Category Breathe deep

Joining the Bandwagon

The story of Bengaluru’s bandstands in an ideal landscape.

THE AMRIT MAHAL-Bullish About Battles

I saw a magnificent bull standing in busy Taramandalpete the other day. While my overseas visitors were thrilled with the unexpected opportunity to photograph local transport, I was struck by this happy coincidence. Despite name changes, rusty signboards here continue to call the area Taramandalpete. The name comes from another time in city history, and this nonchalant bull […]

Love is Everywhere

February has always been my favourite month of the year. It’s when the stardust from New Year celebrations and resolutions makes way for spring flowers. Birds speed date in Bengaluru parks and the bees are equally busy. Trees prepare to bloom, the weather is perfect.High above the city, the sky blushes coral pink at sunset. […]

Ladies special- The MN Krishna Rao Park

Just when we thought our mild winter was over, once again, there’s a lovely chill in the air. It’s a good enough reason for us Bengalureans to unpack our earmuffs and monkey caps and sun ourselves in our garden (if we have one). Those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to have natural frontage, head […]

Lalbagh – A walk through the Sultan’s Garden

The Sultan’s Garden is buzzing with hectic activity. The rain clouds paint the morning in silver grey and the mist has left the Lotus Pond. At this early hour, the `walker’ species seem to outnumber the botanical specimens in this garden. Solo Ipod bearing walkers, arm flinging `clappers’,  talkative `battalions’ ambling along in groups and elderly sari clad ladies in oversized sports […]

Bar 1 – Jakkur `Lake Tales’

I am standing in the heart of the crowded city and I can hear bird call. If I am very quiet, I can also hear a soothing wind blow.  Near me is a lily pond with rainbow coloured fish darting busily to and fro in crystal clear water. I can see right down to the bed where aquatic […]

Cubbon Park, where the living is easy…

Suddenly, the sun is out in full force and humidity levels are on the rise. Sunday mornings are lazy, our garden is filled with the warm, heavy scent of Champa flowers and the parrots arrive for a wild brunch party on our gooseberry tree.The supremely confident Bird Quartet ( pigeons, parrots, koels and an unidentified dude […]

>Richmond Town – Tabebuia time in the park !

>  A traditional layout -the legacy of horticulturists past Richmond Town is in the heart of Bangalore City. It is rather neatly positioned between Double Road, Hosur Road and MG Road. Long ago during the days of the Cantt-City divide, this was and still is, in the Cantt area. When I was a child, there were […]