Monday, May 23, 2016

Haridwar and Rishikesh

So far in my North India 2015 blog series I have covered Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Kasauli and Amritsar. We had ended day 5 with the visit to Wagah Border and then took the train to Haridwar in Uttarkhand. On Day 6 morning of our trip we reached Haridwar. Since I went with family, I kept aside more time for temples but I did do water rafting in Rishikesh.

#LoveScotch - Party with the stars

May 21st, 2016
Sangri-La Hotel, Bangalore

Every morning Bangalore Times features a few celebrities that were found partying in Bangalore and I always wondered what happens in such parties. This weekend I got to be a part of one such party that took place on World Whisky Day.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A visit to Chandigarh, Kasauli and Amritsar

Last year I took my first trip to North India. I started blogging about it once I returned but then lost track of it. I thought I could resume from where I left off last time. This was the trip where I created my own travel hashtag - #GshnyTravels that I currently use whenever I am on road enjoying everything travel has to offer.

Let me start this post by summarizing what I have already blogged about. Mom, bro and I started our 10 day trip by flying from Bangalore to Delhi by an early morning flight. We had booked a cab which picked us up at the airport and took us sightseeing around Delhi where we covered Qutub Minar, Lotus temple, Delhi Haat, India Gate and Akshardham. The next morning we head out to Agra via the Yamuna Expressway to reach Taj Mahal and post lunch we headed out to Fatehpur Sikri where we visited the Akbars palace and Durgah. We reached back in Delhi at midnight. I have written 3 blogs detailing the events of first 2 days of that trip. In this blog I will cover the next 3 days.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Introducing everyone to the world of sounds

Cochlear™ India called for bloggers in Bangalore for a meet and greet event with Brett Lee. Only after I attended the event did I realize how serious the event was going to get.

It all started with a game of Dumb Charades. 4 bloggers volunteered to act while rest of us had our laughs as we guessed what they were trying to convey. Then came the question of what if we had to play that game all our life. In most cases the loss of speech is due to the primary reason that as a child, they were not able to hear anything. The first step towards any solution is accepting that there is a problem. This was the agenda behind the Cochlear™ Bloggers’ meet – understanding about hearing loss and the remedy that is available for it. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hassan Shettihalli Church

If you have bought a new car or bike (or DSLR) and just want to drive aimlessly on a highway with no particular destination in mind then Shettihalli Church in Hassan would be perfect for you. Situated at a distance of 200kms on the Bangalore-Mangalore highway, this would be a perfect off beat location for you to go and do nothing.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bangalore Food Truck Fiesta

Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city and things are ever changing here. In this post let me tell about the latest trend in the one thing that Bangalore absolutely loves boasting about - Food. (If you thought weather, then no.. Its terrible these days) From the SLVs to Empires to Barbeque Nation to the whole bunch of breweries, now we have the food trucks. This probably started couple of years back and picked up slow but now I am told there are about 30 food trucks in Bangalore. In one of my previous posts I wrote about how Bangalore celebrated the Open Streets and continuing the similar efforts, BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corp Ltd) tied up with the food trucks to have a month long food truck fiesta.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Shivagange Trek

Shivagange is a peak and Hindu pilgrimage center located near Dobbaspet,20 km from the town of Tumkur and 54 km from Bangalore. The sacred mountain is shaped as a shivalinga and a spring flows near locally called "Ganga", thereby by giving the place its name. It is also known as Dakshina Kashi and it has various temples.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Nammoora Habba

I wrote my first blog in 2009 when an article I wrote did not make it to the college magazine. The article was about Udupi-Mangalore which focussed on culture, tourism and food. And here I am writing my blog number 101 about the same thing. Till date I never miss an opportunity to highlight anything good from my hometown. Last month Bangalore hosted its 3rd Nammoora Habba in Jayanagar. It was a 2 day festival with competitions during day and cultural events in the evening with a supply of Dakshina Kannada style food throughout the day.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

MG Road Open Streets

While everyone was busy drooling over the Bangalore weather or cribbing about the bad roads and garbage in our city, most people missed the amazing Open Streets that happened on MG Road last month. Yes, the ever busy MG Road was closed for traffic and opened up to people to do whatever they enjoyed the most. However the closure was only between Brigade road and Kumble circle and between 9am to 9pm.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Opera Software - Roundtable

Earlier this month I got invited to be a part of the round table with Mr Bruce Lawson who is the deputy CTO at Opera Softwares. The agenda was to discuss their global strategy to bring the next billion online and the relevance of its products and technology in the Indian market. This event took place in Taj Vivanta on 5th of February. 
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