Pack your bag and catch a bus to Mamallapuram, a.k.a The best and the cheapest surfing spot in India. The town is a tourist attraction and is just 80 km from Chennai. Serene beaches and ancient temples mark this quiet city.
As for the food, I have simply no words. The quality and taste were just amazing.
Go to the beach when the tide is right, and you will find smiling people surfing and having fun. Enticed, we decided to give it a try too. Just right by the beach was Mumu Surf School.
Run by Mumu, a very friendly and welcoming person. He is not only passionate about surfing but is using it as a way to help his community too. As we were talking to him, he told us about a program he runs called “Surfing for Healing”. Where they teach children from backward backgrounds to surf.
You can find them here https://mumusurfindia.com/. Even though I didn’t go in the water, my dad did, and this is what he has to say about it – “ Amazing, a simply amazing experience, must for everyone at least once.” Their studio has a beautiful aesthetic Bohemian touch to it.
We all love street shopping. Street shopping is a great way to get an idea of the local market and the regional prices. Everybody should be in tune with their district market.
I always make sure to see the marketplace of the city I am visiting. Obviously living in Bangalore for so many years, I know many fashion street destinations. Let me share them with you today:-
Jayanagar 5th Block
Located only 2 kms from the historical Lalbagh Garden, Jayanagar 5th block and 4th block is a renowned shopping destination. One storeyed houses, and showrooms mark the neighborhood.
One of the most interesting things about it is its diversity. On the same road you can get jeans for 5000 rupees and another one for just 100 rupees.
If you want to visit branded shops then 4th block has it all from H&M to Zinc London. But instead if you are in mood for some bargaining then Jayanagar Shopping Complex is a haven for everything from fake jewelry to casual clothing.
Silk shops and jewelry stores are also a trademark of this place.
Mahatma Gandhi Road
Mahatma Gandhi Road; definitely one of the most developed areas in bangalore. It is a great destination for a day outing with your friends or family. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, cloth shops, vendors give this place its special appearance. If you are in Bangalore this is definitely a must visit.
Despite its posh appearance, MG road has many affordable clothes shops as well. The experienced shopper knows. Just take a left turn, into a small lane, sprinkled with pubs and female attire stores. Heads up; it’s only cheap if you are an expert at bargaining.
So grab your best friend, dress up, and get down at MG road Metro Station, shop and take some cool photos!
Chickpete is basically a wholesale market of clothes and dress material, located near the city market. City market has other wholesale areas of utensils, electrical stuff, motor parts, etc. Though I recommend going there with an expert, since it requires a lot of bargaining. One should also be familiar with the shops. Though you can also go there to simply visit. It is a very interesting place. It also has junk jewelry and western wear shops. Plus many food stalls.
Many of my friends go there at least once a month, to buy household stuff. Since it is available for really cheap there.
Jyoti Nivas College Market
Jyoti Nivas Is a girls degree and PU college in Koramangala. Outside it there are many Street style clothes shops, footwear shops, food stalls, etc. It is very centrally located. JNC is only 1km from Forum Mall. The entire area is very good to roam and walk. There are shops of all kinds, plus many cafes, pubs, and restaurants.
Commercial Street is one of the oldest and busiest shopping destinations of bangalore. It is famous for clothes, footwear, food joints, and electronic items. Buy cosmetics, purses, bangles, dinner sets, household items, and much more at this place. Since it is very centrally located there are also many retail shops surrounding it. If you are tired of bargaining, you can always head over there for some rest and air conditioning.
Some food items you can find there are Chaat, dosa, idli, sandwiches, etc. There is also an abundance of aesthetic and old cafes there. Some of them being
MDP Coffee House
There are many things to do there beside shopping also, like;
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Mahatma Gandhi Road
So, these were some of the most famous and best shopping destinations in Bangalore. I have been to almost all of them. Though, I have to say since I have also seen the markets of Bombay, Delhi, and Ahmedabad, Bangalore doesn’t even compare with them. To name a few, Janpat, Sarojni Nagar, and Karol Bagh in Delhi, Rani no Hajiro, Law Garden, Ratan Pole In Ahmedabad, Hill Road, Causeway, Linking Road in Bombay.
Street shopping is not only good for your budget but also your street smartness. Shopkeepers though not always but frequently do try to fool their customers. I have personally learned a lot from going to local markets. One should take their kids to markets like these because there is a lot to learn from there, plus it is also really fun!
Do you enjoy street shopping too? Tell me in the comment section below.
After 40 and half hours of traveling we finally reached home. We came by train and it was one of the best journeys I ever had.
The girl on the lower berth was exactly my age, so we instantly became friends. There was going to be a really big architecture event in bangalore, so there were many college students who were traveling to attend it. We made friends with students from ‘The Hindu College’ and ‘IIT Roorkee’.
We all played chess, cards, and talked a lot. Thus, the journey was filled with laughter, smiles, and jokes. It is a wonder how much we tend to enjoy when we put down our phones and connect with the people around us.
As you know I am in my hometown in Uttar Pradesh. I want to address an issue which I have noticed while walking in my village. Anybody coming over here after staying in a metropolis or a city will clearly notice that the ratio of boys to girls on the streets is too abstract.
This is one of the major reasons for violence on women. The number of men and women should be equal on the streets so no gender will be at a disadvantage. If there is a healthy and equal ratio on streets, crime rate will reduce automatically. I personally believe if family members restrict sending the women out they should do the same to men too .
It should be equal right? What is your take on this? Do you think I am right or wrong? Please tell me in the comment section below.
From my previous blog you know that I am in Ahmedabad, at my grandma’s house. I arrived yesterday. Today we went to the famous Akshardham. We left around 2 ’o’ clock. The temple is 30km from the city center which takes about 45 minutes to cover.
It was scorching hot when we reached. So, my aunt and I had some juice, which she had brought from home. It wasn’t necessary though, since there were many lemon soda and sugarcane juice stalls, along with chaats, gujarati snacks, and handmade clothes stalls.
While entering, there was a huge queue, We had to submit all leather items, wallets, phones, and bags in a locker. We first walked beside the beautiful gardens showcasing elephants and idols made from hedges. The temple was very beautiful with intricate carvings. Inside it was like any normal Hindu temple. On the top floor there was an art gallery on Sri Swaminarayan’s life. All the paintings were original and handmade and not printed!
Then we went to the Exhibition.There were many paintings, acts, and scenes, telling stories or giving knowledge about the Ancient Indian Civilization over there. We didn’t even notice, we had already spent four hours inside, and there was still so much left to see.
It was now time for the light and sound show, so we hurried there. They were narrating the story of Nachiketha( a short masterpiece in the ancient Katha Upanishad). We were all starving by the time the show was finished. So, we went to the canteen to have dinner. Oh! And what a dinner, it was really tasty, one must try their canteen when they visit Akshardham.
On our way back, we noticed a place full of lights, people, and stalls, thus we decided to stop there. The first thing we came across was the stalls displaying footwear such as heels, sandals, bellies, slippers, jootis, you name it! Only at an average of 250-350 rupees per pair. I regret not buying one!
Inside there were many traditional and western wear shops, again diverse, cheap, and good quality. Honestly, this place is a fashion haven, even its name is Fashion Street. The fake jewellry stalls were even better. No, I am not kidding!.
We had some amazing Chole Kulche and Mosambi Juice before finally leaving for home.