One of the really active streets of KL when it comes to night life and awesome street food is Jalan Alor. Almost in the heart of the famous Bukit Bintang and close proximity to Changkat, Jalan Alor is a treat for sea food lovers. There’s a whole bunch of restaurants offering street side seating with awesome food to tickle all the senses and artists entertaining us with foot tapping music. I would recommend a good weekend at the famous pubs at Changkat and then a hearty meal at Jalan Alor. It will definitely be a lovely end to an awesome evening.
After the Storm excitement in January 2012, was looking forward to attending the MAD festival in Ooty.. One of the main reasons was to catch some of my favorite musicians live.. Had missed Raghu Dixit the last time in Coorg.. So this time managed to visit the event on Day 1 and boy it was a visual treat.. Of course they didnt have the kind of EDM like the one at Storm but it was worth it. Also missed India Lucia.. i have only heard them on youtube and yet to catch them at their live gig.
Though the rain gods decided to play spoil sport, at the end it was all worth it though all bands had to cut short their quota of stage time 😦 . The venue in itself was superb. I am used to cold weather but this was something crazy.. Thankfully i had carried my woolens but quite puzzling as it may seem, i still cant understand how a bunch of youngsters could withstand the cold without their woolens.. “Gosh.. Did i just call em youngsters.. i think its high time i let the feeling sink in that i aint getting any younger myself ;-)” .. Anyways the event pic would follow soon..
Recently happened to attend one of the most fantastic and authentic camp out music festival i have ever been to… STORM FESTIVAL @ Napoklu, Coorg…. Wowiee is the word u can scream out listening to one of the finest bands of our times and that too Desi 🙂 It was an absolute exhilerating experience.. only wished i was present both days.. Missed RDP but was fortunate enough to catch Agam (just entered as they played Malhar Jam.. felt the goosebumps as i walked in and was awestruck soon after… One band i cant stop tripping on), Swarathma (Rib Tickling music) and Indian Ocean (These guys showed the rest why these guys are the absolute Gurus of music. The other stage had DJs Tuhin and Vachan Chinnappa who set the crowd into a groooove.. Followed by Sanjay Dutta (who i felt was a let down that evening coz i’ve heard him before i know he’s good), DJ Pearl and Closing the night Judge Jules.. This man knows the music and knows how to entertain.
Cant wait for the second edition of Storm.. The event was absolutely rocking and the arrangements were nothing like i had ever seen.. sniffer dogs, full body checks.. Woah.. Felt for a moment we were going to meet the queen 😉
Almost right from my childhood days, a travel on the Bangalore-Mysore highway would always be incomplete without a stopover at Kamat Lokaruchi and Janapada Loka. The food is yummy and it is probably one of the best veggie joints on the highway. This one time, we decided to take a walk inside the Janapada Loka to check the place out. The place is a treat for anybody with a keen interest and love for folk art, heritage, crafts and music. During this one visit, there was a training camp on folk music and we were lucky to catch a quick glimpse of the folks in action practicing the famous Dholu Kunitha.
Finally yet another weekend comes to an end.. Hasn’t been the best one though but of course managed to keep myself more or less completely buzzzzzzzzzyyyyyy !! The past week couldn’t have been more hectic.. Had my ITIL V3 Foundation Certification at IBM MTP campus.. And i had to leave home by around 7 AM to get to the land far far away.. MTP feels like its almost in another city and coming back is an absolute nightmare considering the traffic jams on the outer ring road.. Whoever said the ring roads were meant to ease traffic congestion should eat their words. Anyways Mon – Wed was eventfull.. Am ITIL V3 Certified 🙂 . And thankfully to the chaos of the Babri Verdict, had to get to work by around 6 AM on Thur and about Fri was pretty much relaxed. The Worst thing bout my job is that its similar to “Hotel California” 😉 — “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave !!!” 😛 . I do have a fixed 9 hour shift but somehow time flies and the 9 hours feel like its just been a couple.. So i end up staying back. Hope i dont end up with a receding hairline soon.. My boss already seems to have one and i dont intend to follow suite. Anyways i am gonna try n build 2 resolutions for the next year: 1) to be back home everyday on time after completing 9 hours of work and 2) to follow Resolution 1 😉
So there i was on a Saturday morning struggling to wake up coz a dear fren of mine and i had planned to Watch “Anjaana Anjaani” at Urvashi Cinemas, an old cinema theatre with latest sound systems but yet one of the few cinemas in Blore yet to be bitten by the Multiplex syndrome. After a long time i heard folks hooting and whistling as the stars made their entry on to the silver screen… Something rarely seen in a civilized multiplex unless you have a Rajni starer movie.. which i will tell you bout as you read further.
Anyways the movie was kinda ok, definitely not impressive but a one time watch timepass flick.. Got tired of watching useless attempts of suicides, I am sure the movie would be flooded by folks who want to think of innovative ways to kill themselves. 😉 . Utter no brainer !!
Lunch was good around late noon.. Went to this new north indian joint.. well new for us.. its been there for quite some time.. “Oye Amritsar” .. Damn good food.. Yummy thick Lassi and Butter Milk.. Well cooked meat.. Superb quantity.. amazing paan at the end. Only peeve was that the finger bowls were too small… I dont say i have Monster Fingers but the bowls were definitely small. I didnt like the bill but i liked the way it was presented.. Came in a neat container which looked like a Rajnigandha paan masala wala with some witty lines on it. we billed bout 1100 without desserts for two of us.. But the quantity was good enuf for three.
Then around evening, met a few more buddies at Garuda near M.Gs .. Some nice coffee and off we went to watch a 4-D entertainment visual called FUNMAX .. Its not the first time i was watching a 4D cinema but this one was kinda nice.. The duration is definitely a bummer.. they promise a 20 min movie but you might be lucky if the movie plays on for 10 min or less. Absolute ripoff after paying 150 bucks a head. The seats aren’t really great for a tall person and could definitely do with a feet in the air effect. My advice.. Watch it if you have never been to one before.. It would be a good experience.. I found the 3d effects of the movie better but the 4d aspects not so great.
End of Saturday… Sunday was kinda dull and gloomy until evening.. Watched the much awaited Tamil Superstar Rajni Starrer flick “Endhiran“.. Yes … no points for guessing.. we shelled out a bomb to watch this in a multiplex cinema and YESSSS the crowd turned uncivilized and there was hooting and whistling… Who cares.. Its a Rajni flick… I joined in too… 😉 I am Impressed with the movie.. I dont speak nor understand much of Tamil but you dont need to coz the movie speaks for itself.. You might feel a lil lost but then you will be able to connect with the movie… Hell yeah… i had a punjabi fren watching a tamil movie.. If she could understand, anyone can 🙂 . The movie has quite a few scenes which would seem as if its a straight lift out of Will Smiths “I-Robot” .. The special effects in the movie have definitely raised the standards of Indian Cinema and the techniques used. Truly fantastic.. Total Paisa Wasool 🙂
And for the finale.. Theres no better way to end the week than with a feeling of pride watching India’s CWG spectacle.. It was one of the best openings the country could have ever imagined after all the unwanted unsolicited media hype and controversies. Hats off and Kudos to the people of this great nation for the solidarity and commitment shown to ensure the event goes on to become one of the most memorable ones in the years to come.
A day of Pride .. 4th Sept 2010 … My lil sisters “Bimba – Cultural and Social Forum” organizes its very first grand opening program “Chiguru” in association with the Kannada and Cultural Society. The program was held at the Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore. The show was gracefully inaugurated by renowned Sitar musician Ustad Rafique Khan. The day was filled with the regular hustle bustle of a 300+ member audience comprising of students of Ocean Kids Mangalore and their parents. The Bimba Foundation aims at promoting and honing art, culture and music in the GeNext of India.
The foundation spearheaded by Mrs.Gauri Suhas Rao, Mr.Suhas Rao and Mr.Kasargod Chinna ( a very familiar name in the Kannada theater and movie fraternity ) is just about a few months young. “Chiguru” in Kannada literally translates into the word “Flower Bud”. The program was conducted to showcase the various cultural dance performances from different parts of the country. There were the traditional Goan Baila, to the assamese Rangoli Bihu, to the punjabi Bhangra, to the Maharastrian lavani, Harvest dance from Karnataka,Gujarati Garbha and Dandiya and several others. All the dancers were kids under the age of fourteen. The talent and the energy in these kids was something to die for. Their infectious smile could make you forget everything else. Few of the pics i clicked during the event are posted here.
Gauri Suhas Rao a.k.a Gauri Padiyar is probably more popular in Mangalore as didi to all her kids. She is a trained dancer in various indian and western dance forms. Graduating in Fine Arts from “Sandesha” – A foundation for culture and education, she took up dance as a full time career. She runs a very famous dance institute “Ocean Kids” near the Gokarnatheshwara temple in Mangalore. Though the dance institute is for kids, she also choreographs events for corporates and also hosts large scale shows. Apart from dance and music, you can also contact her for Summer Camps for children under the age of 12 and Aerobics for Women.
The Institute is located at the following address :