Kerala · Travel

#HolidayDifferently with Sterling: 5 unique experiences with Sterling Wayanad

While I have been to Wayanad twice before, this time was certainly a bit more special for I had a chance to do things what I like the most.   As mentioned several times earlier, travel for me means not only sightseeing but also being able to experience the place from unique perspectives, whether it is… Continue reading #HolidayDifferently with Sterling: 5 unique experiences with Sterling Wayanad

Kerala · Reviews · Travel

Sterling Wayanad: of flora, fun, fascinating moments and fond memories

If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway from Bangalore that encompasses a multitude of experiences, a break at the beautiful Sterling Wayanad could well be your answer.  Read on to find out why. Ideal Location Situated just about 270 km from Bangalore and easily accessible by a scenic drive, Sterling Wayanad is located… Continue reading Sterling Wayanad: of flora, fun, fascinating moments and fond memories

Karnataka · Travel

The basket makers of Bangalore: weaving a livelihood through generations

For those of you well versed with Bangalore and its famous K R road, the sight of a several basket makers and their humble ‘stores’ a little off the pavement is a familiar one.  Sitting on the pavement, weaving baskets, mats and the like, an entire line of them can be found as you reach… Continue reading The basket makers of Bangalore: weaving a livelihood through generations

Reviews

Teanest Nightingale, Kotagiri: a tryst with nature and tranquility

Looking for a rejuvenating break in the mountains away from the urban chaos and humdrum? A weekend break at Teanest Nightingale, Kotagiri could well be your answer. A quaint homestay located in the picturesque town of Kotagiri in the Nilgiris, Teanest Nightingale forms for a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore or Madurai. With… Continue reading Teanest Nightingale, Kotagiri: a tryst with nature and tranquility

Decor

Dark is Beautiful: deep and bold hues in home decor

While much has been said and written about whites, pastels and the whole concept of Scandinavian décor, there is no denying the fact that dark colours in home decor can go a long way in adding the much-needed warmth, comfort and glam factor to any space.  While lighter hues have an appeal of their own,… Continue reading Dark is Beautiful: deep and bold hues in home decor

Food

Recipe: Okra (ladies finger) top or Okra crown chutney

While ‘trash cooking’ maybe a trend today, it is actually an age old practice that was meticulously followed during the yesteryears.  This concept of ‘root to shoot‘ cooking is currently being propogated by culinary experts and chefs around the world to tackle the serious issue of food waste.  But if you speak to your mom or grandmom,… Continue reading Recipe: Okra (ladies finger) top or Okra crown chutney

Karnataka · Travel

Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: a historical landmark of Bengaluru

It is a well-known fact that when the city of Bengaluru aka Bangalore aka Bendhakaluru was formed, there were four towers or “Kempegowda gopuras” that were designated as the outer boundaries of the city.  However, given the pace at which the city has grown since then, the significance of these four towers today, is more… Continue reading Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: a historical landmark of Bengaluru

Karnataka · Travel

Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

“When we perform in an all women squad, I always essay the role of ‘Bhima’” said Gouramma an established leather puppet artist from a remote village in Ramnagar in Karnataka.  The glint of pride in her voice was unmissable as she narrates how this art has been an integral part of her life.  Her parents… Continue reading Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

As mentioned in several of my earlier posts, India is a treasure trove of magnificent temples and ancient monuments.  There are several such ‘hidden gems‘ in the form of beautiful, ornate temples dating back centuries in and around the bustling IT city of Bengaluru.  Yet another addition to this wonderful list is the Ramalingeshwara group of… Continue reading Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

Decor

Native and Natural: make your home Earthy Chic

Nothing is more comfortable than walking into the cool confines of a home replete with red oxide flooring, exposed brick walls, comfortable cane couches and plenty of plants in jute baskets.  Not only does it charm you with its rustic, earthy vibes, but also exudes a feeling of ‘being rooted’ and of warmth.  Given the… Continue reading Native and Natural: make your home Earthy Chic