Monday, May 22, 2017

A homestay within a mango orchard- Mango Mulch

This vacation was fun. We took two short breaks, one at a resort in Hassan which you can read about here and the other at a homestay in Talekkadu.

Mango mulch is just the place to be! To get away from the chaos and maddening city life, you need a place just like this. True to its name, one can find the king of fruits hanging just about everywhere! The place boasts of about 5 huge 100 year old mango trees and about 60 others.

The home stay belongs to a lovely couple, Ashwini & Sudhakar who make you feel completely relaxed and at ease with the surroundings. There are 3 cottages which are designed in the most Eco friendly manner. The dining space is common and to be shared by all the residents occupying the cottages.We were two families  and the entire space belonged to us for the two days, that we were there!

Before I show you around Mango mulch, another word of appreciation for the gracious hosts who diligently supervised the food coming out of the kitchen. A complete spread of delicious home cooked food was served to us. I missed taking photograph of the melt-in-the-mouth pudding that Ashwini served to us one evening!

They have a beautiful home within the premises and their hometour was a real feast to the eyes. Ashwini is an Architect and Sudhakar is a Civil Engineer and their expertise reflects in every corner of their home! Amazing wood work, two courtyards, vibrant customized tiles on the floor, antiques collected over years adorn their space.

In the latter part of the post, I shall give a sneak peak into their love nest but you take my word for it and visit the place and let yourself be soaked in the beauty of it all!

Come now, let us take a virtual tour of this amazing place.

Mango mulch it is!

A pot hung upside down serves as a lamp

Two rooms on either side with a sit-out in the centre of the verandah

Close-up of the cottage exterior

We taking a property tour with Sudhakar

I spent all my time on this swing!

Our cottage from a distance...

I told you, mangoes hang from just about everywhere!

Now, let us take a look inside the cottage. Simple layout, ideal sitting arrangement and a pleasing decor style is what you notice once you are inside the cottage.

Nice and cozy!

A sewing machine put to good use!

Can sit here for hours with a book and gaze outside


The dining area

Our kids had a wonderful time here playing hide and seek, cricket, football, climbing trees,enjoying their hammock and swing sessions. Apart from this they were amazed to see a variety of fruit trees other than mango like pappaya, chickoo, pomegranete, banana etc

Ashwini and Sudhakar's home

I loved those niches, the wooden door frame and everything inside!
 All the while, we could make out the distinct sound of peacocks.  And every time I was near the lily pond my heart desired to see them dancing in full glory! They were somewhere quite near but they chose to remain elusive!

That's a lily pond 

Beauty is in simplicity!
 There is a small temple of Lord Dakshinamurthy adjacent to their home. You can see all of us praying and thanking Him for the lovely stay that we had.

A lovely place to enjoy nature and such warm and welcoming hosts. Nothing more to ask for!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Decor at a cafe

Being a decor blogger can  be upsetting for the family sometimes because the moment I set foot in a place with eye catchy decor,off I go with the camera, clicking pics.

Few days back we were at this cafe called 'TAB-Take a Break' The decor vignettes they have placed in the niches and corners is very interesting.For a cafe that specializes in Italian food and bakery items,the decor was purely Indian.I found this very fascinating.

The restaurant operates from an old home and houses brass and bronze artifacts.They have maintained a good garden with stone artifacts as well (couldn't click pics of the same due to insufficient lighting!)

Wasn't this awesome? Apart from the decor and the ambiance the food is equally good.Never ever have we been disappointed. Limited but a very delicious spread of pizzas, pasta,risotto and desserts they serve.They get my full points!

Friday, April 28, 2017

A post on temple architecture

Sometimes as you stand in front of a monument or a temple as in this case,you feel so small..You have no words to describe the beauty of what lies in front of you, It leaves you in wonder thinking about those hands and artisans of the bygone era who constructed these masterpiece...And sometimes you even feel sorry for the state in which they are at present...(read )neglected structures.Feeling angry for the miscreants who knowingly damage the architectural marvel that are our to be preserved for all our future generation to take pride upon!

Yes, Such was my emotional state as I visited the temple sites of Halebid and Belur.

Halebid hosts the Shiva temple and Belur is known for the Chennakeshava (literal translation- Handsome Krishna) temple

Belur temple is located in Hassan district and was built by King Vishnuvardhana and is a fine example of the Hoysala dynasty and its workmanship.

When we had visited this temple ,it was the time of the Annual Rath Yatra, which is done after Ugadi and the temple premises was therefore all lighted up and the air was festive.

Within the temple
The temple premises is huge with ample space for one to just sit and gaze around.The main entrance as you can see has the Rajya Gopura as the crown which was the common practice during those days of Vijayanagara empire

The dwajasthambha or the pillar

The emblem of the Hoysala dynasty

The pillars inside the temple are jet black smeared with vermilion by the devotees. There are about 48 of such pillars within the temple. Look at the intricate filigree work.The main highlight of the temple is Darpana Sundari or "The lady with the mirror".

 The temple on all its sides is sculpted heavily showing animals, birds,dancers and other figures.The chennakeshva is the main deity but this temple is also flanked by a Lakshmi temple on its right and two other temples dedicated to the beloved of Vishnu.

Another attraction for the devotees and the kids mainly is the stepped well or the Pushkarni. An evening at the temple bought peace and calm to the otherwise chaotic minds of us city dwellers.

Halebid is about  16 km from Belur, was capital of Hoysala and it was formerly called as Dwarasamudra. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples said to have been started by Ketamalla, a commander of Vishnuvardhana in 1121. The temple houses twin Shiva Temples with a common platform and two garbhagrihas, Outer walls have rows of intricate figures narrating episodes from epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavata.

Rows and rows of detailed intricate work that takes your breath away.

Nandi facing Lord Shiva's sanctum sanctorum

I know my images cannot do even quarter of a justice to the magnificent stone art that you get to see in these two temple sites. There came a point when I just put my camera away. I wanted to just take in all the beauty within me instead of capturing it through the lens!

My kids totally loved and admired the fine craftsmanship in both the temples.It is in our hands that we make the future generation aware and value  the glorious past India has had and carry the legacy of our rich culture and heritage forward!

Home tours and styling tips are in store for the month of May.Stay tuned folks!

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