Reviews

Review: Ibis Jaipur Civil Lines – a perfect choice for the new age traveller

If the Pink city aka Jaipur is on your mind, think no further than the trendy, newly relaunched Ibis Jaipur located near the Civil lines metro station.  Situated in the centre of the city, in close proximity to the railway station, tourist attractions as well as shopping bazaars, Ibis Jaipur Civil lines is an ideal… Continue reading Review: Ibis Jaipur Civil Lines – a perfect choice for the new age traveller

Karnataka · Travel

Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli, Karnataka

There is no denying the fact that the Hoysala rulers who ruled South India including Karnataka from the 10th century to 14th century AD, were great patrons of art and architecture.  The fine temples in the state of Karnataka are testimony to this fact.  An example of brilliant craftsmanship, the level of structural and sculptural… Continue reading Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli, Karnataka

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

While much has been said and written about the dichotomy that exists in Pondicherry, this is a city that never fails to surprise.  Inspite of visiting it several times over, Pondy, as it is also fondly known, always throws up new hidden secrets for me.  The union territory that was a French colony till 1954, is… Continue reading Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Food

Review: Bo Tai, Bangalore – Oriental cuisine with a difference

The latest addition to namma Bengaluru’s burgeoning food scene is Bo Tai, a modern Thai bar and grill in J W Marriott on Vittal Mallaya road.  An ideal place if you are a lover of Thai and Chinese fare, Bo Tai which is a verbal pun on “bow-tie” is replete with chic and spunky vibes. With a… Continue reading Review: Bo Tai, Bangalore – Oriental cuisine with a difference

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Brahmeshvara Temple, Kikkeri: a hidden architectural gem

Karnataka is home to several ancient and Hoysala temples that are well known for their architectural splendour and ornate sculptures.  But the very mention of Hoysala temples conjures images of the spectacular monuments in Belur and Halebid.  While the temples mentioned therein are examples of architectural brilliance, Karnataka has several other temples built by the… Continue reading Photo essay: Brahmeshvara Temple, Kikkeri: a hidden architectural gem

Decor

Stop and smell the roses: Fresh flowers in home decor

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul – Luther Burbank Few décor elements are more powerful and invigorating than a bunch of fresh flowers.  An ideal ‘accessory’ that can instantly add life, colour and panache to any space, fresh flowers can do wonders to… Continue reading Stop and smell the roses: Fresh flowers in home decor

Decor

Home Interiors: Diwali decor with muted hues and a pastel palette

The countdown to one of the most important and popular Indian festivals, Deepavali aka Diwali, is here and it is a time for celebration, hope and an ode to new beginnings.  It is also that time of the year when you dress up your entire house.  No mention of Diwali is complete without the customary… Continue reading Home Interiors: Diwali decor with muted hues and a pastel palette

Switzerland · Travel

Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

A land of picture perfect beauty and utterly bewitching landscapes, Switzerland is home to several towns which epitomize ethereal beauty.  Montreux which lies at the foothills of the Alps and on the shore of Lake Geneva is one such pretty town. Located in the canton of Vaud, Montreux is a traditional resort town that is known not only… Continue reading Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Driving through the busy Bangalore Mysore highway, it is common for one to encounter several interesting sights spanning history, architecture, craft, culture and religion.  The region is famous for several ancient temples dedicated to forms of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Hanuman.  The Aprameya Swamy Temple located in the little village of Doddamallur in Channapatna taluk… Continue reading Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Karnataka · Travel

Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi

It is the time of the year when festivities have begun and there are celebratory vibes all around.  Markets abound in colour and cheer.  It is also a time when you find little stores in nooks and corners all around Bangalore retailing clay and wooden toys.  Yes. it is the season of Navratri and “Gombe… Continue reading Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi