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:
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
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:
Catchment: The surface that receives direct rainfall is the catchment area for your project. It may be your terrace, backyard, a cemented area etc.
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.
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.
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
Sieve out leaves and other debris with a screen or mesh
Do not leave the opening of the collection unit uncovered at any point
Use a tried and tested filter to reduce contaminants
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:
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!
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
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
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!
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
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!
We all looove a long weekend, and for a lot of us that meanss kicking back and taking a long drive or a bike ride on the famous Bangalore-Mysore Highway. While that sounds incredibly pleasant (well, depending on traffic), the only crapper (ahem, no pun intended) is usually the substandard highway food that you have to settle for. Nahh, we refuse to let that dampen your experience; so we took it upon ourselves to lay it all out for you.
Our top picks for the best eateries are:
Maddur Tiffany’s (Maddur)
We love ourselves some maddur vada at any given point of time and if you’re a newbie on this route you gotta stop by Maddur Tiffany’s and order yourself some piping hot, crunchy and delicious-as-hell maddur vada and coffee. The Thatte Idlis here aren’t too bad either.
If you’re stopping for breakfast at Vaishali, their Dosas are decent and if you are planning on grabbing some lunch here, we have found their natti chicken dishes to be good. In addition to the food, we heart Vaishali because of its convenient location and inexpensive prices!
Kamat Lokaruchi (Ramanagara)
Good ole Kamat is another restaurant you can count on for top quality South Indian food (breakfast or any other meal). We recommend ordering their Mude Idli or their North Karnataka Jolad Rotti meals… sooo gooood!
Poojari’s Fish Land (Srirangapatna)
If you’re looking for some seafood while driving down the highway, you can unhesitatingly stop at Poojari’s for a meal. Their range of fish dishes are good, reasonably priced and most importantly super fresh! We recommend ordering their fish curry meals. You can’t go wrong. Oh and beware of fake Fishlands around Poojari’s so look for “Poojari’s” preceding “Fish Land”.
Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel (Srirangapatna)
Chances are, you might not have heard of this place, given its inconspicuous location. It is a small military hotel by the highway that appears to have been dug into the road, but don’t let the appearance fool you! From a flavourful Paya to a delicious meatball curry and from soft, earthy Ragi Muddes and fluffy Idlis to spicy Mutton chops, this place has it all! Yes we compiled a list, but really, this is our absolute favourite!
Now that we took care of your highway food woes, cruise without a worry! We’ll see you there xx
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.
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
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.
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 Sanctuaryis 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.
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
What: Influenced by the Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a Winsconsin based instrumental acoustic jazz group. Their music takes influences from American jazz, European folk, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources, and hence, you can expect the originals and standards done in uniquely arranged styles. Where:Windmill Craftworks When: 9.30 p.m. onwards
Where: Vikings Aerospots, Jakkur Aerodrome When: Saturday October 29 at 6.00am to Sunday October 30 at 9.00am Wait: Click here to book!
Big Punjabi Diwali Party feat. DJ Jasmeet (Event Page)
What: Diwali celebration is incomplete without smashing Bollywood chartbusters and video tech sequences! And with DJ Jasmeet in Sanctum its sure going to be a starry Saturday night. Where: Sanctum Club When: 8 p.m onwards
What: Diwali celebrations combined with a proper Luru Sunday brunch! Think unlimited chaat, homey sabzis, jalebis and more, teamed with original cocktails that are sure to tingle your tastebuds. Where: The Humming Tree, Indiranagar When: 1 – 5 p.m.
Halloween Parties (Monday, 31st Oct)
Spooktacular Halloween Party (Kid-Friendly) (Event Page)
Where: Divas & Dudes, Indiranagar When: 6 p.m. Wait: Costs Rs.800/Child and Rs.500/Adult
Wolf of Church Street – Halloween Edition (Event Page)
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fast emerging as the downtown hangout for north and east Bangalore, here’s a guide on what-to-do at Malleshwaram.
Binge on a mighty South-Indian breakfast – The foodies that we are, of course we checked these ones out first! From buttery dosas at CTR and fluffy idlis at Veena Stores (with chutney to die-for) to crunchy vadas at Hotel Janatha, Malleshwaram has it all. Though you have to wait in line to get a table or brave a queue to savour the delicacies, we can promise you that it is worth the wait and a good way to work up the much needed appetite. Sunday mornings are made for food like this – wake up early so aren’t disappointed that they have already sold out!
Shopping + a meal by the lake at Orion Mall – Indulge in a shopping spree of all your favourite brands under one roof. With a host of international chains that have the latest collections on offer, Orion Mall is a great place to shop without the noise and clutter of a city central mall. Debanhams, Zara, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger and Celio are a few of the biggies to look out for. End the day with a decadent meal at any one of the lakeside restaurants on offer, outside the mall.
Rock Night at 1522 – Remember the days when rock ruled Bangalore and no beer could be had without head banging to some legendary classics? 1522 takes you back to those days as one of the few pubs in luru that stays true to this genre of music. Their walls are decorated with names of bands that any rock fan will be thrilled to acknowledge and their quirky interiors stand out for being bright and chirpy. A personal favourite of ours is the Mandarin Mojito while their food menu has a variety to choose from.
Kadu Malleshwara Temple – The most prominent landmark that stands as a reminder of Malleshwaram’s rich history and culture. A 17th century structure dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple attracts hundreds of people during festivals. The music and dance performances organised from time to time are almost like a local celebration for the inhabitants, so maybe pay a visit without the crowds.
Sweet tooth binge – Malleshwaram’s local ice cream parlours and sweet shops serve the most delicious combinations of homemade desserts. Bring home a family pack from Amrith Ice Cream Parlour or gorge on Indian sweets at Asha Sweets Centre. You won’t be disappointed!
A night out with the gang– Dress up in your best and treat yourself to a night-out at High Ultra Lounge or District 6. Located on the 31st floor of the world Trade Centre, High offers a spectacular view of the cityscape. District 6, on the other hand, has one of the best home brews in town. Plan your visit during their event nights with bands or stand-up for some entertainment while you chug away.
Practice your bargaining skills with street shopping – Malleshwaram, 8th cross – your destination to find the best bargains in this side of the city with the most varied collections. You can shop for clothes, accessories, food, and household items available in every shape and colour. However, do make sure you have your zen on as you plot your course through the ever bustling roads and by-lanes where everyone seems to be in a hurry!
Feeling adventurous? Take a pick out of our list and try one of the trekking trails around luru that will make you forget you’re just a few hours away from home (and no, we don’t mean Electronic City!)
Situated near a village of the same name, Makalidurga is a trekker’s paradise with a landscape that is a mix of green hills, lush forests and fort ruins. The railway track passing through the foot of the hill adds to the rustic feel. It also offers other activities such as rappelling and rock climbing. At a towering height of 4,430ft, the hill unfolds a visual treat once you reach the top – a carpet of green and the sparkle of a lake, as you watch out from the Makalidurga Fort. This site is also one of few night trek destinations that makes for a quick weekend getaway from the city. You can either drive down in your own vehicle or choose to take the train to the Makalidurga station and begin your trek from there.
Approx. distance from Luru – 100 mins/60 km
Level – Easy to moderate
Home to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, these are the famous Hills of Bangalore that needs no introduction. Gather your posse and mark this one on your calendar for a day well spent. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, we suggest you get in at day break to avoid the bottleneck at the forest department check post. You can park your car or bike at the designated parking lot and choose to explore one out of the two trails (north & south). Alternatively, we recommend getting up on your good old bicycle to navigate the hills. Budget friendly accommodation is also available for an overnight stay, at: nandihillsreservations.in. Standing 4851 ft high, don’t forget to carry your woolens!
Approx. distance from Luru– 120 mins/62 km
Level – Easy to moderate
Besides being a worthwhile destination for trekkers to survey, the Shivaganga Hill also offer a lesson on religious history. Be sure to spot the angle from which the hills outline the form of the Shiva Linga. As you make your way up the 4,488 ft high hill, there are several small temples that lead to the Shiva Temple at the top which is located in a cave. The last part of the climb may test your fitness levels a little but don’t give up. Be sure you do not carry many things or bags as monkey trouble is something you do not want to face! Instead, carry your money in a small pouch and purchase refreshments from the many sellers throughout the climb.
Approx. distance from Luru – 80 mins/54 km
Level – Moderate
Known to be the largest monolith in Asia, this one is a must-try for any trekking enthusiast. Consisting of two smaller hills, Billigudda and Karigudda, it rises to a height of 3937 ft at its peak, with its gentle slopes allowing for a comfortable climb even for novice trekkers. Take cover in the cool shelters of the ruins of a majestic fortress that was built by Kempe Gowda II and once a citadel to the legendary Tipu Sultan. The gradient offers spaces to set-up your camp so carry your tent if you would like to stay a little longer and enjoy a sunrise or sunset.
Approx. distance from Luru – 90 mins/60 km
Level – Easy to moderate
Part of the Shathashrunga Mountain Range, Anthargange has something of interest for everyone. Check out the caves carved out of volcanic rocks, pay a visit to the temple, listen to the soothing sound of the perennial spring that flows out through a fissure or just take in the varied landscape. Night treks at this range are extremely popular as exploring the caves in the mysterious moonlight adds to the thrill of the trek.
Approx. distance from Luru – 100 mins/70 km
Level – Easy
A perfect beginners’ trek, the Mekedatu, Karighatta trail takes you along the banks of the river Cauvery rising to a height of 2697 ft above sea level. Once you ascend to the peak, it gives you a fabulous view of the surrounding areas for miles, including Mysore and Srirangapatna. Also keep an eye out to spot the confluence of the Cauvery and Lokpavani rivers. The hill can also be climbed using the 450 stone steps that have been carved out as a pathway to the temple at the hill top.
The very thought of the M.G. Road Boulevard takes the Luru patriot down the road of nostalgia. And, such is the magic of this attraction that even the tourists who have witnessed the charisma of the landmark would vouch for it. I’m sure we are already running a mental showreel of the facelifts and refurbishments that the boulevard has gone through, right from the days that it served as a lush green walkway for an evening stroll to becoming a cultural hub in the city centre, today:
THEN AND NOW
The Rangoli Art Centre: The vivid Pink Bougainvillea that the avenue used to sport in its earlier days has given way to a brighter display of vines as the colours fall in place to synchronize with that of a rainbow. The thought of blending this parade of colour with the 7 musical notes imperative to Indian music, gave rise to the name of this urban public space.
The Nagara Pete – A marketplace for fairs and bazaars that make for shopping with a twist. Specially committed to encouraging handmade artifacts sold by artisans who otherwise lack a platform.
Vismaya, Chaya & Belaku – The Three Art Galleries with an array of fine art on display.
Chilipili – An interactive play area where you can enjoy a game of snakes and ladders or use the space to play your favorite childhood game with your kids. The playground is also suited for children with special needs.
Hoovina Haadi – The upper walkway decorated by Bougainvillea that also hosts a restaurant for a quick and delicious bite.
Bayalu – An open area for outdoor performances (arrive early to get your spot up front!)
Friendship Point – Based on an ancient folklore tale, this area is dedicated to making new friends and creating memories with existing ones.
Info Wall – Dating back to 2000 years of Bangalore’s history, an interesting insight into the city’s memoirs.
Green Initiation Area – Walk through and see how many of the exotic plants you’re able to recognize!
Spaces for artistic activities and workshops also available throughout the 500m long and 30m wide hub.
Every weekend, the centre unfolds to showcase a variety of events, activities and exhibitions that encourages city folk to explore the culture, history and creativity through visual and performing arts. A must-visit for old and new Bangaloreans, as well as visitors to the city for an outing well spent. Each trip helps you learn a little bit more about our beloved city!
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The transition is almost therapeutic as you step off MG road, leaving behind a bustling metropolitan, into the verdant precincts of the Cubbon Park, strolling down paved pathways looking for a century old rotund red building christened the Sehsadri Iyer Memorial Hall or the State Central Library. It must have been deliberate to have placed a library in the heart of the city’s most prominent lung space where the visitor is eased into a mood for solitary rumination as he progresses from the madding crowd at the gates, past modest clusters of friends, couples and dog walkers as the crowd dwindles and you find yourself in a paradox of a public space where human interaction seldom reaches beyond thought and book.
The Building, constructed in 1915 by the Mysore State PWD under the patronage of the Viceroy Lord Nathaniel Curzon follows a European style characteristic of many institutional buildings built during the British Raj. The design of the red brick structure is straight forward and symmetric with two entrance porches on stone columns flanking a two-tiered horse shoe shaped central hall. The inner tier houses the library while the administrative section is spaced in between both tiers.
The “apse” or the rounded end of the building gracefully fans out an array of gorgeous arched windows. The teak wood frames painted dark green (a favourite colour to finish teak in back in the day) brilliantly compliment the striking red walls. These windows are the most ornamental feature, framed within tall horse shoe arches (1). Neat lines trace the arch intercepted only by column capitals (2) at the spring line (3) (the point where the curve of the arch rises from the support) with a prominent keystone (4) at the apex. The window within is dissected by a balustrade (5) running just below the spring line supported by ornamental brackets (6) that give the lower window a unique trapezoidal top (7).
PC: Islamic voice
The building stands on columns (8) following the “Tuscan order” which, for the benefit of the layman, is the most solid and least ornate of the five classical column orders. The style was favoured by the British PWD as they laid down guidelines to simplify the construction of colonial public buildings by doing away with superfluous ornamentation while preserving the scale and dignity of architectural treatment.
PC: Bibliotheca Sanctus
The Interior of the central hall reveals an uninterrupted double height space capped with a barrel vaulted roof. (Truly vintage) Industrial dome shaped lamps drop down low from the ceiling, but the main source of light is a series of clerestory windows (9) arranged atop the inner tier, streaming in soft golden rays of natural daylight. The style of the Tuscan order (10) continues with plain arches (11), wrought iron balusters (12) and simple cornice bands (13) – a language reflected again in the design of the wooden shelves (14).
The shelving system follows the horse shoe profile in 3 concentric layers which allows for continuous lines of sight across the space. A very efficient planning feature especially considering the place is a treasure trove of over 2.5 lakh books including a Braille section! The outermost layer of shelves arranged against the wall is split into two levels, the top level supported on fluted wooden columns accessed today by modern steel and glass staircases (15). But the quaintest feature is at the level below with arched nooks (16) fitted in between bookshelves with table ledges for a more private reading experience!
There is a very interesting play of acoustics thanks to the barrel vaulted ceiling, which is normally considered an acoustic nightmare in a public space, because they tend to undesirably focus sound waves and interrupt useful sound reflections. A space of such a scale with lime plastered walls, wooden panels and floors, is considered acoustically “wet” where sound isn’t absorbed quickly and has a long reverberation time. So, even the slightest of sounds would resonate against the grand volume before getting scattered into smaller reverberations. The beauty of such a space being used as a library, is that this type of acoustic makes a person increasingly conscious of the sounds he makes encouraging one to maintain the decorum and silence befitting a place of solitude. The result: You’re standing inside a large vaulted space with its table capacity almost full. You’re delighted to pull out a copy of “Paul McCartney: A definitive biography by Chris Welch” off the arts shelf, because, what is Bangalore if you don’t find the Beatles in every nook and cranny? As you rummage through the pages you’re suddenly aware of the spontaneous rhythm generated from the only sound you hear… the soft, calming flutter of every page that’s turning.
For all you last minute shoppers out there, here is a list of gifts that range from chocolates to cookies to tea light and candle holders to gift boxes. This list has a wide budget range, so just take your pick! And of course, they are all home to Bangalore.
Don’t stress because we have got your Diwali woes sorted.
Rage Chocolatier What: A range of ready to go Diwali chocolate bars in funky and classic designs. Get in touch with them to see the entire range. Otherwise, Rage can customise all your chocolate needs for an everyday basis or for a festival/event. Price: Rs. 230 onwards Contact: +91 98804 72746 FB Page:Click here
Bliss Chocolates What: Diwali chocolate boxes and hampers, exclusive for the festive season. They have plenty more boxes, so get in touch with them if you’re interested! Price: Rs 695 onwards Contact: 098861 40100 FB Page:Click here
The Love & Crumble Co. What: Why not gift a different kind of sweet treat this year? There is no minimum order and contact them to see which cookies they can offer at such a short notice. We recommend the Nutella stuffed ones! Price: Rs. 70 onwards per cookie (each cookie is huge) Contact: +91 9845270771 Instagram Page:Click here
Shilpa Gulati What: Shilpa Gulati offers chocolate boxes, brownies, almond flakes, and more! Again, a different kind of gift. Price: Rs. 700 for oreo brownies by the dozen Contact: +91 98450 26888 FB Page:Click here
Sketch – The Design Studio What: A range of Diwali boxes that come with matching playing card holders. Insert your own, or get them customised. Otherwise, Sketch is your go to for wedding cards, invitations, branding, or anything that needs to be illustrated or graphic designed. Price: Rs. 850 onwards Contact: +91 99805 42667 FB Page:Click here
Birthday Bugz What: Spruce up those regular tea lights with these decorated tea light holders made by Eisha Arora. You can’t go wrong with this idea. Price: Rs. 250 onwards FB Page:Click here
MAANN What: MAANN is a home decor concept that showcases embellished waxworks and glassworks – perfect for the festive season. Price: Rs. 250 onwards FB Page:Click here
So you know your child is on his way to being a cricket prodigy and you visualise his name on the back of his jersey playing for his state, our very own Royal Challengers Bangalore or even our country one day! Time to make that a reality so what are you waiting for? You need to enroll him/her ASAP and make sure they get the best that the city has to offer!
Bangalore Cricket Academy (founded 1988)
Address: 33/2 Malleshwaram Ground: ITC Ground Facilities: Matting Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical Assistance Age Group: 10 to 16 Years Number of participants: Summer Camp – 200 and Annual Camp – 50 Fees: Rs. 1250/- (Summer 10th Apr to 10th June; morning 6.30 to 8.30 am) and Rs. 5000/- (yearly June to Jan; Saturday, Sunday & Monday – Morning 6.30 to 8.30 am)
Brijesh Patel Cricket Academy (founded 1984)
Grounds: Palace Grounds Address: 1B, Lavelle Mansions, Lavelle Road Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: Evershine High School, Presidency School, Nandini Layout, Century CC, Maharana CC , Shanthinagar CC Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Concrete Wicket, Nets, Bowling Machines, Physical Training, Technical assistance Other Facilities: Dietician from Alpha Metal Craft to help the boys to Maintain Diet, Yoga Classes for summer camp by Mr Murali & Mr Omkar, Boarding & Lodging for summer camp Sponsorship: Anand Sweets, Green Valley Resorts & Pepsi Age Group: 6 to 20 Years Number of participants: 300 to 400 (Summer), 300 (Annual) Durations: 9th April to 31st May-Monday to Friday (Summer), 15th June to 15th January-Saturday & Sunday (Annual)Timings 6.30 to 9 am 4 to 6.30 pm (Summer), Annual-Sat-3 pm to 6 pm , Sun-7.30 am to 10.30 am Tournaments conducted: All India Tournament for coaching camps (teams from all over india participate, International Transport provided free for out station students), Academy Boys are taken outside Bangalore to play matches in different cities against other coaching camps.
*30% of the students are given scholarships basis on the economical status of the students
Roger Binny Cricket Academy (founded 1998)
Address: # K-3373, 13th A Main, Hal II Stage, Indira Nagar Ground: Palace Grounds Coaches: Roger Binny (Chief), S Prakash, Raghuram Bhatt, Kevin Binny, Nevil Binny and Venkateshwarulu Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: Sandeepani Niketan, Sanjay Nagar Facilities: Matting Wicket, Concrete Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical assistance Gender: Males Only Age Group: 8 to 20 Years Tournaments Conducted: All India Pepsi Youth Series Number of participants: 250 (Summer) and 100 (Annual) Durations: 9th April to May (Monday to Friday; Summer), July 1st week to February 2nd week; Saturdays & Sundays (Annual) Timings: 6.30 to 9 am, 4pm to 6.30pm (Summer), Saturday 3pm to 6pm, Sunday 9 am to 12 noon (Annual)
*Scholarships given on performance basis.
Jayaprakash Cricket Clinic (founded 1985)
Grounds: Palace Grounds, SSMRV College, JP Nagar Address: # 394, 3rd cross, Ananda Nagar, HMT Layout Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: MES Kishore Kendra & St. Paul’s English High School, MES College, Select CC, Cambridge CC, Bharat CC Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Concrete Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical assistance. Gender: Males Only Age Group: Minimum 8 Years Number of participants: 200 (Summer), 160 (Annual) Durations: April to May (Summer) -Monday to Friday, April to January (Annual) -Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Timings: 6.30 to 9 am, 4 to 6.30 pm (Summer), Thursday to Friday (Annual) 4 to 6.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday Morning & Evening.
Imtiaz Ahmed Cricket Academy (founded 1987)
Grounds: Baldwins Boys High School, Richmond Town; Clarence High School, Cox Town; Jyothi Nivas College for Women, Koramangala Address: #31, 1st floor, Coles Road, Prasar Town Coaches: Imtiaz Ahmed & HR Jayaram (Chief), PS Vishwanath, CR Lakshminarayan, AR Suresh, Sunil Shankar, LK Vishwanath, PV Sumanth, Farhan, Vimal Dayankar, Lokesh, Lenny Philips, Peter Daniels, Richard Pink
Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliate: Presidency School & Clarence High School, Jyothi Nivas College for Women Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical assistance Gender: Male & Female Age Group: 8 to 16 years Number of participants: 300 (Summer), 300 (Annual); Woman participants 15 only (Jyothi Nivas College) Other Facilities: Boarding & Lodging for outcoming students for summer camp Sponsorships: Times of India, Arvind Mills & Pepsi Tournaments conducted: All India Pepsi in 3 Age Groups U12, U14, U16, Times Cup Inter School U14 & U16,Crown Events for Camps, Crown Events for Corporate Offices. Fees: Rs. 1500/- per session (Summer), Rs 5000/- per session (Annual)
Scholarship only for economically weaker students
Karnataka Institute of Cricket (founded 1996)
Grounds: Webs Ground, MG Road Address: No. 67 / 68, St. John’s Road,Shivajinagar Coaches: EAS Prasanna & BS Chanrashekar (Chief Coaches; Summer), Najam Hussain, David Johnson (Summer), MR Baig, R Muraudhar, SR Deepu, Sasi Kumar, KR Kishore, Selvaraj, Masood (Hyderabad), Manivel (State Athlete-Physical Trainer), BS Vishwanath Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: Army School, Cambridge Public School, Samsung Electronics, Netkraft Software, Modern CC Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Nets, Bowling Machines, Physical Training, Technical assistance Other Facilities: Boarding & Lodging for Outcoming students Gender: Males and females Age Group: 6 to 25 Years Sponsorships: Coca-Cola, Pizza Corner, Diet Eggs Tournaments Conducted: All India Coca-Cola Cup (teams from all over india),All India Diet Eggs Cup,All India Pizza Corner Trophy Number of participants: 250 (Summer), 150 (Sat & Sun, Annual), 40 (whole year) Fees: Rs. 2500/- (Summer), RS 10,000 (7 days in week, Annual), RS 8,000 (Sat & Sunday, Annual) Durations: 1st April to 31st May (summer), 2nd June to 31st January (annual). Timings: 7 days 6.30 to 9.30 am, 3.30 to 6.30 pm (summer), Monday to Friday 6.30 to 8.30 am, Saturday 3 to 6pm , Sunday 8 to 11am.
Basavanagudi Cricket Academy (founded 1998)
Address & Ground: Chennemmanakere Ground, Thiyakaraja Nagar Coaches: R Krishnappa and BK Ravi Facilities: Physical Training, Turf Wicket, Matting Wicket, T-shirts, Caps Gender: Males Only Age Group: 6 to 17 Years Number of participants: 180 Fees: Rs 1250/- for summer camp (5th April to 25th May) and Rs 4000/- for year long training (June to February).
Chamarajpet Cricket Academy (founded 1994)
Address & Ground: National High School Ground, Basavanagudi Coaches: Srikanth and BS Viswanath Facilities: Physical Training,Matting Wicket Gender: Boys & Girls Age Group: 8 to 18 Years Number of participants: 150 Fees: Rs. 1000/- for summer camp (6th April to 26th May) and Rs 3000/- (June to March).
Please note, we’ve listed the top ones that we are recommending, there are many more in the city which run only for the summer, or are non-certified but excellent. Do comment bellow or write to us if you want any more suggestions and information. Happy to help xx
Summer may be nearly over, but that doesn’t mean we have to put our sunglasses away; thanks to Luru’s perfect weather. Over the years, we’ve seen different styles come and go, so we have rounded up the most popular kinds just for you!
On the left column (below) from top to bottom we have 1) Coloured 2) Tortoise/Printed 3) Wayfarer and 4) Reflective lenses.
On the right column (below) from top to bottom we have 1) Cat eye 2) Aviator 3) Oversized and 4) Round/retro.
Now that our favourites and famous styles have been established, let’s talk about face shapes. Just because there is a new sunnies (sunglasses) trend, doesn’t mean you’re going to look good (no offence). Why, you ask? Because they have to suit the shape of your face – duh!
So, this is also our guide on what should suit your face. The general ‘rule’ is that you should choose styles that are the opposite of your face shape. This is so true – we’ve actually experimented!
For all you round faces, go for something rectangular and possibly oversized to give you some angles and edges. If you have a heart-shaped face like Angelina Jolie, opt for a pair of aviators. Who would have thought the classic aviator looks downright ridiculous on some faces? Oval face shapes, try out the chic cat eye trend. Lastly, angular faces should go for retro/round sunglasses to soften your look.
We hope this guide helps you on your next shopping spree! xx
Products available at:
Sunglass Hut – Phoenix Marketcity and Mantri Square