September 1st, 2008


C and G/Wipro cleanup at Muthathi... and Bheemeshwari

This time we tied up with Wipro to do a cleanup at Muthathi; and on Saturday, the 30th August, we set off in two Wipro buses, with 49 volunteers. Sandeep, Anush and I went in Karthik's jeep as Sandeep needed to go ahead and make arrangements at Bheemeshwari as well, regarding the plastic pickup by JLR. That's going to be a different post (which will be an email to the Clean and Green group) so here are some images of the forest creatures I got during the trip:

On the way to Bheemeshwari, we were very lucky to spot the endangered GRIZZLED SQUIRREL in the canopy:

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grizzled squirrel wipro cleanup bheemeshwari

Of course my camera was still packed away, but at least one of the two squirrels was visible long enough for me to be able to get it out and get a couple of shots, before it, too, vanished into the green!

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This was the first time I saw this colourful folk musician on the banks of the Kaveri.

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He had a plucking instrument, with four strings, which was really beautiful, and kept time with the castanets you can see on his fingers; he sang of the gods and goddesses of the area... Muthathi, Bheemeshwari, and Biligiri Ranganna.

A lovely day, rather marred by a migraine which was in its third day...but that didn't stop me from going; it did stop me, however, from picking up as much trash as I should have.

And yes, it did prevent me from looking for birds..I didn't shoot a single one, can you imagine that? We did, however, spot two MALABAR GREY HORNBILLS as we drove towards Bheemeshwari.

Mediocrity Personfied...

Someone appreciated my music (my Evoca site will close down shortly so I asked a lot of people to listen at

and I realized...

There are thousandddsssss of people who sing better than I do...who write better than I do...who sketch better than I do...who photograph better than I do....cook, sew,communicate, work, even SLEEP...better than I do! Sigh....Ms. Mediocrity..that's me. Why is it that I am not motivated enough to excel at something? Because that won't leave me time to enjoy the other activities. I try to better myself, but I am not aiming to be top-of-the-tree in anything; usually I am happy with that, but today I have the blues....

How can someone have Monday morning blues when they are not working? :)