Prajavani uses a photo without permission

Update 6 (Final – 25-Nov 12:30PM): Finally I’ve received a cheque from The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Amount mentioned in the cheque is very nominal – probably that’s the amount they pay for regular contributions. Happy with how this incident went & thanks everyone for all the help and support. Update 5 (9-Nov 04:00PM): As committed, Prajavani has printed a correction in today’s weekly supplement saying the photographer’s name was missed out in last week’s article. Image here. Update 4 (3-Nov 10:00PM): Based on the phone discussions, I realized the weekly supplement in charge has not seen my FB posts & tweets – though Prajavani was tagged in both the […]

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It's time for NaNoWriMo

Let me be clear upfront – No, I’m not writing a novel and that too 50,000 words in a month. For those who are not aware, ‘NaNoWriMo‘ (National Novel Writing Month), an annual novel writing project that writers both professional and amateur set themselves a challenge of writing a 50,000 words novel – this happens every November. A total of fifty thousands words – an average of 1667 words per day! As I said in the first line, I’m not signing up in their website for the challenge. Instead of writing a mammoth book, I’m setting up a smaller target of writing 10,000 words (an average of 333 words per […]

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30 day challenge

Running a marathon is one of the many things which I have in bucket list. Long distance running got added to the list years ago and stayed there without any action. After plenty of procrastination, I managed to buy a pair of running shoes to start training. But I took an year to take out the shoes out of the closet. This June I made up my mind and came out with a plan to be able to run 10KM run through a 8 week training. So I started a 3 day running program, complementing with couple of days of cycling. Two weeks down the line, it turned into a […]

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Back to reading spree

When I am travelling (read: while not driving/riding), I can do only two things – reading or sleeping. Continuous movement of the vehicle feels like a cradle to me. If I don’t have a book in my hands, and even if scenery outside the window is breathtaking, I can keep my eyes open for few minutes or maximum half an hour. Close to two and half to three hours commuting on a daily basis from/to office meant a book in hand always. Two-three years ago, I thought of and tried reading 50 books in one calendar year – that’s almost one per week. I was on track for five months […]

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ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಯುಗಾದಿ…

ಎರಡು ವರ್ಷದ ಹಿಂದೆ, ನಾನು ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ಯುಗಾದಿಯ ಸಡಗರ ತಪ್ಪಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಾಗ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದು. ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಕೂಡ ಅಂದಿನಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳ ಮೆಲುಕು ಹಾಕುತ್ತಲೆ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಅಚರಣೆ. ಯುಗ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ ಹೊಸ ವರುಷಕೆ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಷವ ಹೊಸತು ಹೊಸತು ತರುತಿದೆ ಬೇಂದ್ರೆಯವರ ಈ ಸಾಲುಗಳು ಕಿವಿಗೆ ಬೀಳದೆ ಬೆಳಗಾಗದ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ದಿನವೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಗೂ ಸಹ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ಬೇಗ ಏಳದವನು, ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಎದ್ದು ಕುಳಿತು ಬಕಪಕ್ಷಿಯಂತೆ ಈ ಹಾಡನ್ನು ರೇಡಿಯೋದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ತನಕ ಅಲ್ಲಾಡದಂತೆ ಕೂರಲಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದರೆ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಶುರುವಾಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಹಾಡು ಕೇಳಿ, ಮುಗಿಯುವ ತನಕ ಕೊನೆಸಾಲಿನವರೆಗೂ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹಾಡಿದ ನಂತರವೇ ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಸ್ನಾನದ ತಯಾರಿ. ಕುಲವಧು ಚಿತ್ರದ ಹಾಡು, ಮಾವಿನ ತೋರಣ, ಅಭ್ಯಂಜನ, ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲ, ಬೇಳೆ ಒಬ್ಬಟ್ಟು – ಇಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೂ ತಪ್ಪುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ. ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷ ಹೋಳಿಗೆ ತಯಾರಿ ಮತ್ತು ತಿನ್ನುವಾಗ ’ಹೋಳಿಗೆ ಮಾಮ’ನ ಪ್ರಸಂಗವನ್ನು ನೆನೆಯಲೇ ಬೇಕು, ಅದೂ ಕೂಡ ತಪ್ಪುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ. ’ಹೋಳಿಗೆ ಮಾಮ’, ಅವರ ನಿಜವಾದ ಹೆಸರಲ್ಲ. ಅವರ ಹೆಸರೂ ನನಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. […]

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Seventy Five Days

… since my last post. I feel guilty of forgetting to write, of not posting on Avalokana. It’s not just two and half months, posting on Avalokana took a back seat since last October & was limping till Feb before coming for a halt. Reason are several. Though I was totally tied up at office during Nov & Dec’07 and after that got busy at home for a month as my parents shifted to Bangalore, I managed to put-up few photos. It was then, when I got loads of time, posts stopped. Now that I’m back, I plan to be active here. Time for me chug along after the long […]

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Little D

She peeps in through the half opened door (yeah! half closed, if you are a pessimist). Smiles, showing her bunny teeth. Slowly walks in as if walking on a rope. Without making any noise sits besides me & joins me in glancing through the news paper for a moment. Next moment, she turns towards cup board & does a quick search (yeah! I know Ctrl+F) first left to right & then top to bottom. If nothing found of her interest, she walks in to the kitchen & glances at the usual place where chocolates or biscuits are kept. Turns towards the nearest person with a wide smile & eyes dancing. […]

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Deathly Hallows

Go to bed at 2.30-3 AM. Wake up at 7 AM. My sleep time has come down to 4-5 hrs for the past two days. Courtesy, JK Rowling’s latest & final book in the Harry Potter series – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. As of now, I’ve managed to find & destroy one of the horcruxes. And I’m at Mr. Lovegood’s place 🙂 Hope to finish off the book over the weekend. HAve a nice weekend.

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My Dad's convocation

They say there is no age limit to learn/study. And there were many people to prove that right in Sravanabelugola last Sunday. I was their to witness my Dad’s convocation. After teaching thousands of students for more than 34 years of his life as a teacher, my dad was again sitting as a proud student wearing convocation gown & waiting to collect his certificate. He is 67 years old and he was not the eldest in the group of students. There were many retired professionals like my dad and eldest one being 80+ years. It was fun to watch those elders fluttering around in their dark blue gowns wearing hoods. […]

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