Season’s special: Strawberries🍓

Strawberry jam, strawberry ice cream…a few of my favourite things made from strawberries are sweet and delightful; so could the actual fruit itself be any different. Unfortunately yes..!!   January to March is the strawberry season🍓 and these red juicy gold freckled fruits make their appearance in the supermarkets and wow…fresh sweet strawberries, we take…

Karavalli Feast 🌶🐟

Parents were visiting us in Bangalore; a short 5 day stay; a break from the heat in Kerala and to wish their grandson the very best for his board exams. Because of the upcoming exams we didn’t venture out much, but still managed to take them out for lunch and dinner. They preferred Indian food…

Magical monuments of Mahabalipuram✨

Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is unique in having a display of the four sculpture forms – Cave Temples, Carved Monoliths, Sculptured Scenes and Masonry Temples. They were built during the rule of the Pallava kings between 6th to 8th century AD. Kanchipuram was the capital city of the Pallavas and Mahabalipuram was their seaport. We…

Shore temple in Mahabalipuram🐚… shrouded in sand and stories

Standing on the sea shore of Bay of Bengal in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu district of India is the famous Shore temple; seen from far as two pagoda style towers rising to the sky. Why is it so famous? It’s now merely an archeological site and as per our guide Mr. Ali, the government has…

Current Netflix faves

We are currently watching season 3 of Lucifer on Netflix. The story is about the Devil coming to earth for a vaccation. He likes it on earth and decides to extend his stay; takes on the name Lucifer Morningstar, opens a night club in Los Angeles. During the day he works with a LAPD detective…

Chowmohalla Palace: Glimpse into a royal past👑

The Chowmohalla Palace is a prominent tourist attraction in all Hyderabad itineraries. It is a glimpse into the grandiose lifestyle of the erstwhile Nizams who ruled the land. A chance for the common man to be in awe of the wealth and possessions of the rich overlords. The minute I entered the vast wooden gates,…

Kappa Chakka Kandhari 🌶

The title will be familiar to Keralites or Mallus as we are referred to in Bengaluru😀; for the benefit of non-Keralites it literally translates to Tapioca Jackfruit Chilli. Located in Koramangala, it’s the name of a new restaurant in the city serving a taste of Kerala in Bangalore. For a taste of home; we arrived at…

As If I Care 😇

A sassy title😀…well that’s the name of my new lipstick for the year MAC’s As If I Care💄. It’s dark pink with a silky rich feel which they say is due to infusion of argan oil. I love it !! The name is cheeky and the shade is heavenly. Perfect match😘. Lipstick is the key…

InvITs: Investing for an additional source of income💰(IRB InvIT🛣)

We are always looking out for additional sources of income – some look for more side hustles, I look for financial assets that can generate a regular income. But while entrepreneurs can start with little or no money, financial assets require an initial lumpsum investment. One such income generating avenue currently available in the Indian…

Love antique homes? You must visit Dakshina Chitra in Tamil Nadu🏠

Everyday, we step outside dressed to fit in; but we strive to ensure that our homes reflect our uniqueness. In a country like India, the houses are treasure troves showcasing the diversity of its people. The old houses were built – both in and out – to reflect the family’s caste, social status and means…

Wedding weekend in Kerala💐

Republic Day weekend; the kid’s school sent a message asking us to watch the Republic Day parade on the TV to see “the newly inducted stealth attack helicopter Apache and the transport helicopter Chinook” taking part in the fly past for the first time. But we were miles away in Kerala attending a family wedding….

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….