Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wintry nites . .

The temperature has dipped to 16 C. The nites are colder and the early mornings are misty again. Feels nice to be puffing out steam as you walk early mornings :)

Its full moon and if you wanna take romatic walks, it time to hold hands now !

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The jilebi tree . .

The jilebi tree is a happening adda for all kinds of Avians. The barbet, the smallest little honey sucking bird, the parrots, the cuckoo and two naughty squirrels. Pity I missed a sequence where the squirrel atttacks the parrot to snatch away a berry. Next time i promise to get action packed pictres :)

While below, unaware of the action above ..

Skyway Patrol

The only solution to Bangalore's maddening traffic -

Mission - Traffic Enforcement ! The primary use of the helicopter is to help cops on the ground enforce traffic laws. Traffic violations include reporting traffic congestions, speeding, no parking zone violations, and reckless driving. The Police helicopters can monitor 15 times as large an area as ground police. There various options to consider . .

btw, these were birds flying over the Bangalore skies ..

Lazy weekend

Yet another lazy weekend .. could have gone fishing, but the fishes are out cold :)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Misty Mornings and Moonlit nights

Yes, the flights at the airport have not landed this morning due to poor visibility. The Misty Mornings are back in Bangalore. Theres a chill in the air throughout the day, the sun does his thing and speards his warmth through the day. The lake shimmers with rising vapors, and the treetops are hidden. Just about perfect weather for the weekend . .

Summer is officially over!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The light at the end of the Tunnel

Ever been stuck in a traffic at a railway gate. I bet there are not many places in the world where you get to see a minimum of 5 (F.I.V.E) trains pass by while you await your turn to get across the railway crossing. Route2j is one of the lucky buses to have had this priviledge! The 5.45 pm bus load of techies advised the driver that he should avoid the winding jams on the regular route and take the 'hoodi' bypass to reach over to the tamrind junction. The driver hesitated and said he would consider.. but along the route at hoodi junction, an unusual jam sprung up and he decided to take the secret bypass. just a minute into the road and we saw the railway gate closed and a column of vehicles lined up. No way out now, our bus was sandwich .. bread butter and jam :) 6pm to 7pm, we watched 5 trains pass by as people struggled like sheeps to cross the gate. Finally at 7 it was our turn ... and guess what .. we saw a light at the end of the tracks ... Yes! it was a train .. coming at us. The guard at the gates not bothered of the oncoming train but trying to ease traffic on the road instead. While techies watched their backs .. the sriver was stopped by a 'lathi' weilding guy on the raod and shouted upon for bringing a bunch of techies on the forebidden route! The guy swung his lathi a couple of times at the driver and shouted the dirtiest slang he'd ever learnt in his life...

The driver swore he'd never listen to a techie in his life ever!

While he thought his nightmare was over.. a JCB driver threw abuses at him for ferrying 'software' in the bus . .

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Backyard Weather

Happily, its a bright and sunny Sunday. Sort of a perfect day. A little humid though .. but the rains god's will drench the backyard yet again in the evening. Its easy to predict weather in Bangalore !

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Winter is here !

So did the Radio announce today ..
and lo, there were a few in the grind today with sweaters and mufflers :) Did we read about the El Nino effect and that the weather patterns had changed. Anyway, Bengalooreans hafta have the fan full swing and the blankets pulled over their heads!

The Nellikai festival - As prescribed in the Puranas Tulasi and Nellikai plants are to be worshipped today. This festival requires that every home have these two plants. ...
Based on Mythology, a demon Jalandhara had a pious wife named “TULASI”. Because of her piety, his bad deeds could not be punished. Vishnu caused TULASI to get bad thoughts so that the path to annihilate Jalandhara could be found. Jalandhara was killed. Tulasi learning about her husband’s death due to the trickery of Vishnu felt very sad and bad. Then Vishnu said that a special new plant would grow out of her burial place. The wood of that plant would be used by Vishnu to make a Mala (garland) and worn around his neck. Vishnu continued and said that he would come to earth on this festival from Vaikuntha to Brindavana when the people would offer him a TULASI MALA. Thus she would find place in Lord Vishnu each year. Vishnu also said that those who show lighted lamp when Vishnu wore the Tulasi Mala would be specially blessed.

Watch out for folks walking around carrying a branch of olives (!) oops.. did i say olives ? Sorry, Nellikai !!

btw, if the gods were to visit Earth, would he be as fashionable as MUNNA BHAI ?

Watch the weather now . .

Sunday, October 29, 2006

D.O.N - don, kaun paan ?

Don paan nahi khata !

Finally a week after the actual release, got to watch DON in action. But hey, it is not only difficult to catch DON, it is impossible!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Factory Gaadi

Its been such a pleasure to get to office and back in this week. Route2j covered a 30 km distance in namma Bengalooru in 45 mins flat. The joy has been short lived though. Today everything was back to normal. The rush hour was back. It was like "free the RED CAR from the grind!". The lorries and container trucks were parked all along hte busy ring road. The cops as usual were busy waving at passing vehicles oblivious to the winding queue of traffic. Well, if you think you are intelligent play the expert levels!!!!

And, and, the innovations on route2j continue. Wonder how I get to capture all the action all the time:) Snapped up this chap who was wearing an eye cover to get some sleep on the 'airbus'.

Comforts of route2j ....

oh, i forgot the context, but someone wanted to get into route2j at the signal and the driver, oops, sorry the pilot blurted 'its a factory gaadi' .. how could he ?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Malgudi Days - Remake!

While the rest of the world is going from urbanisation to modernisation, Bangalooroo chooses to go the wrong way! This aint new anyways, all of us take the wrong way when the road is marked One way or the road is a No entry :) Its time someone made a remake of our old Maalgudi Days. (Na'gesh kuknoor, are you listening!!) Nagesh was recently accused of stealing the Iqbaal story from somewhere, which he denied of course.

Anyways, back to Bangaaragudi, a metropolitan town, with over crowding people, jam packed roads, jam packed public buses, jam packed super highways, jamp packed rail network, ... am not complaining :)

Traffic on both sides of the road .. same direction !

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Of buttons and buses

Get ready to configure more buttons configured on your radio sets while u cruise along the chocomochos of "Bengaluru Terraffic" :) A recent channel am addicted to is RadioIndigo. While RJs group up in the background huddled together working out logistics for more . .
Visit them

A new route 2R is born, its a treasure hunt of sorts everyday at 5.45 to find the elusive bus. The driver is either hiding or has deserted the bus in fear of driving to an unfamiliar territory. One adventurous driver drove through hoodi and got us on over the KR puram's notorious SKY BRIDGE avoiding all the jams that we usually encounter. But that was just one day, the next day the driver was absconding. Anyways, word's not out yet on this special bus which is "in the line of duty" right now! If you know what i mean - 5.45 pm -

Monday, September 25, 2006

Hallucinations of the north

I have been hibernating for almost a month now. Silly dreams, dual processors in my mind and feeling of levitation - Yes, I have been hallucinating under burning temperatures of 104'C for a week and then falling into eyes that see only Yellow!

Back on my feet again now, but feel weak . . Have missed a lot of things while i was down recuperating. The great Corocodile hunter was bid a tearful farewell .. I watched it on TV and got emotional myself when Mandy, his daughter came forward to read a few lines abotu her father. The hunter was hunted in the end (.)

"RIP Mate"

Been a flicker finger changing channels on TV and Radio .. So many choices . .
Something interesting about the animals in the north! The way they adapt -

Wood Frog Freezing Survival

The North American wood frog survives the winter with a heart-stopping strategy. To survive winter's freezing temperatures, the frog doesn't fight the temperatures; it just freezes from the outside-in. At the first sign of ice in late fall or early winter, the frog freezes solid as a rock.

"That touch of ice immediately sets off signals inside the frog that pulls water away from the center of its body, so the frog's internal organs are now wrapped in a puddle of water that then turns to solid ice"

The frog's heart stops beating, its kidneys stop functioning and its respiration ceases--for months. The frogs endure this suspended animation by producing a type of antifreeze made with glucose, keeping the water in their cells in a liquid state at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius).

When warmer spring temperatures trigger the frog to thaw, its heart and brain thaw first, followed by its body, all in perfect synchrony. "A spontaneous resumption of function." Within 10 hours, the frog is fully functional.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

It happens only in Bangalore!

Well, this aint no pre-independence Picture. This one was shot yesterday on the way to work. People still travel on roof tops in Bangalore (right under the nose of the cops).

Way to go !

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I love anything that ends up in travel

I Stole this line from a friend .. but yes, I love to travel by train ..
Speed is thrilling .. but I guess slow has its own advantages :)

Monday, August 28, 2006

Keep your eyes on the Road!

It has been a while since we blogged. Distractions galore...

Ventured out to God's own country yet again for a wedding in the family. As usual the Mallu weddings last for about 5 minutes .. and then its the usual lavish feast and different flovors of payasams . . .

Its Onam season in Kerala and festivities are on. The shops are open through Sundays until Onam. Usually Sunday is a National Holiday and no Shops open. People are on a shopping spree all around.

Frustrated the widows dont open in the train ..

A fruit shop ..

On the whole, it feels nice to take these short breaks once in a while, to get away from the maddening rush hour!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Happy iDay!

Its a long break this weekend for us. Route2J will miss us . .
Back to the grind only on 17th !

All said and done, I love my country . .

Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians :)

P . E . A . C . E

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Back to Future!

TOI today, got it all wrong. They were too optimistic. Little did they realise that in ~50 years of Independence, how little (actually none) progress we have made. The roads are still the same. The ones laid by the Britishers have just been re-tarred. We still fill pot holes manually and melt tar burning papers (the BMP way of filling pot holes) - Sakkat HOT magaa! Over crowded buses .. trains.. and trams .. All of them, left behind by the Brits. The trains have an inch of foam now compared to the benches pre-independence. The flyovers, planned 50 years back are taking shape now, only to realise that some of them have had to be closed (like the one on Richmond Circle). Crores down the drain.

The bus drive from ITPL to Vidyaranyapura took about 2.5 hrs yesterday!!!! A record ever since I have ridden on route2J ! In 2025, there will be more chaos all around . . I can bet route2j will take half a day to reach its destination. The metros would never run, becoz' the doors would never shut due to overfill :))

PJ Writing inspired by Radio Mirchi.

Saturday, July 22, 2006