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BENGALURU: It’s amazing how some weeks can go by full of foam and frills and some weeks have enough gravity to last the month. As expected, whenever great things are about to happen in my life…

I got hurt!

Well! You can’t have everything in life now, can you? But, I am truly grateful for all the love, affection, and experiences that come my way. I was delighted to be invited to the bustling Alchemy pub/restaurant, to meet celebrity chef Hari Nayak, partner and chef at Sona,

Priyanka Chopra’s Indian restaurant in New York. I remember hearing about the $12 samosas served at the swish New York address and being even more intrigued to run into it at namma ooru. His self-effacing charm surprised me (he’s a local Udipi boy at heart) and he let his innovative curated menu for Alchemy do the talking. Now Alchemy serves the best beers with a good dose of gastronomy!

My foodie friend Aslam Gafoor throws the most elegant parties. This time it was the Renaissance Hotel on Race Course Road. As promised, his guests were knowledgeable and friendly people from businesses and from different parts of the world. It made for scintillating conversations with lots of laughs as well as earnest contributions from its knowledgeable guests. The seated dinner was perfectly organized with the wines and the food had an international touch which we all appreciated very much.

My dinner companions Miron Thomas, Vice President of Volvo-Penta and Limor Bletter, Deputy Consul General of Israel were a coruscating kaleidoscope of different narratives. I was full of nourishment for the mind and body!

When noted, Sahitya Akademi award-winning author and historian Vikram Sampath invited me for the launch of his latest book Braveheart’s of Bharat: Vignettes from Indian History, where he would discuss with the faithful Sudha Murthy and the young scholar

Maharaja of Mysore, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar, I jumped for joy! This is old Bangalore where being connected to one’s roots is a virtue. The book discussion led by the effervescent Vasanthi Hariprakash was enlightening and there were many eye-opening moments for me.

The young Maharaja blew me away with his perfect understanding of his family history and he was succinct, engaging and very impressive. I adore Sudha Murthy and her easygoing charm with vast knowledge of Indian history captivated the audience. Vikram was a scholar himself and the way he handled sensitive issues intelligently was wonderful to watch and hear. The story is factual and a learning tool for the future. Political jingoism and distortion will only dilute the rich web of the past. Vikram made sure it came out very clearly and kudos to him for doing it.

There is a very uncomfortable trend where some undesirables have penetrated the fabric of our distinguished city. Their exterior looks quite polished, but a drink or two will set the demons free. They are rude, opportunistic and transactional. They make it up to pass themselves off as “kosher” and are self-proclaimed culture and food Nazis. Bangalore wakes up to say “Nuff is Nuff”!

The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift…that’s why it’s called a “present”!

(Writer’s opinions are his own)

BENGALURU: It’s amazing how some weeks can go by full of foam and frills and some weeks have enough gravity to last the month. As expected, whenever great things are about to happen in my life…I hurt myself! Well! You can’t have everything in life now, can you? But, I am truly grateful for all the love, affection, and experiences that come my way. I was thrilled to be invited to the lively Alchemy pub/restaurant, to meet celebrity chef Hari Nayak, partner and chef at Sona, Priyanka Chopra’s Indian restaurant in New York. I remember hearing about the $12 samosas served at the swish New York address and being even more intrigued to run into it at namma ooru. His self-effacing charm surprised me (he’s a local Udipi boy at heart) and he let his innovative curated menu for Alchemy do the talking. Now Alchemy serves the best beers with a good dose of gastronomy! My foodie friend Aslam Gafoor throws the most elegant parties. This time it was the Renaissance Hotel on Race Course Road. As promised, his guests were knowledgeable and friendly people from businesses and from different parts of the world. It made for scintillating conversations with lots of laughs as well as earnest contributions from its knowledgeable guests. The seated dinner was perfectly organized with the wines and the food had an international touch which we all appreciated very much. My dinner companions Miron Thomas, Vice President of Volvo-Penta and Limor Bletter, Deputy Consul General of Israel were a coruscating kaleidoscope of different narratives. I was full of nourishment for the mind and body! When noted, Sahitya Akademi award-winning author and historian Vikram Sampath invited me for the launch of his latest book Braveheart’s of Bharat: Vignettes from Indian History, where he would discuss with the faithful Sudha Murthy and the young scholar Maharaja of Mysore, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar, I jumped for joy! This is old Bangalore where being connected to one’s roots is a virtue. The book discussion led by the effervescent Vasanthi Hariprakash was enlightening and there were many eye-opening moments for me. The young Maharaja blew me away with his perfect understanding of his family history and he was succinct, engaging and very impressive. I adore Sudha Murthy and her easygoing charm with vast knowledge of Indian history captivated the audience. Vikram was a scholar himself and the way he handled sensitive issues intelligently was wonderful to watch and hear. The story is factual and a learning tool for the future. Political jingoism and distortion will only dilute the rich web of the past. Vikram made sure it came out very clearly and kudos to him for doing it. There is a very uncomfortable trend where some undesirables have penetrated the fabric of our distinguished city. Their exterior looks polished enough, but a drink or two sets the demons free. They are rude, opportunistic and transactional. They make themselves up to pass themselves off as “kosher” and are self-proclaimed culture and food Nazis. Bangalore wakes up to say “Nuff is Nuff”! The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift…that’s why it’s called a “present”! (Writer’s opinions are his own)