Archive for March, 2008


March 31, 2008

Yesterday a friend of mine moved back into Bangalore, and we went over to help….and I couldn’t help wondering why we seem to surround ourselves with so many more possessions than we could possibly need…. why do we tend to accumulate so much of stuff? Everything looks so attractive, so potentially useful, and sometimes so ..just must-have…when we see them, and they come to join us in our daily existence. And then, of course, there are the things that are given to us by those around us; they are tokens of affection, so we accept those too, and give them place in our homes….but the sad truth is that so much of our possessions are only clutter, and we don’t have the inclination, the ability, or the clarity to identify them as such, and get rid of them. We are like magpies, picking up whatever we see and bringing it back to the nest, and we wind up with homes that overflow with what we like to think are possessions, but are often…just junk!

Madurai……lots of pics, read at leisure, or skip! :)

March 31, 2008

A very enjoyable trip to Madurai and a terrible (yes, still) internet connection meant no LJ, and have been sitting up at 3am, catching up with friends’ posts. When I am reading so many posts (the power has gone and I wonder when the UPS will pack up, and kill off my connection, or when the connection will drop), I don’t have the time to post comments…and I don’t like’s like keeping quiet instead of participating in a conversation!

But…here are a LOT of pics from the Madurai trip. We had been there for the 60th birthday celebrations of close friends.

Here are two images that I love; they are both from the Meenakshi Amman Kovil in Madurai.

The first is the way the strong sunlight comes, quite literally, pouring in through the gaps in the granite beams… illuminates this stone elephant:

bars of light in the temple..stone elephant 260308

Legend (the temple has thousands of stories for almost every piece of sculpture there is in it!) that once, when the Pandya king offered sugarcane with humility and faith in Shiva, one of the stone elephants came to life and ate the sugar cane….

whispered wishes...madurai meenakshi temple 260308

That was a woman devotee whispering her wish into the ear of a small statuette of Nandi
, the vehicle of Shiva…

many, many more pics; of Madurai, the Meenakshi temple, the Koodal Azhagar temple that our hotel faces, and so on…

What a cordful microphone can do…

March 31, 2008

Found this on the LJ of sriniram

Can you believe that they don’t show what Brian did to the guy!

Found this in my Gmail drafts…..the Buffalo

March 30, 2008

I like to put things into the drafts folder on both my gmail and Outlook Express…the pickle jar for my ideas and words, I guess…

I found this just now when going through the gmail drafts folder for something else, and here it is, in its glory and halo:

The African or Asian Buffalo
Seems to need,always, in mud, to wallo.
The look on his face
To me, definitely says
That his IQ must be rather shallo.

Which,in turn, prompted this impromptu just now:

Edward Lear
Never fear
That you were laid on your bier…
I am here
Limerick lovers can now shed a tear!

And while on the buffalo:

Incredible, or NOT credible…

March 29, 2008

Was forwarded this YouTube video:

I am still reeling from this. I am not sure if what I am watching is real, or somehow doctored. What do you all think?

Update: yathin found this on the same topic:

click here for snopes dot com’s take on elephants painting self-portraits

Thanks, Yathin. Yes, that makes it more credible, but it’s still amazing.

A way to make a living….

March 28, 2008

I spotted these two people at Jayanagar 4th Block the other day; they are, in fact, mendicants, but add value by dressing up as mythological characters. The characters are usually identifiable, but I could not make out who these two were supposed to represent. I wonder..perhaps it is Rama and Lakshmana?

dressed as mythological characters jayanagar 4th block 230308

But if so, the bows and arrows are missing.

They were taking a little break from work; I saw them a little earlier, asking for alms….

Lalbagh on Saturday; films on the weekend…

March 24, 2008

Karthik had told me that he would be free this weekend, so I tried to organize an outing; the weather was not very predictable, so he said that rather than Manchinabele, which was much further away, we should go to Lalbagh, where if it rained, we could do some id’ing of hot idlis and coffee at any nearby Darshini…

We were a round (well, none of us are ROUND, really, but…) dozen…Karthik the NTP Guruji, and the NTP members were, in alphabetical order, Adarsh,Anjali,Geeta,Pallavi,Prasanna,Vittal, and me; and then there were, also in alphabetical order, Vittal’s son Adu (it should be Jayaditya, but I want to put him first!),Vittal’s friend and potential NTP-taker Girish, Nisarg, whom I have met at various birding and wildlife locations, and Pallavi’s husband Preetam, who just took Sudhir Shivaram ‘s course on photography, and was there to try out all the newly-learned stuff….

LOTS of pics if you click, or you could skip!

Anush and his help….

March 24, 2008

anushsh helped Karthik put up a page on the common flowering trees of Bangalore on his website, here at

I think it was very nice of Anush to do this, and help a very knowledgeable person share some of that knowledge with others. (I will not, of course, mention here that kalyan has also helped Karthik put up the website; as it is, he is saying that I have added “too much masala” to my account of him in my JLRNTP article!)

I am touched when I see youngsters who make such good-hearted gestures. Way to go, anushsh!

In the Pink , and that’s not good….

March 24, 2008

BRHills, K.Gudi JLR, 17 and 18 March 2008

March 24, 2008

The 17th of March was a landmark birthday for KM…yes, he (I can’t believe it!) turned 60. When I see him, I still see the 28-year-old whom I married, so I keep having to remind myself that 32 years have passed in the blink of an eye…

In our community, a 60th birthday is celebrated as a second wedding, with the husband actually tying a fresh “thAli” for the wife….but since we hardly have any family members nearby, he was rather adamant that he didn’t want a “fuss” made over his birthday; he does not celebrate birthdays in general, and couldn’t see why there should be a departure this time. But I secretly asked my sister-in-law to come over from Chennai. And then, out of the blue, he said, “Shall we go to B R Hills that day?” and, truly delighted, I rushed to comply. I made the booking at JLR, and we were all set to leave at 5am.

At 4.30am, he said he had a sore throat and didn’t want to go! But at 9am, when he got up looking quite OK, I insisted that we should go…and certainly, it turned out into a memorable trip, even though just for a day!

We reached the K.Gudi (Kyathadevararyana Gudi if you want to twist your poor tongue into knots be precise ) Camp of JLR at about 3pm and this too, turned into a mini NTP meet, with Nahar, R Narayan and G S Narayan all being there…and yours truly of course.) Nahar had organized a lovely tree-planting ceremony for KM, and sampige (champa,magnolia) saplings were planted…I do hope they grow and thrive!

As usual, all lousy pics are to be excused as documentation…

Here’s the sign for our destination, with that wonderfully-well designed Karnataka logo on top:

br hills sign 170308

Here’s Mr Tree-Planter himself:

KM planting a sapling kgudi 170308

see several pictures,including one of a leopard taken on my S3IS, under the cut