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Beautiful Day. Bangalore Days.


It’s not often that your weekends start as early as 6.30 am. Most of the city would be cuddling under the blankets at that time, still a long way to get over the Friday night’s hangover. But we had other ideas. We had decided to meet up at the beautiful Cubbon Park, a serene nature lover’s paradise, where most of Chris Gayle’s 100m sixes land. Such is its proximity to the Chinnaswamy stadium. Its been more than two years since I made Bangalore my home but I never came here for an early morning stroll. I cursed myself for that.

"Look deep into nature and you'll everything better"- Albert Einstein

“Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better”- Albert Einstein

"Its pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

“Its pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it”- Ron Swanson

The wintry winds blew over Bangalore yesterday and there was this Ooty-like chillness in the air. There was greenery all around, with each flora showcasing different shades of green, switching from dark to light back and forth. The rolling lawns looked so neat and clean and the only randomness were the beautiful yellow colored flowers that one could spot in a Malayalee’s household during Vishu. There were sit outs where one could simply settle down, stare at the nature’s beauty all around, search for the sun between the lined up array of trees, get lost in the tranquility and cherish your soulmate’s company.

"For June who loved this garden from Joseph who always sat beside her." Some people do spend their whole lives together. - Anna Scott

“For June who loved this garden from Joseph who always sat beside her.” Some people do spend their whole lives together. – Anna Scott

The eventful day continued as we headed to the Dunkin Donuts in Brigade Road for the brunch and for a meet up with my all time best buddies. After multiple attempts in clicking good pictures, we set off to Amoeba for a round of bowling and then by evening, we headed straight to Domlur for a game of tennis ball cricket. Needless to say, such an amazing day. I type this when I am preparing to go the office. Monday Blues. Ah, fuck.

Dunkin Donuts, Brigade Road

Dunkin Donuts, Brigade Road

Partners in crime

Partners in crime

 

 

 

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Travel- The green and serene Wayanad


Just when I thought that 2014 was ending on a boring note (like the year itself), I headed to Wayanad on the 26th for the annual festival in our family temple. Wayanad has always been a fascination right from the childhood- for the lush green coffee estates, for the wisps of smoke from the mouth in the nights and for its absolutely nature-friendly setting. I’ve always cherished my visits and every visit made me feel envious of my Dad, who grew up here. Can you imagine a world where people do not have time for smart phones, social media and digital life? Those people exist in Wayanad. And that’s why I love to come over here again and again. We, in the city life, are struck between complexities and often end up complicating stuff, instead of keeping it simple. I think that has been one of my interesting learning whenever I’ve traveled to these mountains far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Soak in the serenity of coffee estates

Soak in the serenity of coffee estates

Cafe Coffee Day, Starbucks, Costa.. it all starts from here :-)

Cafe Coffee Day, Starbucks, Costa.. it all starts from here 🙂

Our family temple in the middle of a bog

Our family temple in the middle of a bog

Talk about Symmetry!!

Talk about Symmetry!!

When I am on road, the possibility of bumping into offbeat locations are always a thrill. There are travelers everywhere, so the only way you can carve a niche for yourself as a traveler, is by taking the road less traveled. So we drove our way to the scenic Krishnagiri International Cricket stadium. This one would mislead anyone into thinking as if he were in a country side in England and New Zealand. With so much greeneries all around, the stadium is so picturesque.

Panoramic View of the Krishnagiri International Cricket Stadium, Wayanad

Panoramic View of the Krishnagiri International Cricket Stadium, Wayanad

View from the Media Centre in the stadium

View from the Media Centre in the stadium 

Other pit stops in the trip were the Phantom Rock and Regional Agricultural Research Institute, Ambalavayal. Not many would have Phantom Rock in their itinerary. It doesn’t give you the impression of a potential tourist spot, for reasons better known to the Tourism board. But it presents a beautiful view from the top, of the other rock structures and of the vast greeneries around. The climb to the top is as thrilling as the rock itself.

Phantom Rock, Wayanad

Phantom Rock, Wayanad

Gatecrashing the Regional Agricultural Research Institute was another understanding that this hilly town is so much in love with its flora and farming. Its an eye opener for the rest of the lot to preserve and respect nature. It was worth spending the last few days of 2014 in Wayanad. Needless to say, I feel a sense of freshness as we head to 2015.