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…

Roads🛣to Mussoorie by Ruskin Bond: A memoir to savour 📚

I can never seem to get enough of Ruskin Bond’s Mussoorie stories; a hill station I have never been to in a district called Uttarakhand I hope to visit some day; but not this summer. May is the second month of scorching summer heat and more cloud watching, hopeful of the impromptu rain to cool…

POTD: Queen’s Flower 💖👑

The Queen’s flower also called the Queen’s Crape Myrtle also has another name, Pride of India. Till date I was able to get only a distant view of this flower, the colourful inflorescence stands upright like a bright crown on top of the branches. The flowers were violet mixed with lilac colour 👉 Tree tales:…

POTD: Catching a sunrise 🌅

” A humourist once said the most difficult problem in life was getting out of a warm bed into a cold room. And he had a point. The longer you lie there and think how unpleasant it will be to get up, the more difficult it becomes. Even in such a simple operation as this,…

Tree tales: Figs in season 🌿🌳 (April series Part 𝟠 of 𝟠)

There is a Muslim cemetery adjacent to the boundary wall of our apartment complex. Burial grounds are considered as sacred spaces, but if they are not situated next to the place of worship it’s upkeep usually gets neglected and as in all unguarded plots, weeds and waste tend to accumulate. People do visit the tombs;…

Tree tales: Drops of Gold 💛🌳 (April series Part 𝟝 of 𝟠)

The Indian laburnum also called Amaltas (Cassia fistula) is a quintessential symbol of the Indian summer. Known as the Vishu Konna poov in Kerala; beginning from the month of March, when you land at the Kochi airport, you are greeted by hanging clusters these beautiful yellow flowers. And thereafter as you drive along, on the…

Tree tales: The sacred peepal tree (April series Part 𝟜 of 𝟠)

It’s difficult to miss the Peepal tree in the greenscape👇 around the Kasavanahalli lake, Bangalore. Watch out for the solitary red crown in the row of green !! The tender and colourful peepal leaves have profused quickly covering the once bare branches. They are almost on the verge of turning fully green. The full red…

POTD: Colours of the Allamanda 🌝

Old woody vine, new leaves, generous buds and large flowers in an array of colours ! The woody climber had gone into hibernation during the last four months and now it’s blooming again prodded on by the summer’s heat and rain. The last time, I saw only one colour of the Allamanda👉POTD: Allamanda 💮, a…