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31 December 2015

To Paint Everything RED!


Well, beginning to write on this topic itself evokes strong emotions. It's because there is not one but many lost interests and hobbies. Probably I got too busy? Nah. I believe if one really wants to do something, no matter how busy one is, he/she can still find time for it. It's the convenience of the excuse 'too busy' that one more often uses to disguise one's inability to do something. 

30 December 2015

Black & White

Sharing a set of three photographs here, of common egrets and a crow. 
This was shot at a beach in a town called Mukka, about 16 km north of Mangalore off NH 17. This is a very quiet beach, frequented by the local fisher folk, and sees very few visitors. Which means it is devoid of junk like wafer packets, beer bottles, etc. that people usually leave behind. However the area is laden with small-time factories, and these let out their waste right onto the beach (hopefully they process it well to make it less harmful), which lends a very 'fishy' odour. And many of these birds are seen feasting on such waste. These birds clearly were used to human presence, as they didn't seem to care however close I got to them.

29 December 2015

PANDEYMONIUM, by Piyush Pandey


I've always loved watching ads more than the actual programme being aired; many a times I would watch TV just to wait for creative or funny ads. So when Piyush Pandey decided to write about himself and released his autobiography, I bought it immediately. I finally got round to reading it now. And I have one word for it: wonderful.

27 December 2015

Kaniyoor Mutt, Udupi

Udupi has become a popular pilgrim-destination over the years, and people also find it to be a useful base to undertake short trips to other pilgrim spots like Kollur, Shringeri, etc. In Udupi town, apart from the famous Krishna Mutt, the other Mutts are worth a visit each. Last January we were in Udupi for an official purpose, but we had some time to spare ad we walked a bit around Carstreet area. The annual paryaya (wherein the administrative and spiritual head of the temple is passed on from one seer to the other, distributed among the eight Mutts of Udupi) had just taken place and the entire area was very beautifully done up. The paryaya had been given to the head pontiff of the Kaniyoor Mutt that year. 

23 December 2015

Midweek Blues- It's Still Okay!

This is a short take on the day that was today, something that finally made me say- Aaj ka din hi kharaab hai! 

December does not seem to mean anything to Mangalore, and it is still as hot as ever. Not that we ever had anything that we could call winter, but then the temperatures would drop just a wee bit little in the past. This year it just looks and feels like summer has arrived directly after the monsoons.

21 December 2015

Park Street ~ A Glimpse of Calcutta IV

During our longish trip to Kolkata, we spent every alternate evening here at Park Street. We liked this area the most of all the places we went to in Kolkata. Oxford Book Store is a fantastic place to get lost amidst books, and a must visit for a book-lover. One can also pick up souvenirs to take back home (mind you, it's a little pricey).

19 December 2015

The Gateway Stands Tall!


EXIF: 36.0 mm; 1/500s; f/14.0; ISO 400 

This week's photograph is from one of my favorite places, Bombay. The entire week I've been feeling nostalgic reminiscing good old times spent with folks there, and I've been going through photo archives, which is when I found this. This was during a rushed trip for a wedding, and we snatched time in between all the events to steal an evening walk at Marine Drive, Colaba, etc. We had a long walk around the place, and the evening light seemed perfect for a few snaps. We rounded off the evening with a lovely dinner at 'Pizza by the Bay' with Tiramisu for dessert.

Read also: Nana Chudasama's Pearls

18 December 2015

Book Review: AJAYA : Epic of the Kaurava Clan - Roll Of The Dice & Rise of Kali, by Anand Neelakantan

Duryodhana's Mahabharata


BACKGROUND:

After the much acclaimed ASURA, Anand Neelakantan has written this two-book series on the other great epic- The Mahabharat, and consists of two books. As a reader of Asura would’ve expected, the Mahabharata is now narrated from the Kauravas' point of view. This probably is in tune with what the author describes about himself, that he always felt drawn towards the anti-heroes, the vanquished, the downtrodden, and he attempts to tell their story via his books.

17 December 2015

Why Blogging?

Around the final year of college I had developed an interest in clicking photographs. And the only outlet at that time I had was FB, which meant I would literally flood FB with photographs. People would appreciate with the ritualistic 'likes' and 'comments', and the cycle would repeat. But somewhere somehow I didn't feel right. The nagging feeling was always there, was I boring people with too many photos? This was when I finally decided to sign up on 'Blogger', which I did, but didn't write my first post till many years after that.

16 December 2015

VIJAY DIWAS

Today is Vijay Diwas, observed to commemorate our victory over our illustrious neighbor, back in 1971. A note of thanks to the Armed forces in general, and the Jawans, specially the BSF, for making sure we sleep peacefully in our beds each day. Reading various reports these days of how war has ravaged and destroyed lives of so many people across various countries, I'm just thankful for the little things we have, but almost always take for granted. A salute to our Armed forces.

Sharing here are two photographs of the Amar Jawan Jyoti from two different visits.

14 December 2015

RATNAGIRI: Getting There & Around (1/5)

Last summer, with a long two weeks spread out ahead of us and no definite plans being made in advance, we decided to go on a road-trip impromptu, up along the Konkan coast. There was one home-stay (Oceano Pearl) that I'd already added to the bucket list sometime back; hurried calls were made and bookings were confirmed. The rough plan was to start as early as possible on the first day, break for a day or two in Goa, and then move on to Ratnagiri. It was flexible, and everything depended on how we would feel on waking up the next day.

*Total distance: around 600 kms from home
*Drivers: 2 (Dad and me)
*Who actually drove: Dad (the reasons, he gave, were many- "We have a long distance to cover, you drive too slow, can't afford to waste time", "There'll be rash trucks", "Mileage!!", etc.)

12 December 2015

Not Forever Does the Bulbul Sing.

She came, had a baby, and both flew away!

This week's picture is of a little Bulbul, who decided to build her home in a corner of my balcony, in the Summer gone by. Those were the post-MD exam holidays, and I was at home waiting for the results to be announced, like a sword hanging on my neck. One evening we heard some soft chirping from the balcony, and went out to see who it was. There she was, sitting on the clothes line; she flew away quickly after, but not before dirtying freshly done laundry. Her visits became a regular affair, and soon there were two of them. Which is when we realized they were planning to stay. 

11 December 2015

Half a Century, and hopefully MORE!

The 50th post on this space. Again, a small and a very insignificant number, but for some reason I feel a strange sense of accomplishment. Like a fast-bowler coming in at the 11th position and scoring a fifty in their debut ODI match. And for no particular reason, I feel like sharing this song. I like this for two reasons in particular. One, for the rustic quality of her voice, and two, for the video. It depicts scenes from the Rural Olympics held at Kila Raipur every year. The rural sports, conducted with so much of enthusiasm, and where the sportsmen (I could almost call them Warriors) participate with so much of gusto, would surely be a sight to watch. Which is why, visiting Kila Raipur is one among the many things I hope to do someday!

TUNG TUNG BAJE

Tere mere dil vich loud vajda!

09 December 2015

December Hues: Cloud Art

The following set of photographs is from last week, at a corner of the Tannirbavi beach, Mangalore. I'd been longingly looking at the sea from office from the past few weeks, but somehow every weekend would just get over with, and all plans to spend an evening by the sea, never worked out. Last Sunday, with a head-cold that didn't seem to respond to pills, and the cloudy dull evening adding to the blues, we finally ended up at the beach. The sea air worked wonders, and the stuffy nose was clear again.

EXIF: 30.0mm; 1/50s; f/4.5; ISO 100

08 December 2015

Book Review: CLIFTON CHRONICLES, by Jeffrey Archer

The sixth book gets published in February next year, and a few chapters will be based in Bombay!

Alright, the above sentence would make no sense in general except for those following the Clifton Chronicles, by Jeffrey Archer.

BACKGROUND:
There are five books of the Clifton Chronicles released so far starting from 2011, one each year. The series follows the life of a young, poor and a talented boy called Harry. His family is based in Bristol, he's never met his father, who he's told died in the War, and his mum works as a waitress for a living. His fate is intertwined with the high and mighty, the Barringtons, who're almost considered the first family of Bristol. Also, things are not as simple as they seem to be. Who is his real father? What was his mother's past?

03 December 2015

Panjim Diaries

Panjim city
Why do I love Panjim? Or rather, how can anyone NOT like Panjim? It's not a metropolitan city, there are no high-rises, no swanky malls- so all of you who vouch for these, you'd definitely hate the place. 

02 December 2015

Shadow Art

This is another series I begin (not sure how long it'll last), starting today, labelled 'Midweek Motifs'. Oh the midweek blues! If a graph of one's general happiness is plotted against the days of the week, this point's got to be the nadir! Last Sunday seems SO far away, and the coming weekend looks SO distant. Posts under this label will either be short reflections or thoughts, throwback stuff, or simply some images which I like.

Images for the day are the following two, shot in my village during the monsoon.

EXIF: 48.0mm; f/7.1; 1/125s; ISO 125

01 December 2015

Chicken Sukka ~ Mangalorean style

This recipe was given by a lady who works at the same place as I do. In the local tongue (Tulu), it's referred to as 'Kori Aajadina', which simply means 'dry chicken'. Today it's more popularly known as 'Chicken Sukka'.
The initial preparatory phase involves a bit of roasting and grinding, so I'd suggest keeping all the ingredients at hand before beginning to cook.