Kensington Market, Toronto

When asked about my favorite place in Toronto, I answered with a straight face & without a second thought , “Kensington Market!”. The thought that immediately followed this proclamation, was hardly nonchalant in character. It was one of surprise laced by curiosity. The answer, I had assumed, would be a tad different; Perhaps the speckless boardwalk paralleling the serene waters of Lake Ontario, maybe the hygge-ligt coffee shop that offers safe haven in the boisterous winter months, even possibly the grey-stoned castle, Casa Loma. Despite these choices,  I had chosen one of the most crowded, loudest markets on the fringes of Spadina Avenue as my favorite spot in the city.
Why? I write this as an answer to you and and to myself.

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Highline Park, New York City

New York City is not just a place, it qualifies to be a phenomenon. One visit and one can’t help but fall in love….And with that, I once again begin my NYC Series in the blog. (“Once again” because the Toronto winters had prompted me to long for the the Cherry Blossom in Brooklyn.)
The glitz & glamour of Times Square, the romance of the Empire State Building & the magnanimity & allure of Central Park can wait because this post is about a less spoken, much needed,  interesting asset to the city, The Highline/The Highline Park. The Highline in the West Side of Manhattan is a 1.45 mile linear park, 30 feet above street level & WAS in fact a railway line. The railway line has been entirely transformed into a public park since 2009, replete with benches, prolific greens & flowers, live music & the primary requisite of all parks, an ice cream shop to aid in dousing the summer heat! Although the park is owned by New York City, it is operated & maintained by Friends of the Highline, who are in fact responsible for protecting the line from demolition. Continue reading “Highline Park, New York City”

BANGALORE PALACE

Sometimes the most unfrequented of places are the ones closest to home and that’s precisely what happened with the Bangalore Palace (currently happening with the CN Tower!). Though born & bred in Bangalore, I didn’t bother paying a visit to the palace, (or even think about it!) until the summer of 2015. All thanks to my husband who is constantly on a hunt to find places to photograph. And yes..it was totally worth the wait… Continue reading “BANGALORE PALACE”

DISTILLERY DISTRICT, TORONTO

The Distillery District of Toronto, a historic site, that was once a distillery, belonged to James Worts & William Gooderham and has now transpired into a mall of sorts, with an exquisite shopping & dining experience amidst the rustic old world charm. Summer days are best to visit and we usually spend time window shopping the antiques with a gelato in hand or a spicy hot chocolate from Soma Chocolatiers. It’s a pleasure looking at the work of local artisans be it the watercolour depictions of the district or the colourfully crafted paper art. If lucky enough, you can even treat yourself to some scrumptious hand made brigadeiros(brazilian chocolate made with condensed milk)! All in all, as these pictures suggest, a place worth many visits…. Continue reading “DISTILLERY DISTRICT, TORONTO”

THE AUTUMN COLLECTION ’15

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
– Willim Cullen Byrant

Summer has come to an end with the disappearance of warm breeze and pretty clusters of flowers.October has begun with the crisp air and cold breeze. But it brings along with it, leaves painted with amber & auburn, crimson & rose, ochre & rust.
I will let the pictures to all the talking in this photo essay….The colours of the fall!…at Edward Gardens, Toronto. Continue reading “THE AUTUMN COLLECTION ’15”