Buy a free meal at a restaurant in Bengaluru for the needy – A Sanchigondu Initiative

Inspired by the one for me, one for the wall” movement, Sanchigondu is a community service initiative in which customers can volunteer to buy coupons at select restaurants to buy a meal for the economically disadvantageous amid the Covid-19 crisis across different restaurants in Bengaluru.

How to gift a meal ?

  • Locate a restaurant displaying the Sanchigondu board (Refer the list of supporting restaurants in Bengaluru)
  • Along with your food, Buy a token for the needy (value of the token varies basis the restaurant and its value is fixed by the restaurant owner)
  • Drop the token in the dedicated box.
  • The token in the box will be used by the needy who cannot afford a meal.
Buy a free meal at a restaurant in Bengaluru for the needy with Sanchigondu Initiative
Buy a free meal at a restaurant in Bengaluru

Who started Sanchigondu – gift a meal initiative ?
It is conceived by Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association (BBHA) and Rotary Bangalore South Parade in association with Corona Warriors Banashankari.

List of restaurants in Bengaluru to buy a free meal:

  • Vidyarthi Bhavan, Basavangudi
  • Ganesh food joint, Jayamahal
  • Nisarga Garden Veg Restaurant, Infantry Road
  • ParkView Vegetarian Fast Food Restaurant, JP Nagar 3rd phase
  • Anna Kuteera, Katriguppe
  • Bunt’s Biriyani Palace, Mysore bank colony
  • hotel Dwarka NR colony
  • Kakal kai Ruchi, JP Nagar and Konanakunte (both branches)
  • Kamat Hotel, Avenue Road
  • Priyadarshini restaurant, SC Road
  • Rajatadri Hotel, Jayanagar 7th block
  • SLV coffee bar, BSK 2nd stage
  • UB upahaar, Kumaraswamy Layout
  • Udupi Sri krishna Bhavan, Gandhi bazaar
  • Nandana palace, all branches
  • Chaitanya Veg, all branches
  • Srinidhi Sagar, all branches
  • Vasudev Adigas, all branches
  • Halli Mane, Malleshwaram
  • Gokul Veg, all branches

For the most updated list of restaurants – follow Sanchigondu on Twitter

Head out to your nearest restaurant and gift a meal : )

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for public in Bengaluru

The scale of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations hold the key to mass adoption of EVs in India and across the globe.

In India, public EV charging stations are being setup in the metro cities and the advancement of the charging stations into Tier 2/3 cities, national/state highways is still nascent.
So EVs in the immediate future is likely to be an urban phenomena.

This post would serve as a beginner’s guide to:

  • Types of EV charging and connectors in India
  • Bharat EV charger specifications for AC and DC public chargers in India
  • EV charging stations in Bengaluru
BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station for cars and 2-wheelers in Bengaluru
Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station for cars and 2-wheeler in Bengaluru

1) Types of EV charging and connectors in India:
Electric vehicles (cars, motorcycles, scooters, 3-wheeler) support the following types of chargers:
– AC (stands for Alternating Current) Chargers
– DC (stands for Direct Current) Chargers

AC chargers:
AC chargers utilize the AC current to charge the batteries of the EV.
This is used for overnight/full charging at home, work/offices, hotels etc

Why AC chargers are termed Slow ?
EV batteries need DC for recharge, hence the AC input into the EV would be converted to DC by an “on-board charger” in the vehicle.

Most electric 2-wheeler, 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler vehicles in India do not have an on-board charger beyond 2.5 kW or 3 kW (This is likely to save or minimize costs in vehicle)
In Europe/US, EVs have on board chargers with higher power ratings (for example Tesla have a 16 KW on-board charger)

Types of AC connectors:

AC Connector TypeFeatures
Type 15 pins
No locking mechanism
Single phase power only
Type 2
(the most common connector found on Indian cars)
7 pins
In-built locking mechanism
Supports single + three-phase power
AC charger for 2-wheelers at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
AC charger for 2-wheeler
Type 2 AC and DC Charger at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
Type 2 AC and DC Charger

DC Chargers:
Typically used for rapid charging. DC rapid charging stations will have cables with both a CHAdeMO and CCS connector attached and you will simply have to choose which fits to your vehicle socket.
To protect the battery, DC chargers do not consistently charge at their typical power rating.

Types of DC connectors:

DC connector typeFeatures
CHAdeMOOriginal DC connector
Most common for India public charge points
CCS-2 (Combined Charging System)Supports high power (>50kW)
CCS and CHAdeMO DC charger at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
CCS-2 and CHAdeMO DC charger

2) Bharat EV charger specifications for AC and DC public chargers in India:

To standardise the public EV charging infrastructure in India, the Govt of India has set forth the below specifications for public EV charging stations:

  • Bharat EV AC charger (BEVC-AC001)
    • Max power output: 3.3kw
    • Output/Vehicle connector type: IEC 60309 Industrial Blue connectors
  • Bharat EV DC charger (BEVC-DC001)
    • DC Slow charging:
      • Max power output: 15 kW power or a 2-wheeler vehicle charging at 48V with maximum power of 3.3 kW.
      • Output connector type: Type 2
    • DC fast charging:
      • CCS 2, up to 50kW
      • CHAdeMO, up to 50kW or better

3) EV charging stations in Bengaluru:
Currently there are 4 companies that have setup public charging systems in Bengaluru:

  • BESCOM EV Charging stations: The most wide-spread network of public charging stations in Bengaluru.
    • Paid charging via ElectreeFi app
    • Charger type: AC + DC
    • Timings: 24 hours and all days of the week
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • Locate the nearest station using Google
      • Check for the type of connectors available (also displayed on Google)
      • Scan QR code at the charging station to download the app and make the payment
    • Supported vehicles: 2, 3, 4-wheeler
ElectreeFi App - Scan and pay at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
ElectreeFi App – Scan and pay at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Kirana Charzer: A private startup in Bengaluru – they sell charging units that can be installed at the house, shop, apartment etc. The building owner gets a monthly rental revenue from the charging unit (based on usage)
    • Paid charging via Charzer app
    • Charger Type: AC only
    • Timings: restricted to hours of operation of the establishment (shop/hotel/apartment etc)
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • locate the nearest station with Charzer app
      • Check for the type of connectors available on the Charzer app
      • Make the payment via the app
    • Supported vehicles: best suited for 2-wheeler (AC charging of cars will take longer)
  • TATA Power EZ: The only major car maker in India to setup these EV charging stations – currently they are very less in number
    • Paid charging
    • Charger Type: AC + DC
    • Timings: restricted to hours of operation of the establishment (cafe/shop/hotel etc)
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • Locate the nearest station with the Tata Power EZ app
      • Check for the type of connectors available on the Tata Power EZ app
      • Book and make the payment via the app
    • Supported vehicles: 2, 3, 4-wheeler (supports non Tata vehicles too)
  • Ather Energy Grid: One of the early bird to setup an EV charging network in the cities (Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune). Ather Grid is live only in Bengaluru.
    • Free for Ather and other 2-wheeler
    • Charger Type: AC only
    • Timings: restricted to hours of operation of the establishment (cafe/shop/hotel/malls etc)
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • locate the nearest station
      • Check for the type of connectors on google
      • Scan QR code at the charging station
    • Supported vehicles: 2-wheeler only

Charging Electric bicycles in Bengaluru:
Most of the electric bicycles can be charged with a single-phase/three-phase 3-pin point (used for regular electric appliances).
Hence any of the above public charging stations can help with that.

Happy EVing 🙂

Ride de Hampi

History and mythology come to life in the magnificent ruins of Hampi or Hampe, drawing travellers for centuries. The Tungabhadra river dissects this region into:

  • historic” ruins of the once mighty Vijayanagara empire as Hampi
  • mythologicalvanara kingdom of Kishkindha from our Indian epic Ramayana

Motorcycle Ride to Hampi from Bengaluru:

  • Route: Bengaluru > Chitradurga > Hospete > Hampi
  • Road conditions: excellent Dual carriage highway to ride a motorcycle
  • Where to eat Breakfast: The highway doesn’t have many breakfast options – a good place to stop is Sri Laxmi Bhavan inside the town of Chitradurga
    • Masala dosa, Khali Dosa with palya, Gulab Jamoon and filter coffee are a must try
Breakfast stop enroute to Hampi at Sri Laxmi bhavan tiffin room in Chitradurga -
Breakfast in Chitradurga
  • Best time of the year to ride: December to February
  • Enroute: Stop by to soak in the massive view of the Tungabhadra dam and the tunnel before entering the town of Hospete
Motorcycle ride to hampi from bengaluru stop at dam and tunnel view-point of Tungabhadra
Don’t forget to stop at the Dam and Tunnel View Point before Hospet

What to see in and around Hampi:

  • Hampi Group of Monuments: the heart and soul of this town – their discovery elevated this once forgotten ancient town to a UNESCO world heritage site. [Group of Monuments is a collective name given to all the protected temples, ancient bazaars and ruins spread across the town of Hampi]
  • Catch a sunset on Matanga Hill: one of the tallest and the best vantage point to view the town of Hampi- the sunset up from the hillock is magical.
    • The climb to the Matanga Hill sunset point is moderate and can take upto 20-30mins
    • Wear a sports shoe to climb and carry water
    • Sunset from Hemakuta Hill: for those who cannot climb the Matanga hill, Hemakuta Hill has a sunset point accessed by steps and lots of benches to sit
    • Matanga Hill and Hemakuta Hill are located near to the Virupaksha temple in Hampi
Sunset from Matanga Hill Hampi
Sunset from Matanga Hill
Sunset from Hemakuta Hill Temple in Hampi
Sunset from Hemakuta Hill Temple
  • Sanapur Lake: located about 30 kms from Hampi by road, this pristine lake is surrounded by boulders offering a beautiful view and is a perfect place to getaway from the crowd and even take a short nap 😀
    • Best time to visit: early morning or evening (avoid visiting at noon – it’s super hot)
    • Coracle Ride/boating at Sanapur lake: locals offer a 20-30 min coracle ride on the lake, fares start from INR 500-1000 for the entire coracle
    • How to reach Sanapur lake: transport options include hiring a car, local auto rickshaws, personal car/motorcycle and bicycle all the way
    • For the cyclist: I recommend cycling one way via the road ( Hampi > Bukkasagara bridge > Anegundi > Sanapur lake) and take a ferry/coracle back from Anegundi to Hampi [Local ferry/coracle fees is INR 20 per person and INR 20 for a bicycle/motorcycle]
Coracle ride at Sanapur Lake near Hampi
The beautiful Sanapur Lake
Cycling in Hampi - serene paddy fields en-route Sanapur lake
Enroute Sanapur Lake
  • Mythology Circuit: the opposite bank of river Tungabhadra (Kishkhindha/Anegundi) is a must visit for folks interested in Ramayan. Places of visit include:
    • Anjaneya Hill ( birthplace of Lord Hanuman)
    • Vali-Sugreeva Fighting spot
    • Sugreeva’s Cave in Hampi
  • Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary: located 20kms from Hampi, this wildlife sanctuary allows safari within the park from the comfort of your private car and government buses.
    • Entry fees of INR 500 per car + additional fees for INR 25 per adult [No fees for a motorcycle]
    • Carry water and food (do not litter, throw them in designated waste bins)
    • Carry a binocular
    • Timings: Park is open to public from 2 pm to 6 pm

How to travel in Hampi:

Most of them who don’t have their private transport rely on local auto rickshaws to travel from one monument to other, however the below options are worth considering:

  • Rent a bicycle in Hampi : there is no proper outlet to rent a bicycle within the town of Hampi, hence it’s recommended to procure the bicycle from the resort you stay (ensures full connectivity and can be dropped back at the place of your stay)
Cycling in Hampi - At Talarigatta Gate
At Talarigatta Gate in Hampi [Talarigatta translates to Toll Collection Gate]
  • Coracle Ride from Hampi to Anegundi: the locals will take you on a ferry/coracle at INR 20 per person and INR 20 for a bicycle or motorcycle
    • Coracle timings: 730 am to 5 pm
  • Government buses: there is no bus service that takes you from one monument to other within Hampi ( wish the tourism department can come up with a hop-on/hop-off bus service)

Useful information on Group of Monuments Hampi:

  • Entry Tickets: except a few Monuments, entry to all the ruins is free. For Monuments with entry fee, while there is a standard queue, one can also scan a QR code to pay and procure the entry ticket
  • Vijaya Vitthala Temple: the tourism department operates a free electric buggy to ferry tourists from parking till the temple – on weekends this gets crowded, so one can walk till the temple
  • Who should visit Hampi: the inner sanctum of the Monuments are accessible only by walking and there is no separate wheelchair access/ramp
  • Hiring a guide: if you are visiting for the 1st time, it’s best to hire a certified guide to bring forward the context and history of the ruins [look for a guide who are certified by the Karnataka Tourism department]
  • Best time of the year to visit Hampi is December to February
  • There are no dedicated stations/rooms in Hampi to breast feed babies
  • Public Toilets: clean toilets were found only at Lotus Mahal and Vijaya Vittala temple monuments

An arid landscape laced with precariously balancing boulders offset by lush green banana plantations and paddy fields – Hampi is the window to our glorious architecture, richness and culture of the yesteryears.

Sunrise in Bengaluru - riding a Triumph Daytona 675R in India
Enroute Hampi – a beautiful sunrise to see us ride 🙂

New Prashanth Hotel BSK 3rd Stage Bengaluru

South Bengaluru is home to 2 distinct types of Karnataka cuisine – the vegetarian fare of darshinis and nati Karnataka-style non-veg hotels.

While the popular ones draw long waiting queues, get featured on vlogs and can getaway with average-to-bad food – the ones that “satisfy the taste buds of locals every single meal, every single day” stand in obscurity.

One such nati-style hotel is New Prashanth Hotel located opposite Eshwari Theatre on BSK 3rd stage ring road. For over 10 years, they have been serving lip-smacking, spicy nati-style chicken and mutton dishes.

What to eat:

  • Akki Roti: While they serve the regular chapati, ragi mudde etc – the Akki roti served here compliments deliciously with your favourite egg/chicken/mutton dish
  • Chicken Fry and Chicken Masala : goes well with Akki roti and biryani
  • Chicken/Mutton Biryani: a meal is incomplete without the biryani – cooked to perfection it’s complimented well with a curd-based salad and sherwa
  • Mutton Kheema balls and Mutton Fry: are the crowd favourites
Akki Roti with Chicken Fry and Biryani at New Prashanth Hotel BSK 3rd stage Bengaluru
Akki Roti with Chicken Fry and Mutton Biryani

Useful Information:

  • Ambiance: Indoor seating, Non-AC and family friendly (they have a separate section for Family). Finger-bowl will be provided to wash hands after the meal
  • Wheelchair Access: wheelchair friendly – restaurant is located on 2nd floor with access via an elevator and staircase
  • Soft drinks: they serve soft drinks [biryani is incomplete without one :)]
  • No alcohol/beer is served + No Smoking
  • Parking:
    • Motorcycles: free parking on the footpath below the restaurant
    • Cars: no dedicated parking place, numerous by lanes to find a parking spot
  • Mode of payment: Cash + Mobile wallets + UPI + Credit/debit cards
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Tuesday to Sunday: 12 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm
    • Monday holiday
  • Location: New Prashanth Hotel, Opp Eshwari Theatre, BSK 3rd Stage, Bengaluru [Google Maps Link]
  • For the vegetarian: very limited options to eat, best to avoid

Amritsari Kulcha Land JP Nagar Bengaluru

Amritsari Kulcha land in JP nagar has emerged as “the place in Bengaluru to taste Amritsari Kulcha” and I had to find out.
Having tasted the authentic kulchas in Amritsar, Punjab – I was keen to find out how close they tasted to the authentic ones from region of Pind.

In all fairness – while the taste of Amritsari Kulcha served here is very close to the ones in Amritsar, but the chole gravy and the mint chutney were an absolute disappointment 😦

What to eat?

  • Amritsari Kulcha (choose between aloo, paneer, gobi and mixed stuffing)
  • Sweet Lassi: absolutely delicious, rich and filling
  • Veg biryani: this was the surprise I wasn’t expecting – it’s yumm and worth a second visit
Amritsari Kulcha with chole and mint chutney at Amritsari Kulcha Land in JP Nagar Bengaluru
Plates of deliciousness 🙂

Useful Information:

  • What distinguishes an Amritsari Kulcha from a regular Kulcha is the vegetable/paneer stuffing in the Amritsari Kulcha.
  • Non-veg Dishes: while the entire menu is only vegetarian, they have started serving non-veg (limited items) food as well
  • No soft drinks are served, but one can carry their own bottle of soft drink (ask the hotel owner, he will happily oblige)
  • Ambiance: very basic (non- AC), dine-in is allowed (family + kids friendly)
  • Wheelchair Access: No (the dining area is accessed only via steps, no ramp/lift is available)
  • Parking: No dedicated parking area for both cars and motorcycles – find a parking place in the adjacent lanes
  • Mode of Payment: Cash + UPI & mobile wallet
  • Timings: Monday to Sunday 11am to 5pm & 7pm to 11pm
  • Location: Amritsari Kulcha Land, JP Nagar Bengaluru (Google Maps Link)
Amritsari Kulcha in Bengaluru
Close to the authentic kulchas from Amritsar

Amba Bhavani Non Veg Caterers and Mess Basavangudi Bengaluru

Started 8 years ago, Amba Bhavani is a completely women-led non-veg catering and dine-in restaurant located on a quiet private lane in Basavangudi.
Popular among locals for the delicious mutton, chicken dishes and biryani, food is served outdoors akin to a French Bistro (minus the wine).

What to eat ?
Chicken and Mutton Biryani:
The most popular item on the menu, the biryani served is a delicious mix of Karnataka and Maharashtra style of cooking – mildly spicy and full of flavour

Chicken Kabab:
The best kabab you can eat in south Bengaluru – supremely tasty

Chicken and Mutton Fry:
Succulent and soft meat cooked to perfection, High on flavour and medium spicy

Chicken Biryani with chicken kabab and chicken fry at Amba Bhavani non-veg caterers and mess Basavanagudi Bengaluru
Chicken Biryani with Chicken Kabab and Chicken Fry

Useful Information:

  • Ambiance: Seating is outdoors on the private road with chairs and tables with umbrellas.
  • Seating capacity of 10-12 people at a single point of time
  • Service: Akin to a fast food chain – one has to order, pay and pick up the food at the restaurant and head out to the seating/dining area
  • Menu: prior to ordering ask them/ look for the daily menu board ( the menu of non-veg dishes is updated on a regular basis)
  • Sunday Breakfast: Served only on a Sunday, breakfast menu has all the non-veg dishes (chicken and mutton), lamb- leg soup along with idly
  • Wheelchair Access: The dining/seating area is wheelchair friendly
  • Soft drinks: they serve soft drinks [biryani is incomplete without one :)]
  • Parking:
    • Motorcycles: free parking on the private lane of the restaurant
    • Cars: no dedicated parking place, numerous by lanes to find a parking spot
  • Mode of payment: Cash + Mobile wallets + UPI [they don’t accept credit/debit cards]
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Tuesday to Saturday: 12 pm to 4 pm (lunch only)
    • Sunday: 7 am to 4 pm (breakfast + lunch)
    • Monday holiday
  • Location: Amba Bhavani Non-veg Caterers and Mess, Basavangudi, Bengaluru [Google Maps Link]
  • For the vegetarian: very limited options to eat, best to avoid
  • Dessert: biryani lunch is incomplete without a dessert – there is a corner house ice-cream about 400m from Amba Bhavani
Like a French Bistro - outdoor seating arrangement at Amba Bhavani non-veg caterers and mess Basavanagudi Bengaluru
Outdoor Seating – akin to a French Bistro

Rajanna Military Hotel Jayanagar Bengaluru

Among the military hotels in Jayanagar, Ranganna Military Hotel and Shivaji Military Hotel have been the most popular – but over the years as the crowds have gone up, the food taste has dropped from “great to mediocre” and the waiting time for a seat have reached nothing less than 30-45 mins (on weekends during lunch time).
Fret not, for there is a new king of Military hotels in JayanagarRajanna Military Hotel 😀

Without a legacy baggage, Rajanna Military Hotel doles out delicious non-vegetarian (chicken and mutton only – no beef and pork) fare of biryanis, non-veg meals, kaal soup, assortment of chicken dishes, mutton kheema, thale (head) mutton, boti, egg curry and even a non-veg Sunday breakfast.
Their nati kolli/chicken dishes are a league above anything one can taste in Bengaluru.

Nati Chicken Meals with Parota at Rajanna Military Hotel Jayanagar 9th block Bangalore
Nati Chicken Meals with Parota

What to eat:

  • Meals: Combination of the best curry along with biryani rice, white rice and mudde.
    • Choose between chicken, mutton or nati kolli/chicken meals
  • Biryani: Typical military style biryani paired with spicy sherwa (chicken-based curry) and curd raitha
    • The nati chicken biryani is the best
    • Choose between chicken, mutton, egg, nati kolli
  • Nati Chicken Fry: the best chicken fry in Bengaluru
  • Kaal Soup: absolutely delicious and a great starter before the meal ( one can order only the soup without the leg )
  • Parota and Egg masala: for the veg/egg lovers, their egg masala is a master-class, supremely delicious
  • Kheema Gojju: honestly I am not a mutton guy, but this one won me over and left the mutton fans drooling – the Kheema Gojju tastes best with the parota
Nati chicken biryani with mutton kheema gojju at Rajanna Military Hotel Jayanagar 9th block Bangalore
Nati chicken biryani with mutton kheema gojju

Useful Information:

  • Sunday breakfast: only on Sunday morning, breakfast consists of idly, dosa, ghee rice, kaal soup (ask the waiter for chicken/mutton dishes to be paired with idly/dosa)
  • Ambiance: basic (non-AC)
  • Parking:
    • Cars: No valet parking + no dedicated parking space (car parking on marked by lanes)
    • Motorcycles: available on the main road at the entrance of the restaurant
  • Mode of Payment: Cash + cards + mobile-wallet, UPI are accepted
  • Wheelchair Access: Nil (it’s located on the 1st floor, access via staircase + elevator)
  • Soft drinks: they serve soft drinks [biryani is incomplete without one :)]
  • No finger-bowl is provided to wash hands after dining
  • Timings:
    • 12:30 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm [Tuesday to Saturday]
    • 7:30 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm [Sunday]
    • Closed on Monday
  • Location: Rajanna Military Hotel, Jayanagar 9th Brock, Bangalore [Google Maps Link]
  • Pricing: Avg of INR 600 (for 2 persons)
  • Avoid the rush: lunch time and weekends attract lots of crowd – reach at 12:30 noon for great service and less waiting time
  • For the Vegetarian: the veg food is also tasty, assortment of veg curries are best paired with chapati, parota and rice

Hotel Fishland Gandhinagar Bengaluru

Since the 1980s, Hotel Fishland in Gandhinagar is renowned for serving spicy, delicious, fresh seafood dishes based on Konkan and coastal Mangalore cuisine.

The basic interiors and average service is compensated by the lip smacking seafood served in the form of thali (plate meals), fried fish (choose between rava-fried, masala), variety of fish/crab/prawn based gravy (semi-gravy) and biryani (fish/prawn/chicken).

Limited Seafood Thali and chili chicken at Hotel Fishland Gandhinagar Bengaluru

Limited Seafood Thali and Chili Chicken

What to eat:

  • Limited Special Seafood Thali
    [while ordering:
    1) Specify the type of rice (white rice or boiled rice)
    2) Specify the fried fish – Bangda/Bangude {Mackerel} or Kane {lady fish} or Surma {seer fish/king fish}
            Tip: Choose ‘Surma’ if you don’t like fish with too many bones]
  • Crab Chili (taste is worth the patience and effort)
  • Biryani (the biryani isn’t spicy, but slightly sweet – but delicious)
  • Chili chicken (the spiciest chili chicken in Bengaluru)
  • Sip on: fresh lime soda, buttermilk (helps cool the spice)

Useful Information:

  • Ambiance: basic (non-AC)
  • Parking:
    • Cars: No valet parking + no dedicated parking space (car parking available on the street across the restaurant, nearby complexes or avoid taking the car)
    • Motorcycles: available on the road at the entrance of the restaurant
  • Mode of Payment: Cash + cards + mobile-wallet, UPI are accepted
  • No finger-bowl is provided to wash hands after dining
  • Wheelchair Access: Nil (it’s located on the 1st floor, access via staircase + no elevator)
  • Timings: 11 am to 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 9 pm [open all days of the week]
  • Location: 1st floor, 1st cross road, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru [Google Maps link]
  • Pricing: Avg of INR 600 (for 2 persons) [fish prices are seasonal]
  • For the Vegetarian: limited options include veg thali, chapatis only {the place has the aroma of fresh seafood – avoid visiting if you can’t stand the aroma}
  • For the chicken lovers: despite being a seafood place, their chicken dishes and biryani is very delicious
  • Ask for hot water to drink – they will happily oblige 🙂
  • For the sweet tooth: they serve basic flavors of ice-cream, but I highly recommend visiting Mantap Ice cream parlor for delicious scoops of ice-creams, sundaes and bars

5 Things you missed while cleaning a motorcycle

Second to riding, cleaning a motorcycle is the most relished thing for a motorcyclist.

While a good and basic motorcycle clean comprises the below steps:

  • De-greasing the lower half of the motorcycle (prone to grease & grime)
  • Pressure wash with water
  • Foam/soap clean and rinse using the 2 buckets-method
  • Polish/wax
  • Before/after pictures to brag 😛

In addition to the above – here are the 5 most overlooked things one can include during a regular wash to make the motorcycle “super clean”

1) Cleaning the Exhaust Headers Pipes:
Easily the most neglected part of the cleaning cycle – the exhaust header down-pipes along with the radiator pick up the most grime and dirt spewed by the front tire.

What causes the discoloration of the exhaust header pipes?
Most of the OEM motorcycle exhaust pipes are made with stainless steel, chromium and other metals – they react with dirt, water, salts and heat to get oxidized to form a layer – which left untreated for long leads to pitting.

Materials to clean:

    • Hand gloves
    • Toothbrush
    • Scotch-brite
    • Steel wool (if scotch bite doesn’t work)
    • Water mixed with soap (Motorcycle cleaning soap)
    • Autosol Metal polish or Autosol Stainless steel polish
    • Lots of time, patience and hard work

Steps to super clean the motorcycle exhaust headers:

    1. Down-pipes are best cleaned upon removal of side + bottom fairings/panels of the motorcycle
    2. Wash the header pipes with soap water using the scotch-brite and toothpaste thoroughly – for newer motorcycles this removes at least 70% of the dirt and oxidation layer
    3. Rinse down the pipes thoroughly with plain water
    4. Dry out excess water with cloth
    5. Apply generous amount of Autosol metal/stainless polish using a cloth and give a good rub to make them shine

CAUTION:

    • Ensure the exhausts are cold before cleaning – never work on the hot ones
    • DO NOT USE harmful chemicals like “Harpic”, since it reacts to remove the protective layer of chromium

Before - cleaning the motorcycle exhaust downpipes

BEFORE…

 

How to super clean a motorcycle exhaust header without Harpic

AFTER…

2) Cleaning the Turn Indicators + Head-lights + Tail-lights:
While the outside of the indicators, headlights, tail-lights get cleaned every time – seldom do the inside of them get attention.
The insides of the turn indicators, head & tail-lights are not dust-proof, over a period they accumulate dust, moisture and turn dull.

On most motorcycles removing the indicators, head & tail-lights to access the inside is fairly simple, with basic tools.

Materials to clean:

    • Water mixed with soap
    • Microfiber towels

Steps to clean the inside of turn indicators and headlights:

    1. Basic tools to remove the indicator cover and to access the interiors of headlights and tail-lights
    2. Dab the microfiber towel in the soap solution and clean
    3. Dab a separate towel with plain water to rinse the soap
    4. Use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture

CAUTION:

    • DO NOT use coarse or any brush to clean since they may damage/scratch the inner reflective surface
    • DO NOT let water or soap to sit or drop on the electrical connectors/points
    • DO NOT use any polish or spray on the inside after cleaning
    • Don’t forget to clean the indicator bulbs/LEDs & bulbs/projector-bulb of the head, taillights

How to super clean a motorcycle turn indicator s

Clean’em ALL — In & Out !!

3) Cleaning the Front Sprocket of the chain drive:
While the rear sprocket and chain are often exposed to a cleaning spray and lube – the front sprocket is only seen by your mechanic 😀
Make it a habit to clean the front sprocket on par with its rear counterpart – after every ride.

Materials to clean:

    • Chain clean solution/ spray ( I prefer diesel since it cleans well, is cost effective and evaporates fast)
    • Chain clean brush/ regular toothbrush
    • Cloth to wipe the grime

4) Clean the Disc Brake System (not just the pads and rotor)
While a brake cleaning spray is good to clean the pads and rotor – it doesn’t reach the inside of the brake caliper and the brake pistons.
Cleaning helps with:

  • Correct braking pressure to both the pistons on either side of the caliper (translating to good braking feel/feedback to the rider)
  • Even wear of the brake pads on either side of the caliper

Thorough and cost effective cleaning of the disc brake system (pads, rotor, caliper and pistons) is best achieved with IPA (Iso Propyl Alcohol).

Materials to clean:

    • Commercial Iso Propyl Alcohol (IPA)
    • Toothbrush
    • Microfiber towel

5) Clean the Helmet 
After the motorcycle – the next most visible element is the helmet.

An unclean helmet smells bad, looks dirty and affects the rider since he/she has to breathe via the dust-filled air vents of the helmet and leads to scalp irritation and even hair fall.

Thorough helmet cleaning should cover the following areas:

  • Outer Shell with the graphics
  • Outer Visor and inner Sun visor (if present)
  • Helmet inner pads (head pad + cheek pads)
  • Air vents in the helmet

Materials to clean:

    • Water mixed with baby shampoo solution
    • Helmet interior cleaning spray
    • Microfiber towel
    • Ear buds
    • Wax polish for the helmet exterior shell

Steps to clean the helmet (interior & exterior):

    1. Start with cleaning the Interior Pads of the helmet:
      • Helmets with Removable Liner:
        • Remove the pads from the helmet (Refer the instruction manual provided with the helmet or the relevant videos)
        • Wash the interior pads with a mild soap solution by hand (do not feed them to a washing machine – it may damage the foam protection)
        • Air dry them in shade
      • Helmets with Fixed Liner:
        • Use a helmet cleaning spray and wipe using a micro-fibre towel
        • Air dry them
    1. Helmet Visor:
      • Remove the helmet visor
      • Clean with plain-water + dry using a microfiber towel
      • DO NOT forget to clean the spare visors
    2. Cleaning the exterior of the helmet:
      • Rinse the outer shell with plain-water
      • Clean with mild-soap water using a wet microfiber towel
      • Remove excess moisture using a dry microfiber towel
      • Use ear-buds to clean the air-vents and other hard-to-reach areas
      • Apply/spray your motorcycle polish/wax to make it shine

How to super clean a motorcycle and clean + polish the helmet

Not just the motorcycle – keep the lids clean & shiny!!

General tips to super clean a motorcycle:

  1. Perform all or any of the above procedures under a shade
  2. Work on a cold motorcycle – never on a hot one after a ride
  3. Wear protective rubber gloves – to protect from grease and chemicals that may react with your skin
  4. Read the service manual specific to your motorcycle to know beforehand – tools required, how to remove and put them back (usually putting them back is confusing unless one is adept) [PRO-TIP: use a tape to stick the respective screw/fastener to the relevant body-cowl of the motorcycle – ensures no mix-up of fasteners during assembly]
  5. Listen to music – helps keep the tempo!!
  6. Keep a bottle of cold water to hydrate and towel to wipe sweat
  7. Mount the motorcycle onto a rear and front stand for easy access
  8. Use a low stool/bench to sit and work on the motorcycle
  9. Tires: inspect the tires for any damages, embedded sharp objects and small stones that sit between the tread pattern

A “super clean” motorcycle feels great to ride, improves longevity of the moving parts and strengthens the bond between man and machine !!

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Hotel Navayuga Majestic Bangalore

With a patronage from the stalwarts of Kannada film industry to the common man – Hotel Navayuga has been serving delicious veg and non-veg Andhra cuisine in the form of veg meals, chicken/mutton biryani and an array of lip smacking chicken/mutton/fish dishes such as chilli-chicken, kababs, mutton/fish fry etc

For over 45 years, Hotel Navayuga located in the heart of Majestic, Gandhinagara is best-known for:

  • Chilli-chicken (spicy semi-gravy chicken loaded with green chillies)
  • Biryani (chicken + mutton)
  • Mutton Fry
  • Chicken kababs (boneless also available) + Chicken 65
  • Unlimited Veg Andhra Meals (the least spicy item on the menu and the tastiest Dal Pappu + Paruppu podi in Bengaluru)

Biryani and chilli chicken and veg Andha meals at Hotel Navayuga Majestic Gandhinagara Bangalore

Heaven on a leaf 🙂

Useful Information:

  • Biryani portion: served as ‘small’ and ‘large’ – specify when ordering
  • Ambiance: basic (non-AC) + separate dining room for families
  • Parking:
    • Cars: No valet parking + no dedicated parking space (recommend car parking in nearby complexes or avoid taking the car)
    • Motorcycles: available on the main road at the entrance of the restaurant
  • Mode of Payment: Cash + cards + mobile-wallet, UPI are accepted
  • They do not serve soft drinks
  • No finger-bowl is provided to wash hands after dining
  • Veg Andhra Meals with Biryani rice: while the meals is served with unlimited white rice, ask for extra biryani rice (additional charge for biryani rice)
  • Filter Coffee near by: If you crave for a filter coffee after food – walk across the street to Priyadarshini Restaurant ( located within Sri Ramakrishna Lodge) [Google Maps link] for a delicious cuppa of fresh filter coffee
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 10:30 pm [all days of the week]
  • Location: Hotel Navayuga, Aparna Complex, Gandhinagar, Bangalore [Google Maps Link]
  • Pricing: Avg of INR 600 (for 2 persons)
  • Avoid the rush: lunch time and weekends attract lots of crowd – reach at 12 noon for great service and less waiting time

Filter coffee at Priyadarshini Restaurant Majestic Gandhinagara Bangalore

The best filter coffee in Majestic…