Monthly Archives: June 2012

Food blogging

And here’s my next article! This article came out a few days a back, but I never got down to putting it up on the blog.
This is a feature about three Bangalore-based food bloggers, why they love blogging, and how their journeys have been, and of course,  Food!

Click here to read!


Cycle. Lake. Cycle. Go-kart. Cycle. Sleep!

Yesterday, 5 of us went on a cycle ride and we covered nearly 60 kilometers! This was possibly one of the hardest and most difficult rides I’ve ever done.

We started off at 7.30, and by the time the five of us got together, it was 8.30. The weather was lovely and perfect for cycling. Cloudy and cool. We headed off from J.P Nagar and hit the Kanakapura Road, and rode in a single file to avoid getting to close to the passing trucks and speeding cars. After cycling for about half an hour (without breakfast), Vijey said there was a small roadside shop he saw where they were selling omelettes. We wondered if we should stop there, and finally turned back. We were all starving, and the food turned out to be great!

In the beginning                Pic: Shashank Ck

Our first destination was a small lake which is about 12 kms from JP Nagar. The cycling group has been there a couple of times before, but this was only my second time there. The last time I went there was sometime last July, and the lake was full after the rains. This time the water level was far less, and the land around was dry and brown. We sat around, skipped stones, and walked around the lake for a while. I was already a little tired.

Our plan was then to go from the lake to a go-karting place a few kilometers away from the lake,still further away from the city. I’m guessing it was another 3 kilometers from the lake. We started off and it was from here that I stared noticing the up-hills and down-hills. I was getting tired and while I was glad there was a downhill, I knew that on the way back, it was going to be hard to cycle up the slopes. I cycled at my own pace, and we finally got to the go-karting place. I was relieved. The place was empty. I’m guessing we were their first customers. I had never been go-karting before, and I doubted my skills of riding the toy car majorly. I was in two minds about going in the car and racing with four other boys, all of whom had done this before. Finally, after thinking for a bit, I said I was in! Might as well try it when I have the opportunity. No, I don’t do that always. Twice I’ve had the opportunity of going on some crazy, topsy-turvy, upside down, all-turning sides ride in amusement parks, and I’ve kept my distance. I prefer watching people screaming, with their arms flailing and hair flying, while they’re being thrown around by a big ass machine.

The lake

So, they we were, racing! It was great fun, and I don’t think I was bad at it at all. Twice I crashed, but everyone did at some point! Eight rounds around the track, and I wanted to do more! We sat around for a while, watched two other groups racing, and then started heading back. It was already 2.30, and we hadn’t had lunch as yet. One of my friends called his mom and told her were coming for lunch.

The ride back, I almost died! With the up-slopes I struggled, and I kept the four others waiting. This was possibly one of the most strenuous things I’ve done in a long time, and my energy level had reached its limits. My legs began to cramp and burn, and twice I got off my cycle and pushed it up the slope. Even the flat stretches became as struggle. Finally, I told them to just race ahead and wait for me. We stopped around 4 or 5 times. At one point I could go no more, and Ambar and I stopped to drink coconut water, and I ran to the petrol bunk loo near by. The go-karting place had an open “loo”, suitable enough for guys. I had to wait till then. I got a good rest, and drank two coconuts. Sitting down I felt good, but the minute I got up, my legs hurt and cramped! Maybe I should take an auto back I told Ambar. It was really killing me.

On the way back     Pic: Shashank Ck

Joining the others, we had another break. This time, I switched cycles with Shashank, and we continued, and ditched the auto plan.  Again, I cycled in my own slooow pace. Ambar was constantly cycling a few feet behind me (I don’t know how he did that!). This time, I was determined to finish, and I did. The ride from that point was pretty flat, and we kept at a constant pace. I wanted to make it, all the way to Vijey’s place, and I did, and I wouldn’t have if it was not for these guys being so patient!

We reached Vijey’s place and we ate and ate! The food was so good. We were exhausted, and I was ready to crash! After resting for a while, we headed our own ways back home. I was tired, but happy.

I came home, had a bath, ate dinner, and crashed and didn’t get up till the alarm rang.
The trip was worth every moment, however hard it was.

College begins!

Three days up, and the upcoming semester already looks full.

College actually begins the coming Monday, but we’ve come in a week earlier for a credit course. We’re learning to use Pro Tools- a sound editing and recording software, and tomorrow is our last day. I’m not really a technology savvy person, and this is the first time I’ve felt so challenged with a computer software. Sometimes, I find the most basic and obvious things tricky or, I just don’t bother to look properly before I freak out and ask for help!

This year, I’ll be doing Communication Studies. Last year, Psychology and English Literature were part of the combination, but I’ll be dropping these two subjects this year. The syllabus looks interesting, and I’m looking forward to this semester!

We have a section on the ‘Perspectives on Art’ where we’ll be learning about dance, music (Indian Classical forms of both) and art (Western and Indian). We’ll also be touching upon theater for a bit. Here, we’ll mainly be learning about how to assess a performance or piece, and write about it. My knowledge in these fields aren’t that great, but I have been exposed to them and practiced them at some points in my life. Certainly looking forward to these sessions. We’ll also be going to performances and institutions where these arts are being practiced!

We will also study and discuss the major turning points in the history of India as part of another section. We’ll discuss how things today came to be way the way they are because of past events, whether it’s got to do with region, religion, identities etc.

Finally, something I’m really looking forward the part where we’ll be reading a lot of Indian literature! We’ll be reading a lot, and before college starts, we have to read a book (one of the Many books we have to read) called Karukku, which is an autobiography by a Tamil Dalit woman. Here is an introduction about the book by the translator. I’ve read three chapters and it’s simple and well written, but quite hard-hitting at parts.

Apart from this, there’s a lot more to look forward to in college this year, and even outside college I guess!

The rain and the sea

We returned from our beach trip yesterday morning. Though short, it was totally worth it.

Getting off the bus at the small village of Kumbashi, we were greeted by an early morning drizzle. Buying curd and milk for the next 3 days, we stopped a passing auto and headed straight for the beach house. The weather was lovely, and it wasn’t humid like I had expected it to be.

Over the next 3 days we cooked and ate a lot, apart from other things. The food was simply delicious. With each of us giving our own suggestions on how to cook, the result was great, and not once did we mess up a recipe, or make something that didn’t taste right! We were thrilled with ourselves! Personally I don’t cook too much, hardly actually, but this really motivated me to start. Let’s see if it continues!

The beach was so empty and deserted, and the four us had the beach to ourselves (well most of the time!). We walked along the sea quietly, and I was constantly reminded of the beach trek we did from school two years ago. Miles of the beach with hardly anyone on it. The first evening we sat by the sea singing songs and walked back home in the dark. The sea was rough and loud most of the time, and the tide was constantly changing.

Just us and the sea

Thinking back now, time seems to have passed so quickly. We read, we listened to music, drank coffee and relaxed. Every now and then it rained, and it rained heavily. On the second night it rained so heavily, I got up and went back to sleep. I love falling asleep listening to the rain.

On our last day, after a late lunch, we went on a walk behind the house where there is a wooded area. We crossed the fence and walked through the trees and we strayed off the paths.

Walking through the woods

At one point I was standing a midst the branches of a fallen tree, when suddenly I heard the rustle of leaves to my left. I turned, and around 10 feet away was a snake! For a few seconds I held my breath and I watched. It was slowly slithering through the dead brown leaves.  Was it a Rat snake or a Cobra? It was surely one of the two. I slowly lifted my camera and clicked a few shots, and before I could get a decent one, it had slithered away. I walked around the thick bushes, hesitantly at first, and went on to the side the snake was heading towards. I called out to my friends and one of them came. We saw it again, this time around 15 feet away. Then, it disappeared again. We lost it, but we walked back home content with what we had just seen.

The rain

Few hours before we left, we packed up, and got ready for the night bus back home. Getting ready meant two things for us. Not drinking too much water, and eating the right thing in the right amount. The ride back was bumpy, but we got back fine.

Once on the bus, it began to rain outside. After chatting for a while, we closed our eyes. We slept.


Finally done with my internship. It’s been almost a week since it ended. It has been a fantastic experience personally, and I’ve certainly learned a lot, both in terms of what I’m capable of and about how much there is out there to look and learn about.

On our school trip two years back- same beach

From the same trip

With just about a week left before college starts, a few of us have decided to go to a friend’s beach house on the west coast- I can’t wait. Can’t wait for so many things. To get out of the city. To relax knowing there’s nothing to do for a while. To swim in the sea. Bird-watch. Cook our own meals. Chat. Sleep. Go for walks.

And more.

We’re off. Tonight.

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