Words of wisdom

August 8, 2017

He who knows, and knows he knows… He is a sage: Seek him. He who knows, and knows not he knows… He is asleep: Wake him. He who knows not, and knows he knows not… He is a child: Teach him. He who knows not, and knows not he knows not… He is a fool: Shun him.

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Look carefully.....

August 2, 2017

Look carefully at your mother…she’s the person you will probably become. Look carefully at your daughter…she’s the person you probably were. And both of you, look carefully at the grand-daughter…she’s probably going to be more than both of you.

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Two Malkohas and an unknown Owl Valley School, 300717

August 2, 2017

The fifth Sunday of the month, when it occurs, is an occasion when the “bngbirds” umbrella birding group of Bangalore does not have an organized bird walk; it’s time for most of us to earn back some brownie points, or at least get out of the doghouse, by attending to home,families, and other social commitments.

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Butterfly id-ing Expertise levels

July 29, 2017

Butterfly id’ing, expertise levels.

  1. Playschool: Pwetty yellow buttefwy.
  2. LKG: Emigrant.
  3. UKG: Common Emigrant.
  4. School level: Oriental Lemon Emigrant.
  5. Undergraduate: Catopsilia sp ,Oriental Lemon Emigrant.
  6. Master’s degree: Catopsilia pomona,Oriental Lemon Emigrant.
  7. Doctorate: Catopsilia pomona pomona, Oriental Lemon Emigrant.
  8. Post-doctoral research: Catopsilia pomona pomona Fabricius, 1775, Oriental Lemon Emigrant.
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Post-processing of digital images

July 29, 2017

Post-processing of photographic images: I’d divide this into two broad categories: image enhancement, and image manipulation.

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Blr-Pollachi-Anamalai-Top Slip, 100717 and part of 110717

July 20, 2017

Adnan and Sarrah, who are two of the most impressive young people, with unbounded talent only matched by their humility about those talent, invited me along on their trip to the places mentioned above, and I jumped at the offer…such great places to visit, and such great company to do the trip with!

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The Nano graveyard....

July 15, 2017

We went on a nature/birding walk to Kalena Agrahara today, and skirted the lake at IDBI Bank Layout. I was amazed to see several Nano cars parked, and rusting in the monsoon weather.

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The blanket comes to life, 080717

July 8, 2017

Sometimes a blanket is quiet…

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Morning walk, 080717

July 8, 2017

The morning walk, in cool, cloudy weather, is a great joy.

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Multilingual humour

June 28, 2017

What do you call a bee that comes from America?

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T G Halli, 260617

June 27, 2017

A last-minute decision, and six of us, including a birder from Noida, Delhi, who will be moving to Bangalore in a while…off we went, in the predawn dark, to T G Halli Reservoir.

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Livelihoods Driving others

June 23, 2017

Every now and then, a glimpse into lives very different from our own, brings us up sharply against alternate realities.

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3rd Sunday outing, Turhalli, 180617

June 21, 2017

It was still rather cloudy and overcast as several of us met at Vajrahalli Gate, on our way to the Turahalli Forest Trail, where a few more nature lovers from the nearby areas also joined us.

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Passiflora incarnata at the Butterfly Festival, 170617

June 17, 2017

Today I volunteered for the very first Butterfly Festival in Karnataka.

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Jaipurdoddi trip, 110717

June 12, 2017

What started out as a plan with 3 people rapidly developed into an outing with 15 other people! It was a very enjoyable outing to Ragihalli and then to Jaipurdoddi.Here they all are, at the MCS (Mandatory Chai Stop) where the group meet each other.

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AshOni sonkEt (distant thunder), 070617

June 8, 2017

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Bhoochakra gadde or Kandamool, being sold in Bangalore, 070617

June 8, 2017

I found an interesting root being sold on vendor’s cart.

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The beauty of the Baya Weavers Shani Temple pond and Gulakmale lake, 030617

June 3, 2017

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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Half the year is gone...

May 31, 2017

It seems as if I was welcoming The new year only yesterday… Here I am, at the beginning Of the sixth month. Time seems to seep past me Like a silent, wet flow From a leaking tap Rather than elapse In clearly marked segments. Time slowly settles In deepening wrinkles on my face In accumulated dust In babies whom I cannot recognize From my last visit. It peeps at me from obituary columns. It winks at me from old photographs. It bewilders me and fogs my brain When I stop thinking of what was, And try to think of what will be. The dim veil of the past, The curtained future.. As I contemplate them, Each second of the present Slips away, forever, from me.

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Gulakmale and Thotti Kallu (T K) Falls, 280517

May 29, 2017

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A life lesson, and offer of help...Mysore trip, 240517

May 27, 2017

Everybody can dance…

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Plastic in my lifestyle

May 24, 2017

I like to think of myself as green, but apart from plastic bags, here’s a partial list of the things I use and see around me , which have plastic in them…the list goes into the hundreds each day. I started with the morning and moved through the day:

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Blue-banded Bee, Blr, 210517

May 22, 2017

Are those enough B’s in the subject title?

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Visit to Kolkata, Jorhat and Kaziranga, 7-130517

May 19, 2017

We visited Kolkata

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Thirst

May 15, 2017

I thirst… Not for love, money or Even happiness. I thirst for water To quench the parched earth To bring green to the brown To bring fresh hope to those Who raise crops and food for us. I need water To fill the pots Of each slum-dweller Who puts her (it’s never a he) Vessel in a long line of colours, Waiting to drink, wash and live. I have had enough of grishma ritu. I want varsha…not just the odd shower Or thunderstorm, but a steady, Cloudy, drumming season That will replenish the depleted Plateau,that we live on And call home.

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Floral carpets, NF, May 2017

May 2, 2017

Yellow small flowers

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The river

May 1, 2017

Rush,rush, rush… Around me, the seconds flow past The minutes fly The hours march, The months creep slowly. I hardly feel the year’s progress Into the lap of what-has-been. I live in the present… That’s a conondrum As with every ticking second My present becomes the past. As I sit here, writing, My heart starts the next beat. I take my next breath. I am not what I was When I first thought of writing this. What a relentless river Time is.

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Nandi Hills, 220417

May 1, 2017

IMG_1642 Venkat, Varun, Shanthala, Kedar, Akansha, Nitin, Janhvi, Padma, Vidhya, Ramaswamy, Nandi Hills, 220417

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Govind

April 22, 2017

Should I wait For it to be exactly six months Since you decided To change the plane of your existence? Do I not remember you Very often, never mind what date Or day, or time it is? When two of my friends Had surgery recently To remove growths You come to mind Whenever I lift a camera I often see you, Before I see the scene in front of me. When I see good planning And crisp execution You slip into my thoughts. When I laugh at jokes I recollect how you used humour to heal yourself. The determination that got you through so much, The travels all over the world The staunch affection… You are there in every thought I have About such things. Time will flow past: Six months may turn into years. My friend, you are always here Where it matters. In my heart, and in my memories.

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Making a home in the city, 190417

April 20, 2017

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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

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Doresanipalya Forest Research Station, 160417

April 18, 2017

It was still very pleasant when several of us met up at the Millennium Avenue gate of DFRS, and Harish led us, literally, up the garden path.

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Superdog, 160417

April 17, 2017

As I returned From an outing, back home I chanced upon this sight Of a superhero on the roam.

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Mr Mathrubhootham and airline travel, 150417

April 15, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,

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Haircut, 130417

April 13, 2017

Snip, snip, snip, go the scissors and bits of my hair fall (the best kind of hair fall there is.) I relax and close my eyes. Will this end well or will I look like Raggedy Ann? I don’t know, but I am content to leave it to fate, and the hairdresser. The lady in the next seat, with her hair in a made-of-dye-cap, smiles at me. Snip,snip,snip…every haircut is a calendar, measuring out the time in the length of my hair. Short hair has been a great thing for me; I learnt how to swim, I didn’t have to put up sweaty hair in a perpetual bun….with a light heart, and a lighter head, I walk home. Snip, snip, snip…a half hour more out of my life, but gone in serenity and peace.

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Colourful buses....

April 11, 2017

One of the things that interest me very much is the wonderful colours of the buses that ply on our roads….the mofussil (sub-urban) buses, and those that connect the various towns of our State.

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Morning walk back home, 050417

April 5, 2017

This morning’s walk back home: Women dotting freshly-washed front yards with rangoli in the making. The carpets of Honge, Copper Pod, and mahogany flowers on the roads. The smell of onion cooking as a lady makes morning palya at a mobile cart. Walkers with their morning filter kaapi, exchanging notes and spreading newspapers. Sunlight filtering through the trees, haloing the head of an old man as he walks with difficulty but determination. No school buses or sleepy-faced students. Milk packets and newspapers on mopeds,being distributed. A young girl stopping for a minute in front of a small shrine, her eyes closed over her hands folded in prayer. Cut watermelons making red stars. I reach my home, content, looking up at our resident bulbuls as their burbling song pours liquidly over the lawn.

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How food is cooked on a massive scale

March 28, 2017

Having seen for myself the deteriorating quality of food on trains on the Indian Railways, I watched this interesting documentary on IRCTC:

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4th Sunday Hessarghatta kere, 260317

March 27, 2017

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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Yediyur Lake, 250317

March 25, 2017

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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Home-maker, Doresanipalya Reserve Forest, 120317

March 12, 2017

We saw a White-cheeked Barbet, idle, and free.

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Raindrops

March 12, 2017

Inside her little box of an apartment Lies the elderly woman, While I tell her about the rain That is wetting the roads Outside. Confined to her bed, She cannot even move To the window, without help, To look at the few drops Falling from the sky. The plants she has in pots Cannot feel the rain, either. All they can get Is the “filtered water” Whenever the sullen maid Remembers them. The woman is able To have a roof over her head… But some simple joys, Like savouring the raindrops Which wet that roof, Are beyond her, Small deprivations Can sometimes be big ones.

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I reflect...

March 7, 2017

What if the reflections Of faith and belief, in my soul, Are different from yours? I might see a temple in the glass; You might see a church spire. Should we then fight And argue and shed blood Over what is right and wrong? Surely, all these paths and reflections Lead but to the innermost soul Where resides the Force, the Being That we believe in…both you and I.

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Blooming in Lalbagh now...010317

March 2, 2017

Several blooms to delight the senses!

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Forms of poetry and verse

March 2, 2017

My friend Janet asked for 10 prompts about which she would write haikus.

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Life, age and health

February 28, 2017

In all this debate about organic and diet and exercise and longevity, I find that aging seems to have become a kind of terrible thing that must be avoided at all costs. Anti-wrinkle creams, hair dye, anti-aging serums…People seem to forget what the alternative to aging really is :D

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Another walk, 230217

February 23, 2017

Another walk from my daughter’s home to mine. It’s never the same… this time: my usual lane completely dug up by an excavator, with pedestrians inching along the trash-filled edges; boiled corn and peanuts being readied in pushcarts for the evening; lots of people sipping tea or filterkaapi at the darshinis; a young couple, completely engrossed in each other across the handlebars of the young man’s scooter; an old lady peering up into a lime tree to see if she can pluck some fruit; a man cutting a blind boy’s fingernails; an old man in a car looking sourly at the two-wheeler antics of the youth in front of him; maids returning home at the end of their working day; the ironing lady getting piles of clothes ready; jacaranda blossoms, and mahogany leaves, piling up and swirling at my feet in the breeze… the walk just goes past in a flash.

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To live without love

February 9, 2017

Who will drop loving kisses On the cheeks of motherless children? Who will hug them, tease them, scold them, Dance with them, sing to them, Tickle them, cuddle them, laugh with them? Children need food and sleep… And so much more, to thrive. I sing two little children to sleep. Tears fall from my eyes as I think Of every child without parents in this world. The refugees, the orphans, the lost children…. Surely the greatest cruelty in our world Is to let children live…. without love.

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The Valley area, 050217 Email to bngbirds egroup

February 7, 2017

Hi everyone,

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Compare and contrast, 2017

February 2, 2017

Contrasting, in my mind, the tennis match that happened between two men, recently in Australia, and the US Presidential election process over the past year.

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Lovely lyrics...

January 19, 2017

Just love the lyrics of a jewellery ad, which is something I never thought I’d say!

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Minnal Shaffer, 190108

January 19, 2017

In front of the waving grasses in an urban park Facing the calm waters Lies a small brick, upon the ground, That carries your name. O dear one, my firstborn’s firstborn, You went away before you even came into this world. Souls of great ones, our scriptures say, Do not have long to spend on this earth. Coccooned within your mother, You had very little time. But you were here long enough For us to love, remember, and cherish you. You remind us how every live birth, Every normal child, Is nothing short of several miracles. You were a lightning flash that touched our lives; But,like lighnting, you had great power To open our eyes to the fragility of life. Your home in our hearts is eternal, As is that of every being whose lifespan is small.

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lagOri, Kaikondrahalli kere, 080117

January 8, 2017

We often lament about our children using tablets and X-boxes all the time…but I find, often that even our urban children are quite in touch with the traditional games of childhood.

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Birding on the first day of 2017, Ramnagara

January 2, 2017

Just four of us: Jayashree, Padma, Ramaswamy and I…went to

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Just two leaves left on the daily calendar....

December 29, 2016

I look at my daily calendar, And feel a sense of closure When I see that there just two leaves left To tear off, with the passage Of each day. It then occurs to me That it’s only we humans Who seem to thus divide Time Into comparments, and mark Endings and beginnings. Time flows continuously in Nature: The days, nights, weeks and seasons Follow each other at the same pace. If I can let go of my need To compartmentalize Time, I need not think of what’s ending And what’s beginning. But, perhaps… Taking stock of my life At regular intervals Is not a bad thing to do. So yes, I will tear off the two leaves Left on my daily calendar. I will hang up a new one, And watch the progress of the new year: See it slip past, day by day, Much as the old one went, And the ones before that.

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Creating the look, 251216

December 28, 2016

On Christmas Day, I went to the 4th Sunday outing of BngBirds, which I had organized this month at Hoskote Lake. It was foggy, and I got some mist-erious shots:

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The Torch Ginger, IIM-B, 231216

December 24, 2016

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In defence of non-excellence

December 21, 2016

I read something, nearly every day, on the desirable quality of excellence. In whatever I do, I am told, I must strive to excel. I must hone my skills at that particular activity until I am excellent at it.

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Memories are made of this....

December 18, 2016

Many years hence, we’ll gently look back On fading, black-and-white memories… Of seeing many birds, of the winter sunshine, Of the drive on roads with many trees….

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Captivity over freedom Grey Francolins, Jigani Lake, 181216

December 18, 2016

Something strange on the 3rd Sunday outing to Jigani kere today.

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Veena Stores, Malleswaram, Bangalore, 171216

December 17, 2016

There are some eateries in Bangalore which have become quite renowned.

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Top fun...no electricity required...and its a lot of fun Blr, 131216

December 14, 2016

I decided to show K2 how tops work, and I wondered if I still had the old skill. The first two tries did not work, but on the 3rd attempt…

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A beautiful song in AbhOgi thanga ratham vanthathu veedhiyilE

November 24, 2016
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Mysore visit, 171116

November 18, 2016

We drove down to

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maNi, and karan C....

November 18, 2016

मेरा देश बदल रहा है।

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The Humminbird Hawk Moth, Pangot, Uttarakhand, 041116

November 15, 2016

India does not have Hummingbirds, those tiny creatures of the light and air that so delight those living or visiting abroad, especially the western coast of America. Our smallest birds are our Sunbirds and Flowerpeckers.

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Some images from my trip to Delhi-Sattal-Pangot. 011116 and 021116

November 10, 2016

To see more photos, click on one photo and it will take you to the entire album on Flickr.

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Why I had my camera repaired and not replaced

November 10, 2016

I had a conversation with a friend who asked me, “Why do you spend Rs.3.5K on repairing your camera instead of getting a new one?”. My response:

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Mukesh Ambanis woes

November 6, 2016

YOU THINK MUKESH AMBANI DOESN’T HAVE PROBLEMS. ….

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The other women in MS life, and some of my interaction with this famous Carnatic musician

October 27, 2016

My friend Jayasree Thiagarajan sent me

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Upon viewing a Chloropsis

October 27, 2016

I go thinking that I’ll see a nice bird, that’s the Beliefbird; I finally spot a bird that others have seen five minutes ago, that’s the Reliefbird; There’s one bird that’s the highlight of the morning, that’s the Chiefbird;
There’s one that I fail to see, that’s the Griefbird; There’s the bird that steals my heart, that’s the Thiefbird; I spot a bird for just a few seconds, that’s the Briefbird; The bird that poops on my head, that’s the Mischiefbird….

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Lalbagh Walk for Divya, 25 Sept 2016

September 28, 2016

I was requested by Irina Ghose and Gopal to conduct a nature/birding walk at Lalbagh for their daughter Divya, who was celebrating her birthday.

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The empty room

September 26, 2016

How the monsoon breeze blows Into this empty room! Bereft of the person, It’s just memories that blow Into my mind. The laughter, the tears, the hopes, the love… The past echoes In this cleared, and cleaned room As it awaits another shell To be brought in, and then sent On its way to rejoin the elements… The soul has already merged into eternity.

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The Fan-throated Lizard, Ragihalli, 170916

September 20, 2016

Aravind, Sharmila, Raji, Tarachand and I went to Ragihalli

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Kaikondranahalli Kere walk for the Foundation School, 100916

September 15, 2016

Bithi Agrawal, seen here with one of her school’s buses

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Lottie does gymnastics, 130916

September 13, 2016

Today K1’s doll-or-friend-or-whatever, Lottie, did some gymnastics. She was, apparently, the last competitor.

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Bird photography tourism

September 13, 2016

Another day, another picture of the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher from one of the organized Shoot-the-Kingfisher tours with hundreds of likes. One of these tours has a rule that “members shall not move from the position assigned to them when shooting the kingfisher” ..or words to that effect. Charges are several thousand rupees from point X, which seems to be about 2 miles away from the bird’s home.(You have to get to, and from, point X at your own cost.) Each “Oh Dee Kay Eff” photo must cost lakhs, if you add the cost of the equipment. But, ofkose, all those likes are worth it!….Bird photography tourism at its best.

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Fruit salad, by K2, 110916

September 11, 2016
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Savitri

September 3, 2016

I see you moving in haste To get the next thing That will ease your husband’s pain Just a little bit. Night and day, you manage so many things: Your job, your suffering in-laws, parents, and others. Your household, visitors.. Your own pain, that you do not talk of. You show him a smiling face, always. You did all this through the years, Twenty years ago; For the past eight months, With less and less to sustain your hope, You have continued to be a rock of support To your ill spouse…cocooning him in your love And selfless care. Yet, you’ve also found time To visit other friends during important times In their lives.Your generosity, your large heart, The incredible amount of hard work… I cannot even begin to be like you. I can only admire the wonderful person you are, And be intensely grateful that you are my friend Since that first day I saw you, as a bride… You learnt music from me, but you have taught me So much over the years. I truly believe that, like Savitri, You would bargain with Yama For the life of your spouse. Your name means victory… You are victorious over the many petty thoughts And failings which the rest of us have. My dearest friend…you are more than I can ever understand. I wish there was a way I could take some of your pain and your tiredness. But I stand near you, helpless…and just watch you suffer. Beloved friend, you are the sister I never had… I wish I could take away your difficulties And give you the life of happiness that you deserve. Life…has not been fair to you: And yet, you never complain, but go about each day Coping, managing…and smiling when you can.

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The lamp flickers....

August 24, 2016

I get the news That a life, once vigorous, Is ebbing. I do not know how long The tide will remain And when the waters, receding, Will take the light with them. The skies darken, But there is no beauty from the stars; Instead, there is the gloomy Overcast darkness of heavy clouds overhead. Helpless, powerless, I remain Distant: no amount of my love Can let me experience what that ebbing life And those who are part of the family Are going through now. I move… Like a pendulum, from worried grief, To acceptance of what must be. A life of trying to think positively Does not allow me to let go of hope altogether. Perhaps, something will work? Some herb will stem the irrevocable tide Of galloping illness? Hope, hopelessness: if I swing So uncontrollably between these two, I can only imagine what those who are close must be feeling. On top of everything else lies guilt: Did I do enough when I could? Is there anything I can do now… Which I am not doing? Why am I healthy, when my friend lies there With health leaching out? My mind tosses and turns, It seeks peace only in meditation. Let me let go for a while…and try and sort myself Find inner peace in the midst of the turmoil. Life and death are, and will be, eternal mysteries. Let me not try and solve them, Eroding myself in the effort.

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Painted Grasshoppers, Valparai-Bangalore Road, 150816

August 19, 2016

On the road back from Valparai, my friend Manivannan spotted, in a small empty lot near the place where we stopped for our evening chai,

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The Common Banded Peacock, Road to Valparai, 130816

August 17, 2016

One of the unexpected sights on our journey to Valparai was that of this

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The Mottled Wood Owl, Lalbagh, 120816

August 12, 2016

Every now and then, the “experts” start fussing that the

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Kalyan, 100816

August 10, 2016

Tiny little voice, from a fever-flushed face on the sofa, over and over again: “Two wittle dicky birds, sitting on e vol. One is named Peter, one is named Paul. Fly yeway, Peter, fly yeway, Paul! Come back, Peter, come back, Paul!” Me, my heart melting: “Shall I laptop you?” Tiny voice (with great decision): “NO! GO YEWAY!”

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The Red Velvet Mite, CWLS, 310716

August 3, 2016

On a visit to Cauvery Wild Life Sanctuary (CWLS) on Sunday, we found a

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Puns....

August 1, 2016

Fun with puns….

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Some six-footers....

July 28, 2016

A variety of insects can be observed in the gardens and plants around us.

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Jaipurdoddi, 250716

July 26, 2016

What can be better than a meandering path through the hills, amongst greenery, under monsoon skies?

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Iridiscence

July 24, 2016

How would I look, if my body gleamed With the sheen of metal?

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The last pages of my notebook

July 22, 2016

⁠⁠⁠From a friend.The last page of my notebook…

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Jaipurdoddi 3rd Sunday outing of the Bird Watchers Field Club, 170716

July 21, 2016

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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My memory (I wrote this on March 5, 2007)

July 20, 2016

Inspired by a friend, who, in response to my saying I would like to meet her, gently reminded me that we already HAD….

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How macro photography is done, 170716

July 19, 2016

While we are out looking for birds, I find everything interesting, and this Sunday, when I led a walk in Jaipurdoddi, I spotted a

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Traditional games chaukA bArA (dAya kattAm), 180716

July 19, 2016

As I led the birding-nature walk for the 3rd Sunday outing, we walked through the village of Jaipurdoddi, adjacent to the Jaipurdoddi Reserve Forest. Walking through such settlements gives me glimpses into lives that are so different from mine…but now and then, there are elements that formed part of my own life, too.

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Baya Weavers and their woven nests, 170716

July 19, 2016

Baya Weavers

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K1s progress with Hindi Blr, 110716

July 11, 2016

She first looked at the Hindi alphabet in March of this year…and I think her progress (while handling so much that is new and tough) is excellent. Here she is (as usual, in the car!) reciting a Hindi poem about a bird:

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The culture of opacity, and the decencies of debate

June 29, 2016

We recently had a debate on a birding group I belong to.

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The Booda, 270616

June 27, 2016

I give him pieces of apple to eat. He shoots me with his tiny forefingers, with what he thinks is a gun noise. I have to slowly wilt, with my tongue out, on to the chair he’s standing on. He then gives me a “Vitamin K2 kiss”, and I instantly revive with a “whoosh” sound. Repeat 843 times.

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Losing a driving licence (painful) ..and getting one again (VERY painful)

June 24, 2016

Day before yesterday (22nd June, 2016) my driving licence (along with many other cards and quite a lot of cash, but that’s another story) was stolen.

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The aptly named Indian Paradise Flycatcher

June 21, 2016

Whenever I go to a wooded area while birding, one of the birds that provides a special delight is the

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Hotel Karnataka Kingsley Jegan Joseph

June 21, 2016

On a dark desi highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of parottas, rising up through the air Up ahead in the distance, saw a lorry headlight My eyes grew squinty and my sight grew dim I had to stop for the night There she stood in the doorway; Wearing nariyal tel And I was thinking to myself, “I’d like Pav Bhaji or maybe some Bhel” Then she brought me the menu, but current went away There were voices from the bathroom door, I thought I heard them say…

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My FP Tips (not the same as Q Tips)

June 18, 2016

I notice that every well-known (and sometimes “world-famous in Jayanagar”) photographer likes to talk about his/her genre of photography. There’s art photography, creative photography, soul photography (no, I am not talking Kirlian here!)…so here goes, let me tell you about MY kinds of photography!

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Kalyan, Kallubhai, K2, The Booda, Booda-pest, Didu, and other names....

June 17, 2016

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Machan, Ragihalli, 120616

June 16, 2016

It would be nice to climb above The level of the ground; To sit amongst the boughs and sway With the breeze’s sighing sound.

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Monsoon

June 9, 2016

The air cools rapidly, and the light dims as boiling, heavy clouds boil over the landscape. The breeze builds rapidly into a wind, whipping up the summer dust, lashing the palm fronds into a frenzy. The first huge drops splash upon the parched ground.

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K1 is in Aradhana Academy.....and why we are very happy about it

June 9, 2016

Aradhana Academy is not on the list of “elite” schools of Bangalore. But here’s our experience.

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Thoughts about childhood

June 7, 2016

Everyone talks about the wonderful days of childhood, and wants to be a child again. But just think about it. One has no control over anything in one’s life…where one lives, what one eats, right down to the small details…everything is decided by Somebody Else, even if that person is the child’s own parent.

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Ragihalli/Jaipurdoddi, 220516

June 7, 2016

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Victory to thee....Bangalore, 250516

May 25, 2016

I’d just asked them to listen to this stirring anthem of ours, and they’d got the first line, when I left to return home.

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Anekchidiya, Ragihalli/Jaipurdoddi outing, 220516

May 24, 2016

Mohit Aggarwal has started

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Checkered Keelback and Fish Breakfast, Lalbagh, 200516

May 23, 2016

At the lake in Lalbagh, one can often find the water snakes called

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Mausam..monsoon...

May 20, 2016

Shy as a young bride, the monsoon hints at her presence,but does not actually come right in. I, the lover of Varsha,as enamoured as any infatuated swain, ardently wait. The grey will turn a richer hue, the clouds will boil and scud across the sky, the air will cool magically….the life-giving drops will patter upon the parched earth, and grishma ritu will lose her hold, at least for a while….

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Jewellery Repair...craftsmen on Jewellers Street, Bangalore, 150516

May 17, 2016

I’ve written earlier, in

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Transcendental Meditation...and sales techniques

May 17, 2016

I have a friend who completed the course to teach transcendental mediation. He seems extremely impressed by it, and he’s someone whose thinking processes I respect. Therefore, though I had tried learning the meditation many years ago (I found the initiation very lackadaisical and superficial) I decided to take up the offer he made, to teach the first five people who responded to his FaceBook post, for free.

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Find Nature in a public park....

May 12, 2016

One doesn’t have to visit distant forests or wildlife sanctuaries in order to find the beauties of Nature…a visit to the local park will do just as well. Here’s what I did on a recent morning visit to Lalbagh.

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A poem about parents

May 12, 2016

Amitabh Bacchan

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Silence and screams

May 8, 2016

Do not be angry If you are met With silence from another. You may not know what screams Echo in the silence of that person’s soul. Screams, not uttered,unheard But no less a torment To that other one, Who cannot, through those screams Hear your words, or sounds. I wish we could speak and hear From soul to soul, heart to heart, Instead of from mouth to ear, and ear to mouth.

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Friends and acquaintances....

May 6, 2016

I’ve been musing on the way we interact with other human beings, all through our lives. Of all the relationships we have, those that involve love (and especially, romantic love) are praised to the skies in all our cultures and literature, and held in high esteem.

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Musing on migration

May 5, 2016

I just flew back from St.Louis to Bangalore.

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The games Kalyan plays, 200416

April 23, 2016

It’s very difficult to get videos of Kalyan, as he’s too fast for me, and the ambient noise with two children is always too high!

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SLAS/FPF 1st Sat bird walk, Forest Park, 020416

April 19, 2016

See what happens when I procrastinate…Mark does all the work for me! See his account of the bird walk, at the bottom of this blogpost.

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Three activities, STL, 250316

March 26, 2016

Whenever LJ “opens”, I rush to make a post. I miss so many things in the meantime…

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Common birds, at home and in Forest Park.... 16 and 180316

March 19, 2016

Having reached St.Louis in response to an appeal from Ye Daughter (the call came on Wednesday, the ticket was bought on Friday, and I was here just past midnight on Wednesday!) I decided to peep out at the birds that were coming to the front yard as I could not sleep, on the 16th; and on the 18th, I had two hours to walk to Forest Park, walk around the Prairie area, and walk back.

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Reconciliation...

March 12, 2016

A tanka written by

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Another rare visitor to our country..GKVK, Bangalore, 02,03,04,050316

March 10, 2016

I had one rare visitor…my friend Abhijit Menon-Sen (AMS) who is building a home in Lweshal, in Uttaranchal, in the lap of the Himalaya.

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Organizing an outing

March 7, 2016

Many people say, “Let me know when you go somewhere, I’ll join you”. So I call up or message people.

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To NRIs in distant lands...

March 1, 2016

NRI Poem ना इधर के रहे ना उधर के रहे बीच में लटकते रहे

ना India को भुला सके ना videsh को अपना सके NRI बन के काम चलाते रहे

ना हिन्दी को छोड़ सके ना अंग्रेजी को पकड़ सके देसी accent में गोरो को confuse करते रहे

ना Christmas tree बना सके ना बच्चो को समझा सके दिवाली पर Santa बनके तोहफे बाँटते रहे

ना shorts पहन सके ना सलवार कमीज़ छोड़ सके Jeans पर कुरता पहेन कर इतराते रहे

ना नाश्ते में Donut खा सके ना खिचड़ी कढी को भुला सके Pizza पर मिर्च छिड़ककर मज़ा लेते रहे

ना गरमी को भुला सके ना Snow को अपना सके खिड़की से सूरज को Beautiful Day कहते रहे

अब आयी बारी Mumbai/Pune/Delhi जाने की तो हाथ में mineral पानी की बोतल लेकर चलते रहे

लेकिन वहां पर………….

ना भेल पूरी खा सके ना लस्सी पी सके पेट के दर्द से तड़पते रहे तिरफला और डाइज़िंन से काम चलाते रहे

ना मच्छर से भाग सके ना खुजली को रोक सके Cream से दर्दों को छुपाते रहे

ना इधर के रहे ना उधर के रहे कमबख्त कहीं के ना रहे.

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Passport renewal application online....

February 29, 2016

Today Mr R, 88 years old, and I, applied for a renewal of his passport online. We had to apply for him and for Mrs R. He’d already downloaded the application form for himself, fill it up, save it as a .xml file. What we did: we registered his name, and got an authentication email, where we clicked on the link to activate the account. Hah, sounds simple, doesn’t it! This took about 2 hours. (“This ‘copy the letters and numbers in the image’…is that an ‘I’ or a ‘1’ ? Is that a zero or an ‘O’? Is that a J or an I?…and so it went.)

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Tears for a dead puppy

February 25, 2016

I see a dead puppy. Crushed, upon the road. Hit by a speeding car.. Or van, or bus….

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UFO (Under the Fly Over) Silhouettes, Jaaga and BDA, 260116

February 25, 2016

One of the results of building flyovers to ease traffic in our city is that the spaces underneath them are often a kind of wasteland. In an effort to address this,

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Bird walk for the residents of Royal Residency, Madivala lake, 210216

February 24, 2016

When Vaibhav called me to come and guide the residents of a gated community on a bird walk in Madivala kere, I was very happy to do so. So off we went to the kere at 4pm. I first got a photo of him with the bird board that

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Hindu Temple architecture in south India

February 22, 2016

In south India, we are now used to the

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The Literate Woodpecker

February 18, 2016

Exchange on the Mobirds egroup:

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Baevu, 130215

February 17, 2016

I enjoy visiting resorts which, apart from their purpose of hospitality, are created with any eye to detail and perfection, and which aim to use vernacular architecture with traditional touches.

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Campus Bird Count IIM-B, 13 and 140216

February 16, 2016

The

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OUAT

February 10, 2016

Pretty, lively, and young; A head full of dreams A prattling tongue; Once Upon A Time.

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Mantling, Kaggalipura Kere, Karnataka, 070216

February 10, 2016

I’ve often watched raptors (that’s birds of prey) zoom in on land or water and catch their prey, which they then take to the nearest roost and devour, with great promptness.

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Kaggalipura, Bannur and Harohalli kere, 06 and 070216

February 10, 2016

Having realized that the Bar-headed Geese, our winter visitors from When we birders realized that the

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How we travelled and what we ate on our trip to Kaggalipura Kere, 060216

February 9, 2016

Aravind, Mallika, Prem, Raghavendra in one car, and Honne Gowda, Pavitra Kumar, Shilpa, and I went in two cars to look at the

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Nettru Illaatha Maatram Ennathu( what is this change, that wasnt there yesterday?)

February 3, 2016

The music, the instruments, the lyrics, the lovely voice of Sujatha Mohan, the beauty of Revathi and the scenes she is in…everything comes together in this song. I often think of the late 50’s and 60’s as the heyday of Tamil film music, but songs like this are jewels!

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Biodiversity Heritage Site Nallur Tamarind Grove, 300116

February 1, 2016

Having read

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Silhouettes JaagaDNA/BBMP UFO (Under the FlyOver) event, Hebbal Flyover, 260116

January 27, 2016

I’d responded to a request from JaagaDNA (one of the 3 arms of

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Yamini All-night music festival at IIM Bangalore, 250116

January 25, 2016

IMG_7534 It was very pleasant to sit on the lawns of Bangalore’s premier management institution. In the gathering dusk, people drifted in and took their seats. The stage was well-lit.   IMG_7537 Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia started the evening off with sweet notes from his “bansuri”, with the lilting evening raga, Madhuvanti.   IMG_7539 One can truly say that, with his flute, he literally breathes  his music! For the audience, also, the composition in raga Yaman that followed, and then a bhajan, breathed relaxation and serenity into them   IMG_7543

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The poetry of Kannadasan (Ananda Jothi, 1963)

January 25, 2016

I am, personally, an agnostic. I do not know if there is a God, or not…and am of the opinion that I may never find out. But I enjoyed the lyrics of this song, with deep meaning, from the very old movie (1963) Ananda Jothi (Flame of Happiness…named after the names of the leading characters in the movie.)

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Shivanahalli trip, 230116

January 23, 2016

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Power...

January 22, 2016

We went to attend the Bird Marathon (so called because the total length of all the transects put together is the same as that of a marathon) at Kaiga.

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How to organize a group outing for the Bird Race (170116)

January 18, 2016

Every year, I feel touched and happy that many people would like to go with me, as a single group, to take part in the annual Bangalore Bird “Race”. Last year, we were 34, this year, the number was less, but still large enough to merit a lot of planning.

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Mushrooms...Natures umbrellas

January 6, 2016

Right now, the rains are a distant memory, but it wasn’t long ago that we felt our city was just soaking in water…and though we didn’t have the major deluge that Chennai had, we too had our share of dampness and moisture.

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The joys of youth....Hulimangala, 201215

December 24, 2015

After having attended the 3rd Sunday outing at Turahalli, Gurjeet Singh,Mohit Aggarwal, Tarachand Wanvari and I decided that Tara should also be able to see the Demoiselle Crane, and off we went to Hulimangala. While we were there, I found that many young lads still delight in the simple pleasures of life.

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Record sighting of Demoiselle Crane, Hulimangala kere, 131215

December 15, 2015

At the last minute, on Sunday morning, I convinced 20 other birders that instead of going to Valley School, we should bird along the Kaggalipura-Bannerghatta stretch, and then go to check out Hulimangala. And there, at nearly the end of a long birding outing, we saw a migrant which has never before been sighted in the Bangalore area…the

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What happens to them?

December 3, 2015

The Beatles

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Landmarks...how not to give directions

November 27, 2015

Circa 2006:

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Three poyums by KTB, 251115

November 26, 2015

Here are three poyums (well, I’m sure that’s the way she’d spell it!) by KTB on a single sheet of paper,with her trademark spelling. The erth, the “gordon” (garden), and bees…

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kArthikai deepam, mAri amman and savAri amman temple, HAL 2nd Stage, Blr, 251115

November 26, 2015

It was by sheer chance that I happened upon the sight. I’d gone to see “Court” at Max Mueller Bhavan, and the house was not only full, there was no way to enter! So my friends and I went to “Murugan Idly Shop”, and then walked back…and along a lane leading from the road on which we were walking, we saw a blaze of light. IMG_1523   Though we were initially hesitant to walk in with our footwear, we found others doing so, and then went right up to the temple.   IMG_1541 IMG_1523 IMG_1529 We found the ground alight with lamps.   IMG_1533 IMG_1539 Nearby was a newly constructed kalyani, IMG_1554 which was also set about with lamps.   IMG_1536 The two goddesses of the temple, Mari Amman and Savari Amman had their Utsava Moorthis out in replesendent procession:   IMG_1545 I took a quick shot of one of the idols inside, through the thronging crowds.   Prasada was being distributed. As we watched, the event wound down, with the lamps slowly flickering out. We resumed our walk towards our bus stop, facing the beautiful full moon. IMG_1531

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Muthanallur Lake Morning of the Booted Eagle, 221115

November 25, 2015

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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The Gay Pride Parade, Bangalore, 221115

November 23, 2015

For many years, I’ve missed this event in Bangalore as I was always out of town. But this time, when my friend

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The process of choosing songs for a concert

November 20, 2015

Disclaimer:

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How KTB is shaping up....

November 19, 2015

Anjana Mohan 47 mins · St. Louis, Missouri, MO, United States ·

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Ramnagara Religion and birds, 141115

November 17, 2015

It was a cloudy, misty day, but enough friends were enthusiastic about a birding/nature trip.

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Religion, colour and divisions...

November 11, 2015

Got this from Vishwa Prakash…

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Can you spot the Kingfisher? Muthanallur kere, 081115

November 11, 2015

On the 8th of November, Ajit, Kumar, Kumuda and I went to Muthanallur lake (beyond Kaikondrahalli lake). They’d visited earlier this year and the lake was bone-dry,and filled with trash. Well, trash was still around, but the lake had plenty of water…and plenty oflife!

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Thrilling ahimsa (non-violence) Bannerghatta, 071115

November 7, 2015

I went to meet the participants in the latest Naturalist Training Program (NTP) at JLR Bannerghatta.

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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 051115

November 6, 2015

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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Gulakmale with the Bird Photography group, 011115

November 3, 2015

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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The butterfly, 021115

November 2, 2015

When did you grow up, my little baby? The tears that I wiped, The messes I cleaned, The questions I answered, The little body that I rocked Through sleepless nights… When did this adult Emerge from her girlhood? Herself a mother of two today, Balancing work, home and much else, Thinking for herself, compassionate and caring… The little worm that emerged from my body Who was a pupa which I could not peer into For a while as she went abroad…. She’s truly emerged as a beautiful butterfly Who, being happy herself, delights others.

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Deepa-ja, 021115

November 2, 2015

“Deepa-ja” translates to “Born of Deepa”.

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KTBs tiny first performance

October 6, 2015

https://www.facebook.com/anjana.mohan.790/videos/10207928304988337/?pnref=story

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Beauty and time

September 29, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, goes the saying.

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Recession

September 29, 2015

The recession has hit everybody really hard.

My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

I saw a Mormon with only one wife.

If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.

My cousin had an exorcism but couldn’t afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

And, finally…

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

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Instead of the usual sunbath...Turahalli, 270915

September 28, 2015

I’ve often seen lizards, agamas and geckos bathing themselves in the rays of the sun.

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Galibore outing, 230915

September 28, 2015

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Happy Birthday, dear friend

September 17, 2015

I see you so often wishing everyone else, so affectionately…

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Lalbagh, 130915

September 16, 2015

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Drama of death and dismemberment

September 16, 2015

As we meandered through Lalbagh on Sunday (2nd Sunday outing of the Bird Watchers Field Club..we didn't stay with the group very long, though!)…we came upon this jumping spider, which landed on the ground by us, on a long thread of silk.

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Manchanabele and Savandurga, UGS outing,060915

September 9, 2015

Email to bngbirds egroup:

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A dozen compliments that are not.

September 9, 2015

“You looked so good back then! I can hardly recognize you!”

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Monsoon

September 4, 2015

The air rapidly cools. The wind blows, and the smell of the waiting earth Fills the air, as The first heavy raindrops fall. Soon (monsoon) it’s a heavy downpour Washing the dust off the leaves, Muddying the roads… My heart swells with emotion As I come out of my home To stand in the street, Face turned up to the clouds Letting the rain soak my face. The monsoon touches a place deep in my heart. My longing for the rain, too, is washed away. I think love is like the monsoon; Little acts of affection Nourish the yearning heart Wash away the pain of many small hurts, And make joy bloom into smiles Of pure, deeply-felt joy.

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50 shades of green. Thotti Kallu Falls, 300815

September 1, 2015

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The perfection of creation

August 31, 2015

I decided to take a close up of a dragonfly:

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Oorvasi, and Koopsie, STL, 230815

August 24, 2015

Here’s the original song:

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For luck, maybe?

August 23, 2015

When he comes down to breakfast/ Be it eggs, or toast/ He hopes it’s good, and so/He has his fingers crossed! STL, 200815. (I really don’t know why he does this so often.)

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Power and light, STL, 140815

August 22, 2015

We worship power, but we need to see the light, too!

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What would happen?

August 21, 2015

Would you light up my life In many glowing facets? Would you turn bits of my days To gold? Or would being with you show me The holes in the fabric of my existence, The black doubts That riddle my mind? Would I shine Or would I feel the shadows When I’m with you?

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Walk around a pond, 120815

August 16, 2015

A wanted to take K1 and K2 to play, and so we went to

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Sarada Lakshminarayanan, my mothers younger sister.

August 15, 2015

Letter to my cousin, Guru:

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Thoughts about financial hardship

August 13, 2015

Discussions about hardship and privilege (of the financial kind) remind me of the story about poverty, written by one little girl from a well-to-do family. “Everyone in the family was poor. The father was poor. The mother was poor. The children were poor. The butler was poor. The maid was poor. The gardener was poor.” It took me quite a while to realize, coming from India, that a family could be dirt poor in the US while owning a car, a TV set, and a phone. These material possessions spell prosperity in India.

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Parthasarathy Vilas a recent video, and some nostalgia

August 12, 2015

My nephew (cousin’s son), Rakesh Raghunathan, is a very versatile person; he is, amongst other things, the “sutradhar” for “SuttralAm suvaikkalAm”, a show that travels through Tamil Nadu, showcasing the different cuisines.

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What lies behind the facade?

August 12, 2015

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Siblings have fun, STL, 050815

August 12, 2015

There’s love and sharing in our family

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Mist on a mountain, 070815

August 9, 2015

Danny Brown, Brenda Hente and Barb Brownell helped me see more of the natural Missouri, by taking me to ‘s

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About Robert Shaffer, who turns 100 on Sep 13, 2015

August 7, 2015

I’ve written about Bob Shaffer before,

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You can touch the sky...

August 5, 2015

You may be a weed Sprouted from unwanted seed But you can survive Indeed, flourish and thrive And try to touch the sky. Dreams can be big, and high.

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Light on silk, Forest Park, 010815

August 2, 2015

I loved the light on this silken web:

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Construction and destruction The Arch in St.Louis turns 50

July 30, 2015

For every arch that’s carefully built

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Why I like FaceBook

July 25, 2015

At well-past-eight, with the setting sun The day’s work and outings are all done. How nice it is to take a peek At what my friends have done, all week. There may be those who’ve moved the earth There may be those who’ve just proved their worth In simple, everyday, tiny deeds. News about you is just what I need. Thank you, my friends…each shared word Through my eyes, in my heart is heard. I’m off to sleep; the world does not end Nor sets the sun on a place without a friend.

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Music

July 22, 2015

Music is the sound of children’s laughter. -Deepa Mohan

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The tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth....150715

July 22, 2015

She was happily playing house

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Dont worry..be happy

July 21, 2015

All this worry that we’re not eating, sleeping, living right….here’s a quotation that Shobitha Kedlaya cited on a wellness group I belong to, and find increasingly uncomfortable….

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Tamil magazines Illustrators of old

July 20, 2015

I grew up with my mother buying and reading a lot of Tamizh magazines.

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Food and morality

July 16, 2015

Here’s 's well-reasoned reply to my query.

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Song of angels the alphabet, STL, 130715

July 13, 2015

I was just walking in, saying something else, when I heard two sweet young voices raised in song. I instantly pressed the “record” button.

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Purple Martin Event, Forest Park, 090715

July 11, 2015

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Visit to Milwaukee, 250615 to 300615

July 6, 2015

It was great to visit my nephew Nagraj (aka Praveen), his impressive wife Nithya, a foodie who blogs

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Family visit, 02 to 050715

July 6, 2015

We had family visiting us from Ocala, Florida.

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Thoughts about, devotion, faith....and crowds and the place of influence in religion

July 6, 2015

My friend had posted, asking if anyone had any “contacts” to enable a darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupathi on a certain date.

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Birds, and words about them

July 6, 2015

I’ve interspersed these commandments with pics of commmon birds that I took on my ramble in Milwaukee on the 29th June, 2015, many on a single large conifer, where this squirrel was taking her nesting material, too!

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What kind of Calopteryx? Wehr Nature Park, Milwaukee, 260615

July 1, 2015

Names…are so tough.

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Cedar Waxwings, Wehr Nature Park, 260615

June 30, 2015

Cedar Waxwings

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In the evening of life....

June 30, 2015

The sun sinks westwards. The lights come on. The day’s work may be done… But the evening’s work is just begun. Very soon, we will be gone. But while it lasts, we can choose To savour the moment, its pinks and blues.

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Watching a family of Killdeer

June 26, 2015

the Killdeer

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A visit to a Gurudwara, 210615

June 24, 2015

Not being familiar with the customs and rituals of a place of worship, and a religion different from one’s own, often inhibits one from visiting such places. But when our friends Laxmichand and Vandana told us that they were visiting the

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Peregrine Falcons Urban and Suburban St Louis, and Alton, Mo., 13 and 160615

June 18, 2015

It’s been two occasions that I’ve been given great opportunities to watch the fastest birds on earth.

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A tale told by KTB...

June 14, 2015

KTB: “I’ll tell you a story, instead of you always telling me one.”

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Wellness (why is it no longer plain old good health?) and diet...

June 13, 2015

Email to my friend Mayank, who posted about some “cereal-free porridge” made by someone.

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Major de Light....

June 11, 2015

I took her to the public library, and she cuddled up to the teddy bear in the children’s section.

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KTB and her spelling, 090615

June 11, 2015

I am thrilled with KTB’s creative spelling. In a country where “unnecessary” vowels were deleted from words like “colour” and “favour”, this girl goes out of her way to “olsoe” do her own thing on words!

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Circus Flora, 2015 A Summer on Second Street

June 10, 2015

Dawn Kimberling and I volunteered for

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SLAS/FPF Bird Walk at Forest Park, 060615

June 10, 2015

The first Saturday of June dawned pleasant for the bird walk…and clear.

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Traditional games old memories

May 31, 2015

KTB had International Day at her school a while ago, and as part of the Indian display, her mother decided to display a game that she calls “guttE”

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i-Bunny, the ear Bunny 290515

May 31, 2015

In the grass across the street

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Red Foxes....and others. Winfield, Missouri, 20 and 220515

May 28, 2015

Email to the Mobirds egroup:

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Play with Play-Doh, 260515

May 27, 2015

Father, children and Play-doh. Judge: D. Pama. The father won in the Realism category with some realistic Peas In A Pod and some Blueberries (he comes last in the Original Shapes category. as he seems content with rolling things into balls. ). The daughter won in the Creativity and Color category.P Her creation was a Salute To Play-doh. She also recited: “Oh, Play-doh, never leave me, I know why/ I’m sad when you leave. Because I cry/ I love you and you love me.” It was a riot of colour. The judge has never before seen a Play-doh creation celebrating the material itself! The son won the Drama category, pretending to eat the “boopies” (er, NOT poopies) as he terms blueberries. He also won the Devil Can Be Angelic When He Likes category. Mother won in the Absent Because Of Study Upstairs category.

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A doctor who makes house calls at home...and her assistant, St Louis, 240515

May 24, 2015

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Why apps for IPhones get developed before those for Android phones

May 20, 2015

I was wondering why iPhones had apps developed for them first, instead of Android phones, though there are many more of the latter. June asked the question when a new app was announced for eBird on the iOS. Kevin Wehner responded: Here’s an excerpt from an article on that topic: Developing iOS apps means ensuring they work nicely on a small range of iPhones and/or iPads: generally 6-8 different devices depending how far back the developer wants to go. On Android, it’s a different story: nearly 12,000 different devices out there in the hands of people, with a wider range of screen sizes, processors and versions of the Android software still in use. Many developers’ lack of enthusiasm for Android is down to concerns not just about the costs of making and testing their apps for it, but also the resources required to support them once they’re launched, if emails flood in about unspotted bugs on particular models. Full article

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Monthly bird walk, Forest Park Forever/St.Louis Audubon Society (FPF/SLAS) 020515

May 14, 2015

The first Saturday of every month, SLAS, along with Forest Park Forever, organizes a Beginners’ Bird Walk, and the 2nd of May was a great day, when a huge number of birders (54, according to Amy Witt!) met up in the morning, at Kennedy Forest, the wooded area at the southwest corner of Forest Park.

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Rob(I)n...thats the eye of the Robin...and its nest-under construction

May 7, 2015

Here’s the Robin, probably the most common bird in North America:

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The great magician, Non Sensini, 040515

May 5, 2015

Yes, I know children are magic…but here is KTB with magic:

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Forest Park and Randy Korotev, 300415

May 5, 2015

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A child asleep.....

May 3, 2015

Hair like corn-silk Long-lashed eyes,shut in sleep. Tiny body, curled into my lap. Is this the destructive imp Who’s broken the window blinds, Smeared cake all over his high chair, Who’s peeled a banana Then eaten it sideways, All mushy in his hands? His new words, Often parroting his older sister, But getting clearer all the time… They whisper themselves in the ears of my memory As I look down on the little waif, The glow of whose halo of innocence Sheds its gentle light on me As I sit in the dark room Having sung, and rocked The little one to sleep.

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Kalyan kissing Kavya and trying to put on his pants, 010515

May 3, 2015

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Jenga, and earthquakes.....

April 30, 2015

KTB is now the right age to enjoy simple card, board and concept games. For her birthday, this year, she was given the game of

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KTB has a birthday party, 260415

April 28, 2015

Though her birthday is on the 29th, the party happened on Sunday, the 26th.

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Two images from travel....

April 28, 2015

I saw this cute little monster at St.Louis airport:

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Hopping the pond...again, 210415

April 23, 2015

Left home, winging through the pre-dawn skies.

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Free enterprise..flight and airport

April 22, 2015

I was sitting in Detroit airport, waiting for my flight to St.Louis. I heard this announcement: “Due to overbooking, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to go to St.Louis tomorrow. We will give $600 Delta vouchers (one year validity) and hotel accommodation if you are from out of town.” A family was awaiting my arrival in St.Louis, so I thought about it.

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Heritage, Architecture, Classical Music....and Birding INTACH World Heritage Day, 180415

April 19, 2015

On Saturday the 18th April, 2015, my friend and I decided that the “bandh” had died down, and we went to the Bangalore Fort to attend a photo exhibition,

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TBUC (Tiny Bundle of Utter Cuteness), STL, 180415

April 17, 2015

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Where the endangered species are...

April 14, 2015

My friend Sharbari sent me

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Clouds and rainbows

April 13, 2015

I was sitting in the waiting room of the eye clinic. I’d just been told that I was one of the few people who suffer complications as a result of eye surgery. My cloudy vision, I had been just informed, might, or might not, improve over the next few months, after which, the alternative was more (and possibly not effective) surgery. I was feeling sorry for myself.

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A birder looks back A K Raju, 130415

April 13, 2015

A K Raju, wildlife photographer, writes about this image:

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Cataract surgery complications Wait and See, 100415

April 10, 2015

My darling A,

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Vaishnavite Priest, Melukote, Karnataka, 050415

April 9, 2015

My fried Uma, on seeing this photograph of a priest in the temple town of Melukote (that I visited last Sunday) said, “A poem might be written about him.” So…here it is….

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Moonset, and Sunrise, 050415

April 7, 2015

There was a blood moon, but we missed the eclipse, and sighted it as it was about to set:

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Cataract surgery + laser surgery update, 060415

April 6, 2015

So…one MORE visit to the eye clinic to find out why I am misty-eyed at the end of 3 weeks after cataract surgery. Apparently, as a result of the surgery, some separation of the vitreous humor from the retina has taken place (in both eyes.). Either I will have to live with it, or the vitreous humor might “shrink” and my sight will improve “in a few months.” So much for the clinic counsellor’s blithe words, “No risk madam! Absolutely no risk!” The retinal tear in my left eye, accelerated as a result of the surgery, has been “stitched” by laser surgery. What are the chances of its occurring in the other eye as well? Cannot be estimated.

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Sunrise, 030415.

April 6, 2015

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Cheap flights...in prose and verse

April 3, 2015

This one definitely made me think of and her experiences with Ryanair, and her own witty comments about her travel.

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Make LiveJournal Live Again

April 3, 2015

LJ, for me now consists only of a handful of friends, and it’s just sheer persistence that keeps me going, especially since it doesn’t even “open” for me most days. But here’s an appeal from the LJ team:

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A Silver Lalbagh Walk, 280315

April 2, 2015

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Surgery How does one describe pain? And how much information is too little or too much?

April 1, 2015

I am slowly getting over the “mild discomfort” that the laser/retina specialist warned me about yesterday before starting laser surgery . The discomfort was so mild that I had to stop her several times to recoup my forces, and take deep relaxing breaths…to bear the next bit of “stitching”. (The anesthetic was on my cornea…the laser was working on my retina, directly on the nerve layer.)She also added, once the surgery was done, that I would have “deep pain”…thus proving that very different words will be used by a doctor before, and after, a surgical procedure! My heart goes out to those who are chronically ill, in pain, and who need surgery.

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Moral of the story...do not neglect any symptoms...

March 31, 2015

Apparently, as a result of cataract surgery, for people who’ve had short sight (myopia) retinal degeneration (this vairety is called a lattice tear, see

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A rose by any other name...

March 30, 2015

Increasingly, it doesn’t matter to me whether it is Podalangapriya, Pijiyoni pooponcarum, or Pseudoplantus iknowmoreii. Enjoyment does not need classification; only sharing does… to some extent. Extreme precision can, sometimes, become intellectual snobbery.

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Its a tie....

March 29, 2015

“Is your dog well tied up?”

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Spring in the Valley, 290315

March 29, 2015

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Sunrise, 260315

March 27, 2015

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A FaceBook post by Gopakumar Menon Weight and See

March 25, 2015

‘Six kgs excess,’ said the lady at the check-in With a charming, engaging smile ‘Would you please pay by cash, rupees As the card will take quite awhile?’

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Nandi Hills trip, 200315

March 20, 2015

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Concern vs. Intrusion

March 18, 2015

There seems to be some particular joy in assuming that I will break the medical “rules”after my cataract surgery. and go out/ cook/walk a tightrope….generally, do something before I am cleared for it, and then making judgmental remarks about it, without finding out whether I am allowed to do it or not. (Or, if I say the doctor has cleared it, the reply is, “Doctors will say such things, but you must be careful.”)

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While we debate in our ivory towers....

March 13, 2015

Was “India’s Daughter” a good documentary? Did it deal with a matter that is sub judice? Was at least one of the convicted rapists paid for his interview? Should the defence lawyers be banned?

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Cataract surgery, 12 and 130315

March 12, 2015

Fact: I had the cataract removed from one eye (with laser surgery) on Thursday, 12th March, 2015.. The other eye, Friday, 13th March, 2015. Reasonably painless procedure.

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Cataract surgery, 110315

March 12, 2015

Had the cataract removed from one eye (with laser surgery) today. The other eye, tomorrow. Reasonably painless procedure. Typing is automatic on my laptop keyboard…but reading is still problematic, about 7 hours after surgery, as the eye that was done still seems to have a not-very clean plastic sheet over it. The other eye was already giving enough fuzziness through my spectacles to make me want to go to the eye surgeon.

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The birds of Bandhavgarh

March 10, 2015

Though it poured for 3 days of our stay in Bandhavgarh, we still saw a lot of interesting things on our safaris, and within the grounds of Nature Heritage Resort where we stayed. I’m just going to put up the birds that I was able to click (my friends Karthik, Manjula, Nitin and Sharmila, who were all carrying DSLRs, definitely got more, and better shots!). Let me start with the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, a flaunty beauty which was a lifer for me.

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Violence against women...

March 10, 2015

If one thought that violence against women was something very recent…here’s a song which justificaties drunken violence against women: it says, “Ithu thAn iyarkkaiyin niyathi” (This is the law of Nature). Vannakkili was a 1959 film. The song makes me cringe

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Waning...

March 7, 2015

Why do relationships die? I’m sure I can’t tell you why. The sweetness, the joy… They turn sour, by and by. One person seems to stop Loving another; a sigh Of sadness, a teardrop… A wariness, a fear… Happiness in each other Turns to an attempt to smother The fact that it feels No longer the wonder That it was before. Before things go under… Perhaps there’s time to shore Up the weak spot, and retrieve The magic…but life’s not fair Or kind, or just. Is there hope in the air.. Or is it just dust?

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Bandhavgarh Lets start with the stripes....030315

March 6, 2015

We were five of us on the trip to Bandhavgarh, in Madhya Pradesh,over the past week….in alphabetical order, Karthik, Manjula, Nitin, Sharmila, and YT. Manjula and Sharmila had never seen a tiger; so naturally (with Bandhavgarh being a tiger reserve), the focus was on sighting the big cats.

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Sands and stone....the heritage of Karnataka, 220215

February 25, 2015

On the Kollegal-Malavalli trip, that was such a great outing, I sighted several interesting things apart from the birds.

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The quarrel, Kollegal-Malavalli trip, 220215

February 25, 2015

We set out to go to Gulakmale.our plans changed as we got into the Lions’ car..and it turned out to be a memorable day of excellent birding, and much else besides.

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The geometry of life, 220215

February 24, 2015

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KTBs life, and art, goes on...

February 24, 2015

Here are some specimens of KTB’s art, and her life with her sibling, my precious Kallubhai aka The Booda..

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Birds in the air near and far

February 23, 2015

Though an aero-show concluded last week in Bangalore, I’d like to share other air shows I attended!

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Putting on a good face Kaiga, 150215

February 20, 2015

As we finished our birding transect and came back towards the backwaters of the Kali river, in the Virje area, I found this figure in the courtyard of a little home.

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The official gatherings at the Kaiga Bird Marathon, 14 and 15 Feb, 2015

February 19, 2015

As birders, it was a very warm welcome that we got from the people at NPCL (Nuclear Power Corportion Limited) when we met at Kaiga, for the Bird Marathon.

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Kaiga Bird Marathon14th pre-event, and 15th Feb 2015

February 19, 2015

Let me start with the iconic bird on the area…the Malabar Pied Hornbill.

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Kaiga Bird Marathon visit, 13,140215

February 18, 2015

LJ has not been opening up at all for me for the past few days…but just now…I must have said the LJ equivalent of “Open Sesame”….

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Lalbagh walk with PC, 100215

February 12, 2015

It was a lovely sunrise at Lalbagh.

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The electricity company, my bank and me...Pas de Troix,or How I Pass (or Piss) My Time

February 11, 2015

ear Sirs,

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Not Swan Lake, but Goose Lake. Hadinaru kere, 07 and 080215

February 10, 2015

I looked up the Wiki entry for the

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Freedom ...a matter of wires

February 9, 2015

Do they not look delightful Perched upon the wire, Chatting together Against the sky?

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Human beings on the Sira outing, 010215

February 5, 2015

We were a nice round dozen this time…

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How a single photograph can lead me to so much Sira, 010215

February 5, 2015

On the way back from Sira, I just clicked this message on the back of a truck as it intrigued me…

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Outing to Doddkere, and Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary, Sira, Tumkur District, Karnataka, 010215

February 5, 2015

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Harvestmen...or Daddy Long-legs Sira, Karnataka, 010215

February 2, 2015

Most of us shudder at the sight of spiders,but they are really fascinating creatures. Did you know that most spiders are solitary…and cannibalistic? Many female spiders eat the males after mating!

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A different perspective

February 2, 2015

Thanks to Anjana for this.

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Aaru-maNi kuruvi...(the 6 oclock bird) CWLS, 240115

January 29, 2015

the INDIAN PITTA

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Kalyan turns two, 280115

January 28, 2015

He started out life as a small dash on the pregnancy-test kit. He was a peanut in his first scan, then he became Thupples, slang for “thappalai” or frog, because he looked like a tadpole….all while he was inside his mother.

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Lying down Trees, Galibore, 240115

January 27, 2015

As we walked along the campus of Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) Galibore, on the banks of the Kaveri in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, I found something rather intriguing.

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CWLS/Galibore outing, 240115

January 27, 2015

We (Ashok Sengupta, Nitin Achari, Prashanth Bhat, Rama Warrier, Rohit Girotra and I) left while it was still dark:

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Bangalore Bird Race, 180115 Organizing a group 6 teams, and how the day went

January 23, 2015

The Bangalore Bird “Race” is an annual event, where teams of birders scour the quadrants of the city and its outskirts (up to 60 km radius) and try to spot as many birds as they can, until sundown. Since last year (2014), the “race” is just a race against time; the competitive element has been removed.

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Memories...of two cities

January 22, 2015

A friend, Vasu Ramanjuam, living in the US, posted on a mailing list:

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Gulakmale (yes, again) 10 and 110115

January 20, 2015

On the 10th only 3 of us went there, but we did find quite few other birders. We were able to meet and exchange notes.

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KTBs interpretation of segregation

January 20, 2015

A has been talking to Kavya about Martin Luther King and the problem of racial discrimination.

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Anklets, Bheemeshwari, 070115

January 15, 2015

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Sunset and Sunrise on the Kaveri, 06 and 070115

January 14, 2015

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No one...

January 14, 2015

No one hunts for a job any more. They explore options. No one does a job anymore. They work in spaces. No one is creative anymore. They think out of the box. No one is a spoilt child anymore. They only have developmental issues. No one is shy any more. They only have social anxiety. No one is interesting in something any more. They are into it. No one talks to anyone anymore . They engage with the others. No one does something from now on. They do it going forward. No one feels something any more. They have emotional experiences. No one agrees with you any more. They hear you. No one understands your point of view any more. They can see where you are coming from. No one dislikes what I’ve just written. They give me analytical feedback.

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Chikkala Siddappa Jaatre, 06 and 070114

January 14, 2015

We went to the Cauvery Wild Life Sanctuary (CWLS) for a volunteer initiative…crowd management at the Chikkala Siddappa Jaatre (pilgrimmage). This is the largest jaatre in the Cauvery Wild Life Sanctuary (CWLS).

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Gulakmale, 040115...the Bluethroat

January 5, 2015

20 of us went to Gulakmale again on the 4th, and as I am off to the Kaveri for a couple of days, starting early tomorrow, I’ll only talk of one of the highlights of the outing….the sighting of a

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Nandi Hills, 301214

January 3, 2015

When Jaysingh Morey from Mumbai requested my company to Nandi Hills, I was also able to invite Kiran Kashyap and Gayatri Rao along.

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Gulakmale again, 010115

January 2, 2015

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The monochromes of the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Nandi Hills, 301214

January 1, 2015

In the mist, this beautiful fellow

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kolE basavA, 281214

December 29, 2014

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Other things I enjoyed on the Gulakmale trip, 271214

December 29, 2014

As we climbed to the tank bund, I saw these puppies rolling around in the gutter. They were squealing and rolling around! One looked up at me curiously as I clicked.

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Purple Umbrella, one, not as per request. 251214

December 28, 2014

The Reindeer’s grandfather was visiting Cochin, so her mother asked for an ethnic umbrella (The Reindeer specified purple.)

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Gulakmale/Thottikallu trip, 281214

December 28, 2014

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The last few leaves.....

December 25, 2014

I tear off the leaf of my daily calendar.It’s a habit that’s a long-standing one… for many years, I always asked my sister in law, to buy a "rANi mutthu" daily calendar for me (I was superstitious..the 2 years that I bought one for myself, I lost my parents, and then again, once, when I did this, I lost my brother. Now, I've lost a lot, including the superstition, and I buy my own.)

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Al Literation

December 25, 2014

A friend said, “More than a decade ago, you’d produced a list of ‘Arab’ words, beginning with ‘al’….let’s have the list again!”

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Two outings with Savithri Singh, 23 and 241214

December 25, 2014

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The Red-breasted Flycatcher, Nandi Hills, 241214

December 24, 2014

This morning, I went with Savithri Singh, her son Kartik and his friend Karuna, Brinda, and Sharmila, to Nandi Hills.

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Using others homes, Road to Galibore, 201214

December 22, 2014

While birding on the road to Galibore, Karnataka,on the banks of the Kaveri, in the Cauvery Wild Life Sanctuary (CWLS), we obseved some abandoned nests of the Baya Weavers.

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Things that tickled me

December 20, 2014

I love spotting funny signs..and here are a few!

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Terroristscan they be so barbaric? Yes, they can....

December 17, 2014

Obviously, I’ve been musing on this phenomenon of terrorism. War, in itself, is a form of terrorism; it’s always the innocent pawns who get slaughtered while the King and Queen look on from their safe fastnesses.

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Celebrating life, 101214

December 17, 2014

I just posted about the death of children, so I must definitely post about the celebration of life and a return to good health.

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On the death of children....

December 17, 2014

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A most unusual young man....Rajdhani Express encounter, 131214

December 15, 2014

I always meet the most interesting people on train journeys (another reason why I prefer them to quick-yet-painful plane journeys in India.)

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Economic development and its dependencies different lifestyles

December 15, 2014

Visiting any large city,and observing the different worlds that co-exist, is always a thought-provoking experience. Gurgaon is no different.

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Another unexpected hunting scene, Gurgaon, 131214

December 13, 2014

I have made

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Thoughts on landing...

December 12, 2014

What does a wasp feel When it’s about to land? Does it feel a sense of relief To alight on the leaf? Will it land on toe or heel? Will it fly off, or will it stand Still, for a while..? I wonder all this…with a smile!

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The heights a job can take people to.....Gurgaon, 111214

December 11, 2014

I went for a walk today, and was awed by the size of the highrise buildings all around me in Gurgaon, Haryana…now a suburb of Delhi, the capital.

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Hoskote Kere (Lake),071214

December 10, 2014

Since Snehasis could not join our group for Skandagiri on the 6th, I wanted to take him to a birding spot that he had not visited before.

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Suburban Gardening...and God

December 10, 2014

GOD AND ST. FRANCIS DISCUSSING LAWNS GOD: Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles. ST. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass. GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It’s temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there? ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn. GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy. ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week. GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay? ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags. GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it? ST. FRANCIS: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away. GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away? ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir. GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work. ST. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it. GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s a natural circle of life. ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away. GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose? ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves. GOD: And where do they get this mulch? ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch. GOD: Enough. I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have they scheduled for us tonight?” ST. CATHERINE: “Dumb and Dumber”, Lord. It’s a really stupid movie about….. GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

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KTBs first recipe, 271114

December 3, 2014

While in Florida, KTB’s mother says, “she wrote a wonderful recipe at Thanksgiving that I wanted to share. She did this entirely on her own, and we applauded her effort and the whole family got to exclaim. This was her longest single writing effort, and we were thrilled at the confidence level that allowed her to get through a full effort like this, which is a level of focus we haven’t observed before….This translation should help.”

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The road, the river, the birds, the beings...Galibore trip,221114

December 3, 2014

The road…

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Valley School and Vaderhalli Kere, 021214

December 2, 2014

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Turahalli Day, 281114

December 1, 2014

For some years now, we’ve been celebrating

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Another lifer..and perhaps a record sighting, Nandi Hills, 271114

November 28, 2014

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A movie of my favourite haunt Bannerghatta, zoo area, 261114

November 28, 2014

Instead of the pictures, this time I decided to try and make a movie, and here goes:

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Nandi Hills, 271114

November 28, 2014

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BWFC 4th Sunday outing to Kaikondrahalli Kere 231114

November 24, 2014

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The Weight of Words Book Bonanza, Jayanagar 4th Block

November 20, 2014

A few days ago, Amith Kumar introduced me to a rather unusual bookshop in Jayanagar…“Book Bonanza”.

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The things that Go Wrong during a long absence.....

November 19, 2014
  1. Gas disconnected. For “my protection”, I am locked out of my connection if I do not book for 180 days since the last booking. I am consuming less, and so I should be praised, shouldn’t I? But no…I get locked out instead.. I have to give a letter of request, a proof of address, and a proof of id. Several visits to reactivate it, and waiting for the cylinder to be delivered.
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The Panchalinga temple, Begur, 161114

November 17, 2014

Sometimes a lot of the hard work is done for me!

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Chidiyon ka pinjra, Ranga Shankara, 151114 Theatre review

November 17, 2014

I was going to write a review, but found that

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Email to the bngbirds egroup 3rd Sunday outing, Hulimangala, 161114

November 17, 2014

Hi Everyone,

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Childrens Day at Bandipur, 141114

November 17, 2014

As wildlife volunteers, Kumuda, Siddharth and I went to Bandipur to help celebrate Children’s Day with about 150 children from three local schools: Hangala, Mangala, Bheemannabeedu.

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The elephants at Bandipur, 141114

November 15, 2014

After the Children’s Day event, both the children and the volunteers were taken on a safari by the Karnataka Forest Department, and we were, on three occasions, given a big treat.

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The Tricky Part, Ranga Shankara, 111114

November 13, 2014

Here we are…Janaki, Nayantara and YT…at Ranga Shankara, where we watched an excellent play,”The Tricky Part”, a solo performance by Martin Moran, who also wrote the book and the play.

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Smiles and tears

November 12, 2014

Usually, they work well together… But,sometimes The mind and the heart Go their different ways. The mind calmly accepts That all is well, and that Technology can keep me in touch. But the heart Pines, and longs, and yearns… Reason crinkles the eyes in a smile; Emotion squeezes tears out of them.

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Buttering, Arikere Reserve Forest, Sunday, 091114

November 12, 2014

Though highly jet-lagged, I decided not to miss the buttering outing, and joined Rohit Girotra and the buttering gang at Adigas; after breakfast, we went to the Reserve Forest. Here are some of the interesting things I captured on camera:

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The flight home, and the chores after coming back.....

November 12, 2014

Home to home, the journey took 41 hours. Very tiring; and though I managed to get an empty seat next to myself on both the long journeys (Detroit to Paris, and Paris to Bangalore), there was a lot of turbulence, bad service, terrible food (especially Paris to Bangalore, which is an Air France flight) and noisy co-passengers, so jet lag is still killing me. So I’m alternating the sights I captured with the chores I am doing.

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On different orientation.....

November 7, 2014

A thread about cross-dressing, trans-genders and homosexuality prompted a friend to write the following mythological/religious reference on a mailing list:

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I must be careful...

November 5, 2014

A lesson I have learnt from the moon.

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Sight words, and art, 041114

November 5, 2014

A drew “sight words” (words that need not be spelt out but just recognized) in this drawing, and asked KTB to look for them.

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Speaking at the St.Louis Audubon Society Annual Dinner, 011114

November 5, 2014

I was quite thrilled to be invited to speak (with a few photographs and videos) on the topic of “My experiences with birding in St.Louis” at the St. Louis Audubon Society (SLAS)which jcompletes 100 years of existence in 2015.

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Under the Ash tree, 251014

November 1, 2014

Under the Ash tree swing the little one, and I.

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On the surface, and under it

November 1, 2014

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Little holes in the heart

October 27, 2014

Medical science tells us That we can, indeed, live With little holes in the heart I know this to be true.

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Pumpkin Farm, 191014

October 22, 2014

D and I took the children to a pumpkin farm, while A studied for her exams.

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RocknRoll Half-Marathon, 191014

October 21, 2014

This run had a great slogan:

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Train Show, Kirkwood, MO, 171014

October 15, 2014

We’d already had a marathon Lego session in the morning:

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Memories, and feelings

October 13, 2014

How to take the sting Out of sad memories? IMG_5411

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The fires of fall

October 12, 2014

Fall is a time when red seems to appear everywhere, amongst the green.

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Two very different destinations

October 12, 2014

We pay a lot of homage To success. I’ve been watching a music video. I see the packed halls; I see the roaring cheers. It makes me think about the road to this place, Success… The gigs in small towns, the half-empty places, The wondering if, after all, One has the staying power That, allied (or not) to talent Could reach that elusive goal….Success. The road that leads to Success Can often curve, imperceptibly, Into the blind alleys of Failure, too. Success and Failure are like the two faces Of Janus; one looking forward into the light, The other, fading into the dimness, the darkness, Of oblivion, sinking away into the numbers That are described, in racing parlance, As “also-rans”. The efforts that lead to Failure Are no less than those that fetch up at Success. I feel for those who end up at the wrong destination….

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Tower Grove Park with Edge Wade, 071014

October 9, 2014

Edge drove down all the way from Columbia to take me to Tower Grove Park, and it proved to be an enormously rewarding outing.

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Forest Park Forever/St.Louis Audubon Society, Bird Walk, 041014

October 8, 2014

It was a nice chill morning as I set out early to Forest Park.

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Blood Moon, and Total Lunar Eclipse, 081014

October 8, 2014

Some images I took, though half asleep:

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Two common birds, STL, 071014

October 8, 2014

Here is a spattering of Starling wings:

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Memories of Pujo

October 3, 2014

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L Shankar, and his double violin

October 2, 2014

L. Shankar

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Tower Grove Park with Allen and Lois Smith, 300914

October 1, 2014

I got a very affectionate email from

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Children are art

October 1, 2014

Children are…A R T.

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Beauty defies time....

October 1, 2014

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Coming Out, 270914

September 29, 2014

Some people have trouble coming out of the closet.

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Experiments with light, 190914, Forest Park

September 27, 2014

I went and met Danny Brown in Forest Park, and spent a contented morning. There were no new birds, but I was trying out shots in different light settings.

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Scrap of life, 160914

September 27, 2014

It’s amazing to see what tiny scraps of feathers have song, and life, in them. Sitting on a twig, with his ratty little tail,this little bird still called loud enough to get my ear.

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Riverlands Bird Sanctuary, with Edge and June, 230914 (Part 2 Confluence nature trail)

September 26, 2014

When we finished at the dam, and had our coffee (thankfully, they didn’t say it tasted odd!) Edge suggested we go to the Confluence Point.

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Riverlands Bird Sanctuary, with Edge and June, 230914 (Part 1 Birding)

September 25, 2014

Edge Wade and June Newman, two birders whom I hold in high esteem and have long wanted to meet, planned on a nice birding outing for me, to Riverlands Bird Sanctuary, on the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. I felt instantly comfortable with them…it made for a lot of enjoyment! I am very grateful to them for the lovely outing.

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Life and death...and thoughts

September 24, 2014

ஜென்மம் நிறைந்தது சென்றவர் வாழ்க சிந்தை கலங்கிட வந்தவர் வாழ்க நீரில் மிதந்திடும் கண்களும் காய்க நிம்மதி நிம்மதி இவ்விடம் சூழ்க

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Retirement

September 23, 2014

We are having a discussion on retirement, with someone asking for thoughts from others. Various points of view, and tips for managing one’s life after one has quit one’s corporate career, were given. I decided to add this:

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Bubbles, 160914

September 18, 2014

We played with bubbles last evening.

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Reflections on Krishna Jayanti (Janmashtami)

September 16, 2014

A friend on a mailing list had talked about Krishna, and said:

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A light breakfast, Forest Park, 140914

September 16, 2014

After I caught sight of the Osprey fishing in the Grand Basin in Forest Park, my friend Danny Brown pinged me, and we arranged to go to Forest Park again on Sunday to try our luck.

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The children....

September 16, 2014

I am an Unashamed Worshipper at my grandchildren’s feet. Here’s KTB’s rendition of a sunflower:

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A mornings birding in Forest Park, 130914

September 14, 2014

I started in Kennedy Forest:

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Ghastly Hindi jokes about celebs

September 14, 2014

Pankaj fell in love Pankaj married Pankaj divorced Pankaj udaas

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Coming home from the hospital

September 11, 2014

Derek felt unwell over Sunday and Monday, with fever, nausea and stomach-ache. On Monday evening, the doc told him to have a CAT scan the next day, and on Tuesday, the scan confirmed that he had appendicitis. An appendectomy was performed on Tuesday night, and though he had a lot of pain this morning, and afternoon, he was able to come home by 5pm or so. Here was his update just before leaving Barnes-Jewish Hospital:

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The complete Indian National Anthem

September 11, 2014

Though not greatly impressed by the self-conscious “I am a star singing” rendition of the singers…it’s still a very beautiful poem, and very rarely does one hear all the stanzas sung (just like many other national anthems, I suspect!)

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Swinging (like a spider) through summer....

September 3, 2014

KTB explaining about the two Spidermen that she’s drawn:

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Drawing, chatting, and playing house, STL, 270814

August 29, 2014

KTB’s drawing is improving apace; here she is, explaining who the people are (her friends, Ananya and Aditi, along with Teddy Naryanan, who was given to her mother by her mother’s uncle in 1988…and Pinky Bear, who was a gift from KTB’s great grandmother.)…and how they are sleeping:

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Walking into the sunset, 250814

August 28, 2014

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KTB Art and writing, August 2014

August 25, 2014

Boodi Ma’s writing and art are progressing very well, now that she’s started kindergarten.

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Children, STL, 230814

August 25, 2014

When I say my grandson is de-lightful, I mean it!

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I, me, myself

August 22, 2014

I do not know who I am. I seem to be an uneven mix Of so many persons; Someone’s daughter (Though that person Is now, several years, In the past tense) Someone’s sister (Also in the past) A friend to several people, The wife of one man To whom I gave several decades Before that, too Slipped into the past. I am the butt of many jokes The object of scorn to many; Yet others regard me with affection. I too have given my heart, For life: I am the mother of one, The mother-in-law of one, And the grandmother of two. I feel, though, that sometimes One person in me predominates Over the others. What I would like to be Is a complete person: An amalgam, a balanced mix Of these people who live And breathe within me. But I seem to be more Like a Ferris wheel Where first one person, And then another Rise to the top, and the others Sink below into unheeded Oblivion. Where is the singer? The theatre critic? The writer? The quizzer? The lover of languages? Where am I? Who am I? I am mixed, indeed…and do not know.

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Time

August 20, 2014

The days pass by Like small notes Slipped under the door To someone who will come home Only later. Later is a time that arrives Almost at once; And the moment that makes up the present Becomes the past, with each tick Of the clock; Living only in memory. Existing only in chronicles and history. Life slips away In the leaves, torn daily, From the calendar That mark the inexorable passage Of time…and our lives upon this earth.

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Summer, and surgery, 190814

August 20, 2014

Even if school has begun, summer evenings are fun times.

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Scientific experiment, STL, 170814

August 20, 2014

DnA suddenly decided that there would be a scientific experiment for the education and edification of KTB, and they chose one that involved baking soda, vinegar, a glass bottle, and a balloon.

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Safety and security, STL, 170814

August 19, 2014

Yesterday I went to

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Nature at a bus stop, St.Louis, 120814

August 13, 2014

Here’s the patch of “weeds” at the bus stop where we wait, to send KTB off to school, and get her back again in the evening.

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House Sparrows having a mud-bath, Forest Park, 110814...and others

August 13, 2014

Sparrows mud bathing:

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The Green Heron, Forest Park, 100814

August 11, 2014

It felt good to be out, after a killer few days, walking in Forest Park. I strolled on(thanks to two fractured big toes,and a sprained ankle, my walking is only strolling these days) towards the Prairie area, and the stream.

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I wish Id stayed in the Jumbo Hostel Stockholm, 050814

August 10, 2014

As I took the bus to the Ibis Hotel (near the Arlanda airport) from Stockholm Central, I saw what I thought was a parked and exhibited Jumbo (Boeing 747).

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Pleasanter stuff back with my family.....

August 9, 2014

KTB starts school on Monday, 11th August, 2014; she will attend Wilkinsons School, where she will also participate in a program for gifted children (but will be most of the time with ALL children.)

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Unpleasant experience with Department of Homeland Security at Minneapolis-St.Paul, 6th August, 2014

August 8, 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,

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Chakra and yantra, 040814

August 5, 2014

When was tending his bike, he asked me to take this snap of the cycle gears:

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The Lusted Weekly of India....

August 4, 2014

I was looking at a Facebook post, made by Viju JB,of a very old photograph, of a couple, taken at their wedding. This suddenly put me in mind of an old English magazine that was very much a part of our lives…the

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Roxen Lake, Linkoping, Sweden, 290714

August 3, 2014

Lake Roxen

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My article in Silver Talkies

August 2, 2014

Anno Domini is not inimical to birding; indeed, it’s a great hobby for the silver years.

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How the truth is stated....

August 2, 2014

An attractive young woman on a flight from Ireland asked the Priest beside her, ‘Father, may I ask a favor ?

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NCF Excellent work in Valparai on resolution of elephant-human conflict

July 29, 2014

When we went to Valparai in April 2014, I was able to meet Ananda Kumar, and of course, I know Ganesh Raghunathan quite well (though I’ve never been able to meet him at his “workplace”!)

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The weather in Sweden

July 28, 2014

I was a bit worried about the weather when I was packing for Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. My friend, who lived in Sweden for many years, told me, “Sweden has two seasons: July/August, and winter.”

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When Im gone....

July 27, 2014

When I’m gone…when my time is done.. Let me rest my weary head.

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The Nordic Cosplay Championships, 24 and 250714, Linkoping, Sweden

July 26, 2014

I did not know, until now, about

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Creatures, and verse...

July 24, 2014

I got a well-meaning email saying that my photography was getting “worse and worse” and explaining all my faults. Now, I am a HCP..Hopelessly Content Photographer, who posts SMS (Shamelessly Mediocre Shots). So…I thought, what if my photography was verse instead of worse? Here goes…I saw all these in Scandinavia.

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Birding and bubble algae, 210714

July 24, 2014

I took this pic of a Northern Shoveller in a pond:

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Microbes can be angry words

July 23, 2014

My friend Pallavi Singh wrote on FB:

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The sadness of peace

July 21, 2014

There is a peace At the beginning, Before things happen; The peace of the not-yet. There is a peace while in the centre of action, The peace that takes a break In the middle of the whirlwind. There is, too, the peace That is the aftermath of war And toil, and struggle: This peace is not always happy. This may be the peace of death, of regrets Of waste, of what might have been. Is this sad peace, the deteritus of destruction, Always welcome? Is peace always better than war? Peace…without serenity, without prosperity Is just the cessation of foul acts Without the hope of its continuance. Peace can often be Tears in a widow’s eye A maimed limb, The passing of what was good and happy In a life lived just a while ago. Peace can the quietness Of the broken body of a girl, Mauled bestially, and left to bleed. Peace can be the loneliness In a home when one partner has walked out. Peace can be the quite of a crash site Where people are looking for bodies. Peace…not welcome when it’s just a piece Of conflict, pain and sorrow.

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And, in St.Louis.....200714

July 20, 2014

I had a lovely video chat with my daughter, and the added bonus (bonii!) were:

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The wildflower bouquet, 080714

July 18, 2014
took me for a wonderful morning of nature and birding trails...​Klingansvalsan (Vomb) Lake, and Silvakra. We had lovely sightings of birds, insects, mammals, took in some beautiful scenery....but I was also thinking of Fran, a very indoor person, whom we'd left behind. So I picked these wildflowers for her!
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Glimmingehus Castle, Skane, Sweden, 040714

July 16, 2014

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Broken-wing behaviour, Copenhagen, 060714

July 16, 2014

Broken-wing behaviour (or

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Ales Stenar, Sweden, 040714

July 14, 2014

“Ale’s Stones (or Ales stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument in Skåne in southern Sweden. It is a stone ship, oval in outline, with the stones at each end markedly larger than the rest. It is 67-metres long formed by 59 large boulders, weighing up to 1.8 tonnes each,” says the Wiki.

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Tomelilla and an old church, Sweden, 040714

July 11, 2014

I’ve been wandering around a good deal, and have got back to good internet connectivity. Here are two of the very interesting places I visited in the Skane area of Sweden, thanks to and her affectionate hospitality....

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LJ ( and SO) meet,030714

July 9, 2014

What better way to observe the eve of American Independence Day than by meeting two Americans who are now independent of their country? It has been a long time in the planning, but I finally met up with and . And of course, what better setting for the meet than the beautiful, 180-year-old home of , in Staffanstorp, in southern Sweden? It was an added bonus that , living and working in Linkoping, could also be there. Caro's SO, Ray, Donna's husband (and SO) Manolo, and Nina's SO, Fran, were there, to add to the festivity of the occasion, too!

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Conversation on the colour of eyes, 080714

July 9, 2014

A: My beautiful brown eyed sweetheart… K: Nnnyyy, I want blue eyes… A: But why, you have lovely eyes K: But everyone pretends they are chocolate and tries to eat them A: But if you have blue eyes, then people will pretend they are blueberries, and try to eat them too. K: No, Madison says that blue eyes are water, and no one likes to have water that much, so I want blue eyes.

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The departure

July 2, 2014

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Two musicians at the Friluftsmuseet (Open-air Museum), Gamla (Old) Linkoping, 280614

June 30, 2014

It was a wonderful experience to go to Gamla Linkoping (the old town of Linkoping), where heritage buildings have been brought in and re-built with every possible care. There are several museums, housed in these old buildings, that visitors can walk into. In the whole area, many people who are in period costumes walk about; and today, when the local newspaper was pushed into the mail slot, I found out a bit more about two musicians whom I met there.

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Life, and letting go......

June 28, 2014

I am Sweden for a few weeks; when I went around a jumble sale yesterday, I had no cash whatsover, and even if I had some, I knew I would only be accumulating junk that would be of no use to me or the person I am staying with. This allowed me to go around the sale area without buying anything.

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Interesting sculpture...and roundabout dogs....more questions Linkoping, Sweden, 230614

June 27, 2014

As I came by bus into Linkoping, I caught sight of this very large hoop adorning one of the roundabouts:

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Meanwhile, The Booda is growing up....

June 26, 2014

Here are a few pics clicked by AM ….whether it’s video games or board games, our little fellow is involved…..!

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Linkoping Cathedral, 200614

June 26, 2014

After looking at the Midsummer’s Eve celebration, I realized that the

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Midsummers Eve, Linkoping, 200614

June 25, 2014

Though I’d asked Prashanth in the morning, he mistook the midsummer’s eve Maypole dancing to be taking place on the next day; at about 4pm, he realized his mistake, and we set off to the place where it was taking place.

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The Community Laundry System, 190614

June 24, 2014

Since PC told me there was a free community washing and drying area, I’d asked him to book it for a date after I’d arrive, and show me how to do it; I could then do the laundry in my free time as long as I was visiting (my standard operating procedure whenever I sponge off someone for any length of time.)

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Meanwhile, I find wheels....230614

June 24, 2014

Yes, I know I have plenty of Linkoping posts to catch up on, but a couple of days ago, PC and I had been to “Biltema”, where he buys a lot of cycle stuff. I’d looked at a folding bike (with longing) and at the price tag (with revulsion…at 2190 SEK, the revulsion was strong!)

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A walk in Linkoping, 170614

June 24, 2014

We started with the Linkoping Station.

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Eurasian Tree Sparrow feeding young one, Roxen Lake, Linkoping, 210614

June 22, 2014

As PC and I walked to Roxen Lake, I suddenly saw this beautiful sight…a

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Bus ride from Goteborg to Linkoping, 150614

June 19, 2014

It was to be a 4-hour bus ride to get to Linkoping (by the way, the latter is pronounced lin-show-ping and the “shoping” is similar to the modern English “shopping”…there were markets which then grew into these towns/cities .) Linkoping, the wiki entry tells me, was founded in 1287!

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Picnic Lunch at Goteborg, 150614

June 18, 2014

It was Sunday, and I was leaving for Linkoping in the afternoon….so we decided (after clearing up a lot of ticketing mess) to go for a nice ramble, with a picnic lunch.

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Windows, doors and architecture in Goteborg, Sweden, 150614

June 17, 2014

The past few days, I’ve been enjoying windows, and doors, and buildings…along with friends, and their friends!

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Another walk in Goteborg, 130614

June 16, 2014

Advik put on the new anklets I bought for him, and looked more of a laddu than ever:

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Goteborg walkabout and tramabout, 120614

June 15, 2014

Sumana gave Advik his food:

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Wedding bells for Alex and Claire...Circus Flora, St Louis, 120614

June 13, 2014

​Wow…Ruth…thank you for sending me this link.​

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Sumana and Deepaks garden, Goteborg, Sweden, 120614

June 13, 2014

I’m just going to say it with flowers…!

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Journey to Scandinavia, 110614

June 13, 2014

I started from Bangalore International Airport, which looked beautiful in the middle of the night:

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Bade Miyaan Deewane Play Review, 080614

June 9, 2014

here

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बड़ा महत्व है....

June 6, 2014

ससुराल में साली का बाग़ में माली का होंठो में लाली का पुलिस में गाली का मकान में नाली का कान में बाली का पूजा में थाली का खुशी में ताली का——बड़ा महत्व है

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Interesting People

June 6, 2014

I find almost everyone I meet interesting! Whether it is a random encounter or it turns out to be a long-term friendship..from one end of the spectrum to the other, I rarely meet people whom I actively dislike (though it happens, of course.)

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Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level World Environment Day, Screening and Discussion

June 6, 2014
, Radha Rangarajan and Sangeetha Kadur put together this event on the 5th of June, at the Suchitra Film Society in Banashankari.
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World Environment Day, 050614

June 5, 2014

Does it move? Kill it! Does it sting? Squash it! Does it grow? Cut it down! Done with it? Throw it out of your window! Need to go somewhere? Take the car! Have some money? Consume more!

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A birthday card....STL, 310514

June 5, 2014

KTB drew these for her father’s birthday…

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Bannerghatta with Rosita and Mark All the Feet, 030614

June 4, 2014

Rosita called and invite me to go with her and Mark to his yoga teacher, Rama’s farmhouse in Bannerghatta, and I immediately said yes.

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Love in the time of technology

June 2, 2014

There was a time when palm leaves And birds, too, were used To communicate between lovers And ensure that their souls fused.

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Day 7, VTP, Kudremukh Sat, 240514

June 2, 2014

Saturday, 240514, Day 7

There was an early-morning “Malabar Whistling Thrush” walk, the highlight of which was the sighting of the Blue-eared Kingfisher.

Sarath made a presentation on the tiger, the facts and figures of this charismatic animal. There were several inputs from VMR, regarding recent findings and theories.

VMR then talked about the Wildlife Protection Act and its ramifications, enforcement, and otherwise. Rather than a dry disposition, he showed the participants the other side of the Act…the ways and means that poachers and traffickers adopt, and the measures the Forest Department takes to counter them. The Forest Department is hobbled by limitations such as jurisdiction; the poachers are not limited in any such way. He showed the photographs of sandalwood being smuggled, especially “Rakta Chandana” or Red Sanders, as well as other trees like teak and mahogany. He mentioned how Red Sand Boas were trafficked for as much as Rs.20 lakhs each, during the Bellary mining boom. Other trees such as Durvasane mara, Saptarangi Selicia chinensis, were also being poached.

VMR talked about poachers-associates/ Carriers/ Middlemen and buyers, and the nomadic people..Pardhi, Bawaria, Bahelia, Banjara, Kalbelia, Kanjar, Sapera, Gujjars, Bangala…central to northern Indian tribes, called Khanabadosh, who are repeat offenders. The Bawarias rule now; they are from Panipat in Haryana.

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Day 6, VTP, Kudremukh Fri, 230514

June 2, 2014

The “official” account:

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Day 5, VTP, Kudremukh Thu, 220514

June 2, 2014

The official account:

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Day 4, VTP, Kudremukh Wed, 210514

June 2, 2014

The official account:

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A morning with children Valley School, 010614

June 1, 2014

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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Bhagavathi Nature Camp, Kudremukh, Karnataka, 18-240514

May 31, 2014

The

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Meanwhile, in STL....

May 31, 2014

I’m busy posting about my Kudremukh program, but when The Boods intervene, they take priority.

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Day 3, VTP, Kudremukh Tue, 200514

May 31, 2014

Day 3..My official account:

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Volunteer Training Program(VTP) , Kudremukh, Day 2-190514 (Monday)

May 31, 2014

Here’s my account of day 2:

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Volunteer Training Program(VTP) , Kudremukh, Day 1-180514 (Sunday)

May 27, 2014

We (the budding volunteers of the VTP) reached Kalasa in the pre-dawn light:

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The flowers of my life, and my hope for travel....

May 27, 2014

My daughter just posted this on FB…so I cannot resist sharing the flowers that fill my life with beauty, colour, fragrance and sometimes a lot of peskiness…

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My superchild...

May 25, 2014

Her FB update:

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Kudremukh Batch of the Volunteer Training Program, 18-240514

May 25, 2014

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The Scorpion, Kudremukh, Karnataka, 210514

May 25, 2014

As we went around the grassland landscape during the Volunteer Training Program, Kiran spotted this large Scorpion, and I took a short video of it as we slowly passed in our vehicle. The creature was on the banked slope of the hill, and it was both rainy and late evening.

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Garbage Clean-Up Casa Ansal, 170514

May 17, 2014

The residents of Casa Ansal, in J P Nagar 3rd Phase on Bannerghatta Road, have been suffering from the shifting of the trash area from the Mini-Forest area to their southern wall, where it was both an eyesore and a major health hazard.

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The abandoned house, Valley School area, 130514

May 14, 2014

In several years of visiting the Valley School area, I’ve passed this abandoned house so many times…but it was only yesterday, when we did “waiting” birding instead of “walking” birding, and when Mark went into the house to explore, that I also decided to walk around and in it.

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Two kinds of birding...

May 14, 2014

The

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KTB singing Let It Go

May 12, 2014

AM has shared this on FB, so you do need an FB account to see

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The Hoopoe, Valley School, 110514

May 11, 2014

The

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When summer blooms...

May 9, 2014

The

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Wildlife Volunteers Training Program (VTP), Kudremukh, Karnataka, 18-24th May /25th-31st May, 2014

May 8, 2014

a vtp

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Rescue and Release Bronzeback Tree Snake, Devarayana Durga State Forest, Tumkur District, 010514

May 5, 2014

Warning: ...SKIP THIS POST PLEASE.

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Email to bngbirds about Valley School, 030514

May 4, 2014

Thomas Job, his friend (and first-time birder) Sushil Nahar, and I went to Valley School, and we were certainly rewarded beyond our expectations!

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Wonderful morning at Valley School, 030514

May 4, 2014

Thomas Job and his friend Sushil Nahar, who was coming on a birding trail for the first time, picked me up, and off we went, to Valley School.

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Heritage hits the dust...

May 3, 2014

I went to Langford Town, and was saddened to see another beautiful heritage home hit the dust on Oleff road.

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Rescue and Release The Slender Loris, Devarayana Durga State Forest, Tumkur District, 010514

May 2, 2014

I’ve been lucky enough to spot the

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The moon and the star

May 2, 2014

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Would you...?

May 2, 2014

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Harley Estates, Sakleshpur, Karnataka, 24,25,260414

May 1, 2014

Amith, Deepak, Sachin and I went to do a bird census for some friends, on their coffee estate in Sakleshpur. I must say, I didn’t expect such a dream list of birds at the end of April!

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Quick visit to Hulimangala, 300414

April 30, 2014

On the spur of the moment, my friend Rosita Sequiera came by with her son Mark and picked me up, and off we went; I wanted to show her the magnificient trees of Hulimangala.

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tErE mEre sapnE ab Ek rang hain

April 30, 2014

One of my favourite melodious songs, from the movie

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She turned five...

April 30, 2014

Yesterday, April 29th, was the day Eli/Biddli/Boodi Ma/Beedool turned five.

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Hatworks Boulevard, Cunningham Road, Bangalore, 140414

April 28, 2014

Since my friend Uma is shortly to relocate, we decided to meet up and do some gallivanting as well, and almost at random, wound up at

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Semma kadi (PJs in Tamil)

April 28, 2014

Untranslatable…so I am just leaving them as is.

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The Rock Eagle Owls of NICE Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, 260414

April 27, 2014

I’ve always been drawn to owls, and the

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Four videos from Valparai

April 23, 2014

I got the Orange-headed Thrush singing:

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Lion-tailed Macaques, Valparai, 18-200414

April 21, 2014

On Good Friday, Anjali, Gopal, Rohan, Tharangini, Yeshoda and I went to

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Bannerghata zoo area with Chandu, and David Frye, 120414

April 17, 2014

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Am mad about Am....

April 15, 2014

Mangifera Indica-Summer in India

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The Camp Elephants at Bannerghatta Zoo, April 2014

April 15, 2014

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Eco-volunteers Meet, ThoughtWorks, Koramangala, Bangalore, 120414

April 12, 2014

The first meeting of Eco-volunteers (those who took the Volunteer Training Program, or VTP), was held at ThoughtWorks, Koramangala, Bangalore, on 120414.

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Wildlife Documentaries from the past

April 11, 2014

I was dozing off in a fit of heat-induced somnolence from somewhere out of my dull brain came the thought of my mother…and her love of wildlife documentaries. She was far, far ahead of her times…she had Salim Ali’s bird book with her, though she only watched garden birds..and we often went into the jungles of West Bengal and north India. In a time when wildlife was plentiful, she enjoyed reading about it and going to watch it. I still remember the trips we used to make to places like Betla Game Sanctuary in Bihar, where we saw magnificient tigers…

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News about The Boods, from STL

April 8, 2014

On the 31st of March, the siblings had water fun:

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Sunset, Fire and Outer Space, 050414

April 8, 2014

As we waited for dusk, so that the Slender Lorises would become active, we were treated to the sight of a beautiful sunset.

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When trees shade the roads...

April 8, 2014

As I boarded the bus to go and meet my friends (we were going to Nagavalli, in Tumkur District, to sight the Slender Loris, aka kAdupApA), I saw this artwork silhouette of a tree on the bus:

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Visit to Nagavalli to see the Slender Loris, 050414

April 8, 2014

Gopal called me and asked if I’d like to go to Nagavalli village, in Tumkur District, where there is a colony of

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Hoskote kere, 050414

April 8, 2014

Since David Frye, of Detroit, Michigan, had contacted Chandu to go to Hoskote, Thomas, his son Aakash, and I also joined in from south Bangalore.

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Theres a special glow on your smiling face today...

April 4, 2014
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Dancing in the park, 200314

April 4, 2014

There is a park close to KM’s apartment where children are charged Rs.5 each for entry (adults get in free)..this goes, I think, towards maintenance of the playground equipment. At one edge of the small park is a stage, and children can dance to the music. Both the Boodi and the Booda had a great time there, in spite of recurrent fever and fretfulness.

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Ode to Forest Park What Ive owed to Forest Park

April 4, 2014

Eliot Miller sent an email on the Mobirds mailing list, concluding about Forest Park, “Can’t wait to get back there again!” That brought the words tumbling out…

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Logic

April 2, 2014

We excrete, and then call those who clean the excreta, untouchables. We rape, and then ostracize the victim. We sit apathetically, and complain about the state of the nation. We kill animals, and then pay high prices to see them. And ….we pride ourselves on being logical and rational beings.

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Lattu Traditional tops

April 2, 2014

Playing with tops is a boy’s sport in India.

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A foot...and four hands in summer....

April 1, 2014

I got two images at Bannerghatta, which I liked…

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The persist-ant...

March 31, 2014

Scurrying across the path I saw this little ant. It bore a heavy burden, Its legs were all aslant.

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Not sweet dreams

March 29, 2014

I do not like the places I go to, in my dreams. My sadness at separation From the beloved children Is, while being worked on, Hidden deep in my heart. The sorrow of the end Of more than three decades of marriage Lurks there, too, In the dark crevices of my heart The wrongs I have done: the hurts I have caused The many things I could have done better…. All these are not, as I thought, Dealt with, and forgotten. They hang, with sharp little burrs, In my subconscious mind. Perhaps this is why I rarely dream; Because, when I do, I go to these places. I feel, once again, What I do not want to feel. That I thought I’d discarded… No, I just seem to have buried them Beyond the reach of my everyday thoughts. They come out, and mock me. Sadness, loneliness, regrets: They once again assail me. I wish they would not. I do not like the places I go to, in my dreams.

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Banjaran, and name-bracelets, India Gate, Delhi, 260314

March 27, 2014

First my daughter had two Banjara girls, whom she asked to thread together various name beads for all of KTB’s friends at Urban Sprouts, the daycare back home:

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A walk and a climb in Highrisegaon, 260314

March 26, 2014

Yesterday I was far too knocked out by the migraine, but this morning, I did wake up in time to leave for my walk by 5.45 am. It was the lovely “ushat kAlam” ..the pre-dawn darkness slowly glowing into ambient light.

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An enjoyable evening of folklore and childrens theatre, 230314

March 24, 2014

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Shes learnt other lovely songs, too....

March 23, 2014

After I left, she’s been learning more songs at Urban Sprouts, her day care….

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A heritage doctor, 180314

March 20, 2014

I first visited Dr H Suresh’s clinic in 4th T Bl ock in Jayanagar, in 1979, when my daughter was 6 months old. She’d been having severe diarrhoea for two weeks, and I was at my wits’ end as I was staying with some friends and desperately worried about her health.

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The Morris Minor, Woodlands Hotel, and a wedding, 190314

March 20, 2014

As we entered the Woodlands Hotel just off Richmond Circle, to attend a wedding, our attention was riveted by this little gem, parked in the campus:

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The Holi Full Moon

March 18, 2014

The full moon of

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How The Booda grew up before our eyes...

March 17, 2014

Amazing what a difference hair makes to the appearance of a person…even when that person is just 14 months old!

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The first haircut, 160314

March 17, 2014

AM writes:

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QuizFamiies,090314

March 14, 2014

The children have arrived, not too well, but we managed to take them to our monthly family quiz meet.

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Lungi dance in Bangalore, 130314

March 13, 2014

N arrived this morning, and both Boodi and Booda had a great time dancing to the

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A giant of a palm tree Kanakapura Pipe Road, 280114

March 10, 2014

On the way to Sundaghatta, I suddenly was struck by a truly majestic, dead tree!

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Birds and other beings at Ganeshgudi a video by Rana and Sugandhi

March 9, 2014

Something I’d like to share with all of you is this wonderful video by a couple who are good friends, Raghunath Belur and Sugandhi Gadadhar. The audio for this is a percussion “conversation” between two Indian musical instruments that often form a part of a classical Carnatic music concert. Apart from the great visuals, they have very creatively incorporated this percussion passage, which, in my language (Tamizh) we call a “thani Avarthanam”. After the flute,you hear the

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An interesting afternoon with Paul Fernandes, Silver Talkies, and Suchetadhama, 070314

March 7, 2014

Here is my post about the afternoon

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How to identify artists

March 7, 2014

Here

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The Purple-rumped Sunbird, Sundaghatta, 280114

March 5, 2014

In Sundghatta, we stopped the car to watch a few birds, and as usual, these beautiful little

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Vasu on methods of teaching

March 4, 2014

Methods of Teaching

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Oral Communication...aka Gossip Chennai, 260214

March 4, 2014

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Some photos of the family and by the family....

March 3, 2014

Here’s The Booda, all dressed even when there was nowhere to go…

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Sunset, Bilekkal Temple, Sundaghatta (Kanakapura) Karnataka, 280214

March 2, 2014

I was with my friends, at the edge of the valley:

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The Bilekkal Temple, Sundaghatta, Karnataka, 280214

March 2, 2014

I went with N C Mohan and Raja Bandi to do a recce of the area around his farmhouse, and by sunset, he took us to a point nearby which was called “Bilekkal”. This is a corruption of “Bili Kallu” or white stone… DSC09731

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A few trees that are entwined with Hinduism...

February 28, 2014

As I wandered around the kalyANa mantapam (festivity venue) at Chromepet, it struck me that there are so many trees that are inextricably entwined with Hindu rituals and customs…and I was lucky to be able to photograph some of them, right there. I am giving the Tamizh names and the link to the Wikipaedia entries about them, too.

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Thoughts about homosexuality

February 28, 2014

A response to a somewhat intolerant email on the topic. My response:

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sadAbhishEkam celebrating a mans entering his 80th year

February 28, 2014

My childhood friends, Rajamani and Savithri, celebrated their sadabhishekam on the 26th of February, at the Sankara Matham, Chromepet.

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Excellent exercise for people of any age...

February 27, 2014

EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 60..indeed, any age..

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Three wishes...and no more

February 24, 2014

I wish we were like birds, with the ability to fly.

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World famous in Jayanagar D

February 24, 2014

That’s a local saying, gently ribbing anyone who is getting their names in the news or talked about…it’s literally come true for me!

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Reading poetry in solitude....

February 24, 2014

These words occurred to me:

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Hosakote kere, Karnataka, 230213

February 23, 2014

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Puttenahalli Lake, 220214

February 22, 2014

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Peace and quiet

February 22, 2014

I thought it must be lovely to rest, with the winds from the field blowing one’s way, the sun shining around, and open to the elements:

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Brothers bucket bath

February 19, 2014

I’d posted

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Visit to Galibore, Cauvery WLS, 150214 Life...and death

February 19, 2014

She’s beautiful, the Goddess Kaveri:

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Life in the balance. Galibore, 150214

February 19, 2014

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Maps on the internet...

February 18, 2014

Google maps, google maps, Where have I been? On my way to my destination, The whole world I’ve seen. When there is, to journey’s end, A short road, straight and true, Google maps ensures that I Travel an extra forty-two…

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JLR Explore Cauvery WLS Bird Census, 100114

February 18, 2014

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Big Bird Day, Bannerghatta forest area, 160214

February 17, 2014

18 of us went together to cover the areas of Ragihalli, Bannerghatta Zoo area, Valley School and Vaderahalli Lake, to document the bird species and record their numbers. Here’s the photo that I took:

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When sight begins to falter...

February 17, 2014

I’ve been having sudden flashes of “light” at the periphery of my vision; as I’d received a warning from my opthalmologist, in 2012, to go to him if ever it happened, I went immediately.

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The Malkoha, Galibore, 150214

February 16, 2014

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Suchi Govindarajans wit

February 14, 2014

Happy Something Day! July 22, 2013 at 10:34am This Mother’s Day, Brether’s Day, is all getting too much I say. Only last month, on June 15th, my cousin brother called me at the ungodly hour of 6.00 am.

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Udupi Temple Complex, Karnataka, 090214

February 13, 2014

Having participated in the Manipal Bird Day, my friends Prabhakar and Savita

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Love is all around

February 12, 2014
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Pushcart vendor, Manipal, 090214

February 11, 2014

I first saw the pushcart in the evening glow.

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Burial Customs

February 10, 2014

On my visit to Manipal, Karnataka, walking in the Saralabettu area while participating in the Bird Day, I saw this scene:

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How Airtel helped me...

February 8, 2014

Since yesterday, the internet on my mobie has not been working. Several calls to tech help etc did not help. I am doing a night bus journey tonight, going to Manipal, and returning by night tomorrow. I thought I ought to get the problem rectified.

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Some bird behaviour, Nandi Hills, 070214

February 8, 2014

Our visit to Nandi Hills provided me a great opportunity to watch several birds’ behaviour. I found that several birds, such as the Orange-throated Thrush, or this

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Email to bngbirds Nandi Hills, 070214

February 7, 2014

Kamal Hari Menon was kind enough to take me along to Nandi Hills, and it turned out to be an awe-inspiring morning, on so many different levels.

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Two mothers and a baby, Nandi Hills, 070214

February 7, 2014

I often notice that two, and sometimes three, female Bonnet Macaques join together to care for a baby. This morning, at the Nursery area in Nandi Hills, I watched these two females. The one on the right is the “actual” mother; you can see the afterbirth, still, around her tail.

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Simple truths

February 7, 2014

SIMPLE TRUTH 1 Lovers help each other undress before sex. However after sex, they always dress on their own. Simple Truth: In life, no one helps you once you’re screwed.

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Mysore, and the way back to Bangalore, 010214

February 6, 2014

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A few of my favourite photos...

February 6, 2014

I just saved them on Flickr, so putting them up here for me to view Later, When I’m Too Old To Do Anything Else.

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Family....

February 5, 2014

Here’s the family, on vacation in Hawaii:

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Harassment by autorickshaw driver and police constables, Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple, Basavanagudi

February 2, 2014

After getting her car stuck in dug-up areas of Bangalore roads, my friend KV yielded the wheel of her car to me. We were going to visit the Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple in Basavanagudi.

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The Asian Open-bill Stork, Puttenahalli Lake, 280114

January 29, 2014

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The HSBC Bird Race, 190114

January 27, 2014

This time, HSBC got into a lot of controversy just before the annual event, with people accusing it of “greenwashing”, covering up less than green business practices by sponsoring “green” events (though how the Bird Race is a green event, promoting the driving of cars all around the cities where the events are held, is beyond me.)

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The Missed Call

January 27, 2014

I don’t know if any other countries are as innovative as India is, when it comes to “lateral application” of technology. One of these lateral applications is that wonderful

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Cattle in the landscape, Vaderahalli lake (vadErahaLLi kerE) 260114

January 27, 2014

Our eyes pass over cows and bulls, we are so used to them being around that we sometimes see them but don’t notice them at all!

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Wildlife Photography Have you panned it yet?

January 24, 2014

If you can write a post criticizing wildlife photography, please do. It’s the Flavour Of The Moment. Even the most mild and qualified criticism will do. Adopt a holy, halo-over-head “I feel so bad when I see evil wildlife photographers” pose.

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I dont know my date of birth...my bank knows better

January 23, 2014

As usual, I cannot log into my Vijaya Bank account. So I call up tech support (VNET Banking.)

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Deepas Principle of Organizational Competence

January 21, 2014

All rights reserved. I am going to fluff up this one simple sentence into a 700-page book and mint money and become a Concept Guru.

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Thyagarja Aradhana (thyAgarAja ArAdhA)...a music festival to venerate a saint

January 21, 2014

Today, 200114, is, according to the Hindu calendar, Bahula Panchami, and this is the day that

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In a lighter vein Top establishments in India

January 21, 2014

Top 13 establishments in India…

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Bangalore Bird Race, 190114 Of Flycatchers, Kingfishers.... and Thrushes

January 20, 2014

As the sun came up,

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Nature Feature 2, The Alternative

January 17, 2014

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Suchitra Sen beauty, talent, and haunting songs

January 17, 2014

Movie stars…are often known for their beauty, and less often, for their histrionic talent.

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malEy mahAdhEshwarA temple, MM Hills,Karnataka, 120114

January 15, 2014

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Payment for contributors practices by magazines

January 9, 2014

An e-magazine has a schedule of payment whereby, if someone contributes, they will pay on the 5th (or whatever date) of the following month. This is already not a very contributor-friendly practice, because it could mean anything up to 4 weeks of delay in payment. But very well, contributors accept this.

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Together in the wilderness

January 6, 2014

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KTBs drawing, 050114

January 6, 2014

This is going to be an unabashedly proud-grandma post.

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Ramnagara, Karnataka, 040114

January 6, 2014

It was a wonderful visit to Ramngara, with Abhinandan, a birder from Calicut, Amith, and Mani.

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Composition in red, Ramadevara betta, 040114

January 5, 2014

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A wonderful sight at Ramngara, 040113

January 5, 2014

Abhinandan, Amith, Mani and I went to Ramnagara yesterday…and though we could see only one Long-billed Vulture, the sight filled us with happiness, because it was a female…sitting on a nest!

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More bank woes...

January 3, 2014

Visit 1 to a new branch of this bank, which is closer than the one where I have an account (no. X). This branch is 2 months new. So, expecting excellent service, I go in. I say I want to move account no. X to this branch. I also want to open a new account. This is on Friday the 27th of December.

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Code of Ethics for Birders Text from the American Birders Association Code of Ethics pdf

January 2, 2014

Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first. Code of Birding Ethics

  1. Promote the welfare of birds and their environment. 1(a) Support the protection of important bird habitat. 1(b) To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming. Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas, or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, or of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area; Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for extended observation, photography, filming, or recording, try to use a blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover. Use artificial light sparingly for filming or photography, especially for close-ups. 1(c) Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance minimized, and permission has been obtained from private land-owners. The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper conservation authorities. 1(d) Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.
  2. Respect the law, and the rights of others. 2(a) Do not enter private property without the owner’s explicit permission. 2(b) Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and public areas, both at home and abroad. 2(c) Practice common courtesy in contacts with other people. Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with birders and non-birders alike.
  3. Ensure that feeders, nest structures, and other artificial bird environments are safe. 3(a) Keep dispensers, water, and food clean, and free of decay or disease. It is important to feed birds continually during harsh weather. 3(b) Maintain and clean nest structures regularly. 3(c) If you are attracting birds to an area, ensure the birds are not exposed to predation from cats and other domestic animals, or dangers posed by artificial hazards.
  4. Group birding, whether organized or impromptu, requires special care. Each individual in the group, in addition to the obligations spelled out in Items #1 and #2, has responsibilities as a Group Member. 4(a) Respect the interests, rights, and skills of fellow birders, as well as people participating in other legitimate outdoor activities. Freely share your knowledge and experience, except where code 1(c) applies. Be especially helpful to beginning birders. 4(b) If you witness unethical birding behavior, assess the situation, and intervene if you think it prudent. When interceding, inform the person(s) of the inappropriate action, and attempt, within reason, to have it stopped. If the behavior continues, document it, and notify appropriate individuals or organizations. Group Leader Responsibilities [amateur and professional trips and tours]. 4(c) Be an exemplary ethical role model for the group. Teach through word and example. 4(d) Keep groups to a size that limits impact on the environment, and does not interfere with others using the same area. 4(e) Ensure everyone in the group knows of and practices this code. 4(f) Learn and inform the group of any special circumstances applicable to the areas being visited (e.g. no tape recorders allowed). 4(g) Acknowledge that professional tour companies bear a special responsibility to place the welfare of birds and the benefits of public knowledge ahead of the company’s commercial interests. Ideally, leaders should keep track of tour sightings, document unusual occurrences, and submit records to appropriate organizations. Please Follow this Code and Distribute and Teach it to Others
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2014, and all the others

January 1, 2014

My friend Vasu Ramanujam’s post on the New Year:

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Im RICH (part 2)

December 31, 2013

I received a loving email (which made it past the spam filters!)

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2013....looking back

December 31, 2013

A fairly eventful, momentous year. Some moments brought a tear. Many brought a smile. Each phase lasted a little while.

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Snake Temple (nAga dEvathA devasthAnA), Hennagara Kere, Karnataka, 301213

December 31, 2013

While on the birding trip, we visited the large Hennagara lake, and Prashanth, who lives in Jigani and seems very knowledgeable about the area, pointed out he nAga dEvathA temple at Hennagara Kere (lake).

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The Marsh Harrier, 28 and 301213, Karnataka

December 31, 2013

Oh…apparently it is now called the

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Zainabs Okra/Bhindi/Ladys Finger recipe

December 30, 2013

Recipe for sour lady finger curry: 1). 200 grams lady finger, washed and chopped into small slices. 2). Half an onion - finely chopped 3). 5-7 pieces of Kokum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcinia_indica) soaked in warm water. You can add more kokum depending on how sour you want the curry to be. I usually like it very, very sour. 4). 2 tbsp rice flour 5). 1 tsp red chilli powder 6). 1/4 tsp turmeric 7). 2 tsp coriander and jeera powder . Green masala made with coriander leaves, ginger, garlic, green chillies and jeera. About 3 tbsp of green masala. 9). Salt to taste

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Hosakote kere, birding and nature trail, 281213

December 29, 2013

My email to the bngbirds egroup:

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Black wings...and ruby eyes, 271213, Hosakote

December 29, 2013

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jeenA...aur peenA...

December 26, 2013

भरी महफ़िल थी । हम सब मिले । दोस्तों की कमी न थी । पुरानी यादों में दिल रोया पर आँखों में नमीं न थी । हॅसते हैं हम , और अपना काम किये जाते हैँ । जाम पीते हैं कुछ लोग महफ़िल में; हम अपने आँसू पीए जाते हैं ।

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What is my definition of age?

December 26, 2013

On an FB post of mine (which is where, now, all the interesting conversations and debates happen for me….LJ is a closed door), someone asked me, “What is your definition of age?”

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batAO, dOstOn, kyA karE? /Tell me friends, what would you have done?

December 25, 2013

sAmnE manzil thI.. peechE thI AwAz uskI.

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Chaalis Saal Baad (CSB) Class Of Seventy Three, IIM-A (COSTIIMA) Ruby Jubilee Reunion, 12-151213

December 25, 2013

My arrival at Ahmedabad…sunrise on the 12th morning:

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Makalidurga and Nandi Hills, 221213

December 23, 2013

Let me start with a beautiful bird…

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Another appearance by the Nanjunda Moth 211213

December 21, 2013

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The Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat, 141213

December 20, 2013

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The problems of travelling by Indian Railways

December 19, 2013

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Six-footers in Ahmedabad

December 18, 2013

I clicked all of these in the “wilderness” area of Atma Santulan, my friend Kalpana Raval’s 5-acre estate. She allowed me to wander all over the place…and I had a wonderful time. Even though the sprawling house was full of treasures, the garden was a place I could hardly tear myself away from. She’s got wheat and vegetables growing in one part; she’s retained a kind of unkempt, natural wilderness in another; large lawns on two sides of the house, and an office, where she, her son Nikunt, and sister-in-law, Dharmishta, practice law.

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How a lot of my time goes...

December 18, 2013

List of things/services broken, or locked, or stopped, when I returned after a 9-month absence:

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The Black Ibis

December 18, 2013

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Ahmedabad...and St.Louis....

December 13, 2013

I took the train to Ahmedabad, and am attending KM’s IIM class Ruby reunion (It’s called CSB…Chaalis Saal Baad).

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Nature Trail to Valley School, 081213

December 9, 2013

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Email to bngbirds egroup, about the Eaglenest WLS trip

December 5, 2013

On a tour organized by Geetanjali Dhar’s IT Nature Club, ten of us visited Nameri (a morning’s birding) and Eaglenest Wild Life Sanctuary (WLS) at Lama and Bompu Camps.

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The only four videos I took on the trip to Eaglenest WLS, 301113

December 4, 2013

Here are two videos of a

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Biodegradable containers on a very long train journey

December 4, 2013

I was away in the foothills of the Himalaya, very far away (the journey from Bangalore to Guwahati alone was 2992 km, and passed through 8 states…Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam!) and came back with such a variety of experiences.

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The Caterpillar of the Tailed Jay, 161113, Puttenahalli Lake

November 19, 2013

No one would believe that watching a worm would be a learning experience, but so it was, at Puttenahalli Lake, where I went with Chandu and Kamal.

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3rd Sunday Outing, Shivanahalli, 171113

November 18, 2013

An email to the egroup of the Bird Watchers’ Field Club:

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My contribution to Missouri birding

November 18, 2013

Here’s an email from Edge Wade of Missouri Birds:

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The Shieldtail...again, 161113

November 18, 2013

Some time ago, in Bannerghatta, I’d sighted the

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Found a new, simple recording site...

November 18, 2013

I will no longer be able to record at Muziboo, the site when I had an account and where I had recorded some songs. So I recorded this small song for KTB at Vocaroo:

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The people whom the birds bring me in touch with

November 16, 2013

I wrote to the MObirds listserv, mentioning a piece of doggerel that I’d written about birding.

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The sun through a shade...

November 14, 2013

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Train of thought....

November 14, 2013

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Bathing beauty, Nandi Hills, 081113

November 13, 2013

Among the several migrants that we saw in Nandi Hills last week, this

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The difference between constructive guidance and harsh (and public) criticism

November 13, 2013

Two people posted photos of very common birds on the birding egroup, and asked for ids.

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Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary Wings and Six Feet

November 7, 2013

On our visit to the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, several birds thrilled us through the day.

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Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary trip People, and the scenery

November 6, 2013

I was given a sudden, late-night query: Would I like to visit the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary?

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KTBs nonsense Indian singing

November 6, 2013

AM writes to a friend, who says she’s had a quiet Deepavali:

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A lovely song, well sung

November 5, 2013

Listen to my very talented nephew, Rakesh Raghunathan:

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Ragihalli, 021113

November 3, 2013

What could be a better medicine for severe jet-lag and symptoms of serious withdrawal from one’s grandchilden (who, as the miles slip away behind the aircraft, progressively become the best-behaved, most ideal children of all time)? A visit to my favourite haunt!

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How I overdosed on the Indian Silverbill, 011113

November 3, 2013

When you’ve been fasting, you tend to break your fast…and overdo it! I’d not seen anything of Indian birds for a longish time now, and when we went to

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Celebrating Karnataka

November 1, 2013

November First is the date on which

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Views from windows , 28 and 291013

October 31, 2013

What to do when stuck into a window seat on an airplane? Take photos…these are views of St.Louis, Atlanta, Paris, dusk, passing-over-Iran at night…

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My experience with Air France is bad, but there are others who are worse off...

October 31, 2013

For several years now, I have taken Air France flights, and in that time, their service has deteriorated very sharply.

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Surreal day

October 28, 2013

A surreal day……a series of happenings. First, having to repack my bags dumping several things, at the airport, because they were ONE kg over the correct 50 kg weight.

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Our natural and supernatural creatures

October 27, 2013

Our witches need a break, too!

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Decay

October 26, 2013

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Ek nagm

October 26, 2013

Ek bachpan kA zamAna thA, jismE khushiyOn kA khazAna thA;

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Field Notes Guided Walk in Forest Park, 201013

October 23, 2013

On Sunday, the 20th of Oct, I went on

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Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Louis, 181013

October 22, 2013

These are four short videos I look of the work of

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Indian Percussion Instruments

October 21, 2013

I met

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Field Notes, organized by the St.Louis Beacon, 18, 19, and 201213

October 20, 2013

I decided to go to the opening event of

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How one sees it

October 19, 2013

The Hindu piously said To the fez-adorned head: “Even if it is Bakrid… Does not the slaughtered goat still bleed?”

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Five moments that set me laughing....

October 18, 2013
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Cyclone Kalyan, 171013, STL

October 18, 2013
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Achari Baingan, St.Louis, 171013

October 18, 2013

How I followed this recipe (with some variations).

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Families, and distances

October 17, 2013

I squeeze his little body to me In an involuntary cuddle. I smile at his sister in the morning. We enjoy our time together, giggling and cuddling. I’m leaving a happy family To go on with their lives While I pick up the threads on mine, Across the world. Why, then, should separation Be such a heart-wrenching ache? Why should I mar moments of happiness, When I am watching brother playing with sister, With thoughts of not being able To see the minutiae of daily life In their home, and share them? All too soon, I will be back with them; I am sure that the bonds will remain strong And I can take up where I left off. Let me take an aspirin To cure my aching heart… Let me not dwell on the days That we will have to spend apart.

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Navaratri Golu in St.Louis, October 11,12, 13, 2013

October 17, 2013

We visited a few homes for the golu, and I was most impressed by the collection of dolls the ladies seem to have acquired over the years:

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azhagAna poNnu nAn

October 15, 2013

I suddenly remembered a song I’d heard in my infancy…after months of not wanting to learn new songs, Kavya is suddenly keen again, now!

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Navaratri Golu conversation

October 13, 2013

“Hi, A!” “Oh…HI, B! Sorry, I just didn’t see you in the crowd. This is my fourth golu visit this evening, you know, things are so hectic…so how ARE you? My, you’re looking just gorgeous!” “Oh, thank you! Is your saree a new one?” “It’s just a simple one I picked up on my last visit to Sun-Dry Silks, they have such a unique collection!…Oh, hi, C! You haven’t aged a bit!” “Hi, B..and A is here, too! Have you brought your adorable children? Oh yes, there they are…such beautiful princesses. How they’ve grown! It’s been a while since we’ve met.” “I know! It’s just one mad whirl, you know? How are your daughters doing?” “I have two sons, A. They are doing fine, thank you!” “Oh, yes, I’d forgotten…one of them is doing medicine, isn’t he? Such intelligence, after all, they are your kids!” “Oh, I don’t know….well, we MUST get together soon…muaaah! I’m in a rush, I have to pick up my younger son from practice, so bye…!” “C always seems in a bit of a rush, doesn’t she? I don’t know how she juggles so many things, B..I’d never be able to do it, A, I’m sure!” “Oh, you and I are just simple people, not career women…we take more pride in our homes and keep everything nice and organized. C doesn’t need to bother with all that.” “I do agree. A..did you get the number of the Hispanic couple who come do the house cleaning?” “I’ll get it for you the next time, I don’t seem to have it on my mobile. Oh, my, I just LOVE your jewellery…C wears more traditional designs, you know…” “She’s not into jewellery at all. Some of us are just different…she’s quite casual about her cooking, too.” “How I wish I could be like her! My husband and children want everything just so, and I really slave over the dishes…our children are at a growing age, they do need the best nutrition possible…” “I did notice that C’s younger son is a little short…” “Oh, well, nothing that can be done about it. Tell me, how do you manage to remain so slim?” “Ha, ha, there’s really nothing to it…I asked C also if she’d like to join my gym, but she’s so busy that she doesn’t have the time for it.” “Is that the new gym, Fat2Fit? I just LOVE the way they make the exercises fun. Next week will be my fourth day!” “I also tried to suggest a good nutrition consultant to C.” “Oh, just tell me the name and number, I would love to have some good advice for my hubby! I think it’s his metabolism, I just can’t get him to lose weight. He has no time, with his business taking up all his energy. Poor C, life must be tough for her….” “I can imagine, and she must have been so disappointed when her younger son didn’t get into Wonderful Academy…they say it’s the best school in town.” “I can vouch for that, the children are enjoying it so much! It’s nice when your children are gifted! My little one won third prize in the kindergarten art contest!” “That’s incredible! Wow, I’m sure she gets her talent from you. C’s children are so natural…they don’t get all formal-mannered, it’s nice to see a change.” “Oh yes, we can never hope to emulate her easy-going attitude to life! Even with a husband not doing too well, she never complains. Well, it’s been great running into you…we must meet up for a coffee or something one of these days.” “Of course! Let me take down your mobile number. Ciao, catch up with you soon!”

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Funnel-web Spiders

October 13, 2013

A glance at a bush can sometimes take one world-wide.

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What do you do if youre four years old, and go to the Seal/Sea Lion show at the St.Louis Zoo?

October 12, 2013

It’s not given to everyone to watch the Sea Lion show sitting on their 91-year-old great grandmother’s lap!

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Bird Watchers Field Club of Bangalore outing details and birding guidelines

October 12, 2013

The Bird Watchers’ Field Club outings are as follows, each month:

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Right angles, 290913

October 11, 2013

When the angle is right The photograph is good. When the image is of right angles, Seen, and reflected, That’s a right-angled, right-angled image!

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Navaratri (Nine Nights) Festival over the years...

October 9, 2013

I used to have small “golu” every year, until my daughter left home. By that time, it was difficult to set it all up by myself, without anyone to appreciate it, and even worse to put it away…so I gave up the yearly practice. (My golu dolls still lie in a trunk in the attic of my flat.)

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Paul Fernandes, and Old Bangalore

October 9, 2013

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The inventor of the digital timer....and other things...

October 9, 2013

Vince Eitzen was DS’ grandfather. Marilyn, his grandmother, left for Florida today…and was talking about her first husband (he was the first of her 3 husbands.) He must have been an amazing guy…

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Its supposed to be Spiderwoman...061013

October 9, 2013

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Lenticular Mural, by Rufus Butler Seder

October 7, 2013

At the Sea Lion Sound , an award-winning exhibit at the St.Louis Zoo,

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Which one do you like the best?

October 7, 2013

I find that I take the shots, but am often not able to decide which is the good shot and which ones can be discarded.

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Happy Birthday, <LJ user=prashanthchengi>

October 6, 2013

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ondrA, vEyrA? (together, or apart?) A tamil (tamizh) poem

October 5, 2013

orukkAl, nIyum nAnum nam iruvarin uravu needitthu nilaikkAthO?

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Tu...aur mein (You and I)

October 3, 2013

galtiyon se juda tu bhi nahin, mein bhi nahin. donon insaan hain, khuda tu bhi nahin, mein bhi nahin.

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...

October 2, 2013

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Sunlight, and thoughts

October 1, 2013

We’d gone for “lunner” or “dinch” to the Boathouse at Forest Park,and I looked out of the enclosed seating area at people who were sitting outside, at the edge of the water.

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Two videos from Forest Park, 280913

October 1, 2013

Here’s DS trying out an

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How demanding can a baby be? STL, 270913

September 28, 2013

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The a-door-able baby...

September 27, 2013

Why is he rushing to get that door?

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Sudden access....

September 25, 2013

Do not be put off by any short-and-terse comments I am making on your LJ post.

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A short but enjoyable stint of birding in Forest Park, 220913

September 25, 2013

I got an email from

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The Blue Jays, Forest Park

September 24, 2013

I was walking to meet Eliot Miller and his girlfriend, Sarah, both of whom are postdocs in bird science; Eliot is studing at UMSSL, and called me over to go birding with them.

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Thoughts about Indian marriages

September 23, 2013

When a couple move from love tomarriage..they begin to navigate the thorny thickets of social customs, unspoken expectations, implicit equations, and the general interaction of personalities…marriage in India is not to one person but to the immediate, and extended, family…and is more complicated than any corporate management job!

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Colours....and thoughts

September 23, 2013

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On the water, St.Louis Symphony Orchestra, Art Hill, Forest Park, 140913

September 22, 2013

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The seasons

September 21, 2013

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Kucch nagmE (some poems)

September 21, 2013

Thanks to Santosh Oak for these.

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KTB gets creative....

September 20, 2013

It’s most enjoyable when children develop their own personalities, and give their own spin to things!

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Playing children

September 19, 2013

We adults had events all chalked out…we’d go boating in Forest Park. We finished our activity, the children did enjoy it…but while we were waiting for our cars, KTB and her friend Ananya ran around the grass, playing so happily…

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thOppikaraNam

September 19, 2013
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Happy Birthday to <LJ user=pondhopper>

September 18, 2013

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The Wood Duck...a triumph of conservation

September 16, 2013

I made post of the beautiful

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Wood Duck Male

September 15, 2013

Boat House, Forest Park, 140913

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Peeping Tom

September 14, 2013

He raises his head above the crib

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Jigsaw Puzzle, 100913

September 13, 2013

Life…is fitting together the pieces And making sense of it. Your parent’s there to guide you If the pieces don’t fit!

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Visit of the Least Flycatcher, 120913

September 13, 2013

I went out to the backyard, it was cloudy, today. I thought I’d send the usual Starlings flying away. Perhaps a Robin, and a Sparrow or two…. But the birds that I saw…were something new.

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As the baby grows....

September 12, 2013
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Dil hoom hoom karey, from Rudaali

September 12, 2013
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How the hummingbird feeds

September 10, 2013

For a superb video, please

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The blood group must be your motto.......B+ .

September 9, 2013

There’s nothing the matter with me, I’m just as healthy as can be,

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1st Saturday Bird Walk, Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society, 070913

September 8, 2013

I left for the birding outing as the sun came up.

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Rhyme schemes...should one follow rules?

September 7, 2013

I wrote:

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All in the days work for a firefighter...

September 5, 2013

AM had come home from the De Baliviere garage, where the installation of the new fare-boxes is under way. As she spoke on the phone, she looked out of the window, and in the conservancy lane parallel to our home, she noticed a fire in a dumpster:

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Two insects in the backyard

September 4, 2013

I was just about to drive off, when, outside the open garage door, I noticed a lot of fluttering on the bush in the corner between our backyard and our neighbour’s…

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A poem on the human anatomy

September 2, 2013

A Poem on the Human Anatomy

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Peregrine Falcons at Wash U School of Medicine, 310813

September 2, 2013

The crescent moon and the attendant star were still bright when I took the Metrolink train to Central West End Station:

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Im still laughing

August 31, 2013
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Originality....

August 30, 2013

If you think you’ve thought of it Someone’s thought of it before; Someone’s thought, and said, and written it Earlier…nothing’s new anymore!

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Cars in India....my memories

August 29, 2013

A very enjoyable chat with set me thinking about the various cars that I've seen and used during my life.

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Little Booda, seven months old....

August 29, 2013

Our little fellow is now 7 months old; he is our very own creepy-crawly at home, starting to get around to near where he wants to go.

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Vatsalyam, 240813

August 28, 2013

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Lone Elk Park, 240813

August 26, 2013

…And here’s the Lone Elk!

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ShEr

August 23, 2013

The piquant and witty observations of “shEr”

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Thoughts on a feather

August 23, 2013

Whether it’s aground or on a wing

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Degree Coffee...a forward sent to me by a friend, K R Narasimhan, 220813

August 23, 2013

As I got it, spelling mistakes and all.

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Friend on FaceBook? No way....

August 23, 2013

I got a message from Flora Williams, and since I wasn’t able to guage whether it was “genwine” or not, I replied, and asked her for more details. Now…you evaluate, from her reply:

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One of my favourite creations

August 22, 2013

This cartoon, which I drew when in college, proved to be so popular that I must have drawn dozens in the notebooks of my friends, teachers, and college mates…decided to draw one and send it as a greeting card to someone today.

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Evenings, smiles and memories

August 21, 2013
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Open sesame

August 21, 2013

Suddenly, I was able to see, and comment, on friends’ posts. And ofkose, it’s closed up again..but I peeked into several lives, and minds, and my dear, dear friends, it’s good to know you are all doing those interesting things!

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My baby...the grown woman

August 20, 2013

She sleeps in exhaustion, my little one.

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A quiet, happy, peaceful, hard-working morning

August 20, 2013

I decided to make mooli (radish) parathas. Ofkose I didn’t photograph most of the donkey work…the grating of the mooli, the mixing with the spices, the draining of the mooli water, the kneading of the dough, and the rolling out the parathas…I’ve just photographed the parathas being cooked on the tava, with oil and a touch of ghee (lower that cholesterol!)

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STL Crane Project, Art Hill, Forest Park, 180813

August 19, 2013

I read about the

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Silicone for health...

August 17, 2013

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Love and mushrooms...

August 16, 2013

I went to the Farmers’ Market with my friends Divya and Chinmay, who’ve just arrived in St.Louis, with their son, Siddhartha. I love mushrooms, and I saw a nice lot of it there. But AM had told me they are not everyone else’s favourite, so…since I love my daughter, I came home without buying them

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Playing Games Together

August 15, 2013

Here we are, playing “Go Fish”, a set-making game..

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The genius of Lalgudi Jayaraman

August 14, 2013

Lalgudi Jayaraman was truly a musical genius, one of the top-class violinists I’ve known… and a very creative musician. He was a close family friend was a long time, and I was privileged to hear him practising when he came and stayed with us, and often saw the process of his creating some of his thillanas.

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Memories are made of these....

August 14, 2013

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Boarding the Treatment Train to the Terminus of Good Health

August 13, 2013

Life has a way of suddenly rearing up and throwing stink-bombs at you….a young friend of mine (25 years old!) has been diagnosed with a 2-cm hole in the heart, which, by virtue of its position, needs major surgery for closure (sometimes such holes can be fixed laparoscopically.) In the course of the diagnosis, diabetes was also discovered, and the path towards surgery has become further complicated. I feel miserable that I am so far away from this young couple at this time. However, the internet allows me to keep in touch, and I wrote to them, likening their lives now to a train journey….the Passenger Train to the Good Health Terminus.

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Zafar Futehally, 190320 -110813

August 13, 2013

Here’s an email from Shyamal:

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Gateway Arch, 080513

August 10, 2013

My favourite photo of the Gateway Arch; I took this when I’d gone with the TenToes Express to visit the City Garden.

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Mother and child, The Muny, 030813

August 8, 2013

When the mother turtle Calls to her offspring…

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Which way?

August 8, 2013

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Four-footers and six-footers at Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood, Mo., 040813

August 7, 2013

No words, just a list of some of the beautiful creatures I saw in Rockwoods Reservation:

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Hummingbird, again...040813

August 5, 2013

We all went to Rockwoods Reservation, and Marilynn Motchan, who was baby-sitting her daughter’s German Shepherd pup, Benny, took us on a short trail and showed me a lot of plants. I also saw some wild mammals, but that’s for another post.

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Wabash Railroad ride, 040813, Wildwood, Mo.

August 5, 2013

We heard about the

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Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society monthly birdwalk, 030813, Forest Park, St.Louis

August 4, 2013

We gathered and walked out of the Visitors’ Center:

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Madonna, and memories of the past...

August 2, 2013
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Views of Alton and Grafton,Illinois, 270713

August 1, 2013

After we were done at the Lewis and Clark State Historical Site, looking at the old boat and the settler’s houses, we went to Alton:

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Six months old, 280713

August 1, 2013

Where did 180 days go?

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Prairie, Lewis and Clark State Historical Site, 270713

July 31, 2013

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lewis and Clark Historical Center, Hartford, Illinois, and Alton, 270713

July 28, 2013

Ruth was kind enough to take me to the Lewis and Clark Historical Center, Hartford, Illinois, venue of the Hummingbird Festival. We were going to watch the

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Jumping, cackling, whistling, and crowning

July 27, 2013

When people jump to entertain him, he cackles…

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Canvassing for votes...I dislike it

July 26, 2013

Dear Blogger, Photographer, or anyone else canvassing for my “valuable vote”.

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When melody is lost...

July 25, 2013
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Paul Fernandes, and Old Bangalore

July 24, 2013

A set of beautiful posters, by

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Soft as sin

July 24, 2013

“Soft as sin”, said the words Of Jonna’s haiku. The words imprinted themselves In my heart. Yes, I thought…sin is soft. The soft temptation that calls one In the darkness of the soul To do things against one’s conscience. The soft sibilancy of illicit love Whispering in one’s ears…lust. The soft delight of food that is eaten For sheer love of eating…gluttony. The soft, insistent wanting Of more than one has…greed. The soft sounds of sleep That is beyond rest…sloth. The soft heat that comes to a head In a burst of temper…wrath. The softness of a poisonous remark Made against someone…envy. Sin does not stride boldly Into one’s soul; It slides in, softly, Slinking in, with slime.. With unseemly haste, we surrender While our good selves sleep. “Soft as sin”….so descriptive. The sibilance of the Serpent Is in those words.

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Two feet...and six...two red beings

July 24, 2013

I went to Forest Park for a shot walk, and was delighted by a certain red gentleman:

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Guru Purnima.

July 23, 2013

September 5th is usually celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India, but a lot of people are thinking of their preceptors today, which is Guru Purnima. Here are my thoughts…

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Nature Trail at Lost Valley and Busch Conservation Area

July 21, 2013

Devin Peipert picked me up at 5.15am this morning, and we went to the Lost Valley:

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The sleeping angel

July 19, 2013

Throughout the evening, after she returned from daycare, she troubled me. Didn’t want to wash her hands or feet…didn’t want to start, or finish, her dinner…kept pushing me to see how far I’d go…I was exhausted by the time her father took her upstairs to brush her teeth and go to sleep. Between her and her baby brother, the noise level was enormous, too…

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Why LJ is dead as a dodo for me

July 19, 2013
  1. Most of the friends who were on LJ have moved on.
  2. All the comments, debates and conversations have ceased. I find FaceBook a place where all this happens now.
  3. Some days, I am not able to even open LJ. If I do, I am sometimes not able to post. If I can, I am not able to see friends’ posts, or comment on them. Sometimes I can’t even reply to the rare comment that someone leaves on my post.
  4. I think that spammers are the only visitors I have. My stats have recorded 190 unique visits yesterday, 160 today. ONE comment, and 80 spam comments (in Japanese, mostly, nowadays.)
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One creeper is enough for...

July 18, 2013

One creeper’s enough for several insects, as I found when I looked.

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My very own GPS

July 17, 2013

Perhaps a little sexist…but I still liked it!

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Colours, and KTB

July 17, 2013

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The Pearly Crescent, Cahokia Mounds, 140713

July 17, 2013

What lovely common names butterflies do have! Amy Witt’s mother, Linda Witt, helped me id this little beauty that I followed for a while, forsaking the ancient civilization at Cahokia Mounds.

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Birding at Cahokia Mounds, Missouri, 140713

July 16, 2013

Letter to MOBirds mailing list:

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The Bundle

July 16, 2013

A head of fuzzy hair With a Mohawk, And a long Dennis-the-Menace cowlick. Silky, satiny, velvety skin. The most amazing, almond-shaped eyes That look at me with utter innocence. Pudgy little arms that fly up In an arc, when disturbed. The chubby cheeks of one who has Only food custom-made for him, By his mother..and Mother Nature. Dimples everywhere… On his knuckles, his cheeks, his chin, His knees, his toes…and his hips. Fatly little legs, and strong thighs That kick strongly. A rosebud mouth, a toothless smile. A round “O” of anger and a demand For instant attention. Little dumpling turnovers, Rolling along the floor. Drool, and often spitups, All over his round face. Happy cooing, like a pigeon. High-pitched whistling that seems To go beyond human hearing. Pees too often, poops Not often enough. This, then, is the bundle That my grandson is. Oh…I forgot to mention: Wrapped around his tiny little finger Is my heart, and those of his family. Can someone who cannot speak, Cannot walk…be so vitally important When we lived without him for many years? Yes…he can…and he is.

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The American-Indian flautist, Cahokia Mounds, 140713

July 15, 2013

I went to Cahokia Mounds yesterday, with my friend, Ruth Hartsell, who is very kind-hearted and takes me to all sorts of interesting places! In so many years of visiting St.Louis, I’d never been to this World Heritage Site. It was well worth the visit, but I’m writing about an exhibition of native American (Indian is politically incorrect word now?) art and craft there, and I talked to this musician, who had several flutes for sale, made from Cedar and other woods…

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What verb?

July 15, 2013

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The princess...and the prisoner

July 15, 2013

It’s Sunday morning, and our little Pink Princess has come downstairs, decked in her tiara, two pearl necklaces…

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Baby Beluga...the song, and for real

July 12, 2013

Many years ago, when I visited my cousin Harini, her young son Dushyant sang this song very sweetly:

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Hares to fun and games

July 12, 2013
taped this while cycling home from work in Linkoping, Sweden.
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Blasts from the past...

July 11, 2013

KM’s cousin, Raju Srikumar, put up a lot of family photographs on FB, and I downloaded these….

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Corporates, and outsourcing

July 9, 2013

How apt a sign for our times, when God is incorporated!

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KPs first flight

July 5, 2013

I think I caught both his expression and his thought, on his first-ever flight…

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Names that go together...

July 3, 2013

Some names from the past that just go together…Hall and Stevens (geometry), Wren and Martin (English grammar), Swan and Edgar (shopping in London), Lakshmikant and Pyarelal, Shankar and Jaikishen (Hindi film music) Viswanathan and Ramamurthy (Tamizh film music), Simon and Garfunkel (pop music)….

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The strange things that happen to me...

July 2, 2013

I decided to see the first show of “Shrek”..the musical, based on the movie…at the Muny.

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I stand alone....

July 2, 2013

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3 generations in number plates

July 1, 2013

My daughter encouraged me:

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Chasing away the Red-tailed Hawk

July 1, 2013

I’d finished my walk, and was coming home, when I suddenly looked up, and saw a Red-tailed Hawk being chased all over the sky by Grackles and Robins:

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We work at our laptops...

July 1, 2013

Dad said he had some work to do… Sit on the porch, and on his lap Keep his computer and work… tap-tap-tap.

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The Barn Swallow Babies Forest Park, 300613

June 30, 2013

I’d decided to go for a brisk walk. NO birding, I’d promised myself. But I knew it was a hollow promise when I slung my camera around my neck! (well, even without the camera,I’d stop for any interesting bird or other creature…I knew it.) Like an addict who’s determined to kick the addiction, I set off at a brisk pace.

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A catchy song...from start to Finnish

June 30, 2013

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The night before the Supermoon...

June 27, 2013

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Every day origami

June 26, 2013

One tends to think of origami as a purely art form, for children to learn….and forget the fact that it’s very useful in daily life, too. You can take a piece of cardboard, shaped thus:

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Hungarian Shadow Dance

June 26, 2013

I was moved watching this, and I hope you will be, too…

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Varsha, Bhoomi, Prakriti

June 24, 2013

View of monsoon showers from Nandi Hills

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Sunset at the Muny, 170613

June 22, 2013

I went to the Muny to watch the opening night of the musical season, with “Spamalot”. It had been raining heavily all day…but as if in salute to the never-say-die spirit of the cast, the rain petered out, and we had the most amazing sunset colours, before the show began! I thought of 's fondness for the "sky ocean"...I was, indeed, drowning in blue and pink!

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PRB...Post-Retirement Blues...

June 21, 2013

It strikes me that none of the management schools have any courses to deal with “after”….the years after one’s active career is over, the “vana prastha” that Hindu scriptures deal with. Ambition is great while it is applicable, but I find that very few people, who have been driven by their careers, can deal with life after retirement; indeed, to many of them, “retirement” seems to be synonymous with being “useless”. Shifting down the gears does not come easily, nor does finding other interests to occupy oneself with, particularly when one has not had the time to cultivate such interests in the hectic pace of one’s career.

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The Robin Nursery, Creve Coeur, 160613

June 19, 2013

They may be the most common birds here, but babies are still fascinating….

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Passenger aircraft from the past....

June 18, 2013

I was just musing on a few lines in a novel by Dick Francis, “Smokescreen”…“You can’t keep a good Dakota down. There were two of them …..sitting on their tail wheels and pointing their dolphin snouts hopefully to the sky.”

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Circus Flora, 150613, St.Louis

June 17, 2013

Circus Flora, this year, put up a theme of “A Trip To The Moon”, based on Georges Melies 1902 film, Le Voyage dans la Lune.

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What Indian advertisements have taught me

June 15, 2013
  1. Kareena has dandruff problem, Katrina has dry hair problem, Shilpa has hairfall problem and Priyanka has chip-chip.
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Buildings, neighbourhoods, heritage...and thoughts

June 12, 2013

I take the same route on my walk every day, and the variations I make are now very limited, because time is a constraint (today KTB started yowling well before I got back, and ruined her parents’ sleep.) But I feel that every day’s walk is different..I see different things, or see the same things differently.

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Baby Care

June 12, 2013

Don’t you know, little infant, As you push away that bottle, That this one ounce of milk (That you’re reluctant to finish) And the need to get it into you… Is the reason I’m here, Halfway around the world? Caring for you is… This tiny bit of milk, Washing bottles, wiping your tiny, Dimpled bottom, and changing your nappy. Bathing and then massaging you, And hearing you chortle with delight. It’s also watching you, as you sleep, With your pudgy little arms Slowly coming down to rest After flying up when you get disturbed. It’s my delight when you begin to coo; It’s my wondering when you will begin To turn over, instead of lying, curled With your tiny frog-legs up in the air. My home may be far away: But my heart is here, with you, In your soft skin, and your toothless smile.

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More on scientific names....

June 12, 2013

I do understand the need for scientific names, but I also must add the caveat that they are not required by everyone; some of us ambling-along nature-lovers find some scientific names very off-putting indeed. How interesting it is, to tell a group of children, “See the Spittle-bugs!

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Sometimes the attractions are closed...

June 12, 2013

I wanted to do the Miniature Museum, but here’s one review that I found very unsettling:

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Science of the Circus, 080613, St.Louis

June 10, 2013

I’m on the mailing list of the

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Science of the Circus Symphony birding

June 10, 2013

That subject title needs a lot of explanation :)

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Diamond drops....

June 9, 2013

Diamond dew drops glisten In the morning sun The very light seems washed, and fresh… The rule of night is done.

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Some memories

June 8, 2013

Kanian Chatterjee sent me a rendition of Robindro Songeet.

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Names, knowledge, and elitism

June 6, 2013

I tend to notice an elitism about Knowing Names. I start out by looking at a beautiful bird, or a pretty butterfly, or a lovely tree. I then look up to the person who confidently identifies it for me. A Bulbul! I am thrilled that I have this knowledge.

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Its never too early to spout nonsense at babies

June 6, 2013

Here’s KP, cooing and gurgling happily to the nonsense verse I am spouting at him:

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Brown Paper

June 5, 2013

Yesterday, I was able to go to friends’ LJ pages, and comment, too..and it lasted for a while. Well, at least today I can open my own LJ page….!

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FPF/Audubon 1st Saturday Bird Walk, 010613, Forest Park

June 4, 2013

This was supposed to be a walk to the Norman Probstein Golf Course, to see the gourds and boxes of the

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Requiem for a marriage

June 3, 2013

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Unexpected colour....

June 2, 2013

Milk…is white…and the job of feeding it to a baby every day (and the other care associated with it) can be bland and boring.

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Theres a way of conveying things...

June 2, 2013

Instead of waxing eloquent and wasting words, some people have a great knack of conveying what they want to say, with great style.

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Jellyfish, 270513, Chicago, Shedd Aquarium

May 31, 2013

On a recent visit to Chicago, I went to visit the famous

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The moon in the clouds...

May 30, 2013

Here’s the moon in the clouds.

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Visit to Chicago, 26, 27, 280513

May 30, 2013

DS’ mother, LS, asked, “So how was the great Chicago trip?” and the answer is….

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Robins Nest

May 25, 2013

My own LJ is opening up, at last…I still can’t see friends’ pages, but this is a slight improvement…

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KTB is creative

May 24, 2013

Here’s her own positive spin on “Jamaican Farewell”!

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The Mantis Shrimp

May 24, 2013

I was listening to this song (OK, it must be pretty old hat for most of you,but I was listening to it for the first time:

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The Bard and the birds

May 22, 2013

I went to see Twelfth Night at Forest Park. But it had not yet become dark. I went to hear some immortal words; But everywhere I saw the birds.

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Bees and flowers....

May 22, 2013

I went to the U City Library, and was waiting..it was 8.45am and the library opens at 9am. I looked at the flowers along the wall of the building..and found the bees active…

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The Gateway Arch

May 21, 2013

Sometimes,it’s more fun to see a landmark in unexpected places….

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Patting the...back

May 20, 2013

At last, LJ opens up for a few minutes…let me rush to post.

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Home birding

May 15, 2013

When housebound, taking care of a little baby, one can still enjoy a fair amount of bird-watching!

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Every day is Daughters Day

May 15, 2013

I gave birth to my only child, a daughter, about thirty four and a half years ago. On that winter morning, of the second of November, the pain of childbirth made me a mother…it was Mother’s Day for me.

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Punctuation of life

May 14, 2013

As one grows up, one discovers the discovery power of the question mark, then the exciting power of the exclamation mark. Then…the slower power of the comma…the sedate power of the semi-colon…and finally, the restful power of the full stop.

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In memory of Akash

May 13, 2013

My friends Sujata and Ravi Dube’s son Akash passed away exactly a year ago, to leukemia. Akash had fought back spiritedly, and even organized a Terry Fox Run in Chennai. I think he conquered the illness with his outlook.

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Wonderful words, by an unknown author

May 9, 2013

Six men were trapped by happenstance, in the bleak and bitter cold. Each one held a log of wood, or so the story’s told.

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040513 Ist Saturday Bird Walk, Forest Park Forever/St.Louis Audubon Society. Kennedy Forest

May 5, 2013

Today’s Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society first Saturday bird walk was very rewarding for me. It was great to walk with experienced birders; I saw a variety of Warblers that would otherwise have been Anonymous Brown Jobs!

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My grandson

May 3, 2013

He came into the world, a little scrap of a human being; he was “asked” to come into the world as further residence in his first abode would not be of benefit to him…so he was a smaller baby, at birth, than he might otherwise have been.

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The joys of being a boy

May 1, 2013

Siddharth and Karthik came home to celebrate KTB’s 4th birthday, and were instantly up in the tree. KTB stood on the grass, advising them not to climb the tree as “you will end up in hospital!” she scolded.

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Words of appreciation...

May 1, 2013

Here’s an FB message I got today:

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4th Birthday

April 29, 2013

KTB’s fourth birthday is tomorrow, the 29th of April So we had a pool party to celebrate:

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Audubon Society Bird Walk, 280413 Kennedy Forest, Forest Park

April 29, 2013

Here’s my email to Bob Bailey, who led the walk:

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Interesting event...

April 26, 2013

I’d been to a fund-raising event yesterday, by the St.Louis Academy of Sciences:

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Fast and slow trains

April 24, 2013

I was reading a few emails about travelling on faster and faster trains….I am wondering, apropos of this thread…is speed everything?

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Fast Food Brand Name Nursery Rhymes

April 21, 2013

Children’s education includes fast food very early, these days! Here’s what she’s learnt at her daycare:

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Outing to Dresser Island, 130413

April 17, 2013

My email to Mike Grant (in charge of birding/field trips, Audubon Society of St.Louis):

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Where....?

April 16, 2013

When the ground is covered with snow, Where do the birds go? When the earth is soaked with rain, Where do the birds go for grain? When the sun bakes the fields with its heat, When the cracked earth burns our feet.. When the very air is hot and dry, Where do the birds go…and why? When the dusk deepens into twilight, When rules the darkness of the night… When no chink of light can show, Where do the birds go? We treat many people like the birds: When they’re with us, we have kind words. But when with us they are not, We do not give them a thought. Where do the people go? Where do the birds go?

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Correcting a mistake....

April 15, 2013
and I were having a conversation about the do's and don'ts of telling someone that they are wrong.
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Guide to Birds and Butterflies...

April 15, 2013

Birds of Missouri:

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Dresser Island, 130413 American Pelicans

April 14, 2013

Will be uploading photos later, but couldn’t resist sharing this video of hundreds of American Pelicans soaring in the sky above the Mississippi:

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Child Stroller Birding The Red-tailed Hawk with its prey

April 12, 2013

It really is worth taking along the camera, no matter where and when I go….I got ample proof of this when I decided to take KTB for a walk in Forest Park. I put her in her stroller, and entered the park at the History Museum, as usual, and was walking along the edge of the golf course towards the Grand Basin…when I suddenly saw a

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The spell chequer...

April 11, 2013

Thanks to Deepa Vaishnavi, who posted it on her FB page:

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Robert Bob Shaffer, a wonderful person to meet and know.

April 10, 2013

DS’ grandfather, Bob Shaffer, is 97…and he’s truly a gentleman of the old school…gentle and kind. He’s also a highly qualified man; he was the Dean of Indiana University (and my cousin met him when he…the cousin…was studying there!)

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Do you want to meet a Very Important Person?

April 10, 2013

This guy is going to be a Future Rocket Scientist, because his clothes proclaim so:

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Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society 1st Saturday Walk, 060413...and other things

April 7, 2013

I didn’t get the email informing me that the meeting point for today’s walk had been changed to

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Childhood stories....

April 5, 2013

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The perils of urbanization

April 4, 2013

Sumeet is a person with very interesting ideas, and in a recent conversation, he talked about his liking the following definition of independence by M K Gandhi:

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Indian School Educationmainstream and alternate

April 2, 2013

The mainstream Indian educational system is, to my mind, utterly stultified. We follow an ancient tradition, but not ancient enough…we follow the old British school system, not our own Vedic (or any other equally old) kind of education. We place extreme stress on rote learning, and make only token concession to modern methods. In fact, it seems to be nothing but memorizing facts, and repeating it in the all-important examinations. Shakespeare and Euclid are not studied for knowledge, but to get a few more marks in the exam…and they are studied with “key books”.

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How the temperature rises...

March 31, 2013

The weather may be cold, but our temperatures are not, down St.Louis way. We start like this…

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Holi, St.Louis, 300313

March 31, 2013

Sometimes, the very air is charged with the colours of happiness.

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Black and white, 240313

March 29, 2013

We say “black and white”…but it’s never just black and white. There are always the various shades of grey, the areas that are neither here nor there….but I can’t talk about fifty shades of grey any more!

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Snow, and winter

March 25, 2013

Snow is supposed to be white; But many colours seen to hide in it. The snow catches the band of the prism: Indeed, it can even widen it.

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Trash Bash, Mississippi-Missouri, 230313

March 25, 2013

Ruth Hartsell kindly took me along to the Trash Bash at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers…

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Im RICH

March 23, 2013

I was trying to locate some bird photos on my LJ, and suddenly got a “site stat:

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P N Krishnaswamy, 1917-2004

March 23, 2013

Recently, KP (that’s Kalyan Mohan Shaffer) seemed to look exactly, I said in an email, “like PiNK Mama”

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Simple and ornate...

March 21, 2013

I’ve been recently seeing pictures of several places of worship…all of them very ornate and fancy, indeed. (The latest being a very grand Gurdwara in Dubai..

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The colours of behaviour....

March 19, 2013

At KTB’s daycare, they never use the words “disobedience” or “bad behaviour” (or behavior, as it is spelt in American E.) But each child has a clothes peg assigned to hem, and depending on how the day has gone, the person picking up the child can see where the child has been…well…pegged.

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Delightful finger rhyme...

March 18, 2013
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Whats a weed? Whats a flower?

March 18, 2013

One blooming flower Takes many a weary (and expensive) hour But the first flower of a weed… It blooms at great speed!

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Cloudbow..or ringbow...around the sun, St.Louis 150313

March 16, 2013

I made a movie, using one of Picasa’s features for the first time.

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Those irritating tails...

March 15, 2013

We all receive them…emails with some text, and then a long, pompous, legal-sounding warning at the tail-end of the message. We’ve learnt to ignore them, by and large, but, once in a while….

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The fruit fiend

March 14, 2013

We are very lucky to have a fruit fiend at home. Cherries, strawberries, kiwis, blueberries….and, especially, bananas…

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The mist

March 11, 2013

This was the scene when I went to drop Boodi Ma at her daycare, a few days ago.

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This business of Daylight Saving Time

March 11, 2013

This morning, when I woke up, I’d lost an hour. Permanently.

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To Women Too Busy to Know its Their Day by Vasu Ramanujam

March 9, 2013

When a woman too busy to know Working in a parched field A wet construction site Or a sweltering factory floor Nurses a sick child

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Shes a budding corporate honcho....

March 8, 2013

Kavya decided to play noughts and crosses on her dry-erase slate with her dad. She took the first turn, and here’s how the slate looked when she asked her dad to put down his first nought!

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Our sheets have arms and legs...

March 6, 2013

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Good design matters in the smallest of details....

March 6, 2013

I buy a certain brand of bra, which has adjustible straps, and a plastic doohickey to connect the bra to the strap.

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The eternal skirmish...

March 4, 2013

One of my friends, on a mailing list, sent me this picture,

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Forest Park Forever/St.Louis Audubon Society, First Saturday Bird Walk, Forest Park, 020313

March 3, 2013

When I went for the monthly bird walk today, I felt that I was not in the US, but in the country of Chile…the temperature was 0 deg C, but the wind chill factor brought it down several degrees below that! However, in spite of frozen fingers, I had a very enjoyable time!

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Some politically incorrect Indian jokkus...

March 2, 2013

Q. What are Jokkus?

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Wildlife equipment

March 1, 2013

I made friends with Kiran Srivastava at INW (I’ve still not met him face to face..the one time he visited Bangalore, I was out in Nandi Hills or somewhere.) He has a great sense of humour, liked this piece very much!

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Colours of life, and love...

February 27, 2013

Here are the colours of a young life, that I snapped….

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Chasing the devil out of the bottle

February 26, 2013

When a bottle of whisky is finished, we like to chase the devil out of the bottle.

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The culture of outsourcing

February 25, 2013

I am trying to articulate a theory that I have…that one of the reasons we, as a nation, don’t accomplish things, is our culture of Letting Someone Else Do It. We always delegate whatever we can (and several things we should not) to others. Power seems to be equal to Not Having To Do Things Oneself. There are always Anonymous Minions to carry out our mundane tasks. (I receive requests from so many people on this mailing list to unsubscribe them or add on another email id!) We do not feel empowered unless we do not have to do things ourselves. What we forget is that if we don’t do it ourselves, the other person assigned the task of doing it, will not do it as well. This, to me, explains the shoddy, chalta-hai ulture that vitiates much of our industry and endeavours.

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Big Bird Day, 240213

February 25, 2013

Here’s the officialese about the Big Bird Day:

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Four hand photography...

February 23, 2013

This family wins, hands down…

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Wonderful lyrics...

February 22, 2013
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Once upon a flame...

February 22, 2013

Every friend who’s gone with me on the UGS (Usual Gang of Suspects) nature trails this year, has enjoyed the sight of the Pakshi Darshini (Eatery for birds)…

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Just watch this...

February 19, 2013

I didn’t get it till the very end…see if you do!

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Wood Duck....Forest Park, 170213

February 19, 2013

How much wood would a Wood Duck duck If a Wood Duck would duck wood? I don’t know how much wood he could… But he certainly looks good!

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Terraces....

February 17, 2013

Terraces….I look at the houses around me in St.Louis, and this is one feature I miss…all these houses have sloping roofs, so that the occasional snow can slide off. However, in India, most houses and apartment buildings are topped by flat terraces, which have multiple uses, and which add to the rich texture of life in my country.

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The House Finches are back YAYYYY

February 15, 2013

I had made

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The imp-in-the-box....

February 15, 2013

We get amazin’ stuff from Amazon….

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Lone Elk Park, and the Great Horned Owls at Forest Park,090213

February 13, 2013

After visiting the temple, Anjana acceded to my request to drive through Lone Elk Park (more than that was not possible, given a 12-day-old baby in the car, and the cold weather), and it was a good drive…as we were able to see

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The bridge...of sighs, and being wise

February 12, 2013

There’s no one on the bridge now. The turgid, frigid water may be slow; But still, I watch it flow. I can remember how The earlier water felt How, before the melt The water iced my heart And tore it apart. Now the old days are gone . The time has flown. The bridge is empty: the water beneath No longer chills: My heart now is in an armoured sheath. I donn’t plumb the depths… or climb the hills.

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Colour, and black and white..

February 12, 2013

Which photo appeals to me more?

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The diaper change from hell...

February 11, 2013
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How do we value our time?

February 8, 2013

I read this interesting article:

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Two feet old...

February 8, 2013

Born on the twenty-eighth, just twelve days ago, You’d think his growth would be very slow. Au contraire. He has been fleet… He seems already to have grown…two feet!

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The Song Sparrow

February 8, 2013

Another rare chance to be able to post to LJ…I really do NOT know why I’m not giving up…just cussedness, I think. My dear friends…I can’t read your posts any more, most of the time…I can’t even post to my own LJ….I can’t reply to your comments (though I can see them most of the time)…Oh well, I’ll continue as long as I can.

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Different paths to the same goal...

February 5, 2013

Some of us use only our field glasses; Some take informative, educative classes; Some go with others and watch what they do; There are multiple paths to learning how to watch birds, too. A different path may be liked by each… Including the level each wants to reach.

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Snow...and mortality

February 3, 2013

I woke up in the middle of the night To see a world swathed in silent white. The snow came down in a luminous cloud One little flake landed on my palm. And melted into water; no fuss, so calm. This is the way one should accept death…. The calm cessation of drawing the breath Everything stilled in the billowing cloud Where the angels’ white, is the white of the shroud. Melting, not into liquidity But quietly into eternity.

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Rudyard Kipling...words that make sense across the centuries

February 2, 2013

Rudyard Kipling We and They “A Friend of the Family” From “Debits and Credits”(1919-1923)

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PSG...Pseudo-Scientific Guff

February 2, 2013

Every now and then, I get internet forwards which purport to be “scientific” explanations of our “age-old culture” and “traditions”…The latest one is too good not to share; this is about how good it is to visit temples:

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Grandchildren...

February 1, 2013

“Deepamma, will you sleep with me?” The soft voice is irresistible… As are the two tiny arms That twine themselves around my neck. I sing the soothing monotone Of a traditional lullaby That’s been sung to children for centuries. The arms slacken, the breathing deepens. The gentle curve of the cheek, the sweep of the closed lashes The slight opening up of the fingers in sleep. The soft rise and fall of her chest. I remember the day when she, too Was hardly more than a Peanut… I called her Eli (mouse) then… In the past three years, she may have often Slipped her arms around my neck. But it’s my heart that she has fettered. I kiss her, carefully, and think of her brother, With whom I will revisit these heavenly places… They send tendrils of love all around my heart, These two: for ever more, They have me wrapped around their tiny fingers. I am surely the most willing, the most happy slave! Grandchildren are even more joy-giving than children can be, I find.

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Bird watching...

January 31, 2013

How, Madhavi says, some of us sight far more birds than others do…

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Peanut-Kalyan, 280113

January 30, 2013
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Children....

January 27, 2013

260113 svnhalli children

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Dolmen in Bannerghatta forest...

January 27, 2013

Dolmen

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Permanence and Transience...

January 24, 2013

On the banks of Kunigal Dodda Kere (big lake), I found the age-old temple of Someshwara, and on the gopura, which has stood for centuries, I found this already broken wasps’ nest:

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enjoyed these very much

January 24, 2013

ANGRY NOTES:

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A feel-good incident this time

January 23, 2013

I’ve been interacting, on FaceBook, with the MD of BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Corporation), Mr Manivannan (though our interaction is not mainly on civic issues..he’s quite a poet!). I have been getting the sense that he’s shaking up this behemoth and making them more accountable and user-friendly.

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Some images from the Bird Race outing

January 23, 2013

It was great not to be in any kind of competitive mode, but to take a lot of people (and children) around, to show them as many birds as possible.

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Bangalore Bird Race, 200113

January 23, 2013

Here

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Im boiling over....

January 22, 2013

On Friday, 11th Jan 2013, a few of us were going for a birding trail, and we were waiting at the chai shop at Mantri Residency Apartments, on Bannerghatta Road, for a couple of others to arrive.

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Three tests...with a sting in the tale

January 21, 2013

Had a hectic week and weekend…but before I write about it all, here’s something to make you smile!

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The Mind Reader....

January 17, 2013

I think everyone who uses the internet must watch this:

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Heroes, and feet of clay

January 17, 2013

The sadness we feel at the fall of heroes is less to do with their frailty, and more to do with our need to set up heroes in the first place. If we deify humans, they are bound to prove to be only human, after all….!

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Sankranti Oota at Halli Mane, Malleswaram, Bangalore, 140113

January 16, 2013

Some of the BULBs (Bangalore Urban Lady Birders) decided to meet up for lunch at Halli Mane on Sankranti Day:

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Everyone should see this...

January 16, 2013
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Thippa Gondana Halli (T G Halli) Reservoir, 120113

January 14, 2013

Amith Arun Kamal Naveen Rashmi Rohan Roy Swethadri

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Cough Syrup

January 10, 2013

Things haven’t been going well for me, and not only on LJ. Well, I suppose it’s really my fault. But that doesn’t make it easier to bear, and today, I felt pressurized and sick…and suicidal. But I posted a message on FB, and immediately, friends reached out, with messages and emails….and my friend Arun sent me this link:

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In, and On....

January 9, 2013

These two prepositions were in, and on, my mind over the weekend.

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Lasted all of four minutes

January 8, 2013

With not much hope, I clicked on “Friends entries”…and was astounded to see that the pages actually opened up, AND I could post comments! AMAZING! I could see my friends’ posts, and comment too! I rushed to comment on a few…and a few is all I could comment on. WHOMP! I suddenly got a blank screen when I tried to comment on 's entry about his poem on Spark, and I am back to that he Dark Ages...again.

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Black-crowned Heron....Bannerghatta, zoo area, 060113

January 8, 2013

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A wonderful short video from a friend ....

January 5, 2013
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Valley School, 050113, Saturday

January 5, 2013

My first birding outing of 2013….

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The Tiger comes to town....Bangalore Fort, 22 and 231212

January 5, 2013

I’d been to attend a multi-media event at the Bangalore Fort.

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The magic circle

January 4, 2013

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Bannerghatta zoo area, and in the Zoo 301212

December 31, 2012

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Sloth Bears of Daroji...The Alternative

December 25, 2012

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Donde esta Santa Claus?

December 25, 2012

It’s Christmas Eve…Silvesterabend…and here’s one of my favourite children’s songs.

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4th Sunday outing of BWFC Muthanallur Kere, 231212

December 24, 2012

Hi, everyone

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My child...and hers...

December 22, 2012

When my child sighs In distant shores… It brings tears to my eyes. She misses her child, But her separation is mild… A matter of a few hours.

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Romancing the Wind...Ray Bethell

December 21, 2012

I found this incredible video and would like to share it with all of you…

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Disney Bakery, BTM Layout, 181212

December 20, 2012

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Where did I leave my purdah? Play Review

December 18, 2012

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How the December quiz went 161212, Sunday QuizFamilies

December 18, 2012

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3rd Sunday Outing of BWFC, Ragihalli area, 161212

December 16, 2012

No photographs!

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Friends....

December 15, 2012

I’d posted in Facebook: “There are times…when I wonder whether people do like me..or are just too polite to tell me otherwise!”

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Phobjikha, Scenery, 271112

December 14, 2012

We see, in Bhutan, a land full of prayer, in the form of wheels and flags that flutter in the breeze:

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What could this dried fruit be?

December 13, 2012

In a small improvement, I can now post and comment on my own LJ,at least and at last…

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A beautiful ghazal

December 12, 2012

A ghazal is, technically, Urdu poetry. But Hindi is very close to Urdu, and some of the most beautiful ghazals are from Hindi movies.

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Rest, Ever rest, and Everest...

December 12, 2012

Deepak Edwin, one of my FB friends, asked, “Do you ever rest?” The answer is….

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The train journey

December 12, 2012

I am still young-at-heart enough (or foolish enough) to love a train journey.

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A revisit to an old entry

December 11, 2012

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Valley School, 081212, Saturday

December 10, 2012

Chandu Bandi, Job Joseph, and I went on a nature trail at the Valley School yesterday (071212, Saturday), and the Valley never disappoints. We managed to see 66 species of birds and several species of butterflies, and we were also able to observe many things at leisure, such as the courtship dance of one Coppersmith Barbet pair all over a couple of trees, ants tending to aphids, wasps laying their eggs on figs, and a wasp collecting mud for her nest..

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Fingers of God

December 7, 2012

When the sun’s rays pierce the clouds, that effect is called the “Fingers of God”. Surely, I feel, God lays His (or Her) fingers on this magic country of the Thunder Dragon! No more words…just enjoy what I saw and want to share with you.

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LJ and me...

December 7, 2012

Mostly, I am not able to see the “post to journal” button and cannot post. I cannot comment on my friends’ entries and sometimes, I am not even sure I am seeing them all. I am getting Japanese spam as well, nowadays. I am on the verge of quitting LJ…it’s only that I hate something getting the better of me…today I am able to post!

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Prayers on the breeze...

December 7, 2012

In Bhutan, anything….a human hand, the water in the mountain streams, the sunlight, the breeze…can be used to “power” a prayer. Surely this establishes that prayer is an energy, a force….?

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Housing in nature

December 6, 2012

The latest article in my Nature feature column in Citizen Matters:

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I eyed her....

December 3, 2012

A damsel (a fly) saw a female spider; She looked very happy when she spied her. She opened her mouth wide, and then wider: And ate till the spider was inside her!

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Pune.... intriguing sights

December 2, 2012

Pune has been a great place to wander around….I attended a reception; some circles become ellipses depending on the angle of the camera….

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Bhutan, Day 2, 211112

November 30, 2012

This was a day when we left Paro, and travelled through Dochu La (La is a pass) to Thimphu, got some permits (which also allowed us to explore the main street of the little capital at leisure while we waited for the paperwork…Geetanjali got us special permission to go to Phobjikha, which is no longer allowed, to see the critically-endangered Black-necked Cranes)…..and on to Punakha.

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Bhutan, Day 1, 201112

November 21, 2012

Have just a few minutes of wifi at the hotel in Paro, but I’ve put up a few photographs of our flight into Paro from Kolkata,

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Spam on LJ....

November 14, 2012

On the advice of , I tried using CAPTCHA, and that seems to have brought out the spambots in a perfect frenzy. I am inundated with spam...I am at my wits' end about what to do. Repeated requests to the LJ admin hasn't worked, either. The day is not far off when I will have to leave LJ...what's the point of my going on posting stuff, and then deleting spam from my email inbox? I want to comment on others' posts, have conversations, debates and arguments...it' no fun standing on a wall and shouting into empty space!

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Votzit?

November 14, 2012

I often post photographs in Facebook under the album, “Votzit”…and I ask friends to identify what’s been photographed. Since I loved the colours in my latest set, I am posting the set here, and I think you will not find it too difficult to find out the answer!

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Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple and Fort, Pune

November 13, 2012

On my way to the bus terminus in Pune, I saw parts of this historic city that I’ve never seen before…

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Wildlife rescue....

November 12, 2012

We have recently been having a discussion about wildlife rescue…and here are my two cents.

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Bannerghatta zoo area, and Gulakmale, 101112

November 11, 2012

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Words play is not the same as sword play....

November 9, 2012

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

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Storm on the train, and Pune

November 6, 2012

On the train to Pune, I watched the effects of the clouds, sky, sunlight and storm as we sped past the landscape:

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LiveJournal woes...

November 6, 2012

I am, most often, NOT able to post comments on friends’ blogposts. Forgive me friends, I’m not guilty of snootiness…it is increasingly rare for me to be able to post comments.

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How banking works here....

November 6, 2012

I’ve returned from a memorable trip to the north of Karnataka and then Pune, and part of Maharashtra….but that’s not what I want to write about.

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Some of the creatures of Dandeli and Ganeshgudi, 24 to 261012

November 2, 2012

The creatures we saw in Ganeshgudi, and Dandeli, came in all shapes and sizes. Some were on the ground, some on the leaves, some on the trees…but all of them were fascinating.

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Light and shade

November 1, 2012

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A beautiful video with a special touch

November 1, 2012

I’ve spoken before of my friend who has now developed into an excellent professional wildlife photographer. He got together with a team, and directed this video; the images are all from Karnataka:

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The Tarantula

October 31, 2012

Those who are arachnophobic, SKIP!

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One of my favourite songs...

October 29, 2012
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Ganeshgudi Sunrise

October 29, 2012

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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.

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Colourful birds

October 27, 2012

The

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Relationships...

October 27, 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…

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A momentous year...

October 23, 2012

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Mating, and metamorphosis

October 20, 2012

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Navaratri...Dashera....Pujo...

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. No LJ cuts in this post!

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The loving, bird-brained 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.

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Friendships

October 16, 2012

How did all my friends Become so precious to me? We just started exchanging a few words. But more than words were heard. Through the words, like the string in a garland, Affection expressed itself, And mutual liking was established. We sought more opportunities to meet: We also exchanged more words online. Soon the bonds formed, They tightened as time passed. I do not know which friendships Will last the length of years Until the years themselves pass. Today, with the internet, There is no reason but apathy (And lack of time) To not keep in touch. My heart has room for many people But my life, and the daily grind, Does not. The days are like A kaleidoscope Where each day brings different friends, Or sometimes the same friends, Into view. Accepting this, I am able to have so many close friends Rather than trying to have An intense relationship With each one. Friendships…my greatest treasure. But I cannot count each gold coin every day! I accept that some coins might tarnish Or be spent. But the others that remain Fill the coffers of my heart.

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Meanwhile, two weekends in St Louis....

October 15, 2012

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Another busy weekend...

October 15, 2012

Weekends are my busiest time, and also the time I enjoy the most, as I am either taking out a group of children (sorry, that sounded as if I am some kind of Herod or mass murderer…I meant, taking children on an outing) or adults, or both, on nature trails, or going, myself, with the UGS (Usual Gang of Suspects…our group of friends).

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Desolate, and isolated....

October 12, 2012

Tree and shrine Daroji 011012

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How to recycle envelopes

October 11, 2012

I’ve been doing this for years, and been reviled as “cheap”…but now recycling has become “cool” and here’s my how-to….

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Daroji/Hampi trip, field trip report, 290912 to 021012

October 11, 2012

Several of us drove down to Daroji and Hampi, leaving on the 29th of September and returning on the 2nd of October, 2013. The group from Bangalore conisted of: Manjula Sridhar, Rama Warrier, Rohan Chakravarty, Santosh Bengaluru, Samrat, Tharangini Bala, and myself. We were very lucky to meet up with Dr Arun S K, Dr Nagraj C S, Pompayyaswamy Malemath, Samad Kottur, and Santosh Martin, all from Bellary. They made it a very memorable visit for us.

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Childhood toy....

October 9, 2012

When there are power cuts for long periods, when money is an issue, children are happy with traditional toys, too. Here’s a video of a boy with a toy:

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Plum-headed Parakeets, Hampi, 011012

October 9, 2012

I’ll just let the photographs tell the story:

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History in a puddle....

October 7, 2012

Here’s the gopura of the Virupaksha temple, Hampi, reflected in rainwater:

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Daroji and Hampi....Fur and feathers

October 5, 2012

We had a wonderful trip to Daroji, Kamalapur and Hampi, and of course, the highlight of the visit was the wonderful World Heritage site at Hampi, and the Sloth Bears at Daroji.

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Whozit?

October 4, 2012

I look at the pile-up of emails. From my male friends, and females. Amongst the whole varied lot There is one precious one that I spot. Like a miser, I save it away To look at, later in the day When my regular work is done When I take a break from the run I savour this mail from my friend. It gives me joy without end. Who is this email from, so Blessedly dear? Wouldn’t you like to know!

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Windmills, Bell and Votzit...

October 3, 2012

On our trip to Daroji/Hampi, we took the Chitradurga/Hospet route, and near Chitradurga, we saw the majestic sight of the windmills turning:

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My first post for The Alternative

September 28, 2012

This

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Daroji beckons...and children

September 28, 2012

Off for 4 days to Daroji/Hampi, let’s see what we see! We are 8 of us (6 NTP members) and we’ll be meeting

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Looking back

September 28, 2012

The memories locked in each heart Could bring so many joys.. It could take us back to golden times When we could be happy, and rejoice.

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Animusic...

September 27, 2012

I posted on Facebook just now, “With so many interesting YouTube clips today, I am that ancient Chinese lady, Wat Ching.”

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Railway Retiring Rooms....and key words...

September 27, 2012

I was looking for the amenities available to passenger in various Indian railway stations, and just could not find anything that told me what was available, especially in the way of staying at the station itself. I posted on FB, and promptly got a lot of excellent links from friends.

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1946 Wedding....88, Royapettah High Road....

September 27, 2012

Thanks to my cousin, Ganapathi Vibhu, I got this amazing treasure…the invitation to my parents’ wedding!

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Listen to the trains rhythm...

September 26, 2012
is making a long railway journey (Mumbai to Delhi) and suddenly remembered one line of what I googled up...and found a lovely poem:
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Junglescapes Amphibian/Reptiles Excursion, Tambdi Surla, Goa, 12-16 Sept,, 2012

September 25, 2012

The first Junglecapes non-profit wildlife excursion. PLEASE SKIP THIS POST.

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FOBi (Fecal Output of Bos indicus)

September 25, 2012

While I realize that the scientific names of creatures are a kind of Unique Identification, and very necessary, I feel that often referring to creatures ONLY by their scientific names, and not the common ones, is a form of elitism….I-know-this-scientific-term-you- don’t-so-look-it-up…..if all and Sundari start doing this, it can be a lot of Bos indicus.

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How did I get a daughter like this?

September 24, 2012
works, very hard, for Asha For Education....and she trains a fresh batch of runners each time, for the half-marathons. Once in a while, she gets an email like this:
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Serenity is White

September 23, 2012

Seven colours of the rainbow Each vibrant, bright Melt together in light To a gentle,quiet white. I wish I too go This way.. Having experienced the colours of life Into white serenity dissolve my strife.. In my life..may peace hold sway.

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Vernal Hanging Parrot

September 23, 2012

There is only one real “parrot” in India, the Vernal Hanging Parrot. (The others are Parakeets). We got to observe a lot of them at Nature’s Nest, Canopy Goa, at Tambdi Surla, and I got this video of one feeding off the Powder Puff blossoms:

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An old temple...

September 23, 2012

Nature, to me, doesn’t exclude humanity..what’s created by humanity, especially in the past, is very fascinating, too. While in the Melagari forests, I went to take a quick look at the old Dabbaguli temple.

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The Balance...

September 22, 2012

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Can and cannot

September 20, 2012

You can see the sun, when you can bear the ferocity of it splendour:

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Jane Austen, and the riddle in Emma

September 19, 2012

I was re-re-re-re-reading “Emma” by Jane Austen, and impressed afresh by her wit and observation…but this time around, I decided to google for the unfinished and unexplained riddle that Mr Woodhouse keeps referring to:

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Happy Ganesha Chathurthi to everyone...

September 19, 2012

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Theatre...and nature... forests, snakes and frogs...

September 17, 2012

A review of “An Evening with Anton Chekhov” by rafiki and TFA:

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Happy Birthday, Donna

September 17, 2012
, I've seen you taking the time and trouble to wish each of your friends, unfailingly, on their birthdays....so here's wishing you health, happiness...and most important, peace of mind, in the years ahead!
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Temples and sarees...

September 12, 2012

It is the practice, at many temples to any goddess, to offer sarees as a votive offering to the deity. But when I visited the Melagiri forests, I saw this shrine that was actually constructed of sarees…

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Morning walk

September 11, 2012

I wake up early, and I think it’s usually the most wonderful part of the day. Yesterday’s cares seem distant and behind me; the air, and my mind, are fresh and ready for today. It feels wonderful to stretch one’s legs, and walk…not much, just about 4.5 km….and it’s a great time to think one’s own thoughts, introspect, say a few prayers….

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A few creatures from the Melagiri forests....

September 10, 2012

On Saturday, I went with fellow volunteers of Kenneth Anderson Nature Society (KANS) to the forests of Uganiyam, to check on four camera traps that have been set there. These cameras have been recording a wealth of wildlife…leopards, tuskers, boars, birds, deer…and I wanted to see Uganiyam, too.

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Just some flowers...

September 7, 2012

On the visit to the Pais’ farmhouse, I enjoyed the various flowers they had in their garden. Here are a few…

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Thoughts about marriage

September 6, 2012

I had made

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Rhyme schemes...

September 6, 2012

My lover Woke me in the middle of the night With sweet words. At that hour, Sleepy, with only the light Of the moon upon my bed, I said…. Something that only my lover heard.

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The Sting

September 5, 2012

In the same tub/sump where we found the two fieldmice, we saw this deadly beauty:

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A mouse but no computer nearby....

September 5, 2012

Since I’ve not totally got back to (ab)normal after my “stag”gering accident, I cancelled my proposed trip to Honey Valley in Coorg…but couldn’t keep away from ANY outing altogether, so the UGS (Usual Gang of Suspects) got together, and we went to the Bannerghatta-Kaggalipura Road, wandered along the area where the Waterlily Pond is, and then went to the Pais’ farmhouse.

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Pais Farmhouse, Bannerghatta, 020912

September 5, 2012

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INTACH Basavanagudi Heritage Walk, 020912

September 3, 2012

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Stag Paati.....

August 31, 2012

Last weekend, I had been to Masinagudi with friends, and on Saturday evening, something happened that I still have no recollection of.

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Temples.....

August 30, 2012

A Temple to Death (this was the place of the Parsi Tower of Silence, where the dead were offered to the Vultures as part of Nature’s food chain):

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Sacrifice...

August 29, 2012

On Id-ul-Adha, the Moon, too, seems to have sacrificed some of Herself:

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Always two, never one

August 24, 2012

I got this lovely sight of two Thunbergia sp flowers together.

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Fish for breakfast....

August 24, 2012

The Brahminy Kite Has a head that is white The rest of it is a lovely red-brown; He sat for an hour, at least, With this fish for a feast, As he pecked and gulped it all down!

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Spam

August 21, 2012

I’ve started getting oodles of spam again. I do wonder how much longer I am going to last on LJ.

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Dr Joseph George, Rest in Peace

August 20, 2012

Read the obituary .

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Down memory lane...

August 16, 2012

Been looking at old photographs…can you believe that one is me, and one is ?

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The garden caterpillar....

August 14, 2012

This caterpillar seems To have a garden on its back. Green seems the watchword As it follows the track. Bright red flowers Bloom amidst the green; It’s one of the most lovely cats That I’ve ever seen!

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The Long-horned Beetles....

August 10, 2012

At the NTP, we came out for a chai break to find it POURING with rain. (The monsoon always waits for the official announcement in the newspapers, that it is a failure, before unleashing its fury on the city.) We found this

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Votzit?

August 9, 2012

Tell me what this is (it took me a while to work it out):

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The Jungle Lodges and Resorts Naturalists Training Program, 090812

August 9, 2012

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Photos from the Yercaud Trip, 220712

August 8, 2012

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Mathematics, Freud, and me

August 8, 2012

Freud’s theory that bad experiences in early childhood may have a great influence on one’s attitudes in adulthood seems, certainly, to be true in my case, with many subjects. Having had very different exposures to different “subjects” in school, my attitude towards them differs greatly.

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A brush with animals....

August 7, 2012

I’ve known many wildlife artists, and usually I think of them as people from urban centres, who paint and exhibit in the city. Surprisingly, what was in front of my eyes for a very long time, I had not really noticed…until Sunday, when I met this wildlife artist.

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Snake in the grass....<LJ user=idahoswede> do NOT see this post

August 6, 2012

Once in a while, these phrases come alive….on Saturday, while we were watching a field of Egrets, we saw one…

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Colours, and the wind

August 3, 2012

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No access to the forest immediate implications for children

August 3, 2012

Two incidents have cut us off from the forests of Karnataka.

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Purple and Orange

August 2, 2012

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More about two, six ,eight., and a thousand legs....

August 1, 2012

I’d posted about

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Home Building....290712, J P Nagar Reserve Forest

July 31, 2012

During the nature trail on Sunday, we were able to watch some

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BFK

July 31, 2012

Baitu Filter Kaapi, that is….

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A moving, sincere goodbye

July 28, 2012

My daughter works for the St.Louis Metro, and one of her colleagues, who was leaving, wrote this farewell message to those who work for public transport in a culture of private transport. My daughter shared it with me. I found it very beautiful, and would like to share it.

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Material loss...

July 27, 2012

I went yesterday to review the play, “Moliere Tonight!” at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore…. and blanked out in actually removing my trusty MLC (Canon SX30) from across my shoulder and leaving it on or near the seat I was sitting. I realized I did not have it, when I came home….and was very sure I’d get it back.

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Monster, but not from outer space...

July 24, 2012

I always knew that snails retreated within their shells, and then slowly came out again…but I had never really thought about “how” until I saw this African snail on Saturday, and decided to video it close up….

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Its been a few days....

July 24, 2012

…since I last posted, and goodness knows how I coped…but I feel happy to report that I have coped.

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Lights in the sky....

July 20, 2012

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

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The Preening Tailor....

July 19, 2012

Hearing a loud whistly call from a Lantana bush, I approached a wee bit closer and got the tailor:

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How cycling can help....

July 18, 2012

see Chiddu’s blog about how someone I know very well has beaten the odds for more than a decade

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Magazines in my childhood

July 18, 2012

A thread on a mailing list to which I belong, started talking about old Readers’ Digest, and of course, I fell to reminiscing (why does one have to fall to think back? Can’t one maintain one’s balance?)

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Religion and opulence

July 17, 2012

I was looking at photos of a new place of worship coming up somewhere in the world, and felt strongly….I feel contrary once again, and wonder, why do we have to invest the objects of our faith or reverence with so much opulence? Why must we decorate our gods with gold and diamonds? I very often find that devotees seem to appreciate the materialistic opulence more than the deity enshrined.

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Beginnings and endings

July 16, 2012

Dawn approaches. But there is dusk in my heart. More than three decades later, We are moving apart.

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Vasus Pessimism Poetry

July 10, 2012

Life Can Present Some Nasty Turns

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Disneys Aladdin at the Muny, 080712, St.Louis

July 10, 2012

It was a wonderful production of the Disney musical. I was asked not to take videos, so I did not. There were “Ali” fez-es and “Jasmine” tiaras being given away, and a magician entertained everyone, before the actual show. In spite of the thunderstorm, it was a wonderful evening, as Dawn, Rani and I had dinner (I made mooli parathas, buttermilk and dal) and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly…our row (Z, the last one) was the only covered one!

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Magic, Flying Carpets, and more....

July 10, 2012
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Adult and baby....

July 9, 2012

I’ve seen many

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Following the dentists instructions....

July 9, 2012

The dentist (or either parent) has apparently told her that she must brush her teeth after dinner, but she’s upgraded that to DURING:

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Past, and reflected, glory

July 8, 2012

A friend wrote on a mailing list:

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A thousand points of light

July 7, 2012

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Fireworks, Fourth of July

July 7, 2012

Since many of the firework displays around St.Louis were cancelled due to the high temperatures and fear of fire, we figured that the display under the Gateway Arch was likely to be immensely crowded.

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Potential

July 5, 2012

I am just below “good” in everything that I do. Writing,sketching, photography, music, quizzing, learning….and I am repeatedly told, “You can do so much better at x, y, z…why don’t you realize your potential?”

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Developing forms of communication

July 5, 2012

!. Communication in the line of sight or hearing. Sign language, speech.

  1. Communication beyond the line of sight or hearing. Written language.
  2. Communication, instantly, by aural means,beyond the line of sight. Telegraph, telephone.
  3. Communication, instantly, by aural and visual means, beyond immediate sight or hearing, only one way. Television.
  4. Communication, instantly, as above, and conversation across the world. Internet, email.
  5. Communication, and conversation, as above, with photographs. Attachments, digital images, video/audio phone networks.
  6. Communication, and conversation as above. Blogs.
  7. Communication, and conversation, on a wider platform. Social networking sites.
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Impending separation

July 4, 2012

I put her to sleep…I think she’s off And slowly slide from the bed… Oh no, she’s not, she raises Her curly-tangled head. When her arms go round my neck, A tiny voice whispers in my ear, “Deepamma, don’t go away!” I want to spend forever here…. Children are the sweet tendrils That wind themelves around your heart. It wrenches me, each time I have To tear myself apart.

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Beauty everywhere...

July 3, 2012

To most gardeners, insects on their plants means bad news, and something that must be dealth with drastically.

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Baths....

July 3, 2012

Sometimes, it’s a little girl who bathes…

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Medical, matrimonial, or...?

July 1, 2012

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The green light of leisure

June 29, 2012

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New laptop

June 29, 2012

After my laptop and I went flying over a granite surface last January, in Chambal, my friendly neighbourhood laptop repairman, and my dear friend

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Longing....

June 28, 2012

Do you want to see the face of true love?

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Past, present and future

June 26, 2012

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Creatures of the land, air and water...

June 25, 2012

While in Memphis, we also spent a morning at

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Suryaasthamana

June 24, 2012

This post contains Sol

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Confusion...

June 24, 2012

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Two videos...one Tamizh and one Hindi...

June 20, 2012

A Tamizh transliteration of a song (Vennilava?…“is it the white moon?”)

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Two children and an E- nest....

June 20, 2012

When Afreen and I went to watch the Men’s National Gymnastics Championships (the finalists get to the Olympics trials!), we saw this baby Northern Mockingbird:

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Punctuation marks.....

June 19, 2012

It suddenly occurred to me that punctuation marks are such an important part of any written communication.

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What do you do....?

June 17, 2012

When someone whom you’ve always talked to about your concerts, doesn’t even bother to react when you tell them you are singing, never calls, and is no longer bothered?

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Rohan Chakravarty.....

June 16, 2012

I got introduced to

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Something to smile about, and another concert in Memphis

June 15, 2012

Don’t have much to say, as life is very difficult right now…but when that happens, the best thing is to smile!

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The Hula, and the Luau Party, 080612

June 13, 2012

How to do the Hula, as demonstrated by DS:

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Of Kites and Coincidences....

June 12, 2012

D and I had taken KTB to Forest Park, and we found a beautiful kite up in the air, that we could see far away….

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How we nearly missed seeing the transit of Venus

June 6, 2012

I had, with my usual memory, completely forgotten the celestial event that I could go and see, and after D and I picked up KTB, we took her for a picnic dinner at Forest Park:

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Polyglot English...my prediction

June 3, 2012

My friend Saritha Rai writes in the New York Times:

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Creatures of Flight

June 3, 2012

I had a wonderful morning, as great as any nature trail in my beloved Bannerghatta forest….in Forest Park, it was the monthly birding outing of the Audubon Society and Forest Park Forever. By now, many of the group are well-known to me, and since I call my Bangalore nature group UGS (Usual Gang of Suspects)…I feel I can call this group US (US Group!).

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Romance between a vowel and a consonant...

June 1, 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thistle

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A weed...or not....

May 31, 2012

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How to open the pantry door

May 31, 2012
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How to play a memory game

May 30, 2012

First, the family assembles, having decided on a “staycation” for Memorial Day weekend:

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Discussion about Marilyn Monroe....

May 29, 2012

One member of a mailing list I belong to started by showing a statue of Marilyn Monroe in the famous “billowing-up skirt” pose on a ventilation grating, being put up in Chicago. What was interesting to me about the photograph was that the head of MM was completely covered…but obviously, the men on the list took off in a different (northward) direction.

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BioBlitz, Creve Coeur, 260512

May 27, 2012

I’d signed up for the

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Dont miss a single part of this....

May 26, 2012

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Akash Dube Always with us

May 25, 2012

Here’s a well-written account about

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Sunlight on water...

May 22, 2012

As I walk in the morning, I often find the sprinklers on in various homes, and sometimes, in the early morning sunlight, they look utterly beautiful…

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Share...dont share...the debate continues.

May 22, 2012

Recently, another unusual bird (the Oriental Pratincole) was sighted in Bangalore, and its location kept “secret” (that is, known only to the elite few!) for “conservation” reasons. Several of us, including

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Secrets

May 19, 2012

This topic has been, well, on my mind for a while, and contrary to the title, I’d like to share my thoughts!

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Nectar from flowers Macro

May 18, 2012

Yesterday, at Lewis Park, I was walking around, and thought I saw some mosquitoes….

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Nonsense rhyme....

May 17, 2012

I learnt this nonsense rhyme as a child, and as part of my cultural heritage, I’m carefully passing on the nonsense to KTB, as well as the sense!

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Mothers Day video...

May 15, 2012

Here’s KTB the Mother cuddling HER daughter (her name is Yaya Papa…papa is baby in Tamizh), changing her nappy by stripping her, and wishing everyone Happy Mother’s Day, at our behest…

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Doing things

May 15, 2012

I do enjoy the wit wherever I find it, and on the Hasiru Usiru egroup, a civic citizens' forum that I belong to, S. Nityananda has posted, regarding car-free walking zones in Ahmedabad, which has been recently introduced:

<div>"at least something gets done in some cities. In Bangalore, we also do things… like deciding the dates for a preliminary meeting to discuss whether it would be advisable to consider deciding a date for discussing initial ideas for car free zones."

I'll probably be thinking about this at odd timed, and there will be an unexplained smile on my face!</div>

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What I wrote to the birding group this morning...

May 15, 2012

How I miss the pre-monsoon showers in Bangalore! (But not too much, as weather.com tells me the high in Bangalore is 30 deg C, and it is 24 deg C in St.Louis…I propose to go for another long hike in Forest Park when I am done with housework!

Some of the very common birds I'd

The Brown-headed Cowbirds and their mates seem to be out, and the "treeeee!" call of the Red-winged Blackbird can be heard everywhere. Mockingbirds and the immigrants….the European Starlings with their bronze-green sheen, and the House Sparrows….are briging forth families. The American Robin (called Robin Redbreast in Britain) also has babies trailing along, chirping loudly for worms.

As I walk along Des Peres Creek, the Mallards and the Green Herons look up alertly at me in case I am coming to catch them.  Several Kildeer are now to be seen on the grass along the banks…… A Snowy Egret quickly spears a fish,  and takes it off. I go to watch the Great Horned Owls, but can see only the mother today….the other birds, such as the Common Grackle, also show their shining plumage, and as a bonus, I see the "Woody Woodpecker" Red-headed Woodpecker, at her nest:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150819684993878.417256.587058877&type=3

The migratory warblers (they arrive in St.Louis in summer; alas, Missouri is not a hot-spot birding location, but it's great for my level of ignorance!)  show themselves here and there, and once in a while, I get a lovely video like this:

http://deponti.livejournal.com/836849.html



This kind of nature ramble is certainly not the stuff of National Geographic…but it's my morning "battery recharger", and I come home by 7am, ready to take on my daily duties, with a happy smile on my face, that lasts the whole day long. Just this morning, an elderly lady (er, I mean, MORE elderly than me!) smiled back at me and remarked, "It's so nice to see a smiling face early in the morning.)

I watch the mink family in the creek, which I've been following from last year:

http://deponti.livejournal.com/826742.html

I can't see any young ones now, I was very lucky last year, as my friend Danny Brown informed me!


Dear Subbu…thank you for inspiring me, with your descriptive post,  to write this….and Zafar Saab, I want you to know that halfway around the world, when I joined  the Audubon Society's monthly bird-watching outing (exactly like our Lalbagh outing)  this time,  there were THREE people who knew about you, and were awed to think that I knew you personally.

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Thoughts on Mothers Day....

May 13, 2012

First of all, here's a post from one of the Grandmother's Day:

click here for it


….and here's the photo, one of my favourites….



Whether one is a mother from one's body, or one's heart (I've had a couple of children that I didn't personally give birth to, but who grew in my heart), caring for a young one is one of the most difficult, satisfying and frustrating tasks, in the whole world….

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Our educational system.....

May 11, 2012



News report:

'The "portions" set for the exams were from "A" to "M" but the questions asked were about "T"…that was out of syllabus…several students said that if the letter had been "P" they would have done outstandingly well,  pissed, sorry,  passed with flying colours and even given a practical demonstration.'

(Thanks to Hari Menon for some of the above.)

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Triangles

May 10, 2012

I loved the triangles that make up this image of the house opposite ours in St.Louis…..

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A stalwarts words....52 years ago

May 10, 2012

I could not let this wonderful interview go into the mists of the Internet, so I’ve saved it on my blog. Those of you who are not interested in Carnatic music, wait for my next post!

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Two videos of KTB singing Tamizh songs....

May 7, 2012

She’s always been fond of “pAttu pAdavA”, an old Tamizh movie song. So when she suddenly decided to put Wally the walrus to sleep (on top of a measuring scale, for some reason), I asked her to sing a lullaby and she sang the song instead!

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KTB and her first bicycle ride

May 4, 2012

KTB’s paternal grandmother gave her a pedal-less “balance” bicycle. Apparently the idea is that the child will learn to balance without the traditional training wheels.

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Journey to the USA....

May 3, 2012

Life-changing….that’s the right way to describe events in my life, lately, and part of the process is a journey to the USA, where I will stay for 2.5 months. I don’t want to talk about all of it now, but I’d certainl like to share one of my favourite parts of the awful, tiring trans-Atlantic travel…the View Out of the Window.

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In the editorial of Birdwatching Magazine

April 28, 2012

I don’t even remember posting the video, but now…

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On TV....

April 27, 2012

My dear friend, Gita Viswanathan, sent this link where her husband Vish, is featured on Bloomberg TV:

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Rain

April 27, 2012

The sunlight streaming golden through the heavy clouds and the glittering rain and the Gulmohar’s fiery reds. Coolness in the air as the rain goes on. Slowly, the shapes of the scudding clouds change…..how I love rain.

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Intelligence Quotient

April 24, 2012

I was asked what my IQ was and I replied that the IQ test I had taken was, to my mind, not a test applicable to all human beings, it needed a certain kind of culture and upbringing, and so I could not hold such a test as valid. I also intuitively felt that intelligence is of different kinds.

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WHAAAAT?

April 24, 2012

I got this from Dinesh…

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Ballet....Swan Lake

April 22, 2012

I’ve watched Swan Lake being performed at Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore, performed by the Kiev Ballet, many years ago, under the aegis of ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations(which seems to be a moribund organization now.)

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Prose and poetry....

April 22, 2012

Jerry Rao writing in the Indian Express:

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Shoes...

April 21, 2012

To understand a person, walk a mile in their shoes, goes the popular saying.

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Photography...pros and cons

April 20, 2012

I got this interesting, er, view on another list to which I belong:

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Busy Fingers

April 14, 2012

It’s wonderful to see things of beauty growing from nothing but a length of string (or wool). Knitting, crochet and tatting have always held a fascination for me. I liked knitting, but thanks to my myopia, the other two were beyond me. But when I saw my friend Savita engaged in tatting while she was helping out at our friend’s sadAbhishEkam (80th birthday ceremony of her father, when vows are renewed) I could not help trying to document that….

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Politics and politicians...both ARE jokes...

April 10, 2012

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~ Henry Cate, VII We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. ~ Will Rogers Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~ Plato Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ~ Nikita Khrushchev When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it ~ Clarence Darrow Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~ Author Unknown If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~ Jay Leno Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~ John Quinton Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~ Oscar Ameringer I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~ Adlai Stevenson Campaign Speech, 1952 A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~ Texas Guinan Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~ Gore Vidal I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~ Charles de Gaulle Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession . I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. ~ Ronald Reagan Politics: [Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”] ~ Larry Hardiman Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~ Doug Larson Don’t vote, it only encourages them. ~ Author Unknown There ought to be one day – just one – when there is open season on senators. ~ Will Rogers

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Passover

April 10, 2012
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Steps and seat....

April 9, 2012

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Conservation India...

April 9, 2012

A very enjoyable trip to Gir (even though often fraught wich too much eventfulness for my liking…being slapped on the head by an arrogant guard at the Somnath temple, and nearly missing our flight back to Bangalore because of an incompetent cab driver….made sure I could just about find time to check my email, and not post anything to LJ…but a recent photo of mine is on the Conservation India photo gallery (I don’t know if they accept all photos or not)..

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Will you love me?

April 3, 2012

Naayaki naayakanidam irunthu piriyum pozhuthu sonnathu:

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The Rain Tree

April 3, 2012

Why is it called “Rain” When it flowers in the hot sun? By the time the monsoon arrives The flowering is done.

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Dwitheeya

April 2, 2012

The second day of the waxing phase (shukla paksha) of the moon is always very difficult to see, but this time, as we were coming back from Bheemeshwari (Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary) last Saturday (the 24th of March), we came to the small village of Muthathi, and found the villagers standing around, pointing at the western sky. When I asked some of them, they took the trouble to explain that this moon, after the Kannada New Year,was considered an auspicious sighting. So I too took aim and sighted the dwitheeya, or the second day of Chandra:

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The innovation trap

March 29, 2012

Harish Bhat, who is a friend on Facebook, and posts a lot of interesting stuff, posted about

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The Grizzled Giant Squirrels of Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, JLR

March 28, 2012

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The smallest bird...

March 28, 2012

…I’m not sure if this is the smallest bird in India, but it must be one of the smallest. It’s also a very common bird….but it’s so incredibly beautiful!

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Day care and night care for children...

March 28, 2012

My friend, Saritha Rai, has started a new fortnightly column in the New York Times online-

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Enjoyable...

March 27, 2012

SOMETHING TO OFFEND EVERYONE

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KTB...and what she reminds me of....

March 26, 2012

KTB recently took part in a march against Cystic Fibrosis, along with the rest of her daycare, Urban Sprouts….here she is (from their newsletter)…

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Letter meme....C

March 23, 2012

I usually don’t do memes, but I actually asked for one, and here goes, a letter of the alphabet, with which I must list 5 favourites....

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Two algorithm songs.....

March 22, 2012

There are many of what I call “algorithm songs” in old tamizh film music….and this beautiful, melodious song from

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Tere bina bhi kya jeena....what is life without you?

March 21, 2012

I’ve heard this song so many times, and liked it a lot, but somehow, it’s become so specially beautiful, and I’d like to share it….it touched my heart so deeply.

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World Sparrow Day

March 20, 2012

Today is World Sparrow Day, and I too will be taking part in a panel discussion on the topic of these lovely, perky birds, that suddenly seemed to vanish from the Bangalore urban scene.

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Birds in Lalbagh, 160312

March 19, 2012

This lovely

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Dusk at Lalbagh...

March 19, 2012

I went to Lalbagh on Friday evening, because a friend wanted to try out the 300mm prime lens. I’ve not often been to Lalbagh in the evening, and was freshly amazed at what one can see and observe, in spite of many more people being there than in the morning.

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Bannerghatta....again

March 18, 2012

I am amazed that less than 25 km from my home is a lovely forest…..and I am able to enjoy this treasure whenever I wish to! Will be posting pics a little later, when I get home this evening…..

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The art of signs....

March 16, 2012

It’s been a while since I posted some of the photos from my sign collection, which I find easier to put up on Facebook…

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Rain

March 15, 2012

It’s raining. The air around me has cooled. A refreshing breeze blows across The newly-wet earth, That gives off that incredible aroma. Leaves shed their dust, And will look green in the morning. The rain will pass: But the feelings ,,,, being refreshed In mind and spirit…will remain. Those…are the rainbows of the mind.

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Two...no, three of my favourites...

March 15, 2012

Franz Lizst is a composer whose works (I mean, those that I know of!)I like…and one of my great favourites is this wonderful cartoon of Tom and Jerry, which uses Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2, the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies…the others are, alas, not very well-known.

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Cartoons and Caricatures....

March 14, 2012

Sridhar Comaravalli is someone I’ve got to know through FaceBook, and I enjoy his talent very much. It’s not easy to produce a cartoon every day, but he seems to do it with ease! I was very honoured when, recently, he posted this cartoon of me on FaceBook, from a photograph taken by the Indian professional woman wildlife photographer,

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Stories in a Song Play Review

March 13, 2012

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A love song ..one of my great favourites...

March 13, 2012

I find that lyrics that speak of the love between a man and a woman are very beautiful indeed, and in my language, Tamizh, it is as true as for any other language.

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In not very fond memory....

March 12, 2012

I saw a very enjoyable update on Facebook, that says, “Dear Math (Maths, for us!)..I’m sick and tired of finding your ‘X’….just accept the fact that she’s gone. Move on, dude!”

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Conservation India...

March 12, 2012

Conservation India

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Will you still need me, will you still feed me....

March 12, 2012

KM turns 64 soon, but since he won’t be in town, we celebrated with coffee and cake….

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Stuffed Barbet

March 11, 2012

Our trip to Bhadra was wonderful, because there was never any rush for time…we sighted, observed, and watched at leisure.

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The Rules

March 11, 2012

Enjoyed these!

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Bhadra...

March 10, 2012

The Bhadra property of JLR is one of their most beautiful. However, there are the minuses….eturning from a3 day trip, with hundreds of photos…..and a huge sense of relief that our boat did not (as it threatened to, for a few moments, after the boatman carelessly rammed into a submerged tree-stump)capsize during the backwater safari…..great company, lovely, leisurely sightings, and lot of happiness in my heart.

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A lovely drive...

March 8, 2012

How beautiful it is to drive through the Arsikere area…. And see the roadside trees….the Neem, the Tamarind, the Mango….. And the varieties of Ficus, Peepal, Banyan, and others, sporting different colours of leaves, from the reddish copper of the new leaves, to the bright green, and then the darker green of the mature leaves. Even the exotics like the Rain trees, the Gulmohar, the Copper Pods, the Tabebuia aurea,, and the Jacarndas, are in full bloom now….

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Shashti Abdha Poorthi Procession, Thirukkadaiyur, 211211

March 7, 2012

When a man in our community (Tambrams, or Tamizh Brahmins) attains the age of 60, he and his wife undergo a wedding ceremony again, this time with greater emphasis on the Vedic rituals, and the spirituality.

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Anvithas happiness today...

March 7, 2012

An email from my young friend Anvitha Satish, whom I often exchange emails with…

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Good Tidings

March 6, 2012

Everyone feels festive, and rather generous, on an auspicious day…and many people like to tap into this vein of generosity.

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The abysmal state of even our private health care...

March 6, 2012

Am very sad…but also boiling with anger and helplessness. Someone from the family who’ve practically brought me up had come to visit Chennai from Kolkata, where she lives. Last night she was unwell…and was taken by ambulance to Malar Hospital, where she was refused admission because, they said, they had a doctors’ strike. After more confusion, during which critical time was lost, the ambulance had to take her to Royapettah Hospital…by that time, she passed away.

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Chokkanaatha Swamy Temple, Domlur, Bangalore, 040312

March 5, 2012

I’d been to the Gavi (Cave) Gangadeshwara Temple earlier, and watched the wonderful phenomenon of the sun’s rays lighting up the lingam in the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum)…but what I had not known was that there is (at least) one more temple in Bangalore, where the same phenomenon occurs…right now (UttarAyaN,the southern traverse of the sun) and between end of September and first week of October (DakshinAyaN…southern traverse of the sun.).

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The Dream Dance...and the Bath of the White Beauty

March 3, 2012

Harish, Lakshmi, KM, Poornima, Sugandhi, Yash and I went to the JLR property called the Old Magazine House, at Ganeshgudi, near Dandeli, in Karnataka. KM and I have visited Dandeli many, many times, but have always stayed at the Kali River Lodge….and the Old Magazine House was a revelation. We’d stayed here once before, during the first INW meet; but in those days, my birding was in its infancy, and my photography, non-existent. I still remembered, though, what a bonanza it was for birders.

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Gauri and her cubs, Bandipur, 040212

February 28, 2012

It was nice to see Gauri, the tiger who gave birth to four cubs….we saw three of the cubs, too. As usual, it was past sunset, and quite low light when we saw them, but I managed these videos…

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Why is the Sambar watery? Bandipur, 040212

February 28, 2012

Sometimes, when I take a video, I get more behaviour than I bargained for….

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Two videos.....from Nannaj, Maharashtra

February 28, 2012

Off to Ganeshgudi today, but after got my laptop working properly again (on Debian now, my windows are now closed!) I am slowly uploading videos of my Nannaj trip to YouTube.

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Lovely to watch

February 28, 2012
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Where do the colours reside?

February 27, 2012

Do black veils have all the colours in their hearts… As well as over their heads? Do their thoughts fly, over the skies, In blues and greens and reds? Or are they tied down, with strings attached, To the black of the veils? Will they soar, only when freed… When the power of the anchors fails?

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Not just in Bangalore...

February 27, 2012


I've been thinking that this phenomenon was iconic to Bangalore….





These are our "autos" …auto-rickshaws, an inescapable, convenient, irritating, frustrating method of transport in our city. 

The guy at the back IS pushing the one in the front, sometimes to a fuel station, sometimes until the auto in front starts its engine with the momentum. The foot is then withdrawn. I have never seen by what form of signalling the auto guy in front requests the help of the auto guy at the back…ESP?

I posted this on Facebook, and I now realize that every Indian city seems to have this great "auto-foot assist" method of aiding movement!






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Love

February 26, 2012

"Journeys end in lovers' meetings", goes the saying…but journeys also start with lovers' partings! I watched two lovers (I don't think they were married)  parting today, dealing with their joy in each other (no, I was not eavesdropping, they were in plain sight until the bus came to the bus stop!) , and their pain at parting…human emotion is so incredibly complex…I've not seen anything as sweet as the smiles they gave each other. Each smile was a kiss, and the moisture in the woman's eyes at the end, hurriedly wiped away, spoke poetry to me. Love, in joy, in pain, is a magical thing.

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Test image uploaded directly from laptop to LJ

February 23, 2012



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Wow, its nice to be back...

February 23, 2012

After weeks of difficulty, it feels so good to be back on LJ….and be able to comment on friends’ posts, too. Not having posted any funny signs here for a long time (I just add them to my album on Facebook, you can see my collection if you

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The King has a meal,....<LJ user=idahoswede>, SKIP THIS POST

February 22, 2012

I have, of late, been going to the Bannerghatta Zoo to introduce schoolchildren to various animals and birds, but, of course, I never expected to see a wildlife drama straight of out of National Geographic while I was there!

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A conversation from a mailing list...

February 21, 2012

There was a discussion about how pets Could affect the health of people, and it suddenly elicited this very string reaction from someone…

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Revising my thoughts about Bannerghatta Zoo...

February 20, 2012

Here’s what I wrote to the wildlife/birding community yesterday:

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Mothers and children...and couples...the Bandipur trip, 03 and 040212

February 18, 2012

I’ve always seen that Bandipur is one place where I find so many mothers with the children….whatever the creature may be. Here are a few mothers and children that I saw on this trip, with

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How the days work gets fouled up....

February 15, 2012

Am sitting in the luxury of a Volvo bus, on my way to Indira Nagar….am two hours late, and am rather irritated by the way thing come apart here..

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Bangalore Bird Race, 2012

February 14, 2012

The write up, published in an edited form on Citizen Matters, has been put on the India Bird Races blog:

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Exclusion and inclusion

February 13, 2012

There have been two examples, recently, where people had to exclude others.

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Laptop is back

February 12, 2012

Woohoo the relief of being able to TYPE properly again…!

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More difficulties...

February 9, 2012

.Just when I thought I could start accessing LJ posts again, and comment, my laptop started giving trouble, and would not connect to the net at all. I am still not used to the two-finger typing on the blessed iPad…and in any case, for some reason, I am unable to upload any photos through it.

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St.Louis goes to Seattle...

February 5, 2012

Recently, D,A, and KTB had visited Seattle (over the New Year weekend.) So here goes the “Lookit my family!” photos….

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Feeling bad

February 5, 2012

Sometimes, I cannot put my finger precisely on why someone’s dealings with me make me feel bad….but in spite of assuming goodwill, I continue to feel not-good. Sensitivity is, sometimes, more important than practicality…particularly amongst friends.

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Can you spot it?

February 4, 2012

mishtek 300112

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Inverted comma-ization....

February 1, 2012

I do not often indulge in nostalgia, being a person who enjoys the vibrancy of the present as much as the glow of the past. But once in a while….

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Access to information....

February 1, 2012

I posted to my birding egroup:

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Origami with Krishna Panyam, Jaaga, 300112

February 1, 2012

I have had, as usual, a lot of interesting things to do…and one of them was the Origam workshop I attended at

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Once again....

January 29, 2012

The Russian spam comments have started, once again, in force…and I am not even able to see anyone’s posts, much less comment on them. I just finished deleting 13 Russian spam comments.

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Colour and photography....

January 28, 2012

Been gallivanting as usual….Lalbagh on the 25th morning, to Gulakmale on the 26th, to Bannerghatta JLR on the 27th, to volunteer with 48 children from Vidya Niketan, Bangalore…. it’s been a wonderful time.

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One hundred years....Republic Day post

January 26, 2012

It’s been one hundred years since the

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Mistakes nevers ends...

January 26, 2012

The Deccan Herald has been delighting me lately. Here’s a headline from the Spectrum section of the newspaper, 250112:

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On the water

January 24, 2012
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All over the windshield...

January 24, 2012

It’s all very well to decorate one’s car with the symbols of one’s faith:

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The Lalbagh Republic Day Flower Show

January 24, 2012

To see my article on Citizen Matters,

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Disincentives...

January 18, 2012
sent me this:
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The gender-unspecific pronoun

January 18, 2012

Dr. Beheruz Sethna

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Conservation and the human cost...

January 18, 2012

As a “conservationist”, I am constantly worried about human encroachment, and when I visited Pulicat Lake, near Chennai, I was happy that the backwaters had been preserved as a bird sanctuary.

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The Bangalore Bird Race...my thoughts

January 16, 2012

Over the past few months, we have formed ourselves into an informal, very supportive and affectionate group of people, who always go on nature trails together. I organize the outings, taking care that as many people as possible get included. I call this group the UGS…the Usual Group of Suspects!….and we have a lot of fun on every outing.

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Asthma....

January 13, 2012

Overlooking facts and hoping for the best is a human trait….both D and A have breathing difficulties, and, indeed, A could never live far away from her inhaler, when she was in Bangalore. But of course, I was hoping that KTB would not develop any breathing issues….well, reality supervened, and they had to take her to the doctors’ to help her breathe a bit better.

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Arun turns into Prakash... a dentist into a doctor (from a film producer)

January 12, 2012

I got this leaflet with the newspaper a day or two ago (I think the reason why newspapers are delivered late is because the newsagents need time to insert all the various leaflets into each copy!)

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The moon...

January 12, 2012

When I was about to go to my tent at JLR Bannerghatta, I looked up at the full moon, serenely riding the night skies.

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From the heyday of Tamizh film music....

January 11, 2012

Here’s a video of a lovely song, from the movie

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Wildlife rescue...its not black-and-white

January 10, 2012

Quite unusual for me to be off LJ for three days, as I subject myself (and the rest of you!) to the discipline of an entry a day. But it was a full weekend…Saturday morning, to Hessarghatta, getting back only by 3pm and then having visitors…Sunday morning, to Valley School, back at 1pm, and then off to JLR Bannerghatta (where neither mobile phones nor 3G seems to work) to volunteer for a nature trail with 49 students of Vidya Niketan, on an overnight camp. Got back yesterday evening, and was rather tired…and today all the home chores demanded attention, so had to turn down an invitation to go on an overnight visit to Chik Yelchetti for Junglescapes work.

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The Winnie-the-Pooh squirrel

January 7, 2012

We had a wonderful outing at Hessarghatta today…16 of us…but this post is about something I’ve seen for the very first time.

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Art and signs....

January 6, 2012

It’s been quite a long while since I posted some of my sign collection on LJ…I’ve got used to posting them quickly to albums on Facebook. You can see them;

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KANS blog the official and the personal reports

January 5, 2012

The official report on the trip we conducted for the children of various Government schools of the Hosur/Denkanikotta area is on the Kenneth Anderson Nature Society blog,

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Witty verse on English pronounciation

January 5, 2012

Via Yogesh Rao, someone whom I know through the cycling community:

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A beautiful bird....

January 5, 2012

No profound thoughts are occuring in my cauliflower brain today (come to that, not in the past 57 years, some would say!)…so here’s a very beautiful bird that I photographed on the way to Kabini, on 140511…

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A question, a poem and a song...

January 4, 2012

Our entire family (excluding us in India, of course) got together over New Year, and had a skiing holiday ( as I posted

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Colour on our footpaths...

January 4, 2012

Our pavements and footpaths are full of people who are trying to eke a living in a city that they have moved into. Amongst these are the immigrants from Rajasthan, who make these ceramic artefacts:

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Maidanahalli Sunset, 251211

January 3, 2012

The Maidanahalli Blackbuck Reserve, in Tumkur District, Karnataka, is famous for the critically-endangered Blackbuck:

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Wonder Full Spill Chequer...

January 3, 2012

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The second day of 2012, and I cannot resist...

January 2, 2012

Had a lovely day yesterday, wandering around the Bannerghatta zoo area..and was going to post about it, but I received two delightful photos that made me change my mind…..KTB apparently like “kating” a lot, and here she is with her dad.

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The last day of the year, 2011

December 31, 2011

Is there anything special about the last day or the first day of the year? We ourselves calculate two different years, the Anno Domini and the Tamizh year…and I know several more….Parsi, Hindi, Bengali, and so on…I personally feel that it would be logical to begin the year in springtime, not in mid-winter…but a procession of Roman emperors saw to it that whether or not people have a white Christmas, in many parts of the world, they will have a white New Year.

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Trip to Manchanabele Reservoir, 291211

December 30, 2011

It’s been quite a hectic time, as I’ve been doing some amount of volunteering and some amount of for-me nature trails, too. Last Sunday, 18 (yes!) of us went to

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Conversation on architects, geniuses and morals...

December 27, 2011

On KM’s classmates mailing list, we are having a very interesting conversation. It started with Vasu, who teaches in Ohio, posting a link to Louis Kahn’s work, designing the IIM-A campus:

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Sindhi School children outing to Bannerghatta zoo area, 241211

December 27, 2011

I was delighted to take 15 children of Sindhi School, Malleswaram, to my favourite zoo area in the Bannerghatta National Park. Subbalakshmi, a teacher in the school, enthuses the children and organizes nature trails for them entirely on her own initiative…the school does not take any responsibility. Even the van was hired by her! More power to her and may her tribe increase!

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Missing someone after a hundred years?

December 27, 2011

How can you miss someone “day in, day out” after a hundred years?

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Merry Chinmas

December 25, 2011

I got this lovely pic from who was chatting with D, A and KTB on Skype and took a webshot.

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Barn Owl Rescue, Thirukkadaiyur, 211211

December 23, 2011

A very eventful and enjoyable week, travelling in Kerala and then Tamil Nadu, attending, first, the COSTIIMA (Class of Seventy Three, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad) annual meet, which was held at Cocobay Resort, Kumarakom, Kerala…and then the Shashti Abdha Poorthi (60th birthday) of Anand, KM’s close friend and IIM classmate (a friendship that dates back to 1971!) and Devika, at the beautiful temple of Thirukkadaiyur, seat of Amrita Ghateeswarar and Abhirami.

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Still figuring out things....

December 16, 2011

The iPad2 is certainly better than its predecessor, but there are many things I am yet to learn how to do….that I do easily on my laptop. For example, I Have the photobucket window open ,but am not able to copy the HTML code from the photograph and paste it here.

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Hanumath Jayanthi Jathre...

December 15, 2011

I am in a tearing hurry to catch the train to go to Kumarakom, Kerala, to attend KM’s annual IIMA class gathering…but for my niece and daughter, I’ve uploaded photos of the Jathre (fair) for Hanumath Jayanthi (birthday of the Monkey God)…

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Childhoods Look

December 14, 2011

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A part of my childhood that I loved, suddenly came back just now...

December 14, 2011
suddenly changed his Facebook userpic to that of a little devil, red, with cute little horns, a forked tail, and a trident....and that brought my "comic-book" past rushing back to my mind.
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This whole morality thing...

December 14, 2011

I just saw something on Facebook (I suppose a friend sent the wrong link) which showed a photo of three girls smoking, and a series of comments about them being “bad girls”.

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Separate charge for salt in a restaurant.

December 13, 2011

A friend of mine, Kiran Srivastava from Mumbai, went to Aromas of China in Mumbai, and here’s the bill he got:

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Music, and the breast of the beasts...

December 12, 2011

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast”…though this is a misquotation

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Post-birding drama, Lalbagh, 111211

December 11, 2011

Here’s what I wrote to the egroup of the Bird Watchers’ Field Club of Bangalore just now…

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Nice to be written about, instead of writing about others, for a change

December 10, 2011

Nice to be written about, instead of writing about others, for a change!

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Thinking of a feather...

December 7, 2011

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Sunset, and a birthday

December 7, 2011

Today, it’s the birthday of a very dear friend….but since she’s in a very high-powered (and therefore busy) job, we met for coffee on Sunday.

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Jugaad in Bangalore

December 6, 2011

“Jugaad” means, “innovation”, often thinking out-of-the-box. A mode of public transportation, with the engine of a tractor, has already taken on this name in several states of India.

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Bannerghatta forest, quarry area, 031211

December 6, 2011

I really do not like to miss a single day of a nature trail at the weekend…and so it was that we were able to go out on both Saturday and Sunday! On Saturday, the group was relatively small….Hrishikesh, Rama (that’s Raama, actually :D ), Vaibhav, Vara and I. We’d thought of the Bannerghatta zoo area again, but since none of us had a time-bound return plan, I changed the venue to the quarry area, beyond the various residential layouts…a venue where I do not go (or take people) often.

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LJ acting up

December 5, 2011

It’s taken me an hour and a half each time, with several tries, to get three entries up today…

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Kavyas latest...from her dad...

December 5, 2011

DS writes:

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Shadow Play...Calcutta

December 5, 2011

For many of us, Calcutta cannot really be written as “Kolkata” though, of course, that’s the way we say it in Bengali….and our memories of the city are of several landmarks and important things….

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Whats wrong with LJ?

December 2, 2011

For the past two days, I’ve not been able to post; today, it took me six attempt to post something, and I am not able to comment on friends’ posts even when I can see them, which is not always.

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Unalloyed joy....

November 30, 2011

Sometimes, happiness just looks out from a photograph….

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Spiritual...

November 28, 2011

This time, the theme on the

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Thrilling thing to happen at Portland, Maine....

November 27, 2011

This morning, emailed me, saying they had all thought of me when they saw this on the tree of their front lawn:

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Pun Fun Time Again

November 27, 2011

Some old some new….

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Two beautiful images from Portland, Maine

November 26, 2011

AM sent these lovely photographs of:

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A book review, after a long time...

November 25, 2011

I used to review books for the Indian Review of Books, long ago, in Chennai. Then I gave it up, for what reason, I still do not know…but after a very long time, another book review of mine, which I had put up in Citizen Matters, earlier,made it into print in the Deccan Herald,

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Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011

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Eminent Birders in Bangalore, 061111

November 24, 2011

On the 6th of November,2011, I was privileged to be at a gathering of some of eminent birdwatchers of Bangalore. The gracious host was none other than the doyen of birdwatching in Bangalore,

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KTB Developing language

November 24, 2011

AM writes:

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Birthdays....

November 23, 2011

Today, the 23rd of November, seems to be the date of birth of a lot of people known to me. My dear friend Raji, my well-loved nephew Govind in New York, my cousin Jaishree in Whitefield….and Govind’s great-grandmother, too, who’s past the 95 mark, I think…this lady’s now no longer oriented to time and place, alas, and is being cared for devotedly by her daughter (Govind’s grandmother) who, herself, is in her late 70’s.

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Two beautiful images from Danny Brown

November 22, 2011

I’ve mentioned

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3rd Sunday outing of the Bird Watchers Field Club, 201111

November 21, 2011

It was a very enjoyable ramble over the slopes and through the scrub jungle (rather prickly at times, and on two occasions, very muddy as we waded through muddy streams). The location was Kasavanakunte, in the Bannerghatta forest area:

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Puttenahalli Lake Walk, 191111, for some children from Magic Puddles.

November 19, 2011

I’ve been interested in, and involved with,

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Parsi Tower of Silence in Bangalore

November 18, 2011

On my way to and from the Bangalore International Airport, one building often catches my eye:

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A 51-year old, evergreen song that was a hit in Hindi, and in Bengali.

November 18, 2011

I am, right now, teaching two friend this Hindi song, that Latha Mangeshkar sang… “O SajnA” in 1960, for the movie “Parakh”:

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Steps...drama as a corporate learning tool, 081011

November 18, 2011

I’d attended an audition by

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Puttenahalli Lake Walk, 131111

November 17, 2011

When

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Feathers between Dehra Dun and Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand,291011

November 16, 2011

Firstly, I must mention that going by all the signboards in this small town, we were visiting….U.K., which is the way the state, Uttara Khand (northern area) is referred to. Well….

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Fun with Fur

November 16, 2011

Do I sound like one of those “Carry off the elite evening with this excellent sable coat” fashion types? Sorry, because the fun that I have with fur is in capturing it, not for putting it on, but on the original mammal!

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Another bird for the April 1 Chucklist

November 14, 2011

A friend just sent me a message (probably typed on a tiny mobile keypad) that he’d seen a black naked oriole. He hurriedly corrected the ‘k’ to ‘p’ but I requested him not to, this bird seems far more interesting!

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Nandi Hills, 121111

November 14, 2011

As usual, by consensus, Nandi Hills was agreed upon as the destination for Saturday’s birding trip, and 7 of us….Kannan,Nandan, Naveen,Poornima, Santosh,Sumeet, and I…left very early in the morning, so as to catch the sunrise at Nandi Hills.

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Oho info

November 11, 2011

Today I am feeling lazy to write, but I was thinking of my “Oho” friend.

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Trash Trail

November 11, 2011

I’ve been trying all yesterday, and up to now, to load some photos to Photobucket, so I can write about the Trash Trail I went on yesterday…but I think the internet connection is terrible, so I’ll write about it and you can see the photos (with the narrative) at my Facebook account,

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A drink with a friend...

November 10, 2011

I received this delightful picture of GD-the-Boodi’s having a drink with a friend…

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Talking about s&%t....

November 10, 2011

Seems strange to be posting after a few days’ gap…I usually make it part of my daily routine to post something to my blog. It sort of clarifies my thoughts, let me share my experiences, and is also good discipline for a champion procrastinator.

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Wealth,power, space...and exclusive

November 8, 2011

Wealth and power…I’ve been thinking about them, and one of the ways of demonstrating wealth and power seems to be related to how much space one can get to call one’s own, and how few people one has to share it with. The more wealthy one is, the more space one seems to want…a large house, either a sprawling bungalow or a multistoreyed palace…perhaps several homes, spread out over the globe. And the next thing, of course, having acquired that space, is to prevent as many people as possible from sharing it….except the chosen few of one’s friends, and those who will help maintain that space. Only those invited can breach the walls…walls which are, very often, physical walls around the residences of the rich and the privileged, with security guards to ensure that the hoi polloi and the uninvited do not gain access. Telephone lines are private or unlisted, mobile numbers are not given out…the rich person is veiled in a shroud of his or her personal space, and inaccessibility is the mantra.

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The eternal debate....

November 4, 2011

Photography…is it documentation, or is it art? Now that the enhancement or manipulation of images is in the hands of the photographer,in these days of digital photography, rather than the faceless “colour laboratory” that used to process film, the question arises with unfailing regularity.

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The Rainbow Goat

November 3, 2011

On the slopes at the outskirts of Dehra Dun, we wandered along, looking for the sub-Himalayan birds that had been seen in such plenty in March of this year. While the others continued their search….they climbed down a steep slope that I had no intention of negotiating, with two cameras and a pair of bincoculars….my attention was riveted by a colourful vision that climbed up that same steep slope, and came up on to the road….

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Puff, the Magic Dragon...Halloween

November 3, 2011

Here’s one of GD’s favourite songs:

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A discount of HOW MUCH???

November 2, 2011

I have been posting most of the funny signs I’ve snapped on Facebook

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The Crimson Sunbird

November 2, 2011

Apparently, the

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Coming back....

November 2, 2011

It’s nice to go on holiday, and I can stay without the internet perfectly well…but it’s when I come back that it hits me that I do want, after all, to see what my friends have posted, what has been happening…and the backlog is just too much, sometimes.

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Scaled-down spam....

October 27, 2011

What with inflation, even the spammerers have scaled down their operations, it looks like! Last week I had a enquiry (probably from someone’s hacked account) asking for suggestions for bed bugs “to go away from home” (sic). Just now, I got this:

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Silence

October 27, 2011

On a mailing list to which I belong, the subject of silence came up….the list is of people who have studied at IIM, Ahmedabad and the architect of the campus, Louis Kahn, was a man who understood silence:

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An architect

October 26, 2011

LS was a math major in college; after her sons were born and were in school, she decided to study architecture. A few years ago, she took the very tough 9-part licentiate exam and qualified to practice on her own.

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Excellent blogpost

October 25, 2011

I wanted to write about the Urban Lakes workshop that I went on…but I found someone has done it much better than I!

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Deepavali, Diwali, Dhan Teras, Kali Pujo, Lakshmi Puja...you name it...

October 25, 2011

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We need a Lent for this staple diet.....

October 25, 2011

Staples. A “staple” is something that is supposed to be very good…it forms the main part of what we eat, for example. But another kind of staple…those ubiquitous little twice-folded pieces of metal that hold two surfaces together…seems to be taking over the world. They are so popular that a famous chain of stationery is named after them!

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Schadenfreude

October 25, 2011

The Betel Leaf

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The price of a cycle

October 25, 2011

Here’s a very witty piece written by one of the members of my ccyling egroup, on the theme of “What do you say when people ask you the price of your cycle?”

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Ponderisms

October 24, 2011

Another internet forward that I enjoyed a lot, even though I’d read some of them before:

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A debate

October 22, 2011

Today, I was asked to judge a debate on the theme, “Are Women Truly LIberated?” for the Inner Wheel of one of the Rotary Clubs of Bangalore.

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A documentary, and my thoughts afterwards

October 20, 2011

Yesterday, as part of the

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Some butterflies in the MICO Arekere Reserve Forest

October 18, 2011

Here are some of the common butterflies that one can see around us, right now. One of the good places to look for them is the Reserve Forest in the MICO Arikere Layout; but quite often, you will find these beauties in the gardens near you, too!

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Im excited about this....

October 18, 2011

PNLIT (Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust), see the website here:

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The flame in the reeds

October 18, 2011

We had gone to Gulakmale Kere (lake) a couple of weekends ago, and when we reached there, the reeds were on fire….

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Excellent procedure

October 17, 2011

No racial profiling in Israel. Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports. You step into an armoured booth that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person. Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial. You’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: “Attention to all standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight 670 to London. Shalom!”

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Adac

October 17, 2011

A great loneliness sits upon me. The world seems a vast desert tract Where exists no human being That I can call friend, I am alone…I cannot attract A single living thing To myself….I see Only a thorny path without end.

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Steve Jobs,1955-2011

October 17, 2011

A lot of people impact the world in many ways…but some also have that elusive quality…charisma. One such, I think, was Steve Jobs.

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Conversation on Philosophy

October 14, 2011

One of the things I did in college was to return my Economics books after a couple of months, and change my elective subject to Philosophy. The reason, then, was very simple; I found Philosophy interesting, and Economics less so. But…it meant that I had a liberal education before the term was invented…… it’s been a lifelong companion, this study (more often, musing) of philosophy. However, so many arguments for the different types of philosophy are compelling and acceptable, that i have come to being an agnostic. I do not know what is true (I suppose no one ever can know)…but though I do not like rituals any more, to me, agnosticism is not ……not knowing what to believe, but…willing to accept that any philosophical view may be valid, What I feel is…I simply do not know enough to embrace any one form of philosophy. And so often, philosophy shades into religion…so that, too, is a grey area for me.

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Returns and exchanges....

October 13, 2011

I called them on Magic Jack, and we came on to Gtalk video….which, alas, had no audio at all. But meanwhile, D was organizing to donate some stuff to the Kidney Foundation, and this seemed to include a Kid, if not the Ney….

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You might like reading about Pujo in Bangalore...

October 10, 2011

Here

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Post-processing....

October 10, 2011

Here’s something that I wrote to a friend, who’s just taken up photography:

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LJ difficulties

October 9, 2011

I am finding it harder and harder to post here. Either I can’t post, or it’s too slow…and though my stats tell me that plenty of people are reading the posts, all I get is one…or two comments. The old days of exchange of viewpoints, and debate, seem gone for ever. And the spam…I am getting more and more and more spam, from faux LJ ids and others, too. Since I have so many people (presumably) still reading my posts, I don’t want to convert this to a “friends-only” blog, either.

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Some more puns....

October 8, 2011

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

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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.

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Where I have and have not been....

October 5, 2011

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

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Navami of Navaratri...Saraswathi Puja

October 5, 2011

Today is the ninth day after the new moon, and it is the Navami of Navarathri, celebrated as Ayudha Puja or Saraswathi Puja…the worship of all our implements and gadgets, that we use the rest of the year.

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Rainbows in a web....and preening in the rain

October 4, 2011

You have to watch this video carefully to get the effect.

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Videos from Bandipur, 011011

October 3, 2011

What a binary date the 1st of October is!!

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Traffic...and logic

October 3, 2011

I had a wonderful trip to Bandipur with a great group of friends…but of course this post is not about that! On the cycling group I belong to, someone had said that someone on a cycle had yelled at him (while he was in a car) to stop wasting petrol, and added a rather delightful word to quality the statement. Someone added that many people use the car to go to the shop down the road. My response: “ I am not disputing that there ARE EAC (Evil Anti-Conservationists) of the type you have mentioned above…..I am just saying, you cannot assume that everyone is of the car-for-crossing-the-pavement category! Eg, I often take senior members of our apartment complex, or student of a blind school nearby, for medical checkups and so on. They need to be taken by car, they are often frail and in bad health. At these times I will certainly not use the cycle, or ask them to do so. I may have a large amount of shopping to do, which I may not be able to do on the cycle. I will definitely use the car at such times. “Actually the increasing jams are having a good effect on our worthy citizens. I find so many people now saying, “We take the bus because driving and parking are such a hassle”….so every cloud does have a silver lining! “A great source of entertainment for me is…. let me give you one scenario. The lady of the household said they had gone to attend a wedding. “The traffic was so bad!” she exclaimed. “First my husband went to the reception in his car, he had to park so far away. Then I went with my driver in my car, and he had to circle around four times after dropping me. Then my son also brought his car and he didn’t find parking at all!”…. They never see that they ARE part of the problem. I was once advised, when I wanted to walk about 3 km to Marina Beach in Chennai, “The traffic is terrible…you will be unsafe..take the car.” The person saying it had no clue of the irony in his words….he was genuinely concerned for my well-being.” When people realize that when they are complaining about the traffic, they can try and do something about it at least on a few occasions, our snarls may start improving!

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People-watching

September 30, 2011

I’m much entertained and educated at the various kolus that I visit. Little vignettes of life that I see in each drawing room seem as intriguing to me as the dolls decorated and arranged before us.

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Singing at Navaratri, 300911

September 30, 2011

I sing…. I sing for all the worlds that I see Spread before me In weird sizes, small and large Plastic grass, papier maiche mountains, Men, women and children of wood and mud. I sing for the idols Of gods and goddesses…. I sing for the gods and goddesses themselves, Not just their figurines. I enunciate the Sanskrit words That describe their attributes…. …A funny thing happens. My eyes close, and I lose myself. Am I amongst the dolls in front of me? Am I at the feet of the god whom I praise? I do not know where I am…. I do know….I am in the music. In the notes, the voice, The melody that escapes from my lips. It is my soul, emanating with my breath. I am deep within myself, and everywhere outside me, too. I suddenly see the perfect, ineffable beauty That the composer of the song saw. I yearn for it…. But the song comes to a close. I open my eyes, the spell reluctantly broken. I see admiring looks, faces filled with friendliness, Happy at my singing, compliments flow from those around me. I’m glad I’ve given others this pleasure.. But it is I who have experienced the most joy. I sing….not for the world; I sing for myself. And that’s why the world likes my singing.

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Kolu at Crystal, 290911

September 30, 2011

I decided to visit my friends Ganu and Hema, and their daughter, Janani, who’s recently come home for good, after having done her Masters’ degree at Pittsburgh. They always put up a lovely display for Navarathri:

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Boodi Ma on a boat, 170911

September 28, 2011

Those of you who are not interested in photos of GD…pass on please, this post is nothing but.

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Films and fashions...

September 27, 2011

I don’t know if it happens as often with Hollywood movies but Bollywood (Bombay or Mumbai, movie capital of India) certainly sets off fashions every now and then.

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What I wrote, three years ago

September 27, 2011

I don’t know why my LJ suddenly opened at the same date, but it did, and

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At the Supermarket, 260911

September 27, 2011

Obviously, I haven’t got too many images of GD to share, since I came back…but I just got a lovely one of her, with her special-sized trolley, at the store (I’d say this was Trader Joe’s)….

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Life Under Foot, Turahalli, 250911

September 26, 2011

Even the shortest step on a nature trail can yield something fascinating to the observer. I was walking down the path at Turahalli, when I looked down:

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Rolling through the SFO Bay....

September 26, 2011

We think of hard work only as something we do on our routine work, and something that is not fun…but occasionally the two come together.

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Indian Eagle Owl, Turahalli, 250911

September 26, 2011

A round dozen of us decided to go to Turahalli, yesterday morning (we’d also had a great time at the Zoo area on Saturday morning…. more about that later!)

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What I wrote to my birding egroup yesterday...

September 24, 2011

We’ve been discussing all sorts of birding here, but today I had the first-ever experience of post-birding birding.

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The Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple

September 24, 2011

When I visited Bangalore in 1989, we stayed with some friends in Jayanagar 9th Block, and visited a small hlllock, on which stood a small idol of the monkey God, AnjanEyA (son of Anjana). His other names are Hanuman (He of the broken chin), vAyuputrA (son the Wind)…in fact his 108 names are something that I recite every day, as he is one of my favourite Gods!

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Old and new, lasting and fleeting....

September 23, 2011

On the old, sits the new, like an interloper:

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Brightening up our doorsteps...

September 22, 2011

I love rangOli and kOlam, the traditional art of door and floor decoration. Is it art? culture? tradition? hospitality?

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I apologize (in advance) for inflicting this on you....

September 21, 2011

I got this forward from a friend:

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A friend

September 20, 2011

When I’m sinking into the slime of despondency… Holding me from sinking deep. When I’m wallowing in the mire of self-pity Helping me out…but gently, so that I do not slip in further. When my heart is weighed down with sorrow Being near me, perhaps talking to me, perhaps not… And knowing which to do, and when. When I’m happy, Sharing my joy When I’m smiling, Knowing why, without saying a word. When I’m cranky and whiny… Putting up with me, patiently Then making me realize my lot is not half as bad as I think it is. Being a rock of strength. My friend…you do all these things for me. I thank you. I thank my fate, that I have so many dear friends.

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Which image do YOU like better?

September 20, 2011

I just want to see what appeals more, visually.

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The Invisibles....

September 19, 2011

Recently, someone posted that there are many people on the pavements of our city who are invisible to us for the most part…

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Two curious creatures during the weekend...

September 19, 2011

There is such an incredible variety of creatures around us, it’s like having a treasure house surrounding us!

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Bannerghatta-Kaggalipura Road, 170911

September 18, 2011

To find out what this

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Happy Birthday, <LJ user=pondhopper>

September 17, 2011

Wishing Donna the very best for the years ahead!

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Portrait in Purple

September 16, 2011

A life amongst the flowers….

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Bengali verse, with punctuation

September 15, 2011

A brilliant piece of verse; Suhrita Majumdar Basak says it is a very old verse in Kolkata:

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Momix in Botanica

September 14, 2011

DnA ….that’s and

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No updates? at ALL?

September 14, 2011

I just checked my friends’ page and there are NO new entries….is that possible, when all I have to do is to be absent for a couple of days and I find that everyone has made the most interesting, debatable and intriguing posts?

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All these Days...

September 14, 2011

I got a message on my mobile phone, showing some AWFUL stick figures, and saying, “Happy World Tribal Day”.

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Cycling...and dogs

September 14, 2011

On the cycling group that I belong to, we’ve been having a big debate about cycling…and dogs…rather the menace that many cyclists face from dogs. Though some of us were only advocating getting stray dogs in the city neutered, several people thought we were advocating killing the dogs, and reacted heatedly, saying that dogs have as much right to life as we do, and must not be exterminated. In one instance where a young boy had allegedly been bitten to death by dogs, they quoted a newspaper report that said that the boy had been murdered, and THEN dogs had bitten his body, and that covered up the murder (which I think is as horrible.)

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The Deepest Sorrows

September 12, 2011

The deepest sorrows are those that one cannot share with any other person….they are the private wounds, that bleed into one’s heart and soul, opening up now and then, in spite of our best care….. for glimpses into one’s own personal hell.

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How to go broke travelling from Kochi to Bangalore

September 12, 2011

I’d booked a flight on Cleartrip dot com, and they’ve been reminding me to book my “free” ticket. The reason for those inverted commas was that they said only the base fare was free, and the taxes (which usually amount to 3 or 4 times the base fare) was to be paid by me.

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Asha Bhonsle

September 11, 2011

I watched two almost identical retrospectives on

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The Praying Mantis, Valley School, 100911

September 11, 2011

We generally dress in our oldest, dull-coloured clothes to go on nature trails, because many creatures are sensitive to bright colours, and vanish as soon they see such colours moving around. In Nature, blending in with one’s surroundings is often the key to survival…what stands out is often what’s eaten, and also what could be dangerous.

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Underwear messages

September 11, 2011
asked to get GD some baby underwear. She called back, saying that baby underwear tends to have....er... crappy messages on it.
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For those with kidney problems

September 9, 2011

Click

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Just flowers, from Lalbagh.....

September 8, 2011

Instead of writing about Profound Thoughts and boring the bejeesus out of everyone else, I feel it would be better to post pictures of a few lovely flowers and inflorescences that I have seen lately!

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Every day....

September 8, 2011

Every day, in the newspapers, there is one terrorist attack, which fills us with fear and sadness. I also realized that every day’s newspapers are the same…they contain:

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Points to Ponder, as Readers Digest says

September 7, 2011

PONDERISMS · I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes. · Life is sexually transmitted. · Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. · Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. · Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to? · All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. · How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? · Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, ‘I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out’? · If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests? · If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from? · Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster? · Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle? · Do you ever wonder why you gave me your email address?

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A hymn that I love

September 6, 2011

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

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If only....

September 6, 2011

From an internet forward that I got:

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When the day is over...

September 4, 2011

When the festival is over, Ganesha does not always merge with the elements and reach Kailasa as he is supposed to. He is often abandoned in public places:

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What to eat, buy and do....

September 3, 2011

Bendy Masala 020911 radha

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Promiscuity...what does it mean?

September 2, 2011

For my review of the play, “Amrita”, directed by the noted film-maker, M S Sathyu,

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Birds....of a feather

September 2, 2011

Life has been hectic….and with a lot of power cuts, and an erratic internet connection, I’ve not been able to post at all. I sang on stage this evening, at our apartment Ganapathi Puja..and it felt deeply satisfying. I realize I’ve neglected my music…

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The Missouri Conservationist

September 2, 2011

This is an excellent wildlife/conservation magazine, which I subscribe to in St.Louis…and of course, I thought of writing to them to appreciate them…and here’s my letter:

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Tapena wine, feta cheese, honey goat cheese, cilantro sour cream cheese, and indian cheese 280811

August 30, 2011

KM had brought back a selection of cheeses from the US, so when some friends suddenly decided to drop in, out they came, along with some Tapena wine….

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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 280811

August 30, 2011

Though I had planned to go on the Bird Watchers’ Field Club 4th Sunday outing to Sarjapura, several friends persuaded me to go to the Zoo area instead (which is, anyway, a great favourite with me!)…so off we went in the cool, cloudy, misty morning.

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How the day gets hijacked...mostly MY fault

August 27, 2011

Today…was supposed to be a day of intense writing. Having watched the play, “Amrita, A Sublime Love Story”, at Ranga Shankara, I am supposed to do the research on Amrita Pritam (and her abiding love for the lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi) and write the review for City Buzz. (I typed City Buss…!) Then, for Citizen Matters, I am writing about Priya Venkatesh’s trip to the South Pole…the first woman from Bangalore to have visited this continent.

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What a beauty parlour can offer...

August 26, 2011

beauty prlr sign 260811

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The morning newspapers

August 26, 2011

This was brought on by a discussion on Facebook, after I’d posted an observation, that the front page headlines of newspapers remain the same all the time… Vikram Hiresavi suggested I begin to get along without newspapers.

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God and the priest

August 24, 2011

At dawn this morning, I was standing in front of the Raghavendra matth (religious centre), when the temple was opened, and I watched the priest:

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Arranged marriage...a video...and my thoughts

August 23, 2011
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Sharing the pavement...

August 23, 2011

Walking down Malleswaram, I saw this strangely moving sight….it shows that our footpaths are put to far more uses than the BBMP envisions…

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Everyone identifies....

August 23, 2011

Not everyone is capable of starting a revolution, but sometimes, when one person stands up for a cause, many others identify with him.

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A sense of humour.... my questions

August 23, 2011

On my Facebook page, I posted a joke that was sent to me by a friend, and talked about one of the first jokes he'd enjoyed...and that set me musing about that sense that seems fairly rare in the animal kingdom...the sense of humour.

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Expect the unexpected

August 22, 2011

On the roads in Bangalore, you just never know what you are going to see, and when. Yesterday, I was going into Arikere Layout with my friend Jayashree, on her two-wheeler…and….

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JanmAshtami, 210811

August 21, 2011

There seems to be a little confusion as to which day JanmAshtami (the eight day of the lunar calendar, which, in this month, marks the birthday of Krishna) falls. Yesterday at my friend’s home, I was told it was yesterday. Today, when I visited my friends Hema and Ganu, she had just lit the lamp and made the little “foot marks” of the baby Krishna:

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View of Malleswaram and beyond...

August 21, 2011

I visited the home of my friends on the 19th floor in Mantri Greens, next Mantri Mall (an incredible mess to get to on a Saturday afternoon), but got this lovely view from the terrace:

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Memories of Forest Park...

August 20, 2011

Am off to Kalkere State Forest for the 3rd Sunday nature trail in a few hours,but meanwhile, was thinking of the many happy hours I’ve spent in Forest Park, St.Louis….

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Migraine Auras, and Scintillating Scotomata

August 20, 2011

For more than a year or two, I have, at random times, had the experience of a brightly pulsating, geometric-design spiral “unfurl” within my vision field….

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World Photography Day

August 19, 2011

I must have taken hundreds of photographs, but would like to share this image that a friend sent me, with all of you, for World Photography Day….

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GDs favourite...

August 19, 2011
sent the daycare (Urban Sprouts) this recipe that loves:
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Not just flying the flag....

August 18, 2011

On Independence Day, I found that almost every auto had a Tiranga flying:

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Short and sweet

August 18, 2011

Thanks to Sethu from Chennai for sending this along to me:

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Monsoon...rain, and rivers, and waterfalls

August 17, 2011

Water is everywhere during the monsoon; one drives through it….

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Uttara Kannada trip Vinuthas home stay, Gudavi, 130811

August 16, 2011

The trip to the land of the

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Four Blue Mormons....

August 15, 2011

In Gudavi,at Vinutha’s home stay, we were thrilled to get this lovely sight of four Blue Mormons, fluttering together:

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Thoughts on Independence Day

August 15, 2011

Celebrating one’s patriotism is not a matter of flying the flag on one day…it also means not littering, not breaking the rules, being polite and helpful to other Indians…EVERY day. Pride in one’s country should be a daily state of mind, not an occasional token statement. That minute of pride in the billowing Tiranga should extend into a lifetime of doing one’s best for one’s country.

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Cannot post comments at all...

August 12, 2011

I’ve just caught up with everyone’s posts from the past few days, but I am unable to post any comments, and it is SO frustrating for a loudmouth like me. I want to comment on Trish’s lovely pics of chillies fried in olive oil, I want to tell Gilda how much I admire her paring down: I want to tell Arun that his poem about his daughter’s cycling is wonderful…and so it goes…but I can’t.

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Tiruchirapalli, 100811

August 12, 2011

It was a jam-packed trip, and I managed to visit three temples and a hitherto unvisited cave temple, too….I’m off to Sirsi/Banavasi again later today and have just not had any time (a quick trip to the Bannerghatta-Kaggalipura Forest area with Rosita and her son Mark took away whatever little free time I had yesterday!)..so let me just post a few videos…I hope you don’t find them TOO boring…I love the train,which looks like a toy from the hill where I was standing, and driving through the gOpurams of the ancient temples!

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Tiruchirapalli

August 9, 2011

Off to

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Bomb Threat in downtown St.Louis, 080811

August 9, 2011

Yesterday, near the downtown area (very close to the Gateway Arch) where A works, someone spotted a small strolley, and it was treated as a bomb threat. (A took the two photographs from her office window.)

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Ragihalli, 070811

August 9, 2011

Since I realized that the chosen destination for Rathika Ramaswamy’s workshop field trip (Jaipurdoddi) was unsafe, as a tusker had been sighted there, I suggested that they join us at one of my favourite places…Ragihalli, both the sheet rock area, and the koLA (pond)…the second being a destination that not many people seem to know about.

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Upon the rocks, and under the clouds...

August 8, 2011

When two legs are not enough to take one everywhere, one resorts to four wheels….

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The pages of history...the walls of a house...

August 6, 2011

I went to attend a wildlife photography workshop by Rathika Ramaswamy, for Pixetra…but that’s not what this post is about. As I walked to the venue, I saw this old house…

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HP Unveils Non-Computer For Those Who Dont Need A Computer

August 5, 2011

HP Unveils Non-Computer For Those Who Don’t Need A Computer

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City Buzz

August 5, 2011

I’m contributing quite regularly, nowadays, to

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Hospital Visitors Menagerie

August 5, 2011

One would think that a hospital, being an abode of ailment, accidents, and amelioration, would be a sombre place, and one that could not, possibly, yield much in terms of entertainment. But no! Here’s the Hospital Visitor Multiple-Ring Circus! Behold the poor victim, The Patient (TP), lying hapless on hes (that’s her/his) bed of pain, with that pain sharply elevated by the following animals (except for the last-mentioned.)

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A R Rahman

August 3, 2011

One of the most talented music directors to shine in the tamizh film industry’s firmament is the still-young

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Telling stories....

August 2, 2011

I suddenly decided to read the Kenneth Anderson ombibus of stories again, and while reading “Tales of the Supernatural”, I paused while my mind went back to my childhood, and the days of being told horror stories.

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Information...sharing it...and withholding it

August 2, 2011

On a birding/wildlife egroup that I belong to, someone had asked where the Mottled Wood Owl could be seen in Bangalore, and several people had replied, saying that they can be seen in Lalbagh. To this, there have been several responses of protests, saying that if locations are shared, harm may result to the birds/wildlife. The latest email, expressing this point of view, goes:

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Satyam from NIgeria

August 2, 2011

I received this lovely forward:

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Troubling questions....

August 1, 2011

I’d like your reactions to this:

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LJ

July 31, 2011

Was there a good part about the LJ DDOS attack? For me, it was going out for two days, and not having to worry about how many interesting posts I’d missed!

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Snake in the Grass

July 31, 2011
, do NOT see this entry. Please go to the next friend's post
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Insurance often a racket

July 31, 2011

Frankly, I must say that I feel insurance in India is often a racket with no accountability. When the premiums are being collected and the papers signed, all is gas and gaiters, but if the consumer suffers a loss and wants to claim insurance, it is incredible how the insurance companies try (usually successfully) to weasel out of the claim settlement.

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Clouds....and colours

July 29, 2011

As we flew from Chennai to Bangalore, we almost immediately hit the rain-bearing monsoon clouds….first they were fluffy cotton wool fleecy:

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The Dreamcatcher

July 29, 2011

In my cousin’s car, I found a decoration that I was curious about:

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Upside Down...

July 29, 2011

Sometimes the world feels upside down, Sometimes a smile feels like a frown. But sometimes upside down is lovely too.. When you look into the water, at the view.

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Glad to see LJ back...and Missouri Conservationist

July 29, 2011

Apparently the DDOS attack this time was particularly vicious, so it felt good, when I opened up LJ just now, to have my favourite blog back! LJ people, thanks for the work you’ve put in to stave off the attack.

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Good Queue Design...

July 26, 2011

Good design is needed everywhere, not just in consumer products and clothes. In the early hours of the morning, after about 22 hours in the aircraft or at the gates of various airports, we had to jockey around, to join the various queues in front of the Immigration counters, trying to speculate which line would mean the least waiting time. Surely, a common queue, with the passenger at the head of the line going to the next available counter, would have been far more efficient (and, therefore,a better design) than these separate queues, especially when officials ask people to move from one line to another, which results in further chaos. Good design is people-friendly…but it always needs some imagination.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker, Livingston, New Jersey, 230711

July 23, 2011

When watching the House Sparrow, Common Grackles, and Northern Cardinals at the bird feeder on my cousin’s deck, I suddenly found a

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Moving on

July 22, 2011

lilies 210711 stl

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A watch for visually challenged people...lovely design

July 22, 2011

I was very impressed with the elegance of the design of this watch:

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Packing....

July 22, 2011

Packing is, I find, a very idiosyncratic process. I think each of us has a different way of packing! My way is to try and get some space where I can leave my suitcases, and keep throwing things into it; and then, at a suitable time (which I keep postponing, alas) I sit down and pack it all in properly.

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An Amazing Piece of Furniture....

July 21, 2011

I’ve seen a lot of

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A visit from the police

July 20, 2011

All the residents on our block got this email from the residents’ association (or whatever it is called!) a few days ago:

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Wrench time again

July 19, 2011

I know I have to go back home, and in many ways, I am looking forward to it; there is a lot of work (and life) waiting for me back home. I normally have a fairly neutral frame of mind, accepting the fact that my child, her spouse, and their child live very far away from me…and that when they lead happy lives of their own, we are both fine.

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Goldfinch, Forest Park, 160711

July 18, 2011

Early in the morning, I went off for my usual walk to Forest Park, and the weather was kind enough to allow me to wander around for two and a half hours! And one of the last things that delighted me was the sight of a beautiful litle

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Car on fire....

July 17, 2011

We were driving down to Columbia, Missouri, yesterday, when a huge plume of black smoke alerted us that something was wrong:

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Songs the Nations Sing

July 16, 2011

Sometimes I feel that patriotism, or its negative form, jingoism, causes a lot of strife in this world. We are , I think, now so interconnected that surely we don’t belong to just ONE country any more? I feel just as comfortable in Europe or the US or in Africa, because I do feel that people are the same everywhere…it’s just that customs may differ, and appearances. But the emotions and ties the bind us and the thoughts and ideas that move us, seem to be much the same all over the world.

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A miss is as good as a mile...

July 14, 2011

Missed meeting by just about thirty miles, a few hours...and

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Rainbows

July 14, 2011

dbl rnbw 120711

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, St.Louis, 130711

July 14, 2011

I was actually on my way to the Muny to watch the musical, “The Little Mermaid”, but this beauty stopped me in my tracks:

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Another KTB post

July 13, 2011

We have at home, a reader of books…

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Another Yellow Lotus...

July 13, 2011

When I posted about the

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Malvika meets the owls...

July 13, 2011

The Great Horned Owls are some of the most stunning wildlife I’ve been observing in Forest Park.

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The Yellow Lotus, Forest Park, 110711

July 12, 2011

This morning I took Malvika to see the minks, and we did see them, though they were not cavorting at our feet like they sometimes do…but the treasure of the day was happening upon a stand (or a float?) of

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History beneath my feet....

July 11, 2011

History lives on in fossilized bones; In memories, written chronicles, inscribed palm leaves. It whispers in crumbling buildings’ ancient eaves; But it also echoes in cobblestones. As I walk on these bricks with a pensive tread; I muse on the hundreds of people, now dead, Who walked and rode their horses over stones like these. Their steps echo in my heart, across the centuries. The light on the street seems to shine from the past… Beyond my future, it seems, the paving stones will last.

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Happy Birthday

July 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to ! I don't know her email id so wishing you this way!

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When conversations disappoint

July 9, 2011

I’d “e-met” someone through email, when I added him as someone belonging to a e-group that I moderate. I found that he had a sense of humour, was very atypical of his general demographic (I can’t be more specific), seemed to write well, and be interested in many unusual things. So, when I came to the US, I was looking forward to talking to him.

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After the workout

July 8, 2011

When Amma

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Spam on LJ

July 8, 2011

Why am I getting so much of spam comments on LJ? Makes me feel like quitting.

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Another delightful baby....

July 7, 2011

Yesterday I posted the pictures of a little one at home…here’s a little one who came and unabashedly looked up at me in Des Peres Creek, in Forest Park!

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Death of a Parrot...

July 7, 2011

“Hello, Senor Rod? This is Ernesto, the caretaker at your country house.” “Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?” “Um, I am just calling to advise you, Senor Rod, that your parrot, he is dead”. “My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?” “Si, Senor, that’s the one.” “Damn! That’s a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?” “From eating the rotten meat, Senor Rod.” “Rotten meat? Who the hell fed him rotten meat?” “Nobody, Senor. He ate the meat of the dead horse.” “Dead horse? What dead horse?” “The thoroughbred, Senor Rod.” “My prize thoroughbred is dead?” “Yes, Senor Rod, he died from all that work pulling the water cart.” “Are you insane? What water cart?” “The one we used to put out the fire, Senor.” “Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?” “The one at your house, Senor! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire.” “What the hell? Are you saying that my mansion is destroyed because of a candle?!” “Yes, Senor Rod.” “But there’s electricity at the house! What was the candle for?” “For the funeral, Senor Rod.” “WHAT BLOODY FUNERAL??!!” “Your wife’s, Senor Rod. She showed up very late one night and I thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your golf club.” SILENCE……….. LONG SILENCE………VERY LONG SILENCE. “My new Ping G15 204g titanium head golf club with the TFC 149D graphite shaft? Ernesto, if you broke that driver, you’re in deep shit!”

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In St.Louis....

July 7, 2011

In St.Louis, at the home of DnA, cushions sometimes have feet:

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Venality in the IAS

July 6, 2011

I was watching this video, where an honest and committed IAS officer talks about the Service, and “babu”dom, and several people who realized their dreams:

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Wild Flowers....Forest Park, 010711

July 6, 2011

The Coneflowers are blooming all over Forest Park, and for once, I thought I’d post just a single photo of their wild beauty:

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Flowers in the Night Sky Independence Day Fireworks, 020711

July 6, 2011

There were fireworks at 9.15 pm scheduled on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July at the Gateway Arch. We went on the 2nd….on the 3rd, rain resulted in the fireworks being cancelled, and on the 4th, we looked up at the sky at the fireworks everyone around us was letting off (private fireworks are permitted on the 4th of July.)…and enjoyed the flowers in the sky from home.

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The difference

July 5, 2011

If it is “Manjunatha Stores”, selling cotton shirts, they will be Rs.200.

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Something I certainly live by....

July 5, 2011

I found this at the bottom of the forward I got:

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St.Louis Air Show, 020711

July 4, 2011

Life has been very hectic…visitors, visiting, travel, a lot of activities over the long (July 4th) weekend… well, one outing I enjoyed very much indeed was to the Air Show on Saturday, though the temperature was over 100 deg F, and felt like 100 deg C, sultry and stifling….

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So much happening...

July 2, 2011

I was going to finish unpacking, the cooking and the laundry, and post about some of our journey home…but I have other things to look forward to, and that includes

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My great-grand-daughter has arrived

June 29, 2011

We had three doctors in Ocala this time, so I cannot fault KTB for arranging to have her delivery here….

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Games that we play....

June 29, 2011

Being a large family has some great advantages; playing games (alas, until 2 am each morning) is great fun and we don’t need any other form of entertainment at all!

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A 4G photograph....

June 27, 2011

Derek’s dad Jim (who lives in Portland, Maine) and grand-dad Bob (who lives two hours away, near Daytona Beach, Florida…Jim’s visiting him for a week) drove over to visit us at Kumar’s place, and it was a memorable moment to see four generations of Shaffers on the couch:

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Out of the aircraft window.....

June 26, 2011

I always love having the window seat, but on the flight from St.Louis to Orlando, I got only an aisle one. Yet, as I saw the sun sinking in oranges and reds, I started aiming the camera….and the gentleman in the window seat (the middle one was vacant, luckily!), a paralegal from Orlando, asked me if I’d like the window. I accepted with alacrity!

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Ocala, Florida 250611

June 25, 2011

We got here very late and this morning, got up to find the house full of immediate and extended family….and it feels good to catch up with everyone again….some of my relatives I am meeting again after long years!

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Visit to Principia College with Stephen Silha and Gordon Barnett, 220611

June 25, 2011

I’ve posted a lot of photos of the visit, to my Facebook album; you can use your FB account to view them

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Anklet at the Bell Convention, 230611

June 25, 2011

We went to see the bells exhibited at the Bell Convention yesterday, because

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Images with words....Forest Park, 230611

June 24, 2011

Today was overcast but there was decent light, and it was mid-morning when I decided to go for a long walk. I went to Danny’s Hide, by about 11.30am….but I could only see the mother mink swimming back and forth; once she had a crayfish in her mouth, but she dipped under water before I could get a shot of here.couldn’t stay very long though, had to leave.

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Optimism

June 23, 2011

I am, in general, a happy person and prefer to believe that difficulties will sort themselves out, and when I see a random poster somewhere that says the same thing, I love it!

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No way to convey appreciation

June 23, 2011

Photobucket

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Visit of Stephen Silha and Gordon Barnett, St.Louis

June 23, 2011

Prelude: Two snorers (KM and KTB), two yakkers (AM and HS), and one thrasher (KTB)= woken up from sleep and hopeless to get back!

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The Japanese Beetle (no, its not a new small car)

June 22, 2011

I’ve been itching to use the macro on the S30, so when a

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Ballet Dancer

June 21, 2011

Caution: this is an AWWW post and probably not of interest to anyone not related to KTB :)

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The mink...at last....

June 20, 2011

This post is for

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A delightful procession....and an unexpected sighting

June 19, 2011

Saw this duck-walk and was totally enchanted, this morning!

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Storms, Colours and a lovely walk....

June 18, 2011

I went for a walk to the

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So fur and no fur-there...the Mink

June 17, 2011

I truly do think That the semi-acquatic Mink Needs its own fur coat To keep afloat In chilly, bone-freezing water; If a modiste wants fur, Deny it to her: She mustn’t wear mink…or even otter.

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Des Peres Creek and my first (lousy) photograph of the Mink...

June 17, 2011

Since that’s about the only useful thing I do all day (I don’t want to tell you about my cooking and the laundry!)…let me take you on this morning’s walk to Forest Park and the short stint at the Des Peres creek….

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Fire and Ice

June 16, 2011

As we returned from the Taming of the Shrew, we were crossing the usual Fire Station (E30, that I have written about

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Mulberries...and Cobweb

June 16, 2011

I never knew just what

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Of scripts,language, and punctuation marks....

June 16, 2011

While reading a book this morning,(Georgette Heyer’s “Faro’s Daughter”,if you are interested!) I fell to musing on the various scripts in which our languages are set down. I’ve learnt English from early childhood, and it took me, therefore, a while to realize that its script is most quirky…..compared to the orderliness of the scripts of most Indian languages.

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The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare in the Park, 2011 130611, Forest Park

June 15, 2011

Here’s the 1950’s set of the play:

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My extremely originally-worded blogpost

June 14, 2011

At this point in time, I am sort of figuring out what to write, man. At the end of the day, all said and done, I want more people, you know, to check this out, like, for original language. I don’t want them to think I’m being majorly cliched, and so on and so forth.

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Shakespeare in the Park, 130611

June 14, 2011

We went to watch

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The Bear, the Octopus, and the Bunny

June 14, 2011

Jeddy Narayan is a bear of somewhat ancient vintage; he’s the only bear I know, who has moved from Europe to Asia to America.

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Suddenly realized...... )

June 12, 2011

Thomas Marklin

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N L Naryanan, 1921-2011

June 11, 2011

N L Narayanan, or N Lakshminarayanan, to give him his full name, was my uncle….to be precise, my mother’s younger sister’s husband. He was known to the family as “Ambi” (a dimunitive of “thambi” or younger brother, being, as he was, the youngest of three sons). (My own father, in another Thanjavur variation of this nickname, was “Ambu”….though he was the eldest child!)

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Out in the morning....090611

June 10, 2011

Since the days are so hot, and there is no relief, the only thing I can do is to go for my walk very early in the morning; I leave at 5.30am. This morning, I also thought I’d look in at the Mink Hole, as Danny calls the waterfall area. So it was a two-hour walk.

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Some more smiles....

June 8, 2011

Each of these made me smile.

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A forward thats quite backward....

June 8, 2011

Here’s the forward, first:

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This problem of colour....

June 8, 2011

I’ve been speaking to an Indian friend of mine (we were LJ friends before we met face-to-face) and this friend’s choice of spouse is being heavily criticised by the parents…on the basis of that person’s “not being fair”. No, not “fair” as in “fair and kind and just”…it’s just that the intended spouse in dark-skinned. There seems to be no worry at all about what sort of a person this intended spouse is going to be….it’s as if a fair skin automatically brings with it intelligence, wisdom, and a loving personality!

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Hardly knew it....an earthquake

June 8, 2011

According to the news report

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Forest Park, 050611

June 6, 2011

This morning, I decided to go and meet

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Some signs that I got as a forward...

June 6, 2011

I got these as a forward from a friend, I’m posting them without comment!

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The Red-eared Sliders in Forest Park

June 5, 2011

It was almost exactly a year ago that I posted about

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Priya Venkatesh..the Polish Woman....

June 5, 2011

I call this dear friend of mine, the Polish Woman, because…she went to the South Pole recently…something that not many of us are likely to do.

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Common Birds in Forest Park, 020611

June 4, 2011

I’ve posted all the pictures from my long walk to my Facebook album, which (if you have a Facebook account) you can see if you

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Jefferson City, Missouri, 300511

June 3, 2011

On the way back from the Lake of the Ozarks, we had a brief halt at

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HOW much?

June 3, 2011

Are you aware that a bottle can contain more than 100%?

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The Bangalore I moved into....

June 1, 2011

This morning, as I walked in Forest Park, I inhaled the heady scent of the magnolia blossoms, and though I am not a nostalgic person usually, the scent evoked memories of what I call the “pre-IT Bangalore”…the sleepy, lovely city that we moved into, in 1988. One of the loveliest memories from those days is that of inhaling the scent of the Sampige trees as I walked, and cycled, in Cubbon Park…

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Memorial Day Eve Fireworks, Lake Osage, 290511

June 1, 2011

We watched a lovely firework display as part of the Memorial Day eve celebrations at Lake Ossage:

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The hike and the return home, 300511

June 1, 2011

On our last day at the Lake of the Ozarks, Memorial Day, we decided to go on a short hike…the hike had to be short because of two reasons….several things (including a very late night the previous evening!) made a very late start, and it was rather hot and humid.

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Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, 28 and 290511

May 29, 2011

We’re spending this (Memorial Day) weekend at the Tan-Tar-A resort in the Lake of the Ozarks:

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Back to the Owls....

May 28, 2011

I’d wanted to go and renew my acquaintanceship with the

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Messages....

May 28, 2011

I found these three “message rocks” in front of KTB’s daycare:

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Very useful....

May 28, 2011

Sometime’s it’s not the car….

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How to say no....

May 26, 2011

I’ve been having conversations with a couple of friends; one is waiting for a response on the personal front, and another, on the professional front. And a feature that strikes me as common to both these processes of waiting is the way a “no” is communicated.

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Kabini Mammals and Others 14 and 150511

May 26, 2011

The creatures of Kabini…well, the large ones are what I am talking about here (remember the yellow-thighed tarantula that I photographed in

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A new one... from Pushpa Hayley

May 25, 2011

Ascroft .Pushpa

Hi,I just came back from oversea trip to Scotland.I am Miss.Pushpa.A.Hayley,I work with Avocet Mining PLC in UK as assistant senior supervisor.We may not know ourselves for now but it is my heart desire to take vacation leave from our company to visit India for the first time because my father originally came from New Delhi in India and my mother from Indonesia.It is no longer a news that Asia is developing so fast and catching up with developed countries with a lot of tourist attraction centers,it gives me so much joy because I want to witness it and be part of it.

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Walks in Forest Park....

May 24, 2011

Though I am usually up at 3.30am, I carry on with my walk to, and in, Forest Park…

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Birds of Kabini, 14 and 150511

May 24, 2011

This trip to Kabini was a real bonanza in terms of birds; we sighted a 103 or 104 species of birds in the two days that we were there, and also got to observe a lot, rather than just looking and passing on.

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Surgery Financtomy

May 22, 2011

operate for you 210511 stl

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The Weary Traveller

May 22, 2011

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An article I wrote in October or so...

May 22, 2011

here

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What I wrote to Ameen Ahmed, two years ago...

May 19, 2011

I just got a reply from Ameen Ahmed, who was very active on the wildlife front in the Tumkur area before he joined WWF (that’s NOT the World Wrestling Federation.)…he said he’d drafted a reply to me but suddenly spotted it only now!

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Spots...and stripes...

May 19, 2011

No, we didn’t get that “apex of sightings” (according to the Artificial Heirarchy of Jungle Sightings, developed by wildlife tourists)…no stripes. But on two of the three safaris we went on, we spotted spots. Here’s Panthera pardus, giving us a profile pose, nonchalantly:

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Crisis of Civilization A Journey with Tagore Play Review

May 18, 2011

You can read it

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How to underpay a freelance writer

May 18, 2011
  1. Suggest a rate of payment when that author starts writing for you. For five years, never increase the rate, during which time period, the cost of living has shot up incredibly. Compare the price of petrol between 2006 and now, in India…or the cost of, say, tuvar dal.
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Hardly any time...

May 17, 2011

Had to go to Chennai for some Orrible Essential Paperwork and got back just now. My laptop was not able to pick up on the cable internet in Chennai.

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Kabini, 14 and 150511

May 16, 2011

It was an incredibly eventful trip,apart from the stupendous variety of sightings and observations we had at Kabini….what events, you ask?

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My daughter, when she was very young...

May 13, 2011

I suddenly thought of the things that delighted me when my daughter was young..

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Two Years Old....

May 13, 2011

The photographs of KTB were sent by the other grandmother, who’s called “Nanna” and who lives in Portland, Maine. The grandparents had come over for her second birth anniversary (I had been there the previous two April 29’s!) and I enjoyed the photographs they sent…

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A morning with the Spotted Owlets....

May 13, 2011

It was an NTP outing…. I accompanied Radha and Shreeram to Lalbagh this morning.

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Verse...and Re-Verse

May 12, 2011

Someone whom I’ve yet to meet face-to-face, but who has impressed me with his many-faceted skills, wrote this and emailed it to me!

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Artificial Heirarchy of the JungleThe Tiger Fixation

May 12, 2011

I do understand that the tiger is an icon of the Indian jungles, and it is endangered, probably critically so. It’s always been the dream of the wildlife enthusiast, and the wildlife photographer, to get a sighting, and a good photograph, of the tiger.

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The Play-doh Fiend

May 12, 2011

boodi playdoh 080511

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Just Look Up... Book Review

May 11, 2011

To read about this book on trees, click

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Dentists....

May 11, 2011
posted this about his daughter visiting the dentist:
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Another Sumin Post

May 10, 2011

“Sumin”, as my young daughter used to say, is what I do regularly in the summer. Sumin is such a great all-round exercise; and if there is a pool in your own apartment building, like I have, you don’t have to brave the city traffic to get to the pool, either. A quick change of costume, and there I am, ready to slip into the pool (this is a nice way of ssying that I am still afraid to jump in!).

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Bird Watchers Field Club 2nd Sunday Outing to Lalbagh 080511

May 9, 2011

Sometimes one does not have to see many species of birds (or animals or insects) in order to feel very satisfied with a nature outing. And it is fun to meet up with so many like-minded people.

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A huge compliment on Mothers Day....

May 9, 2011

I forgot that 's post was friends only, so, with her permission, I am reproducing her words...

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Can you believe this? It took me a while to....

May 7, 2011

Read

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Hulimangala, Nature Trail, 070511

May 7, 2011

It was a baker’s dozen…Alexis,Chandu, Fauzia, Gopal,Hrishikesh, Neha,Priyanka, Neha, Sushil,Tharangini, Vaibhav, Yash, and I…who went to Hulimangala this morning (070511). The sun came up as we stopped near the magnificient stand of trees….

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Articles on Kalyan Varma

May 6, 2011

I met in January 2005; he had just quit his I T job and was a volunteer naturalist with JLR in K.Gudi then. I did not know, then, that we were seeing a young man at the beginning of a long and momentous journey.

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Livelihoods on the Pavement

May 5, 2011

Our pavements (or footpaths or sidewalks) are very interesting places. No bland stretch of tiles or cement for us; we have a rich variety of life teeming on our footpaths (indeed, I often think they are called footpaths because the local Government makes them a foot higher than the road…so they are not meant for the easy use of pedestrians, but for people to earn their livelihoods on space-without-rent!)

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Why is it so hard....

May 4, 2011

Why is it so hard to have unalloyed joy? I went for a walk to do a lot of chores, and was actually singing under my breath, I was so happy. The sun was out; after the rain, everything was washed and free of dust… I was enjoying myself.

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Past, Present and Future...

May 3, 2011

Here’s a nice image of the past and the present, juxtaposed…

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Why this post in particular?

May 2, 2011

This particular post

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Osama bin Laden, d.2011

May 2, 2011

It’s taken 10 years, but Osama bin Laden is dead, killed in Pakistan.

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Lovely, light-hearted song...

May 2, 2011

Thank you for posting this.

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The Small Hours...

May 2, 2011

I get profound, earth-shaking thoughts and insights at 2.45 am in the morning. By 6 am, they are gone, and I have nothing to write about!

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Paradise Lost

May 1, 2011

I was musing on humankind’s relationship with Nature, and it struck me forcibly that humankind’s need to dominate the environment is the source of much of the problems our planet faces now. Ohter animals, and humanity, in days gone by, were part of the environment, and accepted it as such; they have (had) no need to tame what was around them. But humankind…has become different. We need to tame the trees to manageable proportions, we need to tame plants to give us food, we need to tame animals to do our work for us…and we need to tame the forces of Nature to do our bidding, too. Development, to us, is not the sustainable path of use that can be cyclically replenished, but the “let’s take more” model that lands us in difficulties. We don’t want certain animals, and birds, and insects, and organisms, near us, or in us…. we work to eliminate them. We want others for our own short-term needs (or just desires)..and in the process, almost eliminate them. We want a particular thing and don’t seem to count the cost of getting it by eliminating others. We build a pyramidal model of dependence, and are surprised that it is not sustainable. We break the interconnected web of existence…and exclaim when it floats in tatters around us.

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Diatoms

April 30, 2011

Though the bird count at the Bannerghatta Zoo area was on the low side today (this seemed to be more of an “audio” than a “visual” day, with many more birds being heard than seen!)…we did see a lot of interesting stuff as usual. Here’s one:

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It was actually an Indian royal wedding today...

April 29, 2011

I was tickled pink to get this after watching the Will Kate (Yes, will she? was the question!)…wedding…

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Nandi Hills...the creatures...

April 28, 2011

Sunday’s trip to Nandi Hills was particularly satisfying, as Kannan had his wish for the Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher fulfilled..really FULL filled! Here are two poses by the beautiful bird:

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Highways in India...

April 28, 2011

I feel that highway driving in India has always been hazardous, and it continues to be so. Earlier, highways were single-lane roads, and it was, obviously, dangerous having the oncoming traffic, and the oncoming headlights, coming at you under all kind of conditions…night driving, rain, and so on. One slip on the part of an oncoming vehicle could mean disaster, no matter how careful one was as a driver.

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A beautiful wedding....

April 27, 2011

I attended a lovely wedding today; here are the happy couple, exchanging garlands, a ritual signifying one soul in two bodies:

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A childhood favourite....

April 27, 2011

I don’t even remember how, or when, I learnt this song. I think I learnt it by osmosis! I didn’t know that it was a movie song, and I didn’t know the movie. I just suddenly decided to google for it….and there it was…in Asha Bhonsle’s lovely voice.

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Nandi Hills...the people and the scenery....

April 26, 2011

Having had to postpone our trip to Nandi Hills due to torrential rains on Saturday, we decided to make the trip on Sunday morning, and Anand, Kannan, Priyanka, Sushil, Vaibhav, and I left at 4.30am on Sunday morning.

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Tailorbird......home decor, Nandi Hills, 240411.

April 25, 2011

We had a very productive and enjoyable trip to Nandi Hills on Sunday; the trip was postponed from Saturday, when it poured buckets. On Sunday, too, we did contend with very low light for the better part of the morning…but Nandi Hills never disappoints.

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No need for bachelors to marry....

April 25, 2011

Why go to all the expense of getting married, when easier solutions are advertised at the top of Nandi Hills?

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Valley School, 220411

April 23, 2011

Kannan had wanted me to take him to Valley School, but earlier, there were too many people coming, so we went to Ragihalli instead. But this Friday, though it kept raining pretty heavily, Chandu, Kannan, Jayashree and I set off….. the rain actually made several things more beautiful…look for example at these lovely berries, dripping diamonds!

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Where to wash your hands....

April 23, 2011

This was sent by A Madrasi in Missouri…

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Urdu Verse....

April 21, 2011

Unki gali se guzre..ajeeb ittefaq tha Unho ne phool phenka..gamla bhi saath tha.

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Durga on the Lion...

April 21, 2011

Durga, the slayer of the Buffalo-demon, Mahishasura, appears astride a lion:

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Unexpected Scrap from the Distant Past....

April 20, 2011

This morning, KM suddenly took out a disintegrating scrap of paper from his wallet and said, “Write this down for me on a stronger piece of paper.”

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Words in a huddle, sorry, puddle, sorry, muddle....

April 20, 2011

On the cycling mailng list I belong to, we are having a discussion about how “peddle” is often being used instead of “pedal”…so here’s my usual erudite, serious contribution:

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Mangoes...Unripe

April 19, 2011

One of the pleasures of the summer is certainly….mangoes! From the most unripe to the most ripe, we can enjoy mangoes in a variety of ways…and with unripe mangoes, we can make a variety of pickles.

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How long?

April 19, 2011

Often, I come across topics of great interest to me…but if the article or write up is very lengthy, I find that I start skimming towards the end, and perhaps (though I don’t like to think so) missing important points. So I was wondering…how long should write ups and articles be?

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Amphibians......

April 18, 2011

Frogs and toads…their new scientific names are quite horrific. Gone are the simple old days of Rana and Bufo. Now, Seshadri the Frogman informs me…. there are names like Fejervarya, Philautus which is now Raorchestes…..! and then, he says, there is Nasikabatrachus (nasika=nose batracha=frog meaning pig nosed frog!)

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Seeing a bird for the first time....

April 18, 2011

As we wandered along the edge of the half-dry Dodda Kere (Large Lake) in Anekal, my friend Chandu suddenly stood stock-still, gazing intently into a thicket of reeds at the water’s edge. “Hey!” he called, in a carefully pitched monotone, “I think I’m seeing a crake here, come over!”

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3rd Sunday Outing of Birdwatchers Field Club Anekal Lake, 170411

April 17, 2011

Geetanjali had mandated a bright and early start, but of course all of us arrived at intervals, so each us seemed to find our own way down into the semi-dried Anekal Lake bed, and moved around to try and spot the birds.

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Ragihalli, 160411

April 16, 2011

Let me begin with this lovely

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An observation

April 16, 2011

If a friend tells you, “All my other friends are shit, you are the only nice one,” you may be sure that you are going to join the shit-list shortly thereafter.

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Elephants Together

April 15, 2011

Here is one of the magnificient beasts that I saw in Kaziranga….

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KTB and the Ambulance.....

April 14, 2011

At

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புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்

April 14, 2011

புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

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Tree-dwellers of Kaziranga....

April 13, 2011

No, I’m not referring to the birds here! There were two creatures that my friends were very eager to see….the

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Pun-jab....

April 13, 2011

Thanks to Vittal for these!

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High as a Kite....

April 12, 2011

…and that subject title is literally correct, as when I was taking these photographs, a Black Kite soared past on the thermals at eye level.

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The Water Buffalo, Kaziranga Western Range, 030411

April 12, 2011

The Asiatic Wild Buffalo, found is Assam, is the species from which all buffaloes here are descended…or related to. And we had one lovely scene in Assam, when the Wild Buffalo proved how it could easily become the Water Buffalo that we are used to everywhere, in our country!

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Posting on LJ....

April 11, 2011

Posting on LJ at the usual times has become nearly impossible. I am unable to post, unable to open friends’ posts, and if I finally do, I can’t comment.

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Girl Children...

April 11, 2011

On a mailing list that I belong to, we’ve been having a discussion about the increasingly skewed sex ratios in India (there are less females to x no. of males than there ought to be.). Someone then wrote:

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Scientific names...

April 11, 2011

Scientific names are a very valuable id tool, and that the unique names mean that they won’t let anyone get confused.

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Desire Society, and the Cuckooshrike.....

April 10, 2011

Priyanka, one of the people who volunteers regularly at the

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The Challenge....

April 8, 2011

We first watched this magnificient tusker cross the jeep path in the Kaziranga Central Range:

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Ive volunteered.....

April 7, 2011

I read in Citizen Matters about

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KTB

April 7, 2011

She’s halfway across the world, and occasional “skyping” is the way I keep in touch. But I love the anecdotes that make their way across the ocean….

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Some butterflies in Assam....

April 7, 2011

When we went to Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, on the last day of our (well, Gopal and I….Vinay and Yash are still not back!) trip to Assam, butterflies were certainly not on my mind. I wanted Gopal to see the Hoolock Gibbons, and perhaps some of the other macaques.

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Autostereograms

April 7, 2011

Many years ago, KM’s brother bought us two books, where unexpected 3-D images would “pop” out of the printed mass of patterns on the page.

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Finally, my laptop is back...

April 6, 2011

…But I am still stuck with some pics on my iPad, some on the HP tablet, and some on this one…collating all of it is going to take a while, and I hope I have the patience to Get A Round Tuit!

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Rage...

April 6, 2011

At 8.30 pm on the 4th of April, I took the BIAS Vayu Vajra (BIAS 12, to KuVemPu Nagara)nfrom the airport to my home.

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City Buzz Blog

April 6, 2011

here

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It IS.....

April 5, 2011

Found this lovely name on a restaurant signboard on the way back from Kaziranga…

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Nimishamba Temple, and Ranganathittu, 290311

March 31, 2011

Yesterday, thanks to

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Honest sign....

March 31, 2011

I enjoyed seeing this at Nandi Hills:

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Silhouettes The Spinning Dancer

March 31, 2011

Was thinking about silhouettes after 's comment on my "foot fun" photographs, and I remembered one of my favourites....an optical illusion, too,

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Chumma jusht for no reason....

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…

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Simplwasity...

March 29, 2011

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

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An Utter Pain....

March 29, 2011

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

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Work...

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”.

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BWFC, 4th Sunday Outing to 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.

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Beauty routine....

March 26, 2011

She primps…

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God....and animal worship

March 26, 2011

If God is great….

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Some more one-liners from an internet forward

March 25, 2011

[1] Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.

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Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli

March 25, 2011

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

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Proud as a.....no, two....

March 25, 2011

pccks chmbl 270111

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Architecture...

March 25, 2011

Architecture….can be just solid oblongs of colour…

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Two posts from this time, last year....

March 24, 2011

the Housefinches

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Never Trust A Cricketer...

March 23, 2011

NEVER TRUST A CRICKETER

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Pamphlets with the newspapers...

March 22, 2011

Insertion of pamphlets in newspapers

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Sun Kola

March 22, 2011

While we were waiting interminably (3pm to 5.30pm!) for a bus from Dadigal village to Denkanikotta on Saturday, Geetanjali decided to try out a “local” drink…

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Watching old movie videos...

March 22, 2011

I know that it is the lovely music that makes me go to Youtube to revisit old hits….but since I was (and am not) a regular movie-goer, I’d never seen most of the movies that these songs are from, and so I also like to see the visual part of the song.

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Some more signs...

March 21, 2011

On our way around Mathigiri,and Denkanikotta, I spotted a lot of interesting stuff….

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I disagree...

March 21, 2011

One of the great things about good friends is that you can disagree with their views and not have it affect the friendship at all….in fact, in some ways, it seems to strengthen it!

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3rd Sunday Outing, Bird Watchers Field Club, 200311

March 21, 2011

The 3rd Sunday outing, this time to the Hulimangala area, was a very enjoyable one, with a huge stand of majestic trees that were truly breathtaking to see…and which we must enjoy before the “development” of our city wipes them out. However, squinting up into the trees to see the birds meant that birding was,literally, a pain in the neck!

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Shooting of a Movie...

March 18, 2011

Yesterday, at the mall near my home, I watched the dance sequences of a movie being shot…all through the day.

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Some of the trees flowering in Bangalore.....

March 17, 2011

As you go around the city, don’t forget to see the flowers of spring and summer, in all their glory…..here they are:

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The leaves of spring...

March 17, 2011

Feels like summer, but some of the trees think it is spring….

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The rest of the sentence...

March 16, 2011

These sentences are supposed to have been completed by first graders…whether that’s true or not, I enjoyed them!

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After Reading a Poem

March 16, 2011

Words… Have the power to move me. They are birds That beat their wings In my heart…. The song each bird sings Can be a balm…or a dart That may make me think…and improve me.

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Lovely words.....

March 16, 2011

A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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Cubbon Park, 150311

March 15, 2011

Cubbon Park

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Wall for rent

March 15, 2011

Others may build garden walls, but you can rent them:

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One of Biddles favourites....

March 14, 2011

For many months, KTB used to listen to this song every day…let me post it before a copyright violation takes away this one, too, as happened to “poo pOla poo pOla pirakkum”…

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A grim war.....

March 14, 2011

A group of NTP members…Radha, Shreeram, Tharangini, and I…decided to bear off our Guru-G, Karthik, to Valley School on Sunday morning, and one of the highlights of the trip was a desperate battle that we witnessed.

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Valley School, 130311

March 13, 2011

Alas, I have to agree that it’s FAR simpler to post photographs (hi res, too!) and write the narrative on Facebook, than it is to post the pics to Photobucket, caption them, copy and past to LJ, and then write the text!

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The Hijdas of Bangalore...

March 12, 2011

here

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Moving out,moving on....

March 12, 2011

When, in a relationship or a business partnership, is it a good time to move out? The answer, I think, is never…is there ever a good time to announce that you are done with something that was good, but isn’t (at least, to you) any more? No time is a good time. Such an announcement is always greeted with surprise, dismay, anger or even emotional (or organizational) blackmail (or sops in the form of increased pay or perks)….but I have yet to see many instances of the party of the other part taking a breakup on any kind in a good and mature spirit, accepting that yes, indeed, the time has come to move on.

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Kisses...

March 11, 2011

The butterfly kisses the marigolds…

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Crows....

March 11, 2011

Crows are so intelligent, they can read English….

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Flash...and Sunlight....

March 10, 2011

The morning sun pours directly into our front balcony, so I often lower the “chick” (bamboo screens) to lessen the glare.

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D and GD are leaving tonight...

March 9, 2011

My life will go back to its ordered ways, after the hurricanes and chaos…..there will be no one to grin impishly at me…no one to ask me not to cook as today is “Bhavani Chats” day or “Nagarjuna Chimney” day…..no one to eat up the bread upma that’s been a favourite from her childhood….no one to cuddle on my lap as the milk gets drunk…..

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A less welcome sign of summer...

March 9, 2011

The Golden Trumpet and Jacaranda flowers may be carpeting the ground as a sign of summer… .but another sight, that is full of colour, but that is far less welcome, is one that’s started staring me in the eye:

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Basavanagudi....Gandhi Bazaar...

March 7, 2011

here are some images

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The Bedsheet Demon

March 5, 2011

Here’s a pic of my daughter, calmly and peacefully asleep.

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Time Out

March 4, 2011

When KTB does something naughty (oh, yes, she often does something knowing perfectly well that it is not acceptable!), she is not smacked, but told, “Time out!”….which means, she must go to a corner and stand there with her face to the wall.

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Time Out

March 4, 2011

When KTB does something naughty (oh, yes, she often does something knowing perfectly well that it is not acceptable!), she is not smacked, but told, “Time out!”….which means, she must go to a corner and stand there with her face to the wall.

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Very still...and never still....

March 4, 2011

Waiting for a religious discourse to finish, I saw this gecko stuck to the roof of an under-stairs toilet…waiting with infinite patience, stock-still, for some creature to get within reach….

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Every minute is KTB time...

March 3, 2011

I have so many profound and important observations on life and philosophy to propound…but from the minute her eyes open, KTB is my not-so-benevolent dictator. On her tiny feet the whole time she’s awake, she keeps us on our feet, too. All those lovely, dreamy, vaseline-tinted pictures of the tiny tot playing peacefully and deocorously with her toys while the fond grandmother watches with immaculate make up ….ha, ha, ha.

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Flowers and worship....

March 2, 2011

I was watching a scene in an old devotional movie (ThiruviLayAdal) and it struck me….why are flowers so universally used in worship? What is the connection? Is it just their appearance, or were only fragrant flowers chosen at first, and flowers without them added later?

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Feels great

March 2, 2011

An unexpected compliment is quite the best one! I got one, four-and-a-half years later, for

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A thooLi in Luz, Mylapore...

March 1, 2011

Some time ago (well, in 2009, as a matter of fact) I’d posted about the

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Sunset, last day of February 2011

March 1, 2011

The sun dips down in the evening, It paints the cars in gold…

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Biddli, Iddli....and the bakery

March 1, 2011
can deal with iddli:
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KTBs first full day here...

February 26, 2011

Yesterday her fever seemed better, so we had a new maid:

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What???

February 26, 2011

When I take D and GD, and all 3 generations of us women go promenading in Luz, Mylapore, what do you think catches our eye?

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It IS a mess...

February 25, 2011

What does one say when one travels through two states, and finds that plastic seems to have taken over the landscape, and the economy, as well?

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KTB....

February 25, 2011

KTB and her mother’s flight arrived one and a half hours late, and we barely had a few hours of sleep…but this morning, she walked into our home and hearts again…

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Gulkand

February 24, 2011

Gulkand

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Freshly grinded coffee...

February 24, 2011

read about it

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An auntie I like....

February 24, 2011

The arrival of and was delayed by a day, due to various flight delay and baggage issues. Now, I'm getting ready to drive down to Chennai to receive them. The flight will (hopefully) land in the last few minutes of the day, and the first few minutes of tomorrow will see me holding my dearest ones close...

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What can these bugs be?

February 23, 2011

On a tree-trunk in J P Nagar, I found these rather beautiful bugs:

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Our gods and goddesses are enlightened...

February 22, 2011

here

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Karnataka Best Float in the 2011 Republic Day Parade

February 22, 2011

here

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February 3rd Sunday outing to Shivanahalli Ramakrishna Ashram, 200211

February 22, 2011

It was quite a large group that met up in front of my home, and we all proceeded first to the Ragihalli sheet rock area. It was still pre-dawn, the time referred to by the ancients as Usha….but the lights in the valley were twinkling, and the dawn was approaching:

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This ones for another friend..

February 22, 2011

666 car 190211

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An LJ Friend whose work I admire

February 21, 2011

When I have something to write about, it so happens that something else, that I hit on by chance, suddenly clamours for a post!

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Delhi Drivers Licence....guidelines....

February 19, 2011

dlhi dl 180211

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Is it bad English, or evolving English?

February 18, 2011

It started with a friend, MM, making this update on Facebook:

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Parts of C and Ns visit, 08, 09, 100211

February 17, 2011
and are so amazingly comfortable with the food, the environment, and everything here, that I tend to believe, as C says,that they must have been Indians in some previous birth! I'm waiting to get detailed updates about their trip to Bandipur, Kabini, Dubare, Mangalore, and Belur and Halebid tomorrow....but meanwhile, here are some pics of what they ...or rather, we....did in Bangalore.
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The Rabdi Shop

February 17, 2011

As we passed Agra, our driver, Gajendra Singh, told us about a shop where the

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Abhishek...my istomaak is eking...

February 16, 2011

here

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Mother...daughter...mother...daughter

February 16, 2011

I wanted to post this yesterday, but today will do.

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Can you spot the world-famous landmark?

February 16, 2011

I’m sure all of you are tired of seeing the artistic, wonderful photographs of world-famous landmarks….tarantaraaa, ladies and gen’mun, here are the DM SMS of one of them!

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Arti for the Ganga, Haridwar

February 16, 2011

We went to Haridwar to meet

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Article on the Aero Show

February 15, 2011

I’ve started sending articles to a new Bangalore-based weekly magazine, “City Buzz” (it’s only print, alas, not online…I don’t know why!)

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Unexpectedly.....Birds in Rishikesh

February 15, 2011

Rishikesh is a town that I visited for KM’s sake; he wanted to enjoy the peace of the Akhandashram for a day, and we decided not to travel to Devprayag but have a relaxed time at the ashram.

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mOkshA

February 14, 2011

Nirvana (nirvANA) is a word often used in the West, in the sense of “Heaven”, but it actually means “release”…release from the cycle of rebirths that human beings are supposed to be in bondage to. Moksha is the shedding of the chains of attachment, of release from the accumulation of karma, that finally frees the soul to become one with the Great Soul, the ParamAtmA….

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Lots more signs on the recent trip....in English and Hindi

February 14, 2011

I clicked several interesting signs on the recent trip, especially while on the road between Delhi,Agra, Haridwar and Rishikesh…..let me start with the ones in Hindi first.

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Whats in the photographers mind?

February 13, 2011

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I find it utterly fascinating to know what, exactly, is in a photographer’s mind as s/he clicks. Each of us would have very different thoughts in our heads….there could be:

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The Bangalore Aero Show videos, and pictures on Facebook

February 11, 2011

I’ll be posting the photographs on Facebook, but here are some wonderful aerobatics at the Airshow at Yelahanka, today:

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Proud to be an Indian...the Bangalore Aero Show, 110211

February 11, 2011

The Aero Show has got to be the most “ungreen” event I’ve seen…thousands of litres of aviation fuel being guzzled up, and thousands of litres of petrol being guzzled up for people to go and see the spectacle of the aerobatics….

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YASP (Yet Another Sunset Photograph)

February 11, 2011

sunset yamuna 280111

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Children at play....

February 10, 2011

chldrn at ply 280111

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Memories...Me, Wildlife, Music, Sarees...

February 10, 2011

I think this was 1975.

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Lalbagh....080211

February 9, 2011

How could I let C and N go without dragging them over at least a little of Lalbagh? So off we went, as the sun rose:

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Hint and a Bull Dog.....

February 8, 2011

Yesterday, at Barbecue Nation, I spotted this very diplomatic drink:

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With Carbon (C) and Nitrogen (N),07 and 080211

February 8, 2011

It’s been a busy couple of days, with and buying the sarees and salwar-kameez that they wanted (their tastes differ!) and then giving the orders to the tailors, mentioning about eighteen thousand times (and paying fairly heavy charges) to ensure that everything is picked up by today evening!

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Withholding information

February 7, 2011

A asked B where a lovely photograph was taken, and B said, “Bangalore outskirts”. A then asked why the information could not be shares, and B said that the locations were deteriorating, and asked A what A was doing about protecting the location and others like it.

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Visitors....swAgatham

February 6, 2011
and have arrived...and once again, I have to observe that when one's communication has been good, there is an instant sense of comfort with the person, and you never feel that you are meeting for the first time. You already know so much about each other, and so...there seems to be none of the little awkwardnessess that can happen when one is meeting a real stranger.
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Keoladeo National Park,Bharatpur, 250111

February 5, 2011

It’s such a relief to have the Photobucket links working again….so here’s how we started our trip to Bharatpur. On the 24th, thanks to theBangalore smog, our flight to Delhi took off an hour and a half late..which meant that by the time we drove from Delhi to Bharatpur, and checked in at the

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Kissing, and kissing ones ass, er, nilgai

February 5, 2011

It WAS a Photobucket problem, not a problem of this little tablet…and today Photobucket is working well…so, let me start with the Bharatpur images.

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More problems with posting pictures...

February 4, 2011

Though I’ve posted the first days pics easily to Facebook, I am having problems with either Photobucket or this tablet laptop….I did post two pics to my Photobucket account, but I am not able to click on the HTML code link that is given under each picture, and post it to LJ as I usually do. I don’t know if this is a problem with the site or the computer I am using…but the net result is that I am unable, still, to start writing about the Bharatpur/Chambal trip, and I have so many photos that I want to share with everyone!

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Dhurries and Chairs...

February 2, 2011

KM has kindly given me his old tablet to use until I repair/replace my poor laptop…but my photographs are still on his laptop, so while I wait to transfer them here and post them, I am free to mull upon other things.

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Pain and Withdrawal....

February 2, 2011

The ankle has been diagnosed as a severe sprain and some tendon tear, and will take its own time to heal.

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Home

February 2, 2011

Feels good…but so many things have to be repaired…broken airbag, broken suitcase, broken laptop and (hopefully not broken) ankle…will have to figure a way to take the pics off KM’s laptop and post them…I am so happy with the trip…but it’s already receding into the distance as I get ready for the arrival of my brother in law, of and , , ...several weddings coming up, some of which we can attend, some not...difficult to choose!

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In Delhi, briefly....

January 29, 2011

Drove to Delhi from Chambal, and by the time we’d dropped off some of the members of our group and meandered through the BJP Rally, we were dog-tired, and didn’t even think of any shopping or visiting. Am at a friend’s home, and we’re taking the early morning train to Haridwar.

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Catching up....

January 29, 2011

I can live perfectly well without the internet…but catching up later is MURDEROUS!

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Wonderful time in Chambal, too...

January 28, 2011

I’m really so happy with what I’ve seen…it’s not only the birds. Gharials, jackals, civet cats…ancient forts, camels crossing the Chambal river at a ford…chai in mud “kulhad” pots, huge-turbanned and saree-veiled women…a hundred temples on the banks of the Yamuna, criss-crossing between Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan…the stark ravines of Chambal, bringing vivid images of the dacoitss, some of whom are still active…awesome sunrises and sunsets, some on the river, some in the mustard fields….

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Many lifers today....

January 25, 2011

Bharatpur hasn’t disappointed….we saw so many birds that were new to me, and the day was studded with highlights….I must thank Geetanjali for this lovely trip. I have so many photos, that I can’t post with this slow net connection (yes, I’ve pinched KM’s Reliance card again)….and will probably delete most of them by the time I get home….

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To a set of IIM(A) MBAs...who are senior managers...

January 25, 2011

When any member of this egroup changes an email id, there is NO way I,as the moderator, can know about it, unless informed about it. Don’t send me an email saying, “X’s email id has changed, and he isn’t getting the egroup mail any more, why haven’t you subscribed him on the new email id?” How on earth am I to know that he has a new email id, leave alone what it is?

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Mist in the morning = missed in the evening

January 24, 2011

We’d specifically booked by the am flight to Delhi (which meant leaving home at 4am) to ensure that we could drive down to Bharatpur and do an evening birding session…alas, the best-laid plans of mice and men!

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A Gujrati Wedding....Ankit and Ruthvi Shah, 230111

January 24, 2011

We’ve been spending a lot of time at a neighbour’s wedding festivities.

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Packing for a trip...

January 23, 2011

…is always fraught with difficulties. One can never really visualize, sitting in one set of atmospheric conditions, how cold or hot it will be in the other place. The pleasant chill of Bangalore is something I don’t even consider as winter, so I tend not to pack really warm clothes at all…then I have to remind myself how it will be in the open forest, and in the foothills of the Himalaya…and say, yes, I must take my jacket and shawls…warm socks…etc, etc, etc

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Bannerghatta Zoo area...and the bandh...

January 22, 2011

Jai and Nayan wanted a quick trip to the Bannerghatta Zoo area, so I went along….here’s my highlight of the day, a

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Railways...Booking Blues....

January 21, 2011

I have never been able to find any semblance of good logic or design in the Railways’ booking procedures. There was a time, prior to the Internet, when one had to stand in different queues for even and odd dates. This meant that if you were going, say, to Chennai on the 2nd, and returning on the 3rd…you had to join two queues!

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Some old puns, some new ones...

January 21, 2011
  1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
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Web of Light..Mini Forest, 190111

January 20, 2011

When I go for my morning walk around the Mini Forest, it’s often dark, and so it’s easy to see the magic of the cobwebs that the spiders spin, to catch the insects that are drawn to the light….

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Bangalore Bird Race, 150111

January 20, 2011

We certainly had a wonderful time at the Bird Race, and we certainly never had any expectations; our ranking, after all, would depend on how many birds the other teams saw! Here we are, early in the morning:

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My write-up...the Bangalore Bird Race, 2011

January 19, 2011

I received this great email from Srihari, who was one of the hard-working co-ordinators of this year’s Bird Race:

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Someone made me laugh about his heart attack....

January 18, 2011

There is nothing that cannot be faced with a little humour, as this wonderful account by Dr Kishore Shah, a renowned Gynecologist practicing in Pune, proves. I got this as a forward…but it’s too good not to be documented!

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The Demise of the south Indian Brahmin Cook

January 17, 2011

For some time now, many of my “Tambram” friends who have ageing parents or relatives have been having major problems trying to get a brahmin cook…or, since they generally want to get women cooks…. in the parlance of old, “shamayalkAra mAmi”. Alas, I have not heard of a single instance where they have been successful.

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Sunlight and shadows, Bannerghatta, Zoo area Crocodile Pond, 150111

January 17, 2011

Had a wonderful time at the Bangalore Bird Race 2011. When one has great birders and one indefatigable driver on one’s team….it’s easy!

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Pongal...Sankranti......

January 15, 2011

As you enter our home, my kOlam greets you:

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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 140111

January 14, 2011

I so thoroughly enjoyed myself on our trip to Bannerghatta Zoo area today….we were FIFTEEN of us! (Names follow, where they belong..in the mammals’ list!)

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Bangalore Bird Race on Sunday....

January 13, 2011

…last time we did quite creditably, but

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Chandus Stork Sighting....

January 13, 2011

Chandu

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Christmas and New Year Lights at the Bangalore Club

January 12, 2011

click here

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I want a story for this....

January 12, 2011

I found this a few days ago in the Mini-Forest:

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Strides of Hope

January 12, 2011

Bangalore friends…do register for

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TII..Totally Irrelevant Info

January 11, 2011

I have 777 emails in my inbox.

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Junglescapes meeting at Navadarshanam, 100111

January 11, 2011

We had the

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Lalbagh bngbirds outing, 090111

January 11, 2011

I decided I’d attend the Lalbagh outing this meeting (though I was missing a lovely trip to Maidanahalli that all my friends seemed to be going on! …and of course, when I arrived at Lalbagh, the mist was still upon the waters of the lake:

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When you add colour, add some letters, too

January 11, 2011

Photobucket

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Different looks....at Lalbagh, 09011

January 9, 2011

Sometimes it’s a white and extraordinarily weird look:

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Wedding Anniversary....

January 9, 2011

On Jan 9, 2005, and got together....and six years later, they have a 1.5 year-old marriage certificate, ....

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Magnanimous Saree

January 9, 2011
has been looking at sarees on the Internet, and sent me a few links, and I loved thi description:
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Valley School, 080111

January 8, 2011

It started out as three people…Naveen, Nandan and I, going to Valley School; but the minute I realized that more people could go…I ensured that more people DID! So finally, it was 8 of us who had piping hot coffees at Park View, before going off to a misty morning at Valley School…..here IS the misty morning:

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Hmmm.....

January 7, 2011

asian woman unisex! 251210

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Starlings at Otmoor....

January 6, 2011

I found this video on the LJ Of ....

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In which seat would you rather be?

January 6, 2011

If you are going on a bus journey (BUS, mind you, NOT plane)…would you rather be a

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New Units of Indian Currency, Invented by Prithvi Haldea

January 5, 2011

My friend has invented new units of Indian currency. Here’s his email:

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Such a selfish species

January 5, 2011

I was listening to both Hindi and Tamizh old movie songs (B4U and then Jaya TV) and one thing struck me…..why do we think all of Nature seems to be for our benefit, and subservient to us?

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Big relief....

January 5, 2011

Have been trying not to be worried over KTB’s surgery, to remove her badly infected adenoids….but am vastly relieved now that it’s over, and it went well. The surgeon’s report was that the adenoids were badly infected, her ears were “quite abnormal” in terms of infection, and must have been affecting her hearing.

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Manchinabele, 020111

January 5, 2011

After a very long time, we had a local BULBs (Bangalore Urban LadyBirders) outing (it was beginning to seem as if they went only on international trips!), and we decided to go to Manchinabele Reservoir.

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Still feeling very down...

January 3, 2011

Our mutual friends arrived from Chennai, and things have been both hectic and very depressing…went this morning to the neighbours’ place, and the body was taken to the crematorium after performing some of the last rites (the son usually performs the rest at the crematorium and then consigns the mortal remains to the flames.)

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How the day can change...

January 2, 2011

Had been to Manchinbele with the BULBs, and it was a very enjoyable outing. On the way back, however, I got the news that some neighbours of ours, who live three doors away, had a major setback..the husband, who was 65, collapsed after a massive heart attack, and passed away. The wife is nearly 60.

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Biligiri Rangana Temple, 281210

January 1, 2011

The

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K.Gudi, BR Hills, 27,28 and 291210

January 1, 2011

It was lovely to be able to introduce our family to the forests of Karnataka, even though the driving had them scared stiff at times…people from the US can’t cope with unruly traffic…they are too used to ruly conditions :)

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Let 2011 Rock

January 1, 2011

Found the year written on a rock in B R Hills:

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Higher than the Palace....

December 30, 2010

From BR Hills, we came back via Mysore to enable my nephew to see the Mysore Palace. The crowds thronging the Palace were incredible, and I didn’t really want to go inside and get pushed around

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Crested Serpent Eagle...the dry-wing look

December 30, 2010

When, from the safari jeep, I first sighted this Crested “Shirt Pant” Eagle, I couldn’t even understand what I was seeing…took me a few seconds to realize that the bird had its wing open this way!

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K. Gudi Camp....

December 27, 2010

This time, I must say, I am rather disappointed with the K.Gudi camp of JLR. They have (for the first time) hiked up prices for the holiday season…and yet, there is just a trickle of water coming from the taps in the bathroom, and there is no hot water….

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Shivanahalli, Camp Gee Dee,Bannerghatta Forest Area, 261210

December 27, 2010

I was going to strictly stay at home, and do my packing and preparation for the trip to BR Hills tomorrow. So naturally, when Gopakumar called and asked if I would come with (alphabetical order) , and Peeyush, of course I immediately said yes! I'd been wanting to meet Gopa for a long time, and he'd told me that his daughter Madhumita had come with us to BR Hills (the Valley School trip.) So...ditch the pending work, and off I go! Any invitation to Bannerghatta forest...unthinkable to turn it down, especially with such company!

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A friend, face to face....

December 25, 2010
had started commenting on my blog a while ago, and we've got along like the proverbial house on fire, so I was thrilled when he said he was going to be in Bangalore for a couple of days. Yesterday evening, he came over, and we talked and talked and talked and talked some more.
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Makalidurga...the places and people

December 25, 2010

The trip to Makalidurga was also full of interesting sights that had more to do with people and places….

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Makalidurga, 241210

December 25, 2010

Chandu, having been looking at the lovely village of Makalidurg (mAkaLidurgA) from the train on his way to and from Hyderabad, decided that it would be a likely spot for Nature/birding trip, and Anil, Prashant, Vittal and I (all from the NTP group) enthusiastically joined him, and off we went, early on a very misty, chilly morning!

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Dawn

December 24, 2010

Waking up at 4am used to be part of the bad ship I N S Omnia. I could neither go back to sleep, nor could I do anything “useful and productive”.

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Hollywood Photographs

December 23, 2010

My friend Vishwas and I went to see an exhibition of Hollywood photographs at

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The Barn Owl

December 23, 2010

We used to have five Barn Owls roosting in one of the ventilation shafts of our apartment building, several years go. Residents complained about their constant chirring all night, and the fact that half-eaten rodents were dropped in the basement. So the building association set some poisoned meat for them and one of the Owls died. I then explained to as many of the residents as I could meet, how the owls were actually controlling the rat population in the neighbourhood. As compromise, we blocked off the entrance to the ventilation shaft with a wire mesh. The residents were happy with this solution, I was happy that the owls would not be poisoned…but sad that I couldn’t see these beautiful birds.

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Valuables....

December 22, 2010

Mr and Mrs.Rao

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A verse that just occurred to me...Negotiation

December 21, 2010

I’m having a conversation with about how to negotiate (for anything...a new job, rental, buying something) and I burst into rhyme:

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Had a few Christmassy minutes to waste....

December 21, 2010
On the twelfth day of Christmas, <img src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif" height=17 width=17>deponti sent to me...
Twelve <img src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif" height=17 width=17>raviks drumming
Eleven <img src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif" height=17 width=17>asakiyumes piping
Ten <img src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif" height=17 width=17>sunsons a-leaping
Nine <img src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif" height=17 width=17>dammitimmads dancing
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Four languages
Three books
Two cryptic crosswords
...and an art in a poetry.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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I want this job....

December 21, 2010

Since

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Basavanagudi, 201210

December 21, 2010

Basavanagudi

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Bharata Natyam.....Dressing up and Photography

December 20, 2010

Our niece is getting her brochure done, for her aragEtram (maiden public performance) next year at Florida. Someone came to do her makeup and after she was dressed, a portfolio of photographs was made at a studio in Basavanagudi.

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The 3rd Sunday Bngbirds Outing, Jigani Lake, 191210

December 19, 2010

The 3rd Sunday bngbirds outing to Jigani Lake drew quite a good response, and we were happy to see the crowd that collected in front of the tea-shop at Jigani! (Geetanjali and Subir have a great knack of including a handy tea-shop in all the Bannerghatta outings!) The tea-shop was particularly welcome on this cold morning, and we all then parked near the lake, and walked partially around the perimeter.

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More signs....

December 18, 2010

If you want to be a road-user, you must put sefty first and spelling last:

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Valley School....181210 One image, and a link to the other pics.

December 18, 2010

This tiny nymph was an incredibly beautiful sample of the lovely things we saw at Valley School today….

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Valley School...the Spiders

December 18, 2010

This post is dedicated to

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Elephant Trail Survey, Gottigere, Bannerghatta National Park

December 17, 2010

I’d registered for this Survey, and am off to the Forest Dept Office at Gottigere shortly….will back with the tales (if not the tails and trunk)….and on Sunday, the 3rd Sunday bngbirds outing to the Bannerghatta area, this time to Jigani Lake.

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Charlie Chaplin....The Boxing Match

December 17, 2010

Charlie Chaplin

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Clock...

December 16, 2010

I like

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Nonsense verse of Edward Lear, and Ogden Nash

December 16, 2010

These are two people whom I hold in high regard, for their mastery of the language…

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Friends, and the unexpected things they bring into your life....

December 15, 2010

I never, ever, play video games, so I have zilch knowledge about them. But recently, Chandan posted (on Google Buzz) about loving this piece of music which is the theme of a video game called Civilization:

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Little details....

December 15, 2010

Most traditional village houses have niches on both sides of the front door, where lamps may be set in the evening. Sometimes,

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Senior Citizens Park.....

December 14, 2010

nice to see something for Senior Citizens!

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Photography challenges...

December 14, 2010

Photography is one of the most enjoyable things that I am learning. I think my photography had its first roots in wanting to “save the moment”….and being able to look at the scene again…the pictorial version of Wordsworth’s “emotions recollected in tranquillity”.

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The kids

December 14, 2010

When we say “kids”, we generally mean human children, and often forget the ACTUAL kids! Here are two kids that I photographed at Pulicat Lake:

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The devotee....

December 13, 2010

AS we drive on the Bangalore-Chennai highway, there’s always something to interest, amuse and entertain…and sometimes provoke thought, too. I passed this devotee:

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My kApi

December 13, 2010

On a mailing list I belong to, someone asked:

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Pulicat Lake, 121210

December 13, 2010

Google GPS, on our friend Raghavan’s i-Pad, gave us the WORST possible route to Pulicat Lake….we were practically off-roading, through roads that were completely broken donw in areas, winding through lorry container terminals and piles of plastic trash….but it was a hilarious trip because of that….and the sunset was lovely:

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Where Ive been for the past two days....

December 12, 2010

arvind purna wedding 121210

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Bundle...

December 9, 2010

Some bundles…are more precious than others….

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If you are not polite on the road...

December 9, 2010

If you are not polite on the road, you are a….

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Tibetan Mandala at Google

December 9, 2010
doesn't post here any more, but he took this wonderful video of the creation of a Mandala at Google:
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Ragihalli, 081210

December 8, 2010

This morning, Shreeram and I went with John Callaghan, who’s visiting from Milton Keynes, UK, to Ragihalli. Unfortunately, we had a very late start and that meant that sightings were quite low….but we still managed quite an interesting time!

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Diamonds

December 8, 2010

Tamizh Brahmins, or Tambrams, are very fond of diamonds, and women are usually aglitter with them during any festivities.

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Gulakmale...other-than-the-birds, 041210

December 7, 2010

Gulakmale was also cloudy and misty on Saturday morning, with the sun making an ineffective effort to pierce the clouds:

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Distinguished Alum Award...Nominations

December 7, 2010

KM’s IIM-A class (they call themselves COSTIIMA, Class Of Seventy-Three, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad) has been asked to nominate some “distinguished” alums from amongst themselves. Earlier, they were told they could not nominated their own batchmates, which made sense to me, but now, apparently, they’ve been told they can.

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Why I have started detesting ilai shAppAdu

December 6, 2010

There was a time when I used to like our traditional “ilai shAppAdu”….the feast on a banana leaf. But lately…..

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Gulakmale (pronounced guLakmalE) 041210, NTP

December 6, 2010

Once again, four of us NTP’s got together…this time it was Shreeram (who came back home at 11pm the previous night!), Hrishikesh, Tharangini and I….and Shreeram took us to Gulakmale, beyond Valley School, turning off from Kanakapura Road, and taking various lefts and rights that I didn’t keep track of.

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I am taking the trouble to type this..see why

December 5, 2010

A new “newspaper” called “Bol Bangalore Bol” was delivered to my doorstep today and I started to read the astrological section, and suddenly realized that I HAD to save this for posterity.

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Gulakmale, 041210

December 4, 2010

You’ve heard of the expression, “Frog in one’s throat”, haven’t you? Well, that’s what this is going to be, shortly!

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Cow rescue

December 4, 2010

You never know what will happen on a nature trail. Today four of us went to Gulakmale, and we….rescued…or should I say excavated….a cow.

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Photographs from the wedding I attended, 021210

December 4, 2010

click here

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School kids...really

December 4, 2010

When we took the Hosur schoolchildren on a nature trail (you can’t go at 10.45 am and call it a birding trail!), I looked across the hills and saw this…

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Still gathering my thoughts, which are scattered...find out why...

December 3, 2010

Yesterday, I had the incredible experience of feeling that I was going to die in the next few seconds.

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Awards, a compliment....and my thoughts...

December 2, 2010

For several years now, I’ve been moderating the egroup for KM’s class from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The group calls itself COSTIIMA (Class Of Seventy-Three, IIM-A.) The class strength was 120. (I am NOT an alum…it’s just that when I realized that the children of the alums had already started an egroup for themselves, and these people hadn’t, I started one for them!)

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Mountain bikers vs. Roadies

December 1, 2010

click here to laugh!

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A lovely walk in the rain....

December 1, 2010

Having reached Chennai and found the weather very un-sunny…cloudy and quite cool….I decided to walk along

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More from my cyclists mailing list

November 30, 2010

M wrote about a fall he had, when his helmet cracked, and in the process, saved his head.

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Ragihalli/Shivanahalli....the places,people, and plants, 2711110

November 30, 2010

Hrishikesh, Prajakta, Tharangini and I (that’s alphabetical order!) formed a nice NTP group on Saturday. Here they are:

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Ragihalli/Shivanahalli,..the birds, 271110

November 30, 2010

When Hrishikesh, Prajakta, Tharangini and I went on the road to Ragihalli and Shivanahalli, we started out with dark, overcast skies, and a complete lack of birding activity..to the point where we started wondering if we should just turn tail and go back home! But our first stop, near a temple, was rather productive; surprisingly, we found a lot of yellow birds together: White-eyes, Ioras, and the

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KANS Outing with Children of Titan/Sishya Schools, Hosur, 281110

November 29, 2010

Kenneth Anderson Nature Society (KANS)

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Two circles of creativity....

November 29, 2010

Creation of anything is wonderful; sometimes it’s done with silk:

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An unusual Kolu

November 29, 2010

The Navarathri festival is over, but Meera of Citizen Matters took me to see an unusual kolu display, which was dismantled only last week:

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Hiding...

November 28, 2010

PENINSULAR ROCK AGAMAS

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Ragihalli/Shivanahalli..the Butterflies and Insects, 271110

November 28, 2010

I emailed the latest members to have taken the Naturalists’ Training Program, about going on a birding trip. Alas, of the 17, only 3 were able to come; but we had such a wonderful time, we left at about 6.45am…and got home only past 3pm! I’ll post about the 58 or so species we saw…but right now, I’ll show you some of the flutter bys….

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Winning a million pounds is old hat....

November 27, 2010

Here’s the latest:

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The Death of Love

November 26, 2010

Today, the young woman of the couple I’d talked about met me for a while. She is not over her pain in the least…but hope of a reconciliation are receding to the point of non-existence. She feels that if there had been an actual other woman, she might have been to bear it better, rather than feel that her husband just lost interest in her. Today she talked about their early days together, when he’d said they’d be friends forever. And she wept for what had been. The husband now says he is not even particularly interested in divorce; but she says that a marriage without love is truly ended.

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How Nature makes her jewellery...

November 25, 2010

Nature’s creatures spin the silk Right across the leaves: The magic spans the twigs, the grass: Over the seeds, and sheaves.

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If.......with apologies to Rudyard Kipling for the title

November 25, 2010

If it is on, I must turn it off.

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Iddly....or Idli ....

November 25, 2010

The background:

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How to end a birding trip

November 24, 2010

…with the

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The Business Standard Crossword Again....

November 24, 2010

crswd 241110

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Do you want to buy boys?

November 24, 2010

On the way back from the station on Monday morning:

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Malabar Pied Hornbills, Dandeli, 20 and 211110

November 24, 2010

Dandeli has several varieties of

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Dandeli...the beings (except the Hornbills)

November 23, 2010

Dandeli is a great place for birds; small wonder then, that even after missing all the thrushes that are common there, like the Orange-headed Thrush, the Blue-capped Rock Thrush and so on, we still wound up with a bird count of well over a hundred!

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Dandeli....the places

November 23, 2010

Our trip to Dandeli began with a lovely sunrise:

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Information and Knowledge....

November 22, 2010

I made

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Can anyone tell me where this argument is specious?

November 22, 2010

here

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A wonderful ending to the trip...

November 22, 2010

While birding at Dandeli, I realized that that the moon was nearly full:

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Learning has no age.

November 19, 2010

I laugh when I am told that I am “very active for my age”…because I have a different frame of reference

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The Soliga Podu (camp, or settlement), 141110

November 19, 2010

The Soligas were semi-nomadic in nature, but after the Biligiri Rangana Sanctuary was created, they settled down more or less permanently, and Skanda of ATREE took all of us to visit a Podu, or settlement.

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Thapa, JLR K.Gudi, BR Hills....

November 18, 2010

read about him here

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BR Hills...the beings

November 18, 2010

The living creatures we saw were quite varied. Though the safari organized by the Forest Department was a little disappointing for the children (who of course had their hearts set on a big cat sighting!) they did enjoy whatever they did see, and were quite curious to know things.

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VGKK, and the childrens meeting....

November 18, 2010

The high point of the visit of the Valley School children to BR Hills was, to me, their meeting and interacting with the Soliga children at

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Shivanasamudra Falls, 151110

November 18, 2010

I must say we had a really good driver on the Valley School BR Hills trip; on the way back, on his own, he suggested that we visit

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Stepping into Moms shoes....

November 18, 2010

It’s one of the most delightful stages of childhood….literally stepping into one’s parent’s shoes. One may do it later in life, figuratively, but right now, it really does mean stepping in….and finding it a tough balancing act!

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Gorukana, BR Hills...the people

November 17, 2010

VGKK has recently opened a resort, and it’s called

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ATREE, BR Hills

November 17, 2010

ATREE

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A pic after a looong time...

November 17, 2010

This was taken last month….talk about an air-head!

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Perfect Solution to the Overpopulation Problem

November 17, 2010

burning of baby shyamal 161110

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Valley School/ATREE trip to BR Hills, 12 to 151110

November 16, 2010

Day 1.

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Life, and death

November 16, 2010

We looked into a kind of moat around the Gorukana resort reception, and on the petals of the lotus flowers that the staff had floated in it, was a lot of life:

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Searching for things at home...happens to ALL of us....

November 16, 2010

In the following narrative, I am not sure how Mukesh plans to drive to work from the 3rd floor…but….on with the story!

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B R Hills....

November 15, 2010

It was an intense experience, on many different levels. Interacting with 21 children; watching scientists in the field; seeing how tribal people in the forests are living today, and how they are bettering themselves with a lot of help; seeing a swank resort, and seeing the huts of the tribals that the resort will help; going on a safari with JLR in the morning, and with the Forest Department in the evening; coming back via

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Weekend plans....

November 11, 2010

Going with 23 children from the

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Facebook Exchange....

November 11, 2010

Enjoyed

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Another lovely song...

November 11, 2010
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When do I know something really well?

November 10, 2010

When I know something, I should be able to explain it, clearly, to a set of people who know nothing about the topic. If I can do so, without talking down to them, yes, I know that topic well.

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Ant-Mimicking Spider

November 10, 2010

One gets to see things in the most unexpected places. I went to see a 11-day-old baby, and I found this…Prashanth pointed it out to me in a plant that was in a flower-pot!

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Why do we have this forward complex?

November 10, 2010

Why am I subjected to a daily barrage of forwards?

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Nice to see people doing their jobs well....

November 9, 2010

click here

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Doing a new cryptic crossword...but not liking it

November 9, 2010

I do try to learn new things, and recently, when

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Bannerghatta Quarry Area...the creatures, 071110

November 9, 2010

The quarry area is where I sighted my first Egyptian Vulture in south Bangalore, so it’s always with eagerness that I go there. This time, of course, the lowering skies and the drizzle made it impossible to see too much, and I was able to photograph even less…but it was beautiful, nevertheless, to get some creatures on camera!

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Bannerghatta, Quarry area, 071110

November 8, 2010

I’ve often spoken of the quarry area of Bannerghatta Forest; this is an area beyond the settlements of Nisarga, Nandanavana, and Pride Vatika Layout. A road, pretty horrible in patches, snakes along the hillside, through areas that have been quarried for the granite that Bangalore is famous for. The motorable road sort of peters out before a small village, and there’s a mango orchard there, and a little running rivulet. It’s a great place for birding, and on Sunday morning, Chandu, Krupakar, and I went there again.

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My thoughts on the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, 2010

November 8, 2010

click here to read it online at Citizen Matters

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Such a tiny beauty....Ladybird with Raindrops

November 8, 2010

You can’t get anything more delicately beautiful than a tiny Ladybird…with raindrops on it!

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Valley School 011110

November 6, 2010

Another quick sneak to Valley School; we were disappointed to find that the Study Centre gate was locked. However, here are some of the interesting things I saw…

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Fire and Light

November 6, 2010

Celebrate the festival of light; Light up your heart’s desire.

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Festive Wishes

November 5, 2010

deepavali  160110 stl

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Woh (the other woman) relationships...

November 4, 2010

I found

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Basic Halli, 30 and 311010

November 4, 2010

In alphabetical order, Ashwini, Kiran, KM, Vineet, Vittal and I went to Basic Halli to participate in the Bird Survey that Anand had organized. As we were gathering to get into the car, I looked up and had my first migrant sighting for the day, the

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Adding to Shyamals Chucklist of Birds....

November 4, 2010

I had made

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No comments

November 3, 2010

I enjoy having feedback and dialogue as a spinoff from my posts; I do like communicating with people, and exploring points of view other than my own.

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A tiny mystery....

November 3, 2010

At Bilkal Rangaswamy Betta, someone picked up a tiny little caterpillar and gave it to me.

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Basic Halli...the scenery

November 2, 2010

I’m writing an article on Basic Halli for Citizen Matters (weekend getaway) but would like, meanwhile, to share some of the scenery…

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The Vasantha Vallbha rAya swAmi temple, Vasantapura, Bangalore

November 2, 2010

Tbanks to Karthik and Priya….and especially to Karthik’s mother,Smt Saraswathi…. I visited this wonderful old temple yesterday.

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Very hectic weekend...

November 2, 2010

This was a long weekend for most people because of Rajyotsava (State Founding) Day…and even by my standards, it was a hectic weekend! But I was surrounded by friends…what more can one wish for!

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Ragihalli/Shivanahalli, 301010

October 30, 2010

It is an amazing thing for me to forget, even with my famous memory….but I did manage to forget my SD (memory) card on the MLC this morning. I had been to the Manipuri folk theatre in Ranga Shankara yesterday, and had downloaded the pics…and left the card in the card reader!

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Vijaya dashami and worship

October 29, 2010

I’d posted this pic of a cycle, all decorated and worshipped on Ayudha Puja (Navami, ninth day of Navarathri) day, and taken out and used proudly on Vijaya Dashami (tenth and final day):

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One known, two unknown...

October 29, 2010

Last Sunday,Krupakar, and his wife Pooh (Poonam), Vittal and I all went for a short, gentle trip to Bannerghatta Zoo Area.

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From the film Fanaa...an exercise on the internet

October 28, 2010

I got this gem from the film “Fanaa”, and used Quillpad to write it out in Devanagari script:

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Exercise your brain....

October 28, 2010
got himself this brain game....
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zarA sI Ahat

October 27, 2010

Priya Rajvansh…a beautiful woman.

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Euphemisms....

October 27, 2010
and I were having a discussion on euphemisms...and I feel euphemisms have their uses. Very often, the bald truth is too raw to state, so the fact is indicated by a euphemism. It's the equivalent, I feel, to someone pointing a finger to a pile of ordure instead of physically taking you in front of the stinking heap.
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Some more from my cycling egroup

October 26, 2010

Member A:

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Im actually....

October 26, 2010

garden lizard 181010

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From my jokes email list...

October 26, 2010

A man goes out and buys the best car available in the US or Europe, a 2001 Turbo BeepBeep. It is the best and most expensive car in the world, and it runs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and, while doing so, stops for a red light. An old man on a moped, both looking about 90 years old, pulls up next to him.

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Wood you like one of these?

October 26, 2010

Do you want a Lumber Belt?

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Theru kootthu (street theatre)...performance by Kattaikuttu Gurukulam at Ranga Shankara, 231010

October 26, 2010

I put up a post of the performance

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Other creatures at Kabini....

October 25, 2010

We were lucky to sight a huge variety of creatures at Kabini…one of the most stunning being the

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Voice Transcription, sorry, West Chester Ocean....

October 25, 2010

I’d left a message on my daughter’s voice mailbox that I enjoyed my birthday because of my friends…. I love my friends’ company.

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Kabini....Rajiv Gandhi National Park 18 and 191010

October 25, 2010

When one goes to Kabini (we usually stay in the beautiful JLR resort), one goes into the

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Wonderful friends

October 23, 2010

Throughout the day, friends called up….some came over home to wish me in the little time I had at home…and their affection has touched me so deeply….I was moved to tears at one point when two of them walked into my home with a cake that had lighted candles on it!

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Kabini...some of the birds

October 22, 2010

We sighted an impressive 108 species of birds in the 2 days at Kabini….let me start with a visitor to our shores, which does an amazing feat of travelling, the

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Birth...and death....

October 21, 2010

I came back from Kabini and learnt that my friends had a baby girl…and this morning, two neighbours of mine (two brothers who occupy flats on the same floor) had to decide that their ailing father, who was past 85, was now solely dependent on life support, that his life was not worth prolonging, and had to decide to “pull the plug”.

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The Great Cormorant

October 21, 2010

One of the birds we saw on the backwater boat trip on the Kabini backwaters is the

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PujO, KOlkAthA, 2010

October 21, 2010

I got to see these beautiful images of pujO at Kolkata this year:

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Kabini Skies

October 20, 2010

The clouds over Kabini were so beautiful that sometimes I stopped looking at the birds or mammals or insects…and looked at them instead.

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Tusks and Trunk....

October 20, 2010

We saw this beautiful tusker (probably about 35 years old)…on the banks of the backwaters of the Kabini, as we took our evening boat ride yesterday…

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3rd Sunday bngbirds outing, from Ramakrishna Ashram, Shivanahalli, into Bannerghatta Forest 171010

October 17, 2010

Today’s outing was both more interesting, and longer-lasting, than I had anticipated. I’ve been to the Ramakrishna Ashram several times, and we’ve always just walked a little past the campus and come back. So today I was very surprised to be able to go for quite a longish trek up hill and down dale!

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The insect-eating plant, Shivanahalli, 171010

October 17, 2010

I’d gone with Girish and for the 3rd Sunday bngbirds outing, this time from the Ramakrishna Ashram, Shivanahalli, on into the Bannerghatta forest area. The highlight for me, was Harsha spotting this wonderful

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Navarathri...

October 16, 2010

It’s probably difficult for people from other cultures to think of a festival that goes on for ten days…but that’s Navarathri (literally, nine nights.) Today is the ninth day, which is dedicated to Saraswathi, the goddess of learning, and is also Ayudha pujA day, where the implements and gadgets of everyday use are worshipped.

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Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar....

October 15, 2010

the Ashoka Pillar

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Hessarghatta, 091010

October 14, 2010

The BULBs outing last Sunday was enjoyable….

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Why is it more funny?

October 14, 2010

Why is it more funny when one writes about disliking things, rather than about liking things? I was having a mailing list conversation about the kind of ladies who come to Carnatic music concerts and keep talking, and I described them as VTM’s (Vaira Thodu Mamis)….here’s what I said:

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Bannerghatta Zoo Area, 121010

October 14, 2010

Apart from the sighting of the

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Wildlife.....

October 13, 2010

‘Be very quiet!’ said the father to his son. Father and son went birding together for the first time. The father said: ‘Stay here and be very QUIET. I’ll be across the field.’ A few minutes later the father heard a blood curdling scream and ran back to his son…

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The vendors on our streets....

October 13, 2010

See the Solar Flower!

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Sometimes, an extra s......

October 13, 2010

If you are a General Motors fan, but you don’t want a car but a green animal alternative, what do you drive?

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Sighting of the Day....Shieldtail

October 13, 2010

Garima

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Why are birds like clouds?

October 12, 2010

I got this lovely formation:

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Experimentation and Understanding others point of view...

October 12, 2010
and I were having a long chat veered to psychic and occult experiments. He expressed the following reservations about seances and such experiments, saying that he'd read a book, which said that "just like precautions ought to be taken before any other kind of experiment, precautions ought to be taken in case of occult experiments too. He completely was against the concept of 'fooling' around with occult, without proper knowledge, especially about the consequences.
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Pancha Bhootha...

October 11, 2010

In the Hindu religion, we have the concept of the

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Wish you the very best....

October 11, 2010

Today (well, it’s JUST about today in St.Louis), is taking up a new job, after ten years at the old one...here's wishing him the very best!

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Natures Jewellery

October 10, 2010

A lovely trip to Hesserghatta, which once used to be the lake that was the water source for Bangalore, left me satisfied ….and though the lake (well, an almost-dry lake-bed now, compared to the full lake I’ve seen two decades ago) is known more for its raptors, one of the creatures that enthralled me was this

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A walk that saddened me....

October 9, 2010

click here

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Ram.....

October 9, 2010

another forward that I got…

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Carl Barks

October 9, 2010

I never knew anything about how comics were created…but the work of Carl Barks was always outstanding, even amongst the excellent Disney artists…I’ve laughed and enjoyed the stories and waited for the next comic book….

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Capturing the Clouds

October 9, 2010

I love photographing photographing photographers ….

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Found this in a joke email....

October 8, 2010

Maybe its kind of a joke, but do you know that 10.10.10 (this Sunday) in binary is 42 in decimal? and 42 is the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything!

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Post of the Past...

October 8, 2010

“We can hardly see the red post-boxes these days!”, I recently read someone ruing….so

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Chik Yelchetti, Bandipur, and a mini NTP Life-Under-Foot Ramble

October 8, 2010

As part of World Wildlife Week, Junglescapes organized a meeting with the DCF, Mr Narayanaswamy, on the 6th of October, and early in the morning, a few volunteers from both GE (who is strongly supporting the work in Bandipur) and Junglescapes left for a visit to the villages of Chik Yelchetti and Lokkere.

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Flowers as a business....

October 7, 2010

We stopped on the way to Bandipur to buy flowers for the Forest Officers, and I got these photographs. I think the there is a real contrast between the hard-headed business sense that’s required to survive in a small business, and the light touch required to handle flowers to make garlands and bouquets out of them….

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Clouds....

October 7, 2010

I spoke of the clouds that had been lifted from our hearts, with a cardiac infection having been ruled out…but there are clouds which are wonderful presences in nature….yesterday, at Chik Yelchetti and Lokkere villages, in Bandipur, we watched the changing forms of the clouds in the monsoon sky….

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The Cloud Has Passed....

October 7, 2010

Though the symptoms (painful rash, sore throat, fever) that made the docs suspect endocarditis, have still not gone, the mitral valve infection has been ruled out, tests have shown that D’s heart and lungs are in excellent shape, and he’s come home from the hospital…YAYYYYYY!

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Illness..and the reaction to the news

October 5, 2010

D has been ill for a few days, and yesterday, when he went to the doctor with a rash in addition to his cough, cold and fever, one of the doctors felt that he could hear a murmur in the mitral valve, and so admitted D to the hospital to rule out a bacterial infection of the mitral valve (I have not heard of such bacterial infections in the heart before…but live and learn.) A is juggling the hospital, her work and KTB’s day care..and they are awaiting the results of various tests.

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Swamijis, Spirituality, and Stress

October 5, 2010

Today, a friend of ours asked us to come over for a one-on-one meeting with the Swamiji who has been giving lectures at his sisters’ place. Let me give the facts about this Swamiji:

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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 031010

October 4, 2010

I was very happy to have my friends Abhijit, Ammu and Hassath over from Delhi. AMS has been an unfailing source of help with my faltering steps in birdwatching, and has never once laughed at the mistakes I keep making!

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Personal best

October 4, 2010

My baby ran her 3rd half-marathon….and her timing was 2 hr 3 min 58 sec. This is her personal best….

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Want to make money from photography?

October 2, 2010

No, this is not a how-to-make-great images tutorial. (I charge heavily for that!) But if you want to make money from photography, here is my tip, given for free….

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Cycling list update...

October 2, 2010

The

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Two Realities...

October 2, 2010

I went “Aaaaah!” when I read

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Someone needs a cycle...

October 1, 2010

…and sent this…

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Chip on ones shoulder....

September 30, 2010

What would you eat if you are a sentry or in the Army and don’t like your job?

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Bannerghatta Zoo Area, 300910

September 30, 2010

Krupakar (a fellow-birder who lives three doors away from me)suddenly sms-ed me at 10.30pm, because he was given an off day for the Ayodhya verdict. (He’ll have to slog it out on Saturday.)It was too late to ask anyone else…so off we both went!

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Language Elitism...or Snobbery.....

September 29, 2010

On a mailing list that I belong to, I received an article about “techno-literacy”…

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What someone wrote to my daughter....

September 29, 2010

She’s running the half-marathon this coming weekend…and quite often, she suffers from feelings of inadequacy (completely discounting the fact that she has a full-time, demanding career, and child of a year-and-a-five-months)…so she loved getting this email from someone:

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Sarjapura, 260910

September 29, 2010

Friends had invited us to their farmhouse, and it was a very pleasant afternoon, with all of us singing old Tamizh and Hindi songs, with the occasional Carnatic krithi thrown in. Of course, I wanted to visit the little water body nearby, and see if I could spot some birds…and as I was thinking about it, I saw a Red-necked Falcon fly overhead.

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Responding to friends on the net...

September 28, 2010

A friend of mine recently taxed me with never responding to her. This surprised me, because I consider myself very good at replying to emails. “I haven’t received a single email from you!” I said. “I’ve sent SO many!” she cried.

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thOraNa panthalilE....

September 27, 2010

This is my favourite song, describing the wedding of Sundareswara and Meenakshi (Shiva and Parvathi) at Madurai….

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Hope lifts up...

September 27, 2010

Four of us went to Jaipurdoddi at Bannerghatta Forest area again, yesterday morning; thanks to a late start and deadlines to get back home, we hardly had any time there, but still, this was one of the beautiful things that we managed to capture on our cameras….

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Chik Yelchetti Flora and Fauna

September 25, 2010

We saw a variety of creatures on our trek near Chik Yelchetti, and into the forest area; I’m giving the bird-list at the end, but here are some of the living things that I C-on-C (Caught on Camera):

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An internet forward that I liked

September 25, 2010

SIGN IN A BUSINESS WINDOW, IN FLORIDA!

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Writers Block You and me and baby makes three

September 24, 2010
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Madheswara Home Stay, Chik Yelchetti, Bandipur

September 24, 2010

I’ve joined an organization called

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Bandipur...the scenery

September 24, 2010

Here are a few views of what I enjoyed…this one’s for !

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Six-Spot Ground Beetle

September 23, 2010

I had seen the Six-Spot Ground Beetle for the first time on the

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Oh, Shit.....the Dung Beetle

September 23, 2010

Shit..is not a dirty word in Nature. It’s as much a part of the environment as a beautiful flower, and has a lot of uses in the ecosystem. Traditionally, we’ve always used dried cowdung (politely called cowpats) as fuel, and my aunts used to consider the dung of temple elephants as a curative for cracks in the feet. “Panchakavyam” or the five products of a cow, included its dung, for medicinal and ritual purposes.

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