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When you are feeling blue, adding lemon can make you purple!

This year’s Bangalore trip saw me catching up with loads of friends, which meant that I got to check out tonnes of neat cafe there. One such get together saw me at Claytopia in Koramangala. We deigned to sit in the open courtyard, fanned by the green foliage of the tree cover. Our curiosity was […]

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[V] Vanilla beans & Pepper corns |#atozchallenge 2017|

2010 saw us head for Coorg for a family vacation on my birthday in March. I had been living in Bangalore at that time and keen to explore the places around. I was excited to see the coffee plantations and maybe spot some Vanilla plants too as I had heard this region’s climate favoured its […]

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[S] A Summer Palace in Bangalore |#atozchallenge 2017|

2010: I had moved to Bangalore as an experimental stint and spent that year in exploring it as much as possible. I had been researching the net and listed out places to visit and photograph. So, one fine morning, armed with my trusted Canon DSLR, a bottle of water and some snacks, I headed out to […]

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[O] Once upon a time |#atozchallenge 2017|

Once upon a time there was a brave King and his beautiful queen who lived in a grand palace, filled with opulence of every kind!!! This is the thought that flashes through my head, every time I wander in a fort, palace or mahal in India. Meandering through the hallowed corridors of Bangalore Palace was […]

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[G] Grapestomping |#atozchallenge 2017|

Ever since I started preferring to drink wine over any others alcohol I began to be fascinated with the concept of vineyards and wine tasting events. In wake of this quest, I visited two notable vineyards in France and one in Nashik, India but at neither places did I get around to experience the (seemingly) glamorous […]

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[F] Flower Power in Bangalore #atozchallenge 2017

A newspaper article on a flower mela held in the city caught my eye, during my recent Bangalore visit.The news article chronicled the painting of a gorgeous mural by Bangalore artist Shilo Shiv Suleman in the flower seller market in an effort to reclaim public space and beautify it too. You can catch the article […]

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Wordless Wednesday #1 – Claim your Walls !

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY Attempting Wordless Wednesday for the first time with these two pics below!!   Linking up with Wordless Wednesday 363 total views, no views today shalzmojoPassionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into […]

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Dastkar – Go Green!!

I have been fascinated by composting ever since I visited daily dump website. Two years of hunting for their handy composters, I finally saw an ad for it in the upcoming Green mela by Dastkar. Yes!!! I made a date to go get my composter. I have become and avid fan of Dastkar and keep a look […]

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Purple Passions!!

I had been seeing these gorgeous deep pink and purple blooms in JP Nagar on short shrub like trees. The crown of the trees is totally covered with sprays of these blooms. I looked them up to know that these are called Queen’s Crape Myrtle – Pride of India – Queen’s Flower – Banaba for […]

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Southern Sojourn – Somnathpur Temple

Somnathpur Temple 26th January 2011 – Ek raasta… Do rahi… aha aha!! That’s what we ( Sravanti and me) both felt like on the early morning of 26th jan 2011 when we set out for a road trip to Somanathapur in southern Karnataka. We hit Kanakpura road by 7.00 a.m. and were delighted by the […]

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Bangalore Diaries: By the river @Bheemeshwari

14th November 2010 – With boredom nagging at our heels, we decided to head off for a day trip somewhere nearby. I searched on the net, asked friends and also consulted the Outlook traveller guide and finally zeroed in on Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp – a mere 100 kms away from Bangalore. The JLR website (http://www.junglelodges.com/) listed […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Pink Joy

The city is painted a new hue – Pink! Gentle pink! A soft Pink!! Kinda like the baby pink!!! That was my first impression when I saw these huge trees, burgeoning with fat bunches of pink blossoms all over the bangalore city. Its like someone sprayed these trees pink and took away most of the […]

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Macro mode: Flutterby!

Wishing to show off my new macro lens to the butterflies, I set off to the Bannergatta National park for the nth time in past six months. The gorgeous red and yellow lantana bushes at the entry were so silent; almost morose. Usually these are being arduously courted by hordes of butterflies; blue tigers, common […]

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Bangalore diaries: Walking through Basvanagudi!

I have been in Bangalore for now almost 6 months and yet to explore the city to its potential. With this thought in mind, I logged onto the net; stumbled on a website www.bangalorewalks.com which advertised a cultural walk through Basvanagudi; promises to unveil some of the myriad secrets of the area and overall introduce […]

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Champa – Kali a.k.a. Frangipani

Plumeria or Frangipani (common name) or Champa as its referred to in India,  is native to the tropical Americas but now can be found in India, south-east Asia,  and even Africa. Plumeria releases its fragrance at night the most; this is done to lure in the Sphinx moths – the pollinators. The flowers have no […]

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Royal Grandeur – Mysore Palace

2nd April 2010 – Mysore We visited Mysore on our way back to Bangalore via Coorg.  The wide city roads, lined with huge trees, carefully laid out green belts and lack of stray animals on the streets; made this city a pleasure to visit. Mysore is at a distance of 130 odd Kms from Bangalore […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Manchinbele

25th April 2010 – Sunday morning brought around our usual photo-date. Today’s agenda was Manchinbele – about 40 km from Bangalore. Its a dam built over a reservoir to provide electricity and water to the nearby Magadi townshitp. After sifting through many blogs and maps, we decided to take the Mysore road route via the […]

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Ranganathittu : Cattle Egret

On my recent visit to Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, I happened to spot this beautiful bird with such gorgeous colours in its plumes. This bird is the Cattle Egret or Bubulcus ibis which according to Wikipedia is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It has similarities in plumage […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Elita Promenade

Namma Bangalore is indeed a city of gardens; dwindling now, but nevertheless greenery rules here. The tall verdant trees with foliage spread out wide and out over the roads; almost like a green roof- you could probably grow another level on top of it. While house hunting here we realised the importance landscaping is given in […]

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