Which Way Challenge

Sonofabeach is the new host of Which Way Challenge. I decided to show his new venture some support so here I am with my very first entry to the Which Way Challenge.

On my recent trip to Masinagudi, I clicked some photographs of the national highway.

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The red and silver bus you see is called KSRTC – Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. There are different classes of buses. Red and Silver is ordinary bus, also known as Karnataka Sarige. The hard blue seats are sometimes a pain in the ass. Two decades ago, these were the only buses available. I remember travelling on such buses to my maternal grandmother’s place. Now, KSRTC offers many choices – Airavat is a luxury-class bus while RajaHamsa is semi-deluxe. And in small towns, Karnataka Sarige is the only choice. Enough talk about buses. Let’s move on to the next photo.

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A creepy-looking banyan tree somewhere on the Ooty-Bangalore highway.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Everyday Moments

Amy’s prompt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Everyday Moments.

The other day, kitty saw a praying mantis on the terrace. And after a lot of chasing and rolling on the floor with the mantis, she let him go. (I think the mantis was a he.) Okay, she did not let him go, the mantis just hopped before kitty could even blink her eyes.

 

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In the photo above, it does look like Kitty and the mantis are giving each other a high-five but… seeing is not believing. The mantis was in an ‘attack mode’ while kitty was in a playful mood.

Kitty was angry for a while, after all, her ‘starters’ (before lunch) escaped from her pawches? (paw+ clutches) After singing praises such as “good kitty” and “beautiful kitty”, she seemed to calm down. (She really likes it when I tell her that she’s beautiful!)

World Photography Day 2018

Today is World Photography Day.

Last year, I selected Travel as my theme. This year, my theme would be … drum rolls, please… BIRDS! Watching birds is my new found hobby.

Here are few pictures of the birds that I photographed :

 

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Red-crested Bulbul

 

 

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Golden Oriole (male)

 

 

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Green bee-eater

 

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Luten’s sunbird (male)

 

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White-cheeked Barbet

 

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Sunbird 

 

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Cormorant

 

 

 

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Kite

 

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Pelicans

 

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Peacock
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Minivet
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Sparrow
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Red-vented Bulbul

 

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Long-tailed Shrike

 

 

 

Karnataka Diaries: Hessarghatta Lake

After a fun-filled Saturday evening, my aunt and I decided to go to Hessarghatta lake on Sunday (July 15th, 2018). We had heard about the various species of birds that one gets to see at Hessarghatta. My aunt is an avid bird watcher and I, having recently developed an interest in birds, thought it would be a good Sunday outing.

After getting our lunches packed (-upma khichadi and Sheera) at Madurai Idli shop, we took the National Highway 44. We trusted Google Maps for directions and we lost our way! Tip: Do not follow Google Map when you are nearing your destination! We took the toll road only to realize that we were on the wrong route!

Finally, we reached our destination. It was a very sunny and windy afternoon. Forget birds, there was hardly any water in the lake. Cows were grazing on the lake bed, boys and girls were busy clicking selfies and there was a kite or two, searching for its prey.

A peek at the sleepy village on our way to the lake.

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A lonely tree at the lake

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The lake bed. You can see cows and human beings. FYI, only the cows were grazing. 😛

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There was a temple at the end of the lake.

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A lonely kite

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A couple of ducks lazing around in the water (They were very far and this is the only shot that I could get with a maximum zoom on my 55-200mm zoom lens)

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A tree-ish something

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A duck trying to catch a fish or something.

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A pretty little dragonfly.

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A cormorant

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Goa Diaries: Casa Araujo Alvares, Loutolim – Part II

As promised in my last post – Goa Diaries: Casa Araujo Alvares, Loutolim – Part I, you guys are in for a virtual tour of the Alvares’ kitchen. From ovens to refrigerators, this kitchen had it all!

 

The vessel below is called a bhaan. In olden days, when electric water-heaters were non-existent, water was heating in a bhaan. The bathrooms had a furnace, dug and filled with coal in such a way that the bhaan was just above the ground.

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There was a bhaan in my maternal grandmother’s place. As a kid, I remember throwing anything and everything in the furnace, from chocolate wrappers to banana peels, until I was told not to. 😀

 

This vessel is called a pedavan. It is a steamer, usually used to make idlis and khottos. Khotto is a Konkan dish where idli batter or a variation of it is filled in a pouch made of jackfruit leaves and steamed to perfection.

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A couple of weighing scales

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Oven

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A refrigerator

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A peek at the store-room

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I am a little teapot, hanging on the roof.

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Spoilt for choice when it comes to stoves!

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Cleanliness is next to godliness so always keep your food covered.

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Well, after a tour of the kitchen, you must be really tired, isn’t it? Have a seat. The dining table is big enough and there is room…oops, seats for everyone.

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Don’t push or fight. And do not break the crockery!

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And FYI, that is my reflection, not a ghost!

 

Thank you for reading.

Coming up next: A trip to Hessarghatta lake. Until then, Ciao. 😀