Travel · United States

Tampa Downtown: Turn back in Time in Tampa Theatre

Ornate sculptures, elaborate ceiling panels and magnificent portraits – while one would normally associate this decor with historical monuments and palaces, these are actually some of the first things that catch your attention as you enter the doors of the iconic Tampa Theatre. Standing tall in the city’s bustling downtown for over 90 years, Tampa… Continue reading Tampa Downtown: Turn back in Time in Tampa Theatre

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Chagaletti Makkala Granthalaya (Chagaletti Children’s Library): a lesson in child empowerment

Imagine a full-fledged library run totally and successfully by a small group of children from a remote village with all of being under seventeen years of age.  Seems far-fetched? But, a look at the Children’s Library at Chagaletti, a small village about 22 km from Bangalore in North Bangalore taluk will prove you wrong.  A… Continue reading Chagaletti Makkala Granthalaya (Chagaletti Children’s Library): a lesson in child empowerment

Decor

Photo essay: Upcycling an old iron storage trunk to a quirky living room accessory

Storage trunks of the yesteryears have always caught my fascination.  Normally tucked under the bed or stashed away on the attic, these black/ olive green heavy duty iron storage boxes have a unique charm.   Also the fact, that it holds something that is precious inside, always evoked a sense of excitement in me. Nowadays, of… Continue reading Photo essay: Upcycling an old iron storage trunk to a quirky living room accessory

Food · Reviews

Ciclo Cafe: of food, fitness, fun and more

An established name in Chennai, Hyderabad and Gurgaon, Ciclo cafe opened its doors to namma Bengaluru recently.  A bicycle themed restaurant, this unique chain is a venture of one of India’s favorite cycle brands TI cycles.  With an exciting cycle store, lip smacking food, quirky decor and a totally pleasant ambience it is a great… Continue reading Ciclo Cafe: of food, fitness, fun and more

Miscellaneous · Travel

A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

It is often said that ‘too many disappointments are usually a sign of too many expectations’.  Just like for most things in life, this quote is totally applicable to travel too.  Many a time I have visited places with preset expectations and have come out utterly disappointed.  This is when you realize the importance of traveling… Continue reading A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

Travel · United States

4 museums to visit in and around Tampa for Floridian history, culture and nature

The land of sunshine, sand and sea, Florida in the United states has a rich history going back thousands of years.  Human presence in this south eastern tropical state dates back at least 10000 to 12000 years.  The state boasts of a rich fauna and flora and even today is synonymous with alligators, crocodiles and manatees… Continue reading 4 museums to visit in and around Tampa for Floridian history, culture and nature

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Empowered with knowledge: White Swan Foundation for Mental Health

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems. According to surveys conducted in India, it is estimated that at least 20% of the entire population will suffer from various kinds of mental illnesses at least once during their entire life span. In fact,… Continue reading Empowered with knowledge: White Swan Foundation for Mental Health

Food

Recipe: Fenugreek and cumin chutney using Danone Greek Style Plain Yoghurt

The best part about Indian cuisine, according to me, is the plethora of flavors lent by the indigenous spices we use.  Whether it is cumin, fenugreek, pepper, chilli, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon or ginger , they not only enhance the taste, aroma and character of the dish but also add a world of goodness due to… Continue reading Recipe: Fenugreek and cumin chutney using Danone Greek Style Plain Yoghurt

Travel · United Kingdom

In harmony with heritage: City of Bath, United Kingdom

If you are a lover of heritage and cultural tourism, Bath, located nearly 100 miles from London, is a place you must have on your bucket list. Roman ruins, Georgian architecture, legacy and tradition are aplenty in this city situated in the valley of the river Avon. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987,… Continue reading In harmony with heritage: City of Bath, United Kingdom

Food

Danone Greek Style Plain Yoghurt: The healthy swap

I was recently invited to Danone India’s bloggers meet and since the theme was “the healthy swap“, I was definitely looking forward.  Held at the lovely Mediterranean restaurant, Fava at UB city, it was an educative, informative and fun-filled afternoon. Danone unveiled its Greek style plain yoghurt amidst insightful sessions by Shefali Sapra, Director Public Affairs… Continue reading Danone Greek Style Plain Yoghurt: The healthy swap