Daily Archives: Apr 17, 2015
Take a trip down memory lane at The Bungalow
The Bungalow Bar and Kitchen is sure to take you back in time to the Bangalore of the 80s with its checkered floors, vintage furniture and elaborate lamps and lampshades. Indulging our nostalgic side, we made the long trek across town to Whitefield, where the restaurant is located. a�?Almost every new restaurant goes in for the industrial look. I think ita��s getting a bit much. So we decided to go with something completely different and drew inspiration from Bangalorea��s past for the design of The Bungalow,a�? explains owner, Puneet Kalra.
While the ambience is enough to want to make you revisit, the food does complete justice to the place, backing it up with fresh flavours and innovative recipes, as we soon found out. With the liquor licence still pending, we opted for some fruity mocktails to complement the weather. We highly recommend the Guava Mary, which briefly deposited us to a time of summer vacations and guava vendors, whoa��d slice up the fruit, sprinkle it with chilli powder and salt and hand it to you with a flourish. Here, the chilli powder and salt coat the rim of a cocktail glass, with a dash of the mixture added into the drink a�� a perfect balance of sweetness and heat. The litchi cola too did not disappoint, with flavours from the fruit completely overpowering the cola.
Biting into goodness
On the recommendation of the chef, we started our lunch with a mix of chicken and prawn dimsums. Served in traditional wooden baskets, the chicken dumpling was simple yet delicious. Filled with minced meat, red onions, spring onions and carrots it was everything we were looking for and more. The prawns too had us feeling moreish with the filling made of diced prawns, that added a nice texture to the dish.
For mains, we sampled the Thai green curry with Jasmine rice, opting for the chicken version. Smack with big flavours, the curry is sure to awaken your taste buds and when combined with the fragrant rice, is sure to take you to food heaven. If youa��re craving something Indian, we suggest the butter chicken with coriander rice. The dish is served on a bed of coriander flavoured rice which is topped with the neatly placed curry. A quintessential Indian dish but served in an interesting way, this one gets points just for innovation, though the taste is nothing to complain about either. We completed our meal with a sinful molten chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream. The oozing salty-sweet chocolate is perfectly complemented by the sweetness of the ice cream which serves to mute the richness of the chocolate. Stop by here for a great ambience and equally good food.
Rs 1,000++ for two. At EPIP area, Whitefield. Details: 49652787
From pop colours and stripes to florals and tassels, slip-ons are back with a bang
If you are not a heels girl then youa��ll be thrilled at the come back of lady loafers this summer. Channel your inner tomboy and get glamourous in flats which have designers like Dolce&Gabbana and brands like Crocs reinventing the androgenous footwear to suit feminine feet. So follow Taylor Swift or Kate Moss and get loafing.
Touch of whimsy
While not exactly a loafer, this quirky number from Fizzy Goblet, sure fits the description. The digitally printed cute collar doodle in cheerful lemon yellow and eggshell white makes it a fun thing to own. Crafted from leatherette, this versatile piece can be worn with dresses, trousers, skirts and kurtas too. Rs 1,950. At Amethyst, Chennai. Details: 044 45991633
If ita��s Dolce and Gabbana, you can be sure youa��re in for a wild ride. This ridiculously cute stunner from their latest line boasts a front clip embellished with jewels. The blush Napa leather piping and yellow woven raffia detail on the sole tie the peony printed shoe together, while the five-mm micron sneaker sole gives a good grip. Rs 38,000. Details: dolcegabbana.com
Zara takes the style of the humble penny loafer up a notch with this shiny silver number from their latest collection. Made from patent leather, it comes with a flap detail on the instep and a contrasting black sole. Best when worn with a pair of skinny jeans, we say. Rs 4,590. At the store in Orion Mall, Rajajinagar. Details: 22682040
Play it cool
High on functionality and durability, this piece by Clarks also makes the high fashion cut. The cool blue shoe is made from nubuck leather and features a chunky razor cut outsole that sets it apart. Simple contrast trimming in light toffee brown lends it an added charm. Team with ankle length black trousers and a tucked in tee to pull off the semi-formal look. Rs 3,999.
At 1 MG Mall, Trinity Circle.
Perfect to be paired with skinny trousers or even a pencil skirt, these Versace sneakers are right on trend. Crafted from patent leather for the black part and leather on the whites, the cutout gives way to a white matte underlay, lending a subtle yet edgy look. Dona��t miss the distinctive Medusa head logo in gleaming gold on the topA� too. Rs 76,000 on netaporter.com
In their trademark colours, Crocsa�� Beach Line Boat shoes for women is perfect for summer. A modern twist on a classic look, the range is light-weight, buoyant and easy to slip into. With cute wrap-around laces to customise the fit, they come in candy colours with a stark contrasting sole. We love the rubber pods for extra grip and the vents (chicly built in) to keep the feet aired. Rs 5,500. At Mantri Mall, Malleswaram. Details: 22667014
Employing a colour palette that includes deep tangerine, peach and mint rendered in a geometric print, Charles and Keith make this shoe a summer must-have. The round-toe loafers are crafted with a transparent outsole and make it a standout. We suggest you pair this with a roomy shirt dress. Rs 5,499. At Phoenix MarketCity, Mahadevpura. Details: 67266348
Touted as a footwear icon which has been updated for this Spring, Toda��s Gommini loafers are spunky and fresh. In white and burgundy striped leather, the slip-on has rubber pebbled soles for perfect traction. Wear them with faded blue jeans and a boyfriend shirt for a casual chic look. Rs 33,000 at the store in DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011-46662700
Classy and traditional, these loafers by Jimmy Choo sneak in a hint of modernity. The slight variations in the proportions of the upper give it a style update. The buckle hardware has been designed specifically for this style, and adds a formal touch to these beauties. Pair with an all-black outfit for the night or fawn for the day. The Wisa pair is finished with coloured insoles and a smooth natural leather sole. Rs 30,000 at the store in UB City. Details: 41738404
Aldoa��s gold loafers are made from leather embossed with a croc pattern.
A great way to add a textured look to office wear, these ones comes with a round toe and a petite bow for added feminity. Pair with pedal-pushers and a white blouse
for an understated look. Or with a cream A-line dress for after work drinks. `6,000 at the store in 1MG Road, Trinity Circle.
Gulmoharlane.com offers handcrafted living room furniture with heritage accents
Hen Saurabh Ailawadi and his wife, Shweta Mewara, were looking for inspiration to set up a furniture store, they found the perfect setting in the Pink City. Brimming with highly skilled craftsmen and influenced by the alluring architectural aesthetics, Jaipur forms the base from where their online venture, Gulmoharlane.com operates. a�?The name, Gulmohar Lane, sounds very Indian, bringing back memories of summer evenings, and streets lined with the flaming orange of its flowers,a�? explains Ailawadi.
Having worked in design for over 10 years, the duo wanted to create simple, tasteful products. The designing is handled by Mewara, while Ailawadi takes care of the business end of things, making their start-up a cohesive unit.
a�?Wea��ve started with living room furniture because we found a gap in the market for genuinely good wood furniture. When youa��re buying sofas online, all you can see is how they look. Until it arrives at your doorstep, you have no clue if ita��s going to be comfortable. So while we aim to make our products good looking, we also pay attention to comfort and quality,a�? shares Ailawadi.
Down to business
Though Ailwadi insists that ita��s not a luxury brand, he rates it higher both in quality and cost than competitors. a�?Ita��s simply because the fabrics we use are designed by us from scratch, our highly skilled karigaars employ the eight-way hand-tied technique of coiling the springs and the wood used is either mango, sheesham or teakwood; never plywood,a�? he reveals.
Whether ita��s hand-tufted or classic sofas youa��re after, youa��re sure to find a match in their extensive collection which includes a cross section of styles like the Chesterfield, Soho, English Roll Arm, Empire and Gulmarg. You can also browse ottomans, benches, wingbacks, coffee tables and leather arm chairs. Most of the pieces come in classic shades like walnut, dark chocolate, beige and indigo but a few like the Paris ikat collection, infuse some much needed colour. The leather for their timeless wingbacks are sourced from an exporter who supplies to Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton and colours include ebony, chestnut and espresso. An interesting feature is that buyers can customise the product of their choice, be it the fabric, the size or the fill (with options like polyfibre and down feathers). The duo is now focusing on including other products like cushions and mirrors apart from hand-tufted beds.
Rs 11,500 upwards.
TM Soundararajan is a household name in Tamil Nadu. A playback singer beyond compare, he was the trademark voice of Sivaji Ganesan and MGR in countless hits. A friend of a friend often poked fun at his a�?ganeer kurala�� (Tamil euphemism for being a�?high on decibelsa��) by labelling him SOUNDararajan. That set me thinking. Does the name forebode your profession? Is it an uncanny coincidence that William Wordsworth turned out to be a poet, Margaret Court became a tennis player, and Usain Bolt a sprinter? Actually, many wise people have applied their mind to this hypothesis.
Celebrated psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung saw a meaningful pattern in it. Chicago columnist Franklin Pierce Adams went a step further and coined the word a�?Aptronyma�� to chronicle names that match the occupation of a person.
From the evidence in hand, one can safely say that aptronyms are not as commonplace as the hair on Anil Kapoora��s chest or cuss words on Virat Kohlia��s lips. But they are not a rare commodity either. The New Scientist magazine was once famously flummoxed when they received an article on the polar regions from a Daniel Snowman and a piece on Subterranean London from one Richard Trench.
There are many more chucklesome examples on the Internet. Leta��s start with Sara Louise Blizzard. A weather presenter on BBC, shea��s apparently weathered many a storm with her surname. Then therea��s Dr Kevin De Cock of the World Health Organisation. The genital man (oopsa�� gentleman), predictably heads their AIDS project. Journalist William Headline was often described by reputed anchor Wolf Blitzer as having the a�?best name in newsa�� as everything about him was headline material.
The eeriest one Ia��ve heard is Dr Russell Brain. He grew up to be a neurologist. Another name likely to make you go a�?good heavensa�� is Alan Heavens. Hea��s a renowned professor at Imperial College London teaching astrophysics. Everyonea��s perennial favourite is Sue Yoo. Shea��s currently the legal director at Verizon. From what one hears, the serial digs at her name made her consider turning a lawyer. At the other end of the crime spectrum is Christopher Coke. Hea��s a Jamaican drug lord with cocaine literally in his veins. They say his dad Lester Coke was an even bigger snorter. Ia��ll sign off with Thomas Crapper. He founded a company that made the flushing toilet ubiquitous. If that sh*t didna��t unnerve you, nothing else will.
Sowmya Rajendran portrays determination through words and illustrations
Little Malathi wants to catch ripe mangoes as they fall and chase hens like the other kids. How can she do so, being bound to a wheelchair? But with strength and determination, she beats all odds and proves that where therea��s a will, therea��s a way. And that isna��t just Sowmya Rajendrana��s plot for her book Wings to Fly, but the real story of paralympian Malathi Holla. Releasing today, to celebrate International Day of Sport, Rajendran says that she couldna��t say no to writing this one. a�?Tulika approached me to do this book. Ia��ve worked with them on many books previously and the idea seemed interesting, so I had no hesitation,a�? begins the Pune-based writer. Adding a vibrant angle to the book, about theA� Arjuna awardee who now has more than 300 gold medals, Arun Kaushik illustrates for the 28 pages, making it ideal for children. a�?The story is based on a race that Malathi participated in; something all children can relate to. The tension before the event starts, the sizing up of the competition, the joy of winning a medal and so on,a�? explains the author.
Telling us more about the process of writing it, Rajendran says that while she never met Holla, her biography (A Different Spirit) was the inspiration. a�?I never viewed Malathi as disabled because being an able-bodied person myself, I would probably never be able to do the same things she has,a�? she says, adding, a�?I admire spirited people who dona��t wallow in self-pity but get on with life. Malathi sounded like that.a�?
The one challenging aspect for the writer who enjoys creating quirky characters and imaginative worlds, was writing a non-fiction story for children. a�?I had to be careful about getting the details right. Malathi has achieved so much but I had to choose only few episodes to bring to life,a�? the author reveals. What she enjoyed most was a�?the challenge of keeping the narrative short and crispa��, states Rajendran, who has always shown her ability to handle strong themes with sensitivity and lightness. She now has a few childrena��s books in the pipeline with various publishers and is working on her second book for adults. Details: tulikabooks.com
a�� Ahana Appiah
Bringing in beats all the way from Nairboi, DJ Foozak (otherwise known asA� Akaash Patel) comes in to the city to celebrate the first year of Sanchos, at UB City. Known for his edgy tracks and precision mixing of the various sub genres of dance, you can expect powerful baselines and groovy tunes. The head honcho of the Be Distinctive Kenya pool party movement tells us more.
Starting out in music.
I started attending some really cool parties in Nairobi and I got to know the organisers well. Then on, I literally kept pestering them for lessons and eventually learned to play! But it was not until university in England that I realised that I could pursue it as a career.
Describe your unique sound
Essentially it is progressive, electro and tech house, with a lot of deep vibes. I am also very inspired by things around me. I love sampling sounds from nature as well.
The gig in Bangalore
I have heard the energy in Bangalore is amazing! It is all about the energy. I believe in giving each crowd 100 per cent and connecting with them through my music. I expect a lot of dancing feet.
Peak into the set list
I wona��t spoil the surprise completely, but one certainty is Lucas Guerrieri a�� the Harmony (original mix). It is, has been and probably always will be a regular in my sets!
Vibes of the audience.
When I look out at the crowd and see an ocean of people with happy facesA� pulsing to the music I play, it is an instant high. Even more rewarding, however, is playing them the music you have made!
Battling nerves pre-performance
I used to when I first started playing out! Nowadays ita��s pure excitement and adrenaline.
Music festivals versus exclusive gig
Oh, I pick niche gigs without doubt and hesitation. They are so much more fun and raw.
German house duo Booka Shade, their music is fantastic.
Favourite performance destination
IbizaA�is my favourite.
A music festival to be a part of
April 18 at 10 pm. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41755266
a�� Aakanksha Devi
In a valiant effort to change advertising from passive to active, Gautam Singh, of Get Kinected, has created Adzipod a�� a new generation of indoor display advertising. Using motion controlled advertising, the device interacts with customers through audio, video and even 3D graphics. a�?My wife and I started a bubble tea store where we installed an interactive piano which could be played by walking on the ground.We developed it using motion sensing technology and it was a really cool and fun thing for our customers, who used to love it,a�? begins Singh, adding that after developing the piano, they loved the technology and decided to take interactive advertising to the next level.
Hoping to make sure the advertising actually registers in the mind rather than being just flash information, Singh believes that keeping a customer engaged is key. a�?People are in awe of how technology is changing and we are trying to amaze the consumers and give them a reason to look at and interact with ads on our screens,a�? says the self-proclaimed electronic tinker.
Flexible about creating the ad, or taking existing content and creating it, the team at Adzipod have thus far worked on automobile ads, film posters like The Expendables 3 and FarmLitea��s popular selfie ad which puts you in the middle of a paddy field.A� a�?We are hoping to reach out to anyone who has curiosity and is eager to know about the technology and thus interact with the brand,a�? shares Singh. He predicts that it wona��t be long before the current 55-inch screen will be 55-foot ones. a�?This technology is going to spread to the billboard format. Imagine driving and the billboard ahead changes content in order to acknowledge your presence and deliver a message. Doesna��t sound too far off!a�? he signs off.
a�� Aakanksha Devi
Load up on protein at SHDa��s latest festival
Whether you like your eggs scrambled, poached or sunny side up, Smoke House Deli adds some serious swag to the good old egg at their Wonderful Egg festival. With dishes ranging from classic to conventional, there is plenty and more to get eggcited about.
Wanting to give customers a home-cooked experience, the menu starts off with a bit of spice in the form of Mommy Style Akuri a�� traditional Parsi scrambled egg with onions, tomatoes and coriander, accompanied with buttery fried bread. Innovatively using Maggi, the Truffled Ramen with Poached Eggs (or fried, if you prefer) includes noodles, tossed in some truffle oil with zucchini and tri-coloured capsicum to jazz things up. Giving a desi twist to the English classic eggs benedict is their Curry Benedict. Unfortunately not Benedict Cumberbatch on a platter, but poached eggs on a bed of hash browns and house sausages, it hasA� a rich curry sauce poured over it (ask for an extra drizzle).
Chicken came second
If you are not counting calories then be sure to try the Straw Potato Florentine. We loved the perfectly poached eggs on a base of creamy spinach. The addition of Parmesan cheese and crispy fried potato straws gave it the extra crunch it needed.
We were then introduced to a burst of flavours with smoked salmon Kedgeree. The well-done boiled eggs were accompanied by perfectly seasoned rice with salmon. Sitting atop hash browns, baked beans and bacon, with hollandaise sauce drizzled over, the devilled eggs certainly make for a hearty meal. Be sure to add a fruity cooler to your meal, to cut the flavours.
Rs 2,000+ + for two. At Lavelle Road (41276272)
and 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar (25200898)
a�� Ahana Appiah
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