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Mullayanagiri Hill, Chikmagalur – bewitching beauty amidst the peaks

Lush green landscapes, mist covered mountains, stunning views and panoramic beauty all around……this is Mullayanagiri hill for you.  Arguably one of the most popular places to visit when you make a trip to Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka.  Nestled at a height of a whopping 1950 meters, Mullayanagiri is located about… Continue reading Mullayanagiri Hill, Chikmagalur – bewitching beauty amidst the peaks

Everything else

JE98XL Juicer: one gadget for all your kitchen needs

A healthy outside starts from the inside — Robert Urich Every time you eat or drink you are either fighting a disease or feeding it.  Therefore, in order to lead a healthy life it is essential to have healthy food.  And healthy juices like smoothies, fruit juices and green leafy vegetable juices help in removing… Continue reading JE98XL Juicer: one gadget for all your kitchen needs

Switzerland · Travel

Zermatt: of skiing, scenic beauty and plenty of Swiss charm

Snowy white landscapes that seemed straight out of a Christmas post card, majestic ridges, peaks of the Pennine Alps and a mesmerizing town at the foot of the mountains.  All this at temperatures ranging from -3 to -19 degree centigrade which would feel far colder due to the wind chill factor caused by the forecasts of… Continue reading Zermatt: of skiing, scenic beauty and plenty of Swiss charm

Reviews

Book Review: Eleven Stops to the Present – Stories from Bangalore

Ask any child what his/her favourite subjects are and it is highly likely that history does not figure on top.  Some of the most predicatable responses given are “it is boring” or “it is too dry”.  Well, this is partially true considering the fact that the history we study in school is mostly confined to… Continue reading Book Review: Eleven Stops to the Present – Stories from Bangalore

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melukote

Visiting Melukote as I outlined in one of my recent posts is akin to taking a journey back in time.  A quaint charm and oodles of antiquity lend the town ,which is replete with courtyard houses, ancient temples, stepped tanks and various other monumnets, a unqiue vibe.  The soul of the town also known as Thirunarayanapura,… Continue reading Photoessay: Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melukote

Miscellaneous · Travel

Winter travel: 5 cities and towns to visit in India during the winter season

Come winter and it is time for those endless cups of coffee, curling up in corners and enjoying the coziness all around.  Winter has a charm of its own.  While some enjoy staying at home, there is a whole world to explore during this wonderful season.  Hence the season is very popular with tourists and… Continue reading Winter travel: 5 cities and towns to visit in India during the winter season

Food

Atharasa aka Kajjaya: a festive speciality

Come January and it is time for Makara Sankranthi which is one of India’s most significant harvest festivals.  Celebrated as Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Bihu in Assam, this festival officially marks the end of the winter solstice and the movement of the Sun into the “Makara” Rashi.  A time for food… Continue reading Atharasa aka Kajjaya: a festive speciality

Karnataka · Travel

Gulur Ganesha and Kaidala, Tumkur: of unique temples and traditions

As mentioned in several of my previous posts, Bangalore offers several offbeat sights which form for exciting day trip ideas.  If you are a fan of art, architecture and ancient temples, Gulur and Kaidala which are just 6 km apart and about 75 km from Bangalore must be on your list.  Located in Tumkur district,… Continue reading Gulur Ganesha and Kaidala, Tumkur: of unique temples and traditions

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay – Shivarapatna, Kolar district: the hands that craft the Gods

Carved stone panels, statues, idols and stone slabs in varying stages of finishing…..all lining the pavements, house fronts, backyards and basically any empty space.  Well, this is Shivarapatna for you.  A seemingly non- descript village in Malur taluk in Kolar district of Karnataka, Shivarapatna is known for its stone craft and sculptors. The dull but… Continue reading Photoessay – Shivarapatna, Kolar district: the hands that craft the Gods

Decor

Christmas: of cheer, celebration, trees, tinsels and trinkets

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling – Edna Ferber   With Christmas finally here, the frenzy of getting things ready for the big day has reached its peak.  People were definitely busy with all the last minute baking, festive decor, gift wrapping and hanging in those last few ornaments on the evergreen fir tree. … Continue reading Christmas: of cheer, celebration, trees, tinsels and trinkets