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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Book: In the Hot Unconscious

There are books that get you hooked before you finish first couple of pages. And there are others that don’t, but changes the first impression gradually if you keep reading. I place this book ‘In the Hot Unconscious’ by Charles Foster in the second category. I was reluctant to continue reading the book even before reaching first page – right at the paragraph where Charles Foster mentions this book as a religious book! (personally I keep away from this genre of books). But I wanted to continue for two  particular reasons, one to get back to my reading routine and second, a more important one – I wanted to read […]

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Palace Estate Homestay

With most of my errands being unplanned and with friends, there was no much importance given to booking hotel rooms. Treks were spent looking up the sky, counting the stars and other biking or backpacking trips, it was crashing into a decent enough available hotel room. Last April when I planned to take my family to Coorg, I was lost in deciding on accommodation. Many web pages were viewed, reviews read; but of no help. Finally good friend and an avid traveller Arun recommended me Palace Estate Home stay near Kakkabbe in Coorg. Though we started morning from Bangalore, it was close to four in the evening by the time […]

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All for none

My association with NH48 (stretch between Bangalore and Kunigal) goes a long way back to early 90s. What used to be couple of bus rides from Kunigal to Bangalore during vacations turned in to weekly journeys from Bangalore to Kunigal when I moved to Bangalore for my studies. Watching those beautiful trees passing by and enjoying the cool breeze was a pleasure. Gradually bus journies turned into bike rides and the journey became more beautiful. When I was on bike, I became part of the road. And then the horror struck – in the name of development, they decided to expand the road. NH48, taken on a winter morning in […]

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Dasara at Home

Dasara (Navarathri) has just concluded and here is a small video of Dasara doll arrangements at house. More than Dasara it was known to us as ‘Gombe habba’ (ಗೊಂಬೆ ಹಬ್ಬ) back when we were kids. For all the ten days during the festival, 50 to 60% of our living room used to get occupied with the dolls. Below is a small video shot by my sister of this year’s festivities (since there is no narration, I’ve tried my level best to explain the arrangements below the video) – Top most step has ‘pattada gombe’ (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) – depicting the royal family of Mysore. Next two steps goes for the Gods […]

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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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Multiplicity…

Few days ago, while cleaning the house I found a camera tripod which was left by the previous occupant. The uninterrupted rain kept me inside the house over the weekend. There I was with an idle mind and plenty of time to kill. And I decided to kill myself along with the time. Few clicks on the camera and few more on the computer resulted in these photos – What I had – A camera and not so sturdy tripod Plenty of time Theotrical knowledge on post-processing for cloning & layers Some of the key points which makes it easy/simple to get the final cloned photo (Or in other words […]

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What's in a name?

It was yet another round of fun talk when I told my friends that I had been to Norway over the weekend (during long drive to Shivamogga and Chikkamagalur last weekend). More and more places with peculiar names came out. To name a few – There are villages by name Singapura (Singapore) and Korea near Devanahalli – one doesn’t even have to go to airport to reach these two places. On the way to Irpu falls near Gonikoppa in Coorg, there is a village called ‘Kurchi’ which means chair in Kannada. There is a village called ‘Karadi’ between Kunigal and Huliyurdurga, which means Bear in Kannada. Most interesting name; there […]

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