Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Elephant Fort

Punnathur Kotta is the Elephant Sanctuary of the Guruvayur Devasom. The palace or the fort houses about 60 elephants. These elephants are trained here for the temple purposes and are a great show at the Thrisur pooram festival. The elephants are well fed and looked after.

But eveyone loves their freedom . . .
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

The red bellied piranha

The red bellied piranhas of the Amazon river, the amazon leaf frog, a snorkelling session in an amazonian lake, have your hair cut with the Piranhas jaws, survive Malaria !

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday, August 03, 2008

High Noon

A laid back weekend with a handful of flicks to watch. Top of the list is "High Noon". A western classic (1952), selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film is #27 on the American Film Institutes 2007 list of great films.
Must watch list :
* Untraceble
* Strange Wilderness

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Vaseline Fan Club

The above species is classified endangered ! If you know of its existence please provide the details, location and if possible procure a piece and ship to me :)

Informant will be suitably rewarded !

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fly by Night

At 10.30 pm its a smooth cruise until the parking of the newly opened Bengaluru International Airportu :) BIAL (http://www.bialairport.com/) Dont be surprised if you get the message "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" when you hot the URL!

On the 'first nite' the same applied to all the services at the BIAL. The parking exceed the limit. A chaotic night ! The authorities did not understand how they could manage the in flow. The tow away trucks just blared and ran around in circles trying to move stranded cars. The parking attendants did not know how to coordinate. It took about 30 minutes to get to park cars in the parking areas. Once inside, there is no way to get out of the parking if you did not want to park and decided to just lay by on the roads. The flights were deleayed, the ATC could not coordiante the schedules. There was chaos everywhere. The Arrival terminal saw hundreds of cabbies holding placards, waiting for their pick ups. If you had to locate you cabbie in there, one had to read through hundreds of placards that were up at the arrival terminal.

Every Parking slot taken.

Taxi way.
Car Parking . . see the traffic jam on the left most side.

Drop off lanes ..

The Main entrance.

Drop off lane again ..

The Louis Vuitton suitcase is a landmark at the airport. If you are lost or have to direct someone who has offered to pick you up from the airport, all you have to tell them is to get to the LV Suitcase !

The airline and help desk counters.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Day tripping these days

These pictures will give you a clue on what I am upto these days :)
Keep tuned for more ...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Night Flight to Venus

Marcia Barrett flew to Bangalore to entertain a surging mass by night at the Palace ground on 8th March, 2008. Like many, I grew in the 80s listening to Boney M hits like 'By the rivers of Babylon', 'Brown girl in the ring', 'Night flight to Venus' and many others on a Panasonic tape recorder in our ancestral home. The tapes flew all the way from Africa...
It was music to the ears after so many years now to hear them sing again.

Marcia Barrett

I was fortunate enough to sneak in to a press conference and get to meet the lead vocalist up close and get prize pictures. Marcia was gracious and chatted up with reporters who queued up for hours for her to arrive in the cafe after a lavish spread at lunch.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Masterpiece by Henry Irving

A weekend photo trip to the Wodeyar town in the red buses is quite an adventure. At 7.00 am, the weather in Bangalore is cloudy and there are chances of rain. We take our chances too and board a 7.30 bus to Mysore. On board they try to play one of Ravichandras's 'cheluve' movies. Every time the bus driver demonstrated his driving skills the video would get reset and start all over again. We watched the initial Rockline Production listing at least theree times and then the driver himself took pity on us and called it quits. Venks kept getting 'cricket' updates from Bylakuppe every 5 minutes...

Breakfast at Mysore, and we were all set on a local bus to Chamundi Hills. Clear blue sky was no where in picture. But guess it was not that bad either. We decided to visit the crouching nandi by walk, passing by the vendors along the road, a solid 5 kms waslk down winding roads...

A visit to Mahishasura too ...

The Crouching Nandi ..

Came down to Wodeyar town and hit the famous Ritz Hotel for a lavish lunch and couple of beer mugs..

From Ritz, we wait endlessly at eh entrace of the Mysore Palace for the gates to open .. watching life happening . .

(modes of transport)

The crowd arriving for watching the lighting extragavanza . .

(mounted Police)

Moments before the lights come on .. and bathe the Palace in lights..

Anxious people at the gates ..

The moment of truth.. the Palace in its glory . .

Illuminati .. another da vinci code ???