Friday, December 31, 2010

an early new year gift

... on a cold, foggy morning.. right outside my window... a bunch of these brilliantly-coloured swallows sat preening on the cable...


p.s: seeing them at such close range can leave one delirious with joy!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

what bird are you?

a trip to a bookstore is always fun! bought a small pack of colour pencils... looked up a picture on the net... and a quick sketch later, there was this beautiful bird... oh! we don't know yet what bird this is...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

to succumbing

my dreams are in red
my waking hours in black
the monster in my  head
refuses to cut me slack

he drives me to hideous alleys
from where i cannot backtrack
and there his shady loonies
push me my share of stack

and then the happy stuff
flows freely in my veins
with a happy sigh he sleeps
the monster in my brains

i make me a steely resolve
'i'll put up my best fight'
and i say this to myself
night after night

and when the monster awakes
smiling with delight
another day i go down
laughing at my plight!

to annoying dreams

i turn to my left, i turn to my right
i even turn every other way
oh! why wouldn't you just go away

if you've got a message for me,
just tell me loud and clear
be done and be gone, life's enough queer.

pastel time



an experiment inpastels... and loving it!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

looking back

... can be a happy experience!

the fun drive back to bangalore after visiting shivana samudra... the view ahead was as pleasant to the eye as it was in the rear-view mirror.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

shivanasamudra

route: bangalore - maddur -malavalli -bharachukki - gaganchukki -and back.

bharachukki and gaganchukki, the twin waterfalls of shivanasamudra, are the nearest(from bangalore)  and the nicest waterfalls around... at bharachukki, you can go right upto the base of the waterfalls... by first climbing down steep stairs... and then taking a coracle ride that takes you so close that you are drenched in the spray/mist.

click on this picture to see lots of people in the left-side bottom half.


an equally marvellous sight, gaganchukki can only be viewed from afar.. the approach to the waterfall is way too steep..


that's a coracle, a lightweight, basket-like boat made of wicker/bamboo and covered with tar at the bottom for water-proofing. it has a single oar.

Friday, September 24, 2010

tonnur kere - a day trip

 bangalore - mandya - pandavpura - tonnur lake.
a huge, man-made, fresh water lake... a short drive up a small hillock.. lovely surroundings. no crowds. 

on the way, is this beautful temple protected by 'the ancient monuments and archeological sites and remains act'. the temple insides are very pretty.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

dakshin mukha nandeeshwara temple

15th cross, sampige road, malleswaram, bangalore has the following temples clustered together:
- kadu mallikarjun temple
- laxmi narasimha temple,
- gangadevi temple
- dakshin-mukha nandeeshwara temple.

the dmn temple, supposedly 7000 years old, lay buried in layers of soil until it was discovered in 1999. it was found intact and well-below the ground level.. and not needing any repairs... that the temple faces southwards and the nandi is placed above the shivling makes this place unusually interesting.


there's a neatly landscaped courtyard around the temple.... the temple itself has no floor, just the steps of a square stepped well, and is open to the sky in the centre. the well/tank teems with turtles of all sizes, most of them basking on the steps.... you get to sit right next to any of them. ( the courtyard around the temple has a regular well, that houses a few more turtles). 

across the tank, there's a shivling housed in a smaller, double-storeyed, open-on-all-sides sanctorum.. on the top floor is the nandi 'watering' the shivling.. the water is then routed through a pipe to feed the tank. 

 

the nandi sprouts crystal clear water from it's mouth all round the year... the source of which remains unknown to date.

 
a terrific place to visit... trees, birds, turtles, loadsa peace...and all things nice...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

lepakshi

lepakshi is a small town 140kms from Bangalore.. in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh... a heritage site of Vijayanagara empire ...and about 400+ years old.

the temple complex is huge... with loads of legends.. some sculpted into its walls.. some painted on its  beautiful roof... hire a guide to listen to unbelievable stories. the temple is a functional one.

to add to the amazement is this huge heavy pillar hanging down from the roof! 

legend has it that among the 80 odd pillars in this temple, this particular pillar is the one that holds the whole structure together! like the saying goes 'mano ya na mano'

Thursday, July 01, 2010

july haiku

i wonder what chores
i'd delegate to my genie
if only i had one!
* for TheOneMinuteWriter prompt: delegate ( july1)

tell-tale signs confuse
you look more alive than dead
i'm oddly waiting!
* for TheOneMinuteWriter prompt: odd ( july 5)

the endless stories
and to tell them like they're real
precious heritage!
* for TheOneMinuteWriter prompt: heritage ( jul 7 )

should've just said no
to filling-in for you
while you vacation!
* for TheOneMinuteWriter prompt: just say no (jul 8 )

Friday, June 18, 2010

the shrink and i

he brought me some coffee
he gave me a book
with a sympathetic frown
he let me off the hook

back home, by the window
i sat down for a read
his book described
the perfect cracked-up breed

there were cases and symptoms
that left me quite amazed
it was MY life i was reading
page after page!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

sunday evening with a friend's 3-yr old:
A: GL aunty, can you tell me a story so I can sleep?
GL: sure. come here.
A: do you know how to tell a story like mommy does?
GL: let me try. ahem... long ago...
A: nooo. i want a story that begins with 'once upon a time'
GL: alright, once upon a time, there was this boy called ..
A: nooo, i want a fox story

GL ( racking her brains): oh yeah the fox story. the fox in the sheep's clothing and all?
begins with it, and promptly forgets what happens next.
A(clearly bored): ok, i will tell you a story.
the story's about how one animal runs behind the other, which in turn runs behind yet another.. and so on.
A(shaking GL): GL aunty, i am supposed to sleep, not you!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

mess me no more

stop hurting yourself every now and then
and wipe that smirk off your stupid face
your pain doesn't cut through me anymore
i now shrug it off after a cursory grimace

for SundayScribblings prompt: mess

Sunday, June 06, 2010

quietly flows

warm tears on cold cheeks
flow quietly in their wake
a stray sob betrays

* for HaikuBones prompt: quietly
* Haiku/senyru: a Japanese form of poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables each.

treat tee

an old tee gets treated to some paint... and lovely william wordsworth lines

tinnu, who sat by himself all the while, came around for a look... and here's what he had to say:
*sniff *
- fabric paint doesn't spread like oils, so ends up in blobs and smears
- the zero-sized brush is not(good enough) for writing 
- need something to keep the lines straight, cello-tape maybe.

Friday, May 28, 2010

and some truth...

everything i do
will always be overshadowed
by what i do not

* a haiku/senyru is a Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Monday, May 24, 2010

by day by night

i love your handsome face by the day
just thinking of you makes me smile my smile
i'd banish my nighmares if i could have my way
for the dreaded monster has your panache and style

oh! and he has your handsome, loving face
and my neck firmly in his bony grasp
it begins to snap as he pacifying says
'won't you wake up now, my dear asp'

for threeWordWednesday prompts: dread, grasp, pacify

Saturday, May 22, 2010

parasail at hoskote


meet up at 8am at the office gates.. A's brought his new chevy beat... leave at 8:45. reach around 10am after umpteen calls to locate the  place tucked into a dried-up lake. good fun going up in the air.. nice view!... back home by lunch time.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

earth hour, huh?

i watch my dad walk off humming
leaving the lights of the bathroom burning
and i wonder how long the geyser's been running
before i finally turn it off!

to cut down the mounting electricity bill
i now do all the reading by the window sill
and when i remind him of 'switch-off-after-use' drill
i am invariably met with an ugly scoff!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

groannnn

monday morning...GL's wearing her hair differently... runs into a colleague
C: hey GL
GL: hey, C. how're you?
C: great, thanks. you look good
GL: well, i tried very hard
colleague who's expected to laugh, nods and walks away... GL's hurt beyond belief ... and looking for ways to handle quips that backfire

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

scary beings

a monstrous housefly...


and a cockroach-sized newbie... visited GL this week.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

27-mar: belum caves

distance from bangalore: approx. 270 kms.


 

the last of the bumpy buses dropped us off at the belum caves' gates... from there, you drive/walk about 500mtrs inwards, pay rs.30 as an entry fee and look around for any semblance of a cave. hiring a guide is optional but a very good idea. the cave is an underground one, and the entrance, a sinkhole, has steps leading to it. a little beyond the entrance, is another sinkhole that opens like a sun-roof. beyond this point, begins the 3km long caves, 1.5km of which is open for public viewing, and reaches almost 120feet  below earth. rocks cut and shaped by water, the cave roof is smooth and very well formed. the floor of the caves is laid with tiles for easy walking, and difficult places made accessible by stairways. the entire cave is lit up by sodium lamps, raising the temperature inside to insane levels. and then there are air-vents everywhere pumping fresh air into the cave.

the cave complex is huge/tall in places, then real narrow, and at parts very low, most parts beautifully lit up and there are lot of stalactite and stalagmite formations(the mineral deposits that remain after the water evaporates). there's even a place where water drips from the rocky roof into a small tank. no snakes, no rodents, less than a dozen bats. the guide makes sure you don't miss out on the interesting parts of the cave.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

apparition

"left" he bet. "right" said the other. she went straight ahead and, hopped across the small puddle. the boys laughed. "left" he said again. the other chose "right" as usual. she went straight ahead, ducked gracefully under the flower-laden branches and continued walking with the gaiety of a wintery sun. only it was the dead of night. not that there was anything to worry about. the locality was as safe as could be. wasn't that why the two were chilling out while the rest of the folks snored... they had then noticed a nice girl with nice wavy hair walking along and they decided to walk along, only a few steps behind her and without her notice.

there was a car right ahead, bang in the centre of the road. "left" he bet again. "right" said the other. she went straight ahead, through the car!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

look into my eyes...


The iris(coloured part of an eye) of a frog's eye can be brown, green, red, silver, bronze and even gold! gold is what our frog here has.. or dya think it's bronze? The pupil is either round(as seen in the frog above), veritical, horizontal, triangular or star-shaped. so next time you see this mottled, wart-sy, "live jelly" being, instead of going "ewwwww" watch out for its eyes... 

the frog was real tiny and sat very still, waiting for me to go away..

chibbalgadde

... a.k.a sibbalgadde, is a place near teerthalli in shimoga with no signboards to tell you've arrived... there's a very old ganesha temple built in stone. the temple courtyard has steps at the backside leading you down to the tunga river. here hundreds of fish jostle for the parched/puffed/plain rice offered by the devotees(or in our case, touristy visitors looking for fun).. rice is available at the lone house thats attached to the temple




the fishes are huge... easily 2-4 feet long... you could leave your hand in water long enough for them to brush against you and/or have them nibbling at your fingers and toes... you could spend an entire day just watching the fish here. 

shringeri is another place where you get to do the same.

not of the same feather

catsy

madivala lake

madivala lake at 29th main, btm 2nd stage, bangalore...

 

madiwala lake, a few metres from GL's house, is a beautiful expanse of water and weed. the weed seems to have annoyingly occupied a major part of the lake, but then it houses a lot of chirping insects/frogs and birds. most of this weed is frequently cleared and deposited on the lake-edge into stinky piles.

the other side of the lake is bordered with houses and streetlights that make a beautiful sight in the evenings. late noons, huge flocks of egrets and darters/cormorants rise in unison from the weed-bed and fly overhead in a breathtaking display of wings and cacophony. this is one place in bangalore that's worth hanging out at, yet not a popular crowding place.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

i live in a haunted house

... and this ain't no joke


Living in a haunted house
isn't that spooky at all
i live with a few invisible beings
they occupy the bedroom and the hall

so, i've moved my bed into the kitchen
i wake up to a new decor each day
but i get plenty a helping hand
when i set to clear the disarray

besides, it's whole lot of fun
to have lights put on for you
the doors swing in and out as i pass
the taps - they work by themselves too

i wouldn't deny the flipside though
those weird scribbling on my toe
and that awful hair-tugging while i sleep
to let me know there's a faucet leak

they annoy me by changing channels
while i watch my favourite show
and google for ghostly things, that are..
ermm, you wouldn't want to know!

( to be contd...i hear some noise... got to go...)

Monday, March 01, 2010

workplace woes - part one

this cat and mouse game
you keep me waiting so long
madly frustrating!

* a haiku when installing 10.2.0.5.0 CRS on a slow cluster :)
a haiku/senyru is a Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Monday, February 15, 2010

seductive haikubones prompt

seductive pen moves
words follow generously
another haiku


seductively coy
beautiful night fools you good
evil spirits roam free


* for HaikuBones prompt: seductive
* for MondayPoetryTrainRevisited
* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

i saw an angel

then the angel spoke
with a lucid righteousness
i was thus salvaged


* ThreeWordWednesday prompts: lucid, righteous, salvage
* Haiku/senyru: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

'D' is for ducks

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

the odd man out

 
notice the ants on the  yellow flower? maybe if you click on the picture and view it large

Monday, February 08, 2010

missing the point

you're talking at length
weaving stories in and out
i miss the message

* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.
* Sunday Scribblings prompt: message

Sunday, February 07, 2010

thinking of you

my breath of fresh air
every time i think of you
i forget to breathe

* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.
* for HaikuBones prompt: breath

getting priorities right

in a single file
black ants march uphill to eat
it's their breakfast time

* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. 
* One Single Impression prompt: single

Friday, February 05, 2010

the week of recurring nightmares

beautiful sunset
to me you only herald
terrifying nights

* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

for laughs

all i ever need is you...
and oh! a good dollop of money too
and a good sized place to call a house
and a marriage to make us each others' legal spouse
and hope you are quite heavily insured
to cover the med. bills till you are cured
with all these perfect things in our lives
i'll be your perfect brand new wife

frantically speaking

watching you laugh and softly talk
and the chirpy cheer you inevitably spread
is like watching a baker hide his glee
at the gladdening odour of fresh baked bread

i frantically steal glances to catch you smile
and lurch when the aura around you i see
i realise i've forgotten my troubles for a while
i'm still smiling to myself as you walk past me

* for ThreeWordWednesday prompts: frantic, lurch, odour

Thursday, February 04, 2010

'C' is for climber

'C' is for the agile climber who scurries up and down endless betelnut/arecanut palms in matter of seconds... he climbs one of the palms and using a hooked pole, dislodges betelnut bunches from palms all around him. the pods are then shelled to obtain the nuts, the nuts are boiled and dried... and sold.

betel leaves along with betel nuts and a variety of other spices makes for a popular after-food munch.


* for ABC Wednesday
* for ThatsMyWorld! 

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

haiku for 02/02/2010

learned medicine man
explains every leaf and shrub
it falls on deaf ears

* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Monday, February 01, 2010

uncanny

with uncanny strength
he pulls his coffin lid shut
feels deathly relief

* for HaikuBones prompt: uncanny
* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

'B' is for a 'bee'

'B' is for this colourful bee that clung to a friend's leg after a walk in the woods... and no, the friend wasn't stung or poisoned.

the bee was plump and had pretty vibrant colours and feather-like feelers. it was a delight to watch such a colourful fly, and it stayed for a while before disappearing into the dark.

 

for ABC Wednesday Round6

Monday, January 25, 2010

haiku some more

butterfly wing-prints
show way to water holes
earth stocks aplenty

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a green grasshopper
camouflaged on a leaf
an artist's muse

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fresh fallen flowers
decorate the walkway
no stopping seasons

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january's a jester
resolutions you can't keep
nature laughs


* for Monday Poetry Train week#64
* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

finding peace

... in a haiku

incandescent moon
crickets chirp and the frogs croak
night seldom brings peace


* Haiku Bones prompt6 incandescent + prompt7 peace
* Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Haiku often reflect on some aspect of nature.