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36 hours in Kolkata

21st March 2016

When I heard last month that Lagori was scheduled to play in Kolkata on the 19th of March, I pulled out my phone to check the calendar. This was an excellent opportunity for me to tag along and try and explore a city I’d heard so much about. Luckily, the gig fell on a Saturday which meant we could stay on a day after to see as much as we could within that short time. In the days leading up to…

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Food Travel

Restaurant Trail – Goa (November ’15)

14th November 2015

My three-day vacation in Goa ended way too early for my liking. This time, I tried to take notes on the various restaurants we visited. If you ask Geeth, he will tell you that the only thing I seem to order when in Goa is seer fish curry and rice, and for the most part, he’s right. But I also tried some other stuff in between, so here’s a recap of sorts: Infantaria Infantaria is a popular restaurant in Calangute that…

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Life Travel

Time to become a tourist at home

26th July 2015

Last evening, I discovered Aliyeh Rizvi’s delightful talk titled “The Past in the Present”. Here’s a description of the talk from the Creative Mornings website: Finding ourselves in between spaces Why is engaging with the past so important? – of course there are lessons to learn (which we normally never do), engaging with the past enhances our cultural pride; a sense of legacy which forms a powerful connect to the present – our collective identity as Bangaloreans, and it also…

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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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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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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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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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Life Loves Travel

G, G & G(oa)

5th April 2014

Exactly a week ago, I got the surprise of my life. Let’s just say there were some wonderful people, biriyani and a ring involved 😉 At midnight, as my 24th birthday rolled in, I found myself sitting in the bleak office of Seabird Travels with G waiting for the bus to Goa to arrive. I spent part of my birthday on the beach, book in one hand, beer in the other and sand under my feet.  The sea, as always, felt…

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