The 10 Best Food Bloggers in London

1. Andrea

Andrea is a London-based food blogger who was born and raised in Italy. She has traveled worldwide from Europe to the Middle East and to Japan, where she discovered a remote restaurant in Kyoto. Interestingly, Andrea was a marketing manager before she became a food and travel blogger. She has also done a lot of PR work for cookbooks and food processors.

Andrea started the blog, The Petite Cook, to satisfy her adventurous food life. The Petite Cook has become a place where she shares her food experience as she attends events, has dinners, and travels around the world. She is also a self-taught chef and continues to experiment with her recipes. Because of her love for food and new recipes, The Petite Cook blog is now her full-time job.


2. Niamh

Niamh is an Irish-born London-based food and travel blogger. She was once a scientist before she became a food writer, thanks to a career in media. Niamh loves traveling, and that is where she learns new recipes and tries out different foods in restaurants. She also loves to spend most of her time in the kitchen whenever she has free time.

Niamh started her blog, Eat Like a Girl, back in 2007. The blog has a focus on new recipes, food-based travel stories, and restaurant recommendations. In addition, Niamh writes blogs about her very own recipes or those that she has picked up while on her travels. She also has a cookbook named Comfort & Spice, which has a record 157 recipes in it.


3. Katrin Nürnberger

Katrin was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. She then moved to the UK in her early 20s and has spent most of her life in London. She is a trained newspaper journalist and a former news correspondent.

Katrin was diagnosed with bladder pain syndrome, and her doctor recommended a sugar detox. This diagnosis informed her to start a Sugar-Free Londoner blog, where she shares her passion for a sugar-free lifestyle.

The blog focuses on tasty gluten-free and low carbohydrate recipes. These recipes have been tested in her kitchen and certified by Sugarwise, the international authority for sugar claims. Her blog is rich in interesting information about sugar, healthy eating, and well-being.


4. Tina Jui

Tina is a London-based food blogger. She was initially working as an attorney before she decided to work on her blog, The Worktop. She also makes and serves coffee at The Espresso Room in London. On other occasions, she has pop-up brunches at her home.

The Worktop contains several breakfast and brunch recipes. She also shares some of her favorite recipes that she has had to try out in her kitchen. Tina puts together her favorite cafes and coffee shops for breakfast and lunch in London. If you are looking for a nice place with delicious recipes for either breakfast or brunch, you should check out her blog.


5. Ella Mills

Ella’s food journey started way back in 2012 while she was still at the university. She had been diagnosed with a condition called postural tachycardia syndrome. She then began a search for diet and lifestyle changes that could help improve her condition. Ella then decided to incorporate whole foods and a plant-based diet into her lifestyle. She started a diary of her culinary experiments then went ahead to document it in her blog, Deliciously Ella.

Deliciously Ella celebrates various delicious, plant-based ingredients and wholemeal foods. It has several recipes ranging from vegetarian to wheat and refined sugar-free foods. The blog has grown, and now she has developed an app, several recipe books and a series of podcasts. Her blog could be a good place for you if you are looking for healthy plant-based foods.


6. Lucy Parisi

Lucy is a London-based food blogger and photographer behind her blog, Supergolden Bakes. She grew up in Athens, Greece, then moved to the UK, where she studied Graphic Design. At the age of 17, her culinary horizons opened up from trying out cuisines from around the world. She is a food enthusiast and enjoys preparing and sharing food with friends and relatives and sharing this in her blog.

Supergolden Bakes is all about unfussy food packed with flavor. Lucy takes inspiration from the traditional Greek recipes she grew up with and different cuisines from around the world. In her blog, you’ll find vegan recipes, slimming recipes, cocktails and desserts.


7. Helen Best-Shaw

Helen is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. She is currently based in West London, where she lives with her partner. She decided to start a blog in 2007 when people around her lacked confidence in their cooking. Hellen then thought of cheap and value bargain foods that led her to start her blog, Fuss Free Flavors. She wanted people to know about affordable meals that people can choose without compromising flavor.

Hellen has grown her blog to reflect her wider interests with food reviews and lifestyle elements. The recipes in the blog are categorized by cuisine, course, and main ingredient. If you are looking for quick dishes, desserts and puddings or even France or vegan recipes, you should check out her site.


8. Sandhya Hariharan

Sandhya is currently based in London, but his roots are from Mumbai in South India. She is an amateur food photographer, food stylist, writer, and art director. Over the years, she has collected several recipes, some traditional and others from family and friends. She has compiled them in her blog post, Sandhya’s Kitchen, where she shares her passion and love for different cuisines.

Her blog post has easy-to-follow recipes that you can try out in your kitchen within minutes. She shows you how to make tasty vegetarian dishes to spice up your everyday meals. She commits to bringing out the best of what she learns. Besides, she is a full-time cook and juggles it with taking care of her kids.


9. Emily Leary

Emily is an award winning food, lifestyle and parenting writer, presenter and photographer. Her work includes everything from short how to guides to in depth articles. She also develops and tests recipes for media brands and works with selected brands to bring a food edge to their editorial websites. Besides, she hosts a YouTube channel where she holds chats and highlights some of her recipes.

Emily founded her blog, A Mummy Too, back in 2011. A Mummy Too is a food and lifestyle blog for busy parents. Emily was inspired to start the blog out of her love for family, food and photography. The site has daily recipes and features around 300 recipes in total. Her blog post won the Best Food Blog in 2015 at the MAD Blog Awards.


10. Jeanne Horak

Jeanne is a food, wine, and travel blogger. She is also a freelance recipe developer and has worked with several publications. She was born in South Africa before moving to London, where she has stayed for 14 years. Besides, she has a full-time job at a city law firm.

When she is not working, she enjoys writing food blogs and has spoken in conferences about recipe writing and editing. Her blog, cook sister, features many recipes and has some of the best restaurants that you can find in London. She has been writing about food and travel since 2004, and her blog is ranked 6th in the foodies’ top 100 UK food blogs.



IP University of Delhi

It is previously known as Guru Singh Indraprastha University(GGSIPU), it is located in New Delhi, India. The university was founded in 1998; it is accredited by NAAC, UGC, and under the help of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The university has been placed 95th among Universities in India.

The university is a teaching university with the core objective of promoting education, extension work, and research in emanating higher education spheres interested in professional education and Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It strives to achieve academic excellence and matters connected to education.

To diligently serve its purpose, the university has a Mission statement, Vision, and Quality Policy.


“The university will kindle the minds and hearts of its scholars, commission them to contribute well being of the society, train them to adjust to the dynamic needs of the economy, a champion for cultural leadership and ensure harmony, peace, and prosperity for all.”


“IP University of Delhi shall strive to provide market-oriented education to the students of India, with a scope to serving higher education and meeting the needs of Indian professional industries.”


IP University of Delhi is devoted to providing professional education emphasizing innovation, creativity, steady change, and a stimulating environment for knowledge creation and dispersion through its powerful quality management system.

The university does not offer accommodation to its students. Students are required to seek alternative means of hostel facility during their period of study.

There is a collection of campus facilities available in the university. Among them are a well-equipped computer laboratory, a well-stocked library, Auditorium, Excellent medical Facilities, Enough lecture halls, Shuttle services, Sports activities, Power Backup, and Stable WiFi, and many more.

Program Accreditations

• Bar Council of India (BCI)
• National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
• Council of Architecture ( COA)
• National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE)

University Schools

University School of Environment Management

The University School of Management was founded in 1998 to address future environmental issues and naturally acquired resources through quality training, education, and research. The school’s vision is to fiercely pursue the objectives of imparting impeccable education and training to facilitate research in the environmental field, sustainable development, and natural resources management.

Programs offered

The School of Environmental Management offers a two-year Master’s program in:

• Natural Resource Management
• Biodiversity& Conservation
• Environment Management

University School of Management Studies

The University School of Management Studies is an on-campus school of IP University of Delhi. The school has an innovative teaching methodology and a distinct curriculum. The intellectually captivating environment of the school offers a nurturing zone for competent management professionals in the dynamic business world with the upcoming managerial requirements.

University School of Chemical Technology

Despite the broad spectrum of the chemical industry, the primary discipline of the school is chemical engineering. The first consideration of the school is to establish a strong program with a modern syllabus, at par laboratories, get useful software to facilitate learning and enhance meaningful links with industries. With the accessibility of many resources, there will be immense development of the school in due time.

University School of Information, Communication & Technology

The school was established with an insight to generate a workforce with the aptness to take challenges and forge ahead in information and communication technology. The curriculum is crafted to take care of the dynamic demands of information technology with vital inputs from the industry. The school highly stirs up research work in the various spheres of information and communication technology. The school seeks to produce individuals well versed to contribute to progress at the national and global levels.

University School of Education

The University School of Education seeks to facilitate studies in all upcoming areas of education like teacher education, inclusive education, educational technology, distance education, planning, and finance, etc., to develop educators with the best competencies, research, and teaching skills. The school fosters an environment of steadfast learning to equip teacher trainees to transform teacher education phases.

The offered programs include:

• B.Ed. ( offered by affiliated institutions)
• M.Ed. (Regular)
• Ph.D.
• Advanced Diploma in Guidance and Counselling

University School of Law and Legal Studies

The law school was established in 2001; the law school’s approach is to establish a positive in individuals and make them appreciate lawyers as an integral part in the determination of policies, system adjudication of various activities through proper institutions. It, therefore, gives them relevant placements in the judiciary, regulatory bodies, quasi-judicial bodies, voluntary organizations, commissions, and other relevant sectors.

University School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

The school boasts an outstanding status in the university’s whole academic scheme. Having a correctly laid out entity, it mounts across other schools in the university. The restless theoretical inputs empower the learners to logically comprehend and reflect on the economy’s cultural, social, and political structures, hence expanding their professional vision. The school devotes itself to offer an integrative and interdisciplinary instruction interface to the students to mold them into whole and competent human beings.

Programs Offered

• Master of philosophy & Ph.D. in English Literature
• Master of Arts in English
• Master of Arts Economics

University School of Basic & Applied Sciences

The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD programs.

Undergraduate Programs

• Undergraduate
• B.Tech(IT)
• B.Tech (CSE)
• B.Tech (BCE)
• B.Tech (CT)
• B.Tech (ECE)
• B.Tech (BT)

Post Graduate Programs

• M.Tech (Nanoscience and Technology)
• M.Tech (Engineering Physics)

Ph.D. Programs

• Physics (USBAS)
• Mathematics (USBAS)
• Chemistry (USBAS)

University School of Medicine and Para-Medical Health Sciences

Committed to the top-level ethical and philosophical values of deep understanding, humanity, care of human mind and body, and fostering curative and curative healthcare across all the medical systems. The University School of Medicine & Paramedical Health Sciences is a devoted confluence of various paths, paramedical and nursing sciences.

The school runs over seventy courses in medicine, nursing, and paramedical sciences, encouraging research for Ph.D scholars to satisfy their quest for knowledge in various areas.

M.Sc and B.Sc programs in nursing are conducted in five nursing colleges. In paramedical sciences, nine postgraduate courses, eight undergraduate courses, and three postgraduate diploma courses are offered in various medical colleges across Delhi.

University School of Architecture & Planning

The University School of Architecture and Planning grants an undergraduate degree program (B.Arch), which takes five years with a regular schedule to complete.

The school of architecture has aped the pedagogical method of “learning by doing,” where students are probed to critically reminisce on contemporary issues of the immensely developing technology regarding the society emphasizing on development of new typologies, conservation, heritage, the birth of new technology and challenging issues of environmental sustainability. The school’s primary goal is to nurture architects with a sharp sense of competence and responsibility to tackle the unending societal challenges in the most innovative manner.


1) New Delhi Institute of Management
2) Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology
3) JSS Academy of Technical Education
4) Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology
5) CBP Government Engineering College
6) Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering
7) Bhagwan Parshuram Institute of Technology
8) Awadh Center of Education
9) Amity School of Engineering
10) Ambedkar School of Engineering and Technology


Different courses have different criteria for admission. The university offers undergraduate postgraduate and diploma courses. Access to each class maintains specific admission criteria. IPU CET is the mandatory official entrance exam conducted by the institution. Apart from IPU CET, the institution validates other National-level entrance exams for acceptance to its multiple courses. IPU reserves 85% intake for Delhi candidates and the residual 15% offered to candidates outside the Delhi region.

Memberships and Affiliations

• Distance Education Bureau (DEB)
• Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
• Medical Council of India (MCI)
• Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

IP University of New Delhi, India Ranking

IP University is the 74th ranked university of India, and various private and government colleges are under this university.

IP University of India affiliates 118 colleges, among which 83 of the colleges are self-financing institutions while the remaining thirty-five are government institutions. The university’s ranking will aid you in making a fair comparison among all the university’s affiliated colleges.


QUIZ – Can You Guess Which 10 Product Sales Are Breaking The Internet During COVID 19 Pandemic?

While some industries like hospitality, restaurants, taxis, travel and flights are struggling during the pandemic, these 10 products are seeing unprecedented sales online. Americans are ordering online more than ever! Most products that are breaking the internet have some or the other direct co-relation with us staying at home. We are cooking more, exercising more at home, watching more TV and improving our homes more than ever. Here’s a list of the top 10 products that have broken all past records in terms of online sales. Can you guess them all?

If you haven’t yet bought them, statistically chances are that you will buy at least 7 of the 10 before the pandemic ends. So here goes our list of the products that are breaking the Internet during Coronavirus. 

Product 1

  • Sales Up 32000% From Same Time Last Year

  • President Trump has repeatedly insisted on not using this product.

  • This product reduces your chances of catching the virus by 42%

This product has constantly been out of stock and according to estimates, it is selling over 200,000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 2

  • Sales Up 1700% From Same Time Last Year

  • It’s a male grooming product, but females can use it too

  • With this product, you don’t need to go to the barber anymore.

It is selling over 10,000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 3

  • Sales Up 1900% From Same Time Last Year

  • You can stream Apple TV, Prime Video, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, Hulu, Live TV and PlayStation Vue with this product.

  • This product and a TV is all you need for a lifetime of entertainment

It is selling over 8000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 4

  • Sales Up 1200% From Same Time Last Year

  • Statistically it is the most un-used product in a household.

  • 30 minute’s usage of this product everyday reduces your chances of obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol by 70%

It is selling over 19,000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 5

  • Sales Up 2000% From Same Time Last Year

  • Every restaurant has this product

  • 12% of Americans have used this product for the first time this year

It is selling over 13,500 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 6

  • Sales Up 900% From Same Time Last Year

  • Particularly useful if you have a back garden

  • Perfect gift for young parents during school closures

It is selling over 6000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 7

  • Sales Up 400% From Same Time Last Year

  • Sells better in hotter states

  • Your best friend if you like throwing parties and love drinking. Not useful for beer drinkers.

It is selling over 5500 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 8

  • Sales Up 700% From Same Time Last Year

  • Popular with those starting their Youtube channels

  • Useful for girls to makeup without a mirror

It is selling over 2,000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 9

  • Sales Up 21000% From Same Time Last Year

  • You’ve seen this product used in Airports recently

  • Works remotely, doesn’t need touching

It is selling over 17000 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?

Product 10

  • Sales Up 1000% From Same Time Last Year

  • Useful for vehicle owners

  • If you’ve been at home and haven’t started your car in a while, you will probably need it

It is selling over 880 units a day in the United States.

Can You Guess This Product?


What Happens if a Treadmill Stops Suddenly – Power Outage or Broken

Treadmill Sudden Halts and Understanding Relative Velocity

Treadmills may Halt All of a Sudden

Imagine you’re running on the road at 10 Km/h or 6 M/h speed and suddenly a pole appears 1 foot ahead of you. There’s no way you can stop in time to avoid collision. That’s because your body has momentum and relative to the earth you are going at 10 kilometers per hour; the momentum would make your body slow down gradually and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to come to a complete stand-still the moment you decide to stop. You will use your body and leg muscles in the opposite direction but the pole being 1 foot away means your body will continue to surge ahead despite your efforts to stop.

A pole 1 foot away - hypothetical result

However, if you’re running with the same speed on a treadmill and the treadmill stops suddenly because it’s broken or because of a power outage, you will stop right there at that very moment. That’s because your speed with respect to the earth on the treadmill is 0 Km/h. Your brain will take a few milliseconds to identify that the treadmill belt has stopped and you may place the next step but you won’t collide with great force with the treadmill’s panel because your body’s momentum doesn’t exist in one particular direction. Yes you can have a knee injury because of the jerk though. many treadmills come with a big STOP button, pushing which the machine comes to a sudden stop – this is provided in case there is an emergency – like a piece of your clothing is stuck or if you’ve stepped at the wrong place and are about to fall.

This is why understanding relative velocity (velocity and not speed because velocity is directional) is important for treadmill users. So if you’re wondering what happens in case of a power cut or in case the treadmill breaks, don’t worry, you’ll not run into the cross-panel and hurt yourself badly. On a treadmill what really happens is that your legs are moving in running-like motion but you’re not really running, it’s more like hopping at a stationary point. Regular treadmill users must also have noticed that unless the treadmill training is done on an incline, you can cover larger distances on the treadmill as compared to actual running.

The Bus Example:

When you’re on a moving bus, your body’s velocity relative to the earth is that of the bus. That’s why you may have noticed that when you try to exit a moving bus, because of your body’s momentum, you body continues traveling in the direction of the bus. That’s why most people run in the direction of the moving bus while getting off a moving bus. Also, if you toss a ball in the air in a moving bus, you will notice that the ball lands back in your hand and the speed of the bus becomes irrelevant because the velocity of the ball thrown in the air is 0Km/h with respect to the bus. If you’re traveling in a bus at 50km/h and a car passes you by at 60km/h then the car’s “”relative velocity” is 10Km/h with the bus as a reference point.

My Gym, My City and Electricity Cuts

Whenever on the treadmill, I always worry about what would happen if the belt stops suddenly especially being in a country where power outages are normal. I hope you found this article useful. Any questions, please write a comment below.


What inspires me to go on

I’ve been living… and it’s been more than 23 years – more than one third of an average human being’s life.

I sometimes find time in moments of calm to thank God for the beautiful life I’ve seen, for the dream-like family and friends I’ve been blessed with, for the way things have just fallen in place and how, enwrapped and over-ruled by this all pervasive world of man-made rules, mannerisms, pretentiousness and ‘perspectives of others of the same kind as me’, I’ve behaved and interpreted things in a “humanly perceived” proper way. I find it strange…

I have experienced life from childhood to youth, have experienced moments of happiness, pain, success, failure, respect, responsibility, love, hatred and myriad other emotions like the trillions of people who have taken birth and died. In the same moment of calm, I elaborate my thoughts and think how millions of them would’ve lived honest lives, some would’ve cheated others of their contemporary times, made more money or wealth (whatever wealth meant at that time). And how, in spite of those occupying lives and all activities that made their busy lives, there is no trace of those people. Probably trillions will keep taking birth and die the same way.

I don’t think about all this to give up living life the “normal social” human way, but these ‘once a decade’ thoughts inspire me… When sometimes I go and see my face in the mirror, I’m unable to believe that this is me. I keep staring at the image for a minute and then something inside me isolates itself from the face, hands and the body, I realise the concept of “aatma” (soul) being different from the “shareer” (body). I repeat my name Arjun and realise how others associate this word with the image that is in front of me and this question pops up… “Main kaun hoon?” (Who am I?). I move my hands and realise how I have been given access to these wonderful organs, how my body is automatically breathing in and out and how this time is so limited and within this time, I have to use this body to achieve something. WHAT IS THIS SOMETHING? WHY HAVE I BEEN GIVEN ACCESS TO THIS BODY? WHAT IS MY AIM OF MY TAKING BIRTH? Is this just me who’s mad at this time or is it everyone around me, so involved with petty day to day issues unable to see the truth? If this is the truth, which 99.99999% people can’t see, then maybe it is not meant to be seen. I feel an immense sense of responsibility to make the most of this body. This inspires me to believe that in the 2/3rds of the life left, I have this precious opportunity of finding out who I am and to live every moment to the fullest.

Progressing a bit further on the same philosophy of trying to make out my role as a human being, my mom’s words come in my mind. She, being born a Hindu and having undying faith in the teachings of Gita, says that we are here to do good to others and accumulate good deeds, after which we will exhaust our karma and become one with Krishna, the God. I feel a great sense of satisfaction in thinking that way, but the feeling of not existing in any form and becoming one with God is also scaring. What will I be if I won’t be anything? Plus, if it is true, why is the population of the world just increasing and increasing? Where are the new people coming from? To this, my mom has an answer – all these human beings that you see, you and me, were existing in different forms of life earlier and have now got the birth of a human and this is the testing time, as only humans are sane enough to realise what is wrong and what is right. Agreed, but why on earth have suddenly all creatures become lucky enough to be given human forms when it is so great? Well, I can tell you she has answers to all my questions, but after a point I feel kinda unsatiated with the answers, so try to explore other reasons myself.

My theory – What if I made a toy?

If I were an accomplished scientist (capable of creating whatever I wanted to) and I wished to make a toy for my entertainment, what would I create? Lets do this together.

I may have created a world, where independent objects would be able to interact with each other and have senses through which they would identify their surroundings, then I would give them enough intelligence to engage in certain activities themselves which would result in exciting interaction so that I would be able to just watch what they do amongst themselves which would be great entertainment for me. But if I gave them limited intelligence, they would do just the same thing again and again. So I would give them evolving intelligence, where they become more and more intelligent as they keep learning from their experiences. Oh, but if I were to give them evolving intelligence, they would, at a stage evolve to my level and overtake or equal my intelligence and become a threat to me. What then? No, I would limit that by giving them very less time, so that they wouldn’t evolve enough to equal my intelligence and perish before reaching any close to my intelligence. I would want interaction, making them 100% dependable on each other would result in that. A would need B to survive, and C would need A to live. But why would they want to live? Because the process of not living or dying would inflict an undesirable feeling called pain. Avoiding pain and having love for the ones of their own kind would force them to avoid death and inflicting the same pain on someone else would be their only solution to avoid it. It would be such an entertaining game.. wouldn’t it?

What if God was that scientist and all of us his toys? What if we were here just to entertain him? Well, then Hitler would have attained the most brownie points!! :D I know it sounds silly, but just for once, think of it that way. Or else tell me the reason for your existence.

I am a believer in God and try to imbibe in myself, aspects of every religion which my heart prefers to believe and which my brain is able to justify. So, you can’t call me an atheist trying to play around, I’m just writing what I feel, afterall blogs are meant to write what you feel, I’ve tried to discuss some things that I haven’t been able to justfy.


Which New York City sculpture is not located in Central Park?

Welcome everyone to the 25th and last day of Marriott World of Rewards quiz. Today’s question is:

Which New York City sculpture is not located in Central Park?


Charging Bull

(suggested by Eric – thanks Eric)

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green in New York City.
Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green in New York City.

The Charging Bull was sculpted by Arturo Di Modica, weighs 3200 Kgs (7000 pounds) and is made from Bronze. The Bull represents financial stability in America. There’s a very interesting story about how the $300,000 Charging Bull ended up near Wall Street. Read at Wikipedia.

I have to admit – I don’t really understand the question. There are tens of other sculptures located in different parts of New York. Can the answer be Statue of Liberty? Do they want to ask “not located on mainland” or something? or is it multiple choice?

Please help me with this one guys. First 24 questions made sense. This one doesn’t.

Eric’s suggestion – Charging Bull.

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What St. Kitts attraction has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site?

The Marriott World of Rewards question no. 21, released today, is:

What St. Kitts attraction has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site?

And the answer is:

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

St Kitts & Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress is in the country officially known as the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis, which have a population close to 45,000. These twin Carribean islands are a popular tourist destination, especially for romantic holidays such as honeymoons. The climate of the islands ispleasantly tropical, ranging between 17 and 33 centigrade.

The islands are volcanic in origin and between them cover an area of some 101 square miles. The volcanic origin lends itself to some mountainous terrain. The highest mountain in St Kitts is Mount Liamiuga at 3,972 feet and the highest mountain on Nevis Island is Mount Nevis at 3,232 feet high.

Brimstone Fortress National Park

Brimstone is one of the best known attractions on St. Kitts. On 2 dECEMBER 1999 UNESCO announced that is was designating Brimstone Fortress National Park with the status of a World Heritage site. Work was originally begun on Brimstone in 1690 and the fortress was created by the British military over the 104 years that followed; builot mainly by African slave labour. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of architecture by the British military.

Further information about Brimstone Fortress National Park is available at:


Buddha reincarnation Ram Bahadur Bamjan – 18 year old miracle boy!

Who is Ram Bahadur Bomjon?

(or Ram Bahadur Bomjan or Banjan or “Buddha Boy” or Palden Dorje?)

Ram Bahadur Bomjon - Reincarnation of Gautam Buddha?
Ram Bahadur Bomjon – Reincarnation of Gautam Buddha?

In brief:

Ram Bahadur Bamjan – now an 18 year old boy, was born in Nepal (a Himalayan nation that borders northern India) and gained massive popularity after he acquired what people believe is the ability to disappear and appear anywhere.  In May 2005, he started meditating (worshiping) at his home village Ratanapuri, then disappeared and appeared on two occasions for 10 and 4 months respectively.

In March last year (2007) he was found by the police, meditating in a 7 feet deep underground bunker.

In August 2007, he addressed a large gathering and said some things about international peace and spiritualism. <I’m pretty impressed with his speech, which you can read at wikipedia here>

2 days ago – On the 10th of November 2008, Bamjan appeared again. Since then, people are visiting in their tens of thousands, just to get a look at the “reincarnation of Gautam Buddha”, as he’s widely believed to be.

Ram Bahadur Bamjan after reappearing in Nov 08
Ram Bahadur Bamjan after reappearing in Nov 08

People need proof!

However, Nagarjuna Instt. of Exact Methods in Nepal has said that Ram Bahadur Bomjon needs to be assessed before he can claim to be the reincarnation of Gautam Buddha.

“Meditating without food does not prove that he is reincarnation of Buddha. There is much study needed to be done.”

<How can you scientifically determine if one is a reincarnation of someone?!!!>

Why is Bomjan being called a reincarnation of Buddha?

There are various similarites between Gautam Buddha’s and Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s lives.

Gautam Buddha

Gautam Buddha meditating

Brief biography: Gautam Buddha was born a prince, somewhere around 500 B.C. When he was born, his father, the king ,was told  that should Gautam ever realise the true state of the world with its poverty and pain, he would renounce all worldly desires and become a sage. The king hid the outside world from Gautam Buddha, but one day Buddha saw everything that had been hidden from him. He left behind his wife and child, renounced the throne and spent many years meditating for months at a time. He practiced spirituality and with hard work and persistence converted himself from a normal human being to someone who could appear and disappear. He developed capabilities to read and control people’s minds, carried a weapon for self-defense. He was seen to perform miracles like standing in the air, making things appear in his hands etc.

His views were so powerful and motivating, that his teachings became widely respected and one of the oldest religions of the world, Buddhism,  was born.

Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s powers:

Ram Bahadur Bomjan, has things common to Gautam Buddha. Bomjan carries a sword for self-defense, can meditate for months without food or water, has appeared and disappeared on a few occasions and has views very similar to those of Buddha.

Only time will tell what Ram Bahadur Bomjon does for human kind, but as I write this, people are lining up to get a glimpse of who they believe is the reincarnation of Gautam Buddha. The Buddha Boy!


After banks and Iceland, Ukraine goes bankrupt! Hungary, Pakistan and Belarus next.

The International Monetary Fund – IMF has agreed to lend $16.5 billion (in loan) to Ukraine to help it sustain its economy and financial stability, after the international credit crunch rendered the country’s currency and stock markets plunging.

“The authorities’ program is intended to support Ukraine’s return to economic and financial stability, by addressing financial sector liquidity and solvency problems, by smoothing the adjustment to large external shocks and by reducing inflation,” Dominique Strauss Kahn, the Managing Director of IMF said. “At the same time, it will guard against a deep output decline by insulating household and corporations to the extent possible.”

In recent times, Ukraine’s capital city Kiev had seen an expansion boom thanks to availability of loans or mortgages for properties. It was coming up as one of the best markets for international investment. Now, because of credit crunch that originated in the United States, very less or no banks are willing to lend money, resulting in decline of property prices.

Ukraine’s currency Hryvnia has taken a massive dip in the last 2 weeks and because of the country’s reliance on steel and price reductions, Ukraine is now in desperate need of of the 16 and a half billion dollars.

World economy lowdown – Help IMF!

After the recent USA government’s intervention of 700 Billion US dollars to help the American economy led by Neel Kashkari, followed by a 2.1 billion dollars’ loan to Iceland by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) –  Pakistan, Hungary and Belarus are on the verge of major economic collapses. All three countries are at advanced stages of talks with the IMF.

Countries least affected are those with least economic interactions with the United States. Except for India and China, there aren’t many.


What’s the time change? daylight saving times 2008 – country wise

Worldwide schedule for DST (Daylight saving time)

The clocks went back 1 hour in the UK today (midnight, 26th of October 2008).

In the US, day light saving time (or time change) ends this fall, on the 2nd of November this year (2008). Day light saving time changes every year and depends mostly on earth’s rotation.

If you have questions regarding your local time, just do the following:
Go to and search for “Time YourCity”. For example, to check out the present time in London, click here.

What is daylight saving time?

In layman’s words, because winters have shorter days and longer nights (especially in Europe and America), in order to have maximum day light when you’re awake, the clocks are moved back an hour. Because of this time change, you start work at 8, when normally you’d have started at 9, and finisish at 5 when normally you’d finish by 6. This lets you spend more time awake when the sun’s out. Daylight savings time was created to let afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less daylight.  In the start of spring, clocks are adjusted 1 hour ahead (obviously because the summer has longer days) and adjusted 1 hour back just after autumn. Intelligent time change!

Which countries use DST? (daylight saving time)

DST was proposed by William Willett, an english architect/builder to make best use of sunshine. Many countries have tried using the DST (daylight saving time) but at present most countries, except ones in the American continents and Europe, don’t use day light savings.

The world over, countries that do use DST move their clocks by a maximum of 1 hour forward or backward. List of countries that use the Daylight Saving time:

1. All countries in Europe except Iceland. Iceland has moved its clock backward 1 hour permanently, so you can say that the country is in permanent DST (and I guess it has to, considering it is one of the coldest countries with very scarce sunshine.

2. USA (United States of America) – This year in fall, 2008, the daylight saving time begins on the 2nd of November 2008 when all states move their clocks back an hour. Well, if you use Windows XP, Vista, IPhone or any other new phone, you phone or computer or laptop should do that for you automatically. If you do, however rely on a wrist watch, better tune into the radio once a day 😉 For exact details for each state and city in the United States, please go to: Wikipedia

3. Australia – Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia will observe it on the last Sunday of October 2008, whereas Tasmania has started on the first Sunday of October 2008.

4. New Zealand – Last Sunday of September each year, daylight saving time begins in New Zealand and end on April’s first Sunday.

5. Canada – Most Canadian states conform to the US DST rules. (pretty obvious to me)

6. Greenland

7. Mexico