Bekal fort : A more famous afterlife

Bekal may have been a prominent port of call during the medieval period with the profitable the spice trade in the Malabar region with the Arabs and then the Europeans. But Bekal was never a capital of any empire and hence lack any grandiose stories. During the time of Tipu Sultan, it was briefly the administrative…

A tranquil oasis in God’s Own Country: Taj Bekal

Starting with a story from the Hindu mythology…… Vishnu is the Preserver in the Hindu triad. Vishnu is said to descend on earth in various avatars to restore order. Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Parasurama was born as the youngest son of Jamadagni, a sage and Renuka. In the Vedic society, the Kshatriyas were the…

Sweet November

The post has nothing in common with the movie of the same name. “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” by Eleanor Roosevelt is currently my favourite birthday quote.  Last week of November saw a dual birthday day in the family. One was my brother’s and my sister-in-law made…

Goa to Bekal : A road trip across 3 states

So where is Bekal? It’s a small town by the Arabian Sea in Kasargod district, in the state of Kerala. And why Bekal? Because we are heading home to Kerala and Bekal is a half-way point for a stopover. And I have never been to Bekal. We leave the hotel by 9:00 am after breakfast….

Parent traps: An awareness for Gen X

A weekend workshop was organised at the kid’s school and the topic was Positive Parenting. The pictures in the post are the cartoons that appear in the Times of India newspaper everyday.The workshop started with a reminder about all the mistakes we keep committing as against the Positive Parenting guide. Then to the main areas…

Portuguese Sentinels : Forts of Goa

It’s the only thing I remember, maybe there was more but I can’t seem to recollect; the only mention of Portuguese in India in the school history textbooks I remember was about Vasco da Gama, credited with discovering the sea route to the Indian subcontinent. There is very scant mention about the Portuguese rule in…

Art + History ♒︎ Aristry @MOG

I hated the subject history back in school. I remember only one teacher among several who tried to teach us; her opening line didn’t help either. ” History is boring with the countless names and the dates, but it is an exam that has to be passed, so we have to get it done with.”…

Restaurants in Goa : Antares, Vagator ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The reality cooking contest Masterchef Australia is a big draw in India. With its Season 10 currently airing on Star World during the weekdays from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm, like many other Indian families, we too are glued to the TV. No other cooking competition can boast this show’s popularity esp. with the  Indian…

A weekend away

We have routines for the weekdays; many have vouched that it is the best way to get things done. We are on auto pilot, things are pre-planned, compiled from the many lists we keep and we simply have to stick to the final to-do list. The days are devoid of the daunting task of decision-making…

Rome of the Orient : Churches of Velha Goa

The second Portuguese Viceroy in India, Afonso de Albuquerque was called the Caesar of the East and he built the Rome of the Orient or the present Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha meaning old in Portuguese). In the 15th century, Goa was part of the Adil Shahi dynasty or the Sultanate of Bijapur; the land of Hindu…

Restaurants in Goa : Lazy Goose, Candolim ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

As a day of hurried sight-seeing ended; we once again approached our hotel staff for a good place to eat. “What’s the name of the restaurant that is situated below the road level; you have to take the steps down to get there?” asks one staff aloud, unable to recall the name. “Lazy Goose” says…

Restaurants in Goa : Souza Lobo, Calangute ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We drove to Goa from Bangalore in our Jeep, the road trip is elaborated in the post Bangalore to Goa: A picturesque road trip Starting from Bangalore at 6:00 am, we entered the state of Goa by 5:00 pm and reached our hotel Le Meridien at Calangute by 6:00 pm. The dinner that evening, was at…

Bangalore to Goa: A picturesque road trip

We are driving down to Goa on our Jeep Compass and will be clocking a distance of over 600 kms in this road trip. It’s always tempting, easier and less exhausting to fly rather than drive down. The thrill of a road journey is often marred by the eventual tiredness on reaching the destination due…

Chitradurga fort : Walls of magnificence

I have never heard of this fort before; it was a discovery made while embarking on the Bangalore-Goa road trip. Extremely happy to have visited it; but we had only two hours to explore the fort before we resumed on our journey. Hence could only cover the major structures and may have missed a few…

Planning a trip to Goa

The restaurant Fisherman’s Wharf in Bangalore is the closest I have been to Goa so far. This place serves Goan food and I have familiarised myself with a few Goan dishes such as Chicken Xacutti, Chicken Cafreal, the dessert Bebinca. Hello and welcome if you are new to my blog or welcome back if you…

Catch ’em young and teach them equity

Direct equity investment is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are people who understand the risk and take the time and effort to invest in shares with the aim of earning higher returns than the savings bank interest and fixed deposit schemes. Equity is also a hedge against inflation and for those not interested in…

Brunching in Bengaluru : Fatty Bao

We had a birthday to celebrate in the last week of September and we head to the pan-asian restaurant called Fatty Bao located at Indiranagar, Bangalore. The restaurant has a cute decor with colourful chairs and I liked the simple while umbrella suspended open on the ceiling with the string lights and paper boats. They…

Publishing on Tripoto

Tripoto was founded in 2013 with the aim of being the goto repository for travel itineraries, travelogues, travel photos posted by the thousands of travellers who want to share their trips and adventures. The argument for such a database stems from the premise that people value stories and feedbacks about places from the real people,…