Archive for May, 2007

Wondering what to do on Sunday? How about checking out Snakes?

I am planning to go for this…a great way to familiarize oneself with creatures that one rather hopes not to come into contact with!

Here are the particulars, for People for Animals, a group that is doing great work for conservation:

Hi Friends

We at PFA (People for animals – Bangalore ) have arranged a training
program on snakes from Gowri Shankar (researcher and herpetologists )
on 3rd June Sunday 2:30 Pm , at PFA shelter .
Topics covered
1)Types of snakes around Bangalore/karnataka 2)How to recognize a snake ?
3) Handling of snakes .
4)How to make equipments for handling snakes ?
5)First aid for snake bites .

Gowri Shankar – Is a intrepid Education Officer and a herpetologist
working at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) which was founded
by Romolus Whitaker , to conserve King cobra , Gowri has tons of
knowledge and experience with the King cobra and is ready to share the
same with us .

The presentation will be followed with hands-on demonstration of the
same (workshop). If interested please call and confirm with Dr Somnath
@ 9980339880,080-22733350 before 31st evening . To make sure we have
serious people coming for the meet we are charging a entry fee of Rs
100 and Rs 50 for students ,

Venue address – People for Animals
Survey no. 67, Uttarahalli Road
Kengeri, Bangalore 560 060
Ph- 080-22733350 , 9980339880 ,

If the mention of snakes makes you shudder…maybe a snack instead of a snake at 2.30 instead! ;-)

How to spend a rainy day!

The rains are around the corner. And I’m sure many of you are not looking forward to being tied down indoors. I have another perspective. Go out enjoy the rain! Let what happen, happen! Eventually, we’ll all find out way home despite the flooded streets and nallas, the disappearing rickshaws and all the associated problem that comes with the rain!

The Café Fresco sign and the lovely canopy of trees overhead

Well, on a very rainy Sunday evening recently we found ourselves in front of the Hatworks Boulevard on Cunningham Road. It was pouring cats and dogs, but we weren’t deterred by rain. Oh no, we were determined to have a good time and enjoy ourselves and we ran into Café Fresco, the cafe inside the complex.

Dining like Emperors, the ‘Umerkot’ experience…

– Ever wondered what ‘taste’ would have relished the Mughal Emperors?
– Which recipes would mesmerize their taste buds with the magic of their Khansamahs?


The leads to the answers may be found at Umerkot, a traditional Indian and Mughlai place situated on 80ft Road in Koramangala. Three entrepreneurs- Sajit Chacko, Sanjay Tyagi and Anand Singh while with a strong background in multistar hoteling experience opened up Umerkot, a fine dining restaurant and offers up gourmet delights akin to those produced by the royal khansamahs.

Light Painting: Exhibition by Hellmuth Conz

Hellmuth Conz will exhibit his work from June 1 – 7 at The Alliance Française, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar.

Alliance Française is open on Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The photos include a selection of ‘Light Painting’, a style which includes fine art abstract photos (from India) the matted, framed photos are available for purchase through arrangement with the artist.

About Hellmuth Conz: World-renowned German photographer, Conz is based in Bangalore, India. He began taking photographs at the age of 14. At the age of 59, he has inculcated the art of photography into many young and adult people.

He focuses primarily on capturing moments and subjects that seem timeless and presenting a delightful array of images that encourage the viewer looks at the world differently.

It’s been more than 10 years that he has made India his home to teach photography. His personal point of view about India: “It’s a land, so full of colors, culture and different types of people; it is heaven for any photographer.” Conz has been teaching photography in various parts of India and abroad. He also takes photography classes at the Alliance for those interested.

For more Information:

Hellmuth Conz
Licht (learn with light) School of Photography
Tel: 9845642172
E mail:

Selling mangoes, in a unique way

When I was out and about, I caught this mango seller in action. He was selling raw mangoes for the making of the Avakkai pickle. He brings these mangoes on push carts. Not only does he sell the perfect mangoes, but he also offers the specialised service of cutting the mangoes for free! What makes Avakkai unique is also the way in which mangoes are cut for making it; the mangoes must be cut along with the inner hard shell, and the seed must then be taken out. The shell is essential in the mango pieces used for the making of Avakkai. And folks who make pickle at home, mostly make an entire lot for the whole year. To cut the whole lot of raw mangoes with the inner shells is quite a task, if done at home. So, if they get to buy the freshly cut pieces, the making of the pickle is a lot simplified, especially since he gets these mangoes right to their door step!

Chop! The mango is cut right through the inner hard shell

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Some good news miss the attention sometimes, It has happened same in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” case, Well this is bit old news but still a news to rejoice, Ripley’s are coming to Bangalore :-) and I am happy with the news !

For the first time Ripley Entertainment Inc is marching towards south asia and selected Bangalore as a destination for there new establishment.

Bandipur…a great weekend getaway

For those tired of the urban jungle, Bangalore offers many getaways to the real one, just a few hours’ drive away. Amongst these is Bandipur Forest Reserve

We made it to Bandipur in about 4 hours, even though we battled fairly heavy traffic on the way out of Bangalore. On the way out, we took the NICE road, but on the way back we took the more scenic regular highway.

Here’s a sample of the lovely road to Bandipur, with the mountains looming:

The road ahead...

And here’s the sunset in the forest:

Sunset in Bandipur

The “access” advantage of Bandipur is that it lies on the road from Mysore to Udhagamandalam (Ooty), so getting there even by bus is pretty easy. KSRTC runs a Mayura bus service which is very comfortable.

Two of the good resorts to stay in are Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Bandipur property and Tusker Trails . Though I am a staunch JLR fan, this time (the last of the summer holidays) the property was fully booked, so we chose Tusker Trails.

Jog Falls in Pre-Monsoon

Jog Falls(ಜೋಗ್ ಫಾಲ್ಸ್ ), This is one of the highest and best waterfalls in India, Visiting Jog in pre-monsoon may not be a right time but it is quite different and thrilling experience where one can reach a top of waterfalls, below the water falls, dip in the water at the bottom of falls etc… Well, you cannot dare to take risk when water flow is heavy after the monsoon.

[A view of Jog Falls before Monsoon]

Mungaaru Maley 150 Not Out !

Mungaaru Maleye Yenu Ninna Hanigala Leele – ಮುಂಗಾರು ಮಳೆಯೇ ಏನು ನಿನ್ನ ಹನಿಗಳ ಲೀಲೆ .

Well this is not a review on the movie but it is all about the waves created by the movie Mungaaru Maley(A Kannada movie).

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Metro Update

Lots of activity happening on the Namma Metro work on MG Road. Here are some glimpses:


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