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Monkey Bar has always been one of my most favorite pubs in Bangalore since it opened couple of years back in the Central Business District of Ashok Nagar near MG road. I loved the ambiance, the underground feel and rocking food. The music and the crowd along with a pool table and Foosball table always created an amazing vibe that makes you want to chill out there after work. Only issue used to be that it was quite far from my place in KR puram and also most often the place used to be packed and there was hardly any breathing space. I hate claustrophobic places so slowly I stopped going there except for weekend mornings.

So when I heard that Monkey Bar was opening its 2nd outlet in Bangalore in the uber-cool Indiranagar area which is a stone’s throw from my place, I was really excited and was overjoyed when I got the invite from them to review the place before it is open to the public! When I went there, I realized how spacious and huge the new place is. Split across two levels joined by a spiral staircase leading to the upper floor, the space is welcoming and intimate with its own brand of charm. There are fun posters and wall hangings sourced from across the world as part of the interiors.

Four Seasons Shiraz is from the house of United Breweries. Four Seasons Wines Limited produces wines from grapes grown around Sahyadri valley in Maharashtra, India. The vineyard is a state-of-the-art winery near Baramati, around 65 kms from Pune. The USP of Four Seasons Wines is to enrich the mindset of people with wine consumption by offering world class quality at reasonable pricing.

The vineyard has breathtaking views of the landscape of the Western Ghats which has the natural conditions to nurture and nourish the wine grapes of best quality.The Soil also goes hand in hand with the weather conditions that are rich in iron with good drainage facilities and mild weather throughout the year. The location has the right setting for growth of the wine grapes.With Such systematic approach on the yield of grapes ensures good concentration of aromas and also satisfies your taste palate.

To coincide with the Goa Carnaval 2014 celebrations and grand parade on March 1st 2014, Goa Tourism department organized the Food and Cultural Festival from February 28th to March 4th. I was honored to be invited by Goa Tourism board to visit these celebrations and blog about them. The Food & Cultural Festival 2014 happened on the Merces grounds just outside the capital city of Panaji and had some amazing performances lined up like Salsa Dances, Samba dances, performance by Indipop star Rabbi Shergill and popular bollywood singer Kunal Ganjawala. Along with this, there was food not just from Goa but from 15 different states of India so that visitors could venture on a gastronomical journey!

I was very excited to be there as I’m a foodie and love to try out different varieties available not just in Goa but across the country. The cuisine and rich legacy of Goa was depicted in this Food & Cultural festival which also included Samba performance by a Brazilian troupe specially flown down just for this occasion!

Having lived in Goa during college times when I did my Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dhempe college, I used to always look forward for the carnival in March which was a time for much merriment and rejoice. But since I moved to Bangalore to pursue my career, I had hardly gone to Goa during the carnival times as I would be busy with one or the other thing. So it was wonderful when I got an invitation from Goa Tourism to be a part of Goa Carnaval 2014 and live tweet the entire experience! Upon landing in Goa, I was very excited to see the streets of Goa decked up in revelry for the carnival!

Goa Carnaval 2014 is a celebration of Goan culture in the format of a Carnival which has been passed down to them from the Portuguese who ruled Goa for more than 400 years! The tradition of starting the carnival is that King Momo with his beautiful wives declares the Carnaval open and says that there will be no work for next 4 days, everyone should eat, drink and be merry!

Initially we saw a lot of kids from different schools in Goa impressing Deputy Chief Minister and Tourism Minister of Goa along with other VVIPs by dancing to different peppy numbers and bringing in the carnival zest! These kids were so enthusiastic and cheerful that they didn’t care about the hot afternoon sun and danced their heart out and received thunderous applause from the audience.

#BrasilReveal @ PUMA Social Club - A slice of brasil in Bangalore

Everyone is talking about Brasil. Everyone is thinking it. PUMA brought a little slice of Brasil to Bangalore at the PUMA Social Club!

PUMA’s brand new Brasil collection has only just hit the stores, but before it did, they gave a handful of very creative people a sneak preview of the collection.

PUMA invited a few special folks across the industries of music, fashion, design and photography and revealed the Brasil collection to them.

They then asked them to use the next 3 hours to interpret the collection through their art or through a collaboration with a fellow creative person present there.

Among those present were:

Shyma Shetty & Pranav Misra (HUEMN)
Sounak Sen Bharat (House of Three)
Elton Fernandez (Make up and hair stylist)
Akshai Sarin (Producer)
Premik Jolly (Musician)
Raka Ashok (Illustrater/Music producer)
VJ Kaycee (Visual Jockey)
Ashish Parmar (Photographer)
Richaa Agarwal (Photographer/Film Maker)

They came, they saw, they got inspired and the result of their inspiration was stunning!

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