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 . .