Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hearsay ......

Mahabharat, an epic 1300 verses, 2109 chapters and eighteen divisions measures up as one of the greatest epics. This epic has been translated to many languages and indeed a source of inspiration to many .......

The hearsay , I encountered had a reference to an instance from this epic, when it were being staged in a junior school.

The scene that was being enacted was the one in which Dushasana humiliates Draupadi. The scene was perfomed by a group of guys in their middle school. In the play, Draupadi's evokes Krishna's blessings to overcome the humiliation. Lord Krishna comes to her rescue by handing over an endless garment , thus avoiding the humiliation, she otherwise would have had to undergo.

When this scene was being perfomed on stage, the guy playing the part of Dushasana got a bit overzealous and tugged on the garment , "Draupadi" had adorned. The tugging gave way and the garment fell loose. In what could have turned out as a panic situation, the guy who played "Draupadi" just held his nerve. He was up on stage with quite a lot of people watching the play and to his shock .. the "saree" he was in was off .. thanks to the over zealous "Dushasana". That's when this "draupadi" , displays his "spontaneous" side.

Looking up , he apparently said .... " Hey Krishna, I just asked you for more of a garment, and you ....... you ..... to save me from all this humiliation have changed my gender itself!!! Thank You .. Lord ... Thank you!! "

Apparently the applause did 'nt die down for quite a while ......... :-)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Heights ...... - Part III

The previous night we visited Triveni Sangam, a place where three rivers met.

Early the next day was reserved for a visit to a park that goes by the name of "Raja's Seat" translated means "King's Seat". Well, I enquired about it and discovered it was "park" and in yester years king's used to visit this place at leisure. The view from this place, which is quite elevated is like this ............

and this ............

It was time to visit some popular tourist sites. On our way we found a tusker relishing his meal.
We were off to a place called "Dubare". A place where one can cool his heels in water and take on elephant rides. DUBARE is an island that can be commuted by boat or one can use a pathway and commute by foot. We chose the boat ride one way and walked back the opposite side.

Travel by boat ............

Beat the Summer heat .........

The floral side of Dubare ......

Relaxed in the water for sometime and we were off to the Tibetean Monastery at Kushalanagar.

The Monastery ........

On the inside .......

Paintings that adorn the walls ......

Their music .........

The towering Buddha stands at 60 feet and the temple is called popularly as the Golden Temple. With this, our trip to Coorg was coming to an end. Now, it was back to Bangalore. On the way we visited the Nimishamba temple, off Mysore Bangalore Highway.

As we were heading back , we encountered a huge pile up of traffic. Ah ..... reality creeps in!

This trip has given me some fond memories. Somewhere , all these memories are etched in the most indelible state of my mind ....... Somewhere ......... the term "Coorg" would no longer just evoke " a place I've heard off "feeling , it would infact evoke, "Oh ... I ve been there and it was awesome" feeling. It was a memorable trip and yeah due credits to all the folks who just let it be that way. :-)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Heights ...... - Part II

Coorg,The Scotland of India. Er ..... it should actually read, Scotland, Coorg to Rest of the World. :-) A town that wakes up to mist most times of the year, except when rain god decides to flex his muscles. A laidback town in South Karnataka. Coffee plantations seem to be the predominant occupation , whereas honey processing and small enterprises that deal with food processing that work out of home seem to be the alternate choices. Er .. to stop this being a documentary........ For more details please visit this site.

Tourism seems to be another occupation here and we had no problems with the accomodation. We stayed in a house that was owned by Sumi and Venu Ponappa. Their kids seems to like the attention we were giving them. Ashiqa Bhojamma and Shreyas were their names! They had a neat little garden and the house overlooked the peaks. We heard a trivia that people in that region are given two names each! :o

About 9 am we began our journey to the base of Tadiyandamol, until which the path is motorable. We had hired a "guide" to this trek on the advise of the folks out there, that we may probably loose our way out there. Our guide seemed to have information only about the peak and no other place within Coorg. Thus , after a small amount of "misguiding" by him we were off track by 12 kms. Reiterating our path, we were back to the base by 11 30 am. Oh, all that misguding was when were in the luxury of our vehicle. Luckily. :D

and then .....we started .........

Our fears that the weather would be a spoil sport , turned out to be just a latent one. The weather was all for us to go ahead and conquer this peak. Oh, is that a tad too bold? Never mind! ;-). Narrow, constricted pathways filled with lush greenery was how the path could best be described.

The path was quite steep and jagged all the way to the top.

We were just walking along the pathway when our guide mentioned that what stood before us was the peak we were to conquer ;-). The sight was just stunning. The mist cleared, making way for us to see the peak we were to climb. This ladies and gentlemen is Tadiyandamol a 1750 metres high peak.

The path along which we scaled seemed to be covered with jagged igneous rocks all the way. The sight was stunning. Mist covers you all the way and the weather is just awesome!! Well from this point it was tiring as we were to trek the steepest incline of this peak. With the reserves of our energies running low, the trek was getting a tad strenous. Oh, wanted to quit at that point . Well, just rubbished that thought aside and decided to move on!!

Then, it hapenned. We were there on top. That was "Heights"! A view from the top!! WHOA! What a feeling it were. The peak conquered. The feeling of making it, despite all the desires to quit, is indeed nice . The catch remains in just covering a small step at a time and not worrying about the big picture! Yeah .. words of wisdom from somone who has been there and done that! :D . Ah ,..... thanks for all the applause! :D

A sumptuous meal at the top. WHOA! We were hungry and the food was just delicious. Relished the meal. Well, after spending some more time on the peak, it was time to move down.

A few of them decided to get down quite earlier than the rest. No issues, but then the guide was with them. Me, Kethan, Kiran and Chitra were the slow coaches. As we kept moving slowly, we realized at a certain point, that we were probably "not" in the right path. A call to laksh's mobile was futile as she had carefully left her mobile with me!! Oh, that was a wonderful moment. In Coorg, lost in a forest during the trek and no source to contact the rest, even when we had mobiles and the range. As, Kiran and chitra kept searching for alternative paths, I wondered what our options were. Maybe we could scale back the peak as that was the only "landmark" around!!

The train of thoughts were broken, by Chitra who discovered one of the paths, was the one we should be taking and that luckily turned out right! Thus, we rejoined our group who seemed to be having fun at a water body!!

The trek was tiring, hectic (maybe coz I am a first timer), gruelling at times. But if i din't have fun at this trek, then I never have had fun!! :D

Now ...... in an example to show what soaps have done to Indian audience .. i would say .................

To be continued .... ;-)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Heights ...... - Part I

Weekends are generally reserved for ..... chilling, relaxing and just lazing around. Ah .... not all of them though! So, this weekend was reserved for a trek at Tadiyandamol.

Coorg, the land of coffee, scenic beauty and picturesque landscapes. A place where one can find himself on cloud no 9, romance nature and awe at its beauty. Mystic streams, lush greeneries, igneous rocks, jagged pathways, mist and greenery complete a brief introduction to this haven.

On friday evening, we left Bangalore, away for a break, away from traffic and all the commotion. It was a gang of seven of us. Faces were put to the email id's and names I had only heard about. The gang explained not in any particular order,

Lakshmi : Casual and fun element of the group.
Kethan : Die hard kannada music fan ( "Excuse Me", "Neene Neene", "Yello Jogapa Ninna...")
easily provoked. Fun, nevertheless. We learn everything from everyone, isnt it? Did somone say, "Yes, Sir?" ;-)
Aparna : The "silent" observer.
Chitra : Seasoned. You can know, more about her, here.
Shub : Was one of the reasons we had a fabulous fun filled trip and returned back with "memories" captured with a 12X optical zoom camera ;-)
Kiran : A friend, a philosopher and guide.
( Huh???! ;-). Not necessarily in that order. I know all the rest are going to kill me for being so kind to him, But then ..........)

Ofcourse me : Not much to say, just the quiet one!

Who was that??! Who was the one who smirked now???! :O. Humility is my middle name, I hope you all know that by now!! (:D)

The moment we all met at Laksh's place itself I got a feeler that the trip is going to be fun.
It started with Shub askin me a question, " Do you know who I am?" , After 12 years I knew Kiran and Shub being the only new guy entrant it was just not that difficult to guess! :D

So we moved .. narrating one fun story after another. Oh yeah ..... Coorg was calling and how could we let our number be engaged? ;-)

Morning ...... with a misty carpet .... Coorg welcomed us.

She seemed happy to see us ....... Infact we were recieved with flowers too ...

and this .......

and this ........

With such a lavish invitation ..... I knew this was going to be a memorable trip ........

PS : A lot of memories in this trip and hence the Memoirs are going to be in 3 parts.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It was one of the days ....

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I was just lost in thought,
One of those days when I was so fixated,
When you offered a contrast to it!!

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I saw tears roll down,
One of those days when I was emotional,
When, somewhere, you were the reason for it too !!

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I was searching for words,
One of those days when I was speechless,
When, you were just the cause for it!!!

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I wanted to share my happiness,
One of those days when I was jubilant,
When, you weren’t there where I wanted you too ;-)!

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I was in a mood to argue,
One of those days when I was at my sarcastic best,
When, you were offering your views!!

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I was so excited,
One of those days when even I believed in divine intervention,

When, you just accepted!!

It was one of those days,
One of those days when I was just being me,
One of those days when I just belong here,

When, you just understood!!


Its one of the days,
One of the days when I want to say,

One of the days when I feel like proclaiming …………. Ah … of course you know what, don’t you? ;-)

- An amateur poet

Parts of Speech




Confused? No, this is no test. The above are

a) Jumping the Gun
b) Reading Between Lines
c) Hidden Meaning (Read alternate letters)

Well, we have all studied, "Parts of Speech", well here are some idioms which are very much a "Part of Speech" ! They are lethal too, and sometimes can suprise the individuals these are directed at.

Huh? Why are you looking so dazed ? ;-)