Around the neighbourhood ๐ŸŒผ

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…

POTD: Spectacular Arali ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒธ

Today morning’s paper had a forecast on the monsoon by a private weather forecaster Skymet “Normal South-West monsoon this year” the headlines read; “But Rajasthan, Gujarat, some N-E states. Karnataka and Kerala to get scanty rains”; is this the normal !? “Fortunately, key agricultural states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and rain-fed areas…

Mango tango…๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿฅญ

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 grapes๐Ÿ˜‹. 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…

Sly Granny: A medley of flavours ๐Ÿ๐Ÿง†

1 Apr, Friday afternoon and we were off to downtown Bangalore for lunch. The traffic is back in full josh on Bangalore roads. The outer ring road in Bangalore has metro work going on and this has taken up one lane on the road; another lane was demarcated as an exclusive bus lane, thus leaving…

Tree tales๐ŸŒณalong the Kasavanahalli lake trail๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโžฐBangalore ๐ŸŽ‹(March series Part ๐Ÿ› of ๐Ÿ›)

….๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธWe are now walking along the eastern side of the Kasavanahalli lake and after the eucalyptus grove, you come across a fork along walking trail. One road continues as the original trail around the lake’s circumference, it’s a longer stretch back to our point of origination (western entrance) compared to the second road which cuts…

A trail among the trees โžฐ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธat the Kasavanahalli lake, Bangalore (March series Part ๐Ÿš of ๐Ÿ›)

Trees are easily identified by their flowers and March is blessed to be a flowering season for many plant species. And now, crossing the culvert and walking across to the opposite bank of the Kasavanahalli lake, you first see the striking Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans), also called the Yellow Elder. They are shrubs planted along…

POTD: Bottlebrush ๐ŸŽ‹

The tree is covered in a canopy of small narrow green leaves radiating out from drooping branches with bright red bristle like flowers seen hanging downwards at the edges; the uncommon foliage and flora catches the eye; the flowers look like colourful tinsel tied onto the edges of the limp branches and the tree looks…

The Only Place (TOP) in Bangalore ๐Ÿ”

The restaurant is located along the Museum Cross Road which runs perpendicular to Church Street in downtown Bangalore; their USP are their meaty steaks and burgers, together with the nostalgia of yesteryears. It’s a standalone restaurant and an old establishment dating back to maybe thirty years or more; the brief history is printed out, laminated,…

Making Tidying Up an Event ๐Ÿงบ

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” ๐Ÿ‘‰Adding meaning to daily chores (Buddhist approach) ๐Ÿงน as a window of motivation for…

Tabebuia time in Bangalore ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

Itโ€™s Tulip time in Netherlands, Cherry Blossom in Japan and Tabebuia in Bangalore ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ “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…

Bangalore’s Jacaranda ๐Ÿช

This beautiful flowering tree is quintessential to Bangalore’s nostalgic spring and summer months. The delicate bell shaped flower blooming in clusters and framed against the blue sky is an enchanting sight. Last year ๐Ÿ‘‰ POTD: Jacaranda ๐Ÿ’œ Learning a little about it’s history, the tree was introduced in India during the British Raj from Brazil;…

A speck of blue in the Morpankhi ๐Ÿชด

It is a planted presence in almost every garden; we have rows of them in our apartment complex. They are eye-catching for their peculiar foliage; the pine like leaves grow in a single plane outwards giving it a fan like appearance. But it’s spring and they too are in bloom, tiny yellow flowers; the fruits…

Wisdom of the North โ„๏ธ: Wintering by Katherine May ๐Ÿ“–

January 2022, the Kochi airport departure terminal wears a deserted look. In keeping with the trying pandemic times, the theme seems to have shifted from aesthetics and comfortable experience to merely functional. Most of the eating joints have been shut. As a precautionary measure in the uncertain times I arrived at the airport well in…

Reading lists (2021) ๐Ÿ“

“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.” reads the lines from The Alchemist. The book whose English edition was first published in 1993, was surprisingly the most popular…