#IHBLists : Our Top Ten Happy Hours Picks in Bangalore!

Arbor Brewing Company

Who doesn’t love a tall serve of specially crafted beer?! And, 500 ml for the price of a 330 ml? Yes, please! Drink away your Monday blues at Arbor Brewing Company while sipping on your choice of stout, lager, ale and much more. They know all about steering your attention away from the weekend withdrawal by extending their happy hours all day long. So, whether you end up working late or get stuck in traffic, make sure you end the start-of-the-week evening with your favourite beer.

Happy Hours: All day, Mondays on craft beer.

Where: Magrath Road, Opp. Garuda Mall

Three Dots & a Dash

Comfortable seating, a rooftop ambience and an island style décor that is transient through the interiors and food makes this place the perfect hangout spot to celebrate happy hours! Even some of their house cocktails (which are all a must-try) make their way into the happy hour menu, so get ready for a heady mix of all things alcoholic. What to try – Tiki Tower for the Rum lovers, Beach Bum for the Vodka lovers and Forbidden Island for the high spirited!

Happy Hours: Mon – Thur from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 1+1 on house spirits, bottled/draught beer, house wines and selected cocktails & shooters.

Where: 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar

Bootlegger

Conveniently located on Lavelle Road, this neighbourhood pub is always seen with an overflowing crowd. Nonetheless, the good times that the joint provides us with always makes it up to us. Drop in here for a team beer lunch or a relaxed afternoon session and let the happy hours take over!

Happy Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. all days

Where: Lavelle Road

Tippler on the Roof

This haunt goes all out when it comes to happy hours! Molotov Mondays offer an all-day adventure and explosive offers and prices are available on all drinks, for the rest of the week. Their Molotov Monday menu includes pocket-friendly prices on food and beverages to ensure you don’t go tanking up on an empty stomach. With food starting at Rs. 35 & drinks flowing from Rs. 55, we couldn’t ask for more!

Happy Hours: All Day Monday and Tue – Sun from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on draught beer, domestic liquor and IMFL.

Where: 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar

The Humming Tree

The advantage of choosing to have your happy hours here is that you almost always have something to look forward to, once the tipple hits! Known for their variety of entertainment every other day of the week, The Humming Tree sets you up for a (not-so-memorable 😉) night with their happy hours, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Happy Hours: Tue – Sun from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: 12th Main Road, Indiranagar

Om Made Café

Oh, for the love of wine! This quaint little space in Koramangala serves as the perfect backdrop to enjoy your favourite wines as you are serenaded by the sunsets of Luru. Their unlimited Sangria offer is quite the bargain for wine lovers – on offer every day of the week!

Happy Hours: Unlimited Sangria – all days of the week.

Where: Koramangala – 1st Cross, 5th Block

Mother Cluckers

Another hit delivered by the Plan B group that keeps everyone going back for more. Besides their happy hours, don’t forget to try out their recently upgraded menu that has added a new twist to all our old favourites.

Happy Hours: Mon – Fri from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Indiranagar

District 6 Pub Brewery and Kitchen

A fav among the area dwellers, the brewery has on the menu some fine brews that will keep you thirsty long after the first mug. Their food menu compliments the entire affair by offering a range of eclectic dishes that pair well with your drink.

Happy Hours: Mon – Thurs from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: G 3, 4, 5 – Sheraton Hotel, Malleshwaram.

1522 – The Pub

One of the few places that still keeps rock n’ roll alive, the energy that 1522 gives you will fuel your fire to keep the drinks going. Their music along with the occasional karaoke sessions set the pace for happy hours, as much as the alcohol!

Happy Hours: Mon – Fri from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Malleshwaram

Gilly’s Restobar

If you want to unwind after a heavy work day, look no further than Gilly’s which has fast turned into the hub for corporate afterhours, in their respective neighbourhoods. With mugs at Rs. 75, Pitchers at Rs. 325 and Towers at Rs. 595, it is sure to bring a good end to your work day!

Happy Hours: Mon – Fri from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Mugs, Pitchers & Towers.

Where: New BEL Road, Marathahalli (Koramangala outlet awaiting news from authorities to resume serving liquor)

 

Sound Garden Bangalore: Know everything about India’s first ever interactive music museum!

‘Music is a piece of art that goes in the ear and straight to the heart.’

Bangalore never fails to disappoint when it comes to churning out an exciting list of ‘things-to-do’! And, the brand-new addition to this list is an innovative concept that caters to the sentiments of music & nature lovers, alike, brought to us by the The Indian Music Experience Trust. Judging from how things are shaping up, you can anticipate a musical harmony like no other! Termed as the first interactive musical museum, the garden synchronises its space among a museum area, an interactive installations area and a garden cafe. Though the main museum structure is yet to open, the outdoor area itself, offers an immersive experience already.

Let the music play…

Unlock your self-expression, intelligence and creativity with the various installations at the Sound Garden that will put your mind to the test and echo your passion for music. The curators behind the model were keen to provide an experiential zone that not only serves as entertainment, but also outlines the basics of music as a combination of various sounds & vibrations.

#IHBSays: Be sure to explore the Humming Stone which resonates your own little tune in the form of frequencies & vibrations. On the other hand, the Xylophone makes for a great group activity and team building exercise. The mechanism is designed such that it appeals to the senses of touch, sight and hearing, creating a melody of sensation.

A tapestry of tunes…

The museum that is expected to open in a few months is prepping up for providing an experience of its own. With as many as eight thematic galleries that are being planned, the exhibition will include a display of progression of all Indian music (including classical, folk & Bollywood) and the rich culture that it unfolds. Got your preview into the science of sound & vibration at the installation area? Put your learning into practice by composing your very own jingle at the mini studios and mixing consoles at the museum!

Learn the (universal) language…

A learning centre is also on offer at the venue – a perfect place to channelize all the inspiration invoked during the visit. With a calendar that is said to include workshops, performances and ongoing lessons in music, it is definitely a space to watch out for. You can even get a diploma in music, under the guidance of the expert teachers from The Centre for Indian Music Experience!

The Deets…

Where: J.P. Nagar, 7th Phase
Opening from: 29th July, 2017 11.00am onwards
Free entry to all.

All images courtesy Architecture Paradigm Pvt Ltd.

The IHB Guide: Monsoon is here, time to get responsible with rain water harvesting!

The monsoon season is upon us to bring respite from the sweltering heat (phew!) and we couldn’t be more thankful. Time to do our bit to contribute to the environment (we are dwellers of the Garden City after all), in the form of a fun and easy-to-do DIY project at home.

What is rainwater harvesting?

There is no rocket science involved. Rainwater harvesting is the simple process of collecting, filtering and using rain water. The three forms of rainwater harvesting are based on how you collect the water, depending on your need or convenience:

  • Refilling borewells
  • Topping-up ground water sources
  • Setting-up your own collection units on your rooftops, porticos or any other vantage point.

Why the need?

With many of the water sources of the yesteryears drying up, Bangalore’s entire population (urban and rural) has come to depend on Cauvery water. Karnataka can draw only 682.5 million liters a day against the 1,400 million liters per day that the city needs!

How do we benefit?

  • Easily accessible water
  • Low set-up, construction & maintenance costs
  • Higher sustainability
  • Highly adaptable to different landscapes

Did you know?

Rainwater harvesters can catch up to 80% of the annual rain that falls in the catchment area of their homes.

How do we begin?

It’s pretty simple, really. Below is a four-step DIY induction for beginners:

  1. Catchment: The surface that receives direct rainfall is the catchment area for your project. It may be your terrace, backyard, a cemented area etc.
  2. Transportation: Rainwater from the catchment should be directed to the collection unit through pipes or drains. This step depends on the force of gravity, for transporting the water. The transporting pipes should be UV resistant (ISI HDPE/PVC pipes) and of the required capacity. Water from sloping roofs could be caught through existing gutters and downward sloping pipes. At terraces, the mouths of each drain should have wire mesh to restrict floating material from passing.
  3. First Flush: First flush is a device used to flush off the water received in the first shower. The first shower of rains needs to be flushed-out to avoid contamination. It will also help in cleaning of silt and other material deposited in the catchment areas, during the dry months. Provisions for first rain separators should be made at the outlet of each drainpipe.
  4. Filter: Though a complete DIY technique requires you to make a natural filter using sand, gravel, pebbles, etc., a variety of readymade filters are available in the market that are both tried & tested and reasonable. IHB recommends the Rain Tap Pop-up filter, invented and patented by the city’s Rain catcher himself (the man who never pays for water), A.R. Shivakumar.

Did You Know?

The roof of an average sized home (40ft X 25ft) can catch up to 22271.25 litres of water with just one hour of moderate rainfall

What do I need?

Click here for a list of trained and certified rainwater harvesting contractors who can guide you with your set-up and equipment purchase.

The dos and don’ts:

Pick the right location

  • Place collection units right below a downward outlet/pipe
  • Never place collection units near utility services or septic tanks

Use screens

  • Sieve out leaves and other debris with a screen or mesh
  • Do not leave the opening of the collection unit uncovered at any point

Filtration technique

  • Use a tried and tested filter to reduce contaminants
  • Never drink untested or unfiltered water

Set-up a drainage

  • Install an overflow unit to collect excess water

Help our city. Do your part. Be a Bangalorean. xx

Bangalore, these 6 decor stores are sure to bring the quirk home!

We all love revamping our homes from time to time. Bored of the same old options? Don’t fret! Here’s a list of Luru’s most eclectic home décor collections that are sure to spruce up any living space. Quirky, classy, kitsch or rustic – take your pick!

Good Earth

The well-known art of adding an unmatchable touch of class to any living space comes in the form of the brand that we all know and love – Good Earth! Such an exemplary offering that transforms your home to what may seem like an ethereal adventure is surely one of our tops picks in the list. Though most us may find the price points a bit heavy on our budgets, the refinement and elegance of the products are incomparable.

#IHBLoves – Don’t miss out on their latest offering of designer wallcoverings! FYI, their offering also includes a line of everyday wear in natural and handwoven fabrics.

Where: UB CITY – THE COLLECTION, #24 Vittal Mallya Road
Contact: 080 41738870
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Wishing Chair

A lifestyle retail brand in the home accessories, décor and gifting space, their store is one that you cannot miss. A colourful and tasteful assortment of trinkets decorate their façade, enough to make you want to indulge in some retail therapy immediately. The theme for their items follows a whimsical, happy and feminine tone that adds an unbeatable charm as it reflects in the hand-picked treasures.

#IHBLoves – A special mention of the in-store eatery, The Mad Teapot Café, that serves up a refreshing and healthy menu of clean, vegetarian food and refreshing beverages.

Where: 295, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar, Next to Toit
Contact: 080 4093 1683
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Purple Turtles

Apart from being a heaven for lighting options, this is also custom created heaven for everything bespoke! Right from your coffee table and reading lamp to your chandeliers and office furniture, Purple Turtles allows you to add your personal touch to craft any piece.

#IHBLoves – They also specialise in comprehensive interior design solutions. Starting from conceptualisation and design to manufacturing and installation, their dynamic team ensures personalized and compelling experiences.

Where: #128, 1st Main, Domlur 2nd Stage
Contact: 080 4152 8039
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

Chumbak

After their rebranding from a local ‘quirky’ brand that stood for irreverence and artsy objects (mostly cute designs souvenirs, and tongue in cheek collectibles), Chumbak’s gone all out and is all about the community. They now have a whole collection of fabulously different home decor (and furniture) that we heart!

#IHBLoves – Obvs, we heart their Luru centric brand values; that everything (for this now, nation-wide brand) is made with love, in our own city. #represent

Where: 520, CMH Road, Indiranagar
Contact: 080-2525-5520
Website: Click here.

The Purple Pony

A stand-out innovation are their seasonal campaigns that introduce a whole new selection of knick-knacks that are sure to please our hunger for variety. They cater to themes ranging from urban escapes to drama queen essentials and groove basics to festive celebrations.

#IHBLoves – Their products include an extensive gamut of room decor, bedding, cushions, quilts, curtains, lamps, lighting, furniture, decor collectibles, wall decor, wall art, carpets, rugs, chairs… you name it (click here to read more).

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4th Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4094 6926
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Fancy Chilli

If you’re the kind of person that loves kitsch, you are going to love Fancy Chilli. Greeted with a flurry of colours as soon as you enter their store, you will find yourself rushing towards many things at once! Right from home décor to off-beat bar accessories, funky handmade products and branded items, you have an array of eye-popping goodies to choose from.

#IHBLoves – What we noticed was, photographers may particularly enjoy the photography-themed curios, some of which are pretty hard to find!

Where: No.4, Walton Road Off Lavelle Road, Near UB City, Shanthala Nagar
Contact: + 91 96110 33334
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 10:30 am to 9:00 pm

6 Bangalore Cafes with a Twist: Serving up more than just chai or coffee!

Luru cafés that offer much more than a steaming cuppa chai or aromatic coffee are fast becoming the talk of B-town. And with the monsoon around the corner, what better way to enjoy a (hangover-free) weekend than to gather the gang and hidey-hole in one of these cosy corners. Take your pick from our list!

Yogisthaan

Essentially a place to relax, rejuvenate and seek some solace, this café is more of a lifestyle with everything that is has to offer. The café is part of a more varied brand offering that includes yoga classes, short & long-term accommodation and an organic shop that offers a range of organic food and beauty staples, for clean living. The café itself is macrobiotic vegan friendly and prepared with ancient Ayurvedic principals in mind.

#IHBSays – Don’t miss their happy hours from Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 12:30pm & 4:00pm to 7:00pm!

Where: Plot no. 89 11th Cross Road, Stage 1, Indiranagar
Contact: +91 804 091 4888 / info@yogisthaan.com
Meal for two: Rs. 600 approx.

Socie-tea

For the tea-lovers, of course! To cut it short, this one’s a café that lets you be just who you are or anything else that you may want! As soon as you enter the property, you are immediately taken in by their typical tea-party set-up that stands out in style. The outdoor seating adds to the charm of being a sidewalk café and the range of books and board games leave no opportunity for a dull moment. The art lovers can feel at home with the showcase of their fellow customers’ artwork, proudly displayed on the walls.

#IHBSays – Besides serving up a fine range of loose leaf teas that are multi-brew-able, visitors can also enjoy their ‘Beau-Tea’ hall which has a wide range of home decors and gifts like candles, rare art from across the country, bags, terracotta jewellery and apparel.

Where: No 83/4, 13th main, indiranagar
Contact: + 91 99807 24004
Meal for two: Rs. 500 approx.

Ants Café

A delectable menu of global cuisine that can be enjoyed in a quiet and serenading balcony ambience surrounded by trees – enough to catch your attention, isn’t it?! But, that’s not all that Ants has to offer. Besides being nominated and bagging the prize for being one of Luru’s best breakfast haunts, the café does its bit to give back to society by supporting arts and crafts traditional to the North-East. With ‘crafting traditions’ as their tagline, their store has been in business for over 9 years, focusing on 7 states, creating opportunities for artisans and beneficiary households, giving Rs. 5 Cr back to the community with 1 million touchpoints! Some big numbers, aren’t they?!

#IHBSays – Something to look forward to are their periodic food festivals (especially the ones with Naga food).

Where: 2286, 1st Cross, 14 A Main, Hal 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar and also at #5, Avalon, 1st Main Road, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield
Contact: 080 4152 1742/080 2845 6760
Meal for two: Rs. 800 approx.

Atta Galatta

Literature buffs, pay attention – how many times have we reminisced, sitting around with friends, over a cup of our favourite beverage, wishing for the good ol’ days? Well, get your dose of all things nostalgic at Atta Galatta, while you munch and sip on some oh-so-yummy eats and drinks. Luru’s only bookstore cum café that has stirred up a perfect paradise for foodies and bookworms, alike. Food, filter coffee and literature? Yes, please!

Where: #134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4160 0677
Meal for two: Rs. 250 approx.

Art Blend Café

As the curators like to put it, the café is for coffee with a hobby – a place that aspires to create a space for artists, those with an artistic gem and lovers of conversation. Art Blend Café runs regular art and craft workshops covering jewellery making, clay modelling, bunting, origami, embossing and much more.

#IHBSays – It also provides space for artists, photographers and crafters to display their works.

Where: #659, 24th Main, 22nd Cross, 2nd Sector, Near Parangi Palya Bus Stop, HSR Club Road, HSR Layout
Contact: +91 98867 82062
Meal for two: Rs. 750 approx.

Bistro Claytopia

A bistro that also lets you create your own little masterpiece as a souvenir of the great experience you have there! Here, you can not only enjoy the best of cappuccinos, kheema omelettes, burgers & sandwiches, but also get in touch with your artsy spirit with just 4 simple steps – 1) pick a piece 2) choose your colours 3) sketch your design 4) paint it. The rest of the magic is created by Claytopia, as they glaze and fire your creation to be mantelpiece ready in 2 weeks’ time – voila!

Where: 11, 80 Feet Main Road, 1st Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4126 7163
Meal for two: Rs. 600 approx.

The IHB Guide: What’s Up Whitefield?

A charming settlement in the eastern periphery of the city, Whitefield has fast developed into a paradise for top class residential communities and IT firms, alike, turning it into a major suburb. And, to keep pace with the ‘work hard-party harder’ mindset of its dwellers, the locale has all the fun to offer, within its constraints:

Malls Galore

As much fun as street and budget shopping is, we all need our brand fix every now and then. Plus, with the sweltering summer heat already sending the temperatures soaring, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of shopping for our beloved brands in an air-conditioned mall. Whitefield, incidentally, has the largest population of malls in the city – V.R., Phoenix Market City, Forum Value, Parksquare, Inorbit, Cosmos, just to name a few! Besides being one of the only places to grab the best deals & newest collections of exclusive brands, they also offer plentiful entertainment, for a fun day out. A game of bowling while sipping on a chilled beer at the Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl makes for a well spent couple of hours.

IHBSays – For the adventurous, make sure you head to the Mars Climbing Gym to check out their 52ft artificial wall climbing attraction, amongst others.

Pubs, Grub & More

From the first ever pup-friendly café & timeless Luru favourites to the best of breweries and global cuisine, Whitefield has got it all. Breaks your heart to leave your pooch out of the fun? Strap-on his best collar and head to TherPup for a meal for 2… grab a taste of the international chain that gives you a never-before experience to Dine in the Dark… if you haven’t already tried them, The Fat Chef & Herbs n Spices will make their way up on your list of drool worthy restaurant or the quirky Whitefield Social if you’re craving their fusion. For brews, look no further than the ones served amidst stunning settings at Windmills Craftworks, Biergarten, 153 Bier Street & The Whitefield Arms (above)… the list goes on!

Lakeview Farm

A quaint little farm dedicated to maintaining the fast depleting greenery in the area, the owners decided to open their doors to the public by turning the farm into a one-of-a-kind local market, of-sorts. With spaces rented out to small business owners, you can find eclectic treasures like indoor/outdoor furniture, lifestyle designs, home décor, a skin clinic, nail spa as well as a dance and painting school. The farm also offers work spaces for hire – look out for an atmosphere that is sure to get the creative juices flowing!

IHBSays – The grassy patch in the centre is perfect to play some games, set out a picnic or even host an event!

Where – 686, Lakeview Farm, Varthur Main Road (Airport Main Road), Siddapur

Jagriti Theatre

For those inclined towards the performing arts, the arena offers a wide variety of recitals, concerts and shows from artists of national & international acclaim. Dedicated to promoting and fostering theatre, music, dance and comedy, their 200-seater auditorium with a full-thrust stage matches up to international standards of quality and comfort.

IHBSays – Do a quick check of what they have on offer here, so that you don’t miss on tickets or schedules.

Where – Jagriti Renaissance, Varthur Rd, Near Adarsh Palm Meadows, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield

Plan a Biking Trip

Image Credit: Ramnath Kamat

A few good cycling trails have their base point at Whitefield and in turn, take you through a loop of sights and sounds that you can enjoy on your eco-friendly set of wheels. For a mediocre level of difficulty combined with routes that are not too heavy on traffic, we recommend either the Hope Farm – Channasandara – Hoskote trail or the Hope Farm – Channasandra – Chikka Tirupathi

IHBSays – If you’re new to the activity or the area, we suggest you join one of the regular trips organised by the many cycling clubs in the city (Bangalore Cycling Group/Bangalore Cycling).

Pssst… an IHB Find

If you’re making you way to Whitefield from the city, we recommend making a quick pit stop at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum (located at the HAL premises, en route). A first of its kind museum in India, it spreads across 4 acres of lush green land and displays photographs & cross section models of aero engines that are unique enough to excite the science geek in you!

The IHB Guide: 5 types of Bangaloreans that Jayanagar caters to!

Where residential meets commercial, the locality of Jayanagar has plenty to offer. From an adventurous day out to dance studios to yes, of course, delicious food, here is our guide to Jayanagar according to your personality/interest!

For the Gamer’s DNA

Challenge your friends to a game of laser tag at the hi-tech battledrome set-up at ‘Talk to the Hand.’ They also offer an array of exciting games that are trending and futuristic – perfect for any gamer’s appetite. Their hip and stylish café serves up some quick bites and yummy delights that serve as the perfect fuel for an energy packed day spent at the hub.

Get in touch: Talk to the Hand – No. 653, 2nd Floor, HM Zeta, 11th Main, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 4th Block, Jayanagar (next to McDonalds). Ph: +91 9945406090

 

For the Music Lover’s soul

Catering to music-lovers’ delight, Music House & Radel Electronics has what you need – be it a quick fix for your first guitar, some serious overhaul for your favourite keyboard or just the need of an arena for you to explore. While Radel Electronics will charm you with its range of classical music instruments such as the Sitar, Tanpura and Shruti boxes, they also add a modern twist with a range of digital instruments like the electronic Tabla & Veena. Music House offers a range of guitars, keyboards, violins, drums and accessories from A-Z and a one-stop-shop for expert maintenance of all instruments.

Get in touch: Music House – No. 25, 100ft Ring Road, 5th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: +91 7829004321 & Radel Electronics – No. 217, 8F Main Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar. Ph: +91 9342420720.

For the Gourmand’s desire

Having formed enough of a centre of its own to be self-sufficient, a strew of restaurants and pubs and street-food joints have sprouted in Jayanagar in the past few years, adding to the buzz. While every nook and corner has some mouth-watering street food delights such as vada pav, momos, chaats, sandwiches and sweets, the restaurants cater to cuisines ranging from grilled BBQs and Italian to typical tam-bram South-Indian and the ever favourite Chinese.

#IHBLoves: Onesta (above), Meghana Foods, 1947, Watson’s, Bottle Breacher, Hari’s Super Sandwich, Shivaji Military Hotel, Stoned Monkey.

For the Peace-seeking Wanderer

Thankfully, Luru still has a few serene lakes and parks that make for pleasant evening walks and Jayanagar is one of the lucky locations to play host. You can choose to take a quick walk around Yediyur Lake or survey the Nandavana Park. The park is one of the newer additions to the area and has an exclusive play area for kids and a fountain that comes on at 7:00 pm, turning into quite an attraction for the locals. The park charges an entry fee of Rs. 5 for children and is open from 9:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:30pm, every day.

Where: Yediyur Lake – Kanakpura Road, Jayanagar & Nandavana Park – 38th Cross Road, 4th T Block, Jayanagar

For the Dancer’s spirit

Who doesn’t love to dance? Jayanagar offers some great options to take up dance lessons of your choice: pop-up, part-time, or professional. Visit the nationally acclaimed dance academy, Nritarutya, for an electrifying dance fitness workshop that helps you learn international dance forms. Dance to the latest chart-toppers while simultaneously getting full body workout: win-win! On the other hand, for the slightly more serious intender (and the flexible!), get adventurous with more contemporary forms of dance. Created by Founder and Lead Choreographer, Mayuri Upadhya (wife to famed folk singer Raghu Dixit), they support & initiate the understanding of new Indian dance expressions from unique urban structures.

Get in touch: Nritarutya – No. 475, 1st Floor, 39th ‘C’ Cross, 9th Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: +91 9916072270

 

 

For the Love of Coastal Cuisine: Our Top 7 Bangalore Picks


Seafood lovers, come aboard – get ready to mark these joints in your food chronicles as those that won’t fail to delight:

Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel

Yes, the first thing that strikes your mind is the exorbitant pricing of their menu. Yet, the uplifting ambience, top – notch service and impeccably delicious food make for one indulgent meal! At Karvalli, you can pamper yourself in true style. Once you’ve had the complimentary serve of rasam that accompanies your meal, you will happily look forward to your meal to come.

Psst – Leave your menu up to the knowledgeable staff to suggest… you will be pleasantly surprised by their intuitive recommendation, as per your taste.

#IHBLoves – Meen Eleittad, Allapuzzah meen curry, Caramel Banana Ice Cream

  • Damages: Rs. 3500 for 2 approx.
  • Location: The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road
  • Contact: 080 66604545

Mangalore Pearl

A pocket-friendly joint that is a boon for seafood lovers looking to have a drool-worthy meal. Be sure to start your meal with the ‘solkadi’, a pink coloured, spicy and tongue-tingling version of buttermilk that is served at just the right temperature. Their clean and quirky interior especially caught our eye. Quick service and great food are a stand -out at Mangalore Pearl.

#IHBLoves – Seer Fish Fry, Squid Sukka, Crab Ghee Roast, Bangda Fish Curry

  • Damages: Rs. 700 for 2 approx.
  • Locations: Frazer Town
  • Contact: 080 – 25578855

Mahesh Lunch Home

Offering an array of food that covers the cuisine of the west coast of India, Mahesh Lunch Home has a super extensive menu so make sure you come with a mighty appetite. Though a bit pricey, the taste and generous portions match up to provide a satisfied dining experience. Advance booking are strongly recommended as it is hard to find an empty table at the bustling restaurant.

#IHBLoves – Surmai Fish Curry, Bombay Duck Fry, Stuffed Baked Crab (above), Clams Sukka

  • Damages: Rs. 1500 for 2 approx.
  • Location: Residency Road
  • Contact: 080 – 41311101

Sanadige, Goldfinch Hotel

A menu that boasts of exceptional cuisines from Kerala, Mangalore, Maharashtra and Goa. The vibrant ambience with traditional influences stand out prominently as friendly staff usher you to your table. The fresh seafood display at the restaurant allows you to pick your meal for the day, assuring you the freshness of your meal. Their bar menu offers treats, as exciting as their food with some exotic coolers and cocktails to complete a well-balanced meal 😉

#IHBLoves – Yetti Sukka (Prawns), Stuffed Kurle (De-shelled Crab) and Anjal Tawa Fry

  • Damages: Rs. 1200 for 2 approx.
  • Location: Goldfinch Hotel, 32/3, Crescent Road, Off Race Course Road, High Grounds,
  • Contact: 080 – 41291300

Vembanad, The Paul

A fine -dining restaurant that offers authentic Kerala cuisine with a flair for seafood. Every dish is a careful blend of spices and flavours and the staff will be happy to assist you if you want to pair them with a drink. No wonder they were awarded ‘Best Restaurant – Kerala Cuisine’ at the Times Food & Nightlife Awards, 2016. They also have ongoing food festivals which are well worth accommodating in your schedule. P.S. the fish pickle served as an accompaniment is one of the best we’ve tasted… go crazy!

#IHBLoves – Malabari Chemmeen Soup, Fish, Meen Nirachathu, Njandu Varatiyathu

  • Damages: Rs. 1800 for 2 approx.
  • Location: Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur
  • Contact: 080 – 40477777

Anupam’s Coast II Coast

An absolute legend in seafood, this classic restaurant is sure to be any Mangalorean’s pride and joy. With the most traditional dishes cooked spot – on and some characteristic Tandoori and Chinese imitations made exciting, no wonder Luru food lovers are ga-ga over Anupam’s. Though we love that the quality and taste of the food remains unchanged overtime, the ambience could sure use some sprucing up, to match the spice of the menu!

#IHBLoves – Ghee roast with Appams, Prawn Sukka, Crab Masala Fry

  • Damages: Rs. 1000 for 2 approx.
  • Locations: M.G. Road, Koramangala
  • Contact: 080 – 41460555

Carnival de Goa

As the name suggests, almost all aspects of the restaurant remind you of a Goan vacay. Whether you want a full-fledged meal to treat your taste buds to a carnival of flavours or just grab a quick and scrumptious lunch in between work, this is the place to hit. Besides coastal cuisine, you can also choose from continental classics like xacuti, cafreal and thalis that make for an all-round meal.

#IHBLoves -Peri Peri Squid, Prawn Curry with Rice (true Goan beach shack style!), Lobster Thermidor, Sea Food Platter

  • Damages: Rs. 900 for 2 approx.
  • Location: 1st Floor, 8/6 Kensington Point, Ulsoor Road, Ulsoor
  • Contact: 07676767620

The IHB Guide: A day out and about in Koramangala

It is not surprising that our dynamic city has a plethora of hidden wonders to offer in every nook and corner. With this guide, we focus on one of Luru’s most cosmopolitan locales that offers everything from budget shopping and entertainment to luxury apartments and delectable cuisines. Yes, we are talking about Koramangala, so start planning your day out with our handy guide!

Get your dose of culture

An art and cultural hub, Atta Galatta is located at 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala. A delightful place for literature lovers or bookworms in general, as they have a collection of over 10,000 books! They even have books in all regional languages available for your reading pleasure. Added to this, Atta Galatta organises events on a regular basis such as poetry/book reading and storytelling.

Test your skills with some brain and brawn 

In the mood for some exciting activities that challenge both – your mind and body?Koramangala is filled with offbeat activities and games that you can enjoy by yourself, with your significant other, or even as a group with your buddies. The Riddle Room is a live escape room that takes you on a physical adventure in 60 minutes. A similar experience at Breakout also makes for a fun visit. Alternatively, at Dice and Dine, you can take your pick from over 400 board games and huddle up over your favourite games while sipping on a hot/cold cuppa. If you are a fan of good ol’ blowing games with a mug of beer on the side, head to Blue Moustache (image above). Besides their offer of a free mug on 2 rounds of the game, they also keep the ambiance lively with their acoustic and karaoke nights on the weekends. Or if you’re feeling a little extra, try a kick boxing session at Hyper Monkey, a game of laser tag at Iamgame, or a simulated flight experience at Flight 4 Fantasy!

Breathe easy, relax, rejuvenate 

Got your adventure buzz for the day? Now it’s time to relax and rejuvenate. Head to the Four Fountains De-Stress Spa (image above) for some top class pampering and treatments. Their menu has an array of treatments to choose from like pain & anxiety relief, better sleep, anti-fatigue, detoxification, immunity booster, skin whitening, and age reversal. Their scientific spa programmes, professional therapists and affordable treatments make for a top-of-the-line experience. On the other hand, you could swing by for a pop-up or power yoga session at the various centres around the locality such as A1000yoga, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Art of Living and Isha Yoga Foundation.

Increase your style quotient with some retail therapy 

Move over from the shopping malls! The real treasures are found in the streets of Koramangala. Take a walk around the lanes of Jyoti Nivas College where you are bound to find anything from that quirky pair of printed leggings you have been looking for, to a stylish jacket to match, complete with some funky jewellery! Some of the shops to look out for are Scintilla for kurtas, Dazzle for bags of all shapes and colours, Spice Girls for bags and shoes galore, Ni Hao for clothes and shoes, and of course the famous Tibet Mall – come prepared to splurge!

Gear Up for the Theatrics: Bangalore’s Top Theatres

Bangalore has always had a fan following and talent for theatre, owing to which we are able to enjoy many cultural hubs in the city. The various theatre arenas, old and new, stand testimony to the same, along with the variety of local, national and internal performances they have on display, throughout the calendar year. The best part – they are way more pocket friendly than a night out at the movies, while being just as engrossing! Here’s a list of the top theatre arenas to catch a play, this weekend:

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

A part of one of the world’s most renowned French language centres, Alliance Francaise has been around since 1964! Besides offering several courses in music, literature, dance and drama, what the academy is best known for is the host of plays that bring excitement to their audiences, throughout the year. Some of the finest theatre personalities have performed on the stage of Alliance and their commitment to fostering and propagating the arts has largely shaped the culture of new-age Bangalore. Make an evening out of visiting the place as you’re sure to be taken in by the modern art that decorates the campus while finding an event or activity that will catch your fancy. End the evening with a quiet and relaxing meal at their quaint little café set amongst the greenery.

Where: 108, Thimmaiah Road, Opposite U.N.I. Building, Vasant Nagar

Contact: 080 4080 8181

Chowdaiah Memorial Hall

A timeless landmark of our city, this hall was built as a tribute to Thirmakudalu Chowdaiah, the famous violin maestro. Many of us may have fond memories of visiting the hall as school kids to watch some exciting performances, while being enthralled by the shape of the building (a 7-stringed violin). Needless to say, it will always be a part of the theatre and music culture of the city.

Where: 16th Cross,2nd Main Road, G.D. Park Extension, Malleswaram

Contact: 080 2344 5810

Ranga Shankara

World class facilities at affordable rates is what comes to your mind when you visit Ranga Shankara. It is no wonder that the space has captured the attention of top personalities in the nation. Their main aim to build & promote the culture of theatre is reflected in every aspect of their planning and offerings. Ranga Shankara offers the opportunity to watch top class plays at bare minimum prices or (many-a-times) free. Girish Karnad (celebrated Indian actor, film director, writer, playwright and Rhodes Scholar) is closely associated with the arena and has had some interesting productions at Ranga Shankara.

Where: No. 36/2, 8th Cross Road, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase

Contact: 080 2649 3982

Jagriti Theatre

The 200-seat theatre built around a full-thrust stage has hosted many plays from India and abroad. Besides the main stage, Jagriti offers 3 more stages for cosier interactions: The Rooftop – an open-to-sky space for 50 people, The Terrace – apt for an informal seating of 20 people and Lumbini – a terraced space for upto 80 people. Some of their recent in-house productions include Alice! in 2015 and Radio Jagriti & Us and Them in 2016.

Where: Jagriti Renaissance, Varthur Rd, Near Adarsh Palm Meadows, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield

Contact: 080 4124 2879

Ravindra Kalakshetra

Built as an ode to Rabindranath Tagore on his 100th birthday celebration, the cultural hub has a seating capacity of 900 with advanced facilities and technologies for artists and audiences, alike. Mainly shadowing the history and traditions of South India, the arena has had many prominent theatre and film personalities like Umashree, Mukhyamantri Chandru, T. S. Nagabharana, Master Hirannaiah, C. R. Simha, T. N. Seetharam, and Prakash Rai among others, on its stage.

Where: Besides Town Hall, J.C. Road, Kumbaragundi, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Road, Kumbaragundi, Sampangi Rama Nagar

Contact: 080 2224 1325

Wanna bust a move? Here are our top 5 dance studio picks in Bangalore!

We all know how much Luru inhabitants love to shake a leg. Whether it is to impress your friends on the dance floor, finding a fun way to burn that holiday weight or just to let loose, there is no better way than dance! Luckily, the city has no dearth of talent and boasts of some nationally acclaimed studios that will bring your hidden talent to the surface.

Here’s our list of the top five dance studios in the city:

Nritarutya Dance Studio

This Indian contemporary dance studio stands out for its perfection in synchrony and calisthenics. Their refreshing performances result from their constant look-out to explore novel dance expressions arising from unique urban structures of living, physical (martial, dance & movement) traditions and performing practices.

#IHBLoves – The clientele of founder, Mayuri Upadya (wife of famed singer, Raghu Dixit) ranges from Prime Minister Modi and Amitabh Bachchan to the Queen of England and even the Birlas & Ambanis!

Website: Click here.
Where: G-9, H-I Block, Golden Orchid Apartments, Lavelle Road, Bangalore – 560001.
Who: 080-41329218

Lourde Vijay’s Dance Studio

One of Luru’s oldest and most loved dance studio, LVDS offers a wide range of styles to choose from for adults and kids, including hip-hop, b-buoying, Bollywood and contemporary. Every batch is trained to give a star-studded performance at the end of the season to show those dance moves off in front of your family and friends. Having top class trainers and instructors (some with even a Guinness record to their repertoire), LVDS is sure to add the groove to your dance moves in a fun and exciting way. Sign up for their trial class and expect to get hooked!

#IHBLoves – They offer private lessons based on fitness or skill development goals, depending on your choice.

Website: Click here.
Where: # 4, 1st Main Palace Cross, Chakravarthy Layout, Bangalore – 560020.
Who: 080 – 23315566/9845239123

Latino Rhythms Dance Academy

As the name suggests, pick this academy if you want to become a master performer of Salsa, Zumba, Jive or Bachata. Additional dance forms offered include Bollywood, hip-hop, contemporary and belly dance. Just over a decade old, this state-of-the-art facility for Latin dance has already trained over 15,000 students.  LRDA can be rated one of the best due to modern facilities such as soundproof studio, air suspended floor, wi-fi, changing rooms, centralized a/c and most importantly amazing trainers!

#IHBLoves – You can register for a free scholarship based on skill and dedication!

Website: Click here.
Where: #55, 3rd Floor, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Opp. Jyothi Nivas, Above Indian Coffee house, Bangalore – 560095.
Who: 080-40926810

The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet

A non-profit charitable trust that is dedicated to the performing arts, this foundation has all the right ingredients to make it a world class learning ground while giving back to the community. With a vision to become Asia’s forefront ballet school and dance academy, the Lewis Foundation offers ballet, jazz, yoga, Callentics & Pilates, with various camps organised for children.

#IHBLoves – The attention to detail in their productions of The Spectacular Circus and Oz – The Ballet, shows us the dedication of the team in aiming for the best.

Website: Click here.
Where: #34/1, P1 & P2, Salma Bizhouse, Meanee Avenue Road, Above Coffee Day, Opp. Lakeside Hospital, Bangalore 560042
Who: 080-88006677

Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography

NIKC is based on the consideration that dance is not just art, but a way of life! The events section of their website outlines a host of performances for us to choose from to watch their delightful creativity unfold. Alternatively, you can sign up for their newsletter or follow them on social media to stay updated.

#IHBLoves – It offers a range of diplomas for budding choreographers or anyone who wants to take dance up professionally.

Website: Click here.
Where: 37, Bhoomika, 17th Cross Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore – 560055.
Who: 080-23348645

The IHB Guide to Birdwatching in Bangalore

Bangalore, The Garden City, is one of the few cosmopolitans that still enjoys the luxury of harbouring some sheltered birdwatching havens, in and around the city. So, gather your binoculars and pay a visit to the birdwatching arenas our city has to offer!

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

The most centrally located spot for a birdwatcher to make a quick getaway, Lalbagh offers a mix of opulent gardens with exotic flora and wet habitats that attract several birds to its vicinity. Psst – make sure you pick a day during the week and avoid public holidays to dodge the crowds. Settle at a secluded spot and enjoy the peace and quiet while you keep a keen eye out for a variety of striking birds and even some colourful butterflies.

What to look out for: Black Pelicans, Purple Herons, Brahminy Kites, and White-Breasted Kingfishers.

Hebbal Lake

Another pick that is not too far from the city centre, is Hebbal Lake, located right beside the flyover. The well-maintained walkway constructed around the lake makes for a serene walkway and good line of sight to spot birds. The best months to visit the lake for the purpose is between September and January.

What to look out for: Kingfishers, Spot Billed Ducks, Spot Billed Pelicans, Grey Herons, Median Egrets, Painted Storks, and Yellow-Tailed Wagtails

Manchinabele

Located just a short drive away from Bangalore (approx. 30km/60 mins through the Bangalore – Magadi main road) and located just before the Tippagondanahalli reservoir, Machinabele also has a scenic dam that serves as a visual treat. With ample greenery around the water body, it is no wonder the area has turned into a birdwatcher’s treasure. However, entry into the area is restricted so ensure that you plan in advance and take the necessary permissions from the local authorities.

What to look out for: Rosy Starling, Oriental White Eye, Pied Crested Cuckoo, Indian Silverbills (White throated Munia), Blue-face Malkoha, Scaly Breasted Munia, Tawny, Bellied Babbler, Rufous Treepie, Long Tailed Shrike, White-browned Bulbul, Brahminy Starling, Pied Bushchat, Coppersmith Barbet and Indian Roller.

Bannerghatta National Park

We’re all familiar with this landmark, a close getaway from the city to spot some wildlife. However, the park has also gained a lesser known reputation for the hobby of birdwatching with as many as 150 species of winged wonders! The scrub and forest habitat is perfect for many migrating birds to take refuge and the jungle lodges in the area offer a comfortable stay for birdwatchers to make a fruitful weekend outing. The ‘Alley of Flycatchers’, as it is known, is a must-visit and you will be sure to come back with many additions to your record book.

What to look out for: Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Jungle Owls, Coppersmith Barbets, Oriental White Eyes, and Indian Pond Herons. Keep your fingers crossed and you may even come across the rare and shy, Yellow Throated Bulbul.

Nandi Hills

Well-done roads and a scenic drive up the hill sets the tone for a wonderful birdwatching experience atop Nandi Hills (approx. 50km/70 mins through the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway). Though, quite a crowded place on the weekends that is not exactly bird friendly, a weekday visit makes it worthwhile. Carry your binoculars and find a cosy spot amongst the many benches and gazebos placed at the numerous viewpoints and you are good to go.

What to look out for: Indian Blue Robins, Booted Warblers, Malabar Whistling Thrushes, and Blue Capped Rock Thrushes, Falcons

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

A fair drive from Bangalore, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a hotspot for any bird watching enthusiast, as it’s literally a bird watcher’s paradise! Open seven days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm, you can spend an entire day there, gazing at an array of exotic and migratory birds under the cool shade of the trees for Rs.50/adult. You can even enjoy a relaxed boat ride amongst the meandering paths of the lake comprising of six small islands, and spot some massive crocodiles right by your side (not for the weak-hearted).

What to look out for:  Pelicans, Painted stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Egret, Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Heron Breed, Great Stone Plover, River Tern, Streak – throated Swallows.

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The IHB Foodie’s Guide: Koramangala

Koramangala is filled with hidden gems for all you foodies! We have an in-depth guide on which places you should hit up, for different cuisines.

First and foremost, start your day with a mighty brekkie:

A breakfast of champions at one of the many eateries and local cafes that whip up the best platters in the city, is the way to begin to your day. Bring your appetite for a scrumptious serve of an English breakfast feast at The Fat Fanny’s Cafe, Café Terra, or 154 Breakfast Club.

You can even start your day on a sweet note with light and sinful waffles at A Café. We also recommend the Hole in the Wall Café for light and fluffy omelettes that take you to cheese heaven. Team this with an order of their waffles with chocolate sauce, made from scratch, accompanied by seasonal fruits and fresh brews.

The idli-vada-dosa lovers are in for a treat as well, as Koramangala has a variety of South-Indian restaurants such as, Sree Krishna Café, UpSouth, Indian Coffee House & Restaurant, and Madurai Idly Shop.

Still looking for something more? Then indulge your taste buds further and get ready to be spoiled for choice. Name your cuisine of interest and you are sure to find it in every variation there is to offer. From street food that will cost you less than Rs. 300 for a meal for two, to endless multi-cuisine buffets and drool-worthy desserts, you’ll find them all.

Here is a quick directory of must-tries:

  • Street food: Koramangala Club Road/Jyoti Nivas College Road
  • Naga/Assamese food: Zingaron, Axomi Taste of Assam, Darjeeling Momos
  • Steak: Jukebox, Chianti, Kobe Sizzlers, Yana Sizzlers
  • Burgers/Pizza: Thulp, Truffles, Onesta, Rendezvous, Via Milano
  • Beers and brews: Punjab Grill, Prost, Beer Café
  • Oriental: Tim Tai, Nasi and Mee, Hunan, Hanoi, China Pearl
  • Biryani: Meghana Foods, Mani’s Dum Biryani
  • Dessert: Bite me cupcakes, Stoner, Berry’d Alive, Bombay Kulfis

 

The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2016: For All You Adventure Junkies

Bangaloreans, brace yourselves for the most exciting experience to hit the city, this February! The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 (BMF) is all set to fuel the buccaneer spirit and get your adrenaline pumping with some trailblazing pursuits that require some serious nerve and muscle to compete.

A two day Trail running, XC and Downhill MTB event, that takes adventure battles to a whole new level. With prize money up to 2 lakhs, up for grabs, there are various categories in which one can prove their grit: 10km trail run, 21km trail run half marathon, 30km mountain terrain biking and 1km downhill mountain terrain biking, further divided into Open Men, Open Women, and Elite Championships. Aimed at celebrating the country’s finest athletes by giving them an arena to test, challenge and showcase their endurance levels, BMF aspires to create tracks of European standards for Indians to progress onto international competitions.

The entire track has been built by hand over a course of two months – a gruelling task by itself – kudos to the organisers! Said to be one of the most trying trajectories in the Indian terrain, it includes traversing across four hills and some stair climbs. The upside? You will be surrounded by the most scenic views all along with fresh air to energize and motivate you throughout the course.

Race Details

Date: 28th -29th Jan 2017
Event Type: MTB Cross Country, Downhill & Trail Running
Location: Avati , Devanahalli
Venue: Near Nandi hills
Entry on Day: Yes, if the event is not sold out.

Event Schedule

DAY 1
  • 7am to 1pm: Registration
  •  XC Race 35 Kms
  •  Downhill official Practice Run
DAY 2
  • 10k & Half Marathon trail run and 1km DH race

Also Included

  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Feed Stops en-route
  • Free energy drink + energy snacks
  • Timing
  • Certificate and medal
  • Event photography

Get in Touch

E-mail: bangaloremountainfestival@gmail.com
Ph: +91 9845047689
Website: Click here.

Bookworms of Bangalore, here’s a list of our 5 fav libraries in the city!

Who doesn’t enjoy some quiet time with their favourite book to de-stress from the otherwise whirlwind routine of the city life? Here are some places where you can find your food for the soul:

State Central Library

One of the oldest and most loved libraries in the city that is also a stark landmark for sight-seeing. The red brick building with a well-maintained rose garden stands out amongst the verdant greenery of Cubbon Park, adding to the charm of the structure. It is said that the archives contain a copy of every book published in the state after 1970, amongst various other collections, that will satisfy your research and leisure reading demands. A total of 2,40,093 (and counting) books and periodicals are currently part of their collection, waiting to be explored.

Location: Sir Seshadri Iyer Memorial Library, (State Central Library) 
Cubbon Park
Timings: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Contact: 080 – 2221 2128/ 080 – 22867358

Eloor Library

A chain of libraries in India over the past 34 years, the Eloor Library in Bengaluru has one of the finest collection of books that any book lover would love to dive into and discover. Membership can be availed for as little as Rs. 1000 per head which is fully refundable at the time of closing. Cost of renting books is also reasonable at just 10% of the cost of the book (subject to a maximum amount), with a reading time of 14 days as the standard. Right from new arrivals and classics to general fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, sports and cookery, the sections of Eloor range far and wide.

Location: G – 9, Blue Cross Chambers, Infantry Road Cross
Timings: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Contact: 080 – 42057280/ 080 – 25591408

British Council Library

With state-of-the-art facilities and an atmosphere that inspires creative thinking that feeds the wanderlust of your mind, this library is definitely a stand-out from the others, by character. Besides being a space for reading and renting noteworthy books, the library is also a social arena where you can meet friends and explore the resources. They even organise skill based workshops and lively meet-and-greet sessions with authors on a regular basis.

Location: Prestige Takt 23, Kasturba Cross Road
Timings: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Contact: 0120 456 9000

Mythic Society Library

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Established in 1909, this library caters to the curiosity of the intellects interested in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Epigraphy, Culture, traditions, Art & Architecture, Folklore Ethnology, Literature and allied subjects. They also host several lectures by renowned professors on various topics of interest (sign up for their newsletter to keep track). Additionally, a grant provided by the government for their centenary celebrations has allowed for a spacious hall that is to be made into an art museum and a guest house, exclusively for accommodating out station scholars.

Location: 14/1, Nrupathunga Road, Opposite Reserve Bank
Timings: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5:15 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00pm; Monday Holiday
Contact: 080 – 2221 5034

Just Books

Your typical ‘Rent, Read and Return’ format that has been brought to the city – Just Books has as many as 30 facilities all over. For those that find it hard to commute to the bigger libraries, this one is the perfect option and accessible without much effort from any part of Bengaluru. Moreover, you can easily rent your favourite books online, from the comfort of your homes, and have it delivered as per your convenience. This new generation community library chain provides a unique reading experience for all book lovers with a wide range of books available on all topics.

Details: Multiple locations across the city (30 facilities). Find details of your closest outlet here.

So, get your reading glasses out and pair it up with a steaming mug of tea/coffee to enjoy your favourite weekend read!

Love animals? Adopt some unconditional love: Our top 5 animal shelters in Bangalore!

Those who know it will vouch for the fact that there is nothing that provides more solace than a few licks and cuddles from one of our four legged friends. Want to get your own dose of this unparalleled therapy? Visit one of Bangalore’s many animal shelters. You can even make it a fun day out for your pet by taking him/her along. Just give them a call and drop in for a visit:

CUPA Second Chance Adoption Centre

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A visit to this refuge for abandoned animals and confiscated pets (mostly dogs), is sure to melt your heart. One of the most popular shelters in Bangalore, they rightly believe that “Dogs have a way of finding people and filling a void we didn’t know we had”. Consequently, each adoption is done with painstaking care to ensure that the pet owners are compatible with the pet a 100% as they are educated from A-Z about adoption care. As you enter the facility it warms your heart to see love that you are welcomed with and the compassion of the many volunteers who have dedicated themselves to the cause, selflessly.

Address: 16/2B Roopena Agrahara, Madiwala, Bengaluru. Landmark – Silk board Junction, Balaji Complex

Contact: +91 94801 73793

Website: Click here

Cessna Lifeline

Aimed at providing the best possible care for pets as well as pet owners, Cessna should definitely be a handy contact on a pet-lover’s phonebook. Available 24/7 for emergencies, they also have a well-equipped pet store with products for dogs, cats, and even exotic pets. They also offer behavioural counselling, puppy care and counselling and nutritional advice. PS: they also organise many fun activities!

Address: #148, HBCS, Amar Jyothi Layout, KGA Road, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur, Bengaluru

Contact: +91 76763 65365

CARE – Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre

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At CARE, you can donate, adopt or volunteer to help stray animals be hosed, get timely medical aid, be rehabilitated and re-homed. You could spend hours playing with the 25 dogs and 3 cats that have found a permanent home at their shelter as their bountiful delight stands testimony to the great job that the foundation does, day-in and day-out. They even offer a wide-range of services such as vehicle rescues, passive adoption, humane education, canine therapy, inpatient facility and holiday boarding.

Address: #19/1, Jakkur Village, Yelahanka Hobli, Bengaluru

Contact: +91 9483911110 / 080-69999372

Website: Click here

PFA – People for Animals

Wild over wildlife? Here’s the place for you! A non-profit conservation organisation working towards the rescue and rehabilitation of urban wildlife, people for Animals concentrates on rescuing injured, displaced and orphaned animals (mammals, reptiles and birds) before releasing them back into their suitable habitat after the required medication and rehabilitation processes. A must-visit for any animal or wildlife enthusiast for an informative and fun day out. The news and events section on their websites keeps you updated on all their thrilling activities and rescues with a list of the latest wildlife that they are fostering.

Address: Survey No. 67, Uttarahalli Main road, Kengeri, Bengaluru

Contact: +91 9900025370/+91 9980339880

Website: Click here

Karuna Animal Welfare Association of Karnataka

Formerly known as SPCA, this non-profit foundation offers the services like provision of shelter and rescue homes for animals, ambulance services, health camps, human education, cruelty cases, ABC / ARV programmes, night emergency services and snake care service throughout the state. Besides the various celebrations that they organise throughout Karnataka such as commemoration of ‘World Veterinary Day’ and ‘World Zoonosis Day’, their dog shows organised on a regular basis are something to look forward to.

Address: Kasturba Road, Bengaluru

Contact: 080-22860205/080-23411181/080-23511329

Website: Click here

Do a good deed: get involved and volunteer at the shelters or donate money, utilities or time… it will go a long way!

Love cycling? Here’s a list of top trails around Bangalore!

Done with our picks on the top trekking trails around the city? Time to continue the adventure with our brand-new list on bicycle trails around Luru that you will thoroughly enjoy:

Melukote

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Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple

A bike trail with a dose of spirituality is what Melkote offers as it accommodates several temples, some of them offering their own measure of recreation. The Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple (above) may appeal to the artists and architects with their traditional, yet concrete pillars that showcase artistic carvings that are sure to amuse.

While, the Yoga-Narasimha Swamy Temple offers a 300 (alternatively, you may choose to bike your way up half way) step climb for some light exercise.

Distance from M.G. Road –  Approx. 145 km via Kunigal

Turahalli Forest

800 acres of deciduous forest mostly dominated by Eucalyptus trees, Turahalli is also known as Karisma Hills is just an easy 30 minutes’ ride from the city. The ride to the forest is not a very tiring one as the tar roads make it pleasant throughout. As you reach the forest, you enter a mud road after which the climb gets a little steep as to reach the summit in about 200 mts.

There are several South-Indian style breakfast places for you break at on the way. Or, you may choose to pack something up to enjoy a bite once you reach your destination.

Distance from M.G. Road – Approx. 19 km via Kanakapura Road

Thattekere

Imagine cooling off by a serene lake post an energizing bike ride… enjoying a picnic lunch under the shade of a welcoming tree…. and indulging your curiosity as you try and name some of the exotic birds that you may spot! Well, that’s Thattekere Lake, for you. Besides the gentle trail that makes the bike ride enjoyable for everyone, the lake scores high in our list as it is one of the last remaining lakes in the city that remains untainted.

Moreover, it’s clean surroundings, lush greenery and warm sunshine make it a bird watcher’s paradise, as well.

Distance from M.G. Road – Approx. 50 km via Hosur Road

Big Banyan Tree

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A biking trail that takes you around a 3-acre space that houses a Banyan Tree over 400 years old! Due to the age of the tree one cannot decipher the original tree trunk as its roots have spread across to look like trunks themselves, providing a great resting or picnic spots.

This biking trail does not take more than 6 hours in all and works as a great getaway for a half-day retreat. However, beware of monkey trouble!

Distance from M.G. Road –  Approx. 36 km via NICE Road- Bangalore- Mysore Expressway

Cycling Wine Tours

The Bangalore to Mysore stretch offers a host of options for wine aficionados and one of the better ways to get there is to get on your bicycles and enjoy the ride. There are plenty of eateries on the way for tea/coffee breaks and a scrumptious breakfast.

The many wineries are happy to welcome guests for a quick tour and lesson on wine and have them venture into their vineyards for a day well spent – sipping on fine wine alongside some delicious food while looking over the scenic yards.

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  • Ensure you wear loose and comfortable clothing
  • Dress in layers (t-shirt + light jacket) to stack up them as per the weather
  • Wear comfortable shoes and carry spare socks/laces
  • Do not carry heavy bags
  • Load up on fluids (water, juices, energy drinks) and sunscreen
  • Carry a packed lunch with a picnic mat
  • A Frisbee or a board game would add to the fun

Diwali Gifting Guide 2016 – What to buy and where to buy it?

Come October and it’s time for one of our favourite festivals of the year – Diwali! Besides the holidays, parties, sweets and fireworks, the festive season is incomplete without giving your loved ones the perfect gift. Tired of the same old options? Here’s a list of some fresh ideas to choose from:

Chumbak

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Our favourite dose of kitsch never fails to amuse us with their quirky gifting ideas. No surprise that they feature on our list of offbeat Diwali gifts. Light up your interiors with a colourful set of mini lanterns or a table lamp in bright and attractive shades that stand out in bold festive spirit. Their special ‘Gold Collection’ for Diwali offers some unique designs. Customised gifts and occasion specific gift boxes make for a one-stop-shop. Be sure to check out their ‘Diwali’ section on the website to help plan your shopping list in advance!

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Decoupage Art

Take your pick from the elegantly handcrafted coasters, magazine racks and wall plates or ask for your own customised keepsake. A delicate art demanding skill, precision and time, decoupage involves layering paper cut-outs with seams of lacquer for the perfect finish. The refined and graceful designs are sure to add a pop of colour to your interiors with their floral motifs and charming flair.

Where To Buy: Hand Crafted with Love, Wheeler Road Extn., Bangalore.

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Customised Chocolates from Rage

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The evergreen favourite that just evolves with time but never goes out of style! And, who has a celebration without chocolates, anyway?! Bangalore’s prominent chocoletier, Rage, offers an exclusive range to choose from, this Diwali. Gift with a twist by customising your chocolates with centre fills of choice and tastefully designed wrappers, gift boxes, and silver plated trays. A fitting personal or corporate gift, these chocolates in their fine attire are almost too good to eat!

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Universal Gift Cards

We all have those few people on our list that we just cannot please! So, give them what they want – a universal gift card that can be redeemed at a range of local & international stores or even for an experience of their choice. With many options to choose from for the fussy aunt or the little niece who is used to being spoilt for choice, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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Spread the Cheer

Festive seasons are reminders of how lucky we are to be able to celebrate live and love with our family and friends. Do remember to not only be thankful but also make a small effort to share our blessings. Buy gifts and greeting cards from your local NGOs and contribute to the underprivileged to spread the cheer!

These few have caught our fancy: Earthy GoodsCraft Roots and CRY.

Amateur Astronomer’s Guide: Stargazing in Bengaluru!

There is something about the infinity and mystery of celestial wonders that we just can’t deny! If you, like us, are ever-intrigued by the beauty of the cosmos, you can start by exploring your hobby, right here in Namma Bengaluru. Here is your handbook to becoming an amateur astronomer:

Start off by joining a group. Bangalore has two active unions related to astronomy as a hobby à

Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (1976)

An independent, non-profit housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The ABAA frequently conducts fun and interactive activities like telescope building, night sky observation and astro-photography. Giving beginners the perfect induction is the ‘Know Your Stars’ program conducted on the first Sunday of every month. Besides giving an insight into the stars, constellations and planets, you can also learn about the basics of using a telescope! Also, take home a star chart as a souvenir, provided to all visitors, with a lesson on how to use it.

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The Bangalore Astronomical Society (2006)

The BAS is a non-profit organization working for the promotion of astronomy as a hobby as well as a science for the city folk. Join their Google Group and be a part of all the trending discussions about latest astronomical developments and exciting activities. You can post your questions and have them answered, on topics related to the universe, astronomy, telescopes, stargazing, observing and astrophotography. Download their specially designed log books for free from their website – a great tool to kick-start your hobby! They even have certification programs such as the upcoming ‘Messier Catalogue Visual Observer’ – their first certification program to appreciate amateur astronomers for interest in visual observations.

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

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Founded by the Bangalore City Corporation in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city and a fond memory of local school trips. With a 15 meter diameter dome, and seating capacity of 210, the planetarium also houses a Science Park and a Science Centre. The ‘Space Master’ projector showcases the night sky as seen with the naked eye to give a spectacular view. Attracting as many as 200,000 visitors a year, the’Sky- Theatre’ show blends science with art, literature and cultural aspects of many countries. With special visual effects, animation and videos, these shows are sure to provide an out-of-the-world experience, literally! Daily show timings (except on Mondays and second Tuesdays): 3 p.m. in Kannada and 4.30 p.m. in English.

Where to stargaze?

  • Hosahalli – about 20 km off Doddaballapur, approximatelely 70 km from Bangalore.
  • Shivanahalli – about 35 km from Bangalore. Here, the ABAA has a 12″ telescope for observations with many more activities for space lovers.
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium – every Sunday at 6 pm, there are talks given by experienced amateurs on upcoming heavenly events as they await a clear night when the telescope is brought out for some serious stargazing.

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  • Do your research – The Lunar Calendar is your almanac. Ask around for the best vantage points hit Google and the local astronomy websites to get a heads up on what to look out for on any particular night. Be observant of the movement of comets and stars, learn names of constellations and try your skill at spotting them!
  • Make use of technology – Several Apps are now available to feed the appetite of astronomers. The Google Skymap App can help you locate stars, constellations and the pole star among other things, while The SkEye Planetarium App (on android) calibrates the section of the sky you are pointing at (almost) instantly, with a huge database of deep sky objects for reference. AccuWeather App on the other hand can help you plan your stargazing night out on a clear night for best viewing.

Green Thumbs Workshop: Where to find the right composting equipment in Bangalore

Time to do our little bit and contribute to reviving the cleaner and greener days of the ‘Garden City’. A simple habit of composting your kitchen waste can do a great favour to the city waste management, and also give you the most fertile soil to start that herb garden in your kitchen or backyard, which you’ve always wanted.

Here’s a quick lesson:

What is composting? It’s quite simple, really – decomposition of organic waste into healthy, nutrient rich soil, using natural catalysts like air, water and micro organisms.

Why compost? Let’s break it down – it is said that an urban dweller in India accounts for 700 gms of solid waste per day = 250 kgs of waste, per person, per year! When this waste reaches our landfills without being segregated, the plastic, glass and aluminium take decades, if not hundreds of years to decompose.

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Food for thought, isn’t it? But, thanks to some of Luru’s green warriors listed below, we can get our hands on the right composting equipment that will make the task trouble-free enough for it to become a part of your daily routine:

Daily Dump

Address: 1163, 1st Cross, Off 12th Main, Near Sony Center, HAL 2nd Stage

Ph: 080-41157311/9916426661/9886363882

Website: http://www.dailydump.org/

Ecobin

Address: 5th block, Jayanagar

Ph: 95913 29911

Website: http://myecobin.in/

Stonesoup

Address: DanceKala, Opp. Springfields, Sarjapur Road

Ph: 080-41214957/7795510180

Website: http://kasamuktha150.wixsite.com/stonesoup

One Hop Organics Pvt. Ltd.

Address: #701, Brigade Rubix, 20, HMT Main Road, Yeswanthpur

Ph: 7259404888

Website: http://www.orbin.in/index.html