• India,  Karnataka,  Travel

    Christmas Eve at Wonderful Western Hills, Sakleshpur

    In our last holiday trip of 2018, we were returning after a wonderful weekend stay at Attihalli, Sakleshpur. Our hearts still yearned for some more time in the hills. My husband happened to notice a rickety signboard, Western Hills, beside a dusty path that disappeared into the hills. It looked interesting, so we followed our instinct. It was 24th December. I didn’t expect to find rooms for six people. However, Hemanth, who manages the place offered us a spacious dorm-type of a room overlooking the coffee plantation. We got the room for 3000 rupees for six people, which fit our Christmas budget quite well. The small property makes for a…

  • India,  Orissa,  Travel

    7 Best Street Foods In Bhubaneswar, Orissa

    Earthy, simple, and full of flavors – Oriya cuisine offers a range of hearty dishes. Oriyas love their meals accompanied by plenty of veggies, fish or mutton, and something crispy, like fried potatoes and Karela chips. We also adore our snacks – sweet and savory. Growing up in Bhubaneswar, I remember evenings were spent in informal gatherings where people would eat snacks, chat and just while away time (called ‘katti kariba‘ in Oriya). During the festival of Raja, all Oriya families prepare special sweets called Pithas. And, many of these Pithas are available in select outlets, such as at Ekamra Haat. Pithas are different types of sweet rice flour cakes, flavored with saunf…

  • India,  Karnataka,  Travel

    Hampi – Beauty is Truth, and Truth Beauty

                       Memory (Written by Agni Barathi  – Technologist, philosopher, poet, and wanderer.) Who would remember the sighs, the groans the cries, the howls, the laughs, the smiles? Who would remember, the great grand works of he who tilled these fallow lands of he who carved the unyielding rocks of she who sang a song of new spring of she who drew kolams at dawn? Who would remember them whose sighs, groans and cries, and howls, laughs and smiles still echo off these magnificent rocks on which the monkeys climb and play in oblivious abandon. Hampi My first glimpse of Hampi was of a granite…

  • Comics

    Panchhi Banu Udati Phirun …

    पंछी बनूँ उड़ती फिरूँ मस्त गगन में आज मैं आज़ाद हूँ दुनिया की चमन में Panchhi Banu Udati Phirun Mast Gagan Men Aaj Main Aazaad Hun Duniya Ke Chaman Men English translation:  As a bird, I want to fly in the beautiful sky. Today, I have been liberated in the garden of the world.  When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. “This is the last edition of WOW in 2018 and we want you to ‘Imagine you are someone’s shadow for a day‘ and tell…

  • India,  Karnataka,  Travel

    Coffee, Cardamom, Campfire, and Calmness at Hema Koota

    Hema Koota is an authentic homestay that offers the simple pleasures of life (delicious food, friendly people, and nature) making for a perfect weekend getaway. Every year, the onset of Christmas vacations heralds an exodus in Bangalore. Some companies shut down for the year-end. IT employees try to use up their remaining leaves. Everyone has a reason to head out for their last travel of the year. We too decided to drive to the hills to enjoy the winter chill and the coffee harvest season. While scrolling through listings on travel websites I came across Hema Koota in Hassan. Their website had a gallery of beautiful photos, with one of…

  • Bangalore,  Urban Sketching,  Visual Journal

    A Quaint Railway Station in Carmelaram

    Carmelaram Railway Station (code: CLRM) off Sarjapur Road doesn’t feel like a Bangalore station at all. It is built on the Bangalore – Hosur – Salem line. This fairly new station has a floor-level platform, two railway lines, and a small ticket booking counter. There’s a refreshing lack of vendors and food stalls. Set amidst tall silver oak trees, it looks very pretty. And it is conveniently located, a quick 3 km from Wipro office and Doddakanelli residential areas. Not too many people know about this station. View this post on Instagram A Quaint Railway Station in Carmelaram Carmelaram Railway Station (code: CLRM) off Sarjapur Road doesn't feel like a…

  • Comics,  Poetry

    A Million Light Years Away

    The Poem Without Graphics A Million Light Years Away Floating with time in spaces far, dark, and wide Sputnik voyages further and further Fear of the unknown A will to live A will to fly Ready to break the tie Almost This poem is a  homage to one of my favorite authors, Haruki Murakami. “Sometimes I feel so—I don’t know—lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you’re used to has been ripped away. Like there’s no more gravity, and I’m left to drift in outer space.” – SPUTNIK SWEETHEART, Haruki Murakami A context for the Poem This weekend, we would want you to Write A Poem Using These Words – Fear, Ready,…

  • Jammu and Kashmir,  Travel

    Guest Post: When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left!

      About Shalzmojo An interior designer by profession, writing is a passion which coupled with travel love blossomed into this blog where I love to just “do my thing”! Be it recipes, food events, travel jaunts, fiction dreaming or even meditative musings; all of it’s taken up quite passionately on This post is part of the December bloghop #mymojo with Shalzmojo. Here’s my cross post on her blog, about some of the interesting things to do in Bhutan.   Hello readers. I am happy to be here on Seema’s blog and bring to you one of my unexpected travel adventures. I hope you enjoy reading it. I am an avid traveler and my…

  • Goa

    St. Anne Church, Olaulim, Goa

    St. Anne church is a hidden gem in the quiet Olaulim village. We found it while riding around Pomburpa village, during our stay at the Loja. In the evening, churchgoers gather here for mass. The rest of the day, the Church stands quietly. Witnessing life passing by for the last 266 years or so. The gentle sway of trees, the white of the church, and the slightly overgrown and abandoned feel of the garden in front of it … something wild and peaceful.  Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. She is the patron of housewives, women in labor, cabinet makers and miners. Her emblem is a door (I tried…