As May ends…🗓

The weather changes towards the last week of May. It starts in the latter half of the day; the evening breeze becomes cooler and blows stronger, a welcome relief from the oppressing heat as the cool air rushes into the house pushing out the hot air trapped inside. In a few days, the breeze gives…

Safe to Shop…⁉️ 🛍

It’s official, the Lockdown 4.0 is declared till 31 May. There are however some relaxations and opening of standalone shops that can maintain the social distancing norms is one. The shops have marked squares three feet apart from each other, designating where you have to wait for your turn to enter the shop. Cash is…

Rose Bazaar: For the Gods need fresh flowers everyday🌹

The vegetable vendor brings a special request from the wholesale market in addition to the normal quota of fruits and veg – stemless fresh cut flowers for puja at homes. The selection of red roses, yellow and orange marigolds are brought tied in transparent polythene bags and given to the ladies for the daily puja….

Roots & shoots 🌱🌵

We are soon to enter Lockdown 4.0 from 18 May 2020. The PM said yesterday that the new set of rules will be announced on 18th. I am tried from all the housework; the heat is not helping either. I called my maid asking whether she could come. She said travelling was difficult as public…

Morning musings🌤

3 May marked the last day of the lockdown. People were wondering what next? The answer soon arrived. From 4 May onwards for the next two weeks a new set of rules has been announced. A curfew at night between 7 pm to 7 am has come into force. During  daytime the shops can open,…

Between now and then 🗓…

Day 1 of the lockdown🗓… There are two shops in our vicinity for grocery shopping. One was closed. As we approached the second one there were a large number of cars parked near it, but the shop’s shutters were down and a group of people were standing outside with carry bags. People were waiting for…

Collateral Damage 👫

“Why can’t you take some responsibility?” wow…that’s crystal clear and it came from one of the adjacent flats. I am not eavesdropping😇; I was at my kitchen sink washing dishes. I could always hear pots and plates being noisily moved about in the nearby flats’ kitchens but I have never been able to catch a…

Monday mayhem🌤

We needed to buy some groceries and drinking water. In Bangalore, we buy the drinking water; the tap water here is hard water. So in case of any lockdown, drinking water is the highest on the list to stock up. While moving to Bangalore, one of the major decisions is whether to be buying the…

So far, so good🌤

Kids’ board exams just got over, he is happy and we are thankful. The exams went on as per schedule with masks and hand sanitisers allowed in the exam hall. All the schools have long been shut, only the board exams are being conducted. There were smiles of relief and joy on faces of kids…

The waiting game

The weather in Bangalore is hot and dry. It feels uncomfortable, we would much prefer some humidity to the dryness. Considering the efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, all schools, malls, theatres have been closed. Kids and spouses are at home. It seems to be the prefect time to take-off together for a holiday somewhere….

Atypical exam day 🎏

8:00 am. The car won’t start⁉️ It was working perfectly yesterday evening; what happened in 12 hours?  Why…why😫, today of all days, it’s an exam day? We don’t have the luxury of time to figure out the problem; we try to book a cab online. Uber responds; the guy will take 15 min to arrive. It…

Karavalli Feast 🌶🐟

Parents were visiting us in Bangalore; a short 5 day stay; a break from the heat in Kerala and to wish their grandson the very best for his board exams. Because of the upcoming exams we didn’t venture out much, but still managed to take them out for lunch and dinner. They preferred Indian food…

Kappa Chakka Kandhari 🌶

The title will be familiar to Keralites or Mallus as we are referred to in Bengaluru😀; for the benefit of non-Keralites it literally translates to Tapioca Jackfruit Chilli. Located in Koramangala, it’s the name of a new restaurant in the city serving a taste of Kerala in Bangalore. For a taste of home; we arrived at…

Wedding weekend in Kerala💐

Republic Day weekend; the kid’s school sent a message asking us to watch the Republic Day parade on the TV to see “the newly inducted stealth attack helicopter Apache and the transport helicopter Chinook” taking part in the fly past for the first time. But we were miles away in Kerala attending a family wedding….

Namaste Hyderabad 🙏✨

10 years ago was my first visit to the city. I was in Hyderabad to conduct a training session being held at the Basheer Bagh branch of my then employer. In the evening, the office arranged a shopping-cum-sightseeing trip for all the participants to the old city – Charminar and Laad Bazaar. Charminar was closed…

Rendezvous under the jackfruit tree (Photoblog)

We were out about the city in the weekend and above is a photo of the HAL road in Bangalore. The sight of tall trees on either side, their canopies forming a green tunnel is a beautiful sight; we are in the Garden City indeed !! 10 days to Christmas and soon a new year !!…

Good places to eat @Indiranagar, Bangalore🍡 (Photoblog)

Planning a meal out in Bangalore? Try these two popular restaurants on 100ft road at Indiranagar; valet parking in available. Bon appetit…🍹 [1] Toit – a microbrewery in Indiranagar; spread over 3 floors, the casual setting is perfect for an afternoon brunch; more the merrier🎉 We tried the Irish Red Ale, tasted good and for…

On this Onam Occasion…🌸🌼

Last week was Onam in Kerala; to be exact Wednesday 11, Sep was the Thiruvonam day. Schools close for a week; office goers combine the Muharram holiday on 10 Sep, Tuesday, Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi on 13 Sep, Friday and the 2nd Saturday on 14 Sep and make it a week long celebration too !! There were…

Choco Gulab jamuns at Punjab Grill 😋🍗

And I thought the Gulab Jamuns couldn’t get any better… yet again I have been proved wrong !!🙆‍♀️ Weekend lunch out, I wanted to visit the Forum Shantiniketan mall. Situated in Whitefield, it’s 45 min away from my home, so might as well call it a one day trip. First time at this mall and…

Sunday…🍹🛍

We were once again at the Hole in the Wall cafe at Koramangala. A 30 minute wait for a table, no problems…. we set ourselves comfortably on the waiting bench. In addition to the usual crowd of bipedals, we had also in line some cute furry friends. They were extremely well behaved 😘 Finally it…