October 6th, 2008



...and that's not someone whom you've been married to for many years.

I just got the time (see the time) to download the HUNNERTS of pics from Agumbe, as well as the Navaratri visits and Puja pandal visits that I made today...and...


I recollect having lent it to a friend at Agumbe, but can't recollect if she gave it back or not. (At Agumbe, one of the young men working at the research station lost his camera.) Well, if it's with my friend, it's at the OTHER END of town...and if it's not....I'll have to buy another one PRONTO...

So...I can't show you all those wonderful butterflies and scorpions and snakes (all you non-wildlife types, stop saying "Yeugh!")...I can't see them properly myself.

Note to myself. Do NOT depend on aforementioned sieve-like memory if you lend things to others.

Another 15 of Murphy's Laws...

From Gordon Barnett...check him out, his work is fantastic , who has been one of the great bonuses of my daughter's "alliance" with the S family:


1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2.. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

3. He, who laughs last, thinks slowest.

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

11. The things that come to those that wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

14 . The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in the dark.

15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

Agumbe...Sun, Mist, Clouds.....

YAYYY, I found the card reader, must begin the mammonth task of deleting lousy photographs now.

But two I really like:

Agumbe has the highest rainfall in south India, and mists,rain, and a hide-and-seek sun are usual.

Here's the sunrise on the day we arrived:
agumbe sunrise021008 s3

And here's another afternoon:

agumbe afternoon 031008 S3

I love the "fingers of God"....

Ooh, I have got the S3 pics on the camera.... the pictures may be erratic, but there has been so much of learning, hopefully it will sink into the concrete cauliflower and not sink without trace...! :)


Sometimes, the most intense agony is the one that has to be borne silently...my prayers are with someone who is suffering terribly right now.

I was struck by the serenity and peace of this scene on the first floor of "Dodda Mane", the 108-year-old house where "Malgudi Days" was shot. The books speak of reading, the chair at the window, of contemplation, peace, and a quiet pace of life....

041008 agumbe dodda mane window and chair

A quiet scene, beautiful in its stillness...no TV, no video games, no hectic action. A place where a human being is not a human doing.