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Travel: SwaSwara in Gokarna

    Meanwhile at the SwaSwara Ayurvedic Resort in Gokarna…… This is Woman Central and I sense it the moment I arrive. The place has that vibe exclusive to spots where women congregate. A couple of women in white yoga gear are walking down a tree-laden path. There are women doing languid lengths in the…

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Travel: Chikmagalur, Karnataka

  Theres a lot more in coffee country than just coffee. We discovered it on a trip to Chikmagalur, Karnatakas coffee county. It really is a lovely drive down to Chikamagalur from Bangalore, all 251 kms of it. The two main reasons for that is the  national highway being  a good road for the most…

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VEERAPPAN…CHASING THE BRIGAND by K VIJAY KUMAR

Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand by K Vijay Kumar. Rupa Publications.   I wanted this book to read like a thriller, the author states in his Acknowledgments. And that is exactly what Veerappan… reads like: a bracing, fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader hooked and happy. It could be described as a crackling good yarn except,…

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Travel: Mudigere getaway

MUDIGERE Hinterland holiday Going with the flow is a good way to go while on vacation in Mudigere. The first epiphany hit about 5km beyond Belur. We were headed to our getaway at a Chikmagalur lakeside resort and so, were duly listing out all Chikmagalur tourist attractions. The road from Bengaluru, actually the national highway,…

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FEATURE: MAN`S WORLD/ARTISANAL COFEE IS A THING

      Artisanal Coffee Is A Thing SHEILA KUMAR MARCH 15, 2017   So. Have you heard the one about the woman who walks into a coffee bar,  eyes the toothsome barista and says, `Make me happy,  Joe.` The barista looks at her with a smile, then says, give me a mo. The woman…

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Travel: The Mango Tree, Hampi

Idylls of a king The Mango Tree Hampi, Bellary District USP: Hampi-trawlers  get to relax beside a river. It’s all co-related. Visitors to the Rome of south India (indeed maybe of all the East), Hampi, know better than to rush through the many ruins and then, rush back to their cities. Those who come to Hampi…

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Travel: Hampi, Karnataka

      Going around Hampi is a practice session in rock climbing —but the intricate and expansive work around is totally worth the effort. So, there we were, bowling along a fairly good road, on a day that had yet to switch from merely warm to sweltering. We were off to immerse ourselves in…

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Travel: Ranganathittu, Karnataka

  Wingtips on water makes for a lovely picture and that`s what you get at The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Once upon a time, there was water aplenty, in and around Bangalore. And where there was water, birding sites came up, with a host of birds big and small: pelicans, herons, black kites, white-breasted kingfishers, red-wattled…

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Travel: Kokrebellur, Karnataka

The village of Kokrebellur, near Bangalore, offers an amazing sight in season: clusters of painted storks nestling on treetops. It is nothing short of a miracle, calculated to enchant even the most jaded of city-bred souls. Some 80 kilometres south of Bangalore on the Mysore road, you need to take a turn down what rapidly…

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Travel: Srirangapatna, Karnataka

In Srirangapatna, the evidence of grandeur and past glory is everywhere. Tourists  invariably make Srirangapatna a transit stop en route to the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary or as an early stop before Mysore, just 13 km away. That’s good because it enables this quiet little town to retain its air of secluded privacy. But it’s also…

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