Everything else

Bangalore Press: an unmatched legacy over a 100 years

One of the things on your to-do list as each calendar year comes to an end is to pick up a new calendar for the next one.  Something that is religiously followed, this ritual is done as early as the 3rd week of December.  The new calendar, more often than not is hung on the… Continue reading Bangalore Press: an unmatched legacy over a 100 years

Food

Brahmi: an ancient herb, a powerhouse of goodness

“Chew a handful of brahmi leaves and you are sure to score better in Maths…” Well, this is an advice that was certainly not uncommon during up my growing up days.  Elders often recommended including Brahmi in your diet for it helped strengthening your memory and improved your concentration. Also known as water hyssop and… Continue reading Brahmi: an ancient herb, a powerhouse of goodness

Karnataka · Travel

HMT Heritage Centre and Museum: a trip down memory lane

Growing up in Hyderabad, HMT was an integral part of my life as my father was employed with the PSU for over 40 years.  So, when I heard about the HMT Heritage Centre and Museum opening in Bangalore, I was thrilled and it was a place I had to visit.  An interesting addition to the existing… Continue reading HMT Heritage Centre and Museum: a trip down memory lane

Decor

Photoessay: Being Earthy Chic – cane, wicker and rattan in home decor

With words like ‘sustainability’ and ‘environment friendly’ becoming buzz words in every sphere of our lives, home décor cannot be left far behind.  It is therefore no surprise that designers today are increasingly using materials that are natural and eco-friendly.  Earthy chic and rustic materials like cane and wicker are seeing a comeback like never… Continue reading Photoessay: Being Earthy Chic – cane, wicker and rattan in home decor

Reviews

Review: Seer Secrets – Beauty and Wellness products with a difference

If you are a fan of native ingredients, traditional practices, safe and ecofriendly products, Seer Secrets has to be on your list.  They offer a comprehensive range of beauty and wellness products which include bath oils, bath bars, hair and skin care products.  They also have green and herbal tea apart from spiritual healing products… Continue reading Review: Seer Secrets – Beauty and Wellness products with a difference

Everything else

Ganesh Chaturthi: of traditions, rituals and a few of Lord Ganapati’s favourite things

One of the most significant and auspicious festivals celebrated with great fervour and tradition across India, Ganesh Chaturthi this year falls on 22-Aug.  The festival which falls in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar marks the birthday of the elephant-headed God aka Ganapati who is a symbol of knowledge, properity and wealth.   Arguably the… Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi: of traditions, rituals and a few of Lord Ganapati’s favourite things

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

As part of my Arunchal Pradesh sojourn last year, I had the opportunity to visit several unique places, one of them being a visit to a Garo community village in Sonitpur district of Assam.  It was indeed fascinating to learn about the life, culture and customs of this ethnic group who are believed to have originated… Continue reading Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

Decor

Guest Post: Interior Design as a Celebration of Culture

Are you proud of your ethnic heritage? Why not include elements from your culture in your home decoration? With a bit of planning and some lucky finds, you can create an environment that feels like home, even if your native country or community is miles away. Keeping the sights, sounds and elements of your culture… Continue reading Guest Post: Interior Design as a Celebration of Culture

Making a Difference

Sudharma – the world’s only Sanskrit daily completes 50 years

The simple name board and the unassuming exteriors of the Sudharma office in Ramachandra Agrahara in Mysore makes it hard for one to believe that this is a “one of its kind” newspaper office in the world.  Well, it is here that the world’s only Sanskrit daily is drafted and printed and that too from… Continue reading Sudharma – the world’s only Sanskrit daily completes 50 years

Switzerland · Travel

Le Gruyère – the legacy of cheese making in Gruyères, Switzerland

Just like its breathtaking scenery, Switzerland is synonyms with its delectable chocolates and cheese.  One of the country’s most famous hard cheeses Le Gruyère is named after the medieval town of Gruyères located in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland. Native and exclusive to the region of Gruyères since 1115 AD, Le Gruyère is being manufactured since then… Continue reading Le Gruyère – the legacy of cheese making in Gruyères, Switzerland