Shops That Rock ~ Nilgiri’s…

Nilgiri’s Supermarkets have been an institution in south India since 1905. They began as a small store chain in Ooty and Coonoor and have now grown to supermarkets in 28 cities in India. I just love going into the Bangalore store … Continue reading

Shops That Rock ~ Gangarams Book Store, Bangalore, India…

Mural on the stairwell up to Gangarams...

Mural on the stairwell up to Gangarams…

Last September I posted a story about Gangarams Bookstore in Bangalore closing down. It was a very sad day for me because I love reading and Gangarams is always my first stop when I visit Bangalore.

Yesterday I was delighted to receive news from the owners of Gangarams that they have finally re-located…YAY.

Their two new addresses are:

GANGARAMS (Books only)

48 Triumph Tower

2nd Floor

Church Street

Bangalore (Opposite Mainland China Restaurant)

ph: 08028127888

GANGARAMS(Stationery, gifts and trophies)

Indiranagar/ Domlur

ph: 08040383838

Gangarams is a wonderful shop to find amazing books by both Indian and international authors. They are always so helpful and will find the book you are looking for in a jiffy. I can’t wait to visit them again on my next trip to Bangalore.

Shops That Rock ~ The Orange Bicycle

The Orange Bicycle

The Orange Bicycle Shop…

“Why are you two lovely ladies looking so happy?” asked a gentlemen in the breakfast room of our Bangalore hotel.

“We’re off shopping for the day!” exclaimed Padma and I gleefully.

“Shopping? Where do you shop in Bangalore? I have three daughters and a wife back home and I have been here for a month and haven’t been able to find them anything!”

“Ah…you just have to know where to look” said Padma.

With that she took out her notebook and we wrote a page long map with shopping tips for him. The gentleman was so happy and appreciative.

That is the key to a perfect shopping day ~ squirrelling out shops that are interesting, different and fun to be in.

One shop we recommended to him was The Orange Bicycle. We found this cutie on our last trip to Bangalore. We bought perfect and tasteful Indian inspired gifts here to take back to friends and family back home.

Out the front of The Orange Bicycle...

Out the front of The Orange Bicycle…

You can find the Orange Bicycle at:

The Orange Bicycle
House No : 3353, 5th Cross
12th “A” Main ,HAL 2nd Stage
Indiranagar, Bangalore-560038
  080 41255242

The store promotes itself as  “… a store for the woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Someone who is always looking for a fresh idea and embraces the same in her life.”

So if you are looking for fresh shopping ideas rush over to the gorgeous Orange Bicycle. Its lovely rooms filled with goodies will make your shopping day perfect.

Bedding down Bangalore style…

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Our luxurious room…

Booking your hotel online is a great way to smooth your trip to India – however it can have its ups and downs.
Let me explain…All hotel photos online seem to look like something out of a glossy magazine. But sometimes when you arrive you find that it’s more jaded and faded than your Great Aunt’s spare bedroom!
Luckily for us this trip our hotel is just as great as the photos showed and more! We are staying at the St. Mark’s Hotel in St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore. This is my 8th trip to Bangalore and I have stayed in quite a few hotels. St. Mark’s is definitely the best I have stayed in and we strongly recommend it to you.

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The hotel foyer…

So why is St. Mark’s so great?
~ IT’S LOCATION…it is located right in the heart of Bangalore. It is a short walk from MG road and walking distance to many great shops such as Ffolio, Ritu Kumar, Cinnamon and UB City Mall.
~ THE ROOMS…great standard of room for the price. Lovely bathroom with a separate shower…this is a bonus…as many bathrooms in India have the shower head in the middle of the bathroom and when you shower the whole room gets wet! Tea/coffee making with a cute little jar of biscuits. Free wi fi, bottled water and breakfast are included.

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The proud chef and waitress…

~ THE WONDERFUL FOOD…wow I don’t think I’ll ever top the breakfast here! Divine mint and lime Ayurvedic starter juice, delicious South Indian coffee, yummy puri Marsala, idlis, fresh fruit, pastries…the list goes on and on.

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Padma and my lovely breakfast of puri Marsala and dosa…

We also ate last night at their restaurant Curry with a K. Don’t let the name put you off as the paneer mukhani, coconut rice, butter naan and fresh sweet lime sodas were a taste sensation.

~ THE STAFF…definitely St. Mark’s strong suit is their wonderful staff. Everything is done with a smile here! Everyone is so friendly and it has a great vibe. The hotel booked our driver for yesterday and it was very reasonably priced. Our driver, Rama Krishna, was a darling. We had a great day chatting to him and he had a giggling sense of humour which we loved.

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Hotel lobby…

So Padma and I are very perky and happy about our new favourite Bangalore hotel…perfect in every possible way…