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Counting my blessings

Really appreciating all my wonderful friends today:

Jonak, Rukminee, Nityan in Old Friends

Atul Joshi in The big Joshi

Sharat Chandra Parsa in The one and only Parsa

Hanna Olson in False Representations

Sketching in the sun

Åste Laberg in Åste’s shoes

Aaron Mullane & Katrina

All the drawings made while hanging out with Katrina – Cafe Simpan | Fed by the chef | Spring

Swedish Bingo Ladies with Katrina and Åste

An afternoon at Katrina’s with Åste & Katrina

Channeling the girls

Prashant

And the ones that are not in drawings – Ananya, Jedi, Uma.

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Calm in the air, part 2, Kochi and Silent Valley

Part 1

Part 2
From Bangalore we went on to Kochi.

We met up with my uncle and aunt, who had traveled there from Calcutta.

In Kochi we stayed in a lovely homestay run by Basil and Annie Mylanthra. They were so hospitable it was like staying with family!

After a day or so in Kochi, gatecrashing funerals and school band practices, we went on to Silent Valley.
Despite my grumbles, it was rather exciting. Here’s the stream at the foot of the forest inspection bungalow.


So you can see, we were surrounded by a lot of atmosphere.
Part 3 coming next.

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Life, People

Calm in the air, part 1

We recently went for a holiday down south. On the way we stopped by in Bangalore, at our friends’ Anirudh and Mishta’s lovely home.

I packed in a rush and ended up looking like a mule.


This is Mishta (almost)

and this is Anirudh from the back.

A good time was had by all.


And between all this we also managed to visit Malleswaram where I fell in love with all the pumpkins.

Part 2 coming next.

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sketchbook, travels

Sketching in the sun

Last month we went on a little holiday to Goa. First we visited Marvin & Ellie in their beautiful home in Panjim.


We then went south to Palolem to meet up with some other friends.


The anteater came as well, spouting William Blake.

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Food, NID

La Bella

This is part of a continuing series on food in NID. Here’s Part 1: Mess food and Part 2: Jamalpur. So, to begin where we left off –

When the mess food would grow increasingly poisonous, we would escape to another favorite place: La Bella.

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This humble place in Khanpur Lal Darwaza was (is? let me know) a haven which cured many an appetite tired of the tasteless campus food.

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It was popular with students of all sorts, and we would often meet friends who had escaped with the same idea.

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La Bella is run by Aunty, an old Goan lady and Anna, her helper.  With no other help, and in this dim little kitchen, she would prepare the mouthwatering food that some of us truly dreamed about.

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Our favorite dishes were mutton dry chilli fry, mutton masala, chicken masala, pork vindaloo, mutton cutlets and the delish fruit salad.

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