Sunday Lunch at The Whitefield Arms

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Last weekend, Soumya a blogger buddy invited me to lunch at The Whitefield Arms in VR Bengaluru on Whitefield Road.

I have seen this place several times when I visited the mall, but never actually ventured in. I am usually accompanied by my kids, and I didn’t think it was a kid-friendly place.

But last Sunday was relatively free, and so I fed the kids some lunch, strictly instructed them to play with each other, no fighting, and then trotted over to VR Bengaluru to get some once in a blue moon kid-free time with friends.

Room

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Oh! How much I wanted to love this book! The premise is wonderful, and it’s a Man Booker nominee so it was anyway on my TBR list for the longest time. The only reason I hesitated to read this book was that I felt the subject of the book would be too disturbing for me. My son is the same age as Jack – the little boy in the book, and I was afraid I would get all emotional about poor little Jack’s plight.

Eventually, it turned out I didn’t get all emotional or all that excited about the book. I”ll tell you why a little later in my review.

Purity

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Jonathan Franzen is one of those writers who I’ve always avoided. Initially, I didn’t mean to. But when a writer is labelled as the Great American novelist or some such grandiose term, I tend to back away from their books. And then I read about all his weird interviews, and the bird-watching (not that I have anything against it), and most important – the number of reviews that talk about his white male worldview, and his problematic approach to writing female characters. Let’s say nothing I read compelled me to go read his books.

This year however, something made me change my mind. #FranzeninFebruary happened and I saw a number of tweets chattering on about all the Franzen books. Finally, reading Laura Frey’s tweets convinced me that there wouldn’t be any harm in reading one of his books, and trying him out for myself.

Wordless Wednesdays – Lalbagh Flower Show

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These are some late photos from the Lalbagh flower show.

Every year on Republic Day, flower shows are organized at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The event is jointly organised by Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society, and is one of my most favorite events to attend.

It can get very crowded though, and so this time I opted not to take the kids – just me and my camera.

Posh Villas at Prestige Glenwood

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Last weekend, I was invited over to visit Prestige Glenwood – an independent housing community in Budigere. As any true-blue Bangalorean knows, real-estate is always a topic of interest, and so like any other Bangalorean, I accepted an invite to go visit the property and discuss it here on the blog.

Budigere is also one of the hottest up and coming real estate destinations in Bangalore, and so I was curious to give it a visit, and see what the area is like.

Fabelle Chocolates now at ITC Windsor

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Fabelle Chocolates – one of the most celebrated luxury chocolate brands in the country, launched its latest gourmet chocolate boutique in the city at ITC Windsor.

As part of the launch activity, the folks from ITC Windsor arranged an elegant musical soiree, which was paired with the most sumptuous dessert plates – four courses of pre-plated creations, made from single-origin chocolate sourced from Venezuela, Ghana, Ecuador and Madagascar.

Four reasons why home tuition can be good for kids

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The need for home tutoring for kids arises when they aren’t able to get a grasp of things taught at school and they need extra attention on a particular subject. Today, most of the kids either go to a coaching institute to learn from the experts or have fixed home tuition. It’s definitely not like that the kids who perform poorly at exams are need of home tutoring, sometimes they might be needing an expert advice on matters related to music, sports, fine arts or for even a science project. The easier availability of home tutors in the form of elder students and teachers helps the kids to excel in the areas where they are confused or lagging behind. In short, home tuition is more about toughening your cores than just beating the bushes.

Why You Need a Home Security System

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Do I really need a security system for my home? Is it really useful? Get all your questions related to home security answered here. Whenever a crisis or an emergency arises, all you care about is the security of your family and your home. That’s why you need a home security system for your home.

Advancements in technology have led to the development of many new versions of home security systems. Today, security systems are not only used for monitoring, they are also used for various other purposes. They can control electrical switches, can be connected to your smartphone, call an emergency responder if required, and much more.

If you haven’t installed a home security system in your house yet, Read some home alarm system reviews.

Things to do Before Buying a car in India

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The decision to buy a new car is often one of the most important decisions of our adult lives. There is a fair bit of thinking and planning that goes into executing this momentous plan. However, when undertaking said comparison between cars, we often undermine and ignore certain requirements. Rather than have buyer’s remorse at a later date, it makes sense to choose right the first time around. Listed here are ten things you can do to make sure that you always walk away with the best available deal.

Seasons 1 and 2 of The Tudors

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People who know me really well know that I am a history buff. I was probably the only one in my classes who always signed up for the additional reading required.

And I’ve always been up for anything Tudor-based – books, movies, TV serials, you name it.

So, the Christmas holidays were the perfect time for me to start on The Tudors (available on Netflix).