Archive for March, 2011

Chucklist of Birds that I’ve Spotted…

March 31, 2011


Here’s the list of birds that I’ve spotted…not in the field, but in various birding fora:

White Ebee
Bird-eater Flycatcher
Crested Shirt Pant Eagle
Boothed Eagle
Pale-build Flour Packer
Wholly Naked Stork
White-chicked Barbet
Sport-Build Duck
Grinnish Leaf Wobbler
Jerdon’s Bushlock
Red-bumped Swallow
Stork-killed Wingkisser
Grey Franklin
Short Toad Snack Eagle
Broad -assed Tailbird
Indian Curser
Brahminy Sterling
Whiter Less-fronted Ghoos
Egyptian Culture
Paddy filed Pippette
Great Indian Bastard
Eurasian Cola Dough
Jingle Foul
Malabar Grey Horrible
Open-bulled Stock
Tickled Blue Liecatcher
Jordan’s Baja
Pie-eyed Wagtail
Kneel Grease Plycatcher
Panted Bush Quill
Barn Howl
Sore-ass Crane
Loo-faced Malpoa
River Turn
Re-trumped Swello
Booted Hegull

And the last one, which I spotted on my mobile phone only today:

Paid Wagetale.

I must acknowledge my indebtedness to several people but predominantly to Shyamal, from whom I got this…

click here for the beards and the bearders

That list is 11 years old, so it needed updating…but the list of bearders hasn’t changed very much!

Apologies to those who are getting it more than once.

Cheers, Deepa.

Chumma Jusht, for no reason at all….

March 31, 2011

I do love playing around with my camera, and I enjoy the reddish morning light…so, instead of doing my morning chores, I used my foot, a beanbag, that lovely light, and my MLC…

“Put your left foot out”….

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“Spread your toesies all about”…

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Photography can be great fun, when you don’t take yourself seriously.

Nimishamba Temple, Srirangapatna, 290311

March 30, 2011

Yesterday, thanks to


I went to visit the

Nimishamba temple

in the village of Ganjam, 2 km from Srirangapatna. It was a lovely visit, to a temple peacefully set on the banks of the Kaveri.

As photography inside the main temple is banned, I could click only these deities in the outer “prAkAram”…but look at the beautiful way they have been adorned!

Here’s Ganesha:

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and here’s Anjaneya or Hanuman:

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More photographs, and a short account, are


Here is the gopura of the temple, smiling in the sunshine:

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The visit,and the trip to Ranganathittu, were wonderful and could not be blighted by the loss of my mobile phone early in the morning!


March 29, 2011

That’s the past tense of “simplicity”….

Yes. Simplicity is a word with only a past tense…I can’t believe that for YEARS I did not have a mobile phone, and did perfectly well without it!

After much rooting around in “my” mobile shop (around the corner!) we found that the Nokia E 63 has fallen in price from X to less than half X, so my nimble-fingered OPS (Old Phone Stealer) has, instead of making me incur an expenditure of Y (it would have been a small “y”, too!)… has made it 8Y…because now I will have to change my mobile service provider plan to include internet.

The good thing is, the E63 has Nokia maps, as well as email and green tonsils and blue tooth and all those et ceteras..and has a qwerty keyboard instead of the detested-by-me “full touch” where I have no idea what key I am typing.

It will no longer fit into my jeans pocket the way the Old Inexpensive phone used to do….and it served me beautifully for so many years too. Bye-bye, old phone…*wipes away a tear for the simple old days”.

I expect to look back at this post when I am ninety, when I will blog that I now have to get the latest brain-implant chip, and wipe away a tear for the good old days…

An Utter Pain…

March 29, 2011

Losing one’s mobile…and trying to get a duplicate SIM card…is an Utter Pain.

But all of it has not spoilt the serenity and beauty of the Nimishamba temple in Srirangapatna, that Vittal took me to visit, today. More about it later…back to the STUPID paperwork right now!

Writing large and small…

March 28, 2011

It’s funny…I’ve always enjoyed writing, but recently, after contributing regularly to Citizen Matters and latterly to City Buzz, I have begun classifying this as “work”. I suppose it’s not so much being paid for the writing (the pay is PEANUTS!) but the fact of having to finish within an externally-set deadline, that makes it “work”.

The research for an article, and particularly talking to people about their work,passions, or events is always the fun part of writing. I enjoy meeting people,and I feel I listen, and elicit good responses from them as a general rule. I think I make a good interviewer…but haven’t watched others at work, so have nothing, really, to compare myself to. It’s just that what one enjoys, one tends to do well.

There are days when I am least inclined to write..and those, obviously, are the days when I get calls or emails saying they’d like a write-up on this or that. Most of the “thises” and the “thats” are events that I have attended, so I can never resist the call! So I sit and put the tips of my fingers to the keyboard (it sounds SO much nicer to say, “pen to paper”…but that’s a thing of the past!) and…sometimes the words flow, sometimes they constipate themselves behind my eyes, and it takes a real effort, and perhaps the laxative of “mental grunting”, to get them out!

If writing just a few small articles can be so much of effort, I can only wonder how people ever write books, and quite understand the vast majority of writers whose “great novels” are still sitting between their ears instead of between the covers of an actual book!

I also find that writing short articles of 400 or 450 words is as much of a challenge (or more) than the 1500-word articles that I usually do. To condense what is relevant into a few words without losing details is quite tough, and my sympathy goes out to newspaper reporters who have to face this task every day!

Done with one write-up, so sneaking off going decorously to Park View to have a baitu with Zainab…will have to come back and face the next one…about wildlife photography.

Bird Watchers’ Field Club,4th Sunday Outing, Sarjapura, 270311

March 27, 2011

One may go to see the birds, but everything is interesting and awe-inspiring, so I like to call these “Nature trails”, rather than birding outings.

Here are the leaves of the Honge (Pongamia glabra) tree, backlit by the morning sunlight:

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and later, the leaves against the dappled cloud formation in the blue sky:

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click here

to see my account of not-only-the-birds… you need to have a Facebook account.

Bird list:

Babbler, Common
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cisticola, Zitting
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Heron, Pond
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-winged
Koel, Asian
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Wood
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Starling, Rosy
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, Asian Palm
Tailorbird, Common
Tit, Great
Treepie, Rufous
Wagtail, Pied

Beauty Routine…

March 26, 2011

She primps…


She preens….


Until she’s satisfied…


that she can pose for me!


No film star could be more careful of her appearance than this Puff-throated Babbler was….!

Nandi Hills, 260311.

God…and animal worship!

March 26, 2011

If God is great….


then, this is animal worship…of a different kind!


Both taken today, on our wonderful trip to Nandi Hills.

Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli

March 25, 2011

The Ramakrishna Ashram, Shivanahalli, updated their website, and it’s


Read about one of my favourite places!