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…

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…

POTD: Glorious sea of magenta ๐Ÿ’– (guest post)

The magenta water lillies are in full bloom as far as eyes can see. They have covered the paddy fields and are a spectacular sight to behold !! And where is this? @Kottayam, Kerala. Early morning is the best time to visit this lovely scene and you can go amidst this bloom in a vallam…

POTD: August blooms ๐Ÿงก

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 ๐Ÿงก….

POTD: July blooms ๐ŸŒผ

Three flowers on my Pathumani (10 O’clock) plant today. Yellow flowers ๐Ÿ’›. They are probably the easiest flowering plants to grow; they flower practically everyday, pretty little things๐ŸŒผ. They make my day !! I hope to get the pink ones too ๐ŸŒธ !! This is probably the first flowering plant on my balcony; borrowing the…

Jasmine โ€โ€

The June flower for me is Jasmine. In our apartment complex we have two small Jasmine shrubs growing in a quiet corner thanks to the efforts of our hired gardners. They would normally go unnoticed as the flowers currently are blooming in single digits only. For me, just one white Jasmine flower amidst the dark…

POTD: Spotted ๐Ÿฆ‹

When you have the time to click butterfly photos๐Ÿฆ‹, it’s a sign that you are relaxed and have time on your side๐Ÿ˜„. 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…

Lillies 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…

Gulmohar โ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ heralding spring. And in May the city’s canopy has changed to red – the bright…

POTD: River and rain in Kerala ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง

My folks at home in Kerala reported incessant rains from yesterday morning, 14 May Friday and it’s still raining there today also. The reason is a depression and low pressure over the Arabian sea that could potentially be a cyclone (named Tauktae) in the making. The rains though are providing a welcome relief from the…

POTD: White Moon ๐ŸŒ

Irrespective of how old you are and how often you have seen the moon during the day, you still can’t help exclaiming “The moon is out early !” How come ? You wonder silently. And if you are with company, you point the moon out to the other(s)๐Ÿ˜Š. “Look !” And that was it. Can…

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…

Postcards from Wayanad ๐Ÿ›ค (guest post)

Bidding adieu to the teak forests in Nilambur, we travelled further north of Kerala to reach the district of Wayanad. This sleepy district was suddenly thrust into the limelight when Rahul Gandhi decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections from here. Barring the sudden political spotlight, Wayanad has always been a popular weekend getaway for…