POTD: Colours of the Allamanda 🌝

Old woody vine, new leaves, generous buds and large flowers in an array of colours ! The woody climber had gone into hibernation during the last four months and now it’s blooming again prodded on by the summer’s heat and rain. The last time, I saw only one colour of the Allamanda👉POTD: Allamanda 💮, a…

Kappa Chakka Kandhari: Sweet and savoury, a taste of Kerala 🛶

The reason for the salubrious weather in Bangalore is its elevation at 3000+ ft above sea level. Ask any resident what they love about the city, after the weather, the next on the list will be the green canopy enveloping the city followed by the many eateries that abound the cityscape. And like every metro…

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…

For special occasions 🍚

“Why can’t you make this coconut chutney more often ?” asked the kid, slicing off and scooping up a large spoonful from the red coconut chutney ball and adding to his bowl of hot kanji. Good Friday lunch has always been kanji (rice gruel) made from broken red rice (matta) grains, payar (this year it’s…

Nasi & Mee: A scrumptious affair 🍝

Our eating out expeditions usually see us heading towards the Koramangala, Indiranagar and MG Road neighbourhoods in Bangalore; but closer to home at Sarjapur, there are a few good places to dine out too and Nasi & Mee at the Bay building in the IT park Brookfields Ecoworld is one such place. The Bay building…

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…

POTD: Spectacular Arali 💗🌸

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…👯🥭

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…

Sly Granny: A medley of flavours 🍝🧆

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 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…

POTD: Bottlebrush 🎋

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 🍔

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,…