POTD: Blessed 🌺

The hibiscus is so common that it doesn’t get a second look (from me !). They are planted and shaped as hedges around our apartment complex. They seem to have no complaints; they just grow back after being trimmed. The leaves are always glossy and green and the flowers are in pretty colours – red,…

Jasmine tree ❀❀

Life got busy and days began to run with the same routine. And then after a gap of maybe a week or more, it rained yesterday evening in Bangalore. After the rain, it felt so cool and nice; it was an open invitation to step out of the house. It resulted in an impromptu evening…

Royal Challengers Bar & Cafe: More than a hat trick 🥂

Live music, fabulous food, relaxing ambience – that’s a hat trick for this sports themed restaurant and combine it with prompt and friendly service, edgy drinks, this restaurant is superb !! Sunday afternoon and we were at Church Street trying to zero in on a place to eat. The two major attractions of Church Street…

Bangalore Palace tour 🏰: Glimpse into the Wodeyars story – Part 𝟚

To continue with the historical timeline, the mighty Vijayanagar empire which ruled almost the whole of the south India, met its ruin in 1565 at the battle of Talikota 👉 Hampi chronicles: Beginning with the end 🌄 (Starting the Hampi trail🚶🏻‍♀️) After the disintegration of the Vijayanagara empire, the land was divided among the feudal…

POTD: August blooms 🧡

While father and son were parking the car and figuring out the online pay and park mechanism at the Museum Cross Road in Bangalore; I was drawn to these downward drooping pastel orange coloured flowers on the boundary wall of a nearby building. Why are they facing down and the colour is so pretty 🧡….

Bangalore Palace tour 🏰: Glimpse into the Wodeyars story – Part 𝟙

Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and Mysore is a weekend getaway from Bangalore, touted as the cultural capital of Karnataka, famous for the ten day Dasara festival held every October. The most famous landmark in Mysore is the Mysore Palace of the Wodeyars – the erstwhile rulers of the Mysore kingdom ⚔️. I have…

A Bangalore staycation @Hyatt Centric 🌴

Bangalore weather is gorgeous and one perfect way to enjoy it is by the poolside at the Hyatt Centric; flanked by champa (frangipani) trees with its dark green foliage and speckles of pretty white fragrant flowers ❀and palm trees swaying in the cool breeze. With the pandemic still not over, the pool is closed for…

Itinerary for a weekend in downtown Bangalore 🏙

There is no dearth of activities that you can partake in Bangalore and a weekend is hardly enough time for all indulgences. But given a weekend we managed to cram in a staycation, a walking trail, shopping, a fantastic restaurant and even tour a palace ! It was a welcome break from the homebound weekends…

A week in pics 🎋

What’s news !? Rains ☔️ The weather in Bangalore is dreamy. The lockdown here has been lifted and under the erstwhile normal we should be stepping out to explore the city esp. during the weekends; but not so much now. Surprisingly, we are still content to remain at home ! The home deliveries have been…

POTD: Spotted 🦋

When you have the time to click butterfly photos🦋, it’s a sign that you are relaxed and have time on your side😄. Both are good indicators because June so far has been hectic; more on that later. But today morning was unhurried and so while venturing out to collect the fish delivered at our apartment…

Sweet start to the month 🥭

June is always special; celebrating the arrival of the monsoon ⛈ ; but this year it is in June that we finally got to taste this year’s mangoes🥭. So double celebrations🥳. Usually we get a carton from Kerala filled with our homegrown Moovandan mangoes; but this time, mom said most of the mangoes were infested…

Lillies of the (football) field ❀

Look what the rains have brought ✨✨ White rain lilies are what they are called I think. They are so pretty 😘. The white is glowing and in the background of the green, growing in bunches they are a spectacular sight !! It’s not just a pretty flower, it is a happy flower, welcoming the…

POTD: Summer sky ☁️☁️

Blue skies framed by Gulmohar A glimpse of the creator I thank him for opening my eyes ! 💮💮💮 Till next post, take care !!

Gulmohar ♥️🌿

The trees in bloom in Bangalore are harbingers of the changing seasons. It’s just a month ago that the Garden City was swathed in delicate pink and yellow from the tabebuia rosea and aurum trees 👉Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore 🌸🌸 heralding spring. And in May the city’s canopy has changed to red – the bright…

POTD: Summer rain & reflections

It’s pseudo-lockdown in Bangalore due to the severity of the 2nd wave of Covid 19. All shops are closed but home deliveries are happening. With nowhere to go, the roads are empty. At the main roads there are cops asking why you are venturing out. And yes, there is vaccine shortage or maybe it’s just…

POTD: Champa ❀❀

A reference to the Champa is found in almost all books Indian. It’s sweet scent is what attracts the pen “From across the road, the dense heavy scent of the champak wafts in.” writes Anita Nair about her home in Bangalore in the book Goodnight and God Bless 👉A charming slice of life 🍰📖 I…

POTD: Jacaranda 💜

If there is one common theme that threads the nostalgic memoirs of Bangaloreans, it has to be the flowering trees of the Garden City 🌳. Among the plethora of trees in Bangalore, two are always fondly recalled – the Jacaranda and the Champa. I had no clue what the Jacaranda looked like….until now. It’s flowers…

Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore 🌸🌸

At first I thought they were Cherry Blossoms; but no, they are Tabebuia and more correctly Tabebuia rosea marked by the clusters of baby pink trumpet shaped flowers🌸. And with each breeze they shower the sidewalks and the dividers along the roads, weaving a carpet of powdery pink. But the pink is so light that…

POTD: Sweet and in season 🍇

Sunday mornings we have a local vegetable seller set up shop at the apartment complex. And today he had grapes, the slender, seedless green variety. Sweet !! As Ruskin Bond reminded fruits are a compensation for the summer heat. 😎 To know which fruit is in season, you just have to look at the push…