POTD: Champa โ€โ€

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰A charming slice of life ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“– I…

POTD: Jacaranda ๐Ÿ’œ

If there is one common theme that threads the nostalgic memoirs of Bangaloreans, it has to be the flowering trees of the Garden City ๐ŸŒณ. 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 ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

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 flowers๐ŸŒธ. 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 ๐Ÿ‡

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. ๐Ÿ˜Ž To know which fruit is in season, you just have to look at the push…

Tourist in my city ๐Ÿ‘’

I never imagined I will call Bangalore as my city. Kochi has always been my city simply because it is where my home is – a house of my own. Hubs definition of home is different; he plays to the gallery. He was asked once in our family WhatsApp group by my cousins on his…

Back to Summer โ˜‚๏ธ๐ŸŒž

The gardeners are giving a close crop to the plants around the apartment; new flower beds are being planted. Early mornings are still cool, though the people out and about for their morning power walk have shed their jackets and hoodies. The days are bright and sunny, the afternoon heat lingers into the evenings. The…

Switching the exam mode ๐Ÿ“

The academic year 2020-21 has been unique experience for the teachers, students and parents, with the online mode of learning. The kid is in Grade 11 and had changed school after his 10th. He went to his new school to write their entrance exam for admission and since then hasn’t set foot in the campus….

A Sunday browsing second hand books๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ“š

Downtown Garden City still has a green canopy! โ˜˜๏ธ It’s Sunday and since November last year, when we started going about the city again, once a month visit to Church street has become a casual routine. Three- fourth of the Church street has been closed to traffic and it has now become a popular backdrop…

Bangalore to Chikmagalur: Road trip ๐Ÿ›ฃ

So here we are off on a trip to the Land of Coffee โ˜•๏ธ. Chikmagalur!! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ Getting out of Bangalore city makes you realise how vast the state of Karnataka is actually. And the roads, always straight roads; the fact that you can see the tarmac stretching for miles in front itself is a spectacular…

POTD: Christmas Lights ๐ŸŒŸ

Our apartment complex is lit up with stars and fairy lights. The scene is lovely; cold weather and bright lights !! Christmas is just 4 days away๐ŸŽ„ !! Till next post, take care !!

Bandhej: Haute Handloom๐Ÿฅป

The newspaper this week had an article on “Revenge Shopping” by people after the Covid freeze. That’s not me I said to myself ๐Ÿ˜‡. I wanted to buy a few salwar kameez pieces; the shop kept sending me messages of their sale and thought why not? It’s been almost a year of waiting. Well….this is…

POTD: Roses ๐Ÿ’ฎ

A bouquet of flowers can be a lovely treat. I got these from one of the hawkers at a traffic junction in Bangalore. It’s a way for them to make ends meet. I don’t normally buy flowers, but these looked very pretty; the buds look the prettiest !! There were bouquets of red roses๐ŸŒน and…

POTD: I like what I see ๐Ÿ•ฏ

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucious It was a full day of rain in Bangalore, most likely the effect of the cyclone Nivar along the coast of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Colder the night, brighter the flame !! Till next post, take care !!

POTD: November Rain ๐ŸŒƒ

I keep a T light candle lighted by my kitchen window. The small glow gives me warmth and company as I wash the dishes at night. Nights are cold in Bangalore now. On one rainy evening, the rain drops created this beautiful sight in front of me. The light outside is from a street light…

Punalur – A (road) trip down the memory lane (guest post)๐Ÿš‚

So far our road trip from Bangalore to Kerala was uneventful; we sped along the empty highways crossing Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and finally arrived at the borders of Kerala. After 8 hours of non-stop driving and a ยฝ-hr pitstop, it was the Tamil Nadu-Kerala interstate check post at Aryankavu which was proving to be a…

Bee an Angel (guest post) โžฐ๐Ÿ

I was comfortably seated in the cool ambience of an Audi Q3 Quattro. The Q3 moved and behaved like a king on the road; in the 650-odd km run to my home, I was constantly aware that no other vehicle overtook it. The cruise control served like a charm on long stretches, and the sporty…

POTD: Diwali lights๐Ÿ’ก

Happy Diwali ๐Ÿช” November nights are cold here in Bangalore, but aglow with a thousand LEDs. It’s a lovely sight to see. Almost every balcony is decorated and it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the twinkling lights. It’s that time of the year again and it’s beautiful !! Till next post, take care !!

A glorious afternoon at Church street, Bangalore ๐ŸŽ‹

It’s been over a month since we stepped out of the apartment and it was high time. The kid’s mid-term exams were over, festival holidays were underway and we were yearning for a change in scenery. It was late morning on a Sunday and we drove over to MG Road. The shop fronts were decorated…

POTD: Misty morning in Namma Bengaluru

All seasons are to be enjoyed !! The weather in Bangalore is glorious. The view outside today morning was magical. My apartment is on the 1st floor, so this is a bottom up view. For someone living on the 14th floor, the top down view would be equally spectacular !! Have a great day ahead…