17 | Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a day of new beginnings. Well, beginnings that have already begun, but now on a relatively larger scale. Larger scales scare me in this case, because it involves involvement of a lot more people, with a lot more dimensions, lot more perspectives – something which is in general likely to bring a lot more judgments and opinions not only to last on people’s own minds, but also inevitably affecting other people’s points of view.

All I hope right now is that when I look back on tomorrow in future (or when I write about it in detail on the blog), it seems to be full of joys and happiness and none of these apprehensions I mentioned above.

Till then, wish me luck! (for something y’all shall know in some time :))

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15 | Holiday

Happy Makar Sankranti or Happy Pongal or Uttarayan or whatever the harvest festival is called in your part of the world.

This also means the sale season is quickly going to be over and spring summer collections will be in soon, in case you care. 😄

Also, I spent most of my time sleeping in today. 😛

13 | What your Sunday looked like ?

Mine was more than decent. I spent the entire day taking things slow, at my own pace & not getting fed up of it even for a moment. I never skip my breakfasts on the weekends also, even though I don’t wake up that early. Today it was oats chilla (oats crepe of sorts) and scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese. Slightly more work than my usual fare (because I had to use the grinder to powder the oats for the batter), then watching ‘The Office’ along with breakfast, followed by another snooze. Showering, putting a hair pack for that extra indulgence :D. Then, lunch was lachcha paratha and chilke wali moong dal (if you are not an Indian reading this, please Google :)). Would you believe if I tell you that this was followed by another snooze? 😀 Then, I had tea and read for sometime.

Just when it could have possibly felt like too much time spent alone, a plan was made with friends. A lovely way to end the day! We went to this place called Urban Tamasha on 100 ft road, Indiranagar. Pretty good! And just before meeting them, I also happened to shop.

It feels like Sunday spoilt me a bit, but I do feel good. So, all’s good. 🙂

Would love to know how was yours. 🙂

12| Tough Days

Do you all have those days where just nothing seems to go right? I genuinely feel amused at how this happens. Like, how can one thing go wrong in a day and then every thing seems to be going wrong? Anyone got some explanation for this? Like, I would really like to know if this is some sort of regular phenomenon.

Yesterday, I had one of those days. My day started with getting late for work and it was kind of crucial to reach timely. Then, something I was expecting didn’t happen. Then, I had to go pick up some stuff from a tailor and turned out it wasn’t completed (even though he said it very confidently that I can pick it on Friday :|). Then, I had a really big fight with someone. So, yeah, honestly, I am still recovering from the blows of yesterday. 😃 Any soothing words will be helpful.

11 | 7 places where I ate in Pondy: Friday’s List

Hola amigos!

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I am going to have a separate post for my Pondicherry trip but today is Friday’s List night & what better than to talk about food. Especially because, Pondy is a place which has so many cute cafes to take life slowly in and with such awesome French decor, and when you crave for something more spicy, you go to the South Indian joints!

So, I am going to talk about 7 places that I ate at. I wanted my trip to be a mix of places that people touted about and the ones I discovered myself. Considering I had only 2 days there, I managed to try out quite a fair lot! Here it goes:

  1. Hari Tea Stall or H2K: If you start from the clock tower on MG Road and keep going straight in the Rock beach direction, you will spot this super tiny South Indian breakfast type shop on the right side. I read about someone loving their mini samosas, so I had to go because I have had my fair share of mallu style mini samosas in Dubai & I love them to bits! I also ended up having other things like dosa on their menu & these guys are super good. Do try them out for sure.IMG_20181230_112250.jpg
  2. Cafe Des Arts: Unarguably the most spoken about place in Pondy because they have the most Instagram worthy wall in Pondy! I saw a lot of blogs mentioning that this place is quite a put off after you are done clicking the wall. However, my experience has been fairly good. First of all, their interiors are also very beautiful and, second, if not outstanding, their food is pretty decent at least. I had a ratatouille crepe with mozarella & saw others having pancakes which looked good. 😛 Coffee was a downer though (which is anyway my complaint with a lot of places in Pondy).

3. Artika Cafe: Okay, I did read up this name on some blogs but didn’t pay much attention as there were other places which took centerstage in those blogs. This actually was one of my favourites in Pondy! And what a chance discovery! So, as soon as I got done with Cafe Des Arts, I was craving good coffee and while roaming in the French Quarters, I came across this place and just entered (mostly because they had a washroom & I really had to pee). Then, I ordered a coffee and just settled in. I loved how this place was not rushed, there was never too much crowd but never fully empty and the place is surrounded by greenery and lush sounds to give you company. This place is surreal really! And the best part, they have an art gallery, I bought 2 vintage postcards from there. I ended up going to this place twice, the food is average cafe food but overall lovely experience!

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4. Kasha ki Asha: I saw multiple people mentioning to try out their European thali. I cannot even begin to tell how bad it was. Honestly, I feel bad saying so because this place is run by a women group and the earnings from this place are very helpful for a lot of needy people. But I really hope they improve the food. Even at home, a good salad is not a very tough job, so I felt a bit bad as a customer. Again, the ambience is extremely good what with greenery and leafy sounds all around.

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5. Cafe Xtasi: Okay, a lot of people recommend this place for wood-fired pizzas and I had a hunch that it will just be a normal one, this place is famous as its old, but I wanted to try the pizza anyhow. But something weird ensued. I crossed this cafe multiple times on my walks and every time it gave a shady feeling, as in not super shady but for a girl on a solo trip, definitely! I didn’t want to miss it so, at one point, I went in and asked one of the staffs if there is any other branch, because the board mentioned Xtasi gastro pub while everywhere on the internet its Cafe Xtasi. The guy hesitated for a minute and then said, “No, no, this is the only one”. Even more shady now! I immediately decided to go to another pizza place. There was waiting there, so I thought shady or not shady, I am going back to Xtasi now (not very wise guys! If it feels shady, skip it!). So, I put Cafe Xtasi in Google Maps and reached a totally different Cafe Xtasi. It is then that I realized this is the original and earlier I was always crossing the rip-off one. 🙂 I had a very good meal here but nothing out of the world.

6. Baker’s Street: Another place which gets a lot of love on the internet because French bakery, hello! But the sad part is I always crossed this place when I wasn’t that hungry. Eventually I decided I’ll get something packed from here to take back, like a quiche or croissant, but when I went there to do that, it was closed. I did try their coconut ice cream, which was good but then, its coconut icecream!

7. The Gelato Factory: This one deserves a special mention because it was a chance discovery again & exactly what I needed then. So, again, I crossed this place multiple times & its done in a cutesy manner so it definitely drew attention. It seemed to be new. It was never on top of my list of places to go eat at, but I had kept it at the back of my mind in case opportunity comes. 😛 I make it sound like a really important decision, but, well, food is. On my last night dinner in Pondy, I somehow saw myself near to this place & what I was craving was this – something light like a soup but also not like cafe food which is creamy or mild, but something very spicy like Indian food. Yeah, pretty complicated! However, I had zero expectations of getting exactly this requirement fulfilled 😀 so, I just thought of finding a nice soup place. I asked these guys if they have soups. They said yes and I quickly entered. One look at their menu and I realized they are kind of doing Indian versions of many things (y’all grown up in Indian know those kinds of menus). I ordered a tomato soup & cutlets. I loved both the things!!! It was just how I wanted, light, warm, comforting but also Indian style! 🙂


That’s it for my Friday’s List. Do let me know if you have been to Pondy. 🙂

Disclaimer: I didn’t try any food places in Auroville even though I did go there. All the places mentioned above are from the French Quarters or White Town area.