Rain green ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒฟ

The wetland adjacent to the Kasavanahalli lake had become terra firma under the heat of the summer sun in April. With the rain in May, the earth happily lapped up the water and eventually the enclosed area started to flood. The rains birthed new life into the land and the place is awash in green๐Ÿ‘‡….

Selling my car @Cars24.com ๐Ÿš™

The choice of the vendor was by chance but it was a good experience. I managed the sale from Bangalore, the vehicle was at my parent’s place in Kottayam, Kerala and there was also some pending paperwork from the financier at Kochi, Kerala. But it all came through without having to travel from Bangalore to…

POTD: Catching a sunrise ๐ŸŒ…

” A humourist once said the most difficult problem in life was getting out of a warm bed into a cold room. And he had a point. The longer you lie there and think how unpleasant it will be to get up, the more difficult it becomes. Even in such a simple operation as this,…

Making Tidying Up an Event ๐Ÿงบ

The popular choice of the first Japanese author for many people would be Haruki Murakami; but for me, I first picked up the small book by the Zen Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto “A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind” ๐Ÿ‘‰Adding meaning to daily chores (Buddhist approach) ๐Ÿงน as a window of motivation for…

Tabebuia time in Bangalore ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

Itโ€™s Tulip time in Netherlands, Cherry Blossom in Japan and Tabebuia in Bangalore ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ “From the first weeks of January when the silk cottons and the tecomas and jacarandas start putting out their flowers, Bangalore can count on eight to nine months of spectacular flowers as each species does its bit, until the season ends with a…

Revisiting favourites ๐Ÿ

It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day; some shop windows display red balloons and heart shaped cut outs to mark the occasion; for him and her ๐ŸŽˆ. We ventured to Church Street to see if we can sell some old books at the second hand bookshop. Their quoted price was very low and no cash offered;…

POTD: Spider Lily ๐Ÿ•ธ

Second month into the year; the days are getting hotter while the nights are still cool in Bangalore. The cyclical changes that happen year round have become familiar and hence we can look forward to the days with happy expectations. And when we look out for the familiar we begin to notice the new things…

Perspectives ๐ŸŒ…

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin, writer 31 Jan 2022, my maternal grandmother passed away; she was ninety six. She is safe with God. Among the many fond memories and qualities of my grandparents that I admire and cherish, their unpretentious and simple lifestyle stands out….

Framing a new scene ๐ŸชŸ

My apartment has sliding aluminium frames for the windows; and here I wake up to wooden window frames that open to the outside and are latched in place so that the wind doesn’t bang them shut. The scenery outside is different and so is the frame ๐ŸชŸ; I am at my parents home in Kerala…

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,…

To new Beginnings ๐Ÿฅ‚

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author  My planner has a quote for each day; they are cliches but still…

โœˆ๏ธ home for the holidays…โœจ

Bangalore airport can rival any mall in the city during the holiday season๐ŸŽ„. The queue outside the departure terminal was thick and long; will we make it to the departure gate on time !? 24 Dec, we arrived at the airport by 7:30 am, our Indigo flight to Kochi was at 9:30 am. We joined…

Tinsel time ๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ

It’s December ๐Ÿ”” finally !! A month long looked forward to and now that we are finally here, everyone is approaching the coming holidays with trepidation – to travel or stay put !? ๐Ÿ˜Š….in light of the new virus variant. Decisions, decisions ! For us one decision has already been made, no new Christmas decorations…

Stumbling into Baking (Choosing an oven) ๐Ÿฐ

I bought a heart shaped cake tin from Le Creuset. It looked very cute and they were having a discount sale (a perfect example of an impulse purchase ๐Ÿ˜›). It is 26 cm lengthwise and now to put that to use, I needed to buy an oven. Till date I have not owned an oven…

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 week in pics ๐Ÿ›

The days are bright and sunny; not too hot and it rains sometimes late in the evening and at night. So pleasant weather in Bangalore. My pink pathumani poov (10 O’ clock flower) is the prettiest and brightest looking life around the house. It makes me happy ! We had guests over for lunch on…

Travel travails…

This bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in Bangalore, complete with shower & jacuzzi. The window gives panoramic views of misty mountains ๐ŸŒ„. It’s nice ! The flooring is marble; after bath there was some water on the floor. Later in the evening, I walked in speedily wearing the hotel provided slippers and slipped; I…

September, so far…๐Ÿ—“

The month is almost half done and this Monday, we are recovering from the lethargy of a long weekend. Friday was a festival holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, followed by the weekend. This weekend we ventured to a new restaurant housed inside the 1MG Mall; more on that in a separate post. September was the due date…

Lilies of the (football) field โ€

Look what the rains have brought โœจโœจ White rain lilies are what they are called I think. They are so pretty ๐Ÿ˜˜. 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…

Sunday musings ๐Ÿ˜‚

This tweet is on the cover page of today’s ToI. She has summed up the situation perfectly. It’s sooo….apt !!๐Ÿ˜‚