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Now for a cuppa tea!

For those of you who find bliss in a cup of tea, here’s some news to cheer you up.

This weekend, The Taj Tea Trail, a tea tasting and appreciation workshop take a journey that reveals the mystery behind this exotic drink. A journey that will transform you from a tea lover to a tea connoisseur.

Along the way, you will master together the art of making a perfect cup of tea, discover anew the health benefits of making tea, find out how similar tea and wine are, test your TQ (tea quotient!) and more… while having some traditional tea time snacks.

At the end apart from being filled with tea, snacks and info, you will waltz away with a tea connoisseurship certificate, a guide to tea, a goodie bag filled with delicious teas and a special limited edition tea cup personally autographed by Saif Ali Khan.

Venue: Casa Del Sol, 3rd floor, Devatha Plaza, 131,Residency Road
Date: 25th August, 2007
Time: 5pm-6:30 pm
Date: 25th August, 2007
Time: 5pm-6:30 pm
Fee: Rs. 200/- per person.
Rs. 150/- per person for groups of 4 or more.
RSVP: Kamalaksh at 9900306478
E-mail: for more info

Have you got your Token?

– If you are a keen book lover, you must contact Klub Class. Why?

The Bangalore Book Festival is here, organized by Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association (BBPA) and Klub Class, to be held at the Palace Grounds from September 21st to 30th, 2007. If you wish to avail a special additional 10% discount, free entry to the arena hosting more than 300 stalls then you should lay your hands on book tokens.
Hot favorites of the West, book tokens will be on sale in the city soon in the run up to the fourth edition of the Bangalore Book Festival. The festival features both Indian and international publishing houses. These book tokens entitle buyer special concessions, priced at Rs. 40 each, also double up as a pass; two persons can get into the exhibition using one token. Sale of book tokens will be closed once the festival begins. Entry is free for children and students…

Those who do not have tokens may have to buy Rs. 20 entry tickets. But will not be entitled for special concessions that tokens offer, the initiative of these tokens is introduced for the first time in the country and may be considered as a regular feature…

Further details >> Klub Class, 35/2, Park Road, Park Manor, Tasker Town, tel: 41132530-31.

Bombay jadoo in Bangalore!

Inspired by contemporary Indian authors, Betsy Karel went to Bombay to find visual equivalents of the humanity, humor, mystery and psychological energy of these writers’ stories. Unlike many photographers who are drawn to the cacophony of urban India, she focused, often in an intensely personal way, on individuals going about their everyday street lives in this singular city. Patiently waiting amidst the bustle of Bombay, home to more people than the entire continent of Australia, she captures a poignant lyricism in the familiar.

As individuals transform public spaces into private places, forging islands of intimacy, she encounters the true “jadoo” of Bombay and its people. To accompany the photographs, the globally acclaimed author Suketu Mehta has written a companion piece about his boyhood in Bombay. The book also includes an excerpt from Ardashir Vakil’s Beach Boy.

Book Launch at Oxford Bookstore
Thursday 2nd August, 2007
6 pm onwards
Oxford Bookstore, Leela Galleria
Leela Palace Hotel
Contact: 080 4115 5222

Tasveer presents “Next to Each Other, Bombay Jadoo”
A show of photographs from Betsy Karel’s Bombay Jadoo
followed by “Art of the Matter”: A dramatized reading on Bombay by Kimaaya
Friday 3rd August, 2007
6:30 pm onwards
Tasveer, Sua House
26/1 Kasturba Cross Road
Bangalore 560 052
Contact: 080 2212 8358

About the author: Betsy Karel, born in New York City in 1946, now lives in Washington, DC. She worked as a photojournalist in the 1970s and early 80s, winning awards. In 1998, after an absence of 15 years, she returned to photography to participate in The Way Home, a book and national exhibition on homelessness in America. During the past nine years, Karel has made numerous trips to Mumbai, creating the images in Bombay Jadoo. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Yale University Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Library.

Bangalore Bloggers Meet this Saturday. …

A few bloggers have volunteered to organize a Bangalore Bloggers Meet this Saturday. …

Date: July 21
Time: 11.00 am till 2.00pm.
Venue: BrewHaHa Near Jyoti Nivas College, Koramangala.

1. For the beginners – What blogging can do to you, personally & professionally?
2. For unnoticed bloggers – How to identify the niche’ and good readers?
3. Another thing could be to feature some local blogs into some categories or feature particular entries e.g. ‘5 best entries of the month’ or something like that, this will definitely boost up the adrenaline level of the bloggers.
4. A Technical Non-Jargon for Non-Techies :), tutorial –Sridhar
5. “Blogging vs Journalism”, open debate — Dhivya

Dhivya – – 9945569335
Vinu – vranganathan at gmail dot com – 99809 81801

More Details here…

If you are interested in taking part or helping in organizing the meet, edit the exclusive wiki setup for the meet and add yourselves…. See you around!!

Seeds & Flowers: A play all the way from the US!

TAR and his wife Dheepa have been staging plays in US since 2001 and in all the plays, the story is set in India.

Our audience did like those plays, but they kept asking us to do a play based out of USA. As we started putting together the storyline, we realized that it would be very tough to do it any of the Indian languages, so we decided to do it in English. I was inspired by the Zen philosophy about Seeds and Flowers and I thought it’s an appropriate title, given the Seeds are sown in India and the flowers blossoming in the US,” explains TAR.

They run a theatre group under the banner KREA in the Bay Area, US and are now travelling to India – Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai to stage the play. They don’t have big budgets for promotions as the whole team is travelling on their own expenses, so do pass on this information to friends, family who would be interested and lend them a helping hand! All their plays are staged for charity, so all the more reason.


– July 7th at Music Academy, Chennai @ 7.30 PM

– July 12th at ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore @ 7.30 PM

– July 14th at Rangasharda, Mumbai @ 7.30 PM.

For tickets and other details contact:

DV Ramana on 093400 30933
Dheepa Ramanujam –

For further information, do visit: Seeds And Flowers


I shot TAR a few questions about the play and his group. Here are his responses.

Celebrating World Music Day

The Alliance Française is celebrating World Music Day. The program is on June 26 at the Française and one of the performers will be the French Kiss.

Apart from this trio, Raghu Dixit Project will also be performing.

AF is very near Cantonment Rly Station and you can contact them for more details.

So be there!

Run for a cause!

ld_logo.gifLovedale was established in 2001 as a non-profit company based in Bangalore. They take orphaned and abandoned children under their shelter and look after their welfare and development including quality education.

Lovedale Foundation is home to disadvantaged children from all over India. They provide nourishment, clothing and shelter and also impart quality education and training in life skills to children.

They are organising a 5 km Run for Hope event tomorrow starting from St. Josephs’ Indian High School (next to Mallya Hospital) at 8:30 am on Sunday, June 10.

If you want to register call 9900216731 or visit this page for more details.

If you want to make a difference, do go and participate. It’s just a few hours of your time and can go a long way for these kids!

Have you KyaZoonga’d yet?

If you’re looking for movie tickets to either PVR or INOX here in Bangalore, here’s a new service that attempts to bring multiple movie complexes under one roof. All so you can enjoy a hassle free movie going experience.

itkts-logo.jpgIt’s called Here’s what the site says: “KyaZoonga’s mission is to make movie-going an effortless, fun and exciting experience for the Indian consumer. We provide moviegoers with a seamless ticket buying experience by allowing them to quickly review movie synopsis, select a movie, plan when and where to see it and buy tickets upto 15 days in advance; in other words: Jump the Q!”

It’s called and you can search for the movie playing in your city, select the date on which you want to watch it and then book it online with your credit card.

The website is colourful and quite user-friendly. You can also get information about movies in the form of a synopsis.

Do give it a try and let us know your experiences here in the comments box when you use it! Also, the services extend to other cities in India as well, so if anyone wants to give it a try and use it, go right ahead!

And happy viewing…

Light Painting: Exhibition by Hellmuth Conz

Hellmuth Conz will exhibit his work from June 1 – 7 at The Alliance Française, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar.

Alliance Française is open on Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The photos include a selection of ‘Light Painting’, a style which includes fine art abstract photos (from India) the matted, framed photos are available for purchase through arrangement with the artist.

About Hellmuth Conz: World-renowned German photographer, Conz is based in Bangalore, India. He began taking photographs at the age of 14. At the age of 59, he has inculcated the art of photography into many young and adult people.

He focuses primarily on capturing moments and subjects that seem timeless and presenting a delightful array of images that encourage the viewer looks at the world differently.

It’s been more than 10 years that he has made India his home to teach photography. His personal point of view about India: “It’s a land, so full of colors, culture and different types of people; it is heaven for any photographer.” Conz has been teaching photography in various parts of India and abroad. He also takes photography classes at the Alliance for those interested.

For more Information:

Hellmuth Conz
Licht (learn with light) School of Photography
Tel: 9845642172
E mail:

Look what’s brewing @ Brewhaha

I’d heard of this new place and when I found a link on a blog, I decided to check out their website. The concept sounds really interested and it also shows how young people today are thinking up all sorts of innovative ways to interact and have fun.

I often wonder where people met prior to coffee shops. There are so many around today and they seem to be the default location for fixing up a meet or a rendezvous. Brewhaha takes the concept of a coffee place a little further by positioning it as a fun place to hang out. It’s not just the coffee, but a lot more.

joy.jpgFrom their website: “Enter BrewHaHa, a fun place where there’s always something to do. Here’s where we hope to build a community-built place for people to hang out together, have fun playing a variety of games and have a great culinary experience with our specialty sandwiches and desserts-to-die-for. So, if you’re a group of friends looking for something interesting to do, BrewHaHa is where you want to be.

It’s started by two youngsters Mansur and Sreeram “who had had too many boring Sundays in Bangalore with nothing to do and decided to do something about it”!

They hold quizzes, hip-hop workshops, musical events, board games, hobby classes etc. so do drop in next time you’re around the Koramanagala area.


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