It had rained a bit just before I landed but the summer sun was out and Bangalore was shining brightly in the afternoon. I ventured out with friends for what was definitely not the right food to have in this weather at Kobe Sizzlers.
We decided to try out the bar on top - My Bar. Nothing better to beat the heat than a tall glass of Budweiser beer which we duly ordered. Blowing smoke and making funny faces, the afternoon crowd was awesome. Lots of young student crowd from the neighbouring Christ University and Jyoti Niwas College were chattering away - the girls in summer skirts of blue and red, teens glued to their smartphones, some listening to music as they sit around to do idle banter. A couple of beauties went past me and I dared my friend to go and ask them for a picture, but he wouldn't.
My Bar has a European look with wooden floors and pillars with each of them carrying a quotable quote and I struck a few pose aside one of the pictures.
After a quick bite of Beef Fajitas and Brown Rice with Beans. I was beginning to feel a bit restless and so, I walked out into the street to get some air. The afternoon heat was at its maximum by now and I needed Fajita & Fun to cool off and what do I see, a yoghurt and dessert outlet called “Berried Alive” right opposite. They served cheesecakes, shakes, sundaes and yoghurts - all made out of berries, strawberries and assorted fruits. We ordered and experienced the explosion of fruit on the tongue and the cool cream dancing on the taste buds. It was, indeed, a great dessert and shake - a truly satisfying experience. The interiors were done in colours of pink, cream, purple and red. The decor gave it a feel of Barbie Doll House and it looks that the store wants to attract a younger audience of kids not above 15 years!
One wall was full of posts consisting of messages to friends and girlfriends, mothers and dads. A kind of love you, thank you, bless you wall! I took a picture of mine with the wall as a background. Came out well and just put it on my Facebook page - ha!
The evening was approaching and I realised that I needed a haircut and a massage. I called up Arun Kaul, my cousin at the ITC Gardenia and he was kind and booked me a 7 pm appointment for me. I reached the hotel after weathering the famous Bangalore traffic from Koramangala to ITC Gardenia that took me 50 minutes in an auto. I was late but all set to be refreshed by an hour full body Thai massage, haircut with colouring and shampoo all for Rs. 8000 at the spa in the Hotel aptly called Kaya Kalp. A warm shower was due before the massage and was extensive.
The therapist used her hands, fingers, feet and knees to massage every nook and corner of my body as I cried out with noises that might be described as sexual in nature. In between, I dozed off only to be woken up by a jerk on my vertebra which felt more straight and erect now. One hour and I was fresh as a daisy. My black colour had come out smart. I had told the staff that I wanted to walk out 10 years younger and they had indeed achieved that task. The staff was professional yet very warm and encouraging. They also have a brisk brand of massages that are done in 20 minutes but with a lot more pressure. This was positioned perhaps towards travellers who haven't much time. All in all, a great and memorable experience and I will be coming back!
Originally posted on TikkusTravelthon.in