Wednesday, February 6

MANGALORE...HOW MAY I HELP YOU??

Five things no travel book will tell you about mangalore.



1.THE VIEW DOWN UNDER

If you don't have a window seat on your flight,you actually miss the "love at first sight" feeling,may be I haven't travelled or flown and seen much,but the sight of flying right over and along the west coast,is overpowering enough to make you forget the food and drink,even on an empty stomach. I must have gone down as the weirdest passenger in the history of Kingfisher Airlines,for flying the last half and hour of the flight with my head nearly plastered to the window.And in case,that doesn't interest you,Mr.Mallaya has provided with a lot of inflight on screen and off screen entertaiment.


2.SANAS

Sanas, are not some exotic coastal dancers but IDLIS.They can easily replace a sponge,whenever required,and are known for absorbing high quantities of chiken stew.Local gossip says they are fermented in toddy, no wonder they are so addictive and afternoon siestas become a must after them. (photographs not avaliable due to high levels of hunger)




3.TERE MERA 'BEACH' MEIN

If you ever dreamt of owning a private strip of beach,but always cursed lady luck,for being born in the wrong family,head to managalore.One of the rare privileges of being on an Indian beach,not a spot of commercial activity,no hounding hawkers and ogling gawkers,just endless surf and sand all to yourself.However Indians as we are,the feeling of being all alone on a beach,too is scary at times!!!




4.DO YOU LIKE IT HOT!!!!
No matter how much you deny it,there's no escaping it,whether you like it hot or cold,ICE CREAM doesnt come cheaper than this.

@ Rs.60 SOME LIKE IT HOT(ice cream in case your mind digressed)
sizzling brownie with a hughest dollop of vanilla ice cream(commercially served),a round of dark chocolate sauce and a generous helping of nuts.GASTRONOMIC EROTICA!!!!



5.And in case, you still didn't feel like a king err queen,picture this......you know you are in mangalore,when you reach adlabs in precisely 10 min(it takes lesser but the roads had been dug up that week!!!sorry for the inconvenience!!!)

Adlabs,on a saturday @Rs.120 and you have the entire theatre to yourself,except the 20 odd people who trickle in,who were a welcome sight,as the show stood threatened with the attendance less than 20.

Mangalore has become a habit and this is one habit,i'm not willing to give up.

16 comments:

padma said...

hi..eee gazal!!!!
Looks like u r in luv with Mglr!!! aheemmm ahemmmm ;-)))( well i do take some credit for making you fallin luv with this place!!;-))
Great pics coordinated with u r gazal style comments :-))

Just made me relive that weekend:-) Hope to have you very soon fro sanas...Hot & cold... GUDBAD....BEACHES... & Much More!

cheers
Padma

Guruprasad said...

what takes you to mangalore often? i'm just the curious cat with 9 lives!

i used to frequent it often too long long ago ....

i was wondering how you forgot to mention 'gadbad' (and saw that padma had mentioned it) and the halwa at shenoy's. i also used to enjoy the bus trips where the bus drivers drove as if they were on some death wish or something :)

Prax said...

sssighhh i should NOT have read this article :(

padma said...

hi.eee guruprasad
Have kept some secrets of Mglr for next trip!
frankly I dint allow gazal to take the bus simply becoz i dint want gazal to go back to Bglr with a broken neck....;-) Nevertheless she did experience what it is to be on 2 wheeler... trying to ecspe the buses..;-))

cheers
padma

satish said...

NICE!

so which movie did you watch???

Gazal said...

@PADMA
well,it's a small tribute to the beauty in mangalore..ahem ahem!!!
hats off to those drivers..they deserve a special post!!!!

@GURUPRASAD
curiosity never killed any cat...believe me
a dear friend padma,is what led me there and after that i seriously feel it's a pechle janam ka rishta.The number of people i have known,who have some mangalorian connection is....amazing!!!
the thought of weighing myself after GUDBAD stopped me from indulging in it this time.

@PRAX
i know you don need the over dose of nostalgia....but nevertheless!!!

@SATISH
movie buff that you are....!!!
sunday.watched on a saturday.worth watching but without any expectations!!!!

Prax said...

heh..its never an overdose when it comes to manglore...ive already made a friend in the client side whos from manglore...lol..

we talk all the time about home - and best thing is, its nice to hear some tulu from time to time...even in the USA !!

Gladiator said...

Welcome to Mangalore addiction.I dont know whats got you hooked on to mangalore...I being a mangalorean still havent got enough of that place.Yes you have for the feel of Managalore for a start but you have lots to look out for.

Yes i completely agree with you in the beach thing..its still virgin and all yours.Loooking forward to more on mangalore from you ;)

Roshan R said...

Hmmm.. What can I add with my experience to your take to Mangalore?
1. For fish lovers, the fried fish of Narayans near Taj Manjarun.. Where the guy comes in with a steaming platter filled with mouth watering fish and u point out your piece.. Not really a place to sit and eat for a prim'n'proper lady though.. So take away would be your option.. Oh did i forget to mention the price? 25-30 for a huge portion of fish. Try beatin that.
2. The beaches are all lovely.. It's just a matter of finding out which one you love more.
3. Zero Degrees.. Pub with dj with dance hall with an awesome variety of food and drinks.. And still serving the latter at normal rates.. Can you imagine Bangalore or any other place do that? Service is par excellence. For the more rock-n-roll crowd, There's good ol' Liquid Lounge.
4. Sigh.. So many many small things come to mind. The cheap but safe options of food (swagath, prax, hao hao), the beauty (st aloysius church, udupi ), the crowd (young, mostly untouched by regionalism and always helpful ), the fact that everything's near ( i used to regularly travel the 13kms from town to my college in 9mins via bus.. So don't rag my buses! ;-) ) It's a good place to settle down..

Roshan R said...

Hmmm.. What can I add with my experience to your take to Mangalore?
1. For fish lovers, the fried fish of Narayans near Taj Manjarun.. Where the guy comes in with a steaming platter filled with mouth watering fish and u point out your piece.. Not really a place to sit and eat for a prim'n'proper lady though.. So take away would be your option.. Oh did i forget to mention the price? 25-30 for a huge portion of fish. Try beatin that.
2. The beaches are all lovely.. It's just a matter of finding out which one you love more.
3. Zero Degrees.. Pub with dj with dance hall with an awesome variety of food and drinks.. And still serving the latter at normal rates.. Can you imagine Bangalore or any other place do that? Service is par excellence. For the more rock-n-roll crowd, There's good ol' Liquid Lounge.
4. Sigh.. So many many small things come to mind. The cheap but safe options of food (swagath, prax, hao hao), the beauty (st aloysius church, udupi ), the crowd (young, mostly untouched by regionalism and always helpful ), the fact that everything's near ( i used to regularly travel the 13kms from town to my college in 9mins via bus.. So don't rag my buses! ;-) ) It's a good place to settle down..

Gazal said...

@prax
tulu must be a rarity there!!!!

@gladiator
well,for a second visit,i think i do well!!!!am waiting to go back

@roshan
i think you are better equipped to write about mangalore,in every sense of the word.
sigh!!! i wish you had updated me about all this a lil in advance!!!!

Contributors: said...

Totally agree wid you about Mallya providing offscreen and onscreen entertainment....but do u honestly find beaches so untouched by globalization?? -fibinse

--xh-- said...

man, you made me hungry with teh pic of that brownie.. itz huge.. time to plan atrip to mangalore :-D i hv heard u get excellent fish also there...

Gazal said...

@contributors and @--xh--
yes.and there's much more.the fish is unbelievably fresh and at unbelievable prices.

Thinking aloud said...

what a nostalgia trip...considering half my patlaam is there...and i'm a true blue mangalorean

they do have good sleeper buses to mangalore if you don't mind worrying where he's rushing to at such speed!!!and you miss te famous view...

Manpreet said...

By God Ki Kasam, you sold the city to me Girl. Next vacation, I m going to make it a point to get to M'Lore. Might need your guidance as well. Perhaps this October or December...