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missmalini has a new address!

Psst! missmalini version 2.0ye is now available on www.missmalini.com! (I’m still working on getting all the comments migrated and the links/pictures just right so please bear with me.) Also, I have tons of pictures and stuff from the weekend was just waiting for the DNS server to kick in with my new address. So sit back enjoy and don’t worry missmalini is not going anywhere. To the moon baby, to the moon!

Also follow me on Twitter @missmalini for the latest dish.

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Bar Jockey!

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More pictures in from my Bangalore weekend. (Apologies to everyone that I spilled those shots on its hard to aim from on top of the DJ console in high heels!)

P.S. Thanks Neil!

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The Bangalore Beat: Day 2

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On Saturday we decided to do the touristy thing and visit Tipu also known as the Tiger of Mysore Sultan’s Palace located smack bang in the center of the city (tickets cost 5rs per Indian, $2 per foreigner.) The three really cool things about it are;
a) arched columns and intricate art work which looks like carpeted ceiling (they really don’t make them like that anymore)
b) the “man-tyger-organ” toy he fashioned to express his opinion of the British!
c) the “flying swords” he invented powered by gun-powder

When we got the munchies we went by another foodies recommendation and hit up the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (or MTR for short) for lunch. Oh. My God. Absolutely unbelievable vegetarian food and quite an experience (with wildly decorative mirrors) and albeit fairly straight forward wall art…

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You’ll find this one on Lal Bagh Road. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get a table, order one of everything like we did (and definitely two medhu vadas) They even have their own signature grape drink (which matched my phone) and delicious South Indian coffee which you cool by pouring back and forth between swanky little silver tumblers.

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missmalini and Nowshad Rizwanullah

According to Wikipedia this serves several purposes: mixing the ingredients (including sugar) thoroughly; cooling the hot coffee down to a sipping temperature; and most importantly, aerating the mix without introducing extra water (such as with a steam wand used for frothing cappuccinos!) Who knew?!

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After some serious over-eating and a semi food coma we decided to walk through Lal Bagh garden with a variety of trees, flowers, a giant lotus pond, Japanese gardens, some very lazy and content dogs (and a slightly odd enclosure dedicated to snow white and the seven dwarfs.) One serious treat for Mumbaikers who see a shriveled tree or two if they’re lucky but mostly live in major concrete jungles. I realize that sounds harsh and I’m sure I’ll get over it soon, so don’t get me wrong I still ❤ Mumbai big time just wish it was greener!

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P.S. Don’t you just Love this friendly sign the government has put up generously offering all its visitors free oxygen? Oh you shouldn’t have. (No really you shouldn’t have.)

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We headed out again after a quick stop at the Shilton and decided to check out Fuga (Ashok Nagar.)  When we first got to Fuga, after the psychedelic red hallway it was pretty empty (apart from a Japanese guest in a tiger costume, no idea what that was about) but by about 10:30 it was PACKED beyond belief and the DJ was playing some pretty sweet house music. We spent most of the night enjoying the breeze in their outdoor section and had plans to check out Cosmo Village for Thai food but decided to head to the Leela instead. Oh and we didn’t get time to do this either but Bangalore Pebbles, Ice, Shiro, Hardrock Cafe and a new F-Bar where Shilton guests get a free welcome drink.

The Leela is the most gorgeous hotel by the way and I hear they do a deadly brunch. Interestingly there’s a generation next coffee shop for the cool kids who have no where to go when the clubs shut and a late night Barista inside the Leela arcade seems to be the hang out of choice. But we went old school to the original coffee shop “Citrus” which totally lived up to our expectations and the pizza, club sandwiches and even chicken biryani really hit the spot. Somehow 11:45pm Bangalore time felt an awful lot like 6am Mumbai… I guess as long as you end up at the Leela Kempinski you’re good to go, right Aishwarya? 🙂

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The Bangalore Beat: Day 1

So Bangalore was awesome. I also took a much-needed detox from the Internet this weekend which explains why I’ve been MIA but I’m back, with pictures!

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First up the ride to the Mumbai airport from Bandra on Friday was almost a major blog score because we heard a giant CRV honking behind us and saw Salman Khan in the passenger seat. Long hair, window-down, scowling cool-ly and smoking a cigarette. Unfortunately I only managed to get a shot of his knee (but hey I tried!)

So here’s a fast track through my weekend in Bangalore; first up let me just say that Bangalore’s 25 degrees and 57% humidity knocks the pants off Mumbai’s 36 degrees and 94% humidity. (Thank God it was raining when we got back!)

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After several recommendations we decided to go for the centrally located Shilton Suites (look for the pink feather!) tip # 1 is that Bangalore traffic makes Mumbai traffic feel like a breeze so unless you like long, and I mean LONG rides pick a central location. Anything near MG Road works. The Shilton is cute, the Luxury Suites cost about 4500rs ($93) a night and the staff is mostly smiling and at your service (they have a little trouble getting two of everything right at breakfast though but I suppose no biggie.)

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On Friday we decided to head out and try the famed Japanese restaurant called Harima (Devtha Plaza.) Absolutely delicious food. It may have helped significantly that we had an authentic Japanese guy at the table who did all the ordering for us! (FYI Soto is my boyfriend’s classmate at Harvard Business School and in Bangalore for the summer, so if you’re up for being a happy shiny tourist guide lemme know.)

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RJ Anjaan & missmalini

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Then we headed down the street to Nyx (Residency Road, opposite Purple Haze, above Konark restaurant) where Radio One Desi Grooves was on. Only the hottest Bollywood night in the city that rocks Bangalore every Friday! RJ Anjaan (from94.3 Radio One Bangalore) was up on deck with DJ Jasmeet and gave me a big fat friendly Bangalore welcome which made me feel like a total superstar. (Thanks for that Anjaan!) Sadly Bangalore wraps by 11:30pm tops and unless you find yourself an after-party to attend its generally lights out, quite a switch from an average weekend in Mumbai but still refreshing to see a whole new set of clubs and (I guess since they know the clock is ticking) they sure pack in the power on the dance floor!

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That’s Anjaan’s gorgeous wife Amrita. Super-fun and friendly and can you believe neither of them drink but just love to dance?! Impressive. Oh, and if you’re wondering why Anjaan is hugging a Kuala Bear (yes a real one) it’s because he was recently in Australia and came this close to bagging “the best job in the world” as island caretaker, check out his application video I thought it was really neat. On the upside his current job is pretty much in the top 10 too in my opinion and I should know! Day two up next…

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Bangalore Bound

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So I’m off to Bangalore for the weekend (I hear they’re having GREAT weather) will report in on Sunday with my city scoping and celebrity spotting (if any.) I still can’t believe everything closes at 11pm! Although DJ Tuhin tells me Athena @ The Leela rocks till about midnight. So far I’ve scored a hotel near the “happening” MG Road called Shilton Suites, more to come. I’ll be Twittering

By the way, if you’re visiting for the first time courtesy CNBC TV18 tech toyz, welcome to my world 🙂

P.S. That psychaelic flyover above is what Bangalore is expected to look like in 2020 according to this website!

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missmalini’s TV debut!

lcdtvcomboCheck it out, missmalini has arrived! The good people at CNBC TV18 tell me they’re going to feature my blog this week on a show called Tech Toyz. ISD Fri 6:30pm and Sat 7:30pm on. Tune in if you get the chance 🙂

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Becoming Twitterazzi

nokia6220cbackviewpurpleSo as you may have noticed I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of Twitter which I confess eluded me for way longer than necessary. So now that I’ve figured it out I can bring you the juice, fresh (and with pictures) from my night outs in Mumbai thanks to my fabulous trusted 5 mega-pixel phone camera [entirely intentional Nokia plug] who knows, maybe they’ll feel like giving me an upgrade? It’s almost my birthday you know.)

Now all YOU have to do is do (as Uncle Cracker once said) is “follow me” on Twitter! You can find me here as missmalini of course; I promise you an endless supply of gossip, celebrity spotting, gig updates (for followers IN Mumbai) and wherever possible, eye-candy for boys & girls alike. Deal?

(And for those not on twitter not to worry I’ll make sure those pictures come up on missmalini the blog “old school” style as well!) so here’s what I twittered recently…

So remember the one time my camera wasn't working and I missed taking a picture of Imran Khan? *sob* I did manage to get thise one on my camera! Something Relevant ripping it up at Daddy's Windsong...

So remember the one time my camera wasn’t working and I missed taking a picture of Imran Khan? *sob* I did manage to get this one on my camera! Something Relevant ripping it up at Daddy’s Wind Song…

Comic trio Vir Das, Kabir and Saurabh Panth dropped into the studio last week, they're going to be kicking off a brand new (and very funny) "relationship advice" show on 94.3 Radio One on Saturdays at 4pm starting next week called "Guy Bhains"  These guys crack me up :) *Bhains in Hindi means bull.

Comic trio Vir Das (who was very funny on Women’s Day), Kabir Singh and Saurabh Panth dropped into the studio last week, they’re going to be kicking off a brand new (and very funny) “relationship advice” show on 94.3 Radio One Saturdays at 4pm starting next week called “Guy Bhains” (watch out ladies!) These guys crack me up 🙂
*Bhains in Hindi means bull.

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Last night I was hosting this gig for Hard Rock Cafe (again)  and caught up with Sidd Coutto from the band Tough on Tobacco (remember I told you about him after the Channel [v] Launch Pad after party?) Well catch him on June 3rd at Il Terazzo for another smashing Daddy’s Wind Song Wednesday!

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Oh and then I had this random I ❤ Mumbai moment when I caught the first monsoon drizzle last week. *sigh* I really do ❤ Mumbai!

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