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Sundays playing tourist…

The day felt like peppermint tea and poetry written by a recluse poet as the sky purpled with hints of grey at the edges of frayed clouds.

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The days of playing pretend were supposedly over twelve years ago but playing tourist in a city you’ve been living in for the past three years can be an invigorating adventure, rediscovering the old haunts and some new places you’d been postponing to visit for ever so long.

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In some majestic buildings justice is served and we can only hope that the deliverers are as upright-morally- as those tall structures.

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p.s Photographs of tree from down below, with the sun glinting through the branches, are some of favourites. Here’s one.

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p.p.s It’s fun to explore and just wander. Do it on a Sunday.

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My mind wanders to places I’ve never been, reconstructed from images upon my screen or photos taped to a lonely wall, taking me away to skies of blue and lilac. Even teal sometimes.

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Then it wanders back in time, to memories of cities left yet not forgotten, places I’ve breathed in the air and tasted the essence of it all.

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I have a wanderlust of the mind, ever in the past and future, never in the present and perhaps I quite enjoy it that way, travelling along the corridors of my inner sanctum.

*Pictures aren’t mine just edited (if that’s what it can be called) by me.

Photography Challenge Day 12- Something You Overlook

I must have gone to Brigade Road a a few dozen times and passed this little bit of graffiti on the wall each time I was there, without really taking a second to properly look at it. Today, I decided to give it a little more attention in the form of a photograph so that I didn’t overlook it anymore. Cute and simple, isn’t it?

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Street Food- Cuisine that Captures Culture

If you were travelling in an exotic land and wanted to soak up all the culture that the destination has to offer, where would you go to eat? Would you reserve a table at a reputable four or five star restaurant or would you amble over to the street food stalls where delicious flavours waft in the air?

I personally feel that street food, low-key eateries capture the essence of the particular culture more so than fine-dining restaurants. Especially if you’re in India where pani puri and dahi puri are best made at the small chaat stands you can find on the corners of the street, packed with bold flavour and decently priced as well!

Recently, I tried a place called Momo Hut near Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore and it was fantastic. The momos are to die for and let me tell you, the sauce is bomb. Quite literally, it explodes in your mouth with its sheer spiciness so if you have low spice tolerance I would recommend caution but if you’re like me and you prefer that exhilaration of eating something really hot, go for it! I’ve also tried the veg noodles and veg thupka (noodles in soup) and both were amazing. The thupka was my favourite, steaming hot and fresh!

If you live in Bangalore then please go and check this place out! Here’s more on Zomato 🙂

Cheers to Chutney Chang!

After finishing with midterms (good riddance), my best friend and I had gone to Chutney Chang’s to reward ourselves for having survived what I can only describe as a grueling week and it was a reward indeed.

Booking a reservation the day before, I prepared to have to wait a while before getting our table since we were going on a Saturday evening for dinner but there was no delay or suffocating rush that stifled the foodie experience so all was well.

Chutney Chang is one of the biggest spread buffet’s in Bangalore, the perfect combination and blend of Indian and Chinese cuisine with a live chaat stand and live dimsum stand as well and an assortment of dishes made for those with a big appetite.  I’d gone to the Chutney Chang off Church Street, on Museum Road.

Everything is self service and the only dish that’s served at the table is soup and Indian bread. The rest is up to you so go big or go home!

As a vegetarian I was pleased with the wide array of vegetarian dishes. The food was delicious. Starting off with a black pepper soup, moving on to some pasta salad, egg salad and dahi puri. It appeared as if the entrees were enough to make me full but it was imperative to make room for the main dish. I had biryani with palak paneer and stir fried vegetables. For dessert there were a multitude of options like black currant cheese cake, chocolate brownies, jelly custard and a chocolate fondue fountain with marshmallows and sweets to dip in it. A sweet tooth would be delighted! Priced at Rs. 680, I would say it’s worth it.

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Dahi puri 🙂

 

However, the food isn’t the only reason I’d recommend dining at this wonderful restaurant. The staff are warm and very friendly, making you feel at home and even the decor and ambiance was inviting rather than intimidating as it can be in some fine dining restaurants. Clearly, Chutney Chang shows you that classy restaurants do not need stuffy and overly formal waiters. We were seated at a table on the first floor right next to a small fish pond and it was such a lovely place to sit.

Of course, there’s always a little fiasco wherever my friend and I go. In the middle of our meal, between jokes and irrepressible laughter, my friend’s fork  flew off the table and landed right in the water where all the fish gathered around like it was an idol to worship.

Also, if you tell the staff that it’s your birthday they’ll bring you a small cake and sing happy birthday while playing the guitar as you blow out the candles and make a wish. Their singing reminded me of a barbershop quartet!

So Chutney Chang is a great place to celebrate with friends and family!

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 Food: ****

Service: *****

Ambiance: ****

Check it out: http://www.zomato.com/bangalore/chutney-chang-church-street

Volunteering at Animal Shelters

In my opinion, there are a great deal of charities and organisations that focus on human welfare which is of course a great thing but I know some people who don’t think working with animals makes a difference in society.

Well I’d just like to say that animals are living beings that have feelings and rights just like humans. So yes, it does make a difference.

I used to volunteer at Blue Cross in Hyderabad and I still remember one dog that I walked named Buster who socialized with others more than I do ( I jest)! Other dogs were not as warm. There was a dog whose nose and mouth were not properly formed, a birth defect, and as a result he had no sense of smell. The poor thing wouldn’t interact with anyone, dogs or people. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve love. So I was very happy when fellow volunteers and I were enthusiastic to walk and groom him.

Now, I live in Bangalore and I’ll be volunteering with CUPA (Compassion Unlimited Plus Action) every weekend with some friends, working at various branches of the animal shelter across the city.

I wouldn’t want to spend my weekend any other way 🙂

For the love of school supplies

(Before continuing let me make this clear, I am not talking about the movie The Notebook because I’ve never seen the whole thing. I’m talking about notebooks that you write in.)


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Ever since I was a child, my favourite store was Staples, where office supplies and school supplies stretched on in endless aisles before me. Even now, I love stationary and can’t help buy more notebooks and supplies than I could possibly use. My insatiable rationalisation when I buy new things sounds something like ‘I will definitely use them!’ or ‘How can I NOT buy this?’, yet in actuality I don’t need any reasons to buy more notebooks.

As a student, they won’t be wasted and sometimes they motivate me to be neat with my notes and diagrams. I couldn’t possibly bear to scribble in the nice ones so I guess I’m a little prejudiced.

Not even, just notebooks but art supplies, colour paper, sketch books, anything and everything.

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Now that I live in Bangalore, my favourite place to buy stationary is Landmark. They have the best stuff I’ve ever seen, sort of like my paradise.

Notebooks with Paris and London-themed covers
Notebooks with Paris and London-themed covers
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Notebook with a cloth cover and hand made pages 🙂
This is a clever one. When you open the notebook, the pages are upside down.
This is a clever one. When you open the notebook, the pages are upside down.
Marvel Superhero's notebook! I just had to.
Marvel Superheroes notebook! I just had to.
Pop art themed box
Pop art themed box

Gotta have em’ all, I guess.