And on somedays inspiration finds you…

Today it took 2.5 hours to reach Bangalore airport. I had factored in 1.45 – 2 hours, but the traffic was crawling because of the ongoing road work🚗🚌🚚🚙🛵🚛. I reached the airport by 10 am and my Indigo flight to Mumbai was due to depart by 10:20 am. My first thought was to reschedule and I…

Treat yourself to Hyderabad: A 3 day itinerary 🌆

The name Bhagmati seems quite famous in Hyderabad; though we didn’t meet any ladies with this name, there are shops named Bhagmati and even saw a boat named Bhagmati at the pier on the Hussain Sagar lake in the Lumbini Park. What’s in a name, you may ask? For Hyderabad it translates to it’s genesis….

Season’s Special🎄❄️

Last day of 2019; December passed by so quickly thanks to exams, travel and family functions. In the first two weeks the kid had is pre-board exams. With that out of the way, an excursion for his class to Auroville followed. They were staying in Auroville for 3 days to see and learn about sustainability, organic…

Namaste Hyderabad 🙏✨

10 years ago was my first visit to the city. I was in Hyderabad to conduct a training session being held at the Basheer Bagh branch of my then employer. In the evening, the office arranged a shopping-cum-sightseeing trip for all the participants to the old city – Charminar and Laad Bazaar. Charminar was closed…

Rendezvous under the jackfruit tree (Photoblog)

We were out about the city in the weekend and above is a photo of the HAL road in Bangalore. The sight of tall trees on either side, their canopies forming a green tunnel is a beautiful sight; we are in the Garden City indeed !! 10 days to Christmas and soon a new year !!…

Good reads for the holidays🎄📚

Winter or more aptly the cooler months in south India, free from the heat and rain are ideal for travel. Following the school calendar🗓, opportunity presents itself starting from October with the Puja holidays, followed by the Diwali hols and finally the Christmas holidays. And going by the travel trends reported in the papers, the millennials…

Dividend Candidate(#1): GMDC🤑

Not a great company; not even average; below average would be apt. Then why start with this? Because the dividends they dole out is quite surprising. Here’s a snapshot from 2015: Gujarat Mineral Development Company (Ticker NSE: GMDCLTD) CMP: Rs. 55.35/- (NSE, 10 Dec 2019) [1]Established in 1963,  it’s a state owned enterprise – 74%…

Dividend Income – Pot of Gold or Reality? 🌈

Dividends are a source of income for equity investors; but many are not interested in the small amounts distributed as dividends and prefer to make a killing buying low and selling high. Why should an equity investor in India pursue dividend investing? As per the current IT laws, for a resident individual dividend income upto Rs….

Women must learn to earn…an additional income🦹‍♀️

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” – Clare Boothe Luce (first American woman appointed as an ambassador) “My husband gives me Rs. 500/- to fill petrol in the car; I fill petrol for Rs. 300/- and keep Rs. 200/- for myself.” My friend is an MBA grad; she and her…

What do you do on a rainy day☔️?

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” – John Ruskin 1 Dec 2019 December morning in Bangalore; it’s cold and drizzling outside🌧. And as always my day starts with tea and Nice biscuits. I stopped…

Some days are terrible🙅‍♀️

The most difficult task in the world is to still the constant chatter in the head; the imaginary conversations about things that happened in the past start playing back and forth. And instead of embracing the new day I am lost somewhere in the past, rationalising; making up sentences that I should have said; thinking…

Food we love: Toasts 🍞💝

“Food is what we are. It speaks for us. It stays with us. When we have lost everything else, the memories of food keep us going.” says Lathika George, author of the book The Suriani Kitchen. The kid has a list – Butter chicken from a hole in the wall place at Manali Beef pepper…

Brands we love: The Baggit Story👜

Handbags, made in India? What names pop up? Hidesign is numero uno. Then there is Baggit and Caprese. If it is a leather bag, I go for Hidesign; their bags are absolutely the best and for formal wear, nothing is classier than leather. What about non-leather? For a long time, I didn’t find anything I…

Embassy Office Parks REIT : To Buy or Not to Buy?🏢

To Buy or Not to Buy – that is the question – mainly because you like some aspects of a REIT – the prospect of receiving rental income; but not sure about others – is there capital  protection and how much income can I expect? Ticker: NSE: EMBASSY; BSE: 542602 CMP Rs. 419.98/- as on 15…

Good places to eat @Indiranagar, Bangalore🍡 (Photoblog)

Planning a meal out in Bangalore? Try these two popular restaurants on 100ft road at Indiranagar; valet parking in available. Bon appetit…🍹 [1] Toit – a microbrewery in Indiranagar; spread over 3 floors, the casual setting is perfect for an afternoon brunch; more the merrier🎉 We tried the Irish Red Ale, tasted good and for…

Making your first SIP million 💷

“The key is to begin…” they say and so I start my savings with a Rs. 1000/- monthly SIP in a mutual fund. “An end date for the SIP ?” asks the advisor. “Two years for the time being and then I will decide.” Two years later…. “I will continue with the same SIP amount….

Chandigarh: A gridded legacy🛣

The vivid colours of a rainbow appear mystical to most beholders and so does the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. The garden was envisioned as a dream kingdom and made entirely of nature’s bounty by its author-architect Nek Chand Saini, a PWD road inspector of early 1900s. Nek Chand was witness to the trauma and pain following…

A better way to add rental income to your portfolio💰

Rental income has become the holy grail for a passive income source in the gig economy. And now there is an easy route…read on🚧. What are the options ? Subletting an apartment is not permitted by most landlords and hence to earn rental income you need to have ownership. You can buy a property in an…