Month: August 2006

Weekend @ Mahabalipuram

Boats going out to sea early morning… Sunrise at Mahabalipuram So a friend and I drove off to Mahabalipuram last weekend. It was a nice scenic drive via NH4. We started off at 5 am in the morning (after sleeping at midnight, such good children we are). It took us about 7 hours and with Shibs’ awesome display of the Tamil language in Chennai we found ourselves cruising on the scenic ECR. Mahabs was hot and humid but still not totally unbearable. We got ourselves a nice room with a view. Mostly we lazed, ate (a lot of bread and cheese!), read and gazed at the sea and were most reluctant to return. On Sunday morning, we paid a visit to Mahabalipuram’s most famous monument – the Shore Temple. Shibs had last been there when she was much younger and couldn’t believe there was one temple (there were definitely more of them, she kept saying!). On the way back we dropped in at this place called Dakshin Chitra – an artisan’s village and there was …

An expansive (and expensive) but satisfying brunch

Sunday afternoon. They call it a brunch but things start cooking up only after 1 pm. The place gets mighty crowded and a large population of Bangalore’s expat crowd converges here so be prepared to feel like you’re in another country or something. Other than that, I couldn’t find much wrong with the Leela brunch @ the Citrus last Sunday. Firstly, I had to think twice before squandering 1000 odd bucks on a lunch, but I rationalized saying that I would probably do it just once in a blue moon. And this was the blue moon, I decided. A friend actually owes me a treat at the Leela since donkey’s years (and I think one should honour a treat is what I think, but not everyone thinks alike :). But that was not forthcoming I realised after waiting for a year (I’m mighty patient that way!), so I decided that this was it. Now or never… Secondly, I needed all the good food and wine I could lay my hands on. It does great things …

Funny sights at traffic signals

All my experience at some time or another. – Man leaning out of the window and peering close to the front rear mirror, adjusting it, taking comb out of pocket and vigourously brushing it. The catch was he had just a few strands of it. – Man & woman in the car. Woman trying to distract man by pulling his hair. This goes on for a while. Then man in frustration pulls off her dupatta. Both of them laugh like crazy. Ahem. Are there no decency laws around this place? 🙂 – Plucking nose hair. Yucck!! – Plucking nose muck. Even yucckier. But it’s something about traffic signals that make people reach for their nose, methinks. – Woman haggling with vendor. This goes on for a while. Then she loses interest and the poor vendor is left stranded, hopes high but no sale. She was probably in a mood for bargaining. Women do strange things sometimes. – Man takes out pen from pocket and scratches back vigourously. Then not having much luck reaching strategic locations, …

Blog Day

August 31, 2006 is Blog Day. According to the blogger behind this idea, “BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. In this way, all Blog web surfers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.” You also need to post the recommendations on your site and also notify the selected bloggers. Read the instructions page for more. So go forth blogger, you, blog away! Please follow and like us:

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After a long time, I caught both Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives on the idiot box on Sunday night. You have to give it to them for coming up with some really interesting episodes! From SATC, Carrie (who had given up her life in NY to be with Alexandr in Paris) realises that she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. Carrie: “Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous. “ Carrie: “I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love. And I don’t think that love is here …