Almost exactly a year since our previous holidays to Manipal and Udupi, we took our next holidays / road tip. This time, the destination was Coorg and Mysore.
We headed out at 8 am and had to navigate through traffic to hit the Tumkur highway. The route we decided to take was via Nelamangala, Channarayapattana and Kushalnagar. It took us a while to get on the Hassan highway and our first halt for breakfast at Malgudi Mylare Mane. We had traditional dosas and filter coffee before continuing onwards.
Our next halt was after we turned from Channarayapattana to Kushalnagar. We stopped for freshly squeezed sugarcane juice. Interestingly, a family that was having breakfast at the same restaurant as us also stopped at the same small juice stall while we were there – what a coincidence! Refreshed, we headed for our lunch stop – the Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe.
There are many traditional Tibetan restaurants around the Namdroling Monastery at Bylakuppe. But our first port of call was a Pizza restaurant, which had spacious open seating. While enjoying our pizzas, we also ordered thukpa from the adjacent Tibetan restaurant, which was delicious!
We then drove the short distance to our place of stay while in Coorg – the Econest Treehouse near the Dubare Elephant Camp. More about this unique place to stay in a subsequent post!
Contributed to this blog. Things were a bit busy over the past couple of months, but things are easing up a bit as the end of the year nears.
And what a year it’s been, yet again! A year which started on a wave of optimism when it came to Covid (here in India), only to be thoroughly shaken up when the second wave hit from March to May, followed by another phase of optimism when the pace of vaccination picked up, only to be thrown into further uncertainty with the Omicron variant as we entered the last month of the year… Am I glad this year is coming to an end? Yes. But I wish we could have entered 2022 with more optimism, as opposed to the dread of the third wave hitting us sometime in the early months of the new year…
Anyway, enough of all that. I want to acknowledge the spark that led me to resume writing. I recently came across Beatzo.net. I don’t want to reveal much more about the blog, other than strongly recommending you to visit it and read a few articles. I realise it might appeal to a certain audience only (in terms of age and interest), but what stuck with me was the dedication of the author to maintain a fairly regular blog starting way back in 2002 / 3. However, the last article was posted more than a year ago. I do hope everything is well with the author and he will resume writing on his blog.
I am writing this post from a coffee shop. As much as I have enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my kids that working from home provided, I have had enough. This café, close to my house, provides a welcoming space when I want a change of scene. As does a WeWork – with special mention to the innovative Christmas Tree that you can see in the picture above!
Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and a great 2022!
A few interesting articles I came across recently:
Why You Should Stop Reading News – This article makes a series of thought-provoking statements on the topic of today’s ‘news’ and ‘journalists’. For example, ‘the more news we consume the more misinformed we become.’, and ‘your attention is so valuable, it might be the most important thing you have’.
The Exponential Age will transform economics forever – This article in the Wired argues that ‘It’s hard for us to fathom exponential change – but our inability to do so could tear apart businesses, economies and the fabric of society’. Do take the time to read this fascinating piece.
Why Europe is a great place for digital nomads – The pandemic-inflicted Work From Home phenomenon has shone the spotlight firmly on ‘Digital Nomads’. While it’s usually places like Bali, Thailand and Goa that one usually associates with this trend, this article in the Economist makes the case as to why Europe is also a great place to consider for digital nomads.
A few interesting articles that I came across recently:
The Happiness Benefits of Walking – I have been taking a brisk morning walk regularly for a few years now. It’s become part of my daily routine that I almost can’t do without. And even otherwise, I love to walk. It does help that, for the past decade or more, I have lived in cities that are largely conducive to walking, especially from a weather perspective. If you do not yet appreciate the joy of walking, then this article is for you!
Many birds flocked to cities during COVID-19 lockdowns – This will not really come as a surprise, but there is now data to back the general sense that many of us had during lockdowns last year that we are now seeing and hearing more birds in urban areas. This data is US specific, it will be interesting to read about similar studies in other parts of the World.
A Brief History of the Hippie Trail – The Hippie Trail is a fascinating, and largely forgotten part of the whole youth cultural movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. My familiarity with the Goa of the 1990’s when one could still see many ‘hippies’ is possibly one of the reasons I have been interested about this particular cultural episode. This is a good first-person account of those interesting times.
The most epic overnight train journeys in the world – I have always loved train travel, especially long ones. There is a certain sense of peace in knowing that, for the next how many ever hours, you are cocooned away from the hustle and bustle and stress of everyday life and can happily watch the work go hurtling by outside your window. And while I might be biased in believing that any list of epic overnight train journeys has to include at least one Indian rail journey, this is a good list if one wishes to experience the charms of an overnight train journey outside of India.
Is French cuisine forever changed? – The mention of French cuisine evokes a certain feeling – of delicious food, of course, but also presentation, ambience, style and many more. But it can also evoke a feeling of rigidity and formality. This article explores these concepts further.
The Strange Persistence of First Languages – We, in India, are very familiar with the concept of ‘Mother Tongue’. Unfortunately, for various reasons, I fear that we will see a steady decline in native speakers of our local languages. Articles such as this one give me some hope.
Why Does Liechtenstein Even Exist? – I have always been interested in Geography. And one of the questions I was pondering recently was how many countries in the world are doubly landlocked. This article provided me with the answer, but that’s not the only reason why I found this an interesting article.
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