• Tower of London
    Personal,  Travel

    The Tower of London – Take 2

    A few weeks ago, Ashwina and I decided to get out and enjoy the bit of good weather that we have had of late. While it was still below 15 degrees and chilly, it was comfortable enough to not cover up with several layers of clothing. The destination was the Tower of London. We are members of Historic Royal Palaces and the membership gives us access to the Tower of London as well as four other tourist attractions in and around London. The Tower of London is around 15 minutes by DLR from our house and although we had visited it nearly two years back, we hadn’t visited every part…

  • Kew Palace
    Personal,  Travel

    Kew Gardens and Kew Palace

    The bank holiday weekends in May are always welcome since it means an extra Monday of holidays and a relatively shorter week, even for an investment banker! Ashwina and I decided to visit Kew Gardens and Kew Palace early May. This was one of the many places we had in mind given our Historic Royal Palaces membership. We were joined by Vincent and Indrita. Kew Gardens is located about a short walk from Kew Gardens Underground station which is the second last station on the District Line and good hours journey from where I stay in London. There are four gates where you can enter from and the Victoria Gate…

  • Personal,  Work

    Shopping and eating

    Little above a year back, a young man of 20 something, having finished a year at his new job, received the good news of his secondment to London. In preparation for his six weeks in London, the young man set out to a few shops in the city to buy the necessary attire for the new job profile that he would be in. On 3 May 2010, this young man took his first long haul flight from Bangalore to London. As he walked out of the airplane and took the cab to his apartment, he fell in love with the city and hoped that those six weeks would be a…

  • Personal,  Travel,  Work

    2010: A Life Changing Year

    Come new years eve, most people stop and take a look at the year that was past. I am no different. The end of 2010 also brings together the end of the first decade of the new millennium. And, what a decade it has been! And, what a year 2010 has been! For me 2010 has been one of best years professionally and one of my worst personally (or so I think currently). I began 2010 with a clear future in mind. I had my usual 5 year plan ready, complete with a Plan B in place! But, as they say, man proposes, God disposes, little did I know how…

  • Personal

    A Merry Greek Christmas

    I love Christmas. As far as I can remember, Christmas has been good for me. I have some of the fondest memories of my life associated Christmas. It is little wonder that I look forward to Christmas every year. This year, Christmas was different. Different because, for the first time in my life I was not at home for Christmas. I began Christmas this year by going to Westminster Cathedral for the 6pm mass on 24th. The church was decorated with a huge Christmas tree, but it was also rather cold, since Christmas Eve was cold this side of the world. Met up with a college pal for a quiet…

  • Personal

    A Brief Life Update

    I made my last personal blog post four months back. Since that very date, my life has changed, a change I never expected to come to pass, a change that till today makes me wonder if it is for the better or worse. Since then I have been involved in many things, including a few parties and the Arsenal vs. Fulham game. And, we did get to watch Samir Nasri scoring the first goal. I also had my first experience with snow about two weeks back when I woke up to falling snow. Set out with great excitement, took two steps and landed flat on my back. The next time…

  • Personal

    The Indian feel in London

    Met up with Clayton, my good old friend from my days of choir singing. He decided to take me to Chennai Dosa, which is a popular Indian cuisine restaurant in Wembley and other places in London. Travelling to Wembley on a weekend from Canary Wharf is always a pain because the Jubilee line has “planned engineering works”. So, instead of taking the Jubilee straight to Wembley, I took the Jubilee to Stratford (opposite direction), which will soon be the place of the London Olympics. From Stratford, I took the Overground to Gospel Oak where Clayton came with his car. Going by road today turned out to be rather painful since…

  • Personal,  Work

    It’s movie time!

    Surprise! An update in less than  one month 😉 Two weeks back I went off to the O2 to watch Inception. Since then I have caught three more movies, viz. A-Team, Knight and Day and Karate Kid. I have taken the unlimited movies plan at Cineworld, and I have already made that up for this month by watching two movies in the last two days 🙂 By my math, I’ll need to watch just 18 movies in the next three months. Call me thrifty 😉 Work has been crazy as usual with me finishing my fourth all-nighter at work in the three months that I have been here. Not something…

  • Personal

    The London monthly update

    Decided to look back into my blog to figure out when I had last posted and let’s just say that it was a long long time ago! So, am going to make a quick post to tell people that I am still alive and kicking; ok, not kicking… The past month has been extremely busy with longer days and even longer nights. But, that’s work. On the personal front, I finally got the chance to catch Inception. This time the theatre we caught it at the Cineworld theatre in O2 Arena. The break was well enjoyed, though we spent a good time actually getting to the place! We got onto…

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