A true Bangalorean (born, brought up, educated amidst the gardens of the city), who has done a bit of gallivanting over the last few years (Bangalore ~ Bombay ~ Hyderabad ~ Singapore ~ Bangalore ~ Chandigarh ~ Mumbai).

Loves basketball (played for Karnataka, Bangalore University, Karnataka Masters), running (medalist at the 1st Asia Pacific Masters Games 2018, Penang), research (worked at Mode/ TNS/ RI), social causes (using common sense and engineering/ management training to do anything that helps), lakes and open spaces (one of the founder trustees of Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT)), composting (manages household waste), repairing-reusing-recycling (stitches cloth bags, transforms bottle caps CapsToKeep), travelling, collecting autographs and taking photographs! Also, a licensed HAM Radio operator and served as a short-term Special Police Officer with Bangalore Police. Been associated with youth socio-cultural activities for several years through Nehru Bal Sangh, Bangalore that started Cascade Inter-School Fest. Experienced in apartment management having been the President of the residents’ association/ federation of Brigade Millennium, Bangalore.

Enjoys writing about different things we encounter in our everyday lives. Has been a contributor to IRHA and The Alternative. Writes for Citizenmatters.in.

Apart from writing this blog, other blogs/ sites contributed to
Benchesnbins.wordpress.com (my own benches and bins blog)
Journalists for RWH
Plog – The PNLIT Blog
Puttenahalli Post (on CitizenMatters.in)
Like a Lake (on CitizenMatters.in)
Just Autographs (my own autograph site)
                                 … some posts overlap!

Featured as “Bold bindaas and successful” in a Women’s Day article in Jagran City Plus newspaper, Bangalore, March 2011.

Arathi in Dainik Jagran City Plus March 2011

A favourite quote (often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A Definition of Success
To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.

Tries to “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.


Was once in a print ad!

Design O ad - Jun 2004

Was once on a magazine cover!

Jan 2011: Arathi Manay and OP Ramaswamy help city apartments save lakhs!

Reach me at arathimy@gmail.com

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11 thoughts on “About

  1. Arathi Manay June 20, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Thanks Sandamali. I feel encouraged to write more.


  2. Shirley Simpson November 9, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    Hi Arathi,
    Your neighbour for three years and didn’t know that you are so talented and a such a wonderful blogger !!! Anyway better late than never ! Loved reading your posts. Am now an avid follower.
    Take care and do stay in touch.

    Shirley Simpson (from the floor above:-)


  3. Arathi Manay November 10, 2014 / 9:32 am

    So good to hear from you Shirley. Thanks for visiting the blog and hope my posts will continue to inform and entertain.


  4. sreedhhar June 30, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Hi Arathi,
    It was so nice reading your blogs,reflecting the serene beauty of our city and I liked the Roll of Honour of Bangalore Club,surely historic.


  5. Arathi Manay June 30, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Thanks Sridhar. Glad you liked my posts.


  6. Pankaj Jaiswal July 22, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    nice articles , liked reading


  7. Arathi Manay July 22, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Thank you Pankaj. Glad you enjoyed my articles.


  8. vlnreddy1975nitinreddy August 28, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    VERY NICE, i have gone to 90s,your article about langford town, etc neraby, thanks a lot


  9. Betty Fernandes May 6, 2020 / 3:19 am

    Loved your poem I’m OK. We were very fond of your uncle Bala and had fun days at Leonard Lane during our childhood!! We will miss him! Beautifully written poem . I have a photo from 2016. How do I send to you. Betty Fernandes


  10. Arathi Manay May 6, 2020 / 10:02 am

    Hello Betty, Thank you so much for writing. Yes, mom did mention about meeting you. Please mail the pic to arathimy@gmail.com. I have heard about the fun stories at Leonard Lane from my mom too. I’ve written a couple of posts about those old days which would surely bring back some memories. https://arathimy.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/mrs-pringle-the-richmond-road-neighbour/ https://arathimy.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/remembering-our-friends-the-dalbys/


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