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

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Birds of Bettakote Lake, Devanahalli, Karnataka

While Bangalore today is known for its IT parks, start ups, pubs and malls, it is also a city of gardens, parks and lakes.  Although rampant urbanization has resulted in the tremendous loss of its green cover and the conversion of lake and tank beds to apartment complexes, there are close to 190 lakes in… Continue reading Photoessay: Birds of Bettakote Lake, Devanahalli, Karnataka

Food · Reviews

JustBe Resto Cafe: where Health meets Taste

Considering that I have always been a fan of healthy and wholesome eating,  I was happy to learn of JustBe , a resto cafe that serves exclusively plant based, whole foods that is ideal for vegans and vegetarians.  But when I heard that the food here is prepared sans any oil, dairy, refined flour and sugar,… Continue reading JustBe Resto Cafe: where Health meets Taste

Reviews

Review: The Earth Collective – Specialists in Premium Hair Care Products

Beautiful, shiny, healthy, lustrous hair…well this sounds like every girl’s dream, right? Well the dream isn’t too distant with The Earth Collective, a new premium Indian brand of specialist hair care products, all of which are inspired by Mother Nature. Natural and cruelty free Inspired by not just Ayurveda but also other time tested and ancient… Continue reading Review: The Earth Collective – Specialists in Premium Hair Care Products

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: The temple town and hills of Devarayanadurga

Located in the Tumkur district of Karnataka, Devarayanadurga is a popular temple town.  Perched at a height of about 3950 feet above sea level, this one forms for an engaging day trip from Bangalore.  The place, whose name translates into “Fort of the Gods”, is home to a number of temples, hillocks and a wide… Continue reading Photoessay: The temple town and hills of Devarayanadurga