Tête-à-tête 🚗 (guest post)

Not sure if it’s calculated or a mere coincidence but they do select the least expected spots as the catchment areas; it can be just around an unsuspecting curve, two streets away from the popular watering holes in the locality in the late evenings and even right at the bottom of an empty overbridge where…

1️⃣ December: Tree Day🎄

No sun today; it’s cloudy, grey and a windy morning here in Bangalore; has all the signs of a lazy day ahead. Quoting Jim Rohn here “Either you run the day or the day runs you!” It is a special day though, the beginning of a new month and the first task of December is…

Camera Chronicles: Ready, set, sail @Bambolim, Goa⛵️-II

“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images–one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” ― Susan Sontag, On Photography Aquasail – a fun venture we encountered at the Grand Hyatt resort in Goa earlier this month. The plan we opted for had sailing in three boats for…

Workcation at Grand Hyatt, Goa 🌴

Warm sun, cool breeze and rhythmic sound of the waves; not the ideal the setting for work, but work we must. And that was okay and that was how it was planned. Grand Hyatt is located by the sea shore overlooking the Bambolim bay; 25 kms away from the Goa airport at Dabolim. A sprawling…

New & Blue 🌬

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb I am back to working full-time now and in a new niche. Starting over anew, after a sabbatical is a roller-coaster experience. The opportunity was godsend; and I am grateful for it. But it’s no cakewalk; the learning curve is steep; stumbling…

Bangalore to Mangalore ✈️

Hi! there 👋 It’s been a while. Rainy days are here in Bangalore again; roads and residential layouts in parts of the extended city are flooded due to the heavy rains. The sudden rise in water levels has created havoc and confusion on the ground; we meanwhile are taking to the skies and on a…

Surrounded by water🌊 and enveloped in rain🌧🌴

We landed in Kerala in pouring rain and realized that we had forgotten to pack the umbrella ☔️. It was a Sunday morning and most shops in Kochi had their shutters down; but our taxi driver was helpful and we managed to buy an umbrella the way to the hotel. I had initially tried yanking…

A favourite destination in Bengaluru✈️

My alarm starts to ring, it’s 5:00 am on a Sunday morning; it’s still dark outside and my head feels groggy initially, but soon settles on a single line of thought, that I have to get a head start on the To Do list for the morning so as to make it out of the…

Lunch @Maya, Jayanagar, Bangalore🍽

Jayanagar is one of the older suburbs in Bangalore, which still has broad tree lined roads enveloped in thick green canopy that blocks the sunlight from reaching the ground; hence even on a hot afternoon, it feels quite cool. “It’s where all the moneybags in Bangalore stay; not the nouveau riche, the old money.” remarked…

An enchanting escapism: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 🏨

But with a dour expression, the German replied that the only contribution the Russians had made to the West was the invention of vodka.”I will buy a glass of vodka for any man in this bar who can name three more.” he said “I will take you at your word and happily accept your challenge.”…

One fine morning in June 🌇

6:00 am, there is light outside; a quiet start to a cloudy morning in June, looks like it may rain but it often does not, the clouds disperse after the morning assembly. You can wake up to bird songs in Bangalore, but I never imagined I would see the avian beings responsible for the chripings,…

Biryani on Brigade road (Anjappar) 🍲

My first destination on the late Saturday morning was Commercial street in downtown Bangalore; it took more than an hour to reach there from Sarjapur side, the notorious Bangalore traffic is back in full josh. I was dropping off a few fabrics with the tailor, I had earlier bought a few Orissa Ikat printed fabrics…

Fever🤧, food😋 & frangipani😘

Looking back, it was really a Friday the 13th; I woke up with a sore throat and in a sour mood from not getting much sleep in the night; constantly waking up and then rotating about in bed trying to fall back to sleep. I had no time to sleep in either, the kid had…

Rainy day at the Kasavanahalli lake ☔️☘️

While the season remains the same, the rotation of months has seen a drastic change in the weather. Beginning from the last day of April and progressing into May, the evenings are marked by strong winds followed by lightning, thunder and heavy rain in Bangalore. The wind is so overbearing that the rain is forced…

Rain green 🌧🌿

The wetland adjacent to the Kasavanahalli lake had become terra firma under the heat of the summer sun in April. With the rain in May, the earth happily lapped up the water and eventually the enclosed area started to flood. The rains birthed new life into the land and the place is awash in green👇….

POTD: May flower❤️

More popularly called the Gulmohur (Delonix regia), native to Madagascar – this tree has so many names – Flame tree, Firetree, Flamboyant, Royal poinciana – all thanks to the picturesque spreading canopy of reddish orange flowers. Gulmohur is also known as the May flower as it’s peak flowering season is May. The tree is currently…

Selling my car @Cars24.com 🚙

The choice of the vendor was by chance but it was a good experience. I managed the sale from Bangalore, the vehicle was at my parent’s place in Kottayam, Kerala and there was also some pending paperwork from the financier at Kochi, Kerala. But it all came through without having to travel from Bangalore to…