• Sports

    Swimming at Deep Eddy

    How could we stay in Austin for so long and not venture into swimming especially during the sunny summer months! And so we discovered this beautiful man-made swimming pool called Deep Eddy right next to downtown. What makes deep eddy special is that the pool is fed with clear, cold water from the Colorado river. It is non chlorinated and feels absolutely refreshing to swim in the natural, yet safe environment. There is a continuous inlet and outlets of water and hence acts as filtration. Each lane is 30 meter long with varying depths. The pool in itself looks like a huge tank that stores water in cemented walls, so it brings out the…

  • My Diary

    Turning Thirty

    A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty – Ogden Nash Unwillingly Miranda wakes, Feels the sun with terror, One unwilling step she takes, Shuddering to the mirror. Miranda in Miranda’s sight Is old and gray and dirty; Twenty-nine she was last night; This morning she is thirty. Shining like the morning star, Like the twilight shining, Haunted by a calendar, Miranda is a-pining. Silly girl, silver girl, Draw the mirror toward you; Time who makes the years to whirl Adorned as he adored you. Time is timelessness for you; Calendars for the human; What’s a year, or thirty, to Loveliness made woman? Oh, Night will not see thirty again, Yet…

  • My Diary,  Thoughts,  Travel

    Loos reflect culture

    I was watching a TED video about “lets talk crap” and it spun me off tangentially into thinking about my experiences of loos across the globe. I have been a solo traveler from a young age and I first started traveling to Hyderabad in overnight trains and buses. Much to the nuances that come with a solo woman traveling in India, one of the biggest has been using the loos or so-called loos in dark scary random places on long overnight journeys. But more about those amusing stories for another time. As a solo traveler, you tend to get more watchful, you are more observent and you pay extra attention…

  • My Diary,  Travel

    Hola Mexico!

    We were 30,000 ft above land and I woke up when the pilot announced that we were starting to descend to Monterrey. V had looked up the place on google and had told me that it is a very pretty place. So I was excited to see the nature around. It was surrounded by mountain ranges and there were a lot of harvested fields on the outskirts of Monterrey. It resembled rural India in many ways. I could see cows and sheep grazing in the grasslands, unplanned twisted curvy roads drew the borders around cluster of houses and I could also see some tall buildings that edged one of the mountains and…

  • My Diary,  Photoblog,  Travel

    Desh to Videsh

    My journey from Bangalore to Texas was remarkable in more ways than one this time. Although I sat on an excruciatingly painful long flight next to an irritating old lady who occupied half of my already tiny economy seat, the journey still didn’t seem too long as my mind was racing through all the wonderful thoughts of what would happen in the course of next 24 hours. I was reuniting with my husband after months of long distance, I was excited to see our first nest we have started to build together, our first car, our first time living abroad.. Yes, My whole new chapter of firsts has just begun and it feels like…

  • Life,  My Diary,  Thoughts

    Ah! March is here..

    There are so many things I love about March and what tops the list is the start of spring! It is a pretty sight to watch the landscape choke with flowers at their colourful best, the greens of all shades burst forth on bare trees, and ofcourse the water in the swimming pool is not too cold anymore 🙂 As I was driving through stifling traffic today, I had enough time to take my eyes off the road and that is when I was drawn to a lane of Jacarandas.  They look like hazy purple smoke when seen from afar and they make the best flower carpets! Ah, the joy of little things.. As…

  • Uncategorized

    My First Thanksgiving in America

    We celebrated as the Americans do.. well, almost. But for the turkey or the turducken that is popular in southern US, we had an authentic American style thanksgiving. A&A plan for the big thanksgiving dinner well in advance, so for me, the whole experience of checking out different types of pies, dessert and gourmet at a well decorated local supermarket was a whole lot of fun! The hard part was holding myself from attacking the stacked up delicious food in the fridge 😉 On the day of the Thanksgiving, the sky was clear, the sun’s rays were warm upon our backs and so we decided to make the best use of…

  • Home Solutions

    Drip Irrigation

    Alright, this is by far the most gratifying weekend project V and I have done. If you have a garden and are looking at quitting the laborious job of watering the plants day in and day out and are looking at socially responsible ways of conserving water, drip irrigation is something you can consider to do as a fun project over a quiet weekend. We have a sizable garden with over a 120 pots and hence our first task was to line them up size wise so that it is easy to run the pipe through them. Second was to find an outlet to purchase the accessories required for drip…

  • Home Solutions

    Don’t let the waste go waste

    We have a lovely terrace garden and my mother in law is the person behind the meticulous work of maintaining it. We have over a 100 plants and it is lovely to watch colorful flowers bloom and say hello in their own way, to watch brilliant colored butterflies having their feast and also birds chirping to rhythmic tunes in the garden at unexpected hours. Typically any household generates about 70% of wet waste that can be smartly utilized as compost for plants. Earlier we would just pour the wet waste directly into the pots, but this attracts a lot of rodents in the garden. V recently discovered a solution to…

  • Sports,  Travel

    Cycling in My Town

    Some of the high points of my hitherto life remains the trips to Mysore. Ever since we moved to Bangalore, the thought of a trip to Mysore by far means holidays, meeting grandparents, cousins and relatives, eating amazing food, and having fun. A trip to Mysore has never been a planned one. If I want a change from routine, I just throw in the essentials and travel to Mysore! But this time around, there was an agenda. I wanted to show off my town to V, and there couldnt be a better way to travel in Mysore than on our cycles. So we packed the cycles neat on our car rack…