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 ...

Source :-

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