Reviews

Review: Urby Passport Holder, your essential travel accessory

The importance of being organized if you are frequent traveller can hardly be overemphasised.  More so for a person like me who is generally anxious and suffer bouts of OCD, planning and sorting things before hand always keeps me in good stead.  Travel accessories are a great help when it comes to arranging your travel essentials… Continue reading Review: Urby Passport Holder, your essential travel accessory

Food

Udupi cuisine:  soulful and steeped in tradition

The temple town of Udupi in Karnataka is famous for more reasons than one.  A bustling town, a little over 400 km from Bangalore, Udupi is synonymous with the Krishna temple or Krishna mutt as it is also known.   With several beaches and a picturesque countryside, this coastal town is one of the most visited… Continue reading Udupi cuisine:  soulful and steeped in tradition

Reviews

Royal Orchid Metropole, Mysore: an ideal combination of the classic and contemporary

As you enter the gates of the Royal Orchid Metropole hotel situated in the heart of Mysore city, you are instantly transported into a world full of charm, style and understated grandeur.  Originally built as the guest house of the Maharaja of Mysore, this 97-year-old building has been beautifully transformed into a heritage hotel and… Continue reading Royal Orchid Metropole, Mysore: an ideal combination of the classic and contemporary

Reviews

Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Palace and Spa: luxury in the lap of nature

Brindavan Gardens Impeccably maintained lawns, manicured bushes, exquisitely crated fountains and lush greenery are some of the first things that catch your attention as you make your way down the stairs of the legendary Brindavan gardens. One of the major tourist attractions of Mysore since its completion in 1932, the beautiful gardens attract as many… Continue reading Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Palace and Spa: luxury in the lap of nature

Karnataka · Travel

A toy story: wooden toys of Channapatna, Karnataka

“Welcome to the Land of Toys” says the green signboard as you drive down to Channapatna on the Mysore-Bengaluru highway.  Located about 60 km from Bengaluru, the town is also known as “Gombegala Ooru” in Kannada, which translates into toy town. The little town is synonymous with the production of wooden toys and lacware, which… Continue reading A toy story: wooden toys of Channapatna, Karnataka

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

Everything else

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