• Coffee Connections,  Point of View,  Uncategorized,  Visual Journal,  Watercolors

    International Coffee Day 2018

    Iced coffee is generally brewed hot and poured over ice and milk. Sometimes it is served with a scoop of ice cream. Cold coffee was a childhood staple – that version was more of a sweet shake. It was prepared with instant coffee and had a lot of milk and sugar. My family believed that children should not drink tea or coffee. It was when I came to Bangalore, to study, that my love affair with coffee started. And we have been going strong for the past 15 years. Recently, my husband introduced me to a new brewing method, cold brew coffee. I took to it from the first sip.…

  • India,  Karnataka,  South India,  Travel,  Travelogue & Art Journal,  Urban Sketching,  Visual Journal

    Cantonment Railway Station – An Illustrated Travel Story

    Urban Sketching At Cantonment Railway Station Last weekend, our Urban Sketchers meet was at the Cantonment Railway Station, Bangalore (BNC). While most of us were geared up to sketch amidst the bustle and chaos of a typical Indian railway station, what we found was a place of astonishing stillness. The arched walls and green rooftops look as though they simply stood still and refused to move to make way for Bengaluru! A group of Railways employees was conducting a Swachh Bharat survey. They asked us a few questions and moved on to complete their round of the station. A train with a vivid red engine stood by the platform the entire time…

  • India,  Karnataka,  Travel,  Urban Sketching

    Urban Sketching: Siddhaih Road, Bangalore

    The Urban Sketchers Bengaluru meet in the first week of August was all about automobile repair shops. We met across  Urvashi Theater. A relic from the single screen theater era, this theater was famous for its great sound system. K. C. Nanjunde Gowda, a film producer and prominent businessman of Karnataka, constructed it during the 1970s. Before multiplexes became popular, this was a hep place where college students would hang-out. We walked along the Siddhaih Road and found a nook where we could gather and sketch. The turnout was very good with some newcomers and a guest from Portugal. We also had a few goats who ambled around quite comfortable being sketched! I…

  • Urban Sketching

    Urban Sketching – Karnataka High Court – Art is in Session

    Last night’s rainfall washed all the trees and buildings in and around Cubbon Park. The heart of my city was in vivid mode. We met at the Karnataka High Court for our weekend Bangalore Urban Sketching. The two-storeyed, red building with white highlights stood out amongst the greenery all around. This building was constructed in 1869 for the Mysore High Court. It housed the eighteen public offices of Mysore Government, earning it the name of Attara Katcheri.

  • India,  South India,  Tamil Nadu,  Travel,  Travelogue & Art Journal

    A Zen Weekend at O’land Plantation, Coonoor

    Sketching At O’land Plantation Stay Beautiful landscapes, blue hills, forests, peace and quiet, and delicious home cooked food – these are essential elements of a weekend getaway from hectic city life. We had a perfect Zen weekend, at the O’land Plantation Stay in Coonoor. We were looking for something secluded and wild in the Nilgiris, and this estate fitted the bill. We took an Ola Outstation cab, a convenient way of traveling, to Coonoor. It took us approximately seven hours to reach our destination. We started out from Bangalore around 11 pm and it was 5.30 am when we reached Mettupalayam junction.  Here we took the left turn towards Coonoor, while the right lead to…

  • India,  Karnataka,  South India,  Travel,  Travelogue & Art Journal

    A Tiny Tibet in Karnataka

    While driving to Coorg, many tourists stop at Kushal Nagar to see the beautiful Golden Temple, eat momos, and purchase souvenirs. Few venture into the Tibetan settlements. On a trip, many summers ago, I decided to halt in Kushalnagar. A stroll brought me to a small hotel, newly opened, with clean, sparse rooms.   I have a vivid memory of enjoying delicious momos and black lemon ginger tea with mellifluous Tibetan music playing in the background. A white house cat strolled the hallways, too snooty to make friends with a backpacker! I stayed at the hotel for a couple of days, absorbing the deep tranquility of the people. Long walks through corn fields,…