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December 29, 2015

Glimpses of Goa

We had the good fortune to indulge in a collective dream recently when 5 of us (close friends from college who bonded over inane engineering subjects, thin wallets, night outs and failed one sided infatuations) went on a road trip from Cochin to Goa.
In spite of the many paths and cities life has taken us to, the 5 of us have stood the vagaries of time and chance. So after 12 years, all of us got together and we set off on a boys-only road trip, to relive past glories and follies and make new memories.
Cochin to Goa is 760 km by road and we made a few pit stops starting with Thrissur Engineering College(where it all began 12 years ago), Mallapuram, Kasargod, Bekal, Udupi and Murudeshwar.
Goa is a many-splendoured wonder, ridden with the touristy beach spots and little known isolated stretches in equal measure, culture rooted in a colonial past but breaking forth to live upto the tag line of ‘party town’ and an innate ability of the locals to welcome one and all into its fold. Its streets are peppered with boho chic boutiques, quirky eateries dishing out local or ethnic fare and the quintessential shops selling stuff from souvenirs to summery beach wear.
Fort Aguada with its lighthouse on Sinquerim beach is as much a historical landmark as it is site offering a plethora of photo ops for the keen photographic eye.
The Our lady of the Immaculate conception church with its colonial Baroque style Portuguese architecture looks spectacular from the inside.
Thalassa was hands down the crown jewel of all the eateries that we tried. It is an unabashedly Greek eatery perched on a hill overlooking Vagator beach serving authentic Greek food and an ambiance worthy of a Greek taverna in Santorini.
Thalassa also provides accommodation for those who can’t have enough of their restaurant. It also houses Flame, a boutique offering bohemian oomph and style owned by designer Martino Caramia.
Cream choc in Anjuna is Goa’s first gelataria offering cold stone gelatos and also giving you the freedom to make your own flavours-a must try!
Baba au Rhum (not featured in pictures below), also in the Anjuna belt, is another must-visit for their easy breakfast and lunches. Their wood fired pizzas and croissants baked in-house are well worth the visit.
There’s more to Goa than the ubiquitous and easily available cheap liquor or Sunburn or touristy vibes that emanate from all the hot spots. Indeed, if you know where to look, or are willing to get lost exploring, Goa is all heart and soul with something for everybody.

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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 

 

April 25, 2015

Dubai

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April 9, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 3

Featured in today’s post are two of Istanbul bazaars – The Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market.
With almost 4000 shops operating in it, the Grand Bazaar is truly grand. Right from 5th generation carpet sellers to shops selling ‘Nike’ and ‘Adidas’ for $10, leather goods, ceramics, jewellery – you get everything. One interesting thing I saw was shopkeepers placing coffee and tea orders over wireless handsets. And it is not just shops, there are mosques, restaurants and cafes too

The Egyptian spice market is a smaller bazaar, with mostly spice shops. The by lanes surrounding this bazaar is where the real action is. This is where we found the locals shopping for furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, cheese, olives, pickles, cured meats and so on. We also visited the Rustem Pasha mosque along the way. It is not very big or grand like the Blue mosque, but the Iznik tiles in here are beautiful and exquisite.
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This is Şark Kahvesi. A cafe inside the Grand Bazaar. A good place to rest your tired legs after all the walking and bargaining and yes they make good coffee and tea..:)
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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 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.


June 12, 2011

Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi – has got a rich history dating all the way back to the BC era. A classic postcard representation of Fort Kochi is the Chinese finishing nets. These nets were installed by the Chinese in the 14 century (they are still functional..:-p). Once (and even now to a certain extent) a hub for spices trade, this fishing town is now a popular tourist place for visitors to God’s Own Country. Now you can see lots of cafe’s and old bungalows converted into resorts…

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December 18, 2010

Last man standing..

Meet PC..fellow photographer, an amazing person and a very dear friend..well there isn’t much to see of him…
You can view his pictures at pc myshots at photography
shot @ Bombay Beach
Last man standing..

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