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Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

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No matter how serious life gets, you just need a good weekend to calm the hustle inside you.

Just for 2 days, shut down your laptops as well as your work lives and get into a whole new experience of life. Leave your world behind and go away to a place, unknown and undiscovered by you. India is rich in its diverse cultures and religions. Adhering to and following a single culture is too mainstream. Come on! Take that vacation book out and fill it with new experiences, cultures and explorations.

BonSouth

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Last weekend, I went for a blogger meet-up with friends to try the food at BonSouth. The invite mentioned that it was a Hyderabadi/Nawabi food festival. I went to the event expecting traditional Hyderabadi cuisine. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

Generally, Hyderabadi cuisine draws its flavor from two rich legacies – the Deccani cuisine of Nizams with its delectable biryanis (rice flavoured with meat and vegetables), haleem (pounded wheat and mutton dish) and kebabs, and the spicy Andhra style of food, laced with mustard, garlic and chillies and eaten with doles of chutney and pickle.

BonSouth though did a kind of fusion of Hyderabadi with some other South Indian cuisines, making it a most interesting and unexpected dining experience.

A #BlackandWhite movie-watching experience

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I’ve been invited to movie screenings several times, and I usually turn them down. I have a low tolerance level for mediocre movies, and so I accept screening invites only if I already have a strong idea that I”ll like the movie.

But an invite from Black and White whisky to come view Deadpool at JW Marriott was definitely not to be missed.

I’ve never watched a movie screening at a posh hotel before, and I was looking forward to an evening of pampering and entertainment.

Style by Garuda Mall

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen some new and unusual activity from me at a fashion show.

Yes, I was at Garuda Mall a couple of weeks ago for their 12th birthday celebrations, which they did in a grand way with a fashion show choreographed by Prasad Bidappa, and featuring the hottest new looks from Raymond, Forever New, Forever 21, Vero Moda, Aldo Accessories, and Steve Madden.

Read on to know all about the event, and to participate to win a Rs. 1000/- off shopping voucher from Garuda Mall.

The Cheat Sheet to Stay Fresh During Summer

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I was brought up in Chennai. Yes, the city that is known for its fantastic year-round climate (sarky emoji here).Summers were hell for me until I got married and settled in Chennai.And I was oh, so happy to make the move. Thanks to global warming though, summers here are also all about humid evenings and sticky afternoons. Except maybe the nights.

Instead of cribbing about the weather though, I decided to find some amazing ways that can keep you fresh as a flower even during summers. Here, I am sharing my ultimate cheat sheet to stay fresh during the summers with a hope that it will benefit you as much as it did to me.

Drool-worthy Chocolates from Fantasie Chocolate at Phoenix Kessaku

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Have you heard of Fantasie Chocolates? I confess I hadn’t until a wonderful invite landed in my inbox asking me would I like to come take part in a workshop about chocolate by the founder and creative head of Fantasie Chocolate – Zeba Kohli.

Would I? Of course! For a chocoholic like me, an opportunity to try out a new brand of chocolate is like an opportunity to try manna from heaven.

Zeba Kohli is an Indian chocolatier, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Swiss-trained in a Cordon Bleu confectionery school, this is a woman who knows her stuff. She worked for Lindt Chocolates for many years before deciding to create her own chocolate brand – Fantasie Chocolate.

A Toony Brunch with Nickelodeon and JW Marriott

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JW Marriott does a regular Sunday brunch at their property on Vittal Mallya Road in Bangalore, and it’s quite a nice brunch. However, last weekend, the brunch was a tad extra-special thanks to the intervention of Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon India – the TV channel that has spawned the likes of Motu Patlu, Pakdam Pakdai, and Shiva organizes plenty of live events across India giving kids the opportunity to mingle with their favorite cartoon characters and generally have fun with Nickelodeon outside of the house as well.

Last weekend, Nickelodeon partnered with JW Marriott for their Sunday brunch, and we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a go-see. We have attended past Nick events with my daughter Snubnose, but this was Piglet’s first time, and he was super-excited when I mentioned all his favorite cartoon characters would be there to meet him.

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.

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.