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More from K2, 190919
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K2: Paru Sharma is actually Rama.
Me: Oh, really?
K2: Yes, he is Vishnu, born as Rama and then as Krishna.
Me (catching sight of the Amar Chitra Katha in his hand): Oh...that's Parashurama!

He's very annoyed that I am laughing. I am hoping that he doesn't make the Buddha into a Buddhu...

Identify the ragams (very Tamil-oriented, and Carnatic music)
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You are provided with approximate translations of Carnatic raga names. Can you figure out the actual name of the raga from these descriptions? Some translations sound good, some are a bit funny and a few really hilarious!!

You just have to start thinking in all possible languages, Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu etc. Also think inside, outside, beyond and around the box to get the right answers :

To get you started, see few example questions and their answers below:

Question - Ornaments of Shiva
Answer - Shankarabaranam

Question - Melody of Swan?
Answer - Hamsanadam!

Question 1: Emperor’s court
Question 2: Stone nail
Question 3: Goddess of Art
Question 4: Country
Question 5: A favourite beverage
Question 6: Fully rolled
Question 7: Heroine
Question 8: Downpour of nectar
Question 9: Coloured beads
Question 10: Wedding spring
Question 11: Flame of moon
Question 12: Dear to Rama
Question 13: Pleasing to the ears
Question 14: Serpent notes
Question 15: One with a beautiful hair
Question 16: A carnatic fan’s delight
Question 17: Many roots
Question 18: Pure wealth seek alms
Question 19: Strange yet so melodious
Question 20: As beautiful as the full moon
Question 21: Hill Hanuman
Question 22: One with a decorated nose
Question 23: Melody and name in action
Question 24: Lion with Lord of Devas in between
Question 25: Olympic Silver with 3.14 Sun

Answers:

1. Desh. 2.Kalyani. 3. Saraswati. 4. Desh. 5. Kaapi. 6. Surutti. 7. Nayaki. 8. Amritavarshini. 9. Manirangu. 10. Kalyana Vasantham. 11. Chandrajyothi. 12. Ramapriya. 13. Karnaranjani (no one said they were common ragams!) 14. Nagaswaravali. 15. Sukeshini. 16. Rasikapriya. 17. Bahudhaari. 18. Suddha Dhanyasi. 19.:1. Desh. 2.Kalyani. 3. Saraswati. 4. Desh. 5. Kaapi. 6. Surutti. 7. Nayaki. 8. Amritavarshini. 9. Manirangu. 10. Kalyana Vasantham. 11. Chandrajyothi. 12. Ramapriya. 13. Karnaranjani (no one said they were common ragams!) 14. Nagaswaravali. 15. Sukeshini. 16. Rasikapriya. 17. Bahudhaari. 18. Suddha Dhanyasi. 19. Sunada Vinodini. 20. Poornachandrika. 21. The clue is wrong, it should be "Mountain breeze" and the answer is Malaya Marutham. 22. Nasikabhooshani. 23. Naadanaamakriya. 24. Simhendra Madhyamam. 25. Sindhu Bhairavi.

They Must Not Be Named!
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Everyone tells us that they are harmless, we should not bother about them, and so on and on and on,until we are scared even to take their name...

I have travelled in the mountains
And waded in the beaches
But these creatures I can't abide,
They are the.....

I take flights to far-flung places
Walk to remote river reaches.
But in rain and slush I look down.
I'm worried about those.....

"Travel light! Take much less!"
Every guide book teaches.
But I take with me socks, salt and spray,
To use on those pesky......

I may subsist on only bread
Or fruit...bananas and peaches
But I don't want to donate my blood
To those thirsty, sucking......

They get into our tee-shirts,
They get into our breeches
We even found some on our necks,
Those horrid little......!

I'll have to wash out all my socks
With detergent and bleaches
To get rid of the awful bloodstains
Left by those dirty.......!

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Visit to Ziro Butterfly Festival, Sept 2-9, 2019
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Since it was a very, very long trip...Bangalore-Guwahati-Itanagar-Ziro-Pange WLS and back...I simply can't describe everything in detail, but the visual story of what I experienced, with captions, is in a series of albums on Flickr.

Day 1, 020919, Blr-Guwahati:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710786160877


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Fisherman at Deepor Beel

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Yellow Helen at Deepor Beel


Day 2, 030919, Guwahati and Rani WLS, overnight journey to Naharlagun (Itanagar)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710792439322

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Grey Pansy, Kirtti Inn

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Crimson Sunbird, Kirtti Inn


Day 3, 040919, Itanagar, journey to Ziro

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710793792892

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Sonku and her son Ranka


Day 4, 050919, Ziro to Pange WLS

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710798479712/with/48716450193/

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Tytler's Multicolored Flat

Day 5, 060919, Pange WLS

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710798828718

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Bhutan Glory

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Juvenile Dark-sided Flycatcher

Day 6, 070919, Pange WLS to Ziro

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710800381436


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Paresh Churi's color-pencil work of the Kaiser-e-Hind, the queen of Talle Valley

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An Apatani priest recites a prayer to save the crops from destruction by pests

Day 7, 080919, Walk in Ziro, overnight journey to Itanagar

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710806863497

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View of Old Ziro from Ziro Point

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Lunch at Potin, on the way to Itanagar

Day 8, 090919m Itanagar to Guwahati, and flight back to Bangalore

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710805352433

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Moving furniture

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Blue-tailed Bee-eater

eBird list from Kirtti Inn homestay, Guwahati, Assam:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59704741

eBird list from Ziro Point, Arunachal Pradesh:

eBird list from Pange WLS, Arunachal Pradesh:

Monsoon at Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, for the Butterfly Meet, 6-9 September, 2019
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मौसम भीगा था।
रस्ते भीग रहे थे,
हम भी ज़ीरो आकर
भीग गए... बहुत तरह से।
भीग गए आप के प्यार में
भीगे वादियों की सुंदरता में।
भीगे प्यार से परोसा हुआ खाना में।
"भूतान गलोरी", "ब्राउन गोर्गन " को देख कर
आश्चर्य में भीग गए!
आएंगे वापस ज़रूर,
कैसर-ए -हिन्द से मिलने;
बरसात होगी फिर तितलियों की!
भीग गए हम....अरुणाचल की प्यार में।

It was the monsoon,
And the roads were wet.
We, too, were drenched,
When we visited Arunachal,
In different ways.
We soaked in the affection of the people,
In the beauty of the mountains.
We dripped with the lovingly served meals.
When we saw the "Bhutan Glory", the "Brown Gorgon"
And the "Apatani Glory",
We were drenched in amazement.
We will certainly return,
To see the "Kaiser-e-Hind";
There will be a torrential rain of butterflies, again!
We are drenched...in the love of Arunachal.

My daughter, 300819
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She was a helpless, mewling little scrap when I first saw her. She's now grown into an independent adult. We laugh (and hopelessly giggle) at a lot of things together. There are many things on which we don't see eye to eye, too. Once in a while the disagreement gets heated. Sometimes she thinks I am criticizing her, and sometimes I feel she is too critical of what I think or do....neither of us is a conventional person.

But through all of it runs the bedrock of deep affection and mutual respect. She's stood by me through the worst moments of my life, not been judgemental, accepted me as a person in all my facets..good,bad and ugly. She's wise beyond her years, and a very good mother (in fact, I sadly think she's a much better mother than I ever was.) She did a lot of her growing up far away from me...but the UC (Umbilical Cord) is strong.

It's just an ordinary day, but I join many other mothers who love their daughters deeply and unconditionally. If I'd gone to a supermarket to select a daughter, I could not have done better than the model I've got.

And if she makes another crack about Nityananda after she reads this I will kidnap her children.

Ravugodlu, 4th Sunday Bngbirds outing, 250819
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Email to the Bngbirds egroup:

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Since it was cloudy with a possibility of rain, I was quite heartened that 30 of us decided to join for the 4th Sunday Bngbirds outing. We were all quite punctual at the meeting point near the small Anjaneya shrine,

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and the two majestic Banyan trees; and a few Indian Grey Hornbills flying past, and the loud cheep-cheep of a Tailorbird started us off on the path.

Ravugodlu is one of the last semi-scrub forest patches

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that groups can be taken to, without having to go to various Forest Department offices to submit applications in triplicate, for permission (only to be told that you should have done this a week ago!) We enjoyed the scenery and the bluffs on the side of which lies the Ragihalli area. It was delightful to children like Saanvi and Aanvi (er, not related to each other...they just happen to have similar names!) join in, binoculars and note-books in hand.

A few Green Bee-eaters, and the ubiquitous Black and Brahminy Kites were in the air; the rains had ensured that the pond along the path was also full. Several yellow birds...Ioras and Oriental White-eyes

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...brought flashes of brightness to the cloudy atmosphere.

The group rather quickly straggled along the path and I was never sure whether all of us saw all the birds or not! The first sighting of a Shikra, and a Short-toed Snake Eagle, upped our raptor count; we looked it up in the bird book,

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to be sure.

At the pond, we found a solitary White-browed Wagtail, and a small blue jewel of a kingfisher flew about, trying to get breakfast.

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As we reached the part of the path which widens out into a flat area, with the hill slopes and rocks surrounding us, the sunshine finally broke through the clouds and promptly pushed up the temperature! Little Swifts and Palm Swifts swooped around overhead, as did Red-rumped Swallows. We were delighted to see large flocks of Rose-ringed Parakeets flying around into the mango orchard area, as they looked for nesting sites and foraged. These may be very common birds even in the urban setting; but their bright green plumage and red beaks add a lovely dash of colour to any birding outing!

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At the open area, those of us who reached first, brought out our snacks, and I am afraid, though not repentant, that I pigged out on a lot of stuff ( eg Mamta's superb dhokla and the soy sticks from Haldiram.) Fruits, almonds, many crisp snacks from the recent Janmashtami festival...all were despatched with gusto!

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Though I expected at least half the group to catch up, many people had already left, so only a few people joined up with us. We looked up to see another raptor, and with my usual question mark hovering over my head, I was able to confirm it only later as a Bonelli's Eagle.

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As we walked back, we looked at several other living creatures...the beauty of the crimson seed pods of the Indian Redwing;

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blooming wildflowers such as the Node Flower,

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Indian Cadaba,

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Coat Button, the Devil's Coach Whip, Vishnukranti, Cyanotis; the children had great fun touching the Touch-me-not leaves! I was able to show people near me the seed pods of the Indrajao or Pala Indigo,

Several reptiles like the Garden Lizard

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and the Rock Agama

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kept us occupied. Spiders of all kinds...Lynx, Funnel Web, Orb Weavers, Social Spiders...truly wove a web of fascination for us. A little Dung Beetle added some metallic colour.

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We didn't see too many butterflies, but a Crimson Rose, some Common Mormons, a Common Lime, Emigrants, Jezebels,a Common Baron

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and Grass Yellows which looked like little flitting blossoms in the grass and reeds, added their beauty to the scene. A grasshopper was beautifully camouflaged in the reeds.

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As we returned to our cars, we were suddenly treated to a magnificient finale to the outing...a Black Eagle

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swept past quite low, and had us walking off in its wake, hoping to have a better sight of it.

After this unexpected bonus, I am sorry to say that all the erudite scientific and nature discussions gave way to "Where shall we stop for breakfast?" and the Davangere Benne Dose eatery was the unanimous choice.

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A few of us enjoyed the crisp dose-s with the dollops of potato and butter,


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and with our tummies, minds,hearts (and possibly camera memory cards!) full, we dispersed back to our separate lives and weekend commitments.

Here is most of our group before the start of the walk:

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The eBird list is at

https://ebird.org/india/view/checklist/S59241149

(62 species...not a bad haul for a monsoon morning!)

I have put up my photos on a FB album at

https://www.facebook.com/deemopahan/media_set?set=a.10156844507918878&type=3

For the non-FB friends, the Flickr album is at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710537256671

A few of us went to the Bhutanahalli pond to observe the Baya Weaver nesting activity:

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Even here, there were several handsome six-footers to captivate us:

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Jewel Bug

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Sweet Potato Weevil

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Blister Beetle

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Tussock Moth caterpillar

Every outing is full of the wonders of the natural world!


Deepa.

Doddakallasandra Kere, 3rd Sunday Bngbirds outing, 180819
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A question mark hung over today's outing, as it rained all over Bangalore, well into the early hours of the morning....prompting most of us to ask ourselves, "Should we go, or turn over in our snug warm comforters for a little more sleep?" Well, some of us chose the former option, and Deepak was delighted to see quite a good turnout at Sri Kumaran School, Doddakallasandra, on such a soggy morning!

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At the very outset, I must thank Deepak for introducing me (and perhaps several others) to a lake that I did not know of in so many years of birding in and around Bangalore.So after people posed for the group photograph (several people joined later), we squelched our way into the muddy and rather slippery path to the lake. It was very heartening to see many newcomers, and we were especially happy to see the rapid recovery which Harish Chandra, one of our experienced birders, is making in his recovery towards good health. The devoted care by Neha, his daughter, is obviously bearing good results! He immediately stepped up to Manvi, and chatted to her as he usually does with children.

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Though cloudy and gloomy, we still started with Rose-ringed Parakeets, Spotted Doves and Red-vented Bulbuls. Several Purple-rumped Sunbirds, Loten's Sunbirds (all beak and hardly any body!)

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and Pale-billed Flowerpeckers delighted us as they flitted about in spite of the absence of sunlight.

Though the sun did not make an appearance at any point during the walk, it proved to be a productive outing. Sri Eshwarappa (on the left in the pic below)

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is one of several volunteers living near the lake, who have been working tirelessly against alarming odds, to keep the lake alive; he spoke quietly, but with great passion, on the way we have lost our water bodies, and the need to preserve them.

At the lake's edge, we looked out onto the rain-dappled water, where, as Prasad pointed out, many of the waterfowl were going about their business, heedless of the damp conditions. Darters,

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Cormorants (Little, Great and Indian) roosted on the central island or flew in the gloom; a large flock of Spot-billed Ducks were seen, and Deepak told us that they nest and breed here. A lone Spot-billed Pelican was...spotted!

A Common Iora and a couple of Oriental White-eyes provided a bright touch of yellow to the generally grey surroundings, but soon, my insurance policy (whereby I bring my umbrella or raincoast and it never rains) failed, and the raindrops started coming down in earnest. This stopped our walk, and we were content to just stand near the water's edge and look out, and up, to see all the birds we could. "Chooee, chooee", went the tailorbirds, and the "guttrr-guttrr" of the White-cheeked Barbets seem to agree that we should not be walking too far on the path that made me rename the place "Muddy kere!" We learnt about hearing the birds as well as seeing them...in such weather, a good skill to have!

Out came all our umbrellas, proving my point, that Bngbirds is the "umbrella" birding group in Bangalore!

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But that didn't prevent us from seeing Greater Coucals, distinguishing between House and Jungle Crows, Common and Jungle Mynas, and Black and Brahminy Kites. We noted the presence of several Black-crowned Night Herons, along with Pond Herons and Grey Herons (er, ALL the birds were looking grey this morning!),

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with Little Grebes looking bright in their breeding plumage.

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Spot-billed Ducks and Little Grebes.



Prasad told us about the five facets of a bird which would be needed to identify them. (What are they?...come along next Sunday, to find out!) Several of us were on our first birding outing; and it was very impressive to see Manvi, Sha and Vismay there, bright and early.Children are the way to take birdwatching to the future!

Nor were the birds the only things that we observed. Acacia, Mahogany, Mango, Tamarind, Gulmohar and other trees were identified, and I showed Manvi the Passion Flower (she was unwilling to try the fruit, so I ate them!) the Devil's Coach Whip, and other wildflowers that we often ignore on our nature walks. Beautiful Damselflies

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and a Scoliid Wasp

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kept us entranced.

The butterflies, too, were not very active because of the dull weather; a few Grass Yellows, one solitary Common Lime, a couple of little Blues, a Common Mormon and a Crimson Rose were the only ones I could see. I am sure the rest of them were sitting cosily under the sheltering leaves and thinking what fools these human beings were, to walk around in such weather!

We did make an effort to come back and walk on the deep (bund) side of the lake, but the rain put a stop to that, too...and for the first time in years, as we dripped our way, we forgot to open up and share our snacks! (I hope it will not happen again, either, for a long time!)

We learnt more about the lakes, the way they were constructed, and the way they have been encroached and destroyed; Naveen, who is a doctor,talked expressively about the need to protect our water bodies.

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Sri Eshwarappa also provided some fresh information, and we all dispersed, some of us going home to waiting families and engagements.

Some of us adjourned to a nearby darshini, where the absence of places to sit made us split into two groups, one eating in the "outstanding" area downstairs, and the other shivering in the unneccessary air-conditioning of "Dana Pani" restaurant, upstairs! Piping hot pongal, dosas, iddli and vadas were despatched with coffee.

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A lot of intormation was shared about various eating places in and around Bangalore. Prasad left early to attend the talk ( by Sri Karthik, att the National College Jayanagar) on the history of Bangalore, but not all of us were able to make it, the call of breakfast, and other commitments, being stronger!

We started birding here:

https://goo.gl/maps/WzqPpuGCu4vnRoZg8

The eBird list (49 species, an excellent count for such a rainy morning!) is at

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59069325

I have put up my FB album at

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156827876288878&set=a.10156827857448878&type=3

and for non FB friends, a Flickr Album at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86494503@N00/albums/72157710383874346

Pouring out...ghee and grief
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The young daughter pours the oblation of ghee into the sacred fire of the "havan"...and her tears pour down her tender young face.

My own eyes fill as I see the sorrow of the toughest part of growing up. If Agni and Swaha do not take her love up to her father, surely those twin streams of salt and grief will do so.

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The colours of freedom
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I pray that all the colours live together in harmony.
We need independence from bigotry and corruption...into that heaven of freedom, O Mother, let my country awake.