Climbing through the woods to reach the waterfall, I came across this beautiful scene which struck me as fitting to the exact theme of this week’s photo challenge.
The rainbow is as evanescent as the drops of water forming it. Isn’t that how the colors of life are too?
Strolling briefly in Barcelona on a rainy day, I captured some scenes through my lens. Wish to see more of the city but hopefully on a sunny day..
Every city has its characteristics but then if you have seen too many of them, then you start seeing similarities with other places you’ve been to. I was reminded of Mumbai, Hong Kong, Berlin at different instances of my stroll in Barcelona. See for yourself and tell me what thoughts comes to your mind!
I am not sure when did I start getting afraid of things. It’s quite difficult to admit considering that people think of me as a courageous person. But the fact is that I have become quite fearful of doing new things. Earlier, I remember, I would just go and do something and think later but now it is too much thinking and less doing. Don’t know when did that transition happen. This is not how I like myself to be but don’t know how to get over it. I don’t usually quit if I start something but these days the difficulty is in taking that first step itself. Hoping that this is only temporary and I will get over it soon.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve been living in Bangalore but strangely, I never had a chance to go and see the Cubbon park. So one weekend when I got the chance to go there with some of my colleagues for an event, I made full use of the opportunity to explore a bit of this landmark of Bangalore.
Now Cubbon Park is an interesting park – it is both a park as well as a thoroughfare! And many may not know, that it’s official name is Chamarajendra Park ! It is at the central location of Bangalore surrounded by many old and new landmark buildings such as the Vidhan Soudha, the high court, UB City Mall to name a few.
The park itself also houses a lot of buildings – like the Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, KGS club etc.
I went inside the red colored building which I’d seen many times while passing from inside Cubbon park – that’s the Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall – now the Central Library. It’s huge with so many sections that I estimate it would take two days to just skim through each section! The books looked quite old and I wondered how many people would have read them in the last 90 – 100 years!
It was quite pleasant to walk inside the park and explore the stalls – the bhelpuri, the roast corn, the fruit chaat & the tea stall (that was outside the park) :-). There was enough time in between the event to be able to walk to UB city and come back! I’m sure that the park would look even lovelier in the spring season when all the trees would be in full bloom.May be I’d go in spring too. But for the moment, I’m glad that I got to explore it, which might not have happened if there was no other reason to go to the park! Until next..keeping the eyes open for other chances to explore..
Ok..no baking so far..but I roasted cashews in the oven. So far so good.
By the way, I forgot to mention a joint treat by some colleagues at a place called Khansama in UB city. Seems like most of the restaurants in Bangalore belong to the BJN group. In the last two months, I’ve been to two others belonging to the same group – IndiJoe and Samarkand. IndiJoe’s has a totally different ambience – quite a variety of sizzlers and a good place for guzzlers! Samarkand has the theme of Afgahnistan (even though the city of Samarkand is in Uzbekistan) – the menu is presented in the form of a newspaper and drinks menu is on the label of a bottle! I guess I have mentioned it before, but just repeating it for continuity here – the last time that I went there was about 4 years back and I didn’t like the vegetarian food that much. But this time, the vegetarians also had a good time.
Now to Khansama, another place for Indian cuisine. It took some time to reach that place on a Thursday evening but once there, it was a good evening.
The ambience – there were animal heads (bison,tiger..) on the walls (alright fake heads but the skin on them appeared real..can’t say!). There were swords and there were guns and also a painting of a king in his court.
The food – The vegetarian food was alright – we had some paneer dish, some potato and a veg seekh kabab for starters. The roasted corn soup was also good and I’d like to try the recipe. For the main course, there was a mushroom dish, adraki gobhi (cauliflower), dal and some kind of kofta. They were alright but the naans were a little chewy – I had better one at Samarkand. However, one of the hard-core non-vegetarians didn’t like the food from the start. Don’t know whether the others liked it or not but they were not complaining. The rasmalais in the dessert was alright..of course not the “melt in your mouth” ones but good taste. But the gulab jamuns were not that great. One interesting thing was the stuffed dates served at the end of the meal – they were stuffed with the things one puts in a sweet paan (gulkand, saunf etc..) and served on a bed of crushed ice in a box.
The conclusion – If you like Indian cuisine, you have one more place that you can go if in the mood to spend. Not extraordinary but an overall good place.