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October 2, 2016

High rise living in Cochin

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.

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November 12, 2012

Athirapally waterfalls

A few weeks ago, we found time for a weekend getaway to visit the Athirapally Falls in Kerala. Located just a few hours away from Kochi, it was a quick and refreshing weekend spent in a beautiful hotel surrounded by the unspoiled green forest and the thundering waterfall .

We stayed at the Rainforest Resort – a boutique hotel set on a hilltop with 180 degree views of the powerful Athirapally Falls. I was skeptical about the ‘eco’ tag they proclaimed. But it didn’t take me long to realize that everything was very thoughtfully designed, and lets nature be as it is, as much as possible.

Every morning we woke up to the beautiful sight of the misty spray from the falls set against the verdant green forest; the silence of the early morning broken only by the roar of the water. It is the perfect place to just be and do nothing.

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All pictures taken on the Canon 5D MK ii and iPhone 4S. Processed on Aperture and VSCO app.

April 7, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 2

Featured in this post is the Asian side of Istanbul – the not so touristy side of Istanbul. We started by walking to the Galata bridge to see the numerous fishermen who turn up there every day. We got some simit (sesame bread rings) from one of the many simit carts and got onto a ferry to Kadıköy. In a short 20 minutes, we travelled from Europe to Asia ☺
The sights and sound in Kadıköy were very vibrant and different from those in Sultanahmet. No more tour buses, just Istanbullus going about their busy lives. It was an insightful glimpse into the regular life of an Istanbul city dweller.
Kadıköy is known to be artsy, hip, have good cafes and is also home to Istanbul’s ‘Rodeo Drive’.

We stopped for lunch at Ciya Sofrasi and enjoyed a few kebaps and mezze platter. Some of the other dishes like intestines stuffed with rice and nuts didn’t exactly appeal to our palates. It is definitely an acquired taste. The grape leaf dolmas and stuffed eggplant and peppers were excellent.

As we walked along the side streets, we saw a tiny little door with a picture of beautiful garden cafe. Since our Turkish ain’t any good to be asking questions, we peeped inside to see if that seedy looking tiny door really did lead to a garden café. It sure did – it was a tea/coffee/hookah café set in a beautiful outdoor garden, with free WiFi, no less! We rested our tired legs and played a few rounds of Scrabble over cups of Turkish coffee and tea.
We then traced our way back to the Kadıköy docks and walked along the shoreline to the beautiful Haydarpasha station. After spending a few minutes there, we got back onto the continent hopping ferry.
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Back in Sultanahmet, we spend some time near the Galata bridge, watching locals spend their Sunday evening. We got some balik ekmek from the sandwich boats. It is just a simple sandwich – grilled fish stuffed into half a loaf of bread, with a heap of lettuce thrown in. Salt and lemon juice is set up on little tables outside. The locals enjoy it with pickles in a ruby red pickle juice. It’s interesting to watch the sandwich guys man the grill and hand over the sandwiches, while the boat itself is swaying wildly.
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September 18, 2011

NYC ’11 – Day 4

This will be the last of the series. Day 4 was pretty quiet. We had just half a day and it was raining. The 6 Million Dollar Home bag works..big time. The bag got drenched in the rain, but the camera was bone dry.NYC Day4 - 1

September 17, 2011

NYC ’11 – Day 3

Day 3 we decided to cover Rockefeller Center, Guggenheim Museum, Madison Ave and Central Park. While at Central Park, I wanted to shoot the iconic Apple store on 5th Ave. But on the way to Guggenheim I saw that the building was all covered up..it looked like there was some kind of maintenance going on….next time maybe. Did you know that the staircase in the Apple stores is one of the 313 patents that Steve Jobs owns?..Check out the complete list here.
Its when I got on top of the Rock did I realize that that climax of Matt Damon’s recent forgetful blunder – Adjustment Bureau was shot here.
Checkout the slideshow version here.


September 15, 2011

NYC ’11 – Day 2

Day 2 was spent mostly in Brooklyn. We started by treating ourselves to some fine chocolate at Jacques Torres. Then we walked around DUMBO and later had lunch at Fatty Cue (known for their barbecue). Later in the day, Ethan spent some time in the Brooklyn bridge park, while I went about taking pictures of the bridge. It was a sad and gloomy day with a scaffolding on one side of the bridge. So, I decided to introduce some drama into the picture by converting it into B&W.
Later, we walked along the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Manhattan. The day ended by coming back to Eataly, we ordered a pizza to go and went back to Madison Square park/Flatiron building. As you can see, that building has impressed me..:)

Check out the slideshow here.

September 13, 2011

NYC ’11 – Day 1

We had a marvelous Labor Day weekend at the Big Apple.
While in New York we stayed at an apartment in West Village. I just want to mention a little about this. We found this place through airbnb. This website lists apartments that are available to rent for a weekend/couple of weeks or even to sublet. Renting a place through airbnb worked out to be a lot cheaper than staying in a decent hotel in Manhattan. In addition to this, the place we chose was safe, clean and very near to a subway station. I would recommend this website!! Its worth a try. Check it out…

We started day 1 with coffee from Third Rail Coffee. After which we went to ‘Eataly’ for lunch (best sandwiches…), gawked at the Flatiron building and spent some time at the Madison Square Garden. We then walked around Grand Central and ended the day with a stroll along the Highline Park.
Here are the pics.

You can checkout the slideshow version here.


July 7, 2011

GJELINA

GJELINA is this amazing place on Abbot Kinney Blvd, in Venice. A must-visit place in many ‘things to do in LA’ and ‘things to do in Abbot Kinney’ lists – we decided to check out this place last weekend. Giving us company was a colleague of mine and his family (another food loving family..:)). The place does not have a sign board outside, but you won’t miss the long wait lines outside. We got to sit in the patio, on a nice comfy couch.

The food is excellent. Not to be missed are the ‘lamb burger with harissa aioli, arugula and frites’ and the ‘warm strawberry & rhubarb crisp with almond gelato’. The other things we tried were the ‘burrata with grilled peach, prosciutto, arugula and balsamic’, ‘mixed mushroom and rosemary pizza’ and the ‘margherita pizza’. We fell in love with the place so much that, we went back for lunch the very next day (another reason was to get away from the three digit heat in the valley).
The place is extremely noisy, they have good service and amazing food. If you are taking kids, see if you can get a table outside in the back – it’s less noisy and less crowded.
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May 11, 2011

Last weekend.

Last weekend was spent at Joann’s on third for lunch and later a trip to the Disney Concert Hall

May 8, 2011

The making of a spring bouquet








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