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August 26th, 2008

Love to say its fake :)

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After many days, I finally had the chance to stage one of my fake rock climbing acts. This time I feel, it looks a lot more authentic with those bicycles in the background. :)
We did however climb a real 40 foot rock thereafter. However ,we couldn't take photographs while climbing that..

And this is the place where we did all of this.

Somewhere on Chamundi hills.

August 17th, 2008

To Live

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A cyclist's nighmare.
Heavy rains on August 14th converted almost all of Bangalore's roads into open drains. I guess most of the thursday evening traffic towards other cities put off their plans for Friday morning. As a result, even at 6AM in the morning on Independence day, the roads were noisy, polluted and full of impatient drivers trying to get out of the city. We definitely had a tough time within Bangalore.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Independence day in all flavors and forms. There was everything available on the road. Small flags, large flags, wrist bands, caps, stickers. All types to suit every vehicle.
I couldn't understand whether people were buying these out of patriotism or whether it was just for the fun of it.
The Ugly part: Indian flag outside the vehicle. Beer bottles inside. There were a few who went about throwing beer bottles on the road. Whatever has happened to the soul of this country...
Bullets
There was a group of about 30 bullets which zoomed past us at Ramanagara. The fellows were celebrating Independence day in their own way. Most of the pillion riders had an Indian flag. Couldn't capture a proper photo of them as our speed was no match to theirs :)
Later however, we caught them some 10kms laterwhere they had halted. Didn't want to ruin their privacy and hence we just took a long shot.
A surprise
Only I and Suraj started the cycling from Bangalore in the morning at 6:30AM. It seems that Suraj's elder brother, Ravi also wanted to come along. However, due to many reasons, Ravi was left behind at Mysore. When we reached Chennapatna, I heard someone calling me from behind. I turned back and it was Ravi who had cycled to Chennapatna all the way from Mysore (80kms). We were just dumbstruck. His cycle was not even the large rimmed one. It was a mountain bike totally unsuited for highway cycling.
 

Refuelling
We just burned and burned glucose. I think, the total consumption of the day was 5000 kcals.
The mighty river
River Kaveri in full flow. How beautiful it looks. If only I had a raft..

The Path
The road may have been wide enough but we were pushed to the edge to take this narrow white path. The ups and downs were unforgiving. There were humps, there were barriers. Yet, we persisted and after long, long hours, we reached. No one set a goal for us, we set it ourselves. There was no reason to do it. Yet we did. There was no reason to risk the high way. Yet we lived.

August 13th, 2008

Well, I am repeating this :)



What does cycling from Bangalore to Mysore have to do with Independence day? Nothing :) Its just for the fun. At the least, I feel it makes much more sense than watching the "Independence day special" movies on Television.

August 12th, 2008

The Ashoka rock edict found at Brahmagiri (dated to 230 BC) has been suggested to contain a word in identifiable Kannada. The earliest examples of a full-length Kannada language stone inscription (shilashaasana) containing Brahmi characters with characteristics resembling those of Tamil in Hale Kannada script can be found in the Halmidi inscription, dated 450 CE, indicating that Kannada had become an administrative language by this time.
http://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/ಕನ್ನಡ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannada_language

The earliest epigraphic records found date from around the third century BCE and the Tolkāppiyam, the oldest known treatise in Tamil, has been dated variously between 2nd century BCE and 10th century CE.
http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/தமிழ்
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_language

The Languages which saw more than 2 Millennia pass by, are now in a fight for "classical status". What would that status supposedly do? Enrich the language or take language across boundaries like how Purandaradasa or Muthuswami Dikshitar or Thyagaraja did?

Tamil is officially declared as a classical language of India. Kannada and Telugu were about to be accorded the same status. Kaboom!!! A Public Interest Litigation is filed against this. I don't know how any person would find happiness in doing this. Anyways, this is just more fodder for our KRV guys to disrupt public life.

August 6th, 2008

No.. Thats not my view.
That is the Supreme court's view!!!

Read this: http://in.news.yahoo.com/48/20080806/814/tnl-even-god-can-t-save-this-country-sc.html

And 2 days back, there were more fumes from the court. And that was against the shame of this nation, Karunanidhi. If a court itself is as helpless as to use words such as: "Do you think you are super supreme? Do the Chief Minister and the minister think they are above the law?".. I don't know what the common man is supposed to do!!

Read this too: http://in.news.yahoo.com/48/20080805/814/tnl-sethu-bandh-sc-slams-baalu-karunanid.html

August 4th, 2008

Crazy DCH series - Part 3

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These are the last of the photos. Was there a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai? I hope there will be one some day..

Clockwise from left-top: Sigmaringen, Titisee, Unchalli falls, Konigsee, Chapora-Goa, Ubersee.

Crazy DCH series - Part 2

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Continuing on my series of "Dil Chahta Hai" photos...... And its not over yet :)

left->right ; top->bottom: Breitachklamm, Goa, Heidelberg, Konigsee, Oberstdorf, Sirsi, Triberg(Blackforest), Zugspitze, Thirunelli.

August 3rd, 2008

Crazy DCH series - Part 1

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An year and about 10 months back, 3 of us got this crazy idea that we should do a photo series. I am not sure who got this idea but anyway, this series went on and on at a number of locations. Unfortunately, the series ended when 2 of us quit Bosch. Finally now, I found almost all the photos and put it in one place. I find it fun to watch. This will be one photo compilation I'd love to frame and keep. Yet more photos to be posted.

Clockwise from left-top: Breitachklamm, Bodensee, Chapora fort, Sigmaringen, Thirunelli, Bosch.

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journal

n.
  1. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.

Isn't that what a journal is supposed to mean? Then why do I find so less written here? Is it because most of the occurences, experiences and reflections of our life are considered so trivial as not to warrant an entry in the journal? Then, maybe it is time to spice up life :)

August 1st, 2008

Time...

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For the past three or four hours, I am trying to focus on something else and all that is coming to my mind are old memories. Friends, youth hostels, an old discussion about a Pink Floyd song, a discussion about a great book, a wooden bridge, a spy, a river, an unforgettable dinner, a railway station,.....

If only time travel was a reality...
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