May the New Year bring luck and love, health and happiness, prosperity and peace of mind… May there be sanity and equilibrium in spite of the chaotic madness around us.

Inspiration: Tanoura Dance, an Egyptian folk dance usually performed in Egyptian Sufi festivals… 8 minutes of continuous whirling by the ‘Darawish’, the Sufi man who performed the dance and yet when he stopped he was completely still. ‘Focusing on an inner point in the mind keeps one in equilibrium, irrespective of how long one whirls’, he said. Do watch my 15 seconds video on Tanoura Dance in Instagram.

2013 has been exceptionally kind to my blog – I have traveled to many countries, met many chefs, visited many new restaurants, learnt many new recipes and have been showered with a lot of love from many new readers. I do hope that I’ve been able to remain connected to those readers who have been with me from my early days of blogging (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Only a few hours left for the New Year to begin. What are your plans to ring in the New Year? How did 2013 treat you and what do you hope for in 2014? If you still haven’t made your plans, Foodiva can be of some help or hop onto Fooderati Arabia to check out what some of the UAE bloggers have to say.

Unblogging it all… Ishita

Disclaimer: Tanoura Dance can be experienced in most campsites during a Desert Safari in Dubai. Please note that this post is not a sponsored post and the subject, story, opinions and views stated here are my own and are independent. While you enjoy reading the posts with lot of visuals, please do not use any material from this post. You can see more pictures of my travel and food journey here. December 2013 Posts:

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Written by IshitaUnblogged

A Culinary Travel Blog by a Bong Gourmet. From Dubai, Kolkata & the world beyond, street food to fine dining, recipes to chef talks, it pens down experiences. With 2 kids in tow!


  1. Great shots Ishita! I must say however, I have been to several desert safaris and never seen tanoura dancers. I think you’re far more likely to get a belly dancer, and once I’ve seen a Khaleeji hair dance. Where did you see this one?

    PS – happy new year xx

    1. Thank you Sarah! Most desert safaris nowadays have Tanoura dance in addition to belly dancing. Did you see a Khaleeji hair dance in a desert safari? Wishing you a very Happy New Year as well. Love to H and the boys:)

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