Bahrain’s Al Fateh Grand Mosque

This place of prayer is a testament to good architecture and is also open to people of all faiths. My first stop on a recent trip to Bahrain was the beautiful Al Fateh Grand Mosque Juffair near the Al Fateh Highway. The exterior facade of the mosque is massive and done in cream hues. The domes, intricate jali work, carved windows along the exteriors and the minarets make for a compelling sight even from the outside. This is the largest

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Wat Pho, Bangkok

How many times have you encountered an instance that some of your best travel memories are those that you did not plan for? Chances are very often. In fact I had a similar experience when I visited Wat Pho on a recent trip to Bangkok. It was our guide that mentioned casually that Bangkok had one of the largest reclining statues of Buddha that piqued my interest. On making further enquiries, I decided that this was a site not to

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The Street Food Buffet at Kava, Fairfield by Marriott

Street Food – well the very word conjures up images of lip smacking delicacies. And if it is in an organized environment, well you can indulge without any worry. Well, if you want to get the best of street food and a clean environment, head to Kava at Fairfield by Marriott on Outer Ring Road in Bengaluru. Every Wednesday Executive Chef Sudhir Nair and his culinary team have an extensive spread of street food, in seven live counters for lunch.

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Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Review

Sun, Sand & Surf Goa – just the name is enough to evoke the sight of endless beaches and a rich cultural and architectural history. While the North of Goa is more bustling, there is a quiet charm to South Goa that is unmissable. And when I had a chance to visit the newly relaunched Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia, I experienced this first hand. Welcomed at the airport with snacks and cool drinks, the close to one hour drive from

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Recipe: Foxtail Millet Idlis

Foxtail Millet or Navane is rich in Vitamin B1, Iron and is helpful in diabetes too. As I have included this in my diet, I thought of experimenting a no rice idli flour using Navane and it turned out fantastic – soft and tasty too. Here is my recipe: Ingredients: 2 cups Navane (try and use the unpolished variant) 3/4 cup Urad Dal 2 tbsp Tuvar dal 2 tbsp Moong dal 2 tsp fenugreek seeds Salt, to taste Method: Wash all

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Market Table Restaurant Review

Many years back I visited BYLI a new age restaurant in Kalyan Nagar where I met Chef and culinary expert Nirmal Kumar whose food was so wonderful that it always stayed with me. However, many years after I met him again at his new farm-to-fork restaurant aptly called Market Table. And again this time, the food was as unique as it was tasty. Nirmal has worked on the menu with the single-minded focus on being true to serving wholesome, healthy and

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Birds of The Tamara in Coorg

One of my favourite resorts is The Tamara in Kabbinkad estate in Coorg. The main reason why I love this place is that this is where you can come up close with the mighty Western Ghats and its biodiversity. Being an avid birder I have never ceased to admire the wonderful avian species found here. The best part of this resort is that you will see birds all the time, all round the year – it’s just that you probably

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Bengal Gram (Kadle Bele) Chutney Recipe

Bengal gram is known for its nutritive properties and is a staple seasoning and ingredient in traditional households in Bangalore. Among other things, it works well as a chutney with dosas and idli’s. Here is my mom’s recipe – a sure shot winner. Ingredients (serves two) 2-3 tbsp Bengal Gram Half cup of freshly grated coconut A pinch of Asafoetida 2-3 red chilies A small piece (quarter lemon size) Tamarind 1 tsp Groundnut oil A few sprigs Curry leaves 1 tsp Mustard Salt to

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Live Your Dream Aboard Genting Dream Cruiseliner

Can you imagine a mermaid falling in love with an astronaut? Well seems improbable right? But this is exactly what you can see aboard the luxury cruise liner Genting Dream. Okay to put things in perspective this is what I saw in the stunning and visually grand show ‘The Voyage Of A Lover’s Dream’. This is the theme of this luxury ship and you cannot miss the brightly painted exteriors in hues of magenta, blue and yellow as you board

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Birds of Thailand – Picture Essay

My first visit to Thailand last month to Koh Chang and Bangkok, brought me up close to a facet of the country that is not often spoken about – that of its avian life. The islands are abound with nature and greenery is all around. The perfect landscape seems like a painting and naturally are a hotspot for birds. Here are some birds I saw in Thailand. If some names are wrong, am happy to be corrected.  

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