Bangalore to Goa: A picturesque road trip

We are driving down to Goa in 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,…

Pinteresting lessons

Pinterest,  an image based search engine; a source of inspiration and promoted as a place to find new ideas. Everyone loves it; it’s a happy place, the mix of beautiful images and the inspiring quotes seem to provide apt answers to our searches. There are countless tutorials on how to start Pinterest accounts and happy…

A city heirloom : Koshy’s @Bengaluru

This restaurant in Bangalore, stands on an island triangle, surrounded by roads on all three sides. It is located in the heart of Bangalore, on St. Mark’s road, close to the famous MG Road. From the outside, it is a dilapidated looking building, a full reflection of its present age. The inside is also old world;…

Words for change

Everyone has a list of their favourite quotes, including me. Let me start with one from Osho; am not a fan, nor a follower, but his words magically flow into you and something clicks. Here’s the full text. ” If you love a flower; don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies…

New Beginnings

Date : 01.09.2018 Place : Kochi, Kerala As I was driving my car down the busy Kaloor-Kadavanthara road, the vehicle in front of me braked suddenly. I too slammed the brakes, but lightly bumped the vehicle in front of me. I dreaded what was to follow – a slanging match with four letter words going…

An in-flight discovery

Friday morning, we check-out from the hotel by 6:30 am, a cab drives us to the Nadi airport and we are ready to bid adieu to the island paradise. We boarded Korean Air by 10:00 am, our airline from Fiji to Seoul and were off. Most people may overlook the in-flight magazine, but for me it…

Last sunset in Fiji

In Fiji, I travelled along the coast, cruised on the blue waters and now its time to get into the water. I have no intention of splashing around in the pool. Perhaps try a water sport? This is the last day in Fiji and we are off tomorrow. But…lunch first. We order a French Martini and…

Fifty Shades of Blue : Cruise Day

Water is supposed to be colourless…….elsewhere in the world maybe 🙂 …..in Fiji the water is in various shades of blue !! I am on a half day cruise today with South Sea Cruises. It’s a sightseeing cruise, staying onboard the catamaran and enjoying a 3h round-trip on the blue waters. At the Denarau Marina,…

Bula Fiji : An excursion to Suva

There is one question that I heard being repeated to the guide by the tourists. Any guesses…………..? The same question was asked in the Nadi tour and another gentleman repeated the question during the Suva trip. How much does a house cost here in Fiji? Can’t blame the tourists. Fiji is beautiful and very rightly an…

Bula Fiji : The Nadi tour

It is very tempting to arrive in Fiji and make a dash for the blue waters. Once in, it is very difficult to come out. It would be a shame to spent the next three precious days just frolicking in water. So I decide to avoid the temptation by opting to travel and see a…

Happy Onam

The most well known symbol of the Onam celebrations in Kerala is the Flower carpet called Pookalam in Malayalam. Onam is the harvest festival in Kerala. The celebrations are not confined within the borders of the state. Though families make it a point to travel home to celebrate Onam; the Malayalee diaspora across the world…

Bula Fiji !!

Good morning sunshine !! We landed at the Nadi International Airport, Fiji. Nadi is the tourist capital of Fiji located on the island called Viti Levu and Suva is the political capital. The Nadi airport was once an American airforce base. The there is a smaller airport near Suva, but catering to domestic flights. The…

Hong Kong to Fiji 2018

On Sunday, 19 Aug 2018, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.2 occurred in the Pacific Ocean, close to the islands of Tonga and Fiji, the US Geological Survey reported. As per the reports ” But the undersea quake was too deep to trigger a tsunami, according to the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which added that small tsunami waves…

When crisis hits home : Floods in Kerala

17 August 2018 : Today is Chingam 1, an auspicious day in Kerala, marking the first day of the New Year as per the Malayalam calendar. This day marks the end of the rainy season and people eagerly look forward to celebrating the festival of Onam during this month. But sadly this is not the situation…

On our 72nd Independence Day

We joined the Independence Day celebrations at our kid’s school. The weather was kind and the rains held out until after the event. The school’s festivities were based on the theme ” Me and my country, we grow together“. Here’s some snaps of the morning festivities. The celebrations were concluded with an exhibition of the…