Karnataka · Travel

Rice Museum, Shivalli, Karnataka – of seeds, strains and sustainability

On the occasion of World Museum Day today, here is a look at yet another unusual museum in Karnataka.  Read on to find out more… Lush green farms on either side made for an invigorating sight as I drove towards Shivalli village in Mandya taluk.  The roads were deserted and there was hardly anyone around… Continue reading Rice Museum, Shivalli, Karnataka – of seeds, strains and sustainability

Food

Recipe: Mavina Hannina Sasve (Raw Ripe Mango Sauce with Sweet, Savoury and Tangy Flavours)

No mention of summer is complete without the mention of the mangoes, the king of fruits.  Having grown up in Hyderabad, my earliest memories of summers were digging into the delectable ‘Bangainpalli’ mangoees, sucking into the pulp and religiously polishing it clean off the skin and seed! It was also the time to stock up on… Continue reading Recipe: Mavina Hannina Sasve (Raw Ripe Mango Sauce with Sweet, Savoury and Tangy Flavours)

Everything else

5 Things to Look for while Opting for Meal Delivery Services

In 2020 COVID-19 shutdown triggered a city wide meal delivery boom in Sydney, with the average spending across some council areas up by over 350%. The city ranked as the top area for such services, at 25.8%.  But with many offering healthy meals and various cuisines, choosing the best service provider can be pretty overwhelming. While… Continue reading 5 Things to Look for while Opting for Meal Delivery Services

Food

Recipe – Piyush: a healthy and delectable summer drink

Come summer and it is time for mangoes, salads, smoothies, ice creams and a whole lot of summer treats.  A time when the body gets dehyadrated faster due to the scorching heat, summer is meant for taking in plenty of those fluids and juices.  Whether it is nimboo pani, shikanji, aam panna or neer mor,… Continue reading Recipe – Piyush: a healthy and delectable summer drink

Reviews

Deyga Organics: The goodness of all things natural, handmade and pure

Given the times we live, the importance of sustainability and going back to our roots can hardly be overemphasized.  While the terms ‘natural’, ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘green’ are buzz words in most sectors, the skin and hair care as well as wellness segments are certainly not far behind.  The significance of natural ingredients, time tested methodologies and… Continue reading Deyga Organics: The goodness of all things natural, handmade and pure

Decor

Concrete in Home Decor: of Colour, Creativity and Character

Gone are the days when the word “concrete” was synonymous with being a dull, cold, boring material and relegated to use in basements, fire exits and other such obscure locations.  There has been a paradigm shift in the way the concrete is perceived today.  The raw and natural characteristics of the material lend it a… Continue reading Concrete in Home Decor: of Colour, Creativity and Character

Decor

Photoessay: Decor Inspirations – Grand Mercure, Gopalan Mall, Bangalore

As mentioned in my previous post, the decor at the newly opened Grand Mercure, Gopalan Mall in Bangalore is awe inspiring to say the least.  With photo opportunities everywhere and instagram worthy pictures at literally every corner, the decor of the hotel is a design lovers’ delight.  Here are some captures: Bright spaces with clever use… Continue reading Photoessay: Decor Inspirations – Grand Mercure, Gopalan Mall, Bangalore

Reviews

Grand Mercure at Gopalan Mall, Bengaluru: experience the essence of Karnataka

Wood apple aka Bellada hannu as it is called in Kannada is considered one among the most auspicious fruits offered to Lord Shiva.  Along with “bilwa patre” which is used during puja on Shivaratri, it is customary to have wood apple juice on the festival.  While I missed on the latter at home this year,… Continue reading Grand Mercure at Gopalan Mall, Bengaluru: experience the essence of Karnataka

Karnataka · Travel

Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi – a hidden gem in Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Given that India is a land of temples, it is no surprise that travel unearths some truly hidden gems.  And one such gem is the Veera Narayana Temple in Belavadi about 30 km from Chikamagalur.   While one normally associates Hoysala temples with the magnificent ones in Belur and Halebid, this temple is yet another example of… Continue reading Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi – a hidden gem in Chikamagalur, Karnataka