The Taj Experience

April 16, 2016

So, let's just skip the 'It's been such a long time' talk, and get right to it, shall we?

It was a good Saturday, indeed. For one, I attended my first Zumba class. Off late I've been feeling even more unfit than usual, and a friend was more than happy to join me in this quest for a healthier life. She was doing it more out of the boredom of routine life, but hey, I'll take it. We huffed and puffed our way through the hour long class and stumbled out of there tired, but proud.

After this, a friend and I decided to try out a restaurant we've both heard about, called Taj Mahal Tea House. The restaurant boasts of a variety of Indian and exotic teas, as well as some (healthy) fusion food. As soon as we got there and took a look at the menu, we realised that tea was basically the theme of the place. It has found its way in the food as well! Most of the dishes mentioned some infusion with teas or their partnering taste (cardamom, tulsi, etc.)

We started with some idli burgers, which were lovely! They came with a base of roasted idli, topped with a soft beet patty. After this, I went for the paneer and aubergine tart, and he had the stuffed grilled chicken. Both dishes were good, however, mine was a little less in quantity to be classified as a mains. We also split dessert (the zumba class helped me not feel guilty about it!) Our entire meal was accompanied with some white tea, which was supposedly quite an exotic blend. It wasn't too strong, so I quite enjoyed it!

We followed up lunch with a play at the local art place, so I came home feeling culturally satiated. T'was a royal experience (see what I did there?).

Of Lists And Such

November 03, 2015
This weekend, I visited Puttur (a town near Mangalore) after 9 years. Puttur is where my family comes from, and where some family stays still. I hadn't been there since before I began college, and my mum and aunt visiting this year seemed like the perfect opportunity to go back.

Puttur is a quaint little town where everyone knows each other. And traveling back this time, I was happy to find that some things never change. The shops, houses (including my grand mum's home) and people look just like they did 9 years back, as though frozen in time. The streets may be wider and the shops newer; but the vibe of the place is the same. I spent my time there with grand mum, listening to old stories and new, and leafing through old photographs. It was very nice.

Visiting Puttur is the first thing I cross off my list of things to do before turning 28 (!). If you've been following this blog for a while (and I hope you have), you'll know that every year I make a list of things I'd like to do before my next birthday. Usually it has a number (26 before 26, anyone?) but this year I could barely think of 15 things. I blame my lack of creative thinking. So, to make things easier for myself, I've made it a general list that I can add to, but can't subtract from. Seems fair, no?

Here's a link to my list, incase you don't spot it in the top navigation. It is also an opportunity for you all to make your own lists.

So, what would you put on your list?