May 25th, 2014

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The Scorpion, Kudremukh, Karnataka, 210514

As we went around the grassland landscape during the Volunteer Training Program, Kiran spotted this large Scorpion, and I took a short video of it as we slowly passed in our vehicle. The creature was on the banked slope of the hill, and it was both rainy and late evening.



I am not sure if this is the Emperor Scorpion, which is the largest of scorpions, but not the longest. The emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) has a dark body ranging from dark blue/green through brown to black. The large pincers are blackish-red and have a granular texture. The front part of the body, or prosoma, is made up of four sections, each with a pair of legs. Behind the fourth pair of legs are comb-like structures known as pectines – these are longer in males and can be used by man to distinguish the sexes. The tail, known as the metasoma, is long and curves back over the body. It ends in the large receptacle.

Well...it certainly was a sight to see, in the misty, rainy dusk on the grasslands of Kudremukh!

You can click

here

for the photos of the first day from the VTP, which was held at the Bhagavathi Nature Camp, about 20 km from Kalasa, Karnataka.
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Kudremukh Batch of the Volunteer Training Program, 18-240514

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The first half of the third batch of the Volunteer Training Program, this time in the grassland/shola landscape of Kudremukh, was held from 18th to 24th May, 2014, at Bhagavathi Nature Camp, about 20 km from Kudremukh, Karnataka. The Programs are jointly organized by the Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board (KEDB) and Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR).

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Click for FB albums of the program

here for Day 1

here for Day 2

here for Day 3

here for Day 4

here for Day 5

here for Day 6

here for Day 7
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My superchild...

Her FB update:

The Gods must have read my FB post about no pats on the back. Today there were two important ones. My boss introduced me & my role to the Board of Commissioners this morning. His was both gracious and grand in introducing my role and skills. After the meeting, the CEO asked what my previous role at Metro had been, and the COO explained on my behalf, and was also very complimentary - saying that I did an excellent and methodical job in managing 1/4 of the entire opening of the cross county rail line (a 9mile extension & ~$0.7 Billion job) in managing all the internal Metro preparation. Indeed, he elevated my past work to the level of the VP who was "managing the other 3/4".

How on earth did I give birth to this superwoman, I wonder!

Here's a pic of us from 1993:

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My daughter...my life...