Monday, January 31, 2005

Chandani Chowk

Yesterday we had been to "Chandani Chowk". No No it's not the name of any square or chowk in bangalore; but it certainly is a restaurant in koramangala. Just adjacent to "Dal-Roti", you will find a small-village-type-hut which is nothing but the chandani chowk. The food is really good, but it is slightly priced towards the higher side.

PJ For the day.
After we had ordered the food for Lunch, waiter asked us "whether we would like to have any starters?". And my friend, swanand, spontaneously replied "We will order it Later". We all burst out laughing, the waiter composed his face and asked him "For Dinner??"

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Shivanasamudram, Talkad, Mekedatu and, Kemmengundi...

In the past couple ofweeks, I had been to quite a few places, with friends from office (Piyush garyali, Kalpana, Piyush Sarode, Asif, Sridhar, Harish and Mohan), with Rohit and Vishal, and with my drama group. Heres a quick recollection of my first impression about these places.

Shivanasamudram:

Over 130 km of bumpy, curvy, and sometimes non-existing stretch of road towards south of Bangalore leads you to Shivanasamudram. There is an alternative route via the Mysore road. This one in-contrast to the kanakpura road is four-lane well-tarred road. For a day-long outing, Shivanasamudram is ideal location from Bangalore. The river Caverysplits here and creates stunning display of gaganchukki and barachukki falls. Gaganchukki fall lays adjacent to a dargah. It is quite risky to climb down and reach waters because of un-predictable depth and slippery rocks. A short trip from the dargah leads you to the barachukki falls. A steep staircase is carved out of rocks here, and unlike gaganchukki falls, the waterfall here has created a deep pool. A coracle ride, for a nominal fee of Rs10 per person, across the pool is the amazing experience. While returning, the coracle rides man spins coracle near a small sub-branch of the fall, leaving you thrilled, dazzled and filled with joy.

Click here to view snaps.


Talkad:

Few kms from Shivanasamudram, through patches of barren land, farm and small hills, 45km east of Mysore lie the village Talkad. It is an ancient temple town on the banks of river Cavery. The main attraction at this place is the 4th century temple of Lord Kirti Narayana, also known as the vaideshwara temple. The temple was sunken in the riverbed of Cavery. The excavation and restoration lead it to the present state. Sand dunes can be found everywhere. The place is deserted, and according to locals, the place comes to life once every 12 years during the panchalinga darshan.

Few snaps taken during the excavation work can be found here.

Few snaps that we took during our trip can be found here.


Sangam/Mekedatu:

The place is roughly 90 km away from Bangalore in the south direction. After traveling for approximately 55 km, in the south of Bangalore, you reach a small village called kanakpura, from here take a right turn for Sangam. Though the route is not much wide, it is well tarred and occasional sight of small-lakes, coconut plantations, road-side small villages, farming and bridges greets you. The air is much cooler, and fresh. Sangam is the place where river Arkavathi merges into river Cavery. The river Cavery then goes on to flow through narrow gorge at Mekedatuand then further down plunges into a deep chasm to create a stunning display of Hogenekkal Falls in TamilNadu. The best time to visit is indeed rainy season. In summer the rivers are mostly dry.

From Sangam, if you cross the river, and travel around 4 km, you reach Mekedatu. After their (Cavery and Arkavathi) confluence at Sangam, river Cavery flows through the rocks along the way. At Mekedatu, it has created narrow gorge from the rock formations created by centuries of water erosion. According to locales, in the initial days the gorge was so narrow that a goat can leap across the banks. The chasm is quite deep. And I guess Rohit knows it better than Vishal and me. Fortunately the place is much cleaner, plastic and litter, paintings and engraving of names by reckless tourists are not here.

Some of the snaps taken can be seen here.


Chunchi Falls:

For Description of Chunchi Falls, I rely on the description given by Deccan Herald, as I had been there in the wrong season hence the fall was dry.

Chunchi Falls drops in two distinct cascades. The first one seen from the distance as you approach the valley is smaller and wider and the stream picks up the momentum here. The second cascade is more captivating. To reach the view point one has to descend down the rocky patch. The rock surface is very smooth and requires cautious steps. Soon you will be greeted with a close view of this beautiful waterfall that comes through a cleft in the rock and drops down gracefully into a pool. The river flows down further to join the Cavery at Sangam 6 km away. The gorge is very narrow and deep but the views are fantastic. It is however dangerous to reach or swim in the waters. With a cool breeze around carrying flying droplets of water you can virtually steal a cat nap. f you have the adventure in you, try climbing one or two of the numerous rocky outcrops around or venture out on a planned trek to Sangam, of course, with a guide. As there are no shops, hotels or places to stay at the spot, Chunchi Falls is ideal for a day long outing.

Source: Deccan Herald.


Kemmengundi:

Kemmengundi is actually a silent hill station. Lack of amenities, available food, and government resort will bring you back fond memories of your hostel life. In spite of all these, the lush greens,think flower beds, scenic beauty, and surrounding mountains will compensate for all the pains caused on the way and at the guest house and at restaurant. The rock garden, raj bhavan garden and the flower-beds of Govt. Horticulture department guest house is amazingly well maintained. You will not find any littering or garbage anywhere in the premise.

The most famous attraction of this place apart from trekking is the Hebbe falls. The 8-km non-existent road, in fact the rocky and dirt track from Kemmengundi to Hebbe falls, is enough to shatter your bones. Unless you decide not to walk 8kms, Jeeps are available to take you near Hebbe falls; But be prepared to the bone-shattering experience, enough for you to believe you have lost the track, enough for you to believe you have chosen a wrong mode of transport or a wrong place altogether. The riding of jeep drivers is very rash. Sometimes sudden bursts of red soil peek at you and leave its mark on your cloths and make you wonder why youhad taken bath in the morning, and on the next moment a lush-green deep valley makes appearance and you unknowingly exclaim with the horror of jeeps speed at the blind turns. Once you cover the distance up to the foot of the hills you feel exhausted. From here, the last 1-km or so you have to cover on your foot. But on the next moment, Green expanses, lush coffee plantations, cardamom, black-pepper farms and sudden peek of waters make you believe you have been close to heaven. It is the most enjoyable and relaxing walk. The Hebbe falls, with the water falling down in two-stages over 500 feets (to be precise feet-168 meters) creates the most spectacular view. A trip well made. It will remain in your memories for a very long time, and make you long to be back here sometime again.

Another place on the way is kalhatti falls. It is not a big fall as compared to Hebbe falls. There is a temple near kalhatti falls. You have to cross water-flow in order to reach temple. The rocks from where water falls are carved in shapes of elephants.
Places to visit: Rock Garden, Raj-Bhavan garden, Hebbe Falls, Kalhatti Falls.

Some of the snaps that I took during the trip can be found here.


Painting !!!

Few Days back, I tried my hand at painting an Oil. And I came up with the following. Now don't ask me what it is. You can take my word for it; it is a abstract painting with no special or specific meaning, only a depiction of my imaginitive and colouring skills. :):)



If you don't see the painting, click here.



Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Simply Amazing!!

When I first saw these paintings, I could not believe that one can draw so beautiful things in that elementary product of microsoft. The MSPaint.
Don't you still believe, take a look here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Tongue Twisters

A collection of tongue twisters, I came across:-


- If you understand, say "understand".
If you don't understand, say "don't understand".
But if you understand and say "don't understand". How do I understand that you understand? Understand!


- I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish to wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.


- Sounding by sound is a sound method of sounding sounds.


- A sailor went to sea to see, what he could see. And all he could see was sea, sea, sea.


- Purple Paper People, Purple Paper People, Purple Paper People


- If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?


- I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn't have thought so much.


- Once a fellow met a fellow In a field of beans.
Said a fellow to a fellow, "If a fellow asks a fellow, Can a fellow tell a fellow What a fellow means?"


- Mr Inside went over to see Mr Outside.
Mr Inside stood outside and called to MrOutside inside.
Mr Outside answered Mr Inside from inside and told Mr Inside to come inside.
Mr Inside said "NO", and told Mr Outside to come outside.
MrOutside and Mr Inside argued from inside and outside about going outside or coming inside.
Finally, Mr Outside coaxed Mr Inside to come inside, then both Mr Outside and Mr Inside went outside to the riverside.


- She sells sea shells on the sea shore, But the sea shells that she sells, on the sea shore are not the real ones.


- The owner of the inside inn was inside his inside inn with his inside outside his inside inn.


- If one doctor doctors another doctor does the doctor who doctors the doctor doctor the doctor the way the doctor he is doctoring doctors?
Or does the doctor doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?
"When a doctor falls ill another doctor doctor's the doctor. Does the doctor doctoring the doctor doctor the doctor in his own way or does the doctor doctoring the doctor doctors the doctor in the doctor's way"


- We surely shall see the sun shine shortly.
Whether the weather be fine, Or whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold Or whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not.
Watch? Whether the weather is hot. Whether the weather is cold. Whether the weather is either or not. It is whether we like it or not.


- Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.


- A flea and a fly in a flue Said the fly "Oh what should we do".
Said the flea" Let us fly Said the fly"Let us flee".
So they flew through a flaw in the flue


- Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw Before Soar saw See, Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See's saw Before See sawed Soar's seesaw, See's saw would not have sawed Soar's seesaw.
So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.But it was sad to see Soar so sore Just because See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.



Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Common Sense...

Is not so common. A few road examples to illustrate:-

- You are crossing road, the traffic light is glaring Red, and the vehicle stopped at the signal is honking perpetually.

- You are driving your vehicle at the maximum possible safe speed in the most busiest and crowded street, and vehicle behind you is honking continuously.

- You are religiously following the central traffic lane, and at the crossing a vehicle comes from your right side and suddenly turns left at the right angle in front of you. You miss the vehicle by few inches.

- A vehicle overtakes you, and immediately driver knows that he needs to call up someone and He stops in front of you.

- Rickshaw drivers; asuming that they are driving at F1; both driving at the maximum possible speed of 40 kmph: and trying to overtake each other. And you are stuck behind them.

- A pedestrian is patiently waiting to cross empty road at the zebra crossing. The moment you drive and reach zebra-crossing, he starts to cross road, with empathetic smile decorating his face, which was empty all this while.

- A rider, especially girls, riding vehicle at an alarming speed in the crowded street. Beware of these riders, They have their one hand on accelerator, other on Horn, and their legs can barely touch the ground.

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