Karnataka · Travel

Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Picture this: lush greenery, meandering roads lined with the prettiest of flowers, unending carpets of coffee and verdant hills playing peek-a-boo with fleeting clouds.  Sounds like paradise on earth? Well, this is Coorg aka Kodagu for you.  At an altitude of 1525 meters and a distance of 270 km from Bangalore, it is the most… Continue reading Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

General

Marble in home decor: of classic style and timeless elegance

Homes built today are definitely a stark contrast to the ones built in the yesteryears.  They are different not only in terms of appearance but also in terms of aesthetics and design sensibilities.  One of the main reasons for this is the wide variety of building materials used today that includes granite, cork, wood, stone… Continue reading Marble in home decor: of classic style and timeless elegance

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Hyderabad for me is a special city – well it’s a city I grew up in and have some of my fondest memories of this bustling metropolis. Known for its Hindu and Muslim traditions and a culture that is a mix of Arabian, Turkish and Persian, the buildings, language, food and arts of Hyderabad have… Continue reading Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Miscellaneous · Travel

Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Given its rapidly growing pace that is poised to make it one of most spectacular cities of the Gulf, Doha is a picture of modernity and sophistication.  The capital city of Qatar today is synonymous with the “Corniche” which is its waterfront promenade as well as its ever-evolving magnificent skyline that hosts several snazzy skyscrapers. … Continue reading Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Food · Reviews

WelcomCafe Jacaranda: global flavors with a fresh appeal

True to its name, WelcomCafe Jacaranda is an elegant, graceful yet vibrant restaurant in the midst of Bengaluru’s Central business district (CBD).  A meal here is sure to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.  Housed within the WelcomHotel on the bustling Richmond road, Café Jacaranda is a 24-hour multi cuisine cafe that showcases a variety of… Continue reading WelcomCafe Jacaranda: global flavors with a fresh appeal

Karnataka · Travel

Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Imagine a place where you can trace the design journey of the legendary coke bottle or view one of the earliest advertisements of the iconic 1903 built Taj Mahal Hotel of Bombay (Mumbai) or see how the earliest Horlicks mixing jars looked like.  Well, you can see all this and much more at India’s only… Continue reading Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Travel · United States

Photoessay: Effervescent San Francisco – a medley of sights

Often referred to as “Everybody’s Favorite City“, San Francisco has a vibe like none other.  With plenty to explore, SFO offers loads of scenic beauty, several architectural gems, iconic sights, quirky neighbourhoods and much more. Below are some random captures on my recent visit to the city. To read more photo essays click here and here.

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

Given India’s rich cultural history and diverse religious beliefs, temples have always been an integral part of our ethos and culture.  Exquisite temples that are an epitome of grandeur have been built by Indian rulers since time immemorial.  A travel to any nook and corner of the country is sure to reveal architectural gems in… Continue reading Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

Decor

Keep it light, fresh and bright: welcome summer in style

It is that time of the year when the breeze is getting warmer, days are longer and the flowers on the mango trees are in full bloom.  Woollens are being stowed away, the sharper sun is a welcome change and the kids are looking forward to their breaks whilst enjoying the lemonades, mangoes and jackfruits.  Yes,… Continue reading Keep it light, fresh and bright: welcome summer in style

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

An integral part of our culture, India is home to a number of indigenous crafts that are the lifeline of several communities.  Influenced by several factors like availability of raw materials, influence of ancient dynasties and local traditions, handicrafts of India are as diverse as distinct.  One such distinctive craft are the colourful wooden toys… Continue reading Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity