This is our home in Kochi, a city in the southern state of Kerala in India. It’s a 1650 square foot newly built apartment. After living in rentals for 11 years, this is the first home we have owned.
We love the plentiful light, breeze and sweeping views of the city from the 23rd floor. Everything in our home brings back memories of the different places we have visited or lived in – India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Istanbul…
Every object in our home has been collected over the years from all these different places. Rugs from Istanbul, paintings by a New York street artist, curtains from Indian textile shows, a much used IKEA kid’s chair which has been travelled with us from California to Kochi.
Our home has an eclectic collection of antique hand-me-down, custom-made, straight off-the-shelf, and even discounted floor-model furniture. The decor is inspired by our love for Indian fabrics (indigo, block prints, ikat), books, simple functional furniture and an attempt to avoid clutter as much as possible.
A recent business trip to London gave me the opportunity to spend some time exploring the city.
From visiting indie book stores, drinking some of the finest coffee in London, amazing burgers, drinking lager at a pub thats been in operation since the 17th century, eating at the Borough market, taking the tube during rush hour – I’d say it was a well spent 36 Hours in London. Here are the sights I captured.
My post will not be complete without mentioning CitizenM (no they are not paying me..). CitizenM was home for the 4 days I was in London. With good food, a bar thats open round the clock, free movies in the room, a quick self check in/check, a lobby that displays works of designers & artists, the place is less of a hotel and maybe more of design house.
Where to eat
Thalassa – Small Vagator, Ozran, Goa – India
Baba Au Rhum – House No. 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa
Cream Choc – Near Our lady Of Health Chapel Complex, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa
Text courtesy –Sweetooth Cravings
Pictures shot on Canon 5D Mark II & iPhone
Processed on Aperture, Pixelmator, VSCO, Snapseed
There are lots of things that pleasantly surprise you when you visit Tom & Serg.
Located in Dubai’s industrial district, surrounded by warehouses and car showrooms, this is the last place you would expect to find a busy café. The moment you step in, it feels like you have stepped into a café in Los Angeles.
The setting is casual and laid back. Fine attention has been given to the industrial interiors.
We got there at 11am on a Friday expecting a long wait. Even though the place was busy, we got a seat in 5 minutes.
We found this place while planning for the Dubai vacation. Tom & Serg is featured in lot of venues as a ‘must do’ place. One of them being the NY Times’ 36 Hours in Dubai.
This place is something different from the regular touristy – Dubai Mall, Burj Kalifa, the dune bashing and the belly dancing ‘experiences’. We would certainly visit this place if we are in Dubai again. It would be for everything mentioned above and most importantly because they serve good food and amazing coffee :).
I will let my pictures do the rest of the talking.
Munnar has been on my destination wishlist for a very long time. After much planning, we set out on a weekend hoping that the monsoons don’t ruin our much anticipated trip.The light rains had washed away the dust and fresh green sprouts had turned the hills a lush emerald green. I have never before seen a brighter deeper greener ‘green’. It was nature at its best.
We stayed in a beautiful room at the Club Mahindra Resort, with a big picture window overlooking the never ending hills and the winding roads through them. An elephant ride for the kids, a drive up the hills to a reservoir lake, a trip to the local market for tea leaves and fresh local vegetables – there was much to be done before we got back to the grind and grime of the city.
Hope you enjoy these photographs, a beautiful reminder of a beautiful place…
Housed in an erstwhile spice warehouse in Fort Kochi, Pepper Café is a welcoming place that exudes an old world charm.
What was once a dilapidated warehouse, is now renovated into a beautiful café, with a grassy courtyard. The original details of the building, like the wooden roof, the stone lamps, big windows have been retained but updated tastefully. It has a minimalist feel, the white walls providing a perfect foil to the teal accents in the room. A walk around the courtyard leads you outside to an open space looking out into the waters; a lovely place for lingering on, watching the boats and ferries go by.
This café is part of the Avenue group of hotels and restaurants. The food and service is excellent – same as at all other Avenue restaurants I’ve been to. It is a delightful place to stop for a quick lunch, after you get off the ferry and set out to explore Fort Kochi.
All pictures are shot on a Canon 5D MK II and processed on Aperture and VSCOCAM
With Google+ celebrating their 2nd anniversary, photowalks were organized around the world. Kochi had one on June 29th.
It started with around hundred photographers meeting up at Marine Drive and then splitting up into different teams. The group I was in headed straight to Broadway. People from Kochi will know this – this place is anything but broad. It is one of the oldest markets in Kerala, crammed with shops and vendors. You can get everything and anything here. From shops selling diamond jewelry to roadside cloth sellers, wholesale banana sellers, restaurants, the list goes on…
Word spreads fast in a place like Broadway. ‘People in black taking pictures’ (the dress code for the day) suddenly became a topic of discussion amongst the vendors. Some of them thought we were from the newspapers or TV channels. Though a little overwhelmed, they were more than happy to pose for our cameras.
According to some reports, Cochin has the highest participation right after New York and San Francisco. Impressive, I say! It was a fun experience. I got to see and meet lot of photogs. We had people shooting film, there were few guys doing just phones. I realized Kochi (and maybe Kerala) is a Canon city 🙂