January: Reset and relish ๐Ÿง

It’s almost all dried fruits and nuts and less cake; it’s sweet, rich and the last of our plum cake from Anns Bakery, Kottayam, Kerala for this year ๐Ÿฐ. Their Christmas cakes comes in a pretty round tin box with five layers of wrapping – the outermost is a coloured (blue/green) cellophane cover you unwrap,…

POTD: December Light

A wooden Christmas tree and a very tall one at that, spotted inside the building named The Bay, located within the Ecoworld office complex at Sarjapur, Bangalore. It was early morning and we were on an appointment for a health check-up at RxDx located within the premises. At night the tree would be a pretty…

POTD: Bird-of-paradise flower ๐Ÿ

The winter months have dulled the colour of the gardens around our apartment complex. From my balcony, I can see the that the champa tree (White Frangipani) has shed all its leaves and has gone into hibernation. But near the champa tree a splash of orange has bloomed; it’s the Bird-of-paradise flower ๐Ÿ; the sunburst…

POTD: Day out in downtown Bangalore ๐Ÿš—

Warm sun โ›…๏ธ + cool breeze๐ŸŒฌ + canopy of trees ๐ŸŒณ + sprinkling of flowers ๐ŸŒธ+ parking space in downtown Bangalore ๐Ÿš— = blissful day out in Bangalore ๐Ÿ˜˜ !! Till next post, take care !!

A glorious sunday brunch @Lavonne

It’s been a while since our last visit to Church Street and this cloudy Sunday seemed apt for a revisit. I had made a list of the books I wanted to read; deliberately avoided ordering them from Amazon just so that I have an excuse to go and browse at the bookstore๐Ÿ˜Œ And so Blossom…

A New November ๐Ÿ”†

The fairy lights are out ! The apartment complex is decorated with multi-coloured string lights wound spiralling the lamp posts and tree trunks; also twined along the hedges lining the entrances; we are ready for Diwali ๐Ÿช”. And the best part is they remain for the whole of November and December till the New Year….

A walking trail in Cubbon Park ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒธ

The two major green spaces in Bangalore are the Lalbagh & the Cubbon Park; the former a botanical garden and the latter a proper park. I have been to the Lalbagh, a sprawling 240 acres of greenery; but Cubbon park visit happened only this year. The first visit to the Cubbon Park was in March…

POTD: Purple Allamanda ๐Ÿ’ฎ

I had earlier posted the pictures of our Akasha Mallige, the Indian Cork Tree ๐Ÿ‘‰Jasmine tree โ€โ€ growing in our apartment complex. Below it on the metal fence, you probably can see few purple flowers. I first thought this to be a hybrid of the hibiscus; but later noticed that the leaves were different. It’s…

A City Getaway: ITC Gardenia ๐ŸŽ‹

The newspapers claim this to be the wettest October in Bangalore so farโ˜”๏ธ. The rains seem to be unpredictable, many areas in Bangalore have become waterlogged and IMD declared yellow alert in the city and it’s outskirts for a few days. But this is in the midst of the annual Puja holidays; we were really…

Nando’s @ Bangalore ๐ŸŒถ

Nando’s flame grilled peri-peri chicken ๐Ÿ—…๐Ÿ˜‹ Weekend is a time we try to venture out of the house and this weekend some shopping was also on cards. A visit to the mall sounded perfect and Phoenix Market City is one of our favourites. The mall this weekend was teeming with shoppers, schools are closed and…

October bliss โ˜”๏ธ

Puja holidays have started in Bangalore, schools are closed for the next 10 days and people are mulling travel ๐Ÿ˜€. The intermittent rains and the cloudy days give a kind of holiday feel to Bangalore. Bliss !! The gardeners had cropped the rain lilies in September; but now they have grown back and are beginning…

Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore

Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by the flowing stream of non-stop Bangalore traffic; but once you step inside this charming edifice, you get transported to another world ! What hits you first is the live & loud music courtesy the band called the Wicked Mixture; they were fabulous ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต !! The…

POTD: Raindrops โ˜”๏ธ

Drops and droplets on the glass window; very pretty ! An unusual rainy evening in Bangalore โ›ˆ, rains and roaring thunder ! Till next post, take care !!

POTD: Blessed ๐ŸŒบ

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 โ€โ€

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 ๐Ÿฅ‚

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 ๐Ÿฐ: Glimpse into the Wodeyars story – Part ๐Ÿš

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰ Hampi chronicles: Beginning with the end ๐ŸŒ„ (Starting the Hampi trail๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ) After the disintegration of the Vijayanagara empire, the land was divided among the feudal…