Archive for October, 2012

The Tarantula

October 31, 2012

Those who are arachnophobic, SKIP!

JLR’s Old Magazine House at Ganeshgudi has a bank/tier upon which all the buildings stand. This bank is shored up with mud and stones, with many crevices in them. The crevices are inhabited by all manner of denizens….geckos, scorpions, snakes and worms…and the fearsome-looking


The Tarantulas we saw on our night walk all seemed to be wide awake.

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They were all at the entrance of their holes, which they seemed to have lined with old leaves and debris.

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They were quite sensitive to light, though.They came out only when they judged it safe, otherwise, they would retreat deep into their holes.

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Here is one, sitting fearsomely, awaiting something that will become food!

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Sometime, abandoned Tarantula nests are taken over by other creatures, such as this


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Surely it must have been quite bold to go and try out if the hole was unoccupied or not!

One thing that struck me was the (literally!) silkscreen that the Tarantual weaves over the entrance of the hole….to entrap unwary visitors.

So…when the spider asks the fly, “Will you walk into my parlour?” …that parlour is furnished with silk curtains…and it’s also curtains for the visitor!

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I love watching these creatures, but would certainly like to maintain a respectful distance from them!

One of my favourites…

October 29, 2012

“Hello” is a song by Lionel Richie. Taken as the third single from Richie’s multi-platinum album Can’t Slow Down, the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard music chart. The song also went to number one in the United Kingdom. It is considered by some to be Richie’s signature song.

The song is particularly memorable for the line “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”. In an interview broadcast in the UK on Channel 4’s Top 100 Number One Hits, Richie said he had been thanked by a large number of normally tongue-tied men who had proposed marriage after a slow dance to the song.


I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted, (and) my arms are open wide
‘Cause you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you

I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I’ve just got to let you know

‘Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely, or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
‘Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying I love you


October 28, 2012


Every evening I may go to bed with worries or troubles,but every morning, I see the sun come up, and hope rises along with the sun…

Haveri to Ganeshgudi, 241012

The probability that I will understand…

October 27, 2012

I canNOT understand probability theories. I think that everything is just 50-50…either it will happen or occur, or it will not.

On a mailing list that I belong to, someone attempted to explain it to me (as also to children who are facing the concept for the first time). But….

I can TELL myself all this:

On Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM, L H wrote:
> The probability that you will or will not roll a 1 is .5. The
> probability that the roll will result in a 1 is 1 in 6, given the event
> that you have rolled a six sided die. You can reduce most events to will
> or will not happen. That isn’t the true representation of that scenario
> though.
> It can only be .5 if there are two equally probable events. How you are
> presenting them is not in terms of the probability of those outcomes,
> but in that given two discrete categories (1 or 2,3,4,5,6) the
> probability is .5 that you will land on 1.
> The inverse of rolling a one is important as well. The probability of
> rolling a 2 must also be .5, according to your interpretation. But since
> all possible probabilities must sum to 1, .5(6)=3 (or .5 added for each
> of the six possible events) is a contradiction, not to mention
> impossible given that probability is a continuum from 0 to 1.
> Given your terms:
> In terms of a lottery, there are n people who participate. My odds of
> winning must be .5, either I do win or I don’t. However, what if there
> is only one person who participates in the lottery, and that person is
> me? Isn’t my odds of not winning 0, since I would always win?
> However in a system where probability is always calculated by the
> desired events divided by the total number of possible outcomes, this
> contradiction is explained, and empirically valid with your perceived
> paradox with conventional frequency based probability. Given one desired
> outcome (rolling a 1) and two potential outcomes (rolling or not rolling
> a 1) the expression becomes 1 in 2. Charles’ example though derives from
> rolling a 1 as opposed to rolling a 1,2,3,4,5,6. With the same equation
> structure of desired out of total outcomes, you get 1/6. Here is where
> your interpretation breaks down though: what is the probability of
> rolling a red? Your view would have either red, or not rolling a red,
> thus 50-50. However, you can never roll a red. So the probability is
> accurately reflected as 1/0.

But it ultimately makes as much sense to my intuition as this:

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> 3nMK+iTNOOUjZjEZRv8e6Oki/io2AHfRZRjP/ugNOkOspdo+H78r1fmXOs5yXlqh
> i++NP2DAXJ3k+BTc7043PrLvdIOtlrryGNPXG4qs8tvkvtC3v/Wjqq0k0d34RE3T
> O5AnymocsoBDm9pYAOuxRveXcphMb1zA0zE3zBQmHW9JDfvNqad5o+/QbLjjpwQw
> 4GPGlPqg1XUK54PkQqQDSQYSj/rosQqBVUVUxlQPALxIHpfxLWqtG3T67j2Rk8Oo
> qObTNoBksJTYu81Ii1VX3Pvt4bjogZgUcH6HJBPc0aIxOnHK4LGQ6p55xuSKLMSy
> vfcf6NyGiyoQcziUHMGVdMjdKoy9PPGvRLsov3ezNxvePw/cunMwVnJacBZgf6+/
> mU9FLmTpeH18phe+QorheMwA/M9nnS13C/48fGoRFqKt19x+fVOVrtUiubgkAlS7
> sx8J9WL8FbT0D5HmrRB6DRavYxQIO4PCsGODBqag22GYBp6vR6GU8/dJe4hz95Yi
> PbIz9P4Wml4NillJLvwk

Colourful birds….

October 27, 2012







and the



are some of the most colourful birds (like the Peafowl or the Himalayan Monal)

You can read about them on the links I’ve provided above… these photographs, taken at JLR Ganeshgudi Old Magazine House, on the 26th, 26thand 24th of October, 2012, respectively.


October 26, 2012

Back from a great trip to JLR Old Magazine House, Ganeshgudi, Karnataka…but more about that later. A series of misunderstandings , and a song that my friend Pavitra Jayaraman sent me, set me musing on relationships, and how proper communication is vital…

Here’s the original:

And, though I do not like remixes usually, this one is an extremely melodious capella:

The lyrics, with a rough translation:

Uravugal thodar kathai unarvugal siru kathai

Relationships are serial stories; feelings are short stories

Oru kathai yendrum mudiyalam

A story may end any day

Mudivilum ondru thodaralaam

One might continue at the end of another

Iniyellam sugame

All will be fine now

Un nenjile baaram unakagave naanum

Your heart is heavy….for you, I too

Sumai thaangiyaai thaanguven

Will bear your load like a sumaithaangi (roadside load-bearing stones)

Un kangalin oorum yedarkagavo eeram

Why the moisture at the corners of your eyes?

Kaneerai naan maatruven

I will change those tears

Vedanai theeralam verum pani vilagalam

Pain may cease…the mist might clear

Venmegame puthu azhagile naanum inayalaam

Oh,white cloud….I might meld, too, in the new beauty

Vaazhvenbatho geetham valarkindratho naanam is a song… grows

Naal ondrilum aanandam

Happiness, any day

Nee kandatho thunbam ini vaazhvellam inbam

What you’ve seen is suffering…now, all of life will be blissful

Suga raagame aarambam

A new melody of comfort begins

Nathiyile puthu punal kadalile kalanthadu

The new reeds in the river have mixed with the sea

Nam sondamo indru inaindathu inbam piranthathu

The relationship between us…it has united, today…bliss has been born

A momentous year…

October 22, 2012


It’s been a year that started badly, had a great surprise, then a great shock, then a long journey, great loneliness and sorrow, and then, slow steps towards acceptance…I’ve found more love and happiness than I ever thought possible. Friends have proved themselves the most wonderful presence in my life….

Up and down, the seesaw of life goes, but it’s always great being in the playground!

This is to every one of you in my life…and to the one who isn’t in it any more, whom I still respect and have great affection for.

All set for my next trip….around the sun!

Mating and metamorphosis

October 20, 2012

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With two million legs
Love can be complicated.
But one million legs
Travel over the ground
To find the other million…
Together, the millipedes curl up
In a paisley of love.
They blend into each other’s curves
In that conch-shape embrace:
Watching them, I wonder…
Perhaps some of those legs are arms
That hold each other close?

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Surely the most mysterious
Transformation of all…
When a worm turns into a shining case
From which emerges, wondrously,
A delicate creature of colour, and air.
Here’s the metallic sheen
Of a pupa, in which
The body, head and wings
Are developing.
Given the beauty of the pupa,
Isn’t it ironic
That what will emerge from it
Is going to be a butterfly
That’s called the Common Crow?


October 20, 2012

Going around, visiting my friends and also checking out the condition of lakes, I got some images I’d like to share with you.

One of my friends, Hema, has a simple “golu” this time, without the kalasha that would make it mandatory for her to stay home all the nine days and offer worship:

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Here she is, contemplating it:

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Here’s the rangoli she’s done for it:

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and the decorated plate for it:

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Another of my friends, Arun, helped his mother set up a traditional golu, with the village next to the steps, and all the dolls on them, being symbolic of the universe that the Goddess rules:


Near Konanakunte Lake, I saw this Pujo pandal:

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The images had their faces covered, and would have been uncovered today (Shashti Day):

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Already, trade and commerce had begun, with a little girl selling mud lamps:

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My friend Mythreyi has dolls that are over 20 years old:

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But when I went to visit my friend Nandini’s home, I found that her daughter, Priya, and her talented grandchildren, Meghna and Shashank, had gone a great job.

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The vertical screen was also beautifully done:

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However, what totally enraptured me was…Bangalore in the golu!

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You can see the centre of our city, with the Metro, the Indoor Stadium, U B City, Utility Building, and the trees which still stand….

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Here, have a better view of the Sheshadri Memorial Library and the High Court….a Universe in a doll’s world!

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I enjoy visiting golus and sharing them with everyone!

A loving couple….

October 17, 2012

For the past several (I think it’s eight now) I have had a pair of Blue Rock Pigeons (these should now be called Blue Apartment Pigeons!) sitting on a strut on the ventilator shaft of my apartment building.


They are SUCH a loving couple, and are never far from each other. It’s a real delight to see them…flying around, or just nestled together, cuddling up as they are doing in this picture.

The bird-brained part?

The female has laid, so far, innumerable eggs on that same strut, and without any kind of nesting material. This ensures that each eggs falls four floors to the ground, and breaks. But that never seems to faze Mrs BRP, and she goes right on, canoodling with her spouse, and hoping to have babies…

But their wonderful affection for each other is something that brightens up each day of mine, and cheers me up on the blackest days of depression.

Pigeons may now be assuming the proportions of pests in Bangalore, but this loving pair…I’ll always enjoy watching them!