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…

Scuba diving in Pondicherry🚤

The scuba diving took place on 1st Oct 2019 and am writing about it a month later; the delay was in anticipation of receiving the underwater photographs from the vendor. We paid for the same, was promised via email 15 – 24 hours later; but not received them till date, now a month and counting….

Celebrating Karnataka: Beyond Bangalore🌱

1st November is celebrated both in Kerala and Karnataka as their respective foundation day. Another very visible point of commonality between the two neighbouring states is that the state bus transport division in both states carry the same acronym KSTRC – Kerala/ Karnataka Road Transport Corporation. Everytime we see this bus in Bangalore, we are reminded of…

It’s Diwali…💥💥

The harbinger of Diwali are the ads in the newspapers screaming Sale! People loosen the purse strings; each family and every member has a wish-list and all the postponed purchases are carried out. So what’s happening at home? Residing in a melting pot like Bangalore we can’t stop from getting pulled in by the surrounding festive…

BSE Ltd: The exchange’s blue ocean strategy is yielding results

Paperless MF investing – it’s something taken for granted by a digital native, but for a digital immigrant like me its nothing short of a miracle of technology. I shortlisted a few MF schemes for investment, but they were spread across different AMCs; I want the Direct plan, bypassing the agents; this means a visit…

A glimpse into Auroville – The City of Dawn 💮

We took a half day tour of Auroville via a package called Auroville Impressions. Here’s what we got to see…🍀 Entry to Auroville is free (you have to pay for parking your vehicle at the visitor’s car park😁). Just to get a peek into the place, reach the Visitors’ Centre; see the presentation on Auroville;…

Lunching escapades🍽… places to eat in Pondicherry🍰

All holiday travel essentials include a list of – things to do and places to dine. We compile a list based on recommendations from friends, family, blog posts and then narrow down our choices. “In Pondicherry, you should eat at the Rendezvous restaurant.” was a recommendation from family member. “Cafe des Arts is a must…

Maison Perumal: A Memorable stay at Pondicherry

Let’s start from where we left off in the last post – at Maison Perumal, Pondicherry… We arrived in Pondicherry tired and hungry from our walk at Gingee fort. Though in the heart of the city, Maison Perumal is located in a quiet lane; we made our way through the narrow road lined by cars and…

Bangalore to Pondicherry: A scenic road trip to the east coast🏖🚙

A distance of over 300 kms; approximately a 6 hour journey; less than the Bangalore-Goa road trip we had last October. We had no stops planned in-between and so the comparatively smaller distance meant a slow start, aiming to reach Pondicherry 3:00 pm; we decided to start out by 9:00 am. (We were late, starting…