Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ginger Tea - Sridevi Bakers - BTM Bengaluru

Ever since I moved to BTM second stage, there is hardly a day when I didn't have the rejuvenating 'Ginger Tea'.
A refreshing dose of ginger tea, gets me starting in the morning, going in the evening & kicks ass anytime :-)
They make it freshly on order & serve, very rarely varying in taste.
And then there is the unique snacks menu.
I love the specialties, Bun Samosa, Bun Puff & the daily specials which are just plain awesome.
Clean and served with a smiling face, makes it worth waiting few minutes, with the huge crowd they attract.

Well, there won't be anyone in BTM Layout who hasn't been there, for the rest, here's the address!

Sridevi Bakers,
#688, 7th main,
BTM 2nd Stage,
Bangalore - 76.
Phone - 080 26688797

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

On March 20th, Saturday, instead of the scheduled 7 AM, we (6 of us) met at 9 AM, and even after breakfast, were unsure of destination for the planned (!) day’s outing!
(Yeah, I have backlog of posts too!)
Finally we headed towards Ranganathittu with low expectations!
'Sometimes best decisions of life are taken impromptu' :-)

Driving in Swift, we stopped for lunch at Kamath Lokaruchi (awesome as usual) and reached Ranganathittu (around 125 km from Bengaluru & Mysore’s just 15 km away) in less than 3 hrs.

Parking space is ample & the place’s relatively well maintained. There’s a restaurant and a garden too.

The sanctuary, situated on the banks of Kaveri River, is spread over a group of six islets.
The boat charges are reasonable, and oarsman doubles up as excellent guide too.

Birds come here in summer which’s the breeding season. They begin arriving in December, lay eggs, breed, and finally move out of the sanctuary with their little ones :-)
(During rainy season the islets submerge due to flow of water from Krishna Raja Sagara dam & the islets are restored every year.)
Starting from kingfishers, owls, pigeons & peacocks, there are spoonbills, open bill storks, heron, river tern, and many other exotic bird species.
Some of these birds are from as far as Siberia, Australia and North America. (Some one quipped; thank god human breeding isn’t so arduous!)
To think of how they make it without GPS/Google Map, is amazing!

Prettiest of them all :-)

Capturing birds is a lesson in appreciating/photography. I promised myself a SLR camera & trip again to Ranganatittu. (For now excuse the quality & quantity of photographs!)

On one of the islets we came across this statue of a Crocodile.
And to our horror, it moved upon sprinkling of water! A moment none of us will forget in lifetime!

And to give a piece of history, Ranganathittu attained the status of a bird sanctuary in 1940, thanks to, Dr. Salim Ali - Ornithologist, who, during his survey of the birds of Mysore, advocated for the establishment of a sanctuary.

The isolated islets and the abundant aquatic insects making it a paradise for birds, now there are thousands of birds of many different species.

The best time to visit would be between December & May, early morning or in the evening. (Most birds are out to work 8-5.)
Of course there are enough places around to visit.

By night we were back, in Bengaluru...from a colorful world of avians...

Verdict: - Ranganthittu bird sanctuary is a delightful getaway for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, bird watchers and for one and all :-)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Buzz In Town

Sometime back, I attended a bloggers roundtable with Dr. Amitabh Saran, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Buzzintown - an online portal for events and entertainment.

True to the site, meet was informal & fun. In a free wheeling chat, Amitabh spoke about various topics. From how they source dynamic content from end users, various entities of the industry including venue managers, artistes and theatre / event production companies, to the revenue generation, through advertising, ticketing, content syndication, corporate sponsorships, and affiliate relationships.
From the vision of the portal they had from day one, to the challenges was an informative, interesting & exhilarating discussion.
Though he smiles saying 'Luck' is the most important factor for an entrepreneur, he doesn't seem to have left much for it :-)

The specialty of Buzzintown is dynamic coverage of local events which include food festivals, plays, concerts, book reads, exhibitions and expos, which are not likely to be covered by mainstream media.
Yes 'Buzzintown keeps users tapped into the cultural pulse of their towns' :-)
Most ratings and reviews on the site are by users rather than in-house critics, allowing you to obtain a cross-sectional view.

Starting in Jan 2008, they are now across cities in India, United States & Canada.
A testimonial to their growing popularity is the huge number of fans on Facebook Page.

They are adding to the travel section, featuring getaways beyond the usual, guiding the consumers to experience the place rather than just visiting it.

You can get updates through Newsletter, RSS, Facebook, Twitter and SMS, while 'selective subscription' feature is 'Coming Soon'.

Then there is a TV section too!
They seem to be doing so many things, it’s hard to explain in a post!
Well, that’s why there is the Portal, Buzzintown :-)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

No-Parking, Naturally!

When it comes to 'No Parking', no one in Bangalore does it better than Kormanagala People :-)
But this latest one near the new (sinfully tasty!) ‘Natural Ice Cream’, beats them all!
The house owner must be disgruntled with too many people parking.
(Tree's strong & healthy!)