Ahmedabad Hotels – Luxury That’s Just a Star Less

Ahmedabad has been facing increased tourist activity ever since the spotlights were turned on this city in a global front. The steady increase in the number of people visiting Ahmedabad has led to a corresponding increase in the number of hotels within the city. The hotels within the city include luxury hotels and budget hotels, and there are other options like four star hotels which provide almost the same amenities as five star hotels for slightly lesser charges.

One of the most popular four star hotels in Ahmedabad is Cama Hotel, which is located very near the commercial part of the city. This hotel is mainly known for its tasteful and traditional interiors, as its rooms are all beautifully furnished with striking paintings to match. There are fifty rooms in this hotel, and these rooms have been split according to their class as luxury suites, deluxe suites, superior rooms and deluxe rooms. Some of the rooms overlook the Sabarmati River too, providing excellent views.

There are two restaurants in this hotel, and these are La Vista and Silver Leaf. La Vista is a restaurant where delectable dishes go hand in hand with well styled surroundings, and it’s the perfect place for a couple. Silver Leaf is an extended coffee shop that serves many beverages, apart from Mexican, Continental and Indian cuisines. You can take some time off during the harsh summer months and wade in the swimming pool that this hotel houses.

Lemon Tree Hotel is another popular option that you can go for when you look for Ahmedabad hotels, and this hotel is located just six kilometers from the railway station and twelve kilometers from the airport. This hotel has additional features like a conference room and a business center, and it is ideal for people who visit Ahmedabad on business trips. There are four types of rooms in this hotel, including executive rooms, deluxe rooms, superior rooms and standard rooms, and there are 99 rooms in all. There is a room that’s specially meant for physically challenged individuals too.

The hotel houses a health club and a multi-cuisine restaurant called Citrus Café. Not only is this a restaurant, this joint also serves as a coffee shop. The hotel also provides basic services like coffee makers in every room, laundry and room service, safety vaults, running water throughout the day and cable TV. Internet and free newspapers are the other services you can avail.

The Benefits Of Feeding Your Baby Organic Food

Parents want the best for their babies; and when it comes to feeding them, they want to feed them the healthiest food on the market. With that said, it is not surprising that many parents are turning to organic food for their babies. There is a vast array of benefits in feeding babies organic baby food, and this article explains a few of these terrific benefits.

Probably the biggest reason why food that is organic has become a popular choice among consumers is that it does not contain any pesticides or chemicals. Farmers of organic foods grow their produce without using any chemicals that most traditional farmers use. Their main goal is to grow vegetables and fruits that are not chemically altered. Agricultural, organic farmers, whom raise animals for meat or dairy products, feed their animals with strictly organic products, using no chemicals or supplements.

Adults are not the only ones whom can benefit from eating all-natural foods. Babies can benefit from eating organic foods, as well. When babies become old enough for their parents to feed them solid food, their pediatricians often tell the parents to introduce the foods to the infants one by one and watch for any possible, food allergies. The best thing about these types of foods is that since farmers do not use harmful chemicals to produce them, organic foods are virtually allergy-free.

Another terrific reason parents should feed their babies organic food is because since it does not contain chemicals, it is also beneficial to the environment. When parents feed their infants baby food that is organic, they can feel proud that they are looking out not only for the health of their babies, but the welfare of the environment, as well.

Parents can easily find organic food for their babies by looking in their local grocery stores or health food stores. If they cannot find it in a store near them, they can easily order the food online. There is a vast array of websites that offer baby food that is organic, and they will quickly deliver it to people’s homes.

In conclusion, more and more people, today, are choosing to feed their babies organic baby food. There are many benefits to eating organic foods including health benefits and the fact that it is environmentally safe. When parents feed their babies all-natural foods they are not only protecting the health of their babies, but they are helping the environment, as well.

Cool Beach Vacation Destinations in Europe

There are many destinations in Europe, which are famous for the quality of their beaches, their temperate climates, and the excellent assortment of resorts that are available. These destinations can be the ideal location for a great beach vacation although many may not be places that you might think of at first. Here are some of the more popular beach vacation destinations for vacationers looking to relax in Europe:

In Spain, you can choose from beach vacation resorts along the mainland coasts on the Mediterranean Sea, or go to one of Spain’s many island beach spots located on Menorca or Majorca. These areas are very popular and offer high quality vacation options at a reasonable price.

Even though the mainland of Croatia is very beautiful, most tourists head for spots along the coast, especially along the Adriatic Sea. The most popular areas for beach worshipers include Sibenik, Zadar, Dubrovnik and the National Park Brijuni Islands. Croatia has an extraordinary coastline with beautiful beaches but keep in mind, some can be rocky or pebble based.

If you choose Turkey as your beach vacation destination of choice, you will find friendly locals, a varied choice of clean and contemporary accommodations all for a very good value. Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean costs provide some of the most poplar beach destinations in all southern Europe. The best time to go to this area is between June and October, the waters are warm and the beaches are not as crowded.

Cyprus, especially the northern part, has all the fundamentals for a perfect beach holiday. With it’s striking sandy beaches, warm turquoise colored waters and its assortment of cuisine from both Eastern and Western cultures, this destination has a lot to offer its visitors. Make sure to visit the lovely harbor town of Kyrenia when in this area.

The coast of Greece and its islands are world famous for their sparkling blue waters, white sandy beaches and superb small villages that make everyone feel at home. The weather can be very hot in the summer but there is often a breeze to cool things down at this ideal beach vacation destination.

There are many places in Portugal, which offer a wide assortment of beaches, and resort areas that are perfect for anyone looking for a great place to relax. The Algarve has miles of sparkling clean beaches with many activities for families but also with the nightlife for couples and singles. The Azores, a group of nine varied islands, is another popular beach vacation area of Portugal with lots to offer its visitors.

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Blending Cultures

Is the blending of cultures such a bad thing? Will we eventually become one homogenous block of humans who, whether in London, Mumbai, Brazil or China, will lead disgustingly uninteresting and similar lives? Mere shadows of one another?

Well, for starters we already do. Giving in to peer pressure, be it to people who belong to the same community or to different communities, is the same thing but on different scales. In fact, there is a subtle play of dominance – subjugation when someone insists and you capitulate (which you do, eagerly) to their demand that you look and sound exactly like them before they accept you. Youngsters are especially vulnerable. That, I suspect, is one of the main objections of people who insist on not giving up part of their cultural identity for something that might be more convenient or, horror of horrors, more enjoyable. Fact is, peer pressure aside and purely because we are human, we pick up things from other humans. It is a natural instinct. It stems from the desire for self preservation, safety and a sense of belonging. It makes us fashion ourselves along the lines of other humans we admire, enjoy or feel safe with, or, would like to call our inner circle. That is the other objection – how can someone like something from the other culture so much that they are willing to give up part of ours?

When we migrated to NZ, my family and I were following a dream. We wanted to be amongst people of various cultures, especially cultures that we didn’t see much of, in our own neighbourhood. We read about them, were fascinated by them and in some ways, identified with them. An objective outsider (or an insider from that other culture) would rightly say, we had romanticised notions of the different culture. When we did settle here we realised it was a mixed bag. Not everything (nor everyone) was as wonderful as we’d imagined. There was much that we thoroughly admired and wanted to absorb from the new culture. But there were things Indian that we realised we preferred.

Here’s some of our initial reactions – that the local kids weren’t able to shine as much as our Indian kids at studies; but they were really good at sports and music (which one couldn’t really earn a living off, could one? Heh, heh); that we enjoyed our culture of home cooked food versus fast food; stay-at-home mums who welcomed kids back home from school, helped them with their studies and generally provide stable home lives. But guess what?

Our perceptions began to change. We slowly began to understand that our kids were brilliant because of rote learning; that experimenting, researching and looking at knowledge from different angles, questioning the written word and drawing our own logical conclusions was brilliant too; that fresh air, the outdoors and enough play time was essential for our kids and not just mountains of homework; that besides being lawyers and doctors there were many fields they could follow; that one could actually link one’s extra-curricular activities and interests to one’s earnings.

Next, our ideas about stay-at-home mums started changing slightly. I suspect it started changing in India too. Sheer economics, a desire not to waste qualifications, to be out and about amongst peers, made us stay-at-home mums seek careers. Were we giving up our culture by going off to work? Perhaps to a degree – but it wasn’t because of pressure from the west. It had not only become a necessity, it was quite desirable too. Mums started working while their kids were away at school. Here in NZ we’d secretly felt sorry for kids who were sent to baby-sitters by their career oriented mothers. Now we were considering the same. What we began to understand and appreciate was that women here had managed to combine both, their profession and family life, with a tougher set of options than their counterparts in India. In India, we had the best babysitters in the world – grandparents, to nurture and supervise, as also cheap, paid help to do the hard housework. Over here the extreme anxiety of having to leave kids with relatively unknown people had produced a win-win outcome too – professional baby-sitters. They underwent training, learnt how to deal with emergencies, their houses were inspected for cleanliness and safety and, there was a strict ratio of the number of children to the number of trained sitters looking after them. And if we found someone who, over the months proved to be kindly and affectionate with our children, our anxiety gave way to relief. Another tradition sacrificed? To my mind, just two different but equally good choices made available – one from our traditions and one from theirs.

We appreciated the fact that we could earn a decent wage working part time. So some of us chose to be back in time to welcome kids home from school. Whether we did so or stayed longer at work, when we got home, there was no paid help to do our cleaning, washing, cooking, repairing, building, painting and gardening. We – both partners – did most of it ourselves. Or, if we got paid help, they charged a good rate by the hour.

Continued as Part II