Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Visit to Shivamogga, Mathur, Kudli, and Sakrebailu, 080417 to 100417

April 19, 2017

Kiran Kannappan and I went to Shivamogga to help conduct a summer camp for 85 rural children, under the aegis of



run by Shaila, Shruthi and Adarsh


Morning prayer

Story-telling, some Sanskrit shlOkAs,


nature around the campus, basic birding


Red-wattled Lapwing on the school campus

basic origami,


basic cartooning


…these were some of the things we went through with the very receptive children.


On the 9th evening, we visited


where Sanskrit is taught, and still used extensively. We visited a couple who have settled down there, having built this beautiful house:




Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Mathur

We then went to the shAradA temple at Kudli


as it was about to close.

On 100417, we visited the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp.



Kiran decided that we would return by the afternoon train rather than wait for the overnight one…so a memorable visit to Shivamogga came to a conclusion!




February 5, 2014

Here’s the family, on vacation in Hawaii:

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Here’s K2 on his actual birthday, the 28th of January:

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With his sister:

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Fixing the dishwasher when it ain’t broke:

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Forking it out:

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He had a birthday bash with a friend:

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Hitler wonders what he’s done with his mpustache:


The family with the cake:


Here’s KTB, riveted by her first theatre experience:

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Here’s a pic of sibling love:

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And finally, here’s KTB describing “a shark eating a fish,under the water,eating a fish and two clams sitting on the ground talking to each other, and watching the shark eat the fish, and the pearls never fly out of the clams when they talk.”

My wonderful grandchildren…the great joy of my life! Thanks to the parents for most of these pics.

Celebrating Karnataka

October 31, 2013

November First is the date that

Karnataka was formed in 1956


Light in the sky…..

July 20, 2012

We watched the Fourth of July fireworks from a friend’s apartment terrace:


But meanwhile, another light rose in the sky, too….


It was beautiful to see the moon watching the fireworks, too!


It was a wonderful evening…..

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Fowl Play….

October 6, 2011

I had decided that I would not go any nature trails this morning (Vijayadashami Day) as it was a holiday…but since KM suddenly announced that he was going for golf, I decided to join Rohit Girotra and visit Valley School.

I’ll be putting up the pictures of the birds and butterflies (and the occasional dragonfly!) on Facebook, but want to share a funny incident…

As soon as we started up the path, we found our usual escorts waiting..this time, it was two dogs. They always follow us, or go ahead…but are generally around for as long as our trail lasts.

While I was looking at the profusion of Coppersmith Barbets and Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls in the fruiting Ficus tree…a delight to watch….there was a commotion, and I realized that the dogs had attacked some bird, which I could see flying up, in an ungainly fashion, into the tree. I levelled my binoculars and exclaimed…it was a


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I have never before seen a Junglefowl sitting on a tree; after all, it is the same kind of bird from which our domesticated fowl are descended, and they are ground birds for the most part, and cannot even fly in any sustained manner.

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I realized that it was only the scare that made the bird jump/fly into the nearest tree, because it went up and down on the branch, looking for a way down!

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Here’s a video of the bird doing that:

I watched him (all that plumage! Of course it’s a male!) for a while, and he finally dropped down into the undergrowth (the dogs had wandered off by this time, and hopefully, he will be alive to tell the tale to his hen…and eggs!)


As a bonus…here’s what our morning opened with….a


singing on top of a tree!

An interesting incident in a lovely morning of birding and “buttering”….

How does it happen?

January 25, 2009

Watched “Slumdog Millionaire”…and got to wondering, “how is it that I am born so privileged, and others are not?”

After years of pondering this, I have no answer….I can only thank my good luck.

Meanwhile, here’s a TICKELL’S BLUE FLYCATCHER singing sweetly at the Valley School this morning (yes, I went *again*!)

Do remember, if you are in India, to watch the Republic Day Parade floats on TV! They make a great spectacle.

One Way is Fine…..

December 20, 2008

I found no trouble at all in being away from the telephone, the mobile, the internet for 8 days…..

But coming back and catching up with the mountains of mail, the messages, the news, the work…*that* is a different, and difficult, story!

Why can’t everything sort of get done by magic when one is away, so that the euphoria of the trip doesn’t evaporate quite so fast?!

Will be catching up with my friends’ list….hopefully soon….

Rajyotsava Day

November 1, 2008

Today is the day that Karnataka State was formed….it’s called Rajyotsava Day , “the festival of the kingdom”….

One flower represents Karnataka, the other, our motherland…and the greenery is that of our planet….


It’s a Jolly Holly Day!

December 23, 2006

We are leaving for Maine (Christmas), Connecticut (wedding on the 29th) , and then California (KM’s entire family is getting together) , early tomorrow…don’t know how my internet access will be…so here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas with this spray of real holly, that I photographed just outside the St Louis Cathedral…