Odiya Cuisine – A Scrumptious Affair

The plate on my table looked enticing – well that’s the word that came into my mind almost instantly when I saw the thaali laid in front of me. It was the first time I was trying out Odia food and I had a plate full of veggies, rice, kanika, a sweet rice dish, puri, dal, curd based dishes and desserts. The best part is that eggplant is used quite extensively and being my favourite, I took an instant liking

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Hubli off the beaten track

During my recent visit to Hubli, I decided to take the path off the beaten track to explore some of the ancient temples of the city and came away impressed with the grandeur of an ear gone by. The city of Hubli itself is quaint and has a culture of its own. While it is well known for its musical connections (especially Dharwad its twin city), the historical and ancient temples here add a charm of their own. Chandramouleshwara Temple

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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple – Shankranti Special

This is the oldest temple in Namma Bengaluru. It has been rebuilt in the 16th century but has a history that dates back many years before that. It is connected with the founder of the city Kempe Gowda. And most of all this is where you will see a rare architectural marvel that happens every year on the day of Shankranthi on the 14th of January. Well no prizes for guessing that we are talking about the Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple

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Frozen Holiday Experiences

It is that time of the year again when the winters are in the forefront and it is also when you can make the most of your winter holiday. Imagine yourself sitting in a warm and cosy glass igloo with nature’s light show in the middle of the night. “Picture hues of pink, blue, green, purple streak across the sky creating a magical experience as you lie in a warm bed, staring up at the magnificent sky. Imagine waking up

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Interview with Kathak Danseuse Shoma Kaikini

As a dance form, Kathak has a class of its own – just the precision with which the dancers twirl continually can be mind boggling. And Shoma Kaikini has established Nrityanidhi as she has innovated her own ingenious style of dance that uses Kathak in varied genres of music and presents soulful choreographic work. One of the torch bearers in popularising Kathak in Bengaluru, Shoma tells us more on her tryst with dance. Rewind Shoma started with Kathak, as a

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Higher Education in India

Fly High With Higher Education India as a nation that created the world famous Gurukul system inspiring modern day international pedagogies of teaching and learning did especially well to keep its legacy of creation alive post-Independence. University Grants Commission (UGC) Role The commission led by Dr Radhakrishnan immediately post-Independence was instrumental in the creation of the UGC in the 1950’s and the focus on channelizing talents of young adults towards employment was a key strategy that governed the approach deployed

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The Taj Balloon Festival

“Did you know that balloons are the second most photographed object after celebrities?” asked Samit Garg, Founder Director – E Factor & SkyWaltz (Events & Hot Air Ballooning). To be honest I did not know that but when I arrived for the 2nd Taj Balloon Festival (held in Agra between November 25 – 30, 2016), I understood exactly why. It was evening as I headed to the PAC Grounds, one of the venues where the balloons took off from and

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Salon Management in the Party Season

It’s December and official the month to party courtesy weddings and social events. While customers are making a beeline to salons to look their best, the latter are getting geared up to meet the rush, increased demand and cancellations too. Managing a salon at this time of the year naturally has its own challenges. So how are salons gearing up? Planning Right Handling large volumes of clients is not an easy task as things can go awry as well. Likewise

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Green Trends Salon Review

Green Trends Unisex Hair & Style Salon one of the fastest growing salon chains in the country belongs to FMCG major CavinKare Pvt. Ltd.’s salon division Trends In Vogue. The salon is the pioneer in the Indian beauty Unisex salon segment which has played a key role in transforming unorganised beauty salon industry into an organised one. The brand is well known for its expertise in providing unique grooming services, fashion styling and bridal make-up. The unique salon chain has

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Review of Spa by JW, Bangalore

Spa by JW is Bengaluru’s health and wellness destination, designed to restore a natural state of equilibrium. The six treatment rooms, sauna, steam, whirlpool and a state of the art fitness centre set the scene at the Spa by JW. Coupled with the plush décor and serene ambience, the spa is designed to give you a holistic healing experience. There are a host of spa treatments inspired by Indian, Western and Asian therapies. In an effort to bring the Spa

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