January 5th, 2011


Manchinabele, 020111

After a very long time, we had a local BULBs (Bangalore Urban LadyBirders) outing (it was beginning to seem as if they went only on international trips!), and we decided to go to Manchinabele Reservoir.

As usual, the day started with fog and mist:

sunrise 020111

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Here are my shots of the majestic


...I'd just finished asking, "Where are the raptors of Manchinabele?" and it just sailed past!

mhrrier wing low 020111

mrsh hrier 020111 mchnble

Big relief....

Have been trying not to be worried over KTB's surgery, to remove her badly infected adenoids....but am vastly relieved now that it's over, and it went well. The surgeon's report was that the adenoids were badly infected, her ears were "quite abnormal" in terms of infection, and must have been affecting her hearing.

The main worry was not so much the surgical procedure as the anaesthesia for a 1.5 year old. My own daughter went through the same surgery, 27 years ago...then, though the infected adenoids were diagnosed at age 3, we had to wait until she was 5, as only emergency and unavoidable surgery was carried out on children below that age.

KTB's now sleeping off the anaesthetic in faraway St.Louis, with her parents and her Nanna to watch over her.....

Hopefully, I'll soon get some pictures of her, taken in Maine during Christmas, and will have some to post here, after a long time.

Such a selfish species!

I was listening to both Hindi and Tamizh old movie songs (B4U and then Jaya TV) and one thing struck me.....why do we think all of Nature seems to be for our benefit, and subservient to us?

The clouds must listen to us ("Odum mEghangaLE oru sol kELeerO"), the birds must bear our messges to our loved ones ("bolE rE papiharA") , the sun, moon and wind must wax, wane, appear or disappear according to our moods ("nALai intha vELai pArtthu Odi vA nilA"), or the beauty of the beloved ("chAnd AhEin bharEgA, phool dil thAm lEngE"_ the whole world of Nature is created for US ("inda bhoomi pirandathu enakkAga")....why do we have to make Creation so human-centric? No wonder conservation efforts are a drop in the ocean!

Thankfully, this song just describes Spring without connecting it too much with humans:


New Units of Indian Currency, Invented by Prithvi Haldea

My friend has invented new units of Indian currency. Here's his email:

"The large amounts mentioned in the scams have given me an idea for new words to refer to large numbers - such as
Rs 1,00,000 crores = Rs 1 Raja
Rs. 10,000 crores = Rs 1 Radia
Rs 1,000 crores = Rs 1 Kalmadi

"It will be easier to converse and comprehend large numbers. A few examples:
Anil Bhai’s new home in Pali Hill will cost Rs 4.5 Kalmadis
ONGC’s annual output is Rs 1.2 Raja
India’s loss in G2/G3 scam is about Rs 1.7 Raja
India’s total annual subsidy on Kerosene is Rs 2 Radias
Poor Pramod Mahajan left behind only Rs 1.4 Kalmadi

"Wonder if I can claim a patent on it. But I guess in the larger interest of mankind, I will publicise it for free!! Three cheers for Raja, Radia and Kalmadi."

What I say is....Three raja radia kalmadi cheers to Prithvi for thinking of this!