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Geetanjali

Food Loves Photo Journal

Photo Journal: April 10, 2015

11th April 2015

    Tried the “Bite Full of Jamun” ice cream at Cream Stone, Kalyan Nagar (Bangalore). Jamun happens to be my favourite fruit, and this was yummy. The real bits of fruit mixed into the creaminess really make the whole thing delicious. Perfect flavour for this hot Bangalore summer — go try it! …

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Books Featured Travel

My thoughts on “If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai”

3rd April 2015

“You have five minutes to pick a book”, said G as we raced towards our gate in the domestic terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport. No, we weren’t actually late – we just really wanted to make sure we had time to grab a bowl of mini idlis in sambar before we boarded the flight. This has apparently become some Lagori tradition, and I really didn’t want to be responsible for them breaking it! But I have my own traditions, and one…

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Featured Travel Writing

My TripAdvisor review of Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort (Alappuzha)

1st April 2015

Read this on TripAdvisor We stayed at this Lemon Tree property for 2N/3D at the end of March 2015. Right off the bat, the staff were extremely courteous and accommodating by making sure our room was ready despite our early arrival. The surprise was the complimentary upgrade to a Superior Lakeview Room – we had already got an excellent deal, and this was a perfect beginning! The building itself is beautiful – charming Kerala-style architecture with lots of greenery. The…

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Books Featured

A Kindle fan visits Blossoms

17th March 2015

If there’s one device that’s changed my life, it’s the Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation). And where was I when I came to this conclusion? In a book shop. I met up with my college friend N at Church Street Social over the weekend. She got to Church Street before I did, so she made a trip to Blossom Book House (affectionately known as ‘Blossoms’) as I hurriedly made my way through Bangalore traffic. Naturally, I spied the mountain of books she had bought…

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Family Featured Life Music Travel

The Feb 20th saga

21st February 2015

Birthdays are a big deal in the Chitnis household. Hints about gifts are dropped over months. Requests for favourite dishes are made. Parties are planned weeks in advance. A meal out in a nice restaurant is mandatory. I grew up with these traditions, because for my dad, his birthday in particular was always about spending time with the family. In 2008, this changed a bit. This was the year I first began rationing my time on Feb 20th between spending…

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Life Loves

HDFC Life’s touching new advertisement

8th February 2015

A few days ago, I wrote about an advertisement by Bharti AXA that I personally thought was in very poor taste.Today, I want to focus on an ad that I want to stand up and applaud every single time I see it on television. The ad I’m talking about is part of HDFC Life’s ‘Apno Ko Apne Dum Pe Jeena Sikhao’ campaign. It’s been conceptualised by Leo Burnett, directed by filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane and features music composed by Hanif Shaikh. There’s…

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Life

Can we please not trivialise critical illnesses in advertisements?

1st February 2015

I’ve been on the other side: “We need to make this creative, get people to remember it”. The easiest way? “Let’s make it funny!” But using cancer as a comic crutch in an ad is pretty low, Bharti AXA. I’m going to describe the ad the best way I can: a man is sitting in front of his doctor who says “Sorry Ashok, you’ve got cancer”. The next few screens show the man in the background as he watches his son’s new…

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Music Photography Travel

Chasing Coorg!

4th January 2015

I brought in the new year packing a suitcase. On Jan 1st, I set off on a road trip to Coorg to watch Lagori perform at Storm Festival. Surprisingly, Bangalore decided to celebrate the inaugural hours of 2015 with a burst of sudden rain, so that really added to the drama. The three cars met up at a tiny hotel near Orion Mall, and all of us wolfed down plates of steaming idli-sambar-chutney. Much of the drive was spent catching…

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