Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

It feels like we just said Hello to 2016, and the year has almost come to an end. Let's celebrate with the best bites in town.


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Shooters and Asian Tapas From Nibble & Gulp Festival at High Ultra Lounge

Shooters and Asian Tapas From Nibble & Gulp Festival at High Ultra Lounge

For the past fortnight, High Ultra Lounge has been hosting a Nibble & Gulp Festival with Asian Tapas with Chef Myo and Colored Shooters paired with the food. This is a take on the Spanish tapas with an Asian twist, and a fun evening with the […]

Don’t Hold Back At Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Don’t Hold Back At Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Stop thinking dirty! This is really the name of an old Roald Dahl scripted musical if you don’t remember. It doesn’t have much in common except for a live-entertainment focused concept, art on the walls inspired by the movie, and industrial decor that reminded me […]

Following Food On A Sunday At Big Brewsky

Following Food On A Sunday At Big Brewsky

PS: Unfortunately I didn’t have a good camera on me today, so I’m borrowing photographs from various image sources via Google. For a person who went to the ends of Delhi, Bali, Singapore and UAE in search of the best food, I wrote off restaurants […]

Pepper Cafe

Pepper Cafe

How far would you go for the love of food? Some may dream of marrying a chef or choose to dine at different restaurants for every meal every day. There are those who travel around the world on a foodcation or switch to a career in […]

Perks of Being a Vegetarian

Perks of Being a Vegetarian

Hey meat lovers! Stop taunting your fellow vegetarians and vegans. We have perks as well. In fact, there are some reasons compelling enough to change your mind and inspire you to give up meat forever. These go way beyond religion, ethics or animal rights. It’s about […]

8 Weird Ice Cream Flavors That’ll Send You Running For Cover

8 Weird Ice Cream Flavors That’ll Send You Running For Cover

It’s very hot here in UAE and my mind screams ice cream every minute from dawn to dusk. I love trying funky mocktails and it didn’t take long to turn the same quirk towards weird ice cream flavors. You wouldn’t believe the ghastly treats out there […]

Punjab Grill: A Little Bit Of Punjab Making Its Way Into Your Heart

Punjab Grill: A Little Bit Of Punjab Making Its Way Into Your Heart

Punjab Grill is known for serving up exotic North Indian dishes with a contemporary twist. It has stood strong where it is in Koramangala and in the hearts of several Bangaloreans for years now (and that’s not an easy feat). I must say, in all […]

7 Ways To Deal With The Pressure Of Dining Out

7 Ways To Deal With The Pressure Of Dining Out

Bengaluru’s addiction to dining out knows no bounds. Zomato lists over 9300 restaurants in our city, and this number is growing with an explosion of new openings every day. It probably makes it difficult for the discovery portals and food bloggers to keep track of […]

5 Steps To Order At A Restaurant In 5 Minutes

5 Steps To Order At A Restaurant In 5 Minutes

As food lovers, one of our main concerns is how to order the right dish at a restaurant. We do tend to dine out on a daily basis, and it would help to have a pocket guide to ease the process and ensure that we have […]

Dear Samsung, It’s You and Me Against The World

Dear Samsung, It’s You and Me Against The World

Dear Samsung, My first mobile was a Nokia. Don’t get offended. It refused to die, so I had to throw it in a puddle behind my college and pretend like I lost it so my father would buy me the new Samsung. Unfortunately, he bought […]

Live a Little, Would You? 

Live a Little, Would You? 

Ask yourself this. Do you live, exist or survive? There are two kinds of people: sloggers and sluggers. Like the olden days, sloggers work like donkeys taking on load from everywhere, never resting for a moment, trying hard just to make a living.  As for […]

The Heart Wants What It Wants

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Apart from being a song that topped the 2014 Billboard music charts and made its home in several thousand Jelena fans’ hearts, the title of this article is a classic and coy answer to a timeless question, “What does the heart really want?” You may […]

Fairytale Endings

Fairytale Endings

There’s always a dream in our eyes, To live the life in fairytales, To fall in love, fight the battle, And live happily ever after. But this is life and not a mere book, It takes more than just laying eyes or true love’s kiss, […]

5 Tricks to Solve Sleep Problems

5 Tricks to Solve Sleep Problems

Do you fall asleep on time? Do you feel tired when you wake up every morning? Does it take sleeping pill to get your night’s rest? Your brain will get too tired if it continues working this hard to keep you awake. So, what can […]

An Illusion

An Illusion

Look around, what do you see, Birds, trees, some people maybe? Look again, and look within, Is prejudice guiding your thoughts lately? For what may seem like a bird may as well be a cloud, And what you think you see, may be a extrapolation […]

Would the World End If Print Magazines Disappeared?

Would the World End If Print Magazines Disappeared?

Would you rather buy a magazine off the shelf or read an article on your smartphone? As millenials rise in numbers, print magazines see rapidly declining readership thrusting print-focused publishers into a deep state of anxiety over the future of the industry. Needless to say, the shift […]

S5050 #2 News: First Thing Every Morning, Last Every Night

S5050 #2 News: First Thing Every Morning, Last Every Night

For a long time I’ve been told it’s a blessing to be a Bangalorean. Most of my family lives in Chennai, and while I was young my cousins and I used to fight over who’s city was a better living place. I don’t really like […]

Food Bloggers at Rasta S02E01

15th March 2015, Sunday: Food Bloggers Association Bangalore Meet, Rasta S02E01 This week I was planning on writing on epicurean destinations in India, and realized that Namma Bengaluru ranks top on the list with its diverse population that loves to indulge in food. Naturally, there […]

Dear Friend, Think Again 

Dear Friend, Think Again 

On being sweet to the ones we love and the ones we dislike – A Gandhian philosophy.

Eyes Out for Adele at 2013 Awards

Eyes Out for Adele at 2013 Awards

As the whole world remained mesmerized the music and lyrics of Skyfall, Adele’s choice of attire for the Red Carpet during the Grammy’s grabbed the attention of all cameras. As she flaunted her Valentino gown that matched the red carpet with bright floral designs, fashion […]


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The Art of Phasing Out

We all love watching sitcoms these days as opposed to movies. Yes, I do go to the cinemas once in a while, but I would rather download and flop on the couch for a sitcom marathon, than pick a movie from my 2TB collection.

It has been proven that books somehow rewire the brain, and improve your power of concentration and retention. Motion pictures on the other hand, reduce your ability to concentrate and if you observe, it is hard to read a few pages after watching a movie. I could once read a 400-page book in a day unable resist the suspense of where the story would take me. Now, I can’t get through two pages as the thought of having to get through 400-pages of words to visualize and know the story frustrates me. Also, it is hard to retain the information on one page with my mind flailing like a chicken. How would I remember what happened on page 1 when I can’t keep up with what’s happening on page 5?

The same lack of focus is a boon when it comes to blocking out people during a conversation. Let’s say you are with a couple of friends, and someone is going on about her new date which went so wrong for hours together. You are bound to get bored after a couple of minutes, because you obviously don’t care! Like everyone our age, I was enlightened by the secret to escape useless conversations without facing consequences: The art of phasing out. For those who are unaware, it the simple technique of daydreaming, with your eyes fixed on the subject and a faux participation in the conversation with an occasional word or two, while your mind drifts away to ruminate on things that make you happy. So in the example I stated, I would nod, nod, smile and say, “Yea… I totally get it! How could he do that!” while I’m actually thinking of what to have for dinner or singing to Ed Sheeran in my head.

Now I must admit, phasing out is a dangerous thing. As you secretly smile, and coddle this Precious power, it gets stronger and becomes a part of you that you cannot control. At one point in your life, it becomes an involuntary response, and this is when you don’t even notice your Precious showing up at times uninvited. To an entrepreneur it can be fatal. I didn’t quite realize its deadly power until I found myself losing bits of information to those amazing conference rooms. Initially I drove myself paranoid thinking I was losing my memory. Turns out, my mind automatically blocked out whatever the clients said the minute I found it to be long, tortuous, and boring. So I’d spend an hour and half at the table, trying to comprehend what Mr. Smith (not a real person) was saying, while I would have actually listened to him for the first ten minutes, and then conveniently started nodding, as Precious took me to a world of music, pasta and dogs.

One Saturday, in June 2014, I received a call from a prospective client who wanted a few samples of content before she decided to hire us. At the time, I was working all day, everyday, and did not mind calls from clients on the weekends or sometimes past working hours. She began briefing me over the phone, when I stopped her and requested her to send an official mail instead to avoid any miscommunication or skipping of details. For reasons unknown, she insisted on on-call brief, and although I tried very hard to concentrate, Precious took my eyes around the room I was in. It was a beautiful restaurant, and the plates with cosmopolitan dishes on the table looked absolutely delicious, drawing attention to my hunger. And by the time, I realized it, I had lost all focus on the call.

Needless to say, after that day, I have been fighting hard to not phase out wherever I am. However, when I do look back, the times that I am forced out of my mind to look for means of entertainment is when a client is needlessly circling around a subject that is unnecessary for the discussion, and ultimately wasting my time, which is obviously be used well to work on the project. Then again, I do find myself feeling helpless trying to get through a meeting when I am in a state of suspension – can’t phase out, can’t phase back, drifting around on a leash, until they say, “Ok Shruti, that’s it for the day.”

– to be continued…


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