February 9th, 2009


A few more images from the INTACH Heritage Walk 080209

At the Heritage Walk, we were not the only beings watching the world go by:

050209 cat avenue road heritage walk intach

After the hot sunny walk, if one wanted a Badam Shake, one could get it at:

badam saik cart 080209 ave rd

I really loved the canny pricing of this one:

with 6 without 7 080209 avenue road

True to the marketing policy of charging more when something is NOT added! (In this case, water, presumably, that comes in several different flavours, typhoid, salmonella, jaundice, and so on...)

And...beat this one for honesty...

cheap hall ave rd 080209

This is as opposed to the parents of a bride looking for a wedding hall.they want "hall cheap"!

An old Deccan Herald article

I wrote several articles and "middles" regularly for the Deccan Herald before I started writing for Citizen Matters, and after having met Sangeetha Kadur and hijacked her and Madhukar (another expert birder whose work with the digiscope can be found here ) home,I
went and googled for the article about the artists who painted the beautiful murals at Bandipur...it's at


Oh, I have referred to it in

this post

Alas, that last mural remains unfinished, and JLR never continued with this great initiative....but Sangeetha continues with her wildlife painting, and is at present working on a book on humming birds! More power to her brush...

Hmm...I thought I had lost all the articles that I wrote, I realize I can hunt for them...these simple things take the Concrete Cauliflower a while to understand!

The Wildscreen Festival proved far more interesting than I budgeted for; the masterclass by Jeremy Bristow was riveting, and the one by Laura Marshall on managing productions, applies to so many situations that demand good scheduling to ensure a successful outcome. More in my writeup for Citizen Matters! :)

The Rhino Skin

A friend on INW wrote,in response to this photo that I posted :

I guess this is what we in human lingo call - Deep skin cleaning, and waste all that money for some very questionable cream when the Rhino gets it all done for free and as far as my understanding goes have a far better and lustrous skin than we do :-)

what inspirational words those were. I promptly decomposed:

The Rhino has a lustrous skin;
The glow doesn't,however, come from within;
The tall egret and the hopping mynah
Are what makes its skin shiniah and finah.
But tell me--really--for two pins
Would you really exchange your skins?
Would you like a skin like a Rhino?
Why don't you say "yes"? Why "NO!"?
If your skin was cleaned by an egret
Would you really feel any regret?
I'm sure skin that's picked over by a mynah
Will be smooth and shiny as fine bone china!

I could go on like this for hours....Silly Verse Time!