Sunday, July 15, 2007

On a Monsoon trail . .

Yet another Monsoon experience this weekend ! The rain in the catchment area has been unrelenting so far. The Cauvery River is in spate. The villagers all around are busy ploughing their fields and sowing seeds.

The mulberry plantations line the entire strech of land. Silk is silenty being spun in the country side. The silk worms are fed and happily cuddled up in their cocoons. Little do they realise that they will have a watery end. Its interesting to know how carefully they are raised in controlled temperatures, protected from flies and insects. Silkworms have enormous apetite, they binge on the mulberry leaves, day and night. After 4-5 weeks they have eaten enough and have grown to 3 inches long and nearly 1 inch thick. Now it stops eating and is ready to spin its cocoon. Three days of spinning its head in an 8 like movement the cocoon is ready. Now the 'gravy' part - the cocoon is soaked in water to kill the worm and to allow the workers to locate the end of the silk thread for the spinning machines ... and transformed to Kimonos and beautiful Silk Sarees! A kimono requires about 2100 silkworms.

The trail leads us all the way to Maekaedatu ~ Goats Leap . .

Wonder if she really wanted to leap :)

Meanwhile, the rest of the sober partners cooled their heels alongside. .

Ideal for a rafting adventure. Anyone wanna join ?.. on the next Monsoon Mission :))

Monday, July 02, 2007

Monsoon Wedding

A perfect time for romance! A perfect time for a monsoon wedding, set in small town name Talkad (tal'kaad) along the river Caveri. Talakad has mysteriously been covered by sand. As many as 30 temples are covered under heaps of sand. Legend has it that it was a curse of a Queen. Dumplings of sand as if out of nowhere... but the country side is lush green and picturesque. The south west monsoon is active and the wind blows at enormous speed. The country side is continuosly lashed by rains every five minutes ..

Its soothing to drive down in the rains. The country side smells fresh, every once in a while you want to pull aside and pull in some fresh stock of oxygen into your lungs as you strech yourself and prepare for the next strech of bad roads. The in roads to the tourist spots in most of Karnataka are pathetic. Well, no one complains . . as long as it gives you a dirt track ride and adventure you can rber!

The Bride and the Groom showering colored rice on each other. A feel of rain ?

We intended to visit the sculptures at Somnathpur, but the rains were heavy on our side. We decided to get to dry lands as early as possible. Somnathpur will be another day !

A little over 10 kms from the city, there are no signs of rain. Just overcast dark skies and dry chilly winds blowing all the time. Just a rainbow ..

Congratulations Sweat!