Decor

Five Easy and Effective Ways to keep your home Pest Free

It is often said that happiness is a clean house….well this is true for a house that is neat, clutter free and devoid of pests and rodents ensures a feeling of peace and calm.  And when speaking of pests, it is important to note that they come in all shapes and sizes, from relatively large rodents to… Continue reading Five Easy and Effective Ways to keep your home Pest Free

Food

Shankranthi – of sesame, sugarcane and feasts of the harvest

One of the most auspicious days of the Hindu Calendar, Makara Shankranthi falls on 15-January this year.  This is a day of special significance as it marks the movement of the Sun into the Makara raashi and also the end of the winter solstice.  The day marks the beginning of longer days and heralds the… Continue reading Shankranthi – of sesame, sugarcane and feasts of the harvest

Decor

Pantone color of 2020: Classic Blue – of calm, comfort and character

It is that time of the year again when Pantone Colour Institute heralds’ global trends, offers colour directives and announces the colour of the year, a much-awaited announcement for most industries in the décor and lifestyle space.  Well, the colour that ushers in the new decade aka 2020 is 19-4052 Classic Blue.    A ubiquitous colour… Continue reading Pantone color of 2020: Classic Blue – of calm, comfort and character

Miscellaneous · Travel

Amidst a world of cocoa and chocolate: Choco Story, Brussels

Fries, waffles, beer and of course chocolate; Belgium is famous for more reasons than one.  And when it comes to chocolate, there is no denying the fact that Belgian chocolate enjoys a special and enviable reputation in the international market.  No visit to the country is complete without sampling and shopping for these delectable treats. … Continue reading Amidst a world of cocoa and chocolate: Choco Story, Brussels

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

Think Rajasthan and it immediately conjures images of forts, palaces and royal heritage.   Originally built as a mechanism of defence, the state has many forts that are not only beautiful but also historically very significant. While the Amer fort is one of the most famous landmarks and monuments of the capital city of Jaipur, the… Continue reading Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

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