Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ICOTY.

Tata Nano wins “Indian Car Of The Year” award.

karthik’s not mature enough

"Karthik's not mature enough. He could have given more strike to Tendulkar to complete a well-deserved hundred. Karthik was too excited to finish off the game himself,"

- former India spinner Bapu Nadkarni

“Karthik did it in his excitement, I presume. It was due to inexperience and was not deliberate.”

- Chandu Borde

Sources: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/karthik-shouldve-allowed-sachin-to-complete-ton/557822/0

Forum: http://cricket.ndtv.com/cricket/ndtvcricket/slind09/readforum.aspx?trdid=2880

 

What is wrong with the media and some of the players of past generation? They are simply making issue out of nothing.

What is important, winning a match or scoring a century? I believe if you are so close to the century, you could have taken more strike or perhaps a batting power play which could have accelerated the run scoring, to reach 3 digits; but he chose not to. Then why is so hue and cry? Karthik was right in scoring his runs, winning the match is more important than personal milestones.

Tendulkar carried on in unhurried fashion, with deft dabs and clips off the pads, and glances so fine they just evaded the keeper. But with Karthik clouting Randiv over long-on for a six, the century that the crowd was looking for never arrived.

- http://www.cricinfo.com/indvsl2009/content/current/story/440557.html

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Virender Sehwag

284* runs, 239 deliveries faced, 40 hits to fence, 7 over the fence in a single day of test cricket. Virender Sehwag is genius. Ever since I have followed cricket, I have never seen anybody dominating a bowling attack so brutally. Its just magical, surreal. Matthew Hayden to some extent, but his strike rate pales in comparison to Sehwag. Add to that, out of 17 century knocks, his 12 scores have been scores above 150, 6 above 200, 4 above 250, and 2 above 300. Very near to become only person to reach 300 thrice.

This guy is amazing and, hands down, my favourite.

As S Aga rightly puts “Has there ever been another like Sehwag?”, perhaps not. I hope he goes on to score quadruple hundred tomorrow and breaks that elusive record of maximum runs scored in test cricket.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Trek to Kumar Parvata

Kumar Parvata (or Kumar Parvatha or also called as Pushpagiri) located at the altitude of 1712 meters, is the highest peak in the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. There are lot of taller trekking destinations in Karnataka, but Kumar Parvatha is supposed to be toughest of them all, with almost 45 degree gradient throughout and going all the way to almost 75 degrees at some places.

There are two places to start this trek, one from ‘Somwarpet’ side and another from ‘Kukke Subramanya’ side. Subramanya side is supposed to be tougher. We chose to climb from Subramanian side partly because of roads. The plan was to drive down form Bangalore to the base of Kumar Parvatha, sleep for night and start trekking early morning. We chose to drive via route Bangalore-Ranganathitu-Bylakuppe-Madikeri-Sulya-Kukke Subramanya as this route is in the best condition. Driving through Sakleshpur ghat was out of question. We reached Kukke at around 2-3 am, found a lodge and called it a  day.

Day 1, 8:00 am:

After heavy breakfast we started trekking. The trek route starts from the right side of the Kukke Subramanya temple. Kumar Parvata is a peak behind the hills that you see behind the temple in this photo. The initial 1km is quite easy with tarred roads and very gradual ascent. After that we have to take a left on a jeep trail for 0.5km or so then take a right.

The actual KP trek starts from here. A mere look here from this point towards trek trail will give indication of the steeper gradients that would come ahead. The terrain changes quickly and dense forest appears. Taller trees provide continuous shade with humidity all over. The stretch ahead is steeper with even more steeper to come ahead. This is the place where leeches, thousands and thousands lurking around, would meet trekkers. We were skeptical but luckily we encountered none (after monsoons in early November). Luckily it had not rained in past 7 days as well which would have brought them back on trail.

The humid weather and steep ascent takes away lot of energy in this part. After climbing 4 kms we found ourselves entering the boundary of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. After this point, the forest, trough which we had been trekking so far, disappears gradually and we found ourselves on vast grasslands with the blazing sun. Dehydration and tiredness gripped us all, but we continued. The aim was to cover at least the first leg of Kumar Parvata trek which is at the distance of around 6kms since the forest had started.

Tip:
- Don’t start immediately after heavy breakfast, especially if it is a sunny weather. The gradient, sweat, and humid climates in forests will be sure-shot invitees for that vomiting feeling; may even cause vomiting.
- Carry 2 ltr water (per person) bottle while trekking KP, otherwise it is lot more difficult.

Day 1, 1.00 pm:

Almost 5 hours and not even 6 kms covered? I was stunned looking at our pace. With already 3 vomits all that breakfast had disappeared long back. Just round the corner came ‘Bhattara Mane’ or ‘Bhatta Mane’ marking the end of first leg of the trek.

‘Bhattara Mane’ is small house and farmland built right in the middle of nowhere. It is run by Mr Narayan Bhat and his family. They provide food (Sambar-Rice-pickle-butter milk) and shelter to the trekkers at a nominal price of Rs50. This was a welcome break in otherwise tiring and energy sapping trek. It was a time to take quick rest and recharge out spirits.

Day 1, 2.30 pm:

Resumed trekking again. Looking at the weather and climate, I took a chance and decided to keep all my extra cloths, rain wears etc at the ‘Bhatta Mane’. In the hindsight it was a good decision, as it lowered amount of weight I had to carry ahead (bare minimum + food stuff).

From this point onwards landscape changes rapidly and we enter open plains. The ascent is also less gradient compared to the forest. The pace was good now. A large cloud had appeared which blocked sun thus protecting us. It remained for large part of the afternoon and evening. Just perfect weather and lush greenery with purple flowers around. It was just amazing.

Day 1, 5.00 pm:

Reached place called Mantapa, This is last place where water is available, there is stream near summit but it dries up after monsoons. Found a place to pitch tents and settled for the evening. Only other place to pitch tents beyond this place is at the Pushpagiri peak or valley just before the peak. Looking back we could see the trail which we had covered and the altitude gained. Saw wonderful sunset and rising moon.

Night was uneventful. It was chilling in the night, but manageable inside tents.

Day 2, 7.30 am:

Tents and bags packed, breakfast done, all set to start the final ascent. The climb is much steeper from here, but not as tough as what forest had presented. With ascent temperatures was dropping and wind increasing.

Came across peak Shesha Parvatha;  Kumar Parvata (Pushpagiri) is the next one. There is valley between Kumar parvata and Shesha Parvata; this valley is not grass-lands but a dense forest, chances of leeches. This valley is much smaller, after crossing it we reach at the base of water fall (during monsoons). This is a big rock, Kumar Parvata is after this. Crossing this doesn’t take time, and we finally reach the peak.

Day 2, 10 am:

There are two make-shift temples made up with rocks at the peak. We spent some time on the top, taking pictures is something which nobody has to remind.

Day 2, 11 am:

It was time to head back; what looked impossible during the first stretch through that forest had been accomplished.

Day 2, 1 pm:

Back to Bhatta Mane, at approximately the same time as day before but this time without tiredness. Had lunch, spent some time taking pictures and rest.

Say 2, 3.00 pm:

Reached Kukke Subramanya, got freshened up. Slept in the car (as there was some confusion over room keys) un-till others arrived around 6.00 pm. It was time to head back to Bangalore. Wanted to visit Subramanya temple, being Sunday it was not possible because of rush.

 

Distance: Actual trek distance ~28/29 kms (Subramanya-KP-Subramanya).

Difficulty level: Hard, Strenuous.

Climb: Steep.

Time required: 2 Days.

Water Sources: Subramanya, ‘Bhatta Mane’, Mantapa. Also water stream near peak during monsoons.

Camping locations: ‘Bhatta Mane’ verandah, Mantapa, at KP Peak or in the valley before KP.

Ideal Time: Post Monsoon. Nov-Dec.

It would be different experience during monsoon, but it would really be tough doing it in monsoon. Especially the Forest Sections; Slippery and Leech infested. The whole trekking trail should look like small water stream during monsoons.

 

 

 

Flickr Photo Stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piyushs/sets/72157622786469364/

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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It hurts a lot when somebody invites you for dinner, you reach at the designated time, and you have to eat alone as your hosts have already had their.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kumar Parvatha

Recently, I had been trekking to evergreen destination called Kumar Parvatha, in Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. Here are few photos from the trek.

I will write trek description in the separate post soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Google Doodle

As we are aware of Google-Doodle, Google recently had been running doodle contest in India for children’s day (14th Nov).

The contest was broken down in 3 categories; students from 1-3 std, 4-6 std, and 7-10 std. Thousands of entries were submitted out of which 45 finalists are shortlisted. Public voting will decide the winning entry for 14th Nov; Although voting has ended now but we can view the finalists on this page (http://www.google.com/intl/en_in/doodle4google/vote.html).

Have a look at these entries, these are amazing. The kids are really talented, I didn’t knew that at roughly 5 years age somebody could think of so much while designing a doodle. Here are few of these, jump over to Google’s contest page for all entries.

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Munnar

After I had learned about stitching multiple photos to create a single panoramic photographs, i had certain experiments during my last visit to Munnar.

Here are few panoramic shots i had taken at Munnar (click to enlarge).

 

Friday, October 23, 2009

Analogy

 

At a discussion, here is a classic analogy for cutting costs across multiple iterations. Lets say you clean your house with broom and accumulate ‘X’ amount of waste; Sweep it second time and accumulated waste will not even be fourth or fifth of the original amount ‘X’; third/fourth time it will reach microscopic levels. Same is the case with cost cuttings, initially there will be huge savings but marginal subsequently.

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