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Hello there!

Like many of you know, I am an illustrator and a designer. I design under the banner of The Phoenix Company (www.thephoenixcompany.in). I make doodles, design graphic tees, ethnic jackets, mugs and other stationery. We also have handmade jewellery and stoles. Our stuff is unique, niche and known to win hearts. We ship across India!

So, if you are looking to get some quirky stuff into your life, then head over to our site!

Also, all you lovely people out there can follow my regular updates on my instagram page – @phoenixinindia 🙂 You can also find the link on my home page.

Here’s a tiny glimpse of the account!

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Follow @phoenixinindia on instagram and visit http://www.thephoenixcompany.in for the products 🙂

More updates from me on our products and the stuff we make coming up soon! Until then, spread the word and shop away!

THE CLOUD FOREST

The Cloud Forest in Singapore is another place you must visit. You usually get a combined ticket for the Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay. While the whole set up is artificial, the greenery still draws you to it.

There are various levels, around six if I recollect correctly. You’re welcomed by a towering waterfall that drenches a curtain of plants, orchids and a variety of other flowers. It’s mighty height ensures that a little water splashes over you if you go closer. Again, it is temperature controlled, so it is slightly more chilly inside.

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Nature doing its magic yet again!

So here is what I did on my second day in Singapore.

When you’re on vacation, you make it a point to wake up late. No hassles, no deadlines and best of all, no work. Well, at least as of now. So we woke up well past 9. H’s aunt and grandmom has whipped up some delicious cheese and capsicum sandwiches for breakfast. We ended the meal with their signature hot cup of tea. After lazying around, we decided to plan our day. Finally we decided to visit this breathtaking place called Gardens by the bay. We left after a sumptious meal prepared by sweet old granny whose enthusiasm and energy is quite inspiring.  Continue reading

Of good flights & warm welcomes

We took the direct Air India flight to Singapore. It leaves at a comfortable time and wasn’t too early in the morning. That is a big blessing since most other flights going abroad are at odd hours.

The flight was rather peaceful. The crew were sweet and greeted us with ‘Happy Holi’ messages. They were a smiling lot, always willing to help. The food was delicious. The last international flight I went on I was teeribky disappointed because they didn’t offer us a good vegetarian meal despite booking it in advance. This time they’d given us a choice of three juices – Apple, Orange or Tomato. I chose Orange. And the platter was a good mix with rice, dal and a tomato-garlic curry. It was piping hot and that made it even more palatable. There was a bun, sundal and a special sweet for holi too. Though I couldn’t eat the last three since I was too full after the rice. Still regretting leaving the sweet on the plate.  Continue reading

SINGAPORE IT IS!

I’m going to start documenting my travels with my present trip. Let’s see how far I can stick to my travelogue dream and faithfully post a piece a day. So I’m away at Singapore with my sister,U, and her husband, H. Yes, it’s one among the list of many firsts.

It’s also my first time to Singapore and fortunately it’s a long vacation (well, no vacation is long enough but I think this one is long enough in one place). I’m excited to explore the country and see what it has to offer. There is a to-do list as usual. But I’m more the lazy kind when it comes to making plans. U and H have done all the internet browsing on the places to visit. I did a little bit of browsing but not too much.

Our hosts are family so it makes it a lot easier. They’re a lovely bunch – extremely sweet and hospitable.

I hope to make a few doodles as well and put them up along with the photographs I take.

So stay tuned for updates and hopefully, my visit can help you plan your stay here!

OUR SITE IS UP!

It gives me great pleasure in telling all of you that my company’s website is finally up. You can now show online with ease and choose from a variety of products. My doodles are available as products too. There are beautiful ikkat jackets, traditionally-made Ajrakh stoles and a lot more in the store.

It will be great if you guys can take a look and pick something that you like!

Here is the link:

www.thephoenixcompany.in

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#Veganuary: Day 6 (all meals)

Meeting deadlines have kept me from writing regularly. But today I am going to finish writing the remaining portions of my tryst with vegan food. 

In the morning I had dosa again. So I’m going to skip writing about how it just makes life easy for a vegan when they love dosas.  

Lunch was a normal south Indian combination. There was rice, sambhar and curry. You miss your dollop of ghee on rice but when the food is hot, it’s really not that big a sacrifice. 

Mom, dad and I stepped out for dinner. We went to a rather well-know vegetarian joint in Besant nagar called Eden. They have continental dishes and Indian specialties. They have an impressive new menu. The Podi vegetable uttappam (recipes of which can be found online) is a new addition. So my mother and I ordered one each. 

We asked them to make it as crisp as possible. It was garnished with green capsicum, finely chopped and finger-licking podi generously smeared on the top. All this put together almost always gives you a burst of flavours in your mouth. 

Do try it out next time!