Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chameleon

The master of disguise. It was quite hard to spot this chameleon on this tree, I was able to spot him only when he lifted his head from the tree trunk.

Chameleon, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rain is in the air !

Sky is grey, and rain in the air. Chilly temperatures, and slightly windy conditions.
Its a lovely weather to go on long drive.

Rain is in the air !, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

this is Sad.

When we travel to places, we want ultimate luxury. We want to relax; in fact we sing, we play, we watch, we sleep, we chat, we argue, we fight, we call… the list is endless. We could do all these because we could place complete trust in the person responsible for manoeuvring the vehicle you are in.

A small mistake by the driver/pilot/captain, or whatever we want to call him, can lead to disastrous results; even fatal. The completed air-investigation in recently conducted Mangalore Air-Crash reveals the scary story “that 158 people onboard had to pay their lives because the pilot was sleepy and snoring for almost 90 minutes”.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/pilot-error-behind-mangalore-air-crash-report/135177-3.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5giZ6Gc6YobCfWtbaSwJdHwyuKmgw?docId=CNG.a4b7d13a383c27ada09ff8d773de7255.511&ref=nf

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dipawali

Advantage of staying in highrise; You get to see everybody's firecrackers at the eye level right from your living room.

This photo was taken on the day of diwali 2010 with 15 seconds exposure.

Dipawali, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Painting

Its been a long time I had some free time to splash paints. While cleaning the house during diwali I found my paints drying. Last time I had used them was during Jan 2009, for Rang Dakshini.

This is painted using acrylic paints on 3 separate canvas.

My Painting, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wonderful Ride

This photo was clicked somewhere on NH4-A in during our recent journey to the wonderful place called GOA just few hours before that fateful incident.
It was all so calm and serene greenery. The pristine beauty of ghats in Goa, intermittent rains and deserted beaches, Chapora and Aguada Forts, Dudhsagar and Jog falls that make you wish you had more time and time again.
I had had a wonderful journey stretching more than 20500 Kms; and enjoying each and every moment of it; Have too many pleasant memories of all the rides we have had.

Wonderful Ride, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Coming Back.

A chapter finishes, new begins. Life is a series of chapters or episodes; each interconnected with other. Whether good or bad, life moves ahead; without giving you a chance to revisit past. All we get is one sole last chance to be attentive and decide how we grab this current episode.

After that unfortunate incident on 27/7 (27th July) near Byadgi village on NH4 and long recovery process, I am now in a reasonable shape and back to Bangalore and also office.

My left knee (and leg in general) still has some weakness and sore back, I am now able to be walk back to life. It's amazing how fast our body heals itself, and it seems our attitude towards life affects this pace of its healing. A positive attitude quickens the pace or rather more than doubles.

One door closes, another opens. How true!!

Coming Back., originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

© Piyush Sarode. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Accident

There are few things in this world which you wish should never happen in your life; yet it happens. And then there are few you wish should keep happening all the time; but they don’t.

After all, life is not so easy and same with everyone.

 

Accident-1, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

There are few things that leave you wondering, what if I had done like this? What if I had behaved like this? What if I had taken this at all? What if this had not at all happened? Or why me?

Few times you are guilty, but nothing happens to you; yet sometimes somebody else is guilty but you have to pay the price.

But life moves on. You have to face each and every day afresh, without knowing what that day holds for you; what surprises it brings; yet there is always something to learn.

As they say, the circumstances were right, the day was set to end the journey of this life but it was not the destined time. The guardian angel was there watching over your shoulders and life moves on as if nothing happened; you just awoke from a bad dream.

Friday, July 2, 2010

GopalSwami Betta

GopalSwami betta, is a highest peak in the famous Bandipur National Park, Karnataka, India.

There is a temple of Lord Krishna (hence name gopal swami) on top of this hill. Wikipedia says it is built in 1315AD; it is very well maintained.

This place is just amazing.

GopalSwami Betta, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunset

A setting sun, in backdrop of scattered clouds, lightens up the evening with bright sky by its amazing colour combinations; the complete sky turns into a huge canvas with sun as the master painter, the results are spectacular every day.
A view from the terrace of our house in BTM Layout, Bangalore; spent amazing evenings relaxing on terrace and enjoying different moods of sun.

Sunset, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Flowers of Coriander.

Flowers of Coriander; an old parsley-like herb with aromatic leaves; used in garnishing almost every gravy cooked in Indian style.


Flowers of Coriander., originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kumar Parvatha

KumarParvatha 112, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.


A view from top of Kumar Parvata, in the western ghats of India.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

World Laughter Day

They say "Laughter is the best medicine". There is research now to show that.
Today is World Laughter Day; so spare some time, read jokes and laugh for once; it's good for health.

World Laughter Day, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

Cake

 

Cake, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.


Yesterday, the 1st May, for the 29th time in my life, this day had come when I get the opportunity to cut the cake for celebrations.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Discarded Bolts

Discarded Bolts, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

While trekking along railway tracks at "The Green Route" in the Sakleshpur, one could see lot of old broken material that was removed as part of maintenance and gauge conversion activity.

Peacock


Peacock, originally uploaded by Piyush Sarode.

A lonely peacock wandering in the lost city of Rameshwaram. This fearless peacock even allowed us to come closer for taking picture.

While waiting on the way to Pangong Lake.

On the way to the famous Pangong Tso Lake, (also called Pangong Lake), one has to cross Chang La pass in the Himalayas at an altitude of 17,799 Feet's (5,425 Meters). The weather was not good and it was snowing continuously on the day we had planned to visit the lake. Entry to the pass was not allowed until snowing stops and sun starts shining again. Few visitors returned from the entry checkpoint of the ChangLa Pass while we decided to wait for some more time hoping for weather to clear. With nothing more to do, except wait, we were back to photographing surroundings and playing in snow. Looked as if, this bird was also waiting for snowing to stop and sun to shine and lift surrounding temperatures to more comfortable levels.

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gerbera

A close-up shot of red gerbera.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Unexpected Rains.

This is a summer season in India. Mercury is rising day by day and it seems that we already have had record highest temperature in past 25 years at Bangalore; with met department predicting further increase.

Yesterday, by evening thunderclouds covered the sun, brought rains and heavy winds with them; and the city was lashed with downpour that halted the soaring temperatures.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Reflection.

Shot this one while traveling in Goa.

 

Also visit: Weekend-Reflection

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hearts in the sand.


I Came across this while trekking on the beaches of Gokarna, Karnataka, India. Don't what this actually is but its shape is just perfect.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Peacock Feather

Peacocks are beautiful creatures, and rightly they are national bird of India. I had seen them them mostly in pictures and zoos, but seeing it up close in a forest has its charm. One could just appreciate its beauty and catchy colours.

 

For more information on peacocks refer to

1) National Geographic Site:

2) Wikipedia Link:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Macro Photography.

Close-up shot of an abandoned damp wooden stick.
This photo is taken during trek to “Kumar Parvatha” in the western ghats of Karnataka, India.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bike.

I own “Hercules” bike. I had used it to commute to my office when it was closer to my home; since office shifted bike stood stand still in one corner of my house. I plan to revive my cycling once again, its time to feel cool morning breeze blowing through hairs again; experience the nostalgic smell of the soil after rains; thrill to ride the bike again. After all this is where I learned “how to drive”.

When my new digital camera (canon S5IS) came, I was eager to learn all photography tricks. I came across this trick called HDR photography and exposure blending which is possible with the help from digital camera. This was my first attempt on it.

For more info on HDR photography: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/high-dynamic-range.htm

Image hosted at my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piyushs/4365076679/

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Save Tigers

 

Our national animal is fighting for its life.

From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India.

If we don’t act now, we could lose this part of our heritage forever.

Aren’t tigers the majestic, powerful, gracious and brave and bold creatures? They are the “symbol of power”, perhaps that is the reason why killing a tiger was considered royal sport.

 

 

 

Links: http://projecttiger.nic.in/ (Project Tiger, Govt. Of India)

http://www.saveourtigers.com/index.php (Save Our Tigers)

 

For more information refer to : http://www.saveourtigers.com/WhatCanDo.php

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bramhagiri.

This picture is taken somewhere on the way to Bramhagiri, a famous trekking destination in Western Ghats of Karnataka.

I love the way this lone standing tree appears in midst of paddy fields.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hockey World Cup.

Hockey is one sport that has brought lot of laurels for our country in Olympics; but sadly, despite being our national sport, it is neglected by us.

This year “Hockey World Cup”, starting from 28th Feb 2010, is being hosted in India. Lets provide our support making this event successful.

Wishing all the very best for “Indian Hockey Team”; Go India Go – Chak De.

Official Home Page: http://specials.msn.co.in/sp10/hockey/

Schedule: http://specials.msn.co.in/sp10/hockey/schedule.aspx

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Launch, Sigandur.

Sigandur (or Sigandhur, or Sigandoor) is a small village located near ‘Sagar’ on the backwaters of river Sharavati. This place is famous for “Devi Chaudamma Temple” (also known as Godess Chowdeshwari Temple). To reach this place one has to come from the main city of Sagar. The road just ends on the banks of the river Sharavati backwaters. The water reservoir is huge and to cross; there is no road. The only option is to take a launch (a ferry that carries you to the other end).

 

 

Our trusted vehicles waiting to cross this huge water reservoir.

 

 

And getting launched to reach other end.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sunrise

 

This picture shows the Sun desperately trying to make its intensity felt on one of the cold foggy morning. Even though the sun had already risen about an hour and half back, its intensity could not be felt because of thick fog cover. It’s already February we are still witnessing foggy mornings with mercury staying south. This year witnessed maximum foggy mornings at Bangalore.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

‘Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’

Zoom TV tries to re-create the famous iconic song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’. Here’s its video.

Credits: ZoomTV (http://www.zoomtv.in/videos/India-sings-again-with-launch-of-Phir-Mile-Sur/8266).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Give Me Some Sunshine


Give Me Some Sunshine, originally uploaded by piyushs.

"Give me some Sunshine, give me some rain
Give me another chance, I wanna grow up once again."

This flower was kept on our dinner table at the "Royal Orchid" Hotel,
Bangalore.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunset.

Owning an flat in an apartment on 11th floor has its own advantages. You have privilege to witness some of the amazing colour combinations done by nature; particularly they are more impressive during sunrise or sunset.

One fine evening, i happened to be at home just before the time of sunset. I couldn’t resist capturing this view.

Use mouse wheel to “zoom in and out” on this image.

 

Image hosted at flickr.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Influence

55 words, is a genre in literature writing that refers to writing fiction or stories in less that or equal to 55 words. Here’s an attempt -

Having spent considerable time researching every minute detail before making that purchase, he walked into store with confidence.

More or less he already had decision; still he let salesman explain nitty-gritties.

With additional information at disposal, he ended up buying something which vastly exceeded his required features and few fancy ones, hardly of any use.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Painting

We required few paintings for the set of our play “HomeMaker”; performed during the “RangDakshini 2009”. This painting was one of many that I had drawn.

The play went on to win many awards, 5 to be precise, including the “Best Play”. I got award for “2nd Best Set” design.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

On the Clouds.


This picture was taken on top of Nandi Hills, a small hill station close to the city of Bangalore. The weather was sunny and cloudy at the same time. Though we had planned to be there on Nandi Hills to observe sun rise, by the time we reached we were already 3 hours late.

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