The good old days… ๐Ÿ“–

This is my second RK Narayan book; second hand, bought from Blossoms on Church Street ๐Ÿ‘‰ A Sunday browsing second hand books๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ“š My first RK Narayan book was a travel book The Emerald Route ๐Ÿ‘‰ Celebrating Karnataka: Beyond Bangalore๐ŸŒฑ I have not read his most famous books with setting in the the town of Malgudi,…

Cravings for cold cloudy days…๐ŸŽ

It’s been a few days since we have seen the sun; the sky is an undulating cover of white and grey with occasional rain and cold breeze. Hailing from Kerala where it’s sweltering hot, the weather in Bangalore is reminiscent of a hill station and it’s lovely ๐Ÿ˜˜. The cloudy cold days prompt cravings for…

Zomato Zinger ๐Ÿ”

Each week has something to look forward to ๐Ÿ˜Š; this week it was all about the much awaited IPO from the food delivery app Zomato. It’s difficult not to have this brand as a part of our daily life esp. in Bangalore; every weekend we order food in and Zomato delivers. On certain weekdays, maybe…

A moment in memory: Fuchsia ๐Ÿ’•

Some words remain etched in my brain and the word Fuchsia is one in the list. I first heard of this colour from one of my older cousin sisters as she was describing the colour of her wedding sari, the manthrakodi – the colourful sari the bride wears for the wedding reception. The bride wears…

Writing tab for online teaching โœ๏ธ

Most teachers admit that online teaching is not as satisfying as teaching in classrooms, one of the prime reasons being that they cannot express themselves freely while explaining concepts. Writing and drawing on the board is an integral part of teaching and removing this live element from classes, in a way sucks the life out…

A week in pics ๐ŸŽ‹

What’s news !? Rains โ˜”๏ธ The weather in Bangalore is dreamy. The lockdown here has been lifted and under the erstwhile normal we should be stepping out to explore the city esp. during the weekends; but not so much now. Surprisingly, we are still content to remain at home ! The home deliveries have been…

A taste of Kerala…๐Ÿ˜˜

Looks like Brownies; but no ๐Ÿ˜Œ Homemade; yes ! ๐Ÿ˜˜ It’s a fruit halwa… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Jackfruit halwa ๐Ÿค— Tasty and unique to Kerala…a taste of home !! Till next post, take care !!

POTD: July blooms ๐ŸŒผ

Three flowers on my Pathumani (10 O’clock) plant today. Yellow flowers ๐Ÿ’›. They are probably the easiest flowering plants to grow; they flower practically everyday, pretty little things๐ŸŒผ. They make my day !! I hope to get the pink ones too ๐ŸŒธ !! This is probably the first flowering plant on my balcony; borrowing the…

Portfolio picks ๐Ÿ’ฐ

“And yet, the truth, as I understand it, is there is a bit of voyeur in each one of us who profess a liking to fiction. Much as we might claim loftier reasons such as love for the language or a deep interest in human behavioural patterns, what really gets to us is the peephole…

Go for Gold ๐ŸŒŸ

For the past several months, the front pages across most newspapers showcased two main graphs, one depicting the progress of the pandemic and vaccines while the other tracing the journey of the equity markets as it inched higher and higher. Inbetween, the cryptocurrencies shot into limelight with their spectacular rise and subsequent fall. India has…

The Magic Whistle โฒ

Sounds like the title of an Enid Blyton story. But not so. When we were playing the edible alphabet game in our family WhatsApp group ๐Ÿ‘‰ Q for Queens ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป, my dish for the letter Y was the very common yam. I have a love hate relationship with this vegetable. I love it enough to…

Jasmine โ€โ€

The June flower for me is Jasmine. In our apartment complex we have two small Jasmine shrubs growing in a quiet corner thanks to the efforts of our hired gardners. They would normally go unnoticed as the flowers currently are blooming in single digits only. For me, just one white Jasmine flower amidst the dark…

POTD: Spotted ๐Ÿฆ‹

When you have the time to click butterfly photos๐Ÿฆ‹, it’s a sign that you are relaxed and have time on your side๐Ÿ˜„. Both are good indicators because June so far has been hectic; more on that later. But today morning was unhurried and so while venturing out to collect the fish delivered at our apartment…

Sweet start to the month ๐Ÿฅญ

June is always special; celebrating the arrival of the monsoon โ›ˆ ; but this year it is in June that we finally got to taste this year’s mangoes๐Ÿฅญ. So double celebrations๐Ÿฅณ. Usually we get a carton from Kerala filled with our homegrown Moovandan mangoes; but this time, mom said most of the mangoes were infested…

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri ๐Ÿ“–

“I dislike waking up and feeling pushed inevitably forward. But today, Saturday, I don’t have to leave the house. I can wake up and not have to get up. There’s nothing better.” Yes, I bought a copy too. Amidst the pandemic, lockdown and cyclones raging outside, Amazon is still delivering ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. It’s a rare buy…

Q for Queens ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป

Inspired by Anita Nair’s book – the Alphabet Soup for Lovers ๐Ÿ‘‰Good reads for the monsoon 2020 #1 ๐Ÿฆ‹ we held an edible alphabet game in our family WhatsApp group. Beginning from the first of the month till the twenty sixth, the participants had to post a picture of a homemade dish, beginning with the…

Happiness homemade ๐ŸŽ‚

Today was my younger nephew’s b’day. He turned seven๐Ÿ‘ฆ. My brother and sil arranged an online cake cutting, the kid was thrilled and so were we. He is used to online classes, so greeting his cousins and grandparents virtually seemed perfectly normal to him. My sil took the trouble to bake a cake๐ŸŽ‚. It was…

Lillies of the (football) field โ€

Look what the rains have brought โœจโœจ White rain lilies are what they are called I think. They are so pretty ๐Ÿ˜˜. The white is glowing and in the background of the green, growing in bunches they are a spectacular sight !! It’s not just a pretty flower, it is a happy flower, welcoming the…

Easy Indian Meal (Set #10): Rice and curries ๐Ÿ›

“Cook with love, thinking about the people who are going to be eating your food. Think how much you want them to enjoy the meal. Put your heart into it !” my Dad’s secret to cooking tasty meals. In the midst of the lockdown, when everyday is the same, meals have taken up the additional…

Sunday musings ๐Ÿ˜‚

This tweet is on the cover page of today’s ToI. She has summed up the situation perfectly. It’s sooo….apt !!๐Ÿ˜‚