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,…

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👇….

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…

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…

Tree tales: Pretty in pink 💓🌳 (April series Part 𝟛 of 𝟠)

Strong wind💨, sheets of lightning and distant rumblings of thunder with sudden downpours of slanting rains🌧 mark the evenings now in Bangalore city; leaving cool crisp air for the night and waking up to fresh clear mornings. And speaking of mornings, who has the prettiest leaves in the sky ? Well there are many contenders…

POTD: Mango🥭+Showers🌧

Yesterday Bangalore city had rains🌧. The rain clouds arrived loaded and caused quite a stir among the city’s residents. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, people were ready to click, share and celebrate the cumulus arrival; but we missed on the umbrellas and some souls were drenched. No one’s complaining though, going forward the sudden…

Around the neighbourhood 🌼

Haralur, a relatively new locality framed by numerous apartment complexes, housing residents who either work at the IT Parks and SEZ on the Outer Ring Road or have kids who study at the international and CBSE schools along the Sarjapur road or maybe conveniently both. Haralur also ranks among the top five locations in the…

Mango tango…👯🥭

It isn’t full fledged mango season yet; the harbingers, the push carts on the roadsides are still piled high with the sweetest seedless green grapes😋. Mangoes however have started making appearances in the supermarkets and yes…we bought some, it’s been a year long wait ! So what are we eating ? There are a large…

Tree tales: Summer blooms ☀️🌳 (April series Part 𝟚 of 𝟠)

We are deep into another sweltering summer in Bangalore; while news from hometown in Kerala has talk of rains, Mango showers🌧, it did rain heavily on one evening in Bangalore, on 1st April, but that was it. My kitchen window faces east; this perfect vastu feature is a big bonus for our rented home. And…

Tree tales: Summer blooms ☀️🌳 (April series Part 𝟙 of 𝟠)

Opening on a Friday, April has been an eventful month from the very first day and the days are just rushing past. To begin with it’s a month of festivals; 2 April was celebrated as Ugadi (new year) in Bangalore and festival celebrations always involve showcasing the very best of nature’s abundance in season. On…

Making Tidying Up an Event 🧺

The popular choice of the first Japanese author for many people would be Haruki Murakami; but for me, I first picked up the small book by the Zen Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto “A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind” 👉Adding meaning to daily chores (Buddhist approach) 🧹 as a window of motivation for…

Tabebuia time in Bangalore 🌸🌸

It’s Tulip time in Netherlands, Cherry Blossom in Japan and Tabebuia in Bangalore 💮💮 “From the first weeks of January when the silk cottons and the tecomas and jacarandas start putting out their flowers, Bangalore can count on eight to nine months of spectacular flowers as each species does its bit, until the season ends with a…