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Hotel Review: The Lagoona Resort, Lonavala

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If on a rainy afternoon the car-drive takes you to Lonavala, and taking a random turn the vehicle glides through winding roads of Tungarli and finally stops at the gates of an ecotel named Lagoona Resort, believe that you will be living in blissful comfort throughout your stay there. For two glorious days and nights there will be no sign of the daily-life stress that crushes you ruthlessly, and even if your idea of the weekend getaway is to get out of the city and be anywhere on a hill station, such hotels are for reminding you why coziness is so important. TV, mini bar, internet connectivity, direct-dial phone, individual temperature controls and such joys are meaningless when there’s a lagoon under your balcony and it has ducks, and not too far from the lagoon is a swimming pool around which you can waddle. The environmentally friendly hotel in offers you complimentary breakfast and dinner at its restaurant – Patio, and rooms are plush spaces you never want to leave. Awaking to a drizzle, you see green mountains with white waterfalls, and another hotel in the distance, and when you’re done with your morning dose of the misty view, it’s time for a nap in the foamy bathtub.

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Food Review: Amit Da Dhaba (Vasai Highway)

dhabaNot all dhabas serve good or even decent food, as we recently found out at this place in Vasai. “Amit Hotal” reminded me of the time restaurants used to think they were hotels. Amit Da Dhaba serves London Pilsner Strong beer, and I wonder what restaurants have against LP Mild. Still, LP Strong is the best option when put amidst Kingfisher and other beers that are even worse, because if you’re drinking any of these beers it’s to get drunk, not for the taste.

dhaba 2Sitting on the cot, drinking the beer, looking at people who preferred eating at the table, we waited for the parathas, expecting something tantalizing, only to be underwhelmed. The paratha had nothing going for it, except the dollops of makhkhan (homemade butter) on it, and the fresh coriander-mint chutney that came with it. Despite cooking food the traditional way – slow and in an earthen tandoor, the food at Amit Da Dhaba was no fun to eat. The dal makhani was watery and the tandoori chicken wasn’t juicy and masaledaar enough.tandoor

So I realized that the use of older ways and storing food in large vessels doesn’t mean the cooking will be good.

dhaba 3There are countless dhabas on the Vasai Highway, and next time we’ll visit another one.

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Wise Guy: A Shop for Metal Clothing and Accessories in Bangalore

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On the 1st floor of Fifth Avenue on Brigade Road in Bangalore is a store that sells tee shirts of almost every metal band you can think of. From punk and alternative bands’ t-shirts to heavy metal and thrash metal chains, Wise Guy has it all. Fans of extreme metal will feel like buying everything they see as the guys at Wise Guy show them their black metal/death metal/doom metal/grindcore/goregrind collection. It’s Bangkok maal, not original merchandise, but it’s great stuff, and they have some cool accessories as well. I walked in only to take a look, but as soon as I wore the inverted crucifix I saw hanging there with other awesome things to wear around the neck, I felt possessed by a demonic force and bought seven metal tees along with the ulta cross. I love Wise Guy and I’ll go there every time I’m in Bangalore, and so should you if you want some bad-ass metal clothing!

F – 116/117, 1st Floor, Brigade Road, Bengaluru – 01

Phone: 25582919/25598971

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Restaurant Review: Unwined (Bangalore)

In Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru, the cheesy sounding restaurant Unwined is easy to locate from Ring Road. From the outside it seems to be tiny but is much bigger than you’d imagine it to be; I couldn’t see all of it despite having been there twice. On the ground floor are the dining rooms with their old-world charm and the first floor is the lounge section; the place is a classy setting for meals with wine (or beer – they stock only one brand), a restaurant to go to for a quiet time with or without many people, if you’re in the mood for continental or coastal fare, and the food’s quite good, too. The burgers are filling, the sizzlers are very good, but it’s the steak that takes the cake at Unwined – a restaurant which would be even more appealing if they didn’t play any music at all, because its furniture and set pieces make it a very stylish place to dine at.

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Lost On The Way Back

The bus carrying passengers from Gokarna to Bangalore stops in one of the many towns of Malenadu, a region in the state of Karnataka.

This midnight view of a lodge and small shops from the bus window will always remind me that I simply need to get out my city to be in other worlds.

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Mountain Views from Talnoo-Naddi

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