Glimpses of a city I call my own

I have written and rewritten this post trying to get the right words to describe some of my favourite cities.

The sights, smells, the sounds …What make you never forget a city…Things like that…And the quiet little places that everyone knows exists but many haven’t actually seen.

Bangalore is one of the most bustling metropolitan in India.It has one swell weather that I have ever witnessed.  The old world somewhat colonial charm has always existed here. Let me give a head start on some of the places you must not miss while here.

Vidhyarti Bhavan

One often misses this place when visiting Gandhi Bazaar coz its a smallish looking entrance like that of a house. The reason being that this place was originally started as a mess for students more than 50 years ago, also the reason for its namesake.  Over the years, it opened up for the general public. The Masale dose is absolutely yum here. (tasted it first hand *wink*). There is no oil used in the preparation, only Ghee. Imagine that!!! The Chutney served comes straight onto your plate and the consistency is like that of sambhar.

The main attraction that holds any first timer to this place is the way the dose is served. The waiter holds more than 15 plates at a time like it’s a flight of stairs… YOu have got to see it to believe it.  They also serve very good coffee, gulab jamun and poori. Prices are extremely reasonable and the place seems clean enough. The place however is crammed and looks like a long rain boogie. definitely a ‘must eat’ place.

A random Chappal Shop

I know that sounds vague but there are no names for shops in Commercial street. The location is right at the turning before westside and in the lane where pepsi is available to quench the thirst for the shopping crazy people like hmm…me.. :) … The reason why you gotta go to this shop is that the chappals( ok, guys …you can stop reading from here…this one is for the ladies !!)  sold here are way different from the others, mostly has a very rajastani appeal to them. The prices are slightly more than the other shops but trust me, its worth it. While you are there, also get a hold of he guy selling cut mango pieces with Chutney right around the corner… Mouth watering yet ?…Thought so :)

Veena Stores

Veena stores is located at 15th cross, Margosa Road in Malleswaram. Just drive down the road till you find a whole bunch of people standing around a small stall. That is Veena Stores for you. It is rumoured to serve one of the best idli-chatni in banglore. The idlis are simly delicious and so is the chutni. I heard my uncle tell me he used to treat anyone visiting the nursing home next door to see my aunt at Veena Stores.

The Kesari bath/Khara bath is the other famous dish served here. They also serve rice items, snacks and beverages. Not to mention the really good coffee.Yeah well, Bangaloreans are coffee loving people..

Amruth Ice Creams

YOu have got to visit this place in order to uncover a mind numbing experience. Well,they sell ice-creams !! :) . Not funny eh !! err..ok!! ..Amruth Ice Creams have been around a very long time and the place has not changed all that much. This ice cream parlour is located off 6th cross, Malleswarem.  There is a park right opposite to it.  You might blink and miss the place, so don’t blink.

One of the most delicious ice creams that one mustn’t miss eating is the kulfi – its is heavenly  at a mere *3 bucks( ever heard of anything you get at *3 bucks these days) . Their prices have not shot up much with the years. They have flavours too mango, elaichi. There are lots of other ice creams available in kilograms.

Pizza Shop

It is no ordinary pizza shop. This is our very own Indian home grown variety. No, I was not talking about vegetables. You get one pizza for yourself ( you could even call it a personal pan) for a mere *15 rupees at this place also located at 6th cross road. Just look for a pizza board to get to the shop. I was initially  very skeptical about the pizza but it turned out to be soft and easily eatable. The topping is the same for everyone and you have to wait your turn with your token bought from the owner, a very soft spoken guy .They also have Nippattu masala, chakkuli masala and the like, somehting unheard of. It tastes quite good too apart from the usual chats .YOu  also get flavours of ice cream here with varied toppings. You also have them selling the corn chats. Its like a shop stop for all your junk food needs. :)

*prices might change subject to time and weather .. THe WEather ??!! Well, no..

February Song

Where is that old friend gone
Lost in a February song
Tell him it won’t be long
Til he opens his eyes,

(Verse 1)
Where is that simple day
Before colors broke into shades
And how did I ever fade
Into this life, into this life

And I never want to let you down
Forgive me if I slip away

When all that I’ve known is lost and found
I promise you I, I’ll come back to you
One day….

Morning is waking up
Sometimes it’s more than just enough
And all that you need to love
Is in front of your eyes,
It’s in front of your eyes.

And I never want to let you down
Forgive me if I slip away

Sometimes it’s hard to find my ground
Cause I keep on falling , as I try to get
away from this crazy world.!!!

And I never want to let you down
Forgive me if I slip away

When all that I’ve known is lost and found
I promise you I, I’ll come back to you
One day

Where is that old friend gone
Lost in a February song
Tell him it won’t be long
Til he opens his eyes, opens his eyes.

The rendition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXmjQDmicic

January Song

Ok…its time now for the monthly entry …I found a good song by GoldFinger called January…It virtually has all the months…So even If I end up not writing the other posts ..this would do just fine as a substitute :) ..
Lyrics and youtube link follows below. ENjoy Madi !!

January lyrics
I know you told me this before
I know you told me this a million times
You say you don’t know how you feel
You don’t know if you even love me anymore

If she was a good kisser
Then I know how much I miss her

January came
By April you have stayed
June I was in heaven
July was just the same
September rolled around
October wore a frown
By Christmas we were through

I wish I didn’t say I’m sorry
I wish you loved me still the same
I wish I wasn’t such a wishy-washy prick
I wish I said just how I felt

If I was a good listener
Maybe you would still be here

January came
By April you have stayed
June I was in heaven
July was just the same
September rolled around
October wore a frown
By Christmas we were through

I still miss the way we touch
I miss the way you bite my tongue
I miss the way you run away
You run away

January February March April May
June through December I wish you would stay
I know you’re leaving me
January February March April May
June through December I wish you would stay
I know you’re leaving me

I know you told me this before
I know you told me this a million times (times) (times) (times)
You say you don’t know how you feel (feel) (feel)
When will you know just how you feel?

January came
By April you have stayed
June I was in heaven
July was just the same
September rolled around
October wore a frown
By Christmas we were through

January February March April May
June through December I wish you would stay
I know you’re leaving me (I know you’re leaving me)
January February March April May
June through December I wish you would stay
I know you’re leaving me

YOuTube vid link
Ok…Now that you are done, you can find out more about the band on wikipedia
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On the road….my dreams of nirvana

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Someday I want to be on the road,
Driving nowhere fast,
Hoping that the journey will last.
With a full tank of gas
My sunglasses on..and baggage zilch..
Oh !! the adrenaline rush !
Got nowhere to go, got no one to please,
Going where the heart takes me...
Watching miles pass me by and people.
Darkness turns to light ..and night to day,
Times passes by without your say.
Trying to get a piece of the sky,
In my mind, I wish to fly.
Trying to absorb the warmth of the sun...
Cruising along until I reach the horizon
Or to wherever the end of the planet might be..
Am Dreamin' of a picturesque place and
Where the land has sun and sand
And a stillness and some calm..
There I will find...me and my Nirvana..

Dedicated to Music

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What is it about music that moves me, the soul stirring, the heart warming and the smile widening…..
She calms my senses and makes me go into a trance…
A haze purple, silver or white draws me away from my blues……
The beats ring in my ears, making me deliberate over things, ponder and make me wander.
Can I put into words her entirety, her beauty..Such is the power of music..of keys and of notes..
She’s a wonder…My Music <3 in every part of my life..

Few of My Favourite Quotes

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One of my all time favourite quotes is by Ayn Rand – truly inspiring lines. Has always made me sit up and notice where I am..

Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.

“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.”
— Ayn Rand

Another one of my author quotes and verses has been of the Late J.R.R.Tolkien. His stories always manage to transport me to his land of elven kings and queens, men and hobbits :)

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

This was my favourite verse describing Aragorn *sigh* :)

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by frost.
From the ashes a fire shall waken,A light from shadows shall spring,
Renewed will be the sword that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.

Its rain, beautiful rain…it haunts me, it takes me to turmoil, it calms my soul, its sweetness takes my breadth away, and its rage scares me, rain beautiful rain

There are many more I have saved. Will post them another day :) .

 

My Beautiful People

You must have met them somewhere…
As the life of a party…
Or helping someone out…

They are the ones who make the effort for you…
Who ask you what pains you..
And ask if they can find the remedy for you…
Who inspite of their own reluctance
do something if only to please you..
Who are worried more about your comfort than their own…
What I would not give to have such people in my life.
They are the beautiful people ..

Wait….
The story does not end here…
Because they are in my life
My piece of miracle…
My very own beautiful people..

This is what i could come up with today… I am sure that we will have many more such beautiful times together…And more lines with that :) …Dedicated to my beautiful people – Kavita, Preetha, Rashmi, Rajat, Ravi,Kikia, Aashish, Yashvanth, Chandan and lastly Archu for making this happen….

special thanks to our guest star NIDHI :) who has cornered a part of our hearts <3

Forgive me if its tooo senti :)