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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


The Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple

January 9, 2008

I promised someone that I would do a separate post on this lovely little temple, so here it is!

On the morning of the 4th, after we had finished the regular safari, we decided to visit the Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple after which the entire B R Hills area is named. It is a beautiful little temple..though not in the best of condition. Here’s the entrance; the “nAmam” at the top has gone a little out of kilter:

entrance to biligiri ranganna temple

more about the B R Temple here

The B R Hills trip, 030108

January 8, 2008

As chirdeep_shetty called up and said he, anirudhc and a couple of college friends were going to the K.Gudi property of Jungle Lodges and Resorts , the temptation to visit this favourite property of ours, and also spend a little time with Chirdeep and Anirudh was too much to resist…so we quickly made our bookings and executed a quick sneak very early on the morning of the 3rd, accompanied by amoghavarsha for whom the combination of Chirdeep, Anirudh, B R Hills, and a chance to drive the CR-V was also irresistible!

I will have to do a separate post on the Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple at B R Hills, and one on Ranganathittu….there was just so much to see and I captured about 1/1000th of it on camera…!

Chirdeep had indicated that it was a kind of old boys’ get-together for them, and they would prefer to be separate…but we still managed to bump into each other at Kamath Lokaruchi on the highway! We did both the safaris together, though, and since I had not been able to meet him on his last trip, and his stay in Chicago has been extended further, it was nice to say hi to him. It was also a JLRNTP meet, with Chirdeep,Nahar and myself from the March 06 batch (Vikrant from our batch was in Blr and we couldn’t meet him, alas) , and Anirudh from the March 07 batch…and an INW meet as KM, myself, Amogh,Chirdeep, and Anirudh all post there!

We passed Mysore, seeing the landmark Chamundi Hill, with the Rajendra Vilas Palace perched in silhouette atop it, on the way:

rajendra vilas palace chamundi hill mysore 030108

We entered the Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary,sorry, Sanctury….

brt sanctuary board

Lots of pictures from B R Hills and K.Gudi camp of JLR here

The future….

January 6, 2008

I think that the future will be defined by some inventions or discoveries that we may have speculated about now or which are in their nascent stage at this point…but I also believe that there will be inventions and discoveries which are beyond the realm of our present imagination and which does not figure at all in our speculation. People will look back and wonder how humankind managed without X,Y, and Z…..and also think, they had a much better quality of life!

Ok, enuff philosophy…

Here’s a painter of signs in Ramnagaram, a town we passed on the way to Mysore and BR Hills…

painter of signs chamarajnagar

And here’s the greatly entertaining work of another such person…

vasanth hiar dreses

OOOH I love my sign collection!

B R Hills

January 5, 2008

Will be posting about our quick trip to Biligiri Ranganna Hills, Karnataka, but it’s late and I am sleepy and I want to share just one image which I really loved..the evening sunlight through various objects makes for such beauty…

leaves, buds and rocks....Ranganathittu 040108

We had a fantastic variety of sightings, though, of course, what anirudhc calls the SIT was nowhere to be seen….but the GAUR, CHITAL, SAMBHAR BARKING DEER, BIRDS, WILD BOAR, LANGUR, and so many other parts of creation had us marvelling afresh!

Good night everybody, see you…= YAAAWWWWNNNN!!=

The Wolf Spider and its Nest: the real websites

November 20, 2006


I have been having problems uploading the pictures from the bird survey at BR Hills…but I saw so much else that was also fascinating…so here’s my photo essay on the nest of the Wolf Spider.

The Wolf Spider makes a large web with a deep tunnel in it, where it rests, waiting for someone to “walk into its parlour” as the poem has it. Here’s what the nest looks like:

IMG_0044 Wolf spider's nest

Heres’ a close-up. The nests were looking extra wonderful with the raindrops glittering on the strands of silk. There were many of them around.

IMG_0090 wolf spider's nest and the raindrops

If you look carefully, you can see the spider sitting inside the tunnel.

IMG_0091 Wolf spider's nest close up

Now, here’s the spider, outside:

IMG_0096 Bejewelled death trap

And at the entrance to the tunnel:

IMG_0089 Wolf spider outside the nest

And here’s amoghavarsha‘s Nikon D80 with the macro lens, with the image of the nest ( I love this “image-of-image” stuff!) Amogh was also taking snaps, but these snaps are by me…..

IMG_0045 Photo of the wolf spider's nest

Well…that’s the Wolf Spider and its Tunnel of Death (or Dinner, according to one’s point of view!)

Arachnophile sunson….this post’s for you! And if I think of “Arachnis” or “silk threads”, then this post is for udhay, too!