The best of YS Weekender: Santorini sunsets, Dia Mirza, and a summer trek to Dayara Bugyal

This weekend, we find out why having a clear vision should be a top priority for an entrepreneur, the intricacies of a game of poker and why heritage foods and treks are so trendy this summer

What do you like to do over the summer? Head to the hills or opt for the sun, surf and sand of the beaches? Himanshu Wardhan, MD of Etsy, India, loves any kind of travel, so whether it is watching a sunset in Santorini, or travelling across the Death Valley or stopping to visit the seaside resorts and misty mountains of Turkey, he finds that travel helps you step back and view your own life differently. But travelling extensively comes with its own set of problems. Find out what happened when his car was broken into and he lost all his luggage. Also, don’t miss his tips for young entrepreneurs who dream about changing the world.

Himanshu Wardhan

If you love getting the latest buzz on Bollywood celebrities, here’s some news on Dia Mirza, known for her stellar performances in films like “Lage Raho Munnabhai”, “Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.”, “Shootout at Lokhandwala”, “Krazzy 4” and “Sanju”. The former beauty queen, and now, actor and producer, is well known for leading a life of style with substance. Besides being involved in several noteworthy causes, Dia Mirza also owns her own production house. Check out the latest on her new web series called “Mind the Malhotras” based on the hugely popular Israeli comedy called “La Famiglia”.

Dia Mirza

Does the thought of warm khichdi, golden vada pav with butter melting on top or or pickled mango straight from the jar leave you longing for the foods you’ve loved since your childhood? There is nothing better than the prism of nostalgia to allow us to entertain the delusion that we lived in a culinary golden age, says our food columnist who explores the world of desi foods this week. How do you discern between the best and most unhealthy of those dishes? Enjoy a walk down memory lane and read about some of the finest heritage foods of our land.

Heritage food can evoke many memories

Women are raising the bar and breaking boundaries across professions and poker is no different. Meet Nikita Luther, who won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet in Las Vegas, which many call poker’s “Olympic Gold”. Did you know that being a poker player is as intense as any other job? Find out the skills involved in playing poker which includes studying intricate concepts of mathematics, probability, game theory, strategy and psychology.

Nikita Luther

Why stay indoors and stare at electronic screens all through the summer? Sandhya UC, founding partner, Indiahikes, suggests that you set off on a trek with your family. According to her, trekking opens up new doors, new thoughts, and grooms a child’s personality. Her company has come up a new programme called Treks for Families with children, where youngsters can enjoy a trek in the company of other children and their parents too.

A child can learn many life lessons during a trek

If there is one thing you could change about yourself what would it be? Rahul Garg, Founder and CEO, Moglix answers this question and many more in our Proust questionnaire. Did you know his favourite hero of fiction is John Galt from Ayn Rand's book, Atlas Shrugged? And does he believe in looking back in regret? No, he says. We need to learn to Carpe Diem (seize the day)!

Rahul Garg


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