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22 October 2014

A Day at the Zoo!

Mysore zoo, to be precise, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, is one spot almost everyone in Karnataka would have visited as a kid. However, to some of us, this place continues to beckon well past childhood. It is one of the oldest zoos in the country, established in 1892 by His Highness, Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar.


12 October 2014

Chauti (Ganesh Chaturti)

Chauti time is always a lot of fun. It's been one of my favorite festivals celebrated. 
Come Chauti, the whole city wears a festive look. This year, I took time out to visit the Central Market, to catch the early morning rush.

  
The famous Mangaluru Mallige variety of jasmine; that sells anywhere between Rs. 800-1200 on such occasions.

04 October 2014

Rishikesh - A Spiritual Haven

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a charming place that will surely make you go back again. Considered the birthplace of Yoga, there are numerous ashrams here to get away from the daily routine and unwind, and one such beautifully located ashram is Parmarth Niketan. Apart from teaching yoga, the ashram activities include cleaning the Ganga, spreading awareness about the Ganga, education of the poor, and more recently, the wonderful rehabilitation activities being undertaken after last year's tragedy.

I had the opportunity to attend the evening Ganga Aarti here, which is a stark contrast from the noisy chaotic one at Har-ki-Pauri at Hardwar. (No, I'm not trying to compare the two, 'cos each one has it's own flavor) Nevertheless, the discipline, the civic sense etc. among the residents of the ashram did leave me astounded.

The water (of the Ganges) here is quite clean, against the general notion on how polluted the river is.