The Four Fountains Spa

The Four Fountains Spa is located in the heart of the city in Bangalore at Koramangala, Jayanagar and at Whitefield. I, first, visited the spa in November 2012 for a facial and found the ambience and the staff  good towards the customers.

They offer a wide range of the facials and body spas mainly using the herbals for your skin tone and stress level. A detailed list of therapies and messages are given in the link: http://www.thefourfountainsspa.in/spa-therapies and download a copy .pdf here: http://www.thefourfountainsspa.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/TFFS-Menu.pdf .

During my first visit, I got Lightening Facial and the second visit, I got Chocolate Body Spa and Rejunevating Facial and found the message to be effective.

The spa also offers per paid membership for a period of 6 months and 12 months.

Below are the ratings for the spa:

Cleanliness: 4.5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

Cost: 3.5/5

Staff: 4.5/5
Entrance of The Four Fountains Spa
Great Interiors at the entrance of the Spa

Banner for Chocolate Body Spa

Google reader to Bloglovin


As most of us are aware that, Google reader is shutting down soon, I decided to move to bloglovin and imported all the blogs which I had subscribed on Google Reader. I would miss the interface which Google provided for a few days. :) I had ~42 subscribers on GR for old blog URL. I am sure they would miss reading this blog.

Google Reader subscriber for the old URL: manasadreamz

Bloglovin sends an everyday digest to your inbox on the updated blogs so that you don't miss out on any. I liked this feature which was missing on Google reader.

My blog link on bloglovin: http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/6600189

Please leave your blog link in the comments section so that I wouldn't miss your posts.

Most viewed Linkedin profiles: 2012


Linkedin sent me an email in Feb this year which I missed reading. I hardly read the emailers sent frequently from the social networks. I was deleting old unread emails and this one suddenly caught my attended.

My Linkedin profile is one among the top 10% most viewed profile in 2012. More people stalking my profile or trying to contact for a job opportunity? I am surprised.


What is LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003,it is mainly used for professional networking. As of January 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 200 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories. [Souce: wiki]

Send me a postcard

It makes us happy to receive a postcard or a greeting card from friends and cousins from distant places. As a child, I always collected the post cards with the beautiful scenery, soft toys and gods. I have preserved both the printed and the hand made cards. When someone sends a greeting card in an envelop with a stamp on it, I would remove the stamp with care and add them to my philately collection. This is how, I collected many stamps from India and overseas.

Jan 8th 2013, I signed up Postcrossing that brought me, the memories of childhood when we conveyed greetings to friends and cousins a colorful card, hand written message that gave a personal touch. I am sure all of us still wish to receive a hand made card than a forwarded SMS or an email which we would delete or reply "wish you the same"... How many still send greeting card? :)

I had clicked so many photos that I decided to get them printed as a postcard and send it to my friends across the globe. A couple of weeks later, they were happy to see a postcard being sent to them. A friend of mine sent this photo where he had the postcard pinned up at his cube. 



How postcrossing works? Send a post card to a random person in the world in turn you will receive a post card from a random person. This works! Sign up postcrossing to send and receive the postcards.

First You Plz::Book Review

Title: First You Plz

Author: Nisha B Thakur

Pages: 80

The story revolves around the three good friends Rachana, Avanti and Meenakshi who start to attend their masters at a B school at Matheran, away from home. The trio are inseparable since their graduation days.

Avanti, is immensely in love with Aakash at first sight. Aakash is a happy go lucky guy who is in a relationship with another girl and wants to marry her. Avanti learning this is hurt but unable to take her eyes off Aakash. Her buddies, Meenakshi and Rachana try their best and convince Avanti to stop thinking of him and she would hurt herself more.

Avanti and Aakash become close friends to an extent that she cannot start her day without seeing or speaking to him. She also learns that, Aakash had a break up with his girlfriend, hoping she would he the queen of his heart and Aakash would propose to her someday and she would wait for that day. But Aakash finds her behaviour similar to that of his ex-girlfriend.

Would Aakash propose Avanti or she forgets him longing for his proposal? Read the book.. to know the suspense.

The author, Nisha, has maintained the flow and keeps the reader thinking, "what happens next?' Though it is a romantic college story, you cannot stop without completing.

I would provide a rating of 4.5/5.

About the author: Nisha lives in Navi Mumbai with her family. After completing her post graduation in Communication Management she worked as a copywriter with a reputed ad agency in Mumbai. She now works as a freelance copywriter cum screenwriter.
When she is not writing, she composes poetry. Apart from writing, she enjoys cooking being a big foodie, reading novels, watching cinema and surfing the TV. She is a spiritual person and a follower of Vipasanna meditation. She believes in God, Karma and Karmic connections. By means of all the experiences of her life she has written her debut novel.

Garnier Fructis Silky Straight 24/7

Silky Straight Shampoo from Garnier Fructis claims that the 3-step Taming system makes your hair soft, smooth and frizz free and shiny.

3-step taming system:
Step 1: Silky Straight 24/7 shampoo
Step 2: Silky Straight 24/7 conditioner
Step 3: Silky Straight 24/7 serum

I have a wavy long hair till my waist and decided to try this. For my long hair, I need large quantities of shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo is a white solution and a lot of lather is formed. I tried the Garnier conditioner after a gentle wash and allowed my hair to dry. There was a difference I could make out and my hair was almost straight though it was negligible wavy. The only drawback of the shampoo is that it smells a lot of fruit.

Cost: 117 INR

Net Volume: 200 ml.

Shelf life: 36 months.

Rating: 3.5/5

Vienna Art and Design


I was looking at some of the photographs on my phone and this one suddenly caught my attention, the Vienna Art & Design at Melbourne during winter '11. 


Vienna: Art & Design was held at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria covering the art works from famous Gustav Klimt, an  Austrian symbolic painter, Egon Schiele, an Austrian painter, Josef Hoffmann, an Austrian Architect, Adolf Loos, an Austro-Hungarian architect. The exhibition was a part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2011 from 18 JUN 2011 - 09 OCT 2011. It was the first time I had been to an art exhibition that was from Vienna. It focused on how the artists, writers and musicians contributed to the modern Vienna during 1900.


I was happy to learn so much on the art and music of Vienna that I would stand staring at some of the paintings before moving on to the next. The trams in Melbourne are a replica from what you see in the Vienna. :)

If there is an exhibit on Vienna, then don't miss the chance.
Ticket Pricing in Australia:
Adult $24
Child (aged 5-15) $12

Find more on the history of Vienna: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Vienna.

© Manasa. All rights reserved.

Silhouette Shopper


I had been thinking of writing about the cosmetics, best spas available in Bangalore and other cities. I started my new blog: http://silhouetteshopper.blogspot.com a few days ago. Do visit the blog and let me know the scope for improvement. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks, Sneha, for the first post on the blog.




My lawfully wedded husband and other stories

Title: My lawfully wedded husband and other stories (2012)

Author:  Madhulika Liddle

Published by: Westland Ltd

Pages: 215



This is the first book, I am reading from this author, though I haven't read her earlier books: The Englishman’s Cameo (2009), The Eighth Guest & Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries (2011).
Thanks to blogadda for sending me a copy of this book. I was impressed seeing the cover of the book.

Most people mistake the title of the book to be, "My lawfully wedded husband", when I first searched for the book on google, it merely displayed the same results but the actual title is "My lawfully wedded husband and other stories." As the name suggests, the book is a collection of 12 short shorties.

Each of the 12 stories have an an interesting concept and the author has narrated imagining herself in their shoes. The endings of few stories can be predicted well and for few it is a twist. My personal choice of short stories are: A tale of summer vacation, St George and the dragon, and My lawfully wedded husband (title of the book itself). The story keeps you guessing till the end.
The other stories with predictable ending: A brief lesson in trust, Number 63, Hourie, Silent fear and The Crusader which could have been written with a better twist in the tale.

Sum Total: A little girl who has always been taught to stay mum and patient no matter how rude others are. As she grows into a young woman how she tries to get rid of those who trouble her in a gentle way.
A Tale of Summer Vacation: A little girl who spends summer at her granny's making friends with two sisters which develops in a wonderful plot.
A Brief Lesson in Trust: Never trust anyone nor show your weakness, you never know who is going to make a fool out of you.
Feet of Clay: A little girl who loves eating snacks everyday from vendor who is best at story telling and discovers one day he is gone without understanding the reason at her age.
My Lawfully Wedded Husband: The husband who always remained silent before his wife and the wife is always happy about this.
Number 63: An old lady in the neighbourhood is suddenly in trouble and how does she handle the situation.
On the Night Train: It is always good to have a companion on your compartment especially when you are all alone on the train traveling a long distance.
Hourie: A story of how a call girl changing from Hourie to Helen, to become famous.
Silent Fear: When you scare someone speaking of the ghost, the same person can even turn out to be a ghost.
St George and the Dragon: Who is the dragon and who is George?
The Crusader: A story of a young couple who had to pay a price for the mistake they did!
The Howling Waves of Tranquebar: The story revolves on the history of Tranquebar that you are lost imaging what happened .. ?
Most of the stories cover a wide range of people: the rich, poor and middle class.. and are mainly based on women from a young adolescent, a working professional, a call girl, a homemaker...

Overall, the author has used a wide range of vocabulary. Some narrations have a crispy ending and a moral too. It is a juicy book and one cannot take the book off having read it.


I would rate 3.5 on scale 5.

About the author: Madhulika Liddle is best known for her books featuring the 17th century Mughal detective Muzaffar Jang, although she is also a prolific writer of short fiction, travel writing, and writing related to classic cinema. Madhulika has written a range of short stories in different genres, including black humour, humour, crime and detection, and social awareness. Several of these have won awards (including the prestigious Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s (CBA) Short Story Competition, for A Morning Swim, in 2003) or have been selected for anthologies. She also blogs on cinema at http://dustedoff.wordpress.com/ (Source: wiki)


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Rang De

I, initially, came across this initiative from a friend who discussed on providing the microcredit, from the data collected during the Ted event.

Activity: Rang De is a pioneering web-based social initiative with a mission to provide cost-effective microcredit to low income households in India. Through an online platform (www.RangDe.Org), Rang De enables people to participate in microcredit by lending as little as Rs. 100. Rang De has reached out to over 5900 entrepreneurs across 12 states by lending Rs. 31mn. Rang De currently funds business, education, and artisan loans. Rang De is a registered non-profit trust.

Details: You might want to read through our FAQs for a comprehensive understanding of Rang De - http://rangde.org/faq.htm

Support: Microcredit, Peer-to-peer lending, individual social responsibility, online lending, philanthropy

Note: 
- More Corporates to participate in our corporate connects program (one time donation which will be rotated as social investments). - More people to blog about Rang De and on the Rang De blog also. - Social media advisors to help us on how to take our social media strategy forward - Java/JSP Developers who are interested in working for Rang De full time for at least a year. - Funding for our operations.

This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/ and support the NGO's.

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