December 31st, 2008


Mylapore Morning....

As I felt better in spite of a disturbed night, I decided to walk to, and in, Nageshwara Rao Park.

The park has been really beautified,and is a nice green place to walk, and is large enough that one can walk in a direction opposite to other walkers and not be "herded" along in one direction.

At several places there are posters of old photographs, depicting the Madras (it wasn't Chennai then) of yesteryears, and there are some majestic old trees that cool one's eyes and soul, too.

There was a yoga class in progress in the sandpit, and several people were walking briskly backwards (I don't know if this will really help their health or just cause surprise, amusement, or amazement in the minds of regular walkers.) Several pretty girls had the fine sheen of sweat on their smooth skins, which looked more appealing than the same sheen on the necks of some young men, alas! Monkey-capped old mamas (hey, hey, I must watch this tendency, they are probably my age!) and head-covered-by-scarves old ladies toddled along, each content to keep up hes own pace.

It made a very happy beginning to the last day of 2008.

I have been waiting for KM to finish up some work and then leave for home...but it looks as if it's not going to happen today. So I guess it's going to be a year-long stay at Chennai this time :) Came in 2008 and left in 2009!

2009 was also the registration number of the beloved Premier Padmini (Fiat) that my brother had...sitting and thinking about it.

Waiting, all packed and ready, means that I have been able to do nothing else. But I don't mind being idle in comfort....!

I have internet access now as my sis in law has taken a break from working at I will edit (if this connection permits it) one of my photos and put up a nice New Year message to all of you....if not, I wish each and every one who reads this a happy, healthy, peaceful new year.

But I hope to get my greeting card up...

Tiger At Kaziranga....Warning, Lousy Photographs

Since it looks as if we are returning home only next year :D, and I have got the computer for just a little while, I think I will also post my lousy tiger photographs from Kaziranga...

It was the 13th of December, and we had nearly finished the safari in the Eastern Range, and were photographing the Black-Capped Kingfisher using the last of the light available, when our guide, Polash Bora, suddenly pricked up his ears. So did I, and I heard what he did...a lot of alarm calls. We slowly moved forward down the bank of the canal, and there, in the gloaming sat a fully-grown male tiger....

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He did look a lot different from the other tigers I have seen in India (north India, mind you. The SIT does NOT exist until I sight one!)

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What was fascinating was that when HE looked at the deer grazing off to his left, he assumed a skulking position. Here was a Crouching Tiger, and no, we did not see a Hidden Dragon:

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He remained like that for a few minutes; I put down the camera and decided to just watch, as the light was very poor anyway. (Almost all my tiger sightings have been those of Dusky Tigers, no matter HOW orange they may have been!) We were hoping that we would be watching a hunt, and tried to contain our excitement.

But alas, our excitement contained itself quite quickly when, for some reason, he gave up the idea of a meal, and got up from his "let's have a look at the menu" pose:

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And he wheeled around and walked away, melting noiselessly into the bushes:

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This post is dedicated to anirudhc, and I hope he gets to see his first big cat soon!

The rest of the mammals and the wonderful birds of Kaziranga once I get back home....

Here's to all you LJ friends, who have been a great bunch, always; I have been very lucky in knowing many of you face to face, and here's wishing you all good health, happiness, and peace of mind in the year that's coming up!