more artistically than I had initially thought of. That, I believe is called 'serendipity'. I think this is perfectly fine.
I haven’t had any formal training or education in art. Being a surgeon myself, and dealing with aesthetics, I have learnt to appreciate life and beauty in any form and that is the strong foundation that has driven me to express my thoughts on canvas.
I have of course had my catastrophes and disasters on the canvas, but have brushed them aside and started afresh on a new canvas. So much like life, you will agree!
I just love using colours at free will and each new work of mine gives me a new hope to get better than the best. Even before I splash my first colour on the canvas, I can visualize what the work would eventually look like. I think that’s my inspiration to get going, sometimes in a way that is unstoppable!
I love to use bright colours and make my paintings look flashy but my better half, who is also my best friend, explains the effect of other subtle colours as they relate to life and this gives me room for more experimentation with various shades and sometimes a combination of them. I take her suggestions with mixed feelings initially, but eventually all is well!
I love my paintings to be active, ebullient, happy and vibrant. It should speak about me. I love to paint and the canvas is my domain when I am with it. The colors are my thoughts and the strokes are my moods and the result, my style!
A connoisseur, derived from the French word ‘Connaitre’ is a person with a great deal of knowledge about a particular thing, be it food, beverage, music or so on.
My love for Scotch whisky makes me a connoisseur of whisky, particularly the ‘Single Malt’. Of course I humbly admit, if not a great deal, I have a fair bit of knowledge.
Passion, travel, research, and experimenting with exchange of thoughts has enhanced the knowledge of my interest.
My initial experiments with alcohol were varied and a lot confused. During my younger days, situation in the wallet decided on the poison and I was easily pleased with whatever was affordable. But with time I graduated from ‘any kind’ of spirits to specific brands. Somewhere along the way I developed an eternal taste for whiskys and the other spirits went off my radar. As I matured, I began to seek mature whiskies and then I found my soul mate, the ‘single malt’!
Love for the ‘malt’ took me to distilleries across Scotland for an in depth understanding of the brew and its making. And believe me, I was bowled over completely and since then am totally loyal to the ‘Single Malt’. It’s never an attitude or arrogance (as some might think), but these days my system does not accept anything, but the single malt. And that’s purely an appreciation and love for the elixir which gives me so much more than just its taste! Uisge-Beatha!
Nosing a single malt takes me right back to the distilleries especially to the warehouse where the whiskies are stored in casks for maturation. I just need to close my eyes and am there. The taste takes me on a walk through the specific distilleries according to the flavours.
I have had a penchant for Single malt for quite some time now. Technology and travel has helped me to gather more knowledge about it. I can proudly say that I am well aware of a lot of information about Scotch from the distilleries to being able to taste a whisky and write my own notes about it!
Being a connoisseur means knowing all about something and I am on the trail learning each day. It’s a pleasure literally, to learn more and more about the single malt whisky. I am confident of suggesting a suitable whisky that would be appealing for anybody just by knowing something about them. I am pretty sure they will get hooked on to it!
I love having a gang of likeminded souls who would appreciate good things in life, similar passions and interests and would be more than happy to open a bottle for them. So come with me and let’s explore single malt and fall in love with it. Join me on one of my tours to Scotland and you will know what I am talking about!
Check out some interesting facts and trivia about the single malt and images with my tasting notes! Cheers!
Its a neat and smooth malt with a touch of fruity and spicy notes.
My tasting notes
It’s very easy on the nares! Gives you that fresh and fruity feeling when you just sniff once. You get freshly cut green apple, kiwi and pear fragrance and also a hint of honey and fresh spices! A drop or two of water will ‘release the serpent’ and its worth trying it out. I however prefer it just as it is!
When you sip, the flavours explode in your mouth and you can appreciate every single floral and fruity note. Also alongside there is a burst of a spicy (peppery) note with added sweetness. There is a little bit of ‘peat’ somewhere at the back, but it isn’t that profound.
The finish is lingering and lasts longer with a honey and fruity flavour, leaving you asking for more.
You will never get tired of this lovely poison and I would recommend you keep a bottle of this malt on your rack always.
It’s an all time drink!!! Including the ‘morning after’!!!
Aberlour A'bunadh for the weekend!!
With a 60.7% concentration, this beauty was bottled straight from the cask by the master blender.imself for 'your's truly'!!
No wetting, its going to be a neat affair!!
The nose gets a great feeling of a whiff of a fruity melodrama. And alongside cinnamon and clove add to the glamour. Partly smokey and a bit peaty too gets you into the mood to dive into the poison.
The palate will love the fresh fruity notes, with an abundance of citrus. Hint of spice also mingle with the fruits. It's really fresh, rich and delicious.
The finish is pretty long leaving you asking for more.
A malt which you can wake up in the middle of the night for.
Feeling proud this beauty is from my city!!
The light golden Ardbeg Ten Years is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all.
You get an intense smoky fruit fragrance as soon as you open the bottle. There are notes of peat infused with lemon and hint of black pepper and a little pineapple in the background.
Its a full bodied malt with a bit of lemony and coal tar taste. Bursts of sizzling cinnamon with warm hazelnut and almond toffee play around your palate.
There are various explosions happening in your mouth along with peat effervesces and tangy lemon. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino. As the taste deepens, dry espresso and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with peat oils.
The finish is great and a long one though. Notes of smoky espresso, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley leave you asking for more!!!
This is a very subtle malt which is easy going and peaceful!!
On the nose its dry, fruity and a little spirity. Reminds you that it's matured in a brilliant oak cask. After a few seconds you get the sweet spices and a late whiff of chocolate.
The palate identifies the husky barley notes with a hint of some fruit, probably citrus. A late gingery flavour surprises you.
The finish is more sweet and occasionally bitter with a long ginger and a spicy finale.
This is a great poison if you want the evening to be light and easy. Just make sure you dont pair it with spicy and greasy foods.
The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke.
The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness.
The finish develops into a lingering and a rich full bodied experience.
One of my favourite malts surprises me every single time. This malt from the Isle of Islay is very intense and can get you on an exciting rollercoaster ride!
My tasting notes :
Its fresh, smoky with a hint of tobacco and a bit lemony on your nose. Somewhere along you also get some notes of spice and mint.
When you sip, it's an ultimate feeling with a full body and a classy smoke going around your mouth and hitting the palate. You could also find a subtle hint of fruits and chocolate. The spice gets a little accentuated here but you will want more.
The finish is delayed, spicy and heavily smoked and leaves a bit of burnt wood for you to ask for more!! must drink if you like the smokey stuff!!
Dont pair with spicy and ‘curry’ foods! Goes well with dark chocolate.
A very subtle malt, ideal for a beginner and an all time favourite for a pro too. So lovely that you could have it with breakfast as well! No offence meant here!
My tasting notes:
On the nose: you get warm fruity and honey notes. There is a whiff of nuts in the background. Also a subtle hint of wood from the cask. And this malt is clearly evident that the water has picked up some soft spicy frangrance while it flowed into the distillery.
On the palate: it is soft bodied, very friendly with the taste buds and has a mellowed fruity and sweet flavour. It's so fresh, you just cannot stop sipping.
The finish: is not long, but will leave a very pleasant after taste and a bit of sweetness in the mouth instigating you to pour another dram.
Clynelish is a delightfully complex spicy malt with some floral and nutty hints. On the palate its got a slight citrus hint on a honey background with peat and delicious spices before a smooth finish.
Friday the thirteenth calls for something fresh, fruity and subtle with all the devils having taken away their 'cut' from this 18 year old sexy!!
The sixteen men of Tain have got this poison well defined and crafted to suit the versatile palate. Cheers to their hard work!!
I just luv the taste and this is how it goes:
On the nose, its fruity, spicy, lemony and a bit of honey which just whiffs past.
The palate is in for some surprise with a spicy note all along with honey. You also get to note that this malt had been living in the oaken cask for quite some time.
The finish is long and gives you the after taste of wood and cinnamon.
A great drink for the rainy weekend and I found potato chips and boiled corn with butter and salt going well. They actually paired pretty well!!
The Glen Grant 16 year old single malt is a brilliant malt, and definitely the best for some of you who want the malt to be subtle and easy. This poison is loaded with those fruity and floral notes. Takes you on an orchard tour and believe me you will luv it. Its easy on your nares and the palate!
A very different and refreshing Speyside whisky
On the nose, you are reminded of apples and a hint of some cream. Occasionally you also get a whiff of fresh grass (you will appreciate if you ever had a garden).
The palate will love the initial taste of a fruity icecream, but will also experience a little tangy kiwi after taste. Kind of a treat for your taste buds!!!
The finish is not too long and not a shorter one too. A little dry but will leave you wanting more.
A great whisky overall, and I recommend 2 – 3 drops of water just to get the serpent out. A chilled whisky stone would make the whisky loveable, but please avoid ice cubes!!
No ‘on the rocks’ here!!
Glenfiddich 12 yrs is one of the world's best and largest selling malts. This single malt is practically seen in every bar across the word. This malt is the favourite of millions and truly a beginner’s choice! Its light and easy, uncomplicated and has everything a malt has to offer.
This golden colour beauty used to be my personal favourite during my early years of malt relationship, but still happens to be there on my counter and I do indulge once in a while. Their distillery is still one of the best in Speyside.
On the nose this has a very distinct fresh and fruity fragrance (Roopa gets some floral notes, and she’s not wrong too). Its very light on your olfactory senses and easy on the delicate nares.
Very simple and uncomplicated on the palate, it doesn’t confuse you with its sweet and vanilla notes. Gradually develops into chocolaty and creamy malt which is medium bodied. You can’t however miss the oak notes in between, a very classic feature from the distillery. Infact this is the very fragrance that is all over the warehouse which the ‘angels’ enjoy!!
The finish is a long and smooth one to keep you asking for more.
If you are starting with malts, this has to be one of the beginners!
A wonderful, smooth, easy, light and a perfect malt for this lazy weekend!! A bottle from the Small Batch Reserve.
My tasting notes
On the nose, it is very fruity, with a hint of chocolate and dry spices. Some distant notes of the oak wooden cask can be sensed. Takes me back to the warehouse No. 3
When you sip, you get the taste of ginger, apple, cinnamon and there is a woody flavour at the back of the palate.
The finish is moderately long with fruity and spicy notes. Entices you to ask for more!!
A beauty from Glenfiddich, to be stacked in your bar always!!
Glenfiddich 21 is one amazing malt and it truly refreshes you!! Wakes up those sleepy weekend cells and gets you charged for the rest of the weekend!!
On the nose you get honey and toffee notes with some apples and a citrus hint.
The palate gets excited with some sweet and spicy notes intermingling. There is a bit of a woody taste along way reminding you it lived in the cask for over two decades. It leaves a good impression of some citrus again.
The finish is moderately long with a fruity and spicy after taste.
You would come back to this malt again, believe me!!
Tasting the Founder's Reserve for the first time and this is a 'sinful' pleasure, believe me!!
On the nose its typically the classic fruity notes with citrus and nuts. Somewhere you get a whiff of wood and honey. And a hint of chocolate is on the back.
When you sip, it's a party in the mouth and the palate gets energised with smooth fruity flavours of apple and pear. Then you find bold notes of citrus with toffee and honey. It's a treat to the palate!
The finish is not a lengthy one, but is smooth and pleasant. A little dry, but who cares as the palate is again ready for the next sip!! :-)
Check out the Glenlivet Nadura tasting by the master of malts!!!
Appearance: Pale gold with bright lemony shades
Nose: Intense, tickling. Fresh and clean. Resolutely fruity. Lemon pulp. Green Apple. Freshness enhanced by an aniseed fringe. Creamy note of praline. In the back, herbal and spicy notes
Palate: Crisp, appetizing. Mouth-coating, with an oily feel followed by a fizzy sensation. Challenging for the tastebuds but never burning. Poached peaches in vanilla syrup. White chocolate with an Aniseed lollipop.
Finish: Dry, clean, crisp. Very long. Aniseed. Refreshing. Bitter oranges. Gingery.
Its one of the popular peated malts.
If you have started experimenting with Single Malts, then check out the Jura Turas Mara. It is a very pleasant whiskey and one that is enjoyable to drink. It is quite basic and lacks a little depth, but is not a whiskey that should be ignored.
If you are passing through an airport and want an easy-drinking expressive whiskey, then pick this up.
Initially when you sniff you get a lovely combination of fresh green apple, honey, vanilla, bitter orange, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and earthy ginger. This takes you on a little interesting trip!
When you sip, its the bitter orange note which hits first and this is quickly joined by some softer malted cereals. This orange note gives that lovely tangy feel and continues through to the finish. There are other notes of brown sugar, caramelised nuts, vanilla and dried apple. If you concentrate more you might pick up notes of milk chocolate with hints of wood spices. The combination of cinnamon and ginger is lovely.
The finish is quite long and the bitter orange element is never far away. And you are left with a sugary toffee after taste along with a pinch of ginger.
Make sure you check out this whiskey.
The Laphroaig An Cuan Mor is a much talked about single malt and truly is a great malt. But you need to develop that kind of a taste to appreciate this poison!!
Laphroaig An Cuan Mor is a burnt orange whisky. Starts with a rich sweetness of figs, moving into a floral flavour of lavender and black pepper and then develops into sweet natural honey notes. It has an intense and profound depth in its body. Has a very peppery and spicy liquorice flavour with slight saltiness. It then moves on to gentle oak tannins, a lovely orange peel and then into dry earthiness. Finishes with lovely creamy walnuts enveloped by the very distinct Laphroaig peatiness that lasts and lasts for a while.
Take a sip and believe me you won't stop!!
I love smokey and peaty malts.
My review of the Laphroig 10 year old.
When you first open the bottle and sniff, you find this malt smokey and medicinal. Also gives you that vague hint of tar. Unlike other malts, this is just a little fruity, very subtle though. You need to train your olfactory senses to get that wee bit fruity note. I have noticed a bit of sweet peach but it is kind of masked because of the heavy smoke. On deep inhalation, you also will notice a kind of rubber fragrance, something you get when you get close to car tyres!. The first sip gives you a strong peppery peat smoke, waking up those sleepy taste buds. After a few seconds it starts off a little sweet but very soon gets quite dry. And then lo! you get the woody taste, something that I am a great fan of. When all this is happening, somewhere along you also tend to feel a little salty taste, reminding you of seaweed. Mind you, there is no fruit till now. Once the sip is down the throat, the after taste is a lot smokey and dry. Remnants of salt and a long bed of smoke on the tongue leaves you wanting for more!!
The olfactory senses get an orangish note with a hint of coriander or spice. Richly honeyed and floral. A small whiff of peat in the background. Could get some herbal notes somewhere though, but ain't sure. Was it smokey? a little confused though, but would put that thought aside.
On the palate it is viscous and full bodied. Notes of honey and sweet candy wakes up the taste buds. Very smooth with a little tongue burn but pretty enjoyable. It does sting the tongue a few times, but the experience is exciting.
The finish is a touch of oak, what you would pretty much expect from a malt, and it dries off quickly in the throat. But the after taste lasts a while.
Its a great single malt and would be the best choice as a starter. Good to have with friends who luv malt and appreciate the notes.
I can't believe if someone doesn't luv the Oban 14. Keep water away for this malt. And definitely no spicy meat to go along. It will kill the experience!
I love Single Malts – Talisker and Caol Ila my besties
Biryani, yes Chicken is the choice
Blue is my colour
Denims are the most comfortable, yes its Levis
Tom Ford is what I swear by....really spicy
Watches are a craze, would luv to own an Omega
I shoot with a Canon 1Dx
Dance? sometimes yes, depends on the partner though :-)
I wish to wake up before sunrise, but always sleep after sunset!
My ideal holiday: beach, shacks & a swanky bar. Paris is an all time favourite
Western wear look good on women!
I love dogs, but no pets
Chris De Burgh, Air Supply, Kishore Kumar lift my mood
Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, can watch their movies again and again
Keep it simple, my mantra
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