Taneira – Indulgences in Silk

If we had the sari emoji, I would have definitely added it. But will have to wait. Nearing the month end and planning ahead, I was thinking of a few gifting options and on top of my list were saris. I need to go shopping and I need company; my cousin would be perfect. Unlike…

Good reads for the Monsoon #3

If you live in Bangalore, you must know that its no joke to say – when it rains in Bangalore, the roads turn to rivers. There is no space for the water to run-off and the flooding slows down the traffic or worse, it brings the traffic to a grinding halt. And if you are…

Good reads for the Monsoon #2 (and a perfect getaway)

If you are residing in a concrete jungle like Bangalore, you will want to get away to some place green and serene given a long weekend to enjoy the monsoon. Where to? Where else but to charming Coorg !! In Coorg we stayed at a resort called Old Kent Estate – one word to describe…

Good reads for the Monsoon #1

Kerala is beautiful during the monsoons. The rains not only wash away dust from the leaves, the land also receives a fresh coat of green in various hues. Needless to say, I enjoy the rain from indoors and the days are perfect to indulge in some reading. I am currently in the mood for books…

Salt & Music

The strangest of bedfellows; but that is the thing about travel…!! I often wonder why people (including me) keep writing (and reading) travelogues; I am not the first person to visit a place and I won’t be the last; and most of the time, thanks to the tourist circuit, we end up seeing and saying…

Binging

It is just a passing phase, but the story is so gripping with all the twists and turns that I cannot stop. Three straight days, 4 seasons over and 2 more to go. With Netflix, episode after episode, without any ad-breaks; there is no reason to get up from the sofa; order food-in and you…

Hello

It’s been over 2 months since the last post. I had an exam that required my full attention and concentration; just got over last weekend. My blog had to take a backseat; also put everything else in my life on hold and give the exam my best shot. The exam is held once a year…

Social – Meet & Celebrate 🍻

Social is one of the recent additions to Bangalore’s dining out options. The restaurant at Sarjapur is on the 7th floor and as you step out of the lift (so many people and so little space) and walk in for the first time, a smile naturally blooms as you see the large french windows opening…

Lisa Nichols – Igniting action

Often and on, we need to be motivated to get ourselves going; we need some form of  inspiration to propel us to take action; we need someone to help us when we feel stuck. Our parents and teachers used to do that when we were small, but as adults we need to self-motivate or find another…

Lost in a glorious City…

The first time travellers narrate all that they have seen, heard and encountered at a new place; sometimes comparing to their home state or to what they have read and heard about the place. A second journey to the same place after a significant gap results in a totally new script, comprising mostly of the…

Forest Essentials – Premium Ayurvedic skin care

The Indian middle class, to which I belong, are renowned for our value for money mentality when it comes to spending cash – may it be on clothes, groceries, trips, cars, electronics, anything. Hence the multi-national companies when they customise products for the Indian consumer – more bang for the buck is what they know we look…

To Be Continued

Dining out options in Bangalore are aplenty and there are new places opening everyday. To stand out in the crowd, a quirky name is a boon and so it’s no surprise that we have a restaurant named To Be Continued (TBC) at HSR Layout in Bangalore. It’s claim to fame is an open air roof…

Reminiscing…

A picture to tell a story has to be quirky, offbeat, bizarre or something unusual !? Maybe; but the simple and familiar things can tell a tale too ! The credit for the story has to go to a lady named Suzi Vaughan; she was the source of inspiration through her TED Talk titled Fashion Your…

Charcuterie

Last weekend’s lunch out was at a restaurant called The Smoke Co. located in  Koramangala, Bangalore. And here we encountered the Charcuterie Platter. I have never heard the word before, sounds foreign, European; should have googled it; the waiter suggested we try the mix charcuterie platter with an assortment of meats; but instead we decided…

Misty allure

A hill station ? No… A restaurant at the Bangalore airport. School has closed for the kid; he is off to his grandparents home for the holidays. He is travelling alone and I dropped him off at the airport. He was taking an Indigo flight and Indigo has been in the news lately for cancelling…

Hope Remains

․․․ In the fall of 2013, while on an academic assignment to Warsaw, I decided to travel to the nondescript town of Oswiecim which, for those unaware, is the town closest to the site of the most gruesome Nazi horrors. As I journeyed by train from the capital city to the countryside, I marveled at…

Travails of a train traveller

Today’s post is from my Uncle; an excerpt from his many adventures. I was recently traveling by train to the hometown, in the Hyderabad-Kollam and Kollam-Punalur routes. The Hyderabad train arrived at the Kollam station behind schedule at 1744 hrs, and the onward train to Punalur was about to leave from the adjacent platform at…

Seagull

Located in Fort Kochi between the historic Aspinwall House and Pepper House is this  restaurant called Seagull. It’s the sort of place you will want to go to with friends. Step inside, you see the waters of the Arabian sea glistening under the sun on the opposite side and you want to have a table…

Craving continental (Photoblog)

….in Kochi ? Head to the Cocoa Tree restaurant in Panampilly Nagar. Great ambience, delicious food. The dishes are well known; enjoy the pictures !! Till next post, take care !!

D for Dosa

If you are in Kochi and looking for a good place to eat, try the Curry Tree Diner. Dosa, the south Indian vegetarian breakfast staple, is traditionally served coconut chutney and sambar. The plain dosa is made tastier with a filling of mildly spiced potatoes and becomes a masala dosa. The dosa even made  an…