November 9th, 2010


Bannerghatta Quarry Area...the creatures, 071110

The quarry area is where I sighted my first Egyptian Vulture in south Bangalore, so it's always with eagerness that I go there. This time, of course, the lowering skies and the drizzle made it impossible to see too much, and I was able to photograph even less...but it was beautiful, nevertheless, to get some creatures on camera!

Krupa and I have a kind of arrangement...the minute he leaves my side for a minute or two, I sight something interesting! (And, according to him, I make it worse by photographing it and showing him the photograph as well!) There was no exception this day; the first time he went a little further with Chandu, I spotted this


male in the sat SO still that I started wondering if I had seen a bird or the branch of a tree, as it was also far away! But the camera does not lie....
common flameback 071110

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and very delicate white ones:


For more pictures,

click here can see SMS's of the Long-tailed Shrike, the Common Babbler, and the White-rumped Munia, among other things.

Off to attend prashanthks and vidhya_m_82's baby's naming ceremony now... with my MLC of course!

Doing a new cryptic crossword...but not liking it!

I do try to learn new things, and recently, when


gave me a few clues to the Business Standard crossword, I decided to try my hand at that, too.

I like to do the Deccan Herald, the Indian Express, and the Economic Times cryptic crosswords on a regular basis. I detest the Hindu crossword as it often has mistakes, misspelt words from other languages, and sometimes plain clues instead of cryptic ones.

Well...I've been doing the Business Standard cryptic for a month or so, now...and I can't say I like it.

Each crossword setter has hes own "style" which one has to get used to, and I've done that. But, to me, the clue must be cryptic, but the answer must be a simple word or phrase, that should "click" into place when I get it. These criteria, the BS (ah, well-named!) crossword fails to meet.

I completed the crossword today, let's look at some of the clues:

7 dn. Has he a superior argument for becoming a mathematician? ( 6,8).

the answer is "Senior Wrangler". Unless you happen to know that a Senior Wrangler is a mathematician in either Oxford or Cambridge (don't know which) there's NO way you're going to associate "wrangler" with "mathematician." is "senior" allied to "superior"?

13 ac. Inversely egg-shaped instrument includes tax ( 7).

the answer is obovate

Now what kind of an obsolete, unused word is that?

Another day, I had this clue:

Chinese seeing eye dog (4,3)

the anwer was "Shar Pei".

Shar Pei is NOT a well-known breed of dog, and it is certainly NOT a seeing-eye dog.

So...I'm doing the crossword because I don't want to be bested..but I'm not enjoying it. I think I'll stop doing it, after all!