Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Year Wishes to all my friends...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Know Your Crush....

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bangada (Mackarel) Fish "Naked" Fry....

Can you smell it ??

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Bangada Fry

This is Bangada (Mackarel) Fish being "Naked" fried.... My mouth waters as I type this, doesnt urs ?
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Chat With God

Chat With God !!!

God : Hello. Did you call me?
Me: Called you? No.. who is this?
God : This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will chat.
Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am in the midst of something.
God : What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.
Me: Don't know. But I cant find free time. Life has become hectic. It's rush hour all the time.
God : Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.
Me: I understand. But I still can't figure out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.
God : Well I wanted to resolve your! fight for time, by giving you some clarity. In this net era, I wanted to reach you through the medium you are comfortable with.
Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?
God : Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.
Me: why are we then constantly unhappy?
God : Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday.You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That's why you are not happy.
Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?
God : Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.
Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty. .
God : Pain is inevitable able, but suffering is optional.
Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?
God : Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don't suffer. With that experience their life become better not bitter.
Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?
God : Yes. In every terms, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.
Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why cant we be free from problems?
God : Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons (to) Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you! are free from problems.
Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don't know where we are heading..
God : If you look outside you will not know where you are heading.Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.
Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the right direction. What should I do?
God : Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.
Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
God : Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
Me: What surprises you about people?
God : when they suffer they ask, "why me?" When they prosper, they never ask "Why me" Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.
Me: Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I cant get the answer.
God : Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation.
Me: How can I get the best out of life?
God : Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
God : There are no unanswered prayers. At times the answer is NO.
Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat.
God : Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don't believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs. Life is a mystery to solve not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that took our breath away!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

An Interview with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight..

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to
reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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Indicative Tourism Road Map - Sirsi Jog Murudeshwar Yana Gokarna Karwar

From Bengaluru - Sirsi - Sonda - Sahasralinga - Sirsi - Banavasi - Unchalli-Siddapur-Jog-Murudeshwar-Idagunji-Yana-Gokarna-Karwar

Take the NH-4 from Bengaluru and travel till Haveri 335kms, and take the Diversion to Sirsi, which is 74 kms away from there. (Sirsi to Bengaluru = 425kms).

The name Sirsi appears to have been derived from the true Shirsha. The fort of Sirsi is now in ruins where temples of Shankara and Ganapati could be seen. On the right side of Shankara temple is a small pond locally called as Shankara Tirtha. The popular Marikamaba temple is said to have built in 1689. The wooden statue is believed to have been found in a tank. Veerabhadra, Ishwara and the Parshwanath Basti are other temples in the town. Triambakeshwara temple and a Ganesh Shrine are just opposite Marikamba temple.

With Sirsi as the base, travel towards the North by the Sirsi-Yellapur Road to visit Sahasralinga 17 kms and Sonda Swarnavalli Matha + 5 kms.

SAHASRALINGA : A beautiful valley where the river Shalmala flows. The multiple Shivalingas found for considerable length in the river course of the Shalmala are an attraction. Each rock is designed with a linga and Nandi facing it.

SONDA : 19 KMs from Sirsi is the seat of one of the Ashtamathas of Udupi rto which Vadiraj Swami succeeded . it contains the Brindavana of Vadiraj Swamy. There is a fine Kalyani called Dhavalaganga behind this. The annual car festival of Trivikrama is held on the Holy Poornima which also synchronises with the day of the entry of Vadiraja in to Brindavana.

SWARNAVALLI : 16KMs from Sirsi is the revenue village where Swarnavallimatha was established. It has got shrines of Rajarajeshwari, Chandramouleshwara and Laxminarayana. On the forest route, from this mataha to Vadiraja Mataha , Sonda, a Jaina Matha could be seen which was also called as Bhattakalanka Matha.
Another +19 kms will take you to the Shivganga Falls, for which you may have to trek a bit. Nearby is a Island in the Shalmala river with a small Ganesh statue. The island is known as Ganeshpal.

ShIVAGANGA FALLS : 22 KMs from Sirsi. There is no proper road, and after moving through a moterable road from Hulekal to Smpigadde near Mensi village, one has to cross the thick forest in order to reach this spot. The small Sonda river falls in to a deep valley covered with thick ever green flora and presents a captivating view.

Return back to Sirsi, visit the 300 years old Marikamba Temple, and travel down South-West to Banavasi 24 kms from Sirsi, to visit the capital city of the Kadamba Kings. Pampavana is 1 km near Banavasi.

BANAVASI : The place is 22 KMs from Sirsi is one of the oldest towns of Karnataka with beautiful, natural surroundings. The river Varada flows on 3 sides. Madhukeshwara Temple originally constructed by the Kadambas, has got many additions in Kalyana, Chalukya and Hoysala Styles. There are many shrines big and small along the compound of the main temple. The Triloka Manatapa kept in the Navaranaga of the Madhukeshwara and the Asthana Mandtapa are wonderful monolithic creations.

From Banavasi, head towards Siddapur, and 35 kms before Siddapur (on Siddapur-Kumta State Highway) you will find the Unchalli falls (Lushington Falls) also known as “Keppa Jog”.

UNCHALLI FALLS : 35 KMs from Siddapur is a fine tourist spot. It is acombination of 2 streams one from Shankar thirtha [ Sirsi Town ] & the other from Manjuguni Tank [Sirsi Taluk ] which converges at Maddihalli [ Siddapur Tq.] which then flows deep down in to the rugged valley at Hunchalli from a height of 116 Mtrs and then flows westwards. The river is called Aghanashini from Maddihalli.

There is one more falls in 5km radius from Unchalli Falls, known as Burude Jog on the same road, towards Siddaapur.

DODMANE : 27 KMs from Siddapur is located in the beautiful surroundings of ever green forest and uneven landscapes, which together present a panaromic view of the valley. There is water falls here which is locally known as Burude jog. This is a highly captivating site.

BILGI: 13 KMs from Siddapur has temples of Veerupaksha, Mahadeva and Hanumanta. The Jain Basti in Bilgi is the biggest in the Dist. and a very beautiful complex structures.

Come down to Siddapur, and head towards Jog Falls which is 22kms from Siddapur (state Highway)

From Jog Falls, you have two options –
1. Take the State Highway towards Honnavar via Gerusoppa, or
2. Take the narrower road towards Bhatkal

If you take the First option, you can see the Gerusoppa valley, and the Gerusoppa – Nagara Bastikeri Jain Chaturmukha Monument, while proceeding towards Honnavar.

If you take the second route, you can see the 14 century Jain Temple - Theerthankara Basadi at Haduvalli 16 kms before Bhatkal, which was formerly the capital of Rani Channabyra Devi.

Anyways, you can travel and halt at Murudeshwar, which is 16 kms from Bhatkal towards Karwar on NH-17 and about 35 kms from Honnavar.

Murdeshwar is said to have a part of Atma Linga of Gokarn. Beautiful location of the temple surrounded by the sea is realy marvellous, and is a tourist centre.
23 kms from Murudeshwar and 15 kms before Honnavar is Idagunji, a religious destination, with the 800 year old Ganesha Temple. Along the NH-17, a diversion has to be taken towards the East to reach Idagunji, about 6 kms interior.

Then again, proceed to Honnavar, and 8 kms before Honnavar is the
Apsarakonda, at the confluence of the Sharavathi River and the Arabian Sea, which is a small waterfall, fit for Apsaras (fairies) to bathe and relax. There are also several big caves, said to have been used by the Pandavas, on the hillock at Apsarakonda, with a view of lush green fields, coconut groves, the sea and the river.

Honnavar - Historical Importance:
In 1502, Vasco da Gama imposed commercial restrictions on the Chief of Honavar , to accept the suzerainty of the King of Portugal during his second voyage to India. Later Honavar witnessed many battles between Mysore dynasty (Vijayanagara dynasty) and English East India Company.

Head towards Kumta from Honnavar which is 20 kms away. From Kumta, along the NH-17, take the diversion - road to Sirsi, to go to Yana. Yana is 28 kms from Kumta and 65 kms from Sirsi. No eating joints are available at Yana, so please carry your own food.

Yana - This place in thickets of the Sahyadri hills of the Western Ghats. Two huge rocks are the center of attraction here. There are two temples, temple of Shiva inside a cave and a Ganesha temple nearby. The other places of interest are a small waterfall and the forest itself.

From a place called Anegundi near Kathagaal before the Devimane ghats it is around 16kms walk. Jeep is the best mode of transportation anywhere in North Kanara, especially Yana. Jeeps can be hired at Kumta.

After grueling yourself at Yana, head down towards Kumta, until you reach the NH-17. Head North on the NH-17 to go towards Gokarna, about 30 kms. At Gokarna, visit the 18th century Mahabaleshwara temple, Kotitheertha, Jatayu Theertha, Om beach, Kudle beach.

Gokarn has been well known piligrim centre from the rime immemorial for Atma Linga brought by Ravana and is famous as Dakshin Kashi; It takes us to Krutayuga when Rama and Ravana lived.

Spend the night in one of the rustic, earthy, no-comfort Cottages on the Om / Kudle beach for a lifetime experience.

55 kms from Gokarna is Karwar.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Peugot Indian Car Commercial

Peugeot Indian Car Commercial
to transform his not so impressive car in any method he can to look like a 206....

Monday, October 1, 2007

Amritapuri Visit

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi -
Many people wonder how a little girl from a simple South Indian village came to be known throughout the world as "Amma, the Mother of All." Motherhood, in its ultimate sense, has nothing to do with bearing a child, but with love, compassion and selflessness. It lies in totally giving one's self to others.

"We should tell children while they are very young that there is a power known as God who controls everything. If we teach a child to remember this divinity in all circumstances of life, that child will be able to keep his or her inner poise in every situation, whether it be victory or defeat." —Amma

Amma gives darshan to a huge crowd in Karwar on 15-02-2006 At Maladevi Ground, Karwar.

Simply Huge: Darshan in Karwar
Bharata Yatra 2006
15 February 2006 — Karwar, Karnataka

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When Amma gives a programme in a new city, none of the ashramites know exactly what to expect—that is to say, no one knows how many people will actually come, no one knows how late the next day Amma's darshan will actually go. Karwar is kind of sleepy seaside town that lies 15 kilometres south of the boarder separating Karnataka and Goa. Driving along its coastal highway, one is overtaken by the beauty of its craggy hills, massive inlet bays, towering coconut trees and barren white beaches. In fact, more than 75 percent of the district is forest. It's the kind of place where farmers lead small teams of water buffalo along the roadside—or, more often than not, the buffalo are left to wander the same routes unsupervised. That said, no one dreamed that 250 to 300 thousand people would come to see Amma. But they did.

By 4:00 p.m. the grounds at Mala Devi Temple were full, and by the time Amma arrived at 6:30, there were three queues to get inside, each of which stretched for 3.5 kilometres! It was by far the biggest crowd to ever come see Amma for a single programme.

Amma was welcomed with padapuja, purnakumbam, fireworks and the chanting of the Vedas, as well as by a breathtaking version of the dhyana sloka by Vani Hardikar Hegde, a professional classical singer.

In the end, Amma finished giving darshan only by 1:30 the next day. She had been onstage for 19 hours continuously. It's hard to say exactly how many people Amma gave darshan to, but surely it was up there with the largest amount in history. The tokens distributed totaled 172,500, and all those patient enough to remain till the end received Amma's darshan.

It was only in August 2005 {photo-news} that a busload of devotees from Karwar descended upon Amritapuri, all begging Amma to come and bless their city. Who knew the busload represented just so many hundreds of thousands of others who also desired to spend a few moments in Amma's arms.


Sri. Santeri Temple, Hankon, Karwar

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KARWAR: Sateri Devi temple at Hankon, about 10 km from here on the Sadashivgad- Kadra state highway, has been attracting devotees not only from this part of the state, but from Goa and Maharashtra as well.
The most significant feature of the temple is that it is open only for a week in the Bhadrapada month. The festival is celebrated during this week. Legend has it that about 300 years ago, Sateri Devi took birth at Hankon in a human form. Having mystic powers, she was revered by the people. However, one day she disappeared by jumping into a well.
When the villagers prayed for her to resurface, Sateri Devi, who appeared in the dream of a devotee promised that she would give darshan only on two days in a year. When they asked her to stay for at least a week, she agreed.
Thus the festival is celebrated from the fourth day of Ganesh Chaturthi every year for one week. The festival is celebrated this year from September 18 to 24.
The temple is opened at midnight on the first day of the festival and closed at midnight on the seventh day.Every day more than 15,000 people visit the temple during this period.
Various programmes including bhajans, keertans and religious dicourses are arranged during the week.
The common belief is that the child-less are blessed with a child.The temple is managed by a village committee.According to Ullas Naik, a committee member, the temple was renovated two years ago with the offerings of the devotees.
The temple now has an imposing structure having a garbhagriha, an ardha mantapa and a mukha mantapa.
Though the temple is closed after the festival, priests perform pooja every day at the main entrance.

Karwar Ganeshotsav 2007 Pictures

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sea Organ - musical instrument played by nature

The musical Sea Organ (morske orgulje) is located on the shores of Zadar, Croatia, and is the world’s first musical pipe organs that is played by the sea. Simple and elegant steps, carved in white stone, were built on the quayside. Underneath, there are 35 musically tuned tubes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds.
This masterpiece of acoustics and architecture was created by expert Dalmatian stone carvers and architect Nikola Basic in 2005, who recently received the European Prize for Urban Public Space for this project. Many tourists come to listen to this unique aerophone, and enjoy unforgettable sunsets with a view of nearby islands. Famed director Alfred Hitchcock said that the most beautiful sunset in the world can be seen from precisely this spot on the Zadar quay. That was how he described it after his visit to Zadar, a visit he remembered throughout his life by the meeting of the sinking sun and the sea.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

India Today - Tourism Special – August 2007 - Page 56 & 57


"Devbagh is the most enchanting of the five islands along the Karwar coast. A must visit place...."

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Om Amriteshwariye Namah....

Amma: Darshan trailer, new film about Amma by Jan Kounen

Traditional fishing @ Karwar

Traditional fishing Shot during the monsoons at Amdalli - Mudga Fishing village in Karwar, when mechanised-boat-fishing is prohibited.... It was a Sunday, and a boy helps his father in the work.....

Friday, August 17, 2007

Spine chilling, blood curdling, goose-bumps forming, heart-stopping, Eco-Friendly adventure, on Mountain Bikes......

and the Ultimate one.....

And you thought its done only with motor-bikes......

Save the Environment, use a Bike !

Interesting News that can be used by our Excise Departments ...

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July 9, 2007
Booze run

We always assumed that goods confiscated by customs officials - booze, drugs, extensive collections of Victorian erotica - were utilised by said officials as payment for all their hard work.

But the Swedes, naturally, are a far more diligent bunch. Instead of drinking/creating intriguing cocktails with/selling the 200,000 gallons of alcohol they seize each year, Swedish customs officials are turning it into biofuel.

The seizing of booze is a regular occurrence on the Swedish borders. High alcohol taxes mean that whenever the Swedes go abroad, they return with crates and crates of tasty liquor. Which the boys in customs then confiscate and hand over to the biofuel plant.

The booze is mixed with other natural energy sources including - and we couldn't make it up - human waste, then heated with anaerobic digesters to create biogas.

That gas is then used to power Sweden's public transport; at present, a quarter of Stockholm's buses run on biogas or ethanol and there are plans to roll the scheme out further.

It's all part of Sweden's drive to become completely oil-free by 2020. The only problem with the biogas - apart from the smell, obviously - is that there are no pipelines in place to transport it, meaning it either has to be bottled (which is expensive) or live next door to a biogas plant.

Or you could always brew your own: a bathtub, four large bottles of White Lightning and... well, we'll leave the human waste bit up to you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bajaj Tempo 4x4, Now known as "Force Motors'" Trax / Judo 4x4

Awesome display of the capabilities of the Trax 4x4....

WRC Rally Finland 2007 Highlights

WRC Rally Finland 2007 Highlights

Happy Independence Day !!!

Happy Independence Day !!!

"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right."


We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom and a new and brighter future did not allow their resolution to falter, no matter how great the suffering by which they bought this independence.

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

The official Sanskrit name for India is Bharat.

INDIA has been called Bharat even in Satya yuga ( Golden Age )


The name `India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.

The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name `Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

The number system was invented by India. Aryabhatta was the scientist who invented the digit zero.

Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ).

Chess was invented in India.

Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.

The' place value system' and the 'decimal system' were developed in 100 BC in India.

The first six Mogul Emperor's of India ruled in an unbroken succession from father to son for two hundred years, from 1526 to 1707.

The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The shikhara is made from a single ' 80-tonne ' piece of granite. Also, this magnificient temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola

India is.......the Largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country in the world AND one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).

The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat.' The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later through time, the game underwent several modifications but the meaning is the same i.e good deeds take us to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.

The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.
Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.

India has the most post offices in the world !

The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people !.

The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.

Although modern images & descriptions of India often show poverty, India was one of the richest countries till the time of British in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth and was looking for route to India when he discovered America by mistake.

The art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh 6000 over years ago. The very word 'Navigation' is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.

Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was - Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: ( 5th century ) 365.258756484 days.

The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, which was long before the European mathematicians.

Algebra, trigonometry and calculus also orignated from India. Quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 ( i.e 10 to the power of 53 ) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C. during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera: 10*12( 10 to the power of 12 ).

Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world. ( Source . Gemological Institute of America )

The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.

Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over 2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic surgery and brain surgeries.

Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.

Did you know ?

India also celebrates the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President and Vice-President and great statesman, as "Teachers' Day".

Born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, 40 miles to the north-east of Madras, Radhakrishnan grew to become the most famous Indian teacher and philosopher of all times. In his honour, this day is celebrated as Teacher's Day.

He was also the Vice-President of India from 1952-1962. He held the office of the Chancellor, University of Delhi, before taking over as the President of India in May 1962.

"What makes a nation, is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past", says the noted historian Eric Hobsbawm.
Hence, when talking of a nation, it becomes very imperative that the past should also be talked about. And the past of India is as fascinating and interesting as it is momentous.

National Anthem

The song Jana-gana-mana, composed originally in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore, was adopted in its Hindi version by the Constituent Assembly as the national anthem of India on 24 January 1950. It was first sung on 27 December 1911 at the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress. The complete song consists of five stanzas. The first stanza contains the full version of the National Anthem :

Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he
Tava shubha name jage,
Tava shubha asisa mage,
Gahe tava jaya gatha,
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he,
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

Playing time of the full version of the national anthem is approximately 52 seconds. A short version consisting of first and last lines of the stanza (playing time approximately 20 seconds) is also played on certain occasions. The following is Tagore's English rendering of the anthem:

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee.

!!!! Wish you all Happy INDEPENDENCE Day !!!!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

The first annual CEAT Mumbai Xpress Autorickshaw Rally 2007

Quoted from :

" This is an opportunity like no other to experience an unbelievable adventure in India, pushing your levels of endurance, experiencing the crazy Indian night life along the way in places like Goa, and all the while knowing it's all for a worthy cause. This is your chance! Let out that wild and spontaneous side of you, and challenge yourself through an unbelievable course through India.

Here's what you'll see and do- Your course will lead you along awesome coastlines, flooded streets, gorgeous mountains, exquisite valleys, and the omnipresent Indian population. Whilst travelling through fascinating, intriguing places you will be set physical and intellectual tasks. Complete them all and you can be crowned the first CEAT Mumbai Xpress Autorickshaw Rally 2007 World Champion! The competition for the crown is always fun and fierce, but it’s the adventure itself that brings all the participants from around the world together.

Autorickshaw :

An autorickshaw (auto or rickshaw or tempo in popular parlance) is a vehicle usually for hire and is one of the chief modes of transport in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka it is also popular in many other countries. It is a motorized version of the traditional rickshaw, a small two- or three-wheeled cart pulled by a person, and the velotaxi. The autorickshaw is also related to its Thai cousin, the tuk-tuk and the Bajaj in Indonesia. Some more ways this is called are auto rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, autorikshaw, auto rikshaw, auto-rikshaw. Motorized rickshaw, Motorized rikshaw, Tuktuk, Three wheeler and in many parts of India simply as AUTO.

DAY 7 - Karwar:

The beautiful Devabagh Beach in Karwar is said to have inspired Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. It is easy to see where his inspiration could have come from - this charming town has a port that is protected from the harsh winds by five beautiful islands. It has all the makings of a perfect holiday with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver sand, and calm, peaceful coves. It is sure to leave an everlasting impression on your mind...

Today is their Halt at Karwar at Hotel Bhadra, Kodibag, N.H.17...

And here are the Pictures I clicked....

indian auto rickshaw challenge

Mangalore Link -

Water - falls at Melinkeri - Harwada ( Enroute Ankola to Karwar )

Melinakeri - Harwada Water-falls, East of N.H.17, Opp Harwada Railway Station Bus-stop, 20 Kms from Karwar, 10 Kms from Ankola. You can see the Water gushing down the huge monolithic rock-wall of the Western Ghats as you drive down the Mudga ghat from Karwar to Ankola.. only during the rains... You cant go up to that rock so easily and the ascent is steep, maybe 60 degrees gradient. However, nearby a house just 200mts from the N.H.17 is the water fall...... Two minutes walk from the N.H.17...
Location: Melinakeri - Harwada, East of N.H.17, Opp Harwada Railway Station Bus-stop, 20 Kms from Karwar

Friday, July 20, 2007

God doesn't exist.

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.

As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.

They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: "I don't believe that God exists."

" Why do you say that?"asked the customer.

"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist.

Tell me, if God exists,would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument.

The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept.

The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."

" How can you say that?"asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber.And I just worked on you!"

"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me."

"Exactly !"- affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens, is, people don't go to Him and do not look for Him. That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Making most of my Nokia N-70.....

Making most of my Nokia N-70 which i acquired recently, on my birthday - April 19th to be precise.

With a 1 GB MMC in it, I have been clicking pictures in hundreds..... and with the BSNL Dataone connection, the wonderful Picasa Photo software, I've been able to share my photography and the beauty of my hometown - Karwar.


Recent Pictures......

Nagarmadi Waterfalls @ Chendia, Karwar

Monday, July 16, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

More Pictures of Karwar

More of Karwar

Go blogging

Google employees show youngsters how easy
it is to create and maintain blogs.
Want to create a blog and share your views
with people across the world?
It is easy - go to (owned by Google)
and type your user name and password and your blog gets created.

wait for Google Bloggers Educational Van
with a group of Google employees tried
to create awareness among particularly youngsters
who are not hooked to blogs.

The van visit Universities and Lifestyle as part of this campaign.
The employees explained how simple it was to create
a blog and maintain it.
The blog can be used as a personal dairy
or for sharing views on any subject.

According to an estimate done in November 2006,
about 60 million people in the world blogged.
"In the metropolitan cities, many people know about blogs.
So, we selected second tier cities like
to create awareness," said a Google employee.
Presently the mobile van will move across the Hydrabad city
stopping at
MPM Mall (Abids) on April 26,
Prasads Imax and City Center (Banjara Hills) on April 27
CIEFL and Hyderabad Central (Punjagutta) on April 28.

dates and venue will be give for

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Karwar BILT circle

BILT circle fountain at night.......

From misc

Beautiful Karwar...

From misc

Karwar beach at Sunset......

From misc

Karwar beach inland - deputy commissioner's office nestled in the western ghats.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Karwar - Kurumgad Island Trip/Fest 2007

Karwar Kurumgad 2007

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Karwar - some more random pics...

Karwar - some random pics

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Karavali Utsav 2007 pics

Here are some Night Pictures of the Karavali Utsav 2007 that was held on the Tagore Beach at Karwar....

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Y blog ?


  1. every-1 has one
  2. writing a diary is passe'
  3. cheaper than a website
  4. every-1 in my town knows me, now the world shouldn't be deprived of the wonder that is me !!!
  5. easy to compile thoughts n pics at a single place, beats giving out foto-album url's to friends out there
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  15. "To me, asking why you should use blogs is like asking why you should answer the phone." -
That's enough blah blah....

Happy and Interesting blogging.....